FRISCO, Texas – Incarnate Word’s Deion Hardy and Houston Baptist’s Denim Rogers are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. All Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Hardy competed for the Cardinals in a pair of events at the Houston Invite, including a school and conference record setting relay performance. Rogers also competed at the Houston Invite for HBU helping the Huskies with a second-place finish in the Heptathlon, breaking a school record of his own.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Deion Hardy, Incarnate Word– Sr. – Temple, TexasHardy spearheaded a UIW men’s Distance Medley Relay (DMR) team that put up a Southland Conference and program record 9:59:01 time. The performance marked the fastest time in the conference by more than 22 seconds, and the 20th fastest DMR time in the nation for the 2019 season. The senior then followed up with a second-place finish in the 800-meter the next day, putting up the second fastest time in the conference this year and fastest performance of the week by a Southland member.Honorable Mention: Micah Larkins, Northwestern State; Tyler Smith, McNeese; Jamal January, Abilene Christian; Jordan Rowe, Lamar.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Denim Rogers, Houston Baptist – Jr. – San Antonio, TexasRogers broke the HBU record in his first heptathlon as a Husky. His point total of 5,332 is stands first in the conference and ranks him 10th nationally for the 2019 season. The junior tied for first in the high jump (2.03m/6-8), finished second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.21) and third in the 60-meter dash (7.03). His high jump mark from the Houston Invitational ranks second in the Southland Conference for 2019.Honorable Mention: Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian; Clinton Cole, Incarnate Word; Timon Dresselhaus, Central Arkansas.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.
Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Northwestern State’s late-season run will earn them at least one more game.All-Southland Conference second-teamer Chudier Bile scored 17 points as his efforts off the bench carried the fifth-seed Demons to a 79-62 win over eighth-seed Texas A&M Corpus-Christi in the opening game of the 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Conference men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday evening. Having climbed the first of three rungs to reach Saturday night’s championship game, Northwestern State (15-15) will play fourth-seed Sam Houston State Thursday at 5:00 p.m. CT.Bile, a redshirt junior transfer from Bradley, sparked a Demons bench that tallied 35 points while also chipping in six rebounds, four steals, two assists and one blocked shot as Northwestern State overcame an early 14-point deficit and held A&M-Corpus Christi to just 34.8 percent shooting in the second half.“We take pride in our defense,” said Bile. “We came slow because we had a lot of nerves, but once we settled in, we got back to what we were good at.”Making their first appearance in the conference tournament since the 2014-15 season, the Demons also got 17 points from Jairus Roberson and 13 points off the bench from Brian White.The Islanders (14-18) sought an early knockout, jumping to a 10-0 lead that was capped by Myles Smith’s 3-pointer at the 17:26 mark of the first half. The early spurt served as a wake-up call for Northwestern State, who responded with a 10-2 run to trim the margin to 12-10 on Bile’s jumper with 13:34 remaining.“They kind of caught us on our heels,” said Demons coach Mike McConathy, whose team has won seven of their last 10 games. “But instead of getting frustrated, it seemed like we pulled together as a team. Of course, it helps to make a few shots.”A&M-CC then took its turn to spurt, hitting the Demons with a 7-0 run to regain a 10-point edge and expanded the lead to 29-15 on another triple from Smith with 8:31 left. It would be the high-water mark for the Islanders, as Northwestern State’s long-range game began to find its mark.Bile connected on a pair of treys during a 16-1 run that gave Northwestern State its first lead of the game at 31-30 with 3:48 left before intermission. The basket enabled the Demons to continue their offensive proficiency as they added an 11-0 run to expand their lead to 41-30 before a pair of Islanders 3-pointers cut the deficit to 41-36 at the half.“We let some bunnies that we missed affect what we did,” said Islanders coach Willis Wilson. “It was just one of those nights where the shots didn’t fall the way they were falling. We were shooting at a pretty hot clip the last 2-3 weeks or so, but tonight, they just didn’t fall.”Northwestern State continued to punish the Islanders with treys, with Roberson hitting a pair that helped the Demons come out of the second half gate with a 53-39 lead with 16:07 left. A dunk from Larry Owens swelled the Northwestern State lead to 57-40.With their season on the line, the Islanders rediscovered their offensive stroke, embarking on an 11-2 run to cut the gap to 59-51, but C.J. Jones’ conventional 3-point play helped stem the A&M-CC tide with 9:34 remaining.Turnovers also hurt the Islanders, as they committed 18 on the evening. The miscues helped Northwestern State trigger its fast break, resulting in the Demons producing 17 points from it. The Islanders were also unable to establish themselves in the paint, finishing with only 14 points.“When they adjusted to us getting the ball in the post so frequently, it slowed down our offense,” said A&M-CC’s Elijah Schmidt.
RACE 6: Post 3:30 PT. Grade: BUse: 4-Super Duper Cooper; 7-Route Six SixForecast: Route Six Six is improving with racing, breaking his maiden with a sharp number in game style. He has enough early speed to secure a favorable pace-stalking spot in a race that projects to be run at a moderate pace, at best. Super Duper Cooper is strictly the one to beat and is a “must use” as well in rolling exotic play. He’s a first-off-the-claim for Baltas and has every right to improve; however, he’s zero-for-12 lifetime over the Santa Anita main track. Both should be included in rolling exotic play; we’ll have a few extra tickets keying Route Six Six on top. RACE 5: Post 3:00 PT. Grade: B+Single: 7-RafalForecast: Rafal has trained like an excellent prospect for Baffert and should be a short price to graduate at first asking. Everything he’s done in the morning suggests he’ll beat this field, so we’ll make the New York-bred son of Alpha a no-value rolling exotic single. RACE 8: Post 4:30 PT. Grade: C+Use: 1-Raggy Rocks; 7-OutlawForecast: Outlaw once was well regarded and drops to his lowest level ever. He has numbers that will beat this field, but he’s already failed three times as the favorite, so he’s hardly one to trust. Raggy Rocks hasn’t yet mastered the art of breaking from the gate, but if he ever decides to leave with his field he might be quite competitive in this league. Maybe the addition of blinkers today will help. We’ll try to get by using just these two but if you can afford to go deeper, feel free to spread. RACE 2: Post 1:30 PT. Grade: B-Use: 2-Madaket Sunset; 5-Take a Leap; 6-Tiny TinaForecast: Tiny Tina is winless in five starts over the local lawn, but she has a good recent runner-up effort down the hill at this starter’s allowance level and won at this trip last summer at Del Mar. She has good early speed but might be most effective if held up early and allowed to run late. Madaket Sunset is probably more effective sprinting than routing but if she can make the lead without pressure she’ll take this group a long way. Take a Leap closed a gap sprinting in the same race Tiny Tina exits and stretches out today to her preferred trip. She has two prior wins over this course and distance and with only nine career starts probably has room for some improvement. RACE 7: Post 4:00 PT. Grade: B+Use: 1-Epical; 4-Beach ViewForecast: Beach View is a proven marathoner and always has been genuine and consistent. The son of Giant’s Causeway should draft into a comfortable stalking position and then have every chance when the pressure gets turned on in the final furlong. Epical, second in the same race Beach View exits, is the one to fear most. If they hand him the front end, the Cassidy-trained gelding may never look back. Both should be used in rolling exotic play; Beach View probably will be the better price of the two, so we’ll press with him on top. RACE 4: Post 2:30 PT. Grade: B-Use: 4-Holy Moses; 7-Swirling; 8-Dahlia AzulForecast: This grass grab bag down the hill has several possibilities, among them Dahlia Azul, a route-to-spread play from the Bay Area dropping to a realistic level and landing the cozy outside post. She appears more comfortable routing than sprinting, but over this unique course she might be able to produce the last run. Swirling won a five-furlong turf sprint over the flat course in February with a strong late kick; similar tactics likely will be employed today. She has prior numbers that would bury this group but following a win she’s raised only one notch on the class ladder, so the barn clearly isn’t in love with her. Holy Moses has decent recent Phoenix form and has run well here in the past. She should be prominent throughout under Pedroza. The selections contained within are geared to rolling exotic players. The basic strategy is to isolate those horses that should be included in rolling daily doubles, pick-3s, pick-4s, pick-5s, and pick-6.It is recommended that Jeff’s selections be used to augment the reader’s own personal handicapping, though excellent results can be achieved by applying the exact rolling exotic strategy specified by Jeff’s analysis. Jeff’s recommended plays are intended for players with a moderate budget; however, readers are encouraged to adjust Jeff’s wagering strategy to fit their preferred investment level.Unless otherwise noted, all horses listed in the analysis should be used in rolling exotic play. Usually there will no more than three horses listed; occasionally, Jeff will go four-deep in his rolling exotic play and on a very rare occasion he will recommend a “buy the race” strategy.The selections are available every racing day after 9 a.m. (PST). For updates, please follow us on twitter @jsiegelracing.Top selection indicated in bold-face. A=Highest degree of confidence.B=Solid Play.C=Least preferred, or pass.X=likely winner but odds are not likely to offer wagering value.SANTA ANITAFriday, March 29, 2019RACE 1: Post 1:00 PT. Grade: CUse: 3-Ride Out the Storm; 4-Lily Con; 7-Tick TockForecast: The opener is a bottom-rung maiden claiming miler for sophomore fillies. Tick Tock has failed as the choice in her last pair but adds blinkers, is relatively strong in the speed figure department and has hit the board in each of her three career starts. She rates top billing, but at 2-1 on the morning line offers little value. Lily Con drops to the bottom and has the kind of early speed that could make her dangerous. The break in the weights with the switch to bug boy Diaz certainly won’t hurt. Ride Out the Storm is another class dropper likely to improve against this group. She has the two-sprints-and-a-stretch out pattern and a pedigree that should allow her to handle a route. RACE 3: Post 2:00 PT. Grade: C+Use: 2-Buck Duane; 4-Giddymeister; 5-Iron CurtainForecast: This is another wide-open affair that requires a spread in rolling exotic play. We’ll go three-deep but not with a huge degree of confidence. Iron Curtain is racing in solid form and has a good stalking style that should provide him every chance from the top of the lane to the wire. He’s a fit based on speed figures and Quinonez knows him well. Buck Duane has the blinkers off angle that we like but was a voided claim in his last start. He’s also winless in seven starts over the local main track but has finished in the money in his last pair and should at least get a piece of it again today. Giddymeister is re-equipped with blinkers and has a few prior races that could make him dangerous. He broke his maiden over this main track about a year ago, so there’s that.
Baffert First Timer Charlatan Breaks Maiden By 5 ¾ Lengths And Gets Six Furlongs In A Sizzling 1:08.85, Stamping Himself As A Derby HopefulARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2020)–How deep is Bob Baffert’s Derby bench? There’s no telling, as his unraced Charlatan, an imposing chestnut colt by Speightstown, blew away his competition by 5 ¾ lengths in Sunday’s fourth race at Santa Anita, stopping the clock for six furlongs in a torrid 1:08.85 while geared down under Drayden Van Dyke.Breaking from the outside in a field of four, Charlatan was away a step slowly, but was into contention instantaneously, making the lead at the five furlong pole and he maintained a one length advantage over Shooters Shoot going to the three furlong pole, while 3-5 favorite Lane Way was in tight quarters at the rail. Approaching the quarter pole, Charlatan held a 1 ½ length lead and he widened through the lane while well within himself.“I gigged him just a little after the break, just to get him into the race,” said Van Dyke. “I really didn’t know that much about him. You could see he had a couple bullet works from the gate and that he’d been training well. He blew by those horses so easy and as you could see, he galloped out big.”Off as the second choice at even money, Charlatan, who is out of the Quiet American mare Authenticity and sold for $700,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, paid $4.40 and $3.00.With Baffert’s Derby lineup including the likes of recent maiden winner Nadal, stakes winners Thousand Words, Authentic, Eight Rings and Azul Coast, Charlatan is now poised to join them on the Kentucky Derby Trail.“This race gives us great hope,” said Bob Liewald, on behalf of part owners Starlight Racing, which was also a part owner of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify, who perhaps not so coincidentally, broke his maiden at first asking on Feb. 18, 2018. “The (final) time on this racetrack, was pretty good. The next race, we’ll have to step up in a bigger field and see what happens.”Charlatan’s complete ownership line also includes SF Racing, LLC, Madaket Stables, LLC, Stonestreet Stables, LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables.Baffert, who will be seeking a record-equaling sixth Kentucky Derby win this year, did not saddle Charlatan, as he had a prior commitment according to his assistant Jimmy Barnes.Shooters Shoot, a 9-1 longshot with Abel Cedillo up, held second by 7 ¼ lengths over Lane Way, who was shuffled back a bit going to the far turn and didn’t threaten thereafter.Fractions on the race were 21.89, 44.72 and 56.52.
EUROPEAN football’s elite clubs have discussed an amazing proposal for a 96-TEAM Champions League.It would mean SIX English teams — an increase on the current four — would be guaranteed automatic qualification.2 Top Prem clubs oppose a hugely-expanded Champions League as it would end the League CupCredit: Getty – Contributor2SunSport can reveal a model of 16 divisions, each comprising six clubs, has been suggested as part of a potential 2024 reform to Europe’s biggest tournament.It is the latest proposal, following talks over changing the current format of eight groups of four teams.SunSport revealed on Wednesday Uefa chiefs will discuss that idea at next month’s meeting in Geneva.The top English clubs are opposed to the scheme because it would mean scrapping the League Cup.But the new plan would replace the current series of qualifying rounds so the likes of Celtic — forced into numerous play-offs — would advance straight into the main draw.RANGE OF NEW IDEASDialogue this week with chief executives of clubs suggest it would involve two winners from each group advancing to a Champions League knockout phase.The third and fourth-placed teams would then head into the Europa League, with the fifth and sixth heading into the new third-tier European competition.Although they are only working proposals, the format is part of a range of new ideas being discussed as part of potential Champions League reform from 2024.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onemost 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 CelticThe European calendar is already creaking under a heavy schedule — but Uefa officials are convinced they could find the room.Although most of the top 32 clubs in Europe are happy with the current format, they are still trying to find ways to innovate.They are also desperate to cash in when the next round of TV rights is negotiated after 2021 — with the top clubs demanding an even bigger share of the pie.Barcelona ‘agree sensational Neymar transfer’ as the star takes part in what could be his final PSG training
As well as the sold-out 16-team HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 main event running across three days from Friday-Sunday, two qualifier events will also run parallel to the core competition.Twelve teams will battle it out in the men’s world series qualifier, with the winner taking the prestigious prize of core team status for 2019. The same applies in the women’s qualifier competition, played across Thursday and Friday, with a core team spot on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2019 up for grabs.In the men’s world series, reigning Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens champions Fiji will enter this year’s tournament chasing their fourth consecutive title. The Pacific Islanders have brought a star-studded squad to the competition as they look to leapfrog series leaders South Africa, who are just eight points ahead in the standings. “For the Fijians this is one of the biggest tournaments that exists,” said coach Gareth Baber. “I’ve selected a squad to go and win both Hong Kong and the Commonwealth Games and we’re ready to compete at the highest level.”With a hotly anticipated Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco just over 100 days away, hosts USA will be aiming to make their mark in Hong Kong and build on their Cup-winning form in Las Vegas last month. “The competition is as intense as ever,” said USA coach Mike Friday. “Ultimately it’s about which teams delivers on the pitch in front of an electric atmosphere. When you get the opportunity to play in Hong Kong, you grab it with both hands.”Hosts Hong Kong will look to improve on their quarter-final exit from last year’s qualifying competition and captain Ben Rimene is hoping training with the likes of Fiji has got them set for the event.”We moved into the hotel yesterday and had training with Fiji last Saturday which has given us an idea of the level that’s required, so we’re settling in well,” he said. “We’ve done the training so we’re just fine tuning everything so we can get stuck in this Friday.”Playing in front of a home crowd there’s always going to be pressure, but we just have to take it as motivation and accept it, we know what’s expected. The crowd is always supportive no matter what the results are. We know they want a win and we’re hoping we can deliver that.”In the women’s qualifier, which will be played in the main stadium on Friday for the first time, Wales captain Philippa Tuttiett is excited by the challenge and prospect of core team status.”We’re focusing on ourselves going into this tournament, it may sound cliche but it’s down to our performance,” she said. “We’ve been building for this now for about two years, we’ve got a great set of players in a really challenging environment. As individuals we’re all world-class players we just have to bring it all together on the day and if we look after that we should enjoy the tournament.”
In the Premier Mixed division, Kamuna will take on Veupunama 1.President of the PNGMMNC Adam Parker said, the games between these two teams have always been close and strongly contested.“Kamuna has proved liable for their win in the preliminary final game last week after knocking out Mona to secure the grand final spot and they looked tough and fit to claim this year’s premier mixed title,” Parker said.“But there’s nothing compared to a good team with good team spirit, players combination and fast foot agility like the Veupunama’s.”Parker added that it will be a game to watch in these grand final matches.Meanwhile, BSP 2 will face PNGFP in the Social A mixed division title while the Social B mixed division will be between a very determined Graffitti side against the top Lasi 2 lineup in a most head busting clash.PNG Mixed and Men’s Netball Association grand final draws:6.30pm SOCIAL B Grand FinalLASI 2 vs GRAFITTI7.15pm SOCIAL A Grand FinalPNGFP vs VEUPUNAMA 28.00pm PREMIER MIXED Grand FinalVEUPUNAMA 1 vs KAMUNA
The pioneer team will be making its debut appearance in the 2016 Black Orchid 7’s tournament in Bougainville next week with the support of its major Sponsor CPL group.CPL sales manager David Bell said the company, being the major sponsor to some of the national and international sporting teams, is proud to support the team though it was a late call.“Due to the late call in the middle of the year, CPL pledged to support the team any possible way to make it count for the team,” Bell said.As part of the major sponsor of the team, CPL made a commitment in delivering uniform sets and rugby gears to the team, and pledged to make travelling arrangements in Arawa.The CPL Central Highlanders Union team consists of players particularly from the Central and Highlands region who play in the Capital Rugby Union (CRU) Competition in the city.The newly-formed team will make its first appearance in the tournament among some of the well-known rugby union teams around the country like Kimbe Rebels, Madang MadGunz and the host, the Black Orchids.The team will be led by PNG Mosquito’s former representative David Topelly, and second by former SLS Cowboys unbreakable forward Mathew Owadeba.The team will leave for Arawa today for the five-day rugby 7’s tournament.
The electrifying atmosphere around the complex set the tone for an enthralling match of intense high class netball.As both teams took the court, everyone wanted to know, does Kamuna have the ability to deal with the top team in the competition or would the Veupunama 1 be too strong and win their first straight title after a long reign on the premier’s ladder.Tight opening minutes of the match saw both teams exchange goals as they focused on maintaining possession to keep the scoreboard ticking over before the first quarter.The second quarter opened up much like the first, with both teams exchanging early goals. However, Veupunama came onto the court with an improved patience, forcing turnovers and some steady shooting.An increased intensity in defense saw the Kamunas make some crucial errors as both Veupunama’s goal shooters began to find space under the post and occupy Kamuna’s defensive unit.Changes were also made all over the court, introducing fresh legs for both sides as Kamunas shoot actively under Veupunamas goal. But the Veupunamas steadily increased their lead until the final whistle saw them thrash Kamunas 32-26.In the social A mixed division, PNGFP took a nail biting victory over Veupunama 2 to be crowned the champions whilst in the social B mixed division, Lasi 2 thrashed Graffiti to claim the social B title.
“The Honourable MP has clearly been misinformed, as it is very evident that he did not see or read my statement in person,” Tkatchenko said.”There is nothing in my statement that labels all Western Highlanders, as stated by the MP.“I suggest that he go through my statement personally, and make his conclusions.”The National Government is the key stakeholder for hosting rights for the upcoming 2016 FIFA Under 20 Womens World Cup in November, and the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, and this incident has brought our credibility to host such events into question.“Everything that we have worked hard for as a Government, to bring these games to our shores, could all be thrown out the window, due to the actions of those supporters and Official.“It doesn’t matter where this official comes from, his actions are totally unacceptable and are a total disgrace,” Tkatchenko said.Picture: File photo of Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko