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No. 4 Wildcats Pounce on No. 1 Lamar to Complete Upset Bid

first_img“As a head coach, I don’t know how I could be more proud of a team,” said ACU coach Julie Goodenough. “They really trusted in what we asked them to do. They believed going into the fourth quarter we had a chance to win the game.”Wright’s efforts at the free throw line were key to the win, as she set a Southland women’s tournament record with a perfect 16-for-16 from the line. As a team, the Wildcats hit all 20 of their free throw attempts in the fourth quarter and finished 28-for-30 (93.3 percent) from the line.“I love free throws,” said Wright, who also crossed the 1,000-point mark in her career. “While the Wildcats were hitting their free throws, the Cardinals faltered at the charity stripe, missing five of their eight attempts in the fourth.ACU survived the 14 steals recorded by Lamar (24-6), which had come into the game having won seven straight and 19 of their last 20 games. While the league’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Chastadie Barrs recorded four swipes, she was unable to get going offensively, scoring just 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.The Cardinals, who will receive an automatic bid to the Women’s NIT as the regular-season champions, shot just 41.2 percent from the field and missed seven of their 20 free throw attempts.“I think our kids played a really good three quarters of basketball, and then the last quarter, the wheels kind of fell off for us,” said Lamar coach Robin Harmony.The normally solid Cardinals defense allowed the Wildcats to shoot 61.9 percent from the field along with giving up eight treys on 16 attempts by ACU.“They shot the lights out,” said Harmony.All-conference first-teamer Moe Kinard kept the Cardinals in the contest, scoring a game-high 34 points to go along with seven rebounds and five steals.For much of the game, it appeared the Cardinals – who led by as much as 11 — were on the verge of breaking the game open, but the Wildcats rallied with a run to get back into the contest.Lamar appeared set to pull away after Kinard’s jumper gave them a 55-46 lead with 2:57 left in the third quarter, but ACU was revived by run that was highlighted by Ducat’s layup that helped close to within 56-52 in the closing seconds of the quarter before a pair of free throws from Crump gave the Cards a 58-52 cushion entering the fourth.Barrs drew her fourth foul with 8:50 left in the fourth, which gave the Wildcats the opening they needed to draw closer, which they achieved when consecutive treys from Makayla Mabry and Wright brought ACU within one at 68-67 at the 4:24 mark of regulation. ACU also took advantage of shaky free-throw shooting from Lamar, which missed three of their first six shots in the fourth from the charity stripe.Jadyn Pimentel’s fifth foul led to Wright’s two free throws that gave ACU a 69-68 lead with 3:52 remaining, their first lead since the first quarter. Umaja Collins’ short jumper regained the lead for Lamar, but Wright returned to the line to hit two more free throws to give the Wildcats a 71-70 lead with 3:15 left.After Williamson’s basket extended the lead to 75-70, Wright added a steal that resulted in Mabry’s three-pointer that proved to be the backbreaker at 78-70 with 1:14 remaining. A Madi Miller steal set Wright up for a layup that made it 80-70 with 47 seconds on the clock.“We kind of beat ourselves,” said Barrs.As for ACU, Sunday presents a chance to further establish the program.WBB: Breanna Wright. Right on.@ACUWBB within one point. @Lamarwbb lead is 68-67. 4:24 left. Winner to the championship round. ?? https://t.co/7Qm2VcuSlD ???? @espn apps #GoWildcats #WeAreLU #SouthlandStrong ?? #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/sYxXX0eF7e— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 16, 2019 KATY, Texas – Top-seeded Lamar came into Saturday’s Southland Conference women’s semifinal game as the nation’s leader in steals, but a resilient Abilene Christian squad ended up beating the Cardinals at their own game.Breanna Wright scored 29 points and made two huge defensive plays in the fourth quarter to help the No. 4 Wildcats rally to defeat Lamar 88-79 at the Merrell Center, giving ACU (22-9) a chance to win the conference tournament title against the winner of Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.WBB: @ACUWBB student-athlete Sara Williamson was so excited… she put her team’s magnet on the wrong line! Can’t blame her. After knocking off top seed LU, the Wildcats are one win from the @NCAAWBB Tournament. #GoWildcats #SouthlandStrong ?? @ACUEdu @ACUSports pic.twitter.com/DlbummKWFz— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 16, 2019 “This really is a family,” said Goodenough. “I’m happy that it’s this team that gets to make history and take the ACU team to the conference championship.”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2019

first_imgOMAHA BEACH THE MARQUEE HORSE ON OPENING DAYOmaha Beach, a horse of unfulfilled potential, is expected to add to his gaudy but abbreviated resume in the prestigious Malibu Stakes on opening day Thursday, Dec. 26.The Runhappy Malibu is one of two Grade I races to be featured that day as historic Santa Anita Park begins its 83rd season of world class racing, the other being the La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies, like the Malibu to be decided at seven furlongs.“He worked three quarters in (a bullet one) 12 yesterday,” trainer Richard Mandella said of the three-year-old War Front colt, who was favored to win the Kentucky Derby before an 11th hour injury forced him to miss the first jewel of the Triple Crown last May 4.“He galloped out seven-eighths in (one minute) 25 and change. He couldn’t look better.”As it stands, the Malibu will be the penultimate race for Omaha Beach, who has never been out of the money in nine starts, boasting four wins, four seconds and a third, earning $1,471,800 for owner Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc.After the Malibu, if the fates allow, it’s on to the $3 million, Grade I Pegasus World Cup Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park before going off to stud at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky.Bob Baffert, who won the 2018 Malibu with McKinzie, plans to enter both Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster and Much Better when opening day entries are drawn on Saturday, with Mother Mother making her first start since May 3 in the La Brea.First post time on opening day is 11:30 a.m. Admission gates open at 9:30 a.m.BALTAS HOPES FOR SUCCESS ON BUSY OPENING DAYFresh from winning the recent Del Mar training championship, Richard Baltas hopes to keep things rolling at Santa Anita.“We had a great meet and we have Neptune’s Storm and Bob and Jackie set for the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (on turf) opening day,” Baltas said. “In the Lady of Shamrock (for three-year-old fillies scheduled for a mile on turf, also opening day), we’ll have Angel Alessandra and perhaps one other horse.”Neptune’s Storm, a consistent three-year-old gelded son of Stormy Atlantic bred in Kentucky by Tracy Farmer, was second in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Nov. 3 but has four wins from eight starts over Santa Anita’s grass course, including two stakes, the Singletary and the Cinema.Bob and Jackie, a son of Twirling Candy owned and bred by Zayat Stables LLC, has won his last three starts, including the restricted Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec.28, 2018, and the Let It Ride at Del Mar on Nov. 9.AGENT HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY AT SANTA ANITAIn addition to future Hall of Fame member Joel Rosario, agent of the stars Ron Anderson will represent newcomer to Santa Anita Umberto Rispoli this meet.“He’s in from Hong Kong and will ride here right away,” Anderson said of Rispoli, 31, the leading rider in his native Italy in 2009 and 2010, “and was recommended by my friend, Frankie Dettori, who said he rides ‘American style and absolutely will do well in the states.’“He’s a nice kid and he’s light. He just got here yesterday but worked horses this morning for (Richard) Baltas and (John) Sadler.“Joel is on his way back from the Dominican Republic where he spent a few days with his family. He’s coming off a really spectacular year (with nine Grade I wins and earnings of more than $24 million), so we’re looking forward to opening day.”TALAMO, McCLELLAN EACH EYE NEW HORIZONSJockey Joe Talamo, recent winner of career race number 2,000, and agent Scotty McClellan will seek new horizons in 2020 after an amicable and mutual agreement to part following a successful run of 13 years. Talamo, who turns 30 come Jan. 12, leaves California Jan. 5 to ride full time starting Jan. 24 at Oaklawn Park, where his agent will be Jake Romans, son of trainer Dale Romans.McClellan, one of the game’s most ardent and knowledgeable agents in a career that began in 1972 and reaches its 48th year in 2020, enjoyed remarkable success representing 1978 Eclipse Award winner Darrel McHargue and two Hall of Fame jockeys for decades, Chris McCarron and Alex Solis.He has no new prospects currently in mind, and thus has a rare opportunity to smell the roses (not at Churchill Downs).“I’ll take a little break and enjoy myself,” said McClellan, who was weaned on racing thanks in the main from the tutelage of his late father, Chick, a former jockey and trainer and a top agent of his generation.Scotty has much to look forward to besides Talamo celebrating his birthday on Jan. 12. That would be becoming a grandfather for the first time, as his daughter Meagan and her husband, Jake, are expecting their first child.The due date? Jan. 12, same day as Talamo’s birthday.SANTA ANITA HOSTS CRAFT BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL OPENING DAYIn addition to world class racing and Santa Anita’s coveted traditional wall calendar on opening day, Dec. 26, fans will be treated to some of the best brews and ciders in Southern California as the track stages it’s popular Craft Beer and Cider Trackside Festival as well.Available to those 21 and over, the Opening Day Beer and Cider Festival will provide attendees with trackside seating and mouth-watering barbeque, provided by Meathead BBQ. The following packages are available at santaanita.com:VIP PACKAGE ($55):–Eight (3 oz.) Beer or Cider tastings–3 oz. Tasting Cup–One Signature BBQ Plate from Meathead BBQ–$5 Wagering Voucher–Access to Special VIP Trackside Seating–Club House Admission–Racing Program–Wagering Tip Sheet–Access to Trackside and Grandstand SeatingGENERAL PACKAGE ($32):–Eight (3 oz.) Beer or Cider Tastings–3 oz. Tasting Cup–$5 Wagering Voucher–Club House Admission–Racing Program–Wagering Tip Sheet–Access to Trackside and Grandstand Seating AreasPlease note, children are welcome in trackside seating areas, but you must be 21 or over to purchase the package.  Seating is not guaranteed.For additional information regarding opening day and Santa Anita’s upcoming Winter Meet, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. SANTA ANITA’S $5,000 ONLINE ‘SHOWVIVOR’  RETURNSSanta Anita’s popular free online “ShowVivor” returns to The Great Race Place on opening day. With special early first post time on Thursday at 11:30 a.m., the contest offers fans a total of $5,000 in prize money, highlighted by a $2,500 top prize–to be awarded to the longest “show streak” over the course of Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring Meeting, which will conclude June 21.Registration at santaanita.com is free and easy and ShowVivor participants are required to select one horse from one race each racing day. That horse must run no worse than third in order for the player to “ShowVive.” If the player’s selection fails to run 1-2-3, that individual is not totally eliminated, as he or she may start up a new streak the next racing day. The player with the longest “show streak” on June 21 will be declared the top prize winner of $2,500.The longest “show streak” is one of five separate ways to win beginning Dec. 26:SHOW STREAK The player that has the longest “show” or no-worse than third place finish streak at the end of the Spring Meet will win the Grand Prize of $2,500.Players are advised that if they fail to make an online selection on a given day, their streak is still alive, but they will not receive credit for any days missed.WIN STREAK This carries a $1,000 prize and is intended to reward players who have selected the most consecutive first place finishers. If a player fails to make a selection on a given day, his or her streak may continue, but the player will not receive credit for any days missed.TOTAL WINS On closing day, June 21, the player who has selected the most total wins will receive a $500 prize.TOTAL PLACES This also carries a prize of $500 and rewards the player that selects the most total places or second place finishes.LARGEST SINGLE WIN PAYOUT With a payoff of $500, this rewards the player with the highest single day win payout through June 21.Players are encouraged to sign up as early as possible at santaanita.com/showvivor, although registration will be available following Dec. 26.  Daily online selections must be paid no later than 10 minutes until first race post time.FINISH LINES: PLEASE NOTE, THERE WILL BE SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME ON OPENING DAY AT 11:30 A.M. ADMISSION GATES WILL OPEN AT 9:30 A.M. . . . United, beaten a head at 51-1 by Horse of the Year favorite Bricks and Mortar in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, is ticketed for the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on turf Feb. 1, according to trainer Richard Mandella . . .Jockey Juan Ochoa, invading from Zia Park, rides at Santa Anita this meet under the direction of agent Susan McBrayer . . . Agent Tommy Ball will represent 10-pound apprentice David Mussad, who grew up in San Diego and attended the North American Racing Academy in Lexington, Ky. which was founded by retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron . . . Vic Lipton and Edwin Maldonado, who have hooked up and split more times than Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, are pfffft! again, the jockey having fired the veteran agent for the third time.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:A Candid Conversation With Trainer Peter EurtonWORKOUTS:Silent Fury (Outside) and Tromador (Koriner) 12-18-19Kentan Road  (Sadler) 12-17-19Comical Ghost (Outside) and Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 12-17-19Omaha Beach (Outside) (Mandella) 12-17-19 POPULAR ONLINE SHOWVIVOR CONTEST RETURNS OMAHA BEACH EYES GRADE I MALIBU ON DEC. 26 McCLELLAN, TALAMO NOW SEEK NEW HORIZONS BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL SET FOR OPENING DAY BALTAS HOPES TO KEEP ROLLING AT SANTA ANITA ROSARIO, RISPOLI RIDING FOR AGENT ANDERSONlast_img read more

Eriksen DID give Vertonghen a shiner… but only in training ground accident

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN was the man behind Tottenham team-mate’s Jan Vertonghen’s mystery black eye – but it had nothing to do with rumours of a bust-up between the pair.Spurs midfielder Eriksen took to social media yesterday to rubbish the internet lies claiming Vertonghen bedded his girlfriend.3 Christian Eriksen did leave Jan Vertonghen with a black eye after a training ground accidentCredit: Getty – ContributorBut The Sun can reveal the Danish midfielder did leave his pal with a shiner after an “accidental” training ground collision.That incident is said to be completely “unconnected to the the traumatic rumours swirling online”.They had claimed that married Vertonghen, 32, had slept with with Eriksen’s partner Sabrina Kvist – sparking a dressing room bust-up involving England captain Harry Kane.A message that circulated online said: “Half of the players not talking to each other.3″Pochettino unable to resolve the situation, likely to join Real Madrid in the summer and take Eriksen with him and possibly Kane.”But both players have rubbished the talk, with Eriksen saying in a tweet that the claims were “bulls**t”.Vertonghen replied to his team-mate’s message with a series of emojis, including a love heart for Eriksen.An agent told The Sun: “It has been very difficult for both players.”They have been widely aware of the internet rumours of the supposed affair.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer”The irony is Vertonghen’s black eye was caused by Christian Eriksen.”The Tottenham squad are busy on the training ground trying to put behind them the morale-draining 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich on Tuesday.Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are attempting to get back to winning ways when they face Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.3 Eriksen has been forced to rubbish reports Vertonghen slept with his girlfriend Sabrina KvistCredit: Instagram @chriseriksen8last_img read more

Spurs chief Levy asks sacked Pochettino to take PAY CUT in coronavirus shutdown

first_img3TOTTENHAM have approached former manager Mauricio Pochettino about a potential pay cut to his gardening leave salary amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Argentine is still being paid his £8.5million annual wages as part of the severance package agreed with Spurs chief Daniel Levy when he was sacked back in November.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates3 Spurs chief Daniel Levy is hoping to get sacked former boss Mauricio Pochettino to accept a pay cut on his severance packageSpurs have begun talks with Pochettino, 48, and are hoping he will agree to a new pay deal and help ease the financial strain on the club.Levy agreed to keep paying Poch until he found a new job and with Covid-19 bringing world football to a shuddering halt that does not seem to be on the horizon for a man who would usually be heavily in-demand.The measures will also be extended to the club’s former backroom staff as the North London side look to cut costs wherever possible.Coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez will be asked to strike new deals with Spurs having also been shown the door.Despite leading Tottenham to last season’s Champions League final, Poch was dismissed after four-and-a-half years and replaced by Jose Mourinho.Spurs are also in talks with Mourinho and his playing squad about a 10 per cent drop in wages as the club looks to offset some of the inevitable losses caused by the virus.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.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 InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidGive now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealTottenham are desperate to save money after a supporter backlash forced them into an embarrassing U-turn on their decision to place 550 non-playing staff on the government’s furlough scheme for April and May.Levy has personally taken a lot of flack for the original decision, with former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp accusing him of trying to do things on the cheap.Mourinho was last seen wishing England ace Dele Alli a happy birthday from a safe distance after the two coincidentally almost crossed paths on a walk during lockdown.3Inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’s makeshift coronavirus testing operation where brave nurses test 70 people per daylast_img read more

Ioane out for two weeks

first_imgIoane suffered the injury in the 21st minute of the match with the scores tied at 7-7 and was taken from the pitch, but was able to return nine minutes later and see out the match.However, on Sunday it was confirmed that the 20-year-old would miss some time. UPDATE: @rieko_ioane dislocated his finger in last night’s #AUSvNZL Test. Steve Hansen says he’ll be out for two weeks.The injury will see Ioane miss the All Blacks’ clash against the Barbarians in London on November 5 (NZ time), with the touring squad set to be named on Monday.His injury could open the door for the likes of Seta Tamanivalu or Julian Savea to get the chance to pull on the black jersey again.  Photo by: BRADLEY KANARIS/GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Rieko Ioane is out for two weeks)last_img read more

PNG U20 Kapuls leads New Caledonia at break

first_imgPapua New Guinea set off in the opening minute of the game as they ran downfield from the sideline with Peter Dabinyaba set free to cut in from the right but can’t walk through easily from the first attempt as New Caledonia’s Mickael Ulile clears the attack.In the 28 minute a succession of New Caledonia corner results in a great chance to Pothin Poma but saved brilliantly by PNG’s goal keeper Edward Lakae.Ten minutes before Half time, New Caledonians were caught being too cute in possession in their own box when Alu AWI picks the loose ball and side foots it into the net as PNG lead 1-0.Seconds before the half time siren, New Caledonians picked the pace to run into PNG backline but Papua New Guineans were too strong as they cut of the potential equaliser right at Halftime.last_img read more

Antic: “They made me the leader of Madrid because of the pressure”

first_imgThe episode of the possible recall from Valverde at Barça It has few precedents in football. Dismiss a coach who goes LaLiga leader It would be a rare avis, but it has a precedent. Radomir Antic (11-22-1948) He was fired by Real Madrid in January 1992 when he was leader and winter champion. Madrid did not win that League with Beenhakker. It was the Barça of the Dream Team of Cruyff. As spoke by phone with the Serbian coach, who directed Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona.Radomir, you will be aware of Ernesto Valverde’s situation in Barcelona. It can be dismissed by being the leader of LaLiga. This will sound to you. On January 27, 1992, Madrid dismissed you after being a winter champion. He was leader of the League.They threw me out of the pressure. They kicked me out because they said we didn’t play well. We had done things very well, but Mendoza made a decision.It has a lot of tranquility. But it would surprise you what happened that day, right?He knows what happens, that one is always happy with himself because he gives everything in his work. I never blame others if I’m fine with what I did. And it was. No one had put Hierro there so far in the center of the field. He scored 34 goals. Butragueño was Pichichi of the League. He talked a lot with him. He said: “Mister, I can also press, help with other things.” And I said: “You to the area.” Where many tachycardia enter, Butragueño knew how to decipher what had to be done. And so he scored many goals.Do you remember the conversation with Mendoza?Yes. He told me not to leave the club, to stay in the offices. That he was a cultured person, that he could speak languages ​​and that he could help. I told him: If something can be said as a coach, Radomir Antic is that I am not inferior to anyone in this profession. And I didn’t want to continue. Do you understand that Barça plans to dismiss Valverde as a leader in LaLiga?They are speculations and I would not like to get into them too much. What I do see clearly is that in Barça a long time ago nobody talks about football and yes about parties, and about meals.Is Barça getting old or does he think he is no longer the best?I don’t think Barça is getting old. I think he continues to maintain a recognizable style and the way he has always played. But this year has had a couple of problems. One is the rhythm of the game. The other, that the regulation has harmed him. Before, the sides were more advanced and that facilitated the exit of the ball. With the new rule (the one that allows to play the ball inside the area after the door kick), the sides have had to lower their position and Barça does not feel comfortable. He loses balls and thus has received several goals this course.And there is talk of Xavi.I have already told him that I am not talking about rumors, but I will tell Xavi about one thing. We had a talk when I was a Barça coach. I said: look, what you do is fine, but you have a good game vision and a good shot, you should play more ahead. He told me that the centrals were asking him to be near them to get the ball played and I told him that I was in charge of it. We raised its position 30 meters and I think that changed Xavi for football.How do you see your former teams from a distance: Madrid, Barça, Atlético?Well I will say one thing that is saying little. Madrid has gained authority in the game. I see it very well, with that domain that I had lost. I think he is the favorite to win the Champions League. Also, I think there is something else that is not said and that was seen in the Camp nou match. Throw a lot from medium distance. I think that is one thing that Zidane orders and is doing many goals like that and I like it. Madrid has a method. And Hazard needs to be incorporated, what Bale can do. I see it favorite for the Champions League and for LaLiga.last_img read more

Morata reaffirms itself as the ‘9’

first_imgBut in his new role as scorer he is untouchable for Cholo. His chip changed on October 22, when he jumped into the field in the 70th minute made the winning goal against Bayer Leverkusen, in the end capital in the classification to the knockout stages of the Champions League. Until that time he had only been a little, on the first day against Getafe, but from his big header against the Germans would arrive others five consecutive matches (Athletic, Alavés, Sevilla, Leverkusen again and Espanyol), becoming the only light in attack of an Atlético completely dry beyond its ‘9’. After overcoming another drought of five games without scoring, the goal has returned to Morata, which adds three in the last four games (Osasuna, Betis and Barcelona). His ten goals, all in different matches, have had their ability as a common pattern at the first touch, Complicating the completion when you have had more to think about it. In nine of them he only needed a touch to send it to the network, while the other was in Germany with control and shot (two touches) cutting differences against Bayer Leverkusen. In addition, four of them have been with headers, skill in which it is one of the best in the world. Now he waits for Real Madrid, his former team and the one who really wants to dream of raising his first title as a rojiblanco. Highest relevanceSince arriving at the team almost a year ago, Morata had been a very important player for Simeone, who always had in mind a pair up formed by Madrid and Costa. However, it was not usual to see him finish the games, since it was a habitual change when he was starting and in games of maximum draft as against Juventus at home or Barcelona at the Camp Nou had started from the bench. Saudi Press Agency / dpa ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Correa and Morata celebrate the Argentine’s goal against Barcelona.Saudi Press Agency / dpa With his penalty goal against Barcelona, assuming responsibility from eleven meters at a key moment to end up classifying to the final of the Spanish Super Cup, Morata already accumulates 10 goals in the course of the year. He is the top scorer of the team with six goals over Correa, the other player more fit in attack and with whom he understands perfectly and João Félix, second and third in the list of scorers with four goals each. But against Barça, in addition to being the finalizer of the penalty, it was a capital player in the comeback. Morata had been unable to receive the ball with advantage in the first 75 minutes of the game, very close to the Oblak area and with a clearly defensive mission, trying to hold back the ball in attack to give oxygen to the team. However, since Atlético raised the pressure line, its participation began to be increasing and a great pass into space to Vitolo ended up leading to the penalty which Morata himself finished. After provoking with a good ride by the band the center that was diverted by hand by Piqué without the referee or the VAR pointing out a penalty, also left a pass to the perfect gap to Correa after taking a stunt with Piqué so that the Argentine did the definite goal that gave Atleti the victory.center_img Atlético continues to probe the transfer market to prop up the lead with a ram that helps increase the scoring figures of the team, now on the rise. While follow the tug of war with PSG by Cavani, where the French are reluctant to let him out in JanuaryMorata has taken advantage of Diego Costa’s absence due to injury and has settled in the position of ‘9’ rojiblanco. The 27-year-old has taken a step forward with the loss of the Spanish-Brazilian, operated by a cervical disc herniation Y He has completed eleven of Atlético’s last twelve games, coming out replaced only against Espanyol in the 80th minute (has played 1070 minutes of the team’s last 1080). Morata is known important, essential in a template where you have no alternative (Saponjic has not even debuted as a rojiblanco) and has accepted the challenge by showing his best face. last_img read more

Miami stays from March 23 to April 5

first_imgJust a few hours earlier than, the Florida Division of Well being I had really useful that folks land within the state within the subsequent few days to self-insulate for 14 days as a quarantine. What can be the case of tennis gamers. The rectors of Miami Open They warned right now, in an announcement, their need to rejoice the 1,000 Masters: “The occasion will proceed as scheduled, going down from March 23 to April 5”. After the cancellation of Indian Wells, which was due to begin on Wednesday, was supposed to be the subsequent match in Florida, which can be a Premier Necessary class for the WTA. However the group hastened to deny it, though it warns that they are going to be repeatedly monitoring the state of affairs along with the native and federal authorities.last_img read more

Dupont: from ‘marked’ to key in Madrid’s isolation

first_imgREALMADRID.COM & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>REALMADRID.COM (DAILY AS) In nine months, Grégory Dupont (Valenciennes, France, 05-09-1972) has already gone through several stages at Real Madrid. Signed in July at the express request of Zidane to replace Antonio Pintus (the Italian’s relationship with Zizou was very deteriorated), he arrived with the guarantee of having won the World Cup as a physical trainer in France but with the Incognito of how they were going to curdle their methods in a locker room accustomed to Pintus; happened to be highly questioned at the start of the preseason due to the plague of muscle injuries; recovered a lot of credit when Madrid picked up cruising speed in late 2019 and early 2020 and in this break forced by the coronavirus crisis It has become the key to keeping the insole in the best possible shape while the insulation lasts.The scientist, As Dupont is known for his obsession with the data and statistics of each player he has under his command (“I am an investigator,” he has stated on more than one occasion), he landed at Real Madrid from the French team with the World Cup under arm as cover letter. Les bleus They conquered the title exhibiting a marvelous physical condition thanks to Dupont’s libretto. But in Chamartín the shadow of Antonio Pintus was long. The Italian coach, whose split with Zidane caused his departure to Inter, had feeling with a squad that proved first hand that his recipe was a guarantee of success (with him two Champions were won on the staff). Dupont’s preseason was demanding and took its toll at the beginning of the season. The medical reports for muscle injuries began to recur (seven in two months) and that put the French physical trainer in focus, although Zidane’s confidence in him remained intact. Little by little, Madrid began to take bottom, muscle injuries subsided and Dupont gained the backing of the dressing room, already more accustomed to his guidelines. He used the postponement of the Classic to design a mini preseason that filled the template tank. Players that the previous season were on target due to their low fitness as Varane, Kroos, Modric or Isco were revitalized and matches such as the Super Cup final, where Madrid reached penalties without collapsing, showed that physical preparation was in good hands.With Dupont free of suspicions, this coronavirus-obliged break came, in which he has become the key player in keeping the squad in tune telematically. The Frenchman designed a specific individual plan for each player and is in permanent contact with each of them, receiving all the data and statistics provided by the technology that each footballer has at home. Depending on them, it varies some routines. Now Dupont is the cable he has plugged into the Real Madrid locker room.last_img read more