Santana, McKenzie Earn Weekly Honors for Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

first_imgWomen’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Grace McKenzie, McNeese – Jr. – Cork, IrelandMcKenzie broke the school record in the heptathlon with 5,406 points to capture the win at the SFA Carl Kight Invitational. That point total ranks her No. 1 in the conference, 14th nationally and fourth on the East Qualifying list. Her point total ranks her just outside the Southland’s all-time top five record list in the event. The Huskies have an idle week before competing in Rice’s J. Fred Duckett Twilight on Saturday, April 21, their final meet before the 2018 Southland Conference Championships. McNeese next heads to Monroe, La., for the ULM Invitational on Saturday. 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. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Kierstin Santana, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Baytown, TexasSantana ran the second-fastest 800m time in the Southland this season at the Houston Alumni Invitational. She finished nearly two seconds ahead of the previous meet record with a time of 2:10.87. Honorable Mention: Sierra Pruitt, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; De’Shalyn Jones, Northwestern State; Taylor Dunn, Central Arkansas. Honorable Mention: Kaelin Simmons, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Kayla Melgar, Abilene Christian; Hannah Noble, Central Arkansas. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist senior Kierstin Santana and McNeese junior Grace McKenzie are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by read more

Awuku-Darkoh, Ricks, Guevara Garner Soccer Weekly Awards

first_imgDefensive Player of the Week: Kristen Ricks, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Keller, Texas Honorable Mention: April Trowbridge, Northwestern State; Katelyn Termini, Stephen F. Austin; Jessica Nevils, Houston Baptist; Jamie Raines, Southeastern Louisiana. Honorable Mention: Carli Arthurs, Stephen F. Austin; Baylii Bieke, Houston Baptist; Sofia Olsson, Southeastern Louisiana. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Connie Awuku-Darkoh and 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. Awuku-Darkoh continued her recent hot streak, scoring a pair of goals in Central Arkansas’ Southland opener against Sam Houston State. The junior from Surrey, British Columbia, fielded a pass from Kristen Ricks and buried it inside the right post to start the scoring for the Bears in the 19th minute. She connected again in the 48th minute from a ball from Ricks again, winning a foot race to inside the box to tap one home from close range. In her last four games, including wins against teams from the SWAC, Sun Belt, Summit and the Southland conferences, Awuku-Darkoh has four goals and three assists. Guevara was a wall on Saturday, being called upon 10 times to make saves en route to the double-overtime shutout win over Abilene Christian. The clean sheet was the senior’s second of the season. The Cedar Park, Texas, native leads the league in total saves (52) and saves per game (6.50). The Bears’ duo of Awuku-Darkoh and Ricks linked up twice in Friday’s 5-0 win over Sam Houston State (1-6-1, 0-1 Southland) to commence the Southland season. UCA (6-2-1, 1-0) returns to the pitch Friday to face defending conference champion Lamar (4-3, 0-0) in Beaumont at 7 p.m. CT before staying on the road Sunday for a contest with McNeese (6-4, 0-1) at 1 p.m. Goalkeeper of the Week: Alanis Guevara, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Cedar Park, Texas Offensive Player of the Week: Connie Awuku-Darkoh, Central Arkansas – Jr. – Surrey, British Columbia Guevara opened the league slate with a 1-0 shutout victory between the pipes in 107 minutes of work against Abilene Christian (5-3, 0-1). The Huskies (3-5, 1-0) host Stephen F. Austin (3-3, 1-0) and Sam Houston this weekend, taking on the Ladyjacks on Friday and the Bearkats on Sunday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.  Ricks proved her value to the Central Arkansas lineup on both sides of the ball in the team’s conference opener versus Sam Houston State. Posting the most minutes for the Bears’ backline, Ricks led a UCA defense that recorded its league-leading fifth shutout of the season. The senior from Keller, Texas, helped limit the Bearkats to just three shots on goal. She also made an impact on the UCA attack, pushing forward from her left back position to ignite Bears’ offense, twice playing balls to Connie Awuku-Darkoh for goals. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Maddie Talbot, Stephen F. Austin; Lauren Mercuri, Central Arkansas; Nadine Maher, Southeastern Louisiana. last_img read more


first_imgTHE STRONACH GROUP APPOINTS CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER AIDAN BUTLER ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CALIFORNIA RACING OPERATIONSAn expert in technology, horseracing and gaming, Butler will build on reforms at Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and throughout CaliforniaARCADIA, CA – Continuing its push to reform and modernize horseracing, The Stronach Group today announced that Chief Strategy Officer Aidan Butler – a longtime technology, horseracing and gaming executive who spearheaded reforms at Santa Anita during its Winter meet – will additionally serve as Acting Executive Director of California Racing Operations.“Aidan has played a critical role as we have advocated for changes that redefine our sport for the better,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President of The Stronach Group. “California continues to be a key priority for our company and Aidan’s presence on the ground will ensure that we continue to make progress addressing our industry’s challenges toward the modernization of our sport.”“Thoroughbred racing operations in California are at the forefront of the modernization of our sport and I am proud of the accomplishments that have been made across our racing and training programs,” said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer of The Stronach Group. “Aidan’s on-site leadership in California will undoubtedly build on The Stronach Group’s efforts in the state.”Butler will be charged with codifying and building on the reforms initiated by The Stronach Group during its Winter meet while continuing to oversee the company’s modernization of the sport in the areas of horse population, ownership and technology.“The past meet made clear that change and progress is a must in our sport – and I am proud that The Stronach Group and our industry partners have stepped up the commitment to putting horses first,” Butler said. “While we have made great strides, there is more work to done. I am confident that all stakeholders throughout California are committed to putting forth the safest sport possible and I look forward to working closely with them all.”Originally from England, Butler first followed in his grandfather and father’s footsteps to become a licensed bookmaker, before relocating to the United States.  He is a seasoned executive with a background in innovation and advancement. He co-founded a sports technology company, Guardlab, Inc., and has served as Managing Director at Gilberts LLP where he was responsible for nationwide operations.Since joining The Stronach Group in 2018, Butler has worked closely with industry partners across the country and in the state, including the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, as well as the state’s regulatory body, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). A list of the reforms spearheaded by The Stronach Group can be found by visiting read more

Vertonghen’s black eye needs urgent treatment as Spurs suffer injury woe at Brighton

first_imgHugo Lloris suffered a horror elbow injury while falling into his goal in the first couple of minutes.Not only did the goalkeeper require oxygen as he was stretchered off, Maupay mopped up the rebound to put the hosts ahead.Spurs are already without Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso due to injury problems with crucial ties versus Red Star Belgrade, Liverpool and Everton on the horizon.Christian Eriksen blasts rumours Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen slept with his girlfriend and sparked dressing-room bust-up with Harry Kane TOTTENHAM defender Jan Vertonghen suffered yet more black eye ignominy with a fresh smack to the face against Brighton on Saturday.After picking up a shiner in training – not, as some thought, relating to a bizarre affair allegation – the Belgian required treatment again at the AmEx.2 Jan Vertonghen’s bruise was visible as physios treated the player2 Brighton’s Neal Maupay was also left dazed by the knockCredit: AFP or licensorsA clash of heads with Neal Maupay early on in the lunchtime kick-off left Vertonghen clutching his face.And TV cameras picked up the nasty looking bruise as Tottenham physios attended to it.Only days earlier, the centre-back was given a black eye in an innocent training ground incident.Christian Eriksen had accidentally collided with Vertonghen and rumours emerged that it was actually the result of a bust-up over alleged infidelity between the defender and Eriksen’s wife Sabrina Kvist.That notion was instantly dismissed by the Dane, who tweeted that it was “bulls**t”.Luckily for Spurs, Vertonghen continued after treatment as their injury woes mounted in Brighton.Latest Football 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 permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titlelast_img read more

Tottenham’s Dele Alli gets to 50 Prem goals faster than Hazard, Scholes and Lampard

first_imgTOTTENHAM star Dele Alli reached 50 Premier League goals with his penalty against Burnley.And amazingly, he has done so faster than some of the league’s best players.2 Dele Alli is third fastest on the list of players to have hit 50 goals in the fewest number of Premier League gamesEngland ace Alli took 153 games to score a half century of league goals – less time than it took former Premier League stars Eden Hazard, Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.Alli rescued a point for Spurs at Turf Moor from the spot as he found the back of the net in the 50th minute.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursIt was a crucial strike for Jose Mourinho’s North London side as it salvaged a draw and saved them from a fifth loss in a row.It also put Alli above some of the Premier League’s greatest players on the list of fastest to 50 league goals.The former MK Dons midfielder scored in the nick of time as ex-Chelsea ace Eden Hazard took 155 games – just two more than Alli – to register his 50th goal.Former England midfielders Scholes, Gerrard and Lampard all took considerably longer to chalk up their half centuries.Manchester United legend Scholes took 211 games, Chelsea boss Lampard 279 matches and ex-Liverpool player and current Rangers boss Gerrard 281 appearances.50 – Dele Alli is the seventh player to reach 50 Premier League goals for Spurs – only Harry Kane (23 years 44 days) reached this milestone at a younger age for the club than Alli (23 years 331 days). Knack.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 7, 2020 At only 23 years old, Alli is significantly younger than when some former Three Lions greats hit 50.Blues legend Lampard and ex England skipper David Beckham were both 26 when they struck for the 50th time in the league.Liverpool legend Gerrard and United stalwart Scholes were even older at 27.2 Dele Alli calmly slotted his penalty past Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope to score his 50th Premier League goalCredit: ReutersTottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he was a lazy football player in his youth The two players who took less time in getting to 50 are actually current team-mates of Dele Alli at Spurs.Injured English skipper Harry Kane romped to a quick-fire 50 goals in just 90 games.South Korean star Son Heung-min just pips Alli in second, as he needed only 151 league games – two fewer than Alli.It was only Alli’s second goal since Boxing Day but it also saw him become the youngest English midfielder to reach the milestone of 50 Premier League goals.LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSCROWD 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 permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokeslast_img read more

Umaga says Super uncertainty to blame for Aussie woe

first_imgA 40-33 victory for Umaga’s Blues over the NSW Waratahs in Sydney and the Chiefs’ 46-17 thrashing of the Queensland Reds in New Plymouth extended New Zealand’s collective winning streak over Australian teams in the competition to 23 matches – and 17 this season.Only a massive upset in any of the eight remaining trans-Tasman home-and-away fixtures can deny the New Zealand dominators a 25-0 clean sweep of their Australian counterparts in 2017.Umaga suspects the ongoing uncertainty around which Australian team will be cut from the competition in 2018 is taking its toll.”We all know that there’s been some tough things going on over here and not just on the field, obviously off the field, so that’s unsettling,” he said after his Blues consigned the Waratahs to a fourth straight loss at Allianz Stadium for the first time since 1999.”It’s pretty tough to keep everyone on an even keel when you’re always looking over your shoulder wondering what if and what could happen, and so that’s tough.”There’s some quality players and staff involved in these groups and they’ll get it back on track, but I suppose what everyone’s looking for is a decision to be made so everyone can know what’s happening.”That’s just how it is and we’re taking advantage of that, obviously.”Asked how the under-performing – but safe – Waratahs and Reds could blame the SANZAAR situation for their on-field woes, Umaga said: “I’m sure they wouldn’t see that as an excuse. It’s just the lay of the land. It’s reality”.”If you talk about players and staff, and the uncertainty of it, it’s like anything; if you’re in employment and you don’t know what’s going to happen from year to year, you can’t say that it’s not unsettling.”Australia’s struggles aren’t restricted to New Zealand rivals.The Melbourne Rebels’ 47-10 home loss to the Lions and the Sharks’ 37-12 defeat of the Western Force in Durban leaves Australian franchises with just three wins from 31 matches against all overseas opposition this campaign.The New Zealanders also continue to rule South Africa, with the unbeaten Crusaders’ 62-24 rout of the Bulls in Pretoria completing another weekend sweep for the powerful New Zealand conference.The Hurricanes came from behind late to see off the Stormers 41-22 in Wellington, but the titleholders’ comeback paled into comparison to the Highlanders’ against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.The 2015 champions trailed by 17 points before piling on three tries in the last five minutes to snatch a 45-41 victory.In the final match of round 11, the Jaguares edged the Sunwolves 46-39 in a high-scoring thriller in Buenos Aires. Photo: Photosport Tana Umagalast_img read more

Moses finds his groove at Parra

first_imgMost encouragingly for Eels fans, the oft-maligned defender was steadfast off the ball, linking well with fellow right-edge men Kenny Edwards and Michael Jennings.There was a clear plan for the Dogs to run traffic at him – largely through Raymond Faitala-Mariner – and Moses absorbed it all, getting through 20 tackles with just two misses to go with his three tackles busts, two line break assists, 75 run metres and 375 kick metres.His effort drew the praise of his coach Brad Arthur, particularly for his effort in commanding the ball in extra time with the game there to be won.”It’s a big moment and he nailed it,” Arthur said after the 13-12 win.”He was nice and calm going into golden point, spoke really well to the players.” While was unquestionably Moses’s best all-round game since joining the Eels, Arthur rejected suggestions Moses had had a slow start to his career in blue and gold.”He’s had four wins from six games, I don’t know the last time he did that,” Arthur said.”He’s had to fit into a new style of football, new defensive systems. How many coaches has he had in the past? He’s had to adapt and he’s adapted really well and defensively he’s worked really hard and tonight I thought he really aimed up defensively, he was good.”Moses has appeared to benefit from a switch that has seen veteran Test and Origin centre Michael Jennings moved to Moses’s right side.”Having ‘Jenko’ there helps him but he got his body in front, made his tackles, he was nice and committed but he needs to do that for us every single week,” Arthur added.What Arthur was less pleased with was the way his team let their opponents back into the contest after appearing to dominate the first half.”We invited them back into the contest but if you’re a Bulldogs player you probably thought they earned the right to get back in the contest and they did,” Arthur said.”We just couldn’t get out of our half. Our very first set from the kick off in the second half just wasn’t good enough. They rolled 70 metres and there’s no excuse for that to happen.”Maybe I need to rip into the boys a bit more before we go out after half-time. They (the Bulldogs) just had some big bodies out there and carried hard and aggressive and their season was on the line and their want and desire was there and they carried really hard. We didn’t get our bodies in front and they rolled us.”last_img read more

Judo veteran ready for Rio

first_imgSadly this will also be his last for Team PNG. Raymond stepped onto the Olympic mat as a first Papua New Guinean Judoka in the 2012 London Olympics and 3 years later, jeis on another Olympic voyage, this time for Rio de Janeiro.Currently ranked 122 in the world and competing in the 66kg division, Ovinou will be Team PNG’s lone Judo representative to Rio.He is currently in Japan for training until the lead up to the South American qualifier-Panam Open in Argentina in March.In April he will also be fighting for merits in Canberra, Australia.For Judo the qualifiers are assessed through merit points that through participating in recognized competitions.The more points you have the greater chance you have of qualifying.He is currently ranked third in his division in Oceania. which placed him in a better position to qualify on merit because on each continent they have a quota of number of athletes that can qualify from that continent and Raymond is looking good on merit.He still has two fights that may still determine his condition but looks confident enough on merit to qualify for the second and final Olympic show.last_img read more

CRU to start finals today

first_imgvs. Date Grade vs. 1st Pool A 1st Pool A 3rd placed Pool A 1st Pool B A-Reserve 9 7 2nd placed Pool A Grade Bye U19s 1205 8 3 vs. Wanderers 1300 2nd placed 3rd placed Pool A 3rd placed Pool B vs. Wanderers P 2nd placed Pool B 3rd placed Pool A Result Women 5th placed V/Hunters A-Reserve Bye Women Harlequins Loser Game 2 (Sat) Team vs. 2nd placed Pool A Team Wanderers Brothers Team 1st Pool B Result Women U19s 3rd placed Pool B 1st Pool A 10 Defence 3rd placed Pool B 1100center_img Defence Time 1530 4 vs. 1355 Result Result Crusaders Harlequins 1-May-16 Game # Winner Game 3 (Sat) 4th placed 5 CRU’s Paul Joseph urged all teams to turn up on time for games. He said finals will start at 11am with the U19s game between Brothers and Wanderers.He said entry and exit to the stadium is via the gate opposite Vision City.Gate fees are: Vehicles – K10 including driver (passengers must pay as charged), adults – K5 and children – K2.Game # 1st placed – Spartans 2 Brothers vs. Harlequins 1st Pool B 1530 6 2nd placed Pool B Time 1100 2nd placed Pool A vs. 1355 Nova Women Defence Wanderers 2nd placed Pool B 1 Harlequins Premier Sisters University vs. University Brothers Winner Game 2 (Sat) 3rd placed 1st placed Spartans Team 1205 vs. Nova 1300 Defencelast_img read more

Korave ruled out of Blackhawks clash

first_imgA knee injury forced coach, Michael Marum to rule Korave out and make changes to his final 18 man squad that left this morning for Cairns, Australia.Marum said Ishamel Balkawa will replace Korave in the starting line up with Edward Goma and Philemon Kimisive included on the bench.The team will travel by coach to Townsville this afternoon.Marum will name the captain when the team has their captains run in Townsville tomorrow.The 18 man squad is:1.         Bland ABAVU2.         Butler MORRIS3.         Justin OLAM4.         Thompson TETEH5.         Adex WERA6.         Ase BOAS7.         Watson BOAS8.         Enoch MAKI9.         Warren GLARE10.       Esau SIUNE11.       Timothy LOMAI12.       Ishamel BALKAWA13.       Brandy PETER14.       Sailas GAHUNA15.       Benjamin HETRA16.       Atte Bina WABO17.       Edward GOMA18.       Philemon KIMISIVElast_img read more