UCA finally got a runner in scoring position at the top of the sixth with no outs. A ground out to third base put one out on the board before a fly out to left field made it two. With Coby Potvin at the plate for UCA on a 3-1 count, the junior sent a deep RBI double to center field to get the Bears on the board. A fly out ended the top of the sixth and HBU would come back to bat up 8-2. The Huskies advance to face No. 8 New Orleans in the winner’s bracket tomorrow at 7 p.m. while Central Arkansas takes on No. 1 Sam Houston State in an elimination matchup at noon. The Huskies would answer and get on the board in the bottom of the first inning. With runners on first and third, Heck stepped up and singled to right field to bring Tyler Depreta-Johnson home and give HBU a 1-0 lead. The lead was pushed further after an error at third base sent Spencer Halloran to the plate, after which Grant Buck put up another RBI single to left field to send Heck home for a 4-0 lead. HBU inched closer to the run rule after sending two runs home in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead to 13-4 with one out, needing just a single run to end the game early. Thanks to a wild pitch that rebounded off toward the third base dugout, Jonathan Ducoff made his way home to seal the 14-4 seven-inning win. Box Score | ESPN+ Replay | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – The Houston Baptist bats were out in force Wednesday night as the No. 4 Huskies won their opening round game in emphatic fashion 14-4 over No. 5 Central Arkansas. Led by two three-run homers and one solo, HBU racked up 12 hits from six different players, including three apiece from Grant Buck and Elijah Simon. UCA’s Hunter Strong sent one deep to the right field wall at the top of the first but Matt Heck made a stellar catch and doubled off the runner at second for both outs to retire the side.MATT HECK. ?? ?? With no regard for his own well-being (or the wall’s for that matter)(via @SouthlandSports) pic.twitter.com/UZEOYpuUgx— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) May 24, 2018 The offense didn’t stay quiet for long. After a no-run fourth, Fitzgerald sent a booming shot over the left field wall for a three-run homer, pushing the lead to 8-0 heading into the sixth inning.BSB: Another jack for @HBUHuskiesBSB in the 5th, this one of the 3-run variety off the bat of Fitzgerald. 8-0 HBU at that point. #DawgsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/q73fwWT3dM— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 The Bears would not go away, plating a run on a Rigo Aguilar RBI single to make it an 11-3 ballgame at the top of the seventh. A Josh Somdecerff sac fly scored one more for UCA to pull the score to 11-4 heading into the bottom of the frame. The Huskies scored another trio on a three-run shot from Buck to make it an 11-2 game heading to the seventh with the possibility of a run rule win looming.BSB: Buck’s 2nd homer of the night came in the 7th. 3 RBI, extending @HBUHuskiesBSB lead to 11-2 over UCA. #DawgsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/cui29u0vt8— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 The Houston Baptist bats didn’t stop there, as Elijah Simon’s RBI double pushed the lead to 4-0 before a fly out finally ended the inning. After a scoreless second, Buck smacked a homer over the right center field wall on an 0-1 count to make it a 5-0 game after three.
2 $302,214 $347,659 3 William E. Morey56 17% 9 9 19 15% 31% ITM% In-the-Money odds-on favorites — 82 out of 95 — 86.32% $1,086,817 7 13 SADLER EYES FUTURE AFTER SOLID WINTER MEETJohn Sadler, like most horsemen of his caliber, was focused on the business at hand Thursday after celebrating his second consecutive Santa Anita Handicap victory last Saturday, this in dramatic fashion with Gift Box, who hung a pulsating nose defeat on favored McKinzie.“The plan as of now is to run Gift Box in the Gold Cup here on May 27,” said Sadler, a Californian through and through, born in Long Beach and a resident of Pasadena.It was a steady if not spectacular winter portion of the Santa Anita meet for the 62-year-old Sadler, who began his training career more than four decades ago.He was second in both overall victories (25) and stakes wins (five), but his winning percentage of 26 was highest among the top eight trainers, thanks in large part to his principal clients, Kosta and Peter Hronis, owners of Gift Box and other major players, including Triple Crown candidate Nolo Contesto, who was fourth in the Santa Anita Derby.“We’re just going to sit back and see how he looks,” Sadler said of the three-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile. “We don’t have a plan yet, but we’ll look for some of the bigger three-year-old races later on the calendar.”Top turf campaigner Catapult, who suffered the “worst beat” in Sadler’s career losing by a desperate nose to Ohio in the Kilroe Mile, also last Saturday, is ticketed for the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on May 27. The prestigious turf event is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, giving the victor a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.In short, Sadler had a meet any trainer would take, no questions asked. “We had the highest percentage of wins, finished second in the standings, high up in the money ($1,876,968, second only to Bob Baffert’s $2,433,970), which will all go as a footnote,” he said.Modesty aside, it was a great campaign by any standard, considering Sadler ran 90 fewer horses than meet leader Doug O’Neill (185 to Sadler’s 95, O’Neill winning 29, Sadler 25).Sadler lauded meet riding leader Joel Rosario, regular pilot of Gift Box, for his contribution to the barn’s success. “He rode our horses really well and we’re excited about him winning the title,” Sadler said. “It was a good meet for both sides. I’m really pleased.”POSTER GIRL SHORTENS UP BIG TIME FOR MIZDIRECTIONPoster Girl goes from a marathon to a sprint in Saturday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes for older fillies and mares at five furlongs on the grass.Originally scheduled to be run at about 6 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course, the Mizdirection drew six entrees, with Poster Girl landing in the three spot.The six-year-old English-bred mare prompted the pace last out in the Grade III Santa Ana stakes at a mile and a quarter on turf March 30, eventually finishing eighth by 8 ¼ lengths under Evin Roman, who retains the mount Saturday.“It is unorthodox,” admitted Matt Chew, who trains Poster Girl for Victor Racing and Peter Jeong, “but she came out of the mile and a quarter in exceptional shape and the distance was too far for her . . . She bounced out of the race really well.“Six-and-a-half would have been ideal, but at Del Mar she didn’t get beat that far going five-eighths (less than three lengths last July). We were nominated to this race and it was coming up light so we decided to take a shot.”The Mizdirection, race six of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Painting Corners, Joe Talamo; Mongolian Shopper, Ruben Fuentes; Poster Girl, Evin Roman; Algorhythmic, Martin Pedroza; Go On Mary, Rafael Bejarano; and Gliding By, Mario Gutierrez.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Merger Arbitrage works 3 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-10-19Mistressofthenight works 4 furlongs (Baltas) 4-10-19Candid Conversation Part 1 With Trainer Richard BaltasStronach 5 All-Star Ticket for April 12th, 2019Mucho Gusto (Outside) and Kingly work 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-08-19MidCourt works 7 furlongs (Sherriffs) 4-7-19Once on Whiskey (Outside) and Explorer works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-7-19Soi Phet works 5 furlongs (Powell) 4-7-19Springs Eternal works 5 furlongs (Mandella) 4-7-19Kanthaka worked 4 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 4-7-19FINISH LINES: Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who enjoyed a remarkably consistent meet with 18 wins, 15 seconds, 18 thirds and earnings of $1,609,948, is mulling two races for both Triple Crown hopeful Instagrand and monster mare Vasilika. Third in the Santa Anita Derby after leading into the stretch, Instagrand is under consideration for the Pat Day Mile and the Kentucky Derby, both May 4 at Churchill Downs, while Royal Heroine winner Vasilika is likely for the Grade I Gamely at a mile and an eighth on turf May 27 at Santa Anita, although the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile also on May 4 remains an option. His California-bred Galilean will be ridden by Flavien Prat in Saturday’s Grade I Arkansas Derby . . .Recent acquisitions Acker and supplemental nominee Campaign, who rallied from sixth and last to finish fourth in the Big ‘Cap, are entered in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at a mile and a half on dirt for trainer John Sadler. 52 10% $960,807 Peter Eurton53 $1,146,536 Joel Rosario225 5 26% 61% Kent Desormeaux117 27 Richard Baltas133 $414,708 Winning favorites — 161 out of 432 — 37.27% HOLLENDORFER MULLS NEXT RACE FOR TWO ACES 7 11% Assael Espinoza133 28 6 44% 15% $901,641 21 14 6 46% 6 15% 10 6 Rafael Bejarano171 19 1st John Shirreffs28 25 51% 8 $254,465 Winning odds-on favorites — 47 out of 95 — 49.47% 10 15% 15% 17% $2,201,031 Heriberto Figueroa183 Jerry Hollendorfer107 Win% 29 25 Favorite Statistics 26% 13 10 $1,876,968 16% 16% 51% $1,531,897 3 17 25 15 59% 29 Peter Miller114 13% 37% 15 Mark Glatt85 $217,148 6 In-the-Money favorites — 317 out of 432 — 73.38% 15 12 Tyler Baze195 18% $1,546,795 20 45% Geovanni Franco222 3 48% 9 9 JockeyMts $1,543,922 Aaron Gryder75 11 14 11% 37% Vladimir Cerin58 $383,790 $3,404,799 9% 13 15 41% 15% Winning favorites on dirt — 102 out of 283 — 36.04% TRAINER PAINTS A NEW PICTURE FOR POSTER GIRL 57% 22 48% 21 21% Mike Puype47 9% 27% $1,857,016 21 21% Drayden Van Dyke167 62% TrainerMts 1st 2nd Bob Baffert80 Win% FINAL SANTA ANITA WINTER STATISTICS 8 8 18 26% 34 13 $854,199 $613,998 16 2nd Simon Callaghan35 40% 24 56 7 30 44% 37% $204,648 20 Edwin Maldonado79 $231,087 58% 33% 18 Tiago Pereira179 18% 2 25 23 12 18 25 55% 31% 18% 42% 6 35 13 4 3rd 4 $514,753 Ruben Fuentes106 9 37% George Papaprodromou42 $1,878,710 1 60% 36 $176,791 12 14% 48% Money Won 41 J. Keith Desormeaux62 $647,526 24 6 57% 29 SADLER BASKS IN JOB WELL DONE AT SANTA ANITA 10 11 10 18% Philip D’Amato117 $482,030 $303,024 $1,609,948 42 1 16% 34% Winning favorites on turf — 59 out of 149 — 39.60% 37 Doug O’Neill185 18% 11 21% 25% 7 $2,433,970 11 24 $548,851 19 5 12 14 ITM% John Sadler95 $1,161,843 Mike Smith81 (Dec. 26, 2018 through Sunday, April 7, 2019) David Hofmans27 16% 9 30 28 Mario Gutierrez112 47% Agapito Delgadillo65 Steve Knapp57 40% 5 14% 1 25 14 Hector O. Palma55 9 11% Flavien Prat202 4 42% 40% William Spawr27 30 17% $266,215 43% $3,492,985 7 $765,410 $1,665,297 $371,960 12 43% 34% 16% 9 6 6 4 41% Richard Mandella47 36% Brian Koriner35 31% 59% Money Won 8 39% 40% 3 $356,406 Jeff Mullins51 7 18 17% $343,665 Tim Yakteen36 27 J. Eric Kruljac22 2 17% Joseph Talamo144 10 37% 48% 15 9 22% 7 $181,472 12 6 3rd 38% 14% 3 16 15 $1,135,251 17 $448,811 $731,004 9 20
(Current from April 12 through Saturday, April 27) John Shirreffs8 $94,896 70% Michael Pender6 Carla Gaines5 Mark Glatt16 7 $120,662 2 1 0 Martin Garcia12 Geovanni Franco13 4 0 1 9 $177,271 $70,751 1 4 $339,440 15% 19% 0 $67,362 21% 13% $302,211 JockeyMts 3 1st 4 ITM% 50% Edwin Maldonado16 60% 5 40% 0 20% Flavien Prat20 $292,377 1 40% 80% 54% 2 1 25% Joseph Talamo26 25% 6 4 33% 1 $73,742 $228,939 Doug O’Neill19 2 0 25% 23% Drayden Van Dyke24 1 3 Heriberto Figueroa18 Simon Callaghan talks Bellafina following her final work before the Kentucky Oaks 69% $40,582 Win% SANTA ANITA A WINNING PATH TO KENTUCKY DERBY $249,702 George Papaprodromou8 11% 13% William Spawr6 $88,904 2 $144,487 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 45% 1 1 CALLAGHAN FILLIES SHORTEN UP FOR THE SENORITA 4 Richard Baltas14 1 5 17% 3 4 Mario Gutierrez18 50% Andrew Lerner5 33% 2 $125,208 0 1 Peter Miller8 3 6 17% ITM% 15% Ruben Fuentes30 2 1 $63,540 20% 31% 4 67% 2 0 6 FANS CAN MEET TRAINER RICHARD BALTAS ON XBTV 38% 1 38% 40% 3 SANTA ANITA HAS EDGE FOR DERBY, WEATHER OR NOTHorses based at Santa Anita have won four of the last seven runnings of the Kentucky Derby: I’ll Have Another in 2012, American Pharoah in 2015, Nyquist in 2016 and Justify in 2018, but there is no magical elixir propelling them to success, according to Doug O’Neill, who saddled both I’ll Have Another and Nyquist to surprising victories.Throw in California Chrome in 2014, and five out of the last seven Kentucky Derby winners have been Southern California-based colts.“I would attribute it to the weather and consistent training,” said the four-time Santa Anita training leader, who turns 51 on May 24. “We bring horses that are maybe a little more fit than some of the horses back east that have to deal with Mother Nature more often.“That would be my evaluation, because you’ve got great horses and great horsemen from coast to coast, but we’re blessed–for the most part–with really good weather and able to train daily, barring unforeseen circumstances, of course.”Fans can participate in the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky Saturday at Santa Anita. Live racing, music, food trucks and hat contests will be the order of the day.For tickets and reservations, visit santaanita.com. Admission gates open early at 7:15 a.m. on Kentucky Derby Day.SANTA ANITA PURSE INCREASE PAYS QUICK DIVIDENDWhen Rocky Policy bounded home nearly two lengths in front in Saturday’s third race, her connections felt like they just hit the lottery, thanks to a purse increase of $10,000 in the five furlong turf dash that had a gross value of $68,104 with $40,200 going to the winner.Santa Anita and the Thoroughbred Owners of California recently increased purses significantly on all non-stakes races through the next six weeks.“I think it’s fantastic,” said Andrew Lerner, who trains the seven-year-old Maryland-bred mare for a partnership comprised of Del Mar Summer Racing Club LLC, Barry Arnason, John Cavalli, Eric Homme and Maureen Richardson.“More owners are coming out because they want to claim horses,” the 30-year-old trainer continued. “A few months ago, they stopped when things kind of dried up, but now they’re more into it, so the purse increase seems to have helped in that respect.“Yesterday it was $68,104, plus there was a 10 percent bonus because the horse came in from out of state (having previously raced in Maryland last year before making her first start for Lerner at Golden Gate Fields on April 6).“It was a big deal. It was like winning a $150,000 stakes race.”HOSTESS, MAXIM RATE RETURN IN SENORITA, SIMON SAYSHostess and Maxim Rate, who finished a nose apart in the Grade III Providencia Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf April 6, will shorten up to a mile in Saturday’s Grade III Senorita Stakes for three-year-old fillies on turf.An English-bred bay, Hostess got up in a blanket finish to win the Providencia at 25-1. Maxim Rate, who bobbled at the start, just missed despite also going three wide turning into the stretch run.Hostess worked five furlongs Saturday in 1:00.60 under Brice Blanc, who rides her in the Senorita. “I was happy with it,” said trainer Simon Callaghan. “She’s doing well and I think dropping back in distance won’t be a problem.”Kent Desormeaux has the mount on Maxim Rate in the Senorita, while Joe Talamo will do honors for Richard Baltas aboard Lady Prancealot, who was third in the Providencia, beaten only a head for all the money after a four-wide move into the stretch.FANS CAN MEET RICHARD BALTAS ON XBTVRichard Baltas, off to a flying start at the spring portion of Santa Anita’s current meet that concludes June 23, recently took time from his busy schedule for an in-depth interview. Viewers can read the full feature on Richard Baltas here.Part I of XBTV’s Candid ConversationPart II of XBTV’s Candid ConversationSaturday, he sent out The Hunt to capture the $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes, giving Baltas his fourth win early on. Proud to be known as “a racing stable,” the 57-year-old trainer is a boon to the racing department, usually among the leaders in starters, with the majority of them placed in the most propitious spots to win.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:The Aurelia Factor works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-28-19Foster Boi (Outside) and Ya Gotta Wanna work 5 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-28-19Kanthaka works 4 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 4-28-19 Brice Blanc8 1 2 1 27% $68,780 68% 32% 50% Victor Espinoza11 2 $161,097 1 0 5 $85,279 4 0 John Sadler17 44% 0 63% 65% $324,242 1 TrainerMts 3 45% 1 50% 5 Jerry Hollendorfer13 6 3 3 29% 54% 2 Philip D’Amato8 55% 1 Peter Eurton8 50% 67% 38% Kent Desormeaux11 3 0 40% 2nd 2 22% 3 4 25% $77,173 60% $213,851 0 5 3 54% Win% 3 60% Alfredo Marquez5 0 3rd 6 1 64% 1st Vladimir Cerin10 2 63% $110,395 Money Won 35% 3 0 36% 1 2 5 $105,642 44% $127,547 Robert Hess, Jr.9 2 $193,864 $246,326 Aaron Gryder23 1 $45,840 4 2 Michael McCarthy5 50% 3 4 Money Won OWNERS WELCOME OVERNIGHT PURSE INCREASES $56,640 2 17% 25% 0 24% 3 2 $58,911 2 Bellafina works 5 furlongs (Callaghan) 4-26-19Game Winner works 7 furlongs (Baffert) 4-26-19Secret Spice (Outside) in company with Madman work 5 furlongs (Baltas) 4-26-19Roadster (Inside) works 6 furlongs (Baffert) 4-26-19Gift Box works 5 furlongs (Sadler) 4-27-19Ohio works 4 furlongs (McCarthy) 4-27-19Hostess works 5 furlongs (Callaghan) 4-27-19FINISH LINES: Monster mare Vasilika, prepping for the Grade I Gamely Stakes on May 27, worked five furlongs on the training track this morning in 1:03.20 for Jerry Hollendorfer. Overall, there were 171 recorded workouts, 44 on the training track. . . Agent Matt Nakatani reports that Mario Gutierrez is batting 1.000 with Bob Baffert. In his only two rides for the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer, the 32-year-old native of Mexico has won each time, yesterday aboard favored Kingly in the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields and last Sept. 3 on Game Winner in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, with live action resuming at 1 p.m. Friday, May 3. Fans can watch and wager on Santa Anita Oaks winner and Santa Anita-based Bellafina, who is favored to win the prestigious Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs that day for trainer Simon Callaghan and owner Kaleem Shah . . . Simulcast racing is offered Wednesday and Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. . . . Reminder: admission gates open early at 7:15 a.m. this Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day. 38% 60% 3rd 0 23% 25% 2 3 2nd $114,533 Tiago Pereira30 7 Rafael Bejarano31 7 $64,269 $64,504
LEGENDARY SANTA ANITA RACING SECRETARY FRANK E. ‘JIMMY’ KILROE HONORED WITH POSTHUMOUS SELECTION TO RACING’S HALL OF FAME SANTA ANITA ALSO SALUTES TOP MARES ROYAL DELTA & WAYA ON PENDING HOF INDUCTION ARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2019)–As was announced Monday by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the legendary Frank E. “Jimmy” Kilroe, who served as Santa Anita’s longtime Racing Secretary, Handicapper and later as a Senior Vice President, will be honored with posthumous induction to racing’s Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY, on Aug. 2.A native New Yorker who was born in 1912, Kilroe graduated from Columbia University prior to serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Subsequent to his military service, Kilroe worked at both Arlington Park and Washington Park in Chicago prior to becoming Santa Anita’s Racing Secretary and Handicapper for the 1953-54 Winter Meeting.Regarded as an incredibly knowledgeable man who commanded high respect in racing circles the world over, Kilroe was credited with helping to attract many horses from Europe and South America during an incredible run at The Great Race Place which was cut short by retirement in 1990 due to a series of strokes, the first of which he suffered in 1989. In failing health, Kilroe, who was predeceased by his wife Martha, passed away on Nov. 16, 1996 at age 84.A winner of the Eclipse Award of Merit in 1979 and the Joe E. Palmer Award, presented by the National Turf Writers Association in 1982, Kilroe was also a driving force in the creation of the American Graded Stakes initiative. Over a period of more than 35 years, Kilroe helped to forge a top quality, consistent racing program that placed Santa Anita Park at the pinnacle of American racing.A further testament to the scope of Kilroe’s influence and character was rendered by legendary LA Times columnist Jim Murray, on the occasion of Kilroe’s 80th birthday, in 1992.“I love Jimmy Kilroe because I learned more from Jimmy Kilroe than all the owners, trainers and writers I have known in 40 years,” said Murray. “He’s one of the purest gentlemen I have ever known in my life.”A close friend and confidant of the late Hall of Fame conditioner Charlie Whittingham, Kilroe is memorialized annually with the running of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, which is customarily run on Santa Anita Handicap Day each March.In addition to retired jockey Craig Perret, Kilroe is one of 12 influential “Pillars of the Turf” that will be honored with Hall of Fame induction Aug. 2.ECLIPSE CHAMPS ROYAL DELTA & WAYA, WHO TASTED GLORY AT SANTA ANITA, ALSO RECOGNIZED Although neither were “regulars” at Santa Anita, top mares Royal Delta and Waya both tasted Grade I stakes glory in Arcadia and are prominent amongst just three equine inductees this year.Trained by Bill Mott and owned by Besilu Stables, three-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta ran twice at Santa Anita, winning the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic by 1 ½ lengths under Mike Smith, thus propelling her to being named Eclipse Champion Older Mare. In her career finale, she finished fourth in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Distaff here at Santa Anita. A Kentucky-bred foal of 2008 by Empire Maker, she won 12 out of 22 starts and made $4,811,126.Eastern-based with trainer David Whitley, French-bred Waya ran three times at Santa Anita in the winter of 1979 and left an indelible mark. Ridden on all three occasions by Angel Cordero, Jr., Waya made her West Coast debut in the Arcadia Handicap on Feb. 10, running second. She then won the Santa Ana Handicap on March 14 and the Grade I Santa Barbara Handicap two weeks later on March 25.A French-bred foal of 1974 by Faraway Son, Waya was owned by Brant and Strawbridge, Jr. With Cordero at the controls, Waya toted 127 pounds in the Santa Ana at a 1 1/8 miles of turf and she packed a staggering 131 pounds in the Santa Barbara, which was contested at 1 ¼ miles on turf.With her winter accomplishments at Santa Anita in-hand, the mighty Waya would go on to be named Eclipse Champion Older Mare for 1979 and was subsequently retired with 14 wins from 29 starts and earnings of $822,948.
JOSE MOURINHO is open to meeting Tottenham about becoming their new manager.Former Manchester United boss Mourinho is one of the leading candidates to succeed Mauricio Pochettino who was sackedtonight just five months after leading the club to the Champions League final.3Credit: Getty – ContributorSunSport understands at this stage no formal contact has yet been made between Spurs and Mourinho.But the 56-year-old would be willing to sit down with chairman Daniel Levy and discover if it is the next challenge he hasbeen waiting for.Mourinho has been out of work since leaving Manchester United 11 months ago – and has snubbed a series of offers waitingfor the right opportunity he feels will keep him competing at the top of the game.The Tottenham job is thought to be one such position that would seriously excite him, though Spurs may need to provideassurances Pochettino’s departure would not lead to a break up of the squad in place.3 Ladbrokes have Jose Mourinho as the overwhelming favourite for the job3It was revealed last month that Mourinho is keen to set history by becoming the first manager to lead three differentclubs to the league title or major European trophies.Both Spurs and Arsenal have the pedigree and potential to give him that opportunity, and it helps that he would not have to move away from London which has become his home over the past five years.Poch was sacked with Spurs sitting 14th in the Premier League table, having won just three of their 12 matches so far this season.As well as Pochettino, his coaching staff Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have also been relieved of their duties.Chairman Daniel Levy issued a club statement, where he said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.”I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”
Gagai joined the Knights in 2012 and has played 116 of his 122 NRL matches for Newcastle.Gagai informed his teammates before joining the Queensland Maroons side in camp on Monday.”We are obviously disappointed that Dane has decided to leave the Club, but we respect the decision he has made with his family,” CEO Matt Gidley said.”Dane has been a wonderful player and ambassador for our club over the six years he has been with us.”He will leave at season’s end with our best wishes for the future.””We know Dane will give 100 per cent for the team before he departs us at the end of the year.” Photo: NRL (Newcastle Knights star Dane Gagai).
Volleyball which started yesterday will continue with match 7-15 today at the Taurama Aquatic Centre courts or BSP arena.The first match will be played at 9am between American Samoa and Wallis and Futuna. PNG will play at 3pm with New Caledonia.Tennis which started last week continues today at the Steamships Racquets club.Sporting codes which begin today are athletics, hockey, karate, netball, body building, beach volleyball and lawn bowls.Lawn bowls begins at 9am at the Bisini Lawn Bowls Greens between Cook islands and Fiji and ends at 3pm.Karate will take place at the Taurama Aquatic center courts or BSP arena from 9am with individual qualification.Hockey and Beach Volleyball will be played at the Sir John Guise outdoor or BSP stadium. First match will be at 10am.Body building will be at Cartias Technical Secondary School from 10am.Athletics will also start with hits at 10am at the Sir John Guise outdoor or BSP stadium.Netball will be played at the Sir John Guise indoor stadium or PNG Power Dome from 1pm.
Crystal Mari levelled with Lango Vamule Vassy Mata of Vanuatu to win bronze in the female individual kata. Fiji’s Naomi Bakani won silver and Angelique Mondoloni of New Caledonia took the gold.In the male individual kata, Cosmas Saliawali drew with Noa Lucas of Tahiti to take out bronze while New Caledonia’s Minh Dack grabbed gold and Fiji’s Anthony Yam won silver.The PNG male team consisting of Saliawali, Lonard Gariadi and Nigel Bana finished third to take out bronze. New Caledonia demonstrated clever kicks and techniques to grab gold over Fiji who took the silver.In the female team kata event, Sarah Ande, Joancherry Revui and Gantianna Joseph did well to win bronze for PNG while Fiji won gold and New Caledonia took out silver.
PNG captain Lua Rikis continued her top form leading in front as she only missed one attempt from the 32 shots at goal.Samoa started the match on a high, as their center court player Brooke Williams used her speed around the court directing play.She combined well with wing attack Hanalei Temese, giving Samoa goal shooter Julianna Naoupu Laban free balls to put them in front at the sound of the first quarter siren 19-13.During the drinks break, PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Minister for National Planning Charles Abel walked into the arena and took their seat next to the Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko, second row from the PNG girls seating area.That must have inspired the PNG ladies to step up their game, clinching the lead from the Samoans by two points, 30-28.And with support of home fans, PNG kept the lead in the third quarter 46-43, promising a tight finish in the last 15 minutes of play.In the final quarter, the fans brought the house down with their support as they pushed the PNG ladies to go the extra mile and remain undefeated.PNG defenders Margret Eka and Kilala Owen were on top of their defensive game as they shut down a late surge by the Samoan mid court players for a heart stopping win.Rikis was lost for words after the win but gave thanks to God and everyone who turned up to support.“I don’t know what to say, thank you prime minister, the win is dedicated to the facilities we have.”
The club have shifted their base to the PNG capital after two years in Kokopo and will play their home matches at the newly renovated National Football Stadium.The Hunters are one of just three unbeaten teams in the Queensland Cup after away wins against Souths Logan Magpies and Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the first two rounds.Head coach Michael Marum said the whole team looks forward to playing in front of their home supporters.”We know it’s going to be a big game here against Tweed Heads in front of our home fans, 15,000.”They’ve watched two games on television and it just brings everyone together – people come along and enjoy the game and it’s good to always go out and play in front of big big crowds at home and you know everyone is sitting out there supporting the team so yeah it’s a different experience” he said.Co-captain Adam Korave will make his first appearance of the season from the interchange bench.