It was the Williamson & Maida Show as Leafs rock Rockets 8-0

first_imgIt was the Dylan Williamson & Adam Maida Show Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Dylan Williamson scored four times and Adam Maida stopped all 20 shots to power the Nelson Leafs to an 8-0 shellacking of the Golden Rockets in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The win was the fourth straight, and sixth in the past seven games, for a Leafs team that has been hampered of late with the flu.Nelson, 11-3-2-1, continues to hold a four-point lead over Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch Standings.“Everyone right now is kind of suffering with (flu), myself included, and it just shows the group we have in that room right now and resiliency we have to just keep going no matter what happens,” Maida explained.After outlasting Grand Forks 8-6 Friday night, Nelson made this game a laugher 23 minutes into the contest.After Jay Sidhu gave Nelson a 1-0 lead, rookie Dylan Williamson went to work.The Calgary native scored twice on the same shift, one of the markers coming on the power play, to give Nelson a 3-0 lead after one period. “It was a lot of fun getting those first two on the same shift was a real momentum builder for me,” said the 6-foot, 160-pound Williamson.“I was thinking maybe then I could get three after that.”In the second, Nelson scored twice in less than a minute to take a 5-0 lead.Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap and magic hands Williamson then finished off the period with two power play goals to give Nelson a commanding 7-0 lead after 40 minutes.Williamson scored his fourth of the game in the third, flipping a shot from the corner that somehow found its way into the net.“On the third I just wacked at it and it went top shelf but on the fourth, I think someone was looking down on me on the fourth because I just flipped it at the net and it went in,” said Williamson, scoring two of Nelson three power play goals.Leading by eight, Nelson played out the rest of the game allowing Maida to register the shutout.“It’s huge (winning four in a row) on any level of hockey,” Maida exclaimed.“We’re just focusing on right now on playing our game trying to get all the points we can get,” Maida added.Nelson out shot the Rockets 32-20 in the contest with Williamson being named the Home Star in the contest.Next home game for Nelson is Saturday against the Columbia Valley Rockies.LEAF NOTES: Nelson lost the services of Patrick Croome in the third period after the burley defenceman came to the aid of Dylan Williamson during an altercation neat the Golden player’s bench. . . .Nelson finished the month of October with a 7-2-1 record. . . . Matt MacDonald had four assists to take over the lead in Leafs scoring with 21 points. Robson Cramer, who had three points, is second with 19 points. Michael Crawford also finished with three points. . . . Dylan Williamson has registered 11 points (six goals and five assists) in five games with Nelson.last_img read more

ODDS-ON FAVORITE VALE DORI CRUISES BY 2 ½ LENGTHS IN GRADE II, $200,000 LA CANADA STAKES; SMITH & BAFFERT TEAM TO GET 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:44.95

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2017)–Sent from her inside post from the outset, heavily favored Vale Dori took no prisoners as she waltzed gate to wire to a 2 ½ length win under Mike Smith in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Bob Baffert, the newly turned 5-year-old Argentine-bred mare notched her third consecutive win as she negotiated a mile and one sixteenth over a main track listed as “good” in 1:44.95.With second choice Wild At Heart in close attendance down the backside, Smith called upon Vale Dori approaching the three furlong pole and opened up immediately, making the La Canada a race for the minor placings at that point.“It’s important to have her versatility,” said Smith.  “I think she’s got to the point where she’s not a one dimensional horse and I think she’d even sit off of someone now if they wanted to get crazy…I look for her to do some great things.  She’s got a long year ahead of her and hopefully she won’t run into my other big mare (Jerry Hollendorfer’s Songbird) and I get to ride them both.”Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, Vale Dori, who was making her sixth start for Baffert in Southern California, came off an impressive three length win in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap at Del Mar Dec. 3 and she now has four wins in combination with Baffert.Off at 1-5 in a field of five older fillies and mares, she paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10.  (With $632,101 out of the total show pool of $682,814 bet on her, Vale Dori created a minus show pool of $119,663).“She’s come a long way,” said Baffert.  “It was tough to get a bridle on her before.  She was tough.  She’s improving, we see it.  I’m just glad she’s doing well.  We’ll get her ready for the big guns.  I wonder if Mike will stay on her (laughing).”Trainer Art Sherman’s Show Stealer, next to last going into the far turn, picked up the pieces and ran second, some 7 ½ lengths clear of Autumn Flower.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Show Stealer was off at 13-1 and paid  $5.80 and $3.40.Autumn Flower, who was ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, was content to lag well back in last, but kept to her task through the drive, as she came up the rail to finish third by a half length.Off at 20-1, Autumn Flower paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.63, 47.58, 1:12.43 and 1:38.37.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017

first_imgNorberto Arroyo, Jr.951910920%40%$819,486 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 NEW PILOTS IN SANTA MARGARITA FOR FINEST CITY, VALE DORIWith regular rider of both Finest City and Vale Dori Mike Smith out of town next Saturday, each will have a new pilot in the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at a mile and an eighth on the main track.Finest City, Eclipse Award winner as older female sprint champion of 2016, was ridden by Smith in her last two outings, victories in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita last Nov. 5, and the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 21.Smith also has ridden Vale Dori to victories in her last three races, all Grade II events, the Bayakoa Handicap, the La Canada Stakes and the Santa Maria Stakes.The 51-year-old Hall of Fame jockey rides Sham Stakes runner-up American Anthem for Bob Baffert next Saturday in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Ian Kruljac, trainer of Finest City, has engaged Tyler Baze for the Santa Margarita, while Baffert, trainer of the Argentine-bred mare Vale Dori, has called on Rafael Bejarano.Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White may have to beckon all his skills deciding on which mare to make favorite, but for sure, either Finest City or Vale Dori will be the betting choice.With 16 wins from just 47 mounts, the selective Smith is winning at a remarkable 34 percent at the Winter Meet, but those mounts have earned $1,438,547. That’s why Smith has the deserving reputation as a “money rider.”Also probable for the Santa Margarita are Autumn Flower, no rider; Lady Tapit, Mario Gutierrez; Wild At Heart, Flavien Prat, and possibly Show Stealer, Stewart Elliott. Peter Miller912821931%64%$1,353,516 Philip D’Amato7515101320%51%$910,490 Tyler Baze21535422616%48%$1,664,739 Kent Desormeaux12527151322%44%$1,513,087 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat20046313823%58%$2,887,489 WITH GORMLEY ‘HOME’ FOR SAN FELIPE, ROYAL MO WORKS FOR REBEL             With stablemate Gormley staying home at Santa Anita to run in today’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes, Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Royal Mo worked six furlongs in company Saturday morning in 1:13.40 under regular rider Victor Espinoza for the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park next Saturday.Workmate Guggenheim was clocked in 1:14 flat.“I got him (Royal Mo) in 13 and change,” said John Shirreffs, who trains the son of Uncle Mo for Jerry and Ann Moss. “He looked very good. Victor was happy with him, so if he comes out of the work well, we’re on our way. He’ll ship on the 14th.” Joseph Talamo13519131814%37%$638,073 Richard Baltas11319201817%50%$1,030,778 Doug O’Neill12517252014%50%$1,218,196 Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 Stewart Elliott13414161910%37%$696,903 Rafael Bejarano11419182117%51%$1,093,648 Santiago Gonzalez11412181511%39%$586,819 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mike Smith471651334%72%$1,438,547 BAZE, BEJARANO ON PRIME MOUNTS SANS SMITH EURTON: ‘HAVEN’T SEEN THE BEST OF MILKY WAY’LEWIS WINNER ROYAL MO WORKS FOR SHIRREFFSBAFFERT BREEZES TRIO SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA ‘HONEST’ SHEEZA MILKY WAY IN SUNDAY’S SANTA ANASheeza Milky Way has been flirting with graded stakes status during her 12-race career and trainer Peter Eurton hopes the four-year-old Sidney’s Candy filly achieves that level in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.“She’s an honest filly, she’s doing very well and if she gets the trip, she’s going to give you everything she has,” Eurton said. “She might be a notch below (the top ones), but I think you haven’t seen the best of her yet.”The Santa Ana: Pretty Girl, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Do the Dance, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Goodyearforroses, Corey Nakatani, 5-2; Sheeza Milky Way, Jamie Theriot, 6-1; Sweet Charity, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Kenriya, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Evo Campo, Brice Blanc, 8-1; and Responsibleforlove, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 6-1. Edwin Maldonado63117917%43%$336,985 William Spawr27104337%63%$303,251 John Sadler509101018%58%$525,394 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won (Current Through Friday, March 10) Mark Glatt70911913%41%$421,485 Vladimir Cerin47910719%55%$337,504 Bob Baffert53108919%51%$990,731 Corey Nakatani67117616%36%$608,717 Tiago Pereira9711111411%37%$383,995 Martin Pedroza10514201913%50%$592,933 Victor Espinoza55913716%53%$664,237 FINISH LINES:  Bob Baffert supervised workouts Saturday morning for Sham Stakes runner-up American Anthem, San Antonio Stakes winner Hoppertunity and Mor Spirit, winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity in 2015, each going six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.60. American Anthem had Martin Garcia up and  worked with Mor Spirit. Hoppertunity, ticketed for the Dubai World Cup on March 25, went with workmate Dr. Dorr who got a five furlong clocking of 59.80 . . . Corey Nakatani rides It Tiz Well for Jerry Hollendorfer in today’s Grade III Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park . . . Mike McCarthy reports Illuminant in good shape following her impressive comeback win in Friday’s Wishing Well Stakes. McCarthy has her ticketed for Keeneland’s Grade I Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf April 15 . . . With his game victory aboard 6-1 shot Classic Ruler in today’s first race, it marked the fifth win for apprentice Evin Roman, who lost three pounds from his weight allowance and now rides as a seven-pound ‘bug.’ . . . On Saturday, March 18, Santa Anita offers the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person who tosses a ringer winning $1 million! It’s free to enter. Just get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected to participate, or sign up online at santaanita.com/events before March 18, as one online entry also will be chosen . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. Trainer Standings Peter Eurton50115622%44%$547,152 J. Keith Desormeaux3683522%44%$479,505 Steven Miyadi57814614%49%$379,961 Jerry Hollendorfer10621142120%53%$1,495,524 (Current Through Friday, March 10, 2017 Inclusive) Jeff Bonde2173233%57%$261,585last_img read more

ACU’s Kipkosgei, SFA’s Ramirez Take Cross Country Athlete of the Week Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Kevin Kipkosgei and Stephen F. Austin’s Kelsey Ramirez are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.ACU and SFA each competed at the Arturo Barrios Invitational in College Station over the weekend for the final races of their respective regular-season schedules. Kipkosgei took on a field of 391 runners in the 8k race and crossed the finish line in 18th place with a 24:14.5 clip.Ramirez concluded her regular season with an impressive 11th-place outing in the 6k race that featured 242 competitors. The Ladyjack junior clocked in with a time of 20:45.3, helping the SFA team to an 11th-place finish in the 26-team field.The Wildcats and the Ladyjacks will return to action at the 2019 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships Friday, Nov. 1 in Conway, Ark.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Kevin Kipkosgei, Abilene Christian – So. – Eldoret, KenyaKipkosgei took 18th-place individual honors at the Arturo Barrios Invitational over the weekend. In the 8K event, the sophomore finished with a 24:14.5, pushing ACU to a 16th-place team finish. The award marks the first of the season for Kipkosgei and the second of his career.Honorable Mention: Jaron Hamilton, Central Arkansas; Armando Villarreal, UIW; Titus Kiplagat, Stephen F. Austin.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – LaPorte, TexasRamirez put forth one of her best races of the season by finishing 11th individually at the Arturo Barrios Invitational Saturday in College Station. Ramirez’ performance helped SFA place 11th as a team, marking the best team finish by any of the five Southland Conference squads in attendance.Honorable Mention: Briahna Gerlach, Abilene Christian; Sara Steimel, Central Arkansas; Alia Henderson, UIW; Elsa Rijpstra, Nicholls.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Southland Conference Soccer Tournament Seeds Finalized

first_imgSemifinals – Friday, Nov. 8, 20194 p.m. – Match 5 – Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner (SLCDN)7 p.m. – Match 6 – Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner (SLCDN) 2019 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament Bracket (PDF) Championship – Sunday, Nov. 10, 20191:05 p.m. – Match 7 – Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner (ESPN+) The title game can be seen on ESPN+ at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 10. Quarterfinals – Wednesday, Nov. 6, 201911:00 a.m. – Match 1 – No. 2 Northwestern State vs. No. 7 Sam Houston State (SLCDN)2:00 p.m. – Match 2 – No. 3 Abilene Christian vs. No. 6 McNeese (SLCDN)5:00 p.m. – Match 3 – No. 1 Lamar vs. No. 8 Stephen F. Austin (SLCDN)8:00 p.m. – Match 4 – No. 4 UIW vs. No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (SLCDN) Lamar tallied 30 points during the regular season to claim the conference title and top seed in this year’s tournament. Quarterfinal matches begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Bill Stephen Soccer/Track Complex in Conway, Ark. No. 1 – Lamar (13-6, 10-1 SLC)No. 2 – Northwestern State (11-7-1, 8-2-1 SLC)No. 3 – Abilene Christian (12-4-2, 8-2-1 SLC)No. 4 – UIW (8-10, 7-4 SLC)No. 5 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (9-8-1, 6-4-1 SLC)No. 6 – McNeese (10-8, 6-5 SLC)No. 7 – Sam Houston State (7-10-1, 5-5-1 SLC)No. 8 – Stephen F. Austin (8-10, 5-6 SLC) FRISCO, Texas – Following the last regular season games and resulting tie-breakers, the seeds and bracket for the 2019 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament have been finalized. No. 2 seed Northwestern State will square off with Sam Houston State in that opening match. NSU tied defending tournament champion Abilene Christian with an 8-2-1 mark in regular-season conference play, but the Lady Demons earned the tie-breaker as the only Southland team to defeat Lamar on the season.last_img read more

EL TIGRE TERRIBLE FLIES LATE WIN $100,000 SPEAKEASY STAKES BY A HEAD UNDER FUENTES

first_imgEL TIGRE TERRIBLE FLIES LATE WIN $100,000 SPEAKEASY STAKES BY A HEAD UNDER FUENTES; TRAINED BY MILLER, HE GETS FIVE FURLONGS ON TURF IN 55.78 RACE IS BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIERARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2019)–Last turning for home in a field of 11 juveniles, trainer Peter Miller’s El Tigre Terrible hugged the rail throughout and split horses in the shadow of the wire to nail his stablemate Bulletproof One by a head in a thrilling finish to Sunday’s $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden for the first time by Ruben Fuentes, El Tigre Terrible got five furlongs on turf and survived a jockey’s claim of foul from Edwin Maldonado for interference in deep stretch.With Greg’s Diva and Alfie Solomons ensuring blazing splits of 20.76 and 43.99, El Tigre Terrible was content to make one run, and he made it count.“I had never been on this horse, not even in the morning,” said Fuentes, who inherited the mount when regular rider Joe Talamo committed to riding in New York today.  “They were going so quick up front that he settled on his own.  I saved ground at the rail and we had a dream trip.  It opened up and he finished strong. I didn’t think we bothered the other horse.”A first condition allowance winner going 5 ½ furlongs on dirt at Del Mar Sept. 1, El Tigre Terrible, a California-bred colt by Smiling Tiger, was trying turf for the first time in his fifth career start and paid $49.20, $21.20 and $12.20 while off at 23-1.Owned by Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig, El Tigre Terrible, by virtue of his win, is now eligible for a fees-paid berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.“I felt like one of my horses was going to win, both of them ran super and we couldn’t be prouder of the horses,” said Miller.  “It was one of those last minute entries.  It was about 10 o’clock in the morning before entries closed and I called Nick (Cosato, with Slam Dunk Racing) and said ‘Hey, I think we should take a shot.  If I owned the horse, I would do it.’  He said ‘go ahead,’ and lightning struck.“Ruben is a great young rider and a great young kid.  I’ve been riding him more and with rides like this, we will be riding him even more.”El Tigre Terrible, who is out of the Hold That Tiger mare King City Kitty, garnered his first stakes win and he now has three wins from overall five starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, his earnings zoomed to $118,300.The lone filly in the lineup, Bulletproof One was full of run around the turn and had to wait for room prior to making what appeared to be the winning move, but she couldn’t quite hold off the winner while finishing a half length in front of speedy Greg’s Diva.Off at 5-1, Bulletproof One paid $7.60 and $5.00.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Greg’s Diva was off at 6-1 and paid $5.40 while finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of 5-2 favorite Ginobili.last_img read more

Asier Benito bets on the Cup

first_imgLa Ponferradina will face two games in five days, since after the Cup it will be time to travel to Malaga to dispute a new day of League. As in the previous tie, Bolo has planned a ‘mini-concentration’ and the team will travel directly from Zaragoza to the Costa del Sol without going through Ponferrada, a circumstance that also serves to make a group, as Asier assured: “We have very good vibes in the team and in these concentrations you spend so much time together that friendship grows. The worst of the other was the traffic jam we had, which made us arrive in Almeria at twelve at night, but it is no excuse, because in the end we managed to win. ” LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of January 9, 2020 After getting four points in the league against the first two classified and accumulate four games without losingAsier Benito believes that La Deportiva has overcome the bump why it happened in November and December: “There will always be bad streaks during the league. We were five games without winning, but we also added points, they were not all defeats. In the end we continue as usual, being first and foremost a team, and that helped us to return to the path of victories. ” La Deportiva final preparation for the tie Thirty-second round of the Copa del Rey that this Saturday will measure the Berciano team toThe CD Ebro in Zaragoza. After eliminating the Peña Deportiva in the first round, the blue and whites want to move on in the KO tournament with the possibility of receiving a First Division team in El Toralín in the next round.This was expressed Asier Benito, that went beyond and He affirmed that “what we want is to continue passing qualifiers so that we can play a powerful team of Primera and, why not, eliminate him”. The Basque striker is confident that the Ponferradina is not trusted before a rival of inferior category: “We will face a Second B team that will look forward and eager. They are always dangerous, but we will try to make a serious game like in Ibiza to pass the round ”. The blue and white team will train this Friday for the last time before embarking on a trip to Zaragoza and, at the end of the work session, Bolo will give the list of summoned for both parties, in which presumably Oscar Sielva and Carlos Bravo will not be injured.“If we can take advantage of the fact that Malaga is to other things, the better”Asier Benito also talked about next Tuesday’s game against Málaga, which is going through convulsive moments after the sheikh removed Víctor Sánchez from the bench of La Rosaleda. The Basque striker of Deportiva said that “Surely there is the movidita thing, but we go to ours. It will be a difficult game, because Málaga is a great team, but we will try to win as we did in Almeria. If we can take advantage of them being aware of other things, the better. ”The blue and white expedition will depart this Friday from Ponferrada to Zaragoza by road and on Sunday will catch an Ave bound for Malaga. After the League match, the return will be by plane to the airport of Santiago de Compostela and, later, again by bus to the Berciana capital.last_img read more

Bencic, Vekic, Pliskova and Kerber, go ahead; Muchova, home

first_imgAngelique Kerber (17th) didn’t undergo to do away with the Australian Priscilla Hon, which she beat by a cushty 6-3 and 6-2 in 72 minutes. The German added seven breaks and dominated with 73% of first serves inside. Within the subsequent part, Italian Camila Giorgi is ready for her, who beat Russian Kuznetsova (6-3 and 6-1). Kiki Bertens (ninth) didn’t must undergo an excessive amount of to beat the Australian visitor Arina Rodionova, who received 6-3 and 7-5 in 1h: 26. The Dutch produced 3 times as many winners as her rival (25-8) and uploaded extra to the online. He’ll face Kazakh Diyas, who appealed to Russian Blinkova (4-6, 6-3 and 6-4).Simona Halep was not sophisticated in any respect life in opposition to the British Harriet Dart, which beat 6-2 and 6-Four in 77 minutes. The Romanian performed with stability and safety, and solely the second set was confused slightly halfway, after beginning with a 5-1 and dropping three straight video games. His victory didn’t actually jeopardize and he’ll collide on Saturday with the Kazakh Putintseva, who eradicated American Collins (6-4, 2-6 and 7-5). Who won’t be with the most effective shall be one other Czech, Karolina Muchova (20th), who was stunned by Catherine Bellis (double 6-Four in 1h: 23). The 20-year-old and 600th-ranked American made a containment train and broke her opponent’s service 3 times. On Saturday he’ll cross the Belgian Elise Mertens (16th), who beat the British Watson 6-3 and 6-0.Outcomes of the ladies’s crew of the Australian Open. The principle favorites of the Australian Open, with few exceptions, don’t fail up to now. This Thursday, Bencic, Vekic, Pliskova, Kerber and Halep certified for the third spherical, whereas Muchova, a kind of exceptions, has fallen in opposition to Bellis.The Swiss Belinda Bencic (sixth favourite) contained the impetuous Jelena Ostapenko, champion of Roland Garros in 2017 (double 7-5 in 1h: 41), which had by no means fallen in a Grand Slam within the second part (it did a number of occasions within the first part). Bencic endured effectively the 36 profitable blows of the Latvian who, true to her sport to all or nothing, added 37 unforced errors. The very fact is that together with his assault tennis he had choices in each units, however the tranquility of the Swiss prevailed. Now it will likely be measured with Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit who received 6-2, 4-6 and 6-1 for Sara Sorribes.Donna Vekic (19th) continues to take steps ahead within the massive tournaments. After being a quarterfinalist prior to now US Open, desires to go far additionally in Melbourne. For them he received the long-lived French Alize Cornet, who participated for the 53rd time in the principle draw of a serious. The Croatian received 6-4 and 6-2 in 1h: 31 and shall be measured in third spherical to the Polish Iga Swiatek, who stunned Carla Suárez (6-3 and 7-5). Vekic was way more aggressive than his rival and broke the serve 5 occasions.Karolina Pliskova (2nd) appeared at Rod Laver Area with preliminary doubts in opposition to Germany’s Laura Siegemund, which began with benefit, however then noticed how the Czech’s stable and highly effective tennis was imposed (double 6-Three in 1h: 26). With a balanced stability between punching and precision, Karolina dominated and will now meet the Russian Pavlyuchenkova, who received 7-5 and 7-6 (1) to the American Townsend.last_img read more

Muguruza returns to the top-20: “I don’t think how far I will go”

first_imgAmongst the enhancements of his sport, Muguruza highlights his managed bravery: “I am understanding how to select the second to be extra aggressive and get on the web.” On his subsequent rival Simona Halep, he says that “he’s very strong and has performed with nice consistency in recent times”. “It’s clear that I know Halep and the sport goes to be powerful, as a result of at this level anybody is troublesome. She is high and I will be ready.” And he doesn’t thoughts taking part in once more on Thursday, with no break day: “Taking part in tomorrow is ideal for me, that’s the calendar, and I don’t see it both good or dangerous.”When requested about the coincidence that Conchita Martínez, her coach, was the final Spanish to attain the semifinals, Garbiñe was a bit chilly: “I knew it, however I don’t think who was the final woman who reached the semifinals right here, I’m centered on my sport.” So centered is that when requested on the monitor if he knew who was going to play the semifinals, he mentioned no, though Halep had simply received Kontaveit there. Sure he celebrated with extra enthusiasm the entry of the Aragonese in the Tennis Corridor of Fame: “I discovered yesterday; it moved me and made me glad that Conchita was granted that honor, she deserves it.” “I don’t think so far, I don’t surprise how far I will go. No matter occurs, it’s a good event. I hope to smile later, however it’s being excellent”Garbiñe mentioned at the press convention after his victory. “I have gone from much less to extra, I had to get better and I am very pleased with my evolution,” mentioned the tennis participant born in Venezuela, who’s in her bubble, remoted similar to when Wimbledon received in 2017. “Since the begin of the event I am centered on doing every part attainable to be on high. I am fortunate to have been in these circumstances different instances and I know I have to be calm, “he acknowledged. He additionally analyzed the final two years of his profession, which weren’t so profitable: “To say that I was in a coma is a bit sturdy. That I was not so good as in earlier years, I do see that. There are occasions if you endure as a participant and issues are usually not going so nicely. You simply have to be affected person, endure and are available again once more. “ Thanks to his victory in the Australian Open quarter towards the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Garbiñe Muguruza returns to the top-20 of the girls’s world rating after being out of it 30 weeks and reaching the first Grand Slam of the yr with out being the head of the sequence. The Spanish, who defended the quarters of final yr, got here to the event as quantity 32 and together with her go to the semifinals has risen 12 locations. He may climb eight extra if he wins the title on Saturday in Melbourne. If it reaches the ultimate it will be the 16th.last_img read more

The impudence of Ansu Fati revives Barça

first_imgGoals1-0, 29 ‘: Ansu Fati, 2-0, 31 ‘: Ansu Fati, 2-1, 91 ‘: Rochina ChangesHernâni (59 ‘, Gonzalo Melero), Foreman (59 ‘, Morales), Sergi Roberto (70 ‘, Griezmann), Enis Bardhi (79 ‘, Nikola Vukcevic), Arthur Melo (79 ‘, Frenkie De Jong), Ricard Puig (86 ‘, Ansu Fati) Seated the center of the field and the rear, the rest was a matter of Messi, who had half an hour of scandal. He overflowed in the band, created in the center and finished, without luck, on end. And also, he has found in Ansu Fati a partner. That is no small thing. To be a member of Messi it is not enough to be sensational, you have to have that intangible that makes His Majesty bless you. And there is Ansu Fati. Probably, Ansu is not the best player who has played with Leo, as Pedro was not, but an outbreak emerges.With a Barça intense in pressure and well organized in the withdrawal, the first part was great for those of Setién, who only missed a fang in the area to kill the game. Griezmann moved and arrived clearly, but failed to face the boarding schools of an unleashed Semedo who even shot the crossbar in one of the best first parts that are reminded of Blaugrana. Barça de Setién is a teenager who is in a process of growth that could be summed up in the performance of Ansu Fati, another project as uncontrollable as promising, which decided the duel against Levante with two goals for Barça to win 2- 1 and follow the wake of Real Madrid in a game that had everything. A first part to get excited and a second in which the Blaugrana lost control again of a game that they had sentenced and were entrusted to their goalkeeper to end up asking for the time. CardsReferee: Adrián Cordero VegaVAR Referee: José Luis Munuera MonteroPique (64 ‘, Yellow) Sunrise (64 ‘, Yellow From the hand of Semedo, Griezmann and, especially, Ansu, Barça regained verticality with a Messi acting as quarterback and distributing passes that the young 17-year-old took the opportunity to score two goals in two minutes when he exceeded half an hour MatchThe Camp Nou, which once again had a very weak entrance, once again believed.With the match perfectly on track, it was up to Barcelona to pass the subject of defending with the ball, killing the game and not letting Levante create doubts. That matter that displeased Setién in certain passages of the match against Leganés last Thursday. And he suspended again.Based on patience, Barça wanted to dominate the game waiting for the ball to reach Ansu or Messi to give the final peck before a Levante who had the opportunity to shorten distances at a time when Barça left the game after a take out neutral. Rochina, with everything in favor sent the ball to the clouds.From there, Levante saw that Barça was weak behind and Ter Stegen had to show off against Morales. The Blaugrana failed to sleep the duel and the Blaugrana team relied their luck on the German goalkeeper, who in the 66th minute avoided Hernani’s goal. By then, Piqué had already seen the yellow that gave the feeling of being looking for since the beginning of the game.To try to settle the Blaugrana game, Sergi Roberto entered by Griezmann and Arthur by De Jong while the home team, Messi became obsessed with scoring and Ansu for completing the triplet, while those of Paco López did not give up and continued to test the goalkeeper German, who had more work than Aitor.Barcelona was unable to maintain its goal to zero before the siege of visitors and Rochina, in the discount put the scare on the body of the Culés by scoring from the front the goal that deserved a brave Levante that ended up making him suffer a club that continues to grow as the teenager Ansu, who clung to continue chasing Madrid. After Madrid’s victory against Atlético al Barça he had three options left in his match against Levante: win the whole season in a plan to follow, fail or win, convincing that Setién’s bet has a course. Everything stayed halfway. They are on the road, but cooking is missing. As in adolescence.By virtue of experiencing the trial-error system, Setién seems to be hitting the key that is neither more nor less than an ambitious version of the previous concept. Before Levante it is not that he maintained the defense of four forgetting the three centrals, but that he even opted in defense for a double pivot in defense with Rakitic supporting Busquets to cover any attempt of Levante to go against it.last_img read more