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P.J. Hall Drafted by Raiders 57th

May 31, 2020 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas – Sam Houston State defensive lineman P.J. Hall knew he would likely hear his name called this weekend at the 2018 NFL Draft, it was just a matter of when.That moment came for the Bearkat all-American on Friday night when the Raiders selected him in the second round and the 57h pick overall. With the selection Hall became the 20th Bearkat in program history to have his name called in the NFL Draft, and just the second chosen since Rhett Bomar was chosen in the 2009 draft. It is the highest ever draft pick for a Bearkat football player beating Josh McCown who went 81st to Arizona in 2002.“We like his production and love his measurables,” said Raiders head coach John Gruden. “He is extremely powerful and the man can run. But we needed an inside pass rusher. Someone who can disrupt running plays and penetrate and this guy can do that.”Hall has been a menace to opposing offenses around the Southland Conference and the FCS for the past four seasons and is one of just two Kats to ever earn first team all-SLC honors all four seasons with the program. He hit the field for the Bearkats in 2014 after redshirting in the 2013 season and was named the league’s freshman of the year, finishing third in voting for the Jerry Rice Award given to the top freshman in the FCS after picking up 30 TFLs and blocking five kicks.It took him just two seasons to set a new Bearkat record for career TFLs and he just continued to add on to that as his career progressed. He finished with 86.5 TFLs for his career, an FCS record, and blocked 14 kicks in four years.Hall also earned all-America honors each of his four years as a Bearkat by multiple publications and was the runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award (top defensive player in FCS) in 2016. Along the way he helped lead the Kats to the FCS playoffs each year and a pair of Southland Conference titles. At 6-1, 310 pounds, he vaulted himself up the draft boards with his pro day in March. That day in Huntsville Hall opened some eyes, lifting 225 pounds 36 times, posting a 38-inch vertical and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. Immediately draft projections for Hall started moving up.Hall made an immediate impact on the Bearkat football team as a freshman. He played the first four games of his career with a hand in a cast and finished the year with 12 sacks. In the Jerry Rice Award voting he was the top defensive player.Hall played three seasons as a defensive end for the Bearkats before bulking up and moving to defensive tackle as a senior. The numbers didn’t drop off. He tied for the team lead in tackles for a loss with 19 and was second on the team with six sacks. He also was fourth on the team with seven passes defended.last_img read more

first_img Name School Class Hometown First Team Name School Class Hometown Hannah Alberto3 Sam Houston State Jr. Kingwood, Texas 2 Two-time All-Conference selection3 Three-time All-Conference selection4 Four-time All-Conference selection* 2019 Southland Championship top finisher Honorable Mention: Eva Martinez, Lamar; Daniela Bergmann, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Carson Racich, Lamar; Laura Pasalodos-Barcelo, Lamar; Alisa Chong, Houston Baptist. Kaity Cummings4 Houston Baptist Sr. Waco, Texas 2018-19 Southland Women’s Golf All-Conference Teams Elodie Chapelet3 Lamar RSr. Souraide, France Second Team Erica Lautensack Stephen F. Austin Sr. Arlington, Texas Player of the Year: Hanna Alberto, Sam Houston StateFreshman of the Year: Kenlie Barrett, Sam Houston StateNewcomer of the Year: Carson Racich, LamarCoach of the Year: Brandt Kieschnick, Sam Houston State Lexi Brooks4 Houston Baptist Sr. Kingwood, Texas Jenna Phillips2 Sam Houston State Sr. Austin, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Hanna Alberto is the 2018-19 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Player of the Year, the league announced Thursday along with the all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Alberto’s Player of the Year honor marks the second of her career after claiming the award last season. To go along with the accolade, the junior is a First Team All-Conference selection after tying for third place with a 218 at the 2019 Southland Women’s Golf Championship. Alberto led the Southland with a 72.03 scoring average for the season and recorded four first-place individual finishes out of 11 tournament appearances.Alongside Alberto is fellow Bearkat Kenlie Barrett who is the 2018-19 Freshman of the Year. Barrett, a native of The Woodlands, Texas, cemented a spot on the all-conference first team after winning the Southland Conference Championship. Barrett became the first Sam Houston State freshman to win the women’s golf title.Sam Houston State head coach Brandt Kieschnick is the Southland Coach of the Year after leading his team to three tournament victories, including a Southland Conference championship in Magnolia, Texas. Kieschnick and his Bearkat squad will resume their postseason play at the Norman Regional of the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship Monday, May 6-8, at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.Capturing the Newcomer of the Year honor is Lamar sophomore Carson Racich. In her first season with the Cardinals, Racich recorded a 78.35 scoring average throughout the season with a low round of 72. The Loves Park, Ill., product helped her team to a fourth-place finish at the Southland Championship.SHSU leads the all-conference rosters with three selections in total, two on the first team. Joining Barrett on the first team, Alberto makes her way onto the squad for the third time in her career. Senior Jenna Phillips earns her second all-conference nod with a spot on the second team.Houston Baptist’s Kaity Cummings, first team, and Lexi Brooks, second team, are each claiming the fourth all-conference bids of their careers. Cummings tied for third overall at the Southland Championship, while Brooks took sixth-place honors.Central Arkansas’ Emma Svensson earns first-team honors after boosting her team to a late surge at the Southland Championship that resulted in a second-place team finish for the Bears. Her play at the conference tournament was enough to tie her for third place individually, following a 71 in the final round. Svensson’s honor gives her four all-conference awards throughout her collegiate career with the Bears.Lamar’s Elodie Chapelet rounds out the 2019 first team all-conference honorees, making her way onto the squad for the third time in her collegiate career. The senior tied for seventh at the Southland Championship and completed regular season play ranked second in the conference with a 44-1 record against conference opponents.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Autumn Bynum, Stephen F. Austin’s Erica Lautensack and McNeese’s Riley Isaac round out the Southland’s all-conference selections, all with second team nods.All-Conference teams and individual superlatives are voted on by each league school’s head coach and sports information director. Voting for oneself or one’s own athletes is not permitted. Kenlie Barrett* Sam Houston State Fr. The Woodlands, Texas Riley Isaac McNeese Jr. Montgomery, Texas Autumn Bynum2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Montgomery, Texas Emma Svensson4 Central Arkansas Sr. Halmstad, Swedenlast_img read more

first_imgLIL MILO GETS PERFECT TRIP, RALLIES TO WIN $70,000 CLOCKERS’ CORNER STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS FUENTES & MARQUEZ TEAM FOR 5 ½ FURLONG TURF WIN IN 1:02.62 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2020)–California-bred Lil Milo got a perfect waiting ride from Ruben Fuentes and responded with a 1 ¼ length win in Sunday’s $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Alfredo Marquez, the 5-year-old Rocky Bar gelding got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:02.62.Breaking from post position three in a field of seven older horses, Lil Milo was full of run while a comfortable third, about three lengths behind dueling leaders Bay Muzik and What’sontheagenda mid-way around the turn. Leaving the quarter pole, Fuentes angled three-wide turning for home quickly assumed command a furlong out.“We had a perfect trip,” said Fuentes, who was aboard Lil Milo for the first time today.  “I was behind those two speed horses and I thought the seven (Bay Muzik) would stop, so I waited until we turned for home and then we angled out.  When I asked him, he took off and he was gone.  It’s great to ride for Alfredo. He’s a great guy and he’s a great trainer.”Most recently third in a 5 ½ furlong turf allowance on Dec. 29, Lil Milo was off at 6-1 and paid $14.20, $6.60 and $4.20.“This horse has been so unlucky in some of his races,” said Marquez.  Ruben was patient and he rode him great. I like the way he settled today and that’s a big credit to Ruben. He got him to relax and then finish, so it went perfect.”Owned by Dr. Jack Weinstein and Robert T. Cannon, Lil Milo, who is out of the Editor’s Note mare Solid Brass Cat, picked up $57,960 for the win, $12,600 of which came from the California-bred incentive fund, provided by the CTBA. In getting his first stakes win, Lil Milo is now 13-5-2-1 with earnings of $218,625.Handled confidently by Joel Rosario, Ghoul, who defeated Lil Milo by 1 ¾ lengths here on Dec. 29, finished with a rush from next to last but was disqualified to fifth for interference in the stretch.What’sontheagenda, who was beaten one length by Ghoul, was placed second and paid $6.80 and $4.40 while off at 7-1.Ax Man, who checked in fourth, 1 ¼ lengths behind What’sontheagenda, was moved up to third and paid $4.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.21, 44.72 and 56.47.Live racing resumes with a seven-race card on Thursday with first post time at 1 p.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

first_imgSHANE LONG is expected to sign a new deal at Southampton having gotten back in the team and amongst the goals lately.His deal is due to expire at the end of the season but he is expected to sign a new one before then.2 Long has been back in the team lately and chipped in with a few goalsCredit: EPAThe 33-year-old has regained a regular starting spot at the club since the start of the new year.He repaid the trust shown in him by Ralph Hasenhüttl with a goal against Wolves in the league and another against Tottenham in the FA Cup in the last month.And despite not having featured for Ireland under Mick McCarthy, last week his international boss also sounded impressed.He alluded to Long still having a chance to play in Ireland’s do-or-die EURO 2020 playoff against Slovakia on March 26.PUSHING RIGHT BUTTONS2 Long could be in line for a recall to the Irish squad judging from Mick McCarthy’s commentsMcCarthy said: “He’s back in regular action now with Southampton and his goal at Spurs on Wednesday night was a real poacher’s goal, he was in the right place at the right time.“Shane is playing again and scoring again and that means he is pushing all the right buttons ahead of Slovakia.”MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN 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’Long’s return to some semblance of decent form is a welcome boost for Ireland given that David McGoldrick has recently fallen out of favour at Sheffield United.He’s not been in the squad for The Blades’ last three league fixtures while Troy Parrott’s lack of gametime since Jose Mourinho took over Spurs has been well documented.Meanwhile Long’s teammate at Southampton Michael Obafemi and Aaron Connolly have both been in and out of their club sides so perhaps McCarthy will opt for for a more tried-and-trusted option in the high stakes affair.last_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand’s 35-17 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires at the weekend ensured another southern hemisphere championship for the All Blacks but that will not lead to any slackening of against the Springboks in Pretoria says Perenara.”We’re so focused on the next job and winning games and being the best footy players that we can be that we don’t often have time to reflect on what we’ve achieved,” Perenara, who celebrated his 50th cap in Velez Sarsfield win, told New Zealand media.”We’ve finished that game and my mind’s not about my 50th game, my mind’s on (this) week in Pretoria and trying to right a wrong from a couple of weeks ago.”That will be a part of the motivation. Knowing they beat us a couple of weeks ago is disappointing and it hurts,” he said.”Our major motivator is that we want to be better than we were the week before… if we don’t improve on what we did tonight (against Argentina) that’s a failure for us. We need to be growing day to day and week to week.”The All Blacks head into the match at Loftus Versfeld with renewed confidence in first five eight Beauden Barrett’s kicking. He enjoyed a perfect night off the tee against Argentina after missing four of his six shots against South Africa.”That’s the kind of character he is,” Perenara said.”He doesn’t read too much into the hype or what the media… or the critics say. He does his job. Every now and then he’ll miss a couple of kicks, but that’s part of being a goal kicker.”last_img read more

NRL wants all 16 clubs to survive

May 26, 2020 | kzmwuuff | No Comments

first_imgThe NRL announced on Monday it was suspending its season until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.Like many sports and leagues around the world, the financial impact is set to be felt by the NRL and its clubs, but Greenberg is keen to ensure none fold.”That’s been the commission’s view from start to finish is that no-one gets left behind and we’ve got to make sure that we have an ability to help all 16 stay afloat for the premiership and for the long-term and that’s really important,” he told Fox Sports on Thursday.”Some will be doing it harder than others. It’s almost a perfect storm for some of our Sydney clubs as their licensed clubs have closed at the same time. A lot of the Sydney-based clubs are so reliant on leagues clubs funding so for this moment in time where their leagues clubs are closed and a big part of their revenues comes from those, as well as having the gates closed for membership and ticketing and sponsorship, as well as the TV money, it is a very, very difficult time.”Our goal as we stand here today is to make sure all 16 come out the other end. As I said, it’s not going to be easy and there’s a lot of hard decisions being made.”You just talked about the staff and I think that’s the part that everyone has the most difficulty accepting is the personal impact. We’ve got hundreds of staff at the NRL, many of them are just hard working men and women with families, children, mortgages and I had to look them all in the eye earlier this week too and it’s a very unpleasant experience, but it’s really the only choice we have and we’re not the only industry in this country who are doing it.”There are literally hundreds and hundreds of businesses facing the same challenge and rugby league is no different.”The NRL seemed desperate to continue amid the COVID-19 outbreak, before stricter travel measures in Australia saw it suspend its season.The list of coaches on leave grows with Arthur and Green the latest to join.— NRL (@NRL) March 25, 2020Greenberg said the NRL would work to make sure it returns this year after productive talks with the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA).”We are going to do everything we can to make sure there’s rugby league in 2020 on the field, whether that comes in June, July, August or even as late as September and we play through to Christmas,” he said.”We’ve got to plan for each of those models and then we’ve got to also, most importantly, ensure the financial future of the game so that when we do come back, we’ve got enough money left and we can pay everyone accordingly.”We’ve got to bunker down in this period, cut all our costs and that includes the players. We had some really good discussions with the players and all credit to [RLPA chief] Clint Newton and some of the senior players I spoke to yesterday, there wasn’t one of those players who were concerned about their own financial future. The primary concern that came through on that call was what are we going to do about the players from numbers 20 to 30 and how do we make sure they stay afloat during this six-month period? And I’ve got to tell you it was a nice, warming thing to hear that the players have got a view about their colleagues.”Photo Getty Images Caption: NRL chief executive Todd Greenberglast_img read more

Fiji locals help inspire Bati bonding

May 26, 2020 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgThe 27-year-old veteran of six Tests for Fiji is now one of the senior men in the squad along with the likes of captain James Storer and as such they take some ownership of welcoming the new players into the fold.But while most of the squad is made up of current or former NRL players and players from the respective state-based Intrust premierships, there are four players based locally in Fiji who have brought their own unique flavour to this Bati squad.Tuimasi Pio Moceiwaiyevo Seci, Ratu Jowasa Tubailagi Drodrolagi, Etuate Tamanikaitai Qionimacawa and Iliavi Chris Ravu are certainly not household names over here and coach Mick Potter by his own admission isn’t even sure how to pronounce them, but they are just as important to the squad as any other player, according to Naiqama.”We’ve got four local boys from Fiji and once we introduced ourselves to them they were just in shock and it definitely makes me proud when I see that,” Naiqama told of meeting his new teammates.”It’s definitely a reality check and just how blessed we are in the NRL being at that level. Sometimes it can become a routine so it is a reality check when you see that reaction on their face. It definitely makes me more proud to be Fijian.”They were (awestruck) at the start but they’ve come out of their shell a bit and that’s what we want. Our senior boys want to spend more time with them to make them feel welcome.”The team shares prayer sessions in the morning and evening while a night of ten-pin bowling on Tuesday night as a follow up to Monday’s team go-karting session had also brought the group together quickly.”We want to make them feel welcome, they’re just as much a part of this as anyone else and they’re definitely feeling that,” Naiqama said.”The Fijian culture, if you’ve been to Fiji it’s always happy people so it’s a positive that we gel real easy. It’s only been three days but it’s like we’ve known each other for weeks.”It also helps that Fijians are naturally so happy and cheerful – and not to mention musical as well as spiritual – Naiqama added.”We’ve got our hymn that we sing before [a game], we do our diversion every morning. “It’s something that’s part of our culture, we put our footy on the foundation of God so we do that every morning at 7am and every night at 5:30, we put 15 or 20 minutes aside for that.”Anyone who has visited Fiji will know what Naiqama is talking about when he says everyone there is musical.”It’s weird how it is but we’re just blessed in that regard that we can all sing and when our voices come together it sounds real good. Those four Fijians coming in have instilled that into all of us,” he said.Potter told that selecting the Fiji-based players had required some assistance but they had been a very welcome addition to the squad.”We’ve got some new players that are pretty green to this standard so we’ve done a fair bit of teaching. The players have got together, in their own way they build that very quickly, that togetherness. They do a lot of singing and praying and there’s a good feeling in the camp,” Potter said.”It is a good culture and that brings them together and the pleasing thing is most of the time when they’re doing that they’re not on their mobile phones.”When they’re in a group everyone’s got their heads up communicating or singing rather than having their head in their phones which is what you quite often see now with young players.”The biggest challenge for the new players would be getting used to the intensity of how the game is played by NRL-calibre players, according to Potter.”There’s so many subtleties that we have in the game… every play is daunting for new players, especially fresh from Fiji,” he said.”They’re on a steep learning curve and some of the other guys are as well. There’s some guys there with names I can’t even pronounce but there’s some big athletic young men that will give a good account of themselves on Saturday.”Both Naiqama and Potter also threw their support behind new Kangaroo and former Bati Semi Radradra, despite their obvious disappointment at not having him in the squad.”They’re more happy for him because they know what it could mean to his family and himself. Sure they’re disappointed they can’t play with him but he’s doing better for himself and that’s great,” Potter said.”He probably makes the Australian team better. Some of the Australian people are probably disappointed because someone’s got to miss out because Semi’s going to take their place.”Added Naiqama: “Obviously we’d love to have him here playing for Fiji. He has played for us but we can’t be angry at him, we love him too. At the end of the day he is Fijian and that’s where he comes from but him getting to represent Australia, we’re happy for him and we support his decision.”last_img read more

first_imgThe news was announced today at the National Football Stadium by CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League, Bob Cutmore.The contract with the Storms will depend on Olam passing a full medical check-up in Brisbane next week by the Storms medical staff.Olam’s contract will then be forwarded to the NRL for registration.The humble and soft-spoken lad from Chimbu said he could not believe it when he got the news about the offer to play in the NRL.”It has always been my dream to play in the NRL. This is a great opportunity for me and I will give my best to make the most of it.”I want to thank the Lord firstly because without him, I am nothing.”Thanks to the sponsors for the making the Hunters program possible, coach Michael Marum, my old club the Lae Snax Tigers and of course my family and friends.”Thank you to everyone who has supported me. I really appreciate it,” said Olam.Cutmore explained Olam will remain with the Hunters for the remainder of this season.”Justin made a commitment to himself and his family that he would dedicate himself to making the NRL – a commitment that is now in sight.”Justin’s commitment and dedication has paid off and this is a wonderful opportunity for him,” said Cutmore.Olam joined the Lae Snax Tigers in 2014 and played until the 2015 season.This is only his first season with the Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup.He also made his debut for the PNG LNG Kumuls side that beat Fiji Bati in the recent Pacific Test.last_img read more

first_imgJoão, right. In the 40th minute Simeone ordered Joao Felix to be placed on the right wing and in the second half the Portuguese started in the same position. And there he was defending until the 56th minute that the Cholo entered Vitolo through Herrera and João returned to the front next to Morata, Correa returned to the right wing, Vitolo got on the left wing and Saul went to the center with Thomas. In the 68th minute he was going to take out Marcos Llorente, but he stopped the change and took it out in 88 thinking about the extension. Marcos Llorente left for Lodi, passing Saul to the left back, his third demarcation of the game.Extension. That’s how Atlético was left to play the extra time: Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Giménez, Saúl; Correa, Llorente, Thomas, Vitolo; Morata and João Félix. And after 8 minutes of the extension Giménez had to be injured and Savic entered. And after 10 minutes he took João Félix (he thought more about stopping Rodrygo and Vinicius than in the penalty shootout) and to take Arias from the left back and Saúl went to the right wing (fourth demarcation he occupied). Atlético finished: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Arias; Saul, Llorente, Thomas, Vitolo; Correa and Morata. And he could beat Madrid in three very well executed counterattacks, the last one that was cut off by Valverde when Morata was planted alone against Courtois. Then came the penalty lottery … Good pressure Simeone raised the game well. He took the team to pressure an assigned area and Madrid had a higher percentage of possession of the ball, but Atlético had controlled the game because neither Isco nor Modric nor Kroos had the ball in the end zone. Only when Valverde entered the right wing or when he progressed through his band Mendy Madrid created some danger and caused corners. Atlético only retreated when Madrid demanded. The system was 1-4-4-2 with Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Giménez, Lodi; Correa, Herrera, Thomas, Saul; Morata and João Félix.For the bands. Atlético sought to counter Real Madrid attacking him by gangs. As Casemiro is left alone holding the team while the rest of the team goes to attack, the rapid orientation changes when he steals the ball to shake off the pressure after losing Madrid, it was a fast attack resource of Atlético to seek to make a two against one in the band.Profiling out. João Félix pressed the exit to Varane and Morata to Sergio Ramos. Both profiled the centrals to start the game with the sides and Saul and Korea closed the pass to Kroos, while Trippier and Lodi stayed hand in hand with Mendy and Carvajal. While Zidane tried to make two for one in a band by opening with Valverde and Modric and Isco next to the sides. Atlético defended higher and did very well without the ball and Madrid de Zidane defended with the ball and did not fret for the game as evidenced by the Mariano man-for-man exchange for Jovic. Simeone managed and minimized Madrid of the five Zidane midfielders.last_img read more

first_imgOnce the weapons were requisitioned, the forces of the order forced the Sevilla fans to return to the Spanish capital. Further, Police led the stadium among strong security measures to Biris fans who went to the white stadium. There, at the entrance, various banners were seized.Real Madrid-Seville of the 20th day of LaLiga Santander is declared high risk by the State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport. Police have seized several white weapons in Seville’s amateur cars who were preparing to attend Santiago Bernabéu to witness the League match against Real Madrid, according to Deportes Cuatro, citing sources from the State Security Forces and Bodies.last_img