first_imgHEAVILY FAVORED GINGHAM RELAXES EARLY AND RALLIES TO TAKE $57,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER VAN DYKE; TRAINED BY BAFFERT, SHE GETS MILE IN 1:39.36      ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2020)–Well beaten in a Grade I stakes Dec. 7, Bob Baffert’s Gingham had blinkers removed and responded with an impressive last to first stretch rally to win Friday’s $57,000 allowance feature by three quarters of a length.  Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, the 3-year-old Quality Road filly got a flat mile in 1:39.36.“She was a little keen last time at Los Alamitos,” said Baffert assistant Jimmy Barnes, in reference to Gingham’s fourth place finish in the Grade I Starlet Stakes.  “So we took the blinkers off today and it helped her settle today.”A one mile maiden winner two starts back here on Oct. 31, Gingham, who is out of the Pulpit mare Chapel, was off at 3-5 in a field of five sophomore fillies and paid $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10.“I looked at the video of her when Rosario rode her (maiden win on Oct. 31) and this is how she wants to run,” said Van Dyke.  “Once I tipped her out there from behind horses turning for home, she took off.  Taking the blinkers off today definitely helped.”Ridden by Joel Rosario, Savvy Gal showed the way until collared by the winner three sixteenths of a mile from home and in a game effort, fought back at the rail to finish 5 ¾ lengths clear of Rare Find.  Off at 2-1, Savvy Gal paid $2.60 and $2.20.Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Rare Find was off at 7-1 and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.37, 47.58, 1:12.86 and 1:25.77.Racing resumes with a 10-race card on Saturday.  First post time is at 11:30 a.m., with admission gates opening at 9:30 a.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Christian Lealiifano thanks fans, family and teammates after cancer fight

first_imgThe inspirational Brumbies captain opened up on Tuesday about his rugby comeback, the people who inspired him to beat cancer and his hunger to win a Super Rugby championship.It was an emotional 30-minute press conference and he hopes others fighting the blood cancer can use his story to find strength in their journey.Lealiifano is in remission after being diagnosed with leukaemia in August last year, but doctors have told him to keep fighting for at least two years.”One thing they never guarantee is the cancer won’t come back,” Lealiifano said.”They can give you everything and every chance. But it’s about trying to live each day as best you can.”Rugby is a small part [of life]. I would go through this 10 times again to be the person I am today.”An overwhelmed Lealiifano was inundated with support from around the world as fans, rivals and teammates wrote letters and sent messages to inspire him in his darkest moments.Lealiifano’s Wallabies’ teammates signed a pair of boxing gloves and Israel Folau, Matt Toomua, Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa delivered them to him in hospital as a reminder to “keep on throwing them”.It was a touching gesture that still gives Lealiifano motivation to continue his comeback after making a surprise Super Rugby appearance in a quarter-final last month.​The next step on his road back to his best could be a stint with Irish club Ulster, with a deal on the verge of being finalised to help Lealiifano get more game time before the next Super Rugby season.But his leukaemia battle has taught him to avoid planning too far into the future, which is why a Wallabies return is on his radar but not the top priority.The 29-year-old has taken inspiration from small moments, like the day Mick Callanan walked into Lealiifano’s hospital room and sat down for a 30-minute chat.Callanan had a bone-marrow transplant 12 years ago and introduced himself to Lealiifano before detailing the highs and lows of his journey.”I met an old fella, Mick Callanan, he’s been to hell and back. For him to pass on his knowledge and inspire me was truly motivating,” Lealiifano said.”He didn’t have to. He just walked into my room one day and sat down for a chat as old fellas do. He chewed my ear off for two hours. That was priceless to me and those people inspire me every day.”Then there was AJ Frijo, who is roughly Lealiifano’s age and had relapsed three times in five years.”We spoke in hospital about when I was ready to play again, they were going to come and watch,” Lealiifano said.”That was really, really special. To see them there and give them a big hug after the game … I talk to them weekly to make sure we’re kicking and doing well together.”But the real rocks in Lealiifano’s fight were his family. Partner Luga was riding the same emotional wave, while son Jeremih, who was born two months before the diagnosis, helped give Lealiifano perspective.”One day he’d see his dad with hair and the next with no hair or eyebrows … he still smiled. That was truly uplifting,” Lealiifano said.”Keeping him close was something that really motivated me and inspired me to get better. To make it to his first birthday was a really special day.”His sister Sally gave him the “gift” of a bone-marrow transplant and mum Mafa was by his side almost every day.”I’d like to thank my beautiful and amazing family. To my fiancee Luga, thank you is nowhere near enough for all that she has done for me,” an emotional Lealiifano said. Photo by: MARK NOLAN/GETTY IMAGES Caption: Christian Lealiifano returned to action against the Hurricanes during last month’s quarterfinal in Canberra.last_img read more

Roosters to ignore Cordner’s injury history with new contract

first_imgCordner has been limited to just 30 games for the Roosters over the past two years due to knee and pec injuries, with the former also impacting his ability to train at full capacityAs the current NSW Origin and Roosters co-captain Cordner is one of the biggest names off-contract in 2018, with Angus Chrichton’s scheduled arrival from the Rabbitohs next season fuelling speculation that Cordner may have been on the outer.NRL.com understands that Cordner’s preference is to remain in the red, white and blue, and the final terms of a new extension will be thrashed out between the club and his management over the next fortnight.The 25-year-old returned to pre-season training in the new year having undergone a stem-cell injection to regenerate the knee injury that limited him to 18 games last season.Despite reported interest from the Knights, where good mates Mitchell Pearce and Aidan Guerra have landed, Robinson declared his confidence of locking in his skipper’s services by the club’s first pre-season trial against Penrith on February 17.”I know we’re pretty close with Boyd,” Robinson told Sky Sports Radio on Friday morning.”Hopefully there will be a response in the next couple of weeks.”Asked if he is confident of retaining the 16-Test international, Robinson responded: “I’d like to think so with Boyd being our captain and being here since he was a kid.”We definitely want to see him stay here so hopefully that’ll get done by the trials.”Cordner has previously attracted attention from his junior club Newcastle when he was last off-contract at the start of 2016, with Manly also chasing the gun back-rower before he inked his current two-year deal.He has since been elevated to the club captaincy alongside Jake Friend, and played 126 games for the outfit he first joined as a 16-year-old.Robinson also hinted the Roosters may still go to market again before the Telstra Premiership kicks off and add to the recruitment spree that has netted Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco for 2018.With Pearce and Michael Gordon (Titans) exiting as a result of Robinson’s cash splash, the Roosters have entered the new year with two free spots remaining in their top 30 squad.One of those spots can remain vacant until June 30 under the NRL’s new revised squad rules, but the other must be filled by March 1. The Tricolours’ season kicks off against Tedesco’s old side Wests Tigers on March 10.With the departures of Guerra, Kane Evans, Liam Knight and Paul Carter from the Roosters forward stocks, a big body up front looms as the most likely addition with either the club’s reserve grade ranks or another recruit to fill the void.”Obviously with Mitchell going and Mick Gordon going to the Gold Coast that has left us with a couple of spots in our 30,” Robinson said.”I think you’ve got to fill 29 of them by the start of March and then you’re allowed to leave one throughout the year.”So we’ve let a couple of spots there mainly to see what the guys in reserve grade, see how they develop, so hopefully they might take one of those spots.”Or we might recruit into those spots as well. So we’ve got a couple of spots up our sleeve with that different system that’s quite interesting.”last_img read more

Touch Footy to develop affiliates

first_imgWith extended partnerships, TFPNG is looking forward to improve its standard further this year with all Touch Footy competitions across the PNG.“TFPNG is finalizing its new partnership with Queensland Touch on improving its administration, operational and technical areas and there are areas we need to improve on and this relationship will bring a new level of development for the code” President of TFPNG, Dadi Toka Jr said.  Toka also urged all associations affiliated from 2015 and new associations to register with the federation before the end of March 2016.“The annual affiliation fee is for this year is K2,500. The fee may have increased but there will be tangible benefits for the association’s players and administration” Toka said.The Federation of International Touch (FIT) will also be assisting TFPNG on a technical level with its provincial rollout of Coaching Clinics, Referee Clinics and TFPNG Constitution Workshops for all its registered affiliates of 2016.The Provincial Touch Championship will be hosted in Buka on the first week of July and preparations are progressing well with the organizing committee. The selections for the PNG elite and juniors squad will also be conducted then.It’s a busy schedule of events and programs for touch football in the country but exciting developments ahead for Touch Football Papua New Guinea.last_img read more

Ansu makes a break: two months without starting at Barça

first_imgNow that in the Super Cup will cross with the Golden BoyJoao Felix, is a good time to take stock of last two months of Ansu Fati (31-10-2002), which was sixth in the final classification of the award confirming as new child prodigy of football (three years younger than Portuguese). Bissau’s boy, barely 17, has been two months without being a starter at Barça. It does not mean that his progression has slowed or that the club has stopped trusting him. But it is evidence that their appearances have been reduced. It’s been two months since Ansu is not the owner. The last time he was on the eleventh was November 9 against the Celtic and only played the first 45 minutes. He didn’t find his place as he had used at the start of the championship and Valverde replaced him. Since then, Ansu just played 20 minutes in Leganés, five in the Champions League against Inter; and finally seven in the Classic against Madrid. That has not prevented him from continuing to break records. Besides being the second player youngest in the history of Barça to debut in League with 16 years and 298 days, only 20 more than the 16 years and 278 days with which he debuted Vicenç Martínez, is already the youngest player in the history of Barça to score a goal in the league. And with his goal at Giuseppe Meazza, he also became the youngest player in history to score a goal in the Champions League (17 years and 40 days). “The whole stadium was silent and I thought: what you just did,” he said after that goal that is already historic. Various factors explain the loss of protagonism of Ansu In the last months. First, the physicist. The U21 international has sporadic discomfort in the patellar tendon fruit that is still growing. That causes pain and doctors and technicians prefer to calm down in the matter. In addition, the consolidation of the trident in the last two months has left him without opportunities. Griezmann, Suárez and Messi have begun to mix better, important moments of the season arrive and the responsibility player is not wanted to be charged either. If still no minutesHowever, soon the debate will appear on whether it should go down to the subsidiary To have more minutes. But as long as it is the first attack option on the bench, it is logical that Valverde keep him with the best.center_img The faith in Ansunevertheless it is intact and is infinite. In the directive, the technical secretariat and the bench. Bartomeu, Abidal, Plans or Valverde they agree that the player is going to arrive and will be established in the elite. The best test was his improvement and contract extension on December 4. A player who will have a clause of 400 million Euro as a player of the first team is more than a bet. It is a franchise player project. Ansu, meanwhile, continues with his quiet life routines and his progression as a soccer player near the Messi, Leo and family, who advise him. Who knows if in Arabia, land of a Thousand and One Nights, write Another legendary story.last_img read more

The plan of the nine in Barça jumps through the air

first_imgSuárez’s injury, however, has changed the scenario at Barça. The club promised not to embark on rocambolesque adventures like Boateng. But he is obliged to sign a level forward to cover the hole of a player who has been in 25 of the 60 official goals that Barça has scored this year. As you can’t make a mistake like Boateng’s, Barça has reduced its agenda to reliable players. In it are Chimy Ávila, Cavani and Stuani. All three have an asterisk that makes hiring difficult. Chimy Ávila, who turns 26 in February, has a clause of 25 million euros. It has exploded this year in LaLiga but its price is high and it is not a project of Barça’s head striker. Cavani, 33 years old in February, ends the contract in June 2020. Barça would be late for that operation because Atlético is ahead. In addition, he has a bone in the club that has his rights, the PSG. Tuchel already said last week that his team was not the Monopoly. It’s hard for him to get out, but his name has also been on Abidal’s quotes. The option of Stuani, player of Girona, also appeared last season but did not materialize. These three names have sounded in the offices of Can Barça. However, it is easy to wonder how much they can help the team and, above all, if you can incorporate them, you can mortgage the Barça plan A, which is to incorporate a cache forward in summer. The third way, which could be unconvincing in a club that should look in the medium term, will be to incorporate a player from the Chimy profile, squeeze Suárez until the contract ends and wait for the summer of 2021 to make an investment that would no longer be necessary or mandatory. Presumably, the meetings that Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes have multiplied with Quique Setién in the last hours will clarify what the plan is, but it is difficult to think that a club that looks at everything in short-term terms like Barça today does not attack the signing of A level forward. Luis Suarez’s injury has put Barça in check. Not only because the Barça team loses the player who has participated in more than 40 percent of the goals this season. Also because the future plan of the nine can jump through the air. Until a few days ago, Barça had already decided its way for the 2020-21 season. Regardless of whether Suárez continued or not, Eric Abidal, sports director himself, had admitted that the signing of a level forward was a priority. That intention of Barça was known by Luis Suarez, who knew that, in addition, the chosen one was Lautaro Martínez, Inter striker who in July can leave for 111 million euros. A very high figure, but that begins to correspond with the value of a striker who has scored 15 goals in 24 official matches this season and has doubled its market value in the specialized pages. From 40 million euros has gone to 80 million in the last appraisals.last_img read more

“We are out of place, I don’t know why they annul the goal …”

first_imgJulen Lopetegui, coach of Sevilla, analyzed in the flash interview the defeat at the Bernabéu and was critical of the arbitration. Specifically with the 0-1 canceled De Jong after Martínez Munuera consulted the VAR. The reason was a blocking of Gudelj on Militao before the goal. “The goal is absolutely legal and we are out of place,” he said.Balance: “We are misplaced by the goal canceled and more after having seen it. It is the key to the game. In the first part we have been very good and in the second we wanted to remove the ball very soon from above, which is bad. We react to his goal but 2-1 so fast punished us. Even so we had two options to tie, but Madrid’s punch is superior. “Arbitration: “If I have said the word shame, it is not adequate, but I cannot understand why it cancels the goal. There is no reason to cancel that goal. I am not going to talk about what could or could not have been. What it has been a great goal in an action worked all week and we do not know why they have annulled it “. Image: “We have been in the game permanently and in the first part over Real Madrid. I think the team had arrests to go for the tie at the end taking risk.”Return to the Bernabéu: “I have not stopped to think. The only emotion I wanted to feel is to win the three points here.”Then, he appeared before the media in the press room of the Bernabéu.Controversy: “I have seen it clearly for that reason I protest it. I do not guess what the referee has seen to cancel that goal. It has hurt us the cancellation of that goal and we are sad because we deserved more.”Rival: “They were successful from face to door, but I think we hurt him especially in the first part.”Sensation: “I feel frustrated and I would like an explanation. These things are small details, but it seemed like an important moment in the game.”Ovation of the Bernabéu: “It is always appreciated and I have felt loved. I have been here and that affection must be thanked. We were with the energy put into the game.”last_img read more

Without fear of the Bernabéu

first_imgThen, three draws, the last one, last season, September 29, 2018, 0-0. Of course, Simeone must find another scorer: the Atlético footballer who was caught in the last Madrid-Atlético no longer has him on the squad. Antoine Griezmann. It was the goal in 2015-16, in 2016-17 and in 2017-18, the only goal of Atlético in the Bernabéu derbis. In fact, the Frenchman was also the one who scored for Atlético in the last League match between them, the Wanda Metropolitano last season, February 9, 2019, result 1-3.In the victories of Atlético to Real Madrid in 2013-14 and 2014-15 Cholo had three different scorers. Diego Costa, Tiago and Arda Turán. In the last red and white victory there Simeone’s scorer was already Griezmann (0-1, the first of Zidane). Cristiano Ronaldo and Özil were the authors of the goals in the last white victory in a derby. 0-1 on December 1, 2012. Simeone already coach and Mourinho on the opposite bench. Atlético will be as is, out of Champions positions, with the infirmary full, with just 15 field players to form an eleven, but he does not fear the Bernabéu. He has been since 2012, season 12-13, without losing in the field of Madrid in LaLiga. Six games, zero losses since 2013-14, when the rojiblancos won 0-1 with a goal from Diego Costa, assistance from Koke. Two more victories followed that one.last_img read more

If the blood is red, why do the veins look green or blue?

first_imgRed blood cells. Image: iStock Now, when red light enters our veins, it is absorbed by hemoglobin. To be more precise and better understand the process, hemoglobin is the protein that makes our blood turn red. An example and that we all have ever done as children is to put our hand in front of a red light. Due to the absorption of light and hemoglobin, the hand will turn completely red, while the veins are marked in darker areas. It is a process that has its application in medicine, used by doctors to draw blood by illuminating the specific area of ​​the arm.Veins on the foot. Image: iStockBut what happens to the blue or short length light? In this case, the blue light deviates much more easily than the red light and therefore does not penetrate the skin. Returning to the previous example of the light on the skin, in case it is blue it will only turn our skin into that color, making it very difficult or practically impossible to locate the veins. As a curiosity, not a few locals use blue light for their bathrooms to prevent the use of intravenous drugs. Now that everything starts to make sense and we have part of the settled theory, it is time to ask ourselves: what would happen if we applied blue and red light at the same time on the skin? We would have an impact of colors reflected between blue, red and different ranges. Although the effect varies depending on how deep or thick your vein is, the result is none other than in places where there are veins you will see less red and therefore more blue, thus showing the blood ducts. Using a red light to locate the veins is a method used by doctorsUnderstanding how light affects our body is key to understanding the conceptcenter_img Surely you have ever asked yourself the question about why we see blue or green veins, but the blood is red. A response that has much of its explanation in the light compartment, once it comes into contact with our body, but also in the properties of blood.To begin, we must briefly explain the wavelength and how it affects colors. Once we understand this factor we will have everything necessary to understand much better what happens when the light passes through our skin. The red light has a long wavelength, that is, 700 nanometers. For its part, the violet light has a short wavelength, 400 nanometers. The light we receive during the day is white, a mixture between the different spectra of visible lengths.last_img read more

Deborah was trapped in Poland

first_imgDébora García is living a different quarantine. The Espanyol player went to Poland on vacation taking advantage of the free days available for the team break and today she has not been able to return to Spain. The parica footballer went to visit the Spanish Omar Monterde, also a footballer who is a member of the Polish GKS Tychy, before the coravirus crisis began. The speed of the virus’s spread unleashed a series of measures that Débora was caught in Poland. And last Monday, a day after the state of alarm was announced, the blue and white player explained her situation on his Twitter account: “Thanks to the airlines, the Spanish embassy and consulate for the solutions you offer to your citizens who are outside of Spain. It is shameful. Nor look for our health or well-being. Don’t worry, I’m already in Poland until further notice, I’ll be back one day if that. ” A very direct message denouncing the situation you are experiencing. And a week later, Débora continues without solutions, trapped in the town of Tychy. Poland declared the ‘epidemic state’ just a few days ago and closed educational centers. Débora will follow Poland for a few more weeks because the solutions do not come.last_img read more