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  • Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Friday, February 28, 2020

    first_imgTOP THREE-YEAR-OLDS GET SET FOR SAN FELIPE SOPHS ZERO IN ON IMPORTANT SAN FELIPE STAKESThe most anticipated three-year-old race on the West Coast to date this year takes place next Saturday, March 7–the San Felipe Stakes.The Grade II event at 1 1/16 miles offers $400,000 in prize money, but more importantly, 85 qualifying points to the May 2 Kentucky Derby, 50 to the winner, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to the third-place horse and five to the fourth.Also featured on Santa Anita’s most attractive and appealing card of the 2020 Winter Meet will be the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf, the Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes and the $75,000 China Doll Stakes.But the San Felipe will take center stage. Such is the case with sophomore Triple Crown hopefuls prepping one month before the $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7 and two months before the Run for the Roses.The San Felipe is expected to attract two heralded undefeated youngsters trained by two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert, Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Thousand Words and Sham Stakes winner Authentic, plus dominant maiden winner Honor A.P. and Eclipse champion two-year-old male Storm the Court.“Authentic has been working unbelievably,” said Gary Young, a colorful and candid cynosure among private clockers for just over four decades who is also bloodstock agent.      “The horse has already shown he can get two turns and he might be talented enough to get a mile and a quarter (distance of the Kentucky Derby), although I don’t know if he’s a natural mile and a quarter horse, but he just might be that talented.“Thousand Words is a tough read because he won the Lewis off very ordinary works.  Baffert said you can’t pay too much attention to them because he trains like Silver Charm (who missed sweeping the 1997 Triple Crown when upset by Touch Gold in the Belmont).”Baffert’s other Triple Crown hopefuls likely will make their next starts elsewhere. They include Charlatan, who earned a 105 Beyer off an eye-catching six furlong debut victory; San Vicente winner Nadal; and American Pharoah winner Eight Rings.“Charlatan’s works from the gate before he started were super,” Young said, “but his works from the pole were very average. Obviously, he ran to his gate works. He’s very talented but might be a one-turn horse.“Aron Wellman (one of Young’s clients) and I were the under-bidders on Nadal at the sales. He’s a very good horse, and this sounds kind of ridiculous, but I’m not sure how far he wants to run.“Just to look at him and not know his pedigree (sired by Blame) you’d think he’s a one-turn horse, and ironically, Blame has been a very hit-or-miss stallion throughout his stud career, but some of his better progeny, including his biggest money earner, Marley’s Freedom, have been one-turn horses, and there’s absolutely no rhyme or reason for that.“But that’s a perfect example of why breeding is one of the world’s most imperfect sciences. I’m not sure how far Eight Rings wants to run, either.”While the outspoken and forthcoming native of Joliet, Illinois has made his living clocking in addition to buying and selling horses and is wise in his ways, Young is impervious when it comes to clicking his stopwatch in the mornings.“If all horses ran according to how they worked,” he said, “I’d be in Hawaii playing golf every day.”DISPARATE RUNNERS FOR BALTAS IN PASADENA STAKESSanta Anita training leader Richard Baltas has two horses entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Pasadena Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile on turf, Governance and Liar Liar, each with disparate running styles.“Governance is a second-time gelding,” Baltas said of the speedy son of Fed Biz, who broke his maiden going a mile on grass at Santa Anita on Jan. 1. “He ran a big race and he’s a very aggressive horse.“Liar Liar will be coming from behind.” Bred in Ireland, Liar Liar rallied while three-wide in the Eddie Logan Stakes at a mile on turf last Dec. 29. Like his stablemate, Liar Liar also broke his maiden over Santa Anita’s turf course at one mile, winning by a neck after an eventful trip last Oct. 27.The Pasadena, race seven of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Governance, Tiago Pereira, 10-1; Last Opportunity, Mario Gutierrez, 4-1; Rager, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; Club Aspen, Jorge Velez, 12-1; Liar Liar, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Smooth Like Straight, Geovanni Franco, 3-1; Ra’ad, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Goliad, Abel Cedillo, 5-1; and Hariboux, Umberto Rispoli, 7-2.SANTA ANITA FUNDRAISER AIDS LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMASanta Anita will host a fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s fight against cancer in the East Paddock Gardens on Saturday. Trainer Craig Dollase’s daughter, Alyssa, and her classmate, Kimberly Cabral, are heading the effort as both are candidates for the Society’s Student of the Year program. Fans are encouraged to stop by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s tent tomorrow. Jockeys Victor Espinosa, Mario Gutierrez, Edwin Maldonado and Ruben Fuentes will be signing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.FINISH LINES: Triple Crown hopeful American Thereom, preparing for his three-year-olddebut, worked six furlongs under Tiago Pereira on a spectacular Friday morning in a bullet 1:12.20. “Great, awesome,” enthused trainer George Papaprodromou, still contemplating a race for the son of 2015 Triple Crown king American Pharoah. “We’ll see how he comes out of the work and go from there.” . . . Among the 87 recorded workouts this morning was a five-furlong drill in 1:00.80 by Las Virgenes winner Venetian Harbor, pointing to the Grade II Santa Anita Oaks on April 4 by trainer Richard Baltas . . . Trainer Mike Puype and XBTV’s Zoe Cadman will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 11:20 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studio.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 28th, 2020Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for February 28th, 2020Golden Hour Double With Jeff Siegel and Zoe CadmanQuick Questions With Exercise Rider Humberto GomezAndrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know GoboldlyWORKOUTS:Two Thirty Five (Outside) and Ginobili (Baltas) 2-28-20Frontier Market (Sadler) 2-28-20Nonno’s Polaris (Knapp) 2-28-20Justinian (Baffert) 2-27-20United (Inside) and Parkour (Mandella) 2-27-20Message (Baffert) 2-27-20Affianced (Outside) and Sly (Mandella) 2-27-20Improbable (Baffert) 2-27-20Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 2-26-20Orquidias Biz (Mullins) 2-26-20Game Winner (Baffert) 2-26-20Authentic (Baffert) 2-26-20 9 15 Assael Espinoza46 8 LEADING TRAINER SENDS OUT PAIR IN PASADENA 32% 51% 13% 23% $1,069,296 21% ITM% $297,461 J.C. Diaz, Jr.64 22 14% Drayden Van Dyke96 4 18 11% Abel Cedillo192 29 18 FUNDRAISER BENEFITS LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA 15% 6 5 9 $631,387 28 48% 21% 30 5 20% Andrew Lerner26 14 6 John Sadler56 50% $1,304,462 $552,381 10 67% 8 Flavien Prat132 Jeff Mullins40 16 17% $184,972 15% 9 Brian Koriner35 $670,447 60% Mike Smith45 12 6 $600,557 9% 37% 36% Geovanni Franco70 15% $275,702 9 48% 2 $563,960 7 9 10 Agapito Delgadillo53 24 4 29 Mario Gutierrez66 9 9 2 20 7 5 19 3 4 $883,976 19 32 $927,682 13 Jorge Velez131 1st 43% 10 5 2 46% 7 6 4 11% 34% 2nd 50% $321,220 $1,810,904 22 6 8 21% 38% 6 2nd 3rdcenter_img 17 $776,962 6 Doug O’Neill77 34% 12 9 8 14% ‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON HERE MARCH 8 41% 3rd 9% Tiago Pereira97 14 15 $218,835 22% TrainerSts 6 8 Richard Baltas85 Bob Baffert63 $441,171 43% Richard Mandella30 14 $641,297 29% 67% $1,352,452 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 10% 27% 6 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 23) 20% 6 40% 13 8 13% 7 6 10 $419,321 9 Mike Puype32 34% $316,502 Joel Rosario122 JockeyMts 27 ITM% 10 39% 16% 52% Michael McCarthy32 Philip D’Amato72 46% 7 8 48% Money Won 5 Mark Glatt56 25% 45% 43% $299,805 20% Umberto Rispoli107 Win% 7 3 $1,181,821 $1,851,954 Victor Espinoza42 $291,622 1st 12 27% 10 12 Money Won 43% 5 14% 19% 12 33 48% $1,690,624 2 4 Edwin Maldonado62 50% $305,481 $303,421 20% 13% Steve Knapp40 4 8 ITM% 50% 11 Peter Miller56 6 $688,988 7 Ruben Fuentes66 AMERICAN THEOREM, VENETIAN HARBOR BREEZE $587,705last_img read more

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  • Who is Tottenham’s Japhet Tanganga?

    first_imgTOTTENHAM have unleashed wonderkid Japhet Tanganga against Liverpool.He follows the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Kyle Walker-Peters in coming through the academy in recent years.2 Tanganga was handed an opportunity to showcase his talents against Juventus during pre-seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyWho is Japhet Tanganga?The Hackney-born defender has been at Tottenham since he was ten years old, formerly turning out for Greig City Academy.Tanganga has made a significant rise through the youth ranks and has been rewarded with a start under Jose Mourinho.The centre-back is also revered on the international stage, helping the England under-20s to win the Toulon Tournament in 2017.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 himHow old is he?Tanganga was born on March 31, 1999 – making him 20 years old.Despite his young age, he is being reported as potential back-up option to add depth to Spurs’ side should star defender Toby Alderweireld depart this summer.He would certainly be a good and cheap addition to the squad, becoming known for his height and aerial ability.2last_img read more

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  • Redknapp backs Poch for Arsenal job with bizarre Saddam Hussein analogy

    first_img3MOST 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 & kidsPochettino finished in the top four for three consecutive seasons with Tottenham and reached the Champions League final last season.While Emery’s side haven’t won in all competitions in five games while slipping eight points behind fourth-placed Man City.Redknapp added: “It can happen, as long as you can do the job. I would have thought Arsenal will be looking at Pochettino now thinking, ‘could we? Can we?'”The former PSG boss has really struggled to make this Arsenal side perform and there has been increased speculation about his future at the club. Three of their next four fixtures are at home and Emery will need close to maximum points to avoid the same fate as Pochettino. HARRY REDKNAPP believes Arsenal should sign Mauricio Pochettino should they sack current boss Unai Emery.Pochettino, who was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur last night and replaced by Jose Mourinho, has already been linked with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.3 A lack of control pushed Pochettino to the edge at SpursCredit: EPABut former Spurs boss Redknapp reckons Arsenal would love the chance to sign their rivals’ former manager.Speaking to talkSPORT, Redknapp said: “There are clubs in London who are having a terrible time.”Why shouldn’t he go to Arsenal if he wants to? You think the Arsenal fans wouldn’t love him there?“If you go in there and start winning football matches, they would have taken Saddam Hussein in there when he was about, the fans don’t give a monkeys!”If you start winning every week, they’re singing ‘there’s only one Saddam’.“It happens in football – Sol Campbell went from Tottenham to Arsenal, George Graham did it, Terry Neill did it, Pat Jennings, one of our greatest goalkeepers in history, even he made the change.” 3 Man Utd are favourites to snatch up Pochettino after his Spurs sackinglast_img read more

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  • Mourinho can scoop £2MILLION bonus if he leads Tottenham into Prem top four

    first_imgJOSE MOURINHO will pocket a £2million bonus if he guides Tottenham into the top four.The new Spurs boss has signed a staggering £15million-a-year contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.2 Jose Mourinho was appointed less than 24 hours after Mauricio Pochettino was axedCredit: Getty – ContributorTottenham are 11 points adrift of the top four after dropping to 14th in the Premier League table.They have won just three times in 12 attempts ahead of The Special One’s first game against West Ham on Saturday.Mourinho has a tough task on his hands, but will rake in a juicy bonus if his team end this season in a Champions League spot.The Portuguese manager has claimed the north London club can win the title next season.Speaking about the upcoming challenge at his first press conference, he said: “I couldn’t be happier.”In relation to the difficulty of the job ahead, every time a club changes mid-season it is because the situation is not good, that is obvious, unless something strange happened we don’t know about.”Basically the results sometimes force these decisions.”The potential of the club is huge.”The potential of the players is great, I am so happy that was one of the reasons I came because of the vision that Mr Levy put in front of me about the club and the quality of the players and squad. “I know potentially I have a great job in my hands.”In a bid to boost his new club’s chances of finishing in the top four, Mourinho is considering a January move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.And the ex-Chelsea chief has also set his sights on Nemanja Matic, Ruben Dias and Bruno Fernandes.Mourinho’s first ten games at SpursNov 23 – West Ham (A)Nov 26 – Olympiakos (H)Nov 30 – Bournemouth (H)Dec 4 – Man Utd (A)Dec 7 – Burnley (H)Dec 11 – Bayern Munich (A)Dec 15 – Wolves (A)Dec 22 – Chelsea (H)Dec 26 – Brighton (H)Dec 28 – Norwich (A)2New Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho admits he wears the club pyjamas to bedlast_img read more

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  • Gatland concerned by targeting of Lions scrum-half Murray

    first_imgMurray’s box kicking has been an effective weapon throughout his career but Gatland felt the Ireland number nine took some unnecessarily rough treatment as he put boot to ball from the base of rucks and scrums during the All Black’s 30-15 victory on Saturday.Speaking at a news conference, Lions coach Gatland said: “The one concern for me was, a couple of times from Conor Murray, there was a charge-down where someone dived at his legs which was a little bit dangerous.”They’re not massive issues for us, but we’re just making sure that he’s being looked after and protected and not harassed after he’s box kicked.”It’s a little bit tough when you see someone dive at someone’s leg, you feel for the player and it’s concerning that they’re not trying to charge the kick down because they’re nowhere near it, they’re diving blindly and hitting someone’s leg.”For me it’s about protecting the players and making sure they’re safe. That’s my biggest concern.”I’ll be asking politely the officials, to look at that and make sure they protect them.”ICYMI: We’ve arrived in Wellington and someone was particularly excited to meet @LeighHalfpenny1!#AllForOne #LionsNZ2017 pic.twitter.com/GYemvS6lK3— British&Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) June 25, 2017last_img read more

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  • I want to give back to Lebanon: Farah

    first_imgThose are the immortal words of coach Herb Brooks (portrayed by Kurt Russell in the film Miracle) ahead of the USA’s shock win over the USSR in the 1980 Winter Olympics ice hockey gold medal match. Robbie Farah has had some great moments throughout his lengthy career at both club and representative level, but arguably his most cherished came 15 years ago when he was given an unlikely opportunity to represent Lebanon in a game against France.  “The game was in November, and a couple of months before they had tryouts – I think it was at Leichhardt – but I was on tour with the Wests Tigers Cubs, which was like an under-18s team put together,” he recalled. “We were in New Zealand so I couldn’t make the tryouts, but I really wanted to make the Lebanese side so I sent John Elias – he was the coach at the time – a highlights tape of me. “He saw something in me from a highlights tape, and from all reports everyone was talking him out of picking me, but he wanted me in the side. He took me over pretty much unseen – the only time he’d ever seen me was from a highlights tape – and I got picked as the starting halfback.  “Hazem (El Masri) was our captain and I was in awe of the players around me. I was just a young kid, we went to Lebanon and we won 36-6. I started at halfback and scored the first try of the game and then there was a complete blackout as we were walking back to halfway after my try. “We were all pretty worried because we didn’t know what was going on and whether the game would continue or not. About 10 minutes later the generators kicked in and the lights came back on. “It was a big win, 36-6, because France were ranked fourth in the world at the time so it was a massive win for us. It was one of the best tours of my life and some of my best friends to this day are guys I met on that tour from that team.”Farah has since won a premiership with the Wests Tigers and helped the NSW Blues orchestrate a stunning drought-breaking series win over Queensland in 2014, but it was his maiden Test cap as a teenager that stands above the rest. With relatives in the stands, a cousin on the bench and family watching back in Sydney, it’s a memory that will stay with Farah forever.  “Back home I know the family were watching it on TV with the uncles and the cousins. From all reports they were all in tears because it means a hell of a lot to them,” he explained. “When you think of my parents and my cousins’ parents, they left their home town 40 or 50 years ago to come here to give their children a better life, but they’ve still got an emotional attachment to their motherland, so to see one of their kids pull on the colours of Lebanon, you can imagine how much it means to our parents. “I was at my dad’s house yesterday (Wednesday), actually, walking up his stairwell, and he’s still got my framed Lebanon jersey from the one Test match I played up on the wall. It’s been there for 15 years and I don’t think it’ll ever move.”Unable to remember much from his first trip to Lebanon with his mother and sister as a four-year-old, Farah has been back twice in the past few years.  The most recent trip saw the 33-year-old play tour guide to his brother, but it was his 2013 visit after the Rugby League World Cup that hits home the hardest for Farah who had lost his mother to cancer the previous year.  “I went back after the World Cup in 2013. I went straight to Lebanon for a week or so on my own,” he recalled. “Mum was one of 11 kids – my grandmother’s still alive – and the majority of them are still in Lebanon. Since my mum passed away in 2012, I wanted to go over and see my mother’s family and pay my respects and see them. That was a pretty emotional week for me. It was pretty tough going back there without mum because it brought back a lot of memories, which was tough.” Fifteen years after he was given a chance as an untested halfback, the creative No.9 now wants to give back to the Cedars on the game’s biggest stage. “I made the commitment to Lebanon last year. I had my time playing for Australia, and while I don’t think I was ever a chance to get picked, my time was done and there’s someone else in there now,” he said. “Even if it did get to a point where, say Cam (Kangaroos hooker, Cameron Smith) got injured or six other hookers – I don’t know how many would be in front of me – got injured and I did get the call to play for Australia, I would have probably knocked that back because I’m really looking forward to giving back to Lebanon. “That opportunity when I was an 18-year-old, I can’t speak highly enough of how much that did for me and how much that improved me as a player. I’ll never forget now at my age and the point I’m at in my career, I’m really looking forward to giving back to Lebanon.”last_img read more

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  • K200, 000 per year for women’s team

    first_imgCity Pharmacy Limited was proud to announce its sponsorship during the launch today at Stop N Shop Waigani Central in Port Moresby.The sponsorship will assist Cricket PNG in developing a high performance program for the City Pharmacy Lewas, which will include tournaments and training programs in Australia, PNG, Samoa and New Zealand.On behalf of the CPL PNG Lewas team, spokesperson Branda Tau thanked former sponsor Pacific MMI for their support over the past few years. She also welcomed the CPL for their sponsorship.“We are joyful because we are now the CPL Lewas, and we believe that your support will go a long way in achieving the goals of PNG cricket both in short and long term,” Tau said.CPL has shown tremendous support to sports in the country like sponsoring the CPL Rebels netball, SNS Vipers, AFL and volleyball teams to the Philippines.CPL chairman Mahesh Patel further explained that through the partnership with Cricket PNG, they hope to uncover many talented women cricket players who can progress to the higher level. Together with the CPL brand, we aim to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and the many social benefits for women in playing a team sport.The Lewas have now officially changed their sponsor name to CPL PNG Lewas.last_img read more

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  • Marum: It’s back to the drawing board

    first_imgWhile Marum was pleased with yesterday’s narrow 18-16 win, he said the team still struggled through patches of the game.“We knew it was going to be a really tough one playing against the premiers from last year.“The Jets really played well all throughout the game. The Jets play a different style of football and we were prepared for that.“But there were some stages in the game where we just made too many errors that allowed them back in the game. But I’m still happy with the result we had,” said Marum.He added that it’s back to the drawing board for the team to prepare for their toughest game yet against the competition leaders – the Burleigh Bears.“We are awaiting medical reports but right now, there are no serious injuries except to Adam Korave,” said Marum.“We have to see where we can improve and make sure we don’t get off to a bad start like what we did against the Jets.“Our boys in the middle lacked off a bit and we struggled to get back to sets so we have to fix that,” said Marum.last_img read more

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  • Vázquez beats Vázquez

    first_imgThe Sports live in a constant joy since Fernando Vázquez landed in the dock blue and white Since its arrival, the people from Coruña accumulate five consecutive winsthat would be six adding the one he achieved Luis César in their last encounter. This full of triumphs has catapulted the Herculinos, who have gone from being colistas and being nine points from salvation to go out of the descent posts.The spectacular streak that of Castrofeito in this 2020 would place its Sports how solo leader Second since he lead the team. An achievement that has also served for Fernando himself Vázquez surpasses himself, since in his previous stage as a blue and white coach he never managed to chain a Repoker of wins.In the 2012-13 season, in First, he took the team on the 24th matchlist day and six points behind salvation. It premiered with four games without victory, but then chained four consecutive (Celtic, Mallorca, Zaragoza and Levante) to take to Deportivo of the descent. The great reaction did not have continuity in the last days and the team would end up descending to Second.In the 2013-14 campaign, already in the silver category, the Galician coach managed to return the team to Primera, but He was not able to chain Five wins Again his roof stayed in four wins after defeating Castilla, Recreativo, Mallorca and Ponferradina consecutively. Upcoming challenges Fernando Vazquez will look for next sunday before the Alcorcón his sixth triumph, what to do would bring him closer to his personal record in his long career as a coach. And is that Castrofeito achieved seven victories consecutive with the Celtic in Second in the 2004-05 academic year, another season in which he got promoted.The barrier in the club history is still higher, since shortly before the first arrival of Vázquez to A Coruña the Oltra sports managed to chain nothing less than Nine wins in a row. It happened in the season 2011-12 between the days 17th and 25th with Numancia, Las Palmas, Xerez, Huesca, Villarreal B, Cartagena, Recreativo, Hercules and Barcelona B as victims. That campaign on Sports too would achieve promotion also establishing the absolute record from points in the history of the category: 91.last_img read more

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  • Windies bowlers toil on opening day of first Test

    first_imgHOBART, Australia (AP):Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh scored unbeaten centuries and combined for a 317-run partnership to pace Australia to a commanding 438-3 on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies yesterday.Voges, who resumed on nine after lunch and reached his century before tea at Bellerive Oval, was unbeaten on 174 at the end of play.Fellow Western Australian player Marsh made 97 in the third session to finish the day on 139 not out as the frustrated West Indies bowlers failed to take a wicket after lunch.Australia brought up 400 in 78 overs, an average of more than five runs per over, and finished the day with an average of 4.92.”I started a little bit slow, but once I got into my rhythm I felt really good out there, and I think Vogesy really helped with that,” Marsh said.”He was going really well and scoring runs freely and sort of got me going as well. I thought he batted beautifully today, and to be out there with one of my really good mates (and) to both get hundreds for our country was very special.”Television commentator and former legspinning great Shane Warne was critical of West Indies captain Jason Holder for not taking the second new ball when it was available after 80 overs and for not moving players in from the boundary to the slip cordon in an attempt to take a late wicket.It was a big first day for scoring in the region, with New Zealand making 409-8 on the opening day of their home Test against Sri Lanka at Dunedin.Voges made his first-class debut 13 years ago but did not earn his first Test cap for Australia until June on this year’s tour of the Caribbean. It was the third career century for each player and Marsh’s first at an Australian ground.”It’s something I’ve been working really hard to try and do,” said Marsh. “I got 99 last year (against India), so to get to three figures on home soil was pretty special.”Earlier, West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican took the important wickets of opener David Warner and captain Steven Smith as Australia went to lunch at 121-3 after winning the toss and electing to bat.Warner and Joe Burns hit a combined 12 boundaries in an opening partnership of 75 runs from the first eight overs, but Australia went on to lose three wickets for 51.Burns was clean-bowled by paceman Shannon Gabriel for 33 and Smith was caught at first slip off Warrican for 10. Warner scored 64 before being caught behind in the second to last over before lunch.”We had Australia at 120-odd for three, but Marsh and Voges were both very good, and they put us on the back foot,” Warrican told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio.”Later in the day, it became more difficult for the bowlers to get wickets. It just wasn’t disciplined to be honest. We will have to come out tomorrow and bowl really well.”Gabriel left the pitch during the final session with a left ankle injury and was expected to undergo later scans. He finished the day with 1-59 off 10 overs.last_img read more

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