first_imgBAFFERT SAYS IMPROBABLE WILL LIKELY SHIP TO PIMLICO ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 15; SEVEN-TIME PREAKNESS-WINNING TRAINER TO OVERSEE TRAINING IN KENTUCKY ON MONDAY IN ADVANCE OF MAY 18 PREAKNESS STAKESARCADIA, Calif. (May 8, 2019)–Fifth, beaten 3 ½ lengths and subsequently placed fourth via disqualification in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Santa Anita-based Improbable will likely ship from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore on Wednesday, May 15, three days in advance of the May 18 Preakness Stakes, according to Bob Baffert, himself a seven-time winner of the middle jewel in racing’s Triple Crown.“He’s walked four days and he’ll go back to the track tomorrow,” said Baffert today on a cool overcast morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner. “I fly back to Louisville Sunday and I’ll watch him train Monday.  If I’m happy with what I see, then he goes…I don’t want to be chasing any ghosts. He’s got to be enjoying himself and have that desire.”Will Improbable have a recorded breeze prior to the Preakness?“I’ll know Monday. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.”When asked about the announced switch from Irad Ortiz, Jr., to Mike Smith for the Preakness, Baffert responded with a wry grin, “The other guys (Ortiz, Jr. and Drayden Van Dyke) didn’t do anything wrong, but Mike and I have had a little luck together.”Last year’s Preakness, in which Baffert and Smith teamed for victory with eventual undefeated Triple Crown Champion Justify, was run over a sloppy main track, as was this year’s Kentucky Derby.“I’d like to run on a dry track, for once in my life,” quipped racing’s most recognizable figure. “You never know though, and you can’t worry about it.”Regarding weather and track conditions on Preakness Day, Baffert quickly dismissed consulting the National Weather Service.“Bode will tell me,” said Baffert in reference to his 14-year-old son, who got some “face-time” last week in Louisville assisting a local television weathercaster. “He never misses.”And Baffert is hoping Improbable, dispatched as the narrow 4-1 Kentucky Derby favorite last Saturday, is indeed on target going a mile and three sixteenths at Pimlico a week from Saturday.A first-out maiden winner at Santa Anita on Sept. 29, Improbable is owned by WinStar Farm, LLC, China Horse Club International, Ltd. and Starlight Racing.  A chestnut colt by City Zip, out of the A.P. Indy mare Rare Event, Improbable is now 6-3-2-0, with earnings of $769,520.last_img read more

Chelsea land Barca & Spurs get PSG in nightmare CL simulator draw for all Prem clubs

first_imgCHELSEA landed a nightmare Champions League last-16 draw – paired with Barcelona in our very own simulation.Ahead of Monday’s draw, SunSport held our own ceremony – and it’s bad news all-round for Premier League sides.3 How SunSport’s Champions League last 16 draw simulation panned out3 Chelsea and Spurs could face a nightmare Champions League drawThe Blues were paired with Barca, while Tottenham must battle past a Kylian Mbappe-inspired Paris Saint-Germain.Liverpool and Manchester City will both travel to Madrid, with Atletico and Real in store for them, respectively.In a bonkers draw which saw giants drawn together, Napoli were drawn with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund pulled Juventus out of the hat.Arguably the four weakest teams left in the competition were then all drawn together, with Atalanta paired up with RB Leipzig and Lyon getting Valencia.The draw should come as no surprise either, with Chelsea more likely to draw Barcelona than any other team in the competition.Frank Lampard’s side have a 23.28 per cent shot of facing the Spanish champions – the highest percentage of any team to face any other side.Chelsea can also face PSG, Bayern, Juventus or Red Bull Leipzig in the last-16.Meanwhile, Tottenham are most-likely to be drawn with Valencia at 22.61 per cent – but here landed PSG in a 17.33 per cent shock.3 The permutations for the Champions League last 16 drawMORE CHELSEA STORIESLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outPicturedBUL OVEREx-Chelsea man Bulka wrecks £200k Lamborghini in horror crash in Poland lockdownLiverpool and Man City are both most likely to play Atletico Madrid – with the Reds getting them in our run-through.Both clubs also have a 21.58 per cent chance of facing Real Madrid.In an incredible turn of events, this season’s Champions League last 16 is the first time in tournament history all 16 clubs have hailed from Europe’s “Big Five” leagues.Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is only looking for the best players as he eyes January transfer windowlast_img read more

Sports Awards nominations open

first_imgThe Awards recognises the performance and achievements of Papua New Guinea athletes during the period January 1 to December 31 2015.Similar to last year, there are 12 categories including Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year, National Performance of the Year, Junior Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Best Sportsperson with a Disability and Sports Media Award.Nominations can be submitted by anyone including national sporting associations, individual sportsmen and women, coaches, administrators, clubs, sports officials, the media and the public.PNG Olympic Committee Secretary General Auvita Rapilla encourages the public to be part of the celebration this year and nominate now.“Nominate the sporting personalities you think deserve to win the awards on offer this year,” said Rapilla.Nominations must include supporting documentation describing major achievements in 2015.Closing date for nominations in all categories is on April 1 and the presentation night is scheduled on Saturday, May  4 , in Port Moresby.The public also have the opportunity to vote on which finalist from the first four categories they feel deserves to win the People’s Choice of the Year.last_img read more

Hunters cling to fourth place in Intrust Cup

first_imgThe Hunters lost their second consecutive away game yesterday going down 40-16 to the eighth placed Northern Pride at Barlow Park.After 24 rounds, the Hunters are in fourth place on 32 competition points (14 wins, 8 losses and 2 byes) and a points for and against of 90.The top 6:Redcliffe Dolphins (38), Burleigh Bears (37), Townsville Blackhawks (35), SP Hunters (32), Sunshine Coast Falcons (29), Souths Logan Magpies (28).The Hunters will play the Sunshine Coast Falcons this Sunday at the National Football Stadium. Kick-off is at 3:05pm.last_img

Top four given a shake

first_imgThe previously unbeaten PAG Roosters in the Laurabada Pool (Mixed) had their first loss at the hands of the second placed PIH by only three runs.ANZ then added more salt to the wound, beating PIH in the next match as they scored 115 runs in reply to the Roosters’ 69 runs.Despite their two losses, Roosters still held onto first place, closely followed by PIH (2nd), PNG Ports (3rd) and SCAL, who round off the top four.Avurigo Pool (Mixed) leaders and reigning champions, AVIS, continued their unbeaten run with a comfortable 74 run victory over National Parliament.The match of the round for the Avurigo Pool belonged to the Digicel Reds and Credit Corporation.  The Reds’ outstanding fielding and bowling was enough to hold off a fast-finishing Credit Corporation to defend their score of 81 runs and win by nine runs.That win has shot the Reds into the top four with Water PNG surrendering their fourth spot with a big loss to third placed Rent a Tent.Meanwhile, the Men’s division reigning champions and Avala Pool leaders, Puma Energy, were given a scare by National Parliament.At the end of play, both teams were locked on 130 runs apiece to showcase what is to come during the final playoffs.In the other pool matches, BSP flexed their muscles with a mammoth win over IBS. The men in green amassed 245 runs and restricted IBS to -13 runs to keep their hunt on for the top spot. A second team surrendered their unbeaten tag in the competition with Lahara Pool (Men’s) pace setters, PIH, falling short by 27 runs against the fourth placed Tent Manufacturers. In another nail biter, third placed PAG Roosters held off a determined Moni Plus to win by a solitary run and hold onto third spot in the top four.Rigo Office kept up their pursuit of the top spot with victories over ANZ and Carpenters Shipping. Bmobile-Vodafone and Kina Bank also recorded victories.The points ladder:last_img read more

Nadal: “The relationship between Djokovic, Federer and I is good”

first_img– This is like all the things in life; One has extra affinity with some than with others. Not me: everybody. However I have been lucky all through my profession that in each event or occasion I get to the locker room, I see my teammates; and few issues I have appeared for. I have by no means had the sensation of not eager to see one; or not eager to see one other. I arrive on the locker room, I see colleagues with whom we share many issues, week after week; and it makes me blissful to have the ability to greet you, to have the ability to share opinions … and the fact of moments we stay collectively. Through the years, much more. When you’re youthful, it is true that you just take rivalry and competitiveness to the acute. When you’re a bit of older, the phantasm to win and get issues is the identical; however you already know that what occurs outdoors the monitor doesn’t have a huge impact on what is going to occur contained in the monitor. And fortuitously, amongst us, the relationship is; And, in more often than not we now have shared on the circuit, it has been good. With each Novak and Roger, as with (the Scotsman) Andy (Murray); with all of us who’ve had a extra ‘energetic’ rivalry, should you can say so; Now it’s extra latent. And the issues we do present it. Novak was now with me in Kazakhstan, on the finish of the yr, making an exhibition for my basis. I was in Milan two years in the past taking part in for his. Now I’m going to South Africa to play an exhibition for Roger’s basis … and the fact is that I am delighted. Federer was on the opening of my Academy in Manacor … the reality is that we perceive that it is important to assist us, too; and keep a constructive relationship that I suppose additionally helps our sport and transmit values ​​which can be good for younger folks.– When you’ve got kids at some point, would you want them to be tennis gamers? Would you want them to be athletes, no less than? Or does this matter to you?– I would really like you to apply sports activities, no matter you need. I suppose that sport … not all the things, clearly; however there are a lot of sports activities that assist to develop with ample values ​​of companionship, effort, respect … and I suppose it is an excellent academic mannequin for younger folks. So sure, I want to. However sport is not the one technique to have an excellent coaching; There are others which can be very legitimate, too. However I, as an athlete and understanding what the world of sports activities is, nicely sure I could be delighted that someway they had been athletes. I don’t say professionals; however that they’d the spirit of being athletes. Rafael Nadal, winner of 19 Grand Slam tournaments, with 84 titles ATP, double Olympic gold-individual, within the Video games of Beijing’08; and doubles within the Rio’16, Brazil- and five-time Davis Cup winner; It is undoubtedly one of the vital figures within the historical past of tennis.In an interview with the EFE Company that came about in Kuwait in the course of the inauguration of the Rafa Nadal Academy, hours earlier than leaving for South Africa, the place he’ll play a charity match towards Swiss Roger Federer, the Mallorcan star defined how his relationship with him and the opposite nice tennis participant subsequent to him, the Serbian Novak Djokovic; and commented that he could be excited to have them at some point, that his kids apply some sport.– You, Federer and (Serbian Novak) Djokovic have been dominating tennis for a few years. All are extraordinarily aggressive. How is your relationship? With the passage of time, do issues soften? Is all the things relativized?last_img read more

Pochettino among Red Devils: the image that clarifies his future

first_imgAs well, some images of him attending the Championship match between Brentford and Leeds have triggered rumors even more. The technician could be seen accompanied by Neil Ashton, head of public relations and one of the assistants of Ed woodward, owner of Manchester United, witnessing the meeting of Championship in which Brentford and Leeds tied one. That image has triggered suspicion about Mauricio’s possible arrival at Old Trafford.The coach himself has admitted on some occasion that his desire is to continue training in the Premier League and to be able to be in one of the important teams, so the presence in a box with United leaders can be considered as an approach towards their desire. Pochettino was fired from Tottenham just a few months after reaching the first final in the history of the Champions League with the Spurs. Even so, it retains a very high sign in England. Mauricio Pochettino He is one of the technicians who enter all the pools as a possible tenant of one of the important benches in England since next season. The Argentine coach, who was fired from Tottenham at the end of last year, is in the list of candidates to do with the position of coach of several of the big sets of the Premier They are going through a bad time.last_img read more

Barça wake up on time

first_imgHe woke up in time in Barcelona in Naples where he started a draw to one that will allow him to decide in the Camp Nou his pass to the quarterfinals whenever he wins the Gattuso team. Barça was at risk of hitting another hit with a great moral draft, but both Griezmann and Ter Stegen stops kept the ship afloat.It may be that Messi’s words when he said last week in an interview that today Barcelona did not have a team to win the Champions League influenced more than we believe in the mood of the costumes. That, or that the Argentine had more reason than a saint. Whatever it was, Barça went out to play San Paolo, self-conscious and cowardly. Shyness came in from the bench, where an alignment and a timid approach were developed. A game plan that, incidentally, seemed banished from the day that argument was used to decapitate Valverde. But time passes and we continue in them.With Rakitic and Vidal in the center of the field and Umtiti as central instead of Lenglet, Barça went out to play under the premise that time would pass without anything happening. It helped this scenario that Naples not put forward its pressure and let Barçá get lost again in a carousel of useless passes in areas of the countryside without any significance. Between them they perpetrated the first half hour more soporific of football that is remembered in a long time. There are empty fish tanks with more action than was seen yesterday in this infamous start of the game. The course of events could only change through an error that facilitated the work to the contrary and it fell from the Blaugrana side. Junior mishandled a ball raffled by Piqué, Zielinski accelerated the game and passed it to Mertens who beat Ter Stegen after Semedo politely invited him to try his favorite shot.Barça found that he had thrown over 30 minutes of the game and was already losing 1-0. Neither for those changed the script, followed the inane possession without approaching or even looking at the door of Ospina. It was an almost exact reissue of the league game they played in Valencia. And as in Mestalla, the thing could have been worse because after a mess in the area Manolas was about to do the second before the end of the first part.At the start of the second Busquets he saw the card that will prevent him from playing the lap. Mertens retired injured, but Gattuso did not want to speculate despite the advantage and took Milik while Barca entered Arthur on the pitch in an attempt to find a pass that Messi could take to the boot. But it was Busquets who enabled with a great pass a climb of Semedo whose center was topped off by Griezmann, Barça seemed to finally enter the game at 57 minutes.But incomprehensibly, the culé team had to cling to Ter Stegen, who with two stops against Insigne and Callejón avoided the second of Naples, who reacted with blaugrana rage.After those two scares tried to settle in the field, but ended up suffering when Vidal was expelled, another who will not play around and injure Piqué.last_img read more

Birmingham City ask their players for a pay cut

first_imgThe Birmingham City It is the first soccer club in England who has asked his players to cut their pay. The Telegraph It has been reported, in scoop, that the intention of the leaders of the English club is that footballers who earn more than 6,500 euros a week will make a 50% cut in salary over the next four months.The idea is not to suffocate the entity’s coffers since ite has produced a significant reduction in income due to the suspension of the competition, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Birminghan City has sent an email, which has been accessed The Telegraph: “Given the unprecedented circumstances in which we find ourselves as a football club, as a company and as a country in general, we contact you to request your acceptance of a short-term deduction from your wages to help the club continue operating day to day in the current climate. “ Players who accept that salary cut will not be left unpaid. Birmingham’s move is that after competition resumes, the remaining salary to be collected will be compensated in four installments.Birmingham City competes in the English Second Division (Championship) and is trained by the Spanish Pep Clotet. It has among its ranks the goalkeeper Moha, on loan from Real Madrid Castilla, and two old acquaintances of the Spanish LaLiga: the Ecuadorian Jefferson Montero and the ex from Albacete, Jerémie Bela.last_img read more