UIW’s Sebastian Mortier Earns Men’s Tennis Weekly Honor

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – UIW’s Sebastian Mortier is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. This is the Cardinals’ third consecutive weekly award. Gabriel Evans was named the Player of the Week on April 3 and Paco Bendana claimed the honor last week. Mortier and doubles partner Gabriel Evans clinched the doubles point in both of UIW’s victories this past week, winning 6-4 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Abilene Christian. In both of his singles matches, Mortier gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead en route to UIW winning its first conference title. The junior from Hanau, Germany, defeated the Islanders’ Thomas Rodrigues 7-5, 6-2 at the No. 3 flight and Abilene Christian’s Niko Moceanu 7-6, 6-2 at the same slot.   Mortier helped UIW (11-9, 5-0 SLC) earn its first Southland regular season championship and the No. 1 seed at the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament behind two victories over then-unbeaten conference opponents, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (18-8, 3-1 SLC) and Abilene Christian (14-10, 3-2 SLC). 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: Francois Kellerman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Sebastian Mortier, UIW – Jr. – Hanau, Germanylast_img read more

Southland Gives Back: Central Arkansas Student-Athletes Collect for Toys for Tots Campaign

first_imgCONWAY, Ark. – For the 2018 holiday season, Central Arkansas student-athletes banded together to collect toys earmarked for Toys for Tots campaign. These efforts were charted in order to benefit Conway area individuals in need.Led by the UCA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) throughout the month of November, Central Arkansas athletics gathered toys for local individuals and families in need. Additionally, Bears SAAC members coordinated efforts throughout the UCA athletic department in order to help raise money to buy various other gifts.Prior to drop-off, several trucks were filled with items to be donated by the Central Arkansas athletic family. On Friday, Nov. 30, Bears student-athletes transported collected items to a Toys for Tots collection point inside a local Wal-Mart shopping center.Toys for Tots began in 1947 and has become an avenue for raising funds and purchasing toys. The organization currently distributes 18 million toys to seven million less fortunate children annually.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img read more


first_imgMANDATORY PAYOUT!! SANTA ANITA’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT TO BE LIQUIDATED ON SUNDAY, TOTAL POOL COULD REACH $5 MILLION WITH A JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $1,260,210 AND A MANDATORY PAYOUT LOOMING, FATHER’S DAY PROGRAM SET TO GENERATE TREMENDOUS INTEREST  ARCADIA, Calif. (June 15, 2019)–With a mandatory payout in place, Santa Anita officials project Sunday’s total 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool could reach the $5 million mark by fourth race post time. And, with a live-money Jackpot carryover of $1,260,210 set to stoke Sunday’s pari-mutuel fires, anticipation is running high indeed as Santa Anita approaches the penultimate Sunday of its Winter/Spring Meet.A whopping $284,905 in “new” money was wagered today, creating a total Jackpot pool of $1,479,890. Although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were 10 consolation tickets, each worth a tidy $15,219.A pair of stakes, the $75,000 Possibly Perfect, for fillies and mares at a mile and one quarter on turf, and the Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed, for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, will highlight Sunday’s nine-race program and have slotted as races seven and eight.The Richard-Baltas-trained Pantsonfire, who will be ridden by Flavien Prat, has been installed as the 2-1 favorite in the Possibly Perfect and Bob Baffert’s Grade I Santa Anita Derby winner, Roadster, is the 6-5 favorite in the Affirmed with Mike Smith up.Approximate post time for Sunday’s fourth race is at 2:55 p.m. PT.First post time is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


first_imgOISEAU DE GUERRE OFF THE RAIL FOR JOE HERNANDEZ FANS ENJOY ‘A CELEBRATION’ AT SANTA ANITA OPENERShould the racing gods ever decree that the consummate book be written on the glory that is Santa Anita, the final chapter is poised for history.It was written yesterday, when everything that makes Santa Anita great was in full flower, frenetic yet tranquil, in all its natural splendor. Scenic mountains, verdant palms, azure skies, a balmy breeze as 35,088 devotees basked under a warm winter sun.Dominant victories by Gift Box and Omaha Beach, dramatic photo finishes, a last-to-first triumph by a one-eyed filly, a scintillating debut victory by Devil Made Me Do It and a $110.80 winner to the delight of longshot players.Oh, and Mike Smith, still vanquishing Father Time at the age of 54, won four races, two of them Grade I’s to set a record for career Grade I successes at 217, one more than fellow Hall of Fame member Jerry Bailey.Ghosts of the past from Seabiscuit to John Henry had plenty to smile about.“I think yesterday epitomized what Mike is all about,” said trainer John Shirreffs, who gave Smith a leg up on Hard Not to Love for her victory in the Grade I La Brea Stakes. “He’s about the horse, and he’s always been about the horse.“It’s the horse first; everything else is secondary. That’s what I love about Mike.”Like most, Shirreffs too was smitten with the atmosphere on opening day.“After Hard Not to Love won her race, I heard the crowd cheering for her, and that was very reminiscent for me (alluding to his great mare Zenyatta),” Shirreffs continued.“Then when I was walking back to the Grandstand, I thought, ‘My goodness. Everybody’s having a good time. How fun horse racing really is.’“Santa Anita did a great job. They had these floral arrangements where people could take selfies in front of them, and I saw a lot of people doing that.“Yesterday was really a celebration.”OMAHA BEACH LEAVING FOR RICH PEGASUS WORLD CUPOmaha Beach, who fulfilled expectations in his final race at Santa Anita Saturday by winning the Grade I Runhappy Malibu Stakes, came out of the race in good order and it’s on to Gulfstream Park for his final race in the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Jan. 25. The son of War Front goes to stud after that.“He came out of the race very good and he’ll leave Tuesday, Dec. 31,” trainer Richard Mandella said Sunday morning. “We thought he was leaving on the 30th, but it’s the 31st.“We could hear the fans cheering for him, so it seems like he’s got a following. Waiting to have opening day on Saturday was a good thing, for the horses and for the public.”Meanwhile, Santa Anita will be left with fond memories of Omaha Beach and what more he might have accomplished had he continued to race. “It’s too bad we’re losing him,” said trainer David Bernstein, in his 45th year at Santa Anita who conditioned 1994 Eclipse Award winner as champion older male The Wicked North. “We haven’t seen the best of him.”ESPINOZA: BELLAFINA ‘AWESOME’ IN DEFEATVictor Espinoza was happy to pick up the mount on 3-5 favorite Bellafina in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes, but understandably disappointed she finished second to 11-1 shot Hard Not to Love, who rallied from ninth and last at the half-mile marker to win by 2 ¼ lengths.“The race didn’t set up as good for her as we would have liked,” Espinoza said Sunday morning. “She was pressured by Baffert’s filly (Mother Mother), but she still ran very well.”It was the first time a jockey other than Flavien Prat had ridden Bellafina in her 13 career starts, so trainer Simon Callaghan had reason to offer Espinoza some pre-race prose.“He said try to break out the gate clear and see how the race sets up,” Espinoza said. “It was good but we never had a chance to relax on the lead (with rapid fractions of 21.70, 44.41 and 1:09.31. The final time for seven furlongs was 1:22.17).“That made it hard for her, but she ran an awesome race.”PACE SHOULD AID OISEAU DE GUERRE IN UPGRADED HERNANDEZAfter running at Golden Gate Fields in his last four races, Oiseau de Guerre (bird of war in French) returns to Santa Anita New Year’s Day Wednesday for the $200,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes, recently promoted to Grade II status.“He gets off the rail (from his last two races) and it looks like there’s a lot of pace,” trainer Michael McCarthy said of the son of War Front. “He should be rolling late.”The Joe Hernandez, race eight of 10 with an 11:30 a.m. first post: Tribalist, Ruben Fuentes; Double Tough, Victor Espinoza; Grinning Tiger, Jose Valdivia Jr.; Texas Wedge, Flavien Prat; Oiseau de Guerre, Geovanni Franco; True Valour, Drayden Van Dyke; Captain Scotty, Joel Rosario; Legends of War, Abel Cedillo; Blitzkrieg, Rafael Bejarano; Carnivorous, Mario Gutierrez; and also eligible Bay Muzik, Tyler Baze.Santa Anita’s popular Dollar Day will be offered on New Year’s Day. Fans can purchase hot dogs for $2 and soda and beer for a buck apiece.FINISH LINES: With rain forecast for Monday, there were 347 recorded workouts at Sunday, 36 on the training track . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Thursday, Jan. 2, but resume live racing Friday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. . . . Saturday’s opening day all sources pari-mutuel handle of $19,021,102 was the second-highest in Santa Anita history.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on December 29th, 2019Happy Holidays From Trainer Doug O’NeillHappy Holidays From Hall of Fame Trainer Richard MandellaHappy Holidays From Hall of Fame Trainer Bob BaffertHappy Holidays From Jockey Aaron GryderWORKOUTS:Zellda (Daughter of Zenyatta) (Outside) and Elusive Road (Shirreffs) 12-29-19Bast & Azul Coast (Baffert) 12-29-19Dr. Dorr (Outside) and Speed Pass (Baffert) 12-29-19Coco Cookies (D’Amato) 12-29-19Win Often (Pederson) 12-29-19Winning Bells (Outside) and All Tea All Shade (Periban) 12-29-19River Boyne (Mullins) 12-28-19Justinian (Baffert) 12-28-19Legends of War (O’Neill) 12-28-19 MEMORABLE SANTA ANITA OPENER ‘A CELEBRATION’ MIXED EMOTIONS FOR ESPINOZA ABOARD BELLAFINA OMAHA BEACH HEADS TO FLORIDA FOR RICH PEGASUSlast_img read more

Prem clubs already in the red BEFORE £1billion coronavirus hit

first_img6THE MAJORITY of Premier League clubs were facing huge losses BEFORE the coronavirus crisis.Of the 20 clubs in England’s top flight, TWELVE went into the 2019/20 season in the red.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates66 Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich will want some silverware if he is to put up with financial deficitCredit: Getty – ContributorSunSport reported how Premier League supremo Richard Masters says top-flight clubs stand to lose £1BILLION from the pandemic.Manchester United will be the biggest financial losers of all 20 Premier League clubs if the season is scrapped.Overall, according to figures from the Daily Mail, the Old Trafford club would lose £116.4m.That is made up of £48m from TV cash, £17.6m for matchday revenue and a further £50.8m from commercial and retail.And now The Athletic have studied all the club’s accounts, taking into consideration figures from 2017/18, to work out club’s respective finances heading into the current season.6 Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has bankrolled some pretty extensive rebuildingCredit: Getty6And it makes for grim reading.Over half of the clubs were in the red before a ball was even kicked this season, according to the research.Everton and Chelsea fans won’t like looking at the stats – the Toffees are the hardest hit with a loss of £107m with Roman Abramovich footing a £101.8m deficit at Stamford Bridge.As a result of the coronavirus, you can add in losses of £91m for Chelsea and £42.6m for Everton for the current suspension.Aston Villa are also chasing their tails with a £68.9m loss with £24.2m added on to that as a result of the virus.At the other end of the spectrum, Tottenham and Liverpool, two clubs who recently announced plans to furlough staff, were sitting pretty on profit heading into the campaign.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealSpurs come in with £87.4m in the black, while Liverpool, after being blasted for furloughing and then reversing that decision, are £41.9m positive.But an £83m loss for Daniel Levy’s Londoners and an £102.6m deficit for US-owned Liverpool means both won’t come out well from the pandemic.Speaking to The Athletic John Purcell, the co-founder of financial analysis firm Vysyble pulled no punches in his analysis of the state of English football.He said: “The accounts are awful. The numbers had fallen off a cliff for some of the clubs long before this crisis.”And Dr Dan Plumley, a sports finance expert at Sheffield Hallam University, added that “the financial shock of COVID-19 has brought to light just how stretched the industry is and how many clubs live from hand to mouth”.This ties in with Premier League executive Masters’ opinion, believing that there is a real danger some teams could go bust if the lockdown forces the cancellation of the current season.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 CelticTottenham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich have already turned to the state for help.And FA chairman Greg Clarke fears the sport is in danger of being “decimated” by the coronavirus crisis.It came after a dramatic weekend when the Prem demanded PFA  members  agree a 30 per cent wage deferral but the bid was rejected.6 FA chief Greg Clarke claims England football could be decimated by coronavirusCredit: PA:Press AssociationCORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.last_img read more

Moore gets last dig at the ABs

first_imgIt comes as Rob Simmons was recalled to the Wallabies XV in place of injured second-rower Izack Rodda, while Karmichael Hunt will miss out on a chance to tackle the All Blacks for the first time. After plenty of speculation as to whether Moore, a veteran of 124 tests, would get an opportunity to farewell Australian fans in the final Bledisloe Cup match of the year, Cheika has shown faith in the 34-year-old. After relinquishing the Wallabies captaincy in July, Moore is set to retire from international rugby at the end of the year. No decision, however, has been made on whether he will tour with the Wallabies on their end of year trip to Japan and Europe. Tatafu Polota-Nau is the team’s starting hooker in a tight-five that remains the same from the side’s last win against Argentina, save for the inclusion of Simmons. Simmons started in the second row during the last encounter between the teams in Dunedin. Cheika has once again named an unchanged backline, highlighted by Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale at Nos 10 and 12. The Wallabies coach has gone with five forwards and three backs on the bench but there was no room for Hunt following his return from an ankle injury. ​Nick Phipps will be the team’s back-up halfback, while Samu Kerevi and Henry Speight have been given the green light over Hunt, one of Australia’s standout performers in the June series. Ned Hanigan and Lukhan Tui will serve as the team’s cover in the back row and second row.The Wallabies will be looking to snap a seven-game losing streak against the All Blacks, who have already retained the Bledisloe Cup for a 15th year in row after a 20-point victory in Sydney and six-point win in Dunedin.  WALLABIES: Israel Folau, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Kurtley Beale, Reece Hodge, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Sean McMahon, Michael Hooper, Jack Dempsey, Adam Coleman, Rob Simmons, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio. Reserves: Stephen Moore, Tom Robertson, Allan Alaalatoa, Lukhan Tui, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Samu Kerevi, Henry Speight. Photo by: MARK KOLBE/GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Stephen Moore will get to play a test in front of his hometown crowd for one last time, against the All Blacks in Brisbane on Saturday)last_img read more

Red-hot England run rings around Italy

first_imgOwen Farrell, George Ford and Jack Nowell added one apiece and Farrell kicked four conversions and a penalty.The score was harsh on Italy who resisted bravely until a flurry of England tries in the closing minutes.The winners of the last two wooden spoons were refreshingly positive and replied with two tries of their own from Tommaso Benvenuti and Mattia Bellini with Tommaso Allan kicking a conversion and penalty.England, who have won all 24 games against Italy, lost halfback Ben Youngs in the first half when he suffered a knee injury.”They played exceptionally well,” England head coach Eddie Jones said.”It was a tough game of rugby but we ran away with it in the end.”We let them into the game a bit with individual discipline lapses but, in general, everything was positive.”Watson finished off two flowing moves in the first 10 minutes as England took quick control but Italy reduced the arrears with a superb effort when Allen’s looping pass set up Benvenuti for a converted try.England went in with a 17-10 half-time lead after Farrell scored and converted a try and Allan replied with a penalty for Italy.Italy’s Tommaso Boni had a try chalked off for a forward pass following a video review early in the second half.Simmonds then raced away to scored England’s fourth try although Italy, who lost 10 out of 11 matches last year, continued to cause trouble and again reduced the arrears as Bellini forced his way past Mike Brown to score in the corner.The referee confirmed the points after the video replay showed Bellini just stayed inside the touchline.But England floored the hosts with three quick tries in the closing minutes from Ford, Simmonds and Nowell to seal an emphatic victory.last_img read more

Hunters remain in third spot

first_imgFrom 19 games, the Hunters have racked up 30 competition points. This comes off 13 wins, 6 losses and 2 byes. The Hunters have a points for and against of 108.The Hunters, who are still undefeated at home, will play their toughest game this season when they take on competition leaders, the Burleigh Bears, at the National Football Stadium this Sunday.The top 6:Burleigh Bears (33), Redcliffe Dolphins (32), SP Hunters (30), Townsville Blackhawks (29), Easts Tigers (26) and Sunshine Coast Falcons (23).last_img read more

Kroos explains his Olympic goal: “It was not my most difficult shot”

first_imgIt was the 16th minute of the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup between Valencia and Real Madrid when Toni Kroos made a genius. Gil Manzano whistled a corner to the left of the Madrid attack. The German midfielder approached to execute it, pulled out of mischief and quality and scored an Olympic goal that opened the recital and paved the way for those of Zidane to the final of the Super Cup. In an interview with Sport 1, Kroos explained how he decided to get out of the hat that much: “It was spontaneous. I ran to the corner and saw that the Valencia goalkeeper was speaking with his defense about five meters from the goal. When I lowered the ball, they were still talking. So of course You must make a quick decision. The shot was fine. “ A shot that came naturally and without training, as revealed by the player himself: “No, you don’t have to train that. It’s actually the same shot as when you throw a foul. You simply aim at a different objective instead of on the side of the goal. ” Although it is not the first time he tries. He already touched it in the Champions League, against PSG: “Against PSG it almost worked, but Keylor reached the ball at the last moment …”. Kroos was also asked about Luka Jovic (21 years old) and his disappointing season. Signed by Real Madrid this summer for 60 million as one of the most promising nine in Europe (scored 27 goals in 48 games last season with Eintracht), he has only scored one in 16 (515 minutes). Against Valencia, in the semifinals of the Super Cup, Zidane gave him the title for Benzema’s injury and suspended again. The German midfielder came out in his defense: “You can’t say that Madrid is too big for Jovic. It is clear that Benzema is our number one. He is backed by many goals and his performance. It is not easy to play a game every three to four weeks and often be replaced “. And settled: “I think he has the necessary qualities to stay in Madrid.”last_img read more

In the skin of Maradona in La Bombonera: within the series ‘Dream blessed’ by Amazon

first_imgThe challenge.The team faces the challenge of embodying Maradona in the different phases of his complex personal and professional life. From Villa Fiorito and Argentinos Jrs. to Boca, the Albiceleste and its adventures in Spain and Italy. And from there to his problems with the drug, the US positive. and the elite’s withdrawal to the arrhythmia with which he bordered death and the treatment of his addictions in Cuba. Later will come the wide phase as a coach. A role that three actors with a similarity, in some cases, amazing.Nicolás Goldschmitt gives life to the youngest Maradona. “I come from the dance, so for the series I had to enlarge my thighs. Then I spent time learning some of his gestures. Shoulders back or wet lips with tongue every so often when I speak, ” account.More complex mission was the turn of Nazareno Casero, who, being right-handed, plays left-handed, for many, the greatest of all time. “Now I’m practically left handed. I can charge some fault … The gambeta I studied the most is the hitch inside, but Maradona is indecipherable. It has a unique movement of the body, ”explains the adult Maradona. To illustrate their football and exploits the team will also resort to archival images. Amazon Prime Video ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Frame from the series ‘Blessed Dream’Amazon Prime Video It’s 2019, but it could be 2001. Maradona, in the skin of actor Juan Palomino, says goodbye to La Bombonera and Boca Juniors, the team of his life. Grant Diego After his homage party (The ball is not stained) his last interview on foot of field with the xeneize shirt accompanied by his daughters Dalma and Giannina. And the stands shout: “Diego! Give me the captain’s tape! Make me a son, Diego! ” A journey through time through one of the scenes of Maradona: Blessed Dream, the biographical series of The fuzz in which Amazon Prime Video has been working with extreme zeal for over a year.AS, the only Spanish media present in the filming in Argentina, followed the action from the stands, spoke with the actors and the director and discovered some of the secrets of a work that will give prominence to the Maradona stage in Spain. “There will be Barcelona and Seville, which for him represented crossing the limits,” says director Alejandro Aimetta.Amazon Prime Video ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Frame from the series ‘Blessed Dream’Amazon Prime Videocenter_img Juan Palomino takes care of the current Maradona, which transformed his body to gain 20 kilos. He speaks convinced of the “Maradonian concept”. “Maradona is a pasture, liveliness, the drive to break the established. It reminds me of Ali. It is politically incorrect. Read reality and stand in front of it. He falls and rises. Like the fenix bird. And we all talk about Maradona. Because we are all children of God, ”he laughs.Telling something new about Maradona will be part of the challenge, but from Prime Video they insist. A new vision will be offered. “There will be things that Maradona doesn’t like. We will not avoid the moments when he bit the ground. It would be hypocrisy. Far from what everyone thinks, he neither limited us nor there were warnings, ”confesses Aimetta, who refuses to reveal whether the royal Maradona will appear in any chapter:“ It was not my turn to get there, but it is not ruled out. I would like. Who doesn’t want to have him around?Maradona is still a reef. We will see how far Blessed Dream comes. 2020 and a legion of fans await its premiere.Another vision of Maradona.Maradona: Blessed Dream will feature two seasons of ten chapters each. Spain, a fundamental part of his career, will also have his space. The scriptwriter team, as director Aimetta confirmed to AS, He worked in collaboration with Maradona, as well as with forty people from his circle. “All versions did not match. We tell by contrast what each one lived, ”he says. Amazon has not confirmed release date, but 2020 is emerging as the year of release.Rodrigo Alonso ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The actors of ‘Sueño bendito’ in La BomboneraRodrigo Alonsolast_img read more