HUNTSVILLE – The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf championship field was announced on Wednesday afternoon with the Sam Houston State Bearkats being sent to Norman, Okla. for the regional tournament.The 54-hole tournament will be conducted May 14-16 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club on the University of Oklahoma campus. It is one of six regional destinations as a precursor to the NCAA Championships, which will also be held in Oklahoma at Karsten Creek in Stillwater. “Well, we are excited. It’s the kind of golf we play,” Bearkat head coach Brandt Kieschnick said after the selection show. “It’s going to be windy and we are used to Bermuda. I was able to play there in college, so I feel like I know the course a little bit. But we would’ve played anywhere. We’re ready to go compete and we’re ready to have a chance to win.”The Bearkats are the No. 11 seed in the regional, a 14-team pool that also includes five individual medalists. The Sooners come in as the top seed in the regional, along with No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Arkansas and No. 4 Florida State.Also in the field (in seeded order) are North Florida, Pepperdine, BYU, Virginia, San Diego State, Nevada, UMKC, Navy and Prairie View.“We see these guys all year. These are some great teams and we embrace that competition,” Kieschnick said. “We like to play against the best and we want to beat the best. Our guys want that and definitely respect the teams, but they know our good golf is as good as any.”The week will include 18 holes each day with the low five teams and the low individual not on those teams advancing to the NCAA Championships.“Our first thought was the wind, and we like wind,” Kieschnick said. “We think wind can separate and we like difficult, and it’s something we are used to. We play it in Texas, we played in it at conference. And we seem to play well in the wind each time we play.”Sam Houston earned its way into the field with a win at the Southland Conference Tournament at Stonebridge in McKinney and will be making their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The previous appearances came in 2014 (Auburn, Ala.) and 2015 (Bremerton, Wash.).“We met today and we are not going to make anything complex. We do the same things every day. We are back to the grind and did drills today and competed yesterday. So, we’re not going to make this bigger than it is. We’re just going to do the same stuff and get better at it. We’ve had a chance to win our last four tournaments and won two of them, and we have another chance here.”
JOCKEY QUOTESAARON GRYDER, RUBY BRADLEY, WINNER: “She runs well, she runs hard every time. She’s a filly you really have to work with and convince her to really pick it up. She’s not overly aggressive. Today I told the pony girl, ‘turn me lose, I want her to pull on me,’ so I warmed her up alone and she got a little sharp in the first turn, but it was exactly what I wanted. I wanted her underneath me and because of that she was very responsive when I asked her to run. I wasn’t concerned with the time. I was in contact with them and if I was good enough and she was good enough, we only had a couple of lengths to make up. I was very pleased with the position we had.”TRAINER QUOTESPHIL D’AMATO, RUBY BRADLEY, WINNER, AND VILLETTE SZABO, THIRD: “She’s kind of been unlucky to not break her maiden by now. She didn’t get the greatest of rides up at Golden Gate but I was intent on running her anyway. I felt the longer (the distance) the better and Aaron (Gryder) gave her a superb ride.”OWNER QUOTESNICK ALEXANDER, OWNER/BREEDER, RUBY BRADLEY, WINNER: Origin of the name: “Ruby Bradley was the most decorated woman soldier in World War II. She was a flight nurse in the Philippines. Her job was taking wounded soldiers from the battlefield to the field hospitals in an old plane. The plane didn’t have Red Cross markings or anything, so she got shot at, was in a prison camp in the Philippines for three years. After the war, she volunteered for Korea, did the same thing there, but she’s a Medal of Honor winner and a wonderful woman.“This filly’s mother (Sudden Sunday) never got to win a stakes. She ran fifth in a stakes beaten a length and a half so it’s kind of cool that this filly won one.“This is our third winner in this race. Enola Grey won this race, then S Y Sky won it a couple years ago. This is the first foal out of the mare that never won a stake but got close several times and we always thought she would be a good broodmare. We liked this filly but her first couple of races were ho-hum. I think Aaron did an awesome job today.“The breeders’ awards and stallion awards make the Cal-bred program a phenomenal one. I am shocked that there are not more people taking advantage of it because it is a way to have a farm and have a farm pay for itself with all the bonus programs. This was a lot of fun.”NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Nick Alexander.
SANTA ANITA 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $82,759 INTO THURSDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR 8-RACE CARD IS AT 1 P.M.TWO CONSOLATION TICKETS WITH SIX WINNERS EACH PAY $18,116ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2019)–Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved on Thursday, creating a Jackpot carryover of $82,759 into Friday. Although there was no single ticket winner, there were two tickets with all six winners and they were each worth a hefty $18,116.With a Jackpot carryover from Sunday of $67,230 to shoot at, $67,830 in new money was wagered today, creating a total Rainbow Six Jackpot pool of $135,060.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m. The Rainbow Six will commence with race three, which has an assigned post time of 2:40 p.m. PT.Average field size for Friday’s Rainbow Six stands at eight horses per race.Santa Anita offers free parking and admission on Fridays, as well as two dollar beers and six dollar Specialty Cocktails.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
PREM clubs face a cut to just THREE automatic Champions League places.And those clubs that do qualify could miss out on a cash pot that was worth £90million between Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester City this season.1 Premier League sides face having Champions League automatic spot cut to just three placesCredit: Getty Images – GettyTop-flight clubs have been united in their opposition by plans led by the European Club Association to revamp the Champions League.Juventus president and ECA chief Andrea Agnelli remains determined to force through the changes, despite the opposition from the Prem, La Liga and the Bundesliga.But now Lars-Christer Olsson, head of the European League umbrella group representing all the major leagues, is pushing to widen access to clubs beyond the big five leagues by reverting to the maximum three guaranteed slots that was the case until last season.Olsson, speaking at the Leaders Sport Business Summit at Twickenham, said: “Giving four fixed positions to top associations should be questioned because that closes the opportunities for others.“It would be better to have three fixed places for the highest-ranked countries with the fourth having to qualify through a play-offs.“In most cases they should be good enough to qualify through sporting reasons but this would give someone else the opportunity to beat them.“I think the big leagues would be fine if they are all treated in the same way. They are prepared to participate in this discussion.”In most cases they should be good enough to qualify but this would give someone else the opportunity to beat themJuventus PresidentA Prem insider said there had been no internal discussion of the idea yet but Olsson’s plans will be discussed at a meeting of the European Leagues in London next week.Swede Olsson will also push for the abandonment of Uefa’s “historical co-efficient” calculation which sees the 32 teams in the Champions League group phase share £525m based on past performances.The split saw Chelsea, fifth in this year’s rankings, earn £27.9m from the pot, with Liverpool bagging £22.9m, City £21.9m and Spurs £16.9m.Olsson added: “The historical coefficient should be scrapped completely, absolutely.“It should be replaced. We need to look at financial distribution as a whole and our message is that the solidarity payments, to the smaller clubs and countries, has to increase. Up to 25 per cent of the money has to go to them.”Olsson accused Agnelli of plotting a “closed shop” league, arguing the bigger clubs in the ECA wanted a breakaway superleague and that they were poised to simply re-packaged the concept that was ditched last month in the face of club opposition.Most 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 CelticAgnelli is ready to bulldoze his plans through despite Prem opposition if he can corral “70-80 per cent” backing from the rest of Europe, with the revamp due from the start of the 2024-25 season.He said: “The biggest challenge is making sure we all come together and understand what is in our interests.“We must stand united in the interests of European football. To say ‘No, no, no’ as European league have done is not healthy.”Mauro Icardi’s model wife Wanda looks amazing as she takes part in some seriously sexy shoots
TOTTENHAM managed to avoid another miserable day as Dele Alli’s late goal earned them a draw against Watford.Alli struck four minutes from time to salvage a point, but it was another horror show from Mauricio Pochettino’s men as their poor season continues.4 Dele Alli scrambled home the late equaliser for Tottenham against WatfordCredit: Getty Images – GettySunSport’s Paul Jiggins delivers his ratings on another disappointing display from the North London side – this time against the bottom club in the Premier League.PAULO GAZZANIGA 6THE Argentine keeper could do nothing about Watford’s goal. Not the best time for him to be thrust into first-team action at Spurs.TOBY ALDERWEIRELD 5THE Belgian was caught flat-footed for the goal as he allowed Doucoureto ghost in behind him to score.DAVINSON SANCHEZ 4THE Colombian has all the balance of a baby giraffe and his mere presence in the Tottenham defence seems to spread panic.JAN VERTONGHEN 4FOR all of his assurance in possession, question marks still remain over the positioning and he was lucky to get away with VAR penalty decision against him.4 Davinson Sanchez struggled with his balance for Tottenham against WatfordCredit: ReutersSERGE AURIER 7YOU know how bad things are for Tottenham when the erratic Ivorian is one of their best players. Produced a stunning block to deny Pereyra after the break.HARRY WINKS 6THE England man always showed for the ball on an afternoon when not of his team-mates can claim the same. Just lacked final quality.DELE ALLI 5NOTHING seemed to be going right for the midfielder as he struggled to make any impression on the game. But he came up trumps with the equaliser and will be hoping that can kick-start him back into form.MOUSSA SISSOKO 5THE Frenchman brought energy to the team, but not much quality. It isgoing to take more than hard work to solve his club’s current crisis.4 Serge Aurier was the best player in a Spurs shirt against Watford – which doesn’t happen oftenCredit: ReutersDANNY ROSE 5WE are not even at the end of October yet and the left-back looks shot already. He has started all but one of Tottenham’s nine Prem clashes it season and it shows.LUCAS MOURA 4THE Brazilian always looks more effective as a substitute than he does as a starter, which is just as well as he will surely be back on the bench after this shocker.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 summerHARRY KANE 5YOU can never write off the England captain but this showed he cannot save Tottenham all on his own. How he needs a Raheem Sterling alongside him at Spurs.SUBSSON HEUNG-MIN (for Sanchez 46) 7*THE South Korean sparked Spurs into life in the second half and was unlucky to see his shot crack the bar.ERIK LAMELA (Moura 63) 5FAILED to make an impact, just like most of his other substitute – and indeed starting – appearances.TANGUY NDOMBELE (Winks) 70NOBODY would blame him for checking to see if the ink on his contract is still wet.NOT USED: Austin, Dier, Foyth, Davies.4
TOTTENHAM are facing an uphill task to qualify for next season’s Champions League with both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min out injured.The duo are ranked as the Premier League’s all-time deadliest partnership – ahead of the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.2With both potentially absent for the rest of the campaign, Jose Mourinho has spoken of the need to “fight with what we have”.Son and Kane are above all other attacking partnerships when it comes to goals scored per 90 minutes with both men on the pitch.Of the pairs who have played more than 5,000 minutes together in the Prem, no one can match the Spurs stars.Kane’s 67 goals have been added to by Son’s 35 at a rate of 1.29 goals per 90 minutes.Coming in a close second are Salah and Mane, who have 89 goals between them and score 1.26 goals every 90 minutes.Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling average 1.22 to just better Thierry Henry and Robert Pires’ record at Arsenal, who score at a rate of 1.21 goals per 90 minutes.However the Gunners heroes far outweigh their rivals in the sheer number of goals, totalling 162 on the pitch together with Henry contributing 108.’ARMS ON THE BALCONY’With Tuesday’s news that Korean forward Son is out for a number of weeks, which Mourinho accepted could be the entire season, the Portuguese poured cold water on their top-four dreams.He said: “Now we are with our arms on the balcony on the fourth floor and we have two options.“One is to give up and fall and normally die because it’s the fourth floor.“Another way is to fight with what we have – no stairs, but arms.” And the statistics lay bare just how dependent Spurs are on Son and Kane.Since the start of the 2016/17 season, Kane has notched 117 goals in all competitions to add to his partner in crime’s 75.Over the years, that averages out as 48 per cent of Tottenham’s goals – a figure at its peak in 2017/18 when they combined to score over half the entire team’s efforts.Not only are Spurs worried about Kane’s return this year from a hamstring injury, England also fear he will miss Euro 2020.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokeslatest football newsCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossSon’s broken arm, which he picked up in Sunday’s win at Aston Villa before playing on and scoring twice, will require surgery.Mourinho summarised: “The situation couldn’t be worse. That is obvious. There is nothing we can do. We are going to play with the players we have available.”I was worried about not having attacking options on the bench, now I don’t have attacking options on the pitch.”2Harry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and England
Farah added spice to his new side’s NRL season-opener against the Tigers by making it clear there was still lingering resentment between him and coach Jason Taylor.Addressing his tumultuous exit from Concord for the first time, he described his time under Taylor as “unhappy.”He had a chance to publicly extend an olive branch to Taylor, who won a power struggle to force out the NSW State of Origin rake, however refused to comment on their relationship.”I’m not going to talk about that, to be honest that’s in the past,” Farah said.Asked if there were hard feelings between him and Taylor, Farah again knocked back the chance to bridge the chasm, saying: “Again, I don’t want to talk about what happened there at the Tigers last year.”He said after two-and-a-half years of a very public showdown with Taylor and Tigers management, it was now clear a fresh start was what he sorely needed.As a Wests Tigers life member, premiership winner and former captain, Farah found it difficult to leave the club he had debuted for as a 19-year-old.”Last year was very difficult, 18 months before that was difficult too,” Farah said.”It wasn’t a happy environment for me so the time came I knew I had to move on.”From day one Souths were the club that really pursued me, guys like Sammy Burgess and Greg Inglis really went out of their way to make me feel welcome.”With what went on last year, and you kind of feel unwanted, you get the opposite end of the scale where you have the calibre of guys like Burgess and Inglis trying to convince you why they want you at their club. It was a really easy decision.”It sets up a Round 1 showdown between Farah and his Rabbitohs against the Tigers.Not only will it double as his first NRL appearance in his new colours, it promises to be imbued with a little bit of feeling.”I pencilled Round 1 in my diary because it’s going to be my first game for the club,” Farah said.”It makes it pretty easy and you’re making your debut for your club and it is going to be against my old club. That was going to happen, whether it be Round 1 or further down the track.”I’ve been around long enough and professional enough to treat it as just another game.”Winning’s going to give us two points, it’s not going to give me four competition points or six competition points. It’s not going to guarantee we’re going to win a grand final in October.”
Hayne has all but committed to suit up for Fiji in the World Cup, having represented the Island nation for four matches before a breakout NRL season with Parramatta in 2009 saw him garner the attention of Australian selectors. The Gold Coast Titans’ fullback has represented both Fiji and Australia at World Cups, in 2008 and 2013 respectively, with 12 tries and a winner’s medal to his name.However, with the depth of young Australian talent coming through, Hayne believes his time in the green and gold might be up.”Australia has got a ton of talent, a lot of guys younger than me,” Hayne told NRL.com. “It’s obviously up to the coach but for me I’m probably looking forward to playing with Fiji at the moment, knowing how much talent and depth Australia’s got.””It’s definitely something that I look forward to. It’s been great for me to play for Australia and Fiji, it’s been awesome.”International rugby league eligibility rules state players who are not selected to play for a tier-one nation (Australia, New Zealand and England) can play for another country if they qualify. Should Hayne don the Fijian jersey this year, it will likely boost the side’s chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament. Fiji are already favoured to come out on top of Pool D, with USA, Wales and Italy also in the group. Should they win the pool, they’ll set up a quarterfinals match against the second placed team in Pool B – which features New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland and Tonga Photo by: JASON O’BRIEN/GETTY IMAGES (Jarryd Hayne has been in strong form for the Gold Coast Titans).
While questions about the Roosters salary cap is one of the most common topics raised with NRL officials and media commentators by fans of rival clubs, the reality is that the roster at the Bondi-based club has one of the fewest number of players with first-grade experience in the competition.After recruiting Australian halfback Cooper Cronk and NSW fullback James Tedesco, the Roosters are many people’s premiership favourites, but the club’s losses significantly outnumber their gains and they will be relying heavily on rookies to cover injuries.Gone from the Roosters squad at the start of last season are Mitchell Pearce (238 matches), Aiden Guerra (154), Michael Gordon (225), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (230), Kane Evans (74), Connor Watson (38), Liam Knight (1) and Paul Carter (40).Between them, those eight players had appeared in 1,000 NRL matches.Besides Cronk and Tedesco, the Roosters only other new face at pre-season training was Reece Robinson, who had been playing rugby union for NSW Waratahs since leaving the Parramatta Eels in 2015.Most people can nominate the 17 players Roosters coach Trent Robinson is likely to choose for Saturday’s match against Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium if everyone is available. The remainder of the 29-man squad is significantly harder to identify.Whereas fellow premiership heavyweights North Queensland Cowboys (28), Parramatta Eels (27) and Melbourne Storm (26) are among the clubs boasting the highest number of players with first-grade experience in the 29-man squads submitted to the NRL last Thursday, the Roosters had the equal lowest before signing Nuuausala from Wigan.With Leigh announcing they had released Baptiste after just one Super League game with the understanding he will join the Roosters, their squad will now have 24 players with NRL experience but four of them still qualify rookies – Nat Butcher (3 matches), Victor Radley (3), Chris Smith (3) and Lindsay Collins (2).The Roosters used 26 players last season and 31 in 2016 – figures that most clubs range between from year to year.As a result, the NRL has increased the roster size for each club from 25 players to 30 players under the $9.4 million salary cap, with a minimum wage of $100,000 for players 1-26 and $70,000 for players 27-30.However, the second-tier salary cap has been abolished and clubs are unable to draw from outside their 30-man squad unless given dispensation by the NRL salary cap auditor. That is only likely to be granted if clubs have no available players capable of playing a specific position.Clubs had to nominate 29-players to the NRL by March 1 and must have 30 players by June 30, although Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (Nate Myles) and Wests Tigers (Curtis Sironen) are understood to have included former players as they are still paying them.Despite the presence of so many rookies, the Roosters squad still boasts the fifth highest number of NRL appearances behind the Cowboys (2,708), Cronulla Sharks (2,660), Eels (2,410) and Storm (2,320).Of the 2304 NRL appearances by players in the Roosters squad, Cronk is responsible for 323 of them, while five other players – Mitchell Aubusson (239), Jake Friend (211), Nuuausala (184), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (175) and Blake Ferguson (165) – have each played more than 150 games.However, using NRL.com’s predicted Round 1 line-ups as a guide, the other premiership big guns boast greater depth, with the likes of Cronulla’s Trent Hodkinson (156 NRL games), Joseph Paulo (146), Edrick Lee (72) and Aaron Gray (42) not expected to be in the Sharks 17 man squad to meet the Cowboys.The Eels will have players with the experience of Beau Scott (237), Josh Hoffman (171 NRL games), Tony Williams (165), Suaia Matagi (92), Siosaia Vave (96) and Cameron King (32) to draw on from outside the predicted side for Sunday’s match against Penrith Panthers.In contrast, the Panthers have the least experienced rosters in the Telstra Premiership, with 22 players having played a combined 1635 NRL matches.St George Illawarra also have 22 players with NRL experience in their 29-man roster, while the Sharks, Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs each have 23, and Canberra Raiders have 24.The only NRL rookie in the New Zealand Warriors squad is former Wigan centre Anthony Gelling, who has played 115 Super League matches.Download the Telstra Premiership draw to your calendarDownload the Intrust Super Premiership (NSW) draw to your calendarDownload the Intrust Super Cup (Qld) draw to your calendarDownload the State of Origin draw to your calendar
Ali, 74, is being treated by doctors as a precaution and is described as being in a “fair condition”. A brief hospital stay is expected.Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, after quitting boxing.The three-time world champion was last hospitalised in January 2015following a severe urinary tract infection.Family spokesman Bob Gunnell confirmed Ali’s condition to the Associated Press but did not divulge which hospital was treating him or when he was admitted.