May 2020

first_imgLandry continued her dominance in the circle for the Colonels with three wins on the week with a 1.31 ERA and 13 strikeouts. In the series sweep against Stephen F. Austin, Landry tossed a complete game in the opener while fanning nine toward a 2-1 victory. She then picked up another win in relief in game two of the doubleheader. In 3.1 innings of work on Saturday, Landry allowed just four hits and one run. Miller and Landry helped the Colonels (19-7, 6-0 SLC) extend their win streak to 10 games on a 5-0 week for the team. Nicholls is the only team who remains undefeated in conference action. The Colonels will put their unbeaten record to the test when they travel to Hammond this weekend for a three-game series with Southeastern Louisiana (15-11, 4-2 SLC). First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. CT. The doubleheader Saturday will begin at noon. This is Nicholls’ first hitting award of the season while Landry earns her second weekly honor after being named the Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 20. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Kelsey Miller and Megan Landry are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by Miller hit safely in all five games for the Colonels this past week, batting .615 with five runs scored and three RBIs. The freshman outfielder recorded three hits across the doubleheader sweep over Mississippi Valley State. She also picked up a stolen base in the nightcap. In this weekend’s series with Stephen F. Austin, Miller had five hits on seven official at-bats. She started off the series by beating a throw home on a double for a walk-off win against the Lady Jacks. The product of Denham Springs, La., then tallied consecutive multi-hit games. 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.center_img Softball Hitter of the Week – Kelsey Miller, Nicholls – OF – Fr. – Denham Springs, La. Softball Pitcher of the Week – Megan Landry, Nicholls – Jr. – Pierre Part, La. Honorable Mention: Hope Sobolewski, UIW; Kelly Meeuwsen, Lamar; Julie Rawls, Northwestern State; Kinsey Nichols, Southeastern Louisiana. Honorable Mention: Rachel Hayes, Southeastern Louisiana; Laura Napoli, Lamar; Sarah Leal, UIW.last_img read more

first_imgHAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana baseball head coach Matt Riser expects his players to be strong leaders on and off the field. The three players were among a group of five who ran down a rain-slicked embankment toward a burning car in the Canadian province of British Columbia, focused only on making sure anyone inside got out safely. Jack had never met the men who saved her, a group of four players and the head coach of the Port Angeles (Wash.) Lefties of the West Coast League. “The young men we recruit have to not only be good players, but even better people,” Riser said. For the players, it simply came down to living out the leadership lessons Riser has instilled in them during their time at Southeastern. “There are three ways to respond in moments like these: Freeze, flight, or fight,” Riser said in a text message to his players within days of the rescue. “Y’all responded with action and didn’t worry with putting yourselves in harm’s way to help someone else. To act in that manner tells you about who you are because you cannot script everything life throws at you.” For Pace, it’s all about paying it forward. It is the basis of the program’s mission statement: As members of the Southeastern Baseball program, we commit to excellence in the classroom, in the community and in competition. We do this by having a mental toughness that enables us to be consistent, confident, focused and determined during high-pressure situations in order to perform at maximum potential. Riser’s text congratulated the players for representing Southeastern and the Lions baseball program well, but, more importantly, “for reassuring yourself of who you really are.” Pace and Westergard noticed the fiery car and stopped immediately, waking the other three players, who were napping in the backseats. All five immediately sprang into action. And if things had gone as expected, they never would have met – the trio of Southeastern players, who are playing with the team for the summer, their teammate Ronnie Rust and head coach, Darren Westergard, only passed by because they missed their exit and were hurrying to get to their game in Kelowna on time. That’s why he focuses the Lions’ training not just on the art of the game, but on what it means to be involved in your community, to help others and to show courage. Last week, Trey Morgan (St. Francisville, Louisiana), Evan Pace (Zachary, Louisiana) and Kyle Schimpf (Covington, Louisiana) showed what it means to be leaders not only off the field, but in another country. “I didn’t realize what was going on until I got out of the vehicle,” Morgan said. “Pace and Coach jumped out and said follow them. Your thoughts head to how many people are there, looking on the floorboard or nearby, and how to get them out without injuring them. There was smoke everywhere as the car started to catch on fire. She was in shock, just kind of sitting in the car and not moving.” “The car was covered in smoke,” Pace said. “We couldn’t tell if there was anyone in it, but you could smell it starting to burn. My first reaction wasn’t thinking about all the smoke or how dangerous it could be, it was about getting people out.”center_img “The thought process wasn’t about the car exploding or catching on fire,” Schimpf said. “It was helping get her out of the car and getting my teammates out of the way. The thought of my safety never crossed my mind. It all happened so fast. When we were standing off to the side is when it all sank in.” Pace was the first to the car and, with the help of his coach, helped Jack out of the vehicle and carried her up the embankment. Then, they drove straight to the field because, after all, they still had a game to play.  Their actions saved the life of Linda Jack, a resident of Kelowna, British Columbia, who was involved in a one-car accident when her vehicle skidded in the rain and slid down the embankment, immediately filling with smoke as it caught fire on impact. Within minutes of helping Jack up the slippery terrain, the car was ablaze and a total loss. The players drove Jack, who suffered only minor injuries, back to her home. During the drive, they picked up a new fan. Jack told the men she’d always been a fan of the Kelowna team (the Lefties’ scheduled opponent). But, after this, she will be rooting for them. While he was surprised to hear the circumstances, Riser wasn’t at all surprised by his players’ actions. He was quick to praise not just his players’ leadership lessons, but their upbringing for their heroism. “Now go have fun playing some ball,” Riser quipped as his sign-off. “I’m extremely proud of them for handling the situation the way they did,” Riser said. “I’m not surprised. They show these type of leadership skills on a daily basis. They know what’s right and in that moment reacted with a sense of urgency.” Morgan, Schimpf and Rust helped pull Jack’s luggage and belongings from the smoldering vehicle. “Their parents have done a great job of bringing them up to be selfless, and when they see someone in need, they are not concerned with their own well-being,” Riser said. The way Riser has built the family reputation has led all the players to help the community, Schimpf said. “It instills pride in you,” he said of Riser’s leadership training. “That you want to help out, not let anyone down.” “You’re not worried about yourself in that situation,” Morgan said. “You’re not hurt, and other people are in danger. Everybody there went head first into the car.” “I had three older brothers who would help me no matter what,” he said. “In high school and at Southeastern, there are 35 others who have my back. It’s not a burning car, but a burning desire to help.”last_img read more

first_imgCourtesy of Abilene Christian Athletics Media RelationsABILENE, Texas – Abilene Christian head football coach Adam Dorrel this week agreed to a multi-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2023 season. A three-time Coach of the Year at Northwest Missouri State, Dorrel led the Wildcats to their first winning DI season in 2018 and has high expectations for his squad at the start of fall camp.”I’m so thankful for the high-level commitment (University President) Dr. Schubert and (ACU Athletics Director) Allen Ward have made to our program,” said Dorrel. “Even in the short time I’ve been here, there’s been substantial upgrades with regard to our game day facilities, weight room, and academic areas all of which have a profound impact on what we do as coaches. Having quality spaces for our student-athletes to learn, train, study, eat or even relax goes a long way in recruiting the very best players from around the country. “I’m more than pleased with the direction our program and university are headed together, and I’m ecstatic to get this season started. But, for me, it’s not just about winning games, my coaches and I also are here to grow these young men spiritually and academically.”Ward, who previously extended the contracts of head basketball coaches Joe Golding and Julie Goodenough this spring following their first NCAA Tournament Appearances, said he’s pleased to have reached an agreement with Dorrel.”He’s doing a great job building our program, both competitively and academically,” said Ward. “I’m a big believer that patience is one of the key elements in developing a successful and sustainable Division I program, and giving our head coach the time he needs to develop his players both mentally and physically is essential in my opinion.”Dorrel signed a five-year contract upon his arrival to ACU in December 2016 and watched his program make significant progress between his first and second years.For starters, the team’s 2018 total and offense and defense numbers ranked the Wildcats third in the Southland Conference and among the top half of all FCS programs. The offensive line additionally allowed the fewest sacks in the league, which led to a top-15 passing offense (278.4 yards per game) and the nation’s sixth-highest completion percentage (65.6 percent).The linemen also were superb at protecting their specialists as the Wildcats were one of only 10 teams nationwide not to surrender a blocked kick. ACU’s defense excelled in many areas as well. From 2017 to 2018 the team jumped 36 spots from No. 87 to No. 51 nationally in scoring defense at 26.9 points per game allowed. The Wildcats also ranked eighth in sacks (3.09 per game), 14th in tackles for loss (7.7), and 29th with 13 passes intercepted.The statistical improvements carried the Wildcats to six victories (6-5) and a dozen student-athletes named all-conference. Linebacker Jeremiah Chambers received First Team recognition from Southland voters and has since been named to three preseason teams this summer.But where Dorrel is most proud of his team is in the classroom, as the Wildcats posted their first +3.00 team GPA this past spring (up from a 2.97 in the fall). The goal now is to see that number rise to 3.20 at the end of each term.Senior wide receiver and ACU SAAC president Josh Fink was voted First Team Academic All-America last December, and additionally made the Southland’s All-Academic list along with fullback Chance Pierce, offensive lineman Kade Parmelly, safety Erik Huhn and the league’s Student-Athlete of the Year quarterback Luke Anthony.”ACU fans saw the progress made in Adam’s second season at the helm,” added Ward. “They should be excited about the future of ACU football. And as the AD, it’s pleasing to know that Coach Dorrel is making decisions in the long-term best interest of the program. He has earned this extension.”Entering Fall Camp, the veteran-laden Wildcats are determined to take that next step by winning the Southland Conference. But first they’ll have to play close to perfection in order to qualify for their first FCS Postseason appearance.Fortunately for the Wildcats there’s quite a bit of depth on this year’s roster, and Dorrel considers the competition in camp to be a ‘coach’s best friend.’ “I’ve been extremely pleased with the efforts and energy through the first week of camp,” he said. “We’ve had guys come out and battle through the elements (hot weather) better than in my first two years here, and that’s a credit to our on-field leadership. Those guys are doing a great job setting the tone at practice in allowing us to get work done.”The execution has been there on both sides of the ball, and we’re seeing good things on special teams. I’m proud of our guys. We just need to maintain this level of consistency.”last_img read more

first_imgEMMANUEL ADEBAYOR has always been a bit of a hot head but even by his standards this was a bit much.The ex-Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham striker is currently plying his trade in Paraguay and gave his new fans a glimpse of what they are in for when he was sent off for KARATE KICKING an opponent.2 Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off for karate kicking an opponentCredit: Twitter2 The ex-Arsenal, Man City and Spurs forward is plying his trade in ParaguayCredit: TwitterThe Togo striker only signed for new club Olimpia Asuncion in February and has failed to score since.But supporters briefly forgot about his lack of goals as they watched him dabble in kung fu.The stomach churning incident occurred with his side leading 1-0 in the 73rd minute against Defensa y Justicia in the Copa Libertadores.An airborne Adebayor challenged for a high ball with Defensa’s Enzo Coacci, but after Coacci got there first the 36-year-old’s foot appeared to collide with his head studs first.But luckily, a different angle shows Coacci turning away just before the incoming boot connects with his face leaving it to smash into his shoulder.The ref immediately showed the former Real Madrid striker a red for the wild lunge.Sad to leave the pitch early on a Jackie Chan challenge.Adebayor on the incidentAfter the game Adebayor himself labelled the tackle a “Jackie Chan challenge”.He wrote on Twitter: “Tough game today!”‘What a great team spirit, and what a win boys.”Sad to leave the pitch early on a Jackie Chan challenge.”It was never my intention to hurt my opponent, and I am glad he is okay.”Olimpia have two other ex-Premier League players in their ranks with former Blackburn and Man City star Roque Santa Cruz and ex-West Ham forward Brian Montenegro – who scored an 80th minute winner – also taking part in the game.Adebayor’s side were winning 1-0 when he saw red before Montenegro doubled their eight minutes later.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 himOlimpia survived a late consolation from Defensa’s Marcelo Bentiez to win 2-1.Having left Turkish side Kayserispor in December, Adebayor was without a club until he was snapped up by the Paraguayan champs.He last played in England for Crystal Palace who he left in July 2016.SEA, tough game today! What a great team spirit, and what a win boys @elclubolimpia. Sad to leave the pitch early on a Jackie Chan challenge. It was never my intention to hurt my opponent, And I am glad he is okay 🤜🏾👏🏾🙏🏾⭐️❤️🤜🏾🙌🏾#GodFirst #teamSEA #25 #SEAAsuncion #Lifesgood— Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) March 12, 2020 Idiotic moment NBA star Rudy Gobert jokingly smears germs on microphones two days before positive coronavirus testlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto: Photosport Ryan Crotty. Crotty, who’s preparing to return from injury for the Crusaders’ Super Rugby quarter final match against the Highlanders on Saturday, has also signed on with Canterbury for another year.The 28-year-old has played 27 tests for the All Blacks, including the first test against the British and Irish Lions last month, and has played 119 Super Rugby games for the Crusaders.Crotty admitted he considered overseas options but chose to stay in New Zealand.”I like to take things one year at a time and when I thought about where I could picture myself in 2018, I just didn’t feel like my time here in New Zealand was up yet,” he said.”I still get a thrill each time I pull on the black or red and black jerseys and I feel really motivated to perform for those teams. I genuinely think I have my best rugby in me yet and I want to play that rugby for the teams I have grown up supporting and who I feel so honoured to play for now.”last_img read more

first_imgJones’ Feyenoord progressed to the next round of the KNVB Beker on Wednesday after a 5-1 drubbing of ADO Den Haag.The 34-year-old ex-Socceroos gloveman only conceded three minutes from time with his side already 5-0 up thanks to a hat-trick from Jones’ former Liverpool team-mate Dirk Kuyt.It capped a great day for the Australian, who was also named in the official UEFA Europa League Team of the Group Stage.Jones was named as the competition’s best goalkeeper despite Feyenoord failing to progress to the knockout phase.Elsewhere, Massimo Luongo’s 50th appearance for Queens Park Rangers ended in a narrow defeat in the Championship.Despite dominating for large periods of the match at Loftus Road, QPR were sunk by a late strike from Tom Ince to lose 1-0 against Derby County.There was better news for Bailey Wright’s Preston North End, who came away with a 1-1 draw from their trip to Nottingham Forest.The Socceroos defender played the full 90 minutes for Preston, who is now 11th in the Championship and just six points from the play-off places.last_img read more

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 8, 2020 The Espanyol can allow this disbursement for summer sales revenues, those coming from the Europa League and because, as a result, LaLiga extended the salary limit by 12 million of the club, from 68 to 80 million. And in this case, only compute for the parakeet club the tab that De Tomás will charge these months and the amortization part of his purchase that corresponds to this season (around four millions having signed for six and a half years). Reach the salvation, which stands at four points with the entire second round ahead, is the objective of this incorporation, in a Espanyol who has only scored 14 goals in 19 games, and with a Tomás that last year he scored only another 14 with Rayo Vallecano (and 24 more the previous season), precisely familiar with the challenge of preserving the category. Benfica will recover the 20 million paid to Real Madrid in summer, and will take other 2.5 by variables affordable: one million more if he plays ten games, another in case of salvation and 500,000 euros if he scores five goals. To all this it is possible to add the 20 percent of surplus value of a future transfer. It has taken weeks and weeks of negotiations, with Benfica and with the interested party, who chooses to go to the LaLiga colista before more attractive alternatives. But Raúl de Tomás is officially an Espanyol footballer. And not given, as intended in the beginning, but in property. That’s him bombing of the operation, which is settled between 20 and 22.5 million, which makes him the highest signing in parakeet history. The occasion requires it. Sign, in addition, a long contract: until 2026. Already has passed the medical review, so you will sign and this Thursday afternoon will be presented, at 16:30, at the RCDE Stadium. Regardless of the impending challenge of permanence, The great value of this signing is that it guarantees Espanyol to have a first level striker for next season, given that both Facundo Ferreyra and Jonathan Calleri are acting as loans, the first curiously also by Benfica, and with purchase options that are not very consistent with their performance.Despite the expense, Espanyol does not close its winter market, but rather keep on searching for reinforcements that satisfy Abelardo Fernández and that support the template, and that they should be customized in the central and extreme demarcationspreferablylast_img read more

first_imgFootball lawmakers, IFAB, allow each competition to determine the level of accuracy of their VAR systems, because there is no specific law on the width of the offside lines.The Premier League will discuss the use of VAR, including offside decisions, at a club meeting next month.Towards a new ChampionsOn the other hand, Ceferin has confirmed that an agreement between European clubs on a new format of the Champions League is “very close”, after the talks held before the UEFA Congress in Amsterdam this week.The president of the highest European football body met Monday with the Premier League executive president, Richard Masters, and senior representatives of the five largest leagues in European football. “We have to stay together. We have to debate the future of European football. We will all have to give in to something, but in the end, the decision will be made by the UEFA Executive Committee. With debate, I think we will agree very soon because we know what are the principles of the European sports model and, especially, football. ” The European Club Association holds its 24th General Assembly in Budapest on March 30 and 31. UEFA will impose thicker lines for offside decisions reviewed by the VAR in the Champions League and the Europa League in an attempt to favor the scoring production next season, as announced by its president, Aleksander Ceferin, in a Sky Sports interview. In fact, the new lines could come into force in the Eurocup It starts in June. Aleksander Ceferin said he has been in talks with the arbitration officials of the presiding organization to implement the changes that ensure the teams are not “ruined” by a wrong decision. “An offside one centimeter is not out of play, because that is not the spirit of the rule. And it has to be a clear and manifest error for the VAR to intervene. Therefore, thicker lines are essential, because they are now drawn subjectively and are not exact. For a centimeter you can ruin a club’s season with a wrong decision. ““There is also the question of hands, which is poblematic, but I don’t know what to do exactly about. We are discussing a lot with our referees. “last_img read more

first_imgThis measure is said to the place taken by the Hungarian authorities on Wednesday, because it determined ban indoor sports activities occasions the place greater than 100 spectators will congregate. Hungary has declared a state of emergency after confirming a complete of 13 instances of individuals contaminated with coronavirus in the nation.It ought to be remembered that the Spanish crew led by Anabel Medina is certified for the closing section of the competitors and that the draw positioned the ladies of the Navy in the Group C along with the United States and Slovakia. As well as, this measure taken by the Hungarian authorities can transcend tennis, since the Italy spin (Might 9 to 31) is scheduled to depart its subsequent version from Budapest. The coronavirus continues to wobble the foundations of sport … The coronavirus slows a brand new tennis competitors. This Wednesday it’s as much as Fed Cup Finals, whose first version with this new format in the type of the Davis Cup was to be held in Budapest (Hungary) from April 14 to 19. For now we must wait, since the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) has formally declared the postponement of stated closing section.This was confirmed by the Fed Cup itself by means of its web site: “The ITF has introduced the postponement of each the Fed Cup Finals and the Fed Cup Play-offs in response to well being issues for COVID-19. After cautious consideration and shut dialogue with the ITF Council, the Native Organizing Committee and in mild of the Right this moment’s announcement by the Hungarian authorities about indoor occasions, regrets that the ITF has introduced the postponement of the Fed Cup Finals, initially scheduled from April 14 to 19 at the Laszlo Papp Sport Area in Budapest. “last_img read more

first_imgUEFA will shortly announce that the advance of the coronavirus forces it to stop the Champions League and the Europa League. Therefore, next week the matches that Real Madrid had to play against Manchester City will not be played, nor will that of Barça against Naples. UEFA, now yes, is very serious about postponing the Euro Cup until the summer of 2021, which would force the suspension of the League of Nations and the Club World Cup. The first five leagues in Europe (Spain, England, Italy, Germany and France) are currently holding a video conference with Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA competition director, to resolve the collapse that this implies for the calendar. Although Ceferin flatly refuses to acknowledge the only possible solution, the postponement of the European Championship, it is a matter of time before the president of UEFA gives in and the national team tournament passes next summer.last_img read more