May 31

Northwestern State’s Mutel Named Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgTrailing 5-2 in the top flight Friday to open the Southland season, Mutel rallied to a 7-5 victory to take the first set over Sam Houston State’s Fabienne Gettwart before winning the match with a 6-4 second set win. This gave Northwestern State the fourth point on the day to clinch the win in the league opener. She had already picked up a doubles win at the No. 1 slot with teammate Polina Ivanova, 6-0. In Saturday’s match against Lamar, the duo earned a 6-2 win over the Cardinals’ Jasmin Buchta and Natalia Molina. The senior from Yaroslavl, Russia, went on to defeat Buchta 6-2, 6-4 in singles to claim a perfect weekend.Honorable Mention: Sarah Jurakova, McNeese; Stephanie Barnett, NichollsSouthland 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. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Polina Mutel is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Polina Mutel, Northwestern State – Sr. – Yaroslavl, Russia In the opening weekend of Southland Conference action, Mutel led the Lady Demons (6-5, 2-0 SLC) to a 2-0 start with a 4-3 win against Sam Houston State (5-3, 1-1 SLC) and a 7-0 sweep of Lamar (2-6, 1-1 SLC). NSU hits the road this weekend for a Saturday contest at McNeese (6-1, 2-0 SLC) beginning at 1 p.m. before taking on Nicholls (6-3, 0-1 SLC) at 11 a.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

May 31


first_imgSANTA ANITA PARK UNVEILS EVENTS & PROMOTIONS CALENDAR FOR 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET WHICH OPENS FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 20 2019)–With its 23-day Autumn Meet opener just one week away on Friday, Sept. 27, Santa Anita Park has unveiled its Marketing and Promotion calendar that includes a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2.2019 Autumn Events & Promotions Schedule (Every Thursday & Friday Free Club House/General Admission & General Parking)  Fri – Sept. 27 Opening DayFarriers PackageTurf Terrace Package$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas Sports Bar)S2 Beers/$6 Specialty Cocktails (Offered each Friday except Nov. 1)The Stronach 5 Pick 5ShowVivor Begins (online contest)Sat – Sept. 28  Breeders’ Cup Challenge DayOktoberfest Trackside – Day 1Win & You’re In Handicapping ChallengeChandelier Room PartyBrunch in the FrontRunnerTurf Terrace PackageGolden Road Pub$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas Sports Bar)Sun – Sept. 29$500 Opening Weekend ChallengeFarriers PackageBrunch in the FrontRunnerTurf Terrace PackageGolden Road PubSat – Oct. 5Oktoberfest Trackside – Day 2Wine & Spirits Dinner SeriesFarriers PackageBrunch in the FrontRunnerTurf Terrace PackageGolden Road Pub$40 Handicapping Contest$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas)Sun – Oct. 6Farriers PackageBrunch in the FrontRunnerTurf Terrace PackageGolden Road Pub$40 Handicapping ContestSat – Oct. 12Hot Wings & Craft Beer Festival – TracksideFarriers PackageBrunch in the FrontRunnerTurf Terrace PackageGolden Road Pub$40 Handicapping Contest$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas Sports Bar)Sun – Oct. 13      Road Kings Car Show – InfieldFarriers PackageBrunch in the FrontRunnerTurf Terrace PackageGolden Road Pub$40 Handicapping ContestMon – Oct. 14    Columbus DayDollar Day – $1 Beers, Sodas/$2 Hot DogsFarriers PackageTurf Terrace PackageSat – Oct. 19Guerra de Michelada’s featuring Live Music- InfieldPumpkin Patch & Fall Fun Fest – InfieldFarriers PackageBrunch in the FrontRunnerTurf Terrace PackageGolden Road Pub$40 Handicapping Contest$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas Sports Bar)Sun – Oct. 20Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun Fest – InfieldFarriers PackageBrunch in the FrontRunnerTurf Terrace PackageGolden Road Pub$40 Handicapping ContestSat – Oct. 26Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun Fest – Infield$500 Betting ChallengeBrunch in the FrontRunnerTurf Terrace PackageGolden Road Pub$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas Sports Bar)Sun – Oct. 27Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun Fest – InfieldWiener Dog Races/Costume Contest – InfieldCARMA Aftercare Awareness DayFarriers PackageBrunch in the FrontRunnerTurf Terrace PackageGolden Road Pub$40 Handicapping ContestFri – Nov. 1Breeders’ Cup World Championships – Day 1Breeders’ Cup Betting ChallengeThe Stronach 5 Pick 5Sat – Nov. 2Breeders’ Cup World Championships – Day 2Breeders’ Cup Betting ChallengeSun – Nov. 3       Closing DayMandatory PayoutsClosing Day Betting ChallengeBrunch in the FrontRunnerTurf Terrace PackageGolden Road PubFor additional information on the 2019 Autumn Meet and/or the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

May 31

Unbeaten Jolie Olimpica Heads Field Of 12 Fillies & Mares In Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes At One Mile On Turf

first_imgUnbeaten Jolie Olimpica Heads Field Of 12 Fillies & Mares In Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes At One Mile On TurfSOLID GRADED STAKES RUNNERS LADY PRANCEALOT, CARRESSA, LA SARDANE & MUCHO UNUSUAL ENSURE DEEP & COMPETITIVE LINEUP ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2020)–Ultra impressive in her U.S. debut, Brazilian-bred Jolie Olimpica seeks to remain unbeaten as she heads a field of 12 older fillies and mares going one mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita.Recent Grade I winner Lady Prancealot, Grade III winner Carressa, and recent graded stakes-placed fillies La Sardane and Mucho Unusual all lend tremendous depth to what figures to be an enticing betting race on Saturday.JOLIE OLIMPICAOwner:  Fox Hill Farms, Inc.Trainer:  Richard MandellaA Group I winner going one mile on turf in her final Brazilian start on June 9, 2019, this 4-year-old daughter of Drosselmeyer was off as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf Jan. 11 and despite bobbling at the break, sat a close second to the far turn and won easily, prevailing by 1 ¼ lengths under Mike Smith, who rides back on Saturday.  Favored while unbeaten in all four of her career starts, Jolie Olimpica, who earned a Buena Vista-best 101 Beyer Speed figure in the Las Cienegas, has the look of a budding superstar for Mandella.LADY PRANCEALOTOwner:  Craig Arntz, Josie Durando, Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone & Jerry McClanahanTrainer:  Richard BaltasThis 4-year-old Irish-bred filly exhibited an impressive turn of foot in winning the Grade I American Oaks at 1 ¼ miles on turf Dec. 28 as the 8-5 favorite under Joe Bravo, who has ridden her to two consecutive wins. A Grade III stakes winner going 1 1/16 miles on turf two starts back at Keeneland Oct. 18, Lady Prancealot has one win and three seconds at a flat mile turf as she seeks her third consecutive victory on Saturday with eastern-based Bravo back in town to ride.CARRESSAOwner:  Mercedes Stables, LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy Ingordo & Steve MooneyTrainer:  John ShirreffsKeen early, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly made the lead approaching the quarter pole and prevailed by three quarters of a length going one mile on turf in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes here on Jan. 20, which was her first start on grass. An imposing physical specimen, Carressa, who refused to be passed on the gallop out around the Club House turn, was an emphatic 8 ¼ length allowance winner on dirt two starts back at Del Mar Nov. 22 and should only improve in her second grass try on Saturday.  A winner of three out of her six starts, she’s a rapidly improving horse for Shirreffs.LA SARDANEOwner:  Team Valor InternationalTrainer:  Neil DrysdaleA 6-year-old French-bred mare, she comes off a solid third, beaten one length by Carressa in the Grade III Megahertz, a race in which she was moving well just in behind the winner around the far turn.  A winner of three out of her first four starts for Drysdale, including a Grade III win at Belmont Park on June 7, 2018, La Sardane has been winless in her last seven starts but appears to be coming to her best in what will be her 19th career start.  A Group II winner at a mile on turf in her final French start on June 4, 2017, La Sardane is 18-5-3-2 overall with earnings of $352,073.MUCHO UNUSUALOwner:  George KrikorianTrainer:  Tim YakteenBred in California by her owner, this 4-year-old filly by Mucho Macho Man may’ve been unlucky to lose the opening day Grade I American Oaks, as Joel Rosario was forced to steady sharply coming by the Grandstand the first time around.  Despite being shuffled back, Mucho Unusual was attentive to the pace, made the lead three sixteenth of a mile out and finished second by a half length to Lady Prancealot.  The lone Cal-bred in the field, Mucho Unusual, who took the Grade II San Clemente Stakes five starts back this past July at Del Mar, rates an upset chance with Rosario riding back in the Buena Vista.THE GRADE II BUENA VISTA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9  Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PTJolie Olimpica–Mike Smith–122Carressa–Victor Espinoza–122Muchly–Umberto Rispoli–120Mucho Unusual–Joel Rosario–122Sold It–Mario Gutierrez–120Meal Ticket–Tiago Pereira–120Brill–Geovanni Franco–120Lady Prancealot–Joe Bravo–124Super Patriot–Ruben Fuentes–120La Sardane–Flavien Prat–120Keeper Ofthe Stars–Abel Cedillo–122Tiny Tina–Drayden Van Dyke–120     First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

May 31

Tottenham are lacking intensity and creativity – Pochettino has a real problem

first_imgIT’S SOMETHING that is starting to become a real problem for Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs. A lack of intensity and a lack of creativity.They were fortunate to get a point at City last week and they made hard work of beating Aston Villa after going 1-0 down.3 Tottenham struggled to break Newcastle down as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against the MagpiesCredit: PA:Press AssociationAnd it’s down to the fact they didn’t create enough – and it was exactly the same against Newcastle.Everything was at a slow pace. Every pass was slow and every cross was slow. There was no pace to their game whatsoever.Harry Kane had to keep coming deep, and when they finally got a chance they fluffed their lines.Why on earth would you leave out your best two players, other than Kane, in Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen.Without Eriksen in the team there is definitely a lack of creativity.Pochettino has a big decision to make – either getting cash for him in this window or letting him go for nothing. But right now they just cannot afford to let him go.Tottenham are in need of a fully-firing Eriksen from the first whistle in every game to get their season up and running.Yes, Dele Alli will be coming back from injury soon, and Pochettino’s plan of bringing Eriksen on in the second half worked against Villa.3 Mauricio Pochettino’s men have flattered to deceive in their opening three Premier League gamesCredit: Getty – Contributor3But this time it just didn’t – they didn’t create enough.For Newcastle, it was a huge win – a complete contrast to what we saw last week against Norwich.We saw a team that was very well organised and their 5-4-1 set-up worked to perfection. They had everything in that performance.Grit, determination, togetherness and a system they look to be enjoying. They made it very difficult for Tottenham and they deserved that magnificent win.I hope there’s more of that to come in the following weeks. Not many gave Newcastle a chance so to go to Tottenham and perform in the way they did is a great credit to the players, Steve Bruce and his staff.You can’t judge someone like Bruce after two or three games, it’s ludicrous. There’s been a lot written about him and he’s had to defend himself.But when you lose like they did last week you have to respond, and that was the perfect response – his players did the talking on the pitch.They looked compact, tight and worked their socks off.It could have been different had Tottenham been awarded a penalty late on for Lascelles’ challenge on Kane.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerBut with the amount of people disagreeing on whether Mike Dean was right to wave it away, that tells you it was not a clear and obvious error.I actually thought at match speed it was a penalty but slowed down I changed my mind.If the ref had given it I couldn’t have complained but no way was it a clear and obvious mistake that should have led to him changing his mind.BBC gets official complaints over Gary Lineker bald men joke mocking Alan Shearer and Danny Murphylast_img read more

May 31

Southgate says Alli’s lease of life with Mourinho can help England win Euro 2020

first_imgDELE ALLI’S new lease of life under boss Jose Mourinho can benefit England, says Gareth Southgate.The Three Lions boss is delighted Tottenham’s new manager is playing the midfielder in the No 10 position.1 Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate believes Dele Alli returning to his best would be a huge boost at Euro 2020Credit: AP:Associated PressDele has not featured in England’s last three international squads.However, the 2016 and 2017 PFA Young Player of the Year scored twice in Spurs’ 3-2 win over Bournemouth on Saturday — having also been on target in Tuesday’s 4-2 Champions League win against Olympiakos.Southgate, speaking at the Euro 2020 finals draw in Romania, said: “Jose has played him as a No 10 and that’s his best position, as he has the freedom to run on into the box.“That has been very clear for a long time. So it’s great he’s back on the scoring trail.’A LOT CAN HAPPEN’“We have brilliant competition for places in those attacking areas.“We haven’t struggled for goals in qualifying so that’s not been a problem.”But a lot can happen in that period of time in terms of form and injury, and not a lot of it that we can control.“At the moment, players like Dele are fighting to get into Tottenham’s team and pleasing their manager there.“So if the consequence of that is that they are in form for us then for sure that will be in the players’ minds, but at this stage of the season they are thinking about their clubs.”most read in footballTO CATCH A CHEATFurious wife beats and strips her husband’s suspected mistress in the street – but crowd does nothingWORMS FEARSHas your child got threadworms? Here’s the symptoms – and how cure themTAKING THE PISSDisgusting man PEES from airport seat in front of shocked passengersMIND BLOWINGThe rudest hotel room sign ever? Optical illusion has internet in hystericsExclusiveBRIDE AND GLOOMInfamous Don’t Tell The Bride couple reveal what REALLY happens on the showTEST ON ENTRYTourists arriving in Majorca and Ibiza may get coronavirus test at airportACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneDele, 23, has 37 England caps but he has missed the last six internationals due to a loss of form.His previous England performance was against Switzerland in the Uefa Nations League’s third-place play-off in June.He has only scored three times for the Three Lions and his previous strike was in the 2-0 win over Sweden at the World Cup last year.José Mourinho hails Dele Alli’s work-rate after Tottenham star continues resurgence with double vs Bournemouthlast_img read more

May 31

Headphone-wearing Jose heads to Germany and scout Spurs opponents RB Leipzig

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO was in the crowd to scout Champions League opponents RB Leipzig as they took on Bayern Munich.The Spurs boss was disguised in a black baseball cap, scarf and a jacket with white iPhone headphones in as he took in the Allianz Arena.4 Jose Mourinho was spotted in the stands as RB Leipzig took on Bayern Munich in a German table-topperCredit: Bundesliga TV4 Mourinho appeared to keep a low profile in the Allianz Arena crowdCredit: ReutersSpurs’ players are currently soaking up some sunshine during their winter break after it was shortened, due to their FA Cup replay win over Southampton.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamBut not boss Mourinho, 57, who is hoping for a big victory against Julian Nagelsmann’s side in the last-16 of Europe’s premier competition.He would have witnessed a gigantic banner reading ‘F*** RB’ in one end behind the goal ahead of kick-off.And he would have witnessed an impressive RB Leipzig side, who have been giving serial Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich a serious run for their money in Germany’s top tier.Going into the game, Leipzig were just a point behind Hans-Dieter Flick’s side and a win would see them leapfrog the defending champions.But Mourinho seemed more concerned about making sure he kept an eye on Leipzig, who Spurs face in 10 days’ time in North London.4 RB Leipzig played out a tense top-of-the-table encounter against Bayern MunichCredit: EPA4 Bayern Munich fans unfurled a huge banner saying ‘F*** RB’ on the frontMOST 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 InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT 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 & kidsTimo Werner has been among the most sought-after stars in German football.And the 23-year-old striker has been having a breakthrough season not dissimilar to Harry Kane’s in 2014-15.Werner has had 25 goals in all competitions for his club and will surely be a player Mourinho wants his defenders to keep one eye on.last_img read more

May 31

Prem bosses like Mourinho and Klopp hungry to get back coaching in training

first_img3THE will is there from the Premier League’s managers.Many of them, indeed, are getting increasingly frustrated as the weeks and months since they were properly in their natural environment have passed.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates3 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to return to training with his table-topping players, such as left-back Andy RobertsonCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 Spurs chief Jose Mourionho could soon be back on the training field with Ben Davies, Harry Kane and CoCredit: Action Images – ReutersThe issue now is whether they CAN do what they want to do before the clock stops ticking.Yesterday’s video conference saw the 20 Prem bosses agreeing that, rather than the three weeks initially envisaged, they feel they need a month of training to prepare their players to perform at the highest level.The managers want to be sure their squads are truly ready, having undergone a proper intensive build-up — including contact work — before any match action.They will, remember, finally get back after three MONTHS of waiting and wondering if they would get the chance to lace up their boots for real this side of autumn. It is about mind AND body.Yet with the earliest League-wide return to the very simplest of organised and individual sessions likely to be next Tuesday, four weeks would take them BEYOND the Prem restart target date of June 12.And even that is only going to be possible if the Government gives the green light for proper contact training to begin again within a fortnight.No wonder the bosses were left somewhat confused over whether ANY of it will actually happen, no matter how much people want it to.The positive aspect from the meeting, which allowed the managers to listen to League chiefs and Prem medical advisor Mark Gillett, firing back their own questions, was that it was both constructive and positive. There was, indeed, a unity of purpose and determination.Football managers want to be football managers.They don’t like sitting around at the best of times.And these, as nobody needs telling, are a million miles away from the best of times.Yet that did not prevent some of the quibbles being articulated. As well as pointing out the understandable and genuine reluctance of some players to want to get out and play in the current situation.For some, like Jose Mourinho — who suddenly, with the returns to fitness of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko, believes his Spurs could still gatecrash the top four — the delays and obstructions are a source of discontent.Mourinho, along with Jurgen Klopp — all too aware his side is just two wins away from their first title since 1990 — Ralph Hasenhuttl and Roy Hodgson, is desperate to get back on the training pitch with his players.Any issues that extend his inability to do his job will see the Portuguese fume anew.But even if things progress smoothly, that may take a while.The official Government guidance, presented to the managers before being made public as it went into immediate effect yesterday afternoon, sees a “two stage” process for “elite” sportsmen.But while the Department of Culture, Media and Sport described the document as providing “a significant step towards a safe resumption of live sport behind closed doors” it was, in truth, only a baby step.Players are now allowed to “carry out individual performance training”, although only “under carefully controlled medical conditions, providing they keep two metres apart at all times from their teammates and other people outside their household”.Premier League stars must also be confirmed Covid-free before being cleared to take part and then be subjected to twice-weekly further examinations.But in the small-print were red flags that mean some Prem players may be BANNED from even the most basic of training ground drills.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.The Government confirmed that players who share a household with anybody deemed “clinically extremely vulnerable” are not allowed to leave their homes for organised training.That applies to those with family members undertaking chemotherapy for cancer, with leukaemia or bone-marrow disease, severe asthma or blood disorders including sickle cell disease.A 2014 scientific study featured two Prem players suffering with sickle cell, which has 15,000 current sufferers in the UK and predominantly affects people from African or Caribbean backgrounds.But the managers, to a shared sense of disappointment, were also told that there was no precise date by which they could then move to “Stage Two”, allowing contact training and intensive coaching work — the real deal for the managers.The document confirms: “Small groups of athletes and staff will be able to interact in much closer contact, for example close quarters coaching, team sports tackling, equipment sharing.”most 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 InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticWatford boss Nigel Pearson, whose club have not hidden their concerns at being railroaded back into action, will have seen that as further reason for his own sense of caution.It is still vague and woolly. Aims and ambitions, not concrete dates, which could all be overturned and sent into disarray long before that planned resumption.No wonder some of the managers are still a little jumpy. You can’t blame them.José Mourinho slammed by Sadiq Khan for ‘endangering lives’ by taking Tottenham training session during coronavirus lockdownlast_img read more

May 26

Broncos diversity brings them closer

first_imgThe team gave their players an opportunity to tell this story and show what their culture means to them last week when they organised a cultural dinner. The dinner was used as a bonding experience and encouraged some of the quieter players to come out of their shell. The Broncos are a club built on inclusion, and this is not just within the playing group, with the club itself running a number of mentoring and educational programs for Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islander people. In the first-grade squad, these cultures are just two of many to make up the playing group.New Zealand international Kodi Nikorima took part in the dinner, and said players were encouraged to share stories as they presented cuisines from their cultural background. “We’re a big cultural team. Last week we had a cultural dinner and it was just good to mix and mingle with all the different cultures that we have here,” Nikorima said. “It really shows on the field the brotherhood we have here. “The way the dinner works is people bring in food from their culture. We have Samoans, Fijians, Torres Strait Islanders, Papua New Guineans and a whole range of cultures. “We all brought our own food and spoke about what food it is and had a big feed together.”Veteran Sam Thaiday is a man proud of his Torres Strait Islander descent, but this dinner was a first for him. Nikorima told media on Monday that Thaiday had immense pride in what the club had organised, with the second-row forward jumping at the opportunity to get involved. “Sam Thaiday spoke about it being the first time he’d done a culture night like that,” he said.  “I think what it does is get the Islanders out of their shells. They get to speak about where they come from. “It’s good (for your culture) to be heard and good to be acknowledged for where you are from.” New Zealand international Benji Marshall arrived at the club in the off-season, bringing with him leadership, experience and his own cultural experiences. He said getting to know the cultural backgrounds of all his new teammates quickly made him feel part of the group. “It’s a pretty diverse bunch here,” Marshall said. “We have a lot of nationalities, including Indigenous Australians, Maltese and Kiwis. “You learn a lot when you bring a bunch of guys together from different backgrounds. “It’s good to learn about each other and learn about life. It brings you together.”last_img read more

May 14

Real Madrid will visit El Sadar on Sunday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m.

first_imgFriday, February 7Valladolid – Villarreal, 9:00 p.m.Saturday February 8Levante – Leganés, 1:00 p.m.Getafe – Valencia, 4pmAlavés – Eibar, 18:30 hoursAtlético de Madrid – Granada, 9:00 p.m.Sunday February 9Espanyol – Mallorca, 12:00 hoursReal Sociedad – Athletic, 2:00 p.m.Osasuna – Real Madrid, 4pmCeltic – Seville, 18:30 hoursBetis – Barcelona, 9:00 p.m. LaLiga has announced the 23rd schedule of the national competition. A day in which Real Madrid and Barcelona have more than complicated departures. The whites visit El Sadar on Sunday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m. and the Catalans travel to Seville to meet Betis on the same Sunday at 9:00 p.m.For its part, Atlético de Madrid receives one of the surprises of this season, Granada. The match between Madrid and Andalusia will be on Saturday, February 8 at 9:00 p.m. Another meeting of the day is the Basque derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic, on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The rest of the matches of the day are as follows:last_img read more

May 14

Kyrgios and De Miñaur give the chest to get into the semifinals while Russia does not give option to Argentina

first_imgA couple who managed to lift the last ball of Murray and Salisbury, with his serve, then break their service twice and already at point 34 tie the Kyrgios serve and lifted the entire Sydney center. From Spain-Belgium will leave its rival in the semifinals of the ATP Cup, in what can be a duel in the top in case of being the Spanish team, because none will then have lost any tie before.This rounded an Australian morning that began with Kyrgios’ incontestable victory over Cam Norrie by a double 6-2. With the head centered, as he has been in everything that goes on in the tournament, and more motivated than ever before his people, the number two aussie is showed his best tennis to leave no option to the British.1-0 and De Miñaur’s turn, which however was not able to repeat his partner’s deed. He tried to take the game against Dan Evans to three sets, but in the two tie-breaks that there was the English was much better, with a powerful serve and took both by an overwhelming 7-4 and another 7-2 to force the tiebreaker of doubles. A game that had everything and then yes, grabbed Australia to lift an entire country and stand in the semifinals of the ATP Cup.Russia, by the fast trackRussia had it easier, which only had to resort to individuals to get rid of Argentina. Khachanov won Pella in the first duel (6-2 and 7-6 (4)), so that their leader, Medvedev, would be stronger than Schwartzman (6-4, 4-6 and 6-3). Finally, in an inconsequential doubles match, Gabashvili and Kravchuk finished rounding the Russian quarters by winning 7-6 (5) and 6-4 to the Albiceleste couple of Gonzalez and Molteni.As was already the case in the Davis Cup, Marat Safin’s are among the top four, although this time they get stronger thanks to the presence of the world number 5. A Medvedev who has won the four duels he has played in this ATP Cup and threatens to give the big bell in the renewed championship that is being played in Australia. Serbia against Canada will leave their rival for a place in the grand final of Sydney. 01/09/2020 – 9:53 | 15:30 – 9/01/20 The aussies played their singles and went to doubles to sentenceKyrgios won his game before (6-2 and 6-2) and Evans tied against De MiñaurKhachanov and Medvedev found no opposition in Pella and Schwartzman Photo: Reuters Australia and Russia are the first two semifinalists of the ATP Cup after beating Britain and Argentina in Thursday’s session. Alex de Minaur and Nick Kyrgios beat the British Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury (3-6, 6-3 and 18-16) in the decisive doubles that gave the Aussies the pass, while Daniil Medvedev was decisive against Diego Schwartzman ( 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3) to do the same with the Russians.The order of the doubles Lleyton Hewitt changed and the play went perfectly to the Australian captain. With Kyrgios and De Miñaur on track after playing their doubles matches, Australia went with everything for the established couple of the youngest of the Murray and Salisbury.And the team that is playing with the support of its public and motivated by the tragedy of the fires in their country could not go better. Despite losing the first set, logical fatigue through Nick but especially Alex, Kyrgios and De Miñaur were gradually entering the game until they tied the British and then beat them in a super tie-break of 34 points, four balls match for Great Britain and five for the Aussies.last_img read more