SANTA ANITA PARK’S BELOVED HORNBLOWER, JAY COHEN, RETURNED TO WORK TODAY

first_imgHE’S BACK!!–Santa Anita Park’s Beloved Hornblower, Jay Cohen, returned to work today following a three-month hiatus that was necessitated due to a bout with Bell’s Palsy.  A fans-favorite at The Great Race Place for the past 31-years, Cohen returned on Friday ready to roll.  “I’m back and nothing’s going to stop me now,” said the 63-year-old New Jersey native, who doubles as a stand-up comic and magician.  “My time off gave me a chance to come up with some new tricks and I’ve been extremely lucky with a huge amount of support medically and from fans who sent letters wishing me well.”last_img

DOUBLE TOUCH, GHOUL & WHAT’SONTHEAGENDA ALL PROMINENT IN SUNDAY’S $70,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF

first_imgDOUBLE TOUCH, GHOUL & WHAT’SONTHEAGENDA ALL PROMINENT IN SUNDAY’S $70,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURFBAFFERT’S COMEBACK AX MAN LOOMS QUESTION MARK AS HE’S ALSO ENTERED TO RUN SATURDAYARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2020)–In what shapes up as an outstanding betting race, sharp turf sprinters Double Touch, Ghoul and What’sontheagenda rate huge chances in Sunday’s $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes, which has attracted a field of seven older horses and will be contested at 5 ½ furlongs over the Santa Anita turf.  The biggest question mark(s) in the race would appear to be Bob Baffert’s comebacking Ax Man, who hasn’t run since March 30, would be trying turf for the first time, and, is also entered to run in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes.DOUBLE TOUCHOwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerA fast finishing second, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade II, 5 ½ furlong turf Joe Hernandez Stakes on Jan. 1, this 6-year-old English-bred gelding will be ridden back by Victor Espinoza in what will be his fourth start off of a $40,000 claim by Sadler on Sept. 1.  A close fourth three starts back going five furlongs on grass in the Grade III Eddie D Stakes Sept. 27, Double Touch is on top of his game and would be flattered by a fast early pace on Sunday.GHOULOwner:  Gary Barber & Wachtel StableTrainer:  Peter MillerA 5-year-old gelding, Ghoul won five out of his first eight starts in his native Brazil, but was winless in five North American starts with top trainer Mark Casse and was sold privately following a fifth place allowance finish at Woodbine on Nov. 24.  In his first start for Miller on Dec. 29, Ghoul rallied from off the pace to win a 5 ½ furlong turf allowance over a Santa Anita turf listed as “good” by a half length and like Double Touch, would benefit from a fast pace with leading man Joel Rosario riding him back in the Clockers’ Corner.WHATSONTHEAGENDAOwner:  Beerman Family Trust, Greg Hall & Sajay Racing, LLCTrainer:  Doug O’NeillSecond, beaten a half length by Ghoul as the 5-2 favorite here on Dec. 29, this 6-year-old Dialed In gelding should once again press the early pace with Tiago Pereira engaged.  Ridden last time by Flavien Prat, Pereira hasn’t ridden him since January of 2019.  Winless with four seconds in nine tries at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, it’ll be up to Pereira to ration his speed and hold off the late closers on Sunday.AX MANOwner:  Patti & Hal EarnhardtTrainer:  Bob BaffertWhere will he run?  That’s the question at entry time on Thursday, as this 5-year-old gelded homebred son of Misremembered, out of the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, has also been entered to run in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes here at six furlongs on the main track.  Idle since March 30, when fifth as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes, Ax Man would be trying turf for the first time if he runs on Sunday.  Favored in eight out of his nine career starts, he’s got four wins and two thirds to his credit and will no doubt command serious attention in the wagering should he suit up for the Clockers’ Corner.THE $70,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8  Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTOiseau de Guerre–Rafael Bejarano–122Ghoul–Joel Rosario–122Lil Milo–Ruben Fuentes–122Ax Man–Drayden Van Dyke–122What’sontheagenda–Tiago Pereira–120Double Touch–Victor Espinoza–122Bay Muzik–Abel Cedillo–122First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Spurs reportedly demand £200m Kane fee with Levy hoping price puts off admirers

first_imgTOTTENHAM have reportedly slapped a £200million price tag on Harry Kane amid interest from Manchester United and City, according to reports.The England striker set alarm bells ringing among fans when declaring he will not stay in North London for “the sake of it” but the club was not surprised by his statements.2 Kane has been injured since the New Year with Spurs’ form plummeting as a resultCredit: PA:Press AssociationHaving signed a mega six-year contract in the summer of 2018, Kane’s future is still in Spurs’ hands whether or not he pushes hard for an exit once the season ends.According to Daily Mail, that has encouraged chairman Daniel Levy to put up a high fee for the 26-year-old that he is confident will not be met.The next transfer window will come amid football’s major readjustment due to the coronavirus, in a financial and potentially cultural sense.Large fees are thought to be incredibly unlikely even if top clubs can keep the economic damage to a minimum.Levy last night warned that people need “to wake up to the enormity” of the pandemic with Spurs staff furloughed for its duration.Among those monitoring Kane are said to be Manchester clubs United and City, the latter mulling over a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.The Argentine’s contract expires at the end of next season, when he will be 33, and he has previously talked up a move back to old club Independiente.Meanwhile United are looking for a statement signing to announce their return to the title race, which Spurs seem unlikely to enter anytime soon.Jose Mourinho’s side are eighth in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of a Champions League spot.And the fact that Kane is still yet to win a major trophy while spending his entire career with Tottenham could compel him to seek a move.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himSpeaking on the weekend, the striker declared: “I love Spurs, I’ll always love Spurs.”But I’ve always said, if I don’t feel we’re going in the right direction then I’m not someone who will just stay for the sake of it.”I’m an ambitious player, I want to become one of the best players.”2Gary Lineker admits Harry Kane is right to think about his future at Tottenhamlast_img read more

Chiefs hoping to match Crusaders power

first_imgThe Crusaders continued their momentum last weekend with a clinical 20-12 win over the Hurricanes, extending their unbeaten streak to 11 matches.Chiefs coach Dave Rennie acknowledges his side, who are second in the conference, will have to match the red and blacks’ power in the set piece on Friday night.”That’s where they destroyed the Canes and traditionally they have always been strong up front with an All Black-ladened tight five to deal to your scrum,” he said.”If they can choke you there, it goes a long way to winning games so we’re going to have to front up in that area.”Rennie has been impressed with the Crusaders this season as the seven-time champions chase their first title since 2008.”They have just been very clinical this year and that’s probably been the major difference with their ability to put the foot on the throat when they have teams under pressure,” he said.”The Crusaders have won a lot of games that you thought they would have lost with five minutes to go.”Rennie pointed to the character and belief within the Crusaders, and was sure new coach Scott Robertson was the driver.After a series of flat performances, the Chiefs turned a corner two weekends ago with a convincing 46-17 win over the Reds in New Plymouth.Rennie has already witnessed a lift in urgency at training as his players come off a bye and prepare for a derby.”It’s a big step up as we’ve had seven non-Kiwi sides to play recently, so the intensity will be much higher but we’re looking forward to it,” he said. Photo: PHOTOSPORT Chiefs coach Dave Rennielast_img read more

Final decision on staging FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup to be announced

first_imgThe announcement will be done during a joint press conference by the Oceania Football Confederation president David Chung and Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko.Tkatchenko said the National Football Stadium is being completed to world class standards that will meet FIFA requirements for hosting the Under-20 Women’s World Cup.A FIFA delegation visited the venue recently and was impressed with the design and quality of the facility.They have advisedof  a list of requirements to meet all their standards and these have been incorporated into the stadium construction and design.“We are meeting all the deadlines that have been put to us and we will announce the final verdict on Friday,’’ the Sports Minister said.“The work done is first class and done to the highest level and standard.’’last_img read more

Magpies will play tough Hunters side this evening

first_imgWith a competition that spans as much of Queensland as the Intrust Super Cup, any away trip is tough.  But none come much tougher than a game in Port Moresby to play the Hunters as South Logan Magpies will play the tough PNG side this evening at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.The Hunters haven’t lost in PNG at any ground since they were beaten by the Tigers in Round 17, 2014. Throw in the fanatical support, and it is a tough gig.PNG Hunters kept their home record intact with a much-needed win last weekend, after going winless since the PNG international side’s breakthrough win in the International week.Popular centre Thompson Teteh will play in his 50th Cup game this weekend and a big performance could see him equal a club record.He scored his third try of the season in last Sunday’s win over the Pride and now needs only two more to equal the club record of 30 held by Israel Eliab.Fellow centre in the Hunters line-up this weekend, Noel Zeming, brought up 400 competition points last week with three goals.While the home side will start favourites, with the Magpies having never won against their matches in their past five attempts, the visitors do have good form behind them.Undefeated in their past four games (two wins and two draws) – they will be bringing a strong side with them to the National Football Stadium.The return to the side of two big forwards from NRL duty in Herman Ese’ese and Joe Ofahengaue will offset the loss of experience of hooker Travis Waddell, who played with the Broncos last night.Coach Josh Hannay was full of positivity going into the match despite no team being able to down the Hunters at home this season.“We’ll be going with close to our best 17 players and I’d say the past four weeks has probably been our best month of football since I’ve been at the club,” he said.last_img read more

​ Bismarks thump Globals with 6-0 victory

first_imgThe first few minutes at Sir John Guise stadium were notable for a number of fumbles by each side, but Bismarks were too good with their passing game, which saw them pick up the first goal with a real shot on goal to open the scoreboard.Globals were forced to defend an early power-play when Bismark’s struck again with two added goals for a 3-0 lead.Minutes before half-time, Bismarks managed to squeeze the puck through the Global defence for their fourth, which sprawled Globals defenders to a 4-0 at half-time.In the second half, Globals tightened their defence with stoic resistance, clearing the puck from the backline and attempting to drive through the Bismarks’ backlines.Despite Globals’ many attempts and clearances, Bismarks continued to maintain their passes and had a great drive up the field. Their well-aimed shot slashed through the defence to hit the back of the net for 5-0.Minutes before the fulltime whistle, Bismarks closed the victory with another goal for a 6-0 win.Bismark still hold onto a clear lead in the women’s division with 18 points, followed by Sunam with 16 and Wanderers on 14 points.last_img read more

Mini Games in Vanuatu on track

first_imgRNZ reports the assurance was given by China’s ambassador to Vanuatu, Liu Quan, when he met the prime minister Charlot Salwai, the minister of sports Jack Norris and senior government officials at the construction site.Mr Salwai’s delegation heard from the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) construction company that work will be completed in October next year.Currently, the CCECC employs 30 ni-Vanuatu but the number is expected to reach 80.Mr Salwai thanked the government and the people of China for their contribution to the development of Vanuatu.China is currently building roads on the islands of Tanna and Malekula and the main wharf of the northern town, Luganville.In Port Vila, China is currently building the new office of the prime minister and Malapoa College.Mini Games head says Vanuatu committed to successful eventThe head of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games said the Vanuatu government is 100 percent behind them 15 months out from competition.Multiple changes in government had caused issues in the past before Prime Minister Charlot Salwai publicly confirmed their commitment to hosting at the Pacific Games Council’s General Assembly in May.Mini Games CEO Clint Flood said the government has had challenges in recent years with Cyclone Pam so committing to the event was a big decision.”Making an investment that they need to do in the Games is a big decision and I think that was something that they deliberated hard over,” Mr Flood said.”I’m very confident now. We’ve got a new minister in charge of sport, they have appointed a full time person to help with the finance.”I have every belief that government is 100 percent behind us and want this successful Games but the legacy that will lead afterwards, I think they clearly understand that and they know how this will help move them ahead in a whole bunch of different fronts,” he said.The CEO said progress was picking up with a new marketing campaign about to begin and staff expected to rise from four to 20 over the coming weeks. China’s ambassador to Vanuatu Liu Quan with Vanuatu PM Charlot Salwai at Pacific Mini Games construction site Photo: RNZI Hilaire Bulelast_img read more

Athletic strip strap

first_imgBut the glory for the Argentine would come in the 86th minute, when he received from Morata and hand in hand with much suspense surpassed Neto, that after touching the ball did not manage to clear it out and sneaked into the goal despite Sergi Roberto’s attempt to avoid the goal. A goal that is worth the pass to the Super Cup final and that reward for a persevering Correa and a Simeone who has always trusted him. It has gained ownershipCholo sees the 24-year-old from the right, behind João Félix and Morata and with a lot of freedom of movement. Correa recognizes that in band he suffers, he has to run a lot backwards, but his work is rewarded up. Right now it is untouchable. Ante Osasuna replaced Lemar in the 54th minute with a goalless draw and assisted Saul to close the 2-0 victory. Against Betis he would replace the Frenchman without goals (minute 57) and in the first ball he played he snatched it from Alex Moreno to Sit Joel and put Atlético ahead. In case it was not enough, he would assist Morata with a tense center from the right wing that finished off the tip with a heel. His last two great appearances in 2019 led him to eleven. Against the Levant responded with a great goal defining first a large center of Trippier and ended up being decisive in the triumph completing a game for the first time since November 2 and against Barcelona it was again the key piece of the attack with a goal and an assist, playing his second whole game and confirming his great state of form as the nerve and imbalance of the rojiblanco attack. A Correa who in August had a foot and a half outside the club and is now a capital player in Simeone’s plans. The future of Ángel Correa in summer passed through Milan. The player wanted to go out in search of a more leading role and the club thought to cover Rodrigo’s signing with his transfer, after reaching an agreement with Valencia by the striker. However, the Italian team never reached the pretensions of Atlético and the Argentine remained on the roster, with a penalty that prevented him from playing in the first two days and with the signing of João Félix plus the claims of evolution of Lemar and Vitolo closing their doors. Now, he is the most fit red and white player. In the last four games he accumulates three goals and three assists, becoming the most unbalanced player in the front of the mattress attack. Before Barcelona, ​​he began to create danger to the Blaugrana defense, pressing intelligently and moving from the right wing. But at 13 minutes he was about to have to leave the game. Correa followed an aerial ball with his eyes not realizing the exit of Neto, who hit the player with his knee while catching the ball leaving him very sore. In the fall, the Argentine could have damaged his knee and ankle. Vitolo and Koke warmed up in the band and the gestures of pain presaged that he would not continue. After continuing reluctant on the pitch, with virtually no participation or explosiveness, he did not seem able to jump into the field in the second half. Koke was preparing in the band at the break and it seemed that Correa would be the substitute. It was not like that, Cholo kept the faith in the Argentine and removed Herrera from the field of play. At 10 seconds from the beginning of the second half, Correa received from João Félix and perfectly attended a Koke who touched his first ball to score. last_img read more

Nadal is again the nightmare of the NextGen before Kecmanovic

first_imgLet’s return to Nadal’s file in opposition to younger folks. In 4 programs and up to now in the fifth he has solely misplaced 3 times in opposition to any of them (Coric in 2016, Shapovalov in 2017 and Tsitsipas in 2018). Individuals like Zverev, Chung, Rublev, Donaldson, Tiafoe, De Miñaur and Auger-Aliassime have been taken forward … additionally Tsitsipas and Shapovalov on different events. Maybe as he was an insolent boy who did win veterans, he is aware of these aspirants properly and doesn’t give them any water. Kecmanovic, finalist of the Junior US Open in 2016 and that this season has reached two semifinals (Doha and New York), was one other sufferer of figuring out the best way to be the winner of 19 Grand Slams.It took Nadal eight minutes to measure Kecmanovic, who lasted the first video games of the recreation. In that preliminary face-to-face, Rafa examined the fragile endurance of the child. From there he gave no selection. Significantly better to the relaxation than with the serve, he forgave the rosco as if he needed to have a deference together with his first rival. It was then that the boy, extra severe than a decide, took benefit of the rest of the quantity two to get well one of the drawback breaks and get well some confidence. Though weighed down by his improved service (0/7 with firsts), Miomir conceded a 3rd break that gave Nadal the first set.The second sleeve was extra orderly than the first. Kecmanovic espabiló and saved his serves. It got here up, go. Nadal’s recreation grew to become a little bit extra predictable, however every now and then an amazing move was taken out of the hat, like the one he hit to answer a shot and that provoked the laughter of his coach, Carlos Moyá. It was the prelude to the fourth rupture of the Manacorí that, with a considerably tangled closure, with a fifth break buckled the victory and left for the bathe soaked again as a result of of the excessive humidity (83%) of the Mexican west coast. He’ll proceed to undergo, who is aware of, if his third title there. Nadal is a nightmare for younger folks making an attempt to interrupt by the circuit. Truly it is for nearly all rivals, however the Balearic has been taught from the starting with that group. This Wednesday, in Acapulco, Rafa beat Miomir Kecmanovic (20 years previous) 6-2 and 7-5 in a match that began after 23:00 native time and lasted 96 minutes. Thus added his 20th victory in opposition to rising stars since there is a rating of gamers underneath 21 (2016), the well-known and promoted NextGen. Thus he certified for the quarterfinals, the place Lajovic was not ready for him, however the Korean Soonwoo Kwon (22 and 76th in the world), who shocked the Serbian, eighth seed. It will likely be measured with him this Thursday again in evening session, round 05:00 in the morning Spanish time, of course. The target of recovering primary, though it is not a precedence for him, is nonetheless there. It relies upon, sure, on what Djokovic does a Dubai. If the chief of the rating wins Khachanov, he’ll keep one other week on the throne.last_img read more