FRISCO, Texas – Winners in five of their last six, McNeese hosts in-state rival Northwestern State for three games this weekend. Friday night’s game will be televised by Cox Sports TV, plus streamed on ESPN3 outside of CST’s coverage area. Baseball: Northwestern State at McNeeseFriday6 p.m. CTCox Sports TVRegional TV:Natchitoches CP-Tel 36Natchitoches Suddenlink 61Lake Charles Suddenlink 42Full list of channel numbers at http://coxsportstv.com/affiliates/Online (Subject to Blackout in Cox Territory):ESPN3http://WatchESPN.comESPN appsBSB: Don’t know if you’re in CST’s territory? Check the map. Live in area shaded black? Watch @NSUDemonsBSB vs. @McNeeseBaseball on @CoxSportsTV. In green? Watch on ESPN3.Tonight’s coverage begins at 6 pm CT.#ForkEm #GeauxPokes pic.twitter.com/iKmZiFIgJl— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) April 20, 2018 Talent:Bob Licht, play-by-playRonnie Rantz, analystJessica Province, reporter Heading to Lake Charles this Friday for a @SouthlandSports matchup as @McNeeseBaseball hosts @NSUDemonsBSB. Looking over the roster and see @cooleywelles who I covered in 2015 as the QB of @KinderHighFBall. Boy everyone else is getting old… not me ?? #SouthlandStrong— Jessica Province (@jessprovince) April 16, 2018
Honorable Mention: Jacob Bedevian, Nicholls; Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana; Dustin Lacaze, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. UNO faces LSU in the team’s non-conference finale at 6:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, and the Privateers conclude the regular season with a three-game series at Stephen F. Austin, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 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. Hearn had a big week to lead the Bearkats to three wins in four tries, including a historic comeback win over No. 24 Florida Atlantic and a series win at Southeastern Louisiana that put SHSU in sole possession of first place in the Southland. The senior had a hit in each game, including five extra-base hits and seven RBI. Morrill went on a tear for the Privateers from the leadoff spot, helping UNO to a 4-0 week. The redshirt senior batted .524 with a .952 slugging percentage and .545 on-base percentage while scoring multiple runs in all four contests. The Privateers edged Southern 5-4 on Tuesday before sweeping Southland foe Houston Baptist over the weekend. The Bears face in-state rival Little Rock at 6 p.m. Tuesday before hosting Lamar in the final series of the regular season. The Bearkats are in Tucson, Arizona, for a twinbill with Arizona on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. CT and they close out the regular season with a three-game weekend slate against Northwestern State. Honorable Mention: Beau Orlando, Central Arkansas; Ethan Valdez, Nicholls. FRISCO, Texas – New Orleans’ Collin Morrill and Sam Houston State’s Hunter Hearn are the Southland Conference Co-Hitters of the Week and Central Arkansas’ hurler Cody Davenport is the Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Davenport turned a gem in the series opener against Abilene Christian, sparking a three-game sweep for the Bears to clinch a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament and vault them into a tie for second place. His eight-inning outing led UCA to a 4-1 triumph in game one of the series. Co-Hitter of the Week – Hunter Hearn, Sam Houston State – Senior – Infielder – Crosby, TexasHearn had one of just four Bearkat hits in Friday’s loss at Southeastern Louisiana but exploded for a huge day in a doubleheader sweep on Sunday. He went 5-for-10, scoring five times with six RBI in the wins. He had two doubles in the opener, where he scored twice and drove in two more. In the second game, Hearn launched a two-run homer in the first inning before tripling and scoring in his next at-bat. His two-RBI double in a six-run eighth inning iced the game. Co-Hitter of the Week – Collin Morrill, New Orleans – Redshirt Senior – First Basemen – Jacksonville, Fla.Morrill began the week with a pair of two-hit performances against Southern and HBU, knocking in the eventual game-winning run against the Jaguars and the game-tying run versus the Huskies. He followed it up with a 4-for-4 outing in game two against HBU, scoring three runs and recording a RBI double in a seven-run fifth inning. In the series finale, Morrill fell a triple shy of the cycle, blasting his second home run of the week to go with a single and a double. Pitcher of the Week – Cody Davenport, Central Arkansas – Senior – Pitcher – Fayetteville, Ark.Davenport posted the third-best strikeout total in school history, punching out 13 Wildcats over eight frames. He scattered five hits over the evening and held the league’s top hitter Luis Trevino to a 1-for-4 performance. The senior fanned a pair in each of the first three innings and struck out the side in the fifth. Davenport is the third UCA pitcher to earn Pitcher of the Week honors this season.
56% John Shirreffs9 3 48% (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 12) 9 FEATURES:A Candid Conversation With Jockey Flavien Prat: Part 1 of 2A Candid Conversation With Jockey Flavien Prat: Part 2 of 2WORK OUTS:Secret Spice (Outside) and My Journey (Baltas) 10/13/19Catalina Cruiser (Sadler) 10/12/19Higher Power (Sadler) 10/12/19Ollie’s Candy (Sadler) 10/12/19American Theorem (Outside) and Knifes Edge (Papaprodromou) 10/11/19Bellafina (Callaghan) 10/11/19Seeking the Soul (Stewart) 10/11/19Draft Pick (Outside) and Storm the Court (Eurton) 10/11/19Roadster (Outside) and Leading Score (Baffert) 10/10/19McKinzie (Baffert) 10/10/19 5 Geovanni Franco31 $163,996 2 17% 39% Win% $122,288 Money Won 2 5 8 3 2 2 1 8 20% 1st Mike Smith22 29% 41% 14% Jorge Velez46 Craig Anthony Lewis11 8 SADDLE OR MIC, STEVENS TAKES IT IN STRIDE 33% 44% 22% 55% $516,819 3 45% $229,188 17% Win% 7 3 $681,740 $544,234 2 4 Ruben Fuentes35 Peter Miller20 0 15% 0 Evin Roman24 Rafael Bejarano34 8 $221,853 22% 20% 13% 2 56% John Sadler32 3rd 4 5 9 6 27% $220,011 Martin Garcia24 2 XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 13th, 2019 Hector Palma14 8 15% 0 Tiago Pereira27 0 45% 1 4 3 $544,538 Vann Belvoir9 2 43% Abel Cedillo58 36% Mark Glatt20 3 3 23% $125,843 $197,262 Mario Gutierrez22 2nd 4 J.C. Diaz, Jr.28 68% 7 4 14% $125,541 2 Richard Baltas34 1 3rd $277,459 4 29% $210,930 $21,953 $720,369 12 2 30% 38% Bob Baffert19 2 7 3 13% 27% 32% STEVENS HAS FOND MEMORIES PAST AND PRESENTGary Stevens didn’t call it a career on his own terms, but blessed with a good head on his shoulders with an affinity for common sense, he knew when told to retire or else, he did.The advice he received was unquestionably sound.He didn’t quibble.“It’s long gone,” Stevens said with genuine resolve of his four decades-long Hall of Fame riding career in which he reached plateaus few riders conjure up in their wildest dreams.“It would have been different if I had to make the decision, but when the doctor makes it for you and tells you what the circumstances will be if you hit the deck again, it makes it pretty simple and I’ve accepted it.”Stevens retired on Nov. 20 of last year after suffering a spinal injury at Del Mar three days earlier. Doctors said it could lead to a serious issue if he were to fall, and that was that, although Gary’s success has been intertwined with significant injuries in the past that caused several retirements.On Feb. 7 of this year, he joined NYRA and Fox Sports as racing analyst, making his debut on Fox Sports Saturday at the Races this spring.As for his life behind the mic, Gary said he is “pretty much done for the year now. I did my last show last weekend and will start back up probably in February. The NYRA gig went really well, and my summer at Saratoga was one I’ll never forget.“Being on the other side of the grandstand there was exciting. I saw some great racing, it was great to cover it, and I was very happy there.”Regarding the upcoming Breeders’ Cup which will be hosted by Santa Anita for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 and 2, Stevens sees the event in the main as wholly competitive.“The picture is wide open in some divisions,” Stevens said, “specifically the Sprint and the Classic, and it will be interesting to see how Billy Mott’s mare Elate fares against males if she runs in the Classic.“We’ll see if Midnight Bisou can remain unbeaten this year when she runs in the Distaff, and everyone is wondering where (Richard) Mandella will run Omaha Beach. The Breeders’ Cup is something people point for. That’s why it’s super-competitive.“It’s a great time of the year.”Stevens was never one to put all his eggs in one basket. He received rave reviews for his acting debut portraying George Woolf in the 2003 hit film “Seabiscuit,” earned plaudits for his contribution on the HBO series “Luck,” was named one of the world’s 50 sexiest men by People Magazine, and even had a brief stint as a trainer.He won nine Triple Crown races, three in each leg, and was elected to racing’s Hall of Fame in 1997. On any path, it’s been a wild ride.“I’m 56 years old and it was a great career,” Stevens said. “I’m proud of it and glad that I had the experience, but now it’s just a new chapter in my life.“I bought a yearling at the Saratoga sales and started the Gary Stevens Racing Club, sent the colt to Wesley Ward in Florida and I’m looking forward to seeing if we can make it to Ascot next year.”HOT STALLION CLUBHOUSE RIDE MOVING TO LEGACY RANCHTrainer Craig Lewis, who conditioned multiple stakes winner Clubhouse Ride, currently one the hottest sires in California, reports he will stand at Legacy Ranch in Clements, California for the upcoming breeding season with a fee of $3,500.Previously, the son of Candy Ride stood at Harris Farms for $2,500.“I think it’s more than reasonable with the success he’s had to only raise it a thousand dollars,” Lewis said.Clubhouse Ride also is the leading California two-year-old sire by far, with nine wins from 14 starts and earnings of $369,000. One of those two-year-olds is Warren’s Showtime, who captured the Surfer Girl Stakes on Oct. 6 against open company, returning $72.Clubhouse Ride also is the leading California second crop sire.Latest figures had progeny of Clubhouse Ride winning 17 of their last 25 starts, a remarkable 64 percent. “We are in for one hell of ride,” enthused Rick Seidner, part owner of Clubhouse Ride.FINISH LINES: No decision from Richard Mandella this morning on which Breeders’ Cup race Omaha Beach will enter: the Sprint, the Dirt Mile or the Classic. “No news,” the trainer said. “He’s doing great but I haven’t figured it out yet.” . . . With a consecutive triple in races two through four yesterday, 21-year-old apprentice Jorge Velez took a 9-8 lead over Abel Cedillo and Drayden Van Dyke in the race for Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet jockey title . . . The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) monthly meeting scheduled for Oct. 24 has been canceled due to commissioner unavailability. The next meeting is set for Nov. 21 in Del Mar . . . Craig O’Bryan, agent for Tyler Baze, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest 11:20 a.m. Monday in the XBTV studios . . . Tomorrow, Columbus Day, is a stake-less day at Santa Anita, although meat will be offered in the form of $2 hot dogs in addition to beer and soda for just a buck on Dollar Day. First post time on the holiday program is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: 2 3 $182,938 1 0 50% 4 $273,547 9% Flavien Prat37 1 TrainerSts 1 0 $283,396 TRIPLE VAULTS APPRENTICE VELEZ INTO FIRST 2 $178,902 4 8 Money Won Ryan Hanson5 $592,633 56% 5 $553,673 0 6 53% 3 $107,014 6 HOT SIRE CLUBHOUSE RIDE TO LEGACY RANCH 2 40% 3 12% 10% 3 3 53% $340,499 18% 5 3 5 3 56% $343,362 Jeff Mullins21 53% 4 Doug O’Neill41 14% 14% 2 7 3 58% 1st 25% 29% 4 ITM% 3 2 13 25% 4 2nd 44% ITM% Tyler Baze13 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 3 Richard Mandella18 Drayden Van Dyke36 9% 14% 56% 4 22% $162,157 45% MANDELLA PONDERS RACE FOR OMAHA BEACH 2 $55,343 3 6 11% $107,204 5 Philip D’Amato27 4 Edwin Maldonado20 29% $137,798 $33,832 7 JockeyMts 1 45% Simon Callaghan12 40% 5
JOCKEY QUOTESJOEL ROSARIO, MO FORZA, WINNER: “He was a little rank leaving the gate, but I had him in hand. He was pulling, but not that bad. He relaxed really well on the first turn and settled into racing. This was a special win for me, since it was for Barry Abrams. When I came down from Northern California, it was Barry who gave me my first opportunity and I won for him.”JOHN VELAZQUEZ, SUCCEEDANDSURPASS, SECOND: “He ran really good. I was in a tough position. He was very keen going into that first turn, and then at about the half-mile pole he switched (leads) a little awkwardly, got off the bridle a little and I had to put him back in and he was good. But the winner ran a great race – you can’t take that away from him.”TRAINER QUOTESPETER MILLER, MO FORZA, WINNER: “I just told Joel (Rosario) to get a position. There was one or two speeds, just sit behind the speed. The pace was a little slower than I thought, but he was loaded the whole way. The horse was throwing his head but then Joel got him to settle.”ONOFRIO PECORARO, MO FORZA, WINNER: “Unbelievable. I’m so grateful for Barry Abrams allowing me to be his partner in this horse.“It’s a blessing. This horse is special, and thanks be to God.(On how long he’s been in the game) “Eleven years. I’ve owned 17 horses in my career, and this is a special one. My buddy Tommy (Corona) here named the horse. Power Forza! Italian power!” NOTES: The winning owners is Bardy Farm or OG Boss.
TOTTENHAM and Everton players alike were devastated as Andre Gomes suffered a horrendous injury at Goodison Park last week.The Portugal midfielder was left with a broken ankle, with Spurs duo Son Heung-min and Serge Aurier physically distressed.3 Andre Gomes was left in agony after his right ankle was fractured and dislocatedCredit: Rex FeaturesHow long will Andre Gomes be out for?Gomes has undergone successful surgery to fix his broken ankle at the Aintree Hospital and he has since been discharged.Everton said in a statement: “Andre Gomes has now been discharged from hospital and will continue his rehabilitation under the care of the Everton medical team.”Although it is still unclear as to how long he will be sidelined for, the club have tweeted he is set to make a ‘full recovery’.The Everton star’s leg was shown to have been protruding from his skin in horrific scenes.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 himBut manager Marco Silva provided a positive update on Thursday, saying Gomes could play again this season.The Toffees boss commented: “It is not easy for us to give a sure date about when he will return.”What is in our mind and the feedback I had from our medical staff is that possibly we will see Andre playing again this season.”After the surgery and all the exams they did, everything went really well.”We hope we can see Andre playing again this season.”We are not 100 per cent sure but we have good possibilities to do that.”Last Tuesday, before he went home, he was here with us at Finch Farm (Everton’s training ground).”It was good for our group to spend some minutes with him and for him to feel that support as well.”Similar players to have suffered those kind of injuries include Arsenal duo Aaron Ramsey and Eduardo.Ramsey was sidelined for nine months, after his tibia and fibula was shattered in 2010, before needing time in the Championship to get back to his best.As for Eduardo, the Brazilian-born Croat also had an ankle dislocation in 2008, returning to action almost a year later.💙 | A positive update on @aftgomes. 🙏On behalf of Andre, we’d like to thank everybody for their support. #EFC pic.twitter.com/RHuIkOAr8V— Everton (@Everton) November 4, 2019 What happened to Gomes?The Everton star had been gliding through the Tottenham midfield, when Son Heung-min had tracked back to attempt to nick the ball.But as he slid to steal the ball, coming from behind to get his legs tangled in Gomes’, Serge Aurier stepped on the Portuguese star’s right foot.At first glance, the tackle did not seem too serious or dangerous, but moods soon changed as the severity of it was realised.Later images showed as Gomes was challenged, his right foot got stuck in the turf, causing his ankle to fracture and dislocate as momentum took him over.Medics quickly rushed onto the field of play as teammate Cenk Tosun cradled the midfielder’s head as he screamed in agony.Thank you for your unconditional support! 🙏Obrigado pelo vosso apoio incondicional! 🙏¡Muchas gracias por todo vuestro apoyo! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/KEz31pvWD2— André Gomes (@aftgomes) November 6, 2019 3 Son Heung-min needed to be consoled after he was in tears following the incidentCredit: Rex FeaturesIs Son suspended?Son was initially handed a yellow card for the offence by Martin Atkinson, but the referee upgraded it to a red after seeing the severity of it.The South Korean was visibly distressed, with Dele Alli later telling Sky Sports: “Son is devastated, he’s in tears but it’s not his fault. He’s one of the nicest people you would want to meet and he’s not like that.”He can’t even lift his head up he’s crying that much in the dressing room.”But the sending off has been deemed controversial by many, including ex-Liverpool defender turned Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.The Premier League released a statement after the game, saying: “The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.”Yet, Tottenham appealed the decision and won, meaning the Son will be available to play in their next league fixture against Sheffield United.Aurier did not picked up any card for his involvement, but was distressed and praying shortly after the incident, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino choosing to substitute the defender as he was unable to carry on.On Wednesday, Son scored twice in a 4-0 Spurs win at Red Star Belgrade, and dedicated his goals to Gomes.3 Serge Aurier was also in distress and was substituted just moments after the restartCredit: Getty Images – Getty
A TOTTENHAM fan who witnessed Eric Dier’s extraordinary row with a supporter claimed the England star “completely lost it” and was “like the Incredible Hulk.”The defender, 26, leapt over advertising hoardings and raced into the West Stand after Spurs lost to Norwich on penalties in the FA Cup.2 Eric Dier was backed by fans after his confrontation with a supporterCredit: Rex Features2 The England star leapt over seats and raced up the stands to protect his brotherCredit: TwitterHe could be heard shouting “he’s my brother” as he was restrained by supporters and stewards.It is believed the fan and Dier’s younger sibling got into a heated exchange and the Three Lions ace jumped into the stands to protect him.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursWhite Hart Lane regular Neil was nearby and watched the entire bust-up unfold.He admitted he felt sorry for the England international and told talkSPORT: “We saw the whole Eric Dier incident right in front of us.“There were two guys who were fighting after the match, they were in the crowd pushing and trying to fight, and, I don’t know, but it looked like it could have been his brother – that’s what Mourinho said.“But then Eric Dier lost the plot, and the next thing you know he is bounding up the stairs. There must have been about 20 fans trying to hold him back, he was like the Incredible Hulk.“It was really sad to see actually, he lost the plot, lost it, and I feel sorry for him. He actually had a good game, as well.“There was a Spurs fan who had obviously done something or said something, that’s who Eric Dier was after.“A Spurs fan then put his hands up and tried to get out of the ground and Dier just went after him and was going bananas.“As I said, I felt sorry for him. He lost it, completely lost it.“There were people holding him back, there were phones in his face, we’ve got videos, it’s all over social media.“He’s in big trouble now.”Eric Dier lost the plot, there must have been about 20 fans trying to hold him back, he was like the Incredible HulkDier is likely to face a misconduct charge for leaving the pitch area.He could face a small ban and potentially a fine.But the FA could be lenient towards him due to the circumstances surrounding his family and thanks to their strong anti-abuse stance.Eric, one of six children in the Dier clan, has two younger brothers, Edward and Patrick.They have three sisters Daisy, Steffi and Francesca.And it is believed to be Patrick that was involved in the bust-up and then invited into the dressing room after the clash.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesSpurs have already identified the fan and launched an investigation while a Metropolitan Police statement read: “Police are aware of an incident following the conclusion of the Tottenham v Norwich match on Wednesday, 4 March where a player entered the crowd. No complaints or allegations have been received at this time.”It is not clear what sparked the row and if the supporter involved is a Tottenham fan, but the club are NOT expected to take any action against Dier.The altercation took place just minutes after Jose Mourinho’s side crashed out of the fifth round against the Premier League’s bottom side on penalties.The Portuguese manager later condemned Dier’s actions in his press conference.He said: “I don’t think that belongs to the game. The game was a fantastic representation of the FA Cup, but I cannot run away from the question.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 InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic”I think Eric Dier did what we as professionals cannot do but when someone insults you and your family is involved, especially your younger brother.”Mourinho added: “This person insulted Eric, the younger brother was not happy with the situation and Eric was not happy. We as professionals cannot do what he did.”If the club discipline Eric Dier I would not agree with it, but what he did was wrong.”Jose Mourinho reacts to Eric Dier incident saying he was helping his younger brother during altercation
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Photo: MATT KING/GETTY IMAGES Caption: Jerome Kaino is set to return to rugby for Auckland in their Mitre 10 Cup match against Taranaki at Eden Park on Saturday evening. The All Blacks have advised that Kaino will assemble with the Auckland team ahead of their Mitre 10 Cup match against Taranaki on Saturday night.Kaino was not included in the match day squad for the All Blacks for their Bledisloe Cup test against Australia in Sydney on August 19 and returned home to deal with a personal matter following the publication of a story in the Australian media on the morning of the match. The Daily Telegraph in Sydney alleged he had had an affair with a model named Tara Pokarier. Liam Squire played a blinder for the All Blacks in Kaino’s customary blindside flanker position in the test.Kaino was not considered for selection for the return match in Dunedin on August 26 or the test this Saturday in New Plymouth against Argentina.
With days counting down before the start of the NSL season, Bob Morris, the longtime coach for Besta United and former Madang Fox coach, has been appointed to coach the Madang side with his assistant Amos Romo who is also not new to the job.The team will be managed by Max Kitao, a respected businessman in Madang and manager for City Guard Security Firm.Madang Soccer Association long time representative Condrad Wadunah says the management has made the decision to bring in Bob Morris to coach the boys, and the new manager will guide the boys with tough discipline and attitude on and off the field.Wadunah said the appointment of the coaches and manager came with merit and experience as the boys aim to go another step higher from where they left off last year.He sad that the team is yet to be finalized, but confirmed that Max Sengum, Samuel Kini and Sammy Hiob will still play with Madang FC and strongly believed that Neill Hans will stay and play with the boys.“The final team is yet to be named, but this afternoon there will be a trial match in Laiwaden Oval to see the potential players and for the selection committee to look into recruiting some,” Wadunah said.He said for the Besta Cup second leg MSA management had appointed Alfred Reu as head coach and he will be assisted by David Geladia. Wadunah said the major sponsor for the Madang FC is Madang Provincial Government under the leadership of Governor Jim Kas.
How are you? “In a very good moment of my career. Every day younger in that aspect, the physicist. I want to maintain a good level and to respect my injuries. Contribute to maintain a defensive balance.”Five midfielders What do you give the team? “It is different. Possessions are greater, with more strikers the game is more vertical. With more technical players who have the ball, we have more control of the game. I do not know if it is better or worse, the important thing is to have the variant to be able to do it depending on how to hurt the rival. The coach is doing great. “What has Madrid changed since that triumph in Istanbul? “Keep putting what you have in service and we are the same. By that time no team was at its best. When we have been filming we have found ourselves better. Today there is a different vision for that. It is not surprising for us.”Less goals of the League. “It is one of those matches where small details penalize and can cost you the title. We want to keep the balance so that they can be harmed. There are ways to harm them.”Zidane looks better coach. “I have always thought that I was going to be a great coach. From the first day he arrived. When they are having that face to face with the costumes they are improving. I try to do it and they do the same.”The 3-7 in the United States of the summer. Do you want revenge now with a title in play? “No, nothing. The motivation of the title is enough to go thinking about a preseason game.”After the press conference, he also spoke on Real Madrid TV:How do you face this final?Super motivated to conquer another title. The team was very good against Valencia, has worked well to get here and the opponent will not make it easy for us. Hopefully we can keep that winning streak in the finals against them.What Athletic is expected?We know Atlético very well, until Zizou does not give eleven we will not see how we are going to play, the other day the coach took out a lot of media and it worked very well, but Atleti is different, we will see what approach we do. We are waiting for that moment and give the maximum to return with the cup home.What message is given to the team as captain in such a match?Above all, that we be ourselves and that we keep the concentration from 1 ’to 90’. That makes you make few mistakes, everything can happen in football, but we leave the soul. How a final is faced. “One of the most important things is the ambition, not to get tired of winning, that Madrid has always had. Thanks to the effort to play a new final. Make a serious game, without errors, in order to take the title.”New format. “The format does not depend on us. It is the Federation. It is a good form, it recovers a little more value. It benefits us this year because we are in quotes the guests. But maybe next year it will also touch us. It does not alter the calendar and the treatment has been unbeatable. If it serves to benefit our clubs, then we must not look at it as something negative. “The number one enemy of the Athlete. “The word enemy is ugly. You can have an enemy if they have done something personal to you. But speaking of football, it is ugly. It is a direct rival and that makes it more satisfying to beat them than others.”Five midfielders He disrespected himself for saying he was an aligner. “No. Journalists and people are there to give their opinions. He has a very difficult task. For tastes, colors. If anyone knows this costume well, it’s Zizou. We come from a very good run. We want to be successful.”Finals against Atlético. “I keep the winning percentage. He is an awkward opponent. They have a great coach and they fight until the last moment that gives them hope. We are going to death.”We end the year with the debate on the goal. Few strikers mark. Is it sustainable or do you need dynamite above? “We are going to the front with what you have and with what there is. We adapt and we get the results. I don’t know if until the end it will be valid, but we will try to mark the one that plays. There is no problem of goal, maybe of success, hopefully not we remember that. “ Sergio Ramos appeared at a press conference in the pre-final of the Spanish Super Cup that will face Real Madrid and Atlético in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) this Sunday. The white captain responded to the media, as usual in the white team finals, being the first captain.