Central Arkansas Nearly Sweeps Special Awards, All-Conference Teams Named

first_imgNewcomer of the Year went to UCA’s Connie Awuku-Darkoh, Bassett’s partner in crime on offense. Awuku-Darkoh paced the Southland with 0.80 goals per game in league play and her 0.69 goals per game were the 27th-most in the country. For the third-straight year, an Abilene Christian rookie took home Freshman of the Year honors as defender Alyssia Anuat follows in the footsteps of Christina Arteaga and Shay Johnson. Anuat started all 18 matches on the back line for the Wildcats, who held opponents to a league-low four goals in league play. Second Team The regular-season champion Bears claimed all but two of the conference’s superlative awards and tied Abilene Christian with the most all-conference picks at five. McNeese followed with four second-team selections, and defending champion Lamar garnered three all-league honors. Goalkeepers: Alanis Guevara, Houston Baptist; Sandra Nygard, Lamar; Emma Roccaforte, McNeese. Central Arkansas senior Kristen Ricks earned Defender of the Year laurels after anchoring a Bears defense that surrendered just one goal every two matches on average. She was a four-time Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week in her final season. D Michelle Mulrooney Abilene Christian Jr. Lodi, Calif. F* Christina Arteaga2 Abilene Christian So. Pflugerville, Texas D Sarah Clayton McNeese Sr. Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif. Also named Forward of the Year, Bassett led the league in goals (9), points (21) and points per game (1.75) on the third-most shots (40) in conference play. A three-time all-league selection, her 12 goals and 30 points in overall competition ranked among the top-50 in Division I. Player of the Year:  Camille Bassett, Central Arkansas^Freshman of the Year: Alyssia Anuat, Abilene ChristianNewcomer of the Year: Connie Awuku-Darkoh, Central ArkansasDefender of the Year: Kristen Ricks, Central ArkansasMidfielder of the Year:  Juliana Ocampo, LamarForward of the Year:  Camille Bassett, Central ArkansasGoalkeeper of the Year:  Lauren Mercuri, Central ArkansasCoach of the Year: Jeremy Bishop, Central Arkansas MF* Rachel Palet McNeese Jr. Plano, Texas First Team Pos. Name School Class Hometown ^ – Two-time Player of the Year* – At-large selection2 – Two-time all-conference selection3 – Three-time all-conference selectionHonorable Mention: Defenders: Marina Davidson, Texas A&M-CC; Claire Huston, Southeastern Louisiana; Brooke Lenz, Abilene Christian; Keely Morrow, McNeese; Kelsey Quick, Central Arkansas; Megan Rickert, Houston Baptist.  GK Rachel Johnson Abilene Christian R-Jr. Coppell, Texas F April Trowbridge Northwestern State Sr. Halifax, Nova Scotia D Amelia Fullmer2 Lamar Sr. Pleasant Grove, Utah TOURNAMENT CENTRAL | WATCH LIVEFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas senior Camille Bassett became just the second repeat Southland Conference Soccer Player of the Year with the league’s announcement of the superlative award winners and all-conference first and second teams on Tuesday. The superlative awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. MF Shay Johnson Abilene Christian Jr. Coppell, Texas F Havana Johnson McNeese So. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho D Kristen Ricks Central Arkansas Sr. Keller, Texas F Connie Awuku-Darkoh Central Arkansas Jr. Surrey, British Columbia For participating teams, individual superlative winners and all-conference selections will be honored before their first games at the 2018 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament in Beaumont, Texas, taking place Oct. 31-Nov. 5. F Camille Bassett3 Central Arkansas Sr. Vista, Calif. MF Sophie Standifer Abilene Christian Sr. Southlake, Texas Juliana Ocampo was named the Midfielder of the Year and picked up her first all-conference nod. Tied for the second-most goals on the team (6), she found the back of the net three times and had a pair of assists against league opponents, ranking ninth with 0.89 points per game. Pos. Name School Class Hometown Tuesday’s announcement saw seven repeat honorees with Bassett being the lone three-time selection. Houston Baptist’s Baylii Bieke and Sabriah Spencer, Lamar’s Kelso Peskin and Amelia Fullmer, Abilene Christian’s Christina Arteaga and McNeese’s Nola Prickett all earned their second all-league nod. MF Juliana Ocampo Lamar Sr. Bogota, Colombia MF Nola Prickett2 McNeese Sr. Hemet, Calif. Midfielders: Sam Batley, Incarnate Word; Megan Gordon, Southeastern Louisiana; Morgan Middleton, McNeese; Aniki Sultan, Central Arkansas; Rubi Villegas, Lamar.  MF Sophia Fondren Stephen F. Austin So. Frisco, Texas D Sofia Olsson Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Orust, Sweden F Kelso Peskin2 Lamar Sr. Cape Town, South Africa The Southland Conference Soccer All-Conference Teams are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches and SIDs. Each team consists of three defenders, three midfielders, three forwards and a goalkeeper, plus an at-large selection which is given to the next highest vote recipient, regardless of position (not including goalkeepers). To receive honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. F Sabriah Spencer2 Houston Baptist Sr. Brampton, Ontario MF Hadley Dickinson Central Arkansas So. Cabot, Ark. GK Lauren Mercuri Central Arkansas Sr. Gig Harbor, Wash. Central Arkansas head coach Jeremy Bishop was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a four-win improvement overall and three-win swing in Southland action. After dropping an early road contest to Lamar, UCA responded with a program-record nine-match win streak to claim its second conference title in three years. Forwards: Lucy Ashworth, Lamar; Francesca Curteis, Nicholls; Madison Ledet, Lamar; Dylan Owens, Abilene Christian.  D Baylii Bieke2 Houston Baptist Sr. Little Elm, Texas 2018 Southland Conference Soccer All-Conference Teamslast_img read more

Poch hits back at Trippier after claims he forced defender out

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO took a swipe back at Kieran Trippier by insisting: He was a Second Division player when I signed him.The England star last week accused Spurs boss Poch and chairman Daniel Levy of forcing him out of the club in the summer to Atletico Madrid.3 Kieran Trippier says he was forced out of Tottenham this summer as he joined Atletico MadridCredit: Getty Images – GettySpurs signed Trippier from Burnley for £3.5million following the Clarets’ relegation in 2015.And Poch said: “He was worried about whether he would play or not play – I said to him don’t worry we are going to provide the best platform for performance.“Then one-and-half years later he was in our starting XI, he reached the national team, played the World Cup and now he’s with Atletico Madrid when he was in the Second Division when we signed him.“I’ve got no problem with Kieran. I keep very good memories from him.“We all feel proud to help him to achieve his dream and to reach a level that he wasn’t there at before he arrived at Tottenham.”He also revealed Trippier had tried to contact him — with Harry Kane acting as peacemaker.The Tottenham chief said: “Harry said to me did you get Kieran’s text? I said “no” because I changed my number.3 Pochettino hit back at Trippier’s claims he forced him out of TottenhamCredit: Getty – Contributor Most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on it“Maybe because he doesn’t have the new number or because he believes his words were twisted – I don’t know anything more.”Trippier was established himself as Tottenham’s first-choice right-back and was one of the stars of England’s 2018 World Cup campaign.The Bury-born right-back, 28, also starred in Spurs’ historic Champions League run and played in the final where they lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.3last_img read more

Titans rookie finds comfort in top grade

first_img‌Highly regarded by his teammates and the Titans coaching staff, King is still eligible for the Holden Cup this year but impressed everyone with his work ethic during the pre-season and positive attitude around the playing group.A fourth generation first grader, King was thrust into the senior squad to make his debut in Round 3 but after five games he suffered a broken hand that kept him out for six weeks and had the potential to delay his NRL progression.But rather than get down about the timing of the injury King concentrated on how he could return a better player and will start at lock for the third week in succession when Gold Coast host Cronulla at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday night.With Chris McQueen (neck) out indefinitely King has been able to secure the No.13 jersey and provide valuable contributions to two victories, the Newcastle junior crediting his stint on the sidelines for feeling more comfortable in open company.”Coming back I definitely felt a lot calmer,” King said of his layoff. “I felt in the early games that I was very adrenaline-pumped and anxious which is normal but it just took a lot of energy out of me on the field.”Now I feel calm as if I’m playing an under-20s game.”I feel like I’m calm, relaxed, I’m just playing football and that’s definitely saved me a lot of energy.”I feel like I can go back to playing 40 or 50 minutes. I feel like I’ve got that in my lungs now whereas first game 10 minutes in I was shot.”That experience for the first couple of games, having a break from it and then coming back it has slowed everything down and eased my perspective up a bit.”In the weeks that I have been playing in the NRL I think I’ve doubled as a player in terms of learning and being around the blokes so it has been such a great experience for me thus far.”In wins over the Wests Tigers and Dragons in the Titans’ past two games King has averaged 98.5 metres and 26.5 tackles, well up on his season average of 61 metres and 21 tackles.He has quickly become something of a favourite of Gold Coast coach Neil Henry who knows that despite the significant progress he has made already, there is still much more to come from King.”Max has really worked hard for his opportunities,” Henry said.”He’s still learning all the time and I think he and Morgan Boyle have really taken it upon themselves to do the best they can each week.”He’s got a tremendous work-rate and he’s getting better all the time.”In addition to looking inward for improvement King also used his six-week layoff to add three kilograms to a frame that has grown dramatically after coming through the junior ranks as a hooker.Now standing 190 centimetres and weighing 104 kilograms, King knows that he will add more weight in the coming year or two but took the opportunity to add a couple of kilograms as his broken hand recovered.”I told myself that I wanted to come back a better player than what I was before so it wasn’t a bad opportunity for me for a couple of weeks not to worry about football,” said King. “Just worry about gaining a couple of kilos – I put on two or three more kilos – and getting my body right.”I’m a massive pasta fan and the boys always get stuck into me about my ham sandwiches.”I’m a bit lazy when it comes to my preparation. I wake up in the morning and I wouldn’t have cooked anything so it’s just a ham sandwich. For breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’d probably do five or six a day.”It’s always been hard me to gain so any gain I get I can take it.”King believes in time that his playing weight will get up to near 110kg but concedes with the speed of the modern game that any weight gain can’t come at the expense of mobility around the field.”Weight isn’t that much of an issue for me right now, it’s just getting all the things right that the coaching staff are after like body position and leaning into tackles and technique,” said King, who is playing his 11th game of the season on Saturday.”There are not too many boys in our squad that creep over that 110 mark and if they are they’re generally trying to bring them down.”The game is getting faster so I don’t think it’s the be-all and end-all between five kilos.”There’s a lot that goes into it in terms of how long you can last on the field and technique and things.” Photo by: Brendan Esposito. Copyright: NRL Photos. (Titans lock Max King is finding his way in first grade).last_img read more

All Blacks back for Blues

first_imgBoth missed last week with niggling injuries, although the squad still has 12 players unable to be considered for selection.Coach Tana Umaga said he is looking for a significant improvement in their team defence and discipline for the repeat game against the Chiefs, after last week’s loss to the Sharks.”We let ourselves down with our team defence. The boys all realise that and have come in this week with a determined attitude. Last year we were developing into a strong team defensive unit and we must get back to that level.”We also need to be more disciplined. You can’t give away kickable penalties like we did last week.”We want to be solid and aggressive in our team defence and in the contact areas and show more patience with the ball. Our aim is to improve our performances every week from here in which is a challenge to the squad individually and collectively as a team.”Northland’s Josh Goodhue earns a second start while fellow Taniwha Kara Pryor will add speed in the loose in his first start of the season after injury.Halfback Jonathan Ruru is rewarded with good form for his first start, with George Moala, powerful last week, moving to the wing in place of the injured Melani Nanai, which allows TJ Faiane to start in the midfield with Rieko Ioane.Duffie is still bracketed on the wing with Jordan Hyland to be decided after today’s final training session.Northland captain Matt Moulds will come off the bench, returning after off-season surgery, as will former NZ Under-20s players Dalton Papalii and Orbyn Leger.The Blues were edged 21-26 by the Chiefs in their second-round clash earlier in the season.The team is:1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. James Parsons ©, 3. Ofa Tuungafasi, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Josh Goodhue, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Kara Pryor, 8. Akira Ioane; 9. Jonathan Ruru, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 11. George Moala, 12. TJ Faiane, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14. Matt Duffie/Jordan Hyland,15. Michael Collins.Reserves: 16. Matt Moulds, 17. Ross Wright, 18. Mike Tamoaieta, 19. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20. Dalton Papalii, 21. Sam Nock, 22. Bryn Gatland, 23. Orbyn Leger.Players not considered because of injury: Otere Black (knee – season), Blake Gibson (shoulder), Glenn Preston (calf), Sonny Bill Williams (hand), Augustine Pulu (foot), Alex Hodgman (arm), Scott Scrafton (leg – season), Daniel Kirkpatrick (ribs), Tumua Manu (thigh), Melani Nanai (ankle), Jordan Trainor (hand), Matt Johnson (season).last_img read more

PNGRFL to begin coaching, refereeing roadshow

first_img(LOOP file picture) The team will start its roadshow on January 15 with the Highlands confederation and finish up in Ramu  and  Lae.PNGRFL National Development Manager, Toksy Nema explained that there has been agreement for the PNGRFL to introduce an entry level PNG Coaching Accreditation Certificate.He said this gives successful candidates the opportunity to continue further study to gain their internationally accepted Level 1 through 3 Certificates.He said courses will run starting in Wabag on Jan16, Banz on the 20th, Goroka on the 22nd, Ramu on the 25th and Lae on Jan 27. “Referees updates under the guidance of Guma Opi will concentrate on communication with and earning the respect of players to maintain the integrity of the game,” said Nema.He said affiliated league coaches and referees who are interested to attend can contact their Regional Development Officers.Toksy Nema’s contact number is 70906977.last_img read more

Basketball season to begin

first_imgThis competition along with the PNG Games continues to identify talented players who represent the country at international events.PMBL is calling on existing and new basketball clubs to confirm their participation for the season.The existing franchise clubs are Exodus, Saints, Chariots, Flames, Tamaraws and West Jokers.PMBL’s Lawrence Lahari urges all franchises to confirm their participation by next Tuesday  February 9 during a meeting to be staged by PMBL.Lahari said they’ve planned for six current teams to compete this season although there is some interest out there for another additional franchise.The appointment of PMBL Board members will also take place during the meeting and the appointment of an internal auditor.Lahari also confirmed that the 2015 season champions KSS Flames and runner-up Moniplus Tamaraws will have their prize money settled before the start of this seasons competition.PMBL plans to run its competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6pm to 8pm.  The venue is yet to be confirmed.last_img read more

Foster stuns SI crowd with performance

first_imgThis was during his Solomon Islands National Soccer League season opener with the Malaita Kingz Football Club.Foster added the PNG flavour into a creamed Vanuatu and Solomon football club as he starred in the Malaita Kingz 3 nil victory over F.C Guadalcanal.In his first game yesterday, Foster played a key role in all 3 goals, which was a jaw-dropping moment for the crowd.He also got on the scoreboard with a screamer of a shot from outside the 18 yard box that flashed through the goal mouth.Foster has left quite an impression after yesterday’s game as the crowd and supporters look forward to watching Kingz in the coming weekend.last_img read more

Mbappé and its renewal: “It is not the time to talk about this”

first_imgKylian Mbappé, 21, spoke in mixed zone about the renewal of his contract with the PSG after the victory against Saint Éttiene in the League Cup. The forward answered the question about whether he would extend his contract with the PSG: “This is not the time to talk about this, this is the time to play football, there are many deadlines, I just want to focus on the season”. The French again asked if his will was to extend his contract that ends in June 2022: “My will is simply to play football, focus on the season. The club is in a quiet and stable situation, this is not the time to talk about this, this is the time to play football, there are many deadlines, I just want to focus on the season. “ The Paris player pronounced on whether they defended better by playing with the 4-4-2 system against Saint Éttiene: “I think there was an awareness that it was not enough for players of this level to make such little effort. After that it is not perfect, I will not say that it is perfect, but we are much better, and that relieves the players behind, they are much better to pass us better balls. It is give and take. It is not a matter of systemEven if three people have to make an effort, it was not enough. We have television, we watch the games, there has been a conscience, we are not the best defenders in the world, but it is better and we see it in the field. Behind, they have to run less for us because we do our job. “The ‘7’ was asked about whether he tends to free himself in the field: “Yes, we feel better physically, many players have had technical problems. Ney and I had many technical problemsIcardi arrived, there was only Di Maria who was already at the top, so it was difficult to repeat the efforts. We feel better and better and we are able to repeat the efforts, the high intensity races, it’s great. ” 7last_img read more

Joan Jordan: “In the Bernabéu we will compete as animals”

first_imgHow do you rate your first half season at Sevilla?If in summer they had put me a role ahead telling me that by now I would have played everything I have played so far, I would have signed it with my eyes closed. I am very happy with how everything has gone since day one. I am in the best moment of my life at the family level and it is time to improve and take steps in my game. I am in the right place for it.Has Lopetegui had a lot to do with it?At every stage of my career I have had the ideal technician. Mendilíbar came to me perfect at a certain moment and now I think that the same happens with Lopetegui. He insists a lot on the ball and all that helps me. I come from a different football and being with Julen is going to make me a much more complete player.The competition in his position is tremendous.The better your partners are, the better they make you. Playing with people like Fernando, Banega, El Mudo … there is a lot of talent. Everyone has a lot of level, I think we are one of the most competitive centers in LaLiga.If competitive is the center of the Sevilla field, that of Real Madrid … They have a huge level and it will be nice to plant them face. I am convinced that we will compete as animals, that we will go for them and that we will fight for victory.Is the dressing room aware of the grim streak of Sevilla in the stadiums of the greats?Outside the home we have won a lot and I knew without being here that last year the trajectory as a visitor of Seville was quite bad. It was not a ghost that had been transmitted. And I don’t think anything follows us now. There has been no match in which Sevilla did not compete and that is what you have to be very proud of. At Madrid we will compete with our identity.And the lack of goal of the strikers how it is carried?The confidence of the group is total. They are dynamic in which you enter and from which it costs to leave. The important thing is the work that the team does, which generates countless arrivals and we know that the dynamics will change. The goals will come. I do not hide that it is something that we have to improve, but I am convinced that the goals will come.Do you see the team trained to achieve the goal of returning to the Champions League?I think we have a very wide staff. We are in the fight for the objectives and see ourselves fully trained. 2020 is going to be exciting.last_img read more

Official: Mou’s Tottenham is reinforced with Bergwijn

first_imgThe expense by Bergwijn, together with the repurchase option executed by The Celso (Betis) and to the transfer of Gedson Fernandes (Benfica)they make Jose Mourinho Do not have much money to undertake the signing of a nine, the position that you need to strengthen. In fact, Daniel Levy has imposed a limit of twelve million euros to bring a guarantee striker who takes over the long-term loss of Harry Kane (The technician knew before signing that he would not have many resources if there were no sales and so far only 20 million have entered by Christian Eriksen).With Mourinho on the bench, Tottenham has improved his results and they are already six points from the positions of Champions League. Despite the loss of Kane, with these reinforcements and the nine that can sign from here to close the transfer window, they will try to sneak into the best of the Premier League and move forward as much as possible in the Champions. Steven Bergwijn is already a Tottenham player for all purposes. The Dutch end from the PSV has signed with the London club until the summer of 2025. Although the transfer figures have not yet been made official, for days it has been speculated with an amount close to 30 million euros. The 22-year-old has six goals and thirteen assists in the 29 games he has played so far this season. He usually plays in the extremes, although he can also play as an offensive midfielder or, on occasion, as a center forward. In addition, it is international with Holland. 10last_img read more