SFA’s Kevon Harris Tabbed First Southland Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgHelping SFA to its second-straight 2-0 start, Harris was 18-of-31 (.581) from the field and nailed half of his 14 three-point attempts. He hiked his career point total to 1,342, which is the 14th-highest in program history. The ‘Jacks continue their four-game homestand to begin the 2019-20 campaign against Niagara at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and versus Drexel at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Honorable Mention: T.J. Atwood, Lamar; Hayden Koval, Central Arkansas; Dexter McClanahan, Nicholls; Payten Ricks, Abilene Christian. FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin guard Kevon Harris is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.  Harris averaged a league-high 25 points per game through the opening week of contests and grabbed 7.5 rebounds a game in a pair of wins to tip off the ‘Jacks season. SFA opened the year with a 79-60 win over LeTourneau and followed it up with a 94-64 drubbing of North Carolina Central, the largest home win by the ‘Jacks in their last 22 games at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin – Senior – Guard – Ellenwood, Ga.Harris opened his final season in a ‘Jacks uniform with an 18-point outing against LeTourneau, converting 50 percent of his shots from both inside and beyond the arc. He tallied eight rebounds, including a pair on offense, and dished out two assists.center_img After shaking off the cobwebs in the season opener, Harris exploded for 32 points against North Carolina Central, the fifth 30-point outing of his career. He set a career high with 12 field-goals made on 19 attempts to go with seven rebounds. Harris’ five made threes marked the most in a game since Feb. 24, 2018. Southland Conference Week Two Release (PDF)last_img read more

Blane Morgan Named Lamar Head Football Coach

first_imgCourtesy of Lamar Athletics Media RelationsBEAUMONT, Texas – Former Air Force offensive coordinator and most recently San Diego State quarterbacks’ coach, Blane Morgan, has been named as Lamar University head coach announced LU Director of Athletics Marco Born Thursday afternoon. One of the top rising stars in football coaching, Morgan becomes the third Cardinals’ head coach since the program’s return to the field in 2010, and just the 10th since transitioning to four-year status. All told, Morgan has helped take his teams to 12 bowl game appearances in the past 13 seasons. A coach with nearly 20 years of experience, Morgan has spent the previous five seasons at San Diego State helping turn the Aztecs into a national power. Once considered a conference also-ran, SDSU has experienced some of the best results in program history during Morgan’s time on staff. Over the course of the past five seasons, SDSU has recorded a 48-18 (.727) overall record including five bowl game appearances, posting a 2-2 (.500) mark in those games. That five-year stretch has produced two 11-wins seasons, a 10-win campaign and two Mountain West Conference championships. “I am very excited, honored and humbled to be the next head football coach at Lamar University,” said Morgan. “I want to thank Dr. Evans, Marco Born and the search committee for this tremendous opportunity. The visionary leadership is remarkable and something Lamar faithful should be proud of. Our family is thrilled to be back home in Texas and we can’t wait to make Southeast Texas and the Golden Triangle our home. We are already at work building a program that everyone associated with Lamar football will be proud to call their own. Go Cards.”Morgan joined the San Diego State staff after a highly successful run at the Air Force Academy where he spent 13 seasons, including the final eight as offensive coordinator. During that stretch, the Falcons posted a 59-44 (.573) overall record, a run that included two nine-win seasons and a 10-win campaign. The Falcons also made seven Bowl appearances during that time posting a 3-4 postseason record. “We are very excited to announce Blane Morgan as our next head coach,” said Born. “Blane has coached at the highest levels of college football and brings with him a wealth of experience. He is one of the top young coaches in the game and we’re honored to bring him and his family to Beaumont. Morgan’s players also received high praise under his direction. Morgan produced Shaun Carney who graduated in 2008 as the school’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns, yards and total offense. That same season, Morgan also produced the school’s first Mountain West Freshman of the Year with Tim Jefferson. Jefferson won the first five games of his career and became the first Falcon freshman quarterback to start a bowl game.  There is a longstanding love affair with the game of football in the Morgan family. Blane, originally born in Nacogdoches, Texas, played for his father, Barry, at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison. Morgan would go on to play his collegiate football at Air Force. He followed in his brother Beau’s footsteps serving as the starting quarterback at both schools. Air Force’s offense excelled under Morgan’s direction. The Falcons’ 2011 squad set a single-season school record by scoring 454 points and finished third all-time in program history in rushing touchdowns (43) and fourth in passing TDs (16). The team’s 60.3 completion percentage was the second-best mark in program history. The Falcons offense received national recognition being ranked as high as 24th nationally in passing efficiency and third in yards per completion.center_img A direct disciple of three legendary coaches – Rocky Long, Fisher DeBerry and Troy Calhoun – Long left New Mexico as the school’s all-time winningest coach and now serves as the head coach at San Diego State, while DeBerry is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and retired as the all-time winningest coach at the Air Force Academy. Calhoun has nearly 100 career wins in 13 seasons with the USAFA. Among his 13 seasons with Air Force, Calhoun has guided the Falcons to nine bowl game appearances. LU will hold the official press conference announcing Morgan Friday at 1 p.m. in the Dauphin Athletics Complex. “Blane has helped produce some of the nation’s most explosive offenses both at Air Force and San Diego State and comes to us highly recommended. When we began this process there were several criteria that we wanted in our next head coach, and Blane meets all those expectations. I’m very excited about the future of Lamar Cardinals football under Blane’s direction,” added Born. A native of Addison, Texas, Morgan returns to the state where he has spent the majority of his time as a recruiter. Morgan recruited the state of Texas for both Air Force and SDSU, and the current Aztec roster bears witness to his work on the recruiting trail. The Aztecs boast of 12 players from the Lone Star State, including seven on the most recent depth chart. Among those seven is the current starting quarterback – Ryan Agnew (Southlake, Texas). Under Morgan’s guidance, the Aztec signal-callers ranked second in the Mountain West, and 12th nationally, in 2018 averaging nearly 15 pass yards per completion. In addition, Morgan oversaw the development of quarterback Ryan Agnew who posted a 6-1 record in seven starts and owned the sixth-highest win percentage nationally among all returning starters with a minimum of seven starts in 2019. Agnew has continued that production this season by guiding the Aztecs back to the postseason with a 9-3 (.750) overall record. This season, Agnew has completed nearly 64 percent of his passes for 2,175 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 120 yards and a score. The Aztecs will face Central Michigan in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21st.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, BIG SWEEP, WINNER:  “She ran really well.  She settled nicely behind the speed and she handled the kick-back like a pro.  She’s got a lot of heart.”MARIO GUTIERREZ, ROOKIE MISTAKE, SECOND:  “He ran his heart out.  I knew that filly was coming and he tried so hard.  I might’ve moved a little too soon.”TRAINER QUOTESMARK GLATT, BIG SWEEP, WINNER:  “The race unfolded totally different than we thought.  We didn’t expect to be that far back, but she handled the dirt in her face very well.  To be able to show a totally different dimension in only her second start, is pretty amazing.  We did nominate to both stakes (including the Evening Jewel versus fillies) and it looks like we made a good decision.  We’ll see where we go from here.”NOTES: The winning owners are Red Baron’s Barn LLC or Rancho Temescal LLC.last_img read more

All the latest on Gomes after his shocking leg injury for Everton vs Spurs

first_imgWilliam Pugh5 Nov 2019, 6:37 pmTOTTENHAM have appealed Son Heung-Min’s red card for his leg breaking challenge on Andre Gomes.The Premier League initially explained the red was for “endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge”.But Spurs have launched an appeal to the FA, according to the Guardian.If the appeal is rejected, Son will miss Tottenham’s games against Sheffield United, bitter rivals West Ham and Bournemouth.William Pugh5 Nov 2019, 5:32 pmTOTTENHAM left-back Ben Davies has insisted the squad will rally behind Son Heung-min with the club to offer the winger psychological counselling.The 27-year-old was left in tears after his tackle on Andre Gomes left the Everton midfielder with a dislocated and fractured ankle during yesterday’s 1-1 draw.South Korean international Son was sent off over the challenge, despite referee Martin Atkinson initially pulling out the yellow card to book the player.The ex-Hamburg winger was so distraught that he was unable to pick his head up in the dressing room, as Everton players came in to console him after the full-time whistle.According to the Athletic, Son will be given psychological counselling by Spurs who will do all they can to help him.Son‘s team-mate Davies has claimed that the former Bayer Leverkusen winger has been left “broken” by the incident.The Welsh ace said: “We will try to pick him up as much as we can. It’s tough right now.“It is just about making sure that he realises he didn’t go out there to hurt anyone, he thinks that people may see that in him, but it is not the case.“It’s one of those things. There were probably three more tackles that were worse than the incident that happened. It’s a freak moment in football. Son can’t let himself be too down about it.“As a group we have to pull together now. That’s what we said on the pitch, pulling together when times are tough.”Jim Sheridan5 Nov 2019, 5:08 pm💙 | A positive update on @aftgomes. 🙏On behalf of Andre, we’d like to thank everybody for their support. #EFC pic.twitter.com/RHuIkOAr8V— Everton (@Everton) November 4, 2019Joe Miles5 Nov 2019, 4:20 pmSON HEUNG-MIN is “really shaken up” following the Andre Gomes injury, according to Ben Davies.According to the Express, he said: “He’s really shaken up. He’s down about what happened.“I speak for everyone when I say sympathy for Gomes, I hope he’s alright.“We will try to pick him up as much as we can. It’s tough right now.“It’s just about making sure that he realises he didn’t go out there to hurt anyone, he thinks that people may see that in him but it’s not the case.”Joe Miles4 Nov 2019, 3:41 pmEX-PREMIER LEAGUE referee Dermot Gallagher can understand why Son Heung-min received a red card. He said: “Whatever the decision made on the day pales into insignificance for what happened to Gomes. “I wish him a speedy recovery. I just hope Martin Atkinson gets the support network he deserves because people will say it wasn’t a red card – they may well be right – but if you’re in that situation at that time I can fully understand why Atkinson took the action he did. “I defy any person refereeing at that level and to be involved in that situation to put their hand up and say ‘I’d have done it differently’.”Joe Miles4 Nov 2019, 3:03 pm📝 | An injury update on @aftgomes.We’ll be with you all the way, Andre. 💙 #EFC pic.twitter.com/1OSatH4ljd— Everton (@Everton) November 3, 2019Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 2:47 pmDele Alli witnessed the incident first hand and had this to say about it…The Spurs star said: “The injury wasn’t nice to see, you never want to see that happen and all we can do is send our best wishes, wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully he’ll come back.”Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 2:38 pmEverton legend Tim Cahill has told Gomes that ‘we’re all with you’ in an Instagram post. Son breaks down in tears as Gomes screams in agony from broken ankleProof Martin Atkinson changed his mind on Son red card after horror Gomes injuryPrem release statement on why Son was sent off after Gomes leg horrorEverton confirm surgery for Gomes on Monday after breaking right ankleEverton stars including Coleman went into Spurs dressing room to comfort SonSon ‘in Spurs changing room in tears refusing to lift head’ after Gomes woeTosun recalls harrowing moment Andre Gomes lay crying in shock with his eyes wide open after Son tackleSam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 9:16 amToby Alderweireld wished Gomes a speedy recovery after the game. ANDRE GOMES suffered a horror fracture dislocation in his ankle against Tottenham at Goodison Park on a day when football took a back seat.The Everton midfielder has undergone surgery in a bid to fix the break, with the club revealing that he is expected to ‘make a full recovery’.Son Heung-min was left in tears after taking out the Portuguese star, whose injury was so horrific that TV couldn’t replay it in slow motion.A red card was produced for the Korean, who, along with Serge Aurier appeared more concerned with Gomes’ well-being than the outcome of the game.Follow updates on the Everton midfielder’s progress below…Joe Miles5 Nov 2019, 3:02 pmANDRE GOMES has been discharged from hospital following his successful operation yesterday.The Everton star had surgery on his right ankle after breaking and dislocating it in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.Gomes was rushed to hospital following the horrific injury after an accidental collision with Son Heung-min and Serge Aurier.But two days later he will now be under the care of club doctors as his long recovery period gets underway.Paul Joyce of the Times wrote: “Andre Gomes has now been discharged from hospital and will continue his rehabilitation under the care of the Everton medical team.”Joe Miles5 Nov 2019, 2:40 pmSON HEUNG-MIN was spotted for the first time since breaking down in tears following the tackle that led to Andre Gomes’ horror injury.The Spurs attacker, 27, was sent off on Sunday afternoon when he fouled the Everton midfielder, who got his studs stuck in the turf and suffered a dislocation and fracture to his right ankle.Son was filmed boarding the plane in his tracksuit and a cap as the squad head to Serbia.Less than 48 hours previously, the South Korean was visibly distraught after his challenge on Gomes.Joe Miles5 Nov 2019, 12:25 pmANDRE GOMES has returned to social media following the horrific ankle break he suffered last Sunday.The Everton star, 26, was left with a fractured and dislocated ankle after colliding with Spurs star Son Heung-min.Gomes was rushed to hospital during the 1-1 draw and had surgery yesterday – which the club confirmed went “extremely well”.It was thought no Toffees players were able to visit Gomes because he was on such a “strong dose of painkillers”.But now it appears Gomes is conscious and well after a number of get well wishes were posted on his Instagram account.Joe Miles5 Nov 2019, 10:55 amSTAN COLLYMORE has his say on Son Heung-min’s reaction to Andre Gomes’ injury. Writing for the Mirror, he said: “As footballers, and particularly those of us who have suffered bad injuries, you are perhaps a little more conditioned to dealing with these incidents than most. “And perhaps that’s why the reaction of Son Heung-min and his Tottenham team-mate Serge Aurier was the aspect that I found most uncomfortable about the whole situation.“I am not saying they shouldn’t have been upset or shown distress, because these are normal human emotions.”William Pugh5 Nov 2019, 9:42 pmMason Holgate says Everton players were desperate to get a result against Spurs for Andre Gomes.The Toffees got a 97th-minute equaliser through Cenk Tosun after Dele Alli’s opener.He said: “It’s hard to cope with. I have been on the pitch for two, I saw James McCarthy’s as well, and both were the same in that everything goes flat.“You just have to get together and make a stand as a team but the game goes flat and you can feel the whole mood changes.“’It is hard when something like that happens to get going again but we showed fight and went again.“But it shows what we are about as a team. We got together and I think it drove us on a bit more once we got going, trying to do it for him.“It was really flat (in the dressing room). It was like we had been beaten.“He is all our friend and our team-mate so we are all gutted and wishing him the best.”William Pugh5 Nov 2019, 8:14 pmIN CASE YOU MISSED IT… Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 1:42 pmAndré Gomes 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏— fabrice muamba (@fmuamba) November 3, 2019Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 1:33 pmSPURS star Son Heung-min has been targeted with abuse by trolls on Instagram after his challenge on Andre Gomes.One branded the distraught Tottenham midfielder a “butcher” and a “killer” while another warned him that karma would strike.Everton star Gomes was rushed to hospital with a broken ankle following the horrific 78th-minute collision.His team-mate Cenk Tosun recalled the nightmare scene, saying: “I could hear him screaming. His eyes were open so big. I just tried to hold him.”The Toffees are investigating alleged racist abuse aimed at Son in the aftermath.But it was online that the South Korean bore the brunt of anger – even though the feeling was mostly one of sympathy for his situation.In between a flurry of comments wishing Son well and telling him it was not his fault, one user wrote: “You have destroyed Andre’s career. You do not deserve to play football anymore butcher, killer.”Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 12:35 pmARSENAL legend Martin Keown has defended Son Heung-min.He said: “I understand why Martin Atkinson gave that red card, but I don’t think it was called for because it was one of those freak accidents. “It really was – once you see it in its entirety.”Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 11:48 amAll my energy for you @aftgomes. You will recover and come back soon, and even stronger!Mucho ánimo, @aftgomes. Volverás pronto ¡y todavía más fuerte! pic.twitter.com/HLgy5SKxth— Adrián San Miguel (@AdriSanMiguel) November 4, 2019Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 11:28 amTOTTENHAM are set to appeal Son Heung-min’s red card following the horror injury to Andre Gomes.The South Korean was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson after his challenge caused the Everton star to suffer a broken and dislocated right ankle.Atkinson had initially planned to show Son a yellow but the severity of the injury saw him change his decision to a straight red card.Son, 27, was left inconsolable following the injury and was in floods of tears inside the Spurs dressing room.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino labelled Atkinson’s decision to show his star forward a red card as “unbelievable.”Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 10:43 amAmid all the devastation, Silva backed Gomes to come back stronger as a player and a man.He said: “Andre will have all the support he needs from us.“It is a serious injury and I am 100 per cent sure Andre will become stronger as a footballer player and stronger as a man.“He is a fantastic lad and professional and all the support he needs, he will have from us.“Our players are sad now, it is a tough moment in our dressing room but the spirit we showed after that moment was good.”Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 10:38 amHEARTBROKEN Son Heung-min switched off his phone and went straight home to his parents after Andre Gomes’ horror injury.That is according to The Athletic, who claim the distraught Spurs playmaker “did not want to engage with anyone” in the wake of the freak incident.Gomes was rushed to hospital for surgery on a fractured and dislocated right ankle after the 78th-minute flashpoint.His Everton team-mate Cenk Tosun revealed the pain Gomes was in, saying: “I could hear him screaming. His eyes were open so big. I just tried to hold him.”But it appears the usual cheery and happy Son was the hardest hit after being sent off for his challenge.He left the field in tears and had to be consoled by boss Mauricio Pochettino.And it is claimed that once Son got back to the changing room, he just wanted to be left alone.The Athletic say the 27-year-old switched off his phone until Spurs left Goodison Park to make their way to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.They reference a source who told them it was “distressing” to see Son so upset because he is usually positive but reserved when it comes to expressing his emotions.He covered his face with his hands when walking through the mixed zone after the game.Son did not stop for the South Korean journalists there waiting to talk to him.And it is said that Son went straight to the home he shares with his parents after arriving back at Stansted.Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 10:04 amTottenham will reportedly offer Son Heung-min ‘psychological counselling’ in the wake of Andre Gomes’ injury.Spurs do not employ a full-time psychologist but will apparently do everything they can for their playmaker.He left the Goodison pitch in tears after seeing the extent of Gomes’ injury in the 1-1 draw against Everton.Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 9:28 amGood morning.Here is all the latest to reach us on Andre Gomes after his horror ankle injury last night. Tough result to take when it looked like 3 points, thanks to our travelling fans for getting behind us again! Our thoughts are with @aftgomes we wish him a quick recovery. pic.twitter.com/ubPFsnXCtI— Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) November 3, 2019Sam Morgan4 Nov 2019, 9:02 amFormer top Prem ref Mark Clattenburg reckons Son AND Aurier could easily have been sent off.He said: “That is where the game is at now and, if they determine the injury would not have happened without Son’s foul, then the player should be sent off for serious foul play.“It is important to remember, however, that ‘intent’ has been removed from the Laws as referees could not determine this or otherwise without asking the player.“Now the focus is on the consequence.“But I think the injury was caused by a freak combination of Son’s challenge followed by Gomes’ foot planting in the turf and then the impact from Spurs defender Serge Aurier.“That being the case, should Aurier have been sent off too? It was a very difficult situation for Atkinson.”Load more entries…last_img read more

Melbourne Storm trounce the Warriors

first_imgMelbourne skipper Cameron Smith was asked in the lead-up to their Anzac Day match if a win over NRL premiership contenders the Warriors meant the Storm were back and his team gave an emphatic answer at AAMI Park in Melbourne, delivering a statement that they wouldn’t be handing over their title without a fight.The Warriors came into the annual clash, hyped up having only dropped one game, while the Storm had won their previous two after a patchy start to the season.But the visitors were humiliated in the first half as the defending champions scored six of their eight tries for a 36-0 lead.More than half of those tries could make the Storm show-reel, with clever kicking by Cameron Munster and Billy Slater and pure speed from Curtis Scott and Josh Addo-Carr contributing to the haul.Winger Addo-Carr did his chances of a State of Origin call-up no harm with an 80-metre dash to the line, while he added another try in the second half.Smith also did his part, converting all eight tries as well as a penalty goal.In the only downer for the Storm, Scott was carried from the field in the 57th minute after the young centre appeared to suffer a high-ankle sprain in a tackle.The Warriors also had a major casualty, losing star hooker Issac Luke for the match midway through the first half with a knee injury.Storm halfback Ryley Jacks scored in the third minute after Slater and winger Young Tonumaipea put through back-to-back pin-point kicks. It took only 10 minutes for the floodgates to open.Melbourne scored three tries within six minutes to stun the Warriors, with back- rower Ryan Hoffman, prop Christian Welch and Slater all crossing to put the game out of their rivals’ reach.To the Warriors’ credit, they held their heads up and were first on the scoreboard in the second half, when they sent the ball wide to a diving David Fusitu’a.The Warriors continued to threaten but the Storm’s defence was almost as good as their attack, continually repelling their opponents and forcing them into errors.Fusitua’a scored a similar second try in the 59th minute but it was the Storm’s night to celebrate.last_img read more

“Garbiñe, go on, go on …”

first_imgCertainly one of Garbiñe’s ballasts has all the time been its irregularity in competitors and their emotional instability, their excessive ups and downs. Garbiñe Muguruza will not be Rafa NadalWe had been used to that, however he has the expertise to win all the pieces if he consolidates the road proven in Australia. If it goes on and on … When Muguruza took the mike after shedding the ultimate, he listed one after the other the members of his new crew. The Mugu Crew, as I had referred to as it in social networks in the beginning of the course. There he has supported his return.Reverse had a rocky rival, to a baby prodigy, Sofia Kenin, who all the time believed in victory, which didn’t surrender any ball, which at occasions reminded a pediment referred to as Nadal … Generally it appeared accelerated, extreme youth, however that electrical energy additionally catapulted it to victory. Kenin had a voracious starvation for achievement at 21. It’s the identical urge for food that Muguruza, at 26, is returning to recuperate from the hand of Conchita. Garbiñe began the Australian Open with a 0-6 in opposition to Shelby Rogers and with fever, and has completed as a finalist. That’s the deal with marked … Go on, go on. The third set smiled at Garbiñe Muguruza to enroll his third grand slam: 2-2 and three break balls with 0-40. He couldn’t materialize any. The tv director then centered on Conchita Martínez. “Observe, comply with…”, it learn on his lips. Garbiñe didn’t win a sport once more and match a painful defeat with a double foul, the eighth that added in the course of the match. These errors within the serve, along with the shortage of effectiveness with Breaking balls (2 of 12), condemned the Hispanic-Venezuelan, who had began the sport very nicely, with that focus and that confidence he has exhibited throughout the remainder of the match. Muguruza misplaced, sure, however in that “comply with, comply with” of Conchita is the important thing to his resurrection, of his return to an incredible ultimate after two years of decline, and the way in which ahead.last_img read more

Bartomeu, between putting out a fire and signing a striker

first_imgJosep Maria Bartomeu live another borderline situation in the Barça. Acting President since January 2014, when he took over from the resignation Sandro Rosell, and winner of the elections on July 18, 2015, is surely facing the most difficult situation he has experienced since January 2015. There are many fires in Barça, but none like when he burns Leo Messi. That storm of Anoeta ended up taking ahead Andoni Zubizarreta (since then the club has not found stability in sports management), but Bartomeu, thanks to the help of Xavi and, according to other sources, Mascherano, managed to save the relationship between Messi and Luis Enrique and win a triplet that reaffirmed him as president. Along the way, the president of Barça has lived more moments of crisis. The Neymar cases, the falls in Rome or Liverpool. But Messi has reappeared in this earthquake, a sort of Pope in Barça. And it will cost to solve it. 10 It is difficult to know the communication strategy that Barça will follow from now on. How it is difficult to know how Bartomeu will try to solve the situation of Abidal and Messi. The Frenchman, since Tuesday, has already closed the door of the locker room if he did not already have it. Not even the president had shown him much confidence in the winter market. He had discredited him by not allowing him to sign what he wanted and, despite a meeting last Sunday in which he had supposedly left reinforced, he no longer trusted him. Abidal was already weak. Your interview in the Sport He has done nothing but definitely put it on the wire. He has surprised Abidal’s awkwardness in all his answers. On Xavi, on Valverde and even about the new coach. Abidal recognizes conversations with Xavi, Henry and Pochettino, which makes it clear that Setién was a fourth or fifth option.center_img Abidal’s future may be directly related to the signing of the forward. Barça wants a patch that covers the long-lasting injuries of Suarez Y I trembled. If Bartomeu definitely drops Abidal’s thumb, it would have to be himself and Ramon Planes who decide what reinforcement of The league, if there is any shot, reinforce Barça from here at the end of the season.And then there is the Messi affair, which really has restless Bartomeu. With contract until June 2021, Bartomeu seeks to extend his contract before finishing his term. Messi has a clause that could leave Barça for free this summer. It doesn’t seem like I’m going to do it. His declaration of love for the club when he won his sixth Golden Ball reassured the fans. But Messi observes with concern this spiral of misstatements, flip-flops in sports decision making and, in general, the symptoms of club breakdown. If you continue to see the broken club, you could make a drastic decision. It doesn’t look like the current scenario but Bartomeu He must take great care of his movements so that the Messi issue does not start to become a ball.last_img read more

Torrejón: “We have done well, but we still have nothing”

first_imgWe have some advantage in the league, but in the end it is the most complicated competition because you have to be more regular and constant. You play a game and it gets complicated, you have to keep adding, game by game, and face all the competitions that come to us one hundred percent.-After last season he finished with the team without titles, yes, with the Champions League final, do you have more need?-We are left with that good taste from the Champions League final, but the reality is that it is an empty year. Hopefully this year we can give some joy and continue working as until now.– On a personal level it seems that years don’t go by you …-We must continue, the year is going well. Is the set. We must continue along the same lines, give the maximum performance of each one so that things go well. Be in good shape and give everything.-The right wing has become a dagger for Barcelona. Between you and Hansen they have fourteen assists (seven each), how about the Norwegian?-We have got along very well, sorry for his break, but we have it almost one hundred percent so we have to continue. Anyone who goes on the field with this team performs one hundred percent and they render things smooth and good and take advantage of good dynamics.– Any preference in case of reaching the final?-First is to reach the final and for that we have a very difficult opponent, whoever touches will play.-What are the keys to winning at Atlético?-Very serious match, blunt back and take advantage of the occasions above. Sometimes it is difficult to create opportunities for rivals of the same level and complicated, to find the spaces and take advantage of those we have.-It is the first title of the season, winning would help to face the rest with more moral …-Any team that takes it is a good moral injection. The season is very long, there are many competitions involved. Everything happens to work and give everything.-Perhaps the only mole in the tournament is that coincidence of schedules with the Copa del Rey, do you think it’s a handicap?-Coinciding schedules is a handicap for people who do not approach Salamanca can see it on TV. People will think about seeing the masculine. We have to be out of these things, because it is not up to us and is managed by other people. We have to give a good soccer show, that the people who are in Salamanca like it and approach the final.-Now the Queen’s Cup returns, then there are Champions … the calendar is tight.-We have a last four months busy and with many parties. We know that if we pass the round we will continue playing two games per week. Everything is to adapt, we are able to do it. Adapt to the calendar and commit. -The first Super Cup in history arrives, how do you face it?-With very good feelings and good dynamics, with enthusiasm and enthusiasm for this new championship and portodas. With a difficult and complicated semifinal– Do you like this new format with four teams?-It is a way to make it more attractive for people who are shorter to a single match, a final four guy attracts more people and we will have more atmosphere and will help women’s football grow more. I want to see it that way.-And finally the women’s Super Cup is created …-It is the same format that the boys have used. I hope it goes well, that people enjoy and are encouraged to come.-Salamanca will be the only venue and with a category stadium like El Helmántico, is it more motivating?-The field, the stadium and sure there will be a good atmosphere and many people who are encouraged. They are beautiful matches to watch, ours and the previous one, that there is a nice ending for people to enjoy and get hooked and we will still know more-The capricious hype matched Barcelona again with Atlético, in what can be said to be the anticipated final, a complicated game, right?-It will be a very disputed match, both teams want to be in that first final of the supercup. A single game, on Sunday you can be in the final and take the title. They are still very disputed games, except Johan’s here this year, they are all difficult games, they get stuck and there are not so many goals. I think that we will meet this Thursday.-Another Atlético-Barcelona that must be added to the First IBerdrola and the two Champions that are ahead, we have a classic match …-Not only for the games now, we have faced many times. Now they are more followed, in Champions we will meet again. They are very beautiful matches, the ones we like to play against great rivals, difficult and complicated, and the ones that make you see what level you are and what performance you are in.-What is clear is that Barcelona is having a great season.-We are happy with what we have been doing so far, but it is not how it starts but how it ends. Now the more complicated, more difficult and more difficult months come and you have to give one hundred percent and be there. We have done well, but for now we have nothing. We have to continue in this line.-The team is undefeated this season, with nine points over the second in the league and being a passionate, it seems that this year they can take everything.last_img read more

City players have an ace up their sleeve to be free

first_imgSince the UEFA Club Financial Control Corps made the ruling public to Manchester City for violating the rules of the Financial Fair Play that excludes them from all European competitions, the club is trying to get the waters back to their usual channel and end the uncertainty surrounding the Mancunian team in recent days. On Sunday, the dome of the club called a meeting with all the staff to explain what they expect the future of the club, how they will face the possible absence of European football during the next two seasons and also reassure a team where only ten players, without counting, they end up in 2022 or before. The City wants to avoid a talent flight but, according to Telegraph, players would have a legal loophole to be free agents and sign for free for a team that if they dispute the Champions League. Legal sources consulted by the English newspaper say that players could try to prove to FIFA a just cause to break their contract by not having the possibility to collect their bonuses for winning the Champions League for reasons completely beyond their performance. Players would stick to article 14 of the regulations on players and transfers made by FIFA in June 2019. This article allows both players and clubs to terminate a contract if they can demonstrate a “just cause” to make it happen. “Any abusive conduct of a party that aims to force the other party to terminate or modify the terms of the contract will entitle the other party (club or player) to terminate the contract fairly,” says article 14.2. of the regulation. These rules apply to protect the player in the event of default, abusive behavior by their clubs or that nothing counts for the coach (Article 15 contemplates the breaking of the contract if a player plays less than 10% of the minutes in official match). Even so, FIFA would have to judge each case in a particular way and understand that the cause of disengagement is really fair for it to finally happen. In this English newspaper they claim that it is an existing but “quite unlikely” route. The players would have to prove as just cause that the City, for their administrative actions, takes away any option to charge a bonus included in their contracts for winning the Champions League that they would have to win or not on the field of play. In addition, from England they point out that both players and Pep Guardiola and his staff do not intend to change airs due to this sanction that, until the TAS resolves after the appeal imposed by Manchester City, it will not be final.last_img read more

X-ray of Real Madrid after seven months: the attackers

first_imgBale (1,610; 14th)This seems a season of no return for the Welshman. He was born in the ass, with Zidane, with whom he does not have a precisely idyllic relationship, assuring on the tour, when he was close to leaving for China, that of “If it’s tomorrow, better …”. Between injuries and Zizou’s management, his records are under minimum: three goals and two assists. His absences at eleven in appointments as important as the last Clásico (did not play) or against City (15 minutes) they have stopped surprising. Mariano (65; 25º)The one who plays the least of those who play the least, and at the same time the one that has taken advantage of it the most. A way out was sought, especially for his high salary (around 5 million), in summer and winter, but he closed in gang and Zidane has resorted to him in 2020, where he has played all his minutes (65). His goal to finish off the Clásico was the encouragement he needed. Benzema (2,957; 4th)Zidane’s right eye is gone more, with a very good performance, less, fading in 2020. This year he has scored 3 goals, although in the 2019-20 overall he has 19, white pichichi. He has also distributed 9 assists, the one with Kroos the most. 18 7 twenty-one 27 Rodrygo (1,010; 16th)A good example of that The most difficult thing is not to arrive, but to stay. For these things about Zidane that few understand but that usually works for him, went from precocious records against Osasuna and Galatasaray to the bench and, finally, to alternate the stands and Castilla. All in all, it is, tied to Ramos in seven goals, the second top scorer for Madrid. Neither Zidane’s team nor Raúl’s have lost with him as a starter. Not bad for its presentation in the elite. 9 Hazard (1,124; 15th)The injuries, first muscular and then bone, have truncated the takeoff that so excited Madridista. While he could play he taught his superiority, little transferred to data, however (1 goal and 5 assists). The quarantine will give him more margin to recover and lose fewer games after the operation, which makes him a ‘signing’ of bells for when the competition resumes. eleven Jovic (770; 19th)Its installation in Madrid, after 60 million were paid for it, has been turbulent. The Bosnian Serb has moved among the mystery (his performance, bad luck, Zidane’s little attachment to him …) and the trouble (with the selector of Serbia, for the coronavirus …). And their loot is scarce: 2 goals and 2 assists. Brahim (170; 24th)Zidane likes it, but in the summer he warned that he had no space and this has been confirmed over the months. In winter the club tried again to accept a loan, but neither did he see reason. His flashes have been worth two goals (or one and a half, depending on how you look at it), against Unionistas, and one assist. In the offices they believe in him, but they see it necessary for him to smoke outside. Lucas Vázquez (820 minutes; 18th of the squad)He has focused on isolating himself from criticism and being at the level of confidence Zidane shows you. The fall of a weight in the gym sent him to the infirmary in November, but since he returned in January, he has left two goals and one assist in 372 minutes. 24 Marco Asensio (0)In the dry dock since the summer injury, he is the great beneficiary of the new scenario, an opportunity to speed up your recovery and be back by the time you can play. Zidane always showed a predilection for him … Vinicius (1,363; 12th)The great victim of the break, promoted this 2020 again to the Bernabéu’s favorite, who stands up every time he touches the ball and faces it. To his credit, 4 goals and 3 assists, with the added value of having been the best madridista against City (he attended and was changed with 1-0) and in el Clásico (author of 1-0). After evaluations of defense and goal, and midfield in this Real Madrid seven months, it’s the turn of the lead. His is 54.54% (42) of the team’s goals, a figure highly criticized and that has been complicating the team. 25 17 twentylast_img read more