FRISCO, Texas – Vanderbilt’s Maria Bulanova is the Southland Bowler of the Month for January, the Southland Bowling League announced Thursday.Bulanova helped the Commodores to a pair of first-place finishes throughout the month of January, averaging 21.04 in traditional frames and 21.40 in Baker frames. The senior claimed her seventh individual tournament championship and a Most Valuable Player title at the Northeast Invitational (Jan. 17-19).January 2020 Bowler of the Month – Maria Bulanova, Vanderbilt – Sr. – Moscow, RussiaBulanova opened the month at the Vegas Classic (Jan. 10-12), pushing Vanderbilt to a team title with a 20th-place individual finish after averaging 21.16 per frame for the tournament. Two weeks later, she won her school-record seventh career individual title as the MVP at the Northeast Invitational (Jan. 17-19) with a 20.64 average per frame in a field of 26 teams. To close out the month, Bulanova placed sixth overall with a 21.86 frame average in a competitive 12-team field at the Prairie View Invitational (Jan. 31-Feb. 2). Throughout the month of January, the senior paced the Commodores with 192 strikes.Honorable Mention: Allie Leiendecker, Louisiana Tech; Madison McCall, Tulane; Emma Wrenn, Youngstown State.Southland Bowlers of the Month are voted upon by the league’s sports information directors. Voting for one’s own bowler is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
FAVORED GLIDING BY TAKES $69,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ½ LENGTHS AS PRAT & BALTAS TEAM FOR FIVE FURLONG TURF WIN IN 56.33 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 26, 2019)–Fourth going a mile on turf here April 14, Gliding By cut back in distance to five furlongs on grass today and responded with an authoritative 1 ½ length victory in Santa Anita’s $69,000 allowance feature under Flavien Prat. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 6-year-old Artie Schiller mare got the trip in 56.33.Breaking alertly from post position two, Gliding By was a joint second at the rail, about one length off the lead heading into the far turn. With well-fancied Moon Kitty to her immediate outside and stubborn pacesetter Littlefirefighter on the lead, Prat bided his time inside and swung three-wide turning for home before unfurling a powerful stretch run that left no doubt about who was best.Off as the 9-5 favorite in a field of six fillies and mares, Gliding By, the only member of the cast entered for an optional claiming tag of $62,500, paid $5.60, $3.40 and $2.40.“She won going 6 ½ furlongs down the hill (two starts back on Feb. 18), but I’ve been running her long a lot and she’s a sprinter,” said Baltas, who also teamed with Prat for victory in Friday’s fourth race. “Going into this, I thought five furlongs might be a little short for her, but I think horses tell you sometimes what they want.”Owned by Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Hagop Nakkashian, Gliding By, who is out of the Arch mare Flying Arch, notched her sixth win from 26 starts and with the winner’s share of $41,400, increased her earnings to $253,117.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Littlefirefighter fought off a stubborn challenge from Moon Kitty and was easily second, by three quarters of a length over English-bred Ficanas. Off at 4-1, Littlefirefighter paid $6.20 and $3.00.Head and head with the winner mid-way around the far turn, Ficanas rallied well to be third under Martin Pedroza. Off at 5-2, she paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the firm turf were 22.45 and 45.24.Racing resumes with a nine-race card on Saturday at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
LEADING THOROUGHBRED RACING ORGANIZATIONS LAUNCH SAFETY COALITIONLEXINGTON (November 19, 2019) – The nation’s leading Thoroughbred racing organizations today announced the creation of an industry-led effort to unify and enhance existing protections and work together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes.Partnering together under the name Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, the group seeks to create and implement a series of significant safety, medication, operational and integrity guidelines across Thoroughbred racing to ensure the well-being of horses and jockeys and increase transparency and accountability.The coalition is composed of organizations who have individually led efforts to modernize the sport, and are now using their combined resolve, expertise and resources to advocate for enhanced safety measures throughout Thoroughbred racing. Coalition founding members include Breeders’ Cup Limited, Churchill Downs Inc., Keeneland Association Inc., the New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and The Stronach Group. Together they represent more than 85% of graded stakes racing in America.“Thoroughbred racing is steeped in tradition and we want the sport to live on for generations to come, and that is only possible with all of us working together to ensure that the safety and well-being of our athletes is our top priority,” said Drew Fleming, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited.“We are passionate about these animals and this sport, and we are committed to working with our partners to ensure that together we are making sound and responsible decisions on behalf of our athletes, our fans and the racing community,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Many of us have taken concrete action at our own tracks and are individually working with regulators and lawmakers in our states to enhance safety protocols. The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition will help drive these needed reforms across the nation.”“Protecting the health and welfare of our athletes is a complicated question that requires a multi-faceted approach. That’s why we are implementing significant measures across the sport – from the quality of our track surfaces to ensuring horses are fit to run each and every time through medication reforms and enhanced veterinary examinations. There is no single solution and we are committed to finding the right answers, wherever that may lead us,” said Bill Thomason, President and CEO of Keeneland Association Inc.The coalition will adopt best practices and set stricter guidelines for allowable medications, enact standards for crop use, encourage greater transparency and tracking of veterinarian exam records, and commit to the creation of new positions to implement and enforce these reforms.A full list of these measures can be found at: www.thoroughbredsafetycoalition.com/reforms.“The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition presents an opportunity for the sport to adopt a set of best practices with a unified approach to equine safety,” said David O’Rourke, CEO and President of NYRA. “We look forward to advancing these efforts, communicating directly with the public and broadening the coalition in the coming weeks and months.”“California racing has embraced progressive reforms over the last several years and we are pleased to join this group today to help push forward similar reforms in other jurisdictions in the US,” said Josh Rubinstein, President of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. “It is critically important that we work together to create the highest levels of safety, integrity and accountability at our tracks and it is also our responsibility to more proactively help the public understand the extensive steps we take to promote a safer environment for our human and equine athletes.”“The Thoroughbred horse racing industry has reached a watershed moment where unprecedented reforms touching all areas of the sport must continue to be advanced and implemented,” said Craig Fravel, Chief Executive Officer, Racing, The Stronach Group. “The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition represents a step toward greater accountability and transparency to put horse and rider safety and care at the forefront.”For all media inquiries, please contact [email protected]
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN will only leave Tottenham this summer if one of the very biggest clubs in Europe come in with an offer for him – and Real Madrid are ready to make his dreams come true.Eriksen has spent the last 12 months in contract talks with Spurs but appears no closer to signing a new deal.3 Christian Eriksen is still hoping to leave Tottenham this summerCredit: Getty – ContributorESPN now claim that he will only accept an offer from Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus and is still keen to make the move before the European transfer window slams shut on September 2.The Denmark international rejected the advances of Manchester United earlier this summer and believes he could still manufacture a move to one of Europe’s elite in the next two weeks.Real Madrid have long been admirers of Eriksen and are understood to be planning a £60million bid for him but are waiting until the last minute in an effort to force Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s hand in negotiations.Eriksen’s departure would not hurt Spurs as much as it might have done last summer because they have recruited Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, breaking an 18-month transfer drought.3However, manager Mauricio Pochettino still could not answer with any certainty over Eriksen’s future when quizzed last week.In answer to question about whether Eriksen would still be at Tottenham after the end of the window, he said: “I don’t know.”My point is to help all of the players.”My job is to support them all until they maybe decide to take a different way in their career.”Eriksen fired the starter pistol on the race for his signature by giving a candid interview to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.In it, the 27-year-old admitted that he felt ready to leave Spurs after six years at the club. Eriksen said back in June: “I feel that I am at a stage of my career where I would like to try something new.”I have the deepest respect for everything that is happening at Tottenham and it would not be something negative to stay.”But I have also said that I would like to try something new.“I hope that something will be decided this summer. That is the plan. In football you never know when there could be a decision like that. It could be at any point.3Latest 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 summer”The best thing is always for it to happen quickly but in football things take time.”Time is now running out for Eriksen who, if he does not find a new club before September 2, is likely to spend one more season with Tottenham in the Premier League before becoming a free agent next summer.But Spurs have reportedly not given up on retaining his services with an offer on the table worth £200,000 a week that would nearly triple his current wages.Real Madrid to make last-gasp £60m transfer bid for Christian Eriksen with huge pressure now on Daniel Levy
HARRY KANE has been urged to ditch Tottenham and sign for Manchester City — when Sergio Aguero leaves the Etihad.The England striker, 26, was on the pitch as Spurs lost 3-0 at Brighton.2 Harry Kane has been urged to leave Tottenham for Manchester City by Glen JohnsonCredit: Rex Features2 Glen Johnson picked up 54 England caps in a nine-year international careerCredit: Getty – ContributorThe North London club have now won just three Premier League matches this season and former Liverpool and Chelsea full-back Glen Johnson reckons it is time for Kane to move on, claiming there is “no loyalty” in the game.Kane was even booed when he took to the pitch at the Oakland Raiders’ NFL game with the Chicago Bears at Spurs stadium on Sunday evening.Premier League winner Johnson told BetDaq: “If I was in Harry’s shoes, I would think that I can play elsewhere and have a much better chance of playing with better players and adding trophies to my cabinet.”In a couple of years his goals could dry up at Spurs and he’d be out the door.”There’s no loyalties in football and he has to look after himself first and foremost.”Aguero has been at City for nine seasons, scoring 172 Premier League goals — including the one that bagged them their first Prem title in 2012.And Johnson also reckons Kane should ward off the temptation of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid or Barcelona and wait on Aguero to leave City instead. 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 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 & kidsHe added: “I don’t think he’d be suited to the Spanish style of playing, so he might have to wait for Sergio Aguero to move on at City before going there.”But it’s not out of the question that could happen in my opinion.”If I was Harry, I know what I’d do, I’d be moving on for the sake of my career to win as much as I could.”Kane and Dunk clash as Brighton star appears to claim Spurs skipper tried to pull his ‘penis off’
HARRY KANE has kicked off his on-field rehabilitation to hand Tottenham and England a massive boost – with an April comeback on the cards.The Spurs star, 26, has got down to the serious work following a hamstring tear on New Year’s Day, the club have revealed.2 Harry Kane is back in training as he recovers from a hamstring injuryCredit: ReutersKane was expected to be ruled out of this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, but could now return in six weeks – just as SunSport revealed earlier this week.On Friday, Tottenham confirmed: “[Kane has] “commenced on-field rehabilitation.”A return in early-to-mid-April would allow the striker to get back to action for his side’s run-in, with Tottenham still desperately pursuing a European berth.That’s even better news for Gareth Southgate, as it will afford Kane the chance to get back to match fitness ahead of the Euros.Boss Jose Mourinho recently revealed he won’t rush his star man back to action – setting a target date of May 9.The Spurs chief claimed: “The Leicester match [on May 9]. Maybe we need that match for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth.”Maybe we need that match for something and maybe he can help us in this match. I hope. Yes. I think [that’s the best case scenario at the moment].”MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesBut sounding more optimistic, Mourinho revealed on Friday: “I would say he is a little bit ahead [of schedule].”It gives me a hope of, instead of one or two matches, he might now play three, four or five.“He’s doing what he can do at this stage but always with a good feeling.”Sometimes follow protocol and some setbacks because of not the best feeling on this action or that movement.”But everything is going well. He’s having very good feelings. So positive, yeah.”Asked if he had pencilled in a date for Kane’s comeback, Mourinho said: “No. When he was injured, I told you, forget him for the season.”Then I told you one or two games – Crystal Palace or Leicester.“At the moment, I have better hopes than that so hopefully that feeling is right and he can help us in the last part of the season.”2 Kane picked up his latest injury on January 1 and was expected to miss the EurosCredit: PA:Press AssociationMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY 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 summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearKane needed an operation to fix the ruptured tendon in his leg and Tottenham said they didn’t expect him to return to training until at least mid-April.The England skipper has been training by himself in recent weeks, recently posting videos of his rehab.But returning to the training ground is a huge step in his comeback for both club and country.[pod_component pod_component_config_id=”tbXo0vxhe” pod_component_config_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-component-config-prod/tbXo0vxhe.json” pod_component_config_loader_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-loaders-prod/1.66.5/componentLoader.js?116347″ src=”https%3A%2F%2Fiframe.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-widgets-prod%2Fiframe-pod.html%3Fid%3DtbXo0vxhe%26script%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-loaders-prod%2F1.66.5%2FcomponentLoader.js%3F116347%26config%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-component-config-prod%2FtbXo0vxhe.json”]Harry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and England
And that’s why Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has enlisted the help of multi-premiership winning Raiders legend Mal Meninga this year.Stuart revealed in November he had spoken to his fellow club legend about a consultancy role with the Raiders, designed specifically to help Croker develop as a leader.And while Croker played down Meninga’s job when asked about his work, he revealed he regularly meets with the current Australian coach who has become a mentor of sorts.“I wouldn’t say he’s been back at the club, he’s been back in town,” Croker told foxsports.com.au.“I caught up with him a couple of times, we went and had a coffee and had a bit of a yarn for an hour or so.“He also came up to the Sunshine Coast when we had a trial game up there, him and Steve Walters and a couple of other guys came for dinner.“Not an official role, unless something happens going forward, I’m not sure.”Meninga won three premierships with the Raiders and was long-time captain of the club, whose current best and fairest medal is named in honour of the legendary centre.Croker has been full-time captain of the club since 2015.Coach Stuart explained how Meninga could act as a personal adviser and mentor to the 27-year-old centre and captain.“Jarrod has all the integrity and respect of his fellow players. He’s a local boy achieving all the goals he wants, in regards to playing,” Stuart told NRL.com.“He’s a wonderful club man with an outstanding character as a person.“So that’s why he’s our captain. But I need some help in making Jarrod a great captain.”Croker wouldn’t go into great detail of his relationship with Meninga, but explained their catch-ups aren’t solely focused on football.“I just caught up with Mal a couple of times to have a coffee and a chat. Just life in general, leadership, a bit of everything,” he said.“He’s done a lot in the game on and off the field, so he knows a lot. Every time I get the chance to catch up with him for a coffee or a feed I jump at it.“He’s done it all, he’s captained everyone, he’s done all you can in the game.“He’s going to be great for me going forward as a leader and I’ll just try to get what I can out of him.”
Fox Sports reports the No. 9 has called a press conference for 1pm in Melbourne where he will make the announcement alongside coach Kevin Walters.Smith’s exit coincides with the representative retirements of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, which were announced at the end of last year.It means Queensland will need a new captain and hooker for the State of Origin series starting on June 6.The call is likely to springboard Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough into contention for a Queensland debut in game one, while Jake Granville of the Cowboys could be another option.Darius Boyd, Billy Slater or Greg Inglis are the most likely candidates to take over the captaincy, however Boyd has battled form and fitness at Brisbane this season.Since making his debut for Queensland in 2003, Smith has played a record 42 Origins for the Maroons and has been captain of the side since 2012.In that period he has missed just one game – the series opener in 2010 due to injury – and won a record 26 matches.Since playmaker Thurston’s debut in 2005, the pair have played a crucial role in the Maroons’ 11 of the last 12 series victories.— with AAP(Picture: Darren England)
Local hero Soti Dinki was mobbed by fans as he trooped up the hill from the 18th green to hand in a scorecard of 74 that put him four shots clear of overnight leader William Howard (COK).Dinki’s cool demeanour and local knowledge told the story as he recorded a four-round total of 10-over 298. Howard, meanwhile, gave up his four-shot overnight lead and crashed to a 10-over final round of 82 and 302 in total.Reigning 2011 champion Adrien Peres from New Caledonia bagged a bronze medal after carding a 75 and 304 for four rounds, just one shot ahead of Vanuatu’s Josepho Matuatu who shot 77 in his final round.In the women’s tournament, Kristine Seko withstood the pressure test to win gold and helped the PNG team to victory in the process.Seko hit a solid 74 in blustery conditions to finish four shots clear of Elmay Viking from Cook Islands, who carded 76 to win silver, while New Caledonia’s Arianne Klotz took bronze after slipping with a final round 78.Seko began the day just one shot ahead of Klotz with Viking a further shot behind, but she said day four had a more tranquil feel than the anxiety of her third round 80, which brought her back to the field.“Not nervous, just calm I think,” Seko said when asked if there were any final round nerves.“I was calm and just quietly talking to myself, saying ‘you know you can do this, just hang in there’ and yeah, it came together.” “Yesterday, I was a bit down,” Seko said. “I knew that I sort of let the team down as well as myself with how I played.“I just got over-anxious I think and I was rushing but I pulled it together towards the end.” “Individual and team gold, so I’m ecstatic, just lost for words.”PNG took gold in the men’s team event, dropping just one of the four shots it led by after round three. Dinki, Brian Taikiri, Wally Ilake and Steven George combined to tally 917 for PNG, three shots clear of silver medallists New Caledonia (920), with Fiji (929) taking bronze.In the women’s team event PNG also took gold, snatching back the lead it surrendered to New Caledonia on day three. The PNG four-round tally of 947 was four shots ahead of silver medallists New Caledonia (951) with Cook Islands taking bronze with 979.The excellent final rounds from Seko, Margaret Lavaki (78) and Hazel Martin (79) ensured PNG finished ahead of the New Caledonians.
John with a zero handicap, is among the top four in Group G with Vani Toka (10) and Gamu Miria (25) to make it into the last 32.First PNG women’s handicap champion Hane Vaieke (30), Waisina Chan (35), Helen Samuel (15) and Damita Bray (25) are also in contention after being placed in the top four in their pools.Meanwhile, Charlie Lainda (40) caused the upset of the tournament when he beat defending champion Marcus Ng with a handicap of minus 30, two frames to nil in the Group H encounter at Laguna Hotel.Reigning Port Moresby Open champion Ralph Kaina (-5) came out on top in the all men’s Group B at Lamana Q Club ahead of Dustin Kohu (30), Roger Ng (-10) and Tournament Director Joey Chan (10).Fong cousins, Monty (25) and Bjorne (35), Toua Simoi (20), Ong Beng Huat (0), Willie Tiki (35) and Tom English (0) have all proceeded to the next stage comfortably.The last of the round robin matches in Groups A to F will be played tonight. The Final 32 games start at 11am tomorrow (Saturday) at the four venues – Aviat Club, Dragon’s Den, Laguna Hotel and Lamana Q Club.