Southland Announces 2019 Preseason All-Conference Soccer Teams

first_img MF Sophia Fondren* Stephen F. Austin Jr. Frisco, Texas The Wildcats have four automatic first-team selections in returning all-conference players Michelle Mulrooney, Shay Johnson, Christina Arteaga and Rachel Johnson, and senior defender Brooke Lenz was voted to her first team spot. ACU had a trio voted to the second team in graduate midfielder Sophie Standifer, senior forward Sam Vestal and sophomore defender Alyssia Anuat, the 2018 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year. D Michelle Mulrooney* Abilene Christian Sr. Lodi, Calif. GK Rachel Johnson* Abilene Christian R-Sr. Coppell, Texas Second Team F Lucy Ashworth Lamar Jr. Wigan, England MF Hadley Dickinson* Central Arkansas Jr. Cabot, Ark. MF Shay Johnson* Abilene Christian Sr. Coppell, Texas MF Anika Sultan Central Arkansas Jr. Dallas, Texas FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference announced its 2019 Soccer Preseason All-Conference Teams on Wednesday. Defending league tournament champion Abilene Christian leads the way with eight selections. GK Emma Roccaforte McNeese Jr. Nederland, Texas MF Rachel Palet* McNeese Sr. Plano, Texas D Megan Rickert Houston Baptist R-Jr. Round Rock, Texas D Keely Morrow McNeese Jr. Nevada, Texas F Katie Jennings Stephen F. Austin Sr. Austin, Texas D Carli Arthurs Stephen F. Austin Sr. Lewisville, Texas McNeese garnered six spots on the teams, including four voted on to the second team. Central Arkansas followed with five total picks and three selections on the second team. Stephen F. Austin placed two on each squad, and Lamar placed one on each team. F Connie Awuku-Darkoh* Central Arkansas Sr. Surrey, British Columbia D Alyssia Anuat Abilene Christian So. San Diego, Calif. The 2019 season gets underway Thursday, Aug. 22, with four matches: Houston at Sam Houston State (6:30 p.m.), Prairie View A&M at Houston Baptist (7 p.m.), Northwestern State at North Texas (7 p.m.) and Oklahoma State at Lamar (7:30 p.m.). Central Arkansas is set to host the 2019 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament Nov. 6-10 at the Bill Stephens Track & Soccer Complex in Conway, Ark.center_img Conference tournament finalist Stephen F. Austin has one automatic first-team nod in junior midfielder Sophia Fondren. Senior defender Carli Arthurs was voted on to the squad to also represent the Ladyjacks. The preseason all-conference first team was rounded out by Houston Baptist’s Megan Rickert and Lamar’s Madison Ledet. First Team MF Katelyn Termini Stephen F. Austin Jr. Frisco, Texas D Brooke Lenz Abilene Christian Sr. Spring, Texas McNeese and Central Arkansas each placed two on the first team. The Cowgirls earned two automatic first-team spots in senior midfielder Rachel Palet and junior forward Havana Johnson. The Bears are represented by returning all-league honorees Hadley Dickinson, a junior defender, and senior forward Connie Awuku-Darkoh, the 2018 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year. D Rebecca Adcock McNeese Sr. Bryan, Texas D Gracie Hair Central Arkansas So. Tulsa, Okla. F Christina Arteaga* Abilene Christian Jr. Pflugerville, Texas F Anna Watson McNeese Jr. Spring, Texas * Automatic selection – Returning 2018 all-conference member Returning players from the 2018 All-Conference First and Second teams are automatically named to the 2019 Preseason All-Conference teams at their same positions. Second team players are elevated to first team if the first team slot is vacated by a non-returning player at their same position. Vacant positions are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own player is not permitted. MF Taylor Webb Central Arkansas So. Lindale, Texas Pos. Name School Class Hometown F Madison Ledet Lamar Jr. Nederland, Texas F Sam Vestal Abilene Christian Sr. Odessa, Texas F Havana Johnson* McNeese Jr. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Pos. Name School Class Hometown MF Sophie Standifer Abilene Christian Gr. Southlake, Texaslast_img read more

Lauren Brooks, Jensen Howell Claim Weekly Southland Softball Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Lauren Brooks and Northwestern State’s Jensen Howell are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.Brooks pushed the Bears (16-9, 3-0 SLC) to a 3-1 week and a perfect start to league play after racking up a team-best seven RBI to go along with a double and a home run. The senior catcher went 4-for-5 from the plate in order to secure a .800 batting average against the Cardinals and her first Hitter of the Week honor this season.Howell capped a bright start for the Lady Demons (15-7, 3-0 SLC), dealing 19 innings of work and a trio of complete-game victories last week. The junior righty gave up just six hits, while sitting down 22 batters over the three-game stretch. She limited opponents to a .085 batting average and allowed only two runs for a 0.74 earned-run average. The award marks the first of the season for Howell.Softball Hitter of the Week – Lauren Brooks, Central Arkansas – C – Sr. – Placentia, Calif.Brooks had an impressive weekend to open up Southland play for the Bears, going 4-for-5 at the plate and tabbing seven RBI against UIW. Two of her four hits went for extra bases as the senior recorded a double and home run for an .800 batting average and a 1.600 slugging percentage.Honorable Mention: Cori McCrary, McNeese; Samantha Dares, Nicholls; Marisa Arriaga, Stephen F. Austin; Sammi Thomas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Jensen Howell, Northwestern State – RHP – Jr. – Pollock, La.Howell was dominant in the first week of league play, posting three complete-game wins with one shutout and two total runs allowed. She gave up just six hits all week, claiming a pair of wins against Sam Houston State. Howell struck out a career-high 10 batters at Grambling and followed up with 12 more throughout the series against the Bearkats.Honorable Mention: Alexsandra Flores, McNeese; Jordan Moon, Nicholls; MC Comeaux, Southeastern Louisiana; Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin.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.last_img read more


first_imgENCODER STALKS PACE AND WINS $75,000 EDDIE LOGAN STAKES BY ONE HALF LENGTH AS ROSARIO & SADLER TEAM FOR MILE TURF WIN IN 1:34.14RACE HONORS THE MEMORY OF SANTA ANITA’S ICONIC SHOESHINE ATTENDANTARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2019)–Hronis Racing’s Encoder stalked the early pace and took command turning for home en route to a half length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by John Sadler, Encoder, a 2-year-old colt by English Channel, got a mile over a turf course listed as “good” in 1:34.14.A close third behind dueling leaders Goliad and Smooth Like Strait into and around the Club House turn, Encoder loomed up three-wide to engage for the lead turning for home, drew well clear and held off the late charge of longshot Hariboux for the victory.“We had a perfect trip,” said Rosario. “It looked like those two horses on the lead were running pretty good and I just followed in behind them. John said to let this horse place himself, and that’s what he did.  When I asked him, he picked it up really nice.”An even seventh in the Grade III Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar Dec. 1, Encoder, who was ridden for the first time by Rosario, was off at 8-1 in a field of nine sophomores and paid $19.40, $9.80 and $5.60.“He’s been a little unlucky,” said Sadler.  “In the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf Sprint, finishing sixth two starts back on Nov. 1) he had to check on the backside, he got beat a couple of lengths…turf racing can go like that.  Last time, Johnny Velazquez said he didn’t have any room in the stretch…If John Velazquez tells you that, you tend not to lose confidence and move forward.”A one mile turf stakes winner in his second start on Sept. 1, Encoder, who is out of the Hard Spun mare Nono Rose, won his third race from six overall starts and with the winner’s share of $49,320, increased his earnings to $162,271.Sadler also made a point to acknowledge Santa Anita’s legendary shoeshine attendant, Eddie Logan, who operated his shoeshine stand from opening day, Dec. 25, 1934, until shortly before passing  at the age of 98 on Jan. 31, 2009.“I would like to mention Eddie Logan, who this race is named after,” he said.  “He was the shoe shine guy for one hundred years–great guy!  So Eddie, I hope you are watching upstairs.”Last for the first half mile, English-bred Hariboux rallied well to be second, 1 ½ lengths in front of Liar Liar.  Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, Hariboux was off at 34-1 and paid $27.00 and $15.00.Irish-bred Liar Liar, mid-pack early, was off at 13-1 under Dryden Van Dyke and paid $7.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.80, 45.63, 1:09.64 and 1:21.76.last_img read more

DIGICEL PNG Barramundis’ ready for 2-Day encounter against the Strike

first_imgAfter starting the SACA Premier League on a high with two (2) great performances in the first couple of rounds, the Barramundis dropped their last two matches, to be only one win after four matches.“We are looking forward to this new challenge and new format in a new environment,” said DIGICEL PNG Barramundis’ Head Coach, Dipak Patel.“The boys have been training very hard for the last couple of days in Alice Springs and are looking forward to playing 2-Day cricket again. We are obviously taking these matches very seriously, with one eye on the Intercontinental Cup (I-Cup). I am looking forward to seeing how the boys go against the Strike,” said Patel.After the match against the Strike, the Digicel PNG Barramundis will be travelling to Adelaide for the final leg of the SACA Premier League.last_img read more

Draw for RLWC 2017 to be announced next week

first_imgPapua New Guinea Kumuls coach Michael Marum and captain David Mead will be present during the announcement.The RLWC2017 will see 14 nations play 28 games over five weeks in Australia, New Zealand and PNG from October 27 to December 2, 2017.PNG will host three matches at the World Cup with each of the Kumuls’ pool games to be held in Port Moresby.The Kangaroos’ Australian coach Mal Meninga and captain Cameron Smith, and Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney and captain Jesse Bromwich, will also attend the announcement event.Meantime, selection for the Kumuls to participate at the RLWC2017 is still open to players taking part in domestic competitions like the Digicel Cup.Marum says selection will be open to players in the Digicel Cup, Queensland Intrust Super Cup, NRL and the Super League that is played in England.He said all these players are performing well and will be considered as selectors will have to pick the best players.PNG is currently ranked 11th out of 35 countries in the RLIF World Rankings issued recently.Kumuls improved three places after the 24-22 victory over the Fiji Batis in the Pacific Test in May.last_img read more

Commission bringing athletes together

first_imgThis is one of the main ideas behind many of the programs hosted by the PNGAC, like the Athletes Fun Day that was held this month with the theme ‘Sports To Educate’.More than 70 athletes turned up on the day.Participating organisations included the Port Moresby General Hospital / Youth Blood Drive, Institute of Business Studies, Electoral Commission, High Performance Sport PNG (PNGSF), Sustainable Coastlines PNG, Kreativ Kanaka and Voice Inc. PNG.Information booths were set up to educate athletes on a number of things including, how to vote in next year’s national elections, family planning and sexual and reproductive health and the Sustainable Development Goals. There was also a blood drive which saw athletes donate blood to help save lives. The athletes also had their CVs registered for employment opportunities.PNGAC Chairperson, Karo Lelai, thanked the athletes for turning up and participating in the event and encouraged them to get as much information as they could.“This is for the athletes and we encourage them to make use of the opportunity as well as to have fun and share their experiences with others,” said Lelai.She also thanked Theodist, bmobile, PSI, Bank South Pacific, InterOil and National Gaming Control Board for supporting the event with prizes, as well as Ela Murray International School for allowing the use of their venue.“PNG athletes sacrifice a lot of their time and effort training and competing for their country. Many times they struggle with funds and resources to help them. Despite that, they continue to do what they love, playing their sport,” Lelai said.“The Fun Day aims to bring them together to enjoy the day and have the opportunity to learn new things and share experiences in a team environment.“Some athletes are not fortunate to have access to the kind of information that was delivered on the Fun Day, that is why it was important to bring them together and to get educated too, in a fun way,” said Lelai.last_img read more

Barcelona is the club with the highest income in the world

first_imgFor its part, the Real Madrid falls to second place with a slight increase of its revenue 0.9% to 757.3 million euros, although it maintains the numbers of the previous season. In spite of everything, your competitor closest, the Manchester United, is at a distance of 45.9 million of euros in revenue. The Bayern Munich occupies the fourth place and the Paris Saint-Germain closes the ‘Top 5’. While, Atlético de Madrid remains thirteenth in the ranking, between Borussia Dortmund (12th) and the Inter de Milan (14th). The rojiblanco club has entered 367.6 million euros, an increase of 20.7% over last year.The 20 football clubs with the highest turnover in the world have accumulated 9,283 million euros in revenue during last season, thus experiencing a 12% year-on-year increase, a new historical record. The partner responsible for Sports of Deloitte, Concha Iglesias, has said that although sports performance plays “an important role” at the income level, the commercial and financial management of teams such as FC Barcelona or Real Madrid is “a reference for others European and world football institutions. ““Reducing the dependence of the income from retransmission and focusing on the exploitation of its assets (content, merchandising, facilities, etc.) has been the strategy that has given better results to the clubs that lead the classification,” he concluded. The FC Barcelona has surpassed Real Madrid and now leads the ranking of clubs with the highest income in the world, according to the classification of the study Football Money League prepared by Deloitte, which analyzes the information financial of the football clubs corresponding to the 2018-19 season.The Barça entity has first risen to the first position, obtaining a record income of 840.8 million euros, what it means an increase of 21.7% regarding last season. In addition, he registered a record distance over the Real Madrid, second place in the study, with an advantage of 83.5 million euros.Among the main causes of the increase in income is the club’s commercial focus change, “being a primary factor the decision to carry out merchandising and concession activities of licenses in the entity itself “; in this sense has entity taken “greater control” of its operations, instead of relying on third parties For these services.last_img read more

Real Madrid clings to Casemiro to break Sevilla

first_imgCasemiro scored the two goals of Real MadridThe meeting was marked by arbitration controversy Casemiro and Jovic celebrate the first goal of Real Madrid. Image: EFE Real Madrid won three important points this Saturday by winning Sevilla 2-1 in the match played at the Santiago Bernabéu and corresponding to the twentieth day of LaLiga Santander. Casemiro, with two goals, scored the two goals of the Zidane, leaders waiting for the meeting of Barcelona this Sunday.Zidane opted for a trident formed by Lucas Vázquez, Jovic and Rodrygo, leaving Benzema or Isco on the bench. Real Madrid, which has shown that it plays better with four midfielders, was slow to enter the match as a result of the eleven lined up by its coach. Instead, Sevilla, true to his style, missed the presence of his best player Ocampos. center_img The first half was marked by a controversial play that had Gudelj and Militao as protagonists. The sevillista blocked the path of the Real Madrid and De Jong, free of brand, scored with an imperial header. The referee scored a goal, but after seeing him on the monitor, he was canceled due to the lack of Sevilla midfielder.After the break, Real Madrid found the goal through Casemiro, who took advantage of an assist from Jovic’s heel to chop the ball before Vaclik left. Little did the joy last for the whites, since seven minutes later De Jong tied in a play that could be annulled by Munir’s previous hand.But Real Madrid had Casemiro who, five minutes later, put his team ahead with a header behind a Lucas center from the right. In the last minutes Madrid could sentence the game, but neither Kroos nor Vinicius, who revolutionized the final stretch, could do so. Also yours is Sevilla, but in Nesyri he was not successful and sent the ball out. DATA SHEETREAL MADRID: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Militão, Marcelo (Mendy, min. 70); Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Lucas Vázquez, Rodrygo (Vinicius, min. 61) and Jovic (Benzema, min. 61).SEVILLA: Vaclik; Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Reguilón; Banega (Rony Lopes, min. 80), Fernando, Gudelj; Vázquez (Óliver Torres, min. 75), De Jong and Munir (En-Nesyri, min. 65).–GOALS:1-0, min. 57: Casemiro.1-1, min. 64: From Jong.2-1, min. 69: Casemiro.–REFEREE: Martínez Munuera (C. Valencian). Yellow card Modric (min. 37) and Carvajal (min. 87) by Real Madrid; and Banega (min. 54) in Seville.–STADIUM: Santiago Bernabéu, 72,512 spectators.–INCIDENCES: In the prolegomena of the match, the Sevilla soccer players made the champion’s hall to those of Real Madrid, on the occasion of their recent title of the Spanish Super Cup conquered in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).last_img read more

Even harder for Rubi: he never managed to beat Madrid

first_imgLast season, 2018-2019, Rubi also succumbed in his two clashes against Real Madrid in front of Espanyol. Defeat 1-0 at the Bernabéu during the first round and 2-4 at the RCDE Stadium in the second. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 3, 2020 Joan Francesc Ferrer Rubi, Betis coach, plays the spot against Real Madrid next Sunday … and it doesn’t seem like he is the best opponent to save himself. For several reasons, mainly because it is the leader of LaLiga, but also because The Catalan coach does not have a very exciting service sheet against the white team. Five clashes with four different teams, four losses and a zero draw.The one achieved with Betis in the first round, match where Zidane’s they did not enjoy too many occasions but all were thwarted by a great Joel Robles. Before that, Rubi had lost once with Levante, once with Sporting and twice with Espanyol. Three of those occasions, as a local as well. His first face to face with Madrid was in the 2015-2016 season, as coach of Levante. The granota team fell 1-3 in the Ciutat de Valencia. Already in Sporting, in 2016-2017, he lost again, this time by 2-3 in El Molinón.last_img read more

Timor breaks a finger and Etxeita is forgiven

first_imgFor that clash, Getafe had lost Etxeita, who saw the fifth yellow card in Mallorca. Nevertheless, The club’s appeal has been estimated, the yellow one forgiven and the player may be on Saturday. Etexita has settled in the starting team after the march of Cabrera to Espanyol and his presence is very important for the technician with Djené. The opportunity for Cabaco, which has not yet debuted in the Coliseum, will have to wait.The worst part is taken by David Timor. The midfielder will be out of the field for about a month after being injured in the Son Moix match. The Valencian suffered a strong stomp on the right foot and yesterday it was confirmed that he has a fractured finger. The tie against Inter is also lost, leaving Bordalás short of solutions in this competition, since Etebo is not registered and the other half center of the workforce, Fayçal Fajr, has long since stopped entering its plans Good and bad news on Getafe’s return to work. Among a thousand rumors about what will happen with the tie against Inter Milan because of the coronavirus, the azulones want to focus on the immediate match that Celta will face on Saturday at the Coliseum.last_img read more