Abilene Christian Extends Women’s Basketball Head Coach Julie Goodenough

first_img“We’re certainly fortunate to have a coach the caliber of Julie Goodenough leading our women’s basketball program,” ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert said. “She’s made such a tremendous impact on our athletics program and our university, and I’m looking forward to many more years of having her lead our women’s program.” While this year’s team might have been able to sneak up on some teams, next year’s team won’t have that luxury. Wright, Dominique Golightly and Ducate all will be back in 2019-20, along with with Makayla Mabry and a host of key reserves. Louisiana Tech transfer Anna McLeod – who redshirted this year due to NCAA transfer rules – will join the rotation next year to give the Wildcats another offensive threat. Terms of the contract will not be released, but the extension takes the place of the three years that Goodenough had remaining on her contract. Goodenough is the fifth-longest-tenured head coach on the ACU staff behind men’s tennis coach Hutton Jones (currently in his 23rd season), women’s soccer’s Casey Wilson (in his 12th season), softball’s Bobby Reeves (in his ninth season) and men’s basketball’s Joe Golding (just completed his eighth season). Goodenough – who began her ACU career in the Wildcats’ final season at the NCAA Division II level (2012-13) – led the Wildcats to the program’s first Southland Conference Postseason Tournament championship and berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2018-19. The Wildcats ran through the conference tournament with wins over Central Arkansas, No. 1 seed Lamar and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to win the league championship. ACU’s season came to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a loss to overall No. 1 seed Baylor (which clinched its spot in the Final Four with a victory Monday night), but the 23-10 overall record and Division I postseason made this the greatest season in the history of a program littered with great seasons. “Our first NCAA Tournament appearance was an extraordinary experience, but will certainly not be the last under Julie’s leadership,” he said. “I’m already anticipating next season as the team returns practically everyone from its championship roster.” Goodenough has won four conference titles in seven seasons as the Wildcats’ head coach and won at least 20 games in four of seven seasons. She is 144-68 in seven seasons at ACU and 433-288 overall in a career that has spanned 25 seasons and seen her coach at Hardin-Simmons University, Oklahoma State, Charleston Southern and ACU. The Wildcats finished fourth in the conference in the regular season (13-5 in the league), earning a first-round bye in the postseason tournament. ACU then blitzed Central Arkansas in the first round, whipping the Sugar Bears, 82-54, and setting conference tournament single-game records for 3-pointers made (16) and attempted (35). ACU then put together one of the more remarkable performances in program history in the semifinals as the Wildcats rallied from an 11-point second-quarter deficit against one of the nation’s top defensive teams to beat No. 1 seed Lamar, 88-79, in the semifinals. Junior guard Breanna Wright had a team-high 31 points and set a tournament single-game record for most free throws made without a miss (16) to help ACU hold off the Cardinals and their normally suffocating defense. “I want to thank Dr. Schubert and Allen Ward for their confidence in me and our program,” Goodenough said. “It’s truly an honor to be the head women’s basketball coach at ACU. I’m excited about the future of this university and program.” “I’m so proud of our team,” Goodenough said. “People don’t remember back in the fall, we were picked sixth in the Southland Conference, and we won the conference championship and played in the NCAA Tournament. I can’t say enough about our team and our program. This is our sixth year to play Division I and we have won three conference championships, so we believe we’re headed in the right direction. “Julie has built a program at ACU that is positioned for success each and every year,” Ward said. “She’s an outstanding coach with a reputation amongst her peers that is unquestioned. I congratulate her on this year’s championship and look forward to working with her to take ACU women’s basketball to even greater heights. That victory gave ACU its third Southland Conference title in the last four years: two regular-season titles in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and trips to the Women’s NIT when ACU was ineligible for the conference and NCAA Tournaments because of Division I transition rules and the 2018-19 tournament title. Goodenough also led the Wildcats to their final Lone Star Conference regular season title in 2012-13 in her first season at the helm and the program’s final season at the Division II level. Courtesy of the Abilene Christian Athletic DepartmentABILENE, Texas – ACU head women’s basketball coach Julie Goodenough, who just led the Wildcats to the greatest season in program history, has agreed to a contract extension that will keep her with the Wildcats through the 2023-24 season. The next day in the championship game, the Wildcats led Corpus Christi by as many as 24 points midway through the third quarter before the Islanders were able to tie the game at 64-64 with 1:47 to play. But the Wildcats were able to make just enough plays down the stretch – including the biggest offensive rebound in program history by Lexie Ducat after a missed free throw led to two free throws by Wright – to hold on for a 69-68 victory. “Julie has certainly earned this contract extension,” ACU director of athletics Allen Ward said. “She’s a remarkable coach and ACU is fortunate to have her leading our women’s basketball program. With Julie at the helm, I know that many more great days are ahead for ACU women’s basketball.”last_img read more

Poch holds crisis talks with wantaway Spurs stars after faltering start

first_img4Mauricio Pochettino claims Christian Eriksen ‘always happy’ at Spurs despite LATEST TOTTENHAM 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 summerBut that did not deter the Tottenham boss, who went on: “Everyone has aims, goals, challenges. I told you before the Arsenal game he was in his right mind and that’s why I played him.“He’s an important player for us. In our sixth season, we appreciate him a lot. His qualities are important for the team. He’s happy and we believe he deserves to play.“It’s not because he has one year on his contract we’re going to take a different decision about whether he will play, it’s all about performance“I’ve explained why every situation is completely different. There were a lot of situations we needed to sort before the end of the transfer window and his was one case.“If he didn’t perform the way we expect, sometimes we play with another. But before Arsenal we felt he was in the right place to compete.” MAURICIO POCHETTINO has called upon Tottenham’s wantaway stars to pull together to get their teetering title bid back on track.The Spurs boss held a one-hour summit with his squad at their Hotspur Way training HQ yesterday to clear the air after a summer of speculation and average start to the Prem season.4 Mauricio Pochettino has held crisis talks with his Spurs squad after a poor start to the campaignCredit: AP:Associated PressAnd he urged his unsettled players who failed to secure a move away from the club in the transfer window – such as Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld – to put their personal situations behind them and focus on doing their best for the North Londoners.All three joined their Tottenham team-mates on their return to training yesterday following the international break.It was the first time Pochettino has had all of his squad together since the remaining European transfer windows closed on September 2.Publicly, the Spurs chief had made no secret of his opposition to the Premier League’s decision to shut the top-flight window on August 8 ahead of the big kick-off – and the rest of the continent.Privately, he is unhappy chairman Daniel Levy was not able to offload the club’s contract rebels, wantaway aces and those surplus to requirements – like Eriksen, Rose, Alderweireld, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama – before business closed.It means Pochettino has been left with at least five men who wish they were elsewhere.That is presumably why he called the meeting yesterday. He said: “It was so important to be refocused. The conversation was with the squad all together, as we are going to have until January, when the rumours will appear again.“It was very good to talk for nearly one hour and refocus again on our objectives. To be clear in our minds, to think that the most important is the collective and start to put outside individual situations, all together again and try to create a dynamic and be strong and starting winning games. That’s the most important thing for us now.”Spurs set to swap wantaway Christian Eriksen for Dybala in stunning January transfer4 The likes of Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen were heavily linked with moves away from Tottenham this summerCredit: Getty – Contributor4The dust on Tottenham’s Champions League Final defeat by Liverpool in Madrid on June 1 had hardly settled when Eriksen was telling the media in his native Denmark about his intention to quit the club this summer, with Real Madrid his preferred destinationThe midfielder, signed from Ajax in 2013 for what now looks a bargain £11.9m, is out of contract at Spurs next summer and he declared he wanted to “try something different” after snubbing the North London club’s several offers of a new improved deal, worth in excess of £200,000 a week.And after no offers were made for him, Eriksen must now see out the final year of current contract at Tottenham.It is not the ideal outcome for the player or his manager, who had resigned to losing his Danish playmaker and had hoped he would have been sold by now.Eriksen hinted about the awkwardness of the situatiion when he told journalists in Denmark this week that he wished his future could be decided in the same way it is on the Football Manager computer game.But Pochettino, ahead of his Tottenham team’s clash at home to Crystal Palace tomorrow, said: “He’s happy. He was always happy. He never said he wasn’t happy here”Er, yes he did Poch.last_img read more

I did a Dier. I felt good. That idiot in the stand won’t be giving it out again

first_imgEVEN a stopped clock is right twice a day — and Jose Mourinho was correct about Eric Dier.The Tottenham manager said on Wednesday night: “He did what we professionals cannot do but probably every one of us would do.”4 Eric Dier clambered into the stand to confront a fan who had seemingly upset his brotherCredit: Rex FeaturesEvery professional who watched the Spurs midfielder clambering through the stand to confront a fan who had seemingly upset his brother will have identified with his frustration.After a bad night, Mourinho’s words were what the dressing room and the audience beyond needed to hear.Two wrongs don’t make a right but they certainly make for a lively day on Twitter.A lot of players have since texted me with their own grisly endings to the story had their brother been involved. Most of what was suggested made Eric Cantona look like Gandhi.4 Dier makes his way through the stand as shocked fans look onElsewhere, the fake outrage is as laughable as it is predictable.Two guys squared up and then . . . well, nothing really happened.I had mixed feelings. I was shocked, of course, that Dier hadn’t washed his hands after playing the game, let alone worn a mask when he was about to get into somebody’s face. Nike missed a branding opportunity there.On the other hand, spotting an altercation way up in the stands while down on the pitch showed an awareness that hasn’t always been obvious in Eric’s game.In the end it looked as if, like some of Spurs’ penalty takers, Dier had second-guessed himself in the run-up.  By the time he had leapt the barrier and cleared more obstacles than a Grand National winner, he knew this was a bad idea.As players and former players, we were with Dier every step of his ascent.I didn’t overly care what his gripe was, just that one of the idiots every stadium suffers from was about to get it back with both barrels.After all, it’s not as if Dier’s response is without precedent. That tension has always been in the game.In the past, broadcasters have generally turned the cameras away. Then mobile phones filled the void and now everybody is directing Fight Club.Almost every player I know has had a run-in with a fan. One of my own experiences echoes that of Dier in that it involved my family.4 Eric Cantona’s infamous ‘karate’ kick on Crystal Palace fan Matthew SimmonsCredit: Action ImagesAfter a game for Reading at the Madejski Stadium a gentleman (I use the term loosely or maybe incorrectly) in the players’ lounge announced to all present that I was a “useless piece of s***”.When I arrived into the lounge, the same guy immediately thrust a copy of the match-day programme at me and asked if I might sign it.SO MANY EXPLETIVESMy mother had been listening to him the whole time. On the drive home she told me what had happened and tears filled her eyes.I turned the car around and sped back. Fortunately for all of us, the man had left.Of course, in the stadium things are typically hostile.When I was at Portsmouth we played a Championship match away from home in a very hostile environment.I won’t give more detail as technically what happened was an assault . . . by me.The tunnel brought us out through the home fans. The moment I emerged, the abuse started.I had no idea there were so many expletives that worked well with the word “ginger”.One fella was incredibly creative. He vehemently abused me for 45 minutes. Heading in for half-time his insults became louder as I got to the tunnel. Something snapped in my head.In mitigation, as my lawyer might have said, my career was going down the pan, the club was in administration and depression was crippling me.4 Dave Kitson snapped when couldn’t take the touchline abuse any longer and grabbed an opposition fan round the neckCredit: Getty Images – GettyIf somebody was going to pay, it might as well be this guy. I walked to him and grabbed him around the neck. I felt good.He didn’t say a word. I could sense his courage draining out into a puddle at his feet.He couldn’t look at me. I said that I’d allow him to say one more thing if he wanted to. He waived the chance all too readily.Then I realised that my teammate Greg Halford was standing behind me, all 6ft 5in of him.We scraped a draw from the game. I won’t tell you who scored the vital equaliser. OK, it was me.At full-time, I ran straight to the tunnel to gloat but the guy had left the building.The curious thing was that nobody in the crowd moved a muscle to help him.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLCROWD 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 CelticEverybody pretended it wasn’t happening. The guy was on his own and I think that surprised him more than anything.One thing I know about Dier’s adversary is that it’s now highly unlikely he’ll do this again.Abusing people is easy from the cover of the crowd. When Eric waded in, only the stewards — who are paid to do so — jumped to the defence of the idiot who had been giving it out.That should be the lesson.Eric Cantona’s kung fu kick GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uklast_img read more

Can Premier League fans get ticket refunds for games postponed by coronavirus?

first_img3THE Premier League is expected to be off until JUNE – and it’s even a possibility that the entire season could be cancelled.That has left many fans – from season ticket holders to supporters looking forward to a rare game watching their beloved team – wondering if they will recoup their money or get a refund at all.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates3 Premier League stadiums across the country will be barren for the coming weeks with the league suspended due to coronavirusCredit: AFP or licensorsHere is how each Premier League team are dealing with this concern…How can fans get ticket refunds?ArsenalArsenal’s current policy for home match tickets is that in the event of postponement or abandonment of a game, you will receive a full refund or receive a ticket for the re-arranged mattch.But you will have to send a written request to the club’s box office at least 72 hours before the fixture, while any tickets acquired through the Ticket Exchange Service are not liable for refunding – unless through the original seller.For away tickets, you will entitled to a full refund through the visiting club or get a new one for the rearranged fixture – but Arsenal are not liable to cover lost accommodation or travel costs.As for season tickets, fans already expecting compensation due to their poor performances in the Europa League.The season tickets allow Gunners supporters to attend 26 matches a year – and should Premier League games be re-arranged, they will be allowed to use their season ticket for these.But it is unknown whether a refund will be handed if the season is cancelled.ChelseaChelsea give home fans the chance to get a full refund if they send the original back to the ticket office at least 48 hours before the game – be able to get a ticket for the rearranged fixture.But according to their policy, the Blues will not refund any away tickets for any Uefa matches – including the Champions League.Meanwhile, Premier League and domestic cup games cannot be refunded if the full allocation has been taken.Ticket Exchange match tickets are non-refundable as well.As for season ticket holders, fans are currently only entitled to attend the rescheduled fixture.LiverpoolFor home matches, you will be able to use the ticket to attend the rescheduled fixture.A refund will be issued if the ticket is returned to the Liverpool Ticket Office at least 14 days prior to the game.The same rules apply for away games.As for season ticket holders, you can still attend the rescheduled matches with your current ticket.But should the matches be cancelled completely, currently Liverpool fans are not entitled to a refund. 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 InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT 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 himManchester CityFor home matches at the Etihad Stadium, Man City fans will get a full refund – except without the booking fee – for any tickets providing the original ticket is returned with a written request at least seven days before the match.For group bookings, which are for 10 or more tickets, this needs to be done at least 21 days before the game.Yet, if the game is rearranged, ticket holders will still be able to attend on the new date with their original ticket.These rules also apply to away fixtures.As for season ticket holders, they will be able to attend the rescheduled games, but, as yet, are not due a refund should they be postponed.Manchester UnitedUnited have extended the deadline to renew season tickets indefinitely and say fans WILL be refunded if the coronavirus KO’s this campaign.The club has confirmed a new deadline for season ticket renewal will be put in place once the start date of next season is confirmed.Red Devils chiefs will offer fans either a pro-rata cash refund or a rebate on next season’s tickets if the remaining Premier League games are scrapped or forced behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.3TottenhamTottenham have already revealed that any ticket holder for their postponed fixtures will be able to attend the games if they are rescheduled.Meanwhile, if you are unable to attend on the rearranged date, then you can claim a refund no later than seven days before the match.And should any fixtures not be completed, season ticket holders will be part-refunded to cover those remaining games.last_img read more

Tonga eyes prime opportunity for rugby history against Wales

first_imgThe ‘Ikale Tahi will look to make history tonight in Auckland, after eight previous attempts at defeating the Welsh.Their last encounter was four years ago when the Wales won 17-7 in Cardiff.Veteran flanker Nili Latu, skipper Siale Piutau and first five Latiume Fosita are survivors from that match and will start at Eden Park, while Sila Puafisi could add to his 26 caps off the bench.Meanwhile Wales are missing 12 players to the British and Irish Lions.Piutau admits that raises expectations.”We’ve definitely spoken about it as players,” he said.”We’re not trying to add anymore outside factors, any other pressures on ourselves so for us, with the short amount of time that we’ve had to prepare, we’ve just tried to focus on ourselves and our own individual roles and I think that’s how we’re going to approach it.”The captain acknowledged the match could be Tonga’s best opportunity for an historic victory.”Everyone’s saying this is probably our best opportunity to try and get them with the amount of players they’ve got out with British Lions,” Piutau said.”I suppose, for us as well we’ve got a young squad – we’ve got about five uncapped players – so I think it will be pretty even but, if you look back, we’ve never beaten the Welsh. We’ve come close in the past but if anything this will probably be our best opportunity.”The match will be Tonga’s first since their unbeaten Northern Tour in November, where they defeated Spain, USA and Italy, the latter just their fifth victory over a top tier nation.Piutau said that experience would hold them in good stead.”I think confidence-wise it has definitely given us a boost,” he said.”We’ve got a few boys who were involved in that last year and I think just that experience – some of the young boys that experienced that last year – I think they’ve brought some of that into this year, to this campaign, and just sharing that with the new boys that have come along I think they’re excited to get out there and hopefully create a bit of history for ourselves.”The team is boosted by former All Blacks training squad member Ben Tameifuna who is set to finally make his belated debut after a series of false starts.The 25 year old was named in the Tongan squad three years ago before pulling out.He was also selected to play in the Pacific Nations Cup last June but never joined up with the squad.Tameifuna also missed out on the November tour but coach Toutai Kefu is looking forward to finally seeing him on the field.”Yeah it’s about time we got Ben – oh touch wood,” Kefu said”He was supposed to play in November but he got a stomach ulcer – what are the odds of that – so hopefully we can cap him and he’s really passionate about playing for Tonga, which is fantastic.”(Tameifuna) brings a kind of an invisible energy to the team and a lot of the boys respect him,” he said.last_img read more

The hard past of Erling Haaland’s father

first_imgErling Haaland is one of the fashion strikers in European football. His extraordinary performance in the current edition of the Champions League with the RB Salzburg made many of the great European powers look at him. But it was Borussia Dortmund, last January, who would end up precipitating his signing and betting on who, they say, is one of the cracks of the future. His present is already beginning to be relevant and his spectacular figures have already made him one of the great football explosions of the sports course. In Manchester, being a player of the Sky Blue team, he would live in his own flesh one of the most famous plays in the history of the Premier League. Haaland’s father was a victim of Roy Keane’s historic entry during a Manchester derby played in April 2001. The medical reports, years later, came to specify that it could be one of the most serious injuries that have been seen and lived during an English League match in its history. “I’m just glad my leg was off, otherwise it would have hurt me a lot”, Haaland said later in an interview. The same one in which he emphatically assured that afternoon would begin his retirement as a professional footballer, since he could never recover and recover the competitive level.Roy Keane came to assure in his biography that he was aware of what he did and that it was the answer to some statements from Haaland long ago. That hard premeditated entry reopened the case on different fronts. On the one hand, the FA decided to study the case again, while Haaland decided to take legal action, since that confession and that entrance that separated him from football had major, personal consequences, which deprived him of continuing to play football.Another curious fact, now that Erling Haaland is one of the fashion players in Europe, has to do with his roots. It is common to relate the striker with Norway, since he is international with the Nordic team from lower categories (from the Sub15 team to the Absolute), but he was born in England, in Leeds, when his father was a member of the Elland Road ranks, in the stage prior to his signing for Manchester City. That is, Haaland was born in England, and not in Norway, as everything seemed to indicate so far. Obviously, everything is written and official at the sports level, since he has played with all possible categories of Norway, but the striker who has a crush on the world of football for his stratospheric goalscorers is really English, and not Norwegian.Currently, Erling Haaland triumphs in the world of football thanks to its spectacular scoring figures, accentuated in the ranks of Borussia Dortmund since his signing, but in the past his father already starred in his sports career in England, in costumes of the relevance of Manchester City (before the arrival of Arab investments from Qatar), where he would star in one of the wildest actions that are remembered and where, at the same time, young Erling would be born. His sports performance is incontestable. He rose to fame for his 8 goals in 6 days of the European Cup in recent monthsbut before I had already talked to his 9 goals in the same match, in Norway’s victory over Honduras 12-0 in the U20 World Cup. Soon his name would begin to sound for the great powers of continental football and his future seemed to be far from Salzburg. After weeks of information, of comings and goings, of headlines loaded with rumorology, including of supposed trips to negotiate, Dortmund would officially announce the agreement for the forward to pack towards the imposing Signal Iduna Park.But there continues to grow its media figure. Haaland already has 8 goals in just 4 official matches wearing the Borussen shirt and its statistics already offer the spectacular 1 goal scoring average every 22 minutes. His last name is already on everyone’s lips. A young star is born that grows like foam every passing week. But, he was not the first member of the Haaland family who dedicated himself professionally to football.center_img His father, Alf-Inge Haaland, had a meritorious sports career between the 90s and 2000s. He would debut in the humble Norwegian Bryne, but he soon made the leap to England, when the Nottingham Forest would need his services and end up catching a plane that would take him to the important English Premier League. Then he would play in the ranks of the Leeds and then, later, in Manchester City, where he would live one of the most important stages of his life. In every sense.last_img read more

Calero: “It is illogical to throw Europe in the trash”

first_imgThe player is clear that, whether played or not, each player has to “support”. At the same time, the Castilian recognizes that the Wolverhampton “It’s a great team. If we look at all the classifieds, they would all be difficult, including us. We have our weapons and we must show that we can be at their level or more.”And on Sunday, before his ValladolidOn salvation, the main focus of this Espanyol who has not managed to get off the descent despite the improvement with Abelardo Fernández, Calero believes that, little by little, the team will take off because the inertia is good. “The others score, but we are doing things right. We can save ourselves, we have options to win any game. And we are closer than ever to get out of these positions,” he said.For the central, who returns to the club in which he formed and played last season, in all games there is “pressure.” He also rules out that he would like to go to the winter market. “At no time did I think about it. I want to succeed here. It’s the club that trusted me. The rumors weren’t true. I want to prove that I can play here,” he concluded. The starter season began, but his low performance and the team relegated him to the bench especially with the arrival of Abelardo Fernández. Sitting on the bench was one of his first decisions. Fernando Calero, however, can regain ownership this Thursday against Wolverhampton. Europe looks forward to you: “It is a gift, we all want to play. It is a beautiful thing we fight for. It is illogical to throw it away and we want to go as far as possible and compete. “The central declared that “it is a beautiful match” and that the team wants to follow “the trajectory in Europe, which is very good”. To do this, Espanyol needs to leave England alive. “It is a team that is very strong in its field, but we have to go for it all. It is a double match eliminator. It will be important to score a goal. I think everything will be decided in the lap. A good result would help,” he said.last_img read more

Abelardo’s Espanyol grows before the powerful

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 29, 2020 Nothing less than in its premiere, on January 4, got the parakeets ‘in extremis’ a draw (2-2) against Barcelona, with the goal of Wu Lei in the 87th minute. On the following day, they obtained the blue and whites a suffered victory against Villarreal, in Ceramics (1-2). And only two weeks ago, they started a point of Sánchez Pizjuán, against Sevilla (2-2). There is the circumstance that in those three games there were expelled players, Frankie de Jong in the case of the derby by Barça, and Víctor Sánchez and David López in these last two days. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 29, 2020 Nine points have Espanyol added in LaLiga since Abelardo took the reins of the team, now two months ago. And five of them have joined them precisely against major rivals, as Atlético de Madrid is this afternoon. To those five points you can even add another that added Espanyol at home against Athletic Club, another historic LaLiga (1-1). In the three remaining games with Abelardo, the parrots did win a victory against Mallorca (1-0), the only one in fact this course in Cornellà-El Prat, and yet they fell against Granada (2-1) and Valladolid (2-1), both at home.last_img read more

How does the suspension of Indian Wells affect Nadal and Djokovic?

first_imgDjokovic might have surpassed Federer in titles in CaliforniaNovak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the kings of the Indian Wells exhausting observe with 5 titles every. With Federer’s absence after surgical procedure on his knee, Djokovic had the alternative so as to add his sixth title in Indian Wells to interrupt the medal, however with the suspension of the event, the Serbian should wait to beat that mark and, relying on the date the event is relocated, he might do it with Federer once more in the field. For his half Nadal aspired to attain his fourth title at Indian Wells, the place he has not lifted the champion trophy since 2013.The combat to be the King of the 1,000 MastersA hypothetical Novak Djokovic victory in Indian Wells would have allowed the Serbian so as to add his sixth title in California and, thus, match Nadal as a tennis participant with extra Masters titles with 35. Djokovic leads the desk of titles of nice trophies (Grand Slam, Masters 1,000 and Nitto ATP Finals) with 56 after the conquest of the Australian Open whereas Federer and Nadal are tied at 54. The Indian Wells Masters 1,000 suspension has disrupted the plans of Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal. Each the Serbian and the Balearic had marked this occasion on their calendar and much more after the victories achieved in Dubai and Acapulco respectively. Subsequent we assessment how the suspension of the Indian Wells Masters impacts the explicit pulse that Djokovic and Nadal keep in the ATP circuit.The combat for primary between Djokovic and NadalWith the suspension of Indian Wells, Novak Djokovic manages to retain the number one of the ATP rating at the least till subsequent April 5, so long as the Miami Masters are disputed. To return to the high of world tennis, Nadal ought to have received the event and that Djokovic had not reached the semifinal in the event. Nevertheless, with this suspension, Djokovic will seem subsequent day 23 as a pacesetter with 10,185 factors (he would lose 45 of 2019), and would lead 685 factors to Nadal, which defended 360 after reaching the semifinals final 12 months.last_img read more

IAAF investigating claims of state-sanctioned doping in China

first_imgBEIJING (AP):The IAAF is investigating the authenticity of a two-decade-old letter published in Chinese media that suggests state-sanctioned doping in the 1990s, and casts doubt on the longstanding world records set by Wang Junxia in the women’s 3,000m and 10,000m.Wang’s records could be annulled if the former Olympic and world champion has admitted to doping before setting the marks in 1993, the International Association of Athletics Federations said yesterday.Chinese website Tencent reported that Wang wrote a letter, signed by nine other members of coach Ma Junren’s training programme, in 1995, to journalist Zhao Yu, allegedly revealing that athletes were forced to take banned substances, and Ma injected athletes himself.”It’s all true that Coach Ma had beaten, verbally abused and mistreated us for years,” said the letter, dated March 28, 1995. “It’s also true that he had coaxed or forced us into using large quantities of banned drugs.INHUMANE TORTURES”His crimes must be revealed because we don’t want to see the same thing to happen to the next generation,” according to the letter. “Such inhumane tortures have brought us to the brink of a complete collapse.”The IAAF issued a statement on Friday saying it only became aware of the allegations when contacted by Chinese media, and has asked the Chinese Athletics Association to assist with an investigation to verify if the letter which is written in Chinese and which Zhao provided to Tencent this week – is genuine.”If an athlete has admitted that, at some time prior to achieving a world record, he had used or taken advantage of a substance or technique prohibited at that time, then, subject to the advice of the medical and anti-doping commission, such record will not continue to be regarded as a world record by the IAAF,” the statement said.In 2008, Wang denied doping in an interview with The Associated Press, ascribing her record times to her youth, health and a brutal training regimen.last_img read more