Month: May 2020

  • Dabbs Named UIW Volleyball Head Coach

    first_imgDabbs also gained valuable international experience as a member of the USA A2 Junior National Team. Dabbs joined the UNF volleyball coaching staff in 2012. In addition to coordinating North Florida’s recruiting efforts, Dabbs helped develop the team’s offensive system, working primarily with setters.At the conclusion of the 2016 sand volleyball season, Dabbs and Director of Volleyball Steve Loeswick garnered Atlantic Sun Conference Coaching Staff of the Year honors. The duo led the Ospreys to a record 24 wins and the program’s fourth ASUN Tournament title.Over the 2014-15 campaign, Dabbs was instrumental in the development of UNF’s two-setter indoor system. Under her guidance, Courtney Miller was named 2014 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year.During the 2015 beach season, North Florida’s top duo of Cari Whitmire and Cameron McGuire earned all-conference honors, while Jess Kinlaw landed a spot on the all-freshman team.In 2013-14, Dabbs worked with a young indoor program, while guiding UNF to another successful sand season. With the indoor team, Dabbs helped develop freshman setter Abby Fesl, who earned all-freshman team honors.North Florida compiled an 18-6 overall beach record and a 7-1 mark against Atlantic Sun competition in 2014. Dagnija Medina and Kim Hildreth concluded the season as the Atlantic Sun’s Pair of the Year and reached the championship bracket at the AVCA Sand National Championships.During the indoor campaign in the fall 2012, UNF earned a 22-12 record and an 11-7 mark in conference play. This was North Florida’s first 20-win season in Division I history and its first season with double-digit conference wins since joining the ASUN. UNF also reached the Atlantic Sun Championship match for the first time in program history. Under Dabbs’ tutelage, Britt Claessens put up 1,376 assists in 2012, which is the fifth-highest single-season total in program history.During the 2013 beach season, UNF went 16-5 overall and 8-0 in Atlantic Sun action. North Florida defended its ASUN Tournament title and became the first team in the country to earn an automatic bid to the AVCA Sand National Championships. UNF was one of six teams to compete for a team title. Additionally, two North Florida pairs – Anna Budinska/Dagnija Medina and Carolyn Jenkins/Cari Whitmire – were picked to compete in the AVCA Sand Volleyball Pairs National Championship. Budinska and Medina were named the ASUN Tournament’s Most Valuable Pair and both earned first team All-Atlantic Sun honors.Dabbs’ joined North Florida during the inaugural beach volleyball season in the spring of 2012. In its first season, UNF captured the ASUN Tournament title and Dagnija Medina and Emily Strack made an appearance at the AVCA Sand Nationals.Prior to UNF, Dabbs had stints as an assistant coach at Cincinnati and Appalachian State. “I want to thank Brian Wickstrom, Angela Lawson and the UIW Athletics administrative team for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be the head women’s volleyball coach,” Dabbs said. “I am proud to be part of the UIW Athletic Department and I’m excited to lead the Cardinals’ volleyball program.” Before moving to the sidelines, Dabbs completed and illustrious playing career as a setter for Louisville and LSU. She was tutored by North Florida head coach Steve Loeswick during her playing days in Baton Rouge. Dabbs earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration-Sport Commerce from LSU in 2010. A native of the Alamo City and former Churchill High School standout, Dabbs comes to UIW after six seasons at North Florida, where she served as head coach of the beach volleyball program and associate head coach of the indoor volleyball team. As a senior in 2009, Dabbs started 30 matches for the SEC-champion Tigers on her way to earning All-SEC and All-Louisiana first team honors. Dabbs also garnered AVCA All-America and All-South Region Honorable Mention recognition. As a junior, she ranked fifth in the SEC in assists and earned Louisiana Newcomer of the Year and All-Louisiana second team honors.Prior to LSU, Dabbs spent two years as the starting setter at Louisville, where she led the Cardinals to a No. 17 national ranking. SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Samantha Dabbs has been selected as the seventh head coach of the University of the Incarnate Word women’s volleyball program, Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom announced Tuesday. “I am excited to welcome Samantha back to San Antonio,” Wickstrom said. “Her commitment to building a championship program within the core values of UIW will be fun to watch. I believe our student-athletes will thrive off of her coaching energy and philosophy.”last_img read more

  • Vanderbilt’s Maria Bulanova Captures Bowler of the Month Honors

    first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Vanderbilt junior Maria Bulanova has claimed the season’s Southland Conference’s October Bowler of the Month award, league officials announced Thursday. Southland monthly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.After heading into the 2018 season as a two-time All-American, Bulanova led reigning NCAA champion Vanderbilt to a second-place team finish at the McKendree Hammer Open in Fairview Heights, Ill. Match play spanned from Oct. 26-28.October 2018 Bowler of the Month: Maria Bulanova, Vanderbilt – Jr. – Moscow, RussiaBulanova placed second individually to find her way onto the all-tournament team with a 219.60 average at the McKendree Hammer Open. The junior was consistently strong with games of 191-224-200-237-246, missing out on the individual title by 33 pins. Bulanova’s performance marks the sixth instance in her collegiate career where she has been named to an all-tournament team.The Moscow, Russia native also shined as the team’s anchor bowler in the Friday and Sunday Baker games. At one point during the first day of Baker play Maria had a strike percentage approaching 60 percent. Vanderbilt went 9-4 for the weekend in a tournament that included the top-three ranked programs in the nation.Southland Bowlers of the Month are voted upon by the league’s sports information directors. Voting for one’s own bowler is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more


    first_imgVETERAN JOCKEY SCOTT STEVENS TO RECEIVE SANTA ANITA’S COVETED 2019 GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD TROPHY SUNDAY, MAY 19WITH MORE THAN 4,800 CAREER WINS, HE WILL JOIN HIS BROTHER GARY STEVENS AS THE ONLY SIBLING TANDEM TO WIN THE WOOLF AWARD IN ITS 70-YEAR HISTORY ARCADIA, Calif. (May 2, 2019)–In what will surely be an intensely emotional moment, veteran jockey Scott Stevens will be presented with the 2019 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony at Santa Anita on Sunday, May 19.A winner of more than 4,800 races in a career that has spanned 43 years, Stevens will be joined on May 19 by family, friends and colleagues, including the 1996 Woolf Award winner, retired Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, as the pair thus become the first brotherly tandem to win the prestigious award in its 70-year history.The winner via a vote of jockeys nationwide, Stevens placed first among a list of five finalists that included Joe Bravo, Kerwin Clark, John Davila, Jr. and Julien Leparoux.“I know I was there when Gary won, but honestly, it’s been so long ago, I don’t remember,” said Stevens from his base at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. “This award is so special and I was honored just to be nominated. When you think about all the great riders and the great people that have won it and to be selected by a vote of your peers…It’s really more than I can describe.”Born Oct. 6, 1960 in Caldwell, Idaho, Stevens is the son of a former trainer, Ron, and rodeo queen, Barbara.  Steeped in the ways of the horse-world from infancy, Stevens, who has more than 32,400 career mounts, broke his maiden on May 30, 1976 at Les Bois Park in Boise, at the age of 15.A member of both the Idaho and Canterbury Park (MN) Halls of Fame, Stevens has been a helpful, guiding influence to scores of young jockeys for decades.A nine-time leading rider at Turf Paradise, Stevens, who resides in Phoenix with his longtime partner Pam Isles, has two grown children, a daughter Jessica and a son, Jake, as well as five grandchildren, four of whom will join him on May 19.Named for the legendary Hall of Fame jockey George Woolf, who died at age 35 following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf Award can only be won once, and it is intended to recognize those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing.The Woolf trophy is a replica of the life-size statue of George Woolf which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens Area.last_img read more


    first_img22% 8 22 47% 24 $724,436 17% Rafael Bejarano112 55% 11 JockeyMts 16% John Shirreffs20 52% 20 6 $1,065,456 3rd 6 8 $963,679 24% Money Won $1,103,736 4 BEJARANO TWO SHY OF 4,000 CAREER WINS 12 Richard Baltas64 20% 53% 37% Drayden Van Dyke89 5 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: All Good (Outside) and Mucho Gusto works 5 furlongs.6-9-19 (Baffert)Marley’s Freedom (Outside) and Zatter works 5 furlongs. 6-9-19 (Baffert)Gift Box (Outside) in company with Higher Power works 5 furlongs. 6-9-19 (Baffert)Lemoona (Outside) in company with One Nation works 5 Furlongs. 6-9-19 (Baffert)XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on June 9th, 2019Blitzkrieg works 4 furlongs. 6-8-19 (O’Neill)Caribou Club works 4 furlongs. 6-8-19 (Proctor)Nolo Contesto (Outside) in company works 5 furlongs. 6-8-19 (Sadler)Cajun Treasure works 4 furlongs. 6-8-19 (Eurton)Game Winner (Outside) and Shocking Fast worked 4 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baffert)Roadster worked 5 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baffert)FINISH LINES: With 3,998 career victories, Rafael Bejarano is two shy of the 4,000 milestone which he could reach today at Santa Anita, where he is named on six horses. “We’re looking forward to it,” said his agent since 2015, Tora Yamaguchi . . . Trainer Victor Garcia is the uncle of Andy Ruiz Jr., who on June 1 defeated Anthony Joshua by TKO in the seventh round to capture the unified WBA (Super) IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight boxing titles. Born in Imperial, California, the 29-year-old Ruiz, nicknamed “Destroyer” and “Mexican Rocky,” has 33 wins in 34 bouts, 22 by knockout . . . Agent Dudley Osborne and jockey Brice Blanc have “divorced,” parting company amicably. “He got the house, I got the car,” Osborne said . . . Ryan Glatt, son of trainer Mark Glatt, now represents jockey Agapito Delgadillo . . . With seven racing days remaining in the Spring portion of the meet, Flavien Prat holds a 24-19 lead over Joe Talamo in the competition for leading rider, while Doug O’Neill carries a 22-16 lead over Richard Baltas. A surging Glatt is poised in third with 15 wins . . . Santa Anita is dark for live racing this Monday through Thursday. Live action resumes 1 p.m. Friday, June 14. Simulcast racing is offered Thursday with free General Admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Mark Glatt66 16% 52% 17 TRAINER LOUIS BRADVICA DEAD AT AGE 91 $888,603 8% 47% 14 46% $896,342 2 16 19 Ruben Fuentes103 48% 7 $750,028 10 0 7 49% 24% ITM% SMOKEY IMAGE RETURNS IN THOR’S ECHO 0 $286,941 Joseph Talamo96 Mario Gutierrez58 $1,796,776 25% $1,225,988 64% 13 $1,035,527 8 20% 47% $510,418 58% 48% Win% 3rd 46% Norberto Arroyo, Jr.39 $620,869 Victor Espinoza53 6 Vladimir Cerin41 5 8 14 12 Aaron Gryder73 1st 8 5 $156,722 57% $549,835 Win% 7 11 Richard Mandella23 12% JACKPOT IS $1,104,202 AT END OF ‘RAINBOW’ Steve Knapp29 Martin Pedroza38 5 18 59% Edwin Maldonado66 $490,633 Money Won Kent Desormeaux61 6 Andrew Lerner11center_img Tiago Pereira114 15% 55% 8 19% $798,131 12 17 48% 45% $264,639 16% 1st 13 $749,427 11 11 2nd Doug O’Neill89 5 7 20% 25% Flavien Prat102 15 7 21% 3 $508,829 11 25% 11 J. Keith Desormeaux27 22 12 19 23% 13 Philip D’Amato70 $734,033 41% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 4 $1,048,977 13 6 John Sadler59 $408,928 10 10 3 6 16 50% 19 15% 4 MARTIN GARCA ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA 7 THRONE OPEN FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD KING 5 TrainerMts 19% 10 35% 71% 13 49% 13 6 14 41% 8 $503,314 5 Geovanni Franco84 17 13 12% Martin Garcia59 LEADER DEBATABLE AFTER TRIPLE CROWN RESULTSThree Triple Crown races, three different winners–maybe four–depending on one’s point of view.Six months before the Eclipse Award winner as champion three-year-old male of 2019 is announced, and the picture is as clear as TV reception back in the rabbit ear days, fuzzy at best, as muddled as a Berlitz convention.Country House was promoted to victory in the Kentucky Derby, although Maximum Security crossed the wire first. War of Will won the Preakness, but finished ninth behind victorious stablemate Sir Winston in yesterday’s Belmont Stakes.The envelope, please . . .“Maximum Security is still the best right now,” said two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert on a warm Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner. “He’s definitely leading the pack, but you’ve got Omaha Beach, and my horses, Game Winner and Roadster, will rebound.“They’ll all get separated in the Travers.”Depending on the outcome of future three-year-old mainstays such as the Travers on Aug. 24 and the Haskell on July 20, lobbying could continue beyond the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. There are no American Pharoahs or Justifys this year.“They were far superior animals,” said Baffert, who flawlessly conditioned each to memorable Triple Crown sweeps, in 2015 and 2018.Amen and amen again.MARTIN GARCIA SURGING AT SANTA ANITAMartin Garcia is on a roll.In the past week, the resurgent 34-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, has won seven races including three yesterday to give him 14 at the Spring portion of Santa Anita’s meet, placing him in the lofty position of sixth in the standings.He also remains a trusted member of Bob Baffert’s mega-stable, breezing the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer’s blueblood stock when called upon.“Martin is working really hard, working horses in the mornings, has a great attitude and is a very talented rider,” said his agent, Tom Knust. “He’s one of the best riders around. All he needs are the opportunities and he’ll deliver.“I’m very happy with him and how strong he’s finishing here before heading to Del Mar this summer.”Knust also is eager to welcome runaway Golden Gate Fields riding king Abel Cedillo who will ride on a regular basis in Southern California for the first time shortly.“He’ll be here next week and I’m excited about getting him,” Knust said. “He’s a strong finisher, his horses relax and he just wins. I expect him to start riding before this meet’s over.“I’m looking forward to representing two riders who have so much talent and potential.”Added Baffert: “Martin had gotten hurt and had to clean up some things in his life, and he did. Now he’s trying to get back to where he was. He misses those big Baffert checks (such as the one from winning the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2014 for Baffert on Bayern).”SMOKEY IMAGE RETURNS AFTER BOUT WITH PNEUMONIASmokey Image is scheduled to make his first start in 13 months this Saturday in the $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes for three-year-olds and up at six furlongs.Truth be told, the six-year-old gelded son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image owned by Irvin Racing Stable is lucky to be alive.“He had pneumonia,” trainer Carla Gaines said in summing up the chestnut’s extensive absence. “After he ran in the Crystal Water on May 20 of last year, the next morning he had spiked a very high temperature, and it became a pretty precarious illness. “He was sent to Alamo Pintado (Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos) for two months with bacteria that had walled off in his lung, and it was touch and go.“I don’t know how he’ll come back. He’s been training well, so we’ll just have to see.”If Smokey Image bounces back as well as Bolo, the Thor’s Echo, one of the lucrative Golden State Series events, could be as good as over.It was Gaines who saddled Bolo to a front-running victory at odds of nearly 33-1 in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on Memorial Day. The seven-year-old son of Temple City was coming off a solitary prep on April 28 following an absence of nearly two years.“They have to have that desire,” Gaines said, electing to put personal credit on a back burner. “That’s all I’m saying. I’m not sure it’s there with Smokey Image, and I wasn’t sure it was there with Bolo until I ran him in his first start back.“After that race, I knew his attitude as a race horse was still there. For Smokey, it will be a test, and I hope we pass the test.”SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AT $1,104,202And the beat goes on.For the 28th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot remained untouchable on Saturday, resulting in a massive Jackpot carryover of $1,104,202 into Sunday.With $240,135 in “new” money wagered contributing to a total Jackpot pool Saturday of $1,289,357, there were 94 consolation tickets with six wins, each worth $1,372.Approximate post time for today’s fourth race which begins the Rainbow Six is 2:31 p.m.TRAINER LOU BRADVICA DIES AT THE AGE OF 91The racing community today mourns the passing of trainer Louis Bradvica who died at his home in Riverside Tuesday at the age of 91.“Lou was a farmer at heart, and while he loved all plants and animals, he loved the horse the most,” said his nephew, George Bradvica. “It didn’t matter what breed, but his love for the horse was unbridled.“He was my surrogate Dad and gave me experiences that I’ll never forget, including the knowledge and nurturing of horses that propelled me into the horse racing industry for a career and a lifetime.“I would not be into the horse racing industry without my Uncle Lou and his love for the horse. We bought our first one as partners in 1960–a Shetland pony–for $357. I helped pay for it with money from my first communion.”Services will be Friday, June 28, at Habanero Mexican Grill, 2472 University Ave. in Riverside from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The restaurant’s phone number is 951-224-9145. 11 5 18 2nd 15% 6 $214,707 (Current from April 12 through Saturday, June 8) 5 20 25% 25% Jerry Hollendorfer46 7 5 59% 17% 15% 5 52% $212,105 6 $386,722 Bob Baffert28 17 55% ITM% $261,562last_img read more


    first_imgLIEUTENANT DAN, WOUND TIGHT & BRANDOTHEBARTENDER PROMINENT IN WIDE OPEN FIELD OF 10 GOING 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN SUNDAY’S $100,000 SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2020)–In a wide open affair that has attracted 10 older California-bred or sired horses (with one on the also eligible), the quintet of Lieutenant Dan, Wound Tight, Brandothebartender, Castle and Tigre Di Slugo all figure prominently in Sunday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs over the Santa Anita turf.Trained by Steve Miyadi, Lieutenant Dan comes off a big second on dirt in the Cal Cup Sprint while classy Wound Tight, a romping Cal-bred stakes winner routing two starts back for Bob Hess, Jr., shortens up out of seven consecutive routes.Brandothebartender, trained by Craig Dollase, exits a solid second in a second condition allowance over the course and Mark Glatt’s Castle, idle since Dec. 29, took a Cal-bred stakes over the course two starts back.Throw in Mike Puype’s late blooming Tigre Di Slugo, who will try turf for the first time after toying with state-bred allowance foes last month and it’s readily apparent Sunday’s Sensational Star shapes up as a terrific betting race. Puype will also be represented by Stealthediamonds, who exits a gate to wire victory over the course in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint on Jan. 18. The lone distaffer in the lineup, she’ll be facing males for the first time in her 18th career start.The Sensational Star is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, sponsored by the CTBA for California-bred or sired horses.LIEUTENANT DANOwner:  Nick AlexanderTrainer:  Steve MiyadiA game second, beaten a neck by repeat stakes winner Fashionably Fast in the Cal Cup Sprint on dirt Jan. 18, this 4-year-old homebred Grazen gelding is two-time stakes placed versus state-breds routing and was a state-bred stakes winner sprinting on dirt here 11 months ago. Headquartered at Los Alamitos, “Dan” has four wins from 11 starts and should be extremely tough with Drayden Van Dyke set to ride him back.WOUND TIGHTOwner:  Matt NelsonTrainer:  Bob Hess, Jr.Can he sprint? Although this homebred 5-year-old gelding is by top sprinter Coil, Wound Tight is winless in two career tries sprinting–once on dirt and once on grass.  Most recently a well beaten third in a 1 1/8 mile turf allowance Feb. 29, it would seem Wound Tight will need some serious pace pressure to facilitate his chances on Sunday.  With an overall mark of 11-4-2-3, he’s never been offered for a tag and will get the services of Rafael Bejarano.BRANDOTHEBARTENDEROwner:  Flawless Racing, Brian Flanagan & Michael JarvisTrainer:  Craig DollaseIn a big effort, this 7-year-old Tribal Rule gelding rallied late to finish second, beaten three quarters of a length over the course in a second condition allowance Feb. 23.  Third in last year’s Sensational Star and a Cal-bred stakes winner on turf, “Brando” retains the services of the meet’s leading turf rider Umberto Rispoli and rates a huge chance on Sunday.CASTLEOwner:  Where We AtTrainer:  Mark GlattClaimed three starts back for $40,000, this 7-year-old gelding by Slew’s Tiznow went gate to wire to win the California Flag Handicap by a neck in his next start here on Oct. 19.  A close fourth in a second condition allowance over the course Dec. 29, he enters the Sensational Star fresh and dangerous with six wins (four on turf) from 15 overall starts.TIGRE DI SLUGOOwner:  Slugo Racing, Tiger Racing Stable, LLC & Mike Puype                  Trainer:  Mike PuypeLate getting to the races, this 5-year-old full horse by Smiling Tiger was a gutty first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs on dirt Nov. 15 at Del Mar and then was a well beaten third by repeat winner Principe Carlo in a first condition allowance versus state-breds here on Jan. 18 as the 9-5 favorite.  Off as the 2-1 choice at the same condition going six furlongs on Feb. 16, he didn’t disappoint, as he drew off to a facile 2 ¼ length win.  With regular rider Flavien Prat back aboard, he’ll get tested for class as he tries turf of the first time in his fourth career start.THE $100,000 SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9   Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT Grinning Tiger–Ruben Fuentes–122Wound Tight–Rafael Bejarano–124Brandothebartender–Umberto Rispoli–122Just Grazed Me–Geovanni Franco–119Tigre Di Slugo–Flavien Prat–120The Hunted–Mario Gutierrez–124Lieutenant Dan–Drayden Van Dyke–124Castle–Abel Cedillo–124Stealthediamonds–Agapito Delgadillo–119Loud Mouth–Tiago Pereira–122ALSO ELIGIBLE11. Tap the Wire–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–120First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  Due to health concerns surrounding the coronavirus, there is no public admittance to Santa Anita Park until further notice.  For updates, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

  • Dortmund and Bayern Munich planning raids for Ireland youngster Troy Parrott

    first_img4 Parrott made his senior Ireland debut against New Zealand during the recent international breakCredit: Getty Images – Getty4 Replacing Mauricio Pochettino with Jose Mourinho has thrown uncertainty to the future of Parrott at SpursCredit: Reuters BORUSSIA DORTMUND are ready to battle it out with arch-rivals Bayern Munich to sign Ireland youngster Troy Parrott, according to reports.The Spurs striker is seen as one of the most exciting teenage prospects in Europe and signed his first professional contract on his 17th birthday in February.4 Troy Parrott is wanted by Europe’s top clubsDortmund took teenager Jadon Sancho from Manchester City in 2017 and the England winger’s development in Germany has been clear to see.Plenty of other young players have left Premier League clubs for Germany over recent years to great success.So the chance to take on Parrott and do something similar would no doubt appeal to Lucien Favre as his side look to capitalise on Bayern’s uncertainty over the managerial situation with Hans-Dieter Flick remaining in interim charge.But according to the Express, giants Real Madrid and Juventus are also monitoring Parrott’s situation and could try to lure him away from North London.4 Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are among a number of clubs interested in Tottenham striker Troy ParrottCredit: ReutersParrott arrived at Spurs from Irish side Belvedere two years ago and was incredibly popular with former boss Mauricio Pochettino.He featured in pre-season alongside Harry Kane and made his presence known in the Uefa Youth League with five goals in three appearances – plus an assist against Bayern.The forward made his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup defeat to Colchester and was on the bench for the 1-1 draw with Everton at the beginning of November.IRELAND INTERNATIONALHe had done enough to convince Mick McCarthy to hand him his senior Republic of Ireland debut.Parrott started for the Irish in their 3-1 friendly win over New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium last week.He did not come on in the crucial clash with Denmark meaning he dropped down to play with the Under-21s in their win over Sweden on Tuesday.And it was on the pitch at full-time after the win over the Swedes that Parrott was informed of Spurs’ decision to sack Poch.The Argentine was replaced less than 12 hours later by Jose Mourinho, who won his first game in charge against West Ham yesterday.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneFor all his success and silverware in his career, one criticism of Mourinho has been his reluctance to give youth a chance.So immediately suggestions that Parrott may need to leave – either permanently or on loan – to progress his career surfaced, with interest from around Europe.Jose, though, was quick to set out his stall after being unveiled as the new Spurs boss by commenting on the club’s exciting academy.He said: “I really like this squad. Of course, I’m not going to say names, I’m not going to tell you individuals because this is completely against my concept of what a team has to be, but I like a lot the ability of the squad.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star Rafinha“There is not one manager in the world who does not like to play young players and help young players to evolve, there is not one.“The problem is sometimes you get into clubs and the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players, but when you have them, the managers are always happy to develop these players.“I look to our history and you see that the academy is always giving the talent the first team needs. Of course, I also look forward to work with that profile.”last_img read more

  • Tottenham make U-turn over decision to furlough non-playing staff after backlash

    first_img2TOTTENHAM have made a dramatic U-turn over their controversial decision to furlough non-playing staff after the club was hit by a furious backlash.Jamie Redknapp led the outcry from former Spurs stars as Daniel Levy finally gave up on his unpopular penny-pinching plan and confirmed wages will be paid in full throughout April and May.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates2 Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has reversed his decision to furlough non-playing staffCredit: PA:Press AssociationTottenham’s announcement came a week after Liverpool confirmed that they had also reversed their decision to put their staff on furlough leave.Chairman Levy said: “The criticism the club has received over the last week has been felt all the more keenly because of our track record of good works and our huge sense of responsibility to care for those that rely on us, particularly locally.“It was never our intent, as custodians, to do anything other than put measures in place to protect jobs whilst the club sought to continue to operate in a self-sufficient manner during uncertain times.“We regret any concern caused during an anxious time and hope the work our supporters will see us doing in the coming weeks, as our stadium takes on a whole new purpose, will make them proud of their club.”Tottenham’s change of heart does not include the club’s board of directors however, who will continue to take a 20 per cent pay cut until the end of May.We regret any concern caused during an anxious time and hope the work our supporters will see us doing in the coming weeks make them proud of their clubTottenham chairman Daniel LevyIn a club statement released on Monday, the club said: “In our last update we said we would keep our position under review, especially in the context of revised budgets and cost cutting.“Having done so we have decided that all non-playing staff, whether full-time, casual or furloughed, will receive 100% of their pay for April and May. Only the board will take salary reductions.“With no clarity on when football might resume and under what conditions, we shall continue to keep this under ongoing review. We should like to thank our staff for their incredible support and understanding.“We are acutely aware that many supporters were against the decision we made regarding furloughing staff who could not carry out their jobs from home – due to the nature of their work – and our intention to apply, if applicable, for the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), a scheme designed to ensure that jobs and employment rights are protected.“Indeed we have seen opposition from fans to fellow Premier League clubs accessing the CJRS too. This once again underlines that we bear different pressures to other businesses, many of whom have and will continue to apply for support from the scheme as the government intended.“In view of supporter sentiment regarding the scheme, it is now not our intention to make use of the current CJRS that runs until the end of May.“We shall consult with stakeholders, including the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust with whom we have been in dialogue over the past week and who share our desire to protect jobs, should circumstances change going forward.”Jamie Redknapp – whose dad Harry managed the north Londoners for nearly four years before being axed in 2012 – had slammed the way Levy runs the club.He told Sky Sports: “He gives me a lot of opportunities to do so, having been there.“I have nothing against him personally. People say it’s because he sacked my dad. That was such a long time ago and a lot has happened since then.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 CelticGive now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today“I just feel at times Tottenham don’t act like a big club like they should do.“The way they acted with furloughing, other clubs have done it like Newcastle and Norwich, I get that, but I know full well Tottenham’s finances and they have plenty of money behind them. It just didn’t sit right with me.“The way they looked after players and the way they looked after staff when I was there, it was very disappointing – and unfortunately it’s arisen again.”Laura Woods doesn’t think it’s right for Premier League clubs like Tottenham and Liverpool to use the government’s furlough schemelast_img read more

  • Full year ahead for PNG Swimming

    first_imgPNG swimmers have been invited to take part in various Australia tournaments to help our swimmers gain international exposure.PNGSI highlighted the year will kick off with the Victoria State Championships at Melbourne, Australia next weekend from 22-24 January.In March, a team will be sent to attend the New South Wales State Championship from 4-7 March at Sydney and the Australian Age Championships (AAC) from 28 March-4 April at Adelaide.After the AAC, the team will attend the Australian Championships from 7-14 April at Adelaide.Swimmers throughout the country will later converge on Port Moresby to participate in the annual Theodist National Championships from 22-24 April. This is an International Swimming Federation (FINA) approved meet.In June, local swimmers will take part in the Dolphin Sprint competition hosted by Boroko Amateur Swimming Club in the first weekend of the month with more than 100 swimmers expected to compete.An elite squad will then represent the country at the Oceania Championships at Suva, Fiji from 21-25 June.The Rio Olympics is the next big event from 5-21 August in Brazil with super fish Ryan Pini  our only swimmer qualified so far to represent PNG.After the Olympics, there’s the TNT National Championships at Moresby from 30 September- 2 October and then the Australia Short Course Championships at Brisbane from 1-5 November.The year will end with the 4th FINA World Aquatic Convention from 3-5 Dec and the 13th FINA World Championships from the 6-11 Dec. Both events will be staged at Windsor in Canada.PNGSI president Liz Wells stated that they’ll be looking forward to qualifying four more swimmers for the Olympics including Sam Seghers, Stanford Kawale and Tegan McCarthy.last_img read more

  • Iza has only missed eight minutes this season

    first_imgCádiz works to prepare Sunday’s game against Deportivo. A vital meeting after the latest results obtained by the yellow team. The Alvaro Cervera accumulate three days without winning (two draws and one defeat) which is the worst run of the yellow team since the season began. The side belongs to a select group of five field players that exceed 2,000 minutes at this time of season. They are, from Ponferradina and Granero, from Extremadura, they have played everything (2,070 minutes). Iza is the third in the list, followed by Hugo Fraile, Fuenlabrada (2,061) and also yellow Álex (2,018).Field players with more than 2,000 minutes The casualties have reduced a team that must react as soon as possible and in Riazor you will have the following litmus test. A meeting where you will surely be Iza The side is the player of Cádiz who has played more minutes so far this season, with 2,062. He has only lost eight minutes. That of the Port of Santa María was replaced, precisely against Deportivo, in the 82nd minute of the first round match played at Carranza. Álvaro Cervera decided to change him to enter Querol, looking for a goal that unclogged a match that finally ended 0-0. BarnEstremadura2,070 Alex Fdez.Cádiz2,018 IzaCádiz2,062center_img Hugo FraileFuenlabrada2,061 They arePonferradina2,070 PLAYEREQUIPMENTMINUTES Iza’s season is remarkable high. He arrived last summer from the Majadahonda and amazed everyone with his quick adaptation. The right side is yours and in Cádiz like its versatility (can play as an extreme and as a lane). His shot from outside the area is one of his most dangerous weapons. This season has two goals (both against Lugo).last_img read more