Honorable Mention: Angelo Leyvani, Stephen. F. Austin; Brett Daughdrill, Central Arkansas He began the fall campaign with back-to-back rounds of one-under-par 71 to help the Lions to a team victory at the University of New Orleans Battle in the Big Easy on Sept. 11. The team win came in the form of a one-stroke victory over the host Privateers in a competition shortened to two rounds after rain washed away a full day of scheduled competition. Jorin was a model of consistency last month, shooting all five tournament rounds at par or better. Southland Athletes of the Month are presented by MidSouth Bank. FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Joris Elin is the Southland Conference Men’s Golfer of the Month for September, the league announced Wednesday. The France native followed up with rounds of 70, 71, and 72 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate tournament in Hattiesburg, Miss. Etlin finished in 13th place. He was even par for the tournament (213) with 36 pars, nine birdies and nine bogeys. September Golfer of the Month: Joris Etlin – Sr. – Frejus, France Etlin finished fourth individually at the Battle in the Big Easy, part of a Lions squad that featured six players shooting under par to fuel the tourney win. 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.
Honorable Mention: Tre Honshtein, Sam Houston State.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. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s James Tabary, Darion Dunn and Parker Orgeron are the Southland Conference Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Senior quarterback Tabary wins the offensive honor, sophomore cornerback Dunn secures the defensive award and junior punt returner Orgeron takes the special teams accolade after helping lead the Cowboys to a 51-34 win over Houston Baptist to start the conference season.They return to action Saturday for their home opener, hosting Nicholls at 6 p.m. CT.Offensive Player of the Week: James Tabary, McNeese – Sr. – Quarterback – New Orleans, La.The first team preseason All-Southland quarterback set a school record for most passing yards and touchdowns in a half when he put 329 yards and four scores en route to notching his school-record sixth 300-yard career passing game. The senior from New Orleans opened the first quarter completing 11-of-12 pass attempts and 22 of 27 in the opening half. Tabary finished the game with 355 passing yards on 25-of-32 passing. He also added a rushing touchdown.Honorable Mention: Shelton Eppler, Northwestern State; Lester Wells, Central Arkansas; Josh Fink, Abilene Christian.Defensive Player of the Week: Darion Dunn, McNeese – So. – Cornerback – Oakdale, La.The preseason All-Conference honoree intercepted two passes in Saturday’s win over HBU, marking the first time since 2014 that a McNeese player has intercepted more than one pass in a game. The sophomore cornerback from Oakdale, La., also led the team in tackles Saturday with five, all solo stops.Honorable Mention: Hayden Bourgeois, Northwestern State; Hunter Brown, Sam Houston State; Raphael Garner, Central Arkansas.Special Teams Player of the Week: Parker Orgeron, McNeese – Jr. – Punt Returner – Mandeville, La.Orgeron recorded McNeese’s first punt return for a touchdown since 2013 when he took a fourth quarter punt 59 yards to the house Saturday. He had another punt return for nine yards on the night and ended the game averaging 34 yards per return.FB: @McNeeseFootball’s Parker Orgeron with 59-yard punt return for TD. Score now McNeese 51-34 over HBU, 11:22 left in 4th.Televised on @ElevenSportsUSA or @CoxSportsTV. Streaming via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt and Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/EYbMRANII4— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) September 9, 2018
Robie Rojas (Sam Houston State) – Rocky Mountain VibesThe 2017 Southland Conference Tournament MVP returns to the Rookie League level for the Brewers to start the season after batting .304 with 12 runs, 10 RBI and nine walks at all levels in 2018. Paul Goldschmidt (Texas State) – St. Louis CardinalsThe two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Year has come back down to earth after a three-homer performance in just as second game in a Cardinal uniform against the rival Brewers on March 29. Nonetheless, the two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Year is among the top-three on the squad in runs (22), hits (30), home runs (nine), RBI (19), walks (15), slugging percentage (.517) and OPS (.866). Class AGrant Anderson (McNeese) – Hickory CrawdadsSince being traded to the Rangers and subsequently assigned to Texas’ Single-A affiliate, Anderson has enjoyed the change of scenery with a 3-1 record and 1.64 ERA in seven appearances. Jordan Romano (Oral Roberts) – Buffalo BisonsIn his second stint with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, the 2014 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year has struck out 18 batters in 13.1 innings. Cayden Hatcher (Nicholls) – Grand Junction RockiesA member of last year’s Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Hatcher will start year two with the Rockies’ Rookie League team after going 2-0 with 23 strikeouts in 26 innings over 11 games in 2018. Addison Russ (Houston Baptist) – Reading Fightin PhilsRuss has appeared in a team-high 10 games out of the bullpen in his first year with the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate, striking out 15 batters in 9.1 innings and recording a pair of saves. Tyler Gray (Central Arkansas) – Lexington LegendsThe 2018 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, Gray started the year with the Royals’ Single-A affiliate. He is 1-2 with a save and a 4.34 ERA in five games, including two starts. Daniel Wasinger (Southeastern Louisiana) – AZL DiamondbacksA 2018 31st-round pick, Hatcher will start year two with the Diamondbacks’ Rookie League team after hitting .163 with six runs, three RBI and four walks in 2018. Ryan Tepera (Sam Houston State) – Toronto Blue JaysAfter missing the first three weeks of the season with right elbow inflammation, Tepera was activated from the 10-day injured list on April 18 and has pitched 5.1 innings out of the bullpen and held opponents to a .167 batting average. Over his last four appearances, he has struck out three batters over 3.2 innings and only allowed one run on two hits. Triple-AAndrew Guillotte (McNeese) – Buffalo BisonsIn his third stint with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, the two-time All-Southland Conference selection is hitting .160 with five runs scored and a pair of extra-base hits through 15 games this season. Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) – Pensacola Blue WahoosThe 2014 Southland Conference wins and strikeouts leader was promoted to the Twins’ Double-A affiliate to start the season and is 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA and 12 strikeouts through 15 innings. Double-APreston Beck (UT Arlington) – Frisco RoughridersIn his second season with the Rangers’ Double-A team, the 2012 Southland Conference home runs leader is tied atop the Texas League with six dingers in 2019. He leads the team in OPS (.871). Robbie Podorsky (McNeese) – Lake Elsinore StormPodorsky’s second stint with the Padres’ Advanced-A squad has started much better than his first as he ranks second on the team in stolen bases (eight), on-base percentage (.397) and batting average (.322). Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana) – Winston-Salem DashIn his second stint with the White Sox’ Advanced-A team, the 2016 Southland Conference Player of the Year is reaching base at a .336 clip thanks to a team-high 17 walks. Ty Tice (Central Arkansas) – New Hampshire Fisher CatsIn his first year with the Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate, Tice is 1-3 with a 2.38 ERA in nine appearances. He has struck out 17 batters through 11.1 innings while only allowing three walks. Carson Smith (Texas State) – Pawtucket Red SoxAfter spending all of 2018 at the major league level, the two-time Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year was assigned to Boston’s Triple-A squad and placed on the seven-day injured list on April 4. Tate Scioneaux (Southeastern Louisiana) – Altoona CurveIn his third season with the Pirates’ Double-A squad, the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament MVP is 1-1 with eight strikeouts over 6.2 innings out of the bullpen. Class A Short SeasonTanner Driskill (Lamar) – Auburn DoubledaysThe 2018 ninth-round pick will start his second season with the Auburn Doubledays, the Nationals’ Short-A squad. Will Vest (Stephen F. Austin) – Erie SeaWolvesOn April 26, Vest was promoted to the Tigers’ Double-A team after going 1-1 with a save, nine strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA in eight innings at the Advanced-A level.Class A AdvancedDrew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) – Rancho Cucamonga QuakesThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was promoted to from Single-A on April 19 and has driven in five runs in his first seven games with the Dodgers’ Advanced-A team. Chi Chi Gonzalez (Oral Roberts) – Albuquerque IsotopesIn his first season with the Rockies’ Triple-A squad, the 2013 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year is 2-0 with 16 strikeouts and 19 innings pitched over four starts. Wade Miley (Southeastern Louisiana) – Houston AstrosThe 2008 Southland Conference strikeouts leader added much-needed depth to the Astros rotation after signing a one-year deal with the team in February. He ranks third on the squad in innings pitched with 33.1 frames pitched over six starts. Holding opponents to a .221 average in the month of April, Miley has helped Houston overcome a slow start to take over the top spot in the AL West Division. Louis Head (Texas State) – Tulsa DrillersHead was assigned to the Dodgers’ Double-A squad on April 19 and has struck out 16 batters in 10.2 innings. He is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in six relief appearances. Nolan Riggs (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsPrior to being placed on the 7-day injured list on April 17, Riggs had struck out six batters and allowed just three hits through 5.1 innings of scoreless relief. Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) – Kansas City RoyalsThe 2013 Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year has been one of the top sluggers in MLB through the opening month with the American League’s top marks in slugging percentage (.686) and OPS (1.133) and team highs in home runs (seven) and walks (15). Dozier ended the month with an eight-game hit streak, batting .520 in that span with six extra-base hits and seven RBI. Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) – Nashville SoundsIn his first season with the Rangers’ Triple-A team, the two-time All-Southland pick is hitting .226 with eight RBI, six doubles and six runs scored. He is the No. 25 prospect in the Rangers organization. Josh Green (Southeastern Louisiana) – Visalia RawhideGreen was promoted to the Diamondbacks’ Advanced-A affiliate to start the year and is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts. His 28 innings pitched are first on the team and second in the California League. Mac Sceroler (Southeastern Louisiana) – Daytona TortugasThe two-time First-Team All-Southland pick was promoted to the Reds’ Advanced-A team to start the year and has a 3-0 record, 10 strikeouts and .226 opponent batting through nine innings of relief. Austin Briggs (McNeese) – AZL Athletics GreenA 2018 29th-round pick by the A’s, Briggs prepares to start his second season with the Rookie League team after striking out 28 batters in 26 innings across 16 appearances in 2018. Bryce Johnson (Sam Houston State) – San Jose GiantsIn his second season with the Giants’ Advanced-A squad, the two-time Southland hits leader leads the team in walks (17) and stolen bases (six) and ranks third on the team in runs (11) and RBI (nine). Kyle Arjona (New Orleans) – GCL Phillies EastA member of last year’s Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Arjona will start year two with the Phillies’ Rookie League team after posting a 2.25 ERA in five appearances in 2018. William Hancock (Central Arkansas) – Idaho Falls ChukarsA member of last year’s All-Southland Conference First Team, Hancock will start the year with the Royals’ Rookie League team. Shawn Semple (New Orleans) – Tampa TarponsOn April 30, Semple was promoted to the Yankees’ Advanced-A affiliate after going 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA, three saves and 32 strikeouts across 21 innings pitched with the Charleston RiverDogs. Jonathan Dziedzic (Lamar) – Idaho Falls ChukarsOn April 24, Dziedzic was assigned to the Royals’ Rookie League team after starting the year 0-2 with a 2.35 ERA in three starts with the Triple-A affiliate, the Omaha Storm Chasers. Kyle Keller (Southeastern Louisiana) – New Orleans Baby CakesKeller is in his second stint with the Marlins’ Triple-A team after receiving a call up on April 9. He is 1-0 with eight strikeouts and a .211 opponent batting average in 10.2 innings across six appearances. Ryan O’Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Kansas City RoyalsWhile O’Hearn’s numbers have dipped at the plate this season, the former Bearkat is second on the team to teammate Dozier in walks with 13 and recorded four multi-hit games in the first month of the season. O’Hearn has shone defensively in 21 starts at first base with an unblemished fielding percentage, 20 double plays and seven assists in 178 total chances. Nick Heath (Northwestern State) – Northwest Arkansas NaturalsThe two-time Southland Conference stolen bases leader has already racked up a Double-A best 13 stolen bases. Heath is batting .210 with 12 walks and 14 runs scored. RookieKwan Adkins (Northwestern State) – AZL Giants BlackA Third-Team All-Southland pick in 2018, Adkins will start year two with the Giants’ Rookie League team after reaching base at a .364 clip with 21 walks, 21 runs and five extra-base hits in 2018. Jake Norton (Stephen F. Austin) – GCL MarlinsThe Third-Team All-Southland pick from last year will start year two with the Marlins’ Rookie League team after tossing 3.1 innings of relief without allowing an earned run in 2018. Jace Peterson (McNeese) – Norfolk TidesAfter spending most of 2018 with the Orioles, Peterson started 2019 with Baltimore’s Triple-A squad. The 2011 Southland Conference triples leader (eight) has a team-high two triples this season. David Fry (Northwestern State) – Wisconsin Timber RattlersIn his first full year of Class A ball with the Brewers’ organization, last year’s Southland Conference Player of the Year leads the team in doubles (eight), home runs (three), RBI (17) and total bases (37). Andrew Fregia (Sam Houston State) – Delmarva ShorebirdsThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was promoted to the Orioles’ Single-A affiliate to start the year and is batting .143 with four runs, four walks and a pair of RBI. Colton Turner (Texas State) – Charlotte KnightsIn his third stint with the White Sox’ Triple-A squad, Turner is 2-0 with 15 strikeouts across 15.1 innings in nine relief appearances. Collin Kober (McNeese) – Modesto NutsKober got promoted to the Mariners’ Advanced-A team at the end of 2018 and is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in nine appearances in 2019. Since a tough first outing on April 5, he has a 1.50 ERA over his last 12 innings. MLBJonathan Davis (Central Arkansas) – Toronto Blue JaysAfter starting the season in the big leagues, Davis suffered a right ankle sprain causing him to miss most of the month of April. The three-time All-Southland Conference pick was sent on a Triple-A rehab assignment on April 22 and has reached base safely in all eight games with a .348 average, nine walks, eight runs six RBI and a pair of home runs. He is scheduled to return in early May. Adam Moore (UT Arlington) – Nashville SoundsIn his seventh-straight season at the Triple-A level, now with the Rangers’ affiliate, the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year hit the seven-day injured list on April 16 with a .267 average. Aaron Hernandez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Inland Empire 66ersA 2018 third-round selection by the Angels, Hernandez has struck out 18 batters in 15.2 innings across five games, including three starts for Anaheim’s Advanced-A team. Cole Stapler (Nicholls) – Visalia RawhideStapler is 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA and a team-high 26 strikeouts in four starts for the Diamondbacks’ Advanced-A team. On April 19, he struck out a career-high nine batters in seven shutout innings.Bryan Warzek (New Orleans) – Rancho Cucamonga QuakesDespite sitting down 23 batters on strikes through 17 innings, the two-time All-Southland Conference pick is 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in five starts with the Dodgers’ Advanced-A affiliate. FRISCO, Texas – A total of 53 Southland Conference baseball alumni are currently playing professional baseball in 2019. Below is an update on all active players. Statistics are through April 30, 2019. Click on each player’s name to access updated stats. Grant Borne (Nicholls) – Potomac NationalsIn his second season with the Nationals’ Advanced-A affiliate, the two-time All-Southland Conference selection is 1-0 with a 5.60 ERA and 13 strikeouts in six appearances, including three starts. Hunter Pence (UT Arlington) – Texas RangersThe longest-tenured active major leaguer out of the Southland Conference, the league’s 2004 Player and Hitter of the Year signed a minor league contract with the Rangers and made the Opening Day roster in his 13th year in the pros. The two-time World Series champion has reached base safely in eight-straight appearances, including a 3-for-5, four RBI outing in the series finale against Seattle on April 28. Caleb Smith (Sam Houston State) – Miami MarlinsSmith has dazzled as the anchor of the Marlins rotation with a 2-0 record and a 2.17 ERA through five starts in 2019. The team leader in strikeouts (37) and WHIP (0.83), the two-time All-Southland Conference hurler has tossed four-straight quality starts. Among National League pitchers, Smith ranks second only to Max Scherzer in strikeouts per nine innings (11.48). Extended Spring TrainingTyler Depreta-Johnson (Houston Baptist) – Texas RangersThe Third-Team All-Southland selection from last year is starting the year in extended spring training with the Rangers. He registered a .330 on-base percentage with 20 walks in Short-A in 2018.
TOTTENHAM goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has admitted he is open to a move to the MLS – just days after Inter Miami owner David Beckham watched him in action.The French stopper, 32, has claimed he is interested in winding down his career in the USA – no doubt putting star-hunting Becks on red alert.2 Hugo Lloris is interested in a move to the MLS one day – perhaps Inter MiamiHis Inter Miami team are keen to bring in as many big names as their salary cap will allow, with Beckham already speaking to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Beckham had already seen Lloris in action as he was in attendance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the win over Crystal Palace last weekend.Speaking about a potential move in the coming months, Lloris claimed: “I do not think I’m going to finish [my career] at Tottenham.”I still have a few years ahead of me. In any case, I will do everything to make the most of it.”You also have to know when to say stop at the right time, but I’m not against the idea of discovering something new.”That could be the United States. I do not know, I always had trouble looking in the medium term. I am more focused on the short term.”In football, things go so fast. We are here tomorrow and after that we’re elsewhere. You have to be careful.”I could finish over there [MLS], we’ll see.”LOYAL TO SPURSLloris also opened up about his loyalty to Spurs – having stood by the club since 2012, despite their trophy-less run.”I never really opened the doors [to the idea of leaving] because I felt like I was happy where I was.”It’s not a lack of ambition on my part, it’s just that I’m part of a project and, every year I’ve seen the progress to reinforce my decision.”If tomorrow I felt there was a regression, certainly I’d then ask the question [about leaving].”[Mauricio Pochettino] has shown a lot of loyalty to Tottenham. He’s invested 200 per cent in the club and its supporters.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMORE 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 year“The thing that has to change is for us to win a major trophy. We had this opportunity in the Champions League, we were also not far off in the Premier League.”But there is regularity, the club is competitive. I can tell the difference between the state of the club the day I arrived and today.”The club has evolved at an incredible speed.”2David Beckham tells Poch ‘I wish I played for Tottenham’ after watching demolition of Crystal Palace
JOSE MOURINHO was branded a “budget Tim Sherwood” after he rocked up to his first Spurs press conference in a gilet.The Portuguese manager, 56, revealed he has been “smiling for two days” after taking over from Mauricio Pochettino.4 Jose Mourinho turned heads as he strolled in wearing a gilet4 Tim Sherwood was rarely seen without a sleeveless jacket during his time in charge of the club.Credit: Dave Pinegar – The SunBut The Special One was trolled by fans online after he opted to pair his purple Tottenham tracksuit with a navy blue gilet.Supporters likened him to former Spurs boss Sherwood – who is renowned for wearing the sleeveless jacket in the Tottenham dugout.Writing on Twitter, one fan said:”Mourinho is sat in front of the media wearing a fetching gilet in honour of Tottenham’s greatest ever manager, Tim Sherwood.”Another added: “Mourinho in a gilet. Heroic Sherwood nonsense. This is why the Barclays needs him.”Another simply wrote: “Budget Tim Sherwood.”Alongside the infamous clip of Sherwood throwing his gilet in anger on the side of the pitch, one fan wrote: “Sherwood is furious Mourinho has stolen his look.”But some argued Mourinho started the trend after he wore a gilet during his spell with Inter Milan from 2008 until 2010.And the 56-year-old wore them during his time with Chelsea and Manchester United.During the press conference, Mourinho admitted he will “make new mistakes” as he attempts to turn Spurs into a winning club.4MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH 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 returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutAsked if he was an improved boss after being axed by Manchester United, Mourinho said: “I think so. These last 11 months have been used to think and to prepare.”You never lose your DNA. You are what you are – for the good things and the bad things. I know in my career that I’ve made mistakes.”I’m not going to make the same mistakes. I’m going to make new mistakes. I’m going to be stronger. Happiness-wise I am convinced my choice was a great one. Ten out of ten.”4Jose Mourinho comments on when he said ‘never want to manage Spurs’ in first press conference as Tottenham boss
“I don’t know, they don’t know, we have to wait for the right permission for them to train again in groups to see if they can come back to a normal competition level.”Mourinho has been doing his part to fight the Covid-19 crisis by helping Spurs package food grown on their training ground before donating it to local communities.The Tottenham Hotspur stadium is currently being used as a hub for the NHS as well for food distribution as the Premier League side continue to work with the Haringey council, who decide where the donations are distributed.And Mourinho cannot wait for football to start again… even if fans can only watch games on TV.Most read in football THROUGH 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 CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’ JOSE MOURINHO has confirmed Tottenham captain Harry Kane is fit again after his hamstring injury hell.The Spurs striker, 26, went under the knife back in January after being injured in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.2 Jose Mourinho confirmed Tottenham captain Harry Kane is fit again after his hamstring injury hellCredit: ReutersTottenham had hoped to have the forward back by April, while England boss Gareth Southgate was sweating over his captain’s fitness with Euro 2020 looming.But Kane was given further recovery time as the season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic, which also forced the European Championships to be put back by a year.Now, with the Premier League hoping for a June return, the striker, along with fit-again Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn, have provided boss Mourinho a triple injury boost.Mourinho told Sky Sports: “For them, it’s many, many weeks of injury, and when the injury was arriving at an end, we stopped training. He explained: “If we play the remaining nine matches this season it will be good for every one of us. It will be good for football, for the Premier League.”If we play football behind closed doors I’d like to think that football is never behind closed doors. With cameras, it means that millions and millions are watching.”So if one day we walk into this empty stadium, it will not be empty, not at all.”2 Spurs boss Mourinho wears PPE as he carries boxes of foodJosé Mourinho slammed by Sadiq Khan for ‘endangering lives’ by taking Tottenham training session during coronavirus lockdown
Photo: PHOTOSPORT Caption: Sonny Bill Williams’ shoulder charge on Anthony Watson during the Lions series has not been forgotten by the UK press Bumbling Sonny Bill Williams and brilliant Beauden Barrett grabbed the focus from an “extraordinary” Bledisloe Cup test as British media continue to put the microscope on the All Blacks.The northern interest in the performance of Steve Hansen’s side as only intensified in the wake of their drawn series with the British and Irish Lions.And the British press couldn’t have found a more contradiction to the tight tussle with the Lions than the 10-try extravaganza in Dunedin where the All Blacks sealed their comeback win two minutes from the finish with Barrett scoring.”Ten tries and a final quarter in which the lead changed hands on five occasions. You will see few more extraordinary test matches,” Stuart Barnes wrote in the Sunday Times.Barnes, a former England No 10 and ardent admirer of the All Blacks, felt the final flourish that featured skipper Kieran Read and Barrett in a sublime interchange of passes was appropriate … “It was the All Blacks at their brilliant best. Two of the star men shining when it most mattered. Classic Kiwi support lines.”But there wasn’t much praise for Williams who had been the villain of the Lions series, being sent off in the second test defeat in Wellington.Williams’ error-riddled performance in Dunedin didn’t go unnoticed. Normally sure of hand, Williams had a forgettable night to cap off a difficult week where he had been part of a concussion controversy from the big win in Sydney seven days earlier.”Galvanising as the game was, that cannot be said for all aspects of their performance. In the open field the All Blacks were far from vintage. Sonny Bill Williams played like a would-be classical pianist burdened with a shifter’s fingers and thumbs. Four fumbles in the first seven minutes might be some sort of test match record for an inside centre.”But enough of the negatives. The inaccuracy of New Zealand’s back play was balanced by the overwhelming power of their pack. Aaron Smith thrived behind them.”The Sunday Times were also quick to liken the Black Ferns’ remarkable comeback win against England in the Women’s Rugby World Cup final in Belfast to the dazzle on display in the Bledisloe Cup.”Kingspan stadium was a worthy setting for a World Cup final and easily the two best teams in women’s rugby served up a worthy contest, with almost as many shifts and twists as the brilliant affair in Dunedin earlier in the day between the All Blacks and the Wallabies,” Peter O’Reilly wrote.”Preconceptions and assumptions were shattered, too. If you’d told us before the game that a New Zealander would score a hat-trick, we’d have assumed you were talking about Portia Woodman, easily the tournament’s top try-scorer with 13 going into yesterday’s game.”But no, it was their loose-head prop, Toka Natua, who crossed England’s try-line thrice, all in the space of 20 minutes, showing power and great footballing awareness. Being a Kiwi, she also showed that she knew the laws of the game. For the third try, she knew to place the ball in the tackle and then go again once released.”New Zealand are deserved champions because they managed to hurt England close in and out wide. England managed to shut down Woodman, as they had done on a drizzly night in Rotorua in June, but in Selica Winiata, they discovered another threat. The full-back popped up for a try in each half and produced outstanding athleticism to keep the ball in play.”What was most impressive, however, was the Black Ferns’ ability to recover from a disastrous 20-minute period before the break when they lost Sarah Goss to the sin-bin and then proceeded to concede 17 points.”The Kiwis dominated possession and territory in the final quarter and won through. They have the most skilful players and a will to succeed that is frightening. Best of all, they seemed to enjoy themselves.”
The event will be from August 5 to 21.Since the closure of the qualification period for athletes in late last month (June), PNG has qualified eight athletes to participate in different sporting events in the 2016 Rio Olympics.In athletics, 28-year-old PNG’s sprint queen – also known as the Sprint Queen of the Pacific – Toea Wisil, will make her second appearance in the Olympic Games since 2012. She will compete in the 100m and 200m sprint whilst 23-year-old youngster Theo Piniau will make his first appearance to compete in the men’s 200m and 400m event. The third PNG athlete to qualify for Rio was 31-year-old Papua New Guinean Judoka and veteran Raymond Ovinou, who will make his second Olympic appearance to compete in the 66kg judo title.Ovinou made his first appearance at the 2012 Summer Olympics where he competed in the men’s 66kg. However, he was defeated in the second round. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he reached the last 16.The fourth PNG athlete to make it to Rio is 26-year-old male weightlifter and Pacific Games gold medalist, Morea Baru. The young PNG weightlifter will make his first appearance in the Olympics to compete in the men’s 62kg.The fifth athlete is PNG’s boxing champion and the first to claim gold at the youth games, Thadius Katua. He qualified to compete in the 60kg lightweight division.The sixth PNG athlete is 34-year-old Papua New Guinea’s ‘super fish’ and three-time PNG Olympian, Ryan Pini. Pini will compete in his specialised events: 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly.The final two athletes are the Kassmans, who qualified to participate in taekwondo – Samantha Kassman and Maxemillion Kassman.Samantha earned a silver medal at the 2015 Pacific Games and this year had qualified for her first appearance in the 2016 Olympics after earning the spot uncontested. The four anticipated competitors in her division did not arrive to compete. Samantha will compete in the female +67kg.Meanwhile, Maxemillion will make his first appearance also in the male +80kg division in taekwondo.All eight PNG athletes have won berths to represent PNG in the 2016 Rio Olympics next month.
Naples seems to have emerged from the worst crisis of its last 15 years. After the defeat against Fiorentina (the fourth straight at home, something never seen since 1998), the Azzurri achieved eliminate Lazio from the Italian Cup and beat Juventus de Sarri in the same week. They did it in San Paolo and it happened just when organized groups reappeared in Fuorigrotta.The strike born by fines of 166 euros that the club sent to the fans during the past months ceased when an agreement was reached that provided tolerance for typhosi that they occupy a different place from the one that carried their entrance. That allowed the groups to get together and sing again, returning to the stadium, from the confrontation with Lazio, the very hot atmosphere that made him famous in the world. This morning, however, Another controversy arose between the fans and the Azzurra entity, which published the price of tickets for the Champions League match with Barcelona next February 25. The sale will start tomorrow for subscribers (on February 6 for everyone else) and tickets are the most expensive in the club’s history: the popular sector, Curves will cost 70 euros, while Distinti 130, Tribune Family 120 (40 for children under 12 years old), the Nisida 190 Grandstand and the Posillipo 250 euros.Prices never seen: for the match with Real Madrid of 2017, the same sectors cost, respectively, 50, 100, 80, 150 and 190 euros. The decision of Naples was welcomed with rage in social networks, and many typhosi promise not to attend the meeting as a form of protest. Yes, As the whole of Gattuso continues to grow, it seems even harder to imagine that someone wants to miss the premiere of Barcelona and Leo Messi at San Paolo. Whatever it takes.
The referees of day 24 are already known. The RFEF has announced the members for the 24th day that will be held next weekend and the news is that Sánchez Martínez, referee of Betis-Barcelona last Sunday, has not been designated for any party or as principal referee or in the VARThe referee of the Murcian school had a controversial performance in the game yesterday after the expulsion of Fekir, the penalty not called Messi or the non-expulsion of Sergi Roberto, among other controversial decisions. Of course, it is not known if the absence of Sánchez Martínez in the fields of Primera during the next weekend is due to the controversy caused by his performance or mere rest.According to sources consulted by AS, the Technical Committee of Referees has not thought about the performance of Sánchez Martínez in Betis-Barça to give him rest: “We try to give rest to two referees every day without being in the VAR (This one would have to go to the VOR) and so we have, give rest. We have not thought about how he did it at Betis-Barça but it doesn’t hurt either. “Nor will he be present on the next day of LaLiga Santander Gil Manzano after his arbitration at Osasuna – Real Madrid, but it will whistle one of the semifinals of Copa del Rey (Real Sociedad-Mirandés). This does not happen in the case of the referee, who is also not among those chosen to whistle the semifinals of the Cup (Munuera Martínez is the one designated for Athletic-Granada). Thus, Real Madrid – Celta de Vigo will be directed by Alberola Rojas, who will be accompanied by Munuera Montero in the VAR. In addition, Barcelona – Getafe will have Cuadra Fernández as judge and Hernández Hernández in the VOR room. In one of the most attractive matches of the day is Valencia – Atlético, which will be refereed by Medié Jiménez, supported by Iglesias Villanueva in the VAR.Thus, these are the designations of the 24th day:Friday 1421:00 Valencia – Atlético: Medié Jiménez; VAR, Iglesias VillanuevaSaturday 1513:00 Mallorca – Alavés: Pizarro Gómez; VAR, Soto Grado16:00 Barclelona – Getafe: Cuadra Fernández; VAR, Hernández Hernández18:30 Villarreal – Levante: Melero López: VAR, Prieto Iglesias21:00 Granada – Valladolid: Martínez Munuera; VAR, Jaime LatreSunday 1612:00 Seville – Espanyol: Lamb Vega; VAR, González González14:00 Leganés – Betis: Estrada Fernández; VAR, De Burgos Bengoetxea16:00 Eibar – Real Sociedad: Del Cerro Grande; VAR, Mateu Lahoz18:30 Athletic – Osasuna: González Fuertes; VAR, Álvarez Izquierdo21:00 Real Madrid – Celta de Vigo: Alberola Rojas; VAR, Munuera Montero