ACU hires DBU pitching coach to lead baseball program

first_imgHis two seasons (2009-10) in Cape Girardeau, Mo., were followed by a four-year revitalization of the Campbell program (2011-14), a one-year stay at Louisiana Tech (2015), and three NCAA postseason campaigns at Dallas Baptist (2016-18). McCarty – who was introduced at an afternoon press conference – will officially begin his duties June 20. McCarty takes over for Britt Bonneau, who resigned May 19 after 22 seasons as the head coach. McCarty also saw two other pitchers selected in the MLB Draft during his tenure at Campbell. Marksberry was a 15th round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2013 and Jacob Smith went on to become a 48th round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2011. McCarty recruited all four of Campbell’s All-Americans plus three academic All-Americans. He also coached 17 All-Big South Conference performers, including a school record nine All-Conference selections in 2013. “The more time I spent on campus throughout this process, the more I felt that the foundation of ACU baseball program is strong.  There has been a lot of hard work done by previous coaches and players to get the program where it is today.  Our goal as a team will be to make every alumni proud by putting a very tough and competitive group of players on the field.  Our players will understand who they represent each opportunity they get to wear the Purple and White. “I’m excited to reach out to current players, recruits and alumni to share my vision for ACU baseball,” he said. “I can’t wait to hit the ground running with recruits and their families.  I’m looking forward to bringing in a group of young men to add to our current roster that will be ALL IN to the Wildcat Way.  We will be looking for guys who play with energy and have a mindset of developing every single day.  We will take great pride in growing daily academically, athletically and spiritually.” A native of Campbellsville, Ky., McCarty is known for his recruiting and player development.  During his coaching stints at Campbell, Southeast Missouri State, and Delta State, McCarty helped develop four pitchers who made the major leagues: Campbell’s Matt Marksberry  (Atlanta Braves), Southeast Missouri State’s Shae Simmons (Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners), Delta State’s Brent Leach (Los Angeles Dodgers), and Louisiana Tech’s Phil Maton (San Diego Padres). “I have to thank the players I had to opportunity to recruit and coach,” said McCarty. “Relationships are a huge part of why I chose this profession.  Our staff will take great pride in fostering a culture where relationships matter, not only for their time on campus but the rest of their life.  “I would like to thank Mike Kinnison (Delta State), Mark Hogan (Southeast Missouri State), Greg Goff (Campbell), and Dan Heefner (DBU) for giving me opportunities to serve on their staff throughout my career.  I’ve also been able to work with countless assistants that have shaped me as a coach and man.  With the experiences with each of them at my previous stops, I feel very confident that I am prepared to lead the program at ACU.” While coaching at Delta State, McCarty helped develop six pitchers who signed professional contracts, including Leach, who would go on to make his Big League debut with the Dodgers in 2009 after being drafted in the sixth round. ABILENE, Texas – ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert announced Tuesday that former Dallas Baptist University pitching coach Rick McCarty has been hired as the new head coach of the Wildcats’ baseball program. While at Campbell, McCarty recruited and coached the first Big South Pitcher of the Year in school history in Ryan Thompson.  In 2013, Thompson’s school record 0.88 ERA ranked tops in the nation and also established a new single-season record in the Big South Conference.  Thompson went on to become the school’s first All-American pitcher, as he broke the school’s single-season saves record in both 2013 and 2014. The Houston Astros drafted Thompson in the 23rd round following the 2014 season. Under McCarty’s guidance, the 2018 Patriots once again were at or near the top of the Missouri Valley Conference rankings in several pitching categories. Led by Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-America and MVC Pitcher of the Year Trevor Conn, DBU ranked first in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.49) and walks allowed per nine innings (3.64), was second in WHIP (1.39) and third in ERA (4.53) and hits allowed per nine innings (8.87). The team’s K-to-BB ratio also was 42nd among all 297 D1 schools. McCarty went on to earn his Master’s in Education from Delta State in 2005, and again was part of a 50-win team that qualified for the D2 College World Series. He would spend three more seasons in Cleveland, Miss., before receiving the call to D1 and Southeast Missouri State. “I can’t thank Dr. Schubert and the administration enough for trusting me to lead the baseball program,” said McCarty. “I believe I’ve been called here to serve side by side of the other coaches in the department.  My family and I are looking forward to investing into the community beginning today.” Over a three-year span as the DBU pitching coach, McCarty has helped produce eight pitchers selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including a pair of top 10 round selections in 2017 in Seth Elledge (4th round – Seattle Mariners) and Dalton Higgins (7th round – New York Yankees).  Gavin Fritz was also taken in the 2017 MLB Draft when the Miami Marlins selected him in the 16th round.  “Rick has been a big part of coaching staffs on teams that have won more than 600 games in his career, which tells you he’s a winner,” Schubert said. “I’m confident that he will attract great student-athletes who want to be part of building something special in this era of NCAA Division I baseball.” Eldred later was named to Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman All-America Team, and 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team nods went to Bayless and Kechely. “My family and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the program at Abilene Christian University,” said McCarty.  “Going through the interview process, it didn’t take very long to see how committed the administration and supporters are to seeing the baseball program be successful.  RICK McCARTY CAREER COACHING HIGHLIGHTS• In 16 seasons of collegiate coaching, teams that McCarty has been a part of have a combined record of 609-321 (.655 winning percentage) with eight trips to NCAA regional tournaments. Those teams are also a combined 23-15 in NCAA tournament play and he has been part of coaching staffs that have made four trips to NCAA Division I regional tournaments.• As a full-time pitching coach, his teams have a combined ERA of 4.50 and have averaged 0.8 strikeouts per inning against just 0.4 walks per inning.• Over the last three seasons at Dallas Baptist, Patriot pitchers have a combined 4.37 ERA and have recorded 1,526 strikeouts against just 730 walks in 1,656 innings of work (0.9 strikeouts per inning and 0.4 walks per inning). The 2018 staff set a school record with 556 strikeouts.• He has been on the coaching staff for eight teams that have won at least 40 games – including each of the last three teams at Dallas Baptist where the Patriots have gone 44-19, 42-1 and 42-21 – and been on the staff for two teams that won at least 50 games.• The Patriots have reached three straight regional tournaments: Lubbock Regional in 2016, Fort Worth Regional in 2017 and Fayetteville Regional in 2018. The Patriots won the Missouri Valley Conference Postseason Tournament championship in both 2016 and 2017.• Has produced 11 All-Missouri Valley Conference pitchers in three seasons, including the league’s Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and 2018, and nine different Patriot pitchers have earned conference Pitcher of the Week honors over the last three seasons.• Has coached 57 different players that have earned all-conference honors• Has coached 22 different players who have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft• Has coached 15 different players who have earned All-America honors• Part of two teams at NCAA Division II powerhouse Delta State to appear in the College World Series (2004 and 2005)• Part of the coaching staff for the 2004 NCAA Division II national champions at Delta State University During his two years at Southeast Missouri State, McCarty helped develop Simmons, who was a 22nd round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2012. Simmons would break into the Big Leagues with the Braves just two years later. McCarty is just the fourth head baseball coach at ACU since the university re-instated the program in 1991, following Bill Gilbreth, Jimmy Shankle and Bonneau. He takes over a program that in 2019 will be in its sixth season of NCAA Division I play and second season of full eligibility for Southland Conference and NCAA postseason play. Earlier this month, DBU recorded the sixth-most draft picks in the nation with seven selections, including junior left-handed pitcher/first baseman Kody Funderburk (15th round – Minnesota Twins), senior RHP Sean Boyle (25th round – New York Yankees) and junior RHP Parker Towns (37th round – Seattle Mariners). “When we began the search for a new head baseball coach, we had several criteria with a strong Christian leader atop the list,” Schubert said. “Throughout the interview process, Rick McCarty’s name kept coming back to us, and then when the search committee and our athletics staff had the chance to meet him on campus last week we became sold that he was the right man at the right time to lead our baseball program.McCarty says the saying he is bringing to @ACUsports is that “There is no such thing as a former Wildcat.” pic.twitter.com/NMAL1al3qk— Dusty Baker (@DustyBakerTV) June 12, 2018 On the diamond, McCarty starred as a pitcher for two seasons as the closer for Murray State, where he notched eight saves in 2001, tying a single-season school record.  Prior to his two years at Murray State, McCarty played at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT RICK McCARTY”ACU just hit a no doubt home run in hiring Rick McCarty. Rick is a great coach, recruiter and, most importantly, a great person. He is passionate, energetic and has a great feel for every part of the game. He will create a winning culture and will help his players reach their full potential on the field and will develop them in their character and faith as well.”            — Dallas Baptist head coach Dan Heefner”A friend once told me, ‘Class is hard to define, but easy to recognize.’ It’s certainly easy to recognize this great quality in Rick McCarty. Rick is a winner on and off the field and will represent Abilene Christian University with class.”            — Former Kentucky head coach Keith Madison”I am genuinely excited for this great opportunity for Rick. He is one of the most capable and driven coaches that I’ve had as an assistant. He is a hard worker, passionate and his competitive spirit will give him an opportunity to have great success at ACU. I wish all the best for Rick and his family.”            — Delta State (Miss.) head coach Mike Kinnison McCarty is married to the former Rayna Netherland of Campbellsville, Kentucky.  They have three children: Mya, Myles and Mia. A 2003 graduate of Murray State (B.S. Health and Physical Education), McCarty began his distinguished coaching career with the Racers before joining the 2004 Delta State staff as a graduate assistant pitching coach. He was met with immediate success in this role as the Statesmen (54-11) won the NCAA D2 National Championship over Grand Valley State.So thankful for all of the messages today… Extremely grateful for all of the family, players, coaches, & support staff that helped me grow over the past 15 years. Excited to put on the HC hat for the 1st time. New era begins today…GO WILDCATS! pic.twitter.com/ZIegd1p84f— Rick McCarty (@mccartyr) June 13, 2018 DBU’s Colin Poche and Darick Hall were each selected in the 14th round of the 2016 Major League Draft, as Poche was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Hall went to the Philadelphia Phillies.  Senior left-hander Sean Stutzman also signed a professional contract as a free agent with the Houston Astros in 2016. Conn (8-2, 3.15 ERA, 57K) additionally was one of four Patriot pitchers to make an all-conference team. He and relief pitcher Kragen Kechely (7-1, 3.76, 53K) each were tabbed to the first team, while second team honors were awarded to freshman Luke Eldred (7-3, 3.28 ERA, 43K) and Jarod Bayless (3-3, 3.12, 71K, 4SV).last_img read more

No. 5 Abilene Christian’s Defense Holds Strong in 3-1 Win

first_imgThree minutes later, the Cowgirls cut the deficit in half as sophomore Keely Morrow volleyed in a corner from junior Rachel Palet. The goal was just the fifth allowed by the Wildcats to conference opponents this season.WSOC: Morrow scores off the corner. @McNeeseSoccer trims deficit to 2-1 vs. ACU, 61:02 expired. Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/PW4byYZdh3— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 Box Score | Photo GalleryBEAUMONT, Texas – Shot efficiency was the name of the game for No. 5 Abilene Christian in its 3-1 win over No. 4 McNeese on Wednesday afternoon at the LU Soccer Complex. The Wildcats took just seven shots and five on frame.While the Cowgirls came up empty on their first five shots, the Wildcats found the back of the net on their first attempt, a finish from junior Shay Johnson off a pass from senior Dylan Owens in the 18th minute.WSOC: Johnson scores for @ACU_Soccer, 17:57 into opening half. Wildcats 1, @McNeeseSoccer 0.Watch on the Southland Digital Network. ?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz ???? Southland Conference apps ?? https://t.co/ynCxRwflhq pic.twitter.com/dx9onHTdoL— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 Led by its lockdown defense, ACU took a 1-0 lead into the break, despite being outshot 12-3 in the opening 45 minutes. The Wildcats back line forced eight of the shots outside of the frame.ACU added to its lead in the 59th minute, when senior Caity Acosta hammered a shot past McNeese goalie Emma Roccaforte.WSOC: Acosta’s goal makes it 2-0 @ACU_Soccer over McNeese. 58:44 expired. Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/ljtcCtolfB— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018center_img The third goal scored in a five minute span, ACU regained its three-goal advantage on Chelsea Reedy’s first goal of the season. After winning the ball from the McNeese defender, Reedy sent a ball in from deep that went off the top bar and in.WSOC: Reedy from long distance. @ACU_Soccer increases advantage to 3-1 over McNeese. 63:50 expired. Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/1YOvVp5LMc— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 The Wildcats (13-5-1) advance to face top seed and regular-season champion Central Arkansas at 4 p.m. Friday.last_img read more

Southland Football Selections Revealed for Week Twelve

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its television partners have announced football game selections and start times for Week 12 contests on Saturday, Nov. 16.The day kicks off early as Sam Houston State hosts Northwestern State for a noon start on ESPN+. That will also be the site for a 1 p.m. kick as Southeastern Louisiana visits Abilene Christian. Lamar and Houston Baptist square off at 2 p.m. on ESPN3. Nicholls hosts intrastate rival McNeese for a 3 p.m. kick on Cox Sports Television. ESPN+ will simulcast the production outside CST’s territory. Saturday, November 16* Northwestern State at Sam Houston State, 12 p.m., ESPN+* Southeastern Louisiana at Abilene Christian, 1 p.m., ESPN+* Lamar at Houston Baptist, 2 p.m., ESPN3* McNeese at Nicholls, 3 p.m., Cox Sports Television/ESPN+UIW at New Mexico State, 3 p.m., Flo Sports About ESPN+ ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com. *Southland Conference Game**All Times Central Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. UIW steps out of conference for a 3 p.m. contest at New Mexico State. That game will be available on FloSports.last_img read more

SHAH’S MIGHTY BELLAFINA CHARGES TO 5 ¼ LENGTH SCORE IN GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA ANITA OAKS

first_imgSHAH’S MIGHTY BELLAFINA CHARGES TO 5 ¼ LENGTH SCORE IN GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA ANITA OAKS; PRAT & CALLAGHAN TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILE WIN IN 1:45.47WITH 100 QUALIFYING POINTS IN-HAND, IT’S ON TO THE GRADE I KENTUCKY OAKS ON MAY 3 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2019)–With an economy of motion generally reserved for the game’s greats, Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina waltzed to a widening 5 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks under Flavien Prat.  Trained by Simon Callaghan, the bay daughter of Quality Road got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.47.Tactical as always in the early running, Bellafina, who broke from the outside in a field of four sophomore fillies, sat a perfect trip with Prat, as she loomed a measured third around the far turn and easily accelerated away from runner-up Flor de La Mar leaving the quarter pole.“It worked out perfectly,” said Callaghan.  “She relaxed great, did exactly what Flavien wanted and she was there when he wanted her, so it worked out as we hoped.  We weren’t sure what the tactics were going to be on the inside of us and we didn’t want to commit to going to the lead because then we could be pressured.  We figured staying out wide made sense.”With the only bad race on her form a fourth place finish in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies three starts back on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs, Bellafina, who came of a gate to wire score going a flat mile in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes here Feb. 9, was off at 1-5 and paid $2.60 and $2.10 with no show wagering.Out of the Malibu Moon mare Akron Moon, Bellafina notched her third Grade I win in the Oaks and sixth overall victory from eight starts.  With the winner’s share of $240,000, she became racing’s newest millionaire with total earnings of $1,068,000.“We were a little wide on the first turn,” said Prat, who has ridden Bellafina in all eight of her starts.  “I didn’t want to get in any trouble, so I got her to be comfortable and relax.  At the three eighths pole, she ducked out a little and the others got away from us.  We regrouped and when we made our move and got the lead, I was quite confident.  I’m looking forward to the Kentucky Oaks (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles on May 3).  I’m confident that she will run better than she did in the Breeders’ Cup.”Ridden by Joel Rosario, Flor de La Mar went head and head with Chasing Yesterday and was clearly second best on the day, as she prevailed over the half sister to 2015 Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah by 3 ½ lengths.  Off at 6-1, Flor de La Mar paid $3.60 to place.With 170 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points on the line, Bellafina collected 100, Flor de La Mar 40, Chasing Yesterday 20 and Slewgoodtobetrue picked up 10 points.Fractions on the race were 24.10, 47.88, 1:12.51 and 1:38.43.last_img read more

Pacific nations to host future Tests in new 10-year rolling calendar

first_imgRLIF CEO Nigel Wood confirmed on the eve of Saturday’s opening round of Oceania Cup matches between New Zealand and Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium and Samoa and Papua New Guinea at Leichhardt Oval that the international body wanted to play games in the Pacific islands.An RLIF meeting in Singapore earlier this month agreed that the Oceania Cup would be staged mid-year and at the end of the season on an annual basis, except in 2021 and 2025 when the World Cup is held.The RLIF’s ambition is to have at least eight countries with a chance of winning the World Cup and it is hoped playing regular matches in the Oceania Cup will help Samoa, Fiji and PNG to emulate the rise of Tonga in 2017.Besides Saturday night’s Samoa-PNG clash and the October 25 Test between the Kangaroos and Kiwis at WIN Stadium, the remainder of games in the inaugural Oceania Cup are in New Zealand, with round two at Eden Park on November 2 and round three in Christchurch on November 9.It is expected that end-of-season matches in next year’s tournament will shift to Australia and possibly Papua New Guinea, which hosted 2017 World Cup fixtures, although Wood pointed out the Kangaroos will be touring Britain and won’t play in the 2020 Oceania Cup.As a result, there is much at stake for Samoa and the Kumuls on Saturday night as the winner of Pool B of this year’s Oceania Cup, which also includes Fiji, will join New Zealand and Tonga in Pool A of next season’s tournament.Cook Islands, who play South Africa in a World Cup qualifier at Wentworthville’s Ringrose Park on Friday night, would be the obvious choice to join Pool B of the Oceania Cup next year.There will be no Oceania Cup in 2021 as the World Cup is being staged in England but from 2022 onwards the RLIF will look to schedule matches in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.“We’ve got to fulfil our pledge to play international matches not just in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea,” Wood said.“The PNG initiative was very well received in the World Cup and they are a good, strong international country with the potential to stage more regular Test matches than they are.“We need a similar discussion in places like Samoa, Fiji and Tonga, in particular, where they have got facilities that are capable of staging world class events.”The Prime Minister’s XIII men’s and women’s teams will play Fiji at Suva’s 30,000 capacity National Stadium in October, while a pre-season trial between two NRL teams is set to be played in the Pacific each year under an agreement with the Federal Government.“We do have to respect the athletes in the standards they would expect to be accommodated in and the training facilities, and the clubs would have a view of that, but if we are being sincere in wanting to develop the Pacific we have to make sure matches take place in the islands themselves,” Wood said.A 10-year international calendar was agreed to at the meeting in Singapore, with regional tournaments to be played in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East/Africa every two years.Wood said the details were now being worked on and an announcement would be made later in the year.“The headline grabbers are always what’s happening with the Kangaroos, what’s happening with the Kiwis, what’s happening with the Lions or England, but its bigger than that and over the next three months we will have to publish something that is a big reveal,” he said.“As far as the Oceania Cup is concerned that should be three years out of four but the international federation has a responsibility of some sort with about 60 nations so it is also about Vanuatu and Niue, and all those nations who play in the Emerging Nations World Cup.”With Martin Taupau switching allegiances from New Zealand, Samoa could become the next international powerhouse and Wood said the game owed thanks to Tonga stars Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita for making it “fashionable” for players to represent their nation of heritage.   “If a by-product of that is that we get a really strong series of nations then three cheers to that,” he said.“If we can get to eight powerful nations who are competitive against each other so that by the time you get to the quarter-finals in any world competition they are all fair dinkum matches that is an aspiration we should have.”Oceania CupSaturday 22 June 2019         New Zealand v Tonga [Pool A], Mt Smart Stadium, AucklandSamoa v Papua New Guinea [Pool B], Leichhardt Oval, SydneyWomen’s International: PNG Orchids vs Fiji, Leichhardt Oval, Sydney 25 October 2019 Australia v New Zealand [Pool A], WIN Stadium, WollongongWomen’s International, Australia Jillaroos v New Zealand Ferns, Wollongong2 November 2019Samoa v Fiji [Pool B], Eden Park, AucklandAustralia v Tonga [Pool A], Eden Park, Auckland9 November 2019Papua New Guinea v Fiji [Pool B], Christchurchlast_img read more

Hekari United leads group at OFC challenge

first_imgTeams have been placed in four groups for the round robin matches. Hekari is placed in Group B alongside Team Wellington (NZL), Suva FA (FIJ) and AS Lossi (NCL).Hekari gained three points after defeating AS Lossi of New Caledonia 5-1 in the match opener while Team Wellington is in second place after beating Suva 2-0.The two front runners are leveled on three points however, Hekari is leading on goal average of up to three goals difference.In Group A, PNG’s Lae City Dwellers are in third spot on the ladder following the loss against Amicale 3-0.Group A consists of Dwellers, Auckland City FC (NZL), Amicale FC (VAN) and Solomon Islands club champions (SOL).Auckland City FC leads the ladder followed by Amicale, Dwellers and Solomon Warriors.Hekari plays its second game on Tuesday, April 12, against Suva FA.Dwellers play their second game on Wednesday, April 13, against Auckland City FC and their third match on April 17 against Solomon Warriors.last_img read more

Momase Besta Regional qualifiers next month

first_imgThe Besta qualifiers is an annual tournament that is run in the Momase region to identify the top male and female member associations to represent Momase in the Besta PNG Football Association (PNGFA) Member Associations finals in Lae in November this year.The qualifiers will be be held in Madang at Laiwaden oval from August, 10-14.The Local Organising Committee (LOC) is putting together plans for the tournament with a fundraising drive to host the tournament. Chairman of the LOC, John Marapal said he will be writing to the Madang Governor Jim Kas to support the tournament. “As hosts of the tournament we are excited about the prospect of hosting the event. We know that soccer plays an important role in reducing social issues in the community but more so it exposes raw talent,” said Marapal. Marapal also called on participants to contact him and his organising committee to register their interest in participating in the tournament. Interested teams can contact John Marapal on 72160785 or email him on john.marapal@gmail.com or Siegfried Beschel on email sbeschel79@gmail.com.last_img read more

Monchi rejected Haaland for € 4 million

first_imgA series* Data updated as of February 20, 2020 The Hoffenheim He was able to count on him when he was 15 years old but he did not want to pay 5,000 euros of salary, since he gave them a maximum record of 2,000 euros. Years later, the Barcelona preferred to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng of the Sassuolo before the one who was front of Mold by then. Even the Olympique de Marseille He decided not to incorporate him because he considered that he was not ready to make the leap. Erling Haaland has become the revelation footballer of the season based on goals. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the national championship or the Champions League, it doesn’t matter if you wear the shirt of the RB Salzburg or that of Borussia Dortmund: always mark. And after acquiring the German set for only 20 million euros (today’s goodbye seems like a bargain), Many clubs put their hands on their heads because they were able to take it on their day. 17 Now according A Bola, it has been known that Roma is also on that list of clubs that ruled out the player who is called to be a world star with only 19 years. It was Sebino Nela, the one who revealed that the club had wasted that opportunity.“Two years ago, they offered Rome the possibility of signing Haaland for four million euros.” They explain that a former player of the team of the Italian capital proposed it to Monchi, at that time sports director: “The offer was rejected and ended up going to Salzburg.” The current sports director of Seville did not respond to the request, this being one of the few times in which intuition has failed to sign young players with a great future ahead. Meanwhile, Haaland continues to beat records.last_img read more

VAR referees admit that Lo Celso should have seen the red

first_imgOfficers present at the Stockley Park center in London, from where the VAR is supervised, admitted that the wrong decision was due to a “human error.” Chelsea took the win this Saturday 2-1 at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham, strengthening their chances of being in the next edition of the Champions League. The VAR referees admitted that they were wrong not to expel Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso in the match against Chelsea for an action in which he stepped on the Spanish César Azpilicueta. The Argentine, in a play during the first half, stepped on the shin to Azpilicueta, so the Spaniard had to be treated and showed clear signs of pain in the field. The VAR reviewed the image, after the referee did not show any card, and left the play without penalty.last_img read more

UEFA holds its breath against the coronavirus in the Euro

first_imgBut UEFA bosses are not going to make any irreversible decision on the European Championship yet. They do not intend to follow the example of the Asian Confederation, which has suspended the Congress that was to be held in Kuala Lumpur next April. According to Grape “we are in the waiting phase, pending from all countries. Football must follow the instructions it receives.” UEFA wants to use deadlines, wait for the coronavirus to advance and not rush in a decision that would only be taken in case of extreme need and bound by European governments.Apart from the virus, UEFA has cited the meeting in Holland for its 55 national federations to participate in the draw of the League of Nations, which will start after the summer, on September 3. Tuesday will be the draw for the competition. Luis Rubiales, UEFA Vice President, and Luis Enrique will attend, which will be the first official act of his second stage on the bench in Spain. Spain will be in the elite group together with Portugal (current champion), Holland, England, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia, Poland, Germany and Iceland. Four groups from four countries will be raffled, and the group champions will contest the Final Phase of the League of Nations in June 2021. The UEFA Executive Committee will meet this Monday in Amsterdam to set the headquarters of the continental competitions and their regulations. But the prominence of the Executive Committee prior to its 44th Ordinary Congress the coronavirus will take it, which has sneaked in between the top concerns of the ‘staff’ of European football. The vice president of the organization, the Italian Michele Uva, warned that “the competitions, and among them the Eurocup, would only stop in a case of force majeure. Only if the virus progresses to degenerate. “But a hundred days after the start of the tournament, the organization discusses in Amsterdam the impact of the pandemic on hundreds of thousands of fans who will move freely throughout Europe. The European Championship will be played in 12 countries that will cover the continent from end to end, from St. Petersburg to Rome. The total offer is 2.5 million tickets, and right now there are ten candidates for each place in the stadiums. On June 12, the inaugural match will be played in Rome, the capital of a country, Italy, which is precisely one of the most affected by the coronavirus.last_img read more