FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Samantha Anderson and New Orleans’ Kaitlyn Grice are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Anderson helped lead Central Arkansas (13-4, 3-1 SLC) to a perfect three-game stretch at home this past week. With wins over Southeastern Louisiana (1-14, 0-4), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-14, 2-2) and Houston Baptist (8-10, 1-3) under their belt, the Sugar Bears will look to extend their league win streak as they hit the road for a Thursday match at Northwestern State (6-8, 2-2) and a Saturday contest against the Lions. Honorable Mention: Haley Coleman, Stephen F. Austin; Jacey Smith, Abilene Christian; Kyra Hunter, New Orleans. Offensive Player of the Week: Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Right Side – Tyler, TexasThe reigning Southland Player of the Year hit at least .321 in all three matches this past week, tallying six kills on just eight swings before resting the final set in Tuesday’s sweep of Southeastern before adding 16 kills on 28 attempts against the Islanders on Thursday. The senior right-side hitter closed out the three-match week with nine kills on 28 attacks as the Sugar Bears secured their seventh sweep of the year. Defensive Player of the Week: Kaitlyn Grice, New Orleans – Sr. – Middle Blocker – Valrico, Fla.Totaling 18 blocks this week (one solo and 17 assisted, Grice pushed her conference leading total to 92. She also added 31 kills during the three-match win streak that saw the senior middle blocker average 1.38 blocks per set. The Valrico, Fla., helped limit opponents to a .169 hitting clip on the week. Grice played a huge factor in New Orleans (10-9, 4-1) recording their best start to league action since 2009. The Privateers took down Nicholls (3-15, 1-4 SLC) and NSU in five sets this past week before handling Southeastern in straight sets Saturday. UNO plays on the road this week, facing McNeese on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT and Lamar on Saturday at 1 p.m. Honorable Mention: Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austin; Emily Doss, Central Arkansas; Kennedy Shelstead, Abilene Christian. 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 25 percent of ballots.
FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Noah Steele and Houston Baptist’s Sara Zrnikova are the Southland Conference Golfers of the Month for September, the league announced Thursday. All Southland Athletes of the Month are presented by Hancock Whitney.Steele closed out September with three tournaments under his belt, finishing within the top 10 at each event. The senior began his haul with a first-place showing at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesburg, Miss. (Sept. 9-10). He followed up with a fourth-place outing at the Trinity Forest Invitational (Sept. 22-24) and tied for sixth place at the Prairie Club Invitational (Sept. 29-30). Steele set a school record with a 63 in the second round of the Sam Hall Intercollegiate and a final score of 195.Zrnikova completed a pair of tournaments registering a 73-stroke average over six rounds of play. Her September resumé consists of play at the USA Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala. (Sept. 14-16) and the Bearkat Women’s Invitational in Huntsville, Texas (Sept. 30-Oct. 1). Her performances pushed the Huskies to a pair of top-three finishes at each tournament for an average team score of 878.5.September Golfer of the Month: Noah Steele, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Kingston, Ontario Throughout his nine rounds of play, Steele averaged a 69.3 stroke average, leading his team to a first-place finish at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate and a second-place performance at the Prairie Club Invitational. In addition to his school-record performances, the senior shot sub-70 scores in five of his nine rounds throughout the month, including a school record 63 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate.Honorable Mention: Francisco Osio, Abilene Christian; Trey DePriest, Central Arkansas; Nils Dobrunz, Nicholls.September Golfer of the Month: Sara Zrnikova, Houston Baptist – Jr. – Usti And Labem, Czech RepublicZrnikova has led the Huskies to two top-three team finishes throughout September, including a win at the Women’s Bearkat Invitational. The junior opened the month tying for fifth place individually at the USA Intercollegiate before securing a share of eighth place at the Bearkat Invitational. Throughout her six rounds of play, Zrnikova’s opening round of 69 served as her best round of the month and set the place for Huskys’ eventual third-place finish at the USA Intercollegiate.Honorable Mention: Pim-Orn Thitisup, Central Arkansas; Illiana Stowers, UIW; Viera Permata Rosada, Sam Houston State.Southland monthly 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 25 percent of ballots. read more
MAURICIO POCHETTINO’S son Maurizio played for Spurs in the Uefa Youth League for the first time since his dad was sacked by the club.The winger, 18, has already had a chat with Jose Mourinho about his future and the new boss wants the player to get his head down and keep playing — while also recognising it is a delicate family situation.5 Maurizio Pochettino came off the bench in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Olympiakos in the Uefa Youth LeagueCredit: Rex Features5 Irish prodigy Troy Parrott scored the winner for Spurs to keep their Uefa Youth League campaign aliveCredit: Rex FeaturesPochettino Jr came off the bench in their 1-0 win over Olympiakos Under-19s as Spurs kept alive their hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Youth League.Young hopeful Troy Parrott, 17, bagged a 57th-minute winner to put Spurs one point behind Red Star Belgrade in Group B.Bayern Munich look odds-on to win the group after beating Spurs 4-1 earlier in the campaign.Winger Pochettino has two assists this season in Europe already, both coming in the incredible 9-2 drubbing of Red Star in October.Bizarrely, Spurs lost the away game in Belgrade 2-0.Mourinho said on Monday: “I spoke with his son, who is a player in our youth categories, and I think through his boy he can understand my feelings too.”And of course I will call him. But I want to let him process.5 Jose Mourinho has already spoken Pochettino Jr at Spurs’ training groundCredit: EPA5 Maurizio and dad Mauricio pose for a picture at Spurs’ training ground during his contract signingCredit: Instagram @maurizio.8SPURS NEWSSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantine’IT’S AMAZING’My eggs have helped 3 women become mums — I’d love to meet the kids one day’HIPPY AT HEART’Breakfast radio host Lisa Snowdon reveals what gets HER up in the morningCompetitionA CHILLING THRILLERWin a copy of The House Guest in this week’s Fabulous book competitionBARE TRUTHFrom cellulite to surgery, women reveal how they really feel about their looks1D TURNS 10How fame changed One Direction and why Zayn Malik may NEVER returnCompetitionFEEL-GOOD READWin a copy of A Wedding At The Beach Hut in this week’s book competitionExclusiveBOSSING ITKarren Brady on starting your own business and proving age is just a numberCommentKATE WILLSThere’s no such thing as a right or wrong decision — just go for itBLAST FROM THE PASTFrom Wagner to Matt Cardle — what 2010’s X Factor stars are up to nowLADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Saints vs Watford, Arsenal and Leicester vs Everton scores this coming weekend and win £100″I also told the players in contact with him to make him feel completely free to come here any time he wants.”If he wants to come for a training session, great. If he wants to come for a dinner in the lodge with the boys, perfect.”If he wants me to be here, I will. If he doesn’t want me to be, and he just wants to be with the boys, let’s do that way.”5Andy Brassell discusses where Mauricio Pochettino will go next after Tottenham exit read more
City won the FA Cup in 1969 – and Pep Guardiola’s men would be over the (Blue) Moon if that happened again.After his winning goal against Southampton, Son said: “It means a lot to us.“Second half we showed our brilliant character. Dele came on and brought an amazing performance.”Dele added: “It says a lot about the character we have.Most ReadTHROUGH 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 Celtic“To go from such a big game, it would have been easy to take our foot off the pedal and lose a game like this.”There is a lot of space in the Spurs trophy cabinet – they would love to put the FA Cup in it this season.The fifth round ties are in midweek this year, taking place between March 3 and March 5.Southampton star James Ward-Prowse needs oxygen after suffering gruesome gash to knee in Tottenham clash TOTTENHAM’S progression into the FA Cup fifth round was one small step for Min as Son Heung-min’s winner downed Southampton.But it was also a giant leap for the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’.2 Son Heung-min and Serge Aurier celebrate the South Koreans winner against SouthamptonCredit: Getty Images – GettySpurs, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are all through to the fifth round together for the first time since 1969 – the year of the Moon landings.Son & Co were Buzzing after their hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Saints (who even brought on Armstrong in the second half).That earned them a home tie against Prem strugglers Norwich.Liverpool’s kids – whose parents were probably not born when the Moon landings happened – won their replay against Shrewsbury 1-0 at Anfield.Their reward is a stellar clash at Chelsea, who beat Hull 2-1.2 The last time all of the Big Six were in the FA Cup fifth round was 1969 – the year man first walked on the MoonCredit: Getty – ContributorMan Utd’s fourth round tie was a sea of tranquility on a bog of a pitch at Tranmere as they destroyed their League One hosts 6-0 – and even Jesse Lingard scored with a rocket.Next, they face a Roon landing as Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney and Derby host them in round five.Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-1 in the last round but their trip to League One Portsmouth will have more atmosphere.Man City were helped by a moment of lunar-cy from Fulham’s Tim Ream in round four but cannot expect Sheffield Wednesday to give them as much space at Hillsborough.FA CUP FIFTH-ROUND DRAWSheffield Wednesday v Manchester CityReading v Sheffield UnitedChelsea v LiverpoolWest Brom v NewcastleLeicester v BirminghamDerby v Manchester UnitedTottenham v NorwichPortsmouth v ArsenalTies to be played March 3-March 5 read more
NORDI MUKIELE swallowed his tongue and was knocked unconscious after being struck in the face in a horror accident against Tottenham.The Red Bull Leipzig defender, 22, collapsed after being hit by the ball as panicked team-mates and match officials waved for medical help.4 Nordi Mukiele swallowed his tongue and lost consciousness in a horror accident against TottenhamCredit: Rex Features4 Panicked team-mates waved medics on to the pitchCredit: Reuters4 Medics reacted quickly to help Mukiele, who was in some pain and was pictured with a bloody mouthCredit: Rex FeaturesAs paramedics raced on to the pitch, Mukiele appeared to regain consciousness but looked to be alarmed and in some pain.He was then carried off the pitch on a stretcher.It was later confirmed by BT Sport commentators that Mukiele had swallowed his tongue and was briefly left unconscious in the sickening accident.The French youngster had been enjoying a superb game up until the terrifying incident.Mukiele made all four of his tackles and won five of his six aerial duels, without committing a single foul.4 Mukiele was carried off on a stretcher after the sickening accidentCredit: GettyMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearHis performance helped Leipzig book their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals – with some help from a pair of howlers from Spurs stopper Hugo Lloris.Marcel Sabitzer scored twice in the first 20 minutes, with the French stopper beaten too easily on both occasions.That gave the Bundesliga giants a 3-0 lead on aggregate after their 1-0 win at then Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month.Dele Alli insists Tottenham must not ‘get violins out’ after striker shortage read more
Folau, an Evangelical Christian, wrote on his Instagram page last month that gays would be condemned to “hell” if they failed to “repent”, sparking outrage on social media and criticism from a key sponsor.The 29-year-old, who faced no sanction from Rugby Australia (RA), is now set to feature in the Waratahs’ game against the Blues in Sydney tomorrow night after recovering from a hamstring injury.”I’ve said what I said in recent weeks,” Folau told reporters on Thursday. “I stand firm on what I believe in and that’s from something personal with who I am.”It’s got nothing to do personally with anyone, teammates, or anyone that is involved in the game.”I’ve opened up a bit and hopefully a lot of people can see where I come from and why I said that. As a rugby player it doesn’t change me who I am as a person. I’m the same person when I go on the field.”Folau, whose RA contract expires at the end of the season, refused to clarify his future but said he will not hold grudges against the governing body.”In terms of contract talks, it’s something that my management deal with,” he added.”You can’t hold grudges, you can’t take it personally. I’ve been fine with how everything has rolled out the last month and my focus is getting back out there on the field.” read more
The female team that comprised Jacklyn Barney, Catherine Wilson, Doris Karomo and Lera Kose won silver.They did well against New Caledonia in the bout to progress to the gold challenge but were defeated by gold medallist Fiji 2-0.The male team that consists of Eddie Martin, Nigel Bana, Vincent Bougen, John Kajona, Ernest Nuli, Naorei Joseph and Siwari Matus took out bronze.They went down to silver medallist New Caledonia who progressed on but were defeated in a close encounter by gold medallist Fiji.Overall today, PNG took out one gold, two silver and three bronze medals to end the karate competition of this Pacific Games.PNG has finished in third place out of seven countries with one gold, five silver and nine bronze.
Half of the contingent flew into Port Moresby this morning and rushed straight down to the Rita Flynn netball courts, turning up just before the ending of the opening ceremony.Coach of the U13 West New Britain team, Margaret Waluka said it had been a bit of a struggle but the girls were looking forward to the next three days of competition.She said the majority of the girls are from Talasea and have been training very hard for the championships.”The other half of Team West New Britain will arrive tomorrow morning.”We have an U13, U15 and U17 team. Our U13 team lost their first game today.”The girls were a bit nervous playing on the new courts, which are very different to the ones back in Kimbe.”They’re used to playing on the grass back at home.”We’re all happy to be here and are confident we can make the finals,” said Waluka. read more
The carnivals began in Kavieng on Tuesday at the Court Haus Oval with 14 Junior AFL selections made in Kavieng with young talented children aged 13-15 years who participated in the local competition were set into teams to play for selection.Children from other outside centres like Lovangai and Tikanain also traveled into town to participate in the championship.As part of the offer AFLPNG Development Academy also provided fitness tests including height and weight, agility, vertical jumps and 20m sprints were given to assess individuals before the game.The selected players will be later flown into Port MOresby to train for the upcoming national and international junior championships in 2017 in Queensland.Pacific AFL development manager Ben Drew thanked the families, volunteers and teachers not only those who participated in the carnival, but also those that did a mountainous work in building AFL in Kavieng.The AFL Academy team will visit Kimbe tomorrow for another junior AFL showdown. read more
“We are alone in the first phase of the fight against the virus. Very tough weeks await us. It cannot be ruled out that next week we will reach the 10,000 affected “, Sánchez has warned. “We all have a task and a mission in the coming weeks. I want to send a message to our elders and people with chronic diseases: they must protect themselves as much as possible against infection, to avoid contact and exposure in public spaces at all costs. And young people also have a decisive role: their collaboration is essential to cut infections, so they must limit contacts and their social activity, “insisted Sánchez, who has again sent a message of support and gratitude to health professionals.“We all have to follow the recommendations of the experts and collaborate. From the Government of Spain we will do what is necessary, how it is necessary and when it is necessary. Victory depends on each one of us. Heroism is also about washing your hands, staying at home. It will take weeks, it will be hard, but we will beat the virus with unity and responsibility. CWe will continue to beat the virus sooner if we do it together, “said the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, appeared this afternoon to declare ‘the state of alarm’ in Spain, a measure included in article 116 of the Constitution and developed in Organic Law 4/1981 on the State of Alarm, Exception and Site, provided in the event that extraordinary circumstances make it impossible to maintain normality through the ordinary powers of the Competent authorities.With this measure, the Government intends to radically stop the expansion of the coronavirus in our country: 120 deaths, more than 4,200 infections.“Tomorrow we will hold an extraordinary Council of Ministers to decree the alarm status across the country for the next 15 days. The health emergency creates extraordinary circumstances, and this is an extraordinary legal remedy. We will mobilize all the state, economic, health, civil and military resources for the protection of all citizens. To respond to the social emergency efficiently. We want the maximum coordination of resources of the administrations. The Government of Spain is going to protect all citizens “, said the Prime Minister at the beginning of his appearance. read more