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first_img Braegan Hamilton Abilene Christian OF Sr. Winnie, Texas The Cowgirls lead all league teams in first team selections with four. The Wildcats and Colonels each earned a trio on the top team. The 2018 season begins with McNeese hitting the circle first with a doubleheader against Virginia on Feb. 8 at home. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. CT. Sam Houston starts its season at 6 p.m. against Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. The remaining 10 league teams get their seasons going on Feb. 9. Stephen F. Austin’s senior catcher Amber Landry is an automatic pick to the first team while Central Arkansas’ sophomore designated player Cylla Hill is an automatic selection to the second team. Northwestern State’s senior outfielder Sidney Salmans claimed a second team selection, and Sam Houston State’s junior pitcher Lindsey McLeod got the nod to the same team. Kelly Meeuwsen* Lamar 2B Jr. Hillsboro, Ore. Lamar garnered three second team selections in junior second baseman Kelly Meeuwsen, senior outfielder Corina Thornton and senior pitcher Laura Napoli. Southeastern Louisiana picked up a pair of automatic selections in first team senior outfielder Kinsey Nichols and senior first baseman Mahalia Gibson. The Wildcats, who finished last season in second place with a 20-7 Southland record, enter their first season eligible for Southland and NCAA postseason after completing the four-year transition to Division I. They earned preseason first team automatic selections in senior second baseman Holly Neese and senior shortstop Peyton Hedrick. Senior pitcher Hannah Null was also voted onto the leading team. Sophomore third baseman Tori Poullard and senior outfielder Braegan Hamilton earned spots on the second team. Corina Thornton Lamar OF Sr. Universal City, Texas Cylla Hill* Central Arkansas DP So. Henryetta, Okla. Junior first baseman Kasey Frederick, sophomore outfielder Samantha Mracich and junior pitcher Megan Landry lead the Colonels’ squad as first team selections. The 2017 Southland tournament runners-up are also represented on the second team by junior shortstop Amanda Gianelloni and junior catcher Veronica Villafranco. Tori Poullard Abilene Christian 3B So. Fort Worth, Texas Second Team Holly Neese* Abilene Christian 2B Sr. Plano, Texas Veronica Villafranco Nicholls C Jr. Spring, Texas Kinsey Nichols* Southeastern Louisiana OF Sr. Alvin, Texas Laura Napoli Lamar P Sr. Houston, Texas First Team Amber Landry* Stephen F. Austin C Sr. Ponchatoula, La. Samantha Mracich* Nicholls OF So. Metairie, La. Mahalia Gibson* Southeastern Louisiana 1B Sr. Hattiesburg, Miss.center_img Megan Landry* Nicholls P Jr. Pierre Part, La. Morgan Catron McNeese UT Sr. Mineola. Texas Amanda Gianelloni* Nicholls SS Jr. Napoleonville, La. The preseason all-conference teams are voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Returning players from the 2017 All-Conference First and Second teams are automatically named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference teams at their respective positions. Second team players are elevated to first team if the first team slot is vacated by a non-returning player at the same position. Kasey Frederick* Nicholls 1B Jr. Bridge City, Texas Alexandria Saldivar* McNeese DP So. Princeton, Texas Carleigh Chaumont McNeese 3B Sr. Moss Bluff, La. Name School Pos. Class Hometown Erika Piancastelli* McNeese UT Sr. Carlsbad, Calif. Lindsey McLeod Sam Houston State P Jr. Austin, Texas *2017 All-Conference Selection FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian, McNeese and Nicholls each earned five picks on the 2018 softball preseason all-conference teams, the Southland Conference announced Tuesday. Three-time Southland Player of the Year Erika Piancastelli highlights the preseason all-conference teams after a 2017 season that saw McNeese claim the regular season and tournament championships for the second year in a row. She led the league in on base percentage (.544), runs scored (56) and walks (63). Teammates Justyce McClain, a junior outfielder, and Alexandria Saldivar, a sophomore designated player, join Piancastelli on the first team as automatic selections. Senior third baseman Carleigh Chaumont was voted onto the first team by the league’s head coaches while senior utility player Morgan Catron was picked to the second team. Name School Pos. Class Hometown Peyton Hedrick* Abilene Christian SS Sr. Forney, Texas Justyce McClain* McNeese OF Jr. Phoenix, Ariz. Sidney Salmans Northwestern State OF Sr. The Woodlands, Texas Hannah Null Abilene Christian P Sr. Highland Village, Texaslast_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESKENT DESORMEAUX, APACHE PRINCESS, WINNER: “Not at all confident, Keith called and we had a long discussion about it, he decided we would stay in and I thought the end result worked out very well…In regards to Apache Princess’ last race on  1/21/2019 and today dropping his whip .., I had already asked her and encouraged her for the best, I encouraged her three times and I was underhanded and when I tried to raise it, it just went towards the earth. That’s embarrassing, but (it’s) the second time I’ve done that with her and she’s won the race for me,” said Kent.  “She proves that she doesn’t need it, she just needs encouragement with my mouth.  If I kiss at her, shake the reins at her, throw crosses and she continues.“I think its camera angle a lot of times people tell me wow you were out in front why did you take back…well I wasn’t especially seven eighths,  it always looks like the one is way in front but its terrible camera angle, I thought we all broke head-in-head, Rafael (Bejarano), I looked over and he wanted to lead and I just didn’t ask her to do anything and she ended up camping outright behind him, We started racing at the Three in a half and she beat him.TRAINER QUOTES          KEITH DESORMEAUX, APACHE PRINCESS WINNER:”I picked this (whip) up off the track for you… Thanks for the ride.”NOTES:  KMN Racing LLC.KMN Racing’s Apache Princess and jockey Kent Desormeaux win the Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes, Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more


first_imgThe news will come as a blow to Manchester United who were also tracking his availability.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also ready to delve into the market to land a forward with Marcus Rashford sidelined.They may now pursue a shock switch for former Leicester striker Islam Slimani who was also a target of Mouriho if Bergwijn’s deal fell through.

Christian Eriksen gives fans thumbs up as he competes switch from Spurs to Inter Milan TOTTENHAM will beat Manchester United in the race to land PSV Eindhoven attacker Steven Bergwijn as he jets in for his medical.The 22-year-old will land in London today to complete his move that is likely to continue into Wednesday.1 Steven Bergwijn is closing in on a move to TottenhamCredit: Getty Images – GettySpurs and the Dutch side agreed a fee thought to be around £27million after the player pushed for a switch to Jose Mourinho’s side.Bergwijn was left out of the squad in the 1-1 draw with FC Twente on Sunday further fuelling speculation that he was on his way out.Mourinho has been desperate to sign a frontman this month following the serious hamstring injury to key striker Harry Kane.And the Portuguese boss is impressed by his versatility to play across the attack providing further options when Kane is back on the field.The player’s agent, Fulco can Kooperen, held talks with Mourinho and chairman Daniel Levy last week reports De Telegraaf.He has made 29 appearances in all competitions for PSV this season, netting six goals and assisting a further 13.Spurs have scored only two goals in four Premier League matches since the turn of the year, with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura made to carry the workload upfront.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs vs Man City scores this coming weekend and win £100most 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 InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI 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 & kidslast_img read more


first_imgThe game was level at 7-7 with 15 minutes left on the clock before a break from Chiefs winger Shaun Stevenson set up James Lowe in the left corner to give the visitors the lead at 14-7.RNZI reports the try was a fitting trophy for Lowe who played in his 50th Super Rugby match tonight.Chiefs fullback Damien McKenzie then added a penalty in the final 10 minutes to push their lead to 10 points.Then in the final three minutes of the game, the Hurricanes got down the other end of the field and scored through Wes Goosen, getting within three points of the Chiefs.However, it was too little too late for the Hurricanes, the match ending in the Chiefs favour.The Hurricanes sit on 54 points in the New Zealand conference, the Chiefs 53 while the Crusaders are out in front on 63.last_img


first_imgYes, you read it right. After getting thrashed 54-8 the week before by the St George Illawarra Dragons, the Titans played the entertaining football their coach Garth Brennan promised in the pre-season, and how.Their captain Ryan James led a forward pack that took on the Broncos in the middle, and won.Winger Phillip Sami, who hails from the Goodna Eagles club that produced the great Noel Kelly, scored a hat-trick on the back of flair and a welcome penchant for the unorthodox.None of the Titans’ tries was more outside the box than the one Sami scored on the stroke of half-time after James, playing prop, put through a grubber that Cooper Cronk would have been proud of.The Titans redeemed themselves for last week’s shocker and when it comes to redemption stories none epitomised that more than five-eighth Kane Elgey who set up two tries with slick passes.Elgey’s performance may well prove to be the catalyst to get his mojo back for good after it appeared his confidence was shot.The Broncos offered nothing in attack with halves Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima unable to get their backline to fire.Twice Andrew McCullough passes hit the turf with no ball runners on the end of them.The Broncos started the game like a side that expected to just turn up and win, but they lost to the Titans at home for the first time since the opening round of 2007.Elgey threw a superb face-ball to put Sami over the opening minutes. Not to be outdone, Ash Taylor, who put on a masterclass, followed it up with one of his own to Dale Copley and the Titans led 10-0 after five minutes.The Broncos right-side defence was in tatters and their errors prolific in the opening stages.McCullough has mastered the art of the dummy close to the line and the Titans fell for it as the lead was cut to four.After scoring on the stroke of half-time to give his side a 16-8 lead at the break, Sami turned provider after half-time with a cross-field bomb of his own as Anthony Donl jumped highest to score a cracker.Elgey was on song with another pass, marginal though it was, to send Sami in for his third try of the night and the Broncos trailed 26-8.Brisbane winger Jamayne Isaako proved a week is a long time in rugby league. A hero the week before against the Wests Tigers, Isaako had a night to forget with several dropped balls and defensive misreads.Taylor’s kicking game was on song all night with his short kicks and towering bombs proving a handful for a Brisbane side that will rue the day he left Red Hill.It took the Brisbane Broncos 65 minutes to get out of a deep slumber.From 15 metres out and with the Broncos going nowhere Nikorima threw a dummy, went himself and conjured up a try from nothing.But it proved to be an aberration on a night where the 30,742 fans left no doubt wondering where the Broncos are headed in 2018. If the performance they dished up becomes the norm, it won’t be very far.last_img read more


first_imgHis long range penalty crept over for a dramatic last gasp win in a game where the Highlanders were nine points ahead going into the last 20 minutes but had to come from behind in the closing stages to snatch victory.Sopoaga did not miss with any of his kicks as he contributed 19 points.”It could have gone either way in an awesome match, it’s a tough place to play. We knew it would come down to the wire and we were lucky to take those key moments,” said Highlanders captain Ben Smith.The Highlanders made a bright start as Aaron Smith chased down a kick to go over inside the opening five minutes.The Bulls were level after being awarded a penalty try in the 23rd minute as Fletcher Smith tackled Warrick Gelant, chasing down a forward kick.An intercept try from flyhalf Handre Pollard allowed the hosts to go ahead for the first time in the match on the half-hour mark but Sopoaga’s penalty reduced the half-time score to 14-10.Sopoaga slotted another over just after the interval and the Highlanders went back in front when the three Smiths Aaron, Ben and Fletcher put together a smart inter change of passes for Fletcher to go over.Sopoaga kept up his accurate kicking to stretch the lead to 23-14 but just before the hour mark the Bulls prop Lizo Gqoboka burst through to set up a try for Jason Jenkins, who stretched over the line for the score.The high altitude left the Highlanders looking exhausted as they went into the last 10 minutes with a tenuous 26-21 lead and in the 75th minute their tigerish defence was breached as Pollard popped Jesse Kriel into space and he went over to level with Pollard converting for a 28-26.Defeat kept the Bulls outside the top half of the standings with the Highlanders moving up into fifth place overall on 28 points.last_img read more


first_imgStarting at 12pm there will be a blockbuster with the Simbu Lions taking on the Agmark Gurias at the Kalabond Oval. This game will be a prelude to the SP PNG Hunters and Easts Tigers game later at 3pm.All the action moves to the Highlands where the Hela Wigmen go up against the Lae Tigers in Mendi while the Wahgi Tumbe play host to the Port Moresby Vipers in Minj. Both games kick off at 2pm.The National Sports Institute (NSI) is where the Goroka Lahanis clash with the Mendi Muruks at 3pm.Down to the nation’s capital the home side Gulf Isapea will lock horns with the Mt. Hagen Eagles. This game is scheduled for 3pm as well.last_img


first_imgThe group of 40 players and management were thrilled as they entered the team room to find Bolt waiting to meet everyone and share his thoughts on preparation and performance at major championships. Bolt delivered a strong message to the team and left them with one fundamental piece of advice – “It’s the sport you love, so enjoy the moment.”He added: “When you enjoy what you do, you perform to the best of your ability.”Ireland team members clearly enjoyed the moment with Bolt and even joined the charismatic Jamaican to perform his signature pose. The runner was also presented with a signed Ireland rugby jersey and an engraved piece of Irish silver.The 2015 Rugby World Cup in England gets underway on Friday, September 18. Ireland kicks off their campaign against Canada at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.See photos from Bolt’s visit with the Irish rugby team in the slider.last_img read more


first_imgIt was the combination of goal attack Veronica Edoni and goal shooter Hacy Abel that steered Alotau home to a win.Abel scored 16 goals while Edoni was not far behind with 13 next to her name.In the other master’s game, Central (1) beat their sisters in Central (2) 30-13.The B Grade results saw Tabubil register their first win over Central (2) winning 18-17. Tabubil later lost 23-8 to Kairuku Hiri.Lae defeated Kairuku Hiri 18-9 and then went on to beat Kavieng 22-14.Kavieng bounced back to beat Central (1) 22-21 while Alotau defeated Central (1) 29-22 and then again with a 34-12 victory over Motu Koita Wes and 17-13 win against Kavieng.Central (1) held on to beat Central (2) 26-17. Central (2) lost again to Lae 21-13.last_img


first_imgRound Two Week 5 DrawDIAMOND #1   TIME                                      TEAMS                                                         DIVISION09.00am                                Wolves Vs Brown Eagles                                   B10.15am                              ‘Wolves Vs Brown Eagles                                    A11.30pm                               Defence Vs Wolves                                            B12.45pm                              Yokomo. Vs Mantarays                                       B14.00pm                            United Brothers Vs Bears                                     A15:15pm                            MP Gazelle Vs Png Power’                                   ADIAMOND#209.00am                          Png Power Vs Mantarays                                       B10.15am                           Png Power Vs Mantarays                                      A11.30pm                          United Brothers Vs Bears                                      B12.45pm                          Mp Gazelle Vs Png Power                                     B14.00pm                          Defence Vs Wolves                                               A15:15pm                         Yokomo I Vs Manta-                                               ANote; Bye Defence / MP Gazelle The Round 2 will swing off with the Wolves taking on the Eagles in the B division followed by the first game for the A division of United Brothers up against the Bears.The big games to expect from this Sunday are the main games which will be between the big swingers the PNG Power and Gazelle while Yokomo on Diamond 2 will go up against up and coming team the Manta Rays.It will be an interesting weekend for softball as they draw to a closure of round 2.last_img read more