SFA Cruises into NCAA Tournament after Southland Tournament Win

first_imgTournament most valuable player Thomas Walkup scored 19 points and added five rebounds and four assists for the Lumberjacks, who led just 35-32 with 18:12 remaining before going on their decisive run, which put them up 56-37 with 7:08 left after a basket from Conner Brooks. The Bearkats were up 22-17 following Terrance Motley’s jumper at the 6:45 mark of the first half, but the Lumberjacks responded with a 14-2 run that was highlighted by a pair of treys from Deshaunt Walker, the latter which gave SFA a 31-24 lead with 3:17 before intermission. Sam Houston would get within 31-28, but Walkup’s layup with 31 seconds remaining allowed the Lumberjacks to take a 33-28 cushion into the locker room. The win was also the 28th straight for the Lumberjacks (31-2), the nation’s second-longest streak in the nation. Only undefeated Wichita State has a longer run. “We couldn’t let this opportunity fade away from us,” said all-tournament selection Desmond Haymon, one of six players on the SFA roster which lost to Northwestern in last year’s tournament finale. “The focus the team had stayed there the whole night.” SFA went undefeated in 18 Southland Conference games en route to earning the school’s second tournament championship and now awaits its destination when the NCAA tournament bracket is formally announced Sunday at 5 p.m., CT, on CBS. Sam Houston State guard Kaheem RansomOn mentality at halftime of close game:“First half, we had an early dead but they made a push at the end to take the lead at half. We just wanted to make adjustments and come out and be aggressive and make shots and outplay them a little bit. They frustrated us. It’s clear we didn’t take good shots in the second half and it showed.” “For us to be on the national stage and represent who we are and what we’re about….that means the world,” he said. “I’ve said it all along: we play for the name on our front, not on the back, and we take great, great pride in being able to play for Stephen F. Austin State University. “You’ve got to give them credit,” Bearkats coach Jason Hooten said. “They defended us pretty well. I thought early in the game, we got some pretty good shots that didn’t go in. That happens … when you don’t make shots, you get a little frustrated, but we probably carried that over on the defensive end.” On SFA success defensively:“They totally deny you on the wings and play over the top. They do a really good job on ball screen motions. They make things very difficult every possession so when you do get good shots you’ve got to knock them in. I thought in the first half we had a couple good looks at threes that didn’t go down. We had some layups early and some really good looks and just didn’t finish them; part of that is our fault and also had a lot to do with their defense.” Lumberjacks coach Brad Underwood felt overjoyed about being able to not only represent SFA, but also the conference, as his first season at the helm still has him and the school on the biggest stage in college sports. “This is a good league. It’s got great teams. It’s got great players,” Underwood added.center_img Sam Houston State coach James Hooten“First of all, congratulations to Stephen F. Austin. Obviously, they’re having a season for the ages. I thought our guys played really hard. We were ready to go. It just wasn’t our night. We’ve got to give them credit because a lot of that was due to them. They defended us really well. I thought early in the game we got some really good shots, it just didn’t go in. It happens; when you don’t make shots you get a little frustrated; and we probably carried that over on the defensive end. Down three at halftime, felt pretty good considering how we finished off the half but second half we just couldn’t get anything going offensively and it just snowballed on the other end of the court.” Joining Walkup and Haymon on the all-tournament team were Sam Houston State’s Jabari Peters and Kaheem Ransom along with Northwestern State’s Jalan West. Despite the loss, the Bearkats stand a very good chance to play in either the National Invitational Tournament or the College Basketball Invitational. A selection to either would give Sam Houston its third postseason trip in school annuals. “We deserve it,” said Hooten. “We’ve won 23 games, played a great schedule and I think we’ll get that opportunity.” On perspective of the season:“I’m a pretty competitive person. With that being said, we have our whole team except those four great seniors coming back. Looking on down the road that’s pretty exciting but I also don’t think we’re done playing basketball this year either. I think we’ll get some kind of invitation to a tournament and we deserve it. We won 23 basketball games and played a great schedule with an RPI of less than 120 out of 350-something schools and these guys deserve to keep playing and I think we’ll get that opportunity.” Postgame Quotes…Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood“We beat a very good basketball team tonight. Give a lot of credit to Sam Houston, who played three games to get here. We knew this would be a tough game. I thought we were a little tight in the first half. In the second half, I thought our defense was tremendous. We did a great job on the backboards. Overall, I was very pleased. Tom got us off to a great start and these guys were spectacular.”On their 21-5 run midway through the second-half:“That was the difference in the ball game … it really broke it open. Most of it was based on our ability to guard and handle their ball screens. We changed and altered shots at the rim. The thing I was most impressed with was that we did it without fouling. When our team has to rotate, we are at our best defensively because it is something we do very well.”On their 28-game winning streak:“I don’t know how to explain it, but whatever ‘it’ is, but this team has “it” and it starts with Desmond. I couldn’t be happier for him to be a part of this program for four years and get to experience the NCAA tournament. This is an unbelievable group … and not just of basketball players, but of tremendous individual people.”Stephen F. Austin guard Desmond HaymonOn getting the chance to play in the NCAA tournament:“It’s a blessing. It took me to my senior year to get here. I’m blessed to have such great teammates and coaches. The opportunity was there and we took it … I’m just blessed to have it.”On maintaining the big lead late in the game:“We knew that we couldn’t let this opportunity fade away from us. Our defense intensity in the second-half was locked in and we just didn’t want this opportunity to slip away. We had great leadership from everybody.”Stephen F. Austin forward Thomas WalkupOn being named tournament MVP:“It’s an honor but it’s not an individual award. Desmond could easily have the MVP or Jake; it could have gone to any of them. It’s not like I played better than any of them. It just happened to be my night tonight.”On their 28-game winning streak:“We come out to the court every single day and work hard. It’s a tribute to that. Every single night we come out with focus and intensity and we enjoy playing the game with each other.” Box Score (PDF)  |  Photo Gallery  |  Highlights  |  ReplayTrophy PresentationPress Conference: SFA and SHSU KATY, Texas – Stephen F. Austin used a 21-5 second-half run to turn a tight game into a 68-49 rout of Sam Houston State to win the 2014 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship at the Leonard E. Merrell Center Saturday night to earn the automatic bid into the NCAA tournament in the process. Sam Houston (23-10) hit just 2 of 8 shots and committed six turnovers during the pivotal run and the Bearkats were held to only 38.6 percent shooting on the night.last_img read more

Slick City dump out Hammers

first_imgThe visitors led 3-0 at half-time thanks to strikes by Yaya Toure, via the penalty spot, a Havard Nordtveit own goal and David Silva.However, things got even worse for the Hammers in the second half as further efforts from Sergio Aguero – his 18th goal in all competitions this season – and John Stones rounded off the scoring for City.As a result, it will be City’s name in the hat for the fourth-round draw on Monday, while Slaven Bilic and Co can now concentrate on trying to rise up the Premier League table.The West Ham boss made three changes from the side that lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United at the start of the week, with Adrian replacing Darren Randolph in goal, and there were also starts for Andy Carroll and Edimilson Fernandes in place of Dimitri Payet and the Africa Cup of Nations-bound Cheikhou Kouyate.His opposite number, meanwhile, made five alterations from the team that beat Burnley 2-1 at home in the Premier League on Monday afternoon, with the Catalan bringing in the likes of Willy Caballero, Stones, Pablo Zabaleta, Silva and Aguero.Both goalkeepers were called into early action, with Adrian’s legs keeping out a Silva shot at his near post, before West Ham immediately went up the other end of the pitch, with Caballero forced to beat away Michail Antonio’s deflected drive.However, it was the visitors who gradually started to take control of proceedings with their slick passing, with Aguero being denied by a brilliant fingertip save from Adrian, before they finally broke the deadlock via the penalty spot 12 minutes before half-time.Zabaleta, playing in midfield, exchanged passes with Raheem Sterling before driving into the box, only to be upended by Angelo Ogbonna, with referee Michael Oliver immediately pointing to the spot despite there appearing to be little contact made by the West Ham defender.Toure, though, made no mistake from the spot as the Ivorian thrashed home his 13th successful spot-kick in all competitions for City, despite Adrian diving the right way.But if the Hammers felt hard done by with the visitors’ opener, they had no complaints about their second goal eight minutes later as City launched a blistering counterattack following a West Ham corner.Silva, Aguero and Bacary Sagna all exchanged a neat array of passes down the right, before the latter’s cross was turned into his own net by Nordtveit, with Sterling breathing down his neck.And before the home side could catch their breath, City had scored again to all but end the game as a contest, with only one minute and 46 seconds separating the visitors’ second and third goals.Again the pacy Sterling was involved as the England international latched on to Aguero’s defence-splitting pass, before he picked out the unmarked Silva six yards out and the playmaker made no mistake from close range.Whatever Bilic said to his players at the break clearly made no impact as City once again dominated right from the restart, adding a fourth within five minutes through Aguero.Sterling dribbled his way to the left byline, before pulling the ball back for Toure waiting on the edge of the area. And although the midfielder did not catch his shot properly, Aguero was lurking just in front of Adrian to register his 154th goal for City, taking him above Colin Bell in the club’s all-time scoring list as a result.After both managers made a raft of changes with upcoming Premier League games in mind, including Guardiola opting to rest man-of-the-match Silva who had pulled City’s strings all night long, Stones added a fifth six minutes from time.Substitute Nolito swung in a left-wing corner which the centre back guided goalwards and despite Mark Noble’s intervention on the line, referee Oliver awarded the goal after consulting his watch that told him the ball had crossed the goalline.last_img read more

Follow the Trace | Development needed, but how?

first_img Players in school too long After several years of administrative uncertainty and myopic naivety by Jamaica’s football leadership, finally, the consensus has been reached that for our football to achieve and maintain its pride of place and relevance going forward, the focus must be on the sustained development of our young players. Consensus is a good starting point, but the real challenge is to find the most realistic way to optimise the development of more of Jamaica’s best football talent, especially given the crippling weaknesses in the local football structure. In traditional football cultures, the development thrust is driven by big professional clubs with extensive academies and youth-development programmes. We can dream and fantasise all we want in Jamaica, but we have nothing remotely close to the required structures to adequately address our developmental needs. The best of our local clubs in our struggling semi-professional league cannot make ends meet and the football is played on terrible surfaces with very sparse sponsorship and negligible alternative income. It is a perennial struggle to field even a Premier League team, much less to properly address youth development. As it is now, the traditional ISSA/FLOW Manning and DaCosta Cups, as well as the relatively new Super Cup competitions, drive the very popular schoolboy football product in Jamaica. These are the elite under-19 competitions that attract all the top young players. But as popular and as well supported as it is, schoolboy football remains an amateur high-school competition run by school principals. The extenuating circumstances of Jamaica’s football reality leave us some rather imperfect and unorthodox choices. In this renewed developmental thrust, as imperfect as it is, we have no choice but to continue to scout the Manning and DaCosta Cup competitions for our best football talent. It is at this crucial juncture that we have struggled over the years, losing tens, maybe hundreds of very talented players for one reason or another. Within the myriad of unique systemic, structural and cultural challenges facing our football, one very basic thing that can do is at the end of the schoolboy football season we identify the best of the best young talent and get them playing in the Red Stripe Premier League. As a developmental strategy, let us strategically expose our best young players to our best available level of football at the earliest possible age. The top 17-, 18-, and 19-year-olds across the world all came through the academy structures in their clubs and were all elevated to senior football at an early age. Kylian Mbappe, formerly of Monaco, now at Paris Saint Germain, Marcus Rashford at Manchester United, Christian Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund are all outstanding young players who would have benefited from the early exposure to playing adult football at the highest level at a very early age. One of the big disadvantages of depending on schoolboy football to produce and expose our talent is that the top players stay in school until they are 19. We have lost an entire generation of young players courtesy of the thinking that a player at 19 is a young player. In football terms that thinking is five years over aged. Elite-level talent at 15, 16 and 17 should already be exposed to the top-level adult football if they hope to become high-quality professionals. All things considered, the very best that we can do right now is to get our top players into our top league as early as possible. Even then, the real investment will begin when the Jamaica Football Federation mandates the top clubs to play a minimum number of young players, maybe three or four under-19 players per club, and they must play a minimum number of stipulated amount of minutes. This would be an investment that would eventually benefit the clubs themselves, and ultimately, Jamaica’s football in the medium to long term. More players would be better prepared and better developed at an earlier age for the lucrative, open football market, and eventually for Jamaica. If there is a better, more pragmatic, more workable plan out there, let’s hear it. Speak now, or forever hold your peace.last_img read more

14 to compete for Miss Guyana Universe title on September 17

first_imgThe 2016 Miss Guyana Universe pageant is billed for September 17 in the Grand Ballroom of the Guyana Marriott, Kingston, Georgetown and will see 14 elegant young ladies vying for the coveted title under a new franchise, former Miss Guyana World contestant Jyoti Hardat.The pageant will kick start with the sashing ceremony on September 4, at Gravity Lounge, Camp and Regent Streets, Georgetown. It will be the first time the delegates will be officially introduced to the public.However, the events during the pageant week will incorporate live entertainment, guest performers, community leaders, and also includes a talent show and a corporate sporting event.These events are geared to entice the very broad spectrum target market consisting of families, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. This prestigious final event presents an opportunity to boost the visibility of Guyana on an international level.With Guyana being listed as the country with the highest suicide rate; the Miss Universe Guyana organisation plans to incorporate events which will be educational, outlining issues and bringing more awareness to suicide education and prevention. In addition, special emphasis will be placed on domestic violence.Moreover, there will be extensive training for the delegates to mentally and physically prepare them to be well-rounded candidates for the prestigious national title of Miss Guyana Universe.The Miss Guyana Universe organisation assures the public that the pageant will be run with honour, fairness and transparency. The delegates will compete in personal interview with a panel of judges, swimsuit, evening gown and on-stage question for the top five finalists.Prior to coronation night, there will be the preliminary evening gown and fitness competition to determine the top candidates for the final night of competition. The crowned queen will represent Guyana in Philippines in the New Year.The 14 delegates competing for the title are Ariella Basdeo, Ashley Cameron, Ashley John, Meleisa Defreitas, Soyini Fraser, Odessa Grogan, Rafieya Husain, Iman Jaisingh, Aysya Kelley, Faydeha King, Xamiera Kippins, Denisha Rigers, Malika Russell and Ayana Whitehead.Meet the Delegateslast_img read more

Big celebrations this Friday as Glencar Service Station switches to Circle K

first_imgThe party is about to begin at Glencar Service Station in Letterkenny this Friday from 1-3pm to celebrate a new era for the complex.The petrol station is rebranding to Circle K, joining Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer group.It’s an exciting time for Glencar, as the station has been serving the community for over 20 years. The rebranding party from 1pm-3pm on Friday 20th September will feature fun giveaways on the day and entertainment for the kids. All are welcome to join the celebrations and avail of special offers in-store on the day.The Glencar Service Station team are proud to join the Circle K group and offer innovative service offerings. Not only do they have premium fuels from Circle K and car accessories,  but they also have cash & carry home fuels with special offers, do home-ware, hardware, grocery, Helium balloons, services such as bill pay, lotto, top-ups, mass cards, toll pay, bin tags, Fastways Drop-offs and so much more. Glencar Service Station, Letterkenny Glencar Service Station Glencar Service Station, LetterkennyGlencar Service Station, LetterkennyThe station underwent a refurbishment at the same time as roadworks were carried out locally to have minimal disruption to customers. The Circular Road at Glencar was one of the first areas to be hit by the impact of the roadworks, but it is now one of the first areas to be completely clear of disruption.The Glencar Shopping Centre is a one-stop-shop for the community with ample parking. The centre has a large range of services – including a bar & off licence, restaurant, pharmacy, supermarket, hair & beauty, butchers, post office, service station, charity shop, sunbeds, barbers, gym, pet shop, bookmakers, solicitors, physiotherapist, travel agent, financial advice.Glencar Shopping CentreBig celebrations this Friday as Glencar Service Station switches to Circle K was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Businesscircle kforecourtGlencar Service Stationletterkennypetrollast_img read more

Trout of bounds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe California Trout organization, or CalTrout, formed to protect the state’s trout and trout habitat, has also asked for the ban on fishing in the river above the fish ladder.“Now that we know the ladder is functioning, we need a uniform approach to protect these priceless fish,” said Jim Edmondson, CalTrout’s Westlake Village-based Southern California manager. “You sometimes can’t tell the difference between a rainbow trout and a steelhead. We don’t want to see these steelhead become like the grizzly bear, which is seen only on our state flag.”The new concern is the result of sightings this spring of about eight trout in the ladder, which was completed in December 2004 for $8 million – $4 million each from the state and the local water district – with an additional million dollars in improvements planned nearby to help the steelhead go up and down the river.“The Casitas Municipal Water District has committed hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in operational and research costs to help with the recovery of the steelhead population in the Ventura River watershed,” district officials said in a written statement advocating the ban on fishing.In addition to the fish recently seen in the ladder, another new development is a rise in the Lake Casitas water level, which is less than a foot below the spill level at nearby Casitas Dam. This is good for the steelhead recovery effort because water from the lake is sometimes needed to keep the ladder flowing. LAKE CASITAS – State and local water district officials spent millions of dollars to build a fish ladder in the Ventura River to save the endangered steelhead trout, and recent sightings of fish swimming through the ladder seem to indicate success.Now, the Casitas Municipal Water District is waging a battle against another possible hurdle for the trout – the fish hook.District officials are asking the state to prohibit fishing on a new stretch of the river just north of the ladder, and plan to send a letter this week emphasizing that the millions of dollars they spent to build and maintain the ladder will be wasted without a ban on all fishing. A draft of the letter says allowing anglers above the fish ladder “seems counter-productive to all of the efforts that are now being undertaken to assist the endangered steelhead.”Fishing would be prohibited in the river, but not in Lake Casitas, which is nearly a mile west and contains a half-dozen varieties of fish popular with anglers. Lake Casitas is about five miles southwest of Ojai. “The lake level is good for the fish and good for the people, and we’re very excited and happy to see the fish passage operating as it was designed to do,” said Ron Merckling, a spokesman for the water district. “The fish we’ve seen (in the ladder) are pretty large trout, about 14 inches or so.”He noted that it’s unknown whether the fish seen in the ladder are young steelhead coming upstream from the ocean or smaller rainbow trout that live their lives in the river.Mary Larson, a fisheries biology specialist with the California Department of Fish and Game, said fishing is already banned on the river below the fish ladder to the ocean. Her department is in the process of putting in a request to the California Fish and Game Commission to ban fishing on the river upstream from the ladder to Matilija Dam and Wheeler Gorge along Highway 33.“We’re pleased to see fish going through the ladder, and if they are steelhead, we need to close the waters above to protect the fish and be consistent with the federal Endangered Species Act,” she said.The fish passage was developed to allow the steelhead to get around the massive concrete Robles Diversion Structure built in 1959 to divert water from the river into the lake. The passageway provides a continuous flow of water for the fish to swim up and down the river around the Robles structure.The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has also approved an environmental impact report for razing the 168-foot-high Matilija Dam northwest of Ojai so the steelhead can reach habitat at higher elevations in the Los Padres National Forest blocked by the dam for almost 60 years.But if approved, the $130 million project probably wouldn’t be completed until 2011, officials have said, so in the meantime they hope the steelhead will at least be able to swim up the river and Matilija Creek to the base of the dam.Some officials estimate there were once as many as 5,000 steelhead in the river before the Matilija Dam was built in 1948, and Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn, 73, recalled standing in the river when he was a boy and watching the steelhead swim between his feet.But before the ladder opened, the steelhead had just about disappeared, particularly in the upper reaches of the river near Ojai, which is why biologists are excited about the recent discoveries.Some biologists and fish advocates hope the restoration of a steelhead population in the river will encourage the fish to migrate into the Santa Clara River, which goes from Oxnard up through the Santa Clara Valley, and into Malibu Creek, where there are already steelhead living below the old Rindge Dam. eric.leach@dailynews.com(805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Indian casinos rake in $23 billion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The report shows tribal casinos closing in on the amount of profits taken in by non-Indian casinos, which had $29.6 billion in revenue in 2005, a 4.6 percent rise from the previous year. California’s tribes saw revenue climb by 24 percent, to $7.2 billion, in a state where 55 tribes operate 57 casinos. That rate of growth isn’t likely to slow any time soon, said Meister, an economist with the Analysis Group in Los Angeles. The report is one of the most comprehensive for the industry. Meister uses data from government agencies, Indian tribes and casinos, gambling associations and other studies, as well as some proprietary financial data that tribes are not required to publicly report. California tribes, especially those in Southern California, have successfully added Vegas-style attractions such as five-star hotels, spas and golfing to their casinos to lure guests, Meister said. Their next challenge will be persuading California gamblers to give up trips to Las Vegas altogether in favor of venues closer to home. “If there’s people that are still traveling to Nevada, those are potential customers,” he said. He noted there are proposals for at least 47 new Indian casinos in California, including some in potentially lucrative markets such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Orange County. Regulatory changes being contemplated in Washington, D.C., could stall construction of new casinos, but it’s not clear yet what the reforms will be. Conor Lee, an organizer with Communities United Against Urban Casinos, which is lobbying against three proposed casinos in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area, said smaller tribes are increasingly trying to tap urban markets. Casinos, he said, drain money from the local community rather than boosting the economy. “They’ve been really pushing to put the casinos near major urban areas and near major arterials, because that’s where the money is,” he said. “People end up spending their money on a casino, and they don’t end up spending it on other kinds of entertainment.” Meister’s study said revenue from nongambling activities at tribal casinos also is on the rise and accounts for about one-tenth of tribes’ overall revenues – $2.3 billion in 2005. Although California still accounts for the largest share of Indian gambling revenue, Nebraska led all states in growth last year, at 228 percent, after adding a third casino and other offerings at existing facilities.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gambling revenue at American Indian casinos nationwide grew to nearly $23 billion last year, climbing at a rate more than three times faster than traditional gambling operations. California tribes accounted for nearly one-third of the money, according to a comprehensive report on Indian gambling to be released today. Nationwide, Indian gambling revenue grew by 15.6 percent in 2005, even though no major casinos opened last year, according to the Indian Gaming Industry Report, which has been compiled the past five years by Southern California economist Alan Meister. It was the 10th consecutive year in which revenues increased by about 15 percent. The growth can be attributed to expanded offerings at existing casinos and stepped-up marketing by tribes that are adding Las Vegas-style amenities to lure more visitors. last_img read more

England squad: Fabian Delph and Phil Jones being assessed ahead of qualifiers

first_img1 Fabian Delph and Phil Jones are both doubts for England Fabian Delph and Phil Jones are being assessed ahead of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania.Gareth Southgate’s squad trained at the newly-named Sir Bobby Charlton Pitch on Monday morning ahead of Thursday’s Group F clash against Slovenia – a match two players appear doubts for.Delph – called up by Southgate for the first time – played the entirety of Manchester City’s Premier League win at Chelsea, while Manchester United defender Jones was involved for the full 90 minutes against Crystal Palace.Both are being assessed by the Football Association’s medical team, while Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Michael Keane did a recovery session on Monday after their exertions on Sunday.England are five points clear at the top of Group F, with Thursday’s home game against Slovenia and next weekend’s trip to Lithuania to come.last_img read more

The Two Mikes – Monday, October 9: Reverend Pork and MG’s Tartan Army

first_imgListen back to the latest Two Mikes podcast, with more madness and mayhem from everyone’s favourite duo, Mike Graham and Mike Parry!On today’s show, the dynamic duo review another eventful international break and discuss Scotland’s meltdown, PLUS, things gets religious in the latest ‘Porky Sermon’ and there’s the latest edition of ‘Heroes and Villains’!Get all this and more in the Two Mikes podcast – LISTEN ABOVE!last_img

‘His family should be ashamed’ – Must listen talkSPORT rant about Grealish assault

first_imgListen to talkSPORT 2’s live commentary of shocking Grealish punching incident Jack Grealish was attacked a Birmingham City supporter during Aston Villa’s Second City derby win on Sunday afternoon.Grealish, the midfielder, was assaulted in the early stages at St Andrews, with a fan running onto the pitch and striking him from behind on the back of the head.The individual was escorted off the pitch and arrested, with West Midlands Police confirming later on Sunday the man, who they named as Paul Mitchell, had been charged. no dice 2 REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars And the only acceptable punishment for the supporter is jail, according to Ross.He continued: “I’d lock him up!“It’s brought shame and embarrassment to this great club, and to the rest of the fans who want to watch a good game of football and don’t get involved in that sort of thing.“An absolute moron. I bet his family are so ashamed of him – they should be!” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Grealish was sent to the floor by the strike Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Birmingham condemned the supporter’s actions and said they will personally apologise to Grealish for the incident.Grealish, 23, has been praised for his composure in the wake of such a shocking incident, while the supporter has been widely criticised.These calls were echoed by talkSPORT’s Mark Saggers, who was hosting Sunday Exclusive, and Tom Ross, who was bringing updates of the Second City derby live from St Andrews.The pair discussed in length the incident, and you can listen to the full rant above.“The game is irrelevant,” Ross, a Birmingham supporter, began. “Everybody will be talking about that incident.“And there were enough stewards to stop him.“They got him off quick enough – but that’s too late! He shouldn’t have got onto the field of play. REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “An idiot has got on… Birmingham are in enough trouble with the EFL as it is, and now they’ve got this on their shoulders.“This is a serious, serious thing, and one idiot – one idiot out of 30,000 people – is all it takes to spoil a decent game of football.“I won’t call him a fan – he’s an idiot!“It’s been a good game spoiled by one idiot.“There is no place in the game at any level for that to happen, and it’s brought embarrassment and shame to this club. huge blow BEST OF MONEY ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED shining RANKED “I’m a supporter of Birmingham, and I’m embarrassed and ashamed.”Saggs added: “This crossing the white line by the fan – there has to be a punishment every time which does involve criminal proceedings.“It’s seemingly the only way to stop anything.“We’ve seen it already this season, that if you get on to the pitch there has to be some sort of law enforced so that these people know its not just a case of being banned for life from a football club, it’s a case of answering charges.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The supporter was led away by stewards after striking Grealish last_img read more