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Christian Barrett Earns Weekly Honors After Back-To-Back Double-Doubles

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Lamar forward Christian Barrett is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.He recorded two-straight double-doubles as the Cardinals (11-11, 4-5 SLC) picked up a pair of road victories over Nicholls and McNeese to vault them into consideration for a conference tournament berth halfway through their league slate. Barrett shot nearly 69 percent from the field (13-for-19) and missed just one free throw, shooting 8-for-9 (.889).Barrett and the Cardinals look to continue their momentum as they host Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. Wednesday before returning to the road against Stephen F. Austin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Christian Barrett, Lamar – Jr. – Forward – Houston, TexasBarrett scored 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds in a 90-69 drubbing of Nicholls, the Colonels’ first home loss of the season. He converted on all five attempts from the free-throw line and tied his season high with six offensive boards.The Houston native followed up with another 17-point performance against archrival McNeese, leading Lamar to an 84-75 triumph over the Cowboys. Playing just 21 minutes before he fouled out, Barrett grabbed 10 rebounds to post his fourth double-double of the season.Honorable Mention: Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin; Ishmael Lane, Northwestern State; Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State.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.last_img read more

Revealed! Liverpool target described as ‘terrific young player’ by Rodgers

first_imgBrendan Rodgers admits he’s been impressed by Burnley striker Danny Ings – but has refused to discuss transfer speculation linking Liverpool with the forward.The Reds are believed to be favourites to land the Clarets hitman, but face competition from Manchester United and La Liga side Real Sociedad.Ings’ contract expires at the end of the season and Burnley will be due around £4m compensation should he move to a Premier League side.Some reports in Thursday’s newspapers suggested Liverpool had all-but completed a deal for the former Bournemouth man and Rodgers admits the 22-year-old has caught his eye this season.“He’s a terrific young player, but there are a number of options for us to look at,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“There’s no doubt he’s done really well for Burnley and he’s a good young player.”last_img read more

Playing on grass at the Four Seasons Papagayo

first_imgNo related posts. Everybody knows that the Four Seasons Resort on the Papagayo Peninsula in the northwestern province of Guanacaste is the spot for golf. After all, the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course – yes, Arnold Palmer designed it himself – undulates over the slender but curvaceous peninsula, offering sick views and a pretty challenging game of golf, too.Fewer people are aware of a recent addition to the resort involving the other country club sport: a shiny new grass tennis court. On Jan. 1, the first Four Seasons Resort guests donned their tennis whites and stepped onto the mysterious green surface. It’s been thrilling vacationers ever since. “A lot of people have wanted to play on one of these for their entire lives,” said Director of Operations Jay Miller. “They get very excited about it.”Located beside the posh Golf Clubhouse designed by famous architect Ronald Zürcher and set back from four Har-Tru tennis courts, the grass court is maintained just like a putting green, Miller said. That involves frequent watering and daily “moisture probes” to ensure the grass is healthy. It’s the only grass court in the entire chain of Four Seasons properties worldwide, and as far as anybody knows, it’s the only well-maintained grass court in all of Costa Rica.Most often associated with the grand slam tournament, Wimbledon, the grass surface is the least common type of court in the sport of tennis. Fewer than one percent of tennis courts in the world are said to be of the grass variety, and they come with their own special quirks. Balls bounce low, fast and sometimes irregularly, rendering a serve-and-volley game a good bet. That’s why tennis powerhouses like Pete Sampras and Serena Williams do so well on grass.As somebody who grew up playing tennis but had never even seen a grass court, I was pretty pumped to check it out. One of the Four Seasons Club pros, Carlos Calvo, took me out to the court on a Saturday morning around 11 a.m. and equipped me with some complimentary tennis shoes, a hat, a good racket and a whole lot of water. (Late mornings on the peninsula can be sweltering, but luckily we had some cloud cover.)As I took to the court, it felt like I was tiptoeing over an oversized sponge. It was hard to believe the ball would bounce at all, but some early rallying close to the net proved that it did. Carlos and I hit for a while, and when I became accustomed to the surface and the timing, we moved back to the baseline.For a while, Carlos had me work on emphasizing my follow through, and he ran me from side to side until I was damp and panting. Then he suggested we play a tiebreaker, during which I was forced to sprint and dive to stay in nearly every point. “Tennis is a game of emergencies,” he said before easily dispatching me.I will say this – hitting the ground on a grass court is not nearly as painful or dirty as it is on a hard court. But even if it had been a dirty affair, the Four Seasons was prepared. When the lesson concluded, an employee brought Carlos and I a couple of cool, grapefruit scented towels, which felt totally amazing. Facebook Commentslast_img read more