Honorable Mention: Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin; Simi Socks, UIW; Marlain Veal, Southeastern Louisiana The Bears tipoff the Southland season on Thursday, hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-7) at 1 p.m. They then turnaround and contest Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday at home. 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. Week Eight Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Jordan Howard is the Southland Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Jordan Howard, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Guard – Chandler, Ariz. After finishing the first half at Oregon a perfect six-of-six from behind the arc, the senior from Chandler, Ariz., ended the game going eight-of-nine from downtown. For the second time this season, Howard put up 35 points on a Pac-12’s home court en route to etching his name in arena record books. His eight treys tied a Matthew Knight Arena record after Travis Hammonds of Long Beach State did so on Dec. 18, 2015. Howard was one point shy of the arena record for points. Howard shot 70.6 percent overall and was three-of-three from the free-throw line. The senior guard from Chandler, Ariz., led a Bears (6-7) team that nearly defeated its second Pac-12 team of the season, falling at Oregon, 82-96. Howard put up 35 points and dropped eight threes in the game; it was his first 35-point game since scoring that many against UCLA on Nov. 15. In UCA’s previous game, a 94-98 overtime loss at Morehead State, Howard combined for 32 points in 41 minutes of action. This is Howard’s first Player of the Week award since claiming the honor Nov. 20.
Both the Cardinals and Wildcats competed at the UIW Invitational in San Antonio on Saturday. UIW claimed the men’s team title while ACU was the fastest women’s team, thanks in large part to this week’s honorees. The junior paced a Wildcats’ squad that featured three top-seven finishes to fuel the two-point team win. Honorable Mention: None Women’s Athlete of the Week: Carnley Graham, ACU – Jr. – Live Oak, Texas Graham covered the 6K course in 22:01 – nine seconds better than the runner-up — to win the race over runners from 10 teams on Saturday. The victory is her second of the season. FRISCO, Texas – Incarnate Word’s Garrett Cortez and Abilene Christian’s Carnley Graham are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. The honors are presented by MidSouth Bank. The Schertz, Texas, native showcased his leadership skills throughout the race, keeping his teammates packed behind him while setting a pace that no other team could match on the Cardinals’ home course. By the final mile, Cortez flashed his skill and pulled away from his teammates to finish 35 seconds ahead of the second-place runner, also from UIW. He ran at a 5:05 mile pace throughout the meet to secure his third Top 10 finish in four meets this season. Honorable Mention: Levi Chambers, ACU Men’s Athlete of the Week: Garrett Cortez, UIW – Sr. – Schertz, Texas Cortez led the 13th annual UIW Invitational from the starting gun to the finish line. The senior set an aggressive pace in difficult conditions that included 95 percent humidity, leading his team to its second team title of the season and a personal time of 25:18.8 in the 8K race. The race victory came over runners from 11 schools. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Taumalolo will miss one match with an early guilty plea but risks a two-match ban if he unsuccessfully fights the charge, which results from his 26th-minute hit on Brisbane’s Alex Glenn on Friday night.Matt Scott, who suffered a knee injury against the Broncos, is facing a one-match ban, while Gubb can avoid a suspension if he pleads guilty to a grade one dangerous contact charge.
Rudé already works “day and night” to “advance as much as possible before traveling to Miami”. The Spaniard is still waiting for a visa, but he already has a date for the start of the preseason: January 18. “I really want to return to the pitch,” he confesses despite the challenge of managing a project that starts from scratch: “You rarely find something like that. Identity, structures, areas, values, game model… We are the first coaching staff in the history of the club and that will weigh us in some moments ”, Add.Albert Rudé confesses to being “fascinated” and hopes that Inter Miami will be able to form “a fairly competitive team” to face his MLS debut with guarantees. “It would be logical that until after a couple of seasons no high-level European players reach the franchise. There was talk of Messi, Suárez, Cavani, Silva, but we are not in a hurry. It is a long-term project that we will try to consolidate as soon as possible. ” Personally, the Spanish expect to “compete the championship”, although He is aware that the title does not appear on his road map: “We have to work every day to make Inter Miami one of the best projects in American football,” he completes. Inter Miami finalizes its landing in Major League Soccer (MLS). The club owned by former soccer player David Beckham announced this week that he will be the first coach in his history, Diego Alonso. And as it happened during his previous stages in Pachuca and Monterrey, The Uruguayan will be assisted by Barcelona’s Albert Rudé, who faces this new stage “with a huge illusion.” “After leaving Mexico we were clear that we needed a project that motivated us especially and after receiving the call from Beckham and visiting his project in Miami we had no doubt that it was this,” reveals the Spanish.Although the MLS is still one step below the MX League, Albert Rudé believes that the American championship “has unique characteristics We hope they only serve us to grow at all levels. This same week we appeared in ‘The Sun’, something I would never have imagined. ” The Catalan confesses to being proud to reach a bench for which names like Patrick Viera, Carlo Ancelotti or Mauricio Pochettino sounded. “We were waiting for the elections in Boca Juniors. When that possibility was ruled out they called us from Miami, ”he completes.
The Spaniard has 16 points and six rebounds against ChicagoJuancho, little prominence in the defeat of the NuggetsRicky Rubio is left without playing because of some ankle discomfort Photo: Getty Toronto Raptors, current NBA champions, on Sunday matched the franchise record for consecutive wins by chaining their eleventh by clearly beating Chicago Bulls 129-102, with a good performance by Serge Ibaka. The Raptors continue to live their best moment of the season and the Hispano-Congolese continues to take advantage of Marc Gasol’s injury due to being one of Nick Nurse’s outstanding players, who signed a devastating second half (69-39).Ibaka contributed 16 points, with 7/12 in launch, six rebounds and three blocks for a team where the best was a substitute like Terence Davis, author of 31 points, with a great 6/7 in triples. In addition to these two players, five more of the locals scored 10 or more points.In addition, the Sunday day in the NBA left the participation of Madrid power forward Juancho Hernangómez in the defeat of Denver Nuggets against Detroit Pistons 128-123. The Spanish international had 12 minutes and scored only two free throws and took five rebounds.On the other hand, the Catalan base Ricky Rubio, due to discomfort in the right ankle, lost a new setback of Phoenix Suns, who move away from the playoff positions in the Western Conference to fall clearly before Milwaukee Bucks 129-108 a spectacular Giannis Antetokounmpo (30 points, 19 rebounds and 9 assists).
Eric Abidal remains as Barça’s sports director, but remains weak in his position. I already was before storie that Messi posted on his Instagram account on Tuesday and the interview that the French granted to Sport. Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of Barcelona, did not take into account his criteria when in June, after the final of the Copa del Rey, Abidal proposed to dismiss Valverde. He was then unauthorized and understood what it meant to Bartomeu. Basically, the same as for Joan Laporta when he recruited him for the 2015 election campaign. Abidal was a chrome and as such Bartomeu picked it up years later. For the former player it was not a big problem. He knew that his revenue was his image.But times change and Abidal, in recent times, has claimed his share of power. After not being heard in the Valverde affair, he insisted on firing the coach and started a casting that has left him wrong. Abidal admitted in the interview with Sport having interviewed Xavi, Pochettino and Henry. That, a few days after its president assured that Setién had been valued for months. Last Sunday, Bartomeu met with Abidal at the Camp Nou. The Frenchman was upset because the club had not given him powers in the signing of the forward. So much so that, finally, no one had arrived to cover the hole of Luis Suarez. Bartomeu reinforced Abidal in an artificial way. He no longer believed in him, but he planned to wait until the end of the season to dismiss him. What the president of Barça could not expect, or yes, is that Abidal opened fire on Xavi, Valverde, and put the players in a puddle. Messi’s public response glared at Abidal.It is impossible to maintain a public pulse with the legends of Barça. Abidal said Xavi had no experience when his as a sports director was void. His only plus over the previous sports director, Pep Segura. It was the human factor. Surely he was a manager, a technician. Abidal appeared as a link with the players. But linked to the directive.So Abidal has already fallen, but Bartomeu, who was back on a trip this Wednesday, opted for a conservative position. A defeat in San Mamés can have devastating consequences in Barça.
-Go back to what was your home to measure against Atlético, how do you face the match?-It is a complicated encounter, we face the champion of the First Iberdrola and the situation, both of them and ours, we are looking forward because we have both teams losing both in the Super Cup and in the Copa de la Reina and we have to win , because we play second place. Atlético is a very strong team, it will be a great match.-It is clear that the great incentive is that second position that gives access to the Champions League and today you depend on yourself to get it.-Yes, this year we are very close. We are two points away and whoever wins this match will have all the chances of getting that second place. It is an important game for both teams, they to go a little and we to snatch the second place we are waiting for.– Was the goal at the beginning of the season to achieve that Champions League place?Yes, our goal has always been to get into the Champions League. Levante has been in third position for many years and we must give a plus. Achieving the Champions League is a goal we had from the start.-How is the costumes after the eliminations in Super Cup and Queen’s Cup?-We are a bit screwed … losing the Super Cup and the Cup in four days is not easy for a team. We know how to recover and we know that on Sunday there is an important game and we will win very well. We are a little touched, but knowing that we have to recover as soon as possible because we have an important game.-Once Sevilla was the executioner, do you have that account pending with the Hispanics?-The thorn we have to take it off. This year may not be, but next year hopefully we can take it off next year in the Cup against Sevilla.– Do you make more dangerous the fact of only being able to opt for Champions?-Yes, it makes us stronger, although it has been a fat stick. We are an ambitious team and we want second place, it is the objective. We have our heads on the game and we just want to win and win to get that place.-Al Levante in recent years is costing the big win, but on Sunday they will meet one of the worst Athletics in recent years.-Even though he is the worst in recent years, he is the current champion of the First Iberdrola and Atlético is never considered dead. Every year they have been Barça and Atleti and this year why it will not be the second Levante. It would be a blow at the table and show that Levante can also be between the two best in the league.– It makes him more dangerous to the Athletic one that can only fight by that second position? -Yes, we are in the same situation, we have to fight for that second place and we have to give everything and recover to play the game. They are very dangerous, they have a great team, they will go for the game.-In the first round, Atlético took the game 0-1.-It was a fucked up defeat, because we made a great game, we knew how to dominate him and in the end we have to try to make the mistakes they have in the goal and defend them to death because they are very dangerous. You have to put those opportunities.-This summer went from Betis to Levante, how are you in Valencia?Very well, I am improving individually and collectively, it has been a big leap in the professional and it suits me very well to improve what I needed to aspire to what I have always wanted.-What is it that you have always wanted?-Be absolute international, maintain the level and play a World Cup and European. I had to make that leap, Betis is a great team but in the end Levante takes one more step and had to give it-Mary Pry is blindly trusting you and is getting along perfectly with Ivana.-María and I have known each other for many years. I understand very well with Ivana. Not only Ivana, also Guti and Ruth make us both better to get to the weekends. That Pry bet on us is essential.– He speaks of arriving at the Absolute Selection, for the moment he goes with the Promises and sometime – Vilda has called him for training, what is clear is that his name is on the table of the coach …-Yes, they are betting on me. In the promises I go and in the end the calls will arrive. I am never in a hurry to arrive, it always comes from work, work is always above, when that call comes because it will come-In the Levante you have found many young players of those lower categories that have given so many joys.-We know each other from lower categories and it is a good sign that those that come can reach First. It is good for Spanish football that we are there and both outside, they also make a good team and improve the league and improve us. It is good for Spanish football and for all.-It seems that the agreement is getting closer every day, how do the players live this negotiation in which the most affected are you, the players?– One thing or another is said but no agreement is reached. The harmed ones are us and women’s football and that everyone already reaches an agreement, the agreement is signed because the players are looking forward to it. It is a signature and that the agreement we are waiting for is signed.-And that you only talk about football again …-To talk about football and enjoy what we do many years ago. We expect a signature and that everything is fine and we can be calm and not have to stop and strike or anything.
The coronavirus continues to punish the Italian population, the country most affected in Europe by the epidemic. One of the last confirmed cases is that of a Pianese footballer, a Series C club (third division) located in Piancastagnaio, a small town located in the province of Siena. In the middle of Tuscany, one of the areas identified as “at risk”. The 22-year-old footballer could not play last weekend against the U-23 team of Turin Juventus after showing symptoms of fever and malaise before the meeting The player He voluntarily quarantined and the doctors tested him positive. Once the results of these tests were known, an ambulance moved him from his home to the infectious diseases department of Scotte di Siena.He began to find himself wrong on Saturday, at his concentration hotel, one day before facing the subsidiary of the bianconero team. He is currently in good condition, although still infected. After the crash, the rest of the teammates returned to Piancastagnaio together; while he returned home independently.
– That all matches of the non-professional State Soccer and Futsal Competitions will be suspended as of today for a period of two weeks.– That all the matches of the Competitions of Soccer and Futsal of Autonomous Field in all the disciplines and in all the categories are recommended to the Territorial Federations that adopt the decision that they consider more opportune depending on the circumstances in each territory and always and In any case, in agreement with the health and sports authorities of each Autonomous Community. However, the RFEF advises the suspension of all matches for a period of two weeks.These decisions will be subject to the changes that are advised at any time by the health and sports authorities. The proposals we made yesterday will be maintained in relation to the S.M. Cup. the King and S.M. the Queen, as well as the matches of the Spanish National Soccer Team.At the same time, the LNFP will be invited to join the Monitoring Committee to evaluate jointly and in coordination, as provided by current legislation, the changes that will be necessary to make in professional competitions. In the same way, it will be done with the National Futsal Commission, as well as with the AFE Union and the associations of players and futsal players so that they can join the work and monitoring group.Any future decision will also be made to the Delegated Commission or to the competent body contemplating that in this commission we will be prepared to respond to Spanish football in any scenario.The National Futsal League stops for two weeksThe suspension proposed by the RFEF also affects futsal. The National Futsal League has announced that the meetings of the next two weeks will be suspended through a statement.“The Delegated Commission of the RFEF has met this Wednesday in Madrid to analyze the evolution of the situation generated by the transmission of COVID-19 and has agreed to suspend the LNFS parties for a period of two weeks.Through a statement, the RFEF has made public its decision to suspend as of today for the period of two weeks all the non-professional football and futsal competitions at the state level, among which are the matches of the LNFS “.Check the pdf of the RFEF note The Spanish Football Federation has issued a statement following the meeting of the Delegate Committee in which it approves the temporary suspension of All male and female futsal and soccer matches in the non-professional field for 14 days, which would include the Second B and Third competitions. Too Leave the date for the final of the Copa del Rey final in the air between Athletic Club and Real Sociedad.There are already several territorial federations (such as Valencian, Basque, Andalusian, Asturian …) that already support this measure and has invited LaLiga, the Association of Footballers Professionals, the National Futsal Commission and player associations of the latter to join the Monitoring Committee created before this situation and that met today morning urgently.The measures that the RFEF have been approved by the Delegate Commission, “before the evaluation of the new situation and in accordance with articles 4, 5 and 42 3a) of the Statutes, include to be suspended from today and for within two weeks all matches of non-professional state-level football and futsal competitions. “The RFEF statement:Yesterday we sent you a Circular by which we announced that at today’s meeting of the Delegate Commission we would propose the adoption of a series of measures that were cited in the Circular.This decision is taken because from the RFEF we must guarantee the HOMOGENEITY of football competitions, integrity and the necessary competitive balance, and since it has been found that there is a real impossibility to play football matches and develop training in certain cities and / or territories of our country.The Monitoring Committee, which met urgently this morning, has agreed to elevate to the Delegate Committee, which meets today, the adoption of the following measures as of today, always under the coordination and supervision of the sports and health authorities .Upon evaluation of the new situation, the RFEF informs all Territorial Federations and other players in the world of football that, in accordance with articles 4, 5 and 42, 3 a) of the RFEF Statutes, they will propose to the Commission Delegate of the RFEF Assembly, which meets today as a matter of urgency, a whole set of measures, including:
Philippe Coutinho He wants to meet again with his best football and, after not having reached the high level shown in Liverpool, Barcelona or Munich, the Brazilian has decided that he wants to return to the Premier League.The English press assures that the player is sorry for leaving Liverpool and that he would be delighted to return to Jurgen Klopp’s team, but at Anfield he has already gone from star to non-priority.With Liverpool uninterested in dressing Coutinho in red again, other Premier teams appear as a likely destination for the playmaker.. According to Daily Express, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and even Leicester They are interested in hiring the Brazilian. Gunners, red devils and spurs are in full rebuild and everyone has valuable assets that they want to go out in the next transfer period (Aubameyang, Pogba and Kane) that would help cover a transfer from Barcelona that will not be cheap. Chelsea have money in cash after Hazard’s departure last summer and Leicester would be the one that could have it more financially difficult, but it has other advantages in favor such as the relationship that Coutinho and Brendan Rodgers already have, coach of the foxes who was at Liverpool, or be one step ahead at a competitive level as they demonstrated in the League this year. Philippe Coutinho went on loan to Munich last June where he has played 32 games in which he has scored nine goals. Bayern had a purchase option that, according to reports from Germany, it will not execute by returning the player to Barcelona, where both the Blaugrana club and the Brazilian will work to find a way out in which Barça will try to recover part of the heavy investment they made for him in January 2018.