Demons’ Season Ends with Loss to LSU

first_imgSenior Kwan Adkins, in his final game as a Demon, added an RBI infield single to give NSU a 4-2 lead after six innings. Davis’ blast looked like it would advance the Demons to the first regional final in program history before the Tigers’ final rally.On behalf of Demons all around the world, thanks to Coach @BobbyBarbier & @NSUDemonsBSB for representing our University with class in the @NCAACWS Tournament! #ChangedIt?????? #ForkEmDemons— Northwestern State (@NSULA) June 3, 2018 LSU (39-26) had different plans. “Jose has been our guy,” Barbier said. “That’s the same guy who came in the conference championship game and threw the last four innings. They took good swings. Every time we made a mistake, they made us pay for it.” In his final four postseason games, Kunert went 10-for-16 with two home runs and a trio of three-hit games. Facing Matthew Beck (4-1), Peyton Davis led off the eighth inning with Northwestern State’s second tie-breaking, leadoff home run in three innings, sending a drive over the double wall that runs in left field at Goss Stadium. Hal Hughes’ two-run double capped the five-run inning that swung the momentum away from Northwestern State for the final time. The Demons did their fair share of making the Tigers pay. Down 2-0 in the fourth inning, Sam Taylor turned on a 3-1 fastball from Cam Sanders and drilled his second home run of the regional to left field, tying the game. The Demons fell behind LSU early before battling back to take the lead on two occasions, including the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Tigers put together a five-run, ninth-inning rally to hand Northwestern State a 9-5 defeat at Goss Stadium.So proud of these guys! The nation now knows NSU! Watch out, we”re coming!— Chris Maggio (@Dr_Maggio) June 3, 2018 LSU took a 1-0 lead on the game’s first pitch when Zach Watson homered off Demons right-hander Nathan Jones. After a long first inning, Jones worked in and out of trouble minimizing the damage while ducking around traffic on the bases. Instead, it was the last highlight in a special season that saw the Demons post the largest single-season improvement in program history (18 wins), capture their first Southland Conference Tournament championship and toss the first NCAA Regional shutout in school history. “The long ball isn’t really my game,” said Taylor, who entered the regional without a home run. “I’ve been putting good swings on some balls lately. It was a great experience to come up here and a memory I’ll have forever.” The Tigers nicked Jones for two runs with nobody out in the seventh before Vasquez entered and kept the game tied, setting the stage for more Demons’ heroics. “It’s been a hell of a run,” second-year head coach Bobby Barbier said. “I said it before, I dreaded this press conference, because it means I don’t get to coach them anymore. They’ve been a tremendous group. The love that was formed, people think it’s easy and teams just comes together. That fight you saw the last three or four days, that’s who this team is. It’s going to be tough not being able to coach that team anymore. They fought to the bitter end, and I can’t be more proud of them.” “The grit and the fight and how this run brought so many people together,” Barbier said when asked about what he would take from this season. “I haven’t really had time to take it all in, but I think they’ll go down as a pretty special group.” And with two outs to go, it appeared Northwestern State was going to keep its magical run going from the preseason No. 11 pick in the Southland Conference to conference tournament champions to regional finalists. After issuing a leadoff walk to Antoine Duplantis, Jose Vasquez (6-2) retired Daniel Cabrera on a long fly ball to right-center field. Austin Bain then began a run of three straight hits, capped by Jake Slaughter’s go-ahead RBI single. With Jones (6-puls innings, four runs) settling in, Lenni Kunert continued his torrid postseason by launching a tie-breaking leadoff homer in the sixth inning, part of a 3-for-4 day for the NSU left fielder. “I was just trying to get something elevated,” Davis said. “They’d been beating me all day with the fastball in. I moved a few steps off the plate, looking for something over the middle. I got it up in the jet stream and luckily got it over the fence.” CORVALLIS, Oregon – The first eight innings of Sunday afternoon’s elimination game in the NCAA Corvallis Regional were quintessential 2018 Northwestern State baseball. The loss ended a turnaround season for the Demons (38-24), who set a school record by winning 18 more games than they did a season ago, going from 14 games under .500 to 14 games over the breakeven mark.SWINGIN’ DEMON! [email protected] crushes a solo blast to take the lead in Corvallis! #RoadToOmaha— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 3, 2018 “They’re always a great team, year in and year out,” Kunert said of LSU. “We attacked. We weren’t scared. They know we were here to play.”last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, ST. JOE BAY, WINNER: “It feels great to be back in the winner’s circle. It’s very encouraging to go forward in my career after what happened. This has put me on a different level, mentally as well after what happened. I thought I would never be back to ride. It was not easy not riding (during the past three week period).“I lightened up on my therapy for a week or two and then started to train hard again. I only rode two horses in coming back. This horse (St. Joe Bay) was the first horse I worked since my accident. He’s a different horse since then. He’s changed since that work.  The next time I worked him he was so positive. He built up with more weight and he was so happy. The combination changed him for the good. I never thought he would win that easy. This is fun and exciting.“I tried to jump in and open up as much as I could and he took it from there. He wanted to come out of there but really his body was not too capable so bobbled a bit, but by the second stride he picked up nicely and then I just let him cruise to the lead.”TYLER BAZE, DR. DOOR, SECOND: “I didn’t think he was going to be that lazy, but besides that he got rolling and he tried hard. I think he ran really well off the layoff. I’d like to thank Bob (Baffert) for the opportunity and would love to ride him back.TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, ST. JOE BAY, WINNER: “No, this doesn’t make up for the last one (scant nose defeat of Catapult in the Kilroe Mile). We’re really happy for Victor who’s on his comeback. He’s worked hard and it’s been tough with the calendar. He was ready to go a month ago and he had to stop, so it’s good for him to get back to the winner’s circle.“The horse got was second, got beat a head in this race last year. It’s a good distance for him, he got out, got rolling and the rest is history.”NOTES: The winning owners are Kosta and Peter Hronis.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES      ABEL CEDILLO, PARADISE WOODS, WINNER: “Mike (Smith) told me you’ve got to keep her calm and she’ll try hard. I kept her outside of Secret Spice and everything worked perfect. She was standing perfect in the gate and we knew that Prat (Flavien, aboard Secret Spice) was the speed and he would go. We broke good . . .  I wanted to be close and not let him (Prat) go by himself. I just want to thank all the owners and trainers for letting me ride their horses.”     FLAVIEN PRAT, SECRET SPICE, SECOND: “She ran good. We just got beat by a better horse today.” TRAINER QUOTES     JOHN SHIRREFFS, PARADISE WOODS, WINNER: “We wanted her to break well and not get shuffled back and hopefully to be in the clear. In the past she’s gotten shuffled back and got sucked behind horses, but today she broke well and was able to get to the outside.”     Asked about the jockey switch: “We weren’t sure Mike (Smith) would be available for the Breeders’ Cup, so this was the time if you’re going to make a change.”     Was it owner Marty Wygod’s decision to keep her in training? “Absolutely. He was the one who had so much faith in her and wanted to see her run another year. Turning for home, it seemed like she was maintaining her stride and she had good action all the way.”     Asked if Abel had breezed her: “No. It was the first time (on her) today.” Did he tell him anything? “Win. It’s obviously very special to win a race named for Zenyatta. Walking down, my wife Dotti was almost in tears because we won the Classic on Zenyatta’s 10th anniversary (winning the BC Classic in 2009). It was a special moment.     “Abel has just been riding terrifically! We got the hot rider at the right time.     “This race is so special you can’t even begin to fathom or believe that you will win the Zenyatta, it is so hard to do, having trained Zenyatta and to win the Zenyatta is really special.     “We will be taking it day by day to train for the Breeders’ Cup.”     DOTTIE INGORDO SHIRREFFS (JOHN’S WIFE): “It’s very thrilling to win it on Zenyatta’s 10th anniversary (of winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2009) . . .We’re very thrilled.”     NOTES: The winning owners are HS Stable LLC, Pam Wygod or Martin Wygod.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, VENETIAN HARBOR, WINNER: She broke sharp and put us in a great position very easily. We got a breather around the (far) turn, she grabbed the bit and really ran well from there.”TRAINER QUOTESRICHARD BALTAS, VENETIAN HARBOR, WINNER: “The plan was to break and just get her to relax. She’s very strong and Flavien did a great job, getting her to relax. He said he was hanging on to her the whole way. It looked like at the 3/8th pole we might get passed but I was just hoping the public was right.“I am very happy that she got the two turns, that was a little bit of a concern today. She had never been two turns and this is a tiring track. She trains at San Luis Rey, she is doing good down there I didn’t want to change anything. She delivered today. It looks like now she may have to do some moving around, hopefully she comes back well and we will see (where we go next). She passed the first test.”DOMINIC SAVIDES, PART OWNER, VENETIAN HARBOR, WINNER:  “This is really special, to win here at The Great Race Place. Just to do it with friends, it’s really special.”NOTES: The winning owners are Ciaglia Racing LLC, Highland Yard and River Oak Farmlast_img read more

Favored Gift Box Scratches Out Of Grade I Santa Anita Handicap

first_imgFavored Gift Box Scratches Out Of Grade I Santa Anita HandicapARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2020)–Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, the 6-5 morning line favorite and defending champion in today’s Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap was scratched out of today’s Big ‘Cap at 9:12 a.m., with no reason given as of 10:15 a.m.Trained by John Sadler, who will still be represented in the Big ‘Cap by longshot Combatant, Gift Box entered the race on Wednesday on the heels of perhaps his best career effort, a smashing 3 ¾ length victory in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes here on Dec. 28.Gift Box, who by all accounts had been training in sensational fashion, schooled in the Santa Anita paddock yesterday and with regular rider Joel Rosario engaged to ride today, appeared to give Sadler a tremendous chance at becoming the first trainer in the 83-year history of the Big ‘Cap to win it in three successive years, as in addition to last year’s victory with Gift Box, he also saddled the 2018 winner, Accelerate.With the scratch, the Big ‘Cap, which has been carded as the 10th on a 12-race card, will feature seven older horses at a mile and a quarter.  C R K Stable’s Midcourt, the 2-1 second choice on the original morning line, has been made the 4-5 favorite on the revised line, with trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Victory Espinoza joining forces.  (Additionally, Rosario has now replaced Umberto Rispoli aboard Combatant).First post time today at Santa Anita is at 11:30 a.m., with assigned post for the Big ‘Cap at 4:03 p.m. PT.last_img read more

Pochettino slams Spurs for dumping game plan after wasting 2-0 lead in Greece

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO ripped into his Spurs flops after they threw away a 2-0 Champions League lead in the 2-2 draw at Olympiakos.The Spurs boss fumed as his players did not follow his game plan and rapped: “I feel disappointed. I wasn’t happy with our first-half performance, we had a plan and we didn’t respect the plan.2 Boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Spurs did not show enough intensity or aggression as Olympiakos fought back for a surprise drawCredit: Rex Features2 Opening scorer Harry Kane admits Spurs should have done better off the ballCredit: Reuters”That’s what disappointed me the most. We conceded a lot of chances and the way we conceded the first goal was so painful.“We didn’t translate the aggression needed in these games from our 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.“I told them at half-time we had scored two good goals, but the performance wasn’t great.“Second half we realised and changed but conceded a very soft penalty. Overall the result is fair.”Harry Kane’s penalty and a thumping finish from Lucas Moura put Spurs on top in the space of four minutes.But Olympiakos hit back through Daniel Podence and Mathieu Valbuena, also from the spot.’GUTTED WITH A FEW PLAYERS’Poch added: “When we don’t show the intensity, the competition demands we struggle.“We can talk about scoring twice and playing better second half but this season we’re conceding a lot of chances and a lot of goals and we need to change that way.“And the only way to change is to be more demanding. Show me more performances like Palace — not like this.”It was Kane’s 15th Champions League goal in 20 appearances.WEDNESDAY’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTSGroup AClub Brugge 0 – 0 GalatasarayParis Saint Germain 3 – 0 Real MadridGroup BOlympiakos 2 – 2 TottenhamBayern Munich 3 – 0 Red Star BelgradeGroup CDinamo Zagreb 4 – 0 AtalantaShakhtar Donetsk 0 – 3 Man CityGroup DAtletico Madrid 2 – 2 JuventusBayer Leverkusen 1 – 2 Lokomotiv MoscowThe England skipper said: “Conceding the goal before half-time changed the momentum and is disappointing. Second half was 50-50.“I still felt we could have done better on the ball but it’s a point away from home that we have to try and improve on.”And former Three Lions star Rio Ferdinand was more blunt – claiming Pochettino will be “gutted” at the display from some players.The Manchester United legend also accused Tottenham of failing to learn lessons from their run to the 2019 final.BT Sport pundit Ferdinand said: “Spurs will be kicking themselves, two up away from home you go and silence the crowd and then throw it away, show a lapse in concentration.MOST READ IN FOOTBALL THROUGH 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 him”You’d think they’d take experience from last season and what they’d learned but they haven’t. I thought they were just slack and lax.”Pochettino will be gutted with a few individuals.”[Hugo] Lloris epitomised it, coming out all lacklustre. So yeah it was ‘Spursy’ really if you wanna put it like that.”last_img read more

Gold Nuggets Cricket Comp to start this weekend

first_imgLae Christian Academy (LCA) School has set up cricket nets for Cricket PNG’s new inter-school cricket competition, the Gold Nuggets School Kriket Trophy.The competition targets children between the ages of 15 and 19, and is an under 19 inter-school cricket competition for all secondary and primary schools.Regional cricket manager Rodney  Maha said the competition was aimed at bridging a pathway gap between the soft-ball BSP School Kriket Program and playing for the national teamsThis is the first of its kind in the province and will expand to the other provinces with NCD the other province set to kick-off their Gold Nuggets School Kriket Trophy in a couple of weeks.“I was surprised to see how serious the school was about trying to win the first Gold Nuggets trophy. They bought new posts, new fencing for the nets and even a new welding machine to build the cricket nets” said regional cricket manager for Morobe, Rodney Maha.Six schools in Bumayong, Lae, Busu Secondary, Coronation College, Maximise School and LCA will start their competition on Saturday the 17th of May when the Gold Nuggets School Kriket Trophy will be launched.last_img read more

Team NCD announces AFL squad for PNG Games

first_imgA 30-man group has been called upon to meet with the team management on Wednesday at Colts Oval to discuss the updates.Meanwhile, the women’s squad was also named and advised to attend the meet to train on for the games in November.The 30-man squad include; 1. Alphonse Jamborufo, 2. Archie Mai, 3. Brendan Beno, 4. Clyde Pulah, 5. David Topeni, 6. Ferdinand Musi, 7. Greg Ekari, 8. Jeffery Namete, 9. Laurie Logo, 10. Luke Savere Jnr, 11. Michael Macca, 12. Paul Philip, 13. Sunny Yogomin, 14. Theo Gavuri, 15. Gilmore Morehari, 16. Jason So-ong, 17. Albert Leka, 18.Alois Mondo, 19. Andrew Lai, 20. Ben Tirang, 21. Billy Vele Jnr, 22. Chrijen Amona, 23. Chris Mong, 24 Jermasol Paiara, 25. Joseph Singura, 26. Lam Eddie, 27. Paul Kiri, 28. Peter Lavong, 29. Raymond Vogae, 30. Regan Naipo, COACH: Douglas Lai , MANAGER: Luke Savere Snr, TRAINER: Stanis IsuThe women’s team include; 1. Nelly Kaumu, 2. Maureen Bauwasa, 3. Alice Awi, 4. Susan Savere, 5. Augusta Livuana, 6. Gema Kante, 7. Rose Endoi, 8. Benita Mai, 9. Prudence Sindriwen, 10. Magaret Martin, 11. Loreen Iki, 12. Aerolyn Maso, 13. Jacklyn Keneke, 14. Valerie Mai, 15. Leanna Kayo, 16. Monica Duncan, 17. Edwick Tonok, 18. Vespa Akaru, 19. Michelyn Tokupson, 20. Zena Palya, 21. Fatima Sowara, 22. Alphonsa Bai, 23. Vanessah John, 24. Malissah Amos, 25. Dorothy Lola, 26. Hane Adego, 27. Taiva Lavai, 28. Bianca Avia, 29. Vaine Lai, 30. Aiarina Pat, COACH: Casper Gelu, MANAGER: Rachel Talania, TRAINER: Connie Yogomin.last_img read more

Suso is already from Sevilla

first_imgSuso is already a Sevilla soccer player. Yesterday the Nervans found the final agreement with Milan for an 18-month transfer with purchase option, which would be mandatory if the club qualifies for the Champions League and it would cost about 20 million euros. The Cadiz, who will wear the number 14, arrived today in Seville to pass the medical examination and start his new adventure: this morning he left Milan with a private plane from Linate airport. “Say hello to the Tifosi? I’ll talk later,” he told reporters, without giving further statements. Suso leaves the rossonera entity, which he came to in 2015 from Liverpool, after 152 games and 24 goals: With 26 years he wanted a new adventure to be a protagonist and nothing better than Sevilla, where he will meet Lopetegui, the coach who made him debut with the National Team in November 2017.last_img read more

The schedules of the 31st day of LaLiga Smartbank are already known

first_imgThe day will open on Friday 6 at nine o’clock at night. In the Anxo Carro, the Lugo, in relegation positions, will receive Cádiz, current leader. Already in Saturday, in Francisco de la Hera, Extremadura and Real Oviedo, two teams in the relegation zone, will star in a duel to an open grave for permanence. Will be at four p.m. At that same time, Girona receives Albacete. A little later, at quarter past sixThe Alcoraz will witness a duel in the noble zone of the classification, as will be the Huesca-Fuenlabrada. The other main course will be the shock that will take place at the Stadium of the Mediterranean Games between a Almeria in playoff positions and a Sports of La Coruña untied.Already in the Sunday day, we have several interesting duels between direct rivals, such as Alcorcón-Mirandés (18:15) Y Sporting-Las Palmas (at the same time). Tenerife will receive the Ponferradina at Heliodoro Rodríguez López at nine of the night To close the day. LaLiga has already announced the Schedule of the thirty-first day of LaLiga Smartbank. This batch of matches in the Spanish soccer silver category It will be held between Friday 6 and Sunday 8 March. Eleven games that, judging by the heights of the calendar in which they are framed, begin to acquire dramatic dyes, as the championship approaches its final stretch.last_img read more