The L.V. Rogers Bombers showed their youth and inexperience as the club finished the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks High School Baseball Tournament with a 1-4 record this weekend in Trail.“(This is) the first time this year we struggled both at the plate and on the field,” said Bomber manager Ron Mace.“The pitchers threw the ball well for the most part but making on average six errors per game did not help.”LVR opened the tournament with a loss to the host Hawks.The Bombers, missing several key players due to school commitments, had four hits in the game with Reese Tambellini collecting two of them.Aeden Osika started the game and he got relief help from Connor Comishin and Steven Ross, in total they gave up 14 walks, four hits and struck out six.A red-hot Cranbrook Wild squad then pounded the Bombers in Game two. “Our pitchers gave up 11 hits while we walked 11, combined with eight physical errors lead to a lopsided loss for us,” Mace explained.Casey Harrison, Jordan Mcleod and Chase May picked up hits for us in Game two.In Game 3, LVR got into the win column by defeating Vulcan Alberta.LVR jumped on the Albertans, scoring six runs in the first inning due to one key error.Chase May had three hits to lead LVR while Nate Ingram had two and Connor Comishin, Jodan Mcleod and Reese Tambellini each collected one hit.Mount Boucherie of Kelowna pounded out 18 hits while and walked another eight times to dump the Bombers.LVR also committed eight errors in the blowout loss.Marty Ingram picked up two hits while Connor Comishin and Reese Tambellini each had one hit.Game 5 Sunday morning was a close game until our defense let the pitching down and we allowed 10 unearned runs in a 13 – 8 loss.Harrison, May and Tambellini (one of which was a 3 run Home Run) collected two hits, while Joel Aubert, Marty Ingram and Connor Comishin collected one each.The team travels to Cranbrook on Wednesday and then to Mt. Spokane on Saturday.
PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $62,473 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL POOL EXPECTED TO EXCEED $400,000 –30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2015)–California-bred Alert Bay once again demonstrated his gameness and versatility in taking Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 City of Mile (turf) at Santa Anita as the 4-year-old City Zip gelding stalked a fast pace under Martin Garcia and flew home to win by one length over longshot Big Cazanova in a rapid 1:33.58.A close third two start back in the Grade III Longacres Mile near Seattle, Alert Bay was a 2 ¼ length winner of the 1 1/16 turf Rolling Green Stakes at Golden GateFields Sept. 7 and was making his fourth consecutive start at as many tracks Sunday at Santa Anita.“This horse likes to be up near the running and it set up real good with a fast pace (22.69, 45.74, 1:09.58 and 1:21.67,” said winning trainer Blaine Wright, who is based at Golden Gate Fields. “This was actually Mr. Redekop’s (Peter, owner) decision to run here. I had a different race, but he wanted to keep him stretched out.”When asked about the prospect of running in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (turf) at Keeneland Oct. 31, Wright said, “I’d certainly have to think about it. We faced a good group of horses today and now we’ll get him back home, evaluate him, talk it over with Mr. Redekop and see what goes on from there.“…I’ve never had such a versatile, hard knocking horse as him. He can run on any surface. Obviously, he’s best on turf but he can run on dirt and even (synthetic) Tapeta.”Off at 4-1 in a field of eight three year olds and up, Alert Bay paid $10.80, $6.80 and $3.20. With the win, he notched his fourth win from five starts over the Santa Anita lawn and improved his overall mark to 19-10-4-2. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he hiked his bankroll to $954,495.“Blaine told me to put him in a good spot where we wouldn’t get into trouble, follow the speed and make your move outside,” said Garcia, who was a close fourth with three furlongs to run and rallied five-deep turning for home. “I was pretty comfortable outside and when I saw Gary (Stevens, aboard favored Avanzare) ask him going into the stretch and Avanzare didn’t respond, I knew it was mine.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Argentine-bred Big Cazanova pressed pacesetter Hot Hot Heat into the far turn and took command at the three furlong pole but couldn’t hold the winner off the final sixteenth.Off at 18-1, he paid $17.80 and $7.60.“I can’t believe I got beat,” said Desormeaux. “I was haulin’ ass!! My horse ran a hole in the wind and we still got beat. Congrats to the winner. Who is that horse?”Fresh off victory in the Grade II Del Mar Mile (turf) Aug. 23, Avanzare was third best, finishing 2 ¼ lengths clear of rival Talco. Off as the 8-5 favorite, Avanzare paid $2.80 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover into Thursday at Santa Anita of $62,473. With first post time at 1 p.m., the Pick Six will cover races three through eight. The total Pick Six pool on Thursday is expected to exceed $400,000.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2016)–Separated by a length and a half when last they met, Uruguayan-bred Generosidade and Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca head a field of 10 older marathoners in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at a mile and three quarters on turf, Santa Anita’s traditional closing day feature. TRADITIONAL CLOSING DAY FEATURE ATTRACTS FIELD OF 10 OLDER HORSES GENEROSIDADE: Trained by Paulo Lobo and ridden by fellow Brazilian, Tiago Pereira, this 7-year-old mare blew out the tote board when defeating Quick Casablanca and other males in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes at 71-1 on March 13. Although unplaced, she had been close in three stateside stakes assigments prior to annexing her first North American win in the San Luis Rey. Lightly raced, Generosidade has five wins from 17 lifetime starts. Owned by her breeder, Haras Phillipson, Generosidade surged from far back to win the San Luis Rey as she held a troubled Quick Casablanca at bay. QUICK CASABLANCA: Conditioned by Hall of Famer, Ron McAnally, who seeks his third lifetime win in the San Juan Capistrano, this 8-year-old full horse, who has been winless since taking his Southern California debut for McAnally 11 starts back on April 25, 2014, appears to be back on his game as he makes his fourth start of the current Winter Meet. “The added distance should be a benefit,” said McAnally. “In the San Luis Rey he kept coming even after he got in trouble turning for home. He was still closing and wasn’t beaten that far.” Best suited when allowed to settle and make a run from well off the pace, Quick Casablanca has an overall mark of 27-4-8-6 and he has earnings of $689,160.THE GRADE III SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS, WEIGHTS & MORNING LINERace 8 (of 11) A Red Tie Day–Mario Gutierrez–120–(6-1)Cardiac–Fernando Perez–120–(20-1)Energia Fribby–Rafael Bejarano–115–(4-1)Kenjisstorm–Edwin Maldonado–120–(8-1)Bourbon Soul–Flavien Prat–120–(6-1)Generosidade–Tiago Pereira–119–(4-1)Blingo–Alex Solis–120–(6-1)Quick Casablanca–Tyler Baze–120–(7-2)Life’s Journey–Kent Desormeaux–120–(20-1)Generoso–Martin Pedroza–120–(20-1)First post time for an 11-race card on Sunday, closing day of Santa Anita’s current Winter Meet, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Francois Kellerman is the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. The Islanders (11-1, 0-0 SLC) extended their winning streak to 11 matches, picking up three wins at the UL Lafayette Invitational this past weekend. Corpus Christi squeezed out three close victories at the tournament, defeating East Carolina 4-3, Tennessee Tech 4-2 and the host team 4-3. The 11-1 start is the best in program history. The Islanders next hit the court today at 2 p.m. CT at UTRGV. This is the second consecutive weekly award for Corpus Christi after sophomore Thomas Rodrigues won the honor last week. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Francois Kellerman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Fr. – Cape Town, South Africa Honorable Mention: Josh Sheehy, Abilene Christian. Kellerman notched crucial points at the top flight in singles and doubles competition to provide Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with an undefeated weekend. Opening the UL Lafayette Invitational at the No. 1 singles slot against East Carolina’s Vlad Anghel, the freshman recorded a 7-5, 6-1 win en route to the Islanders one point dual match victory. The pair of Kellerman and his brother Okkie at No. 1 doubles went 2-0 on the weekend with a 7-6 (7-5) win over ECU and a 6-3 victory over the Ragin’ Cajuns. Francois Kellerman also picked up a 6-4, 6-3 defeat against UL’s Arthur Libaud at No. 2 singles on Saturday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
Match three pits No. 3 Sam Houston State against No. 6 seed McNeese in a 4 p.m. serve. SHSU enters the tournament with a 13-3 record in conference action. The Bearkats will look to extend the season on the shoulders of the 2018 Southland Player of the Year, Taylor Cunningham. Sam Houston State’s defense has been a stalwart, limiting opponents to a .153 hitting percentage – good for ninth-best nationally. McNeese closed out its conference slate with an 8-8 mark following a three-match sweep of Northwestern State. Paige Harvell has been a staple at the net for the Cowgirls, ranking 19th nationally with 135 blocks.Friday’s nightcap features No. 2-seeded Central Arkansas against tournament host and No. 7 seed Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. The Sugar Bears lead the Southland Conference in team hitting percentage (.247) and assists per set (12.7) after winning their last eight matches. Northwestern State has 1,193 kills this season, playing to an 8-8 conference mark. Top-seed Stephen F. Austin takes on No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the tournament’s opener Friday morning at 11 a.m. Debbie Humphreys, the 2018 Katrinka Jo Crawford Coach of the Year recipient, has captained her squad to straight-set finishes in five of its last seven matches. SFA is currently riding the nation’s longest active winning streak at 26 matches. The Ladyjacks’ 29 match victories this season represent the most in NCAA Division I volleyball and is tied for most single-season wins in SFA program history. Stephen F. Austin is headlined by first team All-Conference selections Haley Coleman, Danae Daron and Setter of the Year Ann Hollas. The Islanders clinched the tournament’s final spot with a straight set road win over Incarnate Word in the regular-season finale. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Madison Green leads the Southland Conference and ranks 14th nationally with a pair of triple-doubles this season. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be streamed live from Natchitoches on the Southland Conference Digital Network, available at southland.org/live and the league’s apps, available for phones, tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Tony Taglavore and Greg Miller will handle the first two rounds. No. 4 seed Abilene Christian will square off against No. 5 seed Houston Baptist in Friday’s second contest. Opening serve is slated for 1:30 p.m. ACU heads into Friday’s match with a 10-6 conference record and a 13-15 overall mark. Abilene Christian has averaged 2.32 blocks per set for a combined 252.5 blocks throughout the season. Houston Baptist was one of four programs to conclude conference play with an 8-8 record. The Huskies secured the five seed with a tiebreaker advantage over McNeese, Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. HBU leads the conference and is third in the nation for team kills (1,548), team aces (194) and total team attacks (4,352). Tournament Central | BracketNATCHITOCHES, La. – Postseason play begins Friday in the three-day 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament. The single-elimination championship is hosted by No. 7 seed Northwestern State at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. The winner will claim the Southland’s automatic qualifier for the 64-team 2018 Division I NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The championship match will be an exclusive presentation of ESPN+, available via ESPNPlus.com and the ESPN app. Lyn Rollins will handle play-by-play duties and Tiara Gibson will provide color commentary. Friday’s action features four quarterfinal matches at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. CT. Saturday’s schedule calls for semifinal contests at noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday’s championship is set for 3:05 p.m.
DEFENDING CHAMP STORM THE HILL BACK TO DEFEND HER CROWN IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 WILSHIRE STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF CLASSY OLLIE’S CANDY & UPSTART SIMPLY BREATHLESS ALSO PROMINENT AMONG FIELD OF 11 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 19, 2019)–A winner of five out of seven of her starts on the Santa Anita turf but idle since Nov. 3, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Storm the Hill returns to action on Saturday as she defends her title versus 11 fillies and mares three and up in the Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes at one mile on grass.Also figuring prominently in Saturday’s Wilshire are the John Sadler-conditioned Ollie’s Candy, who probably needed her most recent race, a seventh place finish in the Grade I Gamely Stakes, and Neil Drysdale’s English-bred Simply Breathless, who was most impressive in taking her U.S. debut by one length, the $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on April 27.STORM THE HILLOwner: Alastar Thoroughbred Company, LLC & Michael ValdesTrainer: Phil D’AmatoLast seen winning the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes here going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course Nov. 3, this 5-year-old Stormy Atlantic mare took last year’s Wilshire four starts back by rallying from off the pace to win by 1 ½ lengths in her first start for D’Amato. A winner of two of her four starts for D’Amato, she’ll be reunited with Rafael Bejarano, who was aboard for both wins.OLLIE’S CANDYOwner: Paul & Karen EggertTrainer: John SadlerThis 4-year-old homebred daughter of Candy Ride appears poised for her best following an even seventh place finish, 5 ½ lengths behind the mighty Vasilika in the Grade I, 1 1/8 mile turf Gamely Stakes here on May 27. Idle since a close second in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 18, Ollie’s Candy was likely in need of the outing and should be extremely tough as she shortens up a furlong. Although far back early in the Gamely, she has plenty of tactical speed, if needed. Ridden by eastern-based Joel Rosario in the Gamely, she’ll be reunited with Kent Desormeaux, who choreographed her most recent victory, which came four starts back in the Grade II Summertime Oaks over the main track here on June 16, 2018.SIMPLY BREATHLESSOwner: Cloros BloodstockTrainer: Neil DrysdaleOff at 2-1 in the seven-horse Golden Poppy at 1 1/16 miles over the Golden Gate turf on April 27, she was ridden with confidence by Flavien Prat and responded with a most impressive win, despite the fact she’d been idle since winning a minor one mile turf stakes in her native England on Sept. 8, 2018. A 4-year-old filly who has an impressive 7-3-1-2 record at one mile on turf, Simply Breathless has had six works over the Santa Anita training track since winning the Golden Poppy and will be ridden back by Prat on Saturday.THE GRADE III WILSHIRE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT Ollie’s Candy–Kent Desormeaux–121Storm the Hill–Rafael Bejarano–121Simply Breathless–Flavien Prat–123Poster Girl–Evin Roman–121Meal Ticket–Mike Smith–121Achira–Martin Garcia–121Gliding By–Mario Gutierrez–121Don’t Blame Judy–Victor Espinoza–121Ippodamia’s Girl–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121A Little Bit Me–Geovanni Franco–121Tapped–Drayden Van Dyke–121First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann leads a four-man shortlist said to be drawn up by the north London club.Mourinho and Ancelotti are also on their radar, as is Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe.The latest odds make three-time Premier League and two-time Champions League winner Mourinho the 5/2 favourite.Announcing his decision in a club statement tonight, Levy said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.”I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”latest sports newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticNext Spurs manager oddsJose Mourinho 1/3Carlo Ancelotti 17/2Max Allegri 9/1Eddie Howe 16/1Brendan Rodgers 16/1Erik ten Hag 18/1Rafa Benitez 20/1Steven Gerrard 20/1Tottenham would be crazy to sack Pochettino despite form slump, insists ex-boss Harry Redknapp3 TOTTENHAM could pick from a wealth of experienced candidates to replace the axed Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine was relieved of his duties by kingpin Daniel Levy on Tuesday night – and already the race to appoint a new boss has begun in North London.3 Maauricoo Pochettino has been sacked by Spurs after five years in chargeCredit: AFP or licensors3 Ladbrokes have Jose Mourinho as overwhelming favourite for the jobPochettino was furious that Tottenham failed to make a convincing bid for Philippe Coutinho in the summer and he has watched star playmaker Christian Eriksen go off the boil amid the Dane’s contract wrangle.Even though Spurs are stuck in 14th place, there is a sense that the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United are still all keen on the Argentine.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself is under intense pressure at Old Trafford while Bayern have already sacked the struggling Niko Kovac.
2JOSE MOURINHO showed he is a man of the people by helping deliver essential food to the elderly stuck indoors because of coronavirus.The big-hearted Spurs boss, 57, was helping out Age UK and Love Your Doorstep in Enfield, North London, earlier today.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates2 Mourinho was in Enfield, North London, putting together essential care packages for those stuck at homeShocked fellow volunteers took photos with the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea manager.One video showed the Portuguese, who is wearing a face mask and gloves, packing a bag for delivery.In the clip, he said: “I’m giving a little help to Age UK Enfield and Love Your Doorstep Enfield. And of course, you can donate food online or volunteer. It’s so easy to contact.”Some 335 people in the UK have died from coronavirus as cases today soared to 6,650, according to latest figures.More than 6,000 have fallen victim to Covid-19 in Italy and there are fears the UK is on a similar trajectory.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.But Mourinho is doing his best to help out the elderly, who have been advised to stay at home amid the global pandemic.Coronavirus has totally decimated the sporting calendar.Euro 2020 has been pushed back to 2021 and the Tokyo Olympics is also being postponed for the first time in its history.The Premier League has been delayed until April 30 – the same date as all boxing.But resuming play at that early a date seems incredibly unlikely with the number of deaths and confirmed cases of the killer bug increasing daily in the UK.A number of footballers have done their bit to try to help out amid the crisis.football newsCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticGary Neville and Ryan Giggs will allow the NHS to use both their hotels FREE of charge over the coming months – and have promised to protect ALL their staff.Wilfried Zaha has opened all 50 of his properties for NHS staff as well.On top of this, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich opened the doors of his Millennium Hotel to all NHS workers.
TOTTENHAM are reportedly eyeing Valencia’s Geoffrey Kondogbia to boost their midfield this summer.Sky Sports claims Jose Mourinho is unhappy with his current options in the centre of the park.2 Spurs are eyeing a move for Valencia midfielder Geoffrey KondogbiaCredit: Getty ImagesAnd Kondogbia could bring some much-needed steel with Spurs’ record signing Tanguy Ndombele yet to make an impact in his debut season.The French star, 23, arrived from Lyon for around £63million last summer but has scored just twice in 27 matches.Ndombele was publicly blasted by Mourinho after a dismal 45 minutes in the recent draw against Burnley.And he now faces being shunted out of the first team by compatriot and Valencia enforcer Kondogbia.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesThe former Sevilla, Monaco and Inter Milan ace, 27, is rated as one of the top box-to-box players in La Liga.And it’s believed Mourinho has sent chief scout Steve Hitchens to monitor Kondogbia in recent weeks.Indeed, it’s reckoned Hitchens has been following the powerhouse since Spurs sold Mousa Dembele over a year ago.However, Mourinho may have to move quickly as the report adds Everton are also interested in striking a deal.2 Jose Mourinho has run out of patience with club record signing Tanguy NdombeleCredit: Alamy Live NewsShould Spurs miss out on Kondogbia, they could also revive interest in Southampton’s Pierre Emile Hojberg.It’s reckoned Tottenham failed with an enquiry for the ex-Bayern Munich youngster in January.But Mourinho’s determined pursuit of a new midfielder shows he doesn’t have much faith in Ndombele.And after his Burnley blasting, it remains to be seen if Ndombele has a part to play in North London next term.TOTTENHAM NEWS LIVE: FOLLOW LATEST SPURS UPDATESMourinho said at the time: “In the first half we didn’t have a midfield.“Of course I’m not speaking of Oliver Skipp because he’s a kid of 19 who’s played two hours in the last few days. I don’t criticise him at all.“But I’m not going to run away and I have to say Ndombele has had enough time to come to a different level.“I know the Premier League is difficult and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league.“But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us, especially when you see how Lucas Moura, Gio Lo Celso and those players are playing.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 returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’“I was expecting much more in the first half from him.“Many fantastic players in their first season, in a new country, for different reasons they struggle. There have been many examples of that.“He’s a player with great talent. He has to know he has to do much better and know I cannot keep giving him opportunities to play because the team is much more important.”Glenn Hoddle admits there is a big problem at Spurs as they exit the Champions League and lose their sixth game in a row
The New Zealand side started strongly and a red card for Lions flanker Kwagga Smith late in the first half proved a blow from which the home side could not recover in their bid to land a maiden Super Rugby crown, despite their best efforts.Having led 15-3 at the break, the Crusaders added another 10 before tries from Malcolm Marx and Corne Fourie earned 2016 runners-up the Lions some consolation, as the Crusaders clinched their first silverware since 2008.The result marks the first time since 2000 that a Super Rugby final has been won by a team playing outside their own country, the Crusaders beating the Brumbies in Australia on that occasion.FULL TIME – @crusadersrugby are the 2017 #SuperRugby champions#LIOvCRU https://t.co/5SKwnr0FDH pic.twitter.com/fv8M2wzEuR— Super Rugby (@SuperRugby) August 5, 2017The Crusaders, who were beaten to top spot in the overall standings by the Lions in the last round of regular-season fixtures, moved ahead when Seta Tamanivalu surged down the left wing unchallenged after the ball popped out of a ruck deep in the visitors’ half in the eighth minute.Richie Mo’unga added the extras and it was not long before the Crusaders were celebrating once more, Jack Goodhue diving low into the corner to stretch the advantage to 12-0.The Crusaders continued to press but Israel Dagg was forced into a knock-on as he looked to pop the ball back inside for a certain try after 17 minutes.Having failed to convert his side’s second try, Mo’unga was again off target with a penalty from the halfway line, before Elton Jantjies finally got the Lions off the mark from the tee.The home side boldly turned down another shot at three points soon after, opting instead to kick for touch. The decision did not pay off and a bigger blow was to follow.An airborne David Havili was sent spinning head first into the turf when he was caught by Smith as he jumped to meet a high ball.Referee Jaco Peyper deemed the Lions man’s play to be reckless, reaching for a red card that severely dented the hosts’ chances.If the home crowd felt dispirited by that development, Kieran Read’s converted try within four minutes of the second half getting under way may have dealt the killer blow to any lingering hopes of a turnaround.Mo’unga added another three-pointer to carry the Crusaders into a 25-3 lead, but the Lions gave themselves a fighting chance when Marx powered over after 64 minutes and Jantjies split the posts to bring up double figures.Lions fans – who saw their team pull off a remarkable comeback victory over the Hurricanes in the semi-finals – dared to believe and Fourie further fuelled that optimism by crashing under the posts with seven minutes to play.But it was not to be for the Lions, who ran out of time to complete the turnaround in Johan Ackermann’s final match at the helm before he takes over at Premiership club Gloucester. Photo by Getty Images