first_imgJerry Hollendorfer14227202319%$3,139,988 Martin Pedroza14316201811%$646,824 Martin Garcia11723161420%$1,708,580 John Sadler11317171515%$1,024,694 FINISH LINES: Future plans for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red were undecided Friday morning, after it was announced early this week that the son of Afleet Alex was off the Triple Crown trail due to an abscess issue with his right front foot. “We’re still at the same juncture,” trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux said, when asked if Texas Red would remain with him at Santa Anita or be turned out. “We haven’t done the total workup yet with the vet. The horse is just training lightly and we’ll figure it out later in the week. It’s pretty basic stuff and I know it’s not anything serious. It’s just something that we know we can’t pressure him on.” . . . Jerry Hollendorfer plans to work the best horse in America, Shared Belief, five furlongs at Golden Gate on Tuesday, but offered no word on the next race for the Santa Anita Handicap winner. “We haven’t decided on where we’re going to run him yet,” said Santa Anita’s training leader with 27 wins through Thursday and the nation’s leader in purse earnings with $3,473,139 through Tuesday . . . Santa Ysabel Stakes winner Stellar Wind, a candidate for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 4 for John Sadler, is scheduled to breeze Saturday under Victor Espinoza. Other Oaks probables include Curlin’s Fox, Luminescence, Ratataptap, Wild at Heart and three Hollendorfer trainees, Achiever’s Legacy, Glory and Light the City. The latter worked six furlongs Friday in 1:12.20 . . . Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, with regular rider Martin Garcia in the saddle, worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert in 59.80 . . . Zenyatta offspring Cozmic One, working for his debut, went five furlongs under Victor Espinoza in 1:01.20 for John Shirreffs . . . Agent Sarah Wolfe has Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey of 2014 Drayden Van Dyke booked on Another Lemon Drop for trainer Philip Bauer in Saturday’s Grade III Spiral Stakes for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park . . . Santa Anita presents the world-famous Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship Saturday in its spacious infield. Taste delicious samplings from the masters of BBQ and watch a full card of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at . . . Next Saturday, March 28, features the Grade III Tokyo City Cup on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For more details, visit SISE HAS ‘PROSPECT’ FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. expects Prospect Park to move forward on the Triple Crown trail when he runs in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, April 4.Despite not winning against odds-on favorite and unbeaten Dortmund in the San Felipe Stakes on March 7, Prospect Park performed admirably, closing willingly in a moderately-paced mile and a sixteenth Grade II race to lose by only a length and a quarter.Sise feels the added sixteenth of a mile in the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby will benefit the maturing son of Tapit owned and bred by Pam and Marty Wygod.Prospect Park will work six furlongs Saturday with Joe Steiner up and gallop out seven furlongs at his San Luis Rey Downs headquarters, Sise said.“Then we’ll bring him to Santa Anita where he’ll have one moderate five-eighths workbefore the Santa Anita Derby. The horse is doing fantastic.” Mike Puype91812139%$412,656 Santiago Gonzalez9512101513%$587,484 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Peter Miller12622261417%$1,195,066 Fernando Perez1601520159%$708,660 Elvis Trujillo18422211712%$1,229,130 Jack Carava4469514%$182,920 Gary Stevens9015141617%$1,354,028 Mario Gutierrez9181199%$409,560 Jeff Bonde3190329%$324,240 Aaron Gryder624946%$328,880 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won PROSPECT PARK PREPPING FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYTO THE VICTOR (ESPINOZA) GOES FINNEGANS WAKEBALTAS WITH A BULLET HAS DREAM OF SUMMER DUOSANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN DERBY DAY 5K RUN APRIL 4FUTURE CURRENTLY UNDETERMINED FOR TEXAS RED Mark Glatt629111015%$454,972 Bob Baffert8920161222%$1,756,622 Eddie Truman1761235%$255,180 Tiago Pereira1061291411%$418,272 Ron Ellis50103820%$379,170 Mike Smith9619191520%$2,207,551 Thomas Proctor4576316%$525,378 Edwin Maldonado11212111411%$486,154 Steven Miyadi3375321%$217,500 -30- Steve Knapp3362318%$260,510 BALTAS SENDS OUT PAIR IN DREAM OF SUMMERTrainer Richard Baltas, enjoying a solid meet with 13 wins from 64 starters through 49 racing days, sends two for the money in Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile, Melanistic and Wild in the Saddle.“They’re both training very well, it’s a short field, so we’re taking a shot,” Baltas said before departing Thursday afternoon for Dubai where he will send out Grade I winner Big Macher in the $2 million Golden Shaheen on March 28.The Dream of Summer, the seventh of nine races: Anniversary Kitty, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Sudden Sunday, Elvis Trujillo, 5-1; Melanistic, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Sweet Marini, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-5; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5; and Grazenette, Joe Talamo, 3-1.SANTA ANITA RIDERS IN DERBY DAY 5K WALK & RUNSeveral Santa Anita-based jockeys will participate in Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Walk and Run on Saturday, April 4. A traditional prelude to the 78th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby later in the day, the Derby Day 5K will start at 8 a.m.“We’re going to have more jockeys participating than ever before,” said veteran rider Aaron Gryder, who was born in nearby West Covina and has more than 3,600 wins in a career dating back to 1987.“We’re all out here to have fun, but I think the number of jocks participating is a pretty good indicator that we all are living healthier and are much more committed to fitness than maybe we were 20 or 30 years ago.”The jockeys, with their probable odds of winning provided by Santa Anita morning line maker Jon White follows:Saul Arias, 15-1; Cheryl Charlton, 15-1; Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Omar Figueroa, 6-1; Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Aaron Gryder, 10-1; Modesto Linares, 12-1; Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; Bryan Pena, 15-1; Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Iggy Puglisi, 15-1; Alex Solis, 10-1; Joe Steiner, 12-1; Kayla Star, 15-1; Elvis Trujillo, 8-1; and Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1.            All runners will begin their 5K journey in Santa Anita’s parking lot area that adjoins the Westfield Santa Anita Mall. After running north on Baldwin Ave., the course angles west into the Los Angeles County Arboretum for a scenic loop. The runners will then head east across Baldwin Ave. for a short tour of Santa Anita’s stable area en route to the track’s Infield tunnel which takes them to a quarter-mile finish on Santa Anita’s inner training track.Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to participate and may register online at Derby Day 5K walk-up registration will be available from today, March 20, through April 2 at Run With Us, located at 235 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena.Those wishing to register the day before the event can do so on April 3 at the Promenade at Westfield Santa Anita from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Race day registration will be available in the Santa Anita parking lot, next to the 5K starting line, beginning at 6:30 a.m.For more information on the Santa Anita Derby Day 5k Run and Walk, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE. A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Philip D’Amato601211920%$583,920 Joseph Talamo20723223311%$1,568,338 (Current Through Thursday, March 19) Richard Baltas64139520%$524,972 Rafael Bejarano23055343024%$2,600,482 Mark Casse56105818%$784,378 Kent Desormeaux16830322018%$1,768,320 Michael Pender4266414%$175,740 Doug O’Neill14216132111%$818,628 James Cassidy60971015%$352,010 ESPINOZA ALIVE FOR FIVE WITH FINNEGANS WAKEPerfection is rare around the race track, but Victor Espinoza and Finnegans Wake are an exception.The jockey and the horse are four for four, and heavily favored to extend their string to five in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for older horses at 1 ½ miles on turf.“The distance should be no problem,” said Espinoza, who has registered three straight wins in Grade II races on the 6-year-old Powercourt horse trained by Peter Miller for Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch. “He’s doing good right now and in his last few races, he’s been going in the right direction.”Finnegans Wake doesn’t waste much energy with his come-from-behind style. He won the Hollywood Turf Cup and the San Gabriel Stakes by a neck and a length, respectively, then also took the San Marcos by a length on Feb. 7.In the Grade III Arlington Handicap last July, Espinoza piloted Finnegans Wake to a head victory in their first get-together.“He’s a hard-trying horse,” said Espinoza, the regular rider of both Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah and Horse of the Year California Chrome, who already is in the Middle East for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28.“Finnegans Wake will run anywhere, inside, outside, and that’s good for me, because I’m not afraid to place him anywhere for his stretch run. I like those kinds of horses. He doesn’t mind. He just likes to run.”The field for the San Luis Rey: Raise Your Gaze, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 10-1; Power Foot, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Buymeabond, Iggy Puglisi, 20-1; Joes Blazing Aaron, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Fly Lexis Fly, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 6-5; and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 9-2. Richard Mandella52109919%$641,766 Brice Blanc4872415%$296,500 Felipe Valdez619111015%$286,188 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Brandon Boulanger11565105%$213,346 Victor Espinoza15629302219%$1,916,596 Tyler Baze24731293013%$1,974,364 Hector Palma2764122%$142,370 Peter Eurton7712111416%$674,906 Flavien Prat1131014129%$588,876 Drayden Van Dyke17621202212%$1,329,160last_img read more


first_imgAUTHENTIC, THOUSAND WORDS & STORM THE COURT HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $400,000 SAN FELIPE STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES; KEY DERBY PREP PROVIDES WINNER 50 KENTUCKY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTS RACE IS FINAL MAJOR STEPPINGSTONE TO GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY APRIL 4 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2020)–In what has become one of the nation’s most important Derby preps, Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes once again promises to showcase some of the best sophomore talent anywhere as Bob Baffert’s undefeated twosome of Authentic and Thousand Words, along with Peter Eurton’s Eclipse Award winning Storm the Court and John Shirreffs’ classy Honor A.P., head a field of seven 3-year-olds at a mile and one sixteenth.The San Felipe will award a total of 85 all-important Kentucky Derby qualifying points, with 50 to the winner, 20 to second, 10 to third and five points to the fourth place finisher.AUTHENTICOwner:  SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding and Golconda StablesTrainer:  Bob BaffertA tremendously gifted colt by Into Mischief, Authentic, who was heavily favored, broke his maiden at first asking going 5 ½ furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 9, winning by 1 ½ lengths.  The 6-5 favorite in the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile here on Jan. 4, he daylighted his rivals by 7 ¾ lengths, but gave regular rider Drayden Van Dyke some anxious moments late, as he nearly brushed the inner rail a furlong out.  “I think the noise from the crowd made him react the way he did there in the stretch,” said Van Dyke.  “…I told Bob when he broke his maiden he was my favorite 2-year-old.  He’s very talented.”  A $350,000 Keeneland September Yearling, look for Authentic to blast off as he tries to make every pole a winning one.THOUSAND WORDSOwner:  Albaugh Family Stables, LLC & Spendthrift Farm, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertAlthough he hasn’t yet shown the “flash” exhibited by his stablemate, Thousand Words, a $1 million Keeneland September Yearling, has been oh-so efficient in winning all three of his starts, the most recent a workmanlike three quarter length tally in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 1. A winner of the Grade II Los Alamitos Futurity at the same distance over an off track Dec. 7, Thousand Words has a grinding style and a will to win that could prove invaluable in the coming days and months.  With regular rider Flavien Prat back aboard, Thousand Words will hope to be able to look his competition in the eye the final sixteenth of a mile on Saturday.  If so, he will be tough to deny.STORM THE COURTOwner:  Exline-Border Racing, LLC, David Bernsen, LLC, Dan Hudock & Susanna WilsonTrainer:  Peter EurtonA tremendous story, this Kentucky-bred colt by Court Vision sold for $60,000 at a 2-year-old in training sale in Florida 11 months ago and with a 45-1 victory in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile two starts back on Nov. 1, he has banked $1,184,951 from two wins in five starts. In a race he probably needed, Storm the Court, who was voted 2019’s Eclipse Award winning Juvenile Male, finished fourth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths by Baffert’s highly regarded Nadal going seven furlongs in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 9.  Although he never threatened for the win, “Storm” seemed to relish the fight and galloped out very strong.  With a recent race in hand, Storm the Court rates a big chance as Joel Rosario takes over from Flavien Prat, who’s opted to stick with Thousand Words.HONOR A.P.Owner:  C R K Stables, LLCTrainer:  John ShirreffsA $850,000 Fasig Tipton 2-year-old in training sale grad, this Honor Code ridgling showed great promise in his maiden win on Oct. 13, as he led throughout en route to an impressive 5 ¼ length win going a flat mile in what was his second start.  Idle since, long striding Honor A.P. makes his 3-year-old debut in the deep waters of the San Felipe, but his connections are hopeful the talent he showed four months ago will carry the day with Mike Smith back in the saddle Saturday.THE GRADE II SAN FELIPE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 12 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTFort McHenry–Abel Cedillo–120Honor A.P.–Mike Smith–120Wrecking Crew–Tyler Gaffalione–120Authentic–Drayden Van Dyke–122Thousand Words–Flavien Prat–124Storm the Court–Joel Rosario–124Swagsational–Kassie Guglielmino–122Special early first post time for a 12 race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m., with admission gates opening at 9:30 a.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Campbell is driven to succeed as a trail-blazing manager despite £40m wealth

first_imgSOL CAMPBELL is a man on a mission.The England legend is the new Southend United boss after an impressive stint at Macclesfield Town last season.10 Sol Campbell is desperate to prove he can succeed as a football managerCredit: Mark Robinson – The Sun10 England legend Campbell has taken over as the new boss of the ShrimpersHe could be forgiven for enjoying his riches earned from the game – a fortune said to stand at £40million.But the former Spurs and Arsenal defender doesn’t want to rest on his laurels and is keen to become a trailblazing manager, like former Three Lions team-mate Frank Lampard at Chelsea.And it hasn’t been easy for the 45-year-old who once called himself “one of the greatest minds in football”.REJECTED BY OXFORDDesperate to make his mark on the game, Campbell threw his fedora hat into the ring for the vacant Oxford United post last year.The U’s had disposed of Pep Clotet, who was sacked after just six months in charge, and were looking at exciting alternatives.6ft 2in Campbell was one, as was Wales hell-raiser Craig Bellamy.I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience or ‘maybe he talks his mind too much’Sol CampbellIt was Bellamy that got the gig, albeit only to withdraw his application after the club was taken over during negotiations. The ex-Gunner was aghast.“I did go (for the Oxford job) and they didn’t accept me,” he told the Arsenal podcast Highbury & Heels.“Maybe it was a lack of experience, things like that, but it’s a full circle. Experience? How do I get experience? Well I need a job to get experience.“I don’t want to go too low that it’s a struggle, and I don’t want to go too low that I’m under someone and thinking ‘what am I doing here?’ I would rather be managing a club myself.”10 Premier League-winner Campbell was rejected by Oxford UnitedCredit: Getty – Contributor10 Campbell wondered if it was his intellect that meant he was overlooked for jobsCredit: Getty – ContributorCampbell also quizzed if it was his intellect that was holding him back.”I’m confident and it’s not like it’s rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level,” he added.“If you’re intelligent enough and a quick learner you will learn pretty soon, within two or three games, what the team needs, training-wise, to survive in that league, get better in that league, to get in the play-offs or even win the league.“I’m intelligent enough, it’s not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life.”I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience or ‘maybe he talks his mind too much’.“Go to Germany, they love people who speak their minds. They got the jobs.”I’m sorry that I’ve got a mind, but don’t be scared of that. That should be something you want at your club, but obviously not.”BUT THE SILKMEN DIDIn November, 2018 Campbell got his first opportunity to impress in a management role. But it wasn’t ideal.He was handed the keys to the manager’s office at Macclesfield Town, a job that no one wanted with the Silkmen sitting bottom of League Two – seven points from safety and facing relegation from the football league.However, the calming Campbell soon steadied the ship.On the final day of the season, Campbell achieved the unthinkable, guiding Macclesfield to safety.10 Last year, Macclesfield Town offered Campbell is first role in football managementCredit: PA:Empics Sport10 Despite amassing a wealth believed to be worth £40m, Campbell was happy to prove himself in League TwoCredit: Getty Images – Getty10 Campbell became a fan favourite after guiding Macclesfield Town to safetyCredit: Rex FeaturesA run of just two defeats from the last ten games helped his side finish three points above second-bottom Notts County.“The early days in particular were very, very difficult. Coming into this environment I had to deal with a lot of things,” he told talkSPORT  two months prior to leaving the cash-strapped club mutually.“There was no structure and cohesion and absolutely no foundations in place.“When I rocked up I was fighting so many fires – behind the scenes it was non-stop drama.”The emotional ride even got the better of Campbell, who admitted he was overcome by the success he achieved.He revealed: “I started crying after we stayed up. This job has taken so much out of me, emotionally and physically. I was crying with relief, really.“I’ve almost been like a psychologist, as well as a football manager. I’ve had to guide these players and inspire them, but get inside their brains as well. It was my responsibility – I had to do all that by myself.“Almost every single player at the club needed to be rebuilt – mentally, emotionally and football-wise.“I had to give these lads the belief that they could be somebody. And then you have the fans, they don’t really know me so draw their own conclusions – I’m new in management after all.“We had to be well prepared, because if we hadn’t have done that we wouldn’t be in the league now – it’s as simple as that.”BAME10 Campbell has a Uefa Pro Licence, which is the highest coaching qualification availableCredit: Getty Images – Getty10 Campbell looks destined to continue his managerial career at Southend UnitedCredit: Getty – Contributor10 Should Campbell land the Southend United job he will be one of just six BAME managers in the Football LeagueCredit: Rex FeaturesCampbell holds a Uefa Pro Licence, which is the highest coaching qualification available and is mandatory for all first-team managers wishing to work in the Premier League.But he can’t think of managing a top club just yet.The Southend United job is his best option open to him and he joins five other black and minority ethnic (BAME) managers making their living in the Football League.Simply, that’s not enough and in the past Campbell has been very vocal about black coaches getting the same opportunities as others.“Everyone has to ask themselves why there are not more black managers in this country,” he told The Guardian in 2013.”I’ve spoken to other black players who want to coach and they feel the same, that attitudes here are archaic.”latest football featuresHOUSE OF GODMaradona’s teenage home now a quirky museum made to look like it was in 1978TIM VICKERYCunha’s goals for Hertha Berlin show he can succeed Firmino & Jesus for BrazilMAN THEY’RE BADMan Utd’s worst kits include vintage green and gold shirt & ‘cursed’ greyLewdicrousInside Lewandowski’s £7m flat in Poland with private cinema and a golf simulatorExclusiveTIM VICKERYBarcelona target Martinez stood out as a teen because of his talent and graftGONE TO THE DOGSGrealish, Sterling & Noble among Prem stars protected by £25k guard dogsMALIBU STANArsenal owner Kroenke’s £20m Malibu home where Princess Di was set to move inGROOM-ALDORonaldo’s hairstyles through the years, from blond highlights to tight top knotCampbell would’ve seen former England team-mates Steven Gerrard and Gary Neville walk into top jobs at Rangers and Valencia respectively.However, he’s willing to roll his sleeves up and do it the hard way by proving himself in the lower leagues.After a successful spell at Macclesfield, you wouldn’t bet against him leading Southend to glory, if he gets the chance.And maybe, there’s a shot at becoming a future England manager too.Arsenal icon Sol Campbell reveals Macclesfield have not paid him for two months… but he ‘won’t give up on them’last_img read more

Eberechi Eze’s £20m move to Spurs could be scuppered by Pochettino sacking

first_imgEBERECHI EZE’S hopes of landing a dream move to Tottenham could be scuppered by the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.The £20million-rated midfielder has been tracked by the majority of Premier League clubs after making a huge impact in the Championship with Queens Park Rangers.3 Eberechi Eze has been tracked by Tottenham who had been expected to make a £20m to QPR in JanuaryCredit: Rex FeaturesSpurs were at the head of the queue after Pochettino instructed his scouts to make detailed assessments of his game ahead of a potential bid in January.But now that move is under threat following the club’s decision to axe the Argentine boss last month.New manager Jose Mourinho has made a point of telling his current squad he is not immediately planning to make any new signings after taking charge.Mourinho has been told there would be money available for him to make signings if he wants to when the transfer window opens next month.But the Tottenham boss is keen to take his time to weigh up which areas of his squad need strengthening before he goes into the marker.And that threatens to block any plans to firm up their interest in Eze with a bid in January.The 21-year-old is one of the stand-out players in the Championship and has already been accelerated into the England under-21 squad.3Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerSunSport understands he was keen on the prospect of working with Pochettino to make the next step in his development.QPR had been expecting the bid to arrive next month, but now they could be able to keep hold of Eze until the end of the season.Chelsea, Leicester and West Ham are among the clubs also regularly watching the midfielder in action. 3 Pochettino was a huge fan of Eze but his sacking may put on hold a Spurs move for the midfielderCredit: EPAlast_img read more

“Just Play” to feature at Commonwealth Youth Games

first_imgRun in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Commonwealth Secretariat and children’s charity UNICEF, the activities include workshops and “Just Play” fan zones, where young locals, athletes and visitors will be able to participate in interactive games.The workshops will be held on a rotational basis each day for athletes and officials and will be delivered by representatives from the Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace, a group of young sports leaders from across the region.It is hoped the initiatives will inspire those who attend the Commonwealth Youth Games, scheduled to take place from September 5 to 11, and will help form new friendships for many of those who come to the event.  The announcement was made to coincide with UN International Youth Day and CGF chief executive David Grevemberg praised the partnership ahead of the Games.“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with the Commonwealth Secretariat and UNICEF to enable innovative projects at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games which will engage, inspire and support our young Commonwealth athletes and young Pacific Island hosts,” he said.“In line with our strategic ambitions, we hope the programme will have a lasting impact, recognising our young Commonwealth citizens as essential to achieving sustainable human development.”The “Just Play” scheme, an Oceania Football Confederation programme, promotes sport for children and helps to reduce vulnerability for some youngsters in difficult areas of the Pacific.Young people are given the chance to play sports such as football as well as learning about non-communicable diseases, poor nutrition and gender equality.“Sport is a powerful development tool to engage children and young people across the world,” UNICEF representative Karen Allen added.“Within the Pacific, since the programme’s inception in 2009, Just Play has attracted more than 200,000 girls and boys to engage in physical activity and learn healthy lifestyle habits and self-confidence. “The programme also encourages gender equality, promotes social inclusion and reduces anxiety after natural disasters.“For the Commonwealth Youth Games, UNICEF and Just Play have partnered with CGF to showcase how sport in the Pacific is helping make a positive impact on children’s lives.”The event in Samoa will feature 1000 young athletes aged 14 to 18, who will compete for 107 medals in nine sports across five days of competition.last_img read more

Halep and Kerber save the bad day of favorites: Pliskova, Bencic and Vekic eliminated

first_imgThe favorites of the ladies’s staff had a sophisticated day at the Australian Open. Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber saved a bad day from the prime gamers. Pliskova, Bencic and Vekic stayed out in the third sphericalHalep (4th) was the one with the least issues to resolve his dedication to the Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, which he gained by 6-1 and 6-Four in a single hour and 18 minutes. The Romanian had solely fallen 3 times at this level of a Grand Slam and prevented the fourth from coming with a solvent efficiency (26 successful pictures and 15 unforced errors). In the first set he broke his opponent’s serve 3 times and in the second he did it twice. In the second spherical he’ll face Belgian Elise Mertens (16th), who beat Catherine Bellis 6-1, 6-7 (5) and 6-0. Mertens had solely misplaced 5 video games in the match till this match and gave up seven towards the American, who had been away from the Grand Slams for a number of accidents. Kerber (17th) needed to endure to beat Italian Camila Giorgi, who beat 6-2, 6-7 (4) and 6-Three 2h: 08. After successful the first set, the German couldn’t discover the break in the second and succumbed in the tiebreaker. If he managed to interrupt the serve of his rival in the third spherical to get 3-1 and then endured nicely in his companies to make sure victory. Giorgi attacked relentlessly (49 winners), however failed lots (65). Kerber will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Monday, who shocked match quantity two head Karolina Pliskova in a match that was resolved in two playoffs (7-6 (4) and 7-6 (3) in 2h: 25) . The Czech had gained in the earlier six matches between earlier than and had solely given one set. Every participant added two breaks and with related numbers, the luck of the tie-break smiled extra to the Russian.Bencic (sixth) didn’t see the potential of Anett Kontaveit coming, which handed over him like a cyclone in a seen and unseen (6-0 and 6-1 in 49 minutes). The Estonian solely dedicated seven failures in the whole match and was extra aggressive than the Swiss, unusually apathetic and complaining. His physique language indicated that he was not feeling nicely and his rival took the alternative to enter for the second time in the fourth spherical of the Open. It is going to be measured with Iga Swiatek, who additionally gave the shock by interesting to the 19th favourite, Donna Vekic (7-5 ​​and 6-Three in 1h: 44). The 18-year-old Polish, who eliminated Carla Suárez in the second spherical, solely misplaced her service as soon as and broke the Croatian’s 3 times. It’s the second time that he reaches eighth in a giant, after having completed it final 12 months at Roland Garros.Outcomes of the ladies’s staff of the Australian Open.last_img read more

Dubai, Doha, Indian Wells … this is the Muguruza calendar

first_imgAfter spending some well-deserved relaxation days after taking part in the Australian Open remaining, during which he misplaced in opposition to the American Sofia Kenin, Garbiñe Muguruza will resume the competitors from his new place in the world desk. The Spanish, quantity 16 now, is not going to go along with Spain to the elimination of the Federation Cup in opposition to Japan (February 7 and eight) and is ready to obtain a Dubai Premier match invitation (February 17-22), who didn’t enter by rating (registration closed just a few weeks in the past), to compete once more. That will be his first match earlier than going to Doha (February 23-29), a Premier 5. Afterwards, Garbiñe plans to proceed the onerous observe season at the Obligatory of Indian Wells (March 11 to 22) and Miami (March 245 to April 4), earlier than beginning the floor marketing campaign at the Charlotte Premier (April 6 to 12), to begin getting ready the second Grand Slam of the course, Roland Garros (Could 24 to June 6). Earlier than going to the Madrid Open (Could 2 to 9), one other Obligatory, and to Rome (Could 11 to 17), a Premier 5, and relying on the outcomes might enter another competitors.Muguruza is not going to take part in Hua Hin or Monterrey, the place he was final yr and may have defended 60 and 280 factors, respectively. In the second match, the Mexican GNP, was champion by abandoning Azarenka when he received by 6-Three and 3-1.last_img read more

Zorrilla grass is almost perfect

first_imgIt has been and will continue to be a headache in the coming weeks, but less so far. The Zoriila Lawn is almost perfect, but it has cost an immense job and not a few sparks. More than one game and more than two the image of the green of the stadium left a lot to be desired and its evolution since it was renovated this summer was not in line with what the venue itself looks after the remodeling. The climatology of Valladolid, including the persistent fog, makes the grass more difficult to grow. Therefore for a few weeks huge led lamps are being used that heat the Zorrilla mat and they have been slowly recovering the best aspect so that players can display their best football. Even these last days of sun and mild temperatures have favored this evolution until the present time, in which the grass has the right amount and density and that amount of sand that in many games gave Zorrilla beach appearance is no longer observed. The patience of the players and the work of the managers has paid off and the grass is already in line with a team of First.last_img read more

Oier: “It would be important to add”

first_imgThe Osasuna staff continues to work with an eye on San Mamés. A match in which they will not be sure the injured Moncayola and Chimy Ávila. But in addition, Jagoba Arrasate will have to wait to see if he can count on Arnaiz and Rubén García. The first has been training for a couple of days of his classmates due to a catarrhal picture. As to Rubén García, continues to exercise with less workload due to some discomfort in the hip, because of an injury to the external shutter that makes him doubt for the Bilbao meeting. Who seems to return to eleven, already recovered from the lumbar discomforts that prevented him from playing against Real Madrid, is the captain, Oier Sanjurjo, who stressed the importance of scoring in the Bilbao fief .: “Adding Sunday would be important because we have not had two days without doing it and this consists of addingFor that we are working, that’s why we train, that’s why we study the rivals every week and we want to add and with that idea we will go to the green of San Mamés. There are still fifteen games left, but we want to continue adding as soon as possible. “ The Navarrese does not hesitate to affirm that the match against Athletic is not one more: “We have another beautiful opportunity to add. Against Athletic it is always a special day and in its field it is a very attractive scenario and we want to show a good image and, above all, to regain a bit of solidity and that tactical work that we did well and that lately, perhaps, not. We have neglected a tad and it is clear that we have conceded a few goals in the last three games and there we have to improve. “last_img read more

Classrooms: “Cherki will become stronger than Mbappé”

first_imgThe transfer of Aouar: “I have never talked to Agnelli about that, but I know there have been contacts between our sports directors. I would like to see Aouar in Juventus in the future and I hope that it is also his ambition because if he has this intention, he will want to take advantage of these two games of the Champions League to make a good impression and show off. Sooner or later I will have to make a good deal with my friend Agnelli. “ The president of Olympique de Lyon, Jean-Michel Classrooms, granted an interview to Tuttosport taking advantage of his club facing the Juventus in the knockout stage of the Champions League next week. The French praised Cristiano Ronaldo, to which he confessed that he could have signed, admitted that the Italians are trying to sign Houssem Aouar and had time to talk about Rayan Cherki, the 16-year-old jewel intended by Europe. One of those interested is the Real Madrid, but Classrooms believes that if it continues for a while longer in France it will exceed the level of the PSG, Kylian Mbappé. The march of Ndombélé: “Tottenham wanted Ndombélé at all costs and they offered more, so the player preferred to go to England.”Cherki, better than Mbappé: “Perhaps Rayan Cherki is more technical than Mbappé, and above all, he has been discovered before. If he stays in Lyon a few more years, he will become even stronger than Mbappé.”He was able to sign Cristiano Ronaldo: “In addition to raising Miralem Pjanic, I was close to being Cristiano Ronaldo’s first president. During a youth tournament in Portugal we met him. He was 15 or 16 years old and he was already very strong. We tried to buy it from Sporting, but unfortunately we couldn’t I still have the satisfaction of seeing the beginning of a great story. Cristiano is crazy and I’m not surprised that at 35 he still has an incredible scoring average. “Disagreeing with the Golden Ball: “I like Messi a lot, he and Cristiano are two phenomena. However, the number one is Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the strongest and the most effective. I did not decide the last Golden Ball. If it were for me, Cristiano would have won it Ronaldo. “Maurizio Sarri: “I put him at the level of Guardiola and Klopp, the best. In Chelsea he had a difficult challenge but he did a great job. I respect Sarri since the days of Empoli, before going to Naples. I also tried to bring him to Lyon. I didn’t speak directly. with him, but with his agent. Juventus can win the Champions League. “center_img Flirt 1* Data updated as of February 21, 2020last_img read more