Southland Gives Back: Lamar Athletics Serve in Wide Range of Roles

first_imgBEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar athletics gave back in many different ways throughout the fall semester as part of the annual Southland Gives Back Initiative. Service for the Cardinals was not limited to one team or month in the semester as efforts to help the community began prior to the football season and culminated following Tropical Storm Imelda.The Lamar football team kicked off the semester by gathering to paint local homes, leading up to the start of preseason camp. Less than a month later, the LU baseball team reported to campus early in order to aid move-in efforts for incoming freshman before classes began. Four weeks later, the Lamar campus was struck by Tropical Storm Imelda and student-athletes and coaches from across the department sprang into action to help the city get back on its feet.In the 48 hours immediately following Imelda, the Cardinals’ volleyball and women’s basketball teams broke from their normal practice and competition schedules to assist in the cleanup and daily needs of Beaumont families impacted by the storm.Head men’s basketball coach Tic Price even led his team in efforts following the storm by reaching out to men’s and women’s basketball coaches around the country from across all levels. Price asked for items be dispersed to families in need, with the initial request calling for clothing items. Responses came rolling in and supplies were nothing short of spectacular as more than 40 universities and two conference offices answered the call.Within days of Price’s request, the athletic department began receiving travel gear, polos, shoes caps sweatshirts and pants. In addition to the clothing gathered by the Cardinals’ athletic department, toiletries and other necessary items were also collected for families. Upon receiving items, the Lamar men’s basketball program then began reaching out to local schools and churches to organize drop off and distribution schedules.“Following Hurricane Harvey, I thought what the Houston basketball program did was a great initiative,” said Price. “We had coaches reaching out to us asking if there was something they could do to help. After speaking with Kelvin Sampson at Houston, I reached out to the NABC and they posted the information. After that we began reaching out through our various social media platforms and through our local media and it really took off. Just a few days later we had a room stacked with boxes because folks have such a giving spirit. We wanted to do whatever we could to help provide those suffering with a sense of normalcy.”Lamar athletics has also been a part of various other community service activities within the Golden Triangle, including handing out meals to families following the tropical storm. Student-athletes have also worked within the community to help rebuild the South Park Community Garden, assisted with the Buckner Children’s Home and even participated in the Alzheimer’s Walk.As 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.last_img read more


first_imgHOLLENDORFER’S GUNMETAL GRAY & BAFFERT’S MUCHO GUSTO HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $150,000 ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILESFIRST POST TIME AT 12 NOON; WINNER TO RECEIVE 10 KENTUCKY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTS ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2019)–In a key prep to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby April 7, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Gunmetal Gray and Bob Baffert’s Mucho Gusto head a field of six sophomores in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.In his best performance to date, Gunmetal Gray rallied from off the pace to take the Grade III, one mile Sham Stakes by one length here on Jan. 5 and thus stamping himself a serious Derby hopeful.A first-out maiden winner going six furlongs at Los Alamitos Sept. 20, Mucho Gusto then took the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 17 prior to running second in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 8.The Lewis winner will receive 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, with the second, third and fourth place finishers receiving four, two and one point(s), respectively.GUNMETAL GRAYOwner:  Hollendorfer, LLC, Pearl Racing and West Point ThoroughbredsTrainer:  Jerry HollendorferWell beaten at 8-1 in his debut going six furlongs on July 29, this grey colt by Exchange Rate surprised many observers by taking a one mile maiden engagement by 6 ¾ lengths going a flat mile on Aug. 22 at Del Mar.  Subsequently second, beaten 4 ½ lengths by eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Game Winner in the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes here on Sept. 29, he was then well beaten by Game Winner in the Juvenile Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs.  With the Sham victory in hand, Gunmetal Gray, who will be ridden for the second consecutive time by Mike Smith, looks like the horse to beat in the Lewis on Saturday.MUCHO GUSTOOwner:  Michael L. PetersenTrainer:  Bob BaffertQuick from the gate in all three starts, look for this chestnut colt by Mucho Macho Man to be winging early under regular rider Joe Talamo.  Favored in his first two starts, Mucho Gusto was off at 4-1 in the Los Alamitos Futurity, a race in which he was beaten five lengths by his well fancied stablemate Improbable.THE GRADE III ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 6 of 10                                               Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PT Kid Cantina–Geovanni Franco–120Magnificent McCool– Flavien Prat–120Easy Shot–Rafael Bejarano–120Gunmetal Gray–Mike Smith–124Mucho Gusto–Joseph Talamo–122Nolo Contesto–Joel Rosario–120Named for one of the most highly respected men in American racing history, Robert B. (Bob) Lewis passed away at the age of 81 on Feb. 16, 2006.  The following year, Santa Anita renamed the Santa Catalina Stakes for Mr. Lewis, who along with his wife Beverly, campaigned six Eclipse Award winners and two Kentucky Derby winners–Silver Charm in 1997 and Charismatic in 1999.First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


first_imgFASHIONABLY FAST & LIEUTENANT DAN HEADLINE SATURDAY’S $150,000 DONALD VALPREDO CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT AT SIX FURLONGS RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES  ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2020)–A pair of homebreds, Harris Farms’ Fashionably Fast and Nick Alexander’s Lieutenant Dan, along with Bob Baffert’s comebacking Heck Yeah, head a field of seven older horses going six furlongs in Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.A 5-year-old gelding by Lucky Pulpit, Fashionable Fast comes off the best year of his career, which saw him win four of six starts, including his last four in a row, with two of them being stakes.Lieutenant Dan, a 4-year-old Grazen gelding, has been idle since Aug. 25 and he too, enjoyed a banner 2019, winning four out of nine starts, which included two stakes victories.Idle since March 9, lightly raced 5-year-old Heck Yeah, whose four wins include three stakes victories, has trained lights-out for his return to action and could well command considerable pari-mutuel interest.FASHIONABLY FASTOwner:  Harris Farms, Inc., Per Antonsen & John NicolettiTrainer:  Dean PedersonA winner of two allowance sprints this past summer at Del Mar, he ventured north to the Big Fresno Fair on Oct. 5, where he took the six furlong Harris Farms Stakes by three quarters of a length as the 7-5 favorite.  He followed that with a solid half length score as the even money choice in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 24 and has trained lights-out for his return on Saturday.  Out of the Forestry mare Fall Fashion, Fashionably Fast is 14-5-3-2 overall with earnings of $299,745.LIEUTENANT DANOwner:  Nick AlexanderTrainer:  Steve MiyadiIdle since a well beaten third behind Grade I winning Improbable in the one mile Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 25, he was a three length winner of the seven furlong Real Good Deal Stakes two starts back on July 27. Talented on both turf and dirt, Lieutenant Dan, who is out of the Indian Charlie mare Excusabull, fairly aired in his only try at six furlongs, an eight length maiden tally in his second career start here on Jan. 13, 2019.  With an overall mark of 10-4-1-4 and earnings of $316,020, two-time stakes winner Lieutenant Dan has ample class as he tries to overcome a lack of recency.HECK YEAHOwner:  Bob Baedeker, Constance Pageler & Michael SigbandTrainer:  Bob BaffertBred in California by Michael Pageler, this 5-year-old full horse by Acclamation won his first three starts, including victories in the 2018 Cal Cup Sprint and the 2018 Cal Cup Derby. A disappointing sixth in the Cal Cup Sprint last year on Jan. 26, he’s been idle since running fifth in a six furlong allowance on March 3. Although winless in two 2019 starts, he’s won four out of his seven career starts (three of them stakes), amassing earnings of $309,833.  With a scintillating work tab to his credit, he could be ready to click when ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat on Saturday.THE $150,000 DONALD VALPREDO CAL CUP SPRINT WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9  Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PTBaja Sur–Juan Hernandez–124Fashionably Fast–Tiago Pereira–124Oliver–Abel Cedillo–124Heck Yeah–Flavien Prat–122Brandothebartender–Umberto Rispoli–122Lieutenant Dan–Drayden Van Dyke–124League of Shadows–Ruben Fuentes–122First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Aurier reveals dream to return to PSG saying ‘I want to finish my career there’

first_imgSERGE AURIER revealed he dreams of returning to Paris Saint-Germain and ending his career with the French giants.The defender, 27, is in his third season with Tottenham and benefitting from Kieran Trippier’s departure to Atletico.2 Serge Aurier may be Spurs’ first-choice right-back but admits he still loves PSG and hopes to return there to end his careerHe has played 33 times across all competitions this season, scoring against Olympiacos and Wolves.But the right-back insists his heart is still with PSG, where he feels he has “unfinished business”.Aurier told Canal+ Afrique: “If I can see myself finish my career at PSG? That is even my plan!”I would like to finish at PSG. It is before everything else the club of my heart.”I have a feeling of unfinished business. It has been my club since I was a kid, I would go watch matches at the Parc des Princes.”It was a dream for me to come to PSG and for me that dream is not finished. If I was to finish my career at PSG, I would love that.”I am following PSG from afar, but it remains my club and that will not change.Serge AurierAurier started out at Lens, progressing through the youth ranks and spending two-and-a-half years in the first team before signing at Toulouse.After another two-and-a-half years, and six goals in his final season, he joined PSG – initially on loan for the season before penning a four-year deal in 2015.But a series of controversies in 2016/17 ensured his spell was cut short.He called Angel Di Maria a “clown”, aimed a homophobic slur at coach Laurent Blanc and criticised the alleged favouritism shown towards striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and was suspended in February, then completed a switch to Spurs just before the summer transfer window closed.Speaking about his love for PSG who are chasing a seventh Ligue 1 title in eight years, though, Aurier added: “I could have spent my entire career at PSG, that certainly wouldn’t have upset me.”When you play for the club of your heart, you don’t want to go anywhere else nor do you have regrets.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrong”There are players who have spent nearly their entire careers at one club because it is love. It is not a question of money or anything else.”All my family is in Paris, I am Parisian, I cannot dream of better. Aside from that, today, I am having my little career elsewhere, I hope to be the best a bit everywhere.”I am following PSG from afar, but it remains my club and that will not change.”2Serge Aurier denies claims he spat at Tottenham fans while celebrating goal in win over Olympiakoslast_img read more

Govt does not interfere, defends Tkatchenko

first_imgThe Government continues to help but does not interfere with the administration, management or the running of the game, explained Tkatchenko.He explained that what was done to get rugby league back on track will be done for union as well.Tkatchenko supports and will push for PNG Rugby Football Union management and administration to get the sport back on its feet for the benefit of everyone, without fear or favour.The Government has done a lot for rugby union in over four years, said the Minister. It has funded development programs and delivered a K16m world standard facility at Bava Park, which is now ready for official handover to PNGRFU.The Sports Ministry, under the Sports Enhancement Program, has funded over K400,000 for development programs like the Junior Rugby Development Programs and rugby 7s tournaments.The Ministry also stepped in to fund and ensure that two FORU Cup campaigns were a success through logistics and national team preparations.In addition, it has supported the national teams’ international preparations and participation over the four years.last_img read more

Dart from Valverde to Abidal for Aleñá: “I didn’t expect it to be so soon”

first_imgThe famous ‘overbooking’ of summer in the center of the Barcelona field has ended up being a poisoned apple That blows the knives. Let’s review. Ernesto Valverde did not take advantage of the question that was asked for Carles Aleñá to wish him luck in Betis (he made no mention), but to leverage the club hard to settle your loan as soon as possible when there are very important issues in the air still pending as possible Vidal’s march or Arthur’s injury. “I thought that if it happened (Aleñá’s departure) it wasn’t going to be so soon, but he had a chance to leave because his contract said so. He had a clause he could leave. Now we have one less, but I don’t think in no way out anymore. I don’t have to think about it. “ In the same message in which the discrepancy was due to Aleñá’s express departure, was the warning about Vidal. And something else. The Arthur case. No one knows how long the Brazilian can be out because of his problems in the pubis and Valverde, with discretion as usual, he also saw it: “Not being there is a setback. I will not deny it. Let’s see if he recovers. I would not like it to be like the previous year, that it was hanging out. We need it one hundred percent. “As Valverde did not say it verbatim, translating and interpreting it is not that difficult. Deep down, What I wanted to explain is that you can’t give in to Aleñá and think about giving Vidal a ticket (although that goes more for the directive), without the assurance that Arthur can play in a minimally optimal condition in the key months of the championship. Arthur disappeared in the final stretch last season and, although he promised to amend himself, his physical problems are beginning to mean a structural problem for Barça.last_img read more

Reinier and his signing for Real Madrid: “Let’s wait …”

first_imgThe young midfielder Reinier, the new jewel of Brazilian football, He avoided this Sunday speculating about his possible transfer to Real Madrid, which AS reported last Friday, and said it prefers to wait.“We’re going to wait”, was the sharp response of Reinier to the insistence of journalists who on Sunday covered the training of the Brazilian U-23 team at the Comary Farm, the sports headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in the city of Teresópolis, in the state of Rio de Janeiro.The Flamengo player completed his third day of practice with the canarinha He prepares to play the South American pre-Olympic tournament in Colombia and will grant two places for the Tokyo 2020 Games, in which Brazil, if qualified, will defend the gold medal he won in Rio 2016.The possible transfer of the player to Real Madrid has attracted the attention of the press that accompanies the preparation of the selection and which takes for granted by the Flamengo the value of the contract termination clause of the midfielder.According to the Goal portal, Flamengo executives were meeting Friday with representatives of the young player, headed by his father Mauro Brasilia, world champion of futsal with Brazil in 1985, and a “principle of agreement” would have been reached.In the meeting, according to the information, the Flamengo manager, Bruno Spindel, and the football agent Giuliano Bertolucci participated. The UOL Esporte portal indicated that the club in Rio de Janeiro would have accepted 80% of the termination clause, set at 35 million euros, and 20% would be shared by the businessman and the player’s family, who will turn 18 on the 19th of this month.However, on Saturday, Flamengo Vice President Marcos Braz said the last champion of the Brazilian league awaits a formal proposal by Reinier, the new jewel of the Rio de Janeiro team.“The proposal has to come first”, Braz told the digital edition of the O Globo newspaper in Rio de Janeiro when he was questioned about the “imminent transfer” of the player to the Spanish club, as the Brazilian press assures.Reinier did not play in November the U-17 World Cup played in Brazil and won by the hosts because Flamengo refused to give it up to have him in the first team that won the league and the Copa Libertadores of 2019. Raúl, coach of Castilla, who would be Reinier’s first destination if he signed for Real Madrid, said on Sunday about the possible arrival of the Brazilian: “I can’t tell you anything because I don’t know anything, you’ll have to ask the club or other people. Nobody has told me anything about this case.”If the transfer is completed, the player, compared to Kaká for his football similarities and for being both native of Brasilia, the Brazilian capital, would join four of his countrymen in Real Madrid: Casemiro, Marcelo, his former partner in the lower divisions of ‘ Fla ‘Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, another of the Brazilian promises.last_img read more

Zidane, about Bale: “They want us to have a problem with him, but we don’t have it …”

first_imgHow have you seen Bale? “He is an important player, he has shown it, he has not played the last three games and has made 70 very good minutes defensively. Then, the problem is that they want us to have a problem with Gareth, but there is not. There are many players, It’s not easy to manage all that. He’s a very important player, he’s always shown it and he’ll keep playing, like everyone else.He gave Jovic a few minutes and took advantage of them … “I’m glad for him, I needed him, he is a pure striker to whom you can tell him many things, that he is fine, that he plays well, but if he does not score a goal he is not happy. He has to improve, but I am glad for his goal, he it will come in handy. “Afterwards, the French appeared before the media.Analysis: “Today we had to add after the defeat against Real. In a very complicated field, where it is not easy to win, we did it. We started with difficulties, with a goal with a stopped ball, but after five minutes we tied and from that goal we started to play better. It’s a very hard game of the whole team and we deserved this victory. “Isco: “I don’t know if he has been his best version because he is a very good player, but it is true that having him between the lines is important for our possession. He has made a great game, like the others, and I am glad, also for his goal.”Enter the game late: “We went out with intensity, but they also came out very strong as always, it was known. They got the ball stopped, which is something that can happen. We have continued with what we know how to do, we have believed playing. After our goal it was a match different. I am happy for all the players because what we are doing is not easy. I repeat that we have not won anything, they are three points, they are not more than three points, but they are very important. “Hazard, again off the list: “It’s one thing we do together. It wasn’t the time today again and we’ll see this week. It’s going to need this week, it’s going to be long. We’re going to see it next week, I hope.”Isco Recovery: “You have asked me many times about Isco. Nothing has changed: he is an important player of this squad, when he plays he gives everything on the field, he is a good footballer, I like him a lot, technically it is important for us. Today he made a great game , like the others. I am especially happy for his goal because he has to put in more. “Bale, holder: “He has done well. I am happy for his game, offensively and defensively he has given everything. He was a bit short of physique at the end, so he has left the field. We know the player he is and that he will give us a lot now until the end of the season. We’re going to have Gareth. “ Zinedine Zidane analyzed in the flash interview the triumph of Real Madrid against Osasuna in El Sadar. The Madrid coach praised the performance of his team.Satisfied: “I am very happy. We are all very happy because in a small and complicated field, against a complicated opponent, and we knew what we were going to find today. We have controlled their virtues very well. It took us a bit to enter the game, they have scored a goal for us, but we immediately scored and that has given us confidence. From there we have started to play better and in the second part, much better. It is deserved and not easy. In these fields it is very difficult to play ” .1-0 reaction: “They put you in a stationary ball and it can happen. The only thing is that we have had peace of mind. It has been important to score in five minutes, get into the game quickly. From there we have left a little more with the ball, we have had more possession, we have even had occasions … At the time of work, we have defensively worked very hard, very concentrated … They have mostly two or three things in their field that do very well and we have managed to control them. always, playing and we got four, that here is not easy. After a defeat everyone thinks that it is easy, but no. I am glad for all the players, for what they do. It is very good to keep going “How did you see the match? “Very complicated game, in a difficult field to play, before an opponent that made it difficult. We got it defending very well, we control very well their weapons, the second ball, the centers … As always, we are in a good moment and if the players have chances to score. Three points in a difficult field scoring four goals. “What happened to the team at the start? “It was known that they would come out strong, if they get you a goal with a stopped ball … but that’s it. They entered very hard, there were moments of difficulty to get the ball, but we were better at the end of the first half and much better in the second.”Those two goals in just five minutes, were they the key? “It is very important to return to the game like this and it has given us that confidence and then play.”Triumph of those worth a League? “It does not change anything, we are very happy because it is not easy. We will continue working, we have not won anything. Congratulate the players because it is not easy.”last_img read more

Trincão, best player of the Portuguese league in the month of January

first_imgTrincão has been chosen as the best player in the First Division of the Portuguese league in January. The end recently signed by Barcelona and ceded in the Braga until the end of the season has won the award after the vote carried out by the Portuguese Players Union. The end obtained in the first month of 2020 12.14% of the votes; in second place was Cervi (Benfica), with 10.82%, and third place was to stop Corona (Porto), with 9.7% of the votes. It is the first time that Trincão is chosen as the best player in the Portuguese league. Curiously, this recognition comes days after Barcelona announced its signing until the 2024-25 season in exchange for 31 million. During the month of January, Sporting Braga won the four league matches he played (Belenenses, Tondela, Porto and Moreirense). Trincão had a prominent role for the Braga club to achieve the full: He scored two goals (Moreirense and Belenenses) and gave one assist (Moreirense).last_img read more

Dzyuba: “My dream is Madrid”

first_imgArtem Dzyuba, who was one of the great architects of Russia’s bell on Spain in the 2018 World Cup and current player of the Zenit of Saint Petersburg, has given an interview on Instagram to journalist Tina Kandelaki. In her, He has recognized that his biggest dream is to play Real Madrid. The striker explained that he followed the white club very closely from a young age, at the time of Raúl, Roberto Carlos or Ronaldo. The work of the tip: “I remember how Cristiano Ronaldo was angry with the Madrid management when they sold Mesut Ozil. He told them that if they had lost their minds for giving away the footballer who had given him half of the goals. All strikers are dependent, football is a team sport and to score a goal you need a pass. If you tell me if I prefer to score twenty goals or give thirty assists, I will keep the assists. “Agents in football: “In Russia they are a clear evil. They must be an older brother for the footballer, staying close to the good and the bad. With us, they disappear immediately as soon as the problems begin. They only keep the money. It is a disgrace” .The worst moment of his career: “When we lost to Croatia in the World Cup quarterfinals. It was a complete devastation. But that day there were no tears. Although I am sentimental, I can even cry during a movie. My friends laughed when I cried with Kung Fu Panda.”The VAR: “I am in favor of video replays. That makes football more transparent, more fair. However, the use of the VAR is not always correct. There are very silly game players. You cannot use the VAR at random, which Sometimes they go to see the repetition and sometimes they don’t. During the World Cup, everything worked perfectly. Then the problems started in England, in Russia … The interpretations are not the same. “ Your dream team: “Since my childhood I have been cheering for Madrid. It is my favorite team, when Zidane, Beckham, Guti, Raúl, Roberto Carlos, Figo, Fernando Hierro, Míchel Salgado, Casillas played … Even before Fernando Redondo … If I could choose I would like to play there. “last_img read more