Nicholls’ Megan Landry Named Softball Student-Athlete of the Year

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Megan Landry is the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Wednesday with its all-academic teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Landry, the 2018 Southland Pitcher of the Year, is one of five student-athletes on the all-academic first team with a perfect 4.00 GPA. The junior from Pierre Part, La., had a season that saw her lead the Colonels to a regular season championship. The secondary education – English major is a consecutive honoree to the all-academic team. She was also named to the Google Cloud Academic-All District and All-America teams.Eleven student-athletes earned automatic selections to the first team. Seven members garnered the automatic selection as a member of the All-Conference First Team in May, six were Google Cloud All-District selections and five claimed Google Cloud All-America® honors.Abilene Christian’s Peyton Hedrick is the only student-athlete to be voted to the top team. She held a 3.80 GPA as a kinesiology major. She, teammate Hannah Null and McNeese’s Erika Piancastelli collected their third Southland all-academic selections.Sam Houston State’s four selections are the most among the 10 schools represented between the two teams. Abilene Christian, Nicholls, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin snagged three spots. Central Arkansas, McNeese and Northwestern State have a pair each while Houston Baptist and Lamar both picked up a single selection.The All-Academic teams are voted on by head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance staff members from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for All-Academic selection, excluding pitchers. Nominees who were also named to the All-Conference First Team or CoSIDA Academic All-District team are automatically named Southland All-Academic. Tiffany Thompson Sam Houston State Jr. Montgomery, Texas 3.78 Public Health Erika Piancastelli13# McNeese Sr. Carlsbad, Calif. 3.55 Exercise Science Major Class Brianna Barnhill#% Abilene Christian Sr. Rhome, Texas 4.00 Kinesiology Bailey White Sam Houston State So. Burleson, Texas 3.94 General Business Amanda Gianelloni12 Nicholls Jr. Napoleonville, La. 3.86 Marketing Kate Myers2#% Central Arkansas Sr. Tulsa, Okla. 4.00 Biology The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland Student-Athlete of the Year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Alli Daigle Southeastern La. Sr. Rayne, La. 3.80 Psychology ^2018 Southland Softball Student-Athlete of the Year1All-Conference First Team selection2Two-time All-Academic selection3Three-time All-Academic selection#Google Cloud Academic All-District%Google Cloud Academic All-America® Name University Class Hometown GPA Major Morgan Catron1 McNeese Sr. Mineola, Texas 3.00 Health and Human Performance Lindsey McLeod2#% Sam Houston State Sr. Austin, Texas 4.00 Public Health Moriah Strother1 Nicholls Sr. Suwanee, Ga. 3.72 Athletic Training Peyton Hedrick3 Abilene Christian Sr. Forney, Texas 3.80 Kinesiology Morgan Felts Central Arkansas Jr. Conway, Ark. 3.81 Psychology Maddie Edmonston Southeastern La. Sr. St. Amant, La. 3.70 Kinesiologycenter_img Megan Landry^12#% Nicholls Jr. Pierre Part, La. 4.00 Secondary Education – English Makayla Sikes Stephen F. Austin Sr. Gilmer, Texas 3.25 Communication Disorders Sidney Salmans2 Northwestern State Sr. The Woodlands, Texas 3.61 Education Mahalia Gibson Southeastern La. Sr. Hattiesburg, Miss. 3.22 Kinesiology Kaitlyn St. Clair Northwestern State So. Cypress, Texas 3.78 Health and Exercise Science University Demi Janak#% Houston Baptist Sr. Spring, Texas 4.00 Accounting Hannah Null13 Abilene Christian Sr. Highland Village, Texas 3.75 Journalism Amber Landry1 Stephen F. Austin Sr. Ponchatoula, La. 3.76 Kinesiology Kelly Meeuwsen2 Lamar Jr. Hillsboro, Ore. 3.34 Biology GPA Hometown First Team 2018 Southland Conference Softball All-Academic Teams Katie Andrie Sam Houston State Sr. China Spring, Texas 3.97 Finance Second Team Name Taylor Fraccastoro Stephen F. Austin Sr. Orange, Texas 3.51 Kinesiologylast_img read more

Alli says Mourinho should have subbed him instead of Dier after ‘awful’ start

first_imgDELE ALLI has defended close mate Eric Dier by insisting it should have been him that was hooked after 28 minutes in the win over Olympiakos.New boss Jose Mourinho took drastic measures early on during last night’s Champions League game after conceding two goals to their Greek opponents in the opening 20 minutes.2 Eric Dier was hooked off after 28 minutes against OlympiakosCredit: Getty Images – GettySensing something had to change, Mourinho made Dier the casualty as he subbed the England midfielder for Christian Eriksen after just 28 minutes.It sparked Tottenham into life and a fortuitous goal on the stroke of half-time by Alli was the catalyst for a 4-2 comeback win.But Alli insisted he should have been the one sacrificed following his performance after 20 minutes.He told BT Sport: “We were losing and it’s the manager’s decision to bring on probably a more of a forward-thinking midfielder but to be honest, it could have been anyone that came off in the first 20, especially myself because I thought I was awful.”It’s one of them, it’s a team game and the manager felt a change needed to be made. Thankfully it worked in our favour.”Dier and Alli are one of sporting’s biggest bromances after appearing on reality TV show Gogglebox together.Dier was also once forced to be Alli’s personal chauffeur for the day after losing to him at “arcade Olympics.”Alli has already shown glimpses that he could find his best form once again playing under the Portuguese boss.He starred in the victory at West Ham and admitted that an honest chat with the boss proved enough motivation to do his talking on the pitch.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Saints vs Watford, Arsenal and Leicester vs Everton scores this coming weekend and win £100most 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’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 & kidsMourinho’s first question to Alli was to ask him whether he was “working with Dele, or Dele’s brother”.Alli said: “To have it honestly said to my face was nice – because a lot of people would prefer to say it behind my back.“It was actually the first thing he said to me. It was funny, I thought, I laughed.“But we’ve had a few conversations now. That was one of them. There have been a few more as well.“I’m hoping I can show him who I am.”2 Dele Alli, right, claims it could have been him to be subbed offCredit: PA:Press AssociationJose Mourinho says he wanted to invite the heroic Spurs ballboy to the dressing room after the match but couldn’t find himlast_img read more

Warriors leave Perth empty handed again

first_imgThe result was only the beginning of the New Zealand based team’s woes, as they endured a nightmare day in Perth.Veteran Ryan Hoffman and young forward Albert Vete both face extended stints on the sidelines after copping broken bones.Vete broke his arm in the first half of the loss, while Hoffman didn’t even get on the field.The 33-year-old’s final season at the Warriors will now be heavily shortened after he broke a metatarsal bone in his foot while stretching at the team hotel.The loss also marked their ninth straight in Perth, and after they led 16-0 in the opening 17 minutes, it was the fifth time they have given away a substantial lead in the city.”It’s pretty disappointing because I thought we did enough in certain stages of the game to come away with the result,” coach Stephen Kearney said.”We let them back into the game when we got a bit of a lead to start off with.”That left us scrambling at the end there to try and salvage a result at the back end.”The loss also left them four points out of the top eight, in 10th position.It will likely mean they will now have to win at least five of their final eight games to have any hopes of making the finals after the State of Origin rounds, given they have the bye next week.A telling equation, when considered they have only won 26.67 per cent of matches after the Origin period since the start of 2013 – the worst record of any team in the league. Photo: Photosport Warriors Simon Mannering is tackled by the Sea Eagleslast_img read more

The two men who can give Queensland the blues

first_imgHayne is undoubtedly one of the game’s most damaging stars and has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the series, including a try in each of the first two Origins.  However, his final 20 minutes in the Game Two loss at ANZ Stadium left some questioning whether he should be retained for the July 12 decider after Hayne came up with a couple of errors, including a shocking behind-the-back flick pass that let Queensland off the hook just when the Blues were going in for the kill. A veteran of 22 Origin appearances, Hayne shrugged off the post-game criticism with a pair of stunning performances for the Gold Coast Titans against the Wests Tigers and the Dragons to temporarily silence his critics. Those doubters will be waiting for him to fail at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday, but according to Pearce, that scepticism will only bring out Hayne’s best. “Jarryd is the first guy I want to play with in any big game,” Pearce said at the team’s hotel in Kingscliff. “He’s proven time and time again, and sometimes I think we forget how good he’s been for a long time. “He’s won two Dally Ms and he’s probably been one of NSW’s greatest players. It’s a big call, but in my eyes that’s how I see him. In Game One he was a match winner for us and I thought in Game Two he did some really good things. “He made some errors, but I wouldn’t be poking the bear.”‌For Hayne and the rest of the backline to be at their best, the engine room up front must lay the platform to give the speed merchants the room they need to tear apart Queensland’s defence. That’s where Andrew Fifita comes in.The wrecking ball produced one of the all-time great Origin performances in Game One with some likening him to Arthur Beetson after his man-of-the-match showing inspired NSW to a comfortable 28-4 win in Brisbane. The Sharks prop had spiders on him as he ran for 183 metres, broke 11 tackles and set up a try in the series opener but was well contained in Sydney, limited to just 93 metres as the Maroons found a way to handle the hulking No.10. Fifita’s front-row partner, Aaron Woods, conceded the Blues got their tactics wrong in Game Two but promised there would be no repeat of that in the decider. “‘Fifi’, he’s ready for a big game,” Woods declared. “He’s probably disappointed that he didn’t get enough ball but I’m sure he’s ready and raring to go. He’s been a little bit crook (flu) earlier on but he’s got enough rest heading into Wednesday.”They (Queensland) just got a lot of numbers to him and just attacked his legs. He’s a big frame and probably the way that we carried sometimes didn’t help the way that Fifita plays. We might have to look at a few things there and fix that up. “You can tip-on to him and maybe get him to run a bit wider. It’s something we’ll sit down and talk to Loz (Blues coach, Laurie Daley) about how our game’s going to go and the structure that we’re going to play.” Photo: NRL Photos.NSW star Jarryd Hayne.last_img read more

Young hails Sopoaga signing

first_imgThe playmaker last week revealed he will leave Highlanders and turn his back on the All Blacks at the end of the 2018 Super Rugby season.Wasps on Monday announced that Sopoaga, capped 16 times by the world champions, will link up with the Coventry-based club for the 2018-19 campaign.And director of rugby Young felt the opportunity to recruit the 26-year-old was good to pass up.”When a world-class fly-half became available we jumped at the chance, as that doesn’t happen very often,” the Welshman stated.”Lima’s track record with the All Blacks, Highlanders and Southland speaks for itself, and we believe he will be an extremely good fit both in our side and within the club.”A big part of my job is to continually find ways to move things forward, both by developing our current players and when the opportunity arises [for] adding to the squad, and I am confident this signing does this.”IT’S OFFICIAL: All Blacks ace to join Wasps for next season…— Wasps (@WaspsRugby) January 15, 2018last_img read more

PNGFA to introduce FIFA Club Licensing System

first_imgThis came about after FIFA, in collaboration with Oceania Football Association this week held a workshop on club licensing in Port Moresby.The purpose of the workshop was to inform NSL Club’s franchise owners about the introduction of the FIFA Club Licensing System in PNGFA that will introduce a set of minimum criteria into regional and domestic competitions from 2016 and 2017, respectively.Nineteen members of the current and interested National Soccer League (NSL) clubs attended the workshop.FIFA’s Senior Manager of Member Associations, James Johnson said FIFA’s Club Licensing System is based on five key points: sporting, personnel and administrative, financial, infrastructure and legal.“These aim to safeguard the credibility and integrity of club competitions while improving the level of professionalism within the football family and promoting transparency in the finances, ownership and control of clubs,” said Johnson.He said at the end of this process, the benefits for clubs, leagues and member associations are numerous which include higher level of club management, better level of home-grown players, and ultimately better level of the national team.last_img read more

Teams for NCD Governor’s Cup to be named Friday

first_imgTournament director Billy Aki said 47 rugby league teams from all over Port Moresby had shown interest to play but this will be cut down.He said teams who are serious about playing must pay their registration fees before Friday.He explained teams from Hanuabada, Tatana and Porebada were just some of the teams that were yet to confirm their participation and would be axed from the list if they did not confirm their participation.All 32 teams will be placed into 8 pools. “The prize money of 50,000 kina will be broken up and I will announce at a later date how this money will be shared among the winning teams,” said Aki.The Governor’s Cup will run from the 23rd-26th. Games will be played at the Kone Tigers field as well as at Ipi Park, Hohola.last_img read more

US coach claims doping the “biggest threat” to swimming competition at Rio 2016

first_imgThis follows the surfeit of doping-related controversies in the sport, including allegations this month that Russian anti-doping officials unsuccessfully requested money in return for covering up failed drug tests registered ahead of London 2012.Particular concerns have been raised in relation to Russian and Chinese swimmers, with world champion Yuliya Efimova and Olympic gold medal winning counterpart Sun Yang among leading athletes to be implicated.Efimova suffered the second failure of career after testing positive for meldonium in March, but has had her suspension provisionally lifted due to an admission that “more reasearch” is required to assess how long the substance – only banned on January 1 – remains in the human body.Allegations of state sponsored doping in other sports in Russia has heightened fears in recent weeks.”It’s the biggest threat to who should win the medals,” said Marsh ahead of the US Olympic Trials.”It’s the biggest threat to the integrity of the Games.”He described the effects of doping as a “complete game-changer” particularly in women’s events.”With a little bit of extra testosterone, it’s a giant advantage.”Many members of US team admitted to being concerned by possible doping by rivals ahead of the Games.”It’s really disappointing,” freestyle superstar Katie Ledecky told Associated Press.”I think we’re all happy that people are getting caught and they’re being a little tougher on things.”Hopefully, that will continue and we can all feel confident going in that we’re competing against clean athletes.”US swimmers have been implicated in doping scandals themselves, with breaststroke and freestyle star Jessica Hardy serving a one-year ban after failing a test in 2008 before returning in time to win a medley relay gold at London 2012.last_img read more

Eriksen brand and Conte continues to pull his ears

first_imgEuropa League* Data updated as of February 21, 2020 He played the whole game, being the first time since he signed for Inter that he was more than an hour on the grass. And despite his goal, his coach, Antonio Conte, still demanding “much more”. If a few days ago he said he was not going to hit him between the headlines arguing that they got the leadership of the A series “Without him”, at a press conference yesterday he explained that despite his good performance he needs to improve a lot: “He did well tonight, but he has a lot of work to do and can do much, much better.” Apparently the coach thinks that he is still lacking in rhythm when distributing the ball and considers that it is far from the best level shown in the Tottenham: “I am happy for the goal, which always helps me to have more confidence, but I need to rediscover the tempo and intensity so strong I had in the games in previous years.”The Italian coach thinks that the Danish midfielder is not one hundred percent, but is aware that it is a football player who makes a difference and that can bring interesting things to his team, either as part of the initial eleven or leaving from the bench: “He is still not totally fit, but we are not in a hurry and we are not anxious about it. We know that we hire a player who can increase the quality level from the first minute or from the bench. I think the best for Inter and for integrating a player in the best possible way, wherever it is, you have to think about other things. Undoubtedly, he can do much better, as well as the rest of the team. I think it is the best for Inter. It is different from others ” .He regretted having been in tow during the first half, allowing his opponent to dominate the game, although he did like what he saw in the second half: “The tempo was too slow in the first part and we adapted to the way Ludogorets wanted to play. After the resumption we changed the pace and intensity, moved the ball faster, scored two goals and created other opportunities.”Finally, he explained that the Europa League will serve many players who do not usually enter the rotations to have minutes, since they play a lot in the Italian championship and can not get the same eleven both during the week and on weekends: “Our trip in the Europa League will have rotations and we will use this tournament to give game time to those who have not had much place. We will not forget that it is a competition that can take you to affect you physically and mentally and if you think about playing with the same team on Thursday and Sunday. “ Inter Milan won their corresponding Europa League match yesterday against Ludogorets 2-0. Romelu Lukaku closed the meeting for his own, but minutes before it had been Christian Eriksen who, with a shot from the front of the area, managed to open the can by signing his first as much as an interist. 24last_img read more

Messi tempts Lautaro

first_img10 Leo Messi has chosen a new striker and is the one he already has on the albiceleste. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Barça will insist this summer for Lautaro Martínez to sign for the Barcelona team, but the Catalans are not the only ones interested. Real Madrid will also fight so that the Argentine striker does not share a team with Messi and give him one more alternative in attack to Zinedine Zidane apart from Benzema, Jovic and Mariano Díaz.In Milan they have no intention of selling but they do not know how much they can keep him. Its clause during the first two weeks of the market will be 111 million, so if Inter does not convince you to renew, its stage seems to have an expiration date already set. His salary of 1.5 million euros already seems low in relation to his performance (16 goals) and his potential. If the signing occurs, this Italian newspaper ensures that the team’s reform plan has already been designed in the Inter offices. If Lautaro leaves, Antonio Conte’s favorite to replace him is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal striker. The African tip has 20 goals in 32 games with the Gunners this season, being one of the best in a rather fateful campaign in North London. The team, which before the stop by Covid-19 stayed out of Europe, would value selling it and also, on the downside, since he ends his contract in 2021 and could force to leave free. There is already talk of less than 70 million euros, a price at which the specialized website Transfermarkt prices you.The reform of the template will be in the front and also in the rest of the lines. Diego Godín is evaluating his future with the Lombard club and Mauro Icardi, still owned by Inter, is deciding whether he prefers to stay in Paris or try to reach Juventus. Perisic could go for 35 million to Bayern and Joao Mario and Radja Nainggolan are also among those who could stop belonging to the Milan team. The neroazzurri have many unfinished business for this summer.Inter was complicated the scudettoBefore the break, Inter stayed nine points behind Juventus, the leader, with one less game. In the last two weeks of competition, Antonio Conte’s lost against their two direct rivals. Juve won 2-0 in Turin and also fell to Lazio in Rome 2-1.last_img read more