Teague to Chair Division I FCS Selection Committee

first_imgCONWAY, Ark. – University of Central Arkansas director of athletics Dr. Brad Teague has assumed the role of chairman of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Selection Committee for the 2018 season.Teague, in his 12th year at Central Arkansas, officially begins his term on Sept. 1.The FCS Selection committee consists of 10 athletics directors from the FCS conferences that have automatic qualification status to the football playoffs and is unique in that it is the only national committee that is 100 percent comprised of athletic directors.”I am looking forward to the coming year serving as chair of the FCS selection committee,’ said Teague, who is in his fourth and final year as a member of the committee. “This is a great group of athletic directors who work extremely hard to ensure a fair and valid selection of the championship bracket is completed. “Five of the 10 members on this year’s committee are incoming members and two of the other five have only served one year.”We will have to communicate regularly and provide some additional discussion and training to ensure we are fully prepared for the business this fall of selecting the field for one of the NCAA’s great championships,’ said Teague.The committeee will select 24 teams to play for the championship, with 14 of those receiving at-large slots. The Southland Conference had three teams in the playoff field in 2017, including Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Nicholls State.”The value for these slots is placed on Division I wins and an emphasis on quality wins,’ said Teague, who has seen his UCA Bears make the plaoff field the past two seasons. “With only 14 at-large slots available, the competition is strong. The past few years, it has taken eight Division I wins to be considered for selection.’Selection weekend coinsides with the last playing date of the regular season, Nov. 17. After conference calls throughout the season, the selection committee will meet in Indianapolis to complete the selections for release on Sunday, Nov. 18. Round 1 of the FCS Playoffs begins on Nov. 24.”I am happy to represent our great D-I football subdivision this year,’ Teague said. “I anticipate a great year on the gridiron and look forward to watching all these great teams compete for a chance to play in the postseason and play for a national championship.’last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY MIKE WILLMAN -SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020

first_img2nd 41% $273,381 $231,901 62% Jorge Velez66 Win% 6 1st 3 3rd 5 3 4 7 7 3 10 15% 1 $989,232 42% 39% 4 1 3 BAFFERT RELISHES ‘MUCHO’S’ PEGASUS WIN FROM AFAR 0 73% 42% SANTA ANITA-BASED MUCHO GUSTO RUNS LIGHTS-OUT IN $3 MILLION PEGASUSIdle since fourth in the Grade III Oklahoma Derby Sept. 29, Bob Baffert’s Santa Anita-based Mucho Gusto ran the race of his life in yesterday’s Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream, winning by 4 ½ lengths while getting a mile and one eighth in 1:48.85.Ridden for the first time in his 11th career start by recent Eclipse Award winning Jockey Irad Ortiz, Mucho Gusto was hustled from the gate, soon found the rail and had a 2 ½ length advantage turning for home.“Irad Ortiz did a pretty masterful job,” Baffert, who opted not to travel to Gulfstream, said yesterday from Santa Anita.  “He had me a little worried the way he was down inside like that, but he knew what he was doing.  When he tilted out at the quarter pole, all I could say was ‘Damn, I wish I would have flown down there.’“I am really happy, I was really surprised because it was a last minute thing,” Baffert told XBTV yesterday at Santa Anita.  “I just thought about (the Pegasus) and I was watching the race closely.  I gave him a good work and I was going to run him next week in the San Pasqual (Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Feb. 1) and I thought, ‘You know what, he worked so well today (Jan. 16), I think I’ll take a shot at it and he hadn’t gotten an invite from the Saudi Cup…So I thought maybe if he runs well (in the Pegasus), he’ll get an invitation.”As expected, the Saudi Cup invitation has been extended and Baffert said that both Mucho Gusto and McKinzie would depart from Santa Anita on Feb. 18.“The race is $20 million at a mile and one eighth on Feb. 29,” he said.MAJOR PLAYERS ROADSTER, GIFT BOX & STORM THE COURT NEARING RACESSeveral notable local stakes winners, including 2019 Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, were prominent on this morning’s work tab, with Bob Baffert confirming Roadster, who drilled six furlongs in 1:12.60, is definite for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes, an iconic prep for the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap March 7.Most recently second to Omaha Beach in the Grade I Malibu Stakes on Dec. 28, Roadster will be ridden by Joel Rosario.In addition to Roadster, Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, a winner of last year’s Big ‘Cap and most recently victorious in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes Dec. 28, worked five furlongs in 1:01.80.  Like Roadster, Gift Box is also nominated to the San Pasqual.Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and recently crowned Eclipse Award winning 2-year-old male Storm the Court worked five furlongs this morning for trainer Peter Eurton in 1:00.60.INSTAGRAND DRILLS OUT OF GATE IN PREP FOR SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL     A 10 ¼ length winner of the Grade II Best Pal Stakes in his second career start, and third in both the Grade III Gotham Stakes and Grade I Santa Anita Derby last year, OXO Equine’s Instagrand, who was most recently third as the 9-5 favorite in a one mile allowance here Jan. 1, drilled six furlongs out of the gate Saturday in 1:16.60 as he preps for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.“I know the time is slow, but to be honest, the track was pretty slow (yesterday),” said Don Chatlos, former assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, who has been Instagrand’s trainer of record for his last two starts.  “When the track is slow like this, my exercise riders know it and there’s no point in trying to make something happen with the time…He galloped out good and he got out of it what he needed to.“His first race with me at Del Mar (a fifth place finish as the even money favorite in second condition allowance going 6 ½ furlongs Dec. 1), you can throw it out.  He had shipped in from New York and was pulling early, very anxious and he just stopped.  His next race here on Jan. 1, Baffert sent a horse and really made him run early, with no breather.  He got a little tired and got beat a length and a half, but hopefully he’s rounding into form now.”SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOKIn addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall-to-wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.     FINISH LINES: . . . Santa Anita will embark upon a four-day race week this coming Thursday, with first post time on Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m.  Santa Anita offers $2 beer and $6 specialty cocktails each Friday at designated locations throughout the track. Specialty cocktails include a Baldwin Buck, Margarita and other selected cocktails. There is also free Club House (including Santa Anita’s Sports Book) and General Admission each Friday . . . FIRST POST ON BIG GAME SUNDAY, FEB. 2., IS EARLY AT 11 A.M.  COME FOR THE RACES AND STAY FOR THE BIG GAME!LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 26th, 2020Bob Baffert Reacts To Mucho Gusto’s Impressive Win in the Pegasus World CupWORKOUTS:Gift Box (Sadler) 1-26-20Roadster (Outside) and Heck Yeah (Baffert) 1-26-20United (Mandella) 1-26-20Anuket (Baffert) 1-25-20Clivetty (Outside) and Instagrand (Chatlos) 1-25-20Campaign (Outside) and Combatant (Sadler) 1-25-20Gingham (Outside) and Golden Principal  (Baffert) 1-24-20McKinzie (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 1-24-20 38% 40% 46% 16 5 5 3 5 3 Jockey Standings 16 38% 11 40% 3 20% 27% 6 24% 6 8 JockeyMts 2 Bob Baffert33 2 2 Win% 4 14% 44% 12% 10 8 17% Michael W. McCarthy17 34% $74,102 $352,470 3 38% 6 22% Tiago Pereira46 7 3 $357,077 (Current Through Saturday, January 25, 2020 Inclusive) Mario Gutierrez42 11 55% 9 1st $346,847 CHATLOS POINTS INSTAGRAND TO NEXT SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL 5 Money Won 16 $142,060 $308,279 24% $214,080 43% 16 Jeff Bonde11 4 1 $1,062,672 4 Mark Glatt26 3 Mike Smith25 $117,621 5 $133,175 $661,582 15% 6 35% 15% 6 1 1 $351,811 Edwin Maldonado28 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Craig Anthony Lewis20 4 12 Ruben Fuentes34 47% $140,105 16 Victor Espinoza25 14% $762,740 14%center_img 1 $268,371 43% 8 11% 1 0 18% $422,328 3rd 4 4 23% ROADSTER, GIFT BOX & STORM THE COURT PROMINENT ON WORK TAB 10 14% Doug F. O’Neill44 1 50% 44% 12% 7 2 Richard E. Mandella19 9% 6 4 5 26% 2 8 30% 24% 24% Brian J. Koriner19 17% 4 15% ITM% 44% $176,182 6 13% Mike Puype18 3 56% 1 17% Drayden Van Dyke57 53% 9 Peter Miller32 10% 14% Abel Cedillo106 $100,171 13 $178,842 7 5 30% 37% 2 4 Brice Blanc22 5 5 $451,302 Joel Rosario66 Hector O. Palma17 1 Agapito Delgadillo29 10% Flavien Prat65 41% $683,922 Money Won 4 53% $813,540 36% 1 3 ITM% 43% TrainerSts 4 Assael Espinoza22 23% $393,165 3 $762,349 Richard Baltas50 5 J.C. Diaz, Jr.41 4 63% $145,732 15 3 3 17% John W. Sadler30 26% $708,954 Geovanni Franco38 Umberto Rispoli48 2nd 4 4 4 39% 3 8 $440,018 $341,781 Steve Knapp18 $212,481 Andrew Lerner13 2 $166,301 Philip D’Amato42 2 1 24%last_img read more

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Chelsea and Spurs in transfer battle for 15-year-old Linfield ace Charlie Allen

first_imgCHELSEA are reportedly battling Tottenham for Northern Ireland teen starlet Charlie Allen.The 15-year-old Linfield attacking midfielder has already held talks with Spurs after spending a trial period at the North London side.2 Chelsea are attempting to beat Spurs in the race for Linfield starlet Charlie AllenCredit: Pacemaker PressNow Football Insider claims Frank Lampard’s Blues “have ambushed attempts” from their rivals to secure the teen.Their report states Chelsea have asked Linfield for permission to take him on trial.The Stamford Bridge outfit’s coaching staff want to take a closer look at the youngster as they consider a swoop.But both of the capital’s big guns also face competition from Manchester City.Allen has also spent time training with the Premier League champions and he has plenty of options to consider ahead of a move to England.Spurs looked to be in pole position for him but now face a huge fight for his services.2LATEST CHELSEA TRANSFER NEWSLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outAllen became Linfield’s youngest-ever debutant in their final game of last season.He turns 16 next month and has been hailed by the Northern Irish club’s academy boss Glenn Ferguson as “one of the brightest prospects” he has seen.Linfield are resigned to losing Allen but will be looking to cash-in on their prized-asset.last_img read more

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Late Son penalty sinks Saints as sub Alli inspires Spurs in FA Cup thriller

first_imgTHEY could not wait to get away from the place.While Spurs still have a fair amount of work to do, they will now have one eye on a return to Wembley in the FA Cup.12 Inspiration Son Heung-Min salutes his 87th minute penalty winner for SpursCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd12 Angus Gunn has no chance as this Son Heung-min spot-kick makes it 3-2 to TottenhamCredit: Reuters12 Danny Ings must have thought Southampton were on course for the FA Cup last 16 as he celebrates putting them 2-1 up with Nathan RedmondCredit: Getty Images – GettyCertainly if they show the spirit and hard work displayed last night when everything seemed to be going against them while they also got a dollop of fortune with a winning penalty.Jose Mourinho’s side looked to be heading out of the Cup when Danny Ings put Southampton ahead in the 72nd minute but within 15 minutes, all was well for the home fans. Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min both scoring to turn this game around.Tottenham will expect to beat Norwich at home in the fifth round for a place in the quarter-finals and then they will be just one game away from a return to their former temporary home.WHITE ELEPHANTIt would be foolish to say everything is suddenly okay at Spurs, even though they are six games unbeaten.And you have to give credit to Southampton who played well and had to cope without James Ward-Prowse, who suffered a nasty knee injury after a tackle from Ryan Sessegnon.But like the 2-0 win over Manchester CIty, Mourinho will be pleased his team found a way of winning, even though this is hardly sparkling football.Right now, the atmosphere at White Hart Lane feels a bit dead. So Spurs desperately need a Cup run.12 Son Heung-min is a study in concentration as he tucks away the spot-kick winnerCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd12 Lucas Moura bagged this classy leveller for Spurs on 78 minutesCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdHere we have an outstanding £1billion stadium, one of the best in the world, but in terms of atmosphere, there is something missing, even though there were 56,000 inside here last night.The 17,500-capacity, single-tier stand behind the goal is a thing of beauty for those who hate boring concrete bowl of a stadium where all the stands look the same.It would have been too much to expect an atmosphere like Dortmund’s Yellow Wall, but here, the White Wall currently feels like a white elephant.But at least the fans came to life in the final few minutes.Southampton star James Ward-Prowse needs oxygen after suffering gruesome gash to knee in Tottenham clash12 Danny Ings rams Southampton 2-1 ahead at the peak of their controlCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd12 Southampton hail Shane Long after he deservedly levelled on 34 minutesCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd12 Shane Long is on hand to pouch the rebound as Southampton make it 1-1Credit: Getty Images – GettyFor long periods, Southampton played the better football. Nearly 6000 fans made the journey from the South Coast. They all paid £25 in contrast to the £10 season ticket holders from both clubs were charged for the first match.Nathan Redmond, looking full of confidence, wandered into the home area without anyone bothering to tackle and Hugo Lloris got down low to push the ball away.Tottenham’s three-man defence looked a bit suspect and the midfield seemed half asleep.So even Morinho would have been surprised to see his team tear up the other end to score even though it was extremely fortunate.Sessegnon provided some spark down the left and started a move which then left him with a sight on goal.12 Harry Winks and Son Heung-min help Tanguy Ndombele celebrate after his shot was deflected in after 12 minutesCredit: Reuters12 This firm shot from Tanguy Ndombele ricochets in off Southampton defender Jack Stephens for Spurs’ early breakthroughCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd12 Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse grimaces in pain and needed oxygen after a tackle from Ryan Sessegnon, forcing him offCredit: EPAStephens delivered a fine, diving tackle and he then got to his feet to block the strike from Ndombele, only to divert the shot past a stranded Angus Gunn.With this game being played an incredibly speed, Ings hammered an effort against the bar and Lloris spilled a bobbling effort from Ryan BertrandThe French keeper got away with it once but he paid the price for making a similar save from Redmond. After some more impressive trickery from BoufalHe once again pushed the ball away but not wide enough – and Shane Long was presented with the easiest of chances.The injury to Ward-Prowse took the wind out of Southampton’s sails. After lengthy treatment, he was taken off on a stretcher with Ings running over to the tunnel to check on his team-mate before play restarted and it looked a nasty cut.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesPierre-Emile Hojberg and Boufal were both guilty of wasting chances for Saints in the second half, along with Moura at the other end for Tottenham.But sensing his team was still not causing enough problems, Mourinho brought on Gedson Fernandes for Jan Vertonghen and switched to a back four.Making only his fourth appearance after joining on loan from Benfica, Fernandes added some zip and then Dele Alli – having recovered from Raheem Sterling tackle on Sunday – was introduced for Ndombele.The Frenchman had done okay but the substitution was not a surprise as Mourinho claims the player is not yet capable of lasting 90 minutes.FURIOUSMourinho will be absolutely furious that his team conceded when they lost possession from an attack.Redmond delivered a truly outstanding 50-yard run, danced past three Tottenham players and then set up Ings who was given too much space by Japhet Tanganga. He picked his spot past Lloris for goal number 17.No sooner were Southampton looking in control then, then they lost concentration defensively and Moura levelled.He showed confidence in moving the ball forward, played a one-two with Alli and then delivered a decent shot into the corner from just inside the area.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticWith just over four minutes left, Heung-Min Son was upended after minimal contact from Gunn and the South Korean buried his spot-kick.There is no doubt Spurs miss Harry Kane and he will not be back until April. But, maybe, Spurs will still be in the FA Cup.It would be typical Mourinho to conjure something like this.12 Son Heung-min rejoices with team-mates after his clincherCredit: Getty Images – GettyHow to say Steven Bergwijn’s name properly as Tottenham star reveals English and Dutch pronunciations before scoring on Spurs debutlast_img read more

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Tottenham news LIVE: All the latest from Spurs

first_imgWilliam Pugh24 Mar 2020, 1:09 pmCORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON FOOTYWilliam Pugh24 Mar 2020, 12:49 pmS-TOT RIGHT THERETottenham were due to hold talks with Fenerbahce star Vedat Muriqi, according to reports.But Turkish newspaper Sozcu report the deal is now in limbo because of the Coronavirus outbreak.Spurs were planning to hold talks with the Turkish giant after Kosovo’s Euro 2020 playoff game against Northern Macedonia, but after the game was cancelled due to the pandemic, transfer negotiations were put on hold.William Pugh24 Mar 2020, 11:55 amTOTTENHAM ARE WITH YOUSpurs’ players have recorded a video message to fans to send their support during this tough time brought on by coronavirus. 📲 Time for a Tuesday Twitter takeover!Over to the legend, @LedleyKing…#SpursAtHome ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/UWAqUo2eFd— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 24, 2020William Pugh25 Mar 2020, 4:03 pmEUR ONChampions League football will be back on TV soon – as Uefa join the retro approach to giving fans their fix.The European governing body is going to open up its archive of classic matches for free and make them available on the same schedule as if Covid-19 had not halted football.So Champions League games will be shown on UEFA.tv on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with Europa League clashes on Thursdays.Uefa will also make available the best action from the European Championship, the women’s Euro and the women’s Champions League.There will also be Q&A sessions with legendary players and other content to fill the hours as supporters around the world find themselves at home under lockdown conditions.The matches and other features will be available on Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV, as well as Uefa’s own platform and apps.William Pugh24 Mar 2020, 3:36 pmTHAT’S HANDY HARRYHarry Kane will be fit and ready to go when the Premier League returns.He told Tottenham’s website: “From a rehab point of view and personal point of view, I’m doing really well,” Kane told Tottenham’s website: I’m at a good stage now and just working hard, doing a lot of recovery, a lot of rehab and just waiting to see what happens to the season.“I’m not too far away, I’d normally hope to be back with the team in two or three weeks. “I’m at a good stage, pretty much doing everything, now it’s about building up my fitness.”William Pugh24 Mar 2020, 2:18 pmJAN-CY THATJan Vertonghen has earned a place in SunSport’s best free agent XI.The team is made up of players whose deals run out this summer and the Belgian has made the cut. 🌍 Wherever you are in the world, we’re with you. 💙#SpursAtHome ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/W67I83dZ51— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 23, 2020William Pugh24 Mar 2020, 11:01 amSPURRING PEOPLE ONTottenham used the one-year anniversary of the first game at their new home to urge people to stay at home during coronavirus. Thanks so much to @josemourinhotv for coming to help us today in #Enfield @ageuklondon to support our our appeal and work for the community ❤️❤️ #THFC please donate 🙏🏼 https://t.co/S1QrRpyCV3 pic.twitter.com/5nLtrK5Wzi— Love Your DoorStep (@LoveUrdoorstep) March 23, 2020Load more entries… William Pugh24 Mar 2020, 9:41 am…“But after that I am hoping football can do something very big from a community basis on a nationwide scale — in terms of how they can contribute in this time.“Football has to look outwards. You can’t just look inwards at a time like this. Football has to do something quite spectacular, I think, so that it sets the tone for the rest of the country.“I have great faith in football players in terms of their souls. I really believe that 99 per cent of them are really good human beings who will want to not only look after themselves, but also the communities they are part of. I think football will do it.“Most come from the kind of communities that find times like this the most challenging. I do believe players will step up in the next month.“They won’t be selfish. They will want to do something special in the next few weeks, once they have worked out what it is.”William Pugh24 Mar 2020, 9:41 am’GARY’S CALLING’Gary Neville is urging the mega-rich within the Premier League to help the NHS and the wider community in the fight against coronavirus.The Manchester United legend, 45, wants to see football “look outwards” and “do something quite spectacular” in order to set an example and lead the way in Britain.Neville said: “I am hoping the League Managers Association, PFA, FA, Premier League and EFL are behind the scenes coming up with something.“Obviously they have done in terms of the protection of health of the fans and players. That’s number one.“Number two is that they can now come up with something that protects the business of football so that the clubs don’t go to the wall and that fans have a club to watch at the end of this….James Orr24 Mar 2020, 8:04 amICYMI…Dele Alli was pictured leaving the Tottenham’s training ground after a fleeting 10 minute visit following the revelation he partied two nights in a row despite coronavirus fears.The Premier League has been put on hold as the pandemic rages throughout the UK.The government has advised the general public of social distancing, yet the advice came too late for Alli.The Sun exclusively revealed how the England and Spurs star, 23, was seen downing cocktails and shots at London clubs the weekend before last, after games were called off.Alli, who earns £100,000-a-week, is among hundreds of players ordered to stay fit by their clubs after games were wiped out by coronavirus.The former MK Dons star and ex-team-mate Kyle Walker were in the VIP area at Tape in London’s Mayfair.READ MORE ON THIS STORY HEREGary Stonehouse24 Mar 2020, 6:07 amMORNING, SPURS FANSTalk of Harry Kane’s exit this summer refuses to go away but the club are reportedly lining up a sensational swoop for Erling Haaland as his replacement.TuttoMercato.claim Spurs are eyeing Borussia Dortmund’s Norwegian wonderkid, who has bagged 40 goals in 33 games this season.Another star who could be heading out of the exit door is Danny Rose.The 29-year-old moved to Newcastle in January and is due to return to the capital at the end of the current campaign.However, The Northern Echo report senior officials at Spurs have suggested to Toon Army chiefs they will be happy to do business.And they state the North London club’s manager Mourinho decided a while ago Rose was not part of his plans.The Doncaster-born star, who is out of contract in June 2021, has settled back up North well.But one player Spurs are glad they held onto is Son Heung-min.Former manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed the South Korean would no longer be at the club if was barred from the Asia Games.Son captained his nation to the gold medal at the 2018 tournament in Indonesia – and as a result earned exemption from South Korea’s mandatory 21-month military service.And Poch told the High Performance Podcast: “No one talks about this. Today, Sonny is at Tottenham because we allowed him to go and play two competitions that weren’t compulsory.“By not being selfish and saying, ‘No, Sonny needs to stay here because of the club.’“If not, two years and you would need to stop the contract with Son. No one says anything about that. It was our decision to provide him the time to go.”Joe Brophy24 Mar 2020, 9:56 pmHOME ALONEExclusive by Alan Nixon: Premier League stars are to be kept apart until May 1 — at the earliest.The top flight is now in lockdown with clubs sorting fitness programmes that could see them make a full-on return to training SIX WEEKS from now.Elite clubs do not expect to play again until at least June 1 because of the coronavirus crisis despite action being suspended until April 30.The newly-planned timetable would then see players given a ‘pre-season’ of a month before an intense programme of matches.Joe Brophy24 Mar 2020, 9:27 pmTHE SPECIAL ONEJose Mourinho showed he is a man of the people by helping deliver essential food to the elderly stuck indoors because of coronavirus.The big-hearted Spurs boss, 57, was helping out Age UK and Love Your Doorstep in Enfield, North London, earlier today.center_img TOTTENHAM will not return to Premier League action until April 30 with football in England suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.And former player and assistant Clive Allen has revealed he has contracted the killer bug.But the transfer rumour mill is alive as Spurs are linked with a bizarre bid for Erling Haaland, while a deal for Vedat Muriqi of Fenerbahce is in limbo following the COVID-19 crisis.Follow all the latest news and gossip from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium here…Alex Terrell25 Mar 2020, 10:47 amTHE BAKE ESCAPEKyle Walker has a hilarious take on Wembley’s denial they are using the national stadium to cook a giant lasagne.The former Spurs right-back has offered to cook one at the Etihad instead.Wembley were reluctant to do so, because there might actually be people present, which doesn’t seem to be an issue at City’s ground. Well, if Wembley won’t do it… 🤣 pic.twitter.com/P0Rd0i9paT— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) March 24, 2020Alex Terrell25 Mar 2020, 10:28 amALLEN’S ORDEALWhite Hart Lane legend Allen added: “After I began to feel better, I had a dry cough for about three days.“Because there was information about the illness I called 111 and they said they’d call me back within two or three days, which they did.“They came three or four days later and tested me at my house. Health England arranged it and the lady came and swabbed my nose and my mouth.“She went away and I got the positive result five days later.“I thought I had a bad attack of flu but obviously due to the timing of it I was a little bit concerned because there was a lot being talked about the coronavirus.”Alex Terrell25 Mar 2020, 10:05 amBREAKINGTottenham legend Clive Allen has today revealed he has coronavirus.Former Spurs and England striker Allen, 59, has been self-isolating for more than a fortnight after testing positive to the deadly disease at his home.TV and Radio pundit Allen, who netted a club record 49 goals in one season for Spurs in 1986-87, said he had started to show the “classic symptoms” of the bug.He said: “I just had the classic symptoms; high temperature, shivery and felt as if I had a bout of the flu.“Over two or three days it took hold and I felt unwell for five days, one day particularly so. I had quite a nasty headache which I never get. It was vice-like around my head.”Alex Terrell25 Mar 2020, 10:05 amBARCA-LOANERBarcelona cannot find a club that are willing to buy Philippe Coutinho for the right price, according to reports.Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are among the teams linked to the former Liverpool midfielder.The Spanish giants reportedly want to pocket at least £72million for the sale of the 27-year-old this summer.But according to Marca, Barcelona “can’t find a club” that are willing to meet their asking price.Bayern Munich will not take up the option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.He has scored nine goals and made eight assists for the Bundesliga side across all competitions, but they plan to send him back to Barca.Alex Terrell25 Mar 2020, 9:29 amNOT LION AROUNDDele Alli proved days in isolation aren’t so ruff after all by replicating the Lion King with pet dog Uno.The Tottenham ace is keeping himself entertained while the football season is postponed by watching films on his giant projector inside his house.Uno played his part by barely moving while Alli had a huge grin on his face.With the iconic Circle of Life soundtrack playing in the background, Alli uploaded the clip to Instagram with the caption: “Turns out Uno loves the Lion King as much as I do.”His fans loved it with one writing: “This is so funny.”Adam Storer25 Mar 2020, 8:41 amETI-HAD TO DO ITTottenham are among eight Premier League clubs looking to gang up on Manchester City surrounding their Champions League ban.The reigning English champions are currently waiting for their appeal to be heard, after being handed a two-year suspension from European competitions.Yet, Spurs have joined forces with Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool, Leicester, Wolves and Burnley to ensure the ban is not put on hold while they await the decision from Court of Arbitration for Sport.Richard Forrester25 Mar 2020, 6:13 amMORNING, SPURS FANSHarry Kane dominates the fitness and transfer talk around Tottenham.The England striker and Spurs both announced he WILL be back from his ruptured tendon when the season resumes.And equally good news is that Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will not consider selling him to the manager’s old club Manchester United in the summer… that’s if you believe the verdict of Old Trafford legend Jose Mourinho,.Kane, out since New Year’s Day, could even return as sharp as his team-mates, whose match-sharpness will be blunted by the current football suspension due to coronavirus.He told Spurs’ official website: “I’m good. From a rehab point of view and personal point of view, I’m doing really well.“I’m at a good stage now and just working hard, doing a lot of recovery, a lot of rehab and just waiting to see what happens to the season.”At the same time, in an Instagram live session, Ferdinand said: “If he’s fit and he’s raring to go, you take Harry Kane to Manchester United. 100% because he is a top player.“But I do not see Tottenham letting Harry Kane go. And with Mourinho there, I do not see Mourinho letting him go to Manchester United.”Meanwhile, Dele Alli was pictured leaving training after a fleeting 10 minute visit – following the revelation he partied two nights in a row despite coronavirus fears.The Sun exclusively revealed how Tottenham’s England midfielder, 23, was seen downing cocktails and shots at London clubs the weekend before last, after games were called off.Ian Tuckey25 Mar 2020, 9:25 pmJO NO YOU DON’T, HARRYRio Ferdinand believes Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho would block Manchester United’s dream signing Harry Kane from making such a move.Striker and England skipper Kane hopes to be fuLly fit after injury by late April after 181 goals in 278 games so far for Spurs. United and Three Lions’ legend Ferdinand feels Kane would be a sure-fire hit at Old Trafford – but SAYS Mourinho would do all he could to stop Tottenham main man joining his former club.He told an Instagram live session: “Would I take Harry Kane now? Of course, you would.“If he’s fit and he’s raring to go, you take Harry Kane to Manchester United. 100% because he is a top player. “You are guaranteeing goals. In the Premier League, you are guaranteeing goals. He scores goals.“But I do not see Tottenham letting Harry Kane go. And with Mourinho there, I do not see Mourinho letting him go to Manchester United.”Ian Tuckey25 Mar 2020, 8:26 pm LEWIN FEARS MENTAL TOLLEx-England physio Gary Lewin fears footballers becoming “institutionalised” and suffering mentally due to the coronavirus-enforced suspension.Clubs put players on strict training regimes even before the Government’s three-week lockdown.And speaking to the Football Ramble Daily Podcast, Lewin said: “I’ve heard the phrase institutionalised used and it’s not wrong. “Players, their whole lives are geared around performance and getting ready for the next game, and we’re now in the business end of the season, the last 10-12 games of the league, the final stages of all cup competitions and suddenly that’s stopped. “This will be unprecedented. Players sometimes stop through injury, players sometimes stop through illness, or they stop because they’ve been dropped from the team, but the matches still go on. “Turning the telly on at the weekend and there’s no Match Of The Day or live reporting of any sport anywhere – it’s a massive void. “From a sports perspective, the adrenaline rush that they get two or three times a week, the competitive urge they get on a regular basis is now being withdrawn. “That would come into some of the thinking of the support staff in clubs if they’re doing group fitness sessions with players from home – to make it competitive and give a competitive edge amongst the squad.” Ian Tuckey25 Mar 2020, 6:44 pmWE’LL SPURS FANS ONTottenham players recorded a video message to fans to send their support during https://twitter.com/SpursOfficial/status/1242161548933685255?s=20this tough time brought on by coronavirus. William Pugh25 Mar 2020, 4:56 pmTHE RETURN OF THE KINGTottenham let club legend take over their Twitter account amid the football blackout brought on by coronavirus. 🗓️ This day last year saw the very first game at our new home.🏠 Today, it’s never been more important to stay in yours.#SpursAtHome ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/QCczyJRIew— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 24, 2020William Pugh24 Mar 2020, 10:30 amBERNAB-OUCHEx-Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has unsurprisingly been named in Real Madrid’s worst XI of the 21st century by Marca.The former England centre-back endured a nightmare stint at the Bernabeu following his shock move from Newcastle – it started badly and never recovered.He had quite possibly the most infamous debut of all time.Woodgate had to wait a whole year to make it onto the pitch due to injury – and his first appearance against Athletic Bilbao couldn’t have gone worse.The eight-cap England star scored an own goal before being sent off – and in 2007 was named Real’s worst signing of the 21st century.last_img read more

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Ladies Who League: The unsung heroes

first_imgWho would have thought that for the fourth time in five match-ups that a game between the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys would go into golden point? Who predicted that the Canberra Raiders would start the season 0-2? Did anyone predict that Jarryd Hayne would be a mug NRL Fantasy pick (if so I wish that they had told me sooner…)?What’s not so surprising is that there have been some stand out performers in the opening weeks of the competition.  Everyone is talking about Jason Taumololo from the Cowboys, and for good reason. In just two games, the ‘other’ JT has made 507 metres, which is absolutely epic.One of my favourite moments of the clash between the Cowboys and the Broncos was at the end of the game after Johnathan Thurston had kicked the field goal to seal the win. While Thurston leapt up into the air with joy, Taumololo doubled over, hands on his knees, exhausted. He was spent. He had nothing left to give. That is exactly the sort of player that I want on my team.Speaking of a player that I want on my team, is it too early to be calling ‘buy of the season’? Apparently not, because that’s what people are saying about Luke Keary. A change has really done wonders for this young half and he looks right at home in his new colours of red, white and blue. He was again dominant last week against the Bulldogs and was instrumental in the set-up of two tries – the first to Boyd Cordner and the second to Mitch Aubusson. The Roosters are already benefiting from his enthusiasm and he is beginning to look like the young half that led Souths to a Premiership in 2014.While these are some of the more obvious stand-out players, this week I want to highlight some unsung heroes from the opening two rounds of the competition and celebrate their contribution to their teams’ successes.Mitch Barnett – Newcastle KnightsAt the beginning of the season, I predicted that the Knights would not get the wooden spoon and from what I’ve seen from the opening two rounds, I’m even more confident.Congratulations to the whole team on their win against the Gold Coast Titans on the weekend – their first win in almost an entire calendar year.  The Knights are a team of unsung heroes including Brock Lamb and Sione Mata’utia (I think Nathan Ross has officially reached cult hero status, so I have left him off this list), but one man in particular has stood out for me and that’s Mitch Barnett.  Mitch is only 22 years old, but has already made a demonstrable impact at the club. In 2016, he averaged more offloads and more runs per game than any other player at the Knights. In his opening two games this year, he has picked up where he left off last year.  Already this season he has made 204 running metres, has already notched up two try assists and made 78 tackles. He is exactly the sort of workhorse player that the Knights need and I’m really enjoying watching him develop as a player. Even more exciting for Knights fans is that Mitch penned a new deal this week which will see him in the red and blue until 2020. During negotiations, Mitch made it very clear that he wanted to stay at the Knights and it looks like they were even keener to keep him.Suaia Matagi – Parramatta EelsIf you’re a Parramatta fan, you could be forgiven for being extremely impressed with what you’ve seen in the opening rounds with dominant wins over both the Manly Sea Eagles and the St George Illawarra Dragons. This is the first time since 1999 the Eels have started the season winning their first two games.While most people have been focused on the performances of Corey Norman, Clint Gutherson, Bevan French and Semi Radradra (all deservedly so), I would like to single out prop Suaia Matagi who has really brought a sense of toughness to Parramatta’s forward pack that the team has lacked in the past. With 247 metres made in his first two games and his fancy footwork creating havoc for defenders, Suaia has really impressed me in his opening two games – particularly when you consider what he has gone through off the field. Suaia has spent time in prison – serving three years for assault. He was only 17 years old at the time. Rugby league has given this man a second chance and he is taking that opportunity with both hands. Not only is he leading on the field, but off the field Suaia is known for taking the opportunity to visit other at-risk young people so that they can learn from his experiences and hopefully take a different path.Ryan Matterson – Sydney RoostersThe way the Sydney Roosters have started off this year has created quite the stir. Rugby league fans have been getting very excited over the performances of players like Luke Keary, Dylan Napa, Boyd Cordner and Mitchell Pearce. With the focus on these key names, there’s a player that has gone under the radar, and for me, he has been crucial to the benchmark set by the Roosters in Rounds 1 and 2.Ryan Matterson has made over 100 metres off the bench in both games so far this season. Last season Ryan was known as a utlity and played several positions. This year he has started in the back row, and despite having to adapt to his new role in the middle, has really taken the opportunity in his stride. Along with names like Connor Watson, Joseph Manu and Latrell Mitchell, Ryan Matterson represents the future of the Sydney Roosters and he is already contracted until the end of 2019. Some other players that just missed the ‘unsung heroes’ cut are South Sydney’s Cody Walker, the Cowboy’s Scott Bolton, Broncos interchange forward Herman Ese’ese and Dragons lock Jack de Belin. So while other rugby league fans are praising some of the bigger stars in the competition, be sure to remember the unsung heroes whose contribution is so important in making sure your team gets the job done on the weekend.last_img read more

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Fijians are here

first_imgHe said that they aim to win gold in  28 sports.”All for gold not silver,” said Rodan.Fiji’s first contingent of 250 arrived at midnight on a charter flight and the second group will arrive in Port Moresby on July 7.Fiji will take part in all 28 sports at the Pacific Games.last_img

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Setién: “For many the result is enough, but I have come here thinking about something else”

first_img“I am quite emotional. It is true that I try to turn things around, analyze them, but surely between what dictates reality or the heart, I will most likely let myself be carried away by the heart.” Passion“I’m still a footballer, I feel the same passion to play, and I would have liked to always be on the other side. I still have my team of veterans on the beach and I have my friends, my pachangas. I have a huge fear of being injured and not being able to playing again, is what I really like. ” Game philosophy“A person of convictions can give a certain profile of arrogance, because that is the only thing that is worth it, and it is not so. My convictions come because the football that I liked is the one that I try to instill. I have always felt what I felt in the schoolyard: I wanted the ball, I didn’t want to run after it, I enjoyed it when I had it and that’s what has always guided my life, it’s what I know and I’m sure 99% of football players feel that way What happens is that the coaches then change the players, we demand, the professional world is like that … “. Chess“A manager of Atlético brought me a board to play games against the machine. Chess hooks, I knew I had limits. But I do think it is a game that helped me catch that break, get away from the impulses … and there are certain similarities between the tactics, the balance that has to be in the field between the players and the pieces of the board … you have to be there to attack and also to defend. It sure has helped me. “ Quique Setién is eager to debut on the Camp Nou bench. The 61-year-old Cantabrian coach is excited as a rookie at the possibility of leading Barcelona. In his first interview, granted to the club channel, Setién offered the lines of his new project. Arrival“Everything has been so fast that I still have a hard time assimilating many things. When I woke up I had to realize that I am the new coach of Barça. It can’t be! The day of the presentation has been wonderful, one of the happiest of my life, I have about 600 messages on my mobile, a lot, I can not attend to all. ” Play good“There are many people who believe that playing well is something else: being clothed, that they do not create occasions and that you can catch them against one. For many that is enough, the result. I respect it, I would miss more, but I have come here thinking the other way. I always like my team to play well, it’s the only way I can go home satisfied. I will be satisfied by the three points if we win 1-0 without deserving it for the people, but I will go to house of bad milk, because what you need is to feel good, to do things well. If you do things well you will have a better chance of winning. ” Personalitylast_img read more

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How Europe hopes to solve its league championships

first_imgEngland. Liverpool will be champion in any case, by Alberto MuñozIn England not only nobody doubts that the Liiverpool go to be champion of the Premier LeagueThey also have no doubts that it deserves it. Although there is no regulation specifying how an eventual cancellation of the competition would be resolved, a senior executive confirmed to the newspaper The Telegraph that there would be practically no opposition to handing over the title to those of Klopp. Its maximum competitor, the Manchester City by Pep Guardiola, is currently at 25 points, and even the Catalan himself has already recognized the victory of the Reds, who have spent three decades without rising as champions. Right now, they only need two wins to be a mathematician, although the Premier will not return until the beginning of April after the most important break since the WWII. In the event that they could resume it in April, a very optimistic scenario right now, they would try to finish the competition normally, but if the predictions that they will not be able to return until May or June are fulfilled, they will have to make another decision.Italy. Serie A hopes to resume in May, by Mirko CalemmeThe A series, in principle, it will not resume until April 4, although it is practically impossible for this to be the date on which the competitions begin again. Those infected by the COVID-19 They continue to rise in Italy (20,000 cases were surpassed yesterday) and suggest that, in the best of scenarios, it can be played again in May. The League has already made it known that its intention is “to end sports activities by resuming the championships when sanitary conditions allow them”, something that would be possible by postponing the Eurocup: Yes, the competitions should end before July 1 due to the important contractual (transfer of players, for example) and economic issues. If this were not possible, one of the options that earns points is the playoff between the first four positions to establish the champion, and a playout with the last four for relegation to Series B. “It’s an old idea of ​​mine,” said the president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina, to Il Messaggero. “It would be an interesting event and a test to see how they would work,” he said. Germany. The playoff is an option for the Bundesliga, by J. C. MenzelIn GermanySo far, no final decision has been made. The only thing that decided the DFL, the federation of the league in Germany, was to postpone the 26th day. In addition, he advised to prolong this pause until April 2. Next Monday there will be a meeting between the leaders of the 36 clubs of both competitions to discuss the next steps. Various scenarios are considered, from the suspension of the rest of the games and the cancellation of the course completely to the celebration of a playoff to end the season in an express way. Much depends on the decision of the UEFA with respect to Eurocup, taking into account that a possible postponement of the EURO It would give the DFL extra time until the end of June, at which time some players’ contracts expire, to play suspended games. The goal is to end the season in any way, since a suspension from the rest of the season would result in a huge economic impact for the clubs.France. Ligue 1 is debated in three possible scenarios, by Andrés OnrubiaThe LFP announced this week that French football will stop until further notice, and, at the moment, nobody knows what will happen to the future of the competition. The options, as in all leagues, are multiple: from finishing the season without champions or descendants and ending it null, until the final stretch that still remains of the championship in June is played. Classrooms, president of the Lyon, has already proposed that the Ligue 1 ends “blank” and that the European places are awarded to the teams that played Champions and Europa League This season, which would mean that Olympique Lyon could return to the Champions League, when the team is currently out of any European competition in Ligue 1. Meanwhile, the Lille he has proposed that the remaining ten games in France be played in June, and that the Euro Cup and the Champions League be postponed. The option that the PSG be champion, that there are declines and promotions as is the classification now and that the season is over in all divisions of French football. The LFP will not take action for two weeks, which is when the duration of the crisis will be elucidated.last_img read more

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The referees reveal the examination they carry out in quarantine

first_imgEstrada Fernández, who was named as the best referee of last season in the First Division, answers another question: “When will a substitution be fully completed?” You have four options:a] When the substituted player enters the field of play after the substitute’s departureb] When the substituted player leaves the field of play.c] When the substitute enters the field.d] When the substitute enters the field of play from any part.The correct answer, and the one chosen by the Catalan committee referee, is c. When the substitute enters the field of play. Option a is cheating: the substituted player is the one who leaves, not the one who enters and vice versa. In b, the substitute is still missing to complete the action and in d, the substitute is the one who leaves the field.Another of the issues is also revealed by the First Iberdrola collegiate: “If on a penalty kick the goalkeeper steps forward from the goal line with his two feet before the ball is kicked and stops him by not scoring a goal. What decision does the referee make?” The answer is: Warning the goalkeeper for unsportsmanlike conduct and send the penalty kick repeated. As seen this season on several occasions, the tresses remind goalkeepers that they must have at least one foot above the goal line when shooting. The referees, like the players, are elite athletes and have to take care of their physical condition in detail during this quarantine. To do this they have to follow a series of guidelines set by the Referees Committee, but they also have to pass a series of tests on the Laws of the Game. Some tests that Antonio Rubinos, attached to the presidency of the CTA, and the Spanish arbitrators have revealed.Antonio Rubinos, in a video published by the Spanish Football Federation, tells how the exam to be passed by referees and assistants in the main categories of Spanish football is scheduled and chosen: “We use the CloubLab tool where we put different activities and tools. We have over 1,000 classified game rule questions. For each question they have four possible questions and only one correct answer. We choose twenty questions to take the exam and we program them from what time to what time can they do it, how much time do they have and the level of success. We will put the cut mark at 90% to consider that the test is correct. “ “Periodically, the Technical Commission sends us a series of videos on plays that are developed throughout the season,” says Rivera Olmedo, referee for Primera Iberdrola.An example of one of the questions in this questionnaire is the following: “An assistant referee signals that the ball has gone out on the side line. The referee does not see it and the game continues. An attacking player continues to play the ball and passes it to a teammate who scores the goal. The referee then sees the signal What decision does the referee make?Rivera Olmedo is clear on this and answers the option to: “He does not concede the goal and orders the game to be restarted with a throw-in, as the ball ceased to be in play when it went out on the touch line.”last_img read more

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