UCA Dominates Pac-12’s California

first_imgBERKELEY, Calif. — The University of Central Arkansas Bears surprised many in the basketball world last month by losing in overtime at No. 20 UCLA . On Wednesday night those same Bears made an even bigger statement with a convincing 96-69 victory over another Pac-12 team, the California Bears at Haas Pavilion.UCA (5-5) completely dominated Cal (3-6) by shooting 22 of 24 at the free-throw line (91.7 percent), 12 of 24 from three-point range and overall 49.2 percent shooting. Defensively, UCA held the home Bears to 38.2 percent shooting and just 23.1 percent from three-point range (3 of 13).Our Bears are better.#BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong @UCAMBB pic.twitter.com/W0QyUrOzUW— UCAsports.com (@ucasports) December 7, 2017The Bears stunned Cal by running out to a 20-point halftime lead and never looked back.”I really thought the first five minutes of the second half were vital,’ said UCA head coach Russ Pennell. “I told the guys at halftime that the hardest thing to do is to play with a big lead. If you don’t watch it, you’ll play too casual, try things you can’t do, or you’ll play too tight and won’t take advantage of mistakes the other team makes. I told them to make sure you play to what we were doing.”You didn’t have any idea when we started off this game that we’d have a 20-point lead at halftime. So just keep playing the way you’re playing. And I thought they did a really good job of that, showed maturity, did a nice job.’After a slow start _ and a dressing down by Pennell at an early time out _ the Bears dominated the first half, shooting 48.4 percent from the field, holding Cal to just 25.8 percent and took a 45-25 lead to the locker room. UCA was 5 of 10 from three-point range and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line in the opening 20 minutes. Cal was just 1 of 6 from three-point range. Freshman guard DeAndre Jones fed fellow freshman Hayden Koval for an alley-oop dunk with 1:20 remaining, then Jones turned a steal into a layup on the other end with 25 second sleft as UCA closed the half on a 33-13 run.”I felt (early) we weren’t competing and playing hard,’ Pennell said. “And I told them flat out, if you didn’t compete and play hard, you weren’t going to play. And I thought after that, for the most part, when you get that kind of effort, good things are going to happen. And I thought our effort was pretty good at San Francisco, but we went above and beyond tonight. I thought the effort overall was good. And as skilled as we are, when we play hard, we’re going to make a lot of shots.’Cal started quickly in the second half but UCA got three straight baskets by junior Tanner Schmit and the rout was on. The UCA lead reached as much as 35 points before the Bears settled for the 27-point victory.”Tanner Schmit hit a couple of big jumpers and kind of got on a roll their for a second,’ said Pennell. “I think that kind of defeated Cal a little bit and gave our guys confidence. Those baskets were really big early in the second half.’Central Arkansas pummels Cal 96-69 https://t.co/wmXhQxYf8m pic.twitter.com/nmH5aIxcOX— Mercury News (@mercnews) December 7, 2017UCA, which dropped a two-point decision at San Francisco two nights ago, put Cal away by winning the second half 51-44, connecting on seven more three pointers. Senior guard Jordan Howard led the Bears with 26 points, hitting 5 of 10 threes and handing out six assists. Senior Mathieu Kamba had 23 points, was 3 of 4 from three-point range and was a perfect 10 of 10 at the free-throw line. Freshman guard DeAndre Jones added 13 points and six assists. Freshman center Hayden Koval had 7 points, 6 rebounds 3 blocked shots 2 steals and 2 assists. The Bears have now scored 101 and 96 points against its first two Pac-12 opponents, with a trip to Oregon comiing up on Dec. 20.”That’s the way we kind of envision this team,’ said Pennell. “Our depth ought to be one of the best assets we have. A lot of people can’t match that, they can’t go down 10, 11 or 12 guys. I love it when they all assume their role and go in and do what they did, because they can all feel good about the win. You don’t look at the stats, it’s just the exuberance. “I told Coach (Boone), the best sound for a coach is the locker room after a win. That is the best sound in sports, and those guys are pretty happy down there right now.’UCA returns home Saturday for a rematch against the Little Rock Trojans at 7 p.m. at the Farris Center. The Trojans beat the Bears 71-65 last Wednesday in Little Rock.last_img read more

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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sweeps Southland Tennis Player of the Week Awards

first_imgHonorable Mention: Dimitrios Azoidis, Abilene Christian; Antoine Martin-Thiriat, Nicholls. Kato was victorious in straight sets in each of her three singles contests and won all three No. 3 doubles matches alongside teammate Emma Honore. The Islanders (6-1) also swept UTRGV 7-0 before falling to UTSA 4-3, but they bounced back with a 4-3 comeback victory over Houston. Honorable Mention: Sarah Adams, Abilene Christian; Putri Insani, Southeastern Louisiana; Bianca Vitale, Lamar; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State. FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Ryuya Ata and Kei Kato are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday. 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 at least 25 percent of ballots. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Ryuya Ata, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Fr. – Fukoka, JapanPicking up his second-straight weekly award, Ata took down UTRGV’s Alberto Mello 6-0, 6-3 in Wednesday’s 7-0 victory over the Vaqueros and improved to a perfect 6-0 in singles play with a 6-1, 6-2 decision against Louisiana’s Kacper Dworak on Saturday. Ata and doubles partner William Mottet edged out their Ragin’ Cajuns’ foes 6-4 as the duo moved to 3-0 on the year.center_img Ata earns back-to-back weekly honors after sweeping both of his No. 3 singles opponents and winning his lone top-line doubles match of the week to remain undefeated in his rookie season. The Islanders (5-1) ran their unblemished record to 5-0 with a 7-0 win over UTRGV before suffering their first setback of the season in a 5-2 loss to Louisiana. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Kei Kato, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Tokyo, JapanKato improved to 5-0 at both No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles with a 6-0 week without dropping a single set, beginning with a 6-1, 6-2 win over UTRGV’s Valeria Montero. After the Islanders dropped the doubles point and first two singles matches against Houston, Kato sparked a four-point surge that pushed them to a road victory over the Cougars. Kato and Honore cruised to each of their three doubles wins without surrendering more than two games in each contest. A&M-Corpus Christi opens a four-match stretch this week with a doubleheader against Prairie View on Tuesday before a Wednesday rematch with UTRGV. The Islander men wrap up the week’s play against UT-Arlington at noon Saturday. The A&M-Corpus Christi women will also take on Prairie View A&M for a doubleheader on Tuesday and host Texas A&M-Kingsville at 2 p.m. Thursday. The Islanders finish their weekly slate at URGV at 3 p.m. Sunday.last_img read more

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SAN PASQUAL STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, BATTLE OF MIDWAY, WINNER: “I thought to the other race (San Antonio Stakes on Dec.28) when we were out on the lead and we had been praised the whole way, it felt like he (Battle of Midway) was really comfortable doing that, so with the outside road today, I thought it might be better to stay outside.“I think the key was being outside.  The draw was very important.  I don’t think either horse liked to get pressure inside and I was able to stay just outside McKinzie the whole way.  My horse likes to play around a little when he makes the lead, but he still finished good.”MIKE SMITH, MCKINZIE, SECOND:  “I broke in front of him (Battle of Midway), but if I had to do it over again, I would’ve taken my horse back.”TRAINER QUOTESJERRY HOLLENDORFER, BATTLE OF MIDWAY, WINNER: “Very nice and good ride by (Flavian) Prat, I thought we had our horse ready and Bob’s (Baffert’s) horse (Mckinzie) was very game too, so it was a good race.“We were kind of undecided what the speed was going to be I thought Bob would send his horse harder, but he didn’t do that so that kept us wide into the first turn, which was a good strategy for them.“I thought we could get him (McKinzie) and I thought Prat rode a great race.  The other horse fought back, but we got lucky in the last couple jumps.  We’ll enjoy this and see what’s up (next).”NOTES: The winning owners are Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm LLC.Battle of Midway and jockey Flavien Prat, outside, outleg McKinzie (Mike Smith), inside, to win the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

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Man City spend £1.5BILLION in a decade to top Europe’s transfer money table

first_imgNO CLUB can match Manchester City for transfer expenditure over the last decade, the Premier League champions splashing out £1.5BILLION on new players.With the English transfer window shut and European market following suit soon, the continent-wide money table makes for very interesting reading.4 How Europe’s transfer money table fares for 2009-2019According to Transfermarkt’s database, City have signed 278 players since the start of the 2009/10 season to help make them Europe’s biggest spenders.Despite Pep Guardiola’s claims that his side are not ludicrously rich, the majority of their splurges have come in the past three years.Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri, Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling, Benjamin Mendy, John Stones and Kyle Walker all clocked in at over £50m to help City win the last two league titles.With just £452m banked in sales during this period, the club have a negative balance of £1.185bn that far outweighs any of their rivals’.Barcelona and Real Madrid make up the spending podium with expenditure of £1.33bn and £1.24bn, respectively, both on around 130 players.This indicates a quality over quantity approach that has enabled the Clasico rivals to win all but one of the La Liga tiles in the past ten years – with their sales also similar, around the £730m mark.4 City’s existing team is unsurprisingly the most expensive assembled4 Big bucks PSG have helped Barca and Monaco’s figures with moves for Neymar and MbappeCredit: AFP or licensorsSeven teams have tipped the £1bn mark; Chelsea, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United completing that list.But Liverpool and Atletico Madrid will inevitably join them before long, both clubs having forked out £945m worth in transfer fees since 2009.Of those clubs, Juve hold the remarkable record of plucking 577 footballers to sign on the dotted line, nearly matched by tenth-place Inter Milan’s 552.There is clearly a cultural shift from country to country with the Italians’ activity dwarfing Bayern Munich’s paltry 99 incomings, at a cost of £638m.The Germans are 15th in the European money table, behind Arsenal, AC Milan, Roma and Monaco.TAKE THE DEALMonaco are a standout club in terms of transfer tactics.No one else in the top 18 can boast a market profit, the Principality outfit selling players worth £893m after spending £730m.Not only does this include the departures of Kylian Mbappe, James Rodriguez and Anthony Martial – they have sold flops such as Guido Carrillo, Rachid Ghezzal and Terence Kongolo to Southampton, Leicester and Huddersfield respectively for a combined £50m.Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Genoa – the latter buying 695 players throughout the last decade – are all in the top 30 for spending and yet have turned a profit, but none are on a level with Portugal’s top clubs.Porto and Benfica have racked up mega amounts of cash from buying low and selling high, to the tune of £381.5m and £592m, respectively.No club has made as much profit as Lisbon side Benfica with a whopping 29 players leaving for over £10m and Joao Felix becoming their record departure at £113m to Atletico this summer.4 Spells at Chelsea, Madrid, Inter and United have made Mourinho the highest spending managerMost Read Football NewsTHROUGH 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 himSome surprise names, including RB Salzburg, Sao Paulo and Basel feature among the biggest profit makers, but there is a sense of familiarity at the other end of the spectrum among football’s most wasteful sides.English clubs Leicester, Bournemouth, Stoke, Brighton, Aston Villa, Everton, West Ham, Wolves, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and City are all inside the continent’s top 25 loss makers when sales are offset by arrivals.Brentford, Swansea and Blackburn are the Football League teams making the most money out of the market thanks to near identical profits totalling around £67m.In terms of pure income from departing players, Chelsea top the English table having sold Eden Hazard for £150m this summer as part of their £811m total across the decade.Man City boss Pep Guardiola hits back at Jurgen Klopp’s ‘big spenders’ jibelast_img read more

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Mourinho joins Tottenham LIVE: Special One signs after Pochettino sacked on Thursday

first_imgClub statement— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 20, 2019Richard Forrester20 Nov 2019, 6:25 amMORNING, expect another whirlwind day if you’re a Spurs fan.Some Tottenham players only found out about Pochettino’s sacking on social media with everybody else. Wales’ Ben Davies said after the win over Hungary: “I didn’t know until after the game. “I was very shocked. But I’d like to put on record, it’s been amazing to work with him for the last five years and I’m sure he will go onto bigger and better things.” Bigger and better? Interesting…Jake Lambourne20 Nov 2019, 11:09 pmTHAT’S all from us tonight.Stay tuned tomorrow on the blogs, where you can be sure of more developments.Jake Lambourne20 Nov 2019, 11:07 pmEXCLUSIVE by Duncan Wright: JOSE MOURINHO will tomorrow continue talks to become the new manager of Tottenham.Spurs approached the former Manchester United manager early this evening evening to see if he was willing to succeed Mauricio Pochettino in charge.The London club sacked Pochettino just five months after he led them in the Champions League final with the club 14th in the Premier League.And they immediately turned to Mourinho, 56, who spent the remainder of the night in talks with Spurs.SunSport understands both sides are confident they can reach a deal which would see him take charge before Saturday’s crunch clash with West Ham.Jake Lambourne20 Nov 2019, 11:01 pmHARRY REDKNAPP believed Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder should be an option, but believes he and Eddie Howe will be overlooked.“He told BBC radio 5 Live: “I like Poch and got on great with him but they’re down the league with an incredible squad of players.“Have a look at the forwards they’ve got to choose from. They are absolutely underachieving.“Chris Wilder at Sheffield United. What the boy’s done… that’s amazing. But he won’t get a look in. Wilder could win league titles with the right team.“But English managers will be overlooked – they won’t look at Eddie Howe.”Jake Lambourne20 Nov 2019, 10:43 pmFORMER Spurs ace Chris Waddle has given his view on the Pochettino sacking.Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “Unfortunately Tottenham cannot stand still, they cannot be team in 10th to 14th place in the Premier League. “They were in the Champions League final last season, top four last four years running and he has been a big part of it.“They have looked at it and thought, where are Tottenham going at the moment? 10th is not going to pay the bills or attract the big players.“Who will come in next? Jose Mourinho is nailed on, is he a Tottenham type manager? Will he sort it out? Will he be a fans’ favourite with his style? I would say not, unless he changes his philosophy.“Carlo Ancelotti would be a better fit, he has won as a player and a manager.“Football moves very quickly, eventually it happens. He has been brilliant for the club but the way they have developed, they cannot stand still.”Jake Lambourne20 Nov 2019, 10:33 pmIT took Mauricio Pochettino five years to reach the peak and just six months to come crashing down.Tottenham have sacked arguably their best ever manager, even if their 2-0 Champions League final loss to Liverpool in May was a gloomy glimpse of the slump to follow.This season’s mediocrity on the pitch and murmurings off it snowballed this month, leading to Tuesday night’s shock sacking at the end of the international break.Pochettino himself had heightened the speculation and discontent with an uneasy mix of weary words, frustration and optimism after the last few matches.Relegation form of 25 points in the last 24 games, combined with a Carabao Cup humbling by League Two Colchester and a 7-2 home loss to Bayern Munich, are stark stats.And it is also thought the pressure on Poch became stronger after Jose Mourinho’s team reportedly suggested the ex-Chelsea and Manchester United chief would welcome the Spurs job.But Pochettino’s main ‘mare is Tottenham’s shocking Premier League start, which further weakened his once rock-solid relationship with chairman Daniel Levy after what so far looks like a failed summer spree on Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon. Jake Lambourne20 Nov 2019, 10:22 pmDELE ALLI has posted an emotional goodbye message to Pochettino on social media.Uploading a picture of the duo together, he tweeted: “I can’t thank this man enough. “He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. “Good luck and hope to see you again my friend.” Gaffer. I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams. We’ve had some amazing moments in the last 5 and a half years that I will never forget. You were my manager but my friend as well and I thank you for that relationship. Good luck with your next chapter! 💙 pic.twitter.com/u64RXV7wd4— Harry Kane (@HKane) November 20, 2019Adam Storer20 Nov 2019, 8:05 amA REMINDER just how Mourinho could set up Tottenham with a few new additions.Unsurprisingly, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son would keep their places, while recent acquisitions Ryan Sessegnon, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso would start.Yet, among the big names incoming could be Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Portugal ace Bruno Fernandes.Adam Storer20 Nov 2019, 8:03 amFOR all those Tottenham fans wondering, Jose Mourinho has won 25 trophies in the last 17 years across five different clubs.His record in England is rather impressive too, with three Premier League titles among the 11 honours.Yet, his win percentage in his last job at Manchester United is just three percent high than in Pochettino’s entire Spurs reign.Adam Storer20 Nov 2019, 7:40 amTOTTENHAM fans have not taken kindly to the news of their incoming boss.Despite his trophies, Jose Mourinho continues to divide opinion.And with the sacking of a club favourite in Mauricio Pochettino, it could take some time for the Portuguese boss to win over his new supporters. JOSE MOURINHO has been named as the new Tottenham manager, following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ has not managed since being sacked by Manchester United in December 2018.Yet, the appointment is expected to divide opinion among Spurs after the highly popular Pochettino was sacked on Thursday after five years at the club.The Argentine had guided the North Londoners to the Champions League final in May, but that has proved a difficult act to follow this season.Follow live updates from this developing story below…Jake Lambourne20 Dec 2019, 12:33 amWilliam Pugh20 Nov 2019, 8:55 amWilliam Pugh20 Nov 2019, 8:39 am4/ Mauricio, my friend, have a very good and deserved rest and come back to football (Football needs people like you) revitalised, refresh. And, of course, we meet again… On behalf of everybody at Spurs ( and I know I talk for everybody)… THANK YOU!!!! And of course, COYS!!!!— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) November 19, 2019William Pugh20 Nov 2019, 8:39 am3/ Such a pleasure to arrive in the Training ground and witness the camaraderie, the atmosphere there. From everybody. From my personal point of view, life gave me a wonderful present. Unique. His friendship. The friendship of a wonderful, principled man that would last forever.— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) November 19, 2019William Pugh20 Nov 2019, 8:39 am2/ Leaving our beloved White Hart Lane -Who can forget The Finale?- playing at Wembley, etc Mauricio put us in the elite of World football. We owe him so many memories. Where to start? With him we learned to “believe”. Everybody at Spurs owe him so much. It was such a pleasure…— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) November 19, 2019William Pugh20 Nov 2019, 8:38 amTottenham legend Ossie Ardiles posted a series of emotional tweets dedicated to his fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino after he was sacked by Spurs last night… I can’t thank this man enough. He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. Good luck and hope to see you again my friend. pic.twitter.com/dUO6AJlMxR— Dele (@dele_official) November 19, 2019Jake Lambourne20 Nov 2019, 10:12 pmTOTTENHAM fans are fearing the club will turn to Eddie Howe after odds shortened on the Bournemouth boss.Jose Mourinho had been the odds-on favourite in the immediate aftermath of Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking.But a flurry of activity saw odds on Howe tumble and Mourinho’s price lengthen. Howe had been an outsider at 12/1 and Mourinho had been heavy favourite at 1/4.But by 9.30pm, Mourinho was back to 5/6 and Howe was suddenly second-favourite – ahead of the likes of Max Allegri and Rafa Benitez – at 11/4 with some bookies.And fans were not impressed that the Cherries manager, who has no European experience and has never won a major trophy, was suddenly being considered for the job.One fan wrote: “If we have just sacked Poch for Eddie Howe I’m done with the club.”Husty Hotspur added: “Major step backwards and unforgivable. Would cost to get him on top of compo to Poch. This is Levy, it will be a freebie. That freebie better be Jose.”AbdulTHFC added: “Look, as long as it’s not Eddie Howe, I’m happy.”CJ said: “It should be Mourinho but it’ll be Eddie Howe.Jake Lambourne20 Nov 2019, 10:04 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO picking up his £12.5million cheque like… Look now you have the job to completely finish spurs pic.twitter.com/RJS6bw3BC9— P™ (@SemperFiArsenal) November 20, 2019Adam Storer20 Nov 2019, 7:14 amJOSE MOURINHO has signed a deal until the end of 2022/23 season.He said following his appointment: “I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters.“The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me.“Working with these players is what has attracted me.”Spurs chairman Daniel Levy added: “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician.“He has won honours at every club he has coached. “We believe he will bring energe and belief to the dressing room.”Adam Storer20 Nov 2019, 6:41 amWELL it was coming, wasn’t it? Jose Mourinho is the new Tottenham boss. One glorious chapter in our club history has come to an end today. From my part I would like to say a big big thank you to Mauricio for everything he has done for our club. These 5 years have been a roller coster of a ride. In extremely difficult circunstances (Leaving our ..— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) November 19, 2019William Pugh20 Nov 2019, 8:33 amPaul Gascoigne on Jose Mourinho’s appointment:“You’ve only got to look at Jose Mourinho’s trophy cabinet to see what you’re going to get.“What he’s done in football is second to none and Tottenham’s future looks bright.“If i was a Tottenham fan right now I’d be really excited for the future.”Adam Storer20 Nov 2019, 8:11 amHARRY KANE has had his say on the departure of Mauricio Pochettino.The England star becoming a household name and regular fixture under the Argentine.center_img Is this fake news or is it April 1st?? Joke… levy out….— Mark Foster (@MarkFosterSwim) November 20, 2019 Jake Lambourne20 Nov 2019, 9:49 pmMANCHESTER UNITED fans are desperate for the club to land Mauricio Pochettino after he was SACKED by Tottenham.The Argentinian, 47, was axed by Daniel Levy just six months after leading the club to the Champions League final.With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enduring an up and down season at Old Trafford, United fans are desperate for Ed Woodward to move for the now available boss.Fans also reckon they could steal a move for England skipper Harry Kane, who has flourished under the manager in the last five-and-a-half years.Mark Goldbridge said: “Poch sacked! If he’s free then he’s got to be a serious contender for United if Ole slips up again?”United Xtra wrote: “Poch took Spurs to a Champions League final on a shoestring budget. Whoever gets him next will be very lucky. Top manager!”Aidan said: “If United don’t sack Ole and get Poch rn, we will regret it for the next 10 years.”While Eli said he was “praying” for the club to lose their next match.“I’m praying seriously that we lose our game this weekend against Sheffield United,” he wrote, “So that Ole can be sacked immediately, then we can go in for Poch.”Jake Lambourne20 Nov 2019, 9:41 pmTHE Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust have announced their shock at Pochettino’s dismissal.A statement said: “We’re shocked and saddened to hear our Club has sacked Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff. “During his time at Spurs, Poch gave us many of our best moments as supporters, made Tottenham Hotspur a force to be reckoned with again, and forged a strong link with the fans. We will never forget the joy he brought us.“Of course, results in the league have been disappointing for some time. But many fans thought Poch had earned the right to turn it around in the first sustained period of poor form we’ve had during his time at the Club. We now have to look forward and take stock. But there are questions that must be asked of the Board of THFC.  “The Club’s statement makes it clear the Board has decided to sack the manager and coaching staff. It is their decision. We question why this decision was taken at the end, rather than the beginning, of the international break. We question whether the timing of the decision leaves the Club with much choice in who takes over.  “To take the decision it has, the Board must have a clear plan for what and who comes next. It needs to tell this Club’s supporters what that plan is. And the Board also needs to consider its own role in this. Is the manager solely accountable? “How much has the Board’s line on wages and transfers contributed to player unrest and disaffection? How much did it contribute to the situation we now find ourselves in? And will it change to help support a new manager?   “We’d like to put on record our thanks to Mauricio Pochettino, Jesus Perez and Toni Jiminez for the fantastic football and magical moments they have brought us over the last five years.”Jake Lambourne20 Nov 2019, 9:30 pmEXCLUSIVE by Duncan Wright: JOSE MOURINHO is open to meeting Tottenham about becoming their new manager.Former Manchester United boss Mourinho is one of the leading candidates to succeed Mauricio Pochettino who was sacked tonight just five months after leading the club to the Champions League final.SunSport understands at this stage no formal contact has yet been made between Spurs and Mourinho.But the 56-year-old would be willing to sit down with chairman Daniel Levy and discover if it is the next challenge he has been waiting for.Mourinho has been out of work since leaving Manchester United 11 months ago – and has snubbed a series of offers waiting for the right opportunity he feels will keep him competing at the top of the game.The Tottenham job is thought to be one such position that would seriously excite him, though Spurs may need to provide assurances Pochettino’s departure would not lead to a break up of the squad in place.It was revealed last month that Mourinho is keen to set history by becoming the first manager to lead three different clubs to the league title or major European trophies.Both Spurs and Arsenal have the pedigree and potential to give him that opportunity, and it helps that he would not have to move away from London which has become his home over the past five years.Load more entries… Love Poch. Miss Poch. José might not be long term. BUT, this will be fun and we could finally get some silverware— George Williams-Arnold (@thonnius_maker) November 20, 2019 Arsène Wenger left Arsenal after 22 years knowing Jose would be sacked mid season and he could then assign him the Tottenham hit job while working for his personal YouTube channel Bein SportsARSÈNE WENGER HE’S DONE IT AGAIN— FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development (@TheIndianGooner) November 20, 2019last_img read more

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Coronavirus-hit owner sparks fear at Arsenal, Spurs, Burnley, Millwall & Sky

first_imgENGLISH football was thrown into panic after Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus.The Greek shipping magnate sparked fears Premier League and Championship clubs may have been exposed to Covid-19.2 Evangelos Marinakis has sparked fear at a host of Premier League and Football League clubs after his coronavirus diagnosisCredit: AFPForest’s squad were ordered to undergo coronavirus tests as Marinakis, 52, met them after Friday’s home defeat to Millwall.The club stated: “We confirm Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for the coronavirus.“He was diagnosed after showing the first symptoms on his return to Greece yesterday.“During his short stay in Nottingham last week he did not show any symptoms of the virus.“The club are seeking advice from medical professionals and the relevant governing bodies to ensure the correct measures are taken.”The Football League are “in close contact with Forest” but an EFL spokesman insisted all league matches will go ahead as scheduled as per current government guidance.Marinakis himself said: “The recent virus has ‘visited’ me and I felt obliged to let the public know.”Millwall board members and senior staff who met Marinakis have also gone into voluntary isolation.A Lions statement read: “Senior club representatives who came into contact with Mr Marinakis last Friday have all begun a period of self isolation, as per government advice.“This is purely a precautionary measure and no individual has displayed any symptoms. The club will continue to follow all necessary guidance.”2Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo wants tomorrow’s Europa League clash at Olympiacos called off as Marinakis also owns the Greek club.The match in Athens, had already been ordered to be played behind closed doors. Olympiacos followed Forest’s lead by sending their entire playing squad for tests.Santo said: “If we have to go we will. But we don’t agree — we’re not happy to go.”It is understood Marinakis also shook hands with Forest defender Michael Dawson, who then worked as a Sky Sports pundit at Burnley’s 1-1 Prem draw with Tottenham on Saturday.Ex-Spurs star Dawson worked closely alongside Burnley’s Matt Lowton in covering Saturday’s TV Prem game for Sky.Tottenham are relaxed about any threat Dawson posed because Burnley had closed off access to the tunnel as part of the measures they already had in place.Burnley declined to comment. But a Sky statement read: “We are aware one of our recent studio guests, Michael Dawson, was in close contact with Evangelos Marinakis.”We are in touch with Michael and taking all the necessary precautionary steps.”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 InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT 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’Marinakis was also at the Emirates on February 27 as Olympiacos knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League.But Arsenal insist “none of our staff who came into contact with Mr Marinakis reported any symptoms since”.The Gunners also have “additional procedures in place to protect our players and staff, including regular deep cleaning at Emirates Stadium and our training centre.”last_img read more

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Panthers too strong for Butterflies

first_imgThe round 5 women’s division match was a tight first half but the Panthers managed a try to outside centre Katherine Anjo.This gave them a 4-0 lead going into the break.The second half of play was where the Panthers ravaged their opponents.They struck twice on the same wing minutes from kick-off to extend the lead out to 14-0 lead.The win was all but assured when Annie James scored out wide on the right wing.In the other women’s matches, Sisters beat Kone Storms 12-0 while the Dobo Warriors forfeited Tarangau.last_img read more

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Dimitri Foulquier returns to Granada on loan from Watford

first_imgGranada has made Dimitri Foulquier’s return official. The French right-back is on loan from Watford until the end of the season. The Granada team reserves a purchase option. Foulquier, who trains with his new teammates, will be introduced tomorrow Friday and has options to play next Sunday against Mallorca. This will be the second stage in Los Carmenes. The first one started in 2013 from the State Rennais francés. During this time the player won with his pundonor the heart of the Granada fans and became captain of the team until he left Watford. The English team gave him twice before, one to Strasbourg and the other to Getafe. This is your third assignment. And he’s back to staylast_img read more

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Levante and Valencia, to compensate against Tacon and Rayo Vallecano

first_imgThe che team, which occupies the first place of the descent sunk in a great crisis, will be the other protagonist of Sunday. Those of José Bargués have 117 days without winning, twelve games in which he has added five of the 36 points at stake, and will have a new opportunity to end this situation before Rayo Vallecano. The Rayista team, which has won 2-1 against Deportivo, arrives with good sensations in this new game. Besides of Levante-Tacon (12: 00h) and Valencia-Rayo Vallecano (18: 30h, on Gol TV), there will also be a Real Sociedad-Granadilla (11: 00h, in Vamos). The team of Arconada, who has not quoted Nahikari, wants to end the doubts with a victory with which to smile again after a few complicated weeks. The absence of its star striker, which has been left out of the call as a precaution, will be very important before a Granadilla who also seeks to meet again with the victory, after a draw and a defeat in the last two days. Valencians and Madrid will star tomorrow two of the duels of the day in the First Iberdrola. The first to jump to the scene will be the crossing between Levante and Tacon, a duel in which the granotas start in principle as favorites. María Pry’s team has only lost two of the eight games played at home this season and will look to their fans to return to the path of triumph after two painful defeats, with the elimination copera and the win received by Atlético (4-1) in the last day. In front they will have a Tacon who also wants to reconcile with the victory, after drawing 0-0 with Valencia in the last day. last_img read more

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Atlético – Villarreal | Another Champions duel

first_imgSo does Villarreal who, if he scores today, will achieve a curious record: a whole year marking each match away from home at least one. Also another: the eleven that Calleja forms today will be formed by all Spanish soccer players. Its center of the field is quality and ball (Cazorla-Iborra-Trigueros). Villarreal is a team that runs with spaces and is very dangerous. With Moi Gómez, Alcácer and Gerard Moreno, that leaves the tip to the signing to fall in band: it has participated in the last three goals of Villarreal. Two made them, one gave them. Alberto Moreno returns to the list of Calleja, after a month out with three muscle injuries. It can have minutes. Since November (Mestalla) does not lose out, only one defeat in the last 9 league games and that mole: the Cup, Miranda.Wound that bleeds in the season too to a Cholo (Cultural) He won’t sit on the bench today. He saw the fifth yellow in Mestalla. The first will be his second, Burgos. Costa can also return in the League. A year of Villarreal marking away from home With the memory of Liverpool still in the skin of the Metropolitan, the stadium raises the curtain again tonight for another fundamental battle: Atleti continues to fight for a spot in the next Champions League and Simeone warned yesterday. “This season is more difficult.” La Real took him yesterday from them and today he receives a rival who also aspires to them. The Villarreal. Simeone swallows saliva. It has always been a bone.Only against Madrid (24%) and Barça (0%) has the Cholo worst winning percentage in LaLiga: 33%. Of 15 matches he only won five, while he tied and lost another five (with Mallorca and Girona the percentage is 25% but in only four matches). Between the last victory to Villarreal (second round last league) and the penultimate (in 2015) there are five years. Bone, boneAfter Liverpool, Atlético stomps the ground with palpable improvement (four wins and one draw in the last five games) tied to a name, Captain Koke’s. His return has changed everything. Atlético wins again. The best news for a Cholo hugging another: his infirmary empties. Except for Lemar, a medical part after Liverpool, the rest of her left. João Félix and Trippier are already in the call. Cholo’s eleven for tonight, fourth game he plays at 9:00 p.m., has a novelty with respect to Tuesday (Vitolo) and that Vrsaljko is still on the right side, at least he proved it. It goes to more. Lodi devoted himself to Liverpool.last_img read more

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