ACU’s Payten Ricks Crowned Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian guard Payten Ricks is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.In a 73-72 win over McNeese, he poured in a game-high 19 points, including the game-winning three pointer with three seconds remaining. Ricks followed it up with a 22-point performance in a 75-72 victory over Southeastern Louisiana to secure the program’s first-ever win in Hammond and second-ever win against the Lions.Ricks and the Wildcats (14-3, 3-1 Southland) return to Moody Coliseum to host Houston Baptist (5-9, 1-2 Southland) at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Northwestern State (7-10, 2-2 Southland) at 6 p.m. Saturday.Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Payten Ricks, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Guard – Wichita, Kan.Against McNeese, Ricks tied his single-game career highs with five made three-pointers and six assists, with his final one leading to a Jaren Lewis layup that halted a four-point run and put the game out of reach for the Cowboys. On Saturday, Ricks played a vital role in improving the Wildcats’ road mark to 5-3, converting all four attempts from beyond the arc, including the game-winner. His 22 points were the second-most in a game in his career.This is Ricks’ first Southland Conference Player of the Week award, joining teammate Jaren Lewis, who claimed two of the first three honors of the 2018-19 season.Honorable Mention: Cameron Delaney, Sam Houston State; Brandon Moore, Nicholls; Thatch Unruh, Central ArkansasSouthland 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 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Twelve Southland Schools Compete at 2019 NCAA Preliminary Championships

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – A total of 86 student-athletes from the Southland Conference have qualified for the 2019 NCAA Preliminary Championships, which will be split among two sites, beginning Thursday, May 23 and concluding Saturday, May 25. Competition at the West Preliminary Championships will be held at California State University Sacramento in Sacramento, Calif. East Preliminary Championships will be hosted in Jacksonville, Fla. at the University of North Florida. Qualifiers from each of the preliminary meets will advance to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted in Austin, Texas, June 5-8.A total of 12 Southland institutions will be present among the two preliminary championships. Representing the conference in the west coast meet will be Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Meanwhile, McNeese, New Orleans, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana will perform at the east coast meet.Sam Houston State tops the men’s side with 10 student-athletes competing across 10 events, while NSU heads up the women’s competitors with 11 student-athletes contending among eight events.Both men’s and women’s Southland Outdoor Athletes of the Year and Most Valuable Performers will be in contention in the West Preliminary Championship. Sam Houston State’s Chris Jefferson will aim to qualify for nationals as an individual in the 100 and 200-meter dash events in addition to running as a leg of the Bearkats’ 4x100m relay team. Abilene Christian’s Kayla Melgar will make her way to Sacramento to throw in the shot put, discus and hammer throw events for the Wildcats.Fans looking to catch the action at the NCAA Division I East and West Preliminary Championships can tune in to FloTrack with a Pro subscription. To access the East Preliminary Championships, click here. Access to the West Preliminary Championships can be found here.A full schedule of events can be found here.last_img read more

Lomai slotted in Kumul starting line up

first_imgCoach Michael Marum said from Sydney this afternoon Lomai got the nod ahead of Edward Goma, who is the 18th man.Goma replaced Townsville Blackhawks backrower Rhyse Martin who withdrew earlier this week due to personal reasons.“Timothy Lomai will partner Rodney Griffin in the second row in an otherwise unchanged line up announced last week,” Marum said.He said there were concerns with Adex Wera (calf) and Ase Boas (hamstring) but the injuries are improving as the days go by.“They’ve been attended to by the physios and are improving quite rapidly. They will be okay in the next 48 hours,” the coach said.He said apart from this, the camp has been very good so far with all the players and staff mixing very well. “We had our final field session this morning (Thursday) and was really good,” he said.The captain’s run will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 10am at Pirtek stadium, Paramatta.The PNG LNG Kumuls play Fiji Batis at 5.30pm on Saturday followed by Tonga versus Samoa at 7.30pm at the Pirtek Stadium in Paramatta, Sydney.Both matches will be televised ‘live’ to PNG and the Pacific by EMTV.The PNG LNG Kumuls team vs Fiji Batis on Saturday is:1. David MEAD – (Captain), 2. Justin OLAM, 3. Kato OTTIO, 4. Nene McDONALD, 5. Stargroth AMEAN, 6. Ase BOAS, 7. Watson BOAS, 8. Luke PAGE, 9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr, 10. Henry NOKI, 11. Timothy LOMAI, 12. Rod GRIFFIN, 13. Adam KORAVE, 14. Adex WERA, 15. Brandy PETER, 16. Willie MINOGA, 17. Kurt BAPTISTE, 18. Edward GOMACoach: Michael MARUMlast_img read more

PMBL round 3 kicks off

first_imgIn the round 2 encounter, Flames whipped Tamaraws in an intensive battle which saw them leading the ladder since round 1.But this time, with an ongoing hard training at the courts, Tamaraws will seek revenge with a new team setup to clash against Flames.The premiers see this as a grand final rematch and hope to seal another win after proving unbeaten throughout the competition.Belting Superior Coffee Saints last weekend to end round two was an easy win, however, this Sunday will be more interesting.The draws for this Sunday will see Chariots taking on the West Jokers in the opening match followed by the top of the ladder clash between Flames and Tamaraws and Saints will play Exodus.last_img

Kulusevski passes the medical exam with Juventus

first_imgThe young promise, who already knows what it is to be international with the absolute of Sweden, has four goals and seven assists so far, and will pocket an annual salary of 2.5 million euros, as published by the Italian media. Maurizio Sarri will feature youth for an attack in which players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higauín or Juan Square They are already in their thirties. A series* Data updated as of January 2, 2020 It comes from Atalanta, although it was ceded in Parma until June 2020 (the season is not expected to end there), but what really attracts attention is that the player He has only dressed the shirt of Atalanta’s first team only three times (at the beginning of 2019) without ever having played a complete match. A data the less strange if we take into account the amount they have obtained for him. 44center_img Juve will pay the Bergamo team 35 million euros plus another 9 in variables, a fairly high figure for such a young player with little experience in the A series (the three games of Atalanta and 19 with Parma). Dejan Kulusevski is in Turin to pass the medical examination at the Juventus facilities. The Swedish 19-year-old will become a new player in the next few hours Vecchia Signora.last_img read more

Butragueño: “The message of ‘Zizou’ is that everyone feels important”

first_imgMatch Analysis: From their goal we were better. We turned the scoreboard before the break. It was difficult. They fought a lot, put a lot of intensity and we had to fight a lot to win.Team reaction: “The team has reacted very well and in that sense we are very happy. It is always a difficult field for us. The public pushes a lot. We are very happy with the performance of all the players.” Emilio Butragueño, director of institutional relations of Real Madrid, appeared before the microphones of Movistar LaLiga to comment on the victory of the white team over the Osasuna by 1 to 4. Betis-Barcelona: We have won what we wanted and from there we will see. The important thing is that we are strong and able to overcome the difficulties that are presented to us.center_img Zidane’s message: “Apart from the two goals (of the substitutes), which have been two great goals, it is important that everyone feels that everyone is important. And, in reality, it is like this: it is the message that ‘Zizou’ conveys. Every time everyone the players are required are ready. “last_img read more

Real Madrid trains with the mind set on City

first_imgReal Madrid continues to prepare the Champions League game against Manchester City (Wednesday 26, 21:00, Movistar Champions League) and this Monday he held his second training session to prepare the imminent European commitment to Pep Guardiola. Too Rodrygo worked separately, who came from playing yesterday with Castilla. The Brazilian played 87 minutes until he scored the goal that sentenced the match against Sanse (2-0) and was ejected in the celebration. A red that will prevent Rodrygo from playing the Classic next weekend (Sunday, March 1, 9:00 p.m.) and also cannot be aligned by Raul during the visit to Pontevedra in Pasarón (Sunday, March 1, 6:00 p.m.).Madrid will hold the last session tomorrow Tuesday at 11:00 in Valdebebas before receiving City. After training, around 1:00 p.m., Zidane and a player will appear at a press conference.If you want to go to the Bernabéu to enjoy the excitement of Real Madrid live – Manchester City Here you can check the available tickets. See tickets. Zidane was able to count on 22 players in the session. Mariano worked alongside the group, while Hazard and Asensio did specific work. for the recovery of their respective injuries. The Mallorcan worked alone on the grass.last_img read more

Zidane: “Vinicius deserved it …”

first_imgZinedine Zidane appeared in the Movistar flash interview to analyze the very important victory of Real Madrid in the Classic against Barcelona. The Madrid coach praised his team’s game.Sensations: “Very good feeling. Even with a complicated first part. There is also a rival. In the first part it was all matched and the second was very good for us. Offensively we were very superior. We were very good at the pressure. In the first part it cost us a bit. “What was the plan? Exit by pressing?: “Against these teams is what needs to be done because if you let them play, you run behind the ball and if you run behind the ball it is very screwed.”Vinicius was right: “Yes, rightly and I’m glad. He deserved it, an important goal against an important opponent. We were glad for him. I would have also liked Isco’s shot to come in, but it was a stop for Ter Stegen. They played a great game. In the end it is a very deserved match. There are three points and we are happy with the match. We had to win. “Mariano hasn’t played much, today he has come out and scored: “Yes.”It has not given him many opportunities: “It is true, but in the end today it was important. He has scored the goal and I am glad. It has not been easy for him because he has not played much. There is Jovic, who is ahead. Today he came out, scored and I am glad Everyone is happy for Mariano because he has given everything in the field. “Are you now ahead of Jovic ?: “No, we are all here.”Happy: “Very happy especially for the players. We had a week a bit complicated and the players have given everything today. It was a first part matched. We had Thibaut very well and in the second part we were very superior.”Praise to the players: “They have given everything in the field. That is the most important thing for us. After this week we talked about we were going to have a chance and in the end we got it. The outside does not help anything. It is important that the team believes in what he does We have thought of keeping our goal to zero and having many scoring chances.Message to the fans: “Thank you because in the end they know that they are important in complicated moments. From minute 1 to 90 they have been with the team. The Bernabéu is the Bernabéu. We are leaders. It is not the most important thing, but for morale it is important. In the end we will have other complicated games, but today we have to enjoy. “Later, Zidane appeared in the press room of the Santiago Bernabéu.Victory key: “We deserve our victory for everything we did, in defense and attack. The first part was matched, our pressure above was not perfect. In the second part we were better in pressure, in the opposite field. They don’t like not having the ball. They are three important points. It was a complicated week and we had a chance to change that. But nothing will change, there are three points and we will have to fight until the end ”.Vinicius and his performance: “All right. He scored an important goal on an important day and I’m happy for him. His effort not only above, but also in defense. It is what I highlight from our work. Strength is very important. The first is to defend together, we know that at any time we can have opportunities to score goals. The second part was clear to us. We did two and above all keep the goal to zero. Courtois proved fundamental. ” Patience with Vinicius: “The conditions have them. Then what is said outside is not controlled and he knows it. It’s very young. The criticisms are complicated but it’s Madrid, I’m glad for him. He helped Marcelo a lot with Semedo. In the end it’s the collective, that’s what the game won. ”Mariano and his minutes: “Everyone can comment. He is the third striker of this team. He had the opportunity, he did well but nothing changes. It is one more. He didn’t have many minutes and I’m very happy for him. ”Mariano, third striker, summoned before Jovic: “I am the person who makes decisions, nothing more.”Victory: “We talked about having an opportunity this Sunday, this weekend. We comply with what we work all week. We thought that this could be carried out and that is what we did. It is a deserved victory and the rest will not change anything. We will have more difficult moments, they will criticize us but there is nothing new. ”Importance for the City: “It gives us high, that’s for sure. We’re going to have league games before City, it’s the calendar. But we will be ready for the return. ”Mariano plugged in. Plug in those who do not play: “It’s the message I have with them. For me all are important and I will think about it until the end. They work all week to be with the team. There are some who play less but everyone has to contribute something. Today Mariano did well. I would have liked Isco’s goal but he had a break from Ter Stegen. Thibaut also made great stops … I’ll count on everyone because they deserve opportunities to play on this team. ”Fundamental for morality: “The reaction is important. The dressing room is not touched. It was complicated but we prepared this game well. That means the players are involved. Sometimes you have to accept complicated matches. We made 78 good minutes against City and you lose. And today we won playing well from the first minute until 90 but it means nothing, we must continue with what we believe. It will be complicated until the end, sure, but we have a great team. I have the best players and we have to prove it every time we have a match. ”Importance of victory: “This victory is a good thing, positive, because we recover the leadership. For me that is not important, the important thing was to win because we needed it to reverse the dynamics. Therefore we are very satisfied but as I said before we have not won anything. You have to work, there will be complicated matches. But we are happy because the players did very well. I am very proud of them because it is not easy. ”Courtois and its performance: “It’s not just tonight, it’s been quite a while. It is not that it saves us, but it does very well. With his presence under sticks we are all calmer. As we saw today he made three great stops that keep us in the game. We all know that those stops at that time are very important. “Team pressure: “In the first half we did not press well, in the second part we did well, we pressed up and I think we have crushed them.”last_img read more

Michel Hidalgo will be buried in the colors of Olympique de Marseille

first_imgMichel Hidalgo, a former French coach from 1976 to 1984, died last Friday at age 87, after a long illness. Hidalgo, considered one of the best coaches in the history of the French team, he trained Olympique de Marseille for five seasons, between 1986 and 1991. His wife Monique Hidalgo has made posted a message in which he thanks for all the signs of affection and reveals that Michel Hidalgo’s funeral will be held this Tuesday and will be buried with the colors of the Marseillaise ensemble: “Monique Hidalgo appreciates the events at the Stade Vélodrome in memory of Michel. We hope that all the former internationals with Michel Hidalgo will participate in the tribute. Michel will be buried tomorrow and will be dressed in his march with an OM tracksuit. Again, thanks for the affection for Michel, he deserves it because he passionately loved OM and the city of Marseille. Thank you, thank you, thank you“he said the warm message of gratitude from the family of the French myth. Michel Hidalgo was also part of the so-called “Foot Champagne” that Reims established during the 1950s. Along with Raymond Kopa, they played the final of the European Cup against Real Madrid, scoring a goal in the 3-2 defeat against the white team.“Hi everyone, I just want to make a quick video message just to say how deeply embarrassed I am by what happened this weekend.”last_img read more

Odegaard: the methods that shaped him to be a star

first_imgFrom the age of eight, Han Erik began to influence the orientation and vision of the game, which Martin teaches today. To develop that vision, the Odegaard parent used his two children. He stood in front of today’s Real player and the older brother behind. “His older brother was on his right or left and was passing the ball to him; and he had to change direction and go to the opposite side. This is how you learn to perceive the field, because it is one thing to see it and another to react to what you see, “he revealed. Odegaard also did not get rid of that stamp that many of us have starred in but that very few have made a profit on: for hours he was shooting at a wall.Although his relationship with football was in his DNA, his first personal connection outside the family was with Drammen Strong, a local team. At the age of 11, in 2009, he joined the lower ranks of the modest Strømsgodset, where his sublime left-hander began to amaze and attract the attention of half Europe. Hans Erik Odegaard had the boy on the rounds of the Old Continent, testing in the quarries of Bayern, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, he also visited La Masia but stayed in Valdebebas after Madrid paid 3.4 million including variables for he. It was the sensation of Europe, he had already debuted with the absolute Norway, but he was only 16 years old … ANDREA COMAS & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>ANDREA COMAS (REUTERS) “Odegaard is almost like a robot; he’s ready to play for Real Madrid ”, Leonid Slutski, his eclectic in the Dutch Vitesse proclaimed this Friday. The Norwegian has confirmed himself this season, on his loan at Real Sociedad, as one of the great sensations of LaLiga and That outbreak has convinced the white club that it has a place in the 2020-21 squad. Of course, as reported by AS on April 4, the player will have the last wordto. Continue on loan (the Real signed a one-year loan but intends to have another one) or be part of the next Madrid project. There is no doubt that Odegaard has already established himself in the elite and is ‘al dente’ after a modeling, cooking and maturing process that began in his childhood.It was his father, former soccer player Hans Erik Odegaard, the potter who began to shape Martin from a young age. Aware that he had a jewel at home (his left-hander already left his mouth open), the head of the family educated him in Stajanovism, in the work ethic. “There are three key factors: training hard, training well and training on the right track. And Martin has done all of this,” Hans Erik explained in an interview the day Odegaard debuted with the Norwegian national team at just 15 years old. He He was his personal trainer at the beginning of his career and his script was very simple: work and ball. He built an artificial grass field next to his house so that his son could train as much as he wanted (they called him Kjappen) and there he saved neither effort nor touches. “We never trained without the ball. We spend a lot of time working on his touch, how to get out of the pressure, practicing what we call ‘quick passes’ to escape the pressure “he confessed.center_img Madrid presented him in January 2015 to the media, escorted by Emilio Butragueño, as the great promise of European football, although his salary was galactic: to eliminate Bayern from the race for his signing, andl Madrid promised him 3.5 million gross per season (two million net), something that caused friction with his new teammates from Castilla and loaded him with pressure. Didn’t fall down. He played with Castilla, but trained with the first team, with which he debuted on May 23, 2015 against Getafe, replacing none other than Cristiano. He played half an hour. It was the last game for Ancelotti, who a year and a half later gave voice to what he thought at the time: “When Florentino buys a Norwegian footballer you just have to accept him. In addition, the president decided that he would play three games with the first team as a public relations coup “. Two months later Benítez made him play on the preseason tour, more out of commitment than out of conviction. He gave him 45 minutes against Roma, in the first bolus in which he also still had players on vacation, only to meet in the eyes of Florentino. He did not use it again except in the friendly in Oslo against Valerenga, organized by the Madrid entity to cash in with the Odegaard effect in Norway. In that 2015-16 he was lukewarm again, he played 34 games for Castilla, scored a goal and gave seven assists. But Zidane, already in Madrid, took him to the pre-season tour of 2016 where he was no more than a meritorious. In January 2017, the club, player and father agreed that the best way to avoid stagnation would be to yield and he left for the Dutch Heerenveen, where he spent 18 months on a roller coaster (three goals and five assists in 43 games). He went from doubts (he became a substitute) to put some flashes in the television summaries.Key assignmentsBut It was on his second loan, to Vitesse, that what Odegaard can give began to be glimpsed. The Norwegian squeezed this loan to the last drop. 11 goals, 12 assists in 39 games was his service record, but beyond statistics there he acquired greater physical and soccer maturity, adding to his associative capacity a greater speed and dribbling capacity. That boy who signed Madrid had hit the lug, but in Chamartín they were aware that he had no place in a squad in which Isco, Asensio, Modric, Kroos, Valverde … For this reason, perhaps the decision that will be key in Martin’s career was made: to yield to Real Sociedad, a club that has come as a glove. Imanol has given it continuity and the player has found regularity and, for the first time, the status of an idol. In his first season in Spain he has amazed (seven goals, eight assists in 28 games) and has convinced at the Bernabéu not only for his football but also for his character. From a young age he endured tremendous pressure and that made him mature very soon. “His ability to handle setbacks is enormous. While other footballers require an entire week or need a new game to improve his self-esteem, he recovers quickly,” said his psychologist Klaus Pettersen. In addition, he is a ‘sick’ of soccer. He sees everything. It consumes everything. Live for and for football. A philosophy that was burned by his father, the man who started building this ‘robot’.last_img read more