first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 1, 2016)–California Chrome, 2014’s Horse of the Year, will come onto Santa Anita’s main track to work six furlongs prior to Saturday’s first race at 11:45 a.m., track officials announced Friday. A winner of four Grade I stakes in 2014; the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Hollywood Derby, the 5-year-old California-bred colt by Lucky Pulpit will enter the track via the quarter mile chute with regular rider Victor Espinoza up.Idle since picking up a $2 million check for running second in the Grade I Dubai World Cup March 28, “Chrome” will make his 19th career start for trainer Art Sherman in the San Pasqual. With nine overall wins to his credit, he has career earnings of $6,322,650.last_img


first_imgJerry Hollendorfer1642325%56%$259,640 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Brayan Pena1821311%33%$44,980 Peter Eurton720129%43%$45,210 Joseph Talamo2664423%54%$311,620 Martin Garcia1843222%50%$238,380 Tiago Pereira2934810%52%$118,008 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Edwin Maldonado3597526%60%$300,026 David Hofmans520040%40%$79,635 John Brocklebank422050%100%$82,200 Fernando Perez1621113%25%$77,020 Tyler Baze39471010%54%$261,450 STELLAR WIND WORKS ‘VERY WELL’ FOR VANITYStellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, worked six furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza Sunday in 1:13.40, going in company with stablemate That’s a Lady, who was timed in 1:13.60.Stellar Wind is ticketed for the Grade I, $400,000 Vanity Mile June 4 and an expected meeting with three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder and Taris, winner of eight of 13 starts including the seven furlong, Grade I Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs May 7.“She went very well,” trainer John Sadler said of Stellar Wind. “She went out (seven furlongs) in (one) 26 and change. She usually works in company when she’s getting ready to run. She’s right on schedule.” Mark Glatt1331223%46%$85,411 Ignacio Puglisi721129%57%$38,608 Hector O. Palma632050%83%$54,945 Patrick Gallagher520040%40%$58,890 BEJARANO SEEKS FAST PACE IN KONA GOLDPerennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano reunites with Grade I winning sprinter Wild Dude in next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.Bejarano rode Wild Dude to victory in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship last Oct. 3, and has piloted the Florida-bred son of Wildcat Heir 13 times in his 21-race career, winning four.The bay horse trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who also is part owner, along with Green Smith, is a stalker who fancies a quick pace.“His best races are when he’s right behind the speed,” Bejarano said. “As for the Kona Gold, it depends on how fast they go, then I’ll figure it out. Hopefully, there will be two or three speed horses in there that will make it easy for me. I think he’ll be tough.”If Wild Dude finishes first or second in the Kona Gold, he would become a millionaire. With a 7-5-4 record from 21 starts, he has earned $975,232 to date. First money is worth $120,000, second, $40,000. Wild Dude worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday with Bejarano up in 1:01 flat.Also working Sunday for the Kona Gold were Cherubim under Tiago Pereira and Coastline, both for Phil D’Amato, off to a flying start this meet with six wins from 20 starters to lead all trainers through seven racing days.Cherubim worked five furlongs in a bullet 58.60, fastest of 62 drills at the distance, while Coastline went the same distance in 59.80.Probable for the Kona Gold: Cherubim, Tiago Pereira; Coastline, Tyler Baze; Dream Saturday, Mike Smith; Kafister, Flavien Prat; San Onofre, Edwin Maldonado; and Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano. Martin Pedroza2332313%35%$96,570 PREAKNESS POST POSITION IMPORTANT FOR UNCLE LINOBEJARANO IS BACK ON WILD RIDE IN GRADE II KONA GOLDCHAMP STELLAR WIND BREEZES FOR GRADE I VANITY MILEUNDEFEATED FILLY SONGBIRD COULD BREEZE NEXT WEEK Philip D’Amato2065330%70%$322,375 (Current Through Saturday, May 14) Flavien Prat2051425%50%$233,370 Rafael Bejarano2976424%59%$270,793 Michael W. McCarthy421050%75%$78,745 PREAKNESS DRAW COULD IMPACT OUTCOMEDespite the fact that at age 70, Gary Sherlock will be the oldest trainer to saddle a horse in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, he will get no Senior discount for entering.He’s got bigger fish to fry, namely undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and runner-up Exaggerator when he sends out California Chrome winner Uncle Lino in the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course. All three horses train out of Santa Anita.Both Sherlock and Uncle Lino leave Tuesday for Maryland, a state in which Sherlock has never raced in a career that began in 1966.Sherlock was waiting for all the chips to fall into place before speaking extensively on Uncle Lino’s chances in the Preakness.“The draw is important,” Sherlock said on an overcast Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner. “Where my horse is depends on the draw and who’s in the race,” Sherlock said.“Unless Nyquist can’t come back in 13 days, he’s going to be tough to beat. I’m hoping Uncle Lino moves forward and that coming back in two weeks takes its toll on the others (that ran in the Kentucky Derby on May 7).“If we draw inside, we’re just going to go. It’s all about the draw now.”Post positions for the 141st Preakness will be drawn on Wednesday.First live race post time at Santa Anita on Preakness Day is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 7:15 a.m. Santiago Gonzalez3346312%39%$211,685 Mike Puype1521213%33%$91,660 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Unbeaten and untested champion Songbird, a candidate for the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 18, continues to gallop towards her return and could have her first breeze next week since recovering from a fever that caused her to miss the May 6 Kentucky Oaks, according to Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer . . . Follow Me Crev worked six furlongs Sunday with Alonso Quinonez aboard in 1:13.80. The gelded son of Quality Road is nominated to next Sunday’s Grade II Californian Stakes but after the drill, trainer Vladmir Cerin said he is “40-70” to run . . . Agent Tom Knust reports that Mario Gutierrez leaves Tuesday for Maryland where he pilots Nyquist in the Preakness on Saturday before returning to ride at Santa Anita next Sunday . . . Ohio, the well-regarded Brazilian import that finished last at odds of 3-2 after an eventful trip in the American Stakes on May 6, is doing well and scheduled to breeze next week, according to Paulo Lobo. The trainer hopes to find a race for the five-year-old in Santa Anita’s next condition book due out Wednesday . . . Toowindytohaulrox, winner of the Daytona Stakes on opening day of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet last Dec. 26, is ticketed for the $75,000 Siren Lure Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf June 4, trainer Phil D’Amato said . . . With no mount in the Preakness after winning five of the last seven Triple Crown races, Victor Espinoza is characteristically taking things in stride, resigned to plying his trade regularly at Santa Anita again after a world-wide, two-year wild ride that included victories aboard American Pharoah, California Chrome and Stellar Wind, each an Eclipse Award winner and the first two Horse of the Year honorees. Victor waxed philosophically about missing the Preakness, which he won in 2014 with California Chrome and last year with American Pharoah. “I’ll be here until I find the next champion,” he said. John Sadler1740224%35%$249,920 Edward R. Freeman531160%100%$84,520last_img read more


first_img“He had been training so good the last couple weeks coming off the layoff. He was a little bit unlucky in that he hit two soft turf courses, and he doesn’t like it soft. He likes it firm like today, and when you get that firm turf course, he’ll give you a performance like this. We were going to sit 1-2. If the 1 was adamant on going, we were going to sit right on him, and if he wanted to sit back, we were going to do what we did today. It went as planned.” JOSE LEZCANO, TOURIST, SECOND: “It was a fast pace, but the horse on the lead just kept going. The plan was to lay close. My horse ran a good race and he gave me everything he had.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES             PHIL D’AMATO, MIDNIGHT STORM, WINNER: “He had his ears up the whole time. If he had his ears pinned back and he looked like he was going full speed, I would have been concerned. But I thought Raffy saved a little bit at the top of the lane. It’s vindication, because I thought he should have won it last year. He was kind of up against it, but he’s vindicated, and now he’s a Grade I winner. Onward to the Breeders’ Cup.”center_img RAFAEL BEJARANO, MIDNIGHT STORM, WINNER: “I knew Heart to Heart was going to try for the lead and if I let him get to the lead, he’d control it. Julien tried to relax his horse right away. My horse is tough to control and I don’t want to fight with him, so I let him run a little bit into the first turn. After that I tried to get set up, tried to get him relaxed and I had a lot of horse. I had plenty of horse and he just took off.” JULIEN LEPAROUX, (FAVORED) HEART TO HEART, FOURTH: “We had a good trip, we had no excuses today. He settled nicely for me and he just didn’t have any kick left at the end, that’s it.” -30-last_img read more

Sam Houston State’s Hanna Alberto Awarded Women’s Golf Player of the Year

first_imgNameSchoolClassHometown Jenna PhillipsSam Houston StateJr.Austin, Texas Kaity Cummings3*Houston BaptistJr.Waco, Texas Emma Svensson3Central ArkansasJr.Halmstad, Sweden FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Hanna Alberto is the 2017-18 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Player of the Year, the league announced Thursday with the all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Alberto, a two-time selection to the first team, was voted for the top player honor after a season in which she won three tournaments in her sophomore campaign. The native of Kingwood, Texas, led the conference in average score at 72.73. Her 1.21 score vs. par was the best in the league. At the Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship, Alberto placed second and two strokes off the lead, carding a 71 in her last round. Her low round of the season was 67.Central Arkansas’ Geraldine Wong was voted to the second team and garnered the Freshman of the Year distinction. She ended the season ranked sixth for scoring average at 75.07. Lamar’s Eva Martinez, a sophomore from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, is the Newcomer of the Year. She carded a 76.08 average for the year.Leading his Houston Baptist squad to its second consecutive Southland title, David Shuster is the Coach of the Year. He picks up the accolade for the second consecutive season. The Huskies are set to compete at the NCAA Austin Regional from May 7-9.UCA leads the first team with junior Emma Svensson and senior Fernanda Lira each claiming their third all-conference selection. The two earned individual selections to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, the first time in program history the Bears have accomplished that feat. They will tee off Monday, May 7.The 2018 Southland Championship top finisher, HBU’s Kaity Cummings, also earns her third selection to an all-conference team. The junior from Waco, Texas, shot one-under in the championship round to win the title after heading into the day eight-over par. This is Cummings’ first nod to the conference’s first team.Lamar’s Elodie Chapelet secured her second consecutive selection to the first team, finishing the year ranked fourth in the conference for scoring average at 74.08.Lexi Brooks of HBU was voted to the second team to receive her third selection in as many years. Sam Houston’s Jenna Phillips and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Autumn Bynum round out the all-conference picks.All-Conference teams and individual superlatives are voted on by each league school’s head coach and sports information director. Voting for oneself or one’s own athletes is not permitted.2017-18 Southland Women’s Golf All-Conference TeamsPlayer of the Year: Hanna Alberto, Sam Houston StateFreshman of the Year: Geraldine Wong, Central ArkansasNewcomer of the Year: Eva Martinez, LamarCoach of the Year: David Shuster, Houston BaptistFirst Team Honorable Mention: Sara Zrnikova, Houston Baptist; Madison Frerking, UIW.2 Two-time All-Conference selection3 Three-time All-Conference selection* 2018 Southland Championship top finisher Elodie Chapelet2LamarSo.Souraide, France Second Team Autumn BynumTexas A&M-Corpus ChristiSo.Montgomery, Texas Fernanda Lira3Central ArkansasSr.Mexico City, Mexico NameSchoolClassHometown Geraldine WongCentral ArkansasFr.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hanna Alberto2Sam Houston StateSo.Kingwood, Texas Eva MartinezLamarSo.Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain Lexi Brooks3Houston BaptistJr.Kingwood, Texaslast_img read more

Southland Announces Week 9 TV Selections

first_imgESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its broadcast partners have revealed game selections and start times for football games to be played on Saturday, Oct. 27.The Southland Game of the Week on ESPN3 will feature Central Arkansas at McNeese in the Red Beans and Rice Bowl. Both teams are nationally ranked, but still have challenges before meeting each other. The Bears are home against Northwestern State this weekend, while the Cowboys visit Incarnate Word.Saturday, Oct. 27Southeastern Louisiana at Sam Houston State, 1 p.m. CT, Eleven SportsIncarnate Word at Nicholls, 3 p.m. CT, Southland Digital NetworkLamar at Stephen F. Austin, 3 p.m. CT, ESPN+Houston Baptist at Northwestern State, 6 p.m. CT, DemonTVCentral Arkansas at McNeese, 6 p.m. CT, ESPN3Eleven Sports will present a nationally televised broadcast of Southeastern Louisiana at Sam Houston State. The network is available on DirecTV 623 and various cable providers, plus the matchup will be simulcast on the Southland Digital Network.ESPN+ will showcase Stephen F. Austin’s homecoming game against Lamar. The Cardinals earned their first conference victory of the season last weekend, plus the number four play on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Lane Taylor blocked a potential game-winning field goal attempt from Incarnate Word, then Caleb Abrom returned it 66 yards for score the other direction as time expired.The Southland Conference Digital Network will feature UIW at Nicholls, produced by ESPN Radio New Orleans 100.3. It can be viewed on and Southland Conference apps, available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.Houston Baptist at Northwestern State is set for coverage on NSU’s institutional streaming platform, DemonTV.Broadcast selections for Oct. 20 were announced last Monday.About ESPN+ Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.center_img ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through read more


first_imgBALDWIN AVENUE TO BE CLOSED SOUTH OF 210 FREEWAY FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN & WALK TOMORROW; CLOSURE TO BE IN EFFECT FROM 7:45 A.M. TO 9:30 A.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2019)–With the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby looming large tomorrow, fans and horsemen are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Derby Day morning in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5k Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest perimeter, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track at Santa Anita’s northeastern perimeter, via Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, via Gate 3 at Holly Ave.  Gates 3 and 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day.  Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive, while Gate 5 is situated at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap and the Derby Day 5k Run and Walk tomorrow, April 6, fans are encouraged to visit, or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Spurs failed to refresh in the summer.. result was 7-2 thrashing by Bayern

first_imgTHERE was little anger at the Lane. More shock.Deep, profound shock.66 Tottenham were humiliated on Tuesday night as Bayern Munich thrashed Spurs 7-2Credit: ReutersShock at seeing Bayern score seven.Shock at watching Tottenham’s late capitulation.Shock at the recognition of where the club are, from where they were a few months ago.The finger-pointing started later, on the journeys home.At Serge Aurier, a constant liability, whose decision to go walkabout and stand around in the No 10 position at one point in that devastating last quarter of an hour pinpointed exactly why he must have no future at the club.At Hugo Lloris, too. After all, even if it was hard to blame him for any of the goals, they all flew in.But not just them. Most of the players copped it.6 Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure with the North London side losing three out of their last four gamesCredit: AFP or licensorsACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe entire back line which looked as secure as a cardboard strongbox from the outset.A midfield which became invisible, as Harry Winks’ least effective display of the campaign coincided with others going missing.And, of course, at the manager. The man who must always take the ultimate responsibility.To be fair to Mauricio Pochettino, he did not try to dodge it, either.He said: “When you play the final of the Champions League, it was nice to put your face up after the wins we had at Manchester City and Ajax. Now I have to put my same face up.”Not that too many Spurs fans had their face up this morning, although plenty of them will now recognise what Pochettino was getting at in the summer.He knew that Madrid, win or lose, needed to be the end of the first chapter, that a new one was required.After his initial campaign of pruning and defining the squad, the Argentine has essentially fielded pretty much the same team, with a few tweaks.6 Harry Kane has been urged by Rio Ferdinand to leave Spurs if he wants to win trophiesCredit: ReutersHe wanted to get rid of the ones who he believed he had drained of energy and mentality.But the only significant departure was Kieran Trippier. Four others wanted to go but didn’t. Three of them started against Bayern, the fourth came on.Danny Rose was nerve-ridden from the outset, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen had nights to forget, too, while substitute Christian Eriksen flattered to deceive amid the chaos.Go back to the first Champions League game played under Pochettino, a defeat by Monaco at Wembley in September 2016.Of the 14 players used that night, Kyle Walker is the only starter no longer at the club, while subs Mousa Dembele and Vincent Janssen have gone as well.Six of that team – Lloris, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli – all started on Tuesday night, while Eriksen and Erik Lamela both came off the bench.Sometimes, a team that stays together too long gets stale. It needs to be refreshed and revitalised. And Spurs have not done that.Even so, despite the defensive uncertainties that were apparent from the very beginning, the first 35 minutes were the best Tottenham have played all season.6 Son Heung-Min gave Spurs the lead before they went on to suffer the worst home thrashing suffered by any English club in the European CupCredit: PA:Empics SportThey had enough chances to have put the game to bed, Son squandering two, Kane denied by a goal line clearance from David Alaba after rounding Manuel Neuer, Tanguy Ndombele foiled by the Bayern keeper.It was the old Poch press. High octane. Forcing errors. And also clicking on the counter.But, perhaps a consequence of playing 60 minutes with 10 men against Southampton on Saturday, once the legs started to tire, Bayern pounced.They were unfeasibly clinical, too. Turning chances that were barely half-chances into goals, Serge Gnabry the assassin in chief.None of that matters. It is the scoreline that does.Pochettino decided there was little point in a dressing room inquest when the wounds were still so raw and fresh. That will start today.As the Argentine said: “You need to show your quality like a man first; to face the defeat like a professional, like a man.“What comes after is the professional side. Now we need to be men and be strong all together; try to bounce back and change the feeling.”LATEST 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 summer6It will take a long time to change that feeling and dispel the shock.Defeat at Brighton on Saturday will make the international break that follows more of an ordeal – and increase the speculation over whether this is not the end of the initial Pochettino chapter, but the entire Spurs Pochettino book.Now it is down to the players, too. They have to show they want to play for the club. The supporters will not be misled. They can always see what is there.last_img read more

Arsenal fan makes coronavirus gag at the expense of bitter rivals Tottenham

first_imgAN Arsenal fan has mocked rivals Tottenham after comparing empty shelves at a supermarket to Spurs’ trophy cabinet.The British public have been stocking up on household items such as toilet paper, pasta and hand sanitiser should they be quarantined due to coronavirus.2 One Arsenal fan used the coronavirus panic to mock rivals Tottenham⚠️ Read our Coronavirus in Sport live blog for the latest news, updates and cancellationsAnd one Gunners supporter has poked fun at the current crisis by posting a picture of a barren store onto a Reddit thread.Captioning the post, he quipped: “Went to get some toilet roll and hand sanitizer – got confused and found myself in the Spurs Trophy room.”Fellow football fans were quick to reply to his joke, as one commented: “A toilet and their trophy room? Are you sure you’re not at their stadium?”Another said: “Clearly fake, there’s no Audi Cup there.”A Tottenham supporter even saw the funny side, as they messaged: “As a Spurs fan. I can tell you, this was better content then entire game against RBL.”One added: “Clearly fake, there’s no Audi Cup there.”The coronavirus crisis has caused chaos in the sporting world in Europe, with Italy forced to go into lockdown.As a result, the Serie A season could be CANCELLED without a winner.All sporting events in Italy have already been called off until April 3, while a host of games this week will be played behind closed doors in an effort to stop the outbreak.2LATEST ARSENAL NEWSLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’It has even been suggested that Uefa are considering postponing all of Thursday’s Europa League round of 16 matches over fears people may catch the contagious bug.Arsenal were set to face Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday night, but the Premier League match has been postponed.A number of Gunners players are reportedly in quarantine after they met with Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis last week – with the 52-year-old since testing positive for coronavirus.Olympics 2020 could face two-year postponement due to coronavirus outbreaklast_img read more

Carter’s telling shift to 12

first_imgPhoto: GETTY IMAGES Caption: Dan Carter was in the midfield as his Racing 92 club started the new French Top 14 season with a comeback win. The 35-year-old Carter is in his final season of a record three-year deal with the glamour Paris club.The former All Blacks star helped Racing 92 get away to a winning start to their new Top 14 campaign.Cater kicked two conversions and two penalties as Racing came back to beat Castres Olympique 25-21 with Louis Dupichot scoring a late try for victory.But Carter worked his magic wearing a No 12 jersey as Racing had French international Remi Tales at first-five.Racing are on the lookout for fresh talent at pivot and talk of Lambie joining them ramped up over the weekend.South African Newspaper Rapport reported that Lambie had now requested an early release from his joint contract with the South African union and the Sharks. He still has two years left on those deals.Lambie hasn’t played since May when he suffered another concussion during Super Rugby.The last of his 56 tests was in June last year when his concussion issues started in a heavy hit while playing against Ireland.Lambie is a versatile player who can play at 10, 12 or fullback but his preferred role is at first-five. Speculation has been rife that he has already signed with Racing 92 and only the paperwork in South Africa needs to be completed.Meanwhile, another former All Blacks No 10, Aaron Cruden, made his Top 14 debut for Montpellier. Cruden started in the 48-19 win over Agen where Montpellier ran in seven tries.And former Blues and New Zealand under-20 first-five Simon Hickey kicked five penalties as his Bordeaux Begles side upset champions Clermont 32-25.There was no sign of former All Blacks lock Jason Eaton as his La Rochelle club opened their campaign with a 19-10 win over Brive.Eaton was last week caught up in allegations of a street brawl in La Rochelle.last_img read more

Royals win POMRFL A grade men’s premiership

first_imgOver a 1000 people flocked in to watch the 66th POMRFL grand final.Brothers were on the score board after their first set of six when hooker Stanley Olo scooted out of dummy half to put himself into space to score.Hobert Paul added the extras with ease to lead 6-0 after only the opening minutes.Royals looked to speed to get points and knew to go to winger William Aquila who didn’t let his team down scoring out wide.But Brothers responded immediately through Olo who worked his magic again to go crashing over the line in the 30th minute.There was a change in the scoreline two minutes out from half time when Royals center Supa George wrestled his way over the try line to slam the ball down.John Simon Wamil booted the conversion through to leave his side trailing at 12-10  right on the half time siren.The second half saw Royals dominate the opening 20 minutes and came close to scoring on a number of occasions.But solid and disciplined defence by the Brothers allowed them to weather the storm.Brothers captain led by example and took the pressure off his team with a solo effort to score on the wing.A missed conversion left the score at 16-10.But right fron the restart is where it all went horribly wrong for the Brothers after a knock on from the kick off.Royals second rower, Lumba Ketowe scored off the very next play and then again minutes later to put his side in front at 20-16.The win was sealed for Royals  two minutes from full time when  Wamil was put through a gap to score near the posts.Wamil then converted his own try to add the icing on the cake right as the siren sounded.Royals won K11, 000 in prize money while Brothers walked away with K6, 000 as runners up.last_img read more