“I heard Dan (Hlad) say, ‘Tails never fails,’ so I called tails,” Lagreco said. With 51 seconds remaining and at seven home runs, Lagreco used his 45-second timeout, and it proved to come at the right time. HOME RUN DERBY VIDEO | PHOTO GALLERYStory by Jason Pugh, NSU AthleticsSUGAR LAND, Texas – Forget elevate and celebrate, J.P. Lagreco took a new line of thought into Tuesday night’s inaugural Southland Conference Home Run Derby. Lagreco won the coin toss, allowing him to hit second and give him a number to beat. “Collapse and crush,” Lagreco said, moments after winning a swing-off against Houston Baptist’s Spencer Halloran to capture the first derby title in conference history.BSB: *NSYNC’s “BYE BYE BYE!”@NSUDemonsBSB’s JP Lagreco does it in bonus round fashion! He is our inaugural Home Run Derby champion. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/1OAJWvcCU1— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 23, 2018 Halloran smacked 10 home runs in his round, and Lagreco matched his pace early. After Southeastern Louisiana’s Trey Morgan failed to match Lagreco’s number, the announcement was made about the replay adjusting Halloran’s score. Following the break, Lagreco homered on four consecutive pitches from assistant coach Chris Bertrand, setting off a wild celebration around home plate. Lagreco left no doubt in the swing-off, getting into a quick groove after his well-timed timeout, which came with assistance from catcher Tyler Thibodeaux, whom Bertrand said was keeping Lagreco abreast of the time on the clock. Lagreco, a third-team All-Southland selection at designated hitter, is fourth on the NSU roster with four home runs, but he proved to be a perfect fit for the home run derby. Hitting sixth, he topped Halloran’s initial total of 19 with seconds to go in his first round. “Everyone who knows me knows (throwing batting practice) is something I enjoy doing, and to do it for real and for J.P. to put on a show like he did, this was a really fun evening no matter what,” Bertrand said.Your @SouthlandSports Home Run Derby champ @JPLagreco (center) with BP pitcher extraordinare @CoachBert and catcher @_tylerthib. #LagrecoLaserShow #ChangeIt pic.twitter.com/k7t8aW2HrV— NSU Baseball (@NSUDemonsBSB) May 23, 2018 Pressed into service after David Fry was unable to compete, Lagreco swatted 20 home runs in his four-minute first round, which put him in the lead after six batters. Prior to the final batter of the event, it was announced a replay decision had given Halloran an extra home run, forcing the two into a two-minute swing-off for the title. “I knew I had to win it for Fry,” Lagreco said.
The College Station, Texas, native climbed among the elite champions in school history: the 1981 4×100 meter relay team of Victor Oatis, Joe Delaney, Mario Johnson and Mark Duper; Brian Brown, the 1990 men’s indoor high jump champion; and the 2011 women’s discus winner, Tracy Rew. Head track and field coach Mike Heimerman said he could not be prouder of Steels’ ground-breaking accomplishment. Associate head coach Adam Pennington said the first jump set the tone for Steels’ victory. The advantage held up through the final round with Acquah fouling, locking up the stunning victory for Steels, who previously owned a personal best of 20-9 ¼. She was unbeaten in four long jump competitions this season until she was upset at the Southland Conference Indoors, finishing second with a 20-4 ½ mark in the same venue, the Birmingham CrossPlex. Steels broke a 15-year-old school record set by four-time All-American Stephanie Sowell on her very first jump of the evening in the 16-athlete preliminary round. That 21-2 ½ mark was matched in the fifth of six rounds by Deborah Acquah of Texas A&M, but Steels retained the lead because her second-best jump Friday was 21-1 ¼ to 20-0 ½ by Acquah.Last night Jasmyn Steels came through with the stunning win in the women’s long. Jumping a PR 21-2½ to win her first NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! pic.twitter.com/4q6Un7rCjc— NCAA Track & Field (@NCAATrackField) March 9, 2019 Steels’ second-best jump, which was her second attempt in the prelims, would have beaten all competitors except Acquah’s best and tied the third-place leap by Yanis David of Florida. The rest of the NSU track and field teams open the 2019 outdoor season Saturday morning at the McNeese Cowboy Relays/Bob Hayes Challenge in Lake Charles. With a school record 21-2 ½ leap, the junior from College Station, Texas, won the fourth NCAA championship in Northwestern State track and field history in her first career appearance in a national meet. “She went out there and popped off that first jump and that’s really what set the momentum for her. More than anything, I think she kind of rattled some of the other girls in the competition after she set the standard,” said Pennington, who was in Birmingham with Stewart and Steels. “She was consistent across the board, and being consistent is what won her that national title. “I’m so proud of what she accomplished and I believed in her the whole way. Leading up to this championship she has been looking great, but she’s been looking great all year,” said Stewart, a five-time All-American long and triple jumper at Texas A&M who won the 2014 USA Indoor long jump title. “The foot foul she had in round five would’ve been close to 22 feet. I am very proud of her. It’s an awesome day to be a Demon. We are going to relish this win.”Priceless reaction from NCAA Indoor long jump champion @JasmynSteels on the podium! “I did THIS? Why, YES, I did!” Thanks to @Coach_AdamP for the pictures, congrats too to @Jumps_CoachStew on his greatest coaching moment #NCAATF #SouthlandStrong #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/BUGrVg3lGn— NSU Demons Track (@NSUDemonsTF) March 9, 2019 Stewart knew Steels was in the right state of mind and was eager to see what she would do. Friday night, in her return to the arena, she had the greatest series of her life. Four of her six attempts were better than any previous career jump. Her four best marks ranked first, third, sixth and eighth in the field. The top national indoor qualifier, Rougui Sow of Florida State, placed ninth at 20-6½. Steels joined Rew as Lady Demons who have captured a national championship for NSU and became the first to do so indoors. Sowell’s second place indoors in 2004 was the previous best by a female competitor from Northwestern. Her career best was a winning 20-10 ½ at the 2003 Southland Outdoors. BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Northwestern State long jumper Jasmyn Steels entered the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday night ranked ninth in the country. She walked out an instant NSU legend. Friday night, Steels bettered that on her first two attempts, equaled it on her third, and topped it again on the fifth (20-11 ¾). “I am very ecstatic. This is an unbelievable night,” said Heimerman. “Like I said Thursday, she was capable of placing anywhere from first to last, but tonight she was on fire. (Jumps) coach Tyron (Stewart) had her set up to jump her best. “To be second in the conference championship and then turn around and win it all, is just an amazing story.” “This feels great. I came in really ready to jump,” said Steels. “Ever since the conference meet I’ve been thinking about this and I’ve been super tuned-in. I’ve been ready and focused for several weeks to be honest, and it all worked out.” “She really went out there and executed it the way I wanted her to and followed the game plan perfectly. Everything she has done this season leading up to this has made me a proud coach. I can’t ask for more than this right now.”
ZUSHA KEEPS TO TASK AND TAKES $67,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS OVER FAVORED KAYDETRE; VAN DYKE & GARY MANDELLA TEAM FOR MILE WIN IN 1:40.08ARCADIA, Calif. (May 31, 2019)–Trainer Gary Mandella’s Zusha pressed favored Kaydetre throughout and emerged victorious Friday in Santa Anita’s $67,000 allowance feature, winning by 1 ¼ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke while getting a flat mile in 1:40.08.Winless in 10 starts since breaking her maiden going seven furlongs here on April 7, 2018, Zusha, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Congrats, was the second choice in a field of five fillies and mares three and up and paid $6.40, $3.00 and $2.20.“Mr. Steinbruch would like to keep her beyond her racing career, so I think we might try a graded stakes next time,” said Mandella. “Sometimes it takes these fillies a while to come into their own and who knows? If she can get stakes-placed black type, that really helps her as a broodmare.”A respectable fourth in the Grade II Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on June 16, 2018, Zusha, who is owned by Rafael Steinbruch, picked up her second win from 13 career starts. Out of the Storm Cat mare Icy Tea, Zusha collected $40,200 for the win, increasing her earnings to $119,781.Owner, breeder and trainer David Randall’s Kaydetre, who was collared by the winner approaching the quarter pole and gave way grudgingly late, was the 8-5 favorite with Brice Blanc and paid $3.00 and $2.20 while finishing 6 ¾ lengths in front of Donut Girl.Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., Donut Girl, who finished one length clear of Sapphire Kid, was off at 7-2 and paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.15, 48.31, 1:13.41 and 1:26.48.
THERE will be a clear No 1 priority for Mauricio Pochettino’s successor Jose Mourinho — to get Harry Kane to stay.The England captain is as loyal as they come, ‘one of our own’ to the Spurs supporters and unswervingly faithful to both Poch and his national manager Gareth Southgate.3 Mauricio Pochettino’s successor will have to convince Jose Mourinho to stayCredit: PA:Press AssociationYet, next summer Kane will be 27. He is widely recognised as possibly the best striker on the planet. And he has never won a trophy.Kane has 4½ years left on his contract — yet the length of his deal is merely a bargaining tool allowing chairman Daniel Levy to ramp up his transfer fee.If Kane decides he wants something bigger and better next season, it will be tough for even the ball-busting Levy to keep him.Pochettino loved Kane to a fault. He chose to start him in last season’s Champions League final against Liverpool when he was not match-fit after a lay-off of almost two months with an ankle injury.Yet since that mood-changing night in Madrid, even Kane’s goalscoring prowess could not keep his Argentinian boss in a job.Everyone close to Spurs knew that last season’s extraordinary European run — the draw in Barcelona, the victory over Borussia Dortmund, the insane win over Manchester City and the outrageous comeback against Ajax — was merely papering over the cracks.Tottenham lost 20 matches last season. They hadn’t spent a penny in the previous two transfers windows and had spent almost two years in exile at Wembley.What Pochettino achieved in securing four consecutive Champions League qualifications with a negative transfer spend was a modern-day footballing miracle.3 Tanguy Ndombele arrived for big money but is far from the finished productCredit: Getty Images – GettyYet the Argentine knew full well his players were not being paid the market rate, older players he still wanted were being pushed out of the door by Levy, and the quality of his squad had been diluted over the previous couple of years.Even when Levy re-entered the transfer market this summer, Pochettino was not impressed. Tanguy Ndombele is a promising player but for a club-record £55million you’d want the finished article, a consistent performer.Youngsters Ryan Sessegnon, 19, and Jack Clarke, 18, were not Pochettino signings — the former has yet to start for Spurs and the latter was loaned back to Leeds. Frustrations were made obvious when Poch insisted his job title should be downgraded from manager to ‘head coach’ due to his lack of clout over recruitment policy.Pochettino, 47, has grown morose and sulky since Madrid — and he’s had damned good reason to be.During five and a bit years in charge, Poch has confirmed himself as Tottenham’s second greatest boss of all time, after Bill Nicholson.Players spoke of an extraordinary sense of energy, a workaholic who expected the same of his players. A boss who could be warm and engaging, yet utterly ruthless when a player was not performing.3No reasons were ever given when players were dropped. Pochettino was old school.A b******d of an Argentinian centre-half to his core.And yet also new-age in his training techniques. No team in the Premier League had fewer days off. No team worked harder in training. And as a result Pochettino transformed Spurs from soft-touch under-achievers into consistently the best pound-for-pound team in the division.Yet Tottenham’s form during this calendar year has been close to relegation material.They have not won a league away match since January, they were humiliated by Colchester in the Carabao Cup and by Bayern Munich’s 7-2 Champions League win at the Lane.Despite all that, though, sacking Pochettino is a massive gamble for Levy.The manager remains hugely popular with supporters and retains great affection from some players — but most have become sick and tired of his increasing disaffection and his unusual sense of remoteness this season.Levy has been good for Pochettino but not half as good as Pochettino has been for Levy. 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 himTo ensure continued Champions League football while Spurs were homeless and building their magnificent new stadium was a godsend.Jose will have to work hard on convincing Kane his future is at Spurs.Save for a miraculous surge up the Premier League table from 14th to the top four, that would have to mean Kane winning his first trophy this season.Anything less and Spurs could end up losing their two leading men — Poch and Kane — in little over six months. The stakes are high. That is why Levy has felt the need to gamble.
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 & kidsBut a whopping £15million-a-year salary and the prospect of becoming the first manager ever to win three Champions League titles with three different teams obviously proved too hard to turn down.His pay packet means he is now earning double that what Pochettino was taking home.Spaniard Pep Guardiola is the best-paid manager in the country earning £20m, having led Manchester City to two consecutive Premier League titles.2 Jose Mourinho took over from Pochettino this morningCredit: ReutersTottenham fans give their thoughts on Pochettino’s sacking JOSE MOURINHO will be backing his new Spurs side to finish third this season… because that’s what he predicted as a Sky Sports pundit.The Portuguese boss is back in the Premier League after sensationally replacing axed Mauricio Pochettino this morning.2 Mourinho worked as a pundit for Sky Sports before taking the Tottenham jobHis task after penning a three-and-a-half year deal will be to bring silverware back to the club for the first time since 2008.But firstly he will need to address the club’s worrying run of form.They have won just three in 12 matches and are without an away win in the Premier League since January.With just 14 points so far, they are already 11 points adrift of Manchester City in fourth and 20 away from top of the table Liverpool.But Mourinho still thinks his new club have the third best squad in the Premier League.Earlier in the season when asked where Spurs should finish, he said: “I would say definitely Manchester City and Liverpool [will be in the top two], then Tottenham are still the third best team.”All eyes will be on Saturday’s mouthwatering clash against London rivals West Ham as Mourinho takes to the Spurs dugout for the first time.The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager once revealed how he could never manage Spurs after leaving the Blues.He said: “Yes. I couldn’t go. I couldn’t train in England for two years.”I would not take the job because I love Chelsea supporters too much.”
Oscar Bruzón continues with his particular Asian conquest. Accompanied by the physical trainer Javier Sánchez, the Galician coach, now in the Bashundara Kings of Bangladesh, took over the Federation Cup today and thus completed his particular triplet after lifting the Premier League and the Walton Independence Cup last season. “If they told me a year ago I would not have believed it. In 12 months we have won all three national titles and we have imposed ourselves on Abahani Limited, which is the Federation team and dominated with bangladesí football with an iron fist“, says the Spanish moments after celebrating the title.Bashundara Kings, who last season he was about to conquer the Federation Cup but he fell in the final precisely against Abahani, he beat Rahmatgonj on this occasion thanks to a double by Costa Rican Daniel Colindres. “We learned from mistakes and we finished the tournament very strong. We left 1-0 at half-time and, although they tied us in the second half because of an error in the mark of a corner, we reacted quickly to make the 2-1. In the end we do not suffer. We had the ball and starred in long possessions”, Says Bruzón. The Galician, who You already know what it is to train in Spain, India, Maldives -There he also won three titles with New Radiant- and Bangladesh, belongs to a newly created club that debuted last season in the elite. However, “We have eight players from the national team, four high level foreigners and the best facilities. Bashundara Kings is a new team but with great financial support and high expectations. Now he is building a sports city at the European level. We are the football engine of the country”, Details Oscar Bruzón.After winning the Federation Cup, Bashundara secured his participation in the AFC Cup – the second most important competition in Asia at club level – until 2021, having obtained his ticket for this year’s tournament after winning the Premier League last August. “In February we started the league and from March we will combine it with international matches, but we have a great squad. We are changing the traditional way of watching football in the country and we are becoming a reference. Although they try to curb our taste for associative football with muddy fields and tight calendars”, Concludes Bruzón, whose late Christmas starts in the best possible way: with a title under his arm.
Thus, he received the privilege of taking part in a final in Melbourne, one thing that solely Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1994 and 1995) and Conchita Martínez (1998), present coach of Muguruza, achieved with whom he already received at Wimbledon 2017. In an reasonably priced duel. For her, she is going to strive to obtain what the two stars of Spanish girls’s tennis didn’t obtain, to succeed at age 26 in the land that the Navy has all the time been so elusive. As well as, if he wins, he climbs 4 extra locations in the rating and is already 16th. If it expires on Saturday, it is going to be positioned 12th, 20 locations greater than the 32nd with which it reached the capital of the burning state of Victoria. In opposition to the bets, towards those that thought of her completed and, above all, towards herself, Garbiñe Muguruza arrived on Thursday at the Australian Open final after beating 7-6 (8) and 7-5 in an excellent match to the fourth Event favourite and winner, like her, in Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Two and a half years after elevating the trophy in London, the Spanish may have the alternative to add a 3rd Grand Slam title to her medal winners on Saturday at the Rod Laver Area (09:30, Eurosport). He’ll face the American Sofia Kenin, who might with the nice hope aussie, the world primary, Ashleigh Barty (7-6 (6) and 7-5). Garbiñe proposed all the things that occurred in the recreation, the good and the unhealthy. He carried all the weight and when Halep tried to dominate, the Caracas confirmed a protection worthy of Andy Murray himself. In the first set, every with their weapons, each gave a gorgeous present. Simona with its solidity from the backside of the observe, Garbiñe with its recovered aggressiveness and people climbs to the community that now frequents. He suffered from Caracas, who had to save a break ball in his first recreation to serve. Then he put a clean one, however in his subsequent flip the relaxation already pressed the champion to the 2018 finalist. It was the first warning of what can be the first break of the match. With a warmth of a thousand demons (39 levels), Muguruza was thrown and solely his unforced errors (29 in the first set) disadvantaged him of aiming earlier than the partial. Halep broke the service to put the 5-5 on the scoreboard after which performed a tiebreaker with many options and minibreaks. Muguruza escaped (3-0). Nonetheless, a fighter like the Romanian was not going to give her arm simply twisted and even and even bought forward with a set ball, after her rival had wasted two. Simona missed one other two and ended up delivering the sleeve due to a foul volley that remained on the tape.The beginning of the second set was a riot. After a few scoring video games in which the two saved their serves, started a carousel of breaks that stopped Halep to place the 4-2 in his favor on the scoreboard after saving two alternatives for Muguruza together with his unwavering tenacity. The shadow got here to gently cowl the central observe simply when the Spanish wanted to get higher and fail much less. He set his sights, saved his service and went to his adversary with little margin. He managed to break, supported by a pair of fantastic defenses, when he misplaced 5-4. In a row, and after a 4-Zero run, he received huge, preventing each ball till the final second towards a Halep who doesn’t understand how to beat him on the arduous courtroom (0-4). Thus, Garbi returned to the top … and may climb greater.Outcomes of the girls’s crew of the Australian Open.
Asked if Atlético is considering adopting any type of measure, such as Valencia, which has sent a letter to UEFA expressing its disagreement with the system chosen to designate the clubs that would play European competitions if LaLiga is not over. Gil Marín considered that “it is not the moment to generate more instability”.“I do not think it is time to generate more instability, but it is clear that we are not going to stand idly by what we consider an injustice for all fans. It is a time to be together, forget about the disagreements of each and private interests and work for the good of football as soon as activity recovers, “he argued.However, the maximum shareholder rojiblanco warned that they can not “allow an injustice like this to get ahead.”“Atlético de Madrid fans deserve that their team can fight on the field of play to qualify for a new edition of the Champions League, the opposite would be to steal their enthusiasm,” he added.Gil Marín, first vice president of LaLiga, considered that it is this body that must manage professional football, “and amateur football, as well as the absolute and lower teams, by the Federation.” “And for those aspects in which they must agree, there is the coordination agreement that regulates the relationship between the two,” he recalled.As for whether the competitions can be completed, the CEO of Atlético was optimistic that both the league days and the pending crossings of the European competitions can be played in the months of June and July.“I am convinced that the European leagues will be completed between June and July and that the pending qualifiers for the ‘Europa League’ and ‘Champions’ will also be completed before the end of August. It is true that only the health authorities must set the deadlines “But precisely for this reason we must all respect them, be patient, and help rebuild the country after the pandemic,” he said.The rojiblanco president asked “to work hard and very closely to try to regain activity” and noted that football, in addition to the “enormous impact it has on the Spanish economy” is “the passion of millions of fans” and will help “to partially recover the illusion at a very delicate moment. ““We cannot disappoint our fans, we must all rise to the occasion, each from our responsibility,” concluded Miguel Ángel Gil Marín. The CEO of Atlético de Madrid, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, considered in statements to EFE that the decision of the Delegate Commission of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to grant European competition places for the classification of the last day played in case of not completing the season “they only serve to face some clubs against others”.“Decisions like the one the Federation has taken only serve to pit some clubs against each other at a time when it is most necessary that we are all united for the good of football,” Gil Marín told EFE this Friday about a decision that would take Atlético to the Europa League, for being currently sixth ranked.The Delegated Commission of the RFEF approved this Thursday the European classification criteria, for which the last disputed day would be taken, which would grant the Champions League place to the first four (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Seville and Real Sociedad), and from the Europa League to the fifth and sixth (Getafe and Atlético), in addition to one of the two finalists in the Copa del Rey (Athletic and Real Sociedad).The maximum shareholder of the rojiblanco club indicated that “independently” that the Delegated Commission of the RFEF “has or does not have competitions” to decide which clubs should play the European competitions next season, “it is reasonable that the field of play should reward or punish each one. ““Our league is a competition that lasts nine months and consists of 38 matches, in which we all play against each other and back and everything other than completing this format means that this competition must be null and void, otherwise it would be unfair, giving advantages to some over others, “he added.For Gil Marín, who in addition to being the president of Atlético is also the first vice-president of LaLiga, this decision “incites selfishness, the particular interest of one against the other.“If the Federation wants to resolve the ‘Europa League’ position awarded by the Copa del Rey before the draw for the next edition of the European competitions, it must accept the reality no matter how hard it is, as all clubs must accept, that is, play the final behind closed doors, as we will play our league games, “he said.“It is sad, money is lost, the fans are not happy, but sadder is the reality we are experiencing. Today football is secondary, the main thing is real life and we must be supportive and not generate more problems than we there is, “he added.
“His close environment prepares his career in the medium and long term. He is attached to his training club, to the people he meets here. Contrary to what I have read, his wish remains to continue. He knows he has yet to be confirmed at the highest level, especially in Champions League matches. Then we will see a start elsewhere, “said Stéphan. Julien Stéphan disagrees with those who already give almost done the signing of Camavinga by Real Madrid. The Stade Rennes coach has assured, in conversation with Ouest France, that the information he has makes him think that both the footballer and his environment they have already prepared their future in Rennes.