“We are very proud of another SVG CSMA Award nomination for the Southland Conference, and we’re also excited for the well-deserved recognition given to the Southeastern Channel, one of the best student broadcast operations in the nation,” said Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett. “We have long been gratified with our broadcast efforts, and these award nominations are indicative that the Conference’s potential in this space is beneficial and often recognized for excellence, both at the league and institutional level.” FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and the student-run Southeastern Channel at Southeastern Louisiana University are finalists for 2018 SVG College Sports Media Awards (CSMA), presented by Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The nominees selected as finalists were announced last week, and winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at the ninth-annual College Sports Media Awards ceremony May 31 at the SVG College Summit in Atlanta.Seeking its third College Sports Media Award (2010, 2013), the league’s 2017 softball tournament championship game broadcast is one of six in contention for the title of nation’s best Outstanding Live Game Production in the College Athletics category. The Southland joins Auburn (War Eagle Productions), Syracuse, Texas Tech, Alabama (Crimson Tide Productions) and Notre Dame (Fighting Irish Media) as finalists for the award.?????? Introducing the FINALISTS for the 2018 College Sports Media Awards! Congrats to all the deserving athletic departments, networks, production companies, and students. See you in Atlanta!????: https://t.co/rFLv07sXI4#smsports #SVGCollege @sportsvideo @SVGCollege @NACDA pic.twitter.com/oiv5uRw9es— SVG College (@SVGCollege) May 8, 2018 The Southeastern Channel, a multiple Emmy award-winning student broadcast operation, is up for the best in Collegiate Student, Outstanding Live Non-Game Production. The Southeastern Channel, which has two entries listed as finalists – “The Big Game” and “The Big Game – Quick Hits” – is joined in the category by other finalists Arizona State, St. Cloud State, Temple and Virginia Tech. Southeastern is the only double-nominee in the category. In addition to the nominations, Southland Conference Associate Commissioner Chris Mycoskie, who manages the league’s broadcasting operations, is serving as a moderator at the SVG College Summit’s panel discussion on mid-major productions, a group that will also feature panelist Clint Burges, director of video operations at Southland member Lamar University. Burges will also speak on another panel addressing centralized production room operations on campuses.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – 2019 marks the sixth-straight year the Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships will be at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Events will kick off Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. CT, wrapping up Monday afternoon at 2:40 p.m.Sam Houston State aims to capture their fourth consecutive indoor championships on both the men’s and women’s sides. In 2018, the Bearkats men captured a first-place team-performance in which they racked up 128 points, while the Sam Houston State women cruised to the title with 123 points and a 28-point margin of victory. All told in 2018, there were seven SHSU gold medalists on the men’s side and three first-place individuals on the Bearkat women’s side.The 2018 men’s Southland Indoor Athlete of the Year, Tyler Adams, returns for his final season in a Sam Houston State uniform. In 2018, Adams captured the Outstanding Field Events and Most Valuable Performer awards to go along with individual championships in the high jump, long jump and heptathlon events. Lamar senior Thai Williams enters the weekend as the reigning women’s Athlete of the Year for each of the previous two indoor seasons. Williams concluded last year’s indoor championships with first-place finishes in the 60-meter dash and long jump.Sunday’s events begin with the women’s 60-meter hurdles portion of the multis at 8:30 a.m. Following shortly after is the men’s multis 60-meter dash at 8:50 a.m. The remaining Sunday morning multi events will run on a rolling schedule. Day one field events open at 1 p.m. Sunday with the women’s weight throw finals and conclude with the women’s long jump finals at 5 p.m. Men’s opening day field competition commences at 2:30 p.m. with the long jump finals ocurring simultaneously with the weight throw and the pole vault at 4 p.m.Day two action will commence Monday with the men’s 60m hurdles multis-events at 9 a.m. before the conclusion of meet competition with the men’s 4x400m relays at 2:40 p.m.All awards will be presented at the conclusion of each event’s final.The 2019 Southland Indoor Track & Field Championships will be streamed on the Southland Digital Network. Visit southland.org/live or download the Southland Conference app, available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.Athletes that achieve qualifying marks, either at the Southland championships, or who done so previously during the 2019 indoor season will be vying for a top spot at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, also held at the Birmingham CrossPlex.AdmissionAdult, All-Session Pass: $15.00Adult, Single-Day Pass: $10.00Southland Student, Single Day (with ID): FreeChildren 13 and Under, All-Session: $8.00Children 13 and Under, Single-Day: $5.00Parking: $5.00 Tickets are available only at the Birmingham CrossPlex ticket office and are not available online.
Honorable Mention: Erin Branch, Lamar; Kyleigh Hall, A&M-Corpus Christi; Madeline Talbot, Stephen F. Austin. Offensive Player of the Week: Esther Okoronkwo, Lamar – Jr. – Forward – Richmond, TexasOkoronkwo found the back of the net twice in the first 27 minutes of a 2-0 win over A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday, and her first goal gave her a league-leading sixth game-winner. She continued to score early in matches with a 12th-minute goal in Sunday’s title-clinching victory against Houston Baptist. The Southland Conference leader in goals scored (19), Okoronkwo picks up her second Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season after tallying three goals in two wins that secured Lamar’s (12-6, 9-1 SLC) second regular-season championship in the last three seasons. She scored both goals in a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday and had the opening score in a 3-1 victory over Houston Baptist on Sunday. Winners of eight-straight, LU concludes the regular season against McNeese at 7 p.m. Friday. Anuat is the Defensive Player of the Week, and teammate Johnson is the Goalkeeper of the Week. The Wildcats (11-4-2, 7-2-1 SLC) pitched a pair of 1-0 shutouts against in-state foes Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State, wrapping up the team’s first undefeated home season (6-0-2). Led by the defensive duo, ACU kept its adversaries off the board for nearly 195 minutes of play and pushed the ball on the opponents’ half of the field as the Wildcats outshot their opponents 62-22. ACU hits the road for its regular-season finale against UIW at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Honorable Mention: Gracie Hair, Central Arkansas; Nicole Henry, Northwestern State; Taylor Husfeld, UIW; Rachel Palet, McNeese. Week 11 Southland Conference Notes (PDF) Honorable Mention: Hadley Dickinson, Central Arkansas; Brooke Jones, Sam Houston State; Katelyn Termini, Stephen F. Austin. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Esther Okoronkwo and Abilene Christian’s Alyssia Anuat and Rachel Johnson are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. 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 25 percent of ballots. Defensive Player of the Week: Alyssia Anuat, Abilene Christian – So. – Defender – San Diego, Calif.Last year’s Southland Conference Freshman of the Year was a force to be reckoned with on defense, recording double-digit clearances as Abilene Christian posted a pair of shutouts over the weekend. Anuat was able to force the ball up and help create opportunities on offense with three shots on goal as ACU averaged 31 shots per game. Goalkeeper of the Week: Rachel Johnson, Abilene Christian – R-Sr. – Coppell, TexasJohnson became the program’s all-time leader in career shutouts (14) and moved to fourth in school history in career saves (151) after racking up 14 stops in the Wildcats’ two shutout wins. Since the tail-end of the team’s match against Lamar, she hasn’t allowed a goal in over 287 minutes of minding the net with 18 saves.
VASILIKA, MS BAD BEHAVIOR, ZAFFINAH & FAHAN MURA HEAD OUTSTANDING FIELD OF 10 FILLIES & MARES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES
VASILIKA, MS BAD BEHAVIOR, ZAFFINAH & FAHAN MURA HEAD OUTSTANDING FIELD OF 10 FILLIES & MARES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF FIRST POST TIME FOR A 10-RACE CARD SATURDAY IS AT 12:25 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2019)–One of the best claims in recent years and a 14-time winner, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika heads an outstanding field of 10 fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at one mile over the Santa Anita turf on Saturday.Ms Bad Behavior and Zaffinah, most recently second and third behind Vasilika in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes here Jan. 21, and course specialist Fahan Mura top a deep list of contenders as Vasilika shoots for her 12th win in her last 14 starts.VASILIKAOwner: All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George TodaroTrainer: Jerry HollendorferClaimed out of a $40,000 win going a mile on turf here 12 starts back on Feb. 11, 2018, this 5-year-old Skipshot mare simply loves to win. A 1 ½ length victor of the Grade III Megahertz, which was run over a “good” turf, Vasilika has employed a stalk and pounce style that is difficult to deny, race in and race out. With Flavien Prat set to ride for the 11th time in a row, Vasilika will try to improve upon a 29-14-4-3 overall mark that has produced earnings of $818,595.MS BAD BEHAVIOROwner: Sayjay Racing, LLC, Greg Hall & Brooke HubbardTrainer: Richard BaltasSecond in her last four starts, this 4-year-old Blame filly will be ridden back by Mike Smith, who will again try to ration her considerable early speed. Off at 4-1 versus a 3-5 Vasilika in the Megahertz last time out, Ms Bad Behavior should be a similar price as she tries to turn the tables on her more accomplished rival. As reflected in her overall race record of 14-3-7-2, “seconditis” is a concern.ZAFFINAHOwner: Red Baron’s Barn, LLC & Rancho Temescal, LLCTrainer: Jack CaravaA hard knocking, consistent 5-year-old Irish-bred mare, she’s 3-2-4 from 12 stateside starts for Carava as she seeks her first graded stakes win on Saturday. Third, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Vasilika in the Megahertz, she was a one mile turf allowance winner at Del Mar two starts back on Nov. 24 and could be sitting on a big effort with a recent race under her belt. With a stalking style similar to the top selection, it would appear she’ll need to run the race of her life to win the Buena Vista.FAHAN MURAOwner: Bran Jam Stables & David W. ClarkTrainer: Vladimir CerinA six-time winner and once second in seven starts over the Santa Anita lawn, this 5-year-old Pennsylvania-bred daughter of English Channel was a gate to wire winner of the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1 /8 miles on turf here two starts back on Dec. 29, but was distanced after making the early lead in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26. With a return home, to firmer footing and a distance at which she’s posted seven wins from 15 tries, Fahan Mura will hope to bounce back with a big effort on Saturday.THE GRADE II BUENA VISTA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTTake These Chains–Tiago Pereira–120Ms Bad Behavior–Mike Smith–120Zaffinah–Rafael Bejarano–120Fahan Mura–Edwin Maldonado–122Compelled–Joe Talamo–120Amandine–Drayden Van Dyke–120English Dancer–Kent Desormeaux–120Elysea’s World–Joel Rosario–122Vasilika–Flavien Prat–124Streak of Luck–Tyler Baze–120First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12:25 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Versatile Laura’s Light Rallies To Win Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes By Three Quarters Of A Length Under Cedillo
Versatile Laura’s Light Rallies To Win Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes By Three Quarters Of A Length Under Cedillo; Trained By Miller, She Gets 5 ½ Furlongs On Turf In 1:02.90ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2020)–An impressive minor stakes winner going a mile on turf in her most recent start, Gary Barber’s Laura’s Light handled a cutback in distance to 5 ½ furlongs with aplomb on Sunday at Santa Anita, as she rallied to take the Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes by three quarters of a length. Ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Peter Miller, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Constitution, in her third consecutive appearance on turf, got the distance in 1:02.90.Breaking sharply from her number five post position, Laura’s Light was about two lengths off the lead as eventual runner-up Lighthouse and longshot Spitefulness slugged it out up front. As Spitefulness caved mid-way around the far turn, Laura’s Light made an eye-catching move to engage Lighthouse at the top of the lane and after a head and head duel, Laura’s Light gained the advantage in the final 70 yards.“In this game, you have ups and downs,” said Barber, who is also a multiple Academy Award winning motion picture producer. “I loved the way she broke her maiden (Nov. 2 at Golden Gate Fields), so we bought her and she’s a really nice filly by a hot sire, Constitution. Getting a graded stakes win is what you want with fillies.”A galloping 3 ¼ length winner of the one mile Blue Norther Stakes here on Dec. 29, Laura’s Light was the 2-5 favorite in a field of seven and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. “We were pretty confident,” said Miller, who sent Laura’s Light out to second place finish at one mile grass two starts back in the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes Nov. 30. “We felt she was the best filly in the race. The five (Lighthouse) put up a really good fight and was stubborn to get by. She’s proven now that she can go long or short, so we’ll take a look and see what’s next. It’s nice to have options.”Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Lighthouse, in a huge effort finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of Roadrunner’s Honor. Off at 6-1, Lighthouse paid $3.80 and $3.60.Off at 23-1 with Rafael Bejarano, Roadrunner’s Honor paid $4.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.62, 45.19 and 56.75.Racing resumes with special Presidents’ Day racing on Monday. First post time for an eight-race card is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Son breaks down in tears as Gomes screams in agony from broken ankleProof Martin Atkinson changed his mind on Son red card after horror Gomes injuryPrem release statement on why Son was sent off after Gomes leg horrorEverton confirm surgery for Gomes on Monday after breaking right ankleEverton stars including Coleman went into Spurs dressing room to comfort SonSon ‘in Spurs changing room in tears refusing to lift head’ after Gomes woeTosun recalls harrowing moment Andre Gomes lay crying in shock with his eyes wide open after Son tackle Son’s foul did not endanger the player’s safety and it was so unfortunate Everton midfielder Gomes’ studs caught in the turf before his sickening collision with Serge Aurier.Initially, Atkinson had a yellow in his hand but having seen the reaction on the players’ faces and the crowd, he gave himself more thinking time by putting it back in his pocket.With emotions running high, Atkinson then issued a red card on the basis of his human response.He should not receive any criticism because any referee in that horrible position would have done the same.We do not know if VAR official Anthony Taylor got involved but the cold technology could have helped Atkinson.Son has been red carded for the unfortunate consequences of what happened next, not for the foul itself.So I have to ask the question, since when did the laws of the game say the outcome of a foul dictates the appropriate disciplinary action? It’s not in the laws of the game. most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itIt’s a wrongful dismissal for Son and if VAR had got involved, I believe the South Korean would not have been sent off.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says the club will appeal and I believe they will have every chance of the decision being overturned.A Premier League statement last night tried to protect the referee and justify the decision. But, in truth, that didn’t need to be issued so soon because everyone in football will only be thinking about the welfare of Gomes.3 Ex-Prem ref Mark Halsey says Atkinson got the decision wrongCredit: AFP3 Son was left inconsolable after Gomes’ ankle brokeCredit: AFP or licensorsMauricio Pochettino publicly thanks Everton players for helping to console Son Heung-Min after horror tackle leaves André Gomes with a broken leg and the South Korean in tears ANDRE GOMES will undergo surgery today following his horror broken and dislocated right ankle.Everton released a statement last night confirming the Portuguese’s devastating injury that left Spurs star Son Heung-min in floods of tears.3 Andre Gomes suffered a horror injury on SundayCredit: ReutersThe South Korean was sent off following his challenge and boss Mauricio Pochettino labelled Martin Atkinson’s decision as “unbelievable.”Here’s the expert view of ex-Premier League referee Mark Halsey.I WATCHED Son Heung-min’s reckless challenge on Andre Gomes and thought the same as Martin Atkinson — yellow card.The Tottenham forward denied a promising attack but I didn’t think it was serious foul play and a red card.
“I expect this respect that they always show towards me, but I understand what they want is exactly the opposite of what I want.”I want Tottenham to win, they want Manchester United to win. During the match I expect them to forget me and I expect them to support their team to get the result they want.”3MOST READ IN FOOTBALLGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaSpurs go into the match two points and four places above United in the Premier League table, after winning Mourinho’s opening two games in charge to leapfrog the Red Devils.But victory for Solskjaer would see his team jump back ahead of Tottenham.And that might be necessary, with Spurs’ unemployed former boss Mauricio Pochettino’s shadow looming large over the Norwegian at Old Trafford. JOSE MOURINHO has quoted Nelson Mandela by claiming that he “won and learnt” in his time at Old Trafford.The 56-year-old was sacked last December after a broody spell that saw results and confidence plummet at United.3 Mourinho has taken the bold approach of quoting the great Nelson MandelaAnd when asked about his time with the Red Devils ahead of his first return tomorrow, he said: “No regrets. I won and I learned.”This is a closed chapter for me. I left the club and took my time to process everything that happened. I took my time to prepare myself for the next challenge.”Honestly, Manchester United for me now is in my book of experiences, it’s in my history book.”Like a bit like Mr Mandela was saying ‘you never lose, you win or you learn’. At United I won and I learned. My time after I left was a good time for me. It’s not for me to analyse United now.”Now I analyse them as team as an opponent, the way they play, how can they beat us, how can we beat them. This is for me the important thing, nothing else.”I’m not a villain, I’m not an enemy but I am the coach trying to win against Manchester United – that’s how they’re going to look at me.”Mourinho was full of positive words to say about the Old Trafford supporters. He said: “In relation to Solskjaer, he is the guy trying to win the game for United fans.”They’re not going to support me. One thing is a nice reaction but during the game they’re going to support Solskjaer.3″That’s’ the nature of the game and the nature of a place with an incredible history and fans who understand clearly the passion of the club. They love the club, they love Solskjaer.“Again, if you want to speak about United as an opponent, let’s speak about them as an opponent.”About my history there, go to my office upstairs and I still have a couple of pictures of my Man United time and that’s it.”These are things they can do this season too. They can win the Europa League, they’ve qualified for the knockout. They can win the Carabao Cup as they are still in the competition.“They can win the FA Cup, they’ve got Wolves in the first round. They can achieve these targets. I did it, that’s how we did it in my time. We did it but they can also do it this season.”Going back to Old Trafford is to go back to a place where I was happy. I can say that I was happy. I have great relation with Manchester United supporters.”I went back as a pundit which is a different perspective. I was really humbled by such a beautiful reception.“Tomorrow I go back as the coach of the team that is going is try to beat Manchester United and that maybe gives a different perspective.
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is unlikely to be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino this season due to a clause in the Argentinian’s exit package from Tottenham.Spurs’ settlement means the North London club could be due up to £10million in compensation if Pochettino were to take over at Manchester United before the end of the season, the Mirror reports.3 Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is unlikely to take Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job at Manchester United this seasonPressure is mounting on the United boss after run of poor results that saw Burnley win at Old Trafford for the first time in 58 years in their last Premier League outing.Fans are planning a mass walk-out during their next league game against Wolves on Saturday evening as concerns over the direction of the club as well as the leadership of the Glazer family mount up.However, Solskjaer is thought to have been assured of his place at least until the end of the campaign.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the Red DevilsSolskjaer wants years rather than months to construct a side, something he believes other managers at the top of the Premier League have been afforded.Comparing himself with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, he said: “We do have a way of doing things, of course.”You can see other teams have done well. Jurgen spent four years building his team, and they’re going well now.”United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and the club’s American owners want to give the former Cardiff boss time to turn things around after he was given the job on a permanent basis in March 2019.Woodward is in the firing line for United supporters unhappy at the club’s transfer dealings and was targeted by a gang of furious fans who launched a smoke bomb and fireworks at his home last night.A source told The Sun: “We didn’t get to speak to Woodward but hopefully he’ll get the message because we’re not going away and we won’t stand around doing nothing while our club is ruined.”A club statement said after the attack on Woodward’s £2million Cheshire mansion: “Fans expressing opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another. There is simply no excuse for this.”Despite the unrest, United look to have finally sealed a deal for Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes after a drawn out transfer saga.United upped their original bid by £4m to £55m including bonuses, after late interest from Barcelona, to land the 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder.The club’s recruitment policy has been slammed since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson with a number of big money signings failing to deliver on the pitch.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 himMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes3United fans’ worries grew even further when Solskjaer revealed Alexis Sanchez will return to Old Trafford after his Inter Milan loan move.The former Molde boss said the £505,000-a-week flop would prove his doubters wrong.Supporters took to social media to voice their frustration with one calling it “mind boggling” and another going as far as to say the Norwegian is “the worst Premier League manager of all time”.3 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Alexis Sanchez will return to Old Trafford and prove his doubters wrongCredit: AFP or licensorsMan Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskajaer is convinced he will be given time to complete his rebuilding project at Old Trafford
National Soccer Academy development team Besta PNG United went head to head with Admiralty FC for the last time this season with Admiralty coming out winners 3-1.The match got underway on Saturday in Port Moresby at the Bisini soccer ground as the National Soccer League ended its round 14 matches before heading into the semi-finals next weekend.The development team suffered the loss following the absence of some of its key players who are out of the country for the U19 World Cup Qualifiers.Admiralty took advantage and played well, scoring three goals which included one from a penalty shoot out. Both teams struggled to score in the first 30 minutes of the game with both teams defending well.Admiralty organised well and got on track 10 ten minutes before half time, scoring their first goal 1-0 through Poakot Poesi who found the net after a great set up by Mark Gobono.In the second half Admiralty continued their lead, scoring their second goal through Moffat Kalif to make it 2-0 following a penalty shoot out.The penalty shoot out came after Pettyshen Elizah was knocked down right in front of Besta’s net by Besta’s Russel Chris who was given a yellow card.Admiralty were on fire scoring their third goal ten minutes later through Moffat Kalifa after a second attempt straight through the net.Besta fired back ten minutes later with a powerful goal by Maskulan Pulung straight through the net ten metres away.However Besta lost composure in the remaining minutes of the game following two missed opportunities right in front of Admiralty’s net with full time score 3-1.The game was the final match played in Port Moresby for the season as both semi-finals will be played in Lae, Morobe province.Results from the double header in Lae, the undefeated minor premiers Hekari United FC continued their winning streak, beating Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC 3-1, while Lae FC thrashed bottom team Eastern Stars FC 4-0.The semi-finals next weekend will see the top four teams battle for a place in the grand final. They are top team Hekari, Morobe FC, Lae FC and Oro FC.Besta have finished in the 2014 season in fifth place followed by Admiralty in sixth place and Eastern Stars in seventh spot.
Wales’ World Cup campaign in England has been overshadowed by injuries, with Leigh Halfpenny, Rhys Webb, Cory Allen and Eli Walker all withdrawing.Wales also has injury concerns in the front row, with Aaron Jarvis, Paul James and Samson Lee all being assessed, while full-back Liam Williams suffered a hip injury in the win over Uruguay.