Bayern rout Benfica to reach last 16, ease pressure on Kovac

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Bayern Munich celebrateMunich, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich romped to an emphatic 5-1 home win against Benfica on Tuesday to qualify for the Champions League last 16 and ease the pressure on coach Niko Kovac.Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice before Franck Ribery completed the rout at the Allianz Arena after Gedson Fernandes had pulled one back for Benfica.Kovac’s team shrugged off lacklustre league form — winning just two and losing three of their last eight Bundesliga games — with a convincing display.“These goals were important not just for me, but for the team,” said Robben.“We played well, found the right tempo, attacked well and we did not concede much.“It’s a convincing win and that’s exactly what we needed at the moment.”The victory eases the pressure on Kovac, who now needs another win at Werder Bremen on Saturday in the league.“We all know how it works in football, but we win together and we lose together, the coach is one of us, we work intensively together every day,” added Robben.This is the 11th season in succession Bayern have reached the last 16 of the Champions League.While Bayern sit just fifth in the Bundesliga, they are flying in Europe, having now chalked up four wins and a draw in the Champions League’s group stage.They need just a point at Ajax in a fortnight to win Group A, while the best Benfica can hope for is third and a place in the Europa League knock-out phase.Bayern were unrecognisable from the team which leaked goals in a 3-3 draw with Bundesliga strugglers Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday. They went ahead after just 13 minutes when Robben produced a stunning piece of skill for his 30th Champions League goal.There was nothing on when the Dutch veteran darted through three defenders on the right wing, cut inside another and hit the top left corner with a superb shot.The 34-year-old doubled Bayern’s lead by wrong-footing Benfica defenders German Conti and crashing his shot past Odysseas Vlachodimos on 30 minutes.The third goal followed six minutes later when Lewandowski rose highest for a corner and steered 50th Champions League goal into the net via the post.Bayern went into the break at 3-0, but they could have been five up as Vlachodimos twice had to palm shots away by Thomas Mueller and Lewandowski.However, the defensive errors which have blighted their recent performances returned to haunt Bayern straight after the break.Benfica boss Rui Vitoria brought on Portugal international Gedson Fernandes for the second half and the teenage midfielder took just 48 seconds to score.Gedson sprinted onto a through pass and finished off a counter attack by slotting past Manuel Neuer to stun the hosts.Bayern restored their three-goal cushion just five minutes later when Lewandowski again headed home another Kimmich corner.Ribery capped a gala night with an exchange of passes with David Alaba to slam home Bayern’s fifth 13 minutes from time and claim his first Champions League goal for more than three years.South Korean teenager Woo-Yeong Jeong, 19, came on for his senior Bayern Munich debut in the dying stages.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2017

first_img(Current Through Saturday, Feb. 11) Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Jerry Hollendorfer751491619%52%$1,143,445 BOLO AND WHAT A VIEW COULD MEET IN KILROEBolo and What a View, who treated fans to one of the most exciting races of the WinterMeet Saturday when they finished a head apart in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at one mile on turf, could return for an encore performance in the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 11.Both camps reported Sunday that their charges came out of the Arcadia in good order, trainer Carla Gaines speaking of Bolo and trainer Kenny Black of What a View.Bolo, making his first start since last July 17 when he finished ninth in the Eddie Read at Del Mar, appeared beaten when fourth in the field of five at the three-sixteenths marker, but unleashed a furious late rally under Mike Smith to overtake pacesetting What a View who just failed to hold off Bolo.It marked the second straight year Bolo has won the Arcadia, but stay tuned. What a View turned the tables on Bolo when they met again in the 2016 Kilroe.Smith also guided Bob Baffert’s Argentine-bred Vale Dori to victory in yesterday’s Grade II Santa Maria and the trainer stated following the race that she’d be pointed to the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes at a mile and one eighth on March 18. Stewart Elliott8411101513%43%$479,688 Mark Glatt4296521%48%$316,550 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Bob Baffert3384524%52%$803,716 Philip D’Amato47115923%53%$708,825 Tiago Pereira5986614%34%$222,210 Tyler Baze13223291217%48%$1,176,222 Peter Eurton3273322%41%$378,814 Joseph Talamo82951511%35%$327,413 Flavien Prat12430162324%56%$1,946,958 Mike Smith32113734%66%$1,120,645 SANTA ANITA VS. HOLY ANGELS CHARITY GAME FEB. 23Competition drives the market and it’s no different when it comes to sponsoring a Santa Anita jockey in their annual charity basketball game against Holy Angels School on Feb. 23.According to Nancy Dollase, co-chairman of the event along with Angie Stevens, West Point Thoroughbreds had already put up the minimum $250 to sponsor Mike Smith in the game, but when Bob Baffert learned of it, ever the sport, he wanted to sponsor Smith, the regular rider of Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate, trained by Baffert.West Point and Baffert went round and round, and when the dust settled, Baffert had upped the ante to $750 to get Smith on board. West Point graciously settled on a most worthy alternative, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza.Thanks mainly to the $7 million earned by Arrogate in the Pegasus, Baffert and Smith lead the nation in purse earnings through Feb. 9 with $7,591,928 and $7,769,535, respectively.The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School game will beplayed at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. John Sadler3468918%68%$419,294 Martin Pedroza668121212%48%$376,373 Santiago Gonzalez72710710%33%$352,016center_img TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza3377621%61%$497,822 Doug O’Neill849191511%51%$813,588 J. Keith Desormeaux2972524%48%$434,225 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 BAFFERT UPS ANTE FOR SMITH IN JOCKEYS’ GAME MIDNIGHT STORM TO WORK MONDAY FOR BIG ‘CAP Luis Contreras718101811%51%$406,129 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller581413624%57%$864,555 Vladimir Cerin2665523%62%$192,654 William Spawr1981242%58%$215,831 Richard Baltas7114131020%52%$713,180 FINISH LINES: Jockey Rafael Bejarano, unseated from Eaglemaker when the three-year-old colt suffered an injury nearing the sixteenth pole in Saturday’s ninth race, took off his scheduled six mounts today. “It’s just precautionary,” said his agent, Tora Yamaguchi. “He’s a little sore but X-rays and a chest scan were negative.” . . . Versatile Midnight Storm, a Grade I winner on turf and dirt, is scheduled to breeze for Phil D’Amato Monday with his goal the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11 . . . Trainer John Shirreffs is weighing two races for Jerry and Ann Moss‘s Triple Crown contenders, Gormley and Royal Mo, either the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 18 or the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita March 11 . . . Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has two-time Eclipse champion Songbird galloping two miles a day as she prepares for her four-year-old debut . . . Mike Smith will be back aboard Megahertz winner Prize Exhibit for trainer Jim Cassidy in next Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at one mile on turf, while Kent Desormeaux has the mount on Mokat for Richard Baltas, who gave the Hall of Fame rider a leg up on the daughter of Uncle Mo for her victory in the Grade II San Clemente Handicap last July 23 . . . Agent Nelson Arroyo reports his brother, Norberto Jr., will resume riding at Santa Anita next Saturday, Feb. 18, after serving a six-day suspension. Norberto took the opportunity to spend time with family in Kentucky . . . Agent Tom Knust has Mario Gutierrez booked to ride California Cup Derby winner Ann Arbor Eddie for owner Reddam Racing and trainer Doug O’Neill in next Saturday’s El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields . . . Trainer Peter Miller could have as many as three runners in Dubai on World Cup Day March 25: Palos Verdes winner St. Joe Bay, Stormy Liberal and/or California Cup Sprint winner Richards Boy . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 20. Enjoy draft beer, soda and hot dogs for just a buck. First post time will be 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday that week. Live racing will resume Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. . . . On Saturday, March 11, when Santa Anita presents the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, the Late Pick Four will have a guaranteed pool of $1 million, and the Pick Six pool will be guaranteed at $100,000 . . . The Voice of Santa Anita Michael Wrona correctly pronounces the last name of 10-pound apprentice rider from Puerto Rico Evin Roman. It’s not “Roman,” as in the Roman Empire, but “ro-MON,” as in “Jamaica, mon.” Kent Desormeaux861811921%44%$1,165,831 ARCADIA REMATCH LOOMS IN THE GRADE I KILROE Gary Sherlock2453221%42%$135,455last_img read more

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Jacobsens speed limit package clears transportation committee

first_img Categories: Featured news,News 02Feb Jacobsen’s speed limit package clears transportation committee The Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today passed legislation that will create greater efficiency and safer roads by making common-sense adjustments to our state laws.“I’ve worked on this bi-partisan speed limits reform for over two years now and I’m very pleased with the great progress we’ve made. We did not cut any corners on this one and I am grateful to all who helped aid in its passage,” said Rep. Jacobsen, R-Oxford. “We did not rush this bill package through the committee process and I felt it was important to constantly work with Michigan State Police (MSP), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and many other local authorities to ensure we had the best legislation possible. We were able to put together a fine package of legislation that will make certain safety is our top priority and increase the speed limit in areas where scientific data suggests. While this legislation specifically calls for raising speed limits on certain freeways to 75 mph, we included provisions that also allows for the studying of raising the speed limit to 80 mph in the future.”The bipartisan speed limits bill package includes State Representative Brad Jacobsen’s House Bills 4423-4424, Rep. Rick Outman’s HB 4425, Rep. John Kivela’s HB 4426 and Rep. Charles Smiley’s HB 4427. “We’ve allowed the ability to modify safe speed limit laws by following a simple formula that calculates protection, sustainability and technology to implement changes by utilizing engineering and safety studies and the 85th percentile,” Rep. Jacobsen said. “This is a fantastic combination of safety and common sense upgrades to our outdated speed limit laws.”HBs 4423-4427 now move to the House Floor for a full roll-call vote.######last_img read more

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