Month: May 2020

  • No. 3 Sugar Bears Down No. 7 ACU, Advance to Semifinal vs. No. 2 SFA

    first_imgDespite shooting 41 percent from the field and committing 18 turnovers, the Sugar Bears (22-8) clamped down on the Wildcats (16-14), holding them to 32.6 percent shooting one day after ACU scored 88 points in a win over New Orleans. Sporting the second-best scoring defense in the nation, Central Arkansas held the Wildcats to 3-for-13 shooting from beyond the arc while not allowing more than 14 points in a quarter. “Playing half-court (defense) is what we do,” said Jordan, who had 14 points and seven rebounds along with two blocked shots. “Half-court is what is going to carry us through the tournament.” Abilene Christian was limited to only 43 field goal attempts, including just six in the second quarter as they went into the intermission trailing 28-19. The Wildcats had their best offensive spurt of the game at the start of the third quarter behind the shooting of Breanna Wright, whose three-pointer at the 6:44 mark pulled the deficit to 31-26. It would be as close as ACU would reach. A basket from Baudoin was followed by a pair of free throws from Kierra Jordan before Baudoin added another basket to give the Sugar Bears breathing room at 39-28 with 2:25 in the quarter. Trailing 43-33 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Wildcats attempted one last push at the Sugar Bears and trimmed the deficit to 45-39 after Lexi Kirgan’s basket with 8:08 left. Central Arkansas’ defense finally slammed the door by holding Abilene Christian without a basket for more than five minutes. Baudoin and Jordan teamed up to score the first six points for the Sugar Bears but it was Angel Williams’ trey with 48 seconds left that sealed the deal. “This time of year, details are important,” said Rushing. “The little things are going to make a difference.” Central Arkansas now puts its focus on an SFA team that handed the Sugar Bears two of their four defeats in regular season play. The Ladyjacks earned a 59-46 home win on Jan. 24 before going on the road to hold off Central Arkansas 55-50 on Feb. 21.center_img Baudoin scored 20 points as No. 3 Central Arkansas moved a step closer toward a third consecutive tournament title with a hard-fought 54-41 win over No. 7 Abilene Christian, moving the Sugar Bears to Saturday’s semifinal matchup against No. 2 Stephen F. Austin at 3:30 p.m. CT. “Today was almost like a knockdown, drag out,” said ACU coach Julie Goodenough. “It was like neither team was going to score much. I was proud of our defensive effort, but offensively, we just couldn’t get it going. “I thought Abilene took it to us. It didn’t show they had a game (Thursday),” said Central Arkansas coach Sandra Rushing. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Scoring didn’t come easy for either team in Friday’s Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game between Central Arkansas and Abilene Christian. The difference was that the Sugar Bears had Taylor Baudoin. Rushing knows her team will have to step up in a big way from the outset in order to earn a berth in Sunday’s tournament championship game.last_img read more

  • Ladyjacks’ Corona and Kriesel Sweep Weekly Softball Honors

    first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Margarita Corona and Ashley Kriesel are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by drove in six RBI on nine hits, helping Stephen F. Austin (33-17, 17-7 SLC) to a perfect 4-0 record last week. The senior claimed a .750 batting average to go along with a 1.083 slugging percentage. Corona was perfect in her opening two games, hitting 3-for-3 in an 8-2 win over Louisiana-Monroe before following up with a 4-for-4 performance from the plate in a 6-3 game one victory against Northwestern State. She capped the weekend with a two-run home run that boosted the Ladyjacks to a 5-1 win over Northwestern State Saturday afternoon, completing SFA’s third Southland series sweep of the season.Kriesel delivered 11 strikeouts last week to go along with a save and a 1-0 record for the Ladyjacks. The junior righty allowed just three runs on 13.1 innings pitched, limiting her opponents to a .235 batting average. Kriesel dealt a complete-game victory in game two against Northwestern State where she allowed one run.The awards mark the first of the season for both Corona and Kriesel.Softball Hitter of the Week – Margarita Corona, Stephen F. Austin – 1B – Sr. – Tucson, Ariz.Corona tallied nine hits in 12 plate appearances, including clubbing her 12th home run for an SFA single-season program record. After going 3-for-3 and being walked once in SFA’s non-conference finale Wednesday at ULM, Corona hit an RBI single in the top of the seventh to give the Ladyjacks a 7-2 lead.She then went a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBI in the series opener against Northwestern State, stroking a pair of RBI doubles in the bottom of the fifth. Corona added an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to increase the Ladyjacks’ advantage to 5-2.The senior wrapped up her weekend with a 1-for-2, two RBI, performance in game three of the series. Corona crushed a full-count pitch in her first plate appearance of game three for her 12th home run of the season. Her two-run bomb over the left field fence tying the program’s single-season home run record.Honorable Mention: Megan McDonald, Sam Houston State; Samantha Bradley, Abilene Christian; Kali Clement, Nicholls.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Houston, TexasKriesel had an outstanding week inside the circle for the Ladyjacks, picking up her second save of the season by appearing in 1.1 innings of relief to help SFA close out an 8-2 win at ULM Wednesday. Coming in with bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, Kriesel retired four straight batters.She earned her eighth complete game victory of the season in game two of a Friday against Northwestern State, striking out seven of 29 batters faced and allowing just one run. Kriesel capped the weekend, pitching five complete innings with three strikeouts and no walks against NSU.Honorable Mention: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State; Rio Sanchez, Central Arkansas; Emily Danehower, Nicholls; Shelby Sitzman, Southeastern Louisiana.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.last_img read more

  • Bearkats Lifted to Southland Conference Title After Thrilling Final Round

    first_imgPHOTO GALLERY | LEADERBOARDMAGNOLIA, Texas – In what seems to be typical fashion, the 2019 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship came down to the wire Wednesday afternoon at High Meadow Ranch Golf Club in Magnolia, Texas. The tournament was decided on hole No. 18 where Sam Houston State’s Kenlie Barrett registered her 12th par of the afternoon. Barrett’s consistency secured her the individual title while also clinching the Southland Conference title and an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division I Golf Championship for the Bearkats. SHSU was pushed to the very end by the Bears of Central Arkansas, who entered the final round in third place.Sam Houston State claimed the team championship on the shoulders of Barrett, who finished tournament play three strokes under par for a 213. Including Barrett, the Bearkats concluded their week with three competitors finishing among the top 10 individuals.Following the conclusion of round two, Central Arkansas found itself nine strokes out of first place but managed to piece together a furious comeback over the final 18 holes. The Bears’ performance culminated in a team score of 283 (-5) in the final round and 882 (+18) for the tournament, earning the runner-up trophy for the third consecutive season. Senior Emma Svensson led the charge for UCA, tying for third individually with a 218 (+2). Central Arkansas knocked down 37 birdies throughout the tournament, with 16 coming in their final round.Finishing the tournament in third place was Houston Baptist, a team that was in the hunt for the championship until the final three holes where Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas were able to pull away. The Huskies rounded out the championship combining for 884 (+20). HBU also landed a trio of competitors among the top-10 finishers, including Kaity Cummings who tied for third overall, Lexi Brooks who finished sixth and Sara Zrnikova who tied for seventh place.Lamar finished the three-day stretch in fourth place with an 899 (+35). The Cardinals scored 302 on day one and 304 on day two but managed to drop eleven strokes on the final day to conclude the third round with a 293. Elodie Chaplet led the LU squad, tying for seventh place individually with a 221 (+5). Chaplet was one of three players to shoot a 69 in round three and one of six competitors to record an eagle for the tournament.Stephen F. Austin’s Erica Lautensack concluded play notching a 215 (-1) to join SHSU’s Barrett as the only other player to shoot under par for the tournament. Lautensack’s effort placed her second overall and led the Ladyjacks to a final score of 908 and a fifth-place team finish.Senior Erica Lautensack closes out her Ladyjack career in style!How about a program record and a second place finish at the @SouthlandSports Championship ?? ??#AxeEm— Ladyjack Golf (@SFALadyjackGolf) April 17, 2019McNeese (920, +56) jumped one spot in the final day to conclude the tournament in sixth place. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (926, +62) finished in seventh overall, while Incarnate Word (942, +78) took eighth place.Sam Houston State will now await placement in NCAA Regional competition, which will take place May 6-8.last_img read more


    first_imgSANTA ANITA’S MAIN TRACK DEEMED “ONE HUNDRED PERCENT READY” AS TRAINING & RACING TO RESUME ON THURSDAY UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY’S DR. MICK PETERSON CONDUCTS EXTENSIVE GROUND RADAR TESTING WHICH CONFIRMS SOIL SAMPLES ARE CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT ONE MILE OVAL ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2019)–Santa Anita’s one mile main track, which has been closed to training for the past two days, has been deemed “one hundred percent ready,” by Mick Peterson, PhD, who serves as the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Equine Programs, and who evaluates soil samples from Santa Anita on a monthly basis.In addition to soil samples and a thorough examination of the track’s cushion, pad and base,  which was conducted by Peterson and Santa Anita Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco, Peterson employed ground-penetrating radar to ensure uniform consistency throughout the one mile oval.“The ground penetrating radar verified all of the materials, silt, clay and sand, as well as moisture content, are consistent everywhere on this track,” said Peterson on Wednesday afternoon.  “This testing ensures all components, the five-inch cushion, pad and base, are consistent and in good order.“Andy (LaRocco) has inspected the entire oval and has made sure that by pulling the soil (cushion) off and reapplying it, this surface is in fact one hundred percent consistent and ready for training and racing.”Peterson was also quick to note that physical soundness is a seven-day-a-week, 24 hour-a-day challenge which involves a myriad of issues, in addition to a consistent surface.“All of the testing and research we’ve done, worldwide, clearly indicates soundness is multi-factorial,” said Peterson.  “We must approach this challenge with the knowledge that this is always a process and we need to always strive to get better and that no matter how good the results may be, we must get better.“If there are issues, they’re going to be addressed.  The safety of the horses, jockeys and exercise people is our number one priority and always will be.”Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer, The Stronach Group, also addressed the current situation.“At the Stronach Group, we consider the safety and security of the athletes, both equine and human, who race at our facilities, to be our top priority,” said Ritvo.  “All industry stakeholders, including our company, must be held accountable for the safety and security of the horses and we are committed to doing just that.”Santa Anita’s main track will open for training Thursday at 5 a.m. and will remain open until 10 a.m.  The inner training track, which is approximately three quarters of a mile in circumference, will open at 4:45 a.m. and remain open until 10 a.m.First post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 1 p.m.  For additional information, please visit read more


    first_img20 42% EXUBERANCE EYES STAKES GOLD IN BEHOLDER 7 8 59% $482,030 Mark Glatt64 JockeyMts 19 13% William E. Morey56 42% $1,318,904 67% GIFT BOX, THREE OTHERS KEEP SADLER BUSY 36 $1,390,487 J. Keith Desormeaux54 58% $395,527 Flavien Prat176 $1,086,386 34 4 11 28% 10 SADLER EYES REPEAT VICTORY IN BIG ‘CAPJohn Sadler goes for back-to-back victories in the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino a week from Saturday, April 6, when he sends out Gift Box in the track’s marquee race for older horses at a mile and a quarter offering $600,000 in purse money.Sadler won his first Big ‘Cap last year with Accelerate, 2018 Horse of the Year runner-up to undefeated Triple Crown champion Justify.A gray son of Twirling Candy, Gift Box is a six-year-old full horse that won at first asking for Sadler and principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis, taking the Grade II San Antonio Stakes under Joel Rosario last Dec. 26. Gift Box previously had been trained by Chad Brown.“He’s doing really well,” Sadler said. “He has one more work Saturday, seven days out (from the race). He’s all set to go. Joel rides him back.”It will be a busy resumption week for Sadler, who also has Selcourt in the Grade I Beholder Mile, Catapult in the Grade I Kilroe Mile and St. Joe Bay in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes, all this Saturday, with his primary Triple Crown hopeful Nolo Contestowaiting in the wings, “so we’ve got a lot to run.“It looks like Nolo Contesto will go in the Santa Anita Derby (also next Saturday), but we haven’t decided on a jockey yet,” Sadler said.A son of Pioneerof the Nile, Nolo Contesto was second after an eventful trip in an allowance race at Santa Anita on Jan. 30, his first start in two months.Southern California-based three-year-olds have won the Kentucky Derby five of the last seven years, and Sadler sees little reason why that trend can’t continue.“California looks strong again to me with Game Winner and Improbable, and even the horse from up north (Anothertwistafate) ran an exceptionally good race in the Sunland Derby, so California should be right in the mix as per usual.“A lot of the preps are April 6, so it sorts itself out pretty quickly.”Fans will be treated to a stakes bonanza on April 6, with seven added money events worth $2,750,000 on the calendar, topped by the $1 million Santa Anita Derby and the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap.In addition to the 1 ¼-mile Big ‘Cap and the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, each bestowed with Grade I status, Santa Anita will showcase the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks for fillies at 1 1/16 miles; the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs; the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs; the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf; and the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.First post time for the biggest day in racing to date this year will be 12 noon.INSTAGRAND TO SANTA ANITA DERBY, GALILEAN TO ARKANSAS DERBYJerry Hollendorfer has firmed up prep races for his two Triple Crown candidates, Instagrand and Galilean, the former set for the Santa Anita Derby on April 6 and the California-bred Galilean heading to Oaklawn Park for the Arkansas Derby a week later on April 13.Instagrand was a promising third in the March 9 Gotham at Aqueduct after a layoff, while Galilean was third in the first division of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn on March 16.Flavien Prat will ride both three-year-olds, Hollendorfer said.EXUBERANCE SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN GRADE I BEHOLDERExuberance, who finished fourth in two prior Grade I races, seeks her first stakes win in Saturday’s Grade I Beholder Mile, in which she landed post four in a field of seven fillies and mares age three and older.“We’ve got a great draw and I believe she’s doing as well as she was before her last race, but you don’t know until they go,” said Ian Kruljac, who trains the hard-hitting daughter of Archarcharch for Seltzer Thoroughbreds. “She’s doing great.”With several of Santa Anita’s top jockeys fulfilling out of town obligations, and with her previous rider, Tyler Baze, opting for Selcourt in the Beholder, Kruljac has engaged Hall of Fame member and Triple Crown winner Victor Espinoza to pilot Exuberance, who won her last start by a widening six lengths despite bobbling at the start from the number one post position.The Beholder, race nine of 10 with a 1 p.m. first post time: Secret Spice, Geovanni Franco, 6-1; Selcourt, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Paradise Woods, Evin Roman, 6-1; Exuberance, Victor Espinoza, 15-1; Marley’s Freedom, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-5; Just a Smidge, Asa Espinoza, 10-1; and Mopotism, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1.KILROE MILE PART OF FULL DAY FOR D’AMATOWith eight horses entered Saturday at Santa Anita, Phil D’Amato will be one of the busiest trainers on the grounds, if not the busiest, but his focus will be on the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf and the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on the main track.D’Amato sends out Hunt in the Kilroe and Touching Rainbows in the San Carlos.Hunt, a seven-year-old Irish-bred gelding owned by Michael House, is coming off a seventh-place finish going about 6 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course Jan. 27, but stretching out to a mile is well within his wheelhouse, as he won the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on grass last May.“We would have liked to seen more out of him from his last race, but the course was so fast that day the horses running one-two-three from the gate stayed that way all the way to the finish,” D’Amato said. “Nobody really made up ground.“But if anything, that race put a little air into him and I think the mile is his best distance. We’re looking to see the old Hunt reappear.”Touching Rainbows, a six-year-old California-bred gelding that won California Cup Sprint on Jan. 26, faces open company in the San Carlos.“He’s been sitting on go for a while,” D’Amato said of the son of the Irish-bred stallion Aragorn. “We’ve been pointing for this race. He was ready three weeks ago and hopefully he’ll be ready Saturday.”As to having eight entered Saturday, D’Amato said, “We’ve been sitting on these horses for a while, like everyone else, and we’re just excited to get them running.”The Kilroe Mile, race five: Hunt, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Ohio, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Desert Stone, Geovanni Franco, 8-1; Catapult, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-5; Next Shares, Kent Desormeaux, 3-1; and River Boyne, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2.SAN CARLOS RAIL SHOULDN’T BOTHER KANTHAKAEven though Kanthaka has won going seven furlongs from the rail before, capturing the Grade II San Vicente Stakes last February, if Jerry Hollendorfer had his druthers, he’d prefer not to be in post position one for Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs.But if there’s one thing the Hall of Fame trainer has coped with in his storied career is how to roll with the punches, and in a game short on ups and long on downs, he looks at the glass as half full for Kanthaka, who is owned by West Point Thoroughbreds.“Ideally, I don’t think trainers like to draw inside, but I don’t think it will hurt this horse,” Hollendorfer said of the four-year-old son of Jimmy Creed, who is three for four at the distance, all at Santa Anita.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Improbable galloping (Baffert) -3-27-19Pricing works 4 furlongs (Proctor) -3-27-19Rye works 5 furlongs (Morey) -3-27-19Big ‘Cap Memories: Mike Smith talks about his three wins in the Santa Anita HandicapBig Cap Memories:  Gary Stevens reminisces on his 1990 Santa Anita Handicap victory aboard RuhlmannBig Cap Memories:  Frank Mirahmadi describes Farma Way’s win in the 1991 Santa Anita HandicapBig Cap Memories:  Tim Yakteen describes Sir Beaufort’s thrilling victory in the 1993 Santa Anita HandicapBig ‘Cap Memories: Sean McCarthy  looks back to 1982 at John Henry’s win in the Santa Anita HandicapBig ‘Cap Memories: Bob Baedeker says nothing beats Spectacular Bid’s victory in 1980Big ‘Cap Memories: Ron McAnally  takes us back to the 1981 Santa Anita HandicapGame Winner (Inside) in company with  Dr.Dorr work 4 furlongs (Baffert) -3-26-19Roadster works 6 furlongs (Baffert) -3-26-19Nolo Contesto (Outside) in company with  Foxtail work 6 furlongs (Sadler) -3-23-19Gift Box works 6 furlongs (Sadler) -3-23-19The San Carlos, race six: Kanthaka, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Ax Man, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Touching Rainbows, Tiago Pereira, 6-1; St. Joe Bay, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; $5,000 supplementalnominee Zatters, Geovanni Franco, 12-1;  Dr. Dorr, Tyler Baze, 7-2; and Solid Wager, Martin Pedroza, 5-1. 23 Hector O. Palma45 28 11 13 17 Heriberto Figueroa168 Geovanni Franco175 18 $1,053,077 17% 31 $873,075 18 21 6 11 13 33% $370,998 $1,118,428 49% $467,489 40% 34% Mike Smith69 29% 17% 57% 15 25 13 49% $1,103,833 21% 3rd 13% 12 Ruben Fuentes84 $2,751,718 12 10% 23 12 12% 60% 55% 23 $807,044 $784,428 11 13 10% 41% 16% Joseph Talamo126 14% 16 Bob Baffert62 Peter Miller103 $890,481 10 1st Rafael Bejarano133 12 9 8 18% Vladimir Cerin49 49% Mario Gutierrez98 8 2 Richard Mandella38 23 63% Drayden Van Dyke131 6 28 20 $587,067 $246,081 Win% 35% 45% 32% 34 11% 37% 9 11 8 7 8 13% $1,071,024 23 46 26 $2,545,756 4 10center_img 7 51% 24% Doug O’Neill161 8 26 11 13 7 $1,424,512 26 19% William Spawr22 Edwin Maldonado65 14% 2 $1,125,588 John Sadler72 20 10 Peter Eurton44 ITM%         Money Won 16 8 Trainer                             Sts1st2nd3rdWin%In$%Money Won 18 20 40% 38% (Current Through Sunday, March 3) 18% 4 Jeff Mullins47 16 16 $1,103,457 20 41% $272,018 41% 10 26% 55% 52% 19 3 15% 37% Assael Espinoza113 7 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $243,390 15% 8 Joel Rosario207 17% 8 16% 27 8 KANTHAKA CAN OVERCOME SAN CARLOS RAIL 11 10 13% Agapito Delgadillo56 51 25% 11 Tyler Baze186 Tiago Pereira146 INSTAGRAND IS SET FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY 46% $694,744 Simon Callaghan31 7 9 43% $481,127 $974,970 5 16% 2 11% Jerry Hollendorfer85 $495,277 12 9 13 7 16 20% 2nd 9 $307,251 50% 45% 9 Kent Desormeaux90 Aaron Gryder54 10 Steve Knapp49 $202,634 32% 14 9 16% HUNT SEARCHES FOR WIN IN GRADE I KILROE 19% 9 17 $1,056,800 21 14% 41% $329,972 Richard Baltas104 50% 52% 40% Philip D’Amato88 $296,979 22 $493,848 25 17% 2 18 3 $195,526last_img read more


    first_imgOMAHA BEACH, ROADSTER & COMPLEXITY ALL PROMINENT IN GRADE I, $300,000 RUNHAPPY MALIBU STAKES ON SATURDAYMALIBU IS ONE OF SIX GRADED STAKES ON OPENING DAY, FIRST POST TIME AT 11 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2019)–The morning line favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby, Richard Mandella’s Omaha Beach rates top billing in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Runhappy Malibu Stakes, one of four graded offerings on opening day at The Great Race Place.  The Runhappy Malibu, for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, has attracted a field of five, including this year’s Santa Anita Derby winner, Roadster and Chad Brown’s Grade I winning Complexity, who ships in from his South Florida base.OMAHA BEACHOwner:  Fox Hill Farms, Inc.Trainer:  Richard MandellaA striking dark bay or brown colt by War Front, Omaha Beach, who took both the Grade II Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby this past spring at Oaklawn Park, was forced to miss the Kentucky Derby due to an entrapped epiglottis.  Following surgery and a lengthy rehab, Omaha Beach resurfaced in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 5 and he prevailed by a head over eventual Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Shancelot.  Subsequently second as the even money favorite in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here on Nov. 2, Omaha Beach will be making his final Southern California start on Thursday, as he’s due to be retired to stud following the Grade I, $ 3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.ROADSTEROwner:  Speedway Stable, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertWinless in four starts since winning the Santa Anita Derby on April 6, this grey colt by Quality Road was a disappointing fourth as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 23 and will thus be cutting back in distance from a mile and one eighth.  A close third to stablemate Game Winner in his only try at seven furlongs, the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 3, Roadster has trained well for the Malibu and will get the services of Joel Rosario.COMPLEXITYOwner:  Klaravich Stables, Inc.Trainer:  Chad BrownA winner of the Grade I Champagne Stakes going a one turn mile at Belmont Park in only his second start at age two, Complexity was then distanced in both the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2, 2018 and the Grade I Woody Stephens at Belmont Park two starts back on June 9.  Subsequently freshened by Brown, Complexity exits a freakish 7 ¼ length win going seven furlongs in a second condition allowance at Aqueduct Nov. 20.THE GRADE I RUNHAPPY MALIBU STAKES FROM THE RAIL OUTRace 9 of 11 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PT Much Better–Flavien Prat–120Complexity–Javier Castellano–120Manny Wah–Channing Hill–120Roadster–Joel Rosario–122Omaha Beach–Mike Smith–124Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11 a.m.  Admission gates open at 9 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

  • Foran named in reserves for Warriors

    first_imgCaptain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been named to return this week while Tuimoala Lolohea moves back to the right wing where he started the season. Ken Maumalo switches back to the left wing to replace veteran Manu Vatuvei who was forced off with knee trouble in his first 2017 NRL outing last week.For the full story, go to warriors.kiwiWarriors1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (C)2 Tuimoala Lolohea3 David Fusitu’a4 Solomone Kata5 Ken Maumalo6 Mafoa’aeata Hingano7 Shaun Johnson8 Albert Vete9 Issac Luke10 Jacob Lillyman11 Bodene Thompson12 Ryan Hoffman13 Simon ManneringInterchange:14 Erin Clark15 Charlie Gubb16 Sam Lisone17 Bunty AfoaReserves:18 James Gavet20 Ligi Sao21 Blake Ayshford22 Kieran Foranlast_img read more

  • FC POM whacks Rapatona 2-0 in NSL

    first_imgFC Pom defeated Rapatona 2-0 in round three of the Southern Conference double header.Hans scored the first goal for his team after a penalty was given for player obstruction in the 43rd minute to take the score to 1-0 at half time.The second half was intense as Rapatona beefed up its attack but Pom’s strong backline prevented them from scoring.Another foul play by Rapatona gave strong kicker Hans another opportunity and he scored straight into the net 10 minutes into the second half to make it 2-0.The pressure was on but Pom maintained pace and after several missed attempts settled for 2-0 victory at full time.In other results, Gigira Laitepo drew with Huaweii Ps 1-1 and in Lae, Welgris defeated Besta PNG United 2-0 while Admiralty and Lae City Dwellers were scoreless. At the National Sports Institute, Madang FC defeated home team Goroka 3-0.Round three matches continue tomorrow.last_img read more

  • PNG HP partners with The Voice

    first_imgThe partnership was made official last week with a signing between the two organisations.The partnership sets out four important agreements which are; 1. Cross Promotion,     2..Development Workshop/Programs, 3. Networking Events and Community ActivitiesSports Director of PNG HP, Aaron Alsop said the PNG HP Sport was really excited to partner with the team from The Voice Inc.“They are a reputable organisation that are leading the way in conducting leadership programs for young people in PNG.“Our sport industry identifies many natural leaders. It’s important that we continue to strategically develop & mentor PNG coaches, athletes & administrators in life & leaderships skills.“The Voice Inc will support us to do this with their wonderful programs across each of our regional High Performance Centre’s of Excellence,” said Alsop.Executive Director for the TVI, Barbra Thomas said she was also very was excited about the partnership saying the organization has a vision to see generations of young people driven by purpose, confident in themselves, and being able to contribute meaningfully to their communities.“We’re really excited to have signed this partnership with the High Performance Sport centre in Port Moresby because we recognise the importance of sports in the development of young people who are, I can say are a majority of athletes in sport,” said Thomas.She added that at the Voice, they believe in the power of an enabling environment, and that the program is a powerful environment for young elite sportsmen and sportswomen to come in and be trained and be pushed towards their potential.“We believe that through this program they can be also be developed holistically as a person as well, and we believe that working in partnership with the High Performance, we will be able to see amazing young people, not just amazing athletes, but amazing citizens, come out of this program.“I guess this is what PNG needs and we believe in adding value where we can that is why we are here and we are excited to have signed this partnership today,” said Thomas.last_img read more

  • Real Madrid-Sevilla The blessing is Casemiro

    first_imgIt was the afternoon of Casemiro, the tribute to a footballer that coaches hug more than the headlines, the industrial estate that allows a Bolshoi around it to be sustainable. He knocked down Sevilla as a guard nine in a close game between two teams that produce little above. Too it was a VAR afternoon, which got in the way when nobody called him to cancel a goal against Sevilla and then covered himself to grant another after Munir’s previous hand.Ten titles and an almost supernatural condition (fallen from the sky, according to Florentino Pérez’s revelation) offer Zidane a license for everything, including put a bizarre attack with Lucas Vázquez, Jovic and Rodrygo. A trident full of messages. The first is that Benzema arrived at the miracle match. The second, that Vinicius travels as a squad, seen unfairly. The third, that Bale is in the last. Leaving it in the stands on an afternoon of so many straits sounded like throwing the towel with a player who has been losing attributes rapidly: he started for health, followed by appearances and ended up with the goal, his nail burning. The punch and expectations are gone.That eleven took off the middle of the field, the only truly classic of the lineup, and there he wanted to strain Lopetegui Sevilla, by adding a second means of containment, Gudelj, to give even more flight to its sides, Navas and Reguilón, the most active of the championship, and greater freedom to Banega, the hand that rocks this cradle.The Madrid accused the lack of vital organs: Ramos, at the exit of the ball; Valverde, whose absences are already perceived as energy crises; Benzema, without which he loses associative property; Hazard, his touch of distinction. Everything was extremely expensive for Madrid, which won the bet of the ball and lost that of the depth. Lucas Vázquez seems to have lost his extreme powers, Rodrygo starts much more than he ends and with Jovic insistence therapy doesn’t work with which Zidane tries to return him to the surface. Everything that Madrid undertook before the break died on the edge of the area.Back, however, even without Ramos or Mendy, remains intact. He protected the bands well and allowed Sevilla little, which in half an hour of play saw how the VAR ran to the aid of Madrid to cancel a goal to De Jong, with a spectacular header to the corner kick taken by Banega. The Dutchman saw himself favored by a basketball blockade with a slight movement from Gudelj to Militao, a semi-personal pivot almost in the small area. A play of grays that fell outside the limits of video arbitration at the beginning. Today that border is very blurred and, therefore, the complaints of Seville are more than justified. The feeling that remains is that Militao wanted to cross a wall and that it was necessary to go to the microscope to discover the infraction. ChangesBenzema (61 ‘, Jovic), Vinicius Junior (61 ‘, Rodrygo), Youssef En-Nesyri (65 ‘, Munir), Ferland Mendy (70 ‘, Marcelo), Óliver Torres (74 ‘, Franco Vázquez), Marcos Lopes (79 ‘, Banega) Goals1-0, 56 ‘: Casemiro, 1-1, 63 ‘: Luuk de Jong, 2-1, 68 ‘: Casemiro Then, the game had already changed hands because Madrid was lost in that heavy industry led by Fernando. The white trident was ghost, without overflow, without arrival, without spark. And nothing came from the bands either, because Carvajal was inaccurate and because Marcelo has lost bells. Only Modric held the team flag.Casemiro changes everythingAnd at the worst moment, Madrid found an almost unusual goal. Jovic, heel, in his only notable action, put Casemiro ahead, which he defined with the finesse of a nine, saving Vaclik’s exit with a chopped touch. For the first time since he was a widower of Cristiano, Madrid feels that the midfielders are for the cause. The match seemed downhill for Madrid, especially with the arrival of reinforcements (Benzema and Vinicius), but Sevilla immediately tied with another court play: De Jong applied a great left-footed shot taking advantage of the fact that Munir had killed his ball from the ground with his elbow. An involuntary hand but, for being played goal, clearly punishable. It was the parenthesis on the afternoon of glory of Casemiro, the guard nine. There, in the field of the best Christian, he applied a header at the center measured by Lucas Vázquez, who again put Madrid ahead. It was the first double in the career of a diamond football player for all who have trained him. The good is not always beautiful.Sevilla then recalculated the route, packed the team in a 3-5-2 and lent itself to a more open match, the perfect habitat for Vinicius, now several steps above its competitors except for Zidane. He cheered the end of a match that Casemiro will keep in the memory because he is also a blessing from heaven. CardsReferee: Juan Martínez MunueraVAR Referee: César Soto GradoModric (36 ‘, Yellow) Banega (53 ‘, Yellow) Carvajal (86 ‘, Yellow) Casemiro (87 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more

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