FRISCO, Texas – Week 2 of the 2018 Southland Conference football season includes 11 games, starting with a Saturday afternoon affair between Lamar and Texas Tech. The day’s final kickoff will take place in New Orleans, as Nicholls tries to knock off a second consecutive FBS foe when the Colonels visit Tulane. Lamar at Texas Tech, Thursday, 3 p.m. CTRegional Television:FOX Sports Southwest PLUSDirecTV 676-2Dish 9579AT&T U-verse 1754Other Regional Affiliates:AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain+FOX Sports Arizona PLUSFOX Sports Detroit PLUSFOX Sports Florida (JIP)FOX Sports Midwest PLUSFOX Sports North PLUSFOX Sports Ohio+FOX Sports SoutheastFOX Sports Wisconsin PLUSMSGPrime TicketROOT Sports+Check local listingsOnline:http://foxsportsgo.comFOX Sports GO appsTalent:Brendan Burke, play-by-playDavid Anderson, analystChristian Steckel, reporter McNeese at Houston Baptist, Thursday, 6 p.m. CTNational Television:Eleven SportsDirecTV 623Channel finderRegional Television:Cox Sports TVLake Charles Suddenlink 42Channel finderOnline:Southland Digital NetworkSouthland.org/liveSouthland Conference appsTalent:Tom Franklin, play-by-playKen Moore, analystTina Nguyen, reporter Incarnate Word at North Texas, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+http://espnplus.comESPN appsTalent:Doug Anderson, play-by-playLaDarrin McLane, analyst Southeastern Louisiana at LSU, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTNational Televison:ESPN2DirecTV 209Dish 143AT&T U-verse 1606Online:WatchESPNhttp://watchespn.comESPN appsTalent:Anish Shroff, play-by-playRay Bentley, analystRoddy Jones, reporter ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com. Tarleton at Stephen F. Austin, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+http://espnplus.comESPN appsTalent:Rob Meyers, play-by-playKevin Langford, analyst Institutional Streams:Grambling at Northwestern State, Saturday, 6 p.m. CT (PPV)https://sland.social/GSUvsNSUNorthwestern State Athletics appAngelo State at Abilene Christian, Saturday, 6 p.m. CT (PPV)http://sland.social/stretchMurray State at Central Arkansas, Saturday, 6 p.m. CT (FREE)http://southland.org/liveSouthland Conference apps Nicholls at Tulane, Saturday, 7 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN3http://WatchESPN.comESPN appsTalent:Trey Bender, play-by-playMason Hutson, analyst About ESPN+ Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. Prairie View A&M at Sam Houston State, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+http://espnplus.comESPN appsTalent:Randy McIlvoy, play-by-playShea Walker, analystMatt Pedersen, reporter
10% $1,867,244 9 33% 9 Win% 25% Win% 11 38% 16 10 Steve Knapp45 15% $800,179 $204,921 40% 32 9 14% 18% 23% 7 10 6 $645,857 3 30 6 38% $330,582 12 12 $360,902 Edwin Maldonado73 50% $949,176 Assael Espinoza58 43% 34 8% $705,088 19 48% 17 8 Mike Smith45 15 7 21% 7 11 22% 21% 17 54% $533,431 38% ITM% Joel Rosario127 $315,761 9 6 4 5 3 FAVORED GIFT BOX SCRATCHED FROM BIG ‘CAPCALLAGHAN DOUBLES DOWN IN SANTA YSABELDAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS ON SUNDAYGIFT BOX SCRATCHED FROM SANTA ANITA HANDICAPHronis Racing’s Gift Box, the 6-5 morning line favorite and defending champion in today’s Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap, was scratched out of today’s Big ‘Cap at 9:12 a.m., with no reason given as of 10:15 a.m.Trained by John Sadler, who will still be represented in the Big ‘Cap by longshot Combatant, Gift Box entered the race on Wednesday on the heels of perhaps his best career effort, a smashing 3 ¾-length victory in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes here on Dec. 28.Gift Box, who by all accounts had been training in sensational fashion, schooled in the Santa Anita paddock yesterday and with regular rider Joel Rosario engaged to ride today, appeared to give Sadler a tremendous chance at becoming the first trainer in the 83-year history of the Big ‘Cap to win it in three successive years. In addition to last year’s victory with Gift Box, he saddled the 2018 winner, Accelerate.With the scratch, the Big ‘Cap, which has been carded as the 10th on a 12-race card, will feature seven older horses at a mile and a quarter. C R K Stable’s Midcourt, the 2-1 second choice on the original morning line, has been made the 4-5 favorite on the revised line, with trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Victory Espinoza joining forces.Additionally, Rosario has now replaced Umberto Rispoli aboard Combatant.DONNA VELOCE RETURNS IN GRADE III SANTA YSABELSimon Callaghan has the favorite and a longshot ready to roll Sunday’s Grade III,$100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth on dirt.The favorite is Donna Veloce, 4-5 on Jon White’s morning line, while the longshot, albeit a mild one, is Paige Anne, listed at 8-1.Donna Veloce, an $800,000 daughter of Uncle Mo, will be making her first start since running second by a half-length to Bast as the 3-10 favorite in the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos on Dec. 7.Paige Anne will be making her stakes debut coming off two straight victories, the latter by six lengths on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta surface.“I gave her some time off after the Starlet, just a mental break,” Callaghan said of Donna Veloce. “She’s come back in good order.”The trainer was unconcerned about drawing the rail against six rivals. “She drew the rail in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies last Nov. 1) and she ran very well,” he pointed out, alluding to her neck defeat by eventual Eclipse Award champion British Idiom.“Paige Anne is improving and she tries hard. She won her last two and I thought she deserved a shot.”The Santa Ysabel, race seven of eight with a 1 p.m. first post time: Donna Veloce, Flavien Prat, 4-5; Gidgetta, Joel Rosario, 5-1; Speech, Geovanni Franco, 4-1; Tiz Fake News, Abel Cedillo, 6-1; Paige Anne, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; and Stone Blue, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1. Gingham was scratched.FINISH LINES: On the long-running and popular game show Jeopardy last night, an answer in one category–paraphrasing–was, “It’s a wager in which the bettor has to predict the precise order of the first two horses.” A gentleman buzzed in and answered, “exactor.” Host Alex Trebek responded, “Sorry, it’s exacta,” upon which I turned to my wife and said, “This is going to be overruled.” One commercial break later, Trebek came back and informed the player that the judges had reviewed his answer and found that indeed there is an “exactor” in Canada, with money duly credited to his winnings . . . It was 64 years ago that current Santa Anita Trakus Technician Larry Gilligan, who was 17 at the time, rode Social Climber to an upset win in the 1956 San Felipe for Charlie Whittingham and Llangollen Farm . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 7th, 2020Bob Baffert Discusses Authentic and Thousand Words In the San Felipe StakesJohn Sadler Discusses His Prime ContendersPeter Eurton Discusses Storm the Court Heading Into the San Felipe StakesMike Smith Discusses Roadster in the San Carlos StakesWORKOUTS:Venetian Harbor (Baltas) 03/06/20American Theorem (Papaprodromou) 03/06/20Lazy Daisy (Outside) and A Thousand Dreams (O’Neill) 03/06/20Nonno’s Polaris (Outside) and Platinum Equity (Knapp) 03/06/20Gingham (Outside) and Much More Halo (Baffert) 03/05/20Eclair (Baffert) 03/05/20Eight Rings (Inside) and JZ My Man (Baffert) 03/05/20Hofburg (Mott) 03/04/20Queen Bee To You (Outside) and Lay The Floor (Lerner) 03/04/20Orquidias Biz (Mullins) 03/04/20Improbable (Baffert) 03/04/20Thousand Words (Outside) and Dr. Dorr (Baffert) 03/02/20Charlatan (Outside) and Fay Dan (Baffert) 03/02/20Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 03/02/20Midcourt (Shirreffs) 03/01/20Honor A. P. (Shirreffs) 03/01/20Gift Box (Sadler) 03/01/20 11 21% $389,941 15% 6 46% $354,521 4 43% 8 Tiago Pereira112 62% 14% 1st 9 61% 14 $1,355,582 45% 32% 8 4 26% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 5 10% $271,915 44% ITM% 8 $218,912 28% 47% Richard Mandella34 J.C. Diaz, Jr.69 52% 5 11 20% 8 10 $1,306,176 Drayden Van Dyke98 Doug O’Neill90 8 2 10% 66% $1,370,752 6 22% $927,682 Jorge Velez153 19 Peter Miller61 Rafael Bejarano68 5 47% 20 Mario Gutierrez77 10 8 $345,465 42% 17 5 12 30% 40% 13 $1,193,721 10% 15% $751,977 13% 31 $886,302 18 52% 8 6 Philip D’Amato77 7% 12 2nd 5 7 30% TrainerSts 7 15 3 40% 3rd 7 Ruben Fuentes77 1 Aaron Gryder50 8 1st 10 13% 9 30 Bob Baffert66 $280,642 $676,000 4 Umberto Rispoli129 7 $690,279 Andrew Lerner29 2nd 19 Mike Puype40 John Sadler64 35 17 Brian Koriner39 $629,065 20% 5 20% 47% Money Won 67% 3rd 9 6 10 11 6 44% $1,928,094 JockeyMts Geovanni Franco80 43% Michael McCarthy36 25 Craig Lewis41 Jeff Bonde21 3 9 2 51% 12% 20% 8 $360,881 15 Abel Cedillo219 10% 51% 28 Mark Glatt70 14 $627,061 17% 29 9 $1,983,848 (Current Through Friday, March 6) 12 17 $378,172 Agapito Delgadillo62 48% 7 10% 6 $514,141 29% Money Won $191,721 38 12 Jeff Mullins46 16% Victor Espinoza49 4 20 20 32% 34% Richard Baltas93 6 Flavien Prat147 $328,100
10 The England captain made no mistake from the spot as he made it 2-4 with half an hour to goCredit: GettyTo be fair to Spurs – and it is difficult to be fair to Spurs after a surrender like this – they started so well.They needed a reminder, an early one preferably, that they can play a bit at this level.They got one when Son Heung-Min beat Germany’s creaking first choice keeper Manuel Neuer.He took the time away from Bayern’s skipper, hitting it nice and early to beat him with a shot across the body.This place erupted, with Tottenham fans witnessing the return to their rampant, captivating best. It lasted three minutes.Bayern, five time winners of this Cup, have the players to match their illustrious history.The German champions were a goal down, but they are not the type to panic or worry too much about being a goal down.They coped brilliantly with the ear-splitting atmosphere, with the feverish response to Son’s early opener. THEY were not just beaten. They were battered.Tottenham Hotspur – last season’s finalists – looked like Champions League novices.10 Former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry led a second half onslaught as Bayern Munich dished out a thrashing to SpursCredit: Getty Images10 Son Heung-min had fired Spurs into the lead with just 12 minutes on the clockCredit: PA:Press Association10 Robert Lewandowski turned the scoreline on its head to give Bayern the lead at the break after Joshua Kimmich had levelledCredit: Getty Images10 Serge Gnabry (22) struck twice in two minutes to stun Spurs – and FOUR goalsCredit: AFP10 And he kept his nerve late on after breaking through the defence to seal his hat-trick and then add his fourthCredit: PA:Press AssociationTo lose like this, to allow Bayern Munich to dismantle them inside their own home, is a crime at this level.Even Andre Villas-Boas did not concede seven at home during his unhappy spell at Spurs.The recovery, if they are to be resuscitated under Poch, will be long, and painful.Champions League TableSee More Tables See Full TableSpurs looked like they were on an Apprenticeship Scheme, first-timers thrown in at the deep end by a ruthless boss.Poch, who claimed these Spurs lads had big cojones when they beat Ajax to reach the final, looked like a newbie as well.As for his players, they lost the plot.When Joshua Kimmich levelled, Bayern took total control of the outcome.The manner of the defeat, the collapse of Tottenham’s defence, means a glamorous Champions League group game has turned into an inquest.Former Arsenal wide man Serge Gnabry set off Nick Hornby-style street celebrations on Avenell Road by scoring four.Gnabry, the man Tony Pulis did not fancy when he was on loan at West Brom, was made to look like Lionel Messi out there.In front of him the master marksman Robert Lewandowski added two more with clinical finishes in each half.Sadly Son Heung-Min’s 12th minute opener and Harry Kane’s 61st minute penalty are irrelevant.Mauricio Pochettino speaks after Spurs are thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munich10Credit: ReutersHarry Kane pulled a goal back for Tottenham from the penalty spot7 – Tottenham Hotspur have conceded seven goals in a home match for the very first time in any major competition. Embarrassed. pic.twitter.com/3Yh8WarA7S— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 1, 2019 Kimmich, converted from right back to central midfielder in this slick Bayern system, got the equaliser.It was an ice-cool finish, slotted beyond the reach of Hugo Lloris after mugging off Tanguy NDombele on the edge of the area.NDombele had a wretched night, struggling to cope or contain the crisp passing of Kimmich and Corentin Tolisso.Harry Winks had one as well, cheaply dispossessed a couple of times during a disappointing first half.Spurs were overwhelmed.The top teams – and Bayern are certainly that –sniff out anxiety and seize on uncertainty.After surviving efforts from NDombele, Kane’s free-kick and Son’s shot wide of the post, Bayern asserted their authority.They were building something, carried by their noisy fans making a din in the far corner.Rio Ferdinand tells Harry Kane to leave Spurs to win trophies… like he did when quit Leeds for Man UtdSoon enough, they had plenty more to celebrate.Lewandowski’s persistence paid off, taking charge inside the penalty area when he clipped the ball beyond Jan Vertonghen.As Spurs tried desperately to find a man to scramble it clear, Lewandowski sniffed out the chance to beat Lloris with a trademark low, powerful shot.Bayern had earned the lead because they got to grips with this game as the minutes ticked by.It is not a classic team of, say 1974-76, or the champions of 2001, or 2013, but they have a stack of Champions League know-how.They are old hands at this, working their way through the group and then taking their chance in the knockout rounds.Bayern are pretty much there, leaving Spurs to thrash around for second place with Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade.Gnabry got his first after 53 minutes when he exchanged passes with Benjamin Pavard down the left.He scampered clear to beat Lloris, but the former Arsenal forward was not finished.Winks lost possession in a critical area – again – to a very grateful Tolisso for the next.His simple pass played Gnabry in and the newly-crowned Arsenal legend bagged his second.It is ludicrous for Spurs to approach a game like this when they have players with a wealth of Champions League experience.LATEST SPURS 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 summerFreakish results can happen, but there is something dark and sinister about the mood around this club.They allowed Gnabry to complete his hat-trick when Thiago Alcantara sent him clear 83 minutes in and then scored his fourth with a beaut four minutes.In between all that was Lewandowski’s second, stunning 60,000 Spurs fans when Coutinho set him up.Poch was powerless, watching on from the sidelines as his players crumbled in front of him.When Poch finally gets round to watching the re-run, he must accept that Bayern were good – just not that good.10 Serge Gnabry’s quickfire brace put the game beyond Spurs to leave the Prem side still winless in the Champions League this seasonCredit: Reuters10 Manuel Neuer celebrates wildly after the ex-Gunner’s secondCredit: Getty Images10 The result leaves Tottenham with just one point from their opening two matches in the group stageCredit: Reuters
TOTTENHAM manager Jose Mourinho and star man Dele Alli have let rip after Spurs crashed out of the Champions League.Any chance of a dramatic comeback against RB Leipzig was lost in just 20 minutes after Hugo Lloris was twice at fault.2 Jose Mourinho cut a frustrated figure as Tottenham crashed out of the Champions LeagueCredit: AFP or licensorsThe goalkeeper failed to stop a soft effort in the opening minutes before being beaten at his near post – both goals being scored by Marcel Sabitzer.The defeat meant Mourinho is now without a win in his last SIX matches, making it the worst run of his entire career.Dele Alli said the side are in a “bad situation” with confidence completely gone.He told BT Sport: “It’s devastating. We had belief before the game and we didn’t perform. This is the Champions League, if you don’t step up you will be punished.”After the first one went in it didn’t change much but we conceded too many chances as a team. It’s hard to come back from those two goals. We had to show our maturity and fight and we didn’t do that.”We can’t use excuses, we still have quality on the pitch. We are missing good players but that happens. The players coming in have to step up and we haven’t done that today.”We apologise to the fans, to go out and lose like that, they deserve better.”We have to fight. We can’t be in the position we are in in the league, we can’t hide. This hasn’t been a good season for us.”The reality is we are in a bad situation, confidence has gone at the minute.”All the players are mature enough to know we’re not doing well enough. You always have to look at yourself first and I’ll do that and I’m sure the others will as well.”2 Dele Alli said he was ‘devastated’ and that the confidence in the group is non-existentCredit: Getty Images – GettyMourinho later praised the home side, refusing to single out his own players – like he had done to Tanguy Ndombele at the weekend.The Portuguese also said he does not think the squad need a complete overhaul in the summer.”Look, of course I was positive yesterday, that’s the way I have to be all of the time. If you’re not positive it’s better not to come to the game.”Yes we all believed but we know that in this moment it’s very difficult. They are a very strong side.”It’s hard for us to score at the moment. Our first couple of mistakes they score and then it’s very difficult. Their physicality is incredible, their defenders win the duels, they stop the game. They are very fast in attack. They can hurt us all of the time, they deserve to go through.”If I can be critical of some of my players, I keep this for us. They tried to give what they can give.”We made mistakes, mistakes that we have analysed in previous matches. I never blame players with some difficulties. It’s hard for me to cope with players who cannot express their potential, not those who are at their limit. I am with the boys.”I think probably it’s good [going out]. Difficult moments can prepare the future in a better way.”There is nobody to blame. In every match we have a traumatic injury. That’s the history of this season. It is non stop. It started with problems and you look to the position in the table when we arrived but the negative history arrived with Hugo Lloris’s injury.”Look to our bench, look to the pitch with Tanganga in his first match, Sessegnon in his second match. It’s very, very hard.”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 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 himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesHe added: “I don’t think so. This summer, unless something happens during the holidays, when we start we will have Sissoko, Kane, Son, Bergwyn, Davies so that is massive.”People can say it’s excuses but it’s [the injuries] pretty bad for anyone and I don’t think anyone would resist in this situation.”We have matches to play and we go to our limits. Let’s see how we end the season.”
Photo by: GETTY IMAGE (Caption: First five-eighth Beauden Barrett put on an absolute clinic when the Hurricanes thrashed the Brumbies at McLean Park in April) Drainage issues have seen the Napier venue lose hosting rights for three New Zealand one-day international cricket matches, but it will continue to successfully stage Super Rugby games.The Hurricanes will come to McLean Park for their eleventh time, on April 6, when they meet the Sharks in a Friday-night round-eight clash. The team have won seven of their previous 10 games in Napier, including April’s 56-21 win over the Brumbies. That followed the previous season’s 56-20 thrashing of the Highlanders.”Over the past two years Hawke’s Bay has run a fantastic match-day experience at McLean Park and I know our players and coaches are already looking forward to returning in 2018. The Hurricanes will continue to take big matches to the regions and we are already in discussions with Manawatu about hosting a match in Palmerston North in 2019,” Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee said in a statement.More than 13,000 fans attended this year’s clash with the Brumbies and Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union chief executive Mike Bishop was confident of a similar turnout against the Sharks.”The Hurricanes have a strong history of success at McLean Park with successive wins over the Bulls, Highlanders and Brumbies since 2014 and will be looking to build on that in front of their Hawke’s Bay fans in 2018,” Bishop said. “The game will be of special significance for the Magpies quartet of Ihaia West, Gareth Evans, Ben May and Jonah Lowe who will want to add to the rich history of Hawke’s Bay players making a big contribution to the Hurricanes brand.” The connection between the Hurricanes and Sharks is well known. Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree is a former Sharks player and head coach and he was assisted during that coaching tenure by Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd.The Sharks soundly beat the Hurricanes in Durban, during the 2016 regular season, before the tables were turned in the quarterfinals. On a wet and windy night in Wellington the Hurricanes won 41-0 and the two teams have yet to meet since.They came within a whisker of a clash this year, but the Lions just pipped the Sharks in their quarterfinal. A Sharks win would’ve set up a semifinal in Wellington but the Hurricanes instead went to Johannesburg, where their title defence came to an end.
Photo Getty Images Caption: Trent Merrin playing for the Dragons in 2015 Merrin, 30, spent this year with the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League, but is back with the club he started his career at in 2009.The former Australia and New South Wales representative played 133 NRL games for the Dragons, including the 2010 Grand Final win, before joining the Penrith Panthers in 2016.Merrin replaces Luciano Leilua, who was released from the final year of his contract, in the Dragons squad.”Trent could’ve jumped like a kangaroo all the way back to Australia he’s that excited to come back to the Dragons,” Dragons director of rugby league pathways and list management Ian Millward said in a statement.”Trent has indicated to the club several times over the past 12 months that he’d love to come home; an opportunity for this has since come up after the club granted Luciano his requested release.A 2010 premiership winner is coming home – https://t.co/rWC4nY22zv #redv pic.twitter.com/3ELmXFIQlS— St George Illawarra Dragons (@NRL_Dragons) November 29, 2019″Luciano indicated he wouldn’t be renewing his contract with the Dragons beyond the 2020 season. As a result we’ll be able to do a multiple things as far as overall recruitment is concerned with Luciano’s money.”Trent brings plenty of experience to the Dragons’ forward pack and is someone who is really passionate and can’t wait to put the red V back on.”The Dragons are looking to bounce back in 2020 after finishing 15th in the table this year.Meanwhile, the Rhinos wrote on Twitter: “A big thank you to @TrentMerrin for all his efforts in blue and amber, from everyone at the Rhinos we wish him and Jess all the very best for the future.”Leeds also confirmed the signing of Matt Prior from the Cronulla Sharks.Leeds Rhinos are delighted to confirm the signing of Matt Prior from @Cronulla_SharksClick here to find out more details https://t.co/6eTZK5igqwpic.twitter.com/G3X81PpBOv— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) November 29, 2019
The night extravaganza of traditional and modern performance closed at 21:45pm, as PNG Commonwealth gold medalist DIka Toua climbed 50 steps to deliver the relay baton which has travelled throughout the country in the last 100 days.Later, fireworks light the sky, with the Games declared open. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was a happy man, declaring that all “sporting facilities built (for the Pacific Games) are world class.”He also wished good luck to the 4000 athletes who will be competing in the next two weeks, and encouraged them to take the PNG experience back with them to their own countries.Meanwhile, the Pacific Games Council President Vidyah Lakan proclaimed that the 2015 Port Moresby Games could be the greatest ever.Prince Andrew passed on greetings to the athletes from the head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth.Security before, during and after the closing ceremony was well organised, with many spectators freely walking into the BSP (Sir John Guise) Stadium and leaving at the end of the opening ceremony.Port Moresby has shown its Pacific neighbours that PNG means business in trying to top the medal tally for only the second time in the Games’ history. PNG only came first in medal ranking during the 1991 Pacific Games which was hosted on home soil.
The Hunters management announced that outer stand ticket holders will gain access to the stadium from the Port Moresby In-service College with eight queues.For the grandstand ticket holders, they will enter the stadium from the gate opposite Vision City. “The public is being advised to buy tickets from Stop-N-Shop outlets only to avoid counterfeit tickets sold on the streets as scanning devices have been upgraded for this game,” said the Hunters management.The gates will open at 11am with kick off scheduled for 2:30pm.Tickets for the game will go on sale tomorrow at all Stop N Shop outlets in Port Moresby.Grandstand tickets are going for K50 while outer stand tickets will sell for K25.
Crusaders wing Nadolo blew through AMI Stadium like a tornado as he charged 33m down field against the Blues last weekend, beating flanker Blake Gibson and then clamping fullback Duffie in the glare of his headlights. For Duffie, listed at 92kg, it may have been one of those moments where he wished an escalator to the heavens would suddenly appear. He knew he had to try and stop the 135kg Nadolo, but a small voice inside his mind may have also reminded him about the importance of self-preservation. Depending on which team you supported, what followed was either a moment to cherish or one to bury: Duffie, a former NRL player with the Melbourne Storm, went in high with his right shoulder and ricocheted off Nadolo with such force his feet literally left the ground, and he sailed back through the air. Nadolo was then tackled by Ihaia West, but the ball was recycled and Kieran Read scored a crucial try for the Crusaders. When asked about the incident after the match, Nadolo was almost sheepish. “As leaguies are, he is a very good defender so I knew I had to go all-in,” Nadolo said. “It was kill or be killed … It was good to win the contest there.” Jenny Clarke, a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury’s college of education, is contemplating using the footage of the Nadolo-Duffie clash during her classes in biomechanics. It is all very well teaching students how to figure out a complicated physics equation, but it also helps if they can see it put into practice. “So we look at it from ‘real world’ stuff. Things like that clip, I will probably end up using it,” Clarke, who includes a Doctorate of Philosophy in theoretical physics at Oxford University among her qualifications, says. “It would be very handy.” This equation does a good job of explaining the force involved in such collisions, notes Clarke: F = impulse/time: that is a momentum of something like 960kg-m/s divided by say half a second would give you 1921 N = 423lb. For those of us who are unable, or unwilling, to twist their melons around this calculation, Clarke is prepared to put it in layman’s terms.When someone the size of Nadolo is speeding towards a defender, it could be like trying to stop a slow-moving car. “Normally when you are looking at forces, it depends on how fast someone is moving as well,” Clarke explained. “Because what you are trying to do is get rid of all the momentum someone has got, get rid of all the energy if you like. So that depends on how heavy the person is and how quickly you are moving.” She also used her understanding of physics to offer advice to anyone who is in the predicament of having to tackle Nadolo in full flight: Words like impulse, momentum and impact were aired. “It is a little bit like to trying to catch a cricket ball. If you just try and catch it with a flat palm that really hurts, so what you tend to do with a catch a cricket ball is move your arms down a little bit. “That is the sort of thing you might do when trying to stop Nadolo. Just wrap your arms around him, and slowly slow him down. Rather than have that shoulder charge which is a very, very high energy impact. “Just try to get your arms around his legs, really, and try and slow him down.”Caption: Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo charging through Blues’ defence in Christchurch, NZ.
Police are looking into allegations that players from the Chiefs – a club based in the city of Hamilton – groped and licked the woman as she danced.The issue drew more attention after an executive from the club’s major sponsor said the woman was partly to blame.The team’s management also initially said she was “not beyond reproach”.Women’s groups said the comments were “shameful”.A second woman has now come forward making similar allegations.’Intimidated’In interviews this week, the first woman, identified only by her professional name Scarlette, said she had been booked to perform a strip routine at the Chiefs’ “Mad Monday” end-of-season party at a local hotel.She alleged that the players were drunk when she arrived and touched her inappropriately, including “forcefully” between the legs, poured alcohol on her, threw gravel at her and used sexual insults.”I made it very clear that I didn’t want to be touched,” she told Radio New Zealand.She said that when pressured, she agreed to let one player perform a sex act on her for NZ$50 (£28), but that four more then did so without her consent. She was not given the money.She said she had felt “intimidated and scared” and that when she went to collect payment for the routine the team “short-changed” her.”They wanted me to be a whore, which I wasn’t prepared to be,” she said.’Not out of line?’On Friday, a second woman, identified as Laura, said she was assaulted at last year’s Mad Monday party. She told the New Zealand Herald newspaper that players had grabbed her and spat beer at her.The team have not yet commented on the new allegations.But the team’s chief executive Andrew Flexman initially said Scarlette’s allegations were “one person’s accusation and her standing in the community and culpability is not beyond reproach”.In a second statement after his comments were widely criticised, he said: “We are taking, as an organisation, those allegations extremely seriously”.He added: “We are really, really disappointed in the actions of our players and in engaging the services of a performer.”Comments by a senior executive of the Gallagher Group, a Hamilton-based technology firm and the Chiefs’ main sponsor, also triggered a backlash.Margaret Comer told media outlet Fairfax: “If a woman takes her clothes off and walks around in a group of men, what are we supposed to do if one of them tries to touch her?””Perhaps the stripper shouldn’t have been hired but I’m reluctant to say that the boys were out of line.”New Zealand’s National Council of Women called the two responses “shameful”.”Taking your clothes off is not a license to touch and dismissing the allegations because of the woman’s profession is a disgrace,” it said in a statement.Ms Comer later apologised, saying that she felt “terrible” that her poor choice of words had caused hurt.The Gallagher Group told the BBC that they “firmly believed in equal, fair treatment of women” and that full and formal investigation was under way.New Zealand Rugby are also investigating.