first_imgSoutheastern’s Mattie Ort got the Lions back in the game with an RBI double to right center to score pinch runner Anna Rodenburg in the top of the fourth. Ort advanced to third on an error and came home on the next batter as right fielder Ali McCoy put a sacrifice fly to left field. In the ensuing bottom frame, Holland led off for the Colonels with a double to right center on a 2-2 count, and two batters later, Miller singled to the pitcher to get Holland to cross the plate and go up 4-2. LAKE CHARLES, La. – Top-seeded Nicholls beat No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana 7-4 to begin day two of the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La. Nicholls got on the board early in the bottom of the second. Designated player Kali Clement reached on an error and advanced to second, and Samantha Dares took advantage by singling to left centerfield to bring Clement home. After second baseman Emma Holland worked Lions’ right-handed pitcher Rachel Hayes to pick up the walk, right fielder Corynn Major placed a bunt down to load the bases. Centerfielder Kelsey Miller shot a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 2-0. Nicholls’ catcher Moriah Strother pushed the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third, sending one over the scoreboard and out on a full count. The homer was Strother’s team-leading eighth of the season.SB: Yep. That ball isn’t coming back! Moriah Strother sends it well beyond the scoreboard to put @Nicholls_SB up 3-0. #SouthlandStrongWatch LIVE at https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt and Southland Conference apps. #GeauxColonels #LionUp pic.twitter.com/lEMXpEY3Pk— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 9, 2018 The Lions’ Mahalia Gibson cut the lead to one off a double to left field that scored Jaquelyn Ramon in the top of the fifth, but the comeback was short-lived as Nicholls scored another pair in their outing to go up by three. Holland’s single to left center brought Clement and pinch runner Mallery Marino home. The Colonels tacked on an extra run from pinch runner Brooklyn Devine in the bottom of the sixth off Strother’s RBI double to left field. SLU notched three hits in the final inning, but the Lions only plated Edmonston when Gibson singled up the middle. The regular-season champion earned seven RBIs on 11 hits. Centerfielder Kelsey Miller, catcher Moriah Strother and first baseman Emma Holland each tallied two RBIs. Starting pitcher Megan Landry produced six innings of work, allowing six hits and three earned runs. The win is her 22nd of the season. Tournament Central | Box Score The Colonels will come back tomorrow in the semifinals to play the winner between No. 2 Stephen F. Austin and No. 3 McNeese at 11 a.m. CT. The Lions hit the diamond again this afternoon in an elimination game against Northwestern State at 4 p.m.SB: The top-seed takes game five of the tournament over No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana. @Nicholls_SB will be back on the diamond tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/ao2Cgq2VoZ— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 9, 2018last_img read more

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Micah Larkins and Abilene Christian’s Josh Hunter 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.Larkins reached new heights this over the weekend, competing for the Demons at the Prairie View A&M Relays in Prairie View, Texas. The senior recorded a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a scorching 10.26 clip to top a field of 10 finalists. Larkins also pushed his NSU squad to a first-place performance in the 4x100m relay with a team time of 40.14.Hunter improved to No. 4 in the nation in the discus throw over the weekend at the Baylor Invitational with a second-place heave of 192-06. The Wildcat hurler also competed in the shot-put event where he finished seventh overall with a throw of 51-03.75.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Micah Larkins, Northwestern State – Sr. – Princeton, La.Larkins’ 100m performance clinched a time of 10.26, ranking 12th in the world. The mark also stands fifth in the country and first in the NCAA among wind-legal times this season. The award marks the first of the season for the Princeton, La., native.Honorable Mention: Jamie Crowe, Lamar; AJ Bennett, Stephen F. Austin; Matthew Hernandez, Incarnate Word.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Josh Hunter, Abilene Christian – Gr. – Abilene, TexasHunter moved up to No. 4 nationally in the discus throw Saturday afternoon with a toss of 192-06 at he Baylor Invitational. The Abilene, Texas, product finished second in the competition with a personal-best throw of 58.69m (192-6), which he recorded in the third round after reaching 55.65m (182-7) in the opening round.Honorable Mention: Rodney Littlejohn, Incarnate Word; Logan Robinson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Webster Slaughter, Lamar.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.last_img read more

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Kayla Crutchmer and Stephen F. Austin’s Ashley Kriesel are the Southland Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday.Crutchmer pushed the Bears (11-5) to a 4-1 record last week, accounting for 10 runs and 10 hits on 12 appearances for a stellar .833 batting average. The senior also turned in four RBI and five stolen bases as each of UCA’s four victories came by at least a nine-run margin. Crutchmer’s weekly award marks the first of her career and the third of the season for Central Arkansas.Kriesel posted a flawless 3-0 week for the Ladyjacks (10-4), who took home a 4-1 record from the Mardi Gras Classic in Mobile, Ala., last week. The senior delivered in 16 innings, including one complete-game 4-0 victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday. Kriesel fanned 24 batters across three games for the ‘Jacks, while holding her opposition to a .111 batting average.Softball Hitter of the Week – Kayla Crutchmer, Central Arkansas – OF – Sr. – Tulsa, Okla.Crutchmer led UCA with 10 hits over a four-day span to push the Bears to an 11-5 overall record this season. The Tulsa, Okla., product also notched an impressive 10 runs, while driving in four RBI in the Bears’ five contests. In addition to her .876 on-base percentage, Crutchmer was also a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen-base attempts. Two of her four hits went for extra bases as the senior concluded the week with a .833 batting average.Honorable Mention: Jade Lewis, Lamar; Brenique Wright, McNeese; Madisen Blackford, Southeastern Louisiana; Shaylon Govan, Stephen F. Austin.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin – RHP – Sr. – Houston, TexasKriesel was in excellent form over the weekend as she racked up a 3-0 record in 16 innings of work at the Mardi Gras Classic. She allowed just six hits and three earned runs, striking out 24 batters in total. In her sterling effort against South Alabama to close out the tournament Sunday, she not only no-hit the Jaguars for five innings, she also drove in the winning runs with a two-run homer to kick off the Ladyjacks’ 9-0 victory. Kriesel’s five innings of work against South Alabama on Sunday paved the way for freshman Katie Hartwell to complete the no-hit bid as the Ladyjacks combined to shut out the Jaguars. The senior righty closed out the week holding opponents to a .111 batting average with a 1.69 earned-run average.Honorable Mention: Saleen Flores, McNeese; Jensen Howell, Northwestern State; MC Comeaux, Southeastern Louisiana.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.last_img read more

first_imgARSENAL are reportedly considering making an offer for non-league striker Tyger Smalls to join their academy.The forward, still only 17, used to be on the books at Tottenham but left the set-up and came through the ranks in youth football elsewhere.1 Arsenal are considering offering an academy place to Tyger Smalls, who used to be with TottenhamCredit: https://www.instagram.com/tysmalls9/But as he smashes in the goals in the senior game this season, The Telegraph believe the Gunners are thinking about bringing him in.Smalls recently signed with International Agency TMG Football and would initially join the Gunners’ youngsters at Hale End where Per Mertesacker is now in charge.But after the success stories with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and others, the young striker would see the potential of a pathway to the first team.Smalls joined Norwich aged nine, just a year after kicking a football for the first time with Brandon Lads in Suffolk.And after switching to Spurs, he had almost 300 goals within three seasons.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners newsBut forced to leave the club along with his siblings Mydas and Magic for non-footballing reasons, the forward worked his way up through non-league clubs.Smalls – who impressed David Beckham with his free-kick quality and whose grandfather Harry Parr played alongside Sir Stanley Matthews – enjoyed spells with Red Lodge, Mundford, Whitton United, Felixstowe & Walton United, Billericay, Stowmarket Town and Needham Market.He then made the move into men’s football with Haverhill Rovers who play in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division – the ninth tier in the English football pyramid.After 12 goals in 24 appearances by December, he signed for Essex side Saffron Walden Town, who sit top of the Essex Senior League, although he is yet to bag in his four appearances thus far. View this post on Instagram ⚽️✅ A post shared by TYGER SMALLS (@tysmalls9) on Jan 24, 2020 at 10:36am PSTBut it was Smalls’ goal in August against Thetford Town that really put him back in the spotlight.After flicking the ball over his defender, he lashed home an emphatic volley and the video went viral.Smalls told the Newmarket Journal: “There was nothing else on really. When I flicked it over the defender’s head it felt like I had so much time.”When I saw the video on Twitter in the morning, I kept reloading it and the hits just kept going up and up. It was pretty surreal and I got a lot of messages. It was a crazy time.”It has been hard at times with all of the interest and not being able to go through with it, but I also would not change the route I have gone down. “It has worked out for the best. I could see myself getting bored going down the academy route and not enjoying it, whereas I have experienced a lot. In a way, players in academies are rivals going for the same thing but I have played with team-mates where winning cups and leagues has been important.”I wanted to move into men’s football at 16 to push myself. I felt comfortable in the Under-18s and needed to continue my development. Physically it has been a wake-up call. I get kicked a lot but I try to react in the right way and not let it affect me. I have matured a lot in men’s football already.”I have been aware people have been coming to watch me all season but I do not get nervous. I am confident and do what I can whenever the ball comes my way.Wow what a moment from the young @HaverhillRovers 16 year old Tyger Small, the winning goal from last nights 2-1 victory against @ThetfordTownFC last night @Culina_Group Hub @TheNewCroft pic.twitter.com/7dISSlu9fm— Haverhill Rovers (@HaverhillRovers) August 14, 2019 Latest Arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plans”I am now looking at a wide range of options, and not just in England. Whatever happens, though, I know there is a lot of hard work to do and a more professional structure will help me to improve.”I recently played in a friendly game against Crystal Palace Under-23s and felt comfortable against players that have professional contracts. Hopefully my performance carried some weight because of who the opposition was.”I felt comfortable because of my past experiences and the hard work I have put in. Leaving a professional club does not have to be the end.”Darren Gough argues over whether Arsenal’s Aubameyang can be considered World Classlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto by: Getty Images  Wayne Barnes awards the match-winning try. The tournament organisers said on Friday that its Untoward Incident Review Group had concluded France failed to comply with the “HIA (head injury assessment) protocol and/or the relevant laws of the game.”It added, however, that there was “no clear evidence” of any intent to obtain a competitive advantage. France won the game 20-18 with a try scored 20 minutes after the end of normal time.Wales coach Rob Howley said then that replacement prop Uini Atonio’s stoppage time substitution by starter Rabah Slimani was unlawful. “The integrity of the game has been brought into disrepute,” he told a news conference at the time.”What happened in the last moments of that game shouldn’t ever happen again. One of the coaches had a word with their doctor and within a minute of that their tighthead went off. The evidence suggests that it’s not in the integrity of our game.”Slimani had earlier been replaced but was allowed back on when Atonio went off for a head injury assessment. last_img read more

first_imgPiutau, 25, will swap Ulster for Bristol next summer after signing a two-year deal which is expected to make him one of the best paid players in the world. A title he already holds, earning a reported £500,000 a season in Ulster.In an interview with the Press Association, Piutau explained why he opted for Bristol and a big payday rather than adding to his 17 New Zealand caps. A decision which did not come lightly.He said: “First maybe there was an option to go back to New Zealand. After catching up with people in the union (NZRU) it became clear that I didn’t want to go back. So after that it was an easy option for me, to stay in the north. “Then I started talking to a few clubs, and I found Bristol was a perfect fit for me. I was born and brought up in New Zealand, I love the All Blacks jersey and I love what it stands for.“But when it comes to a place when you can provide for your family and there’s a better opportunity, to me it was an easy decision.“I’ll always choose my family over anything else. I’m so thankful for everything that happened in New Zealand, but as well as wanting to provide for my family, I also wanted to experience this side of the world.”Piutau will link up with his brother Siale, who is already at Bristol having signed a new deal this summer, his best friend Steven Luatua and his former Auckland Blues coach Pat Lam.He said: “I’m the youngest of 10 siblings so I always wanted to find my own two feet,” said Piutau.“I always had that family support around me and that’s a good thing but at the same time, coming overseas, it was hard, but I knew it would help me grow as a person.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Rugby Paper are reporting controversial Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is ready to hand Faletau’s current employers Bath a whopping €500,000 transfer fee to buy the 70-times capped Wales No.8 out of the final year of his contract in the west country.And the three-times kings of Europe are also said to be ready to offer the 27-year-old an eye-popping €1m a year deal to make the move across the Channel to the Stade Felix Mayol.Faletau picked up a knee injury against Toulon on Saturday in their 24-20 defeat to the French outfit that will rule him out of next Saturday’s rematch at The Rec.The Dragons are also said to be interested in bringing Faletau back to Newport and form a back-row partnership with Ross Moriarty.They are willing to make him the highest paid player in Wales, but won’t be able to match the wages being offered in France.Wales and Lions star Faletau retains strong links with his former club and was at Rodney Parade this month to watch the thrilling 32-32 draw with star-studded Ulster in the Guinness PRO14.Sources maintain Faletau is interested in rejoining the Dragons, who he left last year to link up with Bath.But they would have to pay a transfer fee if they are to get him this summer unless the west country club were willing to part with him, which is an obvious stumbling block.“Taulupe didn’t really want to leave the Dragons. If the then regime had offered him £20,000 more a year he would have stayed,” claimed an insider at the region.“His situation is akin to when Johnny Sexton left Leinster for France. Johnny didn’t really want to join Racing Metro and couldn’t get back quick enough to Leinster when the opportunity arose.“As a number of leading Welsh players have also found in the past, the grass isn’t always greener outside Wales.”Having already played over 70 times for his country, Faletau would be still eligible for Wales should he move to France where he would join Toulon-bound Ospreys and Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb.last_img read more

first_imgUelese was ruled out of the Wallabies’ June Series on Sunday, with suspicions he had suffered the serious injury, and scans on Monday confirmed the worst-case scenario.The 21-year-old was on the field for just 10 minutes in the Rebels’ win over the Blues in Auckland before falling awkwardly in a tackle on Blues no. 8 Akira Ioane.Uelese will go under the knife on Thursday, and begin the long rehabilitation process.Rebels general manager – professional rugby – Nick Ryan, said the news was a blow to the team.“The news of Jordan’s injury is incredibly disappointing for everyone involved in Australian and Victorian rugby, the Rebels, but foremost for Jordan,” Ryan said.“Jordan is a respected member of the Melbourne Rebels playing group, and someone who has showed great resilience and dedication to his rehabilitation to return from a shoulder injury this season.“His resilience will be tested yet again, but we are confident that Jordan will apply himself to the process to get himself back to playing, meanwhile supporting his teammates as we look to chase our bit of history this Super Rugby season.”The Club has great faith in quality players such as Anaru Rangi and Nathan Charles to lead the way for the rest of our campaign.”Rangi is a chance to be called up to the Wallabies’ June squad, after Uelese’s withdrawal, but an official replacement is yet to be named.last_img read more

first_imgVarious reports have revealed the 27-year-old will join former Raiders boss David Furner in his first year as head coach, leaving the Titans after three seasons.Hurrell is contracted to the Titans until the end of the 2019 season, but it’s understood the club has agreed to let him go to Leeds.He has made 113 NRL appearances during his career with the NZ Warriors and Titans.The Rhinos are one of England’s most successful franchises, winning 11 championships – most recently in 2017 – and 13 Challenge Cups – rugby league’s version of football’s FA Cup.If he makes the move, Hurrell will link up with former Warriors teammate and Tongan international Tui Lolohea, who signed a three-year deal with the club earlier this year.Former Junior Warrior Nathaniel Peteru is also contracted to the squad.Hurrell has been left out of Tonga’s squad to face Australia in a historic test match in front of a sellout Mt Smart Stadium crowd on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgHayne, 31, appeared briefly in the Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday before magistrate John Chicken.Mr Chicken said he had not been “living in a bubble” and understood Hayne was facing a second aggravated sexual assault charge.Defence lawyer Leo Premutico confirmed the new charge had been laid against Hayne and asked for two changes to his bail conditions, involving his residential address and where he would report to police.Hayne, who is living in Queensland’s Broadbeach Waters, is accused of sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman on September 30, 2018, between 8pm and 10pm at Newcastle [Australian time].Court documents state Hayne had sex with the woman without her consent and “recklessly inflicted actual bodily harm” to the woman during the alleged rape.Mr Chicken agreed to vary Hayne’s bail conditions and adjourned the matter to June 26.Hayne did not speak to media as he was escorted by a police officer to a car waiting outside the courthouse.Hayne’s barrister has previously indicated in court that the former NRL player intends to plead not guilty.The charges he faces each carry a maximum 20-year jail term.last_img read more