FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Madisen Blackford and Nicholls’ Megan Landry are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Blackford was a catalyst for the Lady Lions (22-15, 10-5 SLC) as the team exploded for 57 runs and a 3-1 record last week. The sophomore launched a pair of home runs, brought in 14 RBI and accounted for eight runs herself on 12 appearances at the plate. In addition to an .833 batting average, Blackford tallied a 1.667 slugging percentage and a .875 on-base percentage.Landry pulsed her Nicholls (20-16, 9-3 SLC) squad to a 4-0 record last week with a trio of complete game victories for the Colonels. The senior delivered a 0.35 ERA over 20 innings of play in addition to a .173 opponent batting average. She retired 22 batters while allowing just one run over her three appearances.The award marks the first of the season for Blackford and the second of the season for Landry.Softball Hitter of the Week – Madisen Blackford, Southeastern Louisiana – OF – So. – Des Moines, IowaBlackford hit .833 for the week with two home runs, four doubles and 14 RBI, helping SLU to a three-game Southland Conference series sweep at Incarnate Word. She tied a single-game school record with three doubles in Friday’s 15-3 series-opening win. She recorded a home run and five RBI in each of the final two games of the series. Blackford also helped SLU set school records for runs in a game (21), a doubleheader (36) and a Southland series (54).Honorable Mention: Samantha Dares, Nicholls; Margarita Corona, Stephen F. Austin; Kimberly Mattox, Lamar; Tylar Vernon, Central Arkansas; Cori McCrary, McNeese.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Megan Landry, Nicholls – Sr. – Pierre Part, La.Landry tossed three more complete games for the Colonels, going 3-0 with a 0.35 ERA and 22 strikeouts for the week. She allowed just one earned run and struck out 13 against Northwestern State, which entered the weekend atop the Southland standings, as she clinched the series with wins in the first two games. Including her one-hit effort against Southern, Landry strung together 17 consecutive shutout innings before NSU scored in the fifth inning of game two. Earlier in the week, she surpassed 500 career strikeouts following her performance against Southern.Honorable Mention: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State; Rio Sanchez, Central Arkansas; Alexsandra Flores, McNeese.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.
BAFFERT’S ROADSTER ‘BACK ON THE DERBY TRAIL’ FOLLOWING 2 ½ LENGTH WIN IN FRIDAY’S $57,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE; RIDDEN BY SMITH, QUALITY ROAD COLT GETS MILE IN 1:37.53 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 1, 2019)–Idle since running third to eventual Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Game Winner Sept. 3, Bob Baffert’s Roadster returned to the races today with aplomb, as he powered to a 2 ½ length win in Friday’s $57,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by Mike Smith, Roadster, a grey colt by Quality Road, got a flat mile in 1:37.53.“He’s back on the Derby trail,” said Baffert, himself a winner of five Kentucky Derbies, including last year’s, which he won with eventual Triple Crown champ Justify, who made his first-ever start on Feb. 18, 2018 at Santa Anita. “That was quite a performance off a layoff. We just want to see how he comes out of this…When he worked in 10 and three (six furlongs in 1:10 3/5s on Feb. 17) out of the gate the other day, that’ssick, for a horse to do that on this track.”Breaking sharply from his number four post position, Roadster saved a bit of ground by tucking in just behind 3-5 favorite Nolo Contesto and longshot Diamond Blitz heading into the Club House turn. Straightening up the backside, Roadster drew alongside Nolo Contesto while assuming second position and was subsequently lapped on Diamond Blitz around the far turn, gaining a narrow advantage leaving the quarter pole.With Smith shaking the reins approaching the furlong pole, Roadster, who was making his third start and his first try at two turns, separated himself with an impressive turn of foot, leaving no doubt as to the outcome as Nolo Contesto was all-out to gain the place.Out of the Silver Ghost mare Ghost Dancing, Roadster, who was the 3-5 favorite in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 3, was off as the second choice at 4-5 in a field of five sophomores today and paid $3.80, $2.20 and $2.10.“I’m just so happy with the way he ran,” said Smith, who has ridden him in all three of his starts. “His mechanics, his (breathing), everything was smooth. Last time, he was struggling, so they did a little minor surgery (to address his breathing). Today, he was loving it.”When asked how Roadster seemed to handle the surface, Smith responded, “The track is great, it’s got a lot of cushion. They’re just floating over it. This colt loved it.”Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, Roadster, who was a $525,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase, now has two wins from three starts and with the winner’s share of $34,200, increased his earnings to $106,200.Bet to 3-5 favoritism on the strength of a one mile maiden win here Jan. 4, Nolo Contesto, who is trained by John Sadler and was ridden by Joel Rosario, was under a hard drive to keep up mid-way around the far turn, but kept to his task while finishing a half length in front of Manhattan Up and paid $2.10 and $2.10.Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Manhattan Up finished 7 ½ lengths clear of early leader Diamond Blitz. Off at 19-1, Manhattan Up paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.75, 47.85, 1:13.16 and 1:25.42 on a fast main track.First post time tomorrow for a 10-race card is at 12:25 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE
THE STRONACH GROUP’S STATEMENT ON SANTA ANITA PARK’S BACKSTRETCH WORKERS “Backstretch workers comprise the backbone of the racing industry and have been a willing partner in implementing the reforms we have proposed at Santa Anita Park– and the California Horse Racing Board implemented — during the course of this meeting. Support from these backstretch workers is a testament to the commitment from within the industry to modernize our sport.“We look forward to working with the hundreds of backstretch workers at Santa Anita Park as we continue to move the industry forward and educate Californians on how impactful horse racing is to the state.”
BITTER rivals Portsmouth and Southampton were drawn together in the pick of the Carabao Cup third round draw.The South Coast clubs, who share a passion for hating each other, haven’t played each other since April 2012.1Credit: Rex FeaturesLeague One Rochdale got a dream draw in the Carabao Cup third round – heading to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.The Greater Manchester club beat Carlisle United on Tuesday to have their name in the hat.As the Premier League’s big clubs entered the competition, both Arsenal (who face Nottingham Forest) and Chelsea (Grimsby or Macclesfield) got home ties.Tottenham Hotspur travel to Colchester United, Liverpool face MK Dons away from home and there’s another Greater Manchester derby between Preston North End and Man City.The only all Premier League clash sees Brighton host Aston Villa.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 himFull third round drawArsenal vs Nottingham ForestBrighton & Hove Albion vs Aston VillaBurton Albion vs BournemouthChelsea vs Grimsby Town or Macclesfield TownColchester United vs Tottenham HotspurCrawley Town vs Stoke CityLuton Town vs Leicester CityManchester United vs RochdaleMK Dons vs LiverpoolOxford United vs West Ham UnitedPortsmouth vs SouthamptonPreston North End vs Manchester CitySheffield United vs SunderlandSheffield Wednesday vs EvertonWatford vs Swansea CirtyWolverhampton Wanderers vs Reading
3PREMIER LEAGUE rebels were silenced as the split between clubs over ending the season early was laid bare.Yesterday’s meeting of the 20 teams saw one Big Six executive call out the sides who proposed a June 30 finish date.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates3 Manchester United are leading the Big Six’s power play over the Prem seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyThey were considering asking for a full debate on a forced closure amid concern over around 80 Prem players’ contracts expiring and causing “chaos”.But instead the leading club chief tore into them on the video call to demand they stick with the League’s position of playing out the season.In an outburst that signalled the anger of the Big Six — Manchester United, City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham — the exec told them: “Our aim is to finish this season and protect the start of next season.“Everybody should get on board and those who don’t, or who are suggesting other things, are being totally disingenuous and unbelievable.”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/whocareswinsappealThe attack opened the door for a response but instead the June 30 issue was not raised at all as the vast majority of clubs on the conference call signalled their backing for the Prem’s position.But the rebels still intend to come back to the issue at the next meeting on May 1.They feel the reality of life under extended lockdown will give licence for them to demand a debate on when the season ends.The growing divide comes despite chief executive Richard Masters’ unopposed backing for his stance that the League remains determined to play out the remaining 92 games of this campaign.Most Read In FootballTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic3During yesterday’s two-hour meeting, club bosses were run through scenarios of how a resumption might be completed.The best-case scenario would see the first games take place on Monday, June 8, meaning training would resume in mid-May.A Prem spokesperson said: “It is our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but all dates are tentative while the impact of Covid-19 develops.”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.Three ways Premier League could be decided without playing including top six, relegation and Liverpool winning title
Hekari remains unbeaten in the Southern Conference with 15 points after round one of the competition eight points clear of its nearest rivals.Trailing Hekari are PKA Rapatona FC and Erema Gulf FC sharing seven points followed by Gigira Laitepo on five points and sharing four points are Huawei PS United FC and FC Port Moresby.Dwellers are on 11 points after winning only three out of five games in the Northern Conference.Welgris Morobe United FC are a point adrift of Dwellers on 10 points followed by Madang FC on eight points, Admiralty FC on seven, Besta PNG United FC on six and struggling Goroka Gosiha FC yet to put a mark on the score board.The competition will break for the festive season and will return for round two in January.NSL competitions sub-committee chairman Joseph Ealedona has thanked all franchise clubs for their participation in the new competition format.Ealedona said earlier that the competition has gone well and urged all franchise clubs to rest well and come back for round two before the NSL heads into the National League format.This is where the top two teams from each of the two conferences will play in Home and Away format to find the League Champions and the top four placings for the finals.
The American administrator, elected to his new position last September, said that the list of unfinished items in Rio includes adding another layer of surfacing to the Summer Games’ hard courts.Fixing the stadium lights is another objective, along with installing stands for spectators at smaller courts and “making sure the surroundings are the way we want them to be.””By the time the Opening Ceremonies are completed – we should be fine.” Haggerty told Associated Press.The tennis competition is scheduled to begin on the morning of Aug. 6, the day after the opening of the Summer Games.Haggerty said he visited Brazil about a month ago and there was “work to be done – probably all venues would say the same thing.””It’s the sort of thing that, when you don’t see the stands yet put in, you worry,” he said.In January, Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor rescinded the contract for the tennis centre, which is located in the Olympic Park, because the project was moving too slowly. A spokesman said the local Organising Committee was confident the work would be completed when it had to be.Haggerty said the ITF is keeping an eye on things, with visits “down there all the time,” including an upcoming trip by the governing body’s secretary general.”We want to make sure the athletes’ experience is the best it can be,” Haggerty said.”They’ll leave Wimbledon [in July]; they’ve been at the French Open.There are expectations…so we want to make sure the experience they have is the world-class experience that they should have.”So we’re paying attention to details and trying to see what we can do there.”Haggerty’s warning over Rio comes just four days after Brian Cookson, President of the International Cycling Federation (UCI) said the governing body was “extremely concerned” about delays to the construction of the Rio 2016 velodrome.
Thomas Lemar has in the spotlight the game next February 1 at Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid. Atlético announced on December 31 that the French player suffered a hamstring injury to the right thigh from which he continues to recover, but the process takes time and unless accelerated in his rehabilitation will take him out at least two more weeks. Nevertheless, as in the case of Diego Costa, its value will not be revitalized during the month that the market is open, since physical problems prevent it from playing. Lemar started in Benito Villamarín against Betis (December 22), but after another gray game was the first change of Simeone in search of renewing the attack and at the minute of Correa in the field The Argentine had already opened the score. The ’10’ has been one of the players that with his performance has far exceeded Lemar, although the French started as a starter after improving his pre-season performance. The 24-year-old, second most expensive signing in club history (70 million for 70% of his pass), he was in the spotlight as one of the possible departures of the team in January to make room for a signing up, where Cavani is the one desired by Simeone, but the PSG is not going to facilitate his pass. Equipment like Tottenham or Arsenal They asked about Lemar’s situation, although his offers would not have approached the red and white pretensions. From the beginning of the course Lemar has been seen again, which is not decisive, comes into play and when he does it does not accelerate the pace of the team. After starting in the first five games of the course, some muscular problems separated him from the fields. He returned as a substitute and in total He has left the bench in 11 of his next 16 appearances. Simeone has always given him minutes, he trusts him and his characteristics, but his last goal came in Ipurua, the field that Atlético is visiting this weekend, practically nine months ago (April 20). The Frenchman plays on his return to the team his presence in the next Eurocup, where he is a fixture for Deschamps, but his poor performance can leave him out.
In the middle of next February, Atletico Madrid will face Liverpool for a ticket in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Although it still remains for its confrontation, Jurgen Klopp He already speaks in the press room about his rival’s threats and, moreover, about his possible movements in the winter transfer market. In particular, the possible incorporation of Edinson Cavani.The Liverpool coach praised the current lead, although he positioned himself in front of his preference in the transfer belt: “I think Morata and João Félix are dangerous enough by themselves. I think Diego Costa will not be in the first leg, but maybe in the return … Atlético is good enough now, I hope they don’t sign Cavani although if they don’t they will be a very complicated opponent anyway. “ Anyway, Klopp confirmed that he had not yet begun to analyze Atlético de Madrid in depth, but it is a team he has seen many times. “We will see what happens, if we have to face Edinson Cavani or not“he said. Anyway, in the absence of a month for the confrontation, everything can happen.Klopp: “The Africa Cup in January is a catastrophe”In addition to talking about Atlético and his weekend game, Klopp gave his vision on the change of the Africa Cup date from 2021 to the month of January. The ‘red’ coach showed his outrage at what the new programming would have on his team: “We must think like a club and make decisions. Knowing that for four weeks we won’t be able to count on them doesn’t help“.“I can’t respect the Africa Cup anymore. It is a very interesting tournament, but playing mid-season is a problem that is evident. Changing it to January is a catastrophe for Liverpool“Klopp claimed that he could lose capital players like Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mané. Also to Keita.
Insultingly young, Ansu is pulverizing precocity records since he became the second youngest footballer to play a league game with the Barcelona shirt. This Sunday he pulverized another record. Ansu became the youngest player in LaLiga history to make a double. He did it with 17 years and 96 days and beat the mark of Juanmi, who got it with 17 years and 115 days. Ansu already has five official goals this year with Barça, four in the League and one in the Champions League. Another record, then, for Ansu, who with his goal against Osasuna became the youngest player in the history of Barça to score an official goal in LaLiga. Ansu also became, thanks to his goal against Inter in the Champions League, the youngest scorer in the history of the competition. He did it with 17 years and 40 days and surpassed Peter Ofori-Quaye, who was 17 years old and 195 days old when he scored Rosenborg with Olympiacos.