Big Numbers Clinch Weekly Awards for Islanders’ Green and Ladyjacks’ Mitchell

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Madison Green and Stephen F. Austin’s Taya Mitchell are the Southland Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Green pushed the Islanders (3-4) to two wins last week, while recording a pair of triple-double performances. The senior will lead her Texas A&M-Corpus Christi squad back to action this weekend against with a trio of games in Hammond, La., beginning against conference foe Southeastern Louisiana Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. CT.Mitchell grabbed her first defensive weekly honor by helping the Ladyjacks (7-0) keep their unbeaten streak intact on the road. The junior appeared in 14 sets, producing 18 blocks and holding opponents to a .125 hitting percentage. Stephen F. Austin is back in action this week with a trio of games at the Arkansas State Invitational, beginning with the host school Thursday at 6 p.m.Offensive Player of the Week: Madison Green – Sr. – Setter – Dripping Springs, TexasGreen had a pair of triple-doubles in three matches, helping the Islanders to a 2-2 record last week. The senior setter had 15 kills, 29 assists and 11 digs in a five-set match against UTEP. She came back the next day in a 3-1 victory over Coppin State with 37 assists, 10 kills and 10 digs. For the week, Green averaged 9.12 assists, 2.24 kills and 2.0 digs per set.Honorable Mention: Annika Slovak, Lamar; Lucie Pokorna, New Orleans; Alexis Warren, Northwestern State; Corin Evans, Stephen F. Austin.Defensive Player of the Week: Taya Mitchell – Jr. – Middle Blocker – Rowlett, TexasA strong front-row defensive effort by Mitchell not only helped SFA remain undefeated, it helped the team claim wins over the Big 12 and the Big Ten en route to a tournament title at the Northwestern Under Armour Challenge. Mitchell registered at least four rejections in each of the Ladyjacks’ four matches this week, beginning the stretch with seven blocks on the road over Loyola-Chicago on Thursday. Against Northwestern, she added four blocks, while helping hold the Wildcats to a .083 attack percentage. With Mitchell on their side, SFA also helped head coach Debbie Humphreys pick up her 700th career victory.Honorable Mention: Emily Doss, Central Arkansas; Abigale Nash, Lamar, Andrea Nava, New Orleans; Carissa Barnes, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Hercules Tires Named Title Sponsor of Southland Conference Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament

first_imgFRISCO, TEXAS – The Southland Conference announced Thursday that Hercules Tires, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Tire Distributors one of the largest independent suppliers of tires in North America, will become the title sponsor of the Southland Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament and designation as the Official Tire of the Conference. About the Southland ConferenceFounded in 1963, the Southland Conference sponsors 19 NCAA Division I sports, including FCS football, and serves more than 4,200 student-athletes at its 13 member institutions in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The membership of the Southland encompasses nearly 140,000 current students and an alumni base of over 800,000. The collective group of athletic programs serves a local population base of nearly 14 million people, and the league boasts six television markets in the Top 100 of the U.S., including Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, New Orleans and Little Rock. The Southland Conference is located in Frisco, Texas, one of America’s fastest-growing cities and recently named by Money Magazine as the No. 1 Place to Live in the U.S.  Sports organizations affiliated with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer are also headquartered in Frisco. Each January, the Southland annually serves as the host conference for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game. The multi-year agreement marks one of the largest sponsorship agreements in Southland Conference history. In addition, Hercules Tires will have an integrated marketing presence throughout the year, allowing the brand to connect with Southland Conference alumni, fans, students, and employees at all league championship events.  “Although Hercules Tires has been around since 1952 we are continuously working to grow brand awareness with our target audience, and felt this partnership was great way to support our initiatives,” said Hercules Director of Marketing Nakia Medlin. “Not only do we get to engage with passionate college basketball fans during championship season this unique partnership allows us to integrate our brand and engage with these colleges and universities throughout the year to build a connection with not only the young fan base, but also alumni, faculty and the local community as well.” About Van WagnerVan Wagner, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Van Wagner Group LLC, creates, advises, and sells on behalf of world-class teams, leagues, brands, properties, and colleges. An innovator in the sports and media business, Van Wagner is a global leader in high-impact broadcast visible signage throughout the MLB, NBA, NCAA, and the highest levels of international soccer, sponsorships sales, premium ticketing, college multi-media rights, and in-venue content production at the world’s biggest sporting events. “The Southland Conference is proud to join with Hercules Tires in this terrific partnership,” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett added. “We greatly appreciate the interest of Hercules Tires to spotlight the great efforts of Southland student-athletes, and also look forward to this sponsorship adding more focus on our premier event of the year, the men’s and women’s basketball tournament.”center_img The 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament will take place at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, March 11-15. Eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams will be vying for an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.  The multi-year agreement strengthens the league’s sponsorships as one of the largest agreements in Southland Conference history. It is a key component of an exclusive partnership across eight NCAA Conferences and 32 campuses. “We’re excited to enter into an official partnership with the Southland Conference and the national platform this sponsorship gives us to grow our brand visibility by introducing it to fans at a grassroots level,” Senior Vice President of Hercules Tires, Joshua Simpson said. “The ability to have an on-site presence at events throughout the year will create an opportunity to develop an authentic relationship and be top of mind when it’s time to make a tire purchase.” About Hercules Tires Hercules Tires is widely recognized as the industry’s premier value brand with a comprehensive selection of passenger, UHP, light truck, medium truck and specialty tires. Since 1952, independent tire dealers and distributors have trusted Hercules to deliver outstanding quality, exceptional support, and unsurpassed value.Hercules is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Tire Distributors, Inc. American Tire Distributors is one of the largest independent suppliers of tires in the North American replacement tire market. The company offers an unsurpassed breadth and depth of inventory, frequent delivery and value-added services to approximately 80,000 customers across the U.S. and Canada. Follow Hercules Tires on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@HerculesTires). The broad-based, multifaceted agreement was negotiated by the Southland’s multi-media rights partner Van Wagner.last_img read more

Spurs fail in £2m bid for teenage starlet Jade-Jones dubbed ‘quickest ever’

first_imgSPURS have been attempting to sign new players despite preparing for Mauricio Pochettino’s exit.Tottenham have just seen a £1.75million bid turned down for teenage Peterborough forward Ricky Jade-Jones.2 Peterborough forward Ricky Jade-Jones is on Tottenham’s radarCredit: Rex FeaturesThe attacking midfielder, who made his Posh debut last month against Arsenal under-21s in the Trophy aged just 16, is being watched by most of the Premier League.But even though doubt has surrounded Pochettino’s future for some weeks, the club’s recruiting department has carried on as normal.Spurs have been warned they could have to pay up to £10m for Jade-Jones who has been described by Posh boss Darren Ferguson as “the quickest player I have ever managed”.Since turning 17 this month and signing a professional deal, Jade-Jones has scored twice – including the second goal in his team’s 2-0 FA Cup replay win over Stevenage on Tuesday.Former boss David Pleat is still a consultant at White Hart Lane and has urged Spurs to sign Jade-Jones.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s 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 himHe has also told Tottenham to land Max Aarons from Norwich and they are likely to make another attempt this January.Pleat also urged Spurs to sign James Maddison from Norwich but chairman Daniel Levy thought he was too expensive and he moved to Leicester for £22m.Jose Mourinho could also reportedly convince Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld to sign new contracts as one of his first moves as boss. 2Barcelona join battle to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as Europe’s top clubs chase axed Tottenham bosslast_img read more

Lewas make it two from two

first_imgThe Pacific MMI Lewas cruised to victory over Cook Islands yesterday with an 85 run thumping on day two of the East Asia Pacific Women’s Trophy.  Batting first, the Lewas stepped up their intensity from their first game, batting out the full twenty overs with the loss of only two wickets to post a big total of 162.Lewas openers, Mebo Ipi (37) and debutant Sibona Jimmy (35) were again on song, putting up a 72 run stand to get things going.The dismissals of Ipi and Jimmy only brought more trouble for the Cook Islanders as another debutant in Helen Buruka (29) and Pauke Siaka (42) smashed a total of 10 boundaries between themselves to set the target.The Cook Islanders run chase got off to a bad start as they lost their two openers cheaply for only 16 runs thanks to some good bowling from the Lewas.From there, the Lewas made easy work of the rest of the Cook Islands batters, 6 of who scored less than 10 runs. In the end, the task proved too much for the Cooks who eventually ran out of overs and batters.Lewas right arm medium bowler, Tanya Ruma was the star bowler for her team with figures of 3/8. Other valuable contributions came from Boni David and Pipi Siaka who picked up two wickets each.The Lewas in their next two matches will play the Cricket Without Borders team and meet Samoa later today.last_img read more

Butragueño: “Courtois has made a sensational match”

first_imgVictory: “Very happy to be in a very difficult game. The team has adapted to a very difficult and uncomfortable game. We are very happy.”Job: “A lot of contact, interruptions, locked game. Courtois has made a sensational game. They tried to take advantage of their aerial game but we have been very powerful and then we have taken advantage of our options.”Varane Actions: “The matches are presented as they are presented and we have shown maturity to adapt to a game of great contact; of particular duels and we have done a remarkable job of adapting to what the party requested.” Valverde: “In each game it is growing. He has shown it with the pass to Bale. On the last play although he was ahead he has done what he had to do. He is young and will give us a lot.”Super Cup: “I see the team very well, playing great football and in a great line. We go there with great enthusiasm.”Without Ramos: “Sergio is essential for us. But we have shown that we have a staff with many resources and who plays responds. Satisfied with all players.”last_img read more

Total alarm in Barcelona: Luis Suárez will be on leave for four months

first_imgImage: Reuters Barcelona plans to sign a striker to replace the Uruguayan Bad news for the Football Club Barcelona. The Barca club has announced that its player Luis Suarez will be off four months after being operated this Sunday from the external meniscus of the right knee. With all this, the Uruguayan will not return to the team until the final leg of the season. Luis Suarez had long been dragging discomfort in his knee and that was the reason he did not play the final of the Copa del Rey. According to the newspaper Marca, Barcelona is looking for a substitute to face the second part of the season.With all this, the Blaugrana team accumulates problems after the elimination in the Super Cup and the club’s decision to find a substitute for their coach Ernesto Valverde.last_img read more

Bale left in 82 ‘, with Madrid struggling to overcome

first_imgGareth Bale (30 years old) left Santiago Bernabéu before the end of the match against the Royal Society, in which Real Madrid was eliminated in the Copa del Rey. AS hunted in Welsh by leaving the white stadium in the 82nd minute.At that moment, Zidane’s team was 1-4 below on the scoreboard. Therefore, Bale missed 2-4, 3-4 and the latest attempts to force the extension of his teammates, who touched the draw. The one of the Real Sociedad is the fourth consecutive meeting in which Cardiff does not enter the plans of his coach, the first two by injury and the last two by technical decision. eleven Bale’s fifth gear before the end this seasonBale del Bernabéu’s departure before the end of a match is a usual gesture in ’11’. An example of just over a year ago was January 7, 2019, precisely before the Royal Society. He was seen leaving the compound in minute 78, although the internal regime code only allows Madrid players to do so after 80 ‘.Closer in time are your marches from December 7, 2019, in the 80 ‘, with 2-0 in favor against Espanyol; or that of the visit of Seville, on January 18, in 82 ‘, in what was his letter once acting like this this season. Today came the fifth …last_img read more

Ronaldo’s instinct to excel as a footballer and as an entrepreneur

first_imgRonaldo Nazário is considered one of the best strikers in history. However, its beginnings were quite different; his first experience with a ball in his feet was as a futsal goalkeeper and at the age of nine. “We have to adapt to our reality and look for the best option,” said the Brazilian in an interview in Forbes Brazil from his home in Valladolid. Before the hundreds of children with whom he shared evidence, he explained, and seeing that there were only two gatekeepers, he decided to try it in that position. He passed the test and a week later, determinedly, he spoke to his coach and asked him to play later.“Since I was little I knew that I was going to have to overcome many obstacles along the way and that many people were going to try to make me give up. My passion for soccer made me keep going and seek to fulfill my goal,” said the president of Real Valladolid, who recalled their beginnings with Cruzeiro in the Mineiro Championship with 16 years, only one after arriving at the club, as well as his jump to Europe in the 90s, after being with the Brazilian team in the ’94 World Cup.Few days ago 20 years, against Lazio, in the ranks of Inter Milan, he had his first serious knee injury, a rupture of the patellar tendon that caused it to remove its most resilient side. “In my first season at Inter I started suffering from chronic tendinitis, I went to the operating room to make a suture in a cracked part and, on my return, I was injured in that game. I became desperate; my head was going too fast, I thought I was putting my future at risk, I was very young and everything I struggled to get there and suffer that, unprecedented in the world of football, made them not know if I was going to return, “he said.Indeed, his sports career was at risk to the point that they told him he would be lucky if he could walk again: “The recovery was very difficult. In the eighth month, I went to one of the best specialists in Orlando and he told me that I would have to undergo surgery to hopefully have a normal life, but without doing high-performance sports.” Following the advice of Gérard Saillant, a doctor who had operated on him in the first instance, he spent four months recovering in a rehabilitation center in France and, after almost two years, following his instinct for self-improvement, he returned to play.“For a professional athlete it is a long time. When you go back to training, muscular problems appear. And even so, I had confidence in the doctor and in the knee. I had a lot of strength. I did not know the strength that I had within me to recover it; dramatic, but live it … I spent two months in the same position, but at no time did I think about giving up. I had to keep fighting for my dream, “Ronaldo continued explaining. His experience as an entrepreneurRonaldo landed in September 2018 in Valladolid (from where he attended Forbes, after moving from Madrid), but previously had other experiences that helped him become the businessman he is today, in sports marketing in Brazil and in the Fort Lauderdale Strikes of American football. As “the budget was very small, with 25 million debt”, when he arrived he didn’t have much leeway, so “before thinking about the workforce”, he thought about the management team that he formed after acquiring that 51% of the shares in exchange for 30 million euros (currently manages 82% of the total). Gabriel Lima, Matthieu Fenaert and David Espinar have been his strong men ever since in this “incredible experience”, from those who have developed their club plan, while they continued “betting on the team that went to the First Division” and the team achieved salvation.“Things improved a lot then, because we had time to plan what Real Valladolid would be. We have made a reform with the elimination of the pit, the changing rooms … We did a big renovation in the stadium for our fans“said Ronaldo, who highlighted the history of the club and all the work” that remains to be done. “Make “history in Valladolid”Among Ronaldo’s main projects in Valladolid is the negotiation with the City Council for the purchase of the stadium, which he considers important in understanding that they can “exploit the stadium’s capacity much better and the possibility that it will be an important part of the city,” the president explained.It also recognized that the negotiation of the transfer of the land of the sports city is “ending”: “It is the most important thing we have to do. The current structure is very discreet, let’s say it like this; it is not what First Division players deserve. We are finishing all the paperwork, the bureaucratic procedures that have to be done because it is a public concession. We already have the money to build the training center, which today serves 600 children and which we hope will host more than 3,000. “With pride, the maximum shareholder blanquivioleta stressed that Pucela is “the club with the lowest debt in the Spanish League”, although it is well known that it does not conform. His ambition is “to make history at Real Valladolid”, something for which he has a special impulse. “I feel unconditional support from the fans and the city. It gives me much more strength to carry out the objectives, “concluded Ronaldo.last_img read more

Upamecano wants to be Ramos

first_imgFor Dayotchanculle Oswald Upamecano (Évreux, 10-27-1988) There is a model to follow and it is the one that Sergio Ramos marks. Culé’s friend since childhood Ousmane Dembelé, with whom he played games in the Madeleine neighborhood, a demographically African neighborhood (in fact, the Upamecano family is originally from Guinea-Bisau). There, among his neighbors, he forged his competitive mentality. “We had two and three hour tournaments that were very hard”, explained Upamecano himself in early 2019 in an interview in the magazine So Foot. Matches not suitable for anyone, recognized Upa (as many of his friends know him). That is why it is striking who thinks he could manage there and be a winner: Sergio Ramos. “For me, Ramos is the best defender in the world. At the beginning I played in all positions and when they fixed me as central I started to observe him a lot. His personality is special and that’s why I think he could be very comfortable in those tournaments that we rode at Madeleine … “, recounted the defender from Leipzig. “Especially, what I love about Sergio is his game“The camero is the central defender who inspires Upamecano and could be an incentive to convince him to sign for Madrid, although the new French talent draws much attention from other experts in the guild related to Bayern. Thomas Helmer, ex-central of the Bavarian club (from 1992 to 1999), recently blessed him in Germany sweeping towards Munich: “The boy He would fit in at Bayern because he is a super player, physically very strong and incredibly fast.” Upamecano aims very high.last_img read more

The Mayor of Vitoria offers Mendizorroza in case the Cup final is played in the short term

first_imgUEFA urges national competitions to resolve the leagues and cups as soon as possible and the identity of the clubs that will play next year in European competitions will be known soon. And the return protocol in Spain has already started. Real Sociedad and Athletic are waiting.The people of San Sebastian have a guaranteed place (right now in the Champions League) but Athletic does not. And the way to enter the Europa League is by winning the final of the Copa del Rey because, otherwise, the seventh place in the league would enter. In that sense, it is in the lions’ best interests to play it anytime soon. The two teams want to play with the public but that cannot happen until 2021 according to all indications. Seville already has the rights to the final in the coming years but, if there are no fan movements, there will be no income. Also, playing in the middle of the summer in the Seville capital does not seem to be the best of ideas.If the return to the league competition is a success, it should not be ruled out that this definitive match was resolved this summer and that is where Mendizorroza’s option has taken shape. It is a neutral course, close to the two cities involved, and perfect for playing without an audience. At this point, neither the Spanish Federation nor the affected clubs have contacted Alavés or the Vitoria city council.The consistory is the owner of the facility and its mayor, Gorka Urtaran, offered yesterday Thursday when he said that “the ideal would be for a game like this to be held with the presence of the two fans but, as things stand, our stadium could be a good option. ” The first mayor of the city makes the field available to the organization.last_img read more