31 May

SHSU’s Mitchell Named Southland Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Cameron Johnson, Stephen F. Austin; Andre Jones, Nicholls; Eddy Kayouloud, Central Arkansa; Myles Smith, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State forward Kai Mitchell is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.  Mitchell posted a monster week for the Bearkats (5-4), averaging 16.5 points and 14 rebounds per game in two contests last week, a 90-86 double overtime loss to UTRGV and a 71-68 win over Louisiana Tech. SHSU hosts Wiley College at 4:30 p.m. Sunday for the final non-conference tilt before league play begins on Dec. 18. Week Five Southland Conference Release (PDF) He just missed another double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, along with four blocks, in a crucial win over Louisiana Tech. Mitchell hit back-to-back layups in the second half that helped SHSU overcome an 11-point deficit midway through the period against the Bulldogs, and the Bearkats never relinquished the lead. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State – Sr. – F – Haverstraw, N.Y.Mitchell began the week with a double-double with 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in a double-overtime loss at UTRGV. He grabbed seven rebounds on offense and registered a block and a steal.last_img read more

31 May

MARLEY’S FREEDOM MUCH BEST AS 3-5 FAVORITE IN GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MONICA STAKES

first_imgMARLEY’S FREEDOM MUCH BEST AS 3-5 FAVORITE IN GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MONICA STAKES; RIDDEN BY VAN DYKE & TRAINED BY BAFFERT, SHE WINS BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS WHILE GETTING SEVEN FURLONGS OVER A ‘GOOD’ TRACK IN 1:22.34ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2019)–Reserved while an attentive second early to defending champ Selcourt, heavily favored Marley’s Freedom pounced on the leader turning for home and gained the advantage a sixteenth of a mile from home en route to winning Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke.  Owned by Cicero Farms, LLC and trained by Bob Baffert, Marley’s Freedom, who was geared down late, got seven furlongs over a “good” main track in 1:22.34.“Bob told me to be sure to warm her up real good and to get her running away from there,” said Van Dyke.  “She did and we had a good tactical spot.  I was just sitting on her, but I had to get after Selcourt a little early because it looked like she was running pretty easy on the lead.”(Dating back to a second place finish in last year’s Santa Monica, Van Dyke has now won with four out of his five mounts aboard Marley’s Freedom).Idle since winning the one turn mile Grade III Go For Wand Handicap with Mike Smith aboard at Aqueduct Dec. 1, Marley’s Freedom was off as the 3-5 favorite in a field of five older fillies and mares and paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10.A winner of four straight races, including three graded stakes, prior to running a close fourth as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint two starts back on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs, Marley’s Freedom, a 5-year-old mare by Blame, out of the Formal Gold mare Relaxing Green, notched her fifth graded stakes win and has now won six out of her last seven starts.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, she now has earnings of $935,935.  Originally trained by Bob Hess, Jr., she’s made her last six starts for Baffert and her overall mark now stands at 15-8-2-0.“I’m proud of her and she always shows up,” said Baffert.In a gallant effort, Selcourt, a lightly raced 5-year-old mare trained by John Sadler, kept to her task late and was clearly second best on the day, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of longshot Mopotism.  Off at 5-1 with Joe Talamo, Selcourt paid $4.20 and $3.20.With 3-1 second choice Escape Clause unable to mount a serious rally, Mopotism finished third by 2 ¾ lengths over her Manitoba Canadian-bred rival.  Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Mopotism was off at 20-1 and paid $3.80 to show.Two-time Grade I winner Paradise Woods, idle since July 20, was never a factor and checked in last at 5-1 under Joel Rosario.Fractions on the race were 22.48, 45.07 and 1:09.77.last_img read more

31 May

Arsenal and Spurs fans agree – half and half scarves should be banned

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clash Half-and-half scarves are frequently seen outside grounds but are deemed a preposterous idea by most footy fans as they contain the colours of the opposition.And this is made even worse in the case of fierce rivals Arsenal and Tottenham and the offending merchandise was soon caned on social media.One Twitter user wrote how these kinds of scarves “should be banned”, while another added that anyone wearing one “can firmly get in the bin”.One more said: “We need to start a petition to ban half and half scarves”.Gunners fan Piers Morgan also waded in on the debate by tweeting: “How could anyone buy a half-and-half Arsenal/Spurs scarf?”1Half and half scarves along with best combined XI should be illegal.— Micah Kellner (@MicahKellner) September 1, 2019 Anyone getting a Arsenal and Spurs half and half scarf can get firmly in the bin— Met. (@AFCMet) September 1, 2019 ⚽️| No no no to half & half scarves #NLD #ARSTOT pic.twitter.com/RVKJuYQGKx— Anne-Marie Batson (@AnnemarieBatson) September 1, 2019 Walked past this stand near the Emirates asking myself “who’d buy a half & half Arsenal & Spurs scarf in August?” Then saw 3 Arsenal fans with them while sat outside a cafe nearby. 🤦🏼‍♂️THESE ARE HORRID ITEMS & SHOULD BE ABOLISHED!! #afc #ARSTOT pic.twitter.com/Acr7Ldtibq— Mark Gilbert 😃 (@MGilbert) September 1, 2019 Half and half scarves should be banned!😂 https://t.co/Z7gfQmXPmF— MattKav(M.O.T) (@kavnky0211) September 1, 2019 HALF-AND-HALF scarves have finally united north London – as both Arsenal and Tottenham fans have agreed that they should be banned.The red and white neckpiece was being flogged in stalls outside of the Emirates stadium before this afternoon’s huge Premier League clash.How could anyone buy a half-and-half Arsenal/Spurs scarf? 🙈#NLD https://t.co/yEUfZ7BcdK— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 1, 2019last_img read more

31 May

How CL will look if Uefa ignore league standings with Chelsea OUT but Arsenal IN

first_imgUEFA are considering using their coefficients to determine who plays in the Champions League next season.With the top leagues across Europe all suspended due to coronavirus and no clear indication when they will be completed, the governing body are making plans to sort out who qualifies for next season.4 Arsenal will be celebrating if Uefa use their coefficient system to determine who gets into the Champions LeagueCredit: Getty Images – Getty4And, as revealed by SunSport, rather than looking at current league standings or waiting for the leagues to all be completed, they could instead use their coefficient system to choose.That would mean Chelsea, currently fourth in the Premier League and therefore on course to qualify, would miss out but – incredibly – ninth-placed Arsenal would get in.For the Champions League, 26 teams qualify for the group stages automatically each season with the remaining six slots made up by the play-offs.So, who would be the 26 clubs to definitely make it through to the Champions League groups for the 2020/21?ENGLAND – 4Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, TottenhamChampions-elect and runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool are safely in with a coefficient of 99 points.Manchester City are actually England’s highest-ranked club on 112 but their two-year Uefa ban means, as things stand, they will not be allowed to compete next season.Rivals Manchester United jump up to second with 92, just ahead of Arsenal who are tenth across all of Europe on 91 – that is despite the Gunners not playing in the Champions League since 2016/17.With City banned, Spurs are the beneficiaries as they nick the fourth English spot on.Last season’s beaten finalists have a score of 85, two better than Chelsea who miss out even though they are higher in the league table than three of the other clubs who would get in and beat Arsenal in last year’s Europa League final.Therefore, Frank Lampard’s side would have to settle for a Europa League spot alongside third-placed Leicester and Wolves, with Sheffield United missing out completely.SPAIN – 4Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, SevillaReal Madrid top the Uefa coefficient system with a whopping 134, helped by the fact they have won the Champions League three times in the years taken into consideration.Barcelona (124) are third, behind Atletico Madrid (126) who were beaten finalists in 2016.That means Diego Simeone’s side – currently sixth in LaLiga – ‘steal’ Real Sociedad’s place in next season’s competition with the Basque side on just nine coefficient points.Sevilla are third in the league as things stand and 11th on the Uefa standings so take the final Spanish spot.GERMANY – 4Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, SchalkeUnsurprisingly, Bayern Munich on 123 are Germany’s top club with Borussia Dortmund second on 85.But despite sitting third and fourth in the Bundesliga table respectively, RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach are out – even though Julian Nagelsmann’s side have booked their quarter-final spot this season already.In their place come fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen and sixth-placed Schalke.4ITALY – 4Juventus, Roma, Napoli, LazioJuventus, beaten in the 2017 final, are well out in front on 115 points.But just like in Germany, the clubs in fifth and sixth sneak in at the expense of two of the top four.Roma and Napoli are in the Europa League spots in Serie A but due to their recent success in the Champions League, they get in ahead of Inter Milan and Atalanta, who like Leipzig are into the final eight.Lazio sit one point adrift of Juve at the league’s summit and claim the fourth Italian spot.FRANCE – 3Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon, MonacoPSG have 105 points in the Uefa coefficient and breeze in.But in France it is Marseille and Rennes who will feel hard done by.That is because Lyon and Monaco, in seventh and ninth respectively on 40 points, have higher gradings in Europe due to their performances over the last five seasons.RUSSIA – 2Zenit, CSKA MoscowIn Russia, league-leaders Zenit make a safe entry on 64 points.But it is CSKA Moscow who are fifth in the league that take the second spot ahead of Krasnodar and Lokomotiv Moscow.PORTUGAL – 1PortoJust like in the Primeira Liga, Porto will pip Benfica to the Champions League spot.Porto are on 75 with rivals Benfica on 70 in the coefficient and have a one-point advantage in the league.UKRAINE – 1Shakhtar DonetskA relatively simple and straightforward one in Ukraine.Shakhtar Donetsk have picked up more coefficient ranking points than any other side in each of the last five years and cruise in, just as they are cruising the league again.BELGIUM – 1GentIt is a close call in Belgium.Gent have 39.5 points, Anderlecht have 36 so it is Gent who get in.And that is ignoring the fact that Club Brugge – who got a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu this season – are 15 points clear at the top of the table.TURKEY – 1BesiktasBesiktas may be fifth in the typically-competitive Super Lig but they are the Turkish side that get in.Their 54 points put them well clear in the Uefa rankings of Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Istanbul Basaksehir, who trail Trabzonspor on goal difference at the top of the league.Latest Champions League newsREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’CITY SITUATIONChampions Lg & Europa Lg to be played in ONE host city from quarters onwardREDS TEST2005 Champions League final quiz – How well do you remember Istanbul 15 years on?CRYING SHAMEPoch couldn’t stop crying after CL final as he talks for first time since axeEUR JOKINGCity, Chelsea & Man U’s dreams in jeopardy as govt impose quarantine on arrivalsRevealedLUK RAN OUTLukaku says he will NEVER forgive Chelsea flop AVB for 2012 Champ League axeRevealedRUSSIAN ROULETTEMan Utd’s 2008 Champions League Moscow heroes and where they are nowAUSTRIA – 1Red Bull SalzburgThe last team to sneak in automatically would be Red Bull Salzburg on 53.5 points, more than double that of nearest rivals Rapid Vienna in Austria.That is despite the fact Manchester United’s Europa League opponents LASK lead the Austrian Bundesliga by three points.4Arsenal could clinch Champions League spot thanks to sneaky backdoor route despite being ninth in Premier Leaguelast_img read more

26 May

The leadership qualities which make Inglis next Maroons captain

first_imgSmith has redefined the role of an Origin or Test captain since taking over the position for Queensland and Australia after Darren Lockyer’s retirement in 2011 and Maroons coach Kevin Walters admitted the state had “lost our captain and our leader.”While no decision has yet been made on who will captain the Maroons in this year’s series, Inglis is the obvious choice and he is already considered a great indigenous leader and role model.On the field, he has been the Rabbitohs captain since 2015 and has previously skippered the Indigenous All Stars and Prime Minister’s XIII.After suffering mental health issues following the knee injury which sidelined him for all but one match last season, Souths officials spoke to him about the added work load of being captain but he insisted he wanted to resume the position when he returned.The Queensland and Kangaroos jobs come with even greater responsibilities but Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess, who has captained England and deputised for Inglis at the Rabbitohs last season, insists Inglis he would cope.“He has handled it here with us and we are not a quiet club, there is always a lot of interest around us,” Burgess said.“I guess with everything Greg has been through it was never going to be a quiet transition, coming back and captaining our side. He has handled that extremely well. I am sure he can manage it.”Inglis declined to comment on the captaincy at Souths training on Tuesday as like most in the game he had not been aware that Smith was planning to call time on a 12-year Origin and Test career which has established him as one of the game’s greatest players.However, Burgess and halfback Adam Reynolds said Inglis, who would become just the third Indigenous player to captain Queensland after Arthur Beetson and Gorden Tallis if chosen, was ideally suited for the role.“This year he has been unbelievably influential across our group,” Burgess said. I have really enjoyed having him back as the captain of the team. He is just growing every week.“This Greg, that I am seeing at my personal level, is the best version of Greg that I have seen.“He has already been a fantastic role model for me and a lot of others throughout our careers but right now he is fine-tuning his leadership and it is great working with him.“He is now clear in his conversations with other players. Everyone grows and gets more experienced, and Greg has just grown every day. I think he would be a great fit.”Reynolds said Inglis deserved the honour of captaining Queensland.“He is the captain of our club and he has done a lot in our game too,” Reynolds said. “For Greg, I am sure he would be proud and his family would be proud.“He has done a great job for us at Souths and I am sure that would transfer well into the Origin arena.”Meanwhile, Burgess paid tribute to Smith’s leadership and described him as a “benchmark” for other captains.“I have had the pleasure of captaining against him a few times and he has always been a great role model for the international game,” Burgess said.“He knows the game extremely well, he is a very good player and a very good leader of men. He seems to have a knack at that. He is a wonderful player, I respect what he is about and what he has done in the game. He does everything fantastically well.“He has captained Australia, Queensland and Melbourne … and you look at the success of all of those three teams it is pretty unbelievable and it no coincidence. He is obviously a great leader. I’d dare say he is the benchmark.”last_img read more

26 May

Lifting champ Kari gets wild support

first_imgThe competition is underway.The Sir John Guise stadium which has a capacity of  3000 is 95 percent full.Family and Hanuabadans are also here in large numbers just to see Kari lift.Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is also here with his wife Lynda Babaolast_img

26 May

Pini ends Pacific Games campaign with silver in relay

first_imgPNG swimmers consisted of Ryan Maskelyne, Samuel Seghers, Stanford Kawale and Pini.Pini kicked off on a high note leading the race however PNG dropped in the third and fourth swimmers clocking in at 3:49.53 sec behind gold medallist Tahiti.Tahiti clocked in the fastest Games record of 3:48.40 sec and New Caledonia finished third clocking in at 3:51.53 sec.PNG also won silver in the women 400m medley clocking in at 4:38.31 sec behind gold medallist New Caledonia 4:23.64 sec and ahead of bronze winners Fiji clocking in at 4:46.40 sec.PNG female swimmers in the relay were Shanice Paraka, Savannah Tkatchenko, Tegan McCarthy and Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane.last_img read more

14 May

Two steps to match the season with more games

first_imgThe top of the season I would be in 68 meetings, which would be equivalent to contesting the Europa League and Cup final, a situation as hypothetical as utopian considering the demands of the competitions and the distressing situation suffered by Espanyol in LaLiga, but reaching those 57 games is getting closer. Between the first meeting (July 25) and the last (May 24), 304 days will pass and the parakeet team has in its hand to go down in history getting the season with more official matches than ever. Approaching an average of playing an official match every five days. A record that will depend on the evolution of the team to really occur. The Espanyol will play 38 games from LaLiga, at least Europa League 14 (which would be more in case of eliminating the Wolves) and three of Copa del Rey (Again the figure would increase if Abelardo Fernández’s team passes the next round). That puts the season already on mathematical form in 55 meetings, very close to the record that was set in the 2006-07 campaign with 57, when the Blue and Whites reached the UEFA Cup final and reached up to 15 games in that competition. To this figure we must add the 38 League, two from the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona and two from the Copa del Rey against Rayo Vallecano. An elimination, that of Copa, which could cost, curiously, the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde.Leave the parakeet team behind 53 games that had disputed in the 2005-06 campaign, when he was champion of Copa del Rey with Miguel Ángel Lotina and alternated that competition with European participation. In total, the Blue and Whites played eight UEFA and seven Cup matches, to add up to those 53. It also buries the 50 disputed in the historic UEFA of 1988. This course that number of games has already been overcome taking into account that Espanyol has added six Europa League pre-matches, which can help to achieve the record of matches in the same course.last_img read more

14 May

The proper names of PSG and Atlético for the Cavani operation

first_imgSimeoneCoach wants a 9. He was already asked by a striker in summer, in fact, and Rodrigo (Valencia) was about to arrive. And later Diego Costa was injured and desire became a necessity: Morata has been left alone in front. And since then names have been coming out, but Cholo is only convinced by Cavani. The Uruguayan would boost the workforce and it is not clear if other raisers would. However, he is aware that for Cavani to arrive, a player should leave the dressing room … Atlético wants Cavani, and better today than tomorrow. He wants it for months, or perhaps it is better said than for years. It’s Simeone’s favorite, that he does not see clearly the other options that the club has put on the table, but the PSG does not seem willing to open the doors just like that because it would weaken for the decisive stretch of the season. And this other condition, the salary limit that hinders the red and white in this winter market. The club has half a month left to hire a 9 and in this multi-band operation there are several proper names that have a lot to say …Miguel Angel Gil MarínThe CEO of Atlético tries to satisfy as he has always done Simeone’s requests and has launched for the signing of Cavani, advancing since summer, when the player will be free, in January, at the request of the technicians, who after the injury of Costa feel that the position is lame. Gil marin He traveled to Paris this week for an ECA meeting and has taken the opportunity to meet with PSG leaders to bring positions, although he has not sent optimistic news to Madrid. Will continue to squeeze while the market is open. Nasser Al KhelaïfiWhen Gil Marín calls, on the other side is the president of the PSG. Al Khelaïfi does not want to part with Cavani and there is no reason that convinces him. Although now the headline is Icardi, leaving the Uruguayan would mean weakening the workforce. He is also a historical footballer for the entity. Everything plays against Atleti. Y the economic issue is not something that can worry the PSG and its owners. For everything, it represents the most complicated obstacle for the arrival of Cavani to the Metropolitan.LeonardoParallel to the previous conversations, the PSG sports director has also been contacted by Andrea Berta, his counterpart in Atlético. From his point of view, Cavani is essential for the PSG and I would only understand his departure if another striker came in return of level. That same was transmitted to the player in the meeting they held before Christmas, when the forward transferred the possibility of leaving in January.center_img CavaniThe object of desire of Atlético … that PSG does not have left over. Your contract with the Parisian club expires on June 30, so the question is whether he is facing his last months on the team or his last days. Cavani is seduced by the idea of ​​joining Atlético de Simeone and he let those in the team know, but he doesn’t want to look bad with anyone. It is his seventh season in Paris and he is the top historical scorer of the club, whose hobby idolizes him. He doesn’t plan to dirty his career with an exit in bad ways, although it will do its part.OblakAt first It has nothing to do directly with the Cavani operation. But with the relations between PSG and Atlético. Slovenian has been wanted by the French champion for years, but the rojiblanco club has worked to maintain it. If the PSG opens the door in some way to the Uruguayan, he wants to be taken into account in the future. And he will put the goalkeeper’s name on the table.last_img read more

14 May

A domino effect with Cavani, Rodrigo, Alcácer and Gameiro

first_imgAlbert Celades, in the press room, neither assured nor denied that he was going to have Rodrigo at his command in February (“What I see about Rodrigo is that he trains with us and I don’t speak of hypotheses”), while Quique Setién did make it clear that “we consider signing a nine”. According to the information handled by AS, Rodrigo would be among the candidates to replace Luis Suárez, although it is an operation that is described as “complicated to execute” in January. Valencia reached an agreement with Atlético de Madrid for 50 million in summer by Rodrigo, an option that failed to materialize because the rojiblanco club did not find a destination for Correa. That is the minimum price for which Peter Lim would change his mind about Rodrigo, because from Valencia, after the classification of the team for the knockout stages of the Champions League, it was filtered in December that the international would not be on sale now in January. But today in the club ché simply refer to that there is no talk of “hypothesis.” His coach made it clear on Friday that he does not have the Spanish striker and he is crazy about music for returning to Mestalla. Of course, the German club (minimum) wants to collect what they once paid for it, which sources close to the operation amount to 23 million euros (although from Germany there was talk of 28). By the way, Barcelona did not keep any preferential rights nor a percentage of a future transfer, so the Alcacer operation could not be linked in economic terms to that of Rodrigo Moreno.The Alcacer operation, as mentioned, would be directly more linked (at least in Peter Lim’s mind) to the exit of Kevin Gameiro’s Valencia. Lyon was bidding for French, although the French club has signed Ekambi. But in the last hours, specifically ESPN, spoke that the PSG would have Gameiro among its candidates to replace Cavani, as long as the transfer of the Uruguayan to Atlético de Madrid is closed (Chelsea and United also want it), a red and white club that was also raised for January although with the small mouth the signings of Alcácer and even recovered the reports on Rodrigo. But both were discarded and focused their efforts on Cavani, for which they offer 10 million and with which, as they assure AS, they would have an agreement for three seasons. Ten days left of the market and the thing goes forward. Four names monopolize the focus in the last hours: Rodrigo Moreno, Paco Alcácer, Edinson Cavani and Kevin Gameiro. Valencia is in the middle of three of those fronts, Barcelona, ​​Atlético, Borussia Dortmund and PSG are the other actors of stories that go in parallel but have linked chapters.Sports world He included Rodrigo Moreno in a list of strikers who would manage Barcelona to replace Luis Suarez (Aubameyang and Timo Werner were also on the list of the newspaper published in Barcelona). In turn, the Italian journalist Di Marzio, with a portal specialized in the market, said that Jorge Mendes was in negotiations with Barcelona for the transfer of the Valencia international. Valencia, beyond Rodrigo, has Paco Alcácer between eyebrow and eyebrow. AS gave exclusively last Friday that Lim wanted to recover the one who was a black and white quarry. The operation was in mind for both summer and now in January, although, if it took place now in January the exit of Kevin Gameiro and Rubén Sobrino, would be knocked on the door of Borussia by Alcácer. But Borussia does not need to be tested much.last_img read more