Southland Gives Back: Houston Baptist

first_imgThe Huskies cleaned off packaged food, personal and medical items, then put them on Houston Food Banks’s huge conveyor belt system, where more HBU student-athletes were waiting to organize the items into boxes. Those boxes will be distributed to families in need. The Houston Food Bank is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes food to hunger relief charities and is a member of the nation’s largest non-governmental, domestic hunger relief organization – Feeding America. Food usually comes from various sources in the food industry, like grocery stores and wholesalers, that have thousands of pounds of food to give away – food that could otherwise be thrown away. During the fiscal year 2016-17, Houston Food Bank distributed 83,000,000 nutritious meals and has a goal to reach 100,000,000 nutritious meals by 2018. For more information on the Houston Food Bank, visit houstonfoodbank.org. Every dollar donated to the Houston Food Bank provides the equivalent of three meals for an individual. Each Southland Conference member institution participates in a “Southland Gives Back” event around the holidays. In addition, every individual program at HBU serves for at least one more community service project during the academic year. “It was a great experience to see all of these athletes come together to help out at the Houston Food Bank,” SAAC Southland Conference representative and senior men’s golfer Val Almendarez said. “To have these athletes give up their free time to help those in need was really amazing to see. So many people need the food bank now more than ever, because of all the devastation from Hurricane Harvey and we were able to help create over 6,000 meals in the time we spent there.”center_img “To be able to give back to our community, especially after the devastation the city has endured this year, was really special,” SAAC president and men’s soccer goalkeeper Chance Pope said. “This was a great way for us to come together in fellowship and I look forward to continuing these experiences with my fellow athletes.” As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions each weekday from Dec. 6 to 22. HOUSTON – Approximately 60 HBU student-athletes took time to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank’s Portwall Warehouse on the east side of town on Monday, Nov. 27. The event was organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative.last_img read more

Knauth, Gaconi Named Baseball Players of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: William Hancock, Central Arkansas; Jake Georgiades, Stephen F. Austin; Enrique Sanchez Jr., Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Nathan Pilutti, Southeastern Louisiana. 2018 Southland Baseball Week 13 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls senior Kyle Knauth and Southeastern Louisiana junior Corey Gaconi are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. The Colonels (22-27, 11-13 SLC) currently sit in the eighth and final spot for the 2018 Southland Baseball Tournament, next hosting Southern in nonconference action Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT before a pivotal three-game league series with New Orleans (21-28, 10-14 SLC) starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Privateers are currently ninth in the standings right behind Nicholls. Honorable Mention: Tyler Gray, Central Arkansas; A.G. Ayala, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Brayson Smith, New Orleans. The Lions (32-18, 19-8 SLC) are just three games behind Sam Houston State (33-15, 19-5) in second place but have just one conference series remaining this weekend, facing Central Arkansas on the road starting Friday at 6 p.m.center_img Hitter of the Week: Kyle Knauth, Nicholls – Sr. – C – Mandeville, La.Knauth recorded the Colonels first six-RBI performance since 2016 in game two against Stephen F. Austin last weekend, clobbering a three-run homer in his first at-bat. He also drove in five runs against Prairie View A&M, totaling 13 RBIs on the week. The senior catcher reached base twice in every game and raised his batting average by 18 percentage points. Pitcher of the Week: Corey Gaconi, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – RHP – Metaire, La.Gaconi shutout the conference leader, limiting Sam Houston State to a pair of singles, becoming the first pitcher to shutout the Bearkats this season and helping Lions to series victory. It was his third career complete game – his second of the season – and his first career shutout. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Vertonghen says he was dropped – not injured – but plays down rift with Poch

first_imgJAN VERTONGHEN has revealed he was DROPPED for Tottenham’s opening three games of the season.There was some uncertainty over why he wasn’t in the team, with some suggestions that he was unavailable due to injury, but instead it was a tactical choice.2 Vertonghen has revealed he is fit and was only dropped for tactical reasonsDespite being axed, Vertonghen insists he has no problem with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and has vowed to stay and help the club end their trophy drought.The Belgian defender, 32, was surprised to be left out of Tottenham’s first three games of the season.With less than a year remaining on his contract some fans were fearing the defender could even be sold before the European transfer window finally closes this evening.But Vertonghen returned to the team for the 2-2 North London derby draw at Arsenal and has played down talks of a rift with Pochettino.The Belgian said: “The manager told me before the first game of the season against Aston Villa that I wasn’t playing because of a tactical decision and I respect that.“There was nothing wrong with my fitness. I played in every pre-season game and I didn’t miss a training session.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one“But when you’re not in the team you realise just how important it is to be playing so it was a massive game for me to come back against Arsenal.“I’ve been so long with these guys and I love this club so I just want to play as much as I can.“I’m not thinking about the contract, I’m just focused on football now and I feel great.“I’m very, very happy to be back and I just want to help the club to win trophies.2MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY 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 wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year“I’m experienced and fit enough to get straight back into the rhythm of the team.”It’s a pity we’ve now got a two-week international break because I prefer to play every three or four days with Tottenham.“We love to play football together and I think everyone can’t wait for two games a week to get back to that good feeling we had last season.”Spurs striker Harry Kane says he’s not a diver after 2-2 draw with Arsenallast_img read more

Spurs lining up Ajax keeper Onana to replace crocked Hugo Lloris in January

first_imgSPURS have Ajax keeper Andre Onana at the top of their wish list to replace Hugo Lloris.The athletic and skilful Cameroon international first caught the eye of Tottenham in their Champions League clashes last season.2 Andre Onana could replace Hugo Lloris between the sticks at SpursOnana, 23, is under contract with the Dutch club but they would sell if the right offer came in.That would need to be in the £30million to £35million bracket.Spurs are anxiously monitoring the form of Frenchman Lloris.He is currently sidelined with injury but had a rocky few months before his lay off.There would have to be a buyer for the skipper before they bring in Onana as he would not want to be second choice.But Spurs know Lloris’ time may even be up by next summer and have to be ready with the right man to fill his gloves.Paulo Gazzaniga stood in recently but it might be too much to expect the Argentinian to keep the job long term.And Spurs fans will have seen Onana at close quarters last season, when he played against them in the Champions League semi-finals.2LATEST 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 wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearHe kept a clean sheet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Ajax took a 1-0 lead back to Amsterdam.But he was partially culpable as Ajax threw away their 3-0 aggregate lead in the second half at the Johan Cruyff Arena.Onana failed to grasp the ball after saving from Fernando Llorente, letting the ball squirm free to Lucas Moura who converted after slick footwork. Everton v Tottenham – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Premier League clashlast_img read more

Prem’s Big Six form alliance to BLOCK plans for June 30 season cut-off date

first_img3THE PREMIER LEAGUE’S Big Six will join forces and dismiss calls to set a cut-off date for the season.SunSport reported how a number of top clubs want a June 30 guillotine on the table at a meeting today.3 Manchester United and Man City are just two clubs determined to end the campaignCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut the Big Six have put up a united front in their determination to play out the season in full.That would mean they are just one club short of being able to block the rest of the Prem’s push for a definitive closing date.And with league chiefs also firmly opposed to any idea of an early finish, the rebel alliance will be under pressure to back down.One of clubs’ biggest concerns is player contracts ending on June 30, potentially making a nonsense of the rest of the season.But one well-known club executive said: “This is simply not the time to be having these conversations. It is far, far too early.” League chiefs have modelled a number of return scenarios, looking at resuming in June, July or August.Even the latter would allow next season to start in September and finish by mid-May although top clubs may have to sacrifice the Carabao Cup.With the Big Six staring at total losses of £580m if the season is cut off — more than the other 14 clubs put together — there is no sign of resolve being loosened.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesmost 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderGive now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealPremier League bosses will exhaust all alternative options before they even consider sawing the campaign off at the knees, especially with Bundesliga and Serie A chiefs talking up potential returns next month.And they are also aware Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has vowed to take a dim view of any league that cancels the remainder of their season.Uefa want the Champions League final to end the European season on August 29.They will meet on April 23 for more discussions on how to finish the campaign.3Sir Patrick Vallance presents coronavirus global death comparison slide which appears to show steep trajectory for UKlast_img read more

The call that saved Corey Harawira-Naera

first_imgNRL Photos Panthers second-rower Corey Harawira-Naera The 22-year-old forward revealed he knocked back advice to have shoulder surgery following the NRL Nines in fear he would be forced out of the club with his contract expiring at the end of the 2017 Telstra Premiership.”It was a niggle all year. I was hoping it healed itself by the end but it never did,” Harawira-Naera told NRL.com.”They said to get it done then but I knew I was coming off contract and asked them to play out the year.”I would have been kicking myself if I got it done early. I was in a bad place knowing I might have had to get it done. I thought it might have been the end for me here.”Although he’s now on restricted training duties until March having eventually succumbed to shoulder surgery in the off-season, his original decision to play on has reaped rewards.Panthers coach Anthony Griffin called upon the Otaua Valley junior for a first-grade debut in round four and the mobile back-rower proved a handy replacement for luckless teammates James Fisher-Harris and Bryce Cartwright throughout the year.He became a mainstay in the line-up with 22 appearances.  “It was a good introduction to first grade,” Harawira-Naera said.”It was tough week to week. Never did we have an easy game. Even when we put points on a team, I never felt it was easy.”We didn’t go as far as we wanted to go. Playing in that Broncos game, we need to be at that intensity for the whole year. I just want to build on it.”Strong performances led to rival clubs circling with the Panthers in a battle to keep him.While Harawira-Naera conceded he went close to moving on, the opportunity to build on an impressive debut season in a stable squad under Griffin proved too good to knock back.He re-signed with the Panthers on a new two-year deal in June.”It was a blessing in disguise I pushed through and was lucky enough to make it play almost the whole season,” he said.”I don’t think they would have kept me. Options weren’t out there at the time. I got lucky. You need a bit of luck with that kind of stuff.”Harawira-Naera’s aware of the talk surrounding second-year syndrome and faces stiff competition to retain a starting gig with Cartwright and Fisher-Harris back to full fitness.”You know what they mean when you get into training,” he said. “You feel like you can slacken off but you can’t.”The first year when I came over to Australia I was motivated and didn’t go out.”I did get carried away at the halfway point of that year and my form slumped. I had injuries, you’ve got to go through that to know what it feels like to watch everyone else on the field.”Penrith medical staff are aiming for an opening-round return for the bustling forward but Harawira-Naera wants to defy them again with an intent on playing in the club’s final trial in February.”I’ve been stuck on the bike only in the gym. Knowing you’re missing out on new things in attack and defensive structures, it will be a lot to take in the last few weeks leading into the season,” he said.last_img read more

Hunters fry Seagulls

first_imgIt happened in front of a crowd of more than 15, 000 at the Sir John Guise stadium this afternoon.Trailing 13-6 at half time, the Hunters came back strongly to leave the Seagulls scoreless in the second 40 minutes.The Hunters began their assault in the 55th minute of play when a penalty saw captain Israel Eliab opt to go for the two points.The ball was given to kicker Ase Boas who converted to put his team within five points of the Seagulls lead.Straight from the kick off, the Hunters raced  back into Seagulls territory and created a gap for Stargroth Amean to score. Boas added the extras for the Hunters to take the lead for the first time in the game.The Hunters were in again right from the restart through Oti Bland Tony who left the crowd screaming for more points.With all the momentum going their way, the Hunters toyed with the Seagulls defence,  scoring three more tries in the last 10 minutes.Tries went to Kato Ottio, Willie Minoga and the final try went to Adam Korave who scored a minute out from full time.last_img read more

North Queensland Cowboys beat Brisbane Broncos in golden-point thriller

first_imgIt was a disappointing end to Brisbane captain’s Justin Hodges final and 251st NRL game.Hodges looked to be going out a winner after the Brisbane defence had repelled numerous North Queensland attacking raids in the second half.The Broncos led 14-12 after an electrifying first half in which both sides scored two tries.Brisbane winger Jordan Kahu kicked a 43rd minute penalty goal to stretch the lead to 16-12. The Cowboys then dominated possession but could not crack the Brisbane defence.Midway through the second half a cut-out pass from Thurston was dropped by centre Kane Linnett with the line open.Four minutes later Cowboys full-back Lachlan Coote had a try disallowed due to a double movement after he was cut down by a Matt Gillett tackle just before the line.Hunt’s golden-point knock-on was preceded by a lifting tackle on Linnett in the 77th minute that saw him placed on report. The Cowboys trailed 16-12 for most of the second half before winger Kyle Feldt scored in the corner in the final seconds to take the game into golden-point extra-time.Broncos half-back Ben Hunt dropped the ball from the extra-time kick-off to give the Cowboys a golden opportunity to snatch victory.Thurston was set up for the field goal for the first tackle. He was swamped by the Broncos defence but could not be stopped from his second attempt moments later after a strong hit-up from prop James Tamou.From 20 metres out, Thurston kicked the winning field goal in the 83rd minute of the game to send all of North Queensland into a celebration frenzy.Thurston went on to won the Clive Churchill Medal for the best player in the grand final.Immediately after the dramatic win Thurston was shaking and in disbelief over what he had achieved for the club he loves dearly.”I am speechless, I can’t believe it,” he told Channel Nine after the match.”I can’t believe what I have just done. I love these boys, they have worked so hard. They work so hard, I see them every day, the sacrifices that they make, what they do for us every day. I love the club. Wow, I can’t believe it.”It was just the second grand final appearance for the Cowboys who were beaten 10 years ago by the Wests Tigers in the 2005 decider.Hodges denied fairytale finishThe dramatic win denied the Broncos a seventh premiership and an eighth title for coach Wayne Bennett. SCOREBOARD: BRONCOS v COWBOYS16-17at Sydney’s Olympic stadium, October 4 2015375Tackles3207Linebreaks311Errors1276%Completion rate76%Broncos: C Oates, J Reed tries; C Parker con, pen; J Kahu con, pen Cowboys: J O’Neill, J Tamou, K Feldt tries; J Thurston 2 cons, 1 field goalView full stats sheetcenter_img Photo: Delirium … Cowboys team-mates mob Johnathan Thurston after his winning field goal. (AAP Image: Mick Tsikas) The Cowboys consequently marched down field before Thurston gave the ball to five-eighth Michael Morgan in the dying seconds, who drew three defenders before flicking the ball out to Feldt who dived over in the corner to level the scores at 16-16.Thurston misses first opportunity to snatch winThurston’s conversion from the sideline, that would have won the game for the Cowboys at the end of regulation time, hit the post before the North Queensland star captured the victory in extra-time.Photo: Distraught … Justin Hodges (R) of the Broncos consoles Ben Hunt after the final whistle. (Getty Images: Mark Kolbe) The Broncos posted the first try in the seventh minute with a stunning 90-metre effort when Anthony Milford collected an off-load from Adam Blair and sprinted down field before finding Jack Reed who sent Corey Oates storming down the left wing to score the opening try. Parker, who a few minutes earlier had kicked a penalty goal, converted to give the Broncos an 8-0 lead.The Cowboys responded two minutes later when Jake Granville broke from a scrum to step inside Corey Parker before sending centre Justin O’Neill over next to the posts for the first North Queensland try. Thurston converted to takelast_img read more

Barras fight back to beat Kenya by 21 runs

first_imgChasing 249 for victory, Kenya’s run got off to a bad start after opener Irfan Karim was dismissed for 4.His partner Gurdeep Singh fired back, blasting 6 fours for his 27 before being dismissed by Norman Vanua.Kenya’s two new batsmen Rakep Patel (33) and Rushab Patel (95) turned the momentum Kenya’s way to put them right back in the game.Barras all-rounder, John Reva continued his good form, making the breakthrough, dismissing the dangerous Rushab.At this stage, Kenya was at 5/214 after 45.4 overs.Rushab’s dismissal signaled the end for Kenya as the last 5 wickets fell for 14 runs.Kenya were all bowled out for 228 after 47.5 overs.Reva was the outstanding bowler for the Barras, finishing with figures of 4/31 off 8.5 overs.last_img read more

Zidane brought all of her media together for the first time

first_imgThe four purest midfielders, Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde and Modric, are among the 11 most trusted players in Zidane in this 2019-20. They are, respectively, the second (2,010), the seventh (1,774), the eighth (1,139) and the ninth (1,041) in minutes of the template. Isco, on the other hand, it is the sixteenth (708).Despite that range of group importance, Zidane’s first eleven in Jeddah broke with his policy regarding a quintet whose components had so far alternated. In fact, he had not yet joined Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde and Modric, but had used the formula to add Isco to three of them, as against the PSG in the Bernabéu. For everything there is a first time, and in Arabia it was the one of this experiment. The injured poker MadridAsensio, Hazard, Benzema and Bale, forced a twist that Zidane gave armor to his team in the middle. The Frenchman brought to Valencia everything he has for that area, an unpublished bet so far, bringing Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, Modric and Isco together. Without gunpowder in attack, while with Benzema 32% of the goals of this season have remained in Spain, Zidane’s interpretation of the semifinal drew a Madrid determined to look for the final from the engine room. Overpopulating the center of the field, Zizou tried to impose itself numerically in the area and offer freedom for them to take off Valverde, of prodigious stride, and Isco, of exquisite game technique and vision.last_img read more