Sourav Ganguly urges world cricket to emulate test cricket played in the Ashes

first_imgAdvertisement xcfqd9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3mcbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec0p( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) aWould you ever consider trying this?😱yzlCan your students do this? 🌚l79fRoller skating! Powered by Firework India great Sourav Ganguly has praised the standard of cricket being played in the ongoing Ashes series and has asked the rest of the cricketing world to raise their standards. This year’s edition of The Ashes has produced some exhilarating action in the first two Tests of the five-match series. The former Indian captain tweeted, “The ‘Ashes’ series have kept test cricket alive …. up to rest of the world to raise their standards.”Advertisement Advertisement The 4th Day of the second Test match gave cricket fans round the globe a spectacle as there was a fierce battle between the two great sides. Aussie superstar Steve Smith was at the focal point as he had to deal with two dangerous blows, both of which was bowled by English pacer Jofra Archer. First a hit on the elbow, followed by a deadly hit on the neck which forced him to retire hurt. Cricket Australia later released a statement that Smith had suffered a delayed concussion and was ruled out of the second Test. And on the final day, a Ben Stokes century saw England set a target of 267. The hosts almost got a grip on the match, but in the end, Travis Head and Pat Cummins helped Australia to draw this riveting contest.Earlier in the first test, Nathan Lyon scalped six wickets in the second innings which enabled the Kangaroos to register a 251-run victory. Having won the first Test, Australia is leading 1-0 in the series and both the teams will lock horns for the third Test at Headingley from August 22. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly outlines his plans for Indian cricket as he takes over as BCCI…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 2jlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsl3x6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Erjxzok( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 44Would you ever consider trying this?😱3ffgCan your students do this? 🌚0l86Roller skating! Powered by Firework Sourav Ganguly, India’s previous cricket chief is often praised by Cricket’s epicureans as the main pillar behind the Men in Blue’s bravery, ingenuity and conviction on the field. Now, assuming control of a scuffled and shaken BCCI, the Prince of Calcutta opens up to Indian sports journalist Boria Majumdar, speaking about his future stratagem.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP“First-class cricket is what makes Indian cricket what it is. Talent needs to be honed.”- the 47 year old veteran mentioned that is his prime concern.“We need the strongest first-class cricket structure to have a team that dominates world cricket over the years. And that’s what I’ll aim for with the support of my team.”Advertisement The former left handed batsman, who captained India to the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup final in Johannesburg, has to now command the sport off the field as well. However, Ganguly showed optimism on it as well.“The task is not easy. But it is also an opportunity.” he said.Advertisement “There is no reason why we can’t be a team like the West Indies under Clive Lloyd or Australia under Steve Waugh. That’s the benchmark. As administrators, that is what we will want the team to do, and will help them in every possible way to get there.” the 84 times ODI capped player expressed his positivity on improving Kohli and the boys’s performance as a team and individually.Sourav Ganguly is set to take over BCCI on and from 23rd October 2019, just a day before the squad selection for the 3 match T20 series against Bangladesh starting on 3rd November. Advertisementlast_img read more

Bruh moment of 24th November 2019: Marco van Basten tries to ridicule German host…

first_imgImage Courtesy: FOX SportsAdvertisement yb0dNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsavvxqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E513( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) uzWould you ever consider trying this?😱akCan your students do this? 🌚4l1wRoller skating! Powered by Firework So you’re a legend of the game, and appearing on live TV. You think of the most cunning ways to poke fun at your host for not having the best grasp at German, but would never make a remark that is a symbol of racism, and also banned in Germany? Well, Marco van Basten did just that.Advertisement Image Courtesy: FOX SportsThe Dutch hall of fame, who previously managed Ajax and the national team, was present for an interview with FOX Sports, along with Heracles Almelo manager Frank Wormuth. The host, Hans Kraay Jr, was having some difficulty in speaking German, which the AC Milan legend picked up to make fun of.Under the impression that the show is over and his his voice is not being broadcasted over the mic, Van Basten told Kraay: “Not too pretty, sieg heil, pfannkuchen.”Advertisement Remarking the infamous Nazi salute, which is illegal in Germany, the 55 year old realised his mistake after being approached by FOX, and apologised publicly.“I didn’t mean to shock people, I just wanted to ridicule Hans’ German, but I’m sorry.” van Basten said.Advertisement The three times Ballon d’Or winner, who also won 3 Eredivise and 3 Serie A titles, has 58 caps for the national team, and lifted the 1988 European Championship. Advertisementlast_img read more

Faulty Pipe May Have Been Source of Highlands Beach Pollution

first_imgHIGHLANDS – For several weeks this hot summer, two local borough beaches on Sandy Hook Bay have been closed due to high levels of pollution by raw sewage in the water.But borough officials are feeling confident they have cut off the source of the spill.A sewer inspection company conducted an inspection via cameras of the sewer lines in town on June 30, finding two breaks in piping at the Waterwitch and South Linden avenues intersection. Borough administrator Brian Geoghegan said the raw sewage had made its way to public beaches by “seeping out and finding its way into our storm sewer drains.”Borough Council President Carolyn Broullon said identifying the source was a priority for the shore town and its beachgoers. “Everybody’s concerned for the health of them and their families,” said Broullon. “As soon as we knew about this issue, we jumped on it.”High bacterial counts began showing up in late May and early at Miller Beach and at Highlands Recreation Center when results came back above the state-mandated threshold. Highlands officials shut the beaches down on June 22.Following the discovery of the pipe leak the following week, emergency declaration paper work was filed on July 3. Construction to fix the breaks was delayed by the July 4th holiday but was completed on July 6, when Broullon said crews worked throughout the day to make the repairs.The cost of the repairs is not yet known.Water testing is conducted each Monday by county health officials and results are reported to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program on NJBeaches.org.The threshold between safe and unsafe water is 104 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 milliliters of sample. Any number below that level is safe to swim in, but a reading above that means a beach is put on advisory and tested on subsequent days until it reads clean again.At the Highlands Recreation Center beach, four of 11 tests showed elevated readings so far this summer. The highest was on June 5, when the test came back reporting 920 cfu/100 ml.Down a few blocks at Miller Beach, the most polluted sample was recorded on May 31, coming in at 310 cfu/100 ml. Five of 12 samples at Miller Beach to date were recorded above the threshold.“The numbers we were seeing for both the Miller and Rec beaches did stand out to us,” said Dan Kennedy, NJDEP assistant commissioner for water resource management. By Jay Cook | The Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program supervises testing of water samples at over 200 ocean and bay stations throughout the state which are taken each Monday by respective county health officials.The state is on the lookout for enterococcus, a bacterium found in human waste, which can be harmful to humans. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains, respirator y issues and flu-like symptoms are all possible ailments associated with swimming in polluted water, per NJDEP.County health officials tested the two Highlands beaches on schedule bright and early on Monday, July 10, and the results provided a glimmer of hope for anxious swimmers.The Recreation Center beach tested at 50 cfu/100 ml, and Miller Beach was marked at 40 cfu/100ml, well below previous readings.“The monitoring program did its job and it has identified issues actively,” Kennedy said.Both the borough and the state noted that one normal reading doesn’t wipe the slate clean. Broullon said Highlands is looking for three consecutive clean reads before they would reconsider opening the beaches. According to the borough website, the mayor and council have requested additional sampling on Thursday. If those results, which are expected Friday, remain within acceptable limits, the beaches will reopen Saturday.The beach closures didn’t stop residents from getting some sun this past weekend. At 1 p.m. on Sunday there were about 40 people at the Recreation Center beach.“I’m disappointed,” said Peri Marando, a Highlands resident of over 20 years, from beneath her beach umbrella. “I hope they can clean up this problem as soon as possible, but I understand it’s not that easy to fix.”Despite a “Water Closed” sign straddled by a red flag and another “No Swimming” notice tied to a vacant lifeguard stand, two people were in the water – a young girl right at the foot of the shore and an older woman with her lounge chair cranked back, lounging as waves washed past her.Broullon is optimistic the borough can put this issue behind them.“We hope this is all fixed and that we can get our beaches back open,” she said.This article was first published in the July 13-20, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Monmouth Politics: Freeholders Ask, What’s in a Name?

first_imgBy Jay Cook |Monmouth County Freeholders Say ‘No Thanks’ to Name ChangeCiting unnecessary costs and the value of history, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders officially announced their opposition to a state bill petitioning to change the “Board of Chosen Freeholders” moniker to the “Board of County Commissioners.”All five members signed off on a resolution Thursday afternoon opposing the change.“This is classic fixing what ain’t broken,” Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger said. “I’ve heard the lamest justifications for going down this road of needless expenditures.”Proponents for the name change believe the name is outdated and doesn’t wholly represent female politicians at the county level. The term “freeholder” is associated with men from the 17th century in America who owned land free of debts. In the colonies, only freeholders could hold office.The only female freeholder in Monmouth County – Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry – said a name change would just add confusion.“They didn’t even give one good, solid reason for even entertaining the idea,” said Burry. “That’s what I find so disturbing. Why do you have to change history?”he Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is formally opposing state legislation thatwould change its name to “Board of County Commissioners.” Photo by Jay CookMonmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said this name change is the wrong path. Legislators instead should be focusing on making the state more affordable.“I sit here with a Board of Freeholders that work on extremely productive, cost-saving measures to try and make this a better quality of life at an affordable price here in Monmouth County,” he said. “I’m really somewhat concerned with that being a priority, changing our name.”Also coming into play is the funding that will be needed to change every letterhead and signage for the county vehicles, buildings and parks.“Just imagine – everything that goes around in this county has to be changed,” said Arnone. “There’s a cost factor to all this.”Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Sending NWS Earle Students To Colts Neck DistrictA bill making students living on base at Naval Weapons Station Earle attend the Colts Neck School District instead of Tinton Falls public schools was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy earlier this month.Sponsored by local politicians state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) and Assemblymembers Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey (both D-11), the bill effectively ends a years-long battle based around state funding and logistics, officials said.“Tinton Falls has been disparately impacted by educating the entire student population at Naval Weapons Station Earle without proper funding for far too long, placing an undue burden on not only the district but taxpayers as well,” said Gopal.Since 1988, students living on the U.S. Navy base had attended schools in the Tinton Falls School District, while the majority of the civilian housing on NWS Earle was actually located in Colts Neck. There were 68 students living on Earle property who attended Tinton Falls schools in 2016. Two additional students were homeschooled.The bill requires all students residing on Earle to attend the Colts Neck School District for grades K-8 beginning in the 2018-2019 school year – high school students already attend Colts Neck High School. Current students will have until July 1, 2021 to transition over to Colts Neck to not disrupt graduations.A senate version of the bill passed 28-1 and the assembly passed it 52-24. Other local Two River-area elected officials didn’t support the bill. State Sen. Declan O’Scalnon (R-13) abstained from the senate vote and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin and Serena DiMaso (both R-13) both voted “no.”The bill was also sponsored by state Education chair Teresa M. Ruiz (D-29) and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33).“I am extremely pleased that Governor Phil Murphy has seen the merit in the bill,” said Gopal. “By signing the Earle bill into law, Gov. Murphy has joined us in not only supporting the Tinton Falls School District, which was in dire need of support, but the taxpayers of Tinton Falls as well.”Handlin’s Internet Security Bill ProgressingWith a recent focus on federal regulations for social media sites like Facebook, Middletown’s state assemblywoman has forwarded state legislation to protect internet users.The bill, co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13), prohibits internet service providers from disclosing a subscriber’s personal identifiable information unless agreed to in writing. It would also prevent providers from withholding service, slowing internet speeds or lowering service quality if a user doesn’t waive their privacy rights.“The internet is a part of life,” said Handlin. “People are on- and offline all day long. They enjoy the convenience, but they have no privacy without effective legal protections.”The bill was also sponsored Assemblymen Ronald Dancer (R-12) and Erik Peterson (R-23). It’s cleared the Assembly science, innovation and technology committee and is now due for a second reading.This article was first published in the May 31-June 7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Fall Should Be All About The Apple

first_imgBy Elizabeth Wulfhorst |Lately pumpkins have been getting all the love, turning up in everything from traditional breads and pies to those ubiquitous lattes and even salsa and pasta sauce. But as much as it seems as if that other fall staple, the apple, has been pushed to the back burner, according to the U.S Apple Association, American apple producers grow, on average, 240 million bushels each year. The wholesale value of the U.S. apple crop annually is close to $4 billion.In fact, the U.S. is the second largest producer of the crispy, crunchy, sweet, tart fruit. There are more than 7,500 varietals of apple, a member of the rose family. While only the sour crab apple tree is native to America, the U.S. now grows more than 2,500 varieties, thanks to European settlers. Gala, a variety that originated in New Zealand in the 1930s is now the No. 1 apple variety grown in America, followed closely by Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji and Honeycrisp. It’s estimated that 52.4 million 42-pound units of Gala apples will be produced in 2018.According to U.S. Apple Association, the national trade association for the apple industry, the first orchard in America was planted around 1625 by William Blackstone in Boston. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both well-known apple orchard cultivators.Apple dumplings, a Pennsylvania Dutch treat, are like round, individual apple pies. Pastry dough is wrapped around whole apples stuffed with cinnamon and sugar and baked to a golden brown.The top three apple-producing states are Washington, New York and Michigan. Two thirds of those apples are grown just to be eaten fresh while the other third is used in apple products like juices, ciders and applesauce. It takes about 36 apples to create 1 gallon of apple cider.And that saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, apple juice was one of the earliest prescribed antidepressants. And apples are a great choice as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. They contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol, are a good source of fiber and a medium-sized apple has only 80 calories.So it makes perfect sense we would sprinkle them with sugar and cinnamon, wrap them in buttery dough, cover them in caramel or dip them in peanut butter and chocolate.While eating apples are a personal preference, when baking, certain properties need to be considered. A tarter fruit can balance the sugar in pies and cakes. And certain varieties hold up better to high heat without turning to mush – but those are great for sauce. Some good, readily available choices for baking are Jonagold, Braeburn, Gala, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith and Winesap.How about them apples?Apple DumplingsFor the dumplings:4 apples, pared and cored1/3 cup sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon2 teaspoons butter, dividedPastry for 8” two-crust pieFor the sauce:2/3 cup brown sugar1 ½ cup water2 tablespoons butter¼ teaspoon cinnamonMilk or cream and cheddar cheese, for servingPreheat oven to 425 degrees F.Lightly coat a 9-by-9-inch dish with cooking spray.Roll out dough into a 14-by-14-inch square. Cut into 4 equal pieces. Place one apple on each square. Mix together the 1/3 cup sugar with the 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Fill each apple with 1/4 of the mixture. Bring opposite corners of each pastry square up over each apple to completely encase the apple. Work the dough to cover any holes. Place dough-wrapped apple in the prepared dish.Make the sauce. Heat the brown sugar, water, butter and cinnamon in a small saucepan to boiling. Boil three minutes. Remove from heat and carefully pour around the apples into the dish.Bake for 45-50 minutes, tenting with foil if the crust starts browning too quickly.Serve warm with milk or cream and a wedge of aged cheddar cheese.Adapted from Betty CrockerThis article was first published in the Sept. 20-26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Leafs continue to tinker with roster, acquire Austin Steger from Campbell River

first_imgIn 66 regular season games with Creston and the Storm, the Edmonton native scored 17 goals while adding 31 assists for 48 points.“The big move (in the deal) was Max (Daerendinger),” Dooley said of the smooth skating 6’2”, 185-pound defenceman from Vancouver who registered 17 points in 37 games with the Leafs.“We’ve had all kinds of offers for Daerendinger in the last few months and we had no interest in moving him what so ever.” “However, Max has received huge Jr.A attention . . . even offers of roster spots,” Dooley added.“We felt that we would not see Max back and were willing to take the chance and get Austin Steger.”Anselmo came to Nelson after playing one BC Hockey League game with Trail Smoke Eaters.The 5’10” 170-pound Anselmo had 18 points for Nelson before being shipped to Surrey Eagles of the BCHL in January.Dooley felt the chance of Anselmo returning to Junior B was slim so sending his rights to the Storm was the easy part of the deal.Nelson started making changes to the roster that bowed out of the KIJHL playoffs in straight games to Beaver Valley Nitehawks earlier this month by sending center Austin Lindsay and cash to Ridge Meadows Flames of the Pacific Junior Hockey League for two players — forward Dale Howell and netminder Jason Sandhu.Management then acquired Nelson Minor Hockey power forward Sawyer Hunt from the Kimberley Dynamiters for forward Nick Ketola and future considerations.Nelson, struggling to finish fourth in the Murdoch Division before being ousted from post season, opens the KIJHL season with main camp August 12-15 at the NDCC Arena. The Nelson Leafs continue to tinker with the roster during the offseason as the club builds for the 2016-17 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League campaign.The franchise completed its third deal during the month of June, landing 20-year-old defenceman Austin Steger from the Campbell River Storm.Sent to the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League squad in exchange for Steger was defenceman Max Daerendinger and the rights to defenceman Austin Anselmo.“Austin is very offensive and puts up huge points for a D-man,” Leafs Sean Dooley said when asked about the 5’9”, 185-pound Steger.“We wanted to bring in that veteran presence through a 20-year-old on our back end and we very excited about acquiring him.”Steger should be no stranger to Leaf fans, having toiled for the past two seasons with Creston Valley Thunder Cats before being moved mid season to Campbell River.last_img read more

Winners Foundation Celebrates Over 30 Years of Service to Employees of CA Horse Racing Industry

first_imgARCADIA – A few months before the doors opened for the inaugural Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park on November 10, 1984, the doors opened for Winners Foundation which, like the Breeders’ Cup, continues working uninterrupted to this day.   But unlike the Breeders’ Cup, which celebrates two days a year, the work of the Winners Foundation is largely uncelebrated 365 days a year, often 24 hours a day as the Foundation continually assists those who work with and care for the horses and the racetracks.The Winners Foundation provides a vital service to the California horse racing community, with a large referral base and relationships with a myriad of mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities – both in and out patient, city and county services, sober living environments and mental health practitioners. All arrangements and referrals made by Winners are at no cost to the employee or his/her family member, and confidentiality is paramount.“The racing community has always been about taking care of its own and Winners Foundation is blessed to be allowed to offer and support second chances for those employees who have life style struggles” says Bob Fletcher, Executive Director of the Foundation.In 1984, Lou Rowan, one of the original founders of the Oak Tree Racing Association, enlisted several other prominent horsemen including Gino Roncelli, Herman Smith, Jr., and Joe McAnally to develop a service to help and heal those with these afflictions. From that mission statement, Winners Foundation was established. From the backstretch to the Front Office, Winners Foundation has expanded its reach to help more employees and their families get a second chance at life and at work.“There is little room for error on the track and in the barns when dealing with the power of a race horse,” said one noted Thoroughbred trainer in support of employees helped by Winners Foundation. “We need everyone sharp-eyed and clear-headed when handling these beautiful horses. In this industry, we take care of our own. Good talent is hard to come by. Winners Foundation has counseled several of our employees back to a sense of fulfillment, peace of mind, and a productive life. We want to continue this legacy of taking care of our horses and our workers. Winners Foundation helps us get there.”“Having Winners Foundation and their services available provides an enormous value to the racing industry,” said one California race track executive. “Their referral services, programs and ongoing support allow us to help all our valued employees return to a normal life and regular employment. The return of a renewed employee outweighs the economic cost to us every time.”CONTACT:                     BOB FLETCHER       626-574-6498 OR   626-945-0880JULIE VALLANTE     626-574-6498 OR 626-233Founded in 1984, Winners Foundation is a non-profit organization established to provide information, support and referral services to employees and family members of the California thoroughbred horse racing community.Our primary purpose is to assist men and women whose personal and professional lives are being adversely affected as a result of substance abuse, compulsive gambling or mental health issues.We have a large referral network of confidential community-based services and agencies. Each situation is geared to best supporting an individual’s desire to change their lives for the better.For confidential assistance, more information or ways you can help, please call 626-574-6498 or visit us at www.winnersfoundation.org Winners Foundation is a 501 (c) 3.   Tax ID #: 95-3929755last_img read more

MIDNIGHT LUTE STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY DECEMBER 31, 2016

first_imgPETER MILLER, SOLID WAGER AND ST. JOE BAY (DEAD HEAT), WINNER: “This is unbelievable. Both horses ran super. Both riders rode super. I couldn’t call it and obviously the Stewards couldn’t either, so I’m just elated for everyone involved.“Watching it live I thought the two won, then when I watched the replay I thought the three won and when they put up the “DH” I didn’t know what to do!” JOCKEY QUOTES             NOTES: The winning owners of Solid Wager are Gary Barber, Cecil Barber and Stanford Stable. The winning owners of St. Joe Bay are David Bernsen and Altamira Racing Stable. -30-             VICTOR ESPINOZA, SOLID WAGER, WINNER (DEAD HEAT): “The way the track is, and the weather…I thought ‘ok I’ll get all dirty and it could be an experience’ but it’s my last race of the year so I’ll just go for it.“He’s such a cool horse. He likes to just take his time and he tries as hard as he can down the stretch. I was only watching Kent on St. Joe Bay and no one else. His was the only horse I was concerned about getting by down the lane because everyone else looked like they were struggling.“Sure enough, it was just between the two of us at the wire. It was awesome. When I crossed the wire I couldn’t tell but I was in front of him just a jump after. Kent thought he won right away but I said ‘Hey. Don’t be so sure.’ It’s not often this happens and to do it in a graded stakes for the same trainer?!” KENT DESORMEAUX, ST. JOE BAY, WINNER (DEAD HEAT): “This is incredible for Pete. Dead Heats are not abnormal, but what is totally unique is being in a dead heat for the same trainer. I’ve ridden 40,000 horses, and that’s only happened to me one other time. It was for Richard Mandella, maybe in 1992, in the Beverly at Hollywood Park.“There were no losers. We had two horses on the same team in the race, and we tied.“I had a rough trip. He leaves the gate like a Quarter Horse, and he jumped over every hoof print and all the tractor marks. I really sat down on him leaving the chute and coming on to the main track. He pitched himself well in front, and threw on the brakes. I know for certain that the other horse was lucky to tie, but it’s a good year for Pete, and sometimes things are just out of your hands.” TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

FRONT-RUNNING STORMY LIBERAL TAKES $75,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER ARROYO; TRAINED BY MILLER, HE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:11.91

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2017)–Favored Stormy Liberal broke sharply and dictated term throughout to score a 1 ½ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr. and trained by Peter Miller, the 5-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.91.With Stormy Liberal breaking from post position eight, he put immediate pressure on Forever Juanito, who broke from post six and was ridden by Agapito Delgadillo.  The pair raced as a team to the dirt crossing at the top of the stretch, where the winner opened up and was never challenged thereafter.Off at 2-1 in a field of 10 older horses, Stormy Liberal paid $6.00, $3.80 and $3.20.“The difference today was that we were outside and it was an easier race,” said Arroyo.  “I was just along for the ride today, he just took me.”Owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch, Stormy Liberal provided the owner and trainer with a double on the afternoon.  Second in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes down the hill on Dec. 26, Stormy Liberal registered his fourth win from nine tries over the course and he’s now 17-4-6-1 overall.  With the winner’s share of $47,700, Stormy Liberal now has earnings of $247,570.“I train for a great group of guys and I’m really happy for my horse,” said Miller, who claimed the winner three starts back for $40,000 on Oct. 16.  “We’ve had a big weekend and we’re working hard…I think 6 ½ down the hill hits him right between the eyes.  He loves it.  He’s just a really honest, nice horse.”Though no threat to the winner late, Forever Juanito held second by 1 ½ lengths over Blameitonthelaw.  Off at 19-1, Forever Juanito paid $17.00 and $9.20.Ridden by Luis Contreras, Blameitonthelaw was off at 12-1 and paid $6.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.39, 44.15 and 1:05.91.Live racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday with first post time at 1 p.m.last_img read more

XPRESSBET ANNOUNCES FIFTH ANNUAL PREAKNESS BIG BET SWEEPSTAKES

first_imgGrand Prize Winner will Receive a VIP Trip to the 2017 Preakness StakesMarch 14, 2017 (Washington, PA) – For the fifth consecutive year, Xpressbet is inviting a lucky customer to make a life-changing bet on Pimlico’s legendary Preakness Stakes in its $25K Preakness Big Bet Sweepstakes.  The Sweepstakes, which is open to all Xpressbet customers, rewards one horseplayer each year with the chance to bet $25,000 on their pick in the Preakness.The Grand Prize Package also includes a trip for two to Baltimore for the race, complete with hotel, airfare and tickets on Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan Days. Fifty Second Prize Winners each receive a $100 Xpressbet wagering voucher.Additionally, this year’s Grand Prize Winner will have the chance to meet and talk strategy with NBC Sports Handicapper, Eddie Olczyk.To play, Xpressbet customers simply need to register and start betting the races. Customers receive an entry for every bet they make between March 13 and May 6, 2017, and can earn bonus entries for wagers made on weekdays and on Stronach Group tracks, including Gulfstream, Santa Anita, Laurel and Golden Gate Fields.Xpressbet Preakness Big Bet Winners have twice parlayed winning the Sweepstakes into a life-changing score. Sweepstakes winners correctly identified American Pharoah (2015) and California Chrome (2014) as the ‘best bets’ in their respective editions of the Preakness Stakes.  This year’s Preakness Stakes takes place on Saturday, May 20.“We’re excited to bring back the Big Bet for its fifth year and once again offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to our customers,” said Xpressbet Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson. “The Preakness Stakes is one of North America’s most exciting and enjoyable sporting events and we take great pride in providing a comprehensive VIP racetrack experience to our Big Bet winners.  This year, they’ll even have the chance to meet renowned handicapper, Eddie Olczyk.”For more information and to sign up for an Xpressbet wagering account, simply visit www.xpressbet.com.Contact: Dustin FabianTel: 724.229.6240Email: dustin.fabian@xpressbet.com About XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Rosecroft Raceway, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness Stakes.  The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management, horse racing’s leading simulcast purchase and sales agent.last_img read more

CLUB ASPEN HEADS $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY ON SATURDAY; NORTHERN INVADER BETTOR TRIP NICK & ROOKIE MISTAKE ALSO PROMINENT AS NINE SOPHOMORES GO 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgCLUB ASPEN HEADS $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY ON SATURDAY; NORTHERN INVADER BETTOR TRIP NICK & ROOKIE MISTAKE ALSO PROMINENT AS NINE SOPHOMORES GO 1 1/16 MILES  RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES   ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2020)–Club Aspen, an impressive 2 ½ length stakes winner in his most recent start, heads a field of nine sophomores going a mile and one sixteenth in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita.  Trained by Craig Lewis and owned by his brother Larry, Club Aspen is by the hottest sire currently standing in California, Clubhouse Ride, who was also conditioned by Craig Lewis.Golden Gate Fields invader Bettor Trip Nick, a two-time stakes winner on synthetic Tapeta, rates a big chance in the Cal Cup Derby and is owned in part and trained by William Delia.Reddam Racing’s homebred Rookie Mistake, a son of top sire Square Eddie, comes off a 3 ¼ length maiden turf win at 5 ½ furlongs and also figures very prominent for trainer Doug O’Neill.The Cal Cup Derby is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA and is for eligible California-bred or sired horses.CLUB ASPENOwner:  Lawrence D. LewisTrainer:  Craig LewisBred in California by Harris Farms, Club Aspen is out of the Talkin Man mare Aspen Gal.  A six furlong maiden special weight winner versus statebreds in his second start on Aug. 2 at Del Mar, Club Aspen ran the best race of his career in winning the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 15 and will likely employ a similar stalking style on Saturday under regular rider Jorge Velez. The leading money earner in the field with $118,211, he has two wins from seven starts.BETTOR TRIP NICKOwner:  William Delia, Gary Oetman & Ray PaganoTrainer:  William DeliaOne length shy of being unbeaten in five Golden Gate Fields starts dating back to Aug. 23, this gelding who is by the Harlan’s Holiday stallion Boat Trip, comes off a gate to wire score in the one mile Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 7 as the 4-5 favorite and figures to employ similar tactics on Saturday under regular pilot Catalino Martinez.  A half length winner of the six furlong Gold Rush Stakes two starts back on Nov. 9, Bettor Trip Nick will be trying two turns for the second time in the Cal Cup Derby.ROOKIE MISTAKEOwner:  Reddam Racing, Inc.Trainer:  Doug O’NeillBy Square Eddie, out of the General Meeting mare Meetmeinthewoods, Rookie Mistake comes of a scintillating 3 ¼ length win going 5 ½ furlongs on turf here Jan. 3 and although he’s a solid fit in the Cal Cup Derby, he may be better suited for grass.  The 6-5 favorite in the 5 ½ furlong turf debut four starts back here on Oct. 20, Rookie Mistake led throughout prior to tiring late, finishing third, beaten 1 ½ lengths.  Subsequently well beaten in the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile Nov. 1, his best race on dirt came two starts back when he was a close second versus statebred maidens going 5 ½ furlongs at Del Mar Dec. 1. Saturday’s Derby will be his first two turn assignment and he could be a menacing presence for the likes of Bettor Trip Nick.THE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9  Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTBettor Trip Nick–Catalino Martinez–124Dapper–Geovanni Franco–124Sacred Rider–Abel Cedillo–124Summer Fire–Mike Smith–124Club Aspen–Jorge Velez–124Rookie Mistake–Mario Gutierrez–124Indian Peak–Juan Hernandez–124Fast Enough–Tiago Pereira–124Big Returns–Ruben Fuentes–124First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Tottenham news LIVE – Latest updates from North London

first_imgTOTTENHAM were back to square one on Saturday as Sheffield United held them to a 1-1 draw in North London.And it could have been even worse had VAR not controversially ruled out a Blades goal for offside.But they hope to poach Memphis Depay from Lyon in a bid to improve their performances of late.Get all the latest Spurs news here…Joe Miles11 Nov 2019, 3:32 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO reckons the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United was a “fair result”.He said: “It was an even game, when you assess the game it was a fair result, they deserved the point.“They were the better team in the first half and we were the better team in the second half.“We started the game not well, it was a little bit strange the feeling of Tanguy Ndombele, he never felt comfortable in the game and maybe that affected the team.”Joe Miles11 Nov 2019, 2:50 pmWe will remember them. #ArmisticeDay #LestWeForget pic.twitter.com/wBrzsxOh8S— Harry Kane (@HKane) November 11, 2019Joe Miles11 Nov 2019, 2:09 pmCHELSEA are braced to rival both Tottenham and Leicester to the signing of Metz striker Habib Diallo, according to reports.The 24-year-old has been in terrific form with eight goals in 13 Ligue 1 appearances this season.And his form has not gone unnoticed by some of the Premier League big-guns who are ready to lock horns in a battle for his signature.According to Team Talk both Spurs and Chelsea have sent scouts to watch him in action on numerous occasions this season.Joe Miles11 Nov 2019, 1:05 pmSPURS have reportedly been keeping a close eye on Moussa Dembele. According to The Mirror, the club scouted the Lyon striker while also watching Memphis Depay. Dembele has attracted a wide range of interest after scoring nine goals in 12 league games. Joe Miles11 Nov 2019, 12:37 pmSPURS have shown their support. #SpursRemembers pic.twitter.com/kDu46BnnEz— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 11, 2019Joe Miles11 Nov 2019, 11:44 amSON HEUNG-MIN was brilliantly spotted using his hands to protect a mascot from the rain. The South Korean star proved he was in a class of his own after he netted his third goal in two games as Spurs drew 1-1 at home to Sheffield United.But the real stand-out moment came before the game kicked off, with Son attempting to shelter a mascot standing in front of him from the rain.As he clasps both hands over the youngster’s head to keep it dry, the lad looks up at the Tottenham winger and shares a touching smile.Joe Miles11 Nov 2019, 11:19 amCHRIS WILDER claimed Sheffield United deserved more than just one point against Spurs. He told Football London: “It’s nothing less than what I expected from this group. “I think we deserved something out of the game and everybody in the stadium would have been in agreement.” Joe Miles11 Nov 2019, 10:10 amERIK EDMAN turns 41 today. Etienne Fermie10 Nov 2019, 1:31 pmMANCHESTER UNITED have registered their interest in £50million-rated goalkeeper Andre Onana despite having just handing David De Gea a new £115m contract, in a shock move.The Red Devils have joined Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain in the race for the Cameroonian stopper, with Ajax slapping a monster transfer fee on his head, according to the Mirror.United only gave De Gea a staggering £350,000-a-week contract two months ago, but already appear to be looking to the future with the Spaniard failing to find his top gear.It took the club over a year to negotiate the terms of the deal, but the saga appears to have distracted him at times.Despite shipping four goals in the goal-laden Champions League draw with Chelsea midweek, Onana is quickly making a name for himself in Europe.He was a key cog in the Ajax machine that beat Real Madrid and Juventus en route to the semi-finals of Europe’s elite competition last term.Spurs are hoping to bring Onana, 23, to North London in the winter transfer window after Hugo Lloris dislocated his elbow against Brighton earlier this season, ruling him out for the season.And now United are hot on the trail of the sought-after stopper – who is under contract at Ajax until June 2022 after penning a new deal himself in March.Load more entries… Etienne Fermie10 Nov 2019, 2:36 pmMOUSSA SISSOKO has had his say on Tottenham’s poor performance and 1-1 draw with Sheffield United yesterday.The Frenchman said: “We are struggling since the beginning of the season. Why? I don’t know, because we are trying our best, but it’s not working. We see today it was a difficult game against a good team.“We couldn’t keep the score, so we have a lot of frustration, but we need to keep going. We have to stick together and try to work hard and come back stronger. That is the only way to perform.“Every team can have difficult moments. Since a few weeks we are struggling and that’s football. What can you do? Keep working, give your best every day ’til everything turns around.“We know we have a good squad with a lot of quality. We know we can do better and have to do better. Hopefully we’ll go away, have some wins with our national teams, and this will give us confidence. The season is still long, in the Champions League we are doing well.”Etienne Fermie10 Nov 2019, 2:04 pmGIOVANI LO CELSO made his first Premier League start yesterday.The poor performance of the team wasn’t ideal.But most Spurs fans are excited to see more the of their latest Argentine star. 🎂 Happy birthday, Erik Edman.#THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/SGanJvgtFm— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 11, 2019Joe Miles11 Nov 2019, 9:41 amMOUSSA SISSOKO still reckons Spurs can make the top four this season. The midfielder said: “Of course we are far, far behind the top four, but the season is long and we can still win a lot of games. “It will not be easy but we know we have the qualities to do it. “When we come back [after the international break] we will try to catch the teams in front of us and see where we are at the end of the season.” Joe Miles11 Nov 2019, 9:13 amTOTTENHAM are reportedly lining-up Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech as a replacement for Christian Eriksen.The Dane has made it clear he wants to quit the North London side and will be out of contract next summer.Spurs could be open to selling the attacker in January rather than losing him for nothing.And according to 90min they already have a list of players to fill the void, with the 26-year-old Moroccan international “high on their wish list”.Joe Miles11 Nov 2019, 8:13 amDARREN BENT has accused of Son Heung-min of being “way too greedy”.Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I thought he was brilliant, I thought he was tremendous [against Red Star].“To be fair to him, he looked good but if I was Danny Rose, at times he must be so frustrated to play with Heung-min Son on your side because the amount of times he does marauding overlap where he powers and all he needs is a little pass to the side, Son will shoot. “I think that’s one area where he lets him down is sometimes he’s way too greedy.”Etienne Fermie11 Nov 2019, 8:44 pmMANCHESTER CITY and Liverpool are among the big guns tracking West Brom wonderkid Rico Richards.Arsenal and Tottenham are also watching Richards, who turned 16 in September but has already spent time training with the Baggies’ Under-23 side.The exciting forward’s current contract expires next year and West Brom are keen to agree a new deal after losing other youngsters to bigger clubs.Morgan Rogers was still 16 when he left in the summer to join City in a deal worth £4m, one of the highest fees ever paid for a player of his age.And Louie Barry, 16, also rejected a scholarship with West Brom before moving abroad to Barcelona.Richards can play on either wing or as a No10 and is renowned for scoring as well as creating goals.He netted on his debut for England Under-17s earlier this season, when his team-mates included Barry and Harvey Elliott, who left Fulham for Liverpool last summer.Etienne Fermie11 Nov 2019, 8:15 pmTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR are reportedly interested in signing Memphis Depay.The Dutch forward now plays for Lyon, having flopped at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.And The Mirror claim that Spurs are willing to fork out £50million to bring Depay back to the Premier League.The 25-year-old has seven goals in ten Ligue 1 appearances this season.Etienne Fermie11 Nov 2019, 7:41 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO admitted he would prefer Ryan Sessegnon to stay with Spurs during the international break and NOT link up with England Under-21s.The winger, 19, joined Tottenham from Fulham for £25million in the summer but has had his season hampered by a hamstring injury.He finally made his first-team bow for Spurs last Sunday, coming off the bench for the final minute at Everton.The teenager got another brief run-out at the end of the 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade after replacing Son Heung-min.And his 16 minutes of first-team action was enough to convince Young Lions boss Aidy Boothroyd to call him up.The England U21s face trips to Albania and the Netherlands during the international break.But speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Sheffield United, Poch confessed he would rather Sessegnon stayed at Spurs to continue to work on his fitness – but understands why he wants to represent his country.He said: “He suffered at Fulham at the end of the season with a big injury and we are working so hard to provide him with the best tool to be in his best form.“He needs time to be the best but we are happy in what he is doing and that is why he is involved with England U21s.“I accept when the national team asks for your player.“To be honest I prefer that the player should be here training with us, and available to play for 90 minutes and building fitness here in our concept but I accept that.“We know he loves the national team and for the U21s Ryan is a very important player.”Etienne Fermie11 Nov 2019, 7:10 pmCHRIS WILDER called for a major review of VAR after Jon Moss failed to follow the Premier League’s OWN guidelines to deny Sheffield United a famous victory.After video ref Moss controversially ruled out a Blades goal at Tottenham following FOUR MINUTES of analysis.And, after the 1-1 draw, Blades boss Wilder said: “I’m 100 per cent sick of talking about VAR.“We went to a Premier League meeting on Thursday to discuss VAR and they told us that any offside had to be clear and obvious.“Well, this wasn’t clear and obvious because there seems to be confusion about whether the Tottenham player’s armpit was ahead of John Lundstram’s big toe.“There’s no doubt that VAR is here to stay but certain aspects it are spoiling the game and we need to have a big look at it in the summer.“I’ve been in the game since I was 16 and some of the decisions this season have left me scratching my head.“There was for us also confusion as to when is the reset. Lundstram has crossed from the right, the ball has come back out, we’ve attacked down the left side and then they rule offside from the first cross.“What really disappoints me is the talking point should be how my team went toe- to-toe with the Champions League finalists in their own backyard but all we’re speaking about is VAR.”Etienne Fermie11 Nov 2019, 6:38 pmOne week to go until @SpursWomen face Arsenal Women at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 🎟 Join us next Sunday for this historic North London Derby. #SpurHerOn ⚪️ #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 10, 2019Etienne Fermie11 Nov 2019, 6:04 pmMauricio gives his reaction to today’s game and provides an update on Tanguy Ndombele. #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/06UvFZNf3o— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 9, 2019Etienne Fermie11 Nov 2019, 5:31 pmTOTTENHAM loanee Jack Roles has won League Two Player of the Month, as voted by the fans.The Spurs youngster has wowed Cambridge fans with his performances, and gathered 30% of the vote.His nearest challenger was runner-up Chris Porter, who got 16% of the vote.Etienne Fermie11 Nov 2019, 4:55 pmEX SPURS forward Darren Bent has urged Mauricio Pochettino to utilise Juan Foyth more.The young Argentine defender picked up an injury in pre season against Bayern Munich and has only started one match since – the 4-0 win over Red Star on Wednesday night.Bent told Football Insider: “I think he (Foyth) could be the one because at the minute Spurs don’t look solid at all and they need some sort of stability in order to be a solid team that is hard to play against, as they’re not at the minute.“Yeah we know going forward, he is a little bit limited, but he can defend so for me, I’d probably go with him for a little bit.”Etienne Fermie11 Nov 2019, 4:21 pmDIMITAR BERBATOV had his say on Spurs’ current predicament.The Bulgarian was an excellent goal scorer for the Lilywhites, and also appeared at White Hart Lane at half-time of the Bayern Munich match this season.He told beINSPORTS: ““It always happens with Spurs, they crack at the back and let the other team score a goal, if you want to be a big team, you can’t let that happen. 1-0 if you can win this is the most important.“I remember with Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson was most happy when we win 1-0, not 5-0 or 6-0 because it shows concentration at the back and at the front, you do your job. “In this case of Spurs, they need to find that consistency, else it’s not going to be good for them.“When I reached the [European] final with Leverkusen in 2001, the next season we fight for relegation. We played badly. “Dortmund reached the final with Klopp, the next season, they fight relegation. Spurs are the same – they have great players but they have no more excuses. The stadium is there and the training ground is there. Now they need to start producing.”Etienne Fermie10 Nov 2019, 3:43 pmGOALSCORER Son Heung-min has had his say on Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.The South Korean superstar had given Spurs the lead when he pounced on Enda Stevens’ mistake in the box.But after the Lilywhites were pegged back by Eric Dier’s own goal, Son told Spurs TV: “It was a tough game, but we’re disappointed we only get this one point, really disappointed. “We tried to create chances, we had chances to score and we should be more clinical in front of goal. We were 1-0 up, I think we should get the three points.“Sheffield United did a great job, I have to say that. They created chances and caused us problems. It’s really disappointing and frustrating.”Etienne Fermie10 Nov 2019, 3:08 pmTHERE was still not first start for summer signing Ryan Sessegnon yesterday, as he remained an unused substitute against Sheffield United.last_img read more

Galatasaray signs Uruguayan side Marcelo Saracchi

first_imgSaracchi arrived in Istanbul today, signed the contract and visited the museum Galatasaray, already dressed in the rojiamarilla shirt, in which he wears The number 36.The side, which has been called four times for the selection Uruguayan, He matches in the club with his compatriot Fernando Muslera, the already mythical Uruguayan goalkeeper who defends since 2011 the colors of Galatasaray The Galatasaray, one of the most successful clubs from Turkey, has announced Monday the arrival as given from the side Uruguayan left Marcelo Saracchi, 21 years old and currently under contract in the Leipzig German.The German club will yield Saracci to Galatasaray under loan format for the remainder of this season and 2020-2021, in exchange for a net payment of 500,000 euros, says a statement made public this late on the website of the Turkish club.The young player, who has served on the Danube FC and the River Plate before moving, in summer 2018, to Leipzig, rwill 700,000 euros for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season and another 1,350,000 for the 2020-2021 season, clarifies the statement. Turkish League* Data updated as of January 6, 2020last_img read more

Grande Nadal: visit Anita, the girl she hit

first_imgThis Friday, after his morning coaching, Nadal needed to satisfy the girl and went to visit her at the Melbourne Park services. I needed to verify I used to be superb and be along with her for some time. His identify is Anita, he’s from the metropolis and was accompanied at the moment by his mother and father and his brother.Rafa gave him a cap from his Academy signed by him and with a dedication (“For my good friend Anita, all the finest”) and shared along with her some anecdotes earlier than saying goodbye and turn into a self portrait along with her, the different protagonist of a gesture that everybody has celebrated. The girl confessed that the world primary was her favourite tennis participant and that she “bought excited” by her “kindness” and the particulars that weren’t anticipated “in abosolute”. The human high quality of Rafa Nadal is well-known, praised by everybody in the circuit above even his tennis capability. In his second spherical match of the Australian Open in opposition to Federico Delbonis, the Balearic unintentionally kicked a ball boy by subtracting a serve from the Argentine. Frightened by what may occur, she was instantly fascinated with the girl, who informed her she was superb. Then he kissed her whereas she held again the tears with a fortitude that primary praised later: “It was a phenomena.”last_img read more

Barça costumes are paid at risk

first_imgIn the dressing room of FC Barcelona do not win for scares. With such a short squad – 16 players available from the first team – any eventuality is received as a real cold water jug. And even more so if this eventuality is not for a justified cause or for a training incident, already worrying enough, but for an activity outside the club’s premises.The first to skip all the protocols and internal codes was Arthur Melo. The Brazilian did not think of anything other than playing against Atlético de Madrid (0-1) in Wanda on December 1, going to celebrate Andorra’s victory, accompanied by his compatriot, goalkeeper Neto. So far nothing criticizable. The problem is that the Brazilian midfielder took advantage of his visit to the Andorran country to enjoy his ski resorts practicing ‘snowboarding’. A totally prohibited activity for a soccer player, and even more if you have a history of pubic injury. In fact, a few days later, the player had to stop because of a galloping pubalgia. Obviously you can’t just point out the practice of ‘snowboarding’ with the injury, but it certainly didn’t help to remedy it either. When Ernesto Valverde learned of this getaway, through TV3, he mounted in anger, especially since it was not the first time that the player had skipped the discipline of the club: the previous year he had traveled to Paris without permission to enjoy the birthday party organized by Neymar when there were only two days left to play a Real Madrid-Barcelona Cup. But after Arthur’s incident it seems that not all players have learned the lesson. And it is that a few weeks ago the Junior Firpo defense was presented with the inflamed left hand and with significant erosions and abrasions. The surprise of the technicians, in this case Quique Setién and his second, Eder Sarabia, was enormous, especially since few days after Jordi Alba’s injury to Getafe, Junior was presented as the only alternative on the left wing. When asked how he had done it, the player was forced to acknowledge that it was during a go-kart race, an activity that although it is not strictly prohibited, its practice is limited to the summer season.Fortunately, everything remained in a mere anecdote, since Junior Firpo could play against Eibar and Naples without major problem, although he did wearing a spectacular bandage on his left hand.last_img read more