FCS ADA ReleaseCLEVELAND, Ohio – The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA), in coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices, announced Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe as the 2017 FCS ADA Offensive Player of the Year.Briscoe won the Payton Award a year ago and is seeking to become just the second FCS player in history to win it multiple times. He led FCS and set a SHSU single-season record with 5,003 yards passing in 2017, while also leading the country for the second consecutive season with 45 touchdown passes. The Bearkat trigger man is the first Kat to throw for 5,000 yards in a season.The senior out of Houston, Texas, is one of three finalists for the Payton Award this year, which will be announced at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet in Frisco on Friday, Jan. 5.He will be recognized Saturday at the 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship with a plaque presented by current FCS ADA Second Vice President and Director of Athletics at Bryant University, Bill Smith.This Friday, Jan. 5, the FCS ADA will announce the Academic All-Star Team, which is celebrating its 20th year.About the FCS ADA: Now in its 24th year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
FRISCO, Texas – New Orleans’ Ehize Omoghibo and Central Arkansas’ Emily Doss are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Omoghibo claims her first weekly honor after posting a .619 hitting percentage for UNO (7-7) over the weekend at the College of Charleston Invitational. The Privateers will now look ahead to their conference home opener Tuesday night against Lamar, with first serve slated for 6:30 p.m. CT.Doss nabs her first award of the season with 79 digs for the Sugar Bears (6-7) this past weekend at the Cougar Classic, hosted by SIU-Edwardsville. The junior bolstered a UCA defense that limited opponents to a .202 hitting percentage for the tournament. Central Arkansas will now gear up for its conference opener at home against Houston Baptist Thursday at 6 p.m.Offensive Player of the Week: Ehize Omoghibo – Sr. – Opposite – Evanston, Ill.Omoghibo was named to the All-Tournament team at the College of Charleston Invitational, following a phenomenal weekend that included 47 kills over three matches. The junior began the three-game stretch with a .619 hitting percentage against Jacksonville State Friday afternoon. Omoghibo then closed out the weekend by smashing her previous match-high kills (14) with an astounding 21 kills in a five-set win over College of Charleston Saturday afternoon.Honorable Mention: Morgan Dewyer, Houston Baptist; Alexis Warren, Northwestern State; Caroline Golden, Southeastern Louisiana; Xariah Williams, Stephen F. Austin.Defensive Player of the Week: Emily Doss – Jr. – Libero – Springdale, Ark.Doss took home her third All-Tournament honor of the season after delivering back-to-back 31-dig performances to close out the weekend for the Sugar Bears at the Cougar Classic. In addition to averaging 5.6 digs per set, the junior also provided seven assists, two service aces and a kill for the Sugar Bears. Doss has now accrued 256 digs on the year, averaging 4.57 per set.Honorable Mention: Camie Copeland, Houston Baptist; Megan Lohmiller, Northwestern State; Taya Mitchell, Stephen F. Austin; Carissa Barnes, 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 25 percent of ballots.
COMEBACKING OMAHA BEACH OUTRUNS FAVORED SHANCELOT TO WIN GRADE I, $300,000 SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP BY A HEAD; SMITH & MANDELLA TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG PARTY IN RAPID 1:08.79RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIER ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2019)–The morning line favorite for this Kentucky Derby and idle since April 13, Richard Mandella’s Omaha Beach put on a tremendous exhibition in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, as he gradually overhauled heavily favored eastern invader Shancelot to prevail by a head in an astonishingly fast 1:08.79 under Mike Smith.The question now is, where does this immensely talented colt by War Front go next? With today’s race a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier to the $2 million Sprint here on Nov. 2, that’s an obvious option, but given the scope and versatility Omaha Beach has exhibited in both the morning and afternoon, he could potentially run in any one of three races on Nov. 2.“I want to enjoy this one, but the Sprint, the ($2 million) Mile and the mile and a quarter ($6 million Classic) are all possible,” said Mandella, who had to stop on his stable star just days before the Run for the Roses due to an entrapped epiglotis. “I’m just very relieved to have him back. At the eighth pole, I thought we were (going to be) clear, but it took some race riding…This horse has a heart of gold and he’s got the greatest personality of any horse I’ve ever had. I would say anything’s possible.”Although he bobbled ever so slightly at the break, Omaha Beach was quickly into stride and was just a head off of Shancelot while full of run mid-way around the turn. At the top of the lane, Shancelot, drifted a bit off the rail and Smith then stayed inside through an incredible stretch battle.“He broke extremely well, almost too well,” said Smith. “He slipped a little leaving there, but man he settled right in behind them really nice. He was loaded coming off that turn…His last work was brilliant and he ran the way he worked.“He’s a throwback to those classic horses. He can do anything. Three quarters to a mile and a quarter. He’s extremely fast and he’s got tremendous stamina…He can do it all. The only thing that surprised me today was that I had to stay inside. His last work was his best one, no question. Today, he hit his best stride late.”Overlayed at 5-2 off of a morning line of 8-5 in a field of six, Omaha Beach, who is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Charming, paid $7.20, $2.40 and $2.10.Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Omaha Beach, who won the Grade I Arkansas Derby on April 13, now has a total of three graded stakes wins to his credit from an overall mark of 8-4-3-1. With today’s winner’s share of $180,000, his earnings stand at $1,301,800.Although it would have been unfathomable to imagine any horse getting beat that essentially ran six furlongs today in 1:08 and 4/5s seconds, that’s exactly the fate that befell Shancelot, who shipped in from his Monmouth Park base and was ridden by Florida-based Emisael Jaramillo.“I really don’t know what to think right now, to be honest,” said a visibly stunned Jorge Navarro, trainer of Shancelot. “I thought maybe he (Jaramillo) waited too long…What’s he looking back for?”A galloping 12 ½ length winner of a Grade II sprint stakes at Saratoga two starts back on July 28, Shancelot was just a head shy of being unbeaten in four starts and was thus made the 1-5 favorite, returning $2.10 and $2.10 while finishing 2 ½ lengths in front of John Sadler’s Flagstaff.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Flagstaff was off at 9-1 and paid $2.10 to show.Fractions, all set by the runner-up, were 21.87, 44.38 and 56.18.
DIMITAR BERBATOV admitted he “f***ing loves” Arsenal pair Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – then warned his old club Spurs not to take the Gunners lightly.The Bulgarian, 38, spent two years at White Hart Lane between 2006 and 2008 before signing for Manchester United.4 Dimitar Berbatov admitted he cannot get enough of Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre LacazetteCredit: Getty – ContributorBut he put rivalries aside as he confessed his admiration for the strikers spearheading Unai Emery’s attack.Ahead of this Sunday’s North London derby, Berbatov told Betfair: “I f***ing love Aubameyang and Lacazette.”I like watching them play and their partnership is blossoming.”The way they play off each other and the goals they score, their quickness and sharpness is unbelievable.”I think nobody should take Arsenal lightly anyway because they are still Arsenal.”Okay, they haven’t won the Premier League for 15 years, but at some point a time will come when it will be their season.”It is too early to say if it will be this year but they are showing signs that they are performing well.”Despite his love for the Arsenal duo, though, Berbatov is clear who is the best Premier League player in his opinion.He added: “What I would give to have played with a player like Kevin De Bruyne, he is unbelievable.”He is one of the best, if not the best, in the world right now. Purely because of his vision, I think he is two or three steps ahead of the game.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one4Latest Arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plans”Before the ball comes to him he knows where to play it, how to pass it, the exact speed, when he needs to hit it.”He is an unbelievable talent who is growing and developing every year and for me it is a pure joy to watch him.”Manchester City have one of the best midfielders in the world and when he is on top of his game they are unbelievable too.”4 Berbatov spent two years at Spurs, taking on Arsenal in plenty of feisty North London derbiesCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd4 Berbatov reckons Kevin De Bruyne is the best player in the Premier League and is among the best in the worldCredit: ReutersArsenal v Tottenham- Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Premier League clash
ATLETICO MADRID have reportedly entered the race for Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen.Spanish newspaper AS claims the Danish playmaker, 27, is wanted by Diego Simeone on a free transfer next summer.2 Atletico Madrid have joined the race for Tottenham contract rebel Christian EriksenCredit: GettyAnd Atletico will approach Eriksen when he enters the final six months of his deal in January after the Dane failed to secure a move away from North London last month.Mauricio Pochettino admitted he was left worried by Eriksen’s desire to leave Spurs before the European transfer window slammed shut earlier this week.Juventus were strongly linked with a late bid but a move failed to materialise.And the midfielder has since revealed his frustration at failing to find a new club.SunSport understands Manchester United are plotting a big-money bid in January to tempt Spurs into selling.2Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP 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 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubBut Eriksen looks set to have a host of other elite European clubs knocking at his door if he is prepared to see out the remainder of the season at Tottenham.Real Madrid, Juve, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are all keen on signing him on a free transfer.But with Atletico already leading the race for the La Liga title, Eriksen could decide that his future lies at the Wanda Metropolitano.Man Utd to make stunning January swoop for Christian Eriksen after failed Real Madrid move
Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD 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 club“He strikes the ball well, heads well, cool when he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He finds space in the penalty area. It’s all there.”SunSport explained yesterday that Fernandes is one of five players who could be targeted by Mourinho this winter.Other possible signings for Spurs include Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, West Ham anchorman Declan Rice and Nice right-back Youcef Atal.How Jose Mourinho could line up Tottenham with Atal, Dybala and Fernandes joining Kane and Son in formidable side NEW Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to take on Manchester United in a transfer war for Bruno Fernandes.The Independent claims Sporting Lisbon’s free-scoring midfield star could wind up in North London this January after being targeted by the Special One.1 New Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is lining up a move for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno FernandesCredit: EPAMourinho was confirmed as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor in a shock announcement on Tuesday morning.And he has apparently wasted no time in identifying targets to improve Spurs’ fortunes.The capital club lie 14th in the Premier League table, winning just three of their opening 12 games.Tottenham are already 11 points off the top four, and Mourinho feels a few signings in the right positions can fire them back up the table.It’s said that Fernandes is his top target ahead of the winter transfer window, with the Portugal international making headlines with 31 goals for Sporting last season.The Primeira Liga side need to sell players after racking up £57million in debt.And Fernandes is said to be available for around £63m, attracting interest from Mourinho’s former club Manchester United.Pochettino had already been looking at Fernandes as an option to replace contract rebel Christian Eriksen.But Mourinho is ready to go a step further by making a move for the attacking ace.Fernandes is sure to be given a key role at Spurs should a deal go through, with Mourinho praising him highly in June.The tactician told Eleven Sports: “I was surprised by his season. It was easy to predict quality, he is a very good player.“But he scored a very high number of goals for a midfielder. It shows you need to have instinct and quality to score, and he has it all.
WILLIAN says he would prefer to stay in the Premier League if he ends up quitting Chelsea.The Brazilian is out of contract at the end of June and feels he will leave because talks over a new deal have stalled.3 Willian wants to stay in the Premier League when his contract runs out – if he ends up leaving ChelseaCredit: PA:Press AssociationWillian’s former manager Jose Mourinho is now at Tottenham and would be ready to strike a deal for the experienced star.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues newsWillian, 31, said: “My desire is to stay in the Premier League, but I don’t rule out playing in other leagues, no. I’ll play until the end of the season and see what happens.“The only concrete negotiation was to renew a contract with Chelsea, which wasn’t possible. They wanted a two-year contract and I asked for three.“Now, everything has stopped.”“We hear the rumours, we know that we have interest from clubs, especially because I’ll be free in the market, I’ll be able to negotiate, there are no offers for now.3most 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 himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’“Returning to Brazil is not something I think about now. It doesn’t cross my mind. I still have a lot of interest in Europe.”Chelsea are temporarily ceasing all contract talks as they wait to see if the coronavirus pandemic will force the season to finish after June 30.Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero’s current deals are also set to expire in the summer.3 Jose Mourinho is a back fan of Brazilian WillianCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdWillian’s wife appears to let slip Chelsea transfer exit after being filmed saying ‘our days are numbered’
On the back of some compelling form in the finals, Manu has surged into contention for a maiden Test jersey when the Kiwis face Australia next month.The 22-year-old is one of potentially eight Kiwis hopefuls who Maguire will assess when the Roosters play the Melbourne Storm on Sunday.Tokoroa-raised Manu has been the in-form New Zealander in the finals, having started all but one game this season.Maguire will early next week name his squad with the NRL decider forming a key part of his thinking.Manu can make a late statement, along with starting Roosters forwards Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Isaac Liu, with all three having been named in Maguire’s expanded Kiwis squad last month.Jesse Bromwich is the only confirmed Storm starter in New Zealand contention but there are four potential Kiwis as interchange options – Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Kenny Bromwich, Brandon Smith and Jahrome Hughes.
But the anthem that played for the first Taiwanese athlete to ever win gold — she won gold at the 2004 Olympics in the lightweight taekwondo competition — was not the one Chen heard growing up, nor was the flag in front of her the red and blue of Taiwan.Instead, Chen stood under the white banner of “Chinese Taipei,” a nation that does not exist, the result of a political compromise stemming from divisions that have existed since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.That compromise, which allows Taiwan to compete in the Olympics but not use its own name, flag or anthem, is increasingly starting to rankle among Taiwanese far more assertive of their identity and autonomy, especially in the wake of the election of President Tsai Ying-wen.Changing identitiesWhile Taiwan has participated in every Olympics for the past three decades, the compromise never sat well with many at home, and has grown more controversial as Taiwanese politics shifted in the direction of full independence from mainland China.According to annual polls conducted by National Chengchi University, only 13.6% of respondents in 1991 self-identified as Taiwanese; by 2004, that number had risen to over 45%. A poll conducted this year by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation found that 80% of respondents described themselves as Taiwanese.This is particularly true among the younger generations, many of whom participated inwidespread protests against further economic integration with China — the so-called “Sunflower Movement” — and supported the candidacy of recently inaugurated President Tsai.”We definitely want a peaceful relationship with China,” lawmaker and Sunflower Movement activist Huang Kuo-chang told CNN in January.”But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice our way of life.”As Taiwan becomes more assertive of its identity at home, many are asking why it should not do so overseas as well.Freddy Lim, a death metal frontman and lawmaker elected at the same time as Tsai, says the name “Chinese Taipei” is “disrespectful.””Taiwan’s Olympic athletes come from all over the country and are of different ethnic backgrounds, so the best name for the team would be ‘Taiwan’,” he told CNN.”I hope the global community could see how Taiwan is treated internationally and support our efforts to participate in international affairs as a normal country.”Coen Blaauw, executive director of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, which advocates for Taiwanese independence (Formosa is a historical name for the island of Taiwan), says the use of the name is damaging to Taiwan’s international standing.”Not only is the name ‘Chinese Taipei’ humiliating for the 23 million people of the democratic country of Taiwan, we are concerned that the name will stick,” he told CNN.”China’s veto power and approval over Taiwan’s role on the international stage should not be a prerequisite for Taiwanese participation in international organizations like the Olympics.”DK Dang, chairman of World United Formosans for Independence, says he hopes Tsai’s administration will pressure the IOC to allow Taiwan to compete under its own name.Tsai’s office did not respond to a request for comment.China has maintained that nothing is permissible on the international stage if it suggests there are “two Chinas.”
This was a worry raised by Papua New Guinea Football fans in Honiara over the weekend after PNG’s lethal striker Tommy Semmy was said to have missed a few games with his new Solomon Islands club due to paper work delays.Fans are questioning why there is a prolonged delay in clearing of papers for Semmy to play for Marist FC in the Solomon Islands Soccer League.In a post on social media yesterday, a fan urged the Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) to shed light on the delay as fans in Honiara have been questioning Solomon Islands Football Federation as they can’t wait to see Tommy in action.Attempts to get comments from the PNGFA office after numerous calls failed.However, from the Hekari FC sources, they said the PNGFA management has sent Tommy Semmy’s International Transfer Clearance (ITC) to a New Zealand club which the Marist club found out about and forwarded it back to the Hekari United FC management to verify.This has caused the delay of Semmy taking the field with Marist FC since the season started two weeks ago.