Abilene Christian Picked First in Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

first_img 8. New Orleans 113 3. Sam Houston State (1) 234 12. Houston Baptist 73 FRISCO, Texas – Defending tournament champion Abilene Christian has been selected as the favorite to top the 2019-20 Southland Conference’s 2019-20 women’s basketball standings, the league announced Thursday. Four other schools also received first-place votes.ACU topped the polls with 14 first-place votes and 273 total points in just its second year of postseason eligibility. The Wildcats are coming off of a Southland Tournament Championship where they won three games as a No. 4 seed in order to gain an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament last season. Senior preseason all-conference selections Dominique Golightly, Breanna Wright and Lexie Ducat are three-of-four starters returning for the Wildcats this season and will look to continue the program’s success after closing out the 2018-19 season with a 23-10 overall record and a 13-5 conference mark. The Wildcats led the Southland in several categories last season, including shooting percentage (45.8), three-pointers made (265) and defensive rebounds per game (31.8).Stephen F. Austin came in next in the polls with 255 points and nine first-place votes after finishing last season with a 16-2 mark in Southland play. The Ladyjacks return three starters in Stephanie Visscher, Alyssa Mayfield and Marissa Banfield. Led by head coach Mark Kellogg, SFA is primed to challenge for the league title as the Ladyjacks have consistently presented a well-balanced game plan. Last season, they ranked among the conference’s top-four teams in scoring (70.4) while leading the league in defense, limiting opponents to 56.9 points per game. The Ladyjacks will look to continue their efficiency at home after going 17-0 inside William R. Johnson Coliseum throughout their 2018-19 campaign.Sam Houston State is voted third, receiving 234 points and one first-place vote. After an impressive turnaround season, reigning Southland Coach of the Year Ravon Justice and her SHSU squad will look to build upon their 11-7 conference record from last season. Led by preseason first-teamer Jaylonn Walker and second-team selections Amber Leggett and Jenniffer Oramas, the Bearkats return a total of four starters and will implement a very experienced rotation that is not afraid to attack the basket. Last year, the Kats ranked 12th nationally for free throws attempted (718) and ninth nationally for free throws made (510). Justice’s squad certainly does not slack on defense either as the team finished last season ranked fourth in the nation for turnovers forced (22.72).Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rounds out the poll’s top four, earning 229 points and a first-place vote. The Islanders capped a remarkable postseason run in the Southland Tournament after qualifying as the No. 6 seed. Head coach Royce Chadwick led his team to a trio of wins in the tournament over the No. 7, No. 3 and No. 2 seeds before falling to Abilene Christian in a 69-68 championship thriller. The Islanders led the preseason all-conference rosters with four selections in first teamers Alexes Bryant and Dalesia Booth and second-team picks Dae Dae Evans and Emma Young.Lamar occupies the fifth-place spot with 195 points and a first-place vote of its own, followed by Central Arkansas (172), Nicholls (154), New Orleans (113) and McNeese (111).Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State, Houston Baptist and UIW round out the 2019-20 preseason poll.The Southland women’s basketball season gets underway Tuesday, Nov. 5, with nine schools in action throughout the league.The preseason poll is voted upon by the head coach and sports information director from each Southland school. Each individual ranks the other 12 teams in their predicted order of regular season finish. Ranking one’s own school is not permitted.2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll 10. Southeastern Louisiana 86 9. McNeese 111 5. Lamar (1) 195 7. Nicholls 154 4. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1) 229 1. Abilene Christian (14) 273 6. Central Arkansas 172 11. Northwestern State 78 2. Stephen F. Austin (9) 255 School (First-place votes) Total 13. UIW 55last_img read more

DEFENDING CHAMP BELVOIR BAY & STABLEMATE PAINTING CORNERS LOOM LARGE IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 MONROVIA STAKES

first_imgDEFENDING CHAMP BELVOIR BAY & STABLEMATE PAINTING CORNERS LOOM LARGE IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 MONROVIA STAKES AT FIVE FURLONGS ON TURF D’AMATO’S S Y SKY, FRESH OFF FIVE FURLONG SCORE AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS, HAS BIG LOOK ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2019)–English-bred Belvoir Bay and stablemate Painting Corners both figure prominently in one of the Memorial Day Weekend’s best betting races, Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes, at five furlongs over the Santa Anita turf. The Monrovia, carded as the seventh race on a nine-race program, has attracted a deep and competitive field of 10 fillies and mares three and up, with one horse on the also eligible list.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s California-bred S Y Sky, a Nick Alexander homebred, also rates a big look in the large field, as she comes off what might have been her biggest win in the five furlong turf Camilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.BELVOIR BAYOwner:  Gary BarberTrainer:  Peter MillerSheer class at age six, Belvoir Bay is the defending champion in the Monrovia and is by far the leading money earner in the field with $1,085,787.  Most recently second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in a $2 million Group I sprint going six furlongs on turf in Dubai March 30, she was an emphatic 4 ¾ length winner of the ungraded Wishing Well Stakes going five furlongs on turf two starts back here on Feb. 16 and is 7-3-3-0 at five eighths of mile on grass. With an overall mark of 25-11-5-2 and Flavien Prat back aboard, Belvoir Bay rates top billing.PAINTING CORNERSOwner:  Altimira Racing Stable & Slam Dunk RacingTrainer:  Peter MillerMost recently a front-running 1 ½ length winner of the ungraded Mizdirection Stakes going five furlongs on turf April 13, this 5-year-old Florida-bred mare by the Smart Strike stallion Pleasant Strike, has three wins from seven tries at five furlongs on grass as she seeks her first graded stakes victory with leading man Joe Talamo back aboard. Based at San Luis Rey Downs with her far more accomplished stablemate, Painting Corners, who has an overall mark of 18-6-2-4, figures to blast off and hope to hold off all comers on Sunday.S Y SKYOwner:  Nick AlexanderTrainer:  Phil D’AmatoThe lone California-bred in the lineup, this 5-year-old Grazen mare was brilliant in her five furlong turf debut on April 27 at Golden Gate as she rallied to take the Camilla Urso by 3 ½ lengths at odds of 3-5. Sidelined due to a tendon issue mid-way through her 2-year-old campaign, S Y Sky, who is out of Alexander’s Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, has a remarkable overall mark of 12-6-5-1 and earnings of $542,320. She’s no doubt stepping way up in class in what will be her first graded stakes assignment and with Prat sticking with Belvoir Bay, S Y Sky will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke.THE GRADE II MONROVIA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTPoster Girl–Evin Roman–121S Y Sky–Drayden Van Dyke–121Rocky Policy–Ruben Fuentes–121Painting Corners–Joe Talamo–121Ginger Nut–Rafael Bejarano–121A Little Bit Me–Geovanni Franco–121Flammetta–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121Belvoir Bay–Flavien Prat–121Gliding By–Mario Gutierrez–121Lady Suebee–Victor Espinoza–121ALSO ELIGIBLESpectator–Martin Garcia–121First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday, that will also include the Grade II Summertime Oaks, is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Saturday, March 14, 2020

first_img6 35% 16 36% Bob Baffert77 49% 24% 5 9% $393,166 15% 8 Mark Glatt75 ITM% 38% 9 17 Doug O’Neill99 29% 15 6 Richard Mandella38 17 Joel Rosario141 $175,343 Win% $778,851 Jeff Mullins52 10% 9 8 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 20% $1,050,322 12% 50% 25% Philip D’Amato81 34% $903,459 $1,767,252 10 46% Money Won 8 30% $206,921 41% 6 13% $192,221 $2,266,516 12 29 26% 7 19% 14 $843,817 61% 65% 46% 19 $913,042 15% 5 4 5 65% $1,473,476 23% (Current Through Sunday, March 8) 11 5 7 $331,582 33% 12 3 6 6 $357,021 $1,453,222 21% Mike Puype41 Mike Smith51 10 8 9 52% 6 7% Edwin Maldonado78 8 Rafael Bejarano73 5 7 11 12 7 39% 17 13 9 Agapito Delgadillo66 Brian Koriner41 J.C. Diaz, Jr.71 10 6 Richard Baltas104 Aaron Gryder53 33% Ryan Hanson17 22 22 18% 9 11 39% $218,912 14% 43% 2 Robert Hess, Jr.38 9% 21% Steve Knapp48 22 33 John Sadler77 10 Andrew Lerner30 Mario Gutierrez84 Flavien Prat161 $284,415 $2,138,180 $385,662 5 9 $258,340 7 41% $440,305 9 16 6 53% 14 7% 36 61% J. Eric Kruljac35 1st ITM% Drayden Van Dyke112 VAN DYKE HOMEWARD BOUND FOR THE DERBY? 21 16 7 20% 13 38% 20 16% 42% $1,533,201 17 TOP SIRES CONSIDERED FOR QUEEN BEE TO YOU $744,236 Peter Miller69 19 2nd 5 4 $1,108,976 3 29 1st LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 14th, 2020WORKOUTS:Zest (Outside) and Hollywood Girl (Shirreffs) 03/09/20Storm The Hill (Outside) and Mirth (D’Amato) 03/09/20Oiseau de Guerre (O’Neill) 03/09/20Eight Rings (Inside) and Ax Man (Baffert) 03/09/20Warren’s Empress (Outside) and Down Home (Lewis) 03/08/20Charlatan (Outside) (Baffert) 03/08/20Nadal (Outside) (Baffert) 03/08/20 $281,142 $682,805 10% $783,141 12 12 $634,201 6 16% 51% $530,141 11 66% 6 Jorge Velez162 20 41% JockeyMts Umberto Rispoli143 2nd 46% 28% 5 59% Ruben Fuentes81 5 $388,947 8 6 10 12 12 Tiago Pereira121 5 9 28% 14% 9 11 33 44% Abel Cedillo236 4 39% 3 34 11 HARD NOT TO LOVE TACKLES RAIL, ROUTE FOR FIRST TIMEToday’s Beholder Mile will mark a first for Hard Not to Love.In six career races, the one-eyed wonder filly trained by John Shirreffs has never started from the gate without one horse on either side of her.In the Grade I Beholder, she breaks from the rail, meaning there will be nothing but the turf course and the Infield on her left, or blind, side (she lost her left eye when kicked by another horse as a youngster).“Because she’s never broken from the rail, I have no idea how she’ll react,” Shirreffs said. “But under normal circumstances, you’d like a horse on each side, whether a horse has one eye or two eyes, just so they have a horse next to them, so I hope it goes well.”As for going two turns for the first time, Shirreffs wasn’t overly concerned.“I think a mile should suit her,” he said, “especially with her style, because she comes from off the pace.”Hard Not to Love, a four-year-old daughter of Hard Spun, won her two previous races at seven furlongs, rallying from last each time, in the Grade I La Brea to score by 2 ¼ lengths on Dec. 28, and the Grade II Santa Monica by 3 ½ lengths on Feb. 15.The Beholder, race seven of eight: Hard Not to Love, Mike Smith, 8-5; Der Lu, AbelCedillo, 5-1; Zusha, Umberto Rispoli, 15-1; Kaydeitre, Brice Blanc, 30-1; Ollie’s Candy, Flavien Prat, 3-1; and Ce Ce, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1. Mother Mother was scratched.VAN DYKE COULD RETURN TO HOMETOWN FOR DERBYMay 2 could be a happy homecoming day for Drayden Van Dyke.Currently the 25-year-old native of Louisville is the regular rider of prime Kentucky Derby candidate Authentic, who won last Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes in impressive front-running fashion to remain unbeaten in three starts by a combined margin of 11 ½ lengths.Van Dyke also rode current Kentucky Derby flavor of the month Charlatan to a smashing debut victory at six furlongs on Feb. 16, earning an eye-catching 105 Beyer Figure, and is back aboard to ride the odds-on favorite in today’s sixth race at one mile for Bob Baffert.“It was a great performance,” Van Dyke said of Authentic’s San Felipe victory. “The horse was more mature this time. I’m thankful to be where I am and to have a chance to ride a horse like this.“Being born in Louisville and going back to my hometown where the Kentucky Derby is run would be huge. I spent my summers at Churchill Downs when I was growing up as a little kid and I’d visit the jocks’ room with my (late) Dad (Seth), so to win for all the people back there would be special.”Van Dyke has been a go-to guy for Baffert working horses in the mornings, and the two-time Triple Crown winner took the occasion of his San Felipe triumph to recognize his efforts.“Drayden has been doing a magnificent job and I’m happy for him,” Baffert said after winning the San Felipe for a record seventh time. “He works hard as does all my team. A lot of sweat and hard work goes into our program and we’re fortunate to have a horse like this.”As to Charlatan’s race today, Baffert said, “We’re looking to see what he can do going long. We’re trying to squeeze in a distance race to see if he continues on.”SANTA ANITA, GOLDEN GATE FIELDS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLICWith the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of our customers and employees and in following the best available guidance from local and international health authorities, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields is temporarily closed to the public.Both tracks will continue live racing as scheduled with personnel licensed by the California Horse Racing Board in attendance which will provide our fans at home with the opportunity to stay connected to the action via our 1/ST BET and Xpressbet apps.We will continue to monitor the situation and will look forward to welcoming our fans and guests back again soon.FINISH LINES: Rags-to-riches Queen Bee to You has been retired and will be sent to Kentucky to be bred, trainer Andrew Lerner said. Claimed by Michael Pender for $50,000 in December 2016, the California-bred daughter of Old Topper would go on to win four stakes under the 30-year-old Lerner, the last three in a row at three different tracks, including the Bayakoa and the La Canada, each a Grade III event. “She’ll leave for Kentucky next week,” Lerner said. “We haven’t decided who she’ll be bred to yet, but we have Speightstown, Curlin and Uncle Mo in mind. “We’re going to miss her. She’ll be hard to replace.” A six-year-old bay mare, Queen Bee to You had a career record of 8-11-5 from 33 starts with earnings of $658,770 . . . On-track patrons or no, Santa Anita’s popular horn blower Jay Cohen will be on the beat as usual today to the delight of fans watching via simulcast. 5 Victor Espinoza54 3 9% 16% 4 8 3 8 10 4 5 Assael Espinoza58 48% 46% 2 12% 43% $384,441 Geovanni Franco88 7 4 Jeff Bonde22 43% Michael McCarthy42 $714,680 38 8% 19 Craig Anthony Lewis43 27% 50% 20% 38 $1,233,719 12% 14% 32 9 Money Won 46% $219,510 4 3 3rd $327,261 $328,600 24% 32 18 10% 1 19% 56% 20% 5 8 Win% 43% 28% 8 20% $259,135 10 3rd $2,402,514 $337,700 19% Hector O. Palma33 TrainerSts $455,421 3 15% 5 SANTA ANITA, GOLDEN GATE CLOSED TO PUBLIC 4 FAIL ON THE RAIL? NOT THIS ONE-EYED FEMALE 4 Jose Valdivia, Jr.54 Carla Gaines31 Simon Callaghan27 $146,010last_img read more

Napoli ‘sign Llorente’ after striker leaves Spurs and Man Utd end interest

first_imgMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD 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 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’The former Spurs star has experience of playing in the Italian top flight too, having turned out for Juventus between 2013 and 2015.Llorente scored 23 goals in 66 games in Serie A before he moved to Sevilla.The Spain and Basque Country international has also played for Basconia, Athletic Bilbao and Swansea.Tottenham star Fernando Llorente set leave on a free transfer despite Champions League heroics NAPOLI have signed free agent Fernando Llorente after the striker left Spurs and Manchester United ended their interest, according to reports.The former Tottenham flop, 34, has put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Serie A giants.1 Fernando Llorente has signed for Napoli in a free, two-year dealMan Utd had been interested in adding the veteran striker to their ranks, but interest cooled as they opted to stick with youth.United have already seen forwards Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku head to Italy – both joining Inter Milan.Meanwhile, Matteo Darmian is on the brink of joining Parma and Chris Smalling has arrived at Roma in what is a busy end to the transfer window in Italy.Now Napoli – who were drawn in the same Champions League group as Liverpool – have landed the former Spurs man.THANKS A LLORLlorente spent two seasons at Tottenham, but managed just two goals in 36 Premier League games.The 24-cap Spain international had attracted attention from Chelsea in January, but a move never materialised.Llorente was officially released by the North Londoners on July 1 and had yet been unable to find a new home.Reports claimed the Spaniard was “holding out for Man Utd” – with Inter Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina joining Napoli in showing an interest in him.last_img read more

Vaclik: “The infection in Spain grows incredibly fast”

first_imgFrom the confinement at his home in Seville, where he spends time with his family and with the training sessions that the Nervión club has prepared for him, the Czech Tomas Vaclik acts as an impromptu correspondent for the Czech Republic and recounts the difficult situation of the sport and life in general, which Spain lives because of the coronavirus. “In Spain, an emergency has been declared. People are only allowed to go to work and return home, or to go shopping and return. Many things are canceled and that is because it is the second country with the most cases in Europe, after Italy “, affirms the website of his country Isport.“Sevilla footballers were ordered to quarantine at home, but not because no one on the team is infected, but so that the virus does not spread further. They have given us training plans and it is important to stick to them, “says Vaclik.” No one knows how long the confinement will last. It is planned to meet again to train on March 23, but we will see if this happens, if the situation calms down or not, how it evolves. But I watch the news and the infection rate grows incredibly fast. “ LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 16, 2020 Vaclik believes that the positive in coronavirus of Madrid player Trey Thompkins was essential for everything to stop: “Soccer began to be affected last week, on Monday, when it was decided that it would be played behind closed doors. The same thing happened with the European match against Roma, but then, perhaps due to pressure from the players’ associations, it was decided to suspend everything. I think the case of Real Madrid, when a basketball player fell ill and the soccer team was quarantined, accelerated everything. “The goal is also committed to the suspension of the Euro Cup: “I am curious to see where that is going. UEFA will decide this Tuesday and I think postponing the tournament is the only correct decision. There are many trips for players and fans and I think that will play an important role in postponing the championship. Now it is necessary to resolve this extremely serious situation in the world and sports or soccer have to be in the background or in the background. “Vaclik says that his life has not changed much, except for training, “because we are usually at home. My wife is no longer pregnant, so we are not worried although these situations always worry the family. We try to have the least contact with the world outside and we usually spend free time in the garden. If we need something, we have it just across the road. But it is being harder for the boys who are from other places, because the club has prohibited them from traveling, so they have to stay here. “last_img read more

Juanpi Añor: “I would have no problem lowering my salary”

first_imgJuanpi Añor has an exorbitant file for the reality that is lived in the Second Division. His contract is around two million euros, a figure completely unattainable for the entity’s coffers. Next season the club will have to undertake a tremendous economic readjustment if it wants to be entered in the competition and Juanpi Añor does not fit in those parameters. The footballer says he is ready to reach out to the club and lower his profile in exchange for an extension of his contract, which expires in 2021. Still, the deal looks very complicated.“I said it earlier in the season. He would have no problem renewing, making a drop in salary for the benefit of the club. I have always been for the work. I am the first aware of the situation. We are going to wait for the League to finish and I will surely have conversations with the club to see where we can go. Obviously, you have to see how everything happens, how the League ends, what they offer, not only at an economic level but also at a sports levelWhat are you going to plan for next season… There are many things that I am not considering right now, this is not the time ”, he explained in the microphones of the TO BE.Juanpi also referred to his new role within the team after the change of coach. The red wine has once again been an important piece for Malaga. It has become indisputable since Sergio Pellicer assumed command on the bench. “His arrival gave me back the confidence, continuity and minutes that a player needs to regain his level. At the beginning of the season he also spoke about the benefit of the presence of the previous coaching staff (that of Víctor Sánchez del Amo), although it is true that I was losing it ”, he stated.These last seasons have not been good at all for Juanpi Añor, who explains his irregularity in this way: “Many of the problems I have had were in my head. In bad times, when I wasn’t used to going through those moments, they affected me. I worked on that and let’s say I’m a little more passive with myself now. I am not as critical as before. I was a long time and I am still working with a sports ‘coaching’, that of the Venezuela team. Your help made me realize many things and helped me overcome bad times. If I don’t give my level, I am aware that the eyes and the spotlights are going to be on me. It is very clear. And the hobby has manifested itself in the way it believes is correct. Before, I took it one way and now I take it another way. ” The playmaker does not hide that the locker room has received with relief the new reality that the club lives. The arrival of the judicial administrator in La Rosaleda has significantly reduced noise and completely normalized the day-to-day of the entity. “The latest news from the club just before the break was very positive. The arrival of Pellicer gave us the tranquility of not thinking about other things than football. Before there were meetings and talks in excess, something that was not the most correct and that we did not correspond to us. We could do absolutely nothing with what was happening with the club. Y Pellicer gave that peace of mind, also thanks to the judicial administration. Shaheen? I am not going to criticize any ex-worker of the club, but it is true that the club takes a long time that internally things were not being done in the best way. Now we are starting to see something different and positive for us players and for all fans of Malaga. I hope the best for the club, for the people and for us. Whoever is, do their best to benefit the club, the players and the people, ”he argued.Regarding the coronavirus crisis and the options to return to competition, Juanpi is clear: “I would not like to play behind closed doors, but I see it as very logical. The most sensible thing is to finish the leagues behind closed doors. We have to wait, see how long we are going to be like this and what the solutions of the League and the clubs are going to be. ”last_img read more

Lemar, a year to zero

first_imgLess than half the market valueSimeone has never thrown in the towel with Lemar and has continued to give him opportunities. The last, including him as a great surprise in the eleven to receive Liverpool after two months without being a starter. And against the English he was fine, serious in defense, concise with the ball and helping the best version of the Lodi course … until falling injured and having to be replaced at the break. On that February 18, his last minutes of the course arrived, although he overcame his physical problems to be at Anfield and see the victory and the classification to the quarters sending Vitolo to the stands. In the 1,035 minutes this course has been played by Lemar He has not provided any goals or assistance. Zero figures for a signing with so many expectations set upon arrival. Its market value has decreased for the specialized page Transfermarkt from the 70 million to which it rose in its incorporation to the 30 that fell in March. A collapse that makes it difficult for Atlético to recover the investment made to become one of the most promising players in Europe. JAVIER SORIANO & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Lemar controls the ball during the match against Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano.JAVIER SORIANO (AFP) Thomas Lemar has failed to take the step forward that was expected for the 2019-20 season. If your discreet first season at Atlético understood adaptation, so far this year, played until the braking of all competition caused by the coronavirus health crisis, it has not been for the better. What’s more, its performance has involved. So much so that in This April will be a year without goals or assists of the 24-year-old footballer. Since his arrival at the club in the summer of 2018 there is the feeling that Lemar’s confidence has been declining game after game and his red and white stage has fallen without brake. The Frenchman came to the team as the most expensive signing in his history (70 million, a figure that João Félix surpassed this summer with his € 127.2 M) after proclaiming himself World Cup champion and left a fantastic official debut with a great performance in the European Super Cup against Real Madrid. Hence, asking for the ball on each play, haggling, showing himself, breaking lines with his passes and hoping for the fans as the player who could reprise the role of Arda Turan as a pause, quality and tempo of the team from the band, it has become a shy and inconsequential footballer. Lemar closed the 2018-19 season with 43 games played, 31 of them starting, 2,613 minutes played (the seventh signing of the Cholo era that plays the most in his first year), three goals scored and six assists. His last goal was achieved on April 20 to give Atlético a victory in Ipurua against Eibar and his last goal pass on April 24, four days later, with a measured center for Griezmann’s header against Valencia. Two good consecutive games, with special brilliance against the Che team, which reactivated the illusions of seeing a good version of the Frenchman, since it left flashes of brutal quality. A quality that captured with a magnificent assistance to João Félix in preseason that served to defeat Juventus and that he gave hope to see the best Lemar in his second exercise, already without his supporter Griezmann in the squad. However, after starting the course as a starter in the midfield, forming an attack front with João Félix and Diego Costa and going on to participate in several games from the midfielder, he became less relevant until he was relegated to the bench with the explosion of Correa, who, leaving the bench, took advantage of every minute he stole from the Frenchman. center_img At 24, he still has a great future ahead, but his lineup is shining less and less. Atlético faces a summer without great movements in its squad, with the additions close to the income obtained from sales. And Lemar can be one of those players who provides an economic injection to reinforce the team. He has a name in the Premier League, with teams like Arsenal or Manchester United interested, But the figures that are handled are far from those 70 million paid.If everything runs smoothly, and the competition can be resumed to finish LaLiga and play the Champions League,Lemar will have a few months to claim and earn the option to follow or raise the interest of teams of the highest draft. With the postponement of the European Championship to 2021, the Frenchman has to increase his performance to keep going into Deschamps’ plans. At the moment Lemar is signing a season that in terms of sensations and statistics is far from expected.last_img read more

The children of Save The Children take Casemiro the football phrase more ball of his life

first_imgCasemiro wanted to collaborate with Save the Children, that since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis has adapted its programs to this exceptional situation and cares for 2,000 vulnerable families through its emergency intervention ‘A tu lado’, a social project focused on giving financial, educational and psychological support to households with children who are at risk of exclusion.The Real Madrid midfielder affirmed this Friday that at the moment he does not think of being first in the League because he is only focused on “fighting” to beat the coronavirus. The international media of the white group surprised through a video call to the children attended by “Save the Children” during the confinement and responded to the questions raised by them as a children’s press conference.“Do we want to win LaLiga? We certainly want to win LaLiga and we want to win the Champions League. But I am not thinking about winning LaLiga, I am thinking about winning the fight against the coronavirus. I believe that if everyone does their part, that is the most important thing “The Real Madrid player said when asked if he wants to win the title. “The first game is against the coronavirus. It is a delicate moment for everyone. The moment is to win the game against the coronavirus,” he said. For the player of the white team, society lives “difficult and complicated” moments and expressed sadness at the situation that many people live. “We have to do our part, stay at home. It is a complicated and delicate moment. Each one has to do his own thing, help and follow the rules,” he added.Casemiro also told the little ones how his childhood was to try to show them the way to overcome difficult situations such as the confinement forced by the coronavirus. “My childhood was complicated and humble. Many times I had nothing to eat, I had no way to go training and I was walking seven or ten kilometers,” he said.In addition, he spoke about Zinedine Zidane and acknowledged that he looked at the French coach when he was little: “If I were not a soccer player I would be working in the world of sports. I love playing sports. I always had an idol who is Zidane. And he is my Coach. I always loved him as a player. It was a pleasure to see him play. My great inspiration was him. “Finally, he explained that when he finishes a game and lies in bed, he is always “calm” because he has done everything possible to sign a good performance. “Many times it is lost or won. But I sleep peacefully because I have given my best. In other aspects of life, we must always do it, give our best,” he said.last_img read more

Van de Beek’s agent opens up options outside Madrid

first_imgSoccer agents look with concern at the short-term future as a period of austerity in the looms looms. That will be one of the main consequences that soccer will suffer due to the coronavirus pandemic. The break caused by the COVID-19 has closed the tap of income of the clubs, which are already juggling to balance the accounts: ERTES, reduction of salaries in the templates … Volker Struth, representative of Toni Kroos, warned that there will be fewer transfers, and less, next summer and in that line it has been shown also Guido Albers, agent for Van de Beek, one of the most sought-after players in the current market. Uncertainty marks his speech. “What’s going to happen to Donny? No one knows at this time. The interest of various clubs, which is known, has been there for a long time. We will see what will come out in the coming weeks. I don’t dare say anything about it, also because some things are confidential, although the coronavirus will have changed the situation of some clubs and we have to look closely at that ”, he stated at Voetbal International.Albers foresees a market with fewer player movements and less money, although he is confident that the new scenario may have positive consequences for his client. Related to Real Madrid since last season he shone in that Ajax that eliminated the whites from the Champions League, his name has passed to the caboose on the Bernabéu agenda. Therefore, this new situation of crisis in the market makes the Dutchman’s agent open up to other options outside the capital of Spain: “Everything will be different, but I also have to be realistic: it also creates opportunities in clubs that perhaps thought they no longer had a chance and are now knocking on the door. I’m not worried about Donny. “United keeps an eye on him … In this range of options for the future, Albers does not rule out that Van de Beek remains in Ajax, as happened last season, when all the pools were seen outside the Johan Cruyff Arena, as happened with De Ligt and De Jong, the other pillars of that set trained by Ten Hag: “’The positive for Donny is that he is still very good everywhere. For Donny, the most important thing is, and has always said, a choice based on his feelings. That which he believes is best for him and which he believes to be the most successful. He did it last year and will continue to do it this summer. Don’t forget that Ajax is still the club he came to when he was a young player. It is not a punishment to play for Ajax. It will also include that in your consideration… “Two weeks ago, the player returned to distance himself from the possibility of signing for Real Madrid, despite the fact that in the Dutch press the possibility is a recurring issue. “My feeling must be positive in a club. It is not just that they love me, I also have to fit in with the game system and, of course, I also want to know the minutes they are going to give me, “he said in Helden. Asked if Madrid would be that ideal destination, he commented: “Playing in the sun is always nice, but no, I haven’t started taking Spanish classes yet.”last_img read more

Where were the Spanish soccer players who play in Asia and Oceania born?

first_imgIsaías SánchezAl Wakrah (Qatar)Sabadell (CAT) Marc MuniesaAl Arabi (Qatar)Lloret de Mar (CAT) Ernesto AmanteguiSamut Prakan (Thailand)Oviedo (AST) Soccer playerTeam (Country)Birthplace (Community) Which autonomous community contributes more Spanish players to the elite of foreign soccer? In the previous chapter we discovered that Catalonia dominates in America, will it do the same in Asia? In total, 68 professionals born in Spain compete in one of the highest categories of the most populated continent on Earth. Maldives, Japan or India have Spanish soccer players. Also Oceania, where the procession is reduced to seven representatives. Catalonia, again at the forefrontAs it happened with America, Catalonia is, with 12 soccer players, the autonomous community that contributes the most professionals to the elite of Asian soccer. Fernando Recio and Jordi Tarrés play in Hong Kong’s Lee Man, while Ferrán Corominas (FC Goa), Dimas Delgado and Albert Serrán (Bengaluru) and Piti Medina (Jamshedpur) do so in India. Sergi Samper (Vissel Kobe) and Isaac Cuenca (Vegalta Sendai) compete in Japan, and Raúl Rodríguez (Al Arabi) does it in Kuwait. Víctor Vázquez (Umm Salal), Marc Muniesa (Al Arabi) and Isaías Sánchez (Al Wakrah) play in Qatar.Catalan footballers in Asia Seven Spaniards play in OceaniaIf there are 68 in the Asian soccer elite, Oceania only has seven Spanish soccer players competing in the First Division. Diego Castro and Juande Prados (Perth Glory), Markel Susaeta (Melbourne City), Gerrard Garriga (Waitakere) and Ángel Berlanga, Albert Riera and Eñaul Zubikarai (Aucland City).Where were the Spanish footballers playing in Oceania born Cristian CeballosAl Wakrah (Qatar)Santander (CANT) Victor VazquezUmm Salal (Qatar)Barcelona (CAT) Sergi SamperVissel Kobe (Japan)Barcelona (CAT) Piti MedinaJamshedpur (India)Reus (CAT) Edu GarciaATK (India)Zaragoza (ARA) Raúl RodríguezAl Arabi (Kuwait)Barcelona (CAT) Soccer playerTeam (Country)Birthplace (Community) Hugo LopezDhofar (Oman)Gijón (AST) Albert RieraAuckland City (New Zealand)Barcelona (CAT) Markel SusaetaMelbourne City (Australia)Eibar (PV) Juanan GonzalezBengaluru (India)Palma de Mallorca (BAL) Juande PradosPerth Glory (Australia)Alicante (VAL) Jordi TarrésLee Man (Hong Kong)Barcelona (CAT) In second position, with nine representatives, the Community of Madrid and Andalusia are equal.. For Madrid residents Álvaro Negredo (Al Nasr), Aitor Monroy and David Grande (Jamshedpur), Marcos Tébar (Odisha), Sergio Cidoncha (Kerala), Rufino Segovia (Selangor), Gabi Fernández (Al Sadd), Álvaro Mejía (Al Shahaniya) and Javier Patiño (Ratchaburi). The Andalusian ‘Navy’ is made up of Pedro Conde (Al Ahli Shabab), Bienve Marañón and Manuel Herrera (Ceres Negros), Manu Gavilán (Happy Valley), Tiri Espinosa (Jamshedpur), Carlos Delgado (Odisha), Álex Gálvez (Qatar SC) , Carli de Murga (Chonburi) and Álvaro Silva (Bangkok Glass).Bengaluru & nbsp; (Facebook) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The canary Nili Perdomo celebrates a goal in IndiaBengaluru (Facebook) Jorge OrtíPegasus (Hong Kong)Zaragoza (ARA) Albert SerránBengaluru (India)Barcelona (CAT) David RochelaPort FC (Thailand)As Pontes (GAL) Dani CancelaKitchee (Hong Kong)A Coruña (GAL) Manuel OnwuOdisha (India)Tudela (NAV) Xisco HernándezOdisha (India)Palma de Mallorca (BAL) Eñaut ZubikaraiAuckland City (New Zealand)Ondarroa (PV) Edu BediaFC Goa (India)Santander (CANT) Fernando RecioLee Man (Hong Kong)Barcelona (CAT) Alberto BotíaAl Wehda (Saudi Arabia)Farmhouses (MU) Sergio CastelJamshedpur (India)Artea (PV) With seven representatives appears Canary Islands, whose standard bearers are Yaki Yen (Qingdao Huanghai), Jonathan Viera (Beijing Guoan), Nili Perdomo (Bengaluru), Aridane Santana (Odisha), Mandi Sosa (ATK), Néstor Gordillo (Hyderabad) and Sergio Suárez (Port FC). Castilla La Mancha contributes six footballers to the elite of Asian football -Gaspar Panadero (Al Wahda), Noe Acosta (Jamshedpur), Agus García (ATK), Alfonso de la Cruz (PSS Sleman), Andrés Iniesta (Vissel Kobe) and Ángel Carrascosa (Foakaidhoo) -, one more than Castilla y León -Carlos Peña (FC Goa), Javi Hernández and Víctor Mongil (ATK), Rafa López (Hyderabad) and Toti (Bangkok Glass) – and the Community Valencian -Manuel Bleda (Kitchee), Mario Arqués (Kerala), Xavi Torres (Al Arabi) and the brothers Kiko and Natxo Insa (Johor FC) -.Cantabria basin with four representatives: Osmar Ibáñez (FC Seoul), Edu Bedia (FC Goa), Fran Dorronsoro (Odisha) and Cristian Ceballos (Al Wakrah). Galicia, Aragon, Islands Balearics and Asturias, with two, and Murcia, Basque Country and Navarre, with one, they close the Spanish committee in Asia. In total, 15 autonomous communities, four more than in America, are represented in the elite of Asian football.Cantabria, Galicia, Aragón, Baleares, Asturias, Murcia, the Basque Country and Navarra Osmar IbáñezFC Seoul (South Korea)Santoña (CANT) Soccer playerTeam (Country)Birthplace (Community) Fran DorronsoroOdisha (India)Torrelavega (CANT) Ferran CorominasFC Goa (India)Banyoles (CAT) Dimas DelgadoBengaluru (India)Santa Coloma de Gramanet (CAT) Angel BerlangaAuckland City (New Zealand)Madrid (MAD) Isaac CuencaVegalta Sendai (Japan)Reus (CAT) Diego CastroPerth Glory (Australia)Pontevedra (GAL) Gerard GarrigaWaitakere (New Zealand)Monells (CAT)last_img read more