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No. 2 Stephen F. Austin Downs No. 3 UCA, Advances to Championship Game

first_imgSFA kept the deficit in single digits, setting up Stevi Parker for a single-handed 6-0 run. A three-pointer from Newcomer of the Year Imani Johnson followed to tie the game at 44 with four minutes to play in the third. The Ladyjacks kept the run going to the end of the quarter, finishing with a 14-2 clip to reclaim the lead and head into the final stage up 50-46. Spearheaded by a well-rounded scoring effort with four different players scoring in double figures, SFA dismantled the trademark Sugar Bear defense which held opponents to 49.8 points per game this season. “There was a sense of urgency headed into the third quarter,” said Johnson. “We had to come out and push the pace after the second quarter we had.” Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – In a rematch of last season’s Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament championship game, Stephen F. Austin flipped the script to come out on top against No. 3 Central Arkansas 70-60. “This was two great teams going at it today,” said SFA head coach Mark Kellogg. “It makes a victory that much sweeter knowing how good of a team you’re up against.” “This whole season is for these seniors (Parker and Jackson),” Johnson said. “We want to send them out with a bang.” At the half, Jordan led Central Arkansas and all scorers with 12 points while Channell Hayes led the Ladyjacks with 10. As the game clock fell below 2:00, time was running out for the Sugar Bears to make a final run. A Baudoin jumper with 1:32 to go brought them within seven leading into a timeout. It was as close as they would get, and the Ladyjacks would hang on down the stretch for a 10-point victory and a spot in tomorrow’s title game. UCA would push the lead to as much as eight points, but the ‘Jacks would claw their way back, capping the half with a 6-0 run and Taylor Jackson jumper at buzzer. This brought SFA back within two and UCA took a precarious 34-32 lead into halftime. It was a tale of two quarters, as back-to-back layups from Kierra Jordan pulled UCA within one at 22-21 then gave the Sugar Bears their first lead since early first quarter at 23-22 with 6:13 to play in the half. SFA jumped out to a quick 12-6 lead, forcing a Sugar Bear timeout with 4:09 to play in the opening quarter. The Ladyjacks kept rolling, and with a Stevi Parker three to end the first quarter, Stephen F. Austin would go up 21-14. Neither team mounted much offense in the opening stages of the fourth and SFA allowed UCA to stay within low single digits. With 5:00 on the clock however, another triple from Johnson pushed the Ladyjacks to their largest lead of the game since the end of the first quarter, 57-50. The deficit grew as a layup from senior Taylor Jackson put SFA up 61-50. The free throw line was a huge difference maker for the Ladyjacks as they went 21-29 compared to UCA’s 7-9. SFA also held a healthy advantage on made three pointers – seven to three. SFA faces No. 4 Nicholls tomorrow in the championship game at noon CT on CBS Sports Network, seeking its 16th tournament championship in program history. Stevi Parker led the Stephen F. Austin offense with 22 points while three fellow ‘Jacks also scored in double figures. A trio of Sugar Bears also notched double digit totals, led by Taylor Sells with 17. Kierra Jordan registered 16 points while Baudoin dropped 10.last_img read more

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Premier League fans to spend £1.3BN this season to follow team

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUE fans will shell out £1.3billion this season to follow their teams as increases in home ticket prices, TV subscriptions and merchandise hit their wallets.A report explored spending by match-going football fans over the past five Premier League seasons, incorporating car and rail travel, merchandise, tickets, in-stadium food and drinks and TV subscriptions.2 Premier League fans will spend a staggering £1.3bn to follow their teams this season, according to a new reportCredit: Getty – ContributorFootball lovers will on average spend £1,888 each this season, with the biggest cost increases being TV subscriptions, merchandise, home tickets and food and beverages.In the 2019/20 season dedicated supporters are expected to spend more than £23.8million on replica shirts, a 31 per cent increase in total spend since 2014/15.But while ticket prices make up a significant proportion of this total cost, the overall cost of tickets for a ‘dedicated fan’ has risen only 1 per cent since 2014/15.The eToro Fan Financial Statement was carried out by multi-asset investment platform eToro in association with KPMG Football Benchmark.Sky Sports pundit and Manchester United legend Gary Neville said: “Football needs to check itself. There are lots of positives about football.”The stadiums are better, the quality of play is fantastic, and the atmosphere is far more inclusive, but for me affordability is something that needs to be addressed.“This report lays out the facts and I hope it will serve as a wake-up call. Football has to stand above other leisure businesses.“It is more than just a game. It is about community and we need to ensure we are doing all we can not to price fans out of the game.”TOP GUNNERSTo better understand the real cost of fandom, the eToro Fan Financial Statement analysed the spend of football’s most faithful supporters.The research focuses on the ‘dedicated fan’ – an adult who attends all 19 home matches and travels to at least five away games.Arsenal are the most expensive team to support with dedicated fans each paying £2,238 per season.Newcastle United are the only club outside of the traditional ‘top six’ to feature in the six most expensive clubs to follow.This is largely due to the increase in season ticket and food and beverage prices, leading to a forecast 4.1 per cent increase in spend year-on-year and a 16.7 per cent increase since 2014.Travel also plays a part. This season Newcastle United fans will travel 68 per cent more miles by train and 65 per cent more miles by car to away matches, than the average Premier League fan.Top ten most expensive clubsEstimated 2019/20 season spend per ‘Dedicated Fan’1. Arsenal – £2,2382. Newcastle United – £2,1243. Tottenham Hotspur – £2,1134. Chelsea – £2,1075. Liverpool – £2,0556. AFC Bournemouth – £1,9727. Southampton – £1,9648. Manchester United – £1,9579. Norwich City – £1,93010. Brighton & Hove Albion – £1,899Premier League average – £1,888The eToro Fan Financial Statement looked at whether some supporters get better value for money than others by examining the total spend by dedicated fans last season in relation to the amount of goals scored and points won.This approach reveals that while dedicated Liverpool fans may spend more versus other fans in the Premier League, they saw good ‘value for money’ based on a low cost per goals scored and points won last season.Of all the clubs, Manchester City fans got the most entertainment for their money, paying £16.90 per goal and £16.30 per point.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThis was helped by having 12 per cent less overall spend than the Premier League average and their top-of-the-table finish.Huddersfield Town fans got the worst deal overall, spending £70 per goal and £96 per point – a situation not helped by their relegation after finishing rock bottom.Neville added: “This isn’t just about money. It is about the family that lives a mile from the club dreaming every weekend that they can go to the game and afford to watch their heroes play.“Every Saturday when I was growing up it was the only thing I thought about.”It was the most important thing in my world. It fuelled my dreams for those 15 years until I joined United.”Iqbal V Gandham, UK managing director at eToro, said: “As a sponsor of six Premier League teams we try to ensure we are giving back to the fans as much as possible.”Our ‘Le Tiss Air’ competition was well received by Southampton fans and this is just the first of many initiatives we will be carrying out this season to reward loyal fans who invest in what they love.Top ten best value clubs1. Manchester City – £16.302. Liverpool – £20.803. Chelsea – £28.504. Wolves – £29.105. Manchester United – £29.206. Tottenham Hotspur – £29.407. Leicester City – £31.008. Arsenal – £31.109. Everton – £33.4010. Watford – £34.50 Best value for money last year based on the total spend by Dedicated Fans in relation to the number of points won in the 2018/19 league.Latest Premier League newsExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHEAT IS OFFHeaton will miss Aston Villa’s 10-game relegation dogfight with knee injuryPASSED THE TESTHuge boost to Project Restart with ZERO positive results in new Covid tests“We understand that football fans have a deep emotional investment in their club and they’ll move mountains to support their team both home and away.”We wanted to do something on behalf of the fans, to look at the hard costs involved in being a loyal fan, and how that financial investment has changed over time.“By doing so we hope to start a conversation about the future of football and how we can work together to bridge the gap between investment and value for the fans who are at the very heart of the game.”The full report can be downloaded from etoroFC.com2last_img read more

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World Cup match officials announced

first_imgRLWC2017 head of officiating Tony Archer today announced a squad of match officials for the World Cup and for the first time each of the 26 is drawn from the NRL or Super League competitions only.In another first, Belinda Sleeman is set to become the first female match official appointed to a World Cup fixture after being included in the squad chosen by Archer and RLWC2017 match officials coach Steve Ganson.The match officials will act as the tournament’s 15th team and like the players representing each of the 14 nations they will go into camp together in Brisbane for the duration of RLWC2017, which begins in Melbourne on 27 October when Australia plays England.They will have their own performance manager, a physiotherapist, a logistics and operations manager and three coaches – Ganson from England, Australia’s Russell Smith and New Zealand’s Luke Watts – working under Archer.In a further recognition of their role, Youi has extended its relationship with NRL match officials by becoming an official partner of RLWC2017, with brand integration through the referees’ on-field apparel at all 40 matches in the men’s and women’s tournaments, to be played in 13 cities across Australia, New Zealand and PNG.Among the match officials selected for the tournament are NRL Grand Final referees Matt Cecchin and Gerard Sutton, and review official Bernard Sutton.James Childs, who refereed the weekend’s Super League Grand Final, will also be officiating at the World Cup, along with video referee Phil Bentham and touch judges Mark Craven and Chris Kendall.”This is an historical tournament in which all match officials, announced today, qualified by officiating in either the NRL or Super League competitions,” Archer said.”I have worked closely with my counterpart Steve Ganson and the other coaching staff to select the group. We have the Grand Final officials from each competition as part of the squad.  “Their selections are a result of each individual’s strong performances throughout the 2017 domestic season and there is a wealth of international and representative depth in the squad.”The squad will be based in Brisbane throughout. This is a great opportunity for match officials at the elite international Rugby League level to come together as one and I am confident they will perform very well.”Archer said the performances of the match officials during the tournament would determine who was appointed to the World Cup final in Brisbane on 2 December.There will be some key differences to the way NRL matches are officiated, with World Cup games controlled by one referee – not two – and an in-goal video referral system replacing the Bunker for checking contentious decisions.There will also be no shot clock for scrums and goal lines drop outs but common rules used in Super League and the NRL will be in operation, including a seventh tackle from the 20-metre re-start if the ball is kicked dead and a tap re-start from a 40:20 kick. Golden point will only be used in finals matches.”The tournament will be played under the International Laws of the Game with specific interpretations that reflect the common rules played in Super League and NRL, including seven tackles from a 20-metre restart, a tap restart from a 40/20,” Archer said. “All matches will have one referee and will utilise an in goal video referee referral system.”The 2017 RLWC Match Officials squad is: Grant Atkins (Match Official) Philip Bentham (Match Official) Chris Butler (Match Official) Matt Cecchin (Match Official) Steve Chiddy (Match Official) James Child (Match Official) Mark Craven (Match Official) Ben Cummins (Match Official) Robert Hicks (Match Official) Adam Gee (Match Official) Chris Kendall (Match Official) Ashley Klein (Match Official) Jared Maxwell (Match Official) Chris McMillan (Match Official) Scott Mikalauskas (Match Official) Liam Moore (Match Official) Dave Munro (Match Official) Henry Perenara (Match Official) Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski (Match Official) Tim Roby (Match Official) Belinda Sleeman (Match Official) Jon Stone (Match Official) Bernard Sutton (Match Official) Chris Sutton (Match Official) Gerard Sutton (Match Official) Ben Thaler (Match Official) Michael Wise (Match Official) Officiating support staff Tony Archer (Head of Officiating) Laura Dein (Match Officials Logistics and Operations Manager) Steve Ganson (Match Officials Coach) Matt Jeffriess (Match Officials Performance (Manager) Michelle Minichiello (Match Officials Physiotherapist) Russell Smith (Match Officials Coach)last_img read more

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Crichton heroics impress Blues coach Fittler

first_imgCrichton was one of 38 players selected by Fittler to take part in the emerging Blues camp held in Sydney on Saturday, and his decision to amputate a finger in the off-season in a bid to play for the Bunnies in round one resulted in a glowing endorsement from the Blues’ mentor.Fittler was quick to talk up Crichton’s chances of a representative debut, while also commenting on the in-demand forward’s move to the Sydney Roosters from 2019.”He sacrificed a finger, so anyone who does that for a game of rugby league is going to do good things,” Fittler said.  “He’s super impressive and he’s going to the Roosters … how good.”Fittler opted for a legends-heavy approach, with several former Origin legends taking players through some drills with feedback, before a recovery session and presentation.Immortal Andrew Johns was one of the first on the paddock for the session. Newly appointed assistant coach Danny Buderus was also joined by Anthony Minichiello, Mark O’Meley, Craig Fitzgibbon, Matt King and Paul Sironen.North Queensland Cowboys General Manager Peter Parr made the trip south in a clear sign Fittler isn’t mucking around ahead of the 2018 series.”With State of Origin we’ve got to respect it,” Fittler said.”Hopefully they can learn something about one of these old players.Crichton reveals pain of leaving RabbitohsNRL Fantasy cheat sheet for 2018″The pre-seasons are so intense for players now, so we appreciate the clubs allowing them to come out. We’ve got some high-quality ex-players here so if they listen hard enough they’ll find and take something out of today.”Fittler said it was important young players are educated on Origin culture. The camps offered a perfect opportunity to have everyone on the same page.”The important thing is the best Origin players are always the best club players,” Fittler said.”The best club players are the best trainers, so it’s just about being teammates and working hard for each other.”It’s not as easy as it sounds, you turn up on a hot day like this having that same attitude. That’s the thing you try to train them.”Given they’re so young and playing first grade I’m sure people have already told them. If we can get them coming together with a similar mindset and being good at the small things that don’t care to other people, that’s important.”Sydney Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell was the sole player who missed the camp from the original 39-man squad named, while Newcastle Knights prop Daniel Saifiti, along with a host of players on light duties after off-season surgeries, attended but watched on from the sidelines.last_img read more

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Hekari on target to defend premiership

first_imgNational Soccer League champions Hekari United FC are on target to defend their premiership title with just one more round before the semi-finals.Hekari is leading the points ladder on 27 points in the NSL competition, followed by Oro FC, Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC and Lae FC.These teams are looking to be favourites to make the top four before the semi-finals in two weeks time.Hekari coach Jerry Allan is confident his team will continue their winning streak to defend their premiership title which they have held for nine years consecutively.Allan said the team played well in their recent game against Admiralty FC, thrashing the newcomers 5-0.He said the boys gave their best and that’s how they should play to keep the team’s reputation.“We want to defend the title, there’s one more game before we end the premier league and go into the semi-final.“The boys played exceptionally well against Admiralty in which they got the first chance to score and that’s what football is about, if you score early then you have a chance of winning the game.“Jean Kaltack is currently injured, suffering from a big blow to the right leg and may not be able to play in the next game.“After receiving the minor premier in round 12, we will now have to concentrate on defending the premiership title, especially in the knock outs,” he said.He said the players know that it will be very challenging however with the experience of Koriak Upaiga, David Muta, Nigel Dabinyaba, Kema Jack, Neil Hans and Pita Bolatonga they can handle the pressure and make the grand final.last_img read more

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Tigers ready to ravage Lahanis

first_imgLae Snax Tigers are geared up to ravage the Goroka Bintangor Lahanis in Lae this Sunday in round 6 of the Digicel Cup competition.In their first encounter, Snax Tigers were too strong for the Lahanis beating them 16-4 up at Goroka. The Tigers who are leading the Pool 2 Ladder have a clean record at home and have seen a huge turn around  in their performances from previous seasons under the coaching of former Kumul Stanley TependOn the other hand, beating the Lahanis is no easy task. The men from Goroka have several premiership titles under their belts and know how to play pressure football. With veteran Nicko Ubile leading the pack, the game should be action packed.In the other matches, the Isapeas face a tough task going up against the Gurias at the notorious Kalabond oval.In the pool 1 matches which will both be played in Mendi, the city boys in the Vipers will lock horns with the Wigmen. The other game will see the Mendi Muruks up against the Hagen Eagles. Both the Lions and the Mioks are on bye this weekend.last_img read more

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PNG trailing half time in women’s basketball

first_imgTahiti took the lead in the first quarter 21-15.PNG struggled in the second quarter, going up against a strong defence from Tahiti.Tahiti maintained their lead and were 20 points ahead at four minutes to full time.Despite support from the home crowd that put a lot of pressure on the visitors, the Marca  Muri to  45-25.last_img

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OFC U-20 journey outlined

first_imgGroup BTahiti (TAH)Solomon Islands (SOL)New Zealand (NZL)Preliminary Winners (TBC) This follows the official draw for the OFC U-20 Championship.The teams, including the winner from this week’s OFC U-20 Championship preliminary, have been drawn into two groups of four teams.Joining hosts Vanuatu in Group A are defending champions Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia.Making up Group B are Tahiti, Solomon Islands, New Zealand and the 2016 OFC U-20 Championship preliminary winners.Football development across Oceania has been ramping up over the past few years and the 2016 OFC U-20 Championship is shaping up to be one of the most competitive editions in recent times.In Group A, Fiji have been building on the success of their debut FIFA U-20 World Cup appearance in 2015 and will be out to perform solidly at regional level, to once again progress to the world stage.But Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and New Caledonia will not be far behind. The latter two nations finished second and third respectively in 2014. Vanuatu were the only side to steal a point from the eventual winners two years ago and that will weigh heavily on the side as this time they play hosts.Papua New Guinea performed well in 2014 and their 2-0 win over Solomon Islands in their opening match marked only their fourth win at this level since 1978. Despite their history-making start, they struggled to find their footing, dropping to fifth on the table.However, like Vanuatu and Fiji, Papua New Guinea has a strong development and academy program which has been producing quality players and this event will not be any exception.After sitting out the 2014 tournament due to their automatic qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup as hosts, New Zealand are expected to make a strong return to the region.After claiming their first win at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and making their first foray out of the group stage, the side want to build on their growing reputation at youth level.On their tail will be Tahiti, a side also expected to make a strong charge for the title after having sat out each edition of the OFC U-20 Championship since their 2008 victory. Having made the final of both the 2015 U-17 Championship and the XV Pacific Games, the side is driven to do one better in this competition and reclaim their grasp on the silverware.While Tahiti and New Zealand look the favourites to progress from Group B, there can be no discounting Solomon Islands or the yet-to-be determined preliminary winners.Solomon Islands haven’t made the impact at youth level that their reputation suggests they could have. However, football is second nature in Solomon Islands, which means they will likely field a strong side.Coming out of the preliminary competition and into the competition proper can often be a difficult gap to bridge. But from the four competing sides in Tonga – Cook Islands, American Samoa, Tonga and Samoa – each nation has qualities which could see them upset their group.Their opponents will have to wait until the final whistles on 27 June before they learn exactly which of those four nations will join them in Group B come September.2016 OFC U-20 Championship Draw ResultsGroup AVanuatu (VAN)Fiji (FIJ)Papua New Guinea (PNG)New Caledonia (NCL)last_img read more

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Guardiola: “Before we were the noisy neighbor, now I don’t know what we are”

first_imgA lot has changed in Manchester in the last decade. The City, historic second team of the city, has emerged as the great club of the same, advancing on the right to a United that leads several drifting campaigns, and confirming itself as the great dominator of the Premier League in the last ten years. Much of the fault is Pep Guardiola, who has lifted seven titles, including two Premier, in his three and a half seasons as a City coach and tomorrow will play a vital game to continue gaining weight on his winners: the first leg of the semifinals of the Capital One Cup against Manchester United in Old Trafford “Before we were the noisy neighbor, but now I don’t know what we are”, Guardiola acknowledged in the previous meeting. Also, the Catalan tried to subtract pressure from his men before the impending Manchester derby: “The derby is important for our fans, I know exactly what it means to them, but the other teams are also very important.”. Nor did he answer if he preferred this type of games or face Liverpool, the team with which the last Premier has played: “There are many large teams in England,” he said.Guardiola did not confirm if he would play with holder Bravo, but He was glad to have recovered Aymeric Laporte and Nicolás Otamendi. “It’s good to have Laporte back. Everyone except Leroy (Sané) is training, so we have almost the entire team back for this period,” said the Catalan, who acknowledged that some players will rest for “the incredible amount of games that some have in the legs”. Catalan referred to some famous words of Sir Alex Ferguson, historical coach of United, which the Scot delivered in the summer of 2009 after the signing of Carlos Tévez for Manchester City. The Argentine striker never agreed with the British coach and in July 2009 he changed the sidewalk to leave the ‘red devils’ and Enroll in the ranks of the ‘citizens’, who received it with a gigantic blue-blue poster in which they welcomed Manchester; The image has its explanation: many British fans, especially the City, argue that the team of the Mancunians is the City, while United is the team of those who do not live in Manchester. “Sometimes you have a noisy neighbor and you can’t do anything”said the Scotsman, “They will always be loud, so you have to go on with your life, turn on the TV and turn up the volume.” “They are a small club with a small club mentality. They only know how to talk about Manchester United, that’s all they have done and they can’t do anything about it.”sentenced the Scotsman. The image with which the City announced the signing of Tévez and that sparked the controversy with Sir Alex Ferguson.Manchester City Guardiola, who did not go so far in his advances, was cautious in the face of tomorrow’s crash at Old Trafford, a stadium where he has only lost once as a ‘citizen’ coach. “When you play many times against the same teams sometimes you win and sometimes you lose,” explained the Catalan, “I didn’t expect to beat them whenever I got here. We’ve won more times than we lost, which is the important thing.”. However, the last Manchester derby ended with a ‘red devil’ victory by 1-2 at Etihad Stadium, a stadium in which he has only won a derby of the five that Santpedor has directed at home: “I don’t have a theory about this “, the Catalan was sincer.United comes to the first leg of the Capital One Cup after falling 2-0 against Arsenal in the Emirates on the last day of Premier, but Guardiola He doesn’t trust the Solskjaer team. “I think he’s starting to see what he wants in his team”, Guardiola explained, “It is not easy to take the reins of a great club that demands you to be champion in all competitions, but all coaches need time“.” I have a feeling that United has started playing as he wants, “he added, “They are very fast, solid and aggressive. In the last game we conceded a few counterattacks and in a matter of seconds they were in our area”.last_img read more

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The Caye-Nteka connection begins to show signs of life

first_imgOnubense and French capitalized all the danger of the azulones in the confrontation against Girona. Randy was involved at all times with the Girona centrals, winning more than half of his 16 aerial duels, and Caye took advantage of the spaces generated by this struggle of the Parisian.Nevertheless, It was in the association, one of the most complicated leaders in football, where the good tuning between battering ram and midfielder was seen. So much so that Caye’s two best chances came from Nteka passes. The first, in the 15th minute, after extending the ball a Biel Ribas ball and leaving only Caye in front of the goalkeeper. The second was, already at the edge of the break, a center of Nteka that Caye hooked first. On both occasions, the Girona Riesgo goalkeeper broke up the azulona attempts. In addition, a theft of Caye near the rival area served to make Hugo Fraile serve Nteka his clearest chance. Although the match against Girona put the spotlight on this couple, the duel in El Molinón, in which both disputed the ninety minutes, served to see the first signs of understanding between them. However, the lack of success in the face again blurred the work of the attack point azulona. Waiting for SekouWith all this, Fuenlabrada hopes that Sekou, a forward signed also in the winter market, will begin to be decisive in Mere’s plans. In this way and thanks to the Caye-Nteka connection and Sekou solve the problem of the blue goal of the last days.center_img The Fuenlabrada has reasons for joy in this small crisis, and it is that you begin to appreciate a great understanding between Caye Quintana, winter signing for the lead, and Randy Nteka midfielder. The connection between the two will be key to the tranquility of those of Fernando Torres.last_img read more

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