Houston Baptist’s Brockway, Sam Houston’s McLeod Claim Softball Honors

first_imgMeanwhile, the Bearkats (8-12) next see game action when they begin league play, hosting Northwestern State for three weekend games starting Friday at 4 p.m. Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Huseman, Abilene Christian; Libby Morris, Central Arkansas Softball Pitcher of the Week – Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Austin, TexasMcLeod was dealing in the circle, helping the Bearkats to a 3-1 record at the Blues City Classic. Brockway smashed three home runs to help the Huskies reel off three-straight wins. The week started with a loss against Texas on Wednesday, before HBU topped Jackson State 5-3 on Friday, Samford 6-2 on Saturday, and Evansville on Sunday, also by a 6-2 margin. The victories all came during the Samford Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. McLeod threw a perfect game against UT Martin en route to two winning decisions to catapult the Bearkats to a 3-1 mark at the Blues City Classic tournament in Memphis, Tenn. Following Friday’s perfecto and 8-0 win over the Skyhawks, SHSU dropped a 5-3 decision to Memphis in the nightcap. They bounced back Saturday to top Loyola-Chicago twice, the first a 4-3 extra-inning thriller, and then a 5-3 decision to close the tournament. The Huskies (8-6)  when they host UTSA at 3 p.m. CT Wednesday at Husky Field before traveling to Corpus Christi for three games against the Islanders on Friday and Saturday to commence Southland action. Softball Hitter of the Week – Caitlyn Brockway, Houston Baptist – DH – Fr. – Tomball, TexasThe freshman began her weekend with a 3-for-4 effort in Friday’s tournament opener, plating two RBI and scoring a run. Brockway again went 3-for-4 Saturday, this time against host Samford, hitting a pair of round-trippers that gave her three RBI and two runs scored. In the nightcap Saturday, the Tomball, Texas, product’s lone hit was a homer that added two RBI and a run scored to her stat line. Her total numbers at the plate last week: Seven hits, seven RBI in 13 at-bats. Her exploits have fueled the Huskies’ auspicious start that includes eight wins – one away from their season total in 2018.center_img FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist designated hitter Caitlyn Brockway and Sam Houston hurler Lindsey McLeod are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. The highlight of the weekend came in the tournament opener Friday when she threw the first SHSU perfect game since 2009 against UT Martin. McLeod needed just 63 pitches to retire 15 hitters in five innings of work – 10 of which came via strikeout. It was her 14th career game with at least 10 strikeouts and she had at least two punchouts in four of the game’s five frames. One day later she entered with two outs in the third inning and proceeded to pitch 6.2 scoreless innings, giving the Bearkats’ offense the chance to stage a comeback that ended in a 4-3 win in nine innings over Loyola-Chicago. She struck out eight more hitters, with her weekend total giving her 507 for her career, leaving McLeod just 21 punchouts shy of tying the SHSU career strikeouts record (528). Honorable Mention: Amber Coon, McNeese; Megan Landry, Nicholls 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. The senior from Austin picked up the win in both games she pitched in, doing so in dominant fashion. Over the two contests, McLeod fanned 18 and walked just one in 11.2 frames, allowing just two hits and throwing only 137 pitches total. Brockway’s selection is the first for Houston Baptist softball in 2019 and McLeod’s honor is the first for Sam Houston this season.last_img read more


Christian Eriksen has to start against Arsenal – Spurs can’t score without him

first_imgHAVING been benched for two of Tottenham’s first three games, Christian Eriksen has to start against Arsenal.Spurs are yet to score without him on the pitch — and it was glaringly obvious how much they missed him in the 1-0 loss against Newcastle.3 Spurs are yet to score without Christian Eriksen on the pitchCredit: Getty – ContributorEriksen has mentioned he may need a fresh start away from the club, so Mauricio Pochettino has looked at it and possibly concluded the Dane is not in the right frame of mind.The European transfer window closes on Monday, so barring a late surprise Eriksen, 27, going to be at the club until January at the earliest.Therefore in my mind you have to play him.Tottenham were frustrated for large parts at home against Aston Villa and Newcastle, with the one common factor that they did not turn the corner until Eriksen came off the bench.Both those sides sat deep and narrow, frustrating Spurs by giving up no space in behind.Pochettino has plenty of pace at his disposal going forward in Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Harry Kane.With them looking to stretch the game, defences drop leaving a gap in between them and the midfield.But without Eriksen they had nobody who could get into those spaces and act as the creative No 10 type.Spurs’ front four were very close together against Newcastle, whereas if playing he would have sat slightly deeper, affording more space for himself and others.3At times you get to realise how good a player is when they are not in the team — and that definitely applies to Eriksen.The former Ajax ace is the main man in that position and the Arsenal game should suit him perfectly.With the onus on them at home, the Gunners, as ever, will try and play on the front foot.They will attempt to dominate the ball with a much higher back-line than Newcastle, offering space in behind for Spurs’ runners.So while Eriksen was needed in the space in between Newcastle’s defence and midfield, he may well play deeper at the Emirates tomorrow.On the turnover, he is the one who can get on the ball and dictate, the one who can find the passes to the likes of Son and Moura, hurting Arsenal behind their attacking full-backs and centre-backs.But it is not just Tottenham who have problems in breaking down these dogged sides.United beat Chelsea 4-0 with 46 per cent possession but lost to Crystal Palace with 71 per cent.Tottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clash Most 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 himACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneIt can be very hard to break these sides down, especially if you do not score an early goal, which allows you to play on the counter, knowing they have to come out.The secret ingredient Manchester City and Liverpool have is the player who can drift into that No 10 position or can dictate from deep.For City, Kevin De Bruyne can and has done both, while Roberto Firmino gives Liverpool so much by dropping off into those holes, affording space to others and able to play the killer ball.3 Eriksen has mentioned he may need a fresh start away from the clubCredit: Getty Images – Gettylast_img read more


Dan Carter into French rugby semis

first_imgPhoto: REUTERS Dan Carter has helped the Crusaders make the French top 14 semifinals. Carter, who won the French title with Racing last year, kicked seven points in the 22-13 victory on Sunday (NZ Time) to propel his Paris club into the semifinals.Former All Blacks wing Joe Rokocoko scored one of Racing’s three tries as the defending champions ended former Springboks World Cup winning coach Jake White’s tenure at Montpellier.Racing fielded four ex-All Blacks – Carter, Rokocoko, Casey Laulala and Chris Masoe – with a fifth Kiwi, Ben Tameifuna in the front row.Racing survived an early injury to wing Juan Imhoff with his replacement, Teddy Thomas, and Leone Nakarawa scoring first half tries for a 14-10 halftime lead.Francois Steyn – one of six South Africans in Montpellier’s starting lineup – was yellow carded early in the second half but the home side cut the deficit to one point through Demetri Catrakilis’ second penalty of the game.Rokocoko struck the decisive blow with a 75th minute, with Carter missing the conversion.But Racing held on for a deserved win with Montpellier reduced to 14 men for the final few minutes after Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis was sent off for punching a Racing rival. Racing will play second-ranked Clermont Auvergne in next Sunday’s semifinals while Ma’a Nonu’s Toulon will face former All Blacks and Hurricanes Team-mates Victor Vito and Jason Eaton’s La Rochelle on Saturday.Toulon beat Castres 26-22 in the playoffs last Saturday after a try, two conversions and four penalties to Wales and British and Irish Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny.Castres, who fielded former Blues wing David Smith, could only manage a penalty try and five penalties to Benjamin Urdapilleta.last_img read more


Parents of our golden girls ‘happy and proud’

first_imgEmily (mother) and Toua (father) are the biological parents to Dika, Thelma and Konio Toua who represented PNG in weightlifting in the XV Pacific Games.Dika is a weightlifting household name in the country, but her younger  sibling Thelma has taken the lime light by winning three gold medals in the current Pacific Games, while Dika won one.Thelma’s gold opened the medal count for the host country.The parents of the PNG golden girls told Loop PNG, they are “happy and proud’’. Emily says there are no secrets to her girls’ success, its only through “training and eating right food…”She said that the only advice she gave to her daughters before their competition was to go for gold as it came with a monetary reward.The proud mother said she was not emotional when her girls won a combined total of our gold because she had become accustomed to it because of Dika’s colourful career.last_img read more


Lightning vs Girona: duel between the highest market values

first_imgThis Sunday, in Vallecas, there is a duel at the summit. Not classified because Ray is fourteenth and Girona is ninth, but at the level of market value. The Madrid and Girona team have the best rated templates in the category and are cited this weekend in order to start off on a good footing 2020 and demonstrate their value with good play and results. According to Transfermarkt, both clubs have the most expensive templates of Second because that of Girona is priced at 41 million euros and Lightning, 38.4. Both Rayo and Girona are newly descended and this has caused their market value to be high. In addition, they managed to retain key pieces in summer and this is expected to be maintained now in winter. In Girona, Cristhian Stuani stands out, who is currently the top scorer of Segunda with 16 goals, and its market value, according to Transfermarkt, is five million. They are closely followed by other assets that also have a cartel in Primera such as Borja García (four million), Àlex Granell (3.5) and Pablo Maffeo (three). As for Rayo, it is the second team with the highest market value and its stylists are Adrián Embarba (four million), Santi Comesaña (3,5) and José Pozo (three). But the market value of the players does not give points and hence it is necessary to demonstrate quality on the pitch. Girona’s sports director, Quique Cárcel, has dropped this course more than once, considering the rojiblanco team one of the great candidates for promotion. Currently, Pep Lluís Martí’s team is one point away from the playoff. It will be his turn.last_img read more


The calendar tests the short squad of Atlético

first_imgAfter the matches against Eibar and Cultural Leonesa, Atlético will return to the Wanda Metropolitano to receive the Leganés (Sunday, January 26), meeting for which apparently could recover Giménez from the infirmary. Against the Leon team, Cholo could turn to less common players in the eleven as Adam, Arias, Beautiful or Llorente, but with the clear mission of advancing round. In the case of eliminating Cultural, Atlético will play during the week the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey (possibly on the 29th) just before visit the Santiago Bernabéu to play a derby against Real Madrid again (February 1st). Five games in 15 daysTherefore, at best, Atlético will play five games in 15 days with the squad under minimum, which could be six in 19 to advance to the quarterfinals. All taking into account that there is no more physical problem among its players, since some like Morata, Felipe or Saúl accumulate minutes and minutes without rest or alternatives. Although the rojiblanco team works to be able to incorporate a new piece in the attack, with Cavani as the big goal, the negotiations seem complicated and in the case of being completed, dilated over time. The arrival of the Uruguayan would imply some exit to complete the salary limit imposed by LaLiga.A litmus test for the physical state of Atlético and an end of January and beginning of February where the team plays its great options in the League, currently third to five points of the first two classified and the illusions put in the Copa del Rey. In the new cupper format all the matches until the semifinals are a single match, a face to face life or death where Simeone will not be able to speculate if he wants to avoid scares. And on the horizon, on February 18, Liverpool waits. The calendar is squeezed and Cholo will have to squeeze his players, almost certainly turning to Atleti B, to continue competing for everything. So, Simeone stays with 18 players to face next week, but two of them are Vrsaljko, still without medical discharge but already recovered from a cruciate ligament injury of his knee and Saponjic. Two players who have not debuted this course and apparently do not fall into the plans of Cholo, who prefers to turn to Atleti B players rather than the Serbian striker. However injuries are also punishing the second team rojiblanco and Germán Valera and Darío Poveda, two of Simeone’s debutantes this season, have fallen long-term injuries. Those of Nacho Fernández need all their pieces as they pursue the dream of promotion and lead the Group I table of Second Division B. Atlético already has a rival to debut in the Copa del Rey: the Cultural Leonesa. The rojiblanco team will begin next Thursday its participation in a tournament where many illusions are put for this season. It will be on January 23 when I visit the Kingdom of León in the round of 16, but before the League will return this Saturday (21:00) with the visit to Ipurua, always complicated fief. The games accumulate and the short red and white squad (22 players) will have to put their physical stage to the limit.A week ago, on January 9, Atlético began in the Spanish Super Cup defeating Barcelona 2-3 in a spectacular comeback. In that encounter lost to Koke, author of the first goal, with a myotendinous lesion in the right thigh That will take you out several weeks. Only three days later he faced in the final against Real Madrid, where the party had to go to the penalty shoot to settle. In the extension Giménez was replaced by a muscular edema in the left leg, an injury that will prevent him from playing on Saturday. The two safe casualties for the match against Eibar join the absences that the team carried Lemar, where the French have a hard time playing again until February and Diego Costa, whose rehabilitation after surgery of a cervical disc herniation goes step by step. last_img read more


Unionistas-Real Madrid Penance for Bale

first_imgWhen the historic Sports Union Salamanca disappeared seven years ago, a kind of Carlist war broke out between two candidates for dynastic rights: Salamanca and Unionists. The latter took the bohemian, assembly, ultrapopular, cooperative, and camped on the outskirts of the Helmántico. From city team to team of its people. And with their unusual plan they were jumping from Provincial to Second B. The democratization of the Cup now puts him in front of Madrid, a club whose budget could live 822 years.The party has barely had time to speak. The club undertook, from the morning of the draw, a race against the clock to play at Las Pistas, his home, an enclosure with capacity for 4,000 spectators Javier Sotomayor put on the map because there he broke the high jump world record, on July 27, 1993, record still in force. Once the authorization is obtained, 2,500 members made long lines to get their tickets, for which they paid between 20 and 30 euros. The rest paid 60, a reasonable price for such an explosion of illusion.The duel comes to Unionists at the best time of the course. After losing ten of his first fourteen games, he now has seven days without doing so and it has come out of the direct descent, although continue in promotion zone. Winter has taken him to his scorer, David Grande, signed by the Jamshedpur of the Indian Super League led by Antonio Iriondo, and has brought him four signings, including a veteran goalkeeper with a footprint in First, Mario Fernández, former Racing , Osasuna and Rayo, and the last captain of the Salamanca Sports Union, José Ángel. The new ones won’t play today. The prize goes to those who brought the team here. In the template is also Cristian Portilla, for whom the Unionists is his seventeenth team. Canterano del Racing, has played in seven countries and joined the Common Goal program, promoted by Mata, for which he donates 1% of his salary to charitable causes. Together with him and other veterans, there are also eight players under 26, some of whom are assigned by higher-ranking clubs.Jabi Luaces, his coach, Biscay and always linked to Basque football, He was already on the edge of a bell campaign nine years ago. He then directed to Portugalete, of Third, in a tie against Getafe de Michel. They tied one in Biscay and zero in the Coliseum. “A life of football, a team life, a life of work”, is the motto that includes in his biography. In a way, a club falls like a glove where the members, the bases, have the last word on everything.Showcase for ViniciusFor Madrid it is a game that expects little glory, but that will give Zidane one of his last chances for extreme rotation. Of the frost in Salamanca (the field dawned snowed yesterday, but the party is not in danger) Ramos, Modric, Kroos and Rodrygo are saved. Also Odriozola and Mariano, about to take off. The curiosity is that in this face B can now sound Bale and James. The Welshman has only scored in one of the 14 games he has played this yearHe has hardly been in 36% of the minutes and is the seventh scorer of the team. For the Colombian, the 13 minutes he played against Valencia in the Super Cup of Jeddah were the first since October. They are fallen angels.It is, therefore, the turn of the most disadvantaged part of the workforce. Brahim has only played 40 minutes in almost six months and the role of Nacho’s exemplary substitute has fallen dramatically. In a more hopeful situation, Lucas Vázquez, Jovic and Vinicius walk, especially this one, which the comeback has taken almost a year. Real Madrid is crazy for believing in him.last_img read more


Belarus, Switzerland and Germany will also be in Budapest

first_imgLaura Siegemund gave an incontestable victory to Germany in Brazil and Slovakia gave no option to Britain regardless of the hope that Heather Watson’s victory over Rebecca Sramkova supplied. Subsequent, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova bought the third level for the Central European staff.The doubles shaped by Aryna Sabalenka and Aleksandra Sasnovich gave the classification to Belarus, which gained in the Netherlands (3-2), similar to Russia in Cluj to depart Romania out. Anna Blinkova and Anna Kalinskaya ended native expectations by beating Jaqueline Adina Cristian and Elena Gabriela Ruse in the duel in pairs.They have been probably the most balanced duels as a result of Belgium, led by Elise Mertens and Kirsten Flipkens, unleashed the duel towards Kazakhstan that completed the primary balanced day (3-1). Belarus, Russia and Belgium dThey enmeshed the respective qualifiers that left pending on the primary day and sealed their classification for the finals of the 2020 Federation Cup who signed Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Slovakia, which already had the go on monitor after the 2 preliminary conferences.Within the absence of the conflict between the USA and Latvia, which has the North American image projected, the poster of the ultimate part of Budapest already has a big a part of its mounted protagonists.Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Slovakia closed the go with authority after successful each particular person matches on Friday. Carla Suarez gained Misaki Doi and secured the Hispanic go whereas Swiss Jil Teichman beat Gabriele Darowski and stopped Canada’s tried response after Leylah Annie Fernandez’s victory over Belinda Bencic.last_img read more


Ruibal: “The Betis thing is a religion, I never lived anything like it”

first_imgAitor Ruibal, Leganés player Not now. Yes, he has been an important uncle, with a large presence that works hard and has a goal. But a team is not based on a player, much less.Did you consider leaving in January? “When Leganés was looking for a ‘9’ I thought: I’m a forward! I’m here! (Laughter)” Eleven points is half salvation …(Laughter) The joke has already been made to me through social networks …He got scared?At first I got a little scared. I quickly put my hand to my eye. It was a stream of blood. When Charly came, the physio and the doctor reassured me … although Charly’s bastard told me he had a beautiful breakdown.And in the end he had to go was Omeruo, who was the one who had hit. “VAR is being more trouble than help” Aitor Ruibal, Leganés striker Yeah right if. I wasn’t having any minutes. It was an option. But what happened happened, the master loved me, the club too. They told me I would have opportunities. And the decision was to follow.How do you see your assignment?It is serving me a lot. As for minutes it is costing me more. But being in a Primera locker room, training with Primera people is a pride. Many would pay for that. I am proud to be where I am.Do you see yourself with options to return to Betis?Not that I considered it. I do not think about the future. I think of the now.Leganés has a unilateral purchase option, doesn’t it?I honestly don’t know very well. This is carried by my agent. But I think it is unilateral. If the Leganés wants to exercise it, he can.They say he has a lot of feeling left.Yes, yes … I’ve always said it. I had never experienced something so intense so … how to say it?Deep…If that is. For you to understand me, that is like a religion. Football has nothing to do with feeling. It’s crazy how you live there. People transmit it to you, it transmits you such a good vibes, that in the end you have a little bit of bloody blood.Well, this week it’s your turn to be a heretic.That’s clear. Right now, my blue and white blood runs through my veins. I’m going to death with my team.Betis and Leganés could set up a union affected by the VAR.The VAR is being, more than a help, a problem. I don’t like to criticize professions that I don’t know how to do, but we should take more advantage of technologies. It doesn’t cost much to review plays. The VAR was set to remove controversies and now there is more.A controversy that will help Lega was Fekir’s red on Sunday …I insist: a player does not make a whole team, but he is world champion. It is a pass as a player. It has tremendous quality. We’re lucky he doesn’t play.Is the match as important as it is perceived from outside?That and more. You have to get points anyway.Is it exaggerated to talk about the end?No, it’s going. There are only very final…If you mark, do you celebrate it?No, I do not celebrate.Is Leganés saved?Of course, I’m always positive and more watching the team train and compete. Aitor Ruibal (Sallent de Llobregat, 23 years old), has an eclipse in the right eye. On Saturday, in a fortuitous clash with Kenneth Omeruo, a biblical gap opened just above the eyelid. Eleven points took home. That and an important dizziness that, inflammation in between, has prevented him from training until yesterday. But the matter mitigates. You can see and play now. If you do it on Sunday, the team you still belong to will be measured. To BetisOn loan at Butarque, he says he has not lived anything like the passion for football that is transmitted in Heliopolis. “It’s like it was a religion”, he says before confessing, this week, heretic without blushing. “Now only blue and white blood runs through my veins,” he insists without forgetting his past. “Yes, I will not celebrate,” he promises, although he would love to score. Because he and Lega need it. “In January I planned to leave, but Aguirre stopped me. It has given me a lot of confidence.” I was thinking something like “Hey, I’m forward, I’m here!” (Laughter) Let’s see, after all, the club and the coach saw me in another position. You have to respect it and that’s it.Does it still affect the goodbye of En Nesyri? “In January I planned to leave, but Aguirre avoided him. He gave me confidence.” Aitor Ruibal, Leganés player “After the blow I also played dizzy. Luckily I didn’t see the wound” Is that for him, the blow was more with the forehead. You could find yourself dizzy. I was also dizzy, I had fatigue in my belly … but the adrenaline of the game made it barely hurt. Not even when they put the staples on me. It was all weird. If I had seen the wound, it would have been worse.Is it to play?Yesterday I returned to training and if the coach wants me to be there, I have no problem playing the game.Speaking of playing, lately it’s been a recurring change.Yes, I’m starting to feel something more important. When you don’t have minutes, your confidence drops. But Aguirre arrived and showed me support. It was hard for me to enter. The team was fine. I thought I would not play anymore. But he told me to keep working, that he was fine, that he would have minutes. And thanks to the Cup, which I have been able to play three whole games, has helped me to prove who I am.It has had to recycle to lane.It depends on the games, requires that you play there. I am offensive and win a man of attack. In defense it costs me, but it has not been difficult to adapt.You are forward. When Leganés was looking for a ‘9’, what did he think? How’s the eyebrow wearing?Well, I have no problems seeing. What is spectacular now is the points and the scab, which is now what hurts the most. Aitor Ruibal, Leganés playerlast_img read more


Another new Messi record: he is already the Blaugrana with more Classics, 43

first_imgLeo Messi continues with his insatiable voracity when it comes to devouring record after record. This Sunday he consumed one more in his long professional career by becoming the Barcelona player with the most Classics played (43), surpassing Xavi Hernández (42), with whom he shared that record since last December. In fact, In the history of the Classics, there is only one player who still surpasses the Argentine. This is the Real Madrid center, Sergio Ramos, who with 44 games is at the top of the table. In the white club, the defender Manolo Sanchís was, until Sunday’s game, the player with the most Classics by counting a total of 43. Below Sergio Ramos and Messi, are Paco Gento (42) and Andrés Iniesta (38). Interestingly, two players from Barcelona face the top positions after today’s game. Both Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets accumulate 38 Classics each, thus tying with the mythical midfielder from La Mancha. A step below is the historic Real Madrid striker, Raúl González, with 37 Classics.In any case, it won’t be the last record Messi has Xavi as his victim. And is that the Argentine crack sum 717 games as Blaugrana for the 767 Egarense. That means that if things do not change much, next season we will have a new record within Leo’s reach: becoming the player with the most games in the club’s history.last_img read more