UCA’s Amiru Shimoguchi Shines, Earns Women’s Tennis Weekly Award

first_imgHonorable Mention: Polina Mutel, Northwestern State; Giovanna Fioretti, McNeese; Carrie Casey, Sam Houston State. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Amiru Shimoguchi, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Yokohama-Shi, Japan Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. The Bears have now claimed two Southland women’s tennis awards this season after Marli Van Heerden earned this year’s first award on Jan. 23. FRISCO, Texas – Amiru Shimoguchi of Central Arkansas is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Shimoguchi had a 3-0 day across singles and doubles competitions to lead the Sugar Bears (4-2, 0-0 SLC) on Sunday to a 4-3 win over Austin Peay and a 4-0 victory on Oral Roberts. UCA returns to the court Saturday to host Alcorn State at 9 a.m. CT followed by a 2 p.m. matchup with Missouri State. In a nail-biting dual match with Austin Peay, Shimoguchi locked up the doubles point with partner Chunan Xiang at the No. 2 slot 6-4 before providing the team with a much-needed singles point against No. 5 against Brittany Covington. The Yokohama-Shi, Japan, product evened the team match score at 3-3 with her 6-3, 7-6 (5) win. In the second match of the day against Oral Roberts, Shimoguchi moved up to No. 4 singles, winning in straight-sets 6-2, 6-2 over Ceijenia Cornelius.last_img read more

Mass brawl between Man City and Spurs fans ‘sparked by VAR decision’

first_imgA MASS brawl between Manchester City and Tottenham supporters was sparked by the controversial VAR decision to rule out Gabriel Jesus’ winner, according to one eyewitness.Footage has emerged of police trying to break up a huge fight between the two sets of supporters outside the Etihad after Saturday evening’s 2-2 draw.4 One Tottenham fan blamed Manchester City fans for starting the mass brawl on Saturday nightCredit: Twitter / @_RockyGill / MEN4 City’s players were left furious after replays showed the ball hit Aymeric Laporte’s arm before being slotted in by Gabriel JesusCredit: ReutersAnd according to one eye witness, the trouble was down to the disallowed, injury-time winner.Spurs fan Chris Cowlin, who went to the game with his 13-year-old son, told the Manchester Evening News: “We left out of the away end as normal, and because of the whole VAR thing, a lot of City fans charged at our fans, including older people and young kids.”People were getting punched, there was spitting, it’s not acceptable.”I couldn’t believe it.”I was there at the Champions League game last season and City fans were great, coming up to us and saying ‘good luck against Ajax.'”This time, there was a little bit of banter from Spurs fans, singing about VAR, then the City fans were charging.”Pep Guardiola’s side were left frustrated at the Etihad once again, four months to the day after a VAR decision knocked them out of the Champions League.This time, Gabriel Jesus thought he had won the game for his side, only for replays to show the ball ricocheted off Aymeric Laporte’s arm in the build-up.And with the new ruling stating no goal can be allowed to stand if the ball hits an attacker’s arm – regardless of whether it is deliberate or accidental – the home supporters’ celebrations were cut short.4 Some others disputed the supporter’s account of what happened, suggesting Spurs fans were also at faultCredit: Twitter / @_RockyGill / MENMIXED VIEWSBut Cowlin’s account of the post-match brawling received a mixed reaction on social media.Some supported his claims that is was started by angry City fans but others hit back, saying Spurs supporters were equally as responsible.Martin Tucker tweeted: “I was there with my son and it was almost an ambush coming out of the ground. Not enough police and when they did react they pushed Spurs fans back into a narrow space while allowing City fans to intimidate. Poor policing.”Cheryl Hughes tweeted to Manchester City’s official account: “Totally disgusted that you decided to let the spurs fans out at the same time as the city fans. Fights were breaking out everywhere.”Kids were in the crowd scared and crying Police just stud there (sic). Had to grab my son out of the way.”However, one fired back: “Absolute lie Chris Cowlin, Spurs fans were breaking the lines trying to get at fans on the opposite side of the road.”I had to shield my missus from a bottle and our fans then reacted.”4 A line of police tried to keep the peace but struggled with the sheer number of fans fightingCredit: Twitter / @_RockyGill / MENMost read in footballSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD 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 CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleAnother called Gaz Warrington: “Funny cos I saw it as six of one and half a dozen of another. Neither sets of supporters came out of it very well, however from what I saw very much equally to blame.”Spurs fans goading City fans and City fans reacting. All this with a line of police.”According to the Manchester Evening News, Greater Manchester Police said they responded to an incident outside the ground after the game and said they made two arrests.SunSport have contacted the police and are awaiting further comment.last_img read more

Storm looking to build into finals

first_imgThe Storm are going to finish first on the NRL ladder regardless of the result on Saturday night, but with some player milestones, a departing legend and finals around the corner, the Melbourne centre says there’s plenty to play for.”We’ve still got a lot on the line,” Chambers said. “You need to be playing good footy leading into the back end of the year, it’s crazy to think you’ve got nothing on the line.”We’ve got another tough game this week, you could say we’ve got nothing on the line this week, but you want to keep going on momentum and rolling forward, we know we’ve got to put together another 80-minute performance and get ready for the back end of the year.”The Storm’s match against the Raiders will be the major sporting event in Melbourne at the weekend with no AFL matches scheduled. It is a match that will see captain Cameron Smith equal Darren Lockyer’s record of 355 NRL games and Cooper Cronk will play his last home game before finals. ‌Chambers and Cronk used to live together when the centre moved to Melbourne as an 18-year-old. He said the star number seven wouldn’t want any extra attention.”I don’t think Cooper wants much done,” he said. “You know what [he’s] like, he shies away from it and just wants to play good footy and perform. I’m sure the boys will make sure they give it their best for Cooper this weekend. “He’s been a big part of this club for a long time. Everyone always talks about the ‘Big Three’ and he’s the first of them to go. It’s going to be sad a moment when he does finally finish and whenever that is, and then you’ve got the other two boys here and Craig. We’ll just keep moving forward.”Buoyed by a six-game winning streak and a record scoreline at AAMI Park, you could forgive the Storm playing group for celebrating early. Chambers says their performances have instilled some good self-belief heading into finals footy.”Not much has changed to be honest,” he said. “We’ve strung together some good performances, and the group is believing in ourselves. We’re just going along well and making sure that we’re best we can each week. It leaves it in good stead for the back end. We just need to make sure we keep the momentum going forward and see how you go.”last_img read more

Barbarian Julian Savea enjoying his rugby more than ever

first_imgThe 27-year-old has only appeared once for the world champions in 2017, the 15-15 third Test draw at Eden Park.Surpassed by the likes of Rieko Ioane, Matt Duffie and Waisake Naholo in the left-wing pecking order, Savea has spent the entire second half of the season confined to the Mitre 10 Cup with the Wellington Lions.Playing a big part in the capitals championship winning performance, Savea said the break from international rugby has rejuvenated him.”The whole team played well,” he told reporters in London.”A lot of players coming through the ITM cup side looked really good, especially our younger guys.”We really gelled well together in a short amount of time. I give a lot of credit to the team and the way we prepared every week.”The 54-Test veteran will oppose the All Blacks at Twickenham on Sunday morning (NZT) when he runs out for Robbie Deans coached Barbarians, where a potential matchup against his brother Ardie Savea has older brother Julian feeling somewhat conflicted.”I’m just going to step him,” Savea laughs.”It’s going to be weird. Strange to be coming up against Ardie but at the same time it will be pretty cool.”A pathway back into the All Blacks remains a possibility for Wellington born winger, with national coach Steve Hansen commenting on recently that Savea has ‘a few work things to work on’ including getting into pristine shape for 2018.However Savea said his focus is on performing at a high level for the prestigious black and whites this weekend.”I’m enjoying my rugby. The offseason is going to be really important for me this year. I’m looking to come into 2018 fully prepared in terms of my physical shape and my mentality.”The door will always be there as long as I can play the best as I can. Whatever happens will happen. I’m focused on this week and preparing well for the Baa-baas.”It is a little bit strange but very excited for the challenge – very excited about being part of this club. It’s very special.”Savea has scored 46 tries in his 54 Test matches, leaving him second to only Doug Howlett on the all-time try-scoring list. Photo file. Caption: Julian Savealast_img read more

Mbappé and Madrid: “It would not be good for PSG to speak now”

first_imgIn an interview with the BBC, Kylian Mbappé, PSG forwardHe referred again to his possible signing for Real Madrid: “Everyone talks about it. When I was young, I also talked about it. But now I am professional and I know that this is not the time. We are in January. Imagine I answer your question and say something. Everyone would talk about it and it wouldn’t be good for PSG“ “I am in the PSG and 100% with the club. I want to help you grow this season and win many titles, so, for me, it’s not good to talk about my future”, Insisted the forward. “I look for the club because it helped me. I came here at age 18. She had talent but was not a superstar. Now, thanks to PSG, yes I am“He added“I have to keep calm and concentrate on PSG. After that, at the end of the season, we’ll see. But now I’m focused on my game“He concluded.last_img read more

“Zidane calls me to his office and tells me what he was doing …”

first_imgVinicius: “I always remember my first training. I was entering the field and asked him if he had been nervous in his first session. I was, but after the ball rolls you feel more secure. Vini was very important in this for me.”Reinier: “When I have the opportunity to talk to him, I will convey what Vini also transmitted to me. It is not a shame to play for Castilla. I think many players have gone through this. Casemiro too. And today he is an idol here.”Debut with the Brazilian national team: “It was a dream come true. I think every Brazilian boy, who dreams of being a player, wants to wear that shirt. Enter the field, touch the ball with great players … The realization of one of the biggest dreams.”Possibility of going to the Games: “I let the national team and Real Madrid decide. Whatever they decide, I do. If I am going to play the Olympic Games, I will be very happy to represent my country.”Five Brazilians in Madrid: “The five of us spend all the training laughing. We say that James is Brazilian. He is always with us. Modric and Kroos too …” Rodrygo Goes was interviewed by the ESPN of Brazil after the victory against Valladolid, where he started. The young Real Madrid player (18 years old) takes stock of his first months of white, talks about Zidane, his apprenticeship with Vinicius and even Reinier, a compatriot who plays in Flamengo and that the white club has signed for 30 million EurosThe dimension of Madrid: “I look directly at the symbol in the locker room, look at my shirt and think: Hombre Man, I’m at Real Madrid!’. I think it’s good for me to keep my feet on the ground. “His penalty in the Super Cup final: “You feel that pressure right away, right? But I went and did it. Kroos encouraged me and told me that I scored the penalties because I have been training well. I trained the penalty that way, but a little lower. At that time I I was scared, but then I saw the ball coming in and the fans celebrating. It was a relief. “Zidane: “He’s a very nice guy who always talks to me and gives me advice. He calls me to his office and shows me what went wrong tactically or technically. And what he did, when he was a player, he can help me. It has helped me a lot. “.last_img read more

Umtiti, the big news in a ‘top secret’ session

first_imgIn the bedroom is the Uruguayan central branch, Roland Araujo, who will be safe in the call and start the game from the bench.Who could not finally enter the list is the Portuguese side, Nelson Semedo, that this Thursday he was absent from training because of tonsillitis. To this day it is serious doubt, although its place will be occupied without problems by the canterano Sergi Roberto.By the way, the anecdote of the day is that the club did not distribute any images of today’s session with the excuse that players have been testing Nike’s new products Looking forward to next season and they are not yet for sale. In this case, rather than behind closed doors it has already been an armored door session. Samuel Umtiti returned this Thursday to training After spending almost three days doing recovery work on his battered right knee. In any case, the French central did not complete the session, as did the other central of the first available team, Gerard Piqué, which overcame an overload in the right abductor. We must remember that Clement Lenglet will not be this Saturday before Getafe by penalty.So, everything indicates that Quique Setién can count as much as Umtiti as with Piqué for the match against Getafe, although obviously not in the best conditions, since both drag discomfort during these last weeks.last_img read more

Tenerife is the most punished team from the ‘fateful point’

first_imgWhen the point was taken for good in Carlos Tartiere and Tenerife continued with its good progression in this 2020 came the controversial play: in minute 85, the VAR warned Moreno Aragón of some hands of Luis Pérez in the area he had not seen Y after consulting the screen decreed the penalty that Rodrigo turned into 1-0. So, the blue and whites suffered the eighth maximum penalty of the season and accommodated themselves as solo leaders of this painful statistic.The people of Tenerife are followed by their rival yesterday, who have been called seven penalties, while Albacete and Sporting, come behind with five each. “Fucked by the hand, it was not the best game and there is only one thing left. Now more than ever CDTenerife”, published the right side on his twitter account. “Luck has smiled at us,” Ziganda summed up, coach of the ovetenses. LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of March 2, 2020 So, Tenerife has already received the same penalties as last season and he is one of the nine he suffered in 14-15 and 15-16.The story with the fateful point began soon this campaign when on the first day, Javi Ros of Real Zaragoza made the 2-0 from the ‘twelve steps’. A few days later, he suffered in Lugo, although that day, Tenerife was able to win 1-4. The Extremadura, in Heliodoro, also scored a penalty to win 1-2.Then it was Stuani’s turn who transformed a lack of Sipcic into the area to give the victory to Girona in Montilivi. Another that marked Ortolá as a penalty was Málaga, in his 2-0 victory. The sixth maximum penalty against was the only one that did not end up on the net: Aketxe, Del Depor could not face Ortolá. It remains to review the goal of Nono, Extremadura, which did not prevent the island victory in Almendralejo (2-4).last_img read more

Fellaini, hospitalized in China for coronavirus

first_imgThe Belgian midfielder, a former Everton and Manchester United footballer, is hospitalized in China, where he plays for Shandow Luneng of the Super League of this country. Fellaini has become the First footballer from the Chinese Super League to test positive of the coronavirus, as confirmed by the Daily Mail.The 32-year-old midfielder is hospitalized in China at a Jinan infectious disease specialist center, after last Friday it gave positive in a routine control. It happened after the player took a train to the Chinese city of Jinan after his stay in Dubai. Shandow Luneng footballer Fellaini came to the Chinese Super League after playing for 11 years in English football at Everton and Manchester United, his last team before leaving for China. The Belgian footballer signed for Shandow Luneng on February 1, 2019, after five seasons at Manchester United, where he conquered a Europa League, an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield title.According to the British newspaper, Fellaini would have contracted the disease on a recent trip to Dubai, after spending several weeks in this city in the United Arab Emirates. Like most leagues in the world, the Chinese Super League is suspended indefinitely due to illness.last_img read more

Radiography of European football: the best wingers so far this season

first_imgAleksander Kolarov – RomeAt 34, the Serbian left-footer continues to give many joys in the Italian capital. With six goals and five assists, he is one of the players who participates in the most goals for Roma. His great offensive performance, averaging 1.9 shots and 1.8 key passes per game, make him remain indisputable in the Roman defense. With 8 million market value, He is the fourth most valuable player of his generation, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, Modric and Fernandinho.. Alejandro GrimaldoThe winger from La Masía has been scratching at a high level at Benfica for years and his value does not stop growing, standing at 38 million euros today. His defensive reliability, averaging 2.1 innings per game, and his great offensive contribution, with an average of two key passes per game and eight assists between all competitions, make him one of the sides that several great Europeans want. The Brazilian is a left back with a clear offensive vocation. Although it has a good performance in the defensive section, it is in attack where it stands out the most. His 1.2 shots per game show that he is a footballer with arrival. Despite not being one of the footballers who most intervenes in the possessions of his team (averages 36.3 passes per game), It is usually decisive above, since it gives 2.1 key passes per game. His high level this season has made some of the great teams in Europe interested in him.Alphonso Davies – Bayern MunichDavies’s appearance at Bayern Munich is quite reminiscent of the one his teammate David Alaba once starred in. Despite his young age (he turned 19 in November), he has become one of the most striking players in the Bavarian outfit. He started the season as a substitute, but since Kovac gave him his first start against the Berlin Union on October 26, the Canadian has started in every Bayern game. His statistics, both in defense, where he averages 1.9 innings per game, and in attack, where he has an average of 2.4 dribbles, 1.3 shots and 1.2 key passes per game, they give a good example of the great performance he is giving at Borussia Dortmund and that has made him one of the club’s sensations. As a consequence of all this, its market value has doubled in just a few months, going from 30 million euros in summer to 60 million today.Ricardo Pereira – LeicesterLeicester is one of the Premier League’s biggest surprises, and many of its players have had a great evolution so far this season. One of them is his right side, Ricardo Pereira, who has become the player with the most successful innings per game in the five major European leagues, with 4.3. In addition, it adds 1.8 interceptions and 2.6 punts per game. With two goals and seven assists between all competitions, he has participated in fewer than his teammate, but he is still a fundamental part of Klopp’s scheme. With 67.6 passes per game and 1.5 key passes, he becomes another of Liverpool’s great ball weapons. The breadth and travel that both sides bring to their team means that their attackers can appear more inside and take advantage of the dangerous actions that are created outside thanks to them.Theo Hernández – MilanAlthough it seemed that Theo Hernández’s progression in Alavés had been lost in recent years, the arrival of the side to a sleeping giant as Milan has made him re-emerge. With six goals and two assists, the little Hernández has become one of the sensations of the season in Serie A. Liverpool winger has a prodigious right leg. Klopp put him in command of set pieces and since then he has been swollen to give assists. He averages 68.5 passes per game and successfully performs 4.9 long passes in each encounter, which is a good example of the quality he has in his right hand.It is one of Liverpool’s most important offensive weapons. It usually has a lot of presence in the last third of the field, being also decisive in each climb, with an average of 2.6 key passes per game (the last pass that leads to a shot by a partner). With an increase of 30 million euros this course, English is the most valuable defense on the planet, with 110 million, according to the prestigious Transfermarkt portal. There are only 10 players with the highest market value in the world. And he is 21 years old.Álex Telles – PortoThe Porto player is another of the wingers who have grown the most this season. With 10 goals and 9 assists between all competitions, He has become the footballer who has participated in the most goals for his team among all those who share demarcation with him.. Six of those ten goals are due to the fact that he is in charge of shooting penalties, which has made him the top scorer of his team in the league. Trent-Alexander Arnold – LiverpoolThe best lateral player in the world and one of the players with the greatest projection. His 14 assists make him one of the top assistants of the 5 major leagues. Over the past three seasons, with the invaluable help of Jürgen Klopp, the Englishman has experienced one of the biggest evolutions in European football. In his record he already has a Champions League, a European Super Cup and a Club World Cup, to which, surely, will add the Premier League this season. With a goal and seven assists, he has become a cornerstone of Bayern, both for Kovac and Flick. He is an aggressive footballer in defense (averages 2.3 innings per game) and very incisive in attack, making up to three dribbles and giving 1.3 key passes per game. His irruption has displaced Alaba to the center of defense and has left without minutes an entire world champion such as Lucas Hernández.. Although in summer its value was 10 million euros, the 50 million in which its current appraisal is established seem few for one of the biggest surprises of the season.Andrew Robertson – LiverpoolArnold’s spectacular performance on the right-hand side of Liverpool’s defense has overshadowed, in a way, the other great side that the ‘reds’ have in the opposite sector of the field. Definitely, Robertson is one of the best left backs in the world, being the most valuable according to Transfermarkt, with a value of 80 million euros. The former madridista has found his best version in attack again, which is where he shone in his time in Vitoria and what made him sign for Real Madrid. With 1.5 shots and 2 dribbles per game, he surprises that he accumulates 82.7% of success in his passes, confirming his growth with the ball this season. It has gone from a value of 15 million euros in summer to be valued at 40 today, and Deschamps already thinks of him for the French National Team.Achraf Hakimi – Borussia DortmundThe Moroccan is so low on the list is because he has not always played as a winger. In fact, he has played quite a few games as a winger. However, its growth and versatility make it necessary to include it in this classification. With seven goals and ten assists between all competitions, his season is making the idea of ​​including him in the Madrid squad for next season be contemplated in the offices of the Santiago Bernabéu. But not only its defensive performance stands out, since it is also important in attack. At the moment, he has four goals and three assists, performs 2.1 dribbles on average and gives 1 key pass per game. Its value has gone from 25 million to 40 in just a few months, but its progression has been stopped in its tracks, since the cruciate ligament was torn in the last game against Aston Villa.Renan Lodi – Atlético de MadridThe Brazilian left back has been one of the great sensations in a rather discreet season for Atlético de Madrid. Despite the fact that his numbers in terms of scoring participation are far from the rest of the wingers with whom he shares this list, his influence on the game of mattresses has made him indisputable for Cholo. He arrived with the difficult task of replacing Filipe Luis, a true red-and-white legend and, for the moment, he is more than fulfilling. Its market value is one of the most multiplied, going from 4 million euros in summer to 35 today. Other laterals, such as Robin gosens (Atalanta) with 8 goals and 5 assists, Philipp Max (Augsburg) with 7 goals and 5 assists), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino) with 5 goals and 6 assists, or Danny da Costa (Eintracht Frankfurt) with 3 goals and 8 assists, are other of the wingers who are having a great performance in their respective teams.last_img read more