Rooney hurt by United form

first_img For Rooney, though, the players need to do their bit. “We all have to step up,” he told a number of national newspapers ahead of Sunday’s away game with Aston Villa. “It hasn’t been good enough of late and we all have to come forward and show why we were champions last year and do better. We have a good run of games now and hopefully we can do that.” Rooney is one United player who could be admonished of blame for United’s form. The England international has been the club’s stand-out player this season, but still considers himself culpable. “It’s not about me, it’s about the team. If the team isn’t doing well then my form is not important – we have to do well as a team and roll our sleeves up and really pull ourselves together,” he added. “It’s not nice (the table). We are all proud players and it’s not nice being there. It hurts. Hopefully there will be a reaction.” Much has been said about the transfer business Moyes did in the summer and how much he is expected to do in the forthcoming window. Some have criticised the Scot for his dealings, with others claiming United no longer spend big, but he is adamant that the money is there for him to freshen things up should he so wish. The champions currently sit ninth in the Premier League and are nine points behind Everton who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot. With David Moyes still adapting to life in Sir Alex Ferguson’s place as manager, the transition has been a long one and questions have been asked of where United are heading on and off the field. Press Association “We can definitely find the money for a big deal, 100 per cent,” he told national newspapers. “I know that because the money was available this summer. We were very close to a major, major signing, and if it had gone through it would have definitely shown what the club is worth. “We didn’t do it in the end, we didn’t quite get there because players had chosen other clubs or made different decisions, but we were close to a couple of major signings and we didn’t miss out because of money, that’s for sure.” With United’s pursuit of a top-four spot currently off-beam, questions have been asked in some places as to how the club’s owners would react if Moyes and his players fail to qualify for the competition next season. Moyes was dubbed as ‘the chosen one’ after being picked for the job by Ferguson and former United defender Gary Neville believes Moyes should remain, no matter what. “My view is simple: David Moyes deserves to have the same period of time that every Manchester United manager has had,” he wrote in the Mail on Sunday. “I don’t care what Chelsea or Real Madrid do in sacking their managers after winning trophies. “Manchester United should be different and stay true to their values. And even if United didn’t qualify for the Champions League, which would be a huge disappointment, I would maintain that view.” Wayne Rooney is “hurt” by the way Manchester United’s title defence has started and has told his team-mates they need to start delivering.last_img read more

Tim Tebow’s debut with Syracuse Mets on Thursday will be one step closer to big league dream

first_imgTebow is still trying to convince people that he isn’t just a football player anymore, he said. But Tebow thinks he’s moved in the right direction.“When you do something for so long it just becomes so natural,” Tebow said. “So trying to get those movements for this game, where it’s just that natural. I don’t think I’ve fully done that yet but I think I’ve made a lot of strides in it.”The group of outfielders around Tebow should positively impact his baseball career. The Mets feature 38-year-old Rajai Davis, 35-year-old Gregor Blanco and 33-year-old Carlos Gomez. That trio has more than 11,000 at-bats in Major League Baseball, and on Tuesday, Tebow huddled with them at the beginning of the Mets’ workout.Blanco offers small, mechanical suggestions to Tebow. Davis “specializes” in baserunning, Tebow added. When Davis pulled out a football-like juke move on the bases in a drill Tuesday, Tebow let out a loud “ooh” twice as Davis flashed a big grin. And Gomez brings a youthful enthusiasm that reminds Tebow why he’s out there in the first place.“He still plays it like he’s a kid, which kind of reminds you how fun the game is as well,” Tebow said.Tebow is just a step away from reaching the dream of any baseball player: making the major leagues. But he’s not overly concerned with where he ends up. Right now, he’s happy to be showing up to the ballpark with an opportunity at all.“Where I end at, I don’t know,” Tebow said. “I think it’s have the mindset that this whole journey is kind of about enjoying it but being overall the best you can be, wherever that stops it stops.”The first pitch Tebow saw in instructional league, he hit a home run. His first low-A at bat was a homer, and his first game in High-A featured another. Tebow’s first at bat at Double-A Binghamton a year ago was a homer, too.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHe said his goal won’t be to go deep in his first at-bat Thursday, because that would mean changing his approach. But Blanco’s words about Tebow’s chances of making the major leagues might apply just as well to the chances of debut magic.“We just try to help him hopefully have his dream to become a major league player. He’s one step away,” Blanco said.“And who knows? He might just do it.” Comments Tim Tebow taking a round of BP pic.twitter.com/cIHzc5XQLk— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) April 2, 2019 As Tim Tebow took warm-up swings Tuesday afternoon, a handful of reporters with cameras moved in closer. A Syracuse Mets coach walked through and asked them to back up. Tebow just kept swinging.The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback is used to the attention, but with the opening day of the Triple-A season at hand, Syracuse is only just being introduced to it.The Mets and Tebow begin the campaign with a 2:05 p.m. game against the Pawtucket Red Sox at NBT Bank Stadium on Thursday. Tebow’s first game action for Syracuse will be his Triple-A debut, one step of organized baseball away from the major leagues. Since returning to the sport in 2016 for the first time since high school, Tebow has drawn large crowds everywhere he’s played. Now it’s Syracuse’s turn.“I haven’t even thought about Tim Tebow right now, you guys,” Syracuse manager Tony DeFrancesco joked Tuesday to the media. “I’m excited, I want to watch him play too. … It’d be a great story. And you’re always rooting for an underdog. And Tim is gonna fight all the way through.”Baseball was one of Tebow’s first loves, ever since he donned a Chicago White Sox jersey in Little League when he was 4 years old, wearing No. 35 at the same time as now-Hall of Famer Frank Thomas did. He gave it up to play college football at Florida, though, a decision Tebow called one of the toughest he’s ever made. About a decade off from the game followed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first time DeFrancesco saw Tebow play baseball was in the lefty’s first major-league spring training game in 2017. DeFrancesco was on the Houston Astros’ coaching staff, across the diamond from the Mets. Tebow looked “like a football player trying to play baseball,” DeFrancesco said.Tebow was “big,” “thick” and “slow,” DeFrancesco said. He thought Tebow’s biggest issue was a lack of game experience. The daily repetition that makes someone a natural ballplayer, repetition that Tebow went more than a decade without, had been missing. That was two springs ago. Now, DeFrancesco sees the adjustments Tebow’s made to become a better fielder and improved hitter. Published on April 3, 2019 at 11:21 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY MAY 28, 2016

first_imgSEAN MCCARTHY, BERT’S MELODY, WINNER: “I feel fantastic. With this particular situation it’s an advantage. She has speed, obviously. You know you’re going to go into a race where there’s going to be a lot of speed and good speed on top of that. So, sometimes when you run a longer distance before a race like this, it will cause them to settle and relax a little bit, which is exactly what we did today.“I knew that Art’s [Sherman] filly was pretty fast and that she was going to be up on the front end and we certainly didn’t want to get into a battle with each other. We were lucky enough that ‘Bert’ is starting to mature quite well and she’s settling down. This is the second race she’s settled like that in so today it worked out super.” JOHN BARR, OWNER/BREEDER, BERT’S MELODY, WINNER: “You get all kinds of emotions when you watch them win. Brice rides her very well, Sean trains her beautifully and she’s got some talent so, today was the day!“Well the California incentive program is an outstanding program, probably the best in the nation for an individual state and I’m very proud to have been a director on the CTBA board for a number of years and this is one of the rewards!” JOCKEY QUOTESBRICE BLANC, RIDER OF BERT’S MELODY, WINNER: “Sean’s really done a great job with her. She ran great the other day, but she got a little tired going a mile and one eighth and it set us up for a big race today. She’s relaxing better now and she’s getting a little older and a little smarter.” TRAINER QUOTES             NOTES: The winning Owner/Breeder is John Barr of Oakcrest Stable who resides in Orange, CA.last_img read more

MASOCHISTIC RETURNS IN THE GR. I, $400,000 TRIPLE BEND STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA; 7-YEAR-OLD GELDING TRAINED BY ELLIS SET TO GO SEVEN FURLONGS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2017) – Graded stakes winner Masochistic returns to the races for the first time in 2017 this Saturday at Santa Anita. The 7-year-old gelding, trained by Ron Ellis, heads a competitive field of seven sprinters in the Gr. I, $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes going seven furlongs on the main track.MASOCHISTIC: Favored in his last three starts, California bred Masochistic was most recently a second place finisher in the Gr. I Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, beaten only 1 ¼ lengths by eventual Eclipse Award winner, Drefong. Though recent controversy has surrounded the horse after a medication violation stripped the owners of Breeders’ Cup purse money, the talented gelding hasn’t lost a step.With Mike Smith aboard for almost every recent work, Masochistic posted two bullet six furlong moves early in February in preparation for the Triple Bend. With his natural born ability rarely in question, some of Masochistic’s best Beyer Speed Figures have come in the three graded stakes he has won, including a 102 in the Gr. II Kona Gold in April 2015, a 109 in the 2015 Triple Bend and a career best 110 in the Gr. II Pat O’Brien in Aug, 2016.Owned by Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable, Masochistic is 14-8-2-0 overall with $772,550 in career earnings.KOBE’S BACK: A horse with a ton of heart but not exactly a ton of speed leaving the gate, Kobe’s Back returns in his first race since the 2016 edition of the Triple Bend run on June 25, in which he ran third to Lord Nelson.Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by CRK Stable, LLC, the 5-year-old horse will be looking for his first ever Grade I win. With regular rider Gary Stevens just now coming off the bench from hip replacement surgery, the team had already secured a possible replacement and will welcome East Coast based Javier Castellano to ride on Saturday.By Flatter and out of the Well Decorated mare, Well, Kobe’s Back is 20-5-3-4 overall with $1,036,250 in lifetime earnings. Denman’s Call, Tyler Baze, 120Point Piper, Mario Gutierrez, 122Kobe’s Back, Javier Castellano, 122Silent Bird, Flavien Prat, 120Masochistic, Mike Smith, 122Nowalking, Edwin Maldonado, 120Conquest Cobra, Rafael Bejarano, 120 Be sure to tune into XBTV on Saturday at www.xbtv.com/watch-live/ from any mobile device or computer.  The XBTV team will feature live, on-site coverage all day long on Santa Anita Handicap Day, and Gulfstream Park bonus coverage will be provided as well.Fans can watch video of Triple Bend workers at www.xbtv.com/video-on-demand/workouts/.Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon.  Admission gates will open at 10 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit: www.santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/.center_img THE GRADE I TRIPLE BEND STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 8 of 11 – Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PSTlast_img read more