HAMMOND, La. – For the second-consecutive year, the Southeastern Louisiana Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) partnered with the SLU Multicultural and International Student Affairs (MISA) organization in order to conduct a department-wide food drive for the Southeastern Food Pantry. The food drive concluded Thursday, Dec. 5, after a month-long stretch of gathering food.The Lions’ SAAC collected stocked 674 non-perishable items for the Southeastern Food Pantry, which is operated by MISA, throughout the month of November. The pantry is not just stocked with food, it is a place where students, staff and faculty can obtain necessary goods in order to help with everyday needs.”Our student-athletes were very honored to be able to participate in the Southland Gives Back initiative,” Southeastern Louisiana Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services Andrew Gipson stated. “We thought partnering with the Southeastern Food Pantry was a unique opportunity to be able to assist our own and provide for the students that we share our university with on a daily basis.”The Southeastern Food Pantry was created to collect and provide food for any active Southeastern Louisiana student, faculty or staff member in need throughout the school year. Up to 20 items per week may be obtained in order to help fight on-campus hunger.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.
EQUINE ACCOMODATIONS NEARLY COMPLETE AS SANTA ANITA READIES FOR INAUGURAL FASIG-TIPTON 2-YEAR-OLD IN TRAINING SALE ON JUNE 5 UNDER-TACK PREVIEW TO BE HELD MONDAY, JUNE 3 AT 10 A.M. ON SANTA ANITA MAIN TRACKARCADIA, Calif. (May 15, 2019)–With stabling accommodations nearly complete, Santa Anita Park is readying for its first-ever Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old in Training Sale here on Wednesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. PT.A total of 169 well-pedigreed juveniles have been catalogued and many are now on the grounds and in training. Two weeks prior to the sale, all horses will be stabled in temporary quarters adjacent to Santa Anita’s seven furlong chute, which provides ready access to those wishing to more closely inspect individual horses.“It’s great to be able to partner with an Industry leader like Fasig-Tipton,” said Tim Ritvo, COO for The Stronach Group. “We’ve enjoyed tremendous success with Fasig-Tipton in Florida and we’re looking forward to building upon that relationship here at Santa Anita.“As everyone knows, our 2-year-olds are the stars of tomorrow–which will be here before we know it. We’re already getting positive feedback from consignors and horsemen and we’re anxious to welcome everyone that’s coming to buy, sell and participate here on June 5. Moving forward, we see this sale as an important component to our overall business plan.”Prior to the June 5 sale, an under-tack preview will take place on Monday, June 3, at 10 a.m. Each catalogued individual will be assigned a hip number and will either breeze or gallop on the main track. This under-tack preview is open the public, but for those prospective buyers that cannot be here, each horse will be videotaped and available for viewing at FasigTipton.com.“There is a good mix of quality and sire power, both nationally and from California, being offered by prominent consignors from coast to coast,” said Fasig-Tipton California Representative Michael Machowsky. “The auction’s June sale date also gives buyers the convenience of sending their purchases straight to the racetrack from the sale to be readied for their summer debuts.”The Santa Anita Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old in Training Sale catalogue is now available in the Santa Anita Racing office and online at fasigtipton.com.
JOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, SIMPLY BREATHLESS, WINNER: “She’s a very talented filly, she was the right horse to beat, today. She traveled well the whole race. We had to be patient around the turn, but once she got clear, she gave us a good kick. Since it rained here the past few days, it helped make the track softer so it was good for her running on a familiar surface. She probably won’t mind going a (longer) distance.”KENT DESORMEAUX, OLLIE’S CANDY, SECOND: “She ran really hard, ran her eyeballs out. John (Sadler) had her ready, no doubt.”TRAINER QUOTESNEIL DRYSDALE, TRAINER, SIMPLY BREATHLESS,WINNER: “She’s by a horse named Bated Breath, who’s becoming a hot sire in England. He had another winner today at Ascot. I think she ran better today than she did up at Golden Gate. She’s getting the hang of it…On to Del Mar.”NOTES: The winning owner is Cloros Bloodstock.
CRAIG FRAVEL TO DEPART BREEDERS’ CUP TO JOIN THE STRONACH GROUPLEXINGTON, Ky. (September 13, 2019) – Craig R. Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and Chief Executive Officer since 2011, will depart the organization at the conclusion of this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2. Fravel has been appointed as The Stronach Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Racing Operations.“I can think of no greater privilege than to have had the opportunity to preside over what I consider the greatest championships in Thoroughbred racing. Every race comprising the Breeders’ Cup World Championships provides the chance to witness the splendid horses that reflect the hard work of breeders, trainers, jockeys, owners and backstretch workers. It has been an honor to serve them all during my time at the Breeders’ Cup. I want to thank the women and men of the Breeders’ Cup for their dedication and passion for our event. My particular gratitude goes to the Breeders’ Cup Board led in recent years by Bill Farish and Fred Hertrich whose support has been invaluable. I now look forward to new and important challenges and opportunities and the chance to join my family back in California.”“On behalf of our Board and Members, we extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Craig for his outstanding leadership and enormous accomplishments as our President and CEO these past eight years,” said Breeders’ Cup Chairman, Fred Hertrich III. “His management and stewardship of the organization, not to mention his quick wit and calm demeanor, will be greatly missed by all of us. We wish Craig continued success in his new venture with one of our most valuable host site partners, The Stronach Group.”“I am delighted to have Craig join our company at this pivotal moment in our sport,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, The Stronach Group. “Craig’s stellar reputation and proven track record of leadership will enable us to further our goal to become North America’s preeminent horse racing organization as we work lock step with industry partners to prioritize horse and rider safety.”As Chief Executive Officer, Racing Operations, Fravel will assume management and oversight of all racing operations across Stronach Group owned tracks and training facilities. He will focus on implementing and enforcing global best practices and integrity standards for horse and rider safety in collaboration with key industry stakeholders while driving a new standard of excellence in Thoroughbred horse racing with a commitment to creating an unparalled experience for both horsemen and guests.Among his many achievements during his time as President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup, Fravel developed and executed a long-term host site strategy and successfully brought the World Championships to two first time tracks in Keeneland (2015) and Del Mar (2017). Fravel expanded international participation in the World Championships to its highest levels ever and struck an unprecedented 10-year partnership with NBC Sports to televise the World Championships through 2025. Working with industry stakeholders, Fravel also spearheaded plans to increase horse safety and welfare measures.The Board of Directors is evaluating the appropriate next steps to fill Fravel’s position.
‘GET BACK TO BASICS,’ SAYS SMITH WHO RIDES HEAVILY FAVORED OMAHA BEACH IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 RUNHAPPY MALIBU STAKES ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 27, 2019)–Along with a record 26 Breeders’ Cup wins, two Eclipse Awards, a pair of Kentucky Derby wins that include a Triple Crown in 2018, New Mexico native Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith also includes three wins in Santa Anita’s signature opening day Grade I stakes, the $300,000 Runhappy Malibu, which is contested at seven furlongs.Chances are good (4-5) that Smith will notch Malibu win number four on Saturday with the Richard Mandella-trained Omaha Beach, who will be making in all likelihood his penultimate start prior to a career finale in the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.Scratched three days prior to this year’s Kentucky Derby due to an entrapped epiglottis, Omaha Beach, a striking dark bay or brown colt by War Front, is owned by Rick Porter’s Foxhill Farms, Inc. and will be making his 10th career start.Back in town following a Christmas visit with family and friends in New Mexico, the man known in racing circles as “Big Money” Mike, addressed Omaha Beach and the state of racing as Santa Anita stands at the precipice of its 83rd Winter Meet opening day. Q. Mike, a lot of fans feel a bit cheated, like we haven’t really been able to see enough of Omaha Beach. I know you feel the same way and you must be looking forward to riding him in the Runhappy Malibu? A. Oh, without a doubt. Man, he’s the kinda horse that I wish we had the whole rest of the (New) year with him. He’s incredible to ride, fun to ride and so much fun to watch run. He’s a brilliant horse, very athletic and hopefully we can pull it off and dazzle the fans tomorrow. Q. Can you share with us how much horse you thought you had coming out of the Arkansas Derby and heading into the Kentucky Derby? A. I couldn’t wait to ride him. He was training incredible going into the Derby all the way up until he got that infection in his throat…The way the racetrack came up on Derby Day, with the off-track. We all saw that he had been brilliant on that kind of a track. He’s as good (in the mud) as he is on a fast track…We had a great post and everything was going our way until that happened and it was just a huge misfortune that he didn’t get his chance on that day. Q. After missing the Derby, you beat a really good horse (Shancelot) in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (Grade I, Oct. 5) and you were then the even money favorite here in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. You were charging at the end, but did you feel like Omaha Beach had too much to do? A. He was very, very unlucky. He slipped behind leaving the gate and then the kickback was just too much for him. He still ran a game second and I truly believe if he’d have jumped well (from the gate) and not slipped, it could’ve been a different outcome. Q. You’ve won this race three times, including last year with McKinzie. Coming into this year’s Malibu, is Omaha Beach the best horse you’ve ever ridden in this race? A. Oh, without a doubt. If all goes well, and he runs his race, you might see something really special, he’s training that good. Q. Mike, Omaha Beach is scheduled to go to stud at Spendthrift Farm this spring. Is there any chance you could talk to his connections into letting him run all the way through his 4-year-old year? A. I’d love to. After the Pegasus, I think it’s up to Mr. Hughes (B. Wayne, Spendthrift owner) I believe, I’m really not a 100 percent sure, but I think that was the deal when they sold him as a stallion prospect. We gotta talk to Mr. Mandella (laughing), he’s had some good fortune with Mr. Hughes. Maybe we can talk them into leaving him around for the rest of the year…You never know. Q. If you could address the entire racing industry as we approach the New Year, do you have any advice, given all that we’ve been through in 2019? A. That’s a tough question. I think we’ve got to get back to the basics and do all the little things right all over again. A lot of (these problems) are in-house stuff that we need to take care of and I think once we do that, this great sport will carry on. A horse is an amazing animal. They bring so much joy and so much pleasure to so many people, in so many different ways. I truly believe in my heart of hearts, that this is a sport that should go on to the end of time…The good Lord willing and horses stay happy and safe, I think the game will get back on track on its own. Once these great horses start running, you can’t help but want to come out and watch ’em and love ’em. Q. Mike, I know you feel happiness is a very important component to a successful racehorse. What makes them happy and how do you know when they are? A. You see it in them. They just shine, they exude wellness. The people, the trainers that take care of them, they do such a tremendous job…When a horse gets happy, sound and healthy, let me tell you something…When you get all those elements going in the right direction, that horse is gonna be a tough horse to beat, especially when he’s got that kind of talent to start with. With the Runhappy Malibu carded as the ninth on a blockbuster 11-race program, there is special early first post time on Saturday at 11 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9 a.m. and all attendees will receive Santa Anita’s traditional wall calendar free, with paid admission. For more information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
5JOSE MOURINHO helped Tottenham deliver freshly-grown food to needy families during the coronavirus crisis.Spurs uploaded images on Instagram showing their manager, wearing PPE, carrying boxes of spinach and rhubarb away from their training ground Hotspur Way, where the first-team’s food is produced.5 Jose Mourinho helped Tottenham deliver freshly-grown food to needy families during the coronavirus crisis5 Spurs boss Mourinho wears PPE as he carries boxes of food⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesThe caption of the post reads: “@josemourinho has made the first of his weekly deliveries of fresh produce from the Kitchen Garden at our Training Centre to the food distribution hub at @tottenhamhotspurstadium.”This will now be distributed by @haringeycouncil to those most in-need within our local community.”Tottenham have been receiving deliveries from the club’s Kitchen Garden – which is located at their training ground – before donating it to local communities.The Tottenham Hotspur stadium is currently being used as a hub for the NHS as well for food distribution as the Premier League side continue to work with the Haringey council, who decide where the donations are distributed.Mourinho was last month praised for helping deliver essential food to the elderly stuck indoors.The 57-year-old was helping out Age UK and Love Your Doorstep in Enfield, North London.But just two weeks later Mourinho faced a police warning after conducting a training with Tottenham stars in a London park, despite the strict lockdown rules.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 InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT 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’An online video showed Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon jogging around the same park much closer together than the government’s recommended two metres apart.To make matters worse duo Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko also broke coronavirus guidelines just a fortnight after Tottenham bosses were forced to remind their staff about Covid-19 safety guidelines.A club spokesperson said: “All of our players have been reminded to respect social distancing when exercising outdoors. We shall continue to reinforce this message.”5 The Tottenham Hotspur stadium is currently being used as a hub for the NHS as well for food distribution5 Mourinho was last month praised for helping deliver essential food to the elderly stuck indoorsTottenham ask sacked Pochettino to take pay cut on severance package due to coronavirus shutdown
The announcement of the partnership was made today at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.The two player ambassadors of the partnership are captain of the Australian Jilaroos, Ruan Sims and PNG’s very own Stanton Albert who is playing for the Penrith Panthers in the New South Wales Cup.The partnership has three priorities:NRL Pacific Outreach Program: educating youth and women across the Pacific with a focus on achieving real social change.Sponsorship of the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII toursIntroduction of a ‘Pacific Warrior’ program to uncover rugby league talent in the PacificMore than 200, 000 students and 1,000 teachers across a 100 schools in PNG, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will benefit from this partnership with the NRL implementing tailored educational resources and health and awareness programs.CEO of Digicel PNG, Maurice McCarthy said community sponsorships were at the heart of Digicel and the company was delighted to be in this partnership with the NRL.“Rugby league is arguably the most loved sport in the Pacific and we are proud to partner with the NRL to ensure more communities have greater opportunities to develop the skills required to play sport, and learn positive values including teamwork and mateship,” said McCarthy.Chief Commercial Officer of the NRL, Michael Brown added that the partnership would see rugby league continue to grow from strength to strength in the Pacific.He said the NRL was looking forward to the success of this partnership that will not only help uncover more rugby league talent in the Pacific but also bring a greater level of education particularly to youth and women.“I watched the Pacific Test and I can say it was the toughest and most skilful rugby league I’ve seen played this year,” said Brown.The partnership will see the Digicel logo feature on the sleeve of the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII jersey that will play the PNG Prime Minister’s XIII later in September of this year.
New Year, but without major changes in Anfield. Liverpool started 2020 on the right foot as 2019 ended, with victory and one step closer to its main purpose this year: the Premier League, which would be the first league in 30 years for the whole network.And when everything smiles at you, as happens to the Klopp team since the last Champions League final, things seem to take a simpler path. Yesterday’s triumph against Sheffield began with a Christmas gift from Baldock after three minutes, which slipped at the time of clearing a ball and left Robertson completely alone and with all the amenities to serve Salah an assistance that the Egyptian took advantage to beat Henderson at the first touch.With 1-0 the game went downhill for Liverpool, which has long since ceased to be just a vertical team to also be a dominating team that drowns its rivals in the opposite field. Salah, Wijnaldum and Firmino had very clear chances to make the second in the first part but Henderson kept a Sheffield alive that if he endured the siege network it was more because of the local’s laziness than by his own resistance: Liverpool played so grown up that If he didn’t score before, it was because they got lost in unnecessary mannerisms when they arrived in the area. Goals1-0, 3 ‘: Salah, 2-0, 63 ‘: Mane ChangesOliver McBurnie (64 ‘, Lys Mousset), Sharp (65 ‘, David McGoldrick), Besic (77 ‘, Norwood), Divock Origi (77 ‘, Mane), Lallana (87 ‘, A. Robertson), Harvey Elliot (91 ‘, Salah) Liverpool finally widened the gap with a house brand counterattack: between Mané and Salah they cooked it and the Senegalese, when hunting his own rejection, ate it behind empty doors. In the end, another victory that lengthens the spectacular streak of a Liverpool that has been exactly one year without losing in the Premier. 2020 looks great in Anfield.
After 12 days at Comary Farm, the soccer complex of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Teresópolis (Rio de Janeiro), Reinier Jesus (17 years old) and the rest of the Brazilian U23 set sail for Colombia. There they will play since Sunday the Pre-Olympic that gives access to Tokyo 2020.The next signing of Madrid landed at 2:00 p.m. (local time zone) in the city of Armenia, the capital of the department of Quindío. The CBF reported a change in training facilities, which will be at the Montenegro Stadium. André Jardine players arrive at the tournament with morale through the clouds, after a preparation that the technical staff values internally as very helpful. In both trials, 4-0 at Boavista and 7-0 at Portuguese RJ, the feelings were very good. Reinier excelled in both, two goals and two assists.The youngest of the list has entered the very strong group and monopolizing praise, although it is expected to start the Pre-Olympic on the bench to finish it as a starter. The debut will be against Peru this Sunday, when Reinier turns 18 and Madrid could announce his signing for 30 million for six and a half seasons.
Dalian Robert Atkinson already has an heir. His name is Alexander Isak, the ‘new Txipiron’ of the Real. But before continuing, everything must be contextualized. Atkinson an English striker who played for Real Sociedad in the 1990-91 season scoring 12 goals in 30 games, and leaving a very pleasant memory among the Txuri-Urdin fans, for its tremendous quality and its spectacular performances on large stages such as Camp Nou. He came to have an affectionate nickname among the followers of the San Sebastian club, who called him ‘The Txipiron’ because of his skin color. Atkinson was black as a typical Txipiron of the Basque Country, say the followers of the time. The Englishman, who died in strange circumstances in 2016 when he was only 48 years old, took this nickname in San Sebastian with a good mood.He was crowned at the Bernabéu. Since the departure of Atkinson, a Real player has always been waiting for a player who had his personality and was able to win his heart as the English striker did with his electric game, which coincided with another foreign myth in San Sebastian, John Aldridge. A new Txipiron was sought. And they already have it. 29 years later, a player with similar characteristics and with quite a physical resemblance has stolen the heart of the realistic followers to the point of inheriting the nickname of Atkinson and having up to a song that they never tire of chanting in the stands of the fans of the Real. Alexander Isak is the ‘new Txipiron’. If Atkinson was crowned with a memorable and well-remembered performance on a large stage like Camp Nou, Isak did the same in another giant field of our football such as Santiago Bernabéu. The Swedish striker has put all of Gipuzkoa in his pocket with his way of being. He arrived in silence, without making much noise, change of 6.5 million euros to Borussia Dortmund, as a luxury substitute for Willian José. And whenever he left the bench he contributed something, goals or assistance. This was gaining minutes, until the Brazilian’s mess in the winter market opened the doors of ownership. Isak has taken advantage of the occasion by scoring seven goals in the last five games until he reached 13 goals, six in the league and seven in the cup, placing himself as the top scorer of the txuri-urdin team.He only lacked an outstanding performance to take a doctorate, to finish demonstrating that the quality that treasures 190 cm in height. And it came at the time that Real needed it most, in Santiago Bernabéu, with the qualification for the semifinals as a jackpot. The Swede participated in the four goals of Real against Madrid. In the goal of Ødegaard it all started with a shot from him. Then he scored two goals and was able to make a hat-trick but the VAR annulled him a goal for offside. And the fourth gave it to Merino. Huge match that made even his companions sing the song dedicated to him by the stands. Now the clause of 70 million euros that has even seems small. And the 30 that Borussia Dortmund has to replace him before 2021 a dangerous threat. Isak has put everyone in his pocket. It is the ‘new Txipiron’, the nickname that actor Gorka Otxoa has recovered for Real. Said remains. Now learn it by heart.