first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s Thomas Rodrigues is the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Rodrigues began the week with a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, 10-9 victory over Prairie View A&M’s Xavier Lawrence at the top slot in singles play. After the Islanders dropped the doubles point against UTRGV on Friday, Rodrigues provided a crucial point in singles, defeating Elliot Johnstone at the No. 4 flight (6-0, 6-2), to help propel Corpus Christi’s rally to win the dual match. The sophomore from Romorantin, France, also earned a 6-1 doubles victory with Kyohei Yamanka in the No. 3 doubles slot in the first match against the Panthers before moving to the No. 2 spot with William Mottet in the second match, winning 6-4. 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. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Thomas Rodrigues, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – So. – Romorantin, Francecenter_img Honorable Mention: Zachary Vander Heiden, UIW. The Islanders (8-1, 0-0 SLC) extended their win streak to eight matches following a pair of victories over Prairie View A&M on Thursday (6-1, 5-1) followed by a 4-3 win over UTRGV on Friday. Corpus Christi heads to the UL Lafayette Tournament this weekend, beginning competition at 9 a.m. CT.last_img read more

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Hunter Hearn is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Stephen F. Austin’s Alex Palmer is the Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Sunday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Hearn pushed the Bearkats (31-23, 20-10 SLC) to a pair of wins on the week, securing the regular-season championship for Sam Houston State after taking two of three games against Northwestern State. The senior first baseman registered a .471 batting average on eight hits and eight RBI. Hearn launched five extra-base hits and scored five runs throughout the week in addition to hitting for the cycle in SHSU’s 11-5 series-opening win over Northwestern State on Thursday.The weekly award marks the second-consecutive honor for Hearn. Sam Houston State heads into the Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 1 seed where they will take on No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday, May 22, at 4 p.m. CT.Palmer closed out the regular season for Stephen F. Austin (24-31, 16-14 SLC) with a complete-game 2-1 victory in the Lumberjacks’ series-opener against New Orleans Thursday evening. The junior righty dealt eight strikeouts against the Privateers, earning a 1.00 ERA while holding UNO to a .188 batting average.The award marks the first of the season for Palmer. SFA secured the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament where they will take on No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday, May 3, at 9 a.m.Hitter of the Week – Hunter Hearn, Sam Houston State – Senior – First Basemen – Crosby, TexasHearn followed up his huge weekend at SLU with another impressive performance, this time helping Sam Houston State clinch the outright Southland Conference regular-season championship. He had at least one hit in four of five games played, including hitting for the cycle in the series opener against the Demons. His cycle is the second for SHSU in the last two weeks. Hearn delivered a two-run triple in the first inning of the Kats’ doubleheader at Arizona and put together his cycle two games later in his opening four at-bats against NSU. Hearn finished with three RBI in game one against the Demons and picked up another RBI single in Friday’s doubleheader opener. The senior then went 2-for-3 with a double and two more RBI in the series finale, reaching base four times in what would be a walk-off win for the Kats to clinch the league crown. For the week he hit at a .471 clip with five of his eight hits going for extra bases.Honorable Mention: Dalon Farkas, Abilene Christian; Ryan Flores, Incarnate Word; Clayton Rasbeary, McNeese; Bryce Steckler, Southeastern Louisiana.Pitcher of the Week – Alex Palmer, Stephen F. Austin – Junior – Pitcher – Arlington, TexasPalmer tossed SFA’s first nine-inning complete game in three years to push the ‘Jacks into the Southland Conference Tournament. In SFA’s series opener against New Orleans, Palmer allowed just one run while striking out eight to push his season strikeout total to 99. The junior has already set the program’s single-season strikeout record and needs one more punchout to become the first Lumberjack to amass 100 or more strikeouts in a single season.Honorable Mention: Jared Biddy, Southeastern Louisiana; Noah Cameron, Central Arkansas; Brennan Lewis, Abilene Christian; Andrew Morgan, Incarnate Word.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 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

first_imgMen’s Tennis Player of the Week – Carlos Paton Canal, Lamar – Jr. – Puertollano, SpainIn his first match at No. 2 doubles since the opening weekend of the spring season, Canal and teammate Joshua Sundaram took down Oral Roberts’ Marcello Moreira and Andre Russo 6-1. ORU went on to claim the doubles point, but Canal gave Lamar a 3-2 advantage by overcoming a first-set loss to defeat Barnabas Koncz. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Mariella Minetti, Northwestern State – Fr. – Tampere, FinalndMinetti improved to 6-2 at top-line singles play this season with a pair of victories last week. She defeated Alcorn’s Alessandra Maganuco in straight sets and, after dropping the first set to Texas State’s Rishona Israel-Lewis, claimed the final two sets by a 6-3 margin. In the first match of the doubleheader with Prairie View A&M, Canal won at second-line doubles and singles to improve to 2-1 and 4-2, respectively. He made the move to the No. 1 position in the second match in both singles and doubles, winning his doubles match 6-2 alongside Nicolas Mayr. Canal’s singles match went unfinished with him up a set and leading 4-3 in the second frame. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Carlos Paton Canal and Northwestern State’s Mariella Minetti are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday. 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. Teamed up with partner Patrycja Polanska, the duo handed Alcorn’s No. 1 doubles pair a 6-3 defeat on Friday and topped their Texas State counterparts 6-1, the first loss in match play by the Bobcats’ Chacadyah Israel-Lewis and Josefina Cassara.center_img Honorable Mention: Yada Vasupongchai, Central Arkansas; Bianca Vitale, Lamar; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston St. Minetti came out on top of all four of her matches as the Demons blanked Alcorn and Texas State 7-0 on Friday and Saturday, respectively. NSU (5-3) wraps up non-conference play with a pair of home matches versus Southern Miss at 1 p.m. Friday and UTSA at 11 a.m. Sunday. Canal went a perfect 5-0 in both singles and doubles action last week, helping the Cardinals to a 2-1 record. LU dropped a tight 4-3 decision to Oral Roberts on Valentine’s Day but rebounded by sweeping a doubleheader against Prairie View A&M with scores of 7-0 and 4-0. The Cardinals (4-7) are idle this weekend and return to action on the road against UTRGV at 11 a.m. CT on Feb. 26. Honorable Mention: Antoine Martin-Thiriat, Nicholls; Jonathan Sheehy, Abilene Christian; Kyohei Yamanaka, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.last_img read more

first_imgRijeka–Kent Desormeaux–122Jasikan–Rafael Bejarano–120Shining Through–Flavien Prat–120Big Scott Daddy–Aaron Gryder–120King of Speed–Victor Espinoza–124Urban Light–Tiago Pereira–120Neptune’s Storm–Drayden Van Dyke–122First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. IRISH-BRED RIJEKA & SHINING THROUGH MEET AGAIN IN WIDE OPEN $100,000 SINGLETARY STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF SUNDAY  NEPTUNE’S STORM, BIG SCOTT DADDY & IRISH NEWCOMER JASIKAN ALL RATE BIG CHANCES  ARCADIA, Calif. (April 25, 2019)–In what appears to be an evenly matched test for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf, the Richard Baltas-trained Rijeka, who finished a nose in front of Jerry Hollendorfer’s Shining Through when last they met, would appear to head a field of seven at Santa Anita on Sunday.Baltas will also send out talented Neptune’s Storm, who was most recently a well beaten second over a sloppy main track in the one mile Pasadena Stakes here on March 2.Throw in trainer Mike Puype’s Big Scott Daddy, who finished fourth as the 4-5 favorite in the Pasadena and Irish-bred Jasikan, who will be making his U.S. debut for John Sadler, and the Singletary is devoid of any clear cut standout.RIJEKAOwner:  Slam Dunk Racing and Michael NentwigTrainer:  Richard BaltasFollowing a creditable fifth place finish going seven furlongs on turf in his Irish debut May 25, he was an impressive 2 ¾ length one mile maiden turf winner at Del Mar Aug. 12 and has now run at a mile on turf in all seven of his Southern California starts, with two wins, as many seconds and one third place finish to his credit. Off at 3-1 in his nose allowance victory over Shining Through at a mile on turf here April 4, he’ll be ridden back by Kent Desormeaux and looks like the top selection.SHINING THROUGHOwner:  Michael StinsonTrainer:  Jerry HollendorferOff at 5-1 in his nose defeat April 4, this Kentucky-bred colt by Malibu Moon was rallying well at the finish in a big effort. A half length one mile maiden turf winner two starts back on Jan. 19, Shining Through, who was well beaten in a pair of main track sprints in September, has definitely found a home on turf and would be flattered by a fast pace on Sunday with Flavien Prat riding back.NEPTUNE’S STORMOwner:  Cybertec International, Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz & Daniel WeinerTrainer:  Richard BaltasWell accomplished, this Kentucky-bred gelding by Stormy Atlantic, who will be making his first start for Baltas, broke his maiden going one mile on turf here four starts back on Nov. 4 and then pressed the early pace en route to a solid 1 ¼ length one mile allowance score over a “good” turf two starts back on Feb. 1. Most recently second, beaten eight lengths over a sloppy track in the one mile Pasadena Stakes, Neptune’s Storm, who had been trained through all of his seven previous starts by William Morey, will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke, as it appears Kent Desormeaux opted to stick with Rijeka on Sunday.BIG SCOTT DADDYOwner:  Paymaster Racing, LLC and Slugo RacingTrainer:  Mike PuypeA half length first out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs on dirt Dec. 26, this Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy came back to run a respectable third at 3-1 going a mile on a sloppy surface behind highly regarded Extra Hope Jan. 31. Subsequently dispatched as the 4-5 favorite in the one mile Pasadena, he was never a factor in the slop and finished fourth, beaten 12 lengths. With regular rider Mike Smith unavailable, Aaron Gryder takes the call in what will be “Big Scott’s” turf debut.JASIKANOwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerSixth in his seven furlong debut at The Curragh in his native Ireland on Aug. 26, Jasikan resurfaced going a mile on synthetic Nov. 9 at Dundalk, and responded with a half length win in a field of 13. With that victory in-hand, he was purchased by Hronis Racing, which has had tremendous success in similar situations the past few years in combination with Sadler. With Rafael Bejarano engaged, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of pari-mutuel interest Jasikan is able to generate in his U.S. debut.THE $100,000 SINGLETARY STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTlast_img read more

first_imgThe 33-year-old fullback has been in good form this season and is currently the NRL’s leading point-scorer this season with 128 points.”Since day one, everyone at the Roosters has made me and my family feel welcome and at home, so that’s a big reason I’m pleased to be extending my time here,” Gordon said.”From a footy perspective, I still feel like the body is really good and I’ve got something to offer. I’m enjoying my footy and being part of the team here at the Roosters.”Gordon is expected to switch to the wing next season with Wests Tigers and NSW Blues fullback James Tedesco arriving at the Roosters in 2018. Photo by: Robb Cox/NRL Photos.Michael Gordon will play on with the Roosters in 2018.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto caption: South Africa captain Eben Etzebeth. A hardened lock very much in the mold of the generations of players who have occupied the Springboks second row, Etzebeth sees Saturday’s Rugby Championship test at North Harbour Stadium as just 46 blokes going hammer and tongs on a patch of grass.”Once you jog onto the field, any records, they disappear out of your head,” the 25-year-old said on Friday about the fact South Africa had not won in New Zealand since 2009.”You don’t want to break records, you just want to win the test match. They want to win it, we want to win it. Records don’t count for very much.”Until the British and Irish Lions ended New Zealand’s 47-match unbeaten streak with a 24-21 victory in the second test in July, the last time the All Blacks had lost at home was when John Smit’s Springboks beat them 32-29 in 2009.That victory was something of a statistical anomaly for the Springboks, who are historically the All Blacks’ toughest opponents but have a woeful record in New Zealand.Of the 42 tests played in New Zealand between the two teams since 1921, South Africa have won just nine, and only three of those – two in 2009 – have come in the 25 games since sporting ties resumed after apartheid ended in 1992.The South Africans also had a woeful 2016, winning just four of their 12 tests and were hammered 41-13 and 57-15 by the All Blacks in their two Rugby Championship encounters last year.The Springboks have, however, enjoyed a resurgence this year under Allister Coetzee and are unbeaten in six games with five wins and last week’s 23-23 draw with the Wallabies.That resurgence has prompted some in New Zealand to question why the game was not played at Eden Park given the All Blacks are unbeaten there since 1994 and there is a large expatriate South African community in Albany.Coetzee, though, felt it would make no difference to his side where they played the All Blacks.”No influence, nothing at all,” Coetzee said.”Two sets of poles, chalk on the field, a referee, no difference … it just comes down to Saturday and the 80 minutes.”last_img read more

first_imgThe prize money up for grabs is K20, 000 for first prize, second K10, 000 and third K5, 000The tournament will be officially kicked off by the Minister for Petroleum and Energy Nixon Duban who is also the Madang MP.The competition will run for two days with the grand final to be played on Sunday along with the Duban Rugby League Cup mens grand finalOrganizing committee representative Collins Iwap says some teams  from outside had arrived to participate in the tournament and they would confirm the number of teams by this evening before the draws  are made tomorrow.Iwap says Minister Nixon Duban has contributed K60, 000 for the tournament.last_img read more

first_imgSince that original Dream Team, five teams have participated on the global stage, with a sixth ready to roll into Rio this summer.THE 12 SUPERSTARS WHO MAKE ALL-TIME USA DREAM TEAMOn all but one occasion, Team USA came home with the gold — yet you might be surprised to learn that the bronze-medal team, though the result was an unprecedented disaster, isn’t the worst Olympic squad we’ve seen in the past 24 years.As for the best? Well, you can probably guess that one.7: 2000’s gold-medal squadYes, Team USA accomplished the ultimate goal of winning gold in 2000. This wasn’t the squad that embarrassed the national team by falling short, and for that, we’re thankful. Look at the roster, though! Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett; those are all great players. You also had guys like Steve Smith, Antonio McDyess, Allan Houston, and Vin [expletive] Baker (that’s his God-given name, it’s fine). That this team won gold is a testament to how weak the field was in 2000, before teams like Argentina and Spain blossomed into their golden generations. Seriously — Vin. Baker.6: 2004’s bronze-medal squadOkay, this one hurts, but we can get through it together. That 2004 team was super-talented. Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, Lamar Odom; that’s a solid squad. James, Wade and Melo were young, however, and Duncan was never comfortable on a team that was more focused on individual stardom than playing the right way. To top it all off, coach Larry Brown probably could have done a better job getting everyone on the same page. The 2004 squad was built for disaster, which came in the form of losses to Puerto Rico, Lithuania, and Argentina on the way to a bronze medal.5: 2008’s gold-medal squad“The Redeem Team” took on legendary status by re-establishing America’s basketball dominance in 2008, and it was undoubtedly a fantastic team. At this point, we’re basically splitting hairs, so this squad falls down the board a little bit because of the bench. Tayshaun Prince and Michael Redd were outstanding NBA players in their primes who probably wouldn’t make the Olympic team in any other year (except maybe the aforementioned 2000 squad).4: 2016’s Rio squadThey won’t be flashy, and you might or might not be watching. Don’t sleep on this year’s Olympic team, though. As a true basketball team, they’re perfectly constructed. You have talented point guards in Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry, big men who can control the paint on both ends in DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan, and ridiculously skilled scoring forwards like Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony who will bury the opposition. This team should cruise to the gold medal.3: 1996’s gold-medal squadThis is the most underrated Olympic team, which was bound to happen in the wake of the Dream Team. You had players like Barkley, Stockton, Robinson, and Malone carrying over from the previous squad, plus Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, and Grant Hill. In fact, here’s a bold take: Dream Team II could have given the original squad a run for its money.2: 2012’s gold-medal squadThe last Olympic squad was a little light in the middle, with Tyson Chandler and Anthony Davis playing centre. On the other hand, 2012’s team was loaded at guard and on the wings. The combined strength of LeBron, Kobe, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and a still-spry Andre Iguodala vaults this team just ahead of the 1996 roster, but it’s excruciatingly close.1: 1992’s gold-medal squadI mean, come on — it’s “The Dream Team.” When you put Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, David Robinson, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Clyde Drexler and Patrick Ewing on the same team, you have the greatest collection of basketball talent the world has ever seen. Oh, and Christian Laettner was on the squad, too.last_img read more

first_imgThe game was heated for a brief moment, and Jorginho, who did not seem to be aware of being aware, went on too much in a protest to the referee and will miss the return at the Allianz, where his people arrive sentenced. And they will do it because the fury gave way to bewilderment and Lewandowski, who was not very interested in those stories, decided to yield a pass that he received to space so that Gnabry pushed the first goal of the tie to pleasure.The German arrived as a shot at this stretch of the season, and did not disappoint on his return to London, where he left crestfallen in 2015 after being rejected by Arsenal. Just a few minutes later, and in what was his sixth goal in this edition of the Champions League, the Teuton again got wet after a good assistance from the Polish striker, although this time he had to try a little harder and send it to the long stick Knight’sLampard tried to shake the attack point with the entry of Willian and Abraham and the exit of Giroud and Barkley, who made a very bad game, but Bayern would hit again, this time, through Lewandowski, who took a pass Davies to mark his goal. The highway that Reece James left on the right lane, where Azpilicueta could not shrink more water, will undoubtedly be one of the videos that the English coach must put to his team if he wants to stop a bleeding that has been coming for several months and that You can put the rest of the season at risk. From the draw for the round of 16, in London he whispered in fear, almost as if he were going to conjure the man in the bag: “Lewandowski is coming …”. And ‘Lewa’ came, put on his boots and, indeed, terrified London. It is what monsters like him have, that as much as you see them coming you know that they will eat you in the end. Huge match of the Polish, who took over Stamford Bridge, distributed two goal assists and scored his goal, which served to sentence a tie that can be bleeding. It even caused the expulsion of a Marcos Alonso who, desperate, attacked him in the back when he saw that he could no longer stop him. This Bayern has come to Europe to raze.Chelsea managed, however, to quench the fury of the Teutons during the first half, where Caballero, who is knowing how to seize the opportunity granted by Lampard to the detriment of Kepa, drew two very good hands from Lewandowski’s two shots.The blues They even responded with a play by Mount who was about to embocar in the goal line Giroud, who has returned to the title, but the Frenchman did not arrive and the Bundesliga leader responded with the most serious warning so far. Müller, who had already tried a shot with a rope that left shortly, headed a ball to the crossbar that shook the foundations of Stamford Bridge.Those of Flick dominated the possession, fundamentally thanks to a Thiago that was colossal at the helm of the center of the field, and also the occasions, but the party arrived at the rest without the Germans managed to open the can that Lampard had prepared. In the resumption, even, it seemed that the Londoners could get ahead with a play fruit of the heart and faith of Mount, who came to be planted hand in hand with Neuer, but the goal was easily removed with his foot and then was quick to the time to shrink spaces for Barkley, who turned off the lights.last_img read more

first_imgAn increase in agents, both uniform and civilian, which will have an impact on citizen security and that will be coordinated with the specific plans established by the respective district police stations, the police statement said.The Police have also recalled that the resale of tickets can be constitutive of a crime, so specialized agents keep an investigation open regarding false entries through web pages. The National Police has reinforced its device in Granada with more than 130 agents to guarantee public safety and protect public spaces in which agglomerations are foreseen on the occasion of the semifinal of the Copa del Rey between Granada and Athletic, which is played this Thursday at the Nuevo Los Cármenes.The National Police reported Wednesday in a statement that, as usual in this type of sporting events, It will affect prevention with a specific security device due to the greater influx of public that occurs.This device will be developed mainly in the surroundings of the Granada football stadium, as well as in the tourist areas of the city and its accesses.It is intended to prevent and prevent theft, robbery with violence or intimidation, theft inside vehicles, drug trafficking, aggressions and other crimes that usually occur in major crowds as happens in this type of dating.During the whole day there will be a special deployment that will be reinforced with the presence of units of Citizen Security and Judicial Police.last_img read more