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. Honorable Mention: Jerica Love, UIW; Allyson Girard, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Migle Muraskaite, Lamar – Fr. – Vilnus, Lithuania Muraskaite scored a total of 5,306 points in seven events, breaking a program record point total that had previously stood for 33 years. Karen Gibson had set the previous record with 4,695 points in 1985. It’s currently the best heptathlon total in the Southland. Muraskaite also reset the meet heptathlon record in the javelin throw. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State senior De’Shalyn Jones and Lamar freshman Migle Muraskaite 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 UniversalCoin.com. Honorable Mention: Sarea Alexander, UIW; Hanna McWilliams, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Kira Benkmann, McNeese. Northwestern State next heads to Nacogdoches, Texas, for the SFA Carl Kight Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Lamar next competes at the University of Houston Alumni Invitational on Saturday.Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – De’Shalyn Jones, Northwestern State – Sr. – Tyler, TexasJones ran the 19th-fastest time in the nation in the women’s 200m (23.22) and ninth-fastest time in the East Region at the Texas Relays. She is also first in the conference in the 200m, leading the next-fastest time by 0.78 seconds. Jones ran a leg in the 4x400m which ranks 23rd in the East Region and first in the Southland (3:40.20). This time is the third-fastest time in school history.
Nicholls’ catcher Moriah Strother took care of business with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning to put the Colonels ahead 4-1. The senior launched a grand slam over the scoreboard in left-field to give her two home runs in three games this tournament. The homer came after the Lions had went up 1-0 in the top of the first thanks to the speed of centerfielder Maddie Edmonston to cross the plate on second baseman Mahalia Gibson’s fielder’s choice.SB: SB: GRAND. SLAM.@Nicholls_SB’s Moriah Strother disrespects that ball beyond the scoreboard to give the Colonels a 4-1 edge on Southeastern. #SouthlandStrongWatch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #GeauxColonels #LionUp pic.twitter.com/LwNPUpSKoS— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 Tomorrow’s coverage shifts to the ESPN family of networks for the championship round. Game 12 will be televised nationwide on ESPNU with Lincoln Rose and former Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Kati Morse on the call. If Game 13 is necessary, action will move to ESPN3. In both cases, streaming coverage is available from WatchESPN.com and ESPN apps. The Lions closest chance to catching up with the Colonels came in the top of the sixth with one out and the bases loaded. Three free passes allowed Southeastern’s catcher Ella Manzer the opportunity to tie it, but she lined out to first base and the Colonels’ Samantha Dares turned the double play unassisted. A blast to right-center just above the name of the field from designated player Kali Clement extended the lead to four runs for the Colonels. Clement now has seven homers on the season. She and teammate right fielder Corynn Major each had two hits on the night.SB: @Nicholls_SB’s Kali Clement just felt like saying hi to Joe Miller in right-centerfield. The junior designated player makes it 5-1 in the sixth inning for the Colonels. #SouthlandStrongWatch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #GeauxColonels #LionUp pic.twitter.com/TduZFOgYdL— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 11, 2018 Tournament Central | Box Score | Highlights | Replay The Colonels bested No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana 5-1 in the final game of Thursday’s action to clinch a spot in the tournament championship for the second consecutive year. LAKE CHARLES, La. –No. 1 Nicholls will meet No. 3 McNeese in the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament championship at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La., on Friday. The Colonels’ starting pitcher Alexis LaBure lasted 5.1 innings, surrendering just three hits and one run on the night. Amanda Holliday came in for relief and finished the game, allowing just one hit.
Joel Rosario69 $416,464 11 ITM% 17 ASTRA DISTANCE SUITS LATE CLOSER LYNNE’S LEGACY $409,325 7 $844,869 Peter Miller41 1st 24% TODAY’S STRONACH 5 HAS A $50,000 GUARANTEED POOL 59% $599,609 Jerry Hollendorfer32 1st MACHOWSKY LOOKS FORWARD TO HIS NEW ENDEAVOR 14 46% ACCELERATE LIKELY TO BREEZE SATURDAY FOR RICH PEGASUSBreeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate is scheduled to have his final local workout this weekend before shipping to Florida for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park a week from Saturday, Jan. 26.“The track was open today for the first time in three days,” said John Sadler, who trains Accelerate for owners Kosta and Peter Kosta, “so that’s pretty good. Accelerate will probably work Saturday or Sunday, but I won’t make that call until I see the track in the morning.“The weather’s supposed to be good, we’re going to race today and they’ll have a chance to refine the track, so more than likely he’ll work Saturday, but it could be Sunday.”EX-MILLER RUNNER FACES FORMER TRAINER IN PALOS VERDESPeter Miller has three horses entered in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for older sprinters at six furlongs, headed by Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Roy H.It could have been four, had not St. Joe Bay been claimed from Miller last May 28.That’s when John Sadler haltered the seven-year-old gelding for principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis, who have the consistent veteran flying their colors in the Palos Verdes, which offers $200,000 in purse money.“He’s a nice horse,” Sadler said of the Florida-bred son of A.P. Indy stallion Saint Anddan. “He’s been good for us already (second by a head in the Grade II San Carlos, third in the restricted Comma ToThe Top and winner of an allowance race at Los Alamitos).“He’ll like this track if it still has a little water in it, and he’s a hard trier, but Roy H is the best around in this division. He’s a tough horse.”In 34 starts, St. Joe Bay has a 6-7-6 record with earnings of $610,515.The field for the Palos Verdes, race nine of 10 with a 12 noon first post time: Touched by Autism, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Distinctiv B, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Kanthaka, Flavien Prat, 4-1; St. Joe Bay, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Conquest Tsunami, Joel Rosario, 5-1; Awesome Anywhere, Mike Smith, 8-1; and Roy H, Paco Lopez, 4-5.MARATHON ASTRA DISTANCE IDEAL FOR LYNNE’S LEGACYClaimed for $40,000 last Nov. 22, Lynne’s Legacy paid immediate dividends by winning the restricted Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields next out two weeks later on Dec. 8.Doug O’Neill, the meet’s leading trainer through 13 racing days, hopes to keep the ball rolling when the six-year-old daughter of the late Unusual Heat runs in Sunday’s Grade III Astra Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and a half on turf.A stone closer, the marathon distance should be ideal for the winner of five races from 29 starts with earnings of $305,780. O’Neil had Lynne’s Legacy for seven races before she was haltered for $40,000 by Steve Knapp last Oct. 28.“We’ve been dreaming of her running that distance for a long, long, long time,” said O’Neill assistant of 18 years Leandro Mora. “She does her best running the last quarter of a mile, eighth of a mile as a matter of fact sometimes.“The beauty of the Astra is she likes Santa Anita better than Del Mar, and there are not many opportunities for fillies at a mile and a half, so we’re going to try and take advantage of it.”The Astra, race eight of 10 with a 12 noon first post time: Cheekaboo, Joel Rosario, 10-1; Lynne’s Legacy, Alonso Quinonez, 6-1; Arctic Roll, Ruben Fuentes, 20-1; Amboseli, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; defending champion Plein Air, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Trust Fund Kitty, Brice Blanc, 30-1; Copper Fever, Joe Talamo, 30-1; K P Pergoliscious, Mike Smith, 3-1; Indian Mantuana, Tyler Baze, 7-2; and Pantsonfire, Flavien Prat, 6-1.MACHOWSKY ENDS TRAINING CAREER, JOINS FASIG-TIPTONAfter three decades as a trainer, Mike Machowsky starts a new career on Feb. 15.The 54-year-old Ohio native will be the full time California representative for national auction giant Fasig-Tipton.“It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up and I’m excited to be a part of it,” Machowsky said in a pre-sunrise interview at Clockers’ Corner Friday morning. “Much of my job will still be networking here with fellow trainers and friends of mine. I’ll be here a lot of mornings if I’m not on the road looking at horses or at one of the sales.”Machowsky, who gained national exposure in 2004 when he saddled Southern Image to back-to-back million dollar victories in the Santa Anita Handicap and the Sunshine Millions Classic, still is in the process of dispersing some two dozen horses from his public stable.“We have an idea (as to where they will go), but we still have a lot to run, so we’ll figure it out after they race,” he said.“I love sales and I love looking at horses, so this is a great opportunity.”Fasig-Tipton will conduct two auctions in Santa Anita’s historic walking ring this year, the June 5 Two-Year-Olds in Training sale and the Sept. 25 Fall Yearling Sale.In addition to recruiting buyers and sellers for those events, Machowsky will promote overall awareness of the Fasig-Tipton brand and serve as a point of contact for any general inquiries from California connections regarding Fasig-Tipton’s nationwide auction schedule.STRONACH 5 GUARANTEES $50,000 POOL TODAYToday’s Stronach 5 will have a $50,000 guaranteed pool and will feature turf races from Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.The national pick 5 sequence, with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, will begin with a one mile turf event from Gulfstream Park before heading north to Laurel Park for a claiming event with a dozen runners. The sequence ends with turf races at Gulfstream and Santa Anita.First race post time for the Stronach 5 is 4:10 p.m.Past Performances: http://www.laurelpark.com/handicapping/stronach-pick-5Friday’s Stronach 5 sequenceLeg One – Gulfstream Park 8th race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 4:10 ET, 1:10 PTLeg Two -Laurel Park 9th Race -(12 entries, seven furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35PTLeg Three -Gulfstream Park 9th race – (9 horses, 1 1/16 miles) 4:41 ET, 1:41 PTLeg Four – Gulfstream Park 10th race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PTLeg Five – Santa Anita Park 4th race – (8 entries, one mile turf) 5:30 ET, 2:30 PTThe minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.In the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:SWEETNER WORKS THREE FURLONGS THIS MORNING.“QUICK QUESTIONS” WITH RICHARD MANDELLA“SHEDROW STROLL” WITH BAFFERT’S FLOR DE LA MARFINISH LINES: Ron Anderson, agent for jockey Joel Rosario, and Santa Anita morning line oddsmaker Jon White, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at 10:50 a.m. There will be no seminar on Monday . . . Santa Anita’s timeless Paddock Captain, John Shear, will be presented with a Happy 98th Birthday Cake in the Winner’s Circle following today’s sixth race. 9 11 16% 20% $382,251 Money Won 21% 57% 4 16% 3rd 4 Geovanni Franco51 8 13 Richard Baltas41 23% Heriberto Figueroa61 50% 6 ST. JOE BAY WILL TRY TO UPSET HIS FORMER TRAINER 11 49% TrainerMts 8 2nd $450,713 14% JOHN SHEAR TO LIGHT 98 CANDLES AFTER RACE 6 TODAY (Current Through Thursday, Jan. 17) 71% ACCELERATE NEARS HIS FINAL BREEZE FOR PEGASUS 4 Win% JockeyMts 35% 49% 40% 9 8 11 38% ITM% Doug O’Neill45 6 9 Drayden Van Dyke56 4 24% $379,700 $547,250 Money Won Win% 3 5 J. Keith Desormeaux25 9 6 11 5 7 3rd 17% 12 2nd Flavien Prat74 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 4 5 44% Mike Smith24 $354,938 4 4 22% 7 $1,143,616 56% $240,829
The biggest deals from the Premier League January transfer window “We couldn’t get it over the line and that was a big disappointment.”Soumaré was in the middle of a transfer tug-of-war between Premier League rivals Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham before Newcastle got involved.And according to L’Equipe, Tottenham have swooped in and made the first move by launching an official bid for the Frenchman.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 InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD 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 CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himJose Mourinho’s assistant coach Joao Sacramento previously working with Soumare when he was a coach at Lille.Soumare, who played against Chelsea in the Blues 2-1 win over Lille in the Champions League knockout stages, is a box-to-box midfielder.He is more of a defensive presence and prides himself on his ball recovery and general distribution. NEWCASTLE failed in a £35million move for Boubakary Soumaré after the Lille midfielder turned them down.Steve Bruce revealed they were close to smashing their transfer record but was left disappointed after their “number one” target rejected the move.1 Boubakary Soumaré has turned down Newcastle after the Toon had a £35m bid acceptedCredit: Getty – ContributorThe Toon Army’s current record is the £40m they splashed out on Brazilian striker Joelinton in the summer.Soumare, 20, came through the PSG academy and has been at Lille since 2017.Bruce said: “We had a bid accepted that would have been near enough a club record but the player didn’t want to come.”We got past the club but unfortunately the player wanted to stay where he was.
HOWARD WEBB has revealed that he wanted to see Cristiano Ronaldo miss a penalty for Manchester United – after realising he’d made his biggest-ever mistake.In April 2009, a match between the Red Devils and Tottenham at Old Trafford turned in the home side’s favour after a controversial penalty call.3 Webb faced mass protests from Spurs players after Gomes’ challengeCredit: Getty – Contributor3 The Yorkshire-born official looked on nervously as Ronaldo scored from the spotCredit: AFP – GettyWith United 2-0 down, Michael Carrick hit the deck after a challenge from Heurelho Gomes and the referee pointed to the spot, only for replays to show the goalkeeper clearly getting the ball.And Webb has admitted wanting to see Ronaldo fluff his lines before the forward drilled the ball home to start a dramatic 5-2 comeback win for United.He told The Athletic: “The one that stands out is one where in the game I knew I got it wrong.”It was a Premier League game at Old Trafford — Manchester United versus Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.”I could see Carrick got there first and then the goalkeeper clattered into him. It was really an easy penalty award.”I was expecting the usual cursory appeal that you get from the players, not the huge look of absolute astonishment and amazement and incredulousness on the look of Gomes.I was just hoping that Ronaldo would miss the penalty. But he didn’t.”Howard Webb”It was obvious within seconds I’d got the decision wrong. There was something more to this.”I was left with the decision I had taken with no independent evidence that I’d got it wrong other than a gut feeling, and I was just hoping that Ronaldo would miss the penalty. But he didn’t.”Now the boss of referees in North America, Webb battled accusations of favouring Sir Alex Ferguson’s United during his esteemed career in the English game.And the 48-year-old has previously talked of over confidence in the Spurs match having been “on a high” off the back of his call-up to that year’s FA Cup final.Webb would later officiate the 2010 World Cup final where a combative Dutch team lost to Spain, Nigel de Jong memorably avoiding a red card for an outrageous kick on Andres Iniesta.But it is the penalty error at Old Trafford that sticks in the referee’s mind more than any other.3 United made it 2-1 with the penalty before notching another four goalsCredit: Getty – ContributorHe revealed his reaction to be: “Just ‘Oh s***’, really.”You just know. You can tell as a ref. You can see the momentum shift. You can see the way the game is going.”At 2-1, you never know. At 2-2, you can see the way this game is going.”When [the camera] misses all those players and runs up to you [at full-time], as a ref, it’s not a good feeling.”You just know you have a world of pain coming your way.”MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newslatest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA 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 bossAfter the game, Ferguson confessed his side’s first goal was “a bit fortunate” while Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was damning in his criticism.He declared: “It was a gift which wasn’t deserved. It was a terrible decision.”Howard is supposed to be our best ref, but if he’s the best I’d hate to see the worst.” Aspiring Liberian referee surprised by hero Howard Webb and Mary’s Meals
Tupou has had a career year as Queensland’s go to option at tighthead prop, his scrummaging and defensive work now complementing the world class carries which made him a YouTube sensation.He is arguably the form prop in the country and that will have him firmly part of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika’s plans when Ireland come to town in June.”I really hope I’ll be able to get a chance to play later on this year,” Tupou said.”I’ve been focusing on the Reds but if I get a chance to play again that would be awesome.”Tupou made his Wallabies debut against Scotland at Murrayfield last year but was taken on Spring Tour in 2016, too, as a development player.That has accelerated Tupou’s growth, as even he admits he was in dire need of a scrummaging masterclass when he arrived at Ballymore in 2015.”It helped a lot, especially at scrum time,” Tupou said.”Coming off of school in New Zealand as a big prop I used to just run over the white boys.”But if you don’t have the scrum you can’t play so I have been learning from guys like James Slipper, Sekope Kepu and Alan Alaalatoa.”I’m looking forward to working with them again in June and then hopefully later in the year.”Direction from Reds coach Brad Thorn has helped, too.He has asked Tupou to shelve the gut-busting runs for added impact in defence and at scrum time – a formula which has certainly helped so far this season.”Thorny doesn’t want me to focus on my running,” Tupou said.”He wants me to focus on my D and my scrummaging.”The running will come later on.”
The game scheduled for yesterday was brought forward to today to allow time for the soccer fraternity in Morobe to watch the Women Olympic Qualifier between PNG and visitng New Zealand at the PNGFA soccer academy. The double header NSL game today is between Lae City Dwellers and Admiralty of Manus. After the first 45 minutes, Admiralty is leading 1 – nil. More to come…
The PNGOC’s vision for 2016-2020 is ‘Inspire and Unite Papua New Guineans through sorting excellence and success’.This was made known at the PNGOC’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) by president Sir John Dawanincura.Also announced was the new constitution that requires member Federations to be incorporated with voting rights. A transitional period of 18 months will allow existing unincorporated national federations to incorporate and automatically become members.The AGA also saw the re-election of PNGOC executives which included Sir John Dawanincura retaining his position as president for a second term.All the other executives also retained their positions unopposed on the board except for the position of male vice-president, with Michael Henao as the new member.Richard Kassman did not seek re-election to the position.Dawanincura acknowledged Kassman for his contribution to PNGOC during the last term.He said during his tenure, Kassman played an important role leading Team PNG as the Chef de Mission for the Pacific Games and the Pacific Mini Games in 2013.“We thank Richard for his time and commitment as a member of the board and for his contribution towards Team PNG’s success, and we wish him all the very best in his future endeavours,” said Dawanincura.
This comes after the Lewas finished undefeated at the International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia Pacific (EAP) Regional Qualifier held in Samoa this month.Six Lewas are in the team of the tournament that was selected by Steve Bernard (tournament referee) and Jane Livesey (ICC development officer).Team of the tournament:Lelia Bourne (Samoa), Veru Kila Frank (PNG), Taalili Iosefo (Samoa), Sibona Lucy Jimmy (PNG), Kopi John (PNG), Etsuko Kobayashi (Japan), Regina Lili’I (Samoa) – captain, Shizuka Miyaji (Japan), Ravini Oa (PNG), Konio Oala (PNG), Pauke Siaka (PNG) and Matile Uliao (Samoa).The Lewas returned to the country yesterday afternoon.
Shooting accuracy was a key factor in the games where there were many attempts at goal but the team couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net again to take the lead.PNG U20 women’s coach Lisa Cole said there were plenty of good chances created by the team but we still lacked the finish touch.Cole was impressed with the effort put in and was proud to walk away with the draw.“The team put in a good fight at the end of the game looking to get the win,” she added.The team has had mixed results so far, losing their first game against Seattle Pacific University but redeeming themselves with a 2-1 win against Lock Haven University in their second match.Outside of football training and matches, the squad has worked closely with Centre Soccer Association, participating in a CSA Youth Clinic at State College and attending 50 Fest, the 50th anniversary celebration of Centre Region Parks and Recreation. These extra-curricular activities have allowed the young team to meet and inspire other young athletes and immerse themselves in the American culture.The squad has three matches left in their tour of the United States before Cole will select the final squad to compete at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in November.