McNeese’s Fisbeck, UIW’s Martinez Named Baseball Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese second-baseman Nate Fisbeck is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Incarnate Word hurler Bernie Martinez earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Fisbeck powered the Cowboys to five-straight wins last week with a home run in three of the last four games, totaling 10 RBI in that span. The junior hit .500 on the week with a 1.227 slugging percentage.McNeese (8-4) hosts Louisiana at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday before hitting the road for a three-game series at ULM, beginning with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday.Martinez earned his third win, tying him for most in the conference and second-most in the nation, in the Cardinals’ 6-5 upset of No. 23 Texas A&M on Wednesday and picked up a save in the series finale against UT Arlington, a 6-2 victory. UIW (8-4) will face Texas State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before opening conference play by hosting a three-game slate against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The first matchup is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday.Hitter of the Week – Nate Fisbeck, McNeese – Junior – Second Baseman – The Woodlands, TexasFisbeck hit the first of his four blasts last week in an 8-1 win over Alcorn on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two stolen bases and four runs scored. He followed it up Saturday with a two-homer performance against Holy Cross, including a walk-off three-run shot to initiate the run rule.Posting back-to-back 3-for-5 outings, Fisbeck homered in his first at-bat against Nicholls on Sunday and roped two RBI doubles in the seventh and ninth innings to erase a 4-1 Colonels lead and force extra innings. Of the Cowboys’ 37 runs last week, Fisbeck either scored or drove in 21 of them. Honorable Mention: Cody Grosse, Southeastern Louisiana; Jordan Thompson, Incarnate Word; Luis Trevino, Abilene Christian; Joey Werner, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Pitcher of the Week – Bernie Martinez, Incarnate Word – Senior – Pitcher – Laredo, TexasWith one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Martinez took over for reliever Cody Moos after Texas A&M cut the Cardinals’ lead in half and had runners on first and second. Martinez induced an inning-ending double play and allowed just one run on two hits the rest of the way as UIW held on for their second-straight Power-5 victory.On Sunday, Martinez inherited another dangerous situation with the bases loaded and UTA one swing away from taking a 6-5 lead. However, he got Josh Minjarez to fly out to escape the jam. Martinez faced the minimum over the final three innings and struck out the side in the final frame to close out the game and secure his second career save.Honorable Mention: Cody Davenport, Central Arkansas; Jonathan Ellison, McNeese; Ridge Heisler, Northwestern State; Jacob Stobart, Stephen F. Austin. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more


first_imgFAVORED NEPTUNE’S STORM ALL BUSINESS AS HE TAKES $100,000 SINGLETARY STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH WITH VAN DYKE UP; TRAINED BY BALTAS, COLT BY STORMY ATLANTIC GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:34.33 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 28, 2019)–In his first start for trainer Richard Baltas, favored Neptune’s Storm looked the part of a consummate professional as he stalked the early pace and proved gamest late in winning Sunday’s $100,000 Singletary Stakes by three quarters of a length. Ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke, Neptune’s Storm, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Stormy Atlantic, got a flat mile over the Santa Anita turf in 1:34.33.“This is a very game horse,” said Van Dyke. “We had (early pacesetter) Big Scott Daddy as a target and when we passed him on the far turn, he threw his ears up and waited a little bit on those other horses. When they came to him, he re-broke and really ran hard. He’s a nice horse.”Most recently a well beaten second in the March 2 Pasadena Stakes going a mile on a sloppy track, Neptune’s Storm, who is out of the Irish-bred mare Immortal Life, was the 2-1 favorite in a field of seven sophomores and paid $6.80, $3.60 and $2.80.Owned by Cybertec International Inc., Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz and Daniel Weiner, Neptune’s Storm, who had been trained in his seven previous starts by William Morey, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $159,585.“We got lucky with this horse, he came to us in great shape from Billy (Morey),” said Baltas. “He was a little lazy in his first work, but he’s been training well. I saw this morning that two of the clocking sheets had each given him a B-plus, which I’ve never seen. He doesn’t show off in the morning, but as you saw, he can run.”On the lead a furlong out, Neptune’s Storm was confronted to his outside by Irish-bred Jasikan and to his inside by Shining Through, but he repelled both challenges with the look of a horse who’s got graded stakes in his immediate future.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Shining Through finished second by a neck.  Off as the second choice at 3-1, Shining Through paid $3.80 and $3.00.Jasikan, in his U.S. debut with Rafael Bejarano, finished 2 ¾ lengths in front of King of Speed. Off at 9-1, Jasikan paid $4.40 to show.With the temporary inner rail set at 20 feet, fractions on the race were 23.80, 47.06, 1:10.52 and 1:22.49.last_img read more


first_imgBAFFERT EYES PREAKNESS WITH IMPROBABLE BARGAIN CLAIM GYPSY BLU TRIES MILE SUNDAY 27% 12 Aaron Gryder42 56% Weekend Watch: Highlighting  weekend action at Santa Anita Park starting May 11th, 2019XBTV Saturday:  What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on May 11th, 2019A Day in the Life with Santa Anita Park’s:  Bugler Jay CohenShadow Sphinx worked 4 furlongs (Baltas) 5-10-19Pricing worked 5 furlongs (Proctor) 5-10-19Catapult (Inside) worked 6 furlongs (Sadler) 5-10-19Shes All Woman worked 4 furlongs (O’Neill) 5-10-19Bombard (Outside) &  Next Gen work 5 furlongs (Mandella) 5-08-19Morse Code works 4 furlongs (Baltas) 5-08-19Resident Liberal works 4 furlongs (Proctor) 5-08-19Le Ken works 4 furlongs (McAnally) 5-08-19Just a Smidge (Outside) &  Mucho Gusto work 5 furlongs (Baffert) 5-08-19FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Handicap winner  Gift Box worked six furlongs in company this morning for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Under John Sadler assistant trainer Juan Leyva, Gift Box was clocked in 1:13.60 while stablemate  Foxtail was given a time of 1:14.40. In all there were 142 recorded workouts Saturday, 32 on the training track . . . Trainer Gary Sherlock on winning the meet’s first two-year-old race Friday with Roses for Laura under Edgar Payeras: “I wasn’t surprised. She had an edge training at San Luis Rey.” A California-bred daughter of Time to Get Even, Roses for Laura rallied from fourth in the 4 ½ furlong dash, closed resolutely on the rail entering the stretch and won by three lengths at a $9.80 mutuel . . . With three wins yesterday, Doug O’Neill opened a 12-8 lead over Richard Baltas in the trainers’ race. Winning at a 35 percent clip, O’Neill is in quest of his fifth overall title at The Great Race Place. The Spring portion of the current meet currently has six riders scrapping for the lead, Rafael Bejarano in front of Flavien Prat and Tiago Pereira, 12-10, followed by Ruben Fuentes, Joe Talamo and Victor Espinoza–yes, that Victor Espinoza–with nine wins each. Statistician Jason Hom reports favorites are winning 35.71 percent of the time (40 out of 112 races), while on dirt it increases to 37.50 (24 of 64) but on turf it diminishes to 33.33 (16 of 48). Bridge jumpers are enjoying a safe haven, as odds-on favorites have finished in the money 92.59 percent of the time, in 25 of 27 races. Winning odds-on favorites are more than half that at 51.85 percent (14 of 27) . . . Six jockeys who have won the Kentucky Derby in the last eight years call Santa Anita home: Mario Gutierrez (I’ll Have Another, 2012, and Nyquist, 2016); Victor Espinoza (California Chrome, 2014 and American Pharoah, 2015); Mike Smith (Justify, 2018); and Flavien Prat (Country Home, 2019) . . . Staunch Golden State fan Dean Pederson on how the Warriors ousted Houston from the NBA playoffs last night without injured mega-star Kevin Durant in the lineup: “We had the best  team,” the trainer said, with the emphasis on team . . . Treat Mom to an unforgettable Mothers’ Day Sunday with Santa Anita’s Turf Terrace and FrontRunner brunch. Please visit for details. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 3 25% 5 12% 3rd 17% 55% Money Won 2 1 Tiago Pereira55 3 $93,980 0 2nd 17% 10 13% 0 7 9 Kent Desormeaux23 26% 1 4 Drayden Van Dyke35 $481,413 ITM% 3 Ruben Fuentes58 18% 9% Victor Espinoza24 14% 68% $300,341 $107,150 50% 8 2 19% 4 $455,010 1st $120,216 10 (Current from April 12 through Friday, May 10) 3 Philip D’Amato27 1 Edwin Maldonado25 33% 30% Heriberto Figueroa24 Geovanni Franco28 3 1 Flavien Prat34 7 $197,593 3 38% 0 10 $424,264 6 7 5 2 George Papaprodromou11 $282,003 9 6 9 6 24% $468,905 68% $218,669 4 2 13% 1 19% Money Won 3 4 Tim Yakteen8 2nd 8 John Shirreffs12 3 57% 47% 2 22% 2 29% 16% Assael Espinoza22 Win% 3 3 5 TrainerMts Mario Gutierrez25 8 Mark Glatt30 4 1 GIFT BOX BREEZES FOR GRADE I GOLD CUP MAY 27 60% $619,046center_img 3 2 54% 64% 1st 55% 16% 50% 4 50% William Spawr10 52% 8 Joseph Talamo47 2 Richard Baltas31 Eswan Flores17 MOTHERS HAVE A DESERVING DAY TOMORROW 15% 25% 41% 1 50% 35% 4 $270,818 Jerry Hollendorfer22 $474,287 2 $435,381 38% 37% 7 2 J. Keith Desormeaux14 John Sadler24 52% 29% 11 $123,616 63% 25% 4 6 4 0 1 Doug O’Neill34 1 5 $111,020 45% $407,180 Steve Knapp16 50% $252,292 $257,546 19% 5 $103,753 57% 8 0 73% 20% 36% 7% 2 3 7 2 9 3 46% 55% 9 $72,975 2 3 8 1 21% Brice Blanc12 3rd $202,979 0 3 ITM% 9 JockeyMts $243,291 14% BAFFERT’S DERBY TRIO CHECKS OUT FINEBob Baffert is back on the beat at Santa Anita after missing out on his sixth Kentucky Derby victory last Saturday, finishing fourth, fifth and 15th with Improbable, Game Winner and Roadster via disqualification of Maximum Security from first to 17th.“Game Winner got a little bit roughed up, so we had him checked out, but he was fine,” Baffert said of last year’s champion two-year-old male. “That’s nothing new, though, because it’s standard procedure for me. All three horses are still in Kentucky.”Baffert wasn’t about to enter the fray on the controversy surrounding the DQ of Maximum Security, however, opting to paraphrase the homespun yarn of American cowboy and humorist of eight decades ago Will Rogers with, “All I know is what I read.“That’s all I know.”STREAKING GYPSY BLU STRETCHES OUT IN FRAN’S VALENTINEBargain claim Gypsy Blu goes for her fourth straight win and her second stakes victory in a row Sunday in the $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for fillies three and older.The mile grass test is one in the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired runners.“All indications are more ground is not going to bother her,” trainer Mark Glatt said of Gypsy Blu, who will be running beyond seven furlongs for the first time in her nine-race career.Haltered for $20,000 on Jan. 19 this year for Jim Hailey and Philip Wood, Gypsy Blu reeled off three consecutive triumphs, including the restricted Irish O’Brien Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf March 31.“She could be a late-closing sprinter so I tend not to believe they can get the distance until they do it,” Glatt said, “but she sure trains like she’ll go farther. She’s a long-striding mare and we’ll hope for the best.”A five-year-old bay daughter of Papa Clem, Gypsy Blue has five wins from eight starts and is unbeaten in three starts on Santa Anita’s turf course.The Fran’s Valentine, race seven of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Cordiality, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Sapphire Kid, Evin Roman, 15-1; Pulpit Rider, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; Queen Bee to You, Ruben Fuentes, 4-1; Halo Darlin, Geovanni Franco, 15-1; Fiery Lady, Mike Smith, 4-1; Bella Luna, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Algorhythmic, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 12-1; and Gypsy Blu, Flavien Prat, 5-2.TO LOVING MOMS, HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAYMy Mom won’t make Mothers’ Day this year.She died on April 29 at the age of 101.Mom possessed qualities all mothers should have. She was kind, caring, loving, devoted and didn’t have a mean bone in her body.She never held a real job and never drove a car. She was just an old-fashioned housewife who cleaned, washed, ironed and took care of her two sons. And she was the greatest cook, chicken soup to die for.Mom would travel occasionally with my father who was a stand-up comic, performing almost until the end of his life at 87, but she wasn’t really crazy about the hustle-bustle of being an entertainer’s wife.Meeting Milton Berle, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frankie Laine were no big deal to her.She was a fastidious homemaker, couldn’t stand a crumb on the floor, was vain about her looks, got her hair coiffed every week, had manis and pedis, wore fine clothes. Marilyn Monroe had nothing on her.Hair bleached blonde, Mom looked like a movie star, too, but had Plain Jane values. She took care of her mother when she was dying of cancer and looked after her three sisters in their waning years, each dying in inverse order of their age.My Dad loved playing the horses and got me hooked, enabling me to have a successful career writing about them. Mom never bet on the ponies, although she did love the slots, and once hit a jackpot for $10,000 in an Atlantic City casino.I never gave Mom bad news. When her second husband died five years ago, I didn’t tell her, fearing it would kill her, too. Her memory was declining by then and eventually she almost never brought up his name.She couldn’t walk the last four years of her life, was confined to a wheelchair in an assisted living facility, hated the food–it wasn’t that bad–but loved the cold water and chocolate ice cream.She’d play bingo every week, participants thrilled when they got 15 cents for winning a single line game. Getting paid 50 cents for a full card “blackout” was like hitting the lottery.Her quality of life bordering on zero, Mom often told me that she just “wanted to go,” but whether I was 16 or 60, whenever we parted, her last words to me were always, “Be careful.”Only days before she died, as I said goodbye, with her last conscious breath she barely whispered from her wheel chair, “Be careful.”I left in silence with no response, reflecting in the knowledge of a mother’s wisdom from an anonymous source: “A mother understands what a child does not say.”To loving Moms everywhere, happy Mother’s Day.SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $429,880.Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six went unsolved again on Friday, resulting in a sizeable Jackpot carryover into Saturday of $429,880.With $108,543 in “new” money wagered yesterday, the Rainbow Six Jackpot pool reached $513,572. A total of 33 consolation tickets had all six winners, each worth $1,785.30.With a nine-race card on tap today, the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes, for fillies and mares three and up at a mile and one half on turf, headlines proceedings as the fifth race of the day.Approximate post time for the fourth race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is 2:30 p.m. PTLATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Pleasant d’ Oro works 4 furlongs (Callaghan) 5-11-19Gift Box (Outside) and  Foxtail worked 6 furlongs (Sadler) 5-11-19Soi Phet worked 4 furlongs (Powell) 5-11-19Vantastic worked 4 Furlongs (Eurton) 5-11-19Preakness Memories:  Gary Stevens talks about Silver Charm in 1997.Bob Baffert talks with Zoe Cadman about his three Kentucky Derby runners following the first Saturday in May. 12 30% 7 40% $97,613 $352,035 Rafael Bejarano62 53% $472,048 Martin Garcia26 Win% $120,451 12 LUCRATIVE $429,880 IS AT END OF THE ‘RAINBOW’ 0 2 6 4 Richard Mandella12 Andrew Lerner7 $117,545 2 $68,262 38% 6 $86,793last_img read more

Jose Mourinho eyeing Spurs job to replace under-fire Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino insists he will not run away ‘like a kid’ despite bad losses against Bayern Munich and Brighton JOSE MOURINHO is keeping an eye on Mauricio Pochettino’s future at Tottenham, it has been claimed.Mourinho is currently waiting for the right opportunity to come up before he makes a return to management.2 Jose Mourinho is thought to be interested in the Tottenham job if Mauricio Pochettino leavesCredit: PA:Press AssociationAnd according to the Mail, the prospect of a potential vacancy at Spurs is keeping him interested.Pochettino’s future at Tottenham has been in some doubt ever since he admitted at the end of last season that he may have quit if the club had won the Champions League.And the Argentine’s situation has not been helped by major frustrations over the club’s transfer business.The disappointing start to the season has added further fuel to the belief that the 47-year-old could soon be looking for a way out of Tottenham.And the Mail report that Spurs are a club who appeal to Mourinho.Since leaving Manchester United last December there has been no shortage of clubs making contact with him about becoming their manager.But the 56-year-old has taken his time returning to the dugout to ensure he finds a suitable challenge.Building on Pochettino’s impressive work in North London is thought to be something he may be interested in.Ironically, Poch could be tempted into taking over at Old Trafford should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ultimately pay for United’s poor form with his job.2Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerMourinho’s former club Real Madrid could have a say in this situation, however.Pochettino has long been of interest to the Spanish giants and it is believed he would be open to the prospect of taking charge if Zinedine Zidane is fired.But Mourinho, too, has one eye on events at the Bernabeu where his ongoing friendship with club president Florentino Perez makes him among the top choices to step in.last_img read more

Roy Keane asks ‘what are you staring at’ after saying United should sign Kane

first_imgIreland legend Keane’s transfer advice caught the attention of the other members of the Sky Sports studio, which also included former United boss Jose Mourinho.And the former United captain quipped ‘what are you all staring at?’Keane had previously expressed his disdain at United and Liverpool players ‘hugging and kissing’ each other in the tunnel before kick-off.Players from both sides exchanged greetings as they waited to take to the field much to the annoyance of Keane.And Keane said: “You’re going to war. Hugging and kissing? Don’t even look at the opposition, you’re going to battle against them.”Liverpool remain six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table despite dropping their first points of the season so far.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD 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 clubRashford put United ahead with a goal that infuriated Klopp as Divock Origi looked to have been fouled in the build up.However Martin Atkinson gave the goal after a VAR check – with VAR also disallowing a Sadio Mane equaliser before half time due to handball.Super sub Adam Lallana rescued a point for Liverpool when he arrived at the back post to tap in Andy Robertson’s cross in the closing stages. ROY KEANE believes Manchester United should go and sign Harry Kane after today’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The Red Devils looked set to hand Jurgen Klopp’s Reds their first defeat of the Premier League season before Adam Lallana’s late equaliser.1 Roy Keane thinks Man United should sign Harry KaneCredit: EPAMarcus Rashford gave the home side the lead at Old Trafford but Gary Neville and Graeme Souness in the Sky Sports studio both agreed that United needed to increase their attacking firepower.And Keane believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should sign Spurs’ talismanic striker Kane to solve his problems in attack.He said: “Go and get Kane from Spurs. Easy, just go and get him.”He’d score 20 goals a season for you with his eyes closed.””Go and get Kane from Spurs, it’s easy. What are you all staring at?” 😳Roy Keane’s simple answer to #MUFC’s striker situation was to go and sign Harry Kane. ✍️— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 20, 2019last_img read more

Five clubs Harry Kane could join if striker quits Tottenham in the summer

first_imgHARRY KANE will consider his Tottenham future at the end of the season, according to reports.The 26-year-old is idolised by Spurs fans far and wide, but with the Lilywhites’ fortunes having dipped dramatically over the last 12 months, the England skipper may decide that his future lies elsewhere.6 Kane has watched Tottenham falter this seasonCredit: Alamy Live News6 The 26-year-old has banged in 181 goals for SpursCredit: ReutersKane has wowed fans for years with his undeniable goal-scoring ability and class.But Tottenham supporters will know that he is so much more than just that, boasting an incredible passing range, remarkable vision and inspirational leadership skills.Spurs’ devastating loss would undoubtedly be another club’s gain, even if Daniel Levy’s valuation of upwards of £150million may put some interested parties off given Kane’s injury record in recent seasons.We take a look at where Kane could end up in the summer, should he decide to up sticks and leave N17.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on Spurs1) Manchester UnitedProbably the relatively realistic destination that would sting Spurs fans the most.Manchester United don’t have a team particularly better than Kane’s current bunch, but what they do have are comparatively deep pockets and a desire to stay relevant in the pursuit of trophies and revenue.The Red Devils are only two points and two places above Spurs in the Premier League table.But with the likes of Jadon Sancho being strongly linked with the club, they could be a team going places.Roy Keane raised eyebrows recently by bluntly saying on Sky Sports that Man United should just “go and get” Harry Kane.But Old Trafford could become a particularly attractive destination for Kane, should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be dispensed with and replaced by a certain Mauricio Pochettino…6 Kane scored at Old Trafford for Spurs last seasonCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd2) Manchester CityAnother option that would hurt Tottenham supporters, given that they’d have to watch him line up against them in the Premier League.City have also been linked with Kane’s inspirational former boss Pochettino.The Abu Dhabi owners of City certainly have the wealth to buy Tottenham’s vice-captain, but given that they still have Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, would have to assess whether it is worth haggling with Daniel Levy.Particularly when Kane still has four years left on his bumper contract signed in 2018.Given the two-time Golden Boot winner’s uncanny ability to find the net though, surely those at City would be salivating over the prospect of having Kane on the end of any one of their diminutive playmaker’s cut-backs.It is widely-believed that Kane has ambitions to overtake Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record, and staying in the division with City would give him a chance to do just that.6 Kane was injured in a challenge with England team-mate Fabian Delph against City last seasonCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd3) Real MadridFlorentino Perez knows a thing or two about signing Tottenham’s prized assets.But then, having acquired Luka Modric and Gareth Bale from Spurs in 2012 and 2013 respectively, the Real Madrid president also knows what a hard bargain Daniel Levy drives.For years the Spanish giants have been linked with high-profile strikers, including loosely Kane himself.But also for years, Karim Benzema has continued to silence any lingering doubters by leading the line with aplomb at the Bernabeu.With the Frenchman now 32, however, and with the commercial value that signing the England captain and reigning World Cup Golden Boot winner would bring, Perez would no doubt be interested in recruiting Kane.Kylian Mbappe will be his priority this summer though, and in this era of relative “austerity” at the top clubs given Financial Fair Play, there is almost no way that they can sign both.6 Kane is used to rubbish shoulders with fellow superstars in the Champions LeagueCredit: Reuters4) JuventusPlaying alongside Cristiano Ronaldo must be an attractive proposition for any professional.The Portuguese superstar has completely dedicated himself to his craft, leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of prolonged excellence at the top of the sport.In many ways Kane has sought to emulate that dedication, and is now known as one of the hardest working top professionals in the sport.With big-money moves in recent years for the likes of Ronaldo, as well as Matthijs de Ligt, Juve have illustrated their desire to elevate themselves into a Champions League winning, trophy-guzzling super-club to rival Real Madrid and Barcelona.Proving his excellence alongside Ronaldo and winning Europe’s top prize could be an attractive proposition for Kane – should Juventus be able to afford him.65) Paris Saint-GermainThere can be no doubt that Paris Saint-Germain could afford Harry Kane.The Qatari owners of the perennial Ligue 1 champions have the funds to sign anyone in world football, as proven by their astonishing £200million purchase of Neymar back in 2018.And Thomas Tuchel’s side will have a vacancy up-front in the summer.Club talisman and all-time leading goal-scorer Edinson Cavani will leave upon the expiration of his contract in June, while Mauro Icardi is only on loan from Inter Milan.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 InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by 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 himReal Madrid are expected to push hard to sign Kylian Mbappe, while Barcelona will again pursue Neymar.While it is unlikely that PSG will allow all four to go, signing Kane from Spurs for huge money would allow the Parisians to make a statement to the rest of Europe that they are still one of the biggest sides to be feared.But the bigger question, rather than that of PSG’s wealth, would be whether the glitz and the glamour of the Parc des Princes club would be enough to lure Kane into playing in Ligue 1. Tony Cascarino wouldn’t blame Harry Kane if he left Tottenham this summerlast_img read more

Lealiifano rescues Ulster

first_imgAshton Hewitt’s second try of the game three minutes from time looked to be decisive in a thriller at Rodney Parade, but Ulster refused to accept defeat.Lealiifano had the final say, the fly-half going over right at the end for a try which he was unable to convert, ensuring it was honours even to leave Ulster four points behind Conference B leaders the Scarlets.Ulster led 27-15 with only 14 minutes to play after Craig Gilroy helped himself to a double, but three tries in the space of 11 minutes from Liam Belcher, Angus O’Brien and Hewitt turned the game in the Dragons’ favour until Lealiifano struck.Glasgow have now won 10 out of 10 in the competition after seeing off the Blues 40-16 at Scotstoun.The runaway Conference A leaders scored six tries in a one-sided encounter and were given a big helping hand by Taufa’ao Filise, red-carded only 29 minutes in for a dangerous high tackle on George Turner.Sam Johnson and Alex Dunbar went over in the first half, with Ruaridh Jackson, Samuela Vunisa, Leo Sarto and Nikola Matawalu scoring five-pointers in the second as the Warriors claimed another bonus-point win.Southern Kings’ wait for a first win in the competition goes on after Sam Hidalgo-Clyne came off the bench to score a second-half hat-trick in Edinburgh’s 48-21 success at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Christian Lealiifano is on loan at Ulster from Brumbieslast_img read more

Hunters to launch 2016 campaign

first_imgThe event is scheduled to take place on Saturday February 13, at the Aviat Club in Port Moresby. The team and coaching staff will be present with the new look squad to be introduced to supporters along with new player profiles.There’ll be interviews with coaching staff, captain and players as well.The 2016 season jerseys will be auctioned with other rugby league memorabilia.Guest speaker include Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) chairman Sandis Tsaka, PNGRFL chief executive officer Bob Cutmore and SP Brewery general manager Stan Joyce.Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will be special guest at the event.Coach Michael Marum will also be announcing the co-captains for the 2016 Season.The season officially kicks off on March 5 with 25 rounds.Hunters will play 11 home games and their first match for the season will be against Souths Logan Magpies on March 6 at Davies Park, Souths Logan in Queensland.Their first home game will be played on March 19 at the Sir John Guise Stadium against Tweed Head Seagulls.last_img read more

Lazio, fined € 20,000 for racist insults to Balotelli

first_imgFans were warned through the public address system and Balotelli then posted an Instagram message that said: “Lazio fans who were at the stadium today, what a shame!“The Italian league has asked the federation (FIGC) to investigate the incident further. Italian Lazio has been fined 20,000 euros for the racist chants of some of their fans against Brescia striker Mario Balotelli during his recent meeting in Serie A.Last Sunday’s game at the Mario Rigamonti stadium in Brescia was briefly interrupted in the first half, after the Italian striker with Ghanaian roots called the attention of the referee on abusive chants.last_img read more

Sabin Merino: “Since I arrived everything has been good, let it continue”

first_imgWhat I notice most is its closeness, its treatment. It had been a long time without playing and arriving at a team that is watching you, asking me where you are comfortable on the field, playing … All that helps a player to perform at a higher level.And he arrives at Depor and meets Aketxe, Vault and Peru. A Basque clan …Arriving and having that support is very important. Help to integrate and even when playing because I know them.The four are from Athletic.Yes, perhaps the one that I least agreed with was Peru, a preseason. But with Ager and Vault I agreed two years.How was your stage there?The jump from Second B to First is big. But in my first season I scored seven goals playing from inside left. In Bilbao Athletic I had marked 18. My progression stopped a little the second year, that I had injuries. But I’ve always kept working, that’s why I’m here now.Is Aduriz’s shadow too elongated?What he has done is of the highest level player. He had three or four years scored many goals, in addition to what he brings to the game. Measuring with him is complicated, it is very difficult to reach that level.Aduriz left and returned. Do you think about returning to Athletic?I am a player who left there. Of course I would like to return one day, although now it is something I don’t have in mind. To return you have to do things very well and I think I am in the right place.You debuted in Primera with Valverde. Do you think it’s just what happened?It is not a dish of good taste. You will find a very good team, it is a great coach. Things were not good in Barcelona, ​​but it wasn’t all that bad either. Leaders, in the Cup, in Champions …Is playing second not a step back in your career?At no time did I see Deportivo coming as a step back. I am in a big club, very often in Spain and a perfect place for me.Had Depor interested in you before now?There was something this summer, but they didn’t decide. There was no offer at any time. It was this winter with the arrival of Richard Barral when he took the step and that’s why I’m here. He has entered Deportivo with his right foot …They are two games, two victories and to see if now starting to poke the head out of the descent, it would be important.And personally, two games and two goals.It is true that there are times when you are more successful. The strikers live off the goal and it helps a lot to the confidence mark. And a Riazor delivered …Since I’ve arrived everything I’ve lived has been good, that’s why I can’t value the above. We have a very competitive staff and very clear ideas. Continue.They are still in decline, but there is even some euphoria.We must be very cautious and be cautious with what is said. We all want to get as high as possible, but the first thing is to get off the descent.How about Fernando Vázquez? What surprised you?center_img Do you score a number of goals until the end of the league?I do not like to put figures, besides the work of a striker are more things. What I would like is to be a complete striker and help the team in many other aspects.He came to the colist. Did you expect such a positive environment?The team already came from two victories. I saw everything calm and the people very plugged in. I never perceived anything in another way.last_img read more