FRISCO, 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.
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nadal, who is gunning for a 17th major title but only his second Australian Open crown, was hampered by a knee injury at the tail-end of the 2017 season.It forced him to skip the lead-up Brisbane International this month, and he has only had a one-match workout at the exhibition Kooyong Classic in Melbourne ahead of the Grand Slam starting Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkYet he is unfazed and raring to go as seeks to go one better than last year when he lost an epic Melbourne Park final to Roger Federer.“Is the first time I am here without playing an official match in my career. It’s a new situation for me. But I feel good,” said the 31-year-old, who played his first Australian Open in 2004. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I feel that I had a good week-and-a-half of practices. I really hope to be ready. I feel myself more or less playing well.”With so few matches under his belt ahead of the season-opening Grand Slam, he asked organisers if they could do him a special favour, and they obliged.It saw Nadal play Austrian world number five Dominic Thiem this week on a practice court under full match conditions, with ball kids, scoreboard, and umpire.“I wanted to play a couple of close competition matches. I played in Kooyong once. The club in Kooyong is great, but at the same time the conditions of play are completely different from here,” he explained. “That’s my feeling. We decided to play another match. Talking with the Australian Open, yeah, they gave us the chance to play like an open practice but closer to the match for the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Rafael Nadal of Spain shouts during his singles tennis match against David Goffin of Belgium at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Top seed Rafael Nadal starts the Australian Open next week for the first time in his career without playing a warm-up tournament, and no uncle Toni by his side.But the Spanish star said Saturday he feels good and his motivation remains strong.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We did it. It was a good practice, good feelings for both of us I think. The job was done the right way.”Healthy and competitiveDespite his achievements in a long career, motivation for Nadal, who needs to reach the quarter-finals to be certain of retaining his world number one ranking, with Federer breathing down his neck, remains undiminished.Not only can he clinch a 17th Grand Slam in Melbourne, but he also has the opportunity to join Roy Emerson and Rod Laver as only the third man in the Open era to win each of the four Grand Slams twice. The only place he is yet to achieve the double is Australia.“For me, the Australian Open always, if you are not 100 percent motivated to play this tournament, you probably you don’t love this sport,” he said.But he knows anything can happen so early in the season, despite being the top ranked player in the world.“Everyone starts from zero. I start from zero again,” he said.“It’s the start of a new season, an exciting one. I hope to be healthy and competitive, and most important thing, I hope to enjoy tennis one more year.”In Melbourne, Nadal is at his first major tournament in years without his uncle Toni, who coached him from childhood until after his US Open win last year. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Toni Nadal is now coaching at the Rafael Nadal Academy, with his nephew under the tutelage of Carlos Moya.“In terms of professional things, I spoke to him few days ago, speaking about how the life going, how the tennis going,” he said of Toni. “If I have something to ask, I ask him. If he have something to tell me, he call me and tell me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Returning Djokovic can’t wait to relight the ‘fire’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments