Smith, Dotson, Dabney Voted Football Players of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Davion Davis, Sam Houston State; Lorran Fonseca, Nicholls. Defensive Player of the Week: Kenny Dotson, Nicholls – Jr. – Defensive Lineman – Plaquemine, La.Dotson registered 3.5 sacks in the win at SFA, totaling eight tackles with 4.0 going for losses. He had 3.0 sacks entering the week to help Nicholls to its No. 2 ranking in the league standings, accounted for minus-22 yards lost while notching two of his sacks on third down. His 3.5 sacks are the most for any player in the conference this year. The Colonel defense limited SFA to 261 yards on offense and 2.6 yards per carry. Honorable Mention: Trent Jackson, McNeese; Raphael Lewis, Houston Baptist; Sam Denmark, Abilene Christian; Juan Jackson, Central Arkansas. Nicholls (8-2, 7-1 SLC) still has a chance to grab a share of the regular season title, capping its regular season at Southeastern Louisiana (5-5, 5-3 SLC) on Thursday at 6 p.m. A win and a Central Arkansas loss would secure a share of the crown for the Colonels. The game will broadcast on Cox Sports TV and ESPN3. Lamar (2-8, 1-7 SLC) hosts McNeese (8-2, 6-2 SLC) on Saturday in the 27th River Bell Classic – the final game of the Southland football season. The rivalry matchup kicks off at 7 p.m. on Eleven Sports and Southland Digital Network. The all-time River Bell series is currently tied at 13-13. Special Teams Player of the Week: Brandon Dabney, Lamar – Jr. – Defensive Back – Manteca, Calif.With Houston Baptist seemingly in control of the game, Brandon Dabney made a momentum changing play that turned the game around. On fourth-down and two from the HBU 30, Dabney broke through the line to block the Huskies’ punt which was recovered in the end zone to tie the game. It was one of two blocks for the LU special teams on the day, as the Cardinals rallied for their first Southland victory of the season, winning 23-16. Offensive Player of the Week: Tahj Smith, Nicholls – Fr. – Running Back – LaPlace, La.Heading into the game with only one carry for his career, the redshirt freshman subbed in after the Colonels’ two starting running backs left the game due to injury. He went on to total 177 yards on 23 carries, which is the second-highest single-game rushing yard total for a Southland player this season. His longest rush of the game was a 33-yarder and he capped his career day with a 20-yard scramble for his first touchdown. Smith was one of two Colonels to eclipse the 100-yard mark (Kyran Irvin – 160) in the win over 34-14 win over Stephen F. Austin as Nicholls finished with 418 yards on the ground.center_img FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Tahj Smith and Kenny Dotson, and Brandon Dabney of Lamar are the Southland Conference Football Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Freshman running back Smith was tabbed Offensive Player of the Week, junior defensive lineman Dotson earned defensive honors and junior defensive back Dabney was named Special Teams Player of the Week. Honorable Mention: Yedidiah Louis, Sam Houston State; Luke Anthony, Abilene Christian; James Tabary, McNeese. 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.last_img read more

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United Is All Heart Late As He Prevails By A Nose Over Rockemperor In Grade II, $200, 000 Charles Whittingham Stakes

first_imgUNITED IS ALL HEART LATE AS HE PREVAILS BY A NOSE OVER EASTERN INVADER ROCKEMPEROR IN GRADE II, $200,000 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES; MANDELLA & PRAT TEAM FOR 1 ¼ MILE TURF WIN IN 2:00.34 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2020)–In a thrilling East vs. West finish that would have delighted the race’s namesake, Richard Mandella’s United dug deep and found more late to hold off favored Eastern invader Rockemperor by a nose in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, United, a 5-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway, got a mile and one quarter on turf in 2:00.34.Breaking from the lower portion of the hillside turf course, longshot Synthesis went to the lead as expected and United tracked him in second while comfortably in-hand to the quarter pole.  From there, Prat stepped on the gas but it seemed United may’ve had made the lead too early, as Originaire and  Rockemperor came at him with furious rallies a furlong from home, but United somehow found more when it counted.“I thought I was second,” said Prat.  “On my way back, I looked at the tote board and there was an inquiry…I said ‘What?  I wasn’t involved in that.’  And (then) I realized I won.  That was pretty cool.  He was ready today, but this is not the type of race that he likes.  He’s better when he has a few horses in front of him and a stronger pace….He’s getting better and better with each race, I think he’s still improving every race.  He’s very cool to be around, he always gives a lot.”Idle since winning the Grade II San Marcos Stakes under the same conditions here Feb. 1, United was off as the narrow second choice at 6-5 and paid $4.40, $2.80 and $2.10.Owned by LNJ Foxwoods, United, who is out of the Pulling Punches mare Indy Punch, notched his second graded stakes and improved his overall record to 13-5-3-1.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, his earnings increased to $1,133,549.“With everything we’ve been through, this puts the icing on top of the cake as far as getting back to racing here at Santa Anita,” said Mandella.  “Ever since the race was renamed for Charlie, I’ve wanted to win it.  He was such as special man and he meant so much to our game.  I’ve had a few seconds, but to win today really means a lot.”Was he concerned United may’ve made the lead too early?“I was.  I’ve seen him do this before and he puts his ears up and waits on horses.  It took him a little while to feel those horses coming to him, but when he did, he dug in.”Although even money favorite Rockemperor, who shipped in from Florida for trainer Chad Brown and was ridden by eastern-based Irad Ortiz, Jr., finished second by a half length over Originaire, he was disqualified for interference late and place third.Irish-bred Originaire, trained by Jeff Mullins and ridden by Umberto Rispoli, paid $4.80 and $2.60.Rockemperor paid $2.20 to show while Desert Stone, who flew late at 15-1 under Abel Cedillo, had to settle for fourth, about three quarters of a length off the winner.Fractions on the race were 24.78, 48.88, 1:12.74 and 1:36.97.Named for the legendary Hall of Fame trainer, Charlie Whittingham was a beloved fixture on the American Turf scene who had a whimsical, self-effacing manor that endeared him to all.  Santa Anita’s all time leading stakes winning trainer with 204 added money wins at the time of his death at age 86 on April 20, 1999, “The Bald Eagle” won the race originally known as the Hollywood Turf Handicap a record seven times at Hollywood Park from 1970 through 1987.First post time on both Sunday and Monday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m.  Although there is no public admittance, fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or through Xpressbet.com.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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Sharks too good for the Blues

first_imgComing off the bye, the Blues were comprehensively outplayed, with poor tackling and an inability to secure quality ball allowing the Sharks to open out a 26-7 halftime lead.The Aucklanders hit back in the second spell with three tries in the space of eight minutes but could find no answer to a masterful display from Sharks fly- half Robert du Preez.The 24-year-old playmaker kicked flawlessly, nailing seven penalties and six conversions as well as scoring a try of his own to total 38 points for the match.An inability to compete at the breakdown cost the Blues early, with du Preez nailing his first penalty after just three minutes.Things never really improved as the South Africans attacked the breakdown with vigour, forcing the turnover and sending lock Ruan Botha over from close range.Trailing 13-0 after 15 minutes, the Blues finally hit back five minutes later, and quick hands and good support play down the left sent fullback Michael Collins over.Flanker Jean-Luc du Preez brushed off some woeful Blues tackling to score in the 33rd minute and set up a 26-7 halftime lead.The Blues went out firing in the second 40, running in three tries in eight minutes after Sharks winger Sbu Nkosi was sin-binned in the 44th minute for a high tackle.No.8 Akira Ioane kick-started the comeback, crossing out wide for his sixth try of the season.Flanker Patrick Tuipulotu burst through the middle soon after for the Blues’ third then Stephen Perofeta glided through to give them a 28-26 edge.The mayhem continued when Nkosi returned and the Sharks snatched back the lead through tries to Lubabalo Mtembu and du Preez.With winger Jordan Trainor sin-binned in the 64th minute, the Blues never looked like mounting a second comeback.Kobus van Wyk crossed for the Sharks’ fifth try in the 71st minute and the Blues sneaked in late tries from Rieko Ioane and Goerge Moala.The Sharks had the last say, however, as fullback Curwin Bosch crossed in stoppage time.last_img read more

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Benji still keen on the Kiwis

first_imgAfter establishing himself as arguably the form New Zealander of the NRL during the opening six rounds, the Wests Tigers’ No.6 is still dreaming of ending his six-year exile from the national set-up.On form, he is undoubtedly the leading contender to partner Shaun Johnson in the halves for the mid-year Denver Test against England and has consistently out- pointed the other leading contenders.Kieran Foran has shown glimpses for new club Canterbury but is yet to hit his straps, Brisbane’s Kodi Nikorima appears down on confidence, while Te Maire Martin is toiling off the bench in North Queensland.Much will depend on who takes over from ex-coach David Kidwell, who had chosen not to reapply for his position after New Zealand’s World Cup failure, and whether the new mentor wants immediate success or has an eye on the future.”I’ve never made myself not available to represent my country – it’s just how passionate I feel about it,” Marshall said.”I’m just enjoying where I am at the moment and, if it happens, it happens. And if it doesn’t, it’s all good.”After leading the Tigers to a 5-1 start to be in fourth, Marshall’s case to add to his 25 Test caps and earn his first New Zealand jumper since 2012 is compelling.A line had seemingly been struck through Marshall’s name during the reigns of Kidwell and his predecessor Stephen Kearney.After a brief and unsuccessful stint in Super Rugby, Marshall was repeatedly knocked back by Kiwi selectors.The writing was seemingly on the wall in the 2014 Anzac Test when Marshall was overlooked despite an injury crisis resulting in back-rower Tohu Harris filling in at five-eighth.Asked if he ever felt like he’d been blacklisted, Marshall said: “No. When I talked to them, they made it clear it wasn’t personal and that other people were playing better than me.”That’s all you can do is try and be better. I’ve had a good start to the season but it can turn pretty quick.”last_img read more

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Quique Setién, new Barça coach for lack of official status

first_imgAs As learned, Enrique Setién Solar, Quique Setién (27-9-1958) is already the new coach of Barcelona in the absence of official status. Former coach of Lugo, Las Palmas and Betis among other teams, the Cantabrian has reached an agreement to close his signing for the club azulgrana, which will replace Ernesto Valverde. Setién was one of the first options of the sports commission and, discarded Xavi and sentenced Valverde, the possibility has gained strength during this Monday. That the Pochettino option was not popularly received was what activated the Setién route. Setién has never hidden his desire to train Barcelona (“of course I would like to train him”). Also of playing in the Barça club: “I told him that I would have given a pinky for playing with him.” Cruyffista convinced, his style of touch has to do in part with the idea that Barça sells. The actions of Setién rise like the foam at this hour, although Valverde is still the coach of Barça.last_img read more

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Arconada: “I apologize”

first_imgThe coach of the Royal qualified his statements: “Maybe it was not well interpreted, but I transmitted that same to a member of the Federation before the game. In January more than 23 foreigners have been incorporated and there are three or four teams competing with 15 I don’t have to close the doors. I said the same thing when I won the Queen’s Cup. In the context in which I said it is logical that people have interpreted it that way. I apologize. When we won the Queen’s Cup, I talked about these issues. “Arconada explained how difficult it is to compete against the Barça: “At the level of Barcelona yes. Last year Rayo, Madrid already scored ten goals. The rest of the teams are more evenly matched. They have scored six goals for Atlético who is second.”The coach supported the players for the strike they made to sign the agreement: “They are worried that it will not be signed and that the agreement can be signed” Gonzalo Arconada He went through the microphones of “El Larguero” of the SER to clarify his words after losing the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona by 1-10. The coach complained about the presence of foreigners after the game: “We are all sorry and it is something that has to reflect the list and the Federation if they want to promote football. Foreigners continue to arrive and the nationals are on the bench. much bigger budget and the Federation has to reflect if they want it to be like that and humiliate others. “last_img read more

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Goal poker of the Asturian Hugo López in Oman

first_imgThe Asturian striker Hugo López became the great protagonist of the day in the Professional League of Oman thanks to the four goals which he achieved in the victory of his team, Dhofar FC, against Al Nahda. “I am very happy to have achieved the first poker of my career. The three points stay at home!”, Wrote a social euphoric Hugo López after the meeting. The Spanish, who he lives his second stage in Oman – He already played for Dhofar FC between August 2017 and July 2018, opened the can before the break and it was not until the final stretch of the match when he scored the rest of his goals against Al Nahda. He signed 2-0 in 75 ‘, 3-0 in 80’ and converted the final 4-0 moments before the final whistle. Total, Hugo López has scored 10 of the 31 goals that Dhofar FC have achieved this course in the First Division of Oman.The Asturian striker, who already knows what it is to play in Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Israel, Cyprus, Mexico, Oman, Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, fight for what would be his second title with Dhofar after conquering the Oman Super Cup last September. The Salalah-based team is currently second in the league, where only three points separate it from a leader in Seeb.last_img read more

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Thiago, the alternative to Pogba

first_imgThe priority in the next transfer market for Juventus will be the hiring of a guarantee midfielder. The output of Emre Can to the Borussia Dortmund leave a vacancy that you want to fill with a player who is going to be very titular. The first option is Paul Pogba, whose agent, Mino Raiola, has repeatedly acknowledged that the Manchester United player would like to return to Turin. The French player still has one year of contract plus another optional by the club, but given the circumstances (environment, results, performance, injuries …) it does not seem that he will continue playing in Old trafford. In addition, although now it seems to have lost strength, there is the interest of Real Madrid. The logical thing would be for Manchester United to try to recover part of Paul Pogba’s investment with a sale, but if Juve is not the highest bidder, Thiago remains in the bedroom and could be sold before his contract expires and goes free. 6 In any case, Juventus is prepared in case the script does not follow its course, as it indicates Daily Mail. And that is why they have a plan B. This is Thiago Alcántara, from Bayern Munich. The midfielder has just signed up next season and the club is still unclear what to do with him. The 28-year-old is very dear in Germany and seems to have regained its best level, although they are aware that a renewal could mean an increase in the amount close to 15 million euros, something that throws back the Bavarian entity considering that it plans to undertake large signings in summer (talk about Leroy Sané or Kai Havertz). A series* Data updated as of February 20, 2020 6last_img read more

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Jovic, after traveling to Serbia in quarantine: “I apologize if I put someone in danger”

first_imgLuka Jovic (22 years old) is news this Thursday in Spain and Serbia. The player has been designated by the country’s public authorities that he feels his, even though he was born in Bosnia, due to his behavior in the last hours. With the approval of Real Madrid on Thursday and after failing the coronavirus test, as AS said, on Friday he left on a private flight to Serbia, where he would not have obeyed government restrictions.In the midst of controversy, the Madrid forward has offered his point of view through two stories On Instagram. “Considering that the situation in the world and in our country is very difficult, as it has not been remembered for a long time, I have to express myself and encourage everyone “ Jovic begins. “First, I am very sorry that I am the main theme these days, and I am sorry that it is constantly written about me and not about the main protagonists in the fight against this crisis, which are the doctors and all those who work in healthcare, “he continues. “In Madrid my Covic-19 test was negative. So I decided to travel to Serbia, help and support our people, in addition to being close to my family, with my club’s permission, “ counted the Bosnian Serb. Notably Serbian Prime Minister Ane Brnabic has been very critical of Jovic publicly: “You have seen it all. The examples of our footballers, who come from abroad. They have millionaire contracts there. They come here, they ignore self-isolation. when we get home and that is something that our authorities have to study. “Both Brnabic and other politicians have called on the Serbs not to return to the country, but more than 45,000 people have ignored it, and investigations are underway. Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of the Interior, has been positioned on that line: “We have written criminal reports against some of the famous athletes. These people will respond when the court determines that the time has come for that. “ Jovic added details and was very critical: “When I arrived in Serbia, I was tested and it came out negative. I am very sorry that some people have not carried out their work professionally and have not given me specific instructions on how I should behave during my isolation. “ The footballer compared the scenario in Serbia with the Spanish argument: “In Spain it is allowed to go to buy or buy products in pharmacies, what does not happen here. I apologize to everyone if I have somehow harmed or endangered someone. I hope that together we can get through all of this. All my support, Serbia, we will all go out together. “center_img 18last_img read more

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James, on the exit ramp

first_imgTO James His time at Real Madrid is running out. The Colombian has seen how the coronavirus crisis has meant a temporary point and apart that still complicates a situation that pushes him, like Bale, towards the exit door. Before the break, Zidane showed him that he does not have him in his prayers and, in addition, their contractual situation is a field of thorns. Your link to the club ends in 2021 and this summer only opens two clear paths: a transfer (the most beneficial option for the entity) or that the footballer endures to go free next year being able to negotiate from January with whoever you want … The second came in the Cup, the competition James had to redeem himself. The elimination against Real left him as one of the great signaled. With 0-1 at half-time, he was replaced. From there, the coach did not even make him warm up at Villamarín despite Madrid’s leadership slipping away … The sports importance The coffee maker has drawn a descending line. Chopped. An unexpected summer ‘signing’, when his change in attitude after returning from Bayern announced a new james, to be tier meat. It is the 21st of the squad in minutes played (only 650 ‘) In the league, he has become almost an outlaw. Before the suspension, he has not been seen for different reasons since last October 19, at the trip in Son Moix (1-0). That procured him a touch of attention from Zidane. James has become a regular on the bench.DAVID GONZALEZ It hasn’t helped him either the controversial episode of his injury with Colombia in November. Coming from four games away for personal reasons (traveling to his country to meet his son) and a muscle problem, his team called him up and Zizou left an enigmatic phrase: “No injury, but not available “. Six days later, Colombia reported a ligament strain. It was the fifteenth injury of the playmaker in the last three years.Odegaard further blocks the wayJames will be 29 on July 12, has no place in this Real Madrid and their perspectives are even darker due to the plans of the white club to crown the Return Operation with Odegaard, as reported by AS. A left-hander with an offensive projection, just the profile of the Colombian … But Madrid’s maneuverability is limited. Last summer he did not receive the expected offer (€ 50M) from the two clubs most interested in James, Atlético and Nápoles, and The salary of the Colombian is important (€ 7,750,000 net) for a market that will be hit hard by the coronavirus. But the white entity does not want to risk seeing a footballer fly for free either. in 2014 it cost 80 millions of euros…last_img read more

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