Southland’s Two Leading Scorers Clash in New Orleans

first_imgWednesday, Feb. 14Lamar at UIW* – 6 p.m.Central Arkansas at McNeese* – 6:30 p.m.Nicholls at Sam Houston State* (ESPN3) – 6:30 p.m.Northwestern State at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.A&M-Corpus Christi at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.Southeastern La. at New Orleans* – 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 17Nicholls at Central Arkansas* – 1 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at UIW* – 1 p.m.A&M-Corpus Christi at Lamar* – 2 p.m.Abilene Christian at Southeastern La.* – 2 p.m.Sam Houston State at Houston Baptist* – 2 p.m.McNeese at New Orleans* – 2 p.m.?* Southland Conference game This Week’s Matchups Steals Record: Lamar junior Chastadie Barrs broke her own Southland single season steals record on Saturday and now has 149 on the year with five regular season games and the conference tournament to go. She needs 43 to break the all-time NCAA Divison I single season record.Islanders’ Streak: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s current five-game win streak is second only to Lamar’s nine-game run as the Islanders have rattled off five straight, last losing to ACU on Jan. 24. They sit at fifth in the conference standings.Double Doubles: Nicholls guard Cassidy Barrios leads the conference with eight double-doubles in 12 league games. She earned her third Player of the Week award of the season on Monday after registering her 11th and 12th overall double-doubles in last week’s matchups. Barrios is the only player in the Southland to rank in the top 10 for scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks.center_img FRISCO, Texas – The two most prolific scorers in the Southland Conference this season go toe to toe tonight as senior Taylin Underwood leads Southeastern Louisiana into Lakefront Arena against New Orleans and senior Randi Brown. Brown tops the league with 20.3 points per game against league opponents while Underwood ranks right behind with 18.3. Tonight’s matchup tips off at 7 p.m. CT.Both teams aim to start a final push for one of the eight tournament spots, each sitting right on the brink of the final seed. The Privateers (11-13, 7-6 SLC) are currently ranked seventh while the Lady Lions (6-18, 5-8 SLC) sit just outside the field at ninth. After their clash tonight, New Orleans hosts McNeese (11-12, 7-5 SLC) on Saturday while Southeastern hosts Abilene Christian (15-8, 9-4 SLC). Both games tip at 2 p.m.Conference leaders Lamar (17-6, 12-1 SLC) and Stephen F. Austin (19-4, 11-1 SLC) have kept pace with each other atop the league standings as the only two teams with one loss. Both play the same two teams in week 15: UIW (3-20, 2-10 SLC) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (15-8, 8-4 SLC).Additional Storylineslast_img read more

Central Arkansas Duo, McNeese’s Raborn Earn First Football Player of the Week Awards

first_imgSpecial Teams Player of the Week: Bailey Raborn – Jr. – Punter – Lafayette, La.In his debut as the Pokes’ primary punter, Raborn booted six punts for an average of 45.5 yards, good for 10th-best among FCS punters. Three of his kicks resulted in muffed punts with a pair of them recovered by McNeese. Raborn pinned the Jaguars inside the 20-yard line on two punts and inside the 25-yard line on four kicks. His longest went for 56 yards and he booted another for 54 yards. The Bears completed a 35-28 comeback victory on the road over FBS foe Western Kentucky Thursday, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter. UCA stays on the road in week two and is set to face Austin Peay at 2 p.m. Saturday in Clarksville, Tenn. Offensive Player of the Week: Lujuan Winningham – So. – Wide Receiver – Humble, TexasWinningham caught eight passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns, which are both career highs. His three scoring grabs were for 23, 20 and 80 yards, the last of which tied the game in the fourth quarter. Winningham’s 222 receiving yards were the most by an FCS wideout through opening weeknd and went down as the fourth-most in a single game in program history.   Honorable Mention: Shelton Eppler, Northwestern State; Jordan Hoy, Lamar; Devonte Williams, Southeastern Louisiana; Bailey Zappe, Houston Baptist. Defensive Player of the Week: Robert Rochell – Jr. – Cornerback – Shreveport, La.Rochell made seven total tackles, including five solo stops, to go along with an interception and two pass breakups in the upset of the Hilltoppers. Trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, he made a diving interception to halt WKU’s drive at the Bears’ 30-yard line. Rochell recorded one of his pass break ups on the Hilltoppers’ final drive, which ended on downs with just under a minute left. Honorable Mention: Caleb Johnson, Houston Baptist; Mike Mason, Southeastern Louisiana. The Cowboys started the Sterlin Gilbert era out on the right foot, defeating Southern 34-28 on Saturday. McNeese travels to Stillwater, Okla., to take on Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. Saturday. Winningham, a sophomore wide receiver, picked up Offensive Player of the Week while teammate Rochell, a junior cornerback, secured defensive honors. Junior punter Raborn secured the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of the year. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Lujuan Winningham and Robert Rochell, along with McNeese’s Bailey Raborn, earned the first weekly awards of the 2019 season, the league announced Tuesday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Austin Dunlap, Southeastern Louisiana; Hayden Ray, Central Arkansas. 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.last_img read more

Tottenham news LIVE – All the latest Spurs updates and gossip

first_imgWilliam Pugh9 Sep 2019, 12:26 pmEx-SPURS man Peter Crouch has been named by Nemanja Vidic as one of the four trickiest opponents he faced in the Premier League.The Serbian powerhouse, 37, spent eight years at Old Trafford after arriving from Spartak Moscow in 2006.And despite facing Spurs’ Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov, Crouch was the Tottenham striker Vidic feared facing the most.And this is what he told The Athletic:Peter Crouch – “I’d never seen a two-metres tall player before. He played for Liverpool and we played them in a cup game at Anfield. I was thinking ‘Wow, what can I do today with this guy?’”Didier Drogba – “He had a lethal combination of strength and intelligence.“He was a very clever player who would get into the brain of the defenders.“He was strong, but he was always thinking ahead.”Sergio Aguero – “I’m convinced Aguero was born as a defender.“He knows where the ball will come and where he can attack.”Luis Suarez – “He’s different from Aguero. He doesn’t run for 90 minutes – he’s a player who uses instinct.“Everything is done in bursts.“I don’t think he knows exactly what he’s doing but he succeeds.”William Pugh9 Sep 2019, 11:48 am I think we know who to blame for Mr Stokes’ sudden dramatic loss of form. cc @SpursOfficial https://t.co/aczKYWlhLT— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 8, 2019 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 @HarryWinks, @HKane and Danny Rose all set for @England duty tomorrow. #EURO2020 ⚪ #COYS pic.twitter.com/P1ey6tmcND— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 9, 2019Joe Miles10 Sep 2019, 5:10 pmJAMES MADDISON has reflected on the time when he was linked to Spurs at the age of 16.The midfielder was playing for Coventry at the time when reports linked him to the North London club. He told Telegraph: “I once came in from a training session and someone had texted me saying they’d seen in The Coventry Telegraph that Maddison was going to Tottenham. “I texted my agent and said, ‘Am I? Am I going to Tottenham?’ I wasn’t. From then I knew: you just focus on football.” He went on to join Norwich in 2016 before he joined Leicester in 2018 after loan spells with Coventry and Aberdeen. Joe Miles9 Sep 2019, 4:36 pmTOTTENHAM wanted to sign Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo before they completed a deal for Giovani Lo Celso. The Italian midfielder’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, told the Mail: “He renewed with Roma and is fine at Roma but obviously we enjoyed great interest of Tottenham, who were the runners up in the Champions League. “Their concrete interest in him shows how good they boy’s season was. “Spurs thought a lot about taking Lo Celso, they focused their attention on him seriously, more than any other club even beyond the Premier League.” William Pugh9 Sep 2019, 3:02 pmDANNY ROSE hailed Harry Kane’s professionalism after his England hat-trick at the weekend.The left-back said: “When things are not going right at our club, he is the first one in the changing room to say what we need to do. We should relish watching him.“When he is in the team, you are guaranteed goals and a leader who will give you everything. “What is scary is that he is only 27 and hopefully the best years are still to come.”William Pugh9 Sep 2019, 2:15 pmERIC DIER spotted ‘crying’ as his new FIFA20 rating was revealed…One can only assume they were tears of shock from the man who would surely have expected his rating to start with a six… William Pugh9 Sep 2019, 1:44 pmWilliam Pugh9 Sep 2019, 1:17 pm Yes, @JackClarke09! 🙌 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 https://t.co/iESN1zuHch— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 9, 2019Joe Miles10 Sep 2019, 7:28 pmSPURS fans have reacted angrily online after hearing Giovani Lo Celso would return from international duty injured.Argentinian outlet Conclusion reported the midfielder would miss out on the Argies game against Mexico and would return to Tottenham to receive treatment on a groin injury.One tweeted: “Absolutely sick of this!”While another added: “Sounds like a long-term thing.“Glad he was risked for a freaking friendly while Aguero stayed at home.”Joe Miles10 Sep 2019, 6:46 pmRAY PARLOUR has jumped to the defence of Harry Kane amid claims he dives during matches.Speaking on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, the ex-Arsenal star said: “You can be clever, can’t you? In getting a penalty.“I believe Harry when he says he doesn’t dive. “There are players out there who are blatant. Any touch at all and they are down. “I think Harry would rather score than go down.” Joe Miles10 Sep 2019, 6:11 pmTOTTENHAM could have Kyle Walker-Peters available for their game against Crystal Palace, it has been claimed.The right-back has been out for the last three weeks with a hamstring strain but could return for the Eagles clash, according to Football.London.Joe Miles10 Sep 2019, 5:38 pmHARRY KANE, Harry Winks and Danny Rose are getting ready for England’s clash against Kosovo.center_img William Pugh9 Sep 2019, 11:26 am🗓️ #OnThisDay in 2017, @HKane joined the 💯 club!#THFC ⚪ #COYS pic.twitter.com/O8XSxLfZTV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 9, 2019William Pugh9 Sep 2019, 10:03 amDANNY ROSE revealed he is a huge fan of England rival and potential Tottenham target Ben Chilwell.The pair are competing to be the starting left-back for the Three Lions but Rose had nothing but nice things to say about his rival.He told the Daily Mirror: “Me and Chilly have to do everything to help each other and help the team.“If I play I don’t think it’s going to be a disadvantage and if Chilly plays it’s not going to be a disadvantage for the team. “We both offer great qualities and I’m a massive fan of Chilly’s. “I’ve got two of his shirts at my house and one hung up on my wall.” William Pugh9 Sep 2019, 9:36 amSKY SPORTS NEWS presenter Jeff stelling completed his epic March For Men challenge for Prostate Cancer UK at Tottenham’s new stadium last night. TOTTENHAM are preparing for Crystal Palace after being held to a 2-2 draw by Arsenal before the international break.And they’ll be delighted that Christian Eriksen is still at the club following the closure of the European transfer window – and Harry Kane continued his fine scoring form with England.Follow ALL of the latest Tottenham news, updates and gossip below…Joe Miles10 Sep 2019, 9:50 pmMARSEILLE snubbed Victor Waynama after Tottenham offered the unsettled midfielder on transfer deadline.That’s according to French TV station RMC Sport – with Club Brugge target Wanyama also missing out on a loan switch to Celtic. Kenya skipper Wanyama is yet to play for Spurs this season after their £65m club record signing of Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele over the summer.And Tottenham were reportedly willing to loan Wanyama to Marseille on loan for the season, ahead of a £7million permanent deal next summer.Joe Miles10 Sep 2019, 8:19 pmTOTTENHAM youngster Jack Clarke was the star of the show in England’s clash against Switzerland. 🙌 Last night, Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling completed his epic March For Men challenge in aid of @ProstateUK at our new stadium.#MarchForMen ⚪️ #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 9, 2019William Pugh9 Sep 2019, 9:06 amSPURS fans have accused Kieran Trippier of being disrespectful to Mauricio Pochettino after he claimed Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is unlike any coach he has worked for before.Trippier was speaking after England’s 4-0 victory over Bulgaria and said: “He’s [Simeone] incredible to work with, totally different to any other coach I’ve had.” And ratty Spurs fans online were not happy. In response to the video, one posted: “Oh for gods sake Kieran how much more insulting to Poch can you get? “Keep your mouth shut and have a bit of respect. “Noticed when all the Spurs players came together at England camp hardly anyone spoke to him…..speaks volumes!”While another added: “Trippier seems to want to blame Poch for him being awful last year.“He’s gone to a league now where he’ll have four tough games a season and think he’s amazing.”William Pugh9 Sep 2019, 8:29 amOne Danish newspaper claimed Spurs man Christian Eriksen had his worst-ever display in a Denmark shirt during their 0-0 draw with Georgia last night.The playmaker was ineffective in the bore draw and Southampton man Pierre-Emile Højbjerg said: “We don’t make it easy on ourselves but we are still in with a chance of making it to the Euros.”Samuel Street9 Sep 2019, 7:48 amCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN’S international break came to a disappointing end as Denmark were held to a 0-0 draw in Georgia.That result leaves them one point ahead of Switzerland in third, having played a game more, and two behind Mick McCarthy’s Ireland ahead of a crucial game at home to the Swiss next month.Jamie Gordon9 Sep 2019, 6:47 amHARRY KANE claims he has NEVER dived.The England captain, preparing for tomorrow’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Kosovo at Southampton, hit back at accusations he cheated by diving to try to win a penalty in the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.Kane, 26, went down under a challenge from Sokratis eight days ago.The striker also failed to land a spot-kick after being upended by Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles just over a fortnight ago.He DID win a penalty in England’s 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday when clipped by Kristian Dimitrov.Asked if he will ever apologise for diving, Kane said: “Never – and hopefully I don’t have to.”And pressed whether he is a diver, he said: “I haven’t really heard much on that. I said after the Newcastle game it was a clear penalty from my point of view.“I said after the Arsenal game, it’s a 50/50 one, similar to one we got given against us at Wembley the year before.“I am someone who uses his body well, which as a striker you have to do at every level.“On the halfway line it’s a free-kick every day.“In the penalty box, you don’t always get it.“It’s about doing my best on the pitch and the most important thing is about winning games.”Jake Lambourne9 Sep 2019, 9:46 pmTOBY ALDERWEIRELD believes Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson could be the difference between Scotland and Belgium on Monday night.Speaking to the Daily Record, the Spurs defender said: “Scotland didn’t have Andy Robertson in June when we played them and they had four or five players out too.“Of course I know Robertson very well because I have played against him plenty of times, including in the Champions League Final. “And Scotland have a lot of young, quality players who now play in the Premier League.“So they have more quality, but if we play with the same intensity and level we showed against them in Brussels, then we should be okay.” Jake Lambourne9 Sep 2019, 8:49 pmFORMER Arsenal striker John Hartson has backed Tottenham to finish in the top four this season.And he also believes that Christian Eriksen will be a model professional and continue to perform until at least January.He said: “I think Spurs will be there or thereabouts, I think top four.“I think [Christian] Eriksen will now settle down he’ll play every game because he’s a Tottenham player so nobody can come buy him until January anyway.“Ndombele looks okay, he’s only going to get better. Harry Winks, Pochettino loves Winks. They have got a solid back four.”Jake Lambourne9 Sep 2019, 7:54 pmTOTTENHAM youngster Troy Parrott has claimed training with Harry Kane has helped him improve as a player.In an interview with The 42, the 17-year-old said: “Obviously he’s a world-class striker, so it’s really good to be in and around them, doing finishing drills with them. “You find yourself getting better and better every day.”He could make his debut for Spurs against Colchester in the Carabo Cup later this month.Speaking of his chance, he added: “Again, I’m just in training doing what I can do to the best of my abilities, trying to keep improving and if the chance does come, I’ll be ready.”Jake Lambourne9 Sep 2019, 7:18 pmDANNY MILLS believes that Spurs left-back Danny Rose would have spoken to Kieran Trippier about leaving the club during the international break.Trippier left Tottenham for Atletico Madrid in the summer, while Rose failed to secure a move away.Asked by Football Insider whether Rose would have been speaking to Tripper about leaving, Mills said: “That’s always happened, even back in my day. “That’s gone on for many, many years. “Managers would always say to players in the international squad: ‘Just have a word with so-and-so, just have a chat, let him know how good he is. Remind him what he could be doing, what he could be missing out on.”Load more entries…last_img read more

Bournemouth fan, 17, banned from football for 3 years for racist chanting

first_imgA BOURNEMOUTH fan aged 17 has been banned from football for three years after pleading guilty to chanting racist abuse at a Tottenham match.The teenager, who cannot be named, was also slapped with a £55 fine and £21 surcharge.1 The 17-year-old Bournemouth fan admitted racist abuseCredit: PA:Press AssociationHe launched sick abuse at Spurs stars during Bournemouth’s 3-2 defeat at the new Tottenham stadium on November 30.Inspector Matt Ashmead, from the Met’s Public Order Investigation Team, said: “We take all reports of racism very seriously and as this case demonstrates, will take robust action against those who are found to have committed these kinds of crimes during football matches.”The vast majority of fans obey the law and neither they nor the players should have to listen to any kind of abuse.”We are committed to working closely with clubs to identify anyone acting against the law and would ask anyone who sees or hears this type of behaviour to come forward to stewards or police.”The Cherries supporter admitted to indecent/racial chanting at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court yesterday.The sick abuse came in the same month that Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha said he fears racism is out of control.He singled out online trolls as a cause for the rise in racist incidents.Zaha said keyboard warriors are on the increase because they crave going viral.Zaha, 26, told SunSport in April that he gets a “million” abusive online messages every week on Twitter and Instagram.The Ivory Coast star has also had death threats aimed at his family after Premier League games.Yet he worries there is little that can be done because the messages are from anonymous accounts.Zaha said: “I don’t know what to say any more.“It seems like the more we speak about it, the more it happens now.“I don’t know if people do it to get spoken about. That’s what it seems like. It’s like a chain reaction all the time on social media now.“Anyone can make a fake account, call you whatever on the fake account and then just delete it and make another one. So I don’t know how to handle it any more.most read football newsTHROUGH 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 Celtic“If that’s all you can say to me then you aren’t really educated, especially if we are playing a game like football that everyone loves and that is what you are coming back to me with.“Someone will do it this week. Then because it is mentioned it’s like other people see it and think, ‘I want my name out there as well’. And they are racist as well.“I don’t have an answer for it. Me, I don’t pay any attention to it any more.”last_img read more

Prem matches and other events to allow fans after crisis talks over coronavirus

first_imgPREMIER League matches will allow fans in the stadium for now following government crisis talks over coronavirus.League chiefs along with the FA, EFL and broadcasters were summoned to a meeting on Monday with government health advisers at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.2 Ronaldo and Co secured a crucial win in the Serie A title race but fans weren’t there to see itCredit: Getty Images – GettyThey determined no drastic measures in England were to be in place yet but a move to ban supporters could be very likely for at least two rounds of fixtures.This week’s Cheltenham Festival, European games involving Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester United and Wednesday’s Prem clash between Manchester City and Arsenal will go ahead as planned.Wolves’ tie at Olympiacos will be played behind closed doors while Romania have joined the list of countries playing matches without fans. France announced that Ligue 1 matches will be played behind closed doors or with 1000 spectators or less.And with calls for similar moves in Germany, Europe appears on the brink of a widespread fan shut-out.Following the meeting, RFU chief Bill Sweeney said: “There was no medical rationale for cancelling events or (playing them) behind closed doors yet, but clearly it is a moving situation so we’ll keep talking and go from there.”The football authorities are ready to heed and act on Government advice with no efforts made to urge a rethink if the shut-out orders do come.Prem bosses are determined to do everything in their power to ensure the season is played to a conclusion.Playing a number of rounds without fans is seen as the least worst-case scenario as it will allow the games to be played and prevent potential legal issues over relegation, prize money and European slots for next term.Immediate suggestions which could come into effect include a ban on over-70s attending games as they are the most vulnerable group to the worst impact of the virus, which has so far claimed three UK lives. Broadcasters will be asked to agree to a lifting of the current contract restrictions, allowing all Prem matches to be screened live on TV during the shut-out. 2most 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 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 CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutThe Government is understood to be considering a ban on matches being screened in pubs, to prevent supporters spreading the virus.But other concerns include fans congregating outside grounds at big matches to which the gates are barred, especially with Liverpool closing in on a first title since 1990.This weekend’s games, including Spurs’ clash with Manchester United on Sunday, do seem likely to be played before the clampdown comes into place, although if there is a spike in numbers falling victim to the virus that could also change. Solskjaer says Man United are ‘one, two or three’ transfers away from a title challenge after downing neighbours Citylast_img read more

England confirm game with All Blacks

first_imgEddie Jones’s England will host four test matches at Twickenham, kicking off their campaign against South Africa on Nov. 3 next year.Seven days later, England face the All Blacks for the first time since losing four matches in 2014. England’s last victory over them came in 2012.Following the clash against the All Blacks, the side will host Japan, who will play only their second test against England.The only previous meeting between the two sides was at the inaugural World Cup in 1987 when England claimed a 60-7 win over the Brave Blossoms in Sydney.England will end their series against Australia (Nov. 24), who have lost their last four matches against Jones’ side.”The 2018… Series is incredibly important for England as we build towards the Rugby World Cup in 2019,” Jones said in a statement.”We want to win that series 4-0 and we will need to play extremely well to beat four very good teams over a four-week period.””We will have to work hard and be smart in what we do to bridge the gap between us and the All Blacks,” England coach Eddie Jones said.”Over the next year we need to continue to develop a bulletproof side, that can find ways to win in matches.”Our ambition is to be the number one team in the world going into the World Cup in Japan.”The schedule for the 2018 series:Nov. 3: England v South AfricaNov. 10: England v New ZealandNov. 17: England v JapanNov. 24: England v Australialast_img read more

Kidwell pleased with Kiwis win

first_imgKidwell was chuffed with his side’s display.”There’s all the forwards really standing up and creating that space for the outside backs and halves to do their role,” Kidwell said.”Roger, his role is to push up around these big boys, make sure that if they get their arm free, he’s there to capitalise.”His energy around the ball is what we’re looking for.”The Kiwis got off to a spirited start, capitalising on a Scottish penalty to score through Kenny Bromwich in the eighth minute and then via Jason Nightingale.Joseph Tapine followed suit as the Kiwis began to run riot, while the evergreen Nightingale bagged his second in the 22nd minute.A barnstorming run from Nelson Asofa-Solomona then made a simple try for Martin, starting at five-eighth on his home Test debut.Hiku scored just before the break to give his side a 28-0 lead.It took just three minutes for the Kiwis to extend their lead in the second half, with Tuivasa-Sheck putting prop Russell Packer over the line.Hiku and the returning Dean Whare followed suit, before Johnson, Elijah Taylor and Hiku and Martin doubles put the match to bed.Scotland scored a late consolation through halfback Oscar Thomas.”Their outside backs really cause some trouble when they get quick play-the-balls – we knew that if we could make sure to nullify that, it’d give us the best option to get the ball in a great position,” Kidwell said. Having drawn last year’s Four Nations clash with the Bravehearts, David Kidwell’s troops hit the ground running in Christchurch and were near-untouchable.They ran in 14 tries to one, with Peta Hiku and Te Maire Martin scoring hat-tricks.Fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck nabbed four assists in an utterly destructive attacking display.Even when the match was safely settled, the Kiwis kept their foot on the accelerator and stuck to their high-octane style.They’ll now take plenty of confidence into next weekend’s crunch match against Tonga, likely to settle first place in Pool B.last_img read more

January decides the history of Espanyol

first_imgAlthough they will only be three LaLiga days that are played in this month, it’s already very obliged Espanyol to add three by three. If it is very difficult to add around 30 of the remaining points in play, impossible mission would be to get them among the 51 that will remain from February. The calendar is unfavorable, which makes the challenge capitalized: after visiting Cornellà del Barcelona, this Saturday, Espanyol will go to Vila-Real on Sunday 19 (16:00) and will close on Saturday 25 (13:00) in front of the Athletic Club at home, where he hasn’t won yet. In between, on Sunday 12, will go to San Sebastián de los Reyes for the second round of the Copa del Rey, today totally secondary objective.For that urgent resurrection in LaLiga, Abelardo can count on reinforcements of the staff, such as Matías Vargas and Óscar Melendo, who finished 2019 injured (the Argentine, in addition, has not been cited by Argentina for the Pre-Olympic this month), but, above all, you must succeed in a transfer market which includes this January. Espanyol needs the goal that Raúl de Tomás can give him but also speed and tino by the bands and even greater solidity. January is the month in which the parakeet is already prohibited from failing. “He who does not believe that we will be saved, may he not return after Christmas.” The grandiloquent phrase was from David López, one of the captains of Espanyol, and pronounced it after the Distressing defeat against Leganés (2-0) with which he closed 2019, and before a bench change, from Pablo Machín to Abelardo Fernández, which has served to take a boost at least moral in the first beats of 2020. Hopes that will only work if they translate into results during a crucial January for the history and future of the parakeet team.last_img read more

The world number 100 takes Federer to the limit

first_imgTennys Sandgren (28 years previous) put the ropes on Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of Australian Open. The American, number 100 of the rating ATP, He had seven match balls to remove the Swiss, who managed to overcome them and meet with Djokovic in the semifinals of the first Grand slam of the yr.last_img

Espanyol – Athletic | A point that nobody fixes

first_imgIt was a Cornellà game full of urgencies and he only had to roll the ball so that they all saw each other on the grass. The urgency of a sunken Espanyol in the table, which is only worth adding three by three. The urgency of an Atlético who had seen how Sevilla won, how Real Sociedad won, how he should win if he did not want to finish the day outside the Champions League. The two collided on the grass like tectonic plates causing earthquakes on each play, each dispute and split ball.Neither team seemed to think clearly. The attacks were articulated in jaurías. Men throwing themselves on the opposing goals as if life were in them. They had not finished sitting the trainers on their benches when Correa in a corner forced Diego López to remove the mitt to avoid the goal. Espanyol’s response was immediate. The next minute first Wu Lei and then Bernardo looked for Atlético the tickle of the ball stopped. The two ran into Oblak. Felipe saw the yellow when the game took five minutes. Until ten there was no moment of respite. The two teams looking for each other with bare chest and all their wounds in the air, seeking to cauterize. Goals1-0, 23 ‘: Savic, 1-1, 46 ‘: Saul In the absence of David López and Marc Roca, Abelardo concreted the medium. Víctor Sánchez and Iturraspe and ball to Atlético. For the rojiblancos, creating is like trying to climb Everest without oxygen. A torture. And that in everything else was fine. He easily got rid of the good pressure of Espanyol with direct balls to Morata to plant himself at the gates of the Diego López area. But once there, the blindfold, night, nothing. And that was the main difference between the urgencies of Abelardo and Simeone. While one drags his goal problems through all the League fields, the other has Rdt. Amen. He didn’t need to touch a ball for the goal. His mere presence was enough.Abelardo was looking for tickle now in that band Carrasco-Lodi. Between Javi López and Wu Lei they made the hole to the Brazilian to send the ball to Raúl de Tomás that he should only try to finish off. Savic, trying to cut him, deposited the ball in his net. 1-0 Espanyol took the scream of Cornellà to football the last 24 hours. Yes you can. Since then there was only one team in Cornellà. The one at home, Espanyol. It was up to Oblak to hold an otherwise missing Atlético. The Espanyol I love and lord the marker and the grass. With ball but especially without ball. Rdt filling everything and become a mood. In that shout. Yes you can. The goalkeeper who wore yellow deflected a crossbar from Víctor Sánchez with his fingernails. And then another from Bernardo with his chest and a lack of Embarba. The red-and-white answer, a Chilean from Felipe, seemed fiery among so much fire. CardsReferee: Javier Alberola RojasVAR Referee: José María Sánchez MartínezFelipe Monteiro (5 ‘, Yellow) Embarba (37 ‘, Yellow) Thomas (41 ‘, Yellow) Koke (85 ‘, Yellow) Renan Augustus (88 ‘, Yellow) Victor Sanchez (89 ‘, Yellow) Javi Lopez (91 ‘, Yellowcenter_img First Saul, then return from CostaEverything changed as soon as the second part began. From it emerged the Saul of the great parties. The Cholo sewed the boot to the boot and sat down to watch. He only had to wait a minute: what it took Saul to stand on the front and send an unstoppable volley to Diego López’s network. His kiss on the wrist, his usual celebration, the Yes you can del Atleti: tracing, remaining Champions positions. The goal ripped the rojiblancos from the slab on top, Espanyol went out, Atlético was already leading all the attacks. Before the time João Félix entered by Carrasco to stay in the band and Correa at the tip. Ten minutes later, the 1-0 action flew over Cornellá as a deja vu, now starring Atleti. Ball from the side of João, Diego López throws himself to stop him, the ball hits him in the body and he cries to the net … Until bumping into the stick. Morata arrives before anyone else, the ball almost on the line, but instead of kicking without thinking, to the heart of the net, tried to decorate. What if the floor, if I put a tie, if they take it off, of course. On the next play he went to the bench. Costa was returning in the league. But this Coast no longer changes parties, moods. Wider, slower, less Coast, zero Beast. The reordering of the attack of the Cholo (his last man was Vitolo, by Correa) messed up his team. The game returned to its beginning, high pressure from Espanyol that did not find Rdt, disputes, intensity and the rojiblancos attacks always far from Diego López. Costa did not run to get out of the game, João’s races crashed into the rivals, Vitolo did it with himself. The oops with those who finished the game were parrots, there Bernardo. There were nerves, yellow and a point for both. A band aid that seems weak, little sew, too many urgencies. ChangesJoão Felix (55 ‘, Carrasco), Diego Costa (62 ‘, Morata), Vitolo (68 ‘, Belt), Jonathan Calleri (70 ‘, Wu Lei), Oscar Melendo (70 ‘, Iturraspe), Adrià Pedrosa (80 ‘, Embarba)last_img read more