Southland Announces 2017 All-Conference Football Teams

first_img DB Raphael Lewis Houston Baptist Jr. Elk Grove, Calif. Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Lorenzo Nunez, a sophomore transfer from South Carolina, was tabbed Newcomer of the Year. In his debut year for the Lions, he threw for 1,101 yards and 11 touchdowns. Coach of the Year: Steve Campbell, Central ArkansasPlayer of the Year: Hayden Hildebrand, Central ArkansasOffensive Player of the Year: Davion Davis, Sam Houston StateDefensive Player of the Year: George Odum, Central ArkansasFreshman of the Year: Kierre Crossley, Central ArkansasNewcomer of the Year: Lorenzo Nunez, Southeastern LouisianaOffensive Lineman of the Year: John Cook, Central Arkansas DL Chris Terrell Central Arkansas So. Pensacola, Fla. In total, 19 of the honorees are returning all-Southland selections, led by four-time pick P.J. Hall of Sam Houston State. The senior defensive lineman racked up 40 tackles (15 for losses) and six sacks in nine games this season. OL Chandler Arceneaux2 Nicholls Jr. Bourg, La. Redshirt freshman Crossley led the ground attack for UCA, ranking first on the team with 770 rushing yards (70.00 per game) and was tied for second on the team with four touchdowns. DB Max Lyons Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Los Angeles, Calif. Pos. Name School Class Hometown OL Cade Camp Central Arkansas Sr. Allen, Texas Hildebrand led the nation in passing efficiency (181.3) and tossed 27 touchdowns to marshal the UCA offense in the regular season. He also ranked second in the FCS with 15.38 passing yards per completion. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas senior quarterback Hayden Hildebrand is the 2017 Southland Conference Football Player of the Year, the league announced Tuesday along with the all-conference selections. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. OL Chris Zirkle Northwestern State Jr. League City, Texas OL Gilberto Garcia Central Arkansas Sr. Morrilton, Ark. AP Davion Davis Sam Houston State Jr. Hutto, Texas DB Dominique Hill2 McNeese Sr. Mansfield, La. 2017 Southland Conference Football Individual Superlative Winners DB George Odum2 Central Arkansas Sr. Millington, Tenn. LB Garrett Dolan2 Houston Baptist Sr. Mont Belvieu, Texas RB David Hamm McNeese Jr. Klein, Texas Honorable Mention: RB: Kierre Crossley, Central Arkansas; Derrick Mitchell, UIW; Justin Pratt, McNeese; Chris Jones, Northwestern State; Marcus Cooper, Southeastern Louisiana. TE/HB: Trevor Crain, Abilene Christian; Case Robinson, Lamar. WR: Troy Grant, Abilene Christian; Roman Gordon, Central Arkansas; Kent Shelby, McNeese. OL: Micah Parten, Central Arkansas; Terence Hickman II, UIW; Matt Oubre, Lamar; Eddie Houston, Nicholls; Jermaine Jones, Southeastern Louisiana; Tyler Tezeno, Sam Houston State; Devonte Jones, Stephen F. Austin. AP: Cedric Battle, Central Arkansas. PK: Matt Cummins, Central Arkansas; Dillon Burkhard, Southeastern Louisiana. P: Patrick Ponder, Central Arkansas. DL: Tyler Helaire, Houston Baptist; Manasseh Miles, Lamar; Jammerio Gross-Whitaker, McNeese; Obinna Iheoma, Northwestern State; Lyn Clark, Northwestern State; Lamont Alexander, Stephen F. Austin. LB: James Graves, Central Arkansas; Cody Moncure, Houston Baptist; Mar’kel Cooks, UIW; B.J. Blunt, McNeese; Tevin Lawson, Nicholls; Jake Jiannoni, Southeastern Louisiana. DB: Brandon Richmond, Abilene Christian; Jaylon Lofton, Central Arkansas; Andre Fuller, McNeese; Isaac Warren, Northwestern State; Adrian Contreras, Sam Houston State; Jaylen Thomas, Sam Houston State; Mayori Ellison, Southeastern Louisiana. All-Southland Conference teams are voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on 25 percent of ballots. LB Sione Teuhema2 Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Keller, Texas WR Nathan Stewart2 Sam Houston State So. Dallas, Texas WR Brandon Cox Central Arkansas Sr. Conway, Ark. DB Nate Jones Lamar Jr. Mansfield, Texas Hildebrand is one of five individual superlative honorees from this season’s UCA team. Head coach Steve Campbell was named Coach of the Year, senior defensive back George Odum was named Defensive Player of the Year, running back Kierre Crossley earned Freshman of the Year honors and junior John Cook was voted Offensive Lineman of the Year. DL Eric Jackson Central Arkansas Sr. Apopka, Fla. WR Tamrick Pace Stephen F. Austin So. Brownsboro, Texas AP Desmond Hite UIW So. Cypress, Texas LB Ashari Goins2 McNeese Sr. Monroe, La. Pos. Name School Class Hometown OL Maea Teuhema Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Keller, Texas OL John Cook2 Central Arkansas Jr. Grenada, Miss. LB Sam Denmark3 Abilene Christian Sr. Las Cruces, N.M. TE/HB Ragan Henderson Sam Houston State Sr. Rice, Texas DL Chris Chambers Central Arkansas Sr. Pearl, Miss. PK Lorran Fonseca Nicholls Jr. Hercules, Calif. LB Justin Johnson2 Sam Houston State Sr. Converse, Texas PR Davion Davis Sam Houston State Jr. Hutto, Texas In his fourth year with the program, head coach Campbell led the Bears to their first outright Southland championship with an undefeated 9-0 conference season – also a program-first.center_img DL P.J. Hall4 Sam Houston State Sr. Seguin, Texas QB Hayden Hildebrand2 Central Arkansas Sr. Bossier City, La. RB Corey Avery3 Sam Houston State Sr. Dallas, Texas KR Desmond Hite UIW So. Cypress, Texas PK Gunnar Raborn McNeese Jr. Lafayette, La. WR Damion Jeanpiere Nicholls Jr. Kenner, La. DB Alize Ward Stephen F. Austin So. San Diego, Calif. QB Jeremiah Briscoe2 Sam Houston State Sr. Houston, Texas RB Carlos Blackman Central Arkansas So. Gosnell, Ark. RB Kyran Irvin Nicholls So. Darrow, La. 2017 Southland Conference Football First Team All-Conference Defense WR Yedidiah Louis3 Sam Houston State Sr. New Orleans, La. DB Tremon Smith3 Central Arkansas Sr. Anniston, Ala. Odum was a driving force behind the Central Arkansas defense this year, ranking sixth in the country with 6.5 solo tackles per game. He registered 106 total tackles for the Bears, including 8.0 for losses and four sacks. KR Juwan Petit-Frere Southeastern Louisiana So. Orlando, Fla. OL Ryan Hanley Nicholls Jr. Metaire, La. The Bearkats led the way with 13 total all-conference selections while the Bears earned 12. Nicholls garnered 10 total spots, followed by McNeese (six) and Southeastern Louisiana (five). Houston Baptist, UIW and Stephen F. Austin all earned three picks while Abilene Christian, Lamar and Northwestern State all named a lone member to the all-conference teams. LB Allen Pittman2 Nicholls So. St. Rose, La. OL Eric David Sam Houston State So. Richmond, Texas P Christian Guzman Houston Baptist Sr. Brookshire, Texas WR Davion Davis2 Sam Houston State Jr. Hutto, Texas 2017 Southland Conference Football First Team All-Conference Offense 2017 Southland Conference Football Second Team All-Conference Defense TE/HB Lawayne Ross McNeese So. Richwood, Texas DL Sully Laiche2 Nicholls So. Gramercy, La. DL John Franklin3 Stephen F. Austin Sr. Greenville, Texas DL Kenny Dotson Nicholls Jr. Plaquemine, La. DL Chris Stewart Sam Houston State Jr. Petal, Miss. Cook was one of three Central Arkansas offensive linemen named to the first team, a corps that surrendered a Southland-best six sacks and helped clear the gaps for the league’s second-best rushing offense (207.8 yards per game) in all games.Offensive Player of the Year was awarded to Davion Davis of Sam Houston State, who was also named a first team wide receiver, offensive all-purpose player and punt returner. The junior out of Hutto, Texas, was top five nationally in four different categories: First in punt return touchdowns (two), second in receiving touchdowns (14), second in total touchdowns (17) and fifth in scoring (9.3 points per game). His 102 total points scored is third in the FCS, one point behind fellow Bearkat, placekicker Tre Honshtein. OL Mitchell Watanabe Sam Houston State Jr. San Antonio, Texas Pos. Name School Class Hometown OL Andy Dodd McNeese Gr. Lindale, Ga. 2017 Southland Conference Football Second Team All-Conference Offense DB Corey Abraham Nicholls Jr. Breaux Bridge, La. DB Juan Jackson Central Arkansas So. Gardendale, Ala. Pos. Name School Class Hometown P Joe Zema UIW Gr. Melbourne, Australia PR Max Lyons Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Los Angeles, Calif. DB Ahmani Martin Nicholls Jr. Reserve, La.last_img read more

HORSE RACING INDUSTRY LEADERS ISSUE STATEMENT ON SANTA ANITA PARK

first_imgHORSE RACING INDUSTRY LEADERS ISSUE STATEMENT ON SANTA ANITA PARK     *** The following statement should be attributed to The Stronach Group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California and California Thoroughbred Trainers “We are collectively working on behalf of everyone in the sport — grooms, hot walkers, jockeys, exercise riders, starters, trainers, owners, track managers and every horse wearing a bridle and a saddle — to reform and improve racing every day. After extensive consultation among all partners, Santa Anita Park will stay open through the end of its meet to see these reforms through.Since wide-sweeping reforms have been instituted at Santa Anita, catastrophic injuries have dropped considerably compared to earlier this meet, decreasing by 50 percent in racing and by more than 84 percent in training. To be clear, there are no acceptable losses, and every day we work toward ending all serious injuries. But the reality is that our improvements and changes have been effective.A detailed and serious epidemiological investigation of all track accidents is underway and will continue with the greatest urgency. Track management, owners, trainers and veterinarians, are re-doubling their vigilance and close supervision of both training and racing protocols and will consider all enhancements to the sweeping new protocols already introduced. We have great respect for Governor Newsom and the CHRB, and we look forward to working closely with them as we continue to discuss these issues.”last_img read more

Milner-Skudder surgery done

first_imgThe Hurricanes wing, who dislocated his right shoulder in the first half of the All Blacks’ 25-24 win over the Springboks in Cape Town earlier this month, has started his road to recovery after an operation this week.Milner-Skudder had his labrum, rotator cuff, supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles and his bicep tendon repaired during the surgery.The 26-year-old turned to Facebook to update fans on his recovery.”Rehab/ recovery should be around 6-7 months, however first stage is a couple weeks’ rest while the wounds heal and then go from there,” he wrote online.”I have learnt from past injuries to not worry about what is out of my control, take it one step at a time and focus on the “here&now”. Combine those with a relentless drive to come back stronger and I know I’ve got this.”Milner-Skudder is no stranger to the recovery process. After breaking out for the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, a season which earned him World Rugby’s breakthrough player of the year award, Milner-Skudder spent most of the 2016 season sidelined with a similar operation on his left shoulder which he dislocated while playing for the Hurricanes.He returned to the field this season only to pick up a foot injury which meant another lengthy stint on the sidelines. He missed the All Blacks squad to play the British and Irish Lions, turning out for the Hurricanes and New Zealand Maori against the tourists instead.Milner-Skudder was then recalled to the All Blacks for the Rugby Championship, but missed out on the first couple of tests and was released to play for Manawatū in provincial rugby.He got a call-up to the starting side to face Argentina in New Plymouth and impressed enough to warrant starts in the two tests against South Africa.Milner-Skudder has 11 tests to his name and has scored 11 tries.He is contracted to New Zealand Rugby and the Hurricanes until 2019.last_img read more

Garamuts no chance of qualifying for U19 World Cup

first_imgPlaying at the International Cricket Council (ICC) U19 World Cup Qualifier in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Garamuts have yet to register a win.In their first match last Thursday, the Garamuts lost by 9 wickets with 245 balls remaining to Nepal.The Garamuts second loss was at the hands of Ireland going down by 111 runs.The woes continued as the Garamuts struggled against a tough Uganda side, losing by 9 wickets with 220 balls remaining.The Garamuts are currently last on the ladder out of the 5 participating countries. Nepal is top of the ladder on 6 points, having won all three games. Ireland is second on 6 points with three wins as well. Uganda is in third spot on 2 points with one win from four games.The Garamuts take on the USA tomorrow. USA are fourth on the ladder on 2 points with two losses and one win. USA’s win came after they beat Uganda by six wickets.Finals for the World Cup Qualifiers will be played this Thursday. The winner will book a spot in next year’s U19 World Cup.last_img read more

Hekari slot 4 past Rapatona

first_imgRapatona were put under pressure to defend early in the game as Hekari looked certain to get first points on a number of occasions.Hekari made it 1-0 in the 37th minute when Leo Moli scored to put his side in front just before half time.Hekari continued to dominate possession in the second half as Rapatona struggled to find answers to stop the onslaught.Tempers flared from both sides with Rapatona and Hekari being awarded three yellow cards each for foul play.Upaiga got his first in the 68th when he chipped the ball from just outside the penalty box that saw it sail over the goal keeper and into the net.Goal number two for Upaiga came off a solo effort that showed skill and power as he powered the ball through to make it 3-0.It was 4-0 close to full time thanks to Barry Mansale who scored off a set play from a penalty kick outside the penalty box.last_img read more

Roberto Martínez’s agent faces the Belgian federation

first_imgSince then, Martínez’s name has sounded when there has been renovation in benches such as Real Madrid or BarcelonaThe president of the Belgian federation, Mehdi Bayat, has come up with the statements pointing out that the relationship between the institution and the coach is good and that the agent is not well informed about the situation. “I think Mr. De Preter is not aware of the situation,” Bayan told the television network. VTM.The president of the federation has assured that the eventual prolongation of Martinez does not respond to “a financial problem.” “We just want to build something, a relationship. We would like to continue working in an environment where you feel good, just like the federation.”, said Bayat, who stressed that the relationship between technical and federation has so far been “extremely respectful” by both parties.Roberto Martínez, on the other hand, has not made statements about its renewal. Jesse De Preter, the Belgium coach Roberto Martínez, has met the football federation of that country on the contract of the Spanish coach, whom he considers to be underpaid under his current contractor, which expires at the end of the 2020 Eurocup. “It has been underpaid for four years,” has declared to the television network LN 24 the agent on a possible prolongation of the coach’s commitment to the federation of Belgium, since he has held since August 2016.De Preter has also criticized the federation leaders to announce “to the press that there are negotiations when there are none,” something that he considers little “respectful.” The agent hopes that Martinez can “get a better salary” if he continues to lead the ‘Red Devils’ and has assured that he will not make “exorbitant requests.”“The money will not be decisive. I don’t say I win three or four times more because I could win five or six times more in any club.”, said De Preter, who argues that in 2018 the coach agreed to renew his contract with the Belgian federation players needed “stability” in the face of the World Cup in Russia, in which Belgium achieved third place.last_img read more

The Dutch Lieke Martens shines again at Barça

first_imgSome numbers that clashed with those of this campaign, blank to this Super Cup, in which the Dutch has claimed, with a goal and an assist against Atleti. The front takes momentum and looks at the final of this tournament with enthusiasm. “It was very nice to score the first goal of the season. It has helped me gain more confidence,” he said after his great game against the rojiblancas. Now, he threatens Real Sociedad in the final of this Sunday (12: 00H) in a Super Cup in which he aims to start again. Barça missed Lieke Martens this season. The Dutchwoman started the injured course and, although she joined the group in November, she was not giving up 100%, with only two assists in 10 games played. The numbers were far from those used by the Dutch star, runner-up in the world with his team at the World Cup in France.It should be remembered that Martens stood out at Barça in 2017 after winning the European Championship and individual awards such as the Best Player in Europe or The Best. His fame led him to become the first transfer for which the Barca club paid in this category, thus demonstrating his great commitment to the Dutch figure, who responded with 28 goals in his first two seasons.last_img read more

Growing up without parents: the ‘B’ side of Chinese migration

first_imgImage: Dreamstime Every day when she opens her small dry cleaners in the center of Beijing, she asks herself why she and her husband are hundreds of kilometers away from their two young children. Eleven years ago they had to migrate to move their family forward and now, hopefully, they see them twice a year.While more than 244 million Chinese people migrated to other cities in 2017 in search of new opportunities in the world’s second economic power, almost seven million children grew up the following year alone with their grandparents in rural areas, according to official figures.In his humble laundry and dry cleaning business in the capital, Zou Xinxin shows the photos of his two children, aged 9 and 5, with nostalgia but without preventing a smile from seeing their faces through the screen.“Every night we make a video call,” he tells Efe. The two little ones now live with their grandparents in Zhejiang Province, in the east, almost 1,500 kilometers away from Beijing.While sewing a client’s pants, he explains that they periodically send money to their in-laws so that the children do not lack anything.“It’s very difficult. When we say goodbye my children always cry. But I had to come because in my province the salary is very low and the cost of living, the prices, are the same as in Beijing. With our salary there we could not get ahead to the family, “he says.Although it was a complicated decision, when the two children turned one year old they separated from them because in Beijing the couple was alone, they worked many hours and could not take care of them or devote enough time.On the recent holiday for the Chinese New Year, Zou was able to go to Zhejiang with her husband and enjoy them for ten days. “Then in summer I go a month, although my husband has to stay here with the business,” she laments. Now he counts the days to be able to return definitively to his town and return to live all together, without mobiles of half to be able to speak with his children.“When we find someone to transfer the business to, we will return because the children are growing up and the grandparents can no longer control them and it is more difficult to educate them,” he explains.Stories like yours are the other side of China’s economic growth, which has left its agrarian past behind at the cost of labor mobilization in large cities in precarious conditions.Far from trying to solve this social problem, the authorities continue to hinder, for example, the schooling of the children of migrants in the cities where they work.The case of Wanli and HuiAnother example is that of Song Wanli and Liu Hui, who left Henan (center) 20 years ago to move to Beijing, where they now run a fruit and vegetable shop.His two daughters, aged 16 and 14, are with their grandparents in Henan – during the week they live in the school – while in their home in Beijing they can only have the youngest, 13 years old.“They are very mature,” says Liu about his daughters, whom he only sees a couple of times a year. However, he plans to regroup the family when they both study at a university in the capital.Although he confesses that it is hard to have his daughters away, because “they lack the love of a mother and a father”, he tries to look for the positive part of this situation.“It can be a kind of motivation for them … Their father and I work for many hours and they may think: ‘Like them, we also have to work hard,’” he adds.Every six months, the marriage usually sends 3,000 yuan (337 euros) to the grandparents for food and leisure for the girls. “His school is another 2,000 yuan (224 euros) for half a year,” he says.The majority of Chinese migrant workers come from Henan and other provinces such as Sichuan, Anhui or Hunan, where in rural areas about 44% of children live without their mother or father, according to figures reported by local media.The same sources estimate that there are up to 61 million children in this situation throughout the country.Despite China’s achievements in its fight against poverty, about 30 million people are still suffering from it, which causes displacements from the countryside to the big cities, which have registered strong population growth in recent years.center_img More than 244 million Chinese children migrated to other cities in 2017last_img read more

The Dortmund of the ‘children’ triumphs: Reyna, Haaland and Sancho

first_imgHaaland (19 years old)Haaland is the latest great revelation of European football. He landed a month ago in Dortmund for only 20 million from RB Salzburg, with which he had stunned Europe for its ease of scoring even in the Champions League. It is beating all possible brands. He scored 16 goals in midseason in Austria and has 8 more in five Bundesliga games, in addition to the 10 total he accumulates in the Champions League between his two teams, including the double against PSG. Crazy.Reyna (17 years old)Reyna is the irruption that Dortmund lacked to crown his trident. Son of the mythical former American player who played several World Cups with his country, Favre has been giving him minutes and he has responded with immense touches of quality. His goal in the Cup against Werder Bremen opened a gap in the elite and the entry into the match against PSG and his final impact on the scoreboard are the best example of it being a jewel. He arrived for free in Dortmund from the lower categories of New York City. Dortmund has done it again. His investment in young talent is again a success, apparently in the round of 16 against PSG. Three of those players under 20 years of age burst a whole Champions candidate as is the Parisian team. The entry of Giovani Reyna (17 years old) was added to the presence of Jadon Sancho (19) and Erling Haaland (19) to dynamite a meeting that brings the excellent philosophy of Dortmund back on the table as a jewelery buying club from all over the world. world. Little will take, as usual, to sell to some of these players for a price much higher than the purchase.Sancho (19 years old)Sancho is being the true star of the team this season. In the Bundesliga already has 13 goals and 14 assists. Only Messi, among the other major European leagues, adds double digits equally in terms of goals and assists. He arrived in Dortmund a couple of seasons ago from the City in exchange for 7.8 million. There is already talk that he can sell it this summer to the Premier for more than 120. Absolute international and titular with England.last_img read more

João Félix, Herrera and Trippier, with the group; Lemar injured

first_imgWith all these reinstatements, Simeone has tried an eleven in the training that could well be the initial alignment to receive the whole of Javi Calleja on Sunday in the Metropolitan. Oblak in goal; Vrsaljko on the right band, I gave it in left band and Philip Y Savic on the axis of defense; Thomas, Saul, Koke Y Vitolo in the center of the field; belt Y Morata in the front.Lemar suffers a muscle injury in the right thighThomas Lemar continues his particular ordeal. The Gallic Player He could not complete the Champions League match against Liverpool and was replaced at the break by Marcos Llorente. This change was due to some inconvenience that did not presage anything good. Three days after the victory against the reds, this bad omen has been corroborated in the form of the nth medical part of Atlético de Madrid this year.As the rojiblanca entity has communicated through its social networks and its website, Lemar He suffers a muscle injury in the right thigh. It has been known after the relevant medical tests that have been performed to verify the extent of the injury. As usual, Atletico has not given an estimated time of low, but has qualified that “is pending evolution”. Atlético had great news on the way back to work to prepare for next Sunday’s game (9:00 pm) against Villarreal in the Wanda Metropolitano. Simeone could count on João Félix, Héctor Herrera and Trippier with the group, although English must go calmly after operating a pubalgia three weeks ago. The bad news of the morning came with the injury of Lemar, which had to be replaced in the rest of the match against Liverpool and suffers a muscle injury in the right thigh.João Félix could return to the submarine on Sunday yellow after suffering a muscle injury that had him out in the league derby against Real Madrid, in the visit of the Levant to the Metropolitan and in the match in Mestalla. When his goal was to return against Liverpool, a pharyngotonsillitis knocked him out, but is already fully recovered. Herrera has also been low since Santiago Bernabéu for a muscle injury, while Trippier recovers from the operation he underwent to solve a pubalgia on February 4.He was also with the Morata group, which withdrew from the game against Liverpool. So Cholo is recovering troops After seeing how Diego Costa, Giménez, Arias and Morata himself have returned in the last week.last_img read more