6 Tiago Pereira32 2nd TrainerSts John Sadler23 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 18) 3 Edwin Maldonado18 50% 0 39% $737,340 2 3rd 54% 13% $148,631 4 J. Eric Kruljac12 3 8 8 6 9% 43% 1 $84,675 5 3 2 Jeff Bonde8 Brian Koriner14 Anna Meah5 0 15 50% 1st 10 20% 13% $56,771 Umberto Rispoli31 10% 10 1 25% 4 SMITH IS HIGH ON BRILL IN MEGAHERTZ STAKES 1 0 3 $67,782 4 0 $374,316 33% $156,451 3 43% 4 2 45% 50% 6 28% JockeyMts $86,920 Craig Anthony Lewis16 19% 74% 5 60% 3 David Hofmans8 1 $614,182 50% 14% Richard Mandella14 2 J.C. Diaz, Jr.30 40% 41% 3 5 7 21% FLAGSTAFF LOOKS ‘SUPER’ FOR PALOS VERDES 35% 6 Agapito Delgadillo26 2 2 5 Robert Hess, Jr.14 Drayden Van Dyke42 3 2 Doug O’Neill42 63% $578,214 17% 2 $307,887 Trainer Standings 40% 1st 2 Joel Rosario61 Win% ITM% $372,465 Peter Miller28 $765,782 43% 18% 36% $135,060 1 6 38% 2 1 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 10 Michael McCarthy14 George Papaprodromou17 Philip D’Amato32 Money Won 48% Mike Puype14 14% 1 Mark Glatt22 6 Flavien Prat51 100% 3rd 0 19% 1 4 62% Andrew Lerner9 $51,900 5 38% 29% BEJARANO STILL SIDELINED, COULD RIDE FRIDAY 24% 2nd 45% 0 4 $231,091 25% 43% FLAGSTAFF IN SHARP BREEZE FOR PALOS VERDESFlagstaff, a gem of consistency sprinting where he has never been out of the money in eight tries, worked five furlongs yesterday in a bullet 59.40 for Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs.“He looked super,” trainer John Sadler said of the six-year-old gelded son of 2004 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding male sprinter Speightstown. Flagstaff had Victor Espinoza aboard for the drill and will retain his services in the Palos Verdes.“The horse has high-class form and he’s good to go. He doesn’t have a bad race on his record.”The only time Flagstaff was worse than third came in a one-mile overnight race at Del Mar Sept. 3, 2018, when he finished ninth, coming out of the race with an injury to a hind ankle.Of the 10 nominated to the Palos Verdes, streaking Threefiveindia is among those expected to face Flagstaff. Abel Cedillo has the mount for Peter Miller on the seven-year-old gelded son of Street Hero, winner his last three starts since being claimed for $40,000 on Sept. 19, 2019 at Los Alamitos.Threefiveindia’s subsequent victories have come at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Laurel.BRILL CREAM OF CROP IN MONDAY’S MEGAHERTZ?Mike Smith is looking forward to being back aboard Brill in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III Megahertz Stakes at a mile on turf.The ever-young 54-year-old Hall of Fame member rode the four-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro to a front-running 1 ¾-length victory in the Lady of Shamrock Stakes at a mile in her first start on grass Dec. 28.“I’ve always thought a lot of her,” Smith said. “The Lady of Shamrock was a breakout race for her, I thought, so we’re hoping grass is what did it. She was well within herself and if she runs like she did last time, she’ll be tough.” Brill is trained by Don Chatlos for owners OXO Equine, LLC.The Megahertz, race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Carressa, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Take These Chains, Umberto Rispoli 8-1; Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 7-2; Tonahutu, Andrea Atzeni, 15-1; Streak of Luck, Jose Valdivia Jr., 15-1; Brill, Mike Smith, 3-1; La Sardane, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Super Patriot, Joel Rosario, 5-2.SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOKIn addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall to wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com. FINISH LINES: Rafael Bejarano, dealing with lingering effects from a head injury that occurred in a jockeys’ room shower mishap Friday, took off his mounts Sunday for the second straight day and likely will not ride tomorrow, either. “With head issues we want to err on the side of caution and give him a few days to get back to 100 percent,” said his agent, Tora Yamaguchi . . . Brazilian-bred Ghoul, who closed like a monster to win a 5 ½ furlong turf sprint Dec. 29 under the meet’s leading rider Joel Rosario, returns for trainer Peter Miller in next Sunday’s $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes for four-year-olds and up at the same distance . . . Cistron, preparing for a 2020 campaign, worked four furlongs this morning in 48.60 with exercise rider Jose Alvarez up, galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.80. “The horse is on the comeback trail and a bit away from a race but looked great,” trainer John Sadler said. Ollie’s Candy, pointing to the Grade I Beholder Mile March 14, worked three furlongs for Sadler on the training track in 37.20 . . .Triple Crown hopeful American Theorem breezed four furlongs for George Papaprodromou in 50.40, while Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and Eclipse Award finalist Storm the Court went five furlongs in company with Ekklesia, getting clockings of 1:00.20 and 1:01.20, respectively. Flavien Prat was aboard Storm the Court. In all, there were 171 recorded workouts Sunday, 31 on the training track . . . Trainer Dean Pederson said Fashionably Fast, who captured the Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint at six furlongs yesterday for his fifth straight victory, came out of the race in good order and “ate up good, was all bright-eyed and proud of himself this morning as he deserved to be,” adding the son of Lucky Pulpit could stretch out for his next race in the $100,000 Tiznow at one mile on March 1 . . . Merneith, a three-year-old daughter of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, makes her debut in Monday’s first race for Bob Baffert. A $600,000 purchase from the Ocala sales last March, the bay filly drew the rail–as Baffert seems to do with mystifying regularity–in the 6 ½ furlong race. She is Jon White‘s 6-5 morning line favorite . . . XBTV’s Jeff Siegel will be Tom Quigley‘s guest 11:20 a.m. Monday in the XBTV studio . . . Trainer Hector Olvera Palma is one shy of career victory 1,200, holding at 1,199. He has two horses entered today, 6-1 Norski in the fifth race and 8-1 Start a Runnin in the eighth . . . MONDAY IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA, WITH ONE DOLLAR BEERS, SODAS AND TWO DOLLAR HOT DOGS.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 19th, 2020A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 2 of 2A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 1 of 2Quick Questions With Clocker Gary YoungWORKOUTS:Time to Testify (Outside) and Gorky Park (Desormeaux) 1-18-20Itsinthepost (Mullins) 1-18-20Higher Power (Outside) and Best Chance (Sadler) 1-19-20Shelbe Rose (Desormeaux) 1-18-20Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-16-20 22% 0 16% $332,677 3 57% 1 22% 1 Ruben Fuentes25 $618,309 2 Abel Cedillo80 16 38% 0 Bob Baffert27 25% Richard Baltas40 4 2 $343,008 12% 50% $1,006,032 2 $101,715 24% $190,280 Steve Knapp15 36% 3 15 2 Jorge Velez48 14% 2 4 13 2 1 31% 2 20% 9% 2 3 5 1 47% 15% 9% 36% 2 5 Win% 12% 100% $228,391 2 44% $122,021 1 2 Dean Pederson4 $61,080 41% Mario Gutierrez34 $291,731 63% 14% 4 ITM% $306,679 4 1 $549,142 5 75% 4 $641,620 $118,660 8 2 17% 2 $84,933 6 2 Marcelo Polanco2 $200,161 59% 6 $47,640 $85,371 2 9 5 40% 0 2 Shelbe Ruis4 2 0 2 $348,862 $147,122 Mike Smith21 7 Money Won 4 12 33% 3 6
MAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed his desire to manage Lionel Messi at some point – but preferably back in their homeland at Newell’s Old Boys.The Argentinian duo have both enjoyed huge success away from their native South America, but they still keep their roots close to their hearts.4 Ex-Newell’s Old Boys man Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing a reunion at his old club with Lionel Messi, who also began his career thereCredit: Instagram / RexBarcelona superstar Messi, 32, has regularly expressed his wish to play for his boyhood club before retirement.Now Poch, who remains out of work since being axed and replaced by Jose Mourinho at Tottenham in November, has his eyes on a link-up with the forward.Speaking to Radio del Plata, the 48-year-old said: “I want to return to Newell’s with Messi.“I can still wait, [for an opportunity] and the best [possible scenario] would be in 10 years with Messi.”Pochettino started his career with Newell’s in Rosario, then went on to a seven-year spell in Spain with Espanyol.Messi came through the academy of the club before moving to Barcelona’s La Masia in 2001. He is expected to lead his nation in their next World Cup qualifying campaign.And his elder countryman is hoping the forward can finally bring success back to the nation after enjoying a trophy-laden time at the Nou Camp at club level.4LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSCROWD 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 CelticPochettino added: “I hope he arrives at a great moment.“His presence will be a recognition of the generation that deserved something more.“Argentina is going to arrive well [equipped] to fight for the World Cup.”Messi still has not tasted glory for his country, losing the 2014 World Cup final and suffering defeat in three Copa Americas.4 Pochettino has been out of work since he was axed by Tottenham in NovemberCredit: PA:Press Association4 Lionel Messi will have the hopes of a nation on his shoulders again during the next World CupCredit: AFPMost valuable players in world revealed with Lionel Messi down in EIGHTH as Kylian Mbappe leads list at £189m
Photo: Oceania Rugby The captains of Samoa, New Zealand, Australia and Fiji pose with the Oceania U20 Rugby Championship trophy. Despite making 13 changes from the team that crushed Fiji, the New Zealand U20s looked just as impressive beating Samoa 80-23 in their second game on the Gold Coast last night.Wing Caleb Clarke was a standout, playing a major role in a number of tries and dotting down for one of New Zealand’s 12 tries himself.At half-time New Zealand led 47-6.In the other match Australia defeated Fiji 32-24 but it was a performance that was far from convincing.New Zealand play Australia in Saturday night’s winner takes all final match.
“I wouldn’t be in this situation if I didn’t think I was [going to be fit] for Sunday, it’s all going well so far,” Slater told media on Wednesday.”I understand what it takes to play a game in an Origin, I’m pretty confident I’ll be right on Sunday.”Slater is set to play his 30th State of Origin match when Queensland face New South Wales on Sunday with the Blues looking to lock up a series win at home following a 22-12 victory in Melbourne in game one.”We’ve got a challenge in front of us, we’ve got to go down to Sydney, it won’t be easy,” he said.”We definitely think we can improve on our performance and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”Slater’s likely successor at fullback, Newcastle Knights star Kalyn Ponga, has joined the Queensland squad as the Maroons’ bench utility for game two and Slater said he’d be happy to allow Ponga to play at the back if coach Kevin Walters’ game plan warranted it.”I think Kalyn is going to play multiple positions, fullback could possibly be one of them, I’m not too sure but he’s an exciting player and I’m sure he’ll do a great job,” he said.”I’d be happy to move around, I’ll do what’s best for the team.””I’m sure Kevvie’s got a plan in his head. I haven’t spoken to Kev about his plans with Kalyn just yet but he’s certainly going to be a great attribute coming on the field for us when the Blues are a little bit tired.”
Heading the push for precious metal are our golden fish Ryan Pini (54.21 sec) and Sam Seghers (56.09 sec) for the men 100m butterfly.Seghers is the fastest behind Pini in this event.Shanice Paraka (32.75 sec) and Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane (32.88 sec) for women 50m backstroke. Emma Terebo of New Caledonia was the fastest in this event with a new Games record of 29.86 sec. The previous record was 30.28 sec.Akunaii Bobby qualified for the men’s 400m medley recording 5:28:38 sec. 13 year old Ebony Tkatchenko (2:23:87 sec) and Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane (2:20:91 sec) qualified for the women 200m freestyle.Ebony’s elder sister 15 year old Savannah and Tegan McCarthy have qualified for the women 200m breaststroke.Barbara Vali – Skelton was disqualified in this event. Details on this are yet to be released by the officials. The finals get underway at 6pm today at the BSP Arena.
From Jiwaka, the 26-year-old White Shark was also the PNG lightweight national champion (Pro).He will be travelling along with four Australians, (two females and two males).The four will be on a two-year scholarship and also take part in some fights in Thailand.White Shark told Loop PNG that he is looking forward to the scholarship and will not let his country down.He said his dream was to be a professional kickboxer after being influenced by movies of actors like Jean Claude Van Damme and Bruce Lee.He told Loop PNG that his aim was to continue fighting until he becomes a professional fighter and eventually win the world title.White Shark was sponsored by Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko.He will leave for Sydney on Friday and will meet up with the four Australians who will head to Thailand together.
The Hunters will be hoping their imposing home record remains intact after going down against the Prides last weekend in a disappointing 40-16 score.Both teams have had a player ruled out by suspension, with Falcon Tui Kamikamica Tui pleading no contest to a careless high tackle charge, while Hunters Philimon Kimisive has pleaded guilty to a shoulder charge offence.The game will kick-off at 3pm tomorrow at the National football Stadium in Port Moresby.Hunters team for this weekend includes; 1. Bland Abavu 2. Butler Morris 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Justin Olam 5. Stargroth Amean 6. Ase Boas 7. Wartovo Puara Jnr 8. Enock Maki 9. Gahuna Silas 10. Esau Siune 11. Timothy Lomai 12. Nickson Borana 13. Brandy Peter 14. Warren Glare 15. Adam Korave (co-captain) 16. Henry Wan 17. Edward Goma 18. Benjamin Hetra 19. Watson BoasCoach: Michael Marum
The Austrian has improved so much in quick floor. He raised the titles in Indian Wells, Beijing and Vienna. He additionally fought for the title in the ATP Finals in opposition to Tsitsipas (he beat the Greek) after profitable Djokovic, Federer and Zverev. Lately he generated sure doubts in his conferences in opposition to Bolt and Fritz, which he overcame in 5 and 4 units, respectively. In the second spherical he had no issues in opposition to a blurred Monfils, which he had in three sleeves. In precept, Nadal, who educated yesterday on runway 21 of Melbourne Park, in public view, round 3:00 pm, is a favourite. He has gone from much less to extra and his exhibition earlier than Kyrgios helps him. You will need to show it to make the forecasts good. It will be the 14th confrontation between Rafa and Thiem, with a optimistic steadiness for the Balearic (9-4) and a single onerous observe duel that was determined in his favor in the fifth set, in the 2018 US Open quarters, though it’s true that he performed with a latent damage in the proper knee, which induced him to retire in the semifinals in opposition to Del Potro. His rivalry is one of the most frequent in current years and has already occurred in 4 finals, two of them on the clay of Paris. Rafa Nadal is offered on Tuesday (09:30, Eurosport) a recreation stuffed with incentives in opposition to Dominic Thiem (26 years and fifth favourite). To start out, the victory offers him a spot in the semifinals for the seventh time at the Australian Open, 34th amongst the 4 Grand Slams. And if he wins, he will go away Melbourne as world number one, do what Djokovic does on Friday in opposition to Federer. The Serbian would not serve or revalidate the title. Nadal, which has amassed 9,395 would attain 9,755 and its most rival in the rating can solely attain a most of 9,720. As well as, profitable would report a momentary file of wins in majors in opposition to top-5 gamers. It could be the 30th, forward of Federer’s 29 and Djokovic himself, though one of the two would match him two days later.
Spanish women’s football is going through its most turbulent season. Of the hard negotiations for the first agreement in this category, whose agreement came in December with a heading that is expected, the television conflict, which directly interferes with the delay in signing this document. The situation is the least confusing. On December 20, unions and employers raised a world historical pre-agreement, which set from wages to maternity or work disability protocols. But its official signature, agreed for January 15 and subject to the economic agreement between the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Association of Women’s Soccer Clubs (ACFF), is expected. The Causes They walk on another of the fronts that maintain the controversial day after day in the First Iberdrola: television rights. As it happened at the beginning of this century in the men’s category, there is no audiovisual regulation that encompasses all clubs. Everything revolves around a war of interests, among which many point to Real Madrid and Barça. Both clubs, with their own televisions, are key to understanding this audiovisual block and, therefore, the agreement. And if there is no agreement in this area, there is no economic consensus and the agreement cannot see the light, since the teams cannot ensure compliance. As indicated to AS various sources, the two clubs want to broadcast their matches through their channels, without financial consideration for the visiting team, and even broadcast their meetings away from home based on the simulcast (give a match on two platforms at the same time), without exclusivity. A fact that has upset what was agreed between Mediapro, the RFEF and the ACFF, which agreed to broadcast two games on GOL TV, the rest to be determined.The problem of all this was manifested with the non-retransmission of Atleti-Barça, the most important match in Primera. María Teixidor, secretary of the Barça club, blamed Mediapro for it, ensuring that from Barça they did not oppose the issuance of the match, but Your consent was not in writing, as requested, since the culé entity accepts its field right (retransmit the duels at home), the principle by which it issued the Classic’s outing without the Atleti accepting it. A conflict that denotes the lack of specific regulation for retransmissions of women’s football and in which a consensus is urgent. For now, the most affected are still the players. They have no agreement or visibility …
______________________________________________________________________________Garitano: “We have a lot of caste and we never give up”The Athletic Club coach of Bilbao, Gaizka Garitano, has assured, after qualifying his team for the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, that they have demonstrated in the Heliodoro Rodríguez López that they have “a lot of caste and many eggs” and They never give up.In the press conference after the classification by penalties for the next round, the coach of Bilbao has reported that the whole game has been “marked” by the “fatal play” in the first minutes, with the expulsion and goal in against.“This team has shown that we have a lot of caste, a lot of eggs. We never give up. We’ve played with ten practically the whole game,” he recalled.Gaizka Garitano has reported that they never lost “faith” and “believed until the end in all adversities.”The coach thanked the fans of CD Tenerife for the gesture he had with Iñaki Williams for the racist insults he received, which he described as “very beautiful” and “thank you.”Baraja: “The elimination has been very cruel”The coach of CD Tenerife, Rubén Baraja, has reported that the elimination of the Copa del Rey against Athletic Club de Bilbao was “very cruel”, since they were tied in the last minutes of the extension after having made “an effort brutal”.The technician has reported that the team was “physically very fair” in the last minutes, while he has said that it has been “a match beautiful”.“We have been ahead three times before a team,” he has aggregate.Baraja has stressed that they must “extract the positive” from the game, before a “great rival”, while insisting that the second part “The fatigue was very great.” A vibrant meeting, surely unforgettable, he chose Athletic Bilbao in the penalty shootout. Tenerife had it in his hand, but with two minutes left until the end of the extension, Yuri forced her.The match started frantically: before the second minute, Herrerín was expelled for knocking Moore to the edge of the area and Ezkieta had to enter through Nuñez. And shortly after, the VAR warned from Williams in the visiting area and The referee whistled a penalty. Joselu, with great tranquility, set the 1-0.Little by little Athletic was accommodated in the field, despite having one less. First he tried high Raúl García and then who did not forgive was Williams who met the ball in the Ortolá area and diverted it to the net to tie. However, madness soon returned to Heliodoro when Joselu, volley in the area, beat the Basque goal and made the 2-1.The duel continued at a very intense pace. Williams again had a good option, but this time he could not overcome the Tenerife goalkeeper who covered the spaces very well. Half an hour arrived, the pace dropped a little, though those of Garitano were the ones in charge, but could not find the spaces.After the breakLekue had the first, but his shot was repelled by Ortolá (46 ’). Immediately, Baraja moved the bench to reinforce the defense with three centrals, putting Lasure, but a bad pass from Milla to Javi Alonso led to the theft of the indomitable Williams who did not forgive and matched the contest.The match was leveled, although Athletic gave more sense of danger than Tenerife. Luis Pérez saw Joselu in the area, but Yeray provided providentially. Then, Raúl García, head-on, nodded at Ortolá’s hands.The legs began to weigh on the Basques, who did not give up. Joselu, remained a nuisance for the Bilbao and taco defense almost scored, but Ezkieta reacted to pure reflex. Already in the final stretch, Tenerife seemed more whole, but could not avoid the extension.In the extra time, Carlos Ruiz saw the second yellow as soon as he started and the tired participants leveled. Lekue committed a penalty on Nahuel and Dani Gómez made it 3-2 and achieved delirium. In the second part of the extension, Tenerife held Stoic, but in the absence of two minutes, a shoe from Yuri tied the game and forced the penalties.