first_imgSANTA ANITA TO REOPEN INNER EXERCISE TRACKArcadia, CA – March 7, 2019 – Starting Friday, March 8, 2019, Santa Anita will reopen its inner exercise track to all horses stabled on the grounds.  That track, about six furlongs (3/4 of a mile) in circumference, is inside both the one mile main track and seven furlong turf course at Santa Anita.  Since opening day there have been no catastrophic injuries sustained on it.Veteran trackman Dennis Moore and Dr. Mick Peterson from University of Kentucky’s Racing Surfaces Testing Lab inspected the inner exercise track. After evaluating it extensively, Moore said he’s “happy with it”.  Once it reopens, they will closely monitor that track’s condition as horses stabled at Santa Anita Park begin using it.“Like all athletes horses need to stay active, so this is a good decision for their overall health since it allows our horses to get out of their stalls and keeps them moving to aid their digestion,” said Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.Use of the inner exercise track will be restricted to galloping or jogging only until further notice.Press Contacts:Tiffani Steer, [email protected] Willman, [email protected]last_img read more

All hell broke loose at Tottenham – I’ve never seen anything quite like it

first_imgALL hell broke loose in a crazy six-minute spell.It was simply breathtaking but a whirlwind for referee Mike Dean because there was so much action going on in quick-fire time.4 All hell broke loose as Spurs beat champions Man CityCredit: ReutersI’ve not seen anything like that before — it was quite unbelievable.Blimey, let’s start with the award of Manchester City’s penalty.There was no way it should have taken VAR official Kevin Friend one minute and 55 seconds to come to a decision on this.Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier had no chance of winning the ball because of the angle he challenged Sergio Aguero.It was a clear penalty and Friend should have made the call after one look at Stockley Park. But as play continued, Friend would have been checking the incident and I saw Dean communicate with the VAR when he said: “He’s played the ball?”Friend should have already alerted Dean to stop the game immediately in a neutral zone — as per the IFAB protocol.The ball went into a neutral zone several times and Aguero knew he was fouled because he stayed on the ground, yet we had a ridiculous wait.After the penalty award, the next issue was Hugo Lloris’ encroachment off his line. Had the Premier League followed the IFAB protocol on keeper movement off the line, then all of what followed could have been avoided.4 Raheem Sterling went down after City’s missed penaltyCredit: ReutersIFAB states that VAR checks the goal-line — but the Prem says the on-field assistant referee will deal with encroachment.Lloris was a yard off the line and I feel Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty should have been retaken.The rebound went to Raheem Sterling and he went down under Lloris’ challenge.There was contact — but I wasn’t convinced there was enough for him to go down.However, camera angles shown at half-time from behind the goal highlighted the contact from Lloris.What we don’t know is whether the VAR official saw that particular angle straight away. Sterling going down sparked a melee — but I don’t think it was an act of simulation.It was right that Sterling avoided a red card.Overall, Dean handled all those flashpoints extremely well.4 Spurs stopper Hugo Lloris saved from the spotCredit: EPADean cautioned Oleksandr Zinchenko because he ran 60 yards to get involved. But the City left-back will regret it because he can have no complaints over his second caution.Sterling was also fortunate not to receive a straight red card when he caught Dele Alli above the ankle.Sterling got a toe to the ball but his momentum took him into the Tottenham star.I’d ask: ‘Was it a challenge that endangered a player’s safety?’Yes it was — and no different to the tackle Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang committed at Crystal Palace when he was red-carded.THERE were two big penalty shouts in the win for LIVERPOOL over SOUTHAMPTON — and ref Kevin Friend and VAR official Simon Hooper got both wrong.Shane Long committed a clear holding offence on Roberto Firmino and it was a clear penalty.Friend should have seen the incident but I’m amazed VAR did not intervene as it was a clear error.Long is lucky he was not red-carded because he denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.Friend also missed a second spot-kick when Danny Ings was brought down by Fabinho.The Saints striker went past Fabinho and the Liverpool midfielder lifted his leg up to catch Ings.Why would Ings go down in that situation?VAR should have spotted this.I can understand the frustration of Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl because the incident changed the game at 0-0 and Liverpool went down the other end and scored.4 There were two big penalty shouts in Liverpool’s win over Southampton – and Kevin Friend got both wrongCredit: ReutersBrendan Rodgers thought LEICESTER deserved a late penalty against CHELSEA but I disagree.I didn’t think it was a deliberate handball when Blues defender Antonio Rudiger blocked Harvey Barnes’ cross.Ref Lee Mason was backed up by VAR official Graham Scott.WEST HAM can feel hard done by over BRIGHTON’S first goal.Glenn Murray deliberately impeded Lukasz Fabianski before he punched the ball onto Angelo Ogbonna, who scored an own goal. VAR official Andre Marriner should have helped ref Michael Oliver out.Murray’s late equaliser appeared to hit his arm but the replay showed there was no contact so the right decision was made.VAR was at its best when CRYSTAL PALACE defender Joel Ward got his red downgraded to a yellow card against SHEFFIELD UNITED.Well done to VAR official Tim Robinson for suggesting a review.Ref Andy Madley looked at the monitor and saw it was a reckless challenge by Ward on Enda Stevens rather than serious foul play.Most read in football THROUGH 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 clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsAnd BOURNEMOUTH goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was very lucky not to concede a penalty.He punched Bjorn Engels in the head after the ASTON VILLA defender had headed the ball goalwards.A late aerial challenge by an outfield player would result in a free-kick.So why is it seen any differently for a goalkeeper?Footballer has red card changed to yellow after VAR but clashes with rival on return to pitch and is sent off… again!last_img read more

Dier shuns private jet and takes £250 easyJet flight to Marrakesh instead

first_imgTOTTENHAM’S Eric Dier shunned private jets and first class travel as he headed off on his no frills winter break to Marrakesh with easyJet.The down to earth midfielder, 26, took a £250 budget flight after being given a week’s leave with the rest of his Spurs teammates.12 Tottenham’s Eric Dier took an easyJet flight to MarrakeshCredit: Triangle News12 The Spurs midfielder chose the budget airline instead of lavish private jets like some of his Premier League colleaguesCredit: Triangle News12 The England man took his place in the aisle seat before take offCredit: Triangle News12 He was spotted waiting to board with other passengersCredit: Triangle NewsDespite earning £60,000-a-week, the Three Lions man picked the low cost airline for his flight to Morocco much to the surprise of other passengers.And rather than post photos of himself enjoying private jets, luxury hotels and fancy beach bars like other top flight stars, Dier shared snaps of himself and a pal appearing to slum it.In one Instagram photo he can be seen sitting on a rug in a desert and walking through rugged wilderness in another.He flew out on the easyJet flight just hours after starting in Spurs’ 3-2 FA Cup replay against Southampton and the North Londoners don’t have another game until this Sunday’s clash with Aston Villa.One passenger on Dier’s flight said: “It was odd to see him on an easyJet plane, but also very refreshing.“He had been playing the night before. It shows what a man of the people he is.”12 Dier was heard chatting to other flyers about SpursCredit: Triangle News12 He was spotted in the desert with a pal once he arrivedCredit: Eric Dier Instagram12 Dier shared pictures of himself in the wildernessCredit: Eric Dier Instagram12 Dier boarded the flight just hours after playing in Spurs FA Cup replay win over SouthamptonCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnother flyer added: “He was happy to talk and we chatted about the game.“He then wished me a good holiday.”One other fan said: “Why isn’t he in business class?”And a third added: “Dier not first class then.”A fourth quipped: “Is he serving the drinks.”Dele Alli accused of filming ‘racist’ video mocking deadly coronavirus and Asian man at airportLADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal scores this coming weekend and win £100It is a far cry from fellow Tottenham player Harry Winks who flew upper class on an Emirates flight to the Middle East and posted a video on Instagram.It is also a stark contrast to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of bitter rivals Arsenal who travelled to Abu Dhabi by private plane.Aubameyang posed for a selfie and drank champagne in his luxury seat.Liverpool’s Brazilian stars Fabinho and Roberto Firmino have both headed off to the Maldives with their wives.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 himBoth couples posted snap in luxury hotels.Villa pair Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings also joined the trend posting snaps of them on an exotic beach in Dubai.Leicester’s James Maddison shared a photo on his Instagram of him in a plush pool also in the Middle East.12 Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang posted pictures of himself in a private jetCredit: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang instagram12 Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish were pictured on a beach in DubaiCredit: Tyrone Mings Instagram12 Liverpool’s Fabinho jetted away on a luxury break to the MaldivesCredit: Rebecca Tavares Instagram12 Leicester’s James Maddison shared snaps of him in DubaiCredit: James Maddison instagramEngland footballer Dele Alli apologises after appearing to mock deadly coronavirus in airport Snapchat videolast_img read more

Crusaders still at full strength

first_imgPhoto: The Crusaders, who beat the Highlanders 17-0 in the Super Rugby quarterfinal in Christchurch last weekend, will field the same 23 players for the semi against the Chiefs By sticking with the 23 men who combined to dust-up the Highlanders 17-0 in the wet, slippery conditions during the quarterfinal at AMI Stadium last weekend, Robertson has signaled the Crusaders believe they are capable of executing a variety of game plans during the sudden-death fixture.Rain is forecast to fall in Canterbury over the next few days, but to clear by Saturday afternoon.Openside flanker Matt Todd (finger) and left wing Seta Tamanivalu (neck) were the only players to suffer injuries during the win over the Highlanders, but both proved their fitness this week and have been named to start.Robertson has listed seven All Blacks in his forward pack, along with an additional three in his backline. All Blacks tight forwards Wyatt Crockett and Luke Romano have been listed on the bench.Crusaders: David Havili, Israel Dagg, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Seta Tamanivalu, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, George Bridge.last_img read more

PNG down Cooks in women’s touch rugby

first_imgVetu led her side to their third straight win over the Cook Islands this afternoon. PNG won 6-2 in front a big home crowd at Bisnin that cheered them home.PNG were given a scare early holding onto only a 2-1 lead at half time as Cook Islands managed to hold off a side that has thrashed its last two opponents. But staying true to their game plan, PNG surged home to score four more touch downs to win the game.last_img

Gigira to meet FC Pom today

first_imgPort Moresby will host the only match of the day between Gigira Laitepo United and FC Port Moresby.Both sides suffered losses in their opening matches last week and will be desperate for a win.The game will kick off at 3pm at the Bisini Grounds.In yesterday’s matches in the Southern Conference, Hekari United beat PKA Rapatona 4-0 while Erema Gulf FC downed Huawei PS United 3-2.For the Northern Conference, Madang FC beat Admiralty FC 1-0 in Madang.Besta PNG United thrashed Goroka Gosiha 4-1 while Lae City Dwellers defeated Welgris Morobe United 1-0 in Lae.last_img read more

Governors Cup game called off

first_imgThe NCD Cup Governor’s Cup games at Ipi Park, Hohola only went five minutes into the second half before being stopped.The Rangers were leading the home side 6-4 at the time.A penalty awarded to the Rangers angered the Bumpers supporters who threatened the referee which made him walk off in fear of his life.Officials are yet to make a decision on the outcome of the game. In the first match of the day, a field goal in extra time sealed a 5-4 win for the SSG Roosters over the NK Transformers.last_img read more

Boromas and Hammerheads book finals spot in championships

first_imgThe Hammerheads, after nailing the East New Britain Kaias in the first semi-final match yesterday, claimed the first spot before the Boromas wiped out Gaigais in the second semifinal match.It will be an old rivalry clash as Hammerheads stand ready to bring back their lost pride while Boromas are set to maintain their 15s Rugby Union legacy.The final is set for this weekend with more organised activities, including curtain raiser games.Meanwhile, women’s rugby union trial matches are also coming up to prepare for the first ever international tournament at the end of the year.last_img read more

New Year old life: Victor only has 13 professionals available

first_imgThe club does not find a way to enable the arrival of reinforcements (a striker is the priority). For there to be entrances there should be exits. But first you should register the three players mentioned above who do not have a record. They all want to find a way out before passing another ordeal based on training without being able to feel like soccer players in official matches.Sadiku, Benkhemassa and Diego, awareHow could it be otherwise, the cards are being a quinar for Malaga. To the outstanding sanctions of Juankar and Luis Muñoz it should be stressed that three players are aware of suspension for a match if they see the fifth yellow. They are Diego González, Benkhemassa and Armando Sadiku.Three players with professional record among which is its maximum producer. Sadiku has scored seven goals. We cannot forget that Mikel Villanueva and Adrián already accumulate three. Meanwhile, Víctor Sánchez del Amo will have to continue working with what little he has available and continue to take risks with players with a record of the subsidiary. This campaign has already used eleven, eight of them debutants.In Malaga he has seen 53 yellow cards and an expulsion that Adrián suffered. Managing so many cards with this precarious template is not easy. Malaga prepares Sunday’s game at Carlos Tartiere against Oviedo with the same pressure with which the year ended: 17 professional cards, three players who cannot be registered (Iván Rodríguez, José Rodríguez and Álex Mula), two players who cannot play in Carlos Tartiere for accumulation of reprimands (Juankar and Luis Muñoz) and three who have trained at margin of the group and that are not easy to be available for the aforementioned commitment (Adrián, Lombán and Keko Gontán). First reading of 2020. Víctor Sánchez del Amo It has, today, 13 alignment professionals.A precariousness that, not known, ceases to be an eternal headache in this season that Luis Hernández has described as “survival.” A state of unease that is not cushioned. The winter transfer market has opened with the arrival of the new year and some clubs have started movements in entrances and exits. Malaga no.last_img read more

Hole back: nine games without leaving the goal to zero

first_imgGirona has a hole in defense. The bleeding of goals received does not stop and the concern increases in a Pep Lluís Martí that, despite his changes in the center of the field, the axis of his defense and the goal does not hit the key. The people of Girona already chain nine games (between Liga and Copa del Rey) receiving goals and hence the current bad streak. He has to go back until November 24, 2019, on day 17 against Fuenlabrada (2-0), to see the last time they managed to keep their goal to zero. Since then, neither in the Cup, against a rival of Third (Linares) or against a Second B (Cartagena) could finish unbeaten.In the last nine duels, Juan Carlos and Asier Riesgo have occupied the goal of Girona, and none have managed to leave their goal to zero. And, moreover, in this period, between the two, They have received 15 goals. Which means an average of 1.6 per game. It is an excessively high figure for a group that intends to ascend to Primera. But this fact of receiving goals is not, by any means, exclusive to the last nine days because in the course, Girona has only left their goal to zero in six duels of the 26 disputed. And it is important to emphasize this because finishing unbeaten is synonymous with triumph for the rojiblancos given that, with the exception of the duel against Alcorcón (0-0), in the rest they have added the three points: Málaga (1-0), Las Palmas (1-0), Racing (0-3), Tenerife (1-0) and Fuenlabrada (2-0). These last two were with the current coach, Martí. Touch to secure the goal to avoid losing more points.last_img read more