FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Jordan Howard is the Southland Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Howard is the first men’s basketball player this season to win the weekly award three times. He was the Player of the Week on Nov. 20, 2017, and Dec. 27, 2017. Howard had a career-high 43 points in Central Arkansas’ first-ever win over Stephen F. Austin. The Southland leading scorer was one point short of tying the Bears’ program record as the senior guard shot six-of-eight from behind the arc and was 15-of-20 at the free-throw line. In the first half alone, the Chandler, Ariz., product produced 28 points. Howard followed that performance with 29 points in a road win at Northwestern State where he shot 64.3 percent from the field and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity line. Honorable Mention: Shannon Bogues, Stephen F. Austin; Joe Kilgore, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Moses Greenwood, Southeastern Louisiana. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Jordan Howard – Sr. – Guard – Chandler, Ariz. 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 at least 25 percent of ballots. The Bears (12-11, 6-4 SLC) scooped a home and an away win on the week, topping Stephen F. Austin (17-4, 6-2 SLC) 100-92 in Conway on Wednesday and defeating Northwestern State (3-17, 0-9 SLC) 95-78 on the road Saturday. For the week, Howard averaged 36 points per game, shot 60.4 percent overall and 64.3 percent from three-point range. UCA next sees game action this Saturday at Southeastern Louisiana (13-9, 7-2) at 5 p.m. CT. The game will stream on the Southland Digital Network.
Tottenham Hotspur sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday, six months after he led the club to the Champions League final and after five years in charge, saying that it was a move made reluctantly after a disappointing start to the season.Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has already been linked to the job, with Sky Sports reporting that talks between the Portuguese and Spurs were at an advanced stage with both sides confident a deal could be reached by Wednesday. Pochettino, appointed by Tottenham in 2014, had turned the perennial under-achievers, who had been through a series of managers, into a Premier League force, with finishes of fifth, third, second – their best for over 50 years – third and fourth.They also reached the League Cup final in his first season.The Argentine oversaw a remarkable Champions League campaign last season, beating Ajax Amsterdam on away goals in the semi-final after trailing 3-0 on aggregate at halftime in the second leg but losing 2-0 to Liverpool in the final in Madrid.With the club also moving into a wonderful new one billion pounds ($1.29 billion) stadium, everything was looking rosy, despite concerns about a lack of transfer market activity.However, the first few months of this season have been disappointing, as the team have won only three of their opening 12 Premier League games and are in 14th spot. They were also thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League and knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester United.Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez and the rest of his backroom staff have also been relieved of their duties, the club said in a statement.”We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste,” Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said.”Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.”It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions — this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff — but we do so in the club’s best interests.””Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history,” Levy added. “I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.”I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.”The statement said an update on the new coaching set-up would be made in due course.STABILITYSince joining from Southampton, Pochettino has become a hugely popular figure at Spurs, bringing some much-needed stability to a club that averaged almost a manager a year over the previous decade.”We came a long way together,” Tottenham’s Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld told Sky Sports. “A lot of players achieved big things. I can see where we’ve come from before my time at Spurs. We have to be thankful for what he achieved at the club.”We have to try to work hard and I think there will be a (new) manager quickly. Spurs are a big club so there will be a big manager for us. We (the players) have to stay together and change things as quickly as possible.”Spurs midfielder Dele Alli posted a picture of himself and Pochettino on Twitter and Instagram and wrote: “I can’t thank this man enough. He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. Good luck and hope to see you again my friend.”Pochettino’s five-year stint made him Spurs’ longest-serving coach since Keith Burkinshaw who was in charge from 1976-84, and, until Tuesday, the third-longest serving Premier League boss behind Eddie Howe at Bournemouth and Burnley’s Sean Dyche.”He helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years,” wrote former Spurs and England striker Gary Lineker on Twitter. “Good luck with finding a better replacement…ain’t gonna happen.”Another former Spurs player-turned pundit Jermaine Jenas said: “Should have backed him, not sacked him.”However, another pundit, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was not surprised. “I said a few weeks ago I felt this project had ran its course,” he said. “I thought there would be a change at the end of the season with either the manager or players changing.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. english premier leagueEPLjose mourinhoPochettino First Published: November 20, 2019, 8:52 AM IST