Box Score | ESPN+ Replay | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – In a semifinal matchup that lasted well into the early morning hours, No. 4 Houston Baptist survived a 12-inning endurance test with No. 8 New Orleans, earning a 4-3 win just before 2 a.m. CT. The Huskies force the “if-necessary” rematch with the Privateers on Saturday at 1 p.m., the winner earning a spot in the winner-take-all title game against No. 3 Northwestern State at 6 p.m.Both pitchers had the better of the opening three innings, with Brayson Smith striking out four on 61 pitches for New Orleans and Taylor Franzman striking out a pair and allowing just one hit to keep the game scoreless.Atop the fourth inning, New Orleans loaded the bases on a walk with one out and Devin Morrill up to bat. Franzman tossed two straight balls before being replaced by right-hander Weston Smart. Morrill then put a sac fly into left field to score Beau Bratton and give UNO a 1-0 lead.BSB: @UNOPrivateers started the scoring in the top of the 4th when D. Morrill delivered RBI sac fly, plating Bratton. 1-0 UNO over HBU at that point, bases still loaded with two out. #SwordsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/qhePArEtEu— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 26, 2018In the bottom of the fourth, the Huskies landed themselves in the same position, with the bases loaded and one out, but the leadoff hitter in Tyler Depreta-Johnson up to bat. His fly out to shallow right field kept the runners stranded and put Jonathon Ducoff at the plate with two outs. Reaching a full count and drawing a walk, the tying run came home before Spencer Halloran came to bat. Again, a full count was on the board, but this time Smith registered a strike out to keep the game tied at one run apiece.Rapidly reaching his pitch limit – throwing 95 in just four innings of work – Smith made way for right-hander Rafael Martinez.HBU took the lead at the bottom of the fifth on a fielding error from center field, allowing Matt Heck to come home. Jake Scott then shot an RBI single through the same spot to bring home the third run for the Huskies and a 3-1 lead. After facing five batters and recording just one out, Martinez was taken off the mound for lefty Matthew Gillis.BSB: With Buck now in scoring position, Scott allowed him to go around the remaining 180 feet. RBI single made it 3-1 @HBUHuskies over UNO, bottom 5th. #DawgsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/erD9b0JGig— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 26, 2018Depreta-Johnson was up to bat again with the bases loaded at the bottom of the fifth with one out. With a 2-2 count, UNO escaped with the score still at 3-1 after turning a double play on a ground out to second base. Gillis escaped again to the final three innings, but an empty-handed top of the seventh slimmed down UNO’s chances for a comeback.However, the Privateers made it a new ballgame at the top of the eighth after a two-run blast from Orynn Veillon went over the left field wall to send him and Pearce Howard home to tie the game 3-3 with no outs. The Bearkats managed to retire though, and they would come up to bat with a tie score. After a botched bunt foul out, fly out to right field and a strikeout, the ninth inning would commence with the two sides still deadlocked.BSB: Just past midnight, Veillon delivered two-run dinger. @Privateers_BSB and @HBUHuskiesBSB tied 3-3, top 8th. #SwordsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/ZJ3IEXBjb1— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 26, 2018Two ground outs and a strikeout saw UNO retired with Sam Houston up for a shot at the win at the bottom of the ninth. Another pitching change took place as John Barr took the mound for New Orleans and Jake Pulcheon up to bat. A leadoff walk put the winning run on first followed by a wild pitch which advanced his pinch runner to second. Barr managed to strike out the next to batters swinging but another wild pitch sent the winning run to third with two outs. Facing a full count, Jeremy Simon sent a fly out to shallow center field to send the game to extra innings.Depreta-Johnson got on first base with a single to right center after a lengthy at-bat with one out and a wild pitch on Ducoff’s sent him to second. Ducoff then lined out to deep center field to put two outs on the board in the bottom of the 10th. Halloran struck out swinging to send the game to the 11th.The Huskies loaded the bases with of the 12th with no outs, and after Jake Scott appeared to make it home on a sac bunt, he was called out. After some choice words exchanged with the home plate umpire, Scott was ejected as the ball game remained tied with two outs. On the next at-bat, however, Halloran was hit by the pitch to bring the walkoff run home to secure the 4-3 victory.BSB: 1:58 am at Constellation Field… this is how it ended. Bases loaded, @HBUHuskiesBSB’s Halloran HBP. HBU won 4-3 and forced rematch with @PRIVATEERS_BSB. Huskies and Privateers play again at 1:02 pm. Winner meets @NSUDemonsBSB in title tilt at 6 pm. pic.twitter.com/e2hPef4DhE— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 26, 2018 The two sides combined for 420 pitches on the night – UNO registered 256 with seven different pitchers while HBU had 164 with three.
(Current Through Sunday, Jan. 13) 12 4 PALOS VERDES A FEEL-GOOD STORY WIN OR LOSEIf Touched by Autism wins Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes, there will be more than one feel-good storyline.First, even though only seven horses were entered, it would be the upset of upsets, since Touched by Autism will be the longest shot in the field going six furlongs in the Grade II sprint for older horses.Second, it will draw deserved attention to autism, a pervasive neurodevelopmental condition affecting a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.People with autism may have a difficult time understanding “typical” social cues and social behaviors, and they may face challenges engaging with those around them–either by using words or non-verbal behaviors.Affecting one in every 68 people in the United States, autism is one of the fastest-growing neurological disorders in the world. There is no known cause and no known cure. It infinitely tests the patience and endurance of every family in which it surfaces with an impact that is all-consuming.It is a life sentence with no possibility of parole.Picture Dustin Hoffman in Rainman. He can tell you how many toothpicks fell on the floor but he doesn’t know how much a hot dog costs.Johnny Taboada owns Touched by Autism, a six-year-old California-bred son of Beau’s Gem, who has won eight of 29 career starts, including the restricted Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last Nov. 24. His odds were 13-1.“Johnny’s son, Renzo, has autism,” explained Marcia Stolz, trainer of Touched byAutism, who has earned $270,395. “Even before we had horses for him, he named them for something to do with autism. Renzo is 19 and attends Las Positas Junior College in Livermore.”As for Touched by Autism, Stolz, 41, a former jockey, says the horse is “feeling good, but we’ve been trying to stay at Golden Gate and run because it is so tough down south.“However, with a short field and possible scratches because of the rain, who knows? Of course, it’s tough with Peter Miller (Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Roy H, Conquest Tsunami and Distinctiv B), but it could be worse.”An off track wouldn’t necessarily hinder Touched by Autism, since he broke his maiden on a good track at Santa Anita going a mile on Jan. 7, 2016.“It had been pouring rain sometime before that race,” recalled Storz, who was born in North Carolina, raised in Maryland but left when she was 10 when her father came to California to work for NASA circa 1985.She got her trainer’s license in 2015 and has 25 head currently at Los Alamitos.Taboada, a native of Peru who has been in the United States for more than 25 years, resides in Pleasanton and is a senior loan officer and a mortgage consultant in addition to currently owning “about 22” horses.“When I buy them as babies, I have the opportunity to name them, and I use the word autism in order to help raise the awareness of the condition,” he said. “If a source recently reports one in 68 are affected by autism, chances are today it’s now greater, because the numbers are constantly increasing.”But the 40-something owner has learned to challenge the odds.“We know we’re over our heads in the Palos Verdes,” he said. “Ideally, we didn’t want to enter, but we wanted to take this opportunity based on how well he ran in his last two sprints.“If we can be in the mix, it would give us something to look forward to in the future. It’s the old story, ‘You can’t win if you’re not in.’ We know we’re going against the best of the best–the best in the world, really.“I wasn’t going to run unless the horse was doing well and Marcia says he’s at his best right now, so we’ll see.”The Palos Verdes is not about winning or losing a race however; not about material success. It’s about love and concern for family.It will not alter Taboada’s priorities. He will always be “touched by autism,” devoted to the well-being of his own flesh and blood and a malady that in a negative sense afflicts and in a positive sense attracts, as if by a magnet.Although autism has no template, Renzo is the tie that binds.“He is,” Taboada says, “the glue of our family.”HOLLENDORFER HAS BUSY STAKES WEEKENDWith seven wins through 12 racings days, Jerry Hollendorfer is right in the thick of the trainers’ race as usual, and hopes to make gains in this weekend’s stakes.The Hall of Fame member has Awesome Anywhere and Kanthaka entered in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes and Vasilika set for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile on turf.“Awesome Anywhere and Kanthaka complement each other with different running styles,” Hollendorfer said.“Awesome Anywhere has speed and Kanthaka comes from off the pace.”Vasilika, who won eight straight races, including the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes after being claimed for $40,000 almost a year ago, on Feb. 11, 2018, had her streak snapped in the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar Dec. 2, finishing fourth but beaten only two lengths.“She’s been training well, so we’re looking forward to running her,” Hollendorfer said of the five-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Skipshot, who has 13 wins from 28 starts and earnings of $758,595. SANTA ANITA’S INDEFATIGABLE JOHN SHEAR CELEBRATES 98TH BIRTHDAYArguably the youngest “old” man on earth, Santa Anita’s beloved Paddock Captain John Shear was set to celebrate his 98th birthday Thursday in predictable fashion, by punching his time clock and settling in for yet another day of managing human and equine traffic in Santa Anita’s picturesque Paddock Gardens.Employed at The Great Race Place for nearly six decades, Shear, who was born in London and originally aspired to be a jockey, immigrated to Vancouver, B.C. following World War II and then came to Southern California in 1954.“I was exercising horses for a guy in Vancouver and he asked me if I’d like to go with him to Santa Anita that fall,” said Shear. “I said ‘sure,’ and as soon as I stepped off that van in the Stable Area here, I said ‘Lord, this is where I want to be.’ The place was so incredibly beautiful and I’ve never gotten tired of it.”A diminutive four feet, 11 inches, Shear weighs 104 pounds and attributes lifestyle, attitude and exercise as the primary reasons for his incredibly vigorous life.“I still do 30 pushups every morning. I do deep breathing exercises and I’ve got a stationary bike for my legs. I do a lot of walking here at work and at home . . . I walk my dog every day and I love what I do.”When asked what he thinks of a world in which seemingly everyone is continuously glued to an electronic device of one kind or another, he responded: “The world changes. My wife is on the computer all day, and I can’t say anything about it!”Shear, who sustained life threatening injuries resulting from an act of heroism eight years ago in which he threw himself between a five-year-old girl and an on-rushing loose horse, has no thoughts of retiring from the job he loves.“I can’t imagine retirement,” he said. “Every day is a blessing and I love everything about this job . . .The people, horses, jockeys, trainers, everyone I work with. I hope it never ends.”And wouldn’t that be something.LIVE RACING CANCELED AT SANTA ANITA DUE TO HEAVY RAINDue to heavy overnight rains and a 100 percent likelihood of continued wet weather, Santa Anita Park cancelled Thursday’s eight-race card, which was scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.According to Santa Anita Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco, Santa Anita has taken on 3 ½ inches of rain since Monday, and the National Weather Service is predicting an additional two inches of precipitation into this afternoon.Additionally, flash flood warnings have been issued in the local mountains and widespread flooding has been reported this morning throughout Southern California.Horsemen are advised that Santa Anita will make every effort to bring back those races that were cancelled today in the immediate future.Santa Anita was open Thursday for simulcast wagering in the Grandstand Paddock Room with free parking and admission.As the most recent storm is predicted to move out of the area later this afternoon, live racing will resume as originally scheduled on Friday, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.THREE ON TURF FOR FRIDAY’S STRONACH 5Friday’s Stronach 5 will have a $50,000 guaranteed pool and will feature turf races from Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.The national pick 5 sequence, with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, begins with a one mile turf event from Gulfstream Park before heading north to Laurel Park for a claiming event. The sequence wraps up with turf races at Gulfstream and Santa Anita.First race post time for the Stronach 5 is 4:10 p.m.Past Performances: http://www.laurelpark.com/handicapping/stronach-pick-5.Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence:• Leg One – Gulfstream Park 8th race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 4:10 ET, 1:10 PT• Leg Two -Laurel Park 9th race -(12 entries, seven furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35PT• Leg Three -Gulfstream Park 9th race – (9 horses, 1 1/16 miles) 4:41 ET, 1:41 PT• Leg Four – Gulfstream Park 10th race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PT• Leg Five – Santa Anita Park 4th race – (8 entries, one mile turf) 5:30 ET, 2:30 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.MARIKIAN, TRAINER OF SWING TILL DAWN, PASSES AT 79Former trainer Chuck Marikian, best known as the conditioner of Swing Till Dawn, winner of Santa Anita’s Grade I Strub Stakes in 1983, passed away on Sunday due to complications from a fall this past August.Marikian, 79, was born in East Los Angeles and played football at Cal State LA in the early 1960s. Gregarious by nature and an imposing physical presence, he was the life of any party and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Isabella, three daughters, Stacy (married to Bob Baffert assistant, Mike Marlow), Holly and Kelly. The Marikians also have three grandchildren, Dustin, Max and Isabella.Services for Chuck Marikian will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St. Therese Church in Alhambra, located at 1100 Alhambra Road, 91801.FINISH LINES: Trainer Peter Eurton has multiple graded stakes winner Giant Expectations ticketed for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Feb. 2 with Joel Rosarioto ride . . . There’s a new chef (not sheriff) in town and he’s Isaac Coleman, cooking up fabulous fare at Clockers’ Corner. A 35-year-old native of Boyle Heights, Coleman formerly managed the menu at the DC 3 Gourmet in Compton. THREE ON TURF FOR FRIDAY’S STRONACH 5 13 0 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $379,700 5 1st $844,869 3rd 16% ITM% 52% 1st Win% 14 Geovanni Franco51 8 50% $1,143,616 17% $450,713 55% $409,325 Money Won $129,559 $599,609 8 56% 6 9 William E. Morey21 7 4 11 $240,829 $547,250 4 9 71% 2 FORMER TRAINER MARIKIAN PASSES AT 79 7 59% 4 Flavien Prat74 57% 8 4 Peter Miller41 7 11 TOUCHED BY AUTISM IS ALREADY A WINNER 24% 4 49% 49% 9 3rd 16% ITM% Win% 41% 4 4 4 24% 6 $382,251 21% 23% Heriberto Figueroa61 Mike Smith24 20% 11 3 5 HEAVY RAINS CANCEL THURSDAY’S RACES 14% 44% 11 2nd 22% 14% 6 Money Won 5 Drayden Van Dyke56 7 $354,938 46% TrainerMts Richard Baltas41 Jerry Hollendorfer32 38% 2nd $416,464 John Sadler29 J. Keith Desormeaux25 19% 5 HOLLENDORFER HAS TWO STAKES COOKING JockeyMts $366,457 JOHN SHEAR CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY NO. 98 40% 35% 5 3 Joel Rosario69 Doug O’Neill45 11 17 9 24% Steve Knapp17 4 $80,803
TRAINER HOPES TRIBALIST AVOIDS ‘HEAP’ OF TROUBLE TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL STARTS WITH THE SHAM STAKES SHAM STAKES ATTRACTS EARLY DERBY HOPEFULSThe road to the 2020 Triple Crown begins Saturday at Santa Anita with the running of the Grade III Sham Stakes, a mile test for youngsters that just turned three today offering 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, four to the runner-up, two to the third-place finisher and one to the fourth.Richard Baltas has two entered, Stackin Silver and Taishan, each making his stakes debut going for the $60,000 winner’s share from a guaranteed purse of $100,000.“I’m not concerned that Taishan is stepping up,” Baltas said of the bay son of Twirling Candy, who broke his maiden going a mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 3 for owners Calvin Nguyen and Joey Tran. “It was his first time going long and he won and got a good number (81 Beyer).”“He’s trained really well since then, he’s had a bunch of time between races and I think he’ll give a good account of himself.”Stackin Silver comes off a 5 ¼-length maiden win against $50,000 claimers going a mile at Del Mar last Nov. 15. The son of Union Rags owned by Slam Dunk Racing, Jerry McClanahan and Michael Nentwig retains the services of Abel Cedillo, who rode him in his two previous starts.Honor A.P., who would have been one of the Sham favorites, if not the favorite based on his 5 ¼-length maiden win at a mile here last Oct. 13, will miss the race.“He galloped well, then when he came back from his schooling he was off in his right front,” trainer John Shirreffs explained. “X-rays were OK so we’ll just have to wait and see.”LOVELY LILIA CLIMBS THE LADDER INTO STAKES COMPANYLovely Lilia, an improving daughter of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, makes her stakes debut Sunday in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.“She is taking a major step up in company here, but she keeps moving forward in her training, so it’s worth taking a chance,” said Phil D’Amato, who trains the chestnut filly for owner/breeder John Liviakis.After finishing a distant ninth in her debut, a five furlong turf dash at Del Mar last Aug. 24, Lovely Lilia broke her maiden by 15 ½ lengths running in a $30,000 claimer at Santa Anita last Sept. 27, then returned in an overnight race Nov. 24 and won by a half-length under Abel Cedillo, who is back aboard in the Santa Ynez.VENERABLE TRIBALIST IN UPGRADED HERNANDEZBlake Heap, who sends out Tribalist in today’s recently upgraded Joe Hernandez Stakes, hopes the old warhorse gives the trainer a present as a nine-year-old.“He’s doing really well,” Heap said of the California-bred son of Tribal Rule. “He got away bad last time (bobbling at the start of the California Flag Handicap on Oct. 19, finishing fifth as the 11-10 favorite but beaten only two lengths).“He kind of stumbled, and you can’t be behind and let good horses go in :22 and two, be behind by eight (lengths) and think you’re going to beat them going 5 ½ (furlongs).“He drew the inside in this race so the break is going to mean everything.”The Joe Hernandez, race eight of 10: Tribalist, Ruben Fuentes; Double Tough, Victor Espinoza; Grinning Tiger, Jose Valdivia Jr.; Texas Wedge, Flavien Prat; True Valour, Drayden Van Dyke; Captain Scotty, Joel Rosario; Legends of War, Abel Cedillo; Blitzkrieg, Rafael Bejarano; Carnivorous, Mario Gutierrez; and Bay Muzik, Tyler Baze.Oiseau de Guerre was scratched.NEARLY $13,000 DONATED TO CARMA THROUGH MATHIS BROTHERSAsk any one of the 35,085 on-track fans and hundreds of thousands watching on television around North America, and one word comes to mind regarding Santa Anita’s Opening Day on Saturday–spectacular. Along with stunning views of the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains and spectacular world class racing, Santa Anita and its official Thoroughbred aftercare charity, the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), joined forces with Mathis Brothers Furniture to help raise awareness and money in order to care for racing’s retired Thoroughbreds.Courtesy of Mathis Brothers, who supplied Santa Anita with 1,000 plush racehorses, nearly $13,000 was raised through the generous donations of racing fans in support of Thoroughbred Aftercare.“We are so delighted to have been a part of this year’s Opening Day at Santa Anita and to raise money for such a worthy cause,” said Bill Mathis, President, Mathis Brothers Furniture. “There is no greater cause in racing today than Thoroughbred Aftercare and we’d like to thank Santa Anita, CARMA and the many fans who donated on Saturday. We are proud to be a part of this effort and we salute Santa Anita and CARMA for the good work they are doing.”“We were blown away by the success of this fundraiser,” said CARMA President Candace Coder Chew. “One hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly toward providing care for the horses supported by our programs and we are incredibly thankful to Mathis Brothers, Santa Anita and to the racing fans for their generosity.”Men, women and children of all ages were lined up from 9:30 am until supplies ran out around 2:00 pm. The large grey super soft plushies were a coveted item around the track – being scooped by multiple Santa Anita jocks to give to their kids and trainers on their way to and from the paddock to saddle horses.“Once we were out of the plushies, people were emptying their pockets just to support retired racehorses,” said Natalie Rietkerk, CARMA Program Manager. “A good number of attendees knew about CARMA, and what we do, but it was great having face time with those who had no idea programs such as ours exist within the racing industry and all the efforts being made to ensure these horses are retired responsibly and safely.”While the Mathis Brothers plush horse fundraiser has crossed the finish line, donations to CARMA are gratefully accepted any time online. Please visit CARMA4Horses.org to learn more about the nonprofits mission, safe retirement and the many options available to Thoroughbred horses after they leave the track.TRAINER GARY SHERLOCK SUCCUMBS TO CANCER AT AGE 73Veteran trainer Gary Sherlock, who would’ve turned 74 today, passed away at an Arcadia care facility on Sunday following a lengthy bout with cancer. The son of a jockey, William, and racing official, Mary, Sherlock was born at 1:12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1946 in San Francisco, and was thus celebrated as the first baby born in the City by the Bay that year.Raised in Pleasanton, CA, Sherlock was destined for a life on the racetrack and in addition to training, he also enjoyed success as an insurance agent, specializing in racetrack workers’ compensation policies for trainers and also as a bloodstock agent.A top trainer for many years with Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos, routinely finishing in the top five slots in the standings in the 1970s along with the likes of D. Wayne Lukas and Blane Schvaneveldt, Sherlock won high profile races such as the 1977 Los Alamitos Derby with Azure Three and the 1980 Doc Severinsen Handicap with American Jet. Prior to switching to Thoroughbreds full time, he won 353 Quarter Horse races from 1966 to 1980.Known as a consistent developer of two-year-olds, Sherlock enjoyed his greatest career success in 2008 with the 4-year-old filly Intangaroo, with whom he won three Grade I, seven furlong stakes, the Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita on Feb. 2, the Humana Distaff on Kentucky Derby Day, May 3, at Churchill Downs, and the Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 24, 2008. (All three wins came in partnership with jockey Alonso Quinonez).Sherlock would go on to win the Santa Monica a second time, in 2016 with California-bred Lost Bus at 64-1. Owned and bred by Sherlock’s primary client, Terry Lovingier, Lost Bus, a four-year-old daughter of Bring the Heat, paid $131.20 with Fernando Perez aboard.Sherlock would also experience the Triple Crown trail for the first time in 2016, as his speedy Uncle Lino, who was third in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby and a subsequent winner of the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos, set the early pace prior to fading to seventh in the Grade I Preakness Stakes on May 21.Sherlock’s most recent “big horse” was Lovingier’s California-bred Show It N Moe It, now a five-year-old mare by Grace Upon Grace who to date has earned $515,541 from an overall mark of 27-6-6-6. A two-time stakes winner, Show It N Moe It’s most recent start came on Nov. 17 at Del Mar, a second-place finish in the Betty Grable Stakes.A savvy handicapper who loved playing the races, Sherlock had great instincts which enabled him to enjoy a high degree of success over the long haul.Sherlock is survived by his wife Sharon, sons Brian and Michael (Mikey), who works as an assistant starter at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Los Alamitos, as well as two grandsons, Tanner and Luke.At Sherlock’s request, there will be no memorial services. FINISH LINES: Omaha Beach, fresh from his smashing victory in Saturday’s Grade I Runhappy Malibu Stakes, has arrived safely in Florida where he is scheduled to make his final start in the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25. “Everything went well,” trainer Richard Mandella said of the move yesterday from Santa Anita. “We’re in the barn of an old friend named Mark Hennig. I have no date set for his breezes there. It’ll be a while, but he’s doing good.” . . . Belated Happy Birthday wishes to the legendary Laffit Pincay, Jr., who turned 73 on Sunday . . . Jockey Tiago Pereira has been suspended three days (Jan. 5, 10 and 11) for causing interference on So Much Happy in Saturday’s sixth race . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing tomorrow but offers simulcast racing in the Paddock Room starting at 10 a.m. There is free General Admission and free parking. Live racing resumes Friday at 1 p.m. with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Wednesday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 1st, 2020Happy Holidays From Jockey Aaron GryderHappy Holidays From Debbie Baltas and the Backside Cafeteria StaffHappy Holidays From Santa Anita Park Gate Crew’s Huey Barnes and Mikey SherlockA Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 1 of 2WORKOUTS:McKinzie (Baffert) 12-30-19Lady Suebee (Outside) and Curlin Rules (Sadler) 12-30-19Zellda (Daughter of Zenyatta) (Outside) and Elusive Road (Shirreffs) 12-29-19Bast & Azul Coast (Baffert) 12-29-19Dr. Dorr (Outside) and Speed Pass (Baffert) 12-29-19 OMAHA BEACH ARRIVES AT GULFSTREAM FOR PEGASUS LOVELY LILIA ELEVATES INTO GRADE II STAKES LEVEL MATHIS BROTHERS, CARMA PROVE SUCCESSFUL UNION TRAINER GARY SHERLOCK PASSES AWAY AT AGE OF 73
And they have been linked with a move for dynamic midfield threat and former United flop Memphis Depay.His first start – and only goal – came in the 4-0 away thumping of Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League last month.Lo Celso’s only Premier League start came in the 1-1 home draw against Sheffield United on November 9 – Pochettino’s last game in charge.2Pochettino must pay Spurs £12.5m if he takes another Prem job this season amid Arsenal and Man United links GIOVANI LO CELSO is considering quitting Spurs just four months after joining, according to reports.The 23-year-old Argentina midfielder, on loan from Real Betis, signed for Tottenham under fellow countryman Mauricio Pochettino.2 Lo Celso will look move to away from Spurs in January, reports claimCredit: ReutersThings looked promising when he made three appearances from the bench in Spurs’ first four games of the season.But then ex-boss Poch – who will reportedly have to pay his former employer £12.5m if he takes another Prem job this season – found himself under increasing pressure after a barrage of bad results and in no mood to take a chance on new signings.That situation has not improved under recently appointed Jose Mourinho.The Portuguese granted Lo Celso an 88th-minute substitute appearance in last weekend’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth.Now Marca say Lo Celso will look to the market in January for more game time, as it appears it will not be forthcoming under Mourinho.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City vs Man Utd, Leicester and Wolves scores this coming weekend and win £100Lo Celso is also keen to keep his place in Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina side.To do so, he knows regular playing time is an absolute must.Manchester United had previously shown interest in the former Paris Saint-Germain star but lost out to Daniel Levy’s negotiating skills.Lo Celso has played a part in just half of Spurs’ games this season, with the club six points off the top four.spurs 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 summer
PNG Rugby Football Union is working towards developing the game with its junior rugby programs targeting the upcoming U20 Oceania Championships scheduled in 2015.PNGRFU general manager Alan Manning has confirmed that PNG will be participating at the U20 Oceania Championship in March next year.He announced this after recently attending the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union (FORU) annual general meeting in Tahiti.He said that PNGRFU is strongly embarking on these junior rugby programs to build and prepare the young school kids/players for the U20 championships.The three major junior rugby programs becoming popular among schools in the country are Pacific In Union, Scrum Rugby and the new Get Into Rugby program.The Pacific in Union program, headed by in-country manager Frank Genia, has already been rolled out in four main targeted centres.They include pilot centre Port Moresby, Rabaul, Goroka and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville where the program is progressing well.There are already a good number of schools taking up the PiU program. This year, PiU has involved a few more schools in Port Moresby, increasing the number of participants for both male and female.Meantime, while the PiU continues to reach out to other schools in Port Moresby and the four other targeted centres, ‘Get Into Rugby’ is about to make its break on the Aroma Coast.Get Into Rugby is another initiative of the International Rugby Board (IRB) and mainly targets kids aged as young as 6 year olds to 17 year olds.It has already been introduced in Daru, Lae and is targeting the following in the next few months; Tabubil, Kimbe, Madang, Mendi.After successfully rolling out the program in Morobe and Western provinces in the past two months, Get Into Rugby is set to hit villages along the Aroma Coast starting from Lalaura going all the way to Kupiano Station, Gavuone, Wairavanua, Maopa and Paramana.More emphasis has been placed on junior development and junior rugby for both male and female as it is the pathway to preparing elite athletes for bigger tournaments like the 2015 Pacific Games and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
RNZI reports New Zealand are co-hosting the tournament with Australia.The final will be played in Brisbane, with three pool matches also being played in Papua New Guinea.Fourteen nations will contest the tournament with New Zealand drawn in pool B where they will play Samoa, Scotland and Tonga.The Kiwis will first match will be in Auckland on October 28th against Samoa.Christchurch and Wellington will host quarterfinals with Auckland hosting the semifinal.The final will be on December 2nd.RLWC2017 Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, said the Organising Committee made a deliberate decision to take the Rugby League World Cup to more fans than any World Cup has done before.”The Tournament Draw demonstrates how far and wide we are taking matches, from established Rugby League communities, to those new and emerging fan bases in all three countries.”The decision to take matches to places like Darwin, Perth, Christchurch and Port Moresby were made with the future of the game in mind,” he said.”They are matches we believe will give profile to the sport in markets that have already shown an appetite for Rugby League.”
Biwenger already warned that this new year 2020 would be loaded with surprises and news for all the most played fantasy managers in Spain. Said and done. After the 10 credits he gave on January 1 to all those registered, we have had little to wait to know what the next surprise would be: the Biwenger Super Cup.Did you think that Biwenger would take a break for not having a day in LaLiga? That never. Biwenger could not fail in an event as important and historical as this new Spanish Super Cup with Final Four format played in Saudi Arabia from Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 January.The Biwenger Supercup is a macroliga No limit of participants in which the top 10 classified will get prize: PS4; smartwatch, latest generation bluetooth wireless headphones; Biwenger sweatshirts and Premium leagues + Biwenger credits. Further, the first 3 will also take a trophy. The gameplay will be fantasy, with a fixed budget of 300 million, with no substitutes and no changes during the day. You can also select a captain who scores double, so All managers will be on equal terms.Make history yourself and participate in this 1st edition of the Biwenger Supercup divided into 2 days (semifinals and final). You can choose any player from the 4 teams that dispute the tournament: F.C. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Valencia C.F., provided you do not exceed the established budget.The first day will be composed by Valencia C.F. vs Real Madrid and F.C. Barcelona vs Atlético de Madrid, to be played on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 respectively, both at 20:00 peninsular time. The grand final between the 2 winning sets of the “semis” will correspond to the 2nd and final day, which will be played Sunday January 12 at 7:00 p.m. Peninsular time.You can join in the next link and find all the information about the operation of the Biwenger Super Cup and its prizes in the legal bases of the tournament.
The list is completed by Andrés, Pedrosa, Wu Lei, Iturraspe, Ferreyra, Darder, Calleri, Diego López, Melendo, David López, Javi López, Dídac, Cabrera, Bernardo, Marc Roca, Embarba, Calero and Víctor Gómez. There are eight headlines on Thursday, and the only exceptions are Naldo, the sanctioned Víctor Sánchez and Vargas himself.The staff has left this afternoon towards Valladolid and would arrive early in the evening. The meeting will be this Sunday at 16:00. The parakeets hope to maintain their good dynamics away from home. With Abelardo they already won in Vila-Real and drew against Sevilla. Abelardo Fernández had already warned two hours before giving the list of summoned that Raúl de Tomás had few options to go to Valladolid. His return to the group on Friday was not as good as expected, and the Madrid striker failed to finish the session with good feelings. For this reason, he does not finally travel to Valladolid. His absence and that of Matías Vargas, surprise, is the most prominent of a list of 18.Nor will Víctor Sánchez be sanctioned for his expulsion the previous week in Seville. From that encounter, David López appears as high. The midfielder, who already played for less than half an hour at Molineux Stadium against Wolverhampton on Thursday, will return directly to the starting team to form midfield alongside Marc Roca.
Confined to his home in Gijón with his partner and their two children, Abelardo Fernández showed his closest side this Sunday, his feelings about a pandemic of which the Espanyol squad has not been oblivious, to which he commands from the bench. Speaking to ‘Playtime’ (Cope), the parakeet trainer revealed that there have not been six positives in COVID-19, as officially reported, if not more.“At Espanyol we have had ten cases, eight from players and two from the coaching staff who have had coronaviruses“The technician related quite naturally. For this reason, he reflected shamelessly: “We spent two days together, living together (in Navata, Girona). Y they say that maybe we have been able to pass several asymptomatic. I have not seen my parents or my grandmother (89 years old) with fear of being able to infect them ”, she confessed.On the outcome of LaLiga, with Espanyol bottom before the break, the coach admitted that “selfishly I would ask that it be useless. But what I want is to play. Despite the fact that in our situation it would be advantageous to say that there is no more play and that Espanyol did not descend, we all want to play. But I don’t think anything about it because the situation is so harsh that what we should least care about is soccer, ”he added. He also recalled that “if the game is played again, with some guarantees, that the health of the players is not at risk. It is going to be a strange thing, the players are training at home, most of them live in an apartment ”.Abelardo also explained that this Sunday he dedicated it “to calling the players one by one. I still have one left and I’ll call tomorrow. Every Monday we meet by videoconference players and coaching staff, and other twice a week I meet with the technical staff, “he specified.In his days of confinement, he commented that he was watching “quite a lot of football, from Espanyol, this weekend I have swallowed the fourth season of ‘La casa de papel’ and i’m reading me a book by John Grisham, ‘The inheritance’, because I really like this author. And I’m enjoying my children, doing house chores… A little bit of everything ”, he listed.Abelardo related how, after suspending his stay in Navata, He traveled by road to Gijón with Tomás Hervás and Iñaki Tejada. “We went by car, not to take the plane because of the risk of getting infected. I came with the clothes for the weekend because on Monday we were going to train in theory, ”he assured.“What you are least thinking about right now is soccer,” he said. And he stated: “I, who am not much to give hugs to friends, or to say I love you to my father or my mother, now I want to do it. I really value the day, feel it, be lucky to continue here. ”
✨✨FIORENTINA OF THE DECADE ✨✨⚜️ 2⃣0⃣1⃣0⃣➖2⃣0⃣2⃣0⃣ ⚜️System: 4⃣-3⃣-3⃣FreySquare, Gonzalo, Astori, PasqualCastrovilli, Pizarro, Borja ValeroJovetic, G. Rossi, Mutu#ForzaViola 💜 #Fiorentina pic.twitter.com/sTK1jhGvY2 The Fiorentina He has taken advantage of the coronavirus stoppage to look back and has asked his followers to choose the eleven best players who have gone through the viola club in the 2010-2020 decade. Borja Valero is among those selected. The Spanish midfielder, now at Inter, arrived at Fiorentina from Villarreal in the summer of 2012 and defended his shirt in 212 games over five seasons before signing for Inter. Valero scored 17 goals and gave 45 assists in his period in Florence being the 33rd player who has played the lily team the most times. InThe ideal eleven of the decade of the Fiorentina It is made up: Frey (218 games in total, but 13 in this decade); Square (106), Gonzalo Rodríguez (203), Astori (109), Manuel Pasqual (356, 188 in the decade); David Pizarro (110), Castrovilli (26), Borja Valero (212); Mutu (111 totals, 20 in the decade, Jovetic (134, 63 since 2010) and Giuseppe Rossi (42). Between all they add 1,297 parties. – ACF Fiorentina English 🧢 (@ACFFiorentinaEN) April 20, 2020Gonzalo Rodríguez and Giuseppe Rossi, two players with a past in LaLiga, are also part of the eleven. Both followed in the footsteps of Borja Valero and left Villarreal for Fiorentina. The central defender spent five seasons before returning to Argentina and the Italian forward played two and a half seasons in Florence before returning to LaLiga to play for Levante. The 2016/2017 season he played a game with Fiorentina before leaving Celta.Viola fans have in mind Davide Astori. The captain of the Fiorentina passed away in March 2018 leaving a great memory in the stands of the Artemio Franchi. The Italian arrived in 2015 from Rome and became one of the team’s benchmarks.Jovetic, a discovery in FlorenceA young 18-year-old forward named Stevan Jovetic signed for Fiorentina in the summer of 2008. The Serbian came after scoring 16 goals in 29 games with him Belgrade Partisan. Jovetic He had opportunities in his first season in which he scored three goals. From there two stages would begin: the first in the 2009/2010 season in which he scored 11 goals in 37 games and a second after the knee injury that kept him out of the field of play in the 2010/2011 season. In this second stage the best was seen Jovetic of his career with 14 goals on 11/12 and 13 on 12/13 before making the leap to Manchester City.