Koeman plays down Europe factor

first_img Koeman’s men have spent much of the season entrenched in the Champions League places but a recent blip has seen them slip out of the top six. But the Dutchman believes a win at the Etihad Stadium will ensure they are playing European football next season. “It will not be a massive disappointment if we don’t qualify, because it will still be a fantastic season that we have had,” Koeman said. “It makes it more special if we reach European football. If we win on Sunday I think that means we will finish fifth or sixth because I don’t think both other teams will win with their difficult away games. “I don’t think both Liverpool will win at Stoke and Tottenham at Everton. “But we beat Manchester United, we had a draw against Chelsea, why can’t we win against Manchester City? “It will be a big achievement because we will have reached what we set out for in the season. The club is still growing, that means European football for the club and fans. “It will have been a top season for everybody, it is really nice to be part of that challenge for European football.” Southampton travel to the Etihad to face a City side who have finished strongly, winning their last five games and plundering 10 goals over the last two. City have second place sewn up and have nothing to play for, but Koeman does not think they will be in holiday mode. “I hope they will but I don’t think so, they are professionals,” he added. “They are playing at home, they will like to finish on a good way. “It’s a tough one, they are a strong team, but we believe in ourselves that we can get a good result on Sunday.” Koeman will pick from an unchanged squad, although Jay Rodriguez will travel and take part in pre-match preparations. The striker has been out for 13 months with a knee injury and has returned to full training, but will not be seen in a Saints shirt until next season. “Jay will travel with the team but it is too early in our planning,” Koeman said. “Jay will first play some minutes in the under-21s and then he will have to wait for the pre-season. “That’s when we have a lot of time and friendlies to be played. “He’s close to being back, that’s the reason he will travel with the team but he will not be on the bench.” Southampton’s season will not be a failure if they miss out on European football, according to manager Ronald Koeman. The Saints have had a wonderful campaign and could top it off with qualification for the Europa League if results go their way on the final weekend in the Barclays Premier League. Koeman takes his side to outgoing champions Manchester City and if they take more points than Tottenham manage at Everton they will leapfrog the north London side into sixth, while they could also overhaul fifth-placed Liverpool, who visit Stoke. Press Associationlast_img read more

Eldora truck race results: Highlights from NASCAR’s 2019 Dirt Derby

first_imgMORE: Watch all NASCAR races live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Thursday night’s racing began with the first of five qualifying races at 7 p.m. ET. The lineups for these 10-lap heat races were determined by speeds in Wednesday’s pair of practice sessions. The top five finishers in each of the five qualifying races automatically advanced to the Eldora Dirt Derby, and those who did not automatically advance were entered in a sixth qualifying race called the “Last Chance” race.Chase Briscoe, the winner of last year’s Eldora Dirt Derby, started on the pole after winning the first qualifying race. But it was Stewart Friesen who took the checkered flag at Eldora on Thursday night for his first career Truck Series win.SN tracked the Eldora truck race and provided live updates, results and highlights. Here is how Friesen won his first truck race.Eldora truck race: Live updates, results, highlights— 11:01 p.m. ET: Checkered flag. Stewart Friesen wins after running away from the field in the last two laps. He earns his first career NASCAR Truck Series win.THE WAIT IS OVER! Retweet to congratulate @StewartFriesen on his @NASCAR_Trucks WIN at Eldora!Full results» https://t.co/0IQRKD2Bzj pic.twitter.com/CO6sJeqDrC— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) August 2, 2019— 10:55 p.m. ET: Caution. Chase Briscoe gets spun, just as he was charging back to the front. He loses control, and Ben Rhodes gets into his left-rear quarter panel to turn him around.A shot at the golden shovel might’ve just disappeared for @ChaseBriscoe5. pic.twitter.com/9OS4fNBHFm— NASCAR Gander Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) August 2, 2019— 10:50 p.m. ET: Caution. (Lots of these tonight, naturally.) A couple cars in the back of the pack spin to set up a 12-lap shootout for the win.— 10:42 p.m. ET: Quick caution. Norm Benning spins on his own.— 10:31 p.m. ET: Caution. Bad things are happening everywhere. Kyle Strickler spins. Johnny Sauter is somehow damaged. Dirt-track racing in a nutshell.So … that’s three different issues at once pic.twitter.com/av3A59hCOb— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) August 2, 2019— 10:24 p.m. ET: Caution. Ross Chastain goes for a spin cycle. Loses it himself out of the corner..@RossChastain goes for a ride in the gravitron and brings out the caution at @EldoraSpeedway! pic.twitter.com/Pf1BV18fKj— NASCAR Gander Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) August 2, 2019— 10:10 p.m. ET: Chase Briscoe wins Stage 2. He’s dominating.— 10:03 p.m. ET: Caution. Mason Massey spins on his own thanks to a flat left-front tire.— 9:55 p.m. ET: Caution for the first real incident of the race. Austin Hill and Harrison Burton are involved among others.A big pile up strikes in the #EldoraDirtDirby! pic.twitter.com/HiaQTNbwcC— NASCAR Gander Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) August 2, 2019— 9:49 p.m. ET: Caution comes out when Harrison Burton spins in Turn 2. Just a single-car spin.— 9:32 p.m. ET: Chase Briscoe wins Stage 1. He doesn’t run away with it, though, as Todd Gilliland finishes right on his tail.Stage 1 goes to @ChaseBriscoe5 in Eldora! pic.twitter.com/IRTPu1NoI3— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) August 2, 2019— 9:23 p.m. ET: Caution comes out when Jake Griffin spins as the result of a flat tire.— 9:17 p.m. ET: Caution comes out for a spin. Landon Huffman goes around.— 9:13 p.m. ET: Green flag. The Eldora Dirt Derby is underway.MORE: TV channel, schedule for NASCAR Truck Series race at EldoraQualifying race oneDrivers: Chase Briscoe, Johnny Sauter, Jeffrey Abbey, Harrison Burton, Austin Wayne Self, Colt Gilliam, Jennifer Jo CobbQualifying race one results:Pos.Driver1.Chase Briscoe2.Johnny Sauter3.Harrison Burton4.Colt Gilliam5.Jeffrey Abbey6.Austin Wayne Self7.Jennifer Jo CobbQualifying race twoDrivers: Matt Crafton, Tyler Dippel, Christian Eckes, Ross Chastain, Tyler Ankrum, Landon Huffman, Darwin Peters Jr.Qualifying race two results:Pos.Driver1.Matt Crafton2.Tyler Dippel3.Ross Chastain4.Christian Eckes5.Landon Huffman6.Tyler Ankrum7.Darwin Peters Jr.Qualifying race threeDrivers: Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, Mike Marlar, Jake Griffin, Carson Hocevar, Devin DodsonQualifying race three results:Pos.Driver1.Brett Moffitt2.Todd Gilliland3.Carson Hocevar4.Jake Griffin5.Mike Marlar6.Devin DodsonQualifying race fourDrivers: Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, Justin Shipley, Austin Hill, Mark Smith, Norm BenningQualifying race four results: Pos.Driver1.Stewart Friesen2.Ben Rhodes3.Justin Shipley4.Austin Hill5.Norm Benning6.Mark SmithQualifying race fiveDrivers: Sheldon Creed, Kyle Strickler, Grant Enfinger, Gus Dean, Mason Massey IV, Tim WardQualifying race five results:Pos.Driver1.Kyle Strickler2.Sheldon Creed3.Grant Enfinger4.Gus Dean5.Tim Ward6.Mason Massey IVLast Chance RaceLast Chance Race results:Pos.Driver1.Tyler Ankrum2.Norm Benning3.Mason Massey IV4.Jennifer Jo Cobb5.Darwin Peters Jr.6.Devin Dodson7.Austin Wayne Self Truck racing at Eldora Speedway is no longer NASCAR’s dirty little secret. The annual Eldora Dirt Derby has become something of a crown jewel in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, and as the only dirt race across NASCAR’s three premier national series, it is a highlight on America’s racing calendar.The seventh annual Eldora Dirt Derby, which took the green flag Thursday at 9 p.m. ET after five qualifying races set the field a couple hours prior, was the 15th and most exciting race on the NASCAR Truck Series schedule. Its exclusivity as a dirt race also came with a unique qualifying format that made for a long, action-packed night of racing on the half-mile in western Ohio.last_img read more

Ray Parks returns, Alab Pilipinas extends win streak to 6

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Kyrie Irving, Celtics outlast Thunder in thriller FILE – Photo from ABLMANILA, Philippines—Ray Parks returned and Alab Pilipinas continued its winning ways after a 111-87 whipping of Saigon Heat in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Lapu-Lapu Sports Complex in Cebu.Parks, the reigning two-time Local MVP, collected 23 points and seven assists in his first game back after missing three games due to a groin injury.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The 25-year-old Parks had an efficient shooting night, going 8-of 12 from the field. The 6-foot-4 guard also became the 16th player in the ABL to reach 1000 career points.Reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos were dominant anew as both combined for 59 points and 25 rebounds to lead Alab, which stretched its winning run to six games and hiked its league-best record to 12-2, including 10-0 at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRamos had 30 points and 18 rebounds while Balkman had 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists.Alab raced to an early double-digit lead before closing out the Heat (10-7) with an 11-3 blast at the midway mark of the fourth quarter. View commentslast_img read more