Southland Conference Announces Fall 2017 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

first_img“The Southland and its member institutions are focused on the academic and competitive well-being of these individuals as the work toward graduation and lifelong success.” The Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll acknowledges participants in all sports sponsored by the league and its member institutions. The honor roll recognizes student-athletes who maintained a minimum 3.00 GPA. Student-athletes must have been eligible to compete in a conference sport during the academic year in which the nomination occurs. UIW named a total of 97 student-athletes to the list, followed by McNeese (81), Sam Houston State (80), Stephen F. Austin (79), Southeastern Louisiana (78), Houston Baptist (75) and Nicholls (70). Lamar (69), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (56) and New Orleans (22) rounded out the Fall 2017 Honor Roll. The Fall Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes in the sports of men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, soccer and volleyball who maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average in the semester of their sport. Central Arkansas leads the conference with 127 total honorees, followed by Abilene Christian with 123 and Northwestern State with 101. Of the total student-athletes named, 236 posted perfect 4.00 GPAs during the fall semester. Fall 2017 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (PDF) | 2017-18 Southland Academic AwardsFRISCO, Texas – A total of 1,058 Southland Conference student-athletes were named to the Fall 2017 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the league announced Tuesday. This year’s honoree total is a marked improvement from fall 2016, when 1,008 student-athletes earned the distinction. “We are very honored and pleased to see so many Southland Conference student-athletes continue to succeed academically,” league Commissioner Tom Burnett said.last_img read more

Brock, Blunt, Dickens Named Southland Football Players of the Week

first_imgSpecial Teams Player of the Week: LaDarius Dickens, Houston Baptist – So. – Kick Returner – Rowlett, TexasLaDarius Dickens forced SMU to kick out of bounds twice in the second half after returning three first half kickoffs for 186 yards (62.0 yards per return) and a touchdown. The sophomore from Rowlett returned a kick 64 yards to the SMU 33, then took his next return 95 yards to the house to etch his name in the HBU record book for longest kick return in program history. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Ty Brock, McNeese’s BJ Blunt and Houston Baptist’s LaDarius Dickens are the Southland Conference Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. 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. Honorable Mention: Jackie Harvell, Central Arkansas; Xavier Lewis, Southeastern Louisiana; Hezekiah White, Nicholls; Mar’kel Cooks, Incarnate Word. Defensive Players of the Week: BJ Blunt, McNeese – Sr. – Linebacker – New Orleans, La.Blunt continued his dominance on the defensive side of the ball, recording a McNeese career-high 12 tackles with two sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss in addition to a fumble recovery. His two sacks added to his FCS leading sack total of seven for the year. The senior linebacker from New Orleans had a critical sack in the four quarter to keep Stephen F. Austin from driving closer to the endzone and making the Lumberjacks settle for a field goal. Houston Baptist (1-3, 0-2) fell to SMU 63-27 in Dallas on Saturday. The Huskies stay on the road this weekend, contesting UCA in Conway, Ark., on Saturday at 6 p.m. McNeese (4-1, 3-0 SLC) defeated the Lumberjacks 17-10 Saturday to remain unbeaten in league action. The Cowboys host Abilene Christian (2-3, 1-2 SLC) on Saturday at 6 p.m.center_img Offensive Player of the Week: Ty Brock, Sam Houston State – R-Fr. – Quarterback – College Station, TexasIn his first start as a Bearkat and first full four-quarter game of football since his sophomore year of high school, Ty Brock guided Sam Houston State to a home overtime win. The six-foot, four-inch redshirt freshman completed 27-of-43 passes to seven different receivers, finishing with 305 yards and a touchdown. He also made things happen his legs, picking up another 73 yards on the ground with a pair of scores. Sam Houston State (2-2, 1-1 SLC) avoided three consecutive losses by taking a 34-31 overtime win over Central Arkansas (2-2, 1-1 SLC). The Bearkats travel to Houston for the Battle of the Piney Woods against Stephen F. Austin (1-3, 1-2 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. Brock claims offense honors in his first game starting under center while Blunt secures his league-leading second defensive award of the season. Dickens is the Special Teams Player of the Week. Honorable Mention: Tre Honshtein, Sam Houston State; Elvin Martinez, Lamar; Alex Kjellsten, McNeese; Winston Jones, Nicholls. Honorable Mention: Chase Fourcade, Nicholls; Austin Mitchell, Southeastern Louisiana; Kody Edwards, Incarnate Word.last_img read more


first_imgSADLER’S GIFT BOX & BAFFERT’S MCKINZIE SQUARE OFF IN GRADE I, $600,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP ON SATURDAY MILE AND ONE QUARTER BIG’ CAP TRACES BACK TO 1934 & MARKS 82ND RENEWAL;  SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 11-RACE CARD IS AT 12 NOON, GATES OPEN AT 10 A.M.  ARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2019)–Two of the top older horses on the West Coast, John Sadler’s Gift Box and Bob Baffert’s McKinzie, head a field of six 4-year-old and up in the 82nd running of the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap this Saturday.  Originally run in 1934, the Big ‘Cap, America’s longest continually run “hundred grander,” will again be contested at a mile and one quarter.Idle since winning the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Antonio Stakes here on Dec. 26, 6-year-old Gift Box appears to be at the top of his game and although he was well beaten in his only other try at 1 ¼ miles at age three, give every indication he should relish the distance at this stage of his career.Beaten a half length by former Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Champ Battle of Midway as the 1-2 favorite in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles San Pasqual Stakes over a sloppy track on Feb. 2, 4-year-old McKinzie has trained extremely well for the Big ‘Cap, which will also be his second try at 1 ¼ miles.GIFT BOXOwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerOriginally headquartered with trainer Chad Brown in New York, this 6-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Twirling Candy made his first start for Sadler in the San Antonio and was dismissed at odds of 6-1.  With the San Antonio counting as his first graded stakes win, Gift Box is now 14-4-5-2 overall.  Although he was fourth, beaten 18 ¾ lengths by superstar Arrogate in the 2016 Travers Stakes going 1 ¼ miles, Gift Box appears primed for a huge effort and will no doubt be head and head with McKinzie in the battle of the tote.McKINZIEOwner:  Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul WeitmanTrainer:  Bob BaffertA smashing 4 ¾ length winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes here on Dec. 26, this ultra-talented 4-year-old colt by Street Sense was outrun late by Battle of Midway in the San Pasqual, but has trained in sensational fashion for Baffert since.  A two-time Grade I winner and four-time graded stakes winner, McKinzie simply did not fire when distanced in his only other try at a mile and one quarter, the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic three starts back at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.  The leading money earner in the field with $1,126,000, he has an overall mark of 8-5-2-0 and will likely be the post time favorite on Saturday.THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA HANDICAP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 10 of 11 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTMcKinzie–Mike Smith–123Mongolian Groom–Geovanni Franco–114Prime Attraction–Kent Desormeaux–116Gift Box–Joel Rosario–122Prince of Arabia–Joe Talamo–114Campaign–Rafael Bejarano–115 Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon.  Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


first_imgSINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT AT $159,584 SMITH HAS MUCH TO LIKE ABOUT ‘NOW HORSE’ OMAHA BEACHMike Smith stunned the racing world in 2005 when he piloted Giacamo to a 50-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby, although it was no great surprise to him.If he wins the Kentucky Derby on Omaha Beach in less than two weeks, May 4 to be exact, it will have minimal shock value both in the main and to Smith, since Omaha Beach is the pre-race favorite.The 53-year-old Hall of Fame member, among the gold standard of current jockeys, sees no additional pressure riding the favorite as opposed to a longshot such as Giacomo. After all, he did sweep the Triple Crown last year on Justify.“Hopefully, Omaha Beach is getting better,” Smith said Sunday morning over coffee at Clockers’ Corner. “The Derby is a tough race with a tough bunch of three-year-olds, but Omaha Beach seems to be the ‘now’ horse.“I love his running style and I love that he’ll handle mud and different surfaces, because that certainly can happen. There’s always a chance it can be muddy at Churchill (Downs).”John Shirreffs recalls that Smith was optimistic about Giacomo’s chances on Derby Day in 2005.“He was very positive,” said former Marine and surfing enthusiast Shirreffs, best known as the trainer of the fairytale filly Zenyatta. “He said, ‘Don’t worry, John. He’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming. Everything’s good.’ He really loved Giacomo. Maybe it was because Giacomo was by Holy Bull (the favorite in the 1994 Derby who finished 12thunder Smith after breaking poorly on a sloppy track).“He realized the first day Giacomo went on the track at Churchill Downs that he liked it, and when you ship, it’s important that a horse likes the surface.“Giacomo also benefitted from Mike’s experience. Over the years, he’s learned how to ride the Derby really well. Going into the first turn, Giacomo was a little wide and he knew he couldn’t win going wide on two turns. He had to save ground somewhere.“There was a horse in front of him going into the first turn, so he tried to get Giacomo to the rail even though it was a little close, and he did. A lot of riders might have been more cautious and not attempted that move, but I think because of Mike’s experience, knowing he couldn’t afford to go wide on the first and second turns, he had to do what he did.“I remember people thinking Ron Turcotte moved too soon on the backside aboard Secretariat in the 1973 Derby, but in that race he had gone wide around the first turn, and Ron knew that he couldn’t go wide around the second turn as well, so that kind of experience really pays off.”Smith and his agent Brad Pegram pondered whether to ride Omaha Beach or Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster in the 145th Run for the Roses. Smith has been the go-to guy for Roadster’s trainer Bob Baffert, who captured his second Triple Crown last year with Justify, following American Pharoah’s sweep in 2015.“It was extremely tough,” Smith said of the decision. “They’re both live horses, and I think Omaha Beach has beaten two of the horses (Improbable and Game Winner) that probably would have been favored if he hadn’t have beaten them.“He’s got Roadster to beat and a couple horses from New York that look really good, so it’s going to be a tough Derby, but he’s not without a big chance. Like I said, I love his running style and it suits the Derby.“He’s quick out of there, he’ll be in a good position and then it’s just a matter of working out the trip. But is there more pressure on a favorite? I guess if you feel that way, but it all depends on the individual.“It’s the kind of pressure that I like.”‘STARR’ IN THE MAKING FOR BILL SPAWR?Starr of Quality makes her graded stakes debut in her 22nd lifetime start Saturdayin the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes, but Bill Spawr cautions not to readily dismiss the chances of the California-bred daughter of First Dude owned by Tom Acker and Jon Lindo.“Look at her record, and look who won the (Grade I) Beholder (Mile),” Spawrsaid, noting that Starr of Quality finished second in the race, a half-length in front of Secret Spice, the likely favorite had she opted to run in the Santa Margarita.“Also,” Spawr pointed out, “the Santa Margarita is a mile and an eighth, and thefarther the better for my mare.”Starr of Quality has two wins from nine starts since being claimed for $32,000 in February 2018. She has a 5-4-6 record from 21 starts and earned $230,308.SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT IS $159,584Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved again Saturday, creating a tidy Jackpot carryover of $159,584 into Sunday.With $157,240 in “new” Rainbow Six money wagered yesterday, the total Jackpot pool reached $280,825. Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 27 consolation tickets with six, each of them worth $3,111.Leg one in today’s Rainbow Six is the third race, with approximate post time of 2 p.m.PUGLISI BACK AND LOOKING TO THE FUTUREIgnacio Puglisi is back on track in a career that began 29 years ago when hewas a mere pup of 16. Now 45, but still fit, formidable and friendly, the jockey pals refer to as ‘Iggy’ is doing what he loves best–riding horses.“I’ve been back since mid-November now, so it’s been a while,” said the native ofRosario, Argentina, currently flying without an agent. “Unfortunately, we got stuck with all the rough stuff and it just slowed things down, but now I feel good, physically and emotionally.“I’m doing real well and riding for a great group of guys. Michael McCarthy toldme this morning he had a horse for me to ride; Andrew Lerner has been real cool. He named me on one, Jack Carava also, and of course (longtime patron) Paul Aguirre.“It’s going OK. For me, I’m loving it, I’m enjoying it and hoping we survive this storm because it’s a great game and I think we’re back on the upswing.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Marley’s Freedom (Outside) in company with  Nero work 5 furlongs (Baffert)Tizarunner works 4 furlongs (McCarthy) 4-21-19Starr of Quality works 5 furlongs (Spawr) 4-21-19Ax Man works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-21-19 SMITH FANCIES OMAHA BEACH IN A ‘TOUGH’ DERBY McKinzie works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-19-19Bellafina likely Kentucky Oaks favorite works 4 furlongs (Callaghan) 4-19-19Quick Questions with jockey  Aaron GryderSejo worked 4 furlongs (Sadler) 4-19-19FINISH LINES: Mike Smith rides Paradise Woods for John Shirreffs in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes. The multiple Grade I winner worked four furlongs yesterday in 47.40 . . . There were 188 recorded workout at Santa Anita Sunday, including a five furlong move on the training track in 1:05 by Vasilika, ticketed for the Grade I Gamely on May 27 for Jerry Hollendorfer. Multiple graded stakes winner Ashleyluvssugar worked in 51 seconds flat on the main track for Peter Eurton. The eight-year-old Game Plan gelding is nominated to Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes for California-breds at a mile on the grass . . . Hollendorfer-trained Blind Luck is among the Hall of Fame contemporary Thoroughbred finalists that include Gio Ponti, Havre de Grace, Rags to Riches and Royal Delta. The winners are scheduled to be announced tomorrow . . . Fans can participate in the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky on Saturday, May 4, at Santa Anita. Live racing, music, food trucks and hat contests will be the order of the day. For tickets and reservations, visit . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, with live action resuming at   1 p.m. Friday, April 26. Simulcast racing is offered Wednesday and Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.center_img SPAWR HAS ‘STARR’ IN GRADE II SANTA MARGARITA Roadster works 6 furlongs (Baffert) 4-20-19Game Winner (Outside) works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-20-19Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs (Sherriffs) 4-20-19Pee Wee Reese (Outside) &  Kenjisstorm work 5 furlongs (D’Amato)River Boyne worked 5 furlongs (Mullins) 4-19-19last_img read more

Man Utd, Spurs and Liverpool in race for Peterborough striker Ricky-Jade Jones, 17

first_imgrelated articlesSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleSpeaking to the Peterborough Telegraph, he said: “The coaches within the Academy have been great with me and the first team manager Darren Ferguson is brilliant as you know that he wants to give young players an opportunity if they earn them.”It is really important to see there is a pathway and then it is down to me to take the opportunity.”Signing a professional contract is amazing, it was a great moment for me and my family who have been so supportive.” PREMIER LEAGUE sides Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool are in a race to sign 17-year-old Peterborough United starlet Ricky-Jade Jones.The Mail report that Peterborough academy graduate Jones has caught the eye of scouts after scoring on both his full debut against Cambridge and on his first FA Cup appearance against Stevenage this month.1 Ricky-Jade Jones, 17, has scored two goals in four games for PeterboroughCredit: Rex FeaturesStriker Jones was handed his League One debut last Saturday by manager Darren Ferguson with representatives from Tottenham, Manchester United, Southampton and Burnley all in attendance.At the beginning of the month Ferguson said: “It is just the start, but he has a desire to work hard and that is vitally important.”He has real quality, is a big lad, has unbelievable pace and is the quickest player that I have worked with.”I am looking forward to helping him develop.”Liverpool, Leicester, Arsenal and Manchester City are also thought to be keeping tabs on Peterborough’s speedy striker.Posh are expecting a flurry of January bids for the highly rated youngster after Tottenham were the first to test their resolve with a £2million offer.Peterborough rejected the offer and held firm – it is thought a figure nearer £10million is more likely to be accepted for the player.Peterborough wisely signed Jones up to a professional three-year contract on his 17th birthday earlier this month ahead of the predicted bidding war in the January transfer window.Posh have a good history of collecting bumper transfer fees for their attacking talent, as Dwight Gayle, Connor Washington, Jack Marriott, Craig Mackail-Smith and Britt Assombalonga all spent time cutting their teeth at London Road before being sold on.Funny pal, when he was 15 I remember saying to youth coaches I’d be delighted if he ended up a red 😃. Anyhow forgetting all scouts & bids/speculation he’s at right place learning his trade & has good head on shoulders/excellent family support behind him. So No rush & all good 👌🏻— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) November 26, 2019 Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said on Twitter that they had no current plans to sell Jones but he admitted that a couple of years ago he said he would be delighted if the youngster joined Liverpool.Jones joined Peterborough’s academy when he was nine and was thrilled to sign a professional deal.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onelast_img read more

Phil Babb thinks Troy Parrott should stay at Spurs at fight for his place

first_imgPHIL BABB reckons Troy Parrott should stay at Tottenham and fight for his place.The Ireland striker turns 18 next month and has been restricted to just two appearances for Jose Mourinho’s Spurs despite a recent hamstring injury to Harry Kane.1Credit: AFP or licensorsParrott – who won his only international cap against New Zealand last November – was not even included on the bench for the FA Cup replay against Championship side Middlesbrough on Tuesday.His contract is due to expire in the summer of 2021 but Spurs are keen to secure him on a new long-term deal.And former Ireland and Liverpool defender Babb believes Parrott is the perfect fit for the London side and that he may be rewarded for his patience if he does not go out on loan during the January transfer window.However, Babb has also warned against the hysteria surrounding Parrott’s potential and insists the Belvedere product still needs to put in the work.SPURS NEED HIMBabb – capped 35 times for Ireland – said: “Parrott seems to me the type of player that Spurs would like to have on their books because he’s very technical and has got a good shot on him as well, so who knows.“With Jose Mourinho, we know what he’s like. The thing is, are Spurs going to spend big money? No, so they have to develop the talent that they’ve already got. And if you look at the top teams in the Premier League their managers are doing that.“Jurgen Klopp is doing it at Liverpool, Frank Lampard is doing it at Chelsea, Mikel Arteta is trying to do it at Arsenal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to do it at Man Utd.“It might be something Spurs have to do too if Jose doesn’t get the money he wants. If that’s the case, then the likes of Troy will have to grasp any little chance he gets.STAY AND FIGHT“People wax lyrical about Troy. I’ve watched him a few times at under-age level and yes, he looks as though he’s got all the tools, but it’s difficult to tell.“Is he the type of player who should go out on loan or could he break through into the Tottenham team if he stays put? He’s obviously got tremendous talent, so if he’s got the belief then maybe he should stay and try to force his way into that first team regularly.“I like Parrott, but it’s down to the individual. We see a lot of players nowadays who believe in themselves yet fail to make the breakthrough at the top level.”Babb is excited by the attacking talent Ireland have emerging in the Premier League at the moment.Southampton’s Michael Obafemi, 19, scored a fine goal against Chelsea on St Stephen’s Day and Aaron Connolly, 19, has also impressed at Brighton this season.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidBabb told “It’s exactly what we’ve needed. We’ve been lacking in this department for some time. Michael Obafemi took his goal at Chelsea really well and we’ve seen how busy Aaron Connolly has been for Brighton already.“Since Robbie Keane retired, we haven’t had an out-and-out goalscorer. We’ve got players like David McGoldrick who is very busy and useful but doesn’t get many goals. We’ve struggled these past few years and that’s one of the main reasons why. But these kids look great and it bodes well.“Like a lot of us, I was sceptical about where our next group of players were going to come from. We’ve got an aging squad now and it’s been tried and trusted for a while, but we need to bring through some new blood.”last_img read more

OFC Champions League draw reveals all

first_imgJoining the two sides in Group A will be Papua New Guinea club Lae City Dwellers, a side making their regional debut, as well as the yet-to-be-determined Solomon Islands S-League winners.Auckland City FC coach Ramon Tribulietx witnessed the draw live, sharing a smile with captain Ivan Vicelich after learning their team would once again be taking on Amicale FC, a side they met twice in 2014 including the home-and-away final, and again in 2015.“We are playing Amicale again, we’ve played them quite a few times in the past few years and that means we know them pretty well.”Having once again been drawn against the Solomon Islands champions, Tribulietx says the group has turned out fairly similar to this year’s, with the addition of a Papua New Guinea side.“We will have to do the proper scouting on these teams,” he says, “we need to try and get footage of all the teams, the first team we will play especially.“With the second and third team we can watch them during the tournament but we will try and collect as much footage as we can. We know the style the Solomon Islands champs will play and even with PNG we have an idea.“We know the style of football these nations play and we just have to tick all the boxes going into the competition.”Group B will feature the 2016 OFC Champions League’s second host and 2015 runners-up Team Wellington.Midfielder Alex Feneridis made the trip to witness the draw in which he saw his side drawn alongside Hekari United of Papua New Guinea, Suva FA of Fiji and New Caledonia club AS Lossi.For the second year in-a-row, Team Wellington will face 2010 champions Hekari United, with the hosts hoping they can once again topple their opponent after securing a 2-0 victory in 2015.The final group consists of Fiji club champions Nadi FC and AS Magenta of New Caledonia, both sides making a return after sitting out the previous edition, as well as AS Tefana and the OFC Champions League Preliminary winner.Preceding the 2016 OFC Champions League draw was the draw for the preliminary competition which will be held in Cook Islands from 26-30 January.Opening the action at the Cook Islands Football Association Complex in Matavera will be an intriguing encounter between 2014 OFC Champions League Preliminary winners Kiwi FC of Samoa and American Samoa club champions Utulei Youth FC.Tonga champions Veitongo FC, who have ousted long-time domestic champions and three-time preliminary participants Lotoha’apai United, will open their campaign against Cook Islands club Tupapa Mararenga FC who are set to make their regional return.2016 OFC Champions League Draw ResultsGroup AAuckland City FC (NZL)Amicale FC (VAN)Lae City Dwellers (PNG)Solomon Islands club champions (SOL)Group BTeam Wellington (NZL)Hekari United (PNG)Suva FA (FIJ)AS Lossi (NCL)Group CNadi FC (FIJ)AS Magenta (NCL)AS Tefana (TAH)OFC Champions League Preliminary winner (TBC)2016 OFC Champions League Preliminary TournamentUtulei Youth FC (ASA)Kiwi FC (SAM)Veitongo FC (TGA)Tupapa Maraerenga (COK)The OFC Champions League is the Confederation’s premier international club competition and brings together 12 of the top teams from around the Pacific to compete for the crown of regional club champion.The 2016 tournament will be the 14th edition of this prestigious event which offers a much coveted prize – qualification to the FIFA Club World Cup.Defending champions Auckland City FC will be chasing their eighth regional title come April, in a competition that has largely been dominated by themselves and Waitakere United.Papua New Guinea club Hekari United became the first club outside of New Zealand or Australia to claim the prize with their 2010 victory, while Sydney FC, Wollongong Wolves and South Melbourne also have their place in the history books.last_img read more

Víctoria Jiménez, 14-year-old Andorra, wins the junior tournament: “Nadal is my favorite of all”

first_imgVictoria Jiménez Kasintseva made historical past this Saturday for Andorra’s tennis by profitable the junior title of the Australian Open, first achieved by a tennis participant, male or feminine, from the Principality in a Grand Slam. The shock of his triumph is that Vicky, as he is known as at dwelling, did so with solely 14 years. In the last, which was performed at the Rod Laver Enviornment, he received by 5-7, 6-2 and 6-2 in two hours and 4 minutes to Polish Weronika Baszak, of 17. He had beforehand eradicated the British Mutavdzic (15), the Czech Lavickova (18), the Italian Delai (17), the American Montgomery (15), second favorite, and the Australian Gadecki (17). Jiménez, seeded quantity 9, got here out “nervous” in the last, on an enormous stage (“He had by no means performed on such an enormous monitor,” he mentioned), however when he stopped “pondering an excessive amount of,” he recovered his tennis and climbed. “It was spectacular, I didn’t assume I might get this far right here. I’m very proud of this, that it wouldn’t have been doable with out my father.” The lady emphasizes the function of his father, and likewise coach, Joan Jiménez Guerra, former Andorran participant who trains him in Sitges, at the Terramar Golf Membership. He is additionally suggested by Jordi Arrese, former Spanish captain of Davis. With a powerful presence for its age (it measures 1.79), it surprises its information earlier than the cameras and microphones, and its very excessive degree of languages. He speaks completely Spanish, Catalan, French, English (he lived for a time in Kentucky) and Russian, the language of his mom, Yulia Kasintseva. “I feel in Spanish and plenty of instances in English,” he says. “It is one of the greatest I carry.” “I’ve quite a bit of persona, in the good and in the unhealthy,” Victoria thinks, that when he feels anger he seems at his father as a result of he “helps quite a bit.” “The household for an athlete is fundamental, it is the most vital factor. I don’t know what I might do with out my dad and mom, as a result of they may at all times love me for what I’m.” Vicky will play his first WTA match this 12 months and he doesn’t put in quite a bit of stress. He has represented Spain circumstantially (in a Roland Garros U-12 match, for instance), however he feels “very proud” of having achieved the title by enjoying for Andorra. The lady is clear about her references: “Rafa Nadal is my favorite of all, amongst women and men, and I like Petra Kvitova very a lot, as a result of she is left-handed (like her)”.Gauff and NadalThough some evaluate him to Coco Gauff (15 years outdated), she doesn’t prefer it: “I don’t know what’s going to occur, perhaps I received’t get wherever. I simply need to play, be accompanied by good folks and be blissful, which is the most vital factor. “A mirrored image which will sound to them, as a result of it is usually performed by Nadal. In Melbourne she has loved “every thing”, however what she appreciated most is “the struggle” she has had in all the matches and having made a superb buddy, like the Spanish Ane Mintegi. “It has crushed me in coaching and parcheesi too,” he says with a smile. No pictures have been taken with anybody, though he has seen “Nadal, Djokovic, Muguruza, Anisimova … everybody and they’re superior”. “However I didn’t need to ask for pictures, as a result of I put myself of their place and I wouldn’t prefer to be bothered, though in the event that they requested me one thing like that, I might do it,” says Vicky, who is now in a cloud and doesn’t need to depart Australia “With out seeing a kangaroo.”last_img read more

Arribas, made in Alcorcón

first_imgArribas debuted with the first team on March 4, 2017. He then played three minutes 0-0 against Sevilla Atl. In that campaign with the subsidiary he played 8 games and scored 1 goal. The following year with B he added 24 games and three goals and in his third season with the second team (2018/2019) he played 36 games and scored two goals. In 2018/2019 he reappeared with the first team. He played 14 minutes on June 8, 2-1 against Granada. This season has undoubtedly been the one of its explosion.Another youth squadArribas has been the most powerful irruption in recent times for the pottery quarry.Last season Relu was the most notable youth squad. The midfielder, now in the Borusia branch, played 4 games.Previously, several plants should be highlighted. Chema Rodríguez arrived from Atlético Madrid B in 2013/14. With the yellow branch he only played two games. That year he already played 12 games with Alcorcón. The following two years he would get to play 56 games scoring five goals in the last campaign as a potter that was 2015/2016. Now he is in Getafe. Fernando was another youth player who joined the first team. The center joined the subsidiary in 2014/15, that year he played 21 games with the B and 8 with the first team. The following season he played 20 matches with the first team. Currently Fernando is active in Córdoba.In the 2013/14 season two youth squads managed to reach the first team. Dani Ponce, now in Alcalá after going through teams like Fuenlabrada, played six matches with the first team. Tamayo, currently in the ranks of Rayo Majadahonda, has had four participations with the first team of AD Alcorcón. Just days before La Liga began, in the middle of August and with the whole country on vacation, a 21-year-old had his first contract in professional football. It was Óscar Arribas fulfilling a dream and it seemed that he was breaking down the door. Fran Fernández was categorical “he has earned it”, many expected him to have a very minor role, however, he has become the undisputed starter. At only 21 years old, he has played 22 league games and has scored four goals. An offensive midfielder who can play winger or attacking midfielder. Worker, with self-confidence, speed, nose of goal and good one on one. Arribas has carved out a niche for himself in the Second Division and has shown that the AD Alcorcón youth academy has quality and gives good players for professional football. An example for his teammates of the subsidiary with whom he has also played 4 games this year.last_img read more

Mayoral, the final decision

first_imgReal Madrid have to make a definitive decision this summer with Borja Mayoral. The striker, who is facing his second consecutive year on loan at Levante, contract ends in 2021 with whites, reason why it will enter the next season facing his last year of connection with the Madrid club.Therefore, two options are opened. The first, and least likely, is to renew it and transfer it again for the third consecutive year. This is an option that would not convince Mayoral, who already stated last summer that his priority was to go traded to have stability in a club. It could not be given and he left on loan, but repeating the formula for the third consecutive year is an option that he does not value.The other possibility, preferred by the player and most likely, is a transfer in which Madrid reserves a buyback option during the first years. It is the formula that Borja would have wanted last summer, but the white team requested a transfer that none of the interested teams could assume. This finally led to the acceptance of a pure transfer, with no purchase option, to Levante. Now the situation changes a lot. With the striker entering the last year of the contract, Madrid will have to lower its claims, even more after the coronavirus crisis. Among the best placed is Levante, which is the club that has bet the most on the player these years. “As you all know and I always say, I am happy here, in Valencia and with the club in general for how they have behaved with me from the first moment. It was not easy for me to be here and it has been two years in a row that I have been. Of course there are options to follow, but the reality is that it is not only up to me. When I return to Real Madrid, I only have one year left on my contract and not like the previous seasons, “Mayoral said in an interview with AS on Wednesday.In this interview, he also valued the option of renewing with Madrid: “I personally have not been contacted. That is what my representative takes more, but I think they have not contacted. I also believe that when this happens everything will return to normal and there will be more conversations facing my future. ” Mayoral is a footballer who is highly valued by white leaders, both professionally and personally. We must not forget that he is a player who has gone through all the lower categories of the club. In that sense, in the summer they will sit down to find by mutual agreement an option that is positive for all parties …last_img read more