Mortier Named Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Year

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – UIW’s Sebastian Mortier is the 2018 Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Tuesday with its all-academic teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Mortier was part of a Cardinals’ squad that claimed the 2018 Southland Conference regular-season championship, marking the first time in program and school history that UIW had won a Southland championship in any sport. The junior from Hanau, Germany, holds a 3.37 GPA studying biology. He earned all-conference first team accolades after a perfect 5-0 conference record in singles play at the No. 3 position. He was named Southland Player of the Week on April 17 after helping UIW clinch the No. 1 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament in its first season eligible since transitioning to Division I. He also kept a perfect record in doubles play during the conference season, combining with Southland Player of the Year, Gabriel Evans. 2018 Southland Men’s Tennis All-Academic TeamsStudent-Athlete of the Year: Sebastian Mortier, UIW Joey Vatanadilok* Sr. UIW San Antonio, Texas Kinesiology 3.14 Nicolas Kramer of New Orleans is the only other member on the all-academic first team with a 4.00 GPA, keeping the perfect average as a double major in accounting and finance. Lamar’s Sebastian Santibanez, a two-time all-academic selection, rounds out the top academic team. Nicolas Kramer2 Jr. New Orleans Munich, Germany Accounting/Finance 4.00 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Carlos Pedrosa and UIW’s Nedim Ahmic each garnered second team spots.The All-Academic teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for All-Academic selection. Nominees who were also named to the All-Conference First Team or CoSIDA Academic All-District team are automatically named Southland All-Academic. Name Class School Hometown Major GPA Name Class School Hometown Major GPA Hunter Holman Sr. Abilene Christian Dallas, Texas Accounting 3.51 Abilene Christian slotted five selections between the two all-academic teams. Henry Adams is a first-team selection while Brad Gleason, Cole Lawson, Jonathan Sheehy and Hunter Holman are each second team picks. Sebastian Mortier^*2 Jr. UIW Hanau, Germany Biology 3.37 Mortier’s teammate Joey Vatanadilok earned an automatic selection after being voted a Southland All-Conference First Team member and possessing a 3.14 GPA while majoring in kinesiology. Lamar’s Logan Powell is the lone player who is an automatic selection to the team for being selected to the CoSIDA Google Cloud All-District Team. Powell majored in psychology and kept a perfect 4.00 GPA. Logan Powell* Sr. Lamar Amarillo, Texas Psychology 4.00center_img Henry Adams Sr. Abilene Christian San Antonio, Texas Accounting 3.57 Second Team Nedim Ahmic So. UIW Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina Computer Information Systems 3.83 First Team Sebastian Santibanez2 Jr. Lamar Santiago, Chile Economics 3.65 Carlos Pedrosa2 So. A&M-Corpus Christi Sevilla, Spain Mechanical Engineering 3.81 Cole Lawson Jr. Abilene Christian Spring, Texas Nursing 3.70 Brad Gleason Sr. Abilene Christian Broken Arrow, Okla. Psychology 3.69 The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland student-athlete of the year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Jonathan Sheehy So. Abilene Christian Arlington, Texas Finance 3.00 ^Student-Athlete of the Year*-Automatic Selection2-Two-Time All-Academic Selectionlast_img read more

Football Viewers’ Guide: Week 4

first_imgESPN+ 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 Sam Houston State at Nicholls, Saturday, 3 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+ appsTalent:Lyn Rollins, play-by-playRene Nadeau, analystCarley McCord, 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. 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. Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+ appsTalent:Rob Meyers, play-by-playKevin Langford, analyst McNeese at BYU, Saturday, 5 p.m. CTNational Television:BYUtvDirecTV 374Dish 4369Lake Charles Suddenlink 369Online:ESPN3 appsTalent:Dave McCann, play-by-playBlaine Fowler, analystLauren McClain, reporter Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTNational Television:ESPN College ExtraDirecTV 792Online:ESPN3 ESPN appsTalent:Sam Levitt, play-by-playLemont Williams, analyst FRISCO, Texas – This weekend brings a smaller slate of Southland matchups than usual, as four teams enjoy their bye. While there’s not the usual quantity, there’s certainly quality. The Southland Game of the Week on ESPN+ pits Sam Houston State against Nicholls in a matchup that could have championship and playoff implications at season’s end.last_img read more


first_imgPINCAY RECALLS SKYWALKER’S WIN IN 1986 BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC AT SANTA ANITA; LEGENDARY ‘PIRATE’ MADE BOLD DECISION TO MOVE EARLY ON COLT BY RELAUNCH‘ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LET HIM GO’ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2019)–It’s often said that pace makes the race, but in the 1986 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, legendary Hall of Famer Laffit Pincay, Jr., aboard the Michael Whittingham-trained Skywalker, ignored the clock and made the critical decision that resulted in a stirring 1 ¼ length win over 8-5 favorite Turkoman, who was ridden by Pat Day.With the Jack Van Berg-trained Herat carving out fast early fractions (22.60, 46 flat and 1:10.20) with Jerry Bailey up, Pincay and Skywalker were just a half length off the lead at the half mile pole, with the late running Turkoman seemingly in the garden spot while eighth in a field of 11 in the first Classic ever run at Santa Anita.“I’ll tell you what really helped me win that race,” said Pincay on Friday.  “The day of the race the trainer, Mike Whittingham, told me, ‘Listen, when this horse wants to run, if you’re close to the pace and he wants to run, don’t hold him.  If he decides to run, don’t hold him, you just go with him,’ and that helped me a lot, believe me.“My horse, he was tough, he just kept on going. The Classic that year was a tough race, a very  tough race, but I always thought I had a chance.  Precisionist and Turkoman were in there and they were top horses.  My horse was well bred and you know, with some horses, you don’t think you have a chance today, but with Skywalker, I really thought I could win.  Late in the race, those other horses were flying at him, but Skywalker was so tough, he just kept trying.”Pincay, who at age 39 had already been leading rider in America by money-won seven times, had won five Eclipse Awards as Champion Jockey and had been a member of the Hall of Fame for 11 years, was nonetheless ecstatic at winning his first (and what turned out to be only) Breeders’ Cup Classic.“The Classic is a race that every jockey wants to win,” he said. “There’s so much prestige and it was especially nice because the owners (Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Tatham who raced as Oak Cliff Stable and were also the breeders of the legendary Sunday Silence) were really, really close friends. They were such good people and they used to take my son (Laffit III) all over. They took him everywhere and he had such a good time with them.  Winning the Classic for them was the icing on the cake.  They meant so much to me at that time in my life.”Off at 10-1, Skywalker, who was foaled in Kentucky on March 4, 1982, got the interior mile in 1:34.60 and the mile and one quarter in 2:00.40, paid $22.20 to win. With $3 million in purse money up for grabs, he collected a winner’s check of $1,350,000.Additionally, Pincay noted that in his view, the primary reason he initially ended up on the dark bay or brown colt by Relaunch out of the Boldnesian mare Bold Captive, was that he had beaten Skywalker in the 1985 San Felipe Handicap (Grade II) at Santa Anita.“I remember they flew Pat Day in to ride Skywalker in the San Felipe (run on March 17, 1985) and I was on a horse (Image of Greatness, owned by George Steinbrenner) for Wayne Lukas that I really didn’t think had much of a chance,” he said. “We beat Skywalker by a nose and because of that, I got the mount for the Santa Anita Derby (which Skywalker won by a nose).”With this year’s Grade I, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic set for Nov. 2, it will mark the 10th time America’s most prestigious race for three year olds and up will be run at The Great Race Place.  Needless to say, expectations are again running very, very high.So, does the legendary Pincay, once affectionately known as “The Pirate,” believe Skywalker could’ve beaten the world’s best in 2019?“Definitely.  All you have to do is let him go.”last_img read more

Man Utd clear for Bruno Fernandes move as Jose pulls Spurs out of running

first_imgSPURS boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out a move for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes.And that means the path is clear for Manchester United to make a big-money swoop in January.1 Jose Mourinho admits Spurs will not be making a move for Man Utd target Bruno FernandesCredit: EPAIt was reckoned Mourinho wanted to bring Fernandes to his new club this winter as a replacement for contract rebel Christian Eriksen.Fernandes, 25, scored an incredible 31 goals in all competitions last season.But despite being marked as one of the best potential buys of the summer, with Man City and Liverpool also linked, Fernandes ended up staying put in Portugal.He dealt suitors a huge blow last month by signing a new four-year deal with a whopping £85million release clause.However, fresh reports claim Sporting are still prepared to sell Fernandes.And they would even accept a bid of £60m despite his contracted exit fee.But Mourinho insists that Spurs can’t afford to do a deal for his compatriot.And the Special One’s former side Man Utd could now be in pole position to pull off a Prem deal for the Portuguese playmaker.Latest Man Utd newsLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingMourinho told Sport TV: “We are a different club at this level.“We are not a club that is going to make big transfers in the market, nor is it going towards players who are already developed or at a certain level of expectation, also economically.“I would definitely say no because Bruno is a player of a level and a value that is not for us.”Man United vs Tottenham FREE: Live stream, TV channel and kick-off time for Premier League clashlast_img read more

Rugby Union development a hit

first_imgThe PNG Rugby Football Union development programs are becoming very popular in centres nationwide.The Pacific in Union and the new Get Into Rugby programs have been rolled out to different centres over the past few months.As part of PNGRFU’s Monier Development program, PNGRFU also rolled out various programs and clinics.These include the new Get Into Rugby program which was facilitated by Pacific in Union In-Country manager Frank Genia.After a successful visit to Lae, Goroka, Rabaul and recently in Daru, the PNG Rugby Football Union will be continuing to roll out its Get Into Rugby program in the Aroma Coast this weekend.The five villages in the Aroma Coast targeted are Lalaura village, Kupiano Station, Wairavanua, Maopa, Gavuone and Paramana.PNGRFU’s visit to Daru turned out a success and has resulted in the strong growing interest shown by the female participants.Genia said that the rolling out of the program was the first of its kind in Daru and that the interest displayed by the participants was immense.  It was being trialled in five pilot schools in Daru. Participants included teachers, both male and female from their schools.PNGRFU development manager Sailosi Druma was also part of the team to Daru.Druma, being involved with PNGRFU’s training and education program, ran Level 2 coaching clinics and referee courses.With the coaching and referee courses, about 10 participants including referees and two females took part.“PNGRFU will be going back in 8 weeks to stage its first ever rugby festival with the 5 pilot schools,” Genia added.On behalf of PNGRFU, Genia expressed his thanks to Daru RFU for inviting the union to roll out its programs as it would continue help grow and develop rugby in their province.“We are looking forward to seeing Daru RFU starting their school rugby and women’s competitions respectively in the near future,” Genia said.Other courses run were the Medical Educator course which was facilitated by PNGRFU’ only and first time ever certified medical educator Kapua Kapua.last_img read more

New vehicle to assist PNG weightlifters

first_imgThe new Ford Ranger will assist weightlifters and officials move to and from training.The vehicle will also assist the federation carry out development programs in schools and communities.Federation President Sir John Dawanincura was thankful for the sponsorship and said it will assist Commonwealth gold medalist Dika Toua conduct school clinics as part of a talent identification program.“It’s been a challenge to transport training weights to schools so this vehicle will assist Dika as well,” he said.Trukai sales and marketing general manager Andrew Daubney said they’re proud to be a major sponsor for weightlifting and are confident of the team winning more gold at the Pacific Games and Oceania Youth championship.last_img read more

Samuel Seghers aims for second medal alongside Pini.

first_imgSeghers and Pini will compete in the 100m freestyle final in lanes five and two respectively.The 20 year old did well in his heat this morning recording a time of 51.62 sec, faster than Pini’s 51.94 sec.Both swimmers finished first in their heats.Seghers finished second in the 100m butterfly final to win silver behind Pini who won gold yesterday.last_img

12 teams confirmed for National Soccer League season

first_imgFor the first time, the competition will be played in a two tier format consisting of the zone conference league and the national league competition.The 12 teams will play round robin matches for ten weeks in the Southern Conference and Northern Conference.The Southern Conference comprises clubs from the Southern region and Northern Conference comprises of Momase, New Guinea Islands and Highlands regions.Teams in the Southern Conference are Hekari United FC, Rapatona FC, Erema FC, PS Huawei FC, Port FC Moresby and Welgris FC.Teams in the Northern Conference are champions Lae City Dwellers, Madang Fox FC, Goroka FC, Besta United FC, Gigira Laitepo FC and Admiralty FC.Following the pool matches, the top two teams in each conference will come together to challenge in the national league competition to determine the grand final play off.NSL board chairman Isaac Lupari said the two tier competition will cut down on travel expenses for the franchises.Lupari urged teams to pay the nomination fee of K40,000 by 30 October and K35 for player registration.He confirmed that negotiations are underway with the PNG Sports Federation to host matches at Bisini soccer grounds and Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.Other venues are the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae, National Sports Institute in Goroka and Laiwaden Oval in Madang.last_img read more

CRU 7s to complete pre-season games

first_imgThis is the third weekend of games for the men’s while the women’s pre-season games got underway last weekend.The first fixture for tomorrow is the men’s Pool A match between University 1 and Crusaders at 9am.Spartans and Harlequins will get things going for the women’s games which start at 10:20am.Finals for the men’s and the women’s will be held on Sunday.Tournament Coordinator, Paul Joseph said the pre-season games had gone well so far and was looking forward to another big weekend of Rugby 7s.He asked that all clubs be time conscious for games to start and finish on time.Season proper for the CRU will start on the first week of March.last_img read more

Spanish Olympic sailing team members mugged at gunpoint in Rio

first_imgBeijing 2008 Olympic champion Fernando Echavarri, his Nacra 17 catamaran class partner and 2011 470 world champion Tara Pacheco and coach Santi Lopez-Vazquez were all mugged in Santa Teresa, an up-market neighbourhood popular with tourists to the west of Guanabara Bay on which the Marina is located.They were confronted by five people armed with two pistols, according to a statement released by the Spanish Sailing Federation.A bag with money, documents and a camera was reportedly taken.None of the victims were injured in the incident.”Civil police are working to identify the authors of the crime and to recover the stolen objects,” added a Rio de Janeiro police statement.Ensuring the safety of athletes, spectators and all other personnel attending the Games is one of the priorities in a country notorious for petty crime.Rio, despite being considered among Brazil’s safer cities, has huge problems, particularly in favela neighbourhoods where shootouts between police and drug gangs are common.Earlier in 2016, images surfaced of a number of daylight muggings carried out by a group of militant children, captured by a local businessman who used his camera to film the series of incidents from December to January.But tourists and foreigners are also targeted in wealthier areas.In May of last year, 57-year-old doctor Jaime Gold was attacked while cycling close to the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas lake upon which rowing and canoe sprint events will be held, later dying in hospital as a result of his injuries.A 19-year-old French cyclist was also assaulted in the same district at a similar time of the year.Earlier this month, retired football legend Rivaldo claimed anyone visiting for the Games will be “putting their lives at risk” due to the security situation.Another problem is financial crime, with gangs known to target ATM machines used by tourists.Brazilian and Rio 2016 officials claim the streets will be safer during the Games, with around 85,000 soldiers and police expected to be deployed during the Olympics – about twice as many as London four years ago.The latest incident is not a good sign, however.”The lack of security in Rio is one of the points that worries the teams,” the Spanish statement added.”Fernando, Tara and Santi want to forget what happened as quickly as possible and concentrate completely and exclusively on the training.”last_img read more