Southland Conference Earns 12 Selections to AP FCS All-America Teams

Southland Conference Earns 12 Selections to AP FCS All-America Teams

first_imgTHIRD TEAMOFFENSEQuarterback — Chandler Burks, junior, Kennesaw State.Running backs — De’Lance Turner, senior, Alcorn State; Detrez Newsome, senior, Western Carolina.Linemen — Skyler Phillips, senior, Idaho State; Zach Mitchler, junior, Kennesaw State; Alex Thompson, senior, Monmouth; Iosua Opeta, junior, Weber State; Ross Demmel, junior, Wofford.Tight end — Ross Dwelley, senior, San Diego.Receivers — Nathan Stewart, sophomore, Sam Houston State; Justin Watson, senior, Penn.All-purpose player — Khris Gardin, senior, North Carolina A&T.Kicker — Lorran Fonseca, junior, Nicholls. AP ReleaseFRISCO, Texas – Southland Conference football earned a total of 12 selections to the 2017 Associated Press FCS All-America Teams, the AP announced Tuesday. DEFENSELinemen — Andrew Ankrah, senior, James Madison; Jonathan Petersen, senior, San Diego; Darius Jackson, senior, Jacksonville State; P.J. Hall, senior, Sam Houston State.Linebackers — Brett Taylor, senior, Western Illinois; Darius Leonard, senor, South Carolina State; Nick DeLuca, senior, North Dakota State.Backs — Mike Basile, senior, Monmouth; George Odum, senior, Central Arkansas; Taron Johnson, senior, Weber State; Jordan Brown, senior, James Madison.Punter — Joe Zema, senior, UIW. The 2017 Associated Press FCS All-America Teams Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas lead with four spots each while Houston Baptist, UIW, McNeese and Nicholls all garnered individual selections. DEFENSELinemen — Anthony Ellis, senior, Charleston Southern; Ahmad Gooden, junior, Samford; Jaison Williams, sophomore, Austin Peay; Abdullah Anderson, senior, Bucknell.Linebackers — Matthew Oplinger, senior, Yale; Jared Farley, senior, Northern Iowa; Brandon Bryant, senior, Lafayette.Backs — Marlon Bridges, sophomore, Jacksonville State; Phillip Parham, senior, senior, Lafayette; Davontae Harris, senior, Illinois State; Rashad Robinson, junior, James Madison.Punter — Ian Berryman, junior, Western Carolina. The AP FCS All-America selections are chosen by a panel of 10 media members who cover FCS football. The total number of selections is three times as many as in 2016, when the Southland garnered four total selections across the three teams. The conference now has 188 total first team all-American selections in its history.center_img The conference landed five on the third team: Sam Houston State wide receiver Nathan Stewart, Nicholls placekicker Lorran Fonseca, Garrett Dolan of Houston Baptist and the Central Arkansas duo of defensive lineman Chris Terrell and defensive back Tremon Smith. Sam Houston State senior quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe earned second team honors, joined by UCA junior offensive lineman John Cook and junior McNeese placekicker Gunnar Raborn. The Bearkats earned two first team selections in junior wide receiver Davion Davis and senior defensive lineman P.J. Hall. Central Arkansas’ George Odum was named a first team defensive back. Senior punter Joe Zema of UIW rounded out the league’s first team honorees. SECOND TEAMOFFENSEQuarterback — Jeremiah Briscoe, senior, Sam Houston State.Running backs — Roc Thomas, senior, Jacksonville State; Zane Dudek, freshman, Yale.Linemen — Stetson Dagel, senior, South Dakota; John Cook, junior, Central Arkansas; Timon Parris, senior, Stony Brook; Ben Huss, senior, Duquesne; Matthew Schmidt, senior, Furman.Tight end — Andrew Vollert, senior, Weber State.Receivers — Neil O’Connor, junior, New Hampshire; Jaelon Acklin, senior, Western Illinois.All-purpose player — Elijah Marks, senior, Northern Arizona.Kicker — Gunnar Raborn, junior, McNeese. FIRST TEAMOFFENSEQuarterback — Chris Streveler, senior, South Dakota.Running backs — Dominick Bragalone, junior, Lehigh; Josh Mack, sophomore, Maine.Linemen — Brandon Parker, senior, North Carolina A&T; Austin Kuhnert, senior, North Dakota State; Jacob Ohnesorge, senior, South Dakota State; Aaron Stinnie, senior, James Madison; Justin Lea, senior, Jacksonville State.Tight end — Dallas Goedert, senior, South Dakota State.Receivers — Keelan Doss, junior, UC Davis; Davion Davis, junior, Sam Houston State.All-purpose player — John Santiago, junior, North Dakota.Kicker — Trey Tuttle, freshman, Weber State. DEFENSELinemen — Darin Greenfield, sophomore, South Dakota; Chris Terrell, sophomore, Central Arkansas; Ben Sorensen, senior, Sacramento State; Nick Wheeler, sophomore, Colgate.Linebackers — Garrett Dolan, senior, Houston Baptist; Thomas Costigan, junior, Bryant; Christian Rozeboom, sophomore, South Dakota State.Backs — Elijah Campbell, sophomore, Northern Iowa; Franklin McCain III, redshirt freshman, North Carolina A&T; Tremon Smith, senior, Central Arkansas; Davanta Reynolds, junior, North Carolina Central.Punter — Austin Barnard, senior, Samford.last_img read more

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MCN’s Kuxhausen Breaks League Record, Earns Weekly Southland Men’s Basketball Honor

first_imgThis is Kuxhausen’s first career Southland Player of the Week award and the sixth for the team this season, joining four-time winner Sha’Markus Kennedy and Jan. 13’s honoree, A.J. Lawson. Week 18 Southland Conference Release (PDF) The NCAA Division I leader in threes and threes per game (4.14) poured in 21 points per game as McNeese posted a pair of dominating wins over Southeastern Louisiana (104-82) and Houston Baptist (100-80). It marks the first time the Cowboys reached triple-digits in back-to-back games since the 1998-99 season, when they defeated Stephen F. Austin 103-86 in the regular-season finale and topped Nicholls 100-87 in the first round of the conference tournament. Honorable Mention: T.J. Atwood, Lamar; Brandon Gonzalez, Southeastern Louisiana; Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin; Tony Lewis, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Dexter McClanahan, Nicholls; Payten Ricks, Abilene Christian. With a possible finish anywhere from the No. 4 seed to out of the tournament, McNeese (14-15, 9-9 SLC) wraps up regular-season play with a pair of road contests against Nicholls at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday and Lamar at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.center_img FRISCO, Texas – McNeese guard Dru Kuxhausen is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.  He became the Southland Conference and McNeese record-holder for most three-pointers made in a single season (120) after drilling 7-of-14 attempts in each of the Cowboys’ wins last week. Kuxhausen, who is shooting 48.6 percent from beyond the arc, is also on pace to set the single-season high for three-point percentage. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Dru Kuxhausen, McNeese – Junior – Guard – Scottsbluff, Neb.Against Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday, Kuxhausen missed his first three attempts from long range but responded with five-consecutive makes to give him the program record for three-pointers made in a season (111). He went on to hit two more in the second half, putting him just three shy of the league record. Saturday’s matchup against Houston Baptist brought another slow start as Kuxhausen missed three of his first four attempts before he converted one at the 5:24 mark in the first half to tie the conference leader. Eager to break the record, Kuxhausen sank two in the opening minutes of the second half to vault himself atop the list and added three more for good measure.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA OFFER FANS A SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $159,584 INTO SUNDAY

first_imgSANTA ANITA OFFER FANS A SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $159,584 INTO SUNDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR AN EIGHT-RACE CARD IS AT 1 P.M. NO SINGLE TICKET WINNER, BUT 27 CONSOLATION TICKETS EACH WORTH $3,111 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 20, 2019)–Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved again on Saturday, creating a tidy Jackpot carryover of $159,584 into Sunday.With $157,240 in “new” Rainbow Six money wagered today, the total Jackpot pool reached $280,825.  Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 27 consolation tickets with six, each of them worth $3,111.With an eight-race card on tap for Sunday, first post time is at 1 p.m.  Leg one in the Rainbow Six is the third race, which has an approximate post time of 2 p.m. PT.First post time is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit  santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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BOLO, CATAPULT & RIVER BOYNE HEAD WIDE-OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 CITY OF HOPE MILE (TURF) ON SATURDAY

first_imgBOLO, CATAPULT & RIVER BOYNE HEAD WIDE-OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 CITY OF HOPE MILE (TURF) ON SATURDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2019)–In what promises to be the best betting race of the weekend, trainer Carla Gaines’ Bolo, John Sadler’s Catapult and the Jeff Mullins-conditioned River Boyne head a wide-open field of 11 three year olds and up in the Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile (turf) at Santa Anita on Saturday.BOLOOwner:  Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc.Trainer:  Carla GainesIdle for 23 months prior to running fifth here in a 1 1/8 mile turf allowance April 28, this 7-year-old gelding by Temple City then executed a gate to wire heist in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile (turf) on May 27, winning by 1 ¼ lengths over top local turf horse River Boyne at 32-1.  Subsequently a well beaten eighth at 6-1 in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap on turf Aug. 18, Bolo will be making his fourth start of the year over a course that’s seen him win five races from 10 tries.CATAPULTOwner:  Woodford Racing LLCTrainer:  John SadlerIdle since fifth, beaten three lengths as the 3-2 favorite in the Grade II Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar July 21, this 6-year-old full horse by Kitten’s Joy was fifth by a similar margin to Bolo two starts back in the Shoe Mile, a race in which no one could make up appreciable ground from off the pace.  A multiple graded stakes winner and easily the leading money earner in the field with more than $1.5 million, Catapult could well go favored in the City of Hope Mile.RIVER BOYNEOwner:  Red Baron’s Barn & Rancho TemescalTrainer:  Jeff MullinsA gem of consistency over the past two years, this 4-year-old Irish-bred colt has been idle since finishing second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Bolo in the Shoe Mile May 27 and looms extremely dangerous over a course that he adores.  With six wins from nine tries over the Santa Anita lawn, River Boyne, who is 8-3-3-0 at one mile on turf, figures to get a stalking trip as he bids for his fourth graded stakes victory. THE GRADE II CITY OF HOPE MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 10  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTOhio–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–123Synchrony–Joe Talamo–125True Valor–Drayden Van Dyke–121Restrainedvengence–Martin Garcia–121Big Score–Mike Smith–121Catapult–Rafael Bejarano–121River Boyne–Ruben Fuentes–121Kingly–Mario Gutierrez–118Prince Earl–Geovanni Franco–125Andesh–Abel Cedillo–121Bolo–Tyler Baze–125First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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How Spurs could line up against Brighton as flops Aurier and Winks face chop

first_imgTOTTENHAM had seven goals smashed past them by Bayern Munich and will be glad to be facing what should be a far easier test against Brighton.But Spurs’ slump means no game is easy any more and Mauricio Pochettino may shake things up to keep things fresh.1Serge Aurier struggled at right-back and Davinson Sanchez may offer a more solid option, albeit playing out of position.While Eric Dier would offer more defensive stability than Harry Winks in front of the back four.The former Sporting midfielder has been challenged to prove himself after being frozen out since the Champions League final and could get a chance to do so tomorrow.Pochettino tried to remain positive despite the Champions League humiliation – suggesting Bayern were clinical as his side failed to build on a solid opening 45.The Argie tactician held clear-the-air talks with his shell-shocked stars after the game, which saw Serge Gnabry help himself to four goals.Poch’s men suffered the worst ever defeat by an English club in Europe.But he told them to forget all about Tuesday’s second-half collapse — and remember only the first period.THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itAn insider said: “It was calm and no tea cups were thrown. The gaffer said he was happy with the first 45 minutes — and wanted us to remember that going forward.“Of course he wasn’t happy with conceding three goals in the last seven minutes.“But he clearly thinks it was a freak result and doesn’t want us to dwell on it too much.”Christian Eriksen blasts rumours Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen slept with his girlfriend and sparked dressing-room bust-up with Harry Kanelast_img read more

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Son breaks down in tears as Gomes screams in agony from broken ankle

first_imgSon Heung-min is sent off for a tackle on Andre Gomes, who is stretchered off with a horrifying injury, with both sets of players are visibly distressed.📺 Watch on Sky Sports Premier League📱 Follow #EVETOT here: https://t.co/z2eOdJ0X12 📲 Download the @SkySports app pic.twitter.com/roCKzJ29e3— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 3, 2019 Prem release statement on why Son was sent off after Gomes leg horror Everton confirm surgery for Gomes on Monday after breaking right ankle Proof Martin Atkinson changed his mind on Son red card after horror Gomes injury Tosun recalls harrowing moment Andre Gomes lay crying in shock with his eyes wide open after Son tackle 📝 | An injury update on @aftgomes.We’ll be with you all the way, Andre. 💙 #EFC pic.twitter.com/1OSatH4ljd— Everton (@Everton) November 3, 2019 “Of course, it is more than a football game. But now we will support Andre and his family.”Gomes’ team-mate Fabian Delph said: “We feel just as you can imagine. It’s difficult time for us. He is one of our brothers, someone we care about. It is difficult to put into words how we feel.”As soon as we could get in touch we will send him our best. It’s difficult to see. It’s hard to talk now.”Jamie Carragher was quick to defend the ex-Hamburg winger over the tackle, as he declared: “It’s not a red card.”Son is just trying to stop him in his tracks and Gomes’ foot just gets caught underneath him.”Aurier comes in behind but it wasn’t either player, really.”The challenge from Son forces him to ground and he gets his foot underneath him as Aurier come in.”Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen said: “Shocking decision to send Son off but that’s insignificant in the scheme of things.MOST 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 Celtic”The wellbeing of players is the most important thing. Get well soon Andre Gomes.”Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tweeted: “Son clearly massively upset. Without the injury he wouldn’t have been shown a red card.”He’ll care less about that than injuring a fellow professional so seriously. Such a shame.” Everton stars including Coleman went into Spurs dressing room to comfort Soncenter_img “In the moment it was confusing. The action was very, very, very bad luck. We all feel sorry for Andre, I want to send my best wishes to him and his family. In this tough moment we want to send our best wishes.”The VAR need to check if the tackle is bad from Sonny, and judge the action, not judge what happened after.” 10 Spurs star Son was initially going to be given a yellow card by referee Martin AtkinsonCredit: Reuters10 Portuguese international Gomes was in immediate agony following the tackleCredit: Reuters10 Gomes came off in the 83rd minute after being treated to on the pitchCredit: PA:Press Association10 Former Barcelona midfielder Gomes required oxygen as he made his way to hospitalCredit: ReutersDele Alli – who netted the opener before Cenk Tosun equalised in stoppage time – revealed that Son has been left devastated by the incident.He told Sky Sports: “I didn’t want to look too much at what happened [to Gomes]. All I can do is send him my best wishes and wish him a quick recovery.“Son is devastated, he’s in tears but it’s not his fault. He’s one of the nicest people you would want to meet and he’s not like that.”He can’t even lift his head up he’s crying that much in the dressing room.”Gomes’ team-mate Tosun said: “Some players, they nearly cried. Andre was in shock.“His eyes were open so big. He was crying, shouting and screaming. I just tried to hold him and speak to him.“I tried to tell him to stay calm. We couldn’t understand him. He was the one who had got the injury.”Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said after the game: “We feel very sorry. It was a really bad situation and bad luck with how he landed in the action and we can only send our best wishes and of course, we are devastated for the situation.”Football is not important, he is important and the situation and we can talk about football but always feeling bad, feeling story and very devastated for the action because it was so difficult.”Speaking of Son, he added: “He was devastated. It was a situation that was very confused, it was difficult to keep calm. After, when you watch the action on TV, it is never the intention and it was never a tackle to do what happened after.”It was a very bad luck for Andre, very bad luck for the Everton and the finish with a red card for Sonny was really unfair.”Asked if he was planning to appeal Son’s red card in his post-match press conference, he said: “I don’t know. It’s possible, but I don’t know.”10 Fans were baying for blood as Son made his way down the tunnelCredit: Rex Features10 Paulo Gazzaniga rushed over to comfort Serge Aurier who was involved in the incidentCredit: Rex FeaturesPochettino then revealed that the Everton players had come to console him in the dressing room after the game.He added: “Son was devastated, now he is better. I think the players from Everton came to console him. Everton manager Marco Silva confirmed Gomes had been rushed to hospital, but didn’t state the full extent of the injury.He told Sky Sports: “I didn’t see the moment yet. I saw it live and nothing more. I cannot talk to you about the tackle, the incident, other things that happened.“He went to the hospital. The medical staff are taking control of everything and they will have more information.”It is better we wait until it is a little bit more clear. Of course, it is a bad moment for us as a group and as a team.10 Son was left distraught after realising his tackle contributed to Gomes’ injuryCredit: Getty”I didn’t want to look. Son is devastated and in tears”Dele Alli gives his thoughts on Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Everton and Andre Gomes’ horror injury.📺 Watch on Sky Sports Premier League📱 Follow #EVETOT here: https://t.co/z2eOdJ0X12 📲 Download the @SkySports app! pic.twitter.com/Z3vbtarCPb— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 3, 2019 TOTTENHAM forward Son Heung-min broke down in tears after his tackle on Andre Gomes led to the Everton man suffering a broken and dislocated right ankle.The traumatised South Korean international was initially going to be awarded a yellow card for a foul on the 26-year-old who was rushed to nearby Aintree hospital.10 Andre Gomes went off with a horror injury following a challenge by Son Heung-minCredit: Getty Images – Getty10 Son was left in tears as medics rushed to help Gomes at Goodison ParkCredit: EPA10 Players didn’t know where to look as Gomes lay injured on the floorCredit: Getty – ContributorBut Martin Atkinson upgraded it to a red as medics came to the aid of the Portuguese man, who will have surgery on Monday to repair the damage.The Toffees said in a statement last night: “Everton Football Club can confirm Andre Gomes will undergo surgery tomorrow (Monday, November 4) after sustaining an ankle injury in today’s game with Tottenham Hotspur.”The Portugal international was stretchered from the pitch during the second half of the game and taken straight to Aintree Hospital by ambulance accompanied by members of the Everton medical team.His eyes were open so big. He was crying, shouting and screaming. I just tried to hold him and speak to himCenk Tosun”After undergoing hospital tests, it was confirmed he had suffered a fracture dislocation to his right ankle.”The Club will provide further updates in due course.”It appeared that Gomes’ leg got caught in the turf as he landed awkwardly in the 78th minute.Son’s tackle forced Gomes to ground, with Aurier then colliding with the former Barcelona ace just as he hit the deck.Seamus Coleman instantly called for medics to arrive to treat his team-mate, as Cenk Tosun cradled Gomes’ head as he laid screaming on the floor.Aurier – who was involved in the collision – had to be replaced in the five minutes after Gomes went off as he looked visibly distraught.Son breaks down in tears as Gomes screams in agony from broken ankle Son ‘in Spurs changing room in tears refusing to lift head’ after Gomes woelast_img read more

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Toon would LOVE IT if Poch led Saudi revolution but they’ll have to convince him

first_imgIT was as amusing as it was predictable.With Newcastle’s £300million Saudi-led takeover nearing completion, news emerged that Kevin Keegan has been lined up for a crowd-pleasing return to the club.4 Newcastle fans would ‘love it’ if Maurico Pochettino took over as managerAh yes, there’s nothing like an easy PR win and at least the 69-year-old Messiah — whose “I’d LOVE it if we beat them” rant was 24 years ago tomorrow — is being lined up as an ambassador rather than for a third stint as manager.Even in such a ceremonial role, King Kev might always be inclined to storm off in a tizzy if he isn’t given enough Ferrero Rochers to dish out, but the serious business begins with the appointment of a new manager.That will be horribly harsh on Steve Bruce but seems almost inevitable given the grand ambitions of Newcastle’s likely new owners.So if the Saudis want to prove they mean business — and Saudi royals don’t usually spend money for the giggle factor — they must make the most persuasive possible case to land Mauricio Pochettino.With the Premier League adamant Financial Fair Play restrictions will not be loosened because of the coronavirus crisis, Newcastle’s new owners must achieve their aim of establishing themselves as a Champions League club while making losses of no more than £105million over a three-year period.And Pochettino, who led Tottenham to four consecutive Champions League qualifications on a net spend of less than £20m per year, is the only man with a track record of achieving such a feat in English football.4But the obvious question is: why would he fancy Newcastle? Why would the best manager in the world never to have won a trophy, choose a club which has gone half a century without major silverware?Perhaps because Pochettino is a workaholic who is itching for a job and who favours the Premier League — where there may be no better short-term options.He is said to prefer the intense competition of English football to the prospect of “easy trophies” with a Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain.Manchester United looked like the Argentinian’s next destination but a pre-lockdown upturn under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes it less likely.Pochettino would also be a prime candidate to succeed Pep Guardiola at Manchester City but that role is expected to fall vacant next year rather than this.So Newcastle, with a vast stadium and supporter base, with a feelgood factor, a long-term plan and the precious commodity of a little patience, would surely be worthy of true consideration.Pochettino became increasingly frustrated at having to work with a Spurs squad whose quality was diluted, rather than enhanced, as the club built its new stadium.4 The consortium is fronted by financier Amanda Staveley and funded by the Saudi regimeCredit: 2008 AFPAnd on Tyneside, the trajectory would certainly be an upward one.This all assumes that the consortium — fronted by financier Amanda Staveley and funded by the Saudi regime, as well as the Chelsea-supporting billionaire Reuben brothers — gets the green light from the Premier League.Concerns over human rights in Saudi Arabia, and of that brutal regime looking to use Newcastle as a “sportswashing” vehicle to clean up its public image, are genuine and substantial.But there has been little public backlash from a Geordie nation simply desperate to be rid of current owner Mike Ashley.It is a sad reality that supporters tend only to worry about which tyrants run football clubs other than their own.And that there are plenty of existing Premier League owners who would rather we didn’t get too moralistic about who is allowed to run a club in the English top flight, fearing a harsher spotlight on themselves.4If and when the new regime sweeps into Toon, it would be the most significant Premier League takeover since Manchester City’s 2008 Abu Dhabi buyout.Yet there will be no equivalent of City’s immediate British transfer record-breaking signing of £32.5million Robinho from Real Madrid.Danny Rose, currently on loan from Spurs, would be a likely first purchase — and one that Pochettino would approve of.From there, the short-term priorities would include new contracts for the promising homegrown Longstaff brothers and the capture of three or four key proven top-level performers, who might become more affordable in a post-coronavirus market.Over many years, ­the Geordies have grown accustomed to occasional waves of euphoria, usually involving Keegan arriving, followed by severe mood slumps, usually when Keegan decides he’s had enough.This time, the plan will be ambitious but long-term and sustainable, fuelled by practicality rather than sentimentality. And with Pochettino at the helm, it might just succeed.RANK HYPOCRISYEARLIER this month, health secretary Matt Hancock used the tragic deaths of NHS workers to urge Premier League footballers to take pay cuts.These were comments which were both crass and economically questionable, given that players earning less money would cost the Exchequer.Now Government sources are gleefully announcing the return of football ‘within weeks’, dealing opium to the masses during dark times, even when there is no certainty that this will be possible.If it all sounds like rank hypocrisy, it probably is rank hypocrisy.NEV-ER GONNA WORKAS Phil Neville prepares to end a disappointing reign as England women’s manager, it is worth remembering that, 18 months ago, a senior FA figure briefed journalists that he was a leading candidate to succeed Gareth Southgate as men’s team boss.Those present claim the executive spoke with a straight face.Though we must remember that he wouldn’t put his name to the idea.LATEST SPORT NEWSCommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticLEAVE IT ALONEIN THE election campaign between Bill Beaumont and Agustin Pichot for the chairmanship of World Rugby, there has been much talk of introducing promotion and relegation to the Six Nations.Yet given Scotland’s sporadic struggles, this could lead to the Calcutta Cup, the oldest trophy in world sport, no longer being contested annually.Four of the last five England-Scotland matches have been closely fought, including an epic 38-38 draw last year.There is no appetite to make the fixture less frequent.BIG FIVEFIFA’S plan to allow five subs a team for the rest of this season seems sensible given the likelihood of fixture congestion and the increased risk of injury and burn-out.But how temporary would this ‘temporary’ measure be given that it would clearly benefit the richest clubs with the deepest squads?last_img read more

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Peter Sterling appointed to Blues coaching role

first_imgThe Maroons have won ten out of the last eleven series as pressure mounts on Daley and his staff.terling replaces Immortal Bob Fulton who filled the role under Daley, Ricky Stuart and Craig Bellamy.The former Eels, New South Wales and Kangaroos halfback has high hopes for the side.”I feel like I have been asked to step into a situation that is on the verge of something extremely special with the group Laurie has assembled and the decisions he has made during his tenure,” Sterling said.”I am really excited to be involved in something that is a very special part of the game.”Daley said he was thrilled to have someone of Sterlng’s knowledge on board.”I couldn’t be happier that Sterlo was not only available, but really excited about the opportunity,” Daley said.”He will bring so much to our squad that is aligned with the culture and team values we aspire to.”His knowledge of the game is without peer.”last_img read more

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Hampton ‘starstruck’ by Thurston meeting

first_imgFollowing his Four Nations campaign with the Kangaroos, Thurston returned to Cowboys training last week where he met new recruits such as Hampton and former Bronco Carlin Anderson before getting down to work.Born in Wagga Wagga, Hampton played much of his junior football in Mareeba in North Queensland before moving to Melbourne to link with the Storm as a teenager.He spent seven seasons in the company of the likes of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk but despite playing against Thurston on two occasions was admittedly nervous prior to their first meeting.”I feel pretty comfortable approaching him now where when he first did arrive I was a little bit starstruck to be honest,” Hampton said.”I grew up watching him and I’ve watched a lot of him over the years of how he plays and how he holds himself off the field as well. “There are a few of the greats down in Melbourne as well – Slater, Smith, Cronk, [Jesse] Bromwich – so I’m not sure whether it’s because I went down there at such a young age, getting to know those boys over the years and how comfortable you end up with them.”They’re friends now and will be forever but the reputation that ‘JT’ has both on and off the field and how great of a player and person he is, it was a little bit daunting for me to first meet him.”I’ve played against him a few times but I’ve never actually met him until last week. It was a bit daunting but a week and a half in now really happy being involved with him and excited to learn from him in the coming weeks and into the future.”A half coming through the junior ranks, Hampton became a jack of all trades in his past two seasons at Melbourne, playing fullback, centre, five-eighth and halfback as well as hooking and lock forward roles off the bench.It is that utility value that most attracted Cowboys coach Paul Green and why after studying Smith and Cronk at close quarters Hampton has now turned his attention to the four-time Dally M Medal winner.”It does get difficult at times playing in different positions but I’m really enjoying it at the moment,” Hampton said.”I haven’t played heaps at hooker. Here and there when ‘Smithy’ was in the Origin camp and when he needed a rest I’d come on and play maybe 10 minutes every now and again. I did a fair bit of training at hooker and I enjoy playing through the middle and that utility role. “Any time I am in the halves I’m always looking about. I’m always looking at what [Thurston] is doing and he’s always one step ahead.”He trains really, really hard and he’s always on the ball and knows what he’s doing and that’s something that I can definitely improve.”Hampton’s first senior appearance as a Cowboy alongside Thurston will likely come at next weekend’s Downer NRL Auckland Nines where he hopes to press his claims as North Queensland’s No.1 utility option ahead of the likes of Ray Thompson and Josh Chudleigh.”If I do get in that Nines squad – and it’s a totally different game to a 13-on-13 game – but I’m sure that it will be a good chance for me to put into play the new structures that I’ve learnt,” Hampton said.”It will definitely be a good place to start and show ‘Greeny’ that I am keen and eager to push for that utility spot.”last_img read more

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Warburton returns to captain Lions

first_imgWarren Galtand’s tourists face the Super Rugby franchise in Dunedin on the back of tackling the competition’s dominant force, Crusaders, and beating them 12-3 on Saturday.Returning captain Warburton has not played the last two fixtures due to an ankle injury, while Biggar sat out the Crusaders win due to concussion.The skipper is joined by James Haskell and CJ Stander in the back row, while Iain Henderson replaces Maro Itoje at lock from the Lions’ last midweek match – a 22-16 defeat to Blues – to partner Courtney Lawes.TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT | @samwarburton_ returns to lead the Lions against @Highlanders#HIGvBIL info ️https://t.co/cxdkqLbkhj #LionsNZ2017pic.twitter.com/VU7ckFDw6a— British&Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) 11 June 2017Rhys Webb returns at scrum-half, while Ireland’s Jared Payne will start at full-back, with Robbie Henshaw and Jonathan Joseph in the centres. Jack Nowell is given another go on the wing despite struggling against the Blues, with Tommy Seymour lining up on the left.The front three of Joe Marler, Rory Best and Kyle Sinckler that started the first game of the tour will do so again on Tuesday.Gatland said: “At this stage of the tour everyone has had a start and as coaches we are happy that all the players have had a chance to put their hand up and perform in the Lions jersey.”Each game is a chance for individuals to shine but more importantly it’s about a collective performance. We are building some momentum and we have improved with every game.”We were obviously pleased with the win against the Crusaders, especially our defence and game management, but we know the Highlanders will be another massive test for us as a squad.”Highlanders will be missing All Blacks Ben Smith and Aaron Smith for the clash, but New Zealand international trio Malakai Fekitoa, Waisake Naholo and Lima Sopoaga will get a look at the Lions.Here’s #YOURLanders to take on the @lionsofficial on Tuesday! #HighlandersANDyou pic.twitter.com/evRc2lXxZY— The Highlanders (@Highlanders) June 11, 2017British and Irish Lions: Jared Payne, Jack Nowell,  Jonathan Joseph, Robbie Henshaw, Tommy Seymour, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Joe Marler, Rory Best, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, Iain Henderson, James Haskell, Sam Warburton, CJ Stander.Replacements: Ken Owens, Jack McGrath, Dan Cole, Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Greig Laidlaw, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly.Highlanders: Richard Buckman, Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Teihorangi Walden, Tevita Li, Lima Sopoaga, Kayne Hammington; Daniel Lienert-Brown, Liam Coltman, Siate Tokolahi, Alex Ainley, Jackson Hemopo, Gareth Evans, Dillon Hunt, Luke Whitelock.Replacements: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Aki Seiuli, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Josh Dickson, Jimmy Lentjes, Josh Renton, Marty Banks, Patrick Osborne.last_img read more

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