Month: May 2020

  • Incarnate Word Names Jeff Dow Head Women’s Basketball Coach

    first_imgDow had his first head coaching job at 24 years old at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1990-91). His team was picked to finish last in the preseason poll in his first year, but Dow propelled them to a third-place showing and reached the semifinals of the Lone Star Conference Tournament. As the Lady Javelinas’ coach, Dow recruited and/or coached Patricia Rivers and Karen Weiss who were named WBCA All-Americans under Dow and were later inducted into the university’s athletics hall of fame. Dow is married to Dr. Emily Dow and the couple has two daughters, Chloe and Helena. SAN ANTONIO — The University of the Incarnate Word Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom announced the appointment of Jeff Dow as the head coach of the women’s basketball team on Monday. In the postseason, Dow’s squad garnered first round victories in the 2009, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division II tournaments. He was also the first head coach in school history to win 20 games in his debut season, and to win 10 or more games in the PSAC West Division in five consecutive seasons. During his tenure at IUP, Dow recruited and/or coached three players that were named All-Americans: Jahzinga Tracey, Sarah Pastorek and Lindsay Stamp. Off the court, Dow had a combined 63 student-athletes earn IUP Dean’s List honors and 33 were named PSAC Scholar Athletes. Dow comes to UIW after five seasons as the head coach at the University of Louisiana Monroe (2014-2019). With nearly 30 years of coaching experience both as an assistant and as a head coach, Dow has guided his teams to 500 victories. He holds an all-time record of 258-192 as a head coach. In Dow’s five years at ULM, 45 Warhawks were named to either the ULM’s Dean’s List (3.5 or higher GPA), the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List (3.5 or higher GPA) or the Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA). In 2015-16, senior point guard Aundrea Davis, a San Antonio native, was named to ULM’s President’s List for achieving a 4.0 GPA for the spring 2016 semester. “I’m thrilled to have Jeff joining our staff,” said Angela Lawson, head of the search committee and senior associate director of athletics/academic affairs/SWA. “One thing that stands out to me most is how detail-oriented he is, so I know he’ll take care of the little things on the court, like discipline and fundamentals. He has also been around the game for a long time and has had the opportunity to work for and with a lot of good coaches in the country. I believe this has put him in a situation to be confident in his systems and in his coaching style, which will help him be successful in the Southland Conference.” “I had the privilege of interviewing Jeff,” said Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, vice president for Mission and Ministry. “What inspired me was his commitment to academic excellence, the idea of play, and, most importantly, helping the members of the women’s basketball team engage in the quest of meaning and understanding of their spiritual, emotional and social journey. He is dedicated to helping the student-athletes recognize they are part of a community which looks beyond self to others who are in need.” 2019-Pres.: University of the Incarnate Word2014-19: University of Louisiana Monroe Head Coach2008-13: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Head Coach2005-08: Anderson University Head Coach2002-05: Colorado State Assistant Coach2000-02: Santa Clara Assistant Coach1999-00: UTSA Interim Head Coach1996-99: UC Irvine Assistant Coach1992-96: New Mexico State Assistant Coach1990-92: Texas A&M-Kingsville Head Coach1989-90: Oregon Graduate Assistant “I’m excited to bring in a high-caliber coach in Jeff Dow,” said Wickstrom. “Knowing where we are currently positioned as a department within the Southland Conference and knowing where our programs are going, I know Jeff will be a great fit to lead our women’s basketball program to future successes. I want to thank Angela Lawson and the search committee for their time and efforts in making the best selection for our program.” Prior to beginning his tenure at ULM, Dow was one of the most successful coaches in Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) history (2008-13), compiling a five-year record of 108-40 (.729) at the helm, with a 65-21 (.756) mark in conference. Dow guided the Crimson Hawks to the NCAA Tournament three times and won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship in 2009. Dow coached the Crimson Hawks to a No. 7 ranking in the WBCA Coaches Poll in 2008-09. He also got them to No. 19 in 2009-10, No. 17 in 2011-12 and No. 12 in 2012-13. In his final season at Anderson in 2007-08, the program finished in the top 10 in the country in win-loss percentage, scoring defense, rebound margin and scoring margin and was ranked as high as No. 12 in the WBCA national poll. For his team’s accomplishments, Dow was selected the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year. In his first two seasons, Dow’s Anderson squads were ranked 13th and 17th, respectively, in the WBCA national poll. “I want to thank Angela Lawson, Sr. Walter Maher, and Dr. Brian Wickstrom for giving me the opportunity to lead the UIW women’s basketball program,” said Dow. “With the resources UIW provides, along with the shared goal of providing the best student-athlete experience possible, I feel that together, the women’s basketball program can join the other successful sports in raising the profile of the university.” “Jeff is one of the best and brightest coaches in our game,” said Kelly Graves, University of Oregon women’s basketball head coach. “He has a great ability to relate to and motivate young people while being an excellent tactician and teacher of the game. I’m confident that Jeff will lead UIW to new heights. And, as a former Duck, we wish him and his new program all the best.” “Jeff Dow is a terrific basketball coach and mentor whom I’ve known for over a decade,” added University of Texas men’s basketball Head Coach Shaka Smart. “His passion for his players and ability to build relationships are truly impressive. Jeff will do big things at UIW.” Prior to Anderson, Dow held the first assistant position at Colorado State (2002-05), Santa Clara (2000-02), UC-Irvine (1996-99) and New Mexico State (1992-96). Collectively during his time at those four universities, they had an overall record of 218-134 and a combined conference record of 122-65. Over the course of those 12 seasons, Dow’s teams made five appearances in the NCAA or postseason WNIT tournament and won two regular season conference championships. During his tenure at NMSU as the post position coach, Dow worked with three-time Big West Conference Player of the Year, 1995-96 All-American and former WNBA player Anita Maxwell. While at UCI, the Anteaters posted an 11-4 record in Big West Conference play (1997-98), which still stands as the most conference wins the program has achieved since the 1994-95 season. While at ULM, Dow registered the Warhawks’ only non-conference winning record since the 2009-10 season, a feat his teams accomplished twice (2015-16 and 2018-19). Dow also recruited and coached Arsula Clark, the 2017-18 Louisiana Sportswriter’s Freshman of the Year (first in school history) and a 2018-19 All-Sun Belt Conference selection. This marked the first time in ULM’s history that a sophomore had achieved that honor. Dow started his career as a graduate assistant at the University of Oregon in 1989-90. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and physical education in 1988 and his master’s in physical education in 1991 from Oregon. COACH DOW’S FILEAlma Mater: Oregon (B.A. 1988 and M.A. 1991)Head Coaching Record: 258-192 Overall Coaching Record: 500-358  As a head coach and as a first assistant, Dow has compiled twelve 20-win seasons, seven NCAA tournament appearances, four postseason WNIT appearances and six conference championships. In the eight years just prior to his inaugural season at ULM, Dow averaged over 23 wins per season with an overall record as a head coach of 187-57 (.766) and a 117-29 (.801) mark in conference play. Dow’s squads also registered winning seasons in each of those eight years. Dow joined IUP from Anderson University (S.C.) where he tallied a record of 79-17 (.822) and led his teams to the NCAA East Region tournament each season. In his three years at the helm (2005-08), Dow was one of just eight head coaches to lead his program to at least one NCAA Division II tournament victory in three consecutive years. He guided Anderson to two Conference Carolinas regular season titles and one postseason championship in 2005-06. His 2005-06 squad led all NCAA Division II schools in scoring (83.5 points per game). Dow held a 52-8 (.867) record in conference play and posted a 40-2 home record in three seasons. While at Anderson, Dow recruited and/or coached three players that earned All-American honors: LaShonda Chiles, Deidra Langston and Nikki Anthony.last_img read more


    first_img7 34% $570,471 RAINBOW PICK SIX POOL COULD REACH $20 MILLION Bob Baffert33 5 Money Won 9 10 Money Won 16% 3rd $565,316 21% 4 Doug O’Neill73 6 57% 1 5 Flavien Prat92 22% 42% 19 Win% 9% 14% $799,110 $1,139,460 ITM% 8 8 13 7 19% 12% William E. Morey31 Agapito Delgadillo28 8 46% 58% 12% 38% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 24 5 William Spawr11 19% 39% 42% 2nd $204,119 7 Heriberto Figueroa94 $236,943 4 13 Drayden Van Dyke76 4 12 12 13% 42% $594,081 12% 4 11 6 21% $145,185 5 Tyler Baze106 7 14 4 SANTA ANITA RIDERS PLAY CHARITY GAME TONIGHT 47% 4 Joseph Talamo76 Joel Rosario102 4 16% 6 23% 11 17 5 1 11 $225,209 14% $547,848 Richard Mandella19 43% 2 $321,282 Peter Miller59 2nd 71% $577,100 14 3 10 4 6 15% 6 20% Hector O. Palma26 2 Martin Pedroza37 44% 9 Richard Baltas61 JockeyMts 14 17 14% 5 1 Edwin Maldonado34 40% 56% 5 Rafael Bejarano72 21% $181,600 Jerry Hollendorfer48 Steve Knapp24 1st 6center_img 4 50% 1st 19% 40% 17 42% 55% $460,688 $479,585 13 31% 37% 7 9 Tiago Pereira67 $736,768 12 3 SAN PASQUAL DISTANCE SUITS BATTLE OF MIDWAY 11 $473,422 Jeff Mullins31 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 27) 7 10 49% 10 $578,265 $458,974 6 37% 5 51% 5 29% FOX SPORTS SATURDAY TO AIR THE GRADE III LEWIS $338,940 Philip D’Amato45 12 14% 1 36% 19% $446,024 Geovanni Franco90 7 Vladimir Cerin26 5 J. Keith Desormeaux31 4 14% John Sadler39 6 2 5 15% 27% Mike Smith35 $141,838 39% Brian Koriner18 21 13 7% $108,016 $1,484,370 64% 9% Kent Desormeaux49 16% 38% $213,756 TrainerMts 40% 26% 15% 9 2 Mark Glatt32 3 2 7 5 17 59% 7 $625,325 $719,037 17% 58% $537,812 10 $190,753 LEWIS OFFERS 10 DERBY POINTS TO WINNERJerry Hollendorfer hopes Gunmetal Gray doubles his Kentucky Derby qualifying points for Triple Crown candidates in Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Offering $150,000 in purse money, the Lewis awards 10 points to the winner, the same number Gunmetal Gray earned winning the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile on Jan. 5.“Mike (Smith) told me Gunmetal Gray can run as far as they can run,” Hollendorfer said, alluding to Mike Smith, who was aboard the Exchange Rate colt for the first time in the Sham, coming from seventh and last at the half-mile marker before getting up to win by a length despite going four wide.“I hope he’s right.”As for Battle of Midway going a mile and an eighth in Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes after 33 percent of his starts have been at a mile or less, Hollendorfer had no qualms about the five-year-old Smart Strike horse successfully negotiating the distance.“He ran well in the Kentucky Derby at a mile and a quarter (third by 7 ¾ lengths to Always Dreaming in 2017),” Hollendorfer pointed out, “and he won the Native Diver going a mile and an eighth. The (outside) post is good for him.”The field for the Lewis, race six of 10 with 12 a noon first post time: Kid Cantina, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Magnificent McCool, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Easy Shot, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Gunmetal Gray, Mike Smith, 9-5; Mucho Gusto, Joe Talamo, 8-5; and Nolo Contesto, Joel Rosario, 5-2.The field for the San Pasqual, race nine: Pavel, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Dabster, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Shivermetimbers, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Giant Expectations, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Sonneteer, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; McKinzie, Mike Smith, 4-5; and Battle of Midway, Flavien Prat, 5-2.FOX SPORTS SATURDAY AT THE RACES RETURNS AIRING LEWISThe New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), FOX Sports and The Stronach Group have announced the return of FOX Sports Saturday At The Races, the live racing television program launched in 2018 to provide nationwide coverage of the best Thoroughbred racing from marquee venues around the country.Airing on FS2 and produced by NYRA, the telecasts begin this Saturday, Feb. 2 , with a two-and-a-half hour show offering live coverage of the Grade III Withers from Aqueduct, the Grade II Holy Bull from Gulfstream Park and the Grade III Robert B. Lewis from Santa Anita.“FOX Sports Saturday at the Races kicks off year one of our expanded coverage of the very best in horse racing,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Research, League Operations & Strategy. “The races we are showcasing this Spring have produced five of the last six Kentucky Derby champions, including the immortal American Pharoah. As a horseplayer, you simply can’t be prepared for the Triple Crown without seeing these races. We are very excited to present these key stops on the road to the Triple Crown.”The year 2019 will see 12 editions of FOX Sports Saturday at the Races airing on FS2 with more than 24 hours of in-depth coverage and analysis of major stakes races and key Triple Crown preps such as the Grade II Fountain of Youth, Grade II San Felipe, Grade III Gotham, and the Grade III Withers.The 2019 package of live shows builds on the 2018 schedule, when FOX Sports Saturday at the Races aired on six Saturdays providing a national audience on FS2 with 17 hours of live horse racing.Santa Anita’s Michelle Yu will be reporting on the Robert Lewis, which has a projected “off time” of 2:56 p.m. PT.ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL FOR CITY OF LIGHTTrainer Michael McCarthy was back on the beat early Thursday at Santa Anita relatively bright-eyed and bushy-tailed despite cloudy skies that were a harbinger of imminent rain.Sated emotions remained fulfilled after he saddled City of Light to a powerful 5 ¾-length triumph over Horse of the Year runner-up Accelerate and 10 others in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park last Saturday.Now, the son of Quality Road begins a stud career at Lane’s End in Kentucky.“It was very satisfying, obviously,” McCarthy said of the victory. “I’m so happy for the horse to go out like that . . . He’s obviously a valuable commodity and hopefully the second half of his career will be as brilliant as the first half.“In watching his race at Gulfstream, it was unbelievable. I saw Javier (Castellano) shift out around the first turn, which was just a great move. I was watching them down the backside and when they were approaching the three-eighths pole, I went back a little bit (with his binoculars) to see how Accelerate was doing.“When I came back to the leaders at the quarter pole, I couldn’t find my horse! I put the   binoculars down and he was just bounding along . . . I didn’t yell or jump up and down or anything. It was just like an out of body experience all the way to the wire. He’s just an incredibly talented horse.”$2 MILLION GUARANTEED POOL IN 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOTRainbow Six mania is about to overtake Santa Anita as The Great Race Place steams toward a potential $20 million mandatory payout pool in the popular 20 cent Single Ticket Jackpot wager this Saturday, Feb. 2.With a crush of $450,982 in “new” money, Sunday’s total live money Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool reached $1,817,578. And, with Santa Anita guaranteeing another $2 million Jackpot both today and Friday, it seems certain there will be a $2 million live money pool on Saturday, which track officials project could possibly balloon to a total mandatory payout pool of more than $20 million.With six consolation winning tickets on Friday each worth $19,448.60, there were 36 consolation winners Saturday, each returning $5,226. While there were once again no single ticket winners Sunday, 75 consolation tickets with six winners each paid $3,199.90, resulting in an average daily consolation payout through 20 racing days of $7,893.20.Approximate post time for Thursday’s third race, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is at 1:30 p.m. PT. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS SET FOR CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME TONIGHTThe 52nd annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played tonight at La Salle High School in Pasadena.Proceeds from the game will benefit Holy Angels Athletics and the Bill HartackCharitable Foundation, which contributes to several Thoroughbred racing industry charities and presents the winning rider in each year’s Kentucky Derby with the Hartack Memorial Award. It is named in honor of the late Hall of Fame jockey, William Hartack, who along with Eddie Arcaro, won the Kentucky Derby a record five times.With tip-off set for 7:05 p.m., Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available at center court for an autograph session beginning at 6:30 p.m.The jockeys’ squad will be under the direction of Tony Vong, who also serves as “Big Money” Mike Smith’s personal trainer, while the Holy Angels will be coached by Michael Hernandez and Job Rivera.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals will receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Michillinda Ave. in Pasadena, approximately three miles from Santa Anita.Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School in Arcadia.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTVSTRONACH 5 ALL-STAR TICKET FOR FEBRUARY 1ST, 2019BOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW IMPROBABLE, THE UNDEFEATED THREE-YEAR-OLD ON THE DERBY TRAILBOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW HECK YEAHMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW CITY OF LIGHTCOLISEUM (OUTSIDE) AND SPEED FREAK WORKING FROM THE GATEUNDEFEATED GAME WINNER WORKING 5-FURLONGSMEGAHERTZ CHAMP VASILIKA WORKING 4-FURLONGSMCKINZIE (OUTSIDE) AND SHOW ME DA LUTE PREPARING FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKESGUNMETAL GRAY’S FINAL MAJOR WORK IN PREPARATION FOR SATURDAY’S ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKESMUCHO GUSTO (OUTSIDE) PREPARING FOR ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES ALONG WITH ROMAN ROSSODABSTER (OUTSIDE) PREPARING FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKES WITH NERO  FINISH LINES: Multiple Grade I winner Paradise Woods is working forwardly for her new trainer, John Shirreffs, who is eagerly looking forward to her debut under his guidance in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 16. 4 $114,862 4 10 7 GUNMETAL GRAY EYES ADDITIONAL DERBY POINTS Simon Callaghan19 $313,159 29% 42% 5 ITM% 1 5 14 6 $125,065 11 52% $95,745 7 18% $693,917 3 Ruben Fuentes53 Win% 58% 7 4 13 3rd 3 Assael Espinoza58 2last_img read more


    first_imgMIGHTY VASILIKA TOWERS OVER COMPETITION IN GRADE I, $500,000 GAMELY STAKES FOR FILLIES & MARES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF MONDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (May 24, 2019)–One of the most productive claims in racing history, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika heads a field of seven fillies and mares three and up in Monday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita.  Named for William Haggin Perry’s Hall of Fame daughter of Bold Ruler, the Gamely will be contested at a mile and one eighth on turf.Although Vasilika looms a standout, she’ll be facing several who enter the Gamely in high form, including Chad Brown’s French-bred Rymska and the Richard Baltas-trained Elysea’s World.VASILIKAOwner:  All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC & George TodaroTrainer:  Jerry HollendorferA facile 2 ¾ length winner of the Grade II, one mile turf Royal Heroine Stakes here April 6, Vasilika, who was claimed out of a $40,000 win 14 starts back on Feb. 11, 2018, has won 12 out of her 13 starts for Hollendorfer, including six graded stakes (one Grade I).  A 5-year-old mare by Skipshot, Vasilika has a tangible will to win that has been a joy to behold since coming to Southern California from New York in the winter of 2018.  Well-adept at exploiting a fast pace from behind or stalking it, Vasilika finds a way to win with regular rider Flavien Prat, who will be aboard for the 14th consecutive time on Monday.  With a remarkable overall record of 31-16-4-3, she has earnings of $1,058,595.RYMSKAOwner:  Elayne Stables, Long Lake Stables, LLC, Madaket Stables, LLC, Team Hanley & Tom ColemanTrainer:  Chad BrownA winner of four graded stakes since joining Brown’s New York stable 10 starts back in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 4, 2016, this 5-year-old French-bred mare was most recently second, beaten one length, in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles turf Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland April 13. With regular rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. in to ride for the eighth consecutive time, Rymska will try to improve upon an overall mark of 14-7-4-1 and earnings of $708,139.ELYSEA’S WORLDOwner:  Abbondanza Racing, LLC, Madaket Stables, LLC, Christopher Dunn & Jerry McClanahanTrainer:  Richard BaltasOff as the 2-1 favorite, she was a prompt half length winner of the Grade III Santa Ana Stakes at a mile and one quarter on turf March 30 with Drayden Van Dyke, who rides back on Monday.  A 6-year-old Irish-bred mare, Elysea’s World is one of several Gamely entrants that would benefit from a fast pace. Originally conditioned by Chad Brown, she’ll be making her third start for Baltas.  Well accomplished, she has two graded stakes wins from an overall mark of 24-7-5-3 and earnings of $626,573.THE GRADE I GAMELY STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 7 of 10  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTRymska–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–123Ollie’s Candy–Joel Rosario–121Meal Ticket–Florent Geroux–121Vasilika–Flavien Prat–123Ahimsa–Brice Blanc–121Streak of Luck–Mike Smith–121Elysea’s World–Drayden Van Dyke–121Causeforcommotion–Geovanni Franco–121First post time for a 10-race card on Monday that will also include the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita and the Grade I Shoemaker Mile, is at 1 p.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


    first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES GEOVANNI FRANCO, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER: “We broke nice and she settled into a good spot. There were some really fast fillies in there today. She just does what she does and took off on the turn. Once she pinned her ears back, there was no way they were going to catch her.”KENT DESORMEAUX, APACHE PRINCESS, SECOND: “She ran her eyeballs out; Keith had her ready. She was ready, but one was faster.”TRAINER QUOTES PHIL D’AMATO, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER: “She’s kind of actually changed her style more and more herself. She’s coming from further behind with a bigger kick . . . She’s just finding her groove right now. It’s really nice to see a filly develop like this and hopefully have a bright future ahead of her.”OWNER QUOTESNICK ALEXANDER, JUST GRAZED ME, WINNER: “It was kind of the way we figured. There was a lot of speed in the race, but five-furlong speed, and she has won at seven furlongs. I was thrilled to see Kentan Road go out there with the East Coast favorite and set it up nicely for us. This filly is very modestly bred, but she just fires every time. She just wants to beat you, and she’s like a puppy dog in the barn. She’s sweet and very sound. I couldn’t be happier.”NOTES: The winning owner is Nick Alexander who resides in Los Angeles.#4 JUST GRAZED ME (Geovanni Franco) Grade III – $200,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes OWner: Nick Alexander Trainer: Philip D’Amato Saturday, October 2, 2019 Santa Anita Park Arcadia CA © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

  • Poch called ‘Big Brother’ by stars as manager watches training on CCTV

    first_imgTOTTENHAM players have nicknamed boss Mauricio Pochettino “Big Brother” as he watches training via CCTV cameras.The under-pressure Spurs chief likes to analyse his stars on screen, so his players have come up with the joke nickname.2 Mauricio Pochettino has taken to watching his players in training on the clubs CCTV cameras, earning the nickname “Big Brother”Credit: Getty – ContributorThe Argentine now monitors training from inside Tottenham’s plush Enfield training complex.Poch has become somewhat isolated from his players this term after a string of incidents.He was previously a visible figure but has stepped back as he searches for a solution to Spurs’ dire run.Tottenham take on Brighton at lunch-time today, just four days after the Bayern Munich debacle, the 7-2 defeat being the Londoners’ worst ever loss at home.Amazon Prime are set to start filming a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the club later this year.Spurs-troubles began when Poch revealed he would quit if they won the Champions League final against Liverpool.The problems have been exacerbated by uncertainty over soon-to-be out-of contract or wantaway stars Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela.Then, Poch accused some of his stars of having “an agenda” which did not go down well in most quarters.2But the former Southampton boss took full responsibility for the club’s troubles as they head to the South Coast desperately needing a win to boost rock-bottom morale.He said: “I am responsible for the situation of the team. I cannot escape or run away like a kid.“You need to behave like a man, face the problems and stick to your ideas. Be the leader the team need.”Pochettino continues to be linked with other clubs, despite signing a new five-year deal only 17 months ago.Their poor start and the battering by Bayern left some fans insisting he had taken the club as far as he could and many others fearing he would jump ship.But he has issued a rallying cry. He said: “This is a moment to stay all together.“I accept the opinions when you don’t win. In the end, all that happened is that we lost a game.”I have no doubt we are going to stay together and find a way to be successful again, no doubt.”In five-and-a-half years, every single press conference we have talked about my future.”I hope because we are still talking, it means that I am going to spend five more years here, at least.”Ex-Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri wants to wait until next summer for Prem move amid Man Utd and Spurs linkslast_img read more

  • Spurs close to identifying fan who rowed with Dier after ‘horrendous’ abuse

    first_imgTOTTENHAM have claimed they are close to identifying the fan who aimed “horrendous” abuse at Eric Dier and rowed with the Spurs star’s brother in sensational scenes on Wednesday.The England man, 26, leapt over advertising hoardings and raced up the West Stand after Tottenham lost to Norwich on penalties in the FA Cup.10 Eric Dier is pictured climbing into the stands to confront fans in sensational scenes10 The Tottenham and England midfielder was confronting supporters over an alleged incident involving his brother (left)Credit: Twitter10 Dier was pictured and filmed arguing with supporters in the home endCredit: Rex Features10 The incident came just minutes after Tottenham crashed out of the FA Cup on penaltiesCredit: Rex FeaturesA source revealed the fan had been screaming “horrendous” abuse in the direction of Dier.His younger brother, Patrick – who was seated nearby – then tried to calm the man down.It is believed the pair got into a heated exchange and the Three Lions star jumped into the stands to protect his sibling.Numerous videos showed Dier leaving the pitch and then climbing 20 ROWS to make his way towards a section of supporters inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.It is thought to be the area where the players’ friends and family have their tickets.The England international clambered over rows of seats and waded past supporters – most of whom scattered to let him pass.But then as he got closer to the incident, Dier could be heard shouting “he’s my brother” as he was restrained by supporters and stewards.If the club discipline Eric Dier I would not agree with it, but what he did was wrongJose MourinhoFootage appeared to show a man goad the defender with offensive gestures as Dier headed towards him, before the fan exits the stadium.The player was then ushered out through a door at the back of the stand.It is not clear what sparked the row and if the supporter involved is a Spurs fan.The FA are now investigating the incident.They will speak to Spurs stewards and fans nearby for their observations.Dier is likely to face a misconduct charge for leaving the pitch area and could face a small ban and potentially a fine.But the FA may be lenient towards him due to the circumstances surrounding his family and thanks to their strong anti-abuse stance.Dier did not comment yesterday — but a source said: “He accepts he will probably get a ban.“But he is quite philosophical about it after coming through all his injury problems.“He was worried only about his brother’s safety. He thought Patrick might be in danger.“Eric cannot understand why it is acceptable for fans to dish out such prolonged abuse.”Eric, one of six children in the Dier clan, has two younger brothers, Edward and Patrick.They have three sisters Daisy, Steffi and Francesca.And it is believed to be Patrick that was involved in the bust-up and then invited into the dressing room after the clash.Spurs have already identified the fan and launched an investigation while a Metropolitan Police statement read: “Police are aware of an incident following the conclusion of the Tottenham v Norwich match on Wednesday, 4 March where a player entered the crowd. No complaints or allegations have been received at this time.”It is not clear what sparked the row and if the supporter involved is a Tottenham fan, but the club are NOT expected to take any action against Dier.The altercation took place just minutes after Jose Mourinho’s side crashed out of the fifth round against the Premier League’s bottom side on penalties.The Portuguese manager later condemned Dier’s actions in his press conference.He said: “I don’t think that belongs to the game. The game was a fantastic representation of the FA Cup, but I cannot run away from the question.”I think Eric Dier did what we as professionals cannot do but when someone insults you and your family is involved, especially your younger brother.”10 In one video, Dier could be heard shouting ‘he’s my brother’Credit: Rex Features10 Dier was eventually taken away from that section of the stadium by stewards and security staffCredit: Rex Features10 Eric, pictured as a youngster with brother Eddie and sister Francesca, reportedly brought his sibling to the dressing room following the bust-upCredit: Instagram @ ericdier1510 Dier, snapped at a family wedding in 2017, was taken through a door at the back of the standCredit: Instagram @ ericdier15He added: “This person insulted Eric, the younger brother was not happy with the situation and Eric was not happy. We as professionals cannot do what he did.”If the club discipline Eric Dier I would not agree with it, but what he did was wrong.”Initially, there were reports Dier stepped in after racial abuse aimed at team-mate Gedson Fernandes, who had his decisive spot-kick saved.Other images showed Dier being held back by stewards before being taken away from the area.Tottenham are yet to comment on the incident.Mourinho also criticised that section of the stadium for not housing “real Tottenham fans”.”The people that are in these privileged positions by the tunnel,” he added.”Of course some are Tottenham fans but I think a lot of corporate, a lot of invitation, a lot of people with special status and probably it’s the place of the stadium where I sometimes have doubts over if they are the real Tottenham fans because these are the ones who support the boys until the last.”The scenes were reminiscent of Manchester United legend Eric Cantona ‘kung fu kicking’ a Crystal Palace fan at Selhurst Park in January 1995 – although Dier didn’t get close to that level of violence.Latest 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 summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongThe Frenchman had been told to “F*** off back to France, you French b******” by Matthew Simmons, who ran down 11 rows to confront him.Cantona was eventually banned from football for eight months and fined £30,000.The football world was left shocked by Dier’s actions.Jose Mourinho reacts to Eric Dier incident saying he was helping his younger brother during altercation10 Spurs boss Jose Mourinho later said Dier did something professionals ‘cannot do’Credit: Reuters10 Tim Krul was the Norwich hero as the Canaries dumped Tottenham out of the FA CupCredit: Getty ImagesRespect to Eric Dier, family first.— Pete Borota (@Borotas_spirit) March 4, 2020 So Eric Dier was jumping into the stands to defend his brother who was sticking up for Dier. Respect to him for backing his brother but surely he knew this will just lead to a massive ban for jumping into the stands.— JCxlli (@JCxlli) March 4, 2020 Fair play to Eric Dier standing up for his brother. Family comes first. Respect.— 1 (@TheDarkPrinceD) March 4, 2020 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 CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsSocial media was flooded with posts about the England man’s sensational actions.There were a number of rumours that Dier was defending racist abuse from a fan directed at Gedson Fernandes – who missed the crucial penalty – but there is no suggestion that is what took place.Fans offered their “respect” to Dier for defending his family.Yasiin Bey wrote: “If a fan insulted my younger brother I might have to fight him too, respect Dier, respect, respect.”JCxlli added: “So Eric Dier was jumping into the stands to defend his brother who was sticking up for Dier.”Respect to him for backing his brother but surely he knew this will just lead to a massive ban for jumping into the stands.”And Pete Borota said: “Respect to Eric Dier, family first.”center_img Tbh though if a fan insulted my younger brother I might have to fight him too, respect Dier, respect, respect.— Yasiin Bey (@umirf1) March 4, 2020 All hail Eric Dier! Bit more of that needed in the world at the moment. Likely to be hammered for it but ive got a lot of respect for that 👊🏻— Graeme Cox (@19junior84) March 4, 2020last_img read more

  • Warriors weather the Storm in Rotorua

    first_imgA home side missing several of their most-experienced players scored four tries to three on Saturday against the Storm, comprising personnel from reserve grade and feeder clubs.Without their premiership-winning first-grade players – who beat Leeds 38-4 on Friday night in the World Club Challenge – Melbourne still put up a decent performance.They opened the scoring with an exceptional team try finished by Sunshine Coast Falcons winger Matt Sopa-Lowler.The Warriors responded through tries to centre Solomone Kata and winger David Fusitu’a to lead 10-4 at halftime. The second try set up by quick hands from Peta Hiku and Blake Ayshford.Second-rower Ligi Sao’s try, off a neat grubber from stand-in captain Mason Lino, pushed the hosts further clear.Hooker Harry Grant and winger Ryan Papenhuyzen crossed late for Melbourne, either side of a Warriors try to Lewis Soosemea.The match at Rotorua International Stadium gave coach Stephen Kearney a chance to field six new players. Hiku, Agnatius Paasi and Leivaha Pulu all started, while Anthony Gelling, Matiu Love-Henry and Rotorua product Hayze Perham were given time off an extended interchange bench.The major Warriors’ concern was a knee injury to Paasi in his first carry of the game. The former Gold Coast prop had strained a medial ligament and would need assessment, coach Stephen Kearney said.Hiku, Paasi and Leivaha Pulu all started whileAnthony Gelling, Matiu Love-Henry and Rotorua Boys’ High School product Hayze Perham were given time off an extended interchange bench.The Warriors face Gold Coast in a second trial match next week on the Sunshine Coast before opening their NRL campaign on March 10 against South Sydney in Perth.last_img read more

  • Major League Rugby scouting for Pacific talent

    first_imgMajor League Rugby completed its inaugural season last month with the Seattle Seawolves beating the Glendale Raptors in the grand final.Former Fiji sevens captain Osea Kolinisau (Houston SaberCats) and ‘Ikale Tahi first five Kurt Morath (Utah Warriors) were among the Pacific players to feature in the debut Major League Rugby campaign.The competition’s top try-scorer, Tonata Lauti, was born in Tonga before moving to Salt Lake City with his family in 1996.In a press conference in Apia this week, the president and owner of Austin Elite Rugby, which runs the fledgling competition, Richard Osborn, said he was on his way to Fiji to look at Fijian players.However a chance meeting with the son of former Manu Samoa player, Arona Palamo, diverted him to Samoa to scout for talent.Palamo said he managed a few Samoa players who played in the league and was looking forward to helping Austin Elite with their local recruitment.This was a different opportunity for local Pacific players who don’t have an overseas contract, Osborn said.The players immigration needs would be met by the teams who recruited them, he said.”This also applies to accommodation and monetary compensation.”Close to 40 players from the Pacific could be recruited under current competition rules, Osborn said. ​last_img read more

  • Hunters clip Wynnum Seagulls

    first_imgHunters started the match with quick points on the board before half time with Ishmael Baikawa opening the scoreboard with a short ball from Wartovo Puara Jnr and minutes later , Bland Abavu ran into the corner with the second as fullback Stargroth Amean sealed the half time score at 16-0.Leading 16-0 at halftime, the Seagulls began 15 minutes into the second half with a try to minimize the lead to 16-4 after an unsuccessful convertion.Hunters won a penalty right in front of the goal from a high shot at youngster Justin Olam as skipper Noel Zeming converted the penalty for 2 points to further the lead to 18-4.Hunters Half Back Watson Boas then got a hit in the tackle and was taken off the field but the game continued as the players swapped positions to fill in.The Seagulls hit back 2 minutes later with  a converted try bringing the score to 18-10 as they tried to get back into the game but couldn’t find the finishing line despite many line breaks.The Hunters put the icing on the cake when Justin Olam ran in the last try chasing Wartovo Puaras Jnr’s grubber to add to the celebrations, 24-10.Picture courtesy of Wynnum Seagullslast_img read more

  • Madang Boxing, Kickboxing team set for PNG Games

    first_imgThe tournament saw boxers from Ramu Sugar Kickboxing Association challenging  Madang Kickboxing Association athletes to make the final selection.Madang Provincial Community Development Assistant Director Joe Bande who is Team Madang was there to witness the fights and present the trophies and medals to the winners.Bande said the tournament is the final one, and after that the selected boxers will go into training in preparation for the 7th PNG Games in Kimbe.“The boxers took part in 53kg, 54kg, 55kg, 59kg, 60kg, 62kg and 65kg division,”“Most of the boxers are locally grown and have not gone out fighting outside of Madang Province and this tournament has given them a glimpse of what to expect in the coming PNG Games,” Bande said.He said in Kickboxing the boxers took part in 48-51kg division, 52-54kg division and 55-59kg division which saw some impressive fights from the local grown talents.“ We have identified some good fighters who will represent Madang and most of them are new, young and energetic and ready to showcase that Madang can grab gold in boxing and kickboxing,”“Ramu Sugar Boxing Association is well established and have brought in competitive fighters who performed very well and impressed the judges,” Bande added.He added that the tournament was organized by a Luke Bernard who is a former PNG Boxer and who is in charge of Ramu Sugar team.He said Madang Boxing and Kickboxing team is ready and looking forward to take part in the upcoming PNG Games.He thanked the sponsors for the tournament Coca-Cola, and RD Tuna Canners and people of South Ambenob LLG for providing support during the tourney.He added that the final selection will be announced when the judge’s selection committee hands in the final list to his office.last_img read more