Fall 2018 Commissioner’s Honor Roll | 2018-19 Academic AwardsFRISCO, Texas – A total of 989 Southland Conference student-athletes across 62 teams are on the Fall 2018 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the league announced Thursday. The men’s sports are cross country and football, and the women’s sports are cross country, soccer and volleyball.The Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes in the sports of men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, soccer and volleyball who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in the semester of their sport.Of the total student-athletes named, 223 posted perfect 4.0 GPAs during the fall semester.“We are very honored and pleased to see so many Southland Conference student-athletes continue to succeed academically,” league Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “The Southland and its member institutions are focused on the academic and competitive well-being of these individuals as the work toward graduation and lifelong success.”Central Arkansas leads the conference with 122 total honorees, followed by Abilene Christian with 108, and Incarnate Word with 104.Northwestern State has 93 student-athletes on the list, followed by Southeastern Louisiana (81), Houston Baptist (79), McNeese (77), Sam Houston State (71), Stephen F. Austin (66) and Nicholls (61). Lamar (57), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (45) and New Orleans (25) round out the Fall 2018 Honor Roll.Among the league’s 11 football-playing schools, UCA paves the way with 56 student-athletes earning Commissioner’s Honor Roll status. Abilene Christian has the second-most with 51 gridders and Northwestern State ranks third among football teams with 41 student-athletes.Incarnate Word and Central Arkansas tied to lead the men’s cross country student-athletes with 14 runners from each institution making the grade. Northwestern State tallied the third-most with nine men’s harriers. In women’s cross country, the Bears finished up front with 16 runners, while the UIW Cardinals notched 13 student-athletes. In third was Stephen F. Austin and McNeese have 11 runners apiece.Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word account for 26 soccer student-athletes from each institution on the Honor Roll, while Central Arkansas and Nicholls are represented with 23 each.Among volleyball players, ACU finished at the forefront with 18 representatives, while 15 Northwestern State student-athletes made the list. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, New Orleans and Stephen F. Austin each placed 14.
McNeese advances to Saturday evening’s championship game at 6 p.m. CT against the winner between No. 2 Central Arkansas and No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana. Free bases haunted the UIW pitching staff, who issued two walks and pegged a batter to load the bases with two outs in the eighth. Lefty Jake Dickerson took an 0-2 pitch down the left-field line for a two-run, opposite-field double, followed by an infield single for Carson Maxwell to make it 5-2. UIW found themselves in another bases loaded situation as reliever Will Dion opted to intentionally walk Shea Gutierrez to face Ridge Rogers, who roped a sac fly to right-center to plate the go-ahead run in Ryan Flores. Second-baseman Nate Fisbeck, who homered twice in the contest, recorded his first RBI of the tournament in explosive fashion with a solo shot over the left field wall to put McNeese on the board first. Attempting to conjure up some more two-out magic, the Cardinals drew a walk to load the bases with two gone for pinch hitter Kendall Achilles, who watched strike three go by to leave three men on. Cowboys’ starter Brad Kincaid thought he was in the clear after a double-play ball brought McNeese one out from the middle of the fourth, but a Taylor Smith double and a Lee Thomas base knock drove in two runs to shift the lead to UIW’s favor. Fisbeck took that momentum into the home-half of the sixth, leading off the inning with his second solo shot of the night to draw the score even at 2-2. Box Score | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – For the first time since 2003, McNeese will play for a Southland Conference Tournament championship after the No. 5 Cowboys came back to eliminate No. 4 Incarnate Word 5-3 on Friday night at Constellation Field.
Courtesy of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi AthleticsAUSTIN, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi senior Madison Green has been named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Women’s Volleyball First Team. Green became the program’s first Academic All-America Selection last season as a junior. The team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The press release from CoSIDA can be found HERE.A native of Dripping Springs, Texas, she becomes just the second Islander to ever earn two Academic All-America recognitions, joining softball’s Katie Evans who won in 2003 and 2004. She was the lone Southland student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors this year. A Biology major with a 4.00 GPA, Green was named an All-Southland Conference First Team performer for the second straight season and garnered Southland Setter of the Year honors.Green led the conference and ranked third nationally with seven triple-doubles this season. She had 11 double-doubles with 12 double-digit kill performances and 12 double-digit dig performances. She had double figure assists in 29-of-31 matches she appeared in on the year. Green had 26 matches with 20+ assists, 11 30+ assist performances and surpassed 40 assists three times.The Academic All-America award program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. Green was named a first-team Academic All-District honoree in November for the second straight season.
PLEIN AIR, INDIA MANTUANA & AMBOSELI ALL PROMINENT AMONG 10 FILLIES & MARES IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 ASTRA STAKES AT 1 ½ MILES ON TURFSPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 10-RACE CARD AT 12 NOONARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2019)–Bob Baffert’s Irish-bred Plein Air is back to defend her title in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita, as she, along with Ray Bell’s Mantuana and Jim Cassidy’s Amboseli, head a wide open field of 10 fillies and mares going a marathon mile and one half on turf.In what was her U.S. debut, Plein Air was an impressive gate to wire winner of the 2018 Astra, which was subsequently upgraded to Grade III status. Winless in two subsequent starts, the 5-year-old mare comes into Sunday’s Astra on the heels of six month freshening, which is just how she approached last year’s running.Claimed three starts back out of a $40,000 claiming win at 1 3/8 miles on turf Aug. 22, India Mantuana could prove a menacing obstacle to Plein Air, as she exits a sharp gate to wire score in the marathon Grade III Red Carpet Handicap going 1 3/8 miles on grass at Del Mar Nov. 22.D P Racing’s Amboseli, although winless in her last 16 starts, has kept good company and is best suited as a deep closer, a style that might fit well given the running styles of the top two.PLEIN AIROwner: Sunny Brook Stables, LLCTrainer: Bob BaffertOff at 7-1 in her U.S. debut with Tyler Baze, she was then favored in her next two turf starts, a fifth place finish in the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes at 1 ½ miles April 28 and in the ungraded Possibly Perfect, at a mile and one quarter on June 3. With Drayden Van Dyke set to ride for the first time, look for Plein Air to bounce back to good form and be forwardly placed on Sunday.INDIA MANTUANAOwner: Richard A. BellTrainer: T.R. BellRidden by Tyler Baze in his last three starts, this 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Wilburn has responded with a pair of front-running wins. In her Red Carpet triumph, India Mantuana, who was off at 18-1, opened up by six lengths after the first half mile and held sway late by a half-length going 1 3/8 miles on turf. Unlike many others in the Astra lineup, India Mantuana has won a good percentage of her lifetime starts, evidenced by her overall mark of 24-6-2-4. Her primary obstacles on Sunday would appear to be Plein Air and K P Pergoliscious, who’ve both done their best running when on the lead.AMBOSELIOwner: D P Racing, LLCTrainer: Jim CassidyAlthough she has but two wins from 25 lifetime starts, this 7-year-old Maddalia d’Oro mare has a dependable come from behind style, which could make her extra dangerous in a lineup that includes three speedsters such as Plein Air, India Mantuana and K P Pergoliscious. Most recently fifth, beaten 3 ½ lengths by highly regarded Fahan Mura in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel at 1 1/8 miles on turf Dec. 29, look for Amboseli to be much further back early in the Astra as Kent Desormeaux tries to time her late run just right.THE GRADE III ASTRA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 10 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTCheekaboo–Joel Rosario–118Lynne’s Legacy–Alonso Quinonez–120Arctic Roll–Ruben Fuentes–118Amboseli–Kent Desormeaux–118Plein Air–Drayden Van Dyke–118Trust Fund Kitty–Brice Blanc–118Copper Fever–Joe Talamo–118K P Pergoliscious–Mike Smith–118India Mantuana–Tyler Baze–122Pantsonfire–Flavien Prat–118Special early first post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 12 noon. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
JOSE MOURINHO is back in the Premier League after taking over from Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.The Portuguese boss is a well-known figure in the English top-flight, having won titles at Chelsea and Manchester United.2 Jose Mourinho is back in the Premier League as he prepares to manage his third club in the English top flightCredit: PA:Press AssociationHe has coached for around nine seasons on these shores, while his recent stints on Sky Sports have made sure fans have not forgotten him.And with the return of ‘The Special One’, fans are already getting excited over his comeback matches against his former clubs with Tottenham.When do Man Utd and Tottenham play each other?Mourinho was only sacked by Man United in December 2018, after seeing the Red Devils drop to 19 points off the lead in the Premier League.As at previous sides, he was once again successful in winning the Europa League, but also controversial with his public comments against his own players.The 56-year-old’s new club Spurs have yet to meet in this season – but fans will not have to wait long for this tasty affair.The two teams will collide at Old Trafford in Mourinho’s fourth game in charge at Tottenham on Wednesday, December 4 – where he can expect a rowdy reception.They will then meet again on March 14 next year in the reverse fixture.Mourinho’s first ten games at SpursNov 23 – West Ham (A)Nov 26 – Olympiakos (H)Nov 30 – Bournemouth (H)Dec 4 – Man Utd (A)Dec 7 – Burnley (H)Dec 11 – Bayern Munich (A)Dec 15 – Wolves (A)Dec 22 – Chelsea (H)Dec 26 – Brighton (H)Dec 28 – Norwich (A)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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT 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 himWhen will Tottenham face Chelsea?Like with Man United, Tottenham have yet to face Chelsea this season and their first meeting also comes next month.The sides will face off on December 22 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Mourinho goes up against the side he has spent most time at.The Portuguese manager won eight trophies in two spells at the Blues, including the Premier League title on three occasions.He will also be in the opposite dugout to a man he knows quite well, with Frank Lampard enjoying that success under Mourinho’s tutelage during his playing days.The new Spurs boss will be handed his homecoming to Stamford Bridge on February 22.2 How Tottenham could line up after a shake up from the Special One
DELE ALLI had a moment of sheer genius but couldn’t save Tottenham from slipping to a 2-1 defeat against Manchester United.Marcus Rashford threatened time and time again in a frenetic first-half, scoring the game’s first goal in the sixth minute, with a powerful shot slipping through Paulo Gazzaniga at the near-post.2 Dele Alli’s moment of genius saw Spurs briefly get back on level termsCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut a moment of pure quality from Dele Alli saw Spurs equalise shortly before the interval.Rashford deservedly got his second of the match early in the second-half after winning – and converting – a penalty after a needless foul by Moussa Sissoko.After an exciting clash at Old Trafford, here’s how SunSport’s Dave Fraser rated Spurs’ stars against Man Utd…PAULO GAZZANIGA – 5Beaten at his near post far too easily for Man Utd’s opener despite getting a hand on it. Should have done better.Two great saves to deny Rashford a second as he got a fingertip on a 20-yard effort to divert it onto the bar before palming another effort wide.Another strong save from Daniel James in the second-half went a way to redeeming himself for his early error.SERGE AURIER – 6Dangerous going forward and linking up with Lucas Moura on the right, but far too often his end product was wasteful.Much improved delivery in the second-half.DAVINSON SANCHEZ – 6Solid when called upon but a quiet game for the Colombian.TOBY ALDERWEIRELD – 5Failed to make his mark on the game, with Jan Vertonghen – so often his centre-back partner down the years – on the left.Didn’t put a foot wrong necessarily, but is also a part of a Spurs defence who’ve conceded twice in every, single game under Jose Mourinho.JAN VERTONGHEN – 6Solid on the left, but the centre-back by nature will never be the sort to take on the opponent’s right-back, struggling to get the Spurs attackers into the game early on.Good in defence though, keeping Daniel James quiet by his high standards – and also delivered a superb cross late in the first-half in a rare threatening moment for Tottenham.HARRY WINKS – 6Booked for a dangerous and unnecessary lunge on Daniel James early on.Hurt midway through the second-half and limped off for treatment. Unable to run it off and ultimately replaced by Tanguy Ndombele.2 Moussa Sissoko struggled mightily at Old TraffordCredit: PA:Press AssociationACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMOUSSA SISSOKO – 4Lucky to avoid a booking for a horrible, high tackle on Fred in the first-half.Gave away a needless penalty early in the second half for treading on Rashford’s foot with the ball surely running out of play.LUCAS MOURA – 6Looked lively throughout and always more than happy to run at defenders. He didn’t always have the desired effect, though.Strong link-up play with Aurier down the right.DELE ALLI – 8A player reborn in the last few weeks, a moment of genius saw Alli flick the ball over Fred and Ashley Young before smashing the ball past David De Gea to equalise for Spurs.Looked back to his creative best in recent weeks and carried that on throughout the game, even with Spurs being outplayed.Nearly grabbed a late equaliser with a solid strike, only to see his effort saved by David De Gea.SON HEUNG-MIN – 6Always a very real danger in attack, mixing pace and composure to bamboozle defenders.HARRY KANE – 5Unusually quiet. Failed to get into the game as Spurs attacked primarily down the right flank rather than through the middle.With Tottenham’s final pass often lacking, Kane was a spectator.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMORE 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 yearSUBSChristian Eriksen (for Lucas Moura, 64 mins) – Mixed dreadful (passing the ball straight out of play) with the sublime (lofted ball to Aurier in the box) in an inconsistent showing. 5.Tanguy Ndombele (for Harry Winks, 70 mins) – Instantly better than Sissoko after stepping on to the pitch. Should be starting. 6.Giovani Lo Celso (for Moussa Sissoko, 85 mins) – Little time to have any impact on the game. 5.Jose Mourinho superfan Viv Bodycote gets her 38th tattoo of ‘The Special One’ to mark his return to management
Photo By: Getty Images (Brian Alainu’uese tussles with Maro Itoje in a European Champions Cup match against Saracens) The Mooloos lock won two Super Rugby caps under Dave Rennie in 2015 and has another chance to impress the departing Chiefs coach, who takes the reins at Glasgow for their next season starting in September.Alainu’uese, 23, is understood to have inked a three-year deal after signing on a short-term contract last October, which was due to expire in May.Waikato Rugby have released Alainu’uese from his Mooloos contract for 2017 and allowed the 2.02m lock, who weighs over 130kg, to sign professional forms for Glasgow.Alainu’uese cracked Super Rugby two years ago – after his Waikato debut in 2013 – when he was called up as injury cover for the Chiefs, but he wasn’t signed up in 2016 and, like so many Kiwis dotted around the rugby world, has jumped at an offer from abroad.Waikato head coach Sean Botherway said Alainu’uese was hugely popular among their squad and admitted there were mixed emotions about him leaving.”It’s awesome that another one of our Waikato lads can realise his dream of playing professional rugby,” he said.”I guess there’s a little bit of sadness that he’s not able to do that here in New Zealand because we lose a really important part of what we’ve been about over the last few years. “He had some unique interests. He loved his country music and while he was big man, he had some really soft touches about him.”A former student of the fabled Wesley College, which is known for producing All Blacks like Jonah Lomu, Malakai Fekitoa, Charles Piutau and Stephen Donald, Alainu’uese has battled through adversity in his young career after desperately struggling with ankle and shoulder injuries.Alainu’uese, one of 15 siblings, also lost his father last year but the 2016 season was his best to date, as he started eight of Waikato’s 10 Mitre Cup matches.Botherway reflected on how positive Alainu’uese was battling through the tough times.”People really admired what he pushed through to get to where he is now,” he said.”Just seeing how hard he worked when he suffered the shoulder injury after spending so much time out with his ankle surgery.”I always remembered how positive he was and how hard he worked when people weren’t watching.”Alainu’uese, who was born in Invercargill and played for Waikato’s University club, was voted Glasgow’s player of the month in March and has become a fan favourite in the 15 caps he’s made.But the big man has endeared himself to Glasgow’s faithful as the Warriors scrap with opposition from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Italy in Pro12, as well as competing in the European Champions Cup, where they lost to English and European champions Saracens 38-13 in the quarter-finals earlier this month.Waikato Rugby general manager Blair Foote said Alainu’uese’s departure, which comes after Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara joined up with Bordeaux Bègles and Jason Robertson prepares to play for Tokyo Gas, proves the union is providing a platform for players to develop their careers.”Ultimately what these guys are looking for is a full-time professional career and if they can’t that here, for the ones who’ve got bigger ambitions, they’ve got to go offshore,” he said.”We like to see ourselves as a developing union. We’re realists and we obviously want them to perform well for us but we also want to be seen as someone that can provide a realistic pathway for these players if they’re capable.”
Penalities were the way to go and the Jets were on the board after only a minute when Haydan Lipp kicked a penalty to take a 2-0 lead.Lipp made it 4-0 in the 17th minute after the Hunters gave away another penalty in their own half.The home side scored the first try of the match after good vision by Wartovo Puara Jr. sent Adex Wera over to score.But the Jets hit back minutes later thanks to Fakahoko Teutau who caught the defence napping and bulldozed his way over.An unsuccessful conversion put the score at 8-4.The Hunters knew who to go to for a four pointer and spread the ball out wide.The ball went from Bland Abavu to Justin Olam who did the rest racing 50 meters down the wing to score.Ase Boas failed to convert for the second time in the match to leave the score tied at 8-8.But the Jets took back the lead when Michael Purcell crossed over under the posts.Lipp made sure of his kick sailing it through to lead by a converted try at the break.
Catena is going through a sweet moment. He has settled in the eleven of Paco, shares with Milic the axis of the rear for four games (from Huesca onwards), and it has been uncovered as a great asset in the air game. The Madrid, who has played 1,767 minutes and is the second most sum of the squad after Embarba, has already scored three goals, two of them leading. Your 1.94 tall helps.El Rayo has moved token, ensuring the continuity of Catena. This is the first operation addressed by the entity in this winter market, but it will not be the only one. The arrival of at least two extremes and the departures of Lass and Abdoulaye are still pending. The latter, central, who has not played a single minute in the league this campaign. Alejandro Catena (Móstoles, Madrid, October 28, 1994) has renewed with Rayo until 2023, as announced by the franjirrojo club this Thursday in their social networks. The central defender arrived in Vallecas last winter market and signed until June 30, 2020. Hence, his contract has been extended for three more years. Today, it is a key piece in the team.
Bodily state: “The bodily is in line with the extent of play and sensations, should you play worse, bodily you appear worse; should you throw the ball the place you need you’re already positioned the place you count on to be, your place is what you need and visually the observe opens. So, bodily you look higher. I’m wonderful, I have to proceed on this line. Tomorrow I’ve to substantiate it in coaching. I did what I’ve to do if I need to succeed right here, with willpower and importing to the community once I performed ”.Sufirmiento: “Struggling suffers different individuals on this world, we little, what we’ve is small, we cross it our approach, however it isn’t good to say. You probably have worse emotions you take pleasure in much less. That you must discover sensations, I felt higher in coaching than within the competitors. If you happen to win you might have choices to enhance. ”Kyrgios and Khachanov: “They’re two totally different gamers, Kyrgios is a nice expertise, has one of many best providers on the planet and is troublesome to play as a result of he has selection in each approach and is ready to play at a very excessive degree. Khachanov is aggressive, hits the underside of the courtroom properly, has play, youth and energy. I’ve to play at a excessive degree, if it won’t be harder. There are already the best on the planet. ” Enchancment: “I all the time strive to not idiot anybody. I stated I wanted to enhance. I did many issues properly, I was very protected with the service, I modified the drive a lot in direction of the parallel and did extra harm with the crusader. I had the clearest recreation perspective. I attacked very straight. I already stated that the balls are heavy, which favor one other kind of participant. Though with the warmth and day it turns into extra constructive for me. I made the kind of recreation that fits me, with the reverse turned as a tactical ingredient and to assault as a result of it provides me the chance to throw lengthy. I had extra pleasure on the degree of unconcern, of self-confidence when hitting the ball. I went from having regular sensations to very constructive ones. ” “It has been my best recreation up to now within the match, with a lot of distinction in comparison with the opposite days, without any doubt. I bought good and I harm the drive ”, it was that resounding Rafael Nadal when requested at a press convention about his apparent enchancment within the recreation, after profitable Pablo Carreño within the third spherical of the Australian Open. Then he abounded on that and different points.