FRISCO, Texas – Five Southland softball student-athletes were named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Teams, the College of Sports Information Directors of America announced Monday. Sam Houston State pitcher Lindsey McLeod and Houston Baptist shortstop Demi Janak are third-team selections. McLeod, a 2018 All-Conference Second Team member, set a single-season strikeout record (222) for the Bearkats in her junior season in which she kept a 4.0 GPA as a public health major. Janak, who finished her junior season leading HBU in batting average and home runs, is a 4.0 student as an accounting major. The five total selections are second only to the SEC, which led all conferences with six members. Each Southland member has a 4.0 GPA; of the 30 honorees scattered across the three teams, only 19 members have a perfect GPA. For a complete list of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® selections, visit here. Nicholls pitcher Megan Landry was selected for the second team after a junior season that saw her win Southland Pitcher of the Year while keeping a 4.0 GPA as a secondary education-English major. Abilene Christian first baseman Brianna Barnhill joins Landry on the second team. Barnhill completed her college career with a spotless GPA as a kinesiology major. Central Arkansas shortstop Kate Myers leads the Southland as the lone pick to the first team. Myers becomes the first student-athlete in program history to earn first-team recognition and just the second to receive All-America honors. Wrapping up her senior season for the Bears, Myers maintained a 4.0 GPA majoring in Biology and minoring in sports psychology. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native was one of two student-athletes to receive the Southland’s F.L. McDonald Scholarship to be applied toward graduate studies. She will continue her academic career at Oklahoma State’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
JOCKEY QUOTESMARIO GUTIERREZ, LISTING, WINNER: “I think being on the outside today helped him a lot, he was more comfortable, you know no pressure last time he did a little step before crossing the wire so I think that caused him that extra bow but today it was good.”“That was the plan from the beginning. I think he might have got the nose in the wire and today on the outside with no pressure, I think it helped him a lot.“Everywhere I’ve been I get people like Paul Reddam so through ups and downs I know people like him will have my back 100 percent, which gives me a lot of confidence.“Oh it’s always great. For me and for Paul it’s great. I think I’ve been extremely lucky.”TRAINER QUOTES BEN CECIL, LISTING, WINNER: “It was a bit closer than I hoped, but he may have gotten a little tired. I didn’t give Mario any instructions. He knows the horse. He had a good effort last time down the hill and we had given him a little break prior to that, which he probably needed. Maybe now he’ll improve even a bit more.”Asked how many horses he trains for Paul Reddam: “I’m pretty much all Paul. I have about 10 for him and he’s kept me alive. He’s been a good owner.”NOTES: The winning owner is Reddam Racing LLC.
Martin Pedroza32 55% 40% 12 EARLY FIRST POST TIME OF 12 NOON SATURDAY 4 6 JockeyMts Heriberto Figueroa40 2nd 3rd 50% John Shirreffs20 49% (Current from April 12 through Sunday, June 2) $164,066 JACKPOT IS $1,017,841 AT END OF THE ‘RAINBOW’ 14 2 4 J. Keith Desormeaux27 Joseph Talamo92 17 13 4 1 5 48% 2 4 Philip D’Amato63 19 5 5 17 46% 25% 7 44% 67% $585,414 13 3 5 $248,162 47% Aaron Gryder69 4 $196,128 7 $212,105 Vladimir Cerin39 Alfredo Marquez9 1 2 20% Victor Espinoza52 1 15 1 Money Won 7 53% $386,722 57% 20 19% $473,667 34% 4 12 $110,424 Win% 53% 22% 11 50% 12 3 35% Steve Knapp27 1st 58% $641,771 16% 9 11 19% $858,872 39% $476,884 55% 44% 24% $220,519 12% 5 7 Geovanni Franco76 Martin Garcia53 10 21% 9% ITM% $1,796,776 4 6 8 5 $875,492 48% $194,688 0 26% 12 8 Jorge Velez43 7 $245,638 Ruben Fuentes94 6 17% 17% 18 48% $649,248 37% 47% 9 7 5 24 9 $189,654 Drayden Van Dyke83 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 16% 13% 10 $749,427 TrainerMts Norberto Arroyo, Jr.33 BAFFERT GOES COAST TO COAST THIS WEEKENDBob Baffert goes from the ridiculous to the sublime this weekend when he sends out multiple Grade I winner McKinzie in Saturday’s $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap, one of eight consecutive Grade I races on the Belmont Stakes day card, and Rafal, who makes his stakes debut Sunday in Santa Anita’s $75,000 Desert Code at five furlongs on turf.“It’s a tough race, but he’s doing really well,” Baffert said Friday morning of McKinzie, a versatile son of Street Sense who has won sprinting (Grade I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs) and routing (Grade I Pennsylvania Derby at 1 1/8 miles).“I don’t like his post (number two). I wanted to be on the outside where he could stalk them and make his run, but he’s on the inside so they know where he is. I like to be on the outside where they don’t know. But Mike (Smith) knows him well and he’s probably got him figured out. It’s taken him 9 ½ races.”Smith has ridden McKinzie in each of his 10 starts, winning six, earning $1,483,560.New York-bred Rafal, meanwhile, broke his maiden on a wet/fast track at Santa Anita, winning by 4 ¼ lengths going five furlongs under Joe Talamo, who retains the mount Sunday.“I don’t think I’ve ever run a horse in the Desert Code,” Baffert said. “But this horse is really fast and I thought I’d try him on the turf and if he likes it run him on the turf at Del Mar, where they have a lot of grass races.”With the talented Irish-bred filly Ginger Nut taking on the boys, here’s the Desert Code, race six of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Ginger Nut, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Listing, Mario Gutierrez, 5-1; Legends of War, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Rafal, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Alleva, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; and Strictly Biz, Tiago Pereira, 4-1.The Desert Code is named for the winner of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, who scored at Santa Anita as the longest shot in the race at 36-1 under Richard Migliore on Oct. 25, 2008. David Hofmans trained Desert Code for long-time client Tarabilla Farms.EARLY FIRST POST TIME TOMORROW OF 12 NOONWith a tremendous Belmont Day undercard coming in from New York, Santa Anita’s admission gates will open tomorrow at 8 a.m. First post time for the first of nine races locally is at 12 noon.Approximate post time for the 151st running of the Grade I, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, which will preceded by seven other Grade I stakes, is at 3:37 PT.Following the races at approximately 6:30 p.m., Santa Anita will present a concert in Sirona’s featuring Bret Bollinger and the Bad Habits.Entrance is free to everyone with paid admission, but there will be a $10 cover charge after the races.SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AT $1,017,841For the 26th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved on Sunday, creating a huge Jackpot carryover of $1,017,841 into Friday at The Great Race Place.With $266,281 in “new” money bet, Sunday’s Rainbow Six pool reached $1,223,156, helping create a payout of $52.74 on 2,697 consolation tickets with six winners each.Today, the track offers two dollars beers and six dollar Specialty Cocktails, sponsored by Woodford Reserve. Free Club House and General Admission are also offered each Friday.Approximate post time for the third race, which begins the Rainbow Six, is 2 p.m.HALL OF FAME RIDERS HONOR PEERS AT JOCKEYS AND JEANS FUNDRAISERA Jockeys and Jeans record 19 Hall of Fame riders are expected to attend the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Santa Anita on Saturday, June 22. They will be there to honor the seven permanently disabled riders who attend, mix and mingle with attendees, and sign autographs.The Hall of Famers are Braulio Baeza, Bill Boland, Steve Cauthen, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Pat Day, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Donald Pierce, Laffit Pincay Jr., Edgar Prado, Jose Santos, Alex Solis, Mike Smith, Gary Stevens, Bobby Ussery and Jorge Velasquez.New this year are Desormeaux, Espinoza, Smith and Stevens. Cauthen, Espinoza and Smith are three of the five living jockeys who have won the Triple Crown. Day will become the only Hall of Fame member to have attended all six events, while McCarron will offer brief remarks. Ussery is 83, while Boland, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1950 as an apprentice at 16, will travel by train to the event from Florida. He is 85.Organizing committee member Sandy Hawley, who arranged for the attendance of his fellow Hall of Fame member, said, “I missed the first two but when I attended I realized the importance of this cause and have been to all since.“It’s truly an honor to help my severely injured brothers and sisters and I know it’s the same for every Hall of Famer who has taken the time out of their lives to attend.”The six honorees are Oscar Andrade, Stacey Barton, Dennis Collins, Jack Fires, Armando Rivera and Diego Sanchez. All became pari or quadriplegics from racing accidents. Committee member Jayme LaRocca, a severely injured former rider who oversees relations with injured riders, will also attend. Andrade, Collins and Sanchez will attend for the first time.Andrade was already a leading Quarter Horse jockey when he was injured in 2001 at Los Alamitos at 21. Collins, winner of 2,360 races, was injured at the Downs at Albuquerque in 2016 at 53. Sanchez participated in a jockey foot race to benefit the PDJF in 2015 at Emerald Downs and less than a year later was injured at the same track. He was 26.All seven, along with some 53 other severely injured former jockeys, receive a $1,000 monthly stipend from the PDJF, the recipient of all funds raised by Jockeys and Jeans. The group of all volunteers, founded in 2014 by five former jockeys and led by President Barry Pearl, has raised over $1 million for the charity.Tickets are limited and on sale at www.santaanita.com An online auction of valuable memorabilia is in place until the event at www.32auctions.comFor more information contact Jockeys and Jeans VP Marketing, Eddie Donnally at (818) 653-3711 firstname.lastname@example.org or Alexis Garske, Santa Anita Media Relations at Alexis.Garske@santaanita.com (626) 574-6413LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: Game Winner (Outside) and Shocking Fast worked 4 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baffert)Roadster worked 5 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baffert)She’s Devoted (Outside) and Rip City worked 3 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baltas)Square Peggy worked 4 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Koriner)Bitter Ring Home worked 3 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Drysdale)American Anthem (Outside) and Nero worked 5 furlongs.6-3-19 (Baffert)Stronach 5: All-Star Ticket for June 7th, 2019.Weekend Watch: Highlighting weekend action at Santa Anita Park Starting June 8th, 2019.Executive Cat (outside) works 4 furlongs 6-1-19 (Glatt)Campaign works 6 furlongs. 6-1-19 (Sadler)McKinzie (Outside) in company with Inshannity worked 4 furlongs. 6-2-19 (Baffert)Guiliana worked 4 furlongs. 6-2-19 (Powell)FINISH LINES: Martin Garcia worked two of Bob Baffert’s leadingthree-year-oldsFriday morning, Game Winner and Roadster.Game Winner,ticketedfor the Grade I Traverson Aug. 24, went four furlongs in company with Shocking Fast at 6:45 a.m., getting a time of 48.40 with Shocking Fast going a tick slower in 48.60. Roadster breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 . . . Mario Gutierrez rides 5-2 morning line chance Fore Left for Doug O’Neill in today’s Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park . . . Camby, 4-1 winner of last Sunday’s first race by a head under Joe Talamo for owners Al and Sandee Kirkwood, was bred inKentuckyby a group that includes Rocco Baldelli, manager of the Minnesota Twins who currently have the second-best record in baseball at 43-21 . . . It was a chalky Sunday, but still congrats are in order to Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free for picking seven winners on top in the nine races: Raging Whiskey ($5.40 in the second), Tequila Joe ($12.60) in the second, Phantom Boss (2.80) in the fourth, Neptune’s Storm ($5) in the fifth, Seaside Dancer ($7.60) in the seventh, Uno Trouble Maker ($3.80) in the eighth and Honeyfromthesouth ($4.40) in the ninth . . . Track announcer Frank Miramahdi and handicapper Ciaran Thornton will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 10:50 a.m. Saturday and 11:20 a.m. Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studios. 8 $156,722 1 $158,236 RAFAL MAKES HIS TURF DEBUT IN DESERT CODE 4 $103,260 13% J. Eric Kruljac23 4 $983,952 19 16 48% HALL OF FAMERS HONOR PEERS AT FUNDRAISER Rafael Bejarano103 9 4 6 $862,237 12 13% Andrew Lerner11 $995,826 13 64% 5 2 24% 48% 12 Bob Baffert27 6 0 5 17 Mark Glatt59 4 ITM% Jerry Hollendorfer46 20% 26% 27% $1,185,986 10 2nd 4 5 Tiago Pereira102 Mario Gutierrez58 10 Flavien Prat102 $482,033 12 48% $1,099,074 17% 55% 23% 14 22 5 11% $448,476 5 6 4 7 4 13 47% 5 4 $210,156 25% 19 59% 7 11 $384,291 12% 70% $503,314 10 47% George Papaprodromou20 Win% 19% Richard Mandella22 Richard Baltas61 $987,094 Kent Desormeaux54 23% $586,874 16 5 6 Doug O’Neill82 Edwin Maldonado61 11% 34% $222,614 52% 1st $273,590 17% 2 20% 7 William Spawr17 5 41% 4 24% $797,780 Agapito Delgadillo37 Tim Yakteen15 4 13% 4 8 14 2 6 13 54% Money Won 3rd 20% 59% 13 11 Peter Miller35 44% John Sadler56 17% 18%
Welcome back, @Vorm_Official! The experienced goalkeeper has signed a contract with the Club until the end of the season. #THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 14, 2019Jake Lambourne15 Oct 2019, 6:57 pmTANGUY NDOMBELE has revealed he has not been happy with his form this season after joining from Lyon.Asked by Canal Plus if he has been satisfied by his performances, he said: “No, I’m not comfortable. “I remain focused, I try and go forward all the while thinking you can quickly go backwards.“Can I disappear from the world football radar? Yes, at least that’s how I look at things. “Maybe in five years time, no one will be speaking about me, and there’s young talent coming out every year in football.”Jake Lambourne15 Oct 2019, 6:23 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO would snub a move to Manchester United as his Tottenham squad is stronger.That’s according to ex-England manager Sam Allardyce, whose verdict is another sign of United’s declining status as pressure mounts on their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Metro report Big Sam as saying: “I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.“Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United – and that is a telling fact.“It’s alright saying, ‘this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world’. “But has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United?”Jake Lambourne15 Oct 2019, 5:50 pmJake Lambourne15 Oct 2019, 5:19 pmTOTTENHAM are reportedly keeping tabs on Wolves centre-back Willy Boly.Mauricio Pochettino’s side used to have one of the most fearsome defences in the Premier League.But with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both now into their 30s, the Lilywhites’ backline isn’t quite what it was.And Football Insider claim that Spurs chiefs are tracking the Frenchman Boly – who has impressed since Wolves’ promotion to the top flight in 2018.Joe Miles14 Oct 2019, 4:25 pmKEEP your eyes peeled… 🌎👇 A recap on yesterday’s internationals and a look at which of our players are in action today.#THFC ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 14, 2019Joe Miles14 Oct 2019, 3:47 pmVETERAN keeper Michel Vorm has rejoined Spurs as emergency cover for injured skipper Hugo Lloris.Dutchman Vorm, 35, left Tottenham in the summer after five years at the club.Vorm made 13 Prem appearances and played 47 games in total after his £3.5m move from Swansea. He has agreed a short-term deal to the end of the season.Joe Miles14 Oct 2019, 3:08 pmHARRY REDKNAPP has urged Mauricio Pochettino to reject the Manchester United job. He told The Mirror: “Listen, he’s the manager of a London club, a great place to live, I’m sure he’s earning an absolute fortune, they have a great training ground, they have a great stadium, and he has great players.”Before he added: “I don’t know where he goes. Manchester United? Maybe but Pochettino is not silly, he knows he’s got a massive rebuilding job there.” Joe Miles14 Oct 2019, 1:58 pmSVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON swayed Roman Abramovich to buy Chelsea instead of Tottenham.Recalling the tale, Eriksson told The Times: “We met at Les Ambassadeurs [a casino and club in London].“There were three men standing there. One is properly dressed, the other is so-so and the third, I thought he was the driver. Of course that was Roman.“He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.“I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London.“Tottenham or Chelsea? I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win.“I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. You have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.’”Joe Miles14 Oct 2019, 1:06 pmHARRY KANE could leave Spurs at the end of the season if the club do not improve, says Alan Hutton.The former Tottenham man told Football Insider: “I think a lot of the boys’ heads have been turned. “They got to the Champions League final which was great, expectations were big for this season, a lot of stuff’s going on behind the scenes. “I know there’s a lot of talk about Harry Kane and moving on and wanting to win things. I do think as a player you do want to win things. “It’s going to be a massive talking point in the next six months or so depending on how things end up at Tottenham.” Joe Miles14 Oct 2019, 12:16 pmHARRY REDKNAPP has predicted that Spurs will finish above Arsenal and Chelsea this season. He told the Daily Mail: “They should be finishing in the top three with that squad, that’s where they should be, there’s no doubt about that in my opinion. “To get to a Champions League final was great for them. It was great to see them reach the final.”Joe Miles14 Oct 2019, 11:48 am🏴 @Ben_Davies33 picked up an assist in Wales’ 1-1 draw with Croatia this evening.#EURO2020 ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/eqHjdwD6lJ— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 13, 2019Joe Miles14 Oct 2019, 11:18 amHARRY KANE has been warned he is in for a “rude awakening” if he pursues a spell in the NFL after retiring from football.The Tottenham striker, 26, is an avid fan of American football and was in attendance at the NFL game at White Hart Lane last week.NFL legend Morten Andersen said: “It’s the path of least resistance, ‘I’m a soccer player so I must be a good kicker.’“But they are in for a rude awakening when they delve into the position as there is more to it than meets the eye.“Joe Miles14 Oct 2019, 10:51 amHARRY KANE has insisted he can handle the pressure of wearing the captain’s armband for Spurs and England. He said: “I kind of just take that responsibility on. I have been doing it for a while now. “Obviously it doesn’t help when you don’t win on Friday night because it feels like you carry those losses with you and as players we want to win every game. “From my point of view, I’m with the captain role at England and take that responsibility on, obviously I will be captain [at Spurs] for however long Hugo is out.“But I have said that my game doesn’t change, my personality doesn’t change.” Joe Miles14 Oct 2019, 9:54 amWe have today announced a new partnership with @HSBC as our Official Banking Partner for both the men’s and women’s teams in the UK and Hong Kong.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 14, 2019Joe Miles14 Oct 2019, 9:22 amTOTTENHAM are reportedly ready to make an approach for £65million-rated Bruno Fernandes in January to replace Christian Eriksen.Spurs eyed a move for the midfielder in the summer but could not agree a deal with Sporting Lisbon.According to A Bola, the North Londoners are preparing another attempt to sign the Portuguese star.Sporting are understood to want around £65m for their 25-year-old captain.William Pugh14 Oct 2019, 9:57 pm🏴 @Ben_Davies33 picked up an assist in Wales’ 1-1 draw with Croatia this evening.#EURO2020 ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/eqHjdwD6lJ— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 13, 2019William Pugh14 Oct 2019, 8:54 pmEtienne Fermie14 Oct 2019, 5:47 pm🇦🇷 @JuanMFoyth helped @Argentina secure a 6-1 victory over Ecuador in today’s friendly. 👏#THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/1pV8MDnqIO— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 13, 2019Etienne Fermie14 Oct 2019, 5:17 pmTOTTENHAM WOMEN fell to a 3-0 defeat against Manchester United at The Hive – their first home defeat in the WSL. Load more entries… TOTTENHAM go into the international break off the back of a 3-0 thrashing at Brighton and a serious elbow injury to Hugo Lloris.And Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate for a turnaround in Spurs’ fortunes with bottom club Watford their next opponents in two weeks – while also eyeing a new striker in Erling Braut Haaland.Get all the latest Spurs news here…Jake Lambourne15 Oct 2019, 10:01 pmHARRY KANE got on the scoresheet for Spurs and England thrashed Bulgaria 6-0.The Three Lions striker netted the sixth as Gareth Southgate’s men all-but sealed their qualification in Euro 2020.Jake Lambourne15 Oct 2019, 9:23 pmJUVENTUS are set to offer Adrien Rabiot to Tottenham as part of deal to land Christian Eriksen in January, according to reports in France.The France star, 24, only joined in the summer but is stuck in a logjam behind the likes of Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Aaron Ramsey and Emre Can – playing just three times this season.Juve are tempted to wait until next summer to sign Eriksen on a free transfer – like Ramsey, Can and Rabiot – but could look to tempt Spurs in January, say Le10sport.The Danish star, 27, is out of contract at Tottenham next summer and will be able to speak to European clubs in January.Now Juventus must decide whether they could use Eriksen sooner as they look to go on a Champions League run as well as continue their dominance in Serie A.Should they opt to sign him in January, Juve officials could offer Spurs Rabiot plus cash.Jake Lambourne15 Oct 2019, 8:40 pmMICHEL VORM has revealed he first got the call about re-signing for Spurs just four days ago.He said: “I was watching the game, at home in Holland. Obviously I saw straight away that he had a bad injury and at the time I thought about how bad it was. “After the game I spoke with Jan (Vertonghen), he told me what was going on and I spoke also with Toni (Jimenez, our goalkeeping coach) and, yes, during the week I got the phone call to ask if I was open to come back and help out. “I’ve kept in contact with a lot of the players and also with Toni. We were speaking quite regularly and on Thursday he called me, we had the conversation and from there on, it went very quickly.” Jake Lambourne15 Oct 2019, 8:05 pmMICHEL VORM has spoken of his delight at sealing a return to Spurs.He told the club’s website: “It’s good to be back. I’m very pleased, happy to be back. It’s easy in a way – nothing really changes. “I know most of the players, the staff obviously and everyone who is working here. I’ve been here for five seasons already so for me, it’s just coming home. “Obviously I’m not up to game fitness yet so in that part we need to improve a bit, but I feel good.” Jake Lambourne15 Oct 2019, 7:30 pmIT’S official!Michel Vorm has re-signed for Spurs on a deal until the end of the season. Etienne Fermie13 Oct 2019, 4:45 pmDANIEL LEVY and Mauricio Pochettino all smiles as they take their seats for the NFL match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon.
JOSE MOURINHO must be one helluva teacher.The master was defeated by one of his apprentices for the second weekend running.6 Raul Jimenez scored to snatch three points for WolvesCredit: Getty Images – GettyAfter losing 2-1 at Frank Lampard’s Chelsea last Saturday, Spurs boss Mourinho saw his strikerless side slip to another defeat at the hands of Nuno Espirito’s Wolves.The Wanderers manager used to be Mourinho’s reserve goalkeeper at Porto.Nuno may not have any of his old gaffer’s charisma, but as Mourinho replied when this was put to him at his Press conference on Friday: “Charisma does not win you football matches.”But the Molineux chief does have Mourinho’s way of winning matches by sticking to his guns.And way things are going Nuno and Wolves could also end up taking Mourinho and Tottenham’s Champions League place next season – even without winning the Europa League.This victory saw Nuno’s men leapfrog the North Londoners in the battle for Euro spots at the top of the Premier League table.Wolves moved up to sixth spot level on points with Manchester United in fifth, while Tottenham dropped to seventh two points below, their season savaged by injuries.Keeper and captain Hugo Lloris, having only recently returned from a dislocated injury, returned to the sick bay with a groin problem.And with no recognised strikers, due to the long-term absences of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Tottenham’s season is in serious danger of going nipples north.Wanderers arrived here after a midweek trip to Barcelona’s second club Espanyol, where they made it through to the last 16 of the Europa League.Yet, despite having one of the smallest squads in the Prem, they looked as fresh as daisies in their FORTY-SIXTH fixture of the campaign.Mind you, they love coming to London.6 Wolves are now just one point behind the North London clubCredit: Getty Images – Getty6 Matt Doherty levelled the scoring before the half hour markCredit: Getty Images – GettyWolves have not lost any of their nine League matches in the capital since their promotion back to the top flight in 2018.They managed to serve up some more capital punishment, despite falling behind twice.Tottenham looked all over the place before they took a 13th minute lead against the run of play with a swift counter attack.Giovani Lo Celso played in Serge Aurier down the right channel and Ivorian wing-back’s low ball across the box fell perfectly for Dele Alli.Wolves keeper Rui Patricio did brilliantly to block the England midfielder’s shot but could do nothing to keep out Steven Bergwijn’s follow-up.This seemed to settle Spurs and the signs looked ominous for the visitors when Davinson Sanchez hooked a dipping shot just over the crossbar moments later.But Wolves drew themselves level in the 27th minute as Tottenham’s defensive flaws were highlighted again.Ruben Vinagre played a lovely one two with Ruben Neves on the left before getting in behind Aurier and firing in a cross, which Eric Dier failed to cut out and Japhet Tanganga miscontrolled, gifting Arsenal fan Matt Doherty the simplest and sweetest of close-range finishes.6 Diogo Jota poked the ball across the line from close range to equalise in the 57th minuteCredit: Getty Images – GettySpurs had shot themselves in the foot again – but to their credit they recovered, retaking the lead on the stroke of half-time.And once again that man Aurier was involved as he collected Dele’s angled ball on the corner of the box, cut inside Vinagre and curled a left-footed shot beyond Patricio into the far corner of the net to stun Wolves – and just about everyone else.Who knew Aurier had a left-foot?It was the defender’s first Premier League goal since he netted in Spurs’ 4-1 win at Bournemouth on March 11, 2018.An unmarked Dele should have increased the lead after the break when he headed Ben Davies’ cross wide from eight yards.And the miss was to prove costly Jota – who had earlier flicked a header onto the roof of the net – tapped in Wolves’ second equaliser of the afternoon in the 57th minute after keeper Paulo Gazzaniga could only get an outstretched boot to Doherty’s toe-poked cross-shot.Jota then turned provider to set up the 73rd minute winner for Raul Jimenez, who turned inside Tanganga in the box and curled a shot into the far corner.Tottenham have only kept three clean sheets in Mourinho’s 24 games in charge and their fans will be wondering why the manager rested Toby Alderweireld on the bench.The home crowd showed what they thought of his decision not to send 18-year-old striker Troy Parrott on until the final minute as they greeted the substitution with ironic cheers.6 Jose Mourinho’s side are slumped at seventh in the tableCredit: AFP or licensorsMOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH 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 InstagramPicturedA 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’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 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 strutTottenham showed plenty of spirit but still look a mess at both ends of the pitch.Mourinho should be proud of himself, though.He clearly taught Nuno well.6 Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura showed off their moves after Spurs took the leadCredit: Getty Images – GettyTottenham boss Jose Mourinho jokes he may be forced to turn to Peter Crouch
The English squad is comprised of many players who have left the mother country to play a starring role in the NRL, but Graham said that wouldn’t be an issue heading into this weekend’s game against New Zealand. “Obviously a fair few of us are plying our trade over in Australia. That’s just football, isn’t it?” he said. “There are lads from other clubs that play against each other and stuff like that. It’s not really an issue. We all get on really well. Whether you play anywhere in Super League or anywhere in NRL, we all get on really well.”Five players made their international debuts in the 40-6 win over France last weekend, including Jonny Lomax, whose long road to recovery has left a lasting impression on Graham. The St Helens fullback suffered a serious head injury as a teenager which required emergency open skull surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Despite the nature of the injury, the 26-year-old has forged a stellar career in the Super League, and his exploits have struck a chord with Graham. “[They’re settling in] really, really well actually,” the Bulldogs skipper said of the new faces in the English side. “One lad in particular I’m really pleased for is Jonny Lomax. If you look at the story, he’s had some injuries and some stuff before that when he was a bit younger. “I was so proud to be alongside him and to play with him on his first cap. I really, really can’t speak highly enough of that kid. I’m so pleased for him.”Graham suffered a head injury of his own on the weekend which forced from the field with 10 minutes to go and will need to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday’s game (AEST) against the Kiwis. He admitted to feeling “a bit sore” at the end of the match, but it appears more than likely that he will line up for England this weekend. The 31-year-old identified New Zealand’s monster forward pack as something England needed to stop, otherwise star Kiwis halfback Shaun Johnson would likely hurt them as he did in the epic 2013 World Cup semi-final. And while New Zealand’s threat is there for the world to see, Graham hopes home-ground advantage could serve as England’s secret weapon in a match that will likely see the winner advance to the Four Nations final. “We’re expecting a really tough Kiwi team,” he said. “They’re really strong through their middle forwards, and obviously Johnson off the back of that. It’s going to be tough for us. “We know they’re a quality side, but [I’m] really looking forward to playing at Huddersfield. [There’ll be a] full house, and it should be a great atmosphere. “I can’t wait to play on English soil. To play in front of friends and family is really important to me and something that I’ve really missed, so I can’t wait.”
Bension Lapun of Warako Storms, Junior Low of Joyce Bay Roosters and Goratove Ori of Sabama raiders were the three players selected.Chairman of the Moresby South Rugby Football League Brian Murema yesterday commended the players on their achievement and urged that Moresby South League has continued to produce a number of players to the National and through to international level.“As the Chairman, on behalf of Moresby South Rugby Football League, I would like to congratulate our three players for making it into Hunters train-on squad,” Murema said.“This is an honour that the achievement is credited to the individuals, the local clubs and the competition as a whole,” Murema added.The three have succeeded from their performance in the 2016 grand final into the train-on squad for Hunters in 2017 season.
Lealiifano today spoke publicly for the first time since returning to rugby and revealed the shining light that spurned him on while pushing through rigorous chemotherapy treatment in Melbourne.”It helped me massively to know that he had zero awareness of what was going on,” Lealiifano said of his son.”To have him come into hospital and see his dad with no hair one day, no hair, no eyebrows and he still smiles and knows who you are, it’s truly uplifting hey.”You look in the mirror and you’re actually sick but then you see your son and he makes you smile.”Keeping him close to me was something that motivated me and inspired me to get better.”To be a dad and make it to his first birthday meant a lot.”Lealiifano’s story has inspired a nation.Struck down with a leukaemia diagnosis in August 2016, his return to rugby was something that coach Stephen Larkham always believed was a matter of when, not if.That belief, along with the support of friends, family, fans and countless others, who Lealiifano went to great extent to thank today, was another motivating factor in his journey back to full health.”He (Larkham) was probably the one person that from day one, he was always believing that I would get back and play,” Lealiifano said.”Knowing that in the back of my mind, that someone was there that truly believed I would make it – he never wavered off that and it really inspired me and motivated me.”Knowing that someone truly, truly believed that I could get back and play footy again and then to run out in the quarter final against the Hurricanes was truly special,” Lealiifano said.The 29-year-old was also stoic in saying he would go through the treatment 10 times over, such is the impact this battle has had on his take on life.”Just my outlook on life – rugby is a small part of it but my perspective changed, obviously, when I had a child,” he said.”Then when you get leukaemia and go through that, everything changes even more.”I’m really, really, really grateful and I’ve said this before – I would go this through 10 times again to be the person I am today.”Reports in recent days indicate Lealiifano is considering a move to Ulster to get game time back in his legs before the 2018 season but no such deal has been locked in, according to the man himself.A stint with the Vikings come NRC time is an options, as is a move to other overseas clubs, but Lealiifano hasn’t thought about any potential Wallabies involvement down the track.He’s simply focused on staying fit and healthy, with the battle of a lifetime now firmly in the rearview mirror.”They always say that when you are in remission you have beaten it but they don’t actually say you have beaten it until roughly two years,” he said.”One thing that they said they can never guarantee is that the cancer won’t come back.”They can give you every chance but it’s just a matter of trying to live each day the best you can.”
The revival of Lae’s former glory club name ‘Bombers’ has been in the air over the last couple of months. Morobe’s Lae Bombers was out of the rugby league scene in the last five years due to the current Lae franchise – Lae Snax Tigers.Bombers had been the pioneer provincial club in the inter-city completion until it was replaced in 2011 by the Tigers under the Lae Biscuit Company sponsorship.Led by Timothy Lepa, CEO of Ipatas Cup, the Lae rugby fraternity is considering the possibility of fielding Lae’s second team in the 2016 Digicel Cup under the Bombers banner. Lepa says Bombers will be a team comprising talented players selected from local competitions involving districts in Morobe.He said the team will be known as City Bombers, and its bid to enter the 2016 season will be launched on November 21 at the Lae League Oval.The launch will be marked with a live rock concert by local artists including Highlands music legend Tom Lari, Madang’s Demas Saul, K-Duman of Morobe, Daniel Bilip of Enga and Augustine Amil from Southern Highlands.
How is the team?What we have is the desire to compete again. Again a match, in this case of Copa. We will try to pass, although our main Competition is the League. We all have in mind Sunday. That It is very clear, but we cannot divert the attention of the Cup.Will it make rotations?This type of matches are for everyone to have minutes. Will something similar to the last qualifiers. It is very likely, they can Play many of those who have not had minutes.What does the equipment fail?We have failed in the last meters, we must correct it. We have trouble dialing.Are you worried about the rainstorm?We adapt, the field drains well, there will be no problem.How are the injured? Soriano is being tested. It looks like it won’t come for the game. Aday and Samu Sáiz either.How do you see Villarreal?It is a team that will fight to go far in the Cup. It will try to Get a good team. They have different schemes, but always together Many people inside. They have a lot of ball and a lot of arrival. If not We keep possession we will suffer. LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of January 21, 2020