FRISCO, Texas – Jeremiah Briscoe’s humility shined on a weekly basis this season. At every opportunity, the Sam Houston State quarterback credited his team’s wide receivers and offensive linemen for his success. Briscoe’s leadership and powerful right arm meant even more to the nationally ranked Bearkats. Briscoe, from Houston, helped lead Sam Houston State to a 12-2 record and a semifinal appearance in the FCS playoffs. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder leads the FCS in passing yards (5,003), passing yards per game (357.4), touchdown passes (45) and points responsible for (288). Said Sam Houston coach K.C. Keeler: “When your quarterback isn’t a diva and your quarterback doesn’t care about anything other than the Ws, it really makes your whole locker room in sync and worried about the same thing – about winning a ball game.” South Dakota senior quarterback Chris Streveler finished second and UC Davis junior wide receiver Keelan Doss was third in the voting. There were 25 finalists for the award named after the legendary College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back. Briscoe claimed the 2017 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award as the national offensive player of the year Friday night at the national awards banquet in Frisco, Texas. He’s just the second two-time recipient of the 31-year-old award, joining Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards in 2008 and ’09. He threw for 9,605 yards and 102 touchdowns in his two Payton Award seasons. “I have some of the best players in the country around me,” he said. “And I think it just goes to show how well they make me look.” A national panel of 151 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries voted on the Walter Payton Award. Past winners include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, John Friesz, Brian Finneran, Jimmy Garoppolo and Cooper Kupp.Courtesy of STATS FCS
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JOCKEY QUOTESKENT DESORMEAUX, MAXIM RATE, WINNER: “I watched the tape of her last race (Grade III Providencia Stakes on April 6) and you could see she was very unlucky to lose. Simon called me up before we ran and told me she was delightful, that she would do whatever I asked, he thought she would be best with a target, so I asked him who that was going to be. There was absolutely no pace but I was super-pleased to see Rafael, (Bejarano aboard Ladymidtown) lead with some aggression and set me up with a target. When Joe, (Talamo aboard Miss Flawless) came to her at the eighth pole she had to find two more gears. I think the pressure factor from the neighbors helped her progress. Just trying to win with the horses coming behind her on the backside, they pushed her; I had my hands full.”TRAINER QUOTESSIMON CALLAGHAN, MAXIM RATE, WINNER, AND HOSTESS, FOURTH (reached by phone in Kentucky, where yesterday he saddled favored Bellafina in the Kentucky Oaks): “I watched the race (Senorita) here and it was very exciting. I thought she’d be hard to beat after her last race (second by a nose in the Grade III Providencia at 1 1/8 miles when she bobbled at the start). She got the trip we expected today and cutting back to a mile wasn’t a concern.”OWNER QUOTESRYAN COSATO, MAXIM RATE, WINNER: “It was a tough one to take last time. She ran awfully good – too good to lose. But we figured we’d re-group and cut her back to a mile in distance. Unfortunately, Flavien didn’t ride her today because he’s out of town for the Derby, but it never hurts when you replace him with a Hall of Famer like Kent. Things worked out.“With it being a short field, the race looked to have a lack of speed, so that was nice because I think our filly can place herself in a close position. I thought she would sit in a nice stalking position, and the race unfolded that way. Fortunately she had enough left in the tank to hold off Lady Prancealot.”NOTES: The winning owner is Nick Cosato of Slam Dunk Racing.
THE Alli data has lost its bite.Dele Alli’s stats show why Spurs fans, pundits and now England manager Gareth Southgate have noted a sharp decline from golden boy to injury-hit top of the flops.8 Dele Alli has struggled with form and injuries over the past 18 months, as backed up by facts ‘n figures, especially with SpursCredit: Getty Images – Getty88Midfielder Alli was hauled off as Tottenham’s’ early-season woes peaked with Tuesday’s 7-2 home humiliation by Bayern Munich and then left out of Southgate’s squad for two Euro 2020 qualifiers next week.And the 23-year-old’s Tottenham figures since the start of last term highlight why social media has been blitzed with comments like: “Dele Alli is done” and “Can someone tell me the last time he had a good game”.Alli’s goalscoring has fallen steeply from a stunning 22 in 46 starts in 2016-17 and 14 from 42 the following term – with just seven in his 38 games since then, including only one this calendar year.His total of assists and overall chances created have also both halved since 2017-18.Assists dropped from an incredible 15 that term to eight last season – with none so far this campaign, albeit from just three starts and one game off the benchAnd the number of chances Alli conjured plummeted from 88 two seasons ago to 44 in 2018-19.But a glimmer of hope amid otherwise murky figures is that he has already created four this term.’STILL GETTING WORSE’And it must be pointed out that, despite reaching the Champions League final in June, Spurs as a whole are struggling too.In fact, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are level with Brighton on 16 for the highest number of Premier League defeats in 2019.Alli’s passing accuracy has stood up well to his problems, hovering around the 80 per cent mark throughout his Prem career.And although he has tried to dribble far less since the start of last season, his success rate has steadily risen over the past four terms.Alli’s England stats have actually improved in the past two years. albeit judged from few games.Indeed, it was his goal that clinched a 2-0 last-eight win over Sweden in the 2018 World Cup.And he won the free-kick brilliantly swerved home by Kieran Trippier in the Three Lions’ 2-1 semi-final loss to Croatia.But after missed three months of the last Prem campaign due to hamstring troubles, Alli has been under even more intense fire this term.One fan tweeted: “Dele Alli has declined so much since his 16/17 season, his performances somehow get worse every time I watch him.”888And when Pochettino omitted fit-again Alli for a 2-1 defeat at Leicester two weeks ago, many pundits argued it might be the shock he needed.Ex-England playmaker Joe Cole told BT Sport: “The resting shout is one for the media. He has not been the player we know he can be.”That’s just a little kick from Pochettino to inspire Dele to get back to his best form.”And Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand suggested in the same week: “I really think he has [got something to prove].”Ferdy then put forward his own theory as to why Alli has struggled.The former England defender said: “He was playing too deep I felt last year in the midfield, having to receive the ball with his back to goal etc.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 Celtic“I think he’s best when he’s running on to things, looking at the goal and taking his chances early.“I think he’s a fantastic player when he’s doing those right things.”But the stats show Alli has plenty of figuring out to do if he is to return to his best – at a time of Tottenham turmoil and England excitement over a new generation of playmakers itching to oust him permanently.8Watch Bayern Munich’s post-match celebration as shy ‘Grenade’ Gnabry receives standing ovation after hat-trick in 7-2 thrashing of Spurs8
JOSE MOURINHO got off to the perfect start as Tottenham ended their away day hoodoo to cruise past their London rivals.Son Heung-min opened the scoring before assisting Lucas Moura to double their advantage before half time.3 Jose Mourinho is off to a winning start as Tottenham bossCredit: PA:Press AssociationHarry Kane then put the game beyond doubt with a superb header from a Serge Aurier cross.The likes of Eric Dier and Moura have been offered a clean slate under the new gaffer and SunSport’s Richard Forrester casts his players ratings after Spurs’ 3-2 win.GAZZANIGA 7Could have pulled up a deckchair and smoked a cigar if he really wanted until the 70th minute when West Ham started to put on some pressure.Couldn’t do anything about Antonio or Ogbonna’s goal as West Ham made a late surge.AURIER 8Question marks over his positioning on occasions but one of his best games in a Tottenham shirt.He looked solid in the first half with a number of strong challenges and played in a super delivery for Kane to head in the third.That right-back spot has been an issue for Spurs but Aurier has the potential to make it his own now.ALDERWEIRELD 6A player Mourinho was desperate to sign at Manchester United so is bound to be a big player under the Portuguese boss.Was assured at the back but was turned by Antonio before the Hammers striker fired the hosts back into the contest.Didn’t look unfazed as West Ham put some late pressure on and wasn’t at fault for the second.3 Eric Dier has the chance to rejuvenate himself under MourinhoCredit: Getty Images – GettySANCHEZ 6If he can avoid injuries then the Colombian should be a mainstay in Tottenham’s side.He barely had anything to do until the last 20 minutes but question marks over his defending for West Ham’s second when he lost his marker Ogbonna.DAVIES 7Kept Rose out of the starting XI and looked untroubled by a poor West Ham side.Didn’t need to bomb forward with the game already out of sight at half-time and barely put a foot wrong until the 70th minute when he was booked for bringing down Antonio.Came off with an injury although didn’t appear too serious.DIER 7Another player handed a fresh opportunity after making just his third league start of the season.Lost possession once or twice but grew into the contest and ended up nullifying West Ham’s midfield alongside Winks.Mourinho will be more than encouraged by his performance as he kept it simple in the middle of the park.WINKS 8It’s all to play for in midfield as competition hots up but Winks made a statement that he’s not willing to roll over.He didn’t produce much as an attacking threat but he didn’t need to with the four forwards causing all the trouble.Instead Winks kept his discipline and sprayed the ball about to maintain possession.3 Dele Alli was sensational to help fire Spurs top three pointsCredit: AP:Associated PressLUCAS 7Handed a big opportunity to impress his new boss and grasped it with both hands.Started slowly which is understandble given his lack of football but grew in confidence and grabbed his second league goal of the campaign when he latched onto Son’s cross.Missed an absolute sitter in the second but should have cemented his starting role in Spurs’ next outing.ALLI 9A brilliant first half performance as West Ham struggled to pick him up as he drifted into space and caused havoc.Assisted Son for the opener and played a massive part in Spurs’ second by releasing the South Korean down the left.A lot of talk has been made about how Mourinho’s biggest task is to get the best out of the England international who appeared to lose his way under Mauricio Pochettino.The early signs suggest he’s definitely on the right path. Was subbed for Eriksen on 78 minutes.SON 9Terrific again after opening the scoring with a smart finish past the hopeless Roberto.Then produced a sensational cross for Lucas to double Spurs’ advantage.Was quieter in the second half but was full of running until the final whistle to stretch West Ham’s defence.KANE 8Showed some nice touches in the first half and linked up well with Alli before eventually making his mark in the second half.His header from Aurier’s cross was excellent and put the game to put to become Spurs’ third highest all-time scorer with 175.Lost his cool a little when he received a booking for a strong challenge on Snodgrass but Mourinho would have loved his defensive contribution.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onemost 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 CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsSUBSRose (75) – 6Left-back replaced injured Davies but barely had time to make an impact.Eriksen (78) – 5Given 12 minutes at the end and struggled to make an impact as West Ham attempted to push forward to get a foothold in the game. Will be interesting to see if he can force his way into Mourinho’s side.Sissoko (82) – 6Run around a lot and tried to throw himself about. Has fierce competition in midfield.Jose Mourinho admits he wasn’t happy at Man Utd ahead of his first game for Spurs
5TOTTENHAM defender Serge Aurier is reportedly facing an uncertain future at the club with Jose Mourinho said to be in the market for a new right-back.The Ivory Coast international – who has come under fire for flouting lockdown rules – has been a regular under the Special One but is now deemed surplus to requirements.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates55 Serge Aurier recently shared a video of him and Moussa Sissoko breaking lockdown rulesAurier joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, but struggled to establish himself as a regular in the first team due to the form of England international Kieran Trippier.But Aurier has made the No1 right-back slot his own and appeared in 24 Premier League games this season following Trippier’s move to Atletico Madrid.However it has been claimed that his position at the club isn’t secure, with the Daily Mail stating that Norwich ace Max Aarons is a key target for Mourinho at the end of the campaign.Aurier recently found himself in hot water with the club after he broke the Government’s coronavirus lockdown rules by sharing a video of him training with team-mate Moussa Sissoko.AU REVOIRIt was the second time that the player had ignored safety measures as he filmed himself running with a friend two weeks ago.After deleting the clip of him and Sissoko, the duo both pledged to make donations to the NHS in a joint statement.They said: “We recognise that as professional footballers we have a responsibility to be role models, particularly during this uncertain period that everyone around the world is facing.”We wish to apologise for not setting the right example here. We must all respect the Government advice to minimise the number of lives lost during this pandemic.”We cannot thank NHS staff enough for their tireless work at this time and we shall both be making a financial donation to show our support for their efforts.”Aurier – who admitted in October he wanted to leave Spurs last summer – still harbours a dream of returning to PSG.5 Aurier, 27, has revealed he is still wishing to return to PSGCredit: Getty Images – Getty5MOST 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 CelticCORONAVIRUS 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.Speaking earlier this month of his desire to play for Les Parisiens once again, he said: “If I can see myself finish my career at PSG? That is even my plan!”I would like to finish at PSG. It is before everything else the club of my heart. I have a feeling of unfinished business. It has been my club since I was a kid, I would go watch matches at the Parc des Princes.”It was a dream for me to come to PSG and for me that dream is not finished. If I was to finish my career at PSG, I would love that.”Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealTottenham star Son Heung-min arrives at marine boot camp to start military national service including live-fire drills
After losing their opening six games of the season, the Eels have recorded back- to-back wins to breathe life into their flailing campaign.However the victory was quickly soured by fears second-rower Tony Williams tore his ACL for the second time in a year. “I don’t think it’s real good. He needs to have scan tomorrow, but I’ve been told that it’s ACL,” Eels coach Brad Arthur said after the match. In a closely-fought contest in which the lead changed hands seven times, it was Eels second-rower Manu Ma’u who stood out as the unlikely hero with a try and try assist in the second half. The Eels were down by four points with 11 minutes to go on Sunday when Ma’u powered over off a Corey Norman pass to claim the match-winning try in front of a crowd of 17,555. The result means the resurgent Tigers have lost consecutive matches for the first time this season, and leaves them outside the top four for the first time in a month. Parramatta remain in last spot but are level with Manly, Canterbury and North Queensland to move within two victories of the top eight. After both teams traded penalty goals early, the Tigers broke the game open when Esan Marsters burst into the backfield and found a supporting Corey Thompson in the 25th minute.But the defensive lapse only spurred the Eels into gear, crossing twice in five minutes through Bevan French and Michael Jennings to steal the ascendancy.French soared over opposite winger David Nofoaluma to claim his first try of the season, before Jennings took a sublime Mitchell Moses offload on the other side of the field.Another Marsters penalty on the stroke of halftime reduced the Eels’ lead to two at the break, before a piece of Luke Brooks magic not long after the resumption gave them the lead.Possessing what Nine Network commentator Phil Gould described as the best no- look pass in the league, the Tigers’ halfback put Matt Eisenhuth between the posts untouched in the 45th minute.A late Ma’u offload allowed Brad Takairangi to steal back the advantage, which they held for just five minutes before Marshall seized back the initiative by backing up Mahe Fonua.However, the Eels claimed the lead for good on Mau’s rampaging run, and held on to back up their breakthrough win last week over Manly.
The Barras batted first and lost both openers – Lega Siaka (0) and Assad Vala (13) – cheaply.The next two batsmen in Vani Vagi Morea (102) and Sese Bau (66) put the home side back on track, punishing the Kenyan bowling attack with a solid batting partnership.The dismissal of Bau in the 32nd over brought to the crease birthday boy Mahuru Dai.But Dai was soon back in the sheds after being dismissed for 8 by Collins Obuya.The quick loss of 3 more wickets did nothing to stop Morea, who went on to finish unbeaten on 102.His knock included 8 fours and 1 six.He was assisted late in the innings by a handy 43 from John Reva.The Barras finished at 6/249.Kenya’s top bowler was Obuya who finished with 4/42 off 8 overs.Kenya requires 250 for victory.
Each Nadal and Bautista performed very solidly and gave no choices to their respective rivals. In the duel of numbers one, the Balearic was unattainable for Cuevas, 45th in the world rankings, and received 6-2 and 6-1 after an hour and 13 minutes of play.Nearly unapproachable together with his service, since in all the duel he granted a single ball of break which managed to save lots of, the chief of the ATP put 26 successful pictures for less than eight unforced errors, too profitable for his rival, who at instances was very pissed off on the Australian arduous monitor. For his half, after his spectacular debut in the event in opposition to Georgian Aleksandre Metreveli (6-0, 6-0), Bautista returned to deploy his superiority in Perth, the place he hardly wanted 57 minutes to signal a brand new victory.The younger Roncadelli, 19 years outdated and doesn’t even presently have a rating in the ATP, might solely add three video games in opposition to the quantity ten in the world rating, which achieved 18 successful strokes and nearly doubled his opponent in whole factors (56-30 ).At the level that closed the tie, Carreño and Feliciano needed to battle greater than anticipated to beat Behar, quantity 77 of the world rankings, and Fumeaux, a 17-year-old who had by no means performed a recreation in the ATP (6-1, 3-6, 10-3).After dominating with authority in the first spherical, the Spanish couple relaxed in the second and their rivals took benefit of it to position themselves with a 1-Four benefit and tie the recreation. In the last tremendous tie-break and after the 2-2 exit, Carreño and Feliciano reactivated to realize a 9-1 partial that settled the contest after an hour and three minutes. Picture: EFE Spain has added its second victory in the ATP Cup, the world tennis event held in Australia and marks the begin of the 2020 season, after the resounding triumphs this Monday of Rafa Nadal and Roberto Bautista over the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas and Franco Roncadelli, respectively, and the double fashioned by Pablo Carreño and Feliciano López earlier than Ariel Behar and Juan Martín Fumeaux.After being far superior to Georgia (3-0) in its first day of competitors in Perth, the Spanish group also didn’t give Uruguay a selection and subsequent Wednesday will attempt to shut the group stage with full victories in opposition to Japan, which doesn’t depend together with his greatest participant Kei Nishikori. Nadal, Bautista and the doubles rating one other 3-Zero for the ‘Armada’
From there, the only player who ended up bothering the game against Athletic was Mikel Oyarzabal, He received a very hard tackle from Iker Muniain. But the Eibarrés attacker was able to finish Sunday’s game and then has not had any sequels. It has a blow, but it will not be a problem to be ready for the Mirandes visit. In fact, he has trained normally, as expected. Imanol can also count on David Zurutuza, another player who had been touched for a while. Since last week he trains with the group and could enter the Cup list this week, or failing in the Gipuzkoan derby against Eibar de Ipurua. Two other players who dragged muscle problems are the central Le Normand and Aritz Elustondo, but both are in good condition and Imanol can also count on them in the big copera meeting on Thursday. Good news in Zubieta with the infirmary of the Royal Society. In the absence of a day for the great event of the season for the Txuri-Urdin, Imanol Alguacil only has the loss of his captain, Asier Illarramendi, who has already been injured for almost six months and that is in the final stretch to finally re-enter with the group. This means that the Real recovers the players who had reluctant in recent days.This is the case of Martin Ødegaard, whom Imanol Alguacil booked in the Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao last Sunday. The Norwegian is already at the same pace as his teammates, that break has been good for him, and the appointment against the Mirandes will not be missed. Another player who could not play the Reale Arena Basque football classic was the center Diego Llorente. The Madrid was injured against Mallorca and missed the last meetings. But He is already recovered, has completed the session normally and is available to the realistic coach.