FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the fourth time this season, league officials announced Monday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Barrs led her squad to a 77-51 win over UIW Thursday and an 83-72 victory over Sam Houston State Saturday in a perfect 2-0 week for the Cardinals. The senior appeared in every single minute of each game as Lamar played in back-to-back road contests.Basketball Player of the Week – Chastadie Barrs, Lamar – Sr. – Guard – DeSoto, TexasThe LU senior averaged just shy of a double-double going for 19.0 points, 9.5 steals, 8.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists throughout the week. Against the Bearkats, Barrs recorded 12 steals to tie her single-game career-high while improving her to second all-time in Lamar program history with 567 career steals. Her 15 points and 12 steals against Sam Houston State also marked her eighth double-double of the season. The DeSoto, Texas product has now recorded a steal in 109 consecutive contests. Barrs also currently leads the NCAA in steals per game (6.2) and steals (111) for the 2018-19 season.Honorable Mention: Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls; Amber Leggett, Sam Houston State; Damilola Balogun, McNeese; Kamry Orr, Central Arkansas.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 25 percent of ballots.
UIW dominated possession in the second period, threatening the A&M-Corpus Christi defense until Jade Piper’s cross found Andrea Reyes at the far post for a goal that cut the deficit in half in the 80th minute. Box Score | Photo Gallery Seven minutes later, the Cardinals scored the equalizer after Rembisz lost her grip on a ball and Piper put a shot into the back of the net. After UIW evened the score with two goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation, the Islanders survived a barrage of shots in extra time before pulling it out in spot kicks. Making her first-ever start, freshman goalkeeper Kassie Rembisz tallied 13 saves, including a huge stop in the penalty kick round. Larissa Fagundes put the game-winner away in the final segment of the match, and Reaghan Lang, Dana Curtis and Madeleine Lozano also found the back of the net in penalty kicks. The Islanders drew first blood in the 10th minute as Abby Deakin got to a loose ball bouncing around the box and headed it into the upper left corner. CONWAY, Ark. – Regulation and two extra time periods couldn’t separate No. 4 UIW and No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who triumphed over the Cardinals 4-2 in penalty kicks in Wednesday’s final quarterfinal match of the Southland Conference Tournament. In the first period of extra time, UIW continued to apply pressure on the Islander defense with five shots on frame in the period. The Cardinals had a good look at a potential winner in the 106th minute, but Keeley Ayala’s volley went over the crossbar.A&M-Corpus Christi advances to face top-seeded Lamar in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday.
SANTA ANITA PARK CANCELS RACING AND TRAINING Grade I Santa Anita Handicap To Be Rescheduled Arcadia, CA – March 5, 2019 – The Stronach Group announced the closure of Santa Anita Park for live racing and training effective immediately while the one-mile main track undergoes additional extensive testing.All stakes races scheduled for this upcoming weekend, including the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade II San Felipe and the Grade II San Carlos will be rescheduled.“The safety, health and welfare of the horses and jockeys is our top priority,” said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer, The Stronach Group. “While we are confident further testing will confirm the soundness of the track, the decision to close is the right thing to do at this time.”The Stronach Group has been in constant communication with the California Horse Racing Board and numerous key industry stakeholders who are in full agreement with the decision to suspend racing and training.The additional testing of the track will be lead by veteran Trackman Dennis Moore, expanding on the ground radar testing conducted earlier this week by the University of Kentucky’s Dr. Mick Peterson. Measures will include utilizing an Orono Biomechanical Surface Tester, a device that mimics the impacts of a horse running at full gallop allowing engineers to see how the track holds up. These test results will be evaluated to ensure track consistency and uniformity for both training and racing.Further, The Stronach Group will be conducting a comprehensive evaluation of all existing safety measures and current protocols.Press Contacts:Tiffani Steer, [email protected] Willman, [email protected]
7% 2nd 1 DISTANCE COULD AID GYPSY BLU IN UPSET EFFORT 16% 3 15% Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for October 11th, 2019 XBTV Thursday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 10th, 2019 10% 11% (Current Through Sunday, Oct. 6) 70% 15% 24% $136,547 2 33% Richard Baltas28 3rd 55% 53% 27% McKINZIE BREEZES FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC Flavien Prat27 4 Philip D’Amato21 34% 6 1st Mario Gutierrez14 14% 2 57% 30% 1 3 3 3 2 $317,792 18% 1 3 Mark Glatt16 31% $194,937 Evin Roman18 36% ITM% 14% 22% $484,533 64% 7 3 OMAHA BEACH ‘LOOKS GREAT,’ ALL OPTIONS OPEN 4 $133,888 ITM% $110,126 4 $132,694 Geovanni Franco20 J.C. Diaz, Jr.19 Drayden Van Dyke26 2 2 5 2 $333,362 0 $135,540 Victor Espinoza29 1 12% 42% 0 6 $39,901 83% Martin Garcia17 Mike Smith17 Doug O’Neill30 1 3 John Velazquez6 46% 43% $618,567 $181,352 $170,775 5 7% 50% $157,289 17% 2 2 Rafael Bejarano28 33% $252,660 2 $209,853 JockeyMts 2 20% FEATURES:A Day in the Life With Exercise Rider Taylor Cambra at Santa Anita ParkA Candid Conversation With Jockey Joseph Talamo: Part 1A Candid Conversation With Jockey Joseph Talamo: Part 2WORK OUTS:McKinzie (Baffert) 10/10/19Bast (Outside) and Hot Sean (Baffert) 10/09/19S Y Sky (Outside) and Violette Szabo (D’Amato) 10/06/19Gypsy Blu (Glatt) 10/05/19Bellafina (Callaghan) 10/04/19 Edwin Maldonado13 3 3 2 15% 11% 2 2 John Sadler27 2 2 0 4 46% $85,604 2 7 $86,489 3 5 $485,234 5 4 3rd 11% 8 XPRESSBET ‘FIRST CALL’ LOOKS AT WEEKEND RACES 29% Joseph Talamo21 Ruben Fuentes27 Bob Baffert14 3 45% 54% 1 3 14% 4 $597,040 33% 1 TrainerSts LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: 3 17% 2nd 4 4 5 14% $376,067 7 0 1 27% 3 48% 30% 2 2 2 1 Abel Cedillo41 44% $576,702 32% OAK TREE STALWART CHILLINGWORTH DEAD AT 93 $403,600 1 6 5 Craig Lewis9 $91,196 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 56% 4 Jorge Velez29 3 5 Richard Mandella15 3 1 $99,064 33% 60% 2 Simon Callaghan10 0 Win% 11% 7 33% 0 2 2 Vann Belvoir6 2 13% $249,576 $117,997 2 1 50% 9 52% Peter Miller14 $199,428 Jeff Mullins18 Eswan Flores12 2 4 3 44% Tiago Pereira21 $31,770 3 1st Money Won 22% 6 BAFFERT ‘COMFORTABLE’ GOING FROM SMITH TO ROSARIOMultiple Grade I winner McKinzie, tepid favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at SantaAnita on Nov. 2, worked four furlongs towards that goal Thursday morning in 49.40 under jockey Drayden Van Dyke.“It was just an easy half,” said trainer Bob Baffert, who brewed a pot of controversy by replacing Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith with Joel Rosario for the $6 million race at a mile and a quarter after Smith finished second on 3-10 favorite McKinzie in the Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 28.“I think the horse is not real difficult to ride,” Baffert opined. “He went really nice in the work and I think Rosario will do well, but the horse has to show his ability. If he doesn’t, it doesn’t matter who rides him.“I feel comfortable with the change.”BREEDERS’ CUP RACE STILL ON HOLD FOR OMAHA BEACHRichard Mandella had “no decision today” in which Breeders’ Cup race Omaha Beach will run–the $2 million Sprint at six furlongs, the $1 million Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile, or the $6 million Classic at a mile and a quarter, all on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, which hosts the championship events for a record 10th time starting on Nov. 1.“There won’t be one until I see him train a few days,” Mandella continued. “He just started back, he’s looking great and I’m going to have to study this before I decide what to do.“He’s back to the track and looks great. All options are open.”Omaha Beach made a dramatic and successful return to the races last Saturday after an absence of six months, winning the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs over odds-on favorite Shancelot, powering through on the rail to win by a head.The pre-race choice for the Kentucky Derby on May 4 won the SA Sprint Championship after a myriad of aborted return attempts that kept the three-year-old son of War Front absent from the races since April 13, when he won the Grade I Arkansas Derby on a sloppy track.GYPSY BLU ON THE MARK FOR UPSET OF S Y SKY?It would be an upset of some magnitude if Gypsy Blu defeats S Y Sky in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap not, perhaps, as stunning as Washington’s over the Dodgers, but a shocker nonetheless, even though Gypsy Blu owns a victory over S Y Sky.A five-year-old mare trained by Mark Glatt for Philip Wood and James Hailey, Gypsy Blu defeated S Y Sky by a half-length in the Irish O’Brien Stakes on March 31. That race was on the downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs; Saturday’s race is a furlong shorter.S Y Sky was the 9-10 favorite that day; Gypsy Blu was 3-1.“She’s coming up to the race well enough, and a little pace would help her,” Glatt said of the five-year-old Papa Clem mare that was claimed for $20,000 last Jan. 25 and is coming off three straight races at five furlongs on turf.“I think there’s quite a difference between the 5 ½ furlong races and the five-eighths races, so I think that little bit of extra ground will help her considerably, with her style,” Glatt added. “We’ll hope they blister up front and she can come and get ’em.“She actually had a fair amount of trouble in her last race (third when off slowly Aug. 14 at Del Mar). You can’t really see it on paper, but she probably should have won. That’s the trouble with a closer in those short sprints. They’ve got to negotiate through traffic and she wasn’t able to all that well, but still ran a good race.”The California Distaff Handicap, race seven of nine: S Y Sky, Drayden Van Dyke; Silk From Heaven, Eswan Flores; Gypsy Blu, Abel Cedillo; Queen Bee to You, Ruben Fuentes; Don’t Sell, Mario Gutierrez; and Just Grazed Me, Geovanni Franco.First post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m.XPRESSBET FIRST CALLXpressbet “First Call” is a weekly handicapping and analysis podcast focused on the top Thoroughbred racetracks in America. It features industry veterans Jeff Siegel as the lead handicapper and host Jeremy Plonk.Released each Thursday at XBTV.com and available on-demand thereafter, “First Call” will also include handicapping shorts from John DeSantis (“Johnny D”), with an emphasis on tracks operated by The Stronach Group, as well as many other top North American races as well. “Last Call” will also include a preview of each Friday’s One Dollar Stronach 5.To listen to this weekly “First Call” podcast please visit: https://www.spreaker.com/show/xpressbet-first-call.LONGTIME OAK TREE STALWART CHILLINGWORTH PASSES AT AGE 93Sherwood C. Chillingworth, a longtime director and executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Association, passed away on Tuesday at age 93.A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Chillingworth, known affectionately as “Chilly” to all who knew him, was named an Oak Tree director in 1989, and later assumed the title of Executive Vice President in 1993. A tireless advocate for the many causes that the not-for-profit Oak Tree Racing Association funded since its inception at Santa Anita in October, 1969, Chillingworth was a truly beloved figure in California racing.“He was a great man who was a very big part of the Oak Tree Racing Association for many years,” said Hall of Fame trainer and fellow Oak Tree Board member Richard Mandella on Wednesday morning at Santa Anita. “He lived a full life, and from what I knew, he loved every minute of it. He had a great sense of humor, he loved to bet and he loved our game.”Although still active in funding various charitable causes, the Oak Tree Racing Association, which conducted its final fall meeting at Santa Anita in 2009, operated for one year at Hollywood Park in 2010, and then conducted summer meetings at the Alameda County Fair Grounds in Pleasanton through 2018.A former real estate developer, Chillingworth, who served as Vice Chairman and CEO, Santa Anita Realty Enterprises from 1994-1996, had a true passion for horses and horse racing as he owned and raced Thoroughbreds dating back to the early 1970s under the nom de course Paniolo Ranch.It was in Thoroughbred partnerships, however, that he experienced considerable success, as he owned percentages of Grade I stakes winners Swing Till Dawn (1983 Strub and Widener Stakes), Yashgan (1985 Oak Tree Invitational and 1986 San Gabriel Handicap), Forzando (1985 Metropolitan, Ft. Marcy and Sierra Madre Handicaps), and Valley Victory (1986 Coaching Club American Oaks).“He was a first-class guy,” said Hall of Fame conditioner Ron McAnally, whose legendary gelding John Henry won three straight runnings of the Grade I Oak Tree Invitational in the early 1980s. “Doc Robbins (original Oak Tree Director and John Henry’s attending veterinarian) admired him so much and was so appreciative of everything he meant to Oak Tree and our racing here. Chilly was good for the horses and he was good for the business.”A consummate gentleman and tireless consensus builder, Chillingworth was also a past Steward of the Jockey Club, Secretary of the Board of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), director of the Thoroughbred Racing and Protective Bureau (TRPB) and member of the Equibase Management Committee.“Chilly was one of the kindest and most gracious executives in racing,” said George Haines, former Santa Anita General Manager. “He treated the employees with great respect and was universally loved by all. His wit and humor will be missed but not forgotten.”Chillingworth, who resided at Santa Anita Park with his wife Sandra, is also survived by four sons and two daughters, as well as several grandchildren.Services are pending.FINISH LINES: Mitole, likely favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, worked four furlongs Thursday morning in 48.80 for Steve Asmussen, while Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster went five furlongs for Bob Baffert in a minute flat. 2 Win% 7 $510,305 Money Won 83% 33%
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Decimated by injuries the Titans have recalled both Dan Sarginson (knee) and William Zillman (calf) into the starting side but both trained predominantly with the rehab group on Tuesday.Ryan Simpkins has also been named to return after a rib cartilage injury he suffered in the club’s final trial against the Warriors a month ago while Karl Lawton has been named in the 21-man squad despite dislocating his shoulder last Saturday against Newcastle.Desperate to register their first win of the season, the Titans have handed an NRL debut to 22-year-old Cornish who was signed to play with the Burleigh Bears in the Intrust Super Cup this year with the chance to train alongside the Titans in the pre-season.Last year Cameron Cullen earned an NRL call-up with the Titans whilst playing for Burleigh and it was that possibility that convinced Cornish to agree to move north when he was unable to pick up a full-time contract anywhere in the NRL.A star in the junior grades coming through the ranks at Canberra and also in the Roosters’ under-20s, Cornish appeared destined to join his older brother Mitch in the top grade but had to leave his beloved Roosters to do so.A member of the New South Wales Origin Pathways program in 2014 that also included the likes of Dylan Walker, Jake Trbojevic, Clint Gutherson, Jack Bird, Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks, Cornish trained all summer with the Titans and made his debut for Burleigh last weekend at halfback against Norths Devils.He impressed for the Titans in the Downer NRL Auckland Nines and also in their trial match against the Warriors and hooker Tyrone Roberts is confident he can come in and do the job that’s required of him.”He’s had a good pre-season. He’s fit, he trained at fullback when ‘Haynesy’ wasn’t 100 per cent,” Roberts told NRL.com.”He’s got a big role and he’s debuting so I’m sure he’ll be a target but he’s got a cool head.”He’s just got to know his role and do it to the best of his ability.”He knows everything and knows what his job is this weekend and I’m sure he’ll do that.”Given the ankle injury to Hayne is likely to sideline him for at least a month Cornish has the opportunity to cement a place in the team despite not having a full-time contract with the Titans and having played very little fullback throughout his career.It means another playmaker for halves Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey to work with but Elgey believes Cornish showed enough in the pre-season to be confident of handling the step up to NRL.”You’ve seen him over in New Zealand and in the trials he made a name for himself so it’s exciting for him,” Elgey said.”He’s filled in all pre-season so he’s going to be good. It’s good that we’ve got more players coming in on debut, it’s exciting.”While the Titans have their own injury concerns their task on Friday night has been made somewhat easier by the withdrawal of star Parramatta halfback Corey Norman.Elgey said that any injury toll won’t be used as an excuse on Friday and that a win however it comes will be the key in building confidence within the team.”It is what it is and we’ve just got to work with it and there’ll be no excuses on the field on Friday night,” Elgey said.”It’s just a shame because you train all pre-season and we’re having men drop like flies.”We’re struggling a bit but if we can just get a win on Friday night we can build from there.”
After three seasons of first grade with the Bulldogs, the 22-year-old made the decision to move to Sydney’s northern beaches in the off-season and it’s clear the change of scenery has worked wonders for the skilful prop forward. Perrett played 24 matches for the blue and whites – all from the bench – but was never given the opportunity to play his natural game; something he bemoaned when speaking to media at Manly’s training base on Thursday morning. While he remains an interchange player at the Sea Eagles, there has been a notable change to his game with Perrett throwing more offloads (12) than he did in three seasons at the Bulldogs (four). “I think I’m just a lot more confident,” Perrett replied when asked how his game had changed since joining the Sea Eagles. “When I was at the Bulldogs, I was playing my role and I don’t think it complemented the way I play and what makes me good and the reason why I made first grade. “Now that I’m here, I think the fact that I’m allowed to play the way that I know I’m good at playing, I think it makes me look a lot better because I feel like I was just a role player at the Bulldogs. “I just ran the ball and tackled and that was it, but now that I’m at Manly I’m allowed to offload the ball, I’m allowed to run around, I’m allowed to use my footwork and it’s not as rigid and structured which is good for me because that’s not the type of player I am and it’s not where I excel.”Perrett and Addin Fonua-Blake have been two of Manly’s most consistent players off the bench this season, and the hard-working prop puts it down to the faith shown by coach Trent Barrett. “He honestly doesn’t speak too much about it; he just tells us to play our game,” Perrett said of his coach’s influence. “He trusts us and I think that does a lot for myself and Addin. We’re only young – 22 years old – so that sort of thing gives us a lot of confidence. He just lets us jump on the field and do what we’re good at. “Addin is that powerful player who runs over everyone and I think I’ve got a bit of that, but I’m not as powerful as Addin. I try to get on the field, use a bit of footwork, use a bit of skill and use my size.”He might be new to the area but it hasn’t taken long for Perrett to embrace Manly’s ethos of ‘us against the world’; a belief that has helped them silence the critics who predicted them to miss out on the finals. Instead, the Sea Eagles have ignored the outside noise to sit inside the top four with eight rounds remaining, and it’s that fine line between confidence and arrogance that could earn them a double chance come the business end of the season. “I’m new to this Manly club and the whole culture up here, but I live on the northern beaches now and I feel like that’s kind of the Manly way. The northern beaches way is they don’t really care what anybody else thinks,” he said. “When I was at other clubs, it’s something I noticed that everyone hates Manly and I never knew why, but now that I’m up here, nobody cares what they think and they just get on with the job because that’s the culture around here. I feel like we’re like that on the field and we don’t mind if people hate us and we don’t mind if people doubt us. We just go out there and we just try to win anyway. “You don’t want it to translate into a bit of arrogance, but I think sometimes a little bit of arrogance is necessary on the field. You have to back yourself and you have to be confident, but obviously not too confident because that’s bad.” Photo: Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos. Sea Eagles prop Lloyd Perrett is enjoying life on the northern beaches.
Chairman of the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), Sandis Tsaka said EMTV were given the exclusive rights to televise the Pacific Test Rugby League match by the Australian NRL.“I am happy to announce that Papua New Guineans will be able to watch their beloved PNG LNG Kumuls take on Fiji Batis on their television screens on EMTV,” said Tsaka.He added that FM 100 will also relay a live radio broadcast if people do not have access to a television set.Manager for news and current affairs for EMTV, Neville Choi said international rugby league will feature prominently on EMTV this year and next.He added that EMTV will televise the Kumuls versus Bati match followed by the Tonga versus Samoa game.“The two matches will be exclusively telecast live. The first is the PNG LNG Kumuls versus Fiji Bati game which starts at 5.30pm followed by the Tonga versus Samoa match at 7.30pm,” said Choi.He finished saying EMTV also holds the exclusive rights for the Four Nations Rugby League Tournament in England later this year and the Rugby League World Cup co-hosted by Australia, New Zealand and PNG next year.“Exclusive telecast of the three World Cup pool matches PNG will host in Port Moresby next year will be featured on EMTV,” said Choi.He said the three licences that EMTV has been granted are for terrestrial Free-To-Air broadcasters only which EMTV holds exclusive rights in PNG.
In front of a bumper 25,109 crowd keen to catch their first glimpse of the Titans’ superstar recruit, it was Warriors’ playmaker Shaun Johnson who stole the show.Johnson set up two second-half tries to break a 10-10 half-time deadlock, as the Warriors (24 points) leapfrog the Titans (23) into seventh on the competition ladder.Solomone Kata’s intercept try, his second four-pointer of the match and 12th of the season, sealed the match for the visitors.Hayne showed glimpses of his game-breaking talent, with the multi-million dollar recruit coming off the interchange bench to a huge cheer in the 28th minute.The Titans’ investment in Hayne paid instant dividends to the club’s bank balance, with the attendance easily surpassing this year’s previous best home crowd of 21,080 against Brisbane in round five.It was the best Titans’ crowd at Robina, where they have averaged just under 12,000 this season, since 27,026 attended a qualifying final against the Warriors in 2010.Such was the interest in the Titans’ new man that television broadcaster Fox Sports dedicated a channel to subscribers solely to following Hayne, including the opening minutes of the match when he sat on the bench.Hayne made an impact on his first play as a Titan, nailing Warriors’ back rower Bodene Thompson in a crunching ball-and-all tackle when he seemed destined to score.The dual Dally M medallist then out-jumped two Warriors players to snare a bomb at the other end of the field, his efforts nearly ending in a try for his new team.Early in the second half, Hayne drove Warriors star Johnson on to his back in a big one-on-one tackle, the Kiwi international spilling the ball from the impact.But Johnson had the last laugh, first sending Simon Mannering over with a clever short pass before then feeding Kata after David Fusitu’a had run almost the length of the field following an intercept off Hayne.The ex-San Francisco 49er did finish the game with a try assist, Hayne’s 20-metre grubber resulting in the final try of the match to winger Anthony Don.The Warriors host South Sydney next weekend while the Titans will be in Hayne’s old stomping grounds of western Sydney to take on Wests Tigers at Campbelltown.AAP