FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Megan McDonald and Stephen F. Austin’s Ashley Kriesel are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.McDonald made six starting appearances for the Bearkats (9-12) last week, racking up 13 hits, six RBI and a .520 batting average. The senior accounted for a trio of extra-base hits and pushed the Kats to a win over Texas A&M Wednesday evening in game two of a doubleheader in College Station, Texas.Kriesel dealt a perfect weekend for the Ladyjacks (15-4) with a trio of wins over Northern Iowa, Belmont and Central Arkansas at the Shamrock Classic in Conway, Ark. The senior put in 18 innings of work and never surrendered a run, fanning 34 batters and registering a pair of complete games along the way. Against Belmont, Kriesel sat down 15 batters to mark her second game of the season with at least 15 strikeouts.Softball Hitter of the Week – Megan McDonald, Sam Houston State – Sr. – CF – Georgetown, TexasMcDonald had an exceptional week, hitting .520 with a .640 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage in six games against three teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season. The senior captain had five multi-hit games and was 2 for 5 with two RBI to lead the Bearkats to their first win in 25 years over Texas A&M, snapping a 51-game losing streak to the Aggies. She drove in six runs in the leadoff spot for the week and had a pair of RBI doubles in SHSU’s 2-1 win over North Dakota State Friday. McDonald is also currently riding a six-game hitting streak.Honorable Mention: Cori McCrary, McNeese; Kat Marshall, Northwestern State; Marisa Arriaga, Stephen F. Austin.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – RHP – Houston, TexasKriesel helped the Ladyjacks dominate at the Shamrock Classic, as she went 3-0 with three shutout efforts against Northern Iowa, Belmont and Central Arkansas. She surrendered just six hits all weekend, didn’t allow a run, issued just one free pass and struck out 34 batters. Kriesel also held her opposition to an impressive .100 batting average for the weekend.Honorable Mention: Jordan Moon, Nicholls, Bronte Rhoden, Northwestern State; MC Comeaux, Southeastern Louisiana.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.
CLOSING DAY MANDATORY PAYOUT IN 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT OFFERED AT SANTA ANITA ON SUNDAY; FOUR CONSOLATION TICKETS TODAY EACH WORTH $26,309.80FIRST POST TIME FOR 10-RACE CARD IS AT 1 P.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2019)–With Santa Anita’s closing day now less than 24 hours away on Sunday, there will be a mandatory payout in the track’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, which has a carryover from Saturday of $65,836. There were four consolation tickets today with six winners, each worth $26,309.80.In addition to the Rainbow Six, all other exotic wagers will operate with a mandatory payout in place on Sunday, with first post time for a 10-race card at 1 p.m.The Rainbow Six will commence with race five, which has an approximate post time of 3:18 p.m. PT.A pair of Grade III, $100,000 stakes will highlight Sunday’s program, the American Stakes, at one mile on turf and the San Juan Capistrano, at 1 ¾ miles on turf. These races have been carded as the fifth and eighth on the closing day docket. In addition to the two graded stakes, the $200,000 Melair, for three year old fillies bred or sired in California at a mile and one sixteenth, has been slotted at race six.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
JOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, OMAHA BEACH, WINNER: “It is very humbling, I am a very blessed man and when you are blessed, opportunities arise, like I get to ride for Mr. Mandella and all kinds of things happen.“He (Omaha Beach) just gives you that confidence, he eludes it. Mr. Mandella had him trained up so well for this race. I basically stayed as still as I could. I didn’t want to mess it up to be honest. He did it all on his own and he did it pretty handy today.“It’s just amazing, and this horse speaks for everything. He’s just beautiful, so fun to be around, so fun to ride, and so fun to train. It just shows how great this horse really is. I’m so happy and so blessed to be a part of it. To surpass Jerry (Bailey) on Omaha Beach even makes it that much more special.“It’s 217? Wow. You shocked me right there to be honest with you. You’re blessed to win one in this sport; 217, man I can’t even tell you.“Jerry is someone that comes from my hometown. I was born in New Mexico but raised in Texas in El Paso where he’s from. His father was my dentist. I went to the same high school that he did. When his high school gave him an honor, I was in the grandstand watching him. I wasn’t even riding yet; I was just a kid. He’s always meant a lot to me, so to surpass him means a whole lot.“It’s been an amazing career looking back on it. It’s too bad we don’t look back on things every day in situations like this to appreciate what you’ve been able to accomplish. Passing Jerry Bailey at anything is pretty amazing.”TRAINER QUOTESRICHARD MANDELLA, OMAHA BEACH, WINNER: Asked if he was surprised with the easy victory: “He was supposed to run like this.”Asked if he’s as good as any Mandella has trained: “I can’t think of one better, although he hasn’t been around long enough of those that stayed forever, Beholder and them, but probably the few times he ever got beat were my fault.”Mandella was asked how he felt about Omaha Beach going to stud after his final start, in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25: “He’s like a son; he’s better than a son. He makes me money; he doesn’t cost money. I thought about it a lot and I should have spoken to Mr. Porter when he was a two year old and suggest castrating him, and I still haven’t. He’s a great horse.Mandella said the agenda calls for Omaha Beach to leave for Florida on Dec. 30, “so we’ll be in Florida.” Asked about Mike Smith setting a career record of 217 Grade I stakes wins, passing Jerry Bailey (216): “What can you say about Mike? He just keeps doing it over and over.“This is really special for us, Opening Day at Santa Anita, after all the trouble we have been through this year, this place is The Great Race Place and we all need to remember that.”NOTES: The winning owner is Rick Porter who races as Fox Hill Farms, Inc.
WHEN you’ve got an estimated wealth of around £4.3billion, you aren’t going to skimp on boys’ toys.And billionaire Spurs owner Joe Lewis is testament to that fact – owning an astonishing £113million superyacht which measures 321-feet long.12 Spurs owner Joe Lewis owns a £113m yacht called AvivaCredit: Tom Stockill12 The Aviva, once seen on the River Thames in 2018, is 321-feet longCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe East End-born businessman is believed to live on board the Aviva, once spotted docked on the Thames, which has been referred to as his mobile office.Better still, it has everything an 83-year-old would need in terms of amenities, including the very first full-size indoor tennis court ever installed on a yacht.Join SunSport for a tour.NEW BALLS, PLEASEWith no Wimbledon this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Lewis need not worry about getting his tennis fix.After all, he has an incredible tennis court built into the Aviva – the first of its kind – that he and his guests can play on.At 20 metres long and 10 metres wide, the court area goes up to 6.65 metres high.And it’s not just for tennis, as the yacht’s designer Reymond Langton explained.”It is not only a lifestyle change for the owner but also for the crew as this is also the largest gym of any yacht,” the British design studio told Yacht Harbour.12 The superyacht is the first boat to have a full-size indoor tennis court12 Crew on board the Aviva have been known to enjoy the tennis court found in the bottom of the boatCredit: Abeking Rasmussen”The crew is encouraged to play with the owner and guests and when the court is not in use for padel (tennis), the net can be removed and the crew plays football and use other exercise equipment in the space.”It is after all a sports hall.”A MOBILE OFFICELewis, who made his millions in currency trading after running several restaurants and nightclubs from the 1960s, spends most of the year on his boat.For the Spurs boss it’s not just a place where he can enjoy a luxurious life, the Aviva is perfect for working remotely.”Communication and information are critical to me.” Lewis said in an interview with regards to his requirements for his floating office.”To be effective, I need reliable phones and internet, these have improved much over the past few years, but, it is too expensive, too slow and not consistently reliable.”Aviva is more than an office; it is also my home for much of the year. So for me, it is relaxing working from home, wherever Aviva may be in the world.”It can also be used to entertain, just as it was when he invited the Spurs team on board in 2013 during their tour of the Bahamas.Then skipper Michael Dawson said: “I had never met him before, so it was nice to go over there and a great experience.“What a really nice guy. And that yacht is unreal! But he’s just a normal guy. You could chat to him about anything. He tunes into all the games, he loves it. We just sat there chatting. He made us feel so welcome over there. It was relaxed. A lot of team-bonding together.”12 Lewis lives on the Aviva for most of the yearCredit: Abeking Rasmussen12 Lewis has called the Aviva his modern day office in the pastCredit: Abeking Rasmussen12 Dotted around its decks are sun loungersCredit: Abeking RasmussenBAHAMAS-READYIt’s mostly in the Bahamas where Lewis – the 12th richest man in the UK – spends his days as a tax exile.And the Aviva, which can house up to 16 guests, is fully-equipped for the Caribbean lifestyle.The exterior relaxation area features a circular set of lounging pads on the sun deck, as well as smaller lounging pads towards the yacht’s bridge.A cool swimming platform can also open up into the sea, that means you can have your own beach area with Aviva’s tenders coming out of side doors.Talking about boys’ toys, the superyacht even has a speedboat and jet skis on board.12 The Aviva is Bahamas-ready, has its own speedboat and a swimming platform opens up into the seaCredit: Abeking Rasmussen12 The lower deck boasts circular lounging areasCredit: Abeking RasmussenPERFORMANCEThe German-built Aviva, the 46th longest yacht in the world, took three years to complete.And it’s certainly not lacking in spec, either.latest football featuresHOUSE OF GODMaradona’s teenage home now a quirky museum made to look like it was in 1978TIM VICKERYCunha’s goals for Hertha Berlin show he can succeed Firmino & Jesus for BrazilMAN THEY’RE BADMan Utd’s worst kits include vintage green and gold shirt & ‘cursed’ greyLewdicrousInside Lewandowski’s £7m flat in Poland with private cinema and a golf simulatorExclusiveTIM VICKERYBarcelona target Martinez stood out as a teen because of his talent and graftGONE TO THE DOGSGrealish, Sterling & Noble among Prem stars protected by £25k guard dogsMALIBU STANArsenal owner Kroenke’s £20m Malibu home where Princess Di was set to move inGROOM-ALDORonaldo’s hairstyles through the years, from blond highlights to tight top knotPowered by an eco-friendly drive system, it can reach a top speed of 20 knots.The unique hull design that comes together with an electric propulsions system means that less fuel is used.Unbelievably, the Aviva can cruise at 11 knots purely on electric power only.Now, where can we get one?12 The Aviva can be powered using just electronic powerCredit: Getty Images – Getty12 The Aviva is the 46th longest yacht in the worldCredit: Abeking Rasmussen12 German-built, the Aviva took three years to completeCredit: Abeking RasmussenChelsea forward Willian agrees to Tottenham transfer with reps having already discussed move with José Mourinho, says Richard Keys
In the first seven days since tickets were released onto the market, an incredible 13,416 three-day packages (that’s a record 40,248 tickets altogether) have been sold via the tournament website. Already, fans from every single state in the USA have bought tickets with the majority of them coming from California. Further afield, supporters in Canada and the UK are represented well but, amazingly, tickets have been bought from a total of 36 nations, indicating that RWC Sevens 2018 is going to have a truly international feel.With thousands more supporters from the Bay Area, throughout North America and around the world expected to seek tickets, they are being urged not to delay any longer or else they could be left empty-handed.USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said: “We knew this would be a popular tournament. The importance we are placing on delivering a successful event and how that ties with growing the game in America can’t be overstated. The first week of ticket sales has exceeded even our own, lofty, expectations. The risk now is that fans who don’t act fast could actually miss out so we’re publishing this appeal for everyone who wants to see the world’s best sevens players in action at the highest level to go to the website today and book their seats.“This is a major priority for USA Rugby. We want the world to see that we can put on a great show and make RWC Sevens 2018 the biggest and best one so far. This is a once-off opportunity for rugby lovers in San Francisco and elsewhere in the US to be a part of this amazing tournament right here on American soil.“It’s also about showcasing rugby sevens to a generation of new American fans, who love to attend big live sporting occasions but who maybe haven’t been to a rugby event before. We think they will be blown away by the excitement, athleticism and skill on display in AT&T Park. But they’d better move quickly because tickets are disappearing fast.”
With a 32-18 win over Samoa on Saturday night, Tonga made it two wins from two at the tournament and assured themselves of advancing beyond the group stage for the first time in five attempts dating back to 1995.The victory in front of over 18,000 fans at Waikato Stadium was also just the second time Tonga have tasted victory over their Pacific neighbours in a rugby league Test match, with coach Kristian Woolf happy for his men to celebrate before re-focussing for their final pool game against New Zealand.”[Saturday night was] about enjoying the win, we’ve only beaten Samoa once in the last 10 years and that was in 2013, so that was a long time ago as well and some of these blokes were part of that,” Woolf said.”It’s about enjoying that, and letting our hair down a little bit, after a short turnaround which is always a tough week. “I was pretty satisfied with all of it to be honest, I thought we played some really good footy.”That’s a win you can be really happy with for a number of reasons, it was a high-quality game of footy.”Tonga now face the Kiwis to decide who will top Pool B and avoid having to play the winner of Pool D in the quarter-finals, with New Zealand currently sitting at the top on points differential thanks to their 74-6 thumping of Scotland in week two.Woolf said he was satisfied with the way his side were building, but wasn’t interested in engaging in any talk about New Zealand’s huge victory.”No [I didn’t see the Kiwis game], and to be honest I’m not real interested, we had a big game and I was right into that as every spectator was, so I hadn’t bothered with it, no,” Woolf said.”I think we are getting a little bit better each week, we were certainly better this week than what we were last week.”There’s certainly improvement areas in it, we are going to have to be better next week as the opposition goes up a level as well.”But we are on the right track.”The clash between New Zealand and Tonga will also take place at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday.
Port Moresby did it easy, taking a 4-0 lead after two innings. The first run was scored by a hit from veteran Antonia Kinit.Kinit herself came home in the next play. Two more runs were scored before three down was called.It was Port Moresby again who added another two runs in the third inning to put themselves 6 points in front.The duo of pitcher Selina Karai and her catcher Kinit restricted the Madang batters from getting on base.By the top of the sixth inning, Port Moresby made a change in the pitching, resting Karai.Madang used this to their advantage and opened the scoring through a power hit from Priscilla Mocke that allowed Carol Apelis to run home.Advancing to third base, Mocke was brought home thanks to a safe hit from Fedelma Takaili.The Moresby girls maintained their cool and got the next two outs to keep the pressure on Madang.With a full base situation, Kinit went up to bat and smacked the ball to the right outfield that brought home all three runners.The mercy rule was then applied with the game called off at the bottom of the sixth inning.Port Moresby Gold finished undefeated at the championships.
Ireland is currently the team to beat, sitting comfortably on top of the points table on 40 points with two wins and no losses.It will no doubt be a tough ask for the Barras.The Barras are in fifth place on 20 points after one win over the Netherlands and one loss at the hands of Afghanistan.The four day match will be played from the 31st of January to the 3rd of February.Eight countries are taking part in the Intercontinental Cup that started last year and will run all the way up to 2017.The points ladder:Ireland (40), Netherlands (26), Afghanistan (21), Hong Kong (20), PNG (20), Namibia (20), Scotland (13), United Arab Emirates (0).
Real Madrid faces next summer the start of the reconstruction of a team in which up to seven players are 30 years old or older (Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Bale and Benzema). In the club they believe that it is time to start collecting the fruits of the bet they are making to capture the best young people in the world so that this transition when rebuilding the template is not traumatic. Gradually, without a total revolution. The example to follow is what is happening today with Mendy and Valverde, who naturally move two important players like Marcelo and Modric.AchrafThey finish their two years of assignment at Borussia Dortmund and at the club they are convinced that they are ready to perform at Madrid. Even more with Zidane on the bench, who was the one who opted for him to occupy a place in the first team when he was only 18 years old (in the 2017-18 season). They value the experience he has acquired in the Bundesliga: three goals and seven assists in the 28 games he played last season and six goals and seven goal passes in the 31 games he has played in the current one.The increase in their offensive contribution in this course is due to the fact that a large part of the games (21 of 31) have played them as an extreme, either in the left or right wing. However, in Madrid he will return to occupy his usual position, that of the side, since his ability to occupy both bands is also assessed when he acts as a defense.Madrid, in addition to recovering him, will negotiate with him an improvement of the contract to adapt his economic conditions to his new role. The player, however, wants to talk to Zidane because he wants to come back to be important. On the other hand, Borussia will make an offer to buy it (they already tried last summer), but Madrid does not value that option. OdegaardThe Norwegian ends his assignment at Real Sociedad and Madrid has the idea that he will be part of the white team next season. Although the intention of the Basque team is to stay another year in San Sebastian, Madrid has the last word, since the transfer that was signed is only one year and there is no penalty in case of not extending it for another season. .The white club, however, will communicate its plans to Odegaard and let the Norwegian player have the last word. Although they understand that Odegaard will not miss the opportunity to have a place in the first white template …ReguilónHis good year in Seville, together with the poor performance of Marcelo, make Madrid want to have him next season. However, the Real Madrid squad has doubts. His goal is to play on the team he formed, but not in any way. Understand that, after shining in a club of the requirement of Seville, will not return to have a secondary role. Zidane has never opted for him (he asked to be assigned despite his good performance last year). If he sees that he still does not fill his eye with the French, he will ask for a new assignment …CeballosThe board continues to have a lot of faith in him, but the arrival of Arteta after Emery’s dismissal has hurt him (he is now a substitute in Arsenal). In your case, as with Reguilón, the talk you have with Zidane will be key. The Frenchman has never given him minutes and the utrerano is not willing to stay in Madrid as a regular substitute.
Costa’s fury as an antidote to the fault that Klopp has prepared in Anfield. The striker returned from his injury, cervical disc herniation that forced him to go through the operating room in November, precisely in the first leg of this tie. A Coast that has since played 62 minutes spread over three games. That against Liverpool (13 ‘), Espanyol (27’) and Sevilla (22 ‘). No goal. He has only two in a season in which he has only been able to play 33% of the total minutes. But it’s Costa. His presence alone threatens. Diego Costa was one of the letters that Simeone lacked last year in the round of 16 against Juventus in Turin and will be his surprise in this one. As in that one way. Coast in Anfield, holder. Lagarto’s is the bet of the Argentine coach in his front, along with João Félix, instead of Morata, who last Saturday suffered a blow to the thigh against Sevilla. The rest will be as expected. Oblak in the goal and Trippier and Lodi in the bands. The Cholo reserved himself precisely to the Brazilian side against Sevilla on the weekend because he was dragging a contracture and needed it ready for this game, in the first leg it was fundamental, both in attack and defense. In the center of the defense of the last nine games: Savic-Felipe.In the center three positions are non-negotiable, those that occupy Thomas, who also did not play in Seville by penalty not even a season before Juventus in Turin and that is the rigor and balance of the center of the field. Like Saul, the rojiblanco that always stands out in these nights, the great Champions, and the captain, Koke, who makes everyone else better. Correa is also non-negotiable at the moment: from being out in summer to gain ownership with goals, assists and differential talent.Next to Costa, João Félix. The rojiblanco club paid 127 million last summer to be differential in games like this. His great night has come. In summer I had no better partner than the Hispanic-Brazilian. That is what Simeone will think when tonight his team jumps in Anfield, to play the remaining 90 minutes of this tie that, for the moment, is winning 1-0.