Lamar’s Axel Vila Antuna & McNeese’s Dalia Ahmed Earn Weekly Tennis Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Axel Vila Antuna and McNeese’s Dalia Ahmed are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Antuna earned the Cardinals a point in singles and doubles play at the No. 1 position in a 4-3 team win over UT Rio Grande Valley on Friday. Lamar looks to build on its second win in three matches with a road match against UT Arlington at 2 p.m. CT Friday before continuing north to Tulsa, Okla., to face Valparaiso and Oral Roberts at noon Saturday and noon Sunday, respectively. The Cardinals round out this week’s action against Texas A&M at noon Tuesday in College Station, Texas.Ahmed claimed all four points possible through the weekend as the Cowgirls (5-4) took down UTSA 6-1 on Friday  and edged Texas State 4-3 on Saturday. McNeese faces Tyler Junior College in the team’s non-conference finale at 1 p.m. Sunday in Lake Charles.Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Axel Vila Antuna, Lamar – Freshman – Valencia, SpainAntuna defeated UTRGV’s Samuel de Felipe Garcia 6-2, 6-3, in his top-line singles match to extend his singles win streak to four matches.Antuna teamed up with Joshua Taylor to triumph 6-4 over Yehonatan Kaufman and George Hutchings of UTRGV to improve to 3-3 in doubles play at the top slot.Honorable Mention: Tobias Lentz, Nicholls; Sebastian Mortier, Incarnate Word.Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Dalia Ahmed, McNeese – Freshman – Cairo, EgyptAhmed dropped set one 6-7 to UTSA’s Charleen Tiwari but took a 4-1 advantage in set two before Tiwari retired. Ahmed swept her Texas State opponent, Sofia Murcia-Rodriguez, 6-4, 6-1, for her fourth-straight win in singles play.Ahmed and partner Giovanna Fioretti came out on top 6-4 in both of their doubles matches, including the final point in the 4-3 team win over Texas State. The duo is 4-1 on the court in doubles play this season.Honorable Mention: Brandelyn Fulgenzi, Incarnate Word; Fuka Nonoyama, Central Arkansas; Patrycja Polanska, Northwestern State; Marina Vigil, Nicholls.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

UNO’s Westkamp, UCA’s Xin Take Home Southland Tennis Weekly Honors

first_imgWeek Seven Stats (Men) | Week Seven Stats (Women)FRISCO, Texas – New Orleans’ Mats Westkamp and Central Arkansas’ Chunxi Xin are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday. Honorable Mention: Emma Honore, A&M-Corpus Christi; Nini Memishishi, Abilene Christian; Ank Vullings, New Orleans. Westkamp continued his strong start to the season, improving to 6-1 in singles play and claiming his fourth win in the last five doubles matches when paired with Austin Vos. Westkamp’s two victories powered the Privateers to a 5-2 win over UTRGV on Sunday. UNO (6-2) is off for the next week until it hosts Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. CT on March 10. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Chunxi Xin, Central Arkansas – Sophomore – Baoding, ChinaXin and Lamar’s Jasmin Buchta went down to the wire in both sets of their No. 1 singles showdown on Friday with Xin coming out on top 7-6 in each frame. Xin followed it up with a gritty three-set win over A&M-Corpus Christi’s Mariya Shumeika. Xin responded to losing set two 6-1 by reciprocating the score in the final set to come out on top. Honorable Mention: Piyush Surendra Salekar, Nicholls; Kyohei Yamanaka, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Westkamp and Austin Vos topped Izurieta and Alberto Mello 6-4 in doubles action, clinching the doubles point for UNO. The duo has come out on top of four of its last five matches and is 4-3 on the year.center_img Paired with Fuka Nonoyama at No. 1 doubles, Xin and Nonoyama defeated their Lamar counterparts 6-3 and their Islander opponents 6-1. Xin has now won five in a row at the No. 1 (7-3) and nine straight at the top doubles spot with Nonoyama (10-2). Xin played a vital role in the Bears’ 2-0 start to league play over the weekend. She triumphed in each of her top-line singles contests and won both doubles matches as UCA edged Lamar 5-2 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4-3. The Bears (8-5, 2-0 SLC) look to stay perfect when they host New Orleans at 1 p.m. Friday and Nicholls at 11 a.m. Sunday. 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. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Mats Westkamp, New Orleans – Senior – Bonn, GermanyWestkamp cruised to a win at No. 1 singles against UTRGV’s Carlo Izurieta 6-0, 6-2. Westkamp has surrendered just three sets in seven matches at the top flight this season and has won four straight.last_img read more


first_imgDELAHOUSSAYE & MCCARRON RELIVE DRAMATIC FINISH TO 1993 BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF AT SANTA ANITA AS DRYSDALE’S HOLLYWOOD WILDCAT PREVAILED BY A NOSE OVER MCANALLY’S PASEANAARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2019)–With the Breeders’ Cup World Championships coming to Santa Anita for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 & 2, memories of great performances from years gone by are bound to be rekindled. Decided by a scant nose, the 1993 Distaff, which involved a pair of Hall of Fame distaffers and four Hall of Fame horsemen, occupies prime real estate on anyone’s stroll down Memory Lane.It was Nov. 6, 1993 and two of the greatest jockeys of all-time, Eddie Delahoussaye, aboard the Neil Drysdale-trained Hollywood Wildcat, and Chris McCarron, aboard the Ron McAnally-conditioned Paseana, did battle the length of the stretch, with Hollywood Wildcat prevailing by a nose in one of the most dramatic finishes in Breeders’ Cup history. What made the result even more compelling was the fact Delahoussaye lost his stick inside the sixteenth pole.“They were both very accomplished fillies going into the race,” said Delahoussaye (who had won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint earlier in the day with Cardmania), by phone from his home in Lafayette, LA. “We both broke good and my filly was real comfortable. I made the lead entering the stretch and I had horse left, but I could hear McCarron just outside of me and I knew it was her (Paseana) and she was the one I was afraid of. At the eighth pole, we both really took off. I wasn’t sure if I was gonna hold on.  We were head and head going down the last sixteenth of a mile and naturally, I un-cocked my stick probably about (70 yards) before the finish line and I blew it…As I said back then, I even lost my composure.“I knew I had horse and I said ‘Uh oh, are we gonna get there?’ Actually, I probably didn’t even need the whip…It was a helluva horse race from the top of the stretch…Normally, I’m cool as a cucumber, but that day, it just freaked me out, letting go of that whip. As you know, all the races I rode the last 20 years of my career, I very seldom used the whip…I guess it’s like a crutch, you just have it and even though you don’t use it, it gives you confidence having it.  It was very close, but I thought I had won.”Favored at 6-5 in a field of eight, Hollywood Wildcat, who was foaled on Feb. 4, 1990, was by Kris S., out of the Mr. Prospector mare Miss Wildcatter, and paid $4.60 to win.  Trained by Neil Drysdale, she carried 120 pounds and was owned and bred in Florida by Irving and Marjorie Cowan.Paseana, an imposing 6-year-old mare bred in Argentina who had won the 1992 Distaff at Gulfstream Park, carried 123 pounds and was the second choice in the wagering at 5-2.“She always ran her best races when she was in front turning for home, but she was a mare that didn’t have to be in front,” said McCarron from his home in Midway, KY.  “She had good tactical speed and always stalked very comfortably. Eddie dropped his stick and I remember I caught hell back in the Jocks’ Room, because Eddie told everybody ‘I knew it was Chris, so I just threw my stick away!’”In the heat of battle, was McCarron aware of Delahoussaye’s miscue?“Yeah, I saw it go,” he said. “I thought well, I got him now…But it was just a ding-dong battle and both of those mares gave everything they had…When we hit the wire, I was pretty confident I had finished second. It was close, but it wasn’t so close we couldn’t determine it. I just remember it was a very tough pill to swallow.”And, yet another great moment in Breeders’ Cup history at Santa Anita.last_img read more


first_imgPRAT ILL, TAKES OFF HIS OPENING DAY MOUNTS LITTLE BIRD MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN SUNDAY’S BLUE NORTHERLittle Bird, a two-year-old Irish-bred filly, makes her United States debut in Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes which drew a salty field of nine despite its relatively small purse.“She’s a filly with an attitude,” said trainer Richard Baltas. “I’ve had her for a month and a half, she’s had three works and seems to be getting better.“This is a two-year-old filly stakes and most of these horses just broke their maiden, and she’s already won two races (in England), but there are some really nice fillies in there that look like they have a ton of potential.”The Blue Norther, race eight of 10 with a first post time of 11:30 a.m.: Lighthouse, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Guitty, Joel Rosario, 5-1; Parkour, Flavien Prat, 10-1; Madame Bourbon, Joe Talamo; Overjoyed, Mike Smith, 8-1; Laura’s Light, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Blue Sky Baby, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Croughavouke, Umberto Rispoli, 7-2; and Little Bird, Geovanni Franco, 8-1.Supplementing Sunday’s program is the $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes at a mile on turf for two-year-olds going as race six: Goliad, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Encoder, Joel Rosario, 8-1; The Stiff, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; Liar Liar, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Royal Act, Rafael Bejarano, Hariboux, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; Air Force Jet, Evin Roman, 12-1; Kanderel, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Smooth Like Strait, Geovanni Franco, 5-2.BRIGHT OUTLOOK PREVAILS FOR VICTOR ESPINOZA, WHO PICKS UP BELLAFINAVictor Espinoza, his smile and attitude bright as ever, is looking forward to Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that starts today.“My health and business are both good,” said the 47-year-old Hall of Fame member as his agent, Brian Beach, looked on. “I’m excited to be back again and looking forward to winning as many races as I can.“I’m focused on winning and I’ll go from there.”With Flavien Prat off of his opening day horses due to illness, Espinoza picked up a big mount in the Grade I La Brea today, as Simon Callaghan has named him to ride 9-5 morning line favorite Bellafina.FINISH LINES: Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Flavien Prat took off his scheduled six mounts today due to a stomach virus. “He texted me at four this morning saying he was throwing up and might not be able to ride, then contacted me later and confirmed that he wouldn’t,” said his agent, Derek Lawson. “He said he was sorry and apologized to the trainers who had booked him to ride. Hopefully, he’ll have a quick recovery.” . . . Santa Anita’s popular Dollar Day will be offered on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. Fans can purchase hot dogs for $2 and soda and beer for a buck apiece . . . Today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick 6 that starts in race six has a guaranteed single ticket jackpot of $500,000 . . . Santa Anita offers a live-money handicapping contest on select Saturdays and Sundays. Fans can sign up at the Main THOROUGHBREDS Center. For details, visit . . . There were 221 recorded workouts at Santa Anita on a busy Saturday morning, including 22 on the training track . . . Agent Craig Stephen, who hit a home run with Santiago Gonzalez, is back in action representing 33-year-old Mexico City native Israel Ocampo. “He’s been working for John Sadler and he’s fit and hungry and wants back in,” Stephen said . . . Agent Ken Huth has taken the book of seven-pound apprentice Victor Flores, who has nine wins at Golden Gate Fields . . . Ron McAnally, who first came to Santa Anita in 1948, was back at Clockers’ Corner on a chilly Saturday morning, ensconced at his familiar table. “It’s been so many years, I can’t count ’em,” said the 87-year-old Hall of Fame trainer, best known for conditioning legendary two-time Horse of the Year John Henry. “I won a race at Del Mar this summer with a 70-1 shot named It’s Tiz Time owned by my wife, Debbie,” McAnally said proudly. “That shows I’ve still got it.” . . . FIRST POST TIME FOR A 10-RACE CARD ON SUNDAY IS AT 11:30 A.M.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on December 28th, 2019Richard Mandella Discusses Omaha Beach’s Final Work Ahead of the Grade I Malibu Stakes.John Sadler Discusses Gift Box’s Time Off and Expectations for the San Antonio.Bob Baffert Discusses a Trio of Three-Year-Olds Heading Into Grade 1 Starts on Opening Day.Peter Eurton Discusses Draft Pick’s Last Race Heading into the San Antonio.WORKOUTS:Storm the Court (Eurton) 12-22-19McKinzie (Baffert) 12-22-19Ashleyluvssugar (Outside) and Ekklesia (Eurton) 12-22-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 12-22-19Bellafina (Callaghan) 12-20-19Gift Box (Sadler) 12-20-19Mother Mother (Outside) and Eddy Forever (Baffert) 12-20-19 LITTLE BIRD COULD FLY HIGH IN HER U.S. DEBUTcenter_img VICTOR ESPINOZA HAPPY TO BE BACK IN ACTIONlast_img read more

Tottenham star Edwards, once dubbed ‘mini Messi’, joins Portuguese side Vitoria

first_imgSpurs striker Harry Kane says he’s not a diver after 2-2 draw with Arsenal Mauricio Pochettino holds Edwards in high regard having likened him to Barcelona superstar Messi.With Edwards then aged just 17, Pochettino claimed: “We have some talented players. Marcus is an exciting talent.”His qualities, his body and the way he plays remind me a bit of Messi at the beginning.”Edwards made his Spurs debut against Gillingham in the League Cup during the 2016-17 campaign.He was sent on loan to Norwich in January, but featured just once for the Canaries, before his time at Carrow Road was cut short due to personal reasons. 3 The youngster shared some snaps with his Twitter followers after the move was confirmedCredit: Twitter TOTTENHAM youngster Marcus Edwards, once dubbed “mini Lionel Messi”, has joined Portuguese side Vitoria in a permanent deadline day deal.Edwards had been on the books of Spurs since the age of six, but will finally end his stay in North London.3 Marcus Edwards has joined Portuguese side Vitoria on deadline dayCredit: Twitter3 Marcus Edwards has quit Tottenham, where he had been on the books since he was six Credit: GettyAfter the move was confirmed, Edwards posted on Twitter: “After 14 years at @SpursOfficial it’s the right time for me to start the next phase of my career.”Thank you to everyone who’s helped me get this far, the learning process never stops and I’m excited to continue at @VitoriaSC1922.”Tottenham shared a picture of the youngster with the message: “We have reached an agreement with Portuguese side Vitoria for the transfer of Marcus Edwards. We wish Marcus all the best for the future.”Edwards’ new side will come up against Arsenal in the group stages of the Europa League this season.The 20-year-old is itching to gain regular first-team football following loan spells at Norwich and Dutch side Excelsior. Edwards’ contract at Spurs was due to end next summer, with the club opting to cash-in rather than lose him on a free.The attacking midfielder has represented England in the Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 age groups.All in all, Edwards has racked up 49 international caps for the various youth teams, scoring 15 times.After 14 years at @SpursOfficial it’s the right time for me to start the next phase of my career. Thank you to everyone who’s helped me get this far, the learning process never stops and I’m excited to continue at @VitoriaSC1922— Marcus Edwards (@marcusedwards__) September 2, 2019last_img read more

Fernandes close to new Sporting deal – but club are still considering selling him

first_imgSPORTING LISBON are reportedly set to offer Bruno Fernandes a new deal – despite still being open to selling him in the January transfer window.The 25-year-old was chased by the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Real Madrid in the summer, though a move away from Portugal failed to materialise.1 Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes could be handed a new deal by Sporting LisbonCredit: Getty – ContributorAccording to A Bola, Sporting are set to meet with the attacking midfielder over the weekend to discuss a new contract.They claim that the Primeira Liga side are ready to offer him up to £1.8million-a-year – still short of the £3.1m Spurs were willing to pay him.The report goes on to state that Sporting are still considering selling the player once the market reopens in the New Year.But any club wishing to sign him must fork out £63million.The Manchester Evening News claims that the Red Devils will be allowed to sign a midfielder in January, with funds to be made available for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Though Spurs remain the most likely to nab him after agreeing a deal to bring him to England last month, only for Sporting to block the move.Speaking of his failed transfer, Fernandes told GQ Portugal: “As you all know, Tottenham made a lot of proposals for me. Everything was right with me – or practically should be.LATEST MAN UTD NEWSLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in training”I never made any big demands, my manager was always dealing with the financials.”It was and is my goal to play in England, Sporting you know that, everyone knows that, and there were conditions for things to be done.”But Sporting understood that the value was not enough and I have to respect the decision.”Man Utd transfer target Bruno Fernandes’ outrageous skill to leave opponent for dead in Sporting’s 1-1 draw against Martimolast_img read more

Digicel Cup resumes in Moresby after three weeks

first_imgThis will see Gulf Isapea host Coral Sea Gold International Waghi Tumbe as the competition enters round 14.Isapea and Tumbe are at the bottom of the ladder and both are hungry for a win.The match will kick off at 3pm with curtain raisers currently underway between teams of Port Moresby Rugby League.A huge crowd is expected this afternoon as fans of Isapea and Waghi Tumbe will be out in full force to support their teams.Meantime, the top of the ladder clash will take place between Snax Tigers and TNA Lions in Lae.In other matches, Mendi Muruks will host Rabaul Gurias in Mendi, Hela Wigmen will battle with Goroka Lahanis in Goroka and Port Moresby Vipers will take on home team Eagles in Hagen.last_img

Bougainville students win UPNG Soccer Association grand final

first_imgThey defeated Morobe United 2-0 in the grand final today at the UPNG Oval.The boys in orange proved too strong, scoring eight minutes into the game to make it 1-0 through Patrick Aisa right in front of net.Real Blacks’ strong defence kept them from scoring despite several attempts.Morobe had the advantage of height but were scoreless at half time 1-0.The second half was intense as both teams showed off their skills while the game picked up momentum and the crowd were on their feet supporting their favourite team.Morobe lost one player 20 minutes into the second half when Asa Willie was given a red card and sent off the field for instructing the referee what to do.With ten minutes left to full time, Real Blacks put on a strong attack and with determination scored their second goal through Edwin Taberia who flicked the ball past Morobe’s keeper to take them to victory.The team walks away with the K10 000 prize money which they will receive during the presentation on Friday 23 October.Coach and 2nd year student Quinten Nukuitu was proud of the team and said they deserved the win after coming this far without a loss.“The hard work has paid off and all the sacrifices balancing their studies and training,” he said.Team manager and 3rd year student Trevor Wahuna thanked their sponsors Thomas Tabere and Buin Guest House that provided the team’s uniforms.last_img read more

A midfielder battalion advances against the Oblak headdress

first_imgIt is the extreme uncertainty, the taste for the blow of effect, the eternal sleight of hand, what has football on the altars for a century and a half. Today the Super Cup, Madrid and Atlético are played, which a year ago would not have deserved to be here by regulationí and three months ago, sportingly either. Two intruders, who would say Valverde, who knows if venturing the one that was going to fall, disputing a title at 4,500 kilometers from Cibeles and Neptune. Today Atlético puts itself in the hands of Correa, now his most decisive footballer, in summer convertible into currencies. Today is a favorite Madrid that the neighbor put seven in July in New Jersey. Today Zidane is sanctified, which almost crushes a crisis of collective faith not so long ago. Today Benzema is missing and Madrid does not perceive it as a drama but as an opportunity to change records. The forecasts in this expire before the yogurts.It could be said that Madrid has moved to the territory of Atlético, for good and for bad. Now they share both the high cost of goal and defensive firmness, which in LaLiga places them in the head of impermeability (Oblak and Courtois are in superhero mode). But they reach the same summit from radically different routes. Atlético is here after surviving Barcelona with 27% possession and half of the shots on goal. With that economic football, the pizza of the metaphor of Simeone, Atlético has been hooked to everything in the last month: it still has four titles on fire. Madrid is in the final stretch of a conversion. The march of Cristiano felt like an amputation, but he is very close to normal life without him. Even without Benzema, his great offensive asset. All thanks to a radical change of format. Back offers an unknown strength. He has only conceded a goal in the last four games. And his midfielders, very shy on arrival, are now sharp: Modric has five goals, his biggest record since he arrived; and Kroos, with four, is close. Casemiro, top LaLiga recuperator and leader in defensive disputes won, has lowered the center of gravity of the team.Author derby on the benchesWith five midfielders of all conditions crushed Valencia and today you can repeat, who knows if with another tip, given Jovic’s lack of heartbeat.In Atlético, Correa has risen to essential, with three goals and three assists in the last four games, while the fear spreads over Oblak, who only completed a part of yesterday’s training, played even after Thursday’s clash with Luis Suarez. If it is missing today, Atlético loses the miracle factor. Joao Felix could return to the band, as in the afternoon of 7-3, with Correa de punta punta.Zidane has won the final eight he has played as a coach, but Simeone has already taken a Cup, a national Super Cup and a European Cup from Madrid. Of course, none to French. Madrid, by brand awareness, will have the public on its side. Barça did not help.last_img read more

Goalkeeper Josep Martínez is sold to Red Bull Leipzig

first_imgThe RassenBallspor Leipzig, company-owned equipment Red bull and current leader of the Bundesliga, has formalized the hiring of one of the young pearls of the yellow quarry, the quarry goal Josep Martínez. The Valencian goalkeeper, who arrived from La Masía, managed to gain a foothold last year after Raúl’s injury and the erratic actions of his substitute, Nauzet Pérez, made him catch the title and not release it until this course, where an error before the Alcorcón took him in the break of the initial eleven in favor of Alvaro Álvaro Valles.At Christmas he raised his voice in the absence of minutes and communicated to the club his intention to hear offers, arriving several, but the Leipzig being the one that most interested the parties. This Tuesday the operation will be crystallized that will report two and a half million to the Gran Canaria entity, that seeing his null intention to renew, since his contract will end next year, he decided to accept the offer that will keep him on loan on the island until the end of this season to the U21 international for Spain.last_img read more