Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia doing ‘well’ after foot operation

first_img The 30-year-old posted a picture on social media from his hospital bed to say the surgery had gone well and he will now begin a rehabilitation process. Valencia was kicked on the foot during the first half of United’s goalless draw against Manchester City on October 25 but played on until late in the game before being replaced by Matteo Darmian. The Ecuador international had just ousted summer arrival Darmian as Louis van Gaal’s first-choice right-back but now faces an unspecified time on the sidelines having gone under the knife. “#mufc can confirm @Anto_V25 has had an operation on his foot,” the club posted on their official Twitter feed. Valencia then followed up with a picture of himself just after the procedure. “Thank God came out well from the operation. Now think about my recovery,” he wrote. In Valencia’s absence, both Darmian and Ashley Young have started two games apiece at right-back as Van Gaal’s Red Devils continue to boast the best defensive record in the Barclays Premier League. Saturday’s 2-0 win over West Brom was enough to see United close to within two points of the top of the table heading into the international break. Valencia joins fellow full-back Luke Shaw on the injured list, with the England international sidelined for the coming months after suffering a double leg-break during United’s 2-1 Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven in September. Press Associationcenter_img Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has undergone an operation on a foot injury he suffered in last month’s derby, the club have confirmed.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Don Mattingly to return and that’s the right move

first_imgThe grass isn’t greener for the Dodgers. For all the talk of managers like Dusty Baker — who doesn’t win in the postseason — being available, Mattingly is the best option. He knows how to deal with Yasiel Puig — as best as that’s possible — and guided a dramatic turnaround from worst to first in the NL West. Given a healthy roster, the Dodgers should contend for the World Series title next year.The Dodgers can’t think that a $220 million payroll automatically ensures a championship because it doesn’t. On Tuesday, a day after Mattingly went public with his displeasure, the Dodgers fired bench coach Trey Hillman, a longtime friend of Mattingly’s. That move could’ve severed ties between the two sides even more, but the Dodgers also renewed the contracts of pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, and coaches Tim Wallach and Davey Lopes. Mattingly said he wanted his staff to be retained, and he got most of that. He might not have multiple years, but clearly the two sides came to a compromise for him to return at all.That was in the best interest of the Dodgers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mattingly led the Dodgers to a victory over Atlanta in the NLDS, which vested his option for 2014. The Dodgers didn’t have to honor it and neither did Mattingly. Thankfully, everyone saw the big picture: a chance to win the World Series in 2014 with a healthy roster. Mattingly’s future seemed very much in doubt after a couple of questionable managerial moves he made in the postseason, even though he had the Dodgers two wins away from the World Series. The moves he made that worked — like pitching Clayton Kershaw on three days’ rest to clinch the division series — didn’t garner the kind of attention that pinch running for Adrian Gonzalez did.Mattingly’s status seemed much more uncertain Monday in a news conference during which Mattingly, arms folded, said he felt like he was a “lame duck” since the Dodgers hadn’t extended his contract beyond the season. All the while sitting next to general manager Ned Colletti.He hinted that he might not be back because “I don’t want to be anywhere you’re not wanted.”The Dodgers are honoring 2014 and reportedly not beyond, but a World Seriesd ring might solve those extension problems.center_img Don Mattingly will be back to manage the Dodgers in 2014, which is the right move for Mattingly and the Dodgers. The Dodgers made the right call by not reacting to a stunning news conference on Monday in which Mattingly put pressure on the Dodgers to extend his contract. He hinted he might walk away from just a one-year deal.“I never had any doubt that Don would honor his contract,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a text message. Kasten could not comment about details of the deal — whether it’s for multiple years or just for one year — until after the World Series is over next week.last_img read more


first_imgHigher Power–Flavien Prat–125Draft Pick–Joe Talamo–121Seeking the Soul–Brian Hernandez, Jr.–123McKinzie–Mike Smith–125Mongolian Groom–Abel Cedillo–121Isotherm–Geovanni Franco–121First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. TOP RATED MCKINZIE & HIGHER POWER HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 AWESOME AGAIN STAKES AS THEY GO 1 1/8 MILES IN PREPARATION FOR $6 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC NOV. 2  RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE QUALIFIER ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2019)–America’s current top rated older horse, McKinzie, and rising star Higher Power are set to square off in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes, which has attracted a field of six 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one eighth. A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, the winner will earn a fees-paid berth into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.A recent winner of the Grade I Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 3, McKinzie, who is trained by Bob Baffert, has never been better and looms a short priced favorite. Trained by John Sadler, Higher Power exits the best race of his career, a 5 ¼ length win in the Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug. 17.MCKINZIEOwner:  Mike Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul WeitmanTrainer:  Bob BaffertThe early favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 2, this 4-year-old colt by Street Sense pressed the pace en route to an emphatic 1 ¾ length victory in the Grade I Whitney, a race in which he earned an Awesome Again best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 111.  A close second two starts back as the 8-5 favorite in the Grade I Met Mile at Belmont, he’s won two out of his last three starts and will be bidding for his fifth Grade I victory in what will be his 13th career start.HIGHER POWEROwner:  Hronis Racing LLCTrainer:  John SadlerOriginally based in the Midwest through his first nine starts, this 4-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro made his fourth start with Sadler in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 17 and responded with an eye-catching performance that has thrust him into the position of Classic hopeful. Ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat, Higher Power, in garnering his first stakes victory, earned a lofty 107 Beyer in the process.DRAFT PICKOwner:  C R K Stable LLCTrainer:  Peter EurtonUnder the radar at 13-1, this 4-year-old Candy Ride colt was attentive to the pace while fifth early in the Pacific Classic and out-gamed Mongolian Groom late to run second, beaten 5 ¼ lengths by Higher Power in the Pacific Classic. With Joe Talamo riding him back, Draft Pick rates an upset chance on Saturday.THE GRADE I AWESOME AGAIN WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 10 of 11 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more