Lamar Soccer’s Turnaround the Story of the Season

first_imgWith the drastic improvements and a tournament spot clinched nearly two weeks ago, Lamar has not rested on its laurels. Lamar has nearly tripled their scoring since 2016, where the team only netted 13 goals. The Cardinals have racked up 38 this season against all opponents. The defensive end has also improved over two-fold, improving from 40 total goals allowed to just 18 so far in 2017. “This team has really bought into what we are trying to accomplish here at Lamar,” second-year head coach Steve Holeman said. “The returning players are now well-versed on our system, style of play, and training mentality. The new players have made an immediate impact, specifically with our scoring production. Our starting three at the front are all newcomers and have changed our attacking dynamics.” Since then, the Cardinals have carved their way to the top with eight consecutive victories. “No one on this team has ever been to the conference tournament so our sights were definitely set on achieving that,” Holeman added. “Once we clinched a spot, our team knew there was more work to be done. They just continued to take it one game at a time and bring their best effort each time out.” “We know we will have to be organized defensively and efficient in our attack to get a result,” said Holeman. The Cardinals will have their work cut out for them against McNeese, which brings the league’s stingiest defense and most potent offensive weapon, Savannah LaRicci, to Beaumont. The Cowgirls have allowed just six goals in 10 conference games, three of which came in last weekend’s loss at HBU. Make plans to be at the @LamarWSoccer match this Friday at 7pm! LU is playing for their 1st @SouthlandSports Title! #PeckEm— Lamar Cardinals (@LamarAthletics) October 25, 2017 Lamar started the season with a 5-2-1 nonconference record, including three-straight shutout road wins against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, UTRGV and Texas Southern. LU’s two wins to open 2017 already equaled their win total from the 2016 season. The Cardinals opened Southland play with a 3-1 win against Nicholls before dropping a 4-1 decision to defending regular season champion Central Arkansas on Sept. 22. FRISCO, Texas – Just one year after finishing the season with a 1-7-3 Southland Conference record, the Lamar Cardinals claimed at least a share of the regular season championship last Friday. With last weekend’s results, LU will claim sole possession of the title with a win or tie in its last regular season matchup against McNeese tomorrow. If McNeese wins, the two will be named co-champions. Behind LaRicci’s nine goals and five assists (23 points), McNeese is tied with Lamar atop the league rankings with 22 total goals against Southland opponents. A jump from last place in conference standings to first place in one season has never happened in Southland soccer history and is just the fifth time it has occurred in any league sport – most recently Stephen F. Austin football from 2008-09. After spending three consecutive weeks tied atop the league standings with the Cowgirls, the Cardinals separated last Sunday with a win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a McNeese loss at Houston Baptist. ?? | See what @lamarwsoccer head coach Steve Holeman had to say about their 3-2 win over ACU // #brsn #peckem #luvideo // @lamarathletics— The LAMAR VIDEO ???? (@LAMARVIDEO) October 15, 2017 “We have a lot of respect for McNeese and what they have accomplished. You have two teams playing for a championship in the final game of the season. It doesn’t get any better than that.”last_img read more

2019 Southland Football Media Day Coach & Player Quotes

first_imgDefensive lineman Javon Wright“It was a change of culture. Once these coaches came in, we got to be able to trust each other. We came together as a family and decided we were going to go to war with each other.” HBUHead coach Vic Shealy“These are good days at HBU with great things happening in our program. I can’t wait to see these guys. We play, in my opinion, in the best FCS conference in the country and I think this year, what makes it more difficult, is the strength from top to bottom. You look at the quality of teams that you have to play week-in and week-out, our league exposes areas where you are not very good. By the time you get to a playoff, you are a hardened team.” “It’s very important for coach to want us to succeed. Coach is a phenomenal coach, and he knows what players want to hear and what gets them to follow along. Everyone on this team would go to war with him. He might not see it, but even in the locker room everyone has his back. That’s really important that everyone is on the same page with Coach Morris.” “We’re very blessed to have Jordan Hoy return at quarterback. We lost our starter – Darrel Colbert, Jr. – but Jordan played very well for us last year every time he was on the field. We’re excited about what he brings to the field.” “Our physicality at the line of scrimmage is something we really want to get better at. The top of the league is so strong at that. Our kick coverage and situational football were other points of emphasis. We are going to be in a lot of close games. We have to make those plays.” “Our culture has improved so much. We broke down that mental barrier at the end of last year. We won some of those close games. Our players have great leadership and they do a great job of commanding this team.” “From a coaching standpoint, you have to get that message out, but players need to hear from other players. The coaches will tell you what he needs to get done, but another player telling you that message is where a lot of that leadership comes into the forefront. That’s a key for us as a program, and I have a feeling that’s what makes us different. We have a lot of guys from the same area, and we may have played against each other in high school, but now we’re in college as one team. We’ve got to build that chemistry throughout the offseason, and I think we’ve begun to establish that.” “During the season, you have to prepare as soon as you can. You evaluate after one game, and you move on. It’s just about being consistent and getting that schedule and consistency down.” “When you step in the field house for 6 a.m. runs, you feel the energy right away. Everyone has bought into the system. La Familia, that’s our slogan that describes our brotherhood. There’s a whole different vibe and mentality.” “We’ve always been able to run the football here and we’d like to be balanced and get the ball into our playmaker’s hands. NICHOLLSHead coach Tim Rebowe”Every week is going to be a fight, it’s going to be highly competitive, and our guys are going to be ready for that challenge. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’ve got to get these guys ready to play some games. This team faces a tough 12-game schedule, but we’re going to take it one week at a time. Hopefully, you get to the end of the season in October and November and you’re playing some meaningful games that continue to extend your season.” CENTRAL ARKANSASHead coach Nathan Brown“If you look at the games we played,’ said Brown, “we had a chance in the fourth quarter in every one of them. All the way from the Tulsa game (in the season opener) to the disappointing losses to Lamar and Incarnate Word at the end, we were in all of them all the way to the end.”“I think we got recognized in this poll for the fact we had a good product on the field, and even though we lost some key guys and still had some success. So getting some guys back healthy this year, a year older and the growth… returning four starting offensive linemen probably helped, too.”“We’ve got a really good group of guys, starting with the two young men who are here representing our program at Media Day, (quarterback) Breylin Smith and (safety) Juan Jackson. I’m excited that we have the respect that we have to be picked second, but at the same time, we know that come with a lot of time and work to justify that position.”“And I think if you look at the two spots that just jump off the map at you, it’s really the offensive line and running back. Those corps groups of young men are back, and then if you look on defense, our whole secondary is basically back. Your top three corners, two of your top three safeties, your two leading tacklers. So when you start adding those up, you can’t coach experience, and when you have experience in the Southland Conference, that’s going to bode well for you.” “We’ve got seven starters back, and it starts in the middle. Schematically we’ve changed, we’re a different team than at the end of the year last year. Our personnel is the same, and we brought in some young guys and transfers to fill holes. But we’re excited about the scheme change, and it starts in the middle with O’Shea Jackson, who came on at the end of the year and had 10.5 tackles for loss. He came into his own along with defensive tackle Damian Thompson, who was healthy late in the season and emerged as a leader up front. We’ve got some transfer linebackers picking up the scheme, and we’re going to lean on a guy like Isaiah Longino, who played a lot last year. “Every day is so important. It’s easy to get bogged down because we throw some many things at our players all the time, but our focus — and our team knows this — is being about right now. Don’t look too far ahead. Yesterday is gone, we can’t do anything about it. That’s our mindset, and that’s our focus.” Senior offensive lineman Tyler Edwards“We have taken it upon ourselves to be the engine of the offense. We know that when we play good, the offense is rolling. As long as we don’t get complacent, we should be good.” Quarterback Cody Orgeron“I feel like I’m the most prepared I’ve ever been. JT (former quarterback James Tabary) has been a great mentor to me. I know the importance of winning early and starting off on the right foot.” Quarterback Jordan Hoy“Our preparation has gone real well. We’ve had a lot of guys stick around working out in this hot Beaumont weather. We’ve just been grinding every day. The veterans have been getting to know the new guys, and we’ve really been molding as a team trying to build something special. We want to go further than we did last year.” “When I was here last year, I didn’t know who our quarterback was going to be. We went two games before going full-fledge with Shelton Eppler. We love his demeanor. We brought in a sophomore transfer quarterback, and Eppler has competed well but also helped this young man. That tells you about him. We have four starters back on the offensive line, and Chris Zirkle is one of those. It starts up front, it always does on both sides of the ball. We’ve got two returning running backs in Jared West and Stadford Anderson that we’re excited about.” Safety Juan Jackson”Since I’ve been here, we’ve definitely had some of the hardest work I’ve been a part of  this year. And when things like that are super hard, working with those other guys, it brings you together. When it makes it so much like a game and it make things tough, you have to lean on each other and be there for each other. It gives you a stronger bond.” Senior quarterback Chase Fourcade”This is a new team with a new identity. Finding that identity is something we have to work on, and I think that process has already started with the leadership on this team beginning to establish itself. We’re taking these young guys under our wing and trying to get the message out of what we need to get done. We’ve been working hard this summer and competing and getting these young guys right will ensure we’re ready for our August opener.” “When I first got to Lamar I was trying earn everyone’s respect. This year I’ve been focused on being the best leader I can be. I want to do whatever I can to help make this the best team we can be. As long as we’re getting better every day we can reach the goals we want.” Defensive End Chris Livings“We’ve had great success as a defense the past few years. I tell our players to take advantage of this opportunity and play like there’s a chip on their shoulder.” “Coach Morris is very understanding of our situation. He tells us all the time that he’s been in college too, so he sees where we are coming from. That’s probably the reason why he started “Wednesday Be a Man” sessions, because he understands that it’s the guidance he was looking for. He’s very understanding of our situation, so it’s easier for us to relate and for him to help us out because he is a younger coach.”LAMARHead Coach Mike Schultz“I thought we had a very solid spring, which we carried over into the summer. I thought Jordan was very strong during the spring. I’m very proud of our guys both on the practice field and in the classroom. We had a good season last year, but our guys don’t want to be ‘one-hit wonders’. It has been a very long time since Lamar has had back-to-back winning seasons. We want to do that this year.” Senior defensive end Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund“Coach Guidry coaches with a lot of passion and as a result, our defense is going to play with more passion. Our mindset is all about competition. We’re pushing each other to be better every day and we’ve seen the results during the spring and summer.” “I think this year we can be at the top of the standings. With all the teams this year, every week you have to be ready to work and prepare to the fullest.” SAM HOUSTON STATEHead coach K.C. Keeler“It’s amazing how much this conference has changed and grown in the last six years. Everyone will agree there has always been that little cluster at the top and that cluster at the bottom. It is just not that way anymore. There are a lot of resources now trying to catch the guys at the top and you could see that this (past year). The parity was incredible. I was in a good conference, the CAA, and every weekend was a war. I think that is what you will get this year — every single weekend it is going to be a war. There is not a lot of difference between the top to bottom. What has happened to us is, going 6-5 and missing the playoffs for the last seven years, has made us say, ‘Well OK, what things can we do to get back on top?’ Adding a new football strength coach, a dietician and a new person academically — we would like to thank a bunch of our alums for stepping up, our athletic director Bobby Williams and our president Dana Hoyt for making that possible. If we want to stay on top or get back on top, we have to pour resources into those things. I think what has happened over the last six years is this league has been getting better and better.” “We needed to get better in the weight room, and our coaches and players have been excellent as getting ready, improving agility and strength. Spring ball was especially huge for us. Our 15 practices were so important, especially for our defense to get acclimated with [new defensive coordinator] Clint Brown. It was a very competitive spring.” Senior linebacker Jeremiah Chambers“I’m just really looking forward to getting better and doing what we did last year. We want to be a great defense, and it’s important to just continue to get better at what we do.” UIWHead coach Eric Morris“There’s nothing like 105 kids walking into a room on the first of August, and everybody has the same ambitions and goals. It’s great to see the big smiles walking in, ready to work. Me being a first-year head coach last year, it took me about a year and a half to feel like I had the program headed in the right direction. The culture is set — from the strength and conditioning to the nutrition program to the everyday walk of life with these kids — to continually develop these kids on and off the field.” “Moving over to the defensive side of the ball, we have six returners on defense. In the back end, we have quite a bit of kids returning. The front seven is kind of where we lost a lot. So we lose a little bit on defense, but I couldn’t be more proud of our coaching staff on that side. They really filled some holes. In spring ball, I thought we were a lot better defensively, even having lost so much, then we were in the fall. Coach Deason continues to do an incredible job finding different ways to use kids’ skill sets. We’ll look a little different defensively this year, scheme-wise.” “We have some holes to fill at the receiver position. Attrition took a heavy toll on us at the receiver spot. So we have some work to do. The same can be said on the backend of our defense. We return only four defensive starters but none in the secondary. So we need those new guys to gel fast. We need them to become one heartbeat.” Quarterback Jon Copeland“We came in with a chip on our shoulder knowing we were the underdogs [last season] to everybody. We really came together as a family and as a group. We put our heads down and worked hard every day, and it paid off.” Linebacker Isaiah Spencer“The offseason went really well for us. I thought our defense put in a lot of good work at every position, especially the secondary. We have a lot of new guys back there and they’ve come in and learned the schemes. Offensively, it’s a similar situation. We have a lot of new players at receiver but they’ve come in and worked really hard. We’re focused on getting ready for 2019.” Senior linebacker Allen Pittman”The leaders on the defense are more critical of ourselves and each other, even on things we let slide last year. We’re trying to construct a unit even stronger than last season’s group, so even with the slightest details, you’ll see us harping on one another. It’s always about the little things, and perfection is our key. Essentially, our mindset is that we defend every blade of grass on all the turf we own. We have a brand of defense we represent, and our goal is to continue showcasing that mentality moving into this season.” MCNEESEHead coach Sterlin Gilbert“I’m very excited to be here today to represent McNeese State University,” said Gilbert when addressing the media. “This is one of the best conferences in the FCS with great coaches and student-athletes.” Quarterback Bailey Zappe“I’m even more excited to play with [wide receiver Jerreth Sterns] than I was last year. He’s a phenomenal athlete. Having a guy like Jerreth makes you more comfortable in the pocket as a quarterback, knowing that he’s out there for you.” “It’s been fast and furious. My first knowledge and understanding about McNeese football was back when I was playing at Angelo State. We have a great winning tradition. Quarterback Breylin Smith”I’m excited about this group. We have some big-time guys on that side of the ball. (Running backs) Carlos (Blackman) and Kierre (Crossley), and some younger guys like (D’erek) Fernandez who has been there awhile, and then a freshman Cameron Myers is going to be really good. I’m big-time excited about those guys. And then to have the offensive line back for another year, another opportunity for them to mesh and gel. And we have some receivers, guys who can really make plays. The guys we have coming back make it a really exciting year for our offense.” SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANAHead coach Frank Scelfo“We’re excited about the newcomers we’re bringing in and how our returning talent has developed. There’s no doubt we’ve improved our overall depth. But this biggest growth we’ve seen over the offseason has come off the field. Our team is bought in to our culture and we understand success on the field starts with leadership and the dedication to excellence in the classroom and the community. We see the love and trust building throughout our team and that’s vital to our success.” “I’m excited about where we are at, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. We have a bunch of offensive linemen on the preseason team. We have five starters returning, and the crazy part of that is that there is a good chance that two of them don’t start. We had two freshmen who redshirted last year and are pushing really hard, so I’m excited about where we are on offense.” Defensive end Andre Walker“We have a very complex defensive scheme. Leaders on the defense are pushing everyone to put in the work to prepare.” “Chason and Isaac are not here just because they are good football players. They’re here today because they’re two of our best leaders and represent what type of student-athletes we want representing us on and off the field. We’re trying to build a culture here and it starts with the student-athletes. These two young men are examples of the type of people we want in our program as we move forward.” “We’re an old team, but a young team at the same. It’s the best of both worlds.” NORTHWESTERN STATEHead coach Brad Laird“I’m honored to have these two student-athletes here, and it was an easy choice for me. There are lots of quarterbacks here, and we definitely could have brought ours. But these guys have been here five years. Nick is safety and played all of the positions on the back end, and he’s moved positions without question. Chris benefited from the redshirt rule, and he’s one of the reasons that we won three of our last four games that he played in. He was nominated to the AFCA Good Works Team, only the third guy in NSU history to be nominated.” “I think this year will be one of the most fun years I’ve ever had as a coach. I believe in this football team we have, this is the best team we have had in our years here at HBU. The six years have gone by fast and what I see with this team, is that since we said goodbye to them before Christmas until they came back in January, they have not missed a step toward the expectations on their plate.” Senior linebacker Hunter Brown“I have taken the experience I have gained in the past five years at Sam Houston and used it as an example. I was there when we played in the semifinal, the quarterfinal and the semifinals when I was hurt. I know what it takes and I constantly tell the guys that this is what we have to do to get back where we were. The winning tradition at Sam Houston is unmatched, and we are going to try to get back there and there is no doubt in my mind we will.” HOUSTON – Head coach and player representatives from all 11 Southland Conference football teams previewed the upcoming season at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel on Thursday. An archived replay of the entire program is available here. “With Cody (Orgeron) being our trigger man, that’s where it all starts,” said Gilbert when asked about the new spread offense. “We’re excited about the continuation of his development. But when people hear you say you’re running the spread, they automatically think we’re going to be a passing offense. “Our safeties and our young guys are really exciting. They’ve done a great job, and we are really looking forward to working with them in fall camp. It’s going to be important for them to play and contribute this year.” “We finished the season last year talking about consistency. That starts with the coaching staff, which we’ve kept together when other staffs can turn over. That’s really important from Year 1 to Year 2. It starts with offensive coordinator Brad Smily and defensive coordinator Mike Lucas. We have momentum from winning three of those last four games, and we took it into spring ball. We were very excited about what we did in 15 days of spring ball, and it carried into the summer. July has been a heckuva month with our strength coach Jared Myatt and OTAs. Our recruits and transfers are learning the scheme in all three phases.” “The biggest thing that sets us apart from last year is our athleticism, especially in the secondary. We also have more team speed.” “Depth is something we want to improve, and I think we have. We have lots of guys fighting for spots. Our experience is good. We have a lot of guys back. But it’s great to have that competition with our depth.” Junior quarterback Luke Anthony“Coach Dorrel relays the message to us all the time. It is just as important to win off the field as it is to win on the field. We take a lot of pride in that. It is important to us, and we really want to be successful in that way.” “We have bought into Coach Brown for sure. It’s exciting to be able to work with him and implement his ideas. We have really got to know him well and we are excited to get better as a defense with him.” “Really right now, we’re just trying to work on ourselves and our attitude and our mentality. Trying to get what we had from our championship a couple of years ago. Just trying to get ourselves back in that mental state where we can compete for a championship again.” STEPHEN F. AUSTINHead coach Colby Carthel“There’s a lot of transition that has happened in our staff and that’s not easy for coaches, their families or players. We’re taking over a team we didn’t recruit and that poses some interesting challenges. I appreciate the buy-in from our team through our first few months on campus.”“We have to win at home in recruiting and we were able to set that standard a little bit last February during National Signing Day. Now we have to build on it.”“I’m excited about coaching in the Southland because it is a great league. You look at the resumes of some of the head coaches and coordinators in this league and they’re very robust.”“The reality is, we’ve got a tough job ahead of us. It’s an uphill climb, but we’re going to put our best foot forward every single day. If we improve each and every week, we can look back at 2019 and call it a success.”“I hope that there is some parity in this league this year as everyone has said there will be. We’ve played a couple of Southland programs in our time at my previous stops so we know the style of play these teams come out with. We locked horns with Sam Houston State when we were both ranked in the top five in our respective divisions and the score was 24-24 heading into the fourth quarter.” ABILENE CHRISTIANHead Coach Adam Dorrel“These are exciting times for ACU. We really had big goals when we arrived in Abilene. We wanted to get better in the classroom, get better in community service, and increase our talent on the football field. I think we have done those things.” “Some of the success that we’ve seen, particularly on offense last year, the ability to generate points and do things with the football, are good indicators of where we are. This year we are going to be a fit for team’s in this league to handle, because both sides of the ball have the ability to trend up in incredible fashion.” “We can win every game on our Southland Conference schedule this season. Conversely, we can lose every game on our Southland Conference this schedule this season. We have to be ready to play every week in this league. We had such an up-and-down season last year. The good teams don’t have such high peaks and low valleys. The good teams are steady and consistently improve as the season moves forward. We think the growth we’ve made off the field is going to help us become one of the good teams.” Senior quarterback Chason Virgil“We’re fortunate to have a lot of great playmakers on our offense. I see my role similar to that of a point guard in basketball. We have so many guys who can make things happen when the ball is in their hands. My role is to just get the ball to them in the best position to make plays.” “We feel like our record last year is not representative of our skill or ability. This year we feel very confident in our ability to be on top of the conference.”last_img read more


first_imgPeter Miller94 21 COCO KISSES RUNS IN FIRST STAKES RACE TOMORROW SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER REACHES $282,342 $2,170,960 Jerry Hollendorfer74 41% Tiago Pereira117 29 1st 30 58% Money Won Money Won 17 $996,435 JockeyMts 19 5 49% 2nd 10 ITM% 25% 18 25% 14% 63% 18 14 TRIPLE CROWN FEVER IS ‘YOUNG’ AT HEARTThe Kentucky Derby is still more than two months away, but it’s never too soon for a touch of Triple Crown fever to permeate the racing world, although it has yet to reach epidemic proportions at Santa Anita, where at least four three-year-olds are held in high esteem by private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young.Three of them call Bob Baffert’s shed row home: undefeated Eclipse Award champion two-year-old male of 2018 Game Winner; Los Alamitos Futurity winnerImprobable; and Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Mucho Gusto.Another is the California-bred Galilean, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who also conditions Best Pal winner Instagrand, on the outside looking in at this point in Young’s opinion.“I don’t see a Justify or a Pharoah so far,” Young said in typically no-holds-barredfashion. “Baffert is very strong, between Game Winner, who’s worked decently, and Improbable, who’s also worked decently, but I’m still a little hesitant about them getting a mile and a quarter (the distance of the Kentucky Derby on May 4).“I can’t fault Mucho Gusto, although he doesn’t carry a lot of weight. He’s a horse kind of built like Scotty Pippen, but he’s definitely OK.“Galilean is another horse that doesn’t carry a lot of weight, although he was somewhat impressive winning the California Cup Derby. He was running against horses he should have manhandled and he beat ’em.“Those are the top four right now, I think.”Not among Young’s quartet is Best Pal Stakes winner Instagrand, who could make his first start as a three-year-old in the Grade II, $500,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 9 after a seven-month layoff. Baffert has indicated Game Winner and Improbable as likely to make their three-year-old debuts at a mile and one-sixteenth in that race, which awards 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner. Second is worth 25, third 10 and fourth five.Horses based in Southern California have won the Kentucky Derby five of the past seven years: I’ll Have Another (2012), California Chrome (2014), Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2015), Nyquist (2016) and Triple Crown winner Justify (2018).“Horses are trained a little bit harder here than they are back east,” Young allowed in assessing the reason for the rash of recent success by Golden State equine residents. “There are good horses and good trainers back there, but lately California’s been on a run, mostly with Baffert, although (Doug) O’Neill’s had his day in the sun too with I’ll Have Another and Nyquist.“Our top dirt horses can compete with others anywhere. That’s proven all the time, but our turf horses are very concerning.“In the last three years Justify and Pharoah were the horses, but it didn’t take a brain surgeon to figure that out. Right now, however, the picture isn’t that clear in California or anywhere else.“It’s too early to say this is a below average crop, but in my mind, it is a much foggier picture than a few years ago.”BATTLE OF MIDWAY EUTHANIZED FOLLOWING INJURYBreeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner of 2017 Battle of Midway was euthanized Saturday morning after suffering injuries sustained during a workout, according to Dr. Rick Arthur, Equine Medical Director of the California Horse Racing Board.A five-year-old bay son of Smart Strike trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for Don Alberto Stable or WinStar Farm, LLC, Battle of Midway was being pointed to the $12 million Dubai World Cup on March 30 with a possible start before that in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 9, Hollendorfer had said just prior to the incident.Battle of Midway won the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes by a half-length over 1-2 favorite McKinzie on Feb. 2, his last start. He was working five furlongs in company this morning. Battle of Midway won eight of 16 career starts, including the Grade III Native Diver Stakes and the Grade III Affirmed Stakes. He was third in the 2017 Kentucky Derby and compiled career earnings of $1,589,049.COCO KISSES MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN SPRING FEVERCoco Kisses makes her stakes debut in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes for older fillies and mares at six furlongs.It is one in the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.“She’s a hard-trying filly who gives her best every time,” said Jeff Bonde, who trains the four-year-old daughter of Empire Way for Edward and Debi Brown and Terry Lovingier.Lovingier not only also bred Coco Kisses, he bred another Spring Fever starter, Show It N Moe It, trained by Gary Sherlock.“It’s a short field,” Bonde said, “but the winner will have to earn it. Nobody’s’ getting a freebie in there.”The Spring Fever, race eight of nine: Show It N Moe It, Rafael Bejarano, 1-1; Coco Kisses, Joel Rosario, 8-1; S Y Sky, Joe Talamo, 6-5; Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira, 5-1; and Into Rissa, Geovanni Franco, 20-1.TODAY’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX CARRYOVER AT $280,342There is a 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $316,428 into Saturday at Santa Anita and with 55 horses entered and eligible to run in the six-race sequence, average field size stands at more than nine runners per race.With a 10-race card on tap, the Rainbow Six will cover races five through 10 with approximate post time for race five at 2:40 p.m. PT.With $157,625 in “new” money wagered Friday contributing to a total 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool of $437,967, there were 20 consolation tickets, each worth $4,151.90.Saturday’s main event, the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf, has been carded as race eight. Vasilika has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in a field of nine.For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Today’s works include four horses that are on the Triple Crown Trail:Roadster works 6 furlongs (Baffert)Gunmetal Gray works 5 furlongs (Hollendorfer)Nolo Contesto (Outside) in company with  Encanto work 6 furlongs(Sadler)Easy shot (Inside) in company with  Speedette work 5 furlongs (Desormeaux)Gift Box works 7 furlongs (Sadler)Chocolate Speights works 5 furlongs (Hollendorfer)Shedrow Stroll: Getting to Know  Parsimony and  Pavel (O’Neill)A Day in the Life With Horse Chiropractor  Dr. Nick SophaDream Tree works 4 furlongs (Baffert)-2/22/2019Legends of War works 3 furlongs (O’Neill)-2/22/2019Enaya Alrabb works 4 Furlongs (O’Neill)-2/22/2019Eskenforadrink works 4 Furlongs (Gutierrez)-2/21/2019Melissa Jane works 4 furlongs (Powell)-2/21/2019Swirling works 4 furlongs (Sadler)-2/21/2019Mucho Gusto works 4 furlongs (Baffert)- 2/20/19Improbable works 6 furlongs (Baffert)-2/20/19FINISH LINES: Tyler Baze, unseated three furlongs from home in yesterday’s ninth race, visited First Aid and has been cleared to ride today . . . Victor Espinoza, in full workout dress, was a Clockers’ Corner visitor today and is scheduled to breeze horses Sunday morning . . . Trainer Tim Yakteen and owner/breeder George Krikorian are on a roll, having won with their last four starters: Mucho Unusual and First Screening last Monday; Big Buzz on Jan. 31; and Camino de Estrella yesterday . . . Now sans agent Carolyn Conley who moved on to greener pastures, jockey Brice Blanc is once again representing himself. “I’ll be my own agent until I figure something else out,” he said . . . College Football Hall of Famer and legendary NFL quarterback Billy Kilmer will present today’s Grade II Buena Vista trophy.  “Number 17” and his wife, Sandy, celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary this past Wednesday. 18% $935,122 39% 22 $2,325,994 22 57% 11 Mike Smith57 $902,338 14 17 42 20 23 13% (Current Through Friday, Feb. 22) $960,321 TrainerMts 10 20 3rd 1st TOP SOPHOMORES COULD MEET IN SAN FELIPE MARCH 9  John Sadler64 17% 19 9 40% BATTLE OF MIDWAY EUTHANIZED AFTER TRAINING MISHAP $478,755 20 41% 16 Win% 13 14% $1,003,637 $970,218 10 $804,771 16 22 32% 13 19% 15 31 17% Drayden Van Dyke111 11 Heriberto Figueroa150 Win% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 9% $1,168,279 51% 24% $1,060,249 16 $781,272 24 Tyler Baze163 ITM% 31 23 $1,058,397 Richard Baltas92 16 19 21% 8 $953,938 38% 14% 16 9 8 16 63% 59% Doug O’Neill140 3rd 11 12 49% 49% 2nd Rafael Bejarano126 Geovanni Franco147 Bob Baffert53 37 48% J. Keith Desormeaux48 48% 20% Flavien Prat150 8 Joel Rosario176 $1,168,296 21 16%last_img read more

N’Golo Kante names Mason Mount as Chelsea’s most promising player

first_imgCritics have formerly claimed Mount is not good enough for a starting role at Chelsea.Mounrinho said a few months back, as a pundit for Sky Sports, when it comes to Mount’s performance ‘you need a little bit more’.Current Blues boss Frank Lampard responded, saying: ”I don’t have to be too concerned about what anyone else says, pundit-wise of anyone, they have to speak”.Mount scored his first England goal in the Three Lions’ 4-0 thrashing of Kosovo in November.Frank Lampard insists he & former manager, José Mourinho, are ‘still buddies’ after his Chelsea side win 2-0 away at Tottenham CHELSEA midfielder N’Golo Kante has singled out his teammate Mason Mount as a future superstar after the Blues’ 2-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday.In an interview with Canal Plus, Kante said Mount is the most promising youngster at the club.3 NGolo Kante has praised youngster Mason Mount calling him the most promising youth player at the club.Credit: Reuters3 Mason Mount put an incredible shift for Frank Lampard’s side against SpursCredit: AFP or licensorsThe Frenchman said: ”Out of all the Chelsea players, one player who has the biggest potential is Mason Mount.”His combination play, his shooting technique, passing technique.”How he sees the game. He could become a very good player”.Mason, 20, has faced recent criticism including from fans and former Chelsea boss Jose Mounrinho back in the summer.However, his high quality performances in recent weeks appear to have silenced the critics.Even his dad could not hide his emotion after the win over Spurs at White Hart Lane.Tony Mount took to Twitter to express his happiness with the result, posting: ”2-0 CFC” including a zipped mouth emoji and a picture of Mourinho holding up a Tottenham shirt.3 Mason Mount’s dad posts cheeky tweet after Chelsea win over Tottenham.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua to fight Kubrat Pulev on June 20 at new Tottenham stadium

first_imgANTHONY JOSHUA is set to defend his world titles against Kubrat Pulev on June 20 in a rearranged fixture at Spurs’ stadium.And that is a big blow to Arsenal, who made a late bid to snatch the heavyweight clash away from their arch-rivals.4 The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host Anthony Joshua’s summer bout with Kubrat PulevCredit: Rex Features4 The pair were due to fight in 2017 before Pulev was forced to withdrawCredit: AFP or licensorsWBA, IBF and WBO king Joshua regained his straps from Andy Ruiz Jr in December and was eyeing a March return.Promoter Eddie Hearn thought an April defence would be most likely but it has now been pushed back to June, to avoid the Premier League and slot in while the country is buzzing with Euro 2020.Hearn claimed the Gunners wanted to bring 30-year-old AJ to the Emirates but that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was always the front-runner.Tottenham’s £1billion, 62,303-seater arena was specifically designed to hold other sporting and entertainment events.In a huge money-making year, Levy will coin in serious cash from hosting Saracens’ annual showpiece game with Harlequins on March 28, on top of their regular NFL matches plus gigs by Guns N’ Roses in May.Then the AJ train will arrive, refuelled and revitalised thanks to his Saudi Arabia rematch win over Ruiz Jr.4Tottenham’s old White Hart Lane home was once a boxing hotbed, having hosted fights as far back as 1922.More recently, Frank Bruno beat Joe Bugner there in a 1987 thriller and Chris Eubank won a brilliant yet tragic 1991 clash with Michael Watson.Early on in his career, AJ was considered an Arsenal fan after interviewing club legend Thierry Henry and having Gunners stars attend his fights backstage. LATEST BOXING NEWSExclusiveCome on Ty-sonAJ rules out Tyson bout… as he fears fans would BOO if he beat Iron MikeDILL’S BEEN MADEFury expects WBC to allow him AJ fight before mandatory defence vs WhyteFURYIOUS POWERFury tipped to beat Anthony Joshua inside six rounds by ex-opponent RoganNEELEY THERETyson offered £900,000 for Peter McNeeley rematch ahead of comebackWHAT A TYM TO BE ALIVEMike Tyson vs Fury could be pro fight for world title says WBC chiefExclusiveTY’S BELTINGAnthony Joshua says Tyson Fury is on ‘hit list’ and is determined to fight himExclusive’IT’S TOUGH’Anthony Joshua on looking for love, life as a super-dad & fighting Tyson FuryExclusiveK.O’D BY BUG MEDICSAnthony Joshua says I’m not a superstar, NHS staff are the real heroesBut the Watford man’s football allegiance has never been confirmed.Bulgarian Pulev, 38, pulled out of a 2017 fight with AJ through injury.Unfancied Frenchman Carlos Takam was the late sub and gave AJ ten awkward rounds before he was stopped in front of 78,000 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.4 AJ defeated Andy Ruiz Jr back in DecemberCredit: AP:Associated Presslast_img read more

Barça will sign an important nine as a smoke screen

first_imgIt seems written that Barça will sign a smoke curtain this week to try to stop the storm of criticism for the chain of erratic decisions that the Barca club has taken in recent weeks, with assignments or marches of quarry players and a change of coach that is already questioned.And also the low of Suárez. Like it or not, Barça was going to miss the loss of a player who had participated in 25 goals this season. Nine will arrive, but Setién must explore the weaknesses of the system he has implemented upon arrival. Lautaro Martínez and Rodrigo are the great favorites to join Barça, although behind the scenes there is speculation with a cover. When Maxi Gomez’s ball took a diabolical trajectory after Jordi Alba’s rejection and Valencia made it 1-0, Setién looked at the bench and found no striker. There were Iñaki Peña, Lenglet, Junior, Lenglet, Semedo, Rakitic, Vidal and Collado.Carles Pérez, who had renewed his contract until 2022 last September, and that was supposed to be a club bet, was at home packing his bags without knowing his destiny because the club he has given part of the best years of his life has told six days to close the market to look for a team.And while Carles Pérez was sitting at home, Barça woke up in Valencia and only knocked on the door five times. Four of them from Messi and another with an almost joking shot of De Jong. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 25, 2020last_img read more

Why are older brothers more serious and little ones more fun?

first_imgThere are studies that analyze the personality of each brotherThe order of birth can affect the personality Everyone, at some point in our life, has met some brothers who have an incredible resemblance, but when we deepen their personality we realize that they are totally different people. It is hard to think that people who have grown and lived together for so many years together can have such a different personality. This fact has attracted the attention of many psychologists and therefore some different investigations have been carried out. In England, an investigation was conducted which sought the differences that exist between the brothers according to the position in which they were born. That is, if it is the largest, the middle one or the smallest. As a result, this study determined that older siblings feel they have more responsibilities than their other siblings and that little ones do not have that burden so they live life with more fun. Those in charge of this investigation also said that these conclusions are based in addition to the position they were born, the attention they have received from their parents and the age difference between them.On this same topic, the University of Birmingham also conducted a study that says that the brothers who were born in the last place, are more autonomous and rebellious, so they have more chances of becoming everything they intend to be.Personality according to birth order The great personality difference between siblings is a very interesting topic for experts and many have already developed theories that justify it. An example of this is the psychologist Alfred Adler, who established the personality of each brother according to his birth order.According to Alfred Adler, older brothers are safer, organized, responsible and in need of protecting their younger brothers. On the other hand, the middle brothers tend to feel more inattentive, they are competitive and rebellious, but they know how to relate and work as a team. Finally, the little brothers are more friendly, free and having a less strict upbringing are more capricious and carefree.center_img Image: iStocklast_img read more

The Champions League final goes to June 27 and the Europa League final to 24, if the virus allows it

first_imgFollowing the decision to postpone the European Nations Cup to the summer of 2021, UEFA has also decided on continental club competitions, moving the date of the Champions League final to Saturday June 27 and that of the Europa League to Wednesday 24 of the same month.UEFA’s intention is for both competitions to run in full, that is, that all the remaining games are played, although it will depend on the evolution of the crisis by the coronavirus COVID-19, something that is currently still unknown. In this way The options to shorten the competition to a Final Four format from the semi-finals or even the suspension are not completely ruled out. of them in the worst case scenario. At the time of suspension, Only four second leg matches had been played Champions League final (Leipzig 3-Tottenham 0, Valencia 3-Atalanta 4, PSG 2-Dortmund 0 and Liverpool 2-Atlético de Madrid 3) and the return of four other heats (City-Real Madrid, Juventus-Lyon, Barcelona-Naples and Bayern-Chelsea) remain to be disputed. Initially the final of the competition was to be held in Istanbul on May 30.In the Europa League only the knockout stages between Spanish and Italians could not even start (Sevilla-Roma and Inter Milan-Getafe), while in the rest the first leg was played (Eintracht 0-Basel 3, Istanbul BB 1-Copenhagen 0, LASK 0-Manchester United 5, Wolfsburg 1-Shakhtar 2 , Rangers 1-Leverkusen 3 and Olympiacos 1-Wolves 1). The final of the competition was initially scheduled for May 27 in Gdansk (Poland).last_img read more

Pier: from his mess with Lopera to put Betis’ salvation on track

first_imgPier Cherubino has managed to change the face of the Betis Females, team that manages since January. The former player of the Sevillian club appeared as a ray of hope for the Andalusian fans and he has managed to fulfill his mission in his first steps as a Verdiblanco coach: taking the team out of relegation. Pier, who had already earned the affection of the Betis, wins again in the club in which he amazed as a player and in which he left an anecdote in court with his former president Manuel Ruíz de Lopera.The story goes back to the season 1994-95, when Pier was transferred by Tenerife to Sporting de Gijón. The Asturian club included a clause by which the former striker had to pay 300 million pesetas, which were reduced to 150 later, if a return to Tenerife was a bridge to go to another team. This ended up happening, Betis being its new destination. So, Lopera verbally committed to Pier, with the presence of his lawyer, the president of Tenerife or the player’s representative, among other people, that he would take care of everything, but then he washed his hands. The former player had to pay 150 million to Sporting and filed a lawsuit against Lopera.The sentence proved him right, because Pier had numerous witnesses to what happened, and Lopera, who tried to use the name of Betis in this war between the two, had to pay this amount to a Pier, that marks this event as the only negative point of his time at the Verdiblanco club, in which feel the colors again like the first day.last_img read more

The last train for Diego Costa after completing a dark gray year

first_imgSimeone, the club and a large part of the fans still believe that Diego Costa has big nights left like rojiblanco. Although not with the regularity of the brand new 2013-14, but he is still a forward with intimidation capacity for the rivals. The 2019 preseason showed a much improved Costa compared to the previous year. It was not only the great night against Real Madrid, with his four goals, but already from training and in other matches. A finer Diego, more plugged in, hungrier and with a goal and that sponsored João Félix to make it easier for them to adapt to the group. Y Costa banded himself to get to Atlético-Liverpool, the first leg, and he did it. He was discharged just for that date, and when he entered the second half, the Metropolitan Wanda once again erupted. The coaching staff and the dressing room value that contagion effect the forward has. He is the first to put a good mood in training, but also the leader when it comes to battle. So, He started at Anfield, had a chance in 10 seconds and little else until he was replaced between fuss. Now, a new break, this global one. Upon his return, Diego Costa faces a new challenge, perhaps the last, to demonstrate that he still has much to say. The team needs its best version … A year ago, Diego Costa was still lamenting his expulsion at the Camp Nou two days before. That red one brought him an eight-game punishment, saying goodbye to the season. And in this, between injuries and droughts, nor was it the Costa that was intuited, especially for what was taught in the New Jersey summer derby. The balance of the last 366 days shows a rather gray year for the striker: he has only played 19 games, with 1,192 minutes and two official goals. For the return to competition, Costa has the challenge of convincing that his best version is not as far as his recent numbers suggest.center_img Lagarto’s started the official course with a muscle injury (and still dragging the final part of the sanction), but then it was indisputable for Simeone. With everything, he only scored against Mallorca and Valencia in the 15 games he played until, again, he had to brake, this time for a cervical disc herniation. To the operating room and to think about the eighth of Champions, about three months of leave and rehabilitation.last_img read more