Sam Houston State – Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas/Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Texas Tech Open, Lubbock, Texas – Feb. 2-3 New Orleans – KMS Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, La. – Feb. 2 Houston Baptist – Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Houston Howie Ryan Invitational, Houston, Texas – Feb. 9 McNeese – McNeese Indoor II, Lake Charles, La. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Notre Dame Meyo Invitational, South Bend, Ind. – Feb. 2-3 Lamar – Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Notre Dame Meyo Invitational, South Bend, Ind. – Feb. 2-3 Abilene Christian – Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: – Texas Tech Open, Lubbock, Texas – Feb. 2-3 Southeastern Louisiana – McNeese Indoor II, Lake Charles, La./KMS Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. – McNeese Recap | KMS RecapNext Meet: LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, La. – Feb. 2 Northwestern State – Pittsburg State Invitational, Pittsburg, Kan. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, La. – Feb. 2 Nicholls – No meetNext Meet: LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, La. – Feb. 2 Central Arkansas – Pittsburg State Invitational, Pittsburg, Kan. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Southern Illinois Don Denoon Invitational, Carbondale, Ill. – Feb. 2-3 Stephen F. Austin – Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: New Mexico Classic & Multis, Albuquerque, N.M. – Feb. 2-3 UIW – Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Houston Howie Ryan Invitational, Houston, Texas – Feb. 9 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Texas Tech Shootout, Lubbock, Texas – Feb. 9-10
Myers led Central Arkansas in nine batting categories over the weekend. She batted .563 with a .938 slugging percentage, collecting multiple hits in four of the Bears’ five games on the weekend. In Saturday’s contest against LIU Brooklyn, the senior shortstop recorded a home run and two doubles with four RBIS. She finished the week with nine hits and six RBIs to go along with three doubles. She also had a .632 on base percentage. This is the second hitting award for the Bears and first weekly award for UIW this season. Leal earned the win for all three of UIW’s victories at the Madeira Beach Showcase this past weekend. She tied a career-high when she fired six strikeouts against Villanova on Friday in a complete-game effort. She also tossed a complete game in a 3-2 win against Alabama State on Saturday. The senior from Kyle, Texas, started Sunday’s game against Eastern Michigan and gave up just three earned runs, striking out three in her five innings of work. She ended the week limiting opponents to a .291 batting average.Honorable Mention: Megan Landry, Nicholls; Micaela Bouvier, Northwestern State; Amie Cisneros.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. Softball Hitter of the Week – Kate Myers, Central Arkansas – SS – Sr. – Tulsa, Okla. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Kate Myers and UIW’s Sarah Leal are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Myers led the Central Arkansas (7-9, 0-0 SLC) offense at the EMU Madeira Beach Invitational, tallying wins against LIU Brooklyn and Villanova. Leal picked up three wins in the circle for UIW (3-6, 0-0 SLC) at the same tournament. Softball Pitcher of the Week – Sarah Leal, UIW – Sr. – Kyle, Texas Honorable Mention: Amanda Gianelloni, Nicholls; Alli Daigle, Southeastern Louisiana; Bryana Novegil, Stephen F. Austin.
The Cowgirls (36-19, 18-9 SLC) and Bearkats (22-31, 13-14 SLC) both turn their sights now to the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament in Lake Charles, La., this week from Wednesday to Friday. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese senior Erika Piancastelli and Sam Houston State junior Lindsey McLeod are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Honorable Mention: Alexis LaBure, Nicholls; Caroline Settle, McNeese; Hannah Null, Abilene Christian. Honorable Mention: Moriah Strother, Nicholls; Amber Landry, Stephen F. Austin; Emma Hawthorne, Northwestern State. Hitter of the Week: Erika Piancastelli, McNeese – Sr. – UT – Carlsbad, Calif.Piancastelli registered one of the best performances of her conference career, picking up six hits in seven at bats. Five of her six hits were extra base hits including three home runs, two doubles along four RBIs, four walks, two stolen bases and six runs scored to help McNeese to its regular season series finale win over Southeastern Louisiana. With her five total bases on Friday, she broke the Southland career record, making that five conference career records she has broken this season. She ended the week with an .857 batting average, 2.429 slugging percent and a .917 on base percent. Pitcher of the Week: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State – Jr. – P – Austin, TexasMcLeod turned in a record-setting weekend in helping Sam Houston clinch the final berth in the Southland tournament. The junior from Austin punched out 14 HBU hitters in a complete-game, one-hit shutout in the series opener, tying an SHSU single-game record with that mark in a 1-0 Bearkat victory. She turned around in game two and struck out two more in a two-inning save. Her second strikeout not only ended the game but was her 201st strikeout of the season. That set a new program single-season school record, breaking the mark of 200 strikeouts by Brandi Crnkovic in 2007. With a berth in the conference tournament already clinched, McLeod did not pitch in the series finale, but still finished with 16 strikeouts and only two hits allowed in nine innings of work. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
RIVER BOYNE & CATAPULT HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000 FRANK E. KILROE MILE ON SANTA ANITA LAWN FIRST POST TIME FOR 10-RACE PROGRAM SATURDAY SET FOR 1 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2019)–Although he was the beaten favorite in his most recent start, Irish-bred River Boyne, who has won six out of his seven career turf starts at Santa Anita, will vie for favoritism in Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) with Kentucky-bred Catapult, who should relish a return to firm ground for John Sadler. The Kilroe, one of four graded stakes on Saturday, has attracted a field of six older horses.RIVER BOYNEOwner: Red Baron’s Barn, LLC & Rancho TemescalTrainer: Jeff MullinsA game head winner of the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile two starts back on Dec. 26, this 4-year-old colt was forced to steady a furlong out in the Grade III, one mile turf Thunder Road on Feb. 9, and finished fourth, beaten 1 ¼ lengths as the 3-5 favorite on a turf course that was listed as “good.” With regular rider Flavien Prat away to ride in Dubai, Drayden Van Dyke will try his hand for the first time on River Boyne, who has three wins and a second from five starts at one mile on turf.CATAPULTOwner: Woodford Racing, LLCTrainer: John SadlerA winner of two Grade II turf stakes three and four starts back at Del Mar this past summer, this 6-year-old full horse by Kitten’s Joy was a close second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile two starts back on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. Keen in the early stages, Catapult finished fourth, beaten 4 ½ lengths over a yielding turf going 1 3/16 miles in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational on Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park. The leading money earner in the field with $1,448,359, Catapult, who will be making his 18thcareer start, is 10-3-4-1 at one mile on turf.OHIOOwner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Bruce TreitmanTrainer: Michael McCarthyClaimed for $50,000 six starts back on June 10 and a subsequent $28,000 claiming winner in his next start on Aug. 19, this 8-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding is enjoying a resurgence of late, with his most recent start resulting in a close second place finish in the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes here on Feb. 9, which came on the heels of a 6 ½ length tally in a minor one mile turf stakes at Turf Paradise Jan. 12.THE GRADE I FRANK E. KILROE MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 10 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTHunt–Brice Blanc–120Ohio–Ruben Fuentes–120Desert Stone–Geovanni Franco–120Catapult–Drayden Van Dyke–122Next Shares–Kent Desormeaux–124River Boyne–Rafael Bejarano–122First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
2most 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on it“Everything he was doing in a very good way. We are all so disappointed because now we need to wait for him.”In the same way we need to be positive, it’s not another way to take it, but we need to be positive and try to provide him with good quality training and recovery.“In the moment that he’s ready, to be strong and start to help the team again.”Mauricio Pochettino hits back at Kieran Trippier over claims he forced defender out of Tottenham MAURICIO POCHETTINO is likely to welcome back major summer signing Tanguy Ndombele ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.The £68million club-record signing missed the last two league matches with a thigh injury but had the international break to work on his recovery.2Boss Poch heads into the contest under rare pressure having picked up just one win from their opening four matches.But he will also be boosted with news that Ryan Sessegnon could make his eagerly-anticipated Spurs debut.The former Fulham man has been sidelined with a hamstring injury following his summer move and his return will provide competition with Danny Rose at left-back.Right-back Kyle-Walker Peters is also in the frame having missed the thrilling draw with Arsenal.The 22-year-old has cemented his role as first choice on the right side of defence after Kieran Trippier left for Atletico Madrid.And Eric Dier could also be in contention to make the squad after recovering from a hip injury.One notable absentee is Giovani Lo Celso who picked up an injury on international duty with Argentina.The midfielder is out of action for around six weeks and Pochettino has described his latest setback as a blow.He said: “Always it’s a sad situation, very disappointed.“For Giovani, the first months here was to adapt to a new club and new football.
REAL MADRID boss Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez are in a battle for the club’s next Galactico.Zidane has “set his heart” on signing fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba from Manchester United, claim ESPN.1 Real Madrid are in a tug of war between boss Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez for Paul Pogba and Christian EriksenBut club stalwart Perez has targeted Tottenham’s out-of-contract wantaway midfielder Christian Eriksen – and hopes to do a deal with Spurs chief Daniel Levy in January.Perez believes he can get the Denmark playmaker on the cheap, with a possible £30million deal just six months before his Tottenham deal ends.He thinks the club needs an Eriksen type of player, rather than Pogba, who clashed with former United boss Jose Mourinho.United want £180m for Pogba, 26, which makes the Eriksen deal even sweeter for Perez.However, Eriksen, 27, would prefer to stay in North London and leave on a free in the summer, having missed out on a move to Madrid in the summer.He can sign a deal with a foreign club from January – and would get a huge signing-on fee if he left it until June.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneLos Blancos have got off to a mixed start this season, with pressure already growing on Zidane.They have not yet won in the Champions League, but they are top of La Liga despite indifferent form.Latest Manchester United news’Live 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 FergusonThe Frenchman is convinced Pogba wants a move to the Bernabeu, even though Perez has told him United chiefs do not want to sell the World Cup-winning midfielder.Madrid could also do a deal with United or Spurs, with Gareth Bale touted as a sweetener in any deal.The Welshman has had a fractious relationship with Zidane and a permanent transfer or even long-term loan could be beneficial to all parties.Man United boss Solskjaer blasts flops and says ‘You’re going to get me the sack’
TOTTENHAM are reportedly in talks with Real Madrid over a stunning return for Gareth Bale.But there could be a stumbling block before the deal is done – the winger’s £600,000-a-week wage at the Bernabeu.2 Gareth Bale could be set for a sensational move back to SpursCredit: GettyThe Welshman is still on the fringes of Zinedine Zidane’s first team in Spain, featuring in just 12 LaLiga games this season.He has also been plagued with injuries that have undoubtedly affected his stint in Spain, while the fans have never quite taken to him.In the summer, the 30-year-old was close to completing a sensational move to CHINA – but the plug was pulled by the Real Madrid board.Boss Zidane was reportedly not happy with this decision, and it led to rumours of his own exit for a second time from Los Blancos.BALE TO JOIN BERGWIJN?Now MailOnline is reporting that Spurs and Real Madrid “will enter talks” but that any move is dependent on Bale “agreeing to a massive pay cut”.If Madrid can shift Bale off the wage bill, they could accept a low fee for a player who cost them £85million when he joined from Spurs in the summer of 2013.That will be music to the ears of Spurs supremo Daniel Levy, famous for driving a hard bargain.His current contract runs until the summer of 2022.If Spurs land Bale it will be the SECOND winger they sign this month.The Londoners completed a a £27million move for Steven Bergwijn on a five-year contract on Wednesday.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamLatest Tottenham NewsHARRY 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 summerIt was also revealed the club spent an entire year scouting his performances at PSV Eindhoven.The player will wear the No23, left vacant by Christian Eriksen’s move to Inter Milan, and could make his debut against Man City on Sunday.Bergwijn was accompanied by his parents, younger brother and his agents as he completed personal terms and met the gaffer.2 Daniel Levy could be welcoming former Spurs hero Gareth BaleCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Scans on Wednesday night confirmed Mansour had suffered an ACL injury.”It’s obviously shattering news for Josh,” Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga said. “He has been a popular member of the squad and was excellent for us against Scotland last Friday.”Kangaroos medical staff will work with Penrith Panthers on the best treatment options for Mansour.
After moving to Townsville as a teenager to launch his NRL career, the utility finds himself without a club in 2021 and hopes a strong start to this year’s Telstra Premiership season will help his cause.”I would be lying if I said I was not fazed at all because it is a tough period,” Asiata said.”I have a wife and two kids and all you want to do is make sure there is security behind your career.”Before Christmas, Asiata met the Gold Coast and toured their facility after Titans coach Justin Holbrook expressed an interest in the 26-year-old.However, Asiata said he wasn’t looking to move just yet.”The Cowboys have been very supportive,” he said.”This is where I debuted. They gave me my first NRL pre-season. The club has looked after my family; I lost some family in 2016 and having the club support me with what I needed at the time was massive.”Our club here at the Cowboys is very family-oriented.”Asiata believes 2019 was his best year in Townsville as he transitioned from playing in the middle to playing five-eighth at times.The talented ball-player made 12 appearances in the halves last season and played in every match.”I was in and out with different positions but I played every game,” Asiata said.”It was a challenge but I thought I did pretty well. Personally I hit some goals that I wanted to hit.”I thought it was going to be a tough period but I thought what I did was pretty good.”A strong start in 2020, beginning with the round one blockbuster against the Broncos at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, will be key to Asiata’s future.”I’m not worried but I am sort of feeling the pressure that this year has got to be a good year,” he said.”It doesn’t matter if it is at the beginning and I get signed in the middle, but I need to play well.”
Photo: Reuters Double from ’31’ to ’10’ passes for the win in an open duelThose of Setién, without brightness, follow Real Madrid on the LaLiga table Barcelona beat Levante (2-1) thanks to two goals from Ansu Fati, after two assists by Leo Messi, in the duel that closed the 22nd day of LaLiga Santander at Camp Nou, an exchange of blows that smiled at a greater stuck azulgrana, forced not to fail to follow the leader Real Madrid.Sheltered by his fief, the culé team recovered the path of victory in the league after the trip in Mestalla and seeing at six points to Madrid. The double of Fati in a minute when he marked the half hour of the game sent in an open duel and sometimes, more for the visitors in the second half.Barça is still wanted in the internal storm surge to change coaches for the second round. Quique Setién’s project became very vertical again at times, but again it was insecure back. The Levante, who already won in the first leg to the Catalans, pardoned although it was also surprising that Messi left unmarked.Without winter reinforcements in the face of Luis Suarez’s injury, Ansu Fati pulled the scoring car and allowed Barça to continue to three points in Madrid, before facing the quarterfinals of Copa del Rey in San Mamés. From the beginning there was an open game at the Camp Nou, a give and take from which a priori should win the winner of Barça. Messi and Ansu, and vice versa, was the best local option. The 17-year-old gave the Argentine the first occasions, bumping into what would be a frustrated night by Aitor Fernández, and the captain culé returned them. The first in a far and low pass, measured for the career of the young scorer culé, in which he beat Miramón and beat the rival goal below the legs.The tunnel was left open by Aitor a minute later. Barça recovered quickly and Ansu Fati signed the youngest double in the history of the league. Those of Setién punished the courage of a Levant with carelessness behind and without success above. Semedo crashed with the crossbar, in another assistance from Messi and Levante, despite arriving, he went to rest without knocking on the door.Those of Paco López followed the script in the second half and this time Ter Stegen did have a job. The German goal frustrated Melero, Morales and Roger, several times, as did Aitor to a Messi who sought him unsuccessfully. Ter Stegen could not with an ex-culé like Rochina, already in the discount, so that Setién takes note of a team that continues to grant a lot and reaching the end with trouble.DATA SHEET.–OUTCOME: FC BARCELONA, 2 – LEVANTE UD, 1. (2-0, at rest).– ALIGNMENTS.FC BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, De Jong (Arthur, min. 80); Messi, Griezmann (Sergi Roberto, min. 71) and Ansu Fati (Riqui Puig, min. 87).LIFT YOU: Aitor Fernández; Miramón, Vezo, Postigo, Toño; Rochina, Vukcevik (Bardhi, min. 80), Melero (Hernani, min. 60), Campaign; Roger and Morales (Mayoral, min. 60).– GOALS: 1 – 0, min. 30, Ansu Fati.2 – 0, min. 31, Ansu Fati.2 – 1, min. 92, Rochina.–REFEREE: Lamb Vega (C. Cantabrian). He admonished Piqué (min. 65) and Alba (min. 65) at Barça.–STADIUM: Camp Nou, 60,295 spectators.