FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Samantha Anderson and Sam Houston State’s Taylor Cunningham have been tabbed as the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the conference announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Anderson registered 28 kills in the Sugarbear’s (24-5, 14-2 SLC) straight-set victories over New Orleans and Nicholls to conclude regular-season play. The senior averaged 4.67 kills per set while helping Central Arkansas clinch the No. 2 seed heading into the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament.Cunningham contributed to a Bearkat defense that limited Abilene Christian to a .120 hitting percentage in Sam Houston State’s 3-1 win over the Wildcats Saturday afternoon (Nov. 10). SHSU closed out its regular-season campaign with a 21-7 overall mark and a 13-3 record in conference play.Offensive Player of the Week: Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Right Side – Tyler, TexasAnderson continued her recent hot streak, hitting over .500 on the week as Central Arkansas pushed its winning streak to eight matches. She opened the week with a match-high 17 kills on 27 swings, tallying all four of her errors for the week to hit .481. Anderson then hit an impressive .688 against Nicholls by knocking down 11 kills on just 16 attacks.Honorable Mention: Hannah Brister, Northwestern State; Ann Hollas, Stephen F. AustinDefensive Player of the Week: Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Middle Blocker – Huntsville, TexasCunningham delivered another big match against ACU in the Bearkats’ season finale, helping Sam Houston secure the No. 3 seed in this week’s SLC Tournament. The league’s leader in kills per set slammed home 19 scores on 44 swings with just three misfires, hitting .318 in SHSU’s lone match of the week. The six-rotation middle blocker added another 21 digs and three blocks to her total, giving her the 15th double-double of her senior season.Honorable Mention: Haley Coleman, Stephen F. AustinSouthland 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.
THE STRONACH GROUP SECURES CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY FOR ON-SITE EQUINE HOSPITAL AT SANTA ANITA PARKMACHINE WILL AID IN DETECTION OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS IN RACE HORSESARCADIA, CA – As a part of its ongoing commitment to modernize the sport of horse racing and to promote the health and safety of the equine athletes to the highest possible standards, The Stronach Group has invested $500,000 to support the purchase of the cutting-edge Longmile Positron Emission Tomography (MILE-PET) Scan machine that provides imaging of the fetlock (ankle) joint while a Thoroughbred is standing. This machine will be available at Santa Anita Park at the Southern California Equine Foundation’s Equine Hospital in Santa Anita’s Barn area.“The Stronach Group’s funding of this ground-breaking technology represents an important investment that will aid in the detection of equine injuries on a microscopic level to flag pre-existing conditions that can contribute to breakdowns,” said Dr. Dionne Benson, recently appointed Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group. “This technology will help to identify the injuries that tend to be the most dangerous and are not detectable using the current technology.”While the PET scan technology has been used in human medicine for more than a decade, it is very rare for horses to undergo a PET scan. The unique MILE-PET machine enables a horse to have a PET scan on their fetlock joint while standing without the risks of general anesthesia. In January 2019, the first MILE-PET scan on a standing horse was successfully performed at UC Davis through a project led by Mathieu Spriet, DVM, along with Brain Biosciences and Longmile Veterinary Imaging division. The Longmile engineering team developed the concept of an openable ring, which allowed scanning other regions of the horse limb, including the fetlocks while a horse is standing so as to avoid sedation.In an effort to increase and improve access to this technology for horsemen, The Stronach Group has partnered with the Dolly Green Research Foundation (DRGF) to secure the purchase of the innovative MILE-PET Scan machine. DGRF, founded in 1984 by Ms. Green, a longtime horse owner with a special interest in equine research, is affiliated with the Southern California Equine Foundation. DGRF is committed to advancing the health and welfare of Thoroughbred racehorses with an emphasis on research. This newly donated MILE-PET system will first go to the Center of Equine Health at the University of California – Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine for validation, research and continued analysis. After completion of the validation period at UC Davis, the MILE-PET will be available for use at Santa Anita this fall. This timeframe should coincide with the track hosting the Breeders’ Cup for a record 10th time.“The Stronach Group is committed to providing horse owners and trainers with access to state-of-the-art technology that will make a significant difference to the health and safety of our horses and riders,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President. “Our goal is to make every resource available to aid horsemen in determining the fitness of their horses for racing and training. We’re excited to be partnering with the Dolly Green Research Foundation and UC Davis to bring the MILE-PET to the equine hospital, located right here at Santa Anita.”“PET devices promise the sort of breakthrough we have been looking for in detecting and understanding pre-existing bone injury,” said Craig Fravel, President of the Dolly Green Research Foundation. “We are most grateful to The Stronach Group in making this work possible and providing the necessary funding to allow the Southern California Equine Foundation to acquire this amazing technology for the health of our horses and our industry.”“This is the most exciting development in equine imaging since standing MRI in the early 2000,” said Dr. Mathieu Spieret, an Associate Professor at UC Davis who has been the Principle Investigator for the project. “The development of the standing equine PET scanner will change the diagnostic approach to fetlock remodeling in racehorses, and too many other areas of equine imaging.”“You cannot overstate how significant an advancement this is in equine diagnostic imaging and it is a natural fit here in California,” said Dr. Rick Arthur, Equine Medical Director for the California Horse Racing Board. “PET is an advanced nuclear imaging technique and Santa Anita is already the home of the Dolly Green Nuclear Scintigraphy facility, which was the first of its kind when it was installed. We thank everyone involved for making this investment to further the safety of our equine athletes.”
8 PREAKNESS IS NOT ‘IMPROBABLE’ FOR SMITH TrainerMts $150,097 68% $251,941 $197,593 38% 27% Philip D’Amato25 57% $298,650 50% $68,262 Money Won 0 13% 45% 5 19% 8 0 Flavien Prat31 8 $468,554 Andrew Lerner7 9 0 Mark Glatt29 9 Tiago Pereira51 Kent Desormeaux22 4 J. Keith Desormeaux13 23% $380,538 VIVA LA FRANCE IN GRADE III SANTA BARBARAThe French Connection is ready to take center stage in Saturday’s Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, scheduled for a mile and a half on turf.French-bred Guiliana, trained by Frenchman Leonard Powell and ridden by French-born Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Flavien Prat, will combine efforts in a bid to capture the marathon event.Guiliana was second in her U.S. debut, rallying from next to last on April 7 in a field of five going nine furlongs on grass despite a slow start with Prat up. In that race she was less than two lengths behind victorious Animosity, who also is in the Santa Barbara.A five-year-old mare, Guiliana will be racing the longest distance of her 15-race career, but Powell is comfortable with that.“She’s been running a mile and three-eighths in Europe and I’m sure going a mile and a half won’t be a detriment, and having the benefit of her first race in more than four months under her belt is a plus,” Powell said.With rain possible Saturday, Guiliana would still run should the race be taken off the turf, pending conditions of the main track.“It depends on the condition of the main track,” Powell said. “If it’s sealed, probably not. If it’s not sealed, we’d probably run.”Powell, 42, is a close friend and confidant of fellow countryman Prat, 26, so obviously the trainer was delighted with Flavien’s Kentucky Derby victory last Saturday on 65-1 outsider Country House, albeit by the controversial disqualification from first of Maximum Security.“I thought the DQ was warranted,” Powell said, “but I think the biggest mistake of all was that the stewards didn’t post the inquiry sign.“We had to wait so long and I’m sure it was very painful for the connections of Maximum Security (ultimately placed 17th) to go from being on top of the world to having the roses taken away from them.“If the inquiry sign had been put up right away, it wouldn’t have been such a roller coaster experience for everybody, and I think the stewards’ decision would have been understood much better.“Another thing I don’t understand is not being able to appeal the stewards’ decision. People are not gods; humans make mistakes.”But be that as it may, for Team Prat now and evermore, the victory cry for the 2019 Kentucky Derby will be “viva la France!”The Santa Barbara, race five of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Animosity, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Causeforcommotion, Geovanni Franco, 9-5; Kodiak West, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Lynne’s Legacy, Alonso Quinonez, 2-1; Guiliana, Fravien Prat, 7-2; and Queen Bee to You, Ruben Fuentes, 15-1.RESPECTED TRAINER DON WARREN DIES AT 67Trainer Don Warren, a hard-working fixture in California for almost half a century, diedat his Laguna Woods home in Orange County early Thursday morning. He was 67 and had been in ill health since a failed back surgery.“He had been taking pain medication for a degenerative back disease, which caused his kidneys to shut down,” said his sister, Rhonda Schiewe, wife of former trainer Paul Schiewe. “He had other health issues, too.“He was one of the finest horsemen I ever knew, and I’m not saying that because he was my brother. He started in racing when he was 18 or 19.”The oldest of 10 children, Warren’s best horse was Acclamation, who won the 2011 Pacific Classic en route to capturing an Eclipse Award that year as outstanding older male. A son of the late Unusual Heat, Acclamation had career earnings of $1,958,048, entered stud in 2013 and stands at Harris Farm in Coalinga for $7,500 live foal. Training most of his career for California’s iconic Old English Rancho in Ontario, California, later in Sanger, 15 miles east of Fresno, Warren won 646 races from 5,316 starters that earned $21,226,170.“He wasn’t just a good trainer,” said former trainer Kim Lloyd. “He was a good family man; a good husband and a good father.”Warren is survived by his wife, Patty, twin daughters Jennifer and Diana, and daughter Amanda. Don’s brother Ron is a former jockey who was based in the Bay Area and currently resides in Lake Tahoe.Funeral services are pending.SMITH LOOKS FORWARD TO IMPROBABLE IN PREAKNESSWith an “Aw shucks” demeanor that belies an intensely competitive nature, superstar jockey Mike Smith is anxiously awaiting his opportunity to ride Bob Baffert’s talented Improbable in the 144th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 18.Following an extensive taped interview with NBC Sports that included Baffert in Santa Anita’s Chandelier Room late Thursday morning, Smith, who won his first Preakness Stakes with Prairie Bayou in 1993 and his second with eventual undefeated Triple Crown champion Justify last year, was happy to take additional time to address this year’s Preakness and more in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens area. Q. You’ve never ridden Improbable, but you’ve seen him run a number of times. What are your thoughts about riding him for the first time in the Preakness? A. “I’m extremely excited to get back there, especially to ride this colt. I still think there’s talent there that we haven’t seen. To be back riding in this year’s Preakness, with Bob, (owners) WinStar, all the connections, back together again, it kinda means a little more. We’ll see if we can pull it off, he’s definitely got the ability to do so.” Q. He got beat about 3 ½ lengths in the Derby. What about his running style and how do you approach this race with him, based upon what you’ve seen? A. “Depending upon who’s actually going to run and where we draw, I could see him running a big race and I could see this playing out with two different scenarios. I’ve got some ideas about him, hopefully I can pull a race out of him that he hasn’t quite run before. I try to figure out some ways to do that . . . Instead of doing the same old thing.” Q. You’re known as “Big Money” Mike, and it’s for good reason. You’ve often said that even very early in your career, you liked pressure that goes with being in big-race situations. Why? A. “When you’re in a big race and you’re the one to beat, it just kind of takes me to a different level, a different kind of focus. I really like to try to figure out why the horse I’m riding is so good and what makes him so good, and really use those tactics to try and beat the competition. I’ve been blessed to have pulled it off a few times and we’re gonna try again.” Q. It sure sounds like you believe Improbable has quite a bit of upside over what he’s already shown? A. “I certainly believe he has better races in him and the fact that Bob’s running him back gives me confidence, because he’s not running the other two (Game Winner and Roadster). So, this horse must’ve come out of the race in really good shape. And I’m sure that’s why he’s running . . . He should have a really good foundation now and be really, really ready for a race like this.” Q. As you know, there’s been a great deal of controversy surrounding the disqualification of the winner, Maximum Security. You finished mid-pack with Cutting Humor, but what is your take on the incident at the top of the stretch? A. “In this situation, I don’t think Luis Saez (aboard Maximum Security) was trying to be unsafe. I don’t think it was something he did on his own. The horse saw something and went out for whatever reason . . . Whether he saw something, or somebody hit him from behind, whatever it was, he certainly veered out and it wasn’t the rider’s fault…The horse took him there.” Q. Following the race, a good friend of yours, Jon Court, who lodged a claim of foul against Maximum Security, said that he thought all jockeys, regardless of whether they’re riding stakes or claiming horses, need to be safety-conscious. A. “We all need to understand we’re on some extremely delicate and extremely valuable horses and we need to take care of each one of them as best we can. This was just a situation where no one was looking to do anything crazy, it just happened.” SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $405,029Live racing will resume with an eight-race card today at Santa Anita and fans will be greeted by a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $405,029.With $212,693 in “new” money wagered on Sunday, the total Jackpot pool reached $569,025. Although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were eight consolation tickets with six winners, each worth a hefty $14,203.10. Santa Anita offers free Club House and General Admission on Fridays, as well as free General Parking, in addition to two dollar beers and six dollar Specialty Cocktails, sponsored by Woodford Reserve.Post time for today’s third race, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is 2 p.m.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: $100,993 53% 43% 2 48% Win% 1 Money Won 0 0 6 55% 21% 25% 8 7 14% 3 43% 7 Drayden Van Dyke33 7 3 3 3 6 $434,679 17% 32% 10 24% 1 Mario Gutierrez21 7 $111,020 $264,672 6 5 12 4 2 6 3 74% 9 15% 64% 1 $86,793 6 7 7 6 George Papaprodromou11 $223,595 John Shirreffs12 7 Martin Garcia23 2 8 3 0 Heriberto Figueroa24 4 $309,035 39% Victor Espinoza23 32% 58% Edwin Maldonado25 1st 2nd 3rd 2 1 $422,170 Doug O’Neill28 40% 5 16% 18% 3 6 4 Jerry Hollendorfer21 $459,593 Tim Yakteen8 54% $566,715 $336,835 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS ITM% 1 2 Joseph Talamo44 55% 3 32% 0 (Current from April 12 through Sunday, May 5) $243,291 $464,008 24% 2 27% 61% 57% 4 8 13% 1st 2 Aaron Gryder38 GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW: $405,029 41% $93,980 3 11 14% 2 ‘FRENCH CONNECTION’ IN SANTA BARBARA 9 VETERAN TRAINER DON WARREN DIES AT 67 52% Richard Baltas30 13% 9 3rd 68% $193,779 50% 6 XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on May 10th, 2019XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on May 11th, 2019Stronach 5: All-Star Ticket for May 10th, 2019A Day in the Life with Santa Anita Park’s: Bugler Jay CohenKingly (Inside) & Westport work 5 furlongs (Baffert) 5-08-19Bombard (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: Richard Mandella reports that Omaha Beach, who was the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby, is scheduled to return to California next Sunday, May 19, barring any blips . . . John Sadler has Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box set to work tomorrow morning “if it doesn’t rain” for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 . . . Dept. of Good News: Since new safety protocols were introduced at Santa Anita March 15, a total of 6,635 horses have worked and received official times, with no fatalities . . . Rafael Bejarano has been suspended three days (May 12, 17 and 18) for causing interference on Sneaking Out in last Saturday’s second race, resulting in the disqualification of his mount from first to second . . . After a respite from training for a few months, Kenny Black is galloping horses at Santa Anita. “I’m freelancing here after working with trainer Ed Freeman at San Luis Rey,” Black said . . . Frank Scatoni, co-author of “Six Secrets of Successful Bettors,” and Santa Anita simulcast co-host Michelle Yu will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:50 a.m. in the XBTV studios . . . Attention IRS: Agent Derek Lawson‘s share from his jockey Flavien Prat‘s winnings in the Kentucky Derby was $45,000, not $18,600 as previously reported here. John Sadler22 $423,562 2 52% 18% 50% 8 27% 1 ITM% JockeyMts 4 Ruben Fuentes53 $265,298 2nd Rafael Bejarano58 8 3 Win% 39%
7 10 9 $362,201 $534,505 21% $141,341 4 29% 18% 5 33% HARD NOT TO LOVE FOLLOWING FOOTSTEPS OF ZENYATTACould it be . . . should it be . . . would it be . . . sanctimonious to mention Hard Not to Love in the same breath as . . . Zenyatta?John Shirreffs hasn’t quite developed that state of mind yet for his one-eyed wonder filly, but the dazzling daughter of Hard Spun did conjure up thoughts of Zenyatta after she won her fifth race from six starts, the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes Saturday by 3 ½ lengths under regular rider Mike Smith.Of course, she has miles to go before achieving the legendary status of Zenyatta, winner of 19 of 20 starts under Shirreffs’ trusted tutelage, the only female to defeat males in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (2009) and Horse of the Year in 2010.“She looked good this morning,” Shirreffs said of Hard Not to Love, who lost her left eye as a youngster when kicked by another horse and is an ongoing work in progress as she continues to overcome her disability and prepares for the Grade I Beholder Mile on March 14.“I think people are starting to like her,” Shirreffs allowed when asked about any similarities to Zenyatta this early on. “I think we can safely say that. She has a lot of talent, obviously. You can’t achieve what she has without the talent.“She’s fun to watch and it’s enjoyable seeing how much everyone appreciates her. Mike Smith has a special relationship with her, as does her exercise rider, Amy Vasko, and her groom, Martin Lopez.”And her growing legion of fans.“They all have their special connections,” Shirreffs said, “and that’s really enjoyable.”And although Hard Not to Love “enjoys” half the vision of most Thoroughbreds, safe to say she has twice the talent.RISPOLI HAS RECIPE FOR SUCCESS AT SANTA ANITAWith three victories Saturday, newcomer Umberto Rispoli climbed to fourth place in Santa Anita’s Winter Meet jockey standings with 19, seven behind leader Joel Rosario. Both riders are represented by world-class agent Ron Anderson.Rispoli, a two-time champion in his native Italy, won the third race on Princeofthenorth ($7.60) for trainer Hector Palma; the seventh on Coast of Roan ($13.60) for Doug O’Neill; and the ninth aboard Jurgen ($7.80) for John Sadler. All the races were on turf.“He’s certainly exceeded what I thought he could at this point, especially with the limited number of horses and opportunities,” Anderson said, quickly adding, “Umberto is an exceptional rider and an exceptional horseman, and he works hard.“That’s a good recipe for success around here right now.”MISS HOT LEGS SET FOR WISHING WELL, SIMON SAYSSimon Callaghan sends out consistent Miss Hot Legs in Monday’s Presidents’ Day feature, the $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes for fillies and mares at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.The four-year-old daughter of Verrazano owned by Qatar Racing Limited and TNIP, LLC has never failed to earn a check in eight career starts, finishing in the money seven times and earning $132,080.“It’s a short field and we have a good post,” the trainer said, “and she’s training well off a layoff. I think she’ll run well.”Miss Hot Legs has not raced since last Nov. 10 when she won a five-furlong turf sprint at Del Mar by a length and a quarter under Abel Cedillo, who retains the mount Monday.As to his star of the stable, multiple Grade I-winning filly Bellafina, currently at Los Alamitos, Callaghan said, “We gave her a little break and she’ll start back breezing this week. We’re targeting the Madison (Grade I, $300,000, seven furlongs at Keeneland March 18).”The Wishing Well, race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: An Eddie Surprise, Joel Rosario, 7-2; Apache Princess, Flavien Prat, 2-1; Kentan Road, Jorge Velez, 9-5; Tonahutu, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; and Miss Hot Legs, Abel Cedillo, 3-1.There is special holiday racing tomorrow, which also is Dollar Day, with beer and soda on sale for a buck and hot dogs for $2. First post time is 12:30 p.m.FINISH LINES: Streaking winner of his last five races including the Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint on Jan. 18, Fashionably Fast worked six furlongs this morning in 1:13 as trainer Dean Pederson prepares the son of Lucky Pulpit for the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes on March 1. Triple Crown hopeful American Theorem breezed four furlongs in 49.80 for George Papaprodromou. Tiago Pereira worked both horses . . . Congratulations to jockey Eswan Flores and his wife, Kaylee, on the birth of their first child, daughter Everlea Livier, who weighed in at seven pounds, two ounces yesterday at St. Jude’s Hospital in Fullerton . . . Richard Mandella has San Marcos Stakes winner United on course for the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic at 1 ½ miles on turf March 28 . . . In a dramatic come-from-behind victory reminiscent of Eddie Delahoussaye in his prime, Mike Smith guided French Getaway to a 1 ½-length triumph over six rivals in Saturday’s first race at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Last of seven while six wide turning into the stretch, French Getaway accelerated after steadying briefly when in tight leaving the first turn, then rolled by the field and was under a hold in the final strides. A five-year-old gelded son of Giant’s Causeway trained by Bob Hess Jr. for owner Schroeder Farms, LLC, the winner paid $6.40 as the favorite . . . Drayden Van Dyke has been suspended five days (Feb. 22, 23, 28, 29 and March 1) for causing interference on Hot Magistrate in Friday’s eighth race, resulting in a disqualification of his mount from seventh to ninth . . . Tomorrow’s Wishing Well Stakes is named in honor of the dam of 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence, who won that year’s Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic. ITM% 8 26 69% 12 Win% 46% 44% Richard Mandella27 3rd 25 51% 9% $240,845 25% 23% 4 7 6 4 16 1st Umberto Rispoli84 8 8 11 6 MISS HOT LEGS IS ‘COOL’ FOR MONDAY’S WISHING WELL 7 5 61% 2 27% $860,502 Tiago Pereira79 $1,054,361 52% 11% 5 19% $474,080 19% 1 Jorge Velez108 Brian Koriner31 11 6 $600,968 $1,264,222 3 45% $919,104 17 22% 15% 9 JockeyMts $1,376,804 7 47% 57% Drayden Van Dyke88 $192,535 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 16th, 2020Quick Questions With Exercise Rider Shane ConlonDay in the Life With Exercise Rider and Valet Manny AvilaWORKOUTS:Bristol Bayou (Shirreffs) 2-15-20Ax Man (Outside) and Anuket (Baffert) 2-15-20Gidgetta (Baltas) 2-15-20Honor A. P. (Shirreffs) 2-15-20Improbable (Baffert) 2-14-20Cameo Shores (Outside) and Zip De Ville (Powell) 2-14-20Secret Square (Sadler) 2-14-20Roadster (Outside) and Paint Me Lucky (Baffert) 2-13-20Jolie Olimpica (Outside) and Littlefirefighter (Mandella) 2-13-20Eight Rings (Baffert) 2-13-20 12% 25% 14 1st Peter Miller51 5 $411,091 Agapito Delgadillo43 Michael McCarthy28 12 Mike Smith36 15% Hector O. Palma27 39% 9 24 5 19 5 37% $299,361 6 $546,381 3 47% 12% 12% 52% 6 7 Jeff Mullins32 19 14% $1,440,424 12% $171,141 4 J.C. Diaz, Jr.59 8 12 $572,907 $268,901 Assael Espinoza33 19 52% 2nd $109,512 4 65% 5 2 12 41% 2 ITM% Ruben Fuentes55 17 6 7 6 2 19 $721,052 Victor Espinoza36 8 Robert Hess, Jr.27 Philip D’Amato63 30% 6 $1,274,052 15% 12% 59% 5 3rd 47% 7 Doug O’Neill70 8 Jeff Bonde17 Geovanni Franco59 14 42% 36% $1,564,114 6 11 Joel Rosario102 11% 26% 23 1 42% 2 26% Andrew Lerner23 9 $281,342 Bob Baffert54 6 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 9 39% 42% $535,347 2 16 8 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 15) 5 $523,417 $271,462 6 5 7 $802,676 19% 23% $248,402 20 Richard Baltas74 Edwin Maldonado50 20 35% Mario Gutierrez61 TrainerSts $539,777 4 HARD NOT TO LOVE CREATES ZENYATTA STATE OF MIND Win% 16% 44% 10 2nd 5 10 RED HOT RISPOLI NOW IN THE THICK OF JOCKEYS’ RACE 7 Money Won $225,481 36% 7 2 33% 5 John Sadler49 19% Flavien Prat104 2 4 Money Won 40% 12% 19% Steve Knapp31 15 42% Abel Cedillo162 38% 24 2
The Blizboks beat Scotland 15-5 in a tense final at the Stade Jean Bouin on Sunday evening, but had earlier wrapped up the series after they beat New Zealand in the Cup semi-finals and England’s earlier loss to Scotland at the same stage meant that they could not overtake the South Africans. Fiji, second in the standings before the tournament, exited at the quarter-final stage.A remarkable season saw South Africa appear in eight of the nine finals to date, as they clinched the title for the first time since 2009.Coach Neil Powell was relieved to finally secure the series: “It’s been an incredible season so far. We wanted to finish strongly in this tournament and in London next week. This is for all the people in the system, not just the players, but the management back at home as well, for really working hard to make it happen.”Everytime we put our jerseys on our backs we play for South Africa, for our family and our people back home that support us. It’s special for us. We want to say thanks to them for supporting us all year.”Elsewhere, New Zealand claimed bronze in Paris after beating England 12-5 while Argentina won the Challenge Trophy after they beat Australia, 33-12. With just one tournament left, Wales captain Sam Cross leads the DHL Impact Player tracker ahead of England’s Dan Norton and USA’s Perry Baker who scored eight tries in Paris this weekend. FinalScotland and South Africa met 42 times on the series before Sunday’s final, with South Africa winning 36 of the encounters, however their previous match-up was on day one of this year’s HSBC Paris Sevens with the Scots winning, 19-12. Scotland fans would also have been hoping that their side could summon a similar performance to that which saw them win their first-ever Cup title in the final in London last year, where they beat the Blizboks 27-26.Despite the 10-0 scoreline at the break, Scotland were close to the series champions for most of the first 7 minutes, but they were on the back foot after tries from Werner Kok and Dylan Sage. Scotland dug deep in the second period but their fate was sealed after George Horne was binned for a late tackle just after captain Philip Snyman touched down to seal the the win.”Hats off to the guys,” said Snyman after the final.They were at the top of their game from the beginning in Dubai – we slipped up in Singapore but you can’t be at your best all the time – but coming into this tournament we knew we had work to do before we clinched the series. We lost to Scotland on day one and we had to show a lot of character and guts to bounce back and that’s exactly what they did.”Semi-FinalWith the home crowd still buzzing from Julian Candelon’s last match in a French sevens jersey, Scotland and England took the pitch for the first semi final. Dan Norton came very close in the opening minute before Scotland went down the park to edge ahead with a well taken score by Jamie Farndale. However, England regrouped and Dan Norton made sure with his second effort to level it at 5-5. Scotland persisted and a Scott Wight try on the stroke of half-time left it 12-5 at the break.But it was dream-teamer Mark Robertson who added to his tries for the weekend with a superb kick-through to seal the win and despite another Dan Norton try that rubberstamped his hat-trick, Scotland were headed for the final. England’s loss meant they couldn’t catch South Africa as series leaders and the Blitzboks became champions.The sun, which was an intermittent visitor in the skies over the Stade Jean Bouin on Sunday, returned around the time South Africa won the title and, despite an opening try for New Zealand by Regan Ware, captain Philip Snyman and Branco du Preez ensured the Blitzboks were 12-5 ahead at the break. A Rosko Specman try after the break pushed the gap even further and with just minutes left he scored another to ensure a final appearance and put the gloss on a series win.Quarter-finalsScotland qualified for the first quarter-final of the day by virtue of the fact that they beat series leaders South Africa and Canada on day one in Paris and it was the Scots who opened the scoring against the Olympic champions with a well taken try in the corner by Jamie Farndale. Errors from Fiji then allowed Scotland work the ball back up the pitch and release Mark Robertson to touch down and put the Scots 12-0 in front at the break.Another try from Robertson in the second half put Scotland firmly in charge as they dominated possession before a second from Farndale in the corner put the game beyond doubt. Fiji were out-played and out-thought by the men in dark blue who marched on to the semi-finals, winning 24-0.Speaking afterwards, Mark Robertson was delighted with the result: “You know what sevens is like, we have some great individuals in the team, real pace, ball players and some big players. We are a tight group, we have only missed out on small margins, but hopefully we can carry it on.”England took on USA in the second quarter-final decider and it was the tournament’s top try scorer Perry Baker that opened the scoring, finishing off a well worked try in the corner. England bounced back with an inside-outside try from reliable skipper Tom Mitchell and the captain was instrumental in their second score, as his deft flick help set up Charlie Hayter to leave it 14-5 to England at the break.USA scored through Baker just after the resumption of play but their good work was undone moments later when Ollie Lyndsey-Hague intercepted an American pass and galloped over to extend the lead. A Dan Norton try put the game beyond reach for USA and England secured a semi-final berth, as it finished 26-12.Unbeaten on day one, Samoa faced series leaders South Africa and it was a close first half with Cecil Afrika’s opening the scoring and Werner Kok bustling his way over after some industrious work from the Blitzboks against a tight Samoan defence. The second half continued in the same vein as the first – tight, physical with turnovers aplenty. However Gordon Tietjens side couldn’t break down a resolute defence and it finished 12-0 with South Africa taking another step towards a series title.Les tricolouers flew with pride around the Stade Jean Bouin as the atmosphere ramped up even further on Sunday morning when France ran out to take on New Zealand in the last quarter-final. Kiwi captain DJ Forbes opened the exchanges when he crossed midway through the first period, before Sione Molia touched down before the break. A bad tempered second half saw French star Virimi Vakatawa yellow carded for striking as the All Black Sevens ground out a 14-0 victory.Elsewhere, Japan have a battle on their hands to remain on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series next season as they remain bottom of the core teams on the standings. Russia lie in front of them on 27 points with just one tournament left to play next weekend when all 16 teams travel to Twickenham.
Photo Getty Images Rona has transformed from a Super Rugby rookie into a Wallabies winger in just seven months, having made his debut for the Force against the Waratahs back in August.But Dane Haylett-Petty’s bicep injury, combined with Rona’s sustained, superb form for Dave Wessels’ side this season, has made him a firm favourite of Michael Cheika’s.The Wallabies coach has been complimentary of Rona’s approach at training and his abrasiveness will be seen as a blunt weapon when the Wallabies square off with the almighty All Blacks on Saturday night.Rona’s inclusion on the left wing is one of five changes to the starting XV that faced Italy.Some of those are forced but others, once again, give this team a physical edge that was missing in June.Sean McMahon getting the nod ahead of Lopeti Timani at No. 8 is the perfect example of that.Rona’s inclusion is much the same but it’s the centre combination of Kurtley Beale and Samu Kerevi that gets the mouth watering.Beale’s creative spark, combined with Kerevi’s consistent explosiveness, could cause serious headaches if provided with enough clean ball.The other change is Henry Speight’s inclusion on the right wing, with Sefa Naivalu still unavailable through an injury sustained in the match against the Italians in Brisbane.There is no dream debut for Izack Rodda, with Rob Simmons preferred to the Reds young gun on the bench.Tatafu Polota-Nau is yet to earn back the starting hooker spot so he will come from the bench, with Tom Robertson and Sekope Kepu also coming from the pine.Nick Phipps gets the nod as Will Genia’s backup ahead of Joe Powell, while Reece Hodge and Tevita Kuridrani will provide cover for the remainder of the backline.TEAMIN: Sean McMahon, Curtis Rona, Kurtley Beale, Samu Kerevi, Henry Speight, Tom Robertson, Rob Simmons, Nick Phipps, Tevita KuridraniOUT: Dane Haylett-Petty (bicep), Sefa Naivalu (ankle), Karmichael Hunt (ankle), Rob Horne (omitted), Toby Smith (omitted), Sam Carter (omitted), Jack Dempsey (omitted), Joe Powell (omitted), Quade Cooper (omitted), Wallabies team to face the All Blacks1. Scott Sio (32 Tests)2. Stephen Moore (120 Tests)3. Allan Alaalatoa (11 Tests)4. Rory Arnold (12 Tests)5. Adam Coleman (12 Tests)6. Ned Hanigan (3 Tests)7. Michael Hooper (c) (68 Tests)8. Sean McMahon (15 Tests)9. Will Genia (78 Tests)10. Bernard Foley (45 Tests)11. Curtis Rona*12. Kurtley Beale (60 Tests)13. Samu Kerevi (8 Tests)14. Henry Speight (12 Tests)15. Israel Folau (55 Tests)Reserves16. Tatafu Polota-Nau (71 Tests)17. Tom Robertson (9 Tests)18. Sekope Kepu (80 Tests)19. Rob Simmons (71 Tests)20. Lopeti Timani (7 Tests)21. Nick Phipps (52 Tests)22. Reece Hodge (13 Tests)23. Tevita Kuridrani (47 Tests)
Jackson was one of Hasler’s biggest supporters and the text he received from the former coach after being named as James Graham’s successor as captain only added to the emotion of a special moment for the 27-year-old.”He sent me a text after they announced the captaincy which is something I really appreciated,” Jackson said.”I will always have a lot of time for Des. He gave me my first opportunity. I grew a lot as a player and as a person under him. He’s someone that I respect a lot.”It meant a lot to me for him to send me that message. I’ll never forget the contribution he has made to my career but also the influence he has had on me as an individual.”Hasler hasn’t surfaced since his departure from Belmore, however when asked by NRL.com to comment on Jackson before his first game as skipper in Perth on Saturday, the wily coach didn’t hesitate.It speaks volumes of the respect the pair have for each other and the strength of their relationship, with Hasler admitting there was only one applicant at the club ready to fill the shoes of Graham.”Josh was never a hard decision. He was always going to be captain,” Hasler told NRL.com.”I think one of the most important and strongest things for captaincy and leadership is integrity, and he’s got bucketloads of it. It was never going to be a hard decision. That’s his greatest attribute, integrity.”It’s a great attribute, as well as being a good footballer. Those other parts are vital for the role he’s going to fill and he’ll do a great job at it. That’s why he’s the captain, because integrity is a strong part of captaincy.”You’d be hard pressed finding anyone to argue with Dean Pay’s decision.Jackson has always let his actions do the talking, and even during the club’s under-performing season in 2017, he never wavered in his desire and commitment to the cause.The reality is, Jackson never wanted Hasler to leave. He believed in the coach.But it wasn’t until Jackson saw the impact of a fresh change did he realise how much the club needed to go in a different direction in 2018.”I have always got along well with Des and liked his training methods,” Jackson said.”I was fine with all that. I will never bag him. We were working really hard off the field last year, but the harder we worked the worse it got for us I feel. But I guess until you get something new, you don’t really appreciate that you needed a change. That’s come in the form of Deano.”He’s pretty laid back personality – that’s not to say he’s not intense on the field because we’ve been training really hard. But he just gives us something different. Our routine and the way we go about training and doing things differently. Everyone is very excited around the place.”Facing the premiers, the Melbourne Storm, is a fair baptism of fire, but the backrower isn’t planning anything special before he leads his teammates onto Perth’s new state-of-the-art stadium.”Despite what everyone says, I don’t say nothing,” Jackson joked.”I will always have something to say before a game. It will just be something similar to what I always say. There won’t be any inspirational type speech. I just want to be someone that leads by example. Someone that sets the standard.”If you want people to do things a certain way, you have to show them how to do it. That’s how you get respect. Saying you’re going to do something and actually doing it.”Graham said his successor at the Dogs had been his right-hand man for some time.”Josh Jackson has been a leader around there for so, so long now and helped me immensely in my time as captain there,” the St George Illawarra Dragons recruit said.”Some of the things he does on a rugby league field are really, really inspiring. Some things that I’ve watched first hand in his game you don’t see from many. I think he’s going to really, really take the role on well. It’s going to be successful for him.”One man on the opposition team on Saturday who knows just how far Jackson has come is Ryan Hoffman, who was in starting side for NSW when Jackson made his Origin debut in 2015.”He was certainly, I felt, the captain in waiting at the Bulldogs so it wasn’t a matter if, it was a matter of when before he got the captaincy because he had that leadership potential all over himself,” Hoffman said.”And to be honest, if it wasn’t for such a fantastic leader like Boyd Cordner, he probably would be captain of NSW as well.”
New South Wales star Frizell, Graham and Lafai were all hurt during a frantic first half in their side’s NRL defeat to Cronulla Sharks.Frizell went off with a head injury after a clash with Sharks winger Josh Dugan, although he was still selected by Blues head coach Brad Fittler’s squad for the Origin clash in Brisbane on June 5.Fittler, who named his team after Cronulla’s victory, said of Frizell: “I went down and talked to ‘Friz’ at half-time and he wanted to go back on. I think he got cleared by the medical staff – obviously not to come back on but I think he is okay.”I think that is his first concussion and we will just follow protocol. I am not sure when he can train but we will work that out.”Congratulations to Paul Vaughan and Tyson Frizell who have been named in the NSW Blues Origin squad for game onesee full team list: https://t.co/V247nUzgls #redv pic.twitter.com/oZ8rsxR6kb— The Dragons (@NRL_Dragons) May 26, 2019Graham and Lafai were reported to have ankle injuries, with a fractured fibia a possibility for the former. The duo will have scans on “suspected syndesmosis injuries”, according to the club’s website .Dragons coach Paul McGregor added: “We’ve got a bit of a MASH unit downstairs, to be honest.”St George Illawarra are not in action again until June 10 when they take on Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium. Photo Getty Images. Caption: NSW star Tyson Frizell
21:47pm-Fireworks light up the Waigain skies.21:46pm-And a shell is illuminated in the night sky and wan solwara lit up across the stadium21:45pm-DIka Toua walks 50 steps to lay the baton21:43pm-The baton now does the final lap with PNG”s star athletes…Geua Tau, Ryan Pini, Steven Kari, Dika Toua to name a few…Dika Toua in full Motu Koita regalia21:43pm-A sacred dance from the Namatanai district of the New Ireland Province being performed before the official guests21:35pm-The Games have been declared open by Prince Andrew21:34pm-“Amazing, spectacular, opening ceremony,” he describes the opening…Relays the Queen and Prince Philip’s well wishes to the Pacific Games.21:33pm-HRH, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew addresses the crowd.21:30pm-Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill makes his welcome speech,Sporting facilities are world class, he says….Special mention to volunteers and those who made it happen21:28pm- He acknowledges the preparations for the 15th Pacific Games by PNG is the best they have ever seen..21:24pm-Formal speeches begin with the Chair person of the Pacific Games, Emma Waiwai.21:21pm-The Official party now approaches the stage21:20pm-Rev Waters says a prayer for Peace, Security, Love, Honor and Respect21:17pm -Six students carry the Pacific Games flag across the track to the official stage21:15pm -Fireworks go off outside the stadium21:12pm-In the backdrop – artists impressions on canvas of the powerful message to respect our Land..Save it for our children and their children21:11pm- The value of Land to our people, is the highlight of his song.21:10pm -Sir George Telek enters the scene with another number as part of the drama performance21:09pm -A performance with a difference now on center stage. Depicting changes perhaps PNG has seen and the lucrative mining industry21:05pm-Now the talents combine for a welcome song to our guests……They take their leave…Fantastic performance21:04pm-From the Southern Region – the Paramana Strangers on stage with their old favourite “Lekuleku21:03pm -Sir George Telek takes the stage to be joined by another legend, Patti Pots DoiTom Lari from Simbu joins the pair…crowd loves it20:55pm -They take their leave ending the walk in by participating countries..20:54pm-They appear to be doing their war cry on the podium 19:50pm -The arena is starting to fill up with traditional dancing groups…a breathtaking picture of colorful culture all in the same place 19:31pm – We have just seen the Chimbu group perform center stage. Explosive colors, rich culture… 20:14pm -Coming now – the Federated States of Micronesia. 19:35pm – Coming on stage in the famous tapa – the Oro Province dancers 17:15pm -Papua New Guineans made their way to the Sir John Guise Stadium as early as 1pm today for the XV Pacific Games Opening ceremony. 20: 13pm-Cook Islands coming in next.The do a ritual for the crowd. Theri version of the Haka? 20:10pm – American Samoe grace the stadium now clad in their usual Blue For the first time – Team Australia is introduced to the Pacific Games. Green and white floral shirts and black shorts. With a seating capacity of 15, 000, the stadium is expected to be filled up. 18:40pm – Tura providing entertainment 17:35pm -Para athletes being escorted into the stadium as spectators pour in. There’s tight security on sight outside the main grand stand as cultural performers enter the stadium. 19:46pm – The dancing continues. Each new group representing a unique part of PNG in their own unique finery. 18:20 – Athletes from paticipating countries continue to at the Sir John Guise stadium 19:15pm -There are four towers on the arna – representing the four regions of Papua New Guinea: Southern, Momase, Highlands and the New Guinea Islands 19:18pm – Our guests are witnessing the rich culture of the traditional landowners of Port Moresby 19:50pm- Now the Siassi dancers from the Morobe Province. 18:00pm- The stadium is 90 percente full as the count down for the Opening ceremony draws near.The first lot of singsing group are ready to take the arena to spice up the crowd with PNG culture. 19:48pm- The Bougainville region enters now..the bamboo flute and a roar from the audience The opening ceremony is promised to be spectacular. 17:25pm – Singsing groups from all over the country are gathered getting themselves ready for the official opening ceremony which is hours away. 19:10pm – Now the Hiri Hanenamos from the the Motu Koita area grace the areana with a life size replica of the traditional Hiri Lagatoi. 20:53pm-And the host team break into chants 19:31pm -The Highlands groups continue their captive performance 20:00pm – Youths just presented their version of the National Pledge 19:38pm – Now we see the Manus dancers. 19:39pm- Now the Rigo dancers make thei entry with the famous war dance 19:10pm – There are more than 1400 hiri dancers all from the motu koita villages. 19:58pm -Children wearing the National colors now sing O Arise 19:20pm – There are four towers on the arna – representing the four regions of Papua New Guinea: Southern, Momase, Highlands and the New Guinea Islands 19:33pm – Now a lively entrance from the Miline Bay Province representing the Southern Region 18:27pm -NCD schools have arrived they ..Including Boreboa, Salvation Army primary and Gordons secondary schools. Total number of students 1000, 600 of them come from the Motu Koitabu area of Central Province 19:19pm- The opening ceremony is being broadcast live by EMTV and NBC radio. 17:50pm -Loop PNG met ABG president John Momis as he was arrived. 20:14pm -They do a courtesy and leave the podium 19:42pm – A group from the Mekeo District, Central Province has just left the stage, beautiful colorful grasskirts and head wear 19:58pm – The National Anthem is now being played by conch shell. 20:15pm – Fiji enters the arena now. The first hosts of the Pacific Games.They said shouted out BULA to the crowd. 19:37pm – The Oro group is performing a dance symbolising the Alexandria butterfly 19:18pm- The Huli dancers from the Enga Province now take center stage 19:00pm – Twenty two traditional singsing groups marching into the stadium as the crowd await. 20: 03pm – Now the countries parade through the arena. Starting with the last hosts of the Pacific Games – New Caledonia in their Red and rey. 20:51pm -Team PNG still filing into the stadium arena..20:49pm -Ryan Pini and Toea Wisil – great smiles20:48pm- And wild screaming to welcome team Papua New Guniea20:46pm -Wallis and Futuna now on stage. 80 athletes…They stop for a dance performance.. And the crowd loved it!!20:41pm -Team Vanuatu now on stage..They carry a banner reading “Tenk yu tru ol wantok long Papua New Guinea.20:39pm -Tuvalu now come on stage…They break into song too20:36pm -From the Island Kingdom – 187 athletes from Tonga..Now the Tongans break into song and dance20:36pm -Next in Tokelau..Only one representative – female20:33pm-Tahiti coming through – brilliant Red and White..Looks like they have a introduction for us all..They take their places now.Short and sharp from Team Tahiti20:29pm- Solomon ISlands our closest neighbor..They get a roaring welcome from the PNG wantoks20:28pm – Team Samoa on stage now….Sea of Blue and off they go with the Siva20:25pm-Niue coming in now…..Team Norfolk Islands enter the arena. A rather small contingent. Northern Marianas coming in now….Palau make a quiet entry20:25pm -And welcoming for the first time too – New Zealand. A rather small team taking their place in the arena.They giving us the Haka no. And the crowd loving it20:20pm -Marshall Islands coming in now.Looks to be the smallest country at the games20:19om -Kiribati coming in now…bright red and blu tracks…ready to begin their chant…20:17pm- Team Guam make their entry now.Guam has a go at a chant for the crowd.
VAR: “For the first time, what was seen in the VAR has been broadcast.”Luis Enrique: “With us he is charming, hardworking. He is very excited. He was the one we trust and hopefully he will get us far. There are favorite teams ahead of Spain and we will try to go as far as possible.”Old format: “Of the 80,000 fans and 15,000 were members the rest were tourists who were in Barcelona and paid 200 or 300 euros per ticket. They had to put it at zero euros the entrance so that the field did not remain empty. The clubs asked us to this format will end. We got more money with those who participate and for those who don’t. The Super Cup was a hindrance to the clubs. The Spanish fans at the time they were playing were not interested because if the European competition qualification was being played it is a hindrance “We have lived through it. Before you had to give away the tickets. It was a devalued tournament. Between the decision to remove it and do this and have vision abroad. Today there were presidents of 30 federations. We are going to play something very nice as it is to host a World Cup and it is a detail that counts. The best campaign to show our football is to see it on site “.Women: “We want to be a partner in the 2030 project. It is the first game where there has been a tremendous influx of women. We cannot claim that in one day everything will change and we will collaborate.” Closures: “If clubs ask for hardening, it may be time to bring about changes in legislation.”Vallecas: “As president of the skinny Federation, I would have an independent body. There are intolerable things on the pitch.”Ready to resist the pressures when a big one falls in the Cup: “I don’t feel that pressure from the clubs. They are supportive. I have played in all categories and those who need it most are the ones below.”Super league: I believe in the line that Ceferin has marked. We are working on a balance in competitions that increasingly earn more in income. “VAR Super League Cup: “I hope LaLiga accepts it and that whoever makes the images accepts that what is being reviewed is known if there has been a hand or not, or if it is out of play or not.”Candidate rival to the Federation: “We have doubled the budget of the Federation from 170 to 340 million euros. We have become the second Federation with income and in a few years we will be the first. There are no more arguments than power. If I have the money, I agree with the media and I command everything. Modest football is committed to Rubiales. “Elections: “I would like to make the elections before the European Championship and the Games. If the CSD runs a little, elections could be called this month and made for a little before or a little after Holy Week that you cannot vote.”Boxes: “If he gathers the guarantees and he wants to. I am going to present myself and I will win. We lead the transparency worldwide. We went from 2.7 points to 10. Iker has not reached me. He has been a spectacular goalkeeper and in as for management I don’t know his experience. Any Spanish who wants to introduce himself can do it. “ Luis Rubiales went through the microphones of “El Larguero” of the SER after the second semifinal match of the Spain Supercup.Happy: “This Wednesday when I left the stadium too. Sometimes I am serious and that photo is published more. When you hold a public office there are criticisms and you have to accept it.”Víctor Sánchez del Amo: “I have been two months without entering Twitter until Víctor Sánchez del Amo that if he wants he has the open doors of the Federation open. Respect for Malaga. What they have done to him is a crime. If he runs out of work I will to offer him to come (to the Federation). I will talk to Molina and we will look for a professional job. In the Federation he will have the doors open because I believe that what has happened is tremendous. “Defend Victor in Malaga: “The way I have to defend it is this. I called him before putting what I put on Twitter to find out if he authorized it from the first minute. He told me to do what I wanted. I made him totally convinced. I hope he stays in Malaga and like anyone who throws out of his work we open the door of the Federation if he does not have something that makes him happier. The president of the coaches has already spoken with him “.Twitter reviews: “The messages were polite. We have explained everything that has been done. Managing LaLiga’s television rights is simple, but managing poor football has merit.”Conditions in Arabia: “In the presentation I said that if we were going it was because the conditions we had were very good, it was not the only country because there were others around those conditions and we could also do an important job. This is one of the countries that has to move forward and a lot although it is not our function football is helping here. We have received congratulations. The people here when you go out on the street the women come to thank you. Another thing is what you wanted to sell by certain means that have agreements economic subsidies or agreement with some football institution. It is difficult to find objectivity. I think there will be a before and after in Arabia after this Super Cup. More and more intelligent people know that whatever you do, someone always criticizes you that either It is objective, it cannot be that we are always wrong, there are means that have other interests Amnesty International called us and we answered and Cho a public disclosure of each movement. Maybe I could ask about that or other issues. Diplomacy in certain circumstances is important. They started asking us for women to enter the stadium. “Complaints in Valencia and Valverde: “Whenever I have spoken with him he has been polite and not well informed. In February he changed the format. Just as in the Champions League, not only the champions play. I do not intend to compare the Super Cup which is a much humbler tournament with the Champions League than it’s the best tournament in the world. This changed before there was a league champion, runner-up and not even finalists. It changed much earlier. It also changed by an overwhelming vote in which they decided it was the right format. If they have not been informed. It did not change on a whim it was by an overwhelming vote. All Spanish football, coaches, referees, players and clubs decided it was the right format. Barça was League champion but if it had been second it would have come the same. It is not a champion format, it is a format that has the two best in the League and the two best in the Cup. “