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Tony Popovic has a pre-Sydney derby message for Graham Arnold: you dont know what this Western Sydney squad can do, but you will after Saturday night.Sledges have been slung and flames fanned between the Wanderers and Sydney FC camps in the lead-up to one of the biggest clashes in A-League history - in front of an anticipated crowd of at least 60,000 at ANZ Stadium.Sky Blues captain Alex Brosque kicked off the war of words with his we hate every single one of them comment.Fiery Wanderers stalwart Brendon Santalab then had a dig, suggesting Brosques disappointing comments were made because some of his family members support the Wanderers.But the barbs werent restricted to the players.Coach Arnold was typically irreverent, declaring that the match venue of ANZ Stadium, one of the Wanderers new temporary home grounds, in fact belonged to Sydney on the basis theyd played more games there in the past.But it was Arnolds suggestion that his harbour-side glamour team have the edge over a less-experienced Western Sydney line-up that enticed the usually composed Popovic to take the bait.I dont think he knows too much about our side, so hes alluding to something he doesnt know much about, Popovic said.I hope once they watch us tomorrow theyll know us very well.Were confident, were optimistic.We wanted to challenge for honours in year one and we expect to do the same this year.Theres a high expectation tomorrow - we expect to win.We havent ever done that in round one, we havent done that against Sydney FC in a while.To be exact, 1001 days by the time the ball is in play.The Sky Blues are undefeated in their last seven games against the Wanderers.It is fact that Popovics new-look squad boasts less players with first-hand derby experience, taking into consideration his annual batch of new recruits and the suspension of skipper Nikolai Topor-Stanley.But fans are excited to see what Argentine marquee playmaker Nicolas Martinez can offer in combination with returned striker Kerem Bulut.The controversial Bulut became an instant fan favourite in February 2015 when, on A-League debut, he scored a brace in a 4-3 Sydney derby loss at Pirtek Stadium.Popovic would not confirm his squad but Robert Cornthwaite appears the obvious choice to replace Topor-Stanley in central defence.Theyll have their hands full with Sydneys new Brazilian marquee striker Bobo, whos already proven dangerous in a strengthened final third also featuring his former Besiktas teammate Filip Holosko, David Carney, Serbian playmaker Milos Ninkovic and fit-again captain Alex Brosque.Winger Bernie Ibini is an outside chance of being named on the bench despite having played no minutes since overcoming a bad leg break suffered at the start of last season.STATS THAT MATTER:* Sydney FC are undefeated against Western Sydney in the last two seasons, having won five of their last seven games* Sydney havent lost an opening-round game since 2012-13; the Wanderers have never won an opening match* Brendon Santalab has scored five goals in his last four appearances Bobby Jenks White Sox Jersey. 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John Lucas, signed as a mentor for rookie Trey Burke, showed he can score if required, scoring 12 points of his 16 points in the second quarter as Utah built an 18-point lead. Paul Konerko White Sox Jersey. "Trying to breathe," he said with a grin. Bernier stopped 42 of 43 shots on Monday night, including all 22 in a hectic middle frame, his heroic performance propelling the Leafs toward an undue point in their final game before the Christmas break. BALTIMORE -- Growing up, Kentucky Derby winner Orb was just another horse who fit in with the crowd. Never caused problems. Never raised a ruckus. Never got sick or hurt while frolicking in the fields of Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., with his pals, or when he was learning how to be a racehorse at Niall Brennans farm in Ocala, Fla. Did everything asked of him. "A model citizen," says Claiborne Farm manager Bradley Purcell. Brennan remembers the colt did everything right. "His workouts, his focus, he didnt fret about things, he was enjoying it," he says. And wouldnt you know it: In his racing debut, last Aug. 18 at Saratoga, Orb leaped in the air as the gates opened and trailed by 14 lengths early on in the seven-furlong race. He made a remarkable recovery, though, and finished third, just 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner. "He was so far behind," recalled his jockey, Joel Rosario. "He made up a lot of ground, and I was impressed. My agent told me, maybe hes going to be a nice horse." Maybe? A few more growing pains followed, like smacking his head in the starting gate in his second race. But a two-month break allowed trainer Shug McGaughey to work out the colts gate issues, and by his fourth start, Orb had found the winners circle -- a two-length victory at Aqueduct on Nov. 24. He hasnt lost since, winning three times at Gulfstream Park, including the Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby, building confidence and gaining experience along the way. And then came the ultimate moment: charging down the stretch over a sloppy track and winning the Derby by 2 1/2 lengths. "I wish I could tell you back then he looked like a horse who could win the Kentucky Derby," Purcell said. "He had good size, and strength. All we do is let them grow and Mother Nature does the rest." So far, so good, and a win over eight rivals in Saturdays $1 million Preakness would send Orb back home to New York for the Belmont Stakes on June 8 with a chance to become racings first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. "I wouldnt be telling the truth if I said I dont think about (the Triple Crown), because I do," McGaughey said. "I try to block it out, but if youre in this position, anybody would think about it. Its a thrilling thought, but weve got to get by Saturday. If we do, the next three weeks will be a lot of fun." Orb seems to be enjoying it, too, appearing cool and calm around the Pimlico stakes barn in the mornings while hundreds of people are milling around, many angling for the best photo op in cramped quarters. He was the same way at Churchill Downs. "Hes pretty laid back," McGaughey said. A bay son of Malibu Moon, out of the mare Lady Liberty, co-owner Stuart Janney III came up with the name. "I like it. Every poet who refers to the moon, uses the word orb," Janney explained. "I try to name the horses to go with the mare and stallion." Orbs bloodlines are filled with champions. Malibu Moon is a son of 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, and currently is North Americas second-leading sire. Lady Liberty is a daughter of 1990 Derby and Breeders Cup Classic winner Unbridled. Still, there was not much fanfare when Orb was born in February 2010. It was a "textbook" birth, Purcell said, adding Orb was probably 120-130 pounds -- the average weight for a foal. He was among a group of eight colts who spent hours together in the same field. One of them, Departing, is running in the Preakness. When Orb was sent to Ocala in August 2011, Brrennan already had an idea of what he was getting since hed been the Claiborne to chart Orbs development, as well as dozens of other horses.dddddddddddd "He always looked good physically, but there were others that were the same," Brennan said. "At that time, its like kids on a soccer field playing around and as you get into early spring, they start separating themselves. You begin to see their athletic ability and Orb at this time a year ago was doing very well." Orb was among the first group of Brennans 2-year-olds to be sent out to their respective trainers. Also under his care at the time were two other Derby horses -- Revolutionary and Palace Malice -- and Dens Legacy, who was on the Derby trail for a while. Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps, who co-owns Orb with Janney, remembers seeing the horse early on and not being overly impressed. "I think we really thought he was just a horse," Phipps said. "I dont think even Shug thought he was much better than that. But after he came back from the Fountain of Youth he came back looking bigger, better and stronger and then he did the same thing after the Florida Derby. And after the Derby. Lets just hope thats the way hes headed (going into the Preakness)." Despite Orbs troubles at the start of his racing career, McGaughey now marvels at what may be the best horse hes ever trained over a 34-year career that includes 1989 Belmont Stakes winner Easy Goer and many female champions topped by undefeated Personal Ensign. "He has filled out so much physically," McGaughey said. "I look at him and I cant believe what Im seeing from last November to now. Mentally, everything has come together. He was a bit difficult at the gate all of his 2-year-old year and thats all behind him. I couldnt be more pleased with his development." During his win streak, Orb had a new rider for the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby in John Velazquez because Rosario had a prior racing commitment. Rosario regained the mount for the Derby after Velazquez chose Verrazano as his Derby horse. On the day Orb won the Florida Derby, Rosario was in Dubai winning the $10 million World Cup aboard Animal Kingdom. "This is very good," he said of Orbs win. "Hes really getting much better. He showed it in the Kentucky Derby, and I hope he shows it on Saturday." Orb is considered a closer, but McGaughey says hes versatile. "He comes from back, but they dont have to take him back," McGaughey said. "It depends on the colour of the race. If its a fast pace, hell be off of it, but if its slow, I think hell actually be laying up close like he was in the Florida Derby within four, five, six lengths. And he has got enough of a punch that you dont take him out of the game plan when you do lay up close." McGaughey does not take all the credit for Orbs success. Credit also goes to exercise rider Jenn Patterson, who has spent as much time with Orb as anyone. She was with him in the weeks before the Florida Derby, and would make the weekly three-hour round trip drive from Gulfstream Park to Payson Park for Orbs workouts. "Without her, we wouldnt be here," McGaughey said. "Its not only her riding ability, its her horsemanship and dedication to the whole thing. Nobody will know how much I appreciate her and what I think of her and her abilities. The rapport we have between each other... I think its a pretty remarkable relationship." And because of it, Orb no longer fits in with the crowd. He stands out. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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