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HS Countdown to Kickoff: Rattlers, San Antonio Holmes finally meet

San Marcos and San Antonio Holmes were supposed to face off in 2020. But due to rescheduling issues cause by the COVID-19 pandemic, the two teams had to cancel the matchup.

The longtime preseason scrimmage partners will finally meet during the regular season this year. The Huskies saw mild improvement last season, earning a 20-13 overtime win over San Antonio Jay — the team’s first victory since the 2018 season. It ended up being Holmes’ only win, as it finished the year 1-8 overall and 1-7 in District 29-6A play.

The offense returns one of its top playmakers in Christopher Medelez. The senior quarterback led the team throwing for 359 passing yards and two touchdowns, but will need to clean up his efficiency after completing just 33% of his passes and giving up five interceptions. He also finished second on the team with 304 rushing yards on 73 carries, a 4.2-yard average, and crossed the goal line four times. 

He’ll be without most of his top weapons from last year, though. No running back or wide receiver returning produced more than 100 yards for Holmes or reached the end zone in 2020.

The Huskies might deal with some inexperience on defense, too, losing their top two tacklers from a year ago. But their secondary does feature a pair of ballhawks who each secured interceptions last season in seniors Jake Jackson and Nathan Arriaga.

San Marcos will head to San Antonio to square off with Holmes on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.

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McConaughey fires up Austin FC fans at Q2 Stadium before home opener kickoff

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Donning a verde suit and djembe, Minister of Culture Matthew McConaughey got Austin FC fans fired up before kickoff for the team’s first home match at Q2 Stadium.

McConaughey led the sold-out stadium in chanting “Verde! Listos!” while standing on the pitch in front of the stands.

The actor and University of Texas professor is a minority owner for the franchise.

McConaughey previously told KXAN he understands that building Austin FC into a winning team and legacy will take time, describing it as a “100-year war.”

The chant he led fans in Saturday night is one of many that can be heard recited at games. Die-hard supporter groups of the team have compiled an easy-to-use list and lyric videos of all the chants, so you can learn them too.

The national anthem was performed on the guitar by singer-songwriter Aaron Stephens, who was raised in Texas. He’ll take the stage at Austin City Limits in October for weekend one.

Kickoff for Austin FC versus the San Jose Earthquakes took place at 8 p.m. Learn how you can watch the rest of the game on The CW Austin.

Author: Jaclyn Ramkissoon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Arsenal vs Everton kick-off time, TV channel and live stream details

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This post originally appeared on Mirror – Football

Arsenal are in for a difficult Friday night both on the pitch and off it as they welcome Everton to Emirates Stadium, for their first match since announcing plans to join the European Super League.

The Gunners’ hierarchy may have apologised to supporters after performing a dramatic U-turn and pulling out of the proposed new competition.

But fans are still planning to attend the Emirates on Friday night ahead of the game with Everton, as they call for owner Stan Kroenke to sell the club.

Gunners legend Ian Wright was among those to post social media messages with the hashtag #KroenkeOut this week.

Mikel Arteta revealed the club’s owners, the Kroenke family, had apologised to him over the European Super League fiasco
Mikel Arteta revealed the club’s owners, the Kroenke family, had apologised to him over the European Super League fiasco

It is a big night for the Gunners on the pitch as well. Mikel Arteta’s men currently sit in ninth place and are nine points from the final Champions League and the Europa League spot, currently occupied by Chelsea and West Ham United respectively.

Everton are also hoping to secure European football this season and are one place and three points above their opponents.

What time is Arsenal vs Everton?

Kick-off is at 8pm and is the only Premier League fixture of the night.

Arsenal go into the contest without four of their key men.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still out after contracting malaria while away on international duty with Gabon, while striker Alexandre Lacazette is also sidelined due to the hamstring injury he suffered against Fulham.

Everton hope to have Dominic Calvert-Lewin back for the Arsenal game
Everton hope to have Dominic Calvert-Lewin back for the Arsenal game

Defenders Kieran Tierney and David Luiz complete the quartet due to knee injuries.

There is more positive news regarding Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard though. He has returned to light training after his ankle problem and will be assessed before the match.

Everton will be hoping to welcome back top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin following his adductor injury and are also hopeful midfielder Andre Gomes might return from his thigh issue.

Yerry Mina, Bernard and Fabian Delph are doubtful, while Abdoulaye Doucoure and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are definitely out.

TV channel and live stream details

The game will be shown on Sky Sports’ Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD channels.

Coverage will begin at 7.30pm and Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch online via the website or Sky Go and BT Sport apps.

These teams last met in December, when an own goal from Rob Holding and another from Yerry Mina gave Everton a 2-1 victory and marked Carlo Ancelotti’s first anniversary in charge by moving up to second in the Premier League table.

Referee Craig Pawson pulled from Liverpool vs Chelsea clash two hours before kick-off

The game between Liverpool and Chelsea could go a long way to deciding who makes the top four at the end of the season.

Chelsea sit above Liverpool by one point ahead of kick off having gone unbeaten since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at the club.

Liverpool though have fallen adrift in recent weeks with Anfield proving to be an unhappy hunting ground for Klopp’s side with three consecutive defeats at home.

They’ve never lost four straight home matches at Anfield in the top flight and Klopp will be hoping to avoid that unwanted piece of history.