Saturday, Oct. 6Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State, 1 p.m. CT, ESPN3*Southeastern Louisiana at Incarnate Word, 4 p.m. CT, UIW Stretch Internet PortalNicholls at Northwestern State, 6 p.m. CT, Cox Sports TVAbilene Christian at McNeese, 6 p.m. CT, Cowboy InsiderHouston Baptist at Central Arkansas, 6 p.m. CT, Bear Nation Network*at Houston’s NRG Stadium FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its broadcast partners have revealed game selections and start times for football games to be played on Saturday, Oct. 6. While choices for the first four weeks of the regular season were completed during the summer, picks are made 12 days prior to kickoff for the remaining weeks.ESPN3 will feature the 93rd Battle of the Piney Woods, as Sam Houston State faces Stephen F. Austin at Houston’s NRG Stadium. The series ranks as the longest running NCAA Division I FCS rivalry in Texas and has seen the Bearkats win seven conseuctive meetings.Cox Sports Television is set to provide regional coverage of Nicholls at Northwestern State. ESPN3 will simulcast the production outside CST’s territory.The day’s other three games will be streamed via institutional productions.
FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Tyler Smith and Houston Baptist’s Christopher Welch are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Smith’s league recognition is the first for the Cowboys in the outdoor season, while Welch’s honor is the second for the Huskies after decathlete Scott Boon claimed the award last week.Welch, a freshman, posted a Southland-best triple jump of 15.73 meters (51-7.25) to claim top honors in this weekend’s Houston Alumni Invitational hosted by the University of Houston at the Carl Lewis International Complex.Meanwhile, Smith’s running this weekend earned him a first-place medal in the 200-meter race to go with another gold garnered by his 4 x 100 relay squad at the McNeese Spring Time Classic in Lake Charles, La.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Tyler Smith, McNeese – Sr. – Stonewall, La.Smith posted a new personal-best of 21.0 seconds in his 200-meter race win. The time gives him the fifth-best mark in the Southland this season and is tied for the 46th-best posting nationally.The senior was also a part of the winning 4 x 100 meter relay team that broke the tape at 41.08 seconds.Honorable Mention: Ryan Cleary, Abilene Christian; Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist – Fr. – Dickinson, TexasWelch’s winning leap bettered the runner-up competitor’s jump by more than a foot and a half. The output represents the seventh-best jump in the West region and 13th best in the NCAA this season. The freshman’s victory helped the Huskies to a third-place team finish in the meet.Honorable Mention: JaCorious Jeter, Northwestern State; Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian.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.
TYLER BAZE, ALL OUT BLITZ, SECOND: “He felt good going around there, I just wanted to make sure I got a jump on the closers. He (Cistron) was rolling and I was cruising. So when he went I thought I’d go with him, but he just pulled away.TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, CISTRON, WINNER: “This horse ran well on the dirt as a 3-year-old. He actually won a stake going a mile and a sixteenth ($150,000 Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 15, 2017). He’s been (running) on grass but trains well on dirt. I expected him to be in front. When we saw this race was coming up a little light and there wasn’t that much speed, we decided to supplement. It’s been great, Hronis racing is as good a brand as you’ll see in racing, the safety and welfare of the horses is paramount with them. We start from there when we go out and look for horses and hopefully we keep developing a lot of (them).“Gift Box worked sensational this morning he’ll be pointing toward the Gold Cup here in May, Catapult looks beautiful we are pointing toward the Shoemaker Mile in May, Nolo Contesto, we will probably drop him back to the Affirmed stakes here in June, so we have a lot of nice stock and were just going roll them out periodically.”OWNER QUOTESKOSTA HRONIS, PART OWNER, CISTRON: “He always works nice on the dirt and he seems to like this track. He’s a pretty versatile horse. I guess not having the hill available (hillside turf course) made it an easy choice to put him back on dirt. It seems to be his distance. If he gets a nice easy lead he’s usually pretty tough . . . It’s good to have Victor (Espinoza) back on board. He works well with John. They’re a good team.”NOTES: The winning owners are Kosta and Peter Hronis, Hronis Racing, LLC.Hronis Racing’s Cistron and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes, Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO JOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, CISTRON, WINNER: “The important thing for me and the horse today was that he broke running. He was able to take control right away and at the sixteenth pole, I said ‘Where is everybody?’ He ran great all the way to the wire, John is an awesome trainer, he really got this horse ready for this race and he made my job a lot easier. It is the best feeling ever to be back and ride amazing horses and win amazing races, I’m just blessed to be here.”
ERIC DIER is lucky to be alive after he mistook appendicitis for a regular stomach bug.The Tottenham star thought he had been struck down by a virus sweeping the club last December.3 Tottenham ace Eric Dier was limited to just 28 games for Spurs last seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyInstead, it was his appendix and he had to be rushed to hospital to have it removed just in time.He said modestly: “Yeah, it was quite serious! There were a few players at the club with a stomach ache so we just presumed that it was that.“It was no fault of the medical staff, they treated me fantastically. But I was at home and had to be rushed to hospital.“Thankfully, I had the procedure straight away. I was very fortunate. It was just difficult afterwards, I kept on getting ill.”Dier’s return to action was delayed because of a string of illnesses.He said: “It was all because of the appendix. My immune system really struggled with medicine after the appendix.“People said I was injured but I was never injured, I just kept on falling ill, which was very frustrating.”3 Dier, 25, has appeared in just five games under Mauricio Pochettino this campaignCredit: AP:Associated PressI was very fortunate. It was just difficult afterwards, I kept on getting ill.”Eric DierWhile injury is thought to be part of a footballer’s lot, illness is not.And, though appendicitis is still viewed as a minor childhood condition, a burst or ruptured one can be fatal if not treated.The 25-year-old said: “It wasn’t easy. It was a very strange experience.”Dier was outstanding as he made only his third start of the season at centre-back in the 4-0 win at Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday.With Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both out of contract at the end of the season, the former Sporting Lisbon trainee showed he might be the answer to Spurs’ central defensive problems.Asked if he is back to his best, Dier said: “I’ve just been very unfortunate. Now I feel very good.”LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer3The win in Belgrade was Tottenham’s first on the road since May.Spurs will hope they have turned a corner after their poor start to this campaign.Dier added: “Hopefully we can continue this going forward into the rest of the season.”Tottenham star Eric Dier ‘cries’ after he finds out he’s dropped to a 79 rating in FIFA 20
Bale left Spurs in the summer of 2013 for a then-world record £85million fee – months after Mourinho left the Bernabeu for Chelsea.He still has a contract in the Spanish capital until the summer 2022.In the summer, the 30-year-old was close to completing a sensational move to CHINA – but the plug was pulled by the Real Madrid board.Gareth Bale ‘in contact’ with Mourinho over shock return to Tottenham which could see Eriksen transfer to Real Madrid 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 clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids TOTTENHAM are not close to sealing a sensational return for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, SunSport understands.Jose Mourinho’s side have been linked with a high-profile move for the Welshman before tonight’s transfer deadline.1 Gareth Bale’s wage demands remain the biggest issueCredit: Getty – ContributorReports suggest the two clubs have held talks with Bale still on the fringes of Zinedine Zidane’s first team.The Times write how chairman Daniel Levy has travelled to Madrid for talks with club president Florentino Perez.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamBut Bale would need to agree to take a huge pay cut as he currently pockets a staggering £600,000-a-week wage.Spurs already have a strict wage structure and a deal to sign Bale would completely smash their salary policy.Any deal is likely to be on loan with a view to a permanent move but Bale’s wage demands just add to the complications of the deal.Zidane was quizzed on the possibility of letting Bale leave today but insisted he is not “contemplating him leaving”.The Frenchman said: “Gareth is here with us and I am counting on him. I am not contemplating this possibility.”
SPURS have blasted the Oxford English Dictionary’s expanded definition of the words “yid” and “yiddo” after they were linked to the Premier League club.The OED has received criticism for claiming that the Y-word, typically used as an anti-semitic slur, can also refer to “a supporter of or player for Tottenham Hotspur football club (traditionally associated with the Jewish community in north and east London)”.1 Tottenham have criticised the Oxford English Dictionary’s expanded definition of the word yidCredit: Action Images – ReutersIt is predominantly used as an offensive term towards Jewish people and has also been uttered in the past to abuse fans of the Lilywhites.The word has caused controversy in recent years after sections of Tottenham’s supporters attempted to reclaim the word.The “Yid Army” chant is often heard at the club’s home games, despite the fan base being made up of both Jewish and non-Jewish people.A Tottenham survey of 23,000 supporters in December discovered that almost half want the Y-word chanted less or banned completely.The North Londoners said at the time that they have a “zero-tolerance position” on antisemitism, and have since spoken out following OED’s change in “yid’s” definition.We find the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of the word misleading given it fails to distinguish contextTottenham HotspurA Tottenham statement read: “As a club we have never accommodated the use of the Y-word on any club channels or in club stores and have always been clear that our fans (both Jewish and gentile) have never used the term with any intent to cause offence.“We find the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of the word misleading given it fails to distinguish context, and welcome their clarification.”However, the OED has defended the move, arguing that it takes a historical approach in recording the usage as well as the development of words, rather than prescribing how they are used.It said in a statement: “We reflect, rather than dictate, how language is used which means we include words which may be considered sensitive and derogatory. These are always labelled as such.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 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 Celtic“The entry for ‘yiddo’ is labelled as offensive and derogatory and our reference to Tottenham Hotspur is a reflection of the evidence for the word.”As we state at the closely related word ‘yid’, Tottenham Hotspur football club is traditionally associated with the Jewish community in North and East London, and the term is sometimes used as a self-designation by some Tottenham fans.”We will ensure the context for this connection is very clear in both definitions.”Harry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and England
Latu has been granted a release from the final three years of his contract with the Panthers to link up with Garth Brennan and the Titans. The Indigenous All Stars representative was a member of Brennan’s successful 2014 Intrust Super Premiership NSW team when both men were at the Panthers. “Leilani is a player with a great attitude and is a great clubman,” Brennan said. “He’s had three strong years in the NRL and after discussing the prospect of him coming to the club, I know he’s extremely excited about the opportunity. “He’ll fit into our squad nicely and I’m sure he’ll form a major part of our forward pack for many years to come.”The 24-year-old missed the final stages of the 2017 season with a broken jaw and was forced to sit out Tonga’s journey in the Rugby League World Cup after having made his international debut in the Pacific Test clash with Fiji in May.”I’m really looking forward to getting up to the Gold Coast,” Latu said. “Of course it’ll be good to link-up with Garth again. I enjoyed being coached by him before and he always challenges me which is something I’m looking forward to again.”I had a good look at the roster before making my final decision and I’m excited by what I’ve seen.”The addition of Latu is a relief for the squad after veteran forward Brenton Lawrence announced his retirement effectively immediately on Wednesday.Former Titans forwards Leivaha Pulu and Agnatius Paasi have also departed the club after signing contracts with the Warriors, while the exits of back-rower Chris McQueen (Wests Tigers) and prop Paterika Vaivai (Leigh Centurions) had left the club searching for replacements in the forwards. Latu’s release is likely to free up salary cap space for the Panthers as they continue to get a deal over the line to land them Australian World Cup squad member James Maloney.”Leilani came to Panthers several years ago looking for an opportunity,” Panthers executive general manager Phil Gould said.”Since that time he has worked extremely hard to become a representative class front row forward.”He has been tremendous for our club and his release from Panthers is purely a salary cap management decision.”He is a great acquisition for his new club and we wish him well in the future.”Credit: Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos.Leilani Latu celebrates a match-winning try for Tonga at the World Cup.
Bennett made the statement after England’s narrow 20-18 semi-final win over Tonga but Kangaroos prop David Klemmer said those kind of mind games won’t engender any complacency in the Australian squad.Klemmer insisted Bennett would instil belief in the England squad that they could upset the host nation. “That’s just how Wayne is,” Klemmer said when asked about Bennett’s remarks.“He is probably trying to take the heat off England at the moment, but we know what they are capable of.“They have attacking strike across the park, big bodies and they are very passionate about representing their country. “Wayne Bennett is one of the greatest coaches in rugby league and he will probably have some sort of plan for us this week and he’ll be telling the England fellas how to beat Australia. We know we are up for an almighty fight.”Bench forward Wade Graham expects a better England performance than in the opening pool clash where Australia put the game to bed late to win 18-4.Graham said Bennett had “seen and done it all” and did not believe his defeatist remarks.“I don’t read too much into that,” Graham said.“We are expecting a better version of them and they are expecting a better version of us [than the first World Cup clash].“It was our first game together in the tournament when we met each other and both teams have no doubt improved in a lot of areas.”Klemmer said losing Josh Hodgson to a knee injury was “massive” for England but added that replacement James Roby would be up to the task.He knows the class of NRL stars James Graham and Sam Burgess in the forward pack only too well.“I versed them in that first game and it was tough in the middle. They are both fierce competitors and love playing for England so we will have to be on our game,” Klemmer said.“England had a bit of a scare against Tonga last week but they are a world class outfit.“That first Test against them was pretty tough and we knew the back end of the tournament we’d be versing them somewhere.”Meanwhile, Graham said the opportunity to play in a World Cup final was not on his radar at the start of 2017.“It has definitely gone beyond the goals I set at the start of the year,” he said.“After the Origin period there was a down part there with the loss [by NSW], and Origin takes a lot out of you physically and mentally.“Then my focus was on the Sharkies and we bowed out not where we wanted to.“To get an opportunity to be in this Australian squad and play as many games as I have, I am over the moon.“Mal names the team Tuesday and to potentially be in position to play a World Cup final is something I never would have dreamed of.”
KNOC’s Sport Education Officer, Tenoa Betene told Radio Kiribati News Kiribati will only be competing in three sports – Tennis, Weightlifting and Boxing.Competing in Tennis are Tabera Bonteman and Kaoa Fakaofo. Takirua Betero and Toonga Tokitebwa will take part in weightlifting while Tevi Steven will compete in boxing.The team is expected to depart for the Games on 03 September and to return on 17 September.
Nair, playing in just his third Test, hit 32 fours and four sixes en route to an unbeaten 303, with India setting a new Test best of 759-7 – smashing their previous top score of 726 – in response to England’s first-inninSmith hints Mitch Marsh could return for Boxing Day Testgs 477.His effort was the third highest by a player recording his maiden Test century and, with the help of Opta, we look at some of the facts and figures surrounding the top scores made by cricketers reaching three figures for the first time.Garfield Sobers holds the record for the highest maiden Test century score, the West Indies star hitting an unbeaten 365 against Pakistan in Kingston on February 26, 1958.Australia’s Bob Simpson is the other player above Nair on that list, he mesmerised Old Trafford with a 311 versus England on 23 July, 1964. It was a Test score he never bettered, though it did not contribute to a win – with the match ending in a draw.Brian Lara is among the illustrious names now below Nair on the list. The West Indies legend’s first three-figure effort came in Sydney on January 2, 1993 in just his fifth Test appearance, he scored 277 in a draw with Australia at the SCG.While England were on the receiving end this time around, an Englishman owns the fourth-highest score by a player hitting a maiden century. Reginald Erskine Foster marked his Test bow in Sydney with a 287 against Australia on December 11, 1903.Vinod Kambli is the next best performing Indian on the list, the middle-order batsman’s first Test ton came when he scored 224 versus England on February 19, 1993. He bettered that effort with a 227 against Zimbabwe less than a month later.The best performance by a player scoring his first Test century against India came on New Year’s Eve 1958, Rohan Kanhai ringing in 1959 in style with a 256 in Kolkata to help the Windies to an innings victory.Prior to Nair’s heroics, the most recent top score by a player recording his maiden Test ton was on April 16, 2006, when Jason Gillespie waited until his final appearance in the longest format to hit 201 in an Australia win over Bangladesh in Chittagong.The only other player to score over 200 when making his first Test century in Chennai is Australia’s Dean Jones, whose 210 at the same venue on September 18, 1986 served as one of the many highlights in a dramatic tie with India.