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Jonathan Morgan Extends Stay as Leicester City Women Manager



Leicester City Women manager, Jonathan Morgan has signed a new contract to remain in charge of the Foxes.

Morgan first joined Leicester Women in 2014-15 season when they were ran as an independent club before turning professional last season, after the owners of the men’s team brought ownership of the women’s team and brought the club in-house.

Having guided the Foxes to FA Women’s Midlands Division One title in 2015-16 season, Morgan went on to establish the club in the Women’s Northern Division before the club earned promotion via license application to the Women’s Championship for 2018-19 season.

Last season however proved to be Morgan’s most successful season yet as Leicester Women’s manager after he guided the Foxes to promotion from the Women’s Championship with 50 points from 20 matches, with the team concluding their campaign with their maiden home game at King Power Stadium.

Morgan also guided the team to the semi-finals of the Women’s League Cup where they lost to Bristol City, whilst reaching the Quarter-Finals of Women’s FA Cup for a second consecutive season with the 2020-21 competition set to conclude across this Autumn.

Speaking on his decision to stay on as manager, Morgan said: “For me, there was never a doubt that I wanted to continue the journey into the WSL and I’m just very delighted that we were able to get the deal over the line.”

Reflecting on the success of last season, Morgan described the campaign as “formidable” after breaking various second-tier record as they clinched promotion by eight points from Durham.

Morgan though ultimately attributed the club’s improved fortunes to their decision to turn professional and train at an elite facility in Belvoir Drive, commenting: “It’s just that professionalism that I don’t think you can replicate elsewhere, because this is ours, it’s the women’s, it’s the girls’ set-up.

“We’ve got our youth set-up coming in here now as well. It’s brilliant.

“To have a fully women’s and girls’ elite facility is something that I think most young girls would only dream of and now for those girls out there it’s a reality at Leicester and something to really aspire to.”

With fixtures for 2021-22 Women’s Super League (WSL) season set to be announced imminently, Morgan has confessed to feeling “excited” yet is wary that this campaign will “be a very, very big challenge” yet is already relishing this opportunity after extensive recruitment and retainment.

On what the team needs to do in order to survive their maiden WSL season, Morgan said: “All we need to do now is do what we did last year, focus on us, be respectful of all the teams, but not fear anyone and just play our style, which is well underway behind the scenes.”


Harness racing selections: Sunday, August 1



Two meetings to look at on Sunday, with my attention at Marburg and Cranbourne.

The best bets for the respective programs are down below.


Best bet: Race Two Number 1 Mustang Dude
The best on the card, and quite comfortably too. His recent runs have come at Redcliffe, placing three back after getting the box seat sit. The last couple have been plain but he hasn’t been helped by barriers. He gets the inside gate this time around and has enough early speed to hold up and prove hard to get past.

Next-best: Race One Number 1 The Last Starfire
He gets a perfect set-up here to bounce back into the winners’ list. He hasn’t won in a tick under 12 months, but the set-up here looks ideal with the lead his for the taking with a positive steer. He led and felt the pinch at Redcliffe last time but he does get such an ideal scenario here. A soft lead on a track where if you lead, there’s a good chance you’ll win.

Value: Race Three Number 6 Okanes Devil
I’m happy to have a small speck each way on this mare. She hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in recent times, but she did run a game fourth here three-back when attempting to lead throughout. She draws inside the second row and follows out a fast beginner, so should she land leaders back, she’ll be dangerous.


Best bet: Race Four Number 2 Ultimate Me
He went 2/2 at Cranbourne and I’m confident he makes 3/3 with Chris Alford to steer. He spanked them two-back at Melton before going to Maryborough and was game in defeat when second in a fast mile rate. I suspect he finds the front and will take a power of beating from there.

Next-best: Race Seven Number 7 Here Comes Kyvalley
He’ll need luck in the run from outside the front row, but he’s a smart trotter that will take beating on current form. He snagged back last start at Kilmore and worked to the line well when second in a race dominated on speed. If he gets the right run in transit, he’ll take beating.

Value: Race Three Number 1 Mister Macedon
A lightly-raced four-year-old that has done little wrong in his career to date, placing in 11 of 14 career outings. His latest run came last Friday night at Tabcorp Park Melton when wide with cover late and working to the line strongly. He can hold a forward spot from the pole and each-way at double figures appeals.

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David Blough, Lions rooting on Melissa Gonzalez will warm your heart



David Blough and Detroit Lions teammates cheer on his wife Melissa Gonzalez

This is the type of viral social media content we are here for. Obviously, the whole global pandemic has made things especially difficult for the Olympics to happen in the first place. They were postponed by a year. Even though we have a vaccine for COVID-19, many of the same health restrictions are in place, as the virus mutates and impact the livelihoods of everyone involved.

Though Blough is not excepted to play much in his third season out of Purdue, it is not like he can travel across the world in the latter part of July. He has a football season to prepare for. While he would have loved nothing more than to have been in Tokyo in-person, it is great to see he and his teammates root on Gonzalez, as she tries to fulfill her lifelong dream of winning Olympic gold.

Here is to Gonzalez being one step closer to becoming an Olympic medalist for Colombia this year.

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Blue Jays’ Manoah to start Saturday vs. Royals after activation from IL



Toronto Blue Jays rookie pitcher Alek Manoah has been activated from the 10-day injured list and will start Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, the team announced.

In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays optioned Trent Thornton to triple-A to make room for Manoah.

Manoah had been placed on the 10-day injured list with a bruised back on July 21 after he slipped and fell down rain-soaked dugout steps at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. He successfully completed a simulated game and is hopeful to start against the Royals in the Blue Jays’ first home game at the Rogers Centre since 2020.

The rookie hurler was also out at the end of June due to a a five-game suspension he received after an ejection against the Baltimore Orioles on June 19.

Manoah, Toronto’s first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, has thrived in his first season, boasting a 2-1 record with a 2.90 ERA and 52 strikeouts across 40.1 innings.

Live coverage of Blue Jays vs. Royals begins at 3:07 p.m. ET on Sportsnet.

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