Mallard’s Team of the Week —Kootenay Volleyball Champs Wildcats

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports want to wish the Wildcats well with Team of the Week honours.Members of the Wildcats include, Mason Lockwood, Aslan Mackay, Jacob Bridger, Johnny Johnson, Dayman Grant, Bradley Spurge, Tom Verigin, Marco Slater, Oliver Cougur, Jesse Strong, Liam Stewart and coach Glen Campbell. Mount Sentinel Wildcats are currrently in the thick of the action at the BC High School A Boy’s Volleyball Championships in Abbotsford.The Cats, representing the West Kootenay zone at the 12-team tournament, started the day 2-0 in round robin play with wins over Fernie Falcons and Chemainus.last_img

Player safety the reason Nelson Leafs forfeited final game of KIJHL season

first_imgCiting “player safety” as the reason, the Nelson Leafs forfeited their final game of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season Sunday against the Border Bruins in Grand Forks.The decision costs the Leafs franchise the $1,500 forfeiture fee the league imposes on teams that fail to fulfil their franchise obligations.”We’re down to 11 players after losing another player to injury in Friday’s game so we don’t have enough players to play the game,” Leaf coach Mario DiBella told The Nelson Daily Sunday.”All of our AP’s (affiliate players) are gone with the (Kootenay Ice) major midget team playing in Vancouver and we’ve got a bunch of players that are on the verge of coming back off injury, but are not quite ready to be put in the lineup.” DiBella, in Vancouver for a family wedding, said he was in discussion with co-Manager Sean Dooley and team president John Dooley Saturday regarding Sunday’s game and agreed with the decision to forfeit.DiBella said his biggest concern over the past month of the season has been the over use of players time due to injuries.Nelson had 13 skaters on the game sheet Friday during the 2-1 loss to Spokane Braves, and lost the services of defenceman Max Daerendinger.Daerendinger will not be available for the playoffs.The team dressed 14 skaters for Wednesday 4-0 setback to Creston, including two Major Midget players. Last Sunday against Spokane, 14 skaters made the game sheet.”We have injuries like concussions where there is a protocol . . . a very strict protocol that has to be followed and we’re following that regardless if it’s in the first game of the playoffs or the fourth game . . . we follow that protocol.Grand Forks is awarded the points and the game will go down as a 1-0 win for the Bruins.DiBella is hopeful to have some of the injured players back when the team travels to Fruitvale Tuesday to begin the KIJHL Murdoch Division Semi Final series against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Game two is Wednesday in Fruitvale before the series shifts back to the Heritage City for games three and four, Friday and Saturday, at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more


first_imgBENJAMIN WARREN, WARREN’S VENEDA, WINNING OWNER/BREEDER: “Out of our 800 horses, that’s the best win, the biggest.” TRAINER QUOTES CRAIG LEWIS, WARREN’S VENEDA, WINNER: “I’ve been fortunate in my career to have a lot of good horses. I don’t know if there could ever be a better victory than when Cutlass Reality defeated back-to-back (Kentucky) Derby winners in the Hollywood Gold Cup (in 1988), Alysheba and Ferdinand. That one’s got to be in my mind forever.“Larry the Legend in the (1995) Santa Anita Derby; I’ve got some good moments, but this was definitely a good one. I was pretty confident that she was going to win but I didn’t think that she would be that dominating, because I thought the two Eastern fillies looked awful good on paper.“We’re thinking about (the $1.5 million) Charles Town Classic (against males on April 18). We’re going to have to take on some pretty tough boys, but she could be up to the task.” -30- JOCKEY QUOTEScenter_img MIKE McCARTHY, FOR TRAINER TODD PLETCHER, DAME DOROTHY, SECOND: “She didn’t get a very good trip into the first turn and down the backside.”NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Benjamin Warren is from Rialto, CA. This is Warren’s first Grade I win in 35 years in the business.             TYLER BAZE, WARREN’S VENEDA, WINNER: “I was very confident. I was on when she broke her maiden a few years ago.“She is so impressive. The last three times I’ve ridden her she just does things so easy. I haven’t got to the bottom of her yet. There’s so much horse under me and she just does what she needs to do to win. She goes out there and has fun and I just try to keep her happy. She takes me where she wants to go.“Usually, if you’re sitting mid-pack horses won’t flick their ears back and forth and just relax but she was flicking ’em back and forth and was totally relaxed. Craig tells me she’s only getting better and she proved it today.“Craig told me she’s been doing awesome coming into this race and I just ride her with a lot of confidence. She’s special. She’s named after Mr. Warren’s late wife so I know how special this is for him.” RAFAEL BEJARANO, DAME DOROTHY, SECOND: “She likes to be right there. I knew Cassatt and Uzziel were going to be the speed though, so I just wanted a nice break and was going to put her right into the race. I saw Uzziel kind of run off in the beginning so I tried to put a little separation between us. My filly doesn’t like a lot of dirt in her face so I tried to keep her close and just follow the speed.“I was clear in the stretch and she showed me a big kick; she’s still getting better.”last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 24, 2015)–California-bred Ashleyluvssugar wheeled four-wide turning for home and went on to a half length win under Gary Stevens in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Peter Eurton, the 4-year-old Game Plan gelding steadied mid-way around the far turn en route to covering 1 ½ miles on turf in 2:30.10.“It looked like it was going to be messy on paper and it was,” said Stevens. “There was no real speed in the race and he was very fresh today. I wasn’t afraid to put him on the lead if that’s where he wanted to be, but Mike (Smith, aboard Brazilian-bred Going Somewhere) sent his horse away from there pretty hard and was intent on getting the lead. ‘Ashley’ got a little rank with me just before we crossed over the dirt, but then he shut down for me and was push button…I got to know him even better today, it’s only the second time I’ve been on him. He’s a real warrior and a lot of fun to ride.”A winner of the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes with Stevens on March 21, Ashleyluvssugar was the heavy 1-2 favorite Sunday in a field of five three year olds and up and paid $3.00, $2.20 and $2.10.Owned by his breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashleyluvssugar, who is out of the Urgent Request mare Ashley’s Folly, got his sixth win from 11 starts and with the winner’s take of $120,000, increased his earnings to $455,504.“Ashley’s Folly was a pretty darn good mare and everything she’s foaled has won a maiden special weight (race) and now this is her first graded stakes winner,” said Eurton. “Our goal, for me, and I hope it’s the same for everyone is to go in the San Juan Capistrano (Grade III, 1 ¾ miles turf on June 28), which has always been a fun race and I’ve always thought it would be pretty cool to win.”Ridden by Flavien Prat, Brazilian-bred Ganesh made a rail run around the far turn and finished second, a half length in front of pacesetter Going Somewhere. Off at 5-1, Ganesh paid $3.20 and $2.60.Idle since running a close seventh in a Group I race in France Oct. 5, Going Somewhere broke from post position four in his U.S. debut and set fractions of 24.16, 48.06, 1:14.21, 1:40.74 and 2:05.56 en route to finishing third with Smith at the controls.“He’ll get a lot out of this,” said Smith. “The plan was to go to the lead and it worked well. We had a shot to win it and he just got a little tired at the end. Like I said, he’ll get a lot out of this race.”Off at 8-1, Going Somewhere paid $3.00 to show.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Monday, Memorial Day, with the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes serving as the day’s main event. First post time for a nine-race card is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Bearkats, Huskies Even After Day One of Southland Women’s Golf Championship

first_imgTEAM LEADERBOARD | INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD | PHOTO GALLERY MAGNOLIA, Texas – After 18 holes of play at the High Meadow Ranch Golf Club in Magnolia, Texas, there is no clear-cut leader at the top of the team standings. Sam Houston State and Houston Baptist closed out their opening rounds dead even as each team combined to shoot a 295, while shooting seven strokes above par. The two team’s performances tie them for first place heading into day two action.The Bearkats entered Monday as the tournament’s No. 1 seed and found their groove early on the shoulders of Hanna Alberto who drained six of Sam Houston State’s 14 birdies on the afternoon. H. Alberto currently stands second individually after shooting a 71 to go one stroke under par. Kenlie Barrett sits even after her opening round, ranking her third among all individuals. SHSU led the field in Par 4 scoring with a 4.14 average to go along with their 4.90 average in Par 5 scoring. Jenna Phillips led the Sam Houston team with 14 pars.Houston Baptist, who teed off alongside Sam Houston State, employed a team effort to keep pace with the Bearkats throughout the opening 18 holes. The Huskies are led by Kaity Cummings who is tied for fourth overall after carding a 73 on the afternoon. Right behind Cummings are a trio of HBU teammates in Lexi Brooks, Alisa Chong and Sara Zrnikova who each recorded a 74 (+2. Brooks provided one of the tournament’s two birdies on the day, needing just three turns to tuck away her ball on a 497-yard par five.Following their day one successes, Sam Houston State and Houston Baptist will once again pair up and tee Tuesday morning at 10:15 a.m. CT.Central Arkansas finds themselves just two strokes behind the leaders with a 297 in their opening round. The Bears will partner up with the fourth-place Lamar Cardinals who currently stand 14 over par with a 302. UCA looks to be within striking distance as they rank second as a team in Par 3 (3.05), Par 4 (4.26) and Par 5 scoring (4.95). Central Arkansas has also combined for 55 pars and 13 birdies.Laura Pasalodos Barcelo recorded an incredible round that left the her at the top of the individual leaderboard with a score of 70, two shots under par. Barcelo joined HBU’s Brooks as the only other player on day one to record a birdie and also did so on No. 2.Lamar will join Central Arkansas in the tee box Tuesday morning for a 9:30 a.m. round-two start time.Stephen F. Austin (305, +17) and McNeese (309, +21) will begin their second round at 8:45 a.m. Leading off the field will be Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (311, +23) and Incarnate Word (323, +35) with an 8 a.m. tee time.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESRAFAEL BEJARANO, SHOW IT N MOE IT, WINNER: “She always tries really hard and she always wants to be on the lead. This was the first time she’s ever had to be on the inside though and she freaked out a little being out on the lead down inside. She started to lug out but I didn’t want to try and fight with her too much. I wanted to play it by ear and as we came to the turn she was calming down and going back to the rail. As we did though, the three, S Y Sky, was coming through on the rail which wasn’t what I wanted but I also finally was getting us where I wasted us to be, on the outside. She’s always had an outside position so once that horse was down to her inside, it was good. In the stretch she fought and came back strong. She did a very good job today. I had to work a little harder on her today. 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.”JOE TALAMO, S Y SKY, SECOND:  “The winner was really getting out down the backside, I thought she might bolt.  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.”TRAINER QUOTES GARY SHERLOCK, TRAINER SHOW IT N MOE IT:  “I’ve been doing this for 40 years and I never like being on the rail. 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.” PHIL D’AMATO, TRAINER, S Y SKY:  “She ran good, we just got outrun.OWNER QUOTESTERRY LOVINGER, SHOW IT N MOE IT, WINNER: “Definitely one of my favorite races of hers (Show It N Moe It). Nick Alexander races a lot of good horses, when S Y Sky, came up the rail I said, ‘uh-oh she’s going right past us!’ Then they had the duel coming down the lane it was exciting. She’s getting a little bit better all the time, and she’s digging in and just tries so hard every time. The Cal-Bred program is just a fantastic program and there’s people like Nick Alexander raising great horses and we just have a lot of competition there. The horses are good and we have a lot of good ones coming up, we’re very competitive.”NOTES: Tom London, Terry Lovinger or Eugene ZondloShow It N Moe It and jockey Rafael Bejarano, outside, outleg S Y Sky (Joseph Talamo), inside, to win the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes, Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more


first_imgCONSISTENT FLAGSTAFF HEADS WIDE OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN CARLOS STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS ON SATURDAY SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 12-RACE CARD IS AT 11:30 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2020)–Trainer John Sadler’s hard knocking 6-year-old gelding Flagstaff looms prominent amongst a wide open field of six older sprinters going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita.Along with Flagstaff, who was a close second in the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes going six furlongs on Jan. 25, Bob Baffert will send out a tough twosome in recent 6 ½ furlong allowance winner McKale and last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, who cuts back in distance and has five consecutive bullet works on his tab since well beaten routing.Throw in trainer Phil Oviedo’s recent allowance winner Manhattan Up, Sadler’s St. Joe Bay, who’s been idle since winning last year’s San Carlos and Mark Glatt’s Grade III Longacres Mile winner Law Abidin Citizen, and this year’s San Carlos would indeed appear to be a wide open affair at seven panels.FLAGSTAFFOwner:  Lane’s End Farm & Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerOff as the 4-5 favorite in the four-horse Palos Verdes, this Speightstown gelding hopped a bit at the break, was quickly into contention, but could never quite collar winning Captain Scotty while beaten a neck in a very game performance.  A nose winner of the seven furlong Damascus Stakes two starts back on Nov. 2, Flagstaff, although lightly raced, has been a gem of consistency for Sadler, posting a career mark of 10-4-3-2.  Given his recent second in the Palos Verdes and a solid work tab, Flagstaff is the tepid choice.McKALEOwner:  Mike Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul WeitmanTrainer: Bob BaffertArguably the most impressive last-out performer in this year’s San Carlos, this 5-year-old Maryland-bred gelding by Congrats opened up two lengths early through fast splits and held Manhattan Up at bay late to win a 6 ½ furlong allowance by three quarters of a length on Jan. 10 as the 3-2 favorite.  Although winless in two seven furlong tries at age three, McKale should be extremely tough on Saturday with Drayden Van Dyke back aboard.ROADSTEROwner:  Speedway Stable, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertOff as the 9-5 favorite in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles San Pasqual Stakes on Feb. 1, last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner fell far back early and finished seventh, beaten 9 ½ lengths in a miserable performance. Undeterred, Baffert appears to have gone back to basics with this grey colt by Quality Road, as he’s posted five consecutive bullet drills since, the most recent a half mile in 46.20, best of 43 on Monday morning. A good second, beaten 2 ¾ lengths two starts back by Omaha Beach in the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes on Dec. 28, Baffert would appear to have Roadster on his toes and primed for a top effort on Saturday.THE GRADE II SAN CARLOS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 4 of 12 Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PT Manhattan Up–Tiago Pereira–121Flagstaff–Victor Espinoza–121Roadster–Mike Smith–123St. Joe Bay–Flavien Prat–123Law Abidin Citizen – Abel Cedillo – 123McKale–Drayden Van Dyke–121Special early first post time for a 12-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. with admission gates opening at 9:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Lights and shadows of rivals First in Second Division B

first_img90 + 3 ‘2-1 Final. Hem caigut to Johan Cruyff competint molt bé i mereixent més. Barça B has remuntat the goal d’Adri Diaz to the second part and supports the three points.# BadalonaÉsFutur– CF Badalona (@CF_Badalona) January 15, 2020Recreativo 1 – San Fernando 3 (the ‘Recre’, Osasuna’s rival)Having the baton is not always synonymous with triumph. Let them tell the Recreativo, who endorsed the rival goal without any success. San Fernando came out with more intensity and picked up the ball from the rival net up to twice in the first ten minutes. As soon as the referee kicks the starter, Francis Ferron opened the marker. In the 6 ‘, it was Gabi Ramos the one in charge of extending distances. The New Columbian despaired, aware that one more day would not take the necessary step to approach the upper part. It wouldn’t be for not trying. From 0-2, the locals would shoot a total of 21 times between in and out and barely conceded opportunities. Maybe the goal of Francis Ferron in 25 ‘it was too much punishment. Chuli, Alberto Quiles and Rivero They did not have the same efficacy. Alone Isi Ros, in the second half, he managed to change the locker of the Huelva team. Let it serve as a lesson: before Osasuna they will have to leave with the five senses …Badajoz 2 – Cartagena 1 (Badajoz, rival of Eibar)The Second Division B day left light and shadow. While some accused the tiredness, others took advantage of the rebuilding of the successes achieved days ago. Badajoz is a great example of this because, unlike others, the game against Cartagena was even more important that of Las Palmas or the future against Eibar. The Carthaginian team, the undisputed leader during the first round, is undoubtedly one of the rivals to beat Badajoz with the goal of being first and having a double chance in the Playoff. Therefore, the duel meant much more than three points. I knew it Pablo Vazquez, which ahead of theirs at 13 minutes of the game. Elady put the boards in the 24 ‘, in what was a snap for Nafti’s. There was still one more target, Vázquez’s second to add a golden triumph. The Cup, next goal. Next week, Eight Second Division B clubs will live the dream of receiving LaLiga Santander teams in their respective stadiums. At stake there will not only be a ticket for the round of 16, but the illusion of cities not accustomed to playing elite matches. Before all this, they have to do their homework in their groups and continue fighting to assault, sooner rather than later, professional football. After playing the Copa del Rey last weekend, they had to make an extra effort to dispute the postponed duels. Some of them have paid with defeat.Unionistas 1 – Barakaldo 0 (Unionistas, Real Madrid rival)Unionists still sweet and already threatens Real Madrid. It is not yet confirmed that the qualifying round will be played in Las Pistas, but if the club’s intention is finally fulfilled, those of Zidane await a deafening atmosphere. Despite being played on Wednesday, the unconditional ones did not miss the rhythm of the flag movement. But football doesn’t always smile at them. The Barakaldo started better and a fantastic hand of Mario Fernandez He prevented them from getting ahead. The charro team was improving, with Oscar Gonzalez as an offensive protagonist and Galician as author of poisoned centers. Little by little they took control, but the goal still didn’t come. Helped the red to Olaizola for a hard foul on Álvaro Romero and, above all, the entrance of Guille Andrés four minutes from the end. The attacker scored the only goal of the match, which causes the Unionists out of the descent after stormy months. Madrid is warned: his rival is in a state of grace.Ibiza 1 – Las Palmas 0 (Ibiza, rival of Barcelona)Ibiza continues to party in a week dreamed for the entity. First with the victory on penalties against Albacete; then with the raffle of Cup that framed him with the Barcelona; and, finally, with a new triumph that allows him to step on his heels to Atlético Baleares and to the subsidiary of Atlético de Madrid. It was at the expense of Las Palmas B in a match that had a single color. The home team carried the weight of the game, he did not receive a single shot on goal and his opponent only connected a shot off throughout the 90 minutes. Before Barça, of course, he will have to be more effective. It wasn’t until the 60th minute when Kwasi Sibo opened the scoring, after dozens of unsuccessful attacks. Mariano He headed, but he was ahead, and Ángel Rodado missed a penalty in the first bars. Ibiza takes the prize of three points with lights and shadows: Missed right, but the defensive flame does not go out.Amorebieta 1 – Cultural Leonesa 3 (the ‘Cultu’, rival of Atlético)Atlético de Madrid has reason to be worried. The Cultural Leonesa, despite only having four days off after eliminating Huesca in the Cup, He took a blow of authority and won by a goal to three in Amorebieta field. After a first half of scoring, Dioni made the first of the Leon. He found a quick response with so much of Amorrortu, but Eric Montes hit back when the stands were still celebrating their tie. Gudino, near the horn, sentenced the three points after minutes back and forth in which goalkeeper Leandro was erected as savior. The rojiblanco rival stays on the leader’s heels: the Logroñés UD.UD Logroñés 0 – Alavés B 0 (Logroñés, rival of Valencia)The Unión Deportiva Logroñés continues one more day as a leader in Group II of Second Division B, despite the wear of the Cup. Yes, this was in the confrontation with the subsidiary of Alaves, in which he did not once shout that “gooool in Las Gaunas!”. The Logroño team started better, with a couple of dangerous occasions of Rubén. With the passing of the minutes, however, the fatigue was evident on the grass and more after the expulsion of Ñoño in the 74 ‘. Little rest and ten players seemed too much punishment for the first classified, but Minho put on the hero’s cape. With three merit stops, the night was bitter Paulino and closed one more point for his. The red one Rodriguez also helped to live the discount time more enjoyable. “Goalless, wrestling“, defined the club in its social network. In front of Valencia, the first is a challenge and the second, a guarantee. Ebro 1 – Olot 2 (Ebro, Leganés rival)The Ebro began the game with the same morality that led him to overthrow the Ponferradina last weekend. As soon as it started, Lolo was ahead of the Zaragoza team, heading to the bottom of Group III. The joy did not last long, since Palomares, in his own goal, matched the electronic one. On the edge of rest, Baro put the second in the visiting locker. In the second half, the domain was local, partly preparing the clash against Leganés. Stephane Emana was close to turning the scoreboard twice, but he was not sure of goal. The Soler expulsion, ten minutes from the end, he definitely condemned the locals, who continue without too much oxygen. Manolo Sanlúcar, however, showed confidence in his players: “It’s a matter of success.”Barça B 2 – Badalona 1 (Badalona, ​​rival of Granada)All the lights present in the Johan Cruyff pointed to the figure of Quique Setién and the non-presence on the pitch of Riqui Puig, since the arrival of the new technician in dynamics of the first team. But the one who is still in the Cup is the Badalona, ​​who will face Granada, and tried to prove it on the grass. He got it in the first half, thanks to both of Adrián Díaz. Minutes before, Akieme, blaugrana squad, shot at the crossbar and the visiting team forgave a clear chance in the boots of Hugo Esteban. The second part was another story: Collado brushed the goal with a whip to the stick; Monchu celebrated a great goal; Y Dani Morer He left all three points at home with the second. In the end, the visitors pulled strength and pressed for a draw that did not arrive and that condemns Badalona to the bottom. At least, the Cup remains.last_img read more

Nacho: “If I have to bet on someone it is for the Mr.”

first_imgDecisive: “I am happy for the goal because all three points are important for the team, which wants to win the League.” League. We have suffered in the field of Valencia. Everything is possible there. Mestalla is a complicated field. We have to think about ourselves and not look at the other teams. If we focus on what we have to do, we do things very well.Barça. A season is very long and there are always ups and downs. We are very well now. In fields like these you leave the Leagues and we have won.Hazard He is recovering, but he hasn’t played since late November. You can’t wait for a week to have minutes. He hasn’t trained with the team yet. We have to be realists. We are waiting for you to help the team again.Champion team. We aspire to win the League, but we cannot think that in January we will be champions. Next week we play Atlético and they will come for everyone, even if they don’t come with a good run. I know Cholo and they will come strong.Criticisms of Simeone. In the end football does not stop. Although you have done many good things in the past, it is the present that counts. If they had won us on penalties maybe they would be at their best. They will come on Saturday to die at the Bernabéu.Kobe Bryant It is very sad because his daughter was also in the helicopter. It’s a shame because I’m an NBA fan and I grew up with him. Your winning mentality and working hard is what has left us as a legacy. Embrace with Zidane: “It was because it was a play that I was not going to climb, although I had climbed in almost all of them. In that one I was going to stay, the coach told me to go to the first suit and coincidences of life and destiny that the ball gave me it falls to me … “Less prominence: “At the level of minutes it is true that I am having a little less than the previous years. If I have to bet on someone it is for the coach. I have his confidence, which is the most important thing for me. I had a two month injury that was not easy, now I am 100% and available to the master for when he needs me. When things are going well or when things are going badly, this team is dead to the coach and is the key to the successes of these years. “Courtois: “I know Cholo and they will come strong”last_img read more

From promises to stars in just seven months of competition

first_imgFede Valverde: the king of midfieldWe are possibly talking about the biggest revelation of the 2019-2020 season. Few were waiting for him in this campaign and not only has he appeared, but he has also done so by closing the door on Kroos and Modric. Few times was such a devastating impact recalled from a player arriving from the bench and that, on many occasions, it was rumored with a possible transfer in search of minutes. Grimaldo: absolute consolidation at BenficaAlthough he has been a star for several campaigns, the level he is giving is so devastating that they make him one of the most sought-after pearls in Europe. When many believed that he had already reached his peak, he managed to vindicate himself in the Portuguese club and is already the great sensation of the left side in Portugal. If the Eurocup had finally been held in 2020, Grimaldo could have been one of the surprises. Odegaard: a difficult target to catchMartín Odegaard’s season has no adjective. Its explosion has been colossal. It is the clear example that he has lived a transition from promise to star. The leader of Real Sociedad has earned a free hand having an opportunity in Madrid. He is one of the footballers who best protects the ball and four goals and five assists have been born from his boots. Yeray: seven months of meritThe championship of Yeray It has been tremendous. He has managed to oppose several difficulties in order to increase his level one step more than the one he took in the previous campaign. His contribution to Athletic has been 2730 minutes; his record to date on the individual parcel. A fact that was never expected looking back: less than a year and a half ago I was in the subsidiary. Alex Telles: a level above the expectedThe Porto winger has become one of the best right wingers in the Portuguese competition. An attacking dagger that perfectly matches your defensive security. His good level has made it possible for other greats like Chelsea and Atlético to notice him. Its price begins to rise to more than 60 million. Oscar: a First class rocketThe staging of Óscar in Leganés is a true reflection of the quality that he already demonstrated in Juvenil del Madrid. His elegance with the ball and that magic to give the final pass, make him one of the indisputable for Javier Aguirre. It has star details with which it has shown that its level is above that of many promises. Guilherme Schettine: goal on touchSchettine has revolutionized the Portuguese competition. The Santa Clara attacker has been crowned in less than a year and a half in a rough diamond. Guilherme did not have an easy start, especially after a brief stage in Arabia that helped him explode in the neighboring country and attract the attention of the greats. At 24, he begins to play his highest level and proof of this is that he achieved seven goals in less than 15 games.center_img Haaland: the gold starThe icing is none other than Haaland. In Borussia he has already scored 12 goals in only 11 games played. It has been one of the great feelings of the Champions League to the point of aspiring to be the top scorer in it. His double against PSG was the turning point to stop seeing him as a promise and yes as a star. Ansu Fati: the birth of … the legend?It was unfeasible to think that in less than a year, Ansu Fati would be sharing costumes and goals with Leo Messi. But the truth is that the ‘Fati effect’ is still in force. He dazzled in his debut against Betis, he marked Osasuna and Valencia in record time and went on to start with just 17 years old. Her story has just been born. Gabriel dos Santos: a centerpiece that attracts attentionThe Lille defender is being one of the great revelations in France. Although he was an ‘unknown’, it took him seven months to show that he is a true star. In fact, it has been rumored that Real Madrid wants him for the next campaign. Gabriel draws attention to various movements Urzi: a man in the body of a childThe Banfield player has been one of the biggest explosions on the South American continent. So much so, that in the club itself they already compare him to James Rodríguez when he was 18 years old. Urzi has delighted all of Argentina and there are already many European teams that have noticed him, including Atlético de Madrid. Despite his young age, he has already been able to put the team behind him in several key matches. Everything he touches makes him a danger to the rival.Cucurella: a mane with daily improvementIf there is something Cucurella has, it is that it never reaches the ceiling. The meetings against Ajax, looking for the space between the lines, are the best example of this. At Barça B he already left symptoms of what he could do, but his time at Eibar and subsequent dedication at Getafe set him up as one of the great stars of LaLiga. The improvement you experience is practically daily. The season stops due to the coronavirus, but it is marked by several revelations that make up a golden eleven of great surprises. And it is that this campaign has been the one of the revelations. Not only in Spain, but worldwide thanks to the eruptions that have been occurring in these months. They were under magnifying glass as a promise role, but …David Soria: a crack seasonThe Spanish has only conceded 27 goals in 2,700 minutes. It is a fundamental pillar for Bordalás and he has played practically everything. He managed to zero out against Ajax at the Coliseum and is giving a surprising level. It has been the season of their consecration. The coronavirus has slowed you down …last_img read more