Southeastern (21-10, 15-3 SLC) earned a share of the Southland regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament after a 2-0 week, including a 69-57 win over co-champion Nicholls (21-10, 15-3 SLC) in the final game of the season. The title is the Lions’ first since the 2004-05 season and third since they joined the conference in 1997-98. Honorable Mention: Jordan Howard, Central Arkansas; Shawn Johnson, UIW; Leon Gilmore III, Stephen F. Austin. FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Marlain Veal is the final Southland Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the 2017-18 season, the league announced Sunday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. This is Veal’s second weekly award of the season after earning the accolade in Week 3 on Nov. 27. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Marlain Veal, Southeastern La. – Jr. – Guard – New Orleans, La. Veal averaged 13.5 points, 7.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds in an undefeated week to help the Lions clinch a share of the Southland regular season title and the top seed in the conference tournament. The junior guard began the week with 13 points, six assists, four rebounds and a steal in Wednesday’s 68-64 win at New Orleans. He followed that with a 14-point, eight-assist, six-rebound outing in Saturday’s battle for the No. 1 seed against Nicholls. Veal, a native of New Orleans, La., became the Lions’ single-season assist leader with 190 assists.
The powerful Roosters back-rower was the logical choice following the representative retirement of long-serving Origin talisman Paul Gallen.The 24-year-old trails only Brad Fittler and current Origin coach Laurie Daley in terms of the youngest Blues Origin skippers but is a natural leader who has long seemed old beyond his years.Addressing media at The Star following the team announcement on Monday night, Cordner said the honour “means the world” to him.And his first call once he spoke to Daley was to his father Chris.”I was on my way home from the [Bulldogs] game [Sunday] night, driving a few of the boys and Laurie’s name came up on the screen,” Cordner said.”I gave him a call back and he let me know he wanted me to be captain. I can’t really describe how I felt at the time. It’s an unbelievable honour. For me it’s one of the highest honours you can get, captaining your state.”Cordner also confessed to a little relief at finally getting the confirmation after his name became linked more strongly to the role amid a host of other worthy candidates such as Aaron Woods, Wade Graham and Josh Jackson.”Just to find out from Laurie was an unbelievable feeling. A lot of joy, maybe a few tears. It’s something I’m very proud of,” he said.”I called my dad straight away…” Cordner’s voice trailed off in a wave of emotion before he added “I need to get myself together a bit! He’s been my number one supporter all my life. He’s just super proud.”Daley said he had no doubts over Cordner’s leadership credentials.”I spoke to Boyd [Sunday] night and asked him whether he’d want the job,” Daley said.”Not all guys are suited to it. Not all guys want the responsibility but he was quite excited and happy that I chose him.”I think he’s a great fit for us because he’s the next generation of player coming through.”Any doubts over Cordner’s passion and dedication for the sky blue jersey – if they existed – could be erased by watching a replay of Game One last year. Cordner broke a sesamoid bone in his toe scoring a crucial first half-try – his team’s only points of the game. The injury put him out for six weeks, including the remainder of the Origin series, but he still finished the match, which ended in a tight 6-4 loss to the Maroons.Cordner said he will look to take some lessons from other leaders he has played under, including the Blues’ most recent skipper who played through plenty of adversity himself through a rugged Origin career.”Past leaders that I’ve had, especially Gal is someone that I looked up to coming through,” Cordner said.”The way he went about his business, he’s tough, he’s resilient, he led by his actions. he’s been an inspiration for this team for a while now and that’s something I looked up to so hopefully I can take some parts out of that and continue to grow myself and find my way.”This will be a younger NSW team than last year with debutant Nathan Peats taking over from veteran Robbie Farah at hooker and 23-year-old Manly tyro Jake Trbojevic’s bench debut essentially taking Gallen’s place in the 17 via a reshuffle from Game 3 last year.”It’s a great team,” Cordner said.”Everyone that’s been selected has been in some great form this year.”Our debutants, Jake Trbojevic and Nathan Peats, they’ve been knocking on the door for a while now and deserve their chance.” Photo: NRL (NSW captain Boyd Cordner will make his first Origin appearance in Game One since the corresponding fixture last year).
With Nelson Stone out of contention due to injury, it is now a two horse race between sprinter Theo Piniau and veteran 400m hurdler Mowen Boino.The deadline is June 19 and that is when Athletics PNG will nominate to the PNG Olympic Committee the athlete who has the best performance.This will be determined by reference to the IAAF scoring tables, which are an internationally recognised method of comparing performance in different events.Boino currently leads the race with his time of 52.03 seconds in the 400m hurdles which are worth 1031 points on the tables. Piniau’s best performance is 21.39 seconds for the 200m and that is worth 1018 points.With the US College season now over and with no more relay duties, the youngster from East New Britain can fully focus on his dream of making it to his first Olympic Games, whereas Boino is aiming to make up for the disappointment of missing out on his fourth Games in 2012.The pair will meet up on Thursday morning US time in the Sunshine State of Florida for a series of meets in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, starting with the first of the Sunshine Invitational Sprint Series meets this Saturday at the University of Miami Cobb Stadium.This will be followed by the Star Athletics Sprint Series at Montverde on June 11, which is expected to be huge, and possibly a race at Jacksonville on June 12.The final meet will be at Cardinal Newman on June 18. With athletes from the USA, Canada and the Caribbean looking for Olympic qualifiers, these meets are expected to be very competitive.Philadelphia based coach Dior Lowry, who has worked with a number of US-based PNG athletes in the past couple of years and accompanied the PNG team to the IAAF World Relay Championships last year, will manage the two athletes in Florida and provide any coaching assistance they require.
Good news for Real Madrid. Hazard has touched the ball for the first time after his injury (incomplete external microfissure in his right leg) to PSG on November 26. The Belgian, who jumped on the grass last Monday to run, has taken another step in his recovery. This advance in his recovery increases the chances that Hazard can play a few minutes in the Madrid derby on February 1 at 4:00 p.m.The one who has also returned to train alone after his injury is Sergio Ramos. The white captain has performed exercises with and without the ball and is doubtful for next Sunday’s game at 9:00 pm against Valladolid. Meanwhile, Asensio has accompanied Hazard in the recovery exercises. In today’s training, after the victory against Unionists in the 16th Cup, Yesterday’s game holders have made a continuous career to regain strength. After the warm-up, the whites carried out tactical, possession and pressure work, definition exercises and ended with a match in a small field.
There are more examples of how Red Bull is signing talent to grow, both in Germany and in Austria. Salzburg has South Korean Hee-chan among its pearls Hwang, who has also made an excellent Champions League and recently strengthened the middle of the Leipzig field with Liverpool’s Nail Keita. With these examples and many others, there is no doubt that in the coming years, the Red Bull will be the protagonist of European football. This hurricane also affects Timo Werner, leading striker of the German team that plays in Leipzig. Atletico and Barcelona have been around for a while and from England they say that Liverpool is also interested in getting their services, although this option seems less likely. Further, Nagelsmann, his coach, is not willing to let it out easily, and less with the leading team in the Bundesliga and in the round of 16 of the champions, where he will face Tottenham de Mourinho. And it turns out that these three players have stirred the market in the Bundesliga, each with a different role. Haaland, one of the big emerging stars of European football this season, has started a domino effect with his signing for Dortmund, which has paid Salzburg 20 million euros for the player. Madrid had his eye on him after his spectacular role in the Champions League (eight goals in six games) but with his arrival at the Borussers, he has opened the door to Alcacer, who in turn, is waiting for what happens with Rodrigo and Gameiro in Valencia, of what Milan does with Piatek or that Barça decides to find a striker to replace Suárez’s loss. Precisely to deal with this company, Dani Olmo has been signed for 30 million from Dinamo Zagreb. A clear sign that the Red Bull wants to rub shoulders with the greats of Europe, swiping teams like City or Barça one of the most precious and future players on the continent. He entered football as a surprise guest and is already one of the kings of the party. Red Bull energy drinks company is making its way on Planet Soccer as one of the great players in the European market in recent times. Leipzig and Salzburg, their two flagships, have specialized in getting young talent, polishing it, and turning their teams into clubs capable of putting the great giants of the Champions in check. Haaland, Timo Werner and now Dani Olmo are the clear examples of the path marked by the sports direction of Red Bull clubs.
If we focus on the ability to expel fog we have to know that this occurs due to the exhalation of water from our body. Everyone knows that we breathe oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. It is not uncommon to think that if our body is made up of 60% water, we also expel some of it. These water molecules condense when they come into contact with colder air, which is known as dew point, and in this way the mist is born.The cold helps this condensation process to occur but it is the reality that causes it. Obviously it is easy to believe that it is more usual to be able to generate fog during a cold day since the humidity is higher at those temperatures, but this fact is not always true.Even if it’s a hot day, if the humidity level is high, you can also see how we generate mist through the mouth. The higher the humidity of the air, the greater its saturation which increases the dew point and what causes us to see fog coming out of our mouth. For this same reason, if the outside weather is dry but cold, we most likely cannot see our breath. Image: iStock The fog is produced due to the exhalation of water from our bodyThe cold helps this process to occur, but it is not always the case The cold comes at the least thoughtful moment and that is why we have to put aside our obligations. Despite the outside weather, our daily work forces us to get warm and try to keep ourselves at the best temperature so that nothing stops us. However, there are effects that cannot be avoided at these temperatures. Having a red nose, purple hands or expelling mist through the mouth can be some of the effects generated by the low temperature or not?
The major European leagues will also play behind closed doors as soon as the epidemiological situation in their respective countries allows., said to Efe Rustam Emomalí, president of the Tajikistan Football Federation, one of the few countries in the world where football is played despite the coronavirus pandemic.“We follow the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO) and our health authorities. Since there are no restrictions (…), we have decided to play our matches, “Emomalí said in an interview in writing.BIG LEAGUES, CLOSED DOOREmomalí, one of the founders of Istiklol, winner of the last six league titles in the Central Asian Republic, stressed that the decision to play the Tajik league matches behind closed doors is “a preventive measure to ensure that players and staff are safe“I think that the major European leagues will also play their pending matches behind closed doors once the situation in their countries allows it,” he stressed.Son of the President of Tajikistan, Emomalí Rajmón, stresses that “Sport, and soccer in particular, are playing a vital role in helping the world recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and in repairing hearts and minds.Once each government and soccer federation considers that the situation in their country with respect to COVID-19 is manageable, we believe that sport will be one of the most important tools we have to help people regain normalcy“he explained.The big leagues, Spanish, English, German and Italian, have not yet ruled on when and how the competition will resume, although more and more voices are advocating playing without spectators for health reasons.TAJIKISTAN, WORLD CUP 2026Unlike the rest of the leagues that decided to go ahead with their championships – Belarus, Nicaragua, Taiwan or Turkmenistan-, Tajikistan opted for the minimum risk and played the first two days of the league with empty stadiums, although it has not registered a single case of COVID-19. Stresses that the level of Tajik football is improving by leaps and bounds thanks to investment in development projects and recruitment of young talents, which has allowed the under-17 team to qualify for the World Cup for the second time in its history. “We received the Youth Soccer Development Award from the Asian Soccer Confederation. This award is just the beginning and we are determined to grow and improve our league for years to come.. Soccer is becoming one of the most popular sports in Tajikistan, “he said. In addition, Istiklol, current leader of the Tajik league, reached the final of the AFC Cup, a tournament comparable in Asia to the League UEFA Europe.Emomalí stressed that these young footballers are integrating “little by little” into the national team and dreams that Tajikistan will play the World Cup in 2026. “The long-term strategic plan is called ‘Dream 2026’ and is primarily aimed at qualifying our national team for the World Cup. (…), we hope that this golden generation can help us achieve our dreams, “he says.IN LOVE WITH THE TAYIKA LEAGUEBecause, He says he is “honored” that Tajik soccer has caught the attention of fans around the world, particularly Spanish. “It is an excellent way to show Tajik football to our sister nations. Spanish football has always been a source of inspiration for us and it is a pleasure to have the interest of the world in these moments towards our football, “he acknowledges.As for the gesture of the Istiklol players who prayed for the Spanish people during the match against CSKA, he described it as an “emotional and beautiful gesture”. “He showed one of the most important elements of our culture, which is fraternity and mutual aid in difficult times. It is the least we can do and we hope that all countries can recover soon from this difficult situation, “said the also mayor of the capital and more than likely future president of Tajikistan. He added that all Tajik,”As soccer lovers, we really enjoy Spanish soccer and LaLigaThe banner is a form of brotherhood with LaLiga that is a great motivation for us and with which we have very good relationships. Spain, stay strong, we are with you! “He proclaimed.Regarding infrastructure, he thanked the country’s president, his father, supporting the development of the sport king with the construction of 300 fields in the last three years in all regions of the country, mountainous in more than 90 percent of its territory. And he did not forget to mention that next year the construction of a modern stadium in the country’s capital, Dusambe, will conclude. which will allow the team to play on one of the best courses in all of Central Asia.
THREE VICTORIES It is true that Jamaica recorded three victories, but two of those victories, thanks to the leg-spinners of Jacobs, and a maiden century from McCarthy, came when they dismissed the weak ICC Americas for 76 runs in the first match before narrowly squeezing home in the second match in the last over and by one wicket. The standard of the tournament was best defined by the difference of the batting of Darren Bravo and the rest, including Guyana’s feeble offering when they crawled to 42 for three after 20 overs against Trinidad and Tobago in one semi-final, the Windward Islands 175 against Barbados in the other semi-final, and the batting of Barbados in the final. It was as if the batsmen of Barbados Pride, all of them and every one of them, were playing against a turning ball for the first time in their lives. DISAPPOINTING BATTING Against this, none of the other teams looked good in a tournament during which the batting was disappointing, the bowling was embarrassingly wayward, and the fielding was atrocious. The batting, with the exception of Darren Bravo, was poor, with the likes of the since-retired Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope, AndrÈ McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, and Carlos Brathwaite of Australia fame getting only one good score in six or seven innings each. Bravo was good, stroking 82, 95, and 97 for 274 runs in three innings at a good clip of average of 91.33. That was a far cry from the 259 runs in seven innings for an average of 51.80 by Fudadin in second place and from the 251 at 41.83 in third place by McCarthy. In fact, after a tournament of eight teams playing in two groups of return matches and before empty stands but for one semi-final and the final, with the top two teams in each group meeting in the semi-finals and final, only seven teams scored more than 200 runs in a match, only three batsmen scored more than 100 runs in an innings, only two batsmen averaged over 50, and regardless of the state of the pitches, that was bad, especially with the low standard of fielding throughout. It was even worse when one considered the standard of the bowling. Only one bowler, pacer Delorn Johnson of the Windward Islands, took six wickets in an innings, and despite the poor bowling and ragged fielding, only three bowlers, including Jamaica’s Damion Jacobs, took five wickets in an innings. In fact, only Richards, Johnson, Emrit, Jaggesar, and Hosein impressed as bowlers, or looked promising as bowlers. While the tournament was a success for the Red Force, the one-eyed man in a blind man’s games, it was poor for the other teams, and particularly so for Guyana and for Jamaica, who went into it with much hope. With Trinidad and Tobago playing like champions throughout, especially in the semi-finals and final, knocking off Guyana by 54 runs after posting 259 for 9 and limiting the Guyana to 205 after the Jaguars were reeling at 42 for three after 20 overs, and Barbados by 72 after dashing to 270 for seven and brushing the Pride aside for 198 after the ninth wicket had fallen at 149 with 15.4 overs to go. Jamaica’s feeble attempt included a winning 139 for 8 against Barbados, a losing 139 against Trinidad and Tobago, a losing 176 versus Trinidad and Tobago, and a losing 173 against Barbados. The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, short of some of their better players, by birth, including Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, and Samuel Badree, walked away with the Nagico Super50 Trophy a week ago, and easily and comprehensively at that. Led by batsmen Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin towards the end, left-handed opening batsman Ervin Lewis, who dazzled for a while, all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine, and medium-pacer Rayad Emrit, as well as opening batsman Kyle Ottley, pacer Marlon Richards, off-spinner John Russ Jaggesar, and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, Trinidad and Tobago were in control from start to finish. Considered not good enough to win the tournament at the start, the team began well, playing confidently and attractively before they were joined by their two big guns. From there on, there was no doubt, or hardly any doubt, as to who the winners would be. The Red Force of Trinidad and Tobago rolled past the toothless Guyana Jaguars in the semi-finals by 54 runs, and past the humiliated Barbados Pride by 72 in the final. In losing one match, to Barbados, when it did not matter, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were streets and lanes above the others. Barbados, Guyana, the Windward Islands, and Jamaica were no match for the Red Force, and much better than the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas, who failed to win a game, and the Leeward Islands, who won one. Trinidad and Tobago’s Lewis, who cracked 74 off 74 deliveries and 102 not out off 100 deliveries against Jamaica, and Kyle Hope and Kjorn Ottley looked good at the start, Richards bowled well, Emrit also bowled well, and Jaggesar, Deonarine, and Hosein all bowled well – all three spin bowlers mixing good line, good length, and teasing flight to stifle the opposing batsmen.
It is Champs 1976 and grand showdowns loomed in more ways than one.Everald Samuels’, St Andrew Technical High School’s meteoric rise loomed large.Samuels seemed destined to upstage the reigning 100 metres champion, Balford ‘Bally’ Reid of Kingston College (KC).It was an era when KC harboured the notion that although red, the stadium track was its domain.Samuels and Calabar High had different plans.And so it was also a year when the long reign of KC as Boys’ athletics champions was under severe threat.KC had been victorius for 14 consecutive years, stretching from 1962 to 1975.A year earlier, Bally Reid had set a new mark of 10.4 seconds (hand-timed). But in 1976, Samuels, the high-kneed wonder boy, emerged out of the Bumper Hall-based school hitherto devoid of a reputation in the sprints.On Friday, the first of the two-day event, 40 years ago, both Reid and Samuels cruised through the heats of the 100 metres.Tensions were lifted to fever pitch, however, as the dominant duo drew the same semi-finals race.The stage was set in an arena that was not for the faint of heart.There was silence at the start of the race and noise in between. When it was done, there was a thunderous hush in the section of the bleachers painted ‘purple’.Samuels not only conquered the mighty ‘Bally Reid’, he also equalled the record of 10.4 seconds set by Reid the previous year.A new star was born, underlining the beginning of the end of the long dynasty of the redoubtable KC as Calabar, perennial rivals, rebounded with colour and ferocity for the first time in 15 years to secure the Mortimer Geddes Trophy.Samuels, though, was not done.He was even more dominant in the 200 metres, becoming the first schoolboy athlete to run under 21 seconds (hand-timed).His record 20.9 seconds stood until it was broken by Clarendon College’s Norman Mills in 1979.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP):Italy kept Spain from opening a significant advantage atop Group G by scoring two late goals and salvaging a 3-2 win at Macedonia yesterday in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.Spain got off to a slow start at Albania but eased to a 2-0 victory behind second-half goals by Diego Costa and Manuel ‘Nolito’ Agudo.Italy needed an injury-time goal by Ciro Immobile to secure the hard-fought win that allowed it to join Spain atop the group with seven points.Albania stayed with six points along with Israel, which beat Liechtenstein 2-1.Only the group winners automatically qualify for the World Cup in Russia.Macedonia and Liechtenstein remain without a point after three matches.Spain dominated from the start as expected, but it struggled to create many significant scoring chances against Albania in steady rain at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder.The first goal came after a mistake by Albanian goalkeeper Etrit Berisha, who mishit the ball while trying to clear it from the back and gave it to Vitolo. The striker passed to David Silva and he set up Costa’s easy goal from inside the area in the 55th minute.The second goal was a well-placed shot by Nolito, who found the far corner from a tight angle after evading a defender inside the area in the 63rd.COMPLICATED GAME”It could seem like an easy game, but we knew it was going to be complicated,” Nolito said. “We really needed these three points.”Albania entered the match with a two-point advantage over Spain and Italy, which drew 1-1 when they met in Turin on Thursday.Spain coach Julen Lopetegui tried a different tactical scheme, playing with three defenders at the back and an extra man in midfield.Italy seemed in control against Macedonia after Andrea Belotti scored in the 24th minute, but goals by Ilija Nestorovski in the 57th and Ferhan Hasani in the 59th, both times after Italian giveaways, left the visitors in danger of a shock defeat.Immobile equalised in the 75th and netted the important winner with a close-range header two minutes into second-half injury time, keeping Italy in a strong position.”It was a great response by the team as far as character is concerned,” Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura said.