Abilene Christian Picked First in Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

first_img 8. New Orleans 113 3. Sam Houston State (1) 234 12. Houston Baptist 73 FRISCO, Texas – Defending tournament champion Abilene Christian has been selected as the favorite to top the 2019-20 Southland Conference’s 2019-20 women’s basketball standings, the league announced Thursday. Four other schools also received first-place votes.ACU topped the polls with 14 first-place votes and 273 total points in just its second year of postseason eligibility. The Wildcats are coming off of a Southland Tournament Championship where they won three games as a No. 4 seed in order to gain an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament last season. Senior preseason all-conference selections Dominique Golightly, Breanna Wright and Lexie Ducat are three-of-four starters returning for the Wildcats this season and will look to continue the program’s success after closing out the 2018-19 season with a 23-10 overall record and a 13-5 conference mark. The Wildcats led the Southland in several categories last season, including shooting percentage (45.8), three-pointers made (265) and defensive rebounds per game (31.8).Stephen F. Austin came in next in the polls with 255 points and nine first-place votes after finishing last season with a 16-2 mark in Southland play. The Ladyjacks return three starters in Stephanie Visscher, Alyssa Mayfield and Marissa Banfield. Led by head coach Mark Kellogg, SFA is primed to challenge for the league title as the Ladyjacks have consistently presented a well-balanced game plan. Last season, they ranked among the conference’s top-four teams in scoring (70.4) while leading the league in defense, limiting opponents to 56.9 points per game. The Ladyjacks will look to continue their efficiency at home after going 17-0 inside William R. Johnson Coliseum throughout their 2018-19 campaign.Sam Houston State is voted third, receiving 234 points and one first-place vote. After an impressive turnaround season, reigning Southland Coach of the Year Ravon Justice and her SHSU squad will look to build upon their 11-7 conference record from last season. Led by preseason first-teamer Jaylonn Walker and second-team selections Amber Leggett and Jenniffer Oramas, the Bearkats return a total of four starters and will implement a very experienced rotation that is not afraid to attack the basket. Last year, the Kats ranked 12th nationally for free throws attempted (718) and ninth nationally for free throws made (510). Justice’s squad certainly does not slack on defense either as the team finished last season ranked fourth in the nation for turnovers forced (22.72).Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rounds out the poll’s top four, earning 229 points and a first-place vote. The Islanders capped a remarkable postseason run in the Southland Tournament after qualifying as the No. 6 seed. Head coach Royce Chadwick led his team to a trio of wins in the tournament over the No. 7, No. 3 and No. 2 seeds before falling to Abilene Christian in a 69-68 championship thriller. The Islanders led the preseason all-conference rosters with four selections in first teamers Alexes Bryant and Dalesia Booth and second-team picks Dae Dae Evans and Emma Young.Lamar occupies the fifth-place spot with 195 points and a first-place vote of its own, followed by Central Arkansas (172), Nicholls (154), New Orleans (113) and McNeese (111).Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State, Houston Baptist and UIW round out the 2019-20 preseason poll.The Southland women’s basketball season gets underway Tuesday, Nov. 5, with nine schools in action throughout the league.The preseason poll is voted upon by the head coach and sports information director from each Southland school. Each individual ranks the other 12 teams in their predicted order of regular season finish. Ranking one’s own school is not permitted.2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll 10. Southeastern Louisiana 86 9. McNeese 111 5. Lamar (1) 195 7. Nicholls 154 4. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1) 229 1. Abilene Christian (14) 273 6. Central Arkansas 172 11. Northwestern State 78 2. Stephen F. Austin (9) 255 School (First-place votes) Total 13. UIW 55last_img read more

DEFENDING CHAMP BELVOIR BAY & STABLEMATE PAINTING CORNERS LOOM LARGE IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 MONROVIA STAKES

first_imgDEFENDING CHAMP BELVOIR BAY & STABLEMATE PAINTING CORNERS LOOM LARGE IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 MONROVIA STAKES AT FIVE FURLONGS ON TURF D’AMATO’S S Y SKY, FRESH OFF FIVE FURLONG SCORE AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS, HAS BIG LOOK ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2019)–English-bred Belvoir Bay and stablemate Painting Corners both figure prominently in one of the Memorial Day Weekend’s best betting races, Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes, at five furlongs over the Santa Anita turf. The Monrovia, carded as the seventh race on a nine-race program, has attracted a deep and competitive field of 10 fillies and mares three and up, with one horse on the also eligible list.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s California-bred S Y Sky, a Nick Alexander homebred, also rates a big look in the large field, as she comes off what might have been her biggest win in the five furlong turf Camilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.BELVOIR BAYOwner:  Gary BarberTrainer:  Peter MillerSheer class at age six, Belvoir Bay is the defending champion in the Monrovia and is by far the leading money earner in the field with $1,085,787.  Most recently second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in a $2 million Group I sprint going six furlongs on turf in Dubai March 30, she was an emphatic 4 ¾ length winner of the ungraded Wishing Well Stakes going five furlongs on turf two starts back here on Feb. 16 and is 7-3-3-0 at five eighths of mile on grass. With an overall mark of 25-11-5-2 and Flavien Prat back aboard, Belvoir Bay rates top billing.PAINTING CORNERSOwner:  Altimira Racing Stable & Slam Dunk RacingTrainer:  Peter MillerMost recently a front-running 1 ½ length winner of the ungraded Mizdirection Stakes going five furlongs on turf April 13, this 5-year-old Florida-bred mare by the Smart Strike stallion Pleasant Strike, has three wins from seven tries at five furlongs on grass as she seeks her first graded stakes victory with leading man Joe Talamo back aboard. Based at San Luis Rey Downs with her far more accomplished stablemate, Painting Corners, who has an overall mark of 18-6-2-4, figures to blast off and hope to hold off all comers on Sunday.S Y SKYOwner:  Nick AlexanderTrainer:  Phil D’AmatoThe lone California-bred in the lineup, this 5-year-old Grazen mare was brilliant in her five furlong turf debut on April 27 at Golden Gate as she rallied to take the Camilla Urso by 3 ½ lengths at odds of 3-5. Sidelined due to a tendon issue mid-way through her 2-year-old campaign, S Y Sky, who is out of Alexander’s Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, has a remarkable overall mark of 12-6-5-1 and earnings of $542,320. She’s no doubt stepping way up in class in what will be her first graded stakes assignment and with Prat sticking with Belvoir Bay, S Y Sky will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke.THE GRADE II MONROVIA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTPoster Girl–Evin Roman–121S Y Sky–Drayden Van Dyke–121Rocky Policy–Ruben Fuentes–121Painting Corners–Joe Talamo–121Ginger Nut–Rafael Bejarano–121A Little Bit Me–Geovanni Franco–121Flammetta–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121Belvoir Bay–Flavien Prat–121Gliding By–Mario Gutierrez–121Lady Suebee–Victor Espinoza–121ALSO ELIGIBLESpectator–Martin Garcia–121First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday, that will also include the Grade II Summertime Oaks, is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Saturday, March 14, 2020

first_img6 35% 16 36% Bob Baffert77 49% 24% 5 9% $393,166 15% 8 Mark Glatt75 ITM% 38% 9 17 Doug O’Neill99 29% 15 6 Richard Mandella38 17 Joel Rosario141 $175,343 Win% $778,851 Jeff Mullins52 10% 9 8 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 20% $1,050,322 12% 50% 25% Philip D’Amato81 34% $903,459 $1,767,252 10 46% Money Won 8 30% $206,921 41% 6 13% $192,221 $2,266,516 12 29 26% 7 19% 14 $843,817 61% 65% 46% 19 $913,042 15% 5 4 5 65% $1,473,476 23% (Current Through Sunday, March 8) 11 5 7 $331,582 33% 12 3 6 6 $357,021 $1,453,222 21% Mike Puype41 Mike Smith51 10 8 9 52% 6 7% Edwin Maldonado78 8 Rafael Bejarano73 5 7 11 12 7 39% 17 13 9 Agapito Delgadillo66 Brian Koriner41 J.C. Diaz, Jr.71 10 6 Richard Baltas104 Aaron Gryder53 33% Ryan Hanson17 22 22 18% 9 11 39% $218,912 14% 43% 2 Robert Hess, Jr.38 9% 21% Steve Knapp48 22 33 John Sadler77 10 Andrew Lerner30 Mario Gutierrez84 Flavien Prat161 $284,415 $2,138,180 $385,662 5 9 $258,340 7 41% $440,305 9 16 6 53% 14 7% 36 61% J. Eric Kruljac35 1st ITM% Drayden Van Dyke112 VAN DYKE HOMEWARD BOUND FOR THE DERBY? 21 16 7 20% 13 38% 20 16% 42% $1,533,201 17 TOP SIRES CONSIDERED FOR QUEEN BEE TO YOU $744,236 Peter Miller69 19 2nd 5 4 $1,108,976 3 29 1st LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 14th, 2020WORKOUTS:Zest (Outside) and Hollywood Girl (Shirreffs) 03/09/20Storm The Hill (Outside) and Mirth (D’Amato) 03/09/20Oiseau de Guerre (O’Neill) 03/09/20Eight Rings (Inside) and Ax Man (Baffert) 03/09/20Warren’s Empress (Outside) and Down Home (Lewis) 03/08/20Charlatan (Outside) (Baffert) 03/08/20Nadal (Outside) (Baffert) 03/08/20 $281,142 $682,805 10% $783,141 12 12 $634,201 6 16% 51% $530,141 11 66% 6 Jorge Velez162 20 41% JockeyMts Umberto Rispoli143 2nd 46% 28% 5 59% Ruben Fuentes81 5 $388,947 8 6 10 12 12 Tiago Pereira121 5 9 28% 14% 9 11 33 44% Abel Cedillo236 4 39% 3 34 11 HARD NOT TO LOVE TACKLES RAIL, ROUTE FOR FIRST TIMEToday’s Beholder Mile will mark a first for Hard Not to Love.In six career races, the one-eyed wonder filly trained by John Shirreffs has never started from the gate without one horse on either side of her.In the Grade I Beholder, she breaks from the rail, meaning there will be nothing but the turf course and the Infield on her left, or blind, side (she lost her left eye when kicked by another horse as a youngster).“Because she’s never broken from the rail, I have no idea how she’ll react,” Shirreffs said. “But under normal circumstances, you’d like a horse on each side, whether a horse has one eye or two eyes, just so they have a horse next to them, so I hope it goes well.”As for going two turns for the first time, Shirreffs wasn’t overly concerned.“I think a mile should suit her,” he said, “especially with her style, because she comes from off the pace.”Hard Not to Love, a four-year-old daughter of Hard Spun, won her two previous races at seven furlongs, rallying from last each time, in the Grade I La Brea to score by 2 ¼ lengths on Dec. 28, and the Grade II Santa Monica by 3 ½ lengths on Feb. 15.The Beholder, race seven of eight: Hard Not to Love, Mike Smith, 8-5; Der Lu, AbelCedillo, 5-1; Zusha, Umberto Rispoli, 15-1; Kaydeitre, Brice Blanc, 30-1; Ollie’s Candy, Flavien Prat, 3-1; and Ce Ce, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1. Mother Mother was scratched.VAN DYKE COULD RETURN TO HOMETOWN FOR DERBYMay 2 could be a happy homecoming day for Drayden Van Dyke.Currently the 25-year-old native of Louisville is the regular rider of prime Kentucky Derby candidate Authentic, who won last Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes in impressive front-running fashion to remain unbeaten in three starts by a combined margin of 11 ½ lengths.Van Dyke also rode current Kentucky Derby flavor of the month Charlatan to a smashing debut victory at six furlongs on Feb. 16, earning an eye-catching 105 Beyer Figure, and is back aboard to ride the odds-on favorite in today’s sixth race at one mile for Bob Baffert.“It was a great performance,” Van Dyke said of Authentic’s San Felipe victory. “The horse was more mature this time. I’m thankful to be where I am and to have a chance to ride a horse like this.“Being born in Louisville and going back to my hometown where the Kentucky Derby is run would be huge. I spent my summers at Churchill Downs when I was growing up as a little kid and I’d visit the jocks’ room with my (late) Dad (Seth), so to win for all the people back there would be special.”Van Dyke has been a go-to guy for Baffert working horses in the mornings, and the two-time Triple Crown winner took the occasion of his San Felipe triumph to recognize his efforts.“Drayden has been doing a magnificent job and I’m happy for him,” Baffert said after winning the San Felipe for a record seventh time. “He works hard as does all my team. A lot of sweat and hard work goes into our program and we’re fortunate to have a horse like this.”As to Charlatan’s race today, Baffert said, “We’re looking to see what he can do going long. We’re trying to squeeze in a distance race to see if he continues on.”SANTA ANITA, GOLDEN GATE FIELDS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLICWith the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of our customers and employees and in following the best available guidance from local and international health authorities, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields is temporarily closed to the public.Both tracks will continue live racing as scheduled with personnel licensed by the California Horse Racing Board in attendance which will provide our fans at home with the opportunity to stay connected to the action via our 1/ST BET and Xpressbet apps.We will continue to monitor the situation and will look forward to welcoming our fans and guests back again soon.FINISH LINES: Rags-to-riches Queen Bee to You has been retired and will be sent to Kentucky to be bred, trainer Andrew Lerner said. Claimed by Michael Pender for $50,000 in December 2016, the California-bred daughter of Old Topper would go on to win four stakes under the 30-year-old Lerner, the last three in a row at three different tracks, including the Bayakoa and the La Canada, each a Grade III event. “She’ll leave for Kentucky next week,” Lerner said. “We haven’t decided who she’ll be bred to yet, but we have Speightstown, Curlin and Uncle Mo in mind. “We’re going to miss her. She’ll be hard to replace.” A six-year-old bay mare, Queen Bee to You had a career record of 8-11-5 from 33 starts with earnings of $658,770 . . . On-track patrons or no, Santa Anita’s popular horn blower Jay Cohen will be on the beat as usual today to the delight of fans watching via simulcast. 5 Victor Espinoza54 3 9% 16% 4 8 3 8 10 4 5 Assael Espinoza58 48% 46% 2 12% 43% $384,441 Geovanni Franco88 7 4 Jeff Bonde22 43% Michael McCarthy42 $714,680 38 8% 19 Craig Anthony Lewis43 27% 50% 20% 38 $1,233,719 12% 14% 32 9 Money Won 46% $219,510 4 3 3rd $327,261 $328,600 24% 32 18 10% 1 19% 56% 20% 5 8 Win% 43% 28% 8 20% $259,135 10 3rd $2,402,514 $337,700 19% Hector O. Palma33 TrainerSts $455,421 3 15% 5 SANTA ANITA, GOLDEN GATE CLOSED TO PUBLIC 4 FAIL ON THE RAIL? NOT THIS ONE-EYED FEMALE 4 Jose Valdivia, Jr.54 Carla Gaines31 Simon Callaghan27 $146,010last_img read more

Napoli ‘sign Llorente’ after striker leaves Spurs and Man Utd end interest

first_imgMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’The former Spurs star has experience of playing in the Italian top flight too, having turned out for Juventus between 2013 and 2015.Llorente scored 23 goals in 66 games in Serie A before he moved to Sevilla.The Spain and Basque Country international has also played for Basconia, Athletic Bilbao and Swansea.Tottenham star Fernando Llorente set leave on a free transfer despite Champions League heroics NAPOLI have signed free agent Fernando Llorente after the striker left Spurs and Manchester United ended their interest, according to reports.The former Tottenham flop, 34, has put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Serie A giants.1 Fernando Llorente has signed for Napoli in a free, two-year dealMan Utd had been interested in adding the veteran striker to their ranks, but interest cooled as they opted to stick with youth.United have already seen forwards Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku head to Italy – both joining Inter Milan.Meanwhile, Matteo Darmian is on the brink of joining Parma and Chris Smalling has arrived at Roma in what is a busy end to the transfer window in Italy.Now Napoli – who were drawn in the same Champions League group as Liverpool – have landed the former Spurs man.THANKS A LLORLlorente spent two seasons at Tottenham, but managed just two goals in 36 Premier League games.The 24-cap Spain international had attracted attention from Chelsea in January, but a move never materialised.Llorente was officially released by the North Londoners on July 1 and had yet been unable to find a new home.Reports claimed the Spaniard was “holding out for Man Utd” – with Inter Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina joining Napoli in showing an interest in him.last_img read more