The Kootenay Wildcats are having a tough time getting into the win column in BC Hockey Female Midget AAA League action this past weekend in Nelson.West Coast Avalanche won all three games in the Heritage City by a whopping 17-1 margin.West Coast opened the series Friday by stopping the Cats 8-1. Eleza Pakozdy and Megan Lia each scored twice for the Avs while Stephanie McAuley of Trail scored the lone goal for Kootenay.West Coast scored seven times in the second period to take over the game.Saturday, Tiana Lopes scored three times and Shannon Morris-Reade added a pair to lead the Avs attack in an 8-0 victory for West Coast.Later in the day, a second-period goal by Mya Taylor proved to be the winner as West Coast found the Cats a lot more tougher in a 1-0 victory.Kootenay, winless in 12 games, has a week off before travelling to Vernon to meet the Thompson/Okanagan Lakers in a three-game weekend series October 31 and November 1.
The Nelson Leafs started the 2014-15 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with the anticipation and excitement every team begins a new season having found a bright, young new coach.However, the excitement turned quickly to shock when coach Matt Hughes promptly dropped a bomb on the executive by leaving days before the start of the season.Oh, did we say before flying off to the Pursuit of Excellence Program Hockey Academy in Kelowna, Hughes put his John Henry on one of the worst schedules in team history as Nelson played nine of its first 11 games at home — that works out to almost 35 percent of the season at home before the season is even a month old.Pushed into scramble mode, the Leaf executive did find their man in Dave McLellan.However, this former Junior A skipper was so far behind the rest of the KIJHL, finding a competitive team was almost impossible.But give McLellan credit, he, thanks to a solid returning core of defensemen, did manage to put a competitive team on the ice.The only problem McLellan was better at coaching than the administration duties, as twice the Leafs were found guilty of using ineligible players — the second mistake costing the coach and GM an eight-game suspension to conclude the regular season.Nelson was also penalized points in the standings, dropping the Green and White from a race for first or second in the division all the way to fourth.And the injuries — did we say anything about injuries to several key players — a couple, which probably won’t play in the upcoming Murdoch Division semi final series.The Murdoch semi starts Friday in Fruitvale against the high-flying Nitehawks.But everything can now be tossed in the past as the Leafs embark on the huge challenge of knocking off the defending KIJHL, Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cup champions of a year ago.One more stat to add to the momentous task is the Beaver Valley franchise have sent Nelson to the golf course in three of the past four seasons.“Firstly, we have to show up every game and stick to our systems and if we do that I believe we can knock them off,” said Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap on the key to an upset series win for Nelson. “If we play our systems we’re a super hard team to beat and super hard team to play against.”“I mean Beaver Valley is a great team, but I feel if we play our systems and everybody shows up to play it’s hard to play against us,” Dunlop added.After starting out the season series against the Hawks with two wins in the first three games, including an 8-0 trashing in Fruitvale, Nelson has skidded against Beaver Valley, a franchise that traditionally starts slow and finishes strong.The Hawks won the final five games — one of the wins Nelson was stripped of the points due to playing an ineligible player — to take the season series 5-2-1.But every game down the stretch the teams played were very tightly played, with the Hawks winning by one goal.“It seems like this year we haven’t got a lot of bounces so hopefully that turns in our favour and we get a couple in playoffs,” explained Dunlap, finishing the season with 19 goals and 26 assists — good enough for fourth spot in Leaf scoring.“But I like our chances in playoffs,” Dunlap added. “Our team is ready to go and hungry because we’ve been knocked out by (BV) the last couple of years so we’re all ready to change that this time around.”Nelson will be buoyed by the fact the head coach, and brains behind the Leafs, is back behind the bench.“Ya I’m excited to be back,” McLellan said. “I’ve been looking forward to the playoffs since August.”“When you start the season you’re always looking to get into the playoffs and we’re looking to have a good series against Beaver Valley.”McLellan was almost jumping out of his shoes to find out that forwards Dylan Williamson and Aaron Brewer are scheduled to return to the lineup for Friday’s game one.The addition of Williamson and Brewer gives McLellan three solid lines to toss at the Hawks — a luxury missing since, well, October.The three lines go nice with the five-headed monster on defence — Robson Cramer, hard hitting Darnel St. Pierre, Austin Seaman, Patrick Croome and Brendan Smith.Hometown hero Adam Maida gets the start between the pipes for the Leafs as Joey Karrer rests for the opener.Nelson is definitely the underdog when the playoff series opens Friday.But knocking off the Hawks, and advancing into the playoffs, would go a long way to shelving sour taste this season has been to Leafs and their fans.
Now’s not the time to break out the champagne, but grabbing three of the possible four points is a reason to celebrate for the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club.The Ice tied 6-6 and won 3-1 over North Island Silvertips during a BC Hockey Major Midget League series at the NDCC Arena.“It was a real good weekend for us . . . we had no passengers,” said Ice coach Brian Jones.“Goaltending was strong all weekend . . . Curt Doyle played Saturday and Ben Kelsch Sunday,” Jones added.“Connor Seib had a strong weekend on the blue line while Bradley Ross, Aiden Jenner Hunter Floris and Shawn Campbell supplied most of the offense.”Jones and the Ice players felt they let a point slip away when Keaton Mastrodonato, with this second of the game, scored with 28 seconds remaining in the game Saturday to allow North Island to steal a 6-6 tie.“We were up 4-1 after one but a lack of discipline against a very chippy North Island team got the best of us in the second period,” Jones explained. “I thought we deserved better.”Floris and Ross, each with a pair, led Kootenay in scoring while Jenner and Campbell added singles.Kootenay scored three times on the power play during the contest.Sunday, after a scoreless first period, Kootenay took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jenner.North Island’s Kyle Pow tied the game four minutes into the third before Kootenay struck for a pair of goals to secure the victory.“I thought we kept our composure and were patient and stuck with our system,” said Jones.“We got a power play goal with a 1:30 left and then an empty netter.”Kootenay remains in the cellar of the BCMMHL, three points behind the Silvertips.The Ice travels to Abbotsford this weekend for a pair of games against the fifth-place Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.Kootenay concludes the season at home February 27-28 hosting the third-place Vancouver Northwest Giants.
“We are very proud of another SVG CSMA Award nomination for the Southland Conference, and we’re also excited for the well-deserved recognition given to the Southeastern Channel, one of the best student broadcast operations in the nation,” said Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett. “We have long been gratified with our broadcast efforts, and these award nominations are indicative that the Conference’s potential in this space is beneficial and often recognized for excellence, both at the league and institutional level.” FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and the student-run Southeastern Channel at Southeastern Louisiana University are finalists for 2018 SVG College Sports Media Awards (CSMA), presented by Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The nominees selected as finalists were announced last week, and winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at the ninth-annual College Sports Media Awards ceremony May 31 at the SVG College Summit in Atlanta.Seeking its third College Sports Media Award (2010, 2013), the league’s 2017 softball tournament championship game broadcast is one of six in contention for the title of nation’s best Outstanding Live Game Production in the College Athletics category. The Southland joins Auburn (War Eagle Productions), Syracuse, Texas Tech, Alabama (Crimson Tide Productions) and Notre Dame (Fighting Irish Media) as finalists for the award.?????? Introducing the FINALISTS for the 2018 College Sports Media Awards! Congrats to all the deserving athletic departments, networks, production companies, and students. See you in Atlanta!????: https://t.co/rFLv07sXI4#smsports #SVGCollege @sportsvideo @SVGCollege @NACDA pic.twitter.com/oiv5uRw9es— SVG College (@SVGCollege) May 8, 2018 The Southeastern Channel, a multiple Emmy award-winning student broadcast operation, is up for the best in Collegiate Student, Outstanding Live Non-Game Production. The Southeastern Channel, which has two entries listed as finalists – “The Big Game” and “The Big Game – Quick Hits” – is joined in the category by other finalists Arizona State, St. Cloud State, Temple and Virginia Tech. Southeastern is the only double-nominee in the category. In addition to the nominations, Southland Conference Associate Commissioner Chris Mycoskie, who manages the league’s broadcasting operations, is serving as a moderator at the SVG College Summit’s panel discussion on mid-major productions, a group that will also feature panelist Clint Burges, director of video operations at Southland member Lamar University. Burges will also speak on another panel addressing centralized production room operations on campuses.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – 2019 marks the sixth-straight year the Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships will be at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Events will kick off Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. CT, wrapping up Monday afternoon at 2:40 p.m.Sam Houston State aims to capture their fourth consecutive indoor championships on both the men’s and women’s sides. In 2018, the Bearkats men captured a first-place team-performance in which they racked up 128 points, while the Sam Houston State women cruised to the title with 123 points and a 28-point margin of victory. All told in 2018, there were seven SHSU gold medalists on the men’s side and three first-place individuals on the Bearkat women’s side.The 2018 men’s Southland Indoor Athlete of the Year, Tyler Adams, returns for his final season in a Sam Houston State uniform. In 2018, Adams captured the Outstanding Field Events and Most Valuable Performer awards to go along with individual championships in the high jump, long jump and heptathlon events. Lamar senior Thai Williams enters the weekend as the reigning women’s Athlete of the Year for each of the previous two indoor seasons. Williams concluded last year’s indoor championships with first-place finishes in the 60-meter dash and long jump.Sunday’s events begin with the women’s 60-meter hurdles portion of the multis at 8:30 a.m. Following shortly after is the men’s multis 60-meter dash at 8:50 a.m. The remaining Sunday morning multi events will run on a rolling schedule. Day one field events open at 1 p.m. Sunday with the women’s weight throw finals and conclude with the women’s long jump finals at 5 p.m. Men’s opening day field competition commences at 2:30 p.m. with the long jump finals ocurring simultaneously with the weight throw and the pole vault at 4 p.m.Day two action will commence Monday with the men’s 60m hurdles multis-events at 9 a.m. before the conclusion of meet competition with the men’s 4x400m relays at 2:40 p.m.All awards will be presented at the conclusion of each event’s final.The 2019 Southland Indoor Track & Field Championships will be streamed on the Southland Digital Network. Visit southland.org/live or download the Southland Conference app, available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.Athletes that achieve qualifying marks, either at the Southland championships, or who done so previously during the 2019 indoor season will be vying for a top spot at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, also held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.AdmissionAdult, All-Session Pass: $15.00Adult, Single-Day Pass: $10.00Southland Student, Single Day (with ID): FreeChildren 13 and Under, All-Session: $8.00Children 13 and Under, Single-Day: $5.00Parking: $5.00 Tickets are available only at the Birmingham CrossPlex ticket office and are not available online.
Honorable Mention: Erin Branch, Lamar; Kyleigh Hall, A&M-Corpus Christi; Madeline Talbot, Stephen F. Austin. Offensive Player of the Week: Esther Okoronkwo, Lamar – Jr. – Forward – Richmond, TexasOkoronkwo found the back of the net twice in the first 27 minutes of a 2-0 win over A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday, and her first goal gave her a league-leading sixth game-winner. She continued to score early in matches with a 12th-minute goal in Sunday’s title-clinching victory against Houston Baptist. The Southland Conference leader in goals scored (19), Okoronkwo picks up her second Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season after tallying three goals in two wins that secured Lamar’s (12-6, 9-1 SLC) second regular-season championship in the last three seasons. She scored both goals in a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday and had the opening score in a 3-1 victory over Houston Baptist on Sunday. Winners of eight-straight, LU concludes the regular season against McNeese at 7 p.m. Friday. Anuat is the Defensive Player of the Week, and teammate Johnson is the Goalkeeper of the Week. The Wildcats (11-4-2, 7-2-1 SLC) pitched a pair of 1-0 shutouts against in-state foes Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State, wrapping up the team’s first undefeated home season (6-0-2). Led by the defensive duo, ACU kept its adversaries off the board for nearly 195 minutes of play and pushed the ball on the opponents’ half of the field as the Wildcats outshot their opponents 62-22. ACU hits the road for its regular-season finale against UIW at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Honorable Mention: Gracie Hair, Central Arkansas; Nicole Henry, Northwestern State; Taylor Husfeld, UIW; Rachel Palet, McNeese. Week 11 Southland Conference Notes (PDF) Honorable Mention: Hadley Dickinson, Central Arkansas; Brooke Jones, Sam Houston State; Katelyn Termini, Stephen F. Austin. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Esther Okoronkwo and Abilene Christian’s Alyssia Anuat and Rachel Johnson are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. 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 25 percent of ballots. Defensive Player of the Week: Alyssia Anuat, Abilene Christian – So. – Defender – San Diego, Calif.Last year’s Southland Conference Freshman of the Year was a force to be reckoned with on defense, recording double-digit clearances as Abilene Christian posted a pair of shutouts over the weekend. Anuat was able to force the ball up and help create opportunities on offense with three shots on goal as ACU averaged 31 shots per game. Goalkeeper of the Week: Rachel Johnson, Abilene Christian – R-Sr. – Coppell, TexasJohnson became the program’s all-time leader in career shutouts (14) and moved to fourth in school history in career saves (151) after racking up 14 stops in the Wildcats’ two shutout wins. Since the tail-end of the team’s match against Lamar, she hasn’t allowed a goal in over 287 minutes of minding the net with 18 saves.
VASILIKA, MS BAD BEHAVIOR, ZAFFINAH & FAHAN MURA HEAD OUTSTANDING FIELD OF 10 FILLIES & MARES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES
VASILIKA, MS BAD BEHAVIOR, ZAFFINAH & FAHAN MURA HEAD OUTSTANDING FIELD OF 10 FILLIES & MARES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF FIRST POST TIME FOR A 10-RACE CARD SATURDAY IS AT 12:25 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2019)–One of the best claims in recent years and a 14-time winner, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika heads an outstanding field of 10 fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at one mile over the Santa Anita turf on Saturday.Ms Bad Behavior and Zaffinah, most recently second and third behind Vasilika in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes here Jan. 21, and course specialist Fahan Mura top a deep list of contenders as Vasilika shoots for her 12th win in her last 14 starts.VASILIKAOwner: All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George TodaroTrainer: Jerry HollendorferClaimed out of a $40,000 win going a mile on turf here 12 starts back on Feb. 11, 2018, this 5-year-old Skipshot mare simply loves to win. A 1 ½ length victor of the Grade III Megahertz, which was run over a “good” turf, Vasilika has employed a stalk and pounce style that is difficult to deny, race in and race out. With Flavien Prat set to ride for the 11th time in a row, Vasilika will try to improve upon a 29-14-4-3 overall mark that has produced earnings of $818,595.MS BAD BEHAVIOROwner: Sayjay Racing, LLC, Greg Hall & Brooke HubbardTrainer: Richard BaltasSecond in her last four starts, this 4-year-old Blame filly will be ridden back by Mike Smith, who will again try to ration her considerable early speed. Off at 4-1 versus a 3-5 Vasilika in the Megahertz last time out, Ms Bad Behavior should be a similar price as she tries to turn the tables on her more accomplished rival. As reflected in her overall race record of 14-3-7-2, “seconditis” is a concern.ZAFFINAHOwner: Red Baron’s Barn, LLC & Rancho Temescal, LLCTrainer: Jack CaravaA hard knocking, consistent 5-year-old Irish-bred mare, she’s 3-2-4 from 12 stateside starts for Carava as she seeks her first graded stakes win on Saturday. Third, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Vasilika in the Megahertz, she was a one mile turf allowance winner at Del Mar two starts back on Nov. 24 and could be sitting on a big effort with a recent race under her belt. With a stalking style similar to the top selection, it would appear she’ll need to run the race of her life to win the Buena Vista.FAHAN MURAOwner: Bran Jam Stables & David W. ClarkTrainer: Vladimir CerinA six-time winner and once second in seven starts over the Santa Anita lawn, this 5-year-old Pennsylvania-bred daughter of English Channel was a gate to wire winner of the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1 /8 miles on turf here two starts back on Dec. 29, but was distanced after making the early lead in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26. With a return home, to firmer footing and a distance at which she’s posted seven wins from 15 tries, Fahan Mura will hope to bounce back with a big effort on Saturday.THE GRADE II BUENA VISTA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTTake These Chains–Tiago Pereira–120Ms Bad Behavior–Mike Smith–120Zaffinah–Rafael Bejarano–120Fahan Mura–Edwin Maldonado–122Compelled–Joe Talamo–120Amandine–Drayden Van Dyke–120English Dancer–Kent Desormeaux–120Elysea’s World–Joel Rosario–122Vasilika–Flavien Prat–124Streak of Luck–Tyler Baze–120First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12:25 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Versatile Laura’s Light Rallies To Win Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes By Three Quarters Of A Length Under Cedillo
Versatile Laura’s Light Rallies To Win Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes By Three Quarters Of A Length Under Cedillo; Trained By Miller, She Gets 5 ½ Furlongs On Turf In 1:02.90ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2020)–An impressive minor stakes winner going a mile on turf in her most recent start, Gary Barber’s Laura’s Light handled a cutback in distance to 5 ½ furlongs with aplomb on Sunday at Santa Anita, as she rallied to take the Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes by three quarters of a length. Ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Peter Miller, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Constitution, in her third consecutive appearance on turf, got the distance in 1:02.90.Breaking sharply from her number five post position, Laura’s Light was about two lengths off the lead as eventual runner-up Lighthouse and longshot Spitefulness slugged it out up front. As Spitefulness caved mid-way around the far turn, Laura’s Light made an eye-catching move to engage Lighthouse at the top of the lane and after a head and head duel, Laura’s Light gained the advantage in the final 70 yards.“In this game, you have ups and downs,” said Barber, who is also a multiple Academy Award winning motion picture producer. “I loved the way she broke her maiden (Nov. 2 at Golden Gate Fields), so we bought her and she’s a really nice filly by a hot sire, Constitution. Getting a graded stakes win is what you want with fillies.”A galloping 3 ¼ length winner of the one mile Blue Norther Stakes here on Dec. 29, Laura’s Light was the 2-5 favorite in a field of seven and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. “We were pretty confident,” said Miller, who sent Laura’s Light out to second place finish at one mile grass two starts back in the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes Nov. 30. “We felt she was the best filly in the race. The five (Lighthouse) put up a really good fight and was stubborn to get by. She’s proven now that she can go long or short, so we’ll take a look and see what’s next. It’s nice to have options.”Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Lighthouse, in a huge effort finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of Roadrunner’s Honor. Off at 6-1, Lighthouse paid $3.80 and $3.60.Off at 23-1 with Rafael Bejarano, Roadrunner’s Honor paid $4.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.62, 45.19 and 56.75.Racing resumes with special Presidents’ Day racing on Monday. First post time for an eight-race card is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Son breaks down in tears as Gomes screams in agony from broken ankleProof Martin Atkinson changed his mind on Son red card after horror Gomes injuryPrem release statement on why Son was sent off after Gomes leg horrorEverton confirm surgery for Gomes on Monday after breaking right ankleEverton stars including Coleman went into Spurs dressing room to comfort SonSon ‘in Spurs changing room in tears refusing to lift head’ after Gomes woeTosun recalls harrowing moment Andre Gomes lay crying in shock with his eyes wide open after Son tackle Son’s foul did not endanger the player’s safety and it was so unfortunate Everton midfielder Gomes’ studs caught in the turf before his sickening collision with Serge Aurier.Initially, Atkinson had a yellow in his hand but having seen the reaction on the players’ faces and the crowd, he gave himself more thinking time by putting it back in his pocket.With emotions running high, Atkinson then issued a red card on the basis of his human response.He should not receive any criticism because any referee in that horrible position would have done the same.We do not know if VAR official Anthony Taylor got involved but the cold technology could have helped Atkinson.Son has been red carded for the unfortunate consequences of what happened next, not for the foul itself.So I have to ask the question, since when did the laws of the game say the outcome of a foul dictates the appropriate disciplinary action? It’s not in the laws of the game. most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itIt’s a wrongful dismissal for Son and if VAR had got involved, I believe the South Korean would not have been sent off.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says the club will appeal and I believe they will have every chance of the decision being overturned.A Premier League statement last night tried to protect the referee and justify the decision. But, in truth, that didn’t need to be issued so soon because everyone in football will only be thinking about the welfare of Gomes.3 Ex-Prem ref Mark Halsey says Atkinson got the decision wrongCredit: AFP3 Son was left inconsolable after Gomes’ ankle brokeCredit: AFP or licensorsMauricio Pochettino publicly thanks Everton players for helping to console Son Heung-Min after horror tackle leaves André Gomes with a broken leg and the South Korean in tears ANDRE GOMES will undergo surgery today following his horror broken and dislocated right ankle.Everton released a statement last night confirming the Portuguese’s devastating injury that left Spurs star Son Heung-min in floods of tears.3 Andre Gomes suffered a horror injury on SundayCredit: ReutersThe South Korean was sent off following his challenge and boss Mauricio Pochettino labelled Martin Atkinson’s decision as “unbelievable.”Here’s the expert view of ex-Premier League referee Mark Halsey.I WATCHED Son Heung-min’s reckless challenge on Andre Gomes and thought the same as Martin Atkinson — yellow card.The Tottenham forward denied a promising attack but I didn’t think it was serious foul play and a red card.
“I expect this respect that they always show towards me, but I understand what they want is exactly the opposite of what I want.”I want Tottenham to win, they want Manchester United to win. During the match I expect them to forget me and I expect them to support their team to get the result they want.”3MOST READ IN FOOTBALLGossipCROWD 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 CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaSpurs go into the match two points and four places above United in the Premier League table, after winning Mourinho’s opening two games in charge to leapfrog the Red Devils.But victory for Solskjaer would see his team jump back ahead of Tottenham.And that might be necessary, with Spurs’ unemployed former boss Mauricio Pochettino’s shadow looming large over the Norwegian at Old Trafford. JOSE MOURINHO has quoted Nelson Mandela by claiming that he “won and learnt” in his time at Old Trafford.The 56-year-old was sacked last December after a broody spell that saw results and confidence plummet at United.3 Mourinho has taken the bold approach of quoting the great Nelson MandelaAnd when asked about his time with the Red Devils ahead of his first return tomorrow, he said: “No regrets. I won and I learned.”This is a closed chapter for me. I left the club and took my time to process everything that happened. I took my time to prepare myself for the next challenge.”Honestly, Manchester United for me now is in my book of experiences, it’s in my history book.”Like a bit like Mr Mandela was saying ‘you never lose, you win or you learn’. At United I won and I learned. My time after I left was a good time for me. It’s not for me to analyse United now.”Now I analyse them as team as an opponent, the way they play, how can they beat us, how can we beat them. This is for me the important thing, nothing else.”I’m not a villain, I’m not an enemy but I am the coach trying to win against Manchester United – that’s how they’re going to look at me.”Mourinho was full of positive words to say about the Old Trafford supporters. He said: “In relation to Solskjaer, he is the guy trying to win the game for United fans.”They’re not going to support me. One thing is a nice reaction but during the game they’re going to support Solskjaer.3″That’s’ the nature of the game and the nature of a place with an incredible history and fans who understand clearly the passion of the club. They love the club, they love Solskjaer.“Again, if you want to speak about United as an opponent, let’s speak about them as an opponent.”About my history there, go to my office upstairs and I still have a couple of pictures of my Man United time and that’s it.”These are things they can do this season too. They can win the Europa League, they’ve qualified for the knockout. They can win the Carabao Cup as they are still in the competition.“They can win the FA Cup, they’ve got Wolves in the first round. They can achieve these targets. I did it, that’s how we did it in my time. We did it but they can also do it this season.”Going back to Old Trafford is to go back to a place where I was happy. I can say that I was happy. I have great relation with Manchester United supporters.”I went back as a pundit which is a different perspective. I was really humbled by such a beautiful reception.“Tomorrow I go back as the coach of the team that is going is try to beat Manchester United and that maybe gives a different perspective.