Jones, Alexander Voted Women’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week

first_imgThe Lady Demons next head to the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, La., while the Cardinals compete at the Rice J. Fred Duckett Twilight in Houston. Both meets take place Saturday. Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Sarea Alexander, UIW – Jr. – San Antonio, TexasAlexander re-broke both the stadium and program long jump records at the UIW Invitational, finishing first with a leap of 20-09.75. Her jump leads the Southland and ranks third in the West Region. In the triple jump, the junior registered a mark of 42-04.75 – second in the conference and 14th in the region. Honorable Mention: Logan Morton, Central Arkansas; LaShawnda Simmons, UIW. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – De’Shalyn Jones, Northwestern State – Sr. – Tyler, TexasJones ran a school-record time of 23.04 in the 200m, ranking her second all-time in conference history. She ran the third-fastest Southland time in the 100m (11.78), placing third at the Texas Invitational. In the 200, the senior’s time is 21st in the nation and 14th in the East Region. Jones is first in the conference in the 200, leading the next-fastest time by 0.88 seconds. She also ran a leg in the 4x100m that finished second (46.12). FRISCO, Texas – De’Shalyn Jones of Northwestern State and UIW’s Sarea Alexander are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by Jones and Alexander both now have two weekly awards to their names on the season. Jones earned Track Athlete of the Week on April 3while Alexander was tabbed Field Athlete of the Week on March 20. Honorable Mention: Ashley Davis, Southeastern Louisiana; Lonnie Smith, Abilene Christian. 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.last_img read more

Lamar’s Weyler, UIW’s Taggart Earn First Southland Baseball Weekly Honors

first_imgUIW (3-0) looks to build on its season-opening sweep in the annual Alamo Irish Classic. The Cardinals face Notre Dame twice on Thursday and Friday, followed by matchups with Toledo and UTSA on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Week Two Notes (PDF) Pitcher of the Week – Luke Taggart, UIW – Senior – Starting Pitcher – Portland, TexasTaggart topped his previous career-high strikeout count of 10, set in the 2019 season opener, with 11 batters sat down on strikes this time around. He scattered five hits over eight frames and issued just one walk. Taggart was perfect in his first time through the order with four strikeouts. After surrendering leadoff hits in the sixth and seventh innings, he closed out his book with a 1-2-3 eighth inning, including a pair of strikeouts. Weyler was a driving force for the Cardinals’ offense in the opening weekend with multi-hit performances in each of LU’s three games against Rhode Island. He finished the series 7-for-11 (.636) with four RBI and a pair of extra-base hits. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar shortstop Kelby Weyler is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and UIW ace Luke Taggart earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Tuesday. The Cardinals (2-1) hit the road for the first time against No. 22 Texas at 4 p.m. CT Wednesday before visiting former Southland Conference foe Texas State for a three-game slate, beginning with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday. 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. Honorable Mention: Benny Ayala, Central Arkansas; Nate Fisbeck, McNeese; Lee Thomas, UIW. Honorable Mention: Will Dion, McNeese; Logan Hofmann, Northwestern State; Tanner Riley, Abilene Christian; Trey Shaffer, Southeastern Louisiana. After striking out 10 batters over seven innings in last season’s opener, Taggart literally one-upped both marks with a career-high 11 punchouts across eight innings in the Cardinals’ 5-0 win over Bradley on Friday. Hitter of the Week – Kelby Weyler, Lamar – Redshirt Sophomore – Shortstop – Village Mills, TexasThe Rice transfer made an immediate impact in his first at-bat in Lamar threads, reaching on a one-out double. In the seventh inning of the season opener, Weyler drew a walk and scored the first of six unanswered runs in the 7-3 victory. He sparked the Cardinal offense again in game two, knocking in the tying run as LU scored seven-straight to win 8-2. Weyler capped off his debut weekend with an RBI triple in the finale to give the Cardinals a 2-0 advantage in the fifth.last_img read more


first_img20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $301,305 INTO SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA; FIRST POST TIME ON BOTH SUNDAY & MONDAY IS AT 12:30 P.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2020)–Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot remained unhittable on Saturday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover of $301,305 into Sunday.With a carryover of $251,759 from Friday, $216,404 in new money was wagered Saturday, creating a total Jackpot pool of $468,163. Although there was no singleton, there were 373 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $309.70.First post time for an eight-race card on both Sunday and Presidents’ Day, Monday is at 12:30 p.m. Approximate post time for Sunday’s third race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is at 1:30 p.m. PT.The Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, has been carded as Sunday’s seventh race. Trainer Peter Miller’s Laura’s Light has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite in a field of eight and she’ll be ridden by Abel Cedillo.For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

NRL wants compulsory education, training for players following Ben Barba’s French rugby exit

first_imgThe NRL’s chief executive Todd Greenberg has told the ABC he would like to see the condition form part of the code’s new player pay deal.Players should be doing something in addition to playing football “so they have something to fall back on,” he said.”I would expect that will be a big part of the collective bargaining agreement,” Greenberg said.This week premiership winning Sharks full-back Ben Barba turned his back on rugby league to sign a lucrative deal with French rugby because he was currently unemployed.Key points:NRL wants players to develop off-field career paths through university or trainingFears that portion of players not involved in development programs regularly investigated by integrity unitIssue in focus following Ben Barba’s comments before his exit to French rugbyThe former Dally M winner was caught using cocaine last year during the Shark’s grand final celebrations and subsequently suspended for 12 matches.Despite re-signing with Cronulla, Barba was unable to earn any income from the Sharks because the NRL had not registered his contract.”I am a professional athlete with a set of skills, which I can’t earn a living from in this country and I needed a job,” Barba said in a statement.Ben Barba is one of the players the NRL’s integrity unit has investigated.The Rugby League Players Association’s (RLPA) chief executive Ian Prendergast says the game has a responsibility to help those players.”There is some great work being done in the wellbeing and education space, which is reflected in over 80 per cent of NRL-contacted players being engaged in meaningful career development off-field,” Prendergast said.”The challenge now is to ensure we elevate the respect for this important area under the new CBA and increase the investment in players as people so that they can cope with the demands of being an elite athlete and the issues facing society.”While 80 per cent of NRL players have been involved in off-field career development, the remaining 20 per cent are overwhelmingly the ones playing up — 82 per cent of those players have been investigated by the integrity unit.It’s a worrying statistic that the NRL wants addressed.”Their career in rugby league is relatively short,” Greenberg said.”We want to help them become fitter, faster and better footballers … but we must make them better people, better men, better educated.”We’re doing a lot of that but we still have our issues.”Education is important, but we also need to talk about the transition for players, because players who are finishing their careers and then going into life after football, a lot of them struggle.”So we have to make sure we expose players to what it’s like once their careers are over.”Wests Tigers player Matt Ballin is an example of a player who’s prepared for life after football.He says it could be hard to force players to complete further study on top a full-time playing career, but reckons it’s worth it.”I’ve gone and educated myself, I’m a high school teacher,” Ballin said.”It took me 12 years to do a four-year degree so I can’t see why other people can’t do it.”last_img read more

Voss: Who are the real contenders?

first_imgAnd of the rest, I have Parramatta as the danger. It would be some occasion if the blue and golds reach the decider. Momentum is a wonderful thing in September.As for the other five, they all have a bit still to prove. It’s a great race.How big is Friday night’s Broncos clash for the Sharks?Massive.And that’s putting to one side the 300-game milestone for Paul Gallen.Coach Shane Flanagan is correct in demanding more defensive consistency from his team. As for consistency in results that’s where there is a problem in terms of winning the competition again. Right now, Cronulla hasn’t managed to win three in a row since back in May. You have to win at least three in a row in the finals to become premiers.If the Storm are the benchmark, they have shown just how good they can be through their win at Suncorp Stadium in Round 17.The ball is in the court of Cronulla to see if they can do the same. On the other hand if Brisbane come up with a convincing win, I’d be prepared to lift them to outright second favourites.But wait, there’s more…Can the Roosters challenge the Storm in Melbourne?It would be some win if they can topple the side looking to latch one hand to the minor premiership shield. Speaking in very broad terms, I think a pass mark for the Roosters would be to keep Melbourne to under 18 points. If their defence can hold the Storm to no more than two tries, regardless of the result, then I say their premiership challenge will be in decent shape.Perhaps the Roosters players under most pressure are a few young backs in Connor Watson, Latrell Mitchell and Joseph Manu. AAMI Park is the deep end, so dive right in fellas!Should tripping penalties be tougher?100 per cent yes. Enough is enough.The trip by Newastle’s Chanel Mata’utia on the Warriors Mason Lino last Saturday warranted tougher action on field, and I believe sterner action through our judiciary system.I expressed my concerns right from the start of the year that while I supported a fines system being introduced, I didn’t believe tripping should be a charge included for such a penalty.Surely tripping can be included as an offence the referee can use the sin bin. Can Eels fans leave work early on Friday?Yes they can.And well done to the Eels for their promotion where coach Brad Arthur will provide the ‘official’ leave pass to employees so they can catch the 6pm kick off at ANZ Stadium against Newcastle.And you can add a note from Vossy as well. I’m saying if you can’t knock off extra early to make the game, you have my permission to make sure you still get away in time to watch the match on Fox League.Can’t wait to call it!Could the great try race actually become a race?One out of left field to finish this week.Just imagine the promotional opportunity we have this season with our race for the NRL’s leading tryscorer.Examine the top five list with four rounds to play.Johnston, Vunivalu, Addo-Carr, Rapana, Roberts. There are some speedy players in that lot.Can we actually have a footrace as well to crown the fastest player and leading tryscorer?And while we’re at it, I hope the organisers of the Dally Ms are working on a new award to determine the best diving try for the corner of the season. This is something that could be a fan vote. You can call it the CPID medal.That’s the ‘corner post is dead!’Giddy Up!Twitter: @AndrewVossy How many teams can win the premiership?Well the easy answer is that there are still 10 teams in with a chance, but I’m going to cut the list to five.Melbourne is the obvious favourite. I have said it a number of times this season but I’ve enjoyed watching their style of football this year more than any other. I have the Roosters, Broncos and Sharks all on the same rating as contenders heading into this weekend.I still regard the Sharks’ win over the Roosters in Gosford in Round 17 as one of the most impressive performances by a team this year. Produce that on Grand Final Day and they’ll have a second premiership.last_img read more

Barras beat Kenya in worlds warmup

first_imgKenya scored a healthy 141 runs in their 20 overs but PNG’s batsmen came out with guns blazing and scored 2/45 runs in the first 5 overs before the match was stopped due to rain.On the Duckworth Lewis system PNG was required to score 35 runs in 5 overs as they lost two wickets but at (2/45) at the 5thover mark it meant PNG were ahead by 10 runs on the DL system and were awarded the game. Earlier, PNG Barramundis captain Jack Vare-Kevere won the toss and elected to bowl and restricted the Kenyans to a respectable target of 8/141 in their 20 overs.Kenya’s top order batsmen started off well, racing to 32 runs in their first 3 overs with PNG opening bowlers Norman Vanua (1/24) and Loa Nou (0/28) working hard to get their line and length right. Norman Vanua halted Kenya’s momentum by taking the first wicket in the 6th over.PNG‘s change bowler John Boge Reva (1/17) took PNG’s 2nd wicket when he came on in the 5th over and when spin bowler Mahuru Dai took another wicket in the 6th over, the Barramundis started to pull the game back to leave Kenya at (2/45) on the 6th over.Captain Vare-Kevere used his spin attack with Mahura Dai, Assad Vala (2/16) and Charles Amini (1/19) combined to take regular wickets to trouble the Kenya batsmen. The Kenyans fought hard and posted 8/141 in their allocated 20 overs.In the run chases, PNG opening batsmen Lega Siaka and Tony Ura had instructions from the head coach that with the rain approaching they needed to be ahead on the run rate. Siaka (18) and Ura (15) started off well and both lifted PNG’s score to 26 runs after 3 overs before Siaka was dismissed. Assad Vala scored a handy 10 runs to get the score to 45 runs in the 5th over before the umpires stopped play as condition worsened. Head coach Dipak Patel was happy with his players’ performance especially with the bowlers to pull the game back and restrict the Kenyan batsmen.“We bowled well in the middle part and built a lot of pressure by restricting boundary balls and forced Kenyan batsmen to make mistakes and lose wickets regularly. We could have restricted them to a modest score but we let them get away a bit when we had the chance to close their inning off. Spin bowlers lead the way with Assad Vala, Mahuru Dai and Charles Amini bowling smart spells to force errors with the Kenyan batsmen,” said Patel.PNG’s first match of the ICC World T20 Qualifier will be on Sunday against Jersey and Hong Kong on Monday. The top six sides from the 14 team ICC World T20 Qualifier competition will join the 10 Full Members for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which will be held from 11 March to 3 April 2016.last_img read more

Dockers, crowned champions of NGI

first_imgThe Dockers defeated the Hoskins Tamara 60 points to 15 in what was termed as a ‘fight among the wantoks’ challenge.Dockers was mainly made up of West New Britain boys living in the city.The boys returned today from Rabaul.Coach Sebastian Isu told Loop PNG that the boys put a good challenge with the Hoskins Tamara but was too strong for their opponent,  posting  a good margin of victory.He said even though many of the boys are new to the tournament, they put up a good challenge.“The boys were a bit tired during the start of the tournament but came back with a strong challenge,  defeating all the other six participating teams.”He said the tournament was also an exposure to the young boys making Aussie rules footy as their dream sport.The tournament started last Thursday and ended yesterday (Sunday).According to the team’s patron, Dominic Kaumu, he said winning the tournament was only part of the club’s objective of giving the players an end of the season trip but importantly promoting their game of AFL in the New Guinea Islands region.The club also donated a set of uniforms to their opponents,  Hoskins Tamara.Kaumu thanked the Bank of PNG Governor Loi Bakani for leading the team and the supporters for giving the boys good support during the tournament.He also extended his acknowledgment to Alphonse and Hilda Gale for their support and Sebastian Isu for his never ending support to the team.last_img read more

Mané, Golden Ball of Africa

first_imgBest coachDjamel Belmadi (Algeria) Best playerSadio Mane (Liverpool) Goal of the yearRiyad Mahrez (Manchester City) against Nigeria in the semifinals of the African Cup What was an open secret ended up being official: the Senegalese Sadio Mané is the new CAF Golden Ball. The Liverpool striker picked up the prize that recognizes the best African player of the year 2019 in Hurghada (Egypt) on Tuesday, being ahead of the vote of his partner in Liverpool, the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, and Riyad Mahrez, Algerian attacker of the City. Best federationEgyptian Football Association PrizeWinner Best playerAsisat Oshoala (Barcelona) Best player playing in an African clubYoussef Belaili (Al-Ahli) Best female teamCameroon Best youngAckraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund) Best coachDesiree Ellis (South Africa) Best male teamAlgeria In this way, Mané collects the relay of Salah, who missed the gala in his native country (which he already said a lot) and who had won the prize in the last two editions. Interestingly, before Salah, Mahrez was the CAF Golden Ball in 2016.All CAF awards Mané was the big favorite to win the award after his spectacular season. He won the Champions League with Liverpool, he was top scorer of the Premier, in which he has only lost one match in all of 2019, he was a finalist in the African Cup with his selection, and he was fourth in the 2019 Ballon d’Or vote awards France Football magazine. With this track record it was difficult to assume that Salah, who won the same awards in Liverpool as he did but whose role in the Africa Cup left much to be desired, and Mahrez, who won the Africa Cup with Algeria and the English triplet with the City (although without such a prominent role in their club), they could face it. President of the yearMoise Katumbi (Mazembe)last_img read more

Copa del Rey: Zaragoza-Madrid and Barcelona-Leganés, in eighths

first_imgAs for the survivors of the Second Division, Zaragoza will have to face their faces with those of Zidane, Mirandés with Sevilla, Lightning will be measured at Villarreal and Tenerife will receive Athletic. As they have reached the eighth most LaLiga Santander team than lower categories, they have had to face four First teams against each other, such as the Barcelona-Leganés and Real Sociedad-Osasuna. The sixteen winners in this round will get a ticket for the fourths, which will be played on February 4, 5 and 6. But it will be a round whose raffle will be carried out in a pure way, except for the condition of playing in the field of the lower category team. That is, if two Second or Second B clubs pass they could face each other and they would no longer be forced to measure themselves with a higher level, which could ensure a modest in the semifinals. Pairs of the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey Badajoz – GranadaCultural – ValenciaTenerife – AthleticZaragoza – Real MadridMirandés – SevilleLightning – VillarrealBarcelona -LeganésReal Sociedad – Osasuna The new Copa del Rey does not stop surprises for Spanish football. The round of 16 of Copa del Rey, whose tie will be played on January 28, 29 and 30, has matched Zaragoza with Real Madrid and Leganés with Barcelona.The new format of the KO tournament with a single match has been devastating for top-level teams. Only ten First Division clubs remain alive in the competition, while four from Second and two from Second B (Cultural Leonesa and Badajoz) survive. The Cultural, which comes from giving the biggest bell of the tournament eliminating the extension of Atlético de Madrid, will face Valencia, the champion of the tournament, in the Kingdom of León. On the other hand, Badajoz, executioner of Eibar de Mendilibar, will face Granada. last_img read more

Flick convinces in Bayern

first_imgBayern Munich President Herbert Hainer sees future prospects for Hansi Flick as the team’s main coach beyond the current season, in which he took office after the dismissal of Niko Kovac.“We want to play a successful and fascinating football, like the one we are playing now with Hansi Flick, and if he keeps winning like this, there is no alternative”Hainer said in statements published Tuesday by the newspaper ‘Passauer Neue Presse’. The leader recalled that the current champion of the Bundalista already expressed “confidence” in Flick to confirm “until the end of the season.” “I think he is doing an excellent job, and I don’t say it just because we won all three games this year, but also because of the way we play”, said the former director of ‘adidas’.According to Hainer, he had rarely seen such a convincing victory for Bayern as he recently won against Schalke 5-0, “where the opponent barely managed to pass the midfield line in the second half.”The president of Bayern also mentioned that the goal was to win the Champions League in the coming seasons. “After all, in 2022 we will have the final at home and at the latest we want to win. But if we won before, I would have nothing against it,” said Hainer.last_img read more