HUNTSVILLE, Texas – On a night where the matchup of spread offense against triple option lived up to the billing, the Sam Houston State defense did its part to steal the show.The Bearkats stopped Kennesaw State on 4th-and-five at Sam Houston’s 15-yard line with 1:24 remaining, locking up a 34-27 FCS Playoffs quarterfinals victory at Bowers Stadium on Saturday night.DENIED!!!PJ Hall shuts the door and gets the ball back for SHSUSHSU 34, KSU 27 – 4Q Watch the #FCSPlayoffs on the ESPN App pic.twitter.com/9pKAsGjKAU— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 10, 2017 With the win, Sam Houston advances to its third semifinals in four seasons. The Kats visit North Dakota State on Friday at 7 p.m. CT with the game broadcast on ESPN2. The matchup will be the first between the two teams since the 2014 season, a game that was also in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs.Fans interested in purchasing tickets can call the Bearkat Ticket Office at 936-294-1729.The Bearkats (12-1) racked up 482 yards of offense for the game, but had to hold off a Kennesaw (12-2) team who entered the game leading the nation in rushing. The Owls piled up 352 yards on the ground including a team-high 120 yards from Shaqil Terry on just five carries.Meanwhile, for Sam Houston, Corey Avery rushed for 129 yards and a score for the Kats on 21 carries. The senior went over the 1,000-yard mark and joined Timothy Flanders as the only Bearkats with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons in their careers.Avery converted a pair of key fourth-down conversions for the Kats including a fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line, extending Sam Houston’s lead to 24-10 with 9:57 to go in the half. The back also set up Sam Houston’s go-ahead touchdown at 14-7 on a 19-yard, fourth-down scamper late in the first quarter.Bearkats strike again as Yedi Louis finds the end zone for the first time tonightSHSU 14, KSU 7 – 1Q Watch the #FCSPlayoffs on the ESPN App pic.twitter.com/tynohVxyT4— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 10, 2017 Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe completed 20 of his 29 passes for 313 yards and three scores, including a pair to fellow seniorYedidiah Louis who had a game-high 123 yards receiving. Briscoe’s 4,714 yards passing sets a new single-season record at Sam Houston, surpassing his record set last year.HOW IT HAPPENED Kennesaw State took its opening drive 43 yards in seven play, scoring the game’s first touchdown but the Bearkats did not wait long to strike back. Sam Houston needed just four plays including a 61-yard long ball from Briscoe to Nathan Stewart, who hauled it in for the touchdown. The completion put the wideout over 1,500 yards for the season on his 25th career receiving score.Kennesaw followed by missing a 42-yard field goal wide right. On the ensuing possession, Briscoe found Ragan Hendersonfor a big gain over the middle and Avery rushed for 19 yards on 4th & 2 down to the Kennesaw 33-yard line. Louis scored from 16 yards out on the screen pass for the 14-7 lead with 3:10 in the first quarter.The Sam Houston defense, led by Chris Stewart’s 15 tackles and 11 more from P.J. Hall, stuffed the Owls option attack on 4th-and-four resulting in a loss of five. The offense took over inside Kennesaw territory at the 48-yard line was able to capitalize, tacking on three points courtesy of the 22-yard Tre Honshtein field goal and 17-7 lead.After forcing a three-and-out, Sam Houston drove 58 yards in 10 plays including a 1-yard leaping touchdown from Avery on fourth-and-goal, extending the advantage to 24-10. The drive took 4:12 and highlighted a rare occasion in which the Kats led the time of possession at the half.Kennesaw cut into its deficit with another field goal in the second half, capping a 14-play, 71-yard drive that took 7-plus minutes. The Owls faced a fourth-and-three at the Sam Houston 12-yard line but the Owls’ head coach was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct during the timeout.Justin Thompson’s ensuing 44-yard field goal came up short but the Owls had another chance on a Sam Houston holding penalty and capitalized, hitting the 34 yarder, trimming Sam Houston’s lead to 24-13. The Kats answered on their next drive as Honshtein drilled a 21-yard field goal with 1:46 in the third.The Owls continued to pound it out on the ground, cutting Sam Houston’s lead to a touchdown behind a 50-yard rush from Terry to set up a 4-yard run to paydirt moments into the fourth quarter. Once again, the Kats wasted little time in responding.Sam Houston turned to the air as Briscoe hit Louis for 23 yards down the middle and after a 16-yard rush from Avery, Louis made a man miss for a 15-yard touchdown reception. The catch and score was his second of the game and extended the Kats lead to 34-20.For the second time in the fourth quarter, Kennesaw cut the Bearkat lead to a touchdown, doing so on a 23-yard pass from Chandler Burks to T.J. Reed with 7:21 left in the game.OTHER NOTABLES IN THE WIN With the victory, Sam Houston captured 12 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. It marks just the third time overall the Bearkats have won 12-or-more games.Zyon McCollum came away with his third interception of the season with 12:48 in the third quarter. The takeaway halted a 5-play drive in Sam Houston territory at the 39-yard line. Following the pick, the Owls ran the ball 23 consecutive times.The win was the 20th consecutive victory for Sam Houston at Bowers Stadium, setting a new mark for the second-longest home streak in school history. The victory also extended Sam Houston’s overall record to 13-0 in the FCS Playoffs at Bowers.The semifinals are set!No. 6 SHSU vs. No. 2 NDSUNo. 5 SDSU vs. No. 1 JMU#FCSPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/FrEm8PODPl— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 10, 2017 The playoff victory was the first against a member of the Big South Conference. The win moves Sam Houston to 3-0 all-time against the league with a pair of regular-season victories coming against Gardner-Webb in 2008 and 2010.
FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Daniel Saina and New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. All Southland Athlete of the Week awards are presented by Hancock Whitney.Saina clinched a first-place finish at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede over the weekend, beating out the second-place finisher by a 10-second margin. The junior closed out the four-mile race with a 4:57.9 average-mile pace in order to secure his second Athlete of the Week award this season.Kleshchukova continued her impressive 2019 run with an individual title of her own at the Cowboy Stampede this past weekend. After beating out the second-place runner by 16 seconds, the junior captured her third individual victory of the season, also sealing her third Athlete of the Week award.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Daniel Saina, McNeese – Jr. – Eldoret, KenyaSaina claimed a first-place individual finish, boosting the Cowboys to a second-place team finish at home this past weekend at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede. The junior from Eldoret, Kenya, topped a field of 104 runners from 12 schools with a 19:51.7 clip. Saina’s performance in the four-mile race marks his second individual title of the 2019 season.Honorable Mention: Kolyn Saltzman, New Orleans; Dustin Worley, Nicholls; Tristan Stellmach, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Arina Kleshchukova, New Orleans – Jr. – Bishkek, KyrgyzstanKleshchukova continued her impressive pace with her third individual title in three appearances, following a first-place performance at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede over the weekend. The junior claimed a 17:34.6 finish in the 4k event, setting a new personal-best time by 36 seconds. Her victory makes her the first Privateer to record three consecutive individual victories since the 2002 season. Kleshchukova defeated the second-place competitor by a 14-second mark.Honorable Mention: Elsa Rijpstra, Nicholls; Valentina Campos, 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 athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
LOVINGIER’S HOMEBRED SHOW IT N MOE IT PREVAILS BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH IN $100,000 SPRING FEVER STAKES AS BEJARANO & SHERLOCK TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG WIN IN 1:10.18RACE IS PART OF THE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARESARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2019)–Favored by a mere $104.00, Terry Lovingier’s homebred Show It N Moe It relinquished command a quarter mile out but re-rallied late to take Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes by three quarters of a length under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Gary Sherlock, the 4-year-old California bred daughter of Grace Upon Grace got six furlongs in 1:10.18.Breaking from the rail, Show It N Moe It broke like a shot and was immediately engaged by Coco Kisses to her outside as S Y Sky, the narrow second choice in the wagering, sat a stalking third. However, heading into the far turn, Show It N Moe It was getting out noticeably and Joe Talamo, aboard S Y Sky, moved to the rail and gained a narrow advantage, only to be tagged in the final 40 yards by the winner.“I’ve been doing this for 40 years and I never like being on the rail,” said Sherlock. “I don’t like the one-hole under any conditions. I think the reason she was getting out there going to the far turn was that she’s never not had a horse inside of her to run with. She overcame it and with her, the results are incredible. We’re hoping to have a big year with her. She ran against older horses last year and now she’s doing so well.”With $81,900 bet to win on her, Show It N Moe It, who defeated S Y Sky in a state-bred allowance going 6 ½ furlongs by 3 ¼ lengths here on Jan. 10, was the actual even money favorite in a field of five California-bred or sired older fillies and mares and paid $4.00, $2.20 and $2.10.Owned by Tom London, Lovingier and Eugene Zondlo, Show It N Moe It, who is out of the Ide mare Robotica, picked up her second stakes win and improved her overall mark to 19-6-4-4. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $435,604.“She always tries really hard and she always wants to be on the lead,” said Bejarano, who has now ridden her in 10 out of her last 11 starts, winning four of them. “This was the first time she’s ever had to be on the inside though, and she freaked out a little being on the lead down inside…In the beginning, I had to use her a bit and I think six and a half or seven furlongs are better distances for her, but she still got it done.”Owned and bred by Nick Alexander and trained by Phil D’Amato, S Y Sky ran a huge race in defeat, finishing 4 ½ lengths in front of Coco Kisses. The second choice at even money, “S Y” paid $2.40 and $2.10.“The winner was really getting out down the backside, I thought she might bolt,” said Talamo. “I took my filly to the rail and she went right through there, real easy. We were just cruising. Hats off to that other filly, she dug in.”Ridden by Joel Rosario, Coco Kisses, who dueled early with the winner, was third best on the day. Off at 7-1, she paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.25, 45.63 and 57.58.The Spring Fever is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA.
ICE COLD SALT WATER THERAPY PROVING EFFECTIVE AS TYLER CERIN CARES FOR DOZENS OF HORSES IN-TRAINING AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (April 13, 2019)–With equine medicine more readily embracing holistic treatments and procedures, Tyler Cerin, 31, son of veteran conditioner Vladimir Cerin, is treating dozens of horses per week at Santa Anita with a Jacuzzi-like machine called an Equine Spa, which employs ice-cold salt water.“It’s made in England and we use it as preventative maintenance and also to treat soft tissue that may have become stressed or inflamed,” said Cerin, who has treated horses nationwide as a highly sought-after Equine Massage Therapist. “With each horse, we school them first in order to get them comfortable, because they’re going to be standing in a confined space when treated.“So, we walk each one through and then we stand them, similar to what you would do with a horse who was just getting familiarized with the starting gate. With some horses, if we see they’re getting stressed, we stop the process and bring them back in a day or two to make sure they’re comfortable with it.”Once each horse is secured in the spa, the process of loading the salt water is initiated.“It takes five minutes to get the water up over their knees and above their hocks,” said Cerin. “The water temperature is very consistent, at about 35 to 36 degrees, so we don’t want the level to get any higher, because if their belly was submerged, it’s pretty cold for them just to be standing there.“Once the water has reached the proper level, we turn on the jets and it’s very similar to a human sitting in a Jacuzzi. It’s very soothing for the horses and once the water is circulating, this process lasts no longer than 10 minutes. So, with another five minutes required to drain the water, each horse is in and out within 20 minutes, maximum.”When asked by XBTV’s Zoe Cadman if he’d ever been in the Equi-Spahimself, Cerin replied, “Yes, anything I do with the horses, I try it myself first…For me, it’s a blessing working as a team with each trainer and their staff as we try to help each of these horses reach their maximum potential.”
CLOCKER FANCIES MIDNIGHT BISOU AND VINO ROSSI $229,671 5 13% 1 4 10 7 John Sadler49 7 10 69% 6 4 Richard Mandella29 16% 6 16 15 BREEDERS’ CUP WORK OUTS:Shadn (Balding) 10-30-19A’Ali (Crisford) 10-30-19Covfefe (Cox) 10-30-19Matera Sky (Mori) 10-30-19Heavenhasmynikki (Hess Jr.) 10-30-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-29-19United (Mandella) 10-29-19Ambassadorial (Chapple-Hyam) 10-29-19Shekky Shebaz (Servis) 10-29-19Blue Chipper (Young Kwan) 10-29-19 38% $1,164,513 17 19 7 20 58% Jorge Velez94 ITM% 10% 25% 6 10 9% 43% $374,150 14% $1,053,728 15 $648,789 3 67% 5 VALDIVIA RETURNS HOME AFTER SUCCESSFUL JUNKET 4 7 2nd 21% 45% 2 14% 2 4 8 57% John Shirreffs15 Doug O’Neill69 Geovanni Franco53 8 TrainerSts 11 6 Rafael Bejarano61 Philip D’Amato44 Money Won 58% 9 6 55% 9 52% 3 Flavien Prat80 36% 16% 3 19 $380,150 $287,205 7 8 4 J.C. Diaz, Jr.58 33% 46% Mike Smith28 Evin Roman43 Mario Gutierrez32 JockeyMts (Current Through Thursday, Oct. 31) Bob Baffert33 33% $240,868 Abel Cedillo112 $234,970 $420,541 16% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 5 48% Mark Glatt39 8 20 Win% 47% 7 8 15% GOOD BETTING RACES FOR BREEDERS’ CUPNot surprising that Gary Young fancies Distaff favorite Midnight Bisou on Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup program, but the private clocker and bloodstock agent also cited longshot betting possibilities after having observed candidates that have been preparing at Santa Anita the past weeks for their big moment.“I think MIdnight Bisou is probably the most likely winner, but she’s also the shortest price (8-5 on Jon White’s morning line),” Young said. “The other races are very good betting races. If Covfefe hadn’t drawn the rail (for the Filly & Mare Sprint), I’d almost put her up there with Midnight Bisou, as far as likely winners. But she did draw the rail, that’s just it.“I think if Improbable breaks, he’ll run a very good race (in the Dirt Mile), and it all depends on whether Omaha Beach bounces or not. If Omaha Beach doesn’t bounce and runs his race, I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to say that he’s the best horse in the race.“A horse that’s really caught my eye since he got here is Vino Rosso for the Classic. He’s looked very, very good on the track.” Post time for Saturday’s first live race is 10 a.m., with admission gates opening at 8 a.m. Reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday. Turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night.BALTAS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TWILIGHT DERBY DUO Richard Baltas has two horses with contrasting styles entered in Saturday’s Grade II Qatar Twilight Derby, pace-prompting Neptune’s Storm and stone closer Succeedandsurpass.“Neptune’s Storm came out of his win in New York (Grade II Hill Prince at Belmont Park on Oct. 5) in good shape and has worked well for this, as has Succeedandsurpass,” said Baltas, tied for third in Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet standings with 10 victories.“Hopefully, we’re not coming back too quick (with Neptune’s Storm). The other horse is training unbelievable, really good. He was a little far back last time (when rallying for second in a one-mile allowance test Sept 27 at Santa Anita). I like both horses.”The Twilight Derby, race three of 12 live races: Originaire, Mike Smith, 8-1; Hackberry, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Nolde, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Temple, Manuel Franco, 20-1; Succeedandsurpass, John Velazquez, 10-1; Jais’s Solitude, Irad Ortiz Jr., 15-1; Ocean Fury, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Neptune’s Storm, Ricardo Santana Jr., 4-1; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 5-1; Gray Magician, Javier Castellano, 8-1; Henley’s Joy, Jose Ortiz, 10-1; Real Master, Brice Blanc, 50-1; and Mo Forza, Joel Rosario, 20-1.JOSE VALDIVIA HAPPY TO BE BACK HOME After a successful Midwestern invasion of nearly six years, Jose Valdivia Jr. is home.Born in Lima, Peru, Valdivia resided a few furlongs from Santa Anita in Sierra Madre before seeking and finding greener pastures at Arlington Park where he was leading rider and won at a 23 percent rate the last two years.“A change in scenery helped,” said Valdivia, the nephew of Fernando Toro, one of Southern California’s most successful jockeys in the 1970s and 1980s. Jose is now represented by agent Mike Ciani, who also handles Aaron Gryder.“I had a good agent (Steve Leving) and a good trainer to ride for, Larry Rivelli, but once you leave Southern California, you’re camping out,” Valdivia said.“My family’s here, I’m here and I’m just happy to be back home. It’s a beautiful place, no place like it, so we’ll see what shakes.”SHUBACK’S ‘HOLLYWOOD AT THE RACES’ AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE SUNDAYLongtime DRF columnist and foreign correspondent Alan Shuback will be on hand to sign his newly released book, “Hollywood at the Races,” on Sunday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. near the Gift Shop in the East Paddock Gardens.Horse racing was so popular and influential between 1930 and 1960 that nearly 150 racing themed films were released, including “A Day at the Races,” “Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry,” and “National Velvet.”This fast-paced gossipy history explores the relationship between the Hollywood film industry, the horse racing industry, and the extraordinary participation of producers, directors and actors in the Sport of Kings.Celebrity presence at the racetrack generated a bevy of attention from eager photographers and movie columnists, as well as free publicity for their new films. Moreover, entertainment titans such as Louis B. Mayer, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable and Don Ameche were all major Thoroughbred owners, while Mickey Rooney, Chico Marx and John Huston were notorious for their unsuccessful forays to the betting windows.“Hollywood has gone nuts over horse racing, and by the same token, horse racing has gone nuts over Hollywood,”–Ed Sullivan. FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup brings big earners: Breeders’ Cup horses entered on today’s card have combined earnings of $9,066,315, while on Saturday, the figure is $113,420,055 for a total of $122,436,370. Turf contender Bricks and Mortar leads the pack with $4,885,650 . . . Xpressbet’s John DeSantis will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Sunday at 10:20 a.m. in the XBTV studio.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:Breeders’ Cup Memories: Midnight Lute Powers Home in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita ParkBreeders’ Cup Memories: Zenyatta Delivers a Powering Turn of Foot to Win the 2009 Breeders’ Cup ClassicA Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith: Arrogate and JustifyA Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith: ZenyattaA Candid Conversation With Trainer Peter Eurton 5 6 12% 46% Andrew Lerner19 $764,243 7 6 5 50% 2nd 7 $363,288 Richard Baltas53 1 Peter Miller35 4 Win% Drayden Van Dyke47 4 $812,105 14% Jeff Mullins31 29% 3rd 49% Tyler Baze42 5 13% Money Won 11 1st 15 $554,458 12 19% 11 $491,102 5 Edwin Maldonado39 11 42% 6 ITM% $115,957 16 $220,712 Ruben Fuentes69 11 2 21% 30% 26% BALTAS SENDS OUT PAIR IN GRADE II TWILIGHT DERBY 24% SHUBACK SIGNS ‘HOLLYWOOD AT THE RACES’ SUNDAY 8 20% 51% $627,240 5 3rd 5 10 10 Martin Garcia55 Tiago Pereira51 38% 7 1 10 18% 48% $795,539 12 5 20% $260,090 $283,063 42% 5 Hector O. Palma25 10 $417,215 1 16% 44% $122,153 35% $316,600 21% $337,312 5 13% 1st $557,022 4 3 33% 3 46% $207,912
BAFFERT’S BAST TOWERS OVER COMPETITION IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA YNEZ STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS WINNER TO RECEIVE 10 KENTUCKY OAKS QUALIFYING POINTS; FIRST POST SET AT 12:30 P.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2020)–Bob Baffert’s brilliant 3-year-old filly Bast, a three-time Grade I stakes winner, heads a field of seven sophomore fillies going seven furlongs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita.Baffert is also represented by a pair of impressive first-out maiden winners, Auberge and Golden Principal, as he seeks his fifth career win in the Santa Ynez, which provides the winner with 10 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points. (The second place finisher will receive four points, the third place finisher two and the fourth place finisher one).BASTOwner: Baoma CorporationTrainer: Bob BaffertA dazzling 8 ¾ length winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante in her second start on Aug. 31, this Kentucky-bred daughter of Uncle Mo then stretched out to 1 1/16 miles to take the Grade I Chandelier Stakes here on Sept. 27 at odds of 1-5. Third, beaten two lengths in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1, she bounced back to dominate the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos, winning by a half length over highly regarded Donna Veloce. With Drayen Van Dyke riding her back in the Santa Ynez, she’ll no doubt be the prohibitive favorite.AUBERGEOwner: Speedway Stable, LLCTrainer: Bob BaffertA $570,000 Fasig Tipton Midatlantic 2-year-old in Training Sale purchase in May, this Iowa-bred daughter of the City Zip stallion Palace sped to a lights-out six furlong maiden win here on Oct. 27, winning by 7 ¾ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke, who sticks with Bast. With an 84 Beyer Speed figure in hand, Auberge, who will be ridden by Flavien Prat, could prove a menacing presence for her far more accomplished stablemate in her stakes debut.GOLDEN PRINCIPALOwner: Mike Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul WeitmanTrainer: Bob BaffertA Florida-bred daughter of red hot stallion Constitution, she was purchased for $200,000 at the Ocala Breeders April 2-year-old in Training Sale. Off at 1-2 in her six furlong bow on Nov. 30 at Del Mar, she opened up early and cruised to an impressive 1 ½ length win under Van Dyke while earning an 80 Beyer. She’ll get the service of “Big Money” Mike Smith on Sunday and certainly rates a chance in her second start.THE GRADE II SANTA YNEZ STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTAuberge–Flavien Prat–120Golden Principal–Mike Smith–120Lovely Lilia–Abel Cedillo–120Paige Anne–Joe Talamo–120K P Dreamin–Ruben Fuentes–120Orquidias Biz–Joel Rosario–120Bast–Drayen Van Dyke–124First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
JOSE MOURINHO got his Tottenham reign off to a flying start against West Ham.Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura found the net to the pile pressure on Manuel Pellegrini as Spurs won away in the league for the first time since January.6 Harry Kane is now Tottenham’s third highest goalscorer of all-time with 175 goalsCredit: AP:Associated Press6 Son Heung-min scored the first goal of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham reignCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdBut it was Dele Alli that stole the show for Spurs after the boss said: “I asked him if he was Dele or Dele’s brother? He told me he was Dele. I said ‘Ok. play like Dele’.”The England international looked back to his best as he played a crucial role in both first-half goals for Spurs.He slipped the ball through to Son to break the deadlock in the 36th minute of the London Stadium showdown.And his incredible flick on the touchline allowed Son to feed a cross into the box for Moura to make it 2-0 on the brink half.Spurs added another goal to their tally just four minutes after Mourinho’s half time team talk.Kane got ahead of his marker and powered a header into the back of the net after a delivery from Serge Aurier.He is now Tottenham’s third highest goalscorer of all-time with 175 goals – behind only Jimmy Greaves(266) and Bobby Smith(208).West Ham looked off the pace from the start, but Michael Antonio pulled one back int he 73rd minute to breathe life into the tie.England youngster Declan Rice then saw a goal disallowed by VAR as he was caught in an offside position.6 Dele Alli was replaced by Christian Eriksen in the second halfCredit: Getty Images – GettyMOST 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 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 clubI 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 strut6 Lucas Moura doubled Tottenham’s tally on the brink of half timeCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd6 Harry Kane made it 3-0 to Spurs in the early stages of the second halfCredit: PA:Empics SportAngelo Ogbonna made it 3-2 in the dying stages of stoppage time, but Mourinho’s men managed to cling onto the lead.Spurs have temporarily moved up to the sixth in the table ahead of next week’s clash against Bournemouth.Up next, Mourinho’s men will have their mettle tested against Olympiacos in the Champions League.6 Jose Mourinho celebrated after his team took the lead in the first halfCredit: ReutersJose Mourinho admits he wasn’t happy at Man Utd ahead of his first game for Spurs
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN claims he was “the black sheep” that was labelled a “bad guy” at Tottenham after telling them he wanted to leave.The 27-year-old Danish attacker ended his six-and-a-half-year spell in North London last month as he headed to Inter Milan for £17million.1 Christian Eriksen says he was made to be the ‘black sheep’ at SpursCredit: Getty Images – GettyAfter losing to Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final, the playmaker handed in a transfer request as he entered the final year of his contract.That led to some fans turning on him, and despite Jose Mourinho’s efforts to convince him to stay, the ex-Ajax ace finally secured his exit a fortnight ago.Now in an interview with BBC Sport, he has explained how his desire to leave made him feel like an outcast despite “being honest” with Spurs.Eriksen said: “If you have a short contract, you will be the black sheep.“I was very honest. I felt I had to be honest. I didn’t want to hide like a lot of players do.“Everyone is different. I was honest. I wanted to say it out loud.”MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesHe continued: “I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the bad guy.“I read I was the bad person in the changing room, that ever since I said I wanted to leave, it was no good me being there.“To be honest, over the last few years, if anything came up, any player would think about leaving but I was the guy who said it publicly.”Mourinho’s arrival in the Tottenham dug-out led to more public comments from the new manager over Eriksen’s future, placing him further under the microscope.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamLATEST 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 summerBut the star, who also admitted to holding talks with Manchester United over a transfer, insists that did not change anything.He added: “No. When the window is not open, there can only be talk. There cannot be anything concrete.“I think Mourinho did well. He could have said ‘he wants to leave, so he is not going to play any more’. He didn’t do that.“After I told him where my feelings were and what I would like to do, he told me just to be happy and if I was needed I would play.“I was needed in a few games where I did make a difference. It was more as an extra rather than in the starting XI of course.”
A cloud of speculation has followed the Origin fullback all season, but News Limited reports that he has signed a $1 million-plus contract with the Chooks.Earlier on Thursday, the Tigers gave Tedesco and Woods a 24-hour deadline to decide on their futures. News Limited reports the deals for both players had already been finalised when Wests gave the deadline, but that the club didn’t know about them. The brightest prospect of the so-called ‘Big Four,’ Tedesco will be the biggest loss for the Tigers. Despite re-signing winger David Nofoaluma and half Luke Brooks, Tedesco joins Woods and Mitchell Moses out the door.
This comes after the injection of 30,000 kina today to the POMRFL from Member for North East and Vice Sport Minister, Labi Amaiu.The POMRFL was unable to pay the three teams after the finals due to a shortage in funds.Chairman for the POMRFL, Dr James Naipo said the money will paid immediately to the minor premier teams; A grade men’s (Royals)- K3, 000, U19 men’s (Brothers) – K1, 000 and Women’s (Royals) – K1, 000.