Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Saturday, March 7, 2020

first_img10% $1,867,244 9 33% 9 Win% 25% Win% 11 38% 16 10 Steve Knapp45 15% $800,179 $204,921 40% 32 9 14% 18% 23% 7 10 6 $645,857 3 30 6 38% $330,582 12 12 $360,902 Edwin Maldonado73 50% $949,176 Assael Espinoza58 43% 34 8% $705,088 19 48% 17 8 Mike Smith45 15 7 21% 7 11 22% 21% 17 54% $533,431 38% ITM% Joel Rosario127 $315,761 9 6 4 5 3 FAVORED GIFT BOX SCRATCHED FROM BIG ‘CAPCALLAGHAN DOUBLES DOWN IN SANTA YSABELDAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS ON SUNDAYGIFT BOX SCRATCHED FROM SANTA ANITA HANDICAPHronis Racing’s Gift Box, the 6-5 morning line favorite and defending champion in today’s Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap, was scratched out of today’s Big ‘Cap at 9:12 a.m., with no reason given as of 10:15 a.m.Trained by John Sadler, who will still be represented in the Big ‘Cap by longshot Combatant, Gift Box entered the race on Wednesday on the heels of perhaps his best career effort, a smashing 3 ¾-length victory in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes here on Dec. 28.Gift Box, who by all accounts had been training in sensational fashion, schooled in the Santa Anita paddock yesterday and with regular rider Joel Rosario engaged to ride today, appeared to give Sadler a tremendous chance at becoming the first trainer in the 83-year history of the Big ‘Cap to win it in three successive years. In addition to last year’s victory with Gift Box, he saddled the 2018 winner, Accelerate.With the scratch, the Big ‘Cap, which has been carded as the 10th on a 12-race card, will feature seven older horses at a mile and a quarter. C R K Stable’s Midcourt, the 2-1 second choice on the original morning line, has been made the 4-5 favorite on the revised line, with trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Victory Espinoza joining forces.Additionally, Rosario has now replaced Umberto Rispoli aboard Combatant.DONNA VELOCE RETURNS IN GRADE III SANTA YSABELSimon Callaghan has the favorite and a longshot ready to roll Sunday’s Grade III,$100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth on dirt.The favorite is Donna Veloce, 4-5 on Jon White’s morning line, while the longshot, albeit a mild one, is Paige Anne, listed at 8-1.Donna Veloce, an $800,000 daughter of Uncle Mo, will be making her first start since running second by a half-length to Bast as the 3-10 favorite in the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos on Dec. 7.Paige Anne will be making her stakes debut coming off two straight victories, the latter by six lengths on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta surface.“I gave her some time off after the Starlet, just a mental break,” Callaghan said of Donna Veloce. “She’s come back in good order.”The trainer was unconcerned about drawing the rail against six rivals. “She drew the rail in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies last Nov. 1) and she ran very well,” he pointed out, alluding to her neck defeat by eventual Eclipse Award champion British Idiom.“Paige Anne is improving and she tries hard. She won her last two and I thought she deserved a shot.”The Santa Ysabel, race seven of eight with a 1 p.m. first post time: Donna Veloce, Flavien Prat, 4-5; Gidgetta, Joel Rosario, 5-1; Speech, Geovanni Franco, 4-1; Tiz Fake News, Abel Cedillo, 6-1; Paige Anne, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; and Stone Blue, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1. Gingham was scratched.FINISH LINES: On the long-running and popular game show Jeopardy last night, an answer in one category–paraphrasing–was, “It’s a wager in which the bettor has to predict the precise order of the first two horses.” A gentleman buzzed in and answered, “exactor.” Host Alex Trebek responded, “Sorry, it’s exacta,” upon which I turned to my wife and said, “This is going to be overruled.” One commercial break later, Trebek came back and informed the player that the judges had reviewed his answer and found that indeed there is an “exactor” in Canada, with money duly credited to his winnings . . . It was 64 years ago that current Santa Anita Trakus Technician Larry Gilligan, who was 17 at the time, rode Social Climber to an upset win in the 1956 San Felipe for Charlie Whittingham and Llangollen Farm . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 7th, 2020Bob Baffert Discusses Authentic and Thousand Words In the San Felipe StakesJohn Sadler Discusses His Prime ContendersPeter Eurton Discusses Storm the Court Heading Into the San Felipe StakesMike Smith Discusses Roadster in the San Carlos StakesWORKOUTS:Venetian Harbor (Baltas) 03/06/20American Theorem (Papaprodromou) 03/06/20Lazy Daisy (Outside) and A Thousand Dreams (O’Neill) 03/06/20Nonno’s Polaris (Outside) and Platinum Equity (Knapp) 03/06/20Gingham (Outside) and Much More Halo (Baffert) 03/05/20Eclair (Baffert) 03/05/20Eight Rings (Inside) and JZ My Man (Baffert) 03/05/20Hofburg (Mott) 03/04/20Queen Bee To You (Outside) and Lay The Floor (Lerner) 03/04/20Orquidias Biz (Mullins) 03/04/20Improbable (Baffert) 03/04/20Thousand Words (Outside) and Dr. Dorr (Baffert) 03/02/20Charlatan (Outside) and Fay Dan (Baffert) 03/02/20Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 03/02/20Midcourt (Shirreffs) 03/01/20Honor A. P. (Shirreffs) 03/01/20Gift Box (Sadler) 03/01/20 11 21% $389,941 15% 6 46% $354,521 4 43% 8 Tiago Pereira112 62% 14% 1st 9 61% 14 $1,355,582 45% 32% 8 4 26% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 5 10% $271,915 44% ITM% 8 $218,912 28% 47% Richard Mandella34 J.C. Diaz, Jr.69 52% 5 11 20% 8 10 $1,306,176 Drayden Van Dyke98 Doug O’Neill90 8 2 10% 66% $1,370,752 6 22% $927,682 Jorge Velez153 19 Peter Miller61 Rafael Bejarano68 5 47% 20 Mario Gutierrez77 10 8 $345,465 42% 17 5 12 30% 40% 13 $1,193,721 10% 15% $751,977 13% 31 $886,302 18 52% 8 6 Philip D’Amato77 7% 12 2nd 5 7 30% TrainerSts 7 15 3 40% 3rd 7 Ruben Fuentes77 1 Aaron Gryder50 8 1st 10 13% 9 30 Bob Baffert66 $280,642 $676,000 4 Umberto Rispoli129 7 $690,279 Andrew Lerner29 2nd 19 Mike Puype40 John Sadler64 35 17 Brian Koriner39 $629,065 20% 5 20% 47% Money Won 67% 3rd 9 6 10 11 6 44% $1,928,094 JockeyMts Geovanni Franco80 43% Michael McCarthy36 25 Craig Lewis41 Jeff Bonde21 3 9 2 51% 12% 20% 8 $360,881 15 Abel Cedillo219 10% 51% 28 Mark Glatt70 14 $627,061 17% 29 9 $1,983,848 (Current Through Friday, March 6) 12 17 $378,172 Agapito Delgadillo62 48% 7 10% 6 $514,141 29% Money Won $191,721 38 12 Jeff Mullins46 16% Victor Espinoza49 4 20 20 32% 34% Richard Baltas93 6 Flavien Prat147 $328,100last_img read more

Eight youngsters get senior call-up

first_imgThe Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has given eight local footballers their first call-up to the senior men’s national team in preparation for two upcoming friendly international games next month in the United States of America (USA). Jamaica will play against CONCACAF giant USA on February 3 and then Honduras on February 16. The newcomers are Roberto Johnson of Portmore United, Tevin Shaw (Tivoli Gardens), Shamar Nicholson (Boys’ Town), Rodave Murray (Waterhouse), Javon East (Portmore), Jamiel Hardware (Boys’ Town), Kareem Manning (Portmore), and Romaine Brackenridge (Tivoli). They will join other local-based players such as Jacomeno Barrett (Montego Bay United), Shaven Paul (Portmore), Nicholas Campbell (Maverley-Hughenden), Dicoy Williams (Arnett Gardens), Ladale Ritchie (Montego Bay), Damano Solomon (Portmore), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View), Jamie Robinson (UWI FC), Ewan Grandison (Portmore), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lion), Dwayne Ambusley (Montego Bay), Owayne Gordon (Montego Bay), Allan Ottey (Montego Bay), and Dino Williams (Montego Bay). The 23 players were called to a training camp, which starts today at the Stadium East and ends on Thursday. Manager of the Reggae Boyz, Roy Simpson says that this augurs well for the development of the local-based players. “This is a good opportunity for each player to impress, real genuine opportunity for local players,” Simpson told The Gleaner after the squad was released yesterday. “They (the players) must have been doing something new at their respective clubs to catch the eyes of the selectors,” the manager added. TRAINING CAMPlast_img read more

Germany win historic 10th Fifa World Cup qualifier

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “This line-up hadn’t played together before and you could see that in the first half,” he said.“The second half was better as the opposition tired.“It would be a mistake to use this qualifying campaign as a benchmark – sure it was good – but the World Cup will be a different matter.“It will be hard to win the World Cup for a second time.”The victory came at the cost of two center-backs, as Bayern Munich’s Niklas Suele and Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi both limped off with first-half injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Azerbaijan’s midfielder Rahid Amirguliyev (R) and Germany’s midfielder Leon Goretzka (L) vie for the ball during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Germany and Azerbaijan in Mainz, western Germany, on October 8, 2017. AFPMidfielder Leon Goretzka netted twice as Germany routed Azerbaijan 5-1 on Sunday to make history with a perfect World Cup qualifying record of 10 wins in as many games.The reigning world champions had already sealed their ticket to Russia last Thursday with a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland, and finished their qualifying campaign in Kaiserslautern with a 10th straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mustafi suffered a suspected thigh injury, which Loew said looks serious.Schalke midfielder Goretzka gave Germany an early lead with a superb back-heeled goal before Azerbaijan striker Ramil Sheydaev stunned the hosts by equalising before half-time.Second-half strikes from Hoffenheim striker Sandro Wagner and Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger, before Goretzka added his second, saw Germany pull away.Liverpool midfielder Emre Can added the fifth when he smashed home his first international goal with a powerful shot from outside the area.The World Cup holders lost Julian Draxler before kick-off as the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder dropped out with flu, after Real Madrid star Toni Kroos had already been ruled out with a rib injury.The hosts got off to a dream start when Goretzka showed great technique by netting with his heel and his back to goal on eight minutes.Then came Germany’s injury blows.Suele limped off on 22 minutes to be replaced by Chelsea’s Ruediger before Mustafi went down in the build-up to the equaliser.The Germans should have doubled their lead with half an hour gone when Wagner hit the post.Azerbaijan deservedly levelled on 34 minutes when Sheydaev sprinted clear of Mustafi — who pulled up injured. This is the first time Germany have qualified for a World Cup finals with a perfect record and they are unbeaten in their last 16 games.Joachim Loew’s side are only the second team to achieve the feat in a European qualifying campaign after Spain managed it on their way to winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGermany also scored a European qualifying record 43 goals over the campaign.Despite the comfortable scoreline, Loew was unimpressed with the first-half display as his side went in 1-1 at the break. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiefer Ravena joins 2017 PBA Draft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sheydaev then wrong-footed Ruediger and fired past Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno to stun the hosts.But Wagner put Germany back in the lead on 54 minutes thanks to Hawk-Eye.Wagner’s header was cleared in a scramble, but goal-line technology showed the ball had crossed the line for his fifth international goal in as many games.At 2-1 up, the floodgates opened when Ruediger hammered his header past Azerbaijani goalkeeper Kamran Agayev on 64 minutes.Goretzka grabbed Germany’s fourth just two minutes later when he fired home Leroy Sane’s pass after some good work by the Manchester City winger.The 23-year-old Can completed the scoring in style when he rifled a 30-yard strike into the roof of the net.With time almost up, Azerbaijan defender Magomed Mirzabekov hit the post and Germany’s Matthias Ginter cleared a shot off the line.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

Jeron Teng learns the ropes

first_imgView comments Meralco looks to be competitive in PBA PH cup despite lack of bigs It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I know he’s a good player. Here, he hasn’t surprised me,” Compton said of Teng, who struggled in his first game on Monday with only four points on 2-of-11 from the field.The 23-year-old Teng was the fifth overall pick by the Aces in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft after leading La Salle to a couple of UAAP titles in 2013 and 2016 where he was also named Finals MVP twice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseTeng has been playing major minutes for the Aces and Compton said he wants his highly-touted rookie to get all the exposure he can get before the season starts.“It’s the preseason right so when do rookies get experience? Do I wait and not play him here then, get him a ton of minutes in the first game? He needs to get used to what we do and you learn through that process more especially because he’s younger we’re giving him heavier minutes and he has to figure things out.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jeron Teng during Alaska’s pre-season game. Photo by PBA.phAfter struggling in his debut for Alaska in the preseason, Jeron Teng redeemed himself with a pair of solid performances and his head coach Alex compton wasn’t surprised at all.Teng scored nine points and nearly led the Aces’ comeback in a loss to the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Tuesday before chalking up 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and dishing out four assists in a 110-97 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson And that’s exactly how Teng has approached his first few games with the Aces.“It’s the preseason so it’s an opportunity for me to get to know the system of coach Alex, get to know the plays,” said Teng. “We’re here to learn.”“I expect it to be really tough. I still has a lot to learn and as a player I’m always for improvement.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

President in Cuba for medical checkup

first_imgPresident David Granger on Saturday morning departed Guyana for the Republic of Cuba, where he has been receiving treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.This was announced by the Ministry of the Presidency in a brief statement on its Facebook page. The Head of State was accompanied by First Lady, Sandra Granger.This is one of several visits for treatment since November 2018, when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer which envelopes the lymphatic system.On October 30, 2018, the President and First Lady Sandra Granger travelled to Cuba for him to undergo medical tests after he had complained of feeling unwell. Days later, he was diagnosed with cancer.The President has since reduced his number of public engagements.An update on his health in January revealed that the Head of State is “progressing satisfactorily in his treatment”.This was disclosed during a meeting between President Granger and his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez.During their informal exchange of views, President Granger once again expressed gratitude to the Cuban Government for the medical treatment he is currently receiving at CIMEQ.Meanwhile, President Diaz-Canel had explained that Cuba has a special relationship with Guyana and noted that Cuba was ensuring that President Granger’s medical treatment is undertaken with dignity, respect and responsibility that only a fraternal country could offer.last_img read more

Taxi driver charged for rape of 12-year-old girl

first_imgA driver attached to a popular city taxi service, who allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl at a hotel in Diamond, East Bank Demerara, was on Tuesday hauled before at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Neville Thomas being escorted by PoliceThirty-two-year-old Neville Thomas of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was not required to answer to the indictable charge.It is alleged that between April 1 and 30, 2019, at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, he engaged in sexual penetration with a 12-year-old child.The matter was held in-camera.According to information, the Thomas and 12-year-old are known to each other, since he was hired to transport her to and from school.It was reported that on the day in question, the accused picked up the child from school and took her to a hotel in Diamond, where he had sexual intercourse with her.However, sometime later, the 12-year-old complained to her parents and a report was made to the Police.The unrepresented man was remanded to prison. The case will continue on October 4.last_img read more

Specter offers deal on prosecutors

first_imgPresidential press secretary Tony Snow again cast the administration’s offer to allow Rove and the others to talk to lawmakers in private as the best deal Democrats are going to get. “We opened with a compromise,” he told reporters. Democrats also did not budge from their insistence that Rove be questioned publicly and under oath. “I’ve had a lot of those unstructured briefings and found that I was given, in many instances, not the whole truth, nothing near the whole truth,” said the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. His committee, by voice vote Thursday, gave Leahy authority to issue subpoenas for Rove, former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and her deputy, William Kelley. The House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., was given that same authority a day earlier. But neither chairman appeared in a rush to issue the subpoenas to White House officials and provoke a showdown. WASHINGTON – A Senate Republican offered President George W. Bush a compromise Thursday in the standoff about the dismissals of federal prosecutors, suggesting that select lawmakers question Karl Rove and other administration officials in public but not under oath. White House counsel Fred Fielding promised to convey the offer to Bush, said Sen. Arlen Specter, who took the first step toward brokering a deal a few hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved but did not issue subpoenas for Rove and others. Specter’s plan would grant one of Bush’s key demands – that the officials named in the subpoena authorization testify without being sworn. But the proposal dismisses other White House conditions by suggesting that Rove and the others testify in public. “Mr. Fielding did not accept or reject it,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said. In letters Thursday, Senate and House Democrats rejected Fielding’s offer to let Rove and other officials talk about their roles in the firings but only on Bush’s terms: in private, off the record and not under oath. “I have never heard the Senate take an ultimatum like that,” Leahy said. “I know he’s the decider for the White House,” Leahy added, referring to Bush. “But he’s not the decider for the United States Senate.” Nonetheless, the offer stands, Perino said. “Unfortunately, these letters show they aren’t as interested in ascertaining the facts than going on a political fishing expedition,” she said. Specter, the Senate committee’s former chairman, insisted room for compromise remains. “Rejections in a news conference don’t count,” said Specter, R-Pa. “Rejections eyeball to eyeball count.” He suggested the committees could grant the president’s demand that his aides not be required to take an oath, but persuade the White House to allow public proceedings with perhaps 16 House and Senate Judiciary Committee members asking questions. Taking an oath was not necessary, Specter said, because congressional witnesses are required by law to tell the truth. Specter also said the situation might benefit from time. “The dust has to settle first.” On that, Snow agreed, “We’re going to let this thing simmer a little bit and let people reflect on it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Robin Hood, Balboa help Klopp passion shine at Liverpool

0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at times bemoaned the subdued atmosphere in modern English grounds, even at the mythical Anfield, compared to his grounding in Germany’s Bundesliga © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – A confessed admirer of the underdog tales of Robin Hood and Rocky Balboa, Jurgen Klopp is probably uncomfortable with Liverpool’s status as strong favourites in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, first leg against Roma.However, it is testament to how far the German has revitalised a sleeping giant on the European stage that Liverpool’s first appearance in the Champions League last four for a decade is met with such expectation. It hasn’t always been a such a smooth ride since Klopp arrived an Anfield two-and-a-half years ago.Indeed, even in the aftermath of a 5-1 quarter-final thrashing of hitherto tournament favourites Manchester City, Klopp warned the clock was ticking on his promise to deliver a trophy within four years of taking charge.Early in his reign Klopp at times bemoaned the subdued atmosphere in modern English grounds, even at the mythical Anfield, compared to his grounding in Germany’s Bundesliga.By contrast, Anfield will be at fever pitch on Tuesday to try and inspire the five-time European champions back to club’s football’s biggest game in the Kiev final on May 26.“The Champions League nights are special for the fans too,” Liverpool’s talisman Mohamed Salah — who has scored an incredible 41 goals in his debut season for the club — told CNN. “You can feel it on the streets.“The atmosphere in that first game against Man City was the first time I had really seen something like that.”Premier League champions City’s evisceration by a three-goal blitz in 19 first-half minutes was just another chapter in a long history of famous European nights at Anfield.“The Liverpool fans, they all believe ‘this is our competition’,” recognised City boss Pep Guardiola afterwards.But it came on the back of a rallying cry by Klopp for his players not to be intimidated by Liverpool’s history in the competition, but to make memories they too will be remembered for.– A mirror image of their manager –Liverpool’s high-energy style that even City couldn’t cope with is a mirror image of their manager on the touchline.“If something is important to me, I cannot hide my feelings. When I’m happy everyone can see and it’s the same when I’m angry,” Klopp told The Big Interview podcast.However, Klopp’s revival of Liverpool has come from far more than rabble rousing.His fluid 4-3-3 system has brought the best out of a prolific front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who have combined for 83 goals this season.“I think Jurgen is a master to buy players with what he really needs for the way he wants to play,” said Guardiola, who has suffered more defeats in his career to Klopp than any other manager.Most impressively of all, Klopp’s management has also ensured that Liverpool’s flurry of goals hasn’t dried up despite losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million ($199 million) in January and not buying a natural replacement.Instead just over half of that fee was spent on Virgil Van Dijk to bolster a defence that often let Klopp down in his first two years in England.Since the £75 million Dutchman was recruited, Liverpool have conceded just once in four European outings.Klopp has also learned from his own mistakes. The intensity of his demands left Liverpool drained in the second-half of last season after a promising start to the campaign.This season no manager has rotated more than Klopp in the Premier League with the payoff that his side remain the sole English representatives in the last four.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) read more

Arsenal and Man United transfer target could make Premier League move, admits agent

first_imgArsenal and Manchester United target Edinson Cavani could be heading to England, his agent has admitted.talkSPORT told you yesterday how the Paris Saint-Germain striker, subbed just an hour into the club’s crucial clash with Marseille on Sunday, was considering his future.Arsenal and Manchester United are long-term admirers of Cavani, and Louis van Gaal has reportedly earmarked the Uruguayan as a replacement for Robin van Persie.Napoli have also been linked with a move in recent weeks, but his agent Claudio Anellucci insists no Serie A club could afford to take the striker.He has instead hinted that his client could move to the Premier League, news which could spark a transfer battle between Arsenal and United.“I can rule out Edinson returning to Italy,” Anellucci told Radio Olympia.“There aren’t the [financial] conditions for any club to take part in a bidding process to get him. The markets right now are Spain and England.” Edinson Cavani 1last_img read more

Five starlets who could save the Red Devils a fortune this deadline day

first_img Guillermo Varela (right-back) – The Uruguayan youngster has made three appearances this season for the Red Devils and with more defensive injuries, he could see himself in regular action soon enough. Rio Ferdinand has spoken about his attack minded tendencies and Zinedine Zidane ‘loved’ the player while he was on loan at Real Madrid Castilla, insisting he’d ‘make it to the top’. 5 Will Keane (striker) – If Louis van Gaal is worried about a lack of goals at Manchester United he should give Keane a role in his side. He wasn’t that prolific for Preston North End earlier this season while out on loan but appears rejuvenated back at Old Trafford having scored four goals in three games. Find out which five Manchester United starlets could save them a fortune, starting with James Weir (midfielder). Click the right arrow for more… – The 20-year-old is currently impressing for Man United’s Under-21s and has even captained the side. He’s creative and economical with possession, while also quick of foot. He was on the bench for their 3-3 draw with Newcastle and could craft chances if given an opportunity by Louis van Gaal. He scored for their Under-21s in their latest victory, which was a 1-0 win over Sunderland. Andreas Pereira (midfielder) – The Brazilian starlet is clearly very talented and is already a regular fixture on Manchester United’s bench but has still only made three appearances as a substitute in the Premier League. In cup competitions he has two starts and two substitute showings, while he also grabbed a goal against Ipswich in the League Cup. Many Man United fans would welcome his skill and guile in midfield. 5 Manchester United are currently floundering in fifth place in the Premier League and a transfer window boost is the shot in the arm they need.Currently, though, the Red Devils seem unlikely to do big business this month so it might be up to some homegrown starlets to provide some joy at Old Trafford before the season ends.Man United’s academy has come in for some stick recently as their Under-18s underperform, but players like Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Paddy McNair have featured regularly this year and done well.And there are plenty of other youngsters in Warren Joyce’s impressive Under-21 side who could bring some sparkle, and some steel, to the first-team before the end of the campaign.So who are these youngsters? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see five starlets who could save Manchester United a fortune this January… 5 5 5 Callum Gribbin (midfielder) – Don’t let Gribbin’s slight figure sway you, the midfielder is extremely promising. Excellent with a set-piece, creative and able to produce brilliant moments with his sleight of foot, the 17-year-old is pretty strong too, despite his slender frame. He’s adding to his work-rate and his defensive ability as he develops too.last_img read more