Playing near his hometown of Killeen, Texas, the guard helped SFA erase a six-point deficit with 2:28 left by scoring or assisting on each of the three baskets during the ‘Jacks’ 7-0 run to end the game. FIRST HALF• Both the ‘Jacks and Bears had answers for each others’ buckets through the first 13 minutes of the defense-oriented opening half. Neither team opened up a lead greater than four points in that span and a 5-0 run that finished with a reverse layup from Karl Nicholas gave SFA its largest lead of the half at 21-18 with 6:53 left. • Baylor answered the ‘Jacks’ momentary surge from downtown with a 11-0 run that saw five different Bears score points. King McClure finished the scoring spree with a three-pointer that put SFA at a 29-21 disadvantage with 3:42 remaining. • The final 6:52 of the opening frame saw the ‘Jacks go cold from the field. SFA connected on just a single field goal in that span while the Bears embarked on a 15-4 run to conclude the frame. • SFA’s only field goal through the final 6:52 came in the form of a driving layup from Bogues with 1.5 seconds left that gave the senior a team-high seven at the break. Aside from the make, SFA kept it a single-digit game by getting free throw makes from Bain and Fitzgerald late in the stanza. • Despite shooting .333/.250/.500 through the frame, SFA kept things within single digits by forcing 12 turnovers and allowing the Bears to shoot just 3-of-13 (23.1-percent) from long range. SECOND HALF• Going like gangbusters early in the deciding frame, Bogues took off on a personal 9-0 run through the opening 2:53 of the frame. That single-handed scoring spree included a fallaway three-pointer in the corner that put the visitors up 34-33 with 17:07 left. • Baylor, however, netted the next five points and went ahead 38-34 on a three-point make by Matthew Mayer with 15:17 left.• Davonte Fitzgerald showed up in a big way from there, scoring the ‘Jacks’ next eight points which included a big-time two handed flush. Those buckets helped SFA trade punches with Baylor and Kevon Harris slung in a three-pointer to put the visitors up 45-44 with 12:12 to go. • Following that three-pointer, however, SFA went cold from the field again. The ‘Jacks put in just one field goal in the next eight minutes while Baylor turned to Tristan Clark to try and overcome SFA’s pressure defense. Clark pumped in eight point during the Bears’ 11-2 run and capped that surge with a jumper that put the ‘Jacks in a 55-47 hole with 4:49 to go. • Mitchell Seraille finally ended that run when he punched home a put-back dunk off of a miss from Harris with 4:40 left. • Clark kept the Bears ahead by six, 58-52, by splitting a pair at the free throw line with 2:23 left. From there, however, Bogues took control. • The senior found Fitzgerald in the paint for a short jumper before sinking a contested three-pointer to pull SFA within one with 40 ticks to go. After Makai Mason bricked a running jumper, Harris gathered the rebound and dished to Bogues who finished off the Bears with his make at the horn. KEY PERFORMERS/STATISTICS OF NOTE• Bogues was the different for the ‘Jacks, but a number of other players had big games, too. Fitzgerald finished with 15 points and all but three were scored in the second half. The graduate forward went 5-of-8 from the field during the second half.• Harris added 11 in the game and came up clutch from three-point land. The junior went 3-of-4 from downtown and made both of his long range tries in the second half to help lead the ‘Jacks to victory. • As a team, SFA shot an impressive .520/.556/.750 in the final 20 minutes of action. As impressive as the ‘Jacks’ offense was, their defense may have been more eye-popping as SFA held Baylor to a shooting spilt of .300/.111/.500 in the final frame. The Bears went just 1-of-11 from three-point land in the frame and finished the game 4-of-24 from downtown. • Tristan Clark led the way for the Bears by putting in a game-high 24 points on the strength of a 9-for-9 effort from the field. Clark drilled six of his 10 free throw tries, too, and totaled seven of the Bears’ 39 rebounds. • The Bears’ Mark Vital skied to grab a game-high 12 rebounds while adding seven points and a game-high five steals.• SFA forced 18 turnovers and turned them into 14 points on the night. The ‘Jacks finished -5 (39-34) in the rebounding department but used a .423/.382 edge in field goal percentage as well as a sizable .412/.167 edge in three-point shooting to spring the upset. • Tuesday night’s win was the ‘Jacks first win over Baylor since 2003 and SFA’s first victory over a Big 12 foe since besting West Virginia in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. • The win was also the ‘Jacks’ first true road win of the season. It marked SFA’s first road win at a power five institution since Dec. 16, 2017, when the ‘Jacks defeated LSU in Baton Rouge, La.COMING UP NEXT• Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., SFA begins a three-game home stand by welcoming Arlington Baptist to William R. Johnson Coliseum. The ‘Jacks’ penultimate non-conference showdown of the regular season will be broadcast nationwide on ESPN+ and the ESPN app. POSTGAME QUOTESSFA head coach Kyle KellerOpening Statement…”I’m dressed in this shirt because it’s kind of an emotional night for our guys. We’ve been shorthanded, we’re down five players, we’ve really struggled, we’re not who we are. Our guys really had a lot of unity. We’ve been preaching staying together. We did stay together tonight for the first time. We just caught Baylor on, they just beat the best home team in America at Arizona, we just happened to play them on the right night. They didn’t make any shots. They’re not going to go 4-for-24 from three and miss free throws at the end. It was just one of those nights for us. Shannon (Bogues) makes two great plays at the end, not just shots, but really guarded (Makai) Mason. It just went our way, just one of those nights for us. It’s not going to happen, one in a 100 maybe. Coach Drew, I don’t think people appreciate what a great program, what he’s done. He’s lifted this program from the abyss to a top-25 program in the country. We’re just blessed. But I think our kids did really fine tonight.”After tonight’s win, @coach_keller12 had that swag up to ? #AxeEm pic.twitter.com/5W5NQoSiCF— SFA Basketball (@SFA_MBB) December 19, 2018 Story by Charlie Hurley, SFA Media RelationsWACO, Texas – “At the beginning of the game, what did I say?” asked SFA men’s basketball senior guard Shannon Bogues to his assembled teammates on the water-soaked floor of the Baylor volleyball locker room. “I said this might be the game where we dump the water on coach after.”As it turned out, Bogues was correct. SFA’s senior guard drove the length of the court and put the finishing touches on a 21-point performance by sinking a game-winning layup at the buzzer to help the SFA men’s basketball team defeat Baylor, 59-58, at the Ferrell Center Tuesday night. On Bogues’ game-winner…”He has been in that opportunity a few times where he’s pulled up. He doesn’t lack confidence. When he’s in space, he can get anywhere he wants to go. He’s learning the game more. This dude is so quick with the ball. To me, I think he’s as good as anybody in America. I’ll ride with this dude every game. He’s as good as anyone in the Big 12 in my opinion. He can play against anybody.”On the win…”This team, when it was built, was built better. We’d have won 30 games this year. Unfortunately, we are where we are. I wouldn’t want to play us in March when we get our guys back. That’s just my opinion. We got to get there. We’re not very good right now. We had one night tonight, now we’ve got to sustain it. Baylor helped us. We played them after they beat Arizona, at Arizona. How many people patted them on the back since that game? I would hate to be coaching their guys after that. We couldn’t have got them at a better time. This is the hardest game for them to play all year long after they win at the McKale Center. Our phones are going to blow up all night long. The hardest thing to do is trying to get our guys back on a level field. I’ve got to trust our guys’ characters enough to say ‘hey, that game’s over, we’re moving on to the next.'”SFA Senior Shannon BoguesOn his play down the stretch…”I shot it with confidence. Once I released it, I knew it was going in. But then, I knew we had to get a defensive stop. Once we got a defensive stop, I just drove to the basket.”On staying in rhythm on the last play…”Like I said, confidence. I just knew we had to get a bucket. I tried to get fouled, I just ended up scoring.”
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Texas A&M Corpus Christi track & field competitor Sashane Hanson and Nicholls softball pitcher Megan Landry have been named nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award, the NCAA announced Tuesday. The pair will represent the Southland Conference in a field of 148 nominees for the honor.Hanson recently closed out her four-year career with the Islanders, capturing second-team All-America honors following a 16th-place high-jump finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Montego Bay, Jamaica, product also captured a pair of gold medals in the high jump at both the indoor and outdoor Southland Conference Championships. In addition to her athletic endeavors, Hanson was named the 2019 Southland Women’s Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year. She secured a position on the 2019 Academic All-Conference team with a 3.42 grade-point average (GPA) in biomedical science.Landry also concluded an illustrious collegiate career this past spring, setting numerous records for the Nicholls’ softball program and pushing her squad to a berth in the Southland Tournament title game. She stands as the Colonels’ all-time leader with 80 wins and nine saves. Landry is a three-time all-conference selection and the 2018 Southland Pitcher of the Year. She earned Academic All-Conference honors three times throughout her career and was deemed the conference’s 2018 softball Student-Athlete of the Year following her junior campaign. Landry completed her undergraduate degree in secondary education-English this past December with a 3.97 GPA.A total of 148 student-athletes were chosen by NCAA conferences and a selection committee and were selected from a poll of 585 nominees. The field of nominees represent collegiate student-athletes from 20 sports across all three NCAA divisions.The top 30 honorees, comprising of 10 women from each division, will be named the Woman of the Year selection committee in September. The selection committee will then narrow the poll to nine finalists – with three from each division – in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2019 Woman of the Year to be honored at the annual banquet Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.The NCAA Woman of the Year program recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.
FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Hannah Brister and Megan Lohmiller are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.The Lady Demons (13-7, 5-1 SLC) swept the weekly awards after a pair of 3-0 victories over Lamar and Southeastern Louisiana. Brister racked up 29 kills and a pair of service aces, while Lohmiller collected 36 digs and five assists throughout the week, placing NSU third in the latest Southland standings.Northwestern State returns to action Tuesday night on the road against Central Arkansas. First serve against the Sugar Bears is slated for 6 p.m. inside the Prince Center.Offensive Player of the Week: Hannah Brister, Northwestern State – Jr. – Outside Hitter – Paincourtville, La.Brister totaled 29 kills with a 4.8 per set average to accompany a .314 hitting percentage in the Lady Demons’ two sweeps. The Paincourtville, La., native recorded her third one-error match of the season in addition to her second-highest hitting performance of the year against Lamar (.455).Honorable Mention: Meghan Wozniak, Nicholls; Ashley Lewis, Sam Houston State; Ann Hollas, Stephen F. AustinDefensive Player of the Week: Megan Lohmiller, Northwestern State – Sr. – Libero – Heath, TexasLohmiller bolstered the Northwestern State defense with 36 digs over six sets last week in the Lady Demons’ pair of clean sweeps. The senior helped NSU hold opponents to a .079 hitting percentage on the week, while turning in her sixth match of the season with 20 or more digs on the road against Southeastern Louisiana.Honorable Mention: Ebonie Ballesteros, Houston Baptist; Kate Hoerdemann, Nicholls; Kaira Hunnicutt, Sam Houston State; Maddie Miller, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
5 Money Won LEWIS AND CLUBHOUSE RIDE IN SYNC TOMORROW 0 42% $77,391 Richard Baltas37 2 Mike Smith19 JockeyMts 4 ITM% 3 Win% ITM% $259,379 6 Michael McCarthy12 9 33% 1st 43% 14% 45% 11 31% 1 3 6 STREAKING FASHIONABLY FAST EYES 5TH STRAIGHT Drayden Van Dyke36 10 $106,431 1 33% 3 43% 44% Joel Rosario61 13 $79,215 1 22% 15 58% 5 1 3 $561,249 41% $284,877 4 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 17th, 2020A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 2 of 2 42% Bob Baffert26 Mario Gutierrez27 17% $730,740 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS BAY AREA’S STEVE SPECHT READY, WILLING, ‘ABEL’ 55% $497,242 18% 2nd CALIFORNIA’S LEADING PROPONENT: ALEXANDER THE GREATA day of racing which showcases California-breds without a Nick Alexander owned or bred horse would be rare indeed these days, like an NFL game without a single review.Not to worry Saturday when the 77-year-old native of Santa Monica has three horses he owns and bred entered on Santa Anita’s nine-race program featuring runners from the Golden State: Desmond Doss in the $250,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank; Just Grazed Me in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint; and Lieutenant Dan in the $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint.They are three of five stakes tomorrow focusing on California-bred runners, the others being the $200,000 California Cup Derby and the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint.Desmond Doss, Just Grazed Me and Lieutenant Dan were all sired by Alexander’s prolific homebred gray stud Grazen, who stands at Nick’s Horse Haven Farm in Santa Ynez for $6,000 live foal.“Grazen is 14 now,” said Alexander, Chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC). “He set a personal record year last year when his offspring won nine stakes, including two graded stakes. S Y Sky won the Monrovia and Just Grazed Me won the Ken Maddy, both Grade III’s.“Desmond won a turf sprint at 5 ½ furlongs last out on Jan. 5. He ran there because that’s all there was. We know he’s a two-turn horse so we didn’t expect him to win; we just expected him to pass a few horses and get something out of it. He surprised us and mowed ’em down (getting up by a head at odds of nearly 8-1).” The gray four-year-old’s prior three races were at a mile or longer.Desmond Doss is named for the United States Army corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II, distinguishing himself in the Battle of Okinawa by saving 75 men, becoming the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during the war. His remarkably heroic life has been the subject of books and the gripping 2016 film, Hacksaw Ridge.Saturday is more than just a day at the races for Alexander, who resides on his 280-acre Santa Ynez ranch where he is an active and enthusiastic hands-on participant, from the birth of foals to their racing days, preferring to thrive on the highs and shun the lows.“I was very, very lucky that my children were able to take over my (automobile) business and allow me to retire relatively early so I could spend full time at the ranch,” said Alexander, who graduated from Pasadena High School and spent two years at USC before he began hawking four-wheeled vehicles and later four-legged Thoroughbreds.“The ranch life is what I enjoy most, staying up all night waiting for a mare to foal, seeing that little guy stand up and nurse. You’re there for those moments, then you see them get weaned, you break them, send them off to the race track and hope they do well.“You’re never sure which ones are going to succeed and which ones aren’t. Horses are incredible animals. They teach you patience and humility and they’re so much fun to be around. They’re family. We raise our own feed, so I’ve become a pretty decent farmer besides being a horse lover. We raise alfalfa and oats . . . I enjoy that part of it, too.“The amazing thing is sometimes it’s the more modest mares that produce your most successful race horses. Of the ones we have entered Saturday, Lieutenant Dan is out of mare (Excusabull) I think I paid $10,000 for. Just Grazed Me is out of a mare (Fairway Road) that was given to me by some people who raced but didn’t breed.“When the mare was done racing, they didn’t want to put her in a sale; they just gave her to me and she produced Just Grazed Me, who’s a graded stakes winner.“You never know. Sometimes the expensive mares or the mares that are great on the race track aren’t as good as broodmares, so there’s a lot of unexpected good news and unexpected bad news.”But for Nick Alexander, the glass always seems half full.The Unusual Heat Turf Classic, race six of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Ward ‘n Jerry, Umberto Rispoli, 5-2; Cono, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Accountability, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; The Hunted, Tiago Pereira, 9-5; Wound Tight, Abel Cedillo, 5-1; Desmond Doss, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1; Mobou, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; and Ashleyluvssugar, Flavien Prat, 7-2.The Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, race three: Just Grazed Me, Geovanni Franco, 6-5; Into Rissa, Tiago Pereira, 50-1; Stealthediamonds, Agapito Delgadillo, 5-2; Show It N Moe It, Rafael Bejarano, 9-2; Apache Princess, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Lakerball, Abel Cedillo, 12-1; and Lippy, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1.The Cal Cup Sprint, race five: Baja Sur, Juan Hernandez, 5-2; Fashionably Fast, Tiago Pereira, 9-5; Oliver, Abel Cedillo, 4-1; Heck Yeah, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Brandothebartender, Umberto Rispoli, 15-1; Lieutenant Dan, Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2; and League of Shadows, Ruben Fuentes, 30-1.LEWIS HOPES KARMA IS KING ON SATURDAYTrainer Craig Lewis might have karma going for him Saturday when he sends out Club Aspen in the $200,000 California Cup Derby and Warren’s Showtime in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks.Both runners drew post position five and both runners will be ridden by apprentice Jorge Velez, a budding star from the Island Nation of Puerto Rico that has produced a plethora of riding greats from Angel Cordero Jr. to the Ortiz brothers, Irad Jr. and Jose.Both horses have the same sire, the “now” stallion Clubhouse Ride, standing this year for $3,500 live foal at Legacy Ranch in Clements, CA.“I don’t have any current update on his figures,” Lewis said of Clubhouse Ride, a 12-year-old son of Candy Ride who won five of 43 starts including two victories in the Grade II Californian Stakes, one at Hollywood Park and one at Santa Anita. He earned $1,341,132.“I can just tell you this,” Lewis continued. “His stats are shockingly good. He’s really hot. I thought he’d be good but he’s exceeded expectations by far. It’s pretty exciting.”No jockey but Velez has ridden Club Aspen and Warren’s Showtime in their combined 12 career starts. The 21-year-old native of Bayaman, Puerto Rico, won the King Glorious on Club Aspen at Los Alamitos and the Surfer Girl on Warren’s Showtime at Santa Anita.“Jorge is very familiar with both horses,” said 72-year-old Los Angeles native Lewis,conditioner of Warren’s Showtime for breeder Benjamin Warren, who owns the chestnut filly with his wife, Sally.Lewis trains Club Aspen for his older brother, Larry, for whom the 1995 Santa Anita Derby winner Larry the Legend was named.“My brother Larry is Larry the Legend,” Craig emphasized. “He managed the Long Beach Little League team that became the first one from the United States to win the international World Series two years in a row back in the early 1990’s. It had never been done before and hasn’t been done since.“Both horses are coming up to their races well,” added Lewis, currently supervising 20 head. “The only caveat with Showtime is I had to miss a little time with her and she might be a tad short, but as far as soundness and mental condition, she’s a very nice filly.“We hope everything goes our way,” continued the worldly Lewis, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Cal-Berkeley and studied law at Pacific Coast College, “but in horse racing, a little luck always helps.”The Cal Cup Derby, race seven: Bettor Trip Nick, Catalino Martinez, 5-2; Dapper, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Sacred Rider, Abel Cedillo, 12-1; Summer Fire, Mike Smith, 6-1; Club Aspen, Jorge Velez, 3-1; Rookie Mistake, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Indian Peak, Juan Hernandez, 10-1; Fast Enough, Tiago Pereira, 6-1; and Big Returns, Ruben Fuentes, 5-1.The Cal Cup Oaks, race eight: Almost a Factor, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Wise Rachel, Juan Hernandez, 10-1; Bulletproof One, Ruben Fuentes, 8-1; Been Studying Her, Mike Smith, 4-1; Warren’s Showtime, Jorge Velez, 3-1; Smokin Hot Bobbie, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; Midnight Sunrise, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Homehome, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Smiling Shirlee, Umberto Rispoli, 10-1; Cholula Lips, Tyler Baze, 6-1; California Kook, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; and Warrior’s Moon, Abel Cedillo, 6-1.SPECHT, CEDILLO REUNITE IN CALIFORNIA DERBYWith Santa Anita putting up big bucks for Cal-breds tomorrow, Steve Specht is making his annual pilgrimage from his Bay Area headquarters in a bid to pick up a shekel or two.Specht sends out Sacred Rider in the California Cup Derby with former Bay Area stalwart Abel Cedillo in the irons.“The horse is starting to figure things out,” Specht said of the Lucky Pulpit gelding owned and bred by long-time clients and supporters of the Cal-bred program, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams. “He’s becoming more mature and has run pretty well his last few starts.“Last time (third behind Indian Peak at Golden Gate Fields on Dec. 27) he just got outrun by that horse trained by Quinn Howey pretty handily down the lane. I beat him a couple times before but Howey’s horse had trouble in those races. He got out in the clear the other day and rolled by me pretty good.“My horse has run on dirt and the other horse hasn’t, so that could give us an advantage, although Howey’s horse might love dirt more than the turf or synthetic, so who knows? Sacred Rider tries hard and has kind of figured things out lately, so if he can get a decent trip, we should be OK.”Specht and Cedillo are having a reunion of sorts in the race.“I pretty much started him riding,” Steve recalled. “He was galloping horses for (retired trainer) Greg Gilchrist and he told me Cedillo would be all right, give him a shot. He won quite a few races for me up north.”FASHIONABLY FAST HAS ACT TOGETHER FOR CAL CUP SPRINTFashionably Fast seeks his fifth straight victory and his third stakes in a row Saturday in the Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint.The five-year-old Lucky Pulpit gelding will once again be ridden by Tiago Pereira, who has been aboard in 13 of his 14 starts, winning five. “He’s doing well, no excuses,” said Dean Pederson, who trains Fashionably Fast for owner Harris Farms (also the breeder), Per Antonsen and John Nicoletti. “He’s always been a talented horse but mentally, he wasn’t there.“His last couple of races he’s behaved himself pretty well in the paddock, and he schooled good this week. It’s just been a case of maturity.”FINISH LINES: Chris St. Claire, owner of California-bred claiming horse turned graded stakes winner Queen Bee to You will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday, while private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young will do honors Sunday, both days at 11:20 a.m. in the XBTV studio . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday card Monday when first post time is 12:30 p.m. Hot dogs will be on sale for $2 and beer and soda for a buck apiece . . . If there is no single ticket winner in today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, Santa Anita will guarantee $1 million in the Jackpot pool Saturday. Also, $500,000 will be guaranteed in Saturday’s Late Pick 4 . . .Santa Anita’s Paddock Captain John Shear was honored after today’s third race on the occasion of his 99th birthday which he celebrates today. Ninety-nine is just a number to the positive thinking and ever active Shear, remindful of these words from the late Satchel Paige, who at 42 was the oldest rookie in Major League baseball history: “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, age don’t matter.” 2 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 12) 1 9 22% 73% Philip D’Amato28 Flavien Prat42 28% 2nd 25% Money Won Abel Cedillo65 1st 4 10 Ruben Fuentes18 3 3rd Richard Mandella13 1 2 35% 2 Doug O’Neill33 25% A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 1 of 2Beloved Santa Anita Paddock Captain John Shear Turns 99 Years Old on January 17thWORKOUTS:Bolo (Gaines) 1-16-20Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-16-20Bold Endeavor (Papaprodromou) 1-16-20Mystic Flight (Ellis) 1-16-20Tiny Tina (Outside) and Malakai Moxie (D’Amato) 1-14-20High Velocity (Inside) (Baffert) 1-14-20Legends of War (O’ Neill) 1-13-20Desmond Doss (Outside) and Lucky Long Legs (D’Amato) 1-13-20 Steve Knapp12 ALEXANDER FRONT AND CENTER ON CAL CUP DAY 19% 5 4 $485,014 Win% 26% 4 12% 2 2 3 33% 83% 11% 5 4 62% 1 28% $339,465 5 0 5 $210,452 $591,780 62% $301,908 Jeff Bonde6 Craig Anthony Lewis11 4 $525,342 50% 2 TrainerSts $181,391 3 $609,682 0 1 54% Umberto Rispoli22 3rd 0 42% 7 27% 7 8 7 Peter Miller24 15 5 $1,006,032 25% $106,560
JOCKEY QUOTES JORGE VELEZ, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “She’s got a really good late kick. She likes to run inside, so it makes it easier to save ground. When I came here, my agent (Nelson Arroyo, Jr.) had me look at lot of tapes of Laffit Pincay and it’s helped me. Craig (Lewis) has been so great to me, he’s put me on so many of his horses. This is my biggest win and I feel really happy to have the opportunity.” TRAINER QUOTES CRAIG LEWIS, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “She’s really a nice filly. She’s got a terrific turn of foot and it helped her today. It got a little tight around the turn, but the jock waited and the rail opened up and we got through. She had a fever a little while back and we had to back off for a while. I’m hopeful that we haven’t got to the bottom of her potential yet. She has done a lot to date.“This sire (Clubhouse Ride) has kept me alive. We are reaping the benefits of the offspring. He is wonderful for California we couldn’t be more excited about the future with him.”“Sally and Ben are great owners and have been great friends of mine so I’m very happy to win, especially for them.SALLY WARREN, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER:” it is wonderful, we are so grateful. We are so happy to have Craig and for Clubhouse Ride it is so exciting and good for California. We are coming in from Vegas and going home with a trophy and the money.”BEN WARREN, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “Clubhouse Ride raced with our horse and won quite a bit of money and we were very close with Craig so we bred them and we have nine more ‘Clubhouse’ babies.“We are getting better mares. We had 800 horses before but they were not very good now were getting better stuff.” NOTES: The winning owners are Ben & Sally Warren who reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
JOSE MOURINHO admits Tottenham are firing blanks with their striker crisis leaving them like “a gun with no bullets”.Spurs’ Champions League hopes suffered a huge blow as they went down 1-0 at home to RB Leipzig in the first-leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.3 Jose Mourinho admitted Spurs are like a ‘gun with no bullets’ due to their injury crisisCredit: ReutersLiverpool target Timo Werner’s second half penalty proved to be the only goal of the game as the hosts struggled to mount a serious offense due to a lack of firepower.After failing to lay a glove on their German opponents, the Spurs boss said: “You look to the other guys [Leipzig].“They play with [Patrick] Schick, Werner, [Christopher] Nkunku. Nkunku is tired, get out, on comes [Emil] Forsberg. Schick is tired, get out, on comes [Yussuf] Poulsen.“This is our situation, it’s like going to a fight with a gun without bullets.”3 Lucas Moura struggled to make an impact as Spurs’ frontman with Kane and Son both missingCredit: EPATop scorer Harry Kane is out until April with a hamstring injury while the North London club were hit with another hammer blow yesterday when Son Heung-Min was ruled out for at least two months after fracturing his arm.That leaves Mourinho with only Lucas Moura as a senior forward option and youngster Troy Parrott.However the Portuguese remained upbeat over his team’s chances of progressing into the last-eight – although he revealed his concerns ahead of a crunch run of fixtures.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerHe added: “I’m not worried with the 1-0 – we can go there and win.“What worries me is that these are our players for the next however many matches.“Moura was absolutely dead, Bergwijn was absolutely dead, Lo Celso was absolutely dead.“We are really in trouble. If it was just this game I’d say no problem but we have FA Cup and Premier League games.”3Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho jokes he may be forced to turn to Peter Crouch
SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on Spurs”I think I mixed up one of the players but it all happens in the shootout, with the nerves and adrenaline.”It means Tottenham chief Jose Mourinho has now lost all seven shootouts as a manager in England.And it put Norwich in the last eight for the first time in 28 years.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 CelticMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesJan Vertonghan had found an embarrassing amount of space to thud home a headed opener for Spurs early on.But Josip Drmic took the tie into its goalless extra time by bundling home on 78 minutes.Then, even if Norwich’s name turns out not to be written on the cup, the key to their victory was maybe a message on a bottle to leave Tottenham canned.5 Having bottled up his emotions, hero keeper Tim Krul lets them all outCredit: AFP or licensors TIM KRUL was a genie with a bottle as he sprinkled FA Cup magic on Norwich City to bring his childhood dream of being a shootout hero to life.He saved two penalties after writing the names of Tottenham’s spot-kick takers on his water bottle, plus their predicted way of shooting.5 Not quite written on the cup, but a message on a bottle helped Norwich into the quarter-finals for the first time since 1992Credit: Getty Images – Getty5 Tim Krul celebrates his crucial penalty from Gedson Fernandes with Norwich team-mate Grant HanleyCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd5 Canary stops Parrott – as Norwich stopper Tim Krul foiled Spurs sub Troy Parrott in the shootoutCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd5And after the 3-2 shootout win following a 1-1 draw earned the Premier League’s bottom side a quarter-final tie at home to Derby or Manchester United, Krul lifted the lid on his “big emotions”.He was slated by some observers for taking his time between Spurs penalties.But maybe that dubious tactic worked as he blocked spot-kicks from Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes, while Erik Lamela hit the bar.I had it on my bottle. I think I mixed up one of the players but it all happens in the shootout, with the nerves and adrenaline. Tim KrulThe delighted Dutchman sprinted the length of the pitch to celebrate with the Canaries’ 9,000 travelling fans and told the BBC: “When this happens you realise why you do it for.“As a little boy you want to save penalties and get your club through to the next round. Big emotions today.“I was so close to the first one but me and my goalie coach are always doing the homework. I had it on my bottle.
The 31-year-old made his debut for the Fiji sevens team in 2008 and led them to back to back World Series titles in 2015 and 2016 and sevens gold at last year’s Rio Olympics.”I’m thankful to the Lord and the Strikers management for this exciting opportunity to be a part of the Houston Strikers Rugby family. I’m looking forward to the new challenge,” explained Kolinisau.Osea Kolinisau captained Fiji to sevens gold at the Rio Olympics.Former Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan and ex Flying Fijians prop Joe Veitayaki helped to arrange the deal for Kolinisau, who was last year appointed an Officer of the Order of Fiji.”Osea is one of the finest players I’ve ever coached and easily the best captain,” commented Ryan.”The most capped and most successful Fijian sevens player of all time – he has become an all-time great both in Fiji and in the world of sevens.””Hugely talented and with a massive work ethic – he is a brilliant acquisition and will be a fine player on the field and a magnificent role model off it. A finer man you will not meet.Strikers’ head coach Justin Fitzpatrick said Kolinisau is “a player with a bucket load of individual ability which is well documented for those familiar with the World Sevens Series.”He also brings a wealth of experience of leading and performing at the highest levels which will add great value to the Strikers as we build out the manner in which we want to play and instilling the culture of our program.”I therefore couldn’t be more pleased that Osea has chosen to join the Strikers. I would like to thank my friend and former Ulster team-mate Joe Veitayaki for the introduction and to coach Ben Ryan for helping with the flow of the conversations.”Justin Fitzpatrick has also had coaching stints with Pakistan and US Eagles.Nine teams are expected to take part in the inaugural Major League Rugby season, which is scheduled to kick-off in 2018. Photo: Michael Lee / World Rugby Fiji captain Osea Kolinsau finds space during the Dubai 7s.
PNG Hunters mentor Michael Marum was appointed interim Kumuls coach in February and a strong performance next month should confirm his position through to next year’s World Cup.PNGRFL Chief Executive Officer, Bob Cutmore, expects the team to have a strong local flavour, supplemented by a few players in the NRL and feeder competitions.”We’ve actually named a squad of 30 players but we haven’t finalised it yet…but Michael will sit down with the national selectors and try to sort that out in the next week.””I still think we will be mostly Hunters because a lot of our players that we would have picked from like (Penrith Panther’s hooker) James Segeyaro and (North Queensland Cowboys utility) Ray Thompson – they’re all injured for their NRL clubs, so that doesn’t help us…and we’re keeping a track of all those players and their injuries…and we’ve just got to see what players that we’ve got and how they’re injured. It all depends what happens over the next couple of weeks while we track these players in Australia,” he said.Canberra Raiders hooker Kurt Baptiste and centre Kato Ottio are among those under consideration.Meanwhile the former Papua New Guinea coach Adrian Lam has joined the Kangaroos coaching staff as a performance analyst.Lam was in charge of the Kumuls at the 2013 World Cup and joins the Australian coaching staff led by Mal Meninga, who replaced Lam as Kumuls boss before resigning last year to take charge of Kangaroos.
This was announced on Friday.They will compete across the three sports of athletics, swimming and judo.Kenyan marathon running Tegla Loroupe, a United Nations Ambassador, will be Chef de Mission.