Southland Conference Announces 2018 Preseason All-Conference Baseball Teams

first_img Hunter Strong Central Arkansas 1B Jr. Sheridan, Ark. Name School Pos. Class Hometown All first team honorees are automatic selections as returners from last season’s all-conference teams. The Lions lead the first team with all three of their selections being named to top list, headlined by senior third baseman Taylor Schwaner. The reigning Southland Player of the Year notched a .330 batting average against league foes last season in 112 at-bats, including 41 RBIs and nine home runs with a .670 slugging percentage. Ethan Valdez Nicholls 2B Jr. San Antonio, Texas Corey Gaconi Southeastern Louisiana P Jr. Metaire, La. Hayden Wesneski Sam Houston State P So. Cypress, Texas Orynn Veillon New Orleans OF Jr. Lafayette, La. David Fry Northwestern State 1B Sr. Colleyville, Texas Southland preseason all-conference teams are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason teams and may be elevated to higher teams based on available positions. Bryan Warzek New Orleans P Jr. Clifton Park, N.Y. Ryan Gonzales UIW SS Jr. Corpus Christi, Texas Second Team First Team Clayton Harp Sam Houston State OF Jr. El Campo, Texas Grant Devore Lamar U Sr. Dallas, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State led all Southland baseball programs with four student-athletes named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference Teams, the league announced Tuesday. Andrew Fregia Sam Houston State 3B Jr. Liberty, Texas Last season’s Relief Pitcher of the Year JT Newton of Houston Baptist and Freshman of the Year Hayden Wesneski of Sam Houston State also return, along with Newcomer of the Year Josh Evans returning for Stephen F. Austin.The 2018 Southland Baseball Preseason Poll will be announced Thursday. The season begins Friday, Feb. 16 with 13 games, starting when Houston Baptist welcomes Western Michigan at 2 p.m. CT. Grant Anderson McNeese P Jr. Beaumont, Texascenter_img Luis Trevino Abilene Christian C Jr. Mission, Texas JT Newton Houston Baptist P Jr. Bangs, Texas Drew Avans Southeastern Louisiana U Sr. Alabaster, Ala. Hunter Hearn Sam Houston State OF Jr. Crosby, Texas Tyler Gray Central Arkansas P Sr. Fort Smith, Ark. Josh Evans Stephen F. Austin DH Sr. Ponca City, Okla. 2018 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Baseball Teams Tyler Depreta-Johnson Houston Baptist SS Sr. Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Shane Selman McNeese OF Jr. Lake Charles, La. The 2017 Southland Hitter of the Year also returns in McNeese junior Shane Selman. Selman hit .362 last season against conference opponents in 127 at-bats, tallying 10 home runs. Robin Adames Lamar DH Jr. The Bronx, N.Y. Dalton Stark Texas A&M-Corpus Christi OF Sr. Cypress, Texas Keaton Presley Central Arkansas OF Sr. Springfield, Mo. Central Arkansas, McNeese, New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana all earned a trio of selections while Houston Baptist and Lamar each earned two picks. Abilene Christian, UIW, Nicholls, Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all garnered one spot. Joe Provenzano McNeese 2B Sr. Downers Grove, Ill. Name School Pos. Class Hometown John Cable New Orleans C Sr. Roswell, Ga. Taylor Schwaner Southeastern Louisiana 3B Sr. Slidell, La.last_img read more

LAS CIENEGAS STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, JOLIE OLIMPICA, WINNER: “I just listened to what Mr. Mandella told me this morning. He said, ‘She trains like she’s really quick, maybe a little too quick, so be still leaving there. If she puts you (up on the pace) fine, if not give her a chance to settle and she should finish. She should want to go a little further than this as well.’“I was happy to be on a Drosselmeyer, I was blessed enough to win the Belmont (2010) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (2011) on him and this is his first offspring I’ve gotten a chance to ride.“Richard told me, ‘she might get a little light on her front end but it’s fine, just show her that everything is okay and she should be all right.’“The best part of the race was running underneath the wire to be honest with you. She galloped out well within herself, she wasn’t winded at all. She should get a mile for sure any day.”TRAINER QUOTESGARY MANDELLA, SON OF RICHARD MANDELLA, JOLIE OLIMPICA, WINNER: “She adapted quicker than most South American imports. A couple of the really good horses dad’s had over the years took a while to adjust. She was quicker than they were.“We didn’t necessarily expect her to break that fast, because if you watch her replays in South America, she didn’t always just leave there super-quick. He wasn’t sure if she’d get outrun a little the first part or if she’d do what she did. You don’t know until you put them out there.“She had a perfect trip. Mike did a great job with her. She was a little upset in the paddock, but Mike got her calmed down in the post parade. He had her in the right frame of mind to break well. Give all the credit to Mike on that. The track record? We’ll take it.”NOTES: The time of 1:01 established a track record, eclipsing the old mark of 1:01.49 held by Torosay set on Nov. 3, 2019.The winning owner is Rick Porter, who races as Fox Hills Farms, Inc.last_img read more

Tottenham transfer news LIVE: Latest updates and gossip from North London

first_imgWilliam Pugh4 Feb 2020, 9:09 pmTOTTENHAM’S Under-23s fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton tonight… TOTTENHAM failed to sign a striker in January, but the man they did bring in chipped in with a goal as Steven Bergwijn opened the scoring in a 2-0 win over Man City.Meanwhile, Danny Rose has revealed he called up his agent and asked him to set up a loan to Newcastle after former Toon left-back Jetro Willems got injured.Or stay here for all the latest Spurs news and gossip…Ian Tuckey4 Feb 2020, 11:34 pmKANE RECOVERY HEATS UPSpurs’ England skipper Harry Kane could start outdoors running next month and play again in the last month of the Premier League season, reports say. The Mail say the striker, 26, has headed to the Caribbean for warm-weather training to speed up recovery from his hamstring surgery last month.He still hopes to be fully fit for this summer’s Euro 2020.Ian Tuckey4 Feb 2020, 11:20 pmSON MUST BE MORE UP FRONTSon Heung-Min will have to adjust to being a No9 in Harry Kane’s absence after Spurs boss Jose Mourinho failed to sign a direct replacement in the transfer window.That’s according to Matt Le Tissier, who told Sky Sports News he expects new winger Steven Bergwijn to stick to a less central role and Son to play further forward than usual.Former Southampton legend Le Tiss said: “I think.. he’s going to play Son as the Kane replacement and Bergwijn will come in as one of the wide men, perhaps in a position Son might have played when Kane was in the team.“So I think that just tells you, for me, that Son will be playing centre-forward for the foreseeable future.”Ian Tuckey4 Feb 2020, 10:52 pmHOJ FUND BOOSTSpurs’ interest in Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been boosted by the Saints’ pursuit of Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham.Southampton are being linked with a summer bid for the ex-France Under-21 star, 23.And the Saints know they might need to replace skipper Hojbjerg, 24, who has 26 caps for Denmark and joined them from Bayern Munich four years ago. William Pugh4 Feb 2020, 10:22 pmDJED SCREWED ONDJED SPENCE has signed a new contract with Middlesbrough.The right–back took to Twitter to celebrate the news. Alex Terrell3 Feb 2020, 1:30 pmWE’RE STILL MATESAlli added: “We were chatting afterwards [too], he was not in the best of moods — he is a winner, so it was difficult. “We haven’t seen each other for a while so it was nice to have a catch up.“I am not sure [if it deserved a red card] to be honest, I have not had a proper look back at it. It is obviously for the referee and VAR to make the decision. “They didn’t give the red card. “It is football and those things happen, so I know it was nothing intentional. He is not a player like that, so I understand.“I was a bit sore in the game, we made a decision in the game to change and hopefully it is not too bad.”Alex Terrell3 Feb 2020, 1:29 pmALLI OOPSDele Alli has revealed there is no bad blood between himself and Raheem Sterling over the tackle on him from the Manchester City winger.He said: “We were speaking about it at half-time and we are good friends. I know what sort of player Raheem is and he would never intentionally try to hurt someone. “There are no hard feelings, he is a fantastic player and we move on.”Alex Terrell3 Feb 2020, 12:49 pmDAN FORDanny Rose’s joke about being his own agent is pretty funny.The left-back was looking for a new club when realising Newcastle’s Willems got injured, before forcing through a loan switch to Tyneside.Rose, 29, told Sky Sports: “I was watching Newcastle play Chelsea and I saw the injury that Jetro had and I got on the phone to my agent and said ‘I wan’t to go there’.“It probably took a week to ten days to get there but now I’m here. I think I need to sack him don’t I?“It was just by coincidence and obviously it’s unfortunate that somebody’s had to get injured but I’m grateful that I’m here and looking forward to playing games now.”Alex Terrell3 Feb 2020, 12:27 pmSPURS FIXTURESHere are Tottenham’s upcoming matches.Their winter break has, of course, been hit by their FA Cup replay against Southampton.Wed Feb 5: Southampton (H) – FA Cup R4 replaySun Feb 16: Aston Villa (A) – PLWed Feb 19: RB Leipzig (H) – CLSat Feb 22: Chelsea (A) – PLSun Mar 1: Wolves (H) – PLAlex Terrell3 Feb 2020, 11:46 amBARNETT ON BALEThe super agent continued: “He’s in a very fortunate position.“When his contract is up hopefully he will sit down with me and his family and decide what he wants to do.“Gareth is very happy over there.“And let’s be realistic: for most clubs he is out of their league, financially.“It is all well and good to say, ‘Give up that money and go and play somewhere else’ – but it is not all about money.“It is about his lifestyle and his children, who have grown up in Madrid.”Alex Terrell3 Feb 2020, 11:42 amBALE BLOCKGareth Bale’s agent believes the Welshman will snub a transfer back to Tottenham, even when his Real Madrid contract expires.The winger, 30, is tied down until the summer of 2022 as he continues to pocket a staggering £600,000 per week – although Zinedine Zidane is unlikely to offer him an extension.But Bale’s representative Jonathan Barnett does not reckon a return to White Hart Lane would be on the cards for his client.His huge wage demands will price most clubs out of a move while the Wales international is settled – alongside his three children with childhood sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones – in the Spanish capital.Quizzed on a potential transfer taking Bale back to Spurs, Barnett told talkSPORT: “I don’t think so, no.”Alex Terrell3 Feb 2020, 10:57 amVIEW TO A KELSouthend turned down a “six figure” offer for forward teen sensation Charlie Kelman from Spurs on deadline day.The 18-year-old has scored three goals in his last six games.But Tottenham’s offer for the Basildon ace was not high enough, according to the Southend Echo. Alex Terrell3 Feb 2020, 10:13 amSTANDING GUARDPep Guardiola claims Manchester City played well in their 2-0 defeat at Spurs – despite not appearing from the away changing room for 45 MINUTES after the final whistle.A debut goal from Steven Bergwijn set Tottenham on their way to victory, with Son Heung-Min bagging a second at their new stadium.Guardiola said: “We have to accept and analyse it. It is not easy. We did really well, honestly.“With this performance, how should I be critical? “This performance would be an incredible mistake to say how bad they are. We created chances and conceded few.”Alex Terrell3 Feb 2020, 9:37 amMAD MOU Jose Mourinho was furious after Raheem Sterling didn’t pick up a second yellow for trying to win a penalty.The Spurs boss hadn’t realised the City star was already on a yellow until his assistant told him.Mourinho jumped out of his chair and raced to the fourth official to complain about the incident, although it achieved very little.The incident happened immediately after Ilkay Gundogan had missed a penalty.Joe Brophy3 Feb 2020, 9:10 amU-GO LLORISJamie Carragher has praised Hugo Lloris for making a ‘massive difference’ for Spurs during their 2-0 win over Manchester City.He told Sky Sports: “Well, that’s a massive difference for Jose Mourinho getting this man [Lloris] back. “Gazzaniga came in, he made too many mistakes. You see the difference he has made today.“Penalty save. The save from Aguero. Off his line pretty quickly two or three times also.”Joe Brophy3 Feb 2020, 8:40 amBACK TO HIS BEST FULL-TIME – A goal from a corner just after the break costs our U23s what would have been a deserved point against @OfficialBHAFC after a hard-working display here at @StevenageFC. #PL2 #COYS ⚪ #THFC 1-2 #BHAFC ⚫ pic.twitter.com/xGs2SyTMEX— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 3, 2020Jack Figg4 Feb 2020, 7:36 pm ED IN HIS HANDS Ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has revealed that Robbie Keane once FLOORED Edgar Davids with a punch in training following an altercation.The 33-year-old stated that the incident came just after the Dutch legend made the move to North London in 2005 from Inter Milan.Speaking on talkSPORT, O’Hara said: “I tell you who had a bit about him – Robbie Keane.“I remember a story with him and Edgar Davids and I hope he don’t mind me saying this.“We were at training and Edgar Davids came in from Inter Milan and he thought he was the bee’s knees.“He thought he was the guy and the main man and everything, but everyone realised Robbie Keane was the main guy at Tottenham at that time.“I remember him giving it to Keano in training and they were having a barney, and I think he tried to step to Robbie Keane and say something – and Keano just sparked him, bosh!“He just went, bang – one punch. Gone.“Then Davids has just picked himself up and walked off – and that was it. He came in the next day like, ‘morning, Robbie…’“He knew – no-one messed with Keano. He had that Irish thing about him that if he switched he would put you straight out.”Jack Figg4 Feb 2020, 6:48 pmMIXED EMOTIONSJose Mourinho was delighted with Steven Bergwijn’s goal on his debut for the club as Spurs beat Manchester City 2-0 in their Premier League clash on Sunday.After the game Mourinho spoke with BBC MOTD on the youngster’s achievement: “It’s the best way to come to a club. We were not putting pressure on him. We signed him early in the week, so we had time for him to train and speak.“He’s very intelligent, humble. At home against the Champions, to score a goal, not a normal goal, couldn’t be better for him.”Jack Figg4 Feb 2020, 5:31 pmPENALTY KING Hugo Lloris saved from the spot against Man City over the weekend. But here’s a look at some of the Frenchman’s other saves from 12-yards. Delighted to sign a new contract with the @Boro ✍🏾. Thanks to my friends and family for their guidance along this journey & also to the fans for their Great support💕. #utb pic.twitter.com/CD1KVCipm4— Djed Spence (@DjedSpence) February 3, 2020William Pugh4 Feb 2020, 9:46 pmTOTTENHAM’S Premier League stats after their 2-0 win over Man City on Sunday… Alex Terrell4 Feb 2020, 4:08 pmYOU SHALL NOT PASSSerge Aurier celebrated keeping a clean sheet against Manchester City.The Frenchman posted an Instagram picture with a roadworks symbol on, beneath a picture of him marking Raheem Sterling.Alex Terrell3 Feb 2020, 2:38 pmDEBUT DYNAMITESteven Bergwijn’s debut smasher against Manchester City was one of a host of debut goals for Spurs in recent years.According to the Tottenham website, Bergwijn’s strike was the 80th debut goal by a Tottenham player.He joins current team-mates Tanguy Ndombele and Eric Dier in goalscoring bows. Great to have Hugo back to! @AlderweireldTob back to his very best again.— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) February 2, 2020 We just bloody needed that fantastic for us 👏👏👏the boy @JTanganga99 for his age an absolute superstar amazing mentality. And so happy for Stevie! COYS— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) February 2, 2020Sam Street3 Feb 2020, 8:10 amHOJ HO SILVER LININGThe transfer window may be over but Tottenham have received a boost in their pursuit of Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.SunSport’s Alan Nixon writes that the Saints are keen to land Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham in the summer as they look to replace their captain.And it is believed that Ntcham would be very keen to tred the well-worn path between Parkhead and St Mary’s as he has been in and out of Neil Lennon’s side this season.Joe Brophy3 Feb 2020, 7:52 amHANDY TO KNOWSteven Bergwijn scored on his Spurs debut and performed his signature celebration – which was inspired by playing Fifa with friends.He told Sky Sports: “It’s nothing special, it’s just when I play Fifa with friends, and they say ‘Do it like this’ and since then I do it.”Sam Street3 Feb 2020, 7:20 amREF-FIN ‘ELLHere is Mark Halsey’s verdict on the VAR controversy at Spurs yesterday.All hell broke loose in a crazy six-minute spell.It was simply breathtaking but a whirlwind for referee Mike Dean because there was so much action going on in quick-fire time.I’ve not seen anything like that before — it was quite unbelievable.Blimey, let’s start with the award of Manchester City’s penalty.There was no way it should have taken VAR official Kevin Friend one minute and 55 seconds to come to a decision on this.Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier had no chance of winning the ball because of the angle he challenged Sergio Aguero.It was a clear penalty and Friend should have made the call after one look at Stockley Park. But as play continued, Friend would have been checking the incident and I saw Dean communicate with the VAR when he said: “He’s played the ball?”Friend should have already alerted Dean to stop the game immediately in a neutral zone — as per the IFAB protocol.The ball went into a neutral zone several times and Aguero knew he was fouled because he stayed on the ground, yet we had a ridiculous wait.After the penalty award, the next issue was Hugo Lloris’ encroachment off his line.Had the Premier League followed the IFAB protocol on keeper movement off the line, then all of what followed could have been avoided.Load more entries…last_img read more

Mourinho faces cop warning after training Spurs stars in park despite lockdown

first_img4 Jose Mourinho could be in trouble with police after his training session in the parkCredit: PA:Press AssociationSpurs have also warned their stars not to break social distancing guidelines after two separate videos posted online showed players ignoring the advice to stay at least 6ft apart.A club spokesperson said: “All of our players have been reminded to respect social distancing when exercising outdoors. We shall continue to reinforce this message.”But Tottenham boss Mourinho, who was wearing the club’s official training kit, could face a sterner warning from cops after he was filmed conducting a training drill involving what looked like three players with members of the public just yards away.SunSport understands one of the players was £65million record signing Tanguy Ndombele.An online video showed Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon jogging around the same park much closer together than the government’s recommended two metres apart.And in yet another posting, Serge Aurier could also be seen flouncing the safety measures as he trained closely with a pal.4 Tottenham stars Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez were allegedly spotted jogging as they ignored social distancing orders4 The Tottenham pair were captured on video jogging by a car on the green in close proximityCRACKDOWNOfficial advice during the coronavirus pandemic is that all individuals should stand at least two metres apart at all time, and exercise outdoors can only be undertaken with one other person from your own household.Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood quit her post on Sunday after she was stopped and warned by police while visiting her second home.Several parks in London have already been closed by police in order to avoid people meeting up during the current lockdown.The guidelines state more than two people out together is viewed as “a gathering” and must be dispersed.Police are using new laws to crackdown on those breaking the lockdown and may want to speak to Mourinho about his public training session.Tottenham refused to comment about their maverick manager breaking the guidelines.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearBut a club source claims he had only intended to do a fitness session with flop Ndombele – which is still against the measures put in place in a bid to combat coronavirus, which has now claimed 6,159 lives in the UK.The pictures, posted on an Arsenal fan account, appeared with the caption: “Spurs players and manager training at Hadley common (Barnet) today!! They really aren’t doing themselves any favours during this period.”Prem stars Mason Mount, Jack Grealish and Kyle Walker have all landed themselves in hot water after ignoring the government’s advice on social distancing. 4JOSE MOURINHO could face a police warning after he was spotted taking a training session in a London park.Pictures appeared to show the Spurs boss doing drills with three players on Hadley Common in North London yesterday.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updateslast_img read more

Newcastle well placed for improved year

first_imgThe mid-season additions of Brendan Elliot and Peter Mata’utia coupled with new signings Jamie Buhrer, Rory Kostjasyn, Ken Sio, Josh Starling and Jacob Gagan have given the Knights much more depth heading into the 2017 season.”There is a lot more competition [for places] than there was last year,” Brown said.”Hopefully people like Chanel Mata’utia will have more luck with injuries. Chanel hurt his knee in the first two minutes against the Gold Coast in Round 1 and never got back, we are quite hopeful that Chanel will have a big year. “We are definitely a lot stronger at this stage this year than we were last year, not only with quality, but experience as well.”That depth is already showing with the battle for the custodian role, with three players capable of filling the position. “Dylan Pythian and Peter Mata’utia are probably the two most likely ones at this stage,” Brown said,”Nathan Ross is happy to play there or at wing or centre as well. He’s 27 and he’s only played 30 games, he really established himself as a winger, so we’d probably like to keep Ross there and keep a bit of stability.”The Knights returned to training on Wednesday, knowing the Downer NRL Auckland Nines are just around the corner. “In the Nines we’d like to give a few younger blokes an opportunity and some experienced players as well,” Brown said.”Fitness will play a part in that. We have some outside backs that have spent some time in rehab that have missed a bit of training so we certainly don’t want to risk anyone. “I think some of the players and especially the higher profile ones, they enjoy playing Nines. When we play the Nines we have a trial on the same weekend against a state league side on the Gold Coast. A couple of weeks after that we play Canberra.”Brown is still yet to decide on his best starting side, but said the trials and training will help make up his decision in the coming months.last_img read more

Flying Fijians seeking big improvement

first_imgThe Wallabies defeated the Pacific Nations Cup holders 37-14 in Melbourne, with Suva-born Henry Speight and Israel Folau both scoring twice for the home side.The Flying Fijians were kept scoreless until Vereniki Goneva found the tryline in the 62nd minute before Timoci Nagusa added another consolation four minutes from full-time.John McKee said it was a frustrating start to the international window.”We did a lot of quite good things in the game but on the scoreline for us it was disappointing,” he said.”We’ve got things to work on but I think we can take a lot of positives from that game for the rest of our series going forward.”We had enough ball in that game to do very well but we didn’t execute as well as we needed to – certainly our conversion rate of possession to points was poor in comparison to the Wallabies.”The Flying Fijians have a chance to rectify their mistakes on home soil against Italy this Saturday.The teams last test was also in Suva, three years ago, where the home side defeated the Azzurri 25-14.John McKee believed the gap between tier one and tier two nations was closing and said Italy presented a completely different challenge to Australia.”We need to play those games to get better,” he said.”We’re sort of the top ranked tier two team but we do know that there is a big step up in the performance required to be successful against the tier one nations.”John McKee said some more players have joined them in camp this week after playing in the French Top 14 playoffs and he will continue to rotate his squad in the build up to next month’s Rugby World Cup qualifiers against Tonga and Samoa. Photo: AFP Fiji’s Kini Murimurivalu tries to tackle Australia’s Israel Folau.last_img read more

Jose: Pogba is best midfielder

first_imgPogba has been slowly improving after a slow start to the season following his world record £93.25m move from Juventus in the summer.Mourinho says any player would find the Premier League tough after four years in Italy, but is tipping him to be a Ballon d’Or contender next year, if the voters judge the players on more than goals.”The Premier League is very difficult,” Mourinho told French TV station SFR. “You play three, four years in Italy and you come to the Premier League and the world is completely different.”He’s doing well, he’s doing more than well. His evolution is clear. So I can imagine that next season for Paul will be top.”Pogba made the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or this year, but finished down in 14th despite a title-winning season with Juventus and helping France to the final of Euro 2016.Mourinho feels that the sheer volume of goals scored by this year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and his only real rival, Lionel Messi, means the less glamorous work Pogba gets through in midfield is overlooked.”At the moment, if you’re not a goal scorer, you cannot win the Ballon d’Or,” Mourinho said. “But if the perception changes, then Paul can win it, because Paul is not a goal scorer.”Paul is a midfielder who will score more and more goals, because I think he has good conditions to score goals. Paul is a midfielder, in my opinion, the best, the best in the world.”Obviously, he’s young, he can still improve, he wants to improve, which is even better.”last_img read more

Draxler, an old desire of Seville that reappears

first_imgSevilla intends to strengthen its lead in January and the club is reassessed trying to sign an attacker who was already on the club’s radar seasons ago. This is the German Julian Draxler, currently in the ranks of a PSG in which his role this season is being more than scarce. The possibilities of Sevilla go through an assignment, since both the player’s record and the state of the accounts after a summer of large investments and greater difficulties to place discards do not allow another formula. In fact, the club intends to repeat the modus operandi that led Jovetic to play in Nervión in the second round of the 16/17 season. Draxler plays little in the PSG.Draxler accumulates this course just over 500 minutes in eight games between Ligue 1 and the Champions League. The player wants to be in the next European Championship with Germany and a hypothetical arrival in Seville would make his chances of being cited by his team increase exponentially.last_img read more

BE: Valverde feels that Bartomeu wanted his resignation

first_imgThis medium ensures that Valverde did not receive a clear response in the face to face and that, finally, Barça called his representative in the middle of the afternoon to inform him that the dismissal would be effective in the next few hours. Thus, this Tuesday will be the last day of Ernesto Valverde in Barcelona. The coach of Viandar de la Vera will go to his office in Sant Joan Despí to collect his things and say goodbye to the first team and employees of the club. They add in the BEING that the president stressed that “there was a lot of pressure” and denied the information that pointed out that the club had gone to look for Xavi Hernández to be his substitute. Valverde took the opportunity and asked them to be clear. The Txingurri called on those present to call his representative if they wanted to fire him and warned: If I did not receive an answer I would go to the training on Tuesday. Ernesto Valverde stopped being coach of FC Barcelona on Monday. In the club there were doubts with Txingurri and the defeat in the Spanish Supercup ended up sentencing him even if the team went to the Champions League qualifiers as a group champion and is the current leader of LaLiga Santander.Before the announcement of Quique Setién as his substitute, There were several meetings in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper between the board and also the board with the coach. After training, Ernesto Valverde met with Josep María Bartomeu, president, the executive director Òscar Grau and the manager Javier Bordas to elucidate his future. According to Sique Rodríguez in Cadena SER, Valverde left that meeting with the feeling that Bartomeu was trying to force his resignation.last_img read more

Rafa Mir arrives at Huesca with purchase option

first_imgRafa Mir is the battering ram that Míchel was sighing and Huesca has done his services after making an important economic effort. The forward has cut his assignment in the Nottingham Forest and arrives borrowed until 2021 by the Wolverhampton With a purchase option. The Catalans manage to win one of the most requested nine in the national market and bet strongly on the return to the First Division with the forward formed in Valencia. The Huesca He was interested in the Murcian of 22 years since last season and after courting him and his surroundings for a long time they have closed their hiring. Míchel yearned for the figure of an offensive reference that can be combined with both Okazaki, Christ and even Escriche. The entity from Spain is now looking for a central defense and a defensive midfielder in the market who have finished putting together the powerful Barça squad who wants to confirm his candidacy for everything in this second round.last_img read more