Colonels host Bearkats with top spot on the line

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Eleven Sports will offer live national television coverage of the men’s basketball game between Nicholls and Sam Houston State on Wednesday night. The Colonels enter the night as the Southland Conference leaders, with the Bearkats tied for second at a half game back. The game is also set to air regionally on Cox Sports Television, along with streaming on the Southland Digital Network.  NOTE: For links to additional streams, including school productions, visit the Southland scoreboard page. Men’s Basketball: Sam Houston State at NichollsWednesday8:15 pm CTLIVE National TV Coverage:Eleven Sports DirecTV 623AT&T U-verse 1665Verizon FiOS 597Huntsville Suddenlink 455Full channel listings – http://sland.social/find11?LIVE Regional TV Coverage:Cox Sports TVThibodaux Charter 324/815New Orleans Cox 37/1037Full channel listings – http://sland.social/cox?LIVE Stream:Southland DIgital NetworkSouthland.org/liveSouthland Conference appsTalent:Garrett Walvoord, play-by-playJordy Hultberg, analystlast_img read more

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2019 Southland Soccer Season Kicks Off Thursday

first_imgSoutheastern Louisiana Lady Lions – Preseason Rank: 7th – 2018 Record/Place: 7-7-4 (4-4-3 SLC), 6thIn his second year at the helm, head coach Christopher McBride earned his first trip to the Southland Conference Tournament with a 4-4-3 mark in league play. The No. 7 team in the preseason poll holds the second-most regular season titles in conference history (5) and is tied for the most league tournament titles (4) among active members. McBride’s squad looks to continue building up with eight returning starters and 12 newcomers on the roster. FRISCO, Texas – The 2019 Southland Conference soccer season gets underway Thursday with four evening matchups, the first of 21 opening weekend games on the schedule. Opening Game: Aug. 23 vs. Southern, 7 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 22 vs. Prairie View A&M, 7 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 23 vs. Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. Abilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Rank: 1st – 2018 Record/Place: 15-6-1 (7-3-1 SLC), t-4thAfter winning the conference tournament in just their second season of postseason eligibility, the Wildcats enter the 2019 season as the favorites to win the conference. Finishing tied for fourth in the regular season, ACU upset No. 4 McNeese and top-seeded Central Arkansas on the way to the title game, where the Wildcats defeated No. 7 Stephen F. Austin 3-1. This team features a league-high eight preseason all-conference picks and return all but three student-athletes who took the field in the conference tournament championship match. Nicholls Colonels – Preseason Rank: 12th – 2018 Record/Place: 3-15 (1-10 SLC), 12thThe Colonels look to avoid another 12th-place finish under first-year head coach Danny Free, who begins his fifth season with the program after beginning as a graduate assistant and working his way up to assistant coach, interim head coach and ultimately head coach. Nicholls brings back six starters from the 2018 team, including goalie Roosa Hurmerinta, who notched 64 saves, and Blaire Laiche and Kristy Helmers, who combined for four goals in 2018. Opening Game: Aug. 22 at North Texas, 7 p.m. Lamar Cardinals – Preseason Rank: 3rd – 2018 Record/Place: 12-6-2 (7-2-2 SLC), 3rdThe league’s coaches and SIDs picked Lamar to finish third, the exact spot they finished in 2018 with a 7-2-2 record in conference matches. The Cardinals played host to the conference tournament and reached the semifinals, where they fell to No. 7 Stephen F. Austin 2-1. Lamar placed one on each of the preseason all-conference teams in first-team forward Madison Ledet and second-team forward Lucy Ashworth. Opening Game: Aug. 22 vs. Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m. Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Rank: 5th – 2018 Record/Place: 10-8-1 (8-2-1 SLC), 2ndThe Huskies were picked to finish fifth in 2019 despite closing out last year’s campaign with the second-most points in the league, their highest finish since 2015. The longest-tenured coach in the conference, head coach Misty Jones enters her 14th season at the helm of HBU, holding a 38-21-8 (.627) league record since the Huskies joined the conference in 2013. The squad’s 12 returning letterwinners are headlined by Megan Rickert, a first-team selection at defender on the preseason all-conference teams. Central Arkansas Bears – Preseason Rank: 2nd – 2018 Record/Place: 16-4-1 (10-1 SLC), 1stThe Bears aim to defend their regular season championship after nearly running the table in 2018, entering the conference tournament as the top seed with a 10-1 mark. Winners of nine-straight to close last year’s regular season, UCA fell to eventual champion Abilene Christian in the semifinals. The Bears landed five on the preseason all-conference teams, led by first-team selections Hadley Dickinson and Connie Awuku-Darkoh. Week One Notes (PDF) Conference play begins on Sept. 20 with all 12 league teams in action. Defending Southland regular season champion Central Arkansas is set to host the 2019 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament at the Bill Stephens Track & Soccer Complex in Conway, Ark., from Nov. 6-10. UIW Cardinals – Preseason Rank: 11th – 2018 Record/Place: 3-12-1 (3-7-1 SLC), 9thThe Cardinals were just two points shy of qualifying for the program’s first Southland Conference Tournament in the first year under head coach Emma Wright-Cates. UIW returns 15 letterwinners and 11 of those individuals are sophomores or juniors. The Cardinals finished their season ranked 15th in the nation in saves (112) and the squad’s seven saves per game led the conference. Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks – Preseason Rank: 6th – 2018 Record/Place: 7-9-3 (3-5-3 SLC), t-7thThe Ladyjacks head into 2019 at the preseason No. 6 spot after finishing as the runner-up at the conference tournament for the second-straight year in 2018. Stephen F. Austin placed two on each of the preseason all-conference squads, including first-team honorees Carli Arthurs and Sophia Fondren. The program holds 10 all-time regular-season titles, the last coming in 2015, and won its last tournament title in 2012. This year is the 23rd edition of Southland women’s soccer, a conference sport since 1997. Sam Houston State kicks off first at home against Houston at 6:30 p.m. CT. Houston Baptist plays host to Prairie View A&M and Northwestern State visits North Texas at 7 p.m. Lamar hosts Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m. to conclude the opening day action. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders – Preseason Rank: 9th – 2018 Record/Place: 5-9-3 (2-7-2 SLC), t-10thThe Islanders, who missed qualifying for the conference tournament in 2018, are the No. 9 team in the preseason poll. A&M-Corpus Christi had a pair of encouraging preseason exhibitions, including a 1-0 win over reigning Big 12 champion Baylor in Waco. Goalkeeper Kyleigh Hall didn’t allow a goal in 180 minutes of preseason action. Opening Game: Aug. 23 at New Mexico State, 5 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 25 at Arizona State, 8 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 23 vs Mississippi Valley State, 4 p.m. McNeese Cowgirls – Preseason Rank: 4th – 2018 Record/Place: 13-7-1 (7-3-1 SLC), t-4thThe preseason No. 4 Cowgirls are coming off a tie for fourth place in 2018, and McNeese’s 13-7-1 season came to an end at the hand of the tournament champions Abilene Christian in the opening round of the conference tournament. The Cowgirls are bringing back eight of their 11 starters from last season, including six members of the preseason all-conference teams. Opening Game: Aug. 23 at College of Charleston, 7 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 22 vs. Houston, 6:30 p.m. Opening Game: Aug. 23 at Colorado College, 8 p.m. Sam Houston State Bearkats – Preseason Rank: 10th – 2018 Record/Place: 3-12-3 (2-7-2 SLC), t-10thAt the No. 10 preseason spot are the Bearkats, led by the second-longest serving active coach in the Southland Conference, Tom Brown. He enters his 12th season at the helm with Sam Houston State, bringing with him 16 returning letterwinners and six seniors. Perhaps the biggest hole for Sam Houston State to fill will be goalkeeper Christina Hendershot, who made 52 of the Bearkats’ conference-best 82 saves in Southland contests. Northwestern State Lady Demons – Preseason Rank: 8th – 2018 Record/Place: 10-10 (4-7 SLC), t-7thFirst-year co-head coaches Jess and Anna Jobe brought the Demons back to the conference tournament and look to repeat the feat in 2019. The No. 8 team in the preseason poll will also have a new look with only five juniors and seniors opposite 14 new faces. Among the returners are two members of the back line, Nicole Henry and Ashley Medawattage, and netminder Kayla Bomben. Opening Game: Aug. 23 at Texas State, 7 p.m.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

first_img56% $640,219 14 JACKPOT IS $869,976 AT END OF ‘RAINBOW’ 48% Tim Yakteen14 50% 2 4 5 2nd 3 14% Richard Baltas50 9 4 0 4 5 $686,236 37% 19% $462,528 10 19 15 34% 29% 64% Martin Garcia44 10 10 Heriberto Figueroa36 $700,095 Flavien Prat78 $1,158,639 5 14 15 0 SERANITSA IN FIRST START FOR DRYSDALE Money Won 5 4 45% 10 16% Victor Espinoza41 ITM% 6 Kent Desormeaux43 $246,728 $655,889 7 $905,946 (Current from April 12 through Sunday, May 26) $522,923 35% $187,376 8 Jerry Hollendorfer36 15% $445,983 Drayden Van Dyke66 3 14 3 $383,214 68% 9 9 11 Richard Mandella21 4 5 37% 9 8 Aaron Gryder60 9 $408,170 2 18% 9 50% 51% 10% 23% Rafael Bejarano88 5 $284,791 50% Peter Miller32 5 Martin Pedroza31 17% 14% 13% 63% 4 ‘PARADISE’ SET TO SHOW HER BRILLIANCE 50% $860,332 $851,452 2 $244,022 1 15 62% 5 14% 42% $203,981 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.20 11% 51% 21% 12 4 7 $388,372 4 15 5 13% 13 8 ARCADIA, SANTA ANITA HONOR TIM CONWAY   2 1st 46% 7 55% 13 7 J. Eric Kruljac21 5 ITM% 8 47% 40% 56% 19 52% 5 $211,883 6 $138,488 44% 13 Bob Baffert21 7 26% $428,282 1st John Sadler42 10 5 Doug O’Neill69 48% 59% 18% Mark Glatt52 13 John Shirreffs14 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 17% 1 $481,220 24% 8 10 50% $551,644 16% 5 4 Mario Gutierrez49 $137,522 3 17% 1 Win% 6 2nd 5 5 $163,715 TrainerMts 7 5 $762,833 5 20 17% Tiago Pereira90 4 10 12 Ruben Fuentes82 $192,768 24% 52% 11 $186,414 9 5 Joseph Talamo82 50% 15% Philip D’Amato50 Andrew Lerner10 5 Money Won JockeyMts 28% 50% 19% 11 4 J. Keith Desormeaux22 19 2 62% $315,033 Jorge Velez36 4 4 Vladimir Cerin31 Geovanni Franco62 19% 12 28% 3rd $811,138 4 3 Edwin Maldonado53 $216,148 25% 17% 3 1 TRAINER ROGER STEIN IS DEAD AT AGE 65 24% Win% 45% 3rd Steve Knapp24 NO ZENYATTA, BUT PARADISE WOODS HAS BRILLIANCEZenyatta won 19 straight races before suffering her lone defeat, and in every one of the victories, her backers and her trainer, John Shirreffs, had to hold their breath until she caught the leader with her devastating stretch run.Not so with Paradise Woods, the five-year-old mare Sherriffs has had for three races, winning the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes from just off the pace by 10 ½ lengths on April 27.The bay daughter of Union Rags justifiably is Jon White’s 1-5 morning line favorite to capture Saturday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth, only the tactics will be completely dissimilar.Zenyatta, Horse of the Year in 2010, won 17 graded stakes all from out of the clouds. Paradise Woods has been on or near the lead in each of her 14 career starts, winning four, two of them Grade I’s.“There is one difference between the two,” Shirreffs said at his barn early Friday morning. “Paradise Woods has this brilliance, so much brilliance. It makes for a totally different dynamic from Zenyatta.“Zenyatta had to catch them all the time. Paradise Woods can dominate from the front end, and she’s training equally as well for this race as she did for her last.“Everything looks good.”With a bankroll of $945,890 already accumulated and $120,000 awaiting the winner of the Santa Maria, Paradise Woods would achieve millionaire status with a victory.The field for the Santa Maria, race eight of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Just a Smidge, Martin Garcia, 15-1; Paradise Woods, Mike Smith, 1-5; Exuberance, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 15-1; Tapped, Flavien Prat, 8-1; and La Force, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1.TRAINER ROGER STEIN DEAD AT AGE 65Trainer Roger Stein died this morning at his home in Hidden Hills after a lengthy battle with a myriad of illnesses. He was 65.Stein, who hosted a horse racing radio show on KLAA AM 830 for many years until June of 2017, began training Thoroughbreds in 1987 but obtained his harness trainer’s license in 1979 after two years as an owner and groom, dominating the circuit from 1979-84 by winning 10 percent of all harness races in California and 17 straight training titles.Perhaps his most noteworthy Thoroughbred was Southern Truce, whom he claimed for $16,000 in March of 1991 and developed into a multiple stakes winner. Her victories included two Grade I’s, including the 1993 Santa Margarita when she upset two-time champion Paseana.His richest Thoroughbred victory came when Forty Niner Days captured the $400,000 Golden Gate Handicap in 1990, one of 470 career Thoroughbred wins for Stein, who was the leading trainer at Fairplex Park in 1990.“Roger was always supportive of me from the time I had the ‘bug,’” recalled jockey Aaron Gryder. “He had a good stable back then and I was out every morning. Obviously, the last 10 years he hadn’t been out much because of health issues, but I kept in touch with him and would visit with him from time to time.“I’d sit and talk with him even though he was frustrated because he was bedridden most of the time and in and out of the hospital struggling, but Roger was good to me. He had his ways about him, but he was always good to me.”Stein is survived by his mother, and two grown children, daughter Shayna and son, Sam, as well as one grandchild. Services will be Sunday, according to Roger’s brother, Rick, 63. No further details were available at press time.SERANITSA DEBUTS FOR DRYSDALE IN HONEYMOON STAKESSeranitsa, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Dialed In, makes her first start for Neil Drysdale in Saturday’s Grade III Honeymoon Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf.“I’m pleased with how she’s doing,” said the Hall of Fame trainer. “She’s been working well here.”  Drysdale was alluding to two bullet works on Santa Anita’s training track.Previously trained by Mikhail Yanakov who campaigned the chestnut at Gulfstream and in Kentucky, Seranitsa has been out of the money only twice in eight starts and was third in a restricted stakes at Gulfstream on March 30 after breaking her maiden going 1 1/16 miles at the Hallandale track.The Honeymoon, race seven: Lady Prancealot, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Over Emphasize, Alonso Quinonez, 6-1; Seranitsa, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Holly Hundy, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1; $2,000 supplemental nominee Dr Wysong, Aaron Gryder, 20-1; Maxim Rate, Kent Desormeaux, 9-5; Sold It, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; and Hostess, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1.FASIG-TIPTON SALE AT SANTA ANITA ON JUNE 5Santa Anita’s first ever Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Old in training sale takes place Wednesday, June 5.It will start at 1 p.m. in Santa Anita’s Seabiscuit Walking Ring. Vehicular access to the sales barns is best served by entering Santa Anita’s Gate 5 on its northeastern perimeter. For additional information, visit fasigtipton.com or call 626 574-RACE.SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AT $869,976Santa Anita’s Memorial Day Weekend finished strong, with the track offering three Grade I stakes as part of a 10-race program Monday and at the end of the day, the popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved for the 22ndconsecutive racing day, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Friday of $869,976.With $372,479 in “new” money bet, Monday’s Jackpot pool exceeded the $1 million mark, reaching $1,157,174. Although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were 24 consolation tickets with six, each worth $8,291.10.Approximate post time for today’s third race, which starts the Rainbow Six, is 2 p.m. PT.SUNDAY WILL BE ‘TIM CONWAY DAY’ IN ARCADIAThis Sunday, June 2, has been declared “Tim Conway Day” in the City of Arcadia and the late comedic giant will be memorialized with a race named in his honor at Santa Anita, following which, Tim Conway, Jr. will be presented with a proclamation from the city in a Winner’s Circle ceremony.“I can’t think of a better place for all of us to come visit Dad’s money than right here at The Great Race Place,” said Tim Jr., who hosts the popular “Tim Conway Jr. Show” weeknights from 6 to 10 p.m. on KFI, AM 640.“Although he seldom cashed, he had so many great moments here, and at Hollywood Park and Del Mar. I truly believe he’d be thrilled to know that a bunch of us are going to be getting together and trying to bet on the winner of his race!”The “Tim Conway-Dorf Half Cup” will be carded as Sunday’s sixth race, with a Winner’s Circle ceremony to follow. Born Dec. 15, 1933 near Cleveland, Ohio, Tim Conway, who at one time aspired to be a jockey, passed away following a lengthy illness at age 85 on May 14.A tireless advocate for injured riders, Conway and his wife Charlene, along with Chris and Judy McCarron, founded the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockeys Fund in 1987 and raised money to assist more than 2,000 jockeys over a distinguished 25-year-run.One of the most naturally funny American-born comedians of all time, Conway, through one of his characters, jockey Dirk Dorf and in numerous other appearances on national television, brought continued high-profile exposure to Santa Anita and Thoroughbred racing.A video honoring Conway, which includes time spent at Santa Anita, will be part of the Sunday’s Winner’s Circle ceremony.SANTA ANITA HOSTS JOCKEY BENEFIT JUNE 22On June 22, a once a year fundraising event known as Jockeys and Jeans will be held at Santa Anita for the first time.Started by retired riders for the benefit of their peers who have experienced catastrophic injuries, it will be the sixth annual event which to date has raised more than $1 million for fallen riders, with all proceeds benefitting the Permanent Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).The event schedule at Santa Anita: autograph signing from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. near the Paddock starting gate; Silent Auction available to all on-track fans, 11 a.m. throughout the day near the Paddock Starting Gate; and a Chandelier Room Party starting at 12 noon.Cost to enter is $65. Cost for a guaranteed seat is $100, while a premium ticket guaranteeing seating, morning barn tour and a signed Justify pennant are $200. Tickets include buffet lunch from 12 to 3 p.m., racing program, wagering tip sheet, specialty silent and live auction items, ceremonial festivities, and more.Those unable to attend may make a donation to the PDJF of $25 via santaanaita.com.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Rijeka worked 3 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Baltas)Dr. Dorr (outside) and Victory Element worked 4 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Baffert)Once on Whiskey (outside) and Hot Sean worked 5 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Baffert)Mika the Mistress worked 4 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Metz)Peter Eurton & Leonard Powell Discuss: Beloved Veterans, Ashleyluvssugar & Soi PhetA Day in the Life: Santa Anita Park’s Bugler Jay Cohen Part 2Stronach 5: All-Star Ticket for May 31st, 2019XBTV Friday: What to watch for at Santa Anita Park on May 24th, 2019Gift Box works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-18-19Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs. (Shierriffs) 5-18-19Don’t Sell worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (O’Neill)Governance worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Baltas)Claudelle worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Sadler)Cee Sam’s Girl worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Papaprodromou)Der Lu worked 5 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Baffert)FINISH LINES: Condolences to family and friends of trainers David C. Cross, Jr. and Henry Dominguez, who both passed away over the past few days. Cross, who died in Lexington, Ky. at age 84, was a native of Vancouver, B.C. and gained worldwide renown for winning the 1983 Kentucky Derby with Sunny’s Halo, who had spent a good part of that winter swimming at Hollywood Park. A jockey for a short time, Cross worked for several years as an exercise rider in Southern California for Alberta Ranches in the late 1950s and early 60s. With Vance Longden serving as trainer and the legendary JohnnyLongden doing most of the riding, Alberta Ranches campaigned a number of top horses, including 1961 San Felipe Stakes winner Flutterby and Four and Twenty, who took the 1961 Santa Anita Derby . . . Dominguez, a former quarter horse jockey and one of the most likeable trainers in America, died suddenly Wednesday in his native El Paso at age 60. One of New Mexico’s all-time leading trainers, Dominguez worked in Southern California for D. Wayne Lukas for nine years prior to going on his own in 1990. 29% $292,586 28%last_img read more

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Reaction to Seagull’s thumping as Poch’s future hangs by thread

first_imgBRIGHTON welcome Tottenham to the Amex Stadium as they search for their first home win this season.But Spurs come into this match off the back of a harrowing 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich on their own turf, while they haven’t won away in the Premier League since January.And the clash on the south coast started off in horrible circumstances for the North Londoners, as they conceded in the opening minutes after Hugo Lloris could only palm a cross onto Neal Maupay, who headed into an empty net from a yard out.But Tottenham’s bad luck continued, as the Frenchman was unable to carry on after falling awkwardly on his elbow and could be set for a lengthy spell out.Tottenham winless away from home in nine league matchesBrighton with just one victory in 16 Premier League gamesWatch on BT Sport 1 from middayLive stream via app for BT Sport customersEE phone subscribers can sign up for three-month FREE trial to use BT Sport appBrighton XI: Ryan, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Montoya, Stephens, Mooy, Alzate, Gross, Maupay, ConnollySubs: Button, Bong, Balogun, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh, Murray, MarchTottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Ndombele, Eriksen, Lamela, Son, KaneSubs: Gazzaniga, Foyth, Sanchez, Skipp, Winks, Alli, Mouralast_img read more

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Mourinho’s 2015 comments on never managing Tottenham come back to haunt him

first_imgTottenham appoint Jose Mourinho as new manager less than 24 hours after sacking Mauricio Pochettino JOSE MOURINHO has been named the new Tottenham manager – four years after insisting he could never be their boss.Mourinho was confirmed as the new boss this morning after signing a three-and-a-half-year deal.2 Jose Mourinho claimed in 2015 he could never become Tottenham managerCredit: PA:Empics SportThe 56-year-old will take charge of training for the first time this afternoon as he sets to work immediately on turning the club’s season around.But back in 2015, the Portuguese coach claimed there was not a chance he would ever be tempted to take up a role in North London.Mourinho was in his second spell in charge of Chelsea when he was asked about an approach Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had made for him back in 2007.At the time he had only just left Stamford Bridge at the end of his first period in the hot-seat in West London, and Levy had targeted him as the man to bring success to Spurs.A clause in his contract when he was sacked by the Blues prevented him from managing another club in this country for two years.But Levy had even contacted Chelsea with an offer to buy out the clause, so keen was he to get his man.Asked if he was approached, Mourinho said: “Yes. I couldn’t go. I couldn’t train in England for two years.”I would not take the job because I love Chelsea supporters too much.” 2Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerHowever, times have changed and Mourinho is no longer the cult hero with Chelsea fans as he once was.And having been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United last December, he realised this could be his last opportunity to manage a big club in England.Also, Tottenham have grown massively as a club since 2007, when they had not become Champions League regulars or built a side capable of competing with the best.Mourinho’s first ten games at SpursNov 23 – West Ham (A)Nov 26 – Olympiakos (H)Nov 30 – Bournemouth (H)Dec 4 – Man Utd (A)Dec 7 – Burnley (H)Dec 11 – Bayern Munich (A)Dec 15 – Wolves (A)Dec 22 – Chelsea (H)Dec 26 – Brighton (H)Dec 28 – Norwich (A)last_img read more

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NRL appoints first female referee for Broncos v Bulldogs clash

first_imgBelinda Sharpe will on Tuesday be confirmed as the first woman to take control of an NRL match, assigned as the assistant referee for Thursday night’s Broncos and Bulldogs clash at Suncorp Stadium.The Queensland-raised Sharpe and Kasey Badger were earlier this year elevated to the NRL’s full-time referees squad, paving the way for the former to take the whistle in round 18.She has been a constant as an NRL touch judge in recent times, as has Badger, but it won’t be until this week that one of the pair has been given the task of refereeing an NRL fixture.Rugby league officials have noticed a spike in the number of budding female rugby league referees at a grassroots level since Sharpe and Badger started patrolling the sideline in NRL games.”If my role in just doing my job week in week out can inspire other people to become involved, particularly other females to become involved as referees, then that’s something I’m proud of,” said Sharpe, who refereed the women’s State of Origin match at North Sydney Oval in June.”I don’t necessarily think I need to do anything differently, but if they can see an opportunity to get to this point with the same pathway as any other official then that’s a positive.”There’s been some nice moments where I’ve met young girls at games and different places and they’ve said I’ve become involved because they’ve seen the opportunities available as a referee and I think that’s a really positive thing.”We’re seeing more and more females becoming involved as referees at various levels of the game.”Sharpe, a former journalist and marketer, will referee alongside one of the NRL’s most experienced whistleblowers, Ben Cummins, at Suncorp Stadium.She admitted to being a touch surprised when told of her appointment this week and immediately rang husband Clayton, who has also been a member of the NRL officiating ranks.”I was really excited and I guess a little bit surprised, but I’m certainly looking forward to Thursday night and am really thrilled to receive the news,” Sharpe said.”I’ve been on the pathway for quite a while now and I’ve certainly done the same work and been on the same pathway as every other official that has made it to this point. I’m certainly confident that’s what [the appointment] is based on.”I’ve been around a while now in first grade as a touch judge and I think most of the players are used to seeing me out there on the field. At the end of the day they just want you to do your job and if you do that well I don’t think they care who it is.”Sharpe’s milestone will come in the same week NRL head of football Graham Annesley claimed criticism of referees since the State of Origin decider had been “unwarranted”, just a week after he conceded they made a number of “serious errors” in the fortnight prior.last_img read more

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Guardiola asks to end the EFL Cup: “Players suffer”

first_imgGuardiola’s planning: “We have to start the season later after the summer. We have one game a week for a long time and then we start having two or three a week. We have two games in two weeks and then 72 in one. It’s a bit strange”.Injuries: “With this amount of games, the players fall apart. I’m not surprised. I’m very sorry for Kane and Rashford. The authorities should reflect on it, but all the managers complained and don’t care. Rest of only two or three days, again and again. Players suffer. “Fatigue: “The clubs want to do well. They have a lot of pressure to win or qualify for the Champions League and we push and push. The body says enough is enough.”Example in your template: “Sterling has played more than 3,000 minutes. His performance continues to be quite similar. He may not have scored in recent games, but there is no doubt with him.” English football clubs are loaded with Christmas games and the month of January for the existence of two drinks and the increase of the Premier’s days in festivities. For years, in fact, the failure of British teams in Europe has been attributed to fatigue from their own competition system. Now, Pep Guardiola has dared to publicly ask the regulators of the king sport in England the disappearance of the EFL Cup: “Eliminate this competition. People can live without football for a while. It’s too much.”End to the League Cup: “Eliminate this competition. So there will be fewer games, fewer competitions, less teams, more quality and less quantity. People can live without football for a while. This is too much.”last_img read more

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The best Atleti of the season

first_imgThe Athletic He left the second half fully confident that he was going to come back. Y he played the best minutes of the whole season with a vertical and effective football. In the 57th minute there was a double change and they entered Trippier and Joao Félix by Vrsaljko and Vitolo, the team stays like this, always with the usual 1-4-4-2, Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Philip, I gave it; belt, Thomas, Saul, Koke; Morata Y João Felix. The reappearance of the Portuguese caused the enthusiasm of the stands, in need of repeated attack actions during a match. João Félix started 2-1 with a change in quality screening and scored 3-1. But beyond his goal, Menino de Ouro showed that playing loose and free will be decisive in the final stretch of the season for the Athletic. In the last 10 minutes he entered Marcos Llorente by Morata (Correa got up with João). Marcos played in band and in the middle in that section demonstrating why he is the best recuperator in the world. Atlético, with the calm wisdom of Monkey Burgos in the band and the uncontrollable energy of Cholo in a box, beat the Villarreal and third place was placed, the position in which it is obliged to remain to meet objectives. Based on the quality of Cazorla, Trigueros and Gerard Moreno, it was enough a blow to the Villarreal to get 0-1 with a goal from Paco Alcacer, the winter reinforcement that Atlético had done before Villarreal and which Simeone resigned for his efforts in Cavani. After the goal of Alcácer, there was a change of pieces and Correa passed to the front and Vitolo to the left wing, Saul in the middle, and Koke to the right wing (Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Philip, I gave it; Koke, Thomas, Saul, Vitolo; Morata Y belt). Ripped the Athletic cold and heavy After the intensity lived before the Liverpool, it was also difficult for the Metropolitan to connect. Villarreal, a team that interprets almost perfect 1-4-3-3, counteracted without stress the 1-4-4-2 of Atlético formed from start by Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Philip, I gave it; belt, Koke, Thomas, Saul; Morata Y Vitolo. The greatest danger rojiblanco came by the incorporation to the attack and centers of its lateral ones Vrsaljko (has gone from not counting important player) and I gave it (that does not stop growing if they give him confidence).last_img read more

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Rubi: “Real Madrid can be hurt”

first_imgBetis coach Joan Francesc Ferrer, Rubi, reviewed the previous game that his team plays against Real Madrid: “There are two or three teams in this League that are harder to beat than the rest. Before Madrid we have to make it almost perfect to win, but it doesn’t scare us. We were able to win against Atlético and Barcelona. “Ultimatum? “That question this year is very common, unfortunately because we are not where we should be. But I do not worry, I work to be close to victory. Then whether we win or not depends on other things.” Madrid more vulnerable. “I have the impression that you can hurt him, like everyone else. But his numbers in conceded goals are very low and the defensive facet is taking it well. You don’t end up hurting him and his goalkeeper is in great shape. We will try to take advantage of his weaknesses but it will be key that we put the chances that we have, that we are going to have for sure. Madrid, Barcelona or Atlético are very powerful, but we cannot focus on these matches from the excess of respect. We have to do things very well to win, but we can to get it”.Sensations. “It has been another hard week but I do not notice discouragement in our players. We are going to face and play a game more than worthy. It hurts that deserving more in other games we have no reward. We must insist and work harder if possible.” Problem of the coach? “I understand that no, but what am I going to say. These last matches we have been close to winning them all, for me it is very different now at the beginning of the campaign. I do not see a team that has fallen or does not make chances. This season we have started it crooked , in the first third there were many concepts that the team did not assimilate, that cost us a deficit.Then we have set up many good games with some not so good, but within a normality.What will happen? I will fight to be the top possible and go over 50 points minimum. We don’t have that fortune point to help us. The only ones who don’t put Betis in their position are the players and the coaching staff. We are working hard to change it. “Defensive bleeding. “We continuously analyze everything that happens to us. In Valencia we conceded two goals, the second I blame, because we risk the most, it is a matter of going up to an open grave. But in Mestalla we suffer very little. Against Mallorca more, but the effectiveness of the rival was one hundred percent. Of course I look for things to try not to score those goals, but our goalkeeper does not make eight stops at the beginning of the League. “Bad run of Borja Iglesias. “Every week we think about the striker. Loren had an incredible level, then the level was more even and both have been playing.”Feddal. “Zou wants to stay and I understand that the campaign will end with us, he wants to help. We have four extraordinary centers.”Warning for the derby. “We have not looked at it that any day, nor will we do it in this match. Channels can play with four cards, it has many duels as well. But if there is any need to be done, he will have to sacrifice the derby for the sake of this match against Real Madrid”.Setién and its possible return. “What hurt me was that at the beginning of the project I could not have the room to maneuver, but at the moment when Rubi is not a coach I will have to respect the one who comes. out of here”.last_img read more

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The Premier wants to play its 92 games on neutral fields

first_imgThe FA fears ten months without national team matchesAs collected EFE, the english federation (FA) fears that the english team will go almost ten months without playing a match after the suspension of the Eurocup 2020, moved to 2021, and friendlies in March and April.This was explained Mark Bullingham, chief executive of the FA, in a talk with journalists. “UEFA has talked about moving the friendlies from March to June. Clearly June seems like a tough date right now, but we don’t know yet. We have to keep looking at each different alternative. If it doesn’t happen in June, the next game would be in September.”Bullingham said.England I had to play against Italy Y Denmark in March while in early June will face Austria Y Romania, in what would have been the last preparations for the Euro. A Eurocopa that, according to announced the UEFA This Tuesday, it will move to the summer of 2021. “I’ve been with Gareth Southgate (England coach) and the technical team. We are living unprecedented times and there are much more important things than soccer. From Gareth’s point of view, he supports the changes that are taking place. From a technical point of view, I don’t think we are in a different place than the rest. Nobody wants there to be a big gap in the season, but here we are. We are a young team, so not many changes will be seen, but it will be Gareth who decides “added the manager. In England they fear that the coronavirus pandemic will not allow the 92 remaining Premier League matches to take place. They have more games left than many leagues and fear they won’t be able to meet deadlines. That is why the clubs, according to The Sun, will present a proposal to the president of the UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, which could cause fans to be forced to watch football only on television.In the first place, the conferences would be held every three days in neutral fields, and several meetings could coincide at the same venue and on the same day in order for the fewest number of health and safety personnel to work, putting few people at risk.The matches would be played behind closed doors in two or three stadiums, but since they are neutral fields (probably some scenarios located in the Midlands), fans would have a much more difficult time moving to the vicinity of the stadium, endangering the health of people in the crowds, as happened with the fans who were in the vicinity of the duel between the PSG and the Borussia Dortmund of the Champions League.As for the broadcasts, Sky Sports I would continue to broadcast all these encounters, in theory including the time slot reserved for fans to go to the stadiums, so they could be seen in full every day.Manchester City, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sheffield United have ten Premier League matches to play, while the rest have nine. Before these measures are officially presented to UEFA, the British government must approve them.last_img read more

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