Month: May 2020

  • McNeese’s Gilroy & ACU’s Parmelly Earn F.L. McDonald Scholarship

    first_imgIn addition to her competitive skills, Gilroy put her mathematical talents to good use analyzing team data in areas such as time management, sleep patterns and study habits. This information was presented at team meetings to help maximize performance in all areas. She was also able to tutor her teammates in math. Parmelly plans to work on a graduate certificate in conflict management and, following that course work, he would like to attend seminary and work towards becoming an overseas missionary.Gilroy and Parmelly were chosen from a pool of more than 15 fellow classmates and graduated student-athletes. Applicants must have at least a 3.75 GPA and have lettered at least two seasons at the nominating institution. Each recipient must enroll in a full-time graduate program within one year of receiving the award. A captain of the 2019 Abilene Christian squad, the offensive lineman has played in 34 consecutive games entering the 2020 season. Last week he was named the 2020 Wildcat Club Male Student-Athlete of the Year. After spending a year as a teacher’s assistant, she taught her own classes in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 within the mathematics department. She is a member of the Mathematical Association of America (MMA) and the Pi Mu Epsilon honorary national mathematics society. She worked with prospective students in the department of mathematical sciences and graded MathCounts exams for a middle school competition the past four years. Haile Gilroy, McNeese Track & FieldGilroy boasted a perfect 4.0 grade point average as she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics during her four years as a cross country and track & field student-athlete at McNeese, where she is coached by her father Brendon Gilroy. She plans to attend Auburn University to obtain her PhD in Mathematics. The F.L. McDonald Scholarship is the league’s ultimate academic honor for graduating student-athletes. The award is presented annually to one female and one male student-athlete and is selected by the Southland Conference Faculty Athletic Representative Committee. The $5,000 scholarship must be applied to graduate study at an institution of the recipient’s choice. He is also a member of Gamma Sigma Phi, a Christian-centered social club. In May 2018, Parmelly served on an international mission trip to Ghana, Africa, with the ACU Missions Departments. The following Spring in a partnership with his church in Abilene, he traveled to Dubai to work with a student ministry therecenter_img Parmelly volunteers with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) by serving as a student leader among his peers as well as local middle schoolers. He served as a FCA representative at New Student Orientation and worked the FCA’s golf fundraiser to help send kids to camp. Earlier this year, he volunteered at the Senior Health Fair/Expo by taking vitals of the participants and educating them with nutritional advice. He has also been a leader with the football team’s annual Spring Cleanup, where they go into the Abilene community to check on the elderly, help with tasks like mowing lawns, and engaging them as ACU campus representatives. The award was established in 1996 in memory of Dr. F.L. McDonald, a former president of Lamar University and 1999 Southland Hall of Honor inductee. McDonald was serving as Lamar’s president in 1963 when the Southland Conference was established. He is considered one of the league’s founding fathers. The pair will be recognized this evening during the Southland’s Virtual Awards Show at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live. After earning her PhD, she hopes to teach at a university like McNeese that values teaching and researching equally. With her perspective as a student-athlete, she hopes to help build cooperative relationships between academic and athletic departments once she becomes a professor.Kade Parmelly, Abilene Christian FootballParmelly excelled in the classroom and compiled a 3.96 GPA as he completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology in three years. He was a recipient of the Dean’s List Award every semester at ACU and a two-time Southland Football All-Academic Team member. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese track & field student-athlete Haile Gilroy and Abilene Christian football student-athlete Kade Parmelly have been awarded the 2020 F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarships, Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett announced Tuesday.last_img read more


    first_imgHEAVILY FAVORED VASILIKA UNLEASHES FURIOUS STRETCH RALLY TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS; RIDDEN BY PRAT AND TRAINED BY HOLLENDORFER, SHE GETS MILE ON ‘GOOD’ TURF IN 1:34.82ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2019)–Aided by some unexpected early pace pressure to the eventual runner-up, heavily favored Vasilika came rolling from off the pace to take Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes by 1 ½ lengths under Flavien Prat.  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Vasilika, a miracle $40,000 claim 11 starts back, got a mile over a Santa Anita turf listed as “good” in 1:34.82.An attentive fifth a half mile from home, Prat sat chilly as Joel Rosario, aboard La Sardane, went after pacesetter Ms Bad Behavior.  Full of run while well within herself around the far turn, Vasilika rallied four-wide turning for home and ran down Ms Bad Behavior inside the sixteenth pole to win going away.“When Drysdale’s filly (La Sardane) made that early move, it put pressure on Smith’s filly (Ms Bad Behavior and it helped me,” said Prat, who has now guided Vasilika to nine wins (four of them graded stakes) in her last 10 starts.  “I didn’t want to be in a hurry, but she really picked it up and she finished well.  I think a mile and one eighth might be her best (distance).”A winner of eight consecutive races prior to finishing fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at one mile on turf Dec. 2 at Del Mar, Vasilika was off at 3-5 in a field of six older fillies and mares and paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10.Claimed on Feb. 11 of last year, Vasilika, a 5-year-old mare by Skipshot who is out of the Marquetry mare La Belle, is owned by All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George Todaro, has now won nine out her 11 starts for her new connections and improved her overall resume to 29-14-4-3.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she now has earnings of $818,595.“You know, you never expect this kind of thing to happen, but occasionally it does,” said Hollendorfer.  “I hope she fits in our program, we did some extra work on her but you know, she’s blossomed into a very nice mare now.  Flavien did his usual great job and got her out just in time.  She ran them down and we can’t ask for more.”Ms Bad Behavior, who bounced out to a 2 ½ length lead after the first quarter mile, relinquished the early advantage to La Sardane heading past the half mile pole while at the rail.  Under clever handling from Smith, she was able to re-take the lead leaving the quarter pole and finished a head in front of Zaffinah in a huge effort.Off as the third choice at 4-1, Ms Bad Behavior paid $3.20 and $3.00.Irish-bred Zaffinah finished well from off the pace to be third, six lengths clear of La Sardane.  Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Zaffinah was the biggest price in the field at 36-1 and paid $4.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.66, 47.29, 1:11.39 and 1:23.25.Racing resumes on Friday at Santa Anita with first post time for a nine-race card at 12:30 p.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

  • Dele Alli flying as Mourinho gives rejuvenated star freedom to spread wings

    first_imgDELE ALLI is flying now Jose Mourinho has given him the freedom to express himself further up the pitch.He’s already picked up three goals and an assist in the three games since the Portuguese replaced Mauricio Pochettino.3 Jose Mourinho hailed Dele Alli’s work ethic after his two-goal supershow against BournemouthCredit: Getty – ContributorThere has been a lot of debate over the years as to Dele’s best position.Some say he is best suited to a deeper role where he will get more time and space on the ball as teams drop off.But Mourinho has other ideas and has asked him to play higher, getting as close as possible to the other attacking threats.Looking at their average position against Sheffield United under Pochettino, Dele — playing as a No 10 in a 4-2-3-1 system — was deeper, miles away from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.But on Saturday, playing the same position, you can see just how close he is to them.3 Dele Alli has been given more licence to attack under new Spurs boss Jose Mourinho3 Dele Alli clips the ball home, on his way to a double and three goals overall in the past three gamesCredit: Alamy Live NewsSpurs are now defending with a six and attacking with a four. Kane is the focal point, the other pacy forwards play off him and look to get in behind.The 53.7 per cent possession they had at home to Bournemouth was the second lowest of the season at White Hart Lane.Mourinho has decided to allow the opposition more of the ball.Dele’s two goals came from long balls over Bournemouth’s defence by Toby Alderweireld.By giving up possession, Bournemouth’s defensive line pushed higher and higher, enabling balls to be played over the top into space.But this is by no means a defensive tactic — by doing it Spurs actually created more chances — and Dele is thriving. Yes, he’s enjoying his football again, but it’s not as simple as that.He missed the start of the season through injury and didn’t make his first Prem start until October 19 against Watford, their ninth game of the campaign.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMost 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 & kidsPeople forget he’s only 23 so it’s only natural that he’s going to have ups and downs.Because of the way he burst on the scene they have expected him to carry that form on forever.It was only a matter of time before he came good again — and long may it continue.José Mourinho hails Dele Alli’s work-rate after Tottenham star continues resurgence with double vs Bournemouthlast_img read more

  • Spurs & England star Harry Kane says ‘I am definitely at the Euros’

    first_img6Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hope that Harry Kane will soon return to training ENGLAND captain Harry Kane says that he will “definitely” be fit for the Euros.The 26-year-old has been missing since injuring his hamstring during Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat by Southampton on New Year’s Day.6 Harry Kane is certain that he will be back in an England shirt come the summerCredit: Reuters6 The 26-year-old hobbled out ofCredit: ReutersManager Jose Mourinho initially cast doubt on Kane’s Euro 2020 hopes by speculating that he could be missing for the rest of the season.But with the indomitable Spurs and England captain having returned to outdoor training ahead of schedule last week, expectations have been raised.Mourinho has now suggested that his star striker could be fit for the last three to five matches.We revealed last week the striker is targeting a return in early April.And Kane himself is bullish.He told the Evening Standard: “In my head, I am definitely at the Euros.”Unless something pretty drastic happens between now and then, I’ll be there.”I’m still not back training with the first team, but I’m working hard in the gym, I’m getting stronger all the time.“We’re talking a few more weeks, and I’ll be playing again.”I don’t want to make a prediction for which game I might be back, but I am hoping somewhere between the start and the middle of April.”Kane has had the accusation levelled at him in the past that he has rushed back from previous injuries too quickly – leading to further problems down the line.But the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner is never one to shirk away from a challenge.66And with some of the big games Spurs could have in April – coupled with Mourinho’s demanding attitude when it comes to playing through pain – Kane’s season is almost certainly not over.If they Norwich tonight and win their quarter-final in a fortnight, Spurs could have a return to Wembley in the FA Cup semis in April.And irrespective of whether his side are still clinging on in the race for the top four, Kane will be chomping at the bit to feature in the first North London derby at Spurs’ new stadium.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on Spurs6 Kane is a two-time Premier League Golden Boot winnerCredit: Getty Images – GettyLATEST 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 summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongDespite his team’s struggle for form this season, Kane’s own was actually pretty good pre-injury.Tottenham’s No10 scored 17 goals in 25 appearances – including six in the Champions League.He will reportedly consider his future in the summer, but Daniel Levy will be confident of keeping his star asset.last_img read more

  • Willian hints at reunion with pal Jose at Spurs & has no problem joining rival

    first_imgWILLIAN has hinted at a move to Tottenham as the Chelsea ace says he has “no problem” joining a rival club and is “big friends” with Jose Mourinho. The Brazilian star has revealed he is in regular contact with pal Mourinho, who coached him for two years at Stamford Bridge.2 Willian played under Mourinho at Chelsea from August 2013 to December 2015The 31-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, having failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension.Willian and the Blues were both hoping to come to a deal, but the winger demanded a three-year term while the West Londoners only offered two – sparking interest from Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Inter Milan.In an interview with Bolivia Talk Show, Willian said: “Nothing arrived from Mourinho but we do have a good relationship, he’s a big friend of mine.”We speak to each other sometimes but when it comes to that (speaking about transfers) he respects me a lot.”The Brazilian ace has thrown cold water over speculation of a move away from London.Willian has insisted that he and his family have taken to life in the English capital since his £32million switch from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala seven years ago.When asked about his future, he said: “I like London and my family likes it too but that’s a question I don’t know how to answer.”I don’t know which club I’m going to or if I’m staying here at Chelsea or if I’m leaving to another London club or if I’m leaving England, that’s something I don’t know.”The Blues maestro has said that should the season be extended beyond his contract he will stay and see out the campaign because of his “loyalty” to the Stamford Bridge outfit.2The Blues ace has scored 59 goals in 329 games while winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and last season’s Europa League.Spurs could be plotting revenge on Chelsea by securing Willian on a free – almost seven years after the Blues hijacked their transfer of him.But they still face stiff competition from their North London neighbours, Arsenal, who are eyeing a replacement for wantaway skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Willian is standing firm on landing a three-year deal at his next club which matches his current £120,000-a-week salary.Cash-strapped Arsenal may be reluctant to tie themselves to such a long-term agreement for a player who will be 32 in August.However, the Brazilian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has become an increasingly influential figure at the Emirates over the past year.He also represents the Gunners’ technical director Edu — and pulled the strings in the signings of David Luiz and loanee Cedric Soares.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 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 CelticPSG have been linked to Willian since the last deadline day but a move failed to materialise.Barcelona had been eyeing a swoop for a while and made a failed £50million bid in 2018, but they have reportedly now turned their attentions elsewhere.Willian has scored seven times and registered six assists in 37 matches for Chelsea this term.Jorginho shows his skills in Chelsea training ground shootoutlast_img read more

  • O’Brien cleared of foul play

    first_imgPhoto: PhotoSport Lions’ Sean O’Brien He was cleared of dangerous play during the second match in Wellington after being cited for a swinging arm, which was not dealt with by the on-field officials at the time.O’Brien was cited after television footage showed his forearm clearly made contact with the face of All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo as the Irish loose forward joined a tackle in the 59th minute of the match.Naholo was taken from the pitch for a concussion test, which he failed, forcing his replacement. Referee Jerome Garces, who had sin-binned Lions prop Mako Vunipola minutes before, took no action on the pitch.The Ireland flanker was charged by citing commissioner Scott Nowland after the game.The judicial panel comprised three Australians: Adam Casselden, David Croft, and John Langford.”Having conducted a detailed review of all the evidence available, including all video footage and additional evidence from the player and submissions from his legal representative Max Duthie, the Independent Judicial Committee dismissed the citing complaint,” NZR said in a statement.The committee had earlier banned All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams for four weeks after he was shown a red card for a shoulder charge on Anthony Watson in the 25th minute of the match.O’Brien has played both tests for the Lions on this tour.Sean O’Brien said: “Firstly, I hope Waisake is ok. I’d like to thank the panel for carefully considering the case and I am looking forward to re-joining the whole squad to prepare for the final Test.”Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland said: “We’d like to thank the panel for their professional and diligent approach. Sean is a tough but fair player and we are pleased that the panel dismissed the citing.”last_img read more

  • SBW to face judiciary this afternoon

    first_imgPhoto: Photosport All Black Sonny Bill Williams is red carded The star All Blacks midfielder became the first New Zealand player in 50 years to receive a red card, sent off by referee Jerome Garces in his side’s 24-21 second-Test loss to the Lions in Wellington.Williams was sent for an early shower in the 25th minute after a crunching shoulder charge that struck Lions winger Anthony Watson flush in the face.After a period of discussion with his assistant referees and TMO George Ayoub, Garces said he was left with no choice but to brandish red.”I need to protect the player. It was a direct charge on the head,” Garces told skipper Kieran Read in justifying his call.The last All Black to be sent off was Colin Meads, against Scotland in 1967.The only other All Black to be sent off in the side’s history is Cyril Brownlie, who was sent off against England at Twickenham in 1925.Williams will face a three-man judiciary this afternoon in Wellington, which will determine the severity of his punishment.In all likelihood, he will be suspended for next weekend’s Test decider.In response to Williams’ red, Ngani Laumape was introduced for his Test debut at inside centre and Jerome Kaino substituted, leaving the All Blacks one forward down.It was a move that paid dividends for a period, as the world champions ground their way to a nine-point lead with 20 minutes to play.But tries to Taulupe Faletau and Conor Murray, as well as a 78th-minute Owen Farrell penalty goal, condemned New Zealand to a first home loss in eight years.ALL BLACKS TEST RED CARDS:- Cyril Brownlie vs England, 1925- Colin Meads vs Scotland, 1967- Sonny Bill Williams vs British and Irish Lions, 2017last_img read more

  • Southern 9s complete knockout games

    first_imgIn the Bowl: Irupara GK def. Kapunarau 12-4, Gavuone Bullets def. Soges Development 12-0, TI Stones def.Bonenomu Flyers 24-4,   North Dingos def. Mahuru Eagles 34-8, Lime Beach Stones def. G Stones 10-6, North Dingos (1)  def. Boera Sailors (1) 14-10,  Lahua Nadies def. Donadabu Minas 22-10,  and Central Waga Hots def.  Lagoon Pirates 14-10.Irupara GK, Gavuone Bullets, TI Stones, North Dingos, Lime Beach Stones, North Dingos (1), Lahua Nadies, Central Waga Hots have all advanced to the next stage of the Bowl finals today.The losers from yesterday’s  Bowl games have bowed out.In the Cup/Plate: Maopa Flying Fox def. V Tribe Bees 10-8, SSG Roosters def. Waidex Blues (1) 18-4, Mogeana Blues def. Waidex Blues (2) 24-0, Miro Koivi def. IB Mantas 16- 6, Bara Paddlers def. Paramana Marlins 14-12, Bogi Dogs def. Porporena Marlins 10-8, Bige Bote Trekkers Titans def. Tuhava Hunters 10-6, and Rovanama (1) def. Maopa Paio 10-8.The winners from the Cup/Plate games will move on to the next stage of the Cup finals today while the losers will battle it out in the Plate finals.last_img read more

  • Alukuni take down Kamali in Hekari Central Cup

    first_imgAlukuni were led by new recruit for Hekari United, Karo Ila and lead he did, when he fired through the first goal for his side in the 21st minute.Alukuni continued to dominate possession and were two points midway through the second half when Ute Ila chipped the ball over the keeper to find the net.Karo continued to direct play to guide his side to a comfortable win.In other results, Gemo drew with Alewai 3-3, Keapara defeated Papaka  (2) 2-0, Kalo beat Kawara 2-0, Papaka  (1) edged out Makerupu 2-1 and Kamali were the better side over Hula in the morning winning 2-0.last_img read more

  • Olympic Day ends well

    first_imgBased on this year’s Olympic Day three pillars which are “Move, Learn, and Discover”, the committee headed to the local Motu village in Central Province to conclude the week-long activities.Accompanied by a few PNG sport athletes, the committee addressed villagers on the importance of sports as well as getting them to participate in organised mini coaching clinics and a game of cricket.PNG’s powerlifter and the Pacific games record holder Lynda Pulsan also gave an inspirational speech to the villagers. She encouraged the youths to participate in sporting activities, explaining the values of the Olympic day. Meanwhile, PNG Olympic Committee President, Sir John Dawanincura, thanked all the schools and sports for participating in the event today and also earlier in the week for the school visits.He also thanked PNGOC’s partners and stakeholders for their support to sport and community development through the various programs of the PNG Olympic Committee.A special recognition was made to PNG’s Olympians in which seven were present for Olympic Day on Wednesday.In the coming years, the celebrations will also be extended to other province to encourage sporting men and women to live their dream in sports.last_img read more