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first_img Kali Clement* Nicholls UT Sr. Thibodaux, La. Cayla Jones* Northwestern State 2B So. Missouri City, Texas Name School Pos. Class Hometown Megan Landry* Nicholls P Sr. Pierre Part, La. Alexandria Saldivar* McNeese DP Jr. Princeton, Texas Ali McCoy* Southeastern Louisiana OF Jr. Maurepas, La. Heidi Jaquez Houston Baptist C Jr. Wharton, Texas Taylor Davis* Lamar DP Sr. Nederland, Texas FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference has announced the 2019 preseason all-conference softball teams. Among the nine schools represented, Nicholls led the way with eight picks on the all-conference rosters. Of the 24 preseason honorees, 20 made their way as automatic selections following the conclusion of the 2018 season.The Colonels lead all represented schools with six first-team selections in addition to a pair on the second team roster. McNeese and Sam Houston State came in next tied with three picks apiece, two first-teamers and one second team honoree for each school.Nicholls six first team members include Jewel Lara who was named 2018 Southland Freshman of the Year in 2018, Amanda Gianelloni at shortstop, outfielders Kasey Frederick and Kelsey Miller, 2018 SLC Newcomer of the Year Kali Clement and reigning Pitcher of the Year Megan Landry. Alexis LaBure also claimed a spot on the second team to round out the Nicholls preseason honorees.Catcher Bailey White and pitcher Lindsey McLeod were awarded first-team accolades as two of Sam Houston State’s three automatic qualifiers. McLeod claimed all eight of Sam Houston State’s eight shutouts last season and will look to partner with White in order to bolster the Bearkat defense. Tiffany Thompson was also awarded a second team berth in the shortstop role.McNeese enters the year after a flawless record at the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament and a postseason run into the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Cowgirls are led by first team preseason selections Justyce McClain and Alexandria Saldivar. After closing out 2018 with a 41-21 overall record and a 18-9 mark in Southland play, McNeese will look to defend their Southland Conference Tournament title.Northwestern State sophomore Cayla Jones returns as an automatic pick to the first team after helping the Lady Demons to a Southland Conference Tournament appearance and a 28-25 overall record. Jones led Northwestern State with a .378 batting average, 10 home runs and 10 runs batted in. Fellow Lady Demon Kaitlyn St. Clair joins her teammate on the preseason roster as a second team selection.Central Arkansas’ Kaylyn Shepherd rounds out the first team members with an automatic selection at first base. Shepherd collected 399 putouts and a .981 fielding percentage for the Bears in the 2018 season. Senior Morgan Felts stands as the second UCA player named to the preseason roster with a second team nod.With 20 of the preseason honorees earning automatic qualifying selections, a quartet of newcomers all comprise spots on the second team. Making their way onto the preseason squad for the 2019 campaign are Nicholls junior Sam Dares, Southeastern Louisiana sophomore Madison Watson, Houston Baptist junior Heidi Jaquez and McNeese junior Alexsandra Flores.The 2019 season opens up Thursday, Feb. 7 with Southeastern Louisiana hosting San Jose State in Hammond, La. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. CT. McNeese also begins their schedule that same evening with a 6 p.m. home game against Samford at Joe Miller field in Lake Charles, La. Nine of the remaining 10 league teams will open up their seasons Feb. 8.The preseason all-conference teams are voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Returning players from the 2018 All-Conference First and Second teams are automatically named to the 2019 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. Justyce McClain* McNeese OF Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. Lindsey McLeod* Sam Houston State P Sr. Austin, Texas First Team Kaylyn Shepherd* Central Arkansas 1B Jr. Mechanicsville, Va. Kelly Meeuwsen* Lamar 2B Sr. Hillsboro, Ore. Donelle Johnson* Abilene Christian OF RJr. McKinney, Texas Jewel Lara* Nicholls 3B So. Missouri City, Texascenter_img Name School Pos. Class Hometown Second Team Bailey White* Sam Houston State C RSo. Burleson, Texas Kaitlyn St. Clair* Northwestern State UT Jr. Cypress, Texas Tiffany Thompson* Sam Houston State SS Jr. Montgomery, Texas Amanda Gianelloni* Nicholls SS Sr. Napoleonville, La. Morgan Felts* Central Arkansas OF Sr. Conway, Ark. Alexis LaBure* Nicholls P So. Port Neches, Texas Sam Dares Nicholls 1B Jr. Metairie, La. Madison Watson Southeastern Louisiana 3B So. Reserve, La. Alexsandra Flores McNeese P Jr. Lufkin, Texas Kasey Frederick* Nicholls OF Sr. Bridge City, Texas Kelsey Miller* Nicholls OF So. Denham Springs, La. *2018 All-Conference Selectionlast_img read more


first_img2019 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Third Team Alexes Bryant Texas A&M-Corpus Christi F Jr. Cibolo, Texas Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown Cassidy Barrios2 Nicholls G Sr. Raceland, La. Jaylonn Walker Sam Houston State G Jr. Calvert, Texas Cassidy Barrios3 Nicholls G Sr. Raceland, La. Shania Woods New Orleans C Sr. Houston, Texas Chanell Hayes Stephen F. Austin G Sr. Texarkana, Texas Chastadie Barrs3 Lamar G Sr. DeSoto, Texas Dalesia Booth Texas A&M-Corpus Christi G Jr. San Antonio, Texas 2019 Women’s Basketball All-Conference First Team Alexes Bryant Texas A&M-Corpus Christi F Jr. Cibolo, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Lamar senior guard Chastadie Barrs is the 2018-19 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, the league announced Wednesday along with the all-conference rosters. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Leading the way on the postseason roster is Lamar and Abilene Christian who each earned three selections. Up next is Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with two picks apiece. Nicholls, Central Arkansas and New Orleans each landed one honoree on the postseason squads. Of the five first-team award winners, Nicholls’ Cassidy Barrios, Lamar’s Barrs and Moe Kinard are each making their third career appearance. Central Arkansas’ Kamry Orr and Abilene Christian’s Breanna Wight were named to the second team, becoming two-time honorees.Barrs continuously turns heads, capturing seven Southland Player of the Week awards throughout the regular season. The Lamar senior is averaging 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and leads the conference with 7.2 assists per game. She has stacked 11 double-doubles throughout the season and stands second in the country with five triple-doubles to her name. Barrs is one of 10 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which is meant to highlight the best point guard in the nation. Additionally, she is also a finalist for the James Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year award, making the list as the only contender from a mid-major program.In addition to her Player of the Year accolade, Barrs earns her fourth consecutive Southland Defensive Player of the Year award. She currently leads the nation with 6.9 steals per game for the Lamar program. With two regular-season games remaining, Barrs became the NCAA Division I all-time leader for career steals after ripping her 625th steal against Houston Baptist. She has since added 14 more, bringing her career total to 639 heading into postseason play. The DeSoto, Texas product has been a pillar for the Cardinals’ defense that has limited opponents to 61.4 points per game while Division I programs with an 11.14 turnover margin.Lamar snags a third and final individual superlative winner in Miya Crump who is the Freshman of the Year. Crump finished her regular-season campaign averaging 15.7 points per game. She shot 38-percent from beyond the arc and pulled 2.3 steals per game.Sam Houston State’s Jaylonn Walker is the league’s Newcomer of the Year after boosting the Bearkats to a No. 5 seed in the conference tournament. Since transferring from McLennan CC, Walker has made 25 starting appearances while averaging 15.3 points per contest. The junior leads the Sam Houston State squad in scoring, rebounding (8.3) and steals (2.4).Rounding out the individual award winner is Sam Houston State’s first-year head coach Ravon Justice who was named the Southland Coach of the Year. Justice took over a Bearkat program that went 1-17 in conference play during the 2017-18 season. In her short time at the helm for SHSU, Justice has steered the Bearkats to an 11-7 Southland record and a 16-12 overall mark.All-conference teams and individual awards are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. Voting for oneself or one’s own players/coaches is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.The opening round of play at the 2019 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday, March 14 at 11 a.m. CT inside Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. Imani Johnson Stephen F. Austin F RSr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. Sara Williamson Abilene Christian G Sr. Rowlett, Texas Miya Crump Lamar F Fr. Houston, Texas 4 Four-time All-Defensive selection2 Two-time All-Defensive selection Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown Dominique Golightly Abilene Christian G/F Jr. Chickasha, Okla. Breanna Wright2 Abilene Christian G Jr. Jarrell, Texas Lydia Baxter Sam Houston State F Sr. Austin, Texas Player of the Year: Chastadie Barrs, LamarDefensive Player of the Year: Chastadie Barrs, LamarFreshman of the Year: Miya Crump, LamarNewcomer of the Year: Jaylonn Walker, Sam Houston StateCoach of the Year: Ravon Justice, Sam Houston State Moe Kinard3 Lamar G Sr. New Iberia, La. 2 Two-time All-Conference selection3 Three-time All-Conference selection Chastadie Barrs4 Lamar G Sr. DeSoto, Texas Kamry Orr2 Central Arkansas G Sr. Little Rock, Ark. Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown 2019 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Second Team Kamry Orr Central Arkansas G Sr. Little Rock, Ark. 2019 Women’s Basketball All-Defensive Team Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown Stephanie Visscher Stephen F. Austin G Fr. Lulea, Sweden Honorable Mention: Emma Young, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jenniffer Oramas, Sam Houston State; Amanda Johnson, Houston Baptist; RaVon Nero, Northwestern State; Celica Sterling, Southeastern Louisiana; Callie Maddox, McNeeselast_img read more


first_img2020 Southland Conference Baseball Week One Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – The 57th season of Southland Conference baseball gets underway with 15 games Friday, beginning with a 1 p.m. CT first pitch between Houston Baptist and No. 3 Texas Tech. First Game: vs. Grambling, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. First Game: at UT Arlington, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. McNeese Cowboys – Preseason Ranking: 3 – 2019 Record: 35-26 (16-14 SLC)The No. 3 team in the preseason poll is coming off a milestone year that saw the Cowboys win their first Southland Conference tournament title since 2003. McNeese was named the No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional, hosted by eventual College World Series champion Vanderbilt. The Cowboys look to repeat history with the help of a league-leading five preseason all-conference picks. Among them are a pair of returning Southland Conference All-Tournament team members in Jake Dickerson and Nate Fisbeck, who was also recognized as a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Nicholls Colonels – Preseason Ranking: 8 – 2019 Record: 27-28 (13-17 SLC)A year after the Colonels were absent from the Southland Conference Tournament, they enter 2020 predicted to take the final spot at No. 8. Head coach Seth Thibodeaux welcomes the return of 22 letterman from last year’s squad, including Second Team Preseason-All Southland catcher Chris Sandberg. The senior from Los Angeles caught 15 runners stealing in 2019, which was good for fourth in the conference, and hit .267 while driving in 17 runs at the plate. Nicholls faces an early test when it hosts No. 11 LSU on Feb. 19 at Ray E. Didier Field. Central Arkansas Bears – Preseason Ranking: 2 – 2019 Record: 33-27 (19-11 SLC)The Bears posted their third-straight 30-win season in 2019 and enter 2020 picked to finish second, both of which are firsts since joining the Southland in 2007.  UCA made the most of their eighth-consecutive Southland Conference tournament appearance last year, earning the No. 2 seed and advancing to the title game, where the squad fell to McNeese 4-2. The Bears tied with the Cowboys for the most representatives on the preseason all-conference teams with five, including first-teamers Beau Orlando, Noah Cameron and Conner Williams. UCA’s non-conference slate is highlighted by a midweek showdown with defending national champion Vanderbilt at 4:30 p.m. on March 3. Abilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Ranking: 10 – 2019 Record: 26-26 (13-17 SLC)The first season under first-year head coach Rick McCarty may have not produced a conference tournament berth, but it was certainly a successful campaign as the Wildcats recorded an eight-game swing in conference play from 2018. Despite bringing in 32 newcomers, Abilene Christian looks to continue that momentum in 2020. Another crucial addition by McCarty comes in the announcement that the Wildcats will be one of 60 institutions – and the lone Southland school – to institute a Trackman unit at their home field. ACU’s slate features 13 games against 2019 NCAA Tournament participants (TCU, UC-Santa Barbara, Texas A&M, Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech and McNeese). First Game: vs. SIU-Edwardsville, Feb. 14, 2 p.m. First Game: vs. Rhode Island, Feb. 14, 6 p.m. The 2020 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament will return to Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas, May 20-23. The home facility of the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Texas League affiliate of the American League Champion Houston Astros, will serve as host of the event for the first time since the 2009-10 seasons. Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Ranking: 13 – 2019 Record: 18-35 (10-20 SLC)After appearing in the Southland Conference Tournament in three of the previous four years, the Huskies fell short in 2019 and enter 2020 picked to finish No. 13. HBU landed a pair of seniors on the preseason all-conference first team in starting pitcher Kyle Gruller and outfielder Brandon Bena. Gruller ranked third in the league in ERA (2.18) and opponents’ batting average (.207), and seventh in strikeouts (85). Bena hit .313 with five home runs, 12 doubles, 36 RBIs and 34 runs. The Omaha, Nebraska, native also added three outfield assists and did not make an error in 113 chances. The Huskies will be challenged early with two showdowns against No. 3 Texas Tech in the opening weekend. New Orleans Privateers – Preseason Ranking: 9 – 2019 Record: 29-26 (13-17 SLC)Despite going 8-4 down the stretch of last season, the Privateers fell one game shy of qualifying for the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time since 2015. UNO welcomes seven returning starters in the field and five members of the pitching staff, including weekend starters Chris Turpin and Brandon Mitchell. A Third-Team All-Southland honoree in 2019, Gaige Howard returns to the lineup after leading the team in batting average (.330) and on-base percentage (.432). The Privateers open a four-game stretch away from home to end the season with their non-conference finale against No. 11 LSU on May 12. First Game: vs. Mississippi Valley State, Feb. 14, 6 p.m. Lamar Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 12 – 2019 Record: 18-36 (9-21 SLC)Despite placing three on the preseason all-conference squads and returning 672 starts in 2020, Lamar was picked to finish No. 12 in the preseason poll. However, this may come as a good omen as three teams predicted to end up in the 12th slot have gone on to make the Southland Conference Tournament three times in the last decade, including last year’s Stephen F. Austin team. All three preseason all-league picks star in the infield for the Cardinals, including second-teamers Logan Berlof and Anthony Quirion, and first-teamer JC Correa, the younger brother of Houston Astros phenom Carlos Correa. JC Correa was named one of the NCAA’s Top 150 hitters (No. 126) and one of the Top 30 Second Basemen (No. 27) by D1 Baseball. Southeastern Louisiana Lions – Preseason Ranking: 4 – 2019 Record: 33-27 (19-11 SLC)The Lions are coming off a fourth-straight second-place finish in the regular season with hopes of breaking the ceiling and earning the top spot in 2020. With a lot of holes to fill, seventh-year skipper Matt Riser retooled with 13 transfers, including four from Division I institutions. SLU’s lone honoree on the preseason all-league teams is junior infielder Preston Faulkner, who slashed .273 / .360 / .488 with a team-leading 17 doubles and 11 home runs in 2019. The Lions’ 2020 slate has them playing 31 of their 57 games at Pat Kenelly Diamond, where they boast a .715 winning percentage over the last decade. UIW Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 7 – 2019 Record: 37-22 (18-12 SLC)The Cardinals ended their conference tournament drought last season, earning the No. 4 seed at the event after manufacturing a five-game improvement from 2018 and finishing 18-12 in league play. UIW made the most of its first appearance, falling one game short of advancing to the title game. However, the Cardinals saw the departure of 2019 Southland Conference Coach of the Year Patrick Hallmark, along with two would-be returning all-conference players. First-year skipper Ryan Shotzberger brought in 17 newcomers to help fill the gaps of the five mainstays in the starting lineup and seven pitchers lost. UIW’s non-conference slate is headlined by road tilts with Lone Star State powerhouses Texas A&M, Texas and TCU. Northwestern State Demons – Preseason Ranking: 5 – 2019 Record: 30-25 (15-15 SLC)The Demons’ title-defending campaign didn’t go as planned in 2019, finishing .500 in league play and earning the No. 7 seed at the conference tournament, where they made a quick exit with two-straight losses. Two years removed from a NCAA Regional appearance, head coach Bobby Barbier looks to take his team back to the postseason with a veteran squad including 19 juniors or seniors. Among those is Second Team Preseason All-Southland selection Tyler Smith, who enters his final season in a Northwestern State uniform within striking distance of the career top 10 in games played, at-bats, RBIs and total bases. After going 22-8 at home in 2019, the Demons will play 35 at Brown-Stroud Field in 2020, including their first eight games, 11 of their first 12 matchups and their final six contests. First Game: vs. Saint Mary’s, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN+) Two-time defending regular-season champion Sam Houston State, who was chosen as the preseason favorite for the third-straight season, embarks on its 2020 campaign against Saint Mary’s at 6:30 p.m. Reigning Southland Conference tournament champion McNeese opens a three-game series against Mississippi Valley State at 6 p.m. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders – Preseason Ranking: 6 – 2019 Record: 31-26 (14-16 SLC)Scott Malone, the league’s winningest active coach (315), took the Islanders back to the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in four years and knocked off top-seeded Sam Houston State in the team’s first game. Although A&M-Corpus Christi was ousted from the bracket by UIW two games later, the team returns 20 letterwinners and seeks to return to the conference tournament in their backyard at Whataburger Field. The Islanders placed two on the preseason all-conference teams in utility man Itchy Burts and starting pitcher John Gaddis. The team will get plenty of chances to get familiar with the conference tournament site with four Power-5 opponents (Utah, Kansas State, Missouri, Texas) at Whataburger Field. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks – Preseason Ranking: 11 – 2019 Record: 25-33 (16-14 SLC)The ‘Jacks return 15 student-athletes from the 2019 campaign, which ended with a 1-2 showing at the Southland Conference Tournament after pulling off an upset of No. 3 seed Southeastern Louisiana in the first round. Among the group is Second Team Preseason All-Southland relief pitcher Jeremy Rodriguez, who finished with a team-low 1.80 ERA in 24 appearances last year. He registered five saves, struck out 26 batters and allowed opponents to hit .225 in 35 innings. SFA visits Texas A&M, TCU and Baylor for a trio of midweek tilts and close the season against reigning Southland tournament champion McNeese. Sam Houston State Bearkats – Preseason Ranking: 1 – 2019 Record: 31-25 (20-10 SLC)The Bearkats, who were knocked out of the Southland Conference tournament for a second-straight year in 2019, have their eyes set on a third-straight regular-season title under first-year head coach Jay Sirianni. SHSU returns just 12 letterwinners and four starters, including preseason all-conference selections Colton Cowser, Gavin Johnson and Jack Rogers. Named a Preseason All-American by D1Baseball, Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA, Cowser will lead a young Bearkats squad that welcomes 21 newcomers. SHSU is set to play 10 games against NCAA Tournament participants (Loyola Marymount, TCU, McNeese, Baylor, Texas A&M). First Game: at Louisiana, Feb. 14, 6 p.m. First Game: vs. Utah Valley, Feb. 14, 4:05 p.m. First Game: at Arkansas State, Feb. 14, 6 p.m. First Game: vs. Wichita State, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. First Game: vs. Bradley, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. First Game: vs. Missouri State, Feb. 14, 3 p.m. First Game: at No. 3 Texas Tech, Feb. 14, 1 p.m. (FOX Sports Southwest)last_img read more


first_imgFAVORED TEXAS WEDGE RALLIES TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH AS MILLER & PRAT TEAM FOR 5 ½ FURLONG TURF SCORE IN 1:02.47ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 1, 2020)–A handful early, favored Texas Wedge rallied from of the pace to take Wednesday’s Grade II, $200,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes by three quarters of a length under Flavien Prat.  Trained by Peter Miller, the 5-year-old Colonel John gelding returned from an extended stay in Kentucky to get 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:02.47.Breaking alertly from post position four in a field of 10 older horses, Texas Wedge broke alertly, overcame some jostling up the backside, wheeled three-wide turning for home to overhaul pacesetter Bay Muzik while holding off a late run from Double Touch.“When turf racing stopped in Kentucky, it was either turn him out or bring him home and we wanted to bring him home,” said Miller, who sent Texas Wedge to make his first Kentucky start at Churchill Downs on June 1.  “(Bay Muzik) has a lot of speed and he showed it.  My other horse Captain Scotty (who finished fifth), tracked him and I thought for a second he was going to win it…Texas Wedge got jostled around, he broke sharp and we didn’t want him that close.  Flavien did a great job as always and got him to settle and made that run.”Most recently second in a 5 ½ furlong classified allowance on the main track at Churchill Downs Nov. 28, Texas Wedge was off as the 2-1 favorite and paid $6.20, $4.00 and $3.20.“This is a good way to start off the New Year,” said Prat.  “It’s nice to win a race like this for Peter.  We broke sharp and he was a little tough with me on the backside, but once I got him covered up, he dropped the bit and relaxed beautifully.  He’s a very consistent horse and at this distance, he’s really tough.”Owned by Altimira Racing Stable, Rafter JR Ranch, LLC, STD Racing Stable and Miller, Texas Wedge notched his first stakes win in the Hernandez and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his earnings to $313,530 from an overall mark of 13-5-3-2.Off at 15-1, English-bred Double Touch, who was ridden by Victor Espinoza, was next to last after the first mile and was up to nail Bay Muzik for the place by a head while returning $11.40 and $6.60.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Bay Muzik, who looked as though he might pull off a big upset, stayed gamely late and just missed the place.  Off at 27-1, he finished a half length in front of Blitzkrieg and paid $11.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.09, 44.60 and 56.36.The Joe Hernandez Stakes is named for the original voice of Santa Anita, who called 15,587 consecutive races from the track’s opening on Dec. 25, 1934 until he collapsed while calling a race on Jan. 27, 1972.last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA’S BELOVED PADDOCK CAPTAIN JOHN SHEAR TO CELEBRATE HIS 99TH BIRTHDAY ON FRIDAY, JAN. 17ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2020)–Orphaned as a young boy in London, wounded by German artillery in World War II and employed by Santa Anita Park since 1961, John Shear, the track’s beloved Paddock Captain, will celebrate his 99th birthday between races with family, friends and co-workers on Friday, Jan. 17.A former exercise rider, groom and assistant trainer who had originally aspired to be a jockey, Shear, who checks in at four feet, 11 inches and 104 pounds, gained national attention on March 12, 2011, when he threw himself into the path of a loose horse, potentially saving the life of a 5-year-old girl who was attending the races with her father.“Horses are like homing pigeons,” Shear said in an interview following the incident.  “When they’re upset, they want to go home.  So when I heard someone shouting ‘Loose horse!,’ I knew it would be heading our way as it tried to go back to the barn.”Despite suffering multiple fractures to his pelvis, hip, back and cheekbone, along with internal bleeding that resulted in a significant loss of blood, Shear was back on the beat in Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens in less than a year, and at nearly 99 year of age, he continues to defy Father Time.“I love what I do,” said Shear on Sunday.  “I love the people, the horses and working outside.  I still do 30 pushups every morning and I walk all the time.  I’ve loved this place since I first came here in 1954 and I’m blessed to be able to do what I’m doing.  I think if people got outdoors more often and stopped worrying about things none of us can control, they’d be much happier.  I know I am.”Shear and his wife Diane, who have one son, Michael, reside in nearby Sierra Madre, where Shear was feted during the city’s 2011 Fourth of July Parade as a “Hometown Hero.”So, does Shear have any advice for longevity?“Find something you love, stay positive and exercise!”John Shear will be honored with a race named in his honor on Jan. 17 and will be presented a birthday cake in the Winner’s Circle between races.last_img read more


first_imgPREMIER LEAGUE players lead the way in the FIFA World XI nominations this season.The likes of N’Golo Kante, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling lead the way for English football’s hopes at the upcoming award ceremony.4 NGolo Kante has been nominated for the FIFA World XICredit: Alamy Live News21 players who played for a Premier League club last season have been put forward for the team of the season.That’s one more than La Liga, who usually dominated the event each year.Liverpool have seven players nominated after their Champions League exploits.Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino find themselves mixing it with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict England, Wales and Scotland vs Belgium scores this weekend and win £100FIFA World XI nomineesGOALIESAlisson – LiverpoolDe Gea – Man UtdEderson – Man CityOblak – Atletico MadridTer Stegen – BarcelonaDEFENDERSAlba – BarcelonaAlexander-Arnold – LiverpoolAlves – PSG/Sao PauloCancelo – Juventus/Man CityCarvajal – Real MadridChiellini – JuventusVan Dijk – LiverpoolGodin – Atletico Madrid/Inter MilanKimmich – Bayern MunichKoulibaly – NapoliLaporte – Man CityDe Ligt – Ajax/JuventusPique – BarcelonaRamos – Real MadridRobertson – LiverpoolSandro – JuventusSilva – PSGVarane – Real MadridMarcelo – Real MadridWalker – Man CityWhile Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are up against superstars such as Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Gerard Pique.Alisson Becker is also nominated after a stunning debut season, and is joined by fellow Prem shot-stoppers, Man Utd’s David De Gea and City’s Ederson.City have a number of other players included, such as Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte and Kyle Walker.Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero, and Sterling are also looking to get into the side.FIFA World XI nomineesMIDFIELDERSBusquets – BarcelonaCasemiro – Real MadridDe Bruyne – Man CityEriksen – SpursDe Jong – Ajax/BarcelonaHazard – Chelsea/Real MadridKante – ChelseaKroos – Real MadridArthur – BarcelonaModric – Real MadridPogba – Man UtdRakitic – BarcelonaBernardo – Man CityTadic – AjaxVidal – BarcelonaFORWARDSAguero – Man CityBenzema – Real MadridFirmino – LiverpoolGriezmann – Atletico Madrid/BarcelonaKane – SpursLewandowski – Bayern MunichMane – LiverpoolMbappe – PSGMessi – BarcelonaNeymar – PSGRonaldo – JuventusSalah – EgyptSon – SpursSterling – Man CitySuarez – BarcelonaSpurs boast the likes of Kane, Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen, while Chelsea can be proud of Kante and Eden Hazard’s nominations, although the latter is now at Real Madrid.Interestingly, Arsenal have no players in the shortlist, despite the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe all enjoying fine spells at their clubs last term.4Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP 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 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubThere are some surprise names on the sheet, with Dani Alves nominated yet again despite an injury-plagued season at PSG which resulted in his contract being run down.Dusan Tadic is also in the mix after helping Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals.The World XI will be revealed on Monday September 23.4 Harry Kane is in the mix for a place in the sideCredit: Getty Images4 Raheem Sterling is nominated after a fine seasonCredit: ReutersThe moment Virgil van Dijk wins the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Awardlast_img read more


first_imgTOTTENHAM’S players went from villains to heroes to prove to new boss Jose Mourinho they can get up for the battle.The Special One was The Fuming One in the first half as his side shockingly went 2-0 down to Olympiakos in their Champions League clash.7 Serge Aurier got his name on the scoresheet to give his side the lead for the first time in the game – and it was a beautyCredit: Getty Images – Getty7 Harry Kane wrapped up the victory as he headed home his second and his side’s fourthCredit: Getty Images – Getty7 Jose Mourinho was delighted as his side performed a spectacular comebackCredit: AFPIt forced Mourinho into a 26th minute substitute, hooking off the defensive Eric Dier for the offensive Christian Eriksen.And it proved a masterstroke from Mourinho as the Dane laid on two assists to complete a remarkable turnaround and ensure qualification for the last-16.Goals from El-Arabi  and Semedo had stunned the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – it even saw “MourinhoOut” trending on social media.But Dele Alli – looking re-invigorated after just two games under Mourinho, capitalised on poor defending to give his side hope just before the break.7 Tottenham were stunned with just six minutes on the clock when El-Arabi fired home the openerCredit: EPA7 Spurs fans were stunned into silence when Semedo tapped home for 2-0Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd7 Dele Alli brought Spurs back into the game with a goal right at the end of the first halfCredit: Getty Images – Getty7 Harry Kane was the man to get the equaliser early in the second halfCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdAnd in the second half it was as if a whole different side had taken to the pitch – no doubt with some stern words from the gaffer ringing in their ears.Captain Kane levelled the scores at 2-2 before full-back Serge Aurier beautifully half-volleyed at the back post to give the hosts the lead for the first time.Kane then headed home Eriksen’s pin-point free-kick to seal the most remarkable of victories on a night that began so terribly for Jose and his troops.It also meant Kane became the fastest player in Champions League history to reach 20 goals.The victory, a second in two games for Mourinho, means that Spurs can go to Bayern Munich in a fortnight with their place in the last 16 already secured.Jose Mourinho celebrates with Spurs ball boy after his quick thinking leads to Champions League equaliserMost 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 CelticTough they are unable to top Group B even if they win in Germany.But the manner of their early performance could have the alarm bells ringing for the new boss, who saw his side produce a display that had all the hallmarks of the end of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign.If Spurs thought that the arrival of Mourinho would provide a quick fix then the horror show that was the opening half hour proved how fanciful that idea is.last_img read more


first_imgEx-Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was planning a winter swoop for £50million rated Depay.But Lyon’s director of football, Juninho, insisted Depay is happy at Les Gones and hopes to extend his contract beyond its end in June 2021.However, if the forward declines a contract extension it is likely he will be sold before his existing one runs out so Lyon can recoup some of their investment.Depay only scored seven goals in England, but he claimed his vast improvement in France is down to being “more mature” – and because the Premier League is so tough.He told The Mirror: “My mental state is different. I was 21 back then when I was with United and now I am 25 so obviously I am a more matured human being now, than when I was in Manchester.Memphis Depay wears dodgy jacket and smokes cigar as he dedicates awful rap to fansACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneTransfer news Live Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star Rafinha”Also there is a difference between the French game and the English game and the main difference is the speed of the ball.”In England it goes very fast, attack and defence and attack and defence again.”The French game you feel more the control and trying to find our moments and we are all more relaxed playing the ball to each other.” LIVERPOOL are ready to rival Tottenham in the race for Lyon forward Memphis Depay, according to reports in Italy.The Dutchman swapped the Premier League for Ligue 1 in 2017 after ending his nightmare two-season spell at Manchester United.1 Liverpool and Tottenham are said to be interested in Memphis DepayCredit: Getty – ContributorDepay has since been rejuvenated at Lyon, notching 12 goals and 16 assists last season and beginning this campaign netting 11 times already.The Dutchman’s scoring form has attracted attention from European champions Liverpool and Spurs, Calciomercato report.But United, who flogged the 25-year-old for £17m after just 53 appearances, have a buy-back clause on the versatile forward.Though Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to show interest in Depay.Solskjaer instead has  Borussia Dortmund wideman Jadon Sancho, 19, at the top of his transfer list.last_img read more


first_img10LIVERPOOL and Tottenham stars were seen arriving at their respective training grounds to receive their coronavirus test results.Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Lucas Moura and Jan Vertonghen were amongst the players to arrive at training for their final solo sessions on Tuesday.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates10 Jordan Henderson was amongst the stars seen at Liverpool training today10 Lucas Moura arrived for Spurs training on Tuesday10 Virgil van Dijk was seen at Liverpool’s training ground after PL players were tested for coronavirus10 Jan Vertonghen was also seen at Spurs’ training groundPremier League stars are set to receive the results of their first coronavirus test imminently as they prepare to return to group training sessions.Manchester United are another club to have had their tests done – with the club doctor the only person allowed at the Aon Training Complex at Carrington on Monday.Should players receive negative results, they will begin to be incorporated into larger training groups as they step up their return to action.Team-mates will be allowed to return in groups of five but in a non-contact environment – what is being called “phase one” of the return.The Premier League have introduced strict rules too, including the requirement for balls, corner flags and other equipment to be disinfected after every session.Phase two will allow contact between players, while phase three will see a return of competitive games – but there have been no official dates for those introductions, yet.10 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived at Melwood for his final solo session10 Tottenham are ensuring staff are kitted out with PPE10 Fabinho was seen leaving Melwood on Tuesday10 Japhet Tanganga arrived for Spurs training in his MercedesAny positive results from the coronavirus tests would prove to be a major blow for the league’s hopes of returning on Friday June 12 – with Spurs expected to play Man Utd in the first game back on TV.But Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher thinks it’s highly likely that at least one Premier League footballer gives a positive test for the virus.Carra said: “I’ll be absolutely amazed if no one tests positive for Covid-19 up and down this country. I fully expect that to happen.“I think the results come out this afternoon and it is something we should not get massively hysterical about if it does happen.“I think it will happen and that player then has to isolate. But that’s bound to happen.“It’s happened in other countries and it will happen in the Premier League.”While a number of Premier League players, including Sergio Aguero and Troy Deeney, have claimed they are fearful of a return to action, Carragher believes most will be happy to get back to work.10MOST 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 InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN 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 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordThe former Liverpool defender added: “Premier League stadiums and training grounds will be the safest workplaces to go back to and I think we’ve always got to go back to that.“The Premier League are doing everything they can to make it as safe as possible.”It’s never going to be risk-free, because it probably won’t be risk-free for maybe the next six to 12 months.“But it will be as safe as any working place – and if the Premier League put that to the players I am still convinced the majority of them will want to play and train.”European football under threat as government ministers veto travel exemption for sportspeoplelast_img read more


first_imgExtra padding has been put in place behind the in-goals and advertisements have been removed for extra space.In previous years, Kangaroos Luke Lewis and Brett Morris were injured in separate incidents at the 2013 World Cup after crashing into the fence.Australian fullback Darius Boyd has his concerns but has been ensured he will be safe.”Mal’s been pretty good with preparing us,” Boyd said.”He measured out the pitch at Coventry and it was a bit shorter and you could tell in London that the distance between the 30 and the 40 metre line was about seven metres.”At Old Trafford three years ago it was bit dangerous when you were chasing a kick.”It’s a bit worrying but at the end of the day it’s pretty special to play at a ground like Anfield where there hasn’t been much rugby league played before.”last_img read more