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first_img The Chelsea manager and the Frenchman endured a difficult relationship during the Mourinho’s first stint at Stamford Bridge, when he infamously called his Gunners counterpart “a voyeur” for commenting on his rivals. However, Mourinho told how a series of chance meetings at several football tournaments following his 2007 Chelsea departure led the two men to form an unlikely friendship. Jose Mourinho has revealed his new-found respect for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “I started meeting him in UEFA, at the Euros (European Championships), the World Cup, we had dinner and so on,” the Portuguese said in several newspapers. “And when you are not in the same league and when you are not playing against each other, it is easier to know people, it is easier to go deeper. It is easy to speak about football, he’s a very nice guy. “I respect him a lot and I will show my respect always. (In) football sometimes even if you are friends and respect each other, you say something the other doesn’t like and you react. “But at the end of the day I respect him a lot and I have the feeling that he is the same in relation to me. I wouldn’t bet on one single problem between us.” Mourinho also claimed he never doubted the intentions of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. The pair parted ways by mutual consent in September 2007, with Mourinho leaving the club as its most successful manager with six trophies in three years. However, the self-titled ‘Special One’ returned to the Blues this summer after spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and hailed the Russian’s foresight. “There was always the question, ‘When is he going to sell it?’ ‘Is he in love with the club?’ ‘Is he in love with football?’ ‘Is he doing this for the right reasons?'” Mourinho said. “Peter Kenyon (then chief executive) and I were worried about just creating the right conditions and having a good base. Roman was always going for more, always going for the future. He said, ‘If we can build 15 pitches here, why build only four?’ “We said: ‘Because four is what we need now – two for the first team, one for the reserves and one for the youth’. He said: ‘No, no, if we can build 14 or 15, then do it for the future, for the kids. The thing is not just to have the reserves and the first team here, it’s to have all the teams here. Why train at Brentford if we can have everybody here? So the academy has the same conditions as the first team’.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgBy now, one win or one loss means little to the Dodgers’ collective confidence. But for Avilan, who had allowed a .345 batting average to right-handed hitters entering the weekend, two big outs on an August afternoon can mean a lot.“That gives you a lot of confidence, especially because I had an opportunity to get out of that inning in that situation, the eighth, winning by one,” he said. “It’s really good for your confidence.”That, more than one game, might bear fruit for the Dodgers come October. The count was full when Pirela, a .295 hitter, swung and missed at Avilan’s 95-mph fastball off the outside corner. Solarte grounded out weakly on a changeup, the sixth pitch he saw in the at-bat.“With that part of the order and (Avilan) having not pitched, I trust him in that spot,” Roberts said. “To get the top three guys and potentially the fourth and fifth guy, I felt that it was Avilan’s inning.”Avilan said he was well-rested after the long layoff. Perhaps his wife was not, after giving birth to the couple’s first child, Sebastian, on Monday. They’re in Miami while Avilan auditions to become the primary left-handed reliever out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. LOS ANGELES >> Dodgers pitcher Luis Avilan hadn’t thrown a pitch in nine days before he took the mound in the eighth inning Sunday against the San Diego Padres. In the blink of an eye, the tying runner was on third base with one out. The Padres’ No. 3 and No. 4 hitters were due to bat, both from the right side of the plate against the left-handed Avilan. No one was warming in the Dodgers’ bullpen.When you lead your division by 18 games on Aug. 13, this is what passes for high drama.Come October, Dave Roberts might manage the Dodgers with more caution. Sunday he challenged Avilan, and the pitcher responded by striking out Jose Pirela and retiring Yangervis Solarte on a groundout. The Dodgers held on to win, 6-4.Justin Turner hit a pair of home runs, Yasmani Grandal added another, and the Dodgers improved the major leagues’ best record to 83-34. Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (11-4) won his fourth consecutive decision, buoyed by the Dodgers’ five-run fourth inning. “There’s another reason why I keep coming to the park and doing my best,” he said.Maeda allowed four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one batter and struck out eight. Cory Spangenberg tagged him for two home runs, including a first-inning blast that gave San Diego a 2-0 lead, but Maeda allowed just two singles otherwise.Since June 9, when Maeda was temporarily demoted to the bullpen and recorded a save, he’s lowered his ERA from 4.95 to 3.76. Only eight National League pitchers, including teammates Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood, have won more games than Maeda (11).After the first inning Sunday, Grandal said, “I pretty much told (Maeda) to stop shaking and just concentrate on locating. By doing that, we took everything aside from what we want to throw outside of the equation and he just concentrates where he wants to throw to me.”After San Diego starter Luis Perdomo (6-7) did not allow a baserunner for three innings, the Dodgers scored five runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead. All five runs scored as a result of home runs by Turner and Grandal.Turner also hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning against Jose Valdez. It was the seventh multi-homer game of Turner’s career. Three have come this season, including two in the last week.“One of ‘em was in Arizona, where the ball flies really well,” Turner said. “The other one was a day game in Dodger Stadium, where the ball flies a lot better than a night game at Dodger Stadium. I’m just trying to take good at-bats and hit balls hard. When it’s daytime here, you get it up in the air, it’s got a pretty good chance to get out of here.”Turner leads the National League with a .346 batting average. He has 17 home runs.Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor made a diving catch in the ninth inning to rob Wil Myers of a potential hit. That helped preserve Kenley Jansen’s perfect ninth inning — his second save in as many nights and his 32nd this season.The only thing that can slow down the Dodgers now is a day off, and they’ll get two this week — one Monday, another Thursday. This is not hyperbole. The Dodgers haven’t won fewer than three games in a week since April 16-22. That includes the week of the All-Star Game in July, when they played three times and did not lose.For the season, the Dodgers are winning more than 70 percent of their games (a .709 clip, to be exact). The Houston Astros’ .615 winning percentage is the next-best in baseball — an unusual 11-game gap between the sport’s two best teams.Sometimes, like in the eighth inning Sunday, it’s easy to appreciate the Dodgers’ mastery of a difficult task. Often, though, they make it look easy. Grandal said the players don’t take it for granted.“A lot of teams can talk about executing a plan and at times during a game they get away from it,” he said. “With us, you can have a no-hitter, a perfect game going through three or four innings. At some point we’re going to get you. We’re not going to deviate from the plan. We’re going to stick with it.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Judy Casner · 234 weeks ago Congrats to Baylee and all the team. We loved watching the game! Jack & Judy Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Sandy Meridith · 234 weeks ago Argonia, great High School, great Players and great coach, Dixie Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down shawn · 233 weeks ago Nice! How exciting for Baylee. Way to go coach for keeping with the records . Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down clash royale apk 34p · 232 weeks ago Argonia, great High School, great Players and great coach, Dixie Report Reply 0 replies · active 232 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Baylee Booker during her performance against Flinthills. Photo by Jessica Fitch.by Tracy McCue , Sumner Newscow — In basketball, they call it “getting into the zone” — that rare occasion when a basketball player gets so hot he/she can’t miss. But Baylee Booker, an Argonia freshman girls basketball player, wasn’t just hot last Friday night – she was record-setting, unstoppable, smoking, burn-the-gym-down hot.And she appears to be on her way to making the state record books.On Friday night, when the Argonia girls upset Flinthills 65-54 at home, Booker went 8-for-8 from beyond the 3-point line. She had scored 26 points for the game including a layup. After review of the books and looking at both the game films of Argonia and Flinthills, it was determined Booker never missed.Argonia girls head coach Dixie Brewster called the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame this week, and officials there say that there has never been a girl basketball player who has shot more than five three-pointers without missing.“You see players go 1-for-1 or 2-for-2 on 3-pointers a lot,” Brewster said. “But it is highly unusual to get one girl hitting 4-for-4. Baylee had eight of them. Incredible.”The girls basketball record for 3-pointers is 12, Brewster said. But even that girl wasn’t shooting 100 percent.The thing is, nobody realized such a record was happening at the time.Oh, everyone knew Booker was hot that night, for sure. And she was nailing her outside shots despite being sick with a stomach virus. She had to leave at one point in the fourth quarter to vomit in the locker room.But Booker came back and asked the coaches if she could play again. Brewster put her back on court and she hit another 3-pointer.“We were talking about it after the game and my husband, Dean, does books,” Brewster said. “I asked him if she had four or five 3-pointers, not really keeping track. We looked at the book, and holy cow she hit eight shots.”Then after some more talk, nobody could remember if she actually missed a shot.“We started looking at the film and the answer was no,” Brewster said. “She never did.”The thing is, there was no game plan to give Booker the ball and let her shoot. Jessie Tracy, a junior, is the team’s best 3-point shooter.“They were more focused on her,” Brewster said. “We have always told our girls, if there is a hot shooter, get her the ball. Baylee was hot that game, but never was that really the focus. It just happened.”Flinthills was in a zone defense most of the evening, and there was no box-and-one defense implemented on her when she started scoring. Booker is only 5-0 and her being a freshman may have made the opponent overlook her, Brewster speculated.For the Argonia girls, it was a huge win. The Lady Raiders knocked off the No. 2 team in the SCBL, which up to that point hadn’t lost in league play. The Red Raiders were 6-11 at the time and are now 8-11 after another win Tuesday against Oxford.Booker, who averages six points a game, had two points on Tuesday night against Oxford. Like getting that hole in one in golf, getting in a record setting zone doesn’t happen every ball game.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgSANTA ANITA GUARANTEES $2 MILLION SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT ON SUNDAY, WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 12 NOON; POPULAR 20 CENT MINIMUM WAGER ATTRACTS $442,962 IN ‘NEW’ MONEY TODAYARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2019)–For the second consecutive day, Santa Anita Park will guarantee $2 million in Sunday’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, as there was no single ticket winner on Saturday.With a $2 million guaranteed Jackpot and a live money Rainbow Six Jackpot carryover of $918,801 stoking the pari-mutuel fires, there was $442,962 in “new” money wagered today, creating a total Rainbow Six pool $1,361,763.  With no singleton, there is a live money carryover into Sunday of $1,020,209.First post time for a pair of 10-race cards on Sunday and Monday is at 12 noon.  Approximate post time for Sunday’s fifth race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is at 2:03 p.m. PT.With a total of 57 horses entered and eligible to run, average field size for Sunday’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six is better than nine runners per race.Admission gates will open on both Sunday and Monday at 10 a.m.  Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is also Dollar Day at Santa Anita, with one dollar beers, sodas and two dollar hot dogs available throughout the day.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more