Two Marquee Matchups Await in Week 9 With MCN at UCA, SHSU at SLU

first_img• Unstoppable Force, Immovable Object: Central Arkansas ranks second behind Sam Houston State with 288.4 yards per game against Southland foes behind senior quarterback Hayden Hildebrand. McNeese’s “Defense with Attitude” allows just 120.0 yards per game through the air. Additional Storylines: • Streaks at Stake: Central Arkansas and McNeese are both on six-game win streaks heading into their meeting, while Southeastern Louisiana and Sam Houston State are on five- and three-game streaks, respectively. • McNeese Defense: The Southland-best Cowboy defense has allowed just one touchdown in its last four league matchups. The team is coming off last Saturday’s game against UIW where the secondary returned four interceptions for touchdowns, tying a NCAA all-division record. • Return to Hammond: The No. 5/5 Bearkats take on Southeastern Louisiana on the road Saturday at 7 p.m. It is the first meeting between the two teams since Sam Houston State won 21-17 in their 2014 FCS Playoffs first-round clash. The Bears possess one of the most potent offenses in the conference, ranking third against league opponents in scoring (35.0 points per game) and yards per game (466.6). Meanwhile, the Cowboys rank as the Southland’s top defense by far, allowing just 12.6 points per game and 189.4 yards per game. UCA defense ranks second, allowing 330.6 yards per game. Week Eight Schedule: The conference now has two teams ranked in the top-five nationally, with Central Arkansas at No. 4 and Sam Houston State at No. 5 in both the FCS Coaches Poll and STATS FCS Poll. McNeese is ranked at No. 18 and 20, respectively, while Nicholls holds the No. 23 spot in the coaches poll. *  Southland Conference game Saturday, Oct. 21Nicholls at UIW* – 2 p.m.McNeese at Central Arkansas* (ESPN3) – 6 p.m.Northwestern State at Houston Baptist* (SDL) – 6 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 6 p.m.Sam Houston State at Southeastern Louisiana* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m. 2017 Southland Conference Football Week Nine Notes (PDF)The nationally ranked No. 4/4 Central Arkansas Bears put their undefeated conference season on the line in a top-25 clash when they host No. 18/20 McNeese on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both teams have won six straight games heading into week nine.last_img read more


first_img1 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 18) 16% 45% 7 18% 49% 4 Money Won 10% 40% Win% Rafael Bejarano45 Martin Pedroza22 6 5 10 7 6 2 Philip D’Amato31 $135,715 17% 2 1st ACCELERATE IN BULLET BREEZE FOR RICH PEGASUS 3 $372,973 Joel Rosario72 12 3rd Assael Espinoza40 4 26% 29% Flavien Prat74 Doug  O’Neill47 Drayden Van Dyke56 $63,966 ACCELERATE WORKS FIVE FURLONGS FOR PEGASUS WORLD CUPBreeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate had his final local workout at 6:30 this morning before shipping to Florida for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park a week from today, on Jan. 26.With assistant trainer Juan Leyva aboard, Accelerate whisked five furlongs over a fast track in a bullet 58.80 well within himself to the satisfaction of John Sadler, who trains the son of Lookin At Lucky for principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis.It was the fastest of 45 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.25, with the second-fastest nearly a full second slower at 59.60.“The track has a good bottom to it,” said Sadler, who had contemplated working Sunday had the surface not been to his liking after enduring 3 ½ inches of rain Monday into Thursday.“It’s still got a little moisture in it and I wanted to go on Saturday all along. We got here and walked on it about four in the morning and felt it was pretty good, so cross your fingers and off we go.”BAFFERT EYES SANTA ANITA HANDICAP WITH McKINZIEBob Baffert confirmed this morning that multiple Grade I winner McKinzie will pass the Pegasus World Cup next Saturday and point for Santa Anita’s marquee race for older horses, the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter on March 9, using the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Feb. 2 as a steppingstone to the Big Cap.“We’re going to run here if all’s well,” the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer said.Baffert would be seeking his sixth victory in the Big Cap, having won it with General Challenge in 2000; Misremembered in 2010; and three times with Game On Dude, in 2011, 2013 and 2014.McKinzie, a bay son of Street Sense, is coming off an impressive victory by nearly five lengths in the Grade I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs on Dec. 26. He had won three graded stakes last year before finishing a disappointing 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 3.STILL YOUNG AT HEART, DESORMEAUX NEARS 6,000 WINSWith his half-length victory on Imperial Creed for trainer Michael McCarthy in Friday’s second race, Kent Desormeaux moved within three of 6,000 career wins in North America.“Whoda thunk it?” joshed the three-time Kentucky Derby winner and Hall of Fame member who turns 49 on Feb. 27. “Really, it is exciting, but it’s hard to imagine.“I know one thing: they don’t come easy, and the last two months, it seems like it’s taking forever.”GUARANTEED $2 MILLION SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT TODAYIn an unprecedented move, Santa Anita Park has announced it would be guaranteeing a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot for eight consecutive racing days, beginning today and up until a mandatory Jackpot payout (pending CHRB approval) on Feb. 2.Fans are advised that the $2 million Jackpot guarantees will be in effect until Feb. 2, providing there is no Single Ticket winner in the interim.With 10-race cards being offered through the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, first post time Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be 12 noon.Although there has been no turf racing since Sunday due to heavy rains earlier in the week, Santa Anita has four races originally scheduled on turf to be run today.The Jackpot guarantee aside, there is a “live money” pool of $918,801 in Saturday’s Rainbow Six, which will begin with race five, with an assigned post time of 2:02 p.m. PT.For additional racing information and specifics on Santa Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:ACCELERATE’S FINAL PREP AHEAD OF THE PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL CATAPULT’S FINAL WORK AHEAD OF THE PEGASUS WORLD CUP TURF INVITATIONALPAVEL’S 6 FURLONG WORK (BOUND FOR DUBAI)PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 1PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 2 PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 3“QUICK QUESTIONS” WITH RICHARD MANDELLA“SHEDROW STROLL” WITH BAFFERT’S FLOR DE LA MARFINISH LINES: Richard Baltas has engaged Tyler Gaffalione to ride San Gabriel Stakes winner Next Shares in the $7 million Pegasus Turf Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. The jockey guided Next Shares to a 23-1 upset victory in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland last Oct. 6 . . . Mario Gutierrez, who won his first race of the meet Friday aboard California Journey for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, has been named on Whooping Jay for leading trainer Doug O’Neill in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes for three-year-olds at about 6 ½ furlongs on the grass. Whooping Jay worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 handily from the gate today, one of 26 head O’Neill breezed this morning . . . Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will be Dollar Day at Santa Anita, with beer and soda on sale for a buck and hot dogs for $2. First post time will be 12 noon . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 24, at Santa Anita. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website ( webcast). The  agenda and  package of materials for this meeting also are available on the website…ANOTHER GREY PANTHER!  Not to be outdone by Paddock Captain John Shear, who celebrated his 98th birthday in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following yesterday’s sixth race, iconic Santa Anita usher Dick Warren celebrated his own birthday yesterday–number 92. Mr. Warren has been working at The Great Race Place since 1948 and his son, Bobby Warren, can be seen each day raising the flag one hour before first post time during the National Anthem in the track’s Infield. Richard Mandella10 14% 4 23% 4 Mark Glatt19 Brice Blanc24 14% Ruben Fuentes35 $120,911 $156,520 $368,497 6 McKINZIE PASSES PEGASUS, POINTS FOR THE BIG CAP 0 3 $127,897 7 2nd 5 18% 3 $198,312 Tyler Baze73 Peter Miller43 3 $342,031 9% $150,610 $546,896 55% $121,340 4 6 4 40% $223,139 Vladimir Cerin18 $415,040 4 0 2 14 12 4 3 5 47% 8% Tiago Pereira42 5 8 Steve Knapp18 5 27% 78% 43% 1 Edwin Maldonado27 $889,829 J. Keith Desormeaux25 8 15% $554,050 43% 3 $183,385 60% $389,138 8 4 $397,251 7 72% 13% 2 3 11% $79,709 $632,609 2 8 33% Richard Baltas42 6 $168,798 Win% 4 6 0 Joseph Talamo48 9 13 36% 69% 19% DESORMEAUX IS NEARING CAREER WIN NUMBER 6,000 John W. Sadler30 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 3 57% 11 33% 3rd Kent Desormeaux37 $127,497 1 4 Mike Smith25 2 ITM% 8% 5 15% 5 47% 23% 3 35% Money Won 33% $335,764 11 12 3 19% 3 1 John Shirreffs9 5 $435,585 Agapito Delgadillo21 JockeyMts 52% 6 3 $1,143,616 33% 13% 44% 6 $240,829 7 3 45% $59,017 50% 4 14 3 6 Mike Puype13 8 18% ITM% 14% 12% TrainerMts 56% 64% 18% $450,713 4 1st 46% 43% 4 22% William E. Morey22 $84,883 17% 40% 7 4 1 38% 4 21% 24% 4 4 3 51% 4 16 9 $420,586 Heriberto Figueroa66 37% 2nd Geovanni Franco54 4 24% RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT GUARANTEES BEGIN TODAY 2 Jeff Mullins22 8 4 $309,820 $136,159 1 1 17 33% 6 11 Jerry Hollendorfer33 1 30% Diego Sanchez11 13% 12 Leonard Powell8 4 0 53% 4 50% $72,202last_img read more


first_imgTOUCHING RAINBOWS TIMES IT RIGHT TO TAKE $150,000 DONALD VALPREDO CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PEREIRA; TRAINED BY D’AMATO, HE GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:09.88RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERSARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2019)–Deftly handled by Tiago Pereira, Touching Rainbows closed a four length gap with a quarter mile to run and overhauled pacesetting Richard’s Boy to win Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint by 1 ¼ lengths at Santa Anita.  Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 6-year-old gelding by Aragorn got six furlongs in 1:09.88.One of four stakes on Saturday restricted to horses owned or bred in California, the Cal Cup Sprint is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA.With Richard’s Boy blasting off to a commanding 2 ½ length lead after the first half mile, Pereira was content to bide his time aboard Touching Rainbows, who sat a close third, just to the outside of well fancied Heck Yeah going into the far turn.  With a roughly two length margin to overcome a furlong out, Touching Rainbows kept to his task while Richard’s Boy shortened stride late.Off at 3-1 in a field of six older horses, Touching Rainbows, who is out of the Gold Case mare Violin Case, paid $8.00, $3.80 and $2.60 while picking up his first stakes win.Owned by KM Racing Enterprise, Inc., Madaket Stables, LLC and Slam Dunk Racing, Touching Rainbows, who was claimed for $25,000 13 starts back on Sept. 30, 2016, picked up his first stakes win, which was worth $90,000, increasing his earnings to $375,382.  With today’s victory, his overall race record now stands at 18-7-1-2.In a valiant effort, Richard’s Boy, who was ridden by Heriberto Figueroa, finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of favored Edwards Going Left for second money.  Off at 3-1, Richard’s Boy paid $3.80 and $2.60.Last early, Edwards Going Left finished a half length in front of Minoso.  Ridden by Tyler Baze, Edwards Going Left was off at 8-5 and paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.13, 44.96 and 57.11.last_img read more

Lighthouse Prevails By A Half Length In $51,000 Santa Anita Allowance Feature

first_imgLIGHTHOUSE PREVAILS BY A HALF LENGTH IN $51,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE AS VAN DYKE & CALLAGHAN TEAM FOR 5 ½ FURLONG TURF WIN IN 1:02.50      ARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2020)–Head and head with odds-on favorite Lofty from the opening bell, trainer Simon Callaghan’s Lighthouse edged clear late to take Friday’s $51,000 allowance feature.  Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, the 3-year-old Mizzen Mast filly got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:02.50.“She ran big to a really nice filly last time and Simon said she was on her toes today, ‘don’t take anything away from her,’” said Van Dyke, who rode Lighthouse to a second place finish behind classy Laura’s Light in the Grade III Sweet Life Stakes over the course on Feb. 16.  “She actually likes being inside, so I let her bounce out of there and I knew that other filly would be right with us on the outside.  She was very comfortable the whole way and she won pretty impressively.”Off as the third choice at 5-2 in a field of four sophomore fillies, Lighthouse paid $7.80 and $2.80, with no show wagering.Owned by LNJ Foxwoods, Lighthouse, who is out of the North Light mare More Hoping, now has two wins from five starts, all of them on turf.  With the winner’s share of $30,600, she increased her earnings to $88,151.The lone California-bred in the field, Lofty finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of Mean Sophia.  Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Lofty was off at 4-5 and paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.73, 44.23 and 56.18.Racing resumes with first post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.  Fans are encouraged to wager via or through  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Games Relay underway in National Capital District

first_imgThe baton was officially welcomed at Ela Beach and then made its way throughout Motu Koita villages.The relay started at Korobosea then headed to Mahuru, Kilakila and Pari and ended Day one at Vabukori Village.At Pari village, the baton ran through the main village then made its final stop at the primary school where girls dressed in traditional attire welcomed the baton.The students and villagers rushed to see and feel the baton before it was driven to Vabukori.On Tuesday, people from the Moresby North West Electorate will join in the Relay commencing its journey at CPL Gerehu and ending at Murray Barracks.North East residents will witness the relay’s journey on Wednesday. It will start at the Parliament House and will end at the Jack Pidik Park.The residents of Moresby South electorate will have the opportunity to be part of the relay on Thursday, when the Oil Search Pacific Games Relay visits their suburbs.Then on Friday, it will visit the Motu Koita East villages starting at Baruni, followed by Tatana and finally Hanuabada.The relay will end its National Capital District journey at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium on Friday night.last_img read more

Vanuatu Government commits to hosting Pacific Mini Games in 2017

first_imgThis was announced by Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas during the opening the Pacific Games Council’s (PGC) General Assembly in Port Vila, Vanuatu.“My government is committed to be the host of this important event and it is also important especially for the young generations,” he said.The government’s commitment reassures member governments and sports disciplines of the Vanuatu gathering after an alarm was sounded by the Vasanoc that the hosting of the games could be moved to another country following the long silence on the part of the Vanuatu government of its financial commitments towards the game plans.Prime Minister Tabimasmas also extended an invitation to PGC members attending the assembly to visit the venues for the 2017 Games and see for themselves that Vanuatu is committed.PGC president Vidya Lakhan thanked the Prime Minister, the Council of Ministers and the people of Vanuatu for the commitment and assurance given to the 22 island nations- members of PGC.“Honourable Prime Minister, we are delighted to have your personal commitment and support and your government to ensure that the 2017 Games is a successful one.”The PGC president informed a joint-press conference that there will be an evaluation commission set up to review the initial plans and budget for the Games and come back to the Council with a report by June 24th.The PGC Assembly held yesterday saw the attendance of Australia and New Zealand for the first time as observers. They are members of the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC).PGC Executive Director Andrew Minogue said the Council was delighted to have 21 of the 22 Pacific Games Associations present in Port Vila.“We’ve invited Australia and New Zealand to be observer, they are delighted to be here as well including ONOC led by its president and member of the IOC- Dr Robin Mitchell of Fiji.”It has been approved that Australia and New Zealand compete in two sports in Vila next year and eight sports for the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga. Both countries competed in four sports at the XV Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea last year.Minogue said the deliberations on day one of the assembly focused on the future of the PGC’s sports programmes whereby it has been decided that future games will only cater for 24 sports instead of 26.“Just to lighten the load on our hosts but at the same time we are increasing the number of sports on the programme that are compulsory from 14 to 16 with sailing and triathlon being promoted,” Minogue said.An exciting second and final day looms for election of office bearers for the next four years on the PGC plus bids by Tahiti and the Solomon Islands for the 2023 Pacific Games.The hosts of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games- Vanuatu, 2019 Pacific Games- Tonga and 2021 Pacific Mini Games- Northern Marianas will also present reports at the assembly. Pic: 2015 Pacific Games participants in Papua New Guinealast_img read more

Kumuls placed in Pool C of 2017 Rugby League World Cup draw

first_imgWith venue yet to be announced, Moresby will hosts the Papua New Guinea Kumuls’ three pool matches in the RLWC2017 from 27 Oct to 2 Dec 2017.The RLWC2017 will see 14 teams play 28 games over five weeks, all hoping to be crowned world champions.With 11 teams already confirmed, the final three teams will come from the European Qualifying Tournament to be played in Oct and Nov this year. The teams who are still in the race include Wales, Ireland, Russia, Serbia, Italy and Spain.The composition of the pools for RLWC2017 was shaped by a number of considerations, including the final placings from the 2013 World Cup and current world rankings.Kumuls have been placed in Pool C along with European Qualifier 1 and European Qualifier 2.Pool A consists of Australia, England, France and Lebanon. Pool B has New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland and Tonga. Fiji, USA and European Qualifier 3 are grouped in Pool D.Kumuls will face a European Qualifier on both Saturday, Oct 28 and Sunday, Nov 5 followed by an entertaining encounter against the USA Hawks on Sunday, Nov 12 2017.Ticket details for games played in PNG will be announced in due course.Kumuls coach Michael Marum and captain David Mead were present during the announcement.The Kangaroos Australian coach Mal Meninga and captain Cameron Smith and Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney and captain Jesse Bromwich also attended the event.last_img read more

Expanded OFC Champions League draw revealed

first_imgThe draw for the group stage was made yesterday at OFC Headquarters, with eight-time champions Auckland drawn in Group C in the expanded 16-team competition.Ramon Tribulietx’s side beat domestic rivals Team Wellington in the 2016 final and will represent Oceania at the FIFA Club World Cup in December.New Caledonia champions AS Magenta, who were semi-finalists earlier this year, are joined in Group A by Papua New Guinea’s Hekari United, AS Central Sport of Tahiti and the runner-up from the Champions League qualifying stage, which brings together the top clubs from Cook Islands, Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.New Zealand domestic champs Team Wellington, who finished runners up in the past two Oceania finals, will face the champions from Fiji, New Caledonia Super Ligue runners up Hienghene Sport, and the winner from the Qualifying Stage.Tahiti’s AS Tefana are the only team confirmed in Group D and will be joined by the Solomon Islands champions and the runners-up from Fiji and Vanuatu.last_img read more

Copa del Rey: can Real Madrid and Barcelona cross in the round of 16?

first_imgReal Madrid and Barcelona have advanced to the knockout stages of the Copa del Rey with some suffering, after overthrowing Unionists and Ibiza respectively. So, they will be in the hype next Friday in the City of Soccer of Las Rozas (1:00 pm, through the official channels of the RFEF and on and, if chance wishes, they could face in the next round.In Friday’s draw there will be no hype of the Spanish Super Cup, as it did for the sixteenth. So that, there will be one of the First Division teams, another with the Second and, in case there is any classified, another with those of Second B. If the last conditioner is met, the rest of the third category of Spanish football would face each other with a First team, but this could be anyone, not necessarily a big one. So far, the four Supercup teams, exempt in the first two rounds, faced yes or yes to a Second B. It will be a condition that disappears from now on.LaLiga SmartBank teams will also play against a First Division. That does not mean that the LaLiga Santander face each other, since there will be more classified than the total sum between Second and Second B. In other words, Real Madrid or Barcelona can play with each other, against one of the same category or against one of lower division.Provisional draw bombsFirst division: Osasuna, Sevilla, Barcelona, ​​Athletic, Real Madrid, Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Granada and Valencia.Second division: Zaragoza and Tenerife.Slopes: Ebro-Leganés; Mirandés-Celta; Badajoz-Eibar; Ray Vallecano-Betis; Cultural Leonesa-Atlético de Madrid.last_img read more

Piatti is one step away from leaving Espanyol and Calero stays

first_imgPiatti’s situation reflects the Espanyol market in recent seasons. He arrived in the first season of Chen Yansheng, on loan from Valencia. His first campaign was spectacular, with 11 goals and ten assists. The sports management, then headed by Jordi Lardín, did not hesitate to pay 1.2 million for his hiring and sign a leonino contract (agreed at the time) and ascending. Piatti’s performance failed to return to the point of the first year. More testimonial his contest in the last year of Quique Sánchez Flores, is relegated to the substitution with Joan Francesc Ferrer, Rubi, until he was injured in the cruciate ligament of the knee. After the operation with David López, he returned to play this October. But he has barely participated. The club has already tried in past markets to address its exit to reduce wage mass, but it did not occur. In these seasons, Piatti has played 95 blue and whites matches with 14 goals and 19 assists since arriving in 2016 from Valencia.Piatti’s march seems to be on track, and finally it will be the last one although there is another player from the first team who has been tempted. In this case, it is Fernando Calero. Valencia can sign a central due to the long-term withdrawal of Ezequiel Garay, and the former Valladolid is one of the options. The club ché contacted Rufete to probe the intentions of the parakeet club, which is not about the task of parting with Calero in any way. So this option would have already been ruled out.Rufete also revealed that players like Pipa and Víctor Gómez had had proposals, but that the club had also chosen to remain with Abelardo. The January market ended, but not the movements in the Espanyol squad. As Francisco Pérez Rufete, director of Professional Football, said on Tuesday, Pablo Piatti meets with the club’s permission until Thursday to sign with another entity in America. One of its possible destinations, as announced by the Cope Chain, may be the Toronto of the MLS, a competition that starts on February 29. In Europe, practically all the leagues, especially the important ones, have the market already completely closed. The other option for Piatti is in Argentina.For this to occur, the extreme must reach an economic agreement and pass the medical review. In that case, Espanyol and the Argentine would reach an agreement to terminate the contract that expires on June 30, taking into account that the player does not count for Abelardo Fernández and that his salary is one of the highest in the squad: he exceeds The gross three million.last_img read more