Ruiz Takes 12th in Pole Vault at NCAA Indoor Championships

first_imgPole Vault ResultsCOLLEGE STATION, Texas — Antonio Ruiz capped off his strong indoor season with a 12th place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday inside Gilliam Indoor Station. Originally seeded to finish 16th in the pole vault, Ruiz moved up to the 12th spot by clearing a mark of 5.40m (17′-8.5″). “I was pleased with Antonio and was proud of how he performed,” said SFA head coach Phil Olson. “After he cleared the second bar, he looked more confident and had a really nice jump at 18 1/2 on his second attempt, but pulled the bar off with his chest. He and (vaults coach) Jeff Erickson both agree that he needs to be more consistent in on his jumps early in the competition, so that will be a part of his training in the spring season.I am excited that he improved at his second championship and has many more opportunities left at the national level.” After an indoor season in which he set a new indoor personal best with a mark of 5.50m (18-00.50), Ruiz is primed to lead SFA to success in the outdoor season as well. The ‘Jacks begin competition on March 16-17 at the TCU Invitational.  Hussain Alhizam of Kansas won the even with a mark of 5.70m (18-8.25).Courtesy of Stephen F. Austin Athleticslast_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, BELLAFINA, WINNER: “She was good, as always. I thought Mother Mother would show more speed with the blinkers, but it seemed like everybody was waiting and watching me, so I tried to bide my time and wait as long as I could . . . As soon as she saw that filly (runner-up Enaya Alrabb), she re-engaged.”MIKE SMITH, ENAYA ALRABB, SECOND:  “She ran too good to lose. I had a good chance, but those champions, you gotta really run to beat them. I think if we take the blinkers off, she’ll give us what she’s got when we need it.  It’s in there.”TRAINER QUOTES SIMON CALLAGHAN, BELLAFINA, WINNER: “I wasn’t surprised to see her on the lead. When you’re 1 to 9, you just do what you’ve got to do. I think the fractions were pretty legit on a slightly sticky track . . . She did what she had to do and it’s great to get the win. I was  worried a little that she was in front, but I left it to Flavien (Prat), because horses had been closing today and winning, so we may have won despite the bias. I think maybe that’s why the horse (Enaye Alrabb) was finishing so well at the end.“We’ll enjoy this and take a deep breath. It’s never easy, but we got the win. I think we’ll definitely go on from here to the (Santa Anita) Oaks (April 6). She did what she had to do today. I think the track’s been favoring horses coming off the pace and it’s a little bit sticky. They went legit (fractions). Mother Mother’s a good filly and she fell away to fourth, so I think it was a good performance.“When you’re one to nine, maybe people expect you to win by a long distance, but when that other filly came to him, he (Prat) was always confident he was going to hold her off. I left it to Flavien. I actually thought we’d sort of let Mother Mother go and be outside of her . . . but you can’t be critical of a win. We got the job done and that was always the plan, to get two races before the Santa Anita Oaks and we’ll give her a little freshening and look forward to that.”OWNER QUOTESKALEEM SHAH, OWNER, BELLAFINA: “The track was a little sticky and I don’t think it was the best surface for her, but that last quarter, I think her class pulled her through . . . We know now she can be on the lead.“My daughter Sophie is here, who just got engaged. Her fiancé, Nick, is here today as well and it’s his first time to Santa Anita so this is a joyous win for all of us.”NOTES: The winning owner is Kaleem Shah who resides in Vienna, Va.last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $779,629 INTO FRIDAY AS ANTICIPATION GROWS FOR MANDATORY PAYOUT ON SATURDAY WITH AN 11-RACE CARD SATURDAY THAT WILL INCLUDE THE $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY, SATURDAY’S TOTAL RAINBOW SIX JACKPOT POOL COULD EXCEED $3 MILLION ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2019)–With anticipation building for a potential $3 million mandatory payout pool on Saturday, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved again on Thursday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Friday of $779,629.With a healthy $150,125 in “new” money wagered today, the total Rainbow Six Jackpot reached $895,383, fueling a payout of $3,912.10 to 21 consolation tickets with six winners each.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m.  Approximate post time for race three, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is at 2:04 p.m. PT.With a CHRB-approved mandatory payout in place for Saturday, fans will be treated to a blockbuster 11-race program that will include seven stakes, highlighted by three Grade I events, the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap and the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks.Special early first post time on Saturday is at 12 noon.  The Rainbow Six will begin on Saturday with race six, which has an approximate post time of 2:30 p.m. PT.For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


first_imgREVITALIZED PARADISE WOODS LOOMS COMPLETE STANDOUT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MARIA STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES ARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2019)–Trainer John Shirreffs’ Paradise Woods, fresh off a dominating 10 ½ length win, looms a complete standout in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita. For fillies and mares three and up, the Santa Maria has attracted a field of five at a mile and one sixteenth.Second, beaten 10 ½ lengths by Paradise Woods in the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes on April 27, German-bred La Force will hope to make some impact from off the pace for trainer Paddy Gallagher, while the Richard Baltas-trained Tapped, who will be making her second start of the year, will hope to improve upon a second place finish in a one mile turf allowance here on April 14.PARADISE WOODSOwner:  Pam & Martin Wygod and Steven SarkowskyTrainer:  John ShirreffsAlthough mired in a seven game losing streak that spanned 19 months, 5-year-old Paradise Woods served notice that she’s ready for a return to the national prominence she enjoyed at age three, as she was nothing short of sensational in taking the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Santa Margarita Stakes by 10 ½ lengths while in-hand here on April 27. An 11 ¾ length winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks and subsequent post time favorite in the 2017 Kentucky Oaks, this Herman Sarkowsky-bred daughter of Union Rags was scheduled for the breeding shed this year, but ownership made the decision to campaign her instead, beginning with a disappointing fifth place finish in the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes three starts back on Feb. 16. Subsequently an improved third in the Grade I Beholder Mile March 30, she was well within herself throughout in the Santa Margarita, earning a lofty 100 Beyer Speed figure in the process.  In what will be her fourth start for Shirreffs, Paradise Woods, who is out of the Forest Wildcat mare Wild Forest, will be bidding for her fourth graded victory. With an overall mark of 14-4-2-3, she’ll also be seeking millionaire status as her earnings now stand at $945,890.THE GRADE II SANTA MARIA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9  Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTJust a Smidge–Martin Garcia–121Paradise Woods–Mike Smith–125Exuberance–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121Tapped–Flavien Prat–121La Force–Drayden Van Dyke–121First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Prem could hold unique play-offs for UCL qualification if season abandoned

first_img3UEFA have confirmed that points-per-game or a unique play-off system must be used by domestic leagues to decide next season’s European places if the campaign cannot end.It means that Leicester will take their deserved place in next term’s Champions League if football cannot resume, with Sheffield United playing European football for the first time in their history.3 Manchester United and Chelsea may be forced into a duel for fourth-placeCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut if a partial resumption is possible and the season cannot be completed in full, Prem bosses would be urged to draft an end of term play-off system to determine European slots.SunSport reported how some national associations had urged Europe’s governing body to apply Uefa coefficient rankings, in a move which would have handed Arsenal, currently ninth in the Prem, a spot in the Champions League.But after a meeting of Uefa’s ruling executive committee today – with English football represented by FA chairman Greg Clarke and former Manchester United chief executive David Gill – that idea was dismissed.Instead, Uefa urged “national associations and Leagues to explore all possible options to play all top domestic competitions giving access to Uefa club competitions to their natural conclusion”.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today wants the Big Five of the Prem, La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 to be played out.However, if that is not possible, “it would be preferable that suspended domestic competitions would restart with a different format in a manner which would still facilitate clubs to qualify on sporting merit”.That suggests a play-off system of some sort, although how that would be possible and which clubs would be involved is unclear, other than effectively confirming Liverpool as champions as soon as the fixture list was compiled.But Uefa accepts there may be “legitimate reasons to prematurely terminate domestic competitions”, citing government coronavirus rulings and the economic chaos caused by Covid-19.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updateslatest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossIn which case: “Uefa would require the national association concerned to select clubs for the club competitions 2020/21 based on sporting merit in the 2019/20 domestic competitions.”That means points per game, which would see the top five remain unchanged – with Manchester United taking the fourth Champions League slot if neighbours City remain banned over their alleged Financial Fair Play breaches – but alter things below.Sheffield United, who have played a game less than Wolves, would move up into sixth, with Arsenal overtaking North London neighbours Spurs on the same criteria, by a fraction of a point, and moving into eighth.That would mean the Gunners taking the last Europa League spot – and entering at the second qualifying round stage – if City’s ban remains in place and could bring a legal challenge from Tottenham.3Arsenal could clinch Champions League spot thanks to sneaky backdoor route despite being ninth in Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Valentine: What is the origin of Valentine’s Day?

first_imgImage: iStock Valentine’s Day originated in Ancient RomeThe church changed the festival of Lupercalia for Valentine’s Day Throughout the year there are some specific days to celebrate some aspects of our day to day or to thank our loved ones. Among the most prominent days are Mother’s and Father’s Day, Peace Day and even Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day.center_img Valentine’s day is one of the most popular days of the year. During this day couples from different parts of the world show their love with gifts or details that reflect everything they feel for each other. Whether you have a partner or not, everyone knows the things that are usually given on Valentine’s Day or when this party is celebrated. However, there is a detail that almost everyone does not know and that is most peculiar, as is its origin. The origin of Valentine’s Day As with many other parties, this celebration began in ancient Rome. At that time the festival of Lupercalia was celebrated, a party that honored the shepherds and their flocks. However, the Church changed this day for Valentine’s Day.With this day already established, in the 18th century it became fashionable to send postcards to show affection for the loved one. This trend spread throughout Europe and already in the 19th century the celebration was adapted throughout the world.The reason to call it Valentine Another question that is around the day is the reason why Valentine is linked to Valentine’s Day. This mystery does not have a precise answer, but there are up to three holy martyrs who are the candidates with the best chance of answering this question. The most accepted theory is the story of a priest named Valentin. This man, married couples clandestinely before the prohibition of Emperor Claudius II that did not allow weddings or engagements. After celebrating hundreds of weddings, this priest was discovered and locked in a prison until the day of his death.last_img read more

Enrich: “The coach tells us to have a strong mind”

first_img“The coach tells us to have a strong mind,” said Sergi Enrich, an Eibar forward, who is confined to his home by the coronavirus that has stopped football and much of society. The Minorcan striker, one of the Barça captains, offered a “virtual” press conference on Tuesday, in which he answered questions asked the day before by journalists who regularly report on the Gipuzkoan First Division team.The Barça coach, José Luis Mendilibar, who can only talk to footballers remotely, has made clear to them a message, do not relax, because the First Division league could resume when everything returns to normal. “We are going through situations that we have never experienced, and they are complicated experiences, but we must be positive. The coach also tells us that we have to train as much as we can, so that when the season starts again, we are at our maximum, physically and mentally “, highlighted Sergi Enrich, who arrived at Eibar in July 2015, coinciding with the return of Mendilibar.How do you do individualized training at home?I get along well, I have a house with a little garden, and a small gym. I try to do what I can. In addition, Toni Ruiz (physical trainer) and Alain Gandiaga (readapter) are helping us in physical exercises that we have to do. We get along well within what fits. I have made a daily routine not to lose my mindHow does free time pass?I try to be as positive as possible, make good use of time, do more physical exercise, cook new recipes; and, above all, talking to the family, who is sorely missed right nowDo you usually gain weight outside of training or competition periods or do you take great care of your diet?I am lucky to have a good physical constitution. I am not about gaining weight, but about losing weight. The Eibar nutritionist (Aurora Cid) is being good to us. It is helping us a lot, despite being at a distance. We have contact with her day yes, day no. We are happy to have Aurora with us. We are making weekly menus, trying to carry it out in the best possible way.How do you see the ERTE (Temporary Employment Regulation Files) in sport?It is a delicate subject that affects all of society in general. Eibar has given us tranquility and confidence. We are very grateful, because it is a complicated subject. The most important thing is everyone’s health, which is the priority right now. That no more people are infected, and that everything is for the better.What has Eibar’s coach, Mendilibar, transmitted to the footballers in this situation?-You have to listen to what they tell us, and have a strong mind. What he says is that we have a strong mind, because they are situations that we have never experienced and they are complicated situations. And train as much as we can, so that when the season starts again, we are at our best, physically and mentally.Do you see what is left of the league playing behind closed doors? I don’t see it, for me the fans are a very important part of a club. A meeting without a fan is a cold and rare thing that footballers do not like. I don’t see a game in Ipurua without our fans cheering, because they are very important to usIf the championship is resumed, several games would have to be played in one week. Is the team trained to play matches every few days?A lot of speculation is going on, but nothing is certain. It all depends on how this epidemic evolves. I see it very hard to play several games per week and, above all, coming from these physical and mental circumstances that we have now. It would not be good to play so many games in a row coming from the physical shape we are in right now. It is bad enough for a footballer to play so many games in a row and suddenly after standing still for a while.Does the possibility arise that for health reasons and so that the disease does not spread further, the season is now over?I don’t think about this, but that everything happens as soon as possible. There is a lot of interest in the competition ending, but the most important thing is people’s health. We all really want to play, which is what makes us happy. But you have to be realistic, things don’t look good.Is it the most difficult season at Eibar?Yes it is being complicated. We start off little regular. We were not the team of the last years, it cost us. There is a good group, a good wardrobe. In difficult situations the team has turned heads in games. It is not being a campaign like the previous ones, which have been very good. It was not normal to see Eibar so high and without suffering to achieve permanence. We know where we come from, and that each year it is more difficult to meet the objective. We are fighting. The team has not stepped into the relegation zone, which means that we are not so bad. At an individual level, my statistics have not been as good as in previous seasons, but I am happy with the work I have done helping the team. I wish I had scored more goals. But the coach values ​​other things, such as the work of a footballer who does for the good of the team. I always try to help the team with what the coach asks me to do. I have been doing it for 5 seasons, since I came to Eibar, and I will continue doing it. In a soccer player there are good and bad moments, when you are physically better or worse. Unfortunately some do not see it, they only see the ‘now’. We are on the right track and we hope to continue well to achieve the objective, which is permanence. Every year it will be more complicated.What is happening this campaign gives more merit to what was done before?Yes. I always say that 10 or 15 years from now, when we look back at the current situation, we will realize how difficult we have achieved. Staying in the First Division for 5 seasons is very difficult for a modest club like Eibar. What we are doing has great merit. Starting from above, the president, counselors, have done an amazing job. And we, the coach and the players, too. We have enjoyed a city that has turned with us. The first season that I was in Eibar (2015-2016 which was the second of the Eibarres in Primera), the Eibarreses children wore few Eibar jerseys on the street, but they wore the ones from Real Sociedad or Athletic Club. Now you go through the Plaza de Unzaga (next to the town hall) and see Eibar shirts. That means that we have done things well, we have entered the hearts of the people of Eibar. That is incredible pride. Hopefully Eibar will continue for a long time in the First Division.What message would you send to people?These are complicated issues that we are experiencing, we must take them in the best possible way and be positive. Health experts with knowledge of epidemics and coronaviruses must be listened to. Right now they tell us that we must follow some guidelines, the confinement at home, so that everything goes better for later. Hopefully everything is fixed as soon as possible.last_img read more

Torres, proud to have worn only Osasuna’s shirt

first_imgThe of Giddy Up, he commented regarding which partner he would like to spend the quarantine with: “With everyone I could have a good time, train and do everything so as not to get bored. We all get along very well.” During these days the red players try to stay in line regarding food and training. Regarding food, Torres pointed out: “As always. My nutritionist has designed a special plan for me because we don’t train the same, although I’m training as much as I can. I carry the diet very strictly and if it were not so it would be a mistake because we will have to return to the competition, although we do not know when. “Regarding training:” This Tuesday was the hardest routine day. The first week was more bearable, but little by little they have been increasing the loads because we are getting closer to returning to training. The club has done a tremendous job, they have even provided us with the material we could need. For the pubic injury that I suffer I do every day, before training twenty-five minutes of strength exercises and core and at the end of six minutes of stretching “. Torres confessed that: “I miss the competition, plus I’m a football sick person. I’m sure we’ll be back soon”. His followers also wanted to know, for example, the difference between this year in Primera and the previous promotion: “This experience in First has nothing to do with the last promotion. The team is different. We are all a little more prepared and we have a very competitive team. We are seeing the Osasuna that we all want to see, the one that is not afraid of anyone, “he said.We all wonder if before an important game the footballers manage to fall asleep: “I normally sleep regularly, shooting badly. I never consider that I am nervous before a game, at least I do not notice it,” said Rojillo. 10center_img Torres is the penalties specialist for the team from Pamplona and revealed how he concentrates to launch them: “For me the problem when shooting the penalty is the goalkeeper, who is the one who does not know what will happen. Each game can be resolved from 11 meters and many times the significance is very great and you have all eyes on you. I’m not nervous. “Something that many people also ask is if the footballer is born, or is made, in the midfielder’s opinion: “I think there is a bit of both. Each one has some qualities and their virtues. I have always been good at football but I have also done a lot to improve, perform and be where I am Now. Nobody gives you anything. ” And he dared to give advice to someone young and in good conditions for football: “You have to leave many things aside, miss many plans with friends and family. You have to go to sleep soon, follow a good diet. You must be clear that you have to have strict schedules. It is work and luck that the coach likes you. ” In fact, it was not easy for him to consolidate in the first team: “I consider myself sensible and I face reality. I went up to the first team very early, at 18 years old and I think at first I was not ready. In the last two seasons in the Promises I was at a very high level, they gave me the opportunity and I took it. “When it comes to staying with him most beautiful moment he has lived with OsasunaHe said: “I think we rarely value playing on our home team. I value it very much. I have teammates who have never played on their home team. The most beautiful thing is to be able to say that since I have been a professional I have only worn Osasuna’s shirt because they have wanted and I have wanted “. Regarding his most important goal with the elastic rojilla: “I wouldn’t know which one to keep because everyone is important. Maybe, at this moment I keep the one I put the other day against Espanyol because it left us very close to permanence. Also last year in Extremadura and Elche I scored important goals. “last_img read more

From trying in Betis and Madrid to working now with recycling

first_imgHis name is Luis Henrique dos Santos, he is nicknamed ‘Pety’ and in 2012 he came from Brazil to Spain to undergo a test at Betis and, later, at Real Madrid. He did not stay in either place due to bureaucratic problems. He was only 14 years old. Today, at 22, he works in a recycling plant. Born in Sao Luiz de Quitunde, in the Brazilian state of Alagoas, he went to Sao Paulo when he was very young. “A businessman saw a video that my father posted on YouTube when I was 8 or 9 years old, and he brought me with my family for a test in Olé Brasil, the base team in Ribeirão Preto. He liked my football and I played for three or four years at the club, “he tells UOL Esporte.Then there would be a test and its approval at the Cruzeiro de Sao Paulo. And later, the call from Spain. First at Betis, where he liked the way he played but they ran into the bureaucratic problems of hiring a 14-year-old Brazilian player. And then, immediately afterwards and while still in Spain, from Real Madrid: “We already had tickets back to Brazil, but being in a restaurant a call came from the people of Real Madrid. I was supposed to stay with them for a month and even compete in several championshipsDays later, Pety took photos of himself in the sports city, published images of the training sessions and even claimed to be a Real Madrid player on his Twitter account. “But then they told me I had to go back to Brazil, to Cruzeiro.” Today, this 22-year-old still dreams of playing professionally again. Of course, as there is no opportunity, he works at a cardboard and plastic recycling plant in Uberaba. He doesn’t belittle his work, but he also doesn’t want to give up on his dream. “I work as a general assistant for a cardboard and plastic recycling company. My dream is to play again, I just need an opportunity to show the gift that God has given me. “Pety ends with a deep thought: “In football there is a lot of betrayal, one is always trying to screw the other. As I am short, what weighed down was the height, and not the quality. If he had the same talent as someone else, they would prefer the highest one. “And that there was a time when the Italian Press had nicknamed him ‘new Maradona’ …last_img read more

Matheus: “Busquets is the player I noticed the most”

first_imgMatheus Fernandes (30-6-1998) arrived on loan to Valladolid in February after the Barca pay Palmeiras seven million euros plus three in variables for the 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder. At the end of the course I should join Barça, peror his future is unknown.Are you alone in Valladolid?No, my parents and my sister are with me. Better to be with them.Presumably, he never thought that in his first months in Spain he would be confined at home …You think about knowing and playing and not about being at home on a bike. All of this surprised us, but it is part of what is happening. It is for our safety, better to take care of yourself than to catch the virus. Who was your idol when you were a child?I never had an idol, I always looked at footballers who have my same role, who occupy that position. I take a little of each one as my father told me. However, the player I noticed the most was Busquets and also Pogba.The opportunity came to sign for Barcelona … how was it?Since I was in Botafogo they followed me, but I was very young, they wanted to analyze me a little more. Although I was not playing at Palmeiras, I was happy to know that they were following me. I was still working hard. I was very happy when the signing was made because I could come to Europe and Barcelona, ​​which was my great dream since I was a child and I always told myself that one day I would arrive. Now what I want is to play. I’m already here, I have it close and what I want is to play. You are from Rio, Rio … how were your first years? How did you get to Botafogo?I came to Botafogo very young, they transferred me from Bangu, which is a club in Rio, after they saw me in a championship. Everything was difficult from the beginning because I had to gain weight because I was very thin. I was advancing, I got to the first team and Botafogo was in the Libertadores. I got the title playing the highest American competition in my first year. In the second year they transferred me to Palmeiras.center_img Looking ahead to the next season, do you think you will have a place at Barcelona or do you think you need another season to adapt to the rhythm of Spain?I do not usually say that I am prepared, I prefer to say that I am preparing every day. When I get to Barcelona there will be a preseason phase, I will meet the players there and we will see what happens. I think I have the potential to play in a great team, but every day I have something new to learn. Playing with the best in the world is priceless. I can’t wait to get there, but I’m trying to get that out of my mind. I still have to finish my season here.last_img read more