first_imgHEADSTRONG MO FORZA TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 QATAR TWILIGHT DERBY BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER ROSARIO; TRAINED BY MILLER, HE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:46.18 ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2019)–Rank early but composed thereafter, trainer Peter Miller’s longshot Mo Forza went from maiden winner on Sept. 29 to a Grade II stakes winner on Saturday, as he took Santa Anita’s $200,000 Twilight Derby under Joel Rosario by 1 ¾ lengths. On a picture perfect late morning in Arcadia, the 3-year-old colt by Uncle Mo got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:46.18.Breaking from the far outside in a field of 11 sophomores, Mo Forza was rank as he came up to challenge pacesetter Kingly in the run to the Club House turn, but Rosario got him to settle into a tracking second position in the run up the backside and he overtook Kingly a furlong out to draw off in impressive fashion.“I just told Joel to get a position,” said Miller.  “There were one or two speeds, just sit behind the speed. The pace was a little slower than I thought, but he was loaded the whole way. The horse was throwing his head, but then Joel got him to settle.”One mile maiden turf winner in his sixth start here on Sept. 29, Mo Forza, a bay colt by Uncle Mo out of the Unusual Heat mare Inflamed, was off at 18-1 and paid $39.60, $17.60 and $8.00.Bred in Kentucky by (retired trainer) Barry and Diane Abrams’ Bardy Farm, Mo Forza picked up $120,000 for the win, hiking his earnings to $199,460.“He was a little rank leaving the gate, but I had him in-hand,” said Rosario, who was aboard for the first time today. “He was pulling, but not that bad. He relaxed really well on the first turn and settled into racing. This was a special win for me, since it was Barry Abrams. When I came down from Northern California, it was Barry who gave me my first opportunity and I won for him.”Irish-bred Succeedandsurpass was extra game late, outrunning Neptune’s Storm by a neck. Ridden by John Velazquez, Succeeedandsurpass was off at 7-1 and paid $8.20 and $4.60.Neptune’s Storm, who sat third the entire trip, was off as the 3-1 favorite with Ricardo Santana, Jr. and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.54, 47.32, 1:11.16 and 1:34.84.last_img read more

The Prem table if VAR errors hadn’t cheated Utd, City, Spurs and Co out of points

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED, City and Tottenham are just a few of the teams hard done by with VAR decisions this season.While the video replay system has cleared up doubt with a number of key decisions, the pendulum has violently swung between pernickety fiddling on minor infringements and blasé shrugs at clear fouls.3 SunSport’s Martin Lipton reviewed every major VAR decision – and non-decisions – so far this season before making his call on what SHOULD have happened. This is how the table would look if those calls had been made.Stonewall penalties such as Jamal Lascelles’ cleverly disguised pull down on Harry Kane should have been caught by the slow-motion review, which has preferred to crack the whip on attackers flicking the ball as it pings across the box.Offsides are now measured by the millimetre to ensure a very exact level of fairness – hard to argue with in theory but a little tedious in the heat of the moment.VAR OVERTURNSWest Ham v Man City: Jesus goal disallowed, Aguero missed penalty retaken and scoredScore without VAR: 0-5Leicester v Wolves: Dendoncker goal disallowedScore without VAR: 0-1Brighton v West Ham: Trossard goal disallowedScore without VAR: 2-1Man City v Spurs: Jesus goal disallowedScore without VAR: 3-2Norwich v Chelsea: Zouma goal disallowedScore without VAR: 2-4The most momentous decision in the opening four weeks saw Manchester City have a late winner over Spurs ruled out because of Aymeric Laporte’s acute handball.Brighton and Wolves have also had winning goals taken off them, while strikes to make victories more comfortable were stripped off City and Chelsea.But it is the unfairly missed decisions that are most galling.The ‘clear and obvious’ error rule with penalty fouls is being interpreted with incredibly high standards.MISSED VAR OVERRULESMan City v Spurs: Lamela concedes penalty for Rodri foulAdjusted score: 3-2Norwich v Chelsea: Stiepermann foul on Azpilicueta is a penaltyAdjusted score: 2-4Man Utd v C Palace: Martial hauled down by Kelly in boxAdjusted score: 2-2Bournemouth v Man City: Lerma clear foul on SilvaAdjusted score: 2-4Spurs v Newcastle: Lascelles brings down Kane in boxAdjusted score: 1-1West Ham v Norwich: Clear foul on Haller in the boxAdjusted score: 3-0Newcastle v Watford: Handball in lead-up to Newcastle equaliser missed by VARAdjusted score: 0-1Erik Lamela has been allowed to grab Rodri by the neck as a corner came in and Martin Kelly able to manhandle Anthony Martial as he aimed to shoot.Such was the ferocity of the foul on City midfielder Rodri, Pep Guardiola remarked that VAR had “gone for a coffee” at that point of the 2-2 draw.But the boot was on the other foot as Spurs’ equalising penalty versus Newcastle went by the wayside, showing that perhaps VAR luck will equal itself out over the season – just as we have always told ourselves regular decisions do.3Latest Football newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleLADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict England, Wales and Scotland vs Belgium scores this weekend and win £100Something must soon be about to come back and bite the Magpies then, as Isaac Hayden’s handball before the leveller versus Watford was missed due to “human error”.It shows how a major flaw with VAR isn’t so much the fact we have replays but the fact humans are still in charge of them.The system still needs to develop and is certainly not going to go away – let’s just hope there is a plan to fix the kinks rather than simply being told to live with them.3 United were left furious by the decision when trailing to PalaceCredit: ReutersPep Guardiola hits out at VAR in 90 second press conference as Manchester City miss out on another penaltylast_img read more

Ex-Spurs star Harrison catches beer thrown at him and drinks it in celebration

first_imgFORMER Tottenham star Shayon Harrison went viral this week after catching a beer thrown at him from the crowd – and chugging it.The English forward, 22, now at Dutch club Almere City, put his side ahead at home to Go Ahead Eagles in their last match.1 Harrison caught a beer thrown at him in the crowd and downed it in celebrationAs he darted over to his team-mates to celebrate, a fan threw a whole pint of beer at his head.Showing off some epic goalkeeping skills, Harrison spotted it, expertly caught it – and downed it like a champion.After necking the beer, he chucked the plastic cup off the pitch and got on with the match.Unfortunately for Almere City, in the second tier of Dutch football, they couldn’t cling on to win against the ten-man Eagles.Richard van der Venne scored in the 79th-minute to salvage a point – with Almere now seventh in the table, two points above Go Ahead Eagles.It took the shine off the day for Harrison, who scored his sixth goal in his last seven games in the draw.The former Tottenham academy star is the second-top scorer in the league, behind only Cambuur’s Robert Muhren.Harrison first joined Spurs in 2013, graduating to the senior squad in 2016 – going on to make one appearance, in the League Cup.On why he left North London, Harrison revealed it was a “no-brainer”, saying: “It’s a big challenge for me coming so far away from home.MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year”I know the A-League is a very physical league, so I’m really excited to play men’s football.“I think that’s the next step for me and I’m really excited.“It was kind of a no-brainer for me, I just wanted to get the deal done and I know it’ll be a big challenge because I live so far away.”Spurs chief Daniel Levy makes shock admission Mauricio Pochettino has players he doesn’t wantlast_img read more

Crouch jokes he will come out of retirement for Spurs again to help Mourinho

first_imgAnother Tottenham supporter posted: “Get down to the training ground mate, sign for us til the end of the season, you’d definitely bang a few goals for us!”Crouch started his career at White Hart Lane in the youth teams in 1995 but was shipped out to QPR in 2000 without ever making a first-team appearance.But he would put that right in 2009 when he returned after leaving Portsmouth, playing 73 times and scoring 12 goals.2 Son Heung-min could now be out for the season with a broken armCredit: ReutersTottenham boss Jose Mourinho refuses to comment on Son Heung-min’s broken arm injury TOTTENHAM legend Peter Crouch has hilariously said he is “ready” to solve the club’s striker crisis.With star man Harry Kane not expected back for another four weeks, Son Heung-min has also been struck with the injury curse.2 Peter Crouch is ready to solve Jose Mourinho’s striker crisisCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdI’m ready Jose #thereturn🤖 https://t.co/krG510KV1K— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) February 18, 2020 The South Korean broke his arm in the dramatic 3-2 victory against Aston Villa and could miss the rest of the season.That leaves Lucas Moura as the only option up top, although he is far from an out-and-out attacker.Speaking at a press conference, boss Jose Mourinho was reminded that Barcelona have been allowed an emergency striker signing.With Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez likely out for the season, LaLiga are set to sanction a move for Leganes hitman and former Middlesbrough flop Martin Braithwaite.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamIt would make previous shock Barca moves for the likes of Paulinho and Kevin Prince Boateng pale into significance compared to this one.Mourinho said that he was “not aware of the possibility” of bringing a striker in, before adding that he could bring Crouchy back to the club.And not long after the joke, the man himself posted his reaction on Twitter.The 39-year-old, who retired from football last summer, wrote: “I’m ready Jose #thereturn” and he also added the robot emoji.SPURS FANS EXCITEDThat is in reference to his famous “robot dance” goalscoring celebration.And the thought of the 6ft 7ins forward back in the white shirt excited many Spurs fans.Steve Coombes posted: “Crouch comes out of retirement to save the documentary.”Rhys James wrote: “Back stronger”, while many urged him to “sign the contract” and to “come home”.Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerlast_img read more

Pangai pushing to make lasting impact

first_imgFrustrated at the lack of NRL opportunities in Canberra, Pangai picked up the phone to ask Bennett some advice and in a matter of weeks had signed to play under the master coach in Brisbane.The pair discussed the 2016 season being one of development for the enormously gifted back-rower but in Round 12 he was elevated to the 17 in the absence of Brisbane’s Origin stars and played 33 minutes for 114 metres and two offloads.The 20-year-old played a further 13 top grade games in 2016 but only once for longer than he did in his debut (37 minutes against the Bulldogs in Round 16), averaging a tick under 23 minutes from his 14 NRL games to date.Under the watchful eye of Bennett, assistant coach Jason Demetriou and head of high performance Jeremy Hickmans Pangai is spending pre-season trying to build a motor that not only roars at full pace but can run for much longer without the need for a pit stop.”I don’t want to be coming on and playing five or 10 minutes. I want to be coming on and playing a good solid 20 each way,” said Pangai, who has been joined at the Broncos this year by his older brother Moses.”That’s what we’re working on this pre-season, getting fit so I can build a motor that can allow that.”I don’t want to lose too much weight because I want to keep that big body in the team so hopefully I can keep that big body but keep fit at the same time.”I was probably the last picked on the bench [in 2016] so hopefully I can come on first off the bench or second. Hopefully not playing the last 20 minutes, hopefully playing 20 each way in the middle, that’s where I want to be.”Last year was more of a development year for me. I spoke to Wayne about that and hopefully this year I can have a bigger role in the team.”A major focus for Pangai is his defensive reads and workload when under fatigue and he has some voices in his head pushing him to be in position when his team needs him to be there.Now that veteran Corey Parker is no longer at the club Maroons and Kangaroos representative Josh McGuire has taken an active interest in young forwards such as Pangai, Herman Ese’ese, Salesi Funaki and teenager Payne Haas.Along with Bennett, McGuire is the man whom Pangai is listening out for when pre-season training is at its most demanding.”When I’m under fatigue Wayne’s just trying to talk to me a lot,” Pangai said.”Wayne won’t be out there when I’m on the field so I need to learn how to talk to myself or get someone in the team like Josh McGuire to just keep talking to me.”I wouldn’t say he’s more mature [this year] but he’s grown a lot. He’s helping a lot of the younger boys and taking us out and doing extra wrestling and extra defence.”That’s awesome to have a guy like him when I’m coming up.”As for any dietary adjustments in order to enhance his fitness, Pangai concedes that it’s big brother who is dominating the kitchen at home.”He’s a better cook, he’s always on the ‘barbie’,” Pangai explained. “I try and make a salad but it’s mainly just meat.”We’re living together at the moment but he’s going to find his own house soon.”He’s settling in well but we don’t really do extras, the club doesn’t allow us to.”We just try and enjoy each other’s company in our downtime.”last_img read more

Big Bash to start with Aussie stars and PNG talent

first_imgThe four teams are the defending champions Digicel Diggers, IBS Warriors, Pacific MMI Marlins the three time champions of 2010, 2011 and 2013, and Pure Water Piranhas.All four teams will feature a number of PNG Barramundis and Pacific MMI Lewas players including the four visiting cricket stars Adam Hollioake- England (1996-99), Bradley Hodge – Australia (2005-08) Cathryn Fitzpatrick- Australia (1991-06) and Mark Greatbatch- New Zealand (1988-96)Hollioake will be playing for the Digicel Diggers, Greatbatch for the IBS Warriors, Hodge for the Pacific MMI Marlins and Fitzpatrick will play for the Pure Water Piranhas.The Pacific MMI “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends Event has been an annual feature on the Cricket PNG Calendar since the first event took place in 2009 with thirty-four cricket legends featuring across all the previous events.The events fixture is scheduled for this Friday as the semi finals will take place at 9:30am, with the Pacific MMI Marlins taking on Pure Water Piranhas at Amini Park, while the Digicel Diggers will play the IBS Warriors at Colts Ground #1. The winners of both semi- finals will advance to the grand final which will be played at 12:30pm at Amini Park.Entry is free for all spectators. Caprion: The 2010 champions of the Legend Big bash, the Pacific MMI Marlins team.last_img read more

K35 000 total prize money for Sports Awards

first_imgManaging Director, Stan Joyce said they’re happy to bring to the country the 24th SP Sports Awards that recognises sporting excellence in the country in 2015.“SP Brewery remains steadfast in supporting sports in PNG and our historic partnership with the PNG Olympic Committee will ensure that we bring this prestigious event again this year.“I’d like to encourage all of us to get behind our sporting athletes, coaches, administrators and sports scribers and nominate for the 2016 SP Sports Awards,” said Joyce.Nominations opened yesterday and close on April 1.After the close of nominations, the selection committee will sit for three meetings to select three finalists for each of the categories.The selection committee members are: Moses Koiri (chairman), Auvita Rapilla, Peter Chalapan, Eli Webb and Steven Mase from the media.The awards presentation night is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 in Port Moresby.last_img read more

Kenya changes anti-doping laws

first_imgMPs were recalled for special sitting on Thursday to push changes through.If Kenya were to be excluded from the Games, some of the world’s top athletes would miss out on medal chances.The country topped the medal table at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing with seven gold medals.”Sport is very critical to this country and the athletes have added a lot of value in this country in terms of marketing,” opposition MP Chris Wamalwa told parliament.The new legislation must be approved by the Senate before being signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta.Wada had demanded changes after a spate of drugs scandals involving Kenyan athletes.Since 2011, more than 40 of its athletes have failed drugs tests.As of January 2016, 18 Kenyan athletes were suspended for doping. The best known is Rita Jeptoo, who won the Boston and Chicago marathons.Last November, former Wada president Dick Pound said it was “pretty clear that there are a lot of performance-enhancing drugs being used” in Kenya.In April, Kenya introduced new criminal laws as part of an anti-doping bill, creating a national testing authority and making doping an offence punishable by imprisonment.It was widely assumed that the measures would satisfy Wada but the agency later cited “inconsistencies” in the legislation and declared Kenya “non-compliant” on 12 May.last_img read more

Tsaka: PNGRFL owns trademarks

first_imgTsaka was responding to media reports after Yan Kunxiang, Chen Chaohui, Jei Cheng, Emma Huayue Zhuang, Zhuang Weiqiang, Liao Sumin, Chuangcheng Wu and Yan Jinping were committed to stand trial on Nov 23 last year.On April 7, 2015, they were caught selling jerseys and polo shirts containing the PNG Rugby Football League, Kumuls and Hunters trademark logos.This saw a total of 10,244 printed jerseys and polo shirts confiscated by police when they were arrested.The case was dismissed yesterday after the State put to the court that the trademark they were accused of illegally producing was not registered.“It was reported that the PNGRFL did not own the trademarks. That’s actually wrong. The PNGRFL actually owns the three trademarks.“This issue is that our trademarks were registered in August 2015. We placed a complaint in April 2015 and the 8 Chinese were arrested.“On a technicality, the Public Prosecutor decided that we withdraw the case. They got out on a technicality because unfortunately, the people that ran this organisation before us did not register the trademarks.“The legal interpretation was that technically, we did not own the trademarks because the trademarks were registered about two months after the Chines group were arrested,” said Tsaka.last_img read more

Haaland costs 75 million

first_imgErling Haaland is the new attraction of the Bundesliga. The Norwegian star signed for Dortmund a little over a month ago and has not taken long to attest to his power in the top German competition. It takes five goals in just 57 minutes on the pitch and he has returned to the Borusser team (he is in fourth position just four points behind the leader, the Leipzig) to fight for the salad bowl. Of course, Haaland himself considers his stage at the Signal Iduna Park as an intermediate step before making the jump to a top club in Europe and, therefore, He insisted on including a termination clause in his contract with the BVB.According to the German newspaper Sport Bild, the price to be paid for one of the most sought-after jewels on the market is 75 million euros. Initially, his father Alf-Inge Haaland and his agent Mino Raiola wanted to set a clause around 50 million before heading to Dortmund, but finally gave in to the insistence of the German team and agreed to raise it to 75 million. The greats of Europe, therefore, already know what they will have to pay for Haaland, yes, in the future still far since This clause does not enter into force until after the next summer market. The Haaland operation is a round business from the point of view of Borussia. In case the player wanted to leave the club before 2024, at which time his contract with the black-and-yellow team ends, Dortmund would always enter more money than he disbursed for the transfer (the RB Salzburg charged 20 million), the card and even the goalscorer’s premiums of only 19 years of age. These figures are further proof of the cunning Borusser in the transfer market. He not only acquired goals, but also the future surplus value of a player who has already unleashed madness in western Germany: The Dortmund wears 5000 shirts sold in just three weeks.last_img read more