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  • HBU, Abilene Christian Earn Final Women’s Outdoor Weekly Honors

    first_imgHonorable Mention: Irene Akwitti, Abilene Christian; Deja Moore, Northwestern State. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Kierstin Santana, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Baytown, TexasAt the LSU Invitational, Santana broke the HBU record in the 800m by more than second and ran the second-fastest time in the Southland this season. She finished fourth among collegians behind a trio from Texas A&M while running the fastest 800 in the league on the weekend. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist senior Kierstin Santana and Abilene Christian junior Kayla Melgar are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.This is Santana’s second weekly outdoor track award of the season, having earned the honor on April 10. Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Kayla Melgar, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Tempe, Ariz.Melgar posted a new personal best in the hammer throw with a mark of 183-11.25 at the ACU Oliver Jackson Twilight. That mark moves her into fourth in the Southland. The junior also finished first in shot put (48-05.25) and second in discus (176-03.00). The junior ranks top four in all three of these events in the conference. Honorable Mention: Cori Runnels, Northwestern State. All Southland teams now turn their sights to the 2018 Southland Outdoor Championships, beginning Friday in San Antonio, Texas, hosted by UIW. 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

  • That was the worst weekend so far for VAR – changes HAVE to be made

    first_imgTHAT was the worst weekend for VAR in the Premier League so far this season.Everyone was buzzing for the return of club football but now we’re back talking about dodgy decisions again.4 Liverpool felt hard done by when United’s first goal stoodCredit: Getty – Contributor4 Sadio Mane’s disallowed reply was an example of VAR workingCredit: PA:Press AssociationSaturday’s matches were a mess and then we had more issues at Old Trafford on Sunday.I do think Victor Lindelof fouled Divock Origi from behind in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s goal for Manchester United, which was given after a long VAR check.But why didn’t the referee Martin Atkinson run over to have a look himself on the pitchside monitors?I know they said they want the referee to trust VAR — but what was the difference between Chris Wood’s goal for Burnley that was disallowed on Saturday and that?Just what is the point of the monitors if they aren’t being used? For God’s sake, go and have a look — just like they do in Spain, Germany and Italy.We don’t want refs going over to them four or five times in a match. But he could have looked at a few different angles and taken a call from there. The bar has been set too high.DEL OF A MESSThere’s no consistency either. Sadio Mane had a goal for Liverpool disallowed after he handled in the box, which is the law against attacking players in the box — even if it’s not deliberate.So, why was Dele Alli’s goal against Watford allowed to stand? If the ball hits you on the Premier League badge or below, it’s your arm and therefore a handball.We’re almost in November and no one seems any wiser to how VAR is being used.I want VAR technology to work, I really do. When it was brought in, we were told it would provide “minimum interference, maximum benefit”.They want trust between the ref and VAR but, come on, it’s just not being used properly.You will not see a clearer penalty than when Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu was brought down by Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen.4 Confusion reigned supreme with Alli’s goalCredit: Reuters4 Burnley were fuming when having a goal of their own ruled outCredit: Getty Images – GettyHow professional referees looking at that incident in real time, and then in slow-motion, don’t think that is a penalty is beyond me.The same goes for Manchester City, who should have been given one when Kevin De Bruyne was fouled by Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace. Again, it was a blatant penalty.There has not been a single spot-kick awarded by VAR in 89 matches so far this season.That is crazy when you consider how many incidents there are each weekend.latestSILVA’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 titleThere is no doubt some changes need to be made to how VAR is being used — and hopefully that comes soon.There is definitely a role for it in the game, if used effectively.But we need to ensure we’re not talking about these mistakes every weekend, instead of the actual football being played.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises referee for ‘letting things go’ following 1-1 draw with Liverpool rife with VAR controversylast_img read more

  • Jose could haunt Utd on return and extend his fine record against old clubs

    first_imgJOSE MOURINHO is preparing for his first return to Manchester United since he was sacked – and his former employers will be desperate to ensure it’s a miserable visit.However, the new Tottenham boss would love nothing more than to continue his 100 per cent start by toppling the Red Devils at Old Trafford.2Credit: GettyAnd his record against his old clubs throughout his illustrious career will certainly have United worried.Fifth-placed Spurs travel to the North West on Wednesday for the Premier League clash.A victory for Mourinho and his men would lift them five points clear of United.And the Portuguese manager’s record over the years will certainly see a few punters backing him to emerge triumphant on his old stomping ground.Mourinho, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino on a four-year contract on November 20, has gone into battle against his ex-clubs on 32 occasions previously.And out of those wars, he has only finished on the losing side an impressive eight times.Even more worrying for United, Mourinho has tasted victory a whopping 18 occasions.The 56-year-old first came face-to-face with an old foe when his Leiria outfit drew against Benfica way back in 2001.And the last time he took a team to face one of his former clubs also ended in a draw.That occurred in October 2010 when his United drew 2-2 with Chelsea in the Premier League – just two months before he was axed by the Red Devils.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City vs Man Utd, Leicester and Wolves scores this coming weekend and win £100LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerDespite racking up a number of victories, a number of his defeats will have been extremely painful for him to swallow.His first return to Stamford Bridge was a particularly difficult afternoon for Mourinho as United were stuffed 4-0 by Antonio Conte’s Chelsea in October 2016.And he is perhaps still smarting from the FA Cup Final setback between the same clubs in 2018.But with the trip to United and a home game against Chelsea to look forward to before the turn of the year, Mourinho will be desperate to go into 2020 having extended his record of wins against old teams to the big two zero.2José Mourinho hails Dele Alli’s work-rate after Tottenham star continues resurgence with double vs Bournemouthlast_img read more

  • Top five halfbacks in the NRL

    first_imgHere’s a look at which halfbacks the writers at NRL.com rate most highly heading into 2017. 5. Mitchell Pearce (Roosters)2016 stats: 11 try assists; 12 line-break assists; 344 kick metres per gameSomething tells me 2017 is going to be a big year for Mitchell Pearce. After missing the first eight weeks of the 2016 season for disciplinary reasons, the Roosters halfback made an impressive return to rugby league; one that would have been even better had he not been hampered by a niggling calf complaint. The arrival of Luke Keary at Bondi will take some pressure off him in the halves and should allow him to play his natural game. Blessed with plenty of talent – but weighed down by expectation – Pearce is off-contract at the end of 2017 and will be keen to shine with his name already being thrown around for State of Origin. 4. Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)2016 stats: 16 try assists; 12 line-break assists; 282 kick metres per gameManly’s recruitment of rock-steady five-eighth Blake Green will provide the stability Daly Cherry-Evans needs to play his natural game. The Sea Eagles were never able to settle on their halves combination in 2016, with DCE sharing playmaking duties with Jamie Lyon, Dylan Walker, Apisai Koroisau and Matt Wright at different stages of the year. That’s a lot to ask of any halfback, and the constant chopping and changing took its toll on Cherry-Evans. The 2013 Clive Churchill Medallist will need to rediscover his famed running game if the Sea Eagles want to return to the top eight next year.   3. Shaun Johnson (Warriors)2016 stats: 18 try assists; 24 line-break assists; 254 kick metres per gamePerhaps the most dynamic player the game has ever seen, Shaun Johnson is the sort of guy who keeps opposition edge forwards awake at night as they try to think up ways of how to stop him. Blessed with incredible speed and unparalleled footwork, Johnson has the ability to tear a game apart in the space of five minutes. That’s the Johnson we all love and wish to see every week. However, like the Warriors, the prodigiously talented playmaker can drift in and out of games, and it’s that sort of inconsistency that has seen them miss the finals for the past five seasons. But with Kieran Foran set to join him in the halves next season, is Johnson’s best still to come? 2. Cooper Cronk (Storm)2016 stats: 23 try assists; 19 line-break assists; 282 kick metres per game Just when you thought Cooper Cronk couldn’t get any better, the maestro churns out one of his best seasons to secure his second Dally M award. The Storm are a well-oiled machine with Cronk their conductor, and the 33-year-old shows no signs of slowing down as he enters his 14th season in Melbourne. To make matters worse for opposition defences, Cronk will be reunited with his partner-in-crime, Billy Slater, with the pair set to wreak havoc on the rest of the NRL in 2017. 1. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)2016 stats: 25 try assists; 24 line-break assists; 280 kick metres per game In the relentless battle for rugby league supremacy, there are no two ways about it: Johnathan Thurston is the king in the north. The Cowboys halfback has long carried his team on his back, but now has support in key positions that has allowed him to play his own game. There isn’t a player in the NRL who steps up in the key moments like JT does – just ask the Broncos – and as he’s gotten older, Thurston has remoulded his style to keep him two steps ahead of the game.last_img read more

  • NSW set to rival Queensland for Indigenous representation

    first_imgWhile the Origin teams aren’t named for another three weeks, there are more players of Indigenous heritage under genuine consideration for Blues selection than in any previous series, with the possibility of a three-quarter line-up featuring Blake Ferguson, Latrell Mitchell, James Roberts and Josh Addo-Carr.Wade Graham is expected to be selected if fit, while Tyrone Peachey is in strong contention for a utility role, and Jack Bird and Nathan Peats are incumbent members of a Blues team which last year fielded more Indigenous players than the Maroons for the first time.Graham and Bird have been touted as possible options to partner James Maloney in the halves.Had Andrew Fifita not pledged his allegiance to Tonga over NSW, his form would warrant selection, while Ryan James has been mentioned in discussions.With Johnathan Thurston retiring from representative football and Sam Thaiday being dropped after the opening game of last year’s series, Queensland’s Indigenous representation this season may be limited to Greg Inglis, Will Chambersand Dane Gagai.It is a significant turn-around since Bowraville-born Inglis opted to play for the Maroons, partly because of a perception that NSW was reluctant to select Indigenous players, and Timana Tahu walked out of a 2010 Blues camp in protest at comments about Inglis by assistant coach Andrew Johns.NSW has a history of disillusioned Indigenous players, with Anthony Mundine, Nathan Blacklock and David Peachey having questioned selection decisions in the past but there can be no complaints now after the Blues last year had five players of Aboriginal heritage in all three matches.The increased number of Indigenous players chosen in a NSW jersey in recent years has coincided with the introduction of the NRL All Stars concept in 2010 and many of the players now in contention have been given their first taste of representative football in the annual clash.Laurie Daley’s dual role as coach of the Indigenous All Stars and NSW from 2013 to 2017 also enabled him to develop relationships with many of those who wore the Blues jersey under his charge.  Emerging leaders such as Graham, Gagai and Ash Taylor have become aware of their standing while in camp with the Indigenous All Stars, which was the brainchild of Preston Campbell after witnessing the impact of the Dreamtime team during the 2008 World Cup.Of all the achievements that the NRL has to be proud of, none would surpass the positive influence rugby league has in Aboriginal communities and events such as the All Stars game and this weekend’s Indigenous round have ensured the support of the entire game.All 16 clubs are on track to have their own Reconciliation Action Plan by the end of the season, including the New Zealand Warriors, who are the first international organisation to do so. On the field, 12 per cent of NRL players are Indigenous, while at grassroots level that figure rises to 17 per cent – a far greater representation than the 2.8 per cent of Australians with Aboriginal heritage, according to the last Census in 2016.Indigenous players are also strongly represented in the women’s game, with eight of the 40 contracted players having Aboriginal heritage.In addition, eight members of the NSW Country women’s squad named to play in next month’s National Championships are Indigenous and the City team is expected to boast similar representation.The NRL has not had to deal with an incident of racial abuse against an Indigenous player in a match since 2005 when Parramatta forward Dean Widders made an on-field allegation against Bryan Fletcher, who was stripped of the South Sydney captaincy.The universal condemnation of the spectators who racially abused Inglis at Penrith earlier this season and the swift response of the Panthers and the NRL to identify and ban them was a positive contrast to the way former AFL star Adam Goodes was treated after a similar incident in 2013.last_img read more

  • PNG are the Pacific queens of the 400 metres

    first_imgThree of the eight runners in the finals tonight were Papua New Guinean- Betty Burua, Donna Koniel, and Pacific sprint queen Toea Wisil.The crowd erupted as Wisil led the way from the start and finished first with a time of 54.17s.Next in was Donna Koniel with 54.29s.Betty Burua came flying in third for bronze clocking 55.21s.last_img

  • Hebou PNG Barramundis humbled by Ireland in first T20I

    first_imgAfter Ireland’s Captain, William Porterfield won the toss and sent the HEBOU PNG Barramundis, HEBOU PNG were restricted to only 9/92 off their allotted 20 overs.This was mainly due to some disciplined bowling by Ireland and some indifferent batting from the HEBOU PNG Barramundis.Sese Bau (22) and Charles Amini Jnr (21) were the main contributors with the bat for the HEBOU PNG Barramundis, while Kevin O’Brien (2/10), Craig Young (2/15) and Andy McBrine (2/17) all picked up two wickets each for Ireland.In reply, Barramundis’ bowlers got off to a great start, restricting Ireland to 3/30 inside four overs thanks to a quick spell of fast bowling from Norman Vanua and debutant Nosiana Pokana.Gary Wilson (45) and Kevin O’Brien (11) then guided Ireland out to trouble to eventually pass the score, losing another two wickets with 47 balls remaining.Norman Vanua was once again the stand out bowler for the HEBOU PNG Barramundis, taking 3/26 off his four overs.“It was a very disappointing performance from the boys today. We didn’t execute any of our plans today and against a good opposition like Ireland, we got punished,” said Captain, Jack Vare.“The positive thing is that we have two more matches left in the series and we must execute our plans if we are going to get a result,” said Vare.    The second of the T20I Matches will take place tomorrow at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville.Match will commence at 2pm local time.last_img read more

  • Australian Open | Against this champion Nadal there is no Kyrgios that is worth

    first_imgNot even with a really critical model throughout many of the recreation was Nick Kyrgios in a position to beat Rafa Nadal within the spherical of 16 of the Australian Open. At house, in entrance of an viewers delivered however respectful of the rival, he didn’t arrange an excessive amount of present, past a willy, a damaged racket, some shy slit and a few jumps. He tried with the virtues of his anarchic however gifted recreation, and nonetheless couldn’t with a Nadal in champion mode, with all its mechanisms at full capability, understanding that he couldn’t let the atmosphere or his extravagant adversary disturb him. Superior bodily, the Balearic gritted his tooth, fought the hearth with fireplace (64 profitable strokes in opposition to 50), subtracted effectively, drew higher and beat 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8) and 7-6 (4 ) in three hours and 38 minutes, a marker equivalent to that of his earlier appointment at Wimbledon final 12 months. Thus he got here for the 41st time to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam to tie in third place within the historic checklist with the nice Jimmy Connors, behind Federer (57) and Djokovic (46). In that spherical, he’ll face Dominic Thiem on Wednesday, who gained an indolent Gael Monfils in a form of pachanga (6-2, 6-Four and 6-Four in 1h: 50) The primary set was far more placid than anticipated for Nadal. Kyrgios, who got here out to Rod Laver Enviornment with a Lakers shirt with the quantity eight and Bryant’s title, in homage to Kobe, appeared apathetic, with comfortable, lifted blows and no hint of his well-known acceleration. It was straightforward for Rafa to maintain his serves and within the fourth recreation he took benefit of his second break level to take benefit and never let go till he signed the set. Within the second spherical he went all out, however he wasted three breaking balls at first and that value him dearly, as a result of Kyrgios matched the scoreboard for small particulars. He different heights, instructions and energy in his shipments. Thus just a little confused Manacor, who with out enjoying a foul set as soon as misplaced his service. There he gave 4 targets and the remainder of the turns, minus one, gained them in white. The issue is that he didn’t discover a solution to have extra choices to interrupt Nick’s good.He needed to endure, work and never fall into the traps of the aussie. It was clear that in some unspecified time in the future he would put collectively his present. He began it with a bravado to one of many line judges who had sung some dangerous ball. “Why are you laughing”. Then, after elevating a 30-40 within the eighth recreation, already within the tiebreaker he misplaced his nerves for the primary time and was paid by his racket, crushed in opposition to the bottom. There he messed with a double foul and a clamorous failure on the set level that Nadal gained.Over time in opposition toMoreover Spanish, the dangerous factor for Kyrgios was time, his worst enemy. He arrived on the recreation with discomfort in his left leg and as he is not precisely a tough employee, in coaching the passing of the minutes fell like a slab on his inconsistent physique. Nadal quickly broke up within the fourth quarter, for 2-1 and repair. For primary the factor was to not pee anymore and transfer from one aspect to the opposite of Canberra, who started to lament along with his soliloquies. And though Rafa does tangle with 5-Four and serve, and his opponent threatened to beat in a burst of satisfaction, he did not keep away from being defeated for the fifth time in his eight specific duels. “When he performs with ardour, he is one of many biggest skills we have now in our circuit “praised the winner. The very fact is there is no Kyrgios, neither sane nor loopy, that is worth in opposition to this Nadal.Outcomes of the boys’s staff of the Australian Open.last_img read more

  • A more ‘focused’ Guedes

    first_imgThe Portuguese are accustomed to positioning themselves both in the band and in the center. However, in the last calls with his selection he has participated more in the interior and its performance has been superior to what, so far, it has shown in Valencia.Playing with a 4-3-3 with Cristiano Ronaldo as a reference above and he more mobility, the ‘7’ of Valencia was key in the victory of the Nations League scoring the goal of the final. In addition, he has also added 2 goals in the qualifying matches for the European Championship. Gonçalo Guedes He returned to dress the Valencian elastic last Tuesday in Los Cármenes four months later. His return has come again accompanied by the high expectations which always generates Portuguese, among fans and also in the coaching staff.Albert Celades is aware that the best Guedes is one of the most differential players in the squad and not only playing from the band, but also In the center. Not surprisingly, in which he was the player’s redebut this season after his injury, although he entered the field replacing Ferran Torres on the side, acted near the front of the area.“We look forward to Guedes coming back since can act in the same position as Rodrigo. “ Those were the coach’s words a few weeks before his soccer player recovered completely from the injury, something that already predicted what he had in mind. Confirmed your return, the coach verified yesterday that the fact that the Portuguese played more focused on Granada was due to his indications. Catalan intends like this “give the best context” For the soccer player. In addition, Guedes not only moved through the front of the area when he was second-point, even at the beginning when the master placed him on the side, Celades himself acknowledged that he will give “freedom” so that “look for positions inside”.International experiencelast_img read more

  • “It was the most boring weekend in history”

    first_imgDays later, however, more talk about the match began as a Juve player tested positive for the coronavirus. The first case of a footballer in Italy. Minutes after it became official, the players and workers of Inter, having been in contact with a person affected by the virus, already had a message from the team doctor on their mobile phone with instructions to follow. Absolute ban on leaving home and taking your temperature every day. Thus for fifteen days, after which he must, in any case, follow the same confinement rules as the rest of the Italians.Rocío Rodríguez is the wife of the Inter Borja Valero player “It was the most boring weekend in history.” This phrase could have been said by any of us, but the author of such wise words is my 10 year old son. Although we have been in Italy for three weeks now with many games postponed and many others behind closed doors, This has been the first weekend without live soccer on television.Here in Milan, weeks ago soccer has ceased to have the weight it had in society. On March 1, the Italian derby was played, one of the matches for the title fight and perhaps one of the most important matches of the year, Juve-Inter. Under normal conditions, the day after such a game, the fans only talk about the result and the controversies. WhatsApp groups smoke with memes and jokes about the game. This time, the coronavirus has captured our full attention.last_img read more