Amanda Brooks, Al Wilson Join Southland Staff

first_img#SouthlandStrong FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference has added Amanda Brooks and Al Wilson to its staff, league commissioner Tom Burnett announced Monday.Brooks is the new Business Operations Assistant and will be involved with the Conference’s financial management including budgeting, purchasing, accounts payable, payroll services and payment for officiating services. She will also be directly involved with ordering and sales of merchandise at Conference championship events. A native of Rockwall, Texas, Brooks earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and is currently pursuing her MBA from the University of North Texas. Prior to coming to Frisco, she spent two years at UTSA serving in the business office and as Assistant to the Athletics Director.Wilson joins the Southland as the Championships and Marketing Assistant. He is a 2019 graduate of Conference member Nicholls State University, where he was a three-year letterman as a lineman on the Colonel football team. He served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and was the managing editor for Garde Voir Ci magazine his senior year. Wilson also founded the Student-Athlete Institute of Leadership (SAIL) to help hone leadership and teamwork skills among his peers. A mass communication major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in creative writing, he was a student assistant in the Nicholls’ Sports Information Department. Wilson is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.“We are very pleased to add Amanda and Al to the Southland staff,” Burnett said. “Both already have outstanding records as young professionals, and we look forward to their contributions to the conference.”last_img read more

NSU’s Brister, Sam Houston State’s Miller Grab Weekly Volleyball Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Hannah Brister and Sam Houston State’s Addison Miller are the Southland Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.Brister secured her second consecutive Offensive Player of the Week honor and her fifth of the season after pushing the Lady Demons (18-8, 10-2) to a pair of victories over New Orleans and Nicholls last week. The junior outside hitter bagged a .300 hitting percentage for the week with 43 kills, clinching a spot in the 2019 Southland Volleyball Tournament along the way. Northwestern State is back in action Thursday night at Sam Houston State with a 6:30 p.m. CT match on ESPN+.Miller and the Bearkats (13-11, 9-3 SLC) secured a spot in the conference tournament Saturday with a 3-2 win on the road against Abilene Christian. The libero appeared in nine sets and racked up 59 digs for a 6.55 average in their two games on the week. Her defensive presence allowed the Bearkats to hold their opponents to a .154 hitting percentage. This is Miller’s second defensive honor this season.Offensive Player of the Week: Hannah Brister, Northwestern State – Jr. – Outside Hitter – Paincourtville, La.For the second-straight week, Brister averaged better than 20 kills per match and six kills per set. This week she added 43 to her conference-leading total, becoming the seventh player in program history to reach 400 in a season at Northwestern State. She averaged 6.1 kills per set with a .300 hitting percentage. In the win at Nicholls on Saturday, she set a new career best with 27 kills. It was her 11th-straight match reaching double figures and 23rd overall this season. She has had four, 20-kill matches in her last six outings.Honorable Mention: Jodi Edo, Southeastern Louisiana; Corin Evans, Stephen F. Austin; Madison Green, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Defensive Player of the Week: Addison Miller, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Libero – Prosper, TexasIt was another big week for the Bearkats’ senior libero as she helped the Kats split a pair of road matches, placing them at 9-3 in conference play, just one game out of second place in the conference standings. Miller averaged 6.55 digs per set on the week and is currently averaging 5.62 digs per set in conference play. She opened the week with an outstanding performance, picking up 40 digs in just four sets on the road against SFA. The total is just the third time in program history that a Bearkat has reached the 40-dig mark in a single match and is the highest of any Southland player this season. Miller is also one of 13 players in the nation this year to reach 40 digs in a single match. She concluded the week at Abilene Christian with 19 more digs in the five-set win over the Wildcats.Honorable Mention: Alyssa Carlin, UIW; Jodi Edo, Southeastern Louisiana; Corin Evans, Stephen F. Austin; Carissa Barnes, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.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 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA OFFERS 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $78,545 INTO THURSDAY, FIRST POST TIME IS AT 1 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2019)–With three racing days in the books at the current 23-day Autumn Meet, there is a Santa Anita Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $78,545 into Thursday.With $85,689 in new money wagered, today’s total Rainbow Six Jackpot pool reached $144,615. There were 122 tickets with six winners and each returned $373.80.Thursday’s Rainbow Six will be comprised of races two through seven.  Approximate post time for race seven is at eight is at 4 p.m. PT.Free parking and admission are offered each Thursday and Friday, through Oct. 25 and on Friday’s all fans 21 and over can be treated to two dollar beers and six dollar specialty cocktails.First post time on Thursday is at 1 p.m. and admission gates open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Boufal screamer levels scores after Son opener on South Coast

first_imgTOTTENHAM will face yet another FA Cup replay after failing to get the job done at Southampton.Son Heung-min gave Spurs the lead in the second half but a late strike from Sofiane Boufal means the sides will have to do it all again in North London.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:53 pmSOUTHAMPTON 1 – 1 TOTTENHAMFULL-TIME! We go to a replay.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:53 pmSOUTHAMPTON 1 – 1 TOTTENHAM90 + 3. Bertrand sends in a free-kick that is dealt with by Sanchez. Both sides going for it here, they don’t want another fixture.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:52 pm SOUTHAMPTON 1 – 1 TOTTENHAM90 + 2. Lo Celso’s sends a free-kick high and wide to cheers from the Saints fans.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:49 pmSOUTHAMPTON 1 – 1 TOTTENHAM90. Son finds space on the left and looks to get his shot in, but it’s blocked.He was offside anyway. You do feel Spurs would take a draw now.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:48 pmSOUTHAMPTON 1 – 1 TOTTENHAM87. It has been coming. Boufal rattles into the top corner from 12 yards as the gaps begin to appear in this fragmented Spurs midfield.Nothing more than Southampton deserve for their display in the last 20 minutes.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:47 pmSOUTHAMPTON 1 – 1 TOTTENHAM87. GOAL!!! – BOUFALDylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:46 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM86. Spurs beginning to run downt he clock as Saints continue to come forward with more and more authority.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:43 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM83. INGS MISSES AGAIN! Another cross lands right on the head of Danny Ings 12 yards out, but the Englishman nods wide!Yet ANOTHER opportunity goes begging for the striker.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:41 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM81. PENALTY SHOUT! The ball is clipped up and appears to hit Tanganga on the arm! It looks as if the defender has moved his arm towards the ball but a VAR check says no!Controversial. Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:39 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM80. The more the home side get the ball to Redmond, the more they look like scoring. He is clearly the key in there.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:39 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM78. Spurs seem to be managing this one well now despite Saints coming forward in numbers.They are resorting to shots from outside the area as Ings let’s fly wide of Lloris’ left hand post.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:34 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM75. CHANCE! Redmond crosses the ball in and as it fizzes past Sanchez, Ings can’t adjust his body and it bounces off his shin and away.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:33 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM74. SUB! Che Adams is on for Obafemi as the Austrian rolls the dice looking for a way through.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:33 pm SOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM72. Son is breaking at pace now down the left and nearly gets in again but for the sharp thinking of keeper Gunn.Give them credit, Southampton are going for it now, they’ve taken off the handbrake.Hasenhuttl is willing to concede again in order to force a way back into the game and you have to praise that.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:29 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM69. Southampton win another corner as Spurs continue to invite them on.Ward-Prowse delivers and Son heads clear. Very few clear cut chances created by the home side since the goal.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:24 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM65. Saints looking to probe down the Spurs left but Tanganga has had another fantastic game for Spurs.It’s all getting a bit scrappy now as Spurs begin to drop deeper.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:21 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM62: CHANCE! Son is in behind again as Lo Celso picks him out with a beautiful lob over the top.But Son leans back and fires his volley over the top. Suddenly, the game has turned on its head.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:20 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 1 TOTTENHAM58: Just as Spurs look to be getting overwhelmed by Southampton, they find the opening!It’s so easy as well as Lo Celso picks out Son with acres of space on the left hand side.The South Korean still has plenty to do but takes it with aplomb as he rifles the ball into the far corner.A VAR check for a foul by Dele Alli takes a couple of minutes before the goal is awarded.Could well have gone either way, that one.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:17 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 -1 TOTTENHAMGOAL!!!! – SON HEUNG MINDylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:16 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 0 TOTTENHAM56. Ings again inches away from giving Saints the lead as a bouncing ball narrowly evades his boot.Spurs on the back foot now.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:15 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 0 TOTTENHAM55. Game starting to open up again now as Spurs throw men forward.Looks like one more is coming on as well as Fernandes’ first start comes to an end as he is replaced by Erik Lamela.A quiet opening game for the midfielder.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:12 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 0 TOTTENHAM53. Obafemi fires a low cross into the middle and Ings’ flick isn’t quite enough to turn the ball home as it whistles past a despairing Hugo Lloris’ far post.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:10 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 0 TOTTENHAM51. Lucas takes… straight into the arms of Gunn. A real waste.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:09 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 0 TOTTENHAM49. Here’s a chance, though. Lo Celso fouled by Danso RIGHT on the edge of the area.One for Christian Erik…oh yes. Look’s like it’s Lucas Moura’s time to step up.Dylan Terry26 Jan 2020, 4:08 pmSOUTHAMPTON 0 – 0 TOTTENHAM49. A rather tepid start to the second half here. Hasn’t quite finished where it left off.Load more entries…last_img read more

I’m my harshest critic: Hayne

first_imgFormer Queensland and current Broncos coach Wayne Bennett criticised the 29-year-old for a “selfish” play in the Origin defeat when Hayne failed to set up Brett Morris for what would have been New South Wales’ fourth try of the night inside 30 minutes. Things got worse for the former Australian international when he threw a wayward flick pass with the Blues on the attack with the game on the line and later coughed up the ball with less than nine minutes remaining to hand Queensland an invitation – one they eventually took with Dane Gagai’s second try.An honest Hayne admitted he was not happy with his own personal performance in Game Two – arguably his worst in the sky blue jersey.”I was disappointed with my [Origin II] game overall,” Hayne said after the Titans’ 26-14 win on Friday night.”For me I was already off myself and found it hard to sleep after the game knowing that there were a couple of things I did wrong and a couple of penalties [I give away]. “But that [potential Morris try] was 50-50, I felt Gagai was hesitant with what to do and I probably hurt myself because I thought Peatsy was going to kick and then he passed so I had to reload and that didn’t help my vision.”Little things in the game like that do hurt you and if we score there it’s game over so [Bennett’s] definitely right.”I’m my harshest critic and that [performance] is something that definitely hurts me.”Despite the Maroons losing halfback Johnathan Thurston for the decider with the Origin II hero ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, Hayne was saddened by the news.”I’m disappointed in two ways – one because he’s not going to be there in Game Three,” he said.”And the other because it just goes to show his character, it was just unbelievable to be able to play through that.”While it was a dour affair in Campbelltown, Hayne’s 10-minute burst in the second half was enough to outclass an inexperienced Wests Tigers outfit with two tries and an assist setting up the win.Hayne revealed he battled the past 48 hours in the lead up to the clash on Friday night with injury but was desperate to take to the field and help the side snap a four-match losing streak.”It was my back – I had spasms during the [Origin] game and held on but obviously got treatment that night, during [Thursday] and last night – the doc got me through,” he said.”I’ve probably done one captains run in the last three weeks so we haven’t got a lot of fluency in our attack at the moment and we had to resort back to simple plays.”We read their defence early on and knew what they were going to throw at us and accounted for it and then could exploit them.”last_img read more

Wallabies need to strike attacking balance

first_imgKurtley Beale and Israel Folau will be reunited on Saturday night, and it didn’t take much for the fullback to show exactly why Beale’s return is so anticipated by Australia.One of Australia’s most prolific Test finishers can’t wait to have his Waratahs teammate back,  just for the flow-on of confidence the utility has in a side.“You grow that extra leg when you know you have him beside you. He brings a lot more confidence to your game and it’s exciting,” Folau said.“Guys like KB they don’t come around too often.“You give him the ball and he’s always going to create something out of nothing. Guys around him, when they play with him, they grow.”Folau’s not the first one to come out singing Beale’s praises, with the utility painted as the great hope for the Wallabies in many senses, but it’s not an expectation that worries Beale.“The feeling in camp has probably been the best it’s been for a while,” he said.“A lot of these new guys have got a really good feel of what is required being at this level now, what needs be done around the edges and your preparation to actually put out a quality performance.“I feel like we’re getting that now and a lot of these young guys are stepping up to the mark and it’s pushing the older statesmen so that’s creating a really good healthy competition and it’s allowing us to move forward and that’s important for us as a group.”He’ll be looking over his shoulder for his old teammate as well, once Saturday kicks off.“You’re stupid if you’re not. This year he’s been incredible in the June series, he’s been on fire so for me I don’t look to overdo it,” he said.Though they’ll clearly be attacking weapons, Beale was kick to emphasise the juggling act the Wallabies will need to perfect against the All Blacks.Kicking was key for the British and Irish Lions in June and Beale will play a crucial role in helping flyhalf Bernard Foley release the pressure valve for the Wallabies, an element that has proven their downfall in the past.“Releasing pressure is so important to try and still be involved in the game – what’s the point of scoring points and then not exiting well from your half?,” he said.“We’ve got a game plan and hopefully I can help Bernard direct a team, take a bit of pressure off him to let him just play and back his instinct.“I feel like we’ve got to back ourselves at times.“There’s got to be that level of balance and I feel like we’re getting to that stage now.”A positive showing is not only vital for the Wallabies’ Bledisloe Cup hopes, but in a dismal Australian year, rugby can ill-afford a repeat of the 2016 opener.Folau said there was one thing he wanted spectators to be have no doubt about when they walked out of ANZ on Saturday night.“We just want to see the fans really seeing that we’re having a real decent crack for the jersey and what it means to us,” he said.Michael Cheika will announce his Bledisloe team on Thursday, and there aren’t expected to be any major bolters, with Beale all but assured of starting at 12 and Samu Kerevi likely to fill the 13 spot.The All Blacks name their team on Thursday morning.last_img read more

Hayne equals RLWC all-time try-scoring record

first_imgHayne was instrumental in Fiji’s win, having a hand in most of the Bati’s 11 tries and leading the way in both attack and defence.His 46th minute try took the star five-eighth try scoring tally in three World Cups with Fiji and Australia to 13, equalling the record held by the legendary Bob Fulton since 1975.Hayne’s 13 tries include nine for Australia and four for Fiji.Captain Kevin Naiqama, winger Suliasi Vunivalu and centre Taane Milne each scored two tries, while secondrower Viliame Kikau, centre Akuila Uate, prop Kane Evans and halfback Henry Raiwalui also crossed for the Bati.The only downside to the big win was a broken wrist suffered by Evans when he crashed over for his 18th minute try.Tears flowed as the Fiji contingent sung their national anthem with immense pride before linking arm-in-arm for a moving pre-game prayer. Shortly after the kick-off to start the game, Fiji wasted no time in going on the attack and looking for points.It took just two minutes for Fiji to cross the USA’s try-line after Vunivalu managed to get an offload away under pressure, finding Milne who crossed in the corner.With an extra zip in their step, Fiji started moving the ball with ease as the USA struggled to keep up with their opposition.And within 20 minutes of the opening stanza Fiji had scored at more than a point a minute, running in five tries as the shell-shocked USA finally got their hands on the ball.With their first attacking chance of the game, the USA made the most of their opportunity through second-rower Matt Shipway.The talented back-rower showed great footwork to beat multiple Fiji defenders before slamming the ball down for an important four-pointer.Despite being behind 26-6 after just 21 minutes of play, the USA showed plenty of heart and effort in trying to contain the ruthless Fiji attack.But the skill and speed of the Fijian side was too much as Fiji crossed for another two tries, building a 38-6 lead as the half-time siren sounded.Returning to the field for the second half, the USA had a monumental task ahead of them to limit Fiji’s attacking opportunities and claw back the deficit.But as he had done the whole game, Hayne terrorised the USA defence and despite having a hand in almost all of Fiji’s tries, the Gold Coast Titan finally dotted down for his own four-pointer.Following a Uate line-break deep in his own half, Hayne was right next to him in support to score right under the posts for his second of the night.With the scores then 44-6 with most of the second half still yet to play, things were looking very ugly for the USA.But a try in the 71st minute to Junior Vaivai gave the visitors something to cheer about as Fiji cruised home to their comfortable 58-12 victory.last_img read more

Ben Arfa: a huge talent counteracted by his mentality

first_imgIn Rennes, Ben Arfa did not reach the level of Nice, but he became a footballer. In the beginning, he was a player who stood out for his brutal change of pace, capable of dribbling at any rival, and showing a spectacular ease to see goal. That talent to leave by any profile, that speed in driving and that spectacular dribble of waist, able to leave nailed to the opponent, They have earned him to be considered one of those talents that if per head were, would have been one of the best players in the world. In Brittany, Ben Arfa became a more organized and leisurely midfielder, not with so much dribbling, but with a final pass and a vision of the game that again showed that he treasures a quality within reach of very few. However, Ben Arfa’s career has been tumbling. Star of France U17 that was proclaimed European champion in 2004 against Spain (with Nasri and Benzema, among others), the player soon showed that he did not have an ideal mindset for the elite. With just 21 years, dhe left Lyon to leave for the eternal rival, Olympique de Marseille. When he was better soccer, he decided to go to the Premier, but not to a big club, but to Newcastle. And he has also been involved in several altercations, such as when he was removed by Unai Emery for mocking his French accent in training, becoming another year without playing before signing for Rennes. Hatem Ben Arfa It has become one of the surprises of the winter market. The French international, who had offers from Nice and Nantes, has decided to try in the Santander League and has signed for Real Valladolid. A surprising addition, since we are talking about one of the greatest French talents of the last decade.Although he arrives after six months off the pitch, Ben Arfa experienced a similar situation a few years ago, when he landed in Nice in 2015. At that time, the midfielder was a year without playing, and in just months he eventually became one of the best players in Ligue 1, being involved in 25 goals and achieving a signing for the PSG. And the same happened in Rennes last season, for which he signed after more than a year of inactivity, and achieved a historic classification for eighth finals of the Europa League and a title of the Coupe de France 48 years later for the Bretons.center_img What can Ben Arfa bring to Valladolid? Above all, quality in the final meters. The Valladolid team does not have a player of these characteristics in its squad, and in that rhombus that Sergio uses, the former PSG can act as a midfielder, with great freedom, and throwing transitions with his driving attached to the foot. The question is to know in what state of form he arrives, since he is a footballer who has a lot of talent, but little regularity. Of course, even on the days when it does not appear, is able to decide the match in an isolated play, So Valladolid wins a determination that was almost impossible to find in the market. In short, a signing that can give many joys in Pucela and that alone generates an unprecedented expectation in the League.last_img read more

The second part of Rayo-Albacete is postponed again

first_imgPOSTING | In response to the granting of the injunction by the TAD following the allegations made by Rayo Vallecano, the RFEF Competition Committee has resolved to postpone the dispute of the second part of the #RayoAlbacete scheduled for Wednesday, February 19.– LaLiga (@LaLiga) February 15, 2020 Rayo Vallecano-Albacete, suspended by insults to the Ukrainian striker of the La Mancha, Zozulia, has been postponed again. Last week Appeal dismissed the appeal of the franjirrojo club and confirmed the sanction of 18,000 euros and the closure for two games at the bottom of the Vallecas stadium. The match was set for next Wednesday, the 19th, just ten days after the second leg, but the TAD (Sports Arbitration Court) has granted the precaution to Rayo and has postponed the match again without announcing a new date. The League announced the decision through a tweet: “In response to the granting of the precautionary by the TAD following the allegations made by Rayo Vallecano, the RFEF Competition Committee has resolved to postpone the dispute of the second part of the # RayoAlbacete scheduled for Wednesday, February 19. ”The complicated relationship between Zozulia and Vallecas began three years ago, when Lightning signed the striker, who was then playing at Betis. The team’s followers rejected the Ukrainian for allegedly posing with Nazi and fascist symbology. At the end, Zozulia resigned to stay in Madrid club and returned to Betis where he remained without playing the rest of the season. The player returned to Vallecas to play the game on December 15, but referee López Toca suspended him during the break “as a result of the display of banners and the songs delivered by a sector of the local fans against Zozulia”.last_img read more

Rony Lopes: “I still haven’t been able to prove if I’m worth 25 million”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 21, 2020 If you don’t have minutes, you won’t be able to go to the Euro …I know that by playing I have the chance to go to the European Championship. It is the coach who has the decision about whether I play. I get along with Fernando Santos the time I was with Portugal, but we haven’t talked these months.What differences do you see between France, where you played, and the LaLiga of Spain?I’ve only played 20 minutes in LaLiga but from what I’ve seen it has more quality and intensity, the French is more physical. And there is more balance between the teams. There, the PSG is far above the others and here several can fight for some title.Curious: you almost don’t play in Spain and Ben Yedder turned to France and swells to score goals with Monaco. It’s even pichichi.Yes, Monaco is a good team. Ben Yedder is a great striker and plays every game, he is showing how much it is worth.And you, is it worth those 25 million that Sevilla paid?I don’t think about whether I’m worth 25 million. Another thing would be to play and not do well. But I have not had opportunities to prove my worth. The money that was paid does not depend on me, I can only do my job and help the team.What do you ask of this final stretch of the campaign?My desire is to play more, because going out to the field 15 minutes once and then being one month without doing it … It is difficult to have continuity and rhythm if you play so little.By the way, congratulations on your good Castilian.I speak every day and I learn. I like the language, the city, the country … and thus it is easier to learn. He left before the Cluj and a shot of his ended in goal of En Nesyri. Happy?I had not played for a long time and I felt very good in Cluj, with good minutes. We wanted to win but in the end it was a good draw, I’m glad I helped the team.Do you think your situation will change now?I want to think that I am important to the team. I have not had many more opportunities to prove it but for that I work every day. I feel better than at the beginning of the campaign and will continue fighting. I think that other times I did well and had no continuity. But I keep insisting, I know I have to be prepared for when my time comes.Lopetegui said it cost him to take the physical form. Is that so?It was the first month. After that I was physically well, but there are players with a lot of quality here and I know I have to be patient.last_img read more