Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament Begins Saturday

first_imgFour teams fight for the tournament championship with UIW heading into the tournament as the No. 1 seed following its first tournament championship. The Cardinals will contest defending tournament champion, No. 4 Lamar. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, facing No. 3-seeded Abilene Christian. No. 3 Abilene Christian (3-2 SLC)Abilene Christian makes its Southland postseason debut since completing the transition to Division I. The Wildcats earned second-teams singles picks at the No. 1-4 lines: Josh Sheehy, Jon Sheehy, Niko Moceanu and Henry Adams winning selections. Head Coach Hutton Jones looks to push past a two-match losing streak to end the season, playing the top two teams in the conference to end the year. The championship is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday. No. 4 Lamar (2-3 SLC)Lamar has made the tournament championship the past four years, squaring off against the Islanders in each of those contests. The Cardinals have won the championship back-to-back years to claim the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Scott Shankles team might have a little more cut out for them this year. LU fell 5-2 to UIW when the two teams met on April 7. That match put Lamar on a three-game winless streak before the Cardinals snapped that with a 7-0 win over Nicholls to end the regular season and clinch a berth in the 2018 tournament. No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (4-1 SLC)Texas A&M-Corpus Christi seeks its sixth consecutive tournament final and first championship since 2015 when the team claimed the championship in Beaumont. Southland Freshman of the Year and a first-team selection at the No. 6 line, Kyoehei Yamanaka, leads the Islanders. Corpus Christi picked up second-team doubles selections at the No. 1 line, William Mottet and Thomas Rodrigues, and a first-team selection from the brother pair of Francois and Okkie Kellerman. In the regular season, the Islanders bested the Wildcats 6-1. BEAUMONT, TEXAS – The 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament begins Saturday at 10 a.m. CT. at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center in Beaumont, Texas, hosted by Lamar University. No. 1 UIW (5-0 SLC)UIW is powered by the Southland Conference Player and Newcomer of the Year, Gabriel Evans. The junior transfer tallied a 4-0 record at the top line in singles play and also added a win at the No. 2 line. He and his doubles partner, Sebastian Mortier, earned a first-team selection at both singles and doubles play. Each Cardinal picked up an all-conference nod in singles and doubles. Southland Coach of the Year Jonas Andersson is in his first season at the helm for UIW. The UIW Hall-of-Famer leads UIW to its Southland postseason debut since completing the transition to Division I.last_img read more

Katy Kids Dribble Set for March 14

first_imgKATY KIDS DRIBBLESATURDAY, MARCH 14MERRELL CENTERREGISTER NOWRegistration is underway for the 2020 Katy Kids Dribble.The first 300 participants on-site will receive a t-shirt and souvenir basketball. All participants will receive free entry into both women’s semifinal games that day. Entertainment will be provided throughout the event, including music, bounce houses, inflatable games, cheerleaders and mascots.On-site registration begins Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. The Katy Kids Dribble starts at 11:30 a.m. and the first women’s semifinal game tips at 1 p.m.last_img


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMARIO GUTIERREZ, LISTING, WINNER:  “He ran really good.  He was sharp today, I was able to sit pretty comfortably inside Baffert’s horse (Rafal) and I was able to move with him before he got pressure from those other horses.”TRAINER QUOTESBEN CECIL, LISTING, WINNER: “I think last time (Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate 4/28/19) we found out maybe a mile is stretching him a little. He was very wide that day and things didn’t work out well, so we thought we would try a sprint, he’s done well sprinting.“I expected him to be maybe laying second, I didn’t expect him to put the Baffert (Rafal) away as easily as he did.“This horse runs on anything I’ve been so lucky to have Paul and Zillah (Reddam) they basically kept me going in this business, and I owe them everything, I’ve got five Square Eddie babies and they all look promising so let’s keep it going.”NOTES: The winning owner is Reddam Racing, LLC.#2 LISTING (Mario Gutierrez) $75,000 Desert Code Stakes Owner: Reddam Racing, LLC Trainer: Ben Cecil Sunday, June 9, 2019 Santa Anita Park Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

Perth defeat holds no fear for Kiwis

first_imgDavid Kidwell’s side were well beaten at nib Stadium by Mal Meninga’s Kangaroos, but Waerea-Hargreaves, returning after a three-year international exile, believes nothing should be read into that result ahead of Saturday’s (Sunday AEDT) Four Nations clash in Coventry.”We’ve put it behind us and this is a different game in a different country and we’ll certainly be better for the run after beating England,” the Sydney Roosters prop told AAP.”We know we didn’t play our best in Perth but for a lot of us it was a first hit-out in about six weeks.”Despite being the No.1 ranked team in the world and the reigning Four Nations champions, the Kiwis were largely written off by sections of the local media before their 17-16 win over the hosts.With the excitement surrounding Sam Burgess’ return and the appointment of Wayne Bennett as coach, confidence was high in England following the 2-1 series win over the Kiwis a year ago.But after the Shaun Johnson-inspired tourists spoiled the party Waerea-Hargreaves said there’s a belief coursing through a team that have made a habit of finding their best form for major tournaments.”We’ve been based in Leeds after being in London and we’ve had a great camp,” he said.”I really love Leeds, it’s a fun place to be based and as a group the boys are very close.”I think that was shown in that defensive effort against England, everyone just kept turning up for one another.”Australia are a great side but we’re pretty good as well and we know that if we’re at our best theres no reason why we can’t win.”last_img read more

Jarryd Hayne’s on-field disputes with teammates are OK, says coach Neil Henry

first_imgHayne was constantly bickering with halfback Taylor as the Titans recorded their second win of the season, but this didn’t faze Henry.”They’re always fighting for the ball, they’re competitive guys and if Ash wants the ball and Jarryd wants the ball they’re going to argue a little bit,” Henry said.This and Hayne’s blow-up at teammate Dan Sarginson for a dropped ball had pundits questioning the attitude of the former NFL player.Former Kangaroos Mark Gasnier and Justin Hodges said they feared Hayne’s attitude during the match might have a negative influence on the club’s young squad.”Those guys Ash Taylor, (Tyrone) Roberts they can learn bad habits from him,” Hodges told Fox Sport’s Sunday Ticket.”I saw a play where he went down the short side, hit the winger (with a pass), he’s dropped it, (Hayne has) blown up and carried on about it.”You can’t do that because those young guys will get scared of that and obviously fall away in games.”But this does not worry Henry, who was impressed with Hayne’s return on and off the field after missing five weeks through injury.”People are never satisfied with what Jarryd does, the benchmark is so high that they can find a way to have a crack at him about something,” Henry said.”He did what he had to do, he had a nice set of touches down the short side in particular.”The pass with Vaha (Leivaha Pulu) and knocking that ball back in from the kick which was a big change in momentum for us.”Henry further backed his fullback to put together a string of good performances in the hope of earning a place in the NSW Origin side. Photo By: MARK KOLBE/ Getty Images (Jarryd Hayne’s on-field antics aren’t an issue for his side, says coach Neil Henry).last_img read more

​ Pepes did well to get 2nd: coach

first_imgThe girls were unbeaten in the group matches but lost the last two matches against Northern Ireland to have to settle for silver.Coach Rokoura said the team went on a mission to make sure they finished  in the top two and they did that by beating Botswana in our last group game.“For the girls to get to the finals is just amazing, we achieved our mission coming here to be in the top two.“The girls performed, they didn’t let Northern Ireland run away with the ball and we’re very proud of the girls’ performance, they never stopped and they carried on right to the last whistle,” said Rokoura.Pepes have improved their ranking from fifth last year to second place in the tournament.A total of six teams took part in the tournament namely China, Botswana, home teams Singapore Invitational and Singapore, Northern Ireland and PNG.last_img read more

David Warner out for Australia with broken finger for ‘two to six weeks’

first_imgWarner was man of the match for his 109 from 120 balls, his sixth one-day international hundred, which moved Australia to the top of the three-team table.But he took a blow to his left index finger while fielding and an X-ray has revealed a fracture.”We will assess the situation over the coming days to see if the injury requires a surgical option but should that not be the case then David is likely to be available to return to play in somewhere between two and six weeks,” said Australia team doctor Geoffrey Verrall.A decision on Warner’s further participation in the competition will be made in the next few days, said a Cricket Australia spokesman.However, with the tournament ending on June 29, it seems likely that the 29-year-old’s tour is over.”It’s obviously disappointing to be sidelined given the form I’ve been in and given the important stage the tri-series is at, but it’s always important to look at the positives,” said Warner.”This downtime, however long or short it is, will give me the chance to freshen up and spend quality time with my family after an intense period of action, with a home summer that was followed by trips to New Zealand and South Africa, plus the World Twenty20 and the Indian Premier League.”AFPlast_img read more

David, Darder, Melendo and Roca: the handmade average of Abelardo

first_imgWhen David was tanning away from his home, Sergi Darder landed in the Sports City. He was 14 years old and came from Mallorca. He played as a midfielder and everyone was struck by his laterality, capable of turning on himself and going out on any side. Skills you still have. In the 2012-13 campaign, the quarry directors, advised by Mauricio Pochettino, decided that they had no projection in the first team. He went to Malaga. Five years later he returned for eight million. In the three games he has been in LaLiga, Abelardo Fernández decided that the midfield was from the quarry: David López, Marc Roca, Sergi Darder and Óscar Melendo, players who have gone through the lower categories in different generations. However, with the sanction of Roca and the signing of Adrián Embarba, the midfield must vary.In times of spending and recordings, it should be remembered that there is no better heritage than the home player, for cost, performance and implication, as seen in the Ceramics with the tears of David Lopez speaking before the press or the energy with which Roca celebrated the victory with the fans. The four players have gone through different stages in the club, with back and forth paths and after overcoming bitter situations, an example that the player grows in adversities. The first is David López, who arrived as a youth from the Damm. To sign him, Josep Manel Casanova gave Aleix Vidal to the beer club. Interestingly, now both compete in First. It was not easy for David, who had to work his way back after playing on loan at Terrassa, Leganés and Huesca. Already at that time, in the quarry they compared it with Moisés Hurtado.center_img His return coincided with Marc Roca’s disappointing experience under Quique Sánchez Flores after a promising premiere last year. The midfielder arrived as a child, from Vilafranca. It was a ‘strips’ that acted indoors and scored goals. He went through difficult years, with changes in position and with his continuity hanging by a thread. Finally, Rubi’s year exploded and now it’s a fixture with all the technicians.The one who closes the circle is Melendo, a perfect story in Espanyol: Sant Adrià’s neighbor who points to the Escola and arrives at the first team. But on that road there is jungle. The player was always one of the casualties at the beginning of the season: he had to win the position and had just started. In the quarry they remember his stature and when they had to give him the clothes of the season: as a child they gave him the one of baby and of youth the one of infantile. But he always overcame adversities, such as those he has had this course, substitute with Pablo Machín, key in Ceramics.last_img read more

Zidane and his Classic puzzle

first_imgMadrid plays a good part of the season in the Sunday Classic (9:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga) and Zidane has to solve his particular puzzle for that match. The defeat against Manchester City, which leaves him on the wire in the Champions League, has surrounded the team of unknowns.The first one is the mystery of Kroos. The German has been indisputable to all coaches since arriving in Madrid, including Zidane, but since the derby against Atlético on February 1 (he was replaced at the break) Something seems to have “broken” between the coach and the German. Against the City, in the most important game of the course, he was substitute and Zizou clarified that he had no physical problem. It was a technical decision. Against Barcelona, ​​Kroos is expected to return to eleven, although it remains to be known whether it will be for Modric, Valverde or Isco.On the other hand, the logical thing would be for Vinicius to repeat ownership against Barcelona after being the most prominent of Real Madrid against City. Hazard’s injury has opened the options of earning a place on the left, his favorite demarcation, and so far he has taken advantage of it. It has gone from dilemma to solution for Zidane and it would be strange if the Real Madrid player in a better way saw the Classic from the bench … Finally, Zidane must solve the unknowns of the sides. The right, after the departure of Odriozola, is fixed for Carvajal, but the canterano left many doubts against the City. Almost the same ones that Nacho has thrown when he has occupied that demarcation recently, So the coach will continue to trust Carvajal. On the left side it is all more open. Mendy has established itself as a holder, although Zizou maintains the idea of ​​recovering Marcelo, who continues to give opportunities. Being a starter in a Classic would be a motivating factor for the Brazilian and would provide more presence in attack on Real Madrid …With some pieces of eleven very defined (Courtois, Varane, Ramos, Casemiro and Benzema), in the rest Zidane meditates shake the team to look for a reaction in such a delicate moment. He is aware that a new defeat at the Bernabéu would leave the options of getting a trophy up this season very uphill …last_img read more