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31
May
2020

No. 7 Bears Upend No. 6 Islanders to Live Another Day

first_imgDefense has been the key to UCA’s revival and it continued on Wednesday as the Bears allowed fewer than 65 points for the fifth time in their six-game run. After watching the Islanders (14-18) connect on three of their first four 3-point attempts in the first 3:02 of the contest, UCA clamped down on A&M-CC’s long-range attack, holding them to just 4-of-24 the remainder of the night. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas — After losing seven straight and nearly capsizing their chances to return to the Southland Conference men’s basketball tournament, Central Arkansas’ recent run has its title hopes afloat for at least one more day. UCA put together a key run capped off by a pair of free throws from Hayden Koval (15 points, 11 rebounds) that stretched the lead to 51-41 at the 8:33 mark. A&M-CC would never get closer than nine points. The Islanders relied on the shooting of guard Jashawn Talton in the first half. Talton scored 17 of the team’s 25 first half points, going 6-for-9 from the field while his teammates managed only three field goals in 20 attempts. However, UCA’s locker room adjustments resulted in Talton going scoreless after intermission – a critical blow to A&M-CC’s hopes of closing the deficit. Thatch Unruh scored 21 points while an aggressive Bears defense limited Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to just 33.9 percent from the field on their way to a 73-53 win over the Islanders in an opening round game at Merrell Center on Wednesday night. The victory pushes seventh-seed UCA (14-18) to a 7:30 p.m. date against third-seed Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday.MBB: @UCAMBB Unruh hits one from waaaaaaaay downtown. @islandersmbb Clark counters with jam. Bears up 62-50 w/ 1:35 remaining. Winner gets @SLU_Hoops.?? https://t.co/dZeRYkvDI1???? @espn apps #ShakasUp #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong ?? #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/5j74J5KGmA— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019“I thought our guys really competed hard,” said Bear’s coach Russ Pennell, whose team has won five of their last six. “I thought (Wednesday) was an extension of what we’ve been doing. How long we can do that, I don’t know, but right now with the enthusiasm and the effort that the guys are putting in, I wouldn’t think they’re going to have much of a letdown.” Still, the Islanders were able to pull within 42-38 when South hit a pair of free throws with 12:51 remaining. It would be as close as they would get as the flash of offensive production they showed early in the second half faded away.MBB: @UCAMBB with the exclamation point courtesy of Mondesir. BOOM!Bears win 73-53 over the Islanders. UCA advances to face @SLU_Hoops Thursday. 7:30 start inside @MerrellCenter. #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong ?? #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/GFsAcd85rV— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019 The duo of Kareem South and Emmanuel Toney were unable to get into an offensive groove. Combined, the pair hit on just three of 20 shots, including 1-for-10 from 3-point range.“We weren’t locked in defensively as we needed to be,” said Islanders’ coach Willis Wilson. “There were just situations where the ball just did not bounce our way. We had some shots that went in and out. We had a couple of balls that we struggled to get the handle on. Things just kind of escalated.”last_img read more

31
May
2020

MAJOR US RACING ORGANIZATIONS ANNOUNCE PLANS TO IMPLEMENT PROHIBITION OF RACE-DAY MEDICATION

first_imgTWO-YEAR-OLD LASIX BAN TO START IN 2020; STAKES RACES LASIX BAN IN 2021A coalition of leading Thoroughbred racing associations and organizations announced today a new initiative committed to phasing out the use of the medication Furosemide (Lasix) beginning in 2020 and eliminating the use of Lasix in stakes races held at their racetracks beginning in 2021.Coalition racetracks that have signed on to this initiative include all tracks owned or operated by Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and The Stronach Group as well as Del Mar, Keeneland, Lone Star Park and Remington Park, Los Alamitos Racecourse (Thoroughbred), Oaklawn Park and Tampa Bay Downs. Taken together these tracks represent 86% of the stakes races assigned graded or listed status in the United States in 2018.  The coalition tracks will work diligently with their respective horsemen’s associations and racing commissions towards implementing this effort.Under the new program, beginning on January 1, 2020, two-year old horses would not be allowed to be treated with Lasix within 24 hours of a race. Beginning in 2021, the same prohibition would extend to all horses participating in any stakes race at coalition tracks.  Accordingly, in 2021 the races comprising the Triple Crown would all be run under the new rules regarding race day medication.Breeders’ Cup Limited, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association (TOBA) and the American Graded Stakes Committee of TOBA, and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association have also joined the coalition in support of this new policy.“This is a progressive and unified approach to the subject of race day medication, achieving consistency with international standards for young horses and those that form the foundations of our breeding stock,” said David O’Rourke, president and chief executive officer of NYRA.“This is a huge moment that signals a collective move to evolve this legacy sport. While there is still more work to be done, these reforms are a good start. This industry coalition has taken an important step forward toward a uniform policy and we are committed to focusing our attention and resources on how to make further improvements that directly prioritize equine health and safety. We applaud our industry partners and we look forward to continued collaboration,” said Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of The Stronach Group.“Over the past several years, we have met with numerous stakeholders to drive action on many of our sport’s central issues,” said Bill Carstanjen, chief executive officer of CDI. “This is a significant and meaningful step to further harmonize American racing with international standards. We will continue to work with other stakeholders, including our horsemen and regulatory agencies, to fully implement this and other important reforms.”“This new program is an essential step as we look toward the long-term sustainability of US-breds on the national and international stages. Protecting the integrity of our sport is core to our mission and is our collective responsibility to the industry,” said Keeneland president and chief executive officer Bill Thomason.The coalition racing organizations invite other North American race tracks to join this effort and adopt the same policies. Participating tracks include Aqueduct Racetrack, Arlington International Racecourse, Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Fair Grounds, Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park West, Keeneland, Laurel Park, Lone Star Park and Remington Park, Los Alamitos (Thoroughbred), Oaklawn Park, Pimlico, Presque Isle Downs, Saratoga Race Course and Tampa Bay Downs. Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park will continue to run under the previously announced limitations to race-day medication.last_img read more

31
May
2020

Daniel Levy left in car BOOT after 2014 Louis van Gaal Tottenham talks

first_imgLOUIS VAN GAAL has revealed that Daniel Levy fled his house in a car BOOT back in 2014, after the pair had held talks over the vacant Tottenham job.The Spurs chairman was hoping to avoid the prying eyes of a local journalist.3 Levy was keen to secure van Gaal as Tim Sherwood’s successorCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 The Dutchman joined Man United instead after negotiations took ‘too long’Credit: PA:Press AssociationVan Gaal was seen as a leading contender to replace the sacked Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane, but Levy took “too long” to seal the deal.The 68-year-old revealed: “Daniel Levy went to my house here in Noordwijk and left in the trunk, because Jack van Gelder [a local journalist] was outside.”It took a long time and he actually gave Manchester United the opportunity to make an offer.”The Red Devils announced the appointment of the Dutchman on May 19, before he lead his country to a thrilling run to the World Cup semi-finals that summer.His two years at Old Trafford saw him secure fourth and fifth placed finishes in the Premier League.The second of these seasons also saw van Gaal seal FA Cup glory at Wembley.3But he was sacked less than 48 hours later, to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.Van Gaal hasn’t worked in football again since leaving United, announcing his retirement from football last year.Meanwhile, having been spurned by LVG, Levy moved for Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, confirming the appointment on May 27.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 InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidThe Argentine became a heroic figure in N17 over the next five years, securing the club’s highest ever Premier League finish and getting his side playing swashbuckling football.But he was sacked in November last year, just six months after taking Spurs to their first ever Champions League final.Like van Gaal, he too was replaced by Mourinho.Robin van Persie reveals brutal Man Utd exit after ‘ruthless’ Van Gaal sat striker down and told him ‘you have to go’last_img read more

26
May
2020

Stage set for 2015 Digicel Cup grand final

first_img15 000 plus people are expected to pour into the stadium today to watch the final game of the season.The stakes couldn’t get any higher than this, the winner to have bragging rights as champions of rugby league in the country.Being seasoned grand finalists, the Gurias will want to make right their wrongs after their humiliating 34-8 loss to the Hela Wigmen in last year’s grand final.For the Lions, waiting nearly two decades to play in a grand final is more than enough motivation to drive the Simbu boys home to a win.In their two meets this season, both sides came away with a win each.The Lions narrowly beat the Gurias 12-10 at home in round 12.Round 15 saw the Gurias take their revenge at Kalabond when they thrashed the Lions 34-6.The grand final kicks off at 3pm.Before this will be the curtain raiser which is the third and fourth place play off between the Hela Wigmen and Lae Tigers at 12pm.last_img read more

26
May
2020

Pukpuks finish third at Oceania Junior titles

first_imgThey defeated Vanuatu today by a huge margin, scoring 13 tries in a final scoreline of 80-7.Pukpuks’ first try was scored by Zion Reto eight minutes into the game. Another try came eight minutes later through Lindsey Yabone which took PNG up to 10-0 followed by the third try, by winger William Tirang 19 minutes into the game.A successful conversion by Richard Aitsi sent the score to 17-0.Vanuatu bounced back 25 minutes into the game with their first and only try through centre Dick Taiwia followed by a conversion from by Malau Manaroto, to reduce the gap to 17-7.With 15 minutes left to half time, PNG sailed through, putting another three tries on the board through Robin Loma, Shane Auakai and Eugene Ivankin to increase their lead  to 34-7 at half time despite a yellow card awarded to Jimmy Gissua for a dangerous tackle in the 35th minute. Pukpuks sailed through the second half, scoring another eight tries through Yabone, Zion Reto, Eliud Hosea (two tries), Gissua, Ricky John, Joe Moke and Graham Karepa and taking them to victory.The final is being played between Fiji and Tonga for the first and second spot.last_img read more

26
May
2020

Old foes Freelancers cross cues with Poi-Nangu as Media Pool opens

first_imgTo kick start the day and the season, old foes Freelancers and Poi-Nangu will kick off on Table 1. On Table 2 Papuan Blacks and Dataco Pebbles should have an even tussle at 12pm. On Table 3 the match between defending premiers Cool Grafix and Auditor General should be the match of the round.The MPC will see each team play two and a half games every weekend. This  means 12 teams play 3 matches a weekend while the other 12 play only two matches with the reverse the following Saturday.     While there has been a lot of horse trading in the off-season, many of the big name teams are set to once again feature prominently in season 2016.Last season’s minor premiers North East Mirror and premiers Cool Grafix having maintained the core of their team from 2015 will again look to dominate from the start. But word is that Heli-Solutions sponsored Spin Doctors have revived their premiership winning side from 2014 and are set to rock the boat this season to reclaim the crown.That is however without saying that many of the teams in the competition have grown from strength to strength and have improved their game to the stage where there are no easy beats anymore.“Our competition has grown over the past 12 years to a stage where the level of competition has improved so much so that no one team can clearly dominate,” said tournament director Ephraim Kara.Kara said teams such as Poi-Nangu, Keleone, Next of Kin, City Hall, Pebbles, Patrons, Lamana, Telinet, Auditor General and Education Media are always a threat of making the finals come November.He said other new teams admitted to this year’s competition also come as surprise packages so there should be a lot of fun and excitement going into the first few rounds of competition.Chairman Tony Sipa said a team captains meeting on Tuesday endorsed the inclusion of several new teams including Niugini Guinea Islands Insurance Limited Famagusta, National Teachers Insurance Limited, CRE and Peoples Notice Board.Sipa said in order to maintain the image and profile of the competition, dress standards and professionalism will be maintained at all times during the competitions.“The team captains have been reminded in no uncertain terms that they are responsible for each of their teams, standards have to be maintained and we will not entertain anything less,” he said.last_img read more

26
May
2020

Rio 2016 Opening ceremony anticipated to be “the biggest event in the world”

first_imgDetails of the opening ceremony are always a closely-guarded secret, but what is known is that the budget for Rio’s festivities is substantially lower than the £31m devoted to director Danny Boyle’s London 2012 extravaganza.Reports in 2015 suggested Rio ceremony director Fernando Meirelles – who made films like City of God and The Constant Gardener – could be working with as little as one-tenth of Boyle’s budget.Organisers told the BBC that Rio’s ceremony will still be “the biggest event in the world – not just Brazilian culture but world culture”.There is no ticketed sports action outside the opening ceremony on Friday, but there is still some activity at Rio’s Sambadrome. Similarly to London 2012, archery holds its behind-closed-doors ranking round to seed the competitors for the events ahead.last_img read more

14
May
2020

Raúl looks for a miracle with Castilla in 2020

first_imgRaul face your second calendar year as a coach of Real Madrid Castilla. The white legend has a big challenge with the subsidiary: the promotion to Second, which Castilla does not achieve since 2011-12 season, with Alberto Toril on the bench. You won’t have it easy, since your team closed 2019 at eight points playoff of ascent (with one game less) and only three of the descent. Five wins, seven draws and five losses leave their future in the air, given that the coach’s contract It expires in summer.The IFcome and go have been a constant since the beginning of the course. Castilla hthrashed to good teams like Getafe B (3-0) and Rayo Majadahonda (3-1)but has also fallen defeated before Athletic B (2-0), Racing de Ferrol (1-2), Sporting B (4-2) and Ibiza (1-2). And has conceded 21 goals, almost as many as he has marked (23). But if this Castile is characterized by something, it is by tie: after Melilla (8 games), he is the second team that has finished his appointments most times in tables: seven. Still, Rthere he hopes to follow the trail of Zidane, that by this time of his first season in Castilla he had won eight games (he finished sixth that season, with 58 points). The Castile has the younger template of the category next to Las Palmas Atlético (19 years on average). An incentive for training, but a result level handicap for inexperience The planning of the first staff has hurt the subsidiary: unknowns about him Rodrygo’s future (played against Langreo and Rayo Majadahonda, who scored a goal) and Kubo (played a friendly against Alcorcón) were other inconvenience for Raúl, also stopping the signing of the forward Bell, already agreed.In the goal, Raúl has not had it easy either: Altube has combined the first team with the subsidiary and not regularly. Despite these mismatches, Raúl has won the trust of some of his players, especially César Gelabert, He returned on November 2 after his clavicle injury and is indisputable.The return to activity will be intense: Castilla receives this Sunday at Melilla (11: 30h.), then he will travel on day 8 to Vigo to play his match against Celta B (postponed since December 20 by the alert that Galicia lived) and on January 12 will receive the visit of Las Rozas (12:00).last_img read more

14
May
2020

Mario leaves the session and continues the plague of injuries

first_imgBad luck, in the form of injuries, is priming with Lightning. The first gravity came in preseason, when Velázquez suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee. The central left the concentration and had to go through the operating room, but today faces the final phase of his recovery. That was the first, not the last. Baby followed, who also broke the crossed right knee in the month of November, moment when the end was sweet. A similar diagnosis was received by the forward Ulloa less than a week ago. The medical part reflected a “rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and the inner side of his left knee.” The bad news continues for Paco Jémez. The last one occurred during this Wednesday’s session, when Mario Suarez had to retire with discomfort 40 minutes to start. At that setback we should add the absences of Saveljich and Andrés Martín in training. The defender had to be replaced in the match against Tenerife by some left twin problems and the midfielder has been ill since last week. “He caught the flu. Little by little it is better, but I was neither to train nor to enter the locker room because I could infect someone. We are very fair, but we cannot control it, “Paco confessed in the previous crash of Heliodoro. Another of the most important ailments has affected the captain. Alberto García has had to go through the operating room twice because of the cartilage of his left knee. The discomfort began in late September and, first, he was diagnosed with synovitis. The goalkeeper improved and returned to training, but the pains soon reappeared. There the injury hit the face. A few days after his last arthroscopy, Comesaña was also intervened. The Galician, because of a “bilateral inguinal hernia” and will return, approximately, in mid-March. More or less by that date, Pozo would have to return. The midfielder was injured against Extremadura with “a break in the adductor major of the right thigh. ” To all this list of casualties, the goalkeeper Morro joins, with discomfort after the Cup.last_img read more

14
May
2020

The current dynamics of Girona is of direct ascent

first_imgIn Girona the state of optimism has been decreed. The rojiblanco team is showing reliability and commitment and the results are coming. The fans see reasons to rely on the promotion to Primera, but the costumes try to escape because they do not want to make the same mistakes of the past. Yes, the current streak of the Girona group is of direct ascent.Pep Lluís Martí’s They have managed to add 11 of the last 15 points played (three wins and two draws in five games) and only two teams have managed to keep up the pace, not beat him, in this last period of competition. Tenerife and Zaragoza have also added 11 points out of 15 (without telling the Aragonese the draw against Mirandés in the postponed duel) and present an identical goal difference, +4. Thanks to these last numbers, Girona has left ostracism behind and has not only settled in the playoff positions, but also looks at the direct ascent. Precisely Zaragoza, second, leads them by six points, and Cádiz, leader, is seven. A cutout difference considering that the rojiblanco team is in an exceptional state and the Cadizians in the last five games have left valuable points. They have added seven points of 15 after two wins, one draw and two losses. But there is more because at the end of the course, the last three teams that will visit Montilivi will be curiously the first three currently classified: Zaragoza will arrive on day 37, Zaragoza 39, Cádiz and 41 will receive Almería. Reasons are giving to trust (in this second round they have 14 points, four more than after the first eight games of the first), but you can not fall into an excess of confidence because Martí has ​​not only lived an identical streak to the current one in Girona, but surpassed it, and then the team has sunk. In the first six games of the coach on the red and white bench were able to add 14 points out of 18 possible, but then came a blow that made them distance themselves completely from the objective of the ascent. From day 20 to 22, before Numancia, Mirandés and Rayo, they were unable to reap a point (three losses) and this made them stagger and fall into nobody’s area. Now the ship is straightened, following a good route and the next two meetings will be vital to confirm it: on Sunday they visit a Mirandés who will have an eye on the Copa del Rey and a day later they will receive in Montilivi al Albacete. The La Mancha, with one game less, are just one point down.last_img read more