Six Southland Football Players Named to AFCA FCS All-America Teams

first_img*-2016 All-American Two special teams members from the conference were named to the second team: UIW punter Joe Zema and McNeese placekicker Gunnar Raborn. OffenseWR – Davion Davis, Jr., Sam Houston StateWR – Keelan Doss, Jr., UC-DavisTE – *Dallas Goedert, Sr., South Dakota StateOL – John Cook, Jr., Central ArkansasOL – Brandon Parker, RSr., North Carolina A&TOL – Matthew Schmidt, Sr., FurmanOL – Austin Kuhnert, Sr., North Dakota StateOL – Timon Parris, Sr., Stony BrookQB – *Jeremiah Briscoe, Sr., Sam Houston StateRB – Dominick Bragalone, Jr., LehighRB – Josh Mack, So., Maine 2017 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team – First Team The Southland Conference is tied for second with the Southern Conference with six total league picks, behind only the Missouri Valley Football Conference which earned eight. Briscoe and Hall are now just the second duo of teammates to be named to the AFCA All-America teams in consecutive seasons. 2017 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team – Second Team OffenseWR – Kelvin McKnight, Jr., SamfordWR – Jake Wieneke, Sr., South Dakota StateTE – Andrew Vollert, Sr., Weber StateOL – Justin Lea, Sr., Jacksonville StateOL – Gerald Wright, Sr., HowardOL – Trenton Scott, RSr., Grambling StateOL – *Daniel Cooney, RJr., San DiegoOL – Aaron Stinnie, RSr., James MadisonQB – Devlin Hodges, Jr., SamfordRB – Roc Thomas, Sr., Jacksonville StateRB – De’Lance Turner, Sr., Alcorn State AFCA ReleaseFRISCO, Texas – The American Football Coaches Association announced its 2017 FCS All-America Teams on Wednesday, with six representatives from Southland Conference programs.center_img The Southland Offensive Lineman of the Year John Cook of Central Arkansas was also named to the first team. SpecialistsP – Joe Zema, Gr., UIW PK – Gunnar Raborn, Jr., McNeese AP – Pete Guerriero, RFr., Monmouth DefenseDL – Jonathan Petersen, RSr., San DiegoDL – Darryl Johnson, RSo., North Carolina A&TDL – Dalton Keene, Sr., Illinois StateDL – Anthony Ellis, Sr., Charleston SouthernLB – LeGrand Toia, Jr., Weber StateLB – Matthew Oplinger, Sr., YaleLB – Christian Rozeboom, So., South Dakota StateDB – *Mike Basile, Sr., MonmouthDB – Taron Johnson, Sr., Weber StateDB – Marvin Tillman, Jr., Western CarolinaDB – Danny Johnson, Sr., Southern A total of six league players were named between the first and second teams, led by Sam Houston State’s first team trio of quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe, wide receiver Davion Davis and defensive lineman P.J. Hall. Briscoe and Hall are repeat honorees, having been named to the AFCA All-America Team in 2016. DefenseDL – *P.J. Hall, Sr., Sam Houston StateDL – *Darius Jackson, RSr., Jacksonville StateDL – Ahmad Gooden, Jr., SamfordDL – Andrew Ankrah, RSr., James MadisonLB – Brett Taylor, Sr., Western IllinoisLB – Bryson Armstrong, RFr., Kennesaw StateLB – *Darius Leonard, RSr., South Carolina StateDB – Siran Neal, RSr., Jacksonville StateDB – *Tre Dempsey, Sr., North Dakota StateDB – Davontae Harris, Sr., Illinois StateDB – Rashad Robinson, Jr., James Madison SpecialistsP – Keith Wrzuszczak, Sr., Eastern KentuckyPK – Justin Thompson, Jr., Kennesaw StateAP – *Detrez Newsome, Sr., Western Carolinalast_img read more

Sam Houston State Claims 2019 Southland Tournament Championship

first_imgTournament Central | Box Score | Bracket | PhotosNATCHITOCHES, La. – Sam Houston State completed a conference trophy sweep adding the 2019 Southland Tournament championship to its regular-season title with a 2-1 win over Nicholls Friday afternoon on Lady Demon Diamond in Natchitoches, La. Brooke Malia once again provided the heroics for the Bearkats with a two-run go-ahead homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Malia also provided a walk-off home run in a 2-0 win over the Colonels in the semifinal matchup Thursday afternoon. The Bearkats completed the tournament with a flawless 3-0 record, outscoring opponents 11-1 on the way to their third-ever Southland Tournament championship and their first since the 2007 season.After a leadoff flyout gave Sam Houston State a quick out, Tiffany Thompson took a 1-2 count and generated a single to left field for the Bearkats’ first hit of the game. Megan Landry started the game in the circle for the Colonels, retiring two of Sam Houston State’s first three batters on popup plays. SHSU then tried to place a runner on second, but Nicholls catcher Kali Clement shut down the effort, picking off Thompson at second on the attempted stolen base to close out the first inning.Landry and Sam Houston State ace Lindsey McLeod dueled from inside the circle over the four innings, giving up three hits apiece but keeping the game knotted at 0-0. Neither team was able to hit for anything more than a single over the four-inning stretch.Nicholls struck first in the top of the sixth with a leadoff home run to right field from Amanda Gianelloni. Prior to the solo home run, Gianelloni had not recorded a hit in the Colonels’ four games at the 2019 Southland Tournament. The Nicholls senior cleared the right field fence on a 2-1 count to give the Colonels their only lead of the tournament over the Bearkats. McLeod subsequently forced back-to-back popout plays before fanning Samantha Dares to take the game into the bottom of the inning.SB: Amanda Gianelloni with a solo ?? to put @Nicholls_SB up 1-0 over @BearkatsSB in the top of the sixth. #SouthlandStrong?? @ESPNU ?? @espn apps ??— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2019 Bailey White Sam Houston State C Burleson, Texas Nicholls’ Caitlin Garcia registered a leadoff single up the middle to provide the Colonels with some life in the seventh. However, McLeod cemented the Bearkats’ title run, retiring the next three batters while recording her ninth strikeout of the game.SB: That championship feeling! @BearkatsSB celebrates 2-1 win over Nicholls, claims automatic bid to @NCAAsoftball tournament. Watch @ESPNU replay w/ Lyn Rollins and @vidalestori on the call. ?? ?? @ESPN apps#EatEmUpKats #SouthlandStrong— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 11, 2019 Cayla Jones Northwestern State 2B Missouri City, Texas Margarita Corona Stephen F. Austin 1B Tucson, Ariz. All-Tournament Team Sam Houston State marked a quick out in the bottom of the sixth inning with a groundout from Megan McDonald. Tiffany Thompson stepped up to the plate for her third at-bat of the game, having singled on each of her previous two plate appearances. On the very first pitch, Thompson sailed a shot to left field, clearing the fence and tying the game at 1-1. Not to be upstaged, Malia entered the batter’s box and immediately took a 1-0 count. On the next pitch, Malia sent a home run of her own over left-center field, putting the Bearkats up 2-1. Landry retired the next two Bearkats to escape the inning.SB: Malia hit a walk-off shot in the semifinal, now a go-ahead HR in the championship. 2-1 @BearkatsSB over @Nicholls_SB, bottom 6th in #SouthlandStrong title tilt. ?? @ESPNU ?? @espn apps ??— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2019 Brooke Malia Sam Houston State 2B Houston, Texas Tiffany Thompson Sam Houston State SS Montgomery, Texas Lindsey McLeod (MVP) Sam Houston State P Austin, Texas Kali Clement Nicholls C Thibodaux, La. Caitlin Garcia Nicholls 3B Spring, Texas Megan Landry Nicholls P Pierre Part, La. Kassidy Wilbur Stephen F. Austin P Bridge City, Texas Kasey Frederick Nicholls OF Bridge City, Texas Justyce McClain McNeese OF Phoenix, Ariz. The win improves Sam Houston State to a 34-22 overall record and earns the Bearkats an automatic qualifying bid the 2019 NCAA Championship. SHSU will be making their second-ever appearance at the NCAA tournament and their first since the 2007 season.last_img read more


first_imgSELCOURT & ANONYMITY HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 LA WOMAN STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2019)–Lightning quick from the gate, Keith Abrahams homebred Selcourt returns to sprinting and heads a field of six fillies and mares three and up in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 LA Woman Stakes at six furlongs over the Santa Anita main track.  Idle since March 30, Selcourt will cede all-important recency to the remainder of the field, including Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s Anonymity, who comes off a solid second as the 3-5 favorite in Del Mar’s Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap Aug. 11.SELCOURTOwner:  Medallion Racing & Keith AbrahamsTrainer:  John SadlerFourth, beaten 4 ¼ lengths in the Grade I Beholder Mile here March 30, Selcourt, who is much better suited around one turn, should be plenty tough off the bench as Sadler looks to Joe Talamo to dictate terms on the front end.  A lightly raced 5-year-old mare by Tiz Wonderful, Selcourt, who will be making her 11th career start, is 9-4-3-1 at Santa Anita, with two of those wins coming in graded stakes.ANONYMITYOwner:  LNJ FoxwoodsTrainer:  Richard MandellaUnlucky to lose in the 6 ½ furlong Rancho Bernardo, this 5-year-old Tapit mare bobbled at the break and was surging late when beaten a half length by top filly Danuska’s My Girl.  Second four starts back in 2018 LA Woman a year ago, Anonymity was then a huge third, beaten a neck in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs.  Four times second in graded stakes, she’ll be bidding for her first graded victory in what will be her 10th career start on Saturday. THE GRADE III LA WOMAN STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 10  Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PTFlor de La Mar–Mike Smith–118Lady Ninja–Drayden Van Dyke–123Streak of Luck–Tyler Baze–123Anonymity–Victor Espinoza–123Show It N Moe It–Rafael Bejarano–123Selcourt–Joe Talamo–125For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $105,306 INTO SATURDAY; SIX CONSOLATION WINNERS TODAY EACH PAY $9,149.80 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2019)–Although there was no single ticket winner in today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, there were six consolation tickets with six wins, each worth $9,149.80.  Accordingly, there is a Rainbow Six Jackpot carryover into Saturday at Santa Anita of $105,306.With a carryover into Friday of $82,759 on the pari-mutuel table, $98,485 in new money was wagered today, creating a total Jackpot pool of $181,244.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  The Rainbow Six will commence with race four, which has an assigned post time of 2:07 p.m.The $100,000 California Distaff Handicap, for fillies and mares at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, has been carded as race seven and Nick Alexander’s homebred S Y Sky has been installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite.For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Irish fans fearful of what Mourinho appointment means for Troy Parrott

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has been confirmed as the new manager of Spurs which has Irish fans nervous for what that could mean for Troy Parrott’s development.The Portugese is notorious for favouring experienced players over youth.1 Troy Parrott’s career has been progressing rapidly thus far.After what has been a very uplifting time for the future of both Irish football and Troy Parrott, this morning’s statement from Tottenham Hotspur confirming that Jose Mourinho will replace Mauricio Pochettino has Irish fans on high alert.While Pochettino had been keen to nurture Parrott and other young players such as Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Juan Foyth over his time at the club, Mourinho has traditionally preferred to rely on older players.The 17-year-old had been included in both Premier League and Champions League squads this season for Spurs and made his senior debut in the Carabao Cup defeat to Colchester United.Irish supporters as well as football fans in general, however, fear his development is likely to be hindered under Mourinho.Mourinho when Troy Parrott asks for first team opportunities— AD (@UTDFuture) November 20, 2019 Man’s talking about the academy like he’s gonna use it. Troy Parrott needs to leave the first chance he gets, he’ll barely get a chance under Jose.— 🔱 (@DZKurtisss) November 20, 2019 Will he bring us trophies? Likely.Will he stall the careers of Troy Parrott, Oliver Skipp and Jamie Bowden? Definitely.It is what it is, but like I said, I fear for the damage this will do to the club in the long term. Let’s hope his tiny sabbatical did something positive.— Freddie La Roche (@Freddie_LR) November 20, 2019 Probably not great news for Troy Parrott #Mourinho— Stephen Burke (@_Chartsengrafs_) November 20, 2019center_img Here’s to hoping Poch takes Troy Parrott with him to he’s next club 🙏🏼— WC (@corrigan96) November 20, 2019 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 clubParrott had another fine performance last night for the Republic of Ireland U21s, scoring in their emphatic come from behind win over Sweden to extend their lead at the top of the group.This comes a day after he was on the bench for the senior side’s critical 1-1 draw which meant Denmark advance automatically to EURO 2020 while Ireland face the uncertainty of a playoff with firstly Slovakia and then the winner of Northern Ireland-Bosnia.Mourinho’s first game in charge will be away to West Ham this Saturday while he returns to Old Trafford to face former team Manchester United on December 4th.last_img read more

Dele Alli faces one-match ban as he is charged by FA over coronavirus video

first_imgDELE ALLI is facing a one-match ban after being charged by the FA over his controversial coronavirus video.The charge relates to a video posted by Alli on Snapchat where he made a joke about an Asian man and coronavirus while in an airport on the way to Dubai during the winter break.2 Dele Alli faces a one-match ban after being charged by the FA over his coronavirus videoCredit: Getty Images2 The charge relates to a Snapchat post from Alli during the winter breakThe footage showed Alli wearing a face mask before zooming in on a person saying: “Corona whattt, please listen with volume.“This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”Alli later deleted the video and posted an apology, saying: “It wasn’t funny. I realised that immediately and took it down.“I let myself down and the club.”But Alli is now facing a one-match ban if found guilty.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursAn official statement from the FA confirmed: “Dele Alli has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post.”It is alleged that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s post breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”It is further alleged that the post constitutes an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality.”He has until Thursday 5 March 2020 to provide a response.”Man City’s Bernardo Silva was found guilty of the same charge after posting an offensive tweet about teammate Benjamin Mendy last year.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesIn those circumstances, Alli would receive a one-match ban and fine, while also being sent on a mandatory education course.And it means Jose Mourinho will have to make do without another attacker after already losing Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min to long-term injuries.Indeed, the Portuguese tactician recently claimed it would be “unnecessary” to ban Alli, explaining: “The player understands the gravity of the situation.“The player is a good guy, the player even in the dressing room has a big Asian friend that he loves.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 returnPicturedAN 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’“So there was no intention at all. He immediately regrets, immediately makes a public apology. I feel it is unnecessary but I am nobody.“I think he learned the lesson immediately with the embarrassment and he didn’t need  much time to realise again the childish or naivety of the situation.“I feel unnecessary. I don’t feel we need more than that.”Dele Alli was not happy after being substituted against RB Leipziglast_img read more

Fears for Premier League and Liverpool that season will be scrapped

first_imgMay well prove to be the only way. Hardly the fairest way, though?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 24, 2020 Red Bull Salzburg players return to training wearing masks to protect them from coronavirus ⬇️ Seems no one on here wants this outcome or my suggestion of PPG on the back of Uefa using it for European places. So @premierleague the message is get the season done when ever the virus allows.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 24, 2020center_img 4THERE are fears the Premier League will be scrapped and Liverpool denied the title after Holland and Belgium’s top flights were both cancelled because of coronavirus.Dutch football chiefs pulled the plug on the 2019/20 Eredivisie yesterday after Netherlands prime minster Mark Rutte banned football until September and some famous football face think the Prem could go the same way.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates4 There are fears the 2019/20 Premier League season may be cancelled after Holland and Belgium done the sameAjax were top of the table – only clear of rivals AZ Alkmaar on goal difference – but they will not be declared champions.And Alan Pardew’s ADO Den Haag and RKC Waalwijk remain in the Eredivisie, despite the latter team being 11 points from safety – as the Dutch FA (KNVB) also announced there will be no promotions or relegations.Earlier this month Belgian football chiefs cancelled their season but crowned Club Brugge champions as they were 15 points clear at the top with just one game remaining.And many famous faces – including Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan – think the Premier League may soon follow suit.Replying to a tweet announcing the Dutch FA’s decision, Morgan wrote: “This has always been the only fair way to resolve the season.”And Lineker was quick to respond and wrote: “May well prove to be the only way. Hardly fair though.”There are hopes the season can be resumed next month if health and safety targets can be met.4 Piers Morgan thinks it is the fairest way4 Gary Lineker also thinks it may be the only solution though he does not think it is fairJust like in Germany where provisional plans are in place for Bundesliga action to return on May 9.But Morgan in particular does not think the Premier League should follow that path.He responded to Lineker and said: “I honestly think it is. Every other solution I have seen is less fair than simply accepting the season cannot be finished and voiding it.”Holland has realised that, but we’re still desperately trying to save a season that can’t be saved.”Liverpool are 15 points clear of second place Manchester City though the Reds have played 29 games versus City’s 28.Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher also gave his views urging the league to finish which would likely allow his old side to claim their first title in 30 years.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 InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD 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 CelticKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidAfter his followers rebuffed his call for a points-per-game system to decide the league winners, the Sky Sports pundit tweeted again.He wrote: “Seems no one on here wants this outcome or my suggestion of PPG (points per game) on the back of Uefa using it for European places.”So the message is get the season done whenever the virus allows.”On that we agree, although it’s a different point.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 24, 2020last_img read more

Who is Ruby Mae and how long has she been with Dele Alli?

first_imgShe was famously spotted with her feet on the Wembley railings as Alli sat out at Spurs game against Palace, looking bored despite the home side winning 1-0.Mae is cousins with fellow model Bealey Mitchell, who is the former girlfriend of England cricketer Stuart Broad. View this post on Instagram When your cousin @rubymae3223 loses odds and has to wear @stuartbroad8 ‘s spare moon boot 😂 A post shared by ✨BEA✨ (@bealeyrose) on Mar 2, 2017 at 11:52am PSTWhen did the pair break up and are they back together?Alli and Ruby started dating in early 2016 and was spotted comforting the Tottenham star after he suffered defeat at the hands of Iceland in Euro 2016.But the pair called time on their relationship in February 2019 – with both remaining in contact with each other.Since then, Alli was rumoured to have dated Love Island beauty Megan Barton Hanson – who also came out of a relationship with reality TV star Wes Nelson.But last summer Dele Alli flew Ruby out to Madrid to support as he prepares for the Champions League final against Liverpool, and they have since rekindled their relationship.They have been spending lockdown together at Alli’s £2million lavish home in a gated development near Elstree, Hertfordshire.7 Dele Alli was rumoured to have previously dated Megan Barton Hanson – best known as ‘Muggy Megan’ from Love Island 2018Credit: The Mega Agency7 Dele and Ruby at an awards bashCredit: PA:Press AssociationWho has she modelled for?MAE is signed with Boss Model Management in Manchester and has quietly gone about her work since Alli’s explosion to Premier League stardom.She has modelled for Dolce & Gabbana, Hidden Fashion and Chanel, as well as e-commerce sites such as Miss Pap and In The Style. FOUR years ago, Dele Alli was at his lowest ebb with England losing 2-1 to Iceland at Euro 2016, but then-girlfriend Ruby Mae managed to steal the headlines for the right reasons.The stunning model was seen comforting the then 20-year-old Spurs star in the stands, as their relationship become public for the first time.7 Dele Alli and Ruby Mae have been together since 2016Credit: Instagram @rubymae3223In the past, they have been spotted together looking loved-up on various holidays including trips to Mykonos and Ibiza.Who is Ruby Mae?DESPITE being just 23, Mae has already established herself as a high-profile model with a host of big-name brands.Currently managed by Boss Models Management, her stock is rising after bursting into public life thanks to her relationship with the England star.Dele Alli’s girlfriend Ruby Mae shows off her modelling talents7 Dele Alli’s girlfriend Ruby Mae has accompanied him to gamesCredit: Paul Edwards – The Sun7 Dele Allis has already won a host of awards – as well as becoming official with girlfriend Ruby MaeCredit: Instagram @delealli36Blessed with stunning good looks, the brunette is an avid Instagrammer and constantly updates her profile with new snaps of her life.She is a lover of dogs and has black miniature poodle named Dougie, who regularly features in pictures with the couple.Dele Alli’s stunning girlfriend Ruby Mae sits with feet up in Wembley box as injured Tottenham ace watches on7 Ruby Mae comforting Alli after the defeat to Iceland which saw them knocked out of the tournamentCredit: Focus Images7 Deli Alli pictured with his brunette beauty Ruby Mae in London back in April 2016Credit: xposurephotos.comMost Read in FootballBAKING NEWSMum shows how to make stale bread fresh again in MINUTES & you only need a tapON THE GRAPEVINESix top summer wines to try – from Western Australia to the North of ItalyRecipeREADY, STEADY, BBQAinsley Harriott shares his best barbecue recipes, cheats, and tricksKNEAD TO KNOWMum shares ‘delicious’ £1 Aldi scone recipe – using just four ingredientsLICENCE TO GRILLHow to light a charcoal BBQ – a step-by-step guide to firing up your grillSHORT & SWEETHow to make shortbread in the slow cooker with three ingredientsYOU’VE BEAN HADWoman divides the internet by adding PEAS to her full English breakfastCHEEKY CHICKENNandos reopen Dublin, Cork and Belfast restaurants for collection & deliverylast_img read more

Tight match previewed between Rabbitohs and Roosters

first_imgIn this Shick Preview, these two neighbours from opposite sides of Anzac Parade have been going at it since 1908 and while in more recent years they have kicked off regular NRL seasons with mouth-watering Round 1 clashes, the advantage to this Round 4 meeting is each side has had a chance to feel their way into the season.The Bunnies have hit back strongly after a dour Round 1 loss to Wests Tigers, putting Manly to the sword at Lottoland then edging past a gritty Knights outfit at McDonald Jones Stadium last week.Sadly for coach Michael Maguire his team has been wrecked by suspension with three starters from last week rubbed out. Prop George Burgess misses two weeks for striking Mitch Barnett, though his first-half self-implosion likely would have seen him return to reserve grade this week anyway.Centre Hymel Hunt misses four for a swinging arm to the jaw of Brendan Elliott while Braidon Burns’ shoulder charge that concussed Sione Mata’utia has put him out for one game.In response, Maguire has gone for major surgery; Cody Walker has been named at fullback with Johnston on the wing in place of Burns and Sifa Talakai replacing Hunt in the centres. John Sutton shifts to five-eighth for Walker with Angus Crichton starting in the back row while Tom Burgess replaces his twin at prop. Anthony Cherrington could be in line for a club debut after being named in jersey 15.The bench is David Tyrrell, Tyrell Fuimaono, Cameron Murray and Sitiveni Moceidreke. Moceidreke is a lanky Fijian winger coming off a bag of four tries in the Intrust Premiership for North Sydney last week and it wouldn’t completely surprise to see him replace Burns with the in-form Walker and Johnston reverting to the positions they’ve been so strong in over the past fortnight.Things are sailing a bit more smoothly at the Roosters with the Bondi club just the second team along with the Storm to be three wins from three games. Trent Robinson’s men have been a little hard to get a read on – they rampaged out of the blocks against the Titans in Round 1, producing the most dominate 40 minutes of any team so far this year but went to sleep in the second half.They always looked comfortable in their Round 2 win over Canterbury but never put their opponents away and almost lost. Then last week they needed a missed forward pass call to sneak home against the Panthers. Still, a win’s a win and they’ve got there in every game so far. This week coach Trent Robinson has named an unchanged 17 but Blake Ferguson is in the reserves and could come in for Joseph Manu if his rib injury is adequately healed. Chris Smith, Paul Carter and Mitch Cornish are the other reserves.‌Why Rabbitohs can win: Usually with the Bunnies – at least in recent years – it’s forward power that lays the platform. That will still be the goal but aside from Sam Burgess the Bunnies pack has been a little low on sting so far this year. Their biggest strength at the moment looks to be the combination of their playmakers; five-eighth Cody Walker has been his team’s best over three rounds with the Grafton livewire causing all sorts of headaches with his pace and vision while his six try assists top the comp after three rounds. It’s also no coincidence the Bunnies’ only loss came in the only game halfback Adam Reynolds missed with his calculated kicking game proving the difference over the past fortnight. Alex Johnston has slipped into Greg Inglis’s fullback role beautifully while the job-sharing arrangement between hookers Robbie Farah and Damien Cook is currently looking like a coaching masterstroke. We wouldn’t be surprised if Maguire makes some late positional changes before kick-off.Why Roosters can win: Despite some inconsistency the Tricolours are 3-0 for a reason. Their forwards are getting forward (Boyd Cordner and Dylan Napa are third and fourth respectively for most hit-ups after three rounds) while their new halves combination of Mitch Pearce and Luke Keary has started the season brilliantly with three try assists each. Fullback Michael Gordon has added a ton of experience and flexibility at the back in what currently looks a very well-balanced team.Key match-up: Adam Reynolds v Mitchell Peace. Origin talk in March? Don’t mind if I do. Yes, yes, teams aren’t picked for two months and there’s an NRL game to be won here but the duel between two of the three NSW halfback frontrunners (incumbent James Maloney is the other with young Nathan Cleary the bolter) is too delicious not to mention.Each man is close to the most important for their team; the Bunnies have looked a different side with Reynolds back pulling the reins while the Roosters rise and fall on the form of Pearce, who has been instrumental in their strong start to season 2017. Whoever edges the personal battle will go miles towards securing a victory on Thursday night.‌ The history: Played 214; Rabbitohs 112; Roosters 97; Drawn 5. It’s pretty even over a century-plus of football between these two proud clubs and it’s even tighter in recent years with the spoils being split four games apiece over the past eight games.last_img read more

Merrin welcomes Mansour return

first_imgPhoto by: Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos.Panthers winger Josh Mansour. Mansour is expected to be named in Anthony Griffin’s 21-man squad after missing the opening 12 rounds of the NRL Telstra Premiership with a torn ACL suffered during a routine training run for Australia in the Four Nations Tournament back in November.Merrin was on tour with Mansour when he ruptured the knee ligament after a collision with current NSW centre Josh Dugan and has watch his rehabilitation process in the last seven months closely at the foot of the mountains. It was 12 months ago the Lebanese international made his State of Origin debut for the Blues in Game One and Merrin believed he could still be a late contender at the backend of the series if required.”I’m looking forward to his return, it’s going to be a big bonus for the team and just with small things like getting the team on the front foot and coming out of trouble when we are deep in our half,” Merrin told “He’s worked so hard to get back and is obviously made for Origin but we will get him right with us first before we share him around.”Merrin and former NSW prop James Tamou were both left out of Laurie Daley’s Blues line-up after slow starts to the season, but the Panthers’ recent form of back-to-back wins has the incumbent Australian Test lock dancing again. “I couldn’t wait to get into the sheds in the last couple of weeks and go mad in the middle,” Merrin said.”It’s the best feeling ever, especially when you don’t get a win for a few weeks, you really have to embrace a win when it comes around. “I didn’t even know I was being filmed [after Australia’s win over New Zealand] and that it was going on social media but it’s good, gets the morale in the team strong and I love a bit of a dance and the boys do too.”Merrin believes Mal Meninga’s loyalty to choose him in the Australian side has helped kick-start his own personal form after a quiet start to the season.Since being named for the Kangaroos, the 27-year-old has averaged 166 metres and made a total 11 offloads in his last three appearances – more than his total of 10 after the opening eight rounds of the Telstra Premiership.Defensively Merrin has also reduced his missed tackle count from over three a game to just two despite playing higher minutes for the Panthers in recent weeks.”To get that confidence going away and being around those top players in camps really gives you a boost after a tough few weeks here at home,” he said.”I took a lot out of the Australian win and now hopefully I can bring it back to club level more.”The inclusion of Mansour could force coach Griffin to make a shuffle in the backline with Matt Moylan linked to a move to the No.6 jersey with the long-term ankle injury to Bryce Cartwright. Both utility backs Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Dylan Edwards trained in the fullback role on Monday.last_img read more