However, getting MacLeod to the tournament has not been finalized yet.Currently MacLeod is property of Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League.But to get to play in the Prospects Game, the Business major needs to have a deal worked out between the BlueJackets ECHL affiliate in Kalamazoo and Elmira.If the deal is completed, MacLeod could have a two-way contract between between the American Hockey League team in Springfield and the ECHL affiliate in Kalamazoo.”So I’ll most likely be starting in the east coast and hoping to get a call up to Springfield at some point and play some games,” MacLeod said.MacLeod played minor hockey in Nelson before joining the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL, helping the Green and White to the 2009 league title.He then played two seasons in Penticton in the BC Hockey League before getting a scholarship with Boston College.During his senior season at Boston College, MacLeod served as an assistant captain while playing all 40 games for the Eagles.He tallied 11 assists with four of the points coming 20 Hockey East contests, finished with a plus-8 rating and set Patrick Brown up with the game-winning goal to help Boston College clinch its fifth-consecutive Beanpot title.Off the ice, MacLeod won the William J. Flynn Coaches Award captured the Academic Excellence Award as the senior with the highest grade point average. Nelson Minor Hockey grad Isaac MacLeod has landed a contract to play professional hockey next season.However, the final resting place for the 22-year-old defenceman remains up in the air.The Boston College Eagle grad, drafted 136th overall — fifth round — by San Jose Sharks in the 2010 NHL draft, is hopeful when all the dust has settled, the 6’5”, 212 pound mobile rearguard will be part of the Columbus BlueJackets squad that will be playing in the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.”(Playing in the tournament) will be great for exposure for me and the chance for me to see the level of other rookie players,” MacLeod said.The NHL Prospects Tournament runs from Sept. 12-16.The eight-team tournament includes prospects from the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.
FINISH LINES: Gulfstream Park today has a mandatory payout on its Pick 6 with a pool that likely will reach $5 million . . . Santa Anita’s $500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 begins in today’s sixth race, while the $150,000 guaranteed Pick 6 starts in race four . . . Fans can visit Xpressbet on YouTube for workout videos of 2015 Kentucky Derby contenders . . . Victor Espinoza has withdrawn his appeal of a three-day suspension issued March 7 and will serve his ban May 8, 9 and 10 . . . GOOD NEWS!! Scully, a 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Tale of the Cat, broke his maiden for an $8,000 claiming tag in today’s fourth race at Pimlico. Named for Dodger Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, he paid $7.40, $4 and $3.20. A special thanks to Dodger Publicity wag Steve Brener for alerting Santa Anita Publicity after the race was made official. MANDELLA DOUBLES DOWN IN SUNDAY’S WILSHIRERichard Mandella expressed cautious optimism about Moulin de Mougin and Indecise when they run in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at one mile on turf.Indecise was second in the restricted Wishing Well Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on the turf Feb. 8, while Moulin de Mougin was ninth breaking on the outside going a mile against males in the Thunder Road on April 4. It was her first start in seven months.The Wishing Well was run Feb. l8, and was the first race for Indecise in almost a year.“I haven’t seen the rest of the field so I don’t know how tough it is, but my two are pretty good in their own right,” Mandella said. “Moulin de Mougin has proven herself to be that good. The other mare is working her way up.”Mike Smith rides Moulin de Mougin, while Mandella protégé Flavien Prat pilots Indecise.“He was only 18 the first year he came to ride at Santa Anita, and he’s 22 now,” Mandella said of the up and coming Frenchman. “This is the fourth winter he’s spent with us, and each year, we hated to see him leave.“Now his visa is good for five years so he’ll be with us for the duration. He’s great kid and a real star in the making. I can’t take too much credit for his success. Anybody would want to ride him.”The Wilshire, the seventh race on an eight-race program: Moulin de Mougin, Mike Smith, 4-1; Thegirlinthatsong, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; $2,000 supplemental nomination Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Blingismything, Tyler Baze, 9-2; Uzziel, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Sky Treasure, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Indecise, Flavien Prat, 9-2; and Birdlover, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2. DORTMUND, BAYERN PUT BAFFERT ON CLOUD NINEBIG JOHN B, ABBEY VALE TOUGH IN LAST TYCOONFESTIVE KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY AT SANTA ANITAMANDELLA OPTIMISTIC FOR SUNDAY’S WILSHIRE TOC CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORSThe Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) Nominating Committee has announced a slate of six candidates for five open seats in the 2015 Board of Directors election, including incumbents Bob Baffert, Ed Moger, Mike Pegram and Kathy Walsh and new nominees Allen Aldrich and Gary Fenton.Baffert, who has served on the TOC board since 2007, is an owner-trainer representative and member of the Racing Affairs Committee. Moger has served on the board since 2010 and also represents the owner-trainer category as well as Northern California members. He serves on the Executive and Racing Affairs committees. Pegram, who has been on the board since 2010, is board Chairman and serves “ex officio” on all TOC committees. Walsh was first elected in 2012 and serves as chair of the Racing Affairs Committee.Aldrich, a resident of Northern California, has been a licensed owner since 1978 and averages more than 100 starts per year. He had an ownership interest in Eclipse Award winning champion She’s A Tiger.Fenton is a managing partner of Little Red Feather Racing, which presently owns 16 horses in California. A Southern California resident, he has been an entertainment attorney for almost 20 years.Ballots, including full candidate statements, will be mailed to the TOC membership on May 15. The deadline for returned ballots is June 15. BAFFERT HAPPY WITH DRILLS BY DORTMUND, BAYERNBob Baffert was on Cloud Nine, literally and figuratively, Saturday morning after two ofhis star runners, unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, worked at Santa Anita under regular rider Martin Garcia.Dortmund, in his final major drill for next Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby, worked six furlongs in company with Lady Bull in 1:13.60. Lady Bull was clocked in 1:15.40.Bayern and stablemate Cat Burglar worked six furlongs in company from the gate, each timed in a bullet 1:10.80.“I’m really happy with how they went,” Baffert said en route via air to Kentucky where tomorrow he will supervise a five furlong workout at Churchill Downs by Derby favorite American Pharoah, who will have Garcia aboard.“Dortmund just cruised around there. He’s pretty fit and doesn’t need much. He’ll gallop into the Derby.”Bayern, who has not raced since winning the Classic at Santa Anita last Nov. 1, likely will make his 2015 debut in the Grade II, $400,000 Alysheba Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on May 1, although the son of Offlee Wild is also nominated to the Grade II, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs on May 2. Crack sprinter Private Zone is likely to run in that race.“He’ll probably run in the Alysheba,” Baffert said of Bayern.Also at Santa Anita on an overcast Saturday morning, Sunland Derby winner Firing Line, twice beaten a head by Dortmund, worked five furlongs with Gary Stevens up in 1:02.20.“I’m very happy,” said Simon Callaghan of Firing Line, a son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher. “It was just to stretch his legs. He’ll get on the plane early tomorrow morning so we didn’t want to overdue it. He’s fit, looks good, everything seems ready.”Callaghan plans to leave for Kentucky on Tuesday.Reflecting on Firing Line’s two narrow defeats by Dortmund, in the Los Alamitos Futurity and the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Callaghan said, “Our horse is doing very well; obviously, he’s run against very good company.“Dortmund won the (Santa Anita) Derby extremely well and I think our horse has progressed since then, so I think we’re going to Kentucky with a very good shot.”D’AMATO GOES FOR LAST TYCOON GOLD WITH DUOBack in the glory days of Army football, the Black Knights of the Hudson had thedynamic backfield duo of “Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside,” Felix (Doc) Blanchard and Glenn Davis.Phil D’Amato hopes for an equine version some 75 years later when he sends out Big John B from the No. 1 post position and Abbey Vale from the outside eight hole in today’s Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf.Big John B, a 6-year-old gelded son of Hard Spun owned by Michael House, hasn’t raced since Nov. 1 when he finished ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, having made the most of his outside No. 12 post position in the mile-and-a-half race.Abbey Vale, a 5-year-old Irish-bred son of Moss Vale owned by Andy Ellis, JR Riley Stables and Michael Sim, has won two of three starts in the U.S., each time coming from within shouting distance of the pacesetters.“I don’t think they’re going to hinder each other at all with their styles,” D’Amato said. “Abbey Vale might have a little more speed than Big John B, but it’s time to get him started. He signaled in his last two drills he’s ready to go.“Abbey Vale has always been highly thought of, so we’re going to give him a shot. He won pretty nicely the other day, so I think they’re both ready to go.”KENTUCKY DERBY GALA AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY Fans can join the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky at Santa Anita next Saturday, May 2, a day filled with world-class racing, hat contests, mint juleps and live racing.Festivities include an Infield Beer-fest with live music from Seedless and a party in the Premium Gallop Out in the Club House East. Purchase a Trackside Package for a prime seat and your first drink in a commemorative cup featuring Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, plus all the fun and excitement of racing’s best 3-year-olds in the 141st Kentucky Derby.First post time next Saturday is 11:30 a.m. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at santaanita.com.
SS Amanda Gianelloni4 Nicholls Sr. Napoleonville, La. 2019 All-Southland Conference Softball Teams First Team OF Kaylee Lopez McNeese Fr. Indian Bayou, La. 3B Caitlin Garcia Nicholls So. Spring, Texas P Ashley Kriesel Stephen F. Austin Jr. Houston, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Lindsey McLeod is the 2019 Southland Conference Player of the Year, the league announced Tuesday along with its all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.In her final season with the Bearkats, McLeod continues to build upon an already impressive senior campaign. In addition to her Player of the Year award, the Austin, Texas, native was named Southland Pitcher of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection. McLeod’s all-conference nod marks the second of her career and comes after pushing her Sam Houston State squad to a regular-season title and a No. 1 seed in the 2019 Southland Softball Tournament. The senior has created quite the resumé throughout the 2019 season, ranking 14th nationally for hits allowed per seven innings (3.98). She has retired 231 batters while posting a 1.65 ERA and an 18-8 record. McLeod’s nine shutout victories rank 13th in the nation and are accompanied by four saves.Joining McLeod among individual superlative winners is Bearkat head coach Garrett Valis, who led his Sam Houston State squad to a 22-5 conference record. Valis was named Coach of the Year after claiming the regular-season championship in just his first season at the helm for the Bearkats.Stephen F. Austin’s Margarita Corona was named Hitter of the Year after charging the Ladyjacks’ offense with 12 home runs on 61 hits and a .384 batting average. Corona also accounted for a .673 slugging percentage on 53 starts and appearances. Fellow Ladyjack Kassidy Wilbur earned the league’s Freshman of the Year award, doing so in convincing fashion. In just her first collegiate season, Wilbur has retired 240 batters over 205 innings for a scorching 1.81 ERA. The freshman has registered five shutout victories to go along with a 19-13 record. Corona was voted a First Team All-Conference selection, while Wilbur found her way onto the second-team roster. Both Corona and Wilbur are making their first career-appearances on the All-Southland teams.Lamar’s Jade Lewis is the Southland’s Newcomer of the Year after joining the Cardinals leading her team with a .312 batting average. Lewis has registered 15 extra-base hits and 22 RBI, boosting Lamar to a 14-13 conference record. The junior has compiled 54 starts on 56 appearances while leading her team with 49 hits. Lewis was awarded a spot on the All-Southland First Team as the designated player.The 2019 Southland Conference Softball Tournament begins Tuesday, May 7 at Lady Demon Diamond in Natchitoches, La. First-round matchups will feature the tournament’s bottom four seeds playing in a single-elimination game. Following the two opening-round matchups, the tournament will then shift to a double-elimination bracket. No. 3 McNeese and No. 4 Stephen F. Austin await the round-one winners. No. 1 Sam Houston State and No. 2 Nicholls have a double-round bye and await the winners of games three and game four.Leading off the tournament is a matchup between the tournament’s No. 5-seeded Southeastern Louisiana and No. 8-seeded Central Arkansas. First pitch between the Bears and the Lady Lions is slated for 11 a.m. CT Tuesday morning, with the winner advancing to take on No. 4 Stephen F. Austin.Games 1-11 are slated to be streamed live on the Southland Digital Network, which is available via southlanddigitalnetwork.com and on Southland Conference apps. Tony Taglavore, Jason Pugh and Patrick Netherton will share play-by-play duties.Coverage transitions to the ESPN family of networks for the championship round. Game 12 is scheduled to receive national television coverage on ESPNU, in addition to streaming availability on ESPN.com/watch and ESPN apps. Four-time Louisiana sportscaster of the year Lyn Rollins and two-time NFCA All-American Tori Vidales will call the action for the title stage. Coverage for Game 13 (if necessary) will shift to ESPN3, online-only through ESPN.com/watch and ESPN apps. OF Linsey Tomlinson Abilene Christian Jr. Huffman, Texas C Kali Clement2 Nicholls Sr. Thibodaux, La. Individual AwardsPlayer of the Year: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston StateHitter of the Year: Margarita Corona, Stephen F. AustinPitcher of the Year: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston StateFreshman of the Year: Kassidy Wilbur, Stephen F. AustinNewcomer of the Year: Jade Lewis, LamarCoach of the Year: Garrett Valis, Sam Houston State OF Madisen Blackford Southeastern Louisiana So. Des Moines, Iowa P Alley McDonald Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Whitehouse, Tenn. OF Justyce McClain4 McNeese Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. Third Team 3B Mima Doucet Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Lafayette, La. OF Shannon Klaus Lamar Jr. Cedar Creek, Texas 1B Margarita Corona Stephen F. Austin Sr. Tucson, Ariz. UT Morgan Felts2 Central Arkansas Sr. Conway, Ark. 2B Libby Morris2 Central Arkansas Sr. Grove, Okla. SS Tiffany Thompson2 Sam Houston State Jr. Montgomery, Texas 2B Bryana Novegil Stephen F. Austin So. Houston, Texas C Aubree Turbeville McNeese Sr. Mesquite, Texas 3B Cylla Hill Central Arkansas Jr. Henryetta, Okla. Honorable Mention – Catcher: Shaina Amir, Lamar. First Base: Rebecca Skains, Southeastern Louisiana. Second Base: Jaquelyn Ramon, Southeastern Louisiana. Third Base: Kyndal Kutac, Sam Houston State. Shortstop: Demi Janak, Houston Baptist; Lindsey Rizzo, Southeastern Louisiana. Outfield: Blair Clayton, Abilene Christian; Sheridan Fisher, Sam Houston State; Toni Perrin, McNeese. Pitcher: Saleen Flores, McNeese; Rio Sanchez, Central Arkansas. DP Taylar Fuselier Sam Houston State R-Jr. Magnolia, Texas OF Elise Vincent Northwestern State Jr. Maurice, La. OF Kayla Crutchmer Central Arkansas Jr. Tulsa, Okla. OF Kasey Frederick3 Nicholls Sr. Bridge City, Texas OF Megan McDonald Sam Houston State Jr. Georgetown, Texas 2B Cayla Jones2 Northwestern State So. Missouri City, Texas C Ella Manzer Southeastern Louisiana So. Alexandria, La. 1B Samantha Dares Nicholls Jr. Metairie, La. UT E.C. Delafield Northwestern State So. Stonewall, La. 2 Two-time all-conference selection3 Three-time all-conference selection4 Four-time all-conference selection P Megan Landry3 Nicholls Sr. Pierre Part, La. 1B Kaylyn Shepherd2 Central Arkansas Jr. Mechanicsville, Va. SS Cori McCrary McNeese R-Jr. McCarley, Miss. DP Jade Lewis Lamar Jr. Mont Belvieu, Texas P Alexsandra Flores McNeese Jr. Lufkin, Texas 2B Brooke Malia Sam Houston State So. Houston, Texas P Kassidy Wilbur Stephen F. Austin Fr. Bridge City, Texas DP Samantha Bradley Abilene Christian So. Azle, Texas P Lindsey McLeod2 Sam Houston State Sr. Austin, Texas Pos. Name University Class Hometown UT Sammi Thomas Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Fr. Buford, Ga. Second Team NOTE: Tie in voting created need for additional pitcher on 2nd team, additional 2nd baseman on 3rd team.
FRISCO, Texas – UIW’s Keeley Ayala, Payton Adams and Cailey Croson are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Ayala earned Offensive Player of the Week, and teammates Adams and Croson picked up Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week honors, respectively. Offensive Player of the Week: Keeley Ayala, UIW – So. – Forward – Wichita Falls, TexasAyala’s brace against Prairie View A&M fueled a 3-0 win over the Panthers, the first for UIW this fall. She got the Cardinals on the board in the 66th minute with a header that tipped just over a Panther defender and the goalkeeper. Ayala scored the final goal in the 89th minute on an assist from Brooke Hanson. Honorable Mention: Alana Mangan, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jamie Raines, Southeastern Louisiana. Defensive Player of the Week: Payton Adams, UIW – Fr. – Defender – Frisco, TexasIn just her second start in a UIW uniform, Adams anchored a back line that limited Prairie View to just two shots in the match and one shot on goal. Against North Texas, she was even able to turn her efforts to the attacking half with a pair of shots on goal. Adams clocked all 180 minutes in the Cardinals’ two matches. The sophomore from Wichita Falls, Texas, tallied seven shots in two matches, including four on frame. Ayala’s production was contagious to the entire UIW attack as the Cardinals racked up 25 shots over the weekend. Goalkeeper of the Week: Cailey Croson, UIW – Jr. – Goalkeeper – Fulshear, TexasCroson registered the first clean sheet of her UIW career in Friday’s 3-0 win over Prairie View A&M, stopping the Panthers’ only attempt on goal and improving her record to 1-1. On Sunday, she turned in a career-high 10 saves against North Texas. Honorable Mention: Kayla Bomben, Northwestern State; Nadine Maher, Southeastern Louisiana. The Cardinals (1-4) secured their first win of the season with a 3-0 blanking of Prairie View A&M Friday evening before falling to perennial power North Texas on Sunday afternoon. UIW heads to the West Coast to take on Cal Baptist at 3 p.m. Friday and CSU-Bakersfield at noon Sunday. Honorable Mention: Abby Deakin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Courtney Pawlik, Sam Houston State. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
CLASSY EDWARDS GOING LEFT & UPSTART SURFING STAR HEADLINE SUNDAY’S $100,000 TIZNOW STAKES AT ONE MILERACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2019)–Easily the leading money earner in the field, Edwards Going Left, along with up and coming Surfing Star, headline Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes, to be contested at one mile over the Santa Anita main track. Named for two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow, a California-bred son of Cee’s Tizzy who was bred and owned by Cee Straub Rubens and trained by Jay Robbins, the Tiznow has attracted a field of five older horses bred or sired in California.The Tiznow is a part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.EDWARDS GOING LEFTOwner: Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer: John SadlerClaimed out of his first start, a Cal-bred maiden $50,000 claimer on Feb. 9, 2017, this 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Midnight Lute has amassed $528,810 in 17 subsequent starts. Most recently second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Bob Baffert’s talented Ax Man in a seven furlong classified allowance here Feb. 8, Edwards Going Left will try a flat mile for the second time in his career and is without question the class of the field. With an overall mark of 18-7-3-4, he has earnings of $528,810.SURFING STAROwner: Nancy Barnhart, Roxana Foxx, Bruce Headley & Marsha NaifyTrainer: Bruce HeadleyA lightly raced 4-year-old California-bred colt by Surf Cat, out of the Strong Hope mare Sister Esperanza, Surf Cat was bred by Old English Rancho and Bruce Headley. A gate to wire winner of his last two allowance starts, both at one mile, Surfing Star earned a Tiznow-best last out Beyer Speed figure of 96 in his most recent start on Nov. 4, a first condition allowance in open company. A first condition winner in similar fashion versus Cal-breds two starts back on Oct. 14, Surfing Star took both races by a combined nine lengths and appears more than ready for stakes competition. With three wins and a second from five starts, he has earnings of $114,325.THE $100,000 TIZNOW WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTKing Abner–Tyler Baze–120Unusually Green–Mario Gutierrez–120Surfing Star–Flavien Prat–120Edwards Going Left–Joel Rosario–122Shades of Victory–Ruben Fuentes–122First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
SANTA ANITA 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $190,725 INTO FRIDAY; FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M. AND TRACK OFFERS TWO DOLLAR BEERS & SIX DOLLAR SPECIALTY COCKTAILSARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2019)–With nary a singleton in sight, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot remained unsolved on Monday, resulting in a carryover of $190,725 into Friday.With a carryover coming into today of $168,406, there was $97,487 in new money wagered, creating a total Jackpot pool of $265,893.Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 66 consolation tickets with six wins, each worth $792.40.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m. The Rainbow Six will commence with race three, which has an approximate post time of 2 p.m. PT.Santa Anita will be open for Simulcast wagering on Thursday, with free parking and admission. Gates will open for wagering in the Grandstand Paddock Room at 10 a.m.Two dollar beers and six dollar specialty cocktails will be offered on Friday to those 21 and over, along with free parking and admission.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
HARRY Kane has paid tribute to Mauricio Pochettino on Twitter after the Argentinian was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur last night.The Spurs and England captain, who made his Premier League debut in 2014, has gone on to become one of the best forwards in the world under the guidance of Pochettino.2 Mauricio Pochettino was axed last night with Tottenham in 14th spotCredit: EPAIn Poch’s first season in charge Kane won the 2015 PFA Young Player of the Year award and scored his first hat-trick for the club.Following his breakthrough season, the 26-year-old finished as the Premier League’s top scorer with 25 goals, finishing ahead of Sergio Aguero.Kane would go on to retain the Golden Boot award the following season, repaying the faith Pochettino showed in him.Kane tweeted: “Gaffer. I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams.”We’ve had some amazing moments in the last 5 and a half years that I will never forget. You were my manager but my friend as well and I thank you for that relationship.”Good luck with your next chapter!”Gaffer. I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams. We’ve had some amazing moments in the last 5 and a half years that I will never forget. You were my manager but my friend as well and I thank you for that relationship. Good luck with your next chapter! 💙 pic.twitter.com/u64RXV7wd4— Harry Kane (@HKane) November 20, 2019 Vertonghen, who had just won 6-1 with Belgium, said after the game: “It’s never nice to see a manager leave but that’s all I can say I think.”It’s a surprise for me. The club made the decision and we have to accept this and try to change the situation as quick as we can.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids”We have come a long way together and we achieved big things, you can see where we have come from before my time at Spurs.”We have to be very thankful for what he achieved and I think he brought the club to the next level.”It’s the first time in my career that the manager of the team has changed so it’s strange for me.Mourinho, who was sacked by Manchester United last year, will take charge against West Ham on Saturday.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one2 Jose Mourinho has been appointed the new manager of Tottenham HotpsurCredit: PA:Press AssociationTottenham appoint Jose Mourinho as new manager less than 24 hours after sacking Mauricio Pochettino Pochettino was relieved of his duties after seeing his Spurs team drop to 14th in the table with only three wins this season and without a win in five matches.The club made the swift appointment of Jose Mourinho, which has left the fans divided, as they look to rescue their season.Kane’s tribute comes after team-mates Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen left their messages of thanks for their former manager.Alli wrote on twitter: “I can’t thank this man enough.”He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me.”Good luck and hope to see you again my friend.”I can’t thank this man enough. He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. Good luck and hope to see you again my friend. pic.twitter.com/dUO6AJlMxR— Dele (@dele_official) November 19, 2019
After almost a year out of managerial work, Mourinho took on the Spurs job and started with three wins out of three.He suffered his first defeat of his tenure on Wednesday night at the hands of former employers Manchester United.And to prove his determination to succeed in his new role, Mourinho slept at the Spurs training ground that night to help begin preparations for when Sean Dyche’s men come to the capital.Tottenham are currently eighth in the Premier League with five wins, five draws and five defeats so far this term and are closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places.Mourinho said: “I didn’t go home, so the next morning at eight o’clock I was here doing what? Burnley.”Analysing Burnley, trying to organise the training session, trying to organise the meeting, choosing the clips to show them the most clear possible way Burnley works.55Most read in boxingExclusiveCome on Ty-sonAJ rules out Tyson bout… as he fears fans would BOO if he beat Iron MikeDILL’S BEEN MADEFury expects WBC to allow him AJ fight before mandatory defence vs WhyteFURYIOUS POWERFury tipped to beat Anthony Joshua inside six rounds by ex-opponent RoganNEELEY THERETyson offered £900,000 for Peter McNeeley rematch ahead of comebackWHAT A TYM TO BE ALIVEMike Tyson vs Fury could be pro fight for world title says WBC chiefExclusiveTY’S BELTINGAnthony Joshua says Tyson Fury is on ‘hit list’ and is determined to fight himExclusive’IT’S TOUGH’Anthony Joshua on looking for love, life as a super-dad & fighting Tyson FuryExclusiveK.O’D BY BUG MEDICSAnthony Joshua says I’m not a superstar, NHS staff are the real heroes”That’s the way you have to do it in football. Don’t accept in a passive way.”It’s obvious we have problems but we have players with quality, a great human dressing room.”I like the guys very much but we need to change that feeling of feeling sorry about our mistakes and feeling sad with our bad results.”5 Joshua weighed in significantly lighter than his opponent for the Clash on the DunesCredit: AFP or licensorsAnthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr face off and weigh in ahead of their big fight in Saudi Arabia JOSE MOURINHO revealed he was invited to watch Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr by Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman.But instead the Special One will have to watch it on the telly – because he has the small matter of a Premier League clash at home to Burnley just hours earlier.5 Jose Mourinho was invited to watch Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2 in Saudi ArabiaCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 AJ will be desperate to win his heavyweight world title belts back from the Mexican-American tonightCredit: AFP or licensorsMourinho, 56, takes charge of his fifth game as Tottenham boss when the Clarets visit North London.But if he hadn’t accepted Daniel Levy’s offer to replace Mauricio Pochettino last month, the Portuguese chief would surely have been in the Middle East after his royal invite.The Special One said: “That’s the only bad thing for me in getting the job at Tottenham – that I’m not going to be there.”I was invited by the Prince to be there, but I prefer to be in the match against Burnley.”The Spurs boss admitted his admiration for boxing and particularly AJ – but refused to make a prediction for the Clash on the Dunes.Joshua knows winning back his world heavyweight belts is critical for his career, describing a defeat tonight as “catastrophic”, and has shed the pounds as a result – unlike opponent Ruiz.Mourinho added: “I’m not an expert. I just love the sport.”I like Anthony very much because he’s a great kid and I hope he wins.”But in sport you can lose. So let’s see.”
Into the quarterfinals for the first time in our history 💪We think we are special ones…🔴⚪ #DieRotenBullen #RBLSPURS pic.twitter.com/pXOUL9Roe5— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) March 10, 2020Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 10:10 pm’WE’RE IN A BAD SITUATION’Some strong words from Dele after tonight’s hammering.He told BT Sport: “This is the Champions League and if you don’t step up you’ll be punished.“We had to show our maturity and fight but we didn’t do that.“We’re gutted and have to apologise to the fans for travelling all this way and losing like that.“We have to fight, we can’t hide. The reality is we’re in a bad situation but we can be the ones to turn it around.“Our mentality wasn’t strong enough, we have to stay together.“It’s a massive game at the weekend (against Man Utd) and only we can turn it around.“The players are mature enough to know we’re not doing good enough.”Sam Street11 Mar 2020, 10:01 pmGREAT LEIP FORWARDRB Leipzig certainly showed Arsenal how to defend a one-goal lead at home.Despite a good start from Spurs, the result never seemed in doubt after Sabitzer fired the first past Hugo Lloris.Any Tottenham fans hoping for an Ajax-style second half comeback were left hugely disappointed after a limp surrender even by this season’s low standards.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 9:54 pmFULL TIME! RB LEIPZIG 3 SPURS 0 (4-0 AGG)And it’s all over here in Germany!Spurs have been well and truly beaten 3-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate.Two goals from Sabitzer in the first half set Leipzig on their way.And Forsberg made sure of the result with a final strike late in the second half.It’s been a terrible night for Mourinho and all the Spurs fans who travelled to Germany.The Londoners were short on energy, fight and creativity this evening.And things get even harder as they take on a resurgent Man Utd side in the Premier League this weekend.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 9:46 pmGOAL! RB LEIPZIG 3 SPURS 0 (4-0 AGG)88′ – FORSBERG!He’s only just come off the bench.But Forsberg seals the win for Leipzig as he takes advantage of some dire Spurs defending.The ball bounces around the box and nobody can clear it.Forsberg comes charging in and fires into the back of the net.He’d only been on the pitch for 30 seconds!Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 9:38 pmRB LEIPZIG 2 SPURS 0 (3-0 AGG)80’This game ended a long time ago.Spurs are showing a distinct lack of energy as their Champions League exit draws nearer.Considering they were finalists last year, this is a very poor way to bow out of Europe.Lo Celso, Spurs’ best player, is taken off for Fernandes.And that alone proves Mourinho has now given up on the game.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 9:31 pmRB LEIPZIG 2 SPURS 0 (3-0 AGG)73’Turns out Mukiele swallowed his tongue after that ball to his face.But the defender is doing much better now after receiving treatment.Get well soon. TOTTENHAM were limp in Leipzig as their Champions League campaign ended with a wimper.But there were bigger concerns among the paying public for Red Bull’s Nordi Mukiele.The RB Leipzig defender was stretchered off in front of worried team-mates after being smacked in the chin by the ball.And it was later revealed that he had briefly swallowed his tongue after being knocked unconscious.The Frenchman is now reported to be in stable condition however.A brace from captain Marcel Sabitzer was followed up by a late strike from Emil Forsberg with his first touch as RB Leipzig cruised into their first ever Champions League quarter-final.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 10:30 pm’CAN’T BLAME THE PLAYERS’Mourinho insists he will not blame his players for tonight’s Champions League exit, instead putting it down to Spurs’ injury woes.He told BT Sport: “In this moment it’s very difficult.“They’re very strong and it’s difficult for us to score.“Their physicality is impressive, the defenders win duels, the midfield is intense, the attack fast.“They deserve to go through, they were the best team.“My players tried to give what they could give and that’s it. When you don’t have more to give, you give what you can.“I never blame players with some difficulties. I can’t ask more from them.“Sometimes difficult moments can prepare the future in a better way.“There’s nobody to blame when in every match we have a traumatic injury.“You come to the Champions League and look at our bench and the pitch with Tanganga and Sessegnon.“I can’t blame the players because they gave what they can.“People say excuses but I’m pretty sure the injures are bad for anyone.“We go until our limits which is what the boys are doing. Let’s see how we end the season.”Sam Street11 Mar 2020, 10:21 pmHere comes Jose Mourinho…Sam Street11 Mar 2020, 10:18 pmNOT SO SPECIAL NOWRB Leipzig couldn’t resist the inevitable Jose Mourinho dig… Momentos de drama en Leipzig.Nordi Mukiele tuvo que salir en camilla por una fuerte lesión. El estadio aplaude a su jugador. 😔@DieRotenBullen 2(3)-(0)0 @SpursOfficial #ChampionsLeague | #Leipzig | #Tottenham 🔴 En vivo 👉 https://t.co/sYmBs6H9XG pic.twitter.com/T46YNal2Bv— TUDN USA (@TUDNUSA) March 10, 2020Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 9:26 pmRB LEIPZIG 2 SPURS 0 (3-0 AGG)69’This game’s slowed down to a snail’s pace.Spurs can’t get the ball out of their own half.And Leipzig are fighting for every ball that comes their way.No sign of any subs for Spurs yet.Bizarre all round.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 9:19 pmRB LEIPZIG 2 SPURS 0 (3-0 AGG)61’Another change for Leipzig, this time unrelated to injury.Nkunku comes off and is replaced by Haidara, who will beef up the midfield.It’s a direct response to Spurs’ attitude, with the Londoners now trying to control possession in Leipzig’s half.However, it’s leaving them vulnerable at the back and Werner gets round the back but his shot goes over the bar.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 9:13 pmRB LEIPZIG 2 SPURS 0 (3-0)55’A nasty-looking injury for Mukiele as he goes down after being hit in the face by the ball.He’s not getting up though and the medical team are on the pitch with the stretcher.Mukiele thankfully does eventually sit up and is carried off the pitch.American international Adams comes on in his place.Wishing Mukiele a speedy recovery.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 9:08 pmRB LEIPZIG 2 SPURS 0 (3-0)50’No changes for Spurs at the break.Bit strange considering the scoreline and first-half performance.Lo Celso is getting on the ball more for Spurs.But Leipzig are giving them no time to breathe and are pressing just as intensely as they were earlier on.However, Laimer is booked for a foul on Lamela as Spurs look to break.And there could be some ways through to goal if the likes of Alli and Lucas also drive directly between the lines.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 8:46 pmRB LEIPZIG 2 SPURS 0 (3-0 AGG)45 + 1 – HALF-TIMELo Celso produces Spurs’ best moment of the match by a mile.The visitors burst into Leipzig’s half and Lo Celso gets the ball on the right wing.He cuts inside and drives across the Leipzig box before unleashing a left-footed shot at goal.It almost looks like it’s going to curl around goalkeeper Gulacsi.But the Hungarian is equal to it and pushes the ball away from danger.Down the other end, Lloris is forced into a save when Dier puts Spurs in danger by kicking a ball straight into Werner’s trailing leg.Winks then finds himself in the book for a clumsy challenge on Halstenberg.Thankfully for the visitors, the whistle soon blows and both teams trudge in for the break.Just what can Mourinho say to get his Spurs side back in this tie?Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 8:40 pmRB LEIPZIG 2 SPURS 0 (3-0 AGG)40’There’s a yellow card for Sessegnon after a foul on Mukiele.Last thing Spurs need is to go down to ten men here.And it’s really the only impact Sessegnon has made on the game so far.Tottenham are losing the midfield battle completely.But after his heavy criticism of club record signing Ndombele at the weekend, Mourinho might be reluctant to give the ex-Lyon man a chance at saving Spurs’ Champions League hopes.However, the current plan is not working and it’s hard to see Mourinho’s not making at least one change during the break.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 8:35 pmRB LEIPZIG 2 SPURS 0 (3-0 AGG)35’Sabitzer is looking fired up in the middle of the pitch.No surprise with tonight’s brace taking his total up to 15 so far this season.Pretty impressive numbers for a midfielder indeed.Someone looking slightly more glum is Mourinho.The tactician looks like he wants the ground to open up right now.Spurs aren’t getting any of the basics right.And a Champions League hammering isn’t going to go down well with the beleaguered boss.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 8:28 pmRB LEIPZIG 2 SPURS 0 (3-0 AGG)28’It’s all Leipzig at the moment.Hardly surprising as Spurs are on the ropes right now and look totally disorganised.The five-man defence just isn’t working.And Leipzig are getting plenty of joy down the flanks.Dele sums up Spurs’ night so far when he dribbles straight into an oncoming Leipzig player.And Werner almost makes it 4-0 on aggregate when he fires a shot at Lloris.But the Frenchman finally does make a save to keep it 2-0 on the night.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 8:23 pmGOAL! RB LEIPZIG 2 SPURS 0 (3-0 AGG)22′ – SABITZER!It’s the captain again! And this time it does stand!Angelino makes a fool of Aurier as he breaks into open space on the left.He swings a cross in and Sabitzer gets his head on the end of it.The ball goes over the line before being palmed out by Lloris.But there’s no question it was in.And Spurs are facing a real hammering here in Germany.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 8:20 pmRB LEIPZIG 1 SPURS 0 (2-0 AGG)20′ – DISALLOWED GOALGermany striker Werner thinks he’s bagged his second of the tie after poking home from Agelino’s cross.But Spurs breathe a sigh of relief as the strike is quickly chalked off due to Werner being offside.He’s not happy at all.However, with the way Spurs are playing right now, it may not be long until he finds the back of the net again.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 8:15 pmRB LEIPZIG 1 SPURS 0 (2-0 AGG)15’Spurs are all over the place here.They can’t keep hold of the ball and are being exposed down their left by Leipzig right-back Mukiele.The defender first gets in on goal but fires his shot into the side netting.He’s soon back creating chaos again but finds his path to goal blocked by Alderweireld.Not a good opening 15 mins for Mourinho here.Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 8:11 pmGOAL! RB LEIPZIG 1 SPURS 0 (2-0 AGG)10′ – SABITZER!A bad mistake from Lloris has left Spurs right in the lurch.Werner plays in Leipzig captain Sabitzer.And the midfield pulls the trigger from outside the box.A low drive smashes towards Lloris and he looks to have reached it.But soft hands from the Frenchman sees the ball evade his grasp and hit the back of the net.Oh dear!Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 8:05 pmRB LEIPZIG 0 SPURS 0 (1-0 AGG)5’And we’re underway here in the state of Saxony.Spurs are most definitely playing a five-man defence with Dier sandwiched between Alderweireld and Tanganga.Expect to see the Englishman push forward to support the midfield tonight.Spurs are stroking the ball around their own half at the moment.There aren’t many pockets of space on the pitch right now though.That’s probably because Leipzig are playing an identical five-defender system!Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 7:59 pmSPUR OF THE MOMENTThe two sides are on the field as the Champions League anthem blares out at the Red Bull Arena.Of course, there are no handshakes between the two sides due to the coronavirus threat.Indeed, Spurs fans can count themselves lucky they’re able to even attend, with tonight’s other clash between Valencia and Atalanta played behind closed doors.Both sets of supporters here in Germany are in fine voice already.But could this be one of the last matches in Europe to allow supporters inside the stadium?Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 7:53 pmLUC’S INNo Kane, no Son, no Bergwijn.The pressure is very much on Lucas to deliver tonight.Spurs fans are still raving about his hat-trick which sealed their place in last season’s final.Can Lucas do it again tonight? 🇧🇷 @LucasMoura7, let’s go get it! #UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/aXAx6mqUF7— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 10, 2020Anthony Chapman11 Mar 2020, 7:47 pmMOUR TO COMEJose Mourinho is feeling bullish ahead of one of the biggest tests of his career.The Portuguese has won at every club he’s managed.And Mourinho isn’t about to let Spurs go without bringing silverware to North London.He said: “I believe Tottenham is not going to be my only club without silverware,” said the boss.“I won it at every club and I believe I am going to do it also with Tottenham.“I am here for three or four months. I took on the team in a very difficult situation and now it is even more difficult with so many problems we’re having. “But I believe in me, in the players, in the club and I believe that during my contract I am going to help the club to do it.“It’s not me winning, it’s me helping the club and the players to do it.”Load more entries…
The idea has merit; Townsend’s club halves partner James Maloney is a sure-fire bet for Blues duty this year and Townsend is in excellent club form.He was also the best playmaker on ground in his team’s 20-10 win over Country in Mudgee on Sunday by a wide margin, outplaying Country halves Tyrone Roberts and Cody Walker with a series of pinpoint kicks.Ross says it’s more than just his current form or his combination with Maloney though after being blown away by the Yarrawarrah Tigers junior’s professionalism through a week in camp with him.”This week has been such a good experience for a lot of us and we all wanted to put our best foot forward to show that we’re up for Origin,” Ross told NRL.com after the game. “One player in particular who I think should be there no matter what is Chad Townsend. “I haven’t heard Chad’s name tossed up too much for the halves but he’s won a premiership now, he’s taken City to the last-ever City-Country victory. He’s one bloke if I was a selector would be in my sights.”I learned a lot from [Townsend] this week. Chad helped settle me a lot and spoke to me through the week.”Those lessons he learned from Townsend, among others, would hopefully help Ross boost his club form when he returns to Newcastle.”I’m going to take back what I’ve learned here… That’s going to through actions, whether it’s catching the ball out in front and passing crisply but everything I’ve learned from these elite players is everything’s done crisp, everything’s done at a high intensity through a whole training session,” Ross said.”That’s something I haven’t experienced before. I was passing the ball with Chad Townsend and we were doing side-to-side passes and ‘Freddie’ (City coach Brad Fittler) came past and said ‘mate, we’re elite machines, here we go faster than that’. “Chad stepped it up and then it took me a couple of seconds to adjust then once I realised that’s the level we need to be at, that’s the level that I trained at and that’s the level I’m going to take back to Newcastle and hopefully keep playing well for Newcastle.”The other player Ross said was a sure thing for the Blues was impressive prop James Tamou, who was best on ground with 209 metres, 27 tackles, three offloads and a try and set the tone for City’s win.”He did show his class, every single run was lethal, he was an enforcer in defence, came up with offloads. James Tamou was an absolute weapon,” Ross said.