“Players are beginning to understand Major Midget is very highly recruited and very highly scouted.”“(And in the BCMMHL) they’re playing against players their own age and not against young men,” he added.After experiencing the pitfall in year one behind the bench, Wright, joined by a host of interest hockey personal, decided to re-work the program beginning in the off season.“We’ve done a massive amount of (offseason) work,” Wright said, with players on the roster from Cranbrook, Castlegar, Montrose, Trail, Rossland, Nakusp, Crescent Valley and Nelson.“We’ve recruited, we promoted . . . we have a lot of good people involved this year. We have a non-parent manager in Kari Carr, we have a great coaching staff in myself and Brian Jones and (former Nelson Leafs coach) Bill McDonnell is helping us out this year with our goaltenders so everything is looking really good.”The Ice, finishing last season out of the playoffs with 6-28-6 record, open the regular season Saturday in Richmond with a two-game set against Greater Vancouver Canadiens.The games are part of a Showcase Weekend where all teams play at one location, giving junior and college scouts a chance to watch all players.The other Showcase is scheduled for January 24-25.Both Showcases will be held at the world-class Richmond Oval facility in greater Vancouver.Wright said this season Ice officials are trying to make the program a win-win for midget-aged players throughout the Kootenays.“We’re trying to open the team up to the KIJHL where players will play and practice with teams and in part the KI is trying to open itself up to the BC Junior so we’re all trying to work together,” Wright said.“I’m a big fan of the KIJHL having coached in it, but this is a fantastic league for the 15-16-year-olds and some 17-year-olds as well.” There is more than a few changes coming to the Kootenay Ice Major Midget team.Not only is the team now based out of the Heritage City but the hockey club is getting the finishing touches put on their own dressing room — the old Nelson Leafs digs — in the Civic Centre Arena.“It is definitely going to be different this year,” said Ice head coach Rob Wright on the eve of the BC Major Midget Hockey League season.“Our whole program is based out of Nelson, we have a new dressing room here and all of our games will be played here in Nelson.”“So instead of what I call in the past a “Gypsy Team” we’re based out of one community.”The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to give the elite 15, 16 and 17 year old players in the province an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey.Unfortunately, the plan doesn’t work so well here in the Kootenays where there’s the opportunity for many of those same elite players to play in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League having fives franchises based in the area.“We’re trying to build a professional program and I believe that is a main reason why we’ve been able to get our 16-year-olds back,” explained Wright, who has won the KIJHL title with the Nelson Leafs.
Bombers edge St. Mike’s 1-0 in AA Soccer openerThe L.V. Rogers Bombers opened the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Tournament with a narrow 1-0 victory over St. Michael’s University Thursday morning at the Lakeside Pitch.The wet conditions proved unlucky for the Vancouver Island visitors as St. Mike’s keeper had the ball slip through her hands before dribbling over the goalline.Shianne Michalchuk took the shot on a fine pass from Emily Taylor midway through the second half.The goal came against the flow of play as LVR spent the early part of the half playing defence as St. Michael’s held most of the play.The Bombers now meet Nechalko Valley of Vanderhoof at 2 p.m.The format of the 16-team tournament is four pools of four teams. Only the teams that finish first in their pool get to move on to the medal round.LVR, the defending champion, concludes the round robin draw Friday morning against DW Poppy of Langley. The L.V. Rogers Bombers continue to stack up the wins at the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships in Nelson.The Bombers opened with a narrow 1-0 win over St. Michael’s University of Victoria before filling the net in a 7-0 romp past Nechako Valley of Vanderhoof in the afternoon contest.LVR, defending champs, lead Pool A with a 2-0 record. DW Poppy of Langley is second at 1-0-1 following by SMUS at 0-0-1 and Nechako Valley at 0-2.Emma Wheeldon and Maya Ida, each scored twice with singles Mattea Lorenzo, Laurel Halleran and Shianne Michalchuk.Hanna Quinn had an easy time between the pipes to register her second clean sheet of the championships.LVR now meets DW Poppy at 10 a.m. Friday. The Bombers clinch a spot in the semi finals with a win or a tie.
McLAUGHLIN INVADERS SET FOR MALIBU, LA BREA Happy, healthy and hell-bent on winning, talented East Coast invaders Cavorting, Marking and Watershed had their final major workouts Friday morning at Santa Anita for their respective Grade I stakes engagements in the La Brea and Malibu on Opening Day a week from tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 26.Cavorting, an eventful fourth as the 3-1 favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Keeneland Oct. 31, went four furlongs in 48 seconds flat. Marking, unbeaten and untested in his two career victories, also went four furlongs, in 47.40, while Watershed went the same distance in 47.60. Each three-year-old was ridden by exercise rider Pat Correa.“I’m very happy. The horses are eating well, they’re bright, they’re very happy and fresh in this cooler weather,” said Neal McLaughlin, 46-year-old brother of 55-year-old trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who is enjoying a cruise in the Caribbean.Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had Watershed going his first quarter-mile in 24.60 with a five furlong gallop-out time of 1:01.60. Marking was given 24.40 for his first quarter, with a gallop-out time of 1:01.80.“We came out of Florida, which is having heavy record heat right now, so it’s nice to see the horses in this cooler weather,” Neal said. “They are fresh and feeling good. I’m glad we changed our plan a little bit. Usually, we do our breezes at home and then ship here and run.“We changed up this year and came out two weeks early to breeze here over the track. The horses are happy, eating and enjoying the weather and I hope the plan works.“We’ll do that for Breeders’ Cup (at Santa Anita next year on Nov. 4 and 5), come out a little earlier, breeze them and hope they run well.”Cavorting, owned by Stonestreet Stables, LLC, is the most accomplished of the trio. The bay filly has had eight starts, winning five, including the Grade I Test Stakes and the Grade II Prioress. “She went super,” McLaughlin said. “It was nice to let her stretch her legs. She’s a bit of a high-strung filly and can be a difficult gallop, so this is probably her exercise rider’s second-favorite day. His favorite day is her day off tomorrow.“She’s certainly fit and ready and a fast filly. We just wanted a nice path and that’s what we got, so it went well.” All three horses are progeny of Bernardini, who stands at Darley Stud in Lexington, Ky. for $100,000. Marking and Watershed are owned by Godolphin Racing, LLC.Also working at Santa Anita Friday for the La Brea was streaking speedster Hot City Girl, going four furlongs in 47.40 for trainer Linda Rice.“She went well,” Rice said by phone from New York. “We’re happy with it. We wanted to get one breeze over the track before the race.” Hot City Girl, a chestnut City Zip filly bred in New York and owned by Lady Sheila Stable, won her last three starts, including the Safely Kept at Laurel by 8 ¼ lengths Nov. 14.The Malibu and the La Brea each offers $300,000 in purse money and will be decided at seven furlongs, the La Brea restricted to three-year-old fillies and the Malibu to three-year-olds.Two additional stakes will be presented Opening Day, the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) and the Grade III Daytona.First post time opening day is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. TEAM McLAUGHLIN HAPPY WITH GRADE I CONTENDERSSTAKES DEBUT FOR VIGILANTE IN MATHIS BROTHERS McANALLY NEARS SEVENTH DECADE AT SANTA ANITAPOPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE TO FANS OPENING DAY VIGILANTE MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN MATHIS BROTHERS MILEVigilante, a lightly raced son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow, makes his stakes debut in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile on turf Opening Day.Phil D’Amato is hoping for a solid performance, based on how the three-year-old bay colt owned by Gary and Mary West has been training.“He came in from back East after running at Keeneland on Oct. 21,” the trainer said. “We’ve had him for a little while and he’s doing well, so we’ll give it a shot.”A committed stretch runner, Vigilante came from 10th and last at the half-mile marker to win a one-mile allowance race on turf by three-quarters of a length in the Keeneland race.ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW FOR RON McANALLYRon McAnally has been around the track a few times. The legendary Hall of Fame trainer, who turns 84 come next July 11, has been at every Santa Anita meet since 1948, save 1950 and 51, when he served two years in the Air Force.A fixture at his Clockers’ Corner table as early as 6:30 when temperatures have hovered near the freezing mark on recent mornings, McAnally is sharp of mind and in relative good health as Santa Anita embarks on its 79th season the day after Christmas, Dec. 26.Born in Covington, Ky. and raised in an orphanage with two younger brothers and two sisters, McAnally would go on to reach racing’s greatest heights, training 12 national champions, the most famous of which was two-time Horse of the Year John Henry.He walked hots for his uncle, Reggie Cornell, trainer of the mythical stretch runner, Silky Sullivan, whose breathtaking rushes from last to first in the late 1950s would make him a household name.“I was a groom mucking stalls at Santa Anita with this little guy at the next barn, right where Paddy Gallagher is stabled now,” remembered McAnally, one of the oldest, if not the oldest, active trainers still on the beat. He might have more rings around his trunk than any of his contemporaries.“I went into the Service and when I came back, this guy was all the rage, winning races left and right. I didn’t know who he was.”The man was Bill Shoemaker.“I came here in 1948 in the dead of winter,” McAnally said, “and Lefty Nickerson had come in from the East Coast. It snowed like hell while he was here and he looked at me and said, ‘I thought it never snowed in Southern California.’”McAnally, ably assisted by former trainer Dan Landers since 1995, isn’t winning in bunches like he did three decades ago, but he takes it in stride, waxing philosophically.“No trainer can win races with bad horses,” he says. “But life goes on.”Indeed.FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will give away its popular full color Wall Calendar free on Opening Day to all fans at the track with paid admission while supplies last . . . The first 20,000 paid attendees will receive a $100 Mathis Brothers Furniture gift certificate, and the first 5,000 kids 17 and under accompanied by a paid adult will get a plush, mini-Thoroughbred toy, courtesy of the Mathis Brothers . . . Santa Anita will offer an opening day Trackside Package that includes special trackside seating, a free first drink, and an officially licensed American Pharoah T-shirt commemorating the first-ever Grand Slam champion of horse racing. Use promo code PHAROAH for $5 off the package price . . . Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who worked five furlongs Thursday in 1:00.40 for Bob Baffert, will not run in the Malibu, the Hall of Fame trainer said Friday morning. “I don’t want to back him up,” Baffert said, alluding to the 1 1/8-mile Native Diver Stakes Dortmund won on Nov. 28 and the seven furlong Malibu. A more likely spot for the son of Big Brown would be the Jan. 9 San Pasqual Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth and a likely confrontation with 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome . . . Another candidate for the San Pasqual is Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Hard Aces trained by John Sadler, who said Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind is enjoying some R&R and won’t start back until mid-meet, with the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita a long-range goal . . . Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, a finalist for Santa Anita’s George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, was a visitor to Clocker’s Corner Friday morning, recently back from Hong Kong where he participated in a Jockeys’ Challenge competition . . . Agent Nelson Arroyo reports that Stuart Elliott arrives from Kentucky next Friday to ride full time at Santa Anita. Arroyo also represents Abel Lezcano, who has been busy in the mornings working horses for alpha trainers Richard Baltas, Jerry Hollendorfer, Peter Miller, Doug O’Neill and Sadler . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Taris worked four furlongs Friday in 49.40 for trainer Simon Callaghan . . . Agent Michael Burns has taken the book of jockey Jose Verenzuela. The 48-year-old has been riding more than 25 years and ridden more than 1,500 winners with his biggest victory coming in the $2 million Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen at Nad Al Sheba in 2009 aboard the Jerry Barton-trained Big City Man for Saudi Prince Sultan Mohammad Saud Al Kabeer. A native of Venezuela and a countrymate of North America’s leading jockey by earnings Javier Castellano in addition to hot-riding Santiago Gonzalez, Verenzuela also rode for three seasons in Singapore, with his biggest success coming aboard Flax in the $500,000, Group 1 Raffles Cup in 2012. Burns also represents 25-year-old Gonzalo Nicolas, who began riding as a journeyman on Memorial Day and has ridden 51 winners . . . Greg Hendricks, 20-year-old son of trainer Dan Hendricks, was aboard multiple stakes winner Om as he galloped Friday morning in preparation for the Mathis Brothers Mile. “Greg’s been galloping for me since he was 16,” Dan said . . . Serving coffee free at Clockers’ Corner, generously initiated by Los Angeles Turf Club Chairman Keith Brackpool two days ago, is proving a rousing success. “We served over 200 cups Thursday, double our normal amount,” said hostess Rosie Ybarra. “Before, everybody would walk around with a Starbucks. Now they walk around with a Rosiebucks.”
Fans can submit names using the hashtag #sallyssister, by email to SallysSister@santaanita.com or in person at Santa Anita with one of the customer service representatives who will timestamp the entry. The fan who submits the winning name will receive lunch for four in the FrontRunner restaurant, a picture with Sally’s Sister and a Carriage Ride at Santa Anita; or a $200 gift certificate from Champions! Gifts & Apparel. In cases of multiple submissions of the same name, the winner will be the first entry received. Arcadia, CA (Dec. 31, 2015) – Sally’s sister needs a name and Santa Anita is asking fans for their help. Entries will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, Jan. 7 and the winner will be announced Saturday, Jan. 9, which is also the day the Secretariat Vox Populi (Voice of the People) Award will be presented. The winning name will be chosen by Rickerd. The contest is also open to employees of Santa Anita, many of whom make a daily stop by the carriage barn to visit Sally, her sister and the other carriage horses. The 5-year-old Clydesdale filly, a half-sister to the popular ‘Sally,’ who pulls the carriage in the afternoon for racing officials, arrived at The Great Race Place from her home in Iowa just before Christmas with the name ‘Betsy.’ Santa Anita, however, doesn’t feel the name quite fits the blazed-face gentle giant. “She’s just not a ‘Betsy’,” explained Paige Rickerd, owner of Paige’s Horse & Carriage, who owns Sally and the other carriage horses at Santa Anita. “Sally has so many fans that we are hoping one of them has the right name for her sister.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Robbie Norman of Thomasville, Alabama. JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTESMARK GLATT, SILENT BIRD, WINNER: “He’s an exceptional horse. He’s had to overcome quite a bit and he finally got over his problems. He really wants to go long, and now with a couple of sprints under his belt, if he continues to come back good, and I think he will, you might really see something with this horse going longer. He’s a big horse, long-striding, and probably doesn’t want to sprint that bad, but he’s overcome it because he’s such a good horse. We’ll see how he comes back and see what’s out there for him and maybe we’ll look to stretch him out next time.” FERNANDO PEREZ, SILENT BIRD, WINNER: “We had a really good break against three really fast horses . . . I know I have a really good horse that likes to come from behind and he gave a big run.”
Thursday, Nov. 15Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls, 6 p.m. CT, Cox Sports TV/ESPN3Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin, 6 p.m. CT, Eleven SportsSaturday, Nov. 17Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian, 2 p.m. CT, ESPN+Sam Houston State at Houston Baptist, 2 p.m. CT, Southland Digital NetworkLamar at McNeese, 3 p.m. CT, ESPN3Broadcast selections for Nov. 10 were announced last Monday. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its broadcast partners have announced selections and start times for football games to be played on Thursday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 17.The final Thursday night of the regular season features two rivalry games. The River Bell Classic trophy will be on the line when Southeastern Louisiana visits Nicholls, which will be broadcast regionally by Cox Sports Television. ESPN3 is set to stream Lions vs. Colonels, subject to blackout in Cox territory.The Battle for Chief Caddo, featuring the largest trophy in sports, is set for national television coverage on Eleven Sports. Stephen F. Austin hosts Northwestern State in the annual affair. Eleven Sports is available on DirecTV 623, while the Southland Digital Network will simulcast the action. The streaming platform can be accessed at Southland.org/live and Southland Conference apps, available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.Shifting to Saturday, the Southland Conference Game of the Week on ESPN3 features Lamar at McNeese. The Cowboys are currently part of a three-way tie for first place, while the Cardinals are just one game back. McNeese won last year’s Battle of the Border by a 13-3 score in Beaumont, and this season it’ll be Lamar crossing over the Sabine River and heading to Lake Charles.Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian will be covered exclusively by ESPN+, a premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International group in conjunction with ESPN. The network can be accessed through ESPN.com and ESPN apps. The service costs $4.99 per month, with a seven-day free trial available. The Southland Conference Digital Network will have live coverage of Sam Houston State at Houston Baptist.
FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.The senior guard claimed the honor after leading the Cardinals to a victory on the road over a ranked Texas A&M program. Barrs totaled 23 points over 36 minutes in the win while providing perfect clips from the charity stripe (3-for-3) and three-point range (2-for-2).Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Chastadie Barrs, Lamar – Sr. – Guard –DeSoto, TexasBarrs led the Cardinals with a season-high 23 points in addition to four steals, four assists, seven rebounds in a 74-68 upset over No. 17 Texas A&M last Thursday (Nov. 29). Lamar’s result stands as the program’s fourth-ever victory over a ranked opponent and the first against the Aggies since the 1981-82 season (Jan. 16, 1982). Barrs’ four steals against the Aggies brings her season total to 36, extending her streak of games with a steal to 99 straight – representing each collegiate game in which she has played.Honorable Mention: Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls; Chanell Hayes, Stephen F. Austin.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 25 percent of ballots.
FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Bailey Zappe and Andre Walker, along with Central Arkansas’ Hayden Ray, earned Southland Football Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund, Southeastern Louisiana; Darion Dunn, McNeese; Nathan Grant, Central Arkansas; Eli Jones, Stephen F. Austin; Allen Pittman, Nicholls. Zappe, a junior quarterback, is the Offensive Player of the Week and teammate Walker, a senior defensive end, secured defensive honors. Junior kicker Ray secured Special Teams Player of the Week laurels. Ray enjoyed a perfect outing with three field goals in as many attempts and chipped in both his extra-point attempts, the last of which was the deciding point in the Bears’ 31-30 win over Abilene Christian. UCA completed its third double-digit fourth-quarter comeback, putting up 22 on the scoreboard in the final period. Honorable Mention: Gamar Girdy Brito, Houston Baptist; Matt McRobert, Sam Houston State; Max Quick, Stephen F. Austin; Blair Zepeda, Abilene Christian. Defensive Player of the Week: Andre Walker – Sr. – Defensive End – Slidell, La.Walker tallied a school-record four sacks, one shy of the Southland Conference record, for 27 yards lost. He totaled six tackles, including four solo stops. Walker recorded back-to-back sacks to force a Coyote punt in the second quarter, and HBU marched down the field to tie the game 17-17 on the ensuing series. His final sack dropped Austin Simmons for a 10-yard loss before pressuring Simmons to throw the game-sealing interception on the next play. Offensive Player of the Week: Bailey Zappe – Jr. – Quarterback – Victoria, TexasZappe racked up the 10th-most passing yards in Southland Conference history (513), broke his own school record for completions (41) and tied the program’s top mark with five touchdowns. The league leader in passing yards (1,062) and touchdowns (10) led the Huskies down the field for the game-winning touchdown, going 5-for-5 with 64 yards. Honorable Mention: Carlos Blackman, Central Arkansas; Chase Fourcade, Nicholls; Tracy James, Abilene Christian. Special Teams Player of the Week: Hayden Ray – Jr. – Kicker – Bryant, Ark.Ray was flawless for the Bears in their Southland Conference opener, hitting field goals of 21, 37 and 23 yards while knocking both of his extra points through the uprights. The final boot gave UCA a 31-30 lead with 90 seconds remaining as the Bears completed their third fourth-quarter comeback in as many games this season. The Huskies snapped a 20-game losing streak against FCS opponents with a 53-52 road win over South Dakota, setting or matching seven school records in the process. Zappe went 5-for-5 to march HBU down the field for the decisive touchdown, and Walker helped halt the Coyotes’ ensuing drive with one of his career-high four sacks. 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 25 percent of ballots.
And the Argentinian followed it up here with an excellent display that will have had fans drooling.He created Heung-Min Son’s opener with a Dembele-esque mazy dribble, dancing past four Southampton players from his own half before giving it to Erik Lamela who teed up Son.And minutes later he showed the kind of vision Eriksen has provided since 2013 with an inch-perfect ball over the Saints defence which Son volleyed over.Spurs supporters have had to be patient with Lo Celso, who suffered a two-month lay-off with a hip injury early on after arriving on loan from Real Betis.But he now looks to have adapted to English football, playing not as the No10 or wide player most presumed he would be when he joined, but further back in the heart of midfield.Spurs fans belted out his name in recognition of his excellent work here – and ramped it up when he fell to the ground after copping a loose arm to the throat by Ryan Bertrand as the pair vied for a high ball.MOST 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 InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI 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 him Tottenham will be obliged to buy Lo Celso for the set fee of £60million if they finish in the Champions League.But the way the 23-year-old is going, fans will be calling on the club to sign him up even if they do not make the top four.Lo Celso also thought he had his second FA Cup goal of the season just before the half hour – but his shot went in off an offside Son.2Spurs agree £55m transfer fee with Real Betis for Giovani Lo Celso after missing out on Philippe Coutinho SPURS sold Mousa Dembele this time last year and are about to lose Christian Eriksen.But in Giovani Lo Celso, they might just have a player who can slot in for both.2 Spurs midfielder Giovani Lo Celso impressed against Southampton despite his side only managing a 1-1 drawThe Argentine, 23, was instrumental here against Southampton and was rewarded with songs of praise by the travelling supporters.Tottenham have lacked a central midfielder who has the ability to drive the ball forward with power and precision since Dembele was flogged to China.While Eriksen has been their source of creativity for over half a decade but is on the verge of a switch to Inter Milan.The Dane was not even in the squad on the South Coast and his plane ticket to Milan is surely booked.If ever there was a time for one of the current crop to step up to fill the void, it is now.Lo Celso has been doing just that since the turn of the year with some hugely promising performances.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on Tottenham
HARRY KANE would not be taking a step up by leaving Tottenham for Manchester United, Harry Redknapp has warned.Reports have linked the Red Devils with a huge £200million summer transfer move for the England captain.1 Harry Kane would not be making a move up by joining Man United, says Harry RedknappThose rumours were quickly rubbished by the North London club, who claim they are not willing to sell their star man for any price.Meanwhile, former United defender and now Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville claims Kane “opened the door” himself to an exit from his boyhood team with his recent remarks.The striker made clear his intention to win trophies and said he would not stay at Spurs “just for the sake of it”.But ex-Spurs boss Redknapp believes the forward will stay with Jose Mourinho’s side as he raised doubts over the appeal of a switch to Old Trafford.Speaking on the talkSPORT Breakfast, Redknapp said: “Harry Kane is a special player, he’s the best centre forward certainly in the Premier League and of his type I don’t think there’s a better centre forward anywhere.“Okay, he’s not Messi, he’s not Ronaldo, but as a centre-forward that does what he does, there isn’t anyone better.“He would be a great fit for Man United, he’d be a great fit for any team… but Man United at the moment are not better than Tottenham.“I wouldn’t say there’s much between them, both teams are trying to get into the top four.”MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsLATEST FOOTBALL NEWSTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticHowever, Redknapp believes the lure of two clubs could prove too strong for Kane.He added: “Whether Real Madrid or Barcelona came in, he might fancy a move like that one day.“But at the moment he belongs to Tottenham, and unless Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy decide to will cash in if it’s a crazy offer and rebuild the team with that money, unless Jose says, ‘I’ve got three players here we can sign and build a better team with’, then I’m sure he’ll stay at Tottenham.”Rio Ferdinand says Man Utd must seal £230m double transfer for Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho