AMCC’s Ata, NSU’s Iwaniuk Garner Southland Tennis Weekly Honors

first_imgWeek Six Stats (Men) | Week Six Stats (Women)FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Ryuya Ata and Northwestern State’s Ela Iwaniuk are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday. Honorable Mention: Max Heinzel, New Orleans. Iwaniuk and Dancetovic carried that momentum into Sunday’s match, storming back from a 4-1 deficit to clinch the doubles point with a 7-5 victory. Iwaniuk capped off her perfect week with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Laura Cabrera, improving to 6-3 at No. 2 singles. This is Iwaniuk’s first career Player of the Week award and the second-straight for the Lady Demons after Mariella Minetti earned the recognition last week. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Ryuya Ata, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Freshman – Fukoka, JapanAta defeated New Mexico State’s Jordy Visser 6-2, 6-3 and secured the Islanders’ lone point against DePaul with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Christopher Casati. Ata improved to 5-1 at No. 3 singles and 12-1 in solo play overall in 2020. Since suffering his first loss on Feb. 11, he has won three-straight without surrendering more than three games in a set. Honorable Mention: Nini Memishishi, Abilene Christian; Matilde Mulatero, McNeese; Fuka Nonoyama, Central Arkansas; Camille Townsend, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Ata came out on top of both of his No. 3 singles matches and split his No. 2 doubles contests last week at the H-E-B Tournament of Champions in Corpus Christi. The Islanders (12-4) swept their Friday doubleheader with 4-0 wins over Eastern Washington and New Mexico State before falling to DePaul 4-1 on Saturday. Having played 16 matches in the first month of the season, the team’s only match for the next two weeks is against UTSA at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.center_img Iwaniuk led the Lady Demons to a pair of crucial home wins over Southern Miss (4-2) and UTSA (4-0) on Friday and Sunday, respectively, to close out non-conference play. She went a perfect 4-0 on the weekend with two wins each at No. 2 singles and top-line doubles. Northwestern State (7-3) hits the road to open Southland Conference play against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at noon Friday and Lamar at 11 a.m. Sunday. 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. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Ela Iwaniuk, Northwestern State – Senior – Konarskie, PolandAgainst a previously undefeated Southern Miss squad, Iwaniuk issued the first loss of the season to her No. 2 singles opponent Katia de la Garza 6-1, 6-2. Iwaniuk and doubles partner Emilija Dancetovic blanked the Golden Eagles’ top-line duo of Monique Burton and Sarah Medik, 6-0, to hand them their first defeat on the year as well. Ata and teammate Kyohei Yamanaka posted their second-straight 6-0 victory at No. 2 doubles against Eastern Washington on Friday but dropped their first match together against New Mexico State by a score of 6-4. This marks Ata’s fourth weekly honor of the season.last_img read more

SHSU’s Steele, UIW’s Mancha Named February Golfers of the Month

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Noah Steele and UIW’s Lauren Mancha are the Southland Conference February Golfers of the Month, the league announced Wednesday.Steele competed in a pair of events throughout the month for the Bearkats, tying for third place individually at the All-American Intercollegiate (Feb. 16-18) in Houston, Texas, before taking medalist honors at the Border Olympics (Feb. 24-25) in Laredo, Texas. The senior shot a 67 in his final 18 at the All-American Intercollegiate, boosting his Kats’ squad to a first-place team finish.Mancha competed at the Islander Classic (Feb. 24-25) in Corpus Christi, Texas, taking first place overall and pushing the Cardinals to a third-place team finish. She shot a 218 for the tournament and recorded a round-low 69 in the second round of play.February Golfer of the Month: Noah Steele – Sr. – Kingston, Ontario Steele had a stellar month on the links, posting a sub-70 scoring average over his six rounds of play. He tied for third overall at the All-American, helping lead the Bearkats to a tournament victory in a field that included four ranked teams. At the Border Olympics, Steele shot a tournament-low 66 in the opening round and held off the field on the final day for his third collegiate victory of his career.Honorable Mention: Alex Clouse, Abilene Christian; Cody Banach, Lamar; Warut Wongrungroj, Nicholls.February Golfer of the Month: Lauren Mancha – Sr. – Spring Branch, Texas Lauren Mancha was the individual champion at the Islander Classic, guiding UIW women’s golf team to a third-place finish in the 14-team field at the Corpus Christi Country Club. This is Mancha’s first career tournament win. She finished with a 218 (+2) overall score, one stroke ahead of the runner-up. Mancha carded a 3-under-69 second round, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 No. 2 to close out the second round. She recorded 11 birdies and an eagle throughout the 54-hole tournament.Honorable Mention: Aysis Azarcon, Houston Baptist; Laura Pasalodos Barcelo, Lamar; Leah Alberto, Sam Houston State; Autumn Bynum, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland monthly 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.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, ELSEA’S WORLD, WINNER:   “It was a little different this time (referring to the long photo finish in the Frank Kilroe Mile) at the end. This filly settled for me very nicely. This is the first time I have rode her, but I could tell she is a very classy filly.  We had a very nice pace to chase, so I was bidding my time before I asked her to run.  This race set up for us perfect on paper for me.  She did the rest when we turned for home.”TRAINER QUOTESRICHARD BALTAS, ELYSEA’S WORLD, WINNER: “The first effort was superb, that being said she was kind of nervous here. I was fortunate to have a very good crew at San Luis Rey Downs, I give the credit to my assistant Ruben Losa and the gallop boy they did a great job with her its quieter there, she’s been training well so you never know when you get a horse from another trainer is they are going to step it up again but at least she’s on the right track now. It depends on the horse when adjusting trainers, with her yes a lot of your nervous fillies they do better at San Luis Rey especially the grass horses. I think a mile and an eighth she will be great at a mile may be too short.”OWNER QUOTESJERRY McCLANAHAN, ELYSEA’S WORLD, WINNER: “It’s hard to win a race, but you know it’s so exciting when you do win that all you can do is keep hoping and waiting for it to happen. We ran three today and got one home. We really thought that this horse was the best horse in the race. We just had to have a good trip and wait for our diamond. We thought we could run by him, so she really just ran like we thought she could. She’s a little bit higher level than these horses, so if she didn’t get it done today, we might have been in a bit of trouble, but she came through for us.”NOTES: The winning owners are Abbondanza Racing, LLC, Christopher Dunn, and Jerry McClanahanlast_img read more


first_imgOMAHA BEACH EYES GRADE I SANTA ANITA SPRINT TEAM PRAT LOOKS FOR 2019 WILD RIDE TO CONTINUE PAVED IS ON SMOOTH ROAD TO RODEO DRIVE STAKES STATE-OF-THE-ART VIDEO BOARD TO BE UNVEILED FRIDAYcenter_img WORLD CLASS RIDERS AT SANTA ANITA FOR OPENING JOHNNY V, ROSARIO, HERNANDEZ AT SANTA ANITA OPENING WEEKENDTwo-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez has been engaged by Bob Baffert to ride Eight Rings and Bast in the Grade I, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes and the Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes opening day this Friday as Santa Anita continues to enhance its historic resume that began on Christmas Day 1934 and will culminate by hosting the Breeders’ Cup for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 and 2.Velazquez, a 47-year-old Hall of Fame member who is represented by fellow shrine member and Puerto Rican native Angel Cordero Jr. leads all jockeys in career purse earnings with $410,561,486. Johnny V. also will pilot turf sprint specialist Eddie Haskell for trainer Mark Glatt in the Grade II Eddie D. Stakes on opening day.“I’m flying Johnny V. in to ride because I wasn’t sure Drayden (Van Dyke) would make it back in time to ride my horses,” Baffert said by phone Monday morning. Van Dyke was injured when unseated by Eight Rings after the start of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 2, but has recovered and is expected to resume riding this meet.Van Dyke had ridden both Eight Rings and Bast in each of their two starts, winning twice. “I asked Johnny V. to ride and he’s doing me a favor and coming in,” Baffert added.Rosario, 34, a native of the Dominican Republic who earned his stripes in Southern California before going global under the auspices of agent Ron Anderson, is set to ride Hopeful Stakes runner-up Shoplifted for Steve Asmussen in the American Pharoah, like the Chandelier a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race providing the winner with a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, respectively.Louisiana-born Hernandez, who turns 34 on Nov. 3, rides multiple graded stakes winner Seeking the Soul for trainer Dallas Stewart in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at 1 1/8 miles, a “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race with a fees-paid berth to the winner for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2.Also pointing to the Awesome Again are McKinzie, Mike Smith, Draft Pick, Joe Talamo; and Higher Power, Flavien Prat.Expected for the American Pharoah: American Theorem, Tiago Pereira; Defense Wins, Rafael Bejarano; Eight Rings, John Velazquez; Fore Left, Mario Gutierrez; Shoplifted, Joel Rosario; and Storm the Court, Flavien Prat.Also on tap for the Chandelier are Doug O’Neill trainees Buyer’s Remorse, Mario Gutierrez, and Comical, Abel Cedillo.A fitting piece of trivia for the American Pharoah: debut winner American Theorum, trained by George Papaprodromou for owner Rustin Kretz, is a son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, for whom the race is named.Kretz provides internet marketing services through Scorpion Design, Inc., which he operates in California out of nearby Valencia as well as in Texas. The company designs websites for health care, home service, and automotive businesses and franchises.First post time on opening day is 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.OMAHA BEACH TO LAND IN GRADE I SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPOmaha Beach, who had been scheduled to return to the races in the Grade III, one-turn mile Ack Ack Stakes at Churchill Downs on Sept. 28, now is being pointed to the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship after a training snafu last Friday.“Simply put, the work got messed up and I’m not taking him to Kentucky off a long layoff, so I scrapped that idea, period, and I’m going to run him in the Sprint. I didn’t want to ship him unless everything was perfect,” trainer Richard Mandella said early Monday morning.The Sprint is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event at six furlongs on Oct. 5.Omaha Beach was the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby last May 4 but an entrapped epiglottis during the week leading into the classic forced the son of War Front to be scratched and he hasn’t raced since. Omaha Beach’s work was aborted after a furlong when a horse in front of him lost its rider forcing Omaha Beach to pull up. He galloped around the track, then broke off again at the six furlong pole, working a furlong past the finish in 1:27.20 in company with Charlito.“I think he’ll be perfect in time for the Sprint,” Mandella continued. “He’ll have a nice work before the race in a few days.”PRAT ON COURSE TO CONTINUE WILD RIDE AT SANTA ANITAKentucky Derby-winning jockey Flavien Prat hopes to continue 2019’s wild ride when Santa Anita begins its 23-day Autumn Meet this Friday.The 27-year-old Frenchman piloted Higher Power to a 9-1 upset by 5 ¼ lengths in the Pacific Classic when he rode him competitively for the first time, and will be back aboard in the Awesome Again Stakes for John Sadler and Hronis Racing.“It was a good run,” Prat said in recounting Del Mar’s marquee race. “He broke well and he put me in the race. There wasn’t a lot of pace so we were in a good spot. When we entered the turn he kind of jumped on the bridle and he took me from there.“I worked him yesterday (six furlongs in a bullet 1:13 flat) so I’m quite excited.”Added Prat’s agent, Derek Lawson: “Winning the Pacific Classic and the Del Mar title was a lot of fun for us. This year has marked a major stepping stone for Flavien, winning the Derby and the Pacific Classic.“Winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic would top off a super year.”McCARTHY COULD HAVE PAVED ON RIGHT ROAD IN RODEO DRIVEWith surprising stakes victories by City of Light and Ohio on his resume, Michael McCarthy hopes to add to his list of Grade I upsets with Paved in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 “Win and You’re In” Rodeo Drive stakes Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“She was beaten a short ways in the Rodeo Drive as a three-year-old in her third race off a layoff,” the trainer pointed out, alluding to her second by a half-length behind win machine Vasilika last Sept. 29. “Right now I don’t think I could ask her to be doing any better.”A four-year-old Quality Road filly, Paved was third beaten two lengths in the restricted Osunitas at Del Mar on July 19, her first race in nearly seven months, followed by a fourth in the Grade II John C.  Mabee on Aug. 31.Also in the race are Elysea’s World, Flavien Prat, and Siberian Iris, Rafael Bejarano.NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART VIDEO BOARD AT SANTA ANITA              Santa Anita has installed a new state-of-the-art LED Infield video board, which will offer viewers dramatically improved brightness and visual clarity beginning on opening day.Manufactured and installed by Daktronics, America’s leading manufacturer of outdoor LED (light-emitting diode) boards, this new 30′ x 54′ display contains 648,000 total 15 mm pixels, the optimum size for a board of this scope, ensuring an improved view of the races and all video content throughout the race day.Due to the breadth of this project, the previous board was removed in August and the new board was installed last month while the Santa Anita stable area was closed.Based in Brookings, South Dakota, Daktronics employs 2,500 people and parts are made in the USA. Daktronics is the preferred vendor for 21 of 31 NFL stadiums and 22 of 30 Major League Baseball parks throughout the United States.Santa Anita will also be offering fans other major new amenities, such as its Stretch Run Suites and Trackside Terrace Dining and Seating, at a cost of more than $5 million.FINISH LINES: There were 190 recorded workouts at Santa Anita Monday, including 31 on the training track. Victor Espinoza worked Anonymity, never out of the money in nine starts, five furlongs in a bullet 59 flat. Richard Mandella is pointing the five-year-old mare to the Grade III LA Woman Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs Oct. 5 . . . Santa Oaks winner Bellafina, fourth in the Cotillion at Parx last Saturday, will train up to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 2, trainer Simon Callaghan said . . . Congrats to apprentice Jorge Velez on winning four races yesterday at Los Alamitos to clinch the title with 13 victories. It marked the fifth time agent Nelson Arroyo has represented a rider who won the crown at the Cypress track, also calling shots for previous winner Heriberto Figueroa . . . Trainer Andrew Lerner captured three races at Los Al over the weekend, two owned in partnership by newcomers Alydom Racing. Lerner, 30, is a rising presence in California. He had 18 horses after starting out a year ago but now is up to 44 head . . .  Fasig-Tipton presents its California Fall Yearling sale at Fairplex Park in Pomona this Thursday at 12 noon. For further information, visit [email protected]/ CONTENT FROM XBTV: WORK OUTS:Draft Pick (Eurton) 9/22/19Mongolian Groom (Ganbat) 9/22/19Neptune’s Storm (Outside) (Baltas) 9/22/19Eight Rings (American Pharoah) and American Anthem (Baffert) 9/22/19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 9/20/19 (Santa Anita Sprint Championship)Roadster (Baffert) 9/19/19Pantsonfire (Baltas) 9/18/19 (Rodeo Drive)last_img read more

Spurs’ terrifying walk through Red Star’s tunnel where armed cops stand guard

first_imgmost 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI 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 CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsLiverpool, European champions, headed there last season and crashed to a 2-0 defeat.Napoli were also held to a 0-0 draw in the same season.Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his fragile side will not lose the mental battle before the physical one.5 Spurs players must walk down a larger tunnel before turning left at the gates ahead5 They then go down some stairs and through this narrow walkway with graffiti covering the walls as they walk onto the pitch5 When the players arrive they are greeted to a massively hostile atmosphereRed Star Belgrade fans make it into the Tottenham Hotspur stadium despite being banned by UEFA for racist chanting TOTTENHAM will enter one of the most intimidating player tunnels in football when they line up to face Red Star Belgrade tomorrow.Struggling Spurs are desperate for three crucial points as they currently sit just one point above their Serbian opponents in Group B.5 Riot cops line the walls to intimidate opponents as they emerge from the dressing rooms5 It takes over a minute to walk through Red Star Belgrade’s tunnelBut they will need to contend with Red Star’s incredible intimidation tactics before heading for war on the field.The walk from the dressing room to the field takes over a minute and they will be greeted by a concrete tunnel that looks more like a WWII bomb shelter.Harry Kane and Co will then need to walk past lines of riot cops dressed in full gear.Chants from the unnerving home support echoes through the tunnels at the Rajko Mitic Stadium – nicknamed the Marakana.Graffiti is scribbled all over the walls – a far cry from the brand new £1bn luxurious stadium Spurs moved into at the end of last season.There’s no heated seats, microbrewery’s or USB ports under seats in sight as Spurs’ journey to the pitch takes them to a locked gated entrance that gives them a glimpse of the cauldron they are about to enter.The players then take a left turn and head down some steps where words are scribbled on the walls and a star painted on the wall – that symbolised Serbian nationalism within old Yugoslavia.More riot cops line the steps before the players eventually emerge onto the pitch greeted by flares and fireworks set off by the home crowd.Rajko Mitic Stadium holds 55,000 fans and remains one of the most hostile stadiums in football.last_img read more

Rudiger says ‘racists won’ as he’s booed by Spurs fans after failed abuse probe

first_imgMost read in football THROUGH 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 clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsThe defender added: “If it happens at football it is also happening outside — and outside my son is going to be growing up.”Meanwhile, Hakim Ziyech has agreed ­personal terms on a five-year contract ahead of his £36.7million summer move to Chelsea.The Moroccan attacker said: “I hope we can achieve great things.”Frank Lampard says he was ‘just waiting for the red card’ after late Lo Celso tackle on César Azpilicueta which VAR deemed ‘no serious foul play’ ANTONIO RUDIGER claims the “racists won” after the failed probe at Spurs.The Chelsea defender insisted he was subjected to abuse during his team’s 2-0 win at ­Tottenham in December.3 Rudiger was booed by Tottenham fans during Saturday’s return between the two clubs at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut the German admits he was not ­surprised when an investigation found no evidence or culprits.Rudiger was booed by Tottenham fans during Saturday’s return between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge.He said: “Yes, I heard it. It’s sad. I don’t know why they would. Maybe it’s because I voiced about the racism. If you boo me because of that, then you are poor people.“This is a sign that we have a very big problem.“At the end of the day I am alone in this case because I am the one who has to swallow this.“With the win against Spurs it makes me feel a bit like, yes, OK. But it makes me feel like it will always be like this. It shows that these people won because they can go back to the stadium.“They won’t be punished and at the end of the day I’m the bogeyman. For me, in this case, racism won.”3 Rudiger insisted he was subjected to abuse during his team’s 2-0 win at ­Tottenham in DecemberCredit: Sky Sports3 Rudiger and Chelsea team-mates were also targeted with objects thrown from the crowdCredit: AFP or licensorsRudiger alleged Tottenham fans aimed monkey noises at him in December.It resulted in the game being halted and warnings made over the stadium PA for the first time at a Premier League fixture.Spurs and the Met Police launched an immediate investigation — but two weeks later the club announced that neither they nor the cops had found any evidence to support Rudiger’s claims.The Berlin-born star added: “For me, it was not a surprise, because sometimes they get ­punished — but mostly they get away with it.“I’m not trying to offend anyone but you will never understand what goes through my mind at this moment. Or other black players’ minds.These people need to be punished. They need educating. That’s why I say that if we don’t stand up, racism wins.Antonio Rudiger“I am alone. I am totally alone. Authority-wise, I’m alone. People are investigating but I don’t want to say they did their job wrong. I hope they tried everything.”While Spurs never discovered who allegedly dished out abuse to Rudiger, they did identify a Chelsea fan who racially abused their Korean striker Son Heung-min.Rudiger, signed from Roma for £29million in 2017, told reporters: “The support from my club was there. Also players and everything. For me, this was not enough. These people need to be punished. They need educating.“That’s why I say that if we don’t stand up, racism wins.”Stars around the globe have threatened to walk off the pitch if they are subjected to racist abuse.But Rudiger said: “Walking off the pitch doesn’t make sense if they still don’t get punished.”Rudiger insists he is also standing up for his new-born son Djamal and future generations.last_img read more

College football star chooses rugby over NFL

first_imgIsland heritageThough Wooching was born in Hawaii, the influence of his father — who heralds from the rugby-mad island of Samoa — has always weighed strongly on his shoulders.While most kids are told not to play with fire, Wooching was taught the opposite. As part of his Samoan heritage, he learned fire knife dancing from a young age and still bears the blistering scars from it today.”It ties into the whole culture thing and how I was raised,” he says. “It’s a Samoan thing. You know, the warriors do it. My dad taught me a lot when I was young, and you learn lessons through it.”Like the fire — the concept of not keeping your hands on too long. That relates to life and different things that you might come across.”Then there’s the maze of tattoos spreadeagled across Wooching’s shoulders, torso and limbs.”Most of my tattoos aren’t finished. They’re still telling the story of my life and as I progress and walk down the road, I’ll keep on adding things to my tattoos to signify big events or stuff like that, family things in my life.”Wooching’s faith — his Twitter bio refers to himself as a “Soldier of God” — shapes his life on and off the field. He first picked up a rugby ball on a Christian missionary visit to New Zealand and played the game well into his high school years until a coach recommended he try his hand at football.But he’s always had an ache to return to rugby, something which has been fed by watching highlight reels of Samoa’s Tuilagi brothers. Renowned for making big hits and scoring blistering tries, the five Tuilagis play an all-action brand of rugby Wooching dreams of emulating.”There’s a whole bunch of them but Alesana and Manu, I really try to mirror my game around them. I love to go into contacts and just be that fearless back taking the ball into tackles and making yards,” he says.”Those are the two that I generally look up to — some island players who have gone out and made a name for themselves.” USA: Rugby’s ‘sleeping giant’Rugby is considered to be the fastest-growing sport in the US. This month’s Las Vegas Sevens attracted record crowds for the seventh year in a row, boasting over 80,000 spectators across the three days.After a disappointing Olympics, the US team is enjoying its best season in the world series; having finished sixth for the past two seasons, it is fifth ahead of next week’s Hong Kong Sevens. The likes of Perry Baker and Carlin Isles are among the fastest players on the global circuit.”I think the best athletes in the world are in America,” Wooching says. “It’s just, you know, transitioning those guys into rugby and just gaining the knowledge — upping the knowledge in the game, people learning instead of just relying on pure talent and skill-set.”For Wooching, the rise of the game in the US is “awesome.” But he’s still unsure about which country he’d represent — the States or Samoa — if the opportunity should arise, nor which format of the game he’d specialize in.”I’m still trying to get to the top of whatever that may be: 15-aside, sevens, the US sevens, the US 15s, overseas, whatever that might be,” he says.”I think at the end of the day 15s is what is what I want to do, and if I can get there through sevens then I’ll do that.”Wooching’s immediate plans are just to get on a rugby field and start pursuing the game he was born to love.”What attracts me the most is the brotherhood and the stuff like that you build through rugby and the travel and all that,” he says.”Yeah, oh I’m stoked, I get to run out with all these good players, couple of teams from international places, yeah, I just love it, it just brings a smile to my face.” He had captained the Washington Huskies to the national championship playoffs, and had an opportunity that most players can only dream of.But not Wooching. Ever since he was a kid growing up in Hawaii, this burly, tattooed linebacker had harbored dreams of a different kind.”My passion was rugby,” the 23-year-old tells CNN. “The first time I picked up a ball … that’s when my love for the game started, and ever since then it’s just been gaining.”I was getting a lot of interest from agents, 20-plus agents would call my phone, connect with me through social media and what-not. I know the thing that attracts most people to NFL is the income, the money and all that, but rugby is like a little brother that kept nagging at me saying, ‘Hey you got to play, you got to play.'”Wooching now plays rugby union for the Seattle Saracens — which competes in the British Columbia League — and sevens in an invitational, US-based franchise named after Fijian legend Waisale Serevi.He is still unsure where his future lies. But at 6 foot 4 inches and 241 pounds, his powerful physique is the sort that can wreak havoc in any format of the game.last_img read more

Another showcase for João Félix

first_imgEI Atlético needs João Félix, who before Barcelona went practically unnoticed. The Portuguese was more news for his encounter with Messi and Jordi Alba than for his game. Before Real Madrid he will have a new opportunity to prove his worth. A good game against the Madrid team would raise their morale for the second part of the season. Precisely the Portuguese lived before Madrid one of his great joys with the Atlético shirt. It was in summer, in the friendly played in New Jersey. On July 27 last year Atlético defeated Real Madrid 3-7 in a match in which the Portuguese played on the right wing. He scored a goal and it was a nightmare for the Madrid defense.João Félix has played 20 official meetings with Atlético: fifteen of the league championship, four of Champions and one of Supercopa of Spain. He has scored four goals, two in LaLiga and two in ChampIons. And gave an assist in the league championship. A somewhat poor baggage for a player of his quality and his talent. João Félix needs to make a great game in the derby. Your position could vary somewhat and start playing on the right wing, just as it happened in the summer game. That day Costa and Morata played on top, Koke and Saúl did it in the center of the field and João Félix and Lemar acted in band. Now Correa could play on tip and João Felix arrive at the attack starting from the right.Simeone believes that from now on Portuguese will begin to improve its performance. For the Atlético player it will be the first opportunity to win a title with his new team. With a contract until 2026 and with 20 years, João Félix has the opportunity to start putting his name in the rojiblanca history. Atlético signed him so that the player appears in big matches. And no one doubts him: he is prepared to perform fully. It’s time for João Félix.last_img read more

From the Reinier museum to ping pong-soccer with his father

first_imgAt the beginning, when moving to housing, it catches our attention the ping-pong table next to the pool, on the main terrace, and Mauro is fixed. So as soon as he sees the moment he proposes a match. With an ice cold beer in between, we agreed to the rematch. And after the second game, the second beer. In the meantime we talk a lot about Reinier, and about that and more is the interview that we publish in AS.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Mauro, Reinier’s father, poses for AS at home.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS There is still time to see Reinier’s room, photos of the child’s crack and give Mauro and Suzana a flag of Madrid that they immediately incorporate into the mentioned museum. They offer to hang us the medal of the last Liberators, won by Flamengo, and pose with her, so during that moment we became soccer players. But that dream, and that of playing in Madrid, it is up to Reinier to live it.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Reinier’s boots, in his room.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS What was going to be an interview to use ends in a three and a quarter hour meeting for the kindness of Mauro and Suzana, Reinier’s parents. They do not take in taking coffee, pastries and juices. They ask if the air conditioning is to our liking and we begin to talk about the exciting situation of his boy. They can not stop smiling, and it is not for less.Mauro explains to this newspaper the improvised museum with the most special t-shirts and trophies of Reinier, which already has a corner of the most curious for his young age. Take the opportunity to stand in one of his own awards, those of a world champion futsal in Spain in 1985 and recognized in 1987 as the best player in the discipline in Brazil.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The Reinier museum in his house.Mario Cortegana / Diario AScenter_img Minutes to 9 in the morning, the time of the appointment with Mauro Brasília (Brazil, 1960), the father of Reinier Jesus (18 years). ACE arrives at the checkpoint of a middle-upper class development in Rio de Janeiro and very shortly after appears O Pai do Craque. In t-shirt and shorts, with flip flops, he guides us to his house, a two-storey villa in which Reinier still lives, for which Real Madrid has paid 30 million euros to Flamengo.Mario Cortegana / Diario AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Reinier childhood photos.Mario Cortegana / Diario ASlast_img read more

Real Madrid leaves two points and slows its streak against a great Celtic

first_imgPhoto: EFE Oscar also released his offensive version with three centrals, but the uneven moment of confidence in both teams was seen when adding people up. Madrid did not speculate, while Celta kept a lot of backs. However, with a recital by Rafinha, the support and quality of Aspas and Smolov’s clearing were enough for Celta to mark, take a breath and even forgive.In a throw-in, Aspas saw the gap between centrals for the Russian striker, which premiered as a scorer in Spanish football at the Bernabéu (0-1). Madrid continued to overturn, the visiting team did not last the ball, but getting air centers without a finisher. A good play by left wing, Benzema for Hazard and this one for Bale, left the best of the whites, out for a little.Mina slows the Madrid streak The return of costumes did not change the script and for Celta it was very difficult to endure a Madrid that also improved in the last meters. The Zidane threw the ball to the ground in their approach to the area and, after a warning from Ramos, who scored offside, Kroos made the 1-1 in the 52nd minute. Another play on the left wing, with Benzema and Marcelo to The pass back to German.Shortly after, Rubén Blanco gave Hazard a penalty, with the Belgian on the bottom line and the ball already out, which Ramos did not forgive. With Madrid ahead and Celta worn from running through the local domain, the leader seemed to have a quiet end until Denis Suarez masterfully attended a newly entered Mina. Two points of the Bernabéu vanished, in spite of the last attempts of Benzema, that give life to Barça.DATA SHEETREAL MADRID: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos (Modric, min. 81); Bale (Mendy, min, 84), Benzema and Hazard (Vinicius, min. 73).CELTA: Rubén; Kevin Vázquez (Sisto, min. 55), Aidoo, Murillo, Araujo, Olaza; Bradaric (Mina, min. 83), Okay Yokuslu, Rafinha; Smolov (Denis Suarez, min. 71) and Aspas.– GOALS: 0 – 1, min. 7, Smolov.1 – 1, min. 52, Kroos.2 – 1, min. 65, Ramos.2 – 2, min. 85, Santi Mina.– ARBITRATOR: Alberola Rojas (C. Castellano-Manchego). He admonished Bale (min.72) and Carvajal (min.74) by Real Madrid. And Olaza (min. 57) and Okay (min. 76) in Celta.–Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Real Madrid gave a tie (2-2) this Sunday against RC Celta because of a goal from Santi Mina in the 85th minute, which reduces to a point the white income in the leadership of LaLiga Santander after day 24, point of life for Galicians in Santiago Bernabéu and more excitement in the fight for the title.Those of Zinedine Zidane traced the goal seven minutes after Smolov, with a second more effective part within the same domain they led in the first act. However, when Celta seemed already rendered physically and emotionally, Oscar’s changes were successful, with Denis Suarez attending Mina beautifully to get the celestial descent and spice LaLiga.Madrid missed two points on Hazard’s return after almost three months of injury. The Belgian performed at a high level, within what could be expected after a long absence, and the whites continued in their positive dynamics but had five minutes left. There Mina cut the streak of five victories followed by the whites, who are left with 53 points for the 52 of Barça, two weeks of the Classic.Madrid wanted to bite and did so in its pressure and recovery in the rival field, but then did not find the way to the goal. An eleven offensive, with Hazard’s long-awaited return as the biggest argument, left without a shot at goal. Meanwhile, despite suffering that local harassment in his field, Celta made the 0-1 and Courtois avoided the 0-2 at the edge of the break a shot only from Aidoo to corner.center_img Mina, five to the end, torpedo the accounts of Real Madrid last_img read more