Bearkats’ Baxter Nabs Weekly Honor After Career Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Lydia Baxter is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Baxter claimed the honor after leading her Bearkats to a pair of road wins consisting of a 93-80 performance over McNeese on Wednesday and a 72-63 outing over Abilene Christian on Saturday. The Austin, Texas, native averaged 17.5 points on the week while shooting 70.6-percent from the floor.Basketball Player of the Week – Lydia Baxter, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Forward – Austin, TexasThe senior forward averaged a double-double for the week as the Kats strung together their first three-game road winning streak in league play since the 2013-14 season.Baxter became the eighth player in Bearkat history to reach 600 career rebounds following her performance at McNeese that included a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds. She was efficient in the win over the Cowgirls, hitting nine of her 10 attempts from the floor in addition to nine of 10 from the free throw line. She followed up by hauling in another 10 boards, eight points, and a career-high six steals against the Wildcats as the Kats snapped an eight-game losing streak to ACU on Saturday.Baxter currently is tied for fifth in the Southland with 2.2 steals per game. The senior has marked four contests this season with at least four steals. She also ranks third in in the conference for rebounding (8.5 rpg) and fourth in FG percentage (.507).Honorable Mention: Chanell Hayes, Stephen F. Austin; Shania Woods, New Orleans; Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls; Moe Kinard, 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 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Nzeakor Lifts No. 5 Lamar Over No. 8 Houston Baptist With Late And-One

first_imgWith Garth on the bench with foul trouble for much of the first half, Nzeakor picked up the slack, scoring 11 points to go along with eight boards to pace the Cardinals’ offense. Jackson Stent hit two free throws to push the Huskies (12-18) within 80-79 but Garth hit a free throw with a second left to secure the win. The loss proved tough for HBU, which trailed by 13 with 7:24 remaining before making a spirited run that saw them take a 77-76 lead on Jalon Gates’ free throw with 1:01 left. The Cardinals also struggled from beyond the arc, missing all seven of their 3-point attempts in the first half. Lamar hit just four of their 15 long range shots, a far cry from the 17 they hit against the Huskies in their 110-75 victory on February 27. With the victory, the Cardinals, who have now won nine-straight games, recorded their first 20-win season since 2011-12, also extending a stretch that has seen them score at least 75 points in 11 of their last 12. Nzeakor did the rest, hitting a short jumper and the ensuing free throw to give the Cardinals an 80-77 lead. The Second-Team All-Southland Conference post finished the night with 25 points and 13 rebounds as he helped pick up the slack on an off night from first-team all-conference guard Nick Garth. Statistically, Lamar held a decisive edge for most of the first half, especially on the glass. The Cardinals outrebounded the Huskies by a 27-13 margin, including a 7-1 margin on the offensive end, but the Cards’ error-prone ways — combined with the quick hands of Bonds — resulted in Lamar committing eight turnovers that turned into 10 points for HBU.MBB: “Run to the board!”@Lamarmbb places its name in the 2nd round, advancing to play UNO Thursday. #WeAreLU #SouthlandStrong @LamarUniversity @LamarAthletics— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019 “Coach (Tic Price) trusted me with the ball,” said Hunter, who finished with 18 points and four assists. “He told me to make the play to go win us the game. When I came off the screen, I saw Josh’s man come up, so I redirected the screen. When I drove, his man came up, so I dished it to him.” Added Cottrell, “I think Lamar may be our most balanced team in our league.” Neither team held more than a five-point lead in a first half that saw the Cardinals cling to a 33-32 lead at intermission. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, TX – With overtime looming, Lamar guard Jordan Hunter delivered perhaps his most important pass of the season, giving the Cardinals at least one more night at Merrell Center. Hunter found a wide-open Josh Nzeakor for the go-ahead basket with 3.3 seconds left that pushed No. 5 Lamar past No. 8 Houston Baptist 81-79 in the opening game of the Southland Conference’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday evening. The victory earned the Cardinals (20-12) a Thursday afternoon date against No. 4 New Orleans at 5 p.m. CT.MBB: Here’s the game-winner for @LamarMBB. Nzeakor with the hoop and the harm.Cardinals advance to play @PrivateersMBB Thursday. 5 pm start inside @MerrellCenter.#WeAreLU #SouthlandStrong #ChampWeek— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019 “We picked up on our scouting that he liked to go right, so we started playing his right hand and tried to force him to go to his left,” said Price of DuBose, who had just 13 points in his last two meetings against Lamar after scoring 33 in an 88-82 overtime win over the Cardinals on January 2. “Our guys really fought hard,” said HBU coach Ron Cottrell. “The other side of the coin was that we weren’t able to create tempo, and that’s a credit to them.” Like Lamar, HBU had its leading scorer on the bench for much of the opening 20 minutes as Ian DuBose picked up two quick fouls and was scoreless in the eight minutes he was on the court. The sophomore guard was held without a field goal and had just five points on the evening.last_img read more


first_imgTRIPLE CROWN WINNING HALL OF FAMER VICTOR ESPINOZA RETURNS TO THE SADDLE ON MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA FOLLOWING SEVEN MONTH ABSENCE DUE TO BROKEN NECK SELF PROCLAIMED ‘LUCKIEST MEXICAN ON EARTH’ TO RIDE MAIDEN FILLY FOR SADLER IN FIRST RACE ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2019)–After a near seven-month absence, popular Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, a winner of the 2015 Triple Crown with American Pharoah, will return to the saddle on Monday at Santa Anita, as he’s been named to ride Irish-bred Gallantlystreaming in the first race for Hronis Racing, LLC and trainer John Sadler.Sidelined due to a fractured vertebra in his neck which was sustained in a morning workout at Del Mar July 22, the road to recovery and return to the saddle has been a long and arduous journey for the 46-year-old Espinoza.“At first, I thought I was done, I really did,” said Espinoza, who initially lacked feeling in his left arm and required 24-hour assistance with life’s basics, such as shaving, walking and getting in and out of bed.  “At that point I was thinking this is it, that my health has to come first and I was thinking about ‘What am I going to do with my life?’  But about three months ago, it kind of happened overnight.  I started feeling better and I felt like I could make it back.  I’m ready.  It’s good for me to know that I’m 100 percent and I can come back now and do my job.“I don’t really know anything about this filly I’m riding, but she’s dropping in class and hopefully, we can win.  I’m excited to get back to my routine and to feel like I have a real job again.”A winner of three Kentucky Derbies, in 2002 with War Emblem, in 2014 with California Chrome and 2015 with American Pharoah, Espinoza, who declared himself “The luckiest Mexican on earth!” following his 2015 Belmont Stakes win, said that he and his agent, Brian Beach, are making themselves available to horsemen in the mornings here at Santa Anita.“We want to work as many horses as we can and build our business up,” Espinoza said.  “It’s always tough here and you have to work hard and show people you are 100 percent to get their confidence.  I feel good and it’s great to be back.”For his part, Beach is looking forward to sunny skies as he continues to plot Espinoza’s comeback.“We’ve been wanting to work a lot of horses for different people, but we’ve been a victim of the inclement weather,” he said. “The track has been closed a lot in the morning so it’s really limited us.  At this point, I thought it would be better to get him named on a horse.“John (Sadler) and the Hronis brothers were kind enough to put us on a ‘live’ horse for Monday and we’ll just try to build off of that.”A 4-year-old filly that’s sprinted on turf in three maiden special weight races, Gallantlystreaming drew the far outside in a field of 10 fillies and mares entered for a maiden $50,000 claiming tag at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf here on Monday.From milking cows on his family’s farm, to driving a bus in his native Mexico City at age 17, to coming to America in 1990 with little money and no “Ingles,” Victor Espinoza has already overcome steep odds to succeed at racing’s top levels.Here’s hoping he’ll be flashing his million dollar smile in the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle soon.last_img read more

Dele Alli still learning as he admits fame and fortune forced behaviour change

first_imgDELE ALLI revealed how fame and fortune forced him to change his behaviour after learning his lessons the hard way.The Spurs and England midfielder is currently up on an FA misconduct charge over an ill-advised joke about coronavirus, which could yet see him banned when football finally returns from the enforced break.2 Dele Alli could still be banned when football finally returns after how ill-advised coronavirus jokeCredit: Getty Images – GettyHe has already apologised for the gaffe and believes he is now much more aware of his responsibilities after having to come to terms with his high profile from such a young age.Dele, 23, was only 16 when he made his league debut for MK Dons and 19 when he won his first full England cap.He told the Otro YouTube channel: “After I started playing for the national team a lot of people would stop me and ask for pictures.“A year before, I was a normal kid from Milton Keynes who could go anywhere and do whatever I wanted without being noticed.“But when you join the Premier League you start to get noticed and you have to be a role model.“I’ve always tried to live my life as a good person but I’ve made a lot of mistakes and it’s all about adapting and learning from them.“I’m still young and each experience is a new one for me, so it’s important to have good people around you — and I’ve always had that growing up.”2latest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossDele’s team-mate Moussa Sissoko says he is ready to hit the ground running for Spurs — whenever clubs get the green light to play again.The France midfielder, 30, has not played since New Year’s Day after suffering a knee injury which required surgery.He told the Spurs website: “My knee’s OK. I’ve trained with the team for nearly two weeks.“I’m building my fitness to be ready for when we can play again.”TOTTENHAM NEWS LIVE: FOLLOW LATEST SPURS UPDATESEngland footballer Dele Alli apologises after appearing to mock deadly coronavirus in airport Snapchat videolast_img read more

Tuvalu settles for ninth place in men’s volleyball

first_imgBoth teams finished fifth in their pools to play for the ninth position.Tuvalu proved too strong for Solomon Islands winning the first set in a close encounter 25-19. Solomon Islands played hard in the second set but lacked defence letting Tuvalu spike right through to win the round by a big margin 25-15. Tuvalu maintained pace with their blocks and ball placement to win the third set 25-19. Solomon Islands have finished their Pacific Games campaign at the bottom on 10th place.last_img

Savage criticizes United for signing late Bruno Fernandes

first_img“Bruno has been able to open the can when the teams are locked in Old Trafford. That’s what makes the difference. If they had signed him at the beginning of the season, United would be in the top four. That has been the difference, “Savage said at BT Sports.The midfielder signed for United from Sporting de Portugal at the end of January for 55 million fixed plus 25 in variables. Although the signing is considered positive for its performance, in addition to Savage, there are several voices that charged against United for this management since they bought Fernandes for practically the same price that Sporting asked for him in summer. Bruno Fernandes has been a breath of fresh air for the Manchester United season. The Portuguese is standing out since his arrival in which he has scored three goals and has given two assists in the seven games he has played.With Bruno Fernandes as an excuse, Robbie Savage has criticized the management of Manchester United signings, saying he could have signed it before to offer this performance since the beginning of the season.last_img read more

Liverpool offer its staff to Merseyside supermarkets

first_imgHours before, the entity’s CEO, Peter Moore, sent a message to the managers of the Merseyside supermarkets. “Our stadium employees are volunteering their time and experience to help with crowd control, queue management, parking control, helping the elderly and infirm to bring their food to their cars, etc. They are truly the best and would be delighted to help you in any way you deem appropriate and safe, “he wrote on Twitter. The current European champion also confirmed that,” prioritizing the health and safety “of his fans and workers, he has decided to close its Bootroom restaurant as well as its official stores in the UK and Ireland from March 18 to April 4. The Anfield museum tour will also be closed. “The club understands that some fans may be disappointed. However, given the government’s latest advice on social distancing, we believe it is our duty to take decisive measures to protect our supporters and staff, “said the ‘network’ entity. Liverpool FC has confirmed the closure of all its facilities this Sunday and has offered the help of Anfield employees to nearby supermarkets. and he has asked fans for donations to help buy food for those affected by the coronavirus crisis. “The club is committed to continuing to help its community and those most in need. We have appealed to fans to donate food at Anfield. However, since these locations will remain closed until April 4, we encourage anyone to do so. want to make a donation via text message, “the statement said. The cost of the messages will go directly to Merseyside County Food Banks.last_img read more

Inter calls its players abroad to come back

first_imgWhile Italian football waits for a certain date for the return to training and the Serie A approved a collective agreement to cut wages, the teams begin to organize for the return to work. Inter, as reported by ‘Sportmediaset’, has decided to call its foreign players who left Italy during the quarantine of these weeks. Before next Sunday, then, Lukaku, Brozovic, Handanovic, Eriksen, Young, Moses and Godín, will have to be in Milan, ready to train. As the measures against COVID-19 impose, when returning from abroad the players will have to respect 14 days of quarantine, and For this reason, in the coming weeks, all the clubs with footballers far from their cities will invite them to return as soon as possible. At the end of April, Serie A teams could resume individual work sessions and then in small groups: the most optimistic scenario is to start the games in late May. Chances are, before June it is impossible for the ball to roll, but you have to be prepared …last_img read more