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. 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 17 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – For the fourth time this season, Nicholls junior Cassidy Barrios is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Nicholls (14-13, 9-7 SLC) is currently tied for sixth in the conference standings as the team prepares to close out its regular season against Northwestern State (7-20, 2-14 SLC) at home Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT and at Southeastern Louisiana (18-19, 7-9 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls – Jr. – Guard – Raceland, La.Barrios continues to be the Colonels’ most valuable player, turning in another pair of 20-point games to lead Nicholls to double-digit victories in their two home games last week. In wins against rivals McNeese and New Orleans, the Raceland, La., native averaged 22.5 points on 50 percent from the field and 6-of-11 from three-point range. She added 9.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.5 steals. Barrios started the week with her league-high 13th overall double-double against McNeese and nearly recorded another with 20 points and eight rebounds against UNO. She enters the final week of the regular season ranked third in the Southland in scoring, rebounding, free throw percentage, and three-point field goal percentage, second in steals and blocks, seventh in assists and ninth in field goal percentage. Barrios previously earned the award this season on Nov. 13, Jan. 8 and Feb. 12. Honorable Mention: DeA’ngela Mathis, Lamar; Brittany Mbamalu, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Randi Brown, New Orleans.
FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Micah Larkins and Houston Baptist’s Scott Boon are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.The award marks the second of the season for Larkins after the senior competed at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, over the weekend. Larkins took first place overall in the 100-meter dash with a 10.11 time while also boosting the Demons to a fourth-place team finish in the 4x100m relay with a 40.22 clip.Boon, a freshman, took on the field in the decathlon for Houston Baptist also at the Texas Relays. He concluded the event with an eighth-place individual finish after compiling 7,207 points.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Micah Larkins, Northwestern State – Sr. – Princeton, La.Won the 100m dash finals with the third-best current time in the country of 10.11. The next day, Larkins’ 4×100 relay finished fourth overall.Honorable Mention: Ryan Cleary, Abilene Christian; Denim Rogers, Houston Baptist; Jordan Rowe, Lamar.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Scott Boon, Houston Baptist – Fr. – Dronten, NetherlandsPlaced 8th at the Texas Relays, breaking the program record in the decathlon by nearly 250 points. He ranks 8th in the West region and 9th nationally. His effort earned him a program record in the pole vault (4.70m/15-5.0) to go with improved PRs in the javelin (50.27m/164-11) and the 100m dash (11.14).Honorable Mention: Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian; Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin; Rodney Littlejohn, Incarnate Word.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.
MO FORZA & NEPTUNE’S STORM HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 MATHIS BROTHERS MILE (TURF), WHICH HAS ATTRACTED A FIELD OF 11 SOPHOMORESMATHIS IS ONE OF SIX GRADED STAKES ON POWERFUL OPENING DAY CARD SATURDAY, FIRST POST TIME IS SET FOR 11 A.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2019)–Bred and owned in-part by former trainer Barry Abrams, Mo Forza, a Kentucky-bred colt by Uncle Mo out of the Unusual Heat mare Inflamed, looms the horse to beat in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) at Santa Anita.The Mathis Brothers Mile, which has attracted a field of 11 three-year-olds, also includes the Richard Baltas-trained Neptune’s Storm, who has been narrowly defeated by the top choice in his last two starts, Zayat Stables’ nearly unbeaten Bob and Jackie and trainer Leonard Powell’s French-bred Proud Pedro.MO FORZAOwner: Bardy Farm & OG BossTrainer: Peter MillerWith all eight of his lifetime starts coming on grass, Mo Forza broke his maiden at a mile on turf here three starts back on Sept. 29. Off at 18-1 in the Grade II Twilight Derby going 1 1/8 miles on turf Nov. 2, he pressed the pace and prevailed by 1 ¾ lengths. The 5-2 favorite in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Nov. 30, he kept Neptune’s Storm at bay late to win by three quarters of length and is thus strictly the horse to beat on Saturday.NEPTUNE’S STORMOwner: CYBT, Gevertz, Gitomer, et alTrainer: Richard BaltasIn what has been an incredible year, this Kentucky-bred colt by Stormy Atlantic has never been off the board in 10 starts, winning four, while second or third three times each. A three quarter length winner going 1 1/8 miles on turf three starts back in the Grade II Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park Oct. 5, he was third beaten two lengths by Mo Forza in the Grade II Twilight Derby and nearly scored in gate to wire fashion while second to “Mo” in the Grade I Hollywood Derby.THE GRADE II MATHIS BROTHERS MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 10 of 11 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTSash–Drayden Van Dyke–120Originaire–Umberto Rispoli–120Ocean Fury–Flavien Prat–120Never Easy–Rafael Bejarano–120Mo Forza–Joel Rosario–124Neptune’s Storm–Abel Cedillo–124Kingly–Mario Gutierrez–122Proud Pedro–Tyler Baze–120Barristan The Bold–Javier Castellano–120Loafers Boy–Tiago Pereira–120Bob and Jackie–Heriberto Figueroa–122Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
MOST 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 himThe players took Poch and his staff out for a slap-up meal in London’s Mayfair on Thursday night.Poch said: “It was very kind of them to invite the coaching staff and different people who help the team.“In the dynamic of the group, this team bonding makes the group stronger.“Medium to long term it will help a lot.” TOTTENHAM’S decision to bare all for the cameras has left boss Mauricio Pochettino feeling like Steven Spielberg.As if he did not have enough on his plate, Poch now has a film crew following him 24/7.2 Tottenham boss Pochettino says he feels like Spielberg… but Amazon documentary is an added complicationSpurs’ season is in danger of turning into a disaster movie after chairman Daniel Levy allowed Amazon access all areas for a fly-on-the-wall documentary.The timing is lousy and the Argentine will be hoping it has a happy ending — even though his campaign has so far been mostly a horror show.Poch said: “When the club agreed the deal with Amazon, of course we were worried about it. It is not easy to have the camera in your office.“It’s about how you handle the situation.“It is so complicated and another thing to worry about.“Of course, it adds a lot to the job. If we were busy before we are super busy now. To plan every day, everything is not an easy job.“I said in the summer I felt I was not a manager any more, I was a coach.“Now I feel I am a coach, manager and producer. Like Spielberg, yes — well, nearly.”Screen stars will tell you timing is everything, so why Spurs agreed to let cameras in this season is baffling.After Close Encounters with glory in previous seasons, when it seemed Poch was taking the club Back To The Future, they pick a campaign that has so far been a Temple Of Doom.Money played a key part but Spurs would have been seduced by the chance to repeat the success of Manchester City’s documentary Fight ’Til The End.Etihad boss Pep Guardiola and his players earned rave reviews for the series, winning them plaudits and opportunities, not only in this country but beyond. Spurs will be hoping for the same.The difference is, of course, that City were filmed as they won the Premier League.2But Tottenham are appearing during the toughest spell of Poch’s reign. Amazon probably cannot predict which genre the show will be screened under — sport, reality, thriller, action, disaster, horror, comedy — whoknows?One thing is for sure, it is certain to be must-see.And the irony is, Pochettino’s first Spurs trophy could turn out to be a Bafta!He added: “The most important thing is to live the reality, not to try and generate something that is not real.“What the people are going to love to see is that we are normal people. I hope there is a happy ending.”Tottenham go to Liverpool tomorrow in good heart after their 5-0 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade.
IT has been a three-month race to the bottom.And it does not look as if it will end any time soon.7 Solsjkaer, Emery and Pochettino are up the creek without a paddleCredit: Lovatto7 Arsenal have won four of their first 11 Premier League games this seasonCredit: Rex FeaturesWhile Liverpool and Manchester City are fighting for the crown, and Chelsea have made light of their transfer ban, the other three members of the Big Six are looking anything but Champions League contenders.For Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, it is already threatening to unravel completely.Disunity among the players, a disconnect with the fans – and doubts over the futures of all three managers.Talk of crisis may not, yet, be entirely accurate, in any of the cases.All three clubs, though, do seem to be teetering on the brink of the abyss, their seasons stuck at those “sliding doors” moments where the next crucial incident could become make or break.And the bragging rights issues that normally lead to chest-beating have been replaced by questions over which of the three is in the deepest pit.Wednesday’s thumping win in Belgrade, their first on away soil since that astonishing night in Amsterdam in May, gave Spurs a little breathing space.But Mauricio Pochettiono and his players do not need telling the heat will be back on, and even heavier, if they fail to beat Sheffield United.All season, Spurs have been poor. Beyond poor, in fact.No cohesion, on or off the pitch, with too many of Pochettino’s squad aware the manager has post faith in them and the Argentine, in turn, painfully able to recognise he still needs to use the key squad members he no longer wants.The manner in which so many Spurs fans have turned on Christian Eriksen, pin-pointing him, above all, for the club’s downturn in form, is symbolic.7 Spurs have picked up just 13 points from 11 league games this termCredit: Rex FeaturesIt is fair, more than fair, to suggest the Dane has been pretty woeful. Indeed, each time you think he could never play worse, he seems determined to prove you wrong.But Eriksen is not alone – and the common link between the most under-performing players is them being in the final year of their current deals.In recent weeks, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, the critical element and defensive partnership of the Pochettino era, appear to have “got old” overnight, no longer able to deal with fleet-footed – or even moderately-paced – attackers.And on the left, Danny Rose’s focus has been increasingly awry.It was, some may suggest, no surprise that, playing without Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen – and with summer recruits Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele starting together for the first time, Spurs scored four in Serbia.An easy correlation. But, perhaps, a false one – after all, Red Star demonstrated a fortnight ago in N17 that they were, indeed, as bad as they appeared on Wednesday.Yet Daniel Levy’s recent comments have underlined the fact that he is backing the manager rather than – as United did when Jose Mourinho asked the question last year – the players.Spurs’ top four hopes are, at best, flickering, so poorly have they started.They do, though, retain the permanent goal threat of Harry Kane – who will overtake Martin Chivers as the club’s third-highest all-time scorer when he next nets – and the pace and determination of Heung-min Son.Add in the seeming rejuvenation of Dele Alli and it suggests Poch might yet be able to salvage something from the wreckage.7At Arsenal, by contrast, despite the Prem table which suggests things should be rosier, they do not seem to be.Another lost lead in Portugal on Wednesday afternoon – the fact that the Gunners were playing in the curtain raiser to the games that mattered across Europe said much – put further scrutiny on Unai Emery.Last week’s Granit Xhaka debacle has not exactly aided Emery’s case and the fans who developed a taste for mutiny during the latter stages of Arsene Wenger’s reign have the same flavour on their lips.The limitations of Arsenal’s defence are clear: only Aston Villa and Norwich have had more shots against them per game in the Prem this season.Emery was supposed to sort these problems out. He appears to have made them worse.Stats, of course, are what you make of them. It is a fact that Arsenal have lost just one of their last 14 games since that defeat at Liverpool in August (if you take the Carabao Cup shoot-out loss as a statistical draw, that is).But it is also a fact that their only win in the last six was the late comeback against Guimaraes last month.Four straight draws in all competitions, all from matches in which they led. Not good enough.The mood music is equally, if not more, of a concern. Something is wrong, clearly. And nobody seems convinced that it will be put right.Defeat at in-form and deeply impressive Leicester on Saturday evening would see the Gunners NINE points adrift of third and probably fourth – with Chelsea hosting Palace – and in serious danger of tumbling out of the top six.That might, indeed, prove the tipping point.7Yet arguably the bigger mess of the lot is 200 miles or so to the north.Irrespective of what happens in the Europa League this week, nobody can argue that things are good for United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Every step forward, such as the performances against Liverpool and Norwich, seems to be swiftly followed by a couple in reverse.United were limp and listless at Bournemouth as they slumped to a miserable defeat at the weekend.Faith in the Norwegian appears increasingly confined to Solskjaer himself, his coaching team and Ed Woodward.Not the supporters, even though many of them are desperate for him to crack it.The board appears to agree that there are too many overpaid players who need to go. But there is a lot of work to do.It is hard to see exactly what the Solskjaer philosophy is supposed to be and moans about the depth of his squad fall hollow given the sheer amount United have spent since Fergie left in 2013.Brighton will, of course, be underdogs this weekend. After all, they have NEVER won in 12 previous visits to Old Trafford and their last draw was in 1983.Were that run to end on Sunday, the repercussions could be severe.7LATEST MAN UTD 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 FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingPicturedTRAINING DAYFernandes back in his Mini while Pogba arrives for training in yellow FerrariMARCSMANWatch Rashford floor Man Utd team-mates with ‘naughty’ bit of skill in trainingPicturedHOMER WINEngland and Dortmund star Sancho shows off new Simpsons and Sonic tattoosGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansEven if not, United look further aware from returning to their “perch” than at any time since Ferguson himself talked about evicting Liverpool from it in the 80s.For United, that is a crisis – for the club believes it is defined by success, not failure.That hole looks deeper, and darker, then either of the ones in North London.Illustration by Lovatto7This Saturday’s Premier league sees Chelsea take on Crystal Palace and Leicester v Arsenal
Howe could also be in the running and despite staying loyal to Bournemouth since 2012, the 41-year-old would find the challenge of managing Spurs too difficult to resist.Ancelotti boasts an incredible CV including from his time at Chelsea when he won the Premier League and FA Cup in 2010.Jose Mourinho is also believed to be one of the candidates on the shortlist.The Portuguese has been without a job since leaving Manchester United almost a year ago and is thought to be holding out for the north London job.2 Pochettino is under immense pressure at TottenhamCredit: AFP or licensorsTottenham would be crazy to sack Pochettino despite form slump, insists ex-boss Harry Redknapp TOTTENHAM are considering a move for RB Leipzig’s highly-rated coach Julian Nagelsmann, according to reports.Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and current Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti are also on chairman Daniel Levy’s shortlist after AXING Mauricio Pochettino.2 Julian Nagelsmann is being lined up to replace PochettinoCredit: Getty – ContributorDespite guiding Spurs to the Champions League final last season, Pochettino was dismissed following a difficult start to the season.The 47-year-old has overseen just 25 points from the last 24 matches and they currently sit 14th in the Premier League.There are also rumours of a rift with Levy over a lack of transfer activity in the summer.But according to the Times, a contingency plan is already in place and at the top of their shortlist is Nagelsmann.The 32-year-old German worked wonders with Hoffenheim before taking over as Leipzig coach where they currently sit second in the Bundesliga.He jumped into management with Hoffenheim aged just 28, ensured survival and then qualified for the Champions League the following season.Nagelsmann also fits the managerial requirements that Levy prefers as a young, talented coach with a new and exciting philosophy.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City vs Chelsea, Rangers and Man Utd scores this coming weekend and win £100most 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’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids
With three teams having left the 18-team four-conference competition is now a 15-team, three-conference format.Gone are South African sides the Southern Kings and Cheetahs, who have joined the European Pro14 competition, and Australian team the Western Force.Next year each team will play 16 conference matches, with eight matches within their own conference home and away, then four matches against teams from each of the other two conferences.The change means South African team and this year’s losing finalists the Lions, who didn’t play any New Zealand team during the regular season in 2017, will play four New Zealand sides next season.The 2018 competition starts on February 17th when the South African Conference kicks-off with the Stormers hosting the Jaguars in Cape Town. The Lions, runners-up the last two years, host the Sharks in Johannesburg, while Bulls have a bye.The Australian and New Zealand Conferences will kick-off a week later in round two. Defending champions the Crusaders opening the defence of their title at home against the Chiefs and the Highlanders hosting the Blues. The Hurricanes begin their season with a clash against the Bulls in Pretoria.The Brumbies, last year’s Australian Conference winner, open the season against the Sunwolves in Tokyo who are now positioned in the Australian Conference.The Lions and Crusaders will play a rematch of this year’s final in Johannesburg on April 1.There will be 120 regular-season matches, then eight teams will qualify for the finals. The final is on August 4.
The ten U16 PNG Binatangs who were selected to form Team South Pacific are getting intensive training to prepare for the National U16 championships at Australia’s Gold Coast. The annual championship will be held from July 5-14 bringing the best footy players from around Australia and the South Pacific region.The PNG boys were selected by AFL Queensland along with 15 other highly skilled athletes from New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Nauru and Vanuatu boys.Selection of the team was made during the recent South Pacific Cup that was held in Coffs Harbour, Australia. PNG’s U16 Coca-Cola Binatangs retained the title for the second consecutive year.AFL Pacific development officer and coach of the South Pacific team, Ben Drew confirmed that all the players will be training in their respective countries and provinces here in PNG.Drew said they were given a training program from the South Pacific coaching panel to prepare well before travelling to Australia in July.“Each of the players was given a fitness regime to help them in areas that need improvement.“They know their strengths and weaknesses and the training program is a guide to help them to keep improving their skills.“What we want them to focus on is to keep improving their kicking, marking and handballing.“Even areas of contact skills, defence, forward, ruck and midfield strategies need to be maintained and improved every day,” he said.Drew said it’s not a massive fitness regime but enough to help them improve their skill work and physical fitness.Drew said earlier that the players will have to familiarise themselves with each other’s game and learn how to communicate well on the field because that’s very important.The trip to the Gold Coast includes a pre-tour training from July 5-7, high performance camp with the actual championship starting on the July 7-14.
The 22 year old has increased her personal tally in the XV Pacific Games to three gold medals.She was part of the successful PNG women’s 4x400m relay team and also grabbed gold in the 800m individual event.While team mate Sharon Kwarula clocked 60.17s, for silver and repeating her performance in the 2011 Pacific Games where she finished behind Betty Burua (PNG). And finishing third for the bronze medal was Malia Maketalena Tongia of Tonga 61.89sBurua was unable to defend her title after injuring herself in the 100m hurdles yesterday.“I feel down for Betty and dedicate my win to her,” Koniel said after winning the event. PNG maintains its dominance in the women’s 400m hurdle winning gold in the last three Pacific Games.
Already in the use of the word, Bangoura said that “I am very happy to be here and to be able to help the team”. He also stressed that “I’m fine to play, I’m available to the coach and if he puts me today I can play now.” As for the situation of Lugo, the end wanted to emphasize that “I have seen the team well, very close and with the idea that everything will work out”. He also stressed that “the times I came to play Lugo I liked the team and now I want to contribute here”. He wanted to be positive despite the bad Bangoura qualifying situation, noting that “The work that is being done is good, I believe that with work and patience everything will work out”he sentenced. Lass Bangoura already acts as albivermello. In his presentation, the sports director of the CD Lugo, Manolo Mandía, highlighted the Guinean who “He is a player who comes to increase the competition in the band positions, besides being a profile that we did not have in the squad”, wishing you “reach your best level, because if you get it it will help us a lot and it will be important to achieve our goal”. Finally, he resumed the word Mandiá who, questioned by the possibility of Aaron Ñiguez joining the Lugo, said that “At the moment we continue to see him in training, he will continue a little and then we will all sit down to see the decision we made”, and valued the closure of the winter market assuming that “for us the winter market is always difficult and this year our situation is also not attractive”, despite which “I think we signed the profiles we were looking for, they are young players who are going to contribute a lot, “he said.