Cortez, Rickert, Smith Earn First Soccer Weekly Awards of 2019

first_imgGoalkeeper of the Week: Erin Smith, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Wichita Falls, TexasSmith faced 18 shots and made six saves over the opening weekend of play, helping the Wildcats to their first 2-0 start since 2013, their first year in Division I. She made four of those saves in the second half of a 2-1 win over UTEP, setting up her team for a late comeback with two goals in the final 20 minutes of play. Offensive Player of the Week: Avery Cortez, Houston Baptist – Jr. – Houston, TexasCortez led the Huskies to a season-opening 5-0 win over Prairie View A&M, recording the program’s first hat trick against a Division I program since Sept. 5, 2007 versus Texas Southern. After opening the scoring with a successful spot kick in the 31st minute, she assisted on Noor Abukish’s goal just four minutes later. Her seven points marked the most by a HBU student-athlete since that 2007 win over Texas Southern. Houston Baptist (1-0-0) begins a stretch of four road matches at North Texas at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by another 7 p.m. start at Texas State on Sunday. Abilene Christian (2-0-0) hosts Southwest (N.M.) at 7 p.m. Friday before traveling to Texas A&M for a 6 p.m. match on Sunday. Cortez extended the lead to three in the 57th minute and capped off the victory with a 76th minute goal. Her three goals lead the conference through the first week of play and match her 2018 goal total. Honorable Mention: Natalie Jones, Abilene Christian; Esther Okoronkwo, Lamar; Anna Watson, McNeese. Defensive Player of the Week: Megan Rickert, Houston Baptist – R-Jr. – Round Rock, TexasRickert helped anchor a back line that prevented Prairie View A&M from generating quality chances on offense. The Panthers recorded seven shots in the match and just four on frame. The redshirt junior was on the pitch for all 90 minutes of the contest.center_img Week Two Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist and Abilene Christian earned the first weekly awards of the 2019 season, the league announced Tuesday. Avery Cortez earned Offensive Player of the Week, while fellow Huskie Megan Rickert was named Defensive Player of the Week. Erin Smith of the Wildcats earned the week’s goalkeeper accolade. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Ashtyn Franks, Houston Baptist; Roosa Hurmerinta, Nicholls. Honorable Mention: Ana Campa, UIW; Karina Gonzalez, Nicholls; Sophia Manibo, Lamar; Keely Morrow, 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

Pair of Huskies, SFA’s Murray Earn Weekly Football Honors

first_imgOffensive Player of the Week: Bailey Zappe – Jr. – Quarterback – Victoria, TexasSaturday’s win over Texas Southern marked another electric performance for the FCS passing touchdowns leader (21), setting program records for completions (43), attempts (59) and passing touchdowns (7). The quarterback responsible for all six 300-yard passing performances in school history, Zappe threw touchdowns to four different receivers against the Tigers as the Huskies compiled a school-record 749 yards of total offense. This is his second Offensive Player of the Week award of the fall. Murray, a redshirt freshman defensive end, is the Defensive Player of the Week. The ‘Jacks (1-4, 1-1 SLC) spoiled Lamar’s homecoming festivities and picked up the first win of the Colby Carthel era with a 24-17 decision. SFA turns its attention to one of the biggest dates on its schedule – the 94th edition of the Battle of the Piney Woods game against Sam Houston State at 3 p.m. Saturday. Honorable Mention: Scean Mustin, Sam Houston State; Alexis Ramos, Southeastern Louisiana; Tre Richardson, UIW. Honorable Mention: Matt McRobert, Sam Houston State; Max Quick, Stephen F. Austin. Honorable Mention: Taron Jones, Southeastern Louisiana; Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State. Special Teams Player of the Week: Gino Garcia – Fr. – Kicker – Richardson, TexasGarcia converted two of his three field-goal attempts, with his only miss from 52 yards, to improve to 8-for-10 on the year. The freshman nailed a career-long 54-yarder for HBU’s final points in its 68-31 win over Texas Southern. Garcia was 8-for-9 on extra points, setting a program record for most PATs made. He is 29-for-32 on the year on extra points.center_img Defensive Player of the Week: Amad Murray – R-Fr. – Defensive End – Huntsville, TexasMurray played a vital role in a Stephen F. Austin defense that held Lamar to just three points through the first three quarters of Saturday’s 24-17 win over the Cardinals. The redshirt freshman defensive end tallied two of the ‘Jacks’ four sacks, both of which came on third-downs tops. Murray is the first SFA player this season to record multiple sacks in a game. Zappe is the offensive Player of the Week after tossing a school-record seven touchdown passes, and teammate Garcia, a freshman kicker, is the Special Teams Player of the Week for the second-straight week. The Huskies (4-1, 1-0 SLC) wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 68-31 win over crosstown foe Texas Southern on Saturday. HBU returns to league play when it hosts UIW at 6 p.m. CT Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Bailey Zappe and Gino Garcia, along with Stephen F. Austin’s Amad Murray, earned Southland Football Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday.  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

Spurs’ best and worst CL draw with Barca, PSG and Juve potential group opponents

first_imgConfirmed teamsPot 1Liverpool (ENG, holders)Chelsea (ENG, UEFA Europa League winners)Barcelona (ESP)Manchester City (ENG)Juventus (ITA)Bayern Munich (GER)Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Zenit (RUS)Pot 2Real Madrid (ESP)Atletico Madrid (ESP)Borussia Dortmund (GER)Napoli (ITA)Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)Benfica (POR)Ajax (NED)Pot 3Lyon (FRA)Bayer Leverkusen (GER)Salzburg (AUT)Valencia (ESP)Inter Milan (ITA)Club Brugge (BEL)Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)Olympiakos (GRE)Pot 4Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS)Genk (BEL)Galatasaray (TUR)RB Leipzig (GER)Atalanta (ITA)Lille (FRA)Red Star Belgrade (SRB)Slavia Prague (CZE)How does the draw work? Uefa AwardsThe following prizes will also be announced during the draw ceremony in the South of France:Uefa Men’s Player of the YearUefa Women’s Player of the YearGoalkeeper of the 2018/19 Champions League seasonDefender of the 2018/19 Champions League seasonMidfielder of the 2018/19 Champions League seasonForward of the 2018/19 Champions League season2 Jordan Henderson lifted the Champions League trophy after Liverpool beat SpursCredit: Alamy Live NewsChampions League 2019/20 scheduleAugust 2019Play off round, first leg – August 20/21Play off round, second leg – August 27/28Group stage draw, Monaco – August 29September 2019Group stage, matchday one – September 17/18October 2019Group stage, matchday two – October 1/2Group stage, matchday three – October 22/23November 2019Group stage, matchday four – November 5/6Group stage, matchday five – November 26/27December 2019Group stage, matchday six – December 10/11Round of 16 draw, Nyon – December 16February 2020Round of 16, first leg – February 18/19 and 25/26March 2020Round of 16, second leg – March 10/11 and 17/18Quarter final and semi-final draw, Nyon – March 20April 2020Quarter finals, first leg – April 7/8Quarter finals, second leg – April 14/15Semi finals, first leg – April 28/29May 2020Semi finals, second leg – May 5/6Final, Istanbul – May 30 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage will be joined by the six winners of the play-off ties.The teams will then be split into four seeding pots.Pot 1 consists of the holders, Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League. TOTTENHAM are bracing themselves for being paired with one of European football’s giants in the draw for the Champions League group stages.Spurs stunned Europe by marching through to the final of the competition last season, only to be beaten by Liverpool in Madrid.2 Tottenham were given a lesson by Lionel Messi last season and could be paired with Barcelona in the Champions League again this time roundCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut it is back to the drawing board now for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they wait to discover who they will get in today’s draw in Monaco.Their run last season has seen them boost their Uefa ranking, meaning they are seeded in Pot Two when the balls are picked out at 5pm.But it also means Spurs are guaranteed to be paired with one of the big sides in Pot One – other than Liverpool, Manchester City or Chelsea, with teams from the same country unable to face each other at this stage.That leaves five possible opponents in the shape of Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain or Zenit St Petersburg.They were grouped with Barcelona last season, and were handed a Lionel Messi lesson at Wembley in the first game before drawing against a seriously under-strength team in the Nou Camp.Pot Three is a mixed bag, but Pochettino would surely prefer to avoid the likes of Inter Milan or Valencia if at all possible.Antonio Conte is expected to deliver a much improved Inter this season compared to the one Spurs faced last year, especially after signing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez this summer.Tottenham’s Nightmare DrawBarcelonaTottenhamInter MilanRB LipzigTottenham’s Ideal DrawZenitTottenhamBrugeLille ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onelast_img read more

Lineker piles pressure on Premier League stars by donating £300k to Red Cross

first_img5FOOTBALL legend Gary Lineker has piled the pressure on millionaire Premier League footballers to put their hands in their pockets after donating £300,000 towards the coronavirus relief effort.The former England and Tottenham star and now Match Of The Day host has agreed to give away two months of his BBC salary to the British Red Cross, who are helping those most vulnerable during the pandemic.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 Gary Lineker has donated two months salary to the British Red CrossCredit: Getty Images – GettyHe has also appeared to throw the gauntlet down to other top earners including millionaire players by asking others to “join in”.Sharing a Just Giving link on Twitter, Lineker, 59, wrote: “Decided to donate a couple months salary to the @britishredcross who are doing vital work to the most vulnerable during this coronavirus crisis.”Feel incredible fortunate to be able to do this. If you’d like to join in it would be greatly appreciated.”Lineker also responded to a tweet put out by Labour MP David Lammy, who criticised pro footballers.Mr Lammy wrote: “It’s criminal that Premier League footballers haven’t moved more quickly to take pay cuts and deferrals.”And completely wrong that taxpayers are now being asked to subsidise cleaners, caterers and security guards at these clubs instead.”5 5CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.It comes after Spurs, who Lammy supports, became the second Premier League club after Newcastle to slash wages for non-playing staff.But Lineker believes it is not that footballers aren’t interested in helping those less fortunate out, but more that they just don’t know how best to go about doing it.He hit back: “It’s not criminal. Fact is players are not training together so meetings would take time to organise.”I’m positive most of them would want to do something to help but don’t know how, or worry about treading a lonely path.”Let’s give them a chance to act before we all wade in.”CLICK HERE IF YOU’D LIKE TO JOIN GARY LINEKER AND DONATE TO THE BRITISH RED CROSSAfter Spurs putting many of their staff on furlough leave, chairman Levy warned the management and playing staff that they will “have to do their bit” in the current coronavirus crisis.Boss Jose Mourinho pockets an incredible £290,000-a-week at the London club, while star striker Harry Kane makes £200k-a-week.Levy, who was the Prem’s best-paid exec last season with £7million, confirmed in a club statement: “The club’s operations have effectively ceased, some of our fans will have lost their jobs and most will be worried about their future.“The club has an annual cost base running into hundreds of millions of pounds.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN 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’5“We have seen some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus take steps to reduce their costs.“We ourselves made the difficult decision to reduce the renumeration of all 550 non-playing directors and employees for April and May by 20 per cent utilising, where appropriate, the Government’s furlough scheme.“We hope the current discussions between the Premier League, PFA and LMA will result in players and coaches doing their bit for the football eco system.”Famous faces the world over are contributing to the fight against coronavirus with some football stars already pledging millions of pounds.They include Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola, who have both made donations of over £900,000 to hospitals in Spain and Argentina while Cristiano Ronaldo has made provisions for medical equipment and intensive care units.Brazilian ace Neymar has been revealed as the man behind a £770,000 donation to Unicef and a local charity, while a mystery Liverpool player has given £25,000 to a children’s hospital on Merseyside.And both Brighton boss Graham Potter and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe taking voluntary pay cuts.Best coronavirus memes – Hilarious home schooling montagelast_img read more

I’ll never watch that game again: Green

first_imgGreen’s 50th and final match for the Storm ended in heartbreak with Melbourne conceding a late converted try to fall two points short of their second premiership in five seasons. The 30-year-old didn’t have a lot of time to mull over the disappointment, packing up his belongings for Sydney’s northern beaches after inking a two-year deal with the Sea Eagles.Following stints with the Eels, Sharks, Bulldogs and Storm – plus time with Hull KR and Wigan in the English Super League – Green is looking forward to the challenge ahead as he and his new teammates look to make amends after missing the finals in 2016.”It was hard. I’ll probably never watch the game again. It’s not something I’ve really looked back on, to be honest,” Green said of the grand final loss. “I came up to Sydney about two weeks after the game, packed all my stuff up and moved straight to Manly. My family and I had a month to ourselves over here before I started training. “It wasn’t an ideal situation for us and it didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to. We had a really successful time down there in the two years I was there. We were deep into the finals [in 2015] and then got into the GF last year.”I guess I didn’t have anyone to bounce off…but after I stopped feeling sorry for myself, it probably got a little bit easier because these boys were ripping into training and were a month deep into the pre-season when I turned up. “Results from the previous year were the furthest thing from their mind and they were just worried about working hard and starting again.”  Green’s move north is a reunion of sorts with coach Trent Barrett after the pair played together at the Sharks in 2009. “It was a hell of a lot different to when I was there. I was 21 when Baz was at Cronulla,” Green said. “I learnt a few really importing things about the game from Baz then. I probably didn’t realise how important they were until I got a little bit older. He was one of my favourite players growing up so I’ve got an enormous amount of respect for him.”I guess he was under a fair bit of pressure when he came back to the NRL and played. At Cronulla he was a really big signing and he was going to be a big chance of taking a lot of pressure off the club. Ricky (then Sharks coach Ricky Stuart) brought him to the club to elevate us to new heights. “He’s still the same person, he’s still got the same principles, he’s still a hard worker, and they’re the things that have rubbed off on the group.  “He’s really good for our playing group, he’s got really clear, simple messages, everyone’s under no illusions because he gets his point across. He’s very relaxed, but he’s been getting the best out of the playing group in the pre-season so far.”Barrett’s relaxed demeanour is slightly different to what Green was used to in Melbourne, but the five-eighth was quick to defend Storm coach Craig Bellamy, blaming the networks for always showing him at the most inopportune moments.  “He’s a little bit more relaxed than Craig. Craig’s not as angry as everyone thinks, but he just gets in some bad shots on the TV sometimes.”last_img read more

Stone rock-solid to defend gold medal

first_imgRunning his season’s best time last weekend, recording 47.81 seconds in his 400m race will ring bells that the Central Province man will be no pushover in his pet event.In a chat with Loop PNG, Stone said, “I want to defend (my gold medal) that’s the aim and yes my form is coming back but I have to accept the fact that there are others who are gunning for that too so it’s a challenge that I accept.”With the 400m event a potential 1,2,3 finish for Papua New Guinea with elite 400m runners running good times, Stone knows he has to make up for lost time after an injury plagued season.The national 400m record holder said he has fully recovered from injury and it’s “all good now.”“Nothing really to say but all I can say is I‘ll let my running do the talking and God will decide. I’ll just hope for the best.”Stone is still in Brisbane and expected to arrive in Port Moresby before the opening ceremony.last_img read more

Málaga suspends Victor after a video of the technician’s sexual nature has been disseminated

first_imgVíctor Sánchez del Amo has put in the hands of the police harassment and extortion who is suffering after spreading through social networks orNo supposed video of his sexual nature. Malaga, meanwhile, has decided to suspend him from his duties until the investigation is completed.The coach of Malaga has issued a statement on their social networks informing the fact and reminding users that it is a crime typified by article 197 of the Criminal Code to disseminate personal content without consent. The statement of Víctor Sánchez de Almo pray like this: “I want to report that I am being the subject of a crime against my privacy with harassment and extortion. The matter is in the hands of the police and I entrust myself to follow their instructions. I also want to inform that they share or disseminate an intimate content of anyone without consent it is also a crime, either through social networks or messages or in any other way as established in article 197 of the Criminal Code with penalties for those who disseminate personnel without the consent of the affected person. Thank you for your understanding and support “. The malaguista team does not play this weekend since it was eliminated in Copa del Rey by the Broom (2-0). The next meeting of Malaga is Tuesday, January 14 before the Ponferradina (20:00 hours) and for now, Victor will not be on the bench The Rose Garden.last_img read more

Florenzi-Valencia Agreement

first_imgThe project that fascinates him the most is that of Valencia, with which he already has a total agreement. Now we need to find the two clubs: the entity that has proposed a transfer with option to buy (12 million euros), which would become mandatory only in case of qualification to the next Champions.The player and Roma, however, want to separate definitively and seek a transfer: this afternoon the agent of the footballer has met with the Giallorossa board to approach positions, and from the Italian capital filters optimism so that the operation comes to fruition. Having lost Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, Rome could say goodbye these days to another captain. Alessandro Florenzi has decided to change teams. The side, disappointed with the relationship with coach Paulo Fonseca (who did not grant him a minute in the derby on Sunday), is looking for a new adventure where he has more space to not lose his place in the Nazionale for the next Eurocup.last_img read more

Godín: “I traveled with the permission of the club and the doctors”

first_imgDiego Godín arrived yesterday in Uruguay. He traveled from Milan, after leaving Lombardy, one of the regions most affected by the coronavirus. He and other foreign Inter players such as Lukaku, Brozovic, Moses, Young, Handanovic and Eriksen have done so after having been quarantined at home. They have not tested positive for the coronavirus and received permission to leave Italy and reunite with their families while the future of Serie A is clarified. “I want to tell you that I have passed the preventive quarantine in Italy, with the authorization of the club and the team doctors, I have also been able to go home and I am already in Uruguay,” said the defender. “Although I am not positive for Covid-19, now I have to do preventive quarantine also here in Uruguay, I recommend staying at home and, for those who have to quarantine, strictly comply with it because it is the only way to stop this pandemic. We must listen to the authorities and the recommendations they are making to us. We put this situation together, “he explained through a video on his social networks.last_img read more

The campaign against the coronavirus of Simeone and Atlético adds to the cinema

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 31, 2020 The ‘We give everything’ campaign that Argentine coach Diego Pablo Simeone and Atlético de Madrid launched to raise funds for the Red Cross activity against the coronavirus in Madrid, is advancing in contributions and is adding personalities to Spanish cinema. This initiative, launched by the rojiblanco coach and his partner, Carla Pereyra, together with the Red Cross and the Atlético de Madrid Foundation on March 20, using the same motto that they used in previous years to organize food collections, “It goes very well” regarding the arrival of economic contributions, as explained to EFE sources close to the technician, who ask “do not loosen”.During the last days, the rojiblanco president Enrique Cerezo, the captains of the first male and female squads, Koke Resurrección and Amanda Sampedro, or the president of the Fundación and former rojiblanco footballer, Adelardo Rodríguez, They have been adding their support through the rojiblanca website, where there is a web link and the account number to make donations.center_img Also the maximum shareholder of the club, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, announced in the letter sent last Friday, in which it communicated the decision to make a temporary employment regulation file (ERTE), that the club would channel its aid against the pandemic through this initiative.“We have decided to channel all the club’s aid to the fight against this pandemic through the #LoDamosTodo campaign, whose entire collection will go to the Red Cross, so that it can meet the needs of the health workers who fight against Covid-19 in the Community of Madrid, which unfortunately is the region most shaken by the coronavirus in Spain “he pointed out.That same Friday, players like the striker Álvaro Morata, the Ghanaian midfielder Thomas partey or the substitute goalkeeper Antonio Adam They starred in a video asking rojiblancos fans to also make a donation to support the Red Cross fight against Covid-19.They were joined from the weekend by personalities from the world of cinema and entertainment such as the humorist José Mota, the music producer Carlos Jean, he ‘Wizard More’, the actor and former president of the Antonio Resines Film Academy, and the actor and director Safe Santiago, with videos in which they show their support for health personnel and ask to make donations to the Red Cross.last_img read more