THIBODAUX, La. –The Nicholls Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) committed its efforts to fighting hunger on the Colonels’ campus. The Colonels partnered with Mom’s Pantry in order to combat on-campus food insecurity within the Thibodaux community, collecting nonperishable, ready-to-eat meals and toiletries to disperse among Nicholls students in need.The SAAC-led event was set up prior to the Thanksgiving in order to collect food for students who were unable to travel home for the holiday. The goal was to provide these students an opportunity to obtain a free and accessible meal during the Thanksgiving holiday. Within the opening four hours of the food drive, the SAAC collected 625 items.“As student-athletes, we were excited to give back to our peers and provide meals to those who need them,” said Nicholls’ SAAC President Emily Venable. “No student should have to struggle to find their next meal, especially during the holidays. We hope that our donations lessen the burden on these students.”Mom’s Pantry is located on the Nicholls campus and is a pantry packed with food that is openly accessible to students at all times throughout the school year. The program is part of the Helio Foundation, which was created to address high rates of food insecurity on university campuses, including the Thibodaux community.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.
KEEPER OFTHE STARS RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 AUTUMN MISS STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER CEDILLO; TRAINED BY WONG, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:32.70 AND SURVIVES STEWARDS INQUIRY INTO STRETCH RUNARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2019)–An allowance winner on turf last time out at Golden Gate Fields, trainer Jonathan Wong’s Keeper Ofthe Stars rallied to take Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita by 1 ½ lengths. A bit erratic late, Keeper Ofthe Stars, who was ridden by Abel Cedillo, survived a stewards inquiry into the stretch run while getting a flat mile on turf in 1:32.70.Mid-pack with a half mile to run, Keeper Ofthe Stars hugged the rail turning for home, angled out for room approaching the furlong pole and then drifted into the path of longshot Holly Hundy a sixteenth out, but straightened up and won as much the best.“She’s still green,” explained Cedillo. “She’s learning (with) every race, but today when she was between horses, she got intimidated. That’s why she came out a little bit. I straightened her up right away and she won pretty easy.”A close fourth two starts back in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 17, Keeper Ofthe Stars was a 3 ½ length allowance winner going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Golden Gate Sept. 20. Off at 5-1 in a field of 12 sophomore fillies, she paid $12.20, $6.80 and $4.60.Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Keeper Ofthe Stars, who is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Midnight Lute, notched her first stakes victory and her fifth win from 10 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $184,800.“I was very scared,” said Wong with regard to the inquiry. “I saw her come out a little bit past the sixteenth pole, I didn’t think it was much, but everyone finished pretty close for the minors so I was afraid it might have affected them a little bit.“Me and Abel have had a lot of wins. He’s my main man, a very good friend and an awesome rider. I’m really proud of him.”For her part, Giza Goddess, trained by John Shirreffs, ran too good to lose as she led the entire way until well inside the sixteenth pole. Ridden by Brice Blanc, she was off at 29-1 and paid $20.80 and $10.20.“She ran her tail off today,” said Blanc. “She broke running and showed good natural speed. I know the fractions look fast, but we were going real easy. She ran huge, especially when you consider she had been away so long (Dec. 18, 2018).”California-bred Mucho Unusual, ridden by Victor Espinoza, rallied from well of the pace to be third, finishing a neck in front of 8-5 favorite Hidden Message. Off at 6-1, Mucho Unusual paid $5.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.27, 45.01, 1:08.44 and 1:20.62.
BRILL, CARRESSA, KEEPER OFTHE STARS & SUPER PATRIOT ALL PROMINENT IN MONDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2020)–A recent stakes winner over the course, OXO Equine’s Brill heads a solid field of eight fillies and mares going one mile on turf in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by Don Chatlos, Brill sped to an impressive gate to wire victory in the one mile turf Lady of Shamrock Stakes on opening day, Dec. 28, which was her first-ever try on grass.In a very competitive lineup, trainer John Shirreffs’ Carressa, a lightly raced 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo, has been idle since daylighting allowance foes at one mile on dirt Nov. 22 and appears ready for her first stakes assignment, which will also be her first try on turf.Runner-up as the 6-5 favorite to Brill in the Lady of Shamrock, Keeper Ofthe Stars, a winner of the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes over the course three starts back rates a huge chance for trainer Jonathon Wong and California-bred Super Patriot, who comes off a nose defeat in the one mile turf Kathryn Crosby Stakes Nov. 8 at Del Mar, rates a big chance as well.BRILLOwner: OXO Equine, LLCTrainer: Don ChatlosA $1 million 2-year-old in training sale purchase in 2017, Brill, although twice graded stakes placed, appears poised to garner her first graded victory in what will be her ninth career start. Off at 7-2 in the eight-horse Lady of Shamrock, Brill bounded to early lead when ridden for the first time by Mike Smith and won well within herself. Her biggest concern early could be Carressa, who employed similar tactics in her allowance win on dirt.CARRESSAOwner: Mercedes Stables, LLC & West Point ThoroughbredsTrainer: John ShirreffsWell beaten in a pair of main track sprints this past spring, she resurfaced on Aug. 22, 2019 at Del Mar and was a galloping 4 ¼ length maiden winner at odds of 5-1 in what was her third career start. Second in her next start, a one mile allowance her Oct. 6, Carressa then pressed the pace and took charge heading down the backside en route to a smashing 8 ¼ length one mile allowance tally on Nov. 22 at Del Mar. With a Megahertz-best last out Beyer Speed figure of 90 in hand, Carressa, who will be making her sixth career start, could be extremely tough in her first try on turf.KEEPER OFTHE STARSOwner: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLCTrainer: Jonathan WongAttentive to the pace throughout, Keeper ofthe Stars was second, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Brill on opening day with no apparent excuses as the favorite. Favored in three out of her last four races and a winner of two of them, the 4-year-old filly by Midnight Lute has proven most effective when she’s allowed to ramble on the front end, which could prove problematic with several front-running fillies engaged.SUPER PATRIOTOwner: Little Red Feather Racing, Peskoff or Salvatore, et alTrainer: Richard BaltasA 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat, she comes off a desperate nose defeat in the one mile turf Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 8, a race in which she rallied from far off the early pace. Claimed five starts back for $35,000 on June 8, Super Patriot, who will be making her first graded stakes start, could be the beneficiary of rapid early pace on Monday.THE GRADE III MEGAHERTZ STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTCarressa–Victor Espinoza–120Take These Chains–Umberto Rispoli–120Keeper ofthe Stars–Abel Cedillo–124Tonahutu–Andrea Atzeni–120Streak of Luck–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–120Brill–Mike Smith–122La Sardane–Flavien Prat–120Super Patriot–Joel Rosario–120 First post time for an eight-race card on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON swayed Roman Abramovich to buy Chelsea instead of Tottenham – after mistakenly thinking the billionaire was a chauffeur at their first meeting.The Swede told the billionaire he had more chance of success at the Blues as he would only have to “change half the team”.2 Eriksson has revealed he persuaded Abramovich to take over Chelsea over SpursBut Eriksson nearly blew his chances of being a confidant of Abramovich after accidentally mistaking him for a driver in 2003 – months before he took over at Stamford Bridge.Recalling the tale, Eriksson told The Times: “We met at Les Ambassadeurs [a casino and club in London].”There were three men standing there. One is properly dressed, the other is so-so and the third, I thought he was the driver. Of course that was Roman.“He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.“I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London.”Tottenham or Chelsea? I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win.”I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. You have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.’”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneEriksson went on to become close friends with Abramovich – and their weekly meetings at the Russian’s apartment to drink tea and talk football almost led to the Swede taking over as Dinamo boss.In the wide-ranging interview, Eriksson also revealed he told Sir Alex Ferguson to “f*** off” after the Scot threatened to kill him over his use of Wayne Rooney at the 2006 World Cup.The incredible bust-up erupted shortly before the tournament – with Eriksson in charge of England and Fergie still enjoying the glory days at Old Trafford.Rooney had suffered a broken foot shortly before the tournament in Germany, with Eriksson still rushing him in to his 23-man squad as he sought to end 40 years of hurt.The decision sparked a furious tirade from Ferguson who threatened to kill the Swedish boss – but Eriksson stood firm against the hairdryer treatment.Eriksson recalled: “[Ferguson] said, ‘I will kill you. You are finished.’ But I represented England and you have to stand up.2 The bust-up between Sven and Fergie made front and back page newsCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdMOST 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’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on it”What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong and when you say, ‘Don’t pick Rooney because I’m going to kill you’, I said, ‘F*** off, what’s going on with you?'”And he was screaming. Whenever he got like that… it has no meaning.”That’s why I said, ‘Alex, I will pick Rooney. Now, have a nice holiday. Ciao, bye.'”Sven recalls his worst career defeat: England’s 2006 loss to Portugal
Or Holding back the years— James (@writtenoff_mufc) December 4, 2019 Something’s got you started.— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) December 4, 2019 MANCHESTER UNITED are rolling rather than Holding Back the Years at Old Trafford tonight with a bizarre pre-match playlist from Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall.The famous popstar is a huge United fan and has been called in to produce the pre-match tunes which he hopes will inspire their Stars to victory against Spurs.2 Manchester United have been mocked for Mick Hucknall’s pre-match play list before their game against SpursSimply Red’s banger BadBootz is first in the list while The Gap Band’s Oops Upside Your Head is second with Hucknall urging fans to: “Change the ‘oops’ to ‘boots’ and hope the boys use them well tonight.”Brass Construction’s Movin is third as Spurs look to make Old Trafford into a ‘Fairground’ on Jose Mourinho’s return to United.And in hopeful – and perhaps deluded fashion, Hucknall has Keni Burke’s Risin to the Top in at fourth.Before Gene Allison’s You Can Make it if You Try brings up the rear.Despite the attempt to evoke a feel good factor before the game, fans online were quick to mock.2MOST 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 InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI 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 himOne tweeted: “It would be incredibly apt if he chooses to play ‘Money’s too tight to mention’ at Old Trafford tonight.”And another added: “Can we also add Sad Old Red and Broken Man to that playlist?”After training as a masseur in 2009, Simply Red guitarist Sylvan Richardson is now Liverpool’s masseur having been appointed in July 2010.Haha… Can we also add Sad Old Red and Broken Man to that playlist— Hibernating Mike (@mikebetsonstuff) December 4, 2019 The Man Utd board desperately try to think of a way to get the team playing well again.New tactics? New players? New manager?NO.Mick Hucknall’s five football-themed songs will be all the inspiration they need. (from tonight’s match programme, pic via @SimonPeach) pic.twitter.com/iA1DI7JBCv— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 4, 2019 Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the next two games give his team the chance to prove themselves
Reports that rivals were furious with what they see as City’s disregard for the rules have circulated for some time.And when proceedings do begin, the body will not only have City’s legal team to contend with – but also their rivals’.The Mail quote one source as saying: “For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League.”The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment and — should they win the appeal — get off scot-free, which would be outrageous.”City were accused of attempting to deceive financial officials by covering up millions of funding by their Emirati owners as legitimate sponsorship income.Coach Guardiola has always maintained that his bosses have been open and honest, giving him confidence of overturning the ban.latest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA 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 bossGuardiola said in February: “We are going to fight like we have fought every single game and day we are together until the end of the season.“We are optimistic that at the end the truth will prevail and next season we will be in the Champions League.”However all CAS cases are currently suspended until May 1, at least, due to the coronavirus pandemic.José Mourinho jokes Man United should be awarded 2017-18 title after finishing second to FFP breach Man City AT LEAST eight Premier League clubs reportedly want to stop Manchester City from gaining a stay of execution in next season’s Champions League.Rivals including Manchester United and Arsenal are said to have lodged an application to prevent City putting off the ban while their appeal is heard.1 Pep Guardiola has asserted his confidence that City played by the rulesCredit: PA:Press AssociationUefa banned Pep Guardiola’s side from the competition for two years and handed down a fine of £25million for “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations in February.City immediately denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear their name – but domestic rivals are now throwing their weight behind the authorities.According to Daily Mail, eight of the Premier League’s top ten have submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to ensure City cannot play in the Champions League while their appeal is heard.A CAS statement in March confirmed last season’s Premier League champions had begun the appeal process and they can apply to have their punishment held off until their case is heard.That could gain them entry to next season’s competition, should that begin before the process is completed.Of the top ten, only City and Sheffield United are said to have not signed the application, with the standings completed by Liverpool, Manchester United, Leicester, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Wolves and Burnley.
It will be a strong encounter for the BSP team 2 who are currently sitting at third place as BSP team 1 has impressed hugely with decisive victories over their other counterparts in the last games.The BSP 1 team is believed to put in a determined and resolute display despite their opponents being several leagues above them.BSP 2, hesitating to sell the third place to their counterparts, has performed fantastically this season as well and is determined to secure their top spot.However, despite this tough battle, other teams are also looking to put their foot forward to climb into the four top spots as finals are also approaching and teams in the top spots will make it through.For this evening the draw is set as;PREMIER MIXED7.00PM CRT 2 MARI PASIFIKA vs MONA7.40PM CRT 2 KAMUNA vs BB KINGSSOCIAL MIXED A 6.20PM CRT 1 BSP 2 vs BSP 17.00PM CRT 1 NSL vs PNGFP7.40PM CRT 1 MATRIX vs VEUPUNAMA 28.20PM CRT 1 LASI 1 vs RIPA RALASOCIAL MIXED B6.20PM CRT 2 LASI 2 vs APVG 7.00PM CRT 3 PNG CONSTRUCTION vs PNGHW7.40PM CRT 3 GRAFITTI vs INT’L SOS 8.20PM CRT2 HHL / CPL vs AURA NETTERS
‘Utter disgust’In a strongly-worded statement, European football’s governing body said it would not hesitate to impose sanctions on either Russia or England should such violence occur again.Measures included the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, it said.Earlier Russia’s sports minister Vitaly Mutko said Uefa had “done the right thing” to start a disciplinary case against the Russian Football Union, R-Sport news agency reported.”There were flares, there was a flare gun, there had been clashes in the stands, it’s necessary to sort all of this out,” he reportedly said.”The fans were rooting greatly, but there are people who do not come for the football.”Also on Sunday, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said alcohol restrictions near “sensitive” venues would be extended, with sales bans on match days and the eve of match days. ‘Slack’ securityEngland spectators who were at the match have described a “desperate scramble” to escape charging Russia fans, some of who were wearing gum shields and MMA (mixed martial arts) gloves, one witness claimed.Cory McLeod, who was in the stadium, told the BBC: “A wall of Russian fans charged at our section, which had kids, women, and even some Russian fans in.”I couldn’t see if any of them had weapons or anything but people were running fast, it was manic, just a desperate scramble towards a large fence in the corner.” It has begun disciplinary proceedings against Russia – but not England – after “totally unacceptable” scenes at Saturday’s England-Russia game.Footage appeared to show Russia fans rush at England supporters after the Euro 2016 1-1 draw in Marseille.Charges against Russia are for crowd disturbances, racist behaviour, and setting off fireworks, Uefa confirmed.There were issues with segregation of fans, the body admitted, promising security would be “strengthened”.The UK government said it had offered to send extra British police to France ahead of England’s next match in Lens on Thursday.Witnesses said trouble began in the stadium after flares were let off by Russian fans near the end of the game. Some then climbed across barriers designed to keep rival fans apart.A number of Russia supporters appeared to kick and punch fleeing England fans, who were forced to clamber over fencing to escape.Earlier in the day, England, Russia and local fans were embroiled in ugly clashes with riot police, with a number of bloodied fans being taken to hospital.
Pogba’s situation in Manchester United could be solved in the least expected way. When everything pointed to Real Madrid being the only team really interested in the French midfielder for next season, from England they inform today of the appearance of a new team that would like to sign the French in the same month of January.It’s about Juventus, a team linked by a very special link to the footballer, since he spent four wonderful seasons there, in which he conquered four Scudettos, two Cups and three Super Cups of Italy, in addition to being the team that gave shelter to the young midfielder after being rejected by United in 2012. According to Daily Star, the ‘Vecchia Signora’ would be willing to offer also French Adrien Rabiot more 70 million euros to win the world champion of the ‘red devils’. Rabiot, who came free to Turin after a traumatic departure from PSG, has not set in Juventus, having played only 711 minutes (32%) so far this season. Despite its poor performance, Rabiot is still a young soccer player (he is only 24 years old) with a very good sign in Europe and with a promising future that could facilitate that the United allows the march of a Pogba that, between injuries, declarations of his agent and several controversies, is exhausting at times the patience of Manchester United. A series* Data updated as of January 4, 2020
In that case, Juventus faced the match with Atletico after losing 2-0 the first leg in the Metropolitan and the three goals of the Portuguese in the return sent the team then trained by Massimiliano Allegri to the quarterfinals of the maximum continental competition. CR7 scored back and forth from the quarters to Ajax, but the path of his team crashed in that round. This season, Cristiano signs 13 goals in Serie A (marking in five consecutive days) and two in the Champions League, contributing to the classification to the round of 16 as first group. The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus Turin striker, signed on Monday, in the league game won 4-0 against Cagliari in the Turin Allianz Stadium, the 56th triplet of his career, the first in the Italian Serie A. Cristiano started 2020 with a great performance and reached 13 goals in Serie A, placing six goals away from the top gunner of the tournament, Ciro Immobile, which allowed Juventus to momentarily take the lead alone while waiting for what Inter Milan in the field of Naples does on Monday. The Portuguese striker already signed 56 triplets in his career, between the clubs and the Portuguese national team, but he had never managed to score three goals in the Italian Serie A, competition in which he has played since the summer of 2018 after signing for Juventus from Real Madrid. Cristiano celebrates one of his goals for Cagliari.Juventus “The most important thing is the team. We play very well. Marking goals is always a joy, but what counts most is to win and increase the pressure on Inter,” said Cristiano at the end of the game, in statements to Italian television Sky Sport . “We are improving game after game, not only in defense but also in attack and in the midfield.” The new year began in the best way for Cristiano, who until now had only marked a triplet with the Juventus shirt, last March against Atlético Madrid in the round of the knockout stages of the Champions League.