November 27, 2020

Southland Conference Announces Spring 2018 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

first_imgSpring 2018 Commissioner’s Honor Roll | 2017-18 Academic AwardsFRISCO, Texas – A total of 1,379 Southland Conference student-athletes are members of the Spring 2018 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the league announced Tuesday. UIW leads the Southland with 148 total selections across the sports of baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field and women’s track & field. Central Arkansas earned 135 spots on the honor roll, followed by Abilene Christian (125), McNeese (124), Lamar (111), Northwestern State (111), Sam Houston State (104), Southeastern Louisiana (103) and Stephen F. Austin (100). Texas A&M-Corpus Christi garnered 97 selections, followed by Houston Baptist (93), Nicholls (65) and New Orleans (63). “We are thrilled to acknowledge the great academic work of so many Southland Conference student-athletes during the spring semester,” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “It’s simply remarkable to see these hard-working students, with so many other things they’re involved with, continue to improve in the classroom on their way to graduation.” Of the total honor roll selections, 300 student-athletes posted perfect 4.00 GPAs. This year’s spring list brings the total for the 2017-18 academic year to 2,437 honor roll student-athletes in both semesters, up from 2,379 in 2016-17. The total of 536 perfect GPAs between the fall 2017 and spring 2018 honor rolls is also a marked improvement from 481 last year. The Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll acknowledges participants in all sports sponsored by the league and its member institutions. The honor roll recognizes student-athletes who maintained a minimum 3.00 GPA. Student-athletes must have been eligible to compete in a conference sport during the academic year in which the nomination occurs.last_img read more

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Southland’s John Williams Named to NCAA Division I Council

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southland Conference Deputy Commissioner John Williams has been selected as the league’s new representative to the NCAA Division I Council. Williams, a former collegiate basketball student-athlete and coach, NCAA administrator, and campus athletic director, is completing his second year on the Southland staff. He will begin his four-year term on July 1.  Before joining the Southland staff in 2017, Williams most recently served as the athletics director at Southland member, the University of the Incarnate Word.  Williams began his coaching and administrative experience as an assistant men’s basketball coach at his alma mater, Ball State University, in 1982. He later became head men’s basketball coach at Earlham College (Ind.), served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and held the dual role of athletics director and head basketball coach at the University of Saint Francis (Ind.). Following a stint as head coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Williams began a 12-year stay at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, first as a professional development coordinator followed by a lengthy run as director of championships and alliances. He served as a member of the NCAA’s championship executive team and served as a hiring coordinator for the championship group for 10 years. Williams managed 35 national championships in Division I, II and III, overseeing selection processes, budgets, event operations, community outreach programs, and branding initiatives at championship locations. Additionally, he was charged with the NCAA’s diversity and inclusion, professional development, postgraduate and internship programs. In his current role, Williams leads the Southland’s efforts in NCAA governance and affairs, provides executive oversight of the league’s compliance and academic services, and serves as the primary staff liaison to the Advisory Council, the Southland’s operating body of faculty representatives, athletic directors and senior woman administrators.  He is also actively involved with the Conference’s governing presidential body, the Board of Directors, provides direction and assistance with the league’s strategic plan, and oversees the Southland’s men’s and women’s basketball operations, focusing on competitive and academic success strategies for these sports. “The Southland is proud to announce the appointment of John Williams to the NCAA Division I Council and Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee,” said league Commissioner Tom Burnett. “In addition to his career-long administrative accomplishments, his involvement with college basketball as a student-athlete, coach and NCAA Championships administrator will be beneficial to the Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee and to our Southland membership.” The Division I Council is a high-level administrative group responsible for the day-to-day decision-making for Division I. Athletics directors, conference commissioners, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives and student-athletes serve on the Council. Every Division I conference is represented on the Council, and Williams is replacing Sam Houston State Associate Athletic Director Chris Thompson, who is completing a full term as the Southland’s representative.  As part of his Council position, Williams will also serve a four-year term on the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee, a group that ensures that appropriate oversight of men’s basketball is maintained, enhances the development and public perception of the sport and make recommendations related to regular-season and postseason men’s basketball. The Oversight Committee supervises qualifications and/or selection procedures for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The committee also reviews recommendations from the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and processes other issues related to the administration of the championship. The committee also provides direction to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Rules Committee regarding playing rules. Having earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ball State, Williams also was a three-time team captain with the men’s basketball team while garnering three honorable mentions for the Mid-American Conference all-league teams. He was a key part of MAC championship teams in 1980-81 and 1981-82, and his 39-point scoring output against Central Michigan as a junior still stands among the top individual performances at Ball State.last_img read more

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CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT QUOTES-SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESTIAGO PEREIRA, FASHIONABLY FAST, WINNER: “Our plan was to stay just behind the one horse (Baja Sur) and then push on the outside when we came for home. I switched the whip in the stretch and when the horse came outside of us, he really responded. I worked this horse the other day and he worked very fast.  I love this horse (Fashionably Fast has won five in a row).”TRAINER QUOTESDEAN PEDERSON, FASHIONABLY FAST, WINNER: “It was great. I left it up to Tiago (Pereira). I told him not to concede enough to Baja Sur and keep the pressure on him. I don’t know if that is his ideal running style but you gotta ride to win. That was the game plan we had come up with. I kind of left it in his hands. The horse was just game as can be coming down the stretch.“The horse has done so much for us, how can you be disappointed in anything he does?  We are just very thankful to be in this position and for the opportunity to have this horse. You can’t train for better owners.”JOHN HARRIS, COALINGA, CA, OWNER/BREEDER FASHIONABLY FAST, WINNER: “At about the eighth pole, I thought maybe we were in deep water, but he kept going. We always want to win, but it’s particularly fun to win with a homebred. And it’s fun to win this race which was named for my good friend Don Valpredo. To be here today, with people like this, is special.”NOTES: The winning owners are Harris Farms, Inc., Per Antonsen and John Nicoletti.last_img read more

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Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Saturday, February 15, 2020

first_img8 7 20 24 Agapito Delgadillo40 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $600,468 $240,845 1st 7 3rd Win% ITM% $293,511 7 8 48% 49% Brian Koriner29 5 16 Abel Cedillo154 Ruben Fuentes54 57% $719,002 $360,951 44% $1,420,544 65% LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 15th, 2020Quick Questions With Exercise Rider Shane ConlonDay in the Life With Exercise Rider and Valet Manny AvilaWORKOUTS:Improbable (Baffert) 2-14-20Cameo Shores (Outside) and Zip De Ville (Powell) 2-14-20Secret Square (Sadler) 2-14-20Roadster (Outside) and Paint Me Lucky (Baffert) 2-13-20Jolie Olimpica (Outside) and Littlefirefighter (Mandella) 2-13-20Eight Rings (Baffert) 2-13-20Instagrand (Chatlos) 2-11-20Queen Bee to You (Lerner) 2-11-20McKinzie (Outside) and Dessman (Baffert) 2-11-20Gift Box (Sadler) 2-11-20 $1,252,222 Geovanni Franco54 3 39% $1,321,954 11% 35% 16 15% TRIPLE CROWN HOPEFULS IN SOLID WORKOUTS 3rd 2 45% 16 $178,055 10 16% 46% $820,504 24% $681,062 62% $528,377 17% 7 5 39% John Sadler47 8 Philip D’Amato62 10% JockeyMts Mario Gutierrez61 2 $1,214,352 Joel Rosario102 Victor Espinoza35 7 45% $546,381 5 Money Won 9 2 3 10 $409,091 40% 15% 6 1 13% Peter Miller47 39% J.C. Diaz, Jr.56 38% 37% 9 7 4 35% $1,025,141 26% 10 Doug O’Neill66 28% 13 55% Tiago Pereira75 20 ITM% 5 5 Drayden Van Dyke85 11% 11% 22 6 Money Won 20% 4 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 14) 11 26% 2 52% 7 21% Umberto Rispoli79 TrainerSts 5 11 2 35% 13 48% Richard Baltas73 13 17 7 12 Jorge Velez102 Andrew Lerner23 $266,301 26 6 CEDILLO AND MULLINS A WINNING COMBINATION 29% 14% 69% $781,576 $271,462 8 7 11 45% 8 25% Jeff Bonde16 Flavien Prat99 56% 11% Bob Baffert51 4 4 13% Win% 8 5 39% 18 SWEET ‘DOUBLE’ LIFE FOR D’AMATO ON SUNDAY 7 2 21% 24% Mike Smith33 $276,842 19 6 2nd 23 19% 25 $501,847 Steve Knapp29 21% TRAINER HOPES ‘LIFE’ IS SWEET IN GRADE III STAKESTrainer Phil D’Amato has two for the money in Sunday’s Grade III Sweet Life Stakes, Blue Sky Baby and Spitefulness, each with disparate past performances for the race.Offering $100,000 in purse money, the Sweet Life for three-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs on turf drew eight entrants. Blue Sky Baby will be making her fourth career start, all on turf, while Spitefulness will be making her eighth career start and her first on grass.“We’ve been wanting to try Spitefulness on the grass for a long time,” D’Amato said of the daughter of Palace Malace, whose best effort outside of her maiden win was a second in the restricted Arlington-Washington Lassie last Sept. 19. “This is the only spot we found so we’re anxious to see how she does.“Blue Sky Baby has already proved she likes grass sprints (winning her debut race over the same venue as the Sweet Life last Oct. 19), so this looks like a good spot for her.”The Sweet Life is named in honor of the 2009 Broodmare of the Year, Sweet Life. A 1996 homebred daughter of Kris S., Sweet Life won four of 13 starts and $223,486 for owner/breeders Pam and Martin Wygod, capturing the 1999 Providencia Stakes.She is best known however as dam of 2004 champion two-year-old filly Sweet Catomine and 2009 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic winner Life is Sweet.The Sweet Life, race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Florentine Diamond, Agapito Delgadillo, 20-1; Blue Sky Baby, Flavien Prat, 5-1; Orqudias Biz, Mike Smith, 6-1; Shines Her Light, Umberto Rispoli, 4-1; Lighthouse, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1; Laura’s Light, Abel Cedillo, 6-5; Roadrunner’s Honor, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; and Spitefulness, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1.TOP SOPHS ROYAL ACT, HONOR A.P. BREEZETriple Crown hopeful Royal Act, second in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 1, worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.20 for Peter Eurton.“This was his first work since the Lewis, so he’ll let us know (where and when to run next),” the trainer said. “We’ll have him nominated everywhere so we have several options. The more distance the better for him.”Possibilities include the Santa Anita Derby, the Louisiana Derby and the Florida Derby.Eurton also sent nine-year-old turf marathoner Ashleyluvssugar five furlongs in 1:02.20, and is looking for a race, preferably at a mile and a quarter. “He went out three-quarters in (one) 15, very nice,” Eurton said of the venerable California-bred.John Shirreffs sent impressive maiden winner and Triple Crown prospect Honor A.P. seven furlongs in 1:27 flat, while Santa Anita Handicap contender Midcourt went five furlongs in 1:02, and Megahertz winner Carressa breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 under Victor Espinoza.CEDILLO, MULLINS PROVE A WINNING TEAMWhen Abel Cedillo guided Oh Pretty Woman to a desperate nose victory over Y Not Sizzle in Friday’s eighth race, it marked the fourth time he won for trainer Jeff Mullins in five rides this meet. Mullins had to be pleased as punch as he also sent out the runner-up.It marked the 24th win for Cedillo this meet, two behind leader Joel Rosario, as the race for leading jockey shows no signs of abating.“There are really good riders here and Abel is one of them,” said his agent, Tom Knust. “We’re riding for trainers who win races like Mullins, Richard Baltas, Doug O’Neill, Phil D’Amato, and Mark Glatt.“But because Abel is such a hard worker, we also ride for some of the lesser-known trainers, who are good in their own right, and that’s a plus right now.”FINISH LINES: Jockey Eswan Flores took off his scheduled four mounts today with good reason. His wife, Kaylee, was giving birth to their first child at St. Jude’s Hospital in Fullerton . . . Santa Anita’s leading rider Joel Rosario has stakes engagements at the Fair Grounds today including Scabbard in the first division of the Risen Star and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Anneau d’Or in the second . . .Rafael Bejarano and Jose Valdivia Jr. ride Azul Coast for Bob Baffert and Czechmight for Richard Baltas, respectively, in today’s El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate . . . There is special holiday racing Presidents’ Day, Monday, which also is Dollar Day, with beer and soda on sale for a buck and hot dogs for $2. First post time is 12:30 p.m. 2 $245,402 19 2nd 7 15 6 3 7 $482,617 31% Richard Mandella25 6 $553,007 $1,564,114 Michael McCarthy28 5 38% 10 45% 5 Edwin Maldonado45 20% $530,705 16% Jeff Mullins31 42% 8 13% 9 1 5 1st 5 12 $462,740 6 4 $134,741last_img read more

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What TV channel is Tottenham v Brighton and can I stream it on Amazon Prime?

first_imgTOTTENHAM will welcome Brighton in a match that will be exclusively available on Premier Sports.It is part of a package whereby every St. Stephen’s Day match will be available on Premier Sports through their red button service.1 Mourinho will be hoping his side continue their good runCredit: EPAHere’s everything you need to know about the match:What time is the match on at?Kick off for the match takes place at 12.30 pm on Thursday December 26th at Wembley Stadium in London.What Irish TV channel is the match on?The match will be broadcast on Premier Sports 1 with coverage starting at 12.15pm.Can it be streamed on Amazon Prime?Matches on St. Stephen’s Day cannot be streamed in Ireland on Amazon Prime. It is only available for customers in the UK.What is the latest team news for the match?Neither side has named their starting team for this match as of yet but we will have the full team news for you right here when they do in the run up to kick off.What are the latest betting odds for this match?Tottenham are fancied to come with all three points as they are 4/9 favourites. A draw can be had at 7/2 while Brighton are 11/2.How have both teams done in the Premier League so far this season?MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN 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 raidTottenham endured a terrible start to the season resulting in Mauricio Pochettino getting the sack and Mourinho being drafted in.Under Mourinho, Spurs have improved winning four of five matches in the league with Dele Alli in particular looking rejuvenated.Meanwhile Brighton have won only once in their last six though that was an away win at the Emirates against Arsenal.last_img read more

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Rory Kostjasyn injured in pre-season training

first_imgThe former Cowboys hooker joined the club for 2017 but injured his throat in an accident during training on Saturday.”Kostjasyn was hospitalised however he has been discharged today (Monday),” the Knights wrote on their website.”The 29-year-old will be reassessed in four to six weeks to determine a return date to training. At this stage, Kostjasyn is expected to be out for a minimum of six to eight weeks.”The Club will continue to provide any further updates when appropriate.”The 2015 grand final winner is a major recruit for the wooden spooners who also signed Jamie Buhrer from Manly.last_img read more

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Fumiaki Tanaka-Joe Wheeler enjoy some banter in middle of Super Rugby game

first_imgPhoto By: Robyn Edie (Sunwolves halfback Fumiaki Tanaka ready to feed the ball into a scrum as Highlanders player Aaron Smith, on right, and referee Jamie Nutbrown, left, look on). Not because the now Sunwolves halfback misses his former Highlanders team mates, but because someone pointed him towards the tribute song Highlanders lock Joe Wheeler did for him before the game.Wheeler penned a song to the music of Adelle’s hit song Hello as a comical tribute to Tanaka.”Before the game I laughed so much. I was about to cry, I was almost in tears,” Tanaka said after the 40-15 loss to the Highlanders.”I was so excited to play against them and so fortunate to play against them. Somehow I was hoping to put pressure on the Highlanders. I was able to put some pressure to Nuggy [Aaron Smith], [but] I got so much pressure off him and also Joe Wheeler.”Despite being in the middle of a Super Rugby fixture on Saturday night the friendship prompted some laughs during the game in Invercargill.”In the ruck [Wheeler] was grabbing me, I was trying to get him off and he was just laughing at me.”Tanaka made a big impact during his four years playing in Dunedin, both with his ability to clear the ball quickly as a halfback and also in terms of his popularity within the team off the field.When asked after the game if he missed Dunedin, the answer was prompt.”Yes,” he said.”I miss my Highlanders team mates and coaches.”Tanaka was part of the Highlanders team which sky-rocketed up the Super Rugby ladder and in 2015 won the title.His switch to the Sunwolves has seen him join a team which is trying to just be competitive in Super Rugby.”At the moment we are still trying to establish the team so it’s a different excitement from the Highlanders.”last_img read more

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Rennie has confidence in All Blacks

first_imgPhoto: PHOTOSPORT Lions and Chiefs players get to know each other 2017. The Lions overcame successive midweek losses to the Blues and Highlanders to control the game, force the Chiefs into errors and shut down their attack before they ran out 34-6 winners in Hamilton.”They dominated up front. We battled to get our lineout going. Our scrum. And they punished us for it,” Rennie said.”(But) the All Blacks will play the way they play, they will back themselves and their skill set to challenge the Lions.The Lions failed to impress in New Zealand as they struggled in three of their first four games but they have been brutally clinical in their last two matches if somewhat restricted and one-dimensional.They did show some creative penetration against the Chiefs, with Liam Williams pushing his case for the first test with some incisive breaks.The visitors, however, again failed to put away several other chances with one pass from Scotland winger Tommy Seymour to Jared Payne so poor that the New Zealand-born Ireland centre was unable to haul it in with the line open.Commentators point to the way the All Blacks tore apart Samoa last Friday to run in 12 tries as an indication of what could be the big difference between the sides at Eden Park.Lions coach Warren Gatland, however, said his team were still ironing out their combinations and although he was happy with the defensive side of their game, knows the All Blacks would present a massive step up.”It takes a bit of time,” he said. “We knew we were creating tries we just haven’t been finishing them off.”From a defensive point of view we’re getting stronger and stronger in that area against the best attacking teams in world rugby. We’re strangling them a little bit in the way that we’re defending too.”On Saturday we’re up against the best team in the world in their own backyard, a place they haven’t been beaten at since 1994, so we have to take things up a level.”last_img read more

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T20 Big Bash paving way to identify more talent

first_img24 teams have registered for this year with games played across six venues in Port Moresby and the Central Province.Teams have been slotted into 4 pools with the top two to qualify for the finals.POMCA president Dean Ani said the T20 Big Bash had brought together teams from all over the Central Province combined with teams from Port Moresby which made the competition tough.“This is an awesome initiative by POMCA to identify more cricket talent and of prospect players and officials from the participating teams, and especially from the Central teams,”said Ani.He acknowledged the support from their major sponsors, the International Training Institute, Cricket PNG and Badili Hardware for making the tournament a reality.He said there were plans to make the T20 Big Bash an annual event.The finals will be played on September 12th – 13th.last_img read more

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10 injured in Dakar Rally prologue

first_imgAFP AaThe incident, which involved the Mini of Chinese driver Guo Meiling, saw the prologue – which takes place before the first stage on Sunday – “neutralised” and immediately suspended in horrific scenes.Guo’s car veered off the course at the 6.6-kilometre mark of the 11km prologue on a stretch of straight country road near Arrecifes, a small town 200km from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.Race organisers immediately deployed four medical helicopters, three medical vehicles belonging to the organisers and eight local ambulances to the scene of the accident.”Injured individuals are likely to be swiftly taken to hospitals in the area following an initial medical evaluation by the organisers’ medical teams on the site,” organisers said.A man and his 14-year-old son were the two most serious cases and had to be rushed to hospital, Carlos Mondino, the health secretary of Arrecifes, told channel Todo Noticias.”In total, we had 10 patients, including four children and one pregnant woman, who is OK,” said Daniel Modesto, head of the local hospital.Etienne Lavigne, the race director, said in a statement that a dozen people were hurt, including Guo.The accident left Guo’s car battered, its bonnet strewn on the ground, as emergency workers carted the injured off on stretchers.Between 50,000 and 60,000 people were expected along the route of the prologue.last_img read more

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