“I am thankful for the opportunity to have served the great sport of basketball for over 40 years, especially as an official and coordinator,” Bell said. “I want to thank Commissioner Burnett and his staff for their support as well as the loyal and dedicated referees I have had the honor to work with. I was blessed with some memorable experiences but more importantly developed meaningful and lifelong friendships. I am humbled to have played a small role in the game. While I am retiring I will be a fan of the sport for life and look forward to seeing the next generation of officials excel.” FRISCO, Texas – A Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and a legendary name in officiating circles, Sally Bell has announced her retirement from the Southland Conference as coordinator of women’s basketball officials, effective immediately. Bell started as the officiating coordinator for the Southland and Sun Belt conferences in 2007, and later, the consortium grew to six leagues with the addition of the SWAC, SEC, Atlantic Sun and Ohio Valley. Bell was active in officiating international basketball, working the 1989 Junior World Championships in Spain, the 1990 World Championships in Malaysia, the 1994 Goodwill Games in Russia and the 1993 World University Games held in the United States. Bell began officiating high school basketball in 1975, moved on to NAIA and NJCAA games in 1979, and first officiated Division I and II games in 1981. Bell will continue with her scheduled camps this spring and summer. Widely respected in her sport, Bell was among six members of the 2017 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2015, Bell was honored with the Nan and Dock Sisk Career Service Award, given to an ASUN Women’s Basketball official for their accomplishments in the field. Bell spent 33 years as a Women’s Basketball official which included 15 NCAA Division I Women’s Final Fours, including 13 consecutive from 1992 through 2004, as well as the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She was also named the 1991 Naismith Women’s Basketball Official of the Year. “While we can hire a new coordinator of officials, there’s simply no replacing someone like Sally Bell,” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “Sally has been a remarkable leader in the sport, and her passion for basketball and its officiating is unmatched. We greatly thank her for her 11 years of terrific service to the Southland and the other conferences she served, and wish her the absolute best in retirement.”
Box ScoreCONWAY, Ark. – For the second time in three seasons, the Lamar Cardinals swept the Southland Conference regular-season and tournament titles to advance to the 2019 NCAA Soccer Championship. Tournament MVP Esther Okoronkwo assisted on the game-winner, then scored two goals of her own in the 3-1 victory over No. 2 seed Northwestern State at the Bill Stephens Soccer/Track Complex on the University of Central Arkansas campus. 2019 SOUTHLAND ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMEsther Okoronkwo, Lamar (MVP)Lucy Ashworth, LamarMadison Ledet, LamarMacie McFarland, LamarAcelya Aydogmus, Northwestern StateNicole Henry, Northwestern StateOlivia Mattson, Northwestern StateBrianna Mascia, McNeeseMariah Ruelas, McNeeseDana Curtis, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiAbby Deakin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi The game-winner was credited to junior Lucy Ashworth, the 2019 Southland Player of the Year, who took a nice pass from Okoronkwo and tapped the ball frame just past the keeper at the 31:12 mark. Ashworth tallied three goals and four assists in Lamar’s three games to earn a spot on the all-tournament squad along with teammates Madison Ledet and Macie McFarland. Okoronko’s goals were her 24th and 25th of the season, shattering the Southland season record. For the tournament, she tallied six goals and an assist for a record-setting 13 points in a tournament. Lamar (15-6) will learn its first-round opponent in the NCAA Tournament during the NCAA Selection Show, scheduled for Monday at 3:30 p.m. CT. Northwestern State was the only team to defeat Lamar in the regular season and the Lady Demons maintained their fight today. Sophomore Nicole Henry, the 2019 Southland Defensive Player of the Year, fired a quick shot in the 67th minute to get on the scoreboard. Henry, freshman Olivia Mattson and sophomore keeper Acelya Aydogmus were named to the all-tournament team.
KENTUCKY INVADER MY MAJESTIC ROSE OUTFINISHES FAVORED SNEAKING OUT TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SUMMERTIME OAKS BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY BRISSET, SHE GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:45.08 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2019)–With Jerry Hollendorfer’s Sneaking Out and Bob Baffert’s Flor de La Mar ensuring a solid pace, Kentucky invader My Majestic Rose was well in-hand early and rallied strongly around the far turn in route to a half length win in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and conditioned by fellow Frenchman Rodolphe Brisset, My Majestic Rose, a daughter of Majestic Warrior, got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.08.“We had a good trip,” noted Prat, who registered his fourth win through the first six races. “She relaxed very well and she was going real easy up the backside. At the three eighths, I asked her and she was right there for me. When she made the lead (approaching the quarter pole), she waited on that other filly (Sneaking Out), but then she got back to business.”One mile maiden winner on a muddy track at Churchill Downs on May 2, My Majestic Rose, who was making her first stakes assignment, was off at 5-1 in a field of five sophomore fillies and paid $13.80, $4.60 and $2.80.Owned and bred in Kentucky by Judy Hicks, My Majestic Rose, who is out of the Pleasant Tap mare Victory On Tap, picked up $120,000 for the win, boosting her earnings to $207,028 from an overall mark of 6-2-2-1.“It wasn’t really a gamble to bring her out here, not to me,” said Brisset. “It was a small field and at the end of the day, if we ran third, it’s still black type. So it was more difficult to find a way here than it was to make the decision. Thankfully, Tex Sutton (air transport) helped us, we put her on a plane and she got out here to train.”For her part, Sneaking Out, who tried two turns and had a four-game winning streak snapped today, ran too good to lose as she battled the winner head and head the final five sixteenths of a mile after repelling a stubborn challenge from Flor de La Mar.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and off as the 4-5 favorite in her first graded stakes start, Sneaking Out paid $2.60 and $2.10.“She ran absolutely huge,” said Van Dyke. “It’s a shame she got pointless pressure.”Colonial Creed, who was ridden by Victor Espinoza, checked in third at 7-1 and paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.49, 47.44, 1:12.49 and 1:38.30.
JOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: (On tying Jerry Bailey on career Grade I stakes wins with 216): “It’s quite a feat.It is something that is going to go up there as one of my greatest achievements. Just to equal a guy like Jerry Bailey is amazing. He’s someone I’ve looked up to for years. That was actually Jerry’s celebration out of respect.“My hat’s off to West Point Thoroughbreds, John Shirreffs and the whole barn, so many people. They work so hard with this mare. She has one eye (her right) so she gets a little bit of anxiety at times. We work hard with her and it’s great to see the hard work that we put in pay off today.(On what he loves about horse racing) “The horse. After the horse it’s the wonderful people you meet. But the horse brings us all together.”VICTOR ESPINOZA, BELLAFINA, SECOND: “The outside horse was sort of pressing me on the pace a little bit, but nevertheless she was comfortable. When we were heading for home around the eighth pole, she was still running, but then in the blink of an eye, I was like, ‘Wow, what happened?’ She ran a great race for her first race back from the Breeders’ Cup. That’s hard for any horse. She ran a good solid, second today.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SHIRREFFS, TRAINER, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: “Yes, she was really a handful going to the gate. She only has the one eye (her right), and when she gets nervous, she tends to spin around to see. This was a great race to win. For a filly to win a Grade I, that’s like a PhD, so it makes it especially fulfilling.“Mike (Smith) has really made a difference with her. When he made the decision to ride her, he put his reputation as a horseman on the line. I think that made this even more special.”TERRY FINLEY, MANAGING PARTNER WEST POINT THOROUGHBREDS, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: “I’d like to thank the partners because it all starts with them. We were all excited about the race. We felt the big favorite (Bellafina) on paper would be tough to beat but that is why they run the races and I’m just proud of the entire team.“I love the people from all over who are dedicated to our industry and our horses. If we do that every single day I think or game is going to be better. We are all focused on 2020 and we are going to make this industry better.”NOTES: The winning owners are Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dottie Ingordo, David and Steve Mooney.
BAST IS ALL CLASS AS SHE WINS GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA YNEZ STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGHTS UNDER VAN DYKE; BAST GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:23.42 AS BAFFERT RUNS 1-2-3 WINNER RECEIVES 10 KENTUCKY OAKS QUALIFYING POINTSARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2020)–With three Grade I wins to her credit, Bob Baffert’s Bast shortened up in distance and rallied to take Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke. A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Uncle Mo, Bast got seven furlongs while geared down late in 1:23.42.Baffert, who collected his record fifth Santa Ynez victory, ran 1-2-3 in today’s edition, as Auberge and Golden Principal completed the trifecta. With the win, Bast receives 10 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points, with four points going to the runner-up, three to third and one point to the fourth place finisher, Orquidias Biz.Bast, who was shortening up out of win in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 7, broke from the far outside and was into contention coming out of the seven furlong chute, as she tracked her two stablemates while third heading into the far turn. Mid-way around the turn however, it appeared she might be laboring when called upon by Van Dyke.“Bast looked like she was in trouble at the (five sixteenths pole)…” said Baffert. I heard Frank (Mirahmadi) say she was coming under pressure and the other ones (Auberge and Golden Principal) were looking good. She came out of the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies, third going 1 1/16 miles) well. She’s a picture of health and that’s why we ran her today.“You hate to run three in a race like that but it’s a graded race and it’s $200,000. I want to give all my clients a chance at it…As long as they are doing well and you enter them, the more races you get into ’em, it is better for them. Especially those other two, there was no race for them, so I think they are going to get a lot out of it.”Off as the 3-5 favorite in a field of six sophomore fillies, Bast returned $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10.Owned by Baoma Corporation, Bast, who is out of the Arch mare Laffina, now has four wins, all graded stakes, from six lifetime starts. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she now has earnings of $852,200.“The outside post gives you the option of being able to read the pace,” said Van Dyke, who gained the advantage a sixteenth out and has now guided Bast to three graded victories. “When we got near the quarter pole, the other two were going easy, so I had to get after her. She was shortening up out of a route, but she kicked it in.”Auberge was a bit slow into stride but was hustled out of the chute and appeared to be running comfortably on the lead with Golden Principal to her outside into and around the turn, however she was no match for the winner late.The second choice at 2-1 with Flavien Prat up, Auberge finished 2 ½ lengths in front of Golden Principal and paid $3.00 and $2.10.Ridden by Mike Smith, Golden Principal was off at 4-1 and paid $2.20 to show while finishing 9 ¼ lengths in front of Orquidias Biz.The win gave both Van Dyke and Baffert doubles on the day.Fractions on the race were 22.02, 44.59 and 1:09.99.
MAURICIO POCHETTINO was forced to leave a note to say goodbye and thank you to his Spurs squad.He was axed just hours before Jose Mourinho took over — meaning he could not wish the players well in person.2 Mauricio Pochettino was axed five months after leading Spurs to the Champions League finalCredit: Getty Images – GettyPoch’s message said: “Sorry we cannot come to say goodbye, you are always in our hearts.”Tottenham’s squad paid tribute to the Argentine manager after his five-and-a-half year reign came to an abrupt end.Spurs and England skipper Harry Kane tweeted: “Gaffer. I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams.”We’ve had some amazing moments in the last 5 and a half years that I will never forget. You were my manager but my friend as well and I thank you for that relationship.”Good luck with your next chapter!”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneGoalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga said: “Thank you for your confidence and for all I’ve learned from you on and off the pitch.”I wish you always the best Mauricio, Toni, Miguel and Jesus.”Tottenham legend Gary Lineker sarcastically wished the club good luck in their search to replace to replace Pochettino in north London.MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD 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 CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutMourinho is now in charge after penning a staggering £15million-a-year contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.Manchester United is the likely next destination for Pochettino – with Bayern Munich also in the running.But Harry Redknapp has urged the 47-year-old to take over at Arsenal if Unai Emery is sacked.2Tottenham fans give their thoughts on Pochettino’s sacking
TOTTENHAM have surveyed 23,000 fans and discovered that almost half want the Y-word chanted less or banned completely.But 33 per cent of those who took part in the research admitted that they use the word regularly in a football context.1 Tottenham fans have been consulted over the use of the Y-wordCredit: PA:Empics SportThis is despite 94 per cent of people accepting that the word can be considered a racist term against a Jewish person.Twelve per cent of people taking part in the project admitted to using the word outside of a footballing context.The Premier League club shared the results from the survey on their website.Twenty-three per cent of supporters want the word to “be chanted less” on matchdays, with 22 per cent wanting it banned altogether.And the response from Spurs following the survey was a positive one.ZERO TOLERANCE APPROACHA statement reads: “We have always maintained that a reassessment of the use of the Y-word by Spurs fans can only take place effectively within an environment where there is also a zero tolerance approach taken towards real anti-Semitic abuse.”It is the responsibility of every club and the authorities to deal with this and take unequivocal action to stamp it out. We shall be urging stronger action be taken.”Sentiment around this term appears to be changing among the fanbase.”There is a recognition of the offence the Y-word can cause and that a footballing context alone does not justify its continued use.”We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and forward-thinking club and these findings indicate the awareness our fans have of current sensitivities and a willingness to reconsider the appropriateness of the continued use of this term.”Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerEleven per cent of the respondents were Jewish.The Y-word has been chanted in the stands during Spurs games since the 1970s, originally introduced to combat anti-semitism.Police started to crack down on the chanting in 2016, and have said they will arrest anyone caught using the Y-word.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City vs Leicester, Watford vs Man Utd and Spurs vs Chelsea scores this coming weekend and win £100
Jarryd Hayne, Latrell Mitchell, Jake Friend, Jack Bird, Moses Mbye and Adam Elliott were just some of the players named today by World All Stars coach Mal Meninga and Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley ahead of the game on Friday 10 February at McDonald Jones Stadium.Meninga said he was excited by the opportunity to coach the World All Stars team for the first time, with many of the World All Stars players also new to the team and experience.”The All Stars match is a fantastic way to kick off the rugby league season in Australia and I’m looking forward to the chance to be part of the build-up,” Meninga said.Daley, who will coach his fourth consecutive Indigenous All Stars team, said he was pleased to see the game being shared with a new audience and fan-base outside of Queensland for the first time in the match’s history.”The All Stars is a wonderful celebration for players and fans alike and I am sure that the people of Newcastle and further afield will get right behind the chance to see some of the best Indigenous and non-Indigenous players on-field,” Daley said.The Women’s All Stars teams will be announced in the new year and further information about the week-long All Stars celebration will also be available in the new year at www.nrl.com/allstars.The Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match will be played on Friday 10 February at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.Tickets are on sale at www.nrl.com/tickets.World All Stars (made up of players representing their Heritage) 1. Jarryd Hayne* (Gold Coast Titans) – Fijian Heritage 2. David Mead* (Brisbane Broncos) – PNG Heritage 3. Joseph Leilua* (Canberra Raiders) – Samoan Heritage 4. Konrad Hurrell (Gold Coast Titans) – Tongan Heritage 5. Nene Macdonald (St George Illawarra Dragons) – PNG Heritage 6. Mitchell Moses* (Wests Tigers) – Lebanese Heritage 7. Adam Reynolds (South Sydney Rabbitohs) – Australian Heritage 8. Nate Myles* (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles) – Australian Heritage 9. Jake Friend* (Sydney Roosters) – Australian Heritage 10. Jordan McLean* (Melbourne Storm) – Australian Heritage 11. Gavin Cooper* (North Queensland Cowboys) – Australian Heritage 12. Bryce Cartwright* (Penrith Panthers) – Australian Heritage 13. Jake Trbojevic* (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles) – Serbian Heritage 14. Reagan Campbell-Gillard* (Penrith Panthers) – Fijian Heritage 15. Sosaia Feki* (Cronulla Sharks) – Tongan Heritage 16. Sione Mata’utia* (Newcastle Knights) – Samoan Heritage 17. Sam Lisone* (New Zealand Warriors) – NZ Heritage 18. Moses Mbye* (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs) – African Heritage 19. Tepai Moeroa* (Parramatta Eels) – Cook Islands Heritage 20. Jordan Turner* (Canberra Raiders) – English Heritage* Denotes debut World All Stars players (NB, some players may have played in previous All Stars teams, prior to the new World All Stars team introduction in 2016)Indigenous All Stars 1. Jack Wighton (Canberra Raiders) 2. Blake Ferguson (Sydney Roosters) 3. Greg Inglis (South Sydney Rabbitohs) 4. Will Chambers (Melbourne Storm) 5. Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights) 6. Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys) 7. Ash Taylor* (Gold Coast Titans) 8. Ryan James (Gold Coast Titans) 9. Nathan Peats (Gold Coast Titans) 10. Andrew Fifita (Cronulla Sharks) 11. Joel Thompson (St George Illawarra Dragons) 12. Wade Graham (Cronulla Sharks) 13. Sam Thaiday (Brisbane Broncos) 14. Tyrone Peachey (Penrith Panthers) 15. Jack Bird* (Cronulla Sharks) 16. Leilani Latu (Penrith Panthers) 17. Latrell Mitchell* (Sydney Roosters) 18. Aidan Sezer (Canberra Raiders) 19. Kyle Turner (South Sydney Rabbitohs) 20. Adam Elliott* (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)* Denotes debutants
The lock damaged his thumb late in the Wallabies’ 29-21 victory over Wales at the Principality Stadium last weekend and has been unable to train since.Coleman, who scored one of four Australia tries in Cardiff, will undergo a fitness test on Thursday to determine whether he will face the Six Nations champions.Lukhan Tui will also be examined before the encounter with Eddie Jones’ men as he recovers from a hamstring injury.If Coleman and Tui are ruled out, either Matt Philip or the uncapped Blake Enever could come into the side.Australia attack coach Stephen Larkham said Karmichael Hunt may be given a chance from the start this weekend.Larkham said: “He added really good impact off the bench [against Wales], his defence was outstanding, his energy was really good, he didn’t get a lot of carries but he had a really good carry.”I think he combined really well with the guys when he came on the field. It’s certainly something we’re considering.”In saying that Samu [Kerevi] also had a really good game defensively, he stepped up. It’s been an area of his game he’s tried to work on and found his feet in the second half with his carries as well.” Photo Getty. Caption: Australia’s Adam Coleman
In an interview this morning at the 2016 Press Budget Lock Up, Secretary for National Planning and Monitoring, Hakaua Harry said this money will come under the PNG Sports Foundation. She said that this money will target the running of international events that will be hosted in PNG including the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup and the co-hosting of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.“We are also looking at sports enhancement to cover maintaining sports facilities as well as making sure our athletes stay fit,” said Harry.She said that some of the sporting facilities from the Pacific Games that were not yet complete would also be taken care of with an allocation from the 2015 budget to pay off the service providers to complete building the facilities.