FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference ESPN3 Game of the Week package will visit the Nicholls State University campus on Feb. 24, as the Colonels host New Orleans in women’s and men’s basketball. The doubleheader will be available on WatchESPN.com and ESPN apps. This is the second wild card selection of the season.The men’s matchup will feature the league leaders from Nicholls. As of now, the Colonels are a half game up on a group of three teams tied for second, including the Privateers.ESPN3 will also have coverage of the Lamar at Stephen F. Austin doubleheader Feb. 24 via school productions. The women’s game has the potential to be a first place vs. second place matchup. The Cardinals are currently in Southland’s top spot, a half game in front of the Ladyjacks.For games on the final three weekends of the season, the Southland will reveal its television selections 12 days prior to tipoff. This allows for the best matchups to be selected each week for various broadcast partners. Other TV choices were revealed during the preseason. Saturday, Feb. 24 (Women’s/Men’s Basketball Start Times)Lamar at Stephen F. Austin, 3:30/6 p.m. CT, ESPN3New Orleans at Nicholls, 4/6:30 p.m. CT, ESPN3 Other games will be streamed through instutional platforms. Check southland.org/scoreboard for links.
BAFFERT’S AUTHENTIC ROLLS TO 7 ¾ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 SHAM STAKES; RIDDEN BY VAN DYKE, SON OF INTO MISCHIEF IS GREEN LATE AND COVERS FLAT MILE IN 1:37.57WINNER RECEIVES 10 KENTUCKY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTSARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2020)–Although extremely green late, Bob Baffert’s Authentic stamped himself as a top tier Derby contender with a powerful gate to wire triumph in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke the Kentucky-bred colt by Into Mischief won by 7 3/4 lengths while getting a flat mile in 1:37.57.Sent from his rail post position, Authentic was all business on the front end until he approached the furlong pole, when he began to race erratically, altering course and nearly brushing the inner rail inside the sixteenth pole.“I think the noise from the crowd made him react the way he did there in the stretch,” said Van Dyke, who had ridden Authentic to his maiden victory going 5 ½ furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 9. “His ears went toward the crowd, so I think that’s what caused it, but when he got down to the rail, he spooked himself again.“I told Bob when he broke his maiden he was my favorite 2-year-old. He’s very talented.”In his second career start and his first try around two turns, Authentic was off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of six sophomores and paid $4.40, $2.80 and $2.20.“When I ran him the first time down at Del Mar, he was a little bit green that day, because I was debating whether or not to put blinkers on him,” said Baffert. “I didn’t, but he may need something to keep him a bit more focused.“He’s a really good horse, he’s really talented and that’s why I always work him by himself. When you got a good one like this they are just easier to train. He is just growing into himself, he’s like a gazelle…He’s all legs. Today, he wasn’t blowing hard after the race and didn’t take a deep breath, so that is a good sign.”Owned by SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, LLC Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables, Authentic, who is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Flawless, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $91,200.Authentic also picks up 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, with four points to the second place finisher, two to third and one to fourth.Baffert, who has now won the Sham a record six times, also saddled the second place finisher, Azul Coast, who was last early and rallied nicely through the lane to finish 1 ½ lengths in front of Zimba Warrior.The second choice with Joel Rosario at 2-1, Azul Coast paid $3.20 and $2.40.Third early, Zimba Warrior was second turning for home and proved third best on the day, finishing three quarters of a length clear of Taishan. The biggest price in the field at 33-1 with Jose Valdivia, Jr. up, Zimba Warrior paid $5.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.87, 47.94, 1:12.18 and 1:24.30.Named for the winner of the 1973 Santa Anita Derby, today’s Sham Stakes trophy was presented by his regular rider, retired Hall of Famer Laffit Pincay, Jr., who turned 73 this past Sunday.
JOCKEY QUOTESTIAGO PEREIRA, FASHIONABLY FAST, WINNER: “I thought the number the number two (Tiger Dad), would go and he did. When we got by the two (leaving the furlong pole), he saw the one (Oliver) coming and he’s just a fighter. I hand rode him and he’s so game. He likes to win.”HAS HE EVER WON SIX RACES IN A ROW ON ONE HORSE? “Yes, in Brazil.”TRAINER QUOTESDEAN PEDERSON, FASHIONABLY FAST, WINNER: “His last couple of works, Tiago has worked hard on getting him to relax in the first part but still finish. To me that was the key of the race today. If he relaxed, he gave himself a chance. If he didn’t relax you get back to the barn and get the bathwater ready.“He’s just confident, mature and he has always had talent, but he was his own worst enemy early on.”JOHN HARRIS, HARRIS FARMS LLC, FASHIONABLY FAST, WINNER: “Any win is a thrill for us but this one in particular is gratifying because I don’t think we have ever won six in a row. Or four stakes in a row. He’s a game horse that just doesn’t want another horse to get in front of him.“When he started running he looked like he was gonna be a nice horse all the way, but he didn’t really stand out as a baby. He’s very typical of Lucky Pulpit, he’s a smooth looking horse. We had another horse win six in a row, but we’ve never had a horse win four stakes in a row. You always hope they progress…I didn’t know if he’d go a mile or not. When he sees the horses around him, he wants to win. Dean’s done a tremendous job with him.”NOTES: The winning owners are Harris Farms, Inc. Per Antonsen or John Nicoletti.
TOTTENHAM have reportedly joined Chelsea in the race for Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho.Sport claims Jose Mourinho wants to bring the ex-Liverpool star to North London after a shaky start to his tenure.1 Spurs have joined Chelsea in the race for Philippe CoutinhoCredit: Getty Images – GettyCoutinho is currently on loan at Bayern Munich and will return to Barca this summer.However, the Spaniards want to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain and are ready to ship Coutinho back to the Premier League.Chelsea are understood to be very keen on the Brazilian playmaker.Current No10 Willian looks set to depart on a free transfer when his contract expires.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues newsAnd Chelsea are hoping to land Coutinho on loan with the option of a permanent deal in 2021.However, Frank Lampard must now contend with ex-boss Mourinho to bring Coutinho to the capital.It’s said Spurs have made their interest clear, but Chelsea are in pole position after already opening talks with Barcelona.It’s also believed the Blues are ready to agree a compulsory £55million fee in the deal, something which Spurs are reluctant to do.Latest Chelsea newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeBut either way, it now seems inevitable that Coutinho will end up back in the Premier League next season.His agent Kia Joorabchian said: “It is something that he always enjoyed playing in and loved playing, and would probably love to come back and play in.“The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and the Premier League clubs at the end of this (coronavirus) pandemic?”How Chelsea could line up with Coutinho and Dembele joining Ziyech if Lampard lands summer
The final will be run on Friday at BSP Stadium. Boino ran the fastest finals qualifying time this morning, clocking 53.36 seconds in his heat, which is 2.54s faster than his nearest rival.Running in lane one, Boino used his experience to advantage by making up metres and sticking with the inside lane runners at the start before making his move in the final 200m bend.Using the benefit of the inside lane, Boino overtook the runners in the last 150m with his quick turn and smooth jumps over the hurdles to make a comfortable finish.The defending Pacific Games 400m hurdles champion is a man on a mission as he attempts to finish his illustrious career on home soil with another gold medal as he has been dominating the event in the last 15 years.Meanwhile, in the second heat, PNG rising hurdler Wala Gime finished ahead of the pack stopping the clock at 55.90 seconds.Gime has been Boino’s understudy over the years and the Daru man will certainly give his older comrade a run for his money in the finals.The results of this morning’s heats in the order of finish, in heat one, Boino (PNG, 53.36s), Peniel Joshua (PNG, 54.46s), Siologa Valiamu Sepa (Samoa, 56.52s), Larry Steven Slunga (Tonga, 57.12s) and Vilison Rarasea Sailosi (Fiji, 57.51s).In heat two, Wala Gime (PNG, 53.36s), Alifeleti Tuiono (Tonga, 56.76s), Namataiki Tevenino (Northern Marianas, 66.15s).
The top of the ladder clash is expected to attract a huge crowd as Hunters host their second home game.As usual, the home team had a morning walk and is based in camp at the PNG Institute of Public Administration while the Panthers are based at the Holiday Inn Hotel.PNG Rugby Football League chief executive officer Bob Cutmore said previously that it is tradition that teams take time off from training to prepare mentally and maintain team spirit before a game.Blackhawks arrived in Port Moresby yesterday (Saturday) and both teams had a successful captains’ run later that afternoon as they build up to today’s big clash.The match kicks off at 3pm and will be televised live on TVWAN Sports.PNG Hunters1. Stargroth Amean 2. Justin Olam 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Adex Wera 5. William Aquila 6. Watson Boas 7. Wartovo Puara Jnr 8. Henry Noki 9. Warren Glare 10. Esau Siune 11. Ishamel Baikawa 12. Tuvi Lepan 13. Brandy Peter 14. Adam Korave (c) 15. Enock Maki 16. Philimon Kimisive 17. Edward Goma 18. Timothy Lomai 19. Benjamin Hetra.Coach: Michael MarumTownsville Blackhawks1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Hezron Murgha 3. Moses Pangai 4. Delouise Hoeter 5. Samsen O’Neill 6. Kyle Laybutt 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Glenn Hall (c) 9. Anthony Mitchell (c) 10. Corey Jensen 11. Lona Kaifoto 12. Rhyse Martin 13. Lorenzo Maafu 14. Nathan Norford 15. Kieran Quabba 16. Willie Minoga 17. David Munro.Coach: Kristian Woolf
Despite a vastly better performance than last week’s capitulation in Sydney, Australia never looked likely to win and could do little to stop the All Blacks once their irresistible catch-and-pass game clicked into gear.The result brings Australia’s losing streak under Michael Cheika to six matches – one short of the seven defeats in 2005 that eventually led to the sacking of Eddie Jones.A sold-out crowd of 35,372 was on hand at a windswept Wellington Stadium, where the Wallabies have not won for 16 years.They began with clear intent but still fell down in key areas, coughing up three lineouts and struggling to contain the slick, polished world champions, missing 27 tackles to six.Quade Cooper had a mixed showing in his first Test for almost a year and, as expected, was booed with nearly every touch.The All Blacks were not as clinical as last week but were still far too good for Australia.They led 15-9 at half-time after Australia debutant Reece Hodge nailed a 52-metre penalty shot but spent most of the second stanza in cruise control, with tries from Julian Savea and Sam Cane snuffing out any chance of an unlikely Australian comeback.Winger Israel Dagg also crossed for a first-half double, his second try set up by a scintillating Beauden Barrett run.The Wallabies barely had a sniff in attack with the All Blacks dominating possession and territory all night.The closest they came was when Nick Phipps crossed in the dying moments but lost control of the ball as he tried to touch down.Australia’s only scores were two penalties from Bernard Foley and one 35th-minute three-pointer by Hodge, who was thrown into the mix earlier than expected after veteran winger Adam Ashley-Cooper went off with concussion in the 17th minute.Two-Test lock Adam Coleman was also yellow-carded just before the interval for a late shoulder charge on Ben Smith.The Wallabies will look to recover from what has been a nightmare fortnight when they face South Africa on September 10 at Lang Park.The final Bledisloe Test will be played at Eden Park on October 22.
However, Barça is aware that signing Olmo will not be easy. In the race for the player, with a contract until 2021, there is the Manchester City. According to various information, the Dinamo from Zagreb would be asking for 40 million euros for a player valued at 35 for specialized websites. Sports world reported on last tuesday of a formal offer of Barça to the Zagreb dynamo by Dani Olmo (7-5-1998, Terrassa). Barça sources consulted by AS confirmed interest in the player raised in La Masia, but denyn that has been presented said offer that Dinamo Zagreb recognizes. The idea, in any case, is attack the signing of the next player month of June, Not for this winter market. Represented by Juanma López and Gelu Rodríguez, Dani Olmo has been one of the players nationals with greater progression in 2019. He played an excellent European Under-21 Championship, reached debut with the Absolute and has drawn the attention of the greats of Europe. Connoisseur of Barça style (He was between 2007 and 2014 in La Masia), the club believes it could be a profitable operation that, in addition, would strengthen the commitment by the youth in the attack after the extensions and improvements of the contract of Carles Pérez and Ansu.
2019Jan 3Villarreal-RM2-2Solari In Liga, things change for Zidane and also for Real Madrid and The field factor becomes very important for the white team. The last four occasions that the whites have retaken away from the Bernabéu the pulse to the League after the Christmas break have not managed to add the three points. Last year Madrid, with Solari on the bench, drew in Villarreal (2-2) and the previous one, with Zidane, reaped the same result in Vigo against Celta. In 2016, the same draw at Mestalla ended the Benitez stage and precipitated precisely the arrival of Zidane. A year earlier (2015), Ancelotti left the same stage, the feudo che, with a defeat (2-1).To find a league welcome a year as a visitor with the three points you have to go back to 2011 and travel, curiously, to Getafe. In the Coliseum, in the first season of Mourinho, Madrid won 2-3 with a double by Cristiano and the same from Özil. When in the last decade he has resumed the league competition at the Bernabéu, the Madrid fans have always been able to celebrate a victory for their team. 2010Jan 3Osasuna-RM0-0Pellegrini YearDateMatchBeef.Coach In bold, victories.He didn’t lose with Castilla eitherIn the season and a half that trained Castilla, Zidane also did not know the defeat in the two games with which he opened the calendar year. In 2015 he defeated Toledo 4-1 at Alfredo Di Stéfano and the following year (2016) he drew 2-2 at La Roda in his last game at the head of the subsidiary before taking over the first team. 2018Jan 4Numancia-RM0-3Zidane 2012Jan 3RM-Malaga3-2Mourinho 2017Jan 7RM-Granada5-0Zidane 2014Jan 6RM-Celtic3-0Ancelotti 2011Jan 3Getafe-RM2-3Mourinho 2013Jan 6RM-Real Soc.4-3Mourinho 2015Jan 4Valencia-RM2-1Ancelotti YearDateMatchBeef.Coach 2016Jan 3Valencia-RM2-2Benitez 2018Jan 7Celtic-RM2-2Zidane The years that the first official match was not League, but Cup 2017Jan 4RM-Seville3-0Zidane The January slope begins on a downhill slope for Zinedine Zidane. The French coach usually enters the new year on the right foot since the calendar changes on the bench of Real Madrid. The French coach won two victories the two years he took the grapes as the head of the white wardrobe. Yes, they were in the Cup: in 2017 he premiered the year at the Bernabéu with a win (3-0) in the first leg against Sevilla and the following year, in the same round of the KO tournament he repeated the result, although at home (0-3) against the Numancia 2020Jan 4Getafe-RMZidane The first Real Madrid League match every calendar year in the last decade 2012Jan 7RM-Granada5-1Mourinho
Gareth Bale returned to the title after missing the games of the Spanish Super Cup and the important duel against Sevilla in LaLiga Santander. Zidane chose him as part of the lineup in search of booking a ticket for the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey and the Welshman returned the opportunity with the first goal of the match.However, he barely celebrated. It was the 18th minute of encounter when the Welshman picked up a ball inside the area, controlled with his chest and defined with the help of a defender. His countenance said it all: He stood still, outlined a shy smile, collided with several companions, who hugged him, and headed towards the center of the field To resume the crash. Subsequently, as soon as the second half started, he suffered some discomfort and was replaced by Brahim. In the last hours the possibility of leaving Real Madrid in this same winter market has been put on the table. As El Chiringuito reported, Levy and Florentino Pérez met and discussed the possibility of transferring him. The president of Tottenham would be willing to offer up to 30 million euros for his services. However, his representative Jonathan Barnett has stated that Bale is happy in the club.