Year Player Rd. Pick Team 1998 Mikhael Ricks 2 59 San Diego Chargers 1970 David King 9 215 Philadelphia Eagles “I feel really good and ready to get to work for the Rams,” commented Franklin after being picked in the draft. “It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to play in the NFL and now I have been given the opportunity. I look forward to making the most of it.” 1965 Bud Marshall 10 136 Green Bay Packers Prior to the 2017 season, Franklin was tabbed as the 31st most important player in Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Franklin completed his Lumberjack career fifth on SFA’s all-time career tackles for loss list with 37.5 over the past four seasons, while finishing ninth in program history in all-time career sacks (17.5). He compiled 130 total tackles across the last four years, including making 70 solo stops, forcing five fumbles and pressuring 22 quarterback hurries. In January, Franklin had a spectacular performance at the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl inside the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. Leading the Mike Martz’ coached National Team to a 23-0 rout over the American squad, Franklin posted a team-high tying seven total tackles, including a tackle for loss, and had a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. Larry Centers 5 115 Phoenix Cardinals 1990 David Whitmore 4 107 New York Giants The second Southland Conference football player selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, Franklin joins defensive tackle P.J. Hall of Sam Houston State, who went 55th overall in the second round, as 2018 draftees from the conference. In early March, Franklin was the Southland’s only representative at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. He became the first Lumberjack to be invited to the coveted workout since All-American and SFA’s all-time leading rusher, running back Gus Johnson, participated in the pre-draft showcase in 2015. 1952 Bobby Cross 9 104 Chicago Bears 1973 Lawrence Eaglin 11 261 Houston Oilers The Rams went 11-5 in 2017 and posted a 4-2 record in the NFC West, clinching the division and earning the No. 3 seed in the NFC. 1974 Sam Hunt 15 374 New England Patriots 2018 John Franklin 4 135 Los Angeles Rams 2002 Wes Pate 7 236 Baltimore Ravens While at the NFL Combine, Franklin posted top-10 marks among all defensive lineman in five different workouts. Franklin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds, fifth-fastest among defensive lineman at the event, tied for sixth in the 20-yard shuttle run (4.48 seconds), was seventh in the vertical jump (33 inches), tied for eighth in the broad jump (113 inches) and was ninth in the three-cone drill (7.36 seconds). Franklin becomes the fifth SFA player to currently be signed with a professional team, joining tight end Zach Conque (Houston Texans), wide receiver Justice Liggins (Indianapolis Colts), defensive end Willie Jefferson (Saskatchewan Roughriders) and offensive lineman Terran Vaughn (Saskatchewan Roughriders). Furthermore, Franklin will become the fifth Lumberjack to suit up for an NFL team during the Clint Conque era at SFA. He joins Gus Johnson (2014), Vaughn (2015), Zach Conque (2016) and Liggins (2016) as former ‘Jacks who played for coach Conque at SFA and have made appearances on NFL rosters in recent years. Franklin is coach Conque’s fifth defensive end drafted in the NFL during his time as a head coach, including his years as Central Arkansas’ lead man. James Greer 10 255 Cleveland Browns 2009 Dominique Edison 6 206 Tennessee Titans 1984^ Todd Fowler 1 25 Dallas Cowboys 1995 Terrance Shaw 2 34 San Diego Chargers The 6-foot-4, 283-pound defensive lineman becomes the Lumberjacks’ 33rd NFL Draft pick in program history and highest in 20 years, when Mikhael Ricks was taken 59th overall in the second round and Jeremiah Trotter 72nd overall in the third round of the 1998 draft. The Greenville, Texas, native is the first NFL Draft pick for SFA in seven years. Former All-American linebacker Jabara Williams was the last Lumberjack to be drafted when he was taken 228th in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. A three-time All-Southland honoree, including being a second team pick this past fall, Franklin finished out his Lumberjack career as one of SFA’s top performers on the defensive line all-time. He led the Lumberjacks’ defensive front in his final season suiting up for the Purple and White, posting a team-best 13.5 tackles for loss for negative 46 yards, including dishing out 3.5 sacks for a loss of 24 yards. In league play, Franklin’s 11.5 tackles for loss were fifth-most in the Southland as he tied for sixth in tackles for loss per game (1.28). Ranked 42nd nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.2), Franklin finished with the fifth-most total tackles (55) on the team and had 27 solo stops. Robert Pearce 13 337 Minnesota Vikings 1968 Frank Lane 6 151 St. Louis Cardinals Todd Hammel 12 307 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1950 Bill Roberson 15 189 New York Giants 1956 Jim Murphy 22 258 Chicago Cardinals 1984 Duan Hanks 3 82 Miami Dolphins Anthony Landry 10 253 New England Patriots 2011 Jabara Williams 7 228 St. Louis Rams All-Time Stephen F. Austin Draft Picks 1996 Joey Wylie 7 248 Oakland Raiders Howard Tisdale 18 207 Green Bay Packers Buddy Terry 26 309 Detroit Lions 1960 Royse Shelton 20 230 Los Angeles Rams 2001 Derrick Blalock 5 150 Kansas City Chiefs 1997 Anthony DeGrate 7 209 Tampa Bay Buccaneers ARLINGTON, Texas – After going 0-40 as a prep player at Greenville High School, Stephen F. Austin defensive end John Franklin has achieved his childhood dream of becoming a professional football player. Saturday afternoon Franklin’s name was called during the fourth round of the 2018 National Football League Draft as the Los Angeles Rams chose him 135th overall. He was the 15th defensive end taken in the 2018 NFL Draft. 1971 Andy Hopkins 15 368 Houston Oilers Jeremiah Trotter 3 72 Philadelphia Eagles “Myself and our entire coaching staff are very excited for John,” SFA head football coach Clint Conque said. “He put in a solid four years here at SFA and has been a mainstay on the defensive front for us. Franklin has a very high ceiling and the Los Angeles Rams recognized the same things that we did in him four years ago. What’s great about the organization John will be joining, is that the Rams have arguably the best defensive line in the NFL. He will be able to learn from the best in the business.” Mark Moseley 14 346 Philadelphia Eagles 1986 Floyd Dixon 6 154 Atlanta Falcons 1958 George Shirkey 16 191 San Francisco 49ers
Honorable Mention: Logan Berlof, Lamar; Colton Cowser, Sam Houston State; Nathan Pilutti, Southeastern Louisiana. Hitter of the Week – Brandon Bena, Houston Baptist – Junior – Outfielder – Omaha, Neb.After going 2-for-4 and accounting for four runs in a 13-7 win over UTRGV, Bena recorded two more base hits and knocked in half of HBU’s output in a 21-6 loss in the series opener against ACU. The Belle Chasse, La., native faced the minimum through the first two frames and struck out the side in the third and fourth innings. Already at eight punchouts through four innings, Turpin struck out a pair in each of the next three innings before handing the ball over to Reeves Martin for the save. Turpin forced a Sunday afternoon rubber match between New Orleans and McNeese, picking up his team-leading fourth win in a 2-0 victory over the Cowboys on Saturday. The Privateers finished the week 2-2, dropping an extra-inning contest to Southern on Wednesday before a 2-1 series loss to McNeese over the weekend. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Brandon Bena is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and New Orleans hurler Chris Turpin earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Bena extended his hitting streak to 15 games and his multi-hit streak to five games with four-straight two-hit performances as the Huskies picked up a midweek win over UTRGV before taking two-of-three from Abilene Christian over the weekend. He hit .471 on the week and tallied nine RBI and four runs scored. Pitcher of the Week – Chris Turpin, New Orleans – Junior – Pitcher – Belle Chasse, La.Turpin tossed eight innings of scoreless baseball in game two of the weekend series with McNeese, allowing just four hits and one walk to the Cowboys. The junior struck out 14 batters, the most by a Privateer pitcher since Bryan Warzek sat down 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi batters on strikes on March 30, 2018. New Orleans (17-19, 5-13 SLC) looks to get back on track against Tulane at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before visiting Missouri State for a three-game slate beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. He was responsible for the game-winning run with an RBI single to put the Huskies ahead 2-0 in a 5-1 game two triumph. In the finale, Bena’s three-run home run in the first inning gave HBU the lead for good en route to taking the series. Honorable Mention: Kyle Gruller, Houston Baptist; Cullen McDonald, Northwestern State; Noah Sills, Lamar. Houston Baptist (12-23, 5-10 SLC) begins a five-game roadtrip with a matchup against Texas State at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday, followed by a three-game series against Incarnate Word, which opens with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Thursday. 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.
With $182,616 in “new” money wagered contributing to a total Rainbow Six pool today of $421,150, there were 13 consolation tickets, each worth $7,480.80. Santa Anita will present a nine-race card on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m.Approximate post time for race four, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is at 2:30 p.m. PT.Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering in the Grandstand Paddock Room on Thursday, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. Admission and parking are free.For additional information please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. SANTA ANITA 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $280,342 INTO FRIDAY; TOTAL POOL TODAY PRODUCES A PAYOFF OF $7,480.80 ON 13 TICKETS FIRST POST TIME FOR A NINE-RACE CARD ON FRIDAY IS AT 1 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2019)–Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot proved elusive to punters again on Monday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Friday of $280,342.
FAVORED COLONIAL CREED WAVES FLAG IN $67,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE, AS SHE GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN BY ONE LENGTH UNDER ESPINOZA; TRAINED BY BALTAS, SHE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:49.48 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 3, 2019)–With trainer Richard Baltas out of town to saddle horses at Churchill Downs, it was up to Victor Espinoza to “deliver the mail” aboard favored Colonial Creed in Friday’s $67,000 Santa Anita allowance feature and she did just that, going gate to wire for a one length win at a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:49.48.“Richard sent me a message and just told me to put her into the race,” said Espinoza, who had never been aboard the 3-year-old daughter of Jimmy Creed. “It didn’t look like there was much speed in the race, so I decided to just put her on the lead and go for it. It wasn’t that everyone else left me alone, they couldn’t keep up.”Most recently a close fifth in the Grade III Providencia at 1 1/8 miles on turf April 6, Colonial Creed, who broke from post position five in a field of seven sophomore fillies, made an easy lead and was in complete control throughout, repelling stretch-long challenges from both Over Emphasize and Truffalino.Off at even money, Colonial Creed paid $4.20, $2.80 and $2.20.Owned by Doug Branham, Richard Baltas and Jerry McClanahan, Colonial Creed, who is out of the Scat Daddy mare Neverthesame, picked up $40,200 for the win, increasing her earnings to $114,825.A one mile turf maiden winner three starts back at Del Mar Nov. 10, Colonial Creed is now 7-2-3-0 overall.In a gutty effort, Over Emphasize saved ground while attentive to the pace throughout and prevailed by a neck over Truffalino. Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Over Emphasize was off at 11-1 and paid $7.60 and $3.80.Second turning for home, Truffalino battled gamely to be third by a head over Out of Balance. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Truffalino was off at 2-1 and paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.06, 49.03, 1:13.90 and 1:37.82.Admission gates will open early on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, at Santa Anita at 7:15 a.m. First live race post time for an 11-race card in Arcadia is at 12 noon.
LAURA’S LIGHT SEEKS SECOND CONSECUTIVE STAKES WIN IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 SWEET LIFE STAKES AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2020)–Fresh off a facile win going one mile on turf in an ungraded stakes, Gary Barber’s Laura’s Light cuts back in distance and heads a field of eight sophomore fillies going 5 ½ furlongs on turf in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita.Prominent in a competitive lineup, trainer John Sadler’s Irish-bred Shines Her Light was an impressive maiden winner over the course in her U.S. debut Feb. 1, Phil D’Amato’s Blue Sky Baby has run well in all three of her starts and Simon Callaghan’s Lighthouse, well beaten by Laura’s Light at a mile on turf, shortens up to what may be her preferred distance.LAURA’S LIGHTOwner: Gary BarberTrainer: Peter MillerA Kentucky-bred daughter of red-hot sire Constitution, she was a first-out maiden winner going six furlongs on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 2 and in her first start for Barber and Miller, went to the lead and tired late to finish second in the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes at one mile over the Del Mar turf Nov. 30. Subsequently the 5-2 favorite in the one mile turf Blue Norther Stakes here Dec. 29, she led throughout while registering an emphatic 3 ¼ length win. With Abel Cedillo engaged for the third consecutive time, Laura’s Light is strictly the one to beat as she seeks her third win from four starts.SHINES HER LIGHTOwner: Zhang YueshengTrainer: John SadlerDismissed at 13-1 in a field of 11 here on Feb. 1, this Irish-bred was handled confidently by Umberto Rispoli and rallied from off the pace to break her maiden by three quarters of a length. Although winless in five starts in Ireland, she tipped her hand in her fourth start on Sept. 18, running a close second in a field of 20, which included males, going one mile on turf. With Rispoli back aboard for the Sweet Life, Shines Her Light will likely employ the same stalking style in her first graded stakes assignment.BLUE SKY BABYOwner: Michael Lombardi & Joey PlattsTrainer: Phil D’AmatoA first-out maiden winner over the course and distance Oct. 19, this filly by Pioneerof the Nile sat second for most of the trip while finishing third, beaten 3 ¾ lengths by Laura’s Light in the one mile turf Blue Norther Stakes on Dec. 29. Sent to the front in a one mile turf allowance Jan. 31, she finished a close fourth under Mario Gutierrez and will be reunited on Sunday with Flavien Prat, who was up for her maiden victory.LIGHTHOUSEOwner: LNJ FoxwoodsTrainer: Simon CallaghanPurchased for $375,000 at an Ocala, Florida 2-year-old in training sale last April, this Kentucky-bred filly by Mizzen Mast brings an abundance of speed to the Sweet Life party. Third in her five furlong debut as the 4-5 favorite here Oct. 10, she made every pole a winning one in breaking her maiden by 1 ¼ lengths going five furlongs on turf Nov. 17 at Del Mar. Off at 8-1 in the one mile Blue Norther Dec. 29, she never threatened while finishing seventh, beaten 5 ½ lengths. With Drayden Van Dyke back aboard for a third consecutive time, Lighthouse figures to improve with the cutback to 5 ½ furlongs.THE GRADE III SWEET LIFE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. Florentine Diamond–Agapito Delgadillo–122Blue Sky Baby–Flavien Prat–122Orquidias Biz–Mike Smith–122Shines Her Light–Umberto Rispoli–122Lighthouse–Drayden Van Dyke–122Laura’s Light–Abel Cedillo–124Roadrunner’s Honor–Rafael Bejarano–122Spitefulness–Mario Gutierrez–122First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
CHRIS WADDLE has launched a blistering attack on Tottenham’s flop stars and told them: If you don’t want to be here, get out.Spurs were given a Champions League lesson as they crashed to a humiliating 7-2 home defeat by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.3 Chris Waddle claims former club Tottenham are a shambles and need to clear out the players who don’t want to be thereCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd Tottenham legend Waddle claims the club is now a “shambles” just six months after one of the greatest nights in their history.Despite reaching the Champions League final last season, stars like Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Serge Aurier have said they wanted to quit.And furious Waddle told Five Live: “Clean them out, if they don’t want to play for Tottenham get them out and get some people in who want to wear that white shirt.”I don’t think Aurier wants to be here. He tried to get away in the summer, they wouldn’t sell him, got rid of Trippier instead.”They should’ve bought a right back and said “yeah, you want to leave, then you want to leave”.”At Spurs at the minute there’s too much going on, whether it’s Eriksen or Alderweireld out of contract. So and so wants a new deal, Vertonghen wants a new deal – is he signing? Is he not”It’s just been a shambles, let’s be honest.”I was here for four years, I loved it, it was brilliant.3Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer”But you’ve got to say that it’s a shambles at the minute and they’ve got to sort it out quickly because that squad, even though I’m saying the defence is not good enough, it’s still good enough for the Premier League to finish in the top four.”So they’ve still got a lot to play for, it’s early doors. But they’ve got to do it now.”If they wait and say in January this is going to happen and he’s going to leave and he might not leave, the changing room becomes unsettled.” 3 Several players in the Tottenham squad have hinted they want to leave the clubCredit: PA:Empics Sport Mauricio Pochettino speaks after Spurs are thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munich
ARSENAL are set to be denied a plucky Champions League place in next season’s competition with Uefa reportedly opting for a points-based system.The Gunners had received a lifeline when Uefa considered using their coefficient rankings to determine who would play in the tournament in 2020/21.3 Arsenal would miss out on the Champions League but Chelsea qualify if Uefa use a points-based systemDespite being ninth in the Premier League, their performances in Europe over the last five seasons would put them above Chelsea, who are fourth in the league, in Uefa’s system.But according to The Times, Uefa are set to announce that in the event of league campaigns not being completed this term, qualification for the Champions League and Europa League would be on sporting merit.And that is expected to mean an average of points per game in the respective leagues this season.In England, that would mean Liverpool, Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester United take the Champions League spots with Manchester City banned.Liverpool have averaged a staggering 2.83 points per game with Leicester on 1.83, Chelsea on 1.66 and United on 1.55, narrowly pipping Sheffield United – two points behind in table having played one game less – on 1.54.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners newsThat would see the Blades qualify for the Europa League alongside Wolves (1.48).However, there is some good news for Arsenal as it would be the Gunners who claimed the third Europa League spot with 1.43 points per game, 40 from 28 games, even though North London rivals Tottenham – 41 from 29 at 1.41 – are ahead of them in the Premier League.For the Champions League, 26 teams qualify for the group stages automatically each season with the remaining six slots made up by the play-offs.England, Spain, Germany and Italy are the only countries to get four spots.Latest Champions League newsREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’CITY SITUATIONChampions Lg & Europa Lg to be played in ONE host city from quarters onwardREDS TEST2005 Champions League final quiz – How well do you remember Istanbul 15 years on?CRYING SHAMEPoch couldn’t stop crying after CL final as he talks for first time since axeEUR JOKINGCity, Chelsea & Man U’s dreams in jeopardy as govt impose quarantine on arrivalsRevealedLUK RAN OUTLukaku says he will NEVER forgive Chelsea flop AVB for 2012 Champ League axeRevealedRUSSIAN ROULETTEMan Utd’s 2008 Champions League Moscow heroes and where they are nowIn Spain, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla would be joined by fourth-placed Real Sociedad with Atletico Madrid dropping out if coefficient is ignored.From the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach join Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund as Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke omitted.And the situation is similar in Italy where the top four of Juventus, Lazio, Inter Milan and Atalanta are in with Roma and Napoli left out.Who would qualify for CL automatically based on points per game?ENGLANDLiverpool, Leicester City, Chelsea, Manchester UnitedSPAINBarcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Real SociedadGERMANYBayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Borussia MonchengladbachITALYJuventus, Lazio, Inter Milan, AtalantaFRANCEParis Saint-Germain, Marseille, RennesRUSSIAZenit St Petersburg, Lokomotiv MoscowPORTUGALPortoUKRAINEShakthar DonetskBELGIUMClub BruggeTURKEYTrabzonsporAUSTRIALASK33
ATMOSPHERE, capacity and the quality of the toilets are all taken into consideration when fans argue about the best stadiums in the world.And a recent poll to determine which ground holds that honour has revealed some surprising results.28 Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera home in Buenos Aires is one of the most iconic stadiums in the worldCredit: Getty28 Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium is also one of the most well knownCredit: GettyTottenham recently splashed out a staggering £1BILLION on their new North London home which currently ranks just 21st despite being the most expensive stadium ever built.And surprisingly – as of noon on May 6 – a stadium in Egypt sits in the No 1 spot.Here SunSport reveals the latest results of the live poll conducted by Spanish outlet Marca where fans can still vote for their favourite and move it up the rankings.1 CAIRO INTERNATIONAL STADIUMHome team: Al AhlyCapacity: 75,000Location: Cairo, Egypt28 Cairo International StadiumCredit: Getty – Contributor2 SANTIAGO BERNABEUHome team: Real MadridCapacity: 81,044Location: Madrid, Spain28 Santiago Bernabeu stadiumCredit: Getty – Contributor3 NOU CAMPHome team: BarcelonaCapacity: 99,354Location: Barcelona, Spain28 Nou CampCredit: Getty4 MOUNUMENTAL DE CHILEHome team: Colo ColoCapacity: 47,347Location: Santiago, Chile28 Monumental de ChileCredit: Getty5 SAN MAMESHome team: Athletic BilbaoCapacity: 53,289Location: Bilbao, Spain28 San Mames stadiumCredit: Getty – Contributor6 WANDA METROPOLITANOHome team: Atletico MadridCapacity: 68,456Location: Madrid, Spain28 Wanda MetropolitanoCredit: Getty – Contributor7 ANFIELDHome team: LiverpoolCapacity: 54,074Location: Liverpool, England28 AnfieldCredit: Getty8 LA BOMBONERAHome team: Boca JuniorsCapacity: 49,000Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina28 Boca Juniors’ La BomoneraCredit: Getty9 SIGNAL IDUNA PARKHome team: Borussia DortmundCapacity: 81,360Location: Dortmund, Germany28 WestfalenstadionCredit: Getty – Contributor10 MOHAMED VHome team: Raja and Wydad CasablancaCapacity: 52,000Location: Casablanca, Morocco28 Mohamed V Stadium – CasablancaCredit: Africa Cup of Nations2811 STADE OLYMPIQUE DE RADESHome team: Tunisian national teamCapacity: 60,000Location: Rades, Tunisia28 Stade Olympique de RadesCredit: Getty12 WEMBLEYHome team: England national teamCapacity: 90,000Location: London, England28 Wembley StadiumCredit: Alamy13 OLD TRAFFORDHome team: Manchester UnitedCapacity: 76,000Location: Manchester, England28 Old TraffordCredit: PA:Press Association14 MARACANAHome team: Brazil national team, Flamengo, FluminenseCapacity: 78,838Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil28 Maracana stadiumCredit: Getty15 SAN SIROHome team: AC Milan, Inter MilanCapacity: 80,018Location: Milan, Italy28 San SiroCredit: Getty16 ALLIANZ ARENAHome team: Bayern MunichCapacity: 75,024Location: Munich, Germany28 Allianz ArenaCredit: Getty – Contributor17 STADE VELODROMEHome team: MarseilleCapacity: 67,394Location: Marseille, France28 Stade VelodromeCredit: Getty – Contributor18 ESTADIO DA LUZHome team: BenficaCapacity: 65,647Location: Lisbon, Portugal28 Estadio da Luz, LisbonCredit: Getty19 JOHAN CRUYFF ARENAHome team: AjaxCapacity: 54,990Location: Amsterdam, Holland28 Johan Cruyff arenaCredit: Getty – Contributor20 MOUNUMENTALHome team: River PlateCapacity: 70,074Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina28 Monumental, Buenos AiresCredit: AFP21 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUMHome team: Tottenham HotspurCapacity: 62,303Location: London, England28 Tottenham Hotspur StadiumCredit: Getty22 ESTADIO AZTECAHome team: Mexico national team, Club America and Cruz AzulCapacity: 87,523Location: Mexico City, Mexico28 Estadio AztecaCredit: Getty23 SOCCER CITY STADIUMHome team: South Africa national team, Kaizer ChiefsCapacity: 94,736Location: Johannesburg, South Africa28 Soccer City StadiumCredit: Getty – Contributor24 CELTIC PARKHome team: CelticCapacity: 60,411Location: Glasgow, Scotland28 Celtic ParkCredit: PA:Press AssociationMOST 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 InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN 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 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raid25 AZADI STADIUMHome team: Iran national teamCapacity: 78,116Location: Tehran, Iran28 Azadi StadiumCredit: GettySimon Jordan says the Premier League are ‘trying to come back for one reason – money’
Despite the Roosters’ once justified reputation as serial offenders, they ranked eighth for penalties conceded in 2017 with an average of 6.5 infringements a game.However, their penalty woes still proved their downfall based on NRL.com Stats’ Discipline Index, which weights a penalty’s influence based on when it was conceded in the tackle count, and where a team was pinged on the field.The premise here is that a penalty awarded late in the tackle count is more costly than one early on, and that an infringement further away from your try line is worse than one while defending it.By this measure, the Roosters were the worst offenders in the game last year, with their high score of 155.8 indicating they conceded a number of penalties that allowed their opposition to roll downfield into red, white and blue territory.
A video has emerged of Jones making the remarks at an event for Japanese company Fuso last July.The Australian said: “We’ve played 23 Tests, we’ve only lost one Test to the scummy Irish.”I am still dirty about that game. We’ll get that back, we’ll get that back don’t worry. We’ve got them next year at home, we’ll get them back.”Jones also reflected on his time as Japan head coach, making reference to a 125-0 defeat for the Under-20 national team against their Wales counterparts soon after he took over the Brave Blossoms.”Who knows Wales? Are there any Welsh people here? So it’s this little s*** place that has got three million people. Three million!” he said.Jones on Wednesday expressed his remorse for the comments.”I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused – no excuses and I shouldn’t have said what I did. I’m very sorry,” he said in a statement.A Rugby Football Union spokesperson said: “Eddie has apologised for his inappropriate remarks, and the RFU is also very sorry for any offence caused. We will be apologising to the IRFU and WRU.”England will attempt to deny Ireland a Grand Slam at Twickenham on Saturday.