May 2020

Southeastern Louisiana Extends Head Football Coach Frank Scelfo

first_imgIn 2019, Scelfo led SLU to an 8-5 record and the program’s third-ever appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs on the way to being named the 2019 Southland Conference Coach of the Year. Under Scelfo’s direction, the Lions had one of the most prolific offenses in FCS and earned three victories over top 10 opponents – including a 45-44 come-from-behind win over No. 8 Villanova in a first round playoff matchup in Hammond. Artigues praised Scelfo’s dedication to helping the program fulfill the Southeastern Athletics mission statement, which outlines the expectation of excellence in the community, in the classroom and in competition. “We’re excited about securing Coach Scelfo with this well-earned contract extension,” Artigues said. “He’s a tremendous role model for our student-athletes and we’re fortunate to have him lead our football program now and into the future.” The extension for Scelfo, who just completed his second season at the helm of the Lion program, is pending approval from the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors. HAMMOND, La. – The future of Southeastern Louisiana Football has been solidified, as the university has extended the contract of head football coach Frank Scelfo through the 2024 season, SLU Director of Athletics Jay Artigues announced on Thursday. The SLU football program also helped Southeastern earn the 2018-19 Southland Strong Community Service Award. Scelfo spearheaded the Lions’ adoption of Child Advocacy Services’ Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program as its primary community service partner. The 2020 season will be the 38th of Scelfo’s coaching career. The New Iberia, Louisiana native is pleased to call Southeastern home for years to come. University President Dr. John Crain echoed Artigues’ confidence in the future of Lion Football under Scelfo’s command.center_img “Under Coach Scelfo, our football program has its highest GPA and APR (since the program’s return in 2003),” Artigues commented. “Our student-athletes are involved in the community, we competed for a Southland Conference championship and advanced to the playoffs. Coach Scelfo has changed our program’s culture and we’re confident that progress will continue under his leadership.” “I’m so appreciative to our administration for the long-term commitment extended to myself and our staff,” Scelfo said. “I’m extremely thankful to Dr. Crain and Jay Artigues for their support and dedication to fielding a program that consistently competes for Southland Conference championships and advances to the postseason.” The Lions also continued to make strides in the classroom under Scelfo’s tutelage. A total of 39 football student-athletes had a 3.0 term grade point average or higher during the Fall 2019 semester. Senior Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund was the program’s first Academic-All American and was joined on the Southland All-Academic team by teammates Jarius Gooch and Taron Jones. Scelfo’s decision to make a long-term commitment to the Lions was also heavily influenced by the Southeastern and Hammond communities embracing he and his wife, Holly, from the start of his tenure.   “I am delighted that Coach Scelfo will continue to be part of the Southeastern family,” Crain said. “He has demonstrated the ability to field a highly competitive team but also prioritizes academics and community service. He is a pleasure to work with and clearly understands and embraces the mission of Lion Athletics.” “Holly and I are proud to call Hammond home,” Scelfo commented. “It felt right the day I arrived here and it’s felt better every day since. Southeastern Louisiana University and the city of Hammond are special places and we’re excited for the future.”last_img read more

PNG women settles for Silver in hockey

first_imgFiji won 9-4 leaving the PNG girls to exit the pitch with no traditional bow before the crowd.PNG opened the score board five minutes into the game from Vanessa Perry.The Fijian girls responded with four goals but one was dosallowed.The local girls going into period two of the match knew they had to step up their game with pressure from the home crowd and even relatives dictating the game from the side line.In the second period PNG bounced back with two goals and Fiji responded with two more.PNG’s Vanessa Perry found the Fijian net in the 23rd minute and team mate Alice Fred scored in the 25th minute.Fred scored one more for PNG while Fiji’s Lala Ravatu, competition leading goal scorer Tiara Dutta and Taliah Ahyuk scored three more ending the match.The PNG girls cried their hearts out after the game and skipper Terry Kiapin told PNG Loop playing on homesoil put a lot of pressure on the girls.”My girls are very young that went up against a very experienced Fijian team.””We lost to them in a very tight match earlier 5-4 and the girls really wanted to win this game,” Kiapin added.last_img read more

Former rep highlights weaknesses in team PNG

first_img“Their opponents are always tough and aggressive and their girls must step up if they want to be serious representative games in contenders in the Oceania region.”Former National midfielder Kule Matu said our girls were dwarfed by their New Zealand opponents who were also aggressive and tough.”We need to be very tough and out muscle our opponents and there is no reason to be ashamed.””We were not aggressive and competitive enough. We also need to communicate well on the field. Those were some of our weaknesses,” he said.Kule, said there is a lot of areas they need to work on.Kule played his last international game during the 1991 SP Games in Lae. He retired soon after to settle at his home in Bumayong.He currently assists the technical staff of Morobe United in the NSL games.last_img read more

Souths and Paga teams to beat in POMRFL

first_imgH0HOLA FLIES 4 6 4 MAGANI 6 8 6 DOBO WARRIORS HOHOLA FLIES BROTHERS TARANGAU PAGA PAGA PANTHERS ROYALS BUTTERFLIES 13 6 9 2 6 HAWKS 10 11 DEFENCE KONE STORMS MAGANI 0The men’s A grade division after 7 rounds:TEAMPOINTSHAWKS SOUTHS ROYALS 4 8 9 TARANGAU SOUTHS 9 KONE STORMS WESTS Souths and Paga made it four wins from winning all their games over the weekend. Both teams are locked on eight points but Souths are first on the ladder by points for and against of 74 compared to Paga’s 66.The women’s ladder after round 4: Souths (8), Paga Panthers (8), Tarangau (6), Royals (4), Kone Storms (4), Dobo Warriors (4), Sisters (3), Butterflies (2), Defence (1), Wests (0).The men’s U20 division after 6 rounds:TEAMPOINTSKONE TIGERS 9 8 9 DEFENCE 8 6last_img read more

Pre-Getafe session with the 23 available plus Ramos

first_imgThe first Real Madrid squad completed the last pre-match training against Getafe with 24 players. The injured Hazard and Asensio were the only absences of a session developed under the cold and fog surrounding the sports city of Real Madrid in Valdebebas. News Statistics Real MadridSpain Marcelo and Lucas Vázquez completed their third training with the group. The Brazilian and Galician have gradually joined the collective work this week once recovered from their ailments. Zidane will have to make five discards to make the final summoned list to face Getafe tomorrow Saturday (16:00, Movistar LaLiga) in the encounter with which Madrid closes the first round of LaLiga Santander. A call in which Sergio Ramos, who saw the fifth yellow against Athletic, will not be able to serve a penalty in the Coliseum.The white coach will concentrate his players on the afternoon of this Friday for the first game that Real Madrid will play in this 2020. Then there will be the opportunity for whites to get their first title of the season with the dispute of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.last_img read more

Arthur Melo, the incomplete player

first_img8 The great challenge of Arthur Melo this season is to end a game starting as a starter. With Quique Setién he has played all the games, two of them also as a starter (Valencia and Getafe in LaLiga), but in no case has he played the 90 minutes. In fact, to see the last time the Brazilian midfielder completed a match, we have to go back to November 9 when he started against Celtic (4-1) in the Camp Nou. Since that day he hasn’t played 90 minutes again. First because of recurrent pubic lesions and then because both Ernesto Valverde and now Setién seem to be clear that he has no physical or endurance to be present in the field the whole game. There is no doubt that the picture for Arthur is more than worrisome. And not only because he does not have regularity in the field to endure the whole game but when he is given the opportunity he does not take advantage of it either, covering with the file and little else. His game, excessively bureaucratic, does not provide different solutions and exasperates the respectable on more than one occasion. Far away is that player that some came to compare with Xavi Hernández for his way of moving in the field, Right now, the Brazilian international is barely the last bullet in the chamber of Setién.In addition, Arthur is accompanied by a disturbing label of undisciplined player. With the previous coach, Ernesto Valverde, He already had two ‘hooked’: one to travel to Paris without permission to go to the Neymar party when there were two days left to play a game against Real Madrid and another to make a trip to Andorra one weekend to practice ‘snowboarding’ when I was convalescent of a pubalgia. Two mistakes that have made a dent in their performance. In short, a full disappointment. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 17, 2020 If we look at Arthur’s season it is clear that the first word that comes to mind is disappointment. It is not normal that a player of his talent could only complete five games (three from LaLiga and two from Champions). If with Valverde he was the thirteenth most used player, with Setién things have gone directly worse, being the penultimate, only surpassed by the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto, who adds 90 minutes, played in the Cup against Ibiza. Arthur (239) is below even from Junior (241), a prior player destined for a secondary role, who Arturo Vidal (249) or even that Rakitic (361).last_img read more

Braithwaite says goodbye waiting to sign for Barça

first_imgIn sports, training has been carried out without the presence of Tarin. The defense suffered an overload last week and is still out. Cuellar has done work on the lawn apart from the rest of his teammates and is doubtful to play against Celta. In addition, Ruibal has withdrawn from the session accompanied by doctors and points to physical problems. This Wednesday has started making an act of timely presence, like the rest of the group. At 11:30 he has stepped on the lawn and has always been accompanied by the Portuguese Kevin Rodriguez, with whom he maintains one of the best relations in the locker room. Later, he has participated normally in the different works that Javier Aguirre has proposed.Smiling and without signs of nervousness. Like one more day at the office. Of course, he has gone without stretching before the rest of his teammates before the eyes of Txema Indias, the sports director of Leganés, and Felipe Moreno Pavón, the technical secretary. An hour and a quarter later he left the enclosure in his car. Martin Braithwaite has already said goodbye to the Leganés costumes, after training, waiting to close his signing for Barcelona. The Catalans rush the decision to pay their clause, between 18 and 20 million. Braithwaite arrived at about 10 a.m. at the Butarque Sports Facility and left it at about 2:18 p.m. after he was seen filling the trunk with several packages. The player has left without making statements after being the first to leave the training. In the privacy of the locker room he has said goodbye to his teammates in case the signing closed in the next few hours, but still without knowing if, indeed, it will be today the final day of his goodbye. In addition, the Danish has taken all his belongings from the locker room, which confirms his departure. In the Leganés they give up Braithwaite, but they will not move from their position of not selling the player. Either the clause is paid or there will be no option for the ram to leave Butarque. If the player finally stays at Leganés in the next few hours, Aguirre will continue with all normality, as if nothing had happened. Braithwaite is Leganés’ top scorer with six goals in the League and two in the Cup. But the roads lead to an exit … The session has been executed in full open door despite the media attention that could provoke the presence of the striker in the session. Despite this, it has not been one of the premieres with more journalists. Barely half a dozen media have attended this day, the first that Leganés prepares thinking about Saturday’s final against Celta.last_img read more

Athletes who know how to measure up: Iniesta’s committed message to society

first_img“All the doctors, assistants, nurses, nurses … all the people who are investigating to find something that can stop this, we continue to encourage you to get strength from where there is not because it is an incredible job that you are doing,” he continued.An Iniesta who also wanted to remember the people who have died in Spain due to the coronavirus and who, according to the latest figures provided by the government, now number 1,422: “Also grateful to all security people, public service workers, who You expose yourselves and try to help make everything easier. And of course for all the relatives of the deceased, which are terrible moments, my thoughts and my love for all of them. “Lastly, the Spanish footballer stressed the importance of “continuing to pay attention to everything the professionals tell us, who are the ones who know”, like staying at home, since “it is the way of not continuing to infect ourselves”. The Spanish Andrés Iniesta, who is in Kobe (Japan), where he takes the last steps in his sports career, sent a message of support to all those who are fighting for the coronavirus pandemic to pass as soon as possible and stressed that “among all we must stop this.“Between all of us we must make this stop, that this stops and that normality returns as soon as possible. Each one of us from our position must help in everything possible, in the present and in what will come in the future. We must help each other and be in solidarity The only way is to help us, there is no other formula, and at the moment we are more united than ever, “he said in a video that he posted on his social networks.“From many kilometers away we are still very aware of everything that happens in our country. This is a message of strength, encouragement, and thanks to all the professionals who, at every hour, every minute, at every moment, are fighting for save so many lives. For all the effort you are making, a tireless and incalculable work. We thank you and we will always thank you, “began the former Barcelona soccer player.last_img read more

Mourinho dances the project

first_imgFirst was Eriksen the one who got off the boat, after refusing to renew even with the Portuguese on the bench. But the great blow came yesterday when Spurs flagship Harry Kane dropped for the first time that continuity is not guaranteed at Tottenham: “I’ve always said that if I don’t feel like we’re going in the right direction, then I’m not someone who stays there just for the sake of it. I’m an ambitious player, I want to become a top player.”Of course, a clear and direct message to Daniel Levy, who requires reinforcements of guarantees to fight for all the titles. Surely Kane’s words are also shared by his technician, who could see the collapse of the promised project if there is no reaction in the coming months. José Mourinho, used to touching the sky in Champions and domestic tournaments, already fears for the future of his Tottenham.LINDSEY PARNABY & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Mourinho, in a FA Cup match.LINDSEY PARNABY (AFP) Last November 20 José Mourinho arrived at Tottenham with the difficult ballot to overcome what Mauricio Pochettino achieved. Of course, his arrival was celebrated in London: one of the best took the lead in the project. What’s more, Daniel Levy showed full confidence in him from the second one: “With José we have one of the most successful coaches in football.” But now, five months after his arrival, the project begins to falter. Unstable monthsIn addition to the reinforcements demanded by Harry Kane, the English striker needs a ticket to the Champions League to exploit his full potential. Tottenham are currently eighth in the Premier League with 41 points. He has seven at Chelsea, fourth in the table. With nine days to go, Mourinho’s men need to step forward if they want to go back to the best continental competition. However, the Portuguese data is not up to expectations. Despite the injuries, Tottenham has let out many unsuspected points and has been eliminated in the FA Cup and in the Champions League itself. Mourinho signs, so far, a balance of eleven wins, five draws and ten defeats, although the failures in the different competitions aggravate the statistics. You still have time to amend it, and the coronavirus crisis will help you recover troops.Tottenham Hotspur FC & nbsp; (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Bergwijn, in his presentation as a new player for Tottenham.Tottenham Hotspur FC (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I) Transfers that return the illusionLast January market, Mourinho asked the club for signings to give oxygen to a squad full of physical problems and Levy responded. Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes arrived, although Eriksen or Danny Rose left. Regardless, the winter investment leads one to believe that in the summer, despite a lack of revenue from the coronavirus, higher-level reinforcements may arrive to help convince Harry Kane to stay on the team.At the moment, there is no star on the table, but Sky Sports talks about six names that respond to the profiles Mou is looking for and that would help to considerably reinforce the average level of the squad. The most mediatic name of them all is the Eder Militao. They also talk about Kondogbia (Valencia), Atal (Nice), Jamal Lewis (Norwich) or Sabitzer (RB Leizpig). Its market value, not too high, facilitates its arrival. “All the Leipzig substitutes would play on my team“Mou said after the knockout stages of the Champions League. Of course, either his impression changes or Kane’s future and the project falter …last_img read more

Feyenoord ahead of Cruyff’s Ajax in Europe

first_imgIn overtime the script did not change. He Feyenoord besieged Williams’ goal over and over again but could not pierce the net. When everything pointed to the 1-1 final, which would mean playing a tiebreaker game for the first time in the European Cup, Kindvall, at 117 ‘did justice on the scoreboard.In this way, Happel achieved his first European Cup (he would get another one with Hamburg 12 years later, being the first coach to win it with two different clubs) and the Feyenoord, which so far it’s his only orejona. Cruyff’s Ajax would pass him by for years to come and overshadowed his great conquest, but that cannot blur the truth: the Feyenoord came first. He happel team took advantage of the Ajax wear in Europe to take from the whole of Amsterdam the dutch league in 1969. Cruyff’s 90 goals in 34 games were insufficient to beat Feyenoord, the team less thrashed of the championship and that without reaching the offensive exceptionality of his rival, he put together a good team of very talented players, such as Van Hanegem, Jansen, and Kindvall.The following season, in Europe, the Feyenoord was planted in the final after having unexpectedly eliminated Milan, reigning champion. The rossoneri They expected to play their second consecutive final, which also took place that year at their stadium in San Siro, and after beating Rotterdam 1-0 in the first leg of the quarterfinals, they saw surprised at De Kuipwhere the Feyenoord overcame the tie (2-0). After beating the Legia Warsaw in the semifinals, the Celtic by Jock Stein, another of the giants of the time, awaited them. Despite having defeated the champion, the Feyenoord came as covered to the final. He Celtic had won the European Cup three years earlier, in 1967, and had stars like Jimmy Johnstone, Murdoch, and Lennox. Along the way, he had eliminated the Serie A champion, Fiorentina, Eusebio’s Benfica, and Leeds, the Premier champion. That the Scots achieved their second orejona It was expected.And everything seemed to indicate that this would be the case when Glasgow outfit went ahead in the final with a goal from Gemmell. With an advantage on the scoreboard and more experience in high-ranking matches, the final seemed to be defeated on the Scottish side. But the Feyenoord was not wrinkled. Rinus Israel tied the game in a few minutes and since then in the 90th minute, Happel’s team was focused on Celtic’s goal, which managed go to overtime more luckily than deserved.center_img Sometimes, legends monopolize so much mythology around them that the true story is distorted. Like Walt disney is not cryogenized and in the tombstone of groucho marx does not say “Excuse me for not getting up”, the magnificent Cruyff’s Ajax wasn’t the first dutch team in reign in Europe. A year before Rinus Michels’ team implanted his tyranny with three consecutive European Cup titles (the last two with Kovacs on the bench), his great historical rival, he Feyenoord, had conquered the first ‘orejona’ for a team from the country of tulips. The legendary Austrian coach Ernst Happel, the one whose name bears the stadium in which Spain was proclaimed champion of Europe in 2008, was the great architect of that formidable success.Ajax could have achieved success before its great rival. In 1969, the set of Amsterdam came to his first final of the European Cup, in which he faced the Milan by Nereo Rocco at the Bernabéu. In a frontal duel of styles, the Italian catenaccio, in its largest version, prevailed over the total football of the ajacied (4-1) and that generation led by Cruyff had to wait a couple of years to write his story in gold letters in the annals of football. That interval of time was used by the Feyenoord.last_img read more