Two Unbeaten Southland Teams Meet Tonight in Week Four of League Play

first_imgWednesday, Jan. 17Sam Houston State at Northwestern State* – 4 p.m. (Original tipoff time, 7 p.m.)Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin* – 7 p.m. (ESPN3)New Orleans at Central Arkansas* – 7 p.m.Nicholls at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m. NCAA Starting Five: Week 10 Southland Player of the Week Kamry Orr of Central Arkansas was named to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Starting Five this week as one of the top weekly players in the country. The junior guard set career scoring highs in back-to-back road victories, dropping 27 at UIW then 32 at Nicholls. Additional Storylines Right on their heels are the Lamar Cardinals (9-6, 4-1 SLC), whose home matchup with UIW (3-13, 2-3 SLC) was rescheduled to tomorrow (Jan. 18) at 7 p.m. at due to dangerous winter travel conditions. Top Offenses: ACU and SFA possess the most potent scoring offenses in the league. So far this season against conference opponents, the Wildcats rank first with 81.5 points per game while the Ladyjacks rank second with 73.8. This Week’s Matchups Streaks: Central Arkansas, Abilene Christian and Stephen F. Austin are all on hot streaks carried over from nonconference play. The Sugar Bears are on an eight-game win streak while the Wildcats and Ladyjacks have both rattled off seven straight. Northwestern State’s (5-11, 0-5 SLC) home matchup against Sam Houston State (3-11, 0-5 SLC) tonight was moved earlier to 4 p.m. to also accommodate for unfavorable travel conditions.center_img * Southland Conference game Saturday, Jan. 20Abilene Christian at Central Arkansas* – 1 p.m.McNeese at Houston Baptist* – 2 p.m.Northwestern State at Southeastern Louisiana* – 2 p.m.Sam Houston State at Lamar* – 2 p.m.UIW at New Orleans* – 4 p.m. (ESPN3) Undefeated Matchups: After Abilene Christian and Stephen F. Austin’s clash tonight, another possible meeting of unbeatens awaits on Saturday. ACU heads to Central Arkansas to face the Sugar Bears at 1 p.m. on ESPN3. Thursday, Jan. 18UIW at Lamar* – 7 p.m. (ESPN3) 2017 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 11 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – All three remaining undefeated Southland teams are in action tonight in women’s basketball conference play, while one will leave with its first loss. Stephen F. Austin (13-3, 5-0 SLC) hosts defending regular season co-champion Abilene Christian (12-4, 6-0 SLC) at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN3. Central Arkansas (13-4, 6-0 SLC) also puts its spotless league record to the test at home against New Orleans, also tipping off at 7 p.m. tonight.last_img read more

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SLU’s Cordero, UNO’s Kleshchukova Grab Latest Weekly Cross Country Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Anthony Cordero and New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.Cordero competed over the weekend at the Mississippi College Invitational in Clinton, Miss., securing a third-place individual finish. The award marks the first of the season for Cordero. SLU has now completed its regular-season schedule and will return to the course at the Southland Conference Championship in Conway, Ark., Nov. 1.Kleshchukova captured her fourth weekly honor of the season after leading the Privateers with a second-place individual finish at the Florida State Invitational this past weekend. The junior competed against a field of more than 200 runners, finishing with a 17:29.9 in the 5k race. Kleshchukova and her UNO squad have also completed their regular-season slate and will hit the course once again at Southland Conference Championship in Conway, Ark., Nov. 1.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Anthony Cordero, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – El Paso, TexasCordero took third place in the 8k event at the Mississippi College Invitational over the weekend, crossing the finish line with a 25:23.22. The junior has now finished among the top-10 competitors in three of his four races this season, with his latest effort boosting the Lions to a fourth-place team finish.Honorable Mention: Laban Kandie, Houston Baptist; Kolyn Saltzman, New Orleans.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Arina Kleshchukova, New Orleans – Jr. – Bishkek, KyrgyzstanKleshchukova set a new personal best with her second-place finish against a stacked field at the Florida State Invitational on Saturday. She completed the 5k race with a time of 17:29.9 against a field of 224 competitors. Her time stands fourth in program history for the 5k distance. Kleshchukova has now recorded four-straight top-two finishes, including three individual victories.Honorable Mention: Johanna Drew, Houston Baptist; Isabella Hudson, Northwestern State; Sophie Daigle, 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.last_img read more

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Arsenal and West Ham donate £50k of snacks to NHS heroes fighting coronavirus

first_img2STADIUMS across London donated £50,000 worth of snacks to hero NHS workers on last Friday.Crisps and soft drinks were taken in lorries to hospitals where medics are putting their lives on the line helping look after coronavirus patients.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates2 London clubs have donated snacks to local hospital workers fighting coronavirusThe stock came from DN managed Wembley Stadium, The Emirates Stadium and The London Stadium.Deliveries went to field hospital NHS Nightingale in East London and the Whittington Hospital in North London.A source told The Sun: “There delivered around £50,000 worth of crisps and soft drinks to the Nightingale and the Whittington hospitals.”Palletts of stock were just sitting there in the stadiums and bosses wanted to put it to good use – and give the hard working NHS staff some snacks.”Staff loaded up lorries on Friday and were sure to maintain two metres between each other.”GRATEFULAlan Sefton, Head of Arsenal in the Community, said: “We have a long history with Whittington Hospital and are extremely grateful for the heroic work they are doing at this challenging time.“It is essential that we play our part in supporting our NHS and our local community throughout this period, so we are delighted to be able to support in this way thanks to a kind donation from Emirates Stadium’s hospitality supplier, Delaware North.”Meanwhile, Premier League chiefs are working on a new SEVEN-WEEK football festival if the season resumes.That includes completing the FA Cup and eases concerns about too many games in a tighter timetable after the coronavirus lockdown.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.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 InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN 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 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordThe aim is to start on June 12, as SunSport exclusively revealed on Saturday, but the fresh plan gives an extra week if there are complications.But it means matches MUST begin by June 19 — just under seven weeks away — or it will be impossible for the games to be completed before Uefa’s domestic league cut-off date of August 2.And if the Government does not announce eases in the lockdown restrictions on Thursday and significantly more in the coming weeks, clubs may reluctantly accept they are running out of time.Inside Pogba’s £2.9m mansion with indoor pool, gym, and custom football pitch as Man Utd ace reveals his home workoutslast_img read more

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Rugby League World Cup squads

first_imgDue Monday October 9Samoa Frank Pritchard (c), Bunty Afoa, Leeson Ah Mau, Fa’amanu Brown, Herman Ese’ese, Pita Godinet, Tim Lafai, Joey Leilua, Ricky Leutele, Sam Lisone, Jarmoine Luai, Suaia Matagi, Peter Mata’utia, Ken Maumalo, Zane Musgrave, Josh Papalii, Joseph Paulo, Junior Paulo, Ben Roberts, Sam Tagataese, Jazz Tevaga, Young Tonumaipea, Frank Winterstein, Matthew WrightTongaAndrew Fifita, Mahe Fonua, David Fusitu’a, Siliva Havilli, Ata Hingano, Will Hopoate, Konrad Hurrell, Michael Jennings, Solomone Kata, Sione Katoa, Samisoni Langi, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sika Manu, Manu Ma’u, Sam Moa, Ben Murdoch Masila, Joe Ofahengaue, Tevita Pangai Jnr, Ukuma Ta’ai, Sio Siua Taukieaho, Jason Taumalolo, Peni Terepo, Daniel Tupou, Manu VatuveiPapua New GuineaAse Boas, David Mead, Enock Maki, Garry Lo, James Segeyaro, Justin Olam, Kato Ottio, Kurt Baptiste, Lachlan Lam, Luke Page, Moses Meninga, Nene MacDonald, Nixon Put, Paul Aiton, Rhys Martin, Rod Griffin, Stanton Albert, Stargroth Amean, Thompson Teteh, Wartovo Puara Jnr, Wellington Albert, Watson Boas, Willie MinogaItalyDaniel Alvaro, Mirco Bergamasco, Nathan Brown, Christopher Calegari, Jake Campagnolo, Terry Campese, Justin Castellaro, Geole Cellurino, Chris Centrone, Mason Cerruto, Ryan Ghietti, Oliver Gildart, Jaume Giorgis, Gavin Hiscox, Jack Johns, Richard Lepori, Josh Mantellato, Mark Minichiello (c), Nathan Milone, Giuseppe Pagani, Ricardo Parata, Dean Parata, Emanuelle Passera, Eduardo Pezzano, Keiran Quabba, Joel Reithmuller, Brendan Santi, James Tedesco, Joel Tramontana, Paul Vaughan, Jayden Walker, Colin Wilkie, Shannon WakemanFijiDue Saturday October 7WalesDue Tuesday October 10Scotland Due Tuesday October 10USAJonathan Taylor Alley, Ryan Burroughs, Charles ‘CJ’ Cortalano, Joseph Eichner, Bureta Faraimo, Gabriel Farley, Kristian Freed, Daniel Howard, Stephen Howard, Martwain Johnston, Andrew Kneisly, Corey Makelim, Fotukava ‘Hiko’ Malu, David Marando, Nicholas Newlin, Mark Offerdahl, Edward Pettybourne, Joshua Rice, Matthew Shipway, Samuel Tochtermann-Talbott, David Ulch, Taioalo Junior Vaivai, Matthew Walsh FranceBastien Ader, Olivier Arnaud, Lucas Albert, Jason Baitieri, William Barthau, Guillaume Bonnet, Julian Bousquet, Clement Boyer, Damien Cardace, Nabil Djalout, Theo Fages, John Boudebza, Benjamin Garcia, Maxime Herold, Benjamin Jullien, Thibault Margalet, Anthony Maria, Hakim Miloudi, Mark Keirallah, Roman Navarette, Eloi Pelissier, Mickael Rouch, Gadwin Springer, Fouad YahaLebanonTBCIreland Liam Finn (c), Scott Grix (vc), James Hasson, Kyle Amor, Liam Kay, Will Hope, Oliver Roberts, Ed Chamberlain, George King, Toby King, Joe Keyes, Joe Philbin, Jack Higginson, Anthony Mullally, Tyrone McCarthy, Brad Singleton, Micky McIlorum, Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, Api Pewhairangi, Matty Hadden, Shannon McDonnell, Casey Dunne, James Kelly, Alan McMahon, Mikey Russell (Travelling Reserve)All squads due by Friday October 13, with the tournament to kick off in Melbourne on Friday October 27 when Australia takes on England. AustraliaReagan Campbell-Gillard*, Will Chambers, Boyd Cordner (vc), Cooper Cronk, Josh Dugan, Tyson Frizell, Dane Gagai, Matt Gillett, Wade Graham, Valentine Holmes, Ben Hunt, Felise Kaufusi, David Klemmer, Josh McGuire, James Maloney, Josh Mansour*, Jordan McLean, Michael Morgan, Cameron Munster, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith (c), Jake Trbojevic, Tom Trbojevic, Aaron Woods*Reagan Campbell-Gillard was a late inclusion for Andrew Fifita, Josh Mansour was a late inclusion for Darius BoydNew Zealand Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Martin Taupau, Jordan Rapana, Gerard Beale, Dean Whare, Brad Takairangi, Thomas Leuluai, Isaac Liu, Shaun Johnson, Adam Blair (c), Danny Levi, Kodi Nikorima, Elijah Taylor, Simon Mannering, Russell Packer, Peta Hiku, Jason Nightingale, Te Maire Martin, Joseph Tapine, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Kenny Bromwich, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Addin Fonua-BlakeEngland last_img read more

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Erasmus confirmed as Springboks coach

first_imgErasmus has signed a six-year contract to the end of the 2023 World Cup in France and has been tasked with improving results after South Africa had slipped to sixth in the world rankings.The decision to appoint Erasmus, who had been acting as director of rugby in South Africa, was widely expected. He will stay in both roles as he finally fulfils his ambition of coaching the side, having missed out two years ago to Coetzee.Erasmus will be assisted by Jacques Nienaber, Pieter de Villiers and Mzwandile Stick, with Welshman Aled Walters appointed head of athletic performance.Nienaber and Walters worked with Erasmus at Irish club Munster, while former French international prop de Villiers was a scrummaging consultant to the Boks from 2012-15.”The Springbok team is our flagship brand and the on-field performances have a direct impact on the business of SA Rugby,” SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux said on Friday (NZ time) in a statement.”Following a very detailed review process of the 2017 season, I believe that we have managed to assemble a strong and experienced Springbok coaching and management staff. We are looking forward to see improved performances this season.”Erasmus believed he could make South Africa competitive at the 2019 World Cup and potentially improve on the bronze medal the Boks won in 2015.”It is a huge task to coach the Springboks and I am very privileged,” he said.”I really believe we have the players and the rugby IP (intellectual property) to turn things around and to mount a serious challenge at next year’s Rugby World Cup.”We have 18 Tests and just under 600 days until Japan 2019 and, although a lot of planning has already gone into our Rugby World Cup preparation, it is very important that we prepare thoroughly for the matches against Wales and England in June.”Erasmus’ first assignment will be a friendly in Washington on 2 June against Wales, before three home Tests against England on successive Saturdays thereafter.The 45-year-old is a former Bok captain who won 36 Test caps as a flanker between 1997 and 2001.last_img read more

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South Africa win Paris 7s to clinch World Series title

first_imgThe Blitzboks beat England 24-14 in the cup final to finish two points clear of Fiji in the overall standings.Captain Philip Snyman was full of praise for South Africa’s performance.”In the beginning of the tournament we said listen, we’re not going to focus on the result, we want to go out and play some fantastic rugby and it’s out of our hands,” he said.”We can only control the controllable and we made it so difficult for us but that’s day one and we put it behind us.”Coming into day two I think the guys played phenomenal. That first game… and then against New Zealand and now England.”I still can’t believe we managed to claw that one back… they played phenomenal rugby and did what’s expected of them – just to keep to the basics and to leave their smiles on their faces today.”Fiji could have clinched the overall title with a top four finish but were pipped 19-17 by England in the quarter finals.The Olympic champions had also been upset by Kenya on day one but still finished as the top qualifiers from Pool A.Gareth Baber’s side, who won four tournaments in a row leading into Paris, finished strongly with crushing wins against Ireland and the USA to finish fifth and keep the pressure on South Africa.The Blitzboks, who also suffered a defeat in pool play, held their nerve on finals day, beating Spain in extra-time to reach the semi finals before victories over New Zealand and England to secure the title, despite winning just two of ten tournaments all season.Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai said unfortunately they didn’t get what they came for.”We have lots of new boys this season. We played together as a team along the way and we find our rhythm a bit but unlucky for us we were punished against England,” he said.”England got the better of us and congratulations to the South African team, they deserve it.”They’ve been chasing us – we’ve been chasing each other along the year and congratulations to them.”Despite missing out on the series title, Eroni Sau was named rookie of the year in the men’s series, beating compatriot Alosio Naduva after scoring 37 tries across the ten rounds.The 28 year old was also one of four Fijians to make the World Series Dream Team, alongside Jerry Tuwai, Kalione Nasoko and Amenoni Nasilasila.last_img read more

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PNG train on squad named for 2016 OFC Nation’s Cup

first_imgThe Nations Cup is the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament for the Oceania region.The top six teams of this tournament will advance to the third round of the World Cup qualifier which will take place in 2017.Eight countries will take part in the Nations Cup. Group A:  Tahiti, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. Group B consists of: New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu.PNG’s assistant coach Milan Miric said the PNGFA are looking to start shaping up the best team for the tournament with the first training camp to begin this Thursday at the PNGFA Academy in Lae.The training squad: Port Moresby – John Bai, Roland Bala, Daniel Joe, Michael Foster, David Muta, Jamal Seeto and Patrick Aisa; Lae – Ronald Warisan, Ismael Pole, Jeremy Yasasa, Valentine Nelson, Agi Moses, Joshua Talau, Eluda Fugre, Jacob Sabua, Emmanuel Simon, Nigel Dabinyaba, Raymond Gunemba and Semmy Hiob; Madang – Niel Hans, Darren Steven, Vanya Malagian, Hanson Topio, Papalau Awele and Emmanuel Airem; Wau – Otto Kusunan, Peter Yang and Tommy Semmy; Mt Hagen – Koriak Upaiga; Manus – Eliuda Pohei.last_img read more

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1×1 of Atleti: Oblak held Atleti and Vitolo resurrected him

first_imgThomas: Atlético’s first shot between the three suits was his. A trallazo marks the house at the hands of Neto. Without too much presence in the center. Messi received very easily between him, Herrera and Saul. With too much. Erratic later although it improved in the second part.Herrera: Simeone chose him to start in front of Koke and gave strength to the center of the red and white field. He forced Neto to a great stop in the throwing of a foul that left his foot looking for the net stuck to the stick. It was the change to rest.Saul: Irrelevant for much of the game. Inconsistent in the middle, he moved to the left-handed side past game time, when Vitolo entered Lodi. It was released by getting strong at the site and stealing a ball from Vidal’s boot.João Felix: Lost, unable to own the attack situations of Atlético. He had a snatch in the first minutes but now. On the next ball he touched, he fell. And there was no more. Opposite was Griezmann. It is still light years ahead of what the previous ‘7’ of Atlético was. And by this time of his first year, San Mamés had already passed, had already exploded. Good Portuguese career before the break. In the previous play they had to separate him from Jordi Alba. After Messi, when the teams were retiring, when it was incredible. Then with Suarez. Savic arrived to separate and protect the Portuguese. Character has. All that remains is for things to come out. He improved in the second part. Morata: Atlético’s first approach to Neto’s goal was in his boots. Fighter, as always, erratic in decision-making in front of the goal, with no confidence to face. Until he had to throw the penalty. He picked up the ball and fired loudly and midway to his right.Koke: He went to rest and placed himself in the double pivot with Thomas. And in the first ball he touched, goal. At 18 seconds He couldn’t show his captaincy better in King Abdullah. But five minutes was very soft to a ball that Messi had in the heart of the area … The end of the film was the same as always. Goal of the Argentine. 26 minutes later Llorente waited in the band. The rojiblanco doctor, Celada, by his side. Koke had hurt himself in one play. He was returning to the bench. Injured.Vitolo: He left after game time and gave Atlético the intention he had lost in all the remaining minutes. At least he has the opposite goal in his head. The others, during almost every game just look back. His entry resurrected Atlético. Caused the penalty that marked Morata 2-2.Llorente: It was nothing against the current as soon as he left. He saw the yellow one, too. But, after his departure, the red and white comeback. At the end of the game he ran into Neto after a counter. Oblak: In an action with Suarez in the 15th minute ‘he received a blow from Luis Suarez after the ball bounced him in front and the goalkeeper caught him. But he lay in the grass, suffering from a blow to the knee. Seven minutes later he made his first miracle of the game. He stopped Messi with a thigh. And with sore thigh. Atlético did not leave their feet in the entire first part. And, of course, that forces him. In 39 ’his third miracle of the first part to complete the most holy trinity. Before Griezmann, a hand in hand. Five minutes had been played in the second half when Messi was ahead. There was no fourth miracle. Or yes, but a little later. Before Griezmann. The Frenchman knows all the intentions. He stopped his attempt at Vaseline. But the goalkeeper was too bad, despite having all his team locked at his feet. And even God’s gloves get tired of holding on, they can’t with everything, especially when they arrive on the right, on the left and in the air. He saved with another miracle a header at point blank range of Suarez, but the rejection was left to Griezmann to mark head. Messi and Vidal also scored him but the VAR lowered their goals from the scoreboard.Trippier: It only went up once but ended up in Atlético attack. He focused but the ball went out in the background. Little transcendentSavic: He returned to eleven due to Giménez’s injury. In the shadow of Felipe. His contribution to the game was different: first a tangana with Piqué and then be the footballer who went to separate Suárez from João Félix. In football, very white and without rhythm. Griezmann made several portraits.Felipe: Giménez’s absence caused him to move to the left profile. Winner of all jumps. It remained head insurance. He is the guardian of the area. All the hung balls and lateral centers of Atlético ended in his forehead. The best rojiblanco in the first part.I gave it: First duel against Barcelona after Simeone had left him in the bank in La Liga. A knife in the attack. Soft back: his band was Messi’s door to the Oblak area over and over again. Retired in 66 ’after a game of neither fu nor fa. Saul had to go to the side.Belt: He started unbalanced on the right, but in one action he took a blow with Neto and lay on the grass. He tried to continue but his ankle did not allow it. He was limping. Simeone played with one minus several minutes. The Argentine continued in the field but Atlético was no longer eleven and the team, which had started intense and in the field of Barcelona, ​​got into the cave and survived. At the beginning of the second part, he was still on the green. And when he got off the field, he found Koke for the goal. In the 85th minute, he scored 2-3 for Atletico when he escaped in a counter and beat Neto. He shot from above, the goalkeeper put his hand and the goal crossed the line before a Barça player took it out, but in this competition the goal technology was released, the clock struck the referee’s wrist … It was goal. That continued on the field was key, it is sweet. last_img read more

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The force of Los Cármenes

first_imgThe Pomegranate is 90 minutes, which may well be 120, after all those of Diego Martínez have already three extensions throughout the tournament (L’Hospitalet, Badalona and Badajoz), of reach for the fourth time in its history the Cup semifinals (follow the match live on As.com). The Nasrid club doesn’t get that far from 1969, when he lived his most glorious time. His forte in this tie lies in the field factor The draw was benevolent in this regard and The Carmens will roar in favor of his people, who have earned the respect of his people. Valencia knows that it will fight against the environment and against Martínez’s jabatos. But the ché too there are plenty of reasons to want to get into semifinals, which would reach for the fourth time in five years and with special dedication to Ezekiel Garay An old man known as Soldier it will be the one who tests the black and white defense after the blow of Garay Obviously it is not the first game without the Argentine, but it will be the first of many without him. Martinez knows that what feeds him is the League and will rotate. So, Aaron will return to the goal and Vallejo, Ismail or Azeez will start. The big news will be the Portuguese Gil Dias. Celades feel that their soccer players Put the cup. Most became champions of something for the first time in it and proudly assume the role of title advocates. Hence its rotations will be for need (Gayà walks in spite of himself) or common sense (Wass is sanctioned in Liga and Soler accumulates fatigue).last_img read more

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“Neymar must forget his birthday in Brazil if he returns”

first_imgResignation.“It had been a long time since I was going against the tide. I thought differently from the rest and nothing happens. I realized that I was the only one who thought in a certain way. The football commission that formed with Bartomeu, Bordas, Elias and Vilajoana was not I agree with me and with Pep Segura’s task as general manager. I was the only one who defended him. I felt alone. “Lack of sports director“Things from outside look different. Barça has 120 years of history and things have not gone so badly. With Andoni, Robert and Pep Segura there was a strategy and now they have decided to do without it. It is a decision of the board I can’t get in. I recognize that I had a low profile because I delegated. “How do you see Barça?“You have to recognize the merit of everything that has been done lately. The least they deserve is respect and gratitude, but you have to be aware that nothing is eternal. We live a transition and you have to give people time, have patience and give time. “ Jordi Mestre, who was sports vice president of FC Barcelona from 2014 until seven months ago, when he resigned claiming professional motives he broke his silence first in a interview in Mundo Deportivo and then in Catalunya Ràdio in which he assured that he would sign Neymar again attending only sports criteria, he acknowledges that he left the board due to differences in criteria with other members of the board regarding sports policy and that if Morata did not arrive and signed to Boateng last campaign went to “keep good chemistry in the locker room“. These are some of his reflections in Catalunya Ràdio. Players power“From the planning point of view the first team is very important, that is clear. They have the power, but not the one that is published. Players are not banned or imposed. The only exception was with Neymar. They wanted me to come, but the planning is of the club.In the case of Morata there were two issues.One was the budgetary control of the club and there Pep Segura was always very disciplined.Then there was the sporting condition, Morata was international and could not suck the bench. and the weather in the locker room was good and if he came and wanted to play we could have a problem, but the players didn’t decide. “Neymar“The players asked for it, but they did not press. I came out portrayed. If I came back and the club benefited, I would not be in trouble. I have the right pride. Sports can come back, but conditions. First the PSG has to want, then withdraw the demand and do an act of contrition and nothing about parties or birthdays in Brazil. There were first-team players who were with him at a wedding and didn’t know anything he wanted to leave. “Valverde“I don’t know what Abidal meant. Neither Messi kept it nor Messi carried it. He plays as he trains and plays as he trains, but that doesn’t mean changing the coach. It would be normal for Abidal to last until 2021, which is when they touch the elections. “Values“In the world of football, everything is results today and we can all deceive ourselves. Barça aspires to win everything and has won everything, but since there is when we talk about values. I don’t like this discourse about values. When you are in a complicated situation, what you want is to win. If we want to deceive ourselves, we deceive ourselves, but we have to prioritize. And the priority is to win and get titles. When you win you can talk about values, now I don’t see many people talking about values”.last_img read more

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