No. 1 SFA Remains Perfect, Locks Up Title Berth With Win Over Islanders

first_imgCONWAY, Ark. – No. 1 -seeded Stephen F. Austin continued its run through the postseason with a 3-1 victory over No. 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday afternoon inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. The Ladyjacks were pushed to victory by Corin Evans’ match-high 19 kills and .419 hitting percentage in addition to 20 digs from Madelynn Miller.Set OneSFA took the opening game 25-23 after tucking away 14 kills on 41 swings and a .268 hitting mark. Danae Daron opened the offense up for the Ladyjacks, who recorded six kills in their opening seven points of the afternoon to knot the score at 7-7. Evans then tucked away a pair of strikes that placed the SFA squad ahead by a two-point margin. The Islanders then took the lead 9-8 on a service ace from Faith Panhans. The two teams remained close up until the set was deadlocked at 23 points. Xariah Williams and Bailey Mulder proceeded to close out the opening game for the Ladyjacks, notching a kill and a block, respectively, to put their team up 1-0 over the Islanders.Set TwoSFA jumped ahead on the opening play and never relinquished the lead throughout the second set of the semifinal match. Williams provided the punch this time, logging four kills on five attempts with no errors to her name. In total, the Ladyjacks’ notched 19 kills en route to a .474 team hitting percentage for the set. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Madison Green woke up and tacked on seven terminations to her stat line but the SFA offense proved too powerful and ultimately took the second game 25-18.Set ThreeThe Islanders’ seemed to be clicking throughout the third set as Green (13) and Chloe Simon (11) entered double-digit kill figures for the match. A&M-Corpus Christi’s offense was a force at the net as it edged out the Ladyjacks 16-13 in the kills category. Simon sealed the set for the Islanders with another termination on an assist from Green, to put SFA away 25-21.Set FourWith a bid to the championship match at stake, Stephen F. Austin hit the gas early in the final set, jumping out to a 3-1 lead and never looking back. Evans paved the way with six more kills to bring the Ladyjacks to a .355 attack percentage for the contest. Mulder’s defensive play at the net secured a 25-19 win for SFA, wrapping up a four-block set or the Ladyjacks and punching a ticket to the championship match.Stephen F. Austin will now face No. 2 Sam Houston State for the Southland Conference Tournament Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Opening serve is slated for 3:05 p.m. CT inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. The match will be an exclusive presentation of ESPN+, available via and the ESPN app.last_img read more

Southland Set to Host FCS Championship for 10th Consecutive Year

first_imgQ: How has the FCS Championship Game continued to grow and evolve over the last decade?A: Well, Team Frisco is dedicated to ensuring the following strategic imperatives – 1) Making the game a major first-class experience for the NCAA, the competing programs and their student-athletes, the larger Football Championship Subdivision, the attending fans and our local Frisco and DFW community, 2) Having a sellout event and, 3) Enhancing the NCAA’s FCS brand awareness.  We believe that this remains a great set of targets for our group, and believe the NCAA and the larger FCS community believes this is being accomplished.  No doubt that the success and following of the North Dakota State program has played a predominant role in what this game has become known for.  But even without NDSU, and there were a couple of games without the Bison, our local committee has always been laser-focused on conducting a one-of-a-kind event for our visitors.  In the last decade, Toyota Stadium has undergone millions of dollars in renovations with the addition of the new south endzone seating and multiple club areas combined with the National Soccer Hall of Fame facility, new suites, enhanced video, audio, Wi-Fi systems, and traditional expanded football locker rooms.  Teams and fans continue to receive a first-class hotel experience and the Frisco area continues to grow with more enhancements to come.  And let’s not forget, the game’s broadcast moves to ABC this year, and we’ve seen our partners at ESPN add a 30-minute preview show before kickoff.  People should also acknowledge that the success of this game helped lead to ESPN’s start-up of the Frisco Bowl three years ago. Q: Any regrets with hosting the game?A: Not enough Southland teams playing in it, but I know our coaches and athletic directors are working on correcting that! Q: So what happened between 2006 and when the game first arrived in Frisco in early 2011?A: Taking a few steps back first, the NCAA had occasionally discussed exploring other FCS championship sites.  And well before the new stadium construction and our office move to Frisco, I had actually been part of a formal NCAA bid presentation in early 2004 with San Antonio officials for the 2006 FCS Championship Game that would have been played at the Alamodome.  However, the NCAA stayed with Chattanooga for that game, and later committed to that location for games through the 2009 season.  Once we had moved the Southland headquarters to Frisco, I cold-called the only person I was aware of – Jim Gandy, then the head of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation.  Jim was appropriately focused on long-term business development in the city, not necessarily a small-staffed, non-profit educational association like us moving to town, or even attracting a one-off event like a football game.  But I knew he had played college football at Texas A&I, and I thought he might be interested in the idea.  He was very receptive to the concept, but it was too soon then because the NCAA wasn’t yet considering a move.  A couple of years later, the NCAA hinted again at soliciting other interested bidders, and I approached Jim again.  He introduced me to Frisco City Manager George Purefoy, and he and Jim listened to my pitch and the possibilities of a game in Frisco. I recall George not saying a word through my nervous proposal over lunch, which included me repeating that I wasn’t even sure the NCAA would move the game, but in the end, he said “yes, let’s pursue it” and things just took off from there.  There were immediate meetings with (then-Frisco) Mayor Maher Maso, who quickly embraced the idea and became the face and voice of Team Frisco, city council members, the Frisco Convention and Visitors Bureau and Frisco Chamber, and officials from the Hunt organization and the stadium, then known as Pizza Hut Park.  Once the NCAA formally confirmed a bid process for the championship following the 2010 football season, our local group, which quickly took the moniker of “Team Frisco” went to work.  John Wagner from Hunt really got us organized and appropriately turned our collective enthusiasm into a coherent, visionary plan.  We were named a finalist, hosted the NCAA football committee on a site visit in early 2010, then made a formal presentation shortly thereafter at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis where we were awarded our first three-year game contract.  Q: What have been the most satisfying aspects of hosting the FCS game?  Proudest moments?A: I strongly believe that Team Frisco has fully and consistently delivered on what we said we would.  Our local committee has mostly stayed intact with very few changes to provide consistency throughout the decade.  There are a lot of great people involved that mostly remain behind the scenes, including our Team Frisco leader John Wagner, Henry Hill of the Frisco City Manager’s office and many other city staff, Marla Roe and her staff at VisitFrisco, Tony Felker and his Frisco Chamber staff, and so many local volunteers that have been with us since day one.  What can often get overlooked is the impactful community service project with the Frisco Miracle League that our two teams are involved with.  Very proud of that!  Also, after the initial three-year agreement with Frisco, the NCAA has extended the contract three additional times, without considering competing bids, through the 2025 game (and an option for 2026).  By that time, Frisco will become the longest-serving FCS Championship host site.  Many NCAA sports become known partly by the location they play their championships – the College World Series in Omaha, the Track and Field Championships in Eugene, the Softball World Series in Oklahoma City, and yes, I’m proud to say the FCS Championship Game in Frisco.  And proudest of the effort of our Southland Conference staff and our institutional staffers that have come in to work during game week over the past decade, especially in the first couple of years when they managed much more than people think they did.  Bruce Ludlow and Jenny McGhee of our staff have been with us since we started exploring this venture. They still do so much, as does the rest of our staff, and that’s allowed the event to prosper and remain the special event it’s become. This is a terrific Division I championship event, and I’m maybe most proud that we have affiliated our Southland brand with this premiere game. Q: What’s the future of the game in Frisco?A: I think the future is great!  We know we have a terrific foundation laid for this event, and honestly, it has become a very different game and team experience since the first one in 2011. Moving into our second decade of hosting the game, we are continually focused on what can change for the better. How can we improve the student-athlete experience?  How can we ensure these players, coaches, staffs are receiving a top-notch Division I postseason experience? How can we best leverage our location, our market, and our lodging, hospitality and entertainment opportunities to enhance game week? We are actively listening to the NCAA staff and the participating teams before and after each game to ensure we’re in tune with their concerns, needs and wants, all with the idea that this feedback helps improve our future hosting efforts. While we’re now heading into another five- or six-year cycle as the host of the game, I’m sure we’ll soon start itching to initiate discussions about the future of the game as it approaches a possible third decade in Frisco!   Q: What was unique about the first FCS Championship Game in Frisco between Delaware and Eastern Washington?A: There was plenty!  We had only one chance to make a first impression, and we decided early on that we would do everything imaginable to make it a special experience for the two teams.  That started with the team hotel welcomes and continued through their departures after the game.  Everything was focused on hospitality and making this a memorable, high-quality national championship experience in every way for all visitors.  While we were confident in our ability to serve as a great local host organization, there were many unknowns in having this event for the first time. If things didn’t go well, who knows how long we would have kept the event?  Then it got really complicated once Delaware advanced to the game, and we learned that Vice President Joe Biden would attend, as well as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, both UD graduates and avid Blue Hens fans.   Two things I’ve never seen – first, the Dallas North Tollway was completely shut down at rush hour to accommodate the VP’s motorcade (remember, the first game was played on a Friday night), and secondly, there were snipers positioned throughout the stadium for the same reason.  We sat through a three-hour security meeting the day before with White House staff, Secret Service officials, and other area law enforcement agencies going through every detail numerous times.  We realized this was going to be different. The game was a lot of fun, as there was a big lead by one team, a tremendous rally by the other team, and some controversy toward the end of an eventful night.   And of course, Vice President Biden was actively moving through the stadium during the game, so it was interesting to watch his entourage and the Secret Service.  We even had to provide a hotline telephone location for the VP in the press box in case of any emergency situation!  The other unique thing was it was the only Frisco game that was not sold-out, but the approximately 14,000 in attendance enjoyed a great show. Q: Why was this important to the Southland Conference?A: Well, if it were only about the Southland, we would have never seriously pursued the possibility of hosting the game.  We certainly weren’t staffed or resourced well-enough to take something like this on by ourselves, nor would our membership have likely allowed that.  At that time, we were already in the process of re-starting a neutral site basketball tournament format, developing a new television broadcast venture, and were still settling in after the office move.  So, we had much more we could say grace over at the time, and I was likely piling on much more than our staff needed.  However, as Southland commissioner, I also wear an FCS hat, and the overall well-being of Division I FCS football always remained at the forefront of my role.  We knew hosting this championship game with more of a bowl-week type of experience in this kind of growing community could be outstanding with the right partnerships.  When our partners started at “Yes” and then asked what else they could do to make it bigger and better, I knew we were on to something special We now have a decade of exactly that.  I would also add that as an active FCS stakeholder, I knew the Southland and its membership would take ownership in serving as the host conference of this game, and that’s also been proven repeatedly.  I cannot stress enough that this game needs invested local ownership, no matter where it’s played.  If not, then it is just another football game. This Saturday, Jan. 11, the Southland Conference and its Team Frisco local organizing committee partners, the City of Frisco and Hunt Sports Ventures, will play host to the 2020 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game at Toyota Stadium — the 10th-straight national title game at the multi-purpose venue.  The game is officially sold-out for the ninth consecutive time, and this year’s game will be televised live nationally on ABC. Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett, a Team Frisco founding member, recently answered a few questions about the national championship game’s successful decade in Frisco, including the origins of securing the contest, maintaining a championship quality to the event, the dynamics of North Dakota State’s frequent participation, and the game’s future. Q: There’s always been the story that Frisco ran out of beer during the first NDSU visit.  Is that true?A: It was at North Dakota State’s Friday night pep rally, which was actually held at a hotel in Plano, not Frisco.  That being said, there may have been multiple locations that the Bison fans drank dry.  They are very accomplished in this area, and it makes for a great story every year.  They are terrific fans, maybe the nicest, most respectful fan base out there.  We should all be so fortunate to have such a following.  We believe that outside the stadium and in local watering holes are thousands of other Bison fans that never get a ticket, and are just here for the larger party.  Certainly, Frisco’s economy welcomes this, and establishments cater to the NDSU visitors.  Q: How did things change the following year with the arrival of North Dakota State in its first game?A: It got different real fast with North Dakota State, but a big part of that was also having Sam Houston State from our league in that game, and SHSU’s campus is located only three hours south of Frisco.  NDSU was in the initial stages of becoming the program we now know, and the sell-out crowd might have been dispersed 50/50, although Sam Houston fans had advance opportunity to buy tickets since its semifinal win came on Friday night before North Dakota State’s win the following day.  The more dramatic change came in the third year – the second NDSU-SHSU game — when NDSU fans didn’t “wait and see,” securing game tickets and hotel rooms well in advance, an annual tradition also known as the “Fargo South” takeover.  As is the case every year, it is expected that Bison fans will begin reserving hotel rooms for the 2021 game as soon as this game ends, and will buy most of the available game tickets when they go on sale in September.   Q: What’s the importance of FCS football, and how does the championship impact the sport?A: Since the FBS conferences control their own postseason, this is the highest level of football sponsored as an official NCAA event, one of the 90 national championships.  The NCAA was founded because of football, and the Division I governance system remains primarily defined and subdivided by football sponsorship.  Current FCS programs were involved in the earliest days of the sport 150 years ago.  ESPN’s College Gameday goes to FCS destinations like Fargo, Harrisonburg, Brookings and the Harvard-Yale game or the Bayou Classic because the sport is a big deal at this level, and is worthy of the national spotlight.  I believe that there were 150 or so FCS players on NFL opening day rosters this season, enough to fill three pro teams.  FCS conferences have committed to full instant replay in recent years, are constantly expanding their football television offerings, and continue to invest in officiating programs, some partnering with FBS leagues to improve consistent training methods.  I’ve told people that college football in Lake Charles, La., and Huntsville, Texas, holds the same importance as it does in Baton Rouge and College Station, only the scale is different.  But just like at the highest levels of the FBS, Division I FCS football is a tremendous economic and enrollment driver in over 120 university communities, and it helps define campus culture and branding, student involvement, alumni giving, fan interest, media coverage, and other general connections to a community and region.  Further, FCS brings such a broad spectrum of institution types, including the historical success and culture of HBCU institutions, top academic performers such as the Ivy and Patriot Leagues, large Tier I research and flagship universities, faith-based institutions and incredibly effective regional colleges.  All told, we have well over 100,000 student-athletes involved in FCS football programs across the country, and we owe them and their followers a championship event worthy of their devotion to the sport.   The championship playoff event and final game must properly represent the investment so many of us have in the sport, bring meaning to our university communities, and provide lasting value to these campuses, many of which have committed over a century of participation in this sport.  I know the Southland staff and our Team Frisco partners are thinking about all of this when we put in the collective effort to host the FCS Championship Game in Frisco. Q: Take us back to the earliest idea of playing the FCS Championship Game in Frisco?A: Like others in our area, I was an interested observer in Frisco’s new Major League Soccer stadium under construction in 2004 and into 2005.  However, I didn’t have much of a soccer background, and since the Southland was then based in nearby Plano, we had no relationships with any officials in Frisco at the time.  After relocating our office to Frisco in 2006, I was beginning to drive by the new stadium every day, so I was naturally curious about what was happening there besides soccer matches.  I knew there was high school football, some concerts and the NCAA’s national soccer championship, the College Cup, in the venue.  Due to my involvement with FCS football, including the beginnings of some informal discussions among other conference commissioners about the future of our championship game location, I then started to wonder about Frisco as a possible FCS site, but it was very, very early, and something I kept to myself.  I then attended the 2006 MLS Cup at the stadium in November, and as I sat in the stands with my young soccer-enthusiast son, I hardly watched any of the game.  Instead, I examined the physical structure of the stadium, eyeballed the press box and suites, watched the teams enter and exit the field, checked out the concessions and merchandising areas, watched the video boards and listened to the quality of the public address system.  At the end of the day, the only thing on my mind was if the stadium could play host to college football, specifically the FCS Championship?  The full vision wasn’t there yet, but it was definitely on my mind from that moment. However, the NCAA was still committed to playing its game at its longstanding location in Chattanooga.  Q: What were the main selling points for Frisco?A: At the time, Frisco was still an unknown for those outside our area, although the community was already among the fastest growing U.S. cities and acknowledged as a great place to live and raise a family.  But we also had to initially explain that this was in Texas, not the City by the Bay.  So, there was the hurdle of explaining who we were to others.  But once we got our foot in the door, things really fell into place, and that started with the stadium.  It was the ideal size, at around 20,000 capacity, and even though it had some soccer-specific peculiarities that college football teams might be puzzled by initially, you knew it could work for a championship game.  The venue was fully-staffed, led by Nick Shafer and crew, that managed a year-round event schedule, so you knew everything would be handled appropriately no matter what.   We have two major airports in Dallas-Fort Worth, with two airlines headquartered here, and our central location could be reached easily by any destination within a few hours.  Further, while we can have some weather extremes at that time of year, and we may be due a snow and ice event at some point, the climate is usually moderate.  While we were still a bit short on quality full-service hotel properties in Frisco at the time, you knew we could minimally accommodate the teams and officials, and that more hotels would be coming on-line in a matter of time.  We also knew this was a destination location with so much to offer like unmatched shopping, outstanding restaurants, more entertainment and recreation options, and family-friendly fare throughout the area.  We also knew we just had to get the football committee here for a visit, and let the city really speak for itself.  We knew that would be key, and that’s what happened.last_img read more

Kane spotted with ball for first time since hamstring KO in huge Euros boost

first_imgHARRY KANE is a step closer to returning to action after being spotted with a ball at his feet for the first time since his hamstring operation.The Spurs striker, 26, went under the knife back in January after being injured in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.5 Kane looked a picture of health in Tottenham trainingCredit: PA:Press Association5 The Spurs striker has been out since New Year’s DayCredit: Reuters5 The Spurs ace trained away from team-matesCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut in a huge boost to Spurs and England ahead of Euro 2020, the forward was today back in training at the club’s Enfield base.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursIn a video shared online the hitman is seen performing drills including darting between posts, controlling a ball and tucking it away into a small training goal.Spurs tweeted a photo of Kane in action with the caption: “@HKane continues his rehabilitation outside at Hotspur Way this morning.”And Kane later posted: “Love being back on the grass with a ball at my feet.”SunSport told you last month that Kane was targeting an April return.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho feared the striker might not play again this season.And Three Lions boss Southgate was also doubtful that his captain would be fit to lead out the side this summer.If Kane – who trained by himself but was seen kicking a ball – is fit following the international break at the end of March then he could definitely feature before the end of the domestic season.5It would also mean he would be match fit by the time England kick off their Euros against Croatia at Wembley on June 14.It was over a month ago that Kane shared a video of himself exercising.He was filmed doing an intense workout with battle ropes and said he was “making gains” in his return.Kane has also claimed he will “definitely” be fit for the Euros – with his warm weather rehab in the Caribbean seemingly paying dividends.He told the Evening Standard: “In my head, I am definitely at the Euros.”Unless something pretty drastic happens between now and then, I’ll be there.5 Kane being back in training is a huge boost to England’s Euro hopesCredit: ReutersSpurs 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 summer”I’m still not back training with the first team, but I’m working hard in the gym, I’m getting stronger all the time.“We’re talking a few more weeks, and I’ll be playing again.”I don’t want to make a prediction for which game I might be back, but I am hoping somewhere between the start and the middle of April.”Harry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and Englandlast_img read more

Pini misses out on 100m butterfly finals

first_imgIt was a tough night in the pool for Pini, who finished outside the top 16 to qualify.Pini took the pool at 3am (PNG Time) today, clocking in at 53.24 sec in heat two of the Men’s 100m butterfly event behind Canadian swimmer Condorelli Santo, who qualified at 51.99 sec.Pini thanked everyone for the support via his official Facebook page.“Thank you everyone for the support, unfortunately it didn’t go as planned. All that build up and energy into the one race.“Thank you to our Oceania supporters cheering us on and to those that got up at 3am to watch back home on TV.“Now I can take time to enjoy and cheer on our Pacific athletes on their journey,” he said.Pini is now ranked 30 in the world in the Men’s 100m butterfly with his current time of 53.24 sec.Picture courtesy of the PNG Olympic Committeelast_img read more

The athletic bench lost the opportunity to claim

first_imgThe center had minutes again after not playing since December 14. And as he has become accustomed to Cholo, he responded well by highlighting mainly for his ball out. Beautiful met very well during the absences of Savic and Giménez due to injury, but with the return of the two plants (although the Uruguayan has relapsed) and Felipe’s enormous level, he has been relegated to the bench. Arias for his part I had in Copa the opportunity to cut ground with Trippier, undisputed holder on the right side on arrival. He currently has two games in eleven for the pubalgia of English, but he is expected to return soon, returning to eleven. For its part Llorente did not play as a starter since November 23 and in Copa it was a propitious place to show its virtues to Cholo. Saponjic debuted after 29 games without minutes and played well on his back, being able to score twice. But the elimination copera closes a door of minutes, since it is the only competition where Simeone has had him. Simeone opted for an eleven with news in León, although without changing the block completely leaving players of the weight of Felipe, Saúl, João Félix or Correa in eleven. However, the elimination of the first exchange against a team of Second Division B leaves touched some of the players who had his opportunity before the Cultural, since the absences of Oblak and Morata They were too remarkable and nobody could cover their gap. Although Atlético could do many more goals if not for Lucas Giffard, Cultural goal that became the hero of its classification, several of the rojiblancos players lose with the elimination of Copa the opportunity to have minutes and be seen by Simeone. Players like Beautiful, Arias, Llorente or Saponjic they are some of the most punished players for the defeat, since in the Cup they could find the hole that they cannot have in the League. Adam, Herrera and VitoloOther players who missed an opportunity to take a step forward and in their case were more marked were Adam, Herrera and Vitolo. The goalkeeper was the first starter in the course, since sitting Oblak in the League or Champions League is an impossible mission and made a serious mistake in clenching fists that it ended up culminating in the first goal of the Leonesa Cultural. Herrera is accumulating entitlements with the loss of Koke, but is not able to provide a ball out or criterion in the mattress game. It seems that during a section of the season he did not have opportunities when he deserved them and now that he is having them he is not taking advantage of them.Finally, in the case of the Canary, his baggage in the team is much greater, since he is not a newcomer in summer. In León, his best version could not be seen, that unbalanced that is thrown to the team behind his back. Vitolo had two hand in hand with the local goal and could not win in any of them, finishing off the first one and the second marking his choice to the goal, which drew a great hand. He left replaced with the possibility of being the hero without success. Atletico B players will also be affected. Manu Sánchez started for the second time this season, his debut had come in league and Riquelme and Camel were the options from the bench of Simeone in search of the goal. Although the squad is very short, elimination takes over the playing options of the youth players.last_img read more

Rafa Nadal ends with a motivated Kyrgios and will face Thiem in the quarterfinals

first_img01/27/2020 – 13:18 The number one ended the Australian in four sets (6-3, 3-6, 7-6 and 7-6) Rafael Nadal again completed a brilliant performance to end the journey of a motivated Nick Kyrgios (26) by 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8) and 7-6 (4) in three hours and 38 minutes, and will face in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open against Austrian Dominic Thiem.“I woke up this morning with this terrible news. One of the best athletes in history. I think he deserves a big round of applause,” Nadal said after the game ended with a Los Angeles Lakers cap on his head, as a sign of respect. to the newly deceased in a Kobe Bryant plane crash.The number one in the world was not intimidated by a Kyrgios in a state of grace, and he had the incessant support of the public. Nor, Rafa was moved by the moral blow received after giving up the second set.The Canberra player jumped to the Rod Laver Arena track with the Los Angeles Lakers jersey and eight number in homage to Kobe Bryant, accompanied by a warm and vibrant ovation. Rafa Nadal celebrates his victory against Kyrgios. Image: EFE She did not hold back her tears and Kyrgios cried disconsolately while making the last preparations before making the draw with the rival and the chair judge.The Spanish started one more march and managed to thwart the service of the opponent on the second chance to direct a partial that would end with a 6-3 result in his favor.The public fulfilled their mission and was responsible for letting Kyrgios know that he was the only local fighter alive in the box, so the Australian started the second round in a different dynamic.Nadal conceded a break ball after two games, against Federico Delbonis and Pablo Carreño, and a set, and his rival took the opportunity to put land in between.Third key set With the match tied to a set, both players became aware of not granting opportunities with the service and sent the third round to the tiebreaker.Some of the best points happened in this phase of the match, at its climax, and Nadal, who had committed a double foul with a set ball, closed the tiebreaker by 8-6.He returned to reduce his intensity and the Balearic was done with an early break that would be canceled after allowing the game to escape with the favorable 5-4.The public ‘aussie’ woke up, and with it the young local tennis player, but Nadal responded to the wonders after taking a new tiebreaker 7-4.Nadal fulfilled his objective and maintained the line of his previous game, very different from the discreet proposal concerning the first two, to pass an essential fire test to face the quarterfinals in the best possible way against the Austrian Thiem who defeated before to French Gael Monfils for 6-2, 6-4 and 6-4 in one hour and 50 minutes.The Manacor player has a balance of 9-4 in his favor as far as the direct confrontations maintained with the young Austrian although they were only measured once on hard surface.Spanish was also imposed on that occasion when it took an exciting duel to five sets precisely in a quarter-finals but in the 2018 edition of the United States Open.last_img read more

The ‘first’ meet the forecasts and qualify for quarterfinals

first_imgThe other Second B still in liza said goodbye to a Granada accustomed to take out trap games in the Cup, thanks to Carlos Fernández 2-3 in 109 ‘. Badajoz pulled an epic to tie (2-2) on the last play through Caballero. Soldier, newly entered, had done 1-2 in the 86th minute confirming the Andalusian dominance in the Nuevo Vivero Stadium despite moments of lack of control.This was the beginning, with the goal in the first minute of Álex Martínez and the local tie of Pablo Vázquez in a noise in the area. Granada finished the first half better and, despite a Gorka option for Badajoz, those of Diego Martínez drove the second half until Soldier gave what seemed more than half a ticket. As before Hospitalet and Badalona, ​​it was up to Granada to win it in extra time.Comfortable ticket from Villarreal and Real SociedadThe afternoon shift left the Villarreal pass in two blows in the last minutes of Fernando Niño and Cazorla (0-2) against Rayo Vallecano. The Madrid team wanted to knock another First but fell short and saw his two-month streak cut without losing. The newcomer Isi gave the locals a lot, as they expect in Vallecas after Embarba’s departure, and Andrés Martín, Mario Suárez and Joni Montiel had good chances.The ‘submarine’ lived further from the rival goal and approached in some local loss, with the advanced lines as usual Jémez team, with Bacca and Ontiveros. The second part was gradually yellow, with many people above and better mobility with the entrance of Cazorla. A goal by Quintillá was annulled by the VAR but Niño, who debuted in the league scoring both the victory against Alavés on Saturday, and Cazorla knocked down the Vallecano dream.In addition, Real Sociedad made it easy against Osasuna, despite a first exchange of blows, with goals from Isak and Cardona for the immediate 1-1. After the break, Oedegaard, assistant in the first, scored a direct foul 2-1 and shortly after Isak continued to gain his great moment in the face of the goal with the sentence. Osasuna was far from turning to another intense date with a Real who returned to be an executioner ‘reddish’ as ​​a month ago in the league. Photo: EFE Valencia and Granada suffer before Cultural Leonesa and BadajozVillarreal and Real Sociedad make it easy against Rayo and Osasunacenter_img Valencia suffered in a bad game but took the penalty to the pass to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey in the Kingdom of León, while Granada was credited again to the victory in extra time (2-3) in Badajoz, in a quieter day for Villarreal and Real Sociedad.After giving the bell against Atlético de Madrid, Cultural Leonesa once again faced one of the greats of Primera, a Valencia who went to rest without knocking on goal. The locals jumped very motivated and with arrivals, a ball to the crossbar of Augusto Galván included. Those of Celades went from less to more and, although they generated danger, they failed to reduce local euphoria.In the mouth of goal did not finish Soler and Gameiro missed two auction options. After the break Valencia worsened its performance. Kondogbia had a good chance ‘che’ but the ‘Cultu’ continued to gain in effort and pressure. The wear of Sergio Benito had no prize in the final stretch, for a shot that could only connect with the thigh. Already in extra time Luque forced Jaume and the goal ‘che’ began to warm up for penalties.Ferran had a couple of occasions, another Nephew, the best in Valencia to see in action for the first time a Giffard that made Atleti bitter in the previous round. The French goal however could not be a hero on penalties as the rival goal. Menudo and Benito met Jaume, an income that the current champion did not miss to avoid the scare in Leon.last_img read more

Odriozola before his long-awaited debut at Bayern’s eleven

first_imgÁlvaro Odriozola continues to be ostracized at Bayern. Since his arrival at the Allianz Arena club on loan until the end of the season he has played a total of seven minutes of 450 possible with the shirt of his new team. Of course, everything points to the San Sebastian finally live his long-awaited debut on the eleven next Friday against the Paderborn. It’s not that Hansi Flick, coach of Bayern Munich, has changed plans for the right back and wants to bet on the Spanish international, the possible ownership of Odriozola is due rather to the casualties of the Bavarian cadre. In addition to the absences of Niklas Süle and Javi Martínez due to injury, Flick cannot count on Benjamin Pavard and Jerome Boateng by accumulation of cards, so that everything points to Odriozola who replaces the world champion on the right side. Of course, the safest thing is that the prominence on the pitch remains scarce after the clash against Paderborn. Next Tuesday the Champions League returns for Bayern, which will play the first leg of the round of 16 against Chelsea at home, sufficient reason for Flick to return to his starting defense and the former Real Madrid, therefore, to the bench. It remains to be seen also where he will find his place Lucas Hernandez, who has already fully recovered from his ankle injury, but at the same time remains far from his best level. The good performance of Alphonso Davies and Pavard on the sides and the progression of David Alaba in the left center position they caused Flick to give him minutes on the right parcel of the center of the back this past Sunday in Cologne (4-1), but the former Atlético still needs to recover his physical tone to return to being a defender of guarantees for Bayern. Flick will have to make decisions.last_img read more

Sergio Suarez, the Canarian magic of a Port FC that aspires to everything

first_imgThe Khlong Toe district, located in the center of Bangkok, finally returns to enjoy elite football. His team, Port FC, ended a decade without titles last year. He won the FA Cup and won a ticket for the previous phase of the Asian Champions League thanks, in part, to the great performances of one of the Spanish footballers of his squad, Sergio Suarez (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1987). The former UD Las Palmas lives “one of the best moments” of his career in Thailand: “I am happy. Here I have felt valued and respected from the first moment. Foreigners are required much more than the rest, but I’m comfortable and I hope to be able to extend this moment as much as possible. “Suarez arrived in Thailand in 2014, although it was not until January 2017 when he signed for a Port with which he already has scored 38 goals in the Thai League, winning two bronze medals in 2018 and 2019. And to the joy of Khlong Toe, his great form continues in 2020: it only took five minutes to score his first goal of the season in the league: “After the president If you have invested a lot of money in signings, the goal remains the same: to be among the top three, they put us in a cane to be champions and that is our main goal, but I I prefer to go game by game“. Conquering the Thai League is now the big goal of the club. More if possible after falling eliminated in the previous phase of the Asian Champions League. “It was a failure“, Suarez values,” but we knew that entering the group stage was going to be very difficult. “” If we had sold to Ceres we should have gone to Japan later, and the level there is very high, “completes the Spaniard, who highlights the positive side of the experience: “The fans were very unhappy, but We got the team to play Champions almost 10 years later. Now it’s time to focus on the league and achieve the goal of being champions. “The great moment of Sergio Suárez in Thailand caught the attention of several Southeast Asian teams, but “Port values ​​me a lot and it would have been difficult to leave “. With 33 years old, the Canary, who has just signed this year, does not deny that the withdrawal is getting closer and closer: “You always doubt if the body will maintain the physical level. That is why it is best to enjoy day to day , because you never know when everything is going to end. I will try to maximize my good moment in Thailand because I am enjoying myself so much. ” He will do it with his partner and friend David Rochela, “a crack as a person and huge as a footballer. It brings seriousness and discipline, something that is scarce in Thailand.”last_img read more

The league break is allied with Ben Arfa to get in tune

first_imgThe league break of at least three weeks, two league days plus a weekend of national team matches, on account of the coronavirus pandemic, is a necessary nuisance for players, leagues and hobbies, but there is a Real footballer Valladolid who can thank you because It will be an opportunity for you to improve your physical condition. This is Hatem Ben Arfa, the star signing of the club in the winter market, who had spent eight months without training with a team or competing and proved to be far from his best moment in the two games in which he had minutes, although against Athletic he was seen better after almost a month of specific training. And it is that the francotunecino arrived in the last days of the winter market and entered the list in the second match, against Villarreal. That day he played 13 minutes, tied at one on the scoreboard. His performance was not very encouraging, because if it is true that the opponents showed respect when he had the ball, it is also true that he showed that he was not physically fit to play in the First Division. The following week, the coach, Sergio González, announced that the footballer, along with Brazilian Matheus Fernandes, would carry out specific work to take the necessary shape and rhythm. The redebut occurred last Sunday. Guardiola’s absence, by sanction, gave him the opportunity to enter the list and play the same 13 minutes against the Basque team, with the result of 1-2 and the blanquivioletas overturned in search of a tie. The match ended 1-4, but Ben Arfa showed better condition, he wanted the ball more, but being so far from the goal, he entered the theoretical position of midfielder, it hurt him. Saying that the image improved, however, does not mean that his physical condition was ideal, quite the contrary. He was still slow and with a few extra kilos. For this reason, this stoppage due to the coronavirus can be useful for the francotunencino if he takes advantage of these three weeks to shore up his physical state with the routines that have been ordered from the club.last_img read more