FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Hannah Brister and Megan Lohmiller are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.The Lady Demons (16-8, 8-2 SLC) closed out a 1-1 record at home last week, winning four out of the seven sets and retaining their second-place position in conference standings. Brister charged the NSU offense with 44 kills, including a career-best 24 against Abilene Christian Thursday night. Lohmiller tacked on 39 digs for the week in order to help Northwestern State limit opponents to a .247 hitting percentage.The honors mark the fourth of the season for Brister and the third for Lohmiller. The sweep marks the second of the season for the Lady Demon duo.Offensive Player of the Week: Hannah Brister, Northwestern State – Jr. – Outside Hitter – Paincourtville, La.Brister landed an impressive 44 kills, averaging 6.3 per set and a .350 hitting percentage in two matches for the Lady Demons. She tied a career-high 24 kills in the Lady Demons sweep of Abilene Christian, marking the third time she has reached the mark this season. She also hit an astounding .600 against the Wildcats and notched back-to-back sets with 10 or more kills.The junior then followed up with an equally impressive outing against Stephen F. Austin. Her 20 kills helped the Lady Demons end SFA’s 37-set win streak and marked the first time any Southland player has registered more than 15 kills in a match against the Ladyjacks this season.Honorable Mention: Abbie Harry, Central Arkansas; Morgan Dewyer, Houston Baptist; Danae Daron, Stephen F. Austin; Rachel Young, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Defensive Player of the Week: Megan Lohmiller, Northwestern State – Sr. – Libero – Heath, TexasLohmiller once again led the Northwestern State defense throughout the week, this time setting a career-best 28 digs against the Ladyjacks on Saturday. In the win against Abilene Christian, the senior bolstered the Lady Demon defense in order to hold the Wildcats to a .154 team hitting percentage. Lohmiller logged 39 digs on the week for a 5.6 digs-per-set average.Honorable Mention: Hannah Lewis, Houston Baptist; Maddie Miller, Stephen F. Austin; Carissa Barnes, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.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.
And it seems quite a few Bulldogs players share that sentiment.”Contrary to popular opinion, I didn’t come here just because of Des. I was disappointed for him the way things turned out,” Foran told NRL.com, referring to Hasler being shown the door in September. The premiership-winning coach has since launched a legal challenge over the way the split took place.”But I’ve been really enjoying my time under Dean. It’s been great to be coached by him.”He’s a different style to Des as every coach has their own way. But I am enjoying Dean’s spin on things.”The boys have really bought into the culture and the type of footy he wants to be played here.”Foran isn’t the only one enjoying the changing of the guard at Belmore.”There’s quite a bit of difference. Des was a lot about his videos whereas Dean doesn’t really get into much video,” said back-rower Greg Eastwood.”He’d rather show us on the field and I kind of prefer that. I don’t like sitting and watching too much video, I’d rather be out there putting into practice those things so I know what he wants me to do.”Veteran centre Josh Morris, who like Eastwood was present for the Hasler reign from 2012-2017, can also see some stark changes.”They are completely different. Dean is a bit more laidback in the way he goes about his business than Des,” Morris said.”But there’s been a lot more emphasis on skill during the pre-season. I feel like I’ve definitely got a lot more skilful.”Maybe we haven’t really showed it much so far but hopefully the skills and drills sessions we had will show throughout the year, and we create more opportunities on the back of that.”At the quarter-season mark, the Bulldogs are 2-4. The 27-10 win over North Queensland on Saturday was the most points Pay’s men have scored over 80 minutes.Skipper Josh Jackson said the “new feel” began when Pay had large banners erected on the western fence celebrating each premiership and grand final the Bulldogs have played.”It’s great to see what players have done before us. It is a real responsibility of us to make sure we uphold the value of the jersey,” Jackson said. “We are custodians of that jersey now. We want the next generation of players to be proud of us too.”I can’t pinpoint one or two things that are different because it’s quite a number of things. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it last year, or the players didn’t. It’s just that is very different and we needed a breath of fresh air.”
Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko told Loop PNG that “End of next week, costing details will be given to the Prime Minister and National Executive Council to deliberate on what assistance to give to Tonga”.Tkatchenko led a PNG delegation to Tonga early this year to inspect its sporting facilities and see how the 2015 games host can help Tonga.The delegation included Trevor Meauri from the PM’s office, PNG Sports Foundation CEO Peter Tsiamalili and engineers from the Department of Works. During the visit, Tkatchenko said apart from assistance with infrastructure and planning, PNG will also help Tonga athletes prepare at the the High Performance Training Centre in Port Moresby.Picture source: Justin Tkatchenko
Among the 50,000 volunteers taking part in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a small group of people for whom the Olympic values of friendship and respect for others have a very special meaning: 38 refugees and asylum seekers from areas of unrest and conflict who have chosen Brazil as their new home.For the refugees, providing valued services at the Games will help them reconnect with the outside world and build their self-esteem, after experiencing the anguish of losing their homes and leaving their friends and families behind.”The Games are an opportunity to interact with other foreigners,” taxi driver Sekou Dabo from Guinea says. Dabo fled to Brazil after his mother was killed in religious violence in the African country. “They will gave us the benefit of being connected to other people.” “My father always told me that while we may need money, we also have to take advantage of any opportunity there is to grow,” says Prisca Mbamu, a journalist who fled war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo when she fell foul of local authorities. Prisca came to Brazil in 2013, currently works as a hairdresser in the Madureira district of Rio and has signed up to serve as a volunteer in the Games.Rio 2016 is working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and local Catholic organisation Cáritas to select refugees and asylum seekers to work in the Olympic and Paralympic Games either as employees or as volunteers. In their new positions, the refugees will help the organising committee in a wide range of key areas, including transport, interpreting and customer service.From Syria to BrazilOne of the volunteer refugees in Rio is Mohammad Ghannam, a 30-year old Syrian who left his devastated home country two years ago to build a new life in Brazil. “During the Games I want to introduce foreign visitors to the Brazilian culture that I am learning,” he says. “I want to show off Brazil’s heart.”Brazil has given thousands of Syrians the chance of a new start. At the beginning of May, a 12-year-oldSyrian refugee was chosen to be one of the first 10 bearers of the Olympic Torch on the day it arrived in Brazil. Hanan Khaled Daqqah and her family arrived in São Paulo in 2015, under a humanitarian programme run by the Brazilian government. Some 8,000 special visas have been issued to Syrians under the initiative. Hanan now studies at a public school near her home, speaks Portuguese fluently and has many Brazilian friends.In April, another Syrian refugee – swimmer Ibrahim Al-Hussein, who lost part of his leg in a bombing – carried the Rio 2016 torch through a refugee camp in Athens. Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee is mounting a team of refugees who will compete under the Olympic flag at the Rio 2016 Games.For some Syrians, adaptation to life in Brazil has been relatively straightforward even though they are far from their homeland. Refugees say that Brazil’s multi-ethnic culture has helped the integration process. The country has a long history of Arab immigration; Mohammad Ghannam points to the abundance of Arab restaurants in Rio and to the decoration of Catete Palace, partly inspired by the Moorish culture of medieval Portugal.Inspired by sportsThe volunteers say they are excited to be participating in the world’s greatest festival of sport. “My father used to say that with sport another person’s achievements can make you happy,” biomedical scientist Keila Castillo from Venezuela says. Keila arrived in Rio less than a year ago and is herself an active sportswoman, playing football and running marathons.Another sports fan who will be contributing to the Games as a volunteer is Aklah Fiasese, a 58-year-old film maker from Togo who fled the country after his television programmes upset the authorities. As well as working as a volunteer, Fiasese is confident that the very first Olympic Games in South America will provide plenty of material for a new production. One thing is for sure – there will be no shortage of stories to tell when the whole world comes to Rio in less than three months’ time.
POSTING | In contact with LaLiga, the RFEF and the clubs involved, the Competition Committee, and on the recommendation of the Basque Government, has decided to suspend the #EibarRealSociedad that was going to take place tomorrow, February 16 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ipurua stadium. pic.twitter.com/zOmcYiSgKg– LaLiga (@LaLiga) February 15, 2020The decision was taken on Saturday by the Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation to ensure the health of the players. This organization, in contact with La Liga, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the two clubs involved, decided to postpone the meeting between the two Guipuzcoan First Division teams.Now, Eibar and Real Sociedad must reach an agreement, before 2 pm on Tuesday, February 18, to choose a date on which the meeting is held. If the two clubs do not agree, the Competition Committee would determine the day on which it would be played.Last Friday afternoon, Osakidetza (Basque Health Service, under the Basque Government) He recommended to the neighbors of Eibar, Ermua, and Zaldibar not to open the windows of their houses to ventilate them, and not to do outdoor sports, especially at night (when there is a phenomenon of thermal inversion that favors the expansion of air pollution from the landfill fire).Landslide CollapseThe Zaldibar landfill collapsed a week ago, on February 6, trapping two workers, which have not yet been found under the rubble, and caused fires among waste that have not yet been suffocated.These fires have motivated that on the 9th they will be detected in the air of the nearest area, among which are the Gipuzkoan town of Eibar and the Biscaynes of Ermua and Zaldibar (where Barça coach José Luis Mendilibar lives), 700 centigrams of dioxins and furans per cubic meter, some 40 times higher levels of environmental pollution than normal values in an urban area.Faced with this risk situation, at the end of Friday, both Eibar and the Royal Society, in common agreement with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, and La Liga, agreed to wait until Saturday to see if air conditions improved or not . Based on this, a decision would be made as to whether or not the match that the two Gipuzkoan clubs in Ipurua would play on Sunday would be played. The Competition Committee received today, Saturday, a letter from the Deputy Minister of Health of the Basque Government informing that, due to the high levels of chemical compounds detected in the air and in strict application of the precautionary principle, It is recommended not to perform outdoor sports activity in Eibar, Ermua and Zaldibar.In view of the recommendation sent by the Basque Government, and after receiving writings from the two Guipuzcoan clubs and from The League, the Competition Committee decided to suspend the match. He has done so to ensure the health of athletes, and by applying articles 239 and 240 of the General Regulations regarding the possibility of suspension of matches due to force majeure; as well as in article 42.3 a) of the Federal Statutes referring to the possibility of suspension of a meeting by disposition of the competent authority.Concern and angerAt midnight from Friday to Saturday, shortly after the two Gipuzkoan clubs announced that on Saturday a decision would be made on whether or not the match was played, the smell of burning coming from the Zaldibar landfill was evident in the center of Eibar.Since Osakidetza advised on Friday not to ventilate the houses, and not to do outdoor sports, the ‘alert’ has jumped in the three affected populations of the Basque Country, which total 48,000 inhabitants.The neighbors are worried and, at the same time, angry that the fire at the Zaldibar landfill began on Sunday, February 9, and the results of the air quality analyzes were not made public until 5 days later, on Friday 14.The Diputación de Vizcaya suspended on Friday all the outdoor school competition sports planned in Ermua and Zaldibar for this weekend. Likewise, the meetings planned in the eibarreses fields of Unbe were also suspended, in an area other than the eibarresa of IpuruaWhile waiting to make a decision on whether or not the First Division Gipuzkoan derby was disputed, the two teams exercised normally. The eibarresa squad did it on Saturday morning in the field of Atxabalpe (Mondragón), where he usually trains.After the preparatory session, Eibar had announced the call for Sunday’s game, which included 20 players, all of the squad except the sanctioned Charles Dias, and the injured Pedro Bigas, Kike García, and Iván Ramis.For his part, the realistic coach, Imanol Alguacil, who offered a press conference in Zubieta on Saturday (before knowing the decision to suspend the meeting), stressed that “the most important thing is health.” The Eibar-Real Sociedad party, scheduled for Sunday (16 hours) in Ipurúa, has been suspended due to air pollution due to an existing fire at a Zaldibar landfill, a Biscayan town very close to Eibar’s Guipuzcoan.
Josep Maria Bartomeu had to endure before the game against the Real society a new wash by the partner in the Camp Nou. A reaction that began very shy, after stopping to play the hymn through the speakers, but that little by little he gained momentum and force until the scream rumbles throughout the stadium: “Bartomeu resigns!”.The Blaugrana leader stoically endured the reaction of a member who publicly showed his dissatisfaction with the way he managed the club. It is true that it was not a majority reaction, since there were also whistles against the cloth, but the white scarves ended up gaining ground and were visualized by all the stands of the Camp Nou, curiously many near the box. On this occasion, the wash was neither the intensity nor the duration of the day of Eibar. And it must be remembered that in that game it took more than five minutes to start the match due to technical problems, which led to people having more time to expand and show their anger. In any case, Messi’s goals served to partially appease the waters.What seems clear is that the situation remains entrenched and without short-term fix signs, since many partners consider that the only solution is to advance the elections for this summer, while Bartomeu is more in favor of exhausting his mandate until June 30, 2021, despite whoever weighs and falls who falls.There were also songs in favor of Setién’s second, Eder Sarabia, by the Grada de Animación Joven.
Harry Kane, ‘one club man’?The Tottenham striker is considered one of the best on the planet. However, he has never left the club that saw him grow. He only went through Norwich, Millwall or Leicester to grow as a player.But all his good years of sports career have been spent between White Hart Line, Wembley and the new stadium. Who knows if some European giant will put an irrepressible offer on the table. Until then, Kane walks steadily toward the spurs’ history book. In terms of numbers, total 278 matches and an outstanding number of goals: 181.The most ‘loyal’ players, by team *Arsenal: Emi Martinez.Manchester City: David Silva.Aston Villa: Jes Steer and Jack Grealish.Manchester United: Phil Jones and De Gea.Bournemouth: Charlie Daniels.Newcastle United: Rob Elliot.Brighton and Hove Albion: Lewis Dunk.Norwich: Alexander Tettey.Burnley: Kevin Long.Sheffield United: Chris Basham.Chelsea: César Azpilicueta.Southampton: James Ward-Prowse.Crystal Palace: Joel Ward.Tottenham: Harry kane.Everton: Leighton Baines.Watford: Troy Deeney.Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel.West Ham: Mark Noble.Liverpool: Jordan Henderson.Wolverhampton: Matt Doherty.* Transfermarkt data. The ‘one club man’ is becoming less frequent in the world of football. Every summer astronomical amounts of money are moved from one place to another and the players change their jerseys frequently. It is rare to see footballers spend a full decade jumping on the same pitch and even more so not move from one place in their entire sports career. This is also the case in the Premier League, although it is one of the competitions in which there is the most loyalty across the planet. So much so that several Spaniards who once came to England have become steeped in their culture and today are the oldest of their respective clubs.David Silva, who has already announced that he will leave Manchester City next June, is the best example of this. The canary arrived in 2010 from Valencia and now understands that his time in England has ended. Along the way, he has left his mark on the Etihad and has been an important part of a dominating team in recent years. He has worn the citizen shirt 424 times, with remarkable statistics: 74 goals and 137 assists.Despite being questioned countless times, Old Trafford admires and respects its guardian. Already Nine years have passed since De Gea signed for Manchester United. In fact, he is the footballer who has been at the club the longest with Phil Jones. He put on gloves 394 times. Twenty games less sum César Azpilicueta (374) since coming to Chelsea in the 2012-13 season. His loyalty and commitment have led him to wear a captain’s armband that once wore what is now his coach: Frank Lampard.Mark Noble, the most faithfulThe West Ham captain, at 32, is the longest-running player in his club in the entire Premier League. The midfielder has played matches with his team’s jersey continuously since 2006. It is close to 500 matches, which will reach this year if the coronavirus does not prevent it. Leighton Baines he signed for Everton in 2007 from Wigan. Since then, the Goodison Park lane has been his. The two of them are the oldest, although the least long-lived in this study dates from 2014: Chris Basham of Sheffield. In Spain, without going any further, the player who has spent the most time in Granada arrived in 2017.
LONDON (CMC):Somerset officials said they were anxiously anticipating Chris Gayle’s appearance in the Twenty20 Blast later this year, after the West Indies batting star signed off on a six-match deal to represent the English county.The 36-year-old Jamaican had a massive impact when he played in last year’s tournament, smashing scores of 92, 151 not out and 85 not out to pile up 328 runs in just three games.Director of Cricket Matthew Maynard said the club was already looking forward to Gayle’s presence.”We are absolutely delighted to have secured the services of Chris Gayle once again. He is a genuinely world-class player and was absolutely phenomenal for us last year,” Maynard said.”He is probably the biggest name in the sport at the moment and his performances in the Big Bash recently have only underlined his status as one of the most explosive players that cricket has ever seen.Club chief executive Guy Lavender said what had been even more impressive about Gayle during his stint with Somerset last year was his community involvement and charity work.This aspect, Lavender pointed out, had been a key factor in extending the relationship with the superstar left-hander.”Everyone sees the runs that he scores, but not everyone will be aware of his willingness to help off the pitch. It is these two elements which have maintained our desire to ensure that he would be back with us in 2016.”Gayle is arguably the most valued T20 batsman in the international game and is coming off a successful outing in the Australia Big Bash for Melbourne Stars.His stint for Somerset will run from June 1-17 following his campaign in the Indian Premier League, and Gayle says he is keen on helping Somerset qualify for the advanced rounds of the competition.”I really enjoyed my time at Somerset last year. It’s a great Club and the supporters were absolutely incredible,” Gayle said.”I’m looking forward to seeing the fans again and to scoring some more runs. Hopefully, I can help the club make it through to the later stages of the NatWest T20 Blast.”
Former Jamaica national football captain, the legendary and versatile Anthony ‘Badas’ Corbett, has a burning passion for the development of Jamaica’s football and has longed to play a role in the advancement of the sport locally. Recently, the former local idol has been afforded such an opportunity to make his contribution when newly appointed national Under-20 coaches, Craig Butler and Ricardo Gardner, invited him to share his experience and knowledge with the team. Cargill, who captained the national team for six years and led the country to the Caribbean Cup in 1991 and their third-place Gold Cup finish in 1993 before retiring shortly afterwards, is presently the Under-15 coach of Miramar United Elite FC in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and one of his greatest desires is to see young Jamaican footballers make the transition from national youth teams into the senior side. However, he believes lack of exposure, experience and quality facilities locally will continue to hamper the progress of young local talent and the sport’s development in general. “Jamaica’s football has made a big jump because we qualified for World Cup. My only concern is, after the World Cup what did we achieve?” he queried. “Normally, you should have a facility, because FIFA allocates money anytime a team goes to the World Cup. But the national programme doesn’t have a facility and that is a setback. That (facilities) is where the game is going now, you need facilities to grow,” he told The Gleaner. “They (Butler and Gardner) have reached out to me and it’s nice, even if it is just in a small capacity. To know you are respected by your fellow players who want you around is a good feeling. The beauty is (Craig) Butler and (Ricardo) Gardner are in charge of the Under-20s and they invited me to just to be around the team and give voluntary support and (share) the little experience I have. “I will support the programme because they need sponsors, and I am willing to support them 200 per cent, just so they can give the youths experience,” he reasoned. Corbett also wants to assist the senior team one day and he is hoping this is just the start of his reconnection with local football and the national football programme. “I don’t really push myself up. But I don’t have to be a coach around a national programme. Any capacity, anything I can do to help; that’s why I am here, to help Butler and Gardner and anything that they need that we can do,” he concluded. However, of greater concern is the transition of our junior national players into the senior team. Corbett said there is too much focus on overseas-born players representing Jamaica, when all the talent we need is right here. “In Jamaican football, if you play Under-17, by time you reach Under-20 they throw you away, and it’s not that those players aren’t good, but you need a ladder. Where is the feeder tree, why not invest in the youth level? “But they don’t invest in the Under-17s, the Under-20s and Under-23s, and that is sad really because exposure is what gives you experience. “The senior team plays a lot of friendlies all over the world, but the young kids play local club, so where is the exposure and experience going to come from? So, that is lacking as they do not want to invest the money,” Corbett bemoaned. “At nine years and 10 years, we were the best in the world,” he recalled. “(Winston) Chung-Fah proved that years ago when there was the Miami Classics and we won that every year, nine- to 12-year-olds. But after 12 (years), nothing, and I realise Jamaica doesn’t invest in kids. Nobody wants to wait, everyone wants to plant a seed and reap tomorrow, but we will never go anywhere like that. “The US team invests about US$6-7 million in their youths and our investment is worth about 50,000, still we match strides with them. So just give them a little more opportunity and expose them and they can do it,” he continued. With regard to his involvement, Corbett, who lives in Miami, is looking to contribute in any shape or form and to any of the other programmes. But he is also looking to learn as much as he can from two of the country’s most successful local talents to make it professionally overseas. MUTUAL RESPECT LOCAL TALENT