The Colonels (14-9, 8-2 SLC) sit in the driver’s seat and control their own destiny in chasing a Southland Conference championship with no other two-loss teams remaining. Nicholls battles Abilene Christian (14-10, 6-5 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. CT on the road before Houston Baptist visits Thibodeaux, La., on Saturday at 3 p.m. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls enters week seven of Southland Conference men’s basketball play in sole possession of first place, coming off an 81-64 win over New Orleans on Saturday. New Orleans (12-11, 9-3 SLC), Sam Houston State (14-10, 8-3 SLC), Southeastern Louisiana (14-10, 8-3 SLC) and Stephen F. Austin (18-5, 7-3 SLC) are within reach of the Colonels. Additional Storylines: The Privateers’ lone game of the week is at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (8-12, 5-5 SLC) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Bearkats get a chance at stopping the hottest team in the league, the Islanders, hosting them tonight at 6:30 p.m. Corpus Christi is currently on a four-game win streak after starting the league season 1-5. Sam Houston also competes at home Saturday against Lamar (14-10, 6-5 SLC) at 6:15 p.m. All three games will be available on ESPN3. The Lions hit the road with games against UIW tonight at 7 p.m. and McNeese on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Lumberjacks, who fell in Beaumont 76-54 on Saturday, contest the Cowboys in Lake Charles, La., on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and return home to take on Northwestern State (3-19, 0-11 SLC) on Saturday at 6 p.m. • Standing Alone: Nicholls reclaimed the top spot in conference on Saturday with an 81-64 victory at home over defending conference champion New Orleans (12-11, 9-3 Southland). The Colonels are now the only two-loss conference team.• I’ll Take That: Stephen F. Austin, Nicholls and Lamar rank in the top eight nationally for three key defensive categories: Steals per game, total steals and turnovers forced. The Lumberjacks are second in steals per game and total steals and first in turnovers forced. The Colonels are fourth, sixth and seventh for the same three categories, respectively. The Cardinals are seventh in steals per game and total steals and eighth in turnovers forced.• Island of Their Own: After beginning Southland play 1-5, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has strung together four consecutive wins to move to .500 in league action. The Islanders visit Sam Houston State on Wednesday, who they lost to earlier this season, 82-50.• Oh Home, Let Me Come Home: SFA is one of 27 teams that are undefeated at home this season. The Lumberjacks are 12-0 at Johnson Coliseum this season and hold a tie for the 11th best home win streak nationally (14 games).• Bear With Me: Central Arkansas senior guard Jordan Howard ranks third in the nation for points per game (25.5 ppg). Teammate Hayden Koval is 10th in NCAA Division I for blocked shots per game (2.87).
Senior Felicia Sauceda and sophomore Elodie Chapelet had the best rounds of the day for the Cardinals, as each fired a 2-over-par 74 on the 6,247-yard, par-72 layout of the Blackhorse Golf Club. Chapelet, was LU’s top finisher for the event, as she placed fifth in the 66-player field at 9-over 225 for 54 holes. The Cardinals finished tied with Houston Baptist, but won the tiebreaker based on the score of the fifth golfer. LU and HBU finished the tourney deadlocked at 48-over-par 912 for three rounds. At that point, tourney officials went to the scorecards, where LU’s Brooke Duzan had an 80, while HBU’s Shamiso Hatchard posted an 82. CYPRESS, Texas – A rarely used tiebreaker resulted in the Lamar University women’s golf team bringing home the top trophy from the HBU Husky Invitational that wrapped up Tuesday. The Cardinals had three golfers finish in the top 10. Olivia Le Roux placed eighth at 228 after a 79, while Eva Martinez tied for ninth at 231. Sauceda finished tied for 21st at 236, while Duzan was 25th at 237. Sam Houston State was third in the 11-team field at 921, nine strokes behind the leaders. Hannah Alberto of Sam Houston State claimed medalist honors at 3-under 213 after an even-par 72 on Tuesday. UP NEXT: LU hosts the Cardinal Challenge, a four-team match-play event set for April 9 at the Beaumont Country Club. That’s the last event before the Southland Conference Championship, set for April 16-18 in Montgomery, Texas. “Today was a fun matchup between us and HBU,” LU coach Jessica Steward said. “It came down to the wire. The girls worked very hard to shoot what they did. The wind was tough, which made it difficult to hit close to the pins. We thought the pin positions would be the toughest challenge, but it was actually the wind.” The two teams entered Tuesday’s final round tied for the lead, and both shot a 307 for the final round. “To have three players in the top 10 and everybody in the top 25 is a good, solid team performance,” Steward said. “To tie HBU on a course that they are familiar with is a good accomplishment. We’re excited about our finish, and hopefully the team gains some confidence as we approach the end of our semester.”
2019 Santa Anita Spring Media Poll34 Racing Days, April 12 through June 23Horse of Meet: Vino Rosso, winner of Grade I Gold Cup at Santa AnitaSprinter: Mucho Gusto, winner of Grade III Lazaro Barrera & Grade III Affirmed StakesOlder Horse: Vino Rosso Older Filly/Mare: Vasilika, winner of Grade I Gamely StakesClaimer: Zuzanna, winner of two out of three Spring startsGrass Horse: Bolo, winner of Grade I Shoemaker MileGrass Filly/Mare: Vasilika3-Year-Old: Mucho Gusto3-Year-Old Filly: My Majestic Rose, winner of Grade II Summertime OaksTrainer: Doug O’Neill, led all conditioners with 23 winsJockey: Flavien Prat, led all riders with 23 winsApprentice: Jorge Velez, leading “bug boy” with nine winsRace: Grade I Gold Cup at Santa AnitaOwner: Reddam Racing, LLCAchievement: Rafael Bejarano, 4,000 career wins.
CLASSY HARD NOT TO LOVE BIDS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN AS SHE HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MONICA STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS ONE-EYED FILLY COMES OFF GRADE I WIN AND SEEKS HER FIFTH VICTORY FROM SIX CAREER STARTSARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2020)–Extremely talented but equipped with just one eye due to a paddock mishap as a youngster, Hard Not to Love heads a field of five older fillies and mares going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita.Fresh off the best race of her career, a powerful 2 ¼ length win in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs here on Dec. 28, the John Shirreffs-conditioned Hard Not to Love, who due to her sight impairment has proven a handful in both the mornings and afternoons, has won four out of her five starts and seeks her third win in a row on Saturday with Mike Smith aboard.Bob Baffert’s Mother Mother and the Richard Baltas-trained Lady Ninja ran one-two in the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Stakes on Jan. 12 and both rate legitimate upset chances at seven furlongs.HARD NOT TO LOVEOwner: Mercedes Stables, LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy Ingordo, David Ingordo & Steve MooneyTrainer: John ShirreffsIn what according to Shirreffs, was a testament to the horsemanship of Mike Smith, Hard Not to Love, a 4-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred filly by Hard Spun, who had been unsettled in the post parade, made a last to first run in the La Brea that was nothing short of tremendous. “Mike has really made a difference with her,” said Shirreffs. “When he made the decision to ride her (two starts back in a six furlong allowance Oct. 25), he put his reputation as a horseman on the line. I think that made this even more special.” With a solid work tab to her credit since the La Brea win, Hard Not to Love figures to be a short price in the Santa Monica, quirks and all.MOTHER MOTHEROwner: Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Barry Hall, Barry Lipman & Mark MathiesenTrainer: Bob BaffertThe leading money earner in the field with $363,061, she comes off a solid 1 ¼ length win over Lady Ninja in the Kalookan Queen and although multiple Grade I stakes placed, she seeks her first graded stakes victory in the Santa Monica. Ridden by Joel Rosario in her last two starts, which included a third place finish, beaten 3 ¼ lengths by Hard Not to Love in the Grade I La Brea Dec. 28, Mother Mother will be ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat. Close to the early pace in both of her most recent races, she can be counted on to employ similar tactics on Saturday. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Pioneerof the Nile, Mother Mother has three seconds and a third from five starts at seven furlongs and is 10-3-3-2 overall.LADY NINJAOwner: Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian & Hagop NakkashianTrainer: Richard BaltasA 6-year-old mare by Majesticperfection, she went head and head for the lead in the Kalookan Queen, took control turning for home and tired late to be second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in a game effort here on Jan. 12. Ridden by Prat last time, she’ll get the first-time services of Abel Cedillo in the Santa Monica, which will be her second try at seven furlongs. Off at 2-1 in the Kalookan Queen, she was a well beaten eighth at 22-1 two starts back in the Grade I, seven furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly Mare Sprint here on Nov. 2. A nose winner of the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong LA Woman Stakes three starts back Oct. 5, Lady Ninja seeks her second graded stakes win in what will be her 25th career start.THE GRADE II SANTA MONICA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTRoad Rager–Aaron Gryder–120Zusha–Tiago Pereira–120Lady Ninja–Abel Cedillo–122Hard Not to Love–Mike Smith–124Mother Mother–Flavien Prat–120First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
TOTTENHAM welcome Watford, looking to put their disappointing form behind them.Prior to the international break, Spurs suffered two defeats in a row, including a 3-0 loss against Brighton, to leave them four points behind their North London rivals Arsenal in third.Abdoulaye Doucoure opens scoring in sixth minuteVAR turns down penalty appeal from WatfordWelbeck taken off injured after 55 secondsTottenham start day in ninth, while Watford are bottomUnfortunately not on UK TV due to broadcast restrictionsTottenham XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Lucas, KaneSubs: Austin, Foyth, Davies, Dier, Ndombele, Lamela, SonWatford XI: Foster, Cathcart, Dawson, Kabasele, Janmaat, Doucoure, Cleverley, Chalobah, Holebas, Pereyra, WelbeckSubs: Gomes, Deulofeu, Masina, Gray, Hughes, Femenia, Sarr
Faulkner, who was born in New Zealand before moving to Melbourne as a 13-year-old, leaves the Force after seven years with the club – a stint that started as injury cover in 2011.Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson revealed the signing on Melbourne radio station RSN this morning and was brimming with excitement at the prospect of bringing a Wallaby back to Melbourne.”Tetera is a quality player and person who will bring experience, consistency and strong values to the Rebels,” Stephenson said.“It is great to bring a Melbourne player home to represent the Rebels in front of so many family, friends and teammates that he grew up with.”Faulkner’s career sprouted as a schoolboy in Melbourne, as he pulled on Australian Schoolboys colours in 2006, an Australian U19s jersey in 2007 and represented the Australian U20s in 2008 prior to joining the Force in 2011.To return to the city where it all started was an opportunity the 29-year-old couldn’t pass up.“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue my rugby career back in Melbourne, a city that I hold dear to me,” Faulkner said.“After getting my first big break with the Schoolboys in Melbourne, it feels like I’ve come a full circle so I’m excited to return home and contribute to the exciting future of the Melbourne Rebels and Victorian rugby.”A member of Michael Cheika’s Bledisloe Cup squad, Faulkner will make the move to Melbourne in November.
In the opening men’s match, Para Bullet’s Tommy Pamas and Dela David are set to ambush NJAY Raukele’s Samoan connection with the absence of youngster Alfa Palamea Kila.However, Raukele can count on the experience of Bruce Vele and the team’s young guns that can still spring a surprise. For the Scorpions and Flames match, both teams won their opening rounds and are even in attack and defence.Gvm Scorpions will be relying heavily on youngster Damien Wala to pilot their offence led by Noah Banka, Nantif Wanen and Joshua Koni.In the main match, Namafox’s towering Bingmalo Ogisi and ever green Charlie Nodi should have another cracker of a game against Rex Koni’s NS1.In the women’s A grade opener, Gvm Scorpions should beat EFM while Adco will test the might of the highlands outfit of ZILU West while Bullets are expected to beat G-ICE.The main showdown will be between BCM and NJAY Raukele. BCM’s player/coach Metta Jangiko’s will rely on speed to counter NAJY Raukele’s all-round attack.BCM will be led by PNG Beach Volleyball Gold Medallist youngsters Evelyn Giriba and Jasmine Geibob.NJAY Raukele boasts the best attack combination in the competition and will be relying heavily on key hitter Atah.In the Men’s A reserve, pre-season champion’s Gvm KELKOL started the season on a bad note button going down to BCM. Their form will again be tested when they take on NJAY Dolphins from Nadzab.In the opening men’s match, Para Bullet’s Tommy Pamas and Dela David are set to ambush NJAY Raukele’s Samoan connection with the absence of youngster Alfa Palamea Kila.However, Raukele can count on the experience of Bruce Vele and the team’s young guns that can still spring a surprise. For the Scorpions and Flames match, both teams won their opening rounds and are even in attack and defence.Gvm Scorpions will be relying heavily on youngster Damien Wala to pilot their offence led by Noah Banka, Nantif Wanen and Joshua Koni.In the main match, Namafox’s towering Bingmalo Ogisi and ever green Charlie Nodi should have another cracker of a game against Rex Koni’s NS1.In the women’s A grade opener, Gvm Scorpions should beat EFM while Adco will test the might of the highlands outfit of ZILU West while Bullets are expected to beat G-ICE.The main showdown will be between BCM and NJAY Raukele. BCM’s player/coach Metta Jangiko’s will rely on speed to counter NAJY Raukele’s all-round attack.BCM will be led by PNG Beach Volleyball Gold Medallist youngsters Evelyn Giriba and Jasmine Geibob.NJAY Raukele boasts the best attack combination in the competition and will be relying heavily on key hitter Atah.In the Men’s A reserve, pre-season champion’s Gvm KELKOL started the season on a bad note button going down to BCM. Their form will again be tested when they take on NJAY Dolphins from Nadzab.
Ase and Watson Boas will be playing together for the Kumuls for the first time.The Albert brothers were unfortunate to miss selection for the national team this year due to injury.While Watson may be a rookie compared to his big brother Ase for the Kumuls, he has been a real general on the field when it comes to organising the team and leading the attack.Hailing from a mixed parentage of Oro, Chimbu and East New Britain, Watson is a star-in-the-making if you look at his young career history.He started playing rugby league when he was in Grade Seven. He played in the school boys’ competitions before taking part in the Kokopo Rugby League, where he made his way into the Agmark Gurias side in 2014 to join his brother Ase.However, Ase left Gurias for Hunters in 2015 and Watson was keen to follow him.He had a breakthrough season last year where he played consistent footy and helped his team win the Digicel Cup final (defeating TNA Lions 26-18), the Melanesian Club Championship and was selected to play for the PNG Prime Minister’s XIII.At the start of this year, Watson reunited with his big brother and the pair are currently playing good football together for the PNG Hunters side in the Intrust Super Cup and with lead the team around the park tonight in the halves.Watson describes Ase as “a big brother I can look up to as a role model”.He added that in his home, his mother would tell him in Tok Pisin: “Yu kisim ol Gurias or Kumul jampa na ol gias blo Ase (Ase Boas) na werim raun”, but he usually replied and said: “Mami, em kisim lo strong blo m yah. Mi tu pikinini man so mi ba traim kisim lo strong blo mi; mi kisim mi kisim, nogat, nogat.”(My mum told me to wear his [Ase’s] Agmark Gurias or Kumuls jumper, but I would reply and say that he got all these through hard work and commitment. I am a young man and will play to earn these things; if I get it that’s good and if I don’t, that’s also good as well.)However, it seems Watson has the motivation to follow the path of his big brother and last night, he represented the people of Papua New Guinea and wore the yellow, red and black colours of the Kumuls.
MarceloThe season is on its way to becoming Marcelo’s annus horribilis. At least when it comes to injuries. With the muscular problem in the left soleus that Madrid suffered at the beginning of the month, The Brazilian has had four injuries so far this season. An unprecedented figure in his career and that has not allowed him to stand out this season, although the Brazilian always ends up catching up. Proof of this is that Marcelo appeared on the 11th of the decade for France Football, Sportv, Daily Mail, Goal, Usa Today and Givemesport of the last ten years. One more season, or the Madrid has bad luck at the time of providing competition (Theo, Coentrao or Mendy) or Marcelo has a lot of flower (seeing, for example, that the only one who responded, Reguilón, the club gave him to Sevilla). In any case, the ‘12’ of Real Madrid has to offer its best level again in this 2020. IscoZidane has extracted Isco from the catacombs. The Malaga player, a fashion player in football in recent years, had been ostracized by Solari. “How Isco plays, it’s tremendous,” he tweeted Rudy Fernandez in an exhibition of Malaga as false 9 in Mendizorroza. With the 4-4-2, the famous Cardiff system, Zidane returns to shine the magic lamp of Isco, where it has more possibilities as a hitch than with the 4-3-3. Starting in Bruges, in Mestalla and in the Classic, Isco closed 2019 as hardly imagined during much of the year. “The more you join the party, the more we will laugh,” Luis Enrique launched. JamesRodrygo has passed him on the right. The interest of Atlético in summer, revived the old idyll of the Bernabéu stands by the Colombian. His return to Madrid was like a summer dream. He deluded at first, disappointed later. 2020 will receive James (28 years; contract until 2021) with a new opportunity. The injuries have reduced him this season to make him almost invisible (he is the 21st in minutes of the squad). Since October 22, he has not played with the white shirt for a paternity trip to his country and another injury, surrounded by morbid for asking the club not to publish its parts. BaleHis year was turbulent. He did not take the flag of the goal that Cristiano left, suffered injuries, failed to leave in summer and for autumn he left his surprise trip to London and the famous incident of the flag (‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In That Order’). The result was a historic whistle of the Bernabéu in the visit of the Royal Society (November 24). We’ll see if 2020 decides to amend or remain focused on Wales. Zidane wanted to have sold him in the summer, but the Chinese tale was to leave the club for free, a condition that Florentino Pérez did not accept. Now it is harder to get out: China imposes a salary cap. OdriozolaThe Donostiarra does not convince Zidane and performances such as Mallorca (saw the red and Madrid fell 1-0) have left their status very touched. In addition, it does not favor anything that Achraf has become one of the most complete and effective sides of the Bundesliga. In the comparison he loses, and much Odriozola that cost Madrid 40 million euros. JovicThe shadow of Benzema is very elongated, especially since Cristiano left. Jovic (€ 60M) cost almost twice as much as Benzema (€ 36M) and left a disappointing image in the recently finished 2019. Its current market value is 40 million euros, according to Transfermarkt, a difference of -20 million euros compared to July 1, 2019. He has only enjoyed 423 minutes this season and has scored only one goal. NachoThe canterano has gone down a step in the platoon of central Madrid: now he is the fourth defender Madrid, and has not counted for Zidane. The wicks have not brought him luck in 2019. For the defense it is being a difficult stick to digest not counting for Zidane. He had offers from Seville and Italian football quite appealing to abandon white discipline, but decided to bet on his continuity in Madrid. A sprained knee, suffered before the Bruges, made him miss 11 games (68 days off).
Atlético de Madrid has announced the return of Yannick Carrasco, who will play on loan until the end of the season after passing through the Dalian Yifang of the Chinese Super League. The Belgian, who left in 2018, returns to the rojiblanca discipline to help give air to a squad very depleted by injuries. The Belgian arrives on loan from Dalian Yifang after leaving in 2018 The end, skilled, with a good shot and with the ability to play with both legs, arrived at Atlético de Madrid in the summer of 2015. The Belgian played 124 games with the red and white elastic, with which he scored a total of 23 goals. After leaving in the Chinese winter market of the 17/18 course with Nico Gaitán, Carrasco left for a Dalian Yifang in which he has been a key player, scoring 24 goals in the 54 games he has played.