Ireland shocked the rugby world at the weekend with a first win over the All Blacks in 111 years and in doing so handed Steve Hansen’s men their first defeat of 2016 By the Whiff of Cordite blogDespite having a team entirely composed of players from the unfairly maligned Pro12, Ireland managed to not only win a rugby match but beat the record-equalling New Zealand with an unforgettable performance in Chicago. In a match of many memorable moments, the one that will live long in our memories is Conor and four other Irishmen man-handling Julian Savea into touch in the 74th minute. It was clinical, clear-headed and nasty – and the moment you knew the game was won. In hindsight, you could question the All Blacks focus, and certainly the selection – Jerome Kaino at lock? – but this was about so much more. It was about Ireland bashing down a psychological barrier, and boy did they do so. In the grand tradition of semi-thoughtful hot takes from us, here’s the quintet of learnings:Passion: Every Ireland player lifted their gameIreland’s closers got it done.Ireland have twice threatened signature breakthroughs recently – in 2013 they were 16 points in front at half-time against the same opponents (until Saturday, a record deficit), but couldn’t quite hang in there. Ryan Crotty’s try was the culmination of relentless All Blacks pressure and Irish desperation just running out of road. This summer, Ireland had the exact same lead in the second test in Johannesburg, but by the time the Irish bench got on, the Springboks were rampant, and a series Ireland should have won was lost. This time, the bench managed to wrestle momentum back to Ireland – a 15-minute wobble meant it was a 4 point game in the 65th minute, but from there Ireland successfully disrupted New Zealand and forced them into a desperate chasing game. It was the platform for the glorious finale.Bitter memories: The famous last-second loss to the All Blacks will have haunted IrelandConor Murray bestrode the game like a colossusAaron Smith has been one of the standout players of the last 12 months, but he was completely eclipsed by Murray. By the time Smith knew where Murray was for his try, the Munsterman had scored, had a shower and got a round in at the post-match function. Such a display of controlled poise marks Murray out among the worlds elite, and he must surely be should pencilled in as a Lions starter next June.World-class: Conor Murray’s performance put him in an elite bandIreland are no longer reliant on Johnny Sexton And how can we not point out the architect of a piece of history, the man who came up with the gameplan that outwitted his own countrymen – Joe Schmidt. We’ve been a critic of Schmidt’s selections as conservative and too reliant on a core bunch of men from his Leinster days. Indeed, we were critical of his selection of Rob Kearney and Jordi Murphy for Saturday. Now, you can argue until the cows come home about Van der Flier’s heroics in his hour, or whether Tiernan O’Halloran would have done what Kearney did and more – but you can’t deny Schmidt got it right. Again. As Pat Lam said, Schmidt was the only person in the country who would have selected Kearney, but it paid off. We’ll continue to opine, but questioning Schmidt is generally a losing trade. The phrase “in Joe we trust” makes us gag for a number of reasons, but still – Uncle Joe is undoubtedly some sort of genius. And one Ireland have locked down for the entirety of this RWC cycle. Hallelujah!Mark of respect: Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith congratulate Joe SchmidtFor the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here. Find your local stockist here and you can download the digital edition here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In the very recent past, opponents would look at Johnny Sexton and see Ireland’s beating heart, a man who could be taken out to disrupt the rhythm of the entire team. Now, we’ve seen Paddy Jackson almost orchestrate a series win in South Africa, and Joey Carbery slot in against the All Blacks as if he was clocking in for a regular runout at the RDS. Sexton is far from done, but Ireland are no longer as reliant on the cranky playmaker as they have been and that’s a good thing. All Ireland need now is a backup No 9 who is semi-decent?Nerveless: Joey Carbery proved an able deputy for Johnny SextonAndy Farrell defensive masterclass One pleasing aspect of Ireland’s performance was the blitz defence that bore the unmistakable hallmark of one Andrew Farrell. Irish teams have come unstuck against that kind of defensive alignment in the past, particularly from pumped up English ball-carriers and Warren Gatland‘s Welsh power-runners so it was gratifying to see the men in green being the blitzers for once. Farrell got plenty of brickbats cast his way with England, but his expertise in league-style defence was never in doubt. The signs were there in South Africa, but Saturday’s team had the indelible stamp of a Farrell defence.No way through: Andy Farrell deserves credit for inspiring Ireland’s defenceThe incomparable Joe Schmidt One for the scrapbooks: Munster’s Ireland contingent celebrate history
David Gilmour is in the middle of his first tour in North America since 2006. After playing three shows in Los Angeles, the Pink Floyd guitarist had one more stop in the City of Angels; the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Much like his current setlists, Gilmour was able to perform both a classic from the Pink Floyd catalog and a song from his newly-released solo album, Rattle That Lock. For the former, Gilmour chose the title track to Floyd’s 1975 album, Wish You Were Here. For the latter, Gilmour chose the title track to his own solo album, delighting fans with an edition of “Rattle That Lock.”You can watch videos of both songs performed, below:“Wish You Were Here”“Rattle That Lock”
If America were to get a grade in personal finance, it would be an “F.” According to Forbes, “Two-thirds of American adults can’t pass a basic financial literacy test.” But more important than a test score is the critical state of most Americans’ finances:● 44% of Americans can’t cover a $400 emergency without going into debt.● 43% of student loan borrowers are behind on loan payments.● 56% of Americans have saved less than $10,000 for retirement.To make things worse, Americans are averse to discussing finances, even with those they love. CNBC reports that 44% of Americans “would rather discuss death, religion or politics than talk about personal finance with a loved one.” This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »
It will be remarkable, and surprising, if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell survives arguably the greatest scandal — and by far the worst two-week period — in league history. The press conference did little to allay the fears of a distrustful public and only served to emboldened the formerly cowering workforce to rip into Goodell with aplomb.Already the players are circling around the commissioner in the waters and, with Goodell hemorrhaging so much blood from this public relations catastrophe, commenced to a feeding frenzy on their lame duck commissioner because of his penchant for giving non-denial denials and spitting out ambiguous responses that failed to answer pointed questions.Take a look at the current and former players rip the “law-and-order” commissioner who for his lack of leadership on a embarrassing string of domestic violence and child abuse cases, for his hypocrisy, as well as a hint of a what some players believe is a cover up on the Ray Rice investigation.
FINISH LINES: Congrats to jockey Tiago Periera and agent Patty Sterling on winning six races over the last three racing days at Santa Anita, including Stylistics United at $180.80 for trainer Ken Nettles in Friday’s fifth race . . . Streaking stakes winner Belvoir Bay drew the outside post in a field of 10 for leading trainer Peter Miller and is Jon White‘s 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday’s contentious Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile on turf . . . Jockey Santiago Gonzalez will serve a delayed three-day suspension on Oct. 29, 30 and Nov. 3, as will Stewart Elliott . . . The Pick 6 carryover of $69,959 into Thursday’s card should exceed $250,000 . . . Santa Anita brings an old fashioned Cajun shrimp boil trackside this Saturday. Food by the Ragin’ Cajun, a food truck featured on the Food Network’s original “Great Food Truck Race,” will be the honored boiler. Use promo code CAJUN for $10 off online only at santaanita.com/events . . . The Voice of Santa Anita, Michael Wrona, and Jon Hardoon of the Ragozin Sheets, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens. Hardoon, who is also a regular contributor on both The Roger Stein Show and Thoroughbred Los Angeles (weekends at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on KLAA, AM 830) will host his annual Ragozin Sheets Breeders’ Cup Seminar at Sironas on the first floor of the Grandstand 30 minutes after the last race next Thursday, Nov. 3. Hardoon will offer his Breeders’ Cup selections for both Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, for a fee of only $30. Peter Miller48138327%50%$443,305 Doug O’Neill63891313%48%$382,431 Rafael Bejarano8616201119%55%$1,112,030 Mike Smith2143219%43%$245,565 Bob Baffert2677327%65%$779,605 (Current Through Sunday, Oct. 23) Kent Desormeaux45115624%49%$455,100 Fernando Perez4371916%40%$202,365 Mark Glatt2646915%73%$201,231 CALIFORNIA CHROME HAS ‘GREAT’ PRE-CLASSIC WORKCalifornia Chrome, favored to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita next Saturday, Nov. 5, had his final major workout for the 1 ¼ mile race for three-year-olds and up, going six furlongs Thursday in 1:12.20 at his Los Alamitos headquarters.“He’s great,” said Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to Art Sherman, trainer of the five-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit who will be seeking his seventh straight victory come Saturday.California Chrome had been working on a Saturday-to-Saturday schedule, but his routine was altered due to rain forecast starting Thursday night. California Chrome is expected to arrive at Santa Anita Sunday between 11 a.m. and 12 noon.In other Breeders’ Cup news:Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist (Classic) worked seven furlongs in company in 1:27.40 under regular rider Mario Gutierrez. “He worked great,” said Doug O’Neill, who sent out Ralis as a workmate. “We had a little separation early on, but Nyquist caught up. He showed good stamina, scoped clean and we’re excited about where we are.”Nyquist was given fractional times of 25.80, 38, 50.40, 1:02.80 and 1:15.60. Ralis was timed in 1:18 flat for six furlongs.Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup winner Melatonin (Classic) worked five furlongs for David Hofmans in 59.40 with regular rider Joe Talamo aboard. Melatonin’s fractional times were 23.20, 35.20 and 47.20, with a six furlong gallop out of 1:12.40. “Very nice” is how Hofmans described the breeze. “I might blow him out before the race. We’ll see.” Workmate Bluegrass Bronco was timed in 59.60.Multiple Grade I winner Frosted (Classic) worked four furlongs for KiaranMcLaughlin in 48 flat with a five furlong gallop out of 1:01.Tyler Baze rides Grade I winner What a View for trainer Kenny Black in the Mile. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas5279613%42%$421,900 Victor Espinoza3458315%47%$742,025 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza5375213%26%$242,210 Jeff Mullins1340331%54%$125,525 Joseph Talamo3976218%38%$302,675 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6813101119%50%$555,843 Philip D’Amato4270517%29%$442,685 Flavien Prat661311920%50%$1,042,510 Stewart Elliott434449%28%$221,503 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS SONGBIRD, BEHOLDER WORK TOWARDS DISTAFF SHOWDOWN Songbird and Beholder, two thirds of the three “Fab Females” set to run in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff next Friday, Nov. 4, had their final major works about an hour apart Thursday morning, undefeated two-year-old female champion of 2015 Songbird going five furlongs under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez in 1:01, breezing, after the 6:30 a.m. renovation break, and the six-year-old Beholder, winner of three Eclipse Awards, working six furlongs at 7:45 in 1:14.40 with regular rider Gary Stevens up for Richard Mandella.Stellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, is scheduled to have her final Distaff breeze Friday for John Sadler, weather permitting. Rain is forecast in the Arcadia area starting Thursday night. “If not Friday,” Sadler said, “she’ll work Saturday.”“She’s doing very well,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of Songbird, winner of all of her 11 races by daylight margins. “She’s training up to the race well and that should be her final work, because we’re anticipating rain tomorrow.“We just wanted to give her one more work before she runs. It was a nice easy work and she galloped out nicely, too.”Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had Songbird galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.80, with a half-mile time of 49 flat.Hollendorfer said Songbird would walk Friday, jog Saturday, then gallop into the race. She will also school in the paddock. “We couldn’t ask her to be coming into the race any better than she is right now.”Added her regular rider, Mike Smith, who watched the workout sitting just behind Hollendorfer in the Grandstand: “She looked great. She looked like she was two-minute licking around there and she went 1:01 like it was nothing. This looks like our deepest Distaff.”“Very nice,” is how Mandella termed the move by Beholder, who worked in company with White Rock Lake (1:02.60). “I said last week that was the big work (59.20 last Thursday). This was a little tune up and she went real good.”Beholder’s fractional times were 24, 36.40, 49.20 and 1:00.80. Gary Stevens2744715%56%$427,300 Mike Puype1941121%32%$131,630 Tyler Baze711461120%44%$515,335 Jerry Hollendorfer3754414%35%$281,406 William Spawr1243133%67%$124,068 SONGBIRD, BEHOLDER BREEZE FOR DISTAFFCLASSIC COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR CHROMENYQUIST, MELATONIN IN CLASSIC WORKOUTSGRADE I ACE FROSTED WORKS FOR CLASSIC Trainer John Shirreffs said FrontRunner winner Gormley (Juvenile) could breeze“Saturday or Sunday,” depending on track conditions.Finest City (Filly & Mare Sprint) went four furlongs in 47 for Ian Kruljac, while Big Score (Juvenile Turf) went five furlongs in 1:00.40 for Tim Yakteen, Tamarkuz (Dirt Mile) four furlongs in 48.40 for Kiaran McLaughlin, Lady Shipman (Turf Sprint) four furlongs in 48.60 for McLaughlin, Land Over Sea (Distaff) seven furlongs in 1:28.60 for O’Neill, Texas Ryano (Turf), five furlongs in 1:00.80 for Carla Gaines, and Gomo (Filly & Mare Sprint) six furlongs for O’Neill in 1:15, in company with Paynes Prairie (1:16.60). Gary Sherlock1341131%46%$123,110 Tiago Pereira5088116%34%$332,850
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said he understood QPR’s frustration after their 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford.Rangers manager Mark Hughes was angered by the decision of referee Lee Mason to award a penalty against the visitors and send off Shaun Derry following a challenge on Ashley Young.But although Ferguson conceded that Young was in an offside position, he insisted his player did not dive to earn a spot-kick and therefore Derry had to be dismissed.“Ashley was a yard offside so I can understand Mark [Hughes] being angry and disappointed at that. You see these kinds of decisions every week though,” he said.“The boy’s just got a little tug on Young, not a great deal but enough to get us the penalty. And unfortunately he was the last defender and had to be sent off.“The sending-off didn’t help us at all. I was actually more confident before that in terms of the speed of our play and the movement of the team which was very good.”Click here for our Man Utd v QPR quizSee also: United helped by officials as they see off 10-man RangersHughes urges QPR to recreate spirit of ’92Mixed news for QPR ahead of Man Utd clash
“Black box” inventor David Warren with one of his devices. With the advent of jet airliners in the late 1950s, analyzing critical details of aircraft performance became paramount during crash investigations, and two new devices were added as standard equipment on airliners. One was the “Flight Data Recorder” (FDR) which automatically records hundreds of parameters of flight information, such as engine performance, power settings, control surface inputs and movement, and all changes in attitude, airspeed, and altitude. The FDR provides investigators with a detailed “road map” of every second of flight up to the moment the aircraft comes to a stop.The second device is the “Cockpit Voice Recorder” (CVR) which captures recent intervals of conversation between pilots onboard the airliner, as well as Air Traffic Control personnel communicating with that aircraft. Valuable information can also be revealed through careful analysis of various sounds coming from inside the cockpit, such as warning horns, or the sequence of specific switches being activated. Although the FDR and CVR were originally referred to as “black boxes,” today with rapid post-crash identification in mind, they are actually painted a bright red-orange.
Rene Pacquiao. PBA IMAGESFor someone who had little time to prepare for his debut game in the big stage, Rene Pacquiao came in and made the most of his opportunities.The second cousin of eight division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao impressed in his first try in the PBA, battling the likes of Justin Brownlee, Japeth Aguilar, and Joe Devance on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And with the famed Pacquiao in attendance, Rene did all he could to deliver for Mahindra, finishing with six points and a rebound in his eight minutes on the floor.Unfortunately, his debut came with non-bearing consequences, as the Floodbuster closed their 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign with 94-80 defeat to Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Pacquiao’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed, with coach Chris Gavina admitting that he’s a fan of the 6-foot-5 big man.“Rene came in and was ready. Few guys can come in ready on a big stage against a team like Ginebra and go out there and be productive, so I give him a whole lot of credit for not shying away from the big moment and stepping up with the limited minutes he had,” he said. MOST READ Pumaren relishes GlobalPort’s unexpected crack at playoff berth Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pacquiao was drafted 25th in the 2014 PBA Draft by the franchise, but languished largely as a practice player before playing for a short while with MP Hotel in the PBA D-League.However, Gavina is adamant to the management to keep the window of opportunity open for the 30-year-old.“I told management to keep him in the active lineup,” he said. “Let me develop him, let our coaches develop him, and who knows? We may have a Pacquiao superstar in basketball as well.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games
Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue He’s rarely shot it better than he did Saturday night.Murray scored 46 points and made a career-high nine 3-pointers, carrying the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets to a 122-118 victory over the Phoenix Suns, the adrenaline from a big night helping him deal with the ankle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionMurray was 16 for 24 from the field with the second-most points he’s scored in a game this season. He scored 31 a night earlier in a win over San Antonio.The Suns almost overcame a 22-point, fourth-quarter deficit, drawing to 113-110 on Mikal Bridges’ 3-pointer with 1:51 to play. T.J. Warren hit a 3 to cut the lead to 117-113 with 30 seconds remaining, but the Nuggets closed it out with free throws in the final seconds. Kyrie Irving, Al Horford rally Celtics past Grizzlies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments TIP-INSNuggets: F Paul Millsap returned to action after missing the past eight games with a broken right big toe. He played 14 minutes. “We’ll see at altitude, I think that’s going to be the big challenge,” Millsap said about getting back into game shape. … Beasley played through a sprained left ankle. … Five other Nuggets players were inactive, including G Will Barton (hip/core surgery) and G Gary Harris (right hip).Suns: Booker was assessed a flagrant foul in the third quarter when his hard contact on Craig sent Craig sprawling to the floor under the basket after a breakaway. … Booker has 25 or more points in eight straight games. … Bridges, a rookie, made a career high five 3s.UP NEXTNuggets: Host New York on Tuesday night.Suns: Host Golden State on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nikola Jokic added 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Denver, while Malik Beasley came off the bench to hit a career-high five 3-pointers for his 15 points.“He’s my security blanket,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said of Jokic. “At the end of the game, when the ball goes to him I know something good is going to happen.”Rookie Deandre Ayton scored a season-high 33 points and added 14 rebounds for the Suns. Ayton made 12-of-13 shots in the second quarter for 24 points, the highest-scoring quarter by a Suns rookie and sixth-highest by any Sun in franchise history.“I don’t think I started off playing well,” Ayton said. “Coach took me out and I got my second wind and went out and forgot about the scoreboard and just played hard.”Denver improved to 4-1 in the second of back-to-back games this season. The Nuggets made a season-high 18 3s for the second straight night.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Phoenix, the last-place team in the West, is 0-6 on the second night of back-to-backs this season and has lost four of its last five overall.Suns star Devin Booker bruised his lower back in the second quarter after he stepped in to draw a charge on the Nuggets’ Torrey Craig. Though announced as questionable for the second half, he returned and scored 27 points for the game, 20 in the second half.“We were worried if he could finish the game and be on the court,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “He was fighting through pain and he was leading the group when we needed him the most.”Murray started hot, knocking down his first three 3s and finishing the first quarter with 13 points. He had 15 in the fourth.Murray lobbed to Mason Plumlee for a dunk with 2:39 left in the first half, giving Denver a 57-37 lead.The Suns went on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 59-49, but Juancho Hernangomez hit a 3 just before the halftime buzzer for Denver. The Nuggets made 11 3s in the first half.Denver led by as many as 23 in the third quarter, but Ayton’s hook with 19 seconds got the Suns within 90-78. Denver scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter, but the Suns stormed back to make it interesting at the end.EXCHANGE OF THOUGHTSAs the Suns rallied in the fourth quarter, a fan yelled from the stands at Kokoskov. “Hey Igor, we can make some free throws!” the fan shouted.Kokoskov looked at him, pointed and said, “You’re right!” The Suns made nine of 14 for the game. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) drives against Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — There was no getting around the pain in his right ankle, so Jamal Murray figured out a way to deal with the injury.“I was trying not to move as much, kind of relied on my shot,” Murray said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid
Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac has accepted an apology from the wife of Thomas Muller after her social media criticism of the coach’s treatment of the Germany star.Lisa Muller hit out at Kovac for leaving her husband on the bench for Saturday’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Freiburg, in which the champions conceded a late equaliser.When Kovac prepared to bring on the forward during the second half, Lisa Muller posted on Instagram: “More than 70 minutes until he finally has a brain wave.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Although Thomas Muller downplayed his partner’s comments when he spoke to the media after the match, Bayern said on Sunday she visited Kovac to apologise.”Lisa Muller, the wife of Thomas Muller, went directly after the Bundesliga game against Freiburg in the Allianz Arena to coach Niko and apologised for her Instagram post during the substitution of Thomas Muller,” Bayern’s statement said .”Kovac accepted her apology.”After the game, both Muller and Kovac had attempted to play down the criticism. “It was out of emotion. In retrospect I don’t think it was super. But she just loves me, what should I do?” the Germany star signalled to Sky . Kovac added: “There’s nothing to clarify. Obviously it wasn’t Thomas himself who wrote that.”Serge Gnabry seemed to have earned his side three points with a late goal, only for Freiburg’s Lucas Holer to swoop in the 89th minute to the frustration of Kovac and his charges. Bayern are second in the league, four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. Kovac’s men are next in action at home to AEK Athens in the Champions League on Wednesday.