Southland Gives Back: Abilene Christian

first_imgAn Abilene native and son of ACU alumni Kirk and Laura Wade, Hudson passed away in February 2016 following a courageous five-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was 11 years old when he was diagnosed with this rare strain several months earlier (September 2015), and the inaugural HW5K was quickly organized while he was undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Cook Children’s. The P4X Foundation provides Apple iPod Touches and iTunes gift cards to pediatric cancer patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center. The foundation also assists Abilene-area children and families at Meek Children’s Medical Center at Hendrick Medical Center, the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, and Hendrick Hospice. “I’ve loved watching Hudson’s and Rex’s (Fleming) legacies impact the lives of people, many of whom they’ve never met,” said Karnei, a former Wildcat golfer who is pursuing his Master of Accountancy degree. “We also are thrilled that Hudson’s story is still being told all over the community and nation.” “This event has grown significantly and it’s far exceeded anything I could have dreamt of on a very cold morning three years ago when we started this race,” added Karnei. “ACU SAAC is very pleased to use this event to provide support to all the great things that P4X does for our community. Josh Fink (current SAAC President) and I worked very closely in planning this year’s race and I know it’s in great hands moving forward.” This event, which is held in honor of the late Hudson Wade, has raised over $15,000 for various cancer-based charities since its inception in November 2015. The growth and popularity of which has amazed organizer Kyle Karnei. The X in P4X is Rex Fleming, who died in 2012 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. The Abilene community stood behind Rex while he was going through treatments and made t-shirts that read, “P4X,” meaning Pray For Rex. After his death the “P” transitioned from “Pray” to “Play” when his parents Lance and Jill Fleming decided to start the P4X Foundation.center_img The first HW5K netted $5,200, which was distributed between the Hudson Wade Family Foundation and Cure Search – a national non-profit foundation devoted to the search for cures for children’s cancer. At the following year’s event, approximately $5,700 was donated to the Abilene-based P4X Foundation. Lance Fleming is the Associate Director of Athletics for Media Relations at ACU. As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions each weekday from Dec. 6 to 22. ABILENE, Texas – The third edition of Abilene Christian’s annual Hudson Wade 5K was its biggest to date in terms of participants and monies raised as more than 300 people came together last Saturday, Dec. 2, to generate several thousand dollars for the P4X (Play For Rex) Foundation.last_img read more

Cowgirls to Open NCAA Tournament Play Against Sixth Ranked Texas

first_imgLAKE CHARLES – Two days after making school history by becoming the first McNeese women’s tennis team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, the Cowgirls learned of their destination on Tuesday afternoon when the NCAA released the 64-team tournament field that has them playing No. 6 seed Texas Longhorns.The match will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Texas Tennis Center in Austin. Texas A&M will take on Rice at 10 a.m. to kick off the round. The two winners will face each other at noon on Saturday with a berth to the Sweet 16 on the line. “We have a lot of fans and Texas is very close,” said Charoline Erlandsson. “It’s going to be the perfect opportunity for our fans to come and support us as well. We’ve had awesome support throughout the season, which has been amazing and very encouraging.” The Cowgirls (18-3), who won the league’s regular season and tournament title, are looking to become the first program in conference history to win a match in the national tournament.  Texas (22-4) has won 17 straight matches heading into the tournament, including a Big 12 championship.”It’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait honestly,” said Cowgirl Giovanni Fioretti.  “We are from a small school and I can’t wait to go there and represent McNeese and play on those courts.”center_img “This is a great opportunity for us,” said head coach Helena Besovic, this year’s Southland Conference Coach of the Year. “Texas is always tough, but no one is unbeatable. We are going to fight and give our best and see what happens. We are a smaller school but I told the team we aren’t going to act like a small school. I told them we are not going to be small on the court.”last_img read more

Sam Houston State Sweeps Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Championships

first_imgIn the women’s 5,000m final, it was the Hackett twins who broke away from the pack early, followed well behind by the Islander pair of Girard and Rabea Schoneborn. As the gun lap sounded, it was Michaela Hackett who moved ahead for the gold in 16:52.63, followed by Alexandria in 16:55.75. Schoneborn earned bronze in 17:00.02. Women’s 400m Natashia Jackson Northwestern State 53.63 Women’s 5,000m Michaela Hackett Abilene Christian 16:52.63 11. Houston Baptist 10.0 11. New Orleans 11.0 Sam Houston continued to run up the medal count in the women’s shot put with a one-two finish from Kristine Hanks (49-05.50/15.07m) and Halie Daniel (47-05.75/14.47m). 10. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 40.0 10. Southeastern Louisiana 31.0 Fabian McCall took gold for Sam Houston State in the 110m hurdles, clocking a 14.05, followed by Stephen F. Austin’s Kerry Gleason (14.27) and Darion Dunn from McNeese (14.41). 13. Nicholls 1.0 Tristyn Allen repeated as the women’s outdoor triple jump champion for Sam Houston State, reaching a distance of 43-01.00 (13.13m), ahead of HBU’s Natayla Nance (41-04.25) and Northwestern State’s Fabriana Nation (39-06.00). Men’s 110m Hurdles Fabian McCall Sam Houston State 14.05 In the women’s 800m, Houston Baptist’s Kierstin Santana sat right behind the lead pack of Camry Grigsby and Jamie Eckford, eventually laying down a strong final 200 to take gold for the Huskies in 2:08.01. In the men’s race, Central Arkansas’ Alex Hanson blew past the lead group in the final turn, taking an impressive gold for the Bears in 1:48.67. In the women’s pole vault, Stephen F. Austin’s Kaylee Bizzell (13-07.25) upended defending champion Hannah McWilliams of A&M-Corpus Christi (12-11.50) to earn gold for the Ladyjacks. For athletes who achieved qualifying marks this season, preliminaries for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place on the last weekend of May – in Tampa, Fla., for the East Region (May 25-27) and Sacramento, Calif., for the West (May 24-26). 7. UIW 63.0 7. McNeese 52.0 Men Points Women Points De’Shalyn Jones left no doubt in defending her 100m dash championship from 2017, breaking away late and clocking an 11.44 to best second-place Thai Williams (11.76) by over .3 seconds. The Demons again responded in kind to a Lady Demon win, showcasing their sprint dominance in the men’s 100m, with Micah Larkins tying the fourth-best all-time mark with 10.12 and tying the championship record set in 2011. Final Team Standings 4. McNeese 98.0 4. Abilene Christian 92.0 In the women’s 400m, Northwestern State standout Natashia Jackson broke away in the home stretch to register a 53.63 first-place finish, winning her second consecutive outdoor 400m gold. Avery Williams edged teammate Blaze Brownlow by .17 seconds at the line in the men’s 400m to lead a one-two finish for the Wildcats. Williams finished in 46.30, ahead of Brownlow (46.47) and Central Arkansas’ Daniel Lawson (46.77). Top three finishers in each event final are automatically named All-Southland Conference. The teams will be formally announced along with individual superlative winners on May 15. Men’s 400m Avery Williams Abilene Christian 46.30 Next up was the women’s 400m hurdles final, where Daeshon Gordon controlled the field from the start and took a commanding win in 58.48. On the men’s side, Kerry Gleason took first for Stephen F. Austin in a time of 51.87. Women’s 4x400m Relay — Northwestern State 3:36.31 Men’s High Point Scorer – Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian (26)Women’s High Point Scorer – De’Shalyn Jones (25) John Lemke of McNeese came out on top in a back-and-forth battle, finishing first with a leap of 53-04.25 (16.26m), beating out the defending Southland outdoor champion Brian O’Bonna (52-07.50). On the men’s 5K, it was Enrique Soto of McNeese who found himself able to break away from the pack, solidifying a nearly four-second victory in 14:56.81 ahead of runner-up Matthew Arnold from Lamar (15:00.26) Northwestern State again put on a clinic in the 4x400m relay. The squad built a sizable lead and the field was no match for De’Shalyn Jones’ anchor leg as the Lady Demons finished first with a meet-record breaking time of 3:36.31. Women’s 1,500m Allyson Girard Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4:31.50 8. Lamar 54.5 8. Lamar 50.0 Men’s Javelin Donavon Banks McNeese 216-05 / 65.97 Women’s Discus Kayla Melgar Abilene Christian 175-07 / 53.53m In the men’s race, Chris Jefferson tied an 18-year-old conference meet record of 20.37 to take repeat gold for the Bearkats. His mark also ties him for fifth-best all-time in league history. Men’s 800m Alex Hanson Central Arkansas 1:48.67 Men’s 200m Chis Jefferson Sam Houston State 20.37 Men’s Triple Jump John Lemke McNeese 53-04.25 / 16.26m 1. Sam Houston State 130.0 1. Sam Houston State 167.0 Women’s Heptathlon Grace McKenzie McNeese 5,619 On the women’s heptathlon side, Grace McKenzie of McNeese maintained a relatively comfortable lead over Sam Houston State’s Baylee Lara, 4,179-3,979 after the long jump to open day two of multi competition. Despite a middle-of-the-pack performance in the javelin, she sealed the deal with a first-place finish in the 800m (2:12.96) to earn gold with 5,619 points. Lamar’s Migle Muraskaite took silver with 5,437 while Baylee Lara of Sam Houston State finished third (5,213). 3. Stephen F. Austin 101.0 3. Northwestern State 111.0 Women’s 200m De’Shalyn Jones Northwestern State 23.09 Abilene Christian got a huge performance from its throwers in the men’s discus, earning a full podium with finishes one through four. Kai Schmidt took the gold with a mark of 188-01 (57.32m) followed by Joshua Hunter (183-05/55.91m) and Ryan Simmons (182-03/55.54m). 6. Southeastern Louisiana 72.0 6. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 68.0center_img Championships Homepage | Results | Photo GalleryCombined Final Results PDFSAN ANTONIO, Texas – When the dust settled on a wild three days in San Antonio, the Sam Houston State Bearkats emerged with both the men’s and women’s team titles at the 2018 Southland Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In the women’s 200m final, De’Shalyn Jones found her way to the top of the podium again for the Lady Demons, repeating gold with a time of 23.09 – the No. 4 all-time 200 time in Southland history. This marks the second-straight year where Jones has won gold in both the 100m and 200m finals. Women’s 400m Hurdles Daeshon Gordon Northwestern State 58.83 The championship meet will again be held at University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene from June 6-9. 12. New Orleans 9.0 12. Central Arkansas 4.5 Women’s 4x100m Relay — Northwestern State 44.75 Women’s 100m Hurdles Daeshon Gordon Northwestern State 13.14 Event Name School Distance/Time/Points Day Three Champions Eric Moore reclaimed the title he won in 2016 with a cleared height of 7-01.00 (2.16m). Sam Houston’s Tyler Adams took silver with 6-11.75 while McNeese’s Lentz Similien finished third (6-10.75). Men’s 5,000m Enrique Soto McNeese 14:56.81 Men’s Shot Put Kai Schmidt Abilene Christian 60-03.75 / 18.38m Women’s Triple Jump Tristyn Allen Sam Houston State 43-01.00 / 13.13m In the women’s 4x100m to open the afternoon’s running finals, Northwestern State repeated as champions with a 44.75 final time. On the men’s side, the Demon’s achieved the same result, clocking a blistering second 39.53, good for second all-time and a new conference championship record. Both NSU men and Stephen F. Austin’s second-place squad (39.55) downed the previous Southland meet record of 39.58. Men’s 4x100m Relay — Northwestern State 39.53 To cap the 2018 championships, Abilene Christian put on a monstrous performance of their own in the 4x400m, taking gold in 3:07.75, followed by Stephen F. Austin (3:09.46) and Sam Houston State (3:09.57). 9. Central Arkansas 46.5 9. Houston Baptist 36.0 Men’s High Jump Eric Moore Central Arkansas 7-01.00 / 2.16m McNeese took gold in the men’s javelin behind Donavon Banks, reaching a distance of 216-05, ahead of SFA’s Cord Neal (205-07) and ACU’s Kai Schmidt (205-05). Women’s Pole Vault Kaylee Bizzell Stephen F. Austin 13-07.25 / 4.15m Men’s Decathlon Brian Donna Southeastern Louisiana 7,006 Men’s Discus Kai Schmidt Abilene Christian 188-01 / 57.32m Women’s Shot Put Kristine Hanks Sam Houston State 49-05.50 / 15.07m Men’s 1,500m Garett Cortez UIW 3:46.95 Men’s 100m Micah Larkins Northwestern State 10.12 ACU earned another throwing gold behind Kayla Melgar’s 175-07 discus toss, ahead of Sam Houston State’s Tasha Crosse (167-05) and fellow Wildcat Lonnie Smith (164-03). 2. Abilene Christian 117.0 2. Stephen F. Austin 117.0 Thanks to a trademark well-rounded running squad and big performances on the field, the Bearkat men finished with 131.0 total points while the women racked up 166.0 to secure the team sweep. Abilene Christian men earned runner-up with 117.0 points while the Ladyjacks tallied the same for a women’s team second-place finish. ACU’s Kai Schmidt reached the top of the podium again with gold in the men’s shot put, reaching a distance of 60-03.75. Next was the women’s 100m hurdles race, where Northwestern State registered a one-three finish. Daeshon Gordon took a convincing gold in 13.14, ahead of Jerica Love from UIW (13.24) and Lady Demon teammate Braneshia Payon (13.51). Women’s 800m Kierstin Santana Houston Baptist 2:08.01 Women’s 100m De’Shalyn Jones Northwestern State 11.44 Kai Schmidt emerged as the men’s high point scorer thanks to gold medals in the shot put, discus, and bronze in the javelin for 26 total individual points. De’Shalyn Jones earned women’s high point honors on the heels of another dominant sprint performance with 25 individual points. The senior took gold in 100m, 200m, as well as running the second legs of the winning 4x100m and 4x400m relays for the Lady Demons. Men’s 400m Hurdles Kerry Gleason Stephen F. Austin 51.87 5. Northwestern State 78.0 5. UIW 78.5 With the opening two men’s decathlon events scored to start the final day – the 110m hurdles and discus – Southeastern Louisiana’s Brian Donna narrowly overtook Rodney Littlejohn for the total points lead with seven multi events scored, 5,024-4,999. With solid outings in the pole vault and javelin, the Lion built a 6,329-6,143 over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s James Manders, who had moved into second ahead of Littlejohn. Donna took third in the 1,500m run to secure gold with 7,006 points. Women’s High Jump Sashane Hanson Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5-10.00 / 1.78m In the women’s 1,500m, Allyson Girard took a commanding lead from the start and didn’t look back, earning gold for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 4:31.50. In the following men’s race, Garett Cortez of UIW laid down a huge final lap to surge ahead for a 4:31.50 gold medal. Sashane Hanson achieved the three-peat for the women’s high jump with a cleared height of 5-10.00 (1.78m) Men’s 4x400m Relay — Abilene Christian 3:07.75last_img read more

NSU’s Ferguson, McNeese’s Blunt Among 17 Southland Standouts Vying for NFL Jobs

first_img NSU Obinna Iheoma LB Indianapolis (May 3-5 UIW Malik Harris DL Kansas City (May 4-6) Received an Invite to an NFL Rookie Minicamp  NICH Damion Jeanpierre Jr. WR Carolina (May 10-12) MCN BJ Blunt LB Washington (May 3-5) MCN Alex Kjellsten P Chicago (May 3-5) UIW Jamarkese Williams DB Minnesota (May 3-5) MCN David Hamm RB Oakland (May 3-5) UIW Justin Alexandre DE NY Jets (May 10-12) SFA Chris Wilkerson LS San Francisco (May 3-5) NSU Jazz Ferguson WR Seattle (May 3-5) SHSU Derick Roberson DE Tennessee (May 10-12 UCA Eric Jackson DE Oakland (May 3-5) SHSU Davion Davis WR Minnesota (May 3-5) FRISCO, Texas – Seventeen Southland Conference football standouts from this past season begin their quest this weekend to play fulltime in the National Football League. Each NFL team will host a rookie minicamp either this weekend or next.Nine former Southland student-athletes are undrafted free agents who have signed with an NFL team, while eight will participate in minicamp.The list of former student-athletes is headlined by 2018 Associated Press All-Americans Jazz Ferguson from Northwestern State, BJ Blunt from McNeese, and Derick Roberson from Sam Houston State. Ferguson, an underclassman, is the reigning Southland Offensive Player of the year, while Blunt is the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.Undrafted Free Agents Who Have Signed with an NFL Team UIW Silas Stewart LB Baltimore (May 3-5) UCA Jakari Dillard WR LA Chargers (May 10-12) NICH Ronald Ollie DL Oakland (May 3-5) LU Rodney Randle DB/KR LA Chargers (May 10-12)last_img read more


first_imgHO HO HO!!–Veteran trainer Leonard Powell and his daughter Jeanne, were among many representatives of the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT), the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (CTHF) and the Edwin J. Gregson Memorial Foundation who joined forces with Santa Anita officials to feed several hundred backstretch workers on Tuesday in the track’s iconic Club House.  Santa Anita Park will open for its traditional Winter/Spring Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 26.last_img


first_img20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $319,307 AWAITS FANS AT SANTA ANITA ON SATURDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR NINE-RACE CARD IS AT 12:30 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2020)–For the seventh consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six remained elusive, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Saturday of $319,307.With a carryover of $292,520 from Sunday stimulating $116,997 in new money wagered,  Friday’s total Rainbow Six pool reached $409,517. Although there were no single ticket winners, 119  consolation tickets each paid $525.00.First post time for a nine-race card Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. and approximate post time for race four, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is at 2:04 p.m. PT.A pair of graded stakes for fillies and mares will highlight Saturday’s racing program.  The Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas, at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, will go as the third race and the Grade III, $200,000 La Canada Stakes, at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, has been carded as race eight.For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Free agent XI of players STILL available includes Ben Arfa, Bony and Coentrao

first_imgTHE TRANSFER window has shut across Europe but there are still plenty of well-known players left without clubs.Many leagues allow teams to bring in free agents despite the market being shut.3And you can put together a pretty strong line-up from those currently out of action.From Claudio Marchisio to Wilfried Bony, Sun Sport looks at which freebies can make up such a team.DJOU YOU WANT ME?A host of experienced defenders recently let go by their clubs are available to make up the backline.Michel Vorm finished his stint as Tottenham’s back-up after 13 league appearances in five seasons.A move back to the Eredivisie could be on the goalkeeper’s agenda with another ex-Spurs man, Younes Kaboul, up for grabs after leaving Watford at the turn of the year.3 Vorm was a star player at Swansea before signing for SpursCredit: AFP or licensorsIf the 33-year-old Frenchman is a throwback, old North London rival Johan Djourou is also a free man having left Serie A team SPAL.After leaving Arsenal the Swiss centre-back, now 32, has been wandering Europe with spells at Hamburg and Antalyaspor.Filling the full-back spots is less of a chore given double Champions League winner Coentrao and Danny Simpson, touted for a move to France after leaving Leicester, are currently without teams.3 Marchisio was given a hero’s send off by Juve fansCredit: Reuters Many were surprised when Claudio Marchisio left Juventus in the summer and the Italian, recently linked to Monaco, is a shoe-in for this XI.And at 35, Mile Jedinak can still do a good job in the centre of midfield having mustered 18 appearances during Aston Villa’s promotion campaign.Fittingly, the Aussie showed his penalty prowess with his final kick for the Villains, netting in their play-off semi-final shootout win over West Brom.Pushing ahead of such a solid base could be Hatem Ben Arfa – the Frenchman left Rennes in the summer and is rumoured to be of interest to clubs in Italy.HE’S OUR KEIFrom one attacking midfielder who has enjoyed a career resurgence to another.Keisuke Honda left A-League team Melbourne Victory having banged in eight goals from 19 appearances, keeping up a similarly impressive record from Pachuca of Mexico the year before.Many feel the Japanese ace is past his best but, at 33, there is still one big move left in Honda.Most Read Football NewsTHROUGH 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 himFormer Athletic Club hero Markel Susaeta is finally up for grabs after over two decades on the Bilbao side’s books.And while a number of clubs have been waiting for the Spanish winger to become available, albeit when in his prime, nobody can say they haven’t had the chance to sign Bony.The freebie Ivorian striker, recently linked to Brighton after training with Newport, has struggled in stints at Stoke and Swansea after a big move to Manchester City flopped.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict England, Wales and Scotland vs Belgium scores this weekend and win £100Former Manchester City star Wilfried Bony ‘set to join Brighton on free transfer’last_img read more

Poch’s dramatic sacking caught by Amazon as crew rush to film Mou arrival

first_imgCOVERT cameras at Tottenham caught the final hours of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign and the shock appointment of Jose Mourinho.Amazon Prime Video are filming a behind-the-scenes documentary of the club’s astonishing 2019-20 campaign.2 Amazon cameras caught the dramatic sacking of Mauricio PochettinoCredit: AFP or licensorsAnd it is understood cameras dotted around their Enfield training base dramatically caught Pochettino’s final moments in charge.They are believed to have filmed his office being cleared out and frantic staff preparing for the arrival of Mourinho just hours later.The streaming service also caught the stunned reaction of players and training ground workers to the news of Poch being sacked last Tuesday and the arrival of Mourinho for talks with chairman Daniel Levy.The former Manchester United chief got the job on Wednesday morning, having slept at the club’s lodge after discussions that took place through the night.Amazon producers rushed down with a crew once news of Mourinho’s arrival had broken to capture his first day in charge of Tottenham.They got Harry Kane’s first meeting with him, along with other pep talks with senior stars.It is not known whether his rallying chat with Dele Alli was one of those captured.Jose Mourinho jokes about seeing his Olympiakos half-time team talk on the Amazon documentary2MOST 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 himLADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Saints vs Watford, Arsenal and Leicester vs Everton scores this coming weekend and win £100They will continue to film for the rest of this season, before an expected release later next year.Amazon Prime Video will kick-off their live Premier League coverage next week with ten matches across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.They include boss Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford to face United, who sacked him last December, and the Merseyside derby at Anfield between Liverpool and Everton.Mauricio Pochettino says Amazon documentary was a ‘club decision’last_img read more

Kopkop College joins Union program

first_imgThe Pacific in Union program run by PNG Rugby Football Union is fast becoming popular among schools nationwide with newest addition, Kopkop College.Kopkop College, based in Port Moresby, has expressed interest in taking up the fast-spreading program.Teacher Mary Udu said participating in the PiU program would be a great opportunity to engage the kids in sporting activities, mainly rugby union.She said that the only problem they were faced with is the non-availability of playing fields.She said that once the school administration and board come up with a solution, they will get right into running the program.Other teachers also expressed their interest saying the program would be a great way of teaching the kids healthy lifestyles and good eating habits.Kopkop College, being a new school in the nation’s capital, will also be joining the NCD Rugby Schools competition later in term three if all goes well with the implementation of the program.Kopkop College will be officially presented with new PiU equipment this week by the PNGRFU.Meanwhile, one of PiU’s pilot schools in Port Moresby, St Joseph’s International Catholic College, is well underway with preparations for their rugby festival in term three.St Joseph’s Head of Sports John Agovai said that the students have been in training and are looking forward to the big event on their school calendar, the rugby festival.Last week, PiU representatives Frank Genia and Kapani Robert visited the school delivering new rugby equipment for the students.Agovai said that currently, students categorized in the three different PiU levels have been focusing on their training leading up to the festival.Apart from the St Josephs, another pilot school, the Port Moresby Grammar has already begun festival preparations.Sports teacher Mr. Wahu spoke well of his students preparations saying that even though they only kicked off with rugby training last week, the kids seem more than excited and are looking forward to the rest of what’s ahead.last_img read more

Golden girl Dika fails in first event

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games gold medalist started her bar weights at  80kg she dropped the two attempts and at the third attempt increased the bar by 1kg  to 81kg and failed.Dika’s third attempt made all the spectators go quiet and when she dropped the bar you could see the confusion on their faces.Meanwhile, in the snatch event gold has been won by Australian Erika Yamasaki with a 82kg lift.Dika will aim to bounce back in the clean and jerk (currently on).last_img