Spanish League president Javier Tebas had revealed on Tuesday that VAR would be used from 2018/2019, as it has been in Italy and Germany this season.It can only be used under specific conditions: in the awarding of a red card, a penalty or to correct a case of mistaken identity for a carded player.Currently, Spain is the only one of Europe’s five major leagues — the others being England, Germany, Italy and France — not to use technology of any sort, not even to decide if a ball has crossed the goal line.Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Spain’s La Liga will use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system next season, the country’s football federation (RFEF) confirmed on Wednesday.“The president of the referee’s technical commission, Victoriano Sanchez Arminio, has informed all first division referees and assistant referees that video refereeing will be introduced to next season’s championship,” the RFEF said.Sanchez Arminio said in a letter to referees that “the tests required by the International Football Association Board (the guardians of the game’s rules) to implement the system will soon begin”.
The new Apple iPad has barely seen 20 hours of use and already the first tournament of the 2010-11 High School athletic season is on the horizon.The 38th annual High School Senior Girl’s Invitational Volleyball Tournament is capturing center stage beginning Friday at the J. Lloyd Crowe gymnasium in Trail.The five-team event has two teams from the Nelson area to help tip off the season — Mount Sentinel Wildcats and L.V. Rogers Bombers.“This is our first event and we are quite curious with what to expect,” said longtime Mount Sentinel skipper Joe Moreira on the eve of what many believe is his final season of coaching at the high school level.“This year’s team has a very different look from past years (there are) no super stars (like Katie Wayling on last year’s team); just a bunch of girls that are very committed and work very hard.”The Wildcats are led by senior Jessica Paulson, the player with the most experience on the team having played beach volleyball at the 2010 B.C. Summer Games in Langley.The bulk of the squad comes from the rookie level as Mount Sentinel boasts six Grade 10s on the team.The Bombers, coached by Jennifer Kidd, has a team consisting mostly of Grade 11 players eager to build on last season.Golden Eagles, early favourite Selkirk Storm of Kimberley and host J, Lloyd Crowe Hawks join the Bombers and Wildcats for the two-day tournament.LVR meets the Hawks at 2 p.m. to open the tournament while Mount Sentinel meets Golden at 5 p.m.The round robin draw continues through Saturday with the playoffs starting at 2:20 p.m. with medal games.The top two teams square off to determine the champion while the third and fourth-place clubs battle for the bronze medal.Mount Sentinel finished fifth at the 2009 B.C. High School Girl’s Single-A Volleyball championships in Kelowna. The goal this season is to first get back to the championships and to improve on that finish.“We are going to be challenged to compete with the best teams in the province,” said Moreira of his Single-A team, “but it will be fun to try.”SIDE OUT: The Mount Sentinel boy’s travel to Creston Friday to participate in the Prince Charles Comets Volleyball Tournament. It’s also the first action of the season for teams entered. In 2009 Mount Sentinel finished 10th overall at the 16-team B.C. High School AA Boy’s Volleyball Championships in Kelowna. read more
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2015)–Timed to perfection by French native Brice Blanc, French-bred Flamboyant saved ground throughout and overhauled favored Obviously late to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes by a neck while getting 1 1/8 miles on the Santa Anita turf in 1:46.64.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Irish-bred Obviously, one of America’s top rated milers for the past two years, ran too good to lose, as he was running comfortably on a lonely lead through splits of 23.26, 46.60, 1:10.27 and 1:34.36, but the added furlong appeared to do him in as he offered little resistance late.“There was plenty of pace to run at today, which I think is great because he seems like once he settles down, he can finish up and really make a nice run,” said Blanc. “He has a tremendous turn of foot when he uses it and I think he’s got a lot of back class.“This was a tough bunch on paper, quite a few nice horses. I think the mile and an eighth helped him and it didn’t help some of the others.”Off at 46-1 in a field of 11 older horses, Flamboyant, who is conditioned by Paddy Gallagher and had been winless in 10 starts since taking Santa Anita’s La Puente Stakes in his U.S. debut on April 19, 2014, paid $94.20, $33.40 and $13.80.Owned by CHRB Chairman Chuck Winner and David Bienstock, Flamboyant, a 5-year-old gelding by the Sunday Silence stallion Peer Gynt, picked up his fourth win from 18 starts and with the winner’s take of $120,000, increased his earnings to $398,368.“Early on, I was a little concerned because I thought he’d be up closer to the lead, but Brice knew what he was doing,” said Winner. “Going into the far turn, I saw he was full of run and when he started moving I thought, ‘We got a shot.’ This all worked out because my wife is French, the horse is French and the jock is French. It’s the French Connection!”Idle since well beaten over soft turf in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 31, 8-year-old Obviously was off at 5-2 and paid $5.00 and $3.80.“He was doing it so easily today, that was a tough loss,” said Talamo. “I had a lot of horse turning for home. That’s the slowest he’s been in a while, so I was glad he was able to relax. It’s just a tough beat but he definitely handled the distance well.”Brazilian-bred Bal a Bali, who got a good stalking trip in third positon for most of the race, finished 2 ¼ lengths behind the favorite and paid $3.80 to show with Flavien Prat up.Legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger, who called yesterday’s Rose Bowl on ESPN, presented the San Gabriel trophy.There is a Pick Six carryover of $80,409 into Sunday at Santa Anita and it’s expected Sunday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $500,000. The main event on a nine-race card tomorrow is the Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes.First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $80,409 INTO SUNDAY; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD EXCEED $500,000; LEGENDARY BROADCASTER BRENT MUSBURGER ON HAND TO PRESENT TROPHY read more