FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Natashia Jackson and Lauren Clarke are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.The Lady Demons’ sweep comes after a weekend of competition for Jackson at the Matador Qualifier in Lubbock, Texas, and an appearance by Clarke in the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas. Jackson blew the competition away with a 53.43 in the 400-meter event, placing her first overall and setting a Southland indoor record along the way. Clarke was not to be outdone as she secured first place in the triple jump with a 42-11.75 (13.10m) and second-place honors in the high jump with a 5-08.75 (1.75m) leap. Both marks serve as personal bests for the sophomore.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State – Sr. – Houston, TexasJackson continues to impress as the senior set a Southland 400m record for the second-straight week, knocking .22 off her mark from last week for a 53.43 finish. The Houston, Texas, product erased a .30 deficit at the 200m split in order to take the gold medal in the event by a .34 margin. Jackson’s award marks her second-straight weekly honor and her third of the indoor season.Honorable Mention: Jessica Rabius, Houston Baptist; Hailey Alcorn, Nicholls.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Lauren Clarke, Northwestern State – So. – Houston, TexasClarke established a pair of personal bests at the Texas A&M Invitational, winning the triple jump (13.10m) and finishing second place in the high jump (1.75m) event. The sophomore’s triple jump mark is currently tied for 20th in the nation and stands as the longest jump by a Southland competitor this indoor season. Clarke’s high jump mark ranks tied for fourth in the conference and is tied for 47th nationally.Honorable Mention: Annina Brandenburg, Abilene Christian; Jemira Thomlinson, Houston Baptist; Alanna Arvie, McNeese.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.
JOCKEY QUOTESTIAGO PEREIRA, MARCKIE’S WATER, WINNER: “The last race he didn’t break very well for me. This time he broke well and he really relaxed after we passed the finish line the first time. We settled in behind horses and when it was time to go, we went outside and he really responded.”FLAVIEN PRAT, UNITED, SECOND: Did the stumble crossing the dirt cost you a chance to win? “No, it happened very early in the race and we had a chance to recover. As you saw, he ran really good.”BRICE BLANC, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, THIRD: “He ran a great race. He’s all racehorse, you can’t take anything away from him at his age. We were in a great position turning for home and he proved he can still run with these horses. Great effort.”TRAINER QUOTESRICHARD BALTAS, MARKIE’S WATER, WINNER: “Wow. They were all lined up there and I was just hoping he was going to explode the last part. He kicked on like he was the best horse.”OWNER QUOTESBILLY KOSH, PARTNER OF LITTLE RED FEATHER RACING, MARCKIE’S WATER, WINNER: “I grew up idolizing Charlie Whittingham and to win a graded stake in his name with a Cal-bred is amazing. We thought when they turned for home that he was going to run last, he wasn’t firing, then all of a sudden he found daylight and he just went. That was an extremely impressive performance. We’ve told Tiago this horse likes to make a last run and he likes to be outside of horses. It was pretty amazing down the lane.“Desormeaux took a hold on the favorite and that changed the whole complexion of the race. Kudos to Ritchie Baltas and his team and all of the Little Red Feather partners out there this means a lot it’s a Grade II, a big race especially for a Cal-bred. Tom McCrocklin is here who bred the horse and Frank Mermenstein is probably out there watching.“Russian River is amazing, she was such a fun horse to watch and she’s produced now, See Smoke and Marckies Water who is now a graded stakes winner and Opus One who won a few weeks ago, it’s a great family.”NOTES: The winning owners are Little Red Feather Racing & Norman Tavares.Little Red Feather Racing’s Marckie’s Water and jockey Tiago Pereira, center, win the Grade II $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO
CONSISTENT MAXIM RATE HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $150,000 HONEYMOON STAKES AS EIGHT SOPHOMORE FILLIES GO 1 1/8 MILES ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2019)–A nose shy of being undefeated in three starts, trainer Simon Callaghan’s Maxim Rate bids for her second consecutive graded victory as she heads Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita. For 3-year-old fillies at a mile and one eighth on turf, the Honeymoon has attracted a field of eight, including stablemate Hostess and the Richard Baltas-conditioned Lady Prancealot, both of whom were narrowly beaten by Maxim Rate when last they met.MAXIM RATEOwner: Slam Dunk RacingTrainer: Simon CallaghanA first-out one mile maiden turf winner from off the pace on Feb. 16, she was second, beaten a nose from off the pace in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles Providencia Stakes on April 6. In her next out, Maxim Rate pressed the pace en route to an impressive half length win as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade III, one mile turf Senorita Stakes, a race in which Lady Prancealot finished second and Hostess checked in fourth, beaten 1 ¼ lengths. By Exchange Rate out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Catch My Eye, Maxim Rate will be ridden back by Kent Desormeaux.LADY PRANCEALOTOwner: Donald Durando, Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone & Jerry McClanahanTrainer: Richard BaltasBest suited as a deep closer, she finished strongly from way off the pace to finish third, beaten a head by Hostess two starts back in the Providencia on April 6 and finished well at 5-2 to be second, beaten a half length by Maxim Rate in the one mile turf Senorita on May 4. With a larger field and the prospect of a hotter pace, this Irish-bred rates a big chance stretching out a furlong with Joe Talamo riding back. Easily the most seasoned Honeymoon runner, Lady Prancealot took one out of five starts in England and is now 12-2-4-2 overall with earnings of $129,341.HOSTESSOwner: Mr. J. Warren StableTrainer: Simon CallaghanOne for three in her native England, Hostess came rolling to take her U.S. debut, the Grade III Providencia two starts back on April 6 and like Lady Prancealot, would appreciate a hot pace in the Honeymoon on Saturday. Off at 7-2 in the one mile turf Senorita on May 4, Lady Prancealot just nipped her for third money by a nose with Brice Blanc up. In what will be her third Santa Anita start, Hostess will be reunited with Drayden Van Dyke, who was up for the Providencia win.THE GRADE III HONEYMOON STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT Lady Prancealot–Joe Talamo–120Over Emphasize–Alonso Quinonez–120Seranitsa–Flavien Prat–120Holly Hundy–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Dr. Wysong–Aaron Gryder–120Maxim Rate–Kent Desormeaux–124Sold It–Mario Gutierrez–122Hostess–Drayden Van Dyke–124First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
TOTTENHAM are reportedly continuing their policy of targeting Europe’s top young players by taking a trip to watch Riccardo Sottil.The Fiorentina winger made his Italy Under-21 debut earlier this month having moved into the Tuscan side’s first-team.2 Sottil has been part of each of Fiorentina’s squads this seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyAccording to Daily Express, Spurs scouts travelled to Italy to watch Sottil play against Atalanta on Sunday night.However they would have left disappointed given the 20-year-old remained on the bench throughout the 2-2 draw.After spending last season on loan at Serie B outfit Pescara, Sottil has appeared three times for Fiorentina in 2019/20.Spurs predominantly focused on up and coming prospects during the summer window, spending around £100million.Tanguy Ndombele, 22, was the chief marquee signing with Giovani Lo Celso and teenage wingers Jack Clarke and Ryan Sessegnon, both of whom are yet to appear for Mauricio Pochettino.Clarke, 18, was sent back to Leeds on loan for this campaign but has hardly played for the Championship leaders.Latest Football NewsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight title Meanwhile Sessegnon has struggled with a hamstring injury with no specified date of return.Spurs are in need of fresh impetus having endured something of a nightmare week.The 4-0 hammering of Crystal Palace seemed to calm the nerves around North London but letting a two-goal lead slip at Olympiacos and losing to Leicester have raised the alarms.2James Maddison speaks after scoring winning goal to beat Spurs at the King Power Stadium
Mauricio Pochettino speaks about needing time to build a squad after Spurs draw 1-1 with Sheffield United CHRIS WILDER called for a major review of VAR after Jon Moss failed to follow the Premier League’s OWN guidelines to deny Sheffield United a famous victory.After video ref Moss controversially ruled out a Blades goal at Tottenham following FOUR MINUTES of analysis.2 Chris Wilder was proud of his team’s performance… but fuming with VARCredit: EPAAnd, after the 1-1 draw, Blades boss Wilder said: “I’m 100 per cent sick of talking about VAR.“We went to a Premier League meeting on Thursday to discuss VAR and they told us that any offside had to be clear and obvious.“Well, this wasn’t clear and obvious because there seems to be confusion about whether the Tottenham player’s armpit was ahead of John Lundstram’s big toe.“There’s no doubt that VAR is here to stay but certain aspects it are spoiling the game and we need to have a big look at it in the summer.“I’ve been in the game since I was 16 and some of the decisions this season have left me scratching my head.“There was for us also confusion as to when is the reset. Lundstram has crossed from the right, the ball has come back out, we’ve attacked down the left side and then they rule offside from the first cross.“What really disappoints me is the talking point should be how my team went toe- to-toe with the Champions League finalists in their own backyard but all we’re speaking about is VAR.”Lundstram’s toe led to David McGoldrick’s ‘goal’ being disallowed two minutes after Son Heung-min’s opener. But the official VAR image appeared to show Lundstram was played ONSIDE by the head and shoulder of Eric Dier.2 David McGoldrick’s ‘goal’ was disallowed by VAR after FOUR minutesCredit: GettyEven Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “For me the referee must be the boss on the pitch but with VAR he isn’t.“It’s difficult to accept and I understand Chris is not happy with that goal being disallowed. I empathise with Sheffield United.”Former Premier League ref and SunSport expert Mark Halsey said: “Is this system fit for purpose? At the moment you have to say it isn’t.“The buck stops with Mike Riley. The Premier League is being undermined by the implementation of VAR.“The camera angles we are seeing need to be parallel with the offside incident — that was not the case here.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spot“Also, the offside occurred in the previous phase of play so it should not have been checked.”Wilder added: “My heart was in my mouth every time they went to VAR.“I’m just glad our ‘second’ goal was given.”
JOSE MOURINHO is targeting a bumper £90million transfer swoop for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports.El Desmarque claim the Tottenham boss is desperate to shore up his defence and has already opened talks with the Serie A club over a January move.2 Jose Mourinho is poised to make a fresh attempt to sign Kalidou Koulibaly after missing out at Manchester UnitedCredit: ReutersThe Spanish outlet adds that Mourinho faces competition for the Senegalese ace from two of his former clubs in Real Madrid and Manchester United.The Portuguese boss was desperate to sign Koulibaly at Old Trafford, with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming that they rejected a £95m bid for the centre-back last year.Spurs kept their first clean sheet under Mourinho in the 5-0 win over Burnley, conceding two per game in the four matches before that.Both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are set to leave the club on free transfers in the summer and are free to agree moves with non-English clubs in January.KOUL STORYKoulibaly has emerged as one of Europe’s most highly-rated defenders since moving to Napoli in 2014, but has long been linked with a move away from Italy.Despite his public declaration of love for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, the 28-year-old may finally up sticks and leave this year following a series of off-field problems.Mutiny broke out at Napoli last month when the players ignored orders to stay at the training ground for an intense retreat – known as in ritiro – to try and turn around a poor run of form.President De Laurentiis slapped the key offenders with fines, with Koulibaly thought to be among the worst targeted after he was docked £192,000.Ultras quickly took the president’s side and terrified footballers fled their homes under fear of confrontation.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict West Ham, Man Utd vs Everton and Arsenal 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 CelticThis led to reports that Koulibably would be among the stars sold no matter what, but any arrival would still cause Spurs to break their transfer record.The north London club only broke their record to snap up Tanguy Ndombele for £65m from Lyon back in July.And many anticipated that Mourinho would likely come into conflict with notoriously thrifty Daniel Levy over the Special One’s tendency to splash the cash.2Man Utd have offered £95m for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly – here is why
MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMost 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 clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIn defence, club captain Giorgio Chiellini made his return to the pitch to partner Matthijs de Ligt following his six-month absence with an ACL injury.Juventus are also keen on bringing in a deputy for first-choice left-back Alex Sandro, with Sarri eyeing a reunion with Emerson Palmieri.But the Brazil-born Italy international reportedly wants assurances from the man who brought him to Chelsea that he will be a regular starter if he returns to Italy.Tony Cascarino wouldn’t blame Harry Kane if he left Tottenham this summer JUVENTUS are reportedly eyeing up an audacious swoop for Harry Kane with the hope that the England captain can forge a deadly partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo.Italian outlet Tuttosport claim Maurizio Sarri sees the Spurs striker as the perfect foil for CR7 – just as Karim Benzema was at Real Madrid.1Using a near-telepathic understanding with the Frenchman, Ronaldo smashed in an astonishing 450 goals for Los Blancos.The two lifted the Champions League four times together before Juve swooped for the Portuguese superstar to mount their own assault on Europe’s top prize.Club bosses are desperate to hoist the famous trophy for the first time since 1996, and believe the capture of Kane to partner Ronaldo is the final piece in the jigsaw.The pair would form one of the most star-studded attacks in the world lining up in front of Paulo Dybala, who was said to have entered talks over a new five-year deal at the club last month.Kane only penned a new Spurs contract in the summer of 2018 that runs until 2024, but the club are reported to be “facing a battle” to keep him after another trophyless season.The England star has never shown any indication of leaving North London in the past – despite long-term admiration from Manchester United.But he has recently been said to be “considering his future”, after another disappointing season at his boyhood club, who he joined at the age of 11.And he might be tempted by serial Serie A winners Juve, who are also said to have turned their attentions to Lyon star Houssem Aouar as an alternative to Paul Pogba.Manchester United are keen to keep hold of the French midfielder this summer despite interest from his former club.Juventus have lined up 21-year-old Aouar, who is a £43million target for Chelsea as a back-up option if they fail to land Pogba.
Former Queensland Red Taulagi was sent off for a dangerous tackle after the final hooter during the Super Rugby loss to the Chiefs on Saturday.The Auckland-born back came off the bench in Hamilton and drove his shoulder into the head of Shaun Stevenson while the Chiefs outside back was being tackled near the visitors’ tryline in the 27-20 defeat.”Taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s remorse, on-field apology and early guilty plea the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to five weeks (from seven),” the committee said in a statement issued by governing body Sanzaar on Monday.The 23-year-old will not be able to return to the field until after June 10, leaving him only three regular season matches to be available for selection.The Tokyo-based Sunwolves, who travel to Buenos Aires to take on the Jaguares this week, are bottom of the Africa 1 conference with one win from from nine matches. Photo By : HANNAH PETERS/GETTY IMAGES (Sunwolves fullback Jamie-Jerry Taulagi is out for five weeks after being sent off against the Chiefs).
Photo by Getty Images: Peter O’Mahony of the British and Irish Lions Tour captain Sam Warburton skippered the Lions in the first two Tests against Australia in 2013 before injury ruled him out of the decisive third match. And the Wales flanker, who has carried a knee injury into the tour, must make do with a place among the substitutes against New Zealand at Auckland’s Eden Park.In his absence, Ireland’s O’Mahony has secured the prestigious honour of leading the tourists versus the reigning world champions.Farrell had been in doubt due to a quadriceps injury, while Sexton impressed at fly-half in a decisive 32-10 victory over the Maori All Blacks last weekend, but it is the England man who has won the race for the coveted number 10 shirt. Introducing the Lions captain for the first Test…Congratulations, Lion #832 Peter O’Mahony!Full story https://t.co/ENw5WSmxJk pic.twitter.com/4Xn1gCJOU3— British&Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) June 21, 2017There were a number of surprises in Warren Gatland’s XV, with Alun Wyn Jones in for Maro Itoje at lock and Liam Williams keeping full-back Leigh Halfpenny out of the side. Elliot Daly, who shone on the wing against the Chiefs on Tuesday, has been favoured over George North, a star of the 2013 series triumph over the Wallabies.The Lions go into the first Test on the back of four wins and two defeats from six tour games, Blues and Highlanders having bloodied the nose of the visitors, who have only won a series in New Zealand once, in 1971. Lions XV: Williams, Watson, Davies, Te’o, Daly, Farrell, Murray; Vunipola, George, Furlong, Wyn Jones, Kruis, O’Mahony, O’Brien, Faletau.Replacements: Owens, McGrath, Sinckler, Itoje, Warburton, Webb, Sexton, Halfpenny.
The superstar fullback is off contract at the end of 2018 and even the lure of a second Rugby World Cup appearance next year may not be enough to keep Folau in the 15-man code. “Look, it’s something I enjoyed last time around. But, in saying that, there’s plenty of options on the line and, when that time comes, I’ll make a decision when I’m ready,” Folau said on Wednesday. “There’s no rush. I want to make sure everything is set in position and I feel comfortable and I’ll come out and make that announcement.” The only three-times winner of the John Eales Medal as Australian rugby’s premier player, Folau commands upwards of $1 million a season, with not only cashed-up clubs in Europe and Japan circling. A rugby league Test representative at just 18, a multiple State of Origin series victor with Queensland and a grand final winner with Melbourne as a teenager, Folau is also undoubtedly once more in the sights of NRL clubs. A move from the NSW Waratahs to the Auckland-based Blues is also not out of the question after Folau married New Zealand netball star Maria Tutaia last November. The threat of losing its No.1 drawcard and match winner will surely sound alarm bells at Rugby Australia. At 28, Folau is at the peak of his powers physically, but still hopes to take his football to new heights.”I feel really good. Physically, my body’s in good shape and I feel good and I feel mentally good as well,” said the 62-Test stalwart ahead of the Waratahs’ Super Rugby hosting of the Melbourne Rebels on Sunday.”I just feel like I’m happy with parts of my game but certainly I’m never satisfied fully. I’m alwayswanting to get better.” After helping the Wallabies reach the 2015 World Cup final, Folau indicated the global showpiece wasn’t the be-all and end-all when asked if Japan 2019 was a big enough carrot to ensure his future lay in rugby. He is placing no time frame on any announcement. “I’m pretty comfortable in terms of my position and where everything is going,” he said. “There’s no rush from my end. My management – like I’ve said so many times in the past – are always doing a lot of work in the background.”I haven’t really thought about it too much. My job obviously is solely here on what I can do with the team here and my mind’s obviously on the game on Sunday.”