Southeastern Louisiana Names David Kiefer Head Men’s Basketball Coach

first_imgKiefer expects the Lions to develop an identity early in his tenure. Kiefer’s hire is pending the approval of the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors. The St. Petersburg, Florida native has been the Lions’ interim head coach since previous head coach Jay Ladner resigned and took the same position at Southern Miss in April. Kiefer started his coaching career as a student manager at Cincinnati and Kansas State, working under coaches Frank Martin, Bob Huggins and Andy Kennedy. In Kiefer’s final season before coming to SLU, he spent a year on Martin’s staff at South Carolina, serving as the director of video services and coordinated Martin’s summer camps. Kiefer’s career also includes stops at Central Florida, Arlington Country Day High School and St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Maryland. A 2007 graduate of Kansas State, Kiefer earned his master’s degree from Salem International in 2013. Kiefer has been running the program this offseason since Ladner’s departure and is excited to officially take the reins.   “We’re pleased to have David Kiefer lead the Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball program,” Artigues commented. “We have steadily improved on and off the court over the past several years and Coach Kiefer has played a large part in that progress. We’re expecting the Lions’ dedication to excellence in competition, in the classroom and in the community to continue under Coach Kiefer’s direction.” Kiefer’s recruiting efforts not only paid dividends for the Lions, but his recruiting classes at two of his previous stops, Northwest Florida State College and Jones County Junior College, provided the foundation for national championships. His lone season at Northwest Florida State saw all eight Raider sophomores sign to play Division I. In addition to overseeing the recruiting efforts that led SLU to post a combined 27-9 conference mark over the past two seasons, one of Kiefer’s primary roles at Southeastern has been his work with the Lion guards. Among Kiefer’s backcourt charges was multi-time All-Southland Conference performer Marlain Veal, who finished his Southland career in March as the program’s all-time leader in assists and steals, as well as the second-leading scorer in school history. “We’re going to put forth maximum effort in everything we do and develop good habits,” Kiefer said. “We will be a tough, defensive-minded team and grow together. The teams that have been successful in our league are the ones who play with the most energy and effort on a consistent basis. We’re going to set that tone and expectation from day one.” Courtesy of Southeastern Louisiana Athletics Media RelationsHAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana University has named David Kiefer the 13th head men’s basketball coach in school history, SLU Director of Athletics Jay Artigues announced on Tuesday. “I’m extremely thankful to (university president) Dr. John Crain, Mr. Jay Artigues and our administration for the opportunity to lead the Southeastern men’s basketball program,” Kiefer said. “Coach Ladner left our program in tremendous shape and I’ll always be appreciative to him for bringing myself and my family to Hammond. I’m blessed to have the chance to build on our initial success and am eager to continue to grow our program on and off the court.” Kiefer’s first year as Lion head coach will be his fifth with the SLU program. He has been the program’s associate head coach for the past three seasons after starting as an assistant coach on Ladner’s staff in 2015-16. Kiefer has been Southeastern’s lead recruiter during his tenure, helping the Lions to the 2017-18 Southland Conference championship and the first NIT appearance in program history. Kiefer and his wife, Mia, reside in Hammond with their three children: son, Austin and twin daughters, Kayden and Nola.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES ABEL CEDILLO, CASTLE, WINNER: “It looked like there was a lot of speed in the race and all Mark said was ‘Stay close.’  My horse broke really good and we made the lead very easy and that was good for me.”TRAINER QUOTESMARK GLATT, CASTLE, WINNER: “It’s a roller coaster ride if you’re in this game as an owner, trainer, or jockey, it doesn’t matter who you are. We have had a lot of seconds with some bad trips. Eventually you just keep working hard and hopefully things will turn around.“The ownership group picked this horse out so I have to give them the credit. They brought him to my attention and I watched the replays on him and made sure I liked what I saw. I thought he ran a big race at Del Mar (Aug 29, 2019). I kind of gave my approval after they brought him up, I thought he was a little lightly raced for his age (6), so I was a little skeptical for the $40,000 but they were willing and I couldn’t see a reason not to claim him.“He’s a horse that has won down the hill and going a mile, also going 5/8ths, so he’s pretty versatile. Like with a lot of horses I think the 5 ½ has helped him, personally I don’t care for the 5/8h races, it takes a specialized horse. That extra furlong makes a difference.”     NOTES: The winning owners are Where We At.last_img read more

Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Sunday, March 1, 2020

first_imgDrayden Van Dyke96 44% 16 3rd ITM% Joel Rosario122 17 ROSARIO RIDES STORM THE COURT IN SAN FELIPEPeter Eurton, who has been mulling Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes or the March 14 Rebel at Oaklawn Park for champion Storm the Court’s next race, said this morning the 2019 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding two-year-old male “will probably stay here” for the San Felipe Stakes, a leading steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.The Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe is one of five attractive events Saturday including the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, the Grade II San Carlos Stakes and the $75,000 China Doll Stakes. The San Felipe offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winning horse, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to the third horse and five to the fourth.With last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Flavien Prat opting to ride undefeated Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Thousand Words for Bob Baffert in the San Felipe rather than Storm the Court, whom he has ridden in each of his five career starts, Eurton has engaged Joel Rosario to pilot Storm the Court.“Rosario wasn’t able to work him for me yesterday,” Eurton said, referring to Storm the Court’s five furlong bullet move in 59.40, “but Umberto (Rispoli) worked him for me. I was very pleased with it. He couldn’t look any better. This is his second race back and we’ve still got another two months (before the Kentucky Derby on May 2).With 22 Kentucky Derby qualifying points already accumulated, Storm the Court is in relatively good stead in that category, although there are ample more up for grabs in the San Felipe, “and everybody needs them,” Eurton said.Entries for the San Felipe and other Saturday races will be taken on Wednesday. Early San Felipe probables include Authentic, Fast Enough, Honor A.P., Storm the Court and Thousand Words. Honor A.P. worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.80 for John Shirreffs.‘OVERNIGHT SENSATION’ RISPOLI SEEKS NEW AGENTUmberto Rispoli made a sudden and sensational impact with both horsemen and handicappers through 32 days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet with 27 victories, three of them yesterday, but in a classic example of what have you done for me lately, today he is looking for a new agent.The 31-year-old two-time champion in his native of Italy took Santa Anita by storm under the sagacious guidance of world class agent Ron Anderson, but when it was announced yesterday that Anderson will now represent Hall of Fame member John Velazquez in addition to future Hall of Famer Joel Rosario, that left Rispoli sans representation and undecided as to whether he will continue in California or go elsewhere.“At the moment I have no plans,” Rispoli said Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner between exercising horses. “This happened so fast, I have no idea what I’m going to do or what agent I’m going to take.“I only got the news two days ago and it’s not easy because it hit me like a thunderstorm fell on my head. Honestly, I still don’t know. I have races to focus on today and will have a break tomorrow to think about what is going to be best for me.“California has been very kind to me so far and it would be good to stay if I can find a good agent. Going to Kentucky raises the question of people there not knowing me like they do here, but so far, no plan, no decision.“I feel a little lost but hope to find myself soon, so I’m not worried about that. It was a surprising decision to me, but Ron decided John probably was best for him.“I’m very grateful to Ron because if it wasn’t for him, I would never be in America and I’m sure he’s going to help me make the right decision for my future.”Rispoli said he’s had no inquiries from other agents at this early point, although Scotty McClellan, who reached racing’s apex representing Hall of Fame members Chris McCarron and Alex Solis, has been prominently mentioned among prospective agents.  Contacted by phone this morning, McClellan, who has not had a rider since Joe Talamo left California for parts east in early January, said he would be interested in representing Rispoli.“I want to look around,” Rispoli continued. “I’m new in this country, only been here two months, and this happened so fast I still have to decide what’s best for me as well as my family.“I’m pretty sure Ron will help me make the right choice in finding a new agent.”MIDCOURT DRILLS FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPMidcourt, winner of five of seven starts under trainer John Shirreffs, worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.40 in his last major drill for the Santa Anita Handicap. Regular rider Victor Espinoza was aboard the five-year-old Midnight Lute gelding who captured the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Feb. 1. Probable for the 84th edition of the Big ‘Cap include Combatant, Endorsed, last year’s winner Gift Box, Midcourt and Two Thirty Five. Combatant worked five furlongs this morning in a bullet 1:00 flat for John Sadler.LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN RETURNS IN GRADE II SAN CARLOSLaw Abidin Citizen, a durable and versatile son of Twirling Candy, makes his first start in seven months in Saturday’s San Carlos Stakes for three-year-olds and up at seven furlongs.“He’s been training well and he’s pretty versatile,” said trainer Mark Glatt of the six-year-old gelding, winner of six of 23 career starts, including last summer’s Grade III Longacre’s Mile and earner of $416,167 thanks to victories at distances from 6 ½ furlongs to a mile and on both dirt and turf.Probables for the San Carlos: Flagstaff, Law Abidin Citizen, Manhattan Up, Roadster, Sparky Ville and St. Joe Bay.Sparky Ville worked five furlongs this morning in 1:02.80 for Jeff Bonde, while St. Joe Bay went the same distance in 1:00.80 for John Sadler.OHIO SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT WIN IN KILROE MILETrainer Michael McCarthy has Ohio at the ready to win the Frank E. Kilroe Mile for the second straight year. Last year, the nine-year-old Brazilian-bred posted a 9-1 upset by a nose over favored Catapult.Probable for Saturday’s Kilroe include Desert Stone, Frontier Market, Got Stormy, Kingly, Next Shares, Ohio, River Boyne and True Valour.‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IN CHANDELIER ROOM MARCH 8“Go West Young Lady!” A successful event for nearly two decades in Saratoga Springs, New York, Santa Anita will host its first “Fashionable Fillies” Luncheon in the Chandelier Room on Sunday, March 8.The event is sponsored by The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, a charitable trust which provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families.The event, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., includes cocktails, lunch and the opportunity to shop from local vendors. Tickets are $150 each and all proceeds will be earmarked by the foundation to benefit the backstretch community of Southern California.Those interested, please respond to Shannon Kelly, executive director, at (212) 521-5327, or via email at [email protected] CAMACHO AND HIS HORSE PROMOTE ANIMAL WELFARE, SAFE RACINGHis day begins at 3:30 a.m. Every day. His name is Jesus Camacho, barn foreman/exercise rider for trainer Bill Spawr by morning and Santa Anita outrider on afternoons.Camacho, with his horse Justin, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding that was re-trained following his racing career, are integral parts of an invaluable front line in Santa Anita’s efforts to maintain the highest standards of equine safety and welfare each morning and afternoon.“Justin and I are a team, that’s the best way I can describe it,” said Camacho, 52, who lives in Mira Loma, 40 miles east of The Great Race Place. “He loves his job. When there’s a loose horse in the afternoon, he knows what to do and we get the job done. I’ve trained him to stand still whenever I get off of him and he’s really like what a buoy is to a lifeguard at the beach. We both need each other, and he does a fantastic job.”In a world in which precious Thoroughbreds require 24/7 care and attention, Camacho is a great fit by any measure. A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Camacho grew up with horses.“My dad and his dad were jockeys,” he said. “Wherever we were racing, at Caliente or in Mexico City, that’s where we lived. I’ve got four sisters and a brother, Ruben (Camacho, Jr.) and he’s a jockey at Emerald Downs near Seattle. I’ve been getting on horses my whole life and I started getting paid to get on them when I was 13.“I came here when I was 19 and I went to work right away at the racetrack, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Pomona. I love my job. People say, ‘How can you work so many hours and so many days?’“I just tell them that for me, it’s not work. Being with the horses is something I love and being a part of a great team with Bill in the morning and then taking the horses to the gate in the afternoons is an incredible honor and privilege. I work with the stewards on the radio and if Dana (Stead, Track Veterinarian) or any of the jockeys see or feel something with any of the horses, the stewards know about it and these horses are looked at very closely. If there’s any question at all, Dana will recommend they be scratched.”For his part, Stead views Camacho as indispensable on Santa Anita’s safety team.“He’s a vital component to what we do,” said Stead. “Camacho (he’s seemingly never referred to by his first name) is very, very perceptive. He often spots trouble before it happens. He truly has a calming effect on horses and his horsemanship is invaluable to us. When we have difficult situations, he does not hesitate. He’s very courageous and he’s always working to improve any situation, regardless of the circumstances.”Loose horses present challenging circumstances, fraught with potential danger.“I’ve ridden all over the world and Camacho is one of the best outriders we’ve ever had,” said veteran jockey Aaron Gryder. “He’s in-tune with his surroundings and when things happen, he’s quick to diffuse any danger. He’s a great horseman and a great person.”“My day starts at 3:30 every morning,” Camacho said. “I’ve been with Bill for 29 years now and we think alike. He and I check every single horse before they get tacked up, so we’re ready when the training track opens at 4:45. We take everyone’s temperature and check everyone’s legs, to make sure they’re not carrying any heat in their ankles or knees and to make sure they haven’t hurt themselves in any way overnight.“I get on about eight or 10 horses every morning and probably breeze about three or four a day, every Sunday and Monday. Bill likes to use the training track a lot and he likes getting everyone out early, before it gets too busy and while things are nice and quiet.”             Although she’s no longer a part of the Spawr barn, Eclipse Award winning Older Dirt female Midnight Bisou, who has won five Grade I stakes and banked $3.7 million, is a personal favorite of Camacho’s.“I’ve been on a bunch of good horses, but she was special,” he said. “We were so sad to see her leave (when transferred to the eastern-based stable of Steve Asmussen following a third-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks in May 2018).  She’s the kind of horse you want to stick with . . . But I’m proud of what she’s achieved because I know we were a big part of her early development. When she came in, she was very green and had so much to learn.  She’s always had a ton of class and I’m rooting for her tomorrow (in the $20 million Saudi Cup against top males). This will be her last year in training and then we can look forward to seeing her babies run in the future.”And for all who come to the races or morning training sessions at Santa Anita, be they fans, trainers, owners or jockeys, Jesus Camacho is one of the many people they know they can count on to ensure the well-being of horse and rider, seven days a week.FINISH LINES: There will be a Celebration of Life Thursday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Director’s Room at Santa Anita for trainer Henry Moreno who died last Sunday at the age of 90 . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, March 2 through 5, and resume live racing 1 p.m. Friday, March 6. There will be simulcast wagering Wednesday and Thursday with free General Admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. 2nd $1,358,852 $673,497 3 1st John Sadler59 $645,287 14 LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN BACK IN GRADE II SAN CARLOS 45% 61% 33 8 15% 30 Philip D’Amato73 Bob Baffert64 Abel Cedillo197 9 1st 15% RISPOLI PONDERS FUTURE AFTER AGENT DEPARTS 11 53% Flavien Prat138 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 1st, 2020Golden Hour Double With Jeff Siegel and Zoe CadmanAndrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Drift AwayWORKOUTS:Midcourt (Shirreffs) 3-1-20Honor A. P. (Shirreffs) 3-1-20Neptune’s Storm (Baltas) 3-1-20Ollie’s Candy (Outside) and Peter’s Kitten (Sadler) 3-1-20Gift Box (Sadler) 3-1-20Storm the Court (Outside) and Shooters Shoot (Eurton) 2-29-20Kingly (Baffert) 2-29-20Royal Act (Outside) and Draft Pick (Eurton) 2-29-20Goalie (Outside) and George Herman Ruth (D’Amato) 2-29-20 ITM% 23 42% $883,976 MIDCOURT BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP 9 24 27% 8 21% $1,128,176 Tiago Pereira98 29% 31 48% 12% 3rd 48% 22% $1,759,644 Michael McCarthy33 16% 15 5 Doug O’Neill79 16 TrainerSts 15 9 46% Win% $1,181,821 Money Won 27% 13 $1,851,954 2nd 4 $690,908 19 Win% 21% 67% 13 32 52% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller56 48% 20 STORM THE COURT HAS ROSARIO FOR SAN FELIPE Umberto Rispoli113 12 Richard Baltas88 18 42% 10 Money Won 14% 44% 7 67% $1,326,242 12 27 5 $315,205 $1,836,784 $786,862 27% 20% 30 15 20 OHIO SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT WIN IN KILROE MILE OUTRIDER CAMACHO ‘BRINGS IT’ IN BOTH AM AND PM 20 2 11 ‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IS HERE MARCH 8 $316,502 23% (Current Through Friday, Feb. 28) JockeyMts 11 9 30 8 Steve Knapp40last_img read more

Mourinho fears limited transfer funds for Spurs signings this summer

first_img2JOSE MOURINHO accepts he may not have any money to spend on new players at Tottenham this summer.Mourinho was told by chairman Daniel Levy that there was only a limited budget available for signings when he took the job earlier this season.2 Jose Mourinho will have limited funds to spend at Tottenham this summerCredit: AFP or licensors⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesBut the Coronavirus shutdown has hit Spurs harder than most clubs in the Premier League – and SunSport understands the boss now believes he will have little if anything to work with during the transfer window.It has led to him planning for the new campaign, whenever it begins, with the belief he will be working largely with the same group of players he inherited when he took over from Pochettino in November.And that could spell frustration for star striker Harry Kane who recently admitted he may have to look for a move elsewhere if Spurs cannot satisfy his hunger to win trophies.Mourinho has been kept well informed of the financial difficulties the club are going through since the lockdown of the season.The London club have £637million of loan liabilities with a monthly wage bill in excess of £10m, and there is no spare cash around to cover for the collapse in income.A return to match action will at least save the club their TV money – but if games are being played behind closed doors it would see them miss out on matchday revenues in excess of £5m per fixture.So Mourinho is realistic enough to know that there is little point going to Levy to ask for a large transfer fund because there is simply no money left.It is one of the reasons why he has been eager to work with players like Tanguy Ndombele during the shut-down, knowing he has to get the best out of the £70m midfielder who has struggled in his first year at the club.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 CelticGive 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 option available to the 57-year-old would be to sell to generate funds, but there are few unwanted players left in his squad who could realise huge sums.And that was before the Covid-19 pandemic crippled football clubs around the world, something which could have a major impact in lowering transfer fees.Mourinho would have no intention of selling top stars like Kane or Heung-min Son to finance spending – leaving him planning to make do with what he has for next year.José Mourinho slammed by Sadiq Khan for ‘endangering lives’ by taking Tottenham training session during coronavirus lockdownlast_img read more

Becks quizzes Jose on how to look after Inter Miami stars as legend visits Spurs

first_imgDAVID BECKHAM quizzed Jose Mourinho on how to look after his Inter Miami stars after paying a visit to Tottenham Stadium.Manchester United legend Beckham created his American outfit two years ago and they finally played their first MLS match earlier in 2020.3 David Beckham has sought advice from Spurs boss Jose Mourinho on how to make Inter Miami a top teamCredit: James Drew TurnerHowever, there is a long road ahead for Golden Balls, who aims to be top of the pile across the Atlantic.And before the current coronavirus lockdown, Becks went to link up with former Utd and Chelsea boss Mourinho at Spurs’ new stadium, while also chatting with stars including Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura at their training ground.He told AIA: “As an I owner I want to help my team be the best they possibly can.“To get insight from a manager as experienced and successful as Jose was a real privilege.“There’s a lot of science and new thinking in the game since I was a player but it’s clear that simple things like a solid routine and great sleep are still really important.”3 Beckham was reunited with ex-PSG pal Lucas Moura and also met Son Heung-MinCredit: James Drew TurnerMourinho added: “It was a pleasure to welcome a true football legend like David back to the club earlier this season and to learn about his affinity for Spurs through family ties and training at the club in 2011.“We also spent time discussing the virtues of team preparation and ensuring the players are in peak condition both physically and mentally.”Beckham was also delighted to link up with former Paris Saint-Germain teammate Lucas again.And he hilariously revealed the Brazilian tries to get some shut-eye whenever possible.Becks laughed: “I have never seen anyone sleep as much as this man.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own club“The moment we got on the bus, the plane, the hotel, the restaurant, everywhere he would sleep!”AIA brings its global ambassador, David Beckham, and partner, Tottenham Hotspur, together to promote healthier, longer, better lives. For more information visit: AIA.com3 Beckham linked up with Harry Winks and Japhet Tanganga at Spurs’ training groundCredit: James Drew TurnerDavid and Romeo Beckham perform football stunts on new Teq Ball tablelast_img read more

Blues battle back for 10s triumph

first_imgTrailing 7-0 for almost the entire match after an early converted try to Hurricanes prop Alex Fidow, the Blues dug deep and got a rich reward.It was a slow, stodgy clash at Suncorp Stadium, until it came to life when Akira Ioane crashed over in the corner, trimming the margin to two points and giving them the opening they needed.The winning try came after the siren, with George Moala stretching over on the opposite side to spark wild celebrations among his team, which finished bottom of the New Zealand conference in Super Rugby last year.It isn’t their first piece of tens silverware, though, having claimed the World Club 10s in Singapore four years ago.It was the second straight year the decider was contested by two New Zealand teams, who once again looked a cut above the rest – stronger in defence and more daring and skilful in attack.The Blues had doused the hopes of the last remaining Australian team, the Queensland Reds, in the semi-final.The Reds rocketed to a 5-0 lead in the first minute courtesy of a 75m intercept try from Jayden Ngamanu.But the Blues hit back with three unanswered tries through Sam Nock, Jordan Olsen and Kurt Eklund to win 22-10.However there was some consolation for Australian rugby – the ending of a 12-month long trans-Tasman losing streak.It might have only been a novelty pre-season event but Queensland’s 19-7 quarter-final win over the Chiefs was the first by an Australian side against a New Zealand franchise since the opening match of last year’s tens tournament.Australia’s five teams failed to record one win in 26 Super Rugby games against Kiwi teams last season.The Chiefs however will rightly feel hard done by, with both of Angus Blyth’s two tries – which saw the Reds draw level and then take the lead – hugely contentious.Blyth’s second try clearly should not have been allowed as his foot touched the sideline while he was tackled as he closed in to score.last_img read more

Hunters determined to maintain momentum

first_imgHunters coach Michael Marum will be expecting his troops to reward an expected massive crowd of PNG supporters with a win this Sunday against Norths Devils.Last week’s come-from-behind nail-baiter against Wynnum Manly was quite a feat given that half of the players in last week’s victory have averaged at least two games this seasonBut this time around, Marum’s playing stocks are bolstered as the Hunters look for their third win on the road against a quality Norths Devils outfit.The return of the team’s three big guns, Timothy Lomai (fromsuspension), Willie Minoga and Dion Aiye (injury) will definitely boost the morale of the team even more.Other changes made are in the five eighth position with Noel Zemming replacing Israel Eliab who is still recovering from malaria.Interestingly enough, the bulk of the Hunters points which have propelled the Hunters to third spot on 15 points, have come from games at home in Kokopo.Marum said that playing away games was always a challenge but added that the team would be focused on playing to the set game plan.The Hunters depart for Australia tomorrow and will be playing at Albert Bishop Park in Nundah, a Brisbane suburb. The game will be played at 2pm on Sunday and will be telecast live on Hitron and Channel 8 with a delayed coverage on EMTV at 7pm for PNG viewers.last_img read more

Australia pair Pocock & Hooper against Fiji

first_imgPocock starts at number eight with Hooper at seven – just as they did in the win over New Zealand in August.Toulon’s Matt Giteau, who is available after the Australian Rugby Union relaxed rules over overseas-based players in April, starts at centre.Will Genia is preferred to Nick Phipps at scrum-half and wins his 61st cap.Hooker Stephen Moore captains a side which boasts 720 caps among its starting XV and includes Kurtley Beale among the replacements.Fiji are without flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu, who has been banned for a week for a tip-tackle on wing Jonny May in his team’s 35-11 defeat by England on Friday.He is replaced by Clermont Auvergne’s Peceli Yato, while Stade Francais hooker Tuapati Talemaitoga, Ospreys lock Tevita Cavubati and Harlequins number eight Netani Talei also come in.With the Wallabies’ second Pool A match against Uruguay following just four days after the meeting with Fiji, coach Michael Cheika has said he is keen to make full use of his 31-man squad.”It’s important to give everyone an opportunity early on,” Cheika added.”We’ve done that throughout our lead-up to this tournament, and I believe it’s a good way to go.”Australia: Folau; Ashley-Cooper, Kuridrani, Giteau, Horne; Foley, Genia; Sio, Moore (capt), Kepu, Douglas, Simmons, Fardy, Hooper, Pocock.Replacements: Polota-Nau, Slipper, Holmes, Skelton, Mumm, Phipps, Toomua, Beale.Fiji: Talebula; Nayacalevu, Goneva, Lovobalavu, Nadolo; Volavola, Matawalu; Ma’afu, Tuapati, Saulo, Cavubati, Nakarawa, Yato, Qera, Talei.Replacements: Veikoso, Ravai, Colati, Soqeta, Ravulo, Kenatale, Matavesi, Tikoirotuma.last_img read more

The 10 great unknowns of Spanish football by 2020

first_img5- The new Super CupAmong all the measures taken by Luis Rubiales throughout 2019, the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia has been one of the most controversial. The tournament, until today summer, passes to the month of January, will have four participants and will be disputed outside national borders. Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Atlético de Madrid and Valencia will play the trophy in Final Four format, in an innovative idea very different from the classic winner of the League against the winner of the Copa del Rey double game. The most discussed was its location, even by the Government, although the president of the RFEF said that Saudi Arabia was the place chosen to try to improve the situation in the country. The televisions, not compliant with the location, gave up on broadcasting the competition in open. Finally, it will be seen in Movistar +.6- Neymar and Mbappé, the big goalsCHARLES PLATIAU & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Neymar and Mbappé will once again star in the market for another year.CHARLES PLATIAU (REUTERS) They are the most popular names summer yes and summer too. In 2020 it will be no less. Mbappé is still the favorite for the greats of Spanish football, but the PSG is an uncompromising negotiator and will not let you out except for an exorbitant figure. With the Brazilian it is different. Last summer he already begged to agree on his departure, but Barcelona did not reach the amounts required by the Parisian directive. It was an open secret and it still is: Ney is not comfortable in France and wants to leave as soon as possible. It is not the intended number 1, but Real Madrid would not rule out its signing if the opportunity presents itself. With Messi and Cristiano in recent years at the highest level, the two stars of the PSG are the kings of the market.7- What will the Copa del Rey hold?Only one round of the new cup format has been played and, of course, it has not left anyone indifferent. A total of nine Second Division teams have fallen eliminated by lower category clubs. He has also yielded the Alavés against Real Jaén, a Third, something that had not happened for more than twenty years. However, the existence of two more rounds can leave about sixteenths of the final with less humble clubs than previous years. Or maybe a similar figure. In the absence of Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Atlético and Valencia joining the competition, the second round will be played on the weekend, in the purest English style. A single game and at the home of the child, there is a guarantee that each tie will be full of emotion. Do youWill get some modest fight in advanced rounds?8- The future of the historicalPaco Zas and Al Thani, questioned since September. The former no longer occupies his position. The hype has been benevolent with Spain, which has been framed with Poland, Sweden and one of the winners of the playoffs. However, passing the group is not the goal, but rather winning. France is already established as an elite team and many other teams are at the level of the one trained by Luis Enrique: Germany, Holland, Portugal, Italy, Belgium … One of the most equal Eurocups of the century is raised and there is the big question,the national team has enough level to fight for the championship?4- Benzema, for MessiKarim Benzema is unquestionably a leader for Real Madrid. The French striker responds with goals and his inseparable game of association to the expectations placed on him, although he will always question whether or not he is an elite gunner. At the moment, in the 2019-20 season is leaving his signature at the top of the scorers table. With 12 goals under his belt, just is one of Leo Messi, which is the provisional pichichi. While is true that the ’10’ missed some games due to injury, the madridista has found regularity from face to door. Do youBenzema can overcome the Argentine star or, at least, stay in the fight until the final stretch of the championship? In Europa League, on the contrary, Sevilla is once again one of the great favorites to win the competition. The Lopetegui team has been first of the group peacefully, giving rest to the most common, and will face in sixteenths the Cluj. Espanyol also advanced as a leader, but it has touched a poisoned dart: the Wolverhampton. The one that suffered the most and the one that apparently more complicated has to advance to the round of 16 is the Getafe. Chance did not smile at him and crossed him with Ajax from Amsterdam, semifinalist of the Champions last season. A reason to smile, but many unknowns. The seven Spaniards are classified, butSome may represent LaLiga until the final rounds?2- The explosion of young talents Given the exorbitant transfer market and the high price to be paid by mid-level players, Spanish clubs are exercising a policy of incorporating young players, who are more affordable and that they point to world stars in the future. A dozen promises raise the ovation of the First Division camps every weekend. They are not even 20 years old, but They are accompanied by an unmistakable charisma and nobody doubts that they will continue to grow by leaps and bounds. Sometimes they accuse the lack of opportunities. In other cases, when they have them, they see the need to impress as soon as possible, which causes them frustration and natural mistakes at their age.Young people called to make an impression in 2020. Every January 1, thousands and thousands of people around the world make a list of purposes for the coming year and it is inevitable that dozens and dozens of questions pass through their minds. It will not be different in football, a sport so changing that who would say two years ago that Deportivo and Málaga were going to be evicted in the Second Division or that Liverpool was going to send with an iron fist in the Premier League. Or what Robert Moreno was going to go out the back door of the Spanish National Team or that the Copa del Rey He was going to take an absolute turn until he gave opportunities to Regional clubs. 2019, regardless of the results, has once again been an unforgettable year, like everyone else, on the national scene. As they say, in 2020 more and better. But, What is on trial in Spanish football? What are the big questions for the year that has just begun? Leave the grapes aside, that the king sport is back.1- Do the Spaniards continue to rule in Europe?The 2018-19 season left the Spanish teams in a bad place. Madrid was severely executed by Ajax; Barcelona suffered a remembered 4-0 at Anfield; the Athletic accused the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo; and the Valencia, despite his good work, fell eliminated in a complicated group. More than concrete results, in Spain there was a feeling that a step back had been taken and that the Champions League was English territory. The group stage of this has not seen the best version of the four national representatives and the eighths will be a turning point. Zidane’s team has had a ‘coconut’, a Manchester City in need of claiming. Simeone’s, another high: Liverpool Klopp. Barça and Valencia will have it easier, that faces will be seen with Naples and Atalanta respectively.Madrid and Barcelona were out of the Champions League after a disastrous second leg. Real Madrid commands the eleven youth of LaLiga Santander with Rodrygo and Vinicius in the squad and Kubo and Martin Odegaard growing Mallorca and Real Sociedad respectively. Barcelona, ​​with Carles Pérez and Ansu Fati, also has a promising future. Aleña, newcomer to Betis, will return to Barcelona with more minutes in the First Division. Joao Felix, and a reality, should take the definitive step to stardom in 2020. Ferran and KangIn Lee, promises of Valencia, point very high, although they still have to consolidate. What will become of them in the new year?3- The actual level of the Selection2019 was a storm year in the national team, with the unexpected and tense march of Robert Moreno and the return of Luis Enrique. Both technicians crossed statements without making it clear what the problem was that forced them to take separate paths. Beyond that, the National Soccer Team has achieved the qualification for the European Championship, which will be held in the month of June at different locations. One of them will be Bilbao, so the national team will enjoy the privilege of playing the first three games before their audience.The National Team, for the challenge of the European Championship. Málaga and Deportivo de la Coruña are two regulars of the first category of Spanish football who now live a deep crisis which causes tremors among its fans. After a disputed half-turn, both are in danger. Malaga, suffering from the passivity of Al Thani at many times, has come to have problems to add seven players of the first team, although it has overlapped and, for the moment, does not occupy relegation places. With 23 points, one is above the descent marked by Extremadura. The Depor, meanwhile, has just announced the arrival of Çolak and Fernando Vázquez To try to get out of the pit. It has a new directive and its economic situation is not alarming. However, a decline to Second B would be catastrophic. For now, good year entry, add 18 points and is four from salvation.9- The return of CádizDespite its ‘bad’ final results, Cádiz has made a dreamlike first round and has been, at times, the best leader in history. Now it is eight points ahead of Huesca, first team in Playoff positions, and in five at Almeria, Second classified. While it is true that the advantage is not as comfortable as it could seem over the past few months, the Cervera team has in its hand to return to the highest category of Spanish football. In addition to ascending, Coach continuity is one of the guidelines set out in Vizcaino’s notebook, President. The technician ends the contract in June and is now free to negotiate with other clubs. Offers will not be missing, of course. Step by step, the first thing is to certify the elite. In his hand is.10- The end of the internal wars in the Lightning?Be in First or Second Division, Lightning is one of the teams that has more talk Among football fans. These lines do not refer to the Zozulia Case, which has unleashed a storm on the national scene, has transcended political representatives and has caused Martín Presa go out to give public explanations. Rather, the problem is in the questioned communion between board, players and fans. Paco Jémez, his technician, spoke of all this in an interview in AS: “We are all too tense and jumping to the minimum. We will try to get the problems put to us by the rivals, not ourselves. The one to the other, the other to the ones, Nobody is saved here. Hopefully we are a united club that people envy. We have to fix it. Vallecas has lost all the essence that has made him great. We are one more field. Before it was the last redoubt of neighborhood football, foreigners came to watch games … We have loaded it and it is our fault“.last_img read more

Samara, successfully operated: “I look forward to returning!”

first_imgUnfortunately I had to go through the operating room but the operation went very well. I want to thank all the medical staff of the Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital for their great work as well as Elena Isla. Thank you for all the love received. Looking forward to stepping on the grass again! 💪🏻⚽ – samaraortiz14 (@ samaraortizz14) January 20, 2020Several companions, including her sister Malena, wanted to convey her support through social networks. “Lucky to be able to enjoy every day at your side what we like most. We have been able to know the most beautiful moments of football together, now it’s time to pass the bitter side of football. I’m sure you’re going back stronger, “he wrote. The Heel of David Aznar, obviously, will not be able to count on Samara for Sunday’s game against Logroño at home. White is in the middle of the table with 19 points, five of his next opponent who ties in the standings with Rayo Vallecano. The Tacon will not be able to count on Samara Ortiz for a while. The defense suffered a fracture of the middle third of the right collarbone during the match of this day of Liga Iberdrola against Sporting de Huelva that ended with a victory for White by 1-3 with goals from Thaisa, Jakobsson and Asllani.Both the club and the Azeri player reported through social networks that the operation had worked out well. “Unfortunately I had to go through the operating room but the operation went very well. I want to thank all the medical staff of the Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital for their great work as well as Elena Isla. Thank you for all the love received. I wish to step on the grass again! “The defense tweeted.last_img read more