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Monthly Archives: May 2020

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UNO Names Duncan as New Athletic Director

first_imgNEW ORLEANS, La. – University of New Orleans President John Nicklow announced that the University has selected Tim Duncan as its new athletic director. Duncan, a Memphis native, is currently the deputy athletic director for external affairs at Northeastern University in Boston. He has held leadership roles at both NCAA Division I and Division II institutions, including serving as director of athletics on two different occasions. He was previously an associate athletics director at Division I University of North Carolina Wilmington overseeing the Seahawk Club and the executive director of the M Club, an athletic alumni organization at the University of Memphis. “We conducted a very thorough national search, and I could not be more excited to have Tim join the University and lead Privateer athletics,” Nicklow said. “Our athletic successes and national reputation are growing, and I believe Tim brings the energy, experience and the excellence to further elevate our program. We share the same vision, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial attitude.” Prior to his time at Northeastern, Duncan worked exclusively in the South. He was director of athletics at Division II Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia from 2014-2018. He also served as director of athletics at Paine College, a Division II HBCU located in Augusta, Georgia, from 2011-2014. Duncan is expected to begin his new position on June 3. His hiring is subject to approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. He will succeed Derek Morel, who departed the University in October for a leadership position at the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Prior to entering college athletics administration, Duncan spent 11 years as a marketing professional.Duncan holds a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing from Memphis State (now Memphis) and a master’s in sports administration from Grambling State. He played four years of college basketball at Memphis. Duncan will be introduced at a news conference in the Homer Hitt Alumni and Visitors Center ballroom at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. Within Northeastern University’s 18-sport NCAA Division I program, Duncan oversees the external affairs unit, comprised of communications, corporate sponsorships, fundraising, marketing and game day experience, ticket sales and operations, and video production. During his tenure, donations, corporate partnerships and ticket revenue have all increased. In October, Duncan spearheaded a marketing campaign known nationally at #HowlinHuskies, a rebranding of the Northwestern Athletics logos package. “The University of New Orleans has everything I wanted in a job: a visionary president, an institution with academic rigor, coaches and staff committed to winning with integrity and developing young leaders and, most importantly, a great city in which my wife, Lisa, and I can raise our children Tyson, Turner and Tatum,” Duncan said.last_img read more

Leading Jockey Prat Wins Six Races On Sunday

first_imgLEADING JOCKEY PRAT WINS SIX RACES ON SUNDAY, NEARLY TYING THE LEGENDARY PINCAY’S SEVEN-WIN DAY 33 YEARS AGOHIS BIG DAY IS HIGHLIGHTED BY VICTORY ABOARD BELLAFINA IN GRADE III DESERT STORMER STAKESARCADIA, Calif. (May 17, 2020)–With six wins to his credit through nine races, including a victory aboard Bellafina in the Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes, French-born jockey Flavien Prat was poised to join the legendary Laffit Pincay, Jr. on Sunday as the only other jockey to ever record seven wins in a single day at The Great Race Place as one dance remained on the 10-race card.Alas, it wasn’t to be, as Prat ended up a non-threatening sixth aboard 9-5 favorite Winning Element in the 10th, a one mile allowance for 3-year-olds and up.In notching six wins, Prat nonetheless joined some very select company, as the feat had only been accomplished 12 times dating back to Dec. 25, 1934.  The first jockey to ever win six in a day at Santa Anita was the immortal Bill Shoemaker, a 17-time leading rider here who won six races on Feb. 23, 1962.(Pincay’s seven-win day came on March 14, 1987).With three jockeys turning the six-win trick twice each, Pincay (Oct. 23, 1973 & March 4, 1981), Sandy Hawley (Feb. 20, 1976 & March 26, 1976) and Darrell McHargue (March 5, 1978 & Oct. 25, 1979), five riders, Steve Valdez (Oct. 15, 1973), Patrick Valenzuela (Oct. 21, 1978), Martin Pedroza (Oct. 31, 1992), Corey Nakatani (April 23, 2000) and Rafael Bejarano (April 8, 2006) each did it once each.“That’s quite an amazing group of riders,” said Prat, 27, when apprised of those who had preceded him in winning six in a day.  “It was one of those days when everything you do is right.  It’s so good to be back racing here and I rode good horses all weekend.“Even though we had the break (with no racing until this past Friday, dating back to March 27), I thought I was fit and ready to come back.  I’ve never worked out so hard at home.  I’ve got a stationary bike and I lifted weights, not heavy, but enough to maintain flexibility.”With 55 wins through 44 racing days, Prat is 13 winners in front of Abel Cedillo in the current jockey standings and he’s looking forward to continued success this coming Memorial Day Weekend.“I’m really excited to ride War of Will for Mark Casse in the Shoemaker Mile (Grade I, $300,000 on May 25).  He was one of the best 3-year-olds in America last year and he’s proven he likes the grass.  I think the distance is going to be very good for him.“We’ve got good business all weekend and I know United is doing very well for Richard Mandella.  He was training great for Dubai, but we weren’t able to run and I think he’s sitting on a big race here in the (Charles) Whittingham (Grade II, $200,000 at 1 ¼ miles on turf) on Saturday.”Prat’s six-win hit parade began in Sunday’s first race aboard the Peter Miller-trained Querelle ($10.00).  His next win came in the fourth, aboard Phil D’Amato’s Noor Khan ($7.60), the fifth aboard Leonard Powell’s Bud Knight ($4.80), the sixth aboard Collusion Illusion ($7.40), the eighth aboard Simon Callaghan’s Bellafina ($3.60) and the ninth with Carava’s Harper’s Gallop ($8.00).With six wins from his nine mounts, Prat’s win percentage for the day totals 66 percent.Racing resumes at Santa Anita with a four-day week on Friday.  First post time for a nine-race card is at 12:30 p.m.  Due to the current pandemic, there is no public admittance.  Fans are encouraged to watch and wager via or through Xpressbet.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Spurs launch probe into fan who ‘performed Nazi salute at Bayern faithful’

first_imgTOTTENHAM are to ban one of their fans for making shocking Nazi salutes at Bayern Munich supporters during Tuesday’s Champions League match.The culprit was identified after a fellow Spurs fan complained via anti-racist campaigners Kick It Out.2 An investigation has been launched by Spurs after claims that one of their fans performed Nazi salutes directed at the Bayern Munich faithfulCredit: Rex FeaturesThe yob was also overhead referring to the visiting fans from Germany as “Nazi c**ts” and could now face criminal prosecution.A club spokesman said: “We have identified the individual involved and he will be issued with an immediate ban.”We have also passed all information to the police so they can carry out their own investigation. Behaviour like this is completely unacceptable.”Tottenham conceded seven goals at home for the first time in their history as they lost 7-2 to the German champions.A statement from Kick It Out read: “We can confirm we have received a report of a Tottenham Hotspur fan making Nazi salutes during their match against Bayern Munich on 1 October.”As per protocol, we have contacted the club and the UKFPU.”The incident took place in either block 112 or 113 of the North Stand at Tottenham’s new stadium.The travelling supporters from Munich were seated in the North East corner of the 62,000 capacity ground.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 summer2The Nazi salute is illegal in modern day Germany due to the country’s dark history in the lead up and during World War Two.This episode of alleged racial abuse will be particularly significant at Tottenham given the club’s relatively large proportion of Jewish followers.There has been much controversy over the use of the word ‘yid’ when sung by Spurs fans or chanted in an abusive manner by their rivals.Mauricio Pochettino speaks after Spurs are thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munichlast_img read more

Keane floored Edgar Davids with one punch during training, reveals O’Hara

first_imgJAMIE O’HARA has revealed that former Tottenham team-mate Robbie Keane once FLOORED Edgar Davids with a single punch in training following an altercation.The 33-year-old stated that the incident came just after the Dutch legend made the move to North London in 2005 from Inter Milan.3 Jamie O’Hara has revealed that Robbie Keane once dropped Edgar Davids with a single punchDavids, 47, quickly became a fan favourite at White Hart Lane, but it wasn’t all plain sailing in his early days at the club.According to O’Hara, the 1995 Champions League winner arrived at Spurs thinking he was the “main man”, but quickly found out who really was the top dog in the dressing room.Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “I tell you who had a bit about him – Robbie Keane.”I remember a story with him and Edgar Davids and I hope he don’t mind me saying this.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on Tottenham“We were at training and Edgar Davids came in from Inter Milan and he thought he was the bee’s knees.”He thought he was the guy and the main man and everything, but everyone realised Robbie Keane was the main guy at Tottenham at that time.”I remember him giving it to Keano in training and they were having a barney, and I think he tried to step to Robbie Keane and say something – and Keano just sparked him, bosh!“He just went, bang – one punch. Gone.3LATEST 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 summer3“Then Davids has just picked himself up and walked off – and that was it. He came in the next day like, ‘morning, Robbie…’“He knew – no-one messed with Keano. He had that Irish thing about him that if he switched he would put you straight out.”Despite the early tensions behind the scenes, the 2005/06 season turned out to be a fine campaign for Spurs, but they ultimately finished in fifth spot after losing to West Ham in their final match.José Mourinho delighted with Bergwijn’s Spurs debut but fumes that Raheem Sterling wasn’t shown red card in winlast_img read more

PL stars using WhatsApp group to send texts with fears over Project Restart

first_img5PREMIER LEAGUE players are using a WhatsApp group to express fears over Project Restart.The Government have given the go ahead for the Premier League to resume behind closed doors from June 1 but some of the top flight’s biggest stars are worried about returning to work.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings recently expressed concerns about the situation5 Man City star Raheem Sterling has also spoken about the issueThe welfare of players is still one of the biggest issues facing the prospective return of matches on June 12 – even though no fans will be in attendance.And a WhatsApp group containing some of the League’s biggest stars is full of concerned messages over the return while coronavirus continues to kill hundreds of people every day in the UK.Some players reportedly feel their worries are being overlooked so the Government can make political gains by “boosting the nation’s morale”, according to the Mail.Prem clubs will consult their players on the latest plans over the next 48 hours and the stars’ concerns will be relayed back to team chiefs during those calls.Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings has been particularly vocal online with one recent tweet suggesting players lower down the league are being ignored because people think they are just worried about relegation.5He wrote: “Player at the top of the league raises concerns about playing again: Yeah he’s probably right, that’s sensible.”Player near the bottom raises the same concern: Yeah well you just don’t want to be relegated.”Manchester City star Raheem Sterling also said: “We need to make sure it’s safe not just for us footballers, but for the medical staff, the referees.”Until then, I am reserved and thinking what the worst outcome could be.”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 himDanny Rose slated the decision to bring back football as he said: “It’s a f****** joke, I’m not even going to lie.”The Government is saying bring football back because it’s going to boost the nation’s morale, I don’t give a f*** about the nation’s morale.”People’s lives are at risk, you know what I mean?”Player at the top of the league raises concerns about playing again: Yeah he’s probably right, that’s sensible. Player near the bottom raises the same concern:Yeah well you just don’t want to be relegated 😂🤷🏽‍♂️— Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) May 11, 2020 5 And Newcastle’s Danny Rose said he ‘doesn’t give a f*** about the nation’s morale’Danny Rose slams ‘f—ing joke’ plans to bring Premier League back and says ‘lives are at risk’last_img read more

Holmes scores six as Australia thumps Fiji

first_imgHolmes’s stunning return came on the back of his five-try performance against Samoa last week, as the Kangaroos ran away with a 10-tries-to-one victory.The Fijians started with intensity in the early exchanges and opened the scoring with a penalty goal in the second minute. Jarryd Hayne was in the thick of it early with a big hit on Billy Slater but his team conceded too many penalties to stay in the contest.Slater crossed for the Kangaroos’ first in the 15th minute on the left flank – becoming the World Cup’s leading try-scorer of all time – as Australia exploited an overlap. The second try was easier, with Holmes rising high above Suliasi Vunivalu to score in the corner.Holmes grabbed a first-half double when he went over unmarked through some quick passing.Dane Gagai then danced his way across the line, with a long Cooper Cronk pass giving the winger space to cut in on the inside in the 32nd minute.The Australians kept up the pacing in the second half, scoring two tries in five minutes. Holmes celebrated a hat-trick with a 90-metre intercept try and Slater brushed the Fiji defence with speed to score his second.The Bati registered their first try when Vunivalu showed great hands – juggling the ball around his ankles – but Australia kept pressing for points.Holmes added three more tries to complete the rout, becoming the first Australian player to score six tries in an international since Kevin Irvine in 1960 against Italy.Australia 54 (Holmes 6, Slater 2, Gagai 2 tries; Smith 7 goals) def. Fiji 6 (Vunivalu try, Koroisau goal) at Suncorp Stadium. Half-time score: 22-2. Crowd: 22,073. Photo by: Scott Davis. Copyright: NRL Photos.Australian try-scoring sensation Valentine Holmes.last_img read more

Time for England to address ball control

first_imgThe Wayne Bennett-coached side have completed at below 80 per cent in three of their four games so far, culminating in a sloppy effort in last week’s 36-6 quarter-final victory over Papua New Guinea, where they completed just over half of their 46 sets.In contrast, Tonga’s ball control has been a feature of their campaign, averaging a 79 per cent rate so far and leaving Bennett clear on where his side must make progress.”There’s always room for improvement. We have just got to get our handling better, that’s our major concern,” Bennett said.”We are much improved, there is no doubt about that.”[But] the ball control is not exactly where I’d like it. There’s been glimpses of it, been halves of it, we have just got to do it for a full game. But all the other areas are much improved.”Maintaining parity in the possession stakes also shapes as a key to getting over the top of Tonga and limiting the impact of their star-studded forward pack, led by Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita. Prop James Graham echoed his coach’s calls, but took heart from the 36 points his side were able to generate from limited uses of the ball against the Kumuls. “I think probably our ball control could be better, and that’s just the standards that we set,” Graham said.”You look back to the weekend’s game and we still managed to score 36 points off I think 26 completed sets, so I’d rather look at the positive side.”But we are under no illusions that we are going to have to control the ball a little bit better if we are to get through this weekend.”I think for us it’s about playing well for 80 or potentially 90 minutes and staying in the moment. I have said this many times, that I think games like this take 80 or 90 minutes to win but only a moment to lose. “So it’s about staying focused the entire time you are on the field. Every moment, every tackle, we are going to have to be up for.”last_img read more

Marotta: “Vidal? It depends on what happens with Valverde …”

first_imgThe Chilean also wants to wear a nerazzurro, and yesterday, on the 60th anniversary of the radio program ‘Tutto il calcium minute by minute’, CEO Beppe Marotta again made clear the intention to negotiate for his services: “It depends on several factors, I will not hide that, for us, it is a very important player.” Inter wants to please Antonio Conte reinforcing his squad to continue fighting for the scudetto, something that had not happened to him for a decade. The Nerazzurri have Olivier Giroud close and negotiate for Christian Eriksen, although the first goal for his midfield is Arturo Vidal, the coach’s wish. According to the Nerazzurro manager, however, the future of Ernesto Valverde could be decisive for the decision on Vidal: “At this moment the position of the coach influences, which is at risk, so we will have to see.” In Italy they affirm that with a dismissal of Txingurri it could complicate the signing, due to the complicated relationship between the former Juventino and his coach.last_img read more

Lázaro: “I am not pressured to have an 80 million clause”

first_imgThe U-17 World Cup came on rebound and left as the most decisive player. Did you think it would be like that?It was very important for my career because I was not on the first list but I stayed calm, I continued working at Flamengo and, when they told me that I was going, the hope was to work for it. I promoted what I do best, defining a lot in training, and in the World Cup I devoted myself to the semifinal and final. I worked hard for it.After scoring France in 89 ‘in semis to overcome a 2-0, did he expect to start in the final?Yes Yes. We players have that hope when we work hard. I made the goal and of course I wanted, like everyone else. When the coach passed the final alignment, I remained calm, with a positive mind; I knew I would have a chance to play. When I called the teacher to enter I was already quite confident.Did he talk to you between the semi-final and the final to explain his decision?Yes, he told me to be calm and have opportunities. In the previous training I worked on the finalization, which is my best resource, and then I had the opportunity to score the goal of the title and … (laughs).What goes through the head of a player in such a situation?It is a time of great happiness, not only for me, but for all my family and all Brazilians because the country had not won for quite some time and was also at home. Doing the goal of the title in those circumstances, missing a minute and a half to finish, was very happy and did not know how to celebrate. When you arrive at the hotel and stop to think, you watch the video of the goal and remember all that, it is a very special mix.What was not known then was that he was injured. If it had been fine … (laughs)Yes, I didn’t know either. He had hurt me in the final of the Under-17 Super Cup in Maracana. It was in August, but I didn’t know. I thought something was wrong with me and I continued to work normally, treating myself, but one day, after the tournament, the medical department realized and asked for a resonance. They saw that the meniscus was bad. Luckily it was there and I did not miss the World Cup, thank God. “My idols are Cristiano and Neymar, but more Christian because of the way he works” Lazarus Lázaro Vinicius has 17 years and its clause, as revealed by AS in September, is 80 million euros, the highest in the history of that talent factory that is Flamengo. In his club they see him as the next Reinier, that is, as the next crack to go out to Europe, and as such they take care of him and advise him on a day-to-day basis. The hero of Brazil in the 2019 U-17 World Cup receives this newspaper at his home in Rio de Janeiro to review a few months that have changed his life. What did you talk to Ronaldo in the delivery of medals?Congratulations on the goal and the tournament. He is one of the best attackers in the world and everyone, Brazilians and abroad, knows that he was an excellent 9. I play upstairs and I get very inspired by him.In social networks, with the media, in the streets … Do you notice that your day to day has changed?Yes Yes. It is that a World Cup is seen by everyone, over at home, where football is most lived. But I’ve always been a quiet boy, with my feet on the ground and wanting to do my best.How have you managed it?I am calm and my parents, like the rest of the people around me, always help me. I am grateful for not losing the north.Who is your idol?Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, but more Cristiano because of the way he works.And your team in Europe?I have several, like all the boys, but I have always had a special affection for Real Madrid. When I had time and stayed at home watching games, they were always from Madrid, with their great players. But in Europe there are many, it is difficult to stay with only one.His clause, without debuting with the Flamengo professional team, is 80 million. Does it weigh you?It does not pressure me, I am calm. It is something that was talked about but what I want is to achieve my goals, make my dreams come true and those of my family. The renovation made me happy because it is a reward for work.Last year he trained once with the first team and this Thursday he also recovered his injury with the adults. How was it noticed?They have been very good experiences, they are very great players. I see them on TV and being trained with them has given me a lot of happiness. I will work more and more to continue climbing the professional team.Is it your big goal of this 2020?Yes of course. Upload and make history.It was very close to the tragedy of the fire in the Ninho do Urubu, in which ten players died from the Flamengo quarry on February 8, 2019.The day of the tragedy I was at home because I was at home because I had vacations. My mother came to my room and told me that the facilities were burning, but I did not understand. Then, when I put my head back on the pillow because I didn’t understand anything, I got up again to see what it was. And then I found out about the whole tragedy … There was only one of the boys I didn’t know, the rest did and talked to them. I always honor them in celebrating my goals.last_img read more

Kevin Vázquez, a regular player against Real Madrid

first_imgThis Sunday Kevin Vázquez will play his thirteenth match in First and for the third time will rival the Real Madrid. As in his previous two clashes with the white team, the Low Hugo Mallo opens the eleven doors on the right hand side. On this occasion the celestial captain will not be available for card accumulation Last season the defender had a Dance partner I did not expect at the Bernabéu. It started covering Marco Asensio, but David Juncà’s injury at the start of the match led him to place himself on the left wing, where Gareth Bale was measured in the local victory 2-0. By identical circumstance, Kevin was lost on sunday on duel with Sevilla. The defense of Nigrán had been a starter in the previous four days because Mallo started this 2020 with discomfort caused by a pubalgiacenter_img The two precedents of Kevin against Real Madrid they settled with defeat for the Celtic. This season, the team led by Zinedine Zidane won in Balaidos by 1-3 on the first day of LaLiga. In that duel the lane formed in A Madroa was responsible for mark Vinicius Junior.last_img read more