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first_img2017 Southland Conference Soccer Week 11 Notes (PDF)After spending three weeks deadlocked atop the league standings, Lamar finally separated last Sunday with a win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a McNeese loss at Houston Baptist. With last weekend’s results, LU will claim sole possession of the title with a win or tie in its last regular season matchup against McNeese. If McNeese wins, the two will be named co-champions. • Last In: The final seed in the Southland tournament will be decided by the outcomes of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi-HBU and Nicholls-Southeastern Louisiana matchups. The Islanders will clinch the No. 8 seed with a win/tie and a Southeastern win/tie. Nicholls will take the eighth spot with a win and an Islanders win; the Colonels can also clinch with a tie and an A&M-Corpus Christi tie. The lone scenario which sees the Lady Lions grab the last spot is a win coupled with an Islanders loss. • National Rankings: Lamar’s Kelso Peskin is tied for second in the nation with 10 assists in all games. She helps pace the Cardinals to a league-high 23 assists in 10 conference games. McNeese’s Savannah LaRicci ranks 13th in the nation with 29 total points in overall play. Against Southland opponents, she has tallied five multi-point games. Additional Storylines: Week 11 Schedule • Tourney Time: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi plays host to the Southland Conference Soccer Tournament for the second-consecutive year at Jack Dugan Stadium. The single-elimination tournament will take place from Wednesday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 5 and feature the top eight teams in the league standings at the conclusion of the regular season. While the current top seven teams have clinched spots in the tournament, the last seed is still up for grabs between Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana. The Islanders play at Houston Baptist Friday at 7 p.m. while Nicholls hosts the Lady Lions in its final regular season matchup kicking off at 3 p.m. • Top Two: The meeting between Lamar and McNeese for the regular season championship will be a clash of the conference’s top two offenses. Lamar tops the league in points (67) against league opponents while McNeese ranks second with 64. Both teams have scored 22 goals and average 2.20 per game. McNeese continues to lead the Southland in defense, allowing just six total goals in 10 league games (.60 goals against average), three of which came against them last weekend in a 3-2 loss to HBU. The Cowgirls have posted seven shutouts in conference games. Friday, Oct. 27Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls*, 3 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State*, 6:30 p.m.Abilene Christian at UIW*, 7 p.m.Central Arkansas at Northwestern State*, 7 p.m.McNeese at Lamar*, 7 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Houston Baptist*, 7 p.m.last_img read more

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first_imgSAN ANTONIO, Texas – The University of Incarnate Word athletics wrapped up its holiday giving season with the Angel Tree event on the UIW campus. The Cardinals athletic department was led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in gathering items to be delivered to Catholic Charities of San Antonio.Throughout the month of November, tables were set up inside the UIW Life Skills center in addition to all home athletic contests in order to gather donated items such as toys, clothes, toiletries and gift cards for families and individuals in need in the San Antonio area. The Angel Tree event was established by the Incarnate Word SAAC as a means for Cardinals student-athletes to gather every day essential items that may be overlooked during the holiday giving season.All collected items were delivered to Catholic Charities of San Antonio during the first week of December. Catholic Charities of San Antonio benefits the Guadalupe Community Center, Seton Home and St. PJ’s Children’s Shelter.The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide for the needs of the community through selfless service under the sign of love. Committed to empowering individuals and families with the goal of fostering independence, the organization provides over 40 bilingual and culturally sensitive programs in 19 counties which comprise the Archdiocese of San Antonio.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img read more

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first_imgNew OrleansThe Southland Conference Tournament runners-up, the Privateers will stay home to host Texas Southern in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It marks New Orleans’ third-straight trip to the postseason after an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017 and playing in the College Basketball Invitational in 2018. FRISCO, Texas – Southland Conference tournament champion Abilene Christian headlines a trio of teams competing in the postseason this week when the Wildcats battle the Wildcats of Kentucky in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday at 6:10 p.m. CT on CBS in Jacksonville, Fla. With a 77-60 win over New Orleans, ACU won the league’s automatic bid to the Big Dance and earned the No. 15 seed in the Midwest Region. Sam Houston StateThe Bearkats earned an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament after claiming the Southland’s regular-season title and earning the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Sam Houston State will head to Fort Worth as a No. 8 seed to face No. 1 TCU at 8 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU.last_img read more

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first_imgGIVE ME FOUR!–JOCKEY RAFAEL BEJARANO, 37, CELEBRATES HIS 4,000TH CAREER WIN TODAY AT SANTA ANITA ABOARD 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PORTAL CREEK, WHO IS TRAINED BY BOB HESS, JR.  BORN IN AREQUIPA, PERU, BEJARANO SAID, “I FEEL BLESSED.  OVER ALL THESE YEARS, THIS JOB IS A LOVE AND IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HORSES.” RAFAEL BEJARANO, ON WINNING HIS 4,000TH CAREER WIN ABOARD PORTAL CREEK IN RACE 3 AT SANTA ANITA PARK ON SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019:  “First of all I would like to thank all the trainers and the owners for always trusting me and giving me support all these years here at Santa Anita and in California. Also want to thank my agent and my team that I’ve had all these years. I’m really happy right now, I’ve rode 4,000 winners, and I can’t express myself.“This track has always been so special for me, my first day I started here I won six races in one day (April 8, 2006) and it was very special all these years have gone by and I’ve been having a lot of hard times and accidents but I really enjoy riding, especially here at Santa Anita, It’s such a beautiful place, I’ll always enjoy it.“I love horse racing its part of my home and part of my life, we spend a lot of time here from the early morning to sometimes evening.  All the riders, the groomers, the trainers, the owners, they spend so much time working so hard, putting all they have, all the love they have. It’s very good for us everybody enjoys everything every day we love horse racing.”last_img read more

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first_imgWAR BEAST MOVES UP WITH CEDILLO AND BLINKERS 3 CALLAGHAN FILLY HAS EQUIPMENT CHANGE IN ANOAKIA 2 $294,872 $93,785 1st 26% JockeyMts 1st 3 15% 3 John Velazquez6 Edwin Maldonado10 2 13% 1 ITM% 0 44% 46% $574,159 2 4 32% 17% Philip D’Amato13 $31,770 2 ITM% $135,242 Rafael Bejarano17 4 Jorge Velez22 $142,612 14% $503,502 4 Mario Gutierrez13 83% 73% 33% 2 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 5th, 2019XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 6th, 2019FEATURES:A Day in the Life With Exercise Rider Taylor Cambra at Santa Anita ParkA Candid Conversation With Jockey Joseph Talamo: Part 1A Candid Conversation With Jockey Joseph Talamo: Part 2Richard Mandella Discusses the Return of Graded Stakes Winner Omaha BeachWORK OUTS:Bellafina (Callaghan) 10/04/19Campaign (Sadler) 10/04/19Midnight Bisou (Asmussen) 10/03/19Roadster (Baffert) 10/03/19Bolo (City of Hope Mile) (Gaines) 10/02/19Shancelot (SA Sprint) (Navarro) 9/29/19Omaha Beach (Outside) and Magic Rate (Mandella) 9/27/19 $448,413 5 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 6 59% 2 CATALINA CRUISER BREEZES FOR THE BREEDERS’ CUP 36% 2nd Richard Baltas16 36% 2 Win% 12% 18% 30% 54% 0 $144,355 7 2 2 18% 0 Flavien Prat22 2 1 3 1 $194,982center_img 5 27% Geovanni Franco14 3 2 $102,094 Tiago Pereira17 3rd 57% 2 2 0 1 64% Win% 30% Drayden Van Dyke13 33% Abel Cedillo27 Simon Callaghan6 3rd Money Won 0 $107,339 Doug O’Neill20 6 5 33% $142,804 0 2 3 (Current Through Friday, Oct. 4) 38% 2 2 33% $87,064 Bob Baffert11 2 $403,600 4 2 55% 15% 1 $523,456 O’NEILL FANCIES MAIDEN WINNER WAR BEAST IN ZUMA BEACHWar Beast seeks his second straight victory at a mile on turf Sunday, only this time instead of a maiden race, it will be in the $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes.“He ran great,” trainer Doug O’Neill said of the maiden score at Del Mar on Sept. 1. “We added blinkers for that race, and he’s always been a horse that’s acted like he has talent, but needed racing, and the blinkers helped.“(Abel) Cedillo really got his attention down the lane (at Del Mar, where War Beast re-bid after a race-long pace battle to win by a nose). They get along great, so I’m happy to have him back on Sunday.”As for Raging Whiskey in Sunday’s $100,000 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Speakeasy Stakes at five furlongs on turf, O’Neill was elated with the Maryland-bred’s eight-length romp in Los Alamitos’ restricted Capote Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on Sept. 21.“He ran lights out,” O’Neill said. “We put the blinkers back on, put him back in a sprint and it worked out super.”With three wins Friday, Cedillo opened a 7-4 lead over Flavien Prat in the race for leading rider at Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet. The 30-year-old Guatemala native also leads in stakes victories with four.O’Neill shares the training lead to date with Phil D’Amato, each with six victories. O’Neill has started 20 horses, D’Amato 13, for a sparking 46 percent winning average.The field for the Zuma Beach, race four of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Hariboux, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Encoder, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Hit the Road, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; Billy Batts, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 5-2; Club Aspen, Jorge Velez, 20-1; War Beast, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; and Cool Runnings, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1.CALLAGHAN FILLY BACK ON DIRT, ADDS BLINKERS FOR ANOAKIAShedaresthedevil moves from turf to dirt in next Sunday’s $75,000 Anoakia Stakes for two-year-old fillies at six furlongs.Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, the bay daughter of Daredevil set the pace before weakening to fourth in the one-mile Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar on Sept. 2. She won her debut race at 5 ½ furlongs on Churchill Downs’ main track when trained by Mark Casse.“I think it was the distance as much as the surface that got her beat,” trainer Simon Callaghan said of the Juvenile Fillies Turf. “This looks to be a good race for her. She likes the dirt and she’s doing well. Flavien (Prat) rides her (as he did last out) and we’re adding blinkers.”FINISH LINES: Catalina Cruiser, favored for the $1 million Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, worked five furlongs for John Sadler this morning in 1:00.80 . . . Early probables for next weekend’s stakes: Don’t Sell, Mario Gutierrez, Just Grazed Me, Geovanni Franco, and S Y Sky, Drayden Van Dyke in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at 5 ½ furlongs on turf; and Pure Xena, Aaron Gryder, and Shesthedaredevil, Flavien Prat, in Sunday’s $75,000 Anoakia Stakes for two-year-old fillies at six furlongs . . . Favorites have been dominant through the first  four days, winning 18 of 43 races, 41.86 percent. The percentage elevates noticeably on dirt to 54.17 (13 of 24), but drops on turf to 26.32 (five of 19). Thirty-three of 43 favorites have finished in the money (76.74 percent), while 11 of 14 odds-on favorites have been in the money (78.57 percent) . . . Dodger fans have a chance to go to the Breeders’ Cup with star pitcher Walker Buehler. Enter online at winwithwalker.com for a chance to win two VIP tickets to watch the Breeders’ Cup with Walker at Santa Anita . . . Santa Anita offers free general admission and parking every Thursday and Friday leading up to the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 1 and 2. Santa Anita also offers a $40 handicapping contest and a $5,000 ShowVivor contest with five different ways to win. For further information on the aforementioned, visit santaanita.com . . . Satchel Paige worked five furlongs today in 1:01.80 for Phil D’Amato. Word is the horse didn’t look back to see if something might be gaining on him. 2 1 3 Richard Mandella12 2nd $57,836 7 3 53% 50% 63% Vann Belvoir6 RAGING WHISKEY MORE THAN A HUNCH IN SPEAKEASY 0 20% 3 83% 21% Evin Roman11 1 38% Money Won TrainerSts 3 $65,853last_img read more

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first_imgSparky Ville–Jorge Velez–121Bound for Nowhere–Julio Garcia–121Murad Khan–Rafael Bejarano–121Cistron–Victor Espinoza–123Surrender Now–Flavien Prat–116Voodoo Song–Umberto Rispoli–121King of Speed–Geovanni Franco–121First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  Due to local, state and national health concerns regarding the Coronavirus, there is no public admittance to Santa Anita Park.  For updates, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. COMEBACKERS CISTRON & BOUND FOR NOWHERE HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 SAN SIMEON STAKES AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURFORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 14, RACE IS PART OF NINE-RACE CARD WITH 12:30 P.M. POST ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2020)–A pair of top class sprinters, John Sadler’s Grade I winning Cistron and Wesley Ward’s Kentucky-based Bound for Nowhere come off extended layoffs as they head a field of seven older horses in the Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon at 5 ½ furlongs on turf this Saturday at Santa Anita. Originally scheduled to be run this past Saturday, March 14, the San Simeon will be contested for the 53rd time.An impressive winner of the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes going six furlongs on dirt July 27 at Del Mar, 6-year-old Cistron, who was a close second in last year’s San Simeon, which was run at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, looms strictly the horse to beat in what will be his 28th career start.The leading money earner in the field, Grade II stakes winning Bound for Nowhere, idle since demolishing a tough allowance field at seven furlongs on turf Oct. 25 at Belmont Park, has been supplemented to Saturday’s race by owner/trainer Wesley Ward and will be ridden by popular Puerto Rican veteran Julio Garcia.A recent allowance winner over the course, Doug O’Neill’s French-bred Murad Khan fits nicely as does Peter Miller’s Surrender Now.  The lone distaffer in the field, Surrender Now, idle since Aug. 4, might be the quickest of the quick, while Linda Rice’s Grade I winning eastern invader Voodoo Song lends considerable depth to a competitive lineup.CISTRONOwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerIdle since taking last summer’s Bing Crosby in gate to wire fashion, Cistron, a 6-year-old full horse by The Factor, has trained well for his return and has impeccable credentials, with three stakes wins to his credit from an overall mark of 27-5-7-6.  With an overall turf record of 19-2-6-5, Cistron is well positioned as the horse to beat on Saturday.BOUND FOR NOWHEREOwner:  Wesley WardTrainer: Wesley WardA lightly raced 6-year-old full horse by The Factor, Bound for Nowhere, idle since cruising to a  4 ¼ length victory in a third condition allowance last October at Belmont Park, has trained in impressive fashion for Ward at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky, as he has six consecutive bullet moves on his tab, the most recent a five furlong drill in 59.20 on Monday, the best of five at the distance over a synthetic surface. A Grade II winner at age four, he has six wins from 12 starts and earnings of $844,857. Although he hasn’t ridden at Santa Anita in some time, veteran Julio Garcia is well know to Southern California racing fans and has guided Bound for Nowhere to five of his six wins.THE GRADE III SAN SIMEON STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 5 of 9  Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more

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first_imgTOTTENHAM stormed to a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace with Son Heung-min continue his impressive record against the Eagles.The Korean netted a early double, with his goals sandwiched between a Patrick van Aanholt own goal.3 Son bagged his first goals of the season in spectacular fashionCredit: ReutersErik Lamela was also on target with damage all done before the half-time whistle blew.But it was Son, who got his goal tally off the mark, firstly dancing past the Palace defence for the opener, before rifling a volley past Vicente Guaita.Here, Paul Jiggins rates how well Spurs’ players did as they gained a second win of the season and jumped to third in the Premier League…HUGO LLORIS 7THE Tottenham keeper was a virtual spectator and did not have a serious save to make until the 43rdminute. His biggest challenge was staying awake.SERGE AURIER 8THE right-back was excellent going forward as he had a hand in the second and third goals. One of hisbest displays for Spurs.TOBY ALDERWEIRELD 9LOOKED far more assured with his pal Jan Vertonghen beside him, and hit some lovely passes,including the assist for the opener.3 Toby Alderweireld was a menace in defence, snuffing out opposition and setting up attacksCredit: ReutersJAN VERTONGHEN 7ENJOYED a very comfortable afternoon as Palace offered little in attack, which meant he could play theball out at the back with ease.DANNY ROSE 7WITH not much to concern him in defence, the England left-back supported his team-mates well inattack, but was not as effective Aurier on the other flank.HARRY WINKS 7LINKED defence and attack well and turned the ball over the quickly to ensure his side remained on thefront foot throughout.MOUSSA SISSOKO 7FOR once the Frenchman was not the one who had to provide ALL of the energy for Spurs as it wasshared around. But he still contributed.3 Christian Eriksen was not his usual sensational self, as speculation over his future continues to grow off the pitchCredit: AFP or licensorsSON HEUNG-MIN 9THE South Korean just loves playing against Palace. After scoring the stadium’s first-ever goal againstthem last season, he struck another two here – including a stunning volley.ERIK LAMELA 6HE may have got on the scoresheet but it was another average display from the Argentine who muststart showing he is a senior player soon.CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN 6THE Danish playmaker looks as though his contract situation is getting to him. He is a shadow of hisformer self – as was shown by his stoppage time free-kick, which sailed yards over the bar.HARRY KANE 7THERE cannot be many games when Tottenham have scored this many and he has not been on thescoresheet. But he was still a threat and provided the cross for Lamela to net the fourth.SUBSTANGUY NDOMBELE (for Winks 67) 5THE record signing only had to keep Spurs ticking over as the game was already won.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongBEN DAVIES (for Rose 76) 5THE Welsh defender must be closing in on a return as Rose is looking like he could do with a breather.LUCAS MOURA (for Kane 85) 5THE Brazilian had little time to make an impact in his brief cameo up front.SUBS NOT USED: Gazzaniga, Wanyama, Dier, Alli.Mauricio Pochettino claims Christian Eriksen ‘always happy’ at Spurs despitelast_img read more

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first_img2″For me it is, and always will be, a privilege to be here and be able to wear the Sporting CP jersey.”You can expect more and better.”I promise the same delivery and dedication so we can have more moments of glory as we had last season.”2 Bruno Fernandes has been Sporting’s best player over the past two seasonsCredit: Getty Images – Getty MANCHESTER UNITED and Tottenham target Bruno Fernandes has dealt both clubs a blow by signing a new contract with Sporting Lisbon.The midfielder, 25, has hit nine goals this season for club and country after he was hotly tipped for a switch to the Premier League over the summer. View this post on Instagram 🗣 “Para mim é, e sempre será, um privilégio estar aqui e poder vestir a camisola do Sporting CP” @brunofernandes.10 ✍ #SportingCP A post shared by Sporting Clube de Portugal (🏠) (@sportingclubedeportugal) on Nov 26, 2019 at 12:12pm PSTThe Portugal international and club captain will remain at the Alvalade until 2023, unless clubs want to pay £85million for his services.Tottenham came closest over the summer to meeting the then £65m release clause, while Manchester United backed out of any deal because it was too complicated.Many, including Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, praised Fernandes for his quality — but an offer never came in that was accepted.Fernandes said: “It’s a proud moment for me and a recognition of my work, it’s a sign that I’m doing things well.”I have been trying my best to do what is best for the club.”It is for what I did on the pitch, but also showed that I liked Sporting CP and took pride in representing the club.last_img read more

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first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED legend Peter Schmeichel claims Jose Mourinho made a mistake with “bitter” comments towards his former club.The ex-goalkeeper also criticised the newly appointed Tottenham boss with remarks aimed at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s management.4 Peter Schmeichel claimed Mourinho was bitter after his Man United exitCredit: Rex FeaturesMourinho is back in the Premier League with rivals Spurs after he was axed at Old Trafford in December 2018.Under-pressure Solskjaer replaced him after an impressive interim stint but the wheels have well and truly fallen off after four wins this season leaves them in ninth.Mourinho spent his time out of football as a pundit for Sky Sports where he made a number of sly comments about his old employers.In May he claimed that Solskjaer’s struggles showed what a good job he did at Man United.And more recently he took a dig at the United board for protecting Solskjaer who is in a “great situation” at the club.4Schmeichel claims Mourinho has taken plenty of media training and advice but says he was “too emotional” at the beginning after his sacking.Speaking to The Times, the 56-year-old said: “So often football throws these scenarios in.“It is very, very clear Mourinho has taken a lot of media training, media advice in this period, but he went straight into punditry and some things were said.”There’s a lot of bitterness towards United and he was saying things about results, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s results. It has to be a critique that is non-insulting or not towards a person in a situation, he could have done that.“I think that José, in the beginning, he was too emotional about his former position.”Now he’s the humble one [laughs]. I’m not going to say José was the greatest Manchester United manager, I’m definitely not going to say he was a failure, it was right to appoint him or wrong to appoint him, or right or wrong to sack him.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City vs Man Utd, Leicester and Wolves scores this coming weekend and win £100most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids4″But José is very important to the Premier League and he has been for a very long time. He gives us something different.”Mourinho goes up against former club United on Wednesday that could spell the end for Solskjaer.A 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa left him clinging onto his job with the Red Devils eight points adrift of the top four.4 Jose Mourinho returns to his former club on WednesdayCredit: Rex FeaturesJosé Mourinho hails Dele Alli’s work-rate after Tottenham star continues resurgence with double vs Bournemouthlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Springboks endured an awful 2016 as they suffered their first loss to Ireland at home and were thumped 41-13 and 57-15 by the All Blacks in their two Rugby Championship clashes.They also lost all three of their end-of-season tests in Europe as they ended the year with just four wins from 12 matches and slumped as low as seventh in the world rankings by this March.Coach Allister Coetzee, however, has overhauled the team personnel, playing style and culture this year and they are unbeaten in six tests with five wins and a draw before their clash with the world champions on Saturday.”It has been bloody challenging,” Coetzee said of the team’s transformation in 2017. “I am pleased that we have changed it. We made some tweaks — we are a team in transition.”The players enjoy the new environment and we have improved, but we’re not there yet. We need to prove ourselves against the world’s best… and Saturday will be a huge test for us.”I can only see on Saturday how good we are.”Coetzee made just three changes from the team that started in the 23-23 draw against the Wallabies with Ruan Dreyer making his second test appearance at tighthead prop after Coenie Oosthuizen broke his arm last week in Perth.Flanker Jaco Kriel was also sent home from Auckland after scans revealed a torn muscle in his shoulder and was replaced in the starting side by Jean-Luc du Preez, while lock Franco Mostert returns to partner captain Eben Etzebeth.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had his own injury issues with winger Israel Dagg battling a serious knee problem, while prop Joe Moody was ruled out for the season after he dislocated his shoulder in the 39-22 win over the Pumas last week.Hansen has given the destructive scrummaging Kane Hames the opportunity for his first start – in just his third test – at loosehead prop instead of the more experienced Wyatt Crockett.”He’s very destructive,” Hansen said of the 29-year-old Hames, who has battled knee injuries that have stalled his professional career.”He has a great ability to get around the park too but his set piece play is what we like about him. That’s why he’s here.”Hansen added the Springboks of 2017 were a different side from last year and he expected a hard, physical contest prompting him to bring back loose forwards Liam Squire and Sam Cane and lock Sam Whitelock in an effort to dominate the collision and gain line.”We are definitely facing a different team,” he said.”They’re full of confidence. That comes from winning. I think confidence is not something you can buy or bottle, if you have got it that’s invaluable.”last_img read more