first_imgROSARIO, PRAT IN KEEN RACE FOR RIDING TITLE 17% 34% 18% 23 William Spawr21 16 16 $923,399 11% 48% Joel Rosario190 37% 9 Vladimir Cerin48 9% 44 Hector O. Palma40 8 3rd 50% 18% Tiago Pereira128 $340,127 Heriberto Figueroa157 15% 8 $834,595 Ruben Fuentes78 Win% William E. Morey53 $776,893 Joseph Talamo121 14% JockeyMts 19 32 26 18 BAFFERT BREEZES MUCHO GUSTO IN A BULLET Drayden Van Dyke120 23 11 TrainerMts 20 20% 37% 22 31% 22 9 $994,177 66% 11 SINGLE TICKET PICK 6 JACKPOT IS UP TO $629,679 42% 10 Rafael Bejarano133 Jeff Mullins45 $307,251 $481,198 14% Agapito Delgadillo52 7 3 16% 30 $954,322 Mike Smith62 Steve Knapp45 16% 13% 6 7 17% 6 32% 21 5 41% 19 9 $1,226,579 9 9 20% 9 9 Flavien Prat162 12% $1,150,870 $436,583 10 7 7 15 2 Simon Callaghan30 6 41 $440,670 49% 12 Money Won 44% (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 24) Edwin Maldonado58 9 8 12 9% 16 John Sadler65 57% 11 8 $226,939 20 2 Mark Glatt58 6 16% 2 13% 13 38% Kent Desormeaux84 18% 26% 1 STUBBINS STRETCHES OUT IN PASADENA STAKES $280,350 59% 15% 4 1st 9 51% 10 10 12% $2,270,864 16 ITM% 58% 16% 49% 10 $1,060,157 23 23 10% Mario Gutierrez86 9 Peter Miller95 Richard Baltas100 12 43% 8 Peter Eurton41 $195,204 Geovanni Franco159 14 17 15 38% TOP JOCKS VIE FOR SANTA ANITA RIDING HONORSWhen super-agent Ron Anderson brought Hall of Fame jockey-in-waiting Joel Rosario to Santa Anita to ride on an everyday basis at the Winter Meet, potentially it changed the dynamics of the jockeys’ race.Through 37 racing days, that potential has been realized, as Rosario and his primary adversary, Flavien Prat, have outdistanced the field in the battle for the riding title, to date winning 44 and 41 races, respectively. Heriberto Figueroa is a distant third with 22 victories.The top two also are more than a million dollars ahead of their nearest rivals in money won this meet, Prat in front of Rosario, $2,568,554 to $2,270,864.Rosario, the regular rider of undefeated Eclipse Award champion as outstanding two-year-old male of 2018 Game Winner, and Prat, also are among the national leaders in wins and purse earnings.“We’ve been well-received and we’ve done well,” Anderson said. “Joel is a really great rider and a really good kid at the end of the day, which everybody recognizes. He’s an exceptional rider and very likable.”Underplaying his own contribution to the team’s success, Anderson said, “The good ones make things easy.”Prat’s agent, Derek Lawson, is enjoying the ride and the competition.“It’s been fun,” he said. “The fact that we’re challenging Joel and Ron is exactly the way we thought it would be when he came out here, back and forth, back and forth between the two.“And you know what? It looks like all the riders here are having a good season, although we’ve separated ourselves from the rest of the group. Saturday Rosario goes out of town but we’ve been out of town, too, so we’ve both missed time here.“But it’s been exciting and we’re working hard. Flavien is riding extremely well and I’m actually picking some good horses for him to ride, so it’s all been a plus.”LEWIS WINNER MUCHO GUSTO ON TRIPLE CROWN TRAILRobert B. Lewis Stakes winner Mucho Gusto, one of Bob Baffert’s leading Triple Crown candidates, worked four furlongs in company Thursday with the fillyHoneyfromthesouth.Each was clocked in a bullet 47.60. Joe Talamo was aboard Mucho Gusto, who is slated to run in either the March 16 Rebel Stakes or the March 24 Sunland Derby.Despite the rash of recent rain, Baffert’s dynamic undefeated duo of championGame Winner and Improbable remain on course for the Grade II, $500,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 9, a race that offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner.“I’ve been working around the rain,” said Baffert, who has a long-range goal in mind.“I want them to meet in the Derby,” he said, alluding to the May 4 Kentucky Derby.Joel Rosario has the mount on Game Winner in the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe while Drayden Van Dyke pilots Improbable.STUBBINS GOES LONG FOR TEAM O’NEILL IN PASADENAStubbins, a Kentucky-bred son of Morning Line, stretches out to a mile on grass in Saturday’s $100,000 Pasadena Stakes for three-year-olds after two narrow victories on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs.Stubbins broke his maiden on Jan. 5, winning by a nose, then returned Feb. 10 in an overnight race over the same venue to win by a neck. Owned by McShane Racing, the colt has never been worse than third in four career starts.“We always thought he was a nice horse,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to the meet’s leading trainer, Doug O’Neill. “After he finished third in his first race going five-and-a-half furlongs on dirt at Del Mar (last Aug. 4), he had a little shin issue, so we took our time with him.“But we believed he would like a distance and he proved it to us two races back (coming from 10th in a field of 12 to get up by a nose at the wire).”As to Team O’Neill’s current success, Mora said, “We’re thrilled. We always do the best we can and we’ll try to stay afloat.”The field for the Pasadena, race six of 10 with a 12:25 p.m. first post time: Stubbins, Tyler Baze, 7-2; $2,000 supplemental nominee Much Better, Joe Talamo, 9-2; Eagle Song, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Colonial Creed, Geovanni Franco, 4-1; Shining Through, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Rijeka, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Mayor Cobb, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Neptune’s Storm, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; and Big Scott Daddy, Mike Smith, 4-1.SANTA ANITA’S MAIN TRACK DEEMED ‘ONE HUNDRED PERCENT READY’Santa Anita’s one mile main track, which was closed to training Tuesday and Wednesday, has been deemed “one hundred percent ready,” by Mick Peterson, PhD, who serves as the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Equine Programs, and who evaluates soil samples from Santa Anita on a monthly basis.In addition to soil samples and a thorough examination of the track’s cushion, pad and base, which was conducted by Peterson and Santa Anita Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco, Peterson employed ground-penetrating radar to ensure uniform consistency throughout the one mile oval.“The ground penetrating radar verified all of the materials, silt, clay and sand, as well as moisture content, are consistent everywhere on this track,” said Peterson on Wednesday afternoon. “This testing ensures all components, the five-inch cushion, pad and base, are consistent and in good order.“Andy (LaRocco) has inspected the entire oval and has made sure that by pulling the soil (cushion) off and reapplying it, this surface is in fact one hundred percent consistent and ready for training and racing.”Peterson was also quick to note that physical soundness is a seven-day-a-week, 24 hour-a-day challenge which involves a myriad of issues, in addition to a consistent surface.“All of the testing and research we’ve done, worldwide, clearly indicates soundness is multi-factorial,” said Peterson. “We must approach this challenge with the knowledge that this is always a process and we need to always strive to get better and that no matter how good the results may be, we must get better.“If there are issues, they’re going to be addressed. The safety of the horses, jockeys and exercise people is our number one priority and always will be.”Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer, The Stronach Group, also addressed the current situation.“At the Stronach Group, we consider the safety and security of the athletes, both equine and human, who race at our facilities, to be our top priority,” said Ritvo. “All industry stakeholders, including our company, must be held accountable for the safety and security of the horses and we are committed to doing just that.”Santa Anita’s main track was open for training Thursday at 5 a.m. and remained open until 10 a.m. The inner training track, which is approximately three quarters of a mile in circumference, opened at 4:45 a.m. and also remained open until 10 a.m.TODAY’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX CARRYOVER AT $629,679A sizeable Jackpot carryover of $438,679 awaits fans today wagering on the popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six.The Rainbow Six begins with race three, with an approximate post time of 2 p.m. PT.There was $247,559 in “new” money bet into Sunday’s Rainbow Six sequence, creating a total pool of $629,560. With 276 consolation tickets, each was worth $479.90.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Chasing Yesterday works 6 furlongs (Baffert)La Force works 6 furlongs (Gallagher)Mucho Gusto (Outside) works 4 furlongs in company with  Honeyfromthesouth (Baffert)Shedrow Stroll:  Lava Man (O’Neill)Flor de La Mar working 4 furlongs (Baffert)-2/26/19Instagrand preparing for San Felipe Stakes Mar. 9 (Hollendorfer)-2/25/19Improbable working 6 furlongs (Baffert)-2/25/19McKinzie Working 7 furlongs (Baffert)-2/25/19Galilean works  4 furlongs (Baffert)-2/25/19Game Winner (outside) works 6 Furlongs with  Dr. Dorr (Baffert)-2/25/19FINISH LINES: Through 37 racing days of the Winter Meet, favorites are winning at the national average of about 33 percent on all fronts: 33.33 percent overall (111 of 333 races); 33.64 on dirt (74 of 220); and 32.74 on turf (37 of 113). Odds-on favorites have won 48.44 percent of the time (31 of 64) and favorites have been in the money 71.77 percent of the time (239 of 333) . . . Fans can enjoy a slice of New Orleans during Mardi Gras at Santa Anita this Saturday. The trackside party features live music and delicious Cajun cuisine. On March 9, THOROUGHBREDS Club members receive a free Santa Anita hat, courtesy of San Manuel Casino, one per paid admission while supplies last. Also on March 9. Santa Anita presents the annual Big Cap Beer & Cider festival. Tickets are on sale now at santaanita.com/events. $834,913 25% 16% 34% 12 14 11 ITM% $1,091,560 Jerry Hollendorfer81 63% 13 2nd 4 33% $287,079 Win% 21 $605,840 $1,067,123 19 47% $479,106 Philip D’Amato81 23 Tyler Baze169 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 1st 41% $334,558 42% 53% 20% 12 3 16 $943,202 $1,003,386 9 Doug O’Neill145 23% $423,636 39% 32 $2,568,554 9 8 7 SANTA ANITA’S MAIN TRACK ‘100 PERCENT READY’ 39% 17% Richard Mandella38 8 $257,338 9 39% 40% 24% 16 12 5 Assael Espinoza101 18% 18 57% $1,103,457 $236,230 3 J. Keith Desormeaux49 27% 13% Bob Baffert55 49% 10 7 6 23 15 18 52% 7 9 2nd 25 34 6 7 16 56% 9 $1,260,336 Aaron Gryder50 $684,837 3rd 51% Money Won 20 42% $579,217 $195,175last_img read more

first_img pic.twitter.com/xyBXAmAFLc— Paul O Keefe (@pokeefe1) October 21, 2019 It was the heroics of Fernando Llorente and especially Lucas Moura that helped Spurs reach the final in Madrid, where they lost 2-0 to Liverpool, rather than thanks to the man between the sticks.And Lloris has not exactly covered himself in glory so far this season with two major errors and conceding seven to Bayern Munich.He made a hash of a ball inside his own box allowing Danny Ings to tap in for Southampton.And a week later he dropped the ball against Brighton after just three minutes as Neal Maupay capitalised.But his error-strewn 2019 came to an abrupt and premature end at Brighton when he dislocated his elbow upon hitting the ground.And Spurs fans on Twitter could scarcely believe Lloris was included on the 30-man longlist.One said: “You bantering me surely.”Another wrote: “You sure you don’t mean Carte D’Or?”2 Lloris has endured a difficult season with two major errors, a thrashing by Bayern Munich and a horror injuryCredit: Reuters Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in agony as he suffers horror elbow injury at BrightonMost read in footballSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleA third added: “Come on, own up. Who made this joke?”And a final user begged: “Is this a joke? Please tell me it is. Please.”Virgil van Dijk, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three favourites to win the coveted gong at France Football’s awards ceremony on December 2.Hugo Lloris on the Ballon d’Or shortlist?pic.twitter.com/mYENTtgyG5— HLTCO (@HLTCO) October 21, 2019 TWITTER could not believe it as Hugo Lloris was named as one of the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or.The Tottenham stopper, 32, may have reached the Champions League final – but conceded 19 goals in the tournament, including nine in the last four matches.2 Hugo Lloris was a surprise inclusion in the 30 nominations for the 2019 Ballon d’OrCredit: Getty – ContributorHugo has been nominated for the 2019 #BallondOr! Congratulations, skipper! 👏 https://t.co/Fw591oeqLq— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 21, 2019last_img read more

first_img* Data updated as of March 4, 2020 It wasn’t his debut as a player blue, but the match began as a defensive pivot, escorted by Ross Barkley Y Matthew Kovacic (later Mason Mount would enter the Croatian, injured). 47 “He is only short in stature but huge in personality. People deserve to talk about him after the performance he has had.” They are words of Frank Lampardtechnician Chelsea, on Billy Gilmour. And is that the young Scottish 18 year old was last night MVP of the meeting of FA Cup in which his team defeated the Liverpool 2-0 (third loss in a month). Gilmour seemed like a veteran since the beginning of the match, despite the fact that he had soccer players the likes of Peanut, Salah, Firmino, Fabinho, Robertson or Van dijk. He signed neither many nor assists, but his delivery in the field was more than remarkable. He did not hide and asked for the ball at all times, being the most creative player on the grass. “An amazing performance”, said the Chelsea coach, which seems that from now on he will be more often with him, since yesterday’s game He has only participated in six meetings with the first team during this course.Daniel Leal Olivas & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Chelsea players, Billy Gilmour and Ross Barkley, during a match.Daniel Leal Olivas (AFP) Premier League It came from the quarry of Rangers In 2017 and after its renovation last September, it has a contract until 2023, proof that the English club is aware of its potential and that it wants to secure its future.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Paloma Mohamed is now highly successful and recognised. But she was once a local dramatist and poet who had not yet achieved any international accolades when she won her first Guyana Prize for the play Duenne. She progressed from there to win more Guyana Prizes for Best Book of Drama, including for Anansi’s Way (2006).A local unknown, unpublished writer, with his first collection of short stories, became the youngest winner of the Guyana Prize to date. Ruel Johnson emerged as a significant talent, recognised by the judges as outstanding for his Ariadne and Other Stories, in 2002. He won the Best First Book of Fiction, having entered an unpublished manuscript to defeat two published shortlisted books. His other first-time manuscript was a collection of poems: The Enormous Night, which was shortlisted for the First Book of Poetry.It was against foreign competition that the second youngest writer to win the Guyana Prize emerged from the local writing community. Subraj Singh also won the Guyana Prize for the Best First Book of Fiction in 2014, for Rebell and Other Stories. Once again, a first time local writer was identified by the Guyana Prize judges as a major talent when there were on the shortlist established intellectuals with published books living overseas. So-called hallowed and chosen overseas based writers must have been once more overlooked by the clique of judges, who must have bypassed their friends to award the prize to an unknown, disadvantaged local.Increasing belief in themselves must have been among the gains for local Guyanese writers when yet another one of them beat the overseas competition in 2012. Dramatist Mosa Telford, a local writer with no previous publication or international achievement, won the Guyana Prize for Drama with Sauda. This time among the vanquished was a successful three-time Prize winner named Bascom, who was by then resident overseas.Neither must it be forgotten that Cassia Alphonso, an entirely new poet writing verse in Creolese, also won as a first-timer living in Guyana. Very significantly, she shared the Poetry Prize with the very established writer Ian McDonald, who, as a local resident, became a multiple winner of the Prize for Poetry.Another distinguished local resident won the Best First Book of Poetry with an unpublished manuscript when Dennis Craig was awarded for On The Seashore. Although a veteran writer, it was his first collection.Among that significant list of Guyana Prize winners are works which were entered as unpublished manuscripts. They had to compete against published books entered by publishers from abroad. It has been a consistent policy of the juries that these manuscripts had to be of publishable quality to be awarded a Prize.It ought to be obvious by now that the Guyana Prize created opportunities for local writers who were previously unknown to gain recognition and to emerge.Surely, the Prize has helped to create an environment in which a number of local developing writers are motivated to write and to improve. The list of examples provided above is evidence that many of them have achieved; some have gone on to become more successful, more accomplished, and to join the corps of established writers.Those examples prove the accusations against the Prize to be false, ultra vires, and without merit.Yours faithfully,Al CreightonSecretary, GuyanaPrizelast_img read more

first_imgFor the first time in Guyana, a pericardiectomy heart surgery was conducted at the Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospital, saving the life of a 27-year-old male, who was reportedly told he only had 48 hours to live.According to Medical Director and Gynaecologist of the hospital, Dr Madhu Singh, the surgery on Fazil Ghanny, was performed by Dr Jerge Machin.Dr Singh highlighted that Ghanny was suffering from Constrictive Pericarditis and was being treated at another local hospital. However, when he was informed that he only had 48 hours to live, he contacted the Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospital for a second opinion.From left: Interventional Cardiologist, Dr Javier Almeida Gomes; Cardiac surgeon, Dr Jerge Machin; and Medical Director and Gynaecologist, Dr Madhu SinghAccording to information provided by the hospital, pericardium is a membranous double layer of tissue which encloses the heart. There is an outer fibrous layer, and an inner serous layer, the visceral pericardium. The visceral pericardium is the layer that adheres directly onto the heart.Constrictive pericarditis is caused when the pericardium becomes thick and fibrous, preventing the heart from functioning properly. The thick shell, which would be surrounding the heart in this case, prevents it from expanding when blood enters the right chamber. For very severe cases of constrictive pericarditis, it is essential to undergo a pericardiectomy operation.Ghanny was initially told that the surgery for his ailment was not possible in Guyana or anywhere in the Caribbean, by the same medical officials who told him his life’s countdown had began.Fortunately for Ghanny, this was not true as the Cardiac surgeon, Dr Jerge Machin; Interventional Cardiologist, Dr Javier Almeida Gomes and Cardiac Anaesthetist Gabriel Avalos were able to conduct the surgery on the 27-year-old man.The surgery which was conducted on June 3, 2016, lasted some seven hours, and the patient remained in the hospital for nine days before he was discharged. Ghanny related his story electronically to the reporters who were present at a press conference hosted by the hospital on Friday.“He stayed in the hospital a total of 18 days. Some of that time was spent when we had to stabilise him, we had to take him off of some of the medication that was harming him, we had to put him on some medication that he needed. Once he was relatively stable, that’s when Dr Machin proceeded to do the interview with him,” Dr Madhu Singh highlighted.last_img read more

first_imgClose to one year after the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) completed an investigation into the sale of lands, the Unit on Thursday instituted legal proceedings against two former senior Government officials.These included former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassington.The duo will now face charges for “misconduct in public office: contrary to commonFormer Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singhlaw.” These charges were instituted based on the sale of three plots of State land.The three charges advanced by SOCU were not read by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when the case was called on Thursday since the men were not in the jurisdiction. Representing Dr Singh was Attorney Anil Nandlall, while Attorney Stanley Moore appeared on behalf of Brassington.The case was adjourned to May 7, to allow the defence lawyers to contact their clients concerning the charges.In the three charges advanced by SOCU and seen by Guyana Times, it was outlined that Singh being the Chairman of NICIL and Brassington being the CEO in December of 2008, by way of Agreement of Sale and Purchase, sold to Scady Business Corporation a track of State land (4.7 acres) being a portion of Plantation Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, for the sum of $150,000,000 “knowing that the said property was valued at $340,000,000 by Rodrigues Architects Associate, a competent valuation officer.”Similarly, the other charge outlined that Singh and Brassington sold to Multicinemas Guyana Inc a plot of State land (10 acres) at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, for the sum of $185,037, 000 “without first having procured a valuation of the said property from a competent valuation officer.”Moreover, it was outlined that Singh and Brassington in 2009, by way of an Agreement of Sale and Purchase sold to the National Hardware Guyana Limited aFormer NICIL CEO Winston Brassigntontrack of Sate land (103 acres), being a portion of Plantation Liliendaal and Turkeyen for the sum of $598,659,398 (VAT exclusive) without first having procured a valuation of the said property from a competent valuation officer.However, during an interview with Guyana Times on Thursday, Attorney for Singh and Opposition parliamentarian Nandlall blasted SOCU on the fact that they had not, at any point, made contact with the individuals who were being investigated prior to the disclosure that charges will be laid.“Last year, on behalf of Ashni Singh, I wrote to SOCU informing them that I am the lawyer for Dr Singh and that should they require him to assist in any investigations, that I am prepared to make contact with him and that he stands willing and able to assist and participate in any investigation…I received no response to that letter… They called me late yesterday evening to indicate to me that Dr Singh will be charged,” he explained.Further, Nandlall asserted “since I sent that letter and during the (course) of whatever investigation they were conducting, no one attempted to make contact with Dr Singh.”UK High Commissioner Greg Quinn; Special advisor to SOCU, Sam Sittlington; along with two UK fraud experts who will be conducting the trainingNandlall, who also held the post of former Attorney General, also questioned why a criminal investigation of this type would be conducted and no attempt would be made to seek input from the person or persons who are the subject of the investigation.“You don’t investigate people behind their backs in a cloak and dagger fashion. That is not fair investigation. That is not how a democratic society works,” he said.Nandlall explained that under their posts at NICIL, the duo (Singh and Brassington) never acted on their own accord in any decisions regarding the sale of properties.“NICIL is a corporation in law, it is run by a Board. Ashni Singh, as Minister of Finance was ex-officio chair of that Board. Brassington was the CEO. That Board is a Government corporation. That Board does not act without the Government’s approval…Over the years, NICIL has sold dozens of properties and a particular methodology was always used. Brassington nor Ashni Singh ever acted on their own. They always acted upon the approval or direction of the Board that governed NICIL. That Board always received the support and approval of the Cabinet, which is the Government of Guyana,” he said.According to Nandlall, “all the procedures were complied with and three plots of land were sold… This is not a criminal offence. Where is the crime?”Moreover, he posited that this action by SOCU is nothing short of a “witch-hunt”, highlighting that he is positive that he will win this case, and as such, he hopes that the State is aware that civil suits will be filed for defamation of character.“This is another spate of witch-hunting that is taking place where the criminal justice system is being used as a political weapon by those in Government to persecute… and damage the reputation of two young Guyanese professionals.”“I hope the State will understand that they will have to pay millions of dollars at some point in time in compensation because civil suits are going to be filed when these charges are dismissed because destruction has been done to people’s characters and reputations and people are suffering anguish and stress as a result of these charges [that] are being instituted,” he asserted.last_img read more

first_imgAnd for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose future has been the subject of much speculation amid reports that Mourinho will listen to offers for the Armenian  when the January transfer window opens, his 20-minute substitute cameo against the Championship side was hardly encouraging.Of the potential returning players for the visit to Leicester, right-back Antonio Valencia has a hamstring problem but is expected to recover in time.To worsen Mourinho’s mood, and his team’s preparation for the Leicester game, they did not return to Manchester until 0500 GMT on Thursday after fog forced the cancellation of their private flight.Leicester host Mourinho’s side on the back of their own League Cup defeat on Wednesday to United’s cross-city rivals Manchester City.But having taken Pep Guardiola’s side to penalties, Foxes defender Christian Fuchs said the former Premier League champions, revitalised under new manager Claude Puel, will enter the weekend with confidence.“It gives us a good feeling with the way we played,” he said. “We didn’t win but we kept possession, it felt good and it gives us confidence back.“We’re happy with the performance. The feeling of disappointment we have now, we can be proud and go into the United game with a good feeling.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) More relevant to the futures of some of his fringe players, the performance means they will not be considered when Mourinho focuses on the more urgent matter of trying to cut into Manchester City’s 11-point lead at the top of the table.“The reality is that the ones that were on the pitch were the ones that were not in the last (league) match and are the ones that not going to be in the next match,” he said.“I think they lost a good opportunity also to play semi-finals and also to have two more matches to play.”To add to the manager’s damning appraisal of the defeat, Mourinho also said some of his players did not even want to “come to the office” as Bristol pulled off one of the season’s major cup surprises.Paul Pogba, who returned at Bristol following a three-match suspension, is presumably exempt from such criticism.And Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who started his first game of the season in the upset, is likely also to be involved at Leicester although, with doubts persisting over his match fitness, he may only be on the bench.But, with the possible additional exceptions of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, it appears unlikely that any of the starters from Ashton Gate will retain their starting positions on Saturday.For players such as Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian, who have struggled to convince Mourinho that they are worthy of regular first team football, the Bristol defeat could prove especially damaging.–Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L), pictured in October 2017, is expected to start against Brighton on Saturday after being consigned to the bench by his disappointed coachmove? – 0Shares0000Manager Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United lost to Bristol City in the quarter-final of the 2017 League CupMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 22- Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has warned players who were humbled at Bristol City they will not be in contention when his side returns to Premier League duty at Leicester on Saturday. The surprise 2-1 League Cup quarter-final defeat at the hands of a Championship club means United will not retain the trophy that Mourinho won last season, his first as manager at Old Trafford.last_img read more

first_imgPSG, who face Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday, are top of their domestic league with maximum points but lost to Liverpool in their opening European fixture.As City prepare to face Hoffenheim, after losing their opener to Lyon, manager Guardiola has dismissed reports in the press of a move for the 19-year-old, involving the sale of Raheem Sterling to help finance a deal.Speaking at his press conference, the former Barcelona and Bayern boss said: “That is not going to happen. Sometimes I don’t understand where the news comes from.“Manchester City don’t have, and are not going to spend, the money that maybe Mbappe deserves, or PSG deserves.“PSG is not going to sell this kind of player to any other club in the world for the next years, I guess. So that is not going to happen.“Mbappe is not going to come here and we are not going to swap Raheem [Sterling] or another top player that we have.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kylian MbappeLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – Pep Guardiola says a move for Kylian Mbappe is not a likely scenario for Manchester City.The France and Paris Saint-Germain star has been shining in Ligue 1 again for his club this season.last_img read more

first_imgPromising Ipswich goalkeeper Michael Crowe has joined Woking on loan until the end of the season.The 19-year-old is yet to make his senior debut for Ipswich but was named among the substitutes at the weekend when they beat Watford.But with Paddy Kenny and Dean Gerken both now approaching full fitness, the Wales Under-19 star will find his first-team opportunities further limited at Portman Road.So Ipswich have decided to let Crowe join Conference side Woking until the summer so he can gain much-needed experience. Ipswich Town 1last_img read more

first_imgA fitting gesture has been made to the late, great former Derry City player Mark Farren have the FAI announced that a cup is to be named after the late striker who was from the fishing village of Greencastle. Farren sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer in February of this year. Farren passed away aged 33 in February after a battle with cancer.The talented striker – the Candystripes all-time leading scorer – had travelled to a specialist clinic in Tijuana, northern Mexico last summer for treatment on a grade four brain tumourHowever he tragically lost his battle with the disease, and the league has now recognised his contribution to the game by naming the U17 Mark Farren Memorial Cup in his honour.The Donegal-born striker had an illustrious career in the game with Derry, Finn Harps, Glenavon and Monaghan United. He was also an apprentice at Huddersfield Town and Tranmere Rovers.A great gesture for a truly great and inspiring person.FITTING GESTURE FOR MARK FARREN AS FAI ANNOUNCE CUP WILL BE NAMED IN HIS HONOUR was last modified: June 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FAIGestureMark FarrennewsSporttributelast_img read more