Gordon, Arvie Voted Women’s Indoor Athletes of the Week

first_imgThis marks the second women’s indoor field award for Arvie on the season and third overall for McNeese as a team. Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Alanna Arvie, McNeese – So. – Oberlin, La.Arvie finished first and third in the weight throw and shot put, respectively, at the Samford Open. She maintains the No. 1 ranking in the conference in the weight throw while her 45-08.00 in the shot put lifted her to No. 4 in league rankings. Her weight throw victory was her first this season and fourth top-two finish on the year. Both teams have now completed their 2018 regular seasons and next head to the 2018 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala., from Feb. 21-22. Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Daeshon Gordon, Northwestern State – Sr. – Pompano Beach, Fla.Gordon ran the fastest time in conference history in the 60m hurdles, clocking in at 8.15. That mark is ranked 14th nationally and leads the conference by 0.27 seconds. She broke the Southland record set by Danielle Demas (8.18) of Sam Houston State in 2016. Honorable Mention: Danielle Spargur, Houston Baptist; Thai Williams, Lamar; Tierra Wilson, Stephen F. Austin.center_img Honorable Mention: Dekayta Alex, Southeastern Louisiana; Camry Grigsby, Sam Houston State; Jerica Love, UIW. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State senior Daeshon Gordon and McNeese sophomore Alanna Arvie are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. 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 at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Basketball Viewers’ Guide for Saturday

first_imgOther games available via institutional streams. Links available through Southland scoreboard page. Nicholls at Houston Baptist (Saturday Doubleheader)Women’s Basketball: 2 p.m. CTMen’s Basketball: 7 p.m. CTOnline:Southland Conference Digital NetworkSouthlandDigitalNetwork.com Southland Conference appsTalent:Bill Cousins, women’s game play-by-playLonnie King, men’s game play-by-play FRISCO, Texas – Rivals Stephen F. Austin and Northwestern State renew acquaintances Saturday. The men’s teams played down to the wire on Jan. 12, as NSU center Ishmael Lane made a tip-in at the final buzzer for a 61-59 victory. Doubleheader coverage begins with the women’s teams from the same institutions.center_img Stephen F. Austin at Northwestern State (Saturday Doubleheader)Women’s Basketball: 1 p.m. CTMen’s Basketball: 3:30 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+Women’s Game – https://tinyurl.com/SFANSUwMen’s Game – https://tinyurl.com/SFANSUm ESPN appsTalent:Sean Kelley, play-by-playJordy Hultberg, analystlast_img read more

From the Southland to the Show: September Update

first_imgRyan Tepera (Sam Houston State) – Toronto Blue JaysAfter missing the first three weeks of the season with right elbow inflammation, Tepera pitched 11 innings out of the bullpen and picked up two holds before returning to the IL on May 21 with elbow impingement. He had elbow surgery on May 29 and began long tossing on July 29. Tepera was activated from the 60-day injured list on Sept. 2 and struck out the side in his first game back that night. He is 0-2 with a 5.94 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 16.2 innings this season.Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) – Texas RangersThe two-time All-Southland pick is batting .273 with 10 RBI and 15 runs scored through 32 games in his second stint with the Rangers after the major-league club recalled the catcher on Aug. 1. Trevino hit his first major-league home run in an 8-7 win over the Angels on Aug. 19 and added a second in a 7-0 road win over the Yankees on Sept. 2. Over his last 15 games, he has a slash line of .348/.360/.543 with seven RBI, 10 runs and a home run. Former Southland stars appeared on seven league champions’ rosters: Trenton Thunder, Eastern League (Double-A); Jackson Generals, Southern League (Double-A); Visalia Rawhide, California League (Advanced-A); Lexington Legends, South Atlantic League (Single-A); Brooklyn Cyclones, New York-Penn League (Short-A); Hillsboro Hops, Northwest League (Short-A); Idaho Falls Chukars, Pioneer League (Rookie Advanced). Robbie Podorsky (McNeese) – Lake Elsinore StormIn his second stint with the Padres’ Advanced-A squad Podorsky was batting .289 with 21 runs, 15 walks and 12 RBI in 40 games prior to hitting the 7-day injured list on June 4. He hit his lone home run of the year and drove in a season-high two runs on May 2. Paul Goldschmidt (Texas State) – St. Louis CardinalsThe two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Year (2008-09) leads the club in hits (143), home runs (31), RBI (89) and walks (72) and ranks second on the team in runs (88). He recorded just his second multi-homer performance of the year against Milwaukee on Sept. 13, blasting a grand slam and a three-run shot to fuel the Cardinals’ 10-0 win. In the month of July, Goldschmidt led the National League in home runs (11), RBI (27) and slugging percentage (.725).Chi Chi Gonzalez (Oral Roberts) – Colorado RockiesIn his first year in the Rockies’ organization, the 2013 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year has had four stints at the MLB level this season and is 1-6 with 32 strikeouts across 52 innings in 12 appearances. He’s recorded a trio of quality starts in his most recent big-league stay, including his first major-league win since 2015 after holding St. Louis to one run on four hits in six frames with four punchouts. Gonzalez has a 2.20 ERA through three starts in the month of Sept..Kyle Keller (Southeastern Louisiana) – Miami MarlinsMaking his second appearance in the big leagues, Keller was recalled by the Marlins on Aug. 25. He has eight strikeouts through 6.2 innings in seven appearances for Miami this season, including striking out the side in a perfect inning of relief against Cincinnati on Aug. 28. Major-league batters are hitting just .200 off Keller. He was 2-3 with 73 strikeouts in 54 innings across 37 appearances with Triple-A New Orleans and his 10 saves were second on the team. Wade Miley (Southeastern Louisiana) – Houston AstrosThe 2008 Southland Conference strikeouts leader has provided much-needed depth to the Astros rotation with a 14-5 record and 3.71 ERA through 31 starts. Miley ranks third on the squad in wins, innings pitched (162.1) and strikeouts (138). The Hammond, La., native is 7-1 with five quality starts since the beginning of July, including a season-long eight-inning outing on July 23 against Oakland. Miley punched out a season-high nine batters in a May 29 start against the Cubs.Ryan O’Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Kansas City RoyalsIn his second year with the Royals, O’Hearn is batting .186 with 38 walks, 31 RBI, 30 runs and 13 home runs in 96 games. He hit a pair of solo home runs in a three-game series with the White Sox Sept. 10-12, bringing his Sept. long-ball tally up to three. O’Hearn has been a mainstay with 83 starts at first base, and he has made just three errors in 697 chances with 24 assists and 76 double-plays. Among Royals with at least 300 chances, he is tied for third with a .996 fielding percentage. Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) – Pensacola Blue WahoosIn his fourth year with the Twins franchise, the 2014 Southland Conference wins and strikeouts leader went 2-4 with a 5.04 ERA and 35 strikeouts through 50 innings. Cutura struck out a season-high seven batters in five innings in a June 11 start.Josh Green (Southeastern Louisiana) – Jackson GeneralsArizona’s No. 21 prospect went 11-5 with a 2.71 ERA and 101 strikeouts through 126.1 innings. Green made 14 of his 22 starts for Advanced-A Visalia, where he led the California League in wins at 9-1 and ranked second in ERA (1.73) before his July 12 promotion. Tate Scioneaux (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hartford Yard GoatsThe 2014 Southland Conference Tournament MVP went 5-2 with a save and 54 strikeouts through 40.1 innings in his third-straight season at the Double-A level. Scioneaux was released by Pittsburgh on June 21 but signed a day later by Colorado.Shawn Semple (New Orleans) – Trenton ThunderIn his third year with the Yankees farm system, Semple went 3-7 with a 4.54 ERA and 121 strikeouts through 127 innings. He appeared in 26 games, including 20 starts, with Class-A Charleston, Advanced-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.Cole Stapler (Nicholls) – Jackson GeneralsStapler went 7-6 with a 3.05 ERA and 126 strikeouts through 124 innings in his third year with the Diamondbacks’ organization. After getting his Double-A call-up on July 1, he went 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA and punched out 39 batters in 49 frames.Class A AdvancedKyle Arjona (New Orleans) – Clearwater ThreshersA member of the 2018 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Arjona went 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA and 31 strikeouts through 44.1 innings in 24 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Advanced-A Clearwater.  Hunter Pence (UT Arlington) – Texas RangersThe longest-tenured active major leaguer out of the Southland Conference, Pence ranks second on the team in slugging percentage (.552) and third in batting average (.297) and OPS (.910). In his last seven games before hitting the injured list with a lower back strain on Aug. 27, the league’s 2004 Player and Hitter of the Year was batting .375 with a .464 on-base percentage and four RBI. He tallied three RBI against the Angels on Aug. 21, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Jordan Romano (Oral Roberts) – Toronto Blue JaysThe 2014 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year was recalled by the Blue Jays on Aug. 22 for his second big-league stint. Romano is 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 10.1 innings across 12 appearances. He tossed back-to-back innings of scoreless relief against Houston on Aug. 31 and at Atlanta on Sept. 3. Romano struck out five batters over 1.2 innings out of the bullpen against the Red Sox on June 21. He was 2-2 with 53 strikeouts across 38.2 innings in 25 games for Triple-A Buffalo. Class AGrant Anderson (McNeese) – Hickory CrawdadsIn his first year with Texas’ Single-A affiliate, Anderson went 7-4 with a 3.22 ERA and eight saves. He punched out 50 batters across 64.1 innings in 37 games, including a career-high five strikeouts against Greenville on May 16.Andrew Fregia (Sam Houston State) – Delmarva ShorebirdsIn his second year with the Orioles farm system, the two-time All-Southland selection hit .222 with 22 RBI and 17 runs in 65 games with Single-A Delmarva and Short-A Aberdeen. Fregia set and tied a career high in RBI (3) with three-run home runs on Aug. 14 and 26. Aaron Hernandez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Inland Empire 66ersThe Angels’ No. 14 prospect, Hernandez went 1-4 with a 4.46 ERA and 81 strikeouts through 72.2 innings in 20 games for the Angels’ Advanced-A affiliate. He struck out a career-high seven batters twice in four-inning starts on April 29 and Aug. 23. Mac Sceroler (Southeastern Louisiana) – Daytona TortugasIn his third year with the Reds franchise, the two-time First-Team All-Southland pick went 5-4 with a 3.69 ERA and 127 strikeouts through 117 innings for Triple-A Daytona. Sceroler had a 1.29 ERA and 14 strikeouts in as many innings in his final two starts. FRISCO, Texas – A total of 75 Southland Conference baseball alumni are currently playing professional baseball in 2019. Below is an update on all active players. Statistics are through September 17, 2019. Click on each player’s name to access updated stats. Adam Moore (UT Arlington) – Omaha Storm ChasersIn his seventh-straight season at the Triple-A level, the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year hit .233 with 21 RBI and 18 runs scored in 43 games at Triple-A. The Rangers traded Moore to Kansas City on Aug. 7. Jace Peterson (McNeese) – Norfolk TidesThe two-time First Team All-Southland pick posted a slash line of .313/.398/.512 with 46 RBI, 58 runs and 13 stolen bases in 90 games for Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate. In two big-league stints, Peterson hit .220 with 11 RBI, 14 runs and four stolen bases in 29 games.Ty Tice (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo BisonsTice went 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA, four saves and 64 strikeouts through 57.2 innings in his third year with the Blue Jays farm system. He appeared in 46 contests with Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo.  center_img Colton Turner (Texas State) – Charlotte KnightsServing his third stint with the White Sox’ Triple-A squad, Turner went 4-4 with a 5.78 ERA and 102 strikeouts through 93.2 innings. He had a 1.25 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and 23 strikeouts over his last 21.2 innings.Will Vest (Stephen F. Austin) – Toledo Mud HensIn his third year with the Tigers organization, Vest went 3-5 with a 3.27 ERA, eight saves and 58 strikeouts through 55 innings. He appeared in 37 games for Double-A Erie, Advanced-A Lakeland and Triple-A Toledo.  Addison Russ (Houston Baptist) – Reading Fightin PhilsIn his third season with the Phillies franchise, Russ appeared in an Eastern League-high 55 games and ranked third in the league with 22 saves. He went 5-6 with a 2.54 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 56.2 innings.  Caleb Smith (Sam Houston State) – Miami MarlinsIn his second season with the Marlins, Smith is 9-10 with a 4.24 ERA through 26 starts and leads the team in wins and strikeouts (164). In the month of July, he went 4-0 and struck out 37 batters over 31 innings, including back-to-back outings with nine strikeouts to close out the month. Smith had a WHIP of 0.97 in that span, and opposing batters hit just .174 off the lefty. He had his second scoreless outing on Sept. 7, scattering just four hits over six innings with eight strikeouts.  Double-ADrew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) – Tulsa DrillersThe two-time All-Southland selection posted a slash line of .280/.344/.427 with 64 runs, 40 RBI and 24 steals in 112 games with Class-A Great Lakes, Advanced-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa. David Fry (Northwestern State) – Wisconsin Timber RattlersIn his first year of Class A ball with the Brewers, the 2018 Southland Player of the Year and 2019 Midwest League All-Star led the league in doubles (41) and total bases (224). Fry led the team in runs (66), hits (130), home runs (17), RBI (70) and slugging (.444).Tyler Gray (Central Arkansas) – Lexington LegendsThe 2018 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year went 4-4 with two saves through 28 games. He tossed 17.1-straight innings without an earned run to close the year, including two hitless innings in the South Atlantic League championship-clinching win. Reeves Martin (New Orleans) – West Virginia PowerThe 2019 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year went 3-0 with a 3.58 ERA and 28 strikeouts through 27.2 innings in 20 games for Short-A Everett and Single-A West Virginia. Martin struck out a season-high four batters in two innings on July 10.Adam Oller (Northwestern State) – Aug.a Green JacketsIn his first year with the Giants’ organization, the 2016 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year went 5-6 with a 4.02 ERA and 93 strikeouts through 87.1 innings in 17 starts for San Francisco’s Single-A affiliate.Caleb Ricca (Northwestern State) – West Virginia PowerThe 2019 Third-Team All-Southland honoree hit .176 with 11 runs and a pair of RBI in 27 games in rookie ball and with Single-A West Virginia. Ricca recorded a season-high three hits on Aug. 17.Class A Short SeasonKwan Adkins (Northwestern State) – Salem-Keizer VolcanoesIn his second season with the Giants franchise, the 2018 Third-Team All-Southland pick posted a slash line of .269/.346/.413 and scored 30 runs in 45 games for San Francisco’s Short-A squad. Adkins drove in 19 runs and racked up 10 stolen bases.Jared Biddy (Southeastern Louisiana) – Brooklyn CyclonesThe Southland Conference’s saves leader in league play in 2019 (10) went 4-0 with a 0.86 ERA in 18 appearances in his first year with the Mets farm system. Biddy posted a 0.86 WHIP in 31.1 innings with 35 strikeouts, opposite just three walks.Jason Blanchard (Lamar) – Tri-City Dust DevilsA Third-Team All-Southland pick in 2019, Blanchard went 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 41 strikeouts through 32 innings in 13 games for the Padres’ Short-A squad. He struck out seven through four no-hit innings in his final regular season start.Austin Briggs (McNeese) – Vermont Lake MonstersIn his second year with the A’s organization, Briggs went 1-1 with a 4.71 ERA and 22 strikeouts through 28.2 innings in 19 games for Short-A Vermont. He tied a career high with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings against Aberdeen on Aug. 3.Jordan Cannon (Sam Houston State) – Aberdeen IronBirdsThe 2019 Second Team All-Southland pick hit .212 with 10 runs and nine RBI in 24 games in rookie ball and with Short-A Aberdeen. Cannon had season-highs in hits (three), total bases (seven) and RBI (three) against the GCL Pirates on Aug. 9.Harrison Dinicola (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Batavia MuckdogsIn his second year with the Marlins franchise, the 2018 Second Team All-Southland selection hit .265 and reached base at a .341 clip in 48 games for Advanced-A Jupiter and Short-A Batavia. Dinicola tallied all 12 of his RBI in 34 games with the Muckdogs.Corey Gaconi (Southeastern Louisiana) – Brooklyn CyclonesThe 2019 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year went 4-1 with a 4.30 ERA and 25 strikeouts through 37.2 innings in his first year with the Mets farm system. Gaconi appeared in 14 games for the Short-A Cyclones and two games for the Kingsport Mets.Hunter Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Williamsport CrosscuttersThe two-time All-Southland Conference honoree hit .180 with 19 RBI and 12 runs in 52 games for Short-A Williamsport. Hearn had season-highs in hits (two), total bases (six) and RBI (five) against West Virginia on Aug. 19.Nathan Jones (Northwestern State) – Brooklyn CyclonesA Second-Team All-Southland pick in 2019, the fifth-round pick went 0-2 with a 6.59 ERA and 14 strikeouts through 13.2 innings for the New York-Penn League champions. Jones started seven games for the Cyclones and opponents hit just .204 off of him.Bryan King (McNeese) – Eugene EmeraldsThe 2019 Southland Conference F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship recipient went 2-2 with a 1.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts through 24 innings. King appeared in 14 games in rookie ball and with Short-A Eugene. Bernie Martinez (UIW) – Everett AquaSoxA Second-Team All-Southland selection in 2019, Martinez went 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA, a save and 49 strikeouts through 43.1 innings. He appeared in 18 games, reaching as high as Double-A Arkansas for two outings.Nick Mikolajchak (Sam Houston State) – Mahoning Valley ScrappersAn 11th-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Mikolajchak went 1-1 with a 0.36 ERA and five saves. He struck out 36 batters in 25 innings through 17 appearances in rookie league and with Short-A Mahoning Valley. Shane Selman (McNeese) – Vermont Lake MonstersThe 2017 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year hit .194 with 15 RBI and 20 runs in 46 games in rookie ball and with Short-A Vermont. Selman drove in a season-high three runs against AZL Athletics Green on June 21.Bryce Tassin (Southeastern Louisiana) – Connecticut TigersA 31st-round pick by the Tigers in 2019, Tassin went 4-1 with a 1.97 ERA. He struck out 25 batters in 18.1 innings in 11 games in rookie ball and with Short-A Connecticut.Luis Trevino (Abilene Christian) – Hudson Valley RenegadesThe 2019 Southland Conference Player of the Year posted a slash line of .272/.344/.360 in his first season of professional baseball, driving in 19 runs and scoring 10 for Tampa Bay’s Short-A affiliate. Daniel Wasinger (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hillsboro HopsA 2018 31st-round pick, Wasinger hit .186 with 19 RBI and 10 runs in 41 games for the Diamondbacks’ Single-A and Short-A clubs. He compiled 18 RBI in 34 games with Short-A Hillsboro, the Northwest League champions.Rookie AdvancedCody Davenport (Central Arkansas) – Idaho Falls ChukarsA Second-Team All-Southland selection and All-Tournament Team member in 2019, Davenport went 3-3 with a 6.11 ERA and 34 strikeouts through 28 innings. He appeared in 12 games for the Pioneer League champions. William Hancock (Central Arkansas) – Burlington RoyalsIn his second year with the Royals organization, the 2018 All-Southland Conference First Team pick hit .262 with 16 runs and 15 RBI in 47 games with Kansas City’s Rookie Advanced affiliate.Cayden Hatcher (Nicholls) – Grand Junction RockiesIn his second season with the Rockies’ Rookie Advanced affiliate, the 2018 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team member went 3-4 with a 5.80 ERA and 40 strikeouts through 40.1 innings in 14 appearances. Dustin Lacaze (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Missoula OspreyA 21st-round draft pick by the Diamondbacks in 2019, Lacaze went 3-0 with a 3.83 ERA and 47 strikeouts through 56.1 innings in his first year of professional baseball. He appeared in 14 games, including seven starts, for the Diamondbacks’ Rookie Advanced team.Carson Maxwell (McNeese) – Missoula OspreyA Third-Team All-Southland Conference pick in 2019, Maxwell hit .162 with 13 runs and seven RBI in 38 games with the Diamondbacks’ Rookie Advanced team. Maxwell had season-highs in total bases (six) and RBI (three) against Billings on July 7.Robie Rojas (Sam Houston State) – Rocky Mountain VibesIn his third season with the Brewers franchise, Rojas posted a slash line of .296/.387/.444 in 12 games over three stints for Milwaukee’s Double-A affiliate. He finished the year with the Vibes after being assigned on Aug. 15.Hayden Wesneski (Sam Houston State) – Pulaski YankeesThe 2019 Southland strikeouts leader punched out 30 batters across 28.1 innings. Wesneski went 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA and three saves through 18 games with the Yankees’ Short-A affiliate.RookieAidan Anderson (McNeese) – GCL Phillies WestThe 2019 Southland Conference Tournament MVP went 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a pair of saves. Anderson struck out 19 batters across 25.2 innings. Seth Ballew (Sam Houston State) – AZL AngelsAn undrafted free agent in 2019, Ballew went 6-2 with a 2.76 ERA. He struck out 34 batters in 29.1 innings across 12 games for the Angels’ Rookie Advanced and Rookie League affiliates.Cody Grosse (Southeastern Louisiana) – AZL Mariners A Second-Team All-Southland selection in 2018, Grosse hit .293 with 17 RBI, 22 runs and a team-high five triples. He recorded a season-high three RBI on a triple against the AZL Reds on Aug. 22.Trayson Kubo (Stephen F. Austin) – AZL Athletics GoldA 24th-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Kubo went 0-2 with 28 strikeouts through 18.1 innings in 11 Rookie League games. He punched out a season-high five batters in three hitless innings on Aug. 2.Alex Palmer (Stephen F. Austin) – GCL AstrosThe 2019 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year went 2-0 with a save and a 2.45 ERA. Palmer struck out 27 batters in 22 innings across nine games for the Astros’ Rookie League affiliate.Austin Reich (Northwestern State) – AZL Giants BlackAn undrafted free-agent signing in 2019, Reich struck out 17 batters through 12.2 innings in 11 Rookie League games. He struck out a season-high three batters in two scoreless innings on Aug. 12.Bryan Warzek (New Orleans) – AZL Dodgers LasordaThe two-time All-Southland Conference pick went 1-3 with a 5.91 ERA and 53 strikeouts through 45.2 innings in 2019. Warzek appeared in 26 games for the Dodgers’ Advanced-A squad but finished the year with Los Angeles’ Rookie League team. Collin Kober (McNeese) – Modesto NutsIn his third year with the Mariners organization, Kober went 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA, two saves and 91 strikeouts through 70.1 innings in 48 games with Advanced-A Modesto and Triple-A Tacoma. He tossed five-straight scoreless innings over his last four outings. Bryce Johnson (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsIn his third year with the Giants farm system, the two-time Southland hits leader hit .255 with 68 runs, 44 RBI and 26 stolen bases for Advanced-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond. Johnson was called up on June 25 after reaching base at a .365 clip in Advanced-A.Nolan Riggs (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsAlthough he spent much of his sixth season with the Giants organization on the injured list, Riggs struck out six batters without a walk through 5.1 scoreless innings in three games for Double-A Richmond.  MLB Jonathan Davis (Central Arkansas) – Toronto Blue JaysThe three-time All-Southland Conference pick is in his third major-league stint after having his contract selected by the Blue Jays on Sept. 3. Davis is batting .151 with three runs scored and three RBI in 27 games for Toronto this season. He recorded his first multi-hit performance in the big leagues with a 2-for-3 outing on Sept. 7 against Tampa Bay. In 82 games with Triple-A Buffalo, the Camden, Ark., native was reaching base at a .382 clip and ranked second on the team in runs (64), doubles (19) and walks (40). Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) – Kansas City RoyalsThe 2013 Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year is tied for third among MLB hitters with nine triples and ranks 14th among American League hitters in slugging (.542) and OPS (.900). Dozier is second on the team in home runs (26), RBI (82) and walks (53), and third in hits (138) and batting average (.286). Over the last 15 games, he has a slash line of .345/.379/.564 with seven RBI, seven runs and a pair of home runs.   Triple-APreston Beck (UT Arlington) – Nashville SoundsIn his eighth year in the Rangers farm system, Beck hit .258 with 57 runs, 55 RBI and 11 home runs with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Nashville. After reaching base at a .333 clip in 99 games with Frisco, he was called up to Nashville, where he hit .340 with nine RBI and six runs. Jonathan Dziedzic (Lamar) – Omaha Storm ChasersDziedzic went 3-3 with a save, a 5.25 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 58.1 innings in his fifth season with the Royals’ Triple-A team. He struck out a season-high five batters on two occasions: against New Orleans on April 15 and against Oklahoma City on May 27.Louis Head (Texas State) – Oklahoma City DodgersIn his first year with the Dodgers organization, Head went 3-2 with a save, a 6.34 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 32.2 innings with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He tied a career high with five punchouts against Arkansas on April 14.Nick Heath (Northwestern State) – Omaha Storm ChasersThe two-time Southland Conference stolen bases leader tallied 60 stolen bases in 105 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha in his fourth year with the Royals franchise. He hit .255 with a .345 on-base percentage, 72 runs and 36 RBI. Tyler Depreta-Johnson (Houston Baptist) – Down East Wood DucksIn his second season with the Rangers franchise, the 2018 Third-Team All-Southland selection hit .196 with 19 RBI and 18 runs in 73 games with Triple-A Nashville, Single-A Hickory and Advanced-A Down East. Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana) – Winston-Salem DashThe 2016 Southland Conference Player of the Year led the Carolina League in walks (72) and ranked second in doubles (30) in his fourth year with the White Sox farm system. Fisher led the team in runs (62). last_img read more


first_imgMASSIVE 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $1,017,841 INTO FRIDAY; FIRST POST FOR AN EIGHT-RACE CARD IS AT 1 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (June 2, 2019)–For the 26th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved on Sunday, creating a huge Jackpot carryover of $1,017,841 into Friday at The Great Race Place.With $266,281 in “new” money bet, today’s total Rainbow Six pool reached $1,223,156, helping to create a payout of $52.74 on 2,697 consolation tickets with six winners each.Santa Anita will offer simulcast wagering on Wednesday and Thursday in the Grandstand Paddock Room, beginning at 10 a.m. General Parking and General Admission are free.On Friday, the track offers two dollars beers and six dollar Specialty Cocktails, sponsored by Woodford Reserve. Free Club House and General Admission are also offered each Friday.With an eight-race card on tap, approximate post time for the third race, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is at 2 p.m. PT.First post time on Friday is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Santa Anita To Restore The Hollywood Gold Cup Name For June 6th Running

first_imgSANTA ANITA TO RESTORE THE HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP NAME TO PRESTIGIOUS RACE FOR JUNE 6TH RUNNINGSanta Anita Park will restore the name of the Hollywood Gold Cup to the prestigious race for older horses beginning with the 2020 running on June 6th.  The race had been called the Gold Cup at Santa Anita since moving to the Arcadia track in 2014.“The Hollywood Gold Cup is one of the most storied races in all of American racing and we are right to remember it,” said Aidan Butler, Executive Director of California Racing Operations for The Stronach Group.  “Beginning when Seabiscuit won the inaugural in 1938, it has attracted some of the finest older horses in the world.  Even though Hollywood Park doesn’t exist anymore, this race does, and it deserves to be linked to its grand past.”The 2020 Hollywood Gold Cup is part of a blockbuster day of racing on June 6 at Santa Anita, headlined by the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby.  The Gold Cup is contested at the classic American distance of 1 ¼-miles on the dirt for a purse of $300,000.  Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable’s Vino Rosso shipped in from New York to win last summer’s Gold Cup, a precursor to his win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic that cemented his Eclipse Award as the year’s top older horse.last_img read more

Spurs fans worried Mourinho will sign Matic in first transfer swoop

first_imgMatic waiting for January so Jose can sign him.. pic.twitter.com/ffwPRFeGqg— Cabral (@CjSonOfAnarchy) November 20, 2019 TOTTENHAM fans are worried Jose Mourinho will make Nemanja Matic his first signing in North London.The new Spurs boss, 56, has already signed the Serbian midfielder twice – while at Chelsea and then Manchester United.3 Fans have been joking that Matic will definitely be off to Spurs after Mourinho’s hiring3 Matic played for Mourinho at both Chelsea and Man UtdCredit: ReutersReports recently claimed Matic, 31, is pushing for a January transfer as it as after being frozen out under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his youthful revolution.And now fans can’t stop cracking the same joke that Mourinho will go all-out for a hat-trick of Matic buys in January.Some fans even suggested Mourinho would go back in for other old favourites like Willian, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini.But fans on Twitter were quick to cotton on that Matic was the go-to gag for the day.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneOne wrote: “Perfect chance for United to offload Matic to Spurs for £40million.”Another said: “I’m pretty sure I ain’t the only one who can’t wait for Nemanja Matic to break the news to the whole world in January that it’s always been a dream for him to play and wear the colours of Spurs.”A third predicted: “Welcome to Tottenham Nemanja Matic.”On even predicted the “The Mourinho to do list”, writing: “Sign Zlatan, Willian and Matic, make Eriksen a defensive midfielder and Son Heung-min a world class wing-back.”Here’s how Twitter reacted to the big news of the day…Perfect chance for United to offload Matic to Spurs for £40m— ARYAN (@unitedaryan) November 20, 2019 Welcome to Tottenham Nemanja Matic— Shayiholic (@Ummul_Ess) November 20, 2019 Nemanja Matic waking up to hear Jose Mourinho is the new Spurs manager pic.twitter.com/m9mez7YLY5— Ireland Simpsons Fans (@iresimpsonsfans) November 20, 2019 Sign Zlatan, Willian and Matic, make Eriksen a Defensive Midfielder and Son Heung-Min a world class Wing-back. The Mourinho to do list.— Your Favorite Uncle (@unclevee) November 20, 2019 Mourinho’s first ten games at SpursNov 23 – West Ham (A)Nov 26 – Olympiakos (H)Nov 30 – Bournemouth (H)Dec 4 – Man Utd (A)Dec 7 – Burnley (H)Dec 11 – Bayern Munich (A)Dec 15 – Wolves (A)Dec 22 – Chelsea (H)Dec 26 – Brighton (H)Dec 28 – Norwich (A)Tottenham appoint Jose Mourinho as new manager less than 24 hours after sacking Mauricio Pochettinocenter_img The scenes at Spursy when their first signing is announced in January: Welcome Nemanja Matic!! 😂— Glen Bolton (@gbolton1974) November 20, 2019 3MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY 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 wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearMay as well stick a £10 bet on Nemanja Matic joining Spurs in January— Alex Mc (@aa_mcintosh22) November 20, 2019 Matic to spurs confirmed— Dale (@DALEHILL123) November 20, 2019 Ole to play matic as much as he can so Jose signs him? pic.twitter.com/8JJXs2FozY— Joe (@United1999x3) November 20, 2019last_img read more

Mitchell Pearce’s contract dependent on taking Newcastle Knights to NRL finals

first_imgSuch was the demand for his services, Pearce could have named his price and virtually demanded a guaranteed fee to join the wooden-spooners.Instead, he had financial incentives written into his contract that will reward him if the club reaches the top eight and the top four.Reportedly on a deal worth more than $4 million over four years, Wests Group boss and Knights CEO Phil Gardner confirmed Pearce has backed himself to lead the club’s revival after three consecutive wooden spoons.”Mitchell’s ability to earn top dollar in the contract is dependent on how the team performs,” Gardner said.”It’s a indication of his motivation for putting the team first and his desire to drive the improvement within the squad and the club.”Pearce said his decision to join the Knights was based around the challenge of helping the club return to its former glory days and was never about money.”I’ve got a good, stable deal here but I’m not a money-hungry person and the decision wasn’t about money,” he said.”The incentives to make the eight and the four are there because that’s what I want us to achieve.”Coming here was all about having a strong belief in where the club is headed and me wanting to play as big a role in that as I can.”I’m not going to come out and say it publicly that we are going to do it next season or the season after but I’m here to help us improve and succeed.”In a wide-ranging interview with Fairfax Media, Pearce opened up about leaving Sydney and the Roosters and facing the greatest challenge of his career.Leaving the RoostersPearce is proud of the way he and his old club parted ways.”It’s still a bit weird. One of those things in life that you just sort of roll with,” he said.”It all happened pretty quick and obviously, I didn’t expect it but the next thing, I’m here in Newcastle. I was told what was happening with Cooper [Cronk] and I was going overseas and Robbo [Roosters coach Trent Robinson] and Nick [Roosters supremo Nick Politis] told me that if I didn’t think I could buy in, let’s work it out. It just didn’t sit right for me to potentially be playing a utility role. I felt like I had more to offer and while it was emotional, I knew I had to move on.”I felt like I dealt with it really honestly and we dealt with it in a good way. The club was really understanding with me and I was understanding with them and I really appreciated the way they backed my decision.”Sometimes you see situations like this get a bit nasty but it was a really smooth transition and a mutual respect for each other.”The optionsPearce has always relied heavily on his instincts and while he went to the open market with an “open mind” the decision wasn’t a difficult one to make.”Cronulla was really attractive, Manly was attractive and I was definitely interested in those clubs and I went into the process with an open mind,” he said.”It a lot of ways, they were the easier choices. Cronulla would have been a great option. There are a lot of rep players there. But I just saw the opportunity for more growth for me and for me to take more responsibility in Newcastle and that’s why I’m here.”I just saw the potential for me to grow as a man and a player with the challenge at the Knights and in the end, it was a no-brainer.”That meetingMuch has been made of Pearce’s meeting with Knights coach Nathan Brown, head of football Darren Mooney and Phil Gardner at Brown’s home a week before he announced he was joining the Knights.Pearce said he arrived armed with plenty of questions and left genuinely excited.”I didn’t know what to expect with Newcastle and I said that to Browny honestly when I was in the meeting,” he said.”For anyone coming up here after the results of the past couple of years, I think you definitely needed to be asking those questions about the roster and the vision. But they were really honest about the direction of the club and I walked away and rang my Dad straight away because I was really excited.”For one, I was excited about how quickly I think the club can develop with the direction of Browny and Moons [Mooney] and the way they are setting up the recruitment.”When I went through the squad and thought about the bigger picture, I just saw a lot of growth in the team. Just the chance to come up here and be a part of the evolution of the team and bring some success in such a mad rugby league town – that is what excited me more than the other clubs and that’s why I’m here.”The movePearce hasn’t had one negative thought about his decision to join the Knights since moving to Newcastle.”Moving out of Sydney – I didn’t know what to expect to be honest because I’ve never lived anywhere else,” he said. “As much as I was coming here for the team, I was excited about the lifestyle change. It all still feels a bit surreal and probably will for a couple of months but I said to a few mates the other day it feels right and I’m big on trusting your instinct. It’s an awesome place to live and play footy. I noticed that straight away.”The country values – the fans seem like a loyal type of people who really love their footy team. To be honest, it makes you proud to be a Knight. I know I have only just started but I’m a footy head and I’ve already got that vibe.”ProspectsPearce understands that Knights fans have been patient for a long while, but he hopes they will give the team time to further develop in 2018.”There are lots of things that have exceeded my expectations during pre-season training about the group and the way we train,” he said. “I’ve come from a winning culture at the Roosters where we have been pretty successful and the club has high standards when it comes to training and professionalism.”In some areas, we are right up there but there are also parts that need to improve and in a developing squad, that’s no surprise. But I feel with the coaches here and step by step, I can see the boys gradually improving.”We’ll have ups and downs for parts of the season. It’s going to be small steps but the key is to keep improving and keep setting our standards higher. If we are doing that, I think we will really surprise some teams and pull a few pants down.”CaptaincyGiven Pearce has only been at the club a short time, captaincy is not is not something he is comfortable talking about.”I know my job is to be the best role model and leader I can be and first and foremost, the best halfback I can be to lead the side,” he said. “Leadership is a big reason why I’m here but the club has great guys in those roles.”I’m not here to take a tag off anyone and just want to be a part of this leadership group and help us raise the bar as much as possible for the team and the town.”Newcastle Heraldlast_img read more

Pacific Games Council president visits Tonga

first_imgDuring his visit, president Lakhan attended a meeting of the Tonga 2019 Audit & Governance Authority, chaired by the Prime Minister of Tonga, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, where once again the Tongan Government expressed its full support for hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.   President Lakhan also received extensive briefings from the staff of the Tongan Pacific Games Organising Committee (TPGOC) on the development of the sports and marketing programs and the general organisational planning for the 2019 Pacific Games. He also met with the full executive committee of TPGOC, chaired by Lord Fred Sevele. Lakhan also met with the full executive committee of the host Pacific Games Association for the 2019 Pacific Games, the Tongan Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (TASA) to impress upon them the need to develop their athletes and officials over the next three years to deliver a strong Team Tonga at the Games.  He also met separately with leaders of the Tongan National Federations; whose sports are on the 2019 Pacific Games program, and who will have responsibility for conducting Games competitions with technical officials and sports volunteers. During the visit, Lakhan also undertook a comprehensive tour of the proposed Games venues at the grounds of Tonga High School, the Nuku’alofa waterfront and the Teufaiva Stadium.   In summarising his visit, Lakhan said: “The Pacific Games Council is pleased that the Prime Minister is now involved in overseeing the Tongan Government’s commitment to hosting the 2019 Pacific Games and providing the necessary facilities and funding support to stage a successful Games. “Progress was evident in the development of the Games master plan.  Last year, my executive board endorsed the BECA master plan, and I support some of the modifications to this master plan that were presented to the Audit & Governance Authority meeting this week by Tongan Government representatives, particularly the additional playing field and warm-up facility at the Police Training compound adjacent to the Teufaiva Stadium.  “I recommend that the original master plan for tennis and lawn bowls facilities at the nearby Tonga High School be retained.  “These actions will maintain the commitment to the ‘Walking Games’ concept, where the majority of the Games venues are located in the main population centre of Nuku’alofa and within walking distance of its schools which will house the Games athletes. “This is the key to ensuring that after the Games, the venues are easily accessible to the future youth of Tonga, leaving positive legacies which justify the investment in the 2019 Pacific Games.“I am pleased to note the progress in seeking donor Government support for delivering on the Games master plan, specifically: •The Chinese Government’s agreement to develop sports facilities at the grounds of Tonga High School; •The Papua New Guinea Government’s intention to redevelop Teufaiva Stadium; •The funding being offered by the governments of New Zealand and Australia towards venues development; and •The funding being offered by the Japanese Government for the provision of sports equipment. “With each of these donor Government agreements, I now urge the Tongan Government to move ahead swiftly to secure binding contracts so that the design and construction program can commence, and then venues can be delivered before 2019. “I am very pleased with the work of the TPGOC under the leadership of Lord Sevele in being proactive in the many different areas of planning and organisation of the Games, including providing input into the master plan.  “Representatives of TPGOC and TASA will attend the General Assembly of the Pacific Games Council in Port Vila next month and will be able to brief our membership directly on all of these plans. “The PGC will maintain its close working relationship with all of the Tonga stakeholders to deliver a successful and affordable 2019 Pacific Games.”last_img read more

Barcelona 3 Sevilla 0 (5-0 agg): Arda at the double as Barca collect season’s first silverware

first_imgArda Turan gave further encouraging signs he can turn his Barcelona career around with a brace as Luis Enrique’s side eased to a 3-0 win over Sevilla in the Supercopa de Espana second leg at Camp Nou.The Turkey international’s displays came in for regular criticism last season as he failed to find the form that persuaded Barca to prize him from Atletico Madrid.But, playing on the left of a front three due to Neymar’s Olympic excursion, Arda impressed during Sunday’s 2-0 first-leg win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – laying on the assist for Luis Suarez’s opener.Both teams were much-changed, with a knee injury ruling out Barca captain Andres Iniesta, but Arda remained to confidently open the scoring after 10 minutes.He added a second within a minute of the restart to extinguish any lingering doubt over the destination of the season’s first piece of silverware, while Lionel Messi added gloss with an excellent header.Sevilla begin their first LaLiga season under Jorge Samapoli against Espanyol on Saturday and the former Chile boss will hope these back-to-back losses, along with the extra-time UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, have not taken too much out of the tank before a new era begins in earnest.Samuel Umtiti made a debut at centre-back, with Aleix Vidal facing his former club and Lucas Digne named at left back in a reshuffled Barcelona defence that Sevilla sought to take advantage of early on.Joaquin Correa played in Wissam Ben Yedder, who forced Claudio Bravo to save with his feet, and the Barca goalkeeper also reacted sharply to thwart Iborra from the second of two resulting corners.The reportedly Manchester City bound Bravo was left somewhere between concerned and perplexed as the normally reliable Javier Mascherano chipped narrowly over his own crossbar under little pressure but, as in the first leg, Luis Enrique’s men led against the run of play.Messi was the architect, linking with debutant Andre Gomes and clipping the ball into Arda’s path for him to slide an assured finish across Sergio Rico and into the bottom corner.Bravo gave the Camp Nou faithful a dose of what they might soon be missing in the 32nd minute, plunging to his right to keep out an Iborra penalty that lacked conviction after Umtiti was penalised for handling Correa’s shot.With the final attack of the half, Gabriel Mercado looped a diving header against the top of the crossbar to make Barca’s lead seem even more fortuitous.It was an advantage doubled 55 seconds after the restart as first-leg goalscorer Munir El Haddadi harried Rico into a poor clearance that ricocheted to Arda, with a deflection off Mercado sending the ball high into the net.Revelling in his change of fortunes in Barcelona’s famous colours, Arda almost claimed a hat-trick when chipped over from a Messi pass, before a period for Rico to forget continued.Digne’s cross looked to be sailing over Messi but the diminutive forward hung in the air to steer a header back across goal into the corner, where a flailing Rico soon nestled alongside the ball.Barcelona were forced to play out a sedate final 11 minutes with 10 men as Mascherano limped off with all three substitutions used, giving Luis Enrique some cause for concern ahead of Real Betis’ visit on Saturday, although his squad appears to be in smooth working order for their LaLiga defence.last_img read more

Oyarzabal: “In San Mamés we played one of the worst games”

first_imgHobby. “We can only thank you for all the support because playing with or without them shows a lot. Note your encouragement and now playing at home gives us a plus, we noticed, and on Sunday we want to feel your support more than ever. We are grateful for everything, we want to continue giving joy to the fans ”.The Mirandés in the semifinals. “He is not here by chance. They have knocked out three big First teams. But we trust ourselves, we are in good time and we have to continue enjoying without belittling anyone. We respect Mirandés very much.Basque Derbi. “It’s going to be a difficult game because we already know how they play, they make it difficult for all teams, but we have to do our thing as demonstrated yesterday.”Memory of San Mamés. “Never like to lose and there maybe we did one of the worst games of the season.” Mikel Oyarzabal was the captain of the Real Sociedad in the historic and unforgettable match of the Santiago Bernabéu Cup.Bell. “I don’t know how to define it. We live it as people lived in the country and in their homes, a special day, very beautiful and very happy because it is not easy what we have achieved. Perl we are already focused because Sunday comes another special day. ”Exciting victory. “It is more exciting and historic for how the game was given and you have to give it a lot of value. The celebration was according to what we achieved, many people came from Donosti and for that we are important, what happened inside the locker room you already saw it ”.last_img read more