FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Samantha Anderson and Sam Houston State’s Madison Wallace were named the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, league officials announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Anderson boosted the Sugar Bears (20-5, 10-2 SLC) to a pair of victories over Lamar (6-17, 3-9 SLC) and McNeese (7-20, 5-7 SLC) dropping only one set on the week. Central Arkansas is now riding a four-match win-streak as they head into their final four regular-season contests.Wallace provided tremendous defensive poise for the Bearkats (19-5, 11-1 SLC) who picked up wins against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7-18, 6-6 SLC) and Houston Baptist (12-14, 5-7 SLC). The Sam Houston State defense currently ranks sixth in the nation limiting their opponents to a .149 hitting percentage.Offensive Player of the Week: Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Right Side – Tyler, TexasThe senior led Central Arkansas in kills (32), kills per set (3.2), and hitting percentage (.314) on the week, tallying double-digit kills in both matches. Anderson turned in 12 kills against Lamar before adding 20 at McNeese. The Tyler, Texas native also had nine blocks on the week. The weekly honor marks the second of the season for Anderson.Honorable Mention: Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austin; Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston State; Madison Green, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Hannah Brister, Northwestern StateDefensive Player of the Week: Madison Wallace, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Libero – Pasadena, TexasWallace turned in a huge week in helping the Kats to a pair of five-set road wins, running their win streak to eight in a row and keeping them within one match of first place in the league. Since taking the libero jersey on Sept. 8, Wallace and the Kats are 15-1 as she has surged to second in the SLC in digs per set. Wallace averaged 7.50 digs per set in the wins last week, posting consecutive matches with more than 30 digs. She went for 38 digs in a win at A&M-Corpus Christi on Oct. 25 and followed that up two days later with a 37-dig outing in a win at Houston Baptist. Those marks rank as the third and fifth most digs by a SLC player this season and each rank in the top seven for single-match performances all-time at SHSU. This marks the second Player of the Week accolade for Wallace this season.Honorable Mention: Andrea Nava, New Orleans; Haley Coleman, Stephen F. Austin; Samantha Anderson, Central ArkansasSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
JOCKEY QUOTES JOHN VELAZQUEZ, EIGHT RINGS, WINNER: “He’s still not 100 percent confident in what he needs to do. Obviously he’s very talented, but he needs to put it together and go on. He still ran a good race, but you can see he has some room to improve. If he can put his mind to running, he’ll be a dangerous horse.” (On going to the lead): “I wanted to put him into the race, and that way he could get his mind on running. I was pretty comfortable with the way he was moving in the backstretch. But he kept kind of wandering, so I felt like I had to keep reminding him to focus. It’s only his second start, so he’s still learning basically.” TIAGO PEREIRA, AMERICAN THEOREM, SECOND: “I hoped to win, obviously, but I think it was a great race. I followed a horse that was great as well. I am happy, second place is good, and I continue confident for the next race. I think I have a great horse. It will win many big races.” TRAINER QUOTES BOB BAFFERT, EIGHT RINGS, WINNER: “The horse was training really well. I told Johnny V. to ride him with confidence.I thought he might be in front. Johnny said let’s get him away from there, and he’s figured out this track. He gigged him a little bit, but he said, ‘Wow, he’s really fast.’ He just got out there really quick and I was actually just watching his ears the whole way. Johnny said he’ll be going good, then he’ll start looking around and lagging, and all the way down the stretch he was still looking around. “But it was a good race for him, coming off that last disastrous race. I’m just so fortunate that Drayden (Van Dyke) didn’t get hurt worse. I’ve got to thank my entire team. Everybody’s been on him; even Joe Talamo’s worked him for me. When you have a good one like this, you want him to really perform well. “I’m happy for George Papaprodromou that his American Pharoah (ridgling) ran second. My heart is still with American Pharoah so I’m glad to see his babies are doing well. I’m blessed and fortunate to get these kinds of horses.”OWNER QUOTES TOM RYAN (SF RACING), EIGHT RINGS, WINNER: “I guess I had more of a hand in putting the team together to select a colt. The colt was really selected by Bob Baffert, Henry Field, the Frankie brothers, a lot of great people involved in the syndication. We are big supporters of syndication and here are the results. “Baffert calls our syndication the Avengers. Bob gives you confidence; this morning he said we are ready. It’s an exciting month ahead of us more than any of us ever dreamed of.” NOTES: The winning owners are SF Racing, LLC; Starlight Racing or Madaket Stables, LLC, Frederick Hertrich III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables.
TOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy could fork out up to a staggering £19.5million after sacking Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine was sensationally given the axe last night with ruthless Daniel Levy sensationally appointing Jose Mourinho less than 24 hours later.2 Pochettino’s compensation package could reach £19.5mCredit: Getty – ContributorSpurs, who secured their first ever Champions League final last season, sit 14th with just three wins in 12 games.His sacking comes 18 months after Poch had signed a lengthy five year contract until the summer of 2023 after his third place finish in 2018.So Levy’s decision was not taken lightly especially as he’s usually frugal when it comes to throwing around his millions.It is thought that £12.5m will go into the pocket of Pochettino while around £7m will be paid out to his backroom staff.That’s a similar figure the Red Devils forked out to sack Mourinho back in December.The 56-year-old arrives at north London after signing a deal until the end of the 2022/23 season.He said: “I am excited to be joining a Club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters.“The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me.“Working with these players is what has attracted me.”Spurs chairman Levy added: “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football.“He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached.“We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”Tottenham fans give their thoughts on Pochettino’s sackingLADBROKES 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 & kidsHe arrives at the club with three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups all under his belt from his time at Chelsea.Mourinho also lifted the EFL Cup and Europa League at Manchester United while winning the Champions League on two separate occasions with Porto and Inter Milan.It was revealed last month that Mourinho is keen to set history by becoming the first manager to lead three different clubs to the league title or major European trophies.2 Jose Mourinho has been appointed Tottenham managerCredit: PA:Press AssociationTottenham sack Mauricio Pochettino in shock axe after poor run of form
Pearce has become the undisputable go-to man for the Roosters in 2017, with the Blues halfback-in-waiting scoring all four of his tries this season in the final 20 minutes of games. His willingness to take the line on has been an inspiration to his teammates, while his lengthy field goal drought was broken with back-to-back one-pointers in rounds eight and nine. “I feel like he’s had his best ever year in the last 20 minutes of games; it’s the simplest way I can explain it,” Roosters coach Trent Robinson said after the 24-18 win over the Bulldogs. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there have probably been more tries. I think he’s scored some tries at the backend of games as well. He took them on pretty early as well [today]. “Toughness has never been an issue for ‘Ju’ but he’s actually showing it more and more in the way that he’s running the ball and he’s happy to do that. “I guess the bits people are talking about are not just passing it to someone else; it’s him taking the line on and trying to score tries and him kicking field goals, so there’s a lot of choice around him. There’s a long way to go in that, but he’s made a big step forward in that. “People as they get older start thinking more long-term, and in footy terms, some people never get there. Some guys like (Johnathan) Thurston and (Cooper) Cronk got there at an early age, and now ‘Pearcey’ is at that point where I feel he’s getting there.”
Parramatta’s post-contact metres were one of the few areas they fell down statistically in the 2017 Telstra Premiership, with their 471 metres per game after first meeting the defence better than only the lowly Newcastle Knights and Gold Coast Titans.In a chicken or egg scenario, the Eels also had the slowest attacking play-the-ball speed in the NRL – averaging 3.66 seconds and ranking 16th for getting a roll on when one or two opposition tacklers were involved.In defence though, Parramatta did concede the second-fewest post-contact metres in 2017 at 468 metres a game.
PNG will be sending a strong men’s team to take part in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships in the Bahamas next weekend.Athletics PNG president Tony Green said the PNG team will only be taking part in the 4 x200 metre event. He said this was because the other events such as the 4×100 metre and 4×400 metres were restricted to only the top 24 teams in the world.More than 850 athletes are expected to take part in the championships which runs from the 25th to the 26th of May. The four athletes from PNG are: Kupun Wisil, Nelson Stone, Kevin Kapmatana and Theo Piniau.Green said that apart from taking part in the IAAF championships, there were also other championships in the USA that PNG had taken part in. He said this would benefit our athletes in their preparations for the Commonwealth games.Green said the reason there wasn’t a women’s team from PNG taking part in the IAAF championships was because of the unavailability of the country’s top four sprinters in Toea Wisil , Betty Burua , Sharon Kwarula and Donna Koniel.
The golden girl of PNG weightlifting arrived back in the country this afternoon from New Caledonia after spending the last three months training at the Weightlifting Institute there.Toua will be competing in the 53kg weight division and said she is “definitely going for gold” but expects a strong challenge from Australia and New Zealand female weightlifters.“I will be doing my best and let the result come.”The Commonwealth champion added that after returning from Glasgow Commonwealth Games and taking time off to spend with family, the three months of training has put her back in top form.
Pacific and Oceania boxing bodies want to pull out of its current affiliation to Asia and have its own qualifying competition for future Olympic Games.Pacific Games Associations (PGA), members of the bigger Pacific Games Council (PGC) and amateur boxing bodies from Oceania want a change in pathway to the Olympic Games.Currently for the Rio Olympics next year, Oceania boxers come under Asia for qualification.“This matter was raised with Robin (Mitchell- ONOC President) and also President Bach, the IOC President that we are concerned especially now that boxing is a member of Asian Boxing Federation and its no-longer an Oceania Boxing Federation, and we are very concerned especially where a lot of members invested a lot of money in their boxers and the qualification now its even harder and we not recognising our region,” said Marcus Stephens, chairman of the PGC’s Sports Committee.“Probably for Rio, it’s a bit too late but maybe after Rio, in Japan we’ll looking at that particular issue.”Dr Mitchell says he’ll be meeting up with President Bach on this matter next week and also with the President of the International Amateur Boxing Federation (AIBA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the IOC Congress. PACNEWS
Pini broke 6 new games records and collected 7 gold medals taking out the best male athlete award.The beat female athlete Lara of New Caledonia broke 10 new records during the games and took home 11 gold medals. She was unable to collect the award personally, though, as she is now in Kazan preparing for the FINA World Championships, where she will represent France. Pini also got elected to represent the athletes of the Pacific on the Pacific Games Council (PGC) Executive Board.
Photo: Reuters The Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, world number 3, qualified on Tuesday for the semifinals of the Australian Open after beating American Tennys Sandgren (number 100) in five sets after saving seven game points in the fourth set.The 38-year-old Swiss, who visibly suffered some physical discomfort, won 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, in a match that lasted four hours. This laborious victory adds to the five sets and three hours and 31 minutes he needed to defeat Australian John Millman in the third round of the tournament. The Swiss wins Sandgren in five sets saving seven ‘match-ball’His opponent in the next round will be the winner of Djokovic-Raonic “Today I had incredible luck, I improved my game as the game progressed and the pressure decreased,” Federer said he saved three match points when he lost 5-4 and then another four, three of them in a row, in the game. tie-breaker of that hard-fought fourth set.“Today I didn’t deserve the victory, but here I am and obviously very happy,” Federer added. “I just told myself: I believe in miracles,” he said, referring to the moment when defeat seemed inevitable.All the more so because this Tuesday was not well physically. “Sometimes you feel weird. I felt a pain in the groin, my leg was tightening a little. I don’t like to go to the doctor, I don’t like to show my weaknesses,” Federer said.In the second and third set, Federer became nervous and argued with the referee about a warning. Then he asked for a medical break and left the court when he was losing 6-3, 2-6, 0-3.Overwhelmed in the second and third set, the Swiss miraculously won the fourth set and in the fifth he regained his tennis magic to sentence the match.“We will have to play better in the semifinals, because if I don’t have time to go skiing,” joked Federer when speaking on the court, immediately after the game. In the next round, he will face the winner of the duel between Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic.