O’Shea targets key derby victory

first_img The Wear-Tyne rivals meet at the Stadium of Light on Sunday with Sunderland having won the last four meetings, but in grave need of three points to ease themselves away from the developing battle for Barclays Premier League survival. O’Shea and his team-mates could find themselves inside the relegation zone by the time they run out if Burnley get the better of Tottenham in the day’s earlier kick-off, and that would make three points a necessity. The Republic of Ireland international told SAFSee: “That’s the big issue: whoever we were facing this weekend, be in Newcastle, be it Crystal Palace, be it Southampton, whoever the case may be, it’s a case of getting the three points as soon as we can and getting everyone energised again and looking forward to the remaining games. “Look, we know we’re not in the position that we’d like to be in, but we know we can get out of it. It’s in our hands.” After a dreadful run of results against their arch-rivals, the Black Cats have fared rather well in recent times, winning the last three at St James’ Park and the most recent game on Wearside. Asked what lay behind that run of results, O’Shea said: “Staying together as a unit, keeping the team spirit strong, working as a unit all over the pitch and taking chances. “Making sure we got clean sheets and also whether it was early or late in the game, making sure we took chances – they were the keys, and obviously having a strong squad as well because there were a couple of times where there were changes in the line-up before games. “Everyone has got to be mentally prepared to start the game, and obviously anything can happen then in the 90 minutes. “Look, it’s one of those things, we have a chance of creating a fantastic record against a big rival, the main rival for us, so it’s a fantastic opportunity. “But ultimately, it comes down to wanting it more on the day and hopefully, that will be the case.” Press Associationcenter_img Skipper John O’Shea has challenged Sunderland to keep their fate in their own hands by securing a fifth successive derby victory over Newcastle.last_img read more

DeAndre Jordan makes All-NBA First Team

first_imgDeAndre Jordan, once a throw-in when the Clippers discussed a “Big Three,” finally got the recognition that’s largely eluded him. Jordan was named to the All-NBA First Team on Thursday, earning recognition as the league’s top center.Jordan averaged 12.7 points, 13.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks while shooting a league-leading 70.3 percent from the field. He helped the Clippers stay afloat with Blake Griffin missing more than half of the regular season due to injury.Jordan, who has never made an All-Star team, was All-NBA Third Team last season. C DeAndre JordanG Stephen CurryG Russell WestbrookSECOND TEAMF Kevin DurantF Draymond GreenC DeMarcus CousinsG Chris PaulG Damian LillardTHIRD TEAMF Paul GeorgeF LaMarcus AldridgeC Andre DrummondG Klay ThompsonG Kyle Lowry Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Chris Paul earned a spot on the All-NBA Second Team after scoring 19.5 points a game to go with 10 assists per night.Here are the full teams:FIRST TEAMF LeBron JamesF Kawhi Leonardlast_img read more

Dodgers talk to Puig after his latest arrest

first_imgIn this June 16, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig watches from the in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have told outfielder Yasiel Puig the organization is “very disappointed” with his behavior in the wake of his second arrest this year for reckless driving.The team issued a statement Sunday that said Puig’s behavior “is a very serious issue to us.” The Dodgers said they would continue to educate the 23-year-old Cuban defector and strive to further develop his growth off the field.Puig was arrested Saturday in Naples, Fla., after the Florida Highway Patrol clocked him going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone.Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig lives in the Miami area during the offseason.In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50-mph zone. The charges were dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.Puig was an instant sensation with the Dodgers last season, batting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. He helped them reach the NL championship series, where they lost to St. Louis, and he was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award.Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million last season.last_img read more


first_imgRING WEEKEND:  Although he disappointed in the slop as the 8-5 favorite in the Grade II San Gabriel stakes, which was shifted to the main track due to rain on Jan. 7, this 6-year-old Tapit gelding scored an impressive head victory two starts back at Del Mar in the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf Nov. 26 and has a well-rounded resume that includes a win in Santa Anita’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) in March, 2015.  Trained by Graham Motion, he cuts back in distance a furlong, gets back to turf and would relish a hot pace, which could develop on Saturday.  Owned by St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds, he’s 21-7-4-2 with earnings of $1,452,744.                 CONQUEST ENFORCER:  A prompt 1 ¼ length winner of the Grade II Mathis Brother Mile (turf) as the 9-5 favorite here on Dec. 26, this 4-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred colt by Into Mischief will be making his second start for trainer Phil D’Amato since shipping west from Woodbine late last fall.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, he went to the lead in the Mathis Brothers Mile and was dominant throughout, earning a career-best equaling 99 Beyer Speed figure.  Owned by Loooch Racing Stables, Inc., Imaginary Stables and Raquel Ritchie, Conquest Enforcer is two for three at one mile on turf and has five wins from eight overall starts, with earnings of $480,640. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2017)–Conquest Enforcer, What A View, Ring Weekend and Bolo all loom prominently among a field of five older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes this Saturday at Santa Anita.  The Arcadia, which was taken last year by Bolo, will be contested at one mile on turf and be run for the 30th time, dating back to 1988. BOLO:  A winner of last year’s Arcadia, Bolo has been idle since well beaten in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Eddie Read Stakes on July 17 for trainer Carla Gaines.  A 5-year-old horse by Temple City, Bolo, who was third in the 2015 Santa Anita Derby and subsequently 12th in the Kentucky Derby, has found a home on turf and has proven to be consistent at the Arcadia conditions, with two wins and a second from four tries at a flat mile on turf.  Owned by Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc. and Earle I. Mack, LLC, Bolo will likely stalk the early Arcadia pace.  With an overall mark of 12-4-1-2, he has earnings of $494,045. WHAT A VIEW:  Trained by Kenny Black, he comes off a big second to multiple graded stakes winner Ashleyluvssugar in the 1 1/8 miles California Cup Turf Classic on Jan. 28 and will pose significant problems for anyone with designs on a front-running trip in the Arcadia.  Although he’s returning to action in just two weeks, the cutback in distance should be to his liking and trainer Kenny Black appears to have this 6-year-old Vronsky gelding in top form.  Bred in-part in California by Old English Rancho, he’s owned by Finish Line Racing, LLC, the Elwood Johnston Trust and Taste of Victory Stables.  With four wins from eight starts at one mile on turf, he’s 16-6-3-0 overall with earnings of $643,326.center_img CONQUEST ENFORCER, WHAT A VIEW, RING WEEKEND & BOLO ALL PROMINENT IN GRADE II, $200,000 ARCADIA STAKES SATURDAY AS OLDER HORSES COMPETE AT ONE MILE ON TURF Bolo, Mike Smith, 122Ring Weekend, Rafael Bejarano, 124What a View, Tyler Baze, 122Ohio, Tiago Pereira, 120Conquest Enforcer, Flavien Prat, 124First post time for a nine-race card at Santa Anita on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. THE GRADE II ARCADIA STAKES, WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9 – Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more