McGruder, King Win Men’s Outdoor Weekly Awards

first_imgThe Demons and Lions both head to Austin next for the Texas Relays from March 28-31. Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Devin King, Southeastern Louisiana – Sr. – Kentwood, La.King broke a 20-year-old facility record in the pole vault with a first-place height of 18-01.75 at UL Lafayette’s Louisiana Classics last weekend. The vault ranks second in the conference and third nationally behind his nation-best mark of 18-08.25 at the Tulane Early Bird Twilight earlier this season. It was the second time he has broken a facility record this season and was his second gold medal in the event this year. Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Michael McGruder, Northwestern State – Sr. – Forrest City, Ark.McGruder ran the 11th fastest time in the nation (10.43) and the fastest time in the conference this past weekend at the TCU Invitational in the 100m. He is 13th in the nation in the 200m and has the second fastest time in the conference (21.02) behind teammate Amir James (20.97). The Forrest City, Ark., native also ran a leg in the 4x100m relay, which ran the third fastest time in the nation (39.57) and the fastest time in the conference. This time is second all-time in conference history behind former Southland member Louisiana Tech’s time of 39.36 and is the fastest by any current Southland member. McGruder is ranked eighth in the NCAA East Outdoor Qualifying List in the 100m (10.43), seventh in the 200m (21.02), and first in the 4×1 relay (39.57). Honorable Mention: Cesar Gonzalez, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Kerry Gleason, Stephen F. Austin; Daniel Shelton, Houston Baptist. 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: James Manders, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Cedric Paul, Northwestern State; Morgan Knight, Abilene Christian. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State senior Michael McGruder and Southeastern Louisiana senior Devin King are the Southland Conference’s Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.last_img read more

Bearkats Eliminated with Losses to Cougars, Longhorns

first_imgStory by Cody Stark / SHSU Sports Information AUSTIN, Texas — The Sam Houston State softball team’s magical season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to No. 9 Texas in an elimination game in the Austin Regional of the NCAA Tournament at Red and Charline McCombs Field Saturday evening.The Bearkats (35-23) never could get their offense going in two losses Saturday, being held scoreless for 14 innings. Sam Houston State lost to Houston 5-0 in the winners’ bracket game earlier on Saturday.Texas (43-15) was upset by the Bearkats 2-1 in the regional opener Friday and stayed alive with a 3-2 win over Texas A&M in an elimination game to set up a rematch with Sam Houston State.The Longhorns got a run in the top of the first to grab a quick lead. Lauren Burke drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt. She came around to score on a blooper that fell in just over second base into center field and a groundout to shortstop.The Bearkats had a chance to break through in the bottom of the first when junior Tiffany Thompson dribbled an infield single to pitcher Miranda Elish, and sophomore Brooke Malia hit a grounder to short which resulted in a throwing error that advanced both runners into scoring position with one out. Elish (16-9) got the next two batters out to squash Sam Houston State’s best scoring opportunity of the night.Karina Sanchez (2-6) was solid through the first five innings in the circle for the Bearkats before giving up a two-run home run in the top of the sixth. Freshman Regan Dunn pitched a scoreless seventh inning.The loss ended a remarkable season for the Bearkats. It was the first time Sam Houston State won the Southland Conference regular-season and tournament championships in the same year and the 35 wins were the most since 2013 (37).The win over Texas in the Austin Regional opener was also the Bearkats’ second NCAA Tournament win at the Division I level. Sam Houston State defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 2-1 in an elimination game at the College Station Regional in 2007. Houston 5, Sam Houston State 0AUSTIN – The Sam Houston State softball team could not get anything going at the plate in a 5-0 loss to Houston in the winners’ bracket game at the NCAA Tournament’s Austin Regional at Red and Charline McCombs Field Saturday afternoon.The game was a pitching duel through four innings. With the rainfall increasing in the top of the fifth, the Cougars were able to break the scoreless tie.Brooke Vannoy, the nine-hole hitter, reached on a one-out walk to start the rally. Lindsey Stewart reached on a bunt single and both runners scored on the play on a throwing error by catcher Bailey White.Houston tacked on an insurance run with a solo home run to right field to make it 3-0 before McLeod got a flyout and strikeout to end the inning before a 45-minute lightning delay.The Cougars added two more runs in the seventh on an RBI double.Senior Ashley Goetz and junior Megan McDonald had the only two hits for Sam Houston State, a single in the fifth and sixth, respectivelylast_img read more

Poch held clear-the-air talks with shocked players after Bayern mauling

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO held clear-the-air talks with his shell-shocked stars after their 7-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich.And the Tottenham boss told them to forget all about Tuesday’s second-half collapse — and remember only the first half.2 Pochettino ordered his Spurs flops in for clear-the-air talks after the Bayern lossCredit: ReutersPoch’s men suffered the worst ever defeat by an English club in Europe.And the Argentine summoned his squad, who have won just three of ten matches this season, for talks at training yesterday.An insider said: “It was calm and no tea cups were thrown. The gaffer said he was happy with the first 45 minutes — and wanted us to remember that going forward.“Of course he wasn’t happy with conceding three goals in the last seven minutes.“But he clearly thinks it was a freak result and doesn’t want us to dwell on it too much.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMauricio Pochettino speaks after Spurs are thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern MunichThe thrashing leaves Spurs with one point from their opening two Group B games in the Champions League.And defender Toby Alderweireld told his team-mates to come out fighting — starting with Saturday’s trip to Brighton.The Belgian, 30, said: “Sometimes you’re in a corner where you get slapped but you just have to fight a way out.“Everybody knows this group of players cares. We’ve been in difficult situations before and every time we’ve come out of it.”Tuesday’s defeat will only ramp up speculation over the future of Pochettino, who has been linked with Real Madrid.2MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearBut Massimiliano Allegri, rumoured to be Spurs’ top pick to replace him, wants to wait until the end of the season before picking a club.The out-of-work former Juventus boss was at their Bayern game and is already learning English as he fancies managing in England.But Allegri does not want to join a club mid-season having quit the Turin giants this summer.Mauro Icardi’s model wife Wanda looks amazing as she takes part in some seriously sexy shootslast_img read more

Spurs’ new 2020-21 home shirt leaked online… but fans brand it ‘horrific’

first_imgno thanks— Dan Jones (@Dan125Jones) February 17, 2020 Ugly— DündarSiz (@Dundar_Siz) February 17, 2020 Horrific.— Simon (@officialsmoody) February 17, 2020 pic.twitter.com/7t4mYJ6peE— BASE615 (@base615) February 17, 2020 TOTTENHAM’S home kit for next season has been leaked online and fans have branded it “horrific”.Spurs switched from Under Armour to Nike in 2017 and enter their fourth season with the manufacturer next term.2 Tottenham’s home kit for next season has been leaked onlineFootyHeadlines, who have a track record of revealing new kits before official release, shared the apparent home jersey for Tottenham’s 2020-21 season.But fans have not reacted well to their potential new design and are left praying the away kit is more pleasant on the eye.One said: “If this is our home kit, I’ll wait for the away kit thanks.”Another said: “Beyond disgusting.”❗️LEAKED | Tottenham Hotspur’s reportedly leaked design for the 2020/21 home shirt from Nike.[@Footy_Headlines]#THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/lM5uixqvek— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) February 17, 2020 If this is our home kit, I’ll wait for the away kit thanks 😬— Jo Mac (@Jomacjomac) February 17, 2020center_img Beyond disgusting— Jill Lewis (@jilllewis33) February 17, 2020 Nike are ditching their football kit templates for next season with Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool among the teams affected.The American giants were widely criticised for some of their “boring” instalments over the last few season but it appears Premier League fans can expect something much different next season.Whether they are a hit with fans remains to be seen however, with the early signs from Spurs far from promising.TICK-SHOCKBrighton, Chelsea and Spurs currently sport the famous Nike swoosh on their chests with Prem champions in waiting Liverpool signed up for the next campaign.After criticism, Nike’s senior director of global communications Heidi Burgett confirmed each team would have their own unique design for 2020-21. Most read in football THROUGH 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsShe tweeted: “We’re ditching the templates.”For the 2020 kits, Nike designers had 65 chassis options available to them across varying necklines, sleeves, cuffs, badge placement, etc.”From hand-drawn prints to custom fonts, each team’s look will be its own.”2Bizarre moment Lacazette gets Arsenal pal Joe Willock to sniff his fingers as TV cameras turn to bench Another spurs / Nike effort I won’t buy— Playa_Plays (@PlayasGnaPlay) February 17, 2020last_img read more

Ben Franks joins Barbarians

first_imgPhoto by: Andrew Cornaga/ Photosport (Ben Franks played 47 tests for the All Blacks between 2008 and 2015). Franks joins lock Jeremy Thrush, outside back Charles Piutau and hooker Corey Flynn in the side as coach Vern Cotter finalised his 27-man squad for the two matches.There is a host of Kiwi players included in the side.Centre Robbie Fruean, halfback Kahn Fotuali’i, wing David Smith, prop Census Johnston and lock Joe Tekori all played provincial rugby in New Zealand before heading overseas.But the team is down one Kiwi with former Counties Manukau and Chiefs midfielder Bundee Aki withdrawing from the side due to injury.The third and final wave of player announcements included former Springboks midfielder Frans Steyn, Irish first five-eighth Ian Madigan and exciting Fijian wing Waisea Nayacalavu.Two Wallabies are in the side in Adam Ashley-Cooper and Will Genia, while retirement-bound former French captain Thierry Dusautoir will also play.Fruean, Smith and Frenchman Gillian Galan are the only players yet to play a test in the team.Smith, who played for Auckland, Taranaki, the Hurricanes and the Blues, has been on France’s radar for the past two seasons, but also qualifies for Samoa.Fruean recently expressed his desire to play international rugby for Samoa, but will have to undergo World Rugby’s Olympic sevens eligibility loophole before he is able to be picked. Barbarians: Horacio Agulla (Castres and Argentina), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Bordeaux and Australia), Yann David (Toulouse and France), Kahn Fotuali’i (Bath and Samoa), Robbie Fruean (Bath Rugby), Rory Kockott (Castres and France), Ian Madigan (Bordeaux and Ireland), Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier and Fiji), Waisea Nayacalavu (Stade Francais and Fiji), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster and South Africa), David Smith (Castres), Frans Steyn (Montpellier and South Africa), Patricio Albacete (Toulouse and Argentina), Steffon Armitage (Pau and England), Schalk Brits (Saracens and South Africa), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse and France), Corey Flynn (Star and New Zealand), Ben Franks (London Irish and New Zealand), Gillian Galan (Toulouse), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester and Wales), Facundo Isa (Lyon and Argentina), Census Johnston (Toulouse and Samoa), Mikheil Nariashvili (Montpellier and Georgia), WP Nel (Edinburgh and Scotland), Mike Ross (Leinster and Ireland), Joe Tekori (Toulouse and Samoa), Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester and New Zealand)last_img read more

Aussie and Kiwi sports stars in 4 Pacific Games events

first_imgThese sports are – rugby sevens, sailing, taekwondo and weightlifting.Their participation is setting a pathway for the Games to become continental.It will be the first time the two countries have taken part in the Games since the event started in 1963.The Pacific Games Council (PGC) approved a proposal to allow Australia and New Zealand to take part following an agreement between the Oceania National Olympic Committee and the Pacific Games Council.Oceania is the only region without a Continental Games and athletes from the region had to go to other competitions and regions to try to qualify for the Olympics.The four sports Australia and New Zealand will be allowed to compete in initially were chosen because it is believed that the other Pacific countries could compete against them.last_img read more

Two weightlifters from 15 to qualify for Rio

first_imgPNG Weightlifting Federation president Sir John Dawanicura says they’ll be sending Toua Udia and sisters Thelma and Dika Toua back to join the two male athletes Morea Baru and Fred Oala.  The five athletes will train there leading up to the Oceania Championships and Olympic Qualifiers from May 23-28 in Fiji.Baru is also preparing to attend the Australian Open International at Brisbane in March to qualify on merit for the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.PNG will be sending a team of seven males and eight females to attend the Oceania Championships to qualify only one male and female to attend the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.PNG men’s team must finish in the top five to qualify one lifter while the women team must finish in the top four to qualify one lifter at the Oceania titles.If PNG qualifies one male lifter in Fiji, then it does not matter if Baru qualifies on his own merit as his qualification will not count. Sir John says that the Qualifying event is their main focus right now.He said all lifters both at the Institute and in the country including Steven Kari and Guba Hale need to be under serious training now in order to meet the minimum qualification standard.A junior team will also be sent to the Oceania Junior Championships aimed to develop the young weightlifters aged 21 years old and under.last_img read more

Kapi Natto: Hekari players withdrawing from Kapuls squad

first_imgThis comes after the news was made official yesterday of Hekari’s withdrawal from the semi-professional Telikom National Soccer League (NSL) competition.“As a manager, I have been communicating with them. To be honest with you, they sympathise with us. They said if we can start again, that’s fine. We can build another organisation.”To be honest with you, the majority of them are withdrawing,” said Kapi Natto.She said the current PNG Kapuls squad has current and former Hekari players totalling up to 14 players.last_img

De Jong’s broken dream

first_imgBut De Jong also leads the player table that has been the most games having participated in all, either leaving on the eleven or from the bench. The former player of Ajax He has participated so far in the 25 official meetings of Barcelona, ​​19 in the League and 6 in Champions. No one on the staff has been able to keep up: the ones that are closest to him are Griezmann (24) and Ter Stegen (2. 3). twenty-one No one doubts at this point of the season that the signing of Frenkie de Jong has been one of the great successes of this summer. Adapted from minute one to the idiosyncrasy of the game of Barcelona, the Dutchman has become one of the key men of Valverde at this start of the season, as evidenced by the fact that he is the third player with the most minutes on his legs, counting a total of 1,915, between League and Champions. Only Ter Stegen (2,070) and Piqué (1,973) have played more than the Dutch. De Jong is also the most used midfielder by Valverde, with a huge difference from the rest: Sergio Busquets (1,545), Arthur (919), Arturo Vidal (815) and Rakitic (805).center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 6, 2020 However, this impressive regularity will be truncated on November 19 against Granada at the Camp Nou. De Jong was expelled before the Spanish (2-2) for double warning -the first time in his career as a professional-, so he will see the game against the Nasrid team in the stands. That means that, at best, he will end up adding 27 consecutive games at Barcelona, ​​since at 25 he accumulates on his back he could end up adding both of the Spain Supercup, as long as the team eliminates the Atlético de Madrid In the second semifinal.last_img read more

Juancho Hernangómez signs for Minnesota Timberwolves after a crazy four-way transfer

first_imgAs American media advances The athletic Y ESPN, accustomed to announce all the news about transfers in the NBA, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets have crystallized a convoluted agreement that has taken Hernangómez to the Timberwolves along with Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt, who also change Denver for Minnesota.In this way, the panorama of the Spanish international changes radically, which goes from an aspiring ring franchise to another that occupies the penultimate position of the Western Conference after chaining 12 consecutive defeats. It will be a ‘wolf’ as Ricky Rubio already was for several years and his personal goal will be to increase his prominence within a season with few opportunities so far. The Spanish forward leaves after three and a half seasons in DenverThe operation involves 12 players and four different franchises The Spanish forward Juancho Hernangómez has been transferred to Minnesota Timberwolves, his second NBA franchise after wearing the Denver Nuggets jersey for three and a half seasons, after a complex transfer that has involved four teams and a total of 12 players.center_img Photo: Getty last_img read more