First-Half Surge Lifts No. 2 Northwestern State Over No. 7 Sam Houston State

first_img.@NSUDemonsSOC’s Karleigh Acosta knocks in her first career goal off this corner kick to increase the Lady Demons’ lead! pic.twitter.com/1qEco3WZe3— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 6, 2019 Just nine minutes later, Kalee Williams won a free ball from the keeper and took the ball to the middle of the 18-yard box, where she drilled a shot past the covering defender to extend the lead to 3-0. “Blink and you might miss it!!”@NSUDemonsSOC takes the early lead thanks to this Jalen Donaldson strike! pic.twitter.com/DwkLgifnVw— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 6, 2019 In the 14th minute, NSU doubled its lead on Karleigh Acosta’s first-career goal, collecting a rebound on Olivia Mattsson’s saved header and hammering it home to make it 2-0. The NSU back line, which garnered three all-conference selections and the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award, dazzled in the victory by holding the Bearkats to just seven shots and two on frame. The Lady Demons wasted no time finding the back of the net as Jayden Wheeler put a ball into the box that found the inside of the back-side post and ricocheted in for the opening score just 59 seconds in.center_img Box Score | Photo GalleryCONWAY, Ark. – No. 2 Seed Northwestern State opened the 2019 Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament with a 3-0 win over No. 7 Sam Houston State on Wednesday. It marked the first win for the Lady Demons at the tournament since the 2005 championship match. Here’s how sophomore defender Kalee Williams gave @NSUDemonsSOC a 3-0 lead! pic.twitter.com/cZ4Vp7UpRr— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 6, 2019 Northwestern State will face the winner of No. 3 Abilene Christian and No. 6 McNeese at 4 p.m. Friday.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA’S “SEABISCUIT” RETIRED TO SQUARE PEG FOUNDATION, TO SERVE AS HANDS-ON HORSE FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN

first_img     Since 2004, Square Peg, a certified CARMA program and an accredited TAA charity, has used retired racehorses as therapeutic horses for children with variety of diagnosis, including Autism.  Some of the horses are ridden, while others provide an emotional connection for the kids who may have never been exposed to horses.  Fighting Furrari now lives on the beautiful hillside facility in Northern California with eight other horses, several cats and a Bloodhound. He is adapting well and will soon have his duties defined.      Fighting Furrari, better known as the primary horse used in the 2003 movie “Seabiscuit,” has been retired from his duties as Santa Anita’s mascot and has been relocated to the Square Peg Foundation in Half Moon Bay, California, which specializes in providing horses for emotional support for children with Autism.  SANTA ANITA’S “SEABISCUIT” RETIRED TO SQUARE PEG FOUNDATION, TO SERVE AS HANDS-ON HORSE FOR AUTISIC CHILDREN      While the winner of just one of his 16 career starts on the track, Fighting Furrari was one of the most recognized horses at Santa Anita.  Also known by his barn name “Fred,” the 21-year-old gelding has been tacked up in the authentic Seabiscuit attire and led to the infield round pen on weekends to the delight of fans. His handler would educate, answer questions and allow people young and old to pet him, watch him do tricks and be lunged or ridden around the ring.      “It is fitting that Fred will live out his days doing what he does best, taking care of young children,” said Chew.  “A few years ago, Ability First came to Santa Anita with a number of autistic and Down syndrome children.  In addition to all of the kids petting Fred and giving him carrots, one young boy got to lead Fred around the walking ring. With cameras flashing, the boy marched around that ring, talking to the horse the entire time. Later, we were told the boy was non-verbal, and that the horse seemed to connect with him on some level, encouraging speech. It was an incredible thing to witness – the almost ethereal connection between an autistic child and a horse.  As Fred was getting older, Square Peg presents him with the best retirement possible as it will allow him to be lovingly cared for and to continue to do what he does best.”      Over the years, when Santa Anita was closed for live racing, “Fred” would be turned out at a local stable under the care of Candace Coder Chew, Santa Anita’s Director of Print & Graphics and the President of CARMA, the California Retirement Management Account which overseas grants for Thoroughbred aftercare programs in the state, where he would be ridden on the trails and in the show ring.      Fighting Furrari landed his “Seabiscuit” role because of his remarkable physical likeness to the 1940 Horse of the Year. Like the original Seabiscuit, he also has always connected with the people around him. “Fred” earned less than $5,000 on the racetrack, but he was a champion in the show ring. In his younger years, he teamed with a young Randi Pomrehn, who campaigned him with much success in local shows, winning many jumping championships.  A succession of female handlers attended to him at Santa Anita, and his duties included running with the winners of the Santa Anita Derby Day 5k, appearing at the Arboretum for orchestral performances, being featured in numerous movie and television shows and greeting many different groups at Santa Anita.  For more information on the Square Peg Foundation, please see www.squarepegfoundation.org.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2019

first_imgLERNER HAS COOL RELATIONSHIP WITH NHL ACEKING ABNER WORKS FOR GRADE II SAN ANTONIOMIRAHMADI EXCITED TO RETURN BEHIND THE MICJOCKS READY, WILLING AND ‘ABEL’ AT SANTA ANITABEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL SET FOR OPENING DAYFREE COVER DEBUTS FOR LERNER, JOHNSON IN GRADE I LA BREATrainer Andrew Lerner, at the tender age of 30 one of racing’s young lions, won his first graded stakes when Queen Bee to You captured the Grade III Bayakoa at Los Alamitos on Dec. 8 and is now being pointed to the Grade II La Canada Stakes on Jan. 11.On opening day at Santa Anita next Thursday, Lerner hopes to add to that early milestone when he sends out longshot Free Cover in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.The gray daughter of Congrats was a recent private purchase by Erik Johnson, 31-year-old defenseman for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League, who campaigns as ERJ Racing, LLC. Free Cover will be making her first start on the West Coast, having campaigned mainly at Churchill Downs in her eight career starts.She last raced on Oct. 19 at Keeneland, finishing far back in the Grade II Raven Run after showing early speed in the seven furlong race.“Erik’s been with me since around June,” said Lerner, himself an athlete of some note, having played baseball at Agoura High School and boxed at the University of Arizona. “I played sports, but not like Erik. He runs circles around me. He has to be tougher than I am to battle in those hockey fights.”Johnson, the first overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, is a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, often referred to as ‘The Condor.’ “He’s a fun guy and a good owner,” Lerner said. “He does the right thing, he trusts me and he brings horses to the barn.“We have a really good relationship and I feel fortunate to have him.”Lerner, meanwhile, has built his stable to 40 head.Probable for the La Brea, one of the last of three Grade I races this year, all at Santa Anita, along with the Malibu opening day and the American Oaks on Dec. 28: Bell’s the One, Bellafina, First Star, Free Cover, Hard Not to Love, Mother Mother and Motion Emotion.KING ABNER TACKLES OPEN COMPANY IN SAN ANTONIOWith temperatures hovering in the high 30s, King Abner worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track this morning in a minute flat for the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on opening day. Tyler Baze, who was aboard for drill, rides the five-year-old California-bred son of Hansen in the San Antonio, a springboard to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.“We gave him time off in the middle of the year (10 weeks from June 29 to Oct. 19) because he hadn’t been firing like he was earlier,” trainer Phil D’Amato said. “It did him a world of good because he’s come back in top form.“He rattled off a nice allowance win at Del Mar (scoring handily in open company by nearly three lengths on Nov. 16). He continues to improve in the mornings and I’m really happy with him right now.”Also probable for the San Antonio are Draft Pick, Fight On and Gift Box.MIRAHMADI EAGER TO RETURN AT SANTA ANITAFrank Mirahmadi, fresh and fit following a brief respite after hitting a home run calling his first Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita Nov. 1 and 2, was back at The Great Race Place this morning schmoozing at Clockers’ Corner and eagerly anticipating opening day next Thursday.“I’ve looked forward to opening day since the 1970’s but being the announcer here brings the excitement to a whole new level,” said the 52-year-old Mirahmadi.“It felt good to relax for a week after the Breeders’ Cup because I was pretty knocked out. I enjoyed a nice freshening but now I’m pumped up for opening day, especially to be calling races like the Malibu. I remember Runhappy winning the Malibu in 2015. I spent last week in Lexington and while I was there visited with Runhappy (sponsor of this year’s Grade I Malibu).“That was pretty special, but not as special as being back at The Great Race Place.”CEDILLO STRENGTHENS SANTA ANITA RIDING COLONYWith world-class newcomers and Hall of Fame members in the jockey colony, riding competition figures to be keen during Santa Anita’s Winter Meet which begins Dec. 26.Among those in the fore is Abel Cedillo, who tied with Flavien Prat for Santa Anita’s Autumn title at 21 wins each. Agent Tom Knust realized he had a star in the making when he saw Cedillo dominating at Golden Gate Fields before moving his tack south.“I knew he was a very talented rider from watching him in the Bay Area,” Knust recalled. “I knew he could compete down here.“I didn’t really know his work ethic, but it’s been unbelievable. He works horses every single day and doesn’t complain about anything. He just wants to ride. You can put him on any horse, and he wins with longshots.“I’m impressed with his attitude. Competition here will be strong. To me, (Joel) Rosario is one of the best riders in the country, and Prat has already proven he’s one of the best. It will be fun because I think Abel can compete with them, but you can’t take anything away from either one of those riders.”SANTA ANITA HOSTS CRAFT BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL OPENING DAYIn addition to world class racing and Santa Anita’s coveted traditional wall calendar on opening day, Dec. 26, fans will be treated to some of the best brews and ciders in Southern California as the track stages it’s popular Craft Beer and Cider Trackside Festival as well.Available to those 21 and over, the Opening Day Beer and Cider Festival will provide attendees with trackside seating and mouth-watering barbeque, provided by Meathead BBQ. The following packages are available at santaanita.com:VIP PACKAGE ($55):–Eight (3 oz.) Beer or Cider tastings–3 oz. Tasting Cup–One Signature BBQ Plate from Meathead BBQ–$5 Wagering Voucher–Access to Special VIP Trackside Seating–Club House Admission–Racing Program–Wagering Tip Sheet–Access to Trackside and Grandstand SeatingGENERAL PACKAGE ($32):–Eight (3 oz.) Beer or Cider Tastings–3 oz. Tasting Cup–$5 Wagering Voucher–Club House Admission–Racing Program–Wagering Tip Sheet–Access to Trackside and Grandstand Seating AreasPlease note, children are welcome in trackside seating areas, but you must be 21 or over to purchase the package.  Seating is not guaranteed.For additional information regarding opening day and Santa Anita’s upcoming Winter Meet, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.FINISH LINES: PLEASE NOTE, THERE WILL BE SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME ON OPENING DAY AT 11:30 A.M. ADMISSION GATES WILL OPEN AT 9:30 A.M. . . . Trainer John Shirreffs has the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile Jan. 4 on tap for promising two-year-old Honor A.P., winner of a one mile maiden allowance race here as the 1-2 favorite under Mike Smith by 5 ¼ lengths on Oct. 13. The ridgling bred by George Krikorian is owned by the C R K Stable. . . Racing Jeopardy answers: Determine, Round Table, Hillsdale, Olden Times, Native Diver, Buckpasser, Damascus, Ancient Title, Spectacular Bid, Precisionist, Ferdinand, Runhappy and Mindyourbiscuits. The question? Who were some of the outstanding winners of past Malibu Stakes.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:A Candid Conversation With Trainer Peter EurtonWORKOUTS:Instagrand (Outside) and Brill (Chatlos) 12-19-19Harmless (Hess, Jr.) 12-19-19Angel Alessandra (Outside) and Amatara (Baltas) 12-19-19Silent Fury (Outside) and Tromador (Koriner) 12-18-19Two Thirty Five (Purple Jacket) (Baltas) and Draft Pick (Blue Jacket) (Eurton) 12-17-19Kentan Road  (Sadler) 12-17-19Comical Ghost (Outside) and Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 12-17-19Omaha Beach (Outside) (Mandella) 12-17-19last_img read more

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Shooters Shoot Calls All The Shots As He Stretches Out To Impressive Mile Victory In $55,000 Santa Anita Maiden Special Weight Feature

first_imgShooters Shoot Calls All The Shots As He Stretches Out To Impressive Mile Victory In $55,000 Santa Anita Maiden Special Weight Feature, Getting The Distance Over ‘Good’ Surface In 1:38.87ARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2020)–Promising 3-year-olds have proven to be the order of the weekend at Santa Anita, as trainer Peter Eurton’s Shooters Shoot, who was second in his most recent start to yesterday’s racing star, Charlatan, stretched out for the first time in Sunday’s first race, a $55,000 maiden special weight affair, and he responded with a resounding 3 ¼ length victory.  Ridden by Abel Cedillo, the Kentucky-bred colt by Competitive Edge got a flat mile over a track listed as “good” in 1:38.87.Breaking sharply from the rail in a field of seven sophomores, Shooters Shoot was pressed around the first turn by Lane Way with even money favorite Yeng Again caught three-wide.  Leaving the half mile pole, Shooters Shoot enjoyed a one length advantage and by the three eighths pole, he was lengthening his lead while Joel Rosario, aboard Lane Way, was asking his mount to keep up.Turning for home, Shooters Shoot was in complete command, about 2 ½ lengths clear of Lane Way and he went on to an authoritative win with lightly raced Friar’s Road rallying to complete the exacta.“He was very comfortable,” said Cedillo, who had ridden Shooters Shoot in his previous two races.  “We had the rail, so I knew I had to get a position, but from there I left him alone.  He handled it great.”Second, beaten 5 ¾ lengths by current A-List Derby prospect Charlatan in a six furlong maiden race here Feb. 16, Shooters Shoot was overlayed at 5-1 and paid $12.40, $7.80 and $4.40.“It looks like he’ll get two turns, so we’ll enjoy this one,” said Eurton.  “He was second to a pretty nice colt the other day, so we’ll see where we go.”Owned by ERJ Racing, LLC, Exline-Border Racing, LLC and Dan Hudock, Shooters Shoot, who is out of the Bernardini mare Repeat and was purchased out of a 2-year-old in training sale last April in Ocala, Fla., was making his fifth start today.  With the winner’s check of $33,000, he increased his earnings to $58,280.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Friar’s Road worked his way into contention at the rail going to the far turn, had to await room and then was asked for run turning for home in a solid effort.  Well beaten in his first start, a 6 ½ furlong sprint on Oct. 26, Friar’s Road was off at 10-1 and paid $11.00 and $5.80 while finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front of Lane Way.Lane Way, who was beaten a quarter length by the winner while running third on Feb. 16, checked in third at 7-2 under Umberto Rispoli and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.89, 46.67, 1:11.69 and 1:24.93.With entries being taken on Tuesday, racing, with no pubic admittance, will resume at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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CLASSY IMPROBABLE TAKES ON ‘NOW HORSE’ KERSHAW IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 SANTANA MILE AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgCLASSY IMPROBABLE TAKES ON ‘NOW HORSE’ KERSHAW IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 SANTANA MILE AT SANTA ANITAARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2020)–A Grade I winner at two and the beaten favorite in last year’s Kentucky Derby, Bob Baffert’s classy Improbable heads a field of seven older horses in Sunday’s $75,000 Santana Mile at Santa Anita.While Improbable has been idle since well beaten in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here Nov. 2, Phil D’Amato’s speedy Kershaw is the “now” commodity, as he enters Sunday’s Santana Mile fresh off of a big second condition allowance mile win on Feb. 23.IMPROBABLEOwner:  China Horse Club International, Ltd., SF Racing, LLC and Winstar Farm, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertAn unbeaten winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity in December, 2018, this 4-year-old City Zip colt tasted defeat for the first time in his fourth start, when second beaten a neck in the Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 16, 2019.  Second to Omaha Beach in the Grade I Arkansas Derby, he was then fifth as the 4-1 favorite in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, 2019.  Favored in eight out of his 10 career starts, including a much troubled fourth place finish two starts back in the Grade I Pennsylvania Derby, Improbable has trained well for his return following a near five month absence and will be handled by Drayden Van Dyke, who has guided him to four wins from five assignments, dating back to his debut here on Sept. 29, 2018.  The leading money earner in the field with $919,520, Improbable is two for three at a flat mile and he has an overall mark of 10-4-2-0.KERSHAWOwner:  Jay & Julie ManoogianTrainer:  Phil D’AmatoIn his most impressive win to date, this 5-year-old gelding by Run Away and Hide blasted off to a big gate to wire one mile allowance win on Feb. 23, winning by 3 ½ lengths while ridden for the first time by Abel Cedillo.  Claimed out of a 13 ¼ length one mile maiden $40,000 claimer 11 starts back on July 28, 2018, Kershaw appears ready for his first stakes assignment in what will be his 15th career start.  In terms of pace however, Cedillo may have his hands full if he again opts to gun for the early lead, as Baffert’s Ax Man, who will be making his second start off a long layoff, is extremely quick early.THE $75,000 SANTANA MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTTwo Thirty Five–Flavien Prat–124Heartfullofstars–Iggy Puglisi–120Improbable–Drayden Van Dyke–124Synthesis–Rafael Bejarano–120Lord Guinness–Ruben Fuentes–120Ax Man–Mike Smith–124Kershaw–Abel Cedillo–122First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  Santa Anita Park remains closed to the public due to state and federal public health dictates. For updates, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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How Chelsea will line up against Spurs with Mount and Tomori set to miss out

first_imgFRANK LAMPARD will take on Jose Mourinho for the second time in his managerial career on Sunday.The Chelsea chief will take on his former boss armed with a fully fit squad – except from long-term absentee Ruben Loftus-Cheek.2At the pre-match press conference, Lampard confirmed Ross Barkely, Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud are in contention.He said: “Ruben’s making good progress which is really positive, but he’s nowhere near contention for matchplay yet.”Other than that, we’re all pretty good. Ross [Barkely], [Fikayo] Tomori and Giroud are fine.”We’ve got a fit squad. Nice selection problems I suppose.”The Blues could decide to start Tomori on the bench after he missed the last two matches with a hip problem.Instead, Lampard could stick with Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger in the heart of his defence with Emerson on the left and Cesar Azpilicueta on the right.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the BluesMason Mount looks set to miss out in favour of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Matteo Kovacic in the middle.Christian Pulisic and Willian would start with Tammy Abraham leading the line.Giroud is back in the mix for Lampard, but Abraham already has 13 goals and four assists under his belt this term.Lampard – who has guided his side to nine wins in 17 attempts this season – has revealed how he wants his squad to prove themselves.He added: “A lot of people are fit, we have decent numbers and a competitive squad – they are showing that in training. I have to choose what I feel is right.LATEST CHELSEA NEWSLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outPicturedBUL OVEREx-Chelsea man Bulka wrecks £200k Lamborghini in horror crash in Poland lockdown”Off the back of a negative result last week and the edginess that brings, players are trying to push to show they want to play in this big game. It makes it difficult.”But the rules are always the same, it’s what you do day in, day out that gets you back in that team.”It’s not just every Saturday or every matchday, its every training session and how you are around the group.”2Frank Lampard says he’s happy to go up against Mourinho but thinks the Tottenham v Chelsea rivalry will top him v Joselast_img read more

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Perenara commits to ABs, Canes

first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: TJ Perenara leads an All Black haka The Wellington-born scrum-half, who has earned 39 Test caps and scored eight international tries since making his debut in 2014, said it was an easy decision to remain in his hometown.”The All Blacks will always be the goal and to be able to chase that dream for another four years here in New Zealand is a challenge I’m looking forward to,” said Perenara.”Being in Wellington and playing for the Hurricanes is a big driver for me. It’s where I grew up, it’s my home and it’s where my family is. Family means a lot and being able to be close to them and be around them is important.”To be honest I couldn’t see myself playing for another franchise or province in New Zealand and the fact that they also want me around makes it even more special to me.”NEWS | @Tj_Perenara inks long-term deal with the #AllBlacks, @Hurricanesrugby & @WgtnRugby.READ: https://t.co/Ai3YNVOp7y#TeamAllBlacks pic.twitter.com/qnNqjSVW4T— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 26, 2017All Blacks coach Steve Hansen hailed the development of Perenara, 25, who has tended to be used off the bench as a replacement for first-choice number nine Aaron Smith.Hansen said: “TJ is a world-class player and a very important part of our team. He’s an incredibly competitive athlete who has taken his game to another level in recent seasons and he has a great understanding of what it means to be a Test player with close to 40 Tests under his belt.”He plays a key role for us both on and off the park and is continuing to look to develop his all-round skills – including his leadership skills – and, in fact, has now become one of the senior players in the squad. We all congratulate him on his decision which is fantastic for the future.”last_img read more

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Fiji take fifth consecutive title in Hong Kong

first_imgOver the course of three scintillating days of action, Gareth Baber’s side enthralled the crowd as they achieved something that no other side has ever been able to do. In the Cup final, Jerry Tuwai, who is the only current player to have played in all four of the finals, pulled the strings majestically while Aminiasi Tuimaba scored a brace and Vilimoni Botitu also crossed for a try. After their silver medal in Vancouver, France were playing in their second consecutive Cup final in a season which is something that they hadn’t achieved before.They started at pace, however an early knock-on handed Fiji possession back and Baber’s outfit didn’t need a second invitation to fly. The rest of the half belonged to them as the HSBC Player of the Final Tuimaba, and Botitu, combined to cross twice with each setting the other up. After the break Fiji’s 14-0 lead was tested when they went down to six players and France were awarded a penalty try. However, from 14-7, Fiji rallied and Tuimaba’s second ultimately ensured that history would be created in front of a sold-out crowd.  “It’s a fantastic feeling and I’m sure that it will sink in over the next two or three days,” said Fiji’s head coach after the full-time whistle. I think that all of this has been in the backdrop of what happened in Christchurch, obviously our hearts and our thoughts go out to all of those families and this is a dedication to them.”With just three full rounds to go on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019, the tournament victory means that Fiji jump ahead of New Zealand in the world series standings and sit in second. The USA are on top with 130 points while South Africa are fourth on 99 points, nine ahead of their chasers England in fifth. At the end of all ten rounds of this year’s world series, the top four teams will confirm their places at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Japan are the only side currently qualified due to automatic qualification as the host nation. USA TAKE BRONZE The USA ensured a complete set of medals on the world series this year with a 22-10 victory over Samoa in the Bronze Final.After four silvers and a gold, this third-place finish secured Mike Friday’s side another 17 world series points and puts them in a position to potentially secure qualification for Tokyo 2020 next weekend in Singapore. In the Bronze Final, the two sides matched each other physically in the first half but it was the USA Sevens Eagles’ two tries that trumped Samoa’s one. The outfit’s second saw Carlin Isles notch up his ninth of the weekend, a number that no other player has reached in a single tournament at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.After the interval, the match opened up and John Vaili’s deliberate knock-down earned him a yellowlast_img read more

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Patak ready to lead

first_imgThe friendly fixture that started 11 years ago aims to use the country’s number one sport to spread the message of violence against women and also other social issues affecting PNG.Patak told Loop PNG that being a leader on the field is not a new thing to him and he is confident to lead in front with the assistance of other senior players.He debuted on the international scene in 2012 against the Australia PMs side and this year won the Digicel Cup top honours with Agmark Gurias.Patak will bank on the support of his deputy, Sebastian Pandia and Richard Kambo.Their experiences will come in handy, with bulk of the squad made up of local players.Australia captain Trent Merrin said his troops “expect a physical game and he is humble to be PNG to play.”Papua New Guineans love their footy and idolise Australia NRL players, and for sure the screaming spectators will have their allegiance tested.  The match will be played at the 15, 000 sitting capacity Sir John Guise Stadium, with official kick off at 7pm.  Caption: PNG PMs 13 captain Albert Patak looking listening attentively as coach Stanley Tepend address the media.last_img read more

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Hela Wigmen leads Digicel Cup ladder

first_imgWigmen are leveled on two points with the four winning teams from the weekend, including Lae Snax Tigers who were on bye.However, Wigmen took up the number one spot due to points for and against. Wigmen defeated Simbu Lions by a huge margin, 42-12, in Mendi.In second place is Goroka Lahanis and Mt Hagen Eagles sits on third spot after defeating Waghi Tumbe 14-10 at Rabiamul Oval in Mt Hagen.Rabaul Gurias is fourth on the ladder after a close game, beating Enga Mioks 6-2 at Kalabond Oval in Kokopo.Gulf Isapeas sits fifth on the ladder after they achieved a historical win at the new National Football Stadium, defeating Port Moresby Vipers 18-16, followed by sixth-placed Lae Tigers.The bottom five teams are yet to put a mark on the score board following their loss on the weekend.In seventh place is Vipers followed by Muruks, Mioks, Waghi Tumbe and Simbu Lions.last_img read more

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