Islanders’ Simon, Ladyjacks’ Miller Take Home Weekly Volleyball Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Chloe Simon and Stephen F. Austin’s Maddie Miller are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.The Islanders (12-9, 5-3 SLC) claimed a pair of wins last week at home over Sam Houston State and on the road against Houston Baptist. Simon led the charge for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi offense, notching 35 kills over the two-game stretch for a 4.38-kills-per-set average and a .291 hitting percentage. Heading into the week, the Islanders are halfway through their Southland Conference schedule and will return to their home court Thursday evening against Nicholls. The honor marks the first of the season for Simon.Stephen F. Austin (20-1-0, 8-0) kept its amazing 13-game win streak alive in week seven with a pair of victories at home against Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana. Miller anchored the SFA defense to a pair of sweeps, extending the Ladyjacks to 34 consecutive set wins. Stephen F. Austin will have the opportunity to keep its win streak alive this Thursday on the road against Central Arkansas. Miller’s award marks her second of the season.Offensive Player of the Week: Chloe Simon, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Outside Hitter – Katy, TexasSimon averaged 4.38 kills per set in a pair of Islander victories last week. The junior outside hitter tied a then-career high 16 kills in a victory over Sam Houston State Thursday night. She then followed suit with another career-high 19 kills against Houston Baptist Saturday. The junior recorded double-doubles in both matches, notching 10 digs against the Sam Houston State and 14 more against Houston Baptist.Honorable Mention: Abbie Harry, Central Arkansas; Alexis Warren, Northwestern State; Karlee Wilkerson, Southeastern Louisiana; Corin Evans, Stephen F. Austin.Defensive Player of the Week: Maddie Miller, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Libero – Lorena, TexasMiller scooped up 19 digs in SFA’s sweep of Nicholls Thursday evening before adding 22 more on Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana. The junior’s 22 digs against the Lady Lions marked the third time in Southland Conference play that Miller has registered 20 or more in a match, rounding out her week with a 6.83 digs per set average and 41 digs in total.Needing just six sets to dispatch the opposition, the Ladyjacks held their foes to a collective .144 attack percentage. No Southland opponent has posted an attack percentage higher than .167 against SFA this season as the Ladyjacks have yet to surrender a set in league play. The team’s 34 consecutive set victories currently stand as the nation’s longest active win streak. Miller’s stellar defensive play has helped SFA rise to ninth nationally in opponent hitting percentage (.142).Honorable Mention: Emily Doss, Central Arkansas; Shelby Pullins, New Orleans; Lizzy Low, Southeastern Louisiana; Carissa Barnes, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.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

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McNeese’s Lawson Nabs Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Award

first_imgMen’s Basketball Player of the Week – A.J. Lawson, McNeese – Jr. – Guard – Bryan, TexasLawson connected on a season-high 11 shots out of 17 attempts and sank 13-of-14 free-throw attempts against ACU en route to his second 30-point performance of the season with a career-best 37. He dropped six points in the final five minutes, sinking all four attempts from the charity stripe to help the Cowboys stave off the Wildcats. With the Cowboys and Demons knotted at 49-49, Lawson scored or assisted on 20 points over the last 16 minutes of the game as McNeese went on to win by nine. Since Dec. 3, he is averaging 21.1 points, four assists and 3.5 rebounds across eight games, and the Cowboys are 5-3 in that span. Week 10 Southland Conference Release (PDF) FRISCO, Texas – McNeese guard A.J. Lawson is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.  On the court for all but one minute in each of the team’s two games, he averaged 28.5 points and six rebounds per contest in a 2-0 week for the Cowboys. He scored a career-high 37 points in an 88-84 upset win over Abilene Christian on Wednesday and poured in 20 points and seven assists in an 85-76 triumph over Northwestern State on Saturday.center_img Honorable Mention: T.J. Atwood, Lamar; Chudier Bile, Northwestern State; DeAndre Jones, Central Arkansas. McNeese (7-9, 2-3 SLC) looks to build on their first two conference wins at home against UIW at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before paying a visit to New Orleans at 6 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

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BAFFERT’S BAST LOOMS SHORT PRICED FAVORITE IN GRADE I, $300,000 CHANDELIER STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES ON FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgBeen Studying Her–Mike Smith–122K P Dreaming–Ruben Fuentes–122Comical–Abel Cedillo–122Bast–John Velazquez–122Buyer’s Remorse–Mario Gutierrez–122Leucothea–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–122First post time for a nine race card on Friday, opening day of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. BAFFERT’S BAST LOOMS SHORT PRICED FAVORITE IN GRADE I, $300,000 CHANDELIER STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES ON FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIER ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2019)–Bob Baffert’s Bast looms a complete standout among six  juvenile fillies in Friday’s Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes, to be contested at 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita’s main track.  A bay daughter of Uncle Mo, Bast, who was second in her 5 ½ furlong debut, romped by 8 ¾ lengths in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante and it appears all systems are go for her first two turn assignment.A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, the Chandelier winner will earn a fees-paid berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, to be run at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.BASTOwner:  Baoma Corp.Trainer:  Bob BaffertAlthough ridden by Drayden Van Dyke in both of her Del Mar starts, she’ll be handled on Friday by Hall of Famer John Velazquez, as Van Dyke is coming off an injury and Baffert was uncertain to his status as recently as last week.  Out of the Arch mare Laffina, Bast should have little difficulty stretching out from seven furlongs to a mile and one sixteenth as she continues her march to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies here on Nov. 1.K P DREAMINOwner:  Karl PergolaTrainer:  Jeff MullinsA non-threatening fourth at 50-1 in her 5 ½ furlong debut Aug. 11, she then stretched out to a flat mile and responded with a 1 ¼ length win at 9-2 on Aug. 29. Although she’s facing a monster in Bast, K P Dreamin does have the advantage of one two turn race and will hope to be in a contending position turning for home under regular rider Ruben Fuentes.BEEN STUDYING HEROwner:  KMN Racing LLCTrainer:  Dan WardA California-bred daughter of the Medaglia d’Oro stallion Fast Anna, this KMN homebred was a first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs at Sacramento July 20 and defeated statebreds by 1 ¼ lengths in the six furlong Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 28 when off at 8-1 under Mike Smith, who rides back on Friday.THE GRADE I, $300,000 CHANDELIER STAKES WITH JOCKEY & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTlast_img read more

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Back On Her Home Ground, Classy Bellafina Takes Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes

first_imgBACK ON HER HOME GROUND, CLASSY BELLAFINA TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 DESERT STORMER STAKES BY ONE LENGTH IN 1:09.85 AS PRAT BAGS HIS FIFTH WIN OF THE DAYARCADIA, Calif. (May 17, 2020)–To quote Judy Garland’s Dorothy, “There’s no place like home.”  And that was very true indeed today at Santa Anita, as trainer Simon Callaghan’s Bellafina rolled to a one length score in the Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes, her fifth win in seven Santa Anita starts.  With Flavien Prat collecting his fifth win of the day, Bellafina made amends for a disappointing run last month at Oaklawn Park by getting six furlongs in 1:09.85.Breaking from post position four in a field of seven fillies and mares, Bellafina was an attentive third, about three lengths off dueling leaders Artistic Diva and Fighting Mad mid-way around the far turn.  She swung three-deep turning for home, took command a sixteenth of a mile out and held off a big late run from longshot Hang a Star to get the money.“This is pretty cool,” said Prat.  “She broke well and she put me in a good spot and we had those two fillies as a target.  At the quarter pole, we angled out and she did the rest.  It’s great to be back home with this filly, she loves it here.“I won five in one day at Del Mar last summer, but never here at Santa Anita.  Hopefully, I’m not done yet.”Indeed he wasn’t, as Prat went on to win his sixth race of the day in the ninth race aboard Harper’s Gallop for trainer Jack Carava.Fourth as the 7-5 favorite in an ungraded six furlong stakes April 25 in Arkansas, Bellafina was off as the 4-5 favorite today and she paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.10.Resplendent in part-owner’s Kaleem Shah’s red, white and blue colors, Bellafina picked up $60,000 for a partnership that includes Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith.  A three-time Grade I winner, Bellafina notched her seventh grades stakes win and seven wins from 15 overall starts and earnings of $1,512,975.“It unfolded pretty much as we expected,” said Callaghan.  “We had decent speed and Flavien had her in a great position to stalk and gave us a really good performance.  It shows how much she loves Santa Anita and we’re glad to get her back in the Winner’s Circle.Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, Hang a Star flew late to finish second, a head in front of Fighting Mad.  The longest shot in the field at 40-1, Hang a Star paid $18.80 and $6.60.The original third place finisher, Fighting Mad, who was ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and was a length clear of Mother Mother at the wire, was disqualified for interference leaving the gate and placed fourth, behind her stablemate.Mother Mother, ridden by Mike Smith, was the second choice at 2-1 and paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.38, 44.47 and 57.07.last_img read more

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Cheika challenges Wallabies to answer Lynagh criticism on the pitch

first_imgThe Wallabies were thrashed 54-34 in their Rugby Championship opener in Sydney last weekend, with only a late revival once the All Blacks had already run riot salvaging any pride.Australia legend Lynagh tore into their performance on Sky Sports, saying their skills were “non-existent”.Cheika’s side have the opportunity for revenge in Dunedin this weekend in the second Bledisloe Cup Test.The Wallabies coach said there is little they can do to alter Lynagh’s opinion aside from showing an improvement on the pitch.”Where’s he? Over in England isn’t he?” Cheika said. “If that’s how he feels, [we] can’t change it except for what we do on the field.”There’s nothing else I can say to it, really.”Skills coach Mick Byrne, who formerly worked for New Zealand, took the criticism on the chin.”When you’re talking about a dropped pass or a missed tackle they’re skillsets and yeah, they weren’t up to scratch,” said Byrne.”When you’re out there as a group working on changing habits, there is a period of time when sometimes it’s not acceptable. I understand that.”I honestly believe that when you’re inside, we know where we are going with it. We are not executing some of the things we’d like to but we are trying to get better every day.”When you look at the game and from a scoreboard point of view, some of the errors we made, we took some great learnings.”last_img read more

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Sims ready to reclaim starting role

first_imgThe former Cowboys and Knights forward also reckons he’s putting up the best numbers of his career in the gym and gotten on top of the rehab required for his twice-broken left leg.Sims started four matches at the end of 2017 played a full 80 minutes in three of those, having started just three of 20 games in 2017 (and one of eight in 2016) prior to that.”Last year was one of those years where my role in the team was to come off the bench which was never that easy too because I’ve played so many games starting,” Sims told NRL.com.”That’s what was needed. ‘Mary’ (coach Paul McGregor) asked me, put it to me as a challenge and I like to think I accepted that challenge and excelled in it.”At the back end of the year I started a few games which was great and a bit of an extra reward but on the back of this pre-season [I’ll be] starting and I’m looking forward to getting back into the back row.”Strength-wise, conditioning-wise this is probably the best I’ve gone into a season since I was a 20-year-old…Tariq SimsWhile left edge (in place of Thompson and alongside five-eighth Gareth Widdop) shapes as Sims’ spot to start the season he stressed he was just as comfortable on the right if needed should Tyson Frizell be unavailable or have to move to the middle of the field and is also able to play middle himself.”I’ve played over 100 first grade games at back row so I’m very comfortable there, that’s where I cut my teeth and it’s the position that I knew,” Sims continued.”The only reason I played in the middle was Mary thought it would be a good change-up for me to go in the middle and he challenged me to go in there. I accepted that challenge and I like to think I did my best.”If for some reason Friz is in the middle or Friz is injured or out or on rep duty or what have you, if I’m asked to go over to the right side it’s not foreign to me. I’m gearing up for a big year, I’ve put a lot of expectations on myself, it’s a pre-season where statistically-wise I’ve excelled in every area in training so I’m pretty excited for the year to start.”Asked to elaborate on those areas, Sims said: “Beep test, conditioning, times, weights, lifts. Everything. Strength-wise, conditioning-wise this is probably the best I’ve gone into a season since I was a 20-year-old fresh out of Brisbane (where he played in the under-20s).”I still don’t feel like I’ve reached that limit there with my body. We’re still rehabbing with my leg, that’s something I know I’m going to have to deal with for the rest of my career. Once you get your head around that the sky’s the limit.”There’s no issues, I’m just saying before training I have to go out and warm up and make sure everything in my ankle and leg are activated through the warm up before I go out and train because I feel personally if I don’t do that then I won’t be able to get the best out of my training sessions.”Sims has been named in the trial squad to face Hull FC on Saturday night and is expected to start in what will be his first on-field chance to really stake a claim to the role.Previewing the match, McGregor said all 24 names on the trial team sheet would be used and most of the big names could expect a solid stint of 30 minutes or more.McGregor nominated left-side back row as a spot that had not yet been settled, with the trials to present the candidates an opportunity.”Joel Thompson’s not here so it’s opened that left back row position,” McGregor said on Friday.”Tariq and Luce (Luciano Leilua) and [Jacob] Host are in the running for that. Tariq’s a senior player and the other two guys have had some experience in first grade, they’ve all had good pre-seasons.”All NRL squads for trials and World Club Challengelast_img read more

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Hayne to play first game with Titans

first_imgHayne had been in doubt for the Gold Coast’s crunch clash with Penrith on Saturday due to a corked calf, and coach Neil Henry says he wouldn’t hesitate to rest his star signing if Hayne wasn’t 100 per cent fit.But having trained on Friday Hayne is set to take his place barring any flare up of the injury on match day, leaving off-contract custodian David Mead relegated to 18th man duties.Meanwhile Manly will be without NSW Origin utility Dylan Walker for their clash with Canberra on Saturday due to a shoulder injury.And the Tigers have lost veteran Chris Lawrence (knee) for their must-win contest with the Warriors. The back-rower didn’t travel with Jason Taylor’s side for Sunday’s match in Auckland.last_img read more

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Ramos and Rodríguez shine in Santos, a great event for beach tennis

first_imgSunday ended the primary main event of the 2020 beach tennis season. It was held in town of Santos, in Brazil. It was a BT400 or ITF $ 35,000 event, relying on the terminology of the Worldwide Tennis Federation. He highlighted a sensible Spanish couple, shaped by Antomi Ramos, a Canary who has develop into world primary in this self-discipline, and Gerard Rodríguez, Catalan with whom he already received gold on the World Video games final October. Each reached the ultimate successful favourite {couples} to win this event. Within the first spherical they knocked down a native couple, Arouca / Santos, 6-4 and 6-2; in the second spherical, to different Brazilians, the Russo brothers, 6-4 and 6-2; in the quarterfinals, 6-2 and 7-6 to Vigon and Chaparro; in the semifinals, to Cappelletti and Giovannini numbers 2 and 5 of the world rating, and already in the ultimate they misplaced in opposition to Calbucciy Burmakin, 1 and Four of the rating, by a results of 6-2, 4-6 and 9-11. They received to have match level with the service of Ramos in the tremendous tie-break of the third set. Beach tennis is likely one of the quickest rising sports activities in Brazil at the moment. The event introduced collectively greater than 600 gamers from completely different classes competing on Santos beach, in which greater than 30 tracks had been mounted for the event.last_img read more

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“We are not going to demonize Tana”

first_imgIn a week a little convulsive in the surroundings of Las Palmas, for the Tana Case, in which the player arrived last Monday to train in “bad conditions”, vomiting included, and had to go home without completing the session, Pepe Mel stressed today in Canarias Radio that he does not rule out continuing to count on the player. “If something gives us strength, it is the union of the group. Despite the difficulties we suffer on a day-to-day basis, we all go together along the same path. Tana has been welcomed with open arms, he has been wrong this time and the club will sanction him as he should. I do not enter that. My responsibility is to be fair in decisions and there will be what I have to do. ” Regarding the plague of injuries and the mentality of the workforce, he considers that “the state of mind with which one faces things is important, but the number of operating rooms through which Las Palmas players have had to go through is also true” .“You can unsubscribe a player because of a muscular problem, which can usually be five or six during the season. However, when you have a team in which you have had to perform thirteen surgical interventions, for different reasons, you lose the players for three or four months, this is not normal, although I do not want to talk about it. I just hope that people understand that maintaining a regularity, without maintaining an alignment and without promoting the associations that occur in the countryside, is quite complicated, ”he insisted.On a positive note, it points to the recovery of Raúl Fernández, but he doesn’t see it fit to play yet. “His recovery is for everyone is a joy and is an example of professionalism, It’s nice to see you work, but the competitive spark hasn’t caught her. We wait for you soon, ”said Mel.Despite the injuries, Mel advocates reaffirming his players in the work done: “We can only reinforce and encourage players the spirit they are showing. If to all that we have spoken you add that we start with many players that are not, our path is to continue in the line of work and I am fortunate that the players believe in what I tell them ”.Another issue that brings the yellow team to the path of bitterness is the use of the VAR this year. Mel criticized “the protocols” of use. “What I’m not sure about is that they have agreed on the protocols, and what cannot be is that what happened to us in Riazor happens, that does not work with all the money that has been spent. The League should rethink its use, ”said Mel.“My relationship with the club is phenomenal”Although there are rumors of his possible dismissal of not achieving victory in the next outings against Numancia and Alcorcón, he is confident in his work. “If in summer they tell us that we have to score fifty points and that we have to bet on the quarry, such as the sales of Pedri and Josep, who get the club to recover the lost money from last season, in the end the objective is being fulfilled ”, he insists. And he also clarified: “My relationship with the club is phenomenal in all levels. I spend many hours working with them, but this football and neither I nor anyone can know what will happen tomorrow. ”Dart to the sports directorEntering reinforcements, such as the possible acquisition of an unemployed striker, Mel did not bite his tongue and sent a clear message to the entity’s sports director. “Rocco Maiorino said that coaches train or know the market, but in this case he has a technician who trains and who also knows the market. That said, I can’t know him like him. ”“If an unemployed player comes, it has to be that all parties agree that he will help us, we will not bring him to make numbers. We can’t afford it because we would betray everything we’ve done so far, ” He said, bluntly, about the recent rumors of the hiring of the attacker Alessando Matri, 35 years old, currently without a team after terminating with Sassuolo. “We are not going to demonize him and he will have to earn himself, or not, with us. He has a responsibility towards his companions, which is the most important. Obviously he knows he has done wrong and the main thing has been this recognition. I am not who not to forgive anyone, ”he ruled on this issue.In addition to this unfortunate incident to begin preparing the match against Numancia, the Madrid coach believes that it is time to take another step and return to the path of victory, after eight consecutive meetings without winning. “We were recently in the top six, and being in the middle of the table now we don’t like it.”In fact, Mel does not contemplate simply achieving permanence, although she is aware that this year was going to be complicated for the club. “You can always do more, both soccer players and coaching staff. What is clear is that in summer a series of things were said and We all accepted that this was going to be a year of transition to form a team, rejuvenate the staff, adjust the economic and get people out of the quarry. You have to have that peace of mind that we are in the parameters that we had set ourselves. ”“Despite all this, we cannot accommodate. If the head of the company gives you a goal, even if you get it you can’t let go. But we can go one step further, ”he added.In a clear show of ambition, he thinks there is raw material to fight for the playoff. “Our own self-esteem has to make us force the machine so that people see that their team competes for greater goals. We aspire to enter the privileged positions and believe that we have done things better than the table reflects, ”he says. He added: “The Second Division is showing us what it is, with many streaks both good and bad.” “We must continue to insist on growing young people and, with the help of veterans, be able to take that step. The competition is long and neither when you win you have to breastfeed or when you lose you must tear your clothes, ”he commented.last_img read more

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Schwartzman’s anger over the suspension of Indian Wells over the coronavirus crisis

first_imgThe coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in sport. This time, the epidemic that has in vilo to society has claimed a brand new sufferer: Indian wells. The event group has determined cancel the occasion for concern of an infection with coronavirus of individuals and assistants. However, apparently, the methods of speaking with tennis gamers has not been the most acceptable and Diego Schwartzman has already proven his anger.“It might be good if ATP Tour communicates just a little higher to the gamers of a suspension of such a event after we are all right here … Discovering out on social networks or WhatsApp is fairly lazy”, wrote the Peque in his Twitter account.The Argentine was visibly indignant and concluded: “The scenario is totally comprehensible. The best way to report it leaves a lot to be desired. There needs to be extra info for the subsequent tournaments which can be additionally in affected cities and international locations.”. It was deliberate that Indian Wells, first 1,000 Masters of the season, will start right now Monday March 9, however a case confirmed by coronavirus inside the group has triggered the alarms, figuring out the cancellation of the occasion. It stays to be recognized if the event will likely be performed on different dates, the whole lot will rely on how the virus continues to advance. It might be good if @atptour talk a bit higher to the gamers of a suspension of such a event after we are all right here … discovering out about social networks or whats app is kind of lazy.– Diego Schwartzman (@dieschwartzman) March 9, 2020last_img read more

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