First game – Friday vs. Texas Lutheran – 5 p.m. – Corpus Christi, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Central Arkansas – 1 p.m. – Corpus Christi, Texas First game – Sunday vs. Southern-New Orleans – 2 p.m. – Lake Charles, La.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at UIW – 6 p.m. – San Antonio, Texas The Sugar Bears are coming off their second-straight championship season, capturing both the regular season and tournament titles in 2016 and 2017. UIW Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 10 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 9-20 (7-11 SLC), T-8thThe Cardinals experienced a significant turnaround in 2017-18 under first-year head coach Christy Smith, finishing with seven league victories, equaling the number of conference wins in the previous three seasons combined. UIW is now eligible for Southland and NCAA postseason play after completing their Division I transition period. Freshman of the Year Imani Robinson returns for the Cardinals to lead a team that must replace graduated all-conference and all-defensive player Celia Garcia Paunero. UIW opens the season at Oklahoma State and will also travel to Utah, Weber State, Rice, Houston and Texas Tech for a loaded nonconference season. First game – Friday vs. Hendrix College – 6 p.m. – Conway, Ark.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 1 p.m. – Corpus Christi, Texas First game – Friday vs. Alcorn State – 5 p.m. – Hammond, La.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at Stephen F. Austin – 7 p.m. – Nacogdoches, Texas First game – Friday at UL Lafayette – 7 p.m. – Lafayette, La.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at Abilene Christian – 7 p.m. – Abilene, TexasAbilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Ranking: 5 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 23-9 (16-2 SLC), T-1stThe Wildcats lost their decorated senior class of Lizzy and Suzzy Dimba, Alexis Mason and Sydney Shelstead to graduation, and return just one starter and seven letterwinners from last season’s team that won its second consecutive Southland regular season title and reached the second round of the WNIT. Sophomore point guard Breanna Wright is the lone returning starter from 2016-17. The team’s nonconference schedule includes back-to-back road trips to SMU and Arkansas and a conference opener at home against New Orleans. Nicholls Colonels – Preseason Ranking: 9 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 10-20 (7-11 SLC), T-8thThe Colonels return with one of the best all-around players in the conference in junior guard Cassidy Barrios. The Raceland, La., native ranked in the top 10 in the Southland in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, rebounding and steals. Nicholls finished second in the nation last season with a 13.2 steal per game average. The Colonels have a loaded nonconference schedule, highlighted by a home contest against Baylor. Nicholls will also take on LSU and Iowa State on the road. First game – Friday at Arkansas – 10:30 a.m. – Fayetteville, Ark.Conference opener – Dec. 30 at Abilene Christian – 2 p.m. – Abilene, Texas Abilene Christian and Central Arkansas are the defending co-regular season champions, having both finished with 16-2 league records last season. The Wildcats completed their Division I transition and are now fully eligible for Southland and NCAA postseason play along with UIW. New Orleans Privateers – Preseason Ranking: 4 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 14-15 (9-9 SLC), 5thGuard Randi Brown returns for her senior season after garnering all-conference recognition last year and averaging 24.6 points per game to lead conferene play. The Privateers open their season with the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), first facing UL Lafayette on the road. UNO’s nonconference slate features tough road tests at Miami, Missouri and Tulane before opening the Southland season at defending regular season champion Abilene Christian. Lamar Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 1 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 22-8 (15-3 SLC), 3rdLamar returns all five starters from a squad that went 15-3 against Southland opponents last season, including three First Team Preseason All-Conference picks in graduate post player Kiandra Bowers and junior guard duo Moe Kinard and Chastadie Barrs. Bowers needs 58 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career. The Cardinals take on Baylor in Waco, Texas, to open their season and also have a Big Ten matchup on their slate, facing Purdue on Nov. 18. Lamar looks to secure a Southland tournament berth for the 13th consecutive season. First game – Friday vs. Southwest – 5:30 p.m. – Abilene, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 vs. New Orleans – 2 p.m. – Abilene, TexasMcNeese Cowgirls – Preseason Ranking: 6 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 14-17 (8-10 SLC), T-6thThe Cowgirls return six letterwinners from last season’s Southland tournament team, plus a trio of redshirts. McNeese will play three games versus 2017 NCAA Tournament teams (Texas, Baylor, UCA) and five games against 2017 WNIT squads (Tulane, Grambling, Louisiana Tech, SMU, Abilene Christian). Second-year head coach Kacie Cryer led the Cowgirls to an 8-10 league record and an appearance in the Southland tournament in her first year at the helm. Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Ranking: 11 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 6-22 (4-14 SLC), 11thThe Huskies return 11 letterwinners from last season, including three starters. The team also gains the return of redshirt-sophomore point guard Bria Johnson who started the first eight games of the 2016-17 season before a season-ending injury. Other key returners include junior center Veronika Kirienko, sophomore forward Lauren Calver, and junior guard Amanda Johnson. Kirienko played in 26 games, averaging 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds a game. Johnson appeared in 28 games last season and averaged 5.1 points per game while Calver played in 26 games and averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds a game. First game – Friday at Oklahoma State – 11 a.m. – Stillwater, Okla.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. McNeese – 6 p.m. – San Antonio, Texas First game – Friday at Baylor – 7 p.m. – Waco, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 at Houston Baptist – 7 p.m. – Houston, Texas Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders – Preseason Ranking: 7 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 14-18 (8-10 SLC), T-6thThe Islanders return in 2017-18 with all-time leading three-point scorer Brittany Mbamalu, looking to build off a semifinal run at the Southland Conference Tournament a year ago. A&M-Corpus Christi returns nine players from that squad. Seven newcomers dot sixth-year head coach Royce Chadwick’s roster, including Texas transfer Tasia Foman and Louisiana Tech transfer Tiara Davenport. The team’s November games include three straight road games at UTRGV, UTEP and New Mexico State plus matchups with Prairie View A&M and Florida A&M at the UTRGV Tournament. First game – Friday at Ole Miss – 5 p.m. – Oxford, Miss.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Nicholls – 6:30 p.m. – Natchitoches, La. Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks – Preseason Ranking: 3 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 25-8 (14-4 SLC), 4thThe Ladyjacks return seven players who saw game action last season, including four players who started multiple games, led by redshirt senior Stevi Parker, who averaged 11.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, two assists and a steal per game last season while starting all 33 games. SFA is one of just eight Division I women’s basketball programs with 1,000 or more total wins. The Ladyjacks open the season at Kansas State and will feature nonconference matchups at home against South Dakota and on the road against Montana and Montana State. Sam Houston State Bearkats – Preseason Ranking: 13 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 3-25 (3-15 SLC), T-12thThe Bearkats return leading scorer Jenniffer Oramas (9.1 points per game), leading rebounder Lydia Baxter (6.6), leading three-point shooter Rachel Harrell (38) and leading blocker Kierra McKinney (38) to this year’s squad. In total, 10 of 13 players from last season’s roster return for 2017-18 as well as the addition of three freshmen newcomers. Sam Houston State plays the first game in Division I, opening with a 10:30 a.m. CT contest at Arkansas on Friday. The Kats also face Rice and LSU before opening conference play against defending regular-season champion Abilene Christian on Dec. 30. Central Arkansas Sugar Bears – Preseason Ranking: 2 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 26-5 (16-2 SLC), T-1stAfter winning their second consecutive Southland Conference Tournament in 2017, the Sugar Bears enter the 2017-18 season looking to become the first Southland program with three straight NCAA Tournament berths since Stephen F. Austin in 2000-02. Following the loss of all-conference guards Maggie Proffitt and Brianna Mullins, UCA faces the most challenging non-conference slate in program history with trips to a trio of programs with national championships to their credit in Baylor, Tennessee and Texas A&M, which have combined for 11 titles and 22 Final Four appearances. Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions – Preseason Ranking: 12 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 5-24 (3-15 SLC), T-12th2017-18 marks the Lady Lions’ first season under head coach Ayla Guzzardo. The Hammond, Louisiana native took over her hometown university’s team and was named the seventh head coach in program history on April 3, 2017. Southeastern is led by senior guard Taylin Underwood, who was a Second Team All-Conference pick a season ago. The Livingston, La., native tied her own single-season school record with 73 three-point field goals a season ago and averaged 18.6 points per game – the highest season scoring average by a Lady Lions since the 1999-00 season. First game – Friday at SMU – 11:30 a.m. – Dallas, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 at Northwestern State – 6:30 p.m. – Natchitoches, La. First game – Sunday at South Florida – 2 p.m. – Tampa, Fla.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Lamar – 7 p.m. – Houston, Texas 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 1 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – The 2017-18 Southland Conference women’s basketball season gets underway Friday with 11 teams in opening-day action. Northwestern State Lady Demons – Preseason Ranking: 8 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 13-17 (7-11 SLC), T-8thDespite losing just two letterwinners, Northwestern State must replace 46.7 percent of its scoring and 78.1 percent of its made three-pointers from the 2016-17 season. Second-year head coach Jordan Dupuy enters 2017-18 with his first full recruiting class and aims to secure NSU’s sixth-straight Southland Conference Tournament appearance. The Lady Demons’ slate includes road games at Oklahoma State, Texas and TCU. They will be led by junior post player Cheyenne Brown, who needs 324 points to reach 1,000 for her career. The Southland Conference Basketball Tournament returns to the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, for the 11th consecutive year in 2018. The women’s matchups take place from March 8-11. First game – Friday at Kansas State – 5:30 p.m. – Manhattan, Kan.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Southeastern Louisiana – 7 p.m. – Nacogdoches, Texas
DUE TO CONTINUED RAIN, SANTA ANITA FORCED TO MOVE RACES SEVEN AND NINE OFF THE HILLSIDE TURF COURSE TO THE MAIN TRACK AT 6 ½ FURLONGSARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2019)–Due to continued afternoon rainfall, Santa Anita was forced, due to safety concerns, to transfer Sunday’s seventh (the Grade III Sweet Life Stakes) and ninth races off of the hillside turf course to the main track at 6 ½ furlongs.With the dirt crossing at the top of the stretch becoming increasingly muddy, the safety of both horses and jockeys is paramount in any decision of this kind. As a result of the changing weather and track conditions, the decision was made at approximately eight minutes to post for today’s fifth race, which was the beginning of today’s 50 cent Late Pick 5.Per CHRB Rule 1976.9 the seventh and ninth races are now “all” races for anyone playing today’s 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot, which began with the fourth race.CHRB Rule 1976.9 reads as follows: “If the racing surface changes from turf to dirt or dirt to turf in any race of a Pick (N) pool, and such change was not announced to the public before the close of wagering on the Pick (N) pool, all wagers on such race shall be considered winning wagers for the purpose of the Pick (N) pool.”
JOCKEY QUOTES AARON GRYDER, MISS MY ROSE, WINNER: “I thought she was getting a very good trip, I was very confident at the top of the stretch, I gave her a chance to get into stride and get her to switch leads, she’s a very courageous filly and she’s very young so she’s a bit immature in her running, this is only her second start. Coming to the eighth pole, Rafael’s horse got to leaning out and her hind quarters were on my shoulder and we got kind of bounced and threw us off balance. She showed a lot of grit because she didn’t even stop after that, just lost momentum. Without any incident I believe she would stand in the Winner’s Circle regardless. She’s going to be a very nice filly. Phil told me before I ever worked her that she was one of his best three-year-olds and he was right.”TRAINER QUOTES PHILIP D’ AMATO, MISS MY ROSE, WINNER: “She was a filly that came to us and we thought we were going to have a grass horse on our hands. I just kept bringing her up the ranks in the dirt and she impressed me and she just took on maid after maid, finally I was having to breeze her against older stake horses and she was handling them too. It is quite rewarding and Aaron gets a lot of credit because he has developed her along the way and I think the best is yet to come. She does things so easily, you never know exactly how much she has in the tank but I just take it race by race and gradually extend her distance that’s going to help her along the way.”NOTES: The winning owners are A Venneri Racing, Inc. and Anthony Fanticola.
JOSE MOURINHO’S Tottenham pumped up the volume after giving their new boss a debut win.Mourinho was delighted to hear music booming round the dressing room to celebrate the club’s first away win in the Premier League since January.2 Jose Mourinho was delighted to hear the celebratory music pumping out of the Spurs dressing room after beating West HamCredit: ReutersThe Tottenham head coach said: “It was very, very important — 11 months without music in the away dressing room. Without a smile. Without happiness. And they did it.“I felt they were a bit like they don’t know if I like the music in the dressing room.“The music at the training ground was low. Maybe this guy doesn’t allow or doesn’t like.“But the dressing room in the week is their home. They can do what they want.“When you go away, the music after the game I like. A victory is something that you have to value. It’s hard to win matches.“The music was loud. I don’t care what music it is. I just like the feeling the boys are happy.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneSpurs stunned West Ham, racing into a 3-0 lead with goals from Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane.But Mourinho hailed Dele Alli for his all-round performance.He said: “I think he was the old Dele. The Dele of a couple of years ago, who impressed not just England but the world.”2Dele’s superb flick into Son’s path helped create Moura’s goal.Jose said: “It was in front of me. The skill was amazing but more was the mental side — you only do that if you’re focused, committed, ultra confident.”Spurs had a late wobble, with Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna scoring for the Hammers.Mourinho said: “The feeling is we were closer to 4-0 than West Ham were to 3-1. But this is the Premier League.“Their first goal changed things a little bit. I think my players paid the price of a very difficult week.“They arrived from internationals, changed the manager, a new guy arrives, new training sessions and new ideas, the emotional things that surround that.“I don’t think it’s ever easy to work with a coaching staff one day and, the next, other people are there. It’s difficult to process.“Probably also a little bit scared of that mental barrier of the bad results away.“So the last 20-25 minutes were not easy.”Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubOn the future of late sub Christian Eriksen, he said: “I need to understand what’s in Christian’s mind or heart and we have to make the right call for the club.”Jose also admits he DID lose his mojo before Manchester United axed him last December.He said: “I admit, yes, I lost my passion. When you’re not happy, people feel it.”
The win was also important because it came heading into a weekend with no NRL, allowing the players to rest up any niggles with the benefit of coming off a win – while the Raiders will be left to stew on their below-par efforts for a fortnight before they get the chance to make amends.The result was also impressive because it came despite the loss of two key players to injury in the first half with prop and captain James Graham (concussion, 14th minute) and five-eighth Josh Reynolds (hamstring, 39th minute) rubbed out of the game before half-time.”When you’re coming up against sides that are similar points, it was a huge game for us,” Tolman said after the Bulldogs leapfrogged the Raiders and will finish Round 9 in eighth place while Canberra slump to 10th.”Going into the Rep Round next week we’ve got the weekend off to regather. “I couldn’t have been prouder of the effort from the boys. It wasn’t the flashiest footy game but I don’t think that’s us anyway. We dig in, we get down, roll up our sleeves, get some big carries, defend well, that’s the style that we win off.”Of all the inspirational efforts on the night, Hasler said none were more so than Tolman’s to play 80 minutes in the middle for an eventual return of 38 tackles and 203 metres.”[Tolman] was inspirational for the boys and it was an important two points for us,” Hasler said.”Particularly after the disappointment of last week (an 18-12 loss to Wests Tigers) where we managed the game, managed everything last week except to win so to come here against a very good footy side in the Raiders and get the two points and the way we got the two points is very satisfying for them.”A big factor in the win at ANZ Stadium was Canterbury completely shutting down Canberra’s potent right edge attack, while turning that same edge into a bountiful one in terms of blue and white tries.”Our boys did a really good job on them in the first half, it was their other edge that got us with a couple of line breaks off kicks,” Tolman said.”We knew we had to, [Joey Leilua and Jordan Rapana] are a quality outside back pair, they’ve showed what they can do all year but I thought the boys were really good, particularly on their offload.”They got a few towards the back end of the game but across the majority of the night that left edge was really good and they had to be.”Raiders coach Ricky Stuart lamented his side’s lack of patience and a recent inability to win a few close matches.”We probably played a bit too frantic and panicked a bit. They defended very well and out-toughed us,” Stuart said.”They played better than us. That first part of the second half they had a lot of footy, we had to defend a lot but that happens in a lot of footy games and you have to be able to control that but we didn’t unfortunately.”We’re in every game, it’s just that we’re losing the tight ones at the moment and it’s frustrating.”I thought a lot of our play both in defence and attack, it wasn’t what we came to expect. We have high expectations on our footy and that’s why you get really let down and disappointed, because you have high expectations and when you don’t reach those expectations, as I say it’s disappointing.”
Zinedine Zidane appeared in the flash interview to assess the suffered victory of Real Madrid against Getafe (0-3) in the Coliseum. The French coach said he was very happy for the intensity shown by his players and for achieving a triumph in a difficult field.Important win: “Yes, in a difficult field. It is difficult to add here and we did it. It is an important victory. It is a victory fought because we have fought. We achieved a very good result.”What would you highlight about the match your team made? “In the effort, especially solidarity and intensity. We interpreted the game very well. We suffered and it cost us to leave our field in the first part. Playing more directly in the second part we were much better. We got a good result fighting despite not being a great football game. The players have made a very supportive and very serious game. “Getafe is a bone: “Yes and we knew it. We knew it would be difficult for us, but in the end we made it.”How have you countered Getafe: “We knew that they were going to play like that with a more direct game. They are things they always do. We have suffered twice or three times, but with Courtois well in the goal and all solidarity. In the end it is like that. You must suffer in the field and today we suffer. It’s a different game and we have to accept the game that we played today and in the end we got a good result and the goal was zero. I’m happy. They were talking about starting the year badly and today we started well. “Satisfied because it is a victory after three draws?: “That and especially because we started the year well because they told us that we started the year badly. Starting this way is important for us.”Barça pressure: “That’s the least of it. For us it’s what we did today, we add, it’s a very complicated League. Today we can say that the boys have been superblocked, with tremendous intensity and that’s what had to be done.”Varane, scorer: “It is important from time to time to hurt the opponent with a stopped ball. Today we get it.”Fede Valverde started as a substitute: “Everyone is involved. I have 25 players and they always play 11. In the end it is a matter of all. Every time it is up to one to play it is good and it is important when you have a group as good as I have.”Courtois: “Happy and he sure is also very happy with his work. He is our goalkeeper, we are happy for him. We must continue, the goal to zero … Happy. He is my goalkeeper, for me he is the best, I have no doubts.” Morale for the Super Cup: “Now we’re going to rest and then we’ll think about the next game.”Positive: “You have to be very satisfied with such a game in a very complicated field. They squeezed us very well. I am very proud of all the players. Also those who do not play. They are all in and plugged in and that is essential. We will rest first, enjoy this game and from Monday we’ll see Wednesday’s game. “Later, Zidane appeared before the media in the press room of the Coliseum.Modric’s role: “I never count on what is said outside. It is very important. He is demonstrating it. Today he has played a great game. Modric is always Modric. We know what he can contribute and I am happy especially because in the 90 ‘, with Fede, there done that sprint; it means it’s very good. “Another door to zero: “It is also true that we suffered in the first half, a little stopped ball … We had Courtois very well today. We have been a team, which is the most important in this field, with a rival that has tightened us a lot in the first part. We got a good result as a team, everyone. “Favoritism for the Super Cup: “As always, the first thing is to enjoy what we did today. We have just won a league game, now to rest and then we will think about Wednesday. Favorites are the four of us who are going to play it. There is no favorite here.”Key League match: “Clearly. We had complicated matches, in Eibar, against Alavés, today, which has been even more difficult. We have achieved it as a team. It has been a different game, it has cost us to get the ball out. But we must accept these matches . We interpret it very well. “Courtois performance rating: “I value your game well. It has saved us twice or three times in the first half. It has clearly been decisive. He is an important player in our team and he is demonstrating it. Not only in this match, but for a long time. I am happy. for his performance. To follow. “Scorer inflection point: “I used to say that we had to be calm. It’s what we’re going to do, keep working, because this works, and you have to be very serene in the face of goal because sometimes the ball does not fit. Varane’s two goals mean that we have many resources”.If Courtois is the best goalkeeper in the world: “He is my goalkeeper, so for me he is the best, I have no doubt. He is proving it. All the players I have here are the best.”
Before starring in a vigorous second half, Madrid walked on the wire in the first part and relied on the 199 centimeters of his goalkeeper, author of three stops worthy of fame that won with Belgium and Atlético. With 0-0, he wore reflexes to clear a very powerful Arambarri volley from the front; and after Varane 0-1, he closed the door to Fajr in the first suit; and on the verge of rest, he stretched to reject a header from Cabrera that, if he entered, would have weighed like a slab over white morals. “That was important, we could have gone with a draw to rest. The 0-1 made us enter calmer in the second half, “confessed after the duel the keeper. Thibaut, in a state of grace, does not seem the same as he heard recurring whistles of the Bernabéu in the first two months of competition. Chain three games with the gate to zero and has stopped 26 of the last 28 shots he has received (in the previous 15 shots, only eight stops). In the first nine days of LaLiga (of which he played seven) he received seven goals; In the next ten (only one was lost), he twice picked up the ball from his net. In Getafe Madrid were Courtois and ten more. The logic of the result will invite the spotlights to aim at Varane, bigoleador, or Valverde, energetic from the bench, but neither of them would have shone had it not been for the Belgian’s exhibition in the first half to hold the whites on their feet. There are nine goals in 16 games that have taken him to the top of the Zamora Trophy classification: 0.56 goals against average, exceeding 0.63 of Oblak (yesterday one fit in). This is very long, but Courtois already walks the path that the last Zamora of Real Madrid once traveled: Iker Casillas, winner of the award in the 2007-08 season (32 goals in 36 games). A path that the Belgian also knows: he won the prize twice playing for Atlético (2012-13 and 2013-14).“The defensive and goalkeeping work is being very good, that helps to win,” said Courtois, who is already focusing on moving his moment of bonanza to the Saudi Super Cup: “We are ready, everyone feels good. Come on. for the first title. ” Zidane, who endured the Belgian in the post when reality asked otherwise, can now breastfeed: “He’s my goalkeeper, for me he’s the best. I have no doubt.”
Real Madrid trained on Tuesday morning for the second and last time with their eyes on Zaragoza, their rival on Wednesday (9:00 p.m., Four and DAZN) in the Cup. They were not in the session, as I expected, both injured, Asensio and Hazard. Bale, on the other hand, started with the group and a priori without any problem. Mariano has not exercised with the rest and has been treated by the club’s physiotherapists. Asensio and Hazard are the safe absences of Madrid for La Romareda, where those of Zidane will play the pass to the quarterfinals. Asensio, out of his mishap in the preseason, is expected for April; Hazard, with whom he prefers not to risk, especially because of the closeness of the first leg with the City (February 26) in the Champions League, touched ball, continues to progress and could return next week.The main question right now is Bale, replaced last Wednesday in 52 ’against Unionistas, after having scored 0-1, with a sprained ankle. Zidane was waiting for him back with his teammates on Monday, but the Welshman couldn’t be with the group. Yes it appeared, however, this Tuesday. Castilist Altube, as usual, joined the first team.It will be Zizou, shortly given to players who have not exercised normally several days before a game, who decides whether or not Bale enters the call for the round of 16. The list will be announced this afternoon and Madrid will travel Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in Zaragoza, where you will stay at the Palafox Hotel.
In the first ball of the game, Carlos Fernández picked it up to the left, left his marker and put the ball in the same squad of Diego López. Seville great goal that culminated the Nasrid comeback. He had to suffer and Diego Martínez knew it. He put more muscle with Azeez for Soldier, but gave the ball and dominance to a Espanyol that increasingly created more danger. De Tomás found the stick in one of the numerous lateral centers of the parakeets that were trying to harm the bands. The Granada, parapetado and solidary, tried to keep the score, let time pass and hope that in a counter could sentence. Embarba tried from afar, also RDT. Granada barely managed to shrink balls from its area. Time passed in favor of the locals who were scratching seconds and catching air at each exit. The Granada knew how to endure and added three gold points in Los Cármenes to move further away from the descent and beat a direct rival for salvation, a Espanyol that broke his moment. Carlos Fernández was the hero of Granada. The striker was vital in the comeback of Granada to a Espanyol who came forward with a controversial penlati over De Tomás. The striker himself (four goals in four games) converted the maximum penalty and forced the Andalusians to do what they had never done before in the league since Diego Martínez arrived: come back. First it was Machís who put the tie after a masterful pass from Carlos Fernández and then the Sevillian striker himself scored a goal to give the three points to the Nasrids who are staying closer and closer.There was a lot at stake in Los Cármenes. Two direct rivals for salvation that were measured with more than three points as a prize. The two teams knew that they left willing to impose their game. Granada wanted to press up and put a lot of intensity to return to the path of victory before a reborn Espanyol. The first was Nasrid, in a shot by Carlos Fernández in the heart of the area that went away for very little. Before the 20th minute the first parakeet arrived, in a shot from outside the Darder area at the hands of Rui Silva. It was Granada who tried to get the ball the most, but could not, despite having possession, reach the domains of Diego López. And everything would get more uphill in the equator of this first part. A robbery to Yangel in the medulla caused a counter that ended with a controversial penalty for De Tomás. The striker was measured to Duarte and fell, although the contact was minimal, the referee did not go to check it in the VAR. RDT did not fail against Rui Silva and advanced the parrots. Granada was touched and Espanyol could sentence. First it was Darder who alone, inside the area and before Rui Silva sent the ball incomprehensibly out. Then the Portuguese goal stopped the RDT shot in front of the goal totally alone. The Granada, which had more than 70 percent of the possession, tried, but was missing mordant above. Until, ten minutes after 0-1, Carlos put a masterful pass to Machís who, in front of Diego López, put the tables. Granada, with both, grew. Even Doors, before the break, could put the 2-1 after a good Soldier leave. With tables the rest was reached.
The memory of the PSG win against Montpellier has been marred by the nth disagreement between Kylian Mbappé and Thomas Tuchel. In the 68th minute and with the final five to zero already in the light, Icardi took the place in the French field. Substitution that would not suit the French star and so would let his coach know. Tuchel himself has been asked about the action in the press conference after the game and has yanked his pupil: “If you think I lack authority … I am the coach. Someone has to decide who goes out and who enters and that is me. Kylian is very intelligent, he knows what he is doing. He does not like to go out. No player likes it. These are not good images, but we are not the only club that has that kind of reaction. I saw it in Dortmund, I saw it before in Liverpool and Manchester City. I see many games and these situations often occur. It is not good, because it opens discussions Our group is very professional and very focused and this type of image gives another impression and it’s a shame I am not angry, I am sad I explained why I did this, it will continue that way, I will continue to decide things sportively. we play tennis, we play football, we have to respect everyone. “ “Ney’s birthday is a distraction”On the other hand, The German coach was honest about another hot topic in Paris today: Neymar’s birthday. The Brazilian celebrates his 28th anniversary this Sunday, February 2 and, although it will be more discreet than in previous years according to the French press, it is still an uncomfortable event for the coach, as he has suggested when asked about it: “I will not say if I will be present, that is another issue. The theme is Ney’s birthday … It’s a distraction. Of course I will always protect my players because they are my players and I love them very much. I prefer to speak internally if we have complicated and critical things to say, I prefer to do it internally. Today’s Kylian anger or Ney’s birthday … gives the image that we are not serious. We can give the image that we are not professionals. Things are not white or black. There are many ways to write between black and white. I know everyone likes to talk in black and white and it’s a shame. It seems that we are not 100% concentrated and that we are not professionals. It’s a shame, but I don’t want to talk too much about it. Things get bigger because we talk a lot about them, “he concluded.