first_imgSouthland Indoor Track & Field Weekly RecapFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Drake Murphy and Sam Houston State’s Ashton Summers are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Ashton Summers, Sam Houston StateSummers won the pole vault at the Texas Tech Open with a height of 17-4.25, a mark that tops the Southland this season. This marks Murphy’s second weekly track honor of the season while Sam Houston State has now earned two straight men’s field awards. Honorable Mention: Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State; Grant O’Callaghan, Southeastern Louisiana; Men’s DMR, UIW. The Lumberjacks and Bearkats both head to Houston next for the Howie Ryan Invitational on Friday while Sam Houston will also send competitors to the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque this weekend. These will all be the final tune-ups for both teams before the 2018 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala., from Feb. 21-22.center_img Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Drake Murphy, Stephen F. AustinMurphy was the top collegiate performer in the men’s 600m race at the New Mexico Classic, finishing with a time of 1:20.06 to finish second overall in the race. He also ran a leg of the 4×400 relay, which took second at the event with a time of 3:13.17 – just behind the Southland Conference best in the event (3:12.30), set by Murphy and the relay group earlier this season. Honorable Mention: Eric Moore, Central Arkansas; Antonio Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin; Nemanja Koviljac, McNeese. 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

first_imgSheehy last won the weekly award on Jan. 30. 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. In a 4-0 week for Abilene Christian (14-8, 3-0 SLC), including a 5-2 victory over New Orleans (4-8, 3-0), Sheehy was perfect in the top flight of singles matches and earned two doubles wins at the No. 1 slot. The Wildcats next hit the court on April 14 at UIW for an 11 a.m. CT first serve. FRISCO, Texas – For the second time this year, Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy is the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by Sheehy lifted his overall record to 14-5 and improved his Southland singles record to 3-0. The junior from Arlington, Texas, did not drop a set in his three singles matches, capping off the week with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of New Orleans’ Federico Boscarino. He now holds a six match win streak in singles. In doubles play this past week, Sheehy went 2-1, defeating McMurry’s top-flight pair 6-1 and squeezing past the Privateers, 7-5. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Josh Sheehy, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Arlington, Texas Honorable Mention: Nicolas Mayr, Lamar; Sebastian Mortier, UIW; Oleksander Podgursky, Nicholls.last_img read more

first_imgBy: Belinda StronachChairman & President, The Stronach GroupThe COVID-19 crisis has presented the United States and the world with an unprecedented challenge, one that requires personal sacrifice, a shift in perspective and has forced us to redefine our sense of community. Individuals, businesses and governments are being called upon to do their part, to stay safe, to protect others and to take care of those around us and that is precisely what the horseracing community is doing right now.This past Friday, live horseracing was suspended temporarily by order of the Los Angeles County Health Department. The horseracing community understands and will always abide by government orders. But there is much more behind the scenes than most people realize.At Santa Anita Park, our community alone is made up of an ecosystem that includes over 750 caregivers (professionally known as backstretch employees) who are employed by owners and trainers and who live in the onsite dormitories and dedicate their lives to caring for the horses we all love. For these people, Santa Anita Park is their home and that is where they are safe. On March 12, a full week before any stay-at-home orders were issued, Santa Anita Park voluntarily closed to the public for the protection of those people who call it home. Since then, we have been a self-contained, locked-down community operating under stringent and ever-evolving measures based on the best scientific guidance from health and governmental authorities to maintain social distancing and limit exposure to COVID-19 while continuing to protect the welfare of those connected to it, both human and non-human.Our community includes over 1,700 racehorses who also call Santa Anita Park home and who require constant supervision and care – from feeding, to exercise and veterinary care – racehorses are living, breathing animals who cannot, and will not, survive without daily human contact and attention. They are not machines that can be mothballed temporarily in a factory. Further, racehorses are conditioned athletes and standing in a stall without daily exercise is detrimental to their health, safety and welfare.Our community is also made up of the owners and trainers who employ jockeys and backstretch employees and who are responsible for providing the financial resources needed to care for the horses. The majority of the wages paid to those working on the backstretch and the financial resources to care for horses come directly from the earnings that are made when horses race. Those earnings come from the money wagered on live racing and so the cycle goes.The reality is that live racing, even without customers on track in these times, and the income that comes from wagering is a vital part of the ecosystem and by removing it an instability is created for those in our community who can least afford it.Simply put, by ceasing live racing operations we are jeopardizing the income stream for backstretch employees and the financial resources required to provide them and the horses they love with the care they both deserve. For our 750 backstretch employees the live racing element of the ecosystem allows Santa Anita Park to provide safe and secure housing, enables the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation to offer critical health care services at the onsite medical clinic and ensures that backstretch employees have access to no-cost critical support services. Without live racing, some may have to make a difficult choice to leave their home at Santa Anita Park, not because they want to, but because they have no other option in order to make a living. A fact that entirely defeats the objective of the stay-at-home orders.It is through this lens that the interdependent ecosystem that makes up the unique horseracing community, whether or not it is a sport you agree with, must be viewed. Horseracing is a delicate, circular ecosystem and to destroy that now will lead to an unnecessary humanitarian and animal care crisis on top of what we are all already dealing with.While some industries are able to cease or pause operations completely, this is simply not an option for horseracing. Now, perhaps more than ever in these difficult times, we must be mindful of our responsibility to prioritize the safety and well-being of the horses and those who care for them.last_img read more

first_imglatest sports newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has used Juan Foyth as a makeshift alternative amid the absence of Kyle Walker-Peters – who has gone without a Prem game since August to bewilder supporters.January may be considered the best time to act with Aurier admitting he previously sought a move away.And with West Brom hoping to tie down Ferguson to a five-year deal, they may have to break the habit of a lifetime and act fast.2Spurs will make West Brom teenager Nathan Ferguson their top target for the problem right-back slot WEST BROM defender Nathan Ferguson is attracting interest from Tottenham and Crystal Palace as Premier League clubs seek a cut-price January deal.A breakout star for the Championship table-toppers, 19-year-old Ferguson will become a free agent in the summer unless the Baggies can secure a contract extension.2 Ferguson has featured 13 times for West BromCredit: Rex FeaturesFears that he may turn down the chance to stay at West Brom have reportedly prompted them to consider a January cash-in.The Daily Mail claims the Midlands club would only be in line for around £300,000 if Ferguson leaves at the end of his contract, at which point a compensation package would have to be agreed or determined by a tribunal.Under Slaven Bilic, Ferguson made his debut on the opening day win at Nottingham Forest and has also been selected for England Under-20s.Crystal Palace are said to want the full-back, who can play on the left or the right, to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka.But Spurs are also in need of a new defender having not replaced Kieran Trippier.Serge Aurier continues to get the nod in the majority of games despite criticism from fans and pundits.last_img read more

first_imgIf he can do what it says on the Mourinho tin and win with Tottenham it will kick start his managerial career all over again.Should he fail however, it is hard to believe any significant club would take a punt on him again.Spurs must be hoping the opposites do attract.7Tottenham fans give their thoughts on Pochettino’s sacking They need a winner.And when you need a winner there is nobody bigger or better than Jose Mourinho.77 Jose Mourinho has signed a three-and-a-half-year dealCredit: PA:Press AssociationDaniel Levy knows he will be judged by what happens next at Tottenham.In sacking Mauricio Pochettino now, 12 games into the Premier League campaign, Levy has taken a massive punt.Handing the Special One the keys is simply doubling down.But Levy’s decision to hand Mourinho a three-and-a-half year contract – he has never stayed that long at any club – is a clear signal of where the chairman expects the club to be.Lifting trophies, parading in triumph. The one thing Pochettino was not able to deliver.The big question is what incarnation of Mourinho will be turning up at Spurs.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneWill it be the best of Jose?The inspirational charismatic trophy gatherer, the man who took Chelsea into the stratosphere, conquered Europe with Porto and Inter Milan, who turned football into a monument to his talents?Or the scowling, moaning, miserable version last seen departing Manchester United with his tail between his legs?Levy is betting his house on the former.Pochettino transformed Tottenham.Took a team of historical underachievers and turned them into a top four club for four straight years, something Spurs have not done since Bill Nicholson was in charge.7 Mauricio Pochettino was axed last night with Tottenham in 14th spotCredit: EPA7 Tottenham first tried to appoint Mourinho in 2007Credit: Getty Images – Getty7What he could not do though was bring the silverware the fans crave.Mourinho, by contrast, does know what it takes to win the biggest games and the biggest trophies.His football may not always be easy on the eye, although in his last title winning season at Chelsea they played some sumptuous stuff in the first half of the campaign before he opted to grind out the last few months.And, in truth, if Mourinho can work his magic again at Spurs he will be forgiven the style deployed to achieve it.If Tottenham want to keep Harry Kane and Co, their star assets, then the one thing that could persuade them to stay is knowing Spurs will win things.That, surely was a critical part of Levy’s thinking when he decided to pull the plug on Poch.When Mourinho left United last December he looked a mess.The light has gone out of his eyes.He was a pale shallow imitation of the Mourinho who had cut such a dash in his early years at Chelsea.Indeed he looked like an old man, careworn and run down, bedevilled – perhaps for the first time – by doubt.Mourinho’s first ten games at SpursNov 23 – West Ham (A)Nov 26 – Olympiakos (H)Nov 30 – Bournemouth (H)Dec 4 – Man Utd (A)Dec 7 – Burnley (H)Dec 11 – Bayern Munich (A)Dec 15 – Wolves (A)Dec 22 – Chelsea (H)Dec 26 – Brighton (H)Dec 28 – Norwich (A)7 Daniel Levy has taken a huge gamble replacing Mauricio Pochettino with Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – ContributorYet even in his TV appearances for Sky this season we have witnessed a fresher Mourinho.Revitalised and ready to go.A man with something to prove. All over again.Spurs, remember tried to get him twice before.In 2004, before Porto shocked Europe and Chelsea’s millions turned his head.And then three years later when Mourinho’s relationship with Roman Abramovich crashed and burned.Levy’s philosophy and that of Mourinho do appear to be polar opposites.For all the talk about the prospects in the Spurs academy we all know Jose wants experience.But equally he always has had a soft spot for Tottenham.In August, managing an Inter Legends side at Spurs’ new 62,000-seater home, Mourinho sat down in the manager’s dugout looked around and nodded approvingly.He looked, even then, a manager who would be at home there, happy to chat with everyone, to smile and laugh.Of course this is a gamble for Levy. But it is a gamble for Mourinho too.last_img read more

first_imgLeeds are breathing easier after finding a ready-made replacement for runaway PNG international Segeyaro, snapping up Parcell.Segeyaro was expected back at Leeds pre-season training in January but told the club he would not return from Australia and see out the final two years of his UK contract.However, Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington said they would still require a hefty transfer fee from NRL clubs for Segeyaro – a situation he did not expect to change for the next two years.Leeds recently proposed a STG250,000 ($A427,000) fee for the ex-Penrith rake, who has been linked to NRL champions Cronulla.”The situation with James Segeyaro has not changed even though we have signed Matt Parcell,” Hetherington told The Yorkshire Post newspaper.”James Segeyaro remains on our register and on the (England governing body) RFL’s register as well and he may well remain for the next two years.”He will only be off that at the expiry of his contract but he remains on the transfer list and is available to anybody who makes an acceptable offer.”Segeyaro initially joined Leeds on loan from Penrith in July, helping them win nine of their last 10 matches and retain their Super League status.He signed a two-year contract in September, even removing a get-out clause in his Leeds contract.However, Segeyaro revealed after an off-season break he had been homesick at Leeds and did not want to leave Australia.Leeds moved to soften the blow of Segeyaro’s departure by snapping up Parcell.”He has a genuine interest in coming to England,” Hetherington said.”We have got someone who really wants to be here and who is going to be popular with the fans, players and everyone else.”He is coming into the prime of his career and is fully committed to being part of us for three years and, hopefully, longer than that.”last_img read more

first_imgApart from sending a powerful message to the Australian Rugby Union, who are weighing up whether to cut the Rebels or Western Force from next year’s competition, the 19-17 win in Melbourne has also breathed life into the season.With a record 10 straight derby wins to their credit, the Brumbies seemed to be cruising to Australian conference honours for the second year in a row.Queensland’s drought-breaking 47-34 success against South African franchise, the Kings has trimmed the Brumbies’ conference lead to seven points, while the Force – with a game in hand on the pacesetters – are only eight points adrift.The NSW Waratahs are also now just two wins shy of the Brumbies, who play the Hurricanes in Napier on Friday night.With Australian sides a collective none from 12 against New Zealand opposition so far in 2017, suddenly the pressure is on the Brumbies to quickly rediscover their form or risk losing control of their finals destiny.last_img read more

first_imgChairman of SP POMRFL Dr James Naipao said that the competition this season has actually improved greatly than in  the last three years.Naipao commended the players in the senior, junior and women divisions of each affiliates for lifting the standard of rugby league in the city.He said the standard of competition is very high that SP POMRFL can put three teams into the Digicel Cup.“Judiciary cases have also been very small unlike previous years. That equates to professionalism in the clubs and its players,” Naipao said.POMRFL competition will enter the second last round this weekend before the finals kick off.Hawk RFLC has maintained top form leading the points ladder since round one and the first for the club since its birth in 1975 from the Papua RFL days.The last two rounds will determine which teams make the finals.last_img read more

first_imgChorus, top historical scorer of a Indian Super League in which he has scored 42 goals in 49 games, received the award on a historic day for FC Goa. The team led by Sergio Lobera became the first club to reach 100 games in the Asian competition. A milestone they celebrated defeating North East United 2-0 with own goals Chorus Y Komorski In own door.With his goal against North east, Ferrán Corominas tied Krishna (ATK) as top scorer of this edition of the Indian Super League. The Spanish striker has scored eight goals in eight games, which has given his team five fundamental points to stay at the top of the table. The ATK by Antonio López Habas could equal 24 points if he defeats next Sunday at Kerala Blasters. Ferrán Corominas he was named best player of december in the Indian Super League despite missing two of the five games that his team, FC Goa, played during that period. The Catalan striker prevailed in the voting to his partner Brandon Fernandes, Roy Krishna (ATK), Rafael Crivellaro (Chennaiyin) and Messi Bouli (Kerala Blasters) thanks to the four goals he signed and that they were fundamental so that the ‘gaurs’ reached the first position of the table.last_img read more

first_imgIt is very contradictory what has happened in Barça. The dismissal of Valverde and the signing of Setién generated enormous expectations among the fans, which maintains their faith in the Cantabrian. Nevertheless, the costumes already admit that there is a lack of depth in the game and the coach’s statements after the Valencia game liked little.Barça have a relatively affordable calendar next month before facing the knockout stages of the Champions League against Naples. He will play in the Cup against Leganés and in the League against Levante at Camp Nou. Then he could face the quarterfinals of the Cup and a League match at Villamarín. Finally, and before Naples and the Bernabéu, Eibar will be measured. The team is on time (less and less) to rebuild. But Setién and the costumes are required. “Likewise, the players do not interpret some things well,” Quique Setién said in the Mestalla press room after losing his first game as Barça coach. It was not a haughty phrase. Quique also admitted that “we are not explaining them well”. But yes It was the first demonstration that the message of the Cantabrian technician is not coming clearly to the dressing room. And that is a giant problem. Much more when we are in the second week of Quique on the bench of Barça. Any wardrobe is usually receptive to the message transmitted by a new coach in the first few days. The arrival of a new boss is a stimulus. It was important that the first two or three ideas collapse. And it is costing.It is also surprising the radicality with which Setién has arrived at the Barça dressing room. Where everyone imagined a coach who followed in the footsteps of cruising, with a fast, fun, electric and risky football, open at the ends, has found a conservative team. Barça does not risk the ball but, there is more, he has turned the drawing around like a sock. Of the 4-3-3 of Valverde that became 4-4-2 when the Catalans defended, the team has reinvented itself with a 3-1-4-2 in which 50 percent of the passes are given by three behind and the midfielder and in which, above all, the team has lost the oremus in the defensive balance. Valencia scored two goals but could do much more.last_img read more