BRAZILIAN-BRED JOLIE OLIMPICA RALLIES TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 MONROVIA STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH AS SMITH & MANDELLA TEAM FOR 5 ½ FURLONG TURF WIN IN 1:01.11ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2020)–Heavily favored Brazilian-bred Jolie Olimpica got back to sprinting and ran to the betting in winning Monday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita by a half length. Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Richard Mandella, the 4-year-old filly by 2010 Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:01.11–just 11/100s of a second off of her own course record set this past Jan. 11.Breaking from post position six in a field of seven fillies and mares, Jolie Olimpica settled well early and was a joint third with Into Mystic, about 2 ½ lengths off the lead set by Stealthediamonds three furlongs out. With Smith sitting still to the furlong pole, “Jolie” gradually wore down Stealthediamonds late and prevailed over a fast finishing Oleksandra on the money.“What a nice filly,” said Mandella, who had saddled her to a disappointing second place finish in her most recent start, the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes, at one mile on turf Feb. 22. “She basically ran back to her race here two-back (a facile win in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf Jan. 11). She was so relaxed today. She’s settled nicely into our system and now I think she’ll go longer. I think Mike could’ve done whatever he wanted (with her) today.”Unbeaten in three starts in Brazil, Jolie Olimpica, who is out of the Trempolino mare Jolie Celina, made her third stateside start today and was off as the 4-5 favorite, returning $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10.Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Jolie Olimpica now has five wins from six overall starts. She’s also a two-time group or graded stakes winner, as she took a Brazilian Group I at one mile on turf on June 9, 2019, her final start in Brazil. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she now has earnings of $271,520.“We know she’s very effective going short,” said Smith, who’s been aboard for all of her local starts. “I do believe she’ll get a mile for sure. She should be able to do it pretty handily, the way she’s bred, she should get a mile and a half if she wanted to. It’s funny if you look at her breeding, it makes you wonder where all that speed is coming from, but she’s extremely talented and she’s proven herself going short.”(Smith was also the rider of Drosselmeyer when he won the 2010 Belmont).Last turning for home, Australian-bred Oleksandra flew late to be second by a half length over Stealthediamonds. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Oleksandra was the second choice at 5-2 and paid $3.20 and $2.40.Breaking from the rail, Stealthediamonds was third in a big effort under Agapito Delgadillo. Off at 8-1, she paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.40, 43.48 and 55.05.
SON HEUNG-MIN moved Spurs into the Champions League places with a dramatic stoppage time winner at Villa Park.Joe Mourinho’s side looked set to come away with just a point against a Villa side battling to avoid the drop.4 South Korean star Son Heung-min was the star of the show for SpursCredit: Reuters4 Toby Alderweireld poked the ball into his own to give Villa an early leadCredit: ReutersBut, with fifth place now taking on a whole new meaning, Spurs stuck to their task and claimed a crucial victory.Manchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League means that Mourinho can smell a return to Europe’s top competion.And Son made that a real possibility with his second goal of the game on the day he passed the 50 goal mark for Spurs in the Premier League.He pounced to slide the ball past keeper Pepe Reina who had looked set to deny Spurs victory.But after wasting a string of chances, Son finally sealed the points.Mourinho’s side came to Villa Park knowing victory would put them into the prized fifth spot which has now become the focus for a string go teams following Manchester City’s two-year Euro ban.But they gifted Villa the lead with a Toby Alderwiereld own goal before he then levelled the scores.Son put Spurs ahead before the break after seeing his penalty saved by Pepe Reina and netting the rebound.But Villa boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop with a second half equaliser from Bjorn Engels – who gave away the Spurs penalty.4 Bjorn Engels scored the equaliser for Villa in the second halfCredit: ReutersVilla dominated the early stages with Jack Grealish causing problems for the Spurs defence.But it was Alderwiereld who gave Villa a ninth minute lead when he tried to deal with an Anwar El Ghazi cross only to put through his own goal under pressure from Ally Samatta.Villa should have made it two when Grealish set up Douglas Luiz only for the Brazilian to waste his chance in front of goal.Spurs got a grip on the game after that and levelled when Alderwiereld made amends for his own goal.Alderweireld made the most of Villa’s failure to deal with a corner and turns and rifiled the ball into the roof of the net from inside the box after 27 minutes.And Spurs were ahead on the strobe of half time when Son netted his 50th Premier League goal for the club – but only after seeing a penalty saved by Villa keeper Pepe Reina.A VAR check ruled Engels had fouled Steven Bergwijn. And while Son missed his first attempt, he was quick to follow up and score – much to Reina’s frustration.Son is the sixth player to hit the 50 mark for Tottenham.MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strut4 Son Heung-min scored on the brink of half-time to give Spurs the leadCredit: PA:Empics SportBut this was end to end stuff now and Engels became the game’s second player to make amends for a mistake with an equaliser.El Ghazi impressed again to earn a corner and Engels rose highest to head home.It was breathless stuff with both keepers being called into action and both sides looking capable of winning it. But it was Son who made the difference.
Johan Cruyff was a ‘superstar’ who changed the game of football, former Netherlands international Ronald de Boer has told talkSPORT.Cruyff, arguably the best player of his generation and a visionary coach, passed away on Thursday at the age of 68 after a battle with lung cancer.A three-time Ballon d’Or winner, he won a host of major honours with the likes of Ajax and Barcelona during his lengthy playing career and was the standout star of the Netherlands team which pioneered ‘total football’.He went on to become a hugely successful coach and is credited with shaping Barcelona’s enduring football philosophy.De Boer was among those directly influenced by Cruyff having made his professional debut under him at Ajax, and he says his fellow countryman’s legacy will live on forever.“He changed the game and you still see it in the Ajax philosophy and especially in the Barcelona philosophy,” said De Boer, who won 67 caps for the Netherlands and, like Cruyff, represented both Ajax and Barcelona.“He had a huge impact on me. He was the manager of the first team [at Ajax] and he took me as a year 17-year-old boy to a home game and I made my debut under him. I scored on my debut so it was a very special moment. “I remember two days later he picked me up by my arm and said, ‘listen, a lot of people will have an interest now in you. Some have good interest, some have bad interest. For example, shoe brands will want to have something with you. Don’t think about money now, just play your football. Play on the shoes you like, don’t choose because somebody gives you a little bit of money. It is not important in this moment’. That little bit of advice shows how he was like as a person.“He was a very humble person. He was a superstar. He made time for everybody else and that also makes him special.”
Attacking midfield: Kevin De Bruyne – David Silva is going to have to do a lot to get into this Man City team. Belgian star De Bruyne has the potential to be world-class and, truth be told, if he hadnt been injured earlier this year, its quite likely City would have won the Premier League title and not Leicester City. He should pick up a role behind the striker rather than out wide. 11 Centre-back: Vincent Kompany – The injury-prone captain will miss the start of the season but will be back, hopefully, in September or October. If he can remain fit, he could become a colossus under Guardiola and teach John Stones a thing or two. 11 Centre-back: John Stones – Pep Guardiola has already admitted hes keen on the ball-playing starlet. Now the Leroy Sane deal has gone through its likely the clubs attentions will go on completing a deal for the Everton man. 11 Central midfield: Ilkay Gundogan – Having witnessed his abilities first-hand in the Bundesliga, Guardiola has snaffled up the Borussia Dortmund star. He could be a big hit in the Premier League but wont be available for another four weeks due to a dislocated kneecap. 11 Central midfield: Fabian Delph – Already a keen student under Guardiola, the English midfielder isnt assured of a starting role but could sneak into the starting line up thanks to the fact hes left-footed. This means the midfield will be more balanced and more to Peps liking. 11 Central midfield: Fernandinho – Likely to remain a key component of Man Citys midfield, the versatile Brazil star has a bit of everything in his locker, which will no doubt delight Guardiola. He should be a starter. 11 Left-wing: Nolito – It seems like Raheem Sterling will need to wait for his chance under Guardiola. The Spaniard signed his compatriot from Celta Vigo and its likely he will start for the time being. 11 Goalkeeper: Joe Hart – Click the right arrow above to see how Manchester City could look once the season is in full swing… – He might have had a dodgy Euro 2016 with England but it seems, for the time being, he will be given a chance to prove himself at the Etihad. 11 11 11 Centre-back: Nicolas Otamendi – Just like most centre-backs at Man City, Otamendi didnt have a great start but hes very steadily improving. The Argentine is ahead of Eliaquim Mangala in the pecking order and may to begin excel now hes fully settled. 11 Manchester City have completed a deal to sign Schalke star Leroy Sane as they look to win back the Premier League title.By signing the German winger, Pep Guardiola strengthen his already impressive attacking options and it won’t be a surprise to see them challenging at the summit in the top-flight.The Spanish boss’ tactical versatility means we can expect plenty of variation in his team selection, which showed in a pre-season friendly as he set his side out in a 3-5-2 formation.So, with Sane signed and this formation clearly in Guardiola’s mind, we’ve taken a look at how his team could look once the season has started, all his players are fit, and the last transfers have been finalised.Click the right arrow above to see how Manchester City could line up… Right-wing: Leroy Sane – New boy Sane will likely depose Jesus Navas as Citys natural right-sided star, Kevin De Bruyne also featured here under Manuel Pellegrini but we reckon Guardiola has other plans for him. Striker: Sergio Aguero – This should come as no surprise to anyone. Mind you, Kelechi Iheanacho has a big future and will be pushing Aguero all the way for first-team football.
Ramelton man Conrad Logan has picked up a Scottish Cup winner’s medal after Hibernian sensationally lifted the title today by beating favourites Rangers.Logan, who only recently joined the Scottish side after being made a free agent by Leicster, was chosen by Hibs boss Alan Stubbs to start.Former Celtic star Anthony Stokes was the hero for Hibs as he scored twice and terrorised the Rangers defence throughout. Hibs led 1-0 – before Rangers evened things up.The Glasgow side then went ahead – but Stokes levelled.And in a sensational finish Hibs captain David Gray headed home the winner in the dying embers of the game.It ends a 114-year wait for Hibernian for a Scottish Cup win. And a Donegal man is part of that sensational piece of football history.BREAKING SPORTS NEWS: DONEGAL MAN CONRAD WINS SCOTTISH CUP WITH SUPER HIBS WIN OVER RANGERS was last modified: May 21st, 2016 by StephenShare 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:hibernianRangers
Antonio Conte is being linked with a shock return to English football – to take the Manchester United job.Conte, the Italian, left Chelsea at the end of last season after two years in charge during which time he won the Premier League and FA Cup. gameday cracker revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Most read in Premier League Maurizio Sarri replaced Conte after Chelsea’s disappointing 2017/18 campaign Zinedine Zidane has been installed as the favourite to replace Mourinho, and talks have reportedly already been held between United chiefs and the former Real Madrid boss, but Corriere dello Sport say Conte could be the next man sitting in the Old Trafford hot seat.The Italian paper claims United could move for Conte and Beppe Marotta in a double swoop with both men available. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won tense latest 2 whoops Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? SORRY Conte and Marotta enjoyed great success while working together Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City silverware predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings changes He has yet to take a new job but has emerged as a target of United’s, who could axe Jose Mourinho after the club’s shocking start to the season.The Red Devils have won just three of their opening seven Premier League matches this term, and currently sit 10th in the table. Reports say Mourinho could lose his job if United fail to beat Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday night and Newcastle next weekend. Marotta, the Juventus general manager, announced his surprise departure from the Serie A champions last week and is being linked with a position at Old Trafford.And, with Conte also linked with United, it would be a reuniting of the two men who enjoyed great success with Juventus between 2011-14, when Conte coached the Serie A club. REVEALED Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019
DONEGAL Independent TD Thomas Pringle has insisted the Government is afraid to take on the banks – and produced some ‘startling evidence’ to prove it.Deputy Pringle was responding to the latest proposals for dealing with mortgage debt.“The plan is not a plan it is basically a rehash of the existing so called solutions,” said the Killybegs politician. “Once again the government give control to the banks, just like the insolvency legislation where plans can only happen if the bank agrees.”And he told Donegal Daily: “Only 25 of 94,000 people in mortgage distress have been able to avail of the mortgage to rent scheme so far, one of the lauded solutions that has been around for 18 months now.“Do we really expect that the banks will now ramp up this solution?“This government is afraid to use any ‘stick’ when dealing with the banks and unless they do the crisis will only drag on stifling the economy and people’s futures.” GOVERNMENT AFRAID TO TAKE ON THE BANKS, SAYS TD PRINGLE was last modified: March 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GOVERNMENT AFRAID TO TAKE ON THE BANKSmortgage debitSAYS TD PRINGLE
A young woman from Tory Island has been crowned this year’s Donegal Rose of Tralee.Niamh Ní Dhubhgáin will represent the county at the Rose of Tralee International Festival later this year.Niamh, who was sponsored by the Shandon Hotel and Spa, was last night chosen from a host of other stunning young women as the winner. One of the first to congratulate Niamh was last year’s winner Amy Callaghan from Glenswilly.Tory woman Niamh chosen to represent Donegal at Rose of Tralee was last modified: April 25th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:donegalRse fo TraleeTory Island
Weather forecasters have issued a Status Orange alert for Donegal tomorrow ahead of Storm Gareth.Those in the north west should batten down the hatches due to a high risk of damaging wind gusts, heavy rain and coastal flooding when the storm passes over Ireland during Tuesday afternoon and night.A status orange wind alert will be in place for Donegal from 12noon Tuesday until 9am on Wednesday morning. Gusts of up to 130km/hr have been forecast for the region. There is also the risk of coastal flooding due to high seas.A lower level yellow wind warning is in place nationally until 12noon on Wednesday.The cold and stormy conditions will also bring a risk of hail and thunder, warn forecasters.High levels of rainfall has also led to a flood warning for Donegal tonight. There is a risk of rainfall accumulations of around 25mm, with the worst expected between 6pm Monday and 6am Tuesday. The rest of the week is set to continue to be wet, windy and cold.Some sunshine in the east for a time today but cloud will continue to thicken and rain will move in across western coastal counties this afternoon. Rain will extend eastwards to all areas this evening. Highest temperatures ranging 6 to 10 degrees in strengthening southerly winds. pic.twitter.com/DeEX7jeMlN— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 11, 2019Severe weather warning for Donegal as Storm Gareth approaches was last modified: March 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:storm garethWarningweatherwind
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The Oakland Raiders pulled out a 17-10 win over Cincinnati Bengals at the Coliseum in Oakland, bringing their record to 6-4, tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for first place in the AFC West. The Raiders take on the New York Jets next Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed 25 of 29 passes for 292 yards, had a 3-yard TD run and a 3-yard rush for a touchdown with one …