Southland Squad Selected for USA Basketball Men’s 3×3 National Championship

first_imgSCHEDULELAS VEGAS, Nevada — The 2019 USA Basketball Men’s 3×3 National Championship, which will be held May 3-4, includes a team representing the Southland Conference. It’s the same four former student-athletes that represented the league at the 3x3U National Championship during Final Four weekend in Minnesota.Team Southland is comprised of Shannon Bogues (Stephen F. Austin); Cameron DeLaney (Sam Houston State); Moses Greenwood (Southeastern Louisiana); and Jaren Lewis (Abilene Christian).The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held for the first time outdoors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The USA 3×3 Nationals will tip-off with preliminary games from 3-10:30 p.m. (all times listed are local, PDT) on Friday, May 3. The preliminary round will continue from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on May 4, and, after teams are seeded based on preliminary records, the knockout round will begin Saturday at 5:40 p.m. The men’s championship game, which will be streamed live online at usab.com/live, is set to tip at 10:20 p.m. Rosters, which can be found online here, have been submitted to USA Basketball and teams have until May 2 to finalize their squads.In addition to the lure of a national championship, the event also will serve as the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s 3×3 National Team trials, as all eligible athletes will be in consideration for selection to the 2019 USA Men’s 3×3 World Cup and 2019 USA Men’s 2019 U.S. Pan American Games 3×3 Basketball teams.Olympic fans will see the launch of a new basketball discipline with the inclusion of 3×3 in 2020. The exciting and fast-paced game officially was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and has since become a fan favorite at FIBA 3×3 World Cup events. Played on a half court with a 10-minute clock, and a 12-second shot clock, the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation, is the winner. The non-stop action of 3×3 will ensure it is one of the hottest tickets in Tokyo, and fans in Las Vegas will get an early taste of that excitement during the USA Basketball 3×3 Nationals.Held annually since 2012, this year marks the eighth edition of the USA Basketball 3×3 National Championships, and the first time the nationals will be held outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado.last_img read more

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Southland Conference Announces 2020 Baseball All-Academic Teams

first_img2020 Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic First Team Ridge Rogers^ UIW Jr. 3.88 Rehabilitative Sciences Name School Cl. GPA Major Swanson is one of four CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, along with UCA’s Christian Brasher, HBU’s Kyle Gruller and UIW’s Ridge Rogers, and he joined Brasher and HBU’s Brent Pronger as the only individuals with a 4.00 GPA. The Montgomery, Texas, native graduated with a perfect 4.00 GPA in health and human performance, earning his second degree in five years in Natchitoches. A CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Swanson will return to the Lone Star State to become part of the inaugural class of Sam Houston State’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kyle Gruller^ Houston Baptist Sr. 3.94 Interdisciplinary Studies John Gaddis Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 3.69 Biology The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the Student-Athlete of the Year. Student-Athlete of the Year candidates must have earned at least a 3.20 GPA and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. 2020 Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year: Kyle Swanson, Northwestern State Central Arkansas led the way with five total selections, followed by Houston Baptist, Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with three each. UIW, Lamar, Nicholls, Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana each placed two on the teams, and Abilene Christian, McNeese, New Orleans and Stephen F. Austin each have one honoree. Conner Williams Central Arkansas Sr. 3.00 Health Education Colton Cowser Sam Houston State So. 3.66 Construction Management Trevor Beard Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. 3.71 Communications Kelby Weyler Lamar Jr. 3.90 Exercise Science Beau Orlando Central Arkansas Sr. 3.12 Health Education Trent Franson Houston Baptist Sr. 3.94 Finance Southland All-Academic teams are voted on by the head coach, sports information director and academic staff member from each member school. Student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA and have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution to qualify. Nominees who were CoSIDA Academic All-District selections are automatically named Southland All-Academic. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State pitcher Kyle Swanson is the 2020 Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Thursday along with the all-academic teams. Student-Athlete of the Year awards are presented by GEICO. Jared Martin Stephen F. Austin Jr. 3.52 Kinesiology Swanson owned a 1.04 ERA across seven appearances with four saves in 2020 prior to the season being cancelled due to COVID-19. His four saves ranked third in the conference and 17th nationally. Swanson tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning in a win over Louisiana, the Demons’ first since 2011. Peyton Davis Northwestern State Sr. 3.83 Business Administration Beau Bratton New Orleans Sr. 3.45 Biologycenter_img Name School Cl. GPA Major Peter Holland Nicholls Sr. 3.91 Biology Itchy Burts3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. 3.69 Mechanical Engineering 2020 Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic Second Team Brad Verel Central Arkansas Sr. 3.94 Exercise Science Jack Rogers Sam Houston State Jr. 3.25 Entrepreneurship Nick Ray Southeastern Louisiana So. 3.41 Engineering Technology Will Warren Southeastern Louisiana Jr. 3.29 Kinesiology Colton Eager Abilene Christian Jr. 3.57 Engineering Cole Girouard Lamar Sr. 3.67 Finance Dane Simon2 Nicholls Jr. 3.96 Business Administration Brent Pronger Houston Baptist Sr. 4.00 Management Kyle Swanson^ Northwestern State Gr. 4.00 Health & Human Performance Christian Brasher^ Central Arkansas Gr. 4.00 MBA Luke Taggart UIW Sr. 3.44 Finance Clayton Rasbeary McNeese Sr. 3.60 Criminal Justice Gavin Stone2 Central Arkansas Jr. 3.05 Health Education Marshall Skinner Northwestern State Sr. 3.38 Business Administration A&M-Corpus Christi’s Itchy Burts garners his third all-academic nod, and Nicholls’ Dane Simon and Central Arkansas’ Gavin Stone picked up their second honor. 2 Two-time all-academic selection3 Three-time all-academic selection^ CoSIDA Academic All-Districtlast_img read more

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“Real Madrid is missing a killer”

first_imgDid the Welshman accept it?Of course, we were already league champions and I never gave him problems. I told the colleagues that it was very special for me to reach the record of a legend like Zarra. I had never asked them for anything individually, so that afternoon I asked everyone to collaborate and that when giving passes to the area they looked for me above all else. I played upstairs with Aldana and she understood perfectly. And they helped me admirably. Oviedo scored first, but after drawing Parra I scored three goals. The first was given to me by Míchel, the player who gave me the most assists in my entire career. The second I got a penalty. I changed my method so that Zubeldia wouldn’t guess. I shot very hard and through the center. At that moment, an image of Mendoza in the box was shown on television with a gesture that meant: “He is going to get it.” The President always believed in me and I really appreciate it.And the third that equaled Telmo Zarra? Your reference | “Mine on the bench is Luis Aragonés. Win, win and win” You don’t like Benzema?How can I not like it. He is a striker with exceptional class, but he is not a killer, he is not a pure man of area. He is a great second striker. He is as Butragueño was, and I as a Christian. So Emilio and I understood each other perfectly. Karim could use a killer ahead of him. I used to like Harry Kane, but with so much injury he’s stalled. And Lewandoswski has the problem of age. Search is not easy.We are finishing, master. Did you ever meet Michael Robinson?Yes, when he signed for Osasuna I was in Madrid and I remember that he once scored at the Bernabéu and that in Pamplona he was a very British, fast and aggressive striker. He was a good guy and I was hurt by the knowledge of his passing. From here I send a big hug to all his family.So we see you soon working for Spain?Would be pleased. I highly value LaLiga, which for me is still the best in the world. Javier Tebas has done an excellent job, improving the economy of the clubs, cleaning them up and promoting competition on all continents. In fact, in the contract with ESPN I put a clause so that in case of a serious professional project as a coach I was released from our agreement for two years. Hopefully we’ll see you there soon, buddy.So be it, legend. UntitledHugo Sánchez, in a goal with Madrid.AS newspaper EI author of the best chilean that has been seen in Spain (that of Logroñés) is news because today they are fulfilled 30 years of its hat-trick to Oviedo at the Bernabéu, which allowed him to match the legendary goalscoring record of Telmo Zarra in a League (38 targets). Hugo Sanchez he remembers it for our readers.Where are you living in this sad period that we have had to live?At my house in San Diego, in the United States, with my family. Along with my wife Isabel, who as you already know in her country is from Madrid, and with my daughters, Isabella and Hana. We also have a house in Mexico and before the pandemic we were moving to my country depending on my professional commitments with ESPN, where I am a commentator. But now we are all living another reality and the work is in the background.I notice you worried.Not worried, realistic. After the pandemic there will be a before and an after. The economy is going to change, many people are going to suffer and we must reset our scale of values. What before seemed like a minor detail can now be a treasure. The pandemic has opened our eyes to our way of understanding life. You have to reflect on it.Does this reflection include the possibility of returning to Spain at some point?Of course. Look, my two daughters are twins and right now they have graduated to go to college. They have not been able to do the ceremony with their colleagues due to the coronavirus, but telematically they made their own celebration. The good thing is that both Isabella and Hana want to make their careers in Madrid. They want to study there. It is your wish. Logically, if a good professional project arose, I would love to be able to continue being close to my daughters.I see him knocking on Florentino’s door …He already knows that Madrid is one of my future aspirations and I am truly prepared for such a demanding bench. I feel empowered, apart from my feelings and my knowledge of the club after so many years there. I’m not saying do it now, since Zidane is doing a great job. But let no one forget that I made the Pumas double champion in my country and that with the Mexican team we almost got into the 2007 Copa América final, played in Venezuela. Only Argentina beat us in the semifinals, but we were third after defeating Uruguay in the consolation final. We played very well. What is your style book as a coach?The one that Luis Aragonés imposed. I also say three words to my players: win, win and win. Luis is my reference. That handling he had of the wardrobe is admirable. His personality is what allowed Spain to win two European Cups and a World Cup. It is true that the last two were from Del Bosque, but Vicente was very intelligent and maintained Luis’ philosophy. Luis’s winning synergy carved out those wonderful years for Spain. Del Bosque knew how to fully maintain Luis’ momentum.Is it so important for a coach to have his reference in another colleague by profession?Sure. Look at Zidane. It is what it is thanks to Ancelotti. In the year he was with him as an assistant, he learned that the key to success in a club like Madrid is to have a left hand and a right hand, to put yourself in the shoes of the footballer. Zidane received an intensive course and as he is very intelligent he soaked up the Ancelotti method. And there are his spectacular results, especially in Champions.Let’s change the third. I don’t know if he knows, but this Tuesday marks 30 years of his tremendous hat-trick Oviedo at the Bernabéu, which allowed you to win the Golden Boot and match the record of the legendary Telmo Zarra, with 38 goals.I did not know it coincided but I appreciate it because that game had special connotations for me.Count, count …I was carrying a sanction that prevented me from playing the Vicente Calderón derby on the penultimate round of the League. For me it was a stick because the punishment subtracted me one more match to reach Zarra’s record. The three goals he needed to score in the last two games were reduced to one option, the last day against Oviedo. So, before the meeting, I approached John Toshack and asked for permission to address the group myself in the usual technical talk before the meetings. Another fantastic pass from Míchel from the right and I put it in with a good header. It was like a release for me. I hugged him and when we all made a pineapple I shouted: “We did it!” He couldn’t waste that opportunity to make history. Also, that same year I met Isabel, my wife, and that’s why I have it as the most important year of my life.But no goal can be compared with the one that you got from Chile to Logroñés.You already know that if you read the word Logroñés the other way around, “Señor gol” comes out. Focusing on the left was the perfect profile for my Chileans. Rafa (Martín Vázquez) knew that afternoon where I had to put it …And he won the Golden Boot in 1990, equaling with Stoichkov, then in Bulgaria.Well, I didn’t want to go pick her up … The debate of 9 | “Madrid needs a ‘killer’ from the area; Benzema is more like Butragueño” How do you say?First clarify that the Bulgarian league was much lower than the Spanish, but in that they had the same coefficient per goal, which detracted from their record. Now it would have been impossible for Stoichkov to win that Golden Boot playing in his country. And look, I was angry that the Ballon d’Or award ignored the players in America. How is it possible that Maradona never won it? How was it understood that I was the best scorer in European football and did not even compete for the award? On the way to the ceremony I said to Isabel, at that time my girlfriend: “Tonight I’m going to roll it up.” My idea was to refuse to pick up the trophy. But she, with good judgment, told me: “No, Hugo, pick up the award that you have won on the field and from tomorrow you can criticize the injustice of the Ballon d’Or.” And that’s what I did.Let’s talk about his famous duels with Barça, and some with Barca Stoichkov.Months after that match with Oviedo we won the Spanish Super Cup for the second time at the Camp Nou. It was the night Stoichkov was expelled for stepping on Urízar. We took an Olympic tour that tasted like glory, but since they kept throwing lighters, coins and all kinds of objects at me, he gave me a lighter on the head and I needed three stitches. Then I adjusted the parts. As Stoichkov received a six-month sanction for his assault on the referee, to compensate me, the Sole Judge, Mr. Forcen, put me in two games. An injustice. On top of that, a colleague of his attributed to me some statements that I never made, in which I was supposed to tell the Judge that I wish they would give him a bottle like they gave me in Sestao so he can see what it feels like when they throw you everything in the lead. It was false. That is why, from that day on, I always went to the interviews with my own tape recorder to avoid those problems.Do you remember well how the Sestao bottle went?Sure! When I received the impact of the bottle of champagne I almost lost consciousness completely. That would have been very dangerous. I almost entered the dreaded dark tunnel, but I threw in a couple of tonsils and reacted despite the brutal impact. That night I saved my life by a miracle. Luckily, the bottle hit me on the head with its side. So it did not explode. If you hit me with the ass or the nose part, I wouldn’t be talking to you now. I tell you more …Say …After a few years a man who worked for the Spanish Federation called me and said he had a surprise for me. I stayed with him and he gave me the bottle of champagne, which someone from Sestao gave him since, when it didn’t break, his employees picked it up. I keep it in my private museum where all my conquests are. One more trophy (smile).Let’s jump to today. You, with your 207 goals in 283 games with Madrid, are one of the best filmmakers in the history of the club, with a brutal average (0.73). Young Haaland is now spoken of as a great scorer for the future.He has a plant, he has talent and a nose. Madrid can take it into account for the future. But this team must come ready-made, with proven experience and a baggage behind, as I came after four years scoring goals at Atleti. He is still very young. Madrid has to come the best in the world in every position.Does this Madrid of Zidane need a nine?Of course. Madrid needs a killer from the area, as I was, as is Cristiano, who for many years performed that function at the Bernabéu perfectly. So you have to find another, more consecrated.last_img read more

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’10 French champ Schiavone retires, shifts focus to coaching

first_imgFILE – In this June 5, 2010, file photo, Italy’s Francesca Schiavone kisses the court after defeating Australia’s Samantha Stosur during the women’s final at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Schiavone announced her retirement at age 38 during a news conference at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, saying she accomplished her two biggest goals as a player–winning a title at Roland Garros and being ranked in the top 10–and now wants to try to help someone else become good enough to earn a Grand Slam trophy. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)NEW YORK — There’s a part of 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone that would love to continue competing.After several months of debating it, she knew her place in her sport is now as a coach.ADVERTISEMENT Schiavone announced her retirement at age 38 during a news conference at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, saying she accomplished her two biggest goals as a player — winning a title at Roland Garros and being ranked in the top 10 — and now wants to try to help someone else become good enough to earn a Grand Slam trophy.“I arrive @ this decision to say goodbye to the tennis with my heart,” Schiavone said. “Because my head, when I arrive here, says, ‘Please go to the court, fight, because I can beat many other players.’ But my heart says that I am @ peace like this, that I am very happy about my career, my life, and everything.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Schiavone — it’s pronounced Skee-ah-VOH-nay — really came out of nowhere at the French Open eight years ago, beating Sam Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the final to become the first woman from Italy to win a major singles championship. Afterward, she kissed the court’s red clay.Seeded only 17th, she defeated three top-10 opponents along the way, plus No. 11 Li Na in a third-round match Schiavone considers “the most beautiful match of that Slam.” MOST READ Nishikori, Osaka give Japan historic tennis day at US Open Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown One other spot in the record book: Schiavone won the longest Grand Slam women’s singles match, edging Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in 4 hours, 44 minutes in the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open. When that match came up Wednesday, she asked, “How did I manage to play for that long?”Her ranking has fallen to 454th; she has a 3-9 record in 2018.Schiavone’s final tour-level match came in July at Gstaad, Switzerland, an opening-round loss.The surface? Fittingly, clay. The opponent? Fittingly, Stosur.And now Schiavone is ready to move on to the next phase.“I look sad, but I am happy, too,” she said. “Tonight, I will drink a good Champagne, for sure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award She had never been past the quarterfinals at 38 previous Grand Slam appearances. Just shy of her 30th birthday at the time, she was the oldest woman since 1969 to win her first major trophy. That title propelled her to a career-best No. 6 in the WTA rankings, making her the oldest woman since 1998 to make her top-10 debut.“I like to speak about Roland Garros,” Schiavone said, “but some memories will always stay just for me.”Her game was as vibrant as her personality — one marked by a smooth single-handed backhand and seemingly reckless forays to the net, the other by her back-and-forths with Italian media that were by turns philosophical, witty and sarcastic, words often delivered with a wink and a smile.When she mentioned Wednesday that she has started working in Miami with players of various ages, from younger than 10 to as old as 75, she teased reporters: “So you’re more than welcome if you want a lesson.”Schiavone retires with eight singles titles, a career-high ranking of No. 4, three Fed Cup titles for Italy, and more than $11 million in career prize money. She also reached No. 8 in doubles.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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WHATS HOT

first_imgHot new single video released: The video titled “My Baby” was released yesterday on every TV station within Monrovia. The song was done by one of LIB’s finest, Famous Boo, directed by Joseph C. Weah and photographed by Khalil Fofana. This video hasn’t been around for a week and is already making headlines.Hottest Liberian Movie: “The Princess Must Die” is a new Liberian movie written and Produced by Madina N. Johnson, directed by Julius Wilson. The Princess Must Die is a story about two kingdoms that have always been at war with each other over a piece of land that lies between them. Watch this thrilling movie that is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat!“I-20” Releases New Video in USA: One of our very own Liberian artist based in America, “I 20”, has just released a new video called “Blood and Tears”. I 20 is doing a pretty good job out there in America and is known to be one of the best out there. “Blood and Tears” can be found on YouTube.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kanu says Arsenal need ‘miracle’ to win EPL

first_imgEmery has added five signings but Kanu believes the Gunners, sixth last season, must be patient.“If it happens and they win the league, it’s a miracle,” said the Nigerian.“It takes time for the newcomers, the new signings, to adapt. We have to allow time for him to bring his own style and the way he wants to play.”Kanu helped Arsenal to two league titles during five years at the club and was part of the undefeated ‘Invincibles’ side of 2003-04.Arsenal are yet to win the Premier League since then.“For the new manager, it’s going to be a very big challenge; the fans want them to perform in the league in his first year, which is always difficult for a new coach,” Kanu said.“It’s a very big club – coming into a big club you need a trophy, so if you don’t win the league, you need to win the others. It’s hard, but that’s what you expect of a coach of that stature and a big club.”Emery has added Uruguay international Lucas Torreira for £26m, along with goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund, as well as 19-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient.“He’s been signing new, good players. They’re more defensive, and not allowing goals, which is good,” Kanu added.“They have to know how to win games, even if it’s 1-0. All they need is the three points.”-By BBC Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Arsenal and Nigeria forward Nwakwo Kanu.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 2 – Unai Emery’s Arsenal must produce a “miracle” to win the Premier League in the Spaniard’s first season at the club, says former striker Kanu.Former Paris St-Germain boss Emery, who succeeds Arsene Wenger after 22 years, claimed success in 2018-19 would constitute “battling for every title”.last_img read more

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West Ham and QPR go head-to-head over Lazio defender

first_img Abdoulay Konko in action for Lazio West Ham and QPR are battling to secure the signature of Lazio defender Abdoulay Konko.Both clubs are looking to sign another full-back when the transfer window re-opens in January and have been linked with a move for the 30-year-old.Konko has fallen out of favour with Lazio’s new head coach Stefano Pioli and reports in Italy suggest that he could be heading for a move into the Premier League.Sam Allardyce is on the look out for another defender as loan signing Carl Jenkinson has only started one Premier League game due to injury.Harry Redknapp is also in the market for another right back as Mauricio Isla has failed to make any impact following his loan move from Juventus during the summer. 1last_img read more

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Manchester United star hits back at critics in passionate interview

first_imgNot everyday colour @paulpogba #astarbarbers #pogba #manchesterunited #instagood #hair #haircutA post shared by A STAR BARBERS (@astarbarbers) on May 21, 2018 at 10:23am PDT 1 Manchester United star Paul Pogba has hit back at his critics by declaring: “No one can tell me how to play.”Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, there are serious doubts over whether or not Pogba will start for France in their opening game against Australia.In a recent poll in popular magazine France Football, 73% of the readers voted for the 25-year-old to be dropped after a poor performance against Italy in a recent friendly.The former Juventus man was jeered by the supporters in Nice and his substitution was met with ironic cheers by the crowd.However, in an interview with the aforementioned magazine, the £89 million man hit back at his critics – suggesting he shouldn’t be treated any differently to Lionel Messi when he walks on the pitch.He said: “I’ve always been like that. When I’ve won, I’ve won being like that. That’s my style of play.“You’re not going to criticise Messi when he walks on the park.“If he scores three goals are you going to say: ‘Ah but he’s walking on the pitch?’ No. You can’t tell me how to play.“If I’m here today, it’s as I am. No one has told me how I must behave. That’s my football, that’s all.“People can like it or not. Do I need this to be loved? Do I need people to judge me differently? Or do they talk better about me?”Since his record-breaking return to Old Trafford from Serie A, Pogba has faced scrutiny from fans and sections of the media for his social media activity and his constant hair-changing. Pogba is in danger of being dropped for France’s opening game in Russia Pogba’s most recent trip to the barbers was met with surprise at just how simple it was compared to previous effortsDespite getting 10 Premier League assists and scoring six goals, the midfielder was still dropped by Jose Mourinho towards the latter end of the season.But the France international insists he doesn’t need love, just the freedom to play his football.“I’m not going to live on what people think, for them to say that I’m nice, good, the best, perfect,” he added.“Everyone has their opinion. And I respect that.“I play football, I do what I like. My relatives support me, they’re more important.“We can’t love everyone and be loved by everyone. That would be perfection and nothing is perfect in this world.“I’m not going to be offended if someone says: ‘I don’t love you.’ That’s your right. You don’t have to love me.”last_img read more

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Flintridge Sacred Heart extends league streak to 19

first_img The Falcons won seven sets in doubles, receiving a sweep from Natalie Abou-Chakra and Ashlee Chan, who dropped only two games. Luana Choi and Kisa Ito swept their sets 7-5, 6-0, 7-5, and Alina Karapetyan won her three singles sets. “This is the first match of the season where we played from the first point to the last,” C.V. coach Tom Gossard said. “We never let up, because we knew Glendale would never let up.” Carole Kim and Betty Ionescu won two sets apiece in singles for C.V., which improved to 20-1 against Glendale under Gossard. – Erik Boal Campbell Hall 12, Crossroads 6: Campbell Hall of North Hollywood (7-3, 2-1) defeated Crossroads of Santa Monica, winning all nine singles sets while dropping only one game. Junior Katarina Rebeche, the Vikings’ No. 1 singles player, improved to 25-1. CROSS COUNTRY Birmingham 15-15, Cleveland 40-40: Birmingham of Lake Balboa’s boys’ and girls’ teams dominated their dual meets with Cleveland at Pierce College, winning both races by identical scores. Birmingham’s Edwin Hernandez won the 2.9-mile boys’ race in 16 minutes, 26 seconds. Emmaline Hartel won the girls’ race in 21:24. Monroe 15-20, Reseda 45-43: Monroe of North Hills ran away from Reseda in Valley Mission League races. Monroe’s boys’ team won 15-45 and its girls won 20-43. Monroe’s boys are seeking their 11th consecutive league title, ad the girls are trying to retain their title. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior middle blocker Rachel Salvo had 13 kills and 10 blocks as Flintridge Sacred Heart of La Canada Flintridge, the Daily News’ No. 1 girls’ volleyball team, extended its Mission League winning streak to 19 matches with a three-game sweep of host Chaminade of West Hills. Sam Orlandini added 41 assists and Megan Connell contributed 10 kills and four blocks in the Tologs’ 25-20, 25-4, 25-9 victory. Flintridge Sacred Heart’s last league loss was a four-game setback Oct. 15, 2003, at Harvard-Westlake. The Tologs (13-2 overall, 2-0 Mission) play today at 5 p.m. at No. 4 Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (12-2, 5-0). center_img West Valley Christian 3, New Community Jewish 0: Defending Westside League champion West Valley Christian of West Hills swept New Community Jewish of West Hills 25-16, 25-11, 25-21. Lexy Lattanzio led West Valley Christian (7-0, 3-0) with 10 kills and six digs. GIRLS’ TENNIS Crescenta Valley 13, Glendale 5: After its 19-match winning streak against Glendale was snapped last season, Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta left nothing to chance when it faced the Nitros for the first time this year. The visiting Falcons (11-3, 3-1) won nine of the first 12 sets en route to a victory that moved them into second place, ahead of Glendale (6-2, 2-2), in the Pacific League. The Nitros, off to its best start in a decade under coach Bob Davidson, lost Tuesday to defending league champion Arcadia. last_img read more

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NBA playoffs: Jordan Bell considered sitting out rest of season to heal injuries

first_imgSharrief Metoyer, Bell’s former high school coach at Long Beach Poly in Los Angeles, first received … After rolling his right ankle on March 27 against Indiana, Bell fired off another text message suggesting once again he should sit out.“It was me being mad and irritated and spur of the moment. I was so frustrated. It kept reoccurring,” said Bell, who wore different shoes in hopes to keep his ankles healthy. “I thought maybe I should let it go fully and let it get back to 100 percent.”Through Bell’s frustrations, Metoyer said he “tried to stay positive with him and keep him focused on the long term as opposed to the short term.” (Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)Want Warriors news in your inbox? Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter.OAKLAND – The text message captured Jordan Bell’s nearly season-long frustration with persistent ankle injuries and fluctuating playing time.“Maybe I need to sit this whole season out,” Bell wrote. “I can get healthy.” “You guys might be playing until June,” Metoyer recalled telling Bell. “The season is so long. Things can change in two or three times. You can go from being the star, to not playing and back to being the hero again.”Bell has since gotten his ankles to 100 percent. Even if Bell has only played in seven out of 10 postseason games in 4.9 minutes per game of mop-up duty, Bell is expected to have an increased role when the Warriors play the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals beginning with Game 1 on Monday in Houston.To subscribe to the Planet Dubs podcast, click here.“That’s the coaching staff’s job to keep encouraging him. The coaching staff did that,” Kerr said. “The hard part for Jordan is he was out for a long time. While he was out, he kind of went in a different direction.”But as Warriors forward Kevon Looney assumed Bell’s previous role for the past month, Kerr observed that Bell has “set a really good job the last few weeks with working hard and staying engaged.”Want real-time Warriors news texted to your phone? Sign up for Mark Medina’s private text messaging service.He has reported to the Warriors’ practice facility at around 9:30 am every day, nearly 90 minutes before practice starts. He has worked on improving his finishing. He has also spent recent weeks studying footage of both the Rockets’ playoff performances and their three regular-season matchups against the Warriors.With that, Bell believes he will be further prepared for Las Vegas Summer League and next season when he presumably has a larger role. All of which explains his initial text messages with Metoyer about sitting out the rest of the season.“Just because of the fact that everything was going pretty well for me. I was learning everything,” Bell said. “I didn’t have everything down pat. But I knew how to be successful with my role on this team. I had a grasp on that and then I got injured.”Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

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