Power play goal sinks Leafs as Nitros take anniversary game 5-4

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsAnother slow start came back to haunt the Nelson Leafs Monday night in Kimberley.Rylan Duley scored a power play goal at 12:48 of the third period, snapping a 4-4 tie to spark the Dynamiters to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory in the Bavarian City.“It was a disappointing start for us,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida from the team bus Monday.“We didn’t come out strong and they took it too us.”Kimberley struck for two quick goals, the first coming in the opening minute of the game, to take a 2-0 first period lead.The teams exchanged goals in the second as the Nitros continued its two-goal advantage after 40 minutes.In the third Eric Spring and Matti Jmaeff tied the game with goals early in the third.But Duley spoiled the comeback with a man-advantage goal.“Bus legs hurt us,” Maida said, “We couldn’t get back in the game until the third period.”Corson Johnstone, Jared Marchi, Senate Patton and Richard Hubscher also scored for Kimberley, which took over top spot in the Eddie Mountain Division two points ahead of Fernie Ghostriders.James Sorrey and Dallon Stoddart also scored for Nelson. Brasden Ostepchuk got the win over Nelson’s Andrew Walton in goal.Nelson, 19-10-0-2 on the season, failed to take advantage of an extra game the Leafs had on second-place Castlegar. Nelson returns to the NDCC to face Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The game is the first of three Murdoch Division games for Nelson.Saturday the team travels to Castlegar to meet the Rebels before concluding the weekend Sunday with a 1 p.m. game in Fruitvale against the Hawks.ICE CHIPS: Monday’s game in Kimberley marked the 80th anniversary of hockey in the Bavarian City. Monday’s contest focused on copying the game played exactly 80 years ago against the same team, the Nelson Maple Leafs. Kimberley won that very first game 2-1. . . .Leaf coach Frank Maida said the Leafs came away from the game unscathed with no new injuries to report. . . . Nelson won the first game between the two clubs, October 7, 4-3.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Gluck backstops Rebels to 1-0 shutout of Leafs, Bruins surprise defending KIJHL champs at home

first_imgThe two 2012 Murdoch Division Finalists once again assumed similar spots atop the standings following opening week in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.The Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Castlegar Rebels completed the weekend each with three points.However, both teams took different routes to the top of the standings.Castlegar rode the 28-save performance of Jordan Gluck to shutout the visiting Nelson Leafs 1-0 Saturday in the Sunflower City.Meanwhile, the Hawks, after pounding the Grand Forks Border Bruins 5-0 Friday in the Boundary City, saw the Bears rise up Saturday to steal a 3-2 overtime win in Fruitvale.Chris Osellame scored a power play marker three minutes into the first overtime period to give the Bruins the win on opening week.Last season Grand Forks took weeks to taste victory.Gluck shines in front of home crowd Jordan Gluck looked to be in midseason form as the Scarsdale, NY, native foiled the Leafs everytime the Green and White made a threat to the net.Gluck’s heroics allowed Quinn Klimchuk to score the game’s only goal midway through the third period.Nelson out shot the Rebels 28-23 in the game.Cody Boeckman took the loss in goal for Nelson.Better start already for BruinsAfter finishing last season with one win in 51 games and only four points the Grand Forks are already on pace to destroy those numbers.Trailing 2-1 late in the game, Kublai Barlas tied the game before Osellame sent the home Beaver Valley crowd home disappointed with the overtime winner.Robert Dunsmir kept the visitors in the game stopping 44 of 46 shots as the Hawks peppered the Grand Forks netminder for most of the game.Friday Beaver Valley looked every bit like the defending KIJHL champs as the Hawks shutout the Bruins in Grand Forks.last_img read more

Hockey Canada decides to ban bodychecking in peewee division

first_imgHockey Night in Canada icon Don Cherry is not in favour of Hockey Canada’s recent decision to ban body checking at the peewee level.During his Coaches Corner segment Saturday, Cherry disagreed with Hockey Canada’s decision to ban bodychecking for peewee players saying young players will be ill-prepared and unsafe when physical contact is introduced at higher levels. “You [Hockey Canada] have good intentions, but hey listen, the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” he said on his Hockey Night in Canada segment. “You’re gonna be sorry. You watch and see, you will be sorry.”The decision came during Hockey Canada’s 94th Annual General Meeting in Charlottetown P.E.I.The meeting was attended by more than 250 delegates from across the country.The new body-checking rule change approved at 2013 Hockey Canada Annual General Meeting reads:• A modification to playing rule 6.2b was approved, removing body-checking from Peewee levels and below within leagues governed by Hockey Canada, starting in 2013-14. * In addition to this rule change, a work group has been directed to build a mandatory national checking and instructional resource program to support the progressive implementation of checking skills at the Novice to Peewee levels to better prepare players for body-checking at the Bantam and Midget level.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2015

first_imgSISE DREAMING OF DERBY FEVER WITH PROSPECT PARKCliff Sise Jr. couldn’t be blamed for being smitten with Derby Fever after Prospect Park aired to a 5 ¼-length victory in a one-mile overnight race at Santa Anita on Friday.It wasn’t just the margin of victory that impressed not only Sise, but hard-core race trackers. The 3-year-old son of Tapit owned and bred by Marty and Pam Wygod barely took a deep breath as Kent Desormeaux had the Kentucky-bred colt in hand the final sixteenth.It was the second straight win from five starts for Prospect Park, who does his training at San Luis Rey Downs where the 63-year-old Sise has some 30 horses in training, including some promising youngsters.“Marty always wanted me to break his babies,” Sise said. “Marty was nice enough last year to send all the 2-year-olds to me. I didn’t know if I was going to get them ready for other trainers, or what.“But he came out one day and we had a little celebration at the barn and told me he was going to let me run Prospect Park, so as of right now, everything’s good.“I loved the horse on Friday. He changed so much from the race before (a neck victory in a maiden allowance route at Santa Anita on Dec, 27). He ran good that day but he got sick two nights before with a little colic. We don’t know how much that took out of him.“He was OK the morning of the race so we ran him and he won. After that race he came back and trained like a different horse. He was stronger, and everything’s going good at the right time now.”Asked if he had a race in mind, Sise said, “Not really. I’ll leave that up to Marty Wygod. We’ll try to find the easiest spot for him.”Sise, who at 20 was the youngest to get a trainer’s license at that time when he started his career, has never run a horse in the Kentucky Derby, but that doesn’t stop him from dreaming.“I had a couple I hoped would run there,” he said, “but something always happened.”Sise recently returned to training a year after another endeavor.“I stopped as a trainer to run Rancho Paseana for Jenny Craig for two years,” Sise said. “That was enjoyable, but when San Luis Rey reopened, I came back to training in January of last year.” Martin Pedroza781013613%$378,950 Mark Casse3365418%$544,320 Kent Desormeaux791912924%$1,059,592 A. C. Avila1540127%$83,410 Victor Espinoza711213817%$736,710 Doug O’Neill6287813%$407,486 Hector Palma1142036%$79,510 Rafael Bejarano11028181825%$1,274,134 John Sadler49561010%$323,432 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Corey Nakatani5888714%$472,850 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller651216618%$723,830 Michael Pender1743024%$121,600 Fernando Perez8388710%$323,804 Drayden Van Dyke9310101611%$594,126 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Bob Baffert45711716%$799,118 Tyler Baze11814111612%$901,344 Gary Stevens4395721%$613,810 FINISH LINES: Trainer Jeff Bonde said Distinctiv Passion came out of his fourth-place finish as the 2-1 favorite in Saturday’s Palos Verdes Stakes in good order after the speedster broke from the No. 1 post position in the six furlong sprint. Asked about a possible run in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 28, Bonde said, “We’ll regroup. He’s a good horse. We’ll find a race.” . . . With four wins yesterday, Joe Talamo ended a dry spell and jumped into a tie for sixth in Santa Anita’s standings with 10 victories. Tiago Pereira575479%$159,320center_img Mike Smith521010819%$817,761 Edwin Maldonado544387%$200,136 Elvis Trujillo931213813%$778,836 Joseph Talamo9810121310%$809,914 Brandon Boulanger545249%$119,406 -30- Richard Mandella2553520%$231,900 James Cassidy2945414%$170,210 CHROME SET FOR SAN ANTONIO; HOPPERTUNITY INSISE GETS EARLY DOSE OF KENTUCKY DERBY FEVERSANTA ANITA RIDERS SET FOR BASKETBALL CHARITY Flavien Prat4272517%$276,800 SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS-HOLY ANGELS ON TAP FEB. 12The 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, at La Salle High School in Pasadena with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, game time is 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, Desormeaux, Smith and Solis will comprise a team of fellow active riders such as William Antongeorgi, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Brandon Boulanger, Alex Canchari, Victor Espinoza, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Felipe Martinez, Corey Nakatani, Irving Orozco, Martin Pedroza, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo, Elvis Trujillo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.“We look forward to this game every year,” said Nakatani, perennially one of the most competitive jockeys on the squad. “The game is fun for everyone, the jocks, the Holy Angels’ kids, all of our families and the fans who come to support us. It’s a great night where we can all get together, have fun and help raise money for some great causes. I’ve really enjoyed it over the years.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 16-year-old son of Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, a former standout cager at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ team. Known for his laid-back approach, Hoover stated his game-day philosophy will be similar to that of past years–“We’ll keep the clock runnin’ and just let ’em run and gun.”Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas and a Paintball Package to Hollywood Sports Paintball and Airsoft Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School. Mark Glatt3557514%$276,392 BIGGER, BETTER VERSION OF CHROME IN 2015Take it from a man who’s been as close to the horse as anyone: CaliforniaChrome is bigger and better than last year.So says Victor Espinoza, who rode the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit to victories in four Grade I races last year en route to Eclipse Awards as Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old of the year.“I think he’s stronger this year,” said Espinoza, who worked the immensely popular chestnut five furlongs Sunday morning at his Los Alamitos base in 1:03.60 in his final major breeze for Saturday’s $500,000 San Antonio Invitational at Santa Anita.With blinkers on and over a cleared race track, Chrome’s fractional times were 25 1/5 and 49 4/5, according to Los Alamitos head clocker Russ Hudak.“He went good; we’re happy with him,” said Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to his father, Art, who trains California Chrome. “He’ll ship to Santa Anita on Tuesday and gallop on the track Wednesday.”Added Espinoza: “The way he feels when I work him, he’s bigger and more mature. From last year to this is a big difference. He’s been working really strong. I believe he’ll run as good as a 4-year-old as he did at three.”Said Art Sherman: “I thought he was going to work him faster. Victor told me that he goes so easy he was afraid he would go too fast if he clucked to him. I was looking for a minute and change; that would have helped me a lot more going into this race.“I think it’s a good work but I would have liked a sharper workout for this race. He’s doing so good though, so . . . his gallop out was stronger than it has been. He galloped out (six furlongs) in 1:11.80. He was so strong pulling up. He’ll be fresh and ready, I can tell you that.”Chrome is expected to face once-beaten male 2-year-old champion of 2013 Shared Belief and eye-catching San Pasqual winner Hoppertunity, among others in the eagerly anticipated San Antonio Invitational, which will decided at a mile and an eighth for older horses.“He’s running,” Baffert said unequivocally after Hoppertunity worked six furlongs in company Sunday morning in 1:14.20 under Martin Garcia. Stablemate Doctor Dempsey was clocked in 1:14.60.“That’s good for him,” Baffert said of Hoppertunity’s time.Shared Belief is scheduled to have his final major breeze for the San Antonio at his Golden Gate Fields base on Tuesday, then ship to Santa Anita on Wednesday. “He’ll work a half-mile under Russell Baze,” Jerry Hollendorfer said by phone Sunday morning.Shared Belief, who could very well be unbeaten had his chances of winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic not been compromised by a rough start, will be seeking his ninth win from 10 career starts in the San Antonio.“He’s a very consistent horse,” Hollendorfer said.Probable for the San Antonio, which will be limited to 10 starters: Bronzo, Gary Stevens; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia; Shared Belief, Mike Smith; Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano; Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze; and Imperative, Flavien Prat.            In other San Antonio news:            Trainer Bob Hess Jr. said Sunday morning he was “50-50” on running San Pasqual third-place finisher Blue Tone in the San Antonio or the Donn at Gulfstream the same day. “If he runs here,” Hess said, “Kent (Desormeaux) will ride him.”Blue Tone worked five furlongs Sunday morning in a bullet 59 flat, fastest of 59 drills at the distance, the average time of which 1:01.31.Trainer Mark Casse said he “wasn’t sure” on Dynamic Sky, who also is nominated to Saturday’s San Marcos Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf, where the son of Sky Mesa owned by John Oxley has run seven times in his 21-race career.“We’ve been preparing him like he’s going to run in the dirt race,” Casse said. “We’re definitely thinking about it and appreciate being invited. We’ll talk to Mr. Oxley and decide.”Trainer Sean McCarthy said Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Majestic Harbor will go in the San Marcos, not the San Antonio. Majestic Harbor worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Sunday in 1:00.40.The race will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Eddie Truman840150%$168,030 Peter Eurton3574720%$317,208 Jeff Bonde1840322%$178,930 Jerry Hollendorfer7516111021%$1,507,254 Philip D’Amato3358615%$315,730 Richard Baltas2752319%$155,308 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 31) Martin Garcia55812615%$817,400last_img read more

Briscoe Named 2017 FCS ADA Offensive Player of the Year

first_imgFCS ADA ReleaseCLEVELAND, Ohio – The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA), in coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices, announced Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe as the 2017 FCS ADA Offensive Player of the Year.Briscoe won the Payton Award a year ago and is seeking to become just the second FCS player in history to win it multiple times. He led FCS and set a SHSU single-season record with 5,003 yards passing in 2017, while also leading the country for the second consecutive season with 45 touchdown passes. The Bearkat trigger man is the first Kat to throw for 5,000 yards in a season.The senior out of Houston, Texas, is one of three finalists for the Payton Award this year, which will be announced at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet in Frisco on Friday, Jan. 5.He will be recognized Saturday at the 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship with a plaque presented by current FCS ADA Second Vice President and Director of Athletics at Bryant University, Bill Smith.This Friday, Jan. 5, the FCS ADA will announce the Academic All-Star Team, which is celebrating its 20th year.About the FCS ADA: Now in its 24th year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.last_img read more

UNO’s Omoghibo, UCA’s Doss Named Week Four Volleyball Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – New Orleans’ Ehize Omoghibo and Central Arkansas’ Emily Doss are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Omoghibo claims her first weekly honor after posting a .619 hitting percentage for UNO (7-7) over the weekend at the College of Charleston Invitational. The Privateers will now look ahead to their conference home opener Tuesday night against Lamar, with first serve slated for 6:30 p.m. CT.Doss nabs her first award of the season with 79 digs for the Sugar Bears (6-7) this past weekend at the Cougar Classic, hosted by SIU-Edwardsville. The junior bolstered a UCA defense that limited opponents to a .202 hitting percentage for the tournament. Central Arkansas will now gear up for its conference opener at home against Houston Baptist Thursday at 6 p.m.Offensive Player of the Week: Ehize Omoghibo – Sr. – Opposite – Evanston, Ill.Omoghibo was named to the All-Tournament team at the College of Charleston Invitational, following a phenomenal weekend that included 47 kills over three matches. The junior began the three-game stretch with a .619 hitting percentage against Jacksonville State Friday afternoon. Omoghibo then closed out the weekend by smashing her previous match-high kills (14) with an astounding 21 kills in a five-set win over College of Charleston Saturday afternoon.Honorable Mention: Morgan Dewyer, Houston Baptist; Alexis Warren, Northwestern State; Caroline Golden, Southeastern Louisiana; Xariah Williams, Stephen F. Austin.Defensive Player of the Week: Emily Doss – Jr. – Libero – Springdale, Ark.Doss took home her third All-Tournament honor of the season after delivering back-to-back 31-dig performances to close out the weekend for the Sugar Bears at the Cougar Classic. In addition to averaging 5.6 digs per set, the junior also provided seven assists, two service aces and a kill for the Sugar Bears. Doss has now accrued 256 digs on the year, averaging 4.57 per set.Honorable Mention: Camie Copeland, Houston Baptist; Megan Lohmiller, Northwestern State; Taya Mitchell, Stephen F. Austin; Carissa Barnes, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

COMEBACKING OMAHA BEACH OUTRUNS FAVORED SHANCELOT TO WIN GRADE I, $300,000 SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP BY A HEAD

first_imgCOMEBACKING OMAHA BEACH OUTRUNS FAVORED SHANCELOT TO WIN GRADE I, $300,000 SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP BY A HEAD; SMITH & MANDELLA TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG PARTY IN RAPID 1:08.79RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIER     ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2019)–The morning line favorite for this Kentucky Derby and idle since April 13, Richard Mandella’s Omaha Beach put on a tremendous exhibition in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, as he gradually overhauled heavily favored eastern invader Shancelot to prevail by a head in an astonishingly fast 1:08.79 under Mike Smith.The question now is, where does this immensely talented colt by War Front go next?  With today’s race a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier to the $2 million Sprint here on Nov. 2, that’s an obvious option, but given the scope and versatility Omaha Beach has exhibited in both the morning and afternoon, he could potentially run in any one of three races on Nov. 2.“I want to enjoy this one, but the Sprint, the ($2 million) Mile and the mile and a quarter ($6 million Classic) are all possible,” said Mandella, who had to stop on his stable star just days before the Run for the Roses due to an entrapped epiglotis.  “I’m just very relieved to have him back. At the eighth pole, I thought we were (going to be) clear, but it took some race riding…This horse has a heart of gold and he’s got the greatest personality of any horse I’ve ever had.  I would say anything’s possible.”Although he bobbled ever so slightly at the break, Omaha Beach was quickly into stride and was just a head off of Shancelot while full of run mid-way around the turn.  At the top of the lane, Shancelot, drifted a bit off the rail and Smith then stayed inside through an incredible stretch battle.“He broke extremely well, almost too well,” said Smith. “He slipped a little leaving there, but man he settled right in behind them really nice. He was loaded coming off that turn…His last work was brilliant and he ran the way he worked.“He’s a throwback to those classic horses. He can do anything. Three quarters to a mile and a quarter. He’s extremely fast and he’s got tremendous stamina…He can do it all. The only thing that surprised me today was that I had to stay inside. His last work was his best one, no question. Today, he hit his best stride late.”Overlayed at 5-2 off of a morning line of 8-5 in a field of six, Omaha Beach, who is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Charming, paid $7.20, $2.40 and $2.10.Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Omaha Beach, who won the Grade I Arkansas Derby on April 13, now has a total of three graded stakes wins to his credit from an overall mark of 8-4-3-1.  With today’s winner’s share of $180,000, his earnings stand at $1,301,800.Although it would have been unfathomable to imagine any horse getting beat that essentially ran six furlongs today in 1:08 and 4/5s seconds, that’s exactly the fate that befell Shancelot, who shipped in from his Monmouth Park base and was ridden by Florida-based Emisael Jaramillo.“I really don’t know what to think right now, to be honest,” said a visibly stunned Jorge Navarro, trainer of Shancelot. “I thought maybe he (Jaramillo) waited too long…What’s he looking back for?”A galloping 12 ½ length winner of a Grade II sprint stakes at Saratoga two starts back on July 28, Shancelot was just a head shy of being unbeaten in four starts and was thus made the 1-5 favorite, returning $2.10 and $2.10 while finishing 2 ½ lengths in front of John Sadler’s Flagstaff.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Flagstaff was off at 9-1 and paid $2.10 to show.Fractions, all set by the runner-up, were 21.87, 44.38 and 56.18.last_img read more

Berbatov ‘f***ing loves’ Auba and Lacazette & warns Spurs about Arsenal threat

first_imgDIMITAR BERBATOV admitted he “f***ing loves” Arsenal pair Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – then warned his old club Spurs not to take the Gunners lightly.The Bulgarian, 38, spent two years at White Hart Lane between 2006 and 2008 before signing for Manchester United.4 Dimitar Berbatov admitted he cannot get enough of Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre LacazetteCredit: Getty – ContributorBut he put rivalries aside as he confessed his admiration for the strikers spearheading Unai Emery’s attack.Ahead of this Sunday’s North London derby, Berbatov told Betfair: “I f***ing love Aubameyang and Lacazette.”I like watching them play and their partnership is blossoming.”The way they play off each other and the goals they score, their quickness and sharpness is unbelievable.”I think nobody should take Arsenal lightly anyway because they are still Arsenal.”Okay, they haven’t won the Premier League for 15 years, but at some point a time will come when it will be their season.”It is too early to say if it will be this year but they are showing signs that they are performing well.”Despite his love for the Arsenal duo, though, Berbatov is clear who is the best Premier League player in his opinion.He added: “What I would give to have played with a player like Kevin De Bruyne, he is unbelievable.”He is one of the best, if not the best, in the world right now. Purely because of his vision, I think he is two or three steps ahead of the game.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one4Latest Arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plans”Before the ball comes to him he knows where to play it, how to pass it, the exact speed, when he needs to hit it.”He is an unbelievable talent who is growing and developing every year and for me it is a pure joy to watch him.”Manchester City have one of the best midfielders in the world and when he is on top of his game they are unbelievable too.”4 Berbatov spent two years at Spurs, taking on Arsenal in plenty of feisty North London derbiesCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd4 Berbatov reckons Kevin De Bruyne is the best player in the Premier League and is among the best in the worldCredit: ReutersArsenal v Tottenham- Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Premier League clashlast_img read more

Atletico join Man Utd in hunt for Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen

first_imgATLETICO MADRID have reportedly entered the race for Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen.Spanish newspaper AS claims the Danish playmaker, 27, is wanted by Diego Simeone on a free transfer next summer.2 Atletico Madrid have joined the race for Tottenham contract rebel Christian EriksenCredit: GettyAnd Atletico will approach Eriksen when he enters the final six months of his deal in January after the Dane failed to secure a move away from North London last month.Mauricio Pochettino admitted he was left worried by Eriksen’s desire to leave Spurs before the European transfer window slammed shut earlier this week.Juventus were strongly linked with a late bid but a move failed to materialise.And the midfielder has since revealed his frustration at failing to find a new club.SunSport understands Manchester United are plotting a big-money bid in January to tempt Spurs into selling.2Most Read In SportTHROUGH 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA 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 clubBut Eriksen looks set to have a host of other elite European clubs knocking at his door if he is prepared to see out the remainder of the season at Tottenham.Real Madrid, Juve, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are all keen on signing him on a free transfer.But with Atletico already leading the race for the La Liga title, Eriksen could decide that his future lies at the Wanda Metropolitano.Man Utd to make stunning January swoop for Christian Eriksen after failed Real Madrid movelast_img read more

Mourinho ready to fight Man Utd for £63m Sporting star Bruno Fernandes

first_imgMost Read In SportTHROUGH 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 returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own club“He strikes the ball well, heads well, cool when he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He finds space in the penalty area. It’s all there.”SunSport explained yesterday that Fernandes is one of five players who could be targeted by Mourinho this winter.Other possible signings for Spurs include Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, West Ham anchorman Declan Rice and Nice right-back Youcef Atal.How Jose Mourinho could line up Tottenham with Atal, Dybala and Fernandes joining Kane and Son in formidable side NEW Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to take on Manchester United in a transfer war for Bruno Fernandes.The Independent claims Sporting Lisbon’s free-scoring midfield star could wind up in North London this January after being targeted by the Special One.1 New Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is lining up a move for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno FernandesCredit: EPAMourinho was confirmed as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor in a shock announcement on Tuesday morning.And he has apparently wasted no time in identifying targets to improve Spurs’ fortunes.The capital club lie 14th in the Premier League table, winning just three of their opening 12 games.Tottenham are already 11 points off the top four, and Mourinho feels a few signings in the right positions can fire them back up the table.It’s said that Fernandes is his top target ahead of the winter transfer window, with the Portugal international making headlines with 31 goals for Sporting last season.The Primeira Liga side need to sell players after racking up £57million in debt.And Fernandes is said to be available for around £63m, attracting interest from Mourinho’s former club Manchester United.Pochettino had already been looking at Fernandes as an option to replace contract rebel Christian Eriksen.But Mourinho is ready to go a step further by making a move for the attacking ace.Fernandes is sure to be given a key role at Spurs should a deal go through, with Mourinho praising him highly in June.The tactician told Eleven Sports: “I was surprised by his season. It was easy to predict quality, he is a very good player.“But he scored a very high number of goals for a midfielder. It shows you need to have instinct and quality to score, and he has it all.last_img read more