Imani Johnson* Stephen F. Austin Sr. 3.36 Management Name School Class GPA Major Breanna Wright2 Abilene Christian Jr. 3.53 English – Teaching Dominique Golightly Abilene Christian Jr. 3.35 Elementary Education Chastadie Barrs*2 Lamar Gr. 3.53 Communications FRISCO, Texas – For the second-straight year, Nicholls guard Cassidy Barrios is the 2018-19 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Thursday along with the all-academic selections. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Barrios, now a three-time All-Academic team selection, led Nicholls to their first-ever 20-win season as the Colonels rounded out the year at 20-12 overall and 14-4 in Southland play. The senior was named a first team all-conference and a Southland All-Defensive team selection in her senior campaign. Barrios averaged 20.6 points per game, while leading the Southland averaging 10.8 rebounds per contest. Additionally, she tabbed a conference-best 19 double-doubles, which ranked 11th in the NCAA. The Raceland, La., native was one of six Division I players to average 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds throughout the season and was the only player to also average 4.0 assists. Barrios registered 21 20-point games and became the Nicholls all-time leading scorer with 1,993 points. She was one of 30 NCAA Division I student-athletes to be nominated for the Senior CLASS Award and was a member of the Southland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.Barrios holds a 3.65 GPA and will graduate as a business management major.Houston Baptist’s Amanda Johnson is an automatic qualifier to the all-academic first team after being named a CoSIDA Academic All-District and a second-team All-American selection earlier this season. Johnson is the sole Southland player to receive CoSIDA honors. The HBU senior holds a perfect 4.0 GPA as a biology major and eclipsed the career 1,000-point mark against Lamar earlier this season. Johnson concluded her career with the Huskies logging 1,056 points.Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs and Moe Kinard join the first-team all-academic squad after claiming first team All-Conference honors following regular-season play. Barrs closed out a historic senior season for the Cardinals after becoming the NCAA all-time leader in career steals (648) in addition to being named the Southland Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Barrs, a DeSoto, Texas, product, became the second player in NCAA history to complete a career with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 500 steals. The Lamar guard has been named to the Dean’s List and completed her undergraduate degree in 3.5 years. She currently holds a 3.53 GPA as a nutrition graduate student.Kinard also sealed a memorable senior campaign for the Cardinals, setting the NCAA single-game record for three pointers made (13) against University of Denver (Nov. 23, 2018). In that same contest, Kinard set the Lamar program record for points (58). She finished her Cardinal career setting the program’s record for career three-pointers made (230) and did so in three years of play. The New Iberia, La., native maintains a 3.50 GPA as a graduate Criminal Justice major.Stephen F. Austin’s Imani Johnson rounds out the Academic All-Conference First Team as an automatic qualifier following her First Team All-Conference appointment. Johnson paced the Ladyjacks with 98 assists this season for a 3.06 per game average. The senior led her SFA squad to Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearance following a 25-7 overall record and a 16-2 mark in conference play. Johnson, a senior, has sustained a 3.36 GPA as a management major.Abilene Christian joins Lamar as the only program with two selections on the All-Academic roster as juniors Breanna Wright and Dominique Golightly were named to the second team. The Wildcats’ tandem was crucial in ACU’s postseason run that resulted in a Southland Conference Tournament title and the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.Central Arkansas’ Kamry Orr earns a second team all-academic bid as a general science major with a 3.53 GPA. Orr pushed the No. 8-seeded Sugar Bears to an upset over No. 5 Sam Houston State in the opening round of the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament. The senior guard led her UCA squad with 16.0 points and 3.6 assists per game.Shania Woods gains a spot on the second team after rounding out a stellar season for the Privateers, averaging 14.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Woods holds a 3.50 GPA in business administration, was Privateer Silver Scholar for the Fall of 2018 and was most recently named Third Team All-Southland Conference for her play.Northwestern State’s Victoria Miller rounds out the Southland All-Academic roster with a spot on the Second Team. Miller is academically classified as a graduate student and has compiled a 3.97 GPA in the sport management program after completing her undergraduate degree in 2.5 years. She logged the highest GPA among her College of Business peers and is now pursuing a master’s degree in sport management. Miller finished the season shooting 47.0-percent from the field and 33.3-percent from three-point range.The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the Southland Student-Athletes of the Year. The award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.Southland All-Academic teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.00 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for all-academic selection.CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America honorees are automatically named to the Southland All-Academic First Team, as well as eligible first team all-conference selections.2018-19 Southland Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year: Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls2018-19 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic First Team Victoria Miller Northwestern State Gr. 3.97 Sport Management 2018-19 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic Second Team Automatic Selections:* – First Team All-Conference% – CoSIDA Academic All-American Shania Woods New Orleans Sr. 3.50 Master’s-Business Administration Moe Kinard*2 Lamar Gr. 3.50 Criminal Justice Amanda Johnson%2 Houston Baptist Sr. 4.00 Biology Kamry Orr Central Arkansas Sr. 3.53 General Science Cassidy Barrios*3 Nicholls Sr. 3.65 Business Management Name School Class GPA Major 2 – Two-time All-Academic Selection3 – Three-time All-Academic Selection
BAFFERT HOLDS STRONG TWO-CARD HAND WITH COLISEUM & DESSMAN IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS
BAFFERT HOLDS STRONG TWO-CARD HAND WITH COLISEUM & DESSMAN IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGSARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2019)–When it comes to Derby hopefuls, two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert is American racing’s undisputed “Go-To-Guy.” Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes will provide yet another window into the Baffert mystique, as he sends out a pair of talented 3-year-olds, Coliseum and Dessman, against three other sophomores at seven furlongs.COLISEUMOwner: Godolphin, LLCTrainer: Bob BaffertA rousing 6 ¾ length maiden winner going seven furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 17, this immensely talented son of Tapit, who earned a lofty 91 Beyer Speed figure, was instantly accorded “A-list” status and was thus off as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade III, one mile Sham Stakes here on Jan. 5. Off a bit slowly, Coliseum, who is out of the Menifee mare Game Face, seemed out of sorts throughout and never threatened while finishing sixth, 4 ¼ lengths behind Jerry Hollendorfer’s Gunmetal Gray. Undeterred, Baffert has worked Coliseum twice from the gate, five furlongs in 1:00.80 (24th of 140) on Jan. 20 and six furlongs in 1:12.20 (best of 11) on Jan. 30 as he cuts back in distance to a sprint. Bred by his owner, Coliseum will be ridden for the first time by Mike Smith.DESSMANOwner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al MaktoumTrainer: Bob BaffertA $750,000 Fasig Tipton March 2-year-old in Training Sale graduate, this Florida-bred colt by Union Rags was a galloping 7 ½ length first out winner going six furlongs here on Jan. 19. Off as the 4-5 favorite, he earned an 80 Beyer while catching a main track listed as good. Out of the Trippi mare Frolic’s Appeal, he’s eligible to improve by many as Flavien Prat rides back.THE GRADE II SAN VICENTE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 – Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTSynthesis–Kent Desormeaux–120Coliseum–Mike Smith–120Dessman–Flavien Prat–120Sparky Ville–Joel Rosario–120Savagery–Heriberto Figueroa–120First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santtaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
7 9 5 JockeyMts $400,720 5 1 Jockey Standings (Current Through Saturday, February 1, 2020 Inclusive) 3 73% 2nd 15 $455,627 Tiago Pereira55 19% 57% 23 $358,459 Michael W. McCarthy23 2nd 50% $283,481 Jeff Bonde14 Mike Smith30 11 Drayden Van Dyke71 29% 4 35% Flavien Prat78 6 8 Richard Baltas60 2 $253,081 2 18% 15 TrainerSts 2 5 Win% John W. Sadler40 4 Mark Glatt37 4 25% Jorge Velez80 12 5 $693,654 39% 5 Money Won $461,807 33% 4 Umberto Rispoli62 7 4 $576,072 16% 5 $493,318 Mario Gutierrez51 7 6 47% 4 14% 13% 25% 45% $506,528 20% 7 18 Edwin Maldonado39 4 6 Peter Miller38 14% 14% $199,605 15 15 $961,010 15% 3 11 4 $411,097 POINDEXTER BREEDS THREE STRAIGHT WINNERS ON SATURDAYIn a true racing rarity, breeder Allen Poindexter bred the winners of the first three races on Saturday at Santa Anita, beginning with Iowa-bred Posit in the first race, a 5 ½ furlong turf allowance. A 4-year-old filly by Cairo Prince, out of Chanel Number Mine, by Value Plus, Posit, who is owned by Reddam Racing, LLC, trained by Simon Callaghan and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, paid $32.20.In race two, a maiden special weight for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, Kentucky-bred Clivetty reported home on top under Joel Rosario. A filly by Into Mischief, out of Rosemonde, by Indian Charlie, Clivetty, a first time starter, was purchased for $900,000 by OXO Equine, LLC at a 2-year-old in training sale in Ocala, Fla. Trained by Don Chatlos, Jr., she was off at 5-1 and paid $13.80 to win.Poindexter’s amazing natural hat trick was culminated when his second Iowa-bred, Auberge, reported home on top as the 3-5 favorite in race three, a first condition allowance for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs. Trained by Bob Baffert (who thereby collected his 2,999th North American win), this 3-year-old filly by Palace City, out of Prenuptial Vow, by Broken Vow, sold for $570,000 at the Fasig Tipton Mid-Atlantic May 2-year-olds in Training Sale. Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, Auberge, who was most recently second in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes Jan. 5, won by 2 ¼ lengths with Drayden Van Dyke up and paid $3.20 to win.MIDCOURT CARRIES KOBE’S COLORS INTO THE RUNHAPPY WINNER’S CIRCLEBy Mark Whicker, So Cal Newspaper GroupVictor Espinoza rode back toward the finish line, in purple and gold finery. He was returning from a nice Saturday drive. Midcourt, the 4-year-old, lunged to the front in the San Pasqual Stakes and never slowed down, winning by a widening three-and-a-half lengths. The physicality was obvious. But Lee Searing, the steel executive from Rancho Cucamonga, saw the mentality.“We’ve named our horses after basketball and the Lakers for years,” Searing said. Those last few years, the main reason I went to those games was to see Kobe.”Bryant remains inescapable, even here, even six days on. A longshot in the fifth race at Santa Anita was named Majestic Gigi, and, sure enough, she wore No. 2 and was even leading at the top of the stretch. Midcourt was matched up with Roadster, once a Kentucky Derby winter favorite for Bob Baffert. The favorite was Restrainedvengeance, who thought he had Midcourt in his sights but practically needed binoculars at the end.With John Shirreffs training, Midcourt has won five of his past six races. “He’s a goofball,” Searing said, “He just didn’t want to train. If you could stand beside the barn and see the little things John puts him through, it’s amazing. Now he can’t wait to get out there and compete. And we gelded him, which helped. I’ve only had one other horse in the Santa Anita Handicap, so this is exciting. This is the best he’s ever run.”But Searing also thought of Kobe’s Back, who won five times in 26 races for him and brought in more than $1.1 million. In 2016 he won two stakes races at Santa Anita within a month. Searing never met Bryant but he did get a small note, relayed through a friend. “You gave him a good name,” it read.Kobe’s Back also ran in a Breeders Cup sprint at Keeneland, and in 2015 he and Gary Stevens lost by a neck to Wild Dude in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.“If he’d won that one he’d be a stallion in Kentucky,” Searing said. “Now he’s a stallion in Maryland. But a lot of people have been asking me about him this week.”Roadster was a no-factor sixth in the San Pasqual, but Baffert, as usual, had already had his moments. A 3-year-old filly named Auberge won the third race, and, three races later, Kentucky Derby contender Thousand Words brought it home in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes over Royal Act, also owned by Searing, and High Velocity, another Baffert horse.That was Baffert’s 3,000th win as a thoroughbred trainer. He ranks 32nd all time, but he is seventh in win percentage (23 percent) and sixth in finishing win, place or show (53%). “It’s just a number,” Baffert said, when it clearly was not. He later said he was thinking about 3,000 when his horse was beginning to take control on the far turn.“Thousand Words, 3,000 wins, I mean, you can’t make this stuff up,” Baffert said. “And to do it in a race named after one of my all-time favorite owners (Robert B. Lewis) just makes it more special.“I can’t remember the first one. But I do remember a horse named Presidents Summit.”In late 1988 Baffert was still just a quarter-horse cowboy from southern Arizona. “I was struggling,” he said. His friend Bob Baedeker pointed him to Presidents Summit, who won a claiming race.“I’m trying to run down to the winners circle, I’ve got my cowboy hat on,” Baffert said. “I really needed a horse like that.”Presidents Summit would win twice more. Pretty soon Baffert got better talent, and one thing led to another, and another thing led to 15 wins in Triple Crown races, and two Triple Crowns. Thousand Words is now 3-for-3, by margins of a neck, a half-length, and three-fourths of a length. “He won’t blow you away in the middle of the week,” Baffert said. “He’s a hard horse to ride, because he doesn’t always want to work. But he shows up when the race starts.”Flavien Prat did the honors. A few minutes later he rode United to victory in the San Marcos, for 4-year-olds on grass. United shook up Santa Anita in November when he made Bricks and Mortar, the 2019 Horse of the Year, dig as hard as he could to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf by a head.Meanwhile, Searing has a buzzer-beating horse that could be playing well into the fall. But he was already looking ahead. “We have a filly named Lady Mamba, too,” Searing said. “So we’ve got to breed Kobe’s Back to Lady Mamba. I mean, that’s going to happen.”BIG GAME SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA STARTS AT 11:30 A.MCome for the races and stay for the Big Game. That’s the plan this Sunday at Santa Anita, as racegoers will be treated to a seven-race program that gets underway at 11:30 a.m. with free General Admission, drink specials and a free $3,000 Football Contest.With the decision to go with a seven-race card, Santa Anita officials opted to move post time back 30 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in order to accommodate those that intend to stay for the game which is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. PT.Fans are also encouraged to visit Santa Anita’s spacious Infield Area with free General Admission and parking offered each weekend via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place.For additional information regarding Big Game Sunday at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.BIG GAME SUNDAY ILLICITS THIRD EDITION OF HORSEMEN SELECTIONSFor the third consecutive day, Santa Anita horsemen were eager to weigh as Super Bowl 54 “post time” fast approaches at 3:30 PT:Gary Stute, trainer–“IN MEMORY OF IVAN PUHICH, GOTTA GO WITH THE 49ers.”Mel Stute, California racing legend–“I’LL TAKE THE 49ers.”Billy Kilmer, All Pro quarterback–49ersA.C. Cowlings, 10-years NFL, retired –“I’M GOING WITH THE 49ers, THEY’VE GOT A GREAT DEFENSE.”Ron Flatter, VSiN radio–“I’M SAVING IT FOR RADIO.”Sean McCarthy, trainer–“I’M A BAY AREA GUY. 49ers, BABY.”Richard Baltas, trainer–“I’M PICKING SAN FRANCISCO AND THE UNDER.”Dean Pederson, trainer–“WARRIORS.”Bob Baffert, TAKE 2–“I’M GONNA WITHHOLD JUDGEMENT UNTIL THE 3RD QUARTER.”Brice Blanc, jockey–“I DON’T KNOW WHO’S PLAYING.”Scott Hazelton, TVG–“CHIEFS.”Huey Barnes, asst. starter–“MYSELF, I’M A CALIFORNIA GUY, BUT I THINK IT’S KANSAS CITY.”Bob Baedeker, owner–“49ers.”Patti Sterling, agent–“49ers ALL THE WAY, I LIKE THEIR QUARTERBACK.”Jeff Bonde, trainer–“49ers.”James Corral, ex jockey–“SAN FRANCISCO.”Billy King, wheel man for Henry Moreno–“I’M A CALIFORNIA BOY, NINERS ALL THE WAY.”FINISH LINES: … …Two out of Flavien Prat’s three victories yesterday came in stakes races, with Thousand Words in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis and United the Grade II San Marcos…Thousand Words gave Hall of Famer Bob Baffert his 3,000th career win. Agapito Delgadillo who rode Siberian Tigah in the first race on Jan. 31 is suspended for three racing days Feb. 8, 9 &14, for altering course without sufficient clearance after the start and resulting in a disqualification from second to third…Notable works among a total of 134 with 21 in the training track this morning: Kingly, nominated to the Thunder Road, went 5 furlongs in 1:02.60 for Baffert, Majestic Eagle, also nominated to the Thunder Road, drilled 5 furlongs on the training track in 1:02.60 for Neil Drysdale, Go Big Blue Nation, nominated to Las Virgenes worked 4 furlongs in :48.20 for Michael McCarthy, Improbable’ s first recorded work since the Breeders’ Cup 3 furlongs in :36.80 Baffert, John Sadler’s Gift Box worked 4 furlongs in :49.60 …Santa Anita offers $2 beer and $6 specialty cocktails each Friday at designated locations throughout the track. Specialty cocktails include a Baldwin Buck, Margarita and other selected cocktails. There is also free Club House and General Admission each Friday . . . FIRST POST ON BIG GAME SUNDAY, FEB. 2., IS EARLY AT 11:30 A.M. COME FOR THE RACES AND STAY FOR THE BIG GAME!…LIVE RACING RESUMES ON FRIDAY, WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M. 41% 6 4 7 $472,817 5 $124,721 5 Doug F. O’Neill53 64% 14 33% $156,095 10 1 42% 2 15% 2 6 19 4 $247,080 Brian J. Koriner24 41% 11% CHIEFS OR 49ers? HORSEMEN AREN’T PUNTING 40% 1st 3 3rd 1st 7 J.C. Diaz, Jr.47 6 $205,101 48% MIDCOURT CARRIES KOBE’S COLORS INTO THE RUNHAPPY WINNER’S CIRCLE 14% 16% ITM% Bob Baffert41 18% $373,091 10 25% 35% 36% Win% 7 Agapito Delgadillo33 4 7 10 Abel Cedillo129 Joel Rosario92 10 5 9% 6 58% 29% 32% 2 1 5 5 50% ITM% 1 36% 5 Geovanni Franco44 Craig Anthony Lewis22 10 4 $122,021 17 48% LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 2nd, 2020Quick Questions With Assistant Starter Huey BarnesWORKOUTS:Tiny Tina ( D’Amato) 2-2-20Improbable (Baffert) 2-2-20Majestic Eagle (Outside) and Last Opportunity (Drysdale) 2-2-20Kingly (Baffert) 2-2-20Frontier Market (Outside) and Sea of Liberty (Sadler) 2-1-20Ohio (McCarthy) 2-1-20St. Joe Bay (Sadler) 2-1-20 4 9 $263,182 8 10% 1 3 22% 39% 18% 2 13 22 Philip D’Amato50 14% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Money Won 45% 3rd 29% 8 11% $1,119,832 Hector O. Palma19 20% 4 0 9 6 46% 18 Mike Puype22 $878,421 6 3 50% $527,405 10% COME FOR THE RACES AND STAY FOR BIG GAME SUNDAY AT 11:30 AM 42% $674,482 Ruben Fuentes43 11 $947,412 $177,660 $1,021,634 7 $1,355,354 Richard E. Mandella24 21% 37% 65% 37% Steve Knapp22 Victor Espinoza29 6 44% HAT TRICK FOR BREEDER ALLEN POINDEXTER ON SATURDAY $245,341
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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itLeicester have history of plucking a gem from France after they landed N’Golo Kante for a bargain £5.6m fee in 2015.Spurs’ struggles this season mean they are outsiders to qualify for the Champions League and that could prove pivotal when Diallo decides which club to play for.Chelsea could also miss out on him if they fail to get their transfer ban overturned at the hearing on November 20.Chelsea boss Frank Lampard calls on young guns to fight for the title after impressive start CHELSEA are braced to rival both Tottenham and Leicester to the signing of Metz striker Habib Diallo, according to reports.The 24-year-old has been in terrific form with eight goals in 13 Ligue 1 appearances this season.1 Metz striker Diallo is a wanted man in the Premier LeagueCredit: AFP or licensorsAnd his form has not gone unnoticed by some of the Premier League big-guns who are ready to lock horns in a battle for his signature.According to Team Talk both Spurs and Chelsea have sent scouts to watch him in action on numerous occasions this season.Newcastle and high-flying Foxes have also been paying close attention to his progress after firing Metz to promotion last season.He scored 26 in 43 last campaign and it appears he is not fazed at all by the step up in league.It is believed that a £10million offer would be enough to tempt Metz into selling but they could be tempted to hold out in the hope of a bidding war.
RNZ understands the deal is in the works, with some senior Warriors are aware of the move, despite Tuivasa-Sheck not having told the team.However New Zealand Rugby says they haven’t entered formal discussions with Tuivasa-Sheck or his agent.Last October the Sydney Morning Herald reported Tuivasa-Sheck was in talks with New Zealand Rugby (NZR), quoting his agent Bruce Sharrock. Sharrock then denied the claims, telling the New Zealand Herald at the time, “There will be no discussions entered into around Roger’s future for at least three months, at the earliest, and his immediate focus is to see what he can do with the Warriors in 2018.”Sharrock maintains that’s the case and says he hasn’t spoken to the Blues, while Australian media reports have linked the Warriors fullback and captain to the South Sydney Rabbitohs from next year.It’s expected the 24-year-old will sign with New Zealand Rugby and likely the Blues, with the back viewed as a possible long term addition to the All Blacks midfield, where they have less depth than they would like. He would also compete for the outside back spots.The Warriors captain is off contract at the end of the 2018.Tuivasa-Sheck has a background in union, captaining Otahuhu College’s first XV as well as the school’s league team, and played union for the New Zealand Secondary Schools in 2011 before being signed by the Sydney Roosters. Soon after joining the NRL club he expressed his desire to one day return to rugby and chase his All Blacks dream. He’s reiterated that stance several times since.However making the 2019 World Cup would seem a stretch, given he’d only have a season of Super Rugby to get up to All Blacks speed. No other player has risen so rapidly, not even Sonny Bill Williams, who played provincial rugby and the Northern Tour in 2010 before being included in the 2011 World Cup squad. Tuivasa-Sheck could potentially join a Mitre 10 Cup side after the NRL season finishes, especially if the Warriors fail to reach the finals, but it’s unclear if he’d be allowed to join a Mitre 10 Cup team midway through their campaign. Williams did something similar in his 2016 return to rugby from league, playing the final two games of Counties-Manukau’s season after the Roosters were eliminated from the NRL finals. He did this despite not being contracted to Counties until 2017.The All Blacks are also blessed for talent in the outside backs. Less so in the midfield, but that’s a much harder transition to make having been out of the game for so long.Blues fans would lick their lips at the prospect of Rieko Ioane and Tuivasa-Sheck lining up in the midfield or outside backs for the Super Rugby side. Wing Ioane, World Rugby’s Breakthrough Player of the Year, is another who’s seen as a potential All Blacks midfielder.
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The Kurukuru captain Elliot Ragomo said the team was so proud to be going off to Colombia to represent Solomon Islands, Oceania, and each of the nations’ who took part in the OFC competition, which was staged in Suva.The Kurukuru made a clean sweep of the tournament, scoring 23 goals and conceding just three.Consistent performances saw the competition individual awards scooped by Solomon Islanders too, with Ragomo taking the coveted Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament.Goalkeeper Anthony Talo’s was awarded the Golden Gloves and George Stevenson the Golden Boot for leading the tournament with five goals.Coach Juliano Schmeling said he was so happy for his players and the management.The coach said the week had been unbelievable, the players amazing and he was happy to be part of the historic occasion.It will be the third consecutive Futsal World Cup the Solomons will attend, not progressing past the first round in their first two attempts.Earlier the day opened with Tahiti and Vanuatu both vying for third position on the podium.It was the Tahitians who came out on top courtesy of quick strikes either side of the halftime break leading to an eventual 5-2 victory.Tahiti coach Jacob Tutavae said while the bronze was not what they had targeted, they were pleased to at least go home with medals.Meanwhile a 4-1 victory for New Zealand over New Caledonia saw them secure the silver medal.
As the Minkey hockey program sets into its third week last Saturday, Laga Industries through their Gala ice cream brand walked in to support the program.The kids were super excited when the “ice cream” man turned up during the session last weekend.The number of children participating had increased over the weekend with close to 50 children now registered for the program. It will be held every Saturday morning from 9am-10am.Gala will ensure over 50 kids are kept energised during the program. They will also reward them after each Saturday’s session over the remaining 8-9 weeks of the program.The Port Moresby Hockey Association was delighted with the number of children participating and thanked Laga Industries for the great sustenance to the program of helping building and developing youngsters in hockey.
The Serbian wins without problems by a clear 6-3, 6-2, 6-2He meets with the Argentine Schwartzman in the round of 16 Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic minimized with an unstoppable service to Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka, who arrived in a good shape to the game, won by a forceful 6-3, 6-2 and 6-2, and will face the Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the round of 16 of the Australian Open. Photo: Reuters “I wanted to thank how well I got my coach today,” said the Serbian after his pass to the knockout stages after giving just two points to the service in the first two sets.With the same solvency as against the Japanese, and more accessible, Tatsuma Ito, the Belgrade tennis player extended to twenty the number of consecutive games won against left-handed opponents in Grand Slam.The last left-hander to defeat the Serbian was the Spanish Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Roland Garros final, when the Balearic won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 and 6-4.In addition, the Serbian sealed after his victory against the Asian on the track Rod Laver Arena his fiftieth pass to the knockout stages in a ‘major’ competition.
Visit the Leganés tomorrow at Camp Nou to face FC Barcelona in the Cup (19:00) and do it with an old enemy scanning the rival bench. Quique Setién maintains a long history of clashes with the pickles due to their humble origins on the bench Lugo. The history of friction with the blue and whites is also long. Strains that erupted in outrage almost a year ago, when, after his visit with the Betis (3-0 lost the verdiblancos), the coach now blaugrana was dispatched with some controversial statements that placed him almost as a non grata person for the parish of Bumper. The fact is that when he reached the press room, far from placating the spirits, Setién threw more firewood. “Everyone uses the style he has. Leganés this way of playing sometimes goes well and sometimes bad, that’s why they are down there. (…) Leganés knows what he has to do, four things he does spectacularly well to stay. But if they have to play like us, they can’t “said the technician. That was understood as a lollipop that did not like in the heart of the Leganés.Rods from Second BThat was not the first time that Setién angered the people of Madrid. The touch, indeed, came from Second B. Of 2011, to be exact. Then his Lugo (promoted) was measured to a Leganes in need to stay in the category. After losing in Butarque (2-0), the Cantabrian coach charged against the grass (in a horrible state) and showed that the Leganés, also a victim of that brownish meadow, He was interested in having the field in that stadium. It was the beginning of friction.Already in Second, on 14-15, the Leganés visited the Anxo Car at the beginning of the season. Those of Garitano, newly promoted, lost Alberto Martin in 59 ‘and they ended up entrenched in their area. The match ended 0-0 and with Setién again annoying: “It was clear what the proposal was. Nothing but a team has proposed to play”, position.Leganés jump to First He did not avoid these frictions, which were released with Setién on the bench Las Palmas. In the 3-0 with which the Blue and Whites began to sentence the permanence, Setién pointed out the Lega players for jumping and looking for a penalty that, finally, was struck. That match came just after a week of strong criticism from Madrid after a goal with the hand of Bakambu what in Villarreal, deprived them of a very valuable tie.“In the end they have been asked for the penalty that everyone wanted here to be beaten”, Setién began. “They have thrown three or four times in the area. They have thrown four or five times in other actions. The referee seemed to be very rigorous today with some things. Maybe it is normal. He is in a stadium of a team that is complaining for weeks. I will see if I complain this week too. I will complain and see if this way the next game they ask me for a penalty like this “, he said with sneer in the second to last chapter of this pique with the Leganés. Tomorrow, in Copa, who knows if this novel adds a new episode. In an interview in The uncheck, Setién affirmed that the players of Leganés they approached to congratulate those of Betis and himself for the style of possession game they displayed. He suggested that the pickles were envious. Both things (congratulations, envy) were denied in the blue and white dressing room, upset by those words. Also the local fans, that during the exhibition in Butarque, already with the 3-0 in the electronic, was dedicated to sing to Setién the already famous “Take possession.” The cameras of El Día After hunted the now coach of Barça laughing at the chants, maybe funny, maybe angry. That Sunday morning, February 10 to be exact, Betis left the Avenue of the Eleven Lions with three blows bruising his soul. The thing ended 3-0 with a hat-trick of In Nesyri, now the main absence of the pickles after signing days ago for Sevilla, the eternal enemy of the verdiblancos. What things. The clash was already played with mockery and attacks on Setién for what he had said after the Betic victory (1-0) in the first round.