The Southland is following directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Department of State Health Services, and has also consulted with the City of Katy Office of Emergency Management to ensure awareness and necessary notifications on the virus. Further, the league is adhering to the recommendations of the newly-formed NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel, focusing primarily on the CDC’s standard precautions. To date, the NCAA panel has not recommended cancelling athletic events, and instead is advocating a risk mitigation approach. Educational material, stressing the importance of stopping the spread of germs and respiratory diseases such as COVID-19, will be posted throughout the Merrell Center. COVID-19 Informational Links:Centers for Disease Control and PreventionTexas Department of State Health Services City of Katy Office of Emergency Management Katy ISDNCAA Sports Science Institute The Southland Conference requests that all teams, staff, officials, fans, and volunteers follow the CDC’s standard precautions which include: Avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Staying home if you are sick. Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately disposing of the tissue in the trash. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Additionally, while the Southland always urges that sportsmanship remain a priority at all competitions, teams will be allowed to use their own discretion as it relates to traditional pre- and post-game handshakes, perhaps choosing fist bumps or forearm bumps instead. The Conference will continue to monitor developments and also take any necessary action for upcoming championship events through the spring season. KATY, Texas – The 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments begin Wednesday at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, and league officials are continuing to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and well-being of the tournament’s participants and guests, including student-athletes, coaches, staff, media, and fans, is of the utmost importance, and the Conference is taking numerous precautions through the week. The Southland staff has also been engaged on this subject with its campus administrators and coaches over the past couple of weeks.
BAFFERT TO GIVE TALAMO A LEG UP ON ZATTER SANTA ANITA HONORS KONA GOLD NEXT SATURDAYBruce Headley was born on Feb. 17, 1934, 10 months before Santa Anita opened on Christmas Day, 1934. More than eight decades later, both are still kicking.Headley, best remembered as the trainer of Kona Gold, for whom next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 sprint at 6 ½ furlongs is named, is still a fixture at Santa Anita, where his Aunt Flora brought him as a kid when he was five years old.“I saw Seabiscuit and Kayak II run here,” Headley said, referring to the winners of the 1939 and 1940 Santa Anita Handicap, trained by “Silent” Tom Smith. “That’s how I got hooked on racing. My Uncle Ted was a security guard here. I was born in a house in nearby Baldwin Park that’s still there.”Kona Gold was pure race horse. A Kentucky-bred son of Java Gold from the Slew o’ Gold dam Double Surprise, the bay gelding owned in part by Headley won nearly half his starts, 14 of 30, with seven seconds and two thirds, earning $2,293,384.Sold as a yearling for $35,000, he was the champion sprinter of 2000, winning an Eclipse Award that year in which he captured the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs in a dazzling 1:07.60 for six furlongs. He raced until he was nine years old.“He could run faster than anybody and he stayed sound,” Headley recalled. “He had real good bone structure. He was just an honest race horse and when he ran, he ran.“When he got too old to race, he became a very good pony. He’d lead the horses back and forth to the track, and even though some of them had a wild brain, he knew he had a job to do and he did it.“When he got too old to pony, I retired him to the Kentucky Horse Farm so everybody could visit him.”Kona Gold was euthanized at the age of 15 on Sept. 25, 2009, after fracturing his left front leg while exercising in his paddock.But for Bruce Headley and others of his ilk who sanctify the equine ghosts of Santa Anita, Kona Gold lives on in perpetuity. TOKYO CITY CUP WILL BE CELEBRATED SUNDAY HEADLEY REMEMBERS THE GREAT KONA GOLD LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Ax Man works 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-13-19Hunt works 4 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-13-19A Day in the Life With Equine Therapist Tyler Cerin at Santa Anita ParkCandid Conversation Part 1 With Trainer Richard BaltasCandid Conversation Part 2 With Trainer Richard BaltasSwirling (Outside) & Persuasive Cat work 4 furlongs (Sadler) 4-12-19Route Six Six (Outside) & Don’tteasethetiger work 5 furlongs (Koriner) 4-12-19La Shirimp works 4 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-12-19Melissa Jane works 4 furlongs (Powell) 4-12-19Merger Arbitrage works 3 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-10-19Mistressofthenight works 4 furlongs (Baltas) 4-10-19Omaha Beach (Black Cap) and Ky. Colonel (White Cap) work 5 furlongs 4-06-19FINISH LINES: Santa Anita presents the 15th annual Tokyo City Cup celebration tomorrow with a plethora of Japanese cultural events, performances and delicious cuisine . . . Bob Baffert has five of the 12 nominees to the Kona Gold Stakes, with Zatter a likely starter under Joe Talamo. Zatter, a four-year-old son of 2007 and 2008 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and 2007 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding sprinter Midnight Lute–trained by Baffert–has won two of five starts before finishing sixth in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes on March 30 . . . Kanthaka, third in the San Carlos in which he broke from the rail, is likely to return in the Kona Gold under Flavien Prat, according to Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward. Also probable for the Kona Gold is Sparky Ville, who worked five furlongs this morning in 1:03 under Ruben Fuentes for trainer Jeff Bonde . . . Among the 129 recorded workouts at Santa Anita was a four furlong move by Kona Gold nominee Ax Man in 48:40 for Baffert . . . Geovanni Franco, third at 53-1 in the Santa Anita Handicap on Mongolian Groom for trainer Enebish Ganbat, journeys to West Virginia next Saturday to be back aboard the Kentucky-bred son of Hightail in the $1 million Charles Town Classic at 1 1/8 miles . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Santa Anita. The Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee will meet a day earlier on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend both meetings. An audio-only webcast of the Thursday meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website ( webcast). The agenda and package of materials for the Board meeting as well as the agenda and package for the committee meeting also are available on the website.
MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP 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 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubTeam newsUNAI EMERY could start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe up front together for the first time on Sunday against Tottenham.The Gunners boss will also need to decide whether to keep the faith with David Luiz or drop him for Calum Chambers.33While Arsenal have no new injuries to deal with, Spurs are in a world of trouble with right-back options Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth both doubtful.Midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is also set to miss the match, but Dele Alli could return.It is also likely that Pochettino will name wantaway Christian Eriksen in his starting XI. TOTTENHAM make the short trip to Arsenal for the first North London derby of the new season this weekend.Mauricio Pochettino’s men are desperate to bounce back from a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle last time out.3 Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at Liverpool in their last matchCredit: AP:Associated PressThat loss followed a dramatic draw at champions Manchester City, with Spurs’ only win the 3-1 triumph over Aston Villa on opening weekend.Arsenal lost by the same scoreline at Liverpool last week but there are reasons to be cheerful for Unai Emery’s men, who won their first two and smashed their transfer record on Nicolas Pepe in the summer.What time is kick-off?THE first North London derby of the season is set for Sunday, September 1.Kick-off is at 4.30pm at the Emirates.Last season saw three meetings between the bitter rivals, with honours even as Spurs won one game, Arsenal another and the final league clash was a draw.Which TV channel and live stream can I watch Arsenal vs Tottenham on?YOU can catch every minute of the drama on Sky Sports Premier League, Main Event and Ultra HD.Coverage will begin at 4pm.If you’re a Sky customer, grab the Sky Go app on your mobile, games console, tablet or PC to stream live.Whilst non-subscribers can still watch by purchasing a NOW TV pass from just £8.99.
FANS have backed Eric Dier after the Tottenham man confronted a fan who was allegedly abusing his brother.The defender, 26, leapt over advertising hoardings and climbed 20 rows of seats to hunt down the supporter.7 Eric Dier was backed by plenty of fans of social media after his confrontation with a supporter at White Hart Lane7 Dier leapt over seats and raced up the stands to protect his brotherCredit: TwitterHe could be heard shouting “he’s my brother” as he was restrained by supporters and stewards.It is believed the fan and Dier’s younger brother got into a heated exchange and the Three Lions star jumped into the stands to protect his sibling after the FA Cup penalty shootout exit to Norwich.But supporters on social media believed Dier was right to support his little brother, Patrick.@kyalMason1 said: “He shouldn’t get any punishment, the fan should be arrested, fined £5,000 and banned from every football stadium.”@ffsDH_70 added: “Fair play to him for sticking up for his family.”@jw_hcafc wrote: “Eric Dier what a bloke. Big respect.”@Charming_85 commented: “I don’t care how it looks, IF you was truly backing your brother. You have my utmost respect!”@BossNo1Sam1 typed: “Go on Eric Dier. Full respect! It doesn’t matter what your profession is, u stand up for what’s right and you stand up for your family.”And @Matt_Hayden1 tweeted: “Eric Dier showing that professional footballers are human and not scripted robots that they’re expected to be… fair play to him going and sticking up for his brother. Think anyone would do the same.”Eric, one of six children in the Dier clan, has two younger brothers, Edward and Patrick, but it is unclear which of the two were involved in the bust-up.But it is understood that his brother was invited into the dressing room after the clash and Spurs have already identified the fan and launched an investigation.The FA are now investigating the incident.They will speak to Spurs stewards and fans nearby for their observations.Dier is likely to face a misconduct charge for leaving the pitch area.He is likely to be charged and will face a small ban and potentially a fine.But the FA could be lenient towards him due to the circumstances surrounding his family and thanks to their strong anti-abuse stance.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursIt is not clear what sparked the row and if the supporter involved is a Tottenham fan, but the club are NOT expected to take any action against Dier.The altercation took place just minutes after Jose Mourinho’s side crashed out of the fifth round against the Premier League’s bottom side on penalties.The Portuguese manager later condemned Dier’s actions in his press conference.He said: “I don’t think that belongs to the game. The game was a fantastic representation of the FA Cup, but I cannot run away from the question.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrong”I think Eric Dier did what we as professionals cannot do but when someone insults you and your family is involved, especially your younger brother.”Mourinho added: “This person insulted Eric, the younger brother was not happy with the situation and Eric was not happy. We as professionals cannot do what he did.”If the club discipline Eric Dier I would not agree with it, but what he did was wrong.”777 The Tottenham and England midfielder was confronting supporters over an alleged incident involving his brotherCredit: Twitter7 The incident came just minutes after Tottenham crashed out of the FA Cup on penaltiesCredit: Rex Features7Jose Mourinho reacts to Eric Dier incident saying he was helping his younger brother during altercation
Photo by: PAUL CHILDS/REUTERS (Caption: Sebastien Chabal appears with Brayley and Dhyreille Lomu, the sons of late All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu) The late Jonah Lomu’s young sons Dhyreille and Brayley are in Europe supporting France in their bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. And the pair made a startling admission to French Newspaper Le Parisien. They’d choose to play for France over the All Blacks.Asked by Le Parisien if they were ready to become All Blacks in future, they replied in unison: “No, we want to play for France.” Not what you want to hear from the young sons of one of our greatest All Black wingers, is it?Dhyreille Lomu was born in France during his father’s brief stint playing for Marseille, hence any eligibility discussions wouldn’t be an issue.Dhyreille and brother Brayley Lomu made the journey to London as the French union presented its bid to host the 2023 World Cup, along with rival bidders South Africa and Ireland.According to legendary French flanker Sebastien Chabal, the pair were on hand to back the bid because they’d love to head to their second home for a World Cup experience in six years’ time.Chabal explained that Dhyreille Lomu was born in France, “And as he told us earlier, quite simply, he’s known as the Frenchie at home,” Chabal told the Mirror.”And Jonah Lomu loves France, that’s where they saw their daddy playing rugby. Today I speak in their name.”They said they would love to come back in 2023 to experience the World Cup in the country where their father was so happy.”I’ll leave it up to them to decide which jersey they will wear, blue or black, but they are very proud of this dual nationality, this dual identity and that’s why they’re with us today.”Lomu’s stint in France came towards the end of his career, which also included a stint with the Cardiff Blues in Europe.Lomu died in November 2015.Nadene Lomu, who travelled with her boys to France and London, told Le Parisien the idea for their appearance came from Claude Atcher, the director of the French bid and a man well known to Lomu during his time in Marseille.”They were very excited,” Nadene Lomu said of the boys when the idea of the trip came about.”For us, France is our second home. Dhyreille was born in Marseille. He tells everyone that he is French. Jonah loved this country very much and we feel good about it.”The Mirror reported that French rugby federation president Bernard Laporte hailed the appearance, saying it was “very good of them” to travel from New Zealand.While the Lomu boys are backing the French bid, president Emmanuel Macron has apparently distanced himself from any World Cup bid and declined to provide video support for their presentation to World Rugby.
Photo caption: South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold A 23-year-old woman has claimed two high-profile South Sydney players exposed themselves during a video chat without her consent.The video chat is reported to have involved several star players, but only two have been accused of misbehaving, reports the Daily Telegraph.One player allegedly exposed his genitals, while a second flashed his bottom – which the reportedly woman has screenshots of.It is understood the players were celebrating their 30-10 win over the New Zealand Warriors on May 26 in Auckland.Seibold told reporters on Friday he had not seen the picture sent to the club, and he insists all the team is focused on is their semi-final against the Dragons on Saturday.”I’m not obliged to talk about it, I’m obliged to talk about the game,” Seibold said.”I’m not going to play judge and jury today. Most of my time has been spent with management this morning.”With regards to the accusations, we take the accusations seriously, as do the integrity unit. At the moment, they’re accusations. I’ve not seen any photos myself. I’ve heard the accusations and I’m not willing to make any comment until the investigation is completed.”It’s a bit of chaos but the players can handle it. It’s not ideal. We’ve got our last practice today.”The club released a statement on the issue earlier.”The South Sydney Rabbitohs will investigate claims in today’s media regarding alleged player behaviour in May this year. A thorough investigation will be undertaken in conjunction, and in close cooperation, with the NRL’s integrity unit,” it read.”Since receiving contact details last night for the female involved, Rabbitohs officials have attempted to make contact via phone and email. The Rabbitohs take any allegations of player misbehaviour very seriously and will not be making any further comment until the completion of the investigation.”In the days after the alleged incident, it’s claimed one of the players in question repeatedly tried to called the woman, even after she had made it clear she wanted to be left alone.She then contacted the club to inform them about the issue on June 1, but claims she never heard back from the club despite repeated emails, which resulted in her going to the media.A club spokesman confirmed the woman’s initial email was received by the club’s football operations manager Brock Schafer on June 1. But subsequent emails from the woman on June 5 and August 31 were never responded to.The spokesman said the woman’s emails were identified as spam mail by the club’s mail server – a conclusion supported by an independent contractor’s investigation of the club’s email system.”I do know that there’s been an independent company come in to look at the email trail and again I’m not across that,” Seibold added.”The NRL integrity unit, from my understanding, have known about this for a couple of days, I don’t know how long they’ve known about it for, what the communications channels were and why it is the focus on the day before a semi-final.”Obviously like I said before, it is not ideal that these accusations have come out – they’re front page news, it is not what anyone wants. It’s not what I want, it is not what our game needs. I would rather talk about tonight’s game and tomorrow night’s game.”The Daily Telegraph didn’t name the accused players.
NSW prop Andrew Fifita will miss the opening two games of the State of Origin series after sustaining grade two ankle syndesmosis in Cronulla’s defeat by Parramatta on Monday.The 24-year-old, who was the Blues’ best forward in last year’s series loss, rolled his ankle less than 10 minutes into the game and although he tried to play on, he was forced off the field and then left Pirtek Stadium on crutches.Fifita underwent scans after the game and it revealed the full extent of the injury which is set to keep him out of action between six to eight weeks.The news is a massive blow to the Blues’ preparations, with coach Laurie Daley naming his side next Tuesday, before the squad fly up to Coffs Harbour where they’ll set up camp before the series opener in Brisbane on May 28.Daley also looks certain to be without key back-rower Greg Bird, who was slugged with a grade three lifting tackle on Monday for a challenge on South Sydney’s Bryson Goodwin.If Bird accepts the charge he’ll miss four matches and the first two matches of the series, should he opt to fight the grading and lose he could spend six weeks out and miss all three games.NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce’s selection is also under a cloud after he was arrested on Saturday night following an incident at a Kings Cross nightspot.Blues star Jarryd Hayne bemoaned the timing of the incidents and admitted he feared the worst when he saw the Bird challenge on TV, with the NRL cracking down on lifting tackles following the career-ending injury to Newcastle’s Alex McKinnon.”It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours, I saw Birdy’s one and I rolled me head and thought ‘no he’ll miss Origin’,” Hayne said.”It’s tough, because when you put players in that position you think teammates have the upper body.”When a teammate let’s go there’s nothing you can do. But it was a dangerous position and they are a bit touchy on that as of late.”Hayne was near to Fifita when he sustained his injury and thought he’d simply twisted his ankle, only to realise it was much worse at halftime.”I saw him do it at the time and hoped it wouldn’t be too bad, but I saw him at halftime and he was on crutches and knew it must be quite bad.”I think it might be a while. It’s a real shame.” – NRL.com
28-year-old Wisil, who became the first track and field female athlete in the Pacific Island nations to qualify on merit for this year’s Rio Olympic, praised the good Lord for helping her achieve her dreams.“I lost my dad and my brother in the same month but I want to thank God for the talent and helping me achieve my dreams.“I never give up on my dreams; this is my passion and my life. I have been participating in athletics for 12 years now. This is a big moment for me and my coach, they have been behind me and I’m so proud of them,” Wisil said.“I can’t believe it, I trained hard and dedication has paid off and I’m happy. I want to thank God for everything he has done for me,” she added.The elated Wisil said: “When you have a dream, don’t give up. You work hard to achieve your dreams. Nothing is free in life.”Wisil’s coach, Tony Fairweather, said Wisil would skip the preliminary rounds in the Olympics which should make things easier for her.“She was already selected for PNG team but it’s good for her to come here and do her qualifier,” he said.“This means this is going to stop her from going to that preliminary rounds; she’s not going to take the risk of qualifying again when she gets there. That’s the beauty of it.“We had a really long summer, we have done a lot of racing and we knew that if we get the right conditions, we will get the results.”
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The Copa del Rey is back. After a first round full of emotions, in which the Alavés fell and a total of nine LaLiga SmartBank teams, the second promises to show again the magic of the humble fields and the illusion of small towns that aspire to overthrow the giants that form professional football. Some have already done it as the Escobedo or the Tamaraceite, but many others lived their first tie against a team of the same category. In fact all the rivals of the 13 survivors of Second eliminated a Second B and they went something unnoticed while the Athletic Antoniano I visited the Villamarín under the flood; the Andorra it brushed the machada in front of the Leganés until losing in the penalties; or the Calf He received an invitation to spend paid to the Reale Arena after suffering the offenses of a brilliant Royal Society. But the 13 hide a great story and live with enthusiasm what will be a historic opportunity for them.Nástic de Tarragona: rival of ZaragozaPopular gossip say that a drink is the best remedy for problems. In the case of Nautical There is no doubt. But it is not champagne, or cava or any other flavor with which they have been able to provide on Christmas dates, but King. The Tarragona team has lived a year to forget, in which it has been certified his descent from LaLiga SmartBank to Second Division B after four consecutive seasons in professional football and after arriving to dream that the return to First It was a real possibility. The worst thing is that it was not there: the club considered promotion as the clear objective for the season. Nothing is further from reality, the Nástic is 17th ranked, the Playoff seems utopian and there is a real risk of falling into the Third Abyss.And it is that the Nástic has had to undergo the deep changes that supposes a decrease of category. A total of 17 players last season did not continue at the Nou Estadi. One of them, Luis Suarez, in fact, is one of the revelation soccer players of the Second Division. But without regretting the losses, the club launched its project with Sergi Parès as sports director and Xavi Bartolo as new coach. The latter has already left his post because of the poor results and for not fulfilling the objective set out in his presentation: “Ascend”. It seems incredible to see a team that fought last season in the second category, but soccer always gives second chances. In this case, and with Real Zaragoza (they will meet Suárez again), they will fight to get into sixteenths.UCAM Murcia: Mirandés rivalWriting the name of UCAM Murcia can lead a neutral fan to equivocal. The basketball team adds year after year experiences in the Endesa League, while the soccer team has not yet managed to establish itself in the national elite. Only one season in the professional categories, when achieved promotion to Second Division in the 2015-15 campaign with José María Salmerón at the controls. However, it was an ephemeral joy, since in 2016-17 they descended to fall defeated by the Nástic de Tarragona on the last day In fact, it was an unexpected blow, with a second round in which he did not step on the abyss zone.However, UCAM can be satisfied in a context of enormous difficulties in Spanish football. The club was born 21 years ago and debuted in Autonomous Preferential. Subsequently, it was renamed Costa Cálida Beniaján Football Club, although he recovered the name by which he is currently known only one year later for sponsorship reasons. Nowadays, fight in Group IV of Second Division B, more for not descending than in the upper part. In Copa you will have in front of Mirandés, who already overcame the first round in trouble and seeks not to repeat experience before the entrance of the greats.CD Ebro: rival of the PonferradinaThey say that much of the magic of football is in the previous and the post-match with family and friends in the vicinity of the stadium. Clubs have also been born of football talks between drinks and food. Let them tell the Ebro Sports Club, named because it had its first headquarters in the Ebro Bar, in the city of Zaragoza. It was founded in 1942 and competed in the Amateur Championship, with no Federation yet. However, the club structures were not too solid and in 1949 he stopped participating. Years later, in 1961, he was reborn Thanks to the work of some enthusiastic fans and they have already started fighting in the regional categories of Aragonese football.It wasn’t until thirty years later, in the 1990-91 campaign, when he first played a season in Third division. Since then, meteoric progression through Second B and aspiring to premiere in professional football sooner rather than later. The new Copa del Rey is one more step to feel it, although it does not catch the Ebro again. Last year, the Valencia he appealed to the Aragonese team in the round of 16 after winning 1-2 at La Romareda and winning 1-0 at Mestalla. For now, they do not cross, since Celades are exempt by the Super Cup. If the Ebro wants revenge, he will first have to eliminate the Ponferradina.Rayo Majadahonda: rival of Tenerife2019 was a different year at least for Rayo Majadahonda. The majariego team said goodbye to their second division dream and returned to the bronze category where he now rubs shoulders with the best. You could even say that it has been a black year, although the mere fact of having tried professional football for the first time is more than enough reason to smile, regardless of the result of the season. It’s more, in the Hill it is considered an entire feat, since only six campaigns endorsed the entity in Second B. Now, the goal is clear: come back as soon as possible.This season, again, Rayo Majadahonda lives far from the media. A paradox, since until now I was playing in the local Wanda Metropolitano, for the reforms to which the Cerro del Espino had to be subjected. And even more paradox, being at the edge of the abyss during one day after another, but without falling until it did on day 38. And even more because stars like Lucas, Theo or Marcos Llorente by his quarry.Now, you will see the faces with Tenerife in the new Cup, curiously one of the sets with which the permanence was fought until the last day. In the Canary Islands, some followers claim to waste the KO tournament to tie the permanence. There is no doubt that the players will not throw the competition, although they will have a hard bone in the south of Madrid.Yeclano: Elche’s rivalThe Yeclano has stormed into Second Division B and threatens Elche with continuing the curse of LaLiga SmartBank clubs in the KO tournament. But his story was not always so comfortable. In fact, he achieved promotion thanks, in part, to a miracle of those who explain that football is much more than eleven players kicking a ball. The UCAM Murcia B got in the way of the team trained by Sandroni on the last day of the regular phase of the Third Division. At the same time and a few kilometers away, Lorca Deportiva visited the Muleño countryside. They were two points apart in the standings and the golaveraje was favorable to the Yecla team.At stake, there were much more than three points: one of the two teams would be first and, therefore, would have a double decisive opportunity in the Playoff, in addition to certifying its classification for the new format of the Copa del Rey. And he decided on the horn. It was the 92nd minute of encounter, when UCAM Murcia B won 2-1 and relegated Yeclano to second place. It was the moment of Miguel Serna, his goalkeeper, who threw himself to the auction. There was no other left, theirs needed the tie and eleven to the auction are always more than ten. Said and done, connected a great volley to the squad, which aroused the ecstasy of all present there and worked the miracle. In an interview in AS, he explained what it had meant for him: “Taking away the birth of my son, it is without a doubt the happiest moment of my life.”Later, the Yeclano swept the Escobedo (Cantabrian team that executed Málaga in the first round) and ascended to Second Division B. It was not the first time, but as if it were. The whole town took to the streets, even more than after Serna’s goal. Now he plays the Copa del Rey, without neglecting the level shown so far this season in the national domestic championship. The new KO tournament was created with the intention that the little ones could rub shoulders with the bigger ones and see deeds and goals on the bell. Elche has the lesson learned and will stoically close his goal in the final minutes. You know, miracles only come to the one who doesn’t stop believing.Badajoz: rival of Las PalmasBadajoz will meet again twenty years later with the UD Las Palmas. In the 1999-00 season, both faced in the first round of Copa del Rey, with a Canarian victory by two goals to one to double match. Now he will have only one chance to overthrow his demanding rival, firm in the fourth position of Group IV of Second Division B, just six points from Cartagena. It will not be easy, of course, since the Extremadura club has been the sixth team that has achieved the most points in the first three categories of national football in the calendar year, only behind Barcelona, Atlético Baleares, UD Logroñés, Atlético de Madrid B and Osasuna.But Las Palmas will have to fight for much more than a brilliant sports year. The The club’s first roots date from August 1905 with the founding of the Sporting Club del Liceo, although it was not until 1941 when he adopted the current denomination: Club Deportivo Badajoz. Yes, in 2012 it disappeared and was subsequently refounded. However, the bases are maintained and in the minds of its protagonists it is always present to honor the home club. To do this they respond on the lawn, with numbers at the level of when the promotion to the Second Division was achieved in the 1991-92 season.Meanwhile, Badajoz remains faithful to a social and support policy for all its fans. Mehdi Nafti, his technician, impacted with a controversial message for all those who do not give oxygen to his staff: “Whoever touches my players, I tear off his head. People in the city lack humility. Both my players and I know that really when things are going well we are not so many in the mud. What remains are the faithful followers“Precisely that sector of the fans is the one that supports without quarter to his team and enjoys the numerous activities organized from the entity. On Sunday, January 5, they were able to watch the game against Yeclano on a giant screen, enjoying a Roscón de Reyes.Cultural Leonesa: rival of HuescaAll León took to the streets to celebrate the rise of his Leonesa Cultural in the 2016-17 season. However, the team could not take the opportunity and returned to Second Division B at the first exchange. Maybe fate was cruel, since they were left tied to points with Almeria and only one of Albacete. The permanence was a matter of goals and fell on the opposite side. The return to the bronze category, inevitable, now dictates the reality of a team that wants to return as soon as possible and who is putting everything on the field to achieve it. At present, the ‘Cultu’ is ranked second in Group II just three points from the Logroñés UD. To the Kingdom of León, with capacity for 13,451, the Huesca will travel, with the mind set to continue taking firm steps towards the ascent and, why not, do great things in the KO tournament. To do this, you must combat the illusion of the little one who live the Cup as a Christmas gift and whose participation is not stable year yes and year also. Perhaps the Cultural Leonesa is not the best example of this. With 96 years of history, it has been part of dozens and dozens of King’s Cups, although it has never reached the top. With the new format, the stadium as a fortress and the great moment of form can be a new opportunity to do so.Cartagena: Girona’s rivalGirona faces in the second round one of the colossi of Second Division B: Cartagena. So far, the Murcia team has imposed its law with an iron fist in Group IV to the point of becoming, at the end of October, the second team that received the least goals from the first three categories of the five European major leagues. Now, small defensive sloppings have worsened the aforementioned statistic, but the gear on which the equipment is supported operates at high gears. Of course, Christmas celebrations have not brought gifts, but, rather, an important setback.The remembered goalkeeper Gustavo Munúa was in charge of directing the harmonic football of Cartagena, but a succulent offer of Montevideo National, from the coach’s native country, has made him leave the ship in the last weeks of 2019. “It’s the team of my life, it’s my family“he acknowledged in his farewell. However, he blindly trusts that the players he has directed until then will respond to expectations:”In the dressing room there is an incredible human group and I have no doubt that this template will specify the promotion“Against the clock, the directive has already succeeded in signing its substitute. Borja Jiménez, 34, managed ascend to Mirandés to Second and has directed the Asteras Tripoli of the Greek League. Enough to take on a major challenge: return the elite to Cartagena.The club was founded in 1995 by Florentino Manzano and Carlos Conesa with the name of Cartagonova FC after the withdrawal by debts of Cartagena FC. However, it is not a re-foundation, since its ‘predecessor’ did not disappear and maintains its bases for a hypothetical future. Well, despite its short history, it has already tried several seasons in the Second Division adventure and has an important poster in the national football scene. Similarly, in order to help allocate funds to recover damage from floods, Barcelona visited the Carthaginian stadium to play a friendly last November. Difficult to do more in less, Girona again collides with a cheating duel. This Cartagena is very serious.Recreativo de Huelva: rival of FuenlabradaThe Dean of Spanish Soccer. Last Wednesday, December 18, Recreativo de Huelva celebrated nothing more and nothing less than 130 years of history. Back in 1889 the first club in the history of our borders was founded, something that will always accompany the entity. “We may not be the best or the ones with the most titles, but we have something that has none: we are the first“, ‘showed off’ Manolo Zambrano, current president, in commemorative events. Along the same lines, the official Twitter account of the club: “Pioneer, humble, historical, unique, British, blue and white“.Precisely, as part of the cult that has surrendered to its history in recent weeks, Recre has published the history of its founders. One of them, William Alexander Mackay, was a Scottish doctor who organized the first matches in the city. Later, he would become the president who has been most in office: from 1896 to 1924. Three years later he died in Scotland, the result of an illness, but not before saying goodbye to the mayor of Huelva and defining himself as “the most enthusiastic adopted son of Glorious Onuba“.But Recre is much more than a story worth telling. On the sports plane, the team does not live its best years. At present, the Huelva team occupies the equator of the table in Group IV of Second Division B. The ascent is far, but from the club is not ruled out. In fact, it is the great objective set for the near future. Since the 2014-15 season, the Dean does not step on professional football, in which he has lived most of years since his birth.UD Ibiza-Eivissa: rival of AlbaceteIbiza is a modest with real aspirations to settle in professional football. It comes from below, but its rise has been thanks, in part, to a strong economic injection. Moreover, the team was founded in 2015 by a business group, of which Amadeo Salvo was a part, and has had recognized worldwide names in its ranks. Now, is trained by Pablo Alfaro, after the stay of the exguardameta was not fruitful Andrés Palop on the island. A project that is slowly paying off and that this same campaign could fight for the promotion to LaLiga SmartBank. For the moment, the Ibiza team occupies the third position of the table in Group I of Second Division B.His qualification for the second round was somewhat more stormy than that of the rest of the members. After a heavy storm in Pasarón, the duel between Ibiza and Pontevedra had to be postponed until January 8. In the resumption, the visitors imposed their football and achieved the classification towards the crossing with Albacete, decided beforehand. Ramis will fight on the grass, for example, with Gianluca Simeone, son of the coach of Atlético de Madrid. They will not face Borriello, illustrious in the Balearic Islands, which closed its Can Misses box office last JanuaryUD Logroñés: rival of CádizThe Unión Deportiva Logroñes lived an unforgettable year 2019 and wants to start 2020 along the same road overthrowing Cádiz. If you do, of course, you will approach what have been 365 successful days, not only in sports. The team has broken the record points in a calendar year in Second Division B, with 84; He has been runner-up in the group; he reached the semifinals of Playoff; he is already a winter champion; and land was bought for his sports city. Of course, a journey in which local radios have shouted again and again that of “goooooooooool in Las Gaunas“The objective is that this transcends national media and, for this, it is necessary to promote professional football. He is on the right track, no doubt.It’s been two decades since Logroño has no representation in one of the first two categories of the national football landscape. At that time, the Logroñés Sports Club, now out of combat, fought with the best as a historical king of sport in Spain. After its multitude of problems, several clubs in the city sought to progress towards the elite, until now without success. Among all of them, the best positioned is and will remain for the moment the Logroñés Sports Union. Continuing to advance in the Cup does not give promotions, but the name of the town passes throughout the country. Do youIt will be 2020 your year? 📢 Today starts selling tickets for the #Copa del Rey! 📍Lock 1 of Las Gaunas⌚️ From Wednesday to Saturday: from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.Do not miss the great game, you can only see it live and live! pic.twitter.com/9ePE5nK9QE– UD Logroñés (@UDLogrones) January 8, 2020Unionists: Deportivo’s rivalUnionistas is one of the great stories left by the second round of the Copa del Rey. And it is that its history, undoubtedly, is linked to that of the late Salamanca Sports Union. In the city, the rivalry with Salamanca CF UDS has not stopped since the creation of both and have reached the point of not having any institutional relationship. Beyond their conflicts, both try to stay out and try to pay tribute to the historic charro club, each in their own way. Unionists, through their statutes, do so: “Eternal loyalty to the UDS club, and does not try, nor ever will, to supplant or impersonate him, nor does he consider himself a representative, nor heir of said club. Unfortunately, Unión Deportiva Salamanca there was only one“.Founded in 2013, The club is governed by the criteria of popular football and has an almost unpublished organization chart in Spanish football. Last season he had nothing more and nothing less than 2,653 owners, paying their respective fee and having the opportunity to participate actively in decision making. However, there is a directive composed of ten members (chosen by the club members), which is based on a Working Group of 53 members. On the Unionists website, it is clarified that all these leaders work altruistically and do not receive any kind of remuneration for their work.Of course, a story and fundamentals far from the economic and business principle that governs football today. When it comes to sports, not everything works harmoniously. December has been a dream month, with the victory against Atlético Baleares in the first round of the Copa del Rey and the sum of ten points out of twelve possible in Second Division B. The year began in the worst possible way, being colista of his group during most of the season, but, little by little, it goes afloat. Perhaps thanks to his unconditional hobby, which leaves an encouraging video every time Unionists play in lAce Helm Tracks, regardless of the result. The Depor, also in low hours, has reason to worry.Barakaldo: Rayo Vallecano’s rivalUnfortunately, The history of football clubs does not always stay on the pitch. The Barakaldo is currently suffering a deep economic crisis due to a debt of more than one million euros with Social Security. This situation has led the entity to enter creditors contest, in order to avoid its disappearance. With more than 100 years behind it, the Biscay club faces its most complicated game, but not only will it have eleven players to win it but also thousands and thousands of throats spread throughout Spain. Leaving the accounts aside, the Cup is always a reason to smile.Barakaldo will face Rayo Vallecano in the second round, club with which it maintains a great relationship. At least, that seems after the declaration of intentions of the one who will be a local at the butcher crossing. The Federation of Peñas of the Madrid team published on its Twitter account different offers to move to Vizcaya to follow the game and the official profile of the club praised them: “We take this opportunity to wish you a happy holiday and tell you that we will be delighted to receive such an exemplary, hardworking and humble hobby. Barakaldo and Vallecas have many similarities and their people are very similar. You will be more than welcome. “On the grass, friendship will be set aside because the prize can only be for one: the qualification for the 16th of Copa del Rey.