FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls junior guard Cassidy Barrios is the 2017-18 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Thursday along with all-academic selections. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic First Team Brittany Mbamalu2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. 3.66 MA Public Administration Sierra Allen Abilene Christian Gr. 3.88 School Psychology The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the Southland Student-Athletes of the Year. The award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Stephen F. Austin graduate student Stevi Parker rounds out the first team selections. A two-time all-conference first team honoree, the senior forward out of Bixby, Okla., ranked fourth in total rebounding (9.1 per game) and fourth in field goal percentage (.503) to lead a well-rounded SFA attack against league opponents this season. She holds a 3.00 GPA in non-degree graduate studies. Southland All-Academic teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.00 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for all-academic selection. Cassidy Barrios*2 Nicholls Jr. 3.70 Business Management Kiandra Bowers2 Lamar Gr. 3.75 MA English Lamar grad student Kiandra Bowers was voted to the all-academic second team along with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior Brittany Mbamalu. Both are two-time all-academic picks. CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America honorees are automatically named to the Southland All-Academic First Team, as well as eligible first team all-conference selections. Stevi Parker* Stephen F. Austin Gr. 3.00 Non-Degree Grad Studies The Raceland, La., native holds a 3.70 GPA with a major in business management. Amanda Johnson of Houston Baptist was named to the all-academic first team after earning a CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team accolade earlier this season – the lone Southland player to do so. A biology major, Johnson possesses a 4.00 GPA and led HBU’s scoring with 15.4 points per game, which places her 12th all-time in program history. Taylin Underwood Southeastern Louisiana Sr. 3.28 Accounting Chastadie Barrs* Lamar Jr. 3.51 Corporate Communication A pair of Lamar Cardinals earned automatic selection to the first team in juniors Chastadie Barrs and Moe Kinard. Both first team all-conference picks this season, Barrs holds a 3.51 GPA in corporate communication while Kinard boasts a 3.57 in criminal justice. Barrs again dominated the conference and national leaderboards in steals this season, finishing the season tied for the all-time single season mark with 191. Kinard was the fifth-highest scorer in conference play in 2017-18, averaging 16.1 points per game. Abilene Christian earned a pair of second team selections in grad student Sierra Allen and sophomore Breanna Wright, while Taylin Underwood of Southeastern Louisiana also landed a second team slot. The 2017-18 Southland Player of the Year added to her accolades after leading Nicholls to its first ever conference tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. Barrios averaged 23.7 points per game through three tournament contests, including upsets of the top two seeds. She went on to score 14 points in the Colonels’ NCAA First Round game at national top seed Mississippi State. Name School Class GPA Major Moe Kinard* Lamar Jr. 3.57 Criminal Justice 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year: Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls Name School Class GPA Major Amanda Johnson*% Houston Baptist Sr. 4.00 Biology 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic Second Team Breanna Wright Abilene Christian So. 3.50 English – Teaching Automatic Selections:* – First Team All-Conference% – CoSIDA Academic All-District (Second Team)2 – Two-time All-Academic Selection
At Sam Houston, Davis was three-year starter, two-time All-Southland selection, conference defensive player of the year and a I-AA All-American. Davis went on to a seven-year career with the Dallas Cowboys. Four of those seasons he spent as a captain play special teams and safety. In 2002, Davis suited up for the Dallas Cowboys, fulfilling half of his promise. On Friday afternoon at Johnson Coliseum, 21 years after leaving Italy, Davis walked across the stage and received his degree. That part came true for Davis. After going undrafted in the 2002 NFL draft, Davis signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent. He fought through getting cut four times that first year, to eventually earn a spot as a starting safety and was voted team captain his final four seasons in Dallas. Davis has stayed active supporting the Bearkats, attending games regularly, including getting out on the road in North Dakota last season. But he said being a graduate now adds a little something extra to calling himself a Bearkat. “For me to be here today, knowing that I fulfilled that promise, means so much,” Davis said. “She said, Keith, son, that’s beautiful and I want you to go to the NFL,” Davis said of that day sitting out on the porch. “But I want you to graduate more than anything, she said. I want you to get your degree and that will make me happier than anything.” But that was only part of the promise to his mother. “Sitting on the porch that summer before going to Sam Houston State, I told my mom I was going to make it,” Davis said. “I told her I was going to make it to the NFL and take care of her.” “That was a big motivation for me,” Davis said about getting his degree before his son Shawn. “I have talked to my kids about the importance of finishing what you start. I had tried a few times before to finish my degree, and didn’t follow through. So getting it before him was a big motivation for me as well.” After his football career was done, Davis has seen his oldest son get a football scholarship at Texas Tech and will get his degree next week. Courtesy: Sam Houston State AthleticsHUNTSVILLE, Texas – When Keith Davis left Italy, Texas to start school and play football for Sam Houston he made a promise to his mom he would play in the NFL. She asked for one more promise – to get his degree. So when Davis walked across the stage and was greeted by university president Dana Hoyt, confirming his completion of his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, it was understandable the grin was a bit bigger than most. “I’ve always been a Bearkat, but now being alumni it adds a little more meaning,” he said. “Before this, yeah, I was a Bearkat, but I just played football here. Now that I do have my degree it feels even better and I’m proud to say I’m a Sam Houston State alum.”
“The Southland Conference is thrilled to partner with Van Wagner, and we enthusiastically look forward to working with Mike Palisi and the Van Wagner executive team on developing a successfully beneficial relationship for many years to come,” said Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett. “Further, we greatly appreciate the diligent and professional work of Dan Gale of Leona Marketing Group, that represented the Southland in expertly evaluating the marketplace on our behalf and guiding us to this point.” About Southland ConferenceFounded in 1963, the Southland Conference sponsors 19 Division I sports, including FCS football, and serves more than 4,200 student-athletes at its 13 member institutions in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The membership of the Southland encompasses nearly 140,000 current students and an alumni base of 800,000. The collective group of athletic programs serves a local population base of nearly 14 million people, and the league boasts six television markets in the Top 100 of the U.S., including Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, New Orleans and Little Rock. The Southland Conference is located in Frisco, Texas, one of America’s fastest-growing cities and recently named by Money Magazine as the No. 1 Place to Live in the U.S. Sports organizations affiliated with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer are also headquartered in Frisco. Each January, the Southland annually serves as the host conference for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game. NEW YORK – The Southland Conference has agreed to a multi-year marketing and sponsorship sales agreement with Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment. As the Conference’s exclusive agent, Van Wagner will negotiate and manage select multimedia rights beginning July 1st, as well as serve as the conference’s corporate sponsorship representative. Since 2014, Van Wagner has become a leader in college sports marketing and was developed to represent the sponsorship or multimedia rights for multiple schools and athletic conferences, including the America East Conference, Big South Conference, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Colonial Athletic Association, Western Athletic Conference, and the West Coast Conference, as well as Arizona State National Sales, Canisius College, East Tennessee State University, Furman University, Florida International University, Georgia State University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Loyola University Maryland, Loyola Marymount University, Niagara University, Pepperdine University, Samford University, University of San Francisco, Rider University, Siena College, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Peter’s University, Santa Clara University, Stony Brook University, The University of Texas at El Paso, Towson University, Valparaiso University and The College of William & Mary. The Southland Conference, headquartered in Frisco, Texas, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and sponsors 19 championship sports at the NCAA Division I level. Its members hail from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas and include Abilene Christian University, University of Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist University, University of the Incarnate Word, Lamar University, McNeese State University, University of New Orleans, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Sam Houston State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “Van Wagner is excited to work with the Southland Conference, with nearly 60 years of history, to build a sponsorship and marketing program that works to the benefit of all Southland stakeholders including its 13 member institutions and their student-athletes, fans and greater communities,” said Van Wagner Executive Vice President Mike Palisi. “We look forward to working with Commissioner Tom Burnett, who has led the Southland Conference with distinction for the better part of two decades, and Senior Associate Commissioner Jenny McGhee on building a dynamic sponsorship program that is reflective of the mission and collective value of its member institutions.” Together with Southland Conference leadership, Van Wagner will enhance the fan experience at Conference events while working toward a year-round brand presence for sponsors, member institutions and their student-athletes and fans through sponsorship sales, promotions, event production, and marketing initiatives.
Are Liverpool’s ‘mental frailties’ showing following a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford? Sun Sport’s Duncan Wright has his say ROY KEANE has told Manchester United there is a simple solution to their goalscoring problems – sign Harry Kane.United have been struggling for goals this season after the club took the decision to sell Romelu Lukaka to Inter Milan.1 Roy Keane says Manchester United can solve their problems simply by signing Harry KaneCredit: Getty – ContributorOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s have scored just ten goals in nine Premier League matches this season having left themselves short of options up front.United legend Keane is in no doubt what his former club have to do if they want to solve the problem and return to the top table – break the bank to sign Kane from Tottenham.And he says the current mess Spurs find themselves in this season gives them the ideal opportunity to snatch the England captain from the North London club.Keane told Sky Sports: “Just go and get Harry Kane from Spurs, easy.”You look at me as though I’m not being serious. Go and buy him.”He scores 25 goals a season with his eyes shut.”They’re in disarray, go get him.”Marcus Rashford is United’s leading scorer in the league this season with four goals, one more than Daniel James.Only Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay have also hit the net – and the club are crying out for a top class centre forward to shoulder the burden.Kane has long been on the United wanted list, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has made it clear he has no interest in selling the clubs star player.Latest Man Utd newsLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingYet that situation could change if the club fall further off the pace of being able to challenge in the Premier League and in Europe.Kane has remained committed to the club who nurtured him through their academy, but at some stage he will want silverware to show for his career in the professional game.That could provide United with the opportunity they to go in with a blank cheque to sign one of the top strikers in world football.
MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH 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 InstagramPicturedA 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 clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI 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 CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutIt is reported that his new contract is worth around £120,000-a-week – which adds up to around £22m for the entirety of his stay.Mourinho has now urged team-mates Christian Eriksen and Vertonghen to follow in Alderweireld’s footsteps and pen new terms.Both of the Spurs stars are stalling on contract extensions and will become free agents in June.2 Toby Alderwiereld’s contract was set to expire next summerCredit: Rex FeaturesTottenham boss Jose Mourinho comments on Toby Alderweireld signing new deal with Spurs TOTTENHAM reportedly agreed a new deal with Toby Alderweireld after missing out on Norwich ace Ben Godfrey.The Belgium international, 30, put pen to paper on a new deal to keep him with Jose Mourinho’s side until 2023.2 England Under-21 international Godfrey attracted interest from Jose MourinhoCredit: Rex FeaturesAccording to Football Insider, Tottenham turned their attention to Alderweireld after failing in their pursuit for Godfrey.It is understood that Daniel Farke’s side made it clear to Spurs that the 21-year-old would not be sold in January.Mourinho’s men indicated their interest in Godfrey earlier this month ahead of a potential £25million swoop.The Portuguese boss was searching for defensive reinforcements to replace contract rebels Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld.But Alderweireld agreed a bumper new deal to end speculation that he could join rivals Manchester United.
LEICESTER CITY are ready to battle it out with Arsenal and Tottenham to snap up soon-to-be free agent Adam Lallana from Liverpool.The 31-year-old is out of contract at Anfield this summer and looks certain to end his six-year stint on Merseyside.1 Leicester City have joined the chase for Adam LallanaCredit: AP:Associated PressWith no sign of an extension to his current deal in the pipeline there is a queue of clubs waiting to pounce for the England international.The Gunners, Spurs and West Ham have all been monitoring developments.Now The Telegraph claims Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is plotting a swoop for the man he originally took to Anfield from Southampton.And the pair’s close relationship, the style of football played by the Foxes and the increasing likelihood of Champions League qualification makes them a top contender to land his signature in June.Lallana is focusing on Liverpool’s title and European charge and has held no talks so far with any interested parties.But the experienced attacker will have a long-list of options once he becomes a free agent in June.The star is able to open negotiations and even sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs overseas now.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesLATEST TRANSFER NEWSLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeBut he is determined to have no distractions while remaining a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad as they pursue glory on three fronts.The Liverpool boss made it clear in the January transfer window that he would not allow Lallana to leave, despite the club missing out on a fee.The midfielder enjoys a decent relationship with the German and has made 19 appearances for him this term.But the experienced Lallana no longer wants to play back-up as he prepares to go in search of regular football elsewhere.
STEVEN BERGWIJN’S debut Tottenham goal was a tribute to a childhood friend whose career was cruelly cut short by brain damage.Abdelhak “Appie” Nouri was one of the most promising products of the Ajax academy for years.2 Steven Bergwijn scored on his debut against Manchester CityCredit: PA:Empics SportBut he collapsed during a friendly in July 2017 due to the same heart problem that almost claimed Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba at Spurs in 2012.Appie survived but suffered permanent brain damage that has left him profoundly disabled.Bergwijn said: “We were like brothers. I have known Appie from when we were seven-years-old.“We came in the same squad. Since then we were best friends.“Before the game [against Manchester City] I spoke with his brother and he told me ‘You’re going to score for Appie’.“And I said ‘OK, watch me, I’m going to score’. I did it.”2 Two throwback snaps of Steven Bergwijn and best pal Abdelhak NouriCredit: FacebookNouri was renowned for his technique and would have been proud of the way his friend took the ball on his chest and lashed it past City keeper Ederson.Bergwijn broke into a smile when asked about Appie the footballer.He said: “Ah fantastic player, this guy could do everything with the ball.“If you ask him ‘do this’ the next day he would say ‘wait’ and he will do it.”But the events of July 2017 continue to weigh heavily on Bergwijn, Nouri’s friends and family and Dutch football as a whole.Ajax admitted in 2018 that the medical care Appie received had been “inadequate” and the family is pursuing a legal case against the club.By the time of the incident, Bergwijn had been at PSV Eindhoven for four years but still remembers the day with painful clarity.I heard two or three weeks later that he had brain damage. I can’t describe it. At that time, I didn’t sleep so much.Steven Bergwijn on hearing his friend had collapsedHe was playing in a trial match against RKC Waalwijk and said: “I scored two.“I was happy and after the game the manager came to me and said this has happened.“My world collapsed. I just waited for the calls from my agent because he went there.“Then I heard two or three weeks later that he had brain damage. I can’t describe it. At that time, I didn’t sleep so much.“The first weeks I was scared to play, to go on the pitch because a young boy, out of nowhere — this was in my head. It was difficult. I speak to his brother every day but it’s still difficult.”Bergwijn has experienced a lot for a man of only 22.The strength of character he has shown to become a Dutch league winner, international player and now Premier League star was evident from a young age.Among his many tattoos are the words ‘Fear’ and ‘None’.TAUGHT BY VAN NISTELROOYAnd he was not afraid to take the big step of leaving the Ajax academy and join PSV when he was just 13.The final straw came when Bergwijn’s dad, Steven Snr, protested about his son being left on the bench by waving a white handkerchief at the Ajax coach.Bergwijn said: “I didn’t have the feeling there any more. If that’s gone you have to leave.”The move to PSV meant years of 5.30am alarm calls so his father could drive him 80 miles from Almere to Eindhoven.Bergwijn said: “We went to Eindhoven, trained until 11am, started at 9am, then back to school in Almere until 4pm.“I wanted to play for PSV but I didn’t want to stay with a local family.“I wanted to stay with my family and they wanted that too. That’s why we did it.”Bergwijn thrived at PSV where his teachers included former internationals Ruud van Nistelrooy, Boudewijn Zenden and Luc Nilis.He said: “They are big players so when they talk, you listen. It was the small things that helped me.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes“Sometimes Luc Nilis would say ‘When you shoot just look at the ball, you already know where the goal is, just look at the ball’. Small details.“Zenden looks at my games, ten minutes of highlights of what I can do better, what I did well.“Ruud, it was the same — shooting from every position. It was amazing.”Van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals in 219 games for Manchester United.Can Bergwijn make a similar impact? He added: “I want to, that’s why I am here. That’s why you play football, you want to be the biggest, the greatest.“I hope I can be that big in England.”That spectacular goal Bergwijn scored on debut was a good start.And whatever he achieves, his pal Appie will never be far from his thoughts.“Stevie Wonder” is already a popular figure at the Tottenham training ground.Staff are using the nickname Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler gave Steven Bergwijn after his spectacular goal against City.The Dutchman knew the ball was in as soon as he hit it, saying: “If you look at the highlights you already see me run, I had no time to think, just touch and shoot.”MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH 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 InstagramPicturedA 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 clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutThe new signing hopes something else will catch on — the celebration of putting his hand over his face.Bergwijn is a keen player of the Fifa video game and said: “I hope they will do it on Fifa.“It is one I have done all my career. One of my friends told me to do it, so I did.”
TOTTENHAM are keen to tie down talented young midfielder Oliver Skipp to a new long-term contract, according to reports.The 19-year-old was hailed by Jose Mourinho for his “phenomenal” performance during the penalty shootout FA Cup defeat to Norwich.2 Tottenham are ready to offer home-grown star Oliver Skipp a new contractCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe academy graduate played the full 120 minutes of the tie in what was only his first start in all competitions under the Portuguese.Yet according to Football Insider, Spurs regard Skipp as one of three outstanding youngsters at the club alongside Japhet Tanganga and Troy Parrott.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursAnd they are ready to reward him for his impressive progress over the last two seasons by offering the England U21 star a new contract.Skipp’s current deal expires in the summer of 2021 and talks over his long-term future are expected to take place soon.The report adds that his development was one of the reasons why Mourinho sanctioned Victor Wanyama’s free transfer to Montreal Impact.Phenomenal. Very, very good. Very, very good, solid performance. He was always in control of the game.Jose Mourinho on Oliver SkippThe Special One raved about Skipp’s showing against Norwich, despite his side crashing out of the FA Cup to the Premier League’s bottom club.He said: “Phenomenal. Very, very good. Very, very good, solid performance.”Even with the yellow card I kept him for two hours, first of all because Winks was in trouble, secondly because he was so solid, so mature, so confident that I was never afraid of a second yellow card coming.”He was always in control of the game. We could see the difference also on the physical condition of him and the people who us playing all the time.”In this moment I am really sad for the players and the fans, but I am thinking already about what next and I am really, really worried about playing in two days.”Spurs face a tough trip to Burnley this weekend just days before their crunch Champions League second-leg tie against RB Leipzig on Tuesday.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMost 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 InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThe north Londoners are already a goal down from the first clash and Mourinho has hinted that Skipp may be in line for more minutes as he looks to manage his injury-hit squad during both games.He added: “Trying to give my boys a chance to go to Leipzig with a minimum of conditions to fight against a fresh team, a team with incredible solutions and options and rotations.”I have to think about a Saturday match and a Tuesday match and try to decide which one is the priority and which one is the one where I can give some of my boys under huge fatigue the best possible chance.”2 Jose Mourinho hailed Skipp for his performance in the FA Cup defeat to NorwichCredit: Getty Images – GettyJose Mourinho reacts to Eric Dier incident saying he was helping his younger brother during altercation
EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR attempted to “motivate” his fans by showing off his array of luxury cars on Instagram.The former Arsenal and Tottenham striker has faced huge criticism recently having decided not to donate to his native Togo’s coronavirus fight.3 A Rolls Royce sits alongside a plethora of expensive wheels3 Adebayor can pick from one of two Mercedes off-roadersA post on the Team Adebayor social media account, thought to be run by his representatives, revealed a luxury black and gold Rolls Royce inside an impressive garage.Two 4×4 Mercedes, a Range Rover, a BMW sports car and two Porsche off-roaders are joined by another Mercedes hatchback and a Merc people carrier to make up the incredibly expensive collection.Many of the vehicles have personalised number plates in reference to Adebayor’s full name – Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor.The caption read: “Monday Motivation.”This video is not a message to tell you, ‘SEA has made it’. But rather to say, ‘You can do it too!’.”All you need to do is believing in yourself and keep working even when no one is watching. Tag a friend who needs to see this.”Adebayor has not been afraid to flaunt his wealth to his followers and is known for gifting Ghanaian comedian Funny Face cars on two occasions.I’m sorry that people compare me to Eto’o and Drogba by asking me why I don’t have a foundation or why I don’t donate.”Emmanuel AdebayorAs Togo’s most famous footballing export by far, holding the African country’s record for caps and goals, many hoped the 36-year-old would contribute in the pandemic.However Adebayor, who has helped out a variety of charitable causes back home in the past, staunchly refused to donate this time.He stated: “For those who say that I do not donate, let me be very clear, I really do not donate. This is very simple.“I do what I want to do, eat the food I want, and this is the most important. Then, there will be those who criticise me for not having established a charity in Togo.latest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossCORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.“But it seems that I brought the coronavirus to Togo, it is very unfortunate, but this is the case and what happened in the country.“I’m sorry that people compare me to Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba by asking me why I don’t have a foundation or why I don’t donate, as if I was the one who brought the coronavirus to Togo…“I am Emmanuel Adebayor and I will always do what I want to do.”Adebayor is thought to be spending the pandemic in Togo having temporarily left Paraguay, where he turns out for Asuncion club Olimpia.3 Adebayor is signed to South American side OlimpiaCredit: EPAEmmanuel Adebayor arrives to a hero’s welcome as he joins Olimpia in Paraguay
Wellington-born Vunipola grew up idolising All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu, while his father Fe’ao, a former Tonga captain, once described his son as the ‘next Olo Brown’, a nod to the 56-test All Blacks prop.”When I was growing up I watched the All Blacks and I loved them, mostly because of Jonah Lomu,” Vunipola told reporters on Friday ahead of the second test at Wellington Regional Stadium.”I always wanted to be like him.”Vunipola left New Zealand as a child when his father moved to Wales for a professional rugby contract. The week of the second test is the 26-year-old’s first trip back to Wellington.Along with younger brother Billy, who was also selected for the tour but withdrew with a shoulder injury, Vunipola spent his early life in Pontypool and his Welsh valleys accent is still prevalent.While their father wanted both his sons to play for Wales, Mako progressed through the England age-group system after a move to Gloucestershire and a scholarship to the Millfield School in Somerset.He made his England debut in 2012 and played all three tests on the 2013 Lions tour of Australia. He has cemented himself as the first choice loosehead prop on the current tour.Vunipola was stung by last week’s 30-15 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park, particularly after Lions coach Warren Gatland said his team had lacked the physicality to match the world champions.”It was him laying the gauntlet down to us and it’s up to us to accept it,” Vunipola said. “We are going into the game wounded and pride is on the line (and) … I wanted the opportunity to go out there and prove him wrong.”I don’t know if that’s what he meant, but it’s up to us to prove him wrong and send out a statement.”A statement performance is what is needed for the tourists, who arrived as arguably the best team to tour New Zealand since the 1971 side that clinched the only test series victory over the All Blacks.Vunipola said the team had been in intense training sessions and spoken at length about the challenge to send the series back to a decider at Eden Park on July 8th.”We know the task in front of us is immense … (and) we have spoken about this being the biggest game of our lives,” Vunipola said. Photo: Photosport