Month: May 2020
Story Headlines- The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi men’s tennis team fell to Texas A&M, 4-0, on Saturday at the Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Championship Tournament.- The Islanders end the season at 19-9 overall while the No. 13 national seed Aggies improve to 21-7.- Francois Kellerman and Okkie Kellerman were leading No. 8 ranked Juan Carlos Aguilar and Barnaby Smith, 4-3, at No. 1 doubles when the point was decided.- At No. 3 singles, Thomas Rodrigues Lopes battled into a second-set tie breaker before falling to No. 86 Valentin Vacherot.- William Mottet was leading his second set at No. 1 singles against No. 31 Aguilar, 4-3, when the match was decided.Match ResultsSingles1. #31 Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) vs. William Mottet (AMCC) 6-4, 3-4, unfinished2. #58 Hady Habib (TAMU) vs. Francois Kellerman (AMCC) 6-3, 5-4, unfinished3. #86 Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Thomas Rodrigues Lopes (AMCC) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)4. #120 Barnaby Smith (TAMU) def. Carlos Pedrosa Cuevas (AMCC) 6-0, 6-45. Noah Schachter (TAMU) def. Okkie Kellerman (AMCC) 6-1, 6-26. Austin Abbrat (TAMU) vs. Kyohei Yamanaka (AMCC) 6-3, 3-2, unfinishedDoubles1. #8 Juan Carlos Aguilar/Barnaby Smith (TAMU) vs. Okkie Kellerman/Francois Kellerman (AMCC) 3-4, unfinished2. Valentin Vacherot/Noah Schachter (TAMU) def. William Mottet/Thomas Rodrigues Lopes (AMCC) 6-13. Pranav Kumar/Hady Habib (TAMU) def. Thibault Frumholz/Kyohei Yamanaka (AMCC) 6-2History of Success- 2019 marks the eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Islander men who made it in 2004, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’13, ’14 and ’15. The A&M-Corpus Christi women qualified for the tournament in 2014, ’16 and ’17. Under Director of Tennis Steve Moore, the Islanders have earned an NCAA Tournament bid 10 times and 11 times all-time in program history.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) dedicated its time and efforts this December to a clothing drive in partnership with Corpus Christi ISD (CCISD) for the Students in Transition organization. The CCISD office commits to assisting more than 1,300 homeless students enrolled across 61 campuses, attending Pre-K through 12th grade in the Corpus Christi area. The Islanders’ SAAC collected 1,100 items of clothing throughout the month-long drive and completed the donation Thursday afternoon to CCISD.Services for Students in Transition was originally founded by CCISD to ensure that identification, school enrollment, attendance and opportunities for academic success were provided for students in the midst of a transitionary period in their lives. The organization promotes the stability and continuity of education. Additionally, it provides social support during a period of housing instability for students in transition, including students in foster care, students experiencing homelessness, students who are military dependents and students who are refugees and asylees. A goal of this office is to ensure students receive a quality education during school transitions.In addition to collecting clothes for students in need, the Services for Students in Transition also runs a food pantry, providing 600 homeless children assistance with food after school and on weekends when they are unable to obtain free school meals. These children are also provided clothing, including uniforms and warm coats. Students are also provided various school supplies, backpacks and transportation resources in order to attend classes. The organization even provides certified teachers to tutor students residing in the six homeless shelters throughout the City of Corpus Christi.“We are very excited to give back to the young students in our community by donating to an incredible organization,” said Islanders’ SAAC president Gianna Wright. “I am so proud of our student-athletes for coming together to make a difference where we can.”As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.
JOCKEY QUOTESRAFAEL BEJARANO, DESERT LAW, WINNER: “I’ve been working him the last three weeks and he’s been training amazing. I told Carla, anything, six or 6 ½ (furlongs) and he’ll be tough. I thought the speed would go today and it worked out good for us.”TRAINER QUOTESCARLA GAINES, DESERT LAW, WINNER: “He has been training fantastic, he loves the track. He’s one of those that just glides over this deeper racetrack. His works have been phenomenal and he’s run out of conditions.“The Cal-bred program is great because you are restricted to Cal-breds, so it’s all good!”NOTES: The winning owner is Harris Farms, Inc.Harris Farms’ Desert Law and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO
3Pochettino, 47, is open to listening to offers with no plans to take an extended break from football.Arsenal have of course just recently sacked Unai Emery – but a move to take over at Spurs’ great rivals appears unlikely at this point.The only setback is that Pochettino will need to pay Spurs a whopping £12.5m if he takes another Premier League job this season. MAURICIO POCHETTINO dropped in on his old friend Diego Maradona as he continued his holiday back home in Argentina.The sacked Spurs boss was pictured last week visiting his first club, Newells Old Boys.3 Mauricio Pochettino was involved in an emotional embrace with his former team-mate Diego MaradonaCredit: https://twitter.com/gimnasiaoficial/status/12037603804823756873 Mauricio Pochettino is waiting on his next big job, and is not planning on taking a sabbatical from footballCredit: https://twitter.com/gimnasiaoficial/status/1203760380482375687That’s where he first met Argentinian legend Maradona – the two were team-mates when Poch was just 21 years old back in 1993.And today they were reunited as Pochettino attended Gimnasia’s home game against Cordoba.Maradona took over at the strugglers back in September, and it has not been without controversy.Last month he announced he was quitting the job – before performing a spectacular U-turn.But fan planned marches and a social media movement started to get him to stay – that did the trick.NOT HEADING TO BAYERNPochettino, meanwhile has had his own problems as far as work is concerned.He was sensationally sacked by Spurs and replaced by Jose Mourinho last month.The 47-year-old has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest job since the axing.Manchester United and Real Madrid were the two names being mentioned, despite both clubs already having managers.And Bayern Munich was also touted as a possible destination – but this has been nipped in the bud.Christian Falk – head of football at German paper Bild – tweeted: “Exclusive: Mauricio Pochettino will not become coach of FC Bayern. The Argentinian is not one of the candidates for the bosses.”Most Read In FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic Mauricio Pochettino ‘wants Man Utd job ahead of Arsenal’ as he targets swift return to management after ruthless Spurs sacking
Itoje, 22, secured the No 4 jersey ahead of vastly experienced Alun Wyn Jones for the New Zealand Maori match on Saturday, in a side Warren Gatland has always said would resemble what trots out against for the first tests against the All Blacks at Eden Park, on June 24.But Gatland has always allowed himself wriggle room, saying he’s not showing his full hand, though the side is close to his test line-up.So Itoje is not picturing himself as a test No 4.”In my short career, I’ve learned not to try and read the coach’s mind, cause it’s done me a couple of times,” he said.”I’m just focusing on the weekend, I’m going to put my best foot forward, and play well, and hopefully the team goes well as well, it put us in a good position.”Nor did he see that starting against the Maori in what is promising to be a game that bubbles and bolls like a Rotorua hot pool was all that different to coming off the bench.Again, he based that on his experience.”Last season I played a couple of games off the bench and almost every one I came on within five minutes of the game. That’s taught me that when you’re on the bench prepare as though you’re starting, there’s no difference in preparation,” he said.”It takes a 23 to win a test match, to win a game of rugby, it’s very rarely the starting 15 finish the match entirely so subs always come on.”No man’s an island, and a tree doesn’t make a forest. The focus is always on the team, we’re not here just to get individual honours we’re here to achieve something as a collective. To achieve something as a collective you have to be a team man.”Itoje, the youngest player in the 41-man squad, is a relaxed and smiling character, who cracks jokes in his interviews.So it comes as a surprise when he pinpoints learning to control anxiety as a reason for his growing stature at international level. On tour he’s looked anything but anxious, dancing with joy at turnovers and geeing up the Lions forwards.”When I first started playing senior rugby, I was very anxious, very nervous before games. Now I’m much more controlled, much more calm and relaxed. I have it more balanced in terms of that.”He’s got used to big games, to being around big-game players, he said.”Being in those environments, and playing well at times, and getting the results – sometimes not getting the results – it all helps shape your character.”Itoje will lock with England and Saracens second row team-mate George Kruis.- who is also his room-mate.Who would have thought the British and Irish Lions would one day have a No 4 of Nigerian descent and a No 5 with German roots? Both were born in England, Itoje of Nigerian parents, while Kruis has a German grandfather.Itoje came on in Christchurch to help the Lions pack grind down the Crusaders. No doubt the intention is to grind down the Maori and blunt their flair on SaturdayDo that and the Lions who play on Saturday have a much better chance of being the ones who claim a treasured test jersey a week later.Not that Itoje is looking that far ahead. Photo: Getty Images (Maro Itoje isn’t getting his hopes up of a test jersey after being picked to play NZ Maori).
Speaking at the opening of four day meeting President Bach said that IOC cannot take things for granted anymore following recent events in other sports organisations. “People today demand more transparency and want to see concrete steps and results on how we are living up to our values and our responsibility. We need to demonstrate that we are indeed walking the walk and not just talking the talk. “We know from our own history how long it takes to rebuild credibility and that implementing best practices with regard to good governance and transparency cannot happen overnight.”He said the IOC has already undertaken major efforts 15 years ago to strengthen good governance and transparency. Putting these changes like term limits, age limit and others in place has not been an easy process. “But today we see very clearly just how vital these reforms have been for our organisation. “With Olympic Agenda 2020 we bring the IOC up to even higher standards. Following the advice from independent experts, we introduce a state-of-the-art system of good governance, compliance and transparency, including our strict rules for the candidate city procedures. “In this IOC Session we will publish for the first time an annual report according to the recommendation of Olympic Agenda 2020. With this report everybody interested can see where our revenues are coming from and how we distribute 90 per cent of them for the worldwide development of sport and athletes. “These accounts of global solidarity distribution are audited in application of the benchmark International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) – even if legally we would be compliant when using a much, much lower standard. “We are showing in the same transparent way the indemnity policy for all IOC Members including the President. We will elect here for the first time the members of the Ethics Commission by the IOC Session. We will publish the new IOC Code of Ethics. We have separated the Audit Committee from the Finance Commission. We have appointed a Chief Ethics and Compliance officer. We have a Chief Internal Auditor,” said the IOC President.According to Bach the annual report explains in a very transparent way the governance structure, risk-management, corporate operational excellence program as well as manifold activities to lead the Olympic Movement, to promote Olympism and to strengthen the role of sport in society. “This is what Olympic Agenda 2020 means for all of us.”
Sunam started the brighter of the two teams, with their early dominance paying off with a goal just in the first minute.Uniteds could not hold off the Sunams as another goal came straight after the 8th minute. Uniteds were struggling to get out of their own half, and had to fend off constant Sunam attacks.Again, the pressure paid off when the ball was swept in at the back post for a 3-0 lead. The rest of the first half continued in the same fashion, with Sunam predominantly on the front foot, scoring another goal. The Uniteds found a couple of breaks but had no clear-cut chances.The sides went into the break with the score still at 4-0, leaving a mountain for United to climb. Uniteds had the first attack of the second half, resulting in a short corner – their first in the game.However, it came to nothing, and Sunam then had their own short, which was dispatched into the bottom left corner of the goal to go 5-0 up.A few minutes later, it became 6-0, with another finish at the back post after some good skill to get into the D.Uniteds didn’t lie down though, and they had another good spell with another short corner – which was saved and a couple more counter-attacks, but couldn’t count any.It finished off at 7-0, which proved Sunam still tough to maintain second spot on the ladder after BIsmark, leading the women’s division in game 5.
The event, sponsored annually over the last 14 years by Oil Search Limited, attracted a field of 26 teams on Friday including the Mapai Transports Team from Lae.As a charity event aimed at raising funds for the PNG Cancer Foundation to carry out its annual programs throughout the country, a total of K91,720 was raised.The money was raised through team registrations, fines, donations and the auction of a signed Kumul Jersey, donated by Oil Search and a signed PNG SP Hunters training shirt, donated by the SPPNG Hunters.Meanwhile, Oil Search Executive General Manager for Stakeholder Engagement, Gerea Aopi thanked the Port Moresby business community for their continued support over the years and praised Jacob Luke and his Mapai Transports Team, who for every year since the event started have always flown over from Lae to participate.Funds raised from this annual event have enabled the PNG Cancer Foundation to conduct awareness programs and free screening for cancer in various centres in PNG, and will continue to do so.
Martin Braithwaite is already a Barcelona player, after paying the club the termination clause. One of the great unknowns of his first day, beyond formalities such as signing the contract or medical examination, is to know what will be the number with which you will face the biggest challenge of your sports career. Well, in social networks the player himself has confirmed that will carry the ’19’ on his back.Curiously, it will be the same number that Kevin-Prince Boateng wore on his short tour of Barcelona. The now Besiktas player arrived to reinforce the Blaugrana forward, in similar conditions to those that have led Braithwaite to wear the Barcelona shirt. Nevertheless, he barely had opportunities and said goodbye to the club with more grief than glory. Boateng played a total of four games and Barcelona did not do well with him on the pitch. In the League, he started the victory by the minimum against the Valladolid, in the zero draw against the Huesca and in defeat against Celta Vigo. There was not a single game as revulsive and it was a usual discard of Ernesto Valverde. In Copa del Rey, he started in the defeat against Sevilla in the quarterfinals. Now, Braithwaite arrives with the intention of winning the position for the injuries of Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé and, for that challenge, he has chosen to wear the dorsal he has left free Carles Aleñá on his way out to Betis. At the moment, it seems that part with more options than he had in his day Boateng Y his scoring figures in the Leganés are remarkable. The Ghana international left without scoring a single goal …Bearers of the ’19’ of Barcelona-1996-98: Pizzi.-1998-99: Kluivert.-1999-2003: Dani García.-2004-05: Fernando Navarro.-2006-08: Messi.-2009-12: Maxwell.-2012-13: Martín Montoya.-2013-14: Afellay.-2015-16: Sandro Ramírez.-2016-18: Lucas Digne.-2018-19: Munir El Haddadi.-2018-19: Boateng.-2019-20: Aleñá.
The last Sunday João Félix returned to the pitch after overcoming a muscle injury in the thigh (along with a pharyngotonsillitis) and could not do it in the best way. After participate in the goal of Koke that put the 2-1 on the scoreboard with his opening to Trippier, another player returning from injury, the Portuguese made the 3-1 with a left-footed shot from outside the area which slipped between Sergio Asenjo’s legs. Koke recovered the ball almost in the front of the area, in another play of the high pressure that has returned to Atlético in the last two days and João Félix did not think about it to shoot with a light touch on the defender of Villarreal that complicated the auction for the palencia goal. Counting on the rest of competitions, Atlético had previously scored a goal. In the Spanish Super Cup with Correa as the protagonist, by defining in hand to hand before Neto before entering the Blaugrana area. But neither in the eight goals in Champions nor in Correa’s goal in the Cup had the equation been repeated. Comparing with the rest of LaLiga teams, just the Alavés, with a bit, has scored less from outside the area. The table is headed Barcelona (eight goals) and Real Madrid (six), although the team that most focuses its goals on shots from outside is Athletic with five of its 24 goals scored as well (21%). 14 goals from outside the area last seasonThe last course, with Griezmann as a great threat, Atlético was long-distance insurance. Adding the growing success of the French in the launch of foul, something that has been lost with his departure, the ‘7’ ended with a total of four goals from outside the area in the league. But he had a lot of help. The gunman’s Thomas, with three goals in the competition, Koke and Correa with two and Lemar, Costa and Rodrigo with one. Atlético arrived at day 24 as the only First Division team that had failed to score from outside the area. One of the strengths of last season, where he was the best of the entire competition and that He had disappeared in this course where the low scoring figures had concentrated on the final meters.However, the rojiblanco team has begun to exploit that facet in recent days. Two goals in the last two games achieved with distant shots and that have returned to make Atlético a danger beyond the line of the area. The first of them, Thomas to place the momentary 1-2 for the rojiblanco team in Mestalla. The Ghanaian recovered the ball in the center of the field against Parejo (one of his 15 robberies of the encounter), drove the ball to the front of the area where he whipped a whip that hit the stick of Jaume Domenech. One of the great features of Thomas that was so hard to exploit this course.