Tony Minatta Named SFA Women’s Soccer Head Coach

first_imgCourtesy of SFA Athletics Media RelationsNACOGDOCHES, Texas – SFA Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey has announced the hiring of Tony Minatta as the new Ladyjacks head soccer coach. The buzz around the NCAA soccer community”I have a ton of respect for Tony and how he runs his teams with great integrity. During his time in the Big 12 you always knew his teams would be ready to play and battle for 90 minutes. I am excited for him and it’s a great hire for SFA.”- Paul Jobson, Baylor Head Coach Minatta takes over the SFA program after a six-year stint as the head coach at Iowa State.Statement from SFA AD, Ryan Ivey”After an extensive national search, Tony quickly became our top target. He’s a great fit for the Nacogdoches community and our institution as we continue to strive to be the leading mid-major athletics department.” Statement from Tony Minatta”I would like to thank Dr. Scott Gordan, Athletic Director Ryan Ivey, and the search committee for providing me with this incredible opportunity. I am very inspired by the vision that Ryan Ivey has for SFA athletics, as well as the winning tradition and foundation that has been built with the women’s soccer program. I have followed the Ladyjacks soccer program from a distance since joining collegiate coaching, having Wally continue to serve as a mentor will be invaluable in continuing to move the program forward.  I cannot wait to get working with Ashley, Chance, JD, the rest of the staff, the athletic department and most importantly the incredible student athletes that are a part of the program. I look forward to embracing the Nacogdoches community and working hard to have the women’s soccer program represent SFA in a positive way both on and off the field.” “Tony has such integrity and drive in everything he does. I have no doubt that he will impact the players and program in a big way.”- Bryan Blitz, Missouri Head Coach “SFA has made a great hire in Tony Minatta to lead its women’s soccer program. He is a grinder who has recruited and coached at the highest levels of college soccer. More importantly, Tony knows how to treat and motivate the student-athletes in his program to be their best. He is well respected in the soccer community for how he runs his program and will push SFA soccer to even higher levels on success on and off the field.”- Danny Sanchez, Colorado Head Coach “I’m so happy for Tony to be chosen as the new leader of Lumberjack women’s soccer. His passion and investment towards his players and their development as people is second only to his joy for the game of soccer and life. It’s that infectious personality that will be recognized very quickly by his players and create a supportive, collaborative culture almost immediately. I wish he and the program all the success. “- David Diianni, Iowa Head Coach “What a great hire for SFA Soccer! Tony Minatta’s experience recruiting the top-level players and his high tactical soccer IQ will be a tremendous asset for this program. This is a statement hire for SFA as to their support of Women’s Soccer to go out and get a coach of Tony’s caliber!”- Tom Stone, Texas Tech Head Coach “Tony is a tremendous hire for SFA!  He is an excellent teacher of the game who is passionate about providing his players a first-class experience. He is also a man of high character who is a great leader. I look forward to watching him lead SFA to new heights.”- Karen Hoppa, Auburn Head Coachlast_img read more

A LaLiga inspector gives OK to the Ciutat Esportiva del Barça

first_imgLikewise, a series of informative posters have been placed in key places -locker room entrance, hallways and toilets- so that soccer players have access to the security protocol that they must follow within the enclosure.The number of masks, gloves and gowns that will be distributed over the next few days to the players was also approved, so that they have all the preventive sanitary material at their fingertips, since they will have to go and leave the Blaugrana facilities with the mask and gloves for protection. Only when they are on the field exercising can they be removed. The Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper will host the soccer players starting Wednesday to undergo the PCR tests for the coronavirus test after receiving the approval of the inspector sent by LaLiga to personally supervise the disinfection work carried out at the Blaugrana facilities. The LaLiga coach, who arrived at the Ciutat Esportiva at 12 noon, was accompanied by the delegate, Carles Naval, and by the first-team doctor, Dani Florit, on his tour of the Ciutat Esportiva.The disinfection that was carried out between Monday and Tuesday has been exhaustive in all the rooms that the players will use in the coming days. The walls of the enclosures, the door knobs and doorknobs, the railings, the floor, the ceilings, the chairs, the coat racks, the toilets, the materials used in training have been disinfected …last_img read more

DaCosta now winningest trainer in local history

first_imgIt could aptly be described as Wayne DaCosta Day at Caymanas Park yesterday, with the 15-time champion trainer becoming the winningest trainer in Jamaica at 1,951, surpassing 14-time champion Philip Feanny and posting ‘Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM to win the grade one feature over 1820 metres for the Legal Light Trophy.Having equalled Feanny’s record with DYSFUNCTIONAL the previous Saturday, it was always on the cards that DaCosta would become sole owner of the record with as many as seven runners on the programme.driving finishThis was achieved by the howling 2-5 favourite, SUPER COP who made all under four-time champion Omar Walker to win in a driving finish from 13-1 outsider HONEY DARLIN, who, significantly is trained by Feanny, the man whose record he was surpassing.”This is a very happy moment for me, a moment worth waiting for,” said the 60-year-old trainer. “The race is now on to see whether I can break the 2,000 barrier this year.”Later in the afternoon, DaCosta and Walker teamed up to win the Legal Light Trophy with Derrick Smith’s SEEKING MY DREAM, who equalled the stakes record time of 1:55.2 set by the outstanding MIRACLE MAN in April 2006.Installed a 4-5 favourite, the classy 4-y-o colt won by five lengths from the American filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN.SIMPLY MAGIC CUPMeanwhile, three recent winners will come face to face in the inaugural running of the Simply Magic Cup over 1,820 metres today, this in honour of the classy 3-y-o filly who emerged the first of her sex to win the Triple Crown at Caymanas Park in 2002.Eight native bred three-year-olds (non-winners of two) have been declared and, after careful examination of their chances, I believe it will come down to a straight fight between the lightly raced pair of DR. TRAIN and MY WAY, both contrasting winners last time out.True to his name, the Harry Parsard-trained DR. TRAIN finished like a runaway train to win in a blanket finish over 1,300 metres on his third outing on March 28 and, if anything, will be seen to better advantage over this longer distance, especially with the stretch running jockey Aaron Chatrie aboard.While respecting the chances of DR. TRAIN, however, preference is for MY WAY, who impressed in a fast-time win over the straight on April 13 when having his second outing. Four-time champion jockey Omar Walker again has the ride from the convenient mark of 52.5kg.The chestnut gelding from the stable of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta went gate to wire in winning by 41/2 lengths recently and, having impressed at exercise since, galloping 5 1/2 furlong in a brisk 1:07.2 by 1:01.0, should steal a march on rivals leaving the half mile and stave off the fast-finishing DR. TRAIN.Others such as MR. DOITBETTA and THE PROMISE LAND, both winners over two turns in recent months, should run well enough to complete the superfecta.Other firm fancies on the nine-race programme are WINESHA, to resume winning ways in the first race over the straight, BONGO KING in the third, SIR BIGGS in the fifth, and UNCLE CHUBBY in the ninth and final.last_img read more

MLB near deal for rosters to expand to 26 in 2020

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? A limitation on September call-ups would end parades of relief pitchers that cause some games to stretch on.There would be a maximum of 13 pitchers for most of the season and 14 from Sept. 1 on, the people said. The minimum roster size would increase from 24 to 25.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe new 26-player maximum also would apply to the postseason.The commitment for a discussion of the larger economic issues is a key for the union after consecutive slow free-agent markets that have seen dozens of players sign on the eve of spring training and after workouts were underway. Players have proposed changes such as expanding the designated hitter to the National League and altering the amateur draft to discourage the number of teams jettisoning veterans during a season in favor of rebuilding. File-This Feb. 8, 2019, file photo shows Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, speaking during a news conference at owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. Major League Baseball and the players’ union are near an agreement to expand active rosters by one to 26 starting in 2020 as part of a deal that would include a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after opening day. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and the players’ union are near an agreement to expand active rosters by one to 26 starting in 2020 as part of a deal that would include a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after opening day this year.As part of the deal, the active limit from Sept. 1 to the end of the season would be lowered from 40 to 28 beginning next year, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been finalized.ADVERTISEMENT Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement is set to expire at the end of the 2021 season, and management appears willing to negotiate larger changes in exchange for a longer term.The agreement also would include:—increasing in the regular injured list minimum for pitchers and the minimum option recall time for pitchers from 10 to 15 days beginning in 2020.—starting extra innings of the All-Star Game with a runner on second base.—giving MLB the right to shorten between-inning breaks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The union planned to reject MLB’s proposal for a three-batter minimum for pitchers, leaving MLB with the right to implement that unilaterally for 2020. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has said he is reluctant to change playing rules without an agreement with players.MLB agreed not pursue a pitch clock through the 2021 season.The roster deal is similar to one that had been slated to be included in the November 2016 collective bargaining agreement but came undone when the union backed away.The roster size settled at 25 more than a century ago. Teams had 25 players active starting in 1913, according to Baseball Almanac, and since 1909, according to Peter Morris’ “A Game of Inches.” Morris wrote the limit was lowered during World War I, then reverted to 25, then cut to 23 in 1931 because of the depression. The maximum was waived at the end of World War II and again in 1949 because of players returning from the Mexican League, Morris wrote.The 25 maximum through Aug. 31 has been a part of the collective bargaining agreement since the first labor deal in 1968. Teams have usually been at the maximum, except for the collusion era of 1986-89, when all clubs went with the 24-man minimum.A 26th player has been allowed for some day-night doubleheaders since 2012. The expansion of the active roster to 40 each Sept. 1 led to complaints from teams and players that opponents were contesting games with unequal-sized squads based on how many minor leaguers had been called up.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Sewe Sport Progress in Champions League

first_imgBarrack Young Controllers yesterday lost 1-0 to Ivory Coast’s Sewe Sport in Abidjan to end their CAF Championship League campaign.Sewe progressed on 4-3 aggregate after earlier drawing 3-3 in Monrovia last weekend and now advance to the second round of the League.Roger Assale’s first half goal was enough to see Sewe sail through to the second round that kicks off during the weekend of March 22.Assale found the target in the 45th minute after Kouassi Hevra Dodo placed the ball into his path.Sewe face DR Congo side and four-time winners TP Mazembe on March 23 when they host in the first leg in Abidjan before heading to Lubumbashi for the return leg on March 30.The winner will qualify for the group stage of the Champions League.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parika NDC finally gets Police help to remove squatter

first_imgFollowing an article published by Guyana Times of Police lack of support to the Mora-Parika Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) to enforce a High Court order, which sought to have a building demolished, assistance was finally provided to dismantle the illegally constructed structure.The piece of land, referred to as Parcel 176, is reserved as “Highway to Parika Stelling” but was occupied by an individual by the name of Anita London, who wasThe building on Government reserve which was demolished on Fridayoperating a business. The building, according to a court order is located on Government reserve which was blocking a legitimate land holder from accessing his land, which is behind the illegal structure.Speaking with this publication, Chairman of the NDC Jaideo Sookhoo related that Police officers went with the NDC to maintain order during the demolition exercise on Friday.This was done since previous attempts to enforce the court order was met with resistance.“This morning (Friday), I got a call from the marshal at the court and they brought Police officers. The entire structure came down and the owner was given until 11:00h to clear out.”This newspaper had reported on Thursday that the owners of the land behind the illegal structure have been denied access for years as a result of the impasse. The matter begun engaging the court in 2015 but despite the court order the NDC were unable to demolish the structure.This resulted in the owner taking the NDC to court, where it was ruled that adherence must be made to the law and as such, the Council must demolish the building.While the NDC would have sought to peacefully resolve the matter, the squatter obtained a stay of execution, which was also dismissed, and the court upheld its decision that she must remove from the property.The NDC Chairman had maintained that there was no cooperation from the Police or the squatter in their many attempts to remove the building.However, on Friday the squatter agreed to comply with the court order and assisted with the demolition.“When we go to demolish it, the owner decided to comply. They say that they will demolish it themselves and we give them a chance to do so,” the Chairman said.last_img read more

No. 3 Jayhawks survive a scare

first_img“We talked about believing. In the first half, I didn’t sense that our guys really believed that we could win,” Capel said. The crowd, decked out in giveaway white T-shirts, got back into the game after a pair of quick baskets by Oklahoma to start the second half. Nate Carter got it started by putting back Bobby Maze’s blocked layup, and Neal stole the ensuing inbounds pass to set up a 3-pointer by David Godbold that cut the lead to 33-24. The Sooners continued to press the Jayhawks into turnovers and eventually tied the game at 51 when Neal drilled a 3-pointer from the side to finish a 12-3 run. But Oklahoma couldn’t grab the lead. Kansas got its next five points at the free-throw line and Wright bumped the lead to 58-53 when he spun into the lane and banked in a layup with his right hand. Sasha Kaun added a layup after Brandon Rush lost the ball on the way to the basket, and Rush made two free throws to extend the lead to 62-55. Oklahoma got within 63-60 on Longar Longar’s layup in the final minute, but Chalmers and Russell Robinson were 4 for 4 from the free-throw line to keep Kansas in control. Tony Crocker’s 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left provided the final margin in the Sooners’ fifth loss in a row. It’s Oklahoma’s longest losing streak since a run of six consecutive losses in February 1991. “You’re supposed to play hard all the time,” Neal said. “When you don’t get that `W’, to tell you the truth, it really doesn’t mean anything.” Kaun added 11 points and nine rebounds for Kansas, which has lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament the past two years. Wright said this game provides a valuable lesson for the postseason: “When you have a team down, you have to make some plays.” Carter scored 20 points to lead Oklahoma, and Taylor Griffin had 12 points before fouling out. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kansas had won its last six games by an average margin of 28.8 points and appeared headed for another easy victory before the Sooners (15-13, 6-9) used a trapping pressure in the second half to close the gap. “I think it does help,” Self said. “We’ve played really well. We’ve been on kind of a roll. This will kind of ground us a little bit and get us focused.” Chalmers had 14 of his 18 points in the second half and was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the final five minutes. After Michael Neal’s 3-pointer tied it for Oklahoma, the Jayhawks committed only two turnovers the rest of the way. “They about got us tonight, but we made the key plays at the end to pull out the victory,” Chalmers said. Some questioning from coach Jeff Capel got the Sooners energized at halftime. “It’s the best scenario. I just wish that we had played better,” Self said. “But it’s the best scenario when you have to win when your team really doesn’t play well and you have guys grind it out.” The Jayhawks (26-4, 13-2 Big 12) committed 12 second-half turnovers against Oklahoma’s pressing defense, but rebounded with a late 11-4 run to win their seventh consecutive game. center_img NORMAN, Okla. – In coach Bill Self’s eyes, Kansas got just the kind of scare that could prove useful when the NCAA tournament rolls around. After a string of blowouts, the No. 3 Jayhawks needed 18 points apiece from Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers to bounce back after blowing a 17-point lead and beat Oklahoma 67-65 Monday night. last_img

Self-promotion works way into proud press release

first_imgNever let a father’s pride get in the way of self-promotion. State Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, issued an effusive press release last week praising Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for nominating his daughter, Andrea Alarcon, to the city Board of Transportation Commissioners. The younger Alarcon certainly has the credentials. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and serves as Southern California district director for Attorney General Bill Lockyer. “I am proud of my daughter and delighted that the mayor appointed her,” Sen. Alarcon said in a press release. “Andrea will be an excellent representative for the San Fernando Valley. Andrea is deeply committed to fairness – for everybody.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant All of that is well and good, and to be expected from a proud parent. The senator – who is termed out of office this year and running for the state Assembly – then points out, however, that he once served as an alternate on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board and that during his six years as a member of the City Council he oversaw the installation of the highest number of streetlights and road improvements in his district. There was also some buzz in Sacramento last week about Alarcon’s role if he is elected to the Assembly, as is expected. “Capitol Weekly” speculated that Alarcon plans to make a run for Assembly speaker – a move he denied. Alarcon said he respects Speaker Fabian Nuez and wants only to be a good member. But, after this election, Nuez will only have two years left as speaker. And Democrats have taken to lining up their next speaker early to try to solidify their positions for a smooth transition. There are not many elected officials who can claim they helped an athlete get to the Hall of Fame. Councilman Bernard Parks, however, can say he had a role in the life of Warren Moon, the former Houston Oilers quarterback selected during Super Bowl week to be part of the next class of players going to the NFL Hall of Fame. Parks was a volunteer coach with the Baldwin Hills youth football league in the mid-1970s, when Moon was learning the game. Parks jokes he was such an astute scout of talent that he had Moon playing center. “I found out later he could throw the ball, too,” Parks said. “I thought he might have a future.” Moon did not forget his one-time coach, with whom he posed for pictures at the Super Bowl. The drive to name one of the new schools being built by the Los Angeles Unified School District after former Rep. Ed Roybal picked up some more support last week. The Alliance for a Better Community had been fighting a lonely battle until the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, added its voice to the issue. The labor organization also said it also would like to see a school named after its former secretary-treasurer, Miguel Contreras, who died last year. The group asked its members to send postcards and letters to school board members to join in the lobbying effort. School officials have said they want to work with local communities before deciding on names for schools. Rick Orlov, (213) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL All-Ireland winner Leo McLoone says he and his team-mates won’t reflect on their careers until they’re over.He was speaking ahead of this Sunday’s Ulster sem-final clash with Down at Breffni Park (throw-in 2pm)..“I think the time to sit back and enjoy it might be in 10 or 15 years time when it’s all over. We will look back and reflect at how good things were,” he said. “But at the minute it was just kind of straight back into this year, there wasn’t much time to reflect on it. I think we drew the line in January that last year was over and the focus was now May 26 (the match against Tyrone) and thankfully we won and hopefully will keep it going now again.“Down had a great win in Celtic Park against Derry, it’s a very hard place to go and get a win, but we know how good they are. They’ve six very good forwards who take a lot of watching. Even from last year’s game, it was a lot tighter than the score-line reflected. I think we definitely know how good they are.”Karl Lacey is definitely out of the game after he underwent surgery on a knee cartilage injury two weeks ago.“He didn’t train with the team at all last week, so I don’t think there’s any hope, sadly,” said Leo. “Jim will have to look into the strength in depth of the squad and hopefully that the men in there can come on and do as good a job.”McLoone says Jim McGuinness has had a huge influence on him personally and the rest of the squad.“Jim was always someone we looked up to around my age group. He would have been playing for Donegal when I was a boy and we always looked up to him. For a while it was strange to be playing with him, but now he’s back in management.“There are four of us on the Donegal panel from Glenties (Anthony Thompson, Marty Boyle and Dermot Molloy are the others) and we always had great admiration for Jim,” he added.Donegal play Down in the Ulster GAA Football Championship semi-final on Sunday, June 23 at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. www.gaa.ieMcLOONE: ‘WE WON’T SIT BACK AND ENJOY DONEGAL SUCCESS FOR 10 YEARS’ was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:McLOONE: ‘WE WON’T SIT BACK AND ENJOY DONEGAL SUCCESS FOR 10 YEARS’last_img read more

Chelsea transfer news: Blues striker a target for Serie A side

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware revealed Most Popular Premier League News 1 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham in action. impact Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? BEST OF Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is wanted on loan by Sampdoria, according to Sportitalia.The England youth international spent last season on loan at Swansea City but is now back at Stamford Bridge, and made a cameo appearance in the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City. possible standings smart causal The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 It is uncertain what new boss Maurizio Sarri has planned for the England under-21 international, however he is not in the first team at the moment.As a result Abraham is reportedly considering going on loan again and Sampdoria are interested in him.The Italian club want to bring in a forward by the end of August and they are tracking Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Sebastian Driussi.A deal for the 22-year-old looks unlikely, however, and Sampdoria have since turned to Abraham.Chelsea could be open to loaning the striker, but they have told the Italian side there will be no option-to-buy clause included. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT whoops How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday cracker predicted latest last_img read more