Southeastern Louisiana’s Ray, Sam Houston State’s Wesneski Named Baseball Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana outfielder Nick Ray is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Sam Houston State hurler Hayden Wesneski earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Noah Cameron, Central Arkansas; Noah Sills, Lamar; Luke Taggart, Incarnate Word. The Bearkats (15-6, 7-2 SLC) face a road test against Houston at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before hosting McNeese for a three-game weekend slate, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Ray went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and RBI, along with a stolen base, in the middle game of the series before delivering another three-hit outing in the series finale, going 3-for-4 with three runs driven in, a triple and a stolen base. SLU opens a five-game roadtrip against South Alabama at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday before travelling to Nacogdoches, Texas, for a weekend series against Stephen F. Austin, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch Friday. Hitter of the Week – Nick Ray, Southeastern Louisiana – Redshirt Freshman – Outfielder – Jefferson, La.In the series opener against ACU, Ray blasted three home runs, becoming the first Southeastern Louisiana student-athlete to do so since Justin Boudreaux on March 21, 2010. The Jefferson, La., native finished with five RBI in a 14-1 win. Pitcher of the Week – Hayden Wesneski, Sam Houston State – Junior – Pitcher – Cypress, TexasThe junior righty needed just 107 pitches to navigate all nine frames of Friday’s 6-2 win over the Privateers and had a no-hit broken up in the seventh inning. Wesneski, who hadn’t tallied double-digit strikeouts in a start in his first two years in Huntsville, has sat down 10 or more batters in four of his six starts this season after punching out 13 UNO batters. Wesneski posted his first complete game of the season to lead the Bearkats to a series-opening win at New Orleans and improved to 4-0 on the year with a Southland-best 55 strikeouts, opposite just six walks. Sam Houston State went on to take two-of-three in the series and also picked up an 8-7 win over then-No. 26 Baylor on Tuesday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Ray posted a slash line of .727/.786/1.727 during the Lions’ series sweep of Abilene Christian, going 8-for-11 with four extra-base hits and 10 RBI. Southeastern Louisiana (11-12, 4-2 SLC) began the week with a 13-3 victory Wednesday over Alcorn State before taking all three weekend contests against the Wildcats, extending the Lions’ win streak to five. Honorable Mention: Ryan Flores, Incarnate Word; Josh Ragan, Central Arkansas.last_img read more

DAYTONA STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESKENT DESORMEAUX, EDDIE HASKELL, WINNER: “There were some harrowing moments down the backside and that was probably (What’sontheagenda’s) best chance to beat ‘Eddie’. After about a hundred yards I sent Eddie to quicken the pace and Agapito came with me, then he finally pushed the button and cleared us off, it made it really nice for the mount that I had, he’s just phenomenal, when I pushed the button he gave me whiplash, popped a wheelie and took off and went after the leader.“I’m having fun riding fabulous horses like this one.”AGAPITO DELGADILLO, WHATSONTHEAGENDA, SECOND:  “I really didn’t want to open up too much.  I tried to save a little more for the end, the winner was just too tough.”TRAINER QUOTESMARK GLATT, EDDIE HASKELL, WINNER: “He’s a top horse going five-eighths (on turf). He won throttled down today, man. That was impressive. I wasn’t worried about where he was early. I thought I was running the best horse. He’s learned to come from a little bit off the pace and I think it’s even made him a little better horse going five furlongs. It was cool.Any instructions? “Kent knows the horse. He’s ridden him a couple of times. He’s an easy horse to ride.”“We just hope we can keep him healthy and take it race by race and if he gets us to the Breeders’ Cup in the end of the year I’m sure we will take a shot.”OWNER QUOTESJIM HAILEY, CO-OWNER WITH PHIL WOOD, EDDIE HASHELL, WINNER:  “Mark (Glatt) has done a great job with this horse. When Mark called me and said he wanted to claim this horse, when he had a 10-month layoff, I thought he was absolutely crazy.“It was a lot of money, but we took his recommendation and it’s worked out great. We couldn’t be happier.”NOTES: The winning owners are Philip Wood & Jim Hailey.Eddie Haskell and jockey Kent Desormeaux win the Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes, Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

Reds plot transfer swoop for ‘new Matip’ Thiaw as Klopp plans to oust Lovren

first_imgLIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Kloop is planning a transfer swoop for starlet Malick Thiaw from Schalke after seeing similarities between the 18-year-old and current Reds defender Joel Matip, according to reports.Thiaw has only featured once in the Bundesliga so far, but the highly-rated defender has already drawn much attention for his talents.1 Liverpool plan transfer swoop for young star Malick Thiaw who is just 18 years old and plays for SchalkeCredit: GettyMatip, who plays as a centre-back for the Reds, also began his career with Schalke back in 2009 and Klopp thinks Thiaw could be just as good, according to The Mirror.Thiaw, who stands at 6ft 3in, has been described as a powerful defender who is also versatile and able to play as a defensive midfielder.Liverpool scouts have been keeping a close eye on the young ace, it’s claimed.He has a release clause of £7million on his contract that comes to an end in June next year.However, German giants Schalke are said to be planning to tie Thiaw down to a long-term contract with an even bigger release clause.Negotiations for a new deal are currently still in progress as Klopp plays it out and tries to make the most of the situation.Thiaw does not have a huge amount of professional experience, but Klopp believes Liverpool could be making a solid long-term signing.Especially if he is able to follow in the footsteps of Matip, who went on to play for Cameroon’s national team and be capped 27 times.Current Reds defender Dejan Lovren is rumoured to be leaving Anfield this summer due to a lack of first team action and Thiaw could be an ideal replacement.Most popular 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 himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’According to Spanish media outlet Don Balon, the Croatian will be able to leave the club after just nine Premier League starts this season.He formed a great partnership with Virgil Van Dijk last year and enjoyed Champions League success in 2018 with the squad.But a number of under par performances meant he slowly found his way to the bench.Both Arsenal and Tottenham have expressed their interest in Lovren, but it is still yet to unfold how much Klopp would get for the 30-year-old defender.Not only that, but both London clubs face competition with Lazio also interested, according to Italian outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi.Premier League’s most valuable XI revealed costing staggering £1.19BILLION – including SIX Liverpool starslast_img read more