For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Barcelona: Tottenham came back from the brink in the Champions League on Tuesday as Lucas Moura’s late equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw against Barcelona and sent them through to the last 16. Lionel Messi was left out of a heavily-rotated Barca line-up at the Camp Nou but Ousmane Dembele’s stunning early goal looked set to put Spurs out, until Moura intervened. Mauricio Pochettino’s side only had to match Inter Milan’s result at home to PSV Eindhoven in Group B, which they did, as the Italians only managed a 1-1 draw themselves. It made for a night of exhilarating drama, climaxing in the final five minutes when Tottenham must have wondered whether to push for a winner or hold on to what they had. At the final whistle, their players faced an agonising 30 seconds, only for a roar in one of the stadium’s deepest corners to tell them the whistle had blown in Italy. “No-one believed in us,” Pochettino said. “People said it was mission impossible but we are here. It is a massive achievement for the club.” Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde may not be popular with Inter supporters after he rested several key players, including Messi, but his team already had first place wrapped up. We qualified quickly and that speaks for itself,” Valverde said. On Messi, who came on shortly after the hour, he added: “It’s good to keep him busy.”Read More | Liverpool beat Napoli to enter last 16 of UEFA Champions LeagueBesides, Dembele scored a goal of which the Argentinian would have been proud, his brilliant run and finish providing the perfect riposte to more reports of indiscipline from the 21-year-old this week. “It was a great goal, the kind only players with his talent can score,” Valverde said. “We are happy with him.” When Barcelona crashed out in the quarter-finals in April, Valverde took much of the blame, the accusation that he failed to rotate his players in games of lesser importance.Read More | Roma stall Inter Milan’s progress in Serie A, AC Milan move to fourthPerhaps he listened, because while Messi’s absence was the key point of relief for Tottenham, Jordi Alba and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, both excellent in recent weeks, were also left on the bench. Spurs, though, were also unfamiliar, at right-back, where Kyle Walker-Peters made his Champions League debut and it was the 21-year-old’s error in the sixth minute that gave Dembele a sniff. He robbed the ball and tore away, brushing off Walker-Peters again before brilliantly dummying a late Harry Winks dive and finishing past Hugo Lloris.Pochettino said he would be kept aware of the score at the San Siro, so news may have reached him soon after that PSV had taken the lead. Spurs put Barca under pressure Tottenham improved, peppering Barca’s right side, as another break saw Danny Rose fire across the face of goal.Son Heung-min’s lunge came up just short. Son’s best chance was still to come as he skipped away from Thomas Vermaelen’s desperate challenge, which might have earned him a red card had Son tumbled. Instead, he powered on, only to see his shot meet Jasper Cillessen’s leg.Along with Dembele, Philippe Coutinho was Barca’s biggest threat.He clipped the outside of Lloris’ post with one bending effort before half-time and had another blocked by Walker-Peters just after. The stadium had risen to its feet as Messi began warming up but Tottenham continued to push early in the second half. Harry Kane blazed over, put off balance by a nudge in the back from Vermaelen. Rose pulled back when he might have shot. Barca fans cheered like they had scored when Messi came on in the 64th minute but the chances kept coming at the other end, where Moura, on as a substitute, failed to head in from five yards as Cillessen clawed the ball off the line. Inter equalised against PSV, leaving Tottenham needing a goal with 15 minutes to play. Instead, they were almost dead and buried, as Coutinho again hit the post.Finally, they found a way through. Erik Lamela threaded Kane free and he crossed for Moura five yards out. This time he could not miss. Inter were still level but Spurs could hardly risk settling for a draw in case the Italians scored a winner. Kane’s deadly disguised pass set Rose clear but he fired high. In the end, it mattered little as the whistle blew and Tottenham’s players waited. Then they heard the cheers.
MIDCOURT, ROADSTER & RESTRAINEDVENGENCE ALL PROMINENT AMONG COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 10 OLDER HORSES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II,$200,000 SAN PASQUAL STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2020)–In what shapes up as an outstanding prep to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap March 7, this Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes has attracted a competitive field of 10 older horses at a mile and one eighth, with C R K Stable’s Midcourt, Speedway Stable’s Roadster and owner/trainer Val Brinkerhoff’s versatile Restrainedvengence all prominent.Although he had a four-race winning streak snapped when third to top older horse Gift Box in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes Dec. 28, Midcourt will hope to mind his manners and break sharply with regular rider Victor Espinoza up.Last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner, Roadster stretches out off of a second place finish behind Omaha Beach in the opening day Malibu Stakes and speedy Restrainedvengence returns to Santa Anita following a smashing gate to wire win going 1 1/8 miles on dirt at Zia Park, New Mexico on Nov. 27.MIDCOURTOwner: C R K StableTrainer: John ShirreffsA handful in the morning and quite often in post parade on race day, Midcourt has benefitted greatly from Shirreffs’ patient handling which resulted in a four-game winning streak which culminated in a 5 ¾ length win two starts back in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 23. Away slowly and shuffled back in the early going, Midcourt, a 5-year-old gelding by Midnight Lute, never seemed to get untracked in the opening day San Antonio while running an even third, beaten 7 ½ lengths. With regular rider Victor Espinoza back aboard, Midcourt needs to break running and “get in the game” early in order to have his best chance on Saturday.ROADSTEROwner: Speedway Stable, LLCTrainer: Bob BaffertWinless in five starts since winning last year’s Santa Anita Derby, this 4-year-old Quality Road colt was a solid second, beaten 2 ¾ lengths by Omaha Beach going seven furlongs in the opening day Grade I Malibu Stakes. Never a factor in the Kentucky Derby five starts back, he came back to Santa Anita and posted a pair of second place finishes, in the Grade III Affirmed at 1 1/16 miles on June 16, and in the ungraded Damascus Stakes at seven furlongs Nov. 2–in which he was beaten a nose by highly regarded sprinter Flagstaff. Fourth, beaten nearly 10 lengths versus Midcourt as the 4-5 favorite in the Native Diver Nov. 23, his second place run in the Malibu was a very encouraging effort and Roadster looms a dangerous horse with Joel Rosario back aboard.RESTRAINEDVENGENCEOwner: Kelly Brinkerhoff and Bob Grayson, Jr.Trainer: Val BrinkerhoffA 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by the Giant’s Causeway stallion Hold Me Back, Restrainedvengence sped to a gate wire score in an ungraded stakes at Zia Park Nov. 27, winning by 4 ½ lengths. With outstanding recent races on dirt and turf at Longacres, Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita and Zia Park, Restrainedvengence is beginning to take on the look of a major player in the Handicap division and will be ridden for the first time by a red hot Abel Cedillo on Saturday.THE GRADE II SAN PASQUAL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTRoadster–Joel Rosario–122Route Six Six–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–120Restrainedvengence–Abel Cedillo–120King Abner–Flavien Prat–120Midcourt–Victor Espinoza–122Instagrand–Umberto Rispoli–120California Street–Mike Smith–120Two Thirty Five–Ruben Fuentes–120Bold Endeavor–Mario Gutierrez–120Combatant–Drayden Van Dyke–120First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Less than six months after launching into the US, G Adventures has announced it will add extra departures on its North American tours after experiencing “overwhelming success” on the program.Announced this week, the company’s Australia and New Zealand head Pete Rawley explained the company was “amazed” with the amount of support from industry partners and “didn’t realise… the level of demand out there for our new programs to these destinations”.“From the overwhelming success of our new North American tours, it’s apparent that travellers want something that explores and celebrates the diversity of all of the quirky things that make American culture so interesting,” Mr Rawley said. Extra departures are now on sale and include options from overland road trips to active escapes and camping under the stars. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J