Lamar Men’s Tennis Three-Peats Southland Tournament Championship

first_imgAnd he delivered. It was the only singles match to go all three sets. The Cardinals’ Sebastian Santibanez defeated Corpus Christi’s William Mottet 6-4, 6-3 to bring the team within a point in the match. Lamar’s Benny Schweizer capitalized on a thrilling 7-6 (7-4) victory in the first set at the No. 1 line against Francois Kellerman to slide past in the second set 6-4. HIGHLIGHTSBEAUMONT, TEXAS – It all came down to the hands of Lamar’s freshman Nicolas Mayr at the No. 5 line in the 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament Championship on Sunday at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center. The Cardinals, seeded at No. 4 in the tournament, shocked the No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in comeback fashion 4-3 to claim their third consecutive tournament championship. It was the fifth-straight battle between the two teams in the final.center_img Mayr had dropped the opening set to the Islanders’ Okkie Kellerman 7-6 (7-5) but battled back in the second set to win 7-6 (7-5) himself with the team score even at 3-3. The third set provided all the championship excitement expected with all eyes outside the fenced-in five court. Neither player was able to get up more than a point in the third set until Mayr put the match away with a service ace to end it 6-4. Corpus Christi had went up 3-1 after winning the doubles point and then earning points at the No. 3 and No. 6 singles lines. LU picked up the first singles point as Logan Powell routed the Islanders’ Thomas Rodrigues 6-3, 6-3. LU will find out its NCAA Championship fate this Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. CT on NCAA.com.last_img read more

No. 4 HBU Eliminates Top Seed Sam Houston State 6-4

first_imgHBU was on the hunt for insurance runs in the top of the ninth, advancing Scott to second base on a sac bunt. An RBI double from Depreta-Johnson with two outs sent Scott home for a 6-4 lead. A fly out to first base ended the inning and sent the Bearkats out facing down a two-run deficit to escape elimination. The Bearkats nearly scored another at the bottom of the fourth, but a ground-rule double by Jaxxon Grisham kept Riley McKnight at third and the score at 4-1 heading into the fifth inning. Sam Houston flipped the script in the bottom of the second, as Riley McKnight tripled to left center field with the bases loaded to make it 3-1 Bearkats. The next at-bat saw Blake Chisolm single through to right field to bring McKnight home and push the lead to 4-1. BSB: @BearkatsBSB’s McKnight delivered 3 RBI TRIPLE in bottom 2nd. SHSU 3-1 over HBU at this point. #EatEmUpKats #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/kkgeYYrBIM— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 25, 2018 R. Gossett continued his strong showing on the mount at the top of the fifth, striking out three straight batters to retire the Huskies, bringing his total in the game to seven. Box Score | ESPN+ Replay | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – Houston Baptist’s bats were out in full force again on Friday afternoon as the No. 4 Huskies used two homers and a four-run sixth to upset and eliminate No. 1 Sam Houston State. HBU earns a spot in tonight’s semifinal, a rematch with No. 8 New Orleans following the first semifinal between Northwestern State and Nicholls at 4:55 p.m. JT Newton struck out Chisolm swinging on the first at-bat before a grounder escaped down the first base line from Jaxxon Grisham to put the tying run on first. A fly out to center field made it two outs as Andrew Fregia stepped to the plate for Sam Houston. With two strikes, he sent a fly ball deep to left center which Spencer Halloran lost in the sun for a hit, sending Grisham to third. Jack Rogers came to the plate and with a 2-2 count, grounded out to first base to seal the upset 6-4 win for the Huskies.BSB: Runners on the corners, 2 out in bottom 9th for SHSU. Fitzgerald fields grounder cleanly, shoots it over to Buck to end the game. @HBUHuskiesBSB 6, @BearkatsBSB 4 (final).HBU advances to play @Privateers_BSB tonight at 7 pm CT. #DawgsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/lKvtgxpiU9— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 25, 2018 Sam Houston State brought on Niko Mikolajchak to the mound, who gave up a solo homer to Jake Scott on his first batter faced. HBU would take 5-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth. The Bearkats would get a runner on third with one out at the bottom of the seventh but HBU would survive the next two batters to take the one-run lead into the final two.BSB: Scott broke tie with 4th HR of the season, 2nd against SHSU. @HBUHuskiesBSB lead 5-4 over SHSU, top 6th. #DawgsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/cDEZNQGXcn— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 25, 2018 Closer Dakota Mills came to the mound to toss the final two innings for Sam Houston at the top of the eighth and the Bearkats quickly retired the HBU side. In the bottom of the eighth, two straight Sam Houston batters were hit by pitches, putting the go-ahead runners on base and no outs. Jordan Cannon’s bunt advanced Hunter Hearn to third, but a ground out double play to shortstop from Riley McKnight got the Huskies out of the jam. HBU wasted no time getting on the board as Tyler Depreta-Johnson blasted a leadoff homer over the left field wall for a 1-0 Huskies lead.BSB: It only took five pitches for @HBUHuskiesBSB to get on the scoreboard. Lead-off HR by Depreta-Johnson. #DawgsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/6K4T3nTpjX— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 25, 2018 Houston Baptist finally responded in dramatic fashion at the top of the sixth after three scoreless innings. After a Spencer Halloran double and Matt Heck single, Jake Pulcheon shot a three-run homer over the left field wall to knot the game 4-4.BSB: Brand new ballgame in top 6th, when @HBUHuskiesBSB’s Pulcheon hit three-run HR. 4-4 tie with SHSU. #DawgsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/lwMZAnsIDK— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 25, 2018 Should the Huskies win their rematch with New Orleans tonight, they will need to win again tomorrow at 1 p.m. to punch a ticket to the championship game at 6 p.m.last_img read more

UCA’s Bassett, McNeese’s Clayton and Roccaforte Claim Weekly Soccer Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Nadine Maher, Southeastern Louisiana; Lauren Mercuri, Central Arkansas Honorable Mention: Sofia Olsson, Southeastern Louisiana; Michelle Mulrooney, Abilene Christian Central Arkansas went on the road to defeat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2-1, and then Houston Baptist 3-1 to move atop the league’s standings with two weekends of regular-season action remaining. The Bears will be home this weekend for a date with Nicholls on Friday followed by a Sunday matchup versus Southeastern Louisiana. McNeese will also be home, starting with a Friday tilt against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before welcoming Houston Baptist on Sunday.Offensive Player of the Week: Camille Bassett, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Forward – Vista, California  Bassett played a key role as UCA pushed its winning streak to six to move to the top of the Southland Conference table. She tallied two goals to lead the Bears to a 3-1 road win at Houston Baptist. The Californian opened the scoring in the eighth minute, finishing off a flick from Gracie Hair with a header from point-blank range. Bassett added her second goal just 2:26 later, heading home a cross from Kristin Ricks for her ninth goal of the season. Honorable Mention: Amber Marinero, Southeastern Louisiana; April Trowbridge, Northwestern State FRISCO, Texas – Camille Bassett claimed the Offensive Player of the Week award while McNeese’s Sarah Clayton earned Defensive Player of the Week honors and fellow Cowgirl Emma Roccaforte earned the Goalkeeper of the Week. The league made the announcement Tuesday. Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Defensive Player of the Week: Sarah Clayton, McNeese – Sr. – Defender – Rancho Mission Viejo, CaliforniaClayton played all 199 possible minutes this past weekend and was the leader of a McNeese defense that only allowed 10 shots on goal in two shutouts, both 1-0 wins at Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word.center_img Goalkeeper of the Week: Emma Roccaforte, McNeese – So. – Nederland, TexasRoccaforte picked up her fifth and sixth shutouts of the season as her team defeated both Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word. Her six shutouts tie her for the most in the conference, and her 0.74 goals against average places her second in the league. The sophomore’s 10 saves in the two matches moved her to fourth-best in the Southland in both saves (61) and save percentage (.847). The senior is tied for second in the Southland Conference with 21 points on the season and ranks first in the league with nine goals and three assists. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Abilene Christian’s Golightly Locks Up Third Weekly Award of the Season

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Dominique Golightly is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.Golightly pushed the Wildcats (17-4, 9-3 SLC) to a pair of victories last week, averaging 23.5 points on 55.2-percent shooting. The senior was perfect from the free-throw line in ACU’s two games and registered a 66.7-percent clip from three-point range. Her 29 points over Northwestern State came on 28 minutes of play and stands as a career high for the Chickasha, Okla., native.The award marks the third of the season for Golightly.Basketball Player of the Week – Dominique Golightly, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Guard – Chickasha, Okla.Golightly paved the way with 47 points in the Wildcats’ two wins over Northwestern State and Lamar last weekend, marking the most prolific two-game scoring stretch of her career. In addition to her shooting presence, the senior also averaged 4.5 rebounds for the week to go along with three assists. She shot 16-for-29 from the floor and 10-for-15 from beyond the arc.Golightly opened the week with 29 points at home against the Lady Demons, marking a career-high scoring performance in game that was moved from 5:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. due to inclement weather conditions. She then closed the week out with 18 points against Lamar Saturday afternoon to help the Wildcats secure their first-ever win on the road over the Cardinals.Honorable Mention: Briana Trigg, Central Arkansas; Imani Robinson, UIW; Rehema Franklin, New Orleans.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Aubameyang gutted as AJ predicts Kane would beat up Arsenal striker in a fight

first_imgJoshua was shown pictures of the North  London rivals and asked who would win.And after some deliberation gave it to the Spurs man.He said: “Ok, It’s a difficult one still… but I think I’m going to go with Kane.”BBC Sport posted the video on their official Twitter and the Arsenal striker was quick to express his feelings at the heavyweight’s choice.Aubameyang replied to Joshua and said: “I’m disappointed big man.”Fans’ reaction to the video was mixed with one posting: “He’s just trying to cheer Kane up after you won the golden boot last year.”Follow our ARSENAL LIVE BLOG as the Gunners hunt for Emery’s replacementMOST 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 himAnd another added: “That knock out by Ruiz has caused him his mind be messed up for him to think Kane would beat you. So disappointed.”But some like Trevor Lloyd agreed with Joshua and said: “Kane better in the ring and on the pitch.”Joshua went on to say he thinks Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford would also beat England teammate Jadon Sancho in a scrap. Arsenal players ignore Gunners mascot in ‘heartbreaking’ video prior to Norwich draw Kane would take a dive 😉— Papah1006 (@Papah10064ever) December 3, 2019 pic.twitter.com/gMoV1VxRt3— Clark Baxter (@clarkbaxter123) December 3, 2019center_img He’s just trying to cheer Kane up after you won the golden boot last year.— ElnenyThings (@ElnenyThings) December 3, 2019 PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG was gutted by Anthony Joshua’s revelation he thinks Harry Kane would beat the Arsenal striker in a fight.The Gunners forward was reacting to a video online in which the heavyweight was asked who he thought would win fights between some of football’s biggest stars.1 Anthony Joshua thinks Harry Kane would beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a fightCredit: Richard Pelham@anthonyfjoshua Im Disapointed big man 😆😂🤣— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) December 3, 2019last_img read more

Flying Fijians fix focus on World Cup

first_imgPhoto: Oceania Rugby Fiji celebrate winning their third straight Pacific Nations Cup title. The Flying Fijians won their third straight Pacific Nations Cup title at the weekend after thrashing Samoa 38-16 in Apia.That result came a week after they secured the Oceania One berth for the 2019 World Cup, putting them in Pool D alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and a qualifier.John McKee said it was important they maintained their standards and did not drop just because their main goal had been achieved.”Everything was at stake for Samoa, we knew they’d provide us with a big challenge but, for us, we’d had some good performances and we used our past performances through the series in giving us confidence going into the game,” he said.”But we were also aware of coming off that really tough, physical game in Tonga that we absolutely had to be on top of our game – if we weren’t on top of our game it wouldn’t be good enough.”McKee said the Flying Fijians had a genuine shot at reaching the knockout rounds in 2019 and said, with their World Cup place now secure, they had an opportunity to plan thoroughly for the next two years.”We want to qualify for the playoffs. I believe that with the talented players we’ve got if we do everything right and get things right it’s an achievable goal,” he said.”So certainly for me now I can really identify our top group of 24/25/26 players and really try to play them together as much as we can, so that we really develop our combinations, so when we hit the Rugby World Cup our squad is very settled,” revealed McKee.”But at the same time I want to leave the door open for players. I know some players who are outside this group, this test series, who are either really close to selection or perhaps because of injury were not available.”The door is always open for them to come back in and also I know some younger players on the horizon who could certainly put their hand up in the next 18 months, to be worthy of inclusion, because ultimately we will pick the best squad based on form.”McKee said Fiji and its Pacific neighbours do not normally play as many tests as the tier one nations so it was fantastic to pit themselves against Australia, Italy and Scotland last month, to complement their annual Pacific Nations Cup fixtures.”This June/July test series it’s really the most test matches we play in a block outside the Rugby World Cup year so I think that really enabled us to work on some things,” he said.”Sometimes on the three match series you just feel as though on the third match you’re just getting to where you want to be and then the boys go back to their club and yoy’ve got to start again three or four months later.”But I think this time around with the extra two games and the little camp in between the two campaigns we really made some big gains around the way we’re playing the game and our training methods and the way we prepare.”The thing is now to maintain that momentum and make sure that in November we build on the gains we’ve made during this series.”Next up for Fiji is the annual northern tour with test matches against Italy, Ireland and Canada confirmed for November.last_img read more

South Africa visa changes hit Crusaders fans

first_imgBecause a 20-year visa-free travel arrangement between South Africa and New Zealand has ended, Kiwis now require a three-month holiday visa to visit the Republic; and as passionate Crusaders fan Grant Golding has discovered, getting one at short notice is very difficult.After the Crusaders beat the Chiefs in the semifinal at AMI Stadium last weekend, Golding contacted the South African High Commission in Wellington to ask about securing the documentation to travel to the Republic.But by the time he got off the blower he knew there was about as much chance of flying to the moon as there was of getting to Jo’burg before the final.”I asked if there was any chance of getting a visa and a lady at the embassy said ‘no, looking at the backlog, it could take 25 days,” Golding said.There was no rest for the red and blacks as they prepare for their clash with the Lions.He was told that the only hope of getting the documentation fast-tracked was if he a family emergency in South Africa. Golding didn’t apply for the visa earlier because he was uncertain where, or if, the Crusaders would play the final.If the Hurricanes had beaten the Lions in the semi last weekend, the final would have been staged at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.”I was hanging off to try and make sure the team were going to get there,” Golding added.”It’s a shame. It has always been on my bucket list to go to South Africa. As a New Zealand rugby fan, it is one of those places you want to go to see a game. It is just too hard to do it at late notice.”The South African government have introduced the visa changes in a tit-for-tat response to similar measures introduced by New Zealand.Loyal Crusaders supporter Robin Leary, of Christchurch, will attend the final because he had secured his visa several months ago – not that he was planning so far ahead at the time.Leary had originally planned to support the Crusaders’ during their two-match tour of Pretoria and Bloemfontein on April 30 and May 7 but never left New Zealand because the documentation didn’t arrive until after the team had returned.Experience Travel, the official travel company of the Crusaders, acknowledged it was difficult to make arrangements for supporters with such a tight turnaround.”We are trying to work through dispensation at late notice,” spokesman David Redmond said. “But it is unlikely given the time frame.”Travelling fans are not the only ones to suffer. The Crusaders, who required a replacement for Kieran Read after he broke his thumb in Bloemfontein, surprisingly whistled-up Sumner club back rower Dylan Nel.Coach Scott Robertson explained it was because Nel, who holds a South African passport, didn’t have to go through the rigmarole of applying for a visa and could leave Christchurch immediately.An error on the visa for Chiefs midfielder Alex Nankivell resulted in him being turned away from South Africa prior to the quarterfinal against the Stormers in Cape Town. His visa was dated to expire on 31/06/2017, while the rest of the squad’s was stamped 31/08/2017.”It was a clerical error from Wellington and there was absolutely no flexibility from the South African border and they said he had to be sent back to the port that he came back from, which was Sydney,” Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said at the time.Nankivell had to return to Wellington to get his passport amended. The Chiefs called up Chase Tialata as cover. Photo by: FAIRFAX NZ (Rugby fan Grant Golding, pictured with his children Kyan (left) and Anamika at a Canterbury game in 2015, has flagged hopes of supporting the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final).last_img read more

Zidane: “If I have a flower? These players are the host”

first_imgThe Cup, nailed spine: “When I wear the Madrid shirt, I want to do any match well. Tomorrow is a Cup match and it’s our turn. We want to give everything, just that. The players prepare every day to be well and give everything in the field when we play in the field. “Winter market: “It’s not true that I don’t like the winter market. Until 31, everything can happen in all clubs. I have a squad, I have the best players and I want to do everything with them. And all clubs do the same: if they need, they do it; if not, no. “Cup Format: “I was asked the same thing in the previous one before Unionistas and I said that I am used to it because in France a game was always played. I like this idea, it is dynamic, to a game. But we adapt to what it touches. It is my opinion, but we adapt to what we have to play. This year is a match. “If Bale will go to Zaragoza: “You will see tomorrow, as always. I have all the players because something always happens to someone, but I am not here to talk about this. There is a call later and there we will see. I know that all players want to be well, available, without discomfort, and that is what is happening. “Football style: “I don’t know if the Bernabéu would accept a thousand passes without any occasion. Everyone has his style of play. I played at the Bernabéu and what the fans want is to see their team give everything in the field. It has always been that way. amateur watch your team sweat the shirt, that’s the most important thing in the end because you can’t always win. “Hazard’s defensive strength and situation: “I prefer to have all my players, especially for the player. Hazard, although he has returned to the field with the technicians, is not yet with the team. We will see this week how we manage it. Defensively we are happy because we know that before attacking we have to defend well, be intense in our defensive phase. We know, at the same time, that all the matches are different and we have to prove it. Tomorrow we have another match to show our strength. “ Historic Rival: “Surely it is a complicated game. It is a rival who is doing very well in Second, who wants to climb, we know the players who have … As always, for us it requires the maximum concentration, intensity … We always have to try to give our best version because that’s how we can get something out, when we give everything in the field. “ Criticisms despite the successes: “I always say the same, I will not change. The important thing is that this club has given me the opportunity to train this team, these players, who are the host. It is a great team. I am lucky to be here in the sense that I like this job. I am excited to come every day and work with them, take advantage of the opportunity I have. They are 18 years here, first as a player, and I saw what this house is, a special house. The good thing is that what people want for this team is to see their players and coach give their best in the field. Whatever is said, flower or not flower, that we are good, that no … Two months ago things were not going well and there was a lot of criticism, and that is not going to change. What we want is to continue in this line now. Players are the most important thing for me. “Kagawa, in Zaragoza: “He is an important player of Zaragoza, he is demonstrating it. He plays football very well and I wish him the best, but after the game, as always, because what interests me is what we are going to do tomorrow.”3 glasses in 30 years: “I don’t think it’s because of lack of motivation, but rather a circumstance … Madrid has a very big, very important history, and for us the motivation is high, very high, because we know it’s a trophy. We respect everything that touches us . Madrid has 13 … 13, no? Champions League, which is a very good fact. In the Cup it is a little worse, but we want to change it, let’s try. “Victor, in front: “Zaragoza is a historic club and it will make it difficult difficult. What they want is to happen. We are in the same way, we want to give everything in the field. The experience of his coach, who I think is the one with the most matches he’s in First and he’s sure he’s ready too. The difficulty is not going to surprise us tomorrow, we have to be prepared again. This is going to continue like this until the end. “Casemiro, without rest: “It’s part of this template, like everyone else, and we know how important it is. I like to get the good out of this template, in general. I confirm that you are almost an important player in our squad, who plays a lot. There are players who play more than others, but this is not going to change. “Transfer of the assigned: “I look at all the players we have, of course. What interests me is that they have minutes in the clubs they are in. We always wish, for example, Vallejo in this case with his new team, the best; to Lunin, too ; and Ceballos, let him play again. “Mariano, absent in training: “It is not available, it is a bit annoying and when one has a bit of annoyance, it is better not to risk more. Right now I can not tell you anything else. I do not like it and surely he does not like being out of the team for this reason”.last_img read more

Seville wants La Cartuja to be the Wembley of Spain

first_imgThe Junta de Andalucía wants to relaunch La Cartuja, a stadium that was built in 1999 with the chimera shared by Betis and Seville and had a cost of 120 million euros. In addition to the undeniable impulse that will give the Cup, the dream of Andalusian politicians is to turn it into the national team’s stadium, at least for the more packed parties that Spain plays that, after the next European Championship, will start the qualification for the World Cup. 2022, in Qatar. In order for La Cartuja to be the fixed headquarters of La Roja, in addition to solving all current problems, especially that of its roof, it would be an indispensable condition that the athletic tracks surrounding the lawn disappear. But the most important thing will be to prove its usefulness in the next four editions of the Copa del Rey. The agreement between the city of Seville and the Federation (RFEF) goes beyond the next four finals of the Copa del Rey. The Junta de Andalucía has the aspiration to convert the La Cartuja stadium into the Wembley of Spain, in the fixed headquarters of the National Team once the ambitious renovation of the Colosseum is completed. This was made known by the Andalusian president, Juanma Moreno, to the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, during the negotiations held to choose Seville, the host city of the Copa del Rey.The RFEF, for the moment, wants to verify that the investments in the coliseum solve the problems of La Cartuja, which has not hosted any show for almost two years. The damage to the stadium’s roof caused it to be closed and it still does not have the technical reports to approve its reopening. But nobody doubts that by April 18, date of the Cup final, the problems will be solved. The works have already begun.last_img read more

“Playing against Athletic was special, but not the most important game of my life”

first_imgHappy to give continuity to the victory of the Madrid Cup?Yes, because we continue with the good dynamics and the good feelings, the good run, the people plugged in, the hobby with us, it’s like being very happy.Real people are super excited about what they are doing …We’ve done a lot, it’s true, but I really have to say we haven’t done anything. The experience in the Basque derby will be unforgettable for the support of the people, as they have stayed at the end of the game. That the fans and the players go in the same direction is wonderful. We thank you very much for your support.It seemed that the Basque derby were thinking both teams more in the semifinals of Copa …Nerd. We all like to win, and more a derby. The start of the game we take a little measure both teams and not much has happened. But in the second it was a true derby, with its chances, fights, tickets … For a moment I thought we were going to finish a draw, but we have taken advantage of a great play and it has been expensive. He has already taken the measures to the goal of the Royal …Yes. I am at ease. Having minutes, seeing that the opponent has occasions and they do not score a goal, all that has gone well, I am at ease, in distances and with the ball I look good. Although at certain times I can do something else. I am enjoying day to day and games.What has it been like to face Athletic for the first time?Man, another rival is not. Of course But for me it was not the most important game of my life. Yes it was special, because I come from there, I have been there for ten years and they are players that you have always seen. But you focus on focusing on your own and helping your team win nothing more.Does Thursday consider it the most important game of the season?It is very important for us to play a final, as for the fans. Because it’s been a long time since a semifinal has been reached in the Real. But luckily and with the hard work of the coaching staff and all the players we have come here. With good football we are here, and other factors such as the rivals that touch you. There is a lot, you have to value it and enjoy it. The most important game is the one that plays now, prepare it well. We are focused only on Mirandés and that the stands are like in the Basque derby so that everything goes well.Now, maximum respect for Mirandés, right?Obviously. All teams have to be respected, but when a team achieves these feats in the Cup, perhaps it must be taken into account. They generate, above they are strong and move very well. Sevilla and Villarreal beat us, and Celta made things complicated for us … and the three have eliminated Mirandés. So that says it all. Very cautious, but if we show ourselves as we are, and with the support of the people, surely everything goes great. onecenter_img Alex Remiro played his first Basque derby on Sunday defending the goal of the Royal Society. It was his first confrontation against Athletic after his controversial march last summer. Cascante’s goal detracts from that fact and focuses on how much important lies ahead.last_img read more