Johnson, Ricks, Guevara Earn Soccer Weekly Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Havana Johnson, Central Arkansas’ Kristen Ricks and Houston Baptist’s Alanis Guevara are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Defensive Player of the Week: Kristen Ricks, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Keller, TexasRicks continued to be a force on both fronts for Central Arkansas this past weekend. She led a defense adjusting to the loss of fulltime centerback Alex Wetteland, shutting out Incarnate Word on Sunday 6-0. Ricks also took over the conference lead for assists, tallying a pair against the Cardinals, playing a cross into the both in the ninth minute for Camille Bassett before playing a ball across the box to Bria Williams in the 26th minute. This is Ricks’ third weekly honor of the year. Offensive Player of the Week: Havana Johnson, McNeese Johnson notched a goal in both games over the weekend for McNeese. The sophomore forward scored goal number four of the year when she tied the game at one apiece in the 66th minute Friday against Stephen F. Austin. She then needed just three minutes of Sunday’s contest at Sam Houston State to put the Cowgirls up 1-0 before assisting on another in the 74th minute to lead McNeese to the 3-1 win. Johnson had three shots on goal in the first five minutes of the game. Johnson also won the offensive award August 28. Honorable Mention: Camille Bassett, Central Arkansas; Gabby Rodriguez, Houston Baptist; Juli Ocampo, Lamar. Honorable Mention: Baylii Bieke, Houston Baptist; Rachel Palet, McNeese; Marina Davidson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.center_img Honorable Mention: Lauren Mercuri, Central Arkansas; Emma Roccaforte, McNeese; Nadine Maher, Southeastern Louisiana. Goalkeeper of the Week: Alanis Guevara, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Cedar Park, TexasEarning wins on back-to-back days, Guevara became HBU’s all-time leader in wins with 25 for her career. The senior turned away six shots out of seven on target Sunday afternoon at Southeastern Louisiana before recording her fourth shutout of the season on less than 24 hours of rest on Monday afternoon at Nicholls. The Cedar Park, Texas, native has now won two weekly awards this season. 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

Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Saturday, February 29, 2020

first_imgFASHIONABLY FAST SEEKS SIXTH VICTORY IN A ROW PRAT EYES ‘PROMISED LAND’ OF CHURCHILL DOWNS SADLER COULD MAKE HISTORY IN STORIED BIG ‘CAP ‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IS HERE MARCH 8 SADLER SET FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAPJohn Sadler is poised to make history at Santa Anita.The 63-year-old Long Beach native, a successful fixture in California and elsewhere throughout a career that began in 1978, could become the first trainer to win the historic Santa Anita Handicap three years in a row should Gift Box capture the track’s marquee race for older horses at a mile and a quarter come next Saturday.Towards that goal, Gift Box worked five furlongs this morning in 59.60 after which Sadler was pleased as punch.“This was his last work for the Big ‘Cap and it was a beautiful, stylish work,” said Sadler, who won the race in 2018 with Accelerate and last year with Gift Box. “I had him in 59 and four and (galloping) out in (one) 25. He just looked smooth as silk. If that’s not an A-plus workout, I don’t know what one looks like.”Cerapio Figueroa was aboard for the drill, which private clocker Gary Young caught in a six furlong time of 1:13 with a seven furlong gallop out of 1:25.80.“It was really a gorgeous work,” Sadler continued, “so I’m excited to have his last work behind us with one of the key days of our Winter Meet coming up; we’re looking forward to it.”The list of those winning the Santa Anita Handicap two years in a row reads like a Who’s Who of trainers. They are: Bob Baffert, Doug O’Neill, Bobby Frankel, Charlie Whittingham, Ron McAnally and Tom Smith, he of Seabiscuit fame.Added Young: “It looked like Gift Box was just galloping, but he still got a good time, so that’s a pretty good sign.”As to becoming the first trainer in 84 editions of the Santa Anita Handicap to win it three consecutive years, Sadler collected his emotions before uttering, “It would be fun.”FASHIONABLY FAST GOES FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT IN TIZNOWFashionably Fast, a streaking son of Lucky Pulpit, stretches out in quest of his sixth straight victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes for California-bred or sired horses, four years old and up at a mile on the main track.The chestnut gelding owned by Harris Farms, Per Antonsen and John Nicoletti numbers three straight stakes among his last five triumphs, none further than seven furlongs. In his lone race at a mile on dirt, he was a close second 11 starts back in July 2018.“You either win or you lose,” trainer Dean Pederson said matter-of-factly when sizing up his chances. “Seriously, I think the important thing is not to get into a wrestling match with the horse. Hopefully, he’ll relax, and if it means you’re two in front, you’re two in front.“That’s the important thing. In a perfect world, you’d like to see him sit a touch off the pace, but not if the rider has to restrain him.“The ideal scenario is to let him rock and roll and hope for the best.”The Tiznow, race seven of eight with a 1 p.m. first post time: Oliver, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Tiger Dad, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Fashionably Fast, Tiago Pereira, 7-5; Posterize, Geovanni Franco, 8-1; and Ernie (Let’s Play Two) Banks, Umberto Rispoli, 4-1.PRAT, AGENT AIMING FOR KENTUCKY DERBY’S ‘PROMISED LAND’Agent Derek Lawson understandably is keeping all options open when it comes to giving Flavien Prat his best chance to win the Kentucky Derby for the second straight year on May 4.Prat rides Dennis’ Moment in today’s Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, filling in for Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode today in Saudi Arabia. Prat also is the regular rider of Triple Crown contenders Thousand Words and Eclipse champion Storm the Court.“They’re all in the top 10 (among Derby candidates),” Lawson pointed out. “Dennis’ Moment might just be a catch ride that we only have one time, because his regular rider, Irad, is in Saudi Arabia today, and that’s fine.“But at least this is an opportunity to ride another horse that could be going to the Kentucky Derby. We’re going to wait and see what Thousand Words does Saturday in the San Felipe and Storm the Court, if he goes there, or in the Rebel (at Oaklawn Park March 14).“We’re just riding races right now trying to get to the Promised Land of Churchill Downs.”‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IN CHANDELIER ROOM MARCH 8“Go West Young Lady!” A successful event for nearly two decades in Saratoga Springs, New York, Santa Anita will host its first “Fashionable Fillies” Luncheon in the Chandelier Room on Sunday, March 8.The event is sponsored by The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, a charitable trust which provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families.The event, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will include cocktails, lunch and the opportunity to shop from local vendors. Tickets are $150 each and all proceeds will be earmarked by the foundation to benefit the backstretch community of Southern California.Those interested can respond to Shannon Kelly, executive director, at (212) 521-5327, or via email at skelly@jockeyclub.com.FINISH LINES: American Theorem‘s debut race as a three-year-old remained on hold this morning after the son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah worked six furlongs Friday in a bullet 1:12.20 under regular rider Tiago Pereira. “I was very happy with his work (his fifth breeze since running second to Eight Rings in the American Pharoah Stakes last Sept. 27), but I’ll speak with Mr. Kretz (part owner Rustin Kretz) before making a decision,” trainer George Papaprodromou said . . . Congrats to longtime Santa Anita Accounting Dept. stalwart Rey Solis and his wife Cindy, as their daughter Holly exchanged wedding vows with Thomas Black in a Runhappy Winner’s Circle ceremony prior to today’s races.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 29th, 2020Golden Hour Double With Jeff Siegel and Zoe CadmanAndrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know GoboldlyWORKOUTS:Two Thirty Five (Outside) and Ginobili (Baltas) 2-28-20Frontier Market (Sadler) 2-28-20United (Inside) and Parkour (Mandella) 2-27-20Message (Baffert) 2-27-20Affianced (Outside) and Sly (Mandella) 2-27-20Improbable (Baffert) 2-27-20Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 2-26-20Orquidias Biz (Mullins) 2-26-20Game Winner (Baffert) 2-26-20Authentic (Baffert) 2-26-20last_img read more

Ballin realistic in surgery comeback

first_imgFarah himself is under a cloud with a biceps injury but Ballin – who had nothing for praise for the now-departed favourite son of Leichhardt – is confident of being ready to face Farah’s Rabbitohs on Friday March 3 at ANZ Stadium.”Having to go through the process again it’s been challenging mentally and physically but I’m feeling really good at the moment,” Ballin said at Liverpool Hospital after performing Santa duties with clubmates, handing out Christmas gifts donated by members to hospital-bound kids.”I’m doing everything the physio wants me to do at this stage so I’m giving myself the best chance. It’s more so I just have to pull the reins back a little bit and take it easier than push harder sometimes. But it’s going well, I’m really happy.”Ballin is running freely and changing direction – one of the major steps in an AVL recovery – but hasn’t set a specific target date to return to full contact training.”They’re trying to not let me get too far ahead of myself so I turn up at training and the medical staff have been great at keeping me focused on that session, and going through the two nine-month injuries was probably why they do that.Ballin nominated up-and-coming Tigers rake Jacob Liddle and new recruit Matt McIlwrick as players that’d do a good job in the hooker role but said he wouldn’t take any undue risks to get back on the field to ward off competition for his spot.”I’m realistic too, I’m not going to be doing anything silly. I’m just going to be getting out there as quickly as I can and in the meantime I’m trying to teach those young guys some stuff,” Ballin said.”But when I’m watching them I’m learning stuff off them probably more than what they’re learning off me at the moment!” The former Sea Eagle was hoping to be able to form a combination with the club’s exciting playmaking roster of Mitch Moses, Luke Brooks and James Tedesco. While he conceded whichever hooker wears the black, white and gold in 2017 will be primarily focused on delivering good service to the young halves, coach Jason Taylor still wants the dummy-halves to take whatever opportunities are presented.”He’s talked to the three of us [hookers] and said when there’s an opportunity he wants us to take it,” Ballin said.”If teams are loading up on our halves which they will be there’s opportunity for us to run as well.”Ballin also revealed he’d had a recent chat with Farah, who he was certain would be an asset at the Rabbitohs.”I saw him a little while ago and he was upset he hurt his bicep but was pretty confident he’d be back,” Ballin said.”He’s got a lot to prove and I wish him all the best; he’s had a fantastic career and he deserves to play some great footy and he’ll do that at Souths.”Ballin also believed that had things worked out differently in 2016 he could have formed a great combination with Farah at Concord before the latter’s departure.”I would have loved to play with him at the club – I thought we would have made a great combination but it never happened,” Ballin said.”He was always wonderful to me, he was really welcoming to me in my first day there, he had a smile on his face when he saw me and whenever we chatted about things, the game or away from footy he was always good to me so I wish him all the best.”In terms of 2017, Ballin is optimistic of getting some trial footy under his belt but will be following his specialist’s orders.”I’d love to be back Round 1 but when I’ve had two knee reconstructions you’ve just got to listen to what the knee tells you and if it’s sore one day you don’t run,” he said.”The medical staff have been great evaluating the knee each day I come in and there’s more good days than bad at the moment. As early as I can be back I’ll be there.”last_img read more

Anthem alteration ‘a great mistake’

first_imgArchbishop John Ribat of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands in Port Moresby today said the organisers had more than enough time to consult the public or raise awareness of the alterations to the anthem.Archbishop Ribat says consultation by the organisers was never a concern during their planning stages and to say that the organisers  did not have time was a great mistake.“It was a great mistake and to say that it was not intentional, they could have consulted those in authority during planning stages,” he said.He said the National Identity Act of 1971 was passed to safeguard and promote the identity of the country.Makoda Production managing director Tanya Nugent in a press release on Tuesday (July 14) said “It was not our intention to cause offence, nor was it our intention to breach any laws of our nation and we apologise if we have done so.“The Makoda Productions team is now focusing intently on delivering the closing ceremony this Saturday, when we hope to shine the spotlight on the new friendships formed and the old bonds renewed as we the Pasifika peoples share the spirit of Wan Solwara,” said Nugent.last_img read more

Barras lose by 14 runs to Western Australia

first_imgBatting first, the young Western Australian line-up posted a massive 8/322 off their allocated 50 overs.This was thanks largely to Ashton Turner who belted a 116 runs. With the ball for the Barramundis, Norman Vanua was the standout taking 4/7 4 off his 10 overs,while Assad Vala (1/10), Mahuru Dai (1/34) and John Boge Reva (1/61) all picked up a wicket each.In reply, the Barramundis got off to a brisk start with Jason Kila and Vani Vagi Morea putting on 67 runs for the first wicket, before Kila was dismissed for 33. Morea continued the momentum and was ably supported by Sese Bau (43 off 33 balls) and Dai (36 off 38 balls). The Barramundis were on track for victory at 3/210 in the 32nd over.But Morea’s dismissal triggered a collapse. Late wickets from the Western Australians stopped the Barramundis push for victory.The Barras were eventually bowled out for 308 in the final over. The Barramundis will now turn their attention to Queensland which they willplay on Monday 5th September in their final match of their Maroochydore Tour.last_img read more

Zorrilla hangs the “No tickets” sign before Leganés

first_imgIn this way, Zorrilla attendance could be around 25,000 spectators since, in addition, we must add the almost 600 pickles that will accompany your team in the visiting area. And it is that the game, despite being January, is considered very important in both teams since the pucelanos want to pick up the pickles that arrive in frank improvement and tracing since the arrival of Javier Aguirre. First Division football returns on Friday, from 7:00 p.m., in Fox to host the meeting between the Real Valladolid and the Leganés. And he will do it with a great entrance since to the 22,000 subscribers of the club pucelano we must add the 3,000 tickets that the members have bought at the price of five euros on the club’s website, within the campaign launched by the club, to be accompanied to the stadium.last_img read more

A great version of the ‘Hispanics’ overwhelms Germany

first_imgImage: EFE The Spanish handball team beat Germany on Saturday, 33-26, in their second match of the Men’s European Championship and thanks above all to the good performance of Alex Dujshebaev, whose seven goals helped channel the victory and retain the Group’s leadership C.Thus, the pupils of Jordi Ribera solved a duel of ordago and tied points that could be vital for their subsequent contest in the ‘Main Round’. With two wins in the two days already contested, the ‘Hispanics’ are leaving good feelings on the parquet of the Trondheim Spektrum.Although the Norwegian flag marker was soon inaugurated, it quickly became clear that Spain would have a good day at work. Alex Dujshebaev was the one who scored 1-0 in the 4:42 minute, after he and his teammates had surprised with a defense in formation 5/1.Jordi Ribera was already playing his tricks against the tactics of Christian Prokop, whose team ran into an excellent Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas. In the first minutes, the Barça goalkeeper was key in the partial 8-2 unfavorable to the Germans.11:31 had been played, but Germany was disarmed by the versatility of its opponent. Somewhat from Ferran Solé to the backlash, which was 10-4, worked as a touch of attention for Prokop, who moved the bench further to find solutions and send a message that his disciples had to increase the pressure in defense. The meeting was somewhat locked from that moment, including two exclusions to Jorge Maqueda and Julen Aginagalde. Both actions cut the rhythm of the ‘Hispanics’ and his rival took advantage of it to approach a single goal (10-9), after an accurate pitch by Julius Kühn.But again Jordi Ribera came out with a good decision, asking for a timeout that woke up his players. Aitor Ariño proved it, becoming another dagger to the race. He and his counterpart Solé hurt the ends and against each other, allowing Spain to go to rest with a 14-11 face.Alex Dujshebaev had been the most effective against the opposing goal and, for greater inri, at the start of the second half he received the protection of the secondary actors. Men like Joan Cañellas, Raúl Entrerríos and Dani Sarmiento also ‘wet’, despairing a Johannes Bitter whose effect was completely diluted.The starting goalkeeper had been Andreas Wolff, who was not fine in several clearings. However, the gale of the ‘Hispanics’ did not care much who was in front, expanding the advantages (32-22) in the electronic of a Trondheim Spektrum that saw Germany kneel the knee despite the final makeup with the goals of Hendrik Pekeler.DATA SHEETSPAIN: Pérez de Vargas (P), Cañellas (3), Entrerríos (2), Morros (-), A. Dujshebaev (7), Solé (3) and Ariño (2) –titles–; Corrales (P), Fernández (2), D. Dujshebaev (1), Sarmiento (2), Aginagalde (1), Figueras (2), Maqueda (4), Guardiola (-) and Gómez (4, 1 pen.) .GERMANY: Wolff (P), Gensheimer (4, 2 pen.), Reichmann (2, 2 pen.), Pekeler (5), Drux (1), Böhm (3) and Häfner (3) –titles–; Bitter (P), Kühn (2), Weber (2), Kohlbacher (2), Kastening (2), Schmidt (-), Michalczik (-), Zieker (-) and Wiencek (-).– PARTIALS EVERY 5 MINUTES: 1-0, 6-2, 10-4, 10-8, 12-9 and 14-11 (rest); 17-13, 20-16, 25-18, 28-19, 31-22 and 33-26.– ARBITRATORS: Arthur Brunner and Morad Salah (SUI). On the part of Spain, they excluded two minutes to Maqueda (2), Aginagalde and Ariño; and yellow card A. Dujshebaev y Entrerríos. On the part of Germany, they excluded two minutes to Drux, Wiencek (2) and Kastening; and yellow card Häfner and Wiencek.– PAVILION: Trondheim Spektrum.center_img Spain resolves in its favor the second day of the European Championship last_img read more

Zidane: one title every 19 games

first_imgAlmost 600 days after Cardiff, in which Madrid conquered its Thirteenth Champions against Juventus (4-1), Zinedine Zidane (47 years old) again raised a trophy with Real Madrid. It is his tenth title as coach of the first team in just three years and 10 months. There are 187 directed meetings between all competitions, which gives it an average of every 19 matches, the French coach lifts a title. It is already only four titles to match Miguel Muñoz, who with 14 remains at the top of the most successful white coaches in history. Behind, illustrious names appear in the saints of Madrid technicians: Luis Molowny, who won eight, and Vicente del Bosque, who raised one less, seven. Muñoz, former former player, spent 14 years as the maximum technical manager in the Madrid bench. But while Muñoz needed eight years to reach 10 titles, Zidane has needed less than half the time to reach the same figure. Like Muñoz, he also won 14 Pep Guardiola titles during his time as a Barca coach. Zidane, like Muñoz, arrived to straighten a team that came from suffering a painful defeat against Barcelona. A 0-4 to the team that was then directed by Rafa Benítez and that a draw against Valencia (2-2), at the beginning of 2016 was key for the white directive to decide the change in the bench. Since then, whites with Zizou on the bench only know how to raise wins (also with Solari the Club World Cup title was lifted in December 2018). The French titles are: three Champions, two European Super Cups, two Spanish Super Cups, two Club World Cups and a League. He only needs to conquer the Cup, which has already resisted him as a white player: he played two finals and lost both. But the thing is not there. The French coach has remained in a single title to match the 11 trophies that Johan Cruyff raised as coach of Barcelona. Further, with the one of the Supercopa it surpassed the registry of 10 titles that Luis Enrique conquered like Barca coach. He is the fourth coach with the most official titles for the same club in the history of Spanish football, according to data from Mr. Chip. Its history as a coach is also striking: He has played nine finals and won the nine. Guardiola, for example, won eight of his first nine finals. It is a devastating fact that supports his career as a senior coach.last_img read more

Celta ties Oriol Romeu and could already play in the Copa del Rey

first_imgThe second signing of Celtic in the winter market will be Oriol Romeu. The Catalan midfielder lived yesterday from the bench his last game as a player of the Southampton. The agreement between the English club and the olive club is only pending to define the payment method. The operation will be around ten million euros and the midfielder, 28, will sign a long-term contract that will include a clause to facilitate its exit in the event that Celta loses the category. Having belonged to Southampton for the past five seasons, Romeu returns to The league, where he has already played with him Barcelona and the Valencia. The player from Tarragona has agreed to make a remarkable economic effort to commit himself to the province of Vigo. If everything goes according to plan, Oscar Garcia I could count on the pivot to play on Thursday the sixteenth of the Copa del Rey before him Mirandés.Once this arrival is closed, Celta will turn to hire one extreme. The first option is Cristian Tello.last_img read more

The Bundesliga asks to extend the break until April 30

first_imgOf course, everything possible will be done to avoid total suspension. “Responsibility for a financial branch with a total of 56,000 employees” leaves him no other option, the league body explained. Therefore, the objective is to carry out the season until June 30, at which time numerous player contracts expire and which forces the authorities to try, at least, to play the rest of the matches until that deadline. Various scenarios are being considered, most of them behind closed doors and expressly to carry out the matches in a few weeks. The Bundesliga plans to extend the hiatus until April 30. After being forced to postpone the last two days of the highest German competition due to the coronavirus crisis, the league federation DFL met on Tuesday via videoconference and will recommend prolonging the break until April 30. It will be next March 31 when the representatives of the DFL meet with the 36 clubs of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 to make a final decision on how and when the German championship can be resumed.“The DFL presidency is fully aware that all scenarios and options depend on factors outside of it. Both the DFL and the clubs cannot, or only partially, influence them. It is about the spread of the virus and the assessment of the situation by politics. In this scenario, the DFL presidency will express the recommendation to extend the suspension of all activity in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga2 until, at least, April 30, “said the statement issued by the DFL.last_img read more