first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, TRUE VALOUR, WINNER:  “Simon told me to keep him covered up, that’s the main thing. If he sees daylight, he gets aggressive, which he was early.  From there, I just tried to find a path and someone to follow. I knew I had won, they (the placing judges) were trying to figure out who was second and third.” TRAINER QUOTESSIMON CALLAGHAN, TRUE VALOUR, WINNER: “He’s such a cool horse he always comes up and shows a big showing. It was nice to get the head bob today.“He had some time off after the Thunder Road stakes (Feb. 9) due to some minor bone bruising and we wanted to give him some time off.  We felt we had him really fit today. He was pretty fresh early, he pulled Drayden early, gave him a perfect ride, he sprint quick to the front and it worked out well. He needs to play his cards where they lay and Drayden certainly did that.“Qatar (Racing Limited) may want to go for the Breeders’ Cup Mile,  it’s here and he’s shown a pretty good affinity for the track as far as his last two races, it will be tougher but they might want to take a shot.”VAL BRINKERHOFF, CO-OWNER, TRAINER RESTRAINEDVENGENCE, SECOND: “I’m tickled to death. He’d been training great, lights out. I kept telling some of these agents that, but I had a heckuva time getting a jock. It worked out, ’cause Martin rode him great. Last time out up at Golden Gate, he didn’t even have to get off a gallop, that’s how easy he won up there. He’s just now coming into himself. He was still aggressive today, but he’s calming down.”NOTES: The winning owners are Qatar Racing Limited.last_img read more

Emmanuel Adebayor agrees to join Turkish minnows Kayserispor on one-year deal

first_imgEMMANUEL ADEBAYOR has plunged his career to new depths by joining Turkish minnows Kayserispor.The Togo international spent 11 seasons in the Premier League with Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.1 Emmanuel Adebayor played against Burnley for Istanbul Basaksehir last yearCredit: Getty – ContributorBut Adebayor found himself without a club this summer after being released by Turkish league runners-up Istanbul Basaksehir.The 35-year-old has now agreed a one-year deal with Kayserispor, who finished tenth in last season’s Super Lig.The striker flew in for a medical on Monday morning, and was pictured holding a club scarf with fans at Kayseri airport.The town is 150 miles east of capital city Ankara in the Asian side of Turkey.Kayserispor will hope Adebayor can help them add some honours to their modest record.They have won the Turkish Cup once, in 2008, and were joint winners of the Intertoto Cup in 2006.Adebayor has previously had a stint on loan to Real Madrid, and began his career in France with Metz and Monaco.He was linked with a move to Iranian club Tractor SC earlier this month.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutThe Togo skipper was left out of the squad for his country’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Comoros this week.Former Gunners striker Adebayor was also overlooked for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last October as his international career takes a nosedive.But he will hope he can earn a recall by firing in the goals for his new side.Suarez tells off Messi’s son for celebrating Real Betis goal vs Barcelonalast_img read more

Werner’s heat map & positioning show why striker would star for Liverpool

first_imgFOR Timo Werner, it was another day at the office.But for RB Leipzig, it might be the day that confirmed their star man was No1 on plenty of Premier League summer wishlists.8 Timo Werner slotted in a penalty but his all-round performance shows he can excel in the Premier LeagueCredit: Rex Features8 The RB Leipzig star popped up all over the pitch but it was his touch from 12 yards that separates the sidesCredit: OptaIn his and his club’s first competitive game against English opposition, he proved he has exactly what it takes to cut it on these shores.And not just cut it, but excel.It is Werner’s goal – his 26th of the season – that means Tottenham have it all to do when they head back to Germany in three weeks’ time, arrowing his ice-cool penalty just before the hour into the bottom corner beyond Hugo Lloris.However, it was not just his goal that abolished any doubts some may have had.Werner’s positioning, pressing, physicality, link-up play and nifty turn of pace mean he ticks plenty of the boxes that have reportedly got the likes of Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp considering making moves when the transfer window reopens.Asked about the links with champions-elect Liverpool, Werner said: “Liverpool are the best team in the world at the moment, and when you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud.”It’s a pleasure but I know Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”Barely 90 seconds were on the clock and the German had already seen two good chances come his way.The first, a sweep goalwards that Davinson Sanchez did well to block before Angelino saw his follow-up effort ricochet off the post via Lloris’ leg.And then as the ball was recycled, Werner got across the front post but his shot was blocked by the Spurs keeper.8 Werner (No11) and Christopher Nkunku were able to drift in-field and support Patrik SchickCredit: Opta8 Timo Werner caused Tottenham plenty of problems as he operated on the left of a front threeCredit: Opta8 The wing-backs were equally as effective getting up the left and rightCredit: OptaThat was the warning sign.But having a warning sign is one thing, being able to stop it is another.With Julian Nagelsmann setting up his team with two attacking wing-backs in Nordi Mukiele and Angelino, it allowed Werner and Christopher Nkunku to drift in-field and play closer to the striker, Patrik Schick, overloading the centre-backs.Mikel Arteta has tried it in recent weeks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming in off the left with varying degrees of success.Klopp would surely be licking his lips at the idea of Andy Robertson and Werner linking up down the left, not that Sadio Mane is a bad option on that side already.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesWerner’s ability to drift in and out of the channel, pick up the ball and push defenders back was on display time and time again in the first half as he won corners when turning Sanchez and then later forcing Lloris into another side as he just struggled to get the ball out of his feet before a weak finish.His movement in and around the box caused carnage, especially in those opening seconds.Arguably, though, the moment that really made him stand out was – ironically – not one of his touches at all.As Angelino had acres of space down the left just five minutes after the goal, he slid in Werner.But with defenders surrounding him, the 23-year-old showed maturity and sheer unteachable ingenuity to dummy the ball, allowing it to run freely for the unmarked Schick.Latest Champions League newsREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’CITY SITUATIONChampions Lg & Europa Lg to be played in ONE host city from quarters onwardREDS TEST2005 Champions League final quiz – How well do you remember Istanbul 15 years on?CRYING SHAMEPoch couldn’t stop crying after CL final as he talks for first time since axeEUR JOKINGCity, Chelsea & Man U’s dreams in jeopardy as govt impose quarantine on arrivalsRevealedLUK RAN OUTLukaku says he will NEVER forgive Chelsea flop AVB for 2012 Champ League axeRevealedRUSSIAN ROULETTEMan Utd’s 2008 Champions League Moscow heroes and where they are nowSubtle, deceptive and so very effective – it was a shame for Werner his team-mate could not apply the finishing touch which would have made it 2-0 and could have potentially put the tie to bed.Werner managed to sell the Spurs defenders all ends up with one piece of quick thinking.Now plenty of Premier League clubs will be hoping they can somehow convince RB Leipzig to sell – but they know it won’t be anywhere near as easy.8 The German made no mistake from the spot, firing the ball low into the bottom cornerCredit: EPA8 The striker was denied twice in the opening 90 seconds and then again before the break as his positioning proved a real threatCredit: Reuters8 Wener, right, cannot believe his team-mate Patrik Schick did not made it 2-0 after his glorious dummyCredit: ReutersLeipzig striker Timo Werner shows he is also great in goallast_img read more

Updated team lists: Dragons v Knights

first_imgRetiring Dragons co-captain Ben Creagh was named on Tuesday but will not play, with Joel Thompson to start in the back row. Tyson Frizell is also out, replaced by Will Matthews in the starting side. Tim Lafai and Luciano Leilua join the final bench.For the Knights, Tyler Randell is out, with Jaelen Feeney named to start at hooker and Josh King dropping off the extended bench named on TuesdaySt George Illawarra Dragons 1 Josh Dugan2 Kurt Mann3 Euan Aitken4 Taane Milne5 Jason Nightingale6 Gareth Widdop (c)7 Benji Marshall8 Leeson Ah Mau9 Mitch Rein10 Mike Cooper14 Joel Thompson15 Will Matthews13 Jack de BelinInterchange 16 Jacob Host17 Jake Marketo20 Tim Lafai21 Luciano LeiluaCoach: Paul McGregorNewcastle Knights1 Jake Mamo2 Nathan Ross3 Dane Gagai4 Peter Mata’utia5 Brendan Elliot6 Jarrod Mullen7 Trent Hodkinson (c)8 Daniel Saifiti19 Jaelen Feeney10 Jacob Saifiti11 Sione Mata’utia12 Mitchell Barnett13 Jeremy Smith (c)Interchange 14 Dylan Phythian15 Pat Mata’utia16 Korbin Sims17 Sam MataoraCoach: Nathan Brownlast_img read more

Odriozola, a step away from Bayern

first_imgBayern’s intention is to give coach Hansi Flick more options on the right side. The defensive section is a priority when looking for reinforcements after a real plague of injuries that ended up whipping Bayern during the first round of the championship. Kimmich started in the right-handed lane during the last season, but after the arrival of Pavard he occupies the position of midfielder. The incorporation of Odriozola, in addition to giving Flick more options, would allow Mr. Mister to move Pavard to the central position where he currently does not have the services of Süle, Lucas and Javi Martínez due to injury.Without the confidence of the technicianThe Spanish international arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 coming from Real Sociedad and barely counts for Zidane since the defeat in Mallorca last October, the last one suffered by the white team; this season only adds 434 minutes on the pitch distributed in five games; In addition, it has been left out of the Zidane call in 17 of the 28 matches played. In need of minutes, the Bundesliga can offer you the perfect scenario to regain confidence. According to numerous German media, the muniqueses intend to seize the services of Odriozola as a loan, tto and as it happened in his day with James Rodriguez, who wore Bavarian clothing for two seasons.Own Zinedine Zidane has just confirmed that “Odriozola has an option to leave, but still not official. We’re going to wait”. Odriozola is about to leave Real Madrid. The side of San Sebastian has not trained this morning on the grass of Valdebebas with his teammates and in the next few hours he could leave on loan to the Bunsdesliga. At this time, his most likely destination seems to be Bayern Munich. last_img read more

Gutierrez has used 12 different defensive lines in 13 games

first_imgJosé María Gutiérrez has only repeated defense once: in the defeat against Elche and in the tie in Soria, Martos, Costas, Maras and Balliu acted. In the rest of the meetings, Torrejón de Ardoz has drawn a different defense, either with five troops (initially only in Lugo and Almendralejo) or four. If the figure of twelve LPRs in thirteen matches is striking, it is no less the fact that they have used up to twelve defenses in that period of time: Martos, Jonathan, Owona, Maras, Ozornwafor, Costas, Petrovic, De la Hoz, Balliu, Romera and Corpas.The previous names will be joined in the next days Francis, which will raise the figure to the dozen, which are the total players who have acted in the defense throughout the course, since, before breaking, Juan Ibiza acted in the first two days; neither Peybernes nor Tano did it, this summer’s acquisitions. On that first date the defense was formed by Romera, Owona, Ibiza and Martos, who repeated the next game.On day 3, the rear formed by Romera, Owona, Maras and Martos, the most used this season (up to five times) was released. The other most used defense was that of Balliu, Maras, Martos and Jonathan, who acted in the last two games of Pedro Emanuel and Gutierrez’s first. The coach born in Angola used up to seven defensive lines in fourteen days. It is not usual to see in a second classified up to 16 different defensive lines (not counting the modifications made in the second parts) once disputed almost three quarters of competition. And even less, that in his last thirteen meetings he has presented twelve different defenses. It is the stretch since Gutierrez is in command of an Almeria that does not finish seeing his defense set up, something weird for a title candidate. Last Friday it was rare to see a midfielder (Petrovic) central, a central (David Costas) on the right side and a right side (Romera) on the bench.last_img read more

United gave Bournemouth 15 minutes to sell to King

first_imgAccording The athletic, the options were two. On the one hand it was Joshua King, the Norwegian of Bournemouth who have been following for some time, and on the other Odion Ighalo, the Nigerian of Shanghai Shenhua who in his day we could see in the Pomegranate. It was the last day of the winter transfer window and Manchester United needed a striker in a hurry, both for the performance of the team during the season, as the recent injuries in attack. Premier League* Data updated as of February 18, 2020 25 7 And by the last day of the transfer market, the executive vice president, Ed woodward, made a call to Neill baker, the president of Bournemouth. In it he gave an ultimatum: “You have fifteen minutes to tell us if you accept the offer or we will sign a player from China.” At that time they had offered 25 million pounds, that is, 30 million euros. Nevertheless, the English club did not accept the offer on time, so United met its threat and finally Ighalo was chosen, who traveled even without passing the corresponding medical examination. The Nigerian striker has not yet been able to train with the rest of his teammates for the precautions that are being taken because of the coronavirus since he is coming from China, although it is expected to enter the next team calls.last_img read more

Valencia wants to close the central Javi Sánchez this week

first_imgIn the case of Hugo Guillamón, the player does not yet have a renewal offer from the club. Barcelona has it on a list of young talents although at the moment there is no firm offer. For all this, and for the deadlines that begin to run out (this week you must request the corresponding permission to sign) Valencia wants to close the reinforcement. And right now, the center they are moving through is Javi Sánchez, a 23-year-old player, owned by Real Madrid and assigned to Real Valladolid, as advanced, on the afternoon of last Friday. Mangala’s injury still leaves Valencia more exposed for the final part of the season. Right now with Diakhaby as the only healthy center and the alternative of Hugo Guillamón, who already played last Saturday at Anoeta, the central position in Valencia is more than with pins.The statements of Captain Parejo, in Anoeta, towards the directive also put a little more pressure on the offices of Valencia since Garay was injured almost a month ago and there are still no movements in the form of reinforcement for the central zone of the Valencian defense.center_img The Madrid defender he has only played 90 minutes, in Copa del Rey, this season in Valladolid since he was injured in the ankle and has not been recovered until last January. Now you are ready to compete. Valencia and the player already have a closed agreement for the remainder of the season and the next (16 months) and Valladolid would approve the player to change his air. The biggest problem right now lies in Real Madrid. The white club has no problem in giving Valencia to the canterano at this time but the disagreement lies in the purchase option that would be valid in June 2021. Valencia wants to have the pan by the handle and be able to run it unilaterally to keep the footballer in property. In that case, I would propose a repurchase option for Madrid in later years. Instead, The white club does not want to lose control over the player as they consider it very valid despite the fact that this year he has barely played for the injury. He wants a pure assignment.last_img read more

The CSD authorizes the RFEF the electoral advance

first_imgThe news has not fallen well in the electoral office of the other candidate, Iker Casillas, who has put a letter via the official record of the CSD in which he requests an interview with Irene Lozano, with whom until now the former captain of the National Team had maintained direct telephone contact. Casillas’ last message to Lozano was conclusive: “I would feel very bad if the elections in the Federation are advanced,” which is what has finally happened. Casillas can still choose to move forward with his candidacy or not to present battle to Rubiales. The Higher Sports Council (CSD) has authorized the electoral advance requested by Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). The decision has been taken by the Secretary of State, Irene Lozano, after taking into consideration the legal reports of the State Law and the Administrative Court of Sport. The RFEF will call the elections next Monday and the elections will be held just before the European Championship, in the first half of June.last_img read more

The Real Madrid quarantine: “The key is not to win a kilo”

first_imgThese are indications very similar to those received by players during the summer holidays and also those for Christmas: watch your diet, make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep each day, and do gentle exercises to keep fit. Although of all these points the most important is the first, that of food, according to Dr. José González, head of Rayo’s medical services and director of the Deyre Clinic, as well as medical adviser to Diario AS.“The key is that the players do not gain weight, they must take care of the food to the maximum. When you have to go back, you should not have extra kilos, that is the most important thing. Eat right and don’t be lazy. It is about maintaining their nutritional habits ”, comments Dr. González; customs that will become more complicated with the players at home much of the time. You can go out to dinner or make use of their leisure hours, but they have been asked to limit these outings as much as possible and not to leave Madrid.Ramos, at his home gym. Real Madrid has reacted quickly to the positive for Thomkins coronavirus, a player in the white team’s basketball section, and has sent his first two squads home in quarantine. It will be 15-20 days of isolation, without group training and with little control by the Madrid coaching staff towards their players. Although after Dr. Niko Mihic, head of the white medical services, gave the bad news to the players, Zidane has already informed the staff that they will be assigned an individual job that they must do at home so as not to lose shape and be ready for when the situation returns, whenever. For Dr. González, two weeks is not enough time to lose the form or rhythm of the competition, if the appropriate guidelines are followed: “They don’t have to get back in bad physical shape, as long as they eat well and do some maintenance exercise”. A maintenance exercise that will be set by Grégory Dupont, physical trainer for the white team, signed last summer by Zidane from the French national team to replace Antonio Pintus’ departure to Inter Milan. “Each physical trainer makes his own plan, but it is something simple: continuous running, series, some machine exercises … All of this can serve to maintain shape during these two weeks.”From Moscow he attends to AS Paulino Granero, physical trainer of the Russian team; Granero considers that the continuous work of the players is not going to be problematic: “Any player from Madrid has an indoor swimming pool, an exercise bike, some dumbbells, some tires, a garden in which to do a 14-15 circuit seasons… This can come to many even well, given the density of matches on the calendar. His would be to combine aerobic exercises, such as cycling or running on the treadmill, with other strength-resistance exercises and gradually mix intensities. Do something every day, on the lighter day do some gentle swimming or cycling. The important thing is to be a professional and have good habits, training and life “.For the Almerian preparer, the diet also has a fundamental weight, as well as the activity during the day: “Being at home all day long depresses you, you have to take care of what you eat, have a good sleep regime and do not abuse staying up late, or spending all day on the sofa, or playing … “. And where Granero shows concern is in the case of the injured, players who need constant and face-to-face monitoring. “Players right now, with the social networks and the technology that there is, can be followed well, you send them what they have to do and you can even see them while they do it. The muscle injured is more worrying, they need a day-to-day follow-up with physical therapy, machines, personalized exercises … If there is an alarm state and the players are also in quarantine, they cannot deal with other people at the risk of infection. ”last_img read more