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No. 6 Islanders Set Sails for Championship with Win Over No. 2 Ladyjacks

first_imgTexas A&M-Corpus Christi (17-15) will play in their first tournament championship since losing to Lamar in the 2010 title game.“For these players to have come through what they come through to have an opportunity to play…our radio guy said, ‘coach, it’s the 16th of March,” said Islanders coach Royce Chadwick. “You’re playing on the 16th of March, your team has done something right.”SFA (25-6) had one last chance to force overtime, but Makinna Serrata swiped a pass intended for Stephanie Visscher with a second on the clock to preserve the victory.Visscher pushed the Ladyjacks to within 56-55 when she knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:11 left in the game. Aiyana Johnson hit the first of two free throws to tie the score with 28 seconds left but missed the second, setting the stage for Young’s heroics.The Islanders clamped down defensively on SFA in the decisive fourth quarter, holding the Ladyjacks to 4-for-13 shooting (30.8 percent). Coach Mark Kellogg’s squad did not help their cause from the free throw line, where they finished 4-for-9.WBB: Dalesia Booth either made a mistake or a prediction, placing @IslandersWBB on the big backstage bracket champion line…Giana Wright fixed it! @IslandCampus advanced to face @ACUedu in Sunday’s title tilt. 1 pm CT on @CBSSportsNet. #ShakasUp #SouthlandStrong ?? pic.twitter.com/e1ywLlAFmT— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 16, 2019 It was free throws that kept the Islanders in the game, especially in the third quarter where they hit 10-of-12 attempts from the line. The ability to get to the charity stripe offset A&M-Corpus Christi’s 20- percent shooting (2-for-10) from the field in the third quarter, allowing them to go into the fourth quarter with a 45-44 lead.The lead changed hands 13 times and the game had 11 ties. Neither team had a lead of larger than six points.SFA was unable to get into a long-range groove, hitting just 4-of-19 attempts from beyond the arc.“We just couldn’t make the shots,” said SFA guard BriAnna Mitchell, who had four points. “We had some good shots, but we just couldn’t make them.”The Islanders were able to fluster SFA’s All-Conference first team duo of Chanell Hayes and Imani Johnson, who were a combined 5-for-14 from the field. The shooting of Visscher (12 points) and reserve Aiyana Johnson, who scored a game-high 18 points, were the marks of consistency for the Ladyjacks, who shot 43.6 percent from the field.Despite the loss, Kellogg felt optimistic about SFA’s chances to bounce back from the loss and compete wherever his team is placed in the postseason on Monday night.“It’s tremendous for the program,” he said. “It’s a reward for the great regular season we had together. We’ll be excited to regroup, I can promise you that.”ACU won both regular-season games against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Wildcats triumphed at home in a 78-71 decision on January 30, before heading south to defeat the Islanders 73-64 on February 27. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Emma Young had one field goal in the first 39 minutes of play on Saturday. She will never forget her second basket.The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi sophomore guard scored on a layup with :03 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift the No.6-seed Islanders past No. 2-seed Stephen F. Austin in a 58-56 thriller at the Merrell Center on Saturday afternoon in Katy, putting the Islanders in Sunday’s championship game against No. 4-seed Abilene Christian at 1 p.m. CT (CBS Sports Network). At stake Sunday: The right to claim the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.“I flushed that all out,” said Young, who was 1-for-5 from the field before her game-winner. “I just concentrated on playing defense wanting for my moment to come, and when it did, I rose to it.”WBB: “What a great play by Emma Young!” @IslandersWBB going to the ‘ship, where they’ll face @ACUWBB. 1 pm CT Sunday on @CBSSportsNet. #ShakasUp #SouthlandStrong ?? #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/sxuodLXz3K— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 16, 2019last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019

first_imgCALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ IN 145TH KENTUCKY DERBY ‘SANTA ANITA SUPERFECTA’ HEADS FOR KENTUCKY DERBYOmaha Beach, Roadster, Game Winner, Improbable: Santa Anita’s Fab Four, all basedat The Great Race Place, all in primary pouncing position to win the Kentucky Derby on May 4.Omaha Beach moved to the head of the pack thanks to his one-length victory over Improbable in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby. After that, it’s anybody choice as to which of the remaining three might pose the strongest threat to capture the 145th Run for the Roses.But there’s no question Richard Mandella, trainer of Omaha Beach, and Bob Baffert, conditioner of the other threesome, are sitting pretty in quest of giving California its sixth Kentucky Derby winner in the last eight years, joining I’ll Have Another (2012), California Chrome (2014), American Pharoah (2015), Nyquist (2016) and Justify (2018).Mandella, seeking his initial win in the first leg of the Triple Crown in what would be his seventh attempt, was understandably proud of the unflappable triumph by Omaha Beach.“This horse is a fighter and has shown a new dimension. He just gets better and better,” the Hall of Fame trainer said by phone from Arkansas Sunday morning. “He came out of the race great. He’ll remain at Oaklawn for a couple days before shipping to Louisville.”Seems apropos that Omaha Beach is a warrior. The son of War Front is named for Omaha Beach, the second beach from the west among the five landing areas of the Normandy Invasion of World War II.It was assaulted on June 6, 1944 (D-Day) by units of the U.S. 29th and 1st infantry divisions, many of whose soldiers were drowned during the approach from ships offshore or killed by defending fire from German troops placed on heights surrounding the beach.Asked if he felt Mike Smith might have moved too soon nearing the half-mile point in the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby, Mandella wasn’t about to second-guess one of the greatest riders of his generation, who swept the Triple Crown for Baffert last year on Horse of the Year Justify.“I’m just happy with what happened,” Mandella said in typical understated fashion.Baffert, seeking his sixth Kentucky Derby victory, took Improbable’s gritty setback in relative stride, focusing on the positive.“I was very happy with his race,” Baffert said on a spectacular Sunday morning at SantaAnita. “I had some really anxious moments when Improbable acted up in the gate. He started thrashing in there a little, and then they backed him out and back in, so I was a little nervous.“They take forever to load there putting the horses in one at a time. I really wish they wouldn’t keep them in the gate that long, just for safety reasons, especially in big races.“But he got away well from the one hole and Jose Ortiz rode a great race. We just came up second-best . . . I had some anxious moments, but was pretty relieved that we ran second, got in the Derby (with ample qualifying points) and learned some things about the horse.“He does have gears, took dirt for the first time and hung in there after getting upset in the gate. I’m not sure if it was the blinkers, because I noticed in the post parade he was rubbing his head, just being a little anxious.“But he was fresh, because I’ve just been running him into shape. I haven’t really tightened the screws. I wanted the races to do that, and he got beat by a very good horse.“But here’s what I’m proud about: at Santa Anita, we’ve gotten all this bad publicity, and these horses have been training on this surface, and look at them. They’re going into the Derby as the top four favorites, so I don’t want to hear any more about how bad it is in California.”STYLISH ZATTER WORKS FOR GRADE II KONA GOLDZatter seeks his first stakes victory this Saturday in the Grade II Kona Gold Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.Joe Talamo feels the four-year-old Midnight Lute colt trained by Bob Baffert for Zayat Stables LLC can get the job done.“He ran really well when I won on him (March 3, getting up by a half-length),” said Talamo, who has the mount in the Kona Gold. “He has a good style. He kind of sits back and makes a nice run the last part.“Six-and-a-half to seven furlongs is a good distance for him–anywhere from six to seven, actually. He’s a late-running sprinter.”Zatter worked four furlongs in company Sunday in a bullet 47.40 with Talamo aboard. Stablemate Hot Sean was clocked in 47.80.WATER THERAPY PROVING EFFECTIVE AT SANTA ANITAWith equine medicine more readily embracing holistic treatments and procedures, Tyler Cerin, 31, son of veteran trainer Vladimir Cerin, is treating dozens of horses per week at Santa Anita with a Jacuzzi-like machine called an Equine Spa, which employs ice-cold salt water.“It’s made in England and we use it as preventative maintenance and also to treat soft tissue that may have become stressed or inflamed,” said Cerin, who has treated horses nationwide as a highly sought-after Equine Massage Therapist. “With each horse, we school them first in order to get them comfortable, because they’re going to be standing in a confined space when treated.“So, we walk each one through and then we stand them, similar to what you would do with a horse who was just getting familiarized with the starting gate. With some horses, if we see they’re getting stressed, we stop the process and bring them back in a day or two to make sure they’re comfortable with it.”Once each horse is secured in the spa, the process of loading the salt water is initiated.“It takes five minutes to get the water up over their knees and above their hocks,” said Cerin. “The water temperature is very consistent, at about 35 to 36 degrees, so we don’t want the level to get any higher, because if their belly was submerged, it’s pretty cold for them just to be standing there.“Once the water has reached the proper level, we turn on the jets and it’s very similar to a human sitting in a Jacuzzi. It’s very soothing for the horses and once the water is circulating, this process lasts no longer than 10 minutes. So, with another five minutes required to drain the water, each horse is in and out within 20 minutes, maximum.”When asked by XBTV’s Zoe Cadman if he’d ever been in the Equi-Spa himself, Cerin replied, “Yes, anything I do with the horses, I try it myself first . . . For me, it’s a blessing working as a team with each trainer and their staff as we try to help each of these horses reach their maximum potential.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Zatter (Outside) expected in the Kona Gold Stakes and  Hot Sean work 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-14-19  TALAMO LIKES ZATTER’S STYLE FOR KONA GOLD YOUNG CERIN TREATS HORSES WITH EQUINE SPA Secret Spice works 4 furlongs (Baltas) 4-14-19Roadster galloping in preparation for the Kentucky Derby (Baffert) 4-14-19A Day in the Life With Equine Therapist  Tyler Cerin at Santa Anita ParkCandid Conversation Part 1 With Trainer  Richard BaltasCandid Conversation Part 2 With Trainer  Richard BaltasAx Man works 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-13-19Hunt works 4 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-13-19Swirling (Outside) &  Persuasive Cat work 4 furlongs (Sadler) 4-12-19Route Six Six (Outside) &  Don’tteasethetiger work 5 furlongs (Koriner) 4-12-19La Shirimp works 4 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-12-19Melissa Jane works 4 furlongs (Powell) 4-12-19FINISH LINES: Omaha Beach earned a 101 Beyer Figure for his Arkansas Derby victory, while runner-up Improbable got a 100 . . . Fans can watch and wager during the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky May 4 at Santa Anita. In addition to live racing, music and food trucks, hat contests will also be on the gala agenda. For tickets and reservations, please visit santaanita.com. . . . Kanthaka, working for the Kona Gold, went five furlongs on the training track in 1:02, while monster mare Vasilika, prepping for the Grade I Gamely on May 27, went four furlongs on the training track in 53 flat, both for Jerry Hollendorfer. Paradise Woods, bound for the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes on April 27, went five furlongs on the main track in a bullet 1:01 for John Shirreffs. In all, there were 180 recorded drills Sunday morning . . . The California Horse Racing Board has its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Santa Anita. The Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee will meet a day earlier on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend both meetings. An audio-only webcast of only the Thursday meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website ( webcast). The agenda and package of materials for the Board meeting as well as the agenda and package for the committee meeting also are on the website . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, with live action resuming at 1 p.m. Friday, April 19. Simulcast racing will be offered Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. . . . Old agents never die; they just fade away: R Cha Cha and Bistraya, who finished a head apart in Saturday’s fifth race to form an $86.10 exacta, were ridden by Eswan Flores and Edwin Maldonado, respectively. The former is represented by 86-year-old agent Vince DeGregory, the latter by Vic Lipton, who admits to being 77. Yeah, and Jack Benny is 39.last_img read more

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BREEDERS’ CUP AFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO HOLD 2019 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SANTA ANITA PARK

first_imgBREEDERS’ CUP AFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO HOLD 2019 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SANTA ANITA PARKLEXINGTON, Ky. (June 27, 2019) – After a meeting of and discussion with its Board of Directors today in Lexington, Ky., Breeders’ Cup Limited affirmed by unanimous decision its commitment to conduct the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on November 1-2. This will mark the 10th time the event will be held at Santa Anita, the most of any host venue over the 36-year history of the Breeders’ Cup.“Foremost among the core values of the Breeders’ Cup are the safety and integrity of the competition and we hold ourselves, our host sites and our competitors, to the highest standards of both. It is clear that meaningful and effective reforms and best practices have been implemented in recent months at Santa Anita through the collective efforts of The Stronach Group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Trainers, and the California Horse Racing Board,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup. “We fully embrace those reforms and will devote our time and energy in the coming months to further advance those efforts. We look forward to showing the world the best in Thoroughbred racing at one of its finest venues.”The Breeders’ Cup is committed to conducting its annual World Championship event at the highest levels of safety and integrity. For more information please visit the Breeders’ Cup Safety & Integrity web page.last_img read more

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Mourinho hails ‘Sonaldo’ after solo goal and compares it to Barca strike in 1996

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has hailed star man “Sonaldo” after his goal-of-the-season contender in the 5-0 thrashing of Burnley.Son Heung-min bagged Spurs’ third of the contest when he picked up the ball from the edge of his own box, ran through the Burnley midfield and defence before slotting home superbly.2 Son scored a goal-of-the-season contender against BurnleyCredit: PA:Press Association2 Mourinho likened his goal to Ronaldo’s solo effort in 1996Credit: EFEIt had everything – pace, power and a deft finish – a goal that reminded Mourinho of the great Ronaldo.The Portuguese boss was on the touchline as an assistant to Sir Bobby Robson in 1996 when the Brazilian superstar scored a solo wondergoal against Compostela.It left Robson with his hands on his head in disbelief and this goal drew plenty of comparisons.Mourinho said: “Even before the goal, my son calls him Sonaldo after Ronaldo Luis Nazario.”The only thing that comes to my mind is the goal when I had the honour of being next to Sir Bobby Robson in 1996 when Ronaldo scored.”Burnley couldn’t live with Son as he assisted Harry Kane’s opener before Lucas doubled their advantage.Kane made it four after Son’s strike before Moussa Sissoko grabbed the fifth.Mourinho added of the South Korean: “From the outside I had a feeling. I remember speaking to Sir Alex [Ferguson] about Ji Sung Park.£1 FREE BET Try your luck with a free bet on any sport with Ladbrokesmost 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 InstagramPicturedAN 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 raidI 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”Maybe it’s a cultural thing. They’re very coachable. The kid is fantastic. I’m very happy, so happy.”The goal was Son’s 10th of the season and Gary Lineker labelled it one of the “greatest ever individual goals.”He said on Twitter: “Wow. Son has just scored one of the greatest individual goals you’re ever likely to see. Goal of the season, me thinks.”Jose Mourinho reveals he gave up the chance to go to Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr fight to lead Spurs out against Burnleylast_img read more

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Hodkinson happy to be ‘Mr Fix It’ for Sharks

first_imgHodkinson has become somewhat of a “Mr Fix It” at the Sharks, as a well as a good luck charm.Due to a niggling injury to regular half Moylan, Hodkinson has played the last two rounds against the Parramatta Eels and Melbourne Storm alongside regular No.7 Chad Townsend.Moylan (knee/hamstring) and Josh Dugan (groin) did not do the field session at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Tuesday, but coach Shane Flanagan says both are “good chances” to play the Roosters.If Moylan is passed fit, there is still the impending birth of Townsend’s first child with partner Marissa that may result in a selection headache. The baby is due this week.Luke Lewis and wife Sonia welcomed their second child, son Levi, nine days ago and prop forward Matt Prior and backrower Wade Graham are also heading for the labour ward in the coming months.Hodkinson, 29, knows he has to bide his time and he’s comfortable with that.”That’s the process I’ve got to go through at the moment,” he told NRL.com.”But I feel as though I’ve been here long enough that I can just jump into the team and not miss a beat. So if I do come in late I feel comfortable that I can do the job.”I’m enjoying myself being back playing first grade. It’s good fun.”If Townsend was to miss Friday night, Hodkinson’s goal kicking abilities would be an added bonus to Flanagan.”I just want to keep doing what I’ve been doing over nine years of NRL. The body is feeling really good. It’s the best I’ve felt in a really long time,” Hodkinson said.”I’d like to thank the coaching staff and what they’re doing with me, with a training schedule that’s smarter.”I’ve been in the NRL a long time so it’s just all the management that comes with that. I’ll just keep ticking the boxes.”Sitting on 158 NRL games, Hodkinson realises it could be a slow crawl to get nearer to 200.”I knew the situation when I got here,” he said. “I got my head around it right from the get-go.”I just stay positive and I stay ready. That’s what [coach] Flanno has told me that when the call-up comes I’m good to go, which has been the case the last couple of weeks.Flanagan fed up with high penalty countsSharks score hard-earned win over Storm as penalties pile up”I just want to keep doing the right things out there on the field and in the gym and make sure I am ready when I’m needed.”The Roosters do present a mouth-watering prospect for Hodkinson to renew old Origin memories against Cooper Cronk.”Obviously he’s a class player Cooper and any chance you get to play opposite a half like that it’s very exciting. Hopefully I get the chance but we just have to wait and see.”last_img read more

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Fijian 7s make changes to lineup

first_imgThe duo was injured during the Las Vegas tournament with Katonibau missing the final against Australia. Ready to make his return to the final 12 in Vancouver is nippy halfback Emosi Mulevoro, along with Amenoni Nasilasila and Sevuloni Mocenacagi. Meanwhile, Australia head coach Andy Friend has freshened up his squad for round six of the World Rugby Sevens Series, making five changes for this weekend. Having finished runners-up for a second successive tournament in Las Vegas last weekend, in-form playmaker Lewis Holland is recalled to the 12-man squad. He will appear in his 30th series event. The experienced James Stannard also returns to the fold, with the likes of Ed Jenkins and Cameron Clark rested. Quade Cooper, who made a successful HSBC Sevens World Series debut in the USA, has been granted permission by his French Top 14 club side Toulon to play at the sold-out BC Place Stadium. Sam Myers and Allan Fa’alava’au, who were both named in the Las Vegas dream team, keep their places.Caption: Rio-bound: Fiji capped a good first day in Glasgow by confirming their qualification for the Olympics Photo: REX IMAGESlast_img read more

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Theo is a cannon

first_imgBoth Giampaolo and Pioli gave him continuity and confidence, which he was lacking and which immediately paid off. “Play with Cabrini, one of the best in the world in that role, and I assure you that Theo can become a world-class side, “ assured the current rossonero coach, delighted with his performance and his commitment. It was another legend, Paolo Maldini, who convinced him to reject the offer of Bayer Leverkusen pTo join the new Milan project. A successful bet for all: the former Madridista is showing immense potential and the club has a 22-year-old crack whose market value has doubled in five months and promises to continue growing. His agent, Manuel García Quilón, in the previous months had met with other teams, who considered the 20 million requested by Real Madrid to be excessive. Maldini, on the other hand, did not miss the bargain: he, on the left side, something knows … If you ask a typhoid of Milan Who is your favorite rossonero right now? The answer is less banal than it seems. Because Ibrahimovic obviously awakens old passions and his name is a guarantee of successbut since Theo Hernández The fan has arrived at San Siro at his feet. From the 72nd minute of the derby with Inter played in September, the side has basically not come back out of the green: the only game that was lost was against Atalanta, by penalty, and it was the worst of this milanista course, that painful 0-5. It is no accident that the hit came without him: the Frenchman has become fundamental in both phases and besides being tactically disciplined, he has become unstoppable in front of the rival goal.The volley against him Sampdoria He was worth his sixth Italian goal and the team’s ‘Pichichi’ title ahead of Piatek (5). Five of his targets arrived in Serie A, a garter record that a Milanese defense had not signed since Panucci’s time in 1995/96. That scoring nose is a novelty in his professional career: he only needed 17 games in Milan to double the number of goals made in his travels by Alavés, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad.last_img read more

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Rodrigo’s show, in the press of Barcelona

first_imgThen there is the amount of players offered that Barça does not want to incorporate so as not to fall into a new case Boateng. Llorente, Peter, Ben Yedder, Slimani or Piatek, among others, have been discarded and Barça has only three days to try to close the signing of a tip. “Rodrigo no”title Sport on its cover this Wednesday. A concrete summary of the vaudeville on Tuesday, when it was taken for granted that the signing of the international striker was closed and the negotiations broke at the end of the day. Barça considers that the claims are high and for the moment it has abandoned the operation. Sports world not as pessimistic as Sport and talk about “pulse” between the clubslast_img read more

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Jovic teaches the ‘little leg’

first_imgHis second goal of the season after which he scored for Leganés at the Bernabéu, on October 30, 2019. Also in that case it was a goal without weight for the final result, the fifth of the white win in the prolongation. That is Jovic’s next mission, to convert the occasions that come to him in moments of much more substance., only in this way will it become essential for a Zidane who, despite the relief that his new goal means, asks for more. It was only five minutes, two of the regulation time and three more of extension, but Luka Jovic was worth it in Pamplona to teach the ‘little leg’, to leave the forgetfulness in which he had fallen in recent weeks, mainly due to his lack of performance. The opportunities have been scarce and not too continuous, but he knows that he has been able to do more and that in the future he must replicate his role in El Sadar against Osasuna: a shot, a goal. Volley with the left after pass of Fede Valverde when the duel vanished. “I’m glad for him, I needed him, he’s a pure striker to whom you can tell him a lot of things, that he’s fine, that he plays well, but if he doesn’t score a goal … he’s not happy. He has to improve, but I’m glad for his goal, it will come in handy, “said the white coach after the win over Osasuna (1-4). The relief of which Zidane speaks is real, since Jovic has let not a few trains pass in recent weeks: he started in Zaragoza, in the two matches of the Spanish Super Cup played in Saudi Arabia, at the Bernabéu against Sevilla … Only this last time he left something to remember, with that heel to attend Casemiro. But Jovic himself knows that he has a long way to go to return to be the striker who dazzled last season at the Eintracht in Frankfurt, with 27 goals in just over 3,300 minutes. “I am not happy with my season, at least so far, I know I can improve. Sometimes I watch videos from me on YouTube last year and I wonder: “What’s wrong with me?”. We all know that Real Madrid is a great club and that for experienced players it is very difficult to get used to it, much more for a 21-year-old for which they have paid 60 million. The pressure is very great, I fight for now without success. But I hope the situation changes. I still feel a negative atmosphere when talking about my game at Real Madrid, but I am going to show people the reason why I am here, that I have quality and the children will be able to look at me for many years and motivate themselves with my games and goals with the Madrid shirt, ”he said recently in a middle of his country. His goal in Pamplona may have been the first step of that reconstruction that Jovic talks about to channel a season, so far, disappointing: a goal and two assists in 22 games and 764 minutes.last_img read more

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Pablo Infante: “Two semis in eight years are within reach of few”

first_imgHe has the honor of being the top gunner of the 2012 Copa del Rey with seven goals. His goals made Spain vibrate. Pablo Infante recalls the fantastic championship held by Mirandés, which at that time was active in Second B, until reaching the semifinals of the KO tournament.If we ask someone now that who was the top scorer of the Cup that year, many would answer that either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo; but they get confused because it was Pablo Infante …Personally I am very happy to be a pichichi of the competition, but behind there was a collective game. Without my companions it would have been impossible to get it. I keep the semifinals we reached because it was everyone’s merit. The rojillo team has become on its own merit the banner of modest football.This gives light to teams that live the darkest face of football as Third or Second B clubs that have few financial resources. The focus is transferred to them and they return to the football of the origins. I recently read an interview with Pablo Alfaro that said that this format is the democratization of football. It allows you to fight or have more options to eliminate the larger team.But you already know that there are favorable opinions and others not favorable to this format change …All opinions are respectable, but if they want to make a Cup in which no star player can be injured or where there are not so many surprises that take the first eight ranked First Division and play among themselves a Copa del Rey. I think that in this way there is the possibility of competing. It is a dynamic format that feeds the show.Pouso led the team that slipped into the semifinals. To make a comparison, what can Iraola be telling his players to face this type of encounter?Carlos Pouso has been a great coach for Mirandés. He was a born motivator. The player arrived like a motorcycle to these games. I imagine that, in this situation, it is a period of less words and Iraola will observe more the physical state of his players and also encourage them. One is aware of what is being played and that one has to give 100%.How are you looking at the current Mirandés?He is doing a football of a lot of category. To eliminate teams like Villarreal or Sevilla, or you are very well placed and you have a good game or you have no choice. And he also won by deploying a great game and that is the merit of Andoni Iraola. At first it was difficult to adapt to the category. I bet more to go out with the combined ball, but then changed the game pattern a bit.If in 2012 he played Athletic, now the reds will face each other with the Real Sociedad that is in a great moment …La Real has a real team. From the middle of the field up he has brutal power, but the Mirandés has much to gain and little to lose. You have to deploy the game you have done so far. As everything arrives open to Miranda, it can be a very interesting tie. In Anduva everything is possible. There will be suspense until the end. Again Mirandés has reached the semifinals. I imagine that many memories come to mind …When they are in full turmoil playing Wednesday and weekend, you do not realize to value things. The years go by and those memories are creating grounds.We must praise the work being done by both the coaching staff and the current staff, but the 2012 was a deed in capital letters.Although there is parallelism with what they are getting, there are many differences. At that time the team was in Second Division B, the salary mass was totally different and the Cup format was also. You had to go to the rival’s house. The more games it was more difficult to move from qualifying. Yes, it is true that the new format gives more possibilities for less expected teams in the semifinals.What is the greatest memory that comes to mind of that copera feat?The most beautiful was the moment of the goal against Espanyol. The match expired, three or four minutes left and César’s header put us in the semifinals. I remember going to hug him and also the old general stand. The people were crazy. It was worth living. It was complete ecstasy.What does Mirandés have with the Copa del Rey?It is a true idyll. Play in eight years two semifinals and four years ago reach quarters, removing Barça, Madrid and Atlético is within reach of very few teams. Miranda has two very good things. One that people love football and two that Mirandés is a pride for the city. That is what the players feel and allows you to do your best when you are exhausted.last_img read more

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