Ronald Koeman has promised not leave Southampton this summer, even if Barcelona were to come calling. Press Association Eyebrows were raised by some last summer when the Dutch great took the reins of what many expected to be a sinking ship. Koeman, though, has been revelation in his first season in English football, not only steering Saints to calmer waters but new heights. Only a point is needed to break the record Premier League points tally set last season under Mauricio Pochettino, who returns to St Mary’s for the first time since leaving last summer when Tottenham arrive on Saturday. The former Saints boss is unlikely to receive a particularly warm welcome at St Mary’s after jumping ship – something Koeman has told fans he would not do this summer. Asked this week at a Barclays Q&A event what he would do if Real Madrid came calling this summer, the Dutchman said: “Oh, Real Madrid? No, no, no. Not with Real Madrid. Never, never. You can trust me.” When asked what he would say if former club Barcelona came calling, Koeman said laughing: “Oh, you make it more difficult. No, I stay. “I am still young for the manager role. It is good to stay and to be the manager of Southampton. “It is a very nice experience to be part of the Premier League. It is the best competition in the world and it is nice to be part of that.”
Published on March 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm Contact Paul: email@example.com | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: March 12, 2017 at 3:05 p.m.Syracuse enters Selection Sunday sitting on the bubble. The Orange (18-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) has the most distinct résumé of any team on the fringe of the NCAA Tournament. The Tournament is made up of 32 conference champions receiving automatic bids and the next 36 “best” teams. In order to judge “best,” the selection committee will parse through the following résumés before the bracket is announced at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.Based on most bracket projections, the selection committee will have likely be choosing five teams for three spots.The below stats are based on the NCAA’s nitty-gritty report and team sheets with results as of games through Saturday night.Syracuse (18-4, 10-8 ACC)RPI rank: 84Strength of schedule: 64Nonconference record: 8-5 (188 nonconference RPI rank)Nonconference strength of schedule: 215Road record: 2-8Vs. RPI Top 50: 6-8Vs. RPI 51-100: 2-1Vs. RPI 101-200: 4-4Vs. RPI 200-plus: 6-1AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSouthern California (24-9, 10-8 Pac-12)RPI rank: 41Strength of schedule: 75Nonconference record: 13-0 (9 nonconference RPI rank)Nonconference strength of schedule: 140Road record: 6-5Vs. RPI Top 50: 2-6Vs. RPI 51-100: 4-2Vs. RPI 101-200: 7-1Vs. RPI 200-plus: 11-0Kansas State (20-13, 8-10 Big 12)RPI rank: 57Strength of schedule: 42Nonconference record: 11-2 (53 nonconference RPI rank)Nonconference strength of schedule: 237Road record: 6-6Vs. RPI Top 50: 4-9Vs. RPI 51-100: 2-2Vs. RPI 101-200: 8-2Vs. RPI 200-plus: 6-0Illinois State (27-6, 17-1 Missouri Valley) RPI rank: 33Strength of schedule: 123Nonconference record: 7-4 (102 nonconference RPI rank)Nonconference strength of schedule: 159Road record: 9-4Vs. RPI Top 50: 1-2Vs. RPI 51-100: 1-2Vs. RPI 101-200: 13-1Vs. RPI 200-plus: 10-1Wake Forest (19-13, 9-9 ACC)RPI rank: 39Strength of schedule: 21Nonconference record: 9-3 (10 nonconference RPI rank)Nonconference strength of schedule: 15Road record: 6-8Vs. RPI Top 50: 3-10Vs. RPI 51-100: 5-3Vs. RPI 101-200: 5-0Vs. RPI 200-plus: 6-0An earlier version of this story had Rhode Island listed as one of the bubble teams. URI won the Atlantic-10 Tournament and therefore received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Comments
NOTES: The winning owners are Iavarone, Arntz or McClanahan, et al. TIM YAKTEEN, MUCHO UNUSUAL, SECOND: “We’re really proud of her. A nice filly won the race, and you know, that’s horse racing. It would have been nice to end on a great win. The mare has been very good to us. We are looking forward to the next ones coming up.” JERRY MCLANAHAN, PART OWNER OF LADY PRANCEALOT: “It’s been an exciting year with this filly. We couldn’t ask for anymore…To end the year with a Grade I, this is the ultimate.” JOCKEY QUOTES JOE BRAVO, LADY PRANCEALOT, WINNER:” I was just glad to be sitting on Lady Prancealot this afternoon. I take my hat off to Richard and his team. She was so relaxed post break, so turned off and relaxed like she had full control over the whole race. All I had to do was point her to the hole turning for home and she took me through. She made my job easy. If she was a fat horse she would have never made it.“Knowing a horse is always key, and the more information you can have, the better. Last time at Keeneland, she really took the lead too early, so I know the type of horse to point her at. I give Richard all the credit. Before the race I told him, ‘She’s walking over here like a winner.’”(On the traffic down the stretch): “I was kind of following Joel on the 3 (Mucho Unusual). It gave me a nice target to follow. I was planning on going outside of him but when he came out, it kind of made my decision easier, and we pulled through.”TRAINER QUOTES RICHARD BALTAS, LADY PRANCEALOT, WINNER: “This filly came over here from Europe and the first time she worked she had an issue and we gave her a bunch of time. We thought we bought a bad horse but we didn’t. She has been ultra-consistent. I want to give a hats off to the guys at San Luis Rey Downs, my assistant trainer who has had her there most of the time. “Jersey Joe” rode an awesome race and we are all happy now.”
Chairman of the Mon Repos/La Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Ayube Mohammed is urging vendors to comply with the instructions to relocate from the Lusignan market place.Chairman of the Mon Repos/La Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Ayube MohammedThe NDC Chairman, during a telephone interview with this newspaper on Monday, pleaded with the vendors to adhere and cooperate with the authorities since the shift is merely temporary.The Chairman explained that the NDC does not have the authority to move vendors from their respective vending location but asserted that it is the Government of Guyana’s decision to temporarily do so.“The NDC is not the one that is moving them, it is the Government…. I’ve noticed that there is some space there and we would’ve approached the Government to see if we can have them rehoused right there, which I am hoping will happen because it’s a Lusignan market and I don’t want it to go to Annandale,” he stated.Mohammed added that facilitating road works along the East Coast of Demerara is a key factor that was taken into consideration during the decision-making process, which he outlined would be hindered if persons continue to sell close by.When asked about the alleged threats issued by the NDC to have the vendors’ possessions dismantled, Mohammed refuted such claims made by vendors, “That is one of the things that they always keep saying ‘the NDC issuing threats,’ why would we threaten them? If we want to move their stalls, we would’ve moved them, their stalls are all there”.Nevertheless, the NDC Chairman is assuring vendors that they will return to their original vending spots once the road works are completed. They have since expressed extreme reluctance to move to the temporary location which is in Annandale.Calls to Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan for a comment on the matter went unanswered.Over 300 Lusignan vendors were given until January 2019 to relocate to a new vending site situated in Annandale but up to date they have refused to comply, strongly believing that they will suffer significant losses at the new location.