2018 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SPRING MEETING CONCLUDES

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The 2018 Southland Conference Spring Meeting came to a conclusion Wednesday, as administrators established future basketball enhancement initiatives, planned multiple strategic efforts, transitioned Conference governance roles and set future championships locations, including a brand new league event. Beginning Sunday afternoon, the Southland’s presidents, athletic directors, faculty representatives, senior woman administrators, and student-athletes from the 13 member institutions, and other special guests, gathered for a series of meetings and the league’s annual Honors Dinner here at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel. “The Board of Directors endorsed the men’s and women’s basketball competitive recommendations from the Advisory Council in a continuing effort to improve these important sports,” said Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett. “It’s the intention of the membership to increase competitive ratings of Conference teams and put them in a better position for postseason opportunities and success.” The presidential Board of Directors confirmed 2018-19 plans to actively work on emphasis areas listed in the Conference’s previously-approved strategic plan, including academics, competition, diversity and inclusion, and student-athlete experience. In the competitive area, league administrators approved an enhancement plan for men’s and women’s basketball, effective in 2019-20, including more athletic director involvement in scheduling efforts, an increase from 18 to 20 conference games to add more Division I opponents and an additional DI home game, an encouragement of more participation in multi-team events (MTEs), and a prohibition of intentionally scheduling opponents that finish 300 or worse in the previous year’s NCAA RPI rankings. The Board also finalized its distribution plans for the NCAA Division I Academic Fund that begins in 2019-20, and reviewed NCAA and Southland student-athlete transfer policies. The recently-released Commission on College Basketball report was a significant discussion item, and other legal issues in collegiate athletics and higher education were reviewed. The league leaders also reconfirmed their commitment and investment to instant replay technology in basketball and football, where the Southland was the first FCS conference in 2014 to fully-commit to replay regardless of television coverage of games. League members also selected locations for 2019-20 Southland championship events, including the league’s inaugural beach volleyball championship at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Central Arkansas was awarded both the women’s soccer and volleyball tournaments, while men’s and women’s tennis will take place at Lamar, and softball will be held at Southeastern Louisiana.  Many of the other 2019-20 championships are at pre-determined sites and some locations will be selected at a later date. Administrators also committed to continuing to review future tournament formats and seeding tie-breaker procedures in various sports with unbalanced schedules. Houston Baptist was the winner of the Southland’s Academic Performance Achievement Award, and Sam Houston State University earned the Southland Strong Community Service Award.  Sam Houston also took the 2017-18 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup for overall athletic excellence, as well as the 2017-18 Men’s All-Sports Award.  Stephen F. Austin won the 2017-18 Women’s All-Sports Awards. There were also numerous changes in Conference governance roles this week, as the Board selected Central Arkansas President Houston Davis as its chair-elect for the 2018-19 academic year, thus assumes the Chair position in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. The Board also selected Abilene Christian President Phil Schubert as its next NCAA Division I Presidential Forum representative, following the term of current Forum member and Southeastern Louisiana President John Crain later this summer. The Advisory Council also rotated its officer positions for the next two academic years, as Northwestern State Athletic Director Greg Burke becomes the group’s president, Sam Houston State Associate Athletic Director Chris Thompson becomes vice president, and Houston Baptist Faculty Representative Bobby Towery moves into the Secretary-Treasurer position. At the league’s annual Honors Dinner, three Southland Conference legends were inducted as the Class of 2018 – former Lamar University President Jimmy Simmons, former Northwestern State softball student-athlete Rhonda Rube Baird, and Southland Conference Volleyball Coordinator Linda Fletcher, who was inducted posthumously.   Stephen F. Austin football student-athlete Marlon Walls as the 2018 male recipient of the Southland’s F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship Award, and Central Arkansas softball student-athlete Kate Myers was honored as the 2018 female recipient of the McDonald Scholarship.  Central Arkansas also swept the male and female Steve McCarty Citizenship Awards, as UCA women’s tennis student-athlete Marli Van Heerden and men’s basketball student-athlete Otas Iyekekpolor were presented the honors.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA KICKS OFF 2020 SEASON WITH STRONG SUPPORT AND A PICTURE PERFECT WEEKEND OF RACING

first_imgSANTA ANITA KICKS OFF 2020 SEASON WITH STRONG SUPPORT AND A PICTURE PERFECT WEEKEND OF RACINGOn the opening weekend of the 2020 meeting, Santa Anita Park demonstrated why it has long been known as the “The Great Race Place,” as the legendary track featured the highest levels of racing, top-of-line safety reforms and strong partnership with horsemen, horseplayers and fans.Despite challenging weather conditions pushing back Opening Day two days from its traditional December 26 start date, a total of more than 45,000 fans came to the Arcadia, CA track to enjoy two afternoons of racing against a backdrop of snow covered San Gabriel Mountains.“We are proud of how the industry stakeholders rallied together as we work to transform this wonderful sport,” said Aidan Butler, Acting Executive Director of California Racing Operations for The Stronach Group.  “The safety of the horses and riders continues to be our North Star.  From the new protocols for racing and training, to the acquisition of the new PET scan and MRI to aid in diagnosing pre-existing conditions, we are all singularly focused on modernizing this great tradition for the next generation.”Santa Anita houses close to 2,000 horses in its 64-acre stable area, with 180 of them racing in picture perfect weather over the first two days of the season.“In addition to being one of the world’s most beautiful sporting venues, Santa Anita is also the largest training center in United States,” continued Butler.  “These majestic animals weigh over 1,000 pounds and run at 35-40 miles per hour.  Since the close of the Autumn meet on November 3, horses have made at least 52,000 trips over the Santa Anita tracks during training, with more than 4,000 timed works. And, yes, unfortunately, of those 52,000 times, there was one accident during training just three days ago, which was devastating to all involved.“We remain very proud of the improvements we have made and will continue to make, in spite of some local news media that seem far more interested in clickbait headlines than facts and context.  Because of the tremendous work that everyone on site – from veterinarians, to trainers to every other one of our 1,400 employees — has performed, Santa Anita Park is now the model of equine safety reform in the country.”Opening day was highlighted by Fox Hill Farm’s favored Omaha Beach romping to victory in the Runhappy Malibu Stakes.“This is really special for us, opening day at Santa Anita,” said Omaha Beach’s trainer, Richard Mandella, after winning the Runhappy Malibu. “After all the trouble we have been through this year, this place is The Great Race Place and we all need to remember that.”The Runhappy Malibu was one of four stakes wins of the day for star jockey Mike Smith who, after winning the 2018 Triple Crown, closed out 2019 by becoming the all-time leading jockey by Grade 1 wins, which comprise the most important races in the sport.  Smith also won the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes on the one-eyed Hard Not to Love who circled the field, allowing Smith to tie the record held by retired jockey Jerry Bailey.  Smith then broke tie with the win aboard Omaha Beach.In just one metric of Santa Anita’s popularity, the total handle – the amount of money wagered on the races – surpassed $19-million, making it the second-highest Opening Day handle in the history of the track which debuted in 1934.Santa Anita will be open for live racing on Wednesday, New Year’s Day, with first post time of 11:30 a.m. for a 10-race program.last_img read more

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Nadal: “I lacked a tad of finesse and determination”

first_img-It complicates me because it complicates everybody. It’s quantity 5. I’m not extra fearful in regards to the reverse of Thiem than that of different gamers, however it’s one of the most effective on the planet. Towards him I’ve performed good video games, I’ve received sufficient and I’ve misplaced some. His proper bothers me extra, being sincere.Regardless of the defeat, can you’re feeling proud of your efficiency?I attempted till the tip. Bodily, mentally and tennis I’ve made the trouble and I’ve been very shut, two factors from the fifth set. Mentally it’s difficult to simply accept two strokes as the primary two units have been. However I’ve been there. I’ve had set factors within the first one, however he has scored effectively and made me break. Even so I’ve returned to the sport, I’ve had choices within the closing tie break … It’s easy, that is sport and he has performed issues higher than me tonight though the variations have been minimal. I’m proud of my angle. I did what I might, however right this moment was not sufficient. I’ve to maintain working and search to get nearer to that most stage that I have to qualify to win the tournaments. In the course of the match I went to extra, however ultimately I’m going with a defeat. While you come to play, that everybody loses much less one. Was luck a decisive issue within the sport?-I’m not a large fan of speaking about luck. When luck is in your aspect it’s since you are on the lookout for it. The match doesn’t should be analyzed by that aspect. There have been balls sure, however the match has lasted four hours. We can’t scale back the decisive moments to luck. He has been superb, he has performed with willpower. In some unspecified time in the future I’ve missed a bit of a hit. The ball was a bit heavy and he was quick and skinny in hand. In difficult positions hit the ball very laborious. I lacked a tad of finesse and particularly on the finish of the primary set I lacked willpower.Was the reverse of Thiem what gave him probably the most issues? Rafael Nadal analyzed its elimination within the quarterfinals of the Australian Open towards Dominic Thiem at a press convention. The Balearic didn’t search for excuses and praised the good match of his rival.last_img read more

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Scenario 2 sets the Champions League final for August 1

first_imgThus, with the end of the League scheduled for Sunday, July 26 and the Champions League for Saturday, August 1, in the case of Spain a key date would remain to be resolved, the day of the Cup final that Athletic Club and Real Sociedad must play. On the Cup, the RFEF recalls that “it is sovereign to set the date” and also that its purpose is for the final of La Cartuja to be played with the public “So the date will also depend on the instructions the government gives about the stages to lift the quarantine.”Given the the Government has already announced that the last thing it will authorize in the ‘de-escalation’ of the quarantine will be the crowds of the public in all kinds of shows (including sports) it is not ruled out that the Cup final can be played after the summer. UEFA manages three scenarios for the restart of football in Europe. LaLiga President Javier Tebas revealed that the three key dates are May 29, June 6 and June 28. But the plan that gathers the most consensus among the 55 federations that make up UEFA is number 2, with the start of the championships on Friday, June 5, in almost all cases, yes, behind closed doors. Federation sources confirmed to this newspaper that “once the health crisis is over and as long as the government authorizes it, starting on June 5 would mean ending the season before August. But there will be nothing certain until the next UEFA meeting” , which is scheduled for mid-May.In ‘Scenario 2’, the draft by the UEFA competition director, the Italian Giorgio Marchetti, It plans to start on June 5 and, in the case of Spain (where 11 days are missing to conclude the Championship) play eight consecutive weekends with three days during the week. That would allow the Last day of the League on Sunday, July 26, in a unified schedule. The following week he would be free to dispute the Champions League final, which would be either Friday, July 31 or Saturday, August 1, preferably for this second date.last_img read more

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Wawrinka confirms that ATP and WTA are already working on their union

first_img“It’s time to merge the 2 governing our bodies of ATP and WTA “. This was the want that Roger Federer It issued final Wednesday publicly by its Twitter, calling on the union of each organizations for the widespread good of tennis. And it was not simply any request, a lot much less an outrageous thought, sinceHe of Basel measured every of his phrases very effectively.This was confirmed by his compatriot Stan Wawrinka by an Instagram direct with the extenista Chris Evert, a number of hours after Roger shared his want. “It isn’t only a remark. This has been talked about, quietly, in current occasions. The ATP and its president, Andrea Gaudenzi, have already been speaking about it. Looking for a method to make doable the concept of ​​bringing the circuits of the WTA and ATP collectively, looking for a method to assist one another, “he confessed Stanimal. As well as, like a large number of tennis gamers amongst whom is Rafa Nadal, Wawrinka was completely in favor of Roger Federer, a union of WTA and ATP that could be useful for the game of racket: “I believe that For the followers, the tennis gamers, the ladies, the boys, for each excursions it is going to be nice. They only want to search out the best path. I believe as a participant it is going to be nice for tennis and tennis followers, however I don’t know if it’s doable or not. “Apparently, one of many few who spoke out in opposition to this doable union was Nick Kyrgios. “We shouldn’t be becoming a member of. Has anybody requested the vast majority of the ATP what they consider the merger with the WTA and how good is it for us? “ the Australian reacted on his social networks. The gamers have already spoken. ATP and WTA now have the ball on their roof …last_img read more

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Dortmund, for another English Premier: Bukayo Saka

first_imgAnd it is not the only English in which Dortmund looks, since Jude Bellingham of Birmingham is another of his targets. Borussia Dortmund want to fish in the Premier League again. The Germans’ experience with Jadon Sancho, today a world star, invites optimism. And the chosen one plays at Arsenal, according to The Mirror, since they are closely following Bukayo Saka.Saka has been the great revelation of the season for Arsenal. Although he debuted with Emery, his bang has come with Arteta playing left back. Saka has added 3 goals and 9 assists to date in a total of 29 games, but his contract ends in 2021 and he has not yet renewed, making his salary more than affordable for any team.last_img read more

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Massive outsider Samora is female rider’s first winner

first_imgFemale apprentice Andree L. Powell won the first race of her career in sensational style at Caymanas Park yesterday, this aboard the 99-1 outsider SAMORA, in the seventh race over the straight for four-year-olds and up.Although a bit overcome by emotions, Powell, who opened her account aboard her 19th mount since riding for the first time on September 26 last year, said she was elated with the win and that it came as a result of hard work, determination, and sacrifice.”I have endured a lot in my brief stint in the saddle so far,” confessed the 25-year-old apprentice, who is a past student of Clarendon College.”In fact, I thought I would have ridden a winner before today, but on two occasions, I think I was unlucky. But nothing comes easy, and despite the frustration of not getting enough rides, my apprentice master, trainer Donovan Plummer, finally found the right horse for me in the grey Samora.”I held him in touch on the outside of the field as the favourite Fire Alarm led in the middle, but Samora was beginning to find his best strides towards the sands side and quickened past Fire Alarm in the last furlong to win by five lengths,” she explained.Powell was one of three female riders to graduate from the Jockeys’ School as full-fledged apprentices late last year. The others were Natalie Berger, who is yet to ride a winner, and Melissa Ward, who has already ridden four winners and was fourth aboard the highly-fancied GOLD SCREW in yesterday’s race.MORE SUCCESSPowell said she is looking forward to further success, but as she puts it, this will require getting more rides, especially live rides.Meanwhile, the consistent CAMPESINO, ridden by leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and popular owner Howard Hamilton, easily justified 2-5 favouritism with an easy victory over BRAWN in the open allowance race over 1200 metres.The 6-y-o gelding disposed of the leaders FORTUNEONEHUNDRED and ROYAL ASSAULT on entering the straight to win by 2 1/4 lengths in the good time of 1:11.0.On a day when title-chasing jockey Omar Walker and Oneil Mullings shared the honours with two winners each, ST BERNARD (Walker up), at odds of 7-2, won the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup over 1200 metres in a blanket finish involving AQUILO (5-1) and long-time leader EL NUMERO UNO (3-1), who was caught within shades of the wire by the first two.last_img read more

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‘US can’t handle pressure!’

first_imgBEIJING, China:Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt believes that Jamaica’s dominance over the United States in the men’s 4x100m relay over the past few years is down to the different approach of both teams towards the rivalry and pressure.Bolt, who completed his triple-gold-medal grab, also admitted that the team’s loss to the Americans earlier this year at the IAAF World Relays was a motivating factor for the unit, even though he had not taken that defeat too seriously and knew the team would respond strongly when it mattered.Jamaica yesterday won their fourth consecutive 4x100m relay title at the IAAF World Championships to push their medal tally to 11 with two finals to be contested today, providing the team with an opportunity to match its best ever return at a World Championships.SLIGHT ADVANTAGEGoing into the straight, the Americans held a slight advantage over the Jamaicans, but the final exchange between Tyson Gay and anchorman Mike Rodgers took place outside of the designated area. It didn’t matter too much in the end for the Jamaicans, as Bolt grabbed the lead shortly after taking the baton before powering Jamaica across the line in first place with a time of 37.36.USA were later handed their disqualification, meaning that home team China, 38.01, had been upgraded from a bronze to a silver, and Canada, 38.13, got the bronze.It is the fourth time at the past six editions of the World Championships that the USA had failed to finish or had been disqualified in a men’s 4x100m race.”This is a special win for us. This whole championship was special to me because coming back from adversity, stress, doubts, and all has just been magnificent,” said Bolt, who became the athlete with the most 4x100m relay gold medals (4) and overall medals (6) at the World Championships.”I wasn’t worried. The whole team at the World Relays was not in good shape, so I knew coming into these championships we would be good to go,” said Bolt. “The Americans know that we are the better team and maybe that’s why they panic so much when they see us.”RELAXED NATURELead-off man Carter, who has now won his third gold medal with Jamaica at the World Championships, said that the Jamaicans’ relaxed nature and the quality of coaching have been key in their stretch of dominance.”The USA has been doing a lot of talking and the pressure was on them. They seemed tense, but we were just having fun out there,” Carter said. “We have some great coaches in Jamaica and the athletes work with the coaches well. Both parties have to coordinate and work together. I think that’s the key to our success.”This is Jamaica’s sixth World Championships men’s 4x100m relay medal.last_img read more

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Russell a ‘priority’ for Thunder

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Sydney Thunder are desperate to tie West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell to a new contract before the Big Bash season ends, after the player’s massive impact with the franchise during the current campaign.The 27-year-old, a lively seamer and a devastating lower order batsman, has been one of Thunder’s best players and has also found himself immensely popular with franchise fans. Such has been Russell’s impact that the Thunder’s general manager, Nick Cummins, said they planned to make his contract renewal “priority” as they begin to plan for next season.”Of the guys that are off contract he’s “our priority. We’re already in discussions and we’re hoping to have something done before the season ends,” Cummins said. “He’s definitely a priority, we couldn’t have asked anything more from him.”Russell has delivered for Sydney in style this season. He has a league-leading 13 wickets and had produced a couple of cameos at a strike rate of 181. The Jamaican is also a brilliant fielder, taking three catches.His interaction with Sydney fans has been fantastic and Cummins said the franchise wanted to move quickly to ward off any other attempts by rivals to secure Russell’s services next season.”I’d imagine there’s other teams wanting to recruit Andre. He can do everything with bat, ball and in the field,” Cummins noted.”At the same time he was available to be signed last year and Thunder was the team that saw that and hopefully he sees we were the ones who backed him . . . who stood behind him.”He is one of those players who plays the way we’d all love to and I think the way he goes about his cricket is why he’s so popular. He’s explosive, dynamic and spectacular.”Russell has morphed into a T20 specialist in recent years, campaigning in all the major leagues across the globe.Last year, he played in the Indian Premier League, the Caribbean Premier League, the South African Ram Slam and the Bangladesh Premier League.He is set to play in the inaugural Pakistan Super League next month.last_img read more

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Bravo pulls out of World Cup – T&T batsman to focus on four-day championship

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Left-hander Darren Bravo yesterday became the third player to pull out of the troubled Twenty20 World Cup squad. Following the high-profile withdrawals by Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine last week, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that Bravo had also opted out of the squad in order to be available for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional four-day championship. In a letter sent to the board, Bravo said that while he was “very grateful and humbled” to be selected, he preferred to focus on developing his game in the longest format. “I’m of the firm belief that I have a very big part to play in the resurgence of West Indies cricket in the longer formats of the game, and I will like the opportunity to play in our Professional Cricket League (PCL) because it will put me in good stead and will allow me to achieve those goals that I have aligned myself for the year 2016 and beyond,” the Trinidadian said. Selectors will now mull over yet another replacement after having to find alternatives for Pollard and Narine. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was named to replace Pollard while, yesterday, the board said that Barbados off-spinner Ashley Nurse had been chosen in Narine’s absence. Nurse has played four Twenty20s for West Indies and 60 overall. Pollard said that he had not fully recovered from an injury sustained last December, while Narine indicated that work on his new action had not been completed. He is currently banned from bowling in international cricket. Meanwhile, the remainder of the squad have all signed their tour contracts for the March 8 to April 3 ICC tournament in India. Fears of a player boycott were heightened last week when T20 captain Darren Sammy wrote to the WICB on behalf of the squad to indicate their discontent with the pay structure. In the communication, Sammy said the players “cannot accept the terms on offer”, but in a subsequent radio interview in Trinidad, he said the squad always intended to contest the World Cup and would sign the contracts. The WICB said the new terms of the contract had been hammered out almost 10 months ago in conjunction with players’ union, WIPA, and had been communicated then to all players.last_img read more

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