STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019

first_imgMoney Won 15% 16% SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $280,342 ITM% 40% 42% 15 17 11 41% 23 38% 18% 21 12% 22 Joel Rosario170 11 19 Rafael Bejarano124 8 7 8 9 10 43% 5 24% 59% Richard Baltas90 Heriberto Figueroa144 32% POPULAR CHILI COOKOFF IS SET FOR TOMORROW 22 18 21 21 Tiago Pereira113 13 19 $268,937 1st 54% $885,842 9 14 32% 1st 44% $1,031,957 $1,055,218 25% 18 5 3 31 18 8 TrainerMts Jerry Hollendorfer74 16 9 $385,759 16 $1,168,296 Drayden Van Dyke109 17% $762,199 $931,102 NOTE: FIRST POST TIME ON SATURDAY IS 12:25 P.M. Mario Gutierrez82 $956,467 Mark Glatt52 14 42% 12% 39 8 Philip D’Amato69 56% Money Won 21 15 Tyler Baze160 42% 8 9 Peter Miller91 50% 16 12% 23% $866,138 Flavien Prat147 $338,896 $595,073 $732,680 21% 6 31% 6 11% Jeff Mullins39 12 15% $996,446 10 29 23 63% 8 9 41% $590,039 Doug O’Neill138 48% 25% 1 19% $473,095 11 15 Win% 41% $534,564 (Current Through Monday, Feb. 18) 13 7 8 15 William E. Morey47 3rd 7 22% FAHAN MURA ONE TO CATCH AGAIN IN BUENA VISTA 15% Joseph Talamo109 12% $783,069 20 4 $1,164,568 $996,435 19 Simon Callaghan28 11 49% 17% 59% John Sadler63 $2,073,949 15 10 2nd 63% 9 11 15 19 20 6 Agapito Delgadillo48 39% JockeyMts 38% 5 17% Edwin Maldonado52 12 $334,558 Bob Baffert53 10 Mike Smith57 7 49% 2 Ruben Fuentes78 18% 12 $2,300,863 30 41% 13% 8 $257,947 18% 2nd 38% 10% Assael Espinoza90 51% 7 ITM% 5 37% 10 55% $953,938 9 Win% 15% Geovanni Franco145 21% 3rd 29 12 16 3 15% 23% $195,890 9 Vladimir Cerin40 STRONACH 5 CARRYOVER TODAY NEARS $170,000 8 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 58% Steve Knapp39 36 J. Keith Desormeaux46 SHOW IT N MOE IT ON TIME FOR THE SPRING FEVER Kent Desormeaux77 6 9 FLEET FAHAN MURA SEEKS UPSET OF VASILIKA IN BUENA VISTATwo things are certain in Saturday’s one mile Buena Vista Stakes on turf: Vasilika will be favored and Fahan Mura will be the one to catch.A chestnut daughter of the Smart Strike sire English Channel, Fahan Mura has been in front from the opening of the gates for her last 10 races in a row, or ever since jockey Edwin Maldonado got the mount almost a year ago, on March 25, 2018.Together, they have won five races including the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 29. Last out, they led for about a half-mile in the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational against males at 1 3/16 miles on a yielding course at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26 before fading to 10th and last at odds of 42-1.“It wasn’t really the distance that compromised her chances,” said Vladimir Cerin, who trains the five-year-old Pennsylvania-bred for Bran Jam Stables and David W. Clark.“She won the Frankel at a mile and an eighth, and the Pegasus was only a sixteenth of a mile longer, but she was done after three jumps, the ground was so soft.“She doesn’t handle it well. This turf course dries up very quickly so it should be good for her, but if it’s got a lot of cut in the ground, she won’t run.”Addressing style and strategy, Cerin asked rhetorically, “Who’s going to keep her from being in front? She’s done 44 and four here and kept going and she loves this turf course.”Fahan Mura led Vasilika on a merry chase before yielding twice, finishing third by less than two lengths in the Grade II John C. Mabee at a mile and an eighth, and second in Grade II Goldikova at a mile on grass.Cerin willingly offers kudos to Maldonado.“I give Edwin all the credit,” Cerin said, “because he never restrained her. He just let her be herself and have a nice, free pace from the beginning to the end.”The Grade II Buena Vista, race eight of 10 offering $200,000 in purse money with a 12:25 p.m. first post time: Take These Chains, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Ms Bad Behavior, Mike Smith, 5-1; Zaffinah, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Fahan Mura, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Compelled, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Amandine, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; English Dancer, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Elysea’s World, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Vasilika, Flavien Prat, 8-5; and Streak of Luck, Tyler Baze, 20-1.SHOW IT N MOE IT HAS A CASE OF SPRING FEVERShow It N Moe It is a consistent if unsung filly that has paid her way through two-plus seasons of racing for trainer Gary Sherlock, owner/breeder Terry Lovingier, and part owner Eugene Zondlo.They hope the four-year-old daughter of Grace Upon Grace runs her winning streak to a modest two in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes for older California-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs.“She’s a nice filly and good filly,” Sherlock said. “I hope we can win, because it will put her over $400,000 (she has earned $375,604).”Sherlock has enjoyed a long and successful run with Lovingier, one of the Golden State’s most dedicated contributors to the Cal-bred program.The Spring Fever, race eight of nine: Show It N Moe It, Rafael Bejarano; Coco Kisses, Joel Rosario; S Y Sky, Joe Talamo; Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira; and Into Rissa, Geovanni Franco.STRONACH 5 CARRYOVER TODAY IS $169,305.51The Stronach 5 will have a record pool Friday when the national wager with an industry-low 12-percent takeout begins with a carryover of $169,305.51.The Stronach 5 will kick off at 1:35 p.m. PT with the ninth race at Laurel Park. It will be followed by a pair of turf races from Gulfstream Park and a five-furlong dash from Golden Gate Fields before finishing at Santa Anita with an allowance optional claimer at 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill course.There were no winning tickets in last week’s Stronach 5 after a $140 winner at Golden Gate and an $89.20 winner at Gulfstream.Friday’s Stronach 5 Sequence:Leg One – Laurel – race 9 – (10 entries, 6 furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35 PTLeg Two – Gulfstream – race 10 – (16 entries, 1 1/16 miles turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PTLeg Three – Gulfstream – race 11 – (16 entries, one-mile turf) 5:42 ET, 2:42 PTLeg Four – Golden Gate – race 5 – (12 entries, 5 furlongs) 5:54 ET, 2:54 PTLeg Five – Santa Anita – race 5 – (12 entries, 6 ½ furlongs turf) 6:-07 ET, 3:07 PTThe minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5. TODAY’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX CARRYOVER AT $280,342Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot proved elusive to punters again Monday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Friday of $280,342.With $182,616 in “new” money wagered contributing to a total Rainbow Six pool Monday of $421,150, there were 13 consolation tickets, each worth $7,480.80.Post time for today’s fourth race which begins the Rainbow Six is 2:30 p.m. PT.XBTV’S TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL PORTAL HAS EXCLUSIVE WORKOUT VIDEOSFor the first time ever, videos of the top Triple Crown race contenders are now available in one place and on-demand as XBTV unveils Triple Crown Trail, a portal on theXBTV.com website specifically for Classic-bound three-year-olds. The portal is full of exclusive workout videos, interviews and handicapping insights and analysis not available elsewhere, including:•  Workout videos from top horses stabled in California, Florida, New York and more.• Trainer and jockey interviews and features.• Interactive Kentucky Derby points list, updated weekly.• Replays of prep races.With fewer than 75 days until the Kentucky Derby, experienced handicappers and racing fans around the world are starting to build their own Triple Crown Watch Lists and XBTV’s Triple Crown Trail portal is the perfect tool for the task.The Triple Crown Trail also will feature Jeff Siegel’s Triple Crown Daily and his weekly Top 10 Rankings. Siegel is not only a well-respected handicapper and bettor, but he has the unique distinction of being a successful, veteran owner in addition to being a lifelong racing fan.“As an owner, I’ve had the good fortune to win the Santa Anita Derby, Florida Derby and Wood Memorial, so I can vouch that the journey on the road to the Triple Crown, with its highs and lows, is just as exhilarating as the three-race American Classic series itself,” Siegel said.“As a journalist, I can’t wait to chronicle and analyze all of the key prep races and then the Derby, Preakness and Belmont for XBTV.com. During the next 15 weeks, we’ll cover every race, every workout, and every angle.  And we’ll do it every day.”The horses listed on both Siegel’s ranking and the list of Kentucky Derby pointsleaders are linkable to the available XBTV video files of each horse. Horses will move on and off of the Triple Crown Trail as their connections determine.In just over three years, XBTV has accumulated a library of over 18,000 workouts from coast-to-coast. These vast resources are searchable and available anytime, free, on XBTV. To access XBTV’s Triple Crown Trail section, click here.SANTA ANITA’S FOURTH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF SET FOR TOMORROWSanta Anita’s popular Chili Cook-Off is set for its fourth annual renewal tomorrow on the Grandstand Apron. It’s a battle of the tastiest, spiciest and most mouth-watering chili recipes in Southern California!Teams from all over the Southland will be vying for fan votes and the right to proclaim themselves “Chili Champs” in one of the season’s most fun-filled events. Packages, which include chili tastings, craft beers, wines and world class racing are available now at santaanita.com.Attendees can save $8 by joining Santa Anita’s Text Loyalty program. Just text chili to 48421 to receive your promo code for $8 off. (Text message rates apply. Opt out anytime).LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Dream Tree works 4 furlongs (Baffert)Legends of War works 3 furlongs (O’Neill) Enaya Alrabb works 4 Furlongs (O’Neill)  Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket:  Massive Carryover  Jimmy Jerkens Shedrow Stroll: Getting to Know  Midnight PartyEskenforadrink works 4 Furlongs (Gutierrez)-2/21/2019Melissa Jane works 4 furlongs (Powell)-2/21/2019Swirling works 4 furlongs (Sadler)-2/21/2019 Chasing Yesterday works 7 furlongs (Baffert)-2/20/2019Flor de la Mar works 6 furlongs in company with  Shoe Me Da Lute (Baffert)-2/20/2019Mucho Gusto works 4 furlongs (Baffert)- 2/20/19Improbable works 6 furlongs (Baffert)-2/20/19FINISH LINES: First post time will be 12:25 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday . . .Enaya Alrabb, a fast-closing second by three-parts of a length to odds-on favorite Bellafina in the Las Virgenes Stakes Feb. 9, worked four furlongs Friday under Mike Smith in 49 seconds flat, with the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 10 a likely steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6. “We took the blinkers off for the work and might take them off for the Santa Ysabel, too,” leading trainer Doug O’Neill said. “That could prove the missing link to winning.” . . . Ray Paulick, publisher of the popular and highly respected Paulick Report, and handicapping author James Quinn, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 11:15 a.m. Saturday and 11:50 a.m. Sunday, respectively. 13% 6 EXCLUSIVE TRIPLE CROWN WORK VIDEOS ON XBTV 10 3 Richard Mandella35 $272,011 $160,791 9% $930,681 $408,719 12 47% 7 $458,047last_img read more

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ALEXANDER’S HOMEBRED PEE WEE REESE TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 EDDIE D STAKES BY HALF LENGTH UNDER PRAT, TRAINED BY D’AMATO, HE GETS FIVE FURLONGS ON TURF IN 55.33

first_imgALEXANDER’S HOMEBRED PEE WEE REESE TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 EDDIE D STAKES BY HALF LENGTH UNDER PRAT, TRAINED BY D’AMATO, HE GETS FIVE FURLONGS ON TURF IN 55.33RACE NAMED IN HONOR OF RETIRED ALL-TIME GREAT JOCKEY EDDIE DELAHOUSSAYE      ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2019)–Full of run while an attentive third around the far turn, Nick Alexander’s homebred Pee Wee Reese slipped through an opening turning for home en route to an impressive half length win over favored Eddie Haskell in Friday’s Grade III, $200,000 Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat and trained by Phil D’Amato, Pee Wee Reese, named for the late Dodger Hall of Fame shortstop, got five furlongs on turf in 55.33, just .27 seconds off the track record set by Eddie Haskell on Feb. 22.Off at 5-2 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Pee Wee Reese paid $7.00, $3.80 and $2.80.Bred in California, Pee Wee Reese is a 6-year-old full horse by Tribal Rule out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Bluegrass Belle.  In notching his second graded stakes win, Pee Wee Reese is now 15-8-2-1 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he now has earnings of $532,901.Breaking sharply from post position two, Prat was content to let his mount run into the bridle as he tracked early leader Boa Nova into and around the turn and easily prevailed late over the runner-up.Ridden by Joel Rosario, Eddie Haskell was next to last turning for home and made a big run while wide out, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of two-time Breeder’s Cup Turf Sprint winner and last year’s Eddie D victor, Stormy Liberal.  Off at 9-5, Eddie Haskell paid $3.00 and $2.20.Stormy Liberal, who was ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., never threatened for the win but was game for the show at 6-1 and paid $3.40.Fractions on the race were 21.41 and 43.92.last_img read more

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Fans divided as Spurs unveil ‘concept’ third kit with retro Nike logo

first_imgTOTTENHAM fans cannot agree on their new third kit – with some loving it and others wanting it put in the bin.The club finally released the light-blue, retro-style kit with old-school collar and Nike swoosh yesterday, a month after it was leaked online.4 Spurs have finally released their new third kit for the 2019/20 season and received a mixed reactionCredit: NikeAnd Spurs supporters wasted no time in airing their views on social media.Plenty were delighted with the sky-blue strip.Twitter user @TheresonlyoneEm wrote: “If ‘fit’ was a football shirt…”@craigthfccoys said: “Please take my money.”@Charpercy84 added: “What an absolute beauty.”And @JblincoTHFC tweeted: “This is beautiful! I’m definitely getting one.”But others were not impressed.@LoBargain wrote: “Shocking absolutely shocking.”@NCSpursCOYS added: “These are literally the ugliest things I’ve ever seen.”@MichalBylicki said: “That colour does not look good.”And @JDaviesTHFC simply replied: “No.”4 The kit takes Spurs back to the 1980s where they often used light blue in their change coloursCredit: NikeSpurs have often used light blue for their change kits since the 1980s and were keen to remind supporters of the success enjoyed in the colour in the past.The likes of Glenn Hoddle, Teddy Sheringham, Robbie Keane, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale all wore light blue in their time at White Hart Lane and the current crop will be hoping to win trophies in it.Striker Harry Kane said: “Everyone will see the retro influence, it’s a tribute to the jersey culture of the ’90s.”When you see the light blue you think of those players who paved the way, and I hope this year we can wear it with pride to go all the way.”Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director Pete Hoppings said: “Tottenham Hotspur have forged a reputation as a fearless and attacking side, so parallels to the style of those players of the past seem especially relevant right now.Latest 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 summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrong”Spurs and light blue is one of those combinations that just looks and feels right, and hopefully the supporters will really embrace it this season.”Fans must stump up £65 for a replica version and a whopping £90 if they want the ‘elite’ kit that the pros wear.Nike also released a retro third kit for Chelsea, leaving fans fuming at the orange trim on the black kit.4 It’s not clear if the gold accessory is an optional extra or whether it was simply used for the photoshootCredit: Nike4 Newcastle, Man City and Spurs are the costliest replica shirts in the PremGet extra savings with The Sun Vouchers including discounts and voucher codes for Nike and similar Fashion voucher code brands.last_img read more

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Hiri Hiri becomes 113th PNG Barramundis player

first_imgHiri hails from Kilakila Village in Motu Koitabu and received his baggy black cap today in Nepal at Zayed Cricket Stadium.He was selected in the Barras team to play Nepal in the World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) match today. Former Barramundis vice-captain and current assistant coach John Ovia presented Hiri with the baggy black before  the start of the WCLC match against Nepal. Barras are looking for their second consecutive victory in the WCLC after coming off a thrilling two wicket victory against Nepal on Monday.last_img

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PNGOC deliver bed sheets to POMGH

first_imgThe presentation was made by members of the PNG Athletes Commission, Power Lifter Linda Pulsan and Paralympian, Francis Kompaon.The brand new sheets are from the 2015 Pacific Games. The donation was a fitting gesture as a way to say thank you as the PMGH also served as the emergency referral hospital during the Pacific Games.“The hospital needs all the help it can get to care for our people and we hope that these bed sheets can contribute to that in some way.“I would also like to encourage all the patients in the hospital to be strong and have faith that they come here to get well and go back home again – while they are here these sheets can help to keep them comfortable while they recover,” said Pulsan.Project Officer Corporate Services of PMGH, Shirley Iewa said the donation was a bonus for the hospital and will go a long way in helping them care for the patients.She said the PMGH has 961 beds and every day bed sheets and covers need cleaning.“Care for the patients is the main goal of the hospital’s service and the donation of these linens is a big bonus and we really appreciate it,” said Iewa.Kompaon added that the PNGOC through its sub committees such as the Athletes Commission run a number of community programmes and this was just one of them.“As the country’s elite athletes, we represent our people so if and when we can we are happy to give something back to the community and this is one way to do that so I’m happy and feel really good to be doing this,” said Kompaon.last_img read more

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Granada is the best placed to achieve the cession of Vallejo

first_imgHowever, the Aragonese has many proposals on the table. Among his suitors are also the Leganes and the Eintracht, who trust to convince him. Vallejo is still in Wolverhampton waiting for his future to be resolved and, after his failed assignment in the Premier, he does not want to rush into the decision. He will study all the proposals and go hand in hand with Madrid, as he has done in his previous assignments. What is totally decided is that will not follow in the Premier: change club in this market and only shuffle play in Spain or Germany.Until 2025Madrid, meanwhile, put on the table the option of breaking the transfer so that the player has minutes because They believe a lot in their potential. A confidence they showed last summer, when they extended the contract of the Aragonese power station until 2025 before assigning it. They believe that in the future they will be an important player in the first white team (they have just turned 23) and that is why they want to succeed in this new assignment so as not to stop their formation. Granada is the best placed club to get the assignment of Jesús Vallejo for the remaining six months of the season. As AS advanced on December 30, Madrid will break its current assignment at Wolverhampton after the little prominence that Nuno has given him in the first leg of the season (he has not played for more than two months). The Wolves coach himself confirmed the news shortly after: “Vallejo can leave in January, this has not worked,” he said.In Granada they are optimistic because They can guarantee the player the minutes he does not have in England. In addition, they consider that their adaptation would be immediate, something fundamental for the player, who does not want to miss the train of the Olympic Games (he will be the captain of La Rojita in Tokyo). These factors place him, today, as the best placed club to get the loan.last_img read more

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Official: Dimitrievski renews with Lightning until June 2024

first_imgThe Lightning is in luck. Dimitrievski will wear the Strip until 2024, after both sides have reached an agreement for renewal. The Macedonian goalkeeper, 26, has become the undisputed holder, since Alberto García’s serious injury, and this season already has 1,440 minutes in sixteen games. Participations that have seasoned with large stops. That made El Rayo decided to exercise the option to buy the last winter market by the keeper, at which time its continuity was announced until 2022. A term that has increased by two years, as announced on Monday. However, Dimitrievsky’s has not been the only renewal that has been announced in recent days. Also Catena will continue until 2023. Dimi arrived in Vallecas in the 2018-19 season, in which he played 1,890 minutes and conquered the heart of the fans based on good performances. In fact, following stop a penalty to Valladolid in the last breath (the Lightning ended up winning 0-1), an amateur rayista created a petition in change.org to sanctify it INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) Dimitrievski, in numbersStole Dimitrievski is the goalkeeper who catches the most balls of Second. The franjirrojo has done it on 16 occasions, ahead of Munir (14, Málaga) and Caro (12, former of Ponferradina and now in Valladolid). Further, its percentage of stops is 75.41 (is in the ‘top ten’ of the category), making a total of 46 (29 inside the area and 17 outside it).last_img read more

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“Bale has not contributed for a long time”

first_imgAlignment: “I was expecting Bale because he has not contributed for a long time. He is not in the best form. The substitute of Kroos I see as normal because they play four midfielders and Sunday has an important game. They are technical decisions.”Lack of goal: “He lacks the offensive power he had in recent years and there is no other player apart from Benzema. When you don’t have this power, the things that happened tonight happen to you. I’m optimistic but with 1-2 it is difficult.” Pedja Mijatovic He went through the microphones of “El Larguero” of the SER to assess the defeat of Real Madrid against Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League.Comeback: “I am always optimistic. Madrid is able to play a good game. You have to be realistic. This result is very negative. You have to touch the perfection to move into the quarter.”Match: “Madrid has controlled the game without arriving. Vinicius and Courtois have played a good game. Madrid cannot say that it has played a good game and has had two chances. The City has played as it wanted. In three weeks Madrid can recover the best form. Several players have not been at their best form. “last_img read more

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Extension for Comesaña and Well

first_imgComesaña’s return was scheduled for mid-March. More or less, the same date for which Well should have been recovered. The playmaker was going to have to stop for about six weeks, after suffering “a tear in the adductor major of the right thigh”. An injury that was made in the course of the match against Extremadura and completely fortuitous, since he received no blow. Who is practically recovered is Velázquez. The defender suffered “a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee” during the preseason, for which he was forced to abandon the concentration and undergo surgery. However, that is already past for the Uruguayan central defender, who has gradually reintegrated with the group. Emi returned to work with her colleagues the week before the last league game, that of Elche. The coronavirus crisis has paralyzed football at all levels, both the competitive and the training routine. The deadlines, today, are unknown and it is impossible to make predictions about when LaLiga will resume. However, this time could be useful for the teams to recover their injured. In the case of Lightning, two would be the main affected: Comesaña and Well. Both continue with their recovery, a goal for which they will have an unexpected extension of days and even weeks.center_img Santi Comesaña’s last game with the Strip was Numancia (2-2) in mid-November Since then, problems in the pubic area have become a real headache for the player. Finally, on January 16, the Galician midfielder had to undergo surgery for a “bilateral inguinal hernia” and the red-headed medical services estimated the discharge time at about two months.last_img read more

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Infantino already sees the Club World Cup in 2022 0 2023

first_img“Health first and then everything else. And the rest, for managers, is hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. Without panic, it must be said clearly. It will be played when possible without endangering anyone’s health. The Federations and Leagues must follow the recommendations of the governments, “he said.An emergency that altered the normal development of the leagues and caused the postponement of the Euro Cup and the America’s Cup from June to next year.“We have demonstrated a spirit of cooperation and solidarity with Europe and South America. Now we have to think about the calendar of the teams and the decisions about the regulation of the status of the players and the transfers. You have to think about protecting contracts. Hard measures are required, but there is no other option. We will all have to make sacrifices, “said Infantino.Infantino also referred to the reform of the Club World Cup, extended to 24 teams, and considered that it is an effective way to increase the level of world football.“The new Club World Cup is needed to develop football. All the clubs wanted it, including the top European players. When UEFA created the Champions thirty years ago, there was an uprising of Federations and Leagues, they were afraid of the news. Now they say it was a great thing. We will soon decide if the first edition will be played in 2021, 2022 or 2023“he assured. Swiss President Gianni Infantino, FIFA president, assured that football will resume only when the coronavirus emergency ends and he considered that this global crisis may represent an opportunity to “reform” this sport “by taking a step back”, so that there are fewer games, but at a higher level.“It is necessary to study the global impact of this crisis. Now it is difficult, we don’t know when we’ll be back to normal. But let’s look at the opportunities. Perhaps we can reform world football by taking a step back. With different formats. Fewer tournaments, but more interesting“Infantino assured, in an interview published this Monday by the Italian newspaper” La Gazzetta dello Sport “.“Perhaps fewer teams, but more even. Fewer games to protect the health of the players, but more even. It is not science fiction. You have to calculate the damage, we will see how to cover it, “he added.The President of FIFA, who turns 50 on Monday, stressed the importance of privileging health in these times of global emergency due to the spread of the coronavirus.last_img read more

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