FRISCO, Texas – Incarnate Word’s Morgan Taylor is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Taylor dropped 20-plus points in each of the Cardinals’ (4-3) two wins this past week over Texas Lutheran and North Dakota State. UIW hosts Northern Colorado on Wednesday night before heading to SIU-Edwardsville for a Sunday afternoon contest.Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Morgan Taylor – Fr. – Guard – Chicago, Ill.Freshman Morgan Taylor poured in a season-high 23 points and six rebounds and recorded his first career block in a 70-59 win over Texas Lutheran last Monday. He bested his career-high point total with 24 and hit the game-winning layup with 26 seconds remaining to defeat North Dakota State 80-78 at the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase. Taylor shot nearly 52 percent (15-for-29) from beyond the arc and converted on 29 of 35 attempts from the charity stripe (.829).Honorable Mention: Josh Delaney, Sam Houston State; Jeremiah Jefferson, Nicholls
FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State outfielder Clayton Harp is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Houston Baptist hurler Kyle Gruller earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Harp was instrumental in the Bearkats’ (5-1) sweep of the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns over the weekend, finishing with a .571 average in the series and clubbing three home runs en route to a 1.214 slugging percentage. The senior drove in nine runs and scored five on his own.Four of Sam Houston State’s five opponents this week appear in one of the major college baseball polls, beginning with a showdown with No. 18 Texas at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight in Austin. The Bearkats return home to face No. 18 TCU at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before heading to Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas for the 2019 Frisco Classic, where Sam Houston State will face No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 12 Mississippi State and Nebraska from Friday-Sunday.Gruller was credited with a no-decision in a 2-1 series-clinching victory over Cincinnati on Saturday in Houston after the junior right-hander exited after the seventh inning of a 1-1 ballgame. The Huskies head to College Station for a 6:30 p.m. meeting with No. 23 Texas A&M on Wednesday before joining Sam Houston State in the DFW area for a three-game series at Dallas Baptist, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday.Hitter of the Week – Clayton Harp, Sam Houston State – Senior – Outfielder – El Campo, TexasHarp began the weekend with a bang, homering twice in the series opener against the Ragin’ Cajuns – a three-run shot to cut the deficit to 5-4 and a walk-off two-run blast to secure a 7-5 win. He went 3-for-5 in the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader and scored twice, including the winning run on a walk-off passed ball.The El Campo, Texas, native recorded an RBI single in the opening frame of the series finale and capped another 3-for-5 performance with a three-run home run with two outs in the eighth to put the game out of reach at 9-2 and clinch a series sweep. Honorable Mention: Brennan Breaud, Southeastern Louisiana; Reese Durand, Lamar; Taylor Smith, Incarnate Word; Luther Woullard, New Orleans.Pitcher of the Week – Kyle Gruller, Houston Baptist – Junior – Pitcher – Cypress, TexasGruller tied Sam Houston State’s Hayden Wesneski for the most strikeouts in a game this season, setting down 11 Cincinnati batters on strikes over seven innings of work. Over his final three innings, the Cypress, Texas, native punched out two batters in each frame. Gruller, who ranks second in the league with a .088 opponent batting average, allowed just three hits to the Bearcats.Honorable Mention: Aaron Celestino, Incarnate Word; Trever Kilcrease, Nicholls; Carlisle Koestler, Southeastern Louisiana; Chris Turpin, New Orleans; Hayden Wesneski, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Offensive Player of the Week: Keeley Ayala, UIW – So. – Forward – Wichita Falls, TexasWith the Cardinals and Huskies knotted at 1-1, Ayala stepped up and netted her nation-leading sixth penalty kick goal of the season in the 28th minute. After HBU forced extra time with a late penalty kick, she needed just three minutes in the first overtime period to end the match with her conference-best fourth game-winning goal of the season. FRISCO, Texas – UIW’s Keeley Ayala and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Shayla Spearman and Kyleigh Hall are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Spearman is the Defensive Player of the Week, and teammate Hall garners her fourth Goalkeeper of the Week award of the year and third straight. The Islander duo played a vital role in keeping preseason favorite Abilene Christian to one goal on a penalty kick in a 2-1 upset of the Wildcats. A&M-Corpus Christi (7-5-1, 4-1-1 SLC) aims to maintain its five-match unbeaten streak at Northwestern State at 7 p.m. Friday and versus Central Arkansas at 1 p.m. Sunday. Defensive Player of the Week: Shayla Spearman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Sr. – Defense – Wichita Falls, TexasSpearman played all 90 minutes on the Islanders’ back line, holding ACU to one goal on a spot kick in the first half. The Wildcats only placed six of their 18 attempts on goal. In Southland matches, A&M-Corpus Christi boasts the top goals-against average (.500) in the conference. Honorable Mention: Cailey Croson, UIW; Madeline Talbot, Stephen F. Austin. Goalkeeper of the Week: Kyleigh Hall, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Goalkeeper – Mansfield, TexasHall turned in another solid performance minding the net for the Islanders, making five saves on 18 shots faced to help A&M-Corpus Christi knock off the first-place Wildcats. ACU’s penalty kick goal is the only attempt to get by Hall in her last 280:34 in goal. This is Hall’s fourth weekly honor of the season and her third consecutive. Honorable Mention: Payton Adams, UIW; Kaisa Juvonen, Lamar. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Olivia Broussard, McNeese; Esther Okoronkwo, Lamar; Katelyn Termini, Stephen F. Austin. The Division I leader in penalty kick goals, Ayala earns Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring her sixth of the season from the spot as part of a two-goal performance in a 3-2 overtime win over Houston Baptist last Friday to vault the Cardinals (6-7, 5-1 SLC) into a three-way tie atop the conference table. McNeese and Lamar, the two teams tied with UIW at 5-1 in league play, are the Cardinals next two opponents at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday, respectively.
TRAINER HAS OHIO IN WINNING STATE OF MINDOhio returns to a distance that is right in his wheelhouse Saturday when he runs in the Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile on grass.Half of his 30 career races have come at that distance on turf, where he has won five. The eight-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding meandered from his comfort zone last out, going a mile and one-sixteenth on the main track at Presque Isle Downs on Sept. 9, but he still finished a creditable third, beaten less than two lengths in a field of 10.“They set a track record that day,” pointed out trainer Michael McCarthy. “Obviously, we’re very proud of his effort since it had been a long time (a string of 12 races) since he had run on anything other than grass, so it was certainly respectable.“He’s come back and trained well (four furlongs Saturday in 49.40). Even though he favors a mile, he’s a bit trip-dependent. He doesn’t have a real big turn of foot and he’s a bit one-paced, so obviously working out a trip is always important with him.“But he shows up every time. He loves his job.”Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Bruce Treitman, Ohio has nine wins, his most impressive coming by a desperate but thrillingly suspenseful nose at 9-1 in the prestigious, Grade I, Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita last March 30. He has earned $520,767.Also ticketed for the City of Hope Mile is Grade I Shoemaker Mile winner Bolo, ridden for the first time by returning Tyler Baze, who resumes his career full-time at Santa Anita with agent Craig O’Bryan after a successful six-month tour in the Midwest.Others probable for the City of Hope are Andesh, Abel Cedillo; Catapult, Rafael Bejarano; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez; Prince Earl, Geovanni Franco; Restrainedvengence, Ruben Fuentes, and True Valour, Drayden Van Dyke.McKINZIE, HIGHER POWER STILL EYE BC CLASSIC DESPITE UPSETBob Baffert and John Sadler reported Sunday morning their charges emerged from being upset by 25-1 winner Mongolian Groom in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes in good order and if all goes well, it’s on to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 2.“He came out of it all right,” Baffert said of McKinzie, the 3-10 favorite who had the entire stretch to overtake Mongolian Groom but couldn’t, losing by 2 ¼ lengths after being only a half-length back at the top of the stretch.“The plan is to run him in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.” John Sadler said Higher Power “came out fine” from his third in the Awesome Again, beaten 7 ½ lengths.“It was too bad that he stumbled so badly at the start and was kind of eliminated,” Sadler added, “but if he’s in good shape, he’ll go back in the big one (Breeders’ Cup Classic).”CEDILLO WINS FIRST GRADED STAKES AT GREAT RACE PLACEIt was business as usual for Abel Cedillo Sunday morning after winning his first Grade I stakes at Santa Anita yesterday aboard longshot Mongolian Groom for trainer Enebish Ganbat in the Awesome Again Stakes.For good measure, the 30-year-old native of Guatemala won his first graded stakes three races earlier by capturing the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship on 9-1 shot Cleopatra’s Strike for trainer Phil D’Amato.“He worked nine horses this morning and started at 5 o’clock,” said Cedillo’s agent, Tom Knust. “He has a lot of talent, works hard, is very smart, very strong and reminds you a lot of Joel Rosario.” Cedillo caught the eye of Knust while winning races in bunches at Golden Gate earlier this year, confident he could succeed on the competitive Southern California circuit.“I’m very happy with him,” Knust continued. “As for upsetting McKinzie, you never know, because that’s horse racing. You could pay $12,000 for a horse (as Mongolian Stable did for Mongolian Groom) or you could pay a million dollars. You can never tell how good they are until they start running.”MAIDEN WINNER DONNA VELOCE RUNS AS EXPECTEDDonna Veloce fulfilled every expectation of Team Callaghan when she won her debut race Saturday by 9 ¼ lengths, leading throughout the 6 ½ furlong sprint as the 3-10 favorite under Flavien Prat.The two-year-old bay filly bred in Kentucky by Coin Broker Syndicate covered the distance on a fast track in 1:16.22, handily (read geared down) under 122 pounds.“When you’ve got one you think is extremely good, you just want everything to go right,” trainer Simon Callaghan said Sunday morning.“You never want to predict victory. She came back well and we’ll see how her next few works go and look at the possibility of getting into the Breeders’ Cup.“If she doesn’t, we could wait for the Starlet (Grade I at Los Alamitos in December).”Owned by Kaleem Shah, the $800,000 daughter of Uncle Mo’s name translates to “fast woman” in Italian, but off her debut performance, she’s a runner in any language.FINISH LINES: Veteran Donnie Meche invades from Canterbury Downs to make his California debut in today’s second race when he rides Iron Curtain for trainer Val Brinkerhoff. The Louisiana native has been riding since 1993, ridden in the Kentucky Derby twice, rode first call for Steve Asmussen for six years and is six wins shy of 2,000 in his career, according to his agent, Ken Huth. “I always wanted to try California,” said Meche (pronounced “mesh”) and I finally got here.” Huth has Meche booked to ride Tule Fog Saturday in the $100,000 Harris Farms Stakes at Fresno for trainer Javier Sierra . . . Joe Talamo pilots favored Mucho Gusto for Bob Baffert in today’s Grade III, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. Talamo will ride Selcourt for John Sadler in Saturday’s Grade III LA Woman Stakes. Sadler has Martin Pedroza back on Horse Greedy in Saturday’s headliner, the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship, in which Omaha Beach is due to make his eagerly awaited return to the races. It looms a busy weekend for Sadler, who also has unbeaten and likely favorite Encoder set for Sunday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at a mile on turf . . . In Saturday’s Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes, the six runners finished in exact order of their post position numbers: No. 1 Mirth first; No. 2 Beau Recall second; No. 3 Elysea’s World third; No. 4 Siberian Iris fourth; No. 5 Excellent Sunset fifth; and No. 6 Paved sixth . . . Agent Derek Lawson has Kentucky Derby-winning rider Flavien Prat booked on multiple Grade I winner Vasilika for Jerry Hollendorfer in Saturday’s Grade I First Lady Stakes at Keeneland. Prat has two other stakes mounts that day, Bowie’s Hero for Phil D’Amato and Danuska’s Girl, also for Hollendorfer . . . Morning Line Maker Jon White advises Mongolian Groom earned a lofty 110 Beyer Speed figure in winning yesterday’s Awesome Again, while runner-up McKinzie earned a 108, and dazzling two-year-old maiden filly winner Donna Veloce checked in with a Beyer of 91 . . . Having withdrawn an appeal of a suspension issued Aug. 10, Drayden Van Dyke will serve a three-day ban Oct. 19, 20 and 24 . . . Santa Anita is dark Monday, Tuesday simulcast wil be available Wednesday. Live racing resumes Thursday at 1 p.m. McKINZIE, HIGHER POWER BOTH EYE BC CLASSIC ABEL CEDILLO MAKES THE GRADE AT SANTA ANITA MAIDEN WINNER DONNA VELOCE ONE ‘FAST WOMAN’ LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on September 29th, 2019FEATURES:Quick Questions With Trainer Eoin Harty: Part 1 of 2WORK OUTS:Neptune’s Storm (Outside) and Via Egnatia (Baltas) 9/29/19Catalina Cruiser (Sadler) 9/28/19Kentan Road (Sadler) 9/28/19Giant Expectations (Eurton) 9/28/19Omaha Beach (Outside) and Magic Rate (Mandella) 9/27/19Map Maker (Inside) and Technicolor (Baffert) 9/27/17Campaign (Sadler) 9/27/19Paradise Woods (Sheriffs) 9/23/19 OHIO RETURNS TO MILE IN GRADE II CITY OF HOPE TYLER BAZE RETURNS FULL TIME THIS SATURDAY VETERAN MECHE MAKES CALIFORNIA DEBUT TODAY
HIDDEN MESSAGE, MUCHO UNUSUAL, GIZA GODDESS & SOLENT ALL PROMINENT AMONG A FIELD OF 12 IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 AUTUMN MISS STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF DEEP & COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES PROVIDE TRUE HANDICAPPING CHALLENGEARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2019)–In what shapes up as perhaps the best betting race of the meeting, Hidden Message, Mucho Unusual, Giza Goddess and Solent head a deep and competitive field of 12 sophomore fillies going a flat mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita.With the three out of the top four fillies having last met in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 17, the Simon Callaghan-trained Hidden Message, who rallied to be a close second in what was her U.S. debut, may rate top billing.HIDDEN MESSAGEOwner: Qatar Racing LimitedTrainer: Simon CallaghanA Kentucky-bred filly by Scat Daddy, she won two out her five starts in Europe prior to running second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Chad Brown’s talented repeat winner Cambier Parc in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Covered up early while mid-pack in a field of 13, she demonstrated an impressive turn of foot and appeared second best on the day. A winner of one of three lifetime turf miles, Hidden Message, who will be ridden back by Flavien Prat, would certainly benefit from a fast pace as she cuts back in distance a furlong for what will be her second stateside start.MUCHO UNUSUALOwner: George KrikorianTrainer: Tim YakteenAttentive to the pace while third early in the Del Mar Oaks, this California-bred daughter of Mucho Macho Man came up empty late at 7-1, finishing seventh, beaten 4 ¼ lengths when ridden for the first time by Mike Smith. An impressive off the pace winner of the Grade II San Clemente Handicap at one mile on turf two starts back on July 20, she’s unbeaten in three tries at the Autumn Miss distance. With Smith apparently opting to ride Midwestern invader Solent for trainer Brad Cox, Mucho Unusual, who has proven effective on the early lead or coming from behind, will be handled for the first time by Victor Espinoza.GIZA GODDESSOwner: Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy Ingordo, David Ingordo & Steve MoodyTrainer: John ShirreffsFresh and dangerous, this Kentucky-bred filly by Cairo Prince has been idle since annexing the one mile turf Blue Norther here on Dec. 30. A one mile turf maiden winner two starts back at Del Mar Dec. 1, she’ll be making her seventh start and will be ridden by underrated Brice Blanc for the fourth consecutive time. A winner of two out three starts at a mile on grass, she demonstrated good tactical speed in both of her wins and will hope for a trouble-free trip while close to the pace on Saturday.SOLENTOwner: Juddmonte FarmsTrainer: Brad CoxOriginally trained by Chad Brown over the course of her first four starts on the east coast, this Juddmonte homebred daughter of Hard Spun was transferred to Cox last summer and has won both of her starts for him, at Indiana Downs on July 31 and a turf allowance at Kentucky Downs Aug. 31, in impressive fashion. A 1 ¼ length maiden winner going 1 1/16 miles on turf two starts back, she posted a 1 ¼ length allowance win at a mile and 70 yards on turf Aug. 31 and appears to be a filly on the way up. With Mike Smith engaged, look for Solent, who has most recently been based at Churchill Downs, to take considerable pari-mutuel action.THE GRADE III AUTUMN MISS STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTApache Princess–Kent Desormeaux–120Alittlelesstalk–Tyler Baze–124Hidden Message–Flavien Prat–124K P Slickem–Jorge Velez–122Keeper Ofthe Stars–Abel Cedillo-122Solent–Mike Smith–122Great Sister Diane–Jeffrey Sanchez–124Holly Hundy–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Mucho Unusual–Victor Espinoza–124Giza Goddess–Brice Blanc–124Strike At Dawn–Drayden Van Dyke–122Free My Soul–Martin Garcia–124First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Mauricio Pochettino hits back at Kieran Trippier over claims he forced defender out of Tottenham SPURS WONDERKID Troy Parrott has drawn admiring glances from around Europe – with continental giants Real Madrid and Juventus reportedly set to do battle for the 17-year-old’s signature.The young Irish starlet has been compared to compatriot and former Tottenham marksman Robbie Keane – who flourished at White Hart Lane over many years.1 17-year-old whizzkid Troy Parrott impressed for Spurs during pre-season outings against Juventus, Manchester United and Real MadridCredit: Getty Images – GettyAccording to Calciomercato, Parrott’s potential has not gone unnoticed – with Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich all circling around the Ireland youth international.Parrott has yet to feature in a competitive match for Tottenham’s first team yet – but recently made his debut for his country’s under-21s, netting three times in his first two caps.Despite having included Parrott in Spurs’ Champions League squad, manager Mauricio Pochettino has urged for patience from the White Hart Lane faithful.The Tottenham boss told football.london: “I think the progress was there because he had the possibility to be involved in pre-season.”Now he’s more consistently training with the first team. But I think he needs time, we need to be relaxed. We cannot put his name in the spotlight every day because we’re not going to help him by doing that. He’s still so young.LATEST TOTTENHAM STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year”The best way to help him is to be calm and relaxed about him. If he’s going to be involved with the U23s instead, perfect. Sometimes he’ll train with us, good.”Now it’s a process where he needs to be relaxed. If we put too much pressure we’re going to force or push him to make a mistake and that’s what we don’t want.”Tottenham’s Carabao Cup third round clash with Colchester United later this month could offer the ideal opportunity for Parrott to be given his first team debut for the Lilywhites.
SPURS youngster Ryan Sessegnon has been tipped to be the “next Gareth Bale” after he scored on his first start for the club.But for every Harry Winks or Oliver Skipp, there’s a failed wonderkid who didn’t quite live up to the hype expected.12 Tottenham have invested in young players like Ryan SessegnonCredit: Getty – ContributorHere’s six Spurs youngsters who failed to set North London alight.JOHN BOSTOCKBostock was tipped for greatness after becoming Crystal Palace’s youngest ever player when he made his debut aged 15 in 2007.A year later, Spurs beat off interest from Barcelona and Arsenal to sign the box-to-box midfielder, who seemingly had the world at his feet for £700,000.The move infuriated then-Palace chairman Simon Jordan, who revoked Bostock and his step-father’s season tickets.But, as fate would have it, Jordan need not have worried. Bostock’s development stunted after unsuccessful loans at Brentford, Hull, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon, and then Toronto FC.A move to second division side Royal Antwerp reignited his passion for the game in 2013, and he then bounced to OH Leuven, Lens, Bursaspor and Toulouse.This season Bostock has returned to our shores, still only 27, on loan at Nottingham Forest.12 John Bostock infuriated Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan when he moved to Spurs in a £700k dealCredit: Getty Images – Getty12 Now 27, Bostock is at Nottingham Forest after a spell at ToulouseCredit: Getty – ContributorCAMERON LANCASTERIn 2012 Lancaster was reckoned to be Spurs’ best youth player in a team that also had Harry Kane in.The centre-forward even got a debut before the England hotshot against Wigan that same year.However, it all turned sour for Lancaster after a series of injuries hampered his progress, including snapping his groin to the bone and tearing his ACL.In 2014, he was released by Spurs and signed by Stevenage. Then a move to St Albans City followed, where he continued to struggle.A year later, he was enjoying his football in America playing for Louisville City in the USL Championship.After rediscovering his scoring boots, finding the net 36 times in 79 games for them, he’s just been signed by Nashville Soccer Club, who make their MLS debut in 2020.12 Cameron Lancaster was rated as a better prospect than Harry KaneCredit: Corbis – Getty12 Lancaster now plays his football in America after two serious injuriesCredit: Getty – ContributorCHRISTIAN CEBALLOSArsenal aren’t the first club in North London to have a Ceballos on their books, you know.Back in 2011 Tottenham took a punt on a Christian Ceballos, also an attacking midfielder, who was formerly at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy.By the age of 15, Ceballos had become a YouTube sensation after a video of him ball-juggling with Ronaldinho went viral.But he was released by Barcelona, and after an unsuccessful trial with Chelsea was snapped up by Spurs.Ceballos failed to make a first-team appearance for the Premier League giants and was sold to Charlton where he flopped.After a three-year spell at Belgium team Sint-Truidense V.V., Ceballos, now 26, moved to Qatari side Al-Wakrah this year.12 Spanish midfield maestro Christian Ceballos came from BarcelonaCredit: Getty Images – Getty12 Ceballos flopped at Spurs and now plays in Qatar for Al WakrahCredit: Getty – ContributorDORIAN DERVITTEIn 2006, when Martin Jol was Tottenham boss, he added Dervitte to his squad.Signed from Lille, the 6ft 4in defender was a France under-18 international and tipped to become one of the leading centre-halves of his generation.Sadly for Dervitte, he only made one appearance – in a League Cup tie against Port Vale alongside Michael Dawson in the heart of Tottenham’s defence – before injury curtailed his career.Surgery on his knee kept him out of the game for several months, but a loan spell at Southend United gave him renewed hope when he was voted second in a player of the season poll by their fans.But top-level football alluded him, and spells at Villarreal B, Charlton, Bolton and Charleroi followed.He’s currently plying his trade for NAC Breda, now in the Dutch second division.12 Dorian Dervitte was rated as one of the best young defenders of his generationCredit: Getty Images – Getty12 Dervitte now plays for NAC Breda in the Dutch second divisionCredit: Getty – ContributorTERRY DIXONBetween 2004-08, Tottenham had high hopes for Republic of Ireland forward Dixon.That’s why they stood by the youngster after he suffered three crippling knee injuries before the age of 18.But it wasn’t to be, and he was picked up by West Ham after Spurs released him.A year later his contract was terminated by the Hammers when he failed to break into their first team.Since 2011 Dixon has stopped at Stevenage, Ware, Tooting and Mitcham United, Bradford City, Halifax Town, Dover Athletic, Dunstable Town, and Berkhamsted without leaving his mark.He’s been at Aylesbury United since 2014, and is still only 29.12 Three serious knee injuries before the age of 18 saw Terry Dixon fail to live up to his hypeCredit: Getty Images – GettyJONATHAN BLONDELIn 2002, Belgium midfield schemer rejected Man United’s advances after Sir Alex Ferguson earmarked him as one for the future.A few months later, in came Spurs who swooped for the-then Belgium under-19 star who was one of the most coveted young footballers on the planet.latest football featuresHOUSE OF GODMaradona’s teenage home now a quirky museum made to look like it was in 1978TIM VICKERYCunha’s goals for Hertha Berlin show he can succeed Firmino & Jesus for BrazilMAN THEY’RE BADMan Utd’s worst kits include vintage green and gold shirt & ‘cursed’ greyLewdicrousInside Lewandowski’s £7m flat in Poland with private cinema and a golf simulatorExclusiveTIM VICKERYBarcelona target Martinez stood out as a teen because of his talent and graftGONE TO THE DOGSGrealish, Sterling & Noble among Prem stars protected by £25k guard dogsMALIBU STANArsenal owner Kroenke’s £20m Malibu home where Princess Di was set to move inGROOM-ALDORonaldo’s hairstyles through the years, from blond highlights to tight top knotA good passer of the ball with excellent vision, Blondel suffered with the physical rigours of the British football.At only 5ft 8in and of slight build, he was often bullied out of reserve games and was deemed surplus to requirements within two years, playing just twice.However, Blondel did kickstart his career back in Belgium with Club Brugge, and ended up making 266 games for the club. He retired at 31 in 2015, but didn’t quite achieve what was expected of him in the game.12 Jonathan Blondel snubbed Man Utd to go to Spurs insteadCredit: Getty Images – Getty12 Blondel ended up playing 266 times for Club Brugge before retiring at the age of 31Credit: Getty Images – GettyTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Jadon Sancho was always destined for the top
TOTTENHAM will make West Brom teenager Nathan Ferguson their top target for the problem right-back slot.Boss Mauricio Pochettino wants a new face for the position as he struggles to cover for the loss of England star Kieran Trippier.1 Tottenham are tracking West Brom teenager Nathan FergusonCredit: Rex FeaturesSince Trippier left to join Atletico Madrid last summer it has exposed a weakness in the squad Pochettino has built ujp.That has left the Argentine telling his scouting department to keep an eye out for someone who has the ability to come in and make the position their own.And the Spurs scouts are raving about Ferguson — who is playing LEFT-back for Baggies but is a natural right-sider.Crystal Palace are mad keen on Ferguson, 19, and also see him as a right- back.But now Spurs are on the scene and could offer a more glamorous move with a £10million deal.West Brom want to keep Ferguson and hope to extend his contract, especially with the club looking to mount a promotion challenge in the Championship.But a Premier League club would be hard to resist for Ferguson if he had the chance of a switch.The Birmingham-born youngster has become a wanted man in his breakthrough season – and both his defensive skills and ability to go forward mark him out as special.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticSpurs need someone soon as they have been filling in with players not used to the job following the loss of Kyle Walker-Peters through injury.They have the funds and a good reputation for giving youngsters a chance quickly.Although the Baggies want Ferguson for a promotion push, there is the chance of a January deal if the offer is fair.
Lui made his NRL debut in 2010 for Brisbane and has played 80 NRL matches for the Broncos, Sea Eagles and Dragons.The Raiders have also confirmed the signing of forward Makahesi Makatoa from the Bulldogs on a one year deal for the 2017 season.After finishing the 2016 season training in Canberra with the NRL squad, both Scott Sorenson and Brent Naden will continue with the NRL squad in 2017 and will be joined by Mounties team mate Eddie Aiono.This continues the strong relationship between the Raiders and Mounties, which saw Clay Priest become the first Mounties player to play NRL for the Raiders. Priest went on to play 14 matches for the Raiders in 2016 and win the club’s rookie of the year award.With five players currently on duty for the four nation’s tournament, the Raiders will begin the pre-season with an extended squad including some former Raiders NYC players and Mounties contracted players for the start of pre-season training on November 21.
Photo: Photosport Sonny Bill Williams in his Blues jersey with the BNZ logos taped over on the collar. A statement issued by the Blues this morning says they and New Zealand rugby have been in discussions with sponsors BNZ and will announce the outcome of those shortly.The statement said neither the Blues nor Williams will be making any comment prior to that.Under their collective contract players can lodge conscientious objections to promoting finance, alcohol, tobacco, gambling companies and banks.RNZ Sport understands Williams had told the Blues he didn’t want to have BNZ on his jersey, but that they hadn’t made a personalised one for him in time for his return to the playing field.It’s understood Williams didn’t cover over the logo of international banking group Investec, who’s logo appears on all of the New Zealand Super rugby jersey’s, as he was unaware they were a bank.