Arsenal’s title hopes will depend much on Chelsea’s slip-ups, says Wenger

first_imgArsene Wenger admits it will take a major slip from Chelsea to allow Arsenal back into the Premier League title race.His side will attempt to put their midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Monaco behind them when they travel to face Newcastle on Saturday.Victory will extend their run of five successive league wins, a sequence that has taken them to within one point of second-placed Manchester City and seven behind leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand.Wenger believes his side are gathering momentum at an important time of the domestic campaign, although he accepts the disappointment of going out of Europe has dented morale.last_img

‘Jealous wife’ Conor McGregor will come back to UFC, Khabib Nurmagomedov says

first_imgKhabib Nurmagomedov expects Conor McGregor’s retirement to be short-lived.While speaking at a Moscow university Tuesday, Nurmagomedov said he believed McGregor and the UFC couldn’t reach a deal for upcoming fights, so McGregor decided to throw in the towel. However, Nurmagomedov expects McGregor to have a change of heart.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”I don’t think he’s finished,” Nurmagomedov said, via ESPN.Nurmagomedov added: “Conor acts like a jealous wife, who says ‘I will leave’ all the time but then comes back.””Conor acts like a jealous wife, who says ‘I will leave’ all the time but then comes back”: Khabib on Mcgregor’s announced [email protected] @TeamKhabib pic.twitter.com/1CXRtltzPT— Denis Geyko (@DenisGeykoRT) April 2, 2019UFC president Dana White seems to agree with Nurmagomedov, saying Sunday that the two need to meet in person to discuss future fights.”I think that there’s some things that Conor wants and I think that Conor wants to get together face to face, he and I, and we probably will in the next couple of weeks and we’ll get this thing figured out,” White said in an interview with  KLAS-TV . “Listen, who gets respected more than Conor McGregor does? Come on,” White continued. “The guy’s never been disrespected, definitely not by me. And he’s got a lot of money too.”But he’s stuck on this thing where he wants a piece of the ownership and that’s just – if you look at basketball, Michael Jordan didn’t own a piece of the league, and the list goes on and on. Is Conor very valuable to the sport and to the brand, the UFC? Of course he is. That’s a tough one, but I think there’s other ways that we can make him happy.”McGregor retired once before in 2016 but decided to get back in the octagon shortly after. However, his one fight since his 2016 un-retirement was against Nurmagomedov, who defeated him handily in October.last_img read more

Real confirm Solari as coach until 2021

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Santiago Solari on Tuesday was confirmed as Real Madrid coach until 2021 following his successful spell in charge as caretaker boss of the European champions.“Real Madrid’s board of directors met today and decided to name Santiago Solari as first team coach until June 30, 2021,” the club announced in a statement.Solari’s anointment as sacked Julen Lopetegui’s permanent successor comes after wins in his first four matches.And with 15 goals scored and only two conceded the 42-year-old Argentinian has established the best ever start for a Real manager.After thrashing Melilla in the Copa del Rey, they won 5-0 away to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, between victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.The upturn has left Madrid only four points adrift of league leaders Barcelona and on the brink of qualification for the last 16 in Europe.Solari was handed the reins on a temporary two-week basis on October 29 after Lopetegui had overseen a miserable run that included just one victory in seven games. The last of those, a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Barcelona, proved the final straw for club president Florentino Perez but the team have rebounded under their new coach.News that he had been rewarded with a permanent contract surfaced on Monday when the Spanish federation announced: “Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems.”The Spanish press had urged Real to appoint the former Castilla ‘B’ team coach.Solari’s maiden match as long-term boss is the trip to Eibar in La Liga on November 25, following the international break.Zinedine Zidane also stepped up mid-season from coaching Castilla in 2016 and led the team to the first of three consecutive Champions League trophies five months later.This is Solari’s maiden job in charge of a first team.Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Joachim Low had all been linked to the position.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

A younger Neptune team dives back into water

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports It was bound to happen. After years of dominating the Kootenay Summer Swim Association, the Nelson Neptunes are finally enter a rebuilding phase — which the rest of the region is probably thankful that it’s happening. “I expect we will have a good season but we may not win as many meets,” admitted Neptune skipper Michelle Lorusso on the eve of the start of the 2011 season Saturday at the NDCC Pool. “(That’s due to) a low enrollment this year with only 45 kids and most of them younger swimmers.” Gone is the likes of Rebecca and Melissa Afford. However, the dynamic duo has not left the scene. The pair, along with another Neptune stalwart, Kiandra McLaren, has simply moved up to the coaching ranks to join Lorusso on the pool deck. The coaching quartet, which can still swim in the senior divisions, will be put to the test right away as the Neptunes play host to the season opener this weekend. “It is a great advantage (for us) to start at home,” explained Lorusso, who has been coaching for the past eight seasons. “The swimmers can get back into the competitive swim meet season in there own home pool and that takes some stress off since they swim in (NDCC Pool) almost every day.” Still Lorusso & Company needs the support of the few senior swimmers the club has. Which is why it’s so important for provincial medalist Sam Matthew to step up once again. “Sam (Matthew) was the only Nelson Neptunes swimmer to get a medal at provincials last year in Kamloops in the 50 breaststroke when he placed second,” said Lorusso. “I expect a great season from all of our senior swimmers as they are all dedicated and hard-working.” The Neptunes are part of the Kootenay Association that includes Grand Forks, Trail, Creston, Colville, Wash., Castlegar and Kimberley. The season shifts to Grand Forks for a B-meet next week before teams travel to Trail June 18-19. Of course all the teams are pushing for the Kootenay Regional Finals August 6-7 in Castlegar. The top swimmers at Regionals advance to the B.C. Summer Speed Swim Association Championships August 15-21 in Richmond.
“The goals this season are to have fun and win a few meets,” said Lorusso. “For the swimmers many of their goals are to get best times and make it to the provincials.” For more information on the Nelson Neptunes visit http://www.bcssa.bc.ca/ko/nel/Site_2/[email protected]last_img read more

REDDAM RACING’S UNDEFEATED NYQUIST HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 FRONTRUNNER STAKES; O’NEILL TRAINEE TO FACE SEVEN JUVENILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015)–A runaway winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 7, Reddam Racing’s undefeated Nyquist looms a short priced favorite as he tries two turns for the first time Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes, which has attracted a field of eight juveniles and will be contested at 1 1/16 miles.Trained by Doug O’Neill, the bay colt by Uncle Mo followed up on a gutty first-out maiden win going five furlongs at Santa Anita with impressive wins in both the Grade II Best Pal Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs Aug. 8 and the seven furlong Del Mar Futurity–winning both stakes by a combined nine lengths.Ridden in all three starts by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist will attempt to follow in the footsteps of last year’s FrontRunner winner, eventual Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah. Off at 7-1 in his debut, Nyquist was bet down to even money in the Best Pal and was hammered to 1-2 favoritism in the Del Mar Futurity. He has earnings of $333,600.Second to Nyquist in both the Del Mar Futurity and Best Pal Stakes, trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Swipe will try to turn the tables on the top selection in his first try around two turns. Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Swipe should be forwardly placed under Kent Desormeaux as he guns for his second win in six starts. A Kentucky-bred colt by Birdstone, Swipe is 5-1-3-1 with earnings of $188,330.A rousing 4 ¼ length first-out maiden winner going five furlongs over a sloppy strip Aug. 2, Blameitonthelaw was subsequently third, beaten eight lengths by Nyquist in the Del Mar Futurity. Trained by John Sadler and ridden by Tyler Baze in both starts, the Kentucky-bred colt by Blame will also try two turns for the first time for owner Doubledown Stables, Inc.A winner of the one mile Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes Sept. 5, Rockingham Ranch’s Hollywood Don will try the main track for the first time in the FrontRunner. Trained by Peter Miller, the Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit has two wins from three starts, all in company with Brice Blanc.A one mile maiden special weight winner for owner Arnold Zetcher on Aug. 26 at Del Mar, On Fire, who is a Kentucky-bred colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Friesan Fire, pressed the pace en route to a half length win under Gary Stevens, who rides back for trainer Simon Callaghan. On Fire will make his third start in the FrontRunner.The complete field for the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes, to be run as the fifth race on an 11-race card Saturday with jockeys and weights in post position order: Go Long, Fernando Perez; On Fire, Gary Stevens; Blameitonthelaw, Tyler Baze; Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez; Hollywood Don, Brice Blanc; Rare Candy, Joseph Talamo; Swipe, Kent Desormeaux; Mt Veeder, Martin Garcia. All horses will carry 122 lbs. Special first post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.-30- THE FRONTRUNNER, WON LAST YEAR BY EVENTUAL TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH, IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I, BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ STAKES TO BE OFFERED AS PART OF 11-RACE BLOCKBUSTER CARD ON OPENING DAYlast_img read more