Honorable Mention: Stephanie Schwartz, Stephen F. Austin; Tiera Gulum, Tulane; Jackie Evans, Monmouth; Samantha Gainor, Vanderbilt. February Bowler of the Month – Jordan Richard, Arkansas State – Sr. – Tecumseh, Mich.Richard helped the Red Wolves to top-three finishes in both of their tournaments in February. She averaged 220.3 pins per game in traditional matches and was second individually at the Prairie View A&M Invitational to earn her third all-tournament honor of the season. The 220.3 average was second highest in the league in the month in traditional matches. She was also second in the league in all formats with a 21.20 average per frame. The Red Wolves next head to the Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn., from March 16-18 before gearing up for the 2018 Southland Bowling League Championship in Dallas, Texas, from March 23-25. FRISCO, Texas – Arkansas State senior Jordan Richard is the February Southland Bowler of the Month, the league announced Tuesday. Southland monthly awards are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Southland monthly awards are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Pl. School (First-place votes) Total FRISCO, Texas – Reigning Southland Conference regular-season champion Sam Houston State is favored to defend its title as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The Bearkats earned 22 first-place votes to top the preseason poll, the league announced Thursday.After finishing atop the league standings in 2018 with a 24-6 conference record, Sam Houston was knocked out of the Southland tournament and missed out on a berth to the NCAA tournament for just the second time in the last seven seasons.Sam Houston enters the 2019 season tied with four institutions for a conference-best three preseason all-conference selections – senior outfielders Hunter Hearn and Clayton Harp and junior pitcher Hayden Wesneski. The 2017 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, Wesneski finished the year with a 7-3 mark and went at least six innings in 10 of his 15 starts, including each of his last eight, and posted nine quality starts.Southeastern Louisiana earned three first-place votes and comes in just 26 total points behind Sam Houston State with 258. The Lions are coming off their third-straight second-place finish in the regular season with a 37-22 record in 2018.Southeastern begins the season with three preseason all-conference first team members, headlined by senior pitchers Corey Gaconi and Carlisle Koestler. The duo combined to go 14-2 last season with a 2.90 ERA, 135 strikeouts over 167.1 innings pitched and just 1.6 walks per nine innings.Defending tournament champion Northwestern State earned one first-place vote and 250 total points to rank third in the preseason poll. The Demons entered the 2018 Southland Conference tournament with an 18-12 mark in league play and won four-straight games to claim the program’s first-ever Southland Conference tournament title.Northwestern State was named the No. 4 seed in the Corvallis Regional, hosted by eventual College World Series champion Oregon State. After shutting out San Diego State in the elimination game, the Demons lost a hard-fought battle with LSU to bring their season to a close. Senior pitcher Jerry Maddox, the 2018 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, headlines Northwestern State’s crop of returners.Central Arkansas is picked to finish fourth with 200 points while McNeese rounds out the top five with 187 points. Houston Baptist (169), New Orleans (130), Lamar (128), Nicholls (120), Incarnate Word (104), and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (97) were voted sixth through 11th while Stephen F. Austin (63) and Abilene Christian (38) rounded out the poll.The 2019 season begins Friday, Feb. 15, with 13 games, starting when Nicholls welcomes Southern Illinois at 1 p.m. CT.Southland preseason polls are voted on by each program’s head coach and sports information director. Individuals rank the conference’s other 12 teams in predicted order of regular season finish, with first-place votes worth 12 points, second-place votes worth 11 points and so on to one point for 12th place.2019 Southland Conference Baseball Preseason Poll 13. Abilene Christian 38 5. McNeese 187 6. Houston Baptist 169 4. Central Arkansas 200 9. Nicholls 120 7. New Orleans 130 8. Lamar 128 12. Stephen F. Austin 63 10. Incarnate Word 104 2. Southeastern Louisiana (3) 258 11. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 97 1. Sam Houston State (22) 284 3. Northwestern State (1) 250
“It didn’t amount to a win,” said Garth, “but I fought hard for my team.” With a season at stake, Robinson rose up to deliver a go-ahead three-pointer with 23 seconds left to give the Privateers a thrilling 76-72 win over Lamar, the sixth-straight time the No. 5 Cardinals lost to UNO, who now advance to play top-seeded Sam Houston State at 5 p.m. CT on Friday.MBB: Robinson buried this triple with 21.7 seconds remaining to give @PrivateersMBB the lead for good. @UofNO earned 76-72 victory over Lamar. #504OurCity#SouthlandStrong #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/w7bMeIJGA9— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 15, 2019 Both defenses clamped down in the second half as each team shot under 40 percent from the field. However, it was the Cardinals who were able to find the basket with enough consistency to pare down a 51-42 deficit that eventually put them back into the contest. UNO went through a stretch of 1-for-12 shooting and relied heavily on the scoring of Plaisance, who had 16 points and seven rebounds. The Privateers survived a huge performance from Lamar guard Nick Garth, who bounced back from a sluggish effort in Wednesday’s win over Houston Baptist to score 28 points, including four threes. The First-Team All-Southland guard helped keep the Cardinals in the contest and gave them their first lead of the second half on a trey with 9:22 left that made the score 63-62. “I think the guys are pretty clear on what the expectations are for us,” said Slessinger. “(Thursday) was a testament to what our team is,” said New Orleans coach Mark Slessinger. “They’re blue collar and they play for each other. I may be the luckiest guy on the earth to be able to coach them.”MBB: NEW ORLEANS SPEED! @privateersmbb SPRINT to the big backstage bracket. @UofNO gets top seed SHSU Friday night.#504OurCity#SouthlandStrong ?? #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/OT7irXHkRn— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 15, 2019 Down 42-28 with 3:18 before intermission, the Cardinals stormed back to make it a contest. Buoyed by their fan base, Lamar got five points each from Garth and Davion Buster as part of a 12-0 run that Buster capped with a trey with 23 seconds left to allow the Cards to draw within 42-40. “We called the play initially to get it inside to our big, Scott (Plaisance),” said Robinson, who finished with 17 points and four assists. “Once that broke down, it came back to me. I looked at the shot clock and figured I’d just take it in my hands.” The victory came after the Privateers had to withstand a pair of runs from the Cardinals (20-13) when it appeared New Orleans was ready to break the game wide open. Robinson’s basket helped UNO’s offense redeem themselves during a second half in which they shot only 38 percent from the field and were held scoreless for a stretch of just over four minutes. The Privateers weren’t quite able to breathe a sigh of relief. Down 74-72, Lamar guard Davion Buster’s long-range bid to give the Cardinals a 10th-straight victory glanced off the rim and into the hands of Damion Rosser, who proceeded to hit two clutch free throws to preserve the win for New Orleans (18-12). Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Just when it appeared Lamar had erased their struggles against New Orleans, along came Bryson Robinson to deliver a heartbreaking blow to the Cardinals. New Orleans lost to Sam Houston State 71-60 on February 27, but the Privateers are enthused about getting a second chance at the regular season champs. Plaisance was also able to play Lamar’s Josh Nzeakor to a draw. Nzaeakor, the Cardinals’ second-team all-conference post, recorded his ninth double-double of the season, but had just 12 points after scoring 25 against HBU 24 hours earlier. He did grab 11 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.
18% 17 THREE ARE IN TIGHT RACE FOR THE TRAINING LEAD 6 13 Rafael Bejarano83 Money Won JockeyMts 2 13 42% 22 7 28% $116,596 16 15% Ruben Fuentes59 26% 50% 5 5 32% 59% 16 42% $789,788 20 $153,940 11 2 11 5 6 55% $644,504 $1,296,051 TEAM BAFFERT PURSUES MORE THREE-YEAR-OLD CLASSICSChad Brown has won an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding trainer for the past three years, but if there was a category for most recognizable trainer, Bob Baffert would have retired the cup by now.He’s on TV more than Lucy reruns.Winning the Kentucky Derby five times and sweeping the Triple Crown twice will buoy your mainstream popularity.The 66-year-old Hall of Fame member with the signature shock of white hair is poised to add to his laurels on the Triple Crown trail thanks to a nucleus of three-year-olds with seemingly unlimited potential, although it is three months from the 145th Run for the Roses on May 4.The latest to show his merit is Mucho Gusto, who rolled to a 4 ¾-length triumph in Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, covering a mile and one-sixteenth on a sloppy/sealed track in 1:41.81 under a patient ride by Joe Talamo.Baffert was delighted with the outcome. It was his record seventh win in the race, which was run as the Santa Catalina Stakes from 1964 through 2006.“The horse got to sit off the pace and they have to learn to do that,” Baffert said. “I was happy with Joe. He rode him with a lot of confidence and was on his own. I didn’t give him any instructions. When he asked me what he should do, I told him, ‘You need to WIN THIS RACE.’“This is the time of year when you start getting excited about the big three-year-old races. We’re still dreaming in Technicolor, but the horses have to start performing and moving forward from this point, and it’s fun to be in this position.”Whether Mucho Gusto remains first string or a sub off the bench from Baffert’s varsity remains to be seen. At the moment, Mucho Gusto is among Baffert’s “starters” along with Improbable, Coliseum and his “Michael Jordan,” undefeated Eclipse Award winner as outstanding two-year-old male of 2018, Game Winner.Coliseum is scheduled to start in this Sunday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs. The gray son of Tapit owned and bred by Godolphin LLC worked six furlongs from the gate Wednesday in a bullet 1:12.20 under Mike Smith.“He came away from the gate a little slow,” Baffert said, “but he settled really well, which I really liked. I’m pretty happy with that.”If one of his three-year-olds were to go on and join American Pharoah (2015) and undefeated Horse of the Year Justify (2018) as Triple Crown winners, Baffert would become the first trainer to capture the Classics three times and the Kentucky Derby six times.Had the fates allowed, however, he might already hold those records.In 1998, Victory Gallop hung an excruciating nose defeat on Real Quiet, preventing a Triple Crown sweep for Baffert, and in the 1996 Kentucky Derby, Grindstone nailed Cavonnier on the wire, also by a nose, defeats that will live in infamy. 28% $138,785 39% 55% Jeff Mullins32 13% 5 8 18% 9 2 14 3rd $241,449 5 Richard Mandella24 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $672,654 $461,424 44% 9 12 17% Kent Desormeaux52 Geovanni Franco102 59% DOG BITES MAN: BAFFERT ON DERBY TRAIL AGAIN 13 16% 7 42% ITM% $630,518 Jerry Hollendorfer54 $198,952 15% $585,939 13% 2nd Joseph Talamo84 8 7 5 $117,916 5 $501,307 19% 8 5 12 20 Doug O’Neill87 29% 11 7 Bob Baffert41 12 9 3 $375,639 Assael Espinoza64 $227,436 8 Steve Knapp27 11% 31% 13 Tiago Pereira78 48% 5 41% 10% $650,663 15% Peter Miller64 $690,827 5 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 2) 6 Philip D’Amato55 14 Martin Pedroza40 9 46% 1st 13% Money Won 40% 1 2nd 22 59% Win% $738,591 Flavien Prat106 6 7 20% $727,909 5 Tyler Baze120 9 $912,841 8% $247,370 44% 41% 6 1 Richard Baltas66 12 15 11 7 58% 11 13 16% 3rd 21 20% $1,752,832 Mark Glatt38 $809,150 9 42% 4 6 Joel Rosario115 ITM% J. Keith Desormeaux32 41% 13 71% 18 Mike Smith41 8 7 46% 22% William E. Morey37 13% 2 $526,567 MACHOWSKY SADDLES HIS FINAL RUNNER TODAY 15% 7 10 $356,940 1st $281,778 TrainerMts 7 6 5 11 59% 50% John Sadler40 7 12% 10 Win% 15 Agapito Delgadillo34 28 19% 15 Drayden Van Dyke83 $791,957 46% $666,382 4 10 41% 10 25% 22% 18% $462,788 Edwin Maldonado38 Heriberto Figueroa107 6 10 41% 14 William Spawr12 15% 1 67% 7 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTVBOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW GAME WINNER, THE BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE AND TWO-YEAR-OLD ECLIPSE CHAMPIONMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW POLAR, A PROMISING THREE-YEAR-OLDBOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW IMPROBABLE, THE UNDEFEATED THREE-YEAR-OLD ON THE DERBY TRAILCOLISEUM (OUTSIDE) AND SPEED FREAK WORKING FROM THE GATEUNDEFEATED GAME WINNER WORKING 5-FURLONGSMEGAHERTZ CHAMP VASILIKA WORKING 4-FURLONGSFINISH LINES: Proud Emma, 6-1 chance on Jon White‘s morning line in today’s fourth race, is the last runner for Mike Machowsky after a 30-year training career. Machowsky will represent auction giant Fasig-Tipton in California starting Feb. 15. Machowsky won Saturday’s seventh race with Ministersdon’tlie ($12.80) under Aaron Gryder . . . Through 24 racing days, only four wins separate the top four in the race for the training lead. Doug O’Neill remains in front with 14 wins (he has 15 seconds); Peter Miller is second with 13, Richard Baltas third with 12 and Jerry Hollendorfer fourth with 10. The money won battle is close as well, with Miller leading Baltas, $789,788 to $780,957. Among jockeys, Flavien Prat leads Joel Rosario, 26-22. Winning favorites are consistent with the national average of about 33 percent: overall, 64 of 206 (31.07 percent); on dirt, 41 of 135 (30.37 percent); and on turf, 23 of 71 (32.39 percent) . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and reopen for live racing Thursday, Feb. 7, at 12:30 p.m. There will be simulcast racing Wednesday, with free general admission and parking. 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Exactly, liked him when he was breaking through the first team and he showed massive potential.— F.S (@MetallicJuan) April 2, 2020 Always a Gooner. Come home Serge— The African Gunner (@Sipho_Arsenal) April 2, 2020 Tottenham star Son Heung-min set to complete four-week national service in South Korea during coronavirus season delay @SergeGnabry pic.twitter.com/GoVGxNCqyp— Neal Francis (@neal_franc) April 2, 2020 No money— Not Good At Goodbyes 🔴 (@kibe_hum) April 2, 2020 3SERGE GNABRY has thrilled Arsenal fans AGAIN by wearing a Gunners shirt on a Bayern Munich video call.Bayern’s players got together for a virtual catch up during coronavirus lockdown and the 24-year-old could be seen in this season’s yellow away strip.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates3 Serge Gnabry wore an Arsenal shirt during a video call with Bayern Munich’s players3 Fans online were begging the German to come back to the EmiratesHe was seen playing with a ball with a framed Bayern shirt behind him.The German struggled to break into the first team at Arsenal where he was on the books between 2011 and 2016.But since his departure for Werder Bremen – where Bayern eventually signed him from – Gnabry has continually shown the North Londoners still have a place in his heart.And fans online were begging him to come back to the Emirates.One wrote: “Always a Gooner. Come home Serge.”CORONAVIRUS 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.While another added: “Always puzzled me as to why we let him go. Liked him from day one.”And most replied with witty emojis and memes.Earlier this season, Gnabry smashed a double past Chelsea to make it SIX Champions League goals in London this campaign.Before that he’d bagged an incredible four goals in one game as Bayern Munich destroyed Tottenham on their own soil.And the ex-Arsenal man then goaded Blues fans by writing “London still Red” on Twitter.Gnabry also smashed FOUR past Spurs in a 7-2 home drubbing during the group stage in October.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 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 himSpeaking after the game Gnabry said: “I always enjoy coming back here to London – I have a lot of friends here.”In February, SunSport exclusively revealed Bayern are still keen on Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and City want Gnabry thrown in as part of the deal.Gnabry was set to tear things up for Germany at Euro 2020 this summer before coronavirus saw it moved to next year.London still red.. #FCB pic.twitter.com/3108THrtzv— Serge Gnabry (@SergeGnabry) February 25, 2020 pic.twitter.com/TUKvf06p6y— Elz🏄♂️🏴 (@AfcElz) April 2, 2020 @Arsenal bring him back to his club— Balistical 🇳🇬 (@ogabalistical) April 2, 2020
3TOTTENHAM starlet Japhet Tanganga has become addicted to Monopoly during the coronavirus lockdown. But he hopes he will soon be swapping the top hat for an England cap — thanks to boss Jose Mourinho.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates3 Spurs defender Japhet Tanganga has praised both Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho for his dramatic progressCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 Japhet Tanganga is hoping to push on for full England honoursCredit: AFP or licensorsMany thought the Special One would give young players the boot when he took over in November.But Tanganga has remained in and around the squad since his Premier League debut in the 1-0 home loss to Liverpool in January.And the defender, 21, has shown he can more than hold his own alongside more experienced team-mates.He said: “It’s been crazy. It just goes to show anything can happen.“This time last year could I see myself in this position? I don’t think so. It just goes to show how quickly things can change in football.“There have been moments where I wake up in the morning and remember the morning of the Liverpool game.“It was disappointing to lose but that feeling of making my debut and remembering the messages from everyone is something I’ll always remember.“This time has allowed me to sit back and reminisce about this breakthrough season. I just want to continue it.”Lockdown seems to have come at the worst time for Tanganga, who has been keeping himself amused playing games with family and friends.He said: “We like to play Blackjack — not gambling, just trying to get rid of the deck. And Uno.“With my friends I play Monopoly online on PS4 — I’ve become really addicted.”Now he is looking to replace that hotel on Park Lane, which as well as being in Monopoly was the name of a terrace at Tottenham’s old White Hart Lane ground, for a place in the England hotel.Having been capped at numerous junior levels, Tan the Man is now eyeing a senior call.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/whocareswinsappealHe said: “You have to have goals and one of mine is to be capped at senior level for England.“All I can do is what I can on the pitch and leave it with the England manager to select me.”Tanganga first caught the eye of former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino on their pre-season tour of Asia, when he marked Cristiano Ronaldo out of a game.But it is under Mourinho that he has really thrived, showing his talent and versatility in several roles across the back.Tanganga added: “It’s been a bit different, playing in positions I haven’t played in for a while — right-back and left-back.“But it all comes down to one aspect, being able to defend.“He has taught me a lot. In training he’s given me a lot of information and ways to improve.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.“How to defend one-v-one, how to defend set-pieces or work in wide areas and at corners.“I feel playing right-back and left-back has added to my game and allowed me to be adaptable.“It’s been very good, I’ve been learning a lot.”Tanganga’s rise shows Mourinho’s reputation for overlooking youth might be unfair.The Hackney-born star added: “I’m pretty sure when he was at Real Madrid, Raphael Varane was very young and in the team.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 InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD 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 Celtic“The same at United where Scott McTominay came through.“He’s the same as every manager — they want to give young players a chance but it’s up to the young player to show they’re capable of coping.“It’s not just down to the manager wanting to play you, it’s down to the young player showing the determination that they want to play as well.”
At the conclusion of his first week back at training with the North Queensland Cowboys Thurston spoke to the media on Friday and confirmed that he would step down from representative football after the 2017 Rugby League World Cup but is yet to ink an extension to stay with the Cowboys for what would be a 14th season with the club in 2018.Emphasising his incredible durability, Thurston has not missed a single Origin game since his debut in Game One, 2005, his 36 consecutive appearances to date 10 more than the next best (Darius Boyd) and 12 more than former Maroons warhorse Gary Larson.His 214 points in Origin are the most by more than 50 points and he needs just one more Queensland jersey to move past Darren Lockyer to be second behind good mate Cameron Smith as the second-most capped Origin player of all time.Thurston will be 34 years of age when Game One is played at Suncorp Stadium on May 31 and although he admits it will be an emotional time, is adamant that it is the right time to step aside.”It’s got to come to an end sometime and for me it will be this year,” Thurston confirmed on Friday.”Personally I just need to make sure I’m playing well enough to warrant selection and not rest on my laurels and make sure I’m still trying to improve.”I’ve had a lot of great memories, created a lot of good memories from my time in the rep arena and it will be nice to sit back and watch the boys run around.”It will be an emotional time when that happens but looking forward to the year ahead.”You don’t really make it about yourself but being part of the team for a number of years I’m sure the boys would like to prepare the best that they can to get the result that we want.”We’ve got two games at Suncorp but it’s always a tough arena and looking forward to it and hopefully creating some more really good memories.”One of the greatest players to ever play the game Thurston has expressed his desire to play on again in 2018 but is waiting for the salary cap to be agreed upon by the NRL and the Rugby League Players Association before putting pen to paper.One of the game’s most respected figures and a demigod in North Queensland, Thurston hopes that the salary cap can be finalised soon so that he can sit down and come to terms with the Cowboys for a further season.”The club is aware of my situation so we just need the NRL to make sure that we get the salary cap done and then we can start getting negotiations underway,” Thurston said.”It’s difficult for clubs and players alike to talk figures when we don’t know what the salary cap’s going to be. Hopefully the RLPA and the NRL can come to an agreement soon so we can move on.”For a young player such as back-rower Coen Hess with just nine NRL games to his name, the opportunity to play a further two seasons outside the majestic skills of Thurston will stay with him for the remainder of his career.”He’s one of the best in the game so for however long he’s around I’m ecstatic to be able to learn off one of the best players that has ever played the game,” Hess said of the prospect of another season with Thurston at the helm”It’s very exciting for the club and also the people of North Queensland.”They all love him up here so I’m sure everyone’s pretty excited.”
A week after keeping Australia’s conference-leading Brumbies tryless in Canberra, the Blues accounted for the Waratah 40-33 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.Despite sitting last in the cut-throat New Zealand conference, the Blues buried the Waratahs to extend the Kiwi dominance over Australian opposition to 17 wins from as many trans-Tasman encounters in 2017 and dealt their opponents’ finals hopes a potentially fatal blow.Israel Folau broke the longest tryscoring drought of his five-year Super Rugby career with a second-half double, but the superstar fullback’s first strikes in seven games were not enough for the Waratahs.With a bye and no opportunity to make inroads next week, the Waratahs are four competition points adrift of the Brumbies after suffering four straight home defeats for the first time in five years.The damage was done in a dismal first half from the hosts, starved of possession, the Waratahs wasted virtually any ball they had with fundamental errors.They knocked on, conceded turnovers, gave away scrum penalties on their own feed, kicked out on the full or simply kicked the ball away despite only having it for barely 20 per cent of the half.The Waratahs were also punished for their ill-discipline, with five-eighth Piers Francis nailing four penalty goals and also converting the Blues’ both first-half tries to help the visitors to a 26-0 lead at the interval.It was hard to know whether disgruntled fans were filing out of the ground or just to the bar after Blues lock Scott Scrafton strolled over a minute before halftime.Folau crossed two minutes in to the second half before hooker Tolu Latu, back from a shoulder injury, briefly raised hopes of the Waratahs pulling off their greatest-ever comeback win.Alas, Ioane’s second of the night, quickly followed by another from his brother Akira in the 66th minute blew the Blues’ lead back out to 40-12.The Tahs finished with a flurry, claiming a bonus point after late tries to Bernard Foley (69th minute), Folau and prop Paddy Ryan at the death. File Photo: PHOTOSPORT The Blues celebrate a try.
The tournament branded as the Gabagaba Super Nines will see a total of 32 teams all over Rigo district participating in the tournament.From the 32 teams, eight teams are from the National Capital District while the other 24 are from the local districts in Central.Gabagaba sports coordinator and the Super Nines Tournament director Bagelo Solien told PNG Loop the games will be played in a round robin competition, which will see each team playing one game today (Wednesday) and two games tomorrow (Thursday) before the first elimination to find the top eight and top four in the second elimination games before the final on Friday.Before the kick -off today the Minister for Tourism Culture and Sports Justin Tkatchenko will officially open the tournament at 11am.
Real Madrid overcame this Friday the quite a few casualties that ravage its squad and exhibited on the troublesome observe of Asvel Villaurbanne, the place he prolonged his streak in Euroleague by including his twelfth victory adopted in a really critical collective efficiency that enables him to complete chief the first spherical of the most continental competitors (78-87).The flexibility of the Individuals Trey Thompkins and Jordan Mickey – immense in the Astroballe de Villeurbanne with 20 and 18 factors, respectively, and seven rebounds every one -, the route of the Argentines Facundo Campazzo and Nico Laprovittola and the success of a deadly Rudy Fernandez, who scored 5 of the six triples he tried, forgot the delicate casualties of Sergio Llull, Anthony Randolph, Jaycee Carroll, Felipe Reyes and Gabriel Deck.As anticipated, the locals confronted the chief of the competitors from the starting, because of the success of Charles Kahudi and the pace they have been printing on his recreation, though in entrance they discovered a Thompkins that started to wreak havoc in the gala protection. His have been ten of the first twelve factors of the white set, which reached the equator of the first act with a single level of benefit.The deliberate script was being fulfilled with the solely mole of the two fouls dedicated by Walter Tavares in simply over 4 minutes, which led him to the bench early and compelled Pablo Laso to switch the scheme of his workforce. The absence of the Cape Verdean was not seen after the departure to the observe of Jeffery Taylor and Rudy Fernández and because of the good work in each areas of a Mickey that started to indicate indicators of its high quality. Rudy’s nice stage A triple on Andreian Payne’s horn left the white earnings at two factors (23-21) at the finish of a balanced first ten minutes. In the resumption, Thompkins continued his good run and Rudy Fernandez wished to share the highlight and continued to attain with out fail the whole lot he threw, together with 4 triples, which allowed his workforce to begin taking off on the scoreboard.The very best model of Laprovittola was added to each gamers. Daring in assault, he maintained the stage marked by his countryman Campazzo at the begin. A triple of his with an extra shot on the horn rose to fifteen factors the Madrid benefit, which went to the altering rooms with good emotions and the occasion on observe thanks particularly to the trident fashioned by Thompkins, Rudy and Laprovittola, who added 16, 14 and 10 factors , respectively in the first twenty minutes.The change of baskets after the break prevented sufferings to Real Madrid in the first levels of the resumption. Jordan Mickey continued to offer factors and rebounds for his workforce till two three-pointers from Kaudí, the finest of the Gauls this Friday, put the concern in the physique of Pablo Laso’s, who was compelled to cease the recreation when he noticed that the French They bought eleven factors.His gamers reacted instantly and, along with his seriousness and collective play, escaped once more with rents that reached twenty factors, though a partial of 10-Three in the final minute of the third quarter, culminated with one other triple closing of Payne, allowed Dream the locals with the comeback (59-72, min 30).Real Madrid didn’t need surprises and was capable of prolong its dominance in portray and to take care of its good percentages from the perimeter. Three minutes from the finish, the French, led by TJ Parker in the absence of Zvezdan Mitrovic, pressed for his or her fourth straight win earlier than their viewers and positioned eleven factors. To this point his response got here as a result of in entrance he stored sending a grown rival that continued including to chain his twelfth consecutive victory. The whites arrive leaders at the finish of the first spherical with the similar triumphs as Anadolu Efes. – Knowledge sheet:77 – Asvel Villeurbanne (21 + 16 + 22 + 19): Taylor (8), Jekiri (6), Kahudi (18), Maledon (7) and Jean-Charles (10) – preliminary quintet – Lomazs (10), Noua (-), Diot (-), Bako (2), Lighty (5) and Payne (11).87 – Real Madrid (23 + 29 + 20 + 15): Campazzo (2), Causeur (11), Mickey (18), Thompkins (20) and Tavares (6) – titular workforce -, Rudy (), Laprovittola (12 ), Taylor (-) and Mejri (-).Referees: Fernando Rocha, Emin Mogulkoc and Nick Van den Broeck. With out eliminatedIncidents: Match of the 17th day of the first section of the Euroleague performed in the Astroballe de Villaurbanne earlier than 5,560 spectators. A minute of silence was stored earlier than the recreation in reminiscence of David Stern, former NBA commissioner who died Thursday in the United States. Picture: EFE Laso didn’t depend with Randolph, Llull, Felipe, Carroll and Deck 01/04/2020 – 1:01