On the men’s side, it was Nathan Jones of McNeese and Lamar’s Jamie Crowe who built a solid deficit as they moved ahead of the pack by the halfway point. The pair were virtually stride-for-stride until the final lap sounded, when Crowe unleashed a monster final 400m, taking gold with a time of 31:01.94. Jones took silver (31:09.82), followed by Markus Schweikert (31:15.41). Championships Homepage | Results | Photo GallerySAN ANTONIO, Texas – After severe rain and thunderstorms delayed all but the men’s and women’s 10,000m at the 2018 Southland Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Alexandria Hackett of Abilene Christian and Lamar’s Jamie Crowe emerged as the weekend’s first two winners. In the women’s race, Schoneborn led from the onset and relinquished the lead to teammates Cynthia Quiroga and Valentina Campos for multiple laps through the middle stretch. As the lead group crossed 10 laps to go however, the Hackett twins of Abilene Christian and Schoneborn comfortably broke away from the pack. Alexandria narrowly led the way, followed by Schoneborn and Michaela. As the laps wound down, Alexandria and Schoneborn carved out a sizable lead of their own, and on the back stretch of the final lap, Hackett unloaded for a gold medal finish (36:22.06), nearly seconds ahead of Schoneborn (36:28.05). Michaela Hackett took third in 36:49.90. It is Alexandria Hackett’s second outdoor 10K title in three years, having won gold in 2016. Live video streaming of the meet will be available through the Southland Conference Digital Network, covering events at Benson Stadium and Trinity Stadium. Broadcasts can be found via southland.org/live and Southland Conference apps, available on iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Day two gets underway tomorrow with men’s combined events starting at 9 a.m. CT and women’s combined events at 9:30 a.m. Field event finals begin at 10 a.m. while running trials are slated for 3 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. The women’s and men’s 3,000m steeplechase finals will cap the day at 8 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., respectively. Click here for a complete schedule of events.
O’NEILL RUNS ONE-TWO AS FORE LEFT WINS $70,000 SUNNY SLOPE STAKES BY A NECK OVER STRONGCONSTITUTION; RIDDEN BY GUTIERREZ, HE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:17.54 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2019)–Reddam Racing’s Fore Left relished a return to sprinting as he rocketed from the gate and was all heart late in holding off stablemate Strongconstitution to take Sunday’s $70,000 Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Fore Left, a Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy, got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.54.Seventh, beaten 31 lengths in the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes going 1 1/16 miles here on Sept. 27, Fore Left returned to the form he had demonstrated in his first three starts.“He got back to what he does best today and it was great to see,” said O’Neill, the Autumn Meet’s leading trainer with 18 wins through 14 ½ days of racing. “I’m really happy with both of my horses, they ran big. We tried two turns with (Fore Left) last time and this is much more what he’s comfortable with…Really happy.”A winner of the ungraded Tremont Lane Stakes four starts back at Belmont Park on June 7 and a close third three races back in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes going six furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 10, Fore Left was off at 2-1 in a field of four juvenile colts and paid $6.20 and $3.60 (no show wagering).“Fore Left is named after a good friend of ours who lives in the Bahamas,” said owner J. Paul Reddam. “It’s after the way he hits the golf ball, meaning, it’s going left.”Out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Simply Sunny, Fore Left, in garnering his second stakes victory, now has three wins from six overall starts. With the winner’s share of $43,200, he increased his earnings to $199,551.Strongconstitution, who sat third while head and head with 4-5 favorite Mo Hawk into the far turn, was second best, finishing 5 ¼ lengths clear of Zimba Warrior. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Strongconstitution was off at 5-2 and paid $3.20 to show.Mo Hawk appeared spent a quarter mile out and finished last.Fractions on the race were 22.51, 45.74 and 1:10.64.
CHAMPION HOLDS ‘COURT’ IN 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT SUNDAY ODDS-ON VENETIAN HARBOR STEPS UP IN LAS VIRGENES MILE SUITS MAJESTIC EAGLE IN THUNDER ROAD STAKES 2nd CHAMP STORM THE COURT MAKES SOPHOMORE DEBUT SUNDAYStorm the Court makes his three-year-old debut Sunday in the San Vicente Stakes, a race Peter Eurton hopes will lead to the Kentucky Derby on May 2.If so, it would mark only the second starter in the Run for the Roses in the trainer’s successful career of just over three decades. In 2014, Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate finished sixth in the first leg of the Triple Crown.Storm the Court has already exceeded expectations of most in the racing world, winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last Nov. 1 at odds of nearly 46-1, a victory that ultimately earned him an Eclipse Award as outstanding two-year-old male of 2019.“We’re looking forward to Sunday,” Eurton said of the Grade II San Vicente, to be decided at seven furlongs. “The horse is doing well and this looks like a good spot for his first race back.“We’re excited and after this, hopefully we’ll plan on the second, but it’s first things first.”Storm the Court is the second Eclipse champion conditioned by the 62-year-old Eurton, a former jockey whose stepfather was trainer Steve Ippolito. A native of Alhambra, California, Eurton trained Champagne Room, who earned an Eclipse Award in 2016 after posting a 33-1 upset in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.Eurton, who made what is believed to be Santa Anita history by saddling eight consecutive winners at the 2012 Winter/Spring meet, enjoyed his best season for purse earnings in 2016 with $4,235,430.Storm the Court has been working smartly for his return and should be forwardly placed if not on the lead in the San Vicente.“He’s quick,” Eurton said of the bay Court Vision colt who led throughout in the 1 1/16-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile while wearing blinkers for the first time.He will once again be ridden by last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Flavien Prat, the jockey in all four of his 2019 starts.The San Vicente, race 7 of 8, with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Fast Enough, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Ra’ad, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Party Town, Jorge Velez, 20-1, Nadal, Joel Rosario, 4-5, Storm the Court, Flavien Prat, 9-5, and Ginobili, Abel Cedillo, 5-1.VENETIAN HARBOR STEPS UP IN LAS VIRGENES Venetian Harbor moves from a dominating 10 3/4-length maiden allowance win at 6 1 /2 furlongs on Dec. 29 to Grade II competition Saturday in the $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, but Richard Baltas is optimistic the bay daughter of Munnings will be up to the task in only her third career start.“She’s a young horse but I think I’ve got her fit enough,” the trainer said. “She’s had some good works and good gallop outs. It’s her first time around two turns but I don’t see it being a big issue with her. She’s out of a Street Cry mare (Sounds of the City) which I like, she has the pedigree to do it, she has the body to do it, so hopefully she can do it.”The field for the Las Virgenes, race five of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Go Big Blue Nation, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Gingham, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Cholula Lips, Abel Cedillo, 5-1; Venetian Harbor, Flavien Prat, 2-5; and Stellar Sound, Mike Smith, 5-1.VERSATILE MAJESTIC EAGLE RETURNS TO MILE IN THUNDER ROADMajestic Eagle cuts back to a mile in Saturday’s Grade III Thunder Road Stakes for four-year-olds and up and Neil Drysdale feels the distance is ideal for the steady son of Medaglia d’Oro.The five-year-old bay horse led into the stretch last out in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 4 before finishing third, but was beaten less than two lengths.“I think a mile is more suitable for him,” the Hall of Fame trainer said.Owned by John Lindley and Ray Morton, Majestic Eagle has a 1-3-1 record from five starts at a mile on grass and is 2-5-2 in 11 starts on grass at Santa Anita overall. The Thunder Road, race seven: Ronald R, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; The Hunted, Geovanni Franco, 8-1; Majestic Eagle, Umberto Rispoli, 5-1; defending Thunder Roadchampion True Valour, Andrea Atzeni, 7-2; Mugaritz, Mike Smith, 8-1; River Boyne, Abel Cedillo, 5-1; Frontier Market, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Camino Del Pariso, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Take the One O One, Brice Blanc, 20-1; and Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1.IT’S ALL IN THE FAMILY AS MARES THROW RECENT MULTIPLE WINNERSWhile stallion syndications and eye-catching stud fees are widely acknowledged as huge market forces in today’s Thoroughbred industry, many veteran horsemen steadfastly maintain that a good broodmare is easily more than half the equation when it comes to success on the racetrack.And, in recent days, a couple of productive mares helped underscore that belief by producing multiple winners at Santa Anita. This past Friday, Jan. 31, BG Stables and Little Red Feather Racing combined with trainer Richard Baltas to win the third race at 1 1/16 miles with Velvet Queen. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Velvet Queen is a four-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Animal Kingdom out of the Tapit mare Tippy Tapit.Six days previous, on Jan. 25, BG Stables, Hector Palma and J.C. Diaz, Jr., teamed to win the day’s sixth race at one mile with White Velvet, a three-year-old filly by Oxbow, who is also out of Tippy Tapit.And this past Sunday, Feb. 2, owner/breeders Scott Devereaux and Mark Gross teamed with Carla Gaines and Victor Espinoza to win the fifth race at six furlongs with Tiger Dad, a four-year-old California-bred gelding by Smiling Tiger, out of Q T Shae, by Unusual Heat.This was Q T Shae’s second win in three days, as she also produced the winner of this past Friday’s fourth race at one mile on turf, Quinnie, a five-year-old California-bred mare by English Channel who is owned and bred by Devereaux and Gross, trained by Gaines and was ridden by Geovanni Franco.FINISH LINES: Jockey Agapito Delgadillo has been suspended three days (Feb. 8, 9 and 14) for causing interference on R Matineigh Idol in the first race on Jan. 31 . . . Santa Anita offers $2 beer and $6 specialty cocktails each Friday at designated locations throughout the track. Specialty cocktails include a Baldwin Buck, Margarita and other selected cocktails. There is also free Club House and General Admission each Friday.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 7th, 2020John Shirreffs Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Zenyatta’s Daughter ZelldaJohn Shirreffs Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Honor A.PWORKOUTS:Hard Not to Love (Shirreffs) 2-7-20Cheap Cheap Cheap (Outside) and Sold It (O’Neill) 2-7-20Stela Star (Sadler) 2-7-20Legends of War (O’Neill) 2-7-20Tiny Tina ( D’Amato) 2-2-20Improbable (Baffert) 2-2-20Majestic Eagle (Outside) and Last Opportunity (Drysdale) 2-2-20Kingly (Baffert) 2-2-20Frontier Market (Outside) and Sea of Liberty (Sadler) 2-1-20Ohio (McCarthy) 2-1-20St. Joe Bay (Sadler) 2-1-20 41% 7 18 15% 1 70% 13 5 2 Philip D’Amato51 12 20% 22% J.C. Diaz, Jr.47 63% 46% $1,031,414 19 18 10 Richard Baltas63 2 3 $471,647 $373,091 Jorge Velez82 4 30% 15% $503,498 14% 6 2nd 7 Mike Smith30 TrainerSts 34% 3 Abel Cedillo132 16 Ruben Fuentes43 11 Joel Rosario97 57% 1st 25% 8 $472,457 16% 13 Drayden Van Dyke74 28% Flavien Prat81 7 8 29% 5 $527,405 9% 14% 36% 10 15% 5 10 35% 15 51% 3 10 15 $438,040 45% 41% 43% Brian Koriner24 8 Win% $283,481 8 Richard Mandella24 $981,412 1 Win% Geovanni Franco46 8 Umberto Rispoli65 6 ALL IN THE FAMILY AS MARES THROW MULTIPLE WINNERS 20% 9 $263,182 11 ITM% 1 Tiago Pereira58 37% 24 25% 22 38% Bob Baffert44 $373,799 $1,045,970 Money Won 2 $694,154 $602,712 1st 15% 3rd $1,388,354 $674,482 2 39% Michael McCarthy23 3rd Jeff Bonde14 5 5 JockeyMts 6 7 $507,028 5 27% 58% 5 37% 6 $1,140,062 9 19% 17 47% 10% 19 Doug O’Neill54 $199,605 4 63% $124,721 $912,421 6 8 50% Mario Gutierrez53 33% Money Won 13 7 2 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 2) 7 5 11% ITM% 46% 7 Peter Miller39 5 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 15
4 Eriksen scored the opening goal in Sunday’s North London derbyCredit: DAVID KLEIN4 The Dane made clear his desire for a new challenge earlier this summerCredit: The Mega AgencyPremier League to drop early transfer deadline as Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs admit defeat MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing a shock move for Spurs maestro Christian Eriksen in January.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not be deterred by the club’s failure to land the 27-year-old Dane in the summer window.4 Man Utd are set to make a stunning January swoop for Christian EriksenCredit: Getty – ContributorEriksen claimed he wanted a “new challenge” at the end of last season and a dream move to Real Madrid was his desired outcome.But the move fell through before the Spanish transfer window slammed shut yesterday, paving the way for United to swoop again in January.Solskjaer’s side have lacked a creative spark this season with Jesse Lingard – the man Eriksen would likely replace – having failed to contribute a single Premier League goal or assist in 2019.And United have managed just three goals in their last three games and Solskjaer thinks Eriksen can be the creative spark his team currently lack – especially as his fellow Scandinavian is in his peak years.The Red Devils were interested in the playmaker all summer and were willing to pay around £70million in a deal Spurs were keen on.I wish I could decide just like in Football Manager, but unfortunately I can’tChristian Eriksen on his future United even held talks with Eriksen but shelved their plans when it became clear the attacking midfielder preferred a move to Spain.Despite having his heart set on a Los Blancos switch, Eriksen was flattered by United’s interest.And the move is not dead in the water as Old Trafford chiefs will revive their interest in the new year as the Dane has been left high and dry at Tottenham.Eriksen – whose Spurs contract expires next summer – is uncomfortable with the idea of the North Londoners not getting a fee for himAnd as a result, United may try their luck again.But if Eriksen appears willing to run his contract down by that time, the fee would inevitably be lower than the £70m United were willing to pay this summer.4Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes was another United target over the summer but the Red Devils have backed off because the Portuguese was a late target for Real and he could still make the move to the Spanish capital in January.Eriksen recently admitted he wished transfers were as easy in real life as they are on Football Manager.He confessed: “I wish I could decide just like in Football Manager, but unfortunately I can’t.”For me it’s not hard to clear my head. I don’t read much of what is written.”And now I have been involved for many years, where there have been many rumours every year. LATEST MAN UTD NEWSLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingPicturedTRAINING DAYFernandes back in his Mini while Pogba arrives for training in yellow FerrariMARCSMANWatch Rashford floor Man Utd team-mates with ‘naughty’ bit of skill in training”But it’s clear that it’s been a little more rife this year because my contract is about to expire. There has been a lot said about me.”I should have been looking at houses in Madrid [according to the speculation], but I have to be honest and say that all that writing is not something that bothers me. At all.”Erisken scored the opener in his side’s 2-2 North London derby draw with Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday – proving just how important he is to Tottenham who have had a stumbling start to the season.
TOTTENHAM ace Steven Bergwijn is facing a driving ban after being caught doing 91mph in a built-up area.The 22-year-old could also reportedly face further sanctions after the Dutch forward – and his lawyer – failed to appear in court on Thursday morning.1 Steven Bergwijn has impressed for Spurs since joining from PSV in JanuaryCredit: Getty Images – GettyBergwijn was in action for Spurs on Wednesday night in London against RB Leipzig in the Champions League, but couldn’t help his side avoid defeat against the German outfit.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamAccording to news outlet VoetbalPrimeur.nl, the former Ajax youth star was caught by speeding cameras travelling at 91mph on August 9 at 3.30am.The incident happened mere hours after Bergwijn netted the only goal of the game in PSV’s Europa League qualifying win against FK Haugesund in Norway.The limits on the Boschdijk road in Eindhoven vary between 31mph and 43mph.It has now been claimed that the judge adjourned the case to a later date.A Dutch source said: “It’s not known exactly where he was caught, but the limit on some stretches of the Boschdijk is just 31mph.”If you go over the limit by 31mph or more you have to hand in your driving licence.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesLATEST TOTTENHAM SPURSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer”Bergwijn risks a hefty fine, as well as being banned from driving for several months.”Since making the move to North London in January, Bergwijn has cemented himself as a fan favourite after just three games played.A stunning debut volley against Manchester City immediately won over supporters, who have also been impressed by his work rate.Jose Mourinho feels like ‘a gun with no bullets’ as strikerless Tottenham fail to break down Leipzig
“It’s not about that, it’s a London derby! It’s for all of those fans, you need to show more of an attacking intent.”Spurs’ defeat left them sixth – four points off Chelsea in fourth – after Manchester United beat Watford 3-0.But Mourinho’s reaction seemed to focus on saluting his team “giving everything” in the face of a mounting injury list.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 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 CelticLADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Liverpool, Man Utd and Man City scores this coming weekend and win £100The Portuguese suggested Tottenham’s lack of recognised frontmen means they will struggle if they fall behind in matches.He added: “Our attacking players are not strikers and are in huge levels of fatigue, so very, very difficult for us.”A defeat is a defeat, but the good thing is, in the last seconds the players were still fighting for a result and that for me is a very important thing.”Jose Mourinho feels like ‘a gun with no bullets’ as strikerless Tottenham fail to break down Leipzig TIM SHERWOOD has branded Tottenham “disgusting” for “throwing the towel in” at Chelsea – as he slated Jose Mourinho’s continued bleating about having no specialist strikers.Mourinho insisted he was “very proud” of his “fatigued” players in Saturday’s 2-1 away loss, despite having only three shots on target in the absence of long-term injury victims Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.2 Former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood has ripped into their approach and performance in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at ChelseaCredit: PA:Press Association2 Jose Mourinho has been criticised for being too negative in the absence of Spurs’ only specialist frontmen, Harry Kane and Son Heung-minCredit: Alamy Live NewsBut ex-Spurs midfielder and manager Sherwood claims his old team should use their speedy wingers more, rather than use excuses for being so defensive.He told Premier League Productions: “Tottenham were absolutely disgusting. They were so bad. The negative approach.”Yes, they have injuries to Son and to Kane, Mourinho keeps reminding us of that.”But they’ve got [Steven] Bergwijn there who can run in behind, they’ve got [Lucas] Moura who has pace. If they’ve got anything they’ve got pace.It’s a London derby! It’s for all of those fans, you need to show more of an attacking intentTim Sherwood”They both got 15 goals last season. which is not the end of the world.”You have to find a different way. As a coach sometimes you can’t say ‘oh we don’t have a striker’ and throw the towel in.”If you said to Jose beforehand: ‘Would you take a 0-0?’ he would have taken your arms off.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on Spurs
MARCUS RASHFORD is better than Harry Kane in every department, according to this season’s stats.And the numbers prove Ole Gunnar Solskjaer right after SunSport revealed United will not be splashing the cash on the Tottenham striker because the Norwegian thinks his Mancunian marksman is just as good.4It wasn’t long after Solskjaer took charge that he pulled Rashford to one side and told him the belief he had in the young striker’s ability.And it was during that conversation he told him he could be as good as the Spurs hitman.Kane, 26, has been continually linked with a £200million move to Old Trafford but the numbers suggest it might not be such an appealing transfer for United after all.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsIn all club competitions so far this season, Rashford, 22, has directly contributed to 24 goals – five more than Kane.That is 19 goals and five assists for the Red Devils ace compared to 17 strikes and just two assists from the Tottenham man.Although Rashford has featured in six more games (31) than his England teammate (25) he has only played 136 minutes more giving him a far superior minutes-per-goal-involvement ratio of 98.5 against Kane’s 117.4.Manchester-born Rashford has also bagged seven match winners against Kane’s five while his minutes-per-goal stat is also better at 124.4 compared with 131.2 for the older Englishman.4 Marcus Rashford has out performed Harry Kane in every department this season4 Tottenham striker Kane has been widely tipped to move to Old Trafford in the summerMany may suggest Kane has been a victim of poor service and a more negative style of play under Jose Mourinho and while that may be true, that could also be a reason for him to want out of North London.Either way, the stats fall in Rashford’s favour and the one that matters most is the win rate which the United man also trumps at 48 per cent versus Kane’s 44.Another important factor is the United star has only just turned 22 whereas Kane turns 27 in three months.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 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 himSo Solskjaer knows he will get plenty more years out of his own man by sticking with Rashford.The forward was having his best scoring season before a back injury cut short his campaign in January.But he will be fit again for the final nine games when football returns from coronavirus lockdown.4 SunSport reveled today Solskjaer will not splash out on Kane as he think Rashford is just as goodScott McTominay wins Man United lockdown challenge by beating team-mates to fastest 5km run
The bronze medal holders lost to silver medallist Tahiti 3-0 in a close encounter this evening at the BSP Arena.The Tahitians were too strong and surprised the sell-out crowd as they put on a great show.The arena was filled to capacity with fans supporting the home team but they were disappointed after Tahiti stomped over PNG in the first set 25-22.The crowd kept chanting and cheering the home team on as the pressure was applied in the second set.But Tahiti proved their worth for the gold medal campaign to maintain their lead, winning the second set again in a close encounter 23-22.PNG made simple mistakes like unsuccessful service and blocks that gave away easy points to the Tahitians who won the third set 23-19.In other results today, American Samoa defeated Nauru 3-0 and New Caledonia beat Tuvalu 3-0.
Gia grabbed his first four pointer in the first half when he barged over the tryline taking three defenders over with him. A successful conversion gave Irupara a 6-0 lead.Last year’s reigning champions pushed their lead out to 10-0 just before half time to a try from Moroi Vanua.TI Stones hit back early in the second half when quick hands sent Aisa Naime crashing over on the wing to score. Another try minutes later to the Tatana boys put the score to 10-8 after another failed conversion attempt.Gia secured the win with two tries in as many minutes to put the game beyond. The icing on the cake was Gia converting his third try right on the fulltime siren.Irupara GK have advanced on to tomorrow’s semi-finals.Teams from the Bowl division also through to the semi-finals are: Gavuone Bullets, Lime Beach Stones and Central Wagahots.In the Pennant division, through to tomorrow’s semi-finals are: Ril Roadsiders, Wanigela Kavela, Rovanama (2) and Koita Cowboys.
Blues strike weapon Jennings signed with the Eels on a four-year NRL deal after being released by the Roosters.Jennings, who has played 193 NRL games and made 16 State of Origin appearances for New South Wales, has signed with the Eels until the end of the 2019 season in a major boost for the club’s backline.The former Penrith flyer’s exit from the Roosters has made room for the signing of Brisbane centre Copley at Bondi Junction.”Parramatta’s a club on the rise and I’m looking forward to the challenge, taking a leadership role and further developing my game,” Jennings said.Copley was granted an early release from his contract with NRL rivals Brisbane to move to the Roosters until the end of the 2018 season.The 24-year-old had been on the Roosters’ radar after being made available by the Broncos following James Roberts’ arrival at Red Hill.Roosters recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan believes Copley is a rising talent who will flourish at this new home.”We see Dale taking his game to the next level here at the Roosters, and with his signature being sought by a number of clubs, we are pleased to have secured his services,” O’Sullivan said.”Dale is a tremendous finisher, blessed with wonderful footwork and a natural try-scoring ability.”Copley made 72 NRL appearances for the Broncos following his debut in 2009, scoring 31 tries.Brisbane chief executive Paul White said while the club did not want to lose the centre, they were not willing to stand in the player’s way.”The last month has not been easy for Dale, but the club and his management have remained in constant contact during this period to allow the best outcome for all and not put unnecessary pressure on the player or the process,” White said.”I have told Dale he is held in the highest regard by all at this club as both a person and a player.”He leaves with our blessing and support, and we hope there is an opportunity for him to one day be a part of the club again.”