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Top Four Teams Battle It Out in a Valentine’s Day Showdown

first_imgAlthough Stephen F. Austin (20-5, 9-3 SLC) currently sits in fifth, the Lumberjacks are right in the mix for the conference championship and a first or second-round bye in the Southland Conference Tournament. SFA is a game back from the Colonels and challenge Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road tonight at 7 p.m. The ‘Jacks head into Wednesday’s game following a dominating 97-50 win over Northwestern State (3-21, 0-13 SLC) in which junior guard Shannon Bogues delivered a 35-point showing. The Islanders look to bounce back and remain in contention for a spot in the tournament after they saw their four-game winning streak snapped at Sam Houston in a 66-64 loss before dropping a 62-53 contest versus New Orleans. FRISCO, Texas – Even Cupid could not make more perfect matchups than the ones in the Southland Conference tonight. Additional Storylines: Southeastern Louisiana (16-10, 10-3 SLC) and New Orleans (13-11, 10-3 SLC), the other two teams tied for second, contest each other in the first of two meetings this season. The Lions look to extend a three-game win streak against a Privateers squad coming off a 62-53 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The two teams rank atop the conference in scoring defense in league action; the Privateers are first with 67.3 points per game allowed while Southeastern trails right behind at 67.8. Tonight’s tilt tips off at 7 p.m. Southland leader Nicholls (10-2, 16-9 SLC) takes on Sam Houston State (10-3, 16-10 SLC), one of the three teams currently tied for second place, at 8:15 p.m. CT. The Colonels, winners of eight of their last nine games, lead the league in field goal percentage (.504) and field goal percentage defense (.403) during Southland play. Two time Southland Conference Player of the Week Roddy Peters is coming off two games where he shot 60 percent from the floor, including a 9-of-13 effort against Houston Baptist (5-20, 1-11 SLC) on Saturday. The Colonels look to remain the only two-loss team in the league by slowing down a Bearkat squad led by senior forward Christopher Galbreath, Jr., one of just two Southland players who have recorded 10 double-doubles this season. The game will broadcast nationally on Eleven Sports and stream online at southland.org/live.center_img • Top-Eight: If the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament began today, Central Arkansas, Abilene Christian and Lamar would grab the last spots while McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi would be the first ones out looking in. The Bears, Wildcats and Cardinals hold a two-win advantage over the Cowboys and Islanders. Over the weekend, UIW and Northwestern State were eliminated from Southland postseason action since neither team can finish with at least seven conference wins.• Still on Top: Nicholls picked up a pair of wins last week to hold onto sole possession of first in the Southland standings. The Colonels began by defeating Abilene Christian on the road 69-65 Wednesday before taking down Houston Baptist 94-67 on Saturday at home.• Triple-Doubles: Central Arkansas freshman center Hayden Koval notched a triple-double in the Bears’ 100-80 victory over Houston Baptist on Wednesday. Koval compiled a school record 11 blocks to go with his 17 points and 10 rebounds. He is fourth nationally for blocks per game with 3.21. UCA is the only team in the nation to have two different players tally a triple-double. The Southland leads all conferences with four triple-doubles this season.• Awaiting Wednesday: The top four Southland teams each have 10 conference wins. This Wednesday will play a big role in how they all will finish as the four teams begin to knock each other off. League leader Nicholls hosts Sam Houston State at 8:15 p.m., while New Orleans takes on Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, La. at 7 p.m. Stephen F. Austin – who is just a game back from the Colonels – travels to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Schedule:Wednesday, Feb. 14Houston Baptist at Northwestern State* – 6:30 p.m.UIW at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.McNeese at Central Arkansas* – 7 p.m.New Orleans at Southeastern Louisiana* – 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m.Sam Houston State at Nicholls* (ELEVEN) – 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17Stephen F. Austin at UIW* – 3 p.m.Nicholls at Central Arkansas* (ESPN3) – 3:30 p.m.McNeese at New Orleans* – 4:15 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 4:30 p.m.Abilene Christian at Southeastern Louisiana* – 5 p.m.Sam Houston State at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.* – Conference Game Week eight of men’s basketball league action opens with the top four teams battling in Wednesday evening contests that could prove to be the difference maker in claiming the Southland regular season championship.last_img read more

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Peskin, Pawlik, Hanrath Earn First Soccer Weekly Awards for 2018 Season

first_imgHonorable Mention: Christina Hendershot, Sam Houston State; Emma Roccaforte, McNeese; Rachel Johnson, Abilene Christian. 2018 Southland Soccer Week Two Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Lamar and Sam Houston State earned the first weekly awards of the 2018 season, the league announced Tuesday. Kelso Peskin earned Offensive Player of the Week while fellow Cardinal Jocelyn Hanrath was named Goalkeeper of the Week. Courtney Pawlik of the Bearkats earned the week’s defensive accolade. Honorable Mention: Baylii Bieke, Houston Baptist; Sarah Clayton, McNeese; Claire Huston, Southeastern Louisiana. Honorable Mention: Avery Cortez, Houston Baptist; Christina Cutura, Southeastern Louisiana; April Trowbridge, Northwestern State; Christina Arteaga, Abilene Christian. Lamar (2-0-0) heads north for a two-game road swing in week two, taking on Oklahoma State on Friday at 7 p.m. CT and Oral Roberts at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Sam Houston State (1-0-1) hosts San Diego on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in its lone week two contest. Goalkeeper of the Week: Jocelyn Hanrath, Lamar – So. – Salt Lake City, UtahHanrath recorded two shutouts in her first two Division I games in net while also recording a saved penalty kick in the team’s 2-0 win over Houston. She leads the Southland in total saves (12), is second in saves per game (6) and has recorded one assist. Offensive Player of the Week: Kelso Peskin, Lamar – Sr. – Cape Town, South AfricaPeskin helped lead the Cardinals to back-to-back wins in opening weekend, scoring three goals between the 5-0 win against Grambling and 2-0 win over Houston. She scored the first goal in the 14th minute against Grambling, adding the fifth and final team goal in the 54th to complete the brace. Against Houston, she opened the scoring again with a header in the 19th minute. She is tied for first in the conference after week one with three goals to her name on only seven shots. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Defensive Player of the Week: Courtney Pawlik, Sam Houston State – So. – Missouri City, TexasPawlik helped Sam Houston State to a 2-0 win over Utah State, making several key takeaways and serving as the Kats’ primary free kick specialist on set pieces. She led the SHSU defense and put in a full 110 minutes on the pitch at Louisiana in a 1-1 double overtime draw and registered the full 90 minutes at home against Utah State. She helped limit the Ragin’ Cajuns to zero shots in overtime.last_img read more

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BAFFERT’S FLOR DE LA MAR & HOLLENDORFER’S SNEAKING OUT HEADLINE SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SUMMERTIME OAKS

first_imgBAFFERT’S FLOR DE LA MAR & HOLLENDORFER’S SNEAKING OUT HEADLINE SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SUMMERTIME OAKS AT 1 1/16 MILES ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2019)–Bob Baffert’s Flor de La Mar and Jerry Hollendorfer’s Sneaking Out headline Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita.  For 3-year-old fillies, the Summertime Oaks, which attracted a field of five, will be contested at a mile and one sixteenth.FLOR DE LA MAROwner:  Godolphin, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertDistanced at odds of 26-1 in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 3, this Kentucky-bred daughter of Tiznow, out of the Pulpit mare Sacristy, was a non-threatening second, beaten 5 ¼ lengths by Bellafina two starts back in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6. A galloping five length first out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 20, Flor de La Mar, a $500,000 Keeneland September Yearling, seeks her first graded stakes victory in what will be her fifth start.  Ridden by eastern-based Joel Rosario in three out of her four starts, she’ll get the first-time services of Mike Smith on Sunday.SNEAKING OUTOwner:  KMN Racing, LLCTrainer:  Jerry HollendorferA winner of three consecutive main track sprints, dating back to a 5 ½ furlong score on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields on March 22, this California-bred daughter of Indian Evening, out of KMN Racing’s Kitten’s Joy mare Maddie’s Odyssey, Sneaking Out will be trying two turns for the first time and will no doubt try to take full advantage of her considerable speed in the five-horse Oaks. A three quarter length winner of the seven furlong Angels Flight Stakes here on May 4, she’ll be ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, who was up for 10 ½ length maiden win four starts back on Sept. 2 and a 2 ½ length victory versus statebreds going 6 ½ furlongs two starts back in the Evening Jewel Stakes on April 6.THE GRADE II SUMMERTIME OAKS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 6 of 9 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT My Majestic Rose–Flavien Prat–120Bizwhacks–Mario Gutierrez–120Sneaking Out–Drayden Van Dyke–120Colonial Creed–Victor Espinoza–120Flor de La Mar–Mike Smith–120First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday that will also include the Grade II Monrovia Stakes, is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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IT’S DAVID VS. GOLIATH AS LONGSHOT MONGOLIAN GROOM DEFEATS MCKINZIE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS IN GRADE I, $300,000 AWESOME AGAIN STAKES

first_imgIT’S DAVID VS. GOLIATH AS LONGSHOT MONGOLIAN GROOM DEFEATS MCKINZIE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS IN GRADE I, $300,000 AWESOME AGAIN STAKESRACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIERARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2019)–In the money in three graded stakes assignments this year but winless in his last seven starts, 25-1 longshot Mongolian Groom held a one length advantage over heavily favored McKinzie mid-way around the far turn and simply outran him through the lane to win Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes by a widening 2 ¼ lengths Saturday at Santa Anita. With Abel Cedillo picking up his second graded stakes win of the day, both Cedillo and owner/trainer Enebish Ganbat registered their first Grade I wins at Santa Anita as Ganbat’s 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Hightail got a mile and one eighth in 1:49.27.Ridden aggressively, Mongolian Groom went to the lead and was in control throughout. Pressured to his outside by longshot Isotherm up the backside, Mongolian Groom got some separation leaving the three furlong pole and although Mike Smith was trying to engage with McKinzie shortly thereafter, it was Mongolian Groom who was firmly in charge.Most recently fifth, beaten 4 ¼ lengths in the Grade I Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 31, Mongolian Groom paid $52.80, $8.80 and $3.00.With the Awesome Again being a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, Mongolian Groom would’ve earned a fees-paid berth into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2, but he is not Breeders’ Cup nominated and would therefore have to be supplemented by his owner.Out of the Dynaformer mare Bourbonesque, Mongolian Groom is now 16-3-2-3 and with the winner’s share of $180,000, now has earnings of $579,141.Trained by Bob Baffert and the early favorite to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, McKinzie was second, 5 ¼ lengths clear of Higher Power.  Off at 1-5, he paid $2.10 and $2.10.The second choice with Flavien Prat up at 3-1, Higher Power paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.99, 48.29, 1:12.07 and 1:36.95.last_img read more

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How Spurs will line-up at Burnley with Lloris back but Kane & Son injured

first_imgTOTTENHAM travel to Burnley on Saturday on the back of a wretched run that has seen them lose their last four matches in all competitions.The latest of these saw Jose Mourinho’s side crash out of the FA Cup on penalties at the hands of Norwich City.3 How Spurs could line up against the Clarets on SaturdayThe Portuguese has been quick to deflect from the poor performances, blaming the spate of injuries that have plagued Spurs in recent weeks.The Lilywhites looked toothless against the Canaries, struggling to create chances without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min… despite still boasting the attacking talents of Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn and Giovani Lo Celso.Burnley will provide no shocks with how they set up, with Sean Dyche’s men bound to be physical and direct.We examine how Mourinho will line up to combat the Clarets at Turf Moor.The 57-year-old bizarrely opted to field Michel Vorm on Wednesday night, despite the Dutchman having not played at all since 2018.Skipper Hugo Lloris has since returned from injury, however, and will return between the sticks for Spurs.Mourinho has dabbled with a back-five of late – and could do so again to combat the Clarets’ 4-4-2 formation.Ashley Barnes is still missing for Burnley with a groin injury, but Dyche will still be able to call upon two of Chris Wood, Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra up front.3Davinson Sanchez has played well this season, while Toby Alderweireld will be chomping at the bit to play after remaining an unused substitute in Spurs’ last two games.Meanwhile, the club have confirmed that Eric Dier will not be internally disciplined for climbing into the stands and confronting a fan on Wednesday night.And the 26-year-old will likely to be thrown straight back in by Mourinho after playing well against Norwich.Harry Winks has remained a mainstay of the starting XI since Spurs’ change of manager, even skippering the side against Wolves last week.And the young England international will partner midfield creator Lo Celso in the engine room.Lucas Moura has been tried up-front in the absence of Kane, but the Brazilian is badly out-of-form.His worth ethic is still appreciated though, and he will likely take up a position on the right of an attacking trident, with Bergwijn wide on the left and Dele through the middle – with Troy Parrott again left out.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on Spurs3 Dele Alli has struggled up-front… but Spurs lack an alternativeCredit: ReutersLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY 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 wrongTottenham could potentially fall as many as EIGHT points behind fourth-placed Chelsea if results go against them this weekend.So, by hook or by crook, Mourinho will be desperate to take three points by any means necessary.Defeat, after all, would see even the unfashionable Clarets overtake Spurs in this miserable season in N17.Jose Mourinho reacts to Eric Dier incident saying he was helping his younger brother during altercationlast_img read more

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Dark side of Mourinho is back for Spurs – and he’s dividing without conquering

first_imgWHEN I was growing up, Tottenham were many people’s second team — with Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles and Steve Archibald helping them to play in swashbuckling style.Until very recently there was still much to admire, even if other fans may not want them to succeed as they once did.3 The dark side of Jose Mourinho is back for Spurs and he’s dividing without conquering, says Simon Jordan3 Jose Mourinho has so far failed to get Spurs firing on all cylindersCredit: Alamy Live NewsThis was a club with a dynamic, forward-thinking manager, a team brimming with young English talent, a brilliant recruitment and youth development system, eye-watering record profits and an incredible new £1billion stadium.The sole goal — to finish in front of their North London rivals Arsenal — was finally gone, with a new ambition to join the elite teams of Europe.Yet no sooner were the shiny doors of their aspirational stadium flung open, a plague arrived on their house.Mauricio Pochettino, the manager we all wished we had at our club, was gone amid rumours of a lost dressing room, stars whose contracts were expiring wanting to leave and the chairman Daniel Levy being difficult.The answer? Levy called Jose Mourinho, the self-styled Special One, to resolve the deepening challenge of having a champagne stadium with a beer team.Today they find themselves at a crossroads. Mourinho has divided opinion since his first arrival at Chelsea in 2004. He made bold predictions and had the temerity to back them up.His first away game for Chelsea was against my newly-promoted Crystal Palace — and striker Didier Drogba snuffed out our limited challenge.Passing the manager’s office after the match, I stopped to chat to Mourinho and the way he spoke left me thinking he really was the Special One.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesSixteen years on and his CV now also boasts Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea again and Manchester United.But now he’s not at a blue-chip club funded by a Gulf state or an oligarch.Despite their lust for glamour, Tottenham remain a thrifty club run by a notoriously difficult operator.While this may be a slightly odd comparison, when I appointed Neil Warnock as Palace manager in 2007 it was dubbed a “marriage made in hell”.It didn’t turn out that way but the Mourinho-Levy dynamic has the potential to be just that.Mourinho initially did his best to inhabit a new persona of the “Humble One” after bouncing through the door like a kid on Christmas morning.But he has now landed squarely in his accustomed role, with an endless dark outlook.Recently his Tottenham team played with the handbrake on against Chelsea and have been outplayed by both Wolves and by RB Leipzig in their Champions League home leg three weeks ago.He also dropped key players in games to favour the FA Cup and promptly got knocked out by Norwich.Mourinho is now dividing and he’s not conquering. His “gift” of a squad now needs a major overhaul.3MORE 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 yearBoth club and manager look stuck in acts of self-harm — Spurs in their desire to have a team to match their glorious stadium and Mourinho because he wants to be in London and the Premier League.This may all be supposition, of course. The return of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min could soon light up the North London sky again.Or it may be that Spurs have lit a fire under their own backsides and lost sight of their culture and identity by entrusting their required regeneration to a manager who may have had his time.Simon Jordan’s Final Word is on talkSPORT on Sunday from 5-8pm.Jose Mourinho says Spurs will leave absolutely everything on the pitch against RB Leipziglast_img read more

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Kane and Solskjaer are nice guys with ruthless streak that could see them link up

first_imgHE has always been underestimated more often than he is appreciated, Harry Kane.For example, the mind whirrs back to Volgograd in 2018 and a press conference on the eve of England’s opening World Cup match against Tunisia.4 Spurs could face a big fight to keep hold of their star man Harry KaneCredit: Getty – ContributorCristiano Ronaldo, the greatest goalscorer of all, had just opened his campaign with a hat-trick for Portugal against Spain.Kane was asked, light-heartedly, whether he fancied his chances of winning the Golden Boot.When the England skipper answered seriously and bullishly, many in the room laughed out loud. I think I stifled a giggle myself.Kane, though, ended up as the tournament’s highest scorer with six goals — three penalties, two poacher’s efforts from corners and one fluke which cannoned in off his heel while he was facing the wrong way.There I go, underplaying him again. Because goalscoring, as we know, is not about ‘how?’ but ‘how many?’And the Tottenham striker fills onion bags with the urgency of a panic buyer.As a youngster, Kane was loaned four times and earmarked inside Tottenham as a future captain at a Football League club — his leadership qualities and solid character regarded more highly than his footballing ability.Even after 229 goals for club and country, Kane is still underestimated as a footballer and it is even easier to underestimate him as a man.Like his predecessor as England captain, Wayne Rooney, Kane is sharper than he sounds.There had been a popular belief — not just among optimistic Spurs supporters — that Kane was a Tottenham lifer, destined to be a one-club man.4 Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for a big name strikerCredit: ReutersKANE WANTS TROPHIESAn idea that he might value all of that, ‘He’s one of our own’ sentimentality above his ambition to win trophies.This has never been the case but any remaining doubts over Kane’s willingness to leave Spurs should have been removed by last month’s interview with Jamie Redknapp.During that exchange, Kane said: “If I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, I’m not someone to stay there for the sake of it.”And Spurs have regressed this season, the quality of their squad having been diluted over three years, plus Jose Mourinho’s arrival making no positive impact.Which brings us to the prospect of Kane for Manchester United — a tale as old as time.Now, you may believe transfer speculation during the coronavirus is glib and unedifying as horrors unfold in the wider world — and that is a very worthy opinion.KANE’S £200M VALUEBut it would be unrealistic to imagine that opportunism in the football industry has been put on hold.And it could be argued a good old-fashioned transfer saga is as helpful to our collective sanity during lockdown as any Netflix box set.Kane for United will run and run this summer — whether or not the Premier League season resumes.The England striker is no longer a young man in footballing terms.He turns 27 in July and has never won a major trophy. The official line from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will be that Kane is under contract for four more years and is going nowhere.And there will be a genuine reluctance to sell to a direct domestic rival such as United.But money also talks and while suggestions of a £200million bid might be outlandish — and would certainly spark revulsion at such a time — Spurs could be tempted to do business for substantially less.Any buyer would point to Kane’s fitness record, showing that he has missed 32 of Tottenham’s 68 matches since January 2019, having suffered three serious injuries.SPURS COULD BE ‘EXPLOITED’Kane’s workload has been excessive, not least through the player’s own burning desire to rush back from lay-offs, and his body has begun to creak.Still, there is no doubt United need a world-class centre-forward, that they are few and far between, and that Kane is becoming one of the more ‘gettable’ candidates.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was most certainly ill-advised to speak of United’s ability and desire to ‘exploit’ the aftermath of coronavirus in the transfer market.But the Old Trafford boss was also being brutally honest.And Tottenham are one of many clubs United could exploit.Spurs are now paying off their £1billion stadium and Levy’s initial decision to furlough some non-footballing staff with government money — before a U-turn after a public backlash — proved that times are tight.Just as Solskjaer, regarded as one of football’s nice guys, is ready to exploit the economic effects of the pandemic, Kane may be willing to do the same.If you think he is a Mary Poppins type, too loyal and too compliant to attempt forcing a move, then you have just under-estimated Kane again.GLOVE STORYIT felt poignant to hear that Peter Bonetti had passed having watched Chelsea’s classic 1970 FA Cup Final replay win over Leeds a week ago.The tone for that violent clash was set when Leeds striker Mick Jones clattered into Bonetti, leaving him badly injured.Yet Bonetti, who has died aged 78, still made a string of top saves to secure his club’s first FA Cup.That may have been his finest hour.4 Chelsea legend Peter Bonetti has died aged 78 after a long battle with illnessGAG IS ON ‘EMTHEY keep telling us once this global crisis is over, the experience will change us for good in unimagined ways.So it was reassuring to hear the Premier League have gagged Sky Sports and BT Sport from asking stars about the resumption of the season and the impact of the lockdown.Heaven forbid someone might say something interesting. How about expert analysis of Dele Alli playing solo Twister instead?SO VAR SO BADBACK when there used to be football, two sets of initials dominated the news — VAR and FFP.VAR depends on you taking football so seriously that decisions must prioritise inch-perfect justice over excitement.Does anyone still believe football is as important as that now?And as for Financial Fair Play, if you still want to limit new investment in an economic meltdown, you need your head checking.Latest Football NewsTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50’ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic4CRUSH HOURTHE longer the Covid-19 crisis drags on, the more desperate sound plans to rush through the remainder of the football season.One report suggests all 92 outstanding top-flight matches could be played in just 35 days, behind closed doors, in a whirlwind of televised football.But whatever the solution — and none of us can yet know for sure — flogging players in such a manner cannot be it.SOME light relief arrived with news Unai Emery used Google Translate to woo his English girlfriend while managing Arsenal.Many journalists wish he made an effort to speak English so fluently with the media.last_img read more

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England send Tuilagi, Solomona home

first_imgLeicester Tigers powerhouse Tuilagi last represented England in the 2016 Six Nations having been dogged by injuries, the latest a knee problem that has sidelined him since January.The centre was included in a 37-man squad that met for a pre-season training camp in Teddington and was set to be among the players attending the launch of England’s new team kit on Monday.However, he will no longer be attending with the RFU saying via a short statement: “Denny Solomona and Manu Tuilagi have been sent home today from England’s training camp following team culture issues.”We will not be commenting further.”SQUAD UPDATE | Denny Solomona and Manu Tuilagi have been sent home today from England’s training camp following team culture issues.— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) August 7, 2017Solomona’s two England appearances came during June’s tour of Argentina, where head coach Eddie Jones was without several key players due to the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.The Sale Sharks winger, a rugby league convert, scored a late solo try as England won the first Test against the Pumas 38-34.England will face Argentina, Australia and Samoa in November and are set to rest a number of players who were involved in the Lions tour. Photo Getty Images. Caption: England centre Manu Tuilagilast_img read more

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Telstars defeat Veupunama in Pom netball

first_imgEsco Telstars 2 proved too strong, defeating Veupunama 2 by one point 21-20 in a close encounter in division one of the Port Moresby Netball Association competition today.Telstars had a slow start in the first half, scoring only six points but came back in the second half to win the game by scoring another 15 points at Rita Flynn Netball Court.In the first half, Telstars suffered from simple mistakes including a lot of missed passes and incorrect foot work.Goal shooter Kope Kairi tried to get balls into the net but was not good enough for Veupunama who scored 11 points in the first half.Veupunama goal shooter Michelle Vagi did well putting her team in the lead at half time 11-6.Telstars fired back in the second half as goal shooter Kope got back on track with the help of centre Maimu Kala.Veupunama goal keeper Janet Kassman couldn’t stop Kope from scoring another seven goals for Telstars as the pressure fell on Veupunama to keep the ball out of their ring.Telstars improved on their mistakes from the first half with quick play by the centre and attack players which put more pressure on Veupunama who couldn’t keep up.Telstars ended the second half on a high note claiming victory.In other results, Oro Birdwings defeated Mona Two 20-14, Matariki beat Snax Mermaids 15-14, GC Aroma Coast defeated Raukele 30-27, PCP Lightening beat Badili Sharks Two 15-5 and Rem Poinimo Two lost to CP Rebels Two 29-14.last_img read more

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Hekari open NSL season with 4-2 win over Gigira

first_imgHekari opened the scoring in the 31st minute of play through a header from Rodney Mobiha.A foul in the penalty box allowed Gigira to equalize just 5 minutes later from the boot of Ian Yanum who had no trouble beating the goal keeper.Hekari hit the lead again seconds into the second half when Barry Mansale slotted the ball into the net.A double from Koriak Upaiga pushed Hekari ‘ s lead to 4-1.Gigira managed a late goal in the 75th minute, scored by Theo Sergius.The first game earlier today at Bisini saw Huawei PS United beat FC Port Moresby 3-2. In the Northern Conference games at the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium in Lae, Welgris Morobe United defeated Admiralty FC 1-0 while Besta PNG United beat Madang FC 2-0.Tha main game in Lae saw Lae City Dwellers thrash Goroka Gosiha 5-0.last_img read more