FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Cayla Burch and Northwestern State’s Jasmyn Steels are the Southland Conference Women’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. All Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Burch competed across a pair of events for the Ladyjacks at the Charlie Thomas Invitational in College Station, Texas. The freshman’s best performance came with a second-place finish during the 400-meter event. NSU’s Steels collected a first-place performance in the long jump for the Lady Demons at the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Cayla Burch, Stephen F. Austin – Fr. – Minneapolis, Minn.The freshman ran the 400-meter race for the first time this season, clocking a Southland season-best time of 54.61. The performance also placed her 54th nationally in the quarter-mile event. Additionally, Burch ran a leg of the 4×400 relay team which clocked in at a 3:49.13 pace. The mile-relay squad’s finish stands as the third best mark in the Southland this season.Honorable Mention: Alejandra Ruiz, Central Arkansas; Soren Underwood, Abilene Christian; Aleyah Donald, McNeese.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Jasmyn Steels, Northwestern State – Jr. – College Station, TexasThe College Station product took first overall after covering a distance of 20’7 ¼” in the long jump event. Her performance at the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational currently stands as the ninth best jump in the nation and the second-best mark in Northwestern State program history.Honorable Mention: Nastassja Campbell, Stephen F. Austin; Tristyn Allen, Sam Houston State; Lonnie Smith, Abilene Christian; Malaiya Jedkins, McNeese.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.
“I hope that the foundation that was laid for these girls over the past four years will be built on by the incoming freshman class,” Van Heerden said. “I think there’s an incredible group here that does so well and I think they’ll step up and be amazing leaders. The Bears walked out with their heads held high as they defied the odds and made it to their first ever NCAA Tournament in program history. Along with that, the Bears finished with 20 wins and earned a hard-fought SLC Tournament Championship for the first time in Bear history. The Bears pushed the Cowgirls the best they could in doubles play and were on the brink of winning Court No. 1 before the Cowgirls took the 2 and 3 courts. The senior pairing of Rada Manataweewat and Ma fell 6-1 at No. 2 to begin the match. Vasupongchai and Nonoyama were handed their first loss of the season in doubles play as they fell 6-4 at the No. 3 to conclude doubles play. Xin and Van Heerden faced the #23 ranked doubles team in the nation at the No. 1 and were moments away from winning as play was halted at 5-4. We know who we are, but others need to know it too.” HEAR FROM MARLI VAN HEERDEN: Freshman Chunxi Xin faced #26 ranked Katarina Stresnakova at the No. 1 and showed zero fear playing the talented senior. She took three points in set one and had two in the second before the match concluded. Stresnakova was named to the All-Big 12 First Team before NCAA Tournament play and had 22 wins entering the match. From late nights in hotels, dancing in restaurants, listening to crazy music — those are the moments that will be treasured.” I’m super proud of my seniors and how well we fought for this. I wouldn’t have wanted to do this with anybody else. For us, it wasn’t just about tennis, it was about making the memories and showing the rest of the world who UCA is. “We didn’t know what to expect,” Wharton said. “Playing in it is different in a really good way. I think the travel, the warmups, the practices – everything about being here has been a great experience. Van Heerden talked highly about the underclassmen on the team and thinks they will be able to build off of the success they enjoyed this year. To me, it was as positive a loss as I could have imagined having.” Playing the match, I thought we played as good as we could have under the circumstances we faced. We got a little excited on the big points and maybe needed to be a little more focused. I wish we could’ve played the big points a little better because I think the match was closer than the score showed. STILLWATER, Okla. – The Central Arkansas tennis team saw its season end on Friday night as they fell to the #15 Oklahoma State Cowgirls in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears had to battle the Cowgirls in front of a sold-out Oklahoma State crowd at the indoor Greenwood Tennis Center. The match was moved to the indoor facility as heavy rain took over Stillwater all afternoon. The Bears finished the year with a combined singles record of 95-56 and doubles record of 49-21. They will say goodbye to three seniors, including Van Heerden, as they begin to look ahead to next year. When asked to describe the last four years, Van Heerden was very proud of all that they accomplished and will miss making unforgettable memories with her teammates. “Going from a team that lost every year to a team with winning records and being able to be a part of setting those records both individually and as a team has been very sweet,” Van Heerden said. “I’m going to miss the team chemistry the most. We’re going to forget about the tennis we played, the results and how we felt during matches but we’re never going to forget the fun times we had. Although the score shows a clean sweep by the Cowgirls, the Bears showed the Oklahoma State crowd why they made it out of the SLC with duels at the No. 1, 3 and 6 courts. Senior QiLi Ma held a 5-3 set one lead before falling 7-5 on court No. 6. Senior Marli Van Heerden dropped a heartbreaker set one 7-6 as Marina Guinart won the tiebreaker 8-6 to reach 7. Guinart led the Cowgirls in wins with 25 and never lost in Big 12 play. HEAR FROM HEAD COACH CASEY WHARTON: COWGIRLS 4, UCA 0 The Bears entered singles play in an unfamiliar position as they trailed 1-0 for the first time since April 6. The Cowgirls started singles play with a 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 4 as #94 ranked Bunyawi Thamchaiwat defeated Yada Vasupongchai to go up 2-0. Sophomore Mei Ishimura took the court at No. 5 for the first time since April 5 and fell to Cowgirls Tennis Female Athlete of the Year Sofia Blanco 6-2, 6-3. Down 3-0, the Bears were battling to hang on but ultimately fell at the No. 2 court 6-1, 6-4 to drop the match 4-0. Wharton was pleased with the way his team performed in the spotlight and was thankful for the opportunity to be in the NCAA Tournament.
McGuire would be following in former captain Corey Parker’s footsteps if he made the positional change, with Parker often playing in the front row before his permanent move to lock in 2009. Parker’s retirement last year has given coach Wayne Bennett a major decision to make as the 2017 NRL season fast approaches. Up and coming big men Jai Arrow and Tevita Pangai Jnr have staked their claim for the No. 13 jersey, but it now appears a positional switch for McGuire will be the most likely scenario. This would be the best situation for Sims, who despite having history in the second row, was signed with Brisbane to add depth to their front row stocks.”Front row is my position and I want to play there for the Broncos this year,” Sims said. “I don’t mind a bit of lock, but I think Josh McGuire will start there for us this year. “I played second row in our trial win against the Sharks, which I don’t mind because I can get the job done there. “In saying that, I feel like I have a lot to learn about that position if I am going to be good enough to play there in first grade.”Sims’s arrival at Red Hill has not only added depth to the Broncos’ forward pack, but also the aggression. The former Newcastle Knight was a standout in Brisbane’s 30-12 trial victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on Saturday night, making a number of bone-rattling hits that brought the huge Redcliffe crowd to their feet. This side of Sims’s game is something the Fijian international prides himself on, with his huge hitting a big reason as to why he was targeted by the Broncos. Hopeful of a Queensland Maroons call-up in 2017, Sims said he is looking forward to becoming Brisbane’s new enforcer. “It’s always exciting when a big hit comes off,” he said. “I want to bring aggression to this side and I think that’s one of the reasons I was brought to this club. “A bit of aggression never hurt anyone and I think if you can control it then you can use it to your advantage.”
In the best of three, PNG have won 2 out of 3 games which has secured gold for them. American Samoa settled for silver.PNG scored early in the game and by the bottom of the third inning were up 3-0. PNG’s power batters in Florence Daple and Beverly Pasen kept the scoreboard ticking, bringing runners home.Another slugger in Nadia Bais brought two more runners home through a line drive to bring the score to 7-0.The game was called off at the bottom of the fifth inning after the mercy rule was applied.PNG’s pitcher Juliet Seri was again on target, taking three strike outs for the game. American Samoa’s pitcher Kelly Osterbrink also registered three strike outs.The last game will be played tomorrow at 10am.
Bata’s Memorial Cup has been held in past years in commemoration of the late Alois Bata, a landowner and community leader of Buluma village who passed away in 2008.The games were usually held during the Independence anniversary period but because of the Provincial Games to be held this year it was moved to the New Year period.Sponsored by Andrew Bata, a son of the late Alois, at a total cost of K7000, the prizes were allocated as follows: K2000 cash for 1st placing, K800 for 2nd placing and K500 for the 3rd placing.Teams in this competition are as follows;2 teams from Buvussi, 1 each from Kimbe, Dami, Sarakolok, 4 teams from Buluma village and 3 teams from SBLC Buluma.Original Crews beat other teams in the last tournament for the cup but didn’t make it to the finals this year.
The top eight standings in the ladder have qualified for the final series.The final two rounds of regular competition determined the minor premier spot.After the round robin games, Kone Storms finished on top of the ladder in the A Grade division followed by Hawks, Paga Panthers, Tarangau, Royals, Hohola Flies, Kone Tigers and Brothers.For 18 consecutive weekends, Hawks was leading the competition, which was a remarkable achievement.In the B Grade division, Hawks finished first on the ladder, Royals in second place, Kone Tigers in third place followed by Kone Storms, Paga Panther, Souths, Tarangau and Brothers.For the women’s competition, Royals took out the minor premiership, topping the points ladder with Paga Panthers in second spot, Souths in third place followed by Sisters, Tarangau, Butterflies, Dobo Warriors and Kone Storms.SP POMRFL chairman Dr James Naipao congratulated Kone Storms, Hawks and Royals for being the minor premiers for 2016 in their respective divisions.This weekend’s draws will see Kone Storms take on Tarangau and Hawks will play Paga Panthers in the A Grade qualifying round, while the elimination round will see Royals play Brothers and Hohola Flies to battle with Kone Tigers.In the B Grade qualifying round, Hawks will battle with Kone Storms and Royals will play Kone Tiger while the elimination rounds will see Paga Panthers take on Brothers and Souths against Tarangau.In the women’s competition, Paga will challenge Souths in the qualifying rounds and Sisters will play the winner of the match between Tarangau and Butterflies for the elimination rounds.Royals will rest for this weekend to play the winner of the Paga Panthers and Souths match next week.
Photo: EFE “One of the prettiest things is that you don’t need many words when you talk to a former player and former champion like Conchita, the complicity is always there,” he said about his coach Conchita Martinez after matching his best result at an Australian Open.The reality is that the results have not taken long to arrive with her new coach because, regardless of what happens in future rounds, the Hispanic-Venezuelan has been able to break a negative dynamic that condemned her to win only one match from Roland Garros until The conclusion of last year.He returned to fill his tennis with joy, after leaving no trace of the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (5) in the previous round, to put an end to the path of a Bertens that reached the eighth without losing a single set.In addition, the Wimbledon and Roland Garros champion first agreed to a quarter-finals in a ‘major’ competition after she passed the fourth round in the Parisian big in 2018.Regarding its possible rivals, the only Spanish with options in the table has a positive background against both the German and the Russian.With Kerber he has a favorable 5-3 in direct confrontations; while with respect to Pavlyuchenkova maintains a forceful 4-1 in his favor. That of Caracas wins by a clear 6-3 double to the DutchHis rival will be the winner of the Pavlyuchenkova-Kerber Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza showed off again to eliminate the new head of the series, the Dutch Kiki Bertens (9), for an unappealable double 6-3 and already awaits in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open to the winner of the clash that will face the German Angelique Kerber with the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
The Spanish tennis participant Jaume Munar has handed on Tuesday the first round of the event in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), class ATP 500 and performed on clay, after beating the Italian Salvatore Caruso (7-5, 6-4).The Balearic, world quantity 99, led the initiative in a first round wherein the transalpine countered his first two ‘breaks’. Caruso, nonetheless, couldn’t reply to the third break of Spanish, within the eleventh recreation; Munar was accountable for confirming it within the subsequent recreation to take the partial. With one other break the second set started, and though the Italian returned it within the fourth recreation, the Mallorcan achieved a ‘counterbreak’ that was sufficient to shut the match in simply over two hours.Now, Munar awaits within the second round the winner of the duel between Austrian Dominic Thiem, quantity 4 of the ATP rating and first sequence head of the Brazilian contest, and the native Felipe Meligeni Alves.
How UEFA sanctions influence: “I have responded to that now in Spanish. It is not up to us, we have to focus on playing. The club is busy. We have nothing to do with it.”The key of the City for the Bernabéu: “If I tell you, then we cannot do it. Continue as in recent years, aggressive in attack, have possession, control the game …”.The costume reaction after the draw: “Normal. We know that the Champions League is difficult and all the teams are here because they deserve it, so it was normal.”The level of the Premier and the League: “They are different. It is clear that in the Premier there are many teams that can win it, in Spain maybe there is less. Every game outside, if you are not one hundred percent, they can beat you, even if they do not play well, in any ball stopped or action, and in Spain I see that a little more difficult. “Thorn nailed for not signing for Madrid: “No, my career has been something I did not think when I started and I think it has gone perfectly, both in the first teams, Celta, Valencia and Eibar, as now in the City, being out of my country, adapting and winning a lot of things in a team that I hadn’t won in a long time. I can’t complain and I’m very happy with everything that has happened. “ twenty-one The role of Bravo: “That question is better for him. The partners are here to support him as much he plays as when he doesn’t.” Key night: “They are very important matches, tomorrow is a big day. We want to win the Champions League and any match, against Madrid or against anyone, is very important.”Bernabéu factor: “Always playing around at home is better because we are with our people and we know the first leg, but for that we need to make a good game and get a good result first.”Which Madrid player would sign: “I am not going to get wet because there are many, and many teammates with whom I have shared many things. I am going to tell Sergio (Ramos) a little because I have known him for a long time, he is a leader and we could use him” .The position in the Premier and the UEFA penalty: “We have to be aware of ours, to play. It is an incentive to play against Madrid in the Champions League. We have won the Premier two years in a row, which is very difficult. This year Liverpool is intractable, so we have to focus more in other competitions. “ Win the Champions: “It’s very important, not only this season, but all of them. We want to win this competition and we haven’t done it yet. They are very important matches.”
Gerardo Bacon is the president of the Peña The Great Family, one of the most prestigious for its traveling zeal that has led them to accompany the team of their loves around the world for almost four decades (it was founded in 1982). Next Tuesday it must be played in Manchester the second leg of the round of 16 in which the men of Zidane must go back 1-2 Bernabeu. They will be there.Gerardo and his supporters do not lose faith and that explains why no less than 250 fans have signed up for the trip, some from Paris, Copenhagen, Lustenau (Austria) and Oldenburg (Germany). “We are divided into three itineraries. The first leaves this Sunday and includes visits to Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and London. We return on Saturday. The second itinerary departs from Playing cards On match day. We flew early, at eight, and then back home. All for 400 euros. And the third itinerary travels from Alicante, since in the area we have our subsidiary of the Great Family in Hellín and Ubeda. We have filled another flight and they return at dawn eight hours after the end of the game. That goes for 180 euros. “However, everything can go to hell. UEFA He could decide at any time that the match be played behind closed doors. Or it will go further if the four games next week are suspended and postponed until a new date. Gerardo Tocino explains that the total amount of the three trips organized by his club, with 250 fans, amounts to almost 150,000 euros. “Despite the fear of a trip due to the coronavirus, I cannot voluntarily cancel it. We would lose all the money and we are not exactly left over. Another thing is that UEFA announces drastic measures, as is being said, given that in that case they would have to compensate us, as it was not our decision. But hopefully everything is solved well for everyone and is played. “Organization. Madrid, logically, is permeable to the concern of its fans and has recommended that they wait for the resolutions taken by the sports and health authorities. In principle the same day of the match another flight will depart from Madrid to Manchester with the Five Stars, Ramón Mendoza and La Clásica clubs. But beware, everything is in the air …