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Friday, November 21, 2014

All-Conference College Specialists 2014

The following kickers and punters (and long snapper in a few cases) have been named first team all-conference players for 2014:

AAC American Athletic Conference
  • K
  • P
ACC Atlantic Coast Conference
  • K
  • P
ASC American Southwest Conference
  • K Adan Olivares, Louisiana College
  • P Nico Francino, Hardin-Simmons
  • P Tim Willett, Louisiana College
AUS Atlantic University Sport
  • K Ryan Begin, Acadia
  • P Kyle McLean, Mount Allison
Big 12
  • K
  • P
Big Sky
  • K
  • P
Big South
  • K
  • P
  • LS
Big Ten
  • K
  • P
CAA Colonial Athletic Association
  • K
  • P
CCIW College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin
  • K Dom Zavaglia, North Central
  • P Matt Kussmann, Illinois Wesleyan
Centennial Conference
  • K
  • P
CIAA Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • K Alajandro Suarez, Winston-Salem State
  • P Christopher Palmer, Bowie State
Conference USA 
  • K
  • P
  • LS
CSFL Central States Football League
  • K
  • K
  • P
CW Canada West
  • K Johnny Mark, Calgary
  • P Denton Kolodzinski, Saskatchewan
ECFC Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
  • K Diogo Dietrich, SUNY Maritime
  • P Stefano Marziale, Anna Maria
Empire 8 Athletic Conference
  • P
Frontier Conference
  • K
  • P
GAC Great American Conference
  • K Houston Ray, Henderson State
  • P Jared Heim, Southeastern Oklahoma State
GLVC Great Lakes Valley Conference
  • K Scott Miller, Indianapolis
  • P Jacob Lamp, Truman State
GNAC Great Northwest Athletic Conference
  • K Matt Bruder, Humboldt State
  • P Chris Campbell, Humboldt State
GPAC Great Plains Athletic Conference
  • K Adam Meirose, Concordia
  • P Zach Decker, Morningside
GSC Gulf South Conference
  • K Taylor Pontius, North Alabama
  • P James Dugan, West Georgia
HAAC  Heart of America Athletic Conference
  • K
  • P
HCAC Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • K Shane Kelly, Mount St. Joseph
  • P Ryan Acosta, Earlham
IIAC Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • K Kevin Sheldon, Central
  • P Grant Zimmerman, Wartburg
Ivy League
  • K
  • P
KCAC Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • K Dominic Sigala, Ottawa
  • P Jeff Stamp, Ottawa
LSC Lone Star Conference
  • K Saul Martinez, Texas A&M-Commerce
  • P Sam Fowler, Angelo State
  • LS Cody Clark, Angelo State
MAC Mid-American Conference
  • K
  • P
MAC Middle Atlantic Conference
  • K Daniel Sobolewski, Albright
  • P Patrick Newins, Misericordia
MASCAC Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • K Michael Killoran, Western Connecticut State
  • P Ryan Falaguerra, Western Connecticut State
MEAC Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
  • K
  • P
MEC Mountain East Conference
  • K Andy Ellington, Concord
  • P Griffin Yocum, West Liberty
MIAA Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association
  • K Joel Lopshire, Trine
  • P Dean DeVries, Hope
MIAA Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
  • K Connor Frazell, Pittsburg State
  • P Scott Groner, Missouri Western
MIAC Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • K
  • P
MSC Mid-South Conference
  • East Division K
  • East Division P
  • West Division K
  • West Division P 
MSFA Mid-States Football Association
  • K
  • P
MVFC Missouri Valley Football Conference
  • K
  • P
MWC Midwest Conference
  • K Ace Henricks, Monmouth
  • P Graham Fisher, Grinnell
MW Mountain West Conference
  • K
  • P
NCAC  North Coast Athletic Conference
  • K
  • P
NEC Northeast Conference
  • K
  • P
NEFC New England Football Conference
  • K Tucker Cheyne, MIT
  • P Tyler Henning, Coast Guard
NESCAC New England Small College Athletic Conference
  • K Phillip Nwosu, Amherst
  • P Kyle Pulek, Trinity
NJAC New Jersey Athletic Conference
  • K
  • P
Northeast-10 Conference
  • K Shane Grayson, Saint Anselm
  • P Ryan Handy, Stonehill
NSAA North Star Athletic Association
  • K Thomas Cortes, Valley City State
  • P Josh Borm, Dickinson State
NSIC Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
  • North K Andrew Brees, Minnesota Duluth
  • North P Aaron La Deaux, Minot State
  • South K Tom Obarski, Concordia-St. Paul
  • south P Mike Wenk, Southwest Minnesota State
OAC Ohio Athletic Conference
  • K
  • P
ODAC Old Dominion Athletic Conference
  • K
  • P
OVC Ohio Valley Conference
  • K
  • P
OUA Ontario University Athletics
  • K Tyler Crapigna, McMaster
  • P Ryan Nieuwesteeg, Guelph
PAC Presidents' Athletic Conference
  • K Justin Dahl, Westminster College
  • P Stephen Amic, Bethany College
  • K
  • P
Patriot League
  • K
  • P
PSAC Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
  • East K Alec Rosenfeld, Kutztown
  • East P Jordan Bair, East Stroudsburg
  • West K Cody Nuzzo, California
  • West P Andy Cerett, California
RMAC Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
  • K
  • P
RSEQ Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec
  • K & P Boris Bede, Laval
SAA Southern Athletic Association
  • K
  • P
SAC South Atlantic Conference
  • K Justin Powell, Lenoir-Rhyne
  • P Kyle Clark, Newberry
  • LS  Dusty Nance, Carson-Newman
SCAC Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • K Tyler Brandenburg, Texas Lutheran
  • P Chadd Brown, Texas Lutheran
  • P Matthew Kennemer, Trinity
SCIAC Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • K
  • P
SEC Southeastern Conference
  • K
  • P
SIAC Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • K & P Juan Serna, Fort Valley State
SLC Southland Conference
  • K
  • P
Southern Conference  
  • K
  • P
SBC Sun Belt Conference
  • K
  • P
SWAC Southwestern Athletic Conference
  • K
  • P
UMAC Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
  • K Mike Theismann, St. Scholastica
  • P Donnie Mavencamp, Minnesota-Morris
USA South
  • K & P Mason Studer, Christopher Newport
WIAC Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • K Ryan Kusilek, River Falls
  • P Nate Ray, Oshkosh
WSFL Western States Football league
  • K Edgar Gastelum, Arizona Western College
  • P Tommy Jewell, Snow College
  • P Kolby Gregory, Glendale CC
Please let us know if you are aware of any additions for this list.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

November 20, 2014 - kicker Mike Weaver
"I don’t think anyone ever thought Mike Weaver would be our kicker here,' coach Dave Clawson recalls. The only evidence Clawson had to go on during his first spring as the Deacons’ head coach was what he saw in practice. And what he saw in practice was enough to make him wonder what Weaver was even doing at Wake Forest on scholarship. 'Quite honestly, in the spring, he was awful,' Clawson said. 'He could not hit an extra point. 'He was probably our fifth kicker on the roster in the spring, and we only had two.' All of which makes Weaver one of the most compelling stories of an otherwise largely forgettable season. Though 10 games, the kicker who couldn’t kick an extra point in the spring has kicked 16 of them in 16 tries. But the real story is how Weaver has drilled 13 field goals on 14 attempts, with the only miss on a 54-yard prayer against Clemson." - Winston-Salam Journal
September 20, 2014 - kicker Mike Weaver ties school record
"Weaver tied a Wake Forest record Saturday by connecting on his sixth straight field goal to start his career, helping the Demon Deacons to a 24-21 victory over Army in Winston-Salem, N.C. Weaver kicked a 20-yard field goal with 14 minutes, 13 seconds remaining to bring Wake Forest within 21-17. That kick matched the school record for field goals to start a career, set in 1969 by Tracy Lounsbury.... Weaver, a redshirt freshman, also connected on all three of his extra-point attempts, improving to 9-for-9 this season. Weaver, from Pine City, was on the team last season but did not play." - Star Gazette

August 26, 2014 - Mike Weaver named starting placekicker
"Coach Dave Clawson filled in the last spot on his depth chart by naming redshirt freshman Mike Weaver as the starting kicker for field-goal and extra-point attempts. Freshman Adam Centers will kick off, leaving redshirt junior Chad Hedlund, who performed all three roles last season, without any duties in the opener. Clawson said that Hedlund, who was 8 for 12 on field-goal attempts and made all 26 point-after tries last season, will have a chance to win back the position. 'That could be fluid,' Clawson said. 'Every time you name a starter, that’s the starter for that game and doesn’t mean it’s the starter forever.' The decision to have Weaver kick field goals and extra points came as somewhat of a surprise, given that he provided Hedlund with little competition last year. But Clawson said that Weaver has improved by leaps and bounds since spring drills." -  Winston-Salem Journal

August 23, 2014 - kicker/punter Mike Weaver
"Weaver is listed as the backup kicker and backup punter on Wake Forest's 2014 depth chart, but Demon Deacons special teams coordinator Adam Scheier said Weaver could end up as the No. 1 kicker. 'Mike has had a very good camp, a good summer,' said Scheier, who came to Wake Forest this season with head coach Dave Clawson from Bowling Green University after the Demon Deacons went 4-8 in 2013. Scheier said Weaver, a redshirt freshman who recently turned 23, has converted a higher percentage of field goal attempts in practice than his two competitors, incumbent Chad Hedlund, a redshirt sophomore; and true freshman Adam Centers. 'Kicking field goals is black and white. They either go through or they don't,' Scheier said, adding that Weaver gets his kicks off quicker than the other two. He said the three are pretty even in leg strength. Scheier said Weaver struggled in spring workouts but has greatly picked up the pace. He also said he expects Weaver to be the No. 2 punter behind two-year starter Alexander Kinal, a redshirt junior." - Star Gazette

July 18, 2014 - kicker/punter Dominic Maggio commits
"Boys' Latin junior Dominic Maggio has orally committed to play football at Wake Forest in 2015. Maggio, a kicker and punter for the Lakers, was an All-Metro first-team selection last season after he averaged 44.7 yards per punt. He placed 11 punts inside his opponents' 20-yard line and thumped a 62-yard punt in a game vs. St. Paul's." - Baltimore Sun

April 12, 2014 - first spring scrimmage
"The offense tallied on five field goals and one touchdown during the scrimmage. Redshirt junior kicker Chad Hedlund booted field goals of 32, 41 and 29 yards while redshirt freshman Mike Weaver connected from 40 and 38 yards." - Wake Forest

February 5, 2014 - long snapper Nick Luedeke signs
"Luedeke is a North Carolina product and versatile offensive lineman who will most likely play long snapper for Wake Forest. Luedeke enrolled early at Wake Forest and has been participating in the off-season conditioning program and will also participate in spring practice. The current long-snapper is Logan Feimster out of Statesville, North Carolina. He will be a red shirt senior this fall, and if you haven't heard of him before that's a compliment to a long snapper. I'd look for Luedeke to redshirt this year and then potentially be the team's long snapper starting in 2015." - Blogger So Dear

February 3, 2014 - kicker Adam Centers commits
"Ranked as the No. 3 kicker in the country and the No. 99 prospect in Texas by ESPN . . . Rated the No. 2 kicker nationally by Kohls . . . Honorable mention as both a punter and placekicker on the Texas 5A All-State team as selected by the Associated Press . . . Named the punter on the American Family Insurance All-Texas team . . . First team All-District 5-5A . . . Second team All-Area selection . . . Converted on seven of nine field goal attempts and all 57 PAT's as a senior . . . Was seven-of-eight field goals as a junior . . . 44 of 68 kickoffs went for touchbacks in 2013 . . . Had a season-best 52-yard field goal in 2013 and a 51-yarder in 2012 . . . Averaged 38 yards per punt as a senior . . . Chosen to play in the Under Armour All-American Game . . . Booted a 25-yard field goal to help Team Highlight defeat Team Nitro in the contest . . . Booted a 43-yard field goal vs. Flower Mound" - Wake Forest

January 6, 2014 - Adam Scheier added to coaching staff
"Scheier was named interim coach at Bowling Green to prepare the Falcons for the game against Pittsburgh in the Dec. 26 Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl. Scheier was a candidate to succeed Clawson at Bowling Green, but Dino Babers of Eastern Illinois was hired on Dec. 18. A 1996 graduate of Dartmouth, Scheier has also coached at Dartmouth, Columbia, Princeton and Lehigh. During his five seasons as Bowling Green’s special-teams coordinator, the Falcons blocked 16 kicks and returned three kickoffs and four punts for touchdowns. He will coach tight ends and coordinate the special teams at Wake Forest." - Winston-Salem Journal

San Diego State Aztecs Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

November 20, 2014 - kicker Seamus McMorrow leaves team
"McMorrow’s strange and unfulfilling career at San Diego State has come to an end. Aztecs coach Rocky Long said Thursday that McMorrow withdrew from the team earlier this week by 'mutual agreement' between the player and coach. Declining to discuss specifics, Long said, 'It was personal between us.' Long said McMorrow’s on-field performance had '“nothing to do with it.' McMorrow could not be reached for comment. Asked to characterize McMorrow’s three seasons as SDSU, Long answered, 'Inconsistent.' McMorrow didn't make a single field goal in college. This season, he was limited to kickoff duties, which now will be handled by junior place-kicker Donny Hageman, and to one punt, which he shanked for 13 yards in a loss to Nevada." - San Diego Union-Tribune

October 14, 2014 - mid-season kicking & punting
"The special teams unit continues to excel. Halfway through the season, the Aztecs have converted on 8-9 field goal attempts thanks to junior transfer placekicker Donny Hageman who tacked on a 25-yarder Friday night. Last year the Aztecs made only half of their attempts and missed their final eight. Senior punter Joel Alesi had another big night with three of his four punts landing inside the 20-yard line." - Mountain West Connection

August 30, 2014 - Donny Hageman hits a field goal for the Aztecs
"Junior kicker Donny Hageman ended SDSU's 11-month field goal drought in the second quarter vs. NAU. The crowd at Qualcomm Stadium roared appreciatively as junior kicker Donny Hageman’s 48-yarder split the uprights on Saturday afternoon and his teammates mobbed him. 'I was happy that he made a field goal and broke the curse,' Aztecs safety Malik Smith said. San Diego State’s field goal issues have been well documented, and until Hageman’s successful kick against Northern Arizona, the Aztecs had not made a field goal since Wes Feer’s 25-yarder on Sept. 28, 2013. Hageman went 5 for 5 on extra points in SDSU’s 38-7 win over Northern Arizona, but he wasn’t perfect, pulling a 46-yarder wide in the second quarter." - San Diego Union-Tribune

August 16, 2014 - Fan Fest scrimmage
"First off, SDSU might have found a kicker. Rocky Long said each of the three kickers took reps based on a rotation and that it was pure coincidence that Donny Hageman was the man on the spot when it was time for a 51-yard field goal. 'He had the opportunity and he made the most of it,' Long said, noting that he thought that attempt was right on the outside of Hageman's range. 'But I thought he made it fairly easily, so that's a good sign.' Long hasn't anointed Hageman the starting placekicker yet, but I would bet he's it. Hageman only got one field goal opportunity, but junior Seamus McMorrow went 1 of 2. He converted a 24 yarder but sent a 42-yard attempt wide right. Hageman and John Baron II each took a pair of PATs, and they finished 4 of 4 collectively. I was watching the kickers practice in between periods, and McMorrow made field goals of 20, 30 and 40 yards before attempting two 50-yarders. The first hit the left upright and bounced inside, but he pulled the second wide left. Hageman made field goals of 30 and 35 yards before pulling a 37-yarder wide right. It looks like Hageman will be the guy on field goals and PATs, and I would guess McMorrow gets the nod on kickoffs with Joel Alesi on punts. McMorrow is competing with Baron for kickoff duties and he seems to be in the mix on punts as well. Walk-on John McGrory also got a couple of punts in." - San Diego Union-Tribune

August 6, 2014 - summer specialists
"Punter Joel Alesi is the returning starter from last season and was the lone bright spot for their kicking game last year. His experience and previous success should help him maintain his position in an otherwise fluctuating kicking game.... Kicker John Baron: Rated as 2014's 15th-best kicker and labeled with the strongest kickoff leg in the country by ESPN, Baron and his addition to the team should give some continuity to the kicking position for the foreseeable future.... Kicker Donald Hageman: transfer recruit played two years at Mt. San Antonio College and was a first-team All-Central Conference kicker and punter.... Kicker Seamus McMorrow: The kickoff specialist for the team last year returns after a good season in this slot and showing great power with his 51 touchbacks in 116 kickoffs (44.0 percent), averaging 62.4 yards per attempt.... Holder Brad Odeman: The number-three quarterback on the depth chart is also listed as the number-one holder for the placekicker.... Long snapper Jeff Overbaugh: The long snapper of the last 26 games for the Aztecs, expect to see him in on every punt for the Aztecs." - Mountain West Connection

May 1, 2014 - Aztecs expect improved kicking
"SDSU picks up two solid kicking recruits in 2014. John Baron II, out of Temecula, California, is a two-star recruit with what ESPN called the strongest kickoff leg in the country. Donny Hageman, out of Covina, California, successfully kicked 19 out of 20 field goals in his sophomore year at Mount San Antonio Community College." - Fan IQ

February 5, 2014 - kicker Donny Hageman sign
To rectify the problem and provide competition for rising junior Seamus McMorrow, SDSU signed two kickers. 'That was a position we wanted to target in this class. In both these young men, you get players who can do all three – can kickoff, field goal and punt, which is great because it limits number of guys you’ve gotta take on the road.' McGarry on Hageman: 'That’s an important get for us. He can do all three. He’s a punter for (Mt San Antonio College)... and was 19 for 20 on field goals last year. He can kick off the ground, with a college goal post. We just felt we needed an experienced kicker in our program whom we know has done it at the college level, and can do more than just kick. He was a WR/DB in high school, so he’s athletic, kinda like Seamus (McMorrow) like that for us'." - San Diego Union-Tribune

February 5, 2014 - kicker John Barron II signs
According to McGarry, he didn't know anything about Baron when the kicker arrived at one of SDSU's camps last year because Chaparral (Temecula) is not in his recruiting area. McGarry was actually watching another kicker at the camp who was from his recruiting area. But as soon as the kickers started kicking, Baron blew the coach away with his skill on kickoffs. McGarry on Baron: 'John starts kicking off and I’ve never seen a leg so big on a high school kid... There was another kid he was competing with who signed with another school …. That kid was so intimidated he ended up leaving the camp. (Barron) is a real good kicker. Powerful leg'." - San Diego Union-Tribune

Florida State Seminoles Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

November 20, 2014 - punter Cason Beatty
“I know any time we get across the 50, we’re either going to score, or kick a field goal or they’re going to be pinned back deep,' Beatty said. 'That’s the confidence going in.' Beatty, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., has held up more than his end of the bargain lately. Junior defensive back Tyler Hunter first noticed it a few weeks ago during FSU’s win over Virginia, when Beatty launched a 67-yard punt that landed at UVA’s 7-yard line and blew away his previous career high. But Beatty’s hot streak started well before that. Since the Seminoles’ game against Syracuse on Oct. 11, Beatty has punted 18 times for an average of 45.7 yards per kick. That’s a dramatic improvement from the Beatty’s first half of the season, when he averaged 38.9 yards across 19 punts. 'It’s been huge,' FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. 'He’s been a difference maker. I mean, that guy is changing field position'." - Seminoles

October 4, 2014 - Roberto Aguayo kicks five field goals, breaks streak record
"On Saturday, he drilled five field goals in the Seminoles' 43-3 win over Wake Forest. He hit a 52-yarder that almost landed in the tunnel. He has now made 21 consecutive field goals, dating back to the lone miss of his FSU career – a 43-yard attempt at Wake Forest a season ago.... The sophomore broke Graham Gano's school-record for consecutive field goals when he boomed that 52-yarder into the parking lot. And afterwards he had no idea he had done so until a reporter told him. 'How much is it?' Aguayo asked of his current streak. 'You're at 21 now,' he was told. 'I didn't know that,' Aguayo said. "I knew Gano had (the record), but I never thought about it. I never added up how many kicks I have made (in a row). I just take it day by day. That's exciting news for me. I'm happy for that, but the process is the same'." - Tallahassee Democrat

September 15, 2014 - punting practice
"Cason Beatty spent more time punting during the open session than I can remember seeing in years. Most of this time was spent one-on-one with a strength and conditioning assistant, and looked to be working on fully extending his leg (and likely stretching). Beatty worked on rugby kick as well. Also, FSU confirmed with me that walk-on punter Brian Crews is on Florida State's roster, even though it doesn't show it on the University's website." - Tomahawk Nation

April 22, 2014 - kicker Roberto Aguayo honored
"Lake County Commissioners are honoring Roberto Aguayo. He helped Florida State University win the national championship this season. Commissioners said Aguayo, who attended South Lake High School, consistently has expressed pride in his hometown of Mascotte. He broke the national record for points by a kicker, won the award for the nation’s top kicker, and single handedly would have outscored more than half the Seminoles' opponents." - Bay News 9

March 24, 2014 - punting practice
"During punting drills Roberto Aguayo worked in with Cason Beatty and walk-on Jonathan Hernandez." - Sports Talk Florida

February 5, 2014 - long snapper Stephen Gabbard signs
"Enrolled at Florida State in January and is expected to participate in spring practice...consensus two-star recruit...ranked the third-best long snapper in the nation by ESPN...rated a five-star long snapper and the nation's fourth-best by Kohls Kicking." - Seminoles

United Arab Emirates Men's National Soccer Team News

November 20, 2014 - Ali Mabkhout scores brace in win over Iraq 
"Defending champions United Arab Emirates booked their place in the last four of the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations on Thursday after beating Iraq 2-0 at the King Fahd International Stadium. In what was a rematch of last year’s final, UAE broke the deadlock in the 50th minute when Ali Mabkhout received possession from Habib Al Fardan on the edge of the box and sent a unstoppable rocket into the top corner. Two minutes after the hour mark, a poor back-pass by Iraq defender Ali Faez allowed Ahmed Khalil to nip in ahead of Mustafa Nadhim and lay it off to Mabkhout, who raced through and finished past Jalal Hassan to seal the win for his side." - AFC 

November 6, 2014 - Ahmed Khalil scores hat-trick in win over Lebanon 
"Ahmed Khalil scored a second half hat-trick to lead his side to a 3-2 victory over Lebanon as the UAE looked to build some form heading into next week’s Gulf Cup. After both teams failed to score in the first half it appeared that Mahdi Ali’s side would continue with their recent struggles in front of goal before Khalil put on a goalscoring master-class after the break. The UAE had only scored two goals in their previous six international matches and, despite conceding a brace, will be more than happy with their display." - AFC

October 6, 2014 - Omar Abdulrahman out with knee injury
"Playmaker Omar Abdulrahman has pulled out of the United Arab Emirates squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Australia and Uzbekistan to rest a troublesome knee injury. The 23-year-old suffered the problem playing for his club Al Ain a fortnight ago but made it worse by completing 90 minutes in the Champions League semi-final exit to Al Hilal last week. He missed the 4-3 win over Al Jazira in the Arabian Gulf League on Sunday with his club coach Zlatko Dalic requesting that the country's best talent be allowed to rest in order to recover properly." - Daily Mail

Oman Men's National Soccer Team News

November 20, 2014 - Said Al Ruzaiqi scores hat-trick in win over Kuwait
"Oman advanced to the semi-finals of the 2014 Gulf Cup on Thursday after recording a resounding 5-0 win over ten-time champions Kuwait at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium.... The Omanis edged ahead in the 44th minute when Ali Al Busaidi played a brilliant 40-yard pass in behind the Kuwait defence to find Abdulaziz Al Muqbali, who proceeded to send an emphatic finish past Nawaf Al Khaldi. On the stroke of half-time, they doubled their lead as Said Al Ruzaiqi was left with a simple tap-in from five yards out, after Al Khaldi had parried a low cross straight into his path. A third goal arrived for Oman three minutes after the restart when more poor defending allowed Al Ruzaiqi latch onto Saad Al Mukhaini’s right-wing cross and send a volley into the back of the net. By now, the Kuwaitis’ hopes were hanging by a thread but worse was to follow in the 59th minute when Al Khaldi inexplicably charged out of his box but completely missed his attempt to clear Ali Al Habsi’s hopeful punt forward; the ball eventually breaking to Al Ruzaiqi who made no mistake in firing into the unguarded net for his hat-trick. And in the 90th minute, the rout was completed when Al Muqbali headed home another excellent delivery by Al Busaidi to cap off an outstanding display from his side." - AFC

November 7, 2014 - Mohammed Al Musalami scores brace in win over Yemen
"Mohammed Al Musalami's brace ensured Oman boost their confidence ahead of next week's Gulf Cup Championship. In the friendly against Yemen played on Friday at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher, the Paul Le Guen-coached hosts notched a 2-0 win, but still had areas which needed improvement. It was the opportunistic brilliance of Al Musalami, that Oman scored once in each half to deny Yemen anything to rejoice. With an almost barren first half, Al Musalami's opportunism in front of the Yemen goalmouth resulted in a goal. This came just a minute before the breather. In the second half, at exactly 70th minute, Al Musalami was on target once again." - Times of Oman

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Senegal Men's National Soccer Team News

November 19, 2014 - Mbodj, Cisse & Sow score in win over Botswana
Senegal were too strong for Botswana in their final 2015 Africa Nations Cup Qualifier in Dakar and ran out 3-0 winners.... Halfway through the first half and Kara Mbodj had already put Senegal ahead on with a header off a corner kick by Pape Kouly Diop. Then Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse doubled their advantage after 26 minutes off a cross from Moussa Sow from the right flank. And in the 72nd minute, Sow put himself on the scoresheet for goal No 3, thanks to another assist by Pape Kouly Diop to wrap up a perfect night for Senegal." - SuperSport

November 15, 2014 - Mame Diouf scores in win over Egypt
"Egypt continues to make history in all the wrong ways during its 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, as it lost its crunch showdown with Senegal 1-0 in Cairo on Saturday. An early mistake from goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy was the difference, as his failure to punch-clear on a high free kick handed Senegal’s Mame Diouf an easy headed goal on seven minutes.... The result was enough to see Senegal through to next year’s finals in Equatorial Guinea and leaves Egypt all but out of contention." - King Fut

November 5, 2014 - roster updates
"Senegal head coach Alain Giresse announced his squad for their upcoming 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt on 15 November and Botswana four days later. West Ham United's in-form striker Diafra Sakho, Southampton's Sadio Mane, Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse and Stoke City's Mame Dirame Diouf were all named to the squad. Hull City midfielder Mohamed Diame was also named to the squad." - FIFA

September 10, 2014 - Mane & N’Doye  score in win over Botswana
"Senegal maintained their place at the top of Group G when they defeated Botswana 2-0 in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Botswana National Stadium on Wednesday night. Sadio Mane opened the scoring late in the first half before Dame N’Doye doubled the lead late in the second half to secure the three points.... Senegal did eventually take the lead in the 33rd minute as N’Doye released Mane through the centre, who then slotted the ball past the goalkeeper from inside the box.... Alain Giresse’s men made the result safe in the 84th minute when N’Doye fired past the goalkeeper from the centre of the box after controlling a cross from the right flank." - SuperSport

September 5, 2014 - Diouf & Mane score in win over Eygpt
"First half goals from Mame Biram Diouf and Sadio Mane saw Senegal secure a comfortable 2-0 win over Egypt in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. Senegal started with few of their European based players, although Mohammed Diame and Moussa Sow had to settle for a place on the bench. Mame Diouf opened the scoring in the 17th minute, the Stoke City latched onto a through ball before slotting the ball under the Egyptian goalkeeper.... Mane doubled the the home side's lead just before the hallftime break, as new Southampton signing, Sadio Mané, got beyond the Egyptian defence to slot home into the bottom corner." - Soccer Laduma