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Central Arkansas Sweeps Southland Softball Weekly Awards

first_imgHonorable Mention: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State; Megan Landry, Nicholls; Hannah Null, Abilene Christian; Micaela Bouvier, Northwestern State. Honorable Mention: Cayla Jones, Northwestern State; Tiffany Thompson, Sam Houston State; Amber Landry, Stephen F. Austin. Sanchez went the distance to earn the win in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader sweep of McNeese, allowing just one run on four hits and a walk. The freshman hurler one-upped herself on Saturday, coming on in relief with the Bears trailing 5-0 with no outs in the second inning. Sanchez worked the final 8.0 innings of the game, scattering 13 hits and allowing just one run to keep the Cowgirls close enough for Central Arkansas to rally for the 7-6 win in extras. She finished the week with a 0.93 ERA. Morris and Sanchez led a UCA (10-9, 3-0 SLC) squad that swept defending Southland champions, McNeese (16-8, 0-3 SLC), to begin conference play this weekend. The Bears’ sweep is the first suffered by the Cowgirls in conference action since 2011. Morris posted a .545 batting average while Sanchez picked up two wins in the circle. This is the second consecutive hitting award for the Bears and third overall this campaign. Sanchez earns the Bears their first pitching honor of the season. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Libby Morris and Rio Sanchez are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.center_img Morris led the UCA offense in six categories in the start to the Southland season. The junior second baseman opened the series with a 3-for-3 performance that included a double and three RBIs, but it was in Saturday’s nine-inning thriller that the product of Grove, Okla., made her presence known. With the Bears trailing 5-0 in the fourth inning, Morris put her squad on the board with an RBI fielder’s choice before cutting the lead to 5-3 with a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Morris came to plate in the seventh with two outs and UCA trailing 5-4 and planted a double a foot inside the right-field line. A misplay on the bounce allowed the tying run to score and send the game to extras. After the Cowgirls retook the lead in the top of the ninth, Morris ripped a single through the right side to knot things up at six apiece in the eventual 7-6 win for UCA. She finished the weekend with a 1.000 slugging percentage. Softball Hitter of the Week – Libby Morris, Central Arkansas – 2B – Jr. – Grove, Okla. Softball Pitcher of the Week – Rio Sanchez, Central Arkansas – Fr. – Erie, Colo. 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

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UIW’s Hill, SHSU’s Rosada Named October Golfers of the Month

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – UIW’s John Hill and Sam Houston State’s Viera Permata Rosada are the Southland October Golfers of the Month, the league announced Wednesday.Hill competed in a pair of tournaments throughout the month of October, taking 11th place at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite in Boulder Colo., and 10th place at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, N.M. Over six rounds, the senior averaged 70.8 and recorded a round-low 65 in the final round of the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite. Hill and the Cardinals have since concluded their fall season and will return to the course Feb. 17 for the Latour Intercollegiate in Thibodaux, La.Rosada led the Bearkats with a second-place individual finish at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Kapolei, Hawaii. The freshman concluded play with a 70.7 average and registered a 69 in her final round of the tournament. Sam Houston State has also completed its fall season and returns to action Feb. 10 at the Texas State Invitational in Kyle, Texas.October Men’s Golfer of the Month: John Hill – Sr. – McQueeney, Texas Hill shot under par in four of his six rounds with a team-best 65 in the final round of the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite, where he recorded six birdies and an eagle. Throughout the month, the senior drained 19 birdies, averaged below par and marked a top-10 individual finish.Honorable Mention: Cody Banach, Lamar; Greg Holmes, McNeese; Grayson Gilbert, New Orleans.October Women’s Golfer of the Month: Viera Permata Rosada – Fr. – Jakarta, IndonesiaRosada put together another strong tournament for Sam Houston State, leading the team to a fourth-place finish while taking second place individually at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. She drained 11 birdies and 36 pars for the tournament, finishing at par or better for all three of her rounds.Honorable Mention: Camila Moreno, Central Arkansas; Elise Parel, Houston Baptist; Iliana Stowers, UIW.Southland monthly 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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Mourinho to prove Utd wrong to sack him if Spurs avoid defeat at Old Trafford

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO can prove beyond doubt Manchester United were wrong to sack him if he avoids defeat on his return to Old Trafford tomorrow night.The Special One blew kisses to adoring Red Devils supporters when he went back to the Theatre of Dreams in October as a pundit for the first time since being axed.1He is still loved, is Mourinho.But behind the smiles is no doubt a sinister desire to prove his old employers pulled the trigger too quickly.If Mourinho’s resurgent Tottenham side – with 10 goals in three games – can manage just a draw, it will mean under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be guaranteed to have a worse record than Mourinho did when he was sacked.In 17 games last season, Mourinho managed just 26 points.After 14 games this campaign, Solskjaer has amassed 18.At the time of writing, United are closer to the relegation spots than the top four, but sit only two points behind fifth-placed Tottenham in ninth.If Spurs – looking for their third win in a row in all competitions – can manage a draw against United then Solskjaer’s men cannot get more than 25 points after 17 games.That’s one fewer than Mourinho had when he was given the boot.Even if United can win their next three Premier League matches – something they haven’t done since the end of December last year – they will be on 27 points.SunSport told you Solskjaer fears he will get the axe if United lose to Spurs and Manchester City in the derby on Saturday evening. The Norwegian was defiant in his pre-match press conference today but that came before reports emerged saying former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is targeting the United job ahead of Arsenal.Mourinho, of course, wants nothing more than to rub his old team’s face in it.And his record against his old clubs will have United bosses sweating.Mourinho has gone into battle against his former teams 32 times and lost just eight games while winning 18.But is from Nelson Mandela that he has found inspiration ahead of taking on United.Speaking about his time in the north, Jose quoted the late South African president and civil rights icon.He said: “This is a closed chapter for me. I left the club, I took my time to process everything that happened. I took my time to prepare myself for the next challenge.”United for me is in my book of experiences.”A bit like [Nelson] Mandela was saying, ‘You never lose, you win or you learn’.”At United I won and I learned. My time after I left was a good time for me.”And on going back to Old Trafford, Mourinho added: “I have a great relationship with the Manchester United supporters. I went back as a pundit and I was humbled by such a beautiful reception.latest man utd newsLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in training”Tomorrow I go back as the coach of the team that will try and beat Manchester United.”I understand that what they want is the exact opposite of what I want.”During the match I expect them to forget me.”Mauro Icardi’s model wife Wanda looks amazing as she takes part in some seriously sexy shootslast_img read more

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Tottenham’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris pays a whopping £15k for guard dog

first_imgGOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk SPURS goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has picked up a £15,000 guard dog — the latest Premier League ace to do so.France’s captain, 33, bought the mutt from Elite Protection Dogs to mind his family and home when he’s away.2 Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has picked up a £15,000 guard dogCredit: PA:Empics Sport2 The France captain bought the mutt from Elite Protection Dogs to mind his family and home when he’s awayCredit: InstagramThe London-based firm uses only German and Belgian Shepherds that “come from military and police backgrounds”.Its website says the dogs are “dedicated to shield you . . .  from any possible danger or threat as taught through intense training, mental stability and obedience”.The firm said: “The military and police all around the world tend to choose these breeds as their first choice, as do we.”These dogs have the highest IQ in the protection dog category.”The London-based firm added: “We produce two types of trained dogs- a guard dog and a personal protection dog.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“Guard dogs are typically very independent and don’t need companionship as they are trained to guard a territory. They are taught to refuse food from strangers and react to intruders. Guard dogs are mainly suited for farms and gated areas. Prices start from £10,000.“A personal protection dog is not only a family friendly pet but also a form of protection. They crave a family bond, affection and love and are very child friendly. Prices start from £15,000.”Dad-of-three Hugo joins fellow Prem stars Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy in snapping up a guard dog.Man Utd star Paul Pogba splashes out £15k on guard dog from specialist firm after being targeted by angry fanslast_img read more

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Cowboys ready for Roosters

first_imgCopyright: NRL Photos. John Asiata is hoping the Cowboys can continue their winning streak. The Roosters are without stars Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner, while the Cowboys have had an unsettled build-up with tackling-machine Shaun Fensom rested from training due to a rib-cartilage injury, while stalwart front-rower Scott Bolton has missed training due to sickness. Forward John Asiata is expecting Fensom to play, and the back-rower’s toughness is somewhat legendary, having unknowingly broken his arm in training while at the Canberra Raiders only to turn up to a weights session the next day.  “[Rib cartilage] is something that’s pretty sore when you go into contact but [Fensom] is a very experienced player so he’ll know,” Asiata said. Asiata is also hopeful that Bolton, undoubtedly the leader of the Cowboys forwards this year, will recover from his illness in time to play in Sydney. “He’s taken a big role since Matt Scott’s been missing, he’s been a very big voice for us younger forwards in the middle. He’s been a very good leader on and off the field. All the one per cents that we do as a team, he’s been leading the way there,” he said.  Despite the absent players from the Roosters’ pack, new Cowboys five-eighth Te Maire Martin isn’t expecting an easy game, after going down against them by two points earlier in the year when he was playing for the Penrith Panthers. “I learned that Cordner was pretty hard to tackle, he was the backrower on my side so I had a bit of work to do there. I think I made thirty-something tackles that game. They definitely like to get into halves and it’s a good challenge and I look forward to it,” Martin said. “Their forwards really get their front foot going. They play off momentum and when you’ve got halves like that they link up well together and just go from there.”  last_img read more

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Wayne Bennett set to remain England head coach

first_imgThe 68-year-old’s two-year contract with the Rugby Football League ran out after he guided England to the final of the 2017 World Cup but it is believed he has been persuaded to stay on in the job.The RFL accepted a recommendation from rugby director Kevin Sinfield, the former Leeds and England captain who has conducted a review into the national team’s performance at the World Cup, and confirmation of the reappointment of Bennett is expected early next week.Bennett, who succeeded Steve McNamara two years ago on a part-time basis while continuing his day job with Brisbane Broncos, declined to discuss his future in the immediate aftermath of December’s final.However, the former Australia and Queensland coach won many admirers for the way he turned England into a competitive force after a dismal 2016 Four Nations, guiding them to a first World Cup final for 22 years, and to a man the players expressed their support for his continued involvement.The reappointment will head off any possible move for Bennett’s services from New Zealand, who earlier this week changed their eligibility rules to give them the opportunity to appoint an Australian as their head coach following a review into the Kiwis’ disappointing World Cup.Bennett assisted Stephen Kearney when New Zealand won the World Cup in 2008 and during the 2017 campaign he raised the possibility of returning to a role with them.He will now go up against the Kiwis in the proposed mid-summer international in Denver and the end-of-season three-match Test series in the UK.The Test match in Colorado, pencilled in for Saturday, June 23, is expected to be confirmed next week by Australian promoter Jason Moore, who wants to use the game to build up interest ahead of the 2025 World Cup which will be hosted by the United States.Before then, England will host the 2021 World Cup and whether Bennett will still be at the helm by then is unclear.He will be 71 when that tournament starts and the RFL may be inclined to ask Bennett to help choose his successor in the way that another Australian, Eddie Jones, has been asked to groom the next England rugby union head coach.Sinfield and the RFL’s interim chief executive Ralph Rimmer are big admirers of Castleford coach Daryl Powell, the 2017 Super League coach of the year, as well as Bennett, whose contract with the Broncos runs out at the end of 2019.The RFL is also close to finalising the rest of the national coaching set-up, with the England Knights set to be reformed later this year to take part in a new Six Nations Championship.last_img read more

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NSW announce State of Origin team

first_imgThe New South Wales Rugby League has today selected the following players to represent the NSW VB Blues for Holden State of Origin Game One at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, May 28.NSW VB BluesJarryd Hayne – Parramatta EelsBrett Morris – St George Illawarra DragonsJosh Morris – Canterbury Bankstown BulldogsMichael Jennings – Sydney RoostersDaniel Tupou – Sydney RoostersJosh Reynolds – Canterbury Bankstown BulldogsTrent Hodkinson – Canterbury Bankstown BulldogsAaron Woods – Wests TigersRobbie Farah – Wests TigersJames Tamou – North Queensland CowboysRyan Hoffman – Melbourne StormBeau Scott – Newcastle KnightsPaul Gallen – Cronulla Sutherland Sharks (c)Trent Merrin – St George Illawarra DragonsAnthony Watmough – Manly Warringah Sea EaglesLuke Lewis – Cronulla Sutherland SharksTony Williams – Canterbury Bankstown BulldogsSource: NRL.COMlast_img read more

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Look after facilities: Tkatchenko

first_imgSpeaking at the official opening of the facilities to sporting codes and the public at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre (TAIC) on Saturday, Tkatchenko said the Government help make the facilities become self-sufficient.Tkatchenko said PNG was the sporting hub of the Pacific and users must look after the facilities when utilising them.He said to minimise costs, the challenge was for everyone, including the PNG Sports Foundation and the venue management, to maintain and look after the facilities.“The facilities were built for the public to utilise and for the sports to enhance their capabilities — the onus is on everyone to look after the facilities.“They were built by the Government nurture potential champions,” he said.Tkatchenko said the Government did not want to repeat the 1991 Pacific Games experience — where Games facilities fell into disuse and disrepair.Pamphlets containing information on the use and hire of venues were handed out during the ceremony.The facilities opened at the TAIC include the gym and the pool.Other facilities opened were the Sir John Guise indoor and outdoor stadiums, the Rita Flynn Court and the Bisini Sports Precinct.Tkatchenko congratulated everyone for their hard work and cooperation pre-Games and post-Games.Pacific Games chairman Kostas Constantinou said the real challenge for everyone was to leave a lasting legacy.“We need to respect these facilities so they can be here for a long time,” he said.Meanwhile, Tkatchenko announced at the weekend that he would look into developing sporting infrastructure in the provincesThe minister admitted that at the moment, everything was concentrated in Port Moresby “Kalabond is one of the good stadiums in the islands, with a couple in the highlands,” Tkatchenko said.He said more had to be done for provinces to uncover potential talent so that they got the opportunity to compete.“We have a blueprint, with architectural designs and drawings, and we are already doing a 5000-seat stadium, which costs about K4.5 million,” Tkatchenko said.“These stadiums can be put up in six months and serve their intended purpose in the provinces.”last_img read more

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Women in Jeddah: gyms, swimming pools and shopping centers

first_imgThe receptionist looks at me in distress and whispers a “do not” You almost don’t hear but it sounds like a bang. I just asked if I can use the hotel pool. “Nerd”. “But you don’t have it?”, I hear my voice. Again the grief, the low-eyed response. “Yes, but you can’t use it.” I. In the eight days of stay in Jeddah to cover the Super Cup. I woman. The swimsuit will never come out of my suitcase. My sex is your lock. Gym I can use, but the receptionist breathes halfway. “We have a tiny one, only for ladies, open from 08:00 to 23:00 and it is on the sixth floor. If you want to go, I must accompany you, to open it.” I have been in Arabia for 24 hours and it is the first time in all of them that I feel that my body is my prison.“Jeddah is the most cosmopolitan city in Saudi Arabia”, José Galán has not stopped telling me. And I had not stopped feeling it since Sunday I landed in Saudi Arabia. Long sleeves, wide pants, a long black scarf on my shoulders in case I should cover my hair. But no, it was not necessary. Neither in the tail of the customs, nor in the subsequent control, nor inside the hotel, nor outside it. She was the only woman who was in jeans yesterday afternoon at a shopping center in Jeddah. If there were others, the long black cloth of the abaya covered them up to the feet. They wear white robes, red plaid scarf over the head. The complement of them is called niqab and its face only allows their eyes to be seen. Today, while I was eating, I agreed in the toilet with a Saudi woman who was cleaning her face. The niqab was not removed even in front of me. He just picked it up, a little with one hand, while with the other he passed a tissue around his skin. I think of that phrase from the book that I am reading, ‘Machines like me’, by Ian McEwan. “Anthropologists do not judge. They observe and realize human diversity. (…) What was bad in Warwickshire was of no importance in Papua New Guinea.” It has been requisitioning in my head since yesterday I read it on the plane. “At the local level, who could say what was good and what was bad?” They don’t look at me strangely for my jeans and my western shirt in a mall where you can only buy abayas. Jeddah is a city of hellish air conditioners, horrible traffic and impatient horns. In which luxury is mixed with devastated buildings on the streets from which it is already difficult to see the source of King Fahd, in which filling a gas tank of a large car is 20 euros to change and it is rare to find women for the Street. Only men are seen. Except where there are children, the promenade near the hotel of Real Madrid and that group in the afternoon in the shadow of a semi-ruined building, near a shopping center. Only to them. But I don’t feel different from other countries in the world. I have not yet felt that my body can be my jail. The night has not yet come.The night and that McDonalds door that I cannot enter. Men only. Mine is the one that is a little beyond. “Families.” There are the children, the marriages and the friends. A wall divides the premises. My classmates eat on the other side. The sliding door that connects both spaces can only be crossed by employees. Even so, I still don’t feel strange or, better said, I still don’t have to. I came from Warwickshire, this is Papua New Guinea. I have not yet returned to my hotel. I have two questions to ask the receptionist. Well, there really are three. The pool, the gym and how the damn room air conditioner is deactivated. One night, a cold. The first is no, the second half and the third cannot. Is Jeddah a city with untouched sidewalks (there are no butts, not even one, in the streets) and amusement parks with roller coaster on the third floor of a shopping center, which wants to open to the world with sports but in its hotels there They have built pools for women to use. They Yes. They are men. Their bodies here do not imprison.last_img read more

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Atlético’s season goes through Bernabéu and Liverpool

first_imgThe other major challenge of the exercise is the tie against Liverpool. The English team is a great favorite for everyone, but the rojiblanco team always presents a battle against the teams that are theoretically superior. February 18 is the appointment marked in red in the Atlético calendar. The Wanda Metropolitano will help as always. The second leg will be played on March 11. Falling in the Championships would be a sad end to a season in which Atlético had placed high hopes. Atlético expects to strengthen in these coming weeks. And not only with Cavani. The club has been negotiating with the PSG for some time and the signing could be closed in the last days of the transfer market. The club has little margin in the economic matter but will throw the rest for the Uruguayan striker. In sports management they understand that the problem is not just goal. But also that more mordant is needed above. Diego Costa will return in the third week of February. The big question is how the forward will reappear. For Simeone, Costa is vital. It is one of yours. But it was not good in the first third of the season. The technician also has in the dry dock Koke, who points to the Bernabeú. And to Lemar, although the future of the French is far from the Metropolitan Wanda. Simeone faces a difficult moment in Atlético. In these years he never suffered such an elimination. It’s something new for the Argentine coach. The priority is to raise the morale of the team and win the Leganes, in the morning game, with a full Wanda Metropolitano. It is the first and great goal. Those three points should give peace of mind to a team that is reeling right now. We will have to see how a hobby reacts that never fails.Meanwhile there are questions in the air. João Félix offered a good game in León. He was seen distributing assists and getting quite into play. Just the day the team fell eliminated against a lower rival. Atlético needs more of him. But also from Thomas, from Lodi, from Vitolo… The season that was successful has begun to get complicated. Atlético suffered an important blow against the Cultural Leonesa, a defeat that has hurt a lot in the rojiblanco dressing room. Atlético had high hopes for the copera competition, a trophy always liked by the Madrid entity. Eliminated from the Cup and having already played the Spanish Super Cup Atlético’s panorama this season presents two important events. Simeone’s team will play it at the Bernabéu, next February 1 and in the tie against Liverpool. Atletico, after the defeat at Eibar, is eight points from Barcelona and Real Madrid. The title seems complicated, although in two days the Madrid team plays at the Bernabéu. It is a stadium that in recent years is good but it is not worth anything other than winning. The main objective of the season is to qualify among the top four, because it depends on the club continues its current status. Not entering the next Champions League would be difficult to digest. Winning Real Madrid seems essential if Atlético wants to continue aspiring to the title. last_img read more

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