Johnson was 14-of-15 from the stripe in the second half, including making 7-of-8 in the final 1:16 to fend off SHSU. He converted 6-of-9 from the field, drilled half of his six attempts from long range and tallied four assists to help Nicholls improve to 9-1 at home this season. This is Johnson’s first career Player of the Week award. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls guard Kevin Johnson is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. On the court for all but two minutes in each of the Colonels’ contests last week, he averaged 23 points per game while shooting 69 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and 91 percent from the free-throw line. Johnson converted 18 of 20 attempts from the charity stripe in a win over Sam Houston State on Saturday, tying UT-Arlington’s Dink Ford (Dec. 12, 1964) for the 10th-most free throws made in a game in conference history. Nicholls split its matchups with the league’s top two squads, falling to league-leading Stephen F. Austin 70-64 on Wednesday before rebounding with an 88-82 win over the Bearkats on Saturday. The win secured a season sweep of the SHSU and secured sole possession of second place for the Colonels. Nicholls wraps up a three-game homestand against Lamar at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday and Southeastern Louisiana at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tied with Sam Houston State in the standings after the loss, Johnson turned on the jets in Saturday’s showdown for second place and poured in a career-high 33 points in the win over the Bearkats. He was automatic from the free-throw line, sinking 18 of his 20 attempts to tie UTA’s Dink Ford for 10th on the league’s all-time single-game leaderboard. Week 15 Southland Conference Release (PDF) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kevin Johnson, Nicholls – Jr. – Guard – Thibodaux, La.Against first-place Stephen F. Austin, Johnson scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half as the Colonels dwindled a 10-point halftime deficit down to three, but the ‘Jacks proved to be too much down the stretch. Johnson shot 5-of-7 from the field and dished out four assists. Honorable Mention: Nathan Bain, Stephen F. Austin; Nikos Chougkaz, Northwestern State; Payten Ricks, Abilene Christian; Myles Smith, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
JOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: “There wasn’t a whole lot of pace other than the filly in the one hole (Road Rager), she and the one next to me (Mother Mother) had some speed. I could have been up there as well but she has been running so well just settling off of it. It was nice to see her show her eagerness to be in the race early. It certainly made my job a whole lot easier.“She got into a really good rhythm once we passed over the gap at about the three quarter pole. She kind of put her head down and got into a really nice rhythm. I knew she was gonna run well at that point. I gotta take my hat off to John Shirreffs and everybody, the groom and the gallop girl that gets on her. She is a lot of work and they have done a lot to get her here and it is paying off.“She gets anxious and the fans are starting to know her. They show her a lot of respect and they get quiet for her. She just gets anxiety because she can’t see everything, but she is such a sweetheart. The best part of it all is once we get her in the gate and get her running.“I told John, that I think she wants two turns I hope I’m right. She is doing so well doing what she is doing and you can’t ask her to do anymore but it’s time to probably go around the second turn.”OWNER QUOTES JOHN SHIRREFFS, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: “She’s getting better and better. She’s getting into those repeat performances. The stewards allowed us to break from the post parade when she came out of the tunnel. Her groom, Martin Lopez, walked her around the (Club House) turn and she stayed calm. She never breaks, but she reacts very quickly. Mike said he was waiting for her to relax and then he put her into the race. I love Mike, we go back a long way and we think a lot alike. He’s such a horseman, for him, it’s all about the horse. That’s above winning or losing, it’s always about the horse. It looked like this was her best race. We’re thinking about going into the Beholder Mile (Grade I, March 14). I think as long as she can (relax), with her style of running, it shouldn’t be a problem.” NOTES: The winning owners are Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy & David Ingordo, and Steve F. Mooney.
GEORGE GRAHAM chuckles as he reveals how he came by his seat at today’s North London derby.The man who won silverware with Arsenal and Tottenham became a prize himself at the 30th anniversary of the day he led the Gunners to that famous stoppage-time title triumph at Anfield.4 George Graham managed both Arsenal and Spurs after hanging up his bootsCredit: Arfa Griffiths – The SunGraham said: “At the big ’89 do, one of the charity auction lots was to have a box for any game — and they asked me if I’d come and sit with the guy who won.“Lee Dixon and myself are going along as ‘experts’. I’ve got my car parking space, so that’s one thing!“The guy paid £22,000. But I think they got £23,000 from someone to have lunch with Arsene. He’s pipped me again!”Graham flashes a big grin. This is a man very much at ease with his football legacy.For all that he achieved at Arsenal, he is happy to admit Wenger is the best manager in the club’s history.But sitting in the garden of the house near the Finchley Road that he bought when he was Tottenham boss, he defends with pride and humour his record at both clubs.Graham said: “My teams were called boring, fair enough.“But my initial job, in my eyes, was to win something.“Maybe I went too defensive — but I have no problem with that because we picked up some good trophies.”He certainly did — two league titles, a European Cup Winners’ Cup, an FA Cup and two League Cups at Arsenal, plus another League Cup at Tottenham.Spurs have won just one more trophy since that 1999 triumph.Which is why Graham feels that Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are under more pressure going into today’s derby at the Emirates and this season as a whole.He says: “If Arsenal get into the top four, then it will be a fantastic season. For Spurs, it’s winning a trophy.“There’s more expected from Tottenham. Most people realise they have a very good manager — but he still hasn’t won anything.“Arsenal have a lot more work to do than Tottenham.”For all the changes in English football over the last 30 years, the task facing Spanish boss Unai Emery is similar to the one that Graham embraced when he arrived at Highbury in 1986.To make Arsenal contenders — without paying over the odds.Graham said: “You think of the price of the boys from Stoke, Steve Bould and Dixon — peanuts. And Nigel Winterburn — peanuts. Emery has been around Europe.“So he must know players that he likes and thinks, ‘If I can get him, I can improve him because he has the basic qualities I want’.“I’m positive he could do that. His first season I think was quite good.“He brought a bit of passion back into the game. You could see that in the way he acted and the way the players reacted.“But there’s still a big problem — they haven’t got a base at the back, that foundation.“The next thing I’m going to look at is, how hard is Emery going to work with the team on the training pitch?“The front boys are on fire, so they will score goals. But I want to see how he improves the defenders and the midfield.”Tottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clash He’s a quality player on the ball, sets things up, but he’s a mistake waiting to happen.George Graham on David LuizGraham acknowledges the game has changed a lot since he spent hours drilling that famous Arsenal back four.The fashion now is for ball- playing defenders like David Luiz, whose latest mental walkabout contributed greatly to the Gunners’ defeat at Liverpool last weekend.Graham said: “David Luiz has had a great career — but those mistakes come with the package.“He’s a quality player on the ball, sets things up, but he’s a mistake waiting to happen.”Luiz probably won’t change now, yet Graham’s point about turning good players into great one stands.4 George Graham wants to see improvement in Arsenal boss Unai EmeryCredit: Reuters4 Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has yet to win any silverware in North LondonCredit: ReutersFor evidence that you can still make huge strides with a restricted budget, Emery can look down the Seven Sisters Road to the Spurs side that has been built by Argentine Pochettino.Graham said: “You can see he improves players.“Harry Kane had been on loan at Millwall and other clubs. Pochettino working with him has made him a better player — and there are many more examples.“I’ve enjoyed watching Spurs since he’s been there.“It’s OK to say, ‘We enjoy the football, we don’t have to win anything,’ but I don’t believe that.“I’d like to see him win a trophy now, maybe not at Spurs.” Scot Graham laughs again. On the one hand, he remains unhappy at how Tottenham handled his sacking shortly after the 2001 takeover by current owners ENIC.On the other, he has fond memories of winning that 1999 League Cup and of life at Spurs’ former training ground in Chigwell.But he was and is an Arsenal man at heart, a red-and-white legend as player and manager.He left Highbury under a cloud in 1995 and was banned from football for a year for accepting an illegal payment from agent Rune Hauge.Many other managers may have done the same, but Graham was the only big name caught and was not welcome at Arsenal for a number of years.And now? Graham said: “If I want tickets, I’ll get them. That’s an improvement from when I left.”Arsenal manager Unai Emery says that Mesut Ozil is fit to face Tottenham But Graham does not look like someone eaten up by bitterness or self pity.It is hard to believe he will turn 75 at the end of November.Medication keeps his arthritis at bay enough for him to enjoy a game of golf twice a week.He also stays trim by working in his garden, although he leaves the lawn to the professionals — who are left in no doubt what is required.Graham said: “I tell them to cut it in curves. I can’t have straight lines on grass, can’t stand it.”You cannot help thinking that he probably insisted on straight lines on the training pitch when he was perfecting Arsenal’s offside trap.When Graham returned to Highbury for the first time as Spurs boss in November 1998 and his team ground out a goal-less draw, the Arsenal crowd sang: “Boring, boring Tottenham.” 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD 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 clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itBoth clubs now have a reputation for playing attractive football — and today’s showdown promises much.Graham said: “It should be a good game, there should be goals.“But wouldn’t it be great if it was 0-0? I’ll be like this!”And he stretches out his arms in mock triumph, his face lit up by the morning sunshine and a mischievous smile.4 George Graham wants to see Poch win silverware… but for a different clubCredit: Arfa Griffiths – The SunArsenal v Tottenham- Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Premier League clash
MAURICIO POCHETTINO said yesterday he did not want to Tottenham’s week to become a drama.Well, at the Amex today it turned into a crisis.2 Mauricio Pochettino is overseeing a full-blown crisis at SpursCredit: Getty Images – GettyA ruddy full-blown one.A 3-0 drubbing at lowly Brighton coming hard on the heels on Tuesday’s 7-2 battering at home by Bayern Munich, means the Spurs boss is under the type of pressure he has not experienced since the start of his first season in charge in 2014.Back then he had the fans on his back after four games without a win.Now it is even worse.This loss means the North Londoners have now lost SEVENTEEN matches in 2019 – more than any other Premier League club, including the Seagulls.Pochettino’s stars never recovered from Hugo Lloris’ howler and horrific injuy which left them 1-0 down and without their keeper and captain – probably for the rest of the season – after just 150 seconds.Yes his broken elbow was a bitter blow, but just like they did on Tuesday, his team-mates showed they have no backbone.The dramatic comebacks and never-say-die attitude that were the hallmarks of last season’s run to the Champions League final have been erased by a poor start to the season which has seen the return of their traditional soft underbelly. The Lilywhites are once again lily-livered.And to think Tottenham fans were worried about boss Poch leaving them for Real Madrid.At this rate, they will be offering to drive him there themselves.2 Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in agony as he suffers horror elbow injury at Brighton
REAL MADRID hope to poach Christian Eriksen for a bargain £30million in January, according to reports.Los Blancos failed to land the Danish ace, 27, over the summer and do not want to risk missing out on him again.1 Christian Eriksen was splashed all over the Spanish press this morningBut according to AS and Marca, Eriksen would rather wait until his deal runs out in June so he can leave for free and pick up a huge signing bonus.Real can enter talks on January 1 over a summer switch as clubs abroad will not be breaking rules speaking to a player in the final six months of his deal.But they could still try and tempt Spurs into cashing in, which would give Eriksen a choice to make.Zinedine Zidane’s No1 midfield target was Paul Pogba but Manchester United were not open to selling.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneCasemiro is the only Bernabeu first-team regular NOT to pick up an injury this season but there have been concerns about his form.While Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco and Federico Valverde have all been crocked in a campaign that is teetering on the brink.Real are top of La Liga but suffered a humiliating 3-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itAnd their domestic form has not been completely convincing, with big-money signing Eden Hazard scoring just once.Karium Benzema has been the main bright spark and could be offered a new deal after keeping Luka Jovic out of the team.While Eriksen is one of a number of stars – including Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld – who could jump ship from struggling Spurs, who conceded ten goals in two matches before the international break.Watch the new Spurs stadium transform into an NFL field as the first kick is taken under the lights between the Oakland Raiders and the Chicago Bears
3 Aurier’s left foot appeared to be over the line as he took the throw inThe ball boy quickly threw the ball to Serge Aurier, after a challenge by Lucas Moura that could easily have been given as a foul.But it was the throw-in itself that had some fans tearing their hair out.Aurier’s delivery sent Lucas Moura away down the right-hand side – with the Brazilian’s cut-back turned home by Harry Kane.But replays clearly show that the Ivorian’s left foot was over the touchline – making it a foul throw.VAR was in operation at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – but elected not to disallow the goal.Uefa’s official VAR protocol is vague on the matter.It states that: “The VAR is also able to take into account any infringement that could have taken place in the immediate build-up to the incident.”Aurier has previous in dodgy throw-ins.3 Aurier’s sweet strike completed the comeback against OlympiakosCredit: Getty – ContributorIn February 2018 he gained notoriety for suffering the ignominy of taking THREE foul throws in the same match against Crystal Palace.Some football fans on Twitter were not happy that the goal was allowed to stand.One wrote: “Sooo good on the ball boy and everything BUT Moura fouls the bloke for the throw and Aurier’s foot is over the line when he takes the throw (foul throw). Pretty lucky to get away with that one Spurs.”While another huffed: “Talking about refs and VAR and stuff and with those eyes not one of them noticed Aurier’s left foot on the pitch at the throw in foul throw”.After the match, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was full of praise for the sharp thinking ball boy.He said: “I love intelligent ball boys. He understood the game and made an assist.”I was, between 10 and 16-years-old, a very good ball boy and he was a very good ball boy.3LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year”He was reading the game and wasn’t looking at the stands.”I wanted to invite him to the dressing room to celebrate with the players but he had disappeared.”The 4-2 win saw Spurs qualify from Group B with a game to spare, while Harry Kane became the player to reach 20 Champions League goals in the quickest time. QUICK THINKING from a switched-on ball boy helped Tottenham complete their rousing comeback against Olympiakos last night.But replays suggest that the goal should NOT have counted.Goal – KANEAssist – BALL BOYQuick thinking helped to get Spurs level against Olympiacos 🧠👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/FKq9rNdQfS— 🇩🇪Ja! Watch the Bundesliga live on BT Sport🇩🇪 (@btsportfootball) November 26, 2019 Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho praises ball boy at Champions League clash against Olympiakos
Nemani Nadolo powered over for a score that was confirmed by the video referee in the 79th minute and Ruan Pienaar held his nerve to split the posts for a match-clinching conversion.Montpellier return to the top of the table as a result, but Clermont remain well adrift of the top six having again failed to transfer their European Champions Cup form to the domestic league.A spectacular finish from Mali Hingano had looked set to earn last year’s Top 14 winners and Champions Cup runners-up victory on Sunday, the replacement diving over a pile of bodies for his side’s second try.Greig Laidlaw converted both and also added five penalties, but Montpellier – who had crossed twice in the first half through Louis Picamoles – stole victory after piling on the pressure late on.Nos Cistes s’imposent à Clermont sur le score de 29 – 30. Bravo à eux! pic.twitter.com/grNBxh4LG3— Montpellier Rugby (@MHR_officiel) January 28, 2018Struggling Stade Francais suffered a 40-5 thrashing at home to Pau in Greg Cooper’s final game in charge of the capital club.It was announced earlier this month that Cooper would return to New Zealand for personal reasons, the former All Black subsequently citing his daughter’s ill health.”Mentally, we were not there,” said Stade skipper Sergio Parisse. “It’s our responsibility. We do not look for an excuse.”C’est terminé à Jean Bouin #SFPSP #SFParis pic.twitter.com/ECR4h0RSZw— Stade Français Paris (@SFParisRugby) January 28, 2018 Photo Getty Images. Caption: Montpellier’s Nemani Nadolo
It was a physical encounter but speed what was what the Australians had over PNG as they ran in their first try through Sarah Halvorsen to lead 5-0.Minutes later, quick hands to the wing put a flying Brooke Walker in to score to extend Australia’s lead to 12-0 after a successful conversion.Right from the kick off at the second half, Australia spread the ball out wide and a try resulted seconds later.Australia held onto this lead until the final hooter.
President, Tony Daple confirmed A grade and B grade games will go ahead after a meeting held this week to finalise the draws.The draws for Saturday, January 9 are:A grade:10am- United Brothers vs Brown Eagles 11:30am- Manta Rays vs Defence1pm- PNG Power vs Yokomo2:30pm- Bears vs GazelleB grade:10am- PNG Power vs Yokomo11:30am- Bears vs Gazelle1pm- United Brothers vs Brown Eagles2:30pm- Manta Rays vs DefenceSunday 10th January:A grade:10am- Bears vs Defence11:30am-Gazelle vs Yokomo1pm- Manta Rays vs Brown Eagles2:30pm- PNG Power Vs WolvesB Grade:10am- Manta Rays vs Brown Eagles11:30am- PNG Power Vs Wolves1pm- Bears vs Defence2:30pm- Gazelle vs Yokomo The Port Moresby women’s competition will resume on January 16.
Spanish gamers Ricky Rubio and Serge Ibaka have skilled related disappointments throughout the final NBA final evening, as Phoenix Suns have misplaced at home to Sacramento Kings (103-114) and Toronto Raptors have achieved the identical in opposition to Portland Path Blazers (99-101) , in each instances losing quite a few benefits in the closing minutes.Essentially the most ominous case was that of the Suns, who dominated by 21 factors in the equator of the third quarter (80-59) because of a basket by Devin Booker, who for the seventh consecutive recreation scored at least 30 factors, particularly 34. Picture: Reuters Nonetheless, these from Arizona dissolved in the closing moments of the recreation and conceded a partial 16-36 in the final quarter that condemned them to a brand new defeat, the fourteenth in 21 video games in entrance of their viewers this season.De’Aaron Fox (27) and the Serbian Nemanja Bjelica (19) have been in cost of turning the scoreboard earlier than an opponent who ended up throwing his good work on the floor throughout most of the recreation. Ricky Rubio contributed eight factors and 9 assists, whereas Deandre Ayton (21 and 9 rebounds) stood out once more in the inside recreation.Equally, the Raptors let loose a recreation that dominated by 13 factors in the closing stretch of the third interval (78-65) and on one other good evening of Serge Ibaka, who once more scored a ‘double-double’ with 17 factors and 11 rebounds.On this case, the executioner of the Canadian workforce was veteran Carmelo Anthony, who at 35 confirmed that he has not misplaced his monumental expertise. The facility ahead was the high scorer of the duel with 28 factors and additionally scored the mid-range basket that gave victory to his workforce in the absence of 4 seconds.In the subsequent and final motion of the evening, native baseman Kyle Lowry failed his triple pitch on the horn and Toronto conceded a brand new defeat that leaves him fourth in the Japanese Convention with a stability of 24-13. Ibaka’s ‘double-double’ in Toronto’s loss to PortlandEight Factors and 9 assists of Ricky in opposition to Sacramento