TOURNAMENT CENTRALCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – First serve of the 2017 Southland Volleyball Tournament, hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, is set for 11 a.m. CT Friday when No. 8 seed Abilene Christian takes on No. 1 Stephen F. Austin at the Jack Dugan Center.The Ladyjacks claimed the Southland regular season championship behind a 14-2 league record, one match ahead of No. 2 Central Arkansas. The Wildcats enter the conference postseason in their first season of eligibility following the program’s four-year transition to Division I.The winner of that match will play the winner of No. 4 Houston Baptist and No. 5 Northwestern State, who will square off at 1:30 p.m. Friday. In the regular season, the Huskies twice bested the Lady Demons 3-2 and 3-1.The bottom half of the bracket gets going at 4 p.m. when No. 7 McNeese challenges No. 2 Central Arkansas. The Cowgirls defeated the Sugar Bears in five sets in both meetings this season.The day will finish with a rematch of the 2016 Southland Volleyball championship when No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and No. 6 Sam Houston State compete at 6:30 p.m.The Islanders enter the tournament as the back-to-back defending champions. The tournament returns to Corpus Christi for the first time since 2013; Central Arkansas won that championship as the top seed, defeating No. 2 Northwestern State in five sets. Since 2011, the No. 1 seed has won every tournament except in 2014 when the Lady Demons won it all as the No. 5.The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the tournament will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network. Go to Southland.org/live or download the league’s app, available for phones, tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.The championship round will be an exclusive presentation of ESPN3, available via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.No. 1 Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (26-6, 14-2 SLC)Stephen F. Austin claimed the top spot in the conference tournament behind a 14-2 Southland record. The Ladyjacks are backed by First Team All-Conference selections Haley Coleman and Danae Daron. Coleman leads an SFA offense that ranks first in the league in hitting percentage (.261) during conference matches. All-Conference Second Team member Makenzee Hanna finished the regular season as the conference’s leader in hitting percentage (.349). This is the sixth time SFA has entered as top seed.No. 2 Central Arkansas Sugar Bears (24-4, 13-3 SLC)Central Arkansas leads the conference in kills per set (13.8) and assists (12.77). The 2017 Southland Player of the Year junior right side Samantha Anderson leads the second-seed Sugar Bears who are looking for their first tournament championship since 2013. Anderson ranked in the top-ten for league matches in hitting percentage (.330), kills per set (3.49) and blocks per set (1.10). Senior middle blocker Megan Nash made her third consecutive appearance on the All-Southland First Team, entering the tournament with a .349 hitting percentage in Southland matches.No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (14-13, 11-5 SLC)Texas A&M-Corpus Christi heads into its home tournament hitting its best stride of the season. After dropping three-straight five setters, the Islanders have won five consecutive matches in straight sets. Four of those matches were against tournament teams (Stephen F. Austin, Houston Baptist, Sam Houston State and Abilene Christian). Three-time Setter of the Year Kristyn Nicholson marshalled an offense this season that led the conference in kills per set (14.37) in Southland matches.No. 4 Houston Baptist Huskies (20-9, 11-5 SLC)Senior outside hitters Bailey Banks and Jessica Wooten lead an HBU squad searching for its first conference championship. Banks ranked third in the league in kills per set with 3.60 while Wooten leads the league in double-doubles with 16. The Huskies’ defense ranks first in digs per set (16.59) and opponent hitting percentage (.160) in league matches. No. 5 Northwestern State Lady Demons (15-16, 10-6 SLC)Northwestern State earned two individual accolades in Freshman of the Year Hannah Brister and Libero of the Year Channing Burleson, and a First Team All-Conference selection in Reagan Rogers. Brister started all but one conference match and averaged .229 hitting percentage. Burleson led the conference in digs per set in league matches with 5.50. Rogers is the conference leader in kills per set with 4.27 this Southland season.No. 6 Sam Houston State Bearkats (14-15, 10-6 SLC)Sam Houston State had its best start to a conference season with nine straight wins this year. The Bearkats, who reached the tournament championship in 2016, earned two Southland first team selections in Huntsville products Taylor Cunningham and Jordyn Vaughn. Cunningham ranked ninth in league competition for attacking percentage (.321) and kills per set (3.10). Vaughn led the league in overall matches for kills per set with 3.88 and ranked second in league-only matches with 4.08.No. 7 McNeese Cowgirls (19-12, 10-6 SLC)McNeese makes its third-straight Southland tournament appearance after compiling its most wins in a season since 2007. The Cowgirls earned a second team selection in sophomore middle blocker Shana Spree. She led the team in hitting percentage (.314), blocks (110) and service aces (36).No. 8 Abilene Christian Wildcats (11-17, 7-9 SLC)Abilene Christian won the two-team tiebreaker over UIW to earn the final spot in the Southland Tournament. The Wildcats enter the tournament ranked fifth in the league for blocks (2.44) and assists service aces per set (1.40). In overall matches, sophomore libero Amanda Chapa was second in the league in digs per set with 4.85.
Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, New Orleans, Nicholls, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all sponsor NCAA beach volleyball, with the programs at SHSU, Southeastern and SFA beginning their first competitive seasons in 2020. Beach volleyball features a format consisting of five dual matches, with two players on each team’s No. 1 through No. 5 positions. A doubles team match is won by the pair that wins two sets. The team dual is won by the team that wins the majority of doubles matches (three of five). Dual team matches will be played to decision. FRISCO, Texas – Nine beach volleyball programs will begin competing under the championship oversight of the Southland Conference in 2020, as the league adds its first sport in nearly 20 years. The Southland last added a fully-sponsored sport in 2001-02 when women’s golf was first included in the league’s championships. While there is no assigned regular-season conference schedule, the nine teams will participate in the inaugural Southland Beach Volleyball Championship, April 17-19, at the Islanders Beach Volleyball Courts in Corpus Christi, Texas. The champion will be decided through an eight-team double elimination event, with a single-elimination play-in match between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds, and a single-elimination championship match. Houston Baptist will play host to the 2021 Southland Beach Volleyball Championship. “With the continuing growth of beach volleyball across the NCAA, the Southland is excited to expand its sports sponsorship to provide student-athletes with a championship opportunity,” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett said. Beach volleyball officially becomes the league’s 18th sponsored sport, and the tournament results will also factor into the Southland’s All-Sports and Commissioner’s Cup Awards in 2019-20, and the winning team will also participate in the league’s championship ring program like other sports. The sport made its official NCAA championships debut in 2012, and had 75 teams competing nationally at the conclusion of last season. Although not yet an automatic qualification sport, the 2020 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship, consisting of eight at-large teams, will be held May 1-3 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. UCLA was crowned national champions each of the past two years. More information on NCAA Beach Volleyball is available at the following link.
$948,492 $752,436 38% 23 8 41% 3 6 27% 23% Peter Eurton31 3rd 6 Win% 48% 42% 20% $702,627 Mark Glatt40 42% 4 $231,207 BELLAFINA AT HER BEST FOR THE LAS VIRGENES 4 56% William E. Morey39 $526,567 19% 11 $791,957 13% Assael Espinoza66 12 42% 48% 5 8 JockeyMts 15 BLINKERS OFF YA GOTTA WANNA IN SAN MARCOS 17 14% 40% 8 $662,414 58% 10 Steve Knapp30 32% Money Won 5 Mike Smith44 59% Flavien Prat111 J. Keith Desormeaux33 15 58% 10 15% 15 11% 12 19% 68% 3rd 5 Money Won FOX2’S ‘SATURDAY AT THE RACES’ SHOW BEGINS Joel Rosario119 1 42% 18 $266,921 7 8 11 8% $537,788 $817,510 1 Ruben Fuentes61 9 5 9% 5 7 Philip D’Amato55 8 Bob Baffert44 2nd 13% 5 41% $1,765,088 Tyler Baze123 Heriberto Figueroa112 48% In-$ % SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 27% 19 7 In $ % $799,031 5 30% $245,100 Edwin Maldonado41 9 8 8 Jeff Mullins32 29% $138,785 2 Richard Baltas66 9 BLACKJACKCAT IN DEBUT FOR HOLLENDORFER 6 Kent Desormeaux55 7 Martin Pedroza44 $121,027 $220,203 28 58% 5 $163,991 62% 8 2nd 14 Win% 43% 5 13% TrainerSts 17% 11 50% $725,654 14 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTVMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GETTING TO KNOW AXELRODMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW LIAM THE CHARMER, A GRADED STAKES WINNERKING GLORIOUS STAKES WINNER GALILEAN (OUTSIDE) AND HE WILL WORKING THIS MORNING FOR TRAINER JERRY HOLLENDORFERFINISH LINES: Richard Baltas, third in Santa Anita’s Winter Meet standings with 12 wins, has six horses entered today, two in the third race, boosting his number for the meet to 72, second only to leader Doug O’Neill‘s 92. “You can’t make money sitting in the barn,” said Baltas, whose horses here have earned $791,957 to date . . . Jean Carlos Diaz Jr. makes his North America riding debut today. The 18-year-old from Puerto Rico is named on Irish Ballad in the second race and June Two Four in the seventh. Accompanying the 10-pound apprentice jockey represented by agent Tony Matos is his 41-year-old father, Puerto-Rico-based Juan Diaz, a top rider in his own right who needs 80 victories to reach 5,000 in his career . . . Trainer Michael McCarthy of City of Light/Pegasus World Cup fame plans to saddle John Henry Turf Championship winner Liam The Charmer in the $2.95 million HH The Amir Trophy (presented by Longines) at a mile and a half at Al Rayyan Race Course in Qatar on Feb. 23. “The owners want to run there,” the trainer noted . . . Purr-ty good hunch exacta box in today’s third race: 5-2 morning line favorite See That Kat and 8-1 chance Cat’s Desire . . . An additional reminder, special early first post time for an 11-race card Saturday is 11:30 a.m. SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST SATURDAY IS 11:30 A.M. $678,461 BELLAFINA DOING ‘GREAT’ FOR LAS VIRGENESRecapturing her best form winning the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes by 8 ½ lengths on Jan. 6 after being “in season” during a disappointing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last Nov. 2, Bellafina is Jon White’s 2-5 favorite to continue her winning ways in Saturday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile.“She’s coming into this race great,” said Simon Callaghan on a brisk Thursday morning that saw temperatures hovering just above freezing (36 degrees) at 6 a.m. “She hasn’t missed any works and trained really well since her debut this year. We’re looking forward to the race.”Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bellafina drew in the middle of five entered with the three post position. The bay daughter of Quality Road once again will be ridden by Flavien Prat, who has been aboard in all of her six previous races, winning four.The Las Virgenes, race five of 11 with an 11:30 a.m. first post time: Calf Moon Bay, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Enaya Alrabb, Mike Smith, 4-1; Bellafina, Flavien Prat, 2-5; Mother Mother, Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2; and Tomlin, Tyler Baze, 15-1.YA GOTTA WANNA TRIES SAN MARCOS SANS BLINKERSYa Gotta Wanna returns to stakes company Saturday in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses scheduled for 1 ¼ miles on turf. It will mark his first race since last Dec. 28 when the five-year-old Proud Citizen gelding steadied finishing seventh as the 2-1 favorite in an overnight race.“He’s ready to run,” said trainer Phil D’Amato. “We’re trying something different by taking the blinkers off to try to get him to relax more and hopefully he’ll finish better.”Ya Gotta Wanna has had 14 career starts, racing in blinkers in his last 13 straight.The San Marcos, which goes as race nine: Unapologetic, Geovanni Franco, 10-1; Roman Rosso, Evin Roman, 12-1; Chicago Style, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1; Epical, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Platinum Warrior, Shane Foley, 12-1; Sejo, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Dabster, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Beach View, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Lucky Soul, Heriberto Figueroa, 30-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 12-1; India Mantuana, Joel Rosario, 20-1; Ya Gotta Wanna, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; and Prince of Arabia, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1.BLACKJACKCAT DEBUTS FOR HOLLENDORFER IN THUNDER ROADHard-hitting veteran Blackjackcat makes his first start for Jerry Hollendorfer Saturday in the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes for older horses at one mile on turf after campaigning in his previous 20 starts for trainer Mark Glatt.“He’s doing real well,” Hollendorfer said of the six-year-old Tale of the Cat gelding owned and bred by Al and Sandee Kirkwood. “We’ll see how he does.”Blackjackcat was fifth in last year’s Thunder Road after a wide trip as the even-money favorite. He has six wins and five thirds, with earnings of $590,365.The Thunder Road, which goes as race seven: River Boyne, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Ohio, Ruben Fuentes, 5-2; Le Ken, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Desert Stone, Joel Rosario, 3-1; True Valor, Andrea Azteni, 8-1; and Blackjackcat, Mike Smith, 5-1.FOX2 AIRS LAS VIRGENES STAKES SATURDAYFox2 begins its “Saturday at the Races” show in two days featuring the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile airing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Nine other “Saturday at the Races” shows from Santa Anita are scheduled to be aired, with Michelle Yu reporting. In addition to the Las Virgenes, they are:Monday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the California Cup Derby; Saturday, Feb. 23, the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes, 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, the Pasadena Stakes, 12 noon to 3 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; also, Saturday, March 16, the Grade I Beholder Mile and the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, 2 p.m. to 4:30; and Saturday, April 6, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.Races to be determined will also air Friday, April 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, April 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 16% 9 5 18% 7 12 18 44% 22 8 $262,365 3 11 Jerry Hollendorfer57 21 7 5 15 John Sadler43 47% Rafael Bejarano86 22 19% 17 6 41% 12 14 19% Peter Miller66 Doug O’Neill92 Richard Mandella26 8 2 7 21% William Spawr13 $384,699 58% 11% 11 Geovanni Franco106 44% Tiago Pereira81 15% 6 7 15% 14 18% $544,807 5 13 44% 7 9 25% (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 3) 59% 15 11 13 $1,355,943 14% 7 $689,933 9 10 37% 22% 9 38% $746,560 Agapito Delgadillo34 $357,291 5 3 16% 1st 18% 17% $461,424 Joseph Talamo85 $594,312 2 22 $756,055 $286,612 Drayden Van Dyke85 1 1st 10 13 $119,836
But the North Londoners made contact after Lloris’ arm injury in the defeat at Brighton ruled the Frenchman out for the rest of the year.Vorm has been seeking a new club ever since he was released and is understood to be in good shape despite not playing.He was close to joining Liverpool as cover when Alisson picked up an injury earlier this season.Lloris fell awkwardly after he spilled Pascal Gross’ cross to gift Neal Maupay a third-minute opener for the Seagulls.MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD 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 CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strut3Medics spent five minutes treating him in the goalmouth before he was carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital.A statement from Spurs read: “The findings have shown that although surgery will not be required, our club captain has suffered ligament damage and is not expected to return to training before the end of 2019.”Vorm has agreed a short-term deal to the end of the season.3 Michael Vorm has been called back to the club to fill in for injured Hugo LlorisCredit: Reuters Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in agony as he suffers horror elbow injury at Brighton VETERAN keeper Michel Vorm has rejoined Spurs as emergency cover for injured skipper Hugo Lloris.Dutchman Vorm, 35, left Tottenham in the summer after five years at the club.3 Michel Vorm joined Spurs in 2014 after three years with SwanseaCredit: Getty Images – GettyVorm made 13 Prem appearances and played 47 games in total after his £3.5m move from Swansea.It was part of a combined deal in the summer of 2014 that saw Ben Davies moving with him from Wales and Gylfi Gigurdsson going the other way.The Dutchman has been out of contract since leaving Spurs.
RAHEEM STERLING escaped a red card after a horror tackle on Dele Alli – much to the disbelief of Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho.Manchester City forward Sterling went in with his studs up and caught his England team-mate Alli on the shin.2 Raheem Sterling escaped a red card after a horror tackle on Dele Alli2 Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was shocked Sterling was not sent offVAR FOR STERLING TACKLE 📺Mourinho is livid with Sterling’s tackle on Alli but the video assistant referee sticks with Mike Dean’s call for a yellow. 📺 Watch on Sky Sports Premier League📱 Follow #TOTMCI here: https://t.co/3NT72PRKGS📲 Download the @SkySports app! pic.twitter.com/o8HzP28JB6— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 2, 2020 Most read in football THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsAmazingly, that was not the most contentious VAR decision of the game after Serge Aurier took down Sergio Aguero in the box.But ref Mike Dean waved the game on before the decision was overruled TWO MINUTES after the incident.Ilkay Gundogan went on to have his spot-kick saved only for Sterling to latch onto the rebound and go to ground as Hugo Lloris also went for the ball.But this time no penalty was rewarded – and it stayed that way. The tackle went to VAR and despite the nature of the late challenge, Sterling was only shown yellow.Spurs boss Mourinho watched the foul back in the dugout and was in shock as officials deemed it not dangerous play.Sterling was quick to apologise to Alli – who was left wincing in pain.Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sent off for a similar tackle against Crystal Palace last month after initially only receiving yellow.Fans online slammed the lack of consistency after Sterling escaped an early sending off.One said: “Red all day. Same as Aubamayang vs Palace, right on the ankle.”Another said: “No difference in that and Aubameyang’a red against Palace. No consistency.”One added: “Absurd call.”Absurd call— EPL Football Talk (@PLfootballtalk) February 2, 2020 This is what Jose Mourinho thought of the decision 😤 pic.twitter.com/KmVZuAtEJZ— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 2, 2020 the same sort of challenge Auba got sent off for….. #VAR— ℳℜ.KIИGßEEZ👑🐝🇯🇲 (@lando_AFC) February 2, 2020 Disgusting tackle and even worse decision! Wow VAR— Connor (@ConnorM1961) February 2, 2020
VICTOR WANYAMA has completed a move to MLS side Montreal Impact after leaving Tottenham.The Kenyan powerhouse will link up with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who has been in charge at the Canadian team since November.1 Victor Wanyama has completed a move to MLS side Montreal Impact after leaving TottenhamCredit: Getty – ContributorWanyama has struggled for game time this season with just four appearances and has been completely frozen out since Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs confirmed the transfer in a statement, which read: “We have reached agreement with Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact for the transfer of Victor Wanyama.”We wish Victor well for the future.”The European transfer window shut at the beginning of February, but the MLS campaign has just started, and teams can make transfers until May 5.Despite selling Wanyama, Spurs are still without midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who has been out with a knee injury the start of the year.But summer signing Tanguy Ndombele returned to the squad last month after missing four games with a groin strain. Transfer NewsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaGossipNO BALE OUTGareth Bale’s Real Madrid future in limbo with NO firm transfer offers yetGossipJOR BLIMEY!Jorginho’s agent says Chelsea ace is being chased by two top European clubsSpurs also have Harry Kane and Son Heung-min sidelined which left Mourinho vocal about Tottenham’s injury struggles as they battle to secure a Champions League finish.He said in February: “The situation is difficult.”Nobody else in the Premier League or even in Europe is in such a difficult situation as we are in terms of injuries in specific positions.”David Beckham mocked by LA FC fans as they chant ‘you look lonely’ as Inter Miami lose first ever MLS match
Sergio Gonzalez, coach of Real Valladolid, lamented at the end of the game against Real Madrid that a side center would disrupt their options to add. “I am very pissed off having thrown a game after exceptional work. We have only generated danger to the ball, “he said.“We can’t throw a game for a badly defended brand. If they had to beat us, we wanted it to be for a genius. Such a powerful team shouldn’t beat you like that“, said the coach, who stressed that his pupils had” minimized the rival in all combinatorial aspects. ” they were “less to more”, since they came out “somewhat self-conscious, because of the pressure involved in playing at home and leading many games without winning,” he explained. In this regard, he indicated that “they” did not want “make mistakes “and that “excessive responsibility” made them “be inaccurate.” Despite this, the blanquivioletas were “growing” in the game and had “controlled”, although the goal altered that feeling. Following the so much, they vanished, “because there was nothing left to lose. “” We cannot afford these luxuries, “the coach reiterated, regretting the goal again. In his opinion, “the party has worked well, Madrid has not been comfortable, has not leaked balls and has only won the ball stopped “. As to Raul Ram, who just arrived at the team in the market winter, said they knew that “he is a footballer who was going to give performance important immediately, and that was an alternative to Nacho. ” Regarding the change of An I by Oscar Plano, Sergio Gonzalez commented that “when taking out Real Madrid to Lucas Vázquez they changed the band to Rodrygo so we wanted to balance the two for two in band with the entrance of Plano “. In this regard, he warned that “in all changes, are sought all the pros and cons “and, in that case, it was thought which tip was taken and they thought that Ünal was more tired than Guardiola. The fans seemed to dislike it, although the coach was sympathetic. “I understand that you did not like the change,” he confessed, although he clarified that I did not think that to err “in the marks dictated in a lateral center” had “nothing to do with playing with one or two strikers”.
Was Pablo Maffeo the desired option by the then coach, David Gallego, to replace before the preseason began the vacancy left by Roberto Rosales in Espanyol after finishing his assignment. But the canterano opted for Girona and, by the time he had the money to recover the Venezuelan (just over a million, of the three initially asked for by Málaga) it was already late, he had been awarded the Leganés. And it wasn’t until the final stretch of the market, on August 21, when he obtained the club perico the loan of Sébastien Corchia from Sevilla. Some tombs of the summer market that, in the background, are nothing more than a symptom of dizziness experienced by Espanyol in the demarcation of right-handed lateral.It is a true paradox, since the team does not give, and that three technicians have already passed through the bench, with a fixed occupant just in one of the seasons that has the most tenants position. Even taking Corchia for granted, who right now does not have a bib because his return is unlikely or, at least, undetermined. The sublimation of the disruption occurred last Saturday, against Athletic, when a center like Lluís López ended up occupying the lane, after Víctor Sánchez, who had been the holder for the sanction of Javi López, played a few minutes threatened to see a second yellow. Javi is precisely who started the season on the side and who can complete it, judging by the decisions of Abelardo Fernández, who also seems not to have Víctor Gómez, which rose precisely his predecessor, Pablo Machín, and that last Sunday he even returned to play with Espanyol B, in Second B. Nor is another canterano like Gonzalo Ávila ‘Pipa’, this one with a professional record, has enjoyed the approval of none of the three technicians, beyond their brilliant match in the Europa League, against Ferencvaros … Playing left-handed.There were fewer problems last year, and that Pipa left on loan and only Javi López and Rosales remained, or between 2016 and 2018, when Marc Navarro shared the position With the captain, the fruit of his effort is always there. So who knows if the problem can be enlarged if the next course does not renew contract. For now, in Granada, it will reappear in the lane.
Until now Qatar had not decided to take drastic measures regarding football. Although earlier in the week, the government had suspended classes at all colleges and universities, kept going as for the king sport, before the outrage of the protagonists.Xavi Hernández, coach of Al Sadd, was the first to cry out to heaven last Thursday, showing his utter perplexity at having to play a game behind closed doors on Friday for the quarterfinals of the Emir Cup. “There is no point in continuing to play because we are talking about a public health issue“Denounced the technician. Fortunately, those responsible for the QSL took good note of the complaints and outrage of the protagonists, and have decided to suspend from today and until next March 29 the matches that had to be played in the League competition. Likewise, the rest of the matches scheduled in other competitions and categories are also postponed. Xavi showed his support for this decision, giving a ‘like’ to the official announcement of the Federation of the suspension of the League through social networks.Thus, the Government of Qatar wants to set an example on prevention measures and, although it does not have any coronavirus victims yet (about 300 infected have been counted so far), maintain a protocol of maximum intensity to prevent the spread of the pandemic. This month The Moto GP World Championship has already been canceled in Doha, although it did run Moto 2 and Moto 3. In any case, we must not forget that Qatar will host the 2022 soccer World Cup and it must be a paradigm in every way, both in safety and prevention.
But Lautaro does not compete with anyone. Being a winger, not a striker like Lautaro, Neymar has scored 18 goals in 22 games and has provided 10 assists. Not only that. Neymar is more than a tremendous soccer player when he sets his mind to it. It is a brand and Barça needs a commercial claim that powerful for when Messi is no longer there. In addition, the arrival of Neymar would allow Luis Suárez to end his contract with Barça. The Catalan club could consider the incorporation of a level striker (Aubameyang, Ben Yedder), but at a lower price than Lautaro. In favor of Lautaro, however, it weighs that a sector of the Barça directive does not see the return of Neymar clearly. Not only for how he left and for his carousel of complaints against Barça, but for his irregular sports performance the last three seasons due to injuries. For short-termists, the signing is Neymar without conclusion. It guarantees results from the beginning and your level of motivation, in principle, would be very high. Lautaro is a project. And then there is the Messi factor, who will not decide but with whom he will obviously consult the club as Bartomeu himself has acknowledged that he does on occasion. For asking, the six-time Ballon d’Or will love both of them. He is a friend and a lover of Neymar’s football and Barça’s trident is one of his best memories as a footballer, but he also closely follows Lautaro’s evolution as a future for Barça.It cannot be ruled out that the club tries both signings. That would only be possible in a very favorable scenario, if all the stars were aligned and if the operations were cheaper with players. But neither PSG nor Inter have shown signs of being in the process of accepting barter. And something else. Barça not only need to renew their top. From the top of the club insists for months on the need to sign a right back (Emerson can come if there is a good offer for Semedo); a right center (Bastoni, Christensen, Bastoni sound and the dream is still De Ligt); and a midfielder on the course (one of the favorites is Fabián, but his price at the moment does not make it easy). If Barça really wants to fix their spine, Lautaro and Neymar will not fit. And we will have to choose in that dilemma. Barça do not have 300 million euros in the box. That is what, today, it would cost him to face the operations of Neymar (about 180-190 in round numbers) and Lautaro Martínez (his exit clause, only during the first two weeks of July, is 111 million euros ). It is possible that the market crash due to the coronavirus crisis will lower player prices this summer. But if that happens, the same will happen with the transfer budgets of the clubs.Although Barça is encouraged internally to sell that it is possible, a decision will have to be made. Neymar or Lautaro. Sportingly, it appears that the Argentine is more necessary for Barça. At 22 years old, the Inter striker has scored 16 goals in 31 official matches, has begged his market value (on the transfermarkt specialized website he went from 40 to 80 million euros) and has the ideal profile to be the successor de Suárez in Barcelona. His age would allow rejuvenate the squad and amortize his signing. At 33 years old, Suarez is in the final stretch of his career. Barça have been watching Lautaro Martínez live for months and the reports are positive. It is the preferred nine.