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Hunter Hicks Wins Second Annual Southland Home Run Derby

first_imgPhoto GallerySUGAR LAND, Texas – For the second-straight year, the Southland Conference Home Run Derby came down to a swing-off with Central Arkansas infielder Hunter Hicks besting Stephen F. Austin’s Manny Vasquez and Sam Houston State’s Hunter Hearn for the personalized championship belt. The trio each tallied 13 dingers in the first round with Hicks and Hearn earning spots in the bonus round in the final two slots after Vasquez sat alone atop the leaderboard for three-straight batters. Southeastern Louisiana’s Scottie Sanders finished in fourth with 10 over the fence.Round one of @SouthlandSports HR Derby:Manny Vasquez | 13Hunter Hearn (SHSU) | 13Hunter Hicks (UCA) | 13Round 2:Vasquez | 7Hicks | 7Hearn | 5Manny finishes as the HR Derby runner-up as he hit his first second-round homer later than Hicks from UCA. #AxeEm— Lumberjack Baseball (@SFA_Baseball) May 22, 2019 Hicks and Vasquez each hit seven long-balls in the bonus round, but Hicks was crowned the winner by virtue the tiebreaker of earliest home run. The freshman from Sheridan, Ark., blasted his first just six seconds into his two-minute session while Vasquez registered his first bomb at the 1:26 mark. Hearn finished the bonus round with four home runs.BSB: @UCABearBaseball freshman Hunter Hicks had just 13 at-bats to his name before homering 13 times on his way to a swing-off victory in the 2019 Southland Conference Home Run Derby. #SouthlandStrong #BearClawsUp ?— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 22, 2019 The event served as the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament, which begins with a 9 a.m. CT matchup between No. 3 seed Southeastern Louisiana and No. 6 seed Stephen F. Austin.center_img Reigning champion J.P. Lagreco of Northwestern State recorded nine home runs in the opening round. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Nick Anderson overcame a slow start and finished with five long balls, followed by McNeese’s Jacob Stracner with four. UIW lefty Lee Thomas failed to hit a single one over the wall, battling double-digit winds blowing in from right field.last_img read more

Mourinho Out trends as Spurs fans complain Pochettino was not the problem

first_imgAt minute as predicted its players not manager that’s problem 🙄🙄🙈🙈 Tottenham look allllllll shook up— Howsing (@Howsing4) November 26, 2019 Mourinhoout is trending oh dear— Nathan Cooper (@NCooper122) November 26, 2019 But Mourinho’s side quickly fought their way back into the game, pulling a goal just before half-time through Alli and another almost immediately after the break from Harry Kane.And they performed what at one stage looked to be the most unlikely of comebacks when Serge Aurier half-volleyed home a beauty and then Kane bagged his second of the game to win 4-2.It is just Mourinho’s second game since he replaced Mauricio Pochettino who was ruthlessly sacked last week.He had secured victory in his first game – a 3-2 away victory at West Ham, and confidence was high in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before the game.Tottenham players can’t seem to string 2 – 3 passes…— Afolabi ABIODUN 🇳🇬🇨🇦 (@afolabiodun) November 26, 2019 TOTTENHAM fans slammed their players and “MourinhoOut” started trending on Twitter during their horror start against Olympiakos.New boss Jose watched on from the sidelines in despair as the Greek champs surged into a 2-0 lead after just 19 minutes in their Champions League clash.1 Jose Mourinho was left utterly stunned as his Tottenham team collapsedCredit: GettyI’m witnessing #mourinhoout already 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— The Mrs (@Marshall5Sharon) November 26, 2019 Tottenham players look switched off. #TOTOLY— This is America (@toomykay) November 26, 2019center_img But that evaporated pretty much straight after kick-off, as Olympiakos took firm control of the Champions League clash.First El-Arabi pinged home a 25-yarder after just six minutes, and then Borges Semedo moved the Greeks still further ahead.Those goals led to Mourinho making a substitution after just 26 minutes – hooking Eric Dier off for Christian Eriksen.Rivals fans poked fun at Tottenham’s perilous situation, and “MourinhoOut” was soon trending on Twitter.But it was the players the gaffer had picked for the game who received the most stick.Jose Mourinho celebrates with Spurs ball boy after his quick thinking leads to Champions League equaliserLatest 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 summerAfolabi Abiodun wrote: “Tottenham players can’t seem to string 2 – 3 passes.”Another added that it was the “players and not the manager that’s the problem”, in a clear reference that Pochettino wasn’t to blame.This was a central theme to many tweets from angry Spurs fans on social media.What a win today. The biggest thing I took from this match however is the fact that Mourinho subbed off Eric Dier so early. He wasn’t afraid to switch things up when they weren’t clearly working. That’s what impressed me the most.— Salman (@salmaanoooo) November 26, 2019 Mauro Icardi’s model wife Wanda looks amazing as she takes part in some seriously sexy shoots Tottenham needs a huge shake up. top to bottom these players were the problem not poch— Ogbeni pablo (@madskills_oumar) November 26, 2019last_img read more

Spurs make little fuss over Mou’s first home game & barely mention Poch

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO may be taking charge of his first game in charge of Tottenham tonight – not that you would know it.Spurs host Olympiakos at White Hart Lane knowing full well that victory would secure them a place in the Champions League knockout stages for the third year in a row.3 Spurs made little fuss over it being Jose Mourinho’s first home game as bossCredit: EPAMourinho – to his credit – has reiterated time and time again over the past seven days that it is not all about him.And it appears he was telling the truth, surprisingly enough.Looking at tonight’s programme, there was nothing to suggest this was the Portuguese’s home debut at all as Erik Lamela, Paulo Gazzaniga and Giovanni Lo Celso took centre stage on the cover.In fact, from looking at the programme – just like in the ground – one would be hard-pressed to work out this was anything but a regular home game under the lights.Even Mourinho’s first set of programme notes were relatively tame by his standards, as he sandwiched talk of Saturday’s win over West Ham with some pleasantries about joining the club.He wrote: “I cannot wait to take my seat in the home dugout this evening for the first time at this fantastic stadium, which I believe to be the best around.“I have made no secret of my admiration for Tottenham Hotspur over the past few years.“Everybody has made me and my staff feel so welcome since we arrived almost a week ago.“We could not be happier with how everything has gone so far and now we are looking forward to sharing our first home game with you all tonight.”It may be exactly a week since the news broke of Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking, but he does at least get an honourable mention from Moussa Sissoko.Interviewed in the programme, he was quick to acknowledge and appreciate all the Argentine did in North London – but then turned his attention to a new era at the club.3 The Tottenham programme didn’t didn’t have much space for Jose Mourinho or Mauricio Pochettino3 Poch was sacked a week ago after more than five years in chargeCredit: @jesus_perezMOST 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 himHe said: “We were all disappointed to hear the news. Not one player likes that sort of situation where a manager leaves because that sometimes means we as players haven’t done enough on the pitch.“First of all we would like to say thank you to Mauricio for everything. He has done a lot for the club so we thank him for everything he has done. What he did and what he achieved here was amazing and we wish him all the best for the future.“It’s a new start now though. Jose’s a big coach, he’s won so many titles with different teams and you can see he has a lot of experience, so I think it will be good working with him.“Everyone knows him, although no-one in the squad has worked with him before. What we know is he works with passion, he wants to win, and he has won a lot.“Hopefully he’ll bring his previous success here – like we always say, we want to win trophies and if we can that with him, that’ll be great.”last_img read more

Pacific nations call for action on rugby league pay gap

first_imgThe lead-in to the World Cup has been dominated by some high profile names forgoing the chance to play for the Kiwis and Kangaroos, instead choosing to represent their Pacific heritage.Toa Samoa coach Matt Parish believes this will be the most competitive World Cup yet but said the Rugby League International Federation needs to take the lead in addressing the financial disparity between the haves and have-nots.”They need to have some spine and make sure that every team in the tournament gets the same amount of money, then we will see a much evener contest,” he said.”At the moment when you’ve got three teams getting $20,000 a game and the rest of us getting pittance it’s very unfair and very uneven but if you pay everyone the same amount of money then let the players choose who they want to play for I can tell you then it will be a lot different story”.”The thing about our team is they don’t play for money because they don’t get any and that’s the whole thing and it’s admirable but why should they get none when other teams are getting more.”It’s just such an uneven playing field at the moment and I think it’s grossly unfair and until someone does something about it it’s going to continue to do that”.Tonga have been the talk of the last few weeks, since Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita opted to switch allegiance from New Zealand and Australia at the 11th hour, and were quickly joined by the likes of Manu Ma’u, Sio Siua Taukieaho and David Fusitu’a.But coach Kristian Woolf argued that the playing ground remained far from even.”It’s something that has to be looked at and there has to be some sort of move or change there, that’s for sure, to improve things,” he said.”Where that comes from I don’t know because I’m not sure what pool is available there – the NRL fund Australia and New Zealand, I’m not sure what sort of pool is available there – or whether the International Rugby League (Federation) needs to take up some of the slack.””It’s certainly something that needs to be looked at and there’s obviously been a fair bit made of the fact some guys chose to play for us, as opposed to some of the bigger nations.”The sacrifice that those guys have made is enormous – something that most people just wouldn’t do, to be frank, and I think if there was a lot more even ground there then you’d see a lot more of those decisions made,” reflected Woolf.”While for some people that would be controversial – and some people certainly found negatives in it – I think for the good of the international game we want competitive teams and we want the best talent to be spread around those nations, as opposed to all playing for one or two.”That’s how I think we help to grow the game and that can only be positive for the game”.Pacific team name strong line-ups for opening roundTeams for the opening round of matches have been revealed, with all of Tonga’s big-names included and Samoa selecting a monster pack to take on New Zealand.Jason Taumalolo, Andrew Fifita and Michael Jennings will all start for Mate Ma’a Tonga against Scotland on Sunday, while Konrad Hurrell to make his long-awaited debut in the centres.Toa Samoa captain Frank Pritchard is joined in the back row by former Australia international Josh Papalii for their clash against New Zealand on Saturday night, while fullback Young Tonumaipea is selected for his first test appearance in three years.Jarryd Hayne slots in at standoff for Fiji’s World Cup opener against the United States with Akuila Uate in the centres and front-rower Ashton Sims to make his first test appearance since 2014.Meanwhile David Mead will captain Papua New Guinea from fullback in their tournament opener against Wales in Port Moresby.Kato Ottio and Nene MacDonald also return in the centres, after missing the Pacific Test in May, while former captain Paul Aiton will make his first Kumuls appearance since the 2013 World Cup in the back row. Papua New Guinea squad:David Mead (c), Justin Olam, Kato Ottio, Nene Macdonald, Garry Lo, Ase Boas, Watson Boas, Stanton Albert, Wartovo Puara, Luke Page, Rhyse Martin, Rod Griffin, Paul Aiton. Interchange: Kurt Baptiste, Willie Minoga, James Segeyaro, Enock Maki. Reserves: Lachlan Lam, Stargroth Amean, Wellington Albert, Moses Meninga.Samoa squad:Young Tonumaipea, Peter Mata’utia, Timoteo Lafai, Joseph Leilua, Ken Maumalo, Joseph Paulo, Ben Roberts, Junior Paulo, Jazz Tevaga, Sam Lisone, Joshua Papalii, Frank Pritchard (c), Leeson Ah Mau. Interchange: Pita Godinet, Herman Ese’ese, Suaia Matagi, Bunty Afoa. Reserves: Zane Musgrove, Ricky Leutele, Frank Winterstein, Fa’amanu BrownFiji squad:Kevin Naiqama (c), Suliasi Vunivalu, Taane Milne, Akuila Uate, Marcelo Montoya, Jarryd Hayne, Henry Raiwalui, Ashton Sims, Apisai Koroisau, Kane Evans, Viliame Kikau, Korbin Sims, Tui Kamikamica. Interchange: Joe Lovodua, Jacob Saifiti, Eloni Vunakece, Petero Benjamin Nakubuwai. Reserves: Brayden Wiliame, James Storer, Junior Roqica, Pio Seci.Tonga squad:William Hopoate, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, Tuimoala Lolohea, Mafoa’aeata Hingano, Andrew Fifita, Siliva Havili, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Manu Ma’u, Sika Manu (c), Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: Sione Katoa, Sam Moa, Peni Terepo, Ben Murdoch-Masilia. Reserves: Joe Ofahengaue, Solomone Kata, David Fusitua, Samisoni Langi.last_img read more

Canberra Raiders stun Melbourne Storm, move to third in NRL ladder

first_imgOne week after handing Cronulla its first loss since March, the Raiders on Monday night became just the second team in 30 years to beat the competition leaders in back-to-back games.In front of 15,707 fans at Canberra Stadium, the Raiders claimed arguably their best win for the year with their defence turning the Storm away 51 times inside their own 20m zone.In contrast, Canberra had just 16 possessions in the opposition red zone.But that was all the home side needed, crossing for three tries to become the first team to score more than 20 points against the best defensive team in the competition this season.The win lifts Canberra back to third spot on the ladder, ramping up expectations of a title push while the Storm remain in first with three games remaining in the regular season.Canberra stunned the visitors with a try in the first set of the match, with Leilua putting Blake Austin into the backfield before backing up to score the quickest try of the season.Storm half-back Cooper Cronk replied when he ran the ball in the 17th minute, however Leilua returned by ploughing through three defenders seven minutes later.Jarrod Croker’s penalty goal gave Canberra a six-point advantage at half-time before Shannon Boyd crashed through under the posts in the 54th minute and Croker sealed the win with a 76th minute penalty goal.Leilua retired late in the game with what appeared to be a bad cut to his leg.Hooker Josh Hodgson could find himself in trouble for a possible grapple tackle in the first half.AAPlast_img read more

Solomon Islands sanctioned by FIFA

first_imgThe match is declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Tahiti, with the SIFF also receiving a fine of CHF 6,000 after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee considered the SIFF liable for having breached art. 55 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) and art. 8 of the Regulations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.The sanction relates to the player Henry Luito’o Samuel Fa’arodo failing to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him following two cautions received in two different matches (art. 17 par. 3 of the FDC).last_img

Villarreal rejected € 35M from Liverpool for Chukwueze

first_imgAs AS advanced last October, Villarreal considers Chukwueze a diamond in the rough and he hopes to get a significant amount for him in case his performance takes him to a large European. Therefore, he agreed with him an extension of his contract, which included a increase of its termination clause to one hundred million euros. First it rose to 65, but the entity considered it insufficient given its talent. The agreement also includes the possibility of leaving for 80 from the third year of your bond. At 20, Samu Chukwueze It has an important international cartel, which has led several major of the continent to be interested in their services. As reported France Football, Liverpool launched for him in the winter market to give respite to Roberto Firmino, Mané and Salah and made a succulent offer to Villarreal. The ‘reds’ They put 35 million euros on the table, a figure that was rejected in Castellón although it had been one of the worst sales in the history of the club. Back to the information of France Football, Liverpool have been following the extreme even before it was ninth in the classification of the Kopa Trophy. Even when he shone at the U-17 World Cup in 2015. Five years later, he is dedicated as an important footballer for Calleja, either as a starter or starting from the bench. Villarreal assumes that his performance will go to more, but he wants to enjoy his football for more seasons and has no intention of selling him unless you pay the payment of your clause. In addition, after losing Ekambi, it would have been too much loss in a team with European aspirations.center_img Electric and voraciousSamu Chukwueze is a very valuable wild card for Javi Calleja. As a starter, he is a soccer player with a spark, which greatly hinders the work of the opposing sides. However, the coach does not always bet on him in the starting eleven. It’s more, in the last two games he has come out as revulsive, to take advantage of the wear of the opponent with runs on the side. Although it has yet to evolve on the scorer plane, its prominence in the game admits no doubt. For the moment, sign four goals and four assists in the 1,542 minutes played. Already with Alcacer As a reference ram to take advantage of your shipments, the Ceramics Stadium is expected to have a connection between them.last_img read more

Ferdinand: “Hazard can beat anyone one-on-one”

first_imgWho is better, Hazard or Salah? The former English international has been asked: “Hazard can beat anyone one-on-one, I love it but Salah is better right now, which also only cost £ 34m (almost € 37m),” says Ferdinand, due to the injury season that the Real Madrid star is going through. In times of quarantine, Rio Ferdinand has taken advantage of the mundial world break ’to expose himself on his Instagram account to curious fans who would like to know their opinions about football and footballers today. Hazard’s past season was outstanding in the Premier League with Chelsea, but he has had no luck in his first year as a new star for Real Madrid, due to two serious injuries to his right foot: “He is a player with a lot of danger. In the one against one he can beat anyone, he is the best. However, he has not been having a good time since he joined Real Madrid,” Ferdinand ends up saying.last_img read more

Egas achieves a judicial action to protect against the FEF Board of Directors that agreed to its dismissal

first_imgThe former president of the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF), Francisco Egas, achieved this Thursday a judicial protection action against the Board that removed him from office last Friday, which is in addition to the decision of FIFA and Conmebol of still recognize it as the owner.“Judge Cristian Silva, of the Civil Judicial Unit based in Pichincha, whose capital is Quito, today granted a protection action with precautionary measure requested by Francisco Egas against the FEF Board of Directors “, indicates the measure of the Civil Judicial Unit.The decision occurs one day before the Extraordinary assembly summoned by the new directive to study the institutional crisis that has occurred since the motion of censure who deposed Egas and installed the new president in office Jaime Estrada. The former president announced Sunday that would take legal action against what he considered “a coup d’état” and today he has managed to Ecuadorian Justice back for now his stance.The judicial measure adds to a joint letter of the South American Football Confederation (CSF) and of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) in which they assure that they will not validate any decision of the new presidency of the FEF, until the case is clarified. Nor will they recognizeAccording to the writing, the decisions that come out “of Extraordinary Congress of this Friday until receiving clarifications on the unforeseen change of owner last week. “ Furthermore, FIFA and CSF report that neither of the two organisms are currently in a position to recognize the intended agreements adopted by the FEF Board of Directors on last April 24. They were referring to the resolution of the FEF Board, for six votes in favor out of a total of nine members, depose Egas, and name instead the then Vice President Estrada.The vote went ahead after the six managers argued in a resolution that Egas I had ignored a Board decision in December not to exceed 4 million dollars in the recruitment of the new coaching staff of the national team, headed by Antonio Cordón and Jordi Cruyff.And also that they exposed that a course agreement for the salary reduction of both by 70 percent, due to the coronavirus crisis, it was not really but one “restructuring” of debt, instead of a “reduction”; that is, that the salary difference would be collected in 2021.Thus organisms reaffirm which, for the moment, follow recognizing Egas as president of the entity, and that will not be valid to decisions to be adopted, not even within the framework of its Extraordinary Congress, of which they say to have found out by means of press. Not until I “know proceed to an evaluation of the agreements adopted and its compatibility with the principles of good governance determined in the Statutes of FIFA and Conmebol. “last_img read more