Southland Gives Back: Islanders Make a Second Home at Ronald McDonald House

first_imgCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – When not in class, at practice or competing, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student-athletes choose to make a home away from home at the Ronald McDonald House of Corpus Christi throughout the Fall 2018 semester. The efforts of the Islanders athletic department are one of the Southland Conference’s 13 member institutions attempts to better their local communities through student-athlete volunteering endeavors.The Islanders began this year’s campaign at the annual Halloween Celebration on Oct. 31, dressing up in costume and handing out candy to the Ronald McDonald House residents as well as operating several activity stations. Volunteers also served as judges for both the parent and child costume contest.“Celebrating Halloween with the children was a truly special event seeing as many of them cannot physically go trick-or-treating due to their health,” said Dominic Baptiste, men’s cross country and track and field athlete and Student Government Association Athletic Senator. “We all had such a great time, and it meant a lot to us to be able to take part.”TAMUCC’s campaign with the Ronald McDonald House has carried over into the month of November where Islander student-athletes conducted a Wishlist Drive over a three-week period. Student-athletes, along with coaches and staff, collected more 40 pounds of household, kitchen and non-perishable food items for residents. They delivered these items and hosted a Thanksgiving Craft Day where they helped the children of the house make hats and hand out turkeys to families in order to celebrate the holiday.The Ronald McDonald initiative was spearheaded by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which assists with the planning, recruiting and execution of these events. The SAAC will kick off the new year with a game night scheduled for the second week of January as well as running a pop tab drive for the entire semester to help raise funds for the house.“Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House has been such a great experience thus far,” said SAAC President and soccer player Abbie Flax. “The kids and families of the house can be going through such hard and scary times, so it is a great feeling to be able to put a smile on their faces, even if it’s only for an hour or two. This is such a special organization, and we hope to stay involved as much as possible.”Ronald McDonald House Charities of Corpus Christi provides a comfortable home away from home for families who must travel to fulfill their children’s healthcare needs. Families have the opportunity to connect and receive strength and stability from others who share similar experiences. They offer a number of services that include the following: private guestrooms, daily meals, transportation, laundry facilities and activities for parents and siblings.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img read more

Solskjaer says Matic ‘liked’ Spurs link post because he ‘has sense of humour’

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Nemanja Matic “liked” an Instagram post of himself being linked with a move to Tottenham because he “has a sense of humour”.The Serbian midfielder, 31, was jokingly linked with Spurs after Jose Mourinho was hired to take over from sacked Mauricio Pochettino.1 Solskjaer says Matic was only playing along with the joke about moving to SpursMourinho had twice signed Matic – at Chelsea and then later Man Utd – as fans prayed for a hat-trick.And after one fan posted a hilarious meme joking about Matic heading to North London, the player himself posted a series of emojis applauding the joke.But Solskjaer moved quickly to douse the fire, saying Matic was just playing along with the gag, despite rumours of a January exit.The United chief joked: “Jose coming back is going to be a spectacle and a circus – and Nemanja has a sense of humour.”As well as being linked with a move to Tottenham, Atletico Madrid are thought to be keen on a move for the veteran United midfielder in January.Matic has fallen out of favour somewhat under Solskjaer – but could play against Sheffield United on Sunday due to injuries to Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba.Reports recently claimed Matic, 31, is pushing for a January transfer – with fans quick to joke it will surely be to Tottenham. One wrote: “Perfect chance for United to offload Matic to Spurs for £40million.”Another said: “I’m pretty sure I ain’t the only one who can’t wait for Nemanja Matic to break the news to the whole world in January that it’s always been a dream for him to play and wear the colours of Spurs.”On even predicted the “The Mourinho to do list”, writing: “Sign Zlatan, Willian and Matic, make Eriksen a defensive midfielder and Son Heung-min a world class wing-back.”Man Utd boss Solskjaer says it’s great to have Mourinho back and shrugs off threat of Pochettinolast_img read more

Mourinho ‘contacts Fellaini about January move’ and reunion with ex-Utd ace

first_imgLatest Spurs Transfer NewsGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothGossipJOSE’S SP-ARKSpurs ‘in secret transfer talks’ with Napoli over £45m-rated Arkadiusz MilikGossipALL O-VERVertonghen may QUIT Spurs for free next month as club refuse two-year dealGossipNO KANE DOSpurs reject Kane approach by Barca forcing them into £100m Martinez moveGossipDOUBLE BUBBLESpurs eye double Serie A transfer swoop for Alex Sandro and CastagneBROTHERS IN ARMSSpurs target Booth brothers – Taylor from Bayern, Zach at Real Salt LakeGossipSERGE SPLURGESpurs join Utd and Chelsea in race for Lazio’s £80m-rated Milinkovic-SavicThe following season was blighted by a knee injury as the player nonetheless scored five goals in his emerging role as a super sub.And the switch to China has seen him return to form with 12 goals for Luneng who were downed by Shanghai Shenhua in last week’s Cup final.Back in England, Mourinho has won four of his first five games as Spurs boss but is yet to settle on a preferred central midfield setup with Christian Eriksen set to leave.2 Fellaini was a favourite of Mourinho’s at Old TraffordCredit: AFP or licensorsJosé Mourinho compares Son wonder-goal vs Burnley to legendary Ronaldo Nazário strike for Barcelona MAROUANE FELLAINI could return to the Premier League next month after Jose Mourinho reportedly contacted the Belgian about a move to Spurs.Despite a fast start to life in North London, the Portuguese coach is considering a January refresh to his squad that may feature a familiar name.2 Fellaini signed for Shandong Luneng in JanuaryCredit: Getty – ContributorAccording to Belgian outlet DH Les Sports, Mourinho rang up Fellaini only hours after his club Shandong Luneng ended their season with defeat in the CFA Cup final.The Tottenham manager is said to have made his former Manchester United favourite a priority signing for the January window.Even at 32, Fellaini remains something of a unique proposition at the top level and Mourinho wants a player of his profile to bolster Spurs’ squad.A five-year spell at United saw the towering midfielder become a valuable asset when the ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid boss took control in 2016.Fellaini played 47 times as the Red Devils won the League Cup and Europa League in Mourinho’s first season.That included the assist for Paul Pogba’s opener in the final versus Ajax.last_img read more

Warriors wait on Foran

first_imgForan remains questionable for the trip to Perth, still nursing the injury he sustained in the second half of the Warriors’ Round 14 clash with the Gold Coast Titans, with coach Stephen Kearney including Hingano on the bench as cover at this stage.With veteran hooker Issac Luke (shoulder) already a confirmed out, it’s likely Hingano will feature in the final 17 as the back-up rake even if Foran does play, and the 20-year-old told NRL.com that he will be ready to start if required.”My preparation is going to be the same whether I am playing in the halves or at hooker,” Hingano said.”I took being able to start in the halves last week as a moment of opportunity, I definitely got a lot of confidence from it ahead of this weekend.”If I end up in the middle then I’ll have two good halves next to me who I’ll listen to and just play my role.”Meanwhile Kearney gave an update on the progress of both Foran and Luke, while endorsing Hingano as the man for the job at either standoff or hooker.”[Kieran’s] a lot further ahead this week than he was last week, so we are quietly confident,” Kearney said.”[Issac] has pulled up pretty well and obviously after this week we get the opportunity to rest for the bye, so depending on how his rehab goes we anticipate he will be back for the Penrith game [in Round 19].”[Ata] could potentially [play dummy-half], he has played a little bit of time in there before at NRL level and I am sure he can fill in there quite easily.”  Photo: NRL Photos.Kieran Foran remains in some doubt for the Warriors.last_img read more

Broncos stun Saints

first_imgSaints, who had lost just once in the league prior to Sunday’s trip which pitted top against bottom, forced the additional time thanks to Regan Grace’s dramatic last-gasp try.But man of the match Smith showed great composure to land the winning kick when the Broncos took a couple of tackles after a knock-on from Saints to set up the winning moment.There was no sign of what was to come when tries from skipper James Roby and Luke Thompson helped Saints to a 12-0 lead after 10 minutes.When you beat the league leaders! Just that!!!! @LondonBroncosRL win!!! pic.twitter.com/RUCNyGZPsy— London Broncos (@LondonBroncosRL) June 9, 2019At that stage it looked as though a routine win was on the cards, but the Broncos were level at the break thanks to an interception score from Ryan Morgan and James Cunningham’s converted try.Mark Percival crossed to put Saints back ahead early in the second half but Morgan’s second and a try from captain Jay Pitts had the Broncos in dreamland.Grace appeared to have ruined the party with his try in the final minute, only for Smith to spark huge celebrations from the Broncos faithful and end Saints’ seven-match winning Super League run.There was more late drama in Sunday’s other contest as Tony Smith’s first game in charge of struggling Hull KR ended in a 19-18 reverse at home to Wigan Warriors.It appeared as though the match was also headed for golden point until Sam Powell nailed a timely drop goal for the Warriors, who scored tries through George Williams, Dan Sarginson, Joe Burgess and Liam Marshall to ruin the day for former Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves boss Smith. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Morgan Smith of London Broncoslast_img read more

Marshall and Foran remain in Kiwis squad

first_imgThe veteran halves are in a 19-strong group announced by coach Michael Maguire, with regular five-eighth Kodi Nikorima having been ruled out of contention by the Warriors.Maguire confirmed Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will retain the captaincy, even though a shift to the wing or centres looms following the return to availability of star fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who missed all of last year’s five Tests.Veteran hooker Issac Luke is in the group of eight players cut from the 27-man group unveiled midweek ahead of Saturday’s clash in Auckland.Luke won a premiership with Maguire at Souths but the coach has shunned sentiment, leaving Brandon Smith as his only starting hooker option.The halves represent an intriguing dilemma for Maguire, who fielded Shaun Johnson and Nikorima through most of last year.Johnson has just returned from a hamstring injury at Cronulla and, if picked, will link with one of either Marshall or Foran, who have both starred previously for the Kiwis and played more than 20 Tests each.Former skipper Marshall, 34, hasn’t played a Test since 2012, having been unwanted by previous coaches Stephen Kearney and David Kidwell despite consistently expressing a desire to wear the black jersey again.Bulldogs star Foran has played one Test in the last four years, his prospects not aided by off-field problems.Three uncapped candidates are Cronulla second-rower Briton Nikora, Melbourne fullback Jahrome Hughes and Sydney Roosters forward Zane Tetevano, who was named for last year’s tour of England but was later ruled out with injury.The three backs omitted by Maguire are Jamayne Isaako, Jordan Rapana and Nikorima. Brisbane winger Isaako was subsequently confirmed in the Samoa team to face Papua New Guinea in Sydney on Saturday.The forwards to miss the cut are Luke, Joseph Tapine, Isaiah Papali’i, Martin Taupau and the uncapped Aganatius Paasi.Manly prop Taupau announced an allegiance switch to Samoa midweek while the NZ Rugby League said Canberra had made both Rapana and Tapine unavailable for selection.KIWISBacks: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jahrome Hughes, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Ken Maumalo, Esan Marsters, Joseph Manu, Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson, Benji Marshall,Forwards: James Fisher-Harrs, Zane Tetevano, Isaac Liu, Briton Nikora, Kenny Bromwich, Leeson Ah Mau, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jesse Bromwich, Brandon Smith.last_img read more

Tigers aiming to reduce errors in vital Muruks clash

first_imgThey will not want a repeat of last week with little things that cost them the game. Gurias won by 4 points, courtesy of successful penalty and conversion kicks. Tigers play PRK Mendi Muruks in a semi-final (elimination) at 3pm.Coach Stanley Tepend reminded the boys soon after the loss on Sunday that it was important to keep cool and be in control of the game.  He told them to stay focused for the final shot today.Former Kumuls/Hunters player David Loko has been Tigers’ trusted man with a style of play that won the crowd’s hearts. He will be supported in the forwards by able runners in former Kumuls Roy Kela, captain Sydney Fred and lock Ismael Balkawa.Tigers’ mobile back-line should cause some headaches for the visitors if they are not careful. Tigers had a good year, finishing on top of the table in the Eastern pool during season proper and continued the form during the crossover. Both sides defeated each other during their home games this year. Claiming the back to back minor premiership tag, many will show up at Lae League to cheer, hoping that the Lae Biscuit Company sponsored side have done their work during the week in preparations.last_img read more

Centenarian Hidekichi Miyazaki sets sprint record in Japan

first_imgHidekichi Miyazaki, dubbed “Golden Bolt” after the fastest man on the planet, clocked 42.22 seconds in Kyoto to set a 100 metres world record in the over-105 age category — one for which no mark previously existed — a day after reaching the milestone age.”I’m not happy with the time,” the pint-sized Miyazaki told AFP in an interview after recovering his wind on Wednesday (local time).”I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly. Perhaps I’m getting old.”Indeed, so leisurely was his pace that Bolt could have run his world record of 9.58 four times, or practically completed a 400 metres race — a fact not lost on Miyazaki.”I’m still a beginner, you know,” he said.”I’ll have to train harder. Training was going splendidly, so I had set myself a target of 35 seconds. I can still go faster.”Miyazaki, the poster boy for Japan’s turbo-charged geriatrics in a country with one of the world’s highest life expectancies, said he was proud of his health.”The doctors gave me a medical examination a couple of days ago and I’m fit as a fiddle,” he said.”My brain might not be the sharpest but physically I’m tip-top. I’ve never had any health problems. The doctors are amazed by me. I can definitely keep on running for another two or three years.”Dressed in his trademark red, tight shorts hiked alarmingly high, Miyazaki got off to a wobbly start before finding a gentle rhythm and trotting across the finish line to loud cheers, greeted by his great-grandchildren carrying bouquets.Cheekily, he celebrated by striking Bolt’s famous “lightning” pose before being presented with a certificate from Guinness officials.Miyazaki, who was born in 1910 – the year Japan annexed Korea and when the Titanic was still being built — only took up running in his early 90s and prepares for races by taking a sneaky catnap.He stands just 1.53 metres tall and weighs in at 42 kilograms.He trains religiously by popping a kilogram weight into a rucksack and going for daily walks around his local park in Kyoto, where he now lives.”It’s all about willpower,” Miyazaki said of his need for speed.”You have to keep going.”Japanese television crews jostled as Miyazaki, a native of tea-growing Shizuoka prefecture, arrived for his record tilt sporting dapper white slacks and a Panama hat.Job done on the track, the Japanese athlete proved he was a dab hand at the shot put, tossing a best effort of 3.25 metres before calling it a day.”I can’t think about retiring,” said Miyazaki, whose next competition is next month’s Japanese Masters Championships.”I have to continue for a few more years, to show my gratitude to my fans, said Miyazaki.last_img read more

Reinier is imminent

first_imgThe UOL Esporte portal indicated that Flamengo would have accepted 80% of the termination clause, set at 35 million euros, and 20% will be divided by the employer and the player’s family, who will turn 18 on the 19th of this month.Reinier did not dispute the U-17 World Cup held in Brazil and conquered by homeowners because Flamengo refused to give it up to have him in the first team that won this year’s league and Copa Libertadores.This Saturday, Reinier completed his second training with the U23 team preparing to play the South American Pre-Olympic Tournament in Colombia and will grant two seats for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in which Brazil, to qualify, will be defending the gold medal obtained in Rio 2016.If the transfer is completed, the player, compared to Kaká for his football similarities and for both being from Brazil, the Brazilian capital, would be joining his former teammate in Real Madrid in the lower divisions of the ‘Fla’ Vinicius Júnior and Rodrygo, another of the new promises of the South American country. Flamengo Vice President Marcos Braz said that the last champion of the Brazilian league awaits a formal proposal by the midfielder Reinier, the new jewel of the Rio de Janeiro team and who It is close to signing for Real Madrid, as AS reported this Friday.“The proposal has to come first”, Braz told the digital edition of the O Globo newspaper in Rio de Janeiro when asked about the “imminent transfer” of the player to the Spanish team, as the Brazilian press assures.According to the Goal portal, Flamengo executives met Friday with representatives of the young player, headed by his father Mauro Brasilia, former world champion of futsal with Brazil in 1985, and would have reached a “principle of agreement”. At the meeting, according to information, were also the manager of Flamengo, Bruno Spindel, and the football agent Giuliano Bertolucci.last_img read more

Darío Silva defends Victor: “What is the problem? Never saw the WhatsApp black?”

first_imgAl-thani: “For me he was wrong in many situations. In this situation, he is covering all the hole he has behind. He has to face the small shareholders, these small companies and entrepreneurs who put money in Malaga for some important actions that now they got off and they can lose all the money. Something very delicate and very complicated is happening and now, he wants to cover all this with Victor that seems totally unpleasant to me. “Victor’s personal life and situation: “How are you going to get into my house? No matter what has happened … It’s something intimate. Why can’t he show the balls? And if I want to be seen, what’s the problem? No one ever saw porn movies? They never received the WhatsApp black? I want to die. This is a very serious thing. Removing a technician for such a case never happened. I think I wanted to load it. All this to cover and be able to throw it …Departure from Al Thani: “That he raises camels and is going to run camel races that will be more fun. In his country and he doesn’t move from there. He has come to hurt businessmen.” Darío Silva, former player of Málaga, went through the microphones of El Larguero de la Cadena SER to talk about the situation of Víctor Sánchez del Amo and the suspension of functions of Malaga after the filtering of an intimate video of the coach. The Uruguayan did not hesitate to defend the master and was quite critical of Al Thani. Victor Extortion: “It is an unfortunate fact. This is somewhat criminal.”last_img read more