McNeese’s Erlandsson Earns Southland Women’s Tennis Weekly Award

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Charoline Erlandsson is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. McNeese returns to the court on Thursday to face Eastern Michigan in a neutral-site match in Beaumont at 10 a.m. CT. Honorable Mention: Judit Castillo, Northwestern State; Carrie Casey, Sam Houston State. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Charoline Erlandsson, McNeese – Jr. – Stockholm, Sweden Erlandsson helped the Cowgirls (4-0, 0-0 SLC) keep their perfect record intact as they notched three consecutive home wins on the week. McNeese opened with a 7-0 victory over Prairie View A&M on Friday before defeating UTSA 5-2 on Saturday. The Cowgirls wrapped up the week with a 7-0 sweep against UL Lafayette on Sunday. Beginning the week with a 6-0, 6-0 straight sweep over Prairie View A&M’s Jessica Lackey, Erlandsson set the tone for a perfect weekend at No. 5 singles. The junior from Stockholm, Sweden, did not concede a set in her three singles matches, winning Saturday’s contest against UTSA’s Kylee Kati 6-1, 6-2, and Sunday’s match to UL Lafayette’s Marina Garcia 6-4, 6-3. She also won all three doubles matches for the weekend with Phonexay Chitdara at the No. 3 slot. 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 at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Strong, Ernestine Named Baseball Players of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Leonel Perez, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Cody Davenport, Central Arkansas; Kade Granier, Southeastern Louisiana. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Pitcher of the Week: Alex Ernestine, Nicholls – Sr. – LHP – Coconut Creek, Fla.Ernestine threw his first career complete-game shutout, blanking McNeese on Friday night in a 1-0 win. He allowed just four hits and struck out two in the performance. He was in cruise control down the stretch from the fifth to eighth, retiring the side until the ninth. The Cowboys had just three opportunities with a runner in scoring position. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas junior Hunter Strong and Nicholls senior Alex Ernestine are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Honorable Mention: Jarrod Huber, Stephen F. Austin; Blake Chisolm, Sam Houston State; Nick Anderson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christicenter_img Hitter of the Week: Hunter Strong, Central Arkansas – Jr. – OF – Sheridan, Ark.Strong hit .474 and slugged .789 on the week while going 4-for-5 and 3-for-6 in consecutive games versus New Orleans. He was 8-for-15 with three doubles and a home run in the sweep of the Privateers and had one of UCA’s four hits against Oklahoma State. Nicholls (8-15, 4-5) hosts Mississippi State tomorrow at 6 p.m. before heading west to take on Arizona in a three-game series starting Thursday at 7 p.m. Central Arkansas (15-9, 7-2 SLC) is tied for second in the conference standings and is coming off a sweep of New Orleans. The Bears host Wichita State tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT before welcoming Northwestern State for a three-game series beginning Thursday at 4 p.m.last_img read more

UCA Women, Lamar Men Capture 2019 Southland Cross Country Titles

first_imgResults | Photo GalleryCONWAY, Ark. – Conditions were primed for the 2019 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships at Beaverfork Lake Park in Conway, Ark. The women’s team title will remain in Conway as Central Arkansas put together a first-place performance with 64 points for its first-ever Southland Championship. Lamar captured the title on the men’s side, landing six runners among the top-15 finishers and scoring 34 points to set a new conference championship record for widest margin of victory (86).New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova registered a first-place individual finish in the 6k race with a time of 20:50.5 in order to be named the women’s Athlete of the Year. Lamar’s Jordan Rowe snagged men’s Athlete of the Year honors with a first-place individual finish in the 8k event with a 24:01.7.Central Arkansas’ 64 points came on the shoulders of Erin Woodward, who led the Bears with a seventh-place overall finish. Central Arkansas landed five runners among the top 20 in order to beat out Stephen F. Austin’s 70-point performance.Kleshchukova narrowly edged out SFA’s Kelsey Ramirez by one second in order to grab New Orleans’ first women’s individual title in program history. The Ladyjacks’ Meredith Clayton was named Freshman of the Year following an 11th-place performance. Quin Johnson took home Newcomer of the Year for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a 13th-place finish.Five schools were represented on the women’s all-conference first team. A&M-Corpus Christi’s Valentina Campos, Abilene Christian’s Briahna Gerlach and Lamar’s Julie Emmerson all joined Kleshchukova and Ramirez with first-team honors.The Ladyjacks secured a second-place finish with 70 points, while the Islanders took third place with 94 points.Rowe led the Lamar men’s program to its sixth team title in seven years, while also cementing the Cardinals’ fifth individual title since the 2013 season. LU’s Liam Burthem stamped a fourth-place finish in order to be named the Newcomer of the Year, while ACU’s Denis Lagat took fifth-place along with Freshman of the Year honors.Lamar claimed three spots on the first team all-conference squad with Rowe, Burthem and Jack Gooch. Abilene Christian’s Lagat was also named a first-team selection, while fellow Wildcat Kevin Kipkosgei rounded out the five-man squad with a second-place individual finish.The Islanders claimed the runner-up trophy with 120 points, while Abilene Christian finished third place overall with 126 points in the men’s 8k event.The 2019 NCAA South Central Regional  race will take place at the Agri-Park on Friday, Nov. 15 in Fayetteville, Ark., hosted by Arkansas. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place at LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23. Third Team Kolyn Saltzman Fr. New Orleans Briahna Gerlach Jr. Abilene Christian Name Class School Denis Lagat Fr. Abilene Christian Valentina Campos Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Harry Hallford So. Lamar Matthew Arnold Sr. Lamar Gracie Hyde So. Central Arkansas Name Class School Isaac Vargas Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Name Class School Jordan Rowe Jr. Lamar Madison Compass Sr. Stephen F. Austin Second Team Anthony Cordero Jr. Southeastern Louisiana Austin Zirkel Fr. Sam Houston State Alia Henderson So. UIW Arina Kleshchukova So. New Orleans Erin Woodward Sr. Central Arkansas Tristan Stellmach Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Liam Burthem Jr. Lamarcenter_img 2019 Southland Championship Team Finishes:Women1. Central Arkansas2. Stephen F. Austin3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi4. Abilene Christian5. UIW6. Lamar7. McNeese8. Southeastern Louisiana9. Nicholls10. Houston Baptist11. New Orleans12. Sam Houston State13. Northwestern StateMen1. Lamar2. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi3. Abilene Christian4. McNeese5. Stephen F. Austin6. UIW7. Central Arkansas8. Southeastern Louisiana9. Sam Houston State10. New Orleans11. Houston Baptist12. Nicholls13. Northwestern State Name Class School Katy Whiteoak Jr. Lamar Kelsey Ramirez Jr. Stephen F. Austin Second Team Julie Emmerson Sr. Lamar Carnley Graham Sr. Abilene Christian Name Class School Kevin Kipkosgei So. Abilene Christian Andrew Bosquez Jr. Sam Houston State Tamara Reeves Fr. Central Arkansas Declan Neary So. Lamar Quin Johnson Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Name Class School Third Team Henry Kiplagat Jr. McNeese Sophie Daigle Jr. Southeastern Louisiana Meredith Clayton Fr. Stephen F. Austin Individual Superlatives:WomenFreshman of the Year – Meredith Clayton, SFANewcomer of the Year – Quin Johnson, TAMU-CCCoach of the Year – Beau Theriot, UCAAthlete of the Year – Arina Kleshchukova, UNOMenFreshman of the Year – Denis Lagat, ACUNewcomer of the Year – Liam Burthem, LUCoach of the Year – Tony Houchin, LUAthlete of the Year –  Jordan Rowe, LUWomen’s All-Conference TeamsFirst Team Men’s All-Conference TeamsFirst Team Jack Gooch Sr. Lamarlast_img read more

Nicholls Duo, SFA’s Ruiz Awarded Final Southland Football Weekly Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Shemar Bartholomew, Northwestern State; Tra Fluellen, Houston Baptist; Kody Fulp, McNeese; Gary Sampson, Stephen F. Austin. Honorable Mention: Gavin Lasseigne, Nicholls; Hayden Ray, Central Arkansas; Devonte Williams, Southeastern La. Defensive Player of the Week: Kevin Moore III, Nicholls – Jr. – Safety – Lafayette, La.The Colonels’ leading tackler all season, safety Kevin Moore’s final stop of the regular season helped Nicholls to a thrilling one-point victory in the title match against Southeastern Louisiana. Facing a second-and-goal at the 2 with 21 seconds remaining, the Colonel defense stuffed Lion quarterback Cole Kelley on a rush and Moore was able to knock the ball away on his hit, and Nicholls recovered it in front of the goal line. Special Teams Player of the Week: Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Kicker – League City, TexasRuiz played a vital role in a rivalry game win over Northwestern State, accounting for nearly half of the ‘Jacks points with three made field goals and three extra-points. He converted three-pointers from distances of 54, 41 and 44 yards, finishing his career as the Southland Conference leader in career field goal percentage (78.1) and wrapping up 116-for-116 on PATs. 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. A senior kicker who will go down as one of the finest in league history statistically, Ruiz earns Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second time this season following a 15-point performance in a 32-20 win over Northwestern State. All three of his made field goals were from 41 yards or further, including a 54-yard conversion. He finished his career 116-for-116 on extra points and posted the highest career field-goal percentage (78.1) in league history. Moore finished with a game-high 11 tackles as the Colonels were able to slow down a red-hot Lion offense that averaged 42 points in its four-game winning streak. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Dai’Jean Dixon and Kevin Moore III, along with Stephen F. Austin’s Storm Ruiz are the Southland Football Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. While Dixon’s score gave Nicholls the lead late, it was Moore’s crucial stop of Lions quarterback Cole Kelley at the goal line that secured the victory and garnered Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Colonel defense stuffed Kelley at the goal line and Moore’s forced fumble was recovered by Nicholls. The Colonels host North Dakota in the first round of the FCS playoffs at 3 p.m. Saturday. Offensive Player of the Week: Dai’Jean Dixon, Nicholls – Jr. – Wide Receiver – New Orleans, La.Dixon had a career night against Southeastern Louisiana, hauling in nine receptions for 190 yards and three touchdowns. With Nicholls trailing in the final two minutes in the winner-take-all matchup, Dixon caught a 57-yard touchdown pass that tied the game before the extra point gave the Colonels the lead. Earlier in the contest, Nicholls fell behind 14-0 before Dixon broke free for a 48-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He then followed up with a highlight 2-yard grab that tied the game before halftime. Dixon, who is averaging 122.3 yards in his seven games played, set a new career-high for the second straight week, besting his eight grabs for 185 last week against McNeese. Following a career night against Southeastern Louisana, Dixon picks up his first Offensive Player of the Week recognition after catching nine passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-27 win in the River Bell Classic. The win clinched a share of the Southland Conference title and the league’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs for the Colonels (8-4, 7-2 SLC). Dixon hauled in a 57-yard bomb from Chase Fourcade for the eventual game-winning score.   Honorable Mention: Chandler Harvin, Sam Houston State; Tyler Hudson, Central Arkansas; Justin Pratt, McNeese; Ben Ratzlaff, Houston Baptist.last_img read more

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 2 TO BE DECLARED ‘TIM CONWAY DAY’ IN ARCADIA AS LATE COMEDIC GIANT TO BE FETED IN A WINNER’S CIRCLE CEREMONY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgTHIS SUNDAY, JUNE 2 TO BE DECLARED ‘TIM CONWAY DAY’ IN ARCADIA AS LATE COMEDIC GIANT TO BE FETED IN A WINNER’S CIRCLE CEREMONY AT SANTA ANITA ‘TIM CONWAY-DORF HALF CUP’ WILL BE CARDED AS SUNDAY’S SIXTH RACE ARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2019)–This 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. Conditions of the race, including age, sex, distance and surface are all unknown at this time. “Keep ’em guessing,” quipped Conway, Jr.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 Winner’s Circle ceremony on Sunday.last_img read more

Jose must regret beating Spurs to Willian in 2013 as Chelsea ace punishes old boss

first_imgTOTTENHAM bought his flight – but he saw the light.So goes Chelsea fans’ song about Willian’s decision to snub a move to Spurs in 2013 in favour of a Stamford Bridge switch.2 Willian scored twice to haunt former boss Jose MourinhoCredit: ReutersAnd Jose Mourinho must surely be ruing the day he convinced Roman Abramovich to hijack Daniel Levy’s bid all those years ago after Willian orchestrated a 2-0 win for Chelsea at Tottenham’s new stadium.The Brazilian had completed a medical at White Hart Lane and was on the verge of a £25million switch from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.But with Mourinho also keen on signing the Brazilian, Chelsea owner Abramovich stepped in with an improved offer to complete a shock deal at the death.The rest is history, with Willian going on to win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and last season’s Europa League – while Spurs’ trophy cabinet continues to gather dust.However, nothing lasts forever, and former Chelsea favourite Mourinho now finds himself in the dug-out of their fierce rivals.The Special One had overseen four wins in Spurs’ last five league matches before today.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the BluesIn stark comparison, Chelsea had managed just one win in the same time.But Willian stepped forward to score twice and deal some serious punishment to the man who introduced him to English football.The playmaker was at the heart of everything good about Chelsea’s performance, finding pockets of space to run into while helping out his side in both attack and defence.And how Mourinho would have loved Willian to be his No 10 today as Spurs put in a dismal performance in front of their home fans.Jose’s key midfield threat Son-Heung Min was instead rightly shown a straight red card for kicking out at Antonio Rudiger.But the game was marred by a Spurs fan aiming racist abuse at the Chelsea centre-back.Latest Chelsea newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeChelsea’s stunning victory means they are now six points above their London rivals, who could have leapfrogged them into fourth had they won instead.And despite some huge performances from the likes of Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante, it was Willian who walked away with the matchball at the expense of his former gaffer.Had Willian been playing for the other side, it might have been Mourinho and not Lampard cracking a smile at the final whistle.2 Mourinho famously hijacked Spurs’ move for Willian in 2013 while at ChelseaCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdAntonio Rüdiger accuses Spurs fan of making monkey chants after Son sent off for kicking Chelsea acelast_img read more

Winks reveals ‘honest’ chat with Mourinho turned his form around

first_imgSTRAIGHT-TALKER Jose Mourinho has put Harry Winks back on the right track.The Spurs midfielder revealed a quiet word from the boss is behind his timely improvement ahead of the business end of the season for club and country.2 Harry Winks revealed straight talking Jose Mourinho put him back on the right trackCredit: AFP or licensorsWinks has played the full 90 minutes in nine of Tottenham’s last ten games and said: “From the beginning I was a little in and out.“The manager pulled me, we were having a couple of words and it was all just an honest, light-hearted conversation that he does with every player.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on Spurs“The manager did tell me what he thinks I needed to do. It started with training, just to up my levels in training.“I just think my whole level and just the intensity as well, which I said to the manager that I agreed.“It is something I went back and did it. He is honest enough to tell me.“Since we had that conversation things have improved and I have been playing more and it is important that I keep those levels and intensity because I want to stay in the team.“His honesty is something that everyone appreciates and respects massively.“Just like everyone, still now I have to earn his trust because I know that with one or two poor performances I could be back out and someone else back in.”Winks had known only Mauricio Pochettino as head coach at Spurs, so it was natural that he, and others, would take time to adjust to the demands of Mourinho.But the England international is relishing the opportunity to develop his defensive and tactical qualities — especially when they lead to big results like last month’s 2-0 win over champions Manchester City.Winks said: “Since the new manager has come in, he has been brilliant with everyone, he’s lifted everyone, tried to inject a bit more confidence in the team as well, and for myself too.“He prefers defensive shape and being organised. That is something we needed to improve on anyway because we were shipping too many goals.2“When we play Man City, De Bruyne is very good at getting in the pockets behind full-backs and it was maybe my role to track that area and pick up that space and stop them from utilising his ability to cross from there.“Maybe another game might be to be more front foot and more aggressive in the pressing. Every game we have a different kind of tactical strategy and it is not just bog standard, rigid.“It is great to be able to have those different kinds of tactical elements of my game to add to it.”England boss Gareth Southgate will hope to benefit from the education Winks is receiving from Mourinho.English football has struggled to produce, and rarely celebrated, midfielders like Xavi and Iniesta, the heartbeat of Spain’s World Cup-winning side.Winks has been compared to both and said: “People like Michael Carrick get a lot of recognition after they retire and they are more players’ players as such.“I think in England especially there is always an impetus to straight away look for the attack-minded players, to look at the goalscorers and the people who get the assists.“But every team needs that someone who can be that link between both defence and attack.”The success of Winks in that role may be crucial to England’s chances of success at Euro 2020.But before all that, he and Spurs need to focus on getting goals — and the next ten days could define their season.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 clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT 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 himToday’s home game against Wolves is important to their hopes of securing Champions League football next season.On Wednesday they host Norwich in an FA Cup fifth-round tie and the following Tuesday they go to Leipzig for the return leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.Winks said: “It will be a difficult task to do well in all three. But it’s our aim to do that.”[pod_component pod_component_config_id=”tbXo0vxhe” pod_component_config_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-component-config-prod/tbXo0vxhe.json” pod_component_config_loader_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-loaders-prod/1.66.5/componentLoader.js?116347″ src=”https%3A%2F%2Fiframe.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-widgets-prod%2Fiframe-pod.html%3Fid%3DtbXo0vxhe%26script%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-loaders-prod%2F1.66.5%2FcomponentLoader.js%3F116347%26config%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-component-config-prod%2FtbXo0vxhe.json”]Young boy gets caught on TV necking pint live on BT’s Soccer Saturdaylast_img read more

Tottenham news LIVE: All the latest gossip and updates following another defeat

first_imgTOTTENHAM fell to another Premier League defeat as they twice threw away a lead to go down 3-2 at home to Wolves.And boss Jose Mourinho appears to be desperate to solve their defensive problems in the summer transfer market by signing Man Utd’s Chris Smalling.Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua’s big fight with Kubrat Pulev WILL take place at Spurs.Follow all the latest news and developments from North London below…Ian Tuckey3 Mar 2020, 9:30 pmJOSE TIPPED FOR MAJOR SIGNINGSFormer Spurs midfielder Michael Brown insists Jose Mourinho still has the pulling power to bring in massive summer signings.Tottenham boss Mourinho is under fire after three straight defeats, cautious tactics and blaming the absence of recognised strikers.But Brown said: “He’s a fantastic manager. He has a great record. He’s a good attraction, Mourinho, regarding recruitment and players wanting to come and play for Spurs.“The stadium is magnificent, training ground, so there will be many, many players out there who will want to sign.“Someone with that experience, to have a bit of adversity with the injuries and be up against it, if there’s ever a manager that can deal with these problems then it’s Jose Mourinho.”Ian Tuckey3 Mar 2020, 7:27 pmWINKS’ NOD TO JOSEHarry Winks claims Jose Mourinho was right to say Spurs should be much tougher after Wolves leapfrogged them into sixth place with Sunday’s 3-2 win.Tottenham midfielder Winks said: “What he said to us in the dressing room was spot on.“We are a very good side and when we play our football and defend with aggression, but there were moments in the transition on the ­counter-attack where we could have been more cute and been more like a winning team. “If we stop the counter-­attacks earlier, then we come away with the win.”Ian Tuckey3 Mar 2020, 6:23 pmICC WOETop Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham will miss out on pre-season games in Asia after the International Champions Cup fell victim to the coronavirus. This summer’s tournament is set to be smaller, with matches just in Europe, North America and Australia. The three Premier League giants took part in the popular competition last year, with 18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood making his United breakthrough. But the BBC say ICC organisers believe there is too much uncertainty over the virus outbreak to include games in Asia this time around. The schedule has yet to be finalised but matches set for the USA are unlikely to be affected. A spokesman for ICC promoter Relevant Sports told the BBC: “The health and safety of fans, clubs, players, staff and partners are our top priority. “Asia remains a key component of our global growth strategy and we look forward to hosting matches in the market in the near future.”Alex Terrell3 Mar 2020, 5:16 pmMOURINHO ON PARROTTThere were calls for Mourinho to play the Irish teenager during the home defeat to Wolves.The Portuguese said: “He is not ready. “He is a good kid, a good talent, a kid we want to help, a kid who needs help outside the pitch, we are going to take care of and he is going to have his real opportunity in the right moment.”Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 2:41 pmPROUD BUT DOWNHarry Winks admits it was a proud day to captain his boyhood club vs Wolves but largely remains disappointed following the poor result.He said: “It was a really proud day for me and my family to captain Spurs, but it does take away the special honour when you lose the game.” Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 2:20 pmDIDN’T SEE THAT COMINGFormer boss Andre Villa-Boas has the highest win rate of Spurs manager in the Premier League despite getting sacked after 18 months.Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 2:09 pmIN THE RECORD BOOKSTottenham’s new man has certainly got off to a bright start. 🇧🇪 🎉 Happy birthday, @AlderweireldTob #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/qRgabI2Aq1— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 2, 2020Alex Terrell2 Mar 2020, 11:19 amSPURS FIXTURESHere are Tottenham’s upcoming games.Weds Mar 4: Norwich (H) – PLSat Mar 7: Burnley (A) – PLTues Mar 10: RB Leipzig (A) – CLSun Mar 15: Man Utd (H) – PLFri Mar 20: West Ham (H) – PLJake Lambourne2 Mar 2020, 10:16 amSPURRED ONBREAKING: Anthony Joshua will fight Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.The Brit world champion will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against the Bulgarian bruiser.Pulev said: “I am happy to have the opportunity to show the world how strong I really am.”Jake Lambourne2 Mar 2020, 9:49 amMOU TO COMEJose Mourinho has claimed that Moussa Sissoko is on course to return to action within the next month.The French midfielder hasn’t played since injuring his ankle on New Year’s Day.Mourinho said: “I think Moussa will give us some matches this season. He went outside, started a little bit. “Next week we’ll have a different phase of his recovery. In an optimistic but realistic situation, I’d expect Moussa to play a few weeks of football with us.“It could be like six weeks of football with us. The whole of April and half of May. In normal conditions, we’re going to have him back by end of March or beginning of April.”Jake Lambourne2 Mar 2020, 9:19 amMAINE ROADFormer Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas has questioned Jose Mourinho’s to start Eric Dier at centre-back to face Wolves.Speaking on Match of the Day 2, he said:”I’m not sure if Jose Mourinho has watched Toby Alderweireld over the last three years, but as a centre half with the ball at his feet, there aren’t many more comfortable or with a better passing range than Toby Alderweireld.“I get his method, pace out wide and if he wanted someone who could come out with the ball, but you have got one of the best centre halves at doing that.“I am happy to reserve judgement on Jose until the start of next season, because I want to see certain players leave and other players come in.“But at the minute I am worried at what I am seeing in terms of the performances.”Jake Lambourne2 Mar 2020, 8:49 amDIER MOVEJose Mourinho has explained why he started central midfielder Eric Dier at the back instead of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.The decision to name him in the line-up caused confusion amongst Spurs fans, as their side lost 3-2 against Wolves on Sunday.He said: “Eric [Dier] played very well. I think Eric played very well. So I think if Eric’s performance was not as good I would understand the question but I think it was very good.“The thinking was simple, the thinking was Davinson [Sanchez] and [Japhet] Tanganga are the two fastest central defenders that we have.“Eric is the one who by nature is a midfield player so playing in the middle between those centre backs is the one who is normally more comfortable to step up, he’s more comfortable with reading the game and passing.”Jake Lambourne2 Mar 2020, 8:19 amDECISION DAYSpurs target Dayot Upamecano says he will not decide on his future until the end of the season.Arsenal reportedly lead the £52m race for the RB Leipzig star.However, the French defender was quoted by Football.London as saying: “I feel very comfortable in Leipzig. I love my teammates, the staff and my club.“At the moment I am still under contract until 2021. It is my duty to continue to train well and play my games.“Even if I know that there are clubs that want me, I stay on the ground with both feet, that’s for sure.“We will discuss my future with my advisors and my family at the end of the season.“Naturally [I am honoured to be linked to clubs like Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Arsenal].“But as I said, I’m in Leipzig and I want to achieve my goals with the club.“I don’t feel like talking about anything else right now. I want to end the season with Leipzig in the best possible way and nothing else.”Sam Street2 Mar 2020, 7:29 amSMALL CHANGEJose Mourinho is seeking a summer reunion with Chris Smalling as he looks to strengthen Spurs’ backline.The on-loan Man Utd star, 30, has impressed at Roma and previously played some of his best football under the Special One with the Red Devils.And Tuttosport believe Spurs currentlly head the Italian side in the queue for the centre-back, who would cost around £17m.Tottenham appear in need of reinforcements at the back after a 3-2 humbling at home to Wolves yesterday.Joshua Jones2 Mar 2020, 6:18 amMORNING SPURS FANSTottenham’s top four hopes are fading by the week after they suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Wolves on Sunday.Jose Mourinho’s men were 2-1 up at half-time thanks to goals from Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier.However, the visitors fired back through Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez, resulting in Wolves leapfrogging Spurs in the table.Mourinho blamed the defeat on “mentality mistakes” and has demanded his side to be more “ruthless” in their pursuit of Champions League football.The North Londoners are now five points off Chelsea with ten games remaining.And they will be looking to bounce back on Wednesday when they travel to Norwich in the FA Cup.Hugo Lloris could miss out after injury ruled him out of the Wolves match.And reports claim Spurs are already plotting a move for a new goalkeeper this summer.It’s believed Watford veteran Ben Foster is in Mourinho’s sights.And he reckons the 36-year-old can push Lloris for the No1 shirt despite his age.Anthony Chapman2 Mar 2020, 9:57 pmKANE COMEBACKEngland and Tottenham striker Harry Kane is making good progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury which threatend to rule him out for the rest of the season AND Euro 2020.There is now a possibility of Kane featuring before the end of the season, Mourinho said: “I would say he is a little bit ahead… Just speculating a bit, the feelings are good… everything is going well.“Hopefully the feeling is right and he can help us in the last few games of the season.”England boss Gareth Southgate will also be keeping an eye on the sttikers progression, as he will look to include the captain in the team for this summers UEFA Euros.Anthony Chapman2 Mar 2020, 9:00 pmHONESTY’S THE BEST POLICYSpurs midfielder Harry winks says “honest conversation” with boss José Mourinho has helped turn his form around.The English midfielder has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot so far during the early stages of Mourinho’s reign.winks said: “I had an honest chat with the manager and he told me what he believed I needed to do.“It was just an honest conversation, which I respect massively.”Winks has taken it all on board and said: “I have been playing more and it is important that I keep those levels and intensity becasue I want to stay in the team.”Anthony Chapman2 Mar 2020, 7:51 pmREUNIONTottenham boss José Mourinho is reportedly interested in signing Chris Smalling, who he previosuly managed at Manchester United.Smalling has spent the season in the Italian capital with Serie A side Roma where he has been a regular feature, and has been impressive.According to Calciomercato, Roma are desperately trying to sign the English defender as they fear Tottenham could swoop in.If the 30-year-old does join Tottenham, it will be a reunion with old boss Mourinho.Roma remain just shy of United’s £17m demand.Anthony Chapman2 Mar 2020, 7:18 pmEMIL FORSPURSAccording to Sports Bild, 28-year-old Swedish midfielder Emil Forsberg has been offered to Tottenham.Forsberg has made 24 appearances across all competitions this season for German side RB Leipzig scoring nine, whilst also getting four assists to his name.José Mourinho is keen to add to his side this summer as it is notoriously difficult to complete a squad overhaul midway through a campaign in the January transfer window.It would take around £17m to bring him to North London and the Swedish international’s possible arrival could indicate a departure from Tottenham.Anthony Chapman2 Mar 2020, 5:59 pmZERO TO HEROAhead of today’s clash with Wolves, SunSport’s Tottenham man Paul Jiggins sat down with Toby Alderweireld.The Spurs defender admits he does not see himself as a star – although jubilant schoolchildren proved otherwise.He said: “For me it is still strange to see people react like that when they see me.“I do not see myself as a big star or anything like that.“It’s strange and nice when people are always happy to see you.“I am no big deal. I don’t see myself as some sort of superstar so it makes you proud to know you inspire people, especially children.”Richard Forrester2 Mar 2020, 4:54 pmSPURS TOP-FOUR HOPE Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish are increasingly looking unlikely as they slipped to a 3-2 home defeat in the Premier League to Wolves.Fellow hopeful’s Manchester United were earlier tipped by Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness to beat the North London club as well as Chelsea to the fouth placed spot.Tottenham may also have to see out the rest of the season without a recognised striker.Souness said on Sky Sports: “Chelsea are havinga blip at the wrong time and Spurs have both of their man forwards out.“I see United making the top-four.”Load more entries… 🥳 Wishing two of our former managers a very happy birthday today! 🎉 #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/7XSiaNyOGC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 2, 2020Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 11:59 amBIRTHDAY BOYThe Belgian centre-half turned 31 today! Steven Bergwijn is just the third Spurs player to score in his first two home #PL appearances#TOTWOL pic.twitter.com/clB1KE6ZDo— Premier League (@premierleague) March 2, 2020 Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 2:01 pmPUT ME AT THE BACKThe former Sporting defender admits he must now start playing in his ‘best positon’, revealing: “It’s not new. I always knew it would happen eventually.“With Pochettino, we spoke about it over many years, not just this season.“The most important thing is the team, what the team needs from its players at that time.“But now I’m at a stage in my career where I want to be playing in my best position.”Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 1:54 pmPUT ME AT THE BACKEric Dier finally comes clean on his preferred position, revealing he prefers playing centre-back.He said: “I have always been very politically correct on the subject because of many different reasons but it’s something that isn’t new for me.“The old manager [Pochettino] knew where I stood for a long time about my position and centre-back is where I see my future and I think where I can be the best I can be.“With Pochettino, I started to play there this season, in the two games before he left, and I’m happy I got the chance to play there under Mourinho.”Jack Figg2 Mar 2020, 1:05 pmDOUBLE TROUBLESpurs wish their former bosses Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Redknapp a happy birthday. last_img read more

Maori All Blacks perform spine-tingling Anthony Foley haka tribute

first_imgMunster, who famously defeated New Zealand proper in 1978, hosted the Maori outfit in Limerick on Saturday morning (AEDT).As the sides prepared for the traditional pre-match haka, three Maori players carried forward a jersey baring the initials ‘AF’ and solemnly placed it on the halfway line.A particularly resonating haka followed, before Foley’s sons collected the jersey.Munster went on to record a famous 27-17 victory.last_img

Ibiza and Mérida complete the second round of the Cup

first_imgMérida 2 – La Nucía 2Less time had Mérida to overcome Fofo’s goal. When the referee indicated the start of the game it was already 37 minutes that were reflected on the scoreboard. While the idea was clear, the locals did not find the goal prize. Mario was close, but Oscar Fornés looked brilliant. It was not the most extensive first half that is remembered, but it did give time to modify the electronic. Fofo put it on, Juanji relented and Titi expanded differences. The audience (about 1,200 spectators) was speechless: their team was on the ropes. But he didn’t stop believing and, at the start, Jesús Mena cut. Twenty minutes later, after an exchange of docile blows, Antonio Pino set the boards with a magnificent and powerful definition. The group would still have the opportunity to celebrate, but Gaspar could not overcome a wall called Fornés. The extension gave rise to little more than a stretch of merit from Javi Sánchez. On penalties, the balance declined on the Merida side with only five of the ten maximum penalties converted. With epic, the Roman Stadium is already waiting for Celta. The 56 teams that will play the second round of the Copa del Rey from next Saturday are already known. Another 54, although especially the Celtic and the AlbaceteThey looked forward to discovering the complete list, in ‘stand by’ after the postponement of two matches due to the strong storm that hit the Iberian Peninsula last December. So, The confrontation between Mérida and La Nucía and the crossing of Pontevedra and Ibiza remained for tonight. However, the RFEF has already assigned a rival in the next phase for both, regardless of what happened in the matches. The winner of the first will play at home against the Celtic (Sunday, 16:00); the second one will see the faces with the Albacete (Saturday, 8:00 PM). Pontevedra 0 – Ibiza 2One more game, but with 17 minutes less. Pontevedra and Ibiza played the remaining 73, to resume the game with 0-0 on the scoreboard. Perhaps as a result of the circumstance, the Balearic team was better able to adapt to the conditions of the crash and was ahead of the half-hour of duel. Creeps, thanks to a powerful shot from the front of the area, brought his people closer to face each other with Albacete. After the goal, the Galicians got one more march, without any notable occasion. Even without ball control, Ibiza was more efficient and Mariano was close to scoring the second on the edge of rest. After the same pattern resumption, until Rodado sentenced with a great volley sent by Javi Pérez. Adighibe was close to thrill him, but Germán shattered the illusions of Pontevedra. Ibiza conquered Pasarón and already has the ‘Alba’ between eyebrow and eyebrow.last_img read more