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UCA’s Jordan Howard to Play in Reese’s All-Star Game

first_imgSAN ANTONIO, Texas – The most decorated men’s basketball player in University of Central Arkansas history will get to represent the Purple and Gray one more time at the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Reese’s College All-Star Game on Friday in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four.UCA graduate Jordan Howard was one of 20 players named to the All-Star teams and will compete at 3:35 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Alamodome on CBS Sports Network.”This is definitely a special honor and I’m extremely blessed and thankful to be able to be noticed enough to be invited to such a special event,’ said Howard. “This is huge not only for me but the university as well, to be able to represent UCA one last time will be really special for myself and my team as well. It’s a reward that I definitely don’t take for granted, and a really cool way to cap off the career.’ Howard, the career scoring leader at UCA and in Arkansas Division I history, will play for the East All-Stars, coached by Yale University head coach James Jones. His brother Joe Jones from Boston University will coach the West team. Howard is joined on the team by players from Creighton, Clemson, UCLA, TCU, Bucknell, Davidson, Colorado, Winthrop and St. Bonaventure.Howard, the Southland Conference Player of the Year for 2017-18, is the career three-point leader in the SLC, at UCA and in Arkansas Division I with 384 career three-pointers. He set UCA records for career points (2,524), career free throws (558) and free-throw percentage (86.8), season three-pointers (113) and season points (880).Howard scored in double figures in 120 of his 124 career games at UCA and made at least one three-pointer in 120 of 124 games. He led the SLC in scoring this season at 25.1 points per game led the nation in total points scored at 880. Howard was the active career scoring leader in the NCAA and was second in three-pointers.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

first_imgFlavien Prat135 $328,997 38% 48% $267,807 $236,867 $605,602 8 5 5 (Current from April 12 through Saturday, June 22) $270,315 46% 9 17% 44% 14% Brian J. Koriner34 ITM% 8 $1,108,316 16% ITM% $669,456 $1,116,412 46% Martin Garcia70 35% $1,309,672 21 7 Mario Gutierrez81 6 14 1 21 58% 17 15% $433,626 27% 5 $214,586 19 $363,694 $557,048 10 45% OH, ZUZANNA! QUITE A RIDE TO CLAIMER OF MEET 5 $1,322,467 13 44% $337,546 14% $788,082 16 10 6 51% 9 1st 38% Agapito Delgadillo46 49% Drayden Van Dyke112 21% 57% 10 6 3rd $733,924 19% 3 $648,322 6 6 14 29% 10 6 14 2 14 $1,018,975 3 7 5 5 11 16% 7 BAFFERT BREEZES McKINZIE FOR WHITNEY STAKES 12 24 20 6 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.70 11 19% Heriberto Figueroa48 11 47% 15 54% 16% 14 Kent Desormeaux72 10% 37% George Papaprodromou26 22 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $821,278 16% 5 Edwin Maldonado79 4 3 12 6 7 17% 22% 46% Mike Smith26 $1,262,016 5 2 19% $902,506 29 $480,419 $303,859 12 TrainerMts 10% Robert Hess, Jr.30 18 10 4 $2,202,197 30 9% 40% Geovanni Franco94 27 $159,266 2 Steven Miyadi32 $439,837center_img 15 56% $668,870 6 21% 15% 5 44% 21 Tim Yakteen17 19 John Sadler67 8 23% 38% 2nd 23 7 14 22% 44% 12 13 23 21% 9 5 17 19% 1 43% 8 15% 1 24% $173,004 John Shirreffs27 Bob Baffert41 7 16 50% 14 68% 10 7 Martin Pedroza42 Money Won Joseph Talamo125 15% 40% 30 Vladimir Cerin49 49% 3 Rafael Bejarano140 Win% 7 Steve Knapp34 48% 50% 14 $1,428,983 52% 6 Andrew Lerner16 18 18% William Spawr24 6 Mark Glatt81 45% 5 Victor Espinoza60 15 3 J. Keith Desormeaux34 $208,754 47% 57% Carla Gaines25 $775,570 Richard Mandella30 $667,323 6 $773,529 16% THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR TRAINER CECIL 43% $255,598 6 25% 6 JockeyMts 3 43% 0 Tiago Pereira136 51% Doug O’Neill115 59% Money Won 15% 20% 10 Ruben Fuentes108 Richard Baltas81 3 Win% Leonard Powell26 14 11 15 2 Philip D’Amato86 Jerry Hollendorfer53 1st 5 6 17% 9 18% 64% 5 22% 19% 3 54% 6 FAIRYTALE COMES TRUE FOR TEAM ZUZANNAIt’s been a storybook ride the last three months for the five-year-old mare Zuzanna.Claimed for $8,000 on Sept. 13, 2018 by a partnership group that includes TVG host and analyst Kurt Hoover, the bay daughter of Wilburn won three of four subsequent races, the most recent yesterday’s second at Santa Anita, a $46,000 starter allowance at a mile on turf.Coming from seventh and last, Zuzanna won by a length and a half under Kent Desormeaux, who has ridden her to two of her last three victories, with one second. The win earned her honors as Claimer of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual media poll.“She’s a doll to ride,” Desormeaux said Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner, giving considerable credit to her trainer, Bob Hess Jr., with whom the 49-year-old Hall of Fame rider has enjoyed remarkable success through the years dating back to the early 1990s, winning nearly 38 percent of the time on mounts conditioned by Hess.“The race she lost (second by 1 ¼ lengths going a mile and an eighth on May 24) was probably her best effort with me, because there was always a target,” Desormeaux continued. “But even when she lost, she ran wild, she ran awesome; the winner just outran her that day.“She showed her tenacity yesterday because she had to make a long run. When we left the gate, we went about 50 yards and I could hear the water squeezing out of the course from the two days of rain we had. It wasn’t really rain, but it was misty those mornings.“So I was content to sit back there, and sure enough the field came back to me. She caught them, too, but in all the turf races the last two days, the winner came from last except in yesterday’s final race. So Zuzanna proved to be in the right spot, and she did the rest.“Bob’s done a fabulous job with her.”Addressing his success with Hess, Desormeaux was succinct. “I’m grateful to him for having the respect to put me on horses he likes,” Kent said. “My brother (trainer Keith Desormeaux) tries to do the same thing, but quite honestly, he tells me to my face, ‘Anybody can ride and win on Exaggerator. I need you to help me out on the ones that are not that good.’“It’s funny the way he put it, but it makes me understand that sometimes it’s important to get fifth on a horse.”Before Saturday’s races, Desormeaux was one of several Hall of Fame jockeys past and present who participated in a trackside benefit for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, which was later followed by a luxurious luncheon.“The banquet was more impressive to me,” he said, “because we were all rubbing shoulders. Even my jaw dropped seeing some of the people I idolized as a young rider–Bobby Ussery, Braulio Baeza, Steve Cauthen.“I didn’t know them all very well; I just knew their stories, but to have Steve Cauthen there made me feel really, really good just to be a part of it.”BRIT SHOWS HIS WIT AFTER ROYAL ASCOT VISITTrainer Ben Cecil is back stateside after a recent visit to his native England.  “It was a pleasure trip,” Cecil said. “I went to see my family and all my friends, and also took the occasion to attend the races at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.“Being there is like nothing else. If we could bring a bit of that here, it would be great.”Cecil made hay at Santa Anita while the sun was shining across the pond.“I had two winners here while I was gone,” he said, “one last Friday and one the following Friday.”Mentioned maybe he should stay away, Cecil laughed and said, “I’m thinking about it.”FINISH LINES: Multiple grade I winner McKinzie worked four furlongs Sunday in 51 seconds for Bob Baffert who has him ticketed for the $1 million Whitney Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 3. On the three-year-old front, Baffert has Affirmed Stakes winner Mucho Gusto headed for the July 20 Haskell at Monmouth and Game Winner to the Aug. 24 Travers at Saratoga. Meanwhile, Omaha Beach, the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby, continues to near his first breeze since being declared from that May 4 race by jogging and galloping at Santa Anita for Richard Mandella . . .The racing community offers condolences to family and friends of owner/breeder John Toffan, who died after a lengthy illness last Monday at his home in Hidden Hills, CA., according toDaily Racing Form. He was 83. Partnered with the late Trudy McCaffery, they won the Santa Anita Derby with Free House in 1997 and Came Home in 2002. Other stakes winners they campaigned included  Bien Bien, Bienamado, A.P. Assay, Bosque Redondo, Del Mar Dennis, Elaborate, Mane Minister and Pacific Squall. McCaffery died in 2007. Their trainer was Paco Gonzalez, since retired . . . Condolences also to family and friends of longtime owner/breeder Jim Ford, who passed away at 75 June 14 in Rancho Santa Fe, near Del Mar. His What a Spell, trained by Craig Lewis, became his first stakes winner when he took the 1991 Baldwin Stakes here and the highlight of his racing career came when Ticker Tape, an English-bred filly trained by Jim Cassidy, won the Grade I American Oaks in 2002 at Hollywood Park . . . Norberto Arroyo Jr. has been suspended three days (June 29, 30 and July 4) for causing interference on Street Imagein Friday’s first race . . . Santa Anita offers simulcast wagering this Thursday and Friday with free General Admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: McKinzie works 4 furlongs. 6-23-19 (Baffert)Chasing Moments works 3 furlongs. 6-23-19 (Sherlock)Via Egnatia (Outside) and Morse Code works 5 furlongs. 6-23-19 (Baltas)XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on June 23rd, 2019.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s accomplished Turfer Tiny Tina.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s graded stakes winner Air Strike.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s graded stakes winner Bowies Hero.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s turf sprinter Master Ryan.Quick Questions: With Trainer Dan Blacker.Tequila Sunrise works 4 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Baltas)Rafal works 4 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Baffert)Grade 1 placed Ahimsa works 5 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Eurton)Multiple stakes winner American Anthem works 6 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Baffert)Bellafina works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Callaghan)Flor De La Mar works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Baffert)Scrappy Deville works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Powell)Baby Ice (Outside) and Platinum Equity works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Knapp) 22% 13% Jorge Velez68 $271,509 10 $282,946 12 $926,351 19% 50% 11 Aaron Gryder89 $1,239,901 12 3rd 2nd 2 17 10 $216,677last_img read more

FAVORED BEEN STUDYING HER POWERS TO A 3 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE FILLIES UNDER SMITH

first_imgFAVORED BEEN STUDYING HER POWERS TO A 3 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE FILLIES UNDER SMITH; TRAINED BY WARD, SHE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:25.25SPONSORED BY THE CTBA, RACE IS PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2019)–With a return to sprinting and her fellow California-breds, KMN Racing’s Been Studying Her responded with a resounding 3 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Dan Ward, the 2-year-old daughter of Fast Anna got seven furlongs in 1:25.25.Sponsored by the CTBA, the Golden State Juvenile Fillies is part of the lucrative Golden State Series.Most recently fourth in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Chandelier Stakes here on Sept. 27, Been Studying Her broke from post position 11 and was third, about a length and a half off pacesetter Bulletproof One.  Three-deep turning for home, Been Studying Her won with her ears pricked in a dominant performance.A winner of the state-bred Generous Portion Stakes going six furlongs two starts back at Del Mar on Aug. 28, Been Studying Her now has three wins from four starts and with the winner’s share of $110,000, she has earnings of $205,280.Off as the 3-2 favorite in a field of 11, Been Studying Her, who is by Fast Anna and is out of the Kitten’s Joy mare Maddie’s Odyssey, paid $5.00, $3.60 and $2.80.Owned and bred in California by KMN Racing LLC, Been Studying Her broke her maiden first time out at Sacramento on July 20 and was making her second Santa Anita start today.Smiling Shirlee rallied from far back to be second by three quarters of a length over Warren’s Showtime and paid $5.60 and $4.00 while off at 5-1.Warren’s Showtime kept to her task in game fashion through the drive and was second by ¾ lengths over Cholula Lips.  Ridden by Jorge Velez, Warren’s Showtime was off at 11-1 and paid $5.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.02, 45.66 and 1:11.42.last_img read more

PNG Pukpuks side named for Oceania Rugby Cup

first_imgThe Oceania Cup will be played at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium from August 22nd-30th.PNG, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and American Samoa will take part this year.The last time PNG Pukpuks were crowned Oceania Champions was in 2011 when they beat Niue 36-7.The Cook Islands are the current Champions having won in 2013.The PNG Pukpuks side is:Forwards: Bradley Kelegai, Butler Morris, Clifford Vali, Desmond Korpock, Ezekiel Dauko, Derek Paraka, Lau Posu, Eli Pema Kini, Rabbie Namaliu Jr, Richard Gebob, Sam TamSarufa, Kingsley, Tui Fitiao, Wesley Thomas, Zion Reto, Koroseta ViniBacks: Jacky Marcus, Jacob Wodo, James Lumaris, Jonah Kautu, Liebert Suang, Nigel Genia, Paul Nelson, Richard Aitsi, Tisa Kautu, Wesley Valilast_img read more

Suspect in 1996 Khobar Towers bombing arrested

first_imgAhmed al-Mughassil , described by the FBI in 2001 as the head of the military wing of Saudi Hezbollah, is suspected of leading the attack that killed 19 U.S. service personnel and wounded almost 500 people. The June 25, 1996, bombing at Khobar Towers, a military housing complex, was the deadliest terror attack targeting U.S. forces since the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines’ barracks in Beirut that killed 241 American servicemen.Saudi paper Asharq Alawsat, which first reported the development, said he was arrested in Beirut and transferred to Riyadh.The Saudi Interior Ministry had no immediate comment. The U.S. official spoke on grounds of anonymity because this person was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.Al-Mughassil, also known as Abu Omran, is one of 13 people named in a 2001 indictment in Alexandria, Virginia, in connection with the bombing. Charges include murder of federal employees and bombing resulting in death. None of the 13 has yet been brought to court to face charges, according to court documents.The lead prosecutor listed in court records from 2001 is James Comey, now the FBI director.In the Khobar attack, terrorists parked a fuel trailer truck just outside the shallow perimeter of the apartment complex, 85 feet away from one of the eight-story buildings. The blast demolished one side of the building, leaving a massive crater.The U.S. later moved its Air Force contingent to the Prince Sultan Air Base, a vast compound in a remote stretch of desert south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh.A U.S. federal grand jury indictment named 13 Saudis and one Lebanese man for the bombing, saying they were part of the Saudi Hezbollah terrorist group. That group was founded by members of the desert kingdom’s Shiite minority who fled into exile in the 1980s to escape what they said was persecution by the kingdom’s Sunni majority.The 2001 indictment placed heavy blame on Iran for nurturing the attack but stopped short of mentioning any Iranians by name or linking them directly to Khobar. However, in 2006, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled the Iranian government financed the bombing, ordering it to pay $254 million to the attack’s victims. Iran repeatedly has denied being involved.last_img read more

NCD Governor’s Cup underway

first_imgThe annual rugby league event was launched yesterday at the Kone Tigers Oval.There are 42 teams taking part this year in the tournament that started today and will end on December 31.Tournament Coordinator, Sengelo Skonga, said games are being played at two venues – Kone Tigers Oval (Pools A-D) and Ipi Park (Pools E-H).In the results from this morning at Ipi Park, Moutana Roosters drew with Saraga Dwellers 10-10, Freeway Bumpers def. 6 Mile Tigers 8-4, Port Moresby Muruks def. ATT 8-2, and Garden Hills Eagles def. Car Wash Blacks 14-4.K50,000 has been allocated to cover prize money for the tournament, plus operational costs, added Skonga.last_img read more

Van Gerwen wins world title

first_imgThe world No 1 produced another blistering display of high-scoring in a dominant victory over two-time defending champion Anderson, whose hopes of a famous hat-trick were crushed by Van Gerwen.Both men shared a total of 42 180s, which was a record for maximums hit in any match, and Van Gerwen would end with an average of 107.79 after securing the Sid Waddell Trophy.The Dutchman reeled off the opening set in a blur of green, pinning the bullseye for a 122 finish in the very first leg, and would open an early lead with a composed 36 checkout.But Anderson had expertly held his nerve in the previous two finals and applied the brakes to ‘The Green Machine’ by finding double 20 to level the match.The first break would come in the following set, with Anderson hitting tops again with arrow-like accuracy, and he pinched the third set on double 12 after more stray darts from Van Gerwen.There would be a furious response from Van Gerwen in the following set as he traded more legs with the Scotsman before levelling the match 2-2 on a decisive 86 checkout.Both players were scoring freely in a high quality contest, but Van Gerwen’s deadly accuracy at the doubles was keeping Anderson at arm’s length and he opened a 4-2 lead with a succession of legs.Anderson’s crown was slipping from his grasp while he lost 12 of 13 legs and Van Gerwen pulled 5-2 ahead following a 125 finish.  There would be no respite for the Scot in the next set, with Van Gerwen firing out a 100 checkout to leave himself within touching distance of the trophy.The interference of an intruder on stage briefly seemed to break Van Gerwen’s concentration in the ninth set and Anderson extended his reign a little longer.But Van Gerwen would end his three-year wait for another world title by hitting the bull to seal a superb victory.last_img read more

LaLiga denounces chants against Piqué in the Catalan derby

first_imgLaLiga denounces before the Competition Committee songs of about 500 fans belonging to the RCDE Curve against Gerard Piqué in Espanyol-Barcelona. The entity chaired by Javier Tebas says that one minute before the game and on the 13th the following song was dedicated to the center: “Piqué ca …, Shakira has r …, your son is from Wakaso and you are m …”. LaLiga also denounces that this match will be sung against Luis Suárez “Uruguayan son of p …” in minute 80, “p … Barça, p … Barça, uh, eh” three minutes before the start of the game, in minute 14, 23, 24 and in 88, “m …, m …, p … Barça, p … Barça eh, eh “in 58,” I hate the Culés, I hate the Culés “,” Culé, remember you’re a m … “in 59 and “Lololololo, lololololo, p … Barça, p … Barça die”. 3 The LaLiga complaint note also included chants against Zozulia in the Real Sociedad-Villarreal and Osasuna-Real Sociedad. In the first game about 800 fans located in the southern low bottom tier and in the second, about 400 located in the southern tier under the banner “1987” sang “you are a Nazi, Zozulia you are already a Nazi” in reference to the player of the Albacete A song that goes in the same direction as the one heard in Rayo Vallecano-Albacete “Roman Zozulia, a Nazi fucking” and for which the meeting was suspended.The rest of the songs that LaLiga denounces are in the matches: Mallorca-Seville where about 100 followers of the Lluís Sitjar stand located in the north bottom sang in the discount of the first part and in the 63 “Referee, son of p … “and in 92” p … Sevilla, p … Sevilla “; Alaves-Betis in which 500 fans of the local animation stand said “p … Betis, p … Betis, eh” in the 23rd and 44th minutes; Real Sociedad-Villarreal in which “ehhh, goalkeeper ca …, son p …, m …, Spanish”, “Spanish children of p …” was heard and objects were thrown from the stands in the minute 95. LaLiga denounces chants in two LaLiga SmartBank games. In the Cádiz-Numancia meeting, some 400 fans were heard after the banner “Yellow Brigades 1982” “Salvi Mátalo”, “Brave referee, brave son of p …” and in Racing-Oviedo they denounced that they sang “Yes j …, what p … Santander “four times and” lolololo, p … Oviedooo, lolololololololo “three times and against Christian Fernández” Christian Fernández, son of p … “.last_img read more

Lopetegui: “De Jong’s goal was anything but what was scored”

first_imgAnger: “I don’t change an iota of what I said and I have nothing more to say. If sevillism cries out something, I’m the coach of Sevilla and I’m with him.”Champions Obsession: “What there is is an illusion based on a logic of growth and ambition. From there, we will face the game against Levante at all or nothing. We will manage the resources we have, we played less than 48 hours ago and tomorrow We will value to give the game a tactical and physical response. “Market: “Close when it closes. We will be attentive but we will comment on those things from the inside out. It is not the most important thing now.”Chicharito: “In football times are reduced a lot. He has decided to leave, he is a fantastic kid, he has worked hard and we wish him good luck.”Jordan: “It’s ruled out for the Cup.”From Jong: “He scored two very good goals and apart he did a very good physical and tactical work. He helped us a lot, like many other times, hopefully the aim continues to accompany him for a long time.” Controversies: “The play of the annulled goal was everything but what was scored. But I do not want to waste any more time with that. I think absolutely the same as Saturday but that is past. I keep the team’s work, the Real Madrid press conference -Seville ended and this is the press conference of Sevilla-Levante of the Copa del Rey. “ Costume Status: “The costumes are focused on the final we have against Levante. To be protagonists we have to play endings permanently and now we have to have a good team that already made us suffer in LaLiga. In this format everything is final.”Hobby: “We are very excited, we have to earn the right to continue dreaming. They will help us overcome the difficulties that will arise in a difficult game such as this one.”Bernabeu: “What I had to say, I stated at the time. The Bernabéu game is prehistory, I have nothing else to say and since everything is very fast we are absolutely focused on the Copa del Rey game.”last_img read more

The Cup final meets the coronavirus … and Extremoduro!

first_imgThe Federation is not having anything easy organizing the final of the Copa del Rey of the 2019-2020 edition. So far it has had to suspend the match between Athletic and Real Sociedad that was going to take place in Seville on April 18 since the coronavirus crisis has fully affected him and the RFEF has preferred to be cautious with a double objective: to preserve the health of footballers and fans and, furthermore, that this match not be played behind closed doors because it would be a totally lackluster show. But there is more. In his new organizational plans he has encountered more problems along the way. The other date he was managing after listening to the two finalist clubs this week, on May 31, does not seem to be coming to fruition either. A massive concert by Extremoduro on the 30th in that same stadium, the one with the largest capacity on his farewell tour, could prevent this.According to what AS has learned, the Federation has tested the Spanish rock band through the company that organizes the events in the Olympic stadium, to study the possibility that the farewell concert of Robe and company change the date or, failing that, move to another stadium in the Andalusian capital, either at Sánchez Pizjuán or Benito Villamarín. Despite the fact that the concert is one day before the date in which the match would be held, the Federation would not have time to prepare for the entire operation of the final, so it would need to vacate the stadium several days before if it wanted to. carry out the Basque derby on 31. Extremoduro has refused to change its plans out of respect for its fans, Since he understands that it is not a concert where only people from Seville will attend, but there will be faithful from all over Spain and even from America who have already bought their ticket and have reserved their hotel. However, several Sevillian institutions trust that in the end Extremoduro will yield (maybe with some type of compensation) to hold his concert at Benito Villamarín, with a similar capacity. AS has contacted the representative of Extremoduro, Alén Ayerdi, to give his version of events: “On Wednesday they called us from the La Cartuja stadium because the Federation had asked about the possibility of whether the date was free. Logically they were told no. Extremoduro is busy and has sold 70,000 tickets for that day. Then they called me to say if we could change the venue or the date and we logically said no again. Of these entries, there are many people who come from America and many others from all corners of Spain. I told them we couldn’t please them. We believe that they will already be looking for another option. Neither the Federation nor the King of Spain nor anyone from football will want to leave these 70,000 people without their concert and without their trip with the hotel and travel expenses they have already paid.. Let’s hope that they respect us and that soccer respects culture as culture has always respected soccer all of life. That is what we expect. “Extremoduro’s agent believes that the RFEF will no longer force this situation: “I don’t think anything will happen. We can’t please them. We can do anybody a favor if it’s in our hands, but right now we can’t do such a favor. I would be surprised if they continued down this road and I suppose they are already driving other scenarios, especially because that same day the stadiums of Betis and Sevilla are free. If the final has to be done in Seville because they have already agreed, it does not necessarily have to be in ours. In any case the request was made from the highest education and there is nothing to object. We have not heard from them since. I have heard that they have postponed the decision until next week because there are more important issues to focus on now. “The Federation, asked about this issue, points out that “it cannot be ventured” to give any date yet for the dispute of this final because it is necessary to see how this coronavirus crisis evolves and now it’s time to focus on general health. The next week the RFEF could already give some news to the clubs, so they can organize themselves, but until March 25 Rubiales and his team did not want to specify more. Then they will meet to analyze all the open fronts in reference to the future of national competitions and it will be then when all the alternatives are put on the table so that this Athletic-Real is disputed with all the guarantees and without anyone being harmed. According to various federal sources consulted, even on the 25th there are no guarantees that the official date of the final is already known. In favor of the RFEF the fact that a possible delay of the Euro Cup, and even its postponement to 2021, plays It could help the Cup final to be played in June at La Cartuja. Passing it that May 31 to Sánchez Pizjuán or Villamarín, as the manager of Extremoduro proposes as a Solomonic measure, is unlikely since the RFEF signed a three-year contract with the promoters of the Olympic stadium in Seville.last_img read more