The Colts selected former Trojan receiver Michael Pittman Jr. in the second round of the NFL Draft Friday. (Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) Pittman was the eighth wide receiver selected in this year’s draft. He doesn’t profile as one of the faster receivers in his draft class — he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL Draft Combine — but he has been lauded by scouts and draft analysts for his hands, size and ability to make contested catches downfield. Scouts also view Pittman as a potential special teams contributor, a role which he occasionally played during his college career. Pittman is the 511th Trojan of all time to be drafted into the NFL, the most of any school in the nation. Pittman will be the newest target for potential Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers, who signed with the Colts this offseason after a lengthy career with the Los Angeles (formerly San Diego) Chargers. “I just couldn’t be more happy that I get to start with a Hall of Fame quarterback,” Pittman said of Rivers. The Colts finished with a 7-9 record last season, third place in the AFC South, following the surprising retirement of quarterback Andrew Luck just a couple weeks before the season’s start. Pittman will look to help add to an Indianapolis offense that finished with the eighth-fewest total yards per game and the third-fewest passing yards per game last season. However, the Colts finished with 22.6 points per game last year, 16th in the NFL. Michael Pittman Jr. became the latest Trojan to join the NFL fraternity when the Indianapolis Colts selected the wide receiver with the 34th overall pick in the NFL Draft Friday. In 2019, Pittman proved himself to be one of the best receivers in the nation, finishing fourth in receptions and 10th in receiving yards en route to a nomination as a Biletnikoff Award finalist. He started all 13 games for the Trojans and was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and AP All-American Second Team. “I am super excited to be a Colt,” Pittman said in a video posted to the Colts’ Twitter. “Let’s bring the juice.” “I was almost certain that I was gonna be a Colt today,” Pittman said. “You see the blue shirt? … Just based on the conversations that we had. I felt like we had a good connection and I just felt like it was the right fit … I think that they brought me in to impact right now.” Pittman also won the 2019 Pop Warner College Award, given to a senior who made an impact on the field, in the classroom and in the community. A team captain for USC, Pittman won USC’s MVP, Community Service Award and Lifters Award. “I feel like I try to be diverse in what I can do,” Pittman said. “I feel like I use my hands well. Being a bigger guy, people expect me to be physical and strong. So I have that, but I can also do all of the stuff that all of the smaller guys can.”
“There are things that have been said, but we have always had a relationship based on honesty and admiration,” said Mbappe.The last time Mbappe and Neymar had appeared together was in the French Cup final last April, a match which ended in defeat.As Bordeaux pressed, Mbappe and PSG began to carve open the home defence.He burst through on his own, but goalkeeper Benoit Costil anticipated the chip.Then Costil again reacted quickly, diving at Angel Di Maria’s feet as the Argentine ran onto Mbappe’s angled through ball.PSG, who had suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Reims on Wednesday, survived a late video review for a potential Bordeaux penalty to recapture first place.Angers are second in the table after a 1-1 draw with Amiens.Nantes, also two points off the pace, had briefly moved to the top when they won 1-0 win at Lyon earlier in the day.Lyon had the best of the chances but conceded the only goal in freakish fashion just before the hour.As Samuel Moutoussamy broke into the home area, left-back Fernando Marcal slid in and attempted to poke the ball out for a corner. Instead, it struck his other leg and looped over goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and into the goal.As the home fans whistled their team, the Lyon players appeared increasingly lost, although the brilliance of Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont was a major factor in their failure.For Nantes, it was a first win at Lyon since December 1996.Monaco’s revival continued when a 4-1 home win over Brest allowed them to move into 12th spot.Monaco have now taken seven points from their last three league games.Share on: WhatsApp Neymar’s goal secures win for PSG. Paris, France | AFP | Brazilian superstar Neymar pledged Saturday to “give my life to PSG” after his goal kept the French giants top of Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win at Bordeaux.Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, had been strongly linked to a return to Barcelona over a tumultuous summer.However, in an attempt to win over PSG fans, many of whom have become unconvinced by the player’s attachment to the French capital, Neymar has looked a rejuvenated figure, scoring for a third time this season.“I’m very happy to be able to help PSG, it’s better with the fans,” he said.“It’s like with your girlfriend, one moment you’re bad, but with hugs and a lot of love, it’s better.“I am here to give my life to PSG. They are my team, my goal is to help my club, to continue to score goals.”On Saturday, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar played together for the first time this season and combined for the only goal in Bordeaux.Mbappe, who had been out injured since August 25, started on the bench but, with PSG struggling for a breakthrough, came on after an hour.The Parisian attack immediately gained a more menacing edge.Both Mbappe, with a shot, and Neymar, with a header, went close before combining to open the scoring for the game’s only goal in the 70th minute.Mbappe outpaced the Bordeaux defence on the right. His precise low cross presented Neymar with a tap in at the far post.“The most important thing is that these goals are decisive, in tight matches, that’s why I’m here,” added Neymar.“It’s obviously a pleasure to link up with Kylian again. He came back with his smile and with his football talent,” he added.– Mbappe’s Neymar ‘admiration’ –French World Cup winner Mbappe said he was delighted to link-up again with Neymar although he admits their partnership remains a work in progress.
Expert riders compete in the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020.The much-anticipated grand charity equestrian event, B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020 to win the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup, finally concluded. The search for 2020’s winner was held by B.Grimm, led by Dr. Harald Link, president of B.Grimm who is also president of the Thailand Equestrian Federation, along with Nantinee Tanner, the federation’s vice president for the 15th consecutive year. The final event was held 18 January 2020 at Thai Polo and Equestrian Club Pattaya. Nunthinee Tanner, Founder, Thai Polo and Equestrian Club. Spicing things up even further, organisers award Duangjai Phoin for Best Hat and Praewpreeya Chumsai Na Ayutthaya for Best Dress. Famous celebrities attended the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020. Caroline Link. From left: Duangjai Phoin, Praewpreeya Chumsai Na Ayutthaya, Thitipong Lorprasert, Pannita Snidvongs Na Ayutthaya and Juntamon Yampundhu. BMW Thai Polo Open 20201 of 30 Stomping Divots. Wanphen Sakdatorn and Wanphen Sakdatorn. Tang Polo Team is crowned champions of the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020. Waraporn Siriboonma, Naphalai Areesorn and Wanphen Sakdatorn. Thitipong Lorprasert and Pannita Snidvongs Na Ayutthaya. The star-studded event was filled with colors, fun and joy from a string of elite guests. Some of Thailand’s top celebrities graced the charity gathering. Among them were Mark Thawin P. Seawtong, Pawee Somprasong, Jirapa Lakasanawisit, Yuwapa Banyongrakkul, Dr. Nattapat-Suppanat Meenchai, Praewpreeya Chumsai Na Ayutthaya, Duangjai Po-in, and Jantamon Yampan to name a few.This event featured an exciting competition between the Thai Polo Team (shown here) and 1003 Polo Team from China, the former winning 7-3.Besides the exciting polo match, the event also had activities and charity booths that included performances by Wat Suthiwararam School’s marching band, show jumping, feeding and riding miniature horses, and fun games to win prizes for a good cause.Before the final match commenced, the spectators and celebrity guests witnessed a polo match tradition that has been carried on for centuries, called Stomping Divots. Horses pranced and stomped on the field to smoothen and harden the ground, while sophisticatedly dressed guests cheerfully conversed and greeted each other before the match started.Dr. Harald Link, president of the B.Grimm Group and the Thailand Equestrian Federation, congratulates the Show Jumping winners.Highlights of the event also include best dress awards for ladies. Walking away with the Best Hat Award this year was Praewpreeya Chumsai Na Ayutthaya, while Duangjai Po-in wowed the crowd with her stunning outfit which won the Best Dress Award.The event culminated in mesmerizing fireworks and an exclusive barbecue dinner accompanied by soothing live music. The event concluded with smiles of happiness and victorious moments of the polo players and the guests who came together to support this charitable cause.Famous celebrities attend the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020.Dr. Harald Link, president of B.Grimm Group and the Thailand Equestrian Federation.BMW Thailand sponsors the BMW-B.Grimm Thai Polo Open 2020. Tang Polo takes on Thai polo in the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020. Mark Thawin P Seawtong. From Left: Kom Sevatasai, Nunthinee Tanner, Founder, Thai Polo and Equestrian Club, Pammy Simaprasertm, Sasinun Lochaya, Tipaporn Ajanant, and Vasavat Wattanasirisombat. The match for third place followed when La Familia defeated the Malaysian Royal Pahang team. Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020 is considered the most prestigious charity event that kicks start the season. Held annually, the event is hosted by Dr. Harald Link at one of Asia’s highest standard polo fields. This year, the four finalists included Thai Polo from Thailand, La Familia from Malaysia, Royal Pahang from Malaysia, and Tang Polo from China, each earning a spot after a series of selection competitions in mid-January.At the final event, Tang Polo from China beat Thai Polo from Thailand 8 to 7, and won the prestigious winner’s cup from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The third and fourth runners up were La Familia and Royal Pahang from Malaysia respectively.Not only is Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020 a competition at the highest level of polo in Thailand, featuring teams from an international pool of contenders, it is also a charity event that raises funds for the Chitralada Technology Institute. Dr. Natthapat, Sopit, and Suphanat Minchaiynunt. Pongsakorn Chanchaisrisakul and Yen Wang. Yuwapa Banyongrakkul, Dr. Yin Win Thu, and Mathurada Kongkabpan. The Thai Polo team readies for play in the B.Grimm – BMW Thai Polo Open 2020. BMW Thailand sponsors the BMW-B.Grimm Thai Polo Open 2020. Pammy Simaprasertm, Bunnaporn Eiamamornpan, Wee Marr and Siriyos Devahasdin Na Ayudhya. Lukkana Peetrangsee and Kanyapat Pukasab. Dr. Harald Link, president of B.Grimm Group and the Thailand Equestrian Federation congratulate the Show Jumping winner. Thai Polo earned the runner-up trophy. The game is on! Jirapa Laksabawisit and Pavee Somprasong. Lee and Pattharapol Puengboonpra. Siriya Jitpimolmard and Waraporn Siriboonma. Naphalai Areesorn (center) poses for a photo with Best Hat winner Duangjai Phoin (left) and Best Dress winner Praewpreeya Chumsai Na Ayutthaya (right). From Left: Dr. Yin Win Thu, Lukkana Peetrangsee, Waraporn Siriboonma, Yuwapa Banyongrakkul and Kanyapat Pukasab.
Sarah-Michelle Clear in her triathlon winning days.Local teen Sarah-Michelle Clear prepares to dive in the waters off Jomtien Beach.From champion triathlete at 10 years old in Europe to Advanced SCUBA diver at 12 years old, Sarah-Michelle Clear has packed a lot into her short life.Born here in Pattaya and living in the UK and Thailand, she has progressed through the ranks of these two very diverse sports.Having retired from triathlons at the ripe old age of 11, after winning gruelling domestic and international triathlons in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Holland and of course Thailand, ending up in her age group as #2 in the South-East England Junior Triathlon series and #1 in the pioneering Castle Triathlon series held in the UK, Ireland and France, she has not stopped the ‘quest for excellence’.With the help of Louise at the Jomtiem Dive Center, she took her very first dive in February 2017 and by August had the following PADI qualifications; Junior Open Water Diver, Junior Advanced Diver, Junior Rescue Diver and EFR. Now Sarah-Michelle dives for fun and later this year hopes to add more individual qualifications that are available to her age group.