McNeese’s Piancastelli, Flores Sweep Southland Softball Weekly Awards

first_imgPiancastelli earned hitter honors after helping lead the Cowgirls (13-3, 0-0 SLC) to a 7-0 week, including wins over No. 9 Florida State and Arkansas. Flores earned three wins in the circle to take her first pitcher award of the season. McNeese contests ULM tomorrow at 6 p.m. CT before heading to the LSU Invitational this weekend to take on Purdue, No. 10 LSU, Illinois State and Florida Atlantic. The Cowgirls re-entered the top 25 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll, coming in at No. 23 in the latest pollsearlier today. Honorable Mention: Laura Napoli, Lamar; Megan Landry, Nicholls; Tanner Wright, Southeastern Louisiana. Honorable Mention: Savana Guidry, Lamar; Amanda Gianelloni, Nicholls; Maddie Edmonston, Southeastern Louisiana. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Erika Piancastelli and Alexsandra Flores swept the Southland Conference Softball Player of the Week awards, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by This is the pitcher award for McNeese in the first three weeks of the softball season. Piancastelli produced a .348 batting average with eight hits, including four home runs and two doubles in the seven games last week for McNeese while continuing to etch her name in the Southland record book. The senior utility also drove eight runs home and tallied three stolen bases and four walks on the week while posting a .957 slugging percentage. She ended the week scoring nine runs, breaking the Southland and McNeese career runs scored record (178) when she crossed the plate for the third time Friday against Villanova.center_img Softball Pitcher of the Week – Alexsandra Flores, McNeese – So. – Lufkin, Texas Flores appeared in four games last week and earned a 3-0 record with a 0.49 ERA, giving up just one run in 14.1 innings of work. The sophomore from Lufkin struck out nine batters and surrendered five walks while allowing just eight hits. She tossed a complete game against North Florida and came in for relief against Middle Tennessee, Manhattan and Arkansas. Softball Hitter of the Week – Erika Piancastelli, McNeese – UT – Sr. – Carlsbad, Calif. 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


first_imgMIDCOURT RALLIES TO WIN $75,000 COMMA TO THE TOP STAKES BY A NECK UNDER ESPINOZA; TRAINED BY SHIRREFFS, HE GETS MILE IN 1:36.89 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2019)–A reformed head case, C R K Stable’s Midcourt was unhurried early and rallied boldly to take Sunday’s $75,000 Comma To The Top Stakes by a neck at Santa Anita.  Trained by John Shirreffs, the 4-year-old gelding by Midnight Lute got a flat mile in 1:36.89.Idle since winning a first condition allowance going one mile at Del Mar Aug. 18, Midcourt, who has been a handful at times in the mornings, was last, about 8 ½ lengths off the lead heading into the Club House turn and was next to last, about six lengths off of favored Leading Score with three furlongs to run.At that point, Espinoza asked him for his best and when the field turned for home, he was just off the lead while four-wide and prevailed in a head and head battle with Two Thirty Five to come away with the victory.“In the afternoon, he shows up,” said Shirreffs, who following a protracted absence, took over the training of Midcourt leading into his 4-year-old debut on Feb. 19.  “We think the further he goes, the better he’ll get.  When this horse applies himself, he’s a really good horse.  We’ll probably run next in the Native Diver at Del Mar (Grade III, 1 1/8 miles on Nov. 23).”Off at 6-1 in a field of five 3-year-olds and up, Midcourt, a Kentucky-bred who is out of the French Deputy mare Mayo On the Side, paid $15.60, $6.40 and $2.80.“He’s getting so good right now, he’s taking everything on his own and he does things so easily,” said Espinoza, who’s now a perfect two for two with him.  “Horses, when they get into that rhythm, it’s kind of hard to get beat.  John Shirreffs has done an amazing job with this horse.  He is not very easy to deal with in morning, but John is an expert with those kinds of horses.”A $450,000 Keeneland September Yearling, Midcourt was winless in a pair of starts at age two and did not run at age three.  He’s now won three out of his four starts this year and with the winner’s share of $47,250, his earnings total $138,695.Attentive to the pace while third heading into the far turn, Two Thirty Five wheeled three-wide at the top of the lane and in a gutty performance, came up a neck short.  Ridden by Abel Cedillo, he was off at 3-1 and paid $4.80 and $2.20.Heavily favored with Flavien Prat up, Leading Score was sent to the front but tired through the drive to finish third by 4 ¼ lengths over Ground Attack.  Off at 3-5, he paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.14, 46.46, 1:11.28 and 1:23.97.Racing resumes with a nine-race card on Thursday.  First post time is at 1 p.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Eriksen ‘snubs new £150k-a-week Spurs contract’ after talks with Jose Mourinho

first_img“My decisions about starting him or not starting, selecting or not select, will be based on a perspective of a future.”I cannot hide that. It will also be based on a perspective of a future.”We have a present and in football we have to focus on the present, in this case the game tomorrow, but it’s a club where you have to think about the future.“These important decisions obviously they have an influence on my decisions as a head coach, but the important thing is that Christian staying or leaving, he’s that type of guy who easily I could understand.”A proper guy, loves the club, loves his colleagues, amazing colleague in the dressing room. So it doesn’t matter what, he’s one of us until the last day.”4THROUGH 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsSpurs have been linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon captain Bruno Fernandes should Eriksen move on.The Portuguese midfielder has racked up a staggering 41 goals and 24 assists since the beginning of last season and has admitted he could look to further his career elsewhere.Spurs were keen to strike a deal in the summer but in the end Eriksen stayed put and Giovanni Lo Celso arrived on loan.Sun social Mourinho on Eriksen TOTTENHAM midfielder Christian Eriksen has rejected a new £150,000-a-week deal in order to secure a free transfer to Real Madrid in the summer according to reports.Eriksen has been the centre of transfer speculation for months with his contract running out at the end of the season, meaning Spurs will have to sell in January or face letting him go on a free transfer.4 Jose Mourinho has warned Christian Eriksen he will consider the future when deciding whether to pick himCredit: AFP or licensorsNew Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has warned the midfielder he will pick the team with the future in mind – casting doubt over the Dane’s involvment under the Special One.The playmaker started on the bench against West Ham on Saturday and could face further spells on the sidelines after his manager’s comments.4Eriksen is keen to leave North London and has spoken of his desire for a “new challenge”.Mourinho responded in his press conference ahead of the Champions League match with Olympiakos, saying: “The important thing is that he’s committed with us so let’s not talk about his future, let’s not talk about what is going to happen.”Is he leaving? Is he staying? Let’s talk about his commitment for the club and for his colleagues and for the project and he’s with us.4 Mourinho is a big fan of Sporting Lisbon’s midfield goal machine Bruno FernandesCredit: Gettylast_img read more

Broncos debutant ‘too good’ for reserve grade

first_imgPhoto by: Scott Davis: NRL Photos (Broncos debutant Jamayne Isaako playing with the club’s Holden Cup side in 2016. ‌This is the reality for the Brisbane Broncos’ latest debutant Jamayne Isaako who will start on the wing against the Newcastle Knights on Saturday night. The 21-year-old has earned his opportunity through impressive form in the Intrust Super Cup playing for the Souths Logan Magpies and he is a handy player for coach Wayne Bennett to be able to call on as Brisbane suffer a backline shortage. The Broncos are missing David Mead (knee), Darius Boyd (thumb), Corey Oates (illness) and Anthony Milford (shoulder) all to injury, but it presents a well-earned chance for Isaako to make his mark in first grade. The 2014 NYC Players’ Player of the Year at the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Isaako is a versatile back that can fill any jersey from No.1 to No.5. Brisbane prop Joe Ofahengaue has spent parts of this season in the Intrust Super Cup playing with Isaako and he believes the young speedster’s opportunity is a just reward for his 2017 form.  “I reckon he was ready [for NRL] eight rounds ago,” Ofahengaue said. “He’s an awesome player and I know what he can do on the field because I’ve played Queensland Cup with him. I’m wishing him all the best. “Jamayne is just him. He’s got a good running ability and a good pass. “I think on Saturday night he will just get the ball and run. That’ll be his job to do and he will do it. “I reckon he is [too good for Intrust Super Cup]. He’s a really good fullback and I know he will do his job debuting on the wing.”For hooker Andrew McCullough the thing that has stood out the most about Isaako is his attitude during training. McCullough, a veteran of 211 NRL games, has seen his fair share of young backs come through the club over the years, but he says Isaako is one of the best. “At training he’s always enthusiastic,” McCullough said.  “He puts himself out in front at training to let himself be known to Wayne and that he can do his bit. That’s what you want from the young guys. “He’s been doing a great job in Queensland Cup. Wayne and Pete Nolan (chief recruiter) go out to watch the football out there regularly so they know the guys who are ready to play first grade.”last_img read more

Gatland has a warning for English Rugby

first_imgPlayers from around the globe have been attracted to play in England’s Premiership as a result of the large amounts of money being offered.But Gatland told The Rugby Paper allowing foreign players to shine could ultimately be at the expense of the national side.”You can understand people doing the best for their clubs and competitions, but you have to look at the bigger picture. What drives rugby globally is the international game. They’re the things we need to consider and protect,” he said.”My big fear is you want competitions to grow and develop, but I’d hate to see the English game get like the football where there is so much money and resources going into it that it dominates the game globally and all the best players congregate in the competition to the detriment of everything else.”At international level in football, England have won nothing since the 1966 World Cup yet its Premier League is one of the great competitions in the world.Gatland reminded rugby’s Premiership club bosses that it was the international calendar which drove World Rugby’s agenda.”We want to grow the game,” he said. “I understand things from the point of view of the owners, Premiership Rugby Limited and the RFU.”They want to make their competitions as strong as possible, but it’s also important to get the balance right. Make it strong, but not to the detriment of other areas of the game.”That’s why I’m saying the power brokers and people involved in the game have to have everything represented.”Gatland, a former All Black, coached the British & Irish Lions to New Zealand last year.last_img read more

Volleyball at Pacific Games competes day two

first_imgResults in the men’s games today saw Nauru beat Tuvalu 3-0 while Fiji handed American Samoa a 3-1 score line.Wallis and Futuna were also too classy for New Caledonia, winning 3-0.  The home team PNG were too strong, thrashing the Solomon Islands 3-0.In the females game, Fiji gave a 3-0 whipping to Tuvalu who were no match for them.PNG men’s and women’s are the teams to beat so far having won all their games.last_img

Nehuén Pérez: “My goal is to return to Atlético”

first_imgFamalicao was the revelation of the Portuguese league during its first weeks of competition. What remains. The newly promoted navigates in third position of the classification that he led, behind Benfica and Porto. The team has lost some bellows, but it was to be expected for a young team, a lot of new face and that at some point I was going to feel the change of category. But there is confidence and optimism and Nehuén Pérez, the Argentine power station assigned by Atlético feels that way. During an interview published today by the Portuguese newspaper, the defense analyzes its present and its future. Nehuén has scratched at a high level during the first part of the season. Undisputed holder, leading the team’s defense, now Famalicao must manage his absence. Nehuén Pérez is now concentrated with the Argentine U23 team, participating in the Pre-Olympic where he will not return until the end of the month and has told Portugal what his goals are. “My goal has always been to play in a club as big as Atlético, it’s my wish, but for that I have to do my best this year,” recognize. Nehuén was a signing of the Madrid club that landed during last January market. However, despite the investment, Simeone failed to make it debut. Instead he preferred to promote affiliate players. “In the Famalicao I am comfortable, trying to gain experience, they have treated me in the best way since my first day; they have given me a lot of confidence and my goal is to add experience to return to Atlético, which is my desire”, ensures the central. Nehuén came to be named the best defender of the Portuguese league during last December, which earned him being called by Scaloni for the Argentine national team. Atlético signed it from Argentinos Juniors for half a million euros and its market value, according to Transfermarkt, is already at 7.5 million.last_img read more

Nadal – Thiem: schedule, TV and how to watch the Australian Open online

first_imgTv: How to watch Nadal-Thiem at the Australian Open?The match between Nadal and Thiem may be adopted via Eurosport. The unique streaming platform of the sports activities world, DAZN, contains the risk of watching Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD amongst its contents, after the settlement reached with Discovery final summer season.Web: How to observe Nadal-Thiem online dwell?In AS you can even observe the Nadal – Thiem dwell. With us you’ll have the greatest minute by minute, the most spectacular photos of the assembly and the statements of the protagonists, in addition to the chronicle as quickly as we conclude. Rafa Nadal pursues a spot in the semifinals of the Australian Open ultimate. The Balearic can be measured with one among its nice rivals of latest years, Dominic Thiem, with whom he has already performed Grand Slam finals in Roland Garros. The faces can be seen for the 14th time. In the earlier 13, 9 victories for the Balearic and three for the Austrian.Hours: What time is the Nadal-Thiem of the Australian Open?Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem will play this Wednesday in the ultimate matches of the Australian Open. The assembly between the Spaniard and the Australian can be performed in the first spherical of the evening session at the Rod Laver Enviornment, about 09:30 in the morning in Spain. The present ATP primary couldn’t face Djokovic and Federer till a hypothetical ultimate. The winner of the duel between Wawrinka and Zverev awaits in the semifinals.last_img read more

Official: Smolov arrives on loan to Celta

first_imgSmolov’s only experience outside his country was an ephemeral mid-season pass by the Feyenoord Dutch in 2010. With his selection he has played the European Euro Cup and the Russia World Cup. In both dates he was denied the goal. EI Celtic returns to the time of Mostovoi and Karpin. The Vigués club is betting again, more than two decades later, on Russian talent for its attack. Fedor Smolov will play on loan in the celestial set by the Lokomotiv of Moscow until the conclusion of this campaign.In the absence of the striker, 29 years old and 1.87 tall, exceeds the medical examination, the olivic entity is made with the services of a footballer who dazzled the Celtic leadership during the Europa League 2016-2017. Smolov militated in the Krasnodar, rival of Celta in the round of 16, and was the great threat to the team trained Eduardo Berizzo. However, he did not play either match in the tie because he was injured. A low that facilitated the access of Galicians to rooms.last_img read more

Maheta Molango says goodbye through a statement

first_imgThe former CEO of Real Mallorca, Maheta Molango, left a week ago the Son Moix stadium announcing a statement or a press conference to explain his dismissal and to say goodbye.For now, He has not called any press conference to give explanations but he has said goodbye through a statement that reads as follows:“Dear friends,The 4 years we have lived together will remain forever in my heart and that of my family. The two consecutive promotions from Second B to First in just two seasons as well as the epic night of June 23, 2019 were one of the happiest moments of my life.I will be eternally grateful to the ownership of the club, headed by Robert Sarver, Andy Kohlberg and Steve Nash, for the opportunity they gave me. I hope that, through my honesty, commitment and passion, I have been able to restore the trust placed in me. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 17, 2020 I have no words to thank all that I have learned from each and every one of the coaches, sports directors, players, employees (in the broadest sense of the word, among which I include all those who do not usually ‘appear in the photo’ but that were fundamental to build a solid and sustainable club), institutions related to the club such as Fundación, Peñas, Alfonsinos, Veterans, Legends, sponsors, partners and media.The fans of this great centennial club deserve a special section. Thank you from the heart for the signs of love and support.Mallorca is a feeling. This same spirit of overcoming and resilience are what will allow the club to achieve all the objectives it pursues, I am convinced of that.Cap endevant and Visca Mallorca! “last_img read more