TOP HORSEMEN BACK TO COMPETE AS SANTA ANITA READIES FOR ITS 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET OPENER ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 SANTA ANITA TO HOST RECORD 10TH BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOV. 1 & 2 ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2019)–America’s top horsemen will converge on Santa Anita Park next Friday, Sept. 27, as The Great Race Place opens its doors for its 23-day Autumn Meet which will also include a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2.With five of the nation’s current top 14 trainers by money-won competing on a full-time basis, messrs Bob Baffert (9), John Sadler (11), Doug O’Neill (12), Richard Baltas (13) and Michael McCarthy (14), leading the way, Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet training race figures to be very competitive indeed.Along with this high-powered quintet, Mark Glatt comes into the Autumn Meet holding a red-hot hand as his barn is enjoying its best-ever year. Phil D’Amato, fourth behind Doug O’Neill, Glatt and Baltas in Santa Anita’s Spring Summer standings, figures to again be a major Autumn Meet player as does Peter Miller, with both barns well stocked and ready to run in a variety of different categories.American racing’s most recognizable figure, Hall of Famer Baffert has the nation’s current top rated older horse, McKinzie, who is expected to prep for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 28. Baffert also has an abundance of top two and three year old fillies and colts, and although he’s not expected to vie for the most races won, his stable is again well positioned to take home the most money.A total of four Hall of Famers, Baffert, Neil Drysdale, Richard Mandella and Ron McAnally all call Santa Anita home and will again be very much in evidence here this fall.Additionally, a number of other well established conditioners, such as Dan Blacker, Simon Callaghan, Jim Cassidy, Jack Carava, Vladimir Cerin, Keith Desormeaux, Peter Eurton, Carla Gaines, Paddy Gallagher, Bruce Headley, Bob Hess, Jr., David Hofmans, Steve Knapp, Brian Koriner, Eric Kruljac, Andrew Lerner, Craig Lewis, Steve Miyadi, Kristin Mulhall, Jeff Mullins, George Papaprodromou, Leonard Powell, Shelbe Ruis, Gary Sherlock, John Shirreffs, Bill Spawr, Gary Stute, Eddie Truman, Jonathan Wong, Tim Yakteen and others will all be competing on a regular basis.For comprehensive biographies on a total of 33 Santa Anita-based trainers, please visit santaanita.com.
19 Nov: v Fiji Wood was an integral player under former head coach Stuart Lancaster, but has not featured since Eddie Jones took charge in November 2015.Following a back-row injury crisis, Wood, 29, returned to the squad for the four autumn Tests, starting with South Africa on 12 November.”I’ve been fairly philosophical about the whole thing,” he told BBC Sport.”It’s easy to be bitter or have a chip on your shoulder but I’ve been conscious of not doing that.”I’ve kept my head down and worked hard. I knew if an opportunity came my way I would be ready to go and take it with both hands, and that’s what I’m going to try and do.”Wood, who has won 42 caps, was one of a host of senior players dropped by Jones before this year’s Six Nations, with the Australian reported to have described his performances as “distinctly average”.Speaking from England’s warm-weather training camp in Portugal, Wood said: “An awful lot was made of that, and perhaps I misspoke a little bit.”I wasn’t throwing my toys out of the pram at the time; I was just stating what had happened.”I wasn’t picked in the team because what he had seen from me wasn’t good enough, and that’s fair.”Wood was a regular presence in the England side from 2012 to 2015, captaining the team on the tour of Argentina in 2013.But he said England’s group-stage exit at the 2015 World Cup was always likely to have consequences for some high-profile players.”Everyone’s neck was on the block a little bit,” he said.”It obviously didn’t go to plan and it’s a results-driven business. When you don’t get the results everyone is under pressure – that’s just the nature of it. When the team loses like that, it’s difficult.”England’s autumn Tests 26 Nov: v Argentina 3 Dec: v AustraliaNorthampton captain Wood, who turns 30 on Thursday, said he is hugely motivated by the prospect of working with Jones and his assistant coaches.”The most exciting thing about it is working with new coaches. I’ve never worked with Steve Borthwick or Neil Hatley or Eddie Jones,” said Wood.”They have big reputations. They are really highly spoken of by all the players I have spoken to, so I’m just looking forward to getting in the mix and learning off all of these guys.”With regular open-side flanker James Haskell injured, along with several of possible replacements, there is an opening in England’s back row which Wood could fill.He said Jones had “talked about me being a real defensive leader for the team, and trying to lead in that sense and bring some energy in defence”.Wood added: “There are lots of different options in the back row, and there are lots of good players in the camp. I’m here to train well and see what happens selection-wise.” 12 Nov: v South Africa
Photo: A knee injury is likely to keep Leroy Cudjoe out of England’s mid-season international against Samoa The 29-year-old centre, who is in England coach Wayne Bennett’s 30-strong elite training squad, has missed the Giants’ last three matches and is due to undergo further scans on Friday to ascertain the full extent of his injury.Bennett will announce his squad for the May 6 Test on Monday and Huddersfield coach Rick Stone does not expect his captain to be included.”I think Leroy would be unlikely for that game,” Stone said. “He hasn’t played for a few weeks now and he’s still not great. He’s having another scan tomorrow and seeing the consultant because it’s not been responding to the usualtreatment.”
Corporate companies opened their wallets, buying Fun Run shirts for 100 different schools in the nation’s capital. 2000 shirts were sold on the night.K200,000 was raised from bidding for shirts for the schools plus an additional K5,555 from the sale of the North Queensland Cowboys premiership winning jersey signed by Jonathan Thurston.The Institute of Business Studies (IBS) topped the bidding list, buying K33,000 worth of Fun Run shirts.The Cancer Foundation was sponsored with the highest number of shirts – 900 shirts bought by Trukai Industries Ltd.Chef de Mission to Rio, Emma Waiwai expressed her thanks for all the support over the two nights of auctioning.She said the money will go a long way in ensuring Team PNG is ready for the Olympics later in August.The auction in Lae on Wednesday raised K172,000 plus an additional K4,100 from the sale of another jersey signed by Thurston.Around K381,655 was raised from the two auctions.So far, three athletes have qualified for the Olympics – Ryan Pini (swimming), Samantha Kassman and Maxemillion Kassman (taekwondo).
“Regarding the legal proceedings related to the APA complaint against the Al Thani family, we communicate the following:Today the court informs us that it continues with the investigation proceedings on the defendants, but dismisses the adoption of the precautionary measures requested, both the establishment of bail by the defendants for the amount of 8,676,849.26 euros , as the judicial administration requested.The judge understands that the investigation procedures initiated must be continued, especially in relation to the data related to the directive, economic, patrimonial and financial management of Málaga club de Futbol SAD, but by means of a decision issued for that purpose, determines that the precautionary measures requested by the APA are not adequate for now, because they are considered disproportionate, since the restriction of the rights of the defendants is an exceptional measure and it is not clear from the documentation provided by the APA in their complaint the need for them, since there is no evidence, in the judgment of the judge, that the Deficit economic situation of the club is clear of the commission of a crime, which is obviously what the criminal jurisdiction must prove. Bad news for the small shareholders of Malaga. The judge of the Court of Instruction number 14 of Malaga has rejected the request of the Association of Small Shareholders (APA) of the Málaga Club de Fútbol and has not decreed the precautionary measures against the property of the club. The judge determines “that the precautionary measures requested by the APA are not adequate for now, because they are considered disproportionate,” the APA reported this morning in a statement in which it announced that it will file an appeal against this order.Minority shareholders requested in the criminal complaint filed against club property for the alleged crimes of unfair administration and misappropriation withdraw control and management of the club to the Al Thani family, the establishment of a bond by the defendants and the judicial intervention of the club and appointment of an administrator. The complaint was admitted for processing and the investigation continues, although precautionary measures, for the time being, must wait.The full statement of the Association of Small Shareholders is as follows: It should be noted that the APA provided the documentation at its disposal, and that the rest of the documentation that may be necessary has been required of the defendants by the court, who have not provided it.However, with the documentation provided by the APA, the judge admits that it can be verified that, “effectively, the Sports Society would be in a delicate and weak solvency situation, a situation that according to the annual accounts presented by the complainants and those contributed to requirement of the court by the Professional Football League, is rolled back, at least, to the year 2006, when the company declared itself in a situation of voluntary competition and its judicial administration was agreed.The court admits that the annual accounts closed as of June 30, 2019 have been presented to the LFP (although they have not yet been approved by the Shareholders’ Meeting) and that the 5 loans granted to members of the Board of Directors are reflected in said accounts , as well as the lines of credit contracted with the entity Nass Football SLU. Likewise, it is admitted that in the aforementioned accounts the serious solvency situation in which the entity is located stands out, and the situation of indebtedness that is permanently, and to a greater or lesser degree, is reflected back at the time of the declaration of the bankruptcy It has been maintaining the Sports Public Limited Company, and what has logically influenced the decline in the category of the team, which leads to the argument that this has also led to a significant decrease in the income of the company.For all these reasons, the judge concludes that there is no evidence that “for now” proves that the deficit situation responds to the commission of the reported crimes, without prejudice to what they subsequently reveal the progress of the investigation., so that, where appropriate, and according to its result, the circumstances that today have been taken into account to dismiss the measures requested by the APA could be modified.From the APA and said with all due respect to the judicial decision, the appropriate recourse will be presented against the order issued, attaching the new documentation that works in our possession, and in order to try to ensure that the instructor has more probative elements with in order to revoke your current decision. ”
Relationship with Luis Enrique: “Luis Enrique? I do not want to be angry with anyone, I would like to have a good relationship with him. Work with him? That is already very difficult. I would not be here without him. The situation is sad. It hurts a lot, it is very unpleasant. I don’t know yet why Luis Enrique told me he didn’t count on me. They have been very exceptional circumstances, it’s something that I wish hadn’t happened, as I said at the time. “Signing for the Premier: “Luis Enrique didn’t want to take me to the Premier.”Role change with Luis Enrique: “That Luis Enrique is my second coach ever? Have we ever made the joke (laughs). It’s very difficult, there are too many things in between.”First coach: “The fact of being a first coach has come to me ahead of time. It was not in my head to see me in this situation. Life surprises you. I did not consider this for a few years. It is true that I always had the illusion of having been first coach and to become professional, but it was not at all in my mind to see me in this situation. Football surprises you, life surprises you. “Return to the Selection: “I would love to be a Spanish coach again. It would be wonderful.” National Team Players: “With some player of the National Team I keep talking, let’s see if I bring someone to Monaco (laughs). After the start, many players from the National Team and many people from the RFEF wrote me.Euro 2020: “I want Spain to win the Eurocup. In the months I was there, I saw the team grow. That is what I think about that. Then another thing happens that I said and did, which is that at the time Luis wanted to return I was going to take a step to the side. Even knowing that this meant disappearing from the play I was consistent with that. “Casillas, next president of the Federation:“Casillas president of the RFEF? Why not, I would do well.”Who would you vote for, Rubiales or Casillas ?: “I don’t have to vote.”In August, he said Rubiales was the best president in the world: “I said that at that time. I have no reproach. In life when you keep anger inside, who is hurt is the one who keeps it.”Monaco proposal: “Monaco told me that it was their only option and that made me opt for them. Monaco told me that my way of facing the National Team’s exit helped to come.”Offers: “I have had offers from almost 5 continents.”Mbappé to Madrid: “If Mbappe will go to Madrid? I hope he and Neymar.”The best coach in the world: “A mixture of Klopp and Guardiola”.
Romelu Lukaku in August 2019 and February 2020. According to Telegraph, The Belgian had digestive problems that caused him to gain more weight than he should. Upon his arrival in Italy, Inter’s medical body diagnosed in a few days something that neither United nor the player knew how to detect in his stage in Manchester. To get back in shape, Inter designed a nutritional plan for the Belgian that, it seems, has worked. The Belgian lost up to 12 kilos in the first two weeks. The Conte MethodIn several interviews, Romelu Lukaku has highlighted the figure of Antonio Conte, his current coach in Milan. The Italian, Romelu says, trusted his game, has found a place in a system that benefits him and has given him confidence.After his physical improvement, Lukaku needed to regain confidence and Conte has been key in this psychological process. The tie at Meazza against Slavia in Prague, which ended up being decisive for Inter to stay out of the Champions in group stage, also changed the year for Lukaku. “I played very badly and he caught me in front of the whole team, something that had never happened to me in my career. He told me that it was rubbish and that he would take me away in five minutes if I do it again. He broke my confidence, but at his once he woke her up, no matter who you are, treat everyone the same, she tells you if you’re right or wrong. Then came the Milan derby and I played one of my best games of the season, “he told Sky Sports.After that meeting, his list of victims is numerous: Milan, twice (round trip), Sassuolo, Parma, Brescia, Bologna, Torino, Slavia, Barcelona, Genoa, Naples, Cagliari and Udinese … In the middle of February, Romelu Lukaku already has better numbers than in 10 of his 14 seasons as a professional. Milan and Conte have taken the Antwerp striker to their best level. “He has admitted that he was overweight! He is a Manchester United player and weighs more than 100 kg! His lack of professionalism is contagious.” This is how Gary Neville, exlateral of United and now a regular contributor to Sky Sports, sentenced Romelu Lukaku when he was already in Milan. Excess weight was evident, but not due to lack of professionalism. 21 goals, 17 only in Serie A and the feeling of imminent danger when 9 appears near the area. After a complicated stage in Manchester, Romelu Lukaku has once again been the fearsome center forward who already knew he would have been in Anderlecht for more than ten years.The road to be proclaimed “king of the city” of Milan in the derby last weekend has been long and has required both physical and mental work and even, at the medical level.
Bundesliga* Data updated as of March 5, 2020 If Borussia Dortmund has something, it is an enviable ability to rebuild again and again. It has always been a leading team in Germany but almost every year he loses some of his stars. But that has never destabilized the club, which has always managed to get ahead and stay in the elite thanks to good investments in young and talented soccer players. Just have a look at the current template, in which they are Sancho, Haaland, Achraf (assigned), Akanji, Queen or Zagadou, to realize that in the German club they have an eye to find footballers with a lot of potential.And now they have proposed to sign the pearl of Birmingham, Jude Bellingham, for which they would have already reached an agreement to be incorporated in the summer. According Bild, They would pay up to 35 million euros for the 16-year-old young Englishman. The midfielder (sometimes acts as an interior), which plays in the U23 England since the age of 15, he has four goals and three assists in 31 games. It is not known if the player will become a world-class soccer player, but that would be the most expensive signing in the history of Borussia Dortmund if the deal is finally closed with those figures.
Lodi arrived at Atlético with the difficult mission of making Filipe Luis forget, one of the historical records of the Madrid entity. It has been difficult for him to adapt to the defensive system and the intensity that Cholo asks when defending, but nobody doubts him anymore. In attack he is a player who overflows, and in defense it is no longer so easy to beat him. He has played 33 games (23 in LaLiga, eight in the Champions League and two in the Spanish Super Cup). In total 2,500 minutes. With contract until 2025, Lodi is called to mark an era at Atlético. The Brazilian cost just over 20 million euros, a figure that right now seems that the club can amortize.Felipe was one of those signings who made little noise on arrival. At first he was called to be the substitute for Giménez, but the Uruguayan’s injury gave him ownership. His business card was not the best, since he was 30 years old and many people understood that he was already older to offer a great performance. Felipe is the head of the rojiblanca defense. With a contract until 2022, he has played 31 games (21 in the championship, seven in the Champions League, two in the Spanish Super Cup and one in the Copa del Rey). In total, 2,791 minutes. It cost around 20 million euros, a figure that then seemed very high and that now seems almost like a gift. Atlético incorporated many footballers at the beginning of the season, in an exercise in which Simeone had to renew almost all the lines of the team. Atlético had significant losses, such as Godín, Juanfran, Filipe Luis or Griezmann, emblematic players of the entity. And Atlético reinforced line by line to try to ensure that the team’s performance was not less. After two thirds of the championship, three players have made a place in Atlético’s starting eleven and They have shown that his signing was worth it. What Atlético paid for them now seems like a bargain: Trippier, Felipe and Lodi. All three are part of a defense that continues to perform at an excellent level. Among the three, Atlético paid just over 60 million euros and for this price Simeone has renewed his defense. Lodi, for example, has many years ahead to render.Trippier curdled from the first moment at Atlético. The Englishman has played 26 matches in official competition (19 in LaLiga, five in Champions and two in the Spanish Super Cup). In total, 2,187 minutes of competition. With 29 years it seems that he has been a life in the rojiblanco team. For Cholo it is basic and he missed seven games due to the pubic operation. Atlético signed him for about 24 million euros. It was a success. The player also said that he is delighted to have signed for the Madrid team, where he hopes to win a title.
This one year wait was already announced by AS on April 7. The serious crisis of the coronavirus, which is hitting the club economy, has forced Madrid to rethink its transfer strategy and, therefore, the Operation Mbappé, the most ambitious that the club plans for the coming years, has been postponed until the end of the 2020-21 season. In the road map of the Concha Espina club is that the French star does not renew his contract with PSG, which ends in 2022. The player is fulfilling the plan and in Paris they already take it for granted that they have only one year to enjoy the Mbappé phenomenon. “In no case will there be an extension of Mbappé’s contract with PSG. It will be an agreement between them as PSG agreed to part ways with him this summer. In my opinion, it is only a matter of time ”, Rothen pointed out.That determination of the player not to renew his contract is the key point for PSG to understand that within a year he will have no choice but to negotiate the departure of his star. In 2022 the Frenchman could go for free wherever he wanted with a stratospheric record, something that does not interest any of the clubs whose relationship, by the way, is excellent. Madrid already caresses Mbappé, according to the surprising statements of Rothen who, by the way, in March of last year ventured the following: “I can say it from a reliable source, Griezmann will go to Barcelona next summer.” Months later, Grizzi wore the azulgrana t-shirt … Real Madrid is touching Mbappé. The French striker slipped from his hands to Florentino and Zidane in 2017. The non-departure of Bale, for whom Mourinho sighed, made Mbappé look out of place and preferred to leave PSG for 180 million. After several more unsuccessful approaches this year, it opened a door to hope, and Madrid was very close to sneaking in for it, but the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has closed it abruptly. This is what revealed Jerome Rothen, former PSG player (2004-2009) and with very good sources at the Parisian club, on Radio Montecarlo, statements reproduced on the web ParisTeam. “I know from sources that what Kylian Mbappé did to Real Madrid was almost done. But with what is happening, it is certain that Mbappé’s arrival at Real will be postponed. ”