Northwestern State is the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 6 Abilene Christian in the morning session while the Islanders will contest No. 7-seed New Orleans. In the afternoon, No. 4 Sam Houston State will compete against No. 5 Central Arkansas while No. 8 UIW get its shot at the top-seeded Cowgirls. McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi shared the regular season championship. The Cowgirls seek their first tournament title while the Islanders look to capture their third consecutive championship. In their regular season battle, McNeese bested Corpus Christi 5-2 in Lake Charles, La., and will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament. No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (10-1 SLC)Head coach Steve Moore leads his Islanders squad to its 10th straight appearance at the Southland Tournament. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is trying to become the first team to three-peat since Southeastern Louisiana did so in 2005-07. The Islanders only loss of the season came to the No. 1 seed, McNeese. The 2018 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, Luna Dormet, went 10-1 at the No. 3 line and was one of two Islanders on the All-Conference First Team. Marina Vicens Miquel was voted the first team singles player at the No. 5 flight. Corpus Christi won the regular season meeting over New Orleans, 5-2. Semifinals are slated for Saturday at 2 p.m. with the championship scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. No. 5 Central Arkansas (7-4 SLC)Clinching a berth in its’ sixth-consecutive season, the returning tournament-runner up enters Beaumont looking to bounce back from a 7-0 sweep against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to close out the regular season. The Sugar Bears earned two First-Team doubles pair in the duo of Amiru Shimoguchi and Chunan Xiang and with the pair of QiLi Ma and Rada Manataweewat. The latter tandem is the winningest doubles team in program history. No. 3 Northwestern State (8-3 SLC)Fueled by the 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year, Polina Mutel, Patric DuBois and the Lady Demons search for their first Southland Tournament championship since 2015. This is the sixth consecutive tournament appearance for Northwestern State. Mutel tallied a 10-1 record at No. 1 singles to receive first team honors and also posted the same record in No. 1 doubles with partner Polina Ivanova. The pair won first team honors. The Lady Demons head into Beaumont trying to snap a two-match losing stretch, falling 4-3 to Central Arkansas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to close the season. Abilene Christian claimed victory 4-3 in the teams’ match March 30, handing NSU its first conference loss this year. No. 7 New Orleans (4-7 SLC)New Orleans returns to the Southland Tournament hoping to make back-to-back semifinal appearances after topping McNeese 4-3 last season. The Privateers match up with the two-time defending tournament champion, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. UNO picked up points from Trang Dao and Mar Gendra at line one and six, respectively, in the regular season against the Islanders. BEAUMONT, TEXAS – The 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament begins Friday at 10 a.m. CT. at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center in Beaumont, Texas, hosted by Lamar University. No. 4 Sam Houston State (8-3 SLC)Head coach Rob Hubbard takes Sam Houston State to its second-consecutive Southland Tournament in as many years at the helm. With a 9-2 record at the top flight in singles, Fabienne Gettwart earned an All-Conference Second Team recognition. Sam Houston won six of its final seven outings. The team’s 13 overall victories is the most single season victories in program history. The Bearkats overcame a 1-0 deficit after dropping the doubles point to defeat Central Arkansas 4-3 on March 24. No. 8 UIW (3-8 SLC)UIW makes its first appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament in its first season eligible for postseason play since transitioning to Division I. The Cardinals won the tiebreaker to claim the final spot in the tournament thanks to a win over Lamar in the regular season. UIW ended the regular season with a 4-3 loss to Stephen F. Austin. No. 1 McNeese Cowgirls (10-1 SLC)Heading into the tournament winning the Southland regular season championship, the Cowgirls look now to clinch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Sarah Jurakova and Phonexay Chitdara each claimed First Team All-Conference selections at the No. 2 and No. 5 flight, respectively. They also made noise in doubles play with Charoline Erlandsson and Hannah Brett taking a second team spot. McNeese’s lone loss of the league season came at home against Northwestern State in a 4-3 defeat. Since then the Cowgirls have pieced together eight straight Southland victories. In the regular season, McNeese swept UIW 7-0 and did not give up a set. No. 6 Abilene Christian (7-4 SLC)In its first season eligible for the Southland postseason since transitioning to Division I, Abilene Christian makes its conference tournament debut. The Wildcats’ Lucile Pothier went 9-2 in the conference season to earn a Second Team All-Conference award along with Nini Memishishi who tallied a 6-1 record at the No. 3 line. ACU tied for fifth in the league standings with Central Arkansas but loss the tiebreaker to UCA, falling 4-3 earlier this season.
FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian hurler Kai Schmidt and McNeese junior pentathlon competitor Grace McKenzie are the 2019 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Year, the league announced Friday. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Schmidt claims the award after winning the 2019 Southland Conference indoor shot put title on a toss of 58-11.5, beating out the second-place contestant by a 2-3.5 margin. The ACU graduate student also set the school shot put record at the Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock, Texas (Feb. 8-9) with a throw of 63-5. At the conclusion of the indoor track & field season, Schmidt was ranked No. 20 in the nation among shot putters.A native of Kerfeld, Germany, Schmidt is pursuing his master’s degree in accounting and currently holds a 3.57 GPA.McKenzie closed out her junior indoor campaign as a NCAA First Team All-American, following several record setting performances. She set a McNeese, Southland Conference and Irish National record at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (March 8) after registering 4,230 points for an eighth-place pentathlon finish. The junior also set a McNeese program record in that same event with a high jump of 5-8.75 at the NCAA Championships.A nursing major, the Cork, Irland, native also succeeds in the classroom as she maintains a 3.75 GPA.The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member universities, votes for student-athletes of the year. The Southland Student-Athlete of the Year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. All-Academic teams are named for indoor track & field and outdoor track & field after the conclusion of the outdoor track & field season.
IN an increasingly sensitive world, you can always rely on business mogul Lord Alan Sugar to tell it like it is.The Apprentice kingpin, who is gearing up for the 15th series of the BBC1 hit which starts tonight, has laid into snowflake millennials for being offended by “anything” and pushing their woke views.10 In an exclusive interview, The Apprentice boss Lord Alan Sugar lets rip at snowflakesCredit: Getty – ContributorSpeaking exclusively to The Sun, Lord Sugar, 72, said: “The world has gone mad, it’s ridiculous, they are just looking for new things to be offended by.“It is absolutely crazy, you can’t say anything nowadays without offending somebody with how they look, dress, the colour of their skin or whatever.“It’s sickening, quite frankly.”And what does he think about a proportion of the woke generation campaigning for non-binary pronouns?10 The Apprentice and ex-Spurs boss takes aim at BBC footie pundit Gary LinekerCredit: AlamyThe move was recently championed by singer-songwriter Sam Smith and won him a lot of support and praise. But Lord Sugar’s view?“They need to pack it in, it’s nonsense,” he fumed.“The people promoting it need to be shipped off to Mongolia. Send them away, get them out the country. Go away. It always boils down to a small bunch of people that promote it.”The former Spurs chairman was in a typically gruff mood when we met at London’s Soho Hotel after the launch of the latest series of the business-based reality show.10 Lord Sugar says he caught out Piers Morgan owning up to some cosmetic workCredit: ITVThe subject of the easily offended clearly irks him, potentially as he’s still reeling from the reaction he received on social media for a tweet likening the Senegal football team to Marbella sunglasses sellers.‘AFFAIRS ON THE SHOW INEVITABLE’And for showing a jellyfish in a tiny bowl and joking it was his new pet, prompting accusations of animal cruelty.But it’s not just young snowflakes he’s happy to call out.10 The entrepreneur also admits that affairs between Apprentice contestants are unavoidableCredit: PA:Press AssociationHe took aim at Gary Lineker, who is paid £26,000 an appearance for Match Of The Day as part of his £1.75million salary from the BBC.Lord Sugar, who is still active as an independent peer in the House of Lords, is sceptical sports pundit Gary offered to take a pay cut because it was, “the right thing to do”.He said: “It’s entirely up to him. He now works as much for BT Sport as he does for the BBC.“I should imagine they might have said to him, ‘Hey, we used to have you exclusive for football, and now you’re doing the same thing for BT, how about we negotiate a new contract?’10 On climate change, Lord Sugar quips: ‘Maybe we’ll turn the lights off in the boardroom’Credit: PA:Press Association“I think he might have wrung it a little bit saying he volunteered it. I can’t imagine him volunteering it, quite frankly.”Wednesday night’s opening episode of The Apprentice sees the 16 wannabe entrepreneurs jet to South Africa for their first challenge.Unlike fellow Beeb juggernaut Strictly Come Dancing, which The Sun revealed last week had installed eco-friendly rules, The Apprentice producers have clearly disregarded concerns about their carbon footprint.Lord Sugar, who sold his electronics firm Amstrad to BSkyB for £125million in 2007, is dismissive of the issue.10 Alan Sugar starting out at 16 – he went on to become a business mogul and media personalityHe said: “I don’t think we thought about being carbon friendly and going on aeroplanes. Maybe when in the boardroom next we’ll turn the lights off.”The famous boardroom section sees candidates grilled by the billionaire and his aides, Karren Brady and Claude Littner. Suggesting the segment should be done in candlelight instead, Lord Sugar quipped: “That would then pollute the atmosphere.”Historically he disapproves of contestants using his show to chase the limelight, but he admits affairs between them are unavoidable.He said: “It’s none of my business, it happens every year. One pair of candidates have gotten married and had children.10 TV favourites Piers Morgan and Alan Sugar snap a selfie while on holiday with Dame Joan CollinsCredit: Instagram“They’re an entertaining and good bunch this year — some of them do need to be entertaining. I’m more interested in the credible ones. There are some funny characters too.”In the show’s earlier years, hopefuls vied for a highly paid job at one of Lord Sugar’s firms. But this annoyed other employees and after Lord Sugar threatened to quit the show, the prize changed to a £250,000 investment in the winner’s business idea. Lord Sugar approves of the set-up.But last month The Sun revealed he had parted ways with 2016 winner Alana Spencer and her cake brand.He maintains the split was amicable, adding: “She’s a good girl. I wish her all the luck.”His most cutting quipsSIR Alan is known for his boardroom broadsides. Here are six of the best . . .“It’s sink or swim, and you’ve most probably picked up by now that I don’t do life jackets.”Warning the 2010 candidates“If you nod your head any longer I’m going to put you on the back seat of my bloody car.”Tom Pellereau’s head-bobbing, 2011“Could be you’re here because you’re good with words and know the right thing to say at the right time. I know the words to Candle In The Wind. It don’t make me Elton John.”Sugar welcomes hopefuls, 2009“If I had been one of the recipients of your sales pitch, if it’s anything like what you’re doing now, I would have gotten’ hold of your head and pushed it in the bloody cake!”To Sara Dhada in 2008 Elsewhere business is booming, with his 2013 winner Dr Leah Totton, who went on to launch her own cosmetic clinics.While Lord Sugar admitted forking out £6,000 for an eye-bag treatment in 2007, he still hasn’t let her treat his deep-set frown lines with Botox injections, but he is tempted. He said: “I’ve avoided Botox, she’s not touched me at all. “She wants to get rid of my turkey neck, but I won’t let her yet. I am tempted to get rid of it, but I want a guaranteed promise I won’t be in pain.”One person he is happy to reveal has undergone some work is his social media sparring partner Piers Morgan.He said: “Piers Morgan doesn’t stop going on about me having cosmetic surgery.10 Apprentice 2013 winner Dr Leah Totton launched her own cosmetic clinicsCredit: Getty Images – Getty“But I caught him out the other day, and we have it on tape, that he’s had his teeth done.“I got him to admit it, finally, that he had them whitened.”As well as being as mentally sharp as ever, Lord Sugar strives to stay fit, exercising several times a week with gym and tennis sessions. But he discovered he had a killer heart defect and had a stent fitted 21 months ago. Then last month he had a knee replacement.‘BORIS IS A BIT ZANY BUT GETS THINGS DONE’Hours before going under the knife last month he said: “It will take me out for three weeks. It’s from doing too much sports, like tennis and cycling. And I’m too old. I’ll be able to go back to it after I’ve had it done, for sure.10 Labour peer Alan Sugar says Boris Johnson would probably do better than Jeremy Corbyn on the ApprenticeCredit: Richard Pohle – The Times“My heart’s in great condition. I keep fit and watch what I eat. In a way, sport relaxes me. I’m out cycling, the air is nice and clean, my mind is fresh. I don’t smoke, but I enjoy a drink, you’ve got to enjoy life.”Last week Lord Sugar confessed he would like to front The Apprentice for another five years, until he is 77, if the BBC renews his contract next year.He said: “I still love doing it because it’s starting up new business, it’s exciting and takes me back to the old days.“I like inspiring people. It’s irrelevant that we have a bad political climate at the moment.10 ‘Setting up new businesses takes me back to the old days’, says the former Amstrad bossCredit: Rex Features“They should close their ears to all of that and focus on themselves.”The London-born businessman has been clear about his views on Brexit, claiming it has made the country “a laughing stock”.And while he brands Prime Minister Boris Johnson “a criminal” he threatened to leave the country in May if Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn is elected. But who does he think would be a better candidate if they appeared on The Apprentice?“It’s an impossible question,” Lord Sugar admitted. “I suppose Boris because he can spin a story.most read in tv and showbiz’really hard’Kathryn Thomas opens up about ’emotional turmoil’ of suffering miscarriagesSINEAD STUDIESSinead O’Connor accepted to study healthcare as she wants to join frontlinelockdown lowsGeorge McMahon says this week’s been ‘awful’ as he speaks about lockdownExclusiveDAN GETS SHABBY TO GABBYJacqueline Jossa walks out on Dan after flirty text to Gabby AllenSTAR’S AIR-BOURNEMatt Damon jets back to US with family as he’s pictured at Dublin Airportbirthday surpriseRyan Tubridy reveals daughters got him shelf to store vinyls for birthday“I thought he was a great mayor of London, he did well, he gets things done, there’s no question, he’s a bit zany.“I lost interest and respect for him when he lied about the £350million a year on the NHS red bus. It has most probably caused us all this trouble and why people voted for us to leave.“But I don’t think Corbyn will be able to get us out of this mess — he is a communist, simple as that.”Piers Morgan sings ‘My Way’ while lunching with Joan Collins and Alan SugarGOT a news story? RING us on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
4 Jose Mourinho got his Tottenham reign off to a winning startCredit: ReutersJose Mourinho asked Dele Alli ‘are you Dele or his brother-’ as he bids to get Spurs star firing again Alli silenced his critics as he produced the “pass of the season” during the 3-2 win over the Hammers.The midfielder ended up on his backside after a sloppy ball from Eric Dier landed behind him.Instead of letting the ball go out of play, the 23-year-old managed to flick a pass to Son Heung-min with his trailing foot.The South Korea international raced up the pitch before he delivered the ball into the box to create Lucas Moura’s goal.Mourinho appeared to impressed by Alli’s moment of magic on the touchline – and he was not the only one.One Twitter user said: “Dele Alli has just played the pass of the season whilst laying on his back. Fair play, lad. Fair play.”Another added: “Oh my god, that is the pass of the season from Dele Alli. Incredible.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneAnd one supporter posted: “Dele Alli’s flick in the build up to Moura’s goal was borderline disrespectful. I loved it.”As well as creating the second goal, Alli slipped the ball through to Son for Tottenham’s opener in the 36th minute.Before the match, Mourinho said: “I asked him if he was Dele or Dele’s brother? He told me he was Dele. I said ‘OK, play like Dele’.”4 The England ace managed to thread the ball through to Son Heung-minCredit: BT SportMOST 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 strutFollowing his impressive performance against West Ham, Alli responded: “He made a joke about it. A lot of people have been talking about that for a few years now so it’s nothing new to me.”I’ve been performing well this season despite results. Individually I haven’t been playing that bad. A lot of people ask if I am going to find my old form but I don’t want to find that form.”I want to get better than that and reach my full potential. People might think I played bad or good today but we won, so I’m happy.”💫 🔥 @dele_official delivered today! #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/gXjFrTzKkj— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 23, 2019 JOSE MOURINHO looked stunned after Dele Alli pulled off an incredible flick during the win over West Ham.The England international looked back to his best after the new Spurs boss urged him to rediscover the player he was two years ago.4 Dele Alli pulled off the unthinkable to keep the ball in play after Eric Dier’s passCredit: BT Sport4 The former Chelsea boss looked delighted by Dele Alli’s passGreat improvisation from Alli!Son puts it on a plate for Moura after Dele Alli’s ingenious flick 🔥 pic.twitter.com/VKy46GbbyM— 🇩🇪Ja! Watch the Bundesliga live on BT Sport🇩🇪 (@btsportfootball) November 23, 2019
TIM KRUL was the hero as Norwich City dumped Tottenham out of the FA Cup following a penalty shoot-out in North London.The Canaries goalkeeper saved from youngster Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes as Todd Cantwell kept his cool inbetween stops to seal a quarter-final place with a spot-kick victory.5 Tim Krul was the Norwich hero as the Canaries dumped Tottenham out of the FA CupCredit: Getty Images5 Tim Krul saves Troy Parrott’s spot-kick during the shoot-outCredit: AFP5 The Dutch goalie then kept out Gedson Fernandes’ effort to seal a place in the quarter-finalsCredit: AFPThe result heaped more misery on Jose Mourinho – and caused a furious row post-match as Eric Dier raced into the crowd to confront a supporter who allegedly insulted his brother.But despite their relegation fears, Norwich are now dreaming of Wembley as they prepare to face either Derby or Manchester United in the last-eight.It’s the first time in 28 years they have reached this stage of the competition.They fell behind after just 13 minutes in North London when Jan Verthongen headed home a corner from Giovani lo Celson.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursBut despite the advantage, Spurs struggled to contain the visitors and were pushed back for long spells.City stars Emiliano Buendia and Lukas Rupp both forced stand-in stopper Michel Vorm into smart saves.However, just as it looked like the Canaries would suffer a frustrating night they were handed a lifeline.Just 12 minutes remained when Norwich hit back thanks to a Vorm howler.The keeper dropped a Kenny McClean shot which was straight at him – and Josip Drmic was quickest to react to bundle the ball over the line.Spurs did have a chance at the end of the 90 to snatch it only for Ben Godfrey to clear Serge Aurier’s low drive off the line.LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThat led to the additional half hour as Mourinho turned to 18-year-old striker Parrott to spare his side’s blushes.But neither team was able to find a breakthrough to leave the tie to be decided from the spot.Dier stepped up first to put Tottenham ahead as McClean’s penalty was then saved by Vorm.But Erik Lamela then skied his as things quickly went south, and despite Lo Celso hitting the target, it was Norwich who emerged triumphant 3-2 in the shoot-out to spark a wild celebration in front of their joyous 9,000 travelling support.5 Jan Vertonghen headed home a corner on 13 minutes to break the deadlock for SpursCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd5 Norwich City’s Josip Drmic sent the game to extra-time as he pounced on a goalkeeper error late onCredit: ReutersMourinho said afterwards: “I think we don’t deserve the result but that’s football. As you can expect it was a difficult game, as I could expect some of my players were really really in trouble and they made an incredible effort to try.“I am not going to say what everybody knows so this time I am not going to say that but I have to say Steven Bergwijn, it’s too much for him to play so many minutes like he is doing. I prefer to call Lucas [Moura] a hero, he is playing every minute of every game in every position to help the team but he told me he had to go out of he’s going to get injured.“Harry Winks was completely dead. I think he’s started 11-12 games in a row, we had many many players in trouble.“The solutions were solutions but we weren’t improving the team. We were the only team that could win in 90 minutes, we were the only team trying in the last 10 minutes. The same in extra-time. Penalties are penalties, we missed them so congratulations to Norwich that’s the only thing I can say.“I don’t have one single negative feeling towards my players, the opposite, they tried fantastic things. I am really, really sad for the boys, I can cope with the bad result and with negative moments, I’ve had so many, but I am really sad for the players.”Eric Dier CLIMBS into Tottenham stand and appears to confront fans as alleged altercation takes place
The 28-year old has worked his way back into Stephen Kearney’s side, having missed selection for the first two rounds of the 2017 NRL competition.However, Gavet is now a regular for the Warriors, but hasn’t forgotten about the bad times as he enjoys the good.”Those memories will never, ever, leave me or any of the people that were there,” Gavet told 1 NEWS.His battle with alcohol and depression saw him provided with professional help by his club, with the blockbusting prop coming through the other side.Gavet also looking up to teammate Kieran Foran, who’s overcome his own demons to play a starring role in his short Warriors career.”He’s just always there to encourage you. You don’t want to let him down.”Gavet’s improved performances of late come at a good time, with the Warriors front rower off contract come the end of 2017, meaning rival clubs will be taking note of his 2017 displays.”I’d love to stay, but that’s out of my hands.”However if his recent form is anything to go on, Gavet won’t have to look too far for a club should the need arise.
Funding for the stadium is from a Public Private Partnership of K120 million through the National Government and Curtain Brothers.Sports Minister Justin Tkachenko said the outstanding K40m is the Government’s component of making sure that stadium is complete.The Government is now working with different companies to get them to sponsor the finishing product of the stadium under a tax credit scheme.Tkachenko revealed that the country is going through a tight economic situation and at this point stadiums are not something that is prioritised to be built or funded.He said the Government’s current priority is given to education and health and other development issues.“We need to look at other ways of bringing the private and corporate sector in to help finish off the stadium so they own it and run it as a business,” he said.Tkachenko added that the stadium will be completely different from Sir John Guise Stadium and the National Football Stadium as it is a multi-purpose stadium for football, rugby league and rugby union.The stadium is more corporate orientated to raise money to be self-sufficient and will also host corporate events and have restaurants and a clinic.
Twelve months before, in 2018, the beginning of the year was, with Garitano, also irregular. It started well, with triumph against Real Sociedad (1-0), but then it became a small secarral of a defeat (against Betis, 3-2) and a draw (against Alavés, 2-2) that made up for the final triumph against Espanyol (3-2) and, above all, the epic copera to eliminate Real Madrid despite losing 0-1 in Butarque. The famous ‘Pepinazo’ (1-2 at the Bernabéu) occurred on January 24 of that 2018.Nothing to do that with the black, very black beginning of 2017 that the Leganés drew in his premiere in the elite. Then the pepineros did not win any of their four games in the month of January: they fell against Betis (2-0) and Celta (0-2), in addition to drawing against Athletic (0-0) and Alavés (2-2). That streak, inserted in the middle of a major of 13 consecutive straight games without winning, was settled already in February, when the Leganés he beat Deportivo (4-0), and began to lay the foundations of his first stay in the elite, that now faced by Aguirre for 2020. The Leganés maintains a love-hate relationship with the beginning of the year since he is a team of First division. The Blue and Whites almost always star in beginnings to trompicones, which combine important triumphs, with notable stumbling blocks. For this 2020 that begins now, those of Javier Aguirre They cannot afford to repeat the trend, more according to the calendar ahead of them in the League: Valladolid, Getafe and Atlético de Madrid.Thus, for example (and taking into account only the regularity tournament matches) andl Leganés in 2019 started the year with tears (defeat 1-0 against Espanyol) and concluded with rage (defeat 3-1 against Barça with the famous knee of Suárez to Cuéllar) and impotence (2-2 against Eibar with a comeback). In between, a vital victory against Huesca (1-0) and the elimination takes on Real Madrid in which the de Pellegrin they managed to knock down the targets in Butarque.
The big question now is to know who is going to sit on the bench in Barcelona. According to RAC, the great cover is Mauricio Pochettino, who maintains a good relationship with Josep Maria Bartomeu. The sports commission, headed by Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes, met last night to explore possibilities. There are more names on the table like Quique Setién, Milito or Henry, although the option of García Pimienta, coach of the subsidiary was not ruled out either. In the background, there is the injury of Luis Suárez, who will be four months off and may need a replacement. But at the moment the high priority is to find the replacement of Valverde, who this Monday except surprise will be informed that it does not continue. Ernesto Valverde is already in the Joan Gamper Sports Center ready to prepare and direct the training of Barcelona, who returns to work after his new hecatomb in the Supercup. As Mundo Deportivo announced, President Josep Maria Bartomeu will meet with the coach after the session and before the Board of Directors to announce the decision to dismiss him. Txingurri ended the contract on June 30, as both Barça and the coach had the option of not extending it until 2021.
“Rafa is used to it. It’s going to be a bit like the Davis Cup. He additionally has his viewers and could be very pricey right here.. Absolutely he could have the respect of the Australian followers. We rely on him to help Kyrgios extra, however it’s one thing that won’t have an effect on him, he could have folks in his favor in some sector. ” Carlos Moyá, coach stated it Nadal in the earlier eighth conflict between the Balearic and Australian Nick Kyrgios, which for the first time will play at residence.The morbid traditional returns seven months after the final duel that was performed in the second spherical of Wimbledon, with a labored victory of the world primary. There they began their conferences in 2014 and can reside a new chapter at the moment (09:00, Eurosport) in the eighths of the Australian Open. The steadiness helps Nadal (4-3), the reverse of the favor of some followers who went loopy with Nick’s present final Saturday against Khachanov.They characterize two methods of understanding tennis. Nadal is self-management, tradition of effort, work and expertise. Kyrgios, anarchy, inspiration, innate high quality and, extra typically than it ought to, indiscipline. That’s the reason they collide, though every in their very own method flowers are thrown. “Taking part in against certainly one of the finest on the central court docket in your house is nice. It will likely be one other bodily battle. Nothing is simple against him. He had a comparatively routine recreation (against Carreño), so it can really feel good. I’m wanting ahead to the time. For that recreation, I assume ”, stated the Canberra participant, 24 years outdated and 26th of the world. “Kyrgios is a nice expertise, he has certainly one of the finest companies in the world and selection in each method. It’s able to appearing at a very excessive degree. When he performs good tennis and reveals ardour, it’s optimistic for our circuit. The gamers that make it greater are good for this sport, ” says the winner of the 19 Grand Slams.And the way do you play an unpredictable man like Kyrgios, able to the finest and the worst? “It’s important to be centered. It can be crucial that Rafa’s service works. Against Carreño was excellent and against Delbonis, too. That may let you deal with the video games with extra peace of thoughts, ”says Moyá, who insists on the want for his pupil to “reap the benefits of the few alternatives he has”. “It should be tremendous. We now have the instance of Acapulco final yr, the place I used to be being superior however had 10 break balls and solely transformed one. He didn’t have any and in the tie-break he received. In Wimbledon, Rafa scored two. In the finish, these matches are selected three factors, ”Moyá analyzes. Wild Factor desires to be the first Australian to win Nadal in Melbourne from Lleyton Hewitt in the third spherical of 2005. The previous participant and captain of the Davis Cup and ATP Cup nationwide group helps and encourages from the stands the wayward Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios. It’s certainly one of the noisy followers who will roar at the moment at the Rod Laver Enviornment. A devil in his boiler.Nadal and Kyrgios: good strangersNadal and Kyrgios already know one another effectively on the observe, though every time they’re requested in the event that they like them outdoors of it, the very first thing they are saying is that they don’t know something about one another. “I have no idea. I don’t know him personally to have a clear opinion. It’s clear, in fact, that when he does issues that aren’t good, I don’t prefer it, ”stated the Balearic after successful Carreño on Saturday. A couple of hours later the Australian was pulled from the tongue by telling him what he had stated about him who was going to be his subsequent opponent, and he answered naturally. “I actually don’t know Rafa. I’ve by no means dated him or something like that. So I don’t understand how it’s. I don’t dislike. I by no means stated something as a result of I don’t know him in any respect. As a tennis participant it’s hell. As a individual I don’t know him, however he positive is ok. ”The reality is that they’ve by no means had a relationship past the events or educated collectively as a result of they’ve a very totally different idea of each day work.. The Spaniard is crushed in classes of an hour and a half, and the aussie barely touches for 30 minutes. As well as, Kyrgios provoked Nadal a number of occasions on social networks and a few days in the past he imitated him throughout a combined doubles match with Anisimova, his good pal. Rafa took it with philosophy: “I don’t care, I’m right here to play tennis. If it was enjoyable, it’s tremendous. ”