Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Ajah Criner, Central Arkansas – So. – Stephens, Ark.Criner took three first-place finishes at the UCA Spring Opener, winning the 100m (12.23), 200m (25.06) and 4x100m (47.76). Honorable Mention: Alex Eykelbosch, McNeese; Sprint Medley, Northwestern State; Sophie Daigle, Southeastern Louisiana. Honorable Mention: Alanna Arive, McNeese; Jakiriya Hunter, Northwestern State; Hannah Noble, Central Arkansas. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas sophomore Ajah Criner and Southeastern Louisiana junior Alexia Stein are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. 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. UCA next heads to Memphis, Tenn., this weekend for the Rhodes College Invitational while Southeastern travels to UL Lafayette’s Louisiana Classics. Both competitions take place Friday and Saturday. Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Alexia Stein, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Baldwin City, Kan.Stein captured gold in the discus with a school-record throw of 160-02.00 inches at McNeese’s Cowboy Relays. That mark leads the Southland by 11 feet this season. She was also 11th in the hammer throw with a distance of 141-00.0.
TOP CAL-BREDS SHOW IT N MOE IT & S Y SKY SET FOR REMATCH IN SUNDAY’S $100,000 SPRING FEVER STAKES AT SIX FURLONGS RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2019)–Fresh off what appeared to be her best race to date, trainer Gary Sherlock’s Show It N Moe It will renew acquaintances with Phil D’Amato’s S Y Sky as they head a field of five California-bred or sired fillies and mares going six furlongs in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes at Santa Anita.Bred in California and owned in-part by Terry Lovingier, Show It N Moe It powered to a 3 ¼ length allowance win over S Y Sky at 6 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 10 and appears poised to enjoy her best season at age four.Although well beaten Jan. 10, S Y Sky bounced back with a solid gate to wire victory down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint on Jan. 26, winning by a half length and garnering her third state-bred stakes victory.For older fillies and mares, the Spring Fever Stakes is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA.SHOW IT N MOE ITOwner: Tom London, Terry Lovingier & Terry C. ZondloTrainer: Gary SherlockA big, rangy filly by Lovingier’s Grace Upon Grace, out of his Ide mare, Robitica, she’s been a joy to behold through 18 career starts, which have produced a record of 5-4-4 and earnings of $375,604. Fifth, beaten five lengths two starts back by talented Spiced Perfection in the state-bred Betty Grable Stakes going seven furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 11, Show It N Moe It bounced back with a tremendous effort on Jan. 10 and will vie for favoritism with S Y Sky on Sunday. A winner of four out of 10 Santa Anita starts and in the money in eight of them, Show It N Moe appears headed to graded stakes competition if she runs big in the Spring Fever.S Y SKYOwner: Nick AlexanderTrainer: Phil D’AmatoDespite sustaining a career threatening soft tissue injury at age two, this Nick Alexander homebred 5-year-old mare by Grazen, out of the Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, has banked $457,320 from her nine lifetime starts. Although she’d been favored in seven out of her previous eight starts, the public backed away from her in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint Jan. 26, sending her off at a lukewarm 2-1 versus seven rivals. Although she sports the biggest bankroll in the field and an outstanding resume that reads 9-5-3-1, a return to the main track and return engagement with Show It N Moe It would appear to make the Spring Fever a tougher assignment than her most recent stakes score on turf.THE $100,000 SPRING FEVER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 5 p.m. PTShow It N Moe It–Rafael Bejarano–122Coco Kisses–Joel Rosario–120S Y Sky–Joe Talamo–122Barbara Beatrice–Tiago Pereira–122Into Rissa–Geovanni Franco–120First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1:00 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
JOSE MOURINHO has reportedly contacted Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over a £70million summer swoop for Eder Militao.Spanish outlet El Desmarque claims the Special One is drawing up replacements for Jan Vertonghen, who is out of contract at the end of the season.1 Real Madrid are prepared to cut their losses on Brazilian defender Eder MilitaoCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe Belgian, 32, who was an unused substitute in the club’s Champions League exit to RB Leipzig, appears to be no closer to signing an extension.Militao, meanwhile, has endured a torrid debut season at Madrid following a £44m move from Porto last summer.The 22-year-old has fallen behind Zinedine Zidane’s established centre-back pairing of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane at the Bernabeu.While Militao has often been forced to play out of position on the rare occasion that Dani Carvajal is injured.In total, he has made just 13 appearances for Los Blancos all season, with a mere seven starts in LaLiga.Despite that, Madrid are desperate to make a profit on Militao and have reportedly told Mourinho that they’ll let him leave for £70m.But Spurs boss Mourinho remains confident of lowering his former employer’s lofty valuation of the defender before next season.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMost 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 CelticSunSport previously revealed that the north Londoners are also eyeing up a move for £22m-rated Rangers star Borna Barisic.The Croatia ace, 27, has already featured 43 times this season for club and country, keeping 24 clean sheets.Roma considered a January offer but with Gers unwilling to sell mid-season, they look on course to test the waters again.TOTTENHAM NEWS LIVE: FOLLOW LATEST SPURS UPDATESTottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hope that Harry Kane will soon return to training
The clip, on the popular Fox Sports Matty Johns Show, showed small children attempting to pronounce the ‘funniest’ player names in the NRL (National Rugby League), most of which being Pacific Islander surnames, 9News network reports.But the “Footy Kids in Cars” video has not gone down well with players. Former Samoa international Frank Puletua told 9News he was “disappointed that a segment like that got to air without any sort of thought about how it might be perceived by people in Pacific Island league communities.”Most vocal was Anastastia Nimo Tagataese, wife of current player Sam Tagataese, who wrote in a Facebook post that “casual racism is not OK”.Writing that she believed there was no malice intended in the video, she told her social media followers that “having parents laugh with their children because they are unable to pronounce Pacific Islander surnames is completely disrespectful”.Not innocent funNigel Vagana, who has represented both New Zealand and Samoa as well as serving a stint for the Warrington Wolves in the UK, criticised any idea that the segment was innocent fun, saying that such things could normalise abuse against Polynesian children in schools.”Are we saying it’s alright for those kids to go to school and be mocked by their surname because it was okay on TV the night before?” he asked New Zealand’s Stuff news website.Addressing the incident on his Monday night show, Matty Johns said “it was never the intention to disrespect anybody, particularly people in the Polynesian community.”I’d like to apologise for any hurt or offence we have caused, and we have caused offence and we have caused hurt and I acknowledge that,” Sportingnews.com quoted the Fox Sports presenter as saying. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Former Samoan international Nigel Vagana (centre) criticised the “Footy Kids in Cars” video
Photo by: BRADLEY KANARIS/ GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Jason Taumalolo – pictured playing his last test for the Kiwis – has been accused by NZ coach David Kidwell of ‘a lack of respect’) Kiwis coach David Kidwell has accused Jason Taumalolo of a lack of respect after his controversial decision to switch allegiance to Tonga.Taumalolo – rated the best forward in world rugby league – opted to play for Tonga at the Rugby League World Cup after 10 caps for the Kiwis.Kidwell told the Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper that Taumalolo’s actions still rankled and he said there were no guarantees the North Queensland Cowboys star would play for the Kiwis again.His comments are sure to add fuel to the fire when the Kiwis face Tonga in Hamilton on November 11.David Kidwell is not sure whether the Kiwis will take Jason Taumalolo back after he chose to play for Tonga at the World Cup.”The issue I have is I would have liked Jason to tell me to my face [that he was switching to Tonga],” Kidwell said.”I can understand why he wanted to play for Tonga and represent his heritage but I just wished he showed me some respect.”I found out that he wanted to play for Tonga from a third party. He never told me – I still haven’t heard from him or spoken to him.”I’m not going to have any ill-feeling towards Jason but if he explained things to me, I would have at least sat down and said, ‘OK, what are your reasons?’.”I would never step in someone’s way of representing another country if that player doesn’t feel connected to the New Zealand jumper.”I have 24 guys in this team now who feel they belong to the Kiwis and will play for the jumper. That’s the attitude I want.”The Courier Mail said it was understood some Kiwis players were “bitterly disappointed” with Taumalolo.Kidwell admitted he still did not know “why he doesn’t want to play for us”.”If he has an issue with me, I’m not aware of it. I coached Jason when he was in the Junior Kiwis.”If there is an issue, I just wanted him to see me and tell me how he was feeling. I’m an open book. I’m not closed. I’d like to think I have a mindset where I listen to people.It won’t be up to me whether Jason plays for New Zealand again. It won’t be the selectors either.”It will be players. I’m trying to shape our culture at the moment and they are the ones driving it.”Kiwis skipper Adam Blair told the Courier Mail that while he was surprised at Taumalolo’s decision, he and his teammates were looking ahead to their first World Cup game against Samoa on Saturday.”Our focus is on the players that want to represent our country. The media keeps bringing it up, but we’ve put the Taumalolo stuff behind us.”
Alwin Komolong is the bigger brother and the PNG under 23 captain in the recent Pacific Games in Port Moresby while Felix plays on the backline and is one of the top backliners along with his brother up front in the Pacific Games.The two brothers returned from studies in the USA and New Zealand respectively and are now in camp with Madang FC team.Madang FC assistant coach Amos Romo told PNG Loop that the two brothers have joined the team and resumed training on Monday.“We are more than happy for them to join the team, and they add more experience and bonus into the team.“Our last game against Lae City Dwellers, they were with us in Lae, but were on the bench and this week Monday we resume training after one week off and they are coping well,” Romo said.Romo added that Alwin was the captain of Madang FC last year and lead the team into its first grand final against Lae City Dwellers and his return to the team has boosted the morale of players and team management to aim high.He said they are a complete team now and looking forward to round two of the NSL season.Photo: File picture. Photo taken during the 2015 Pacific Games.
Titans showed class in the first 40 minutes, leading 12-6 in a trial match played at Yonki yesterday in front of a packed local crowd.Tigers scored a successfully converted try in the first quarter after some strong performances by both sides.After studying the Tigers’ game, Titans coach Merrah Kipefa regrouped his troops resulting in them running over the line twice to collect eight points.The conversions found the mark, ensuring the home side went for the break with a 12-6 lead.Local supporters were over the moon, seeing a semi-professional team trailing behind the local boys.However, realising a possible danger, the Tigers took things more seriously and fought back hard in the third quarter with tries accumulating to 24 while the Titans were still on 12.Tigers added more in the final quarter before the Titans crossed the line once, bringing the final score to 34-16 in favour of the visitors.Local support was split because Tigers got some of its new recruits from the Titans.Kipefa, who is also the local Member of Parliament, thanked the Tigers for giving his talents a game at their home turf.”We have had a unique relationship with the Tigers for some time now and this match comes at the back of that, providing an entertainment for the community,” Kipefa said during a dinner after the match.He added that bringing a city-based semi-professional team to his district was a boost for the local league and was also a positive development in engaging with youths and families.Tigers coach Stanley Tepend acknowledged the Titans team and management for organising a wonderful match.”Titans participate in our 9s and other competitions in Lae and every year we get some of their boys into the Tigers squad,” Tepend said.This season, two young talents were added to the squad who played at their home soil yesterday.Next weekend, the Tigers will have another trial match against the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis in Goroka.Meanwhile, the Tigers season launch will be held on April 15 in Lae with a special appearance by an Australian league legend.(The Owan Titans after yesterday’s match.)
Coates, seen as a close ally of IOC President Thomas Bach, said he would be “very, very surprised” if the IOC overturned the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).”It’s an International Federation’s right to suspend a National Federation and I don’t think we would overturn that at all,” he said.The Australian, who has described the Russian testing system as “rotten to the core”, also welcomed similar investigations now taking place within other sports.This comes after the IAAF Council decided unanimously yesterday against lifting the ban due to a Russian failure to meet criteria required by the body’s Task Force.Only Russians who can prove they have been operating in an “effective testing system” will be permitted to compete as independent athletes – with this essentially meaning only those who have been based outside of the country.The IOC have generally been seen as opposed to the suspension, partly to provide all countries with a right to participate and partly in order to maintain their close political relations with Russia.An Olympic Stakeholders Summit is due to be held in Lausanne on Tuesday (June 21) with the aim of finding a compromise between “collective responsibility and individual justice”.
Sara Sorribes gave Spain an sudden victory in opposition to Japan within the Federation Cup on Friday. The Nationwide Workforce, which aspires to be within the new closing Davis-style section of the nation competitors, face with out Muguruza this qualifying tie, the so-called qualifiers, and it was as much as Sorribes to put on Garbiñe to face Naomi Osaka, not way back world number one (now the 10th) and Japanese chief. Absolutely fulfilled that of Castellón, 23, who He took the win in an hour and 17 minutes with a thread included within the first (6-Zero and 6-3).Sorribes got here out with a well-defined script: give the initiative to Osaka, go balls and search for the fault of his rival. It went completely within the first half. Defending himself with the reverse lower and enjoying with heights, he discovered a torrent of errors from the Japanese, who gave up thrice his serve and delivered the set to zero. Already within the second sleeve targeted Osaka and commenced to dominate with its reverse. The worst moments of Sorribes arrived, You misplaced your outbound service. However the Castellón, animated by the charanga that was put in within the stands of the La Manga Tennis Middle of Cartagena, remained tight to its technique and this returned to provide returns. Supported once more in Naomi’s errors, he took the sport by the flaps and regained management with two breaks in a row. At that time the desperation of the Japanese arrived, who with 5-Three burst into tears and took a cheer from the gathered followers. Cruel, Sorribes put his relaxation 6-Three and 1-Zero for Spain within the tie.It’s his second victory in singles in 5 video games and as many playoffs, the second on land and, doubtless, an important of his profession. His tears on the finish (“it’s the sport with extra emotion of my life,” he stated) corroborate it. Flip now for Carla Suárez, who within the yr of his goodbye to the tracks can put the Nationwide Workforce within the Finals.
Neymar Jr could miss the Dortmund-PSG of the knockout stages of the Champions League. Lor that it seemed a scare in the ribs against Montpellier is becoming a nightmare for a player who has not been able to play the final phase of the European Cup in the last two years. “I can’t confirm 100% that Neymar can play the game against Dortmund next week,” said Thomas Tuchel in the press conference after the match against Dijon corresponding to the quarterfinals of the French Cup. The Brazilian was injured against Montpellier on February 1 and has not played again since then.If confirmed, Neymar would have missed at least one game in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the third consecutive year. In his first season in Paris, he lost his lap against Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes, while he was unable to play against Manchester United last year. Both lesions were of the fifth metatarsal, while the lesion is now in the ribs.