FRISCO, Texas – UIW’s Gabriel Evans is the 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Year, the league announced Wednesday with its all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Player of the Year: Gabriel Evans, UIWFreshman of the Year: Kyoehei Yamanaka, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNewcomer of the Year: Gabriel Evans, UIWCoach of the Year: Jonas Andersson, UIW UIW’s Jonas Andersson is the Coach of the Year after leading the Cardinals to a 5-0 Southland record. In his first season at the helm, the UIW Hall of Fame inductee won the Southland regular season championship and sends his squad to the Southland Tournament in the team’s first season eligible for postseason since transitioning to Division I. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Kyohei Yamanaka collects the Freshman of the Year award after winning each of his singles matches in the conference season, tallying a 4-0 record at the No. 6 flight and going 1-0 up a slot. He claimed a spot on the first team. Second-Team SinglesNo. 1 Josh Sheehy, Abilene ChristianNo. 2 Jon Sheehy, Abilene ChristianNo. 3 Niko Moceanu, Abilene ChristianNo. 4 Henry Adams, Abilene ChristianNo. 5 Ivanhoe Lissanevitch, UIWNo. 6 Caleb Dyer, UIW First-Team SinglesNo. 1 Gabriel Evans, UIWNo. 2 Francisco Bendana, UIWNo. 3 Sebastian Mortier, UIWNo. 4 Joey Vantanadilok, UIWNo. 5 Nicolas Mayr, LamarNo. 6 Kyoehei Yamanaka, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Evans helped the Cardinals win their first Southland championship in any sport and secure the No. 1 seed in the 2018 Southland Conference Tennis Tournament in Beaumont, Texas, this weekend. The junior transfer from Laredo Community College is also the Newcomer of the Year and first-time all-conference at No. 1 singles and doubles. The hometown native of San Antonio was undefeated in league play, taking four singles wins at the top flight and a victory at the No. 2 slot in his first career Southland match on top of four doubles wins and one match left unfinished. Evans surrendered just two sets in conference play. First-Team DoublesNo. 1 G. Evans/S. Mortier, UIWNo. 2 F. Kellerman, O. Kellerman, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 3 C. Dyer/I. Lissanevitch, UIW 2018 All-Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Teams and Individual Awards The duo of Evans and Mortier was voted first team doubles at the top slot while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s doubles pair of Okkie and Francois Kellerman scored a spot on the first team at No. 2. Lissanevitch and Dyer are the No. 3 doubles first team selections. Second-Team DoublesNo. 1 W. Mottet/T. Rodrigues, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 2 F. Bendana, J. Vatanadilok, UIWNo. 3 N. Mayr/R. Stepanov, Lamar Abilene Christian received four second-team members in order from the top flight down. The brother pair of Josh and John Sheehy took the top two slots while teammates Niko Monaceau and Henry Adams obtained the latter two. UIW swept the No. 1-4 singles positions on the first team with Francisco Bendana, Sebastian Mortier and Joey Vantadilok joining Evans on the squad. Their other two singles players, Ivanhoe Lissanevitch and Caleb Dyer, are second team picks. Lamar’s Nicolas Mayr rounded out the top team with a selection at the No. 5 flight. First serve of the 2018 Southland Men’s Tennis Tournament is set for 10 a.m. CT Saturday at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center in Beaumont, Texas. The championship match has a 10 a.m. start for Sunday. More information can be found by visiting the tournament homepage.
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Drayden Van Dyke79 12 7 45% 4 5 Win% 60% HORSEMEN WEIGH IN ON SUNDAY’S BIG GAME 4 23% Heriberto Figueroa103 19 ITM% 26 3 19 Tyler Baze116 15 5 20% Ruben Fuentes59 5 7 15% Peter Eurton25 Mark Glatt35 13% MANDATORY MEGA JACKPOT PAYOUT TODAY 7 42% 14% Steve Knapp26 21% 4 10 $674,998 7 $242,543 15% 11 $602,364 3rd 10 9 7 7 41% 9 5 $842,841 3rd 12 11 ENJOY BIG GAME FESTIVITIES AT SANTA ANITA John Sadler39 58% 7 $194,250 12% 14 5 $780,957 20% $493,956 22% 1 31% 15% 4 2nd Geovanni Franco97 $623,514 8 59% 33% 44% 8% 22 19% 7 29% 6 9% 18% $599,025 42% 45% 7 1 12 7 41% 13 15 3 $225,858 15 $191,136 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 1) 14% $237,329 5 23% 60% 9 20 $535,282 2nd 10 JockeyMts 14 2 Mike Smith39 Joseph Talamo80 2 49% 4 $517,376 William E. 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AGENTS, TRAINERS TAKE THEIR PICKIn one sense, Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII (53 for those not proficient in Roman numerals) is a match of North versus South, with the New England Patriots, led by their matinee idol quarterback, 41-year-old Tom Brady, a graduate of Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, facing the upstart Los Angeles Rams, headquartered in LaLa Land, Southern California.It’s all in good fun until kickoff in Atlanta at 3:30 p.m., with the Patriots a 2 ½-point favorite and the total points holding at 56. Santa Anita-based jockey agents and trainers, men and women whose livelihoods depend in large part on their ability to assess both data and performance, weighed in with their thoughts on Sunday’s Big Game, which will be shown in its entirety in Sirona’s Sports Bar on the Grandstand main floor:(JOCKEY AGENTS)Brad Pegram (Mike Smith & Drayden Van Dyke): “I’m a big Rams fan. I think their defensive line can put a lot of pressure on Brady without having to blitz him. I’m rooting for LA.”Brian Beach (Asa & Victor Espinoza): “I like the Rams. I’m an NFC guy, a Seahawks’ fan. I root for my conference. When the Seahawks shifted over from the AFC, I switched to the NFC.”Carolyn Conley (Brice Blanc & Octavio Vergara, Jr.): “The Patriots. Tom Brady, he’s a superior athlete.”Craig O’Bryan (Tyler Baze): “The Patriots. I’ve seen this act too many times to go against them. No brainer.”Derek Lawson (Flavien Prat): “I guess I like the Rams. They’re an LA team, even though they destroyed Hollywood Park. I gotta root for ’em.”Jim Giannone (Geovanni Franco): “The Rams. I bet Gary Stute. He doesn’t like any of our teams, except the Angels. He’s so cheap, I had to play him straight-up, no points.”Matt Nakatani (Andrea Atzeni): “Patriots, GOAT.”Mike Ciani (Kent Desormeaux): “I think I like the Rams. They’re just too fast.”Nelson Arroyo (Heriberto Figueroa): “The Patriots, baby! That’s my home town team. There’s no one better than Brady.”Patty Sterling (Tiago Pereira & Aaron Gryder): “That’s easy, I like the Rams! The Patriots have won enough and I’ve liked the Rams since I was little.”Richie Silverstein (Martin Pedroza): “I’m taking the under. I wish I could be rooting for the Saints.”Ron Anderson (Joel Rosario): “I’m gonna take New England. They’re fairly equal, but even in theory, to bet against Brady and Belichick . . . They’ve been there too many times. The experience factor in this game is really, really important.”Saul Marquez (Ruben Fuentes): “The Rams, I’m rooting for the home team.”Scotty McClellan (Joe Talamo): “I like the Rams because they’re the underdog, plus they’re in LA now. I spent 43 years of my life working at Hollywood Park. I feel like I’m part of the team.”Susan McBrayer (Agapito Delgadillo): “I don’t even know who’s playing. I don’t watch.”TomKnust (Mario Gutierrez): “I’m waiting for Eddie Truman to tell me who he likes, because we bet a hundred every year . . . But I like the Patriots.”Tommy Ball (Edgar Payeras): “The Rams, why not? They’re back in LA.”Tony Matos (Jean Diaz, Jr. & Evin Roman): “I live in California and I support everything here, the Lakers, our horses when they run other places . . . When you live in California, I’ve got to root for the Rams.”Tora Yamaguchi (Rafael Bejarano): “The Patriots are gonna be too tough.”Vic Lipton (Edwin Maldonado): “My two favorite teams are playing against each other. I’m old fashioned, gotta go with skills, Brady. In any sport, it’s skills.”Vince DeGregory (Eswan Flores): “I probably should take the Rams, but New England’s got a little more experience.”(TRAINERS)Bob Baffert: “I’m a Belichick fan.”Richard Baltas: “I have a good feeling about the Rams.”Huey Barnes: “Brady. He’s been there enough times and knows how to win.”Vann Belvoir: “My heart’s with the Rams but my head says the Patriots.”David Bernstein: “The Rams. I hope they give them a good game.”Jeff Bonde: “I’d like to see the Rams do well but Brady is a dangerous man.”Phil D’Amato: “Rams.”Jack Carava: “I hope LA, the Rams.”Keith Desormeaux (a Louisiana native): “The Saints. I don’t even think I can watch it.”Ron Ellis: “Patriots have the experience.”Peter Eurton: “LA. I’m not rooting for Brady to win his sixth Super Bowl.”Victor Garcia: “Rams.”Mark Glatt: “I want to see the Rams win it.”Dean Greenman: “Patriots. Brady knows his way around.”Dan Hendricks: “Gotta go with the Rams.”Jerry Hollendorfer: “The Rams, but I’m a believer in Belichick and Brady.”Brian Koriner: “I’m a hometown man, LA.”Eric Kruljac: “Brady. I’m going with experience.”Ian Kruljac: “Patriots.”Andrew Lerner: “Patriots and the over.”Craig Lewis: “Either the Patriots or the Rams.”Mike Machowsky: “New England has the experience.”Alfredo Marquez: “LA.”Michael McCarthy: “I’m going with the home team, the Rams.”Sean McCarthy: “I’m going with old Brady.”Anna Meah: “I’m rooting for LA.”Bill Morey: “My father (Bill Morey Jr.) attended Junipero Serra High where Brady (Class of ’95) went. Barry Bonds (Class of ’82) and Lynn Swann (Class of ’68) also went there.”Hector Palma: “Patriots.”George Papaprodromou: “New England wins for fun, by 10.”Jorge Periban: “Rams.”Dean Pederson: “Patriots.”Marcelo Polanco: “Rams.”Doug O’Neill (a native of Dearborn, Michigan): “The Lions, but they’re not in it.”Gary Sherlock: “Go Rams!”Bill Spawr: “The Rams in a close game.”Gary Stute: “I’m betting on the Patriots. I love Tom Brady.”Eddie Truman: “I love ’em both but I really like the Rams. I’ll root for one team and bet on the other.”Kathy Walsh: “This is probably Brady’s last year but I’m pulling for the Rams.”Tim Yakteen: “Rams all the way.”FREE GENERAL ADMISSION AT SANTA ANITA FOR BIG GAME SUNDAYSanta Anita will offer fans free General Admission on Big Game Sunday tomorrow as the track presents a nine-race program with special early first post time at 11 a.m.Following the races, fans are encouraged to enjoy the Rams vs. Patriots in Sirona’s Sports Bar, located on the Grandstand main floor overlooking the Paddock Gardens.Fans will be treated to an impressive list of Game Day Drink Specials, including $3 Bud Light Drafts (12 oz.), $5 Golden Road Drafts (12 oz.), $8 Micheladas, $6 Margaritas and $6 Baldwin Buck Cocktails.In addition to drink specials, New England clam chowder and bacon-wrapped “LA” hot dogs will be served to all Patriot and Ram fans, regardless of which team they’re pulling for.MANDATORY SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PAYOUT COULD EXCEED $10 MILLIONWith an anticipated total live money pool of more than $10 million up for grabs, there will be a mandatory payout on the line in today’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot at Santa Anita. With a 10-race card on tap, the Rainbow Six will begin with race five, which has an anticipated post time of 2:23 p.m. PT.The popular Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six, which has remained unsolved through 22 racing days beginning Dec. 26, generated a total live money Jackpot carryover of $1,592,209 into Saturday and track officials project that even with possible late scratches due to expected rain, the total mandatory payout Jackpot pool should exceed the $10 million mark.With $334,541 in “new” money wagered Friday, the total live money Jackpot pool reached $1,850,158. There were 29 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $6,266.25.Derby prospects go postward in race six, the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, and older horses are center stage in the ninth race, the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/8 miles. 9 12 Jeff Mullins32 5 Martin Pedroza38 $461,424 29% 14 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 13% $338,940 Jerry Hollendorfer51 $581,591 $115,896 Kent Desormeaux52 1 2 $247,370 39% $460,688 43% 5 Richard Mandella22 60% 4 6 25% 67% 50% 2 12% Hector O. Palma27 37% 5 7 $1,255,000 4 6 12 47% 19% $327,882 10 3 $610,121 57% 41% 14 Vladimir Cerin26 4 11 3 2 5 $190,753
How Arsenal could line up with Thomas Lemar as Arteta considers transfer for Atletico Madrid flop CHELSEA, Arsenal and Tottenham are all primed and ready to launch bids for Thomas Lemar – with Atletico Madrid still demanding £51million for the flop.The French midfielder was left out of the Atletico Madrid squad for their goalless draw at home to ten-man Leganes on Sunday.1 Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all chasing Thomas LemarCredit: GettyLemar, 24, is now expected to leave the club before the January transfer window closes – with three Premier League clubs mulling over an offer.Reports in France claim Bayern Munich are also ready to make a bid.Lemar only joined Atleti from Monaco in 2018, having once been a £90m target of Arsenal and Liverpool.The 22-cap France international is under contract until 2023, but boss Diego Simeone has made it clear he has no future at the Wanda Metropolitano.Lemar has not played under Simeone since the 2-1 win over Real Betis on December 22 after suffering a hamstring injury. LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs vs Man City scores this coming weekend and win £100Earlier this month, Simeone said: “The facts speak for themselves, better than words.”It is certain that he has not been able to show all his qualities.”Each time that he has been available, I have tried to play him. I have always been enthusiastic about his qualities as a player.”He has not met the expectations set for him, but we have always had the same expectations. Today, who is to know if he will stay or not.”His representatives are working hard. The clubs operate on what they need.”Lemar 6/4 to join ArsenalARSENAL have been tipped to make a late move for Thomas Lemar.He’s not settled at Atletico Madrid and the Gunners could be about to swoop for the France international.Do you think they will? Then have a flutter with Ladbrokes.Click here to place a bet.MORE CHELSEA STORIESLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outPicturedBUL OVEREx-Chelsea man Bulka wrecks £200k Lamborghini in horror crash in Poland lockdownNow, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs all lacking attacking options due to injuries, they could take a chance on Lemar.All three have enquired about the Frenchman’s availability, according to France Football.But with just three days left in the transfer window, they face a race against time to get a deal over the line.
Crusaders’ Crotty suffered a rib cartilage injury, while Highlanders’ Smith was forced off for a concussion check and did not return during the Super Rugby clash in Christchurch.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen names his squad on June 8, with the Crusaders due to play the Lions in Christchurch next Saturday.Crusaders coach Scott Robertson cast a gloomy prognosis for Crotty shortly after the game.”He’s done a rib cartilage, so I think that Steve Hansen will be tucking into his notebook and thinking who’s next,” Robertson said.The former All Blacks loose forward later rowed back on his initial assessment and said the extent of the injury would not be known until at least Sunday but that Crotty would probably miss “a couple of weeks”.Crotty was the leading contender for one of the positions in the All Blacks’ midfield for the Lions series. The 28-year-old was likely to partner Sonny Bill Williams or Anton Leinert-Brown, depending on what kind of game Hansen wanted to play.Smith did not want to leave the field after he fell heavily in a tackle but was forced off by referee Glen Jackson and did not return to the game.It would mark his second concussion of the season and Highlanders coach Tony Brown said it was too early to determine if he would miss the Lions series, with the first test on June 24.”It’s hard to say at this stage. I haven’t caught up with him or the doctor,” Brown said. “But he was walking around after the game, so he should be all good.”Everyone wants to stay on the field in games like that. But, precautionary, he needs to go off and get checked and he didn’t pass.”The loss of Smith, arguably the world’s best fullback, would be a setback for the All Blacks but with Israel Dagg returning to action for the Crusaders as a second-half substitute on Saturday Hansen has another option at the position.Dagg, who is returning after knee surgery, could slot comfortably back into the number 15 jersey after spending time on the right wing last year. Photo: Photosport Ryan Crotty celebrates his try with team mates TJ Perenara and Ben Smith.
Preparations for the week-long event have been praised by organisers, who also backed the Samoan government’s decision to deny entry for athletes from Sierra Leone.The delegation from Sierra Leone was denied entry visas over Ebola virus fears.Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says it’s the responsibility of his government to put safety first for the up to 2,000 athletes participating in the Youth Games.Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg is confident Samoa will host a memorable Games with a lasting legacy.”From an event standpoint, there’s no question that there are infrastructure aspects of venues that have been enhanced – in terms of new stadia, the swimming pool and so forth – that will be used for world class competition. The fact that you’re going to have this realisation among Samoans that we can pull these types of events off, so I think people have a much much greater appreciation for Polynesian culture, Samoan culture but also the fact that Samoa’s going to be a fantastic world class host.”The 67 competing nations will be welcomed at tonight’s opening ceremony at Apia Park.Seven of the nine sports then begin competition on Monday.
The funding will assist the Papua New Guinea Billiard and Snooker Association (PNGBSA) host the event.This is the 14th consecutive year of sponsorship by BSP, gaining the naming rights.The minor B Grade titles cues off on Sept 7-11 followed by the major A Grade titles from Sept 14-18.BSP NCD area manager Stanerd Wai said they’re proud to support an event which brings in players from around the country to participate in a competitive and social friendly environment.Wai said that through this partnership, there has been an increase in recognition and participation at all levels throughout PNG.Prize money for the major titles has been increased to K3000.A subsidy will be given to the best outstanding players particularly to cover airfares.PNGBSA vice president John Chan thanked the Bank for its continued support.Chan said this support has contributed immensely to the sports growth and development and participation by the young players around the country.He also thanked the management and staff of the venues namely Aviat Club, Dragon’s Den and Lamana Q Club for the use of their facilities during this year’s titles.
“Salvador del Espanyol and hero of China”, another follower ditches over Wu, whose goal is being broadcast on the Chinese state chain CCTV and has been widely commented on sports newspapers and even in the Xinhua state agency, which highlights that Wu has become the first Chinese footballer in score a goal for Barcelona.Wu, 28, arrived at Espanyol in January of last year from Shanghai SIPG, and so far he has achieved score 9 goals in 44 games with the blue and white jacket. The presence of the player Chinese in Espanyol has made the matches of Catalan club be more seen in China than those of Real Madrid or those of Barcelona and that they even have twice as many users in this market. The label #GoldeWulei has been seen more than 220 million times in Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, where followers have given up to the goal achieved by the player. “Today Wu Lei has been faster than Messi,” says a Weibo user after verifying that the Chinese star ran in this match at a maximum speed of 32.1 kilometers per hour by 31.4 of the Argentine star.“Very Proud to wave the Chinese flag. The Spanish fans turned to us to celebrate the goal. Long live Chinese football! “, comment another who went to the field to watch the game. Others comment that “Wu Lei is the best striker in Asia“and they highlight the moment in which the striker marks and the stands are coming:” it has been the best moment in the history of Chinese football. “ TO The league also interested exploit this reef, since the country of Wu Lei is its third most important market in revenue, with a total of 100 million euros. The chinese media and the Internet users from the Asian country they went crazy at dawn on Saturday with the goal that their compatriot Wu Lei He scored in the 88th minute and allowed Espanyol to save a point against Barcelona (2-2) at RCDE Stadium.The fChinese utbolist, that came out from the bench, signed a cross shot impossible for the goalkeeper Net that fed the blue and white optimism after the arrival of Abelard to the bench and that prevented the solo leadership of the Catalan team in the first round of the championship.
Atlético won Levante and the rojiblanco team won three consecutive victories in the league championship after beating Osasuna, Betis and the Granota team. It is the second time he has achieved it during the campaign. Curiously, in the first three league days he won all three matches. He beat Getafe, Leganés by the minimum and won Eibar 3-2, so he took nine points out of nine possible. On the fourth day he fell in San Sebastian. Since then he had not linked three straight wins. The win against Levante gives air to a team that continues with options, although it is still far from the head. It is located five points from Barcelona and Real Madrid. He’s the worst Atlético with Simeone on the bench, but he’s still hooked on LaLiga. There are many points, but it is not an insurmountable distance. And put to believe and have faith, there is no one more believer than Atlético. Atlético finishes the first league round in third position, with 35 points, tied with Sevilla. That is, it meets the objective set since the beginning of the campaign. The big challenge of each exercise is to finish in the top four classified and play Champions League every year. Regarding points, it is the worst of Cholo, matched with that of two campaigns ago. In exercise 16-17, Atlético finished the first round with 35 points, although with more victories. Now he has nine and then he got ten. In that exercise it was fourth. He won ten games, drew five and lost four. He scored 34 goals and conceded 16. Atlético have won nine, tied eight and have only lost two of the 19 games they have played in this 2019-20 League. He only fell defeated against Real Sociedad and Barcelona. He has marked 22 goals and conceded 12. Morata is the top scorer of the team, with seven goals. Correa, who was almost out in summer, is being decisive. He has scored three goals and given five assists. The problem of the Madrid team in this first round is the large number of matches they have drawn, eight. His lack of successful scorer has weighed his score. The year that Atlético won the title, 2013-14 season, Atlético had 50 points. In six of the 19 games played he did not score. He didn’t score against Real Sociedad, Celta, Real Madrid, Valladolid, Barcelona and Villarreal. In almost a third of the matches did not mark, something improper of a team of the quality of the rojiblanco. And that is giving your rivals too much advantage. Only in seven games (Eibar, Mallorca, Athletic, Espanyol, Osasuna, Betis and Levante) could he score two or more goals. On the other hand, it remains the same reliable team as always. Atletico has only conceded twelve goals and is the one that has received the least, tied with Real Madrid. In a practically new rear, with Trippier, Felipe and Lodi as headlines (and in many days also as Beautiful in the initial eleven), Atlético barely fits. It is what keeps him alive. His defensive system continues to create many problems for his opponents. Simeone is optimistic.Simeone is optimistic about the immediate future, since he has seen improvement in the game. Waiting for Diego Costa to return (he is expected at the end of February), Atlético combs the market in search of a 9. Simeone asked for it months ago, aware that with something more goal Atlético would be really fighting for the championship. Atlético will now focus on the Spanish Supercup dispute, thinking that their worst moments in LaLiga have passed.
Joao Mario, international with the Portuguese team and player of the Moscow Lokomotiv, believes that the young star of Atlético de Madrid Joao Felix is one of those “different” players That will end up succeeding. “It is obvious that he is someone who differs. The first time I trained with him, I noticed immediately; there are players that I really like to watch play and Joao Felix is one of them“, he declares in an interview with Channel 11 of the Portuguese Football Federation.One of the factors that weigh on the figure of the young athletic is the amount that the Madrid club disbursed for him (126 million euros). “The value of the transfer that is paid by a player does not weigh us during the game. You try to abstract yourself as much as possible from that factor, but obviously you know the investment that was made and you want to correspond to it, so it ends up influencing in some way, “said Joao Mario. “Although the player is not” guilty “of the amount paid, he always ends up weighing. In Inter I did not feel it so much because the club had many problems,” he added. “In the case of Joao Félix, it is natural to speak and weigh, but If you buy a player for that amount when he is 19, you cannot expect the boy to be the salvation of all problems even more in a team that is almost Italian because of its enormous tactical component“he concluded.
A lot before of what a ball arrived to the Arabian peninsula, with the English, who else, already was he the camel. These days the Spain Supercup is having to share in the passions of the Saudi upper class with the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival. While in Jeddah they walk Zidane and Simeone going around how to take the trophy to Madrid, in Riyadh (the capital of Saudi Arabia) is held in parallel the largest annual camel competition of the world. A massive event that gives 80 million euros in prizes and probably move many more in parallel businesses, such as the sale and transfer of the best copies to perpetuate their good genetics. The camel, As the horse, present in the form of a statue or sculpture in many roundabouts in Jeddah, is almost sacred word in saudi arabia. That is why more than 30,000 camels will run and be exhibited in beauty contests during this festival, whose registration is very rigorous (only admits saudi animals), is celebrated with bleachers in the desert and is sponsored by the Saudi royal family.Like any competition, the juicy of the awards fan the picaresque. In the edition of last year, thirteen camels were disqualified by the jury when it was discovered that their owners had injected botox. Doping also exists in Miss camel (This is how it is known internationally). Because all the participants are female specimens, although they live under the sultan’s body. They have special cleaning care and follow a careful official diet based on vegetables and barley. Like Sergio Ramos or João Félix, they are stars in their own.