Mac Sceroler (Southeastern Louisiana) – Daytona TortugasThe two-time First-Team All-Southland pick was promoted to the Reds’ Advanced-A team to start the year and is 4-1 with 59 strikeouts in 52.1 innings. Sceroler struck out seven over six innings against Tampa on June 25 to pick up his first win since April 30. Tate Scioneaux (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hartford Yard GoatsThe 2014 Southland Conference Tournament MVP was released on June 21 and signed a day later by Colorado. Scioneaux was assigned to the Rockies’ Double-A squad on June 24. He has struck out six through three no-hit outings in his first three outings.Cole Stapler (Nicholls) – Jackson GeneralsStapler was promoted to Arizona’s Double-A squad on July 1 after going 3-6 with 87 strikeouts in 75 innings with Advanced-A Visalia. In his Generals debut, he picked up the win after striking out four in five innings with three earned runs allowed.Will Vest (Stephen F. Austin) – Erie SeawolvesAfter a brief promotion to the Tigers’ Triple-A squad in Toledo, Vest is 1-3 with 21 strikeouts in 23.1 innings since returning to Detroit’s Double-A affiliate. He has punched out 10 batters and only allowed two earned runs on eight hits in his last 9.1 innings.Class A AdvancedKyle Arjona (New Orleans) – Clearwater ThreshersA member of the 2018 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Arjona was assigned to the Phillies’ Advanced-A affiliate on May 17 and has punched out 19 batters in 17.1 innings. He has a 0.87 ERA and a 9:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last 10.1 innings. Double-ADrew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) – Tulsa DrillersThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was promoted on June 16 after posting a slash line of .293/.353/.488 in Advanced-A. Avans’ first Double-A hit came on a walk-off single in a 2-1 win over Amarillo on June 22.Preston Beck (UT Arlington) – Frisco RoughridersIn his second season with the Rangers’ Double-A team, the 2012 Southland Conference home runs leader has eight dingers in 2019 and is reaching base at a .338 mark with 34 walks, 31 RBI and 34 runs scored. David Fry (Northwestern State) – Wisconsin Timber RattlersIn his first year of Class A ball with the Brewers, the 2018 Southland Player of the Year leads the Midwest League in doubles (30) and total bases (149) and will start in the Midwest League All-Star Game. He has a .569 slugging percentage over the last 15 games.Tyler Gray (Central Arkansas) – Lexington LegendsThe 2018 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, Gray started the year with the Royals’ Single-A affiliate and is 2-3 with a save and a 4.89 ERA in 15 games. He has 21 strikeouts across 38.2 innings.Reeves Martin (New Orleans) – West Virginia PowerThe 2019 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year was promoted to Seattle’s Class A affiliate after striking out four in 4.1 innings across four appearances for Short-A Everett.Adam Oller (Northwestern State) – Augusta Green JacketsIn his first year with the Giants’ Single-A affiliate, the 2016 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year is 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA through six starts for the GreenJackets. Oller is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 11.2 innings over his last two startsClass A Short SeasonKwan Adkins (Northwestern State) – Salem-Keizer VolcanoesIn his first year with the Giants’ A Short-A team, the 2018 Third-Team All-Southland pick has a hit in 14 of 17 games, resulting in a .269 batting average, 10 runs scored and five RBI. He went 5-for-13 with three runs and two RBI in a series against Boise to close out June.Jason Blanchard (Lamar) – Tri-City Dust DevilsA Third-Team All-Southland honoree in 2019, Blanchard was signed on June 12 and assigned to the Padres’ Short-A affiliate on June 13. He has six strikeouts in four innings and opponents are batting just .235. He pitched two no-hit innings in a June 29 start.Austin Briggs (McNeese) – Vermont Lake MonstersA 2018 29th-round pick by the A’s, Briggs was assigned to Oakland’s Short-A squad on June 11. He picked up his first win with the Lake Monsters after giving up just one earned run in two innings of relief with two strikeouts against Connecticut on June 26.Jordan Cannon (Sam Houston State) – Aberdeen IronBirdsA Second Team All-Southland pick in 2019, Cannon was signed by Baltimore on June 11 and assigned to the Orioles’ Short-A affiliate on June 17. He is hitting .143 with a pair of runs scored and recorded his first extra-base hit with a triple against Brooklyn on June 27.Harrison Dinicola (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Batavia MuckdogsThe Second Team All-Southland selection from 2018 was assigned to the Marlins’ Short-A team on June 14. Through 12 games with the Muckdogs, Dinicola has a slash line of .283/.327/.370 with six RBI and six runs scored.Tanner Driskill (Lamar) – Auburn DoubledaysThe 2018 ninth-round pick will start his second season with the Auburn Doubledays, the Nationals’ Short-A squad. Driskill struck out 21 batters in 24 innings in his rookie season in 2018. Andrew Fregia (Sam Houston State) – Aberdeen IronbirdsThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was assigned to the Orioles’ Short-A affiliate on May 21. Fregia has reached safely in seven-straight games with a slash line of .318/.407/.455 and five RBI in that span.Corey Gaconi (Southeastern Louisiana) – Brooklyn CyclonesThe 2019 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year was promoted to Short-A Brooklyn on June 27 after holding hitters to a .200 average in four innings with Kingsport. Gaconi allowed just one earned run over three innings in his Cyclones debut on June 29.Hunter Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Williamsport CrosscuttersThe two-time All-Southland Conference honoree was signed by Philadelphia on June 20 and assigned to the Phillies’ Short-A team on June 21. Hearn registered his first professional RBI with a run-scoring single in the first inning against West Virginia on June 29.Nathan Jones (Northwestern State) – Brooklyn CyclonesA Second-Team All-Southland pick in 2019, the fifth-round pick was signed by the Mets on June 9 and assigned to the team’s Short-A squad on June 13. In his professional debut, Jones struck out five batters over two hitless innings with just one walk on June 17.Shane Selman (McNeese) – Vermont Lake MonstersThe 2017 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year was promoted to Oakland’s Short-A team on June 30 after posting a slash line of .351/.415/.350 with 10 runs, nine RBI and seven walks in 10 Rookie League games.Luis Trevino (Abilene Christian) – Hudson Valley RenegadesThe 2019 Southland Conference Player of the Year was signed by the Rays on June 13 and assigned to Tampa Bay’s Short-A team on June 14. He picked up his first professional hit and RBI with an run-scoring single in a loss to Lowell on June 16.Daniel Wasinger (Southeastern Louisiana) – Hillsboro HopsA 2018 31st-round pick, Wasinger was assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Short-A team on June 14 and has driven in seven runs in 11 games with the Hops, including a game-winning two-run single in the top of the ninth of a 6-3 win over Vancouver on July 1.RookieAidan Anderson (McNeese) – GCL Phillies WestThe 2019 Southland Conference Tournament MVP was signed as an undrafted free agent py the Phillies on June 18 and was assigned to Philadelphia’s Rookie League team on June 24. Anderson pitched a perfect inning of relief with a strikeout in his debut on July 1.Seth Ballew (Sam Houston State) – AZL AngelsAn undrafted free agent in 2019, Ballew was assigned to the Angels’ Rookie League squad on June 22. Ballew is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four appearances. On July 1, he struck out four over 2.2 innings, allowing just one earned run and picking up the win.Jared Biddy (Southeastern Louisiana) – Kingsport MetsAfter tying for the league lead with 10 saves in Southland Conference play in 2019, Biddy was signed by the Mets on June 30 and assigned to New York’s Rookie League affiliate on July 1. Cody Davenport (Central Arkansas) – Idaho Falls ChukarsA Second-Team All-Southland selection and All-Tournament Team member in 2019, Davenport was signed by Kansas City on June 17 and assigned to the Royals’ Rookie League team on June 18. He has struck out five and allowed just three hits in four innings.Cody Grosse (Southeastern Louisiana) – AZL Mariners A Second-Team All-Southland selection in 2018, Grosse was signed by Seattle on June 10 and assigned to the Mariners’ Rookie League squad on June 17. Grosse has driven in four runs in seven games and has a pair of triples.William Hancock (Central Arkansas) – Burlington RoyalsAn All-Southland Conference First Team pick in 2018, Hancock started the year with the Royals’ Rookie League team. After going 0-for-3 in his first game, he has recorded a hit in seven of the last eight games, including a two-hit outing against Bluefield on June 29.Cayden Hatcher (Nicholls) – Grand Junction RockiesIn his second stint with the Rockies’ Rookie League affiliate, the 2018 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team member is 1-2 with 13 strikeouts through 13.1 innings. In his last two outings, Hatcher has a 2.25 ERA and eight strikeouts in eight innings.Dustin Lacaze (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Missoula OspreyA 21st-round draft pick by the Diamondbacks in 2019, Lacaze was signed on June 10 and subsequently assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Rookie League squad. He has tossed eight scoreless innings across three appearances with five strikeouts.Bryan King (McNeese) – AZL Cubs 2A recipient of the 2019 Southland Conference F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship, King signed with the Cubs on June 19 and reported to the Rookie League team on June 22. He has yet to allow an earned run in 4.2 innings with five strikeouts.Trayson Kubo (Stephen F. Austin) – AZL Athletics GreenA 24th-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Kubo was signed by the Athletics and assigned to the team’s Rookie League affiliate on June 17. He has pitched five scoreless innings in three outings with seven strikeouts and a 0.80 WHIP.Carson Maxwell (McNeese) – Missoula OspreyA Third-Team All-Southland Conference pick in 2019, Maxwell was signed by Arizona on June 10 and subsequently assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Rookie League squad. He is reaching base at a .297 clip with nie walks and a pair of runs in his first 10 games.Nick Mikolajchak (Sam Houston State) – AZL Indians BlueAn 11th-round pick by Cleveland in the 2019 MLB Draft, Mikolajchak was signed by the Indians on June 14 and assigned to the team’s Rookie League affiliate on June 17. He has 10 strikeouts in four innings, including six punchouts over two innings on June 28.Austin Reich (Northwestern State) – AZL Giants BlackAn undrafted free-agent signing in 2019, Reich was picked up by San Francisco on June 30 and assigned to the Giants’ Rookie League team on July 1. Caleb Ricca (Northwestern State) – AZL MarinersA Third-Team All-Southland honoree in 2019, Ricca was signed by Seattle on June 17 and subsequently assigned to the Mariners’ Rookie League squad.Bryce Tassin (Southeastern Louisiana) – GCL Tigers EastA 31st-round pick by the Tigers in 2019, Tassin was signed on June 23 and assigned to the Tigers’ Rookie League affiliate on June 24. He has a pair of strikeouts and just one earned run allowed through 2.1 innings in two outings. Hayden Wesneski (Sam Houston State) – Pulaski YankeesThe 2019 Southland Conference strikeouts leader was signed by the Yankees on June 8 and assigned to New York’s Rookie League team on June 22. Wesneski has three punchouts through 3.2 innings, allowing just one earned run through his first three appearances.Extended Spring TrainingRobie Rojas (Sam Houston State) – Milwaukee BrewersRojas was assigned to the Brewers’ extended spring training team after batting .308 with a pair of doubles, three runs, and a .780 OPS in four games with Milwaukee’s Double-A team. Hunter Pence (UT Arlington) – Texas RangersThe longest-tenured active major leaguer out of the Southland Conference, the league’s 2004 Player and Hitter of the Year was voted to start for the American League in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, receiving 46.7 percent of the vote and beating out Boston’s J.D. Martinez and Minnesota’s Nelson Cruz to earn his fourth all-star nod. Pence leads the Rangers in RBI (48) and has the ranks second in home runs (15) and slugging percentage (.608). Robbie Podorsky (McNeese) – Lake Elsinore StormIn his second stint with the Padres’ Advanced-A squad Podorsky was batting .289 with 21 runs, 15 walks and 12 RBI in 40 games prior to hitting the 7-day injured list on June 4. Ryan Tepera (Sam Houston State) – Toronto Blue JaysAfter missing the first three weeks of the season with right elbow inflammation, Tepera pitched 11 innings out of the bullpen and picked up two holds before returning to the IL on May 21 with elbow impingement. He had elbow surgery on May 29 and is expected to miss six weeks. Over his five-year big-league tenure with the Blue Jays, he is 12-11 with a 3.65 ERA, 38 holds and 10 saves. Tepera has punched out 198 batters over 204.2 innings and boasts a .220 opponent batting average. Adam Moore (UT Arlington) – Nashville SoundsIn his seventh-straight season at the Triple-A level, now with the Rangers’ affiliate, the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year is reaching base at a .330 clip with 18 RBI, 15 walks and 10 runs scored in 26 games with the Sounds. Grant Borne (Nicholls) – Potomac NationalsIn his second season with the Nationals’ Advanced-A affiliate, the two-time All-Southland Conference selection is 1-3 with 32 strikeouts. Borne struck out a career-high eight batters against Wilmington on May 11. He hit the 7-day injured list on May 25. Tyler Depreta-Johnson (Houston Baptist) – Down East Wood DucksThe Third-Team All-Southland selection from 2018 received a brief call-up to the Rangers’ Triple-A squad but was assigned to the club’s Advanced-A affiliate after three games with the Sounds. He has driven in eight runs in 18 games with Down East.Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana) – Winston-Salem DashIn his second year with the White Sox’ Advanced-A team, the 2016 Southland Conference Player of the Year was named to the Carolina League’s Southern Division All-Star team. He leads the team in doubles (19) and walks (45), and ranks second in runs (40).Josh Green (Southeastern Louisiana) – Visalia RawhideIn his first season with the D-backs’ Advanced-A affiliate, Arizona’s No. 26 prospect is tied for the California League lead in wins at 7-1 and ranks second in ERA (2.01) and third in WHIP (1.12). In his last four starts, he’s 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 21 innings Shawn Semple (New Orleans) – Tampa TarponsSemple was briefly promoted to the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate before returning to Advanced-A on May 26. He has 34 strikeouts in 46.2 innings and tossed his second-straight quality start against Bradenton on June 21 with 6.1 scoreless innings and three punchouts.Bryan Warzek (New Orleans) – Rancho Cucamonga QuakesThe two-time All-Southland Conference pick has sat down 41 batters on strikes through 35.1 innings in 17 games with the Dodgers’ Advanced-A affiliate. Warzek has allowed just two earned runs (2.57 ERA) and struck out eight in his last seven innings pitched. Chi Chi Gonzalez (Oral Roberts) – Colorado RockiesThe Colorado Rockies selected the contract of the 2013 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year on June 25 after going 4-5 with 69 strikeouts over 76.1 innings in 14 starts with Triple-A Albuquerque. Gonzalez, who last started a MLB game in 2016 with the Texas Rangers, has struck out six over nine innings in two starts for the Rockies. The Delray Beach, Fla., native is 4-9 with a 4.69 ERA in 19 appearances over his major league career.Wade Miley (Southeastern Louisiana) – Houston AstrosThe 2008 Southland Conference strikeouts leader has provided much-needed depth to the Astros rotation with a 6-4 record and 3.39 ERA through 18 starts. Miley ranks third on the squad in innings pitched with 95.2 frames. The Hammond, La., native is 5-2 with six quality starts since the beginning of May. Opposing hitters are batting just .196 against Miley in the month of June and he has struck out 26 batters through 26.1 innings. Paul Goldschmidt (Texas State) – St. Louis CardinalsThe two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Year (2008-09) ranks among the top-three on the team in runs (46), hits (76), home runs (14), walks (40), on-base percentage (.336) and slugging percentage (.405). Goldschmidt delivered his 14th home run of the season in walk-off fashion, capping a 2-1 win over the Marlins in 11 innings on June 19. Among active MLB players, he is third in career on-base percentage (.393) and fifth in career OPS (.916). Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) – Pensacola Blue WahoosThe 2014 Southland Conference wins and strikeouts leader has 34 strikeouts through 44.2 innings for the Twins’ Double-A affiliate to start the season. Cutura earned a brief call-up to Triple-A Rochester, where he gave up four runs in four innings in a June 21 start. Nick Heath (Northwestern State) – Northwest Arkansas NaturalsThe two-time Southland Conference stolen bases leader has already racked up a Double-A best 44 stolen bases. In a four-game series against Springfield, Heath went 9-for-17 (.529) with four RBI, four runs scored and four stolen bases. Class AGrant Anderson (McNeese) – Hickory CrawdadsSince being traded to the Rangers and subsequently assigned to Texas’ Single-A affiliate, Anderson has enjoyed the change of scenery with a 5-4 record, five saves and 2.41 ERA in 21 games. He has a 1.76 ERA and 12 strikeouts over his last 15.1 innings. Ryan O’Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Omaha StormChasersO’Hearn was optioned to the Royals’ Triple-A team on June 14 and, in nine games with Omaha, has a .328 on-base percentage and .703 OPS. His three-run home run against San Antonio on June 21 proved to be the difference-maker in a 4-3 win. Jace Peterson (McNeese) – Norfolk TidesIn his first year with Baltimore’s Triple-A squad, the two-time First Team All-Southland pick leads the team in runs (48), doubles (20), triples (5) and walks (36). Peterson has 10 multi-hit games in June with a slash line of .316/.382/.500 in that span.Jordan Romano (Oral Roberts) – Buffalo BisonsThe 2014 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year was optioned to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate after making four appearances in the big leagues. Romano has struck out 46 batters through 33 innings in 19 games with the Bisons.Ty Tice (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo BisonsTice was promoted to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A squad on June 13 and is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 11 strikeouts across 10 innings. He picked up his second win with the Bisons after tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit with a strikeout.Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) – Nashville SoundsIn his first season with the Rangers’ Triple-A team, the two-time All-Southland pick is hitting .240 with 13 RBI, seven doubles and 14 runs scored. The No. 25 prospect in the organization hit the 7-day injured list on May 19, but began his rehab assignment on June 24. Addison Russ (Houston Baptist) – Reading Fightin PhilsRuss has appeared in an Eastern League-high 32 games in his first year with the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate, striking out 51 batters in 32.2 innings with 11 saves. Over his last 22.1 innings, he has a 1.21 ERA and 35 strikeouts and is 9-for-10 in save opportunities. Kyle Keller (Southeastern Louisiana) – New Orleans Baby CakesKeller is in his second stint with the Marlins’ Triple-A team after receiving a call up on April 9. He has 49 strikeouts and a .196 opponent batting average in 38.1 innings across 25 appearances. He has a 0.63 WHIP and 21 strikeouts over his last 12.1 innings pitched. Collin Kober (McNeese) – Modesto NutsKober is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA and 60 strikeouts through 41 innings in his second season with the Mariners’ Advanced-A team. He has 16 punchouts and a 0.93 WHIP in his last 9.2 innings, including matching a season high with four strikeouts in three frames on June 20. Colton Turner (Texas State) – Charlotte KnightsIn his third stint with the White Sox’ Triple-A squad, Turner is 3-4 with 71 strikeouts in 64 innings in 21 appearances. He punched out a career-high nine batters across five innings in a start against Syracuse on June 19. Triple-AJonathan Davis (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo BisonsThe three-time All-Southland Conference was optioned to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate on June 5 and is reaching base at a .372 clip with 13 walks and 19 runs scored. For just the second time in his career, Davis homered twice in a game against Pawtucket on June 24.Jonathan Dziedzic (Lamar) – Omaha StormchasersIn his fifth season with the Royals’ Triple-A team, Dziedzic is 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA in 11 games. He returned from the injured list on June 22 and has allowed just two runs on three hits in three appearances. Louis Head (Texas State) – Oklahoma City DodgersHead was promoted to the Dodgers’ Triple-A squad and has struck out 14 batters in 12 innings of relief for Oklahoma City. He picked up his first AAA victory with a hitless inning in a win over Round Rock on May 14. Head was placed on the 7-day injured list on June 8. Caleb Smith (Sam Houston State) – Miami MarlinsIn his second season with the Marlins, Smith is 3-4 with a 3.41 ERA through 12 starts in 2019. He had tossed six-straight quality starts until suffering his first loss on May 14 to the AL East-leading Rays. Smith struck out a career-high 11 batters across 6.2 innings against the Cubs on May 7. He hit the 10-day injured list on June 7, but has punched out 19 batters over 9.1 innings in two starts with Double-A Pensacola on his rehab assignment. FRISCO, Texas – A total of 74 Southland Conference baseball alumni are currently playing professional baseball. Below is an update on all active players. Statistics are through July 1, 2019. MLB Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) – Kansas City RoyalsThe 2013 Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year leads the Royals in walks (31), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.567) and OPS (.952) and ranks second in home runs (13) and third in triples (3) and RBI (44). In nine games since he was activated from the injured list, he has tallied 11 RBI and five extra-base hits, including a game-winning grand slam — the first of his career — in the ninth inning of an 8-6 win over Cleveland on June 25. Bryce Johnson (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe two-time Southland hits leader was promoted to Double-A on June 25 after recording eight multi-hit games in June with San Jose. He rode that momentum into his first six games with the Flying Squirrels, in which he has a slash line of .400/.458/.700 and six runs.Nolan Riggs (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsPlaced on the 7-day injured list on April 17, Riggs had six strikeouts and three hits in 5.1 innings of scoreless relief with the Giants’ Double-A affiliate. He has struck out eight batters and only allowed three hits in 4.2 innings during his rehab assignment. Aaron Hernandez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Inland Empire 66ersA 2018 third-round selection by the Angels, Hernandez is 0-1 with a 4.74 ERA and has struck out 48 batters in 43.2 innings across 12 outings for Anaheim’s Advanced-A team.
8TOTTENHAM’S Dele Alli spent two nights out partying when Premier League games were postponed.The England and Spurs star, 23, was seen downing cocktails and shots at London clubs.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates8 Dele Alli spent two nights partying while the Premier League was suspended during the ongoing coronavirus crisisCredit: Getty Images – Getty8 The Tottenham ace left celeb hangout Tape at 3.37am with girlfriend Ruby Mae and palsCredit: Social Media – Refer to Source8 He was joined by Manchester City star and England teammate Kyle Walker in the VIP area at the club in London’s MayfairCredit: PA:Press AssociationOther footballers dancing and singing surrounded by scantily-clad revellers at celeb hangouts Tape, Cirque le Soir and Libertine last weekend included Kyle Walker, James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Riyad Mahrez.Alli, who earns £100,000-a-week, is among hundreds of players ordered to stay fit by their clubs after games were wiped out by coronavirus.Alli and ex-teammate Kyle Walker were in the VIP area at Tape in London’s Mayfair.An onlooker said: “It’s crazy that the first thing these players do when football is cancelled is go out to a club.”8Dele left at 3.37am with girlfriend Ruby Mae, 23, and pals.On Sunday, he enjoyed a bottomless brunch at a hotel in the capital.A source said: “His weekend was one hell of a bender.”Several Premier League clubs have cancelled training sessions and ordered players to stay at home to combat coronavirus.They have also introduced a raft of “isolation” measures to protect high-paid players from catching the disease, including banning them from public transport.Squads have been given individual fitness programmes to follow at home.Man City defender Aymeric Laporte this week revealed that manager Pep Guardiola has warned his team to stay in shape – and not go out in public.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 CelticHe said: “They have given us a daily training schedule. They trust in you and you have to be professional.“We do what the club says because if the games start again, we have to be in top condition.“You have to respect what they are telling us because it’s better for our health.”8 Alli downed cocktails and shots with his girlfriend before going on a boozy brunch on the Sunday8 Leicester and England midfielder James Maddison was another star to take advantage of the league break and hit the clubCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd8 Manchester City star Riyadh Mahrez also went outCredit: Splash NewsCORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.
Dear Editor,The Guyana Amazon Warriors have been given the uncomfortable tag as bridesmaids and chokers after another stumble at final hurdle in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which ended Sunday night in Trinidad with an easy victory for the hosts.While it is a justified position, we must take a closer look to see what is needed to get the Warriors over the line, for we have come up empty-handed after reaching four finals in six years.Over the first five years of CPL, the Warriors had used Guyanese coaches; Roger Harper in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, and Carl Hooper in 2015, to oversee the team. Harper took the Warriors to the final in 2013 and 2014, but could not get them over the line, and was replaced with Hooper in 2015, when they crashed out at the semifinal stage.Harper was brought back for 2016 and 2017, when the team finished second and third respectively, forcing the Warriors to look outside of the region for a coach.South African Johan Botha was brought in, and was assisted by Guyanese Rayon Griffith. Initially, the move seemed to have brought fresh ideas, and according to the local media, the feeling in the camp was that 2018 was the year of the Guyana Amazon Warriors. They even got oil exploration giant ExxonMobil to sponsor them, and the entire Guyana to jump on the bandwagon.After a few encouraging games, they hit some snags when they had three captains in nine games. Original captain Shoaib Malik left after five matches to represent Pakistan for Asia Cup, and former captain Rayad Emrit took over. However, following a dip in form and a heavy defeat at the hands of Trinbago Knight Riders, Trinidadian Emrit was stripped of the captaincy and was dropped. Australian rookie off-spinner Chris Green, in his first season in CPL, was then thrown in the hot seat.With the batting exploits of Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford, the Warriors booked their place in their fourth final, and were looking to beat TKR three consecutive times to lift their maiden title.At the start of the tournament, many had expectations of the team, especially after it was played up smartly by the media and was supported by ordinary performances from St Lucia Stars and Barbados Tridents. To this the fans got even more involved, and Providence was sold out for the home matches.Before the start of the season, there was the desperate move to find a coach who can get the Warriors over the line; while, during the season, the Warriors were chopping and changing to find the right captain and team. The switching around helped, and they got to the final amidst all the pressures.However, there is one position that is constant, and that is the position of ‘Team Manager.’ The Operations Manager has been the only constant in six years for the Amazon Warriors, and I strongly believe that his involvement is the jinx of the team.The Operations Manager seemed to be involved in too many things, and the word outside is that he is not the man for the job. He was responsible for creating tension, and even had fallout with some players over the years, especially in 2017.With the wealth of talent in Guyana, I know we can do better, but not worse. Cricket West Indies, like the rest of the world, has gone down the road of having former players fill the role of Team Operations Manager, a move that has proven to be successful.If the Warriors are not looking at guys like Harper and Hooper, there are Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Clyde Butts, Reon King, Colin Stuart, Lennox Cush, Neil Barry, Julian Moore and Andre Percival, who all have local knowledge and must be considered. They are actively involved in the game, and can even assist in selecting players, like what the Operations Manager did at the CPL Player Draft earlier this year.If the Guyana Amazon Warriors are looking for a different result, they cannot have the same persons doing the same things over and over again. The time to act is now.Sincerely,A Grant
With affordability and accessibility as its main focus, the Delta Security Service Company on Friday launched its home security system, which is expected to provide security for families across Guyana.Some of the vehicles and guards of the company at the launching on FridayUnder the theme, “Home is where the heart is, protect it with Delta Security Services”, the system was launched on the premises of the Parc Rayne at Rahaman’s Park in Houston, EBD.The aim of the company is to protect the Guyanese dream by transforming security from a luxury to a necessity through affordability.The system is presently available to residents of Central Georgetown, East Bank Demerara, West Bank Demerara and Berbice. It will soon be available on the West Coast of Demerara.Delta Security’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eddie Deolall, has said this company is the first in Guyana that specialises in emergency response services.“Delta Security presently has the medical shuttle which is now considered to be the ambulance service. Very shortly, we will have our first fire truck, in addition to our 24/7 roadside assistance that is set up, as well as a 24/7 burglary response,” Deolall revealed.He added, “Alarms systems in Guyana (are) not new, but (are) considered to be expensive and luxurious. The idea (is) that you must be rich to be able to benefit from this. We have done research that is able to provide and reduce costs for security systems across Guyana. These products are manufactured specifically for the Guyana market.”Four elderly persons lost their lives last year when bandits invaded their homes. Deolall says that with that in mind, the panic button was created mainly for the elderly.Social Protection Minister Amna Ally, who was present at the launch, fully endorsed the services to be offered, especially the one provided for the elderly.“When Mr Deolall visited my office and explained what is to be offered, I was highly impressed. And what caught on very much to me was the…service for our elderly people. You know, I have a passion for the safety of our elderly people. And so when Mr Deolall spoke to me about this panic button, it really caught on to me,” Minister Ally said.The company’s monthly rate for the provision of security service is $4000, and a wide range of services is on offer.
Suraj Lallchan, 19, of Patentia, West Bank Demerara and 25-year-old Randy Singh of Patentia House Scheme were each granted $30,000 bail at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on allegations that they wounded each other. Police indicated that the two men were involved in a physical altercation at Skull City, Patentia, on March 10, 2018.Both plead not guilty to their respective charge. Lallchan told Magistrate Rushell Liverpool that he was never charged before. Singh, through his Attorney, Pamela De Santos, gave a similar account to the court, saying he has never had any prior problems with the law.De Santos appealed for reasonable bail, highlighting that her client is father to a six-year-old. The case was adjourned to June 7.
Citizenship Minister Winston Felix has urged members of the public travelling to and from Suriname to present themselves to immigration officers for processing.Minister Felix said the absence of the MV Canawaima from regular service did not preclude persons from observing the law.Citizenship Minister Winston Felix“Persons arriving must first ensure that they check with the immigration [office] on departing Suriname and report to the immigration on arrival in Guyana. Failure to do so, if caught, will expose you to prosecution,” he said.Immigration processing in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is currently being done at immigration offices located at Republic Square, Springlands or Port Moleson Creek.“Section 10 (3) and Section 7 (2) of the Immigration Act, Chapter 14:02, respectively states: (a) “Where a person desires to depart from Guyana by crossing a land frontier, he shall before depart, present himself to the nearest immigration officer,” a release from the Ministry stated.In addition, the release noted: “Where a person enters Guyana by crossing a land frontier of Guyana, he shall forthwith present himself to the nearest immigration officer”.As such, the Minister is calling on the public to observe the law.
Less than two weeks after a temporary fix was put in place to ease flooding, a section of the Mahaicony sea defence along Prospect Estate has once again been breached owing to the high tides and the continuous rainfall experienced over the past weekend.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonMinister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma had only recently revealed that action was being undertaken to prevent another breach at the said location and others, albeit somewhat unsuccessfully.However in light of this, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was quoted as stating that the Ministry has already applied for emergency funding to have rehabilitative works done on the sea defence, while others were still under threat.Some 5000 tonnes of boulders were recently positioned along the areas of Dantzig, East Coast Demerara (ECD), to Broomhall, which were expected to serve as a temporary sea defence structure, as other weakened sections along the embankment were being strengthened.The breached sea defenceThe breached defence had also been a result of corrective works being affected by the heavy downpours, as explained by Sea and River Defence Officer within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Kevin Samad. According to him, this can only be addressed after the rainy season ends.The first breach which occurred on July 6, at Dantzig, has affected over 120 farmers within the Region, after acres of rice belonging to them were destroyed by the floodwaters.Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Chairman Vickchand Ramphal had expressed concern only recently on this issue that has been in existence for years. He said not only were the high tides eroding away the boulders acting as sea defence, but they have been uprooting the mangroves.As such, the lack of a permanent sea defence leaves both farming and residential areas between the Mahaica and Abary Rivers under threat.
By all accounts, Sacramento State junior gymnast Nicole Giao is quiet. Standing 5-foot-1, the Etiwanda graduate doesn’t jump out at you physically either. But once Giao gets out on the floor and is ready to compete, the small, quiet gymnast classification gets thrown for a loop. In a sport known for its smooth, classical movements to symphonic, easy-listening music, Giao breaks loose, performing to hard rock/metal groups such as Metallica. Picturing a female gymnast performing doesn’t exactly bring the lyrics of “Enter Sandman” to mind. But Sacramento State coach Kim Hughes thinks it makes perfect sense. “If you know Nicole, you aren’t surprised,” Hughes said. “She is a quiet leader, but she also has a toughness about her. She doesn’t talk much, but when she does, people listen.” Giao, who performed at Crescenta Valley Gymnastics in San Dimas while attending Etiwanda High School, is one of the Hornets’ co-captains as they attempt to win a second straight Western Athletic Conference title. To get in position to do that, Giao has had to overcome a sprained ankle in mid-January that sidelined her for four meets spanning nearly a month. “The injury was pretty tough on me,” Giao said. “It was one of those things where I was just in practice right before we were supposed to go to Alaska-Anchorage and I landed wrong and the ankle rolled. “I just had to wait it out and make sure that it healed properly. I missed the trip to Alaska, but I’m feeling good now and I’m almost all the way back.” Giao has been working her way back slowly, competing in the vault and balance beam in meets against Seattle Pacific and Alaska Anchorage before reintroducing the floor exercise at Feb. 23 at San Jose State. Giao registered season-high marks in all three events against San Jose, scoring a 9.775 on the floor, 9.725 on the beam and 9.700 on the vault. That puts her in perfect position to be 100 percent for the WAC championships March 31 in Cedar City, Utah. That is pretty stellar considering the nature of Giao’s injury. A sprained ankle is a bigger deal in gymnastics than most other sports, as the stress on the joints is severe even when the body is relatively healthy. “I’m pretty sore in general, so the ankle was just another pain I had to overcome,” Giao said. “It’s pretty normal at this point. I’ve been doing gymnastics as long as I can remember so it’s not that big of a deal.” Giao’s high threshold for pain comes from adding mental toughness to go along with being physically tough. The Sacramento State gymnastics team meets with a sports psychologist weekly to work on mental visualizations in certain routines, especially balance beam and floor exercise. When arriving on campus in the fall of 2004, Giao was skeptical of meeting with a sports psychologist. But after a few meetings, she was hooked. “I find it fascinating,” Giao said. “I thought it sounded weird at first, but I’m pretty open-minded about things so I gave it a chance. “I’m really glad that I did. If there’s anything I’ve learned in college it’s how important the mental aspect of gymnastics is. Visualizing my routine before I go out there really helps me focus.” The sessions might have also created a career path for Giao. She quickly took an interest in psychology, selecting it as her major early in her college career. Giao would like to delve into sports psychology when she is done with school, perhaps giving the assistance that she has enjoyed at Sacramento State. “It’s been great for me and I’d like to be able to have that impact on other athletes,” Giao said. “I’d love to help people, whether it be with sports or other aspects of life.” Giao’s mental acuity has been noticed by her coach. When recruiting Giao, Hughes – in his 27th year at Sacramento State – saw a girl that was awkwardly shy at times. But thanks to growth, through psychology and aided by having a big group of gymnasts in her recruiting class, Giao has blossomed nicely at Sacramento State. “Nicole is just a well-rounded, hard-working person who excels athletically, and more importantly, academically,” Hughes said. “It’s great to see her come into her own in school and in the gym. “When she first got here, she was quiet. She still isn’t loud, but she’ll come into my office and we’ll have a great conversation. It’s really great to see.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
But Wilfried Zaha secured all three points with his strike on half-time.After the tie, Conte bemoaned three missing players in Alvaro Morata, N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater and a lack of fighting spirit from his side against a team than had yet to win a game or score a goal all season.He said: “To play this game without three important players, it is not simple.“Today wasn’t simple. I think we started very badly and it was very difficult.”Chelsea lost to Manchester City before the international break, making this back-to-back losses for Conte.He continued: “Also we need to understand the situation and to continue to work to find the right solution despite the injuries. They are big losses for us but we have to accept the situation and try to do our best.”Victor Moses limped off with a suspected hamstring injury in the first half, with the Blues boss adding: “This is another bad situation. We have to check tomorrow (Sunday) with the medical staff. But for sure it is another loss, a big loss for us. You know very well the importance of this player to our team.”Conte concluded: “When you play against Palace away you need more personality, otherwise you allow your opponent to take confidence.”The result left Chelsea, who face Roma next in the Champions League, nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Conte insists Chelsea’s predicament can’t be allowed to affect his players and he called on them to show some character against TottenhamLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 15 – Antonio Conte said his Chelsea side were missing three key players and the right personality to cope with Crystal Palace in their shock 2-1 Premier League loss on Saturday.A Cesar Azpilicueta own-goal on 11 minutes kicked off proceedings before Tiemoue Bakayoko’s 18th minute equaliser.
The Germans bowed out after shock defeats to Mexico and South Korea.It was the first time since 1938 that a Germany side failed to get past the first round at a World Cup finals — a huge dent to Loew’s reputation after 12 successful years in charge.The German Football Association (DFB) has yet to confirm the reports, but Loew has a contract until the 2022 World Cup.Loew returned from Russia considering his future, but the DFB said they would not sack him.He has promised a clearout of the squad and several of the World Cup winners who under-performed so badly in Russia may have played their last game for their country.“It needs far-reaching measures, it needs clear change,” Loew said last week when Germany arrived home in disgrace.Senior players Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller have given Loew their backing, yet could all face the axe after poor displays.There are, however, reports of player disgruntlement in other quarters with Loew.Frankfurt-based newspaper FAZ quoted unnamed Germany players who said the squad was deeply divided between senior and younger players in Russia.There was also resentment to the special status given to captain Manuel Neuer.The goalkeeper played all three group games, ahead of Barcelona star Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, even though Neuer had just returned from eight months sidelined by a foot fracture.That was “a problem for some players” as Loew had said he would only use those who were playing well regularly.Other complaints included Loew giving priority to established players, the choice of Germany’s isolated World Cup base in south-west Moscow and the poor handling of the pre-World Cup scandal involving Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan.Their loyalty to Germany was brought into question on the eve of the World Cup after meeting Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who Gundogan presented with a jersey signed “to my president”.Both players were booed by German fans during pre-World Cup friendlies, which overshadowed preparations for the finals.Ozil refused to comment on the controversy during the World Cup while Gundogan gave a single interview in which he said the furore was “a difficult experience”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Joachim Loew is set to remain head coach of Germany to rebuild the national side in the wake of a woeful display at the World Cup finals when they finished bottom of their group. © AFP / Yann SchreiberBERLIN, Germany, Jul 3 – Germany coach Joachim Loew will remain in his job despite the World Cup debacle which saw the holders crash out after the group stages, according to reports on Tuesday.Both Germany’s best-selling daily Bild and Sport Bild magazine say the 58-year-old will stay on to rebuild the national team, which finished bottom of their group in Russia.