HBU’s Hinojosa, Okeke Crowned Inaugural Southland Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week

first_imgThe Huskies took No. 13 South Carolina to five sets and were outdone by Tampa 4-1 on Sunday before shocking the Hatters in their second match of the day. HBU, who received votes in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, plays three matches at the Tiger Beach Challenge this weekend, beginning with No. 2 LSU at 12:30 p.m. CT Saturday. Pair of the Week – Tori Hinojosa – Senior – San Antonio, Texas / Danielle Okeke – Freshman – Wichita Falls, TexasHinojosa and Okeke overcame a first-set loss in their season opener against Spring Hill, winning the final two sets as the Huskies swept the Badgers. The pair picked up another victory at the top flight against No. 13 South Carolina, and the duo swept its counterparts in the team’s 3-2 victory over No. 9 Stetson. The twosome went 3-2 during the opening weekend as the Huskies’ time in the Sunshine State was highlighted by a 3-2 upset of No. 9 Stetson, the first team win over a ranked opponent in program history. HBU blanked Spring Hill 5-0 in the season opener but fell to No. 2 Florida State by the same margin in the first of three matches against ranked teams. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Tori Hinojosa and Danielle Okeke are the Southland Conference Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.center_img Honorable Mention: Veronica Corcoran/Lucie Pokorna, New Orleans; Iris Fletcher/Corin Evans, SFA. 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.last_img read more

VASILIKA, AMANDINE & LA SARDANE HEAD MONDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF

first_imgVASILIKA, AMANDINE & LA SARDANE HEAD MONDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURFMARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY MONDAY IS ALSO DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA, WITH ONE DOLLAR BEERS & SODAS AS WELL AS TWO DOLLAR HOT DOGS; FIRST POST TIME AT 12 NOONARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2019)–Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika, Jeff Mullins’ Amandine and Neil Drysdale’s La Sardane head a field of seven older fillies and mares going a flat mile on turf in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita.The Megahertz, which has been carded as the eighth on a 10-race card, will highlight a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday program that also features one dollar beers and sodas, as well as two dollar hot dogs.Vasilika, who was claimed by Hollendorfer for $40,000 ten starts back on Feb. 11, 2018, had an eight-race win streak broken when she finished fourth, beaten two lengths as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar Dec. 2.English-bred Amandine, who was an impressive 2 ¼ length winner of the ungraded Lady of Shamrock Stakes here Dec. 26, wheeled back three days later in the Grade I American Oaks and was a respectable third.La Sardane enters the Megahertz as a fresh commodity, as she’s been idle since well beaten in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes here on Nov. 4.  A Grade III winner going seven furlongs on turf in New York four starts back on June 7, she looms dangerous for Drysdale, who finished 2018 with an 18 percent strike rate.VASILIKAOwner:  All Schlaich Stables, LLC & HollendorferTrainer:  Jerry HollendorferOne of the best claims in recent memory, this 5-year-old Skipshot mare won nine of her 11 starts last year and banked $632,328.  A winner of seven out of her eight races over the Santa Anita turf, Vasilika has proven she’s versatile enough to lay close or rally from off the pace.  With Flavien Prat riding back for the 10th consecutive time, she’s strictly the horse to beat as she tries to improve upon an overall mark of 28-13-4-3 and earnings of $758,595.AMANDINEOwner:  Red Baron’s Barn & Rancho TemescalTrainer:  Jeff MullinsA winner of her U.S. debut at one mile on turf three starts back on Nov. 22, she replicated that effort in taking the one mile grass Lady of Shamrock on opening day and based upon the ease with which she won, was entered to run back in just three days in the Grade I American Oaks Dec. 29.  A respectable third, beaten 2 ¾ lengths, she comes back at a distance she’s well accustomed to, having two wins and as many seconds from five starts at a mile on grass.  Ridden by Mike Smith in the American Oaks, she’ll be reunited with Drayden Van Dyke, who was aboard for her first two Southern California starts.LA SARDANEOwner:  Team Valor InternationalTrainer:  Neil DrysdaleA winner of three out of her first four starts for Drysdale, this 5-year-old French-bred mare was also a Group II winner at a mile on grass in France at age three.  Ridden by Flavien Prat in her three wins; at Churchill Downs, May 3, Belmont Park, June 7 and also at Belmont on June 30, La Sardane will be handled for the first time on Monday by Joel Rosario.  With two wins and a third place finish from eight tries at one on turf, she’s 13-5-3-1 overall and rates a huge chance in the Megahertz.THE GRADE III MEGAHERTZ WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 10                                   Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTMs Bad Behavior–Mike Smith–120Zaffinah–Rafael Bejarano–120Vasilika–Flavien Prat–124Amandine–Drayden Van Dyke–122Quebec–Geovanni Franco–120Last Promise Kept–Joe Talamo–120La Sardane–Joel Rosario–122Special early first post time for a 10-race card on Monday is at 12 noon.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Pacific support for league could outstrip that for rugby

first_imgDamon Salesa, an associate professor of Pacific Studies at Auckland University, said rugby should have more Pacific people involved in its decision-making.Fifty years ago there were 56,000 people described as Pacific living in New Zealand but by 2013 that figure had increased to almost 300,000.In Auckland, more than one in four babies is Pasifika.During the recent Rugby League World Cup, two Pacific nations, Tonga and Fiji, made the semi-finals, while the Kiwis missed out.Damon Salesa said better decisions would be made by sports bodies if they had the input of Pacific people.”If there were Pacific people on the New Zealand Rugby Union, do you think they’d make the same decisions for instance, to admit a Japanese team to the Super 15 and not a Pacific team, to admit Argentina and not a Pacific team to the rugby championship.”They would actually make different decisions, and I think they would be better decisions.”Last month, about 1000 Tongan league fans marched down Queen Street in Auckland after fans said a decision by the referee during the Rugby League World Cup semi-final against England robbed Tonga of the win. While an online petition calling for a review of the same decision to disallow a late try to Tongan player Andrew Fifita gathered more than 50,000 signatures.Mr Salesa said the Tongans’ ability and power to organise a major parade through Auckland should make people wake up to the potential of these communities.”In order to organise the Christmas parade in Auckland you spend months and probably get sponsored by AT to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tongans organised almost as bigger parade in Auckland in a few hours on social media.”Mr Salesa said he found it moving that many players opted to play for their countries of heritage.He said former Kiwis forward Jason Taumalolo was called a ‘traitor’ and a ‘turncoat’ when he played for Tonga rather than New Zealand.He said New Zealand rugby and league has been built on the assumption that the team of choice will always be Australia or New Zealand, even for those Pacific players who only have fleeting relationships with these countries.”These guys showed that actually no, the place they were dreaming of playing for was Tonga and actually what we’ve seen is going to pose a real threat to the global rugby codes because now a whole lot of players look at what Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita did and their only regret is they didn’t do it too.”Mr Salesa said it raises questions of eligibility for rugby and league as sport is one of the last places where you have to choose between nations.He said it was possible to have a Samoan and Tongan passport, or a Samoan and a New Zealand passport but it was only possible to play for one rugby team now due to the eligibility rules, particularly in rugby union.last_img read more

Cooper Cronk-Luke Keary combination fires to help Roosters to victory over Sharks

first_imgIt has always had the characteristics of a match made in heaven and the combination clicked into gear perfectly on Friday night to ruthlessly put Cronulla to the sword 28-10.With an aerial target like Blake Ferguson and a lethal sweep runner like James Tedesco to throw into the mix, the blueprint for a premiership contender was finally rolled out by Trent Robinson’s men.MATCH CENTRE: Sharks v RoostersThat’s not to say they’re the finished article, far from it. But the ease with which they were able to pull apart a tough defensive side like the Sharks out of shape with Cronk’s kicks and Keary’s ability to get outside his man two passes wide of the ruck showed they’ll be a handful for anyone when they’re on.Perhaps the best example of the Roosters’ threat with ball in hand was a try to Tedesco oin the 51st minute.With the Sharks’ defensive line back oin its heels, the ball was spread quickly wide to the right, with long passes from Jake Friend and then Cronk arriving with a charging Keary, who straightened as Cronulla’s left edge slid sideways, before shifting it on to his fullback.Poor old Trent Hodkinson didn’t have a chance as Tedesco stepped off his right foot and straightened into a big hole.The Latrell Mitchell conversion gave the Roosters an 18-point lead with less than half an hour ago and from that point on they were in cruise control.While Keary was the creative dynamo on the edges, Cronk was the architect of the earlier onslaught with the two-time Dally M Medal winner finishing sets with inch perfect kicks to put the Sharks on the back foot.Then, when the time was right to put the squeeze on, Ferguson put his hand up on the right wing and Cronk’s kicks on top of Sharks winger Sosaia Feki’s head gave the towering Origin rep a better than even money chance.Twice in the first half Ferguson’s aerial work ended in tries to his inside man Ryan Matterson, first in the 21st minute when the kick went to ground and the ball landed in his path, and second on the stroke of half-time when Ferguson rose above Feki to catch the ball before lobbing a beautiful pass back to his centre who went over untouched.While Cronulla had their moments and twice threatened to mount comebacks when Valentine Holmes scored in the corner, the Roosters halves always gave off a sense of control and ultimately they had too much class.THE REPORTSydney Roosters’ forwards have dominated Cronulla’s representative pack to lay the platform for a 28-10 NRL victory on Friday night.Comprehensively beaten by the Warriors big men last week, the Tri-colours bounced back to nullify the impact of the Sharks’ forwards at Southern Cross Group Stadium.Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary kicked twice for tries, leaving a James Tedesco show-and-go in the second-half as the only try that didn’t come off the boot.But the stars of the night were the Roosters’ pack, who gave Cronk and halves partner Keary the field position to be at their clinical best.Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Boyd Cordner both topped 145m, nullifying the output of Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita who rallied late.After Cronk got the Roosters moving with a kick for Ryan Matterson in the 20th minute to score, he landed the knockout blow before the break when he again booted the ball across field for the second-rower.Keary also contributed with a grubber for Joesph Manu midway through the opening half, setting up the 18-6 half-time lead before Tedesco crossed after the break.The five-eighth then finished the job with another perfectly placed for winger Reece Robinson on full-time.Cronulla’s loss was soured by a serious head knock to bench hooker James Segeyaro after he collided with Cronk’s knee while trying to charge down a kick.Matt Moylan was easily the Sharks’ best in the first half after he was shifted to fullback for the injured Josh Dugan, while Valentine Holmes crossed twice on the right wing.Moylan is the third fullback the Sharks have used in five matches. He set up three line breaks and had one of his own before the break, and also threw a cut-out ball for Holmes’ first try.- with AAPlast_img read more

Zidane: the triumph of simplicity

first_imgIn just three years and three months of work on the most electrified bench in the world, Zinedine Zidane has accumulated so many treasures that he could already retire to his barracks presuming he had entered the remains in the golden pages of the history of Real Madrid. In two stages delimited by the drastic and thoughtful decision that he made at the end of the 2017-18 season (after the conquests of the 13th in Kiev), the Marseillaise has managed to encumb that method based on simplicity and normality. In Jeddah he won his tenth white title despite traveling without his starting attack trident (Bale-Benzema-Hazard) and again demonstrated a collection of tactical and costume management records that make him the fashion coach and an icon for the current and future generations of the club. Zidane wins a title with Madrid every 19 games (he has 187), a Guinness record number that already brings him closer to Miguel Muñoz. The Madrid coach won 14 titles, but he needed 14 years on the bench of the Bernabéu. These are the keys to Zizou method. His incredible legacyThree consecutive Champions, two Club World Cups, two European Super Cups, two Spanish Super Cups and a League. Only the Cup is missing to complete a painting worthy of the Prado Museum. Every 19 games touches hair. With four more titles will reach Miguel Muñoz. The legend of Zidane continues … StrategistThe Frenchman does not like the label “good motivator of groups” but “scarce records with the board”. In case there were doubts, this season started with the famous 4-3-3 that he already used with the BBC (this time with Bale, Benzema and Hazard). Then he turned to 4-4-2 to save Isco and include him in the wheel (that led Modric himself to the bench several times) and in Arabia he struck Valencia with a 4-5-1 that spellbound all analysts. Zidane is much more than a simple aligner. Three Champions in a row don’t win with a smile …ValverdeThe Uruguayan was in the template as a simple complement. But in the Wanda derby, Zidane decided to give him ownership … and until today. The Pogba option has been eaten (not even Zizou has returned to claim his signing) and after his football immolation to help the team win the Super Cup against Atleti, The little bird He is one of the favorite players of the hobby.Francois Nel & nbsp; (Getty Images) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Fede Valverde, in the final of the Spanish Super Cup.Francois Nel (Getty Images) JAVIER GANDUL & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Zidane greets Isco after replacing him in the Super Cup final.JAVIER GANDUL (DAILY AS) Crisis managementOn October 19, Madrid lost in Mallorca (1-0), after a disastrous match. The club slipped without dissimulation that if three days later it was suffered in Istanbul, before the Galatasaray, another fiasco, the removal of Zidane was under way. There was talk of Mourinho. Far from getting nervous in his public messages, the Marseille put moderation when landing in the Turkish city: “My future? I want to be here forever. Of course, what is being said bothers me, but what I have to do is think positive and do my best. We are Real Madrid and we can’t go wrong for a minute. Not everything can be beautiful. You have to endure and have personality. “Madrid won in Turkey (0-1) and from there it has not lost its smile.Costume controlWhen Zinedine returned to the Bernabéu bench in March, several players were completely disconnected. Solari did not have them and seemed resigned to leave the club in summer. This is the case of players with hierarchy and chevrons like Marcelo, Isco, Bale and even Kroos, who seemed unmotivated and surrendered and is now one of the most solid pillars of the project. The first one gave the ownership (to the detriment of Reguilón) and recovered it emotionally for the cause. Of course, he ordered the signing of Mendy (for 48 million euros) and is now the consolidated holder on the left side. Zizou does not marry anyone. Isco’s case is more revealing. Despite finishing and starting the course far from his best form, he insisted on refloating him by giving him the title in the alcurnia matches: against PSG, in the Camp Nou Classic or in the Super Cup final. Isco looks like another and is on the future list of Luis Enrique for the next Eurocup.last_img read more

Thebes: “We have not fulfilled our responsibility”

first_imgJavier Tebas, president of LaLiga, said who have not “fulfilled” their “responsibility” behind the racist insults received by Athletic Bilbao soccer player Iñaki Williams during the match he played last Saturday against the rojiblanco team with the Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona. “LaLiga as the organizer of the championship is responsible for the safety of the fan and this weekend we cannot say that we have fulfilled our responsibility, so we have to do self-criticism and reflect. We are worried about looking for solutions, “Tebas said during the V Gala of the awards of the Sports Press Association of Madrid (APDM). “Tomorrow we file a complaint with the prosecution of hate crimes in Catalonia because it cannot happen again. You have to look for a path, not be aware of whether it has been heard or not, “he announced. Further, LaLiga sent on Monday a written complaint to the Committee Competition of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Anti-violence Commission which indicates that in the 69th minute of the match, when Iñaki Williams was replaced and withdrew from the pitch by the bottom closest to your location, several local fans from the Graderío Gol Cornellà, “unable to determine the number”, “intoned” for about 10 seconds and when the player passed before them the scream from “UH, UH, UH, UH”.last_img read more

Elche is isolated in Tenerife because of the calm

first_imgElche will remain in Tenerife until Tuesday. The return flight is scheduled to depart at 7:30 am to arrive at the Alicante-Elche airport around 3:30 p.m., prior stopover in Barcelona. For now, visibility is null in island airfield, with very strong air gusts on the slopes. Further, environmental pollution is extreme, 60 times above the indexes considered healthy, and there have been reports of fire in different parts of the islands. About 360 flights have been affected with deferrals and cancellations at the airports of the Canary Islands, with problems to accommodate all travelers and tourists who have not been able to leave this Sunday. Tenerife and Elche had to play on Saturday in full calm, in an irrespirable environment that caused many fans had to use handkerchiefs in the bleachers of Heliodoro to facilitate breathing. Deck of cards He thanked this support in a situation that was not “the most favorable way to leave home.” The footballers of Elche CF They have recognized that the conditions were not suitable for playing an official match. The Tenerife people are just leaving home and those who dare do so with masks to protect themselves.While the training plan of the Elche CF It is barely going to be affected, given that the staff has made a recovery session this morning and for Monday and Tuesday it was planned to enjoy rest days. The next game will be on Sunday, at 4:00 p.m., at Martínez Valero against Numancia de Soria. Among the expedition is Ramon Folch, who was about not to travel because his wife can give birth at any time. The player made the decision to be with the team so as not to cause casualty and now he has been surprised by this setback. The calm that keeps the Canary Islands in check has prevented the return of the Elche CF to the Peninsula. The ilicitano set, who slept last night in Santa Cruz of Tenerife after the game at the stadium Heliodoro Rodríguez López, he planned to fly this noon to the illicit lands. Nevertheless, flights at Tenerife North – Los Rodeos airport have been canceled due to the temporary and the template of Potato, who came to show up at the terminal with the bags to return home, has had to return to the hotel where he will be staying two more days.last_img read more

Third worst streak in the league in the history of Athletic

first_imgThe Cup is the salvation table of a season that begins to be like a toothache. This Athletic can go down in history as the one that regained the path of the titles (the important ones, since the 2015 Super Cup is a minor success) but also as the one that registered the third worst streak of games without winning in the League: they are ten without adding three hit points, the same lot as with Iribar as coach in the 1986-87 campaign. And they only overcome this embarrassing ranking the 11 days of the 2005-06 campaign (this time it was with two technicians, since Mendilíbar was stopped and followed the Clemente guideline). And then there is the top of Berizzo last year, with 13 games without winning. Garitano tries to break this dynamic that is projected since December 1, when the lions were imposed on Granada 2-0. At this time, he has been defeating five times (against Betis, the first and the four in a row that he accumulates at the close of this fatal series: against Getafe, Real Sociedad, Osasuna and Alavés). And many other ties, all concatenated: against Eibar, Madrid, Sevilla, Celta and Espanyol.They have amassed only five of the last 30 points. The dramatic thing is that in the stumbling blocks against Osasuna and Alavés the opponent did not do much, he just waited for the mistake of an Athletic with three centrals although he needed to be ambitious.Gaizka Garitano is at his worst as a rojiblanco coach, confessed by himself. The descent is nine points. He is running out of that credit that President Elizegi granted him a week ago. In addition, an eternal shadow pursues him. In the 2014-15 campaign when he was leading Eibar, his only complete campaign with a First club to date, he had 27 points in the first round and even dreamed of Europe.The second was a drama: he scored eight points and four of them were in the last two days, with a draw against Getafe and a win against an evicted Cordoba. It was not worth anything, since it only got rid of the decline due to the administrative fall of Elche.last_img read more

Two clubs of Valencia leave the Agrupació by “servilismo” to Anil

first_img“I will recommend good investments for the owner, not because today is Friday and I want to earn on Monday, but because I want the owner to have a sustainable investment and sales model for the next two or three years” (The Athletic Magazine 27-1 -2020).These words are in the antipodes of that will to want to arrive that our best bequeathed us, those who made this club we love respected. If in the APV they feel comfortable with a management model that has made the VCF a means and not an end, that they know, although surely they would already imagine it, that they will not count on us. We believe that they are contributing to whiten those who have come to the club to serve and not to serve.Therefore, we prefer to put land in between and separate our path from the APV. It is a painful decision, but we believe that acts like the aforementioned besamanos do not help, precisely, to defend the Valencian fan. They do not represent us and shame us deeply.We will not participate in this legitimization and we encourage those who are unhappy with this way of proceeding to act in conscience. The VCF deserves an APV that does not act as a transmission belt, as if it were the vertical union, of those who humiliate us continuously with their contempt. When this subservience disappears, we hope to re-integrate into it.Any small action to manifest discontent counts. The machinery to generate Meriton disaffection feeds on the resignation of the fan to face him (In life, not everything is money). We will always try to be, to the extent of our modest weight in the social mass of the club, in the solution that will one day allow our team to stop being a mere branch of an international soccer transactions agency.In the meantime, we will try to do the opposite of what Murthy wants, which is that we stop before the damage inflicted on the VCF. Amunt! The directives of both clubs have made their decision following the Visit of President Anil Murthy on February 13 to the Agrupació de Penyes del Valencia (APV), a meeting that they describe as “besamanos organized by the APV”. “We do not want to be part of a structure that is uncritically put to the propaganda service of those who, among other excesses and disrespect, make claims that they are at the antipodes of that will to want to arrive that our best bequeathed us.”Statement from the VCF Sud and Puçol ClubsThis is a statement that we would never have wanted to write, but the kisser organized by the APV to the most infamous president that our club has had in its history has made us decide to take the step of leaving this coordinator of fans.If we have previously shown our disagreement with the follow-up that, by action or omission, made the APV of Meriton’s decisions, the colonial scenography to which they lent themselves at the meeting on Thursday, February 13 with Murthy now produces a huge rejection. We do not want to be part of a structure that is uncritically put to the propaganda service of whom, among other excesses and disrespect, affirms the following: The sports crisis in which Valencia de Celades is immersed in recent weeks and the social crisis in which the club lives since summer has also reached the heart of the Agrupació de Penyes. Two Valencian clubs, specifically VCF Sud and Puçol, hometown of the Pep Claramunt myth, have issued a statement announcing their departure from the Agrupació de Penyes for their “servility” to the management of Peter Lim and specifically to that of Anil Murthy, which they qualify as the “most infamous president” of the centennial black and white history.last_img read more

Italy, about to approve closed door for all matches

first_imgIn the morning, la League had met in the presidential room of the Italian Olympic Committee CONI to decide on the emergency calendar after the suspensions of matches of the last days. Although there seems to be consensus, Inter insists on recovering his game against Sampdoria before facing Juventus. In any case, the CEO neroazzurro pointed out: “We will comply with the decisions made.” Vicenzo Spadafora, Italian sports minister, dropped that All matches played in Italy from now on will be behind closed doors: “We are moving towards these types of measures”. Spadafora, who made these demonstrations at the gates of the Palazzo Chigi, seat of the Italian Government, He appears in the Chamber to answer questions about the coronavirus issue. The official decision will take place after the debate, but the application of the emergency measure seems irremediable.last_img read more