Last year the Toffees revealed they were exploring locations for a new home in collaboration with Liverpool City Council. And club chief executive Robert Elstone said at Everton’s 2014 General Meeting on Tuesday that, while a series of sites were being examined, one – which he refused to name – was being focused on more than the others. A team of external advisors, including planners, architects, designers and regeneration experts have been consulted on the proposed venture, with the viability of a new 50,000 capacity purpose-built ground inside the city boundaries of Liverpool under consideration. Elstone said: “The stadium remains a big priority. “We’re not ruling out any of the sites that we’ve identified and that the council has presented to us, but there is one site which is getting more attention and has been getting more attention for a number of months. “It has been worked on very carefully, diligently and in some detail by not only Everton, but by the council and by advisors, planners, architects, designers, cost consultants, regeneration experts and solicitors. So there’s a lot of work going into something that we’re very excited about. “We need a council being supportive financially and supportive entrepreneurially as well. At the moment there are signs that they are being that, and that’s to be welcomed and we’re delighted with that. “We hope it comes to fruition and, if it does, I think it’s something that the city and our fans will be very proud of.” Elstone was keen to emphasise that the risks, and debt, associated with any move away from Goodison Park were being contemplated by the club. He added: “The board is currently looking not only at this opportunity but also the associated risks and the debt that the club may well have to take on to deliver this, which may or may not be the right thing to do. Press Association “That’s exactly where we are in terms of the project at the moment – that consideration is ongoing by the board. “But, in summary, there’s a degree of optimism – perhaps some cautious optimism – but a degree of optimism. “We wouldn’t be investing what we’re doing without thinking it had a chance of success, and there’s a commitment as always to share information with our fans as soon as we can.” Elstone later suggested there could be further news on the matter by the start of the 2014/15 season. He said: “The timeframe is relatively short-term because we are sitting and evaluating whether this is the right thing to do, and we are certainly not going to dwell on that. “So at some point in the next few weeks and months, we will need to make a decision, and when we do, we will announce it to the fans.” Also speaking at the General Meeting at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall were Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and manager Roberto Martinez – both of whom stressed the Toffees do not need to sell any of their star players. Last summer, when Martinez arrived as boss, the club lost midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United. Fellaini had a buy-out clause in his contract and Kenwright said: “I think everyone here knows Marouane chose to have a price on his head. “We don’t have to sell anyone. “There is no-one with a price on their head like there was with Marouane.” Everton have thrived under Martinez – they still have an outside chance of a top-four Barclays Premier League finish – and several of their key players are likely to be on clubs’ wish-lists this summer. But the Spaniard said: “I think the answer everyone needs to know is that we are not in need of selling players, and I think that is important. “We will never sell a player due to financial needs. If we make a sale it will be in our football plans. “It has to be the judgement of the player, because we need something better or because it is the right time to move them on. If that is the case, the squad will be in a stronger position, because we will bring in two, three or four players.” Martinez chose to make specific reference to one of the stand-out performers of Everton’s campaign, 20-year-old England midfielder Ross Barkley. He said: “Ross came to see me and said ‘I love playing for Everton’ and that is a rare statement – you don’t get that any more. “Will there be new faces coming in and players going out (this summer)? Yes, of course – we need to do that. “I think we have all seen from window to window that we need to get fresher and newer. We need to have core players but also need to have good players coming in as well. “But you can rest assured the decisions will be football decisions.” Everton have expressed their excitement and “cautious optimism” about a particular site they have been looking at with a view to building a new stadium.
Mario Pasalic struck late on to boost Atalanta’s top-four hopes in Serie A with a 2-1 win at Napoli.The Chelsea loanee scored with 10 minutes left to complete the visitors’ comeback after Duvan Zapata – on loan from Sampdoria – levelled in the second half.Gianluca Mancini’s first-half own goal had put Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli on course for victory on Monday but Atalanta climbed to fifth, level on points with AC Milan.Juventus clinched an eighth straight title with five games left after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina – leaving Napoli marooned in second, 20 points behind.They are six points ahead of Inter and are yet to seal second spot and failed to shrug off last week’s disappointing Europa League exit to Arsenal.Mancini turned into his own net from six yards to open the scoring after 28 minutes under pressure from Dries Mertens.But Zapata scored his 24th goal of the season to level after 69 minutes and Pasalic pounced after Zapata’s backheel to win it.–Source: Sky Sports
Final Results | PhotosMcKINNEY, Texas – For the second consecutive year, Sam Houston State has claimed the Southland Conference title after closing out the 2019 Southland Conference Championship shooting an 889 on the Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas. The Bearkats also claimed the individual title as Noah Steele concluded the tournament three under par for a 213, beating the second-place finisher by three strokes.After finishing the opening round tied for second place, SHSU employed a consistent game plan during day two that resulted in a 293 and a 291 in the second and third rounds, respectively. Steele vaulted the Bearkats to the top of the standings with a 68 in round two. Sam Houston State rallied once more over the final 18 holes and combined for a 291, the team’s best round of the tournament. Of the team’s tournament-leading 50 birdies, 17 came in the final round. Luis Carrera knocked down six birdies by himself over the final 18 holes, cementing the Bearkats’ second-straight title bid.Lamar pushed Sam Houston State to the brink with a team score of 290 in the third round. Kevin Lee and Sam Dumez led the Cardinals and tied for fifth place overall, each notching a 222 for the tournament. LU remained poised across all three rounds, tying Southeastern Louisiana for pars made throughout the tournament (152). The late LU surge was highlighted by the team’s tournament-best 4.20 par-four scoring average. The Cardinals earned runner-up honors after shooting 896, 32 strokes above par.Stephen F. Austin employed the largest comeback bid of the championship after improving four spots in the standings following a seventh-place opening day conclusion. The Lumberjacks were led by Jake Hendrix who finished third in the individual standings with a 220 (+4). Angelo Leyvani concluded play tied for 15th overall, while Johannes Gudmundsson registered an impressive final round of 69 (-3) to tie for 18th in the individual standings. SFA shot one under in the final round to snag a third-place finish with a score of 909 (+45).Southeastern Louisiana finished in fourth place, shooting 911 for the tournament. The Lions were led by Joris Etlin and Logan Kuehn who each tied for eighth-place after carding 224. Etlin led the tournament with a pair of eagles that came in the final two rounds.Abilene Christian shot 912 across three rounds to finish in fifth place, while McNeese claimed sixth-place honors with a 916. Incarnate Word registered a 924 for seventh place and Houston Baptist finished in eighth place with 929.Nicholls took ninth place (947), New Orleans finished in 10th place (949) and Central Arkansas was 11th in the final team standings (959).Sam Houston State will now head to the NCAA Division I Regional Championship at a site yet to be determined. The regional tournament is set to take place May 13-15.