Honorable Mention: Ceci Mercier, Southeastern Louisiana; Sarah Jurakova, McNeese; Jelana Dzinic, Texas A&M-Corpus Chrisi; Gabi Guilarte, Stephen F. Austin; Jelena Dordan, UIW. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Polina Ivanova, Northwestern State – Sr. – Moscow, Russia Ivanova did not surrender a set across her four matches in Southland singles and doubles competition this past weekend. She improved her singles record to 5-1 while remaining undefeated in doubles with junior Polina Mutel at 5-0. Ivanova and Mutel’s 6-2 doubles victory at the top slot in Saturday’s match against Southeastern helped the Lady Demons earn the 1-0 advantage heading into singles play. The senior from Moscow, Russia, gave up just one point across the two sets at the No. 2 flight, defeating the Lions’ Dany Raygadas 6-0, 6-1. On Sunday against New Orleans, the tandem of Ivanova and Mutel garnered every point to win 6-0 and clinch the doubles match point. Ivanova then finished singles first for the second time in as many singles matches, defeating the Privateers’ Anja Luethi 6-3, 6-2. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Polina Ivanova is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. NSU has now claimed three consecutive weekly awards. Polina Mutel earned the honor March 6, and Ela Iwaniuk won the award a week ago. The Lady Demons (10-5, 6-0 SLC) strung together their third straight weekend sweep of Southland opponents, winning Saturday 5-2 against Southeastern Louisiana and Sunday 6-1 over New Orleans. Ivanova and her side sit atop the standings as one of three league teams – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (8-5, 3-0 SLC) and Central Arkansas (9-2, 2-0 SLC) – unbeaten in conference action. In their lone match this week, the Lady Demons will host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. 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.
On the women’s side, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Allyson Girard posted a time of 21:48.2 and finished 191st. Final Results A year after finishing third on the national stage, the Colorado women claimed the team title with 60 points, followed by reigning champion New Mexico (103) and Pac-12 foe Oregon (160). The Buffs’ Dani Jones earned the top finish with a time of 19:42.8. The Northern Arizona men successfully defending its national title with 83 team points, while host Wisconsin’s Morgan McDonald took the individual crown with a time of 29:08.3. BYU (116) and Portland (160) joined NAU on the podium. He finished 75th with a time of 30:26.4, the best finish and time by a Southland representative since 2012, when McNeese’s David Rooney took seventh with a time of 29:21.3. Fellow Cardinal Jordan Rowe clocked in at 30:57.5, good enough for 134th. MADISON, Wisc. – Battling arctic conditions in the Badger state, Lamar senior Jamie Crowe posted the top finish among three Southland Conference runners that participated in Saturday’s 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships at Wisconsin’s Zimmer Championship Course.
$2 MILLION GUARANTEED SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT UP FOR GRABS AT SANTA ANITA ON SATURDAY; SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 11-RACE CARD IS AT 11:30 A.M., RAINBOW SIX STARTS WITH RACE SIXFRIDAY’S LIVE MONEY POOL REACHES $1.4 MILLION, SIX CONSOLATION TICKETS EACH WORTH $19,448.60ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2019)–With a mandatory payout looming on Saturday, Feb. 2, Santa Anita Park will again guarantee $2 million in tomorrow’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot. Special early first post time for an 11-race card is at 11:30 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9:30 a.m.With the Grade I, $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational highlighting a tremendous card from Gulfstream Park, Early Bird Wagering will be offered in Santa Anita’s Top ‘O the Stretch area, beginning Saturday at 8 a.m.Santa Anita’s live racing will be headlined by a total of four stakes restricted to California-bred or sired horses, with the 11th and final race, the $200,000 Unusual Heat Classic, for older horses at 1 1/8 miles on turf, serving as the marque attraction.With $218,436 in “new” money wagered into Friday’s Rainbow Six, today’s live money pool reached $1,453,831 and produced six consolation winning tickets, each worth $19,448.60.Leg one in Saturday’s Rainbow Six is race six, which has an approximate post time of 2:06 p.m. PT.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
JOCKEY QUOTESTYLER BAZE, STUBBINS, WINNER: “I thought of sprinting early in when I saw the form yesterday, Steve said don’t get dirt in his face so plan A. I am excited for this horse and the opportunity, it’s not every day you get a good three-year old colt that comes around this time of year, hopefully I get to stick with him and we’ll see how far we’ll go because he’s pretty nice. I’ve never ridden him before, but from watching tape of all four of his races, he seemed very ‘push button.’ It sure looked like he’s a horse that wants to go and I’m glad they didn’t change the game plan in the paddock.” TRAINER QUOTESLEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TO DOUG O’NEILL: “When we ran him at Del Mar (finishing first and second in a pair of main track sprints on Aug. 4 and Aug. 26), we knew he was legit, but he had some issues with his shins, so we gave him the time off (roughly four months). He’s going up the ladder now, getting better and better with each race. This was huge today.” OWNER QUOTESJACK MCSHANE, STUBBINS, WINNER: “I had a food safety auditing company, so I ran a business for twenty years, I made some money then I was losing it and now things are better. I was a horse player (before owner) since I was in high school with my best friend Bob, we would go to the track after we left Santa Monica High School at 12 noon and go to Hollywood Park or come to Santa Anita. It’s unbelievably exciting to have this colt, plus the fact that team O’Neill has done such a great job, I couldn’t be more excited. I had envisioned something in a short distance for the future, but now I don’t know.”NOTES: The winning owner is McShane Racing, LLC
BREEDERS’ CUP LAUNCHES ‘WIN WITH WALKER’ PROMOTIONAL SWEEPSTAKES One Lucky Winner to Meet Superstar Pitcher Walker Buehlerat 2019 Breeders’ Cup World ChampionshipsLEXINGTON, Ky., (October 3, 2019) – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, today announced the launch of a new sweepstakes with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ star pitcher Walker Buehler. Titled Win with Walker , the sweepstakes offers one lucky winner the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking place at the storied Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on November 1 and 2, alongside the baseball great, gaining unprecedented access to many of the event’s most exclusive experiences. In addition to receiving two VIP tickets to the World Championships event, the winner will get the chance to watch a Championship race with the famed athlete, beginning with the competing horses’ parade around the Paddock and culminating in the Winner’s Circle.“We’re always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience and we’re proud to be partnering with a world-class baseball player like Walker to offer such an unbelievable opportunity for one lucky fan,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup.“We’re grateful to Walker for his support of the Breeders’ Cup and wish the best of luck to all the fans hoping to win this one-of-a-kind experience!”“Growing up in Kentucky, I’ve been a big racing fan, and I am excited to be a part of one of the biggest events in racing,” said Walker Buehler, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.To enter the Win with Walker sweepstakes, participants must visit WinWithWalker.com and sign up with their name and email address. Hopeful fans can share a unique referral link via social media and email to earn additional entries into the sweepstakes and increase their chances of winning the Grand Prize. Entries are currently being accepted now through October 23, 2019, at which point the Grand Prize winner will be randomly chosen from the eligible entries and notified via email. Winners and guests must both be 18 years of age. Any and all transportation to/from Santa Anita Park and any corresponding accommodations will not be provided and will be winner’s sole responsibility. For complete rules visit WinWithWalker.com/rules.This year, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will return to the historic Santa Anita Park on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 for a record-breaking 10th time. To learn more about the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, please visit BreedersCup.com.
XBTV UNVEILS BREEDERS’ CUP WEEK SPECIAL PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE FEATURING HANDICAPPING SHOWS, ANALYSIS, WORKOUTS & MOREOctober 29, 2019 (Arcadia, CA) – With the Breeders’ Cup draw now in the books, leading horse racing content producer and distributor XBTV has finalized its plans for covering the World Championships.In addition to hosting a free library of more than 400 workouts and gallops from top Breeders’ Cup contenders, XBTV will also introduce the following videos and elements in advance of horse racing’s premier year-end event at historic Santa Anita Park on November 1 & 2, 2019:Breeders’ Cup Bullet Drills – Side-by-Side Edition: Exclusive to XBTV! These side-by-side workouts compare a horse’s recent workout with one prior to a win earlier this year to ensure that horse is entering the Breeders’ Cup in top form.Breeders’ Cup Paddock Picks: Millie Ball, Michelle Yu and Zoe Cadman give their in-person impression on the horses that schooled Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Santa Anita Park.Breeders’ Cup Day Makers: XBTV’s handicappers analyze and give their ‘best bet’ in each Championship race.Breeders’ Cup BETMIX Bits: XBTV utilizes the comprehensive BETMIX race library to identify stats, trends and value that will help unearth hidden gems in the Breeders’ Cup.Candid Conversations: XBTV discusses life, horse racing and everything in between in one-on-one interviews with jockeys Mike Smith and Flavien Prat.To access XBTV’s Breeders’ Cup Portal, visit https://www.xbtv.com/breeders-cup/.Plus, Xpressbet customers can access a list of “In Today” horses who have recorded recent XBTV Video Workouts. This feature, exclusive for Xpressbet customers, is available upon loggin in to your Xpressbet account.Don’t have an Xpressbet account? Sign up using Promo Code RELEASE to get a $100 Bonus.
Santa Anita Offers $500,000 Guaranteed Payout To A Single Ticket Winner Of 20 Cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot This Saturday & SundayTRACK WILL ALSO UNVEIL LOW 15 PERCENT TAKEOUT FIVE DOLLAR GOLDEN HOUR DAILY DOUBLEARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2020)–With an outstanding nine-race card on tap for Saturday, Santa Anita Park has announced it will guarantee a payout of $500,000 to any single ticket winner in the track’s popular 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot this Saturday and Sunday.The card will be highlighted by the $100,000 Pasadena Stakes, which has been carded as Saturday’s seventh race. For 3-year-olds at one mile on turf, the Pasadena attracted a field of nine, with trainer Michael McCarthy’s Smooth Like Strait installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite by linemaker Jon White.The Rainbow Six will begin with race four, which has an approximate post time of 1:57 p.m. PT.Saturday also marks the beginning of the five dollar Golden Hour Daily Double which requires players to select the winner of both the last race at Santa Anita and the finale at Golden Gate Fields. The Golden Hour Double features a fan-friendly low 15 percent takeout and will begin with Santa Anita’s ninth race, which has an approximate post time of 4:30 p.m. PT.First post time for Santa Anita’s nine-race program is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko told Loop PNG that “the cost of hosting the rugby league world cup in PNG is shared; the National Capital District Commission, as the host city, are putting up half of the cost of K5 million and the National Government is backing that up with K5 million”.The PNG Kumuls’ home will see them play the United States of America and other two nations from Europe.The European nations are still in their qualifying stages for the world cup.Tkatchenko, who is the former Tourism Minister, said the telecasting of these international matches will benefit the tourism industry and attract tourists from US and European countries.All the matches will be played at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.
-This is football. It costs us and it costs everyone. Opposites close. They were motivated and it cost us to arrive with danger. But it is a matter of wear.-What body is left?– It leaves us bad because we wanted to add the three points. It seems you lose the points. We have made a game to try to win it, but we are left with ten …How do you see the Super Cup, how do you get it?Everything is matched and we will see how it goes to the Super Cup. We will go four strong teams and see what can happen.-Suárez and Vidal, keys.-We were playing very academics in the first half. We needed to revolutionize the game. It’s what it seemed to me and gives us that point of arrival-The first lap is over. Barça is the leader but arrives matched to the second round.-It’s all even. I think it costs to win and score points. It costs us and our rivals. The normal thing is that the leagues are disputed. You always look back and see that you have lost points but you have to fight and try to win it. Ernesto Valverde, coach of Barcelona, spoke at the end of the match. These were his opinions. -Another match that can be traced, but then tied.-We have traced several matches and in some it has gone well but in others we have not been able to maintain the difference. The expulsion of De Jong has hurt us. We had the 1-3, it has been like that. And in one play they made us the goal. We had the game under control and after having overcome we were fine and eager to continue scoring. It has displaced us a little (the expulsion) and the opposite when it goes ahead.Why does it cost them so much?
Photo: Reuters Even so, the Serbian got his best tennis in the decisive momentsDel Ito against Gunneswaran will leave his rival in the second round The Serbian Novak Djokovic, number 2 in the world, gave a set in its opening at the Australian Open against the German Jan-Lennard Struff, who beat him 7-6 (5), 6-2, 2-6 and 6- one.The Belgrade tennis player, who achieved his 900th victory in an official match, knew how to suffer to lay the first stone on what could be his way to the eighth crown at Melbourne Park.Djokovic, who reached the first ‘major’ of the year after proclaiming himself champion of the ATP Cup with Serbia in Sydney, will play the second round against the winner of the match that will face the Japanese on Tuesday and invited to the Tatsuma Ito tournament with the Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran, player recovered from the previous phase.