FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Mikayla Vivens and Stephen F. Austin’s Danae Daron are the latest Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, league officials announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Vivens offensive efforts lifted the Houston Baptist (14-14, 7-7 SLC) squad to a five-set road victory over Northwestern State (10-13, 6-7 SLC) and 3-1 road-win over Southeastern Louisiana (2-24, 1-12 SLC) last week.SFA employed Daron’s defensive prowess as the Ladyjacks (27-2, 14-0 SLC) kept their unblemished conference record in tact following a pair of four-set wins over Sam Houston State (20-7, 12-3 SLC) and Abilene Christian (13-14, 10-5 SLC). Offensive Player of the Week: Mikayla Vivens, Houston Baptist– So. – Outside Hitter – San Antonio, TexasVivens posted a double-double in each match leading the Huskies to a pair of huge road wins that lifted HBU back to .500 in conference and overall standings. In Thursday’s five-set victory at Northwestern State, she recorded a career-high 25 kills, hitting .317, and adding 12 digs. In Saturday’s win at Southeastern Louisiana, Vivens posted 20 kills and 10 digs for her league-leading 20th double-double. She has registered at least 20 kills and a double-double in each of the last three matches.Honorable Mention: Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas; Danae Daron, Stephen F. AustinDefensive Player of the Week: Danae Daron, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Middle Blocker – Crosby, TexasPutting up phenomenal numbers on both offense and defense, junior middle blocker Danae Daron helped SFA clinch at least a share of the 2018 Southland Conference title by putting forth one of the best front-row defensive performances in all of NCAA Division I volleyball this season. After notching a career-best three solo blocks in Thursday’s win over Sam Houston State, Daron turned in a career-best 13 blocks — the most in a four-set match by an NCAA Division I volleyball player this season — in the Ladyjacks’ four-set win over Abilene Christian Saturday afternoon. The 13 blocks represent the most by a Southland player this season and the second-most by an SFA player in program history. They also helped SFA extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 24 matches and allowed the Ladyjacks to finish their first undefeated home season since 2005. SFA also leads the Southland in opponent hitting percentage this season while ranking third nationally in that same category.Honorable Mention: Savannah Allen, Central Arkansas; Hannah Lewis, Houston BaptistSouthland 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.
THRIVING & NEWLY ARRIVED GINGER NUT HEAD WIDE OPEN GRADE III, $100,000 SWEET LIFE STAKES FOR 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSEARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2019)–A much improved third in her second U.S. start, English-bred Thriving, along with new arrival, Irish-bred Ginger Nut, head a field of six sophomore fillies in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes, to be contested at 6 ½ furlongs down the Santa Anita hillside turf course.THRIVINGOwner: Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho TemescalTrainer: Jeff MullinsDistanced at a flat mile on turf in her U.S. debut, the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 24, Thriving rallied to be third, beaten 2 ¾ lengths, in the one mile turf Blue Norther Stakes here on Dec. 30, earning a solid 76 Beyer Speed figure, way up from 28 Beyer at Del Mar. With recency and Flavien Prat once again in her corner, Thriving seems the logical top selection although she was beaten three quarters of a length by Ginger Nut the only time they met, five starts back at Newmarket on Aug. 4.GINGER NUTOwner: Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer: John SadlerUnraced since victorious by a neck in an ungraded stakes that attracted 18 runners (male and female) going six furlongs on turf in England Aug. 22, Ginger Nut has easily banked more than the entire combined Sweet Life field, as she has $237,488 on account. Although she’s never faced graded or group competition, she’s won three out of her last four races and in the process, has defeated a total of 66 horses, many of them males. (Her neck win in a 25-horse field on July 21 at Newbury is a glaring case in point). With a solid work tab to her credit, Ginger Nut will get the services of Joel Rosario as she tries to improve upon an overall mark of 8-3-2-1.THE GRADE III SWEET LIFE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 7 of 9- Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTApache Princess–Kent Desormeaux–122Thriving–Flavien Prat–122Splashy Kisses–Heriberto Figueroa–120Nomizar–Rafael Bejarano–120Full Eclipse–Brice Blanc–120Ginger Nut–Joel Rosario–124First 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.
THE STRONACH GROUP APPOINTS STEVE KOCH SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF RACINGTORONTO – The Stronach Group announced today that well-respected industry executive Steve Koch has been appointed Senior Vice President of Racing for the company.“We are thrilled to have Steve join our team at this pivotal moment in our sport,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President of The Stronach Group. “Steve has a proven track record as an executive committed to safety and integrity in racing that is fully in line with our company’s priority to put horse and rider safety at the forefront.”Mr. Koch will work with the company’s executive leadership and the general managers at all Stronach Group racing properties to implement and maintain global best practice safety and integrity standards for horse and rider welfare and will be responsible for the coordination of national racing operations.Mr. Koch previously served as the Executive Director of the Safety & Integrity Alliance at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) where he was responsible for managing the industry’s accreditation program, implementing national uniform standards for racetrack safety and integrity. Prior to the NTRA, he served as Vice President of Thoroughbred Racing for Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada.“Steve’s stellar racetrack operations experience combined with his commitment to safety and integrity will allow us to further build on our world-class racing program,” said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer of The Stronach Group “His addition reinforces The Stronach Group’s commitment to modernize and improve Thoroughbred racing.”“My work at the NTRA enabled first-hand experience and continuous engagement with racing operations at racetracks across North America,” Steve Koch said. “I look forward to working with The Stronach Group team to deliver an exceptional racing program as the world’s safest racetrack operator.”Additionally Mr. Koch serves on various industry boards and committees such as the Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP), Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory (RSTL), the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Dean’s Equine Advisory Board, American Horse Council’s United Horse Coalition, and the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC).#####
20 CENT SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $557,743 INTO MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA; FIRST POST TIME FOR AN EIGHT-RACE CARD IS AT 12:30 P.M. MONDAY IS ALSO DOLLAR DAY, WITH ONE DOLLAR BEERS, SODAS & TWO DOLLAR HOT DOGSARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2020)–For the 12th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot proved elusive, resulting in a Jackpot carryover of $557,743 into a special eight-race Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday program on Monday.With a carryover from Saturday of $518,025 helping to generate $173,493 in new Jackpot handle today, Sunday’s total Rainbow Six pool reached $691,518.Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 44 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $2,117.30.First post time on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. and approximate post time for Monday’s third race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is at 1:32 p.m. PT.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
OLLIE’S CANDY, BEAUTIFUL LOVER & KEEPER OFTHE STARS HEAD FIELD OF ELEVEN FILLIES & MARES IN MONDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 GAMELY STAKESARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2020)–Fresh off a huge second place finish on dirt, trainer John Sadler’s Ollie’s Candy heads a solid field of eleven fillies and mares three and up going a mile and one eighth on turf in Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita. Ollie’s Candy will face stiff competition that includes Chad Brown’s lightly raced Beautiful Lover, Jonathan Wong’s Keeper Ofthe Stars, the Richard Baltas-trained Lady Prancealot and others.Named for the brilliant multiple champion Hall of Fame distaffer, the Gamely was first run at Hollywood Park in 1939 as the Long Beach Handicap and was renamed in honor of William Haggin Perry’s Gamely in 1976.OLLIE’S CANDYOwner: Paul & Karen EggertTrainer: John SadlerIn what appeared to be her career-best effort on April 18, this 5-year-old Candy Ride mare finished second by a head to highly regarded Ce Ce in the Grade I, 1 1/16 mile Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 18. A Grade I winner on dirt five starts back last July at Del Mar, Ollie’s Candy hasn’t run on turf since finishing second in the Grade III, one mile Wilshire Stakes here five races back on June 22, 2019. Second on turf in both the Grade I Del Mar Oaks and Grade II San Clemente Stakes in the summer of 2018, she has three seconds from four tries on turf and is thus a major danger in the Gamely.BEAUTIFUL LOVEROwner: Paul Pompa, Jr. & Gary TolchinTrainer: Chad BrownA lightly raced 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Arch, she was most recently a sharp second in a Grade II stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Tampa Bay Downs March 7. Raced on turf exclusively in all seven career starts, she has three wins and two seconds and has shown she’s equally effective stalking the early pace or rallying from far back. Favored on four occasions, she gets the services of top jock Irad Ortiz, Jr. and figures to be plenty tough shipping in from South Florida.KEEPER OFTHE STARSOwner: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLCTrainer: Jonathan WongDismissed at 36-1, she ran the race of her life in taking the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes here on Feb. 22, her second graded stakes win on grass. A close fourth after pressing the pace in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks seven starts back last August, this 4-year-old Midnight Lute filly is in top form and will hope the extra furlong on Monday will be within her scope with regular rider Abel Cedillo up.THE GRADE I, $300,000 GAMELY STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 11 of 11 Approximate post time 5:30 p.m. PTEtoile–Joel Rosario–122Ollie’s Candy–Drayden Van Dyke–124Lady Prancealot–John Velazquez–126Giza Goddess–Victor Espinoza–122Mucho Unusual–Umberto Rispoli–124Simply Breathless–Jorge Velez–122Beautiful Lover–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–122Tiny Tina–Mike Smith–122Siberian Iris–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–122Bodhicitta–Flavien Prat–122Keeper ofthe Stars–Abel Cedillo–124First post time for an 11-race card on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. Although there is no public admittance, fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or Xpressbet.com For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Tottenham increase capacity of new stadium for second time since April opening to 62,303 with 89 new seats added A CANNABIS farm was hiding next to White Hart Lane before Tottenham redeveloped their stadium.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has revealed how gangsters even took revenge on the club when the three-acre site was uncovered.2 The find came when buying land to house Tottenham’s new stadiumCredit: ReutersWhen giving Evening Standard a potted history of how he built Tottenham’s new home, Levy spoke of buying up 80 properties in the immediate area.And he smelled a skunk when one warehouse became inaccessible.The 57-year-old recalled: “We discovered it had been bolted shut from the inside and when we finally got in we found three acres of cannabis growing in there.”We obviously had to call the police.”However that only enraged the green-fingered gangsters who launched a prompt counter-offensive.Levy noted: “The next thing we knew we were victims of a revenge attack when the water pipes on the properties we owned down the High Road were cut, which flooded them all.”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 him2Fortunately for Spurs, no further damage was done – unless the mob were behind the deal to charge them £27million for Roberto Soldado in 2013.The incident occurred after Levy began his plan to redevelop White Hart Lane as soon as he took over the club.Construction was finally able to commence in 2015 with the team leaving their old home for an 18-month stay at Wembley before building work was completed.
Cleary will take on the role of Head Coach until the end of the 2020 NRL season.Cleary, 46, has coached 252 NRL games at the New Zealand Warriors and Penrith Panthers, plus was Head Coach of the 2015 Prime Minister’s XIII team and was named the 2014 Daly M Coach of the Year.Wests Tigers Chair Marina Go welcomed Cleary to the Club.”On behalf of the Wests Tigers Board I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Ivan to Wests Tigers,” said Go. “We look forward to him building a strong relationship with our players and staff and working with them long into the future. “In appointing Ivan as Head Coach we as a Club have worked through a thorough process and are thrilled to be making this announcement today,” she said. “Throughout this process Ivan was incredibly impressive with his vision for this Club and where it can go both on and off the field.”Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that he looked forward to working closely with Cleary over the coming seasons.”In all of my dealings with Ivan he’s shown himself to be an incredibly professional individual with a real passion for the game,” he said. “He brings to this Club a wealth of experience which we believe will be very beneficial for our playing group.”We have a group of players who are ready to take the next step in their playing careers and as a Club we’re confident that Ivan is the man to lead them,” he said.Cleary said he was looking forward to joining Wests Tigers.”This is a great opportunity to join a Club with a lot of potential,” said Cleary. “I look forward to getting to work with the playing group and coaching staff.”The Wests Tigers are a huge brand with a strong Membership base and a lot of supporters and I look forward to getting stuck in over the coming weeks,” he said. “Day one is today and from here we start working on improving, we’ll do a lot of exploring and analysis on how things work at Wests Tigers and how the people within the Club work. We need to decide as a group what we want to be and go about achieving this.”I can’t wait to get to work here,” he said. “It’s no secret that I’ve missed it, this is a fresh start for me and I’m committed to seeing this Club reach its potential and to be the success that I know it can be.”Pascoe thanked Interim Head Coach Andrew Webster for his efforts over the last two weeks.”I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Webster for the way that he carried himself over the last few weeks,” said Pascoe. “He did a terrific job during a difficult time, with the way that he conducted himself a true demonstration of his character.”This story and video first appeared on weststigers.com.au
Cooper Cronk and Will Chambers can hold their heads high after the Maroons’ loss, with Cronk’s pinpoint kicking game keeping Queensland in the game during the first 40 minutes of play, and Chambers’s 184 metres and nine tackle busts arguably the best 80-minute performance in Kevin Walters’s side. With both being so heavily involved in the first half, it is no surprise they felt it the most, and for good reason. The first 40 minutes saw end-to-end football, as each side enjoyed 50 per cent of possession in a game that had a frenetic pace. New South Wales were perfect in their completions, completing 18 of 18 sets in a start to the match that saw them lead 12-4 at half-time, scoring on the buzzer to have a healthy eight-point lead at the break.But Queensland were very good themselves, going at a 95 per cent completion rate as they completed 18/19 sets.It meant very little stoppage time in the first half, with both sides struggling to keep up with the brand of football being played. Forwards were on their haunches and outside backs were forced to come in and take runs up the middle as the bigger bodies struggled to get onside.Cronk has been in the NRL since 2004, but even he said it was the hardest start to a game that he has ever experienced. “I think I can say that the first half was probably the toughest brand of football I’ve been part of in my career,” Cronk said. “It was relentless and it was tough. They completed every set and we only turned over one. “The completion rate is why I had great confidence in the first half. The intensity and the effort was there. We got back into the game and got it to 6-4 after trailing early. “We had our backs against the wall and were coming off our own line for the majority of [the half]. “To get back [on the scoreboard] and give ourselves a chance gave us some real confidence. “You need to be tested because that’s what [Origin is] about.”One man that was certainly tested was Chambers, with the Melbourne Storm centre putting himself in the firing line time and time again to help his side get out of their own end. The majority of his 23 runs came in the first 40 minutes from deep within his own half and he said after the match that this period of play really hit him hard. “That is as quick as a footy match as I have ever played in. That first half was ridiculous,” Chambers said. “That’s what it is. That’s why these games are for the best of the best. “They took their moments and were clinical. When the big moment was there they executed. “We need to regroup and be ready to go to Sydney in a few weeks. We have another game to play.”
PNG are favorites to win gold in the Pacific Games as they have piled 114 points in their last three matches and conceded only 4.The host country did not come out of the blocks firing like their previous encounters, only scoring two tries.Ase Boas and Wartovo Puara Jnr were the try scorers.With the scores 10-0 at half time, Samoa could sense an upset.In the second half, Samoa tried to play field possession with early kicks out of their half.But bulldozing run from the PNG boys were too much for Samoa to handle, setting the mode for four tries from Isreal Eliab, Boas, Bland Abavu and Sailas Gahuna.In the early round three match, Tonga beat Cook Islands 14-10.
Wisil clocked a time of 11.86 seconds and carried the PNG flag proudly around the BSP stadium after her race to the chanting and cheering of 15,000 spectators.“I was a bit nervous before my race in front of my home crowd but I got settled in and focused on the race and winning,” said Wisil.Younis Bese from Fiji won silver with a time of 12.27 seconds while third place also went to another Fijian in Sisilia Seavula who clocked a time of 12.55 seconds.