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Southland Gives Back: McNeese Athletics Partners with Toys for Tots

first_img“McNeese Athletics is proud to partner with Toys for Tots drive,” said SAAC coordinator Alex Haley. “Providing gifts to needy children during the holiday season is a great way for our student-athletes to give back to the community.”McNeese athletes from various sports spent the last month and a half collecting toys for their annual toy drive. The event was promoted throughout the Lake Charles community through social media efforts and various toy drives at an assortment of home athletic events around the McNeese campus.Toy collection spots were coordinated at all home athletic events beginning in November.  The Pokes also partnered with A.A. Nelson Elementary School students, who were each asked to contribute a toy toward the campaign. Athletes from all 16 sports were involved and collaborated to donate more than 200 items for the Toys for Tots organization. Toys for Tots began in 1947 and has since become an avenue for raising funds and purchasing toys. The organization currently distributes 18 million toys to seven million less fortunate children annually.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season. LAKE CHARLES, La. – The McNeese Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) continued its tradition of participating in the Southland Conference’s “Southland Gives Back” initiative by partnering with Toys for Tots to provide holiday cheer to those in the surrounding Lake Charles.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESJOEL ROSARIO, COMBATANT, WINNER: “It’s beautiful – it was nice to win and to win it for John. I feel sorry that my other horse (Gift Box) scratched, but this was a nice thing to make up for that.“He was in a good spot. It looked like they didn’t go too fast – it was a good pace for us. He was very comfortable where he was, and I was happy with how he progressed.”TYLER GAFFALIONE, MULTIPLIER, SECOND: “We had a great performance today, Multiplier gave it everything he had like he always does, but we just didn’t have enough in the end. He was giving me everything he had, it is really hard to knock him right now. I had a very clean trip, I stayed down. We were able to get through on the inside and finish up strong, so I can’t complain.”VICTOR ESPINOZA, MIDCOURT, THIRD AS BEATEN FAVORITE: “He ran a good race.  I was following the three (Brown Storm) and he was lugging out, so I tried to keep my distance from him.  We had a light bump at the three eighths and my horse lost his stride.  He was still running, but not like he has in his best races.  He tried hard, but he’s run better than that.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, COMBATANT, WINNER: “Obviously we wanted to run Gift Box. This horse we were considering somewhere else, but I put him in as an insurance policy. He trained really well and it looked like he had no distance limitations to me, so I thought it was a good chance to try him. He’s got some pretty good races on his form. He won his last start at Churchill before he came out here. We put some blinkers on him, did some minor changes, and he has responded well.“We are lucky enough to have several horses in this division. We have Gift Box, Higher Power, and Combatant. We think there are opportunities for these horses in different races. These are problems we like to have. We like to have a lot of good horses. There’s never a problem having too many horses that can run. We can run them in different spots.”(On winning three Big ‘Caps): “My parents would bring me to spend time in the Infield and we would have a picnic on the weekend. It’s just great, I can’t explain it, what it means to me. Three different horses and all really top horses.“My client, Kosta, Stephanie, and Pete Hronis, they really back me. They lead through example and they encourage me all the time, so it’s fun to reward them.”     (On whether Mr. Hronis paid Rispoli a double jock mount) “Yes. He doesn’t know it yet. He does now. Could you let me tell him?”KOSTA HRONIS, COMBATANT, OWNER, WINNER: “As a little kid coming to the racetrack, we always came to the Santa Anita Handicap. To be in the race is an honor and to win it three times in a row, that is just a tribute to John Sadler and his team. Three different horses three different years. Gift Box got scratched as the 6-5 favorite, so we brought in the 12-1 up and we just win the race. That’s just what he does.“This is not the easiest track to run, so it takes a while to get used to but this is home now and we figured if we were to give him a shot at a mile and a quarter this would be the place to do it.” NOTES: The winning owner is Hronis Racing, LLC. Hronis Racing and John Sadler have won the Big ‘Cap for the third consecutive year.last_img read more

How Pochettino’s relationship with Spurs board deteriorated amid shocking slump

first_imgIT took Mauricio Pochettino five years to reach the peak and just six months to come crashing down.Tottenham have sacked arguably their best ever manager, even if their 2-0 Champions League final loss to Liverpool in May was a gloomy glimpse of the slump to follow.2 Ex-Southampton chief Mauricio Pochettino has overseen arguably the most successful five-year spell in the history of Spurs but now been sackedCredit: PA:Empics SportThis season’s mediocrity on the pitch and murmurings off it snowballed this month, leading to Tuesday night’s shock sacking at the end of the international break.Pochettino himself had heightened the speculation and discontent with an uneasy mix of weary words, frustration and optimism after the last few matches.Relegation form of 25 points in the last 24 games, combined with a Carabao Cup humbling by League Two Colchester and a 7-2 home loss to Bayern Munich, are stark stats.And it is also thought the pressure on Poch became stronger after Jose Mourinho’s team made it clear the ex-Chelsea and Manchester United chief would welcome the Spurs job.BLEAK NOVEMBERBut Pochettino’s main ‘mare is Tottenham’s shocking Premier League start, which further weakened his once rock-solid relationship with chairman Daniel Levy after what so far looks like a failed summer spree on Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon.Spurs are 14th, 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, after just three wins in their opening 12 games.And Poch has raised eyebrows with some of his comments in a bleak and now fateful November for the 47-year-old.Spurs’ month started with a 1-1 draw at Everton overshadowed by Andre Gomes’ broken ankle.Tottenham failed to cling onto Dele Alli’s opener after Son Heung-min was wrongly sent off for his part in Gomes’ terrible injury, Cenk Tosun heading the Toffees’ leveller midway through ten minutes of stoppage time.Poch can be spared analysis for this game as it hinged on the plight of Gomes.2 Jose Mourinho’s team have reportedly hinted he would be interested in the Spurs job, perhaps putting Mauricio Pochettino under more pressureCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut he said: “Talking only about football, it was a very difficult game. We were good but the game changed after the incident.”Next came what seemed, briefly, a rejuvenating 4-0 Champions League triumph at Red Star Belgrade, Son Heung-min scoring twice.Poch enthused: “We are happy for the performance.. the team was fantastic.”But even then he could not resist adding: “We have a big squad and when you have plenty of options you have problems too because someone is happy and someone is not.”And last up for Poch was the type of game so typical of the contrast between the woes of this term and the exciting, flowing progress under him in previous campaigns.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City vs Chelsea, Rangers and Man Utd scores this coming weekend and win £100George Baldock’s freak equaliser deservedly earned Sheffield United a 1-1 draw at Spurs.And it left Poch desperately looking to the longer term like so many struggling managers do when they suspect time could be running out.As if struggling to give himself a vote of confidence, the ex-Southampton chief insisted a top-four finish was still achievable.He said: “If we are capable of finding the right balance to start performing in the way we expect, of course it’s still possible.“We need time to get everything right because we went back to five years ago where we were in terms of position, situations and stuff like that, so it takes time.“But we cannot move the club forward quick, to accelerate things, we can’t.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 Celtic”We need to stay calm and work hard because there is not another way to change this dynamic.”But now we know Levy disagreed. He believes there IS another way to change.But axing Pochettino, arguably the best manager in Spurs’ history, might just be the biggest gamble he ever takes, particularly after replacing him with Mourinho.last_img read more

Cronk not driven by grand final defeat

first_imgCronk and his Storm teammates fought valiantly to come back from an 8-0 half-time deficit in last year’s decider, only for Sharks prop Andrew Fifita to barge over 10 minutes from the end to hand Cronulla their first premiership. While most players would focus on the end result, Cronk said his main driving force would be doing the club and its fans proud in 2017, rather than dwelling on what could have been.   “It’s funny, if I had played the way I played in the grand final and got the result we had five years ago, I probably would have locked myself in a padded room and not come out for three months and used it as motivation,” Cronk said. “But with experience and old age, I suppose you put things into perspective. It is what it is. It was disappointing on all fronts, but credit to Cronulla, they played really well and deserved the victory. “For me, the inspiration this year is just about doing your job and playing for the members and supporters of this football club, the fans and the players as well. “With age, I think you draw on different inspiration. Some people may use it, but for me, Round 1 is Round 1. Anything we do in 2017 isn’t going to change what happened in 2016.”While he might have missed out on a fourth grand final victory, Cronk had plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2016. The 33-year-old took home the prestigious Dally M Award in a two-way tie with Cowboys lock Jason Taumalolo and backed it up a few months later to be named the Rugby League World Golden Boot Award recipient for 2016.Known for his meticulous approach to the game, Cronk admitted that while he was stunned by the accolades, he would refuse to rest on his laurels, telling media he was still working on areas of his game after more than a decade in the NRL.”I’m super fortunate, I’m blessed to play the game at the club that I do,” he said. “If you had told me that 2016 would have reaped the rewards that it did, I wouldn’t have believed it. But that doesn’t change that you don’t strive for it. There’s a mountain to climb and there’s always something you can improve on. “I’m not one to dwell on achievements as such, I’m more about improving the skills of the game that make your game improve naturally, and then those things take care of themselves. “It was a great year, and I’ve already done the things to look at the areas I need to maintain with the performance staff, and then I’ll improve on the things I need to improve on.”last_img read more

International play ends contract

first_imgPhoto: DAVID ROGERS/GETTY IMAGES (Leigh Halfpenny playing for the British and Irish Lions). The injury-prone 28-year-old Wales international is out of contract after the two-year deal he signed with the French club in 2014 expired at the end of last season.Halfpenny has missed several crucial games for the club through injury and international commitments, including this month’s Top 14 final defeat to Clermont Auvergne when he was on Lions duty in New Zealand.”I did not want to extend it [Halfpenny’s contract],” Boudjellal told French news outlet RMC Sport.”It is not for nothing. It is the fault of the international system and internationals, being absent too often.”If he had stayed he would have returned in early August and missed the first three games because he could not have played for a month.”Halfpenny, who has 71 caps for Wales, won the European Cup with Toulon in 2015 but sustained a serious knee injury while playing for Wales later that year that led to him being sidelined for nine months and missing the World Cup.Boudjellal threatened to tear up Halfpenny’s contract on medical grounds in 2014 because of his recurrent injuries but the matter was resolved after talks between the club and the player’s agent.last_img read more

Athletics team brace to qualify for Rio

first_imgWOMEN                     EVENT                                                                    MEN11.32 sec                      100m                                                                 10.16 sec23.20 sec                     200m                                                                  20.50 sec52.20 sec                      400m                                                                45.40 sec2:01.50 min                800m                                                                  1:46.00 min4:07.00 min                1500m                                                                 3:36.20 min15:24.00 min            5000m                                                                  13:25.00 min32:15.00 min            10,000m                                                              28:00.00 min13.00 sec                  100m Hurdles/110m Hurdles                                13.47 sec56.20 sec                  400m Hurdles                                                      49.40 sec In Athletics seven athletes are undergoing intensive training overseas to reach the qualifying standards.For the women Toea Wisil for the 100m sprint, Donna Koniel 400m Hurdles, Betty Burua 400m Hurdles are based in Gold Coast, while Sharon Kwarula who will run the 100m Hurdles is currently based at West Texas College in the United States undergoing training as well.For the men, Mowen Boino, the three time PNG Olympian is working to qualify for the 400m Hurdles in Vanuatu and Fiji as Nelson Stone who will run 400m is in training in Brisbane, Australia and Theo Piniau is also with Sharon in West Texas.Similar to swimming the athletics team also has a qualifying standard of time for each event.However, if they don’t reach the required standard than the top male athlete and the female athlete who can qualify in the Olympics will qualify to take part in the universality places for Rio.Athletics entry standards for Rio 2016 Olympic games are;last_img read more

Zidane visits Ronaldo where he did his best ‘no goal’

first_imgRonaldo, centenary in what is now his homeIt was the 100th goal of the Brazilian in LaLiga. The 101 would do it to complete the comeback. After Figo equalized from 11 meters, past the hour, Real Madrid looked hard for the culmination of the machada, which arrived exceeded 90 minutes. Guti saw Zidane released in the lane of ‘ten’ and the Frenchman touched her with the outside On the front, Ronaldo, who oriented the ball, waited for Julio César’s tarascada and, from there, from the crescent, shot at the bottom of the Bizzarri network. A popular song tells that the sacristan of Coimbra made a thousand mischief; dipped the bread in oil, left the saints in the dark. A thousand and one made Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo Nazário when they dressed together the shirt of Real Madrid, and the now refurbished José Zorrilla knows it well. The current white coach and the president of Real Valladolid meet again tomorrow in a place where almost 16 years ago they lived a night in which they had to show their entire repertoire, difficult, although happy. It was the night that the coach made the best ‘no goal’ of his entire career.It was a cold night, like any February one in which many knew as the ‘stage of pneumonia’. Oscar Gonzalez took advantage of a center of Losada from the right and a backlash to pierce twice the goal of Iker Casillas In the first half. And then, in the second, they appeared. A play basted by Zidane He finished with his own shot, which he riveted Ronaldo in the 48th minute, almost as if he didn’t want to, because he hit him on one of those knees that got so much can. However, that goal that allowed Real Madrid to take the lead could come earlier, in one of the best ‘no goals’ that José Zorrilla has seen as not so new since it was inaugurated in 82, next to that prodigious rabona of Capdevila against the Ejido Sports Center, in 2006. With the tie to two, in the 75 ‘, the midfielder previously known as Guti leaned on Ronaldo, who, in the area balcony, stepped on to the Zinedine Zidane boarding school, that before the appearance of Marcos left a delicatessen for the story: a beautiful roulette from which he left with Bizzarri on top, whose rush he couldn’t save. He did not need Zorrilla to surrender at his feet, as everyone stood up and broke into a standing ovation.center_img The two have changed a lot since then. Zidane became coach, won three Champions League in a row, left and returned to seek again the glory to which Ronaldo, now become president of Real Valladolid, wants to aspire, and what happens, first of all, to remain in First. Perhaps the League also passes through Zorrilla, although during the 90 minutes the wishes of the stars will not come together. Hugs and friendship will be for later.last_img read more

Sarabia: “There are no problems between Tuchel and Mbappé; they joke”

first_imgMarch to PSG: “This was the best offer for me and for Sevilla. More of the clause was paid and I wanted it to be like that for thanks.”Debut with the Selection: “It was one of the most special days of my life. I am happy and enjoying many minutes here. If Luis Enrique thinks I should be, I will be delighted.”Your three big goals: “Speak the perfect language, win all the titles and win the Eurocup.” Arrival at PSG: “A team full of egos and circumstances was waiting for me. From the outside you can see a divided wardrobe and not at all.”Tuchel and Mbappé: “There is no problem between the two. Many times in training we see them joking. Sometimes the media want to get more …”.Neymar in summer: “We didn’t know what was going to happen until the last moment. It’s true that there was uncertainty, but luckily he stayed with us. We need him in the team.”Arrival to Seville: “I listened to offers until Sevilla appeared. I have a thorn stuck for not having won any title. Everyone who knows me knows what the club represents for me, I have lived very nice moments and I have been very happy there. I had to make this decision for sports ambition. “last_img read more

Agnelli enrages Atalanta: “I don’t know if I should be in the Champions League”

first_imgAgnelli, on the other hand, would consider it more appropriate to defend a team like Roma: “I think of the Giallorossi, who in recent years contributed to stopping the UEFA ranking of Italy and for a bad season they were left out, with all the economic consequences of the case. You have to protect the investments. “Some statements that obviously did not sit well with the fans of the ‘Dea’, who lives another great course and, after the 4-1 endorsed to Valencia in the first leg, is very close to the quarterfinals of Champions “You have to find a midpoint“Agnelli explained,”between the weight of the contribution to European football and that of a great performance in a single season“. Andrea Agnelli has always been identified as one of the great fautors of the new Super League, which would replace the current Champions League format to favor European giants. The president of Juventus, speaking this afternoon at the FT Business of Football Summit in London, He commented on the situation of the maximum continental competition, confirming his doubts and the idea to give more weight to the historical tour of the clubs, more than his great sports performances.The chief bianconero president said: “The opportunity to have automatic access to competitions should be discussed because you are part of a great country. I have a lot of respect for Atalanta, but He had access to the Champions League without international history and only with a great season. It’s fair?“.last_img read more

FIFA proposes to extend contracts beyond June 30 and players oppose

first_imgThe proposal was met, at the outset, with the frontal opposition of the Spanish footballers union: “On the extension of the contracts of the footballers ending on June 30, we regret that the RFEF intends to follow FIFA, and assume this position, that of extending them, because the labor rights of the workers would be violated ”. Implicitly, this AFE statement makes it clear that FIFA has no jurisdiction over labor relations between clubs and players.The deadlines to signFIFA also talks about an exceptional situation in the market windows: “It is necessary to adapt the normal regulatory situation to the current objective circumstances. For this reason, FIFA will be flexible and will allow transfer windows to be postponed to take place between the end of the current season and the start of the next. “FIFA recalls that its recommendations come after meetings of a working group chaired by FIFA Vice President and President of the FIFA Soccer Interest Group Commission, Vittorio Montagliani, which also includes representatives of clubs, players , leagues, national federations and confederations.“We hope that this joint project, led by FIFA, constitutes a positive example of football’s responsiveness, and demonstrates our union, solidarity and willingness to reach agreements that allow us to face the difficult times that are yet to come. Before that, if there is a question that everyone should be clear about, especially at this time, it is that health comes first, long before football, “said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.There is also a reference to employment regulation records. It urges clubs and employees to reach collective agreements and take advantage of government aid programs. FIFA will only accept unilateral decisions to modify contracts if they comply with national laws. In extreme cases, offers the Dispute Resolution Chamber or the Player Status Commission. FIFA confirmed in a statement that it recommends prolonging the contracts of footballers that end on June 30 until the end of competitions of this season, which is already assumed to occur after that date.“Contracts normally end at the end of the season and the season end date coincides with the expiration date of the contract. With the suspension of football activities in most countries, it is obvious that the current season will not end on schedule. Therefore, it is proposed that the contracts be extended until the time the season actually ends. This measure corresponds to the original intention of the parties when signing the contract and will help preserve the integrity and stability of the sport, ”says the note.“From a sports perspective, it makes sense to do it this way, since the start of the first registration period usually coincides with the first day of the new season ”FIFA explains. And it refers to the Regulations of the Statute of Transfers and Players, “which defines the term season as the period that begins with the first official game of the corresponding national league championship and ends with the last official game of the corresponding national league championship.”The statement states: “In general, labor contracts should be governed by national law and the contractual autonomy of the parties. Taking this into account and, in accordance with art. 18, sec. 2 of the RETJ, the following is proposed:(I) If a contract expires on the original end date of the season, This expiration must last until the new end date of the season.(II) If a contract starts on the original start date of the next season, that start It should be postponed until the new start date of the next season.(II) In the event of an overlap of seasons or enrollment periods, and unless all parties agree otherwise, Priority will be given to the previous club to complete the season with its original team, in order to safeguard the integrity of national leagues, FM competitions and continental competitions ”.last_img read more