Southland Gives Back: HBU Student-Athletes Partner with Special Olympics Texas

first_imgAs part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season. HBU student-athletes escorted the bowling participants in the opening ceremonies while providing moral support throughout the competition. The Huskies were able to have many meaningful interactions with the competitors and their families. “The kids enjoyed spending time with our student-athletes, especially since they were the youngest individuals there,” said Heather Wyatt, HBU’s Assistant Director of Compliance and SAAC advisor. “Some of the student-athletes were able to jump in and play a few frames with the kids, which caused them (the children) even greater joy and the ability to interact.” Additionally, on Dec. 3, the track and field team volunteered at the 39th Annual Jingle Bell Express run by the Christian Community Service Center to provide new toys, books and holiday food packages to underprivileged children and their families. HOUSTON, Texas – Forty-five Houston Baptist student-athletes volunteered at the Special Olympics Bowling event Dec. 1 at Copperfield Bowling Center on the city’s northwest side. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) coordinated the Huskies’ participation for the fourth time in the last five years. The SAAC committee worked in conjunction with the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the conference’s league-wide holiday service project, which is now in its 12th year. HBU student-athletes returned to working with Special Olympics this year after taking a one-year hiatus last winter while assisting with Hurricane Harvey efforts. The tradition of the two groups working together began in 2014. Special Olympics Texas is a year-round movement, holding more than 300 competitions annually in area, regional and state levels. Event divisions are based on age, gender and ability level in order to give athletes an equal chance for success. Each participant receives a medal or ribbon following their events.last_img read more

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Central Arkansas Duo, SFA’s Ruiz Named Football Players of the Week

first_imgSpecial Teams Player of the Week: Storm Ruiz – Sr. – Placekicker – League City, TexasResponsible for more than half of SFA’s point total, Ruiz banged home all four of his field-goal tries, marking a career high for the senior from League City, Texas.  He added a pair of extra points in the ‘Jacks home opener and became the first SFA kicker to make four field goals in a game since Nov. 3, 2012. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Lujuan Winningham and Davis Harrison, along with Stephen F. Austin’s Storm Ruiz, earned Southland Football Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. The Bears completed a 24-16 comeback victory on the road over FCS foe Austin Peay on Saturday, scoring the final 14 points of the game. Seeking its first 3-0 start since 2010, UCA returns home to begin conference play against Abilene Christian at 6 p.m. Saturday and can be seen on ESPN+. Winningham, a sophomore wide receiver, picked up a second-straight Offensive Player of the Week and teammate Harrison, a junior safety, secured defensive honors. Senior kicker Ruiz secured Special Teams Player of the Week laurels. Honorable Mention: Luke Anthony, Abilene Christian; Jon Copeland, UIW; Bailey Zappe, Houston Baptist. Offensive Player of the Week: Lujuan Winningham – So. – Wide Receiver – Humble, TexasWinningham once again played a major role in the Bears’ offense, hauling in eight passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Both his scoring grabs came in the fourth quarter, erasing a 16-10 Governor lead. Through two games, Winningham has been “Mr. Fourth Quarter” with five catches for 196 yards and four touchdowns.  Honorable Mention: Bailey Giffen, Lamar; Bailey Raborn, McNeese; Taylor Wallace, Central Arkansas. Ruiz nailed a career-best four field goals, but the Lumberjacks dropped a 37-26 decision to Tarleton State, a top-five squad at the Division II level. SFA wraps up non-conference play on the road against Southern Utah at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Honorable Mention: Cole Burgess, Abilene Christian; Caleb Johnson, Houston Baptist. Defensive Player of the Week: Davis Harrison – Jr. – Safety – Meridian, Miss.Harrison had a team-high seven tackles, including a pair on Austin Peay’s final drive that ended with an interception with 14 seconds left. Trailing 13-10 going into the final quarter, he helped lead a Bears’ defense that held the Governors to just a field goal in the final period and allow UCA’s offense to pull off another comeback victory at 24-16. 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 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019

first_imgJoseph Talamo126 Aaron Gryder54 52% 23 2 38% 49% $1,318,904 Geovanni Franco175 11 11% 46 3rd 29% 41% $1,390,487 13% 7 $2,751,718 $1,086,386 $307,251 50% 20 2nd 34 26 6 $481,127 18 25% 42% 19% 27 13% 19 15 14% 58% Trainer                             Sts1st2nd3rdWin%In$%Money Won 9 14% Vladimir Cerin49 20 13 Assael Espinoza113 32% Bob Baffert62 33% 7 17% Rafael Bejarano133 8 9 18 49% $482,030 46% 9 21 20 6 8 35% Ruben Fuentes84 17 16 50% $467,489 59% $784,428 11 $395,527 (Current Through Sunday, March 3) William Spawr22 16 19% $587,067 34 23 ITM%         Money Won 22 8 13 16% Heriberto Figueroa168 17% 13 Drayden Van Dyke131 Mike Smith69 12% 57% 51% 41% 18% 11 $1,053,077 RETIRED HORSES FLOURISH AT CARMA SHOW 45% 16 Peter Eurton44 15% 13 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:  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 HandicapGame Winner (Inside) in company with  Dr.Dorr work 4 furlongs (Baffert) -3-26-19Roadster works 6 furlongs (Baffert) -3-26-19Dream Tree works 5 furlongs (Baffert) -3-26-19Bellafina works 5 furlongs (Callaghan) -3-24-19 17% 13% 18% 2 $329,972 $493,848 John Sadler72 67% 12 20 Kent Desormeaux90 Steve Knapp49 Peter Miller103 10 9 37% 52% Agapito Delgadillo56 William E. Morey56 45% 3 Flavien Prat176 $694,744 $974,970 13 $1,056,800 4 Tyler Baze186 17% 36 11 31 4 28 25 $272,018 14 $2,545,756 40% 7 AGENT OSBORNE IS UPBEAT DESPITE LOSS Tiago Pereira146 17 11 19 10% $1,103,833 20 9 $807,044 28% 34% 12 Doug O’Neill161 18 32% 12 49% 8 51 7 Richard Baltas104 8 63% 8 9 MANDELLA POINTS EXTRA HOPE TO SANTA ANITA DERBYRichard Mandella, not known for unabashed enthusiasm when it comes to championing his own horses, admittedly has a touch of Derby Fever these days, a month and a week before the 145th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on May 4.Reason number one: Omaha Beach, a striking three-year-old son of War Front who handed champion Game Winner his first defeat in the second division of the Rebel Stakes on March 16. Reason number two: Extra Hope, a three-year-old son of Shanghai Bobby, who was fourth in the first division of the Rebel, beaten only 3 ½ lengths.“Omaha Beach will go in the Arkansas Derby (April 13), mainly because I think he needs that extra week,” said Mandella, who although he has enjoyed a laudatory Hall of Fame career, has never won the Kentucky Derby with six previous starters.“Extra Hope is being pointed to the Santa Anita Derby (a week from Saturday, April 6). Drayden Van Dyke will ride him and Mike Smith will ride Omaha Beach.“I’m very proud of Omaha Beach. He got me pretty excited. At this point, you could say both horses have given me Derby Fever.”Fans will be treated to a stakes overload 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 presented by San Manuel Casino.In addition to the 1 ¼-mile Big ‘Cap and the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, each holding 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 on Big ‘Cap/Derby Day will be 12 noon.DESORMEAUX, ASHLEY MEET IN SAN LUIS REYKent Desormeaux will add another notch to his Hall of Fame holster Friday albeit it a relatively minor one when he pilots Ashleyluvssugar in the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on grass.In his 33rd year as a jockey, it will mark the first time ever on the classy and consistent eight-year-old California-bred gelding. Desormeaux has never even worked the horse.Not to worry, says trainer Peter Eurton, who in Ashleyluvssugar’s last 17 starts has given a leg up on the bay son of Game Plan to Tyler Baze, Gary Stevens, Joel Rosario and Flavien Prat.But with Baze now riding at Oaklawn Park, Stevens retired, and Prat and Rosario fulfilling commitments in Dubai along with fellow Santa Anita-based riders Mike Smith and Joe Talamo, Eurton was contacted by Desormeaux’s agent Mike Ciani and gave him the call.On paper, it seems the Louisiana native, who still holds the world record for most wins in one year, an incredible 598 in 1989, could be on the lead in the marathon race, although Ashleyluvssugar has won from a stalking position.“I don’t think he has to be on the lead, but you just have to see how it unfolds,” said Eurton, himself a former rider until weight issues evolved. “That’s the good thing about having the outside post (six of six) . . . Kent knows how to ride, so I’m not going to tell him a whole lot.“It’s a mile and a half. He knows it’s not a gate-to-wire race, but if they hand him the lead, and he has to take it, he has to take it. What are you going to do?“The other jocks who have ridden him are not available, but we’re still left with a pretty good rider in Kent Desormeaux and I’m happy with that.”In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby three times, Desormeaux’s 6003 career wins in North America from 31,668 mounts (19 percent) rank him 19th all-time and fifth among active riders. His mounts have earned $283,672,492.While Eurton plays musical riders with Asheyluvssugar, who captured the San Luis Rey in 2015, the old boy has more than earned his keep winning 10 of 31 career starts.His career earnings of $1,431,039 are more than his five San Luis Rey rivals combinedby $373,205.The San Luis Rey, race seven of eight with a 1 p.m. first post time: Epical,Tyler Baze, 2-1; Risky Proposition, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1; Unapologetic, Geovanni Franco, 8-1; Beach View, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Marckie’s Water, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; and Ashleyluvssugar, Kent Desormeaux, 5-2.AMPUTATION DOESN’T SLOW DOWN AGENT OSBORNEPopular jockey agent Dudley Osborne is back in action following a lengthy respite due to the amputation of his left foot in June of last year.He is representing veteran Frenchman Brice Blanc.“Brice has a good head on his shoulders, doesn’t have to fight weight, is professional and understands the game,” said Osborne, who wears a prosthetic that masks any hint of his loss until he lifts his pant leg to reveal it.“We’re getting good feedback from horsemen,” Osborne said. “Everybody knows Brice has a very light pair of hands and he’s a great judge of pace.  Plus, he’s a first class guy  and handles himself well with everyone. John Shirreffs says Brice is fearless and doesn’t mind riding in tight spots.”Osborne had no signs of any problems with his foot until he discovered a wound on the top of it, which ultimately led to the amputation.He may not make the rounds on the backstretch as readily as before, but his positive attitude doesn’t prevent him from still walking and talking at the same time.HORSES FLOURISH AT CARMA’S CLASSIC EVENTMuch like the wild flowers of spring, retired racehorses were in a super bloom at theThoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS) on March 23 and 24 at Galway Downs in Temecula.The equestrian sporting event hosted by CARMA ( California Retirement Management Account) as an awareness campaign to promote the adoption of off-track Thoroughbreds, drew 96 entries.“We’ve been putting on these shows for seven years now, and we’re really starting to see resurgence of the breed in the show ring,” said Lucinda Mandella, executive director of CARMA. “Multiple exhibitors and spectators asked us how they can adopt very recently retired racehorses. The interest in the Thoroughbred as a sport horse and companion is growing.”To showcase the versatility of the breed, the TCHS offers hunters, jumpers, cross country, dressage, barrel racing, pole bending, lead line and showmanship. The purpose of the TCHS has always been one of inclusiveness and variety, encouraging its exhibitors to bring their horse to an environment both welcoming and accommodating.The connections to racing were strong at this show. For the third straight year, TCHS Youth Ambassador Amanda Gomez, 15-year-old daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Garrett Gomez, won the 1.00M $1,500 Jumper Stakes aboard her six-year-old gelding Amadeus (Jockey Club: Quick Louder) out of 10 riders.The $1,500 Hunter Derby, sponsored by the Stronach Group, Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, was captured by Madison Dunham, daughter of San Luis Rey Downs-based trainer Daniel Dunham, and her horse Cognoscente, an eight-year-old gelding previously trained by her father. Notably, Madison and Cognoscente also were second in the Jumper Stakes.The winner of the $1,000 Dressage Challenge was Katherine Rich-Elzig and her mount, Count On Me. The $1,500 Eventing Challenge held exclusively at the March show which combines scores from stadium jumping, dressage and cross country, was won by Chavez Ravine and his rider Lisa Gonzalez.The next TCHS event will be on Dec. 7-8, 2019 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank where year-end awards will be given to high point exhibitors who participated at the Galway Show and sponsored TCHS classes offered at the Camelot Show Series.For more information about the TCHS and CARMA, go to ThoroughbredClassic.orgor CARMA4horses.org. Results for all the divisions and disciplines from the weekend’s Galway Show can be found at Horseshowtime.com. $202,634 13 Joel Rosario207 16 21% MANDELLA IS SMITTEN WITH DERBY FEVER 41% Philip D’Amato88 23 41% 11 28 J. Keith Desormeaux54 $370,998 Nolo Contesto (Outside) in company with  Foxtail work 6 furlongs (Sadler) -3-23-19Ashleyluvssugar works 4 furlongs (Eurton) -3-23-19Marley’s Freedom (Outside) in company with  Just A Smidge work 5 furlongs (Baffert) -3-23-19Gift Box works 6 furlongs (Sadler) -3-23-19FINISH LINES: Ron Anderson, agent for Joel Rosario, reports his jockey returns from Dubai at 11:30 this Sunday morning, will ride at Santa Anita that day “and on April 6 and 7, and after that be riding in Kentucky and New York.” . . . Jockey Martin Garcia, recovered from a recent injury, resumes his career in Friday’s eighth race on Mr Classical. Garcia is represented by agent Tom Knust, who also will handle business for Bay Area mainstay Abel Cedillo at Del Mar this summer. 5 9 7 11% 16% 16 1st 23 26% 40% $243,390 $495,277 3 Mario Gutierrez98 9 JockeyMts $296,979 $890,481 42% 4 13% 10 Edwin Maldonado65 26 26 11 40% 10% $195,526 25 16% Win% 55% 15% 10 14% $246,081 2 24% 21 12 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 8 10 7 11 20% $1,118,428 Mark Glatt64 23 Jerry Hollendorfer85 Simon Callaghan31 $873,075 12 $1,125,588 Jeff Mullins47 8 43% 8 60% $1,071,024 18 Hector O. Palma45 7 8 Richard Mandella38 10 37% 10 10 2 $1,424,512 $1,103,457 55% A FIRST FOR DESORMEAUX IN SAN LUIS REY 16%last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY MIKE WILLMAN -SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020

first_imgBARGAIN BUY OSCAR DOMINGUEZ READY FOR SAN MARCOS 2nd Peter Miller37 27% 15% Brian J. Koriner24 17 (Current Through Friday, January 31, 2020 Inclusive) COME FOR THE RACES AND STAY FOR BIG GAME SUNDAY AT 11:30 AM 3rd $1,254,974 12 $861,170 7 $689,654 WITH SIX ENTERED, BAFFERT TWO WINS AWAY FROM 3,000 1st 14 3rd Abel Cedillo124 5 CHIEFS OR 49ers? HORSEMEN AREN’T PUNTING 20 64% 13 49% 12 $833,612 $1,043,692 29% 2nd 11 5 16 Bob Baffert35 65% Flavien Prat72 48% 20% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 17% 18 22 TrainerSts ITM% Win% LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 1st, 2020Quick Questions With Assistant Starter Huey BarnesWORKOUTS:Caressa (Sadler) 1-31-20Zucchera (Baltas) 1-31-20Collusion Illusion (Glatt) 1-31-20Authentic (Baffert) 1-30-20McKinzie (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 1-30-20Roadster (Outside) and Heck Yeah (Baffert) 1-26-20Clivetty (Outside) and Instagrand (Chatlos) 1-25-20 1st 9 Money Won Richard Baltas55 $263,182 30% JockeyMts 17 Joel Rosario83 $811,621 ITM% SANTA ANITA HOSTS LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY EVENT TODAY ‘OVERACHIEVER’ OSCAR DOMINGUEZ SET FOR TODAY’S SAN MARCOSFrom a $40,000 claiming purchase seven starts back on Feb. 7, 2019, to a Grade II Stakes winner Dec. 1, Irish-bred Oscar Dominguez has by any accounting exceeded all expectations for trainer Richard Baltas.“He’s been an overachiever, no question,” said Baltas on a picture perfect Saturday morning at Clockers’ Corner.  “We’ve got him at San Luis Rey Downs and he’s done really well down there.  He’s stayed sound and that’s the most important thing.”Last after the first half mile in a field of 10 in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles over the Del Mar turf Dec. 1, “Oscar,” a 7-year-old gelding by Zoffany, demonstrated a tremendous turn of foot at odds of 11-1 under John Velazquez.With leading man Joel Rosario in the irons for today’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos at a mile and one quarter on turf, does Baltas think his prize purchase will have the same closing kick shortening up a quarter mile?“Obviously, it depends on the pace,” said Baltas.  “I’m glad we’ve got Joel.  He’s a great judge of pace and a powerful finisher.”SANTA ANITA HOSTS LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY EVENT TODAYSanta Anita will host a fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s fight against cancer in the East Paddock Gardens. Trainer Craig Dollase’s daughter, Alyssa, and her classmate Kimberly Cabral, are heading the effort as both are candidates for the Society’s Student of the Year program.Fans are encouraged to stop by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s tent today.  The first 500 fans to donate will each receive a free 2020 Santa Anita Park wall calendar.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com/events.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.HORSEMEN EAGER TO WEIGH IN ON SUPER BOWL 54Although intimate knowledge may be in short supply, Santa Anita horsemen were again eager to weigh in on the Big Game this Sunday pitting the San Francisco 49ers versus the Kansas City Chiefs:Richard Mandella, HOF trainer–“CHIEFS, I LIKE THAT QUARTERBACK.”Gary Mandella, trainer–“CHIEFS.”Hector Palma, trainer–“KANSAS CITY.”Aidan Butler, racing exec.–“I’LL GO 49ers.”Vince DeGregory, agent–“I LIKE KANSAS CITY.”Michael McCarthy, trainer–“I LOVE MAHOMES, BUT I THINK THE 49ers ARE PRETTY GOOD.”Phil D’Amato, trainer–“49ers.”Iggy Puglisi, jockey–“WHO’S PLAYING?”David Bernstein, trainer–“GONNA PICK THE CALIFORNIA TEAM.”Tim Yakteen, trainer–“49ers.”Millie Ball, XBTV–“I’LL HAVE TO CHECK WITH KURT HOOVER.”“Jungle Jim” Giannone, agent–“TAKE KANSAS CITY.”Christina Blacker, TVG–“KANSAS CITY, ONE OF DAN’S CLIENTS IS A BIG FAN.”Dan Blacker, trainer–“KANSAS CITY.”Zoe Cadman, XBTV–“KANSAS CITY.”Art Sisson, owner/player–“I THINK IT’S A TOSS-UP.”Marcel Polanco, trainer–“49ers.”Dave Randall–owner/trainer–“49ers.”Asa Espinoza, jockey–“I ALWAYS WANT TO RIDE THE FAVORITE, KANSAS CITY.”Craig Stephen, agent–“KANSAS CITY.”Steve Miyadi, trainer–“49ers.”Victor Garcia, trainer–“KANSAS CITY.”Steve Byk–radio host–“CHIEFS.”Nate Newby, racing exec.–“CHIEFS.”Steve Andersen, DRF–“CHIEFS.”Jeff Metz, trainer–“49ers.”Zoe Metz, photographer–“WHO’S PLAYING?”Derek Lawson, agent–“CHIEFS.”Matt Nakatani, agent–“49ers.”Alex Solis II, racing manager–“I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO’S PLAYING.”Gary Young, clocker–“NINERS.”Carla Gaines, trainer–“NINERS.”Kurt Hoover, TVG–“CHIEFS.”FINISH LINES: … Golden Gate Fields is closed this weekend due to repairs of the track’s hot water system…Notable works among a total of 197 this morning:  Countdown to 3k–Bob Baffert, who has six horses entered today, is just two wins shy of 3,000 in his incredible Hall of Fame career…Ashleyluvssugar, 48.40, Starr of Quality, 50.60, Ward ‘n Jerry, 48.80, Dr. Dorr, 1:00 flat, Frontier Market, 1:15 flat, Gidgetta, 49.00, Mucho Unusual, 1:01.40, Ohio, 49.80, St. Joe Bay, 59.60, Taishan, 59.80 and Storm the Hill (training track), 1:01.20…Leading rider Joel Rosario, who registered a hat trick yesterday, has been suspended three racing days, Feb. 6, 7 & 8, for a disqualification which came aboard Ghoul, who was moved from second to fifth in last Sunday’s Clockers’ Corner Stakes…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! 4 2 $783,934 Drayden Van Dyke64 15 10 4 40% 29% 74% 9 58% 13 7 49% 3 Win% 25% Money Wonlast_img read more

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Rabbitoh Fuimaono’s debut to remember

first_imgPhoto: NRL (Rabbitohs rookie Tyrell Fuimaono in his debut match against the Tigers in Round 10). Fuimaono only joined Redfern this year after starring in the Eels NYC set-up and featuring for the Junior Kangaroos.Following some indifferent form from South Sydney of late, coach Michael Maguire rang the changes ahead of their meeting with Wests Tigers on Friday night and one of those was calling on Fuimaono to debut and the Patrician Brothers Blacktown product didn’t disappoint with 97 metres and six tackle busts.Speaking to NRL.com after his debut, Fuimaono revealed he found out about his debut in front of all his teammtes.”[Maguire] actually didn’t pull me aside individually – we were in a team meeting and he said there was going to be a few changes in the team and he just dropped it on me so I was completely overwhelmed,” Fuimaono said.”I teared up a bit in front of everyone in the hype of it all. I was over the moon and to be able to come out and get the win on top, I couldn’t be happier.”Despite a few players having to make way for the inclusion of himself plus the returns of Aaron Gray and Robbie Rochow, Fuimaono said his teammates were ecstatic for him.”Everyone’s pretty close, they were all giving me the look and saying they were happy for me and can’t wait for me to be able to play with them,” he said.”I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity. It’s a privilege to play alongside these guys I’ve looked up to for so long and it’s a dream come true.Fuiamono, who has been playing well for South Sydney’s Intrust Super Premiership team the Bears, praised the team-first ethic of players who switch between top grade and reserve grade for building camaraderie and spirit within the club and consequently making his move up to the NRL easier.”We’ve come together really good at the Bears with the full-timers jumping back and forth,” he said.”It’s good with boys coming back from full-time squad to be able to do that and put everyone’s egos aside is what’s [helping] our success.”Of his own impressive debut, Fuimaono said it all went past in a bit of a blur.”To be honest I kind of blanked out in the hype of it,” he said.”My goal was to bring energy to the team when I got on and try and make a bit of an impact in the game so to get the win, hopefully I did good by the boys and showed I deserved to hold a spot in the team. ‌Plenty of Eels fans will be wishing the western Sydney local was still in blue and gold following what he showed against the Tigers but Fuimaono said he decided during the middle of last year that the time had come to seek opportunities elsewhere.”I was looking for a good stepping stone and playing opportunity. When Souths came, they’ve been such a massive club and having a recent premiership, I couldn’t be happier with the opportunity I’ve been given,” he said of the move.”‘Madge’ (Maguire) gave me the invitation. What’s kind of made it easier is all the boys have been really welcoming. I’ve made really good mates since I’ve been here at the club, they’ve made the transition really easy and training enjoyable.”You don’t really consider it as a job when you’re coming in and having laughs, they’ve made me feel real welcome.”Fuiamaono’s biggest challenge that came with the switch of clubs was moving out of the family home for the first time.”I did have to move and that was a massive milestone in life. Unfortunately, I had to leave my family in Mt Druitt, that was quite disappointing,” he said.”I did have the idea of bringing them with me, that was my first thought is I wanted to take them with me but at the moment I’m stepping out on my own and doing my best. I’m grateful enough to be given the opportunity and hopefully I do well.”last_img read more

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Farms and tourism promising: Minister

first_img“Integrating these two economic activities presents opportunities for stronger collaboration around agribusiness development in niche markets in support of local agrifood sector and small-scale farmers while reducing the import bill of Pacific island economies,” Seruirata said when opening a regional agribusiness forum in Nadi yesterday.The forum was organised to exchange experience on successes demonstrating the potential of agri-tourism markets, particularly in strengthening linkages between national and regional value chain actors with the tourism industry.PNG was represented by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock and PNG Women in Agriculture Development Foundation.Seruirata said the rise in population across the Pacific and the influx of tourists into countries like Fiji had put more pressure on locally available food to feed them, which prompted island states to continue to import.He said it was important to bring together the diverse group of actors that are active in the agribusiness sector, which can participate in the value and market chain with the aid of financial institutions. This will mean more local food produced for the tourism sector which in turn will put money in farmers pockets.Seruirata also pointed out that access to finance was a common challenge for many Pacific businesses, especially micro and SMEs, and urged financial institutions to offer some solutions.The three-day forum is organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, and the Pacific Private Sector Organizations.last_img read more

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Female officers donate sports bags to team PNG

first_imgThe STLOs have been an integral part of the security operations of the U-20 Women’s Tri-Nations tournament. The security operation involved three female officers seconded as security team liaison officers to each of the three teams, Japan, PNG and USA.RPNGC chief inspector and U-20 Women’s Tri-Nations senior security liaison Sylvia Reu said the female officers donated 26 Puma sports bags to the PNG team last Saturday at the Bisini Oval after the girl’s training.“The 10 of us put some money together and purchased the bags. We picked the blue-coloured bags because it represented our police colour,” Reu explained.Reu said the Puma sports bags were given to the girls as a show of support for the PNG U-20 team.The PNG team captain Yvonne Gabong received the bags on behalf of the team, saying they were very grateful for the kind gesture by the policewomen.last_img read more

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CPL PNG Lewas women’s cricket team make it 2 from 2

first_imgThe Lewas destroyed Japan’s batting line up bowling them out for just 67 from 43.1 overs.Opening bowler Veru Kila Frank did the early damage with figures of 3/14 from her 10 overs. Captain Pauke Siaka (3/8 from 10 overs) and Sibona Jimmy (3/19 from 9.1 overs) also picked up three wickets each.Shizuka Miyaji (16) and Miho Kanno (16) put up a fight before Japan lost their last seven wickets for just 17 runs.Japan were determined not to let the Lewas chase down the target easily snaring three early wickets to have the Lewas in trouble at 3/18.But the in-form Siaka (20) with opener Kopi John (28 not out) steadied the ship for a 36-run partnership.John finished the game with two boundaries to ensure the Lewas remain on top of the table after day two. The qualifiers will continue on Monday with Samoa taking on Japan.last_img read more

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Diego Llorente’s anger at the coronavirus

first_img“For all those who do not follow the recommendations or think they are on vacation, I hope that the authorities move from the recommendations and advice to the fines and prohibitions that some are unfortunately the only thing they understand,” the Madrid native wrote in his personal account of twitter. A very drastic and sharp message that later had continuity with another one published on another social network, on Instagram, for his wife, also outraged that there are still people who do not follow the measures of confinement, endangering the work of the toilets these days.And it is that the mother of Llorente’s wife works in a Madrid hospital, so they are very sensitive to this matter. “All my support to the people who are working and will work tirelessly to prevent and control the spread of the virus for the benefit of society,” added Llorente, who is convinced that the sooner we all become aware that we do not have to leave our houses, Antea will end this coronavirus nightmare. Getting to stop the advance of the coronavirus in Spain is everyone’s business. Only with the responsible attitude of everyone can normality return as soon as possible. Sport in general in our country has stopped to collaborate with this health alert, following the health recommendations. It was logical, more after knowing the first positives of COVID19 in LaLiga. All the players have followed the forced confinement in their homes, and there are some who have even shown their anger through their social networks, realizing that other citizens have not wanted to follow the measures imposed by the Government. This is the case of Diego Llorente, the center of the Real Sociedad.last_img read more

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Kipketer hails ‘amazing’ Champs

first_imgFormer 800 metres world record holder Wilson Kipketer, here in Jamaica for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships as a guest of his and the event’s sponsor Puma, was left amazed by the experience, as he welcomes the chance to work with Jamaican youngsters. The three-time World Champion, who is also visiting Jamaica for the first time since a stop in 2010 at the Gibson Relays, said while the times registered at Champs in his pet event could have been better by international standards, he understands the nature of the championships has a great effect. “It’s really impressive, the performances and atmosphere here is really amazing,” said the Kenyan-born former Danish athlete in reference to his impressions of his first Champs experience. “This is not something you see anywhere else in the world and in my opinion, there should be a World Juniors or something here every year here in Jamaica. “I was here for the 800m and 400m and I think there is a lot of potential. It’s all about the right training and technique and with that I think the youngsters here can develop and run very well,” Kipketer said. “They can run faster times here at but of course a big focus here at these championships is to win points. “It’s going to be difficult because a lot of the athletes are doing three events and so  they are tired and are going for points but the potential and really raw talent is there that can be developed,” he added.last_img read more

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