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AMCC’s Yamanaka Tabbed Southland Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Year

AMCC’s Yamanaka Tabbed Southland Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Year

first_img^Student-Athlete of the Year2-Two-Time All-Academic Selection3-Three-Time All-Academic Selection Riley Tran So. Abilene Christian Colleyville, Texas Kinesiology 3.90 Nicolas Mayr2 Jr. Lamar Limburgerhof, Germany General Business 3.75 Yamanaka is one of five repeat honorees, along with Islander teammate William Mottet, Lamar’s Nicolas Mayr, UNO’s Johannes Klein and ACU’s Jonathan Sheehy, a three-time member of the all-academic list. FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Kyohei Yamanaka is the 2020 Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Thursday with its all-academic teams. Student-Athlete of the Year awards are presented by GEICO. Student-Athlete of the Year: Kyohei Yamanaka, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Name Class School Hometown Major GPA Second Team Kyohei Yamanaka^2 Jr. A&M-Corpus Christi Chiba, Japan Kinesiology 3.57 The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland student-athlete of the year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.2020 Southland Men’s Tennis All-Academic Teams Dennis Boisseau, UIW Sr. UIW Cognac, France Business Administration 3.90 Joaquin Delgado Jr. Abilene Christian McAllen, Texas Kinesiology 3.83 The Islanders tied for the most honorees (3) with Abilene Christian and Lamar, but A&M-Corpus Christi was the lone institution with two first-team picks. Senior Thomas Rodrigues Lopes joined Yamanaka on the top squad. UIW garnered a pair of selections, and New Orleans placed one on the first team.center_img Thomas Rodrigues Lopes Sr. A&M-Corpus Christi Romorantin, France Finance 3.54 The junior from Chiba, Japan, owns a 3.57 GPA in kinesiology and boasted a perfect 12-0 mark in singles play this spring before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. Landing on the all-academic first team, it marks the second all-academic selection of his career. Jonathan Sheehy3 Sr. Abilene Christian Arlington, Texas Financial Management 3.22 Name Class School Hometown Major GPA Nedim Ahmic Sr. UIW Tuzla, Bosnia Computer Info. Systems 3.78 William Mottet2 Sr. A&M-Corpus Christi Gargenville, France Kinesiology 3.56 The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coach, sports information director and an academic/compliance staff member from each institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA and have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution to qualify for All-Academic selection. Sebastian Santibanez Sr. Lamar Santiago, Chile MBA 3.85 Johannes Klein2 Jr. New Orleans Witterschlich, Germany Accounting/Finance 3.93 First Team Joshua Taylor So. Lamar Manchester, England Psychology 3.80last_img read more

A new documentary exposes cricket’s soft underbelly by pointing out how administrators are blithely “killing” what was once the most refined of sports

A new documentary exposes cricket’s soft underbelly by pointing out how administrators are blithely “killing” what was once the most refined of sports

first_imgIt is always difficult when a filmmaker asks whether you liked his film. In the case of Death of a Gentleman, a new documentary by Englishman Sam Collins and Australian Jarrod Kimber, it’s even harder than usual. Is their film well made? Yes. Does it raise important questions? Definitely. But,It is always difficult when a filmmaker asks whether you liked his film. In the case of Death of a Gentleman, a new documentary by Englishman Sam Collins and Australian Jarrod Kimber, it’s even harder than usual. Is their film well made? Yes. Does it raise important questions? Definitely. But is it fun to watch? Not for any fan of the game. For it points to a harsh reality that makes us both apprehensive and fearful about a sport we love so much. If cricket is indeed at a crossroads, and in urgent need of being saved from the glitz of the Indian Premier League and the hunger of its misguided administrators, Death of a Gentleman offers a harsh reality check that leaves us both scared and anxious.Collins, 32, and Kimber, 34, have exposed the rotten underbelly of our beloved sport and demonstrated how the future of world cricket is anything but healthy in the hands of administrators such as International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman N. Srinivasan and England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Giles Clarke. At a time when T20 leagues are a success in India and Australia and Sky Sports is planning yet another T20 competition in the UK, concern over cricket’s health could be described as idealistic. And that’s exactly what Clarke tells Collins in the film. In Clarke’s words, Collins and Kimber are coming “straight out of a 1909 Wisden”. However, as we delve deeper, their concerns sound genuine and the filmmakers deserve credit for bringing them to light against all odds.advertisementSo what is at stake here? Why is it that Collins and Kimber, who had started out making a film on Test cricket, ended up making a film with a tagline: “The Biggest Scandal in Sport?” Most importantly, why does it even matter?It matters because cricket is far more than a sport. It is a code and a way of life. “It’s just not cricket” is a statement to highlight any wrongdoing. So when cricket itself is violated, it is indeed a scandal worth talking about. What is alarming is the absolute disdain with which administrators such as Clarke treat Collins and Kimber. Clarke’s comment, “that idiot Sam is waiting outside”, is enough to leave anyone embarrassed. Collins, incidentally, had been waiting outside the ICC office in Dubai to ask Giles and Srinivasan their motive in going ahead with the ICC’s restructuring.When Collins asks Clarke about Allen Stanford, the American billionaire and creator of the Stanford T20 league in 2008-2009 who was later jailed for fraud and whom Clarke had allowed to land at the Lord’s cricket ground in his private aircraft, Clarke replies: “Next Question.” Collins also gets the cold shoulder from Srinivasan who says nothing of consequence in the interview. In fact, to hear Srinivasan say with a smile that there was nothing personal about his differences with former ICC chief Haroon Lorgat is just surreal. For the record, India had cut short their tour to South Africa by close to a month in 2013 because Cricket South Africa, against Srinivasan’s wishes, had appointed him as its CEO.The film ends with an air of despondency. Having watched Srinivasan become the ICC chairman and Clarke the ECB chairman, and having noted that Srinivasan’s deep-rooted conflict of interest-owning Chennai Super Kings and heading the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the same time-did not provoke a single murmur in the ICC, they say, “It is too late.” But is it, really?As cricket analyst Gideon Haigh says in the film while pointing at an empty field: “That’s where cricket will be 20 years from now because I’ll still be playing it.” Haigh is right. In the ultimate analysis, it is not about the administrators, or the lust and greed for power and money. It is about the fans and their obsessive determination to protect the sport.To leave the final comment to Collins and Kimber: “Death of a Gentleman is not a nostalgic look back at a sport that professionals played against amateurs while stopping for tea. It’s a modern morality tale about a future where sport and money collide, India as a superpower, the curse of the professional administrator and set in a world where fans are better connected to, but more disconnected from, their heroes than ever before.”last_img read more