Rescue efforts are underway to free more than 200 skiers trapped Tuesday at Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort, which is located 120 miles north of Portland. Several injuries were reported after a ski lift broke down; an employee at the resort said this caused several people to fall to the ground.The Spillway East lift reportedly came to a halt during high winds due to a derailment. Around 10:30 a.m. ET, a cable slid over one tower’s pulley leading to five chairs falling about 30 feet. Ethan Austin, a resort spokesperson, revealed that several individuals were taken to near-by hospitals with non-life-threatening conditions. At the time, winds originating from this month’s blizzard were blowing up to 43 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. Austin confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the lift was carrying around 220 people at the time of the breakdown.Efforts to remove trapped skiers are in progress Tuesday afternoon.
His pre-game routine is to have a meal five hours before game-time. He puts equipment on the left side before the right. He says he is easy-going, but likes to win and hates to lose.The easy-going D-man is back on the ice Wednesday as the Leafs play host to the Grand Forks Border Bruins.The game is the third time less than a week the teams have met.Nelson won both previous games, 5-3 in Grand Forks and 6-2 last Friday at the NDCC Arena.Game time Wednesday is 7 p.m. Away from the rink and work, he enjoys other sports action, including baseball and golf.His favourite food is pasta. His choice of TV programs is the Big Bang Theory.Never Back Down tops his list of favourite movies, and Will Farrell gets his vote for best actor.He listens to Luke Brian and country music. Although he favours the Canucks as a team, he selects Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals as his favourite NHl player. He rates his rookie year with the Leafs as his best hockey experience, and a game seven playoff loss as his worst hockey experience. Leaf program writer George Millar has been treating KIJHL fans with an inside look of players on the Green and White for years.Now Millar has graciously accepted an offer to give that same insight to readers of The Nelson Daily.Today Millar profiles Nelson Minor Hockey grad Blake Arcuri.Blake Arcuri is in his third season patrolling the Leafs blue-line, a task he usually shares with defensive partner Damin Devlin.“Dirt” names Mario DeBella as the most significant mentor in his hockey development, and his dad as the most important influence on his philosophy of life. Blake’s goal for this year is to help the Leafs win a championship. He expects to be in post-secondary studies five years from now. In ten years, he sees himself as a family man.
“They both had very good games (against Beaver Valley) and I think they’re both going to get stronger in future games to come.”TRAVIS WELLMAN missed the New Year’s Eve classic against Beaver Valley with a lower body injury.Maida said the team’s leading scorer is day-to-day and could see action this weekend during a three-game road trip to the East Kootenay.DEFENCEMAN J.J. Beitel was released by the Leafs in December, but continues to be with the team.Beitel suffered a concussion earlier this season.Nelson has until February 10, depending on if there are available cards, to return the Alberta rearguard to the roster.The Leafs currently have 22 players on the roster.The BC Hockey cutoff date for filing rosters is January 10.Maida said the team is still in the market for a defenceman before the roster deadline.NELSON is off to the East Kootenay for a three-game set against Eddie Mountain competition.Friday Nelson meets Kimberley before travelling to Golden Saturday.Sunday the trip concludes in Invermere against the Columbia Valley Rockies.Nelson plays in Castlegar Friday, January 10, before returning home Saturday, January 11 to face Spokane Braves. Frank Maida played the part of a modern-day Sam Pollock as the Nelson Leafs GM looked to bolster the Murdoch Division squad for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League stretch run.Maida traded goalie Tyler Moffat to the Grand Prairie Kings of the North West Junior Hockey League for winger Adam Hodge during the Christmas Holiday break.The deal was made possible after local netminder Adam Maida returned to the Leafs after recovering from knee surgery.“It’s never easy to trade a player but for Tyler, Grand Prairie is also hosting the Alberta championships so Tyler will be guaranteed to be playing in a provincial tournament,” Maida said as the Leafs enter 2014 second in the Murdoch Division, three points behind Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Adam Maida joins Brad Rebagliati as Nelson goalie combo.Maida said the 6’1” 205-pound Hodge saw his first action with Nelson during the home-and-home series loss against Beaver Valley — 6-2 Sunday in Fruitvale and a tough 3-2 decision New Year’s Eve at the NDCC Arena.Maida added more size with the signing of Arizona native Rayce Miller.Miller attended Leaf training camp during the summer but suffered a shoulder injury.The 6-foot, 185-pound winger, also seeing action against Beaver Valley, has successfully recovered from shoulder surgery.The addition of the Hodge-Miller bookends was showcased Tuesday on the Leafs top line with speedy center Jamie Vlanich.“I know both Hodge and Miller are going to fit into our lineup very, very well,” Maida explained.
Arrogate/Hoppertunity – Bob Baffert’s two Breeders’ Cup Classic entrants both jogged 1m Thursday as the Hall of Fame trainer began the final approach to his 24th Breeders’ Cup. Breeders’ Cup weeks are always hectic and stressful for marquee trainers, but Baffert assessed this one as comparatively “quiet” for him.“It’s more stressful when you’re at home than on the road,” Baffert said. “But, I’d still rather be here.” Frosted – Godolphin Racing’s 4yo son of leading sire Tapit galloped approximately 1 1/2m and made a quick trip to the gate for schooling Thursday morning.Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he pleased with the way Frosted looks and acts as he approaches the Classic. The colt won the Met Mile and the Whitney Stakes with impressive performances this summer and finished third, beaten a neck, in a blanket finish of the Woodward Stakes. Despite that strong summer in New York, he is the third choice on the Classic morning line behind California Chrome and Travers winner Arrogate.“He’s under the radar a little bit but that’s because of California Chrome. He’s supposed to be under the radar,” McLaughlin said. “California Chrome is undefeated and has done everything right this year. We like our chances. We were the best that day in the Woodward, but we went 40 feet further and gave up weight. We were the best, but we finished third. We should be 3-for-3 this year, but we’re happy with the horse.”Keen Ice – Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice galloped 1 3/8m Thursday at Santa Anita in preparation for his second start for trainer Todd Pletcher in Saturday’s Classic.“When he came back from Dubai he came to us, but he went for a vacation after that. He came to us at the beginning of the Saratoga meet,” Pletcher said. “The longer we were around him and the more we did with him the fitter he got and the more impressively he breezed. Everything we say was what we already knew – the further he goes the better he gets.”Keen Ice finished third in his first race for Pletcher in a one-turn mile allowance at Belmont Oct. 7.“We knew the mile would probably be too short for him, but at the same time, we felt like we needed to get a race into him to see where we were and get a race into him from a conditioning standpoint to move him forward for whatever his next start was,” Pletcher said. “I thought he ran well, galloped out well and came back and breezed well.”After considering the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in three weeks, the Classic seemed like a better fit.“He loves the mile-and-a-quarter,” Pletcher said. “It looks like on paper, if Melatonin, California Chrome and Arrogate go to a certain degree, maybe there will be a favorable pace set-up.” California Chrome – The ‘Chromies’ were out in force Thursday morning, erupting in loud cheers as the big chestnut horse passed Clocker’s Corner returning from his 1 5/8m gallop under Dihigi Gladney. Back at the stable, another throng awaited his arrival. Trainer Art Sherman playfully exclaimed, “It’s Chrome time,” as the son of Lucky Pulpit walked and bathed before his adoring fans.Gladney reported racing’s richest runner was a handful today. “I never really know exactly how far he’ll gallop each morning, because sometimes I have a hard time pulling him up,” he said. “He’s really feeling strong in the mornings.”In addition to his duties as the exercise rider of the Classic favorite, Gladney shares his of love of horses with young children whose parents bring them to Santa Anita on weekends. Through his own enterprise, Got Ponies, Gladney offers rides in the infield with his modest stable of 10 horses.In the unlikeliest of scenarios, Gladney, now 41, acquired his love of horses from his grandfather, who raised and boarded them in the inner city of Los Angeles. “I was born in Gardena and raised in Watts,” Gladney said with a wide grin, “but I didn’t turn out to be a rapper. I might have been the only inner city kid to actually grow up with horses.”His love of the equine breed manifested itself when he became a professional Quarter Horse rider at Los Alamitos. But it was a racing injury that sidelined him and led him to starting his pony business, initially at children’s birthday parties.“I’ve been doing it at the racetrack now for three years. And, although it’s something I do primarily for kids, I recently had an 80-year-old woman enjoy her first-ever horseback ride,” he added.With California Chrome scheduled to make the penultimate start of his illustrious career on Saturday in the 1 1/4m Classic, will Gladney try to be in two places at one time?“No, no, no,” he laughed, “I’ll get them started on Saturday, then head over to the barn before the race. I’ve got to make sure ‘the Chrome brings it home’!”One final gallop slated for Friday is California Chrome’s final piece of training ahead of Saturday’s race. Win the Space – The 4yo gray Pulpit colt Win the Space galloped 1 1/2m over the main track at 7:45 with regular exercise rider Amelia Green. War Story – Loooch Racing Stables et al.’s Breeders’ Cup Classic runner War Story left Barn 69 at 7:45 a.m. with a pony and galloped an easy mile for trainer Mario Serey Jr. Effinex/Shaman Ghost – Tri-Bone Stables’ Effinex and Stronach Stables’ Shaman Ghost galloped 1 5/8m Thursday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for their respective starts in Saturday’s Classic.“We might have breezed Shaman Ghost the last quarter of a mile,” trainer James Jerkens said.Effinex finished second in last year’s Classic, 6 ½ lengths behind Triple Crown champion American Pharoah and 4 ½ lengths ahead of Honor Code.“I think he doing about the same this year (going into the race),” Jerkens said. “He hasn’t been over-raced this year. We like how he’s doing.”Shaman Ghost, who captured the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine last year before being sidelined, has run four times for Jerkens this year, earning his first Grade 1 win in the Woodward at Saratoga in his most recent start Sept. 3.“He was a nice 3-year-old and had a lot of time off to recuperate from ankle surgery. It’s been a natural progression for him this year,” Jerkens said.The son of Ghostzapper won a photo finish over Mubtaahij and Frosted in the Whitney.“He only did win by a head. It was only three-quarters of a length between the first four finishers. It’s not like he blew them away, but this race being an extra eighth of a mile has to help him,” Jerkens said. Melatonin – On Oct. 26, 1996, trainer David Hofmans saddled Alphabet Soup to a nose victory over Louis Quatorze in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Woodbine in Toronto. Cigar, the most celebrated horse of the day, finished third, a half-length behind the first two.Hofmans is well aware that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the feat. And, as he prepares to saddle Melatonin to take on California Chrome, Arrogate and seven others in Saturday’s Classic, he can be excused if he’s feeling a little bit of deja vu.“Three days before the Breeders’ Cup, Alphabet Soup completely changed,” Hofmans said. “Something happened, I don’t know what it was, but he came back from training and he just was focused. He just changed. All he wanted to do was eat, do his job and just focus on what he had to do. He was a different horse than what he had been.“This horse (Melatonin) is the same. The other day I took him to the gate and it was just like Alphabet Soup, he changed and got that focus going. I think he knows he’s got something coming up. There are a lot of similarities.”Alphabet Soup paid $41.70 to win. Cigar went off odds of 3-5. Melatonin is 12-1 on the morning line, California Chrome the even-money morning line favorite.Hofmans has three Breeders’ Cup wins. Adoration (2003 Distaff) and Desert Code (2008 Turf Sprint) followed Alphabet Soup. The first win, especially since it came in the Classic, was the sweetest.“I had Dramatic Gold there (at Woodbine) also, and he didn’t change, but there was a notable change in Alphabet Soup,” Hofmans said. “Chris McCarron and I talked about it and he saw it too. Alphabet Soup was so game, and Chris said, ‘If I can get his head out (front) he might hold them off, and that’s exactly what happened.”Now, it’s Melatonin’s turn.“There are similarities,” Hofmans said. “They both try really hard, they’re both real smart and this would be another milestone with Scotty McClellan.”McClellan, the longtime agent for McCarron before his retirement, now has the book for Joe Talamo, the regular rider for Melatonin.
Sam Houston State – Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas/Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Texas Tech Open, Lubbock, Texas – Feb. 2-3 New Orleans – KMS Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, La. – Feb. 2 Houston Baptist – Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Houston Howie Ryan Invitational, Houston, Texas – Feb. 9 McNeese – McNeese Indoor II, Lake Charles, La. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Notre Dame Meyo Invitational, South Bend, Ind. – Feb. 2-3 Lamar – Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Notre Dame Meyo Invitational, South Bend, Ind. – Feb. 2-3 Abilene Christian – Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: – Texas Tech Open, Lubbock, Texas – Feb. 2-3 Southeastern Louisiana – McNeese Indoor II, Lake Charles, La./KMS Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. – McNeese Recap | KMS RecapNext Meet: LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, La. – Feb. 2 Northwestern State – Pittsburg State Invitational, Pittsburg, Kan. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, La. – Feb. 2 Nicholls – No meetNext Meet: LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, La. – Feb. 2 Central Arkansas – Pittsburg State Invitational, Pittsburg, Kan. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Southern Illinois Don Denoon Invitational, Carbondale, Ill. – Feb. 2-3 Stephen F. Austin – Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: New Mexico Classic & Multis, Albuquerque, N.M. – Feb. 2-3 UIW – Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Houston Howie Ryan Invitational, Houston, Texas – Feb. 9 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Texas Tech Shootout, Lubbock, Texas – Feb. 9-10
Myers led Central Arkansas in nine batting categories over the weekend. She batted .563 with a .938 slugging percentage, collecting multiple hits in four of the Bears’ five games on the weekend. In Saturday’s contest against LIU Brooklyn, the senior shortstop recorded a home run and two doubles with four RBIS. She finished the week with nine hits and six RBIs to go along with three doubles. She also had a .632 on base percentage. This is the second hitting award for the Bears and first weekly award for UIW this season. Leal earned the win for all three of UIW’s victories at the Madeira Beach Showcase this past weekend. She tied a career-high when she fired six strikeouts against Villanova on Friday in a complete-game effort. She also tossed a complete game in a 3-2 win against Alabama State on Saturday. The senior from Kyle, Texas, started Sunday’s game against Eastern Michigan and gave up just three earned runs, striking out three in her five innings of work. She ended the week limiting opponents to a .291 batting average.Honorable Mention: Megan Landry, Nicholls; Micaela Bouvier, Northwestern State; Amie Cisneros.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 at least 25 percent of ballots. Softball Hitter of the Week – Kate Myers, Central Arkansas – SS – Sr. – Tulsa, Okla. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Kate Myers and UIW’s Sarah Leal are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Myers led the Central Arkansas (7-9, 0-0 SLC) offense at the EMU Madeira Beach Invitational, tallying wins against LIU Brooklyn and Villanova. Leal picked up three wins in the circle for UIW (3-6, 0-0 SLC) at the same tournament. Softball Pitcher of the Week – Sarah Leal, UIW – Sr. – Kyle, Texas Honorable Mention: Amanda Gianelloni, Nicholls; Alli Daigle, Southeastern Louisiana; Bryana Novegil, Stephen F. Austin.
The Cowgirls (36-19, 18-9 SLC) and Bearkats (22-31, 13-14 SLC) both turn their sights now to the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament in Lake Charles, La., this week from Wednesday to Friday. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese senior Erika Piancastelli and Sam Houston State junior Lindsey McLeod are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Honorable Mention: Alexis LaBure, Nicholls; Caroline Settle, McNeese; Hannah Null, Abilene Christian. Honorable Mention: Moriah Strother, Nicholls; Amber Landry, Stephen F. Austin; Emma Hawthorne, Northwestern State. Hitter of the Week: Erika Piancastelli, McNeese – Sr. – UT – Carlsbad, Calif.Piancastelli registered one of the best performances of her conference career, picking up six hits in seven at bats. Five of her six hits were extra base hits including three home runs, two doubles along four RBIs, four walks, two stolen bases and six runs scored to help McNeese to its regular season series finale win over Southeastern Louisiana. With her five total bases on Friday, she broke the Southland career record, making that five conference career records she has broken this season. She ended the week with an .857 batting average, 2.429 slugging percent and a .917 on base percent. Pitcher of the Week: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State – Jr. – P – Austin, TexasMcLeod turned in a record-setting weekend in helping Sam Houston clinch the final berth in the Southland tournament. The junior from Austin punched out 14 HBU hitters in a complete-game, one-hit shutout in the series opener, tying an SHSU single-game record with that mark in a 1-0 Bearkat victory. She turned around in game two and struck out two more in a two-inning save. Her second strikeout not only ended the game but was her 201st strikeout of the season. That set a new program single-season school record, breaking the mark of 200 strikeouts by Brandi Crnkovic in 2007. With a berth in the conference tournament already clinched, McLeod did not pitch in the series finale, but still finished with 16 strikeouts and only two hits allowed in nine innings of work. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
RIVER BOYNE & CATAPULT HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000 FRANK E. KILROE MILE ON SANTA ANITA LAWN FIRST POST TIME FOR 10-RACE PROGRAM SATURDAY SET FOR 1 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2019)–Although he was the beaten favorite in his most recent start, Irish-bred River Boyne, who has won six out of his seven career turf starts at Santa Anita, will vie for favoritism in Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) with Kentucky-bred Catapult, who should relish a return to firm ground for John Sadler. The Kilroe, one of four graded stakes on Saturday, has attracted a field of six older horses.RIVER BOYNEOwner: Red Baron’s Barn, LLC & Rancho TemescalTrainer: Jeff MullinsA game head winner of the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile two starts back on Dec. 26, this 4-year-old colt was forced to steady a furlong out in the Grade III, one mile turf Thunder Road on Feb. 9, and finished fourth, beaten 1 ¼ lengths as the 3-5 favorite on a turf course that was listed as “good.” With regular rider Flavien Prat away to ride in Dubai, Drayden Van Dyke will try his hand for the first time on River Boyne, who has three wins and a second from five starts at one mile on turf.CATAPULTOwner: Woodford Racing, LLCTrainer: John SadlerA winner of two Grade II turf stakes three and four starts back at Del Mar this past summer, this 6-year-old full horse by Kitten’s Joy was a close second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile two starts back on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. Keen in the early stages, Catapult finished fourth, beaten 4 ½ lengths over a yielding turf going 1 3/16 miles in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational on Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park. The leading money earner in the field with $1,448,359, Catapult, who will be making his 18thcareer start, is 10-3-4-1 at one mile on turf.OHIOOwner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Bruce TreitmanTrainer: Michael McCarthyClaimed for $50,000 six starts back on June 10 and a subsequent $28,000 claiming winner in his next start on Aug. 19, this 8-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding is enjoying a resurgence of late, with his most recent start resulting in a close second place finish in the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes here on Feb. 9, which came on the heels of a 6 ½ length tally in a minor one mile turf stakes at Turf Paradise Jan. 12.THE GRADE I FRANK E. KILROE MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 10 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTHunt–Brice Blanc–120Ohio–Ruben Fuentes–120Desert Stone–Geovanni Franco–120Catapult–Drayden Van Dyke–122Next Shares–Kent Desormeaux–124River Boyne–Rafael Bejarano–122First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
2most 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on it“Everything he was doing in a very good way. We are all so disappointed because now we need to wait for him.”In the same way we need to be positive, it’s not another way to take it, but we need to be positive and try to provide him with good quality training and recovery.“In the moment that he’s ready, to be strong and start to help the team again.”Mauricio Pochettino hits back at Kieran Trippier over claims he forced defender out of Tottenham MAURICIO POCHETTINO is likely to welcome back major summer signing Tanguy Ndombele ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.The £68million club-record signing missed the last two league matches with a thigh injury but had the international break to work on his recovery.2Boss Poch heads into the contest under rare pressure having picked up just one win from their opening four matches.But he will also be boosted with news that Ryan Sessegnon could make his eagerly-anticipated Spurs debut.The former Fulham man has been sidelined with a hamstring injury following his summer move and his return will provide competition with Danny Rose at left-back.Right-back Kyle-Walker Peters is also in the frame having missed the thrilling draw with Arsenal.The 22-year-old has cemented his role as first choice on the right side of defence after Kieran Trippier left for Atletico Madrid.And Eric Dier could also be in contention to make the squad after recovering from a hip injury.One notable absentee is Giovani Lo Celso who picked up an injury on international duty with Argentina.The midfielder is out of action for around six weeks and Pochettino has described his latest setback as a blow.He said: “Always it’s a sad situation, very disappointed.“For Giovani, the first months here was to adapt to a new club and new football.
REAL MADRID boss Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez are in a battle for the club’s next Galactico.Zidane has “set his heart” on signing fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba from Manchester United, claim ESPN.1 Real Madrid are in a tug of war between boss Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez for Paul Pogba and Christian EriksenBut club stalwart Perez has targeted Tottenham’s out-of-contract wantaway midfielder Christian Eriksen – and hopes to do a deal with Spurs chief Daniel Levy in January.Perez believes he can get the Denmark playmaker on the cheap, with a possible £30million deal just six months before his Tottenham deal ends.He thinks the club needs an Eriksen type of player, rather than Pogba, who clashed with former United boss Jose Mourinho.United want £180m for Pogba, 26, which makes the Eriksen deal even sweeter for Perez.However, Eriksen, 27, would prefer to stay in North London and leave on a free in the summer, having missed out on a move to Madrid in the summer.He can sign a deal with a foreign club from January – and would get a huge signing-on fee if he left it until June.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneLos Blancos have got off to a mixed start this season, with pressure already growing on Zidane.They have not yet won in the Champions League, but they are top of La Liga despite indifferent form.Latest Manchester United news’Live Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonThe Frenchman is convinced Pogba wants a move to the Bernabeu, even though Perez has told him United chiefs do not want to sell the World Cup-winning midfielder.Madrid could also do a deal with United or Spurs, with Gareth Bale touted as a sweetener in any deal.The Welshman has had a fractious relationship with Zidane and a permanent transfer or even long-term loan could be beneficial to all parties.Man United boss Solskjaer blasts flops and says ‘You’re going to get me the sack’