Southampton captain Jose Fonte signs new three-year deal

first_imgSouthampton captain Jose Fonte has signed a new three-year contract with the club. Fonte joined Saints from Crystal Palace in January 2010 and has been a key figure in the team’s rise from League One to the Barclays Premier League. The 31-year-old’s new contract extends his stay at St Mary’s by one year, with his previous deal due to expire in 2017. Press Association “I’m obviously very pleased and very happy,” Fonte said. “I want to thank the manager, Les Reed, Ralph [Krueger], Katharina [Liebherr] – all of the staff and all of the board – for showing their trust and belief in me. “I am extremely happy that they are giving me this opportunity to keep being in this great club, and I hope I can give back with good performances and by helping the club move forward. “This is where I feel happy and where I’ve been very successful, so this is where I want to be and where I want to win.” Fonte was appointed team captain by manager Ronald Koeman at the start of last season and led Southampton to a seventh-place finish, the club’s highest in the history of the Premier League. Koeman said: “I’m very pleased because he’s an important player for the team – he’s our captain. “He has played already several years for the club and he is really feeling well in Southampton – he’s a great professional and an example of how you have to behave in football. “He knows what you have to do to develop yourself, and I’m very happy that he stays for more years.” Fonte is set for his 240th Southampton appearance against Leicester on Saturday and the defender’s progress has also earned him seven caps for Portugal. “This sets a tremendous example for young players,” executive director of football Les Reed added. “As skipper, Jose has demonstrated leadership qualities that all young players should aspire to and it is good for them to see such long-term dedication to the club.” last_img read more

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March Madness: NCAA Tournament West opening round preview

first_imgMarch Madness is finally here. Despite the obvious miscarriage of cosmic justice that resulted in a Badger-less tournament, it is still the best time of the year. Play-in games begin Tuesday, March 13. The National Championship falls on Monday, April 2. Between those two magical dates is a time like no other. Couches mold to fit suspiciously well to your rear-end. Your eyeballs become painfully aware that television was not meant to be watched eight hours a day.  Kick back, ignore homework, loved ones and responsibilities and break out your lucky highlighter. And hey, as of now, you have a perfect bracket!Let’s do it.No. 1 Xavier University vs. No. 16 North Carolina Central University/Texas Southern UniversityXavier [28-5, 15-3 Big East] snagged the one seed of the tournament as a result of their impressive schedule and multiple notable wins. Baylor, Butler, Seton Hall and Providence all failed to upset the Musketeers this season.They are led by Trevon Bluiett, a senior guard with a knack for stuffing the stat sheet. Bluiett averaged 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists this season in the Big East.Xavier will face the victor of NCCU and TSU, who each managed to win their respective conference tournaments: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference.Neither schools enjoyed particularly successful seasons, though will be playing with nothing to lose.No. 8 University of Missouri vs. No. 9 Florida State UniversityMizzou [20-12, 10-8 Southeast Conference] has wins against Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky this season, though were knocked out of the SEC Tournament by Georgia in the first round.The Tigers will be watched closely, as Michael Porter, Jr., an elite high school prospect that spent much of this season sidelined with an injury, will likely be playing major minutes in the tournament.FSU [20-11, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference] beat the University of Carolina and Syracuse University this year, but will face-off against Porter and the Tigers without a true leader. Their top three scorers, Terance Mann, Phil Cofer and Braian Angola, all average around 13 points per game. The Seminoles have been less-than-stellar when it comes to three-point defense, allowing a combined average opposition three-point rate of over 40 percent.No. 5 Ohio State University vs. No. 12 South Dakota State UniversityOSU [24-8, 15-3 Big Ten] should be familiar to Badger fans, as the Buckeyes placed an early season beat-down on a sloppy, December Wisconsin team.They have wins against Michigan State University and Purdue University. They will march out their mid-range jumper wielding, glass-cleaning, 6-foot-7 junior Keita Bates-Diop. Diop leads the team in points per game (19.4) and rebounding (8.8).SDSU [28-6, 13-1 Summit League Conference] dominated the anemic Summit League Conference this season in large part thanks to their ace-in-the-hole Mike Daum. The junior forward averaged 23.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, all the while shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc.Daum will be a handful for OSU, and presents the kind of challenge that can make the 5-12 matchup a must watch.No. 4 Gonzaga University vs. No. 13 University of North Carolina-GreensboroGonzaga [30-4, 17-1 West Coast Conference] has victories against OSU and Texas in the regular season and took home the West Coast Conference Tournament Championship with ease.The Zags have five players averaging over 11 points per game and have accumulated a massive 17.4 scoring margin, holding opponents to an average point total of 67.1.UNC-Greensboro [27-7, 15-3 Southern Conference] will attempt to counter-act the balanced, experienced Gonzaga team at the three-point line. The Spartans have held opponents to .319 from three while nailing 9.6 a game themselves.Spanish junior Frances Alonso leads the charge with 15.6 points per game on .407 shooting from three-point distance.No. 6 University of Houston vs. No. 11 San Diego State UniversityHouston [26-7, 14-4 American Athletic Conference] was undefeated at home this season and recorded a win against two seed Cincinnati and ten seed Providence.Senior guard Rob Gray has dished out 4.5 assists per game and recorded 18.5 points per game this season on 45 percent shooting from the floor. Along with 44 percent three-point sniper teammate Corey Davis, Jr., the Cougars have managed to maintain a comfortable scoring margin of 12.5 points per game compared with opponents.SDSU [22-10, 11-7 Mountain West Conference] boasts wins against Nevada and Gonzaga this year and comes into the game against Houston fresh off of a Mountain West Tournament Championship.With five, double-digit scoring averages on the roster but no stand-out player, the Aztecs are an interesting matchup in the opening round of the tournament. They do not shoot many threes, and are unremarkable when they do, but shoot a team field-goal percentage of .461 from the floor.No. 3 University of Michigan vs. No. 14 University of MontanaAnother Big Ten familiarity, Michigan [28-7, 13-5 Big Ten] added Big Ten Tournament Championship to their resume for the second straight year. They also defeated the MSU Spartans twice this year along with wins against Purdue and OSU.The Wolverines have been playing stellar defense all year long, holding opponents to 63.5 points per game. Moritz Wagner is the best player on the team, with 14.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.Making it a battle of the ‘U of ‘M’s’, Montana [26-7, 16-2 Big Sky Conference] will look to upstart a Michigan team with the fourth best Vegas odds to win the whole thing. They secured their entry to the Big Dance with a Big Sky Conference Tournament win.Montana will need to find some magic to break through the vicious Wolverine defense, but coming from a .468 field goal percentage is a good start.No. 7 Texas A & M University vs. No. 10 Providence CollegeTexas A & M [20-12, 9-9 SEC] has wins against West Virginia University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Alabama, though fell in the first round of the SEC Tournament.They are led by junior center Tyler Davis. Davis is averaging over a block per game, 14.5 points and almost 9 rebounds as the Aggies Anchor.Providence [21-13, 10-8 Big East] is led by senior point guard Kyron Cartwright. His Friar teammates are routinely benigiting from the fortuity of his playmaking prowess, leading him to finish the year averaging over 5.8 assists per game and 13.8 points in the Big East.No. 2 University of North Carolina vs. No. 15 Lipscomb UniversityUNC [25-10, 11-7 ACC] have had a down year by Tar Heel standards. Though, two wins in the notorious Duke-UNC rivalry and victories against OSU and Tennessee still make for a formidable No. 2 seed few would like to face.The high-paced offensive attack puts up 82 points per game, led by senior point guard Joel Berry. Berry is averaging 17 points per game, second behind teammate Luke Maye and he nails 2.6 threes per game.Lipscomb [23-9, 10-4 ASUN] beat out former March Madness darling and home of lob city Florida Gulf Coast University for the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and a bid to the Tournament.Garrison Mathews is their team scoring leader, pouring in an impressive 22.1 points per game. He is also grabbing 5.5 rebounds a game. The Bisons will need all the firepower the can in the uphill battle ahead of them.At the end of the day, it’s March, where anything can happen. So, when push comes to shove, disregard all numbers, knowledge or wisdom and take out the dart board to make some quick, uninformed decisions.last_img read more

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Matt Duchene free agency news: Center signs 7-year deal with Predators

first_img NHL free agency news: Penguins sign winger Brandon Tanev to 6-year deal NHL free agency news: Devils sign Wayne Simmonds to 1-year deal He was traded to the Blue Jackets at the deadline last February and previously told reporters he would “definitely” consider returning to Columbus. However, the Blue Jackets weren’t able to sort out a deal before other teams began speaking with him Sunday.According to a report from The Athletic, Nashville emerged as the front-runner right away.Told that there won’t be any deal between Columbus and Matt Duchene before the UFA speaking period opens Sunday. Fair to say Nashville is the front runner.— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) June 22, 2019Duchene had 58 points in 50 games with the Senators before being dealt to the Blue Jackets, where he recorded four goals and had 12 points in 23 games to close out the regular season. WE GOT HIM. 🤠#Preds | @Matt9Duchene https://t.co/JyLP8cmlmM— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) July 1, 2019″Our objective this offseason was to bolster our offense, and signing Matt Duchene gives us another dynamic goal-scoring, playmaking center,” Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement. “We are excited to add his skill and experience to our top-six forwards and look forward to the next seven years of Matt and his family in Smashville. Matt’s love of country music and passion for the city of Nashville make this partnership a perfect fit.”Duchene reportedly met with both the Predators as well as the Canadiens earlier last week.  Related News He registered 10 points in 10 playoff games with Columbus and helped the team to its first postseason series win in franchise history, a four-game sweep of the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning.Duchene is coming off a five-year contract that had a $6 million AAV. Matt Duchene has found a new team.Duchene will join the Predators on a seven-year, $56 million deal, the team announced Monday. Artemi Panarin free agency news: Rangers land star wingerlast_img read more

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