Chelsea striker Diego Costa was dropped from the Spain squad on Friday for the European Championship qualifier next week while he nurses a groin injury.”Our doctors have been in contact with Chelsea’s doctors and they have agreed it would be best for him to rest,” Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said.Del Bosque added Diego Costa’s “pain in his groin doesn’t mean he won’t play on Saturday” when Chelsea faces Liverpool in the English Premier League.He made six changes from his last squad, giving forwards Jose Callejon, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, Alvaro Morata and midfielder Ignacio Camacho chances to make their national team debuts.Spain hosts Belarus in a qualifier for Euro 2016 on Nov. 15 in the southern city of Huelva. Three days later, Spain, the two-time defending European champion, hosts world champion Germany in a friendly in Vigo.Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho complained that Diego Costa wasn’t fit because he was playing too much for Spain. The Brazilian-born striker missed four matches with a muscle injury for Chelsea after he played in Spain’s last two European qualifiers in October. “It was prudent (to drop Diego Costa) because, as we always say, the health of the players comes first,” Del Bosque said. “Costa is the first one who wants to play for us.”Callejon leads Serie A with eight goals for Napoli. Nolito has impressed with Celta this season, helping it stun Barcelona 1-0 last round and climb into sixth place in La Liga. Morata has found playing time with Italian champion Juventus, and Camacho has anchored Malaga’s midfield during its four-game winning streak.”We brought (Callejon and Nolito) for their goals, their good form, and because we may have trouble opening Belarus’ defense which will likely pack its area, so we needed talented players,” Del Bosque said.Spain is second in Group C with six points, level with Ukraine. Slovakia leads the group with nine. Macedonia has three, followed by Belarus and Luxembourg with one point each.Spain: Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David de Gea (Manchester United), Kiko Casilla (Espanyol)Defenders: Raul Albiol (Napoli), Marca Bartra (Barcelona), Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich)Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Ignacio Camacho (Malaga), Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Francisco “Isco” Alarcon (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Raul Garcia (Atletico Madrid), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Jose Callejon (Napoli), Manuel “Nolito” Agudo (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Paco Alcacer (Valencia)
Bain took the lead on various community service projects, including a reading program with elementary schools, establishing a basketball playground for the less fortunate and assisting with free basketball clinics. The day after the Duke win, Bain and his teammates served the homeless at an area Nacogdoches food kitchen around the Thanksgiving holiday. He serves as an excellent role model for kids in the Nacogdoches community and back home in the Bahamas. Nate Bain, Stephen F. Austin Men’s BasketballBain literally gained international renown when he hit the game-winning layup in Stephen F. Austin’s victory over nationally-ranked Duke, snapping the Blue Devils 150-game home court win streak. The Freeport, Grand Bahama, native was then able to turn that recognition into raising more than $150,000 to help his hometown area after it suffered major destruction from Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana soccer student-athlete Caroline Lee and Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball student-athlete Nate Bain are the recipients of the 2020 Steve McCarty Citizenship Awards, Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett announced Tuesday. Caroline Lee, Southeastern Louisiana SoccerLee was a four-year defender on the Lady Lions soccer team, earning Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognition each season. Additionally, she has been the Southland Conference national SAAC representative for the past three years. In that role, she has represented her fellow student-athletes in Southland Advisory Council meetings and has earned national recognition on various NCAA Committees. The honor is named for the former Stephen F. Austin athletic director, who served at the school for 21 years, including 15 as athletic director. McCarty, an Alto, Texas, native, retired from SFA in 2005 and is a two-time graduate of the university. He is a member of the SFA Board of Regents and the SFA Alumni Association’s “Football Coaches Hall of Honor.” McCarty was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2006. — Southland Strong — Lee, who originally hails from Tyron, North Carolina, graduated with honors this month from Southeastern Louisiana. She will continue her work and plans to pursue her master’s degree and hopes to become a physician’s assistant. The McCarty award recognizes a male and female student-athlete who exhibit outstanding qualities in citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service. Both recent graduates of their respective institutions, the pair will be honored during the league’s virtual Awards Show tonight at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live. The win over Duke was just one in the Lumberjacks’ 28 of the shortened season, including a record 19 conference victories that had them positioned as the top seed in the 2020 Southland Conference Tournament. Despite suffering an injury, he still made 27 starts and led the team with a free-throw percentage of .800. Her Southland SAAC duties have led her to a vice chair position on the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and she was recently selected to serve as a student liaison on the newly formed NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports and the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Committee. Last month she participated on the panel of the NCAA’s Social Series, along with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline, regarding the importance of mental health. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Lee has been working directly on the healthcare frontlines as a respiratory therapist for North Oaks Health System in Hammond. Bain graduated with his degree in kinesiology and would like to work with youth in his future. Up next, he plans to play basketball in Lithuania. Over the past few summers, Lee participated in missionary work and lived in an all-girls orphanage in Honduras. She started a service club working with local ESL elementary school students and also found time to coach a U6 girls soccer team in Hammond to give back to the game that gave her so much.