Honorable Mention: Micaela Bouvier, Northwestern State; Makayla Sikes, Stephen F. Austin; Rachel Hayes, Southeastern Louisiana; Ashley Koncir, McNeese. Softball Pitcher of the Week – Alexis LaBure, Nicholls – Fr. – Port Neches, Texas The Carlsbad, Calif., product batted .667 with a .692 slugging percentage and a 1.444 on base percentage this past week. She began the week by recording the only Cowgirl hit against No. 14 LSU. She continued her hitting against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by ending the series with a .714 batting average and a 1.571 slugging percentage. Piancastelli became the McNeese career hit leader and the Southland career RBI leader with her hit and RBI to end game three and complete the series sweep. She went 6-for-9 in the series with seven RBIs, two doubles, three walks and four runs. 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. Honorable Mention: Moriah Strother, Nicholls; Shelby Henderson, Lamar; Kaitlyn St. Clair, Northwestern State. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Erika Piancastelli and Nicholls’ Alexis LaBure are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Softball Hitter of the Week – Erika Piancastelli, McNeese – C/3B – Sr. – Carlsbad, Calif. This is Piancastelli’s second hitter award of the season after winning the award on Feb. 13. LaBure claims the Colonels’ fourth pitcher accolade of the season and second consecutive. The freshman from Port Neches, Texas, racked up 19 strikeouts in 16.2 innings last week, going 3-0 with a 1.68 ERA. In two games against Abilene Christian on Friday, LaBure recorded 13 strikeouts out of her first 15 Wildcats retired, capped by an 11-strikeout effort in a five-inning complete game victory. She came back the next day to toss a seven-inning complete game to keep Nicholls tied for first place. Piancastelli broke a McNeese and Southland record en route to a 3-1 week for the Cowgirls (27-12, 10-5 SLC), sweeping Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (9-28-1, 1-14 SLC) to move into a game back from first place. LaBure added three wins to her name to help the league-leading Colonels (26-11, 11-4) to a 3-1 week, including a 2-1 series victory over Abilene Christian (13-20, 7-8 SLC) after dropping the opening game that went 15 innings. McNeese and Nicholls meet this weekend for the first time since the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament championship that saw the Cowgirls win 8-0. First pitch for this weekend is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. CT in Lake Charles.
FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s 4×400-meter relay team, featuring James Benson II, Johnathon Sawyer, D.J. Ruffin and Donovan Storr, and Stephen F. Austin’s Branson Ellis are the Southland Conference Men’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.The Lions’ 4x400m relay squad capped a second-place finish at the Carolina Challenge in Columbia, South Carolina, over the weekend. Benson, Sawyer, Ruffin and Storr clocked in with a 3:07.67, setting a new Southland indoor record and beating the previous mark of 3:07.96, set by UT-Arlington in 1990. The team’s time stands fifth nationally and is also a SLU program record.Ellis claims his second-straight Athlete of the Week honor after clearing another conference-leading pole vault mark at the Houston Invitational over the weekend. The sophomore took first place at the meet with a successful attempt over the bar at 18-07.5 (5.68m). His mark ties a conference indoor record, stands third in the nation among Division I competitors and is a personal best for the Tyler, Texas, native.Men’s Track Athletes of the Week – James Benson II, Johnathon Sawyer, D.J. Ruffin, Donovan Storr, Southeastern Louisiana – 4x400m RelayStorr, Benson, Sawyer, and Ruffin combined to set a school and conference record in the 4x400m relay Saturday at the Carolina Challenge. The unit finished second overall in a field of 25 teams with a time of 3:07.67, which ranks fifth in the nation in the mile-relay event.Honorable Mention: Jordan Rowe, Lamar; Jo’Vaughn Martin, Sam Houston State; A.J. Bennet, Stephen F. Austin.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Tyler, TexasEllis continues to better his conference-leading mark this season, this time clearing 18-07.5 (5.68m) at the Houston Invitational this past weekend. The sophomore topped a field of 23 competitors with his mark and now ranks third nationally in the pole vault event this season.Honorable Mention: Thomas Wilson, Abilene Christian; Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist; Jeremy Lawson, Northwestern State; Bjoern Adden, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.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.
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T&Cs apply.CLICK HERE TO PLAY NOWGary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 10:18 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO has been named as a finalist for the 2019 Best Men’s Coach award.The Spurs boss guided his side to the Champions League final last season, while also securing top four football.Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are the other two candidates.Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 9:42 pmFORMER Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes Harry Kane went down too easily as he looked for a dive against Arsenal.Asked by Ian Holloway on talkSPORT whether he believed it was a penalty, Redknapp said: “No, I didn’t.”Holloway then commented, “He went down too easily”, with Redknapp adding: “Yeah, he did.”“Some weeks it goes for you, some it doesn’t, but what a game of football, it was fantastic.“Two teams having a go, didn’t hold back, end to end, it could have gone either way. They slugged it out and it was really enjoyable. It was a great afternoon.”Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 9:05 pmFernando Llorente signed for Napoli earlier.The Spaniard, released by Spurs this summer, has penned a two-year contract with the Italians.He tweeted the below goodbye message After two wonderful seasons, today I say goodbye to Tottenham. It was a pleasure to wear this shirt and wherever I go there will be always a space in my heart for Tottenham and for their fans. I wish you all the best for this season and for the future! Thanks. #COYS💙 pic.twitter.com/M2ox8SYpUy— Fernando Llorente (@llorentefer19) September 2, 2019Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 8:33 pmKIERAN TRIPPIER has revealed he believes Atletico Madrid is a “step up” from Tottenham – claiming there is “no better place in the world” to be.The England right-back, 28, has earned a recall to the Three Lions set-upafter a strong start to life in La Liga after quitting Spurs this summer.Trippier said: “Every decision I’ve taken in my career has been a brave one. Football is about taking risks.“I’d always fancied playing abroad so I had discussions with Tottenham and said I wanted a new challenge, a new chapter for me and my family.“To play in Spain was an amazing opportunity, I didn’t want it to slip away. No regrets.“I’m working with one of the best coaches in the world and Atletico is one of the biggest teams in Europe. I’m not taking a step down, I’m taking a step up.”Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 7:57 pmSPURS ace Son Heung-min has revealed he had difficulty getting over the Champions League final defeat against Liverpool.He told the Daily Mail: “For me, the goal was to win the Champions League, not to play the Champions League final.“After the game it was real pain. Every day. I went away to play for the national team in a couple of games straight away and that was fine, but afterwards, I started dreaming about it every day.“It was pain. I am not a guy who is happy to lose. Every day and night I would see it in my head. I remember them with the trophy, lifting it, celebrating. For me, I think of that bit with the trophy.“When they were celebrating, it was, wow, so painful. They were celebrating, we are standing there looking at the floor, and watching that — it is painful.”Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 7:20 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO was ‘close’ to axing Christian Eriksen just before the season started, according to reports.According to the Independent, that is because the Spurs boss does not like keeping players who are into the final year of their contracts.Eriksen’s deal at Tottenham runs out next summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to Spain this summer.But he has just a few hours left if he wants to secure a move away before the European transfer window closes.For now, though, Eriksen remains a Tottenham player, and a crucial one at that.Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 6:18 pmAnd here is Vitoria’s official unveiling of Marcus Edwards Got a lot of time for Geoff Shreeves making Harry Kane watch his dive back and commentate on it 😂 pic.twitter.com/Yf9m3TJQP5— James John (@JamesJohn2427) September 1, 2019Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 12:13 pmJAN VERTONGHEN insists he has no problem with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and has vowed to stay and help the club end their trophy drought.The 32-year-old Belgian international defender was surprised to be left out of Tottenham’s first three games of the season, but returned to face Arsenal.He said: “The manager told me before the first game of the season against Aston Villa that I wasn’t playing because of a tactical decision and I respect that.“There was nothing wrong with my fitness. I played in every pre-season game and I didn’t miss a training session.“But when you’re not in the team you realise just how important it is to be playing so it was a massive game for me to come back against Arsenal.“I’ve been so long with these guys and I love this club so I just want to play as much as I can. I’m not thinking about the contract, I’m just focused on football now and I feel great.“I’m very, very happy to be back and I just want to help the club to win trophies.”Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 11:37 amSPURS ace Son Heung-min has revealed he had difficulty getting over the Champions League final defeat against Liverpool.He told the Daily Mail: “For me, the goal was to win the Champions League, not to play the Champions League final.“After the game it was real pain. Every day. I went away to play for the national team in a couple of games straight away and that was fine, but afterwards, I started dreaming about it every day.“It was pain. I am not a guy who is happy to lose. Every day and night I would see it in my head. I remember them with the trophy, lifting it, celebrating. For me, I think of that bit with the trophy.“When they were celebrating, it was, wow, so painful. They were celebrating, we are standing there looking at the floor, and watching that — it is painful.”Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 11:05 amFORMER Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes Harry Kane went down too easily as he looked for a dive against Arsenal.Asked by Ian Holloway on talkSPORT whether he believed it was a penalty, Redknapp said: “No, I didn’t.”Holloway then commented, “He went down too easily”, with Redknapp adding: “Yeah, he did.”“Some weeks it goes for you, some it doesn’t, but what a game of football, it was fantastic. “Two teams having a go, didn’t hold back, end to end, it could have gone either way. They slugged it out and it was really enjoyable. It was a great afternoon.”Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 10:33 amFERNANDO LLORENTE has claimed it was a pleasure wearing the Spurs shirt following his move to Napoli.The 34-year-old was a free agent after being released by Tottenham at the end of last season.Taking to Twitter, the veteran striker said: “After two wonderful seasons, today I say goodbye to Tottenham. “It was a pleasure to wear this shirt and wherever I go there will be always a space in my heart for Tottenham and for their fans. “I wish you all the best for this season and for the future! Thanks.” Welcome back, @HarryWinks 👋Back in the #ThreeLions squad for the first time this year, the @SpursOfficial midfielder joined us live from today’s training session.— England (@England) September 2, 2019Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 3:50 pmJake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 3:50 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO was ‘close’ to axing Christian Eriksen just before the season started, according to reports.According to the Independent, that is because the Spurs boss does not like keeping players who are into the final year of their contracts.Eriksen’s deal at Tottenham runs out next summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to Spain this summer.But he has just a few hours left if he wants to secure a move away before the European transfer window closes.For now, though, Eriksen remains a Tottenham player, and a crucial one at that.Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 3:26 pmKIERAN TRIPPIER has revealed he believes Atletico Madrid is a “step up” from Tottenham – claiming there is “no better place in the world” to be.The England right-back, 28, has earned a recall to the Three Lions set-upafter a strong start to life in La Liga after quitting Spurs this summer.Trippier said: “Every decision I’ve taken in my career has been a brave one. Football is about taking risks.“I’d always fancied playing abroad so I had discussions with Tottenham and said I wanted a new challenge, a new chapter for me and my family.“To play in Spain was an amazing opportunity, I didn’t want it to slip away. No regrets.“I’m working with one of the best coaches in the world and Atletico is one of the biggest teams in Europe. I’m not taking a step down, I’m taking a step up.”Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 2:50 pmMAURICIO POCHETTINO has been named as a finalist for the 2019 Best Men’s Coach award.The Spurs boss guided his side to the Champions League final last season, while also securing top four football.Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are the other two candidates.Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 2:03 pmDerby day, through the lens. 📸 @KumhoTyreUK #NorthLondonDerby ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/wxCcmU3N1n— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 2, 2019Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 1:15 pm💨 Press: ✔️✨ Turn: ✔️🎯 Pass: ✔️ This play from @HarryWinks in the build-up to our second goal yesterday 👌 🔥 #NorthLondonDerby ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/oJrByYAqdA— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 2, 2019Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 12:42 pmWATCH the awkward moment Harry Kane was forced to watch his alleged dive back and explain himself after Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal.The Spurs forward, 26, went down in the box under pressure from Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the dying moments of the derby – leaving Arsenal fans fuming.All of the pundits at the game called it a dive – and Kane was forced to re-watch the incident and tell his story after the 2-2 North London derby draw.When asked if he thought a penalty should have been given, Kane claimed: “I think so. I would have to watch it back.”As if by magic, a TV monitor appears next to Kane – with the Spurs man forced to watch it back and give his view on the alleged dive. 📰 We have reached agreement with Portuguese side Vitória for the transfer of Marcus Edwards. We wish Marcus all the best for the future. pic.twitter.com/muHPC2uW9R— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 2, 2019Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 5:20 pmJAN VERTONGHEN insists he has no problem with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and has vowed to stay and help the club end their trophy drought.The 32-year-old Belgian international defender was surprised to be left out of Tottenham’s first three games of the season, but returned to face Arsenal.He said: “The manager told me before the first game of the season against Aston Villa that I wasn’t playing because of a tactical decision and I respect that.“There was nothing wrong with my fitness. I played in every pre-season game and I didn’t miss a training session.“But when you’re not in the team you realise just how important it is to be playing so it was a massive game for me to come back against Arsenal.“I’ve been so long with these guys and I love this club so I just want to play as much as I can. I’m not thinking about the contract, I’m just focused on football now and I feel great.“I’m very, very happy to be back and I just want to help the club to win trophies.”Gary Stonehouse2 Sep 2019, 4:26 pmTOTTENHAM star Harry Winks looks delighted to be back in the England squad.The 23-year-old joined the rest of the Three Lions for a training session this morning.And he spoke to FATV afterwards as he prepares for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers. After two wonderful seasons, today I say goodbye to Tottenham. It was a pleasure to wear this shirt and wherever I go there will be always a space in my heart for Tottenham and for their fans. I wish you all the best for this season and for the future! Thanks. #COYS💙 pic.twitter.com/M2ox8SYpUy— Fernando Llorente (@llorentefer19) September 2, 2019Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 10:03 amTOTTENHAM midfielder Victor Wanyama could be heading back to Celtic in a shock loan move.The Kenya international has also been heavily linked with a £13million move to Belgian side Club Brugge.But according to the Daily Record, Wanyama could be on his way back to Celtic, with Spurs open to letting him leave on loan.Wanyama left Celtic in 2013 where he joined Southampton.The 28-year-old spent two seasons with the Hoops – helping the club win two league titles and the Scottish Cup.Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 9:34 amBBC pundit Garth Crooks has labelled Christian Eriksen as a “class act” following his performance against Arsenal.The Spurs midfielder opened the scoring against the Gunners, before Unai Emery’s men came back from two goals down to draw 2-2.Writing in his weekly column, Crooks said: “When I saw Eriksen start this north London derby I immediately thought Spurs can’t lose this game. “I was right, they didn’t lose the game but they should have won it. Eriksen is a class act and when he is on his game there are few better.“It was the Dane who bust a gut to get up with the play and tap home the loose rebound from the Erik Lamela shot. “Spurs look like they might hang on to Eriksen for a little while longer which is just as well because they have no-one who can handle the ball better.”Jake Lambourne2 Sep 2019, 9:03 amHARRY KANE has defended his dive against Arsenal as he failed to win Spurs a late penalty at the Emirates.The England striker believes Green defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos pushed him over, though replays showed there was minimal contact.Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I think it was that stage of the game where he makes a tired tackle.“I think if I am on the halfway line I get it, if I’m in the box it’s 50-50. The ref probably thinks I am looking for it but all I’m trying to do is shield the ball.“VAR would probably back the referee in this. As a striker, if it is on halfway it was a definite foul. In the box you don’t always get them.“But it is what it is. It’s one of them. It could be given in some games but it wasn’t today. You get on and move on.”Load more entries… ⚡ Are you ready? ⚔️🏴 Um Campeão Europeu Sub-19 chegou 🌪️😎 @marcusedwards__#SomosAAlmaDoRei #Conquistadores pic.twitter.com/IFeVMrS61j— Vitória Sport Clube (@VitoriaSC1922) September 2, 2019Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 5:37 pmHere is the starlet’s goodbye message. After 14 years at @SpursOfficial it’s the right time for me to start the next phase of my career. Thank you to everyone who’s helped me get this far, the learning process never stops and I’m excited to continue at @VitoriaSC1922 pic.twitter.com/WgM70RaYHk— Marcus Edwards (@marcusedwards__) September 2, 2019Gary Stonehouse3 Sep 2019, 5:22 pmTOTTENHAM have just announced some transfer news.Spurs have confirmed via Twitter that England youth international Marcus Edwards has left the club.
2 Reports in Italy claim Dybala is being offered a deal to keep him at the club until 2025Juventus plotting incredible £150m world record move for Liverpool superstar Virgil van Dijk in summer 2020 JUVENTUS are in talks with Paulo Dybala over a new £8.5million-a-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2025, reports in Italy claim.The Argentine came close to leaving Turin in the summer after Manchester United and Tottenham both made offers for the forward.2 Juventus are reportedly in talks with Paulo Dybala over a new £8.5m-a-year contractCredit: AFP or licensorsBut Dybala remained in Italy under new manager Maurizio Sarri and has gone on to make 28 appearances, scoring 11 times.He has only missed two games this term and according to Tuttosport, the Serie A champions are entering talks to tie down the 26-year-old for another five years.Dybala is demanding £8.5m per season, and despite no official offer being made it is understood the club and player are working to find an agreement.It marks an incredible U-turn for the versatile attacker, who was pursuing a move away from Juve just six months ago.United had been willing to use Romelu Lukaku as a bargaining chip to sign Dybala, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side failed to strike an agreement.Spurs were closer, as they attempted to complete the audacious swoop before August’s deadline.But the move fell down over the player’s image rights.Most read in football THROUGH 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsJuve had been willing to flog him, as they tried to recoup some of the enormous amounts of money spent on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt.But Dybala has since struck a formidable partnership with Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain with the trio netting 29 league goals between them.Juve are three points above Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan, who lost their place at the top following three draws in their last four matches.
A descendant of Japanese pearl divers who settled in the Torres Strait in the late 19th century, Shibasaki turns 19 on February 18 but has been training with the Broncos’ NRL team throughout pre-season and is a chance to make his senior debut at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines next weekend.It’s a meteoric rise for a young man who completed all of his primary school in the Torres Strait before returning with his family to Townsville to complete high school, only joining Townsville Brothers in under-11s because of the passion his father – also named Gehamat – and younger brother had for rugby league.By the age of 15 he had been signed to a scholarship by the Broncos and is being tipped to be the club’s latest NRL teen sensation at some point in 2017.Now an assistant coach at the Titans, Craig Hodges had Shibasaki in his first year of under-20s last year and has absolutely no doubt that he will feature in first grade before the year is out.”I’d be absolutely shocked if he’s not playing first grade this year. I’d be shocked and disappointed,” Hodges told NRL.com of a player who scored 16 tries in 24 Holden Cup appearances last season.”If they’re good enough they’re old enough and he’s definitely good enough.”The most impressive quality for me was his composure defensively. Every young fella can attack and everybody judges them on their attack and looks at their attack but I’ve been coaching for a few years now at a few different levels and he’s as good a defensive outside back as I’ve seen. “He’ll be pressing for an NRL spot very, very shortly. He’s a high quality footballer and an even better young man which is very impressive.”His family’s humble beginnings and the opportunities being laid out in front of a player of his talent are what is driving Shibasaki to the elite levels of the game.He recalls fondly his time growing up in the Torres Strait where fishing and having fun were the primary priorities but understands by spending time around NRL stars that with dedication he can forge a better life for himself and his family.When David Mead went down with a minor knee injury at Broncos’ training on Monday it was Shibasaki who slotted in immediately on the right wing and he is determined to be ready when his time does come.”I’m still learning from the bigger boys but it’s given me a lot of confidence though when I do come back to my own age group,” Shibasaki said of training with the NRL squad.”I still feel that I’ve got heaps of learning to do. If I do [play NRL this year] it’d be very lucky but I’d be happy. At the moment I’m just taking all the information in and hopefully in the next couple of years I’ll become a better player.”Growing up I wasn’t interested in league, I was more interested in basketball. I fell into rugby league when I first started playing under-11s because my younger brother was so into it and so was my dad.”Dad played a bit of footy but he watches it a lot and loves the game. When he tells us to go training he tells us to look at the opportunities we’ve got compared to what him and my mum had.”They never got the opportunities that we’ve had so when we see the bigger boys and how they’re living, Dad just keeps pushing us to keep going.”He doesn’t want us to go through what they went through growing up so Dad’s biggest push was using them as an example of one side and trying to push us to the other side to live a better life.”What you can achieve in the game when you work hard is pretty good so I thought I may as well keep going and not look back.”Shibasaki was just 17 when he joined the Broncos’ under-20s squad under Hodges and his former coach says it is that work ethic and maturity that will take him to the very top in the game.”You never know quite what to expect of them in their first year in; it’s one thing to be good at schoolboy level but it’s quite a step up to be good in the 20s and I thought he was outstanding,” Hodges said.”Most young fellas are fairly flighty and emotional but he’s a very reserved, very mature fella. He takes in everything that is going on around him and then assesses it and works out what he needs to do and he plays footy the same way.”I’ve got an enormous amount of respect for Gehamat. He’s a very impressive player.”
The Titans and Storm will be taking the issue to the NRL after questioning whether Kiwis team management had failed to properly supervise the pair.Melbourne prop Bromwich has stood down as Kiwis skipper and Proctor has given up his role as Gold Coast co-captain after the pair were accused of taking an illicit substance in the early hours of Saturday morning after the Test loss to Australia in Canberra.A Canberra man is facing charges he supplied the drug to two NRL players and both Bromwich and Proctor said through their clubs on Sunday that they were too drunk to remember the incident but they could not deny the allegations.Neither are expected to face police charges.Gold Coast CEO Graham Annesley was demanding answers from the NZRL after the players were allowed to stay out until 5am and accused them of not keeping the star players on a tight enough leash.”One of the things about clubs being on representative duty is that they are employees of NRL clubs and we loan them to representative teams and we expect them to be supervised while they’re away from the club environment,” Annesley said.”We spend a lot of time and effort when the players are under our control that they are supervised as much as possible.”I know it’s not possible to do 24 hours a day, seven days a week but that’s one of the issues I’ll be raising with the NRL.”NZRL CEO Alex Hayton says his organisation was undertaking an investigation and a committee to decide if Bromwich and Proctor should face further punishment, including possibly being dropped from the World Cup squad, would meet later in the week.Hayton says it was up to the players to take responsibility for their actions.”Ultimately it is up to the players and I totally support the statement made by (NRL CEO Todd Greenberg) last night about the amount of education that they do through the clubs; it’s not that they don’t know,” Hayton said.Storm CEO Dave Donaghy says his club would also be seeking answers.It’s not the first time one of the Storm’s charges has been embroiled in an off- field incident while in representative camp.In 2014, Will Chambers was alleged to have shoved a woman to the ground during an argument in a pub while in Queensland camp. He was subsequently cleared after a police investigation.Last year, Cameron Munster was blacklisted from the Queensland team after being one of eight players to break curfew during an Emerging Maroons camp.”I don’t want to be seen to be excusing any individual’s actions but player behaviour when they go in to representative duties has been a challenge for our footy clubs for a little while and something we’ll raise with the NRL,” Donaghy said.”I think it’s about those who are responsible for players taking that responsibility seriously.”But that may well have been the case and a couple of guys that were boofheads did the wrong thing and consumed far too much alcohol.” Photo: PHOTOSPORT Kevin Proctor scores for the Kiwis 2016.
Hayne declined to answer questions on the December 2015 matter when he fronted the media after returning to NRL club Parramatta on Wednesday for the first time since 2014.His lawyers later revealed in a statement that he had made contact with the plaintiff, while Hayne said he had told his US legal representatives to have the matter resolved “as quick as possible” after it was revealed a civil suit had been launched last month.”I confirm that I unequivocally and vehemently deny the allegations made against me and I will be vigorously defending the matter,” Hayne said.”I have the utmost faith in the United States justice system and have left this matter with my legal team.”Hayne’s lawyers said they were yet to be served with papers for the civil proceedings over the alleged incident, which was said to have occurred during Hayne’s stint in the NFL.Hayne’s US lawyer, Mark Baute, was confident he would be cleared.”Mr Hayne is innocent and will ask a United States jury to find him innocent,” Baute said.”There is no objective evidence of any sexual assault in this matter and the lawsuit lacks merit.”Mr Hayne and I look forward to the day when a jury can find him innocent.”Baute was the trial lawyer who successfully defended NBA star Derrick Rose over rape claims in a federal civil case in 2016.According to US court documents, Hayne was interviewed by Santa Clara police in May of 2016 in relation to claims made by a woman over an alleged incident the previous December.In October 2016 the woman, known as Ms V, was told by police that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a criminal case.However she is now pursuing the two-time Dally M winner on claims of sexual battery, gender violence, infliction of emotional distress and negligence in a civil suit.Hayne, 29, returned to his childhood club at the Eels from the Gold Coast this summer, and said he was yet to talk to Parramatta management about the matter.He also deflected questions on whether he had informed the then-NRL owned Titans he was the subject of an investigation when he signed in August 2016, however the club has previously claimed they were not told.Hayne quit his NFL stint with the San Francisco 49ers in the same month he was spoken to by investigators, but denied his departure was related to the incident.He also said the claims hadn’t taken away from his dream of playing in the NFL, but hit out at media for following him to his pre-planned trip to Israel and attempting to speak to his family in the past fortnight.”It’s been tough for them – it’s been pretty emotional just seeing them get ambushed,” Hayne said.”That sort of thing was pretty disappointing and hard to watch and listen to.”I don’t think you can describe the feeling (of learning of the case). You’ve just got to go through it and let justice take its course.”
Taking a 14-2 at the break, the Devils ran in two more tries plus a penalty goal to seal the win. The Hunters put themselves right back in the game 3 minutes into the second half when utility Noel Zeming dived over. Zeming added the extras to narrow the deficit to 14-8. But that was all from the Hunters for the remainder of the game as the Devils dominated possession. The win was sealed with two tries in the last 10 minutes to Jarryd Dodd and Matiu-Love Henry.
Do you have the feeling that we had already seen this match?A script that we had already lived is repeated. We did a great first half and went to rest with 0-1 for a mistake. We played in rival field all the first time and it was a shame. We had the intention in the second half, but in a lateral foul and in a mistake in the mark they put 0-2 and it hurt us a lot. We never lowered our arms and we lacked success, but it was already much more difficult. The third already has little in a counter with the team very out of adjustment. A shame because the boys made a great effort. This has happened against the greats. If you grant, you end up paying.Is it the closest time you have been to win a big one?We had the chances and it was a shame not to get ahead. Courtois was the best player in Madrid and that says a lot about the work of our players. Do you think it is an unfair result?For game, occasions and behavior we deserve more. It is an excessive result, but it is what remains and before an opponent of this level it has much merit. Does it especially hurt to fit three goals?It hurts any coach. This is the first time they have scored three goals and you are angry at the defeat and because it is very bulky. We did not deserve to fit three goals.What do you think of the arbitration proceedings?If I said something it would be in evidence with a result of 0-3. It was not the fault of the referee, although there were actions that attract attention. One against riding the ball six meters ahead, a foul to Molina at the last minute, one to Arambarri … Clear moves and mistakes that I do not think have influenced the result. The president has said that they are interested in Brahim.What do you think?A reinforcement of that level would suit us very well. He is a magnificent player.What can you say to Soria?The first one who knows he hasn’t been well is him. You have to reflect and be calm. Soccer players are human and make mistakes. If a goalkeeper commits it, it is more serious because it costs a goal.What did you feel when you heard the screams in your favor from the stands?It excites me, but I have a feeling of helplessness because we wanted to give our fans a victory and it could not be.
Real Madrid yielded (75-80) this Friday to Anadolu Efes on the 21st day of the Euroleague held at the WiZink Center, at the hands of a lethal Shane Larkin (32 points) once again for the Turks, who escape to three victories in the leadership and extend the bad moment of those of Pablo Laso to four defeats in a row.Those of Ergin Ataman put the 18-3 at the top of the table, for the 15-6 of Madrid, Barça and CSKA, in another exhibition of Larkin and a team that bet strongly to confirm the step to the front of last season. Laso’s fit their third straight defeat in Europe, fourth with the league against Baskonia on Sunday, which cut a streak of 31 games without losing at the Palace.It was up to Madrid to dance with the ugliest at the time of most doubts of the season, at least in results. Those of Laso took a good version to avenge the Palace, but to knock down the leader it was necessary one night of the great. The feeling left by the first quarter was that the white team had done many things better, but the score was 20-20, despite Larkin’s anger. The Turks lengthen the bad run of Madrid and open the gap in the leadership of the Euroleague Image: EFE The best player in Europe played the first 13 minutes and only scored one field basket, although he went a lot to the personnel line, and lost four balls. Hence the swipe to a chair when sitting on the bench. In Madrid, Tavares and Mickey stood out above all, making a difference inside and always accessible to their peers. That inner decline was covered by Efes with triples.It was hard for the leader to warm up. Facu and Tavares were more productive than Larkin and Pleiss, although the Turks would go from less to more. Carroll was not entered but neither was Beaubois. In the rotation, Madrid again threatened to escape 32-25, but the outside shot left the premises before the break (40-43). The key would be in the defense both teams thought in the locker room.The Efes did more damage, although the pressure was able to both teams in a resumption of much inaccuracy. The Palace squeezed watching Larkin grow and Madrid tackled the first Ottoman coup (48-53), with Laso burning ships in defense of the MVP for the last three days. ‘Facu’, Taylor, Llull, Laprovittola, nobody stopped a Larkin willing to charge new illustrious victim (55-64).A triple of Rudy and two others of Llull stifled the new rival attempt to break the score at the start of the last quarter (64-67), with Larkin challenging Tavares like none. The one from Cape Verde got fed up with the electric base and began to distribute plugs, in a cardiac final with Facu triples and an unexpected Pleiss. Madrid failed two key attacks and Larkin killed dodging everyone, including Tavares’ long arms.DATA SHEETREAL MADRID: Campazzo (10), Carroll (3), Deck (6), Taylor (-) and Tavares (6) – initial quintet–; Llull (13), Mickey (8), Thompkins (15), Rudy Fernández (8), Causeur (4), Laprovittola (-) and Reyes (2).ANADOLU EFES: Larkin (32), Beaubois (7), Simon (2), Singleton (7) and Pleiss (13) – initial quintet–; Balbay (5), Moerman (5), Anderson (3), Sanli (-), Peters (3) and Tuncer (3).– PARTIALS: 20-20, 20-23, 15-16, 20-21.– ARBITRATORS: Belosevic, Radovic and Vilius. Without eliminated.– PAVILION: WiZink Center, 11,338 spectators.