first_imgHonorable Mention: Breanna Wright, Abilene Christian; Randi Brown, New Orleans; DeA’ngela Mathis, Lamar. 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 at least 25 percent of ballots. 2017 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 11 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas junior guard Kamry Orr was named the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by The Sugar Bears (13-4, 6-0 SLC), now on an eight-game win streak, host New Orleans (7-10, 3-3 SLC) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT before welcoming fellow defending regular season champion Abilene Christian (12-4, 6-0 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3. Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kamry Orr, Central Arkansas – Jr. – Guard – Little Rock, Ark.Orr set a career high in both games on the road, scoring 27 at UIW before topping that with 32 at Nicholls, including outscoring the Colonels 16-11 in 4th quarter. She shot 60 percent from three-point range, making more (six) than the Sugar Bears’ two opponents (four) for the week. The Little Rock, Ark., native shot 89 percent from the free throw line and 48.6 percent from the field while also leading UCA in steals at UIW and in assists at Nicholls. She registered seven steals while logging 36.5 minutes per game as the Sugar Bears held their opponents to an average of 41.5 points for the week.last_img read more

first_imgNACOGDOCHES, Texas – In an announcement made Monday, SFA Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey named Erin Scott the head coach for the Ladyjacks’ tennis team. Scott comes to Nacogdoches following a 12-year run as the head women’s tennis coach at current Conference USA and former Southland Conference member UTSA in the Alamo City. “We are excited to welcome Erin to SFA, Nacogdoches and east Texas,” commented Ivey. “She comes to us with great experience in the state of Texas and the Southland Conference. We are looking forward to watching her grow our tennis program.”While in charge of the Roadrunners, Scott amassed 116 wins and reached conference tournament postseason play 10 times during her 12 season in San Antonio. In all, Scott has prepped a total of 12 all-conference players, 16 conference all-academic team members and a CoSIDA Academic All-District choice.”It’s an honor for me to be chosen as the next women’s head tennis coach,” stated Scott. “I want to thank Ryan Ivey and Loree McCary for this incredible opportunity. I am so excited to be a part of Stephen F. Austin and the Lumberjack family. I look forward to leading the women’s tennis program in a way that will make the university and community proud.”During the six seasons in Scott’s tenure where the Roadrunners competed in the Southland Conference (2007-12) the team posted 28 league victories. UTSA’s most successful Southland campaign occurred in 2009 when the squad posted a total of 16 victories – the most wins by the team in a single season in over a half-decade. That year, the Roadrunners finished third in the league standings and made a run to the Southland Conference Tournament championship match.”I would also like to thank Loree McCary for her efforts in leading this process during the transition period,” Ivey continued. “She did a great job vetting candidates and ensuring we get the best coach for our program and student-athletes.”Before accepting the head coaching positing at UTSA in December of 2006, Scott spent three seasons in Madison, Wis., as an assistant coach for Wisconsin. Through Scott’s stay, the Badgers achieved a top-50 national ranking in the 2005 season and earned at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament in both 2004 and 2005. The Badgers’ final ranking of 34th nationally following the conclusion of the 2005 campaign was the second-highest season-ending ranking in the history of the program. As a student-athlete, Scott’s collegiate playing career started in 1998 at Florida before she transferred to Washington following two seasons in a Gator uniform. It was with the Huskies that Scott played her best tennis as the co-captain helped lead Washington to a runner-up finish in the Pac-10 as well as a sixth-place showing at the NCAA Championships. Through her career, Scott dropped just one dual match and competed on four squads that ranked among the nation’s top 10. Scott is the mother of two children – Easton (seven) and Ryder (five).last_img read more

first_imgElimination Bracket – Third RoundNo. 3 Arkansas State vs. No. 4 Stephen F. AustinStephen F. Austin blazed out to a decisive traditional matchup victory, combining for a 1,063-pin count to best the Red Wolves’ 897. Carlene Beyer led the charge for SFA with a stunning 269 as the five-slot bowler. The Ladyjacks boasted three players scoring above 200 as Dakotah Hazlewood (220) and Sarah Gill (209) followed Beyer’s lead.SFA mounted their final attack against Arkansas State with a 910-886 win in the baker total pinfall series. The Ladyjacks outscored the Red Wolves in the second, third and fourth rounds to obtain the victory and keep their hopes for a Southland Bowling League title alive. Advancers Bracket – SemifinalNo. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 2 Sam Houston StateSam Houston State’s Madysen Keller provided the heroics for the Bearkats in the opening round traditional match against top-seeded Vanderbilt. Keller’s 223 led the Bearkats to an eight-pin victory over the Commodores that finished at a 928-920.The Baker matchup proved just as competitive between the Vanderbilt and Sam Houston State teams as the Bearkats sealed their victory with a 967-955 advantage. Vanderbilt held a three-pin advantage heading into the fourth slot of the total pinfall matchup. However, Sam Houston State came screaming back in the final two slots, outscoring the Commodores by 28 pins to cement their semifinal victory.   Elimination Bracket – Second RoundNo. 3 Arkansas State vs. No. 7 Louisiana TechArkansas State rebounded in a big way from their round two loss against Sam Houston State Friday afternoon with a two-game sweep in their elimination match against Louisiana Tech. Arkansas State was led by a trio of bowlers who registered scores above 200. Taylor Davis paved the way for the Red Wolves in the traditional match with a 205.The Lady Techsters stormed back in the baker total pinfall nabbing a match high 208 in the number three spot. However, Arkansas State sealed the match in the fourth and fifth spots scoring a 189 and a 165, respectively, and ultimately defeated Louisiana Tech 2-0.The Red Wolves squad outscored Louisiana Tech 948-795 in the traditional format matchup and 916-911 in the Baker contest.No. 4 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 5 TulaneStephen F. Austin opened their day with a 27-pin victory over Tulane in the traditional matchup, where Carlene Beyer led the Ladyjacks with a 205 performance. The Green Wave was unable to overcome SFA despite a game-high 215 from Crystal Singh and a 211 outing from Tiera Gulum.After escaping the Match 10 opening round, the Ladyjacks advanced to the semifinals with a 1,012-952 Baker Series victory over Tulane. Stephen F. Austin exploded with a 256 in the team’s fourth-spot before concluding the matchup with a 203 in the final position.The pair of victories by the Red Wolves and the Ladyjacks sealed a pair of semifinal rounds that featured the tournament’s top-four seeded teams.center_img DALLAS, Texas – No. 2 seed Sam Houston State concluded their second day of play with their third consecutive win of the 2019 Southland Bowling Championship, defeating No. 1 Vanderbilt 2-0 to advance to the title contest. No. 4 Stephen F. Austin concluded the day with a 2-0 record, vaulting SFA to an elimination showdown Sunday morning at 8 a.m. CT against Vandy. The winner of the Commodores and the Ladyjacks will improve to the championship match against the Bearkats in a must-win situation for either squad.Sunday’s championship contest will be held at 11 a.m. at USA Bowl and will stand as the 14th match of the tournament. Should Sam Houston State win match 14, the Bearkats will become the 2019 Southland Bowling League Tournament champions. Should SHSU lose match 14, there will be a final contest to be played Sunday afternoon at a time still to be determined.  Matches 13, 14 and 15 (if necessary) will all be streamed live via InsideBowling.last_img read more

first_imgUnapologetic–Geovanni Franco–120Roman Rosso–Evin Roman–120Chicago Style–Drayden Van Dyke–124Epical–Tyler Baze–120Platinum Warrior–Shane Foley–122Sejo–Flavien Prat–120Dabster–Joe Talamo–120Beach View–Rafael Bejarano–122Lucky Soul–Heriberto Figueroa–120Flamboyant–Brice Blanc–120India Mantuana–Joel Rosario–117Ya Gotta Wanna–Aaron Gryder–120Prince of Arabia–Kent Desormeaux–120Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE. WIDE OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN MARCOS STAKES ATTRACTS 13 RUNNERS; CASSIDY’S IMPROVING EPICAL LOOMS LARGE AS DOES BAFFERT’S DABSTER, WHO TRIES TURF FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 1 ¼ MILESSPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 11-RACE CARD IS AT 11:30 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2019)–In what appears to be the best betting race on Santa Anita’s 11-race card Saturday, the Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes has attracted 13 older horses who will compete at a mile and one quarter on turf.  Originally scheduled to be run this past Saturday, the San Marcos was shifted to this Saturday due to last weekend’s heavy rains.An impressive allowance winner in his last two starts, trainer Jim Cassidy’s Epical might be the horse to beat in a wide open affair.  While Epical appears to be the “now” horse, Bob Baffert’s classy Dabster looms the biggest question mark in the race, as he’ll be trying turf for the first time his 13th career start.Throw in hard knocking graded stakes winners Chicago Style and Beach View, along with fresh and dangerous reformed claimer Unapologetic, and betting value should abound in this year’s renewal of the prestigious San Marcos.EPICALOwner:  D P Racing, Inc.Trainer:  Jim CassidyAn emphatic 2 ¼ length turf allowance winner going 1 1/8 miles here on Dec. 28, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo gelding went gate to wire through realistic splits of 47.40, 1:11 flat and 1:34.40 en route to a final clocking of 1:46.20.  A 6 ¾ length turf allowance winner going 1 3/8 miles in similar fashion at Del Mar Nov. 15, Epical should be extremely tough as he steps into graded completion and stretches out furlong off of his most recent win.  With back to back Beyer Speed figures of 96 to his credit, he’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Tyler Baze on Saturday.DABSTEROwner:  Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al MaktoumTrainer:  Bob BaffertBlessed with outstanding natural speed on dirt, this 5-year-old son of Curlin, out of the A.P. Indy mare On a Roll, has been facing top horses on dirt in his last two starts.  Most recently third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by John Sadler’s Gift Box in the Grade II San Antonio on Dec. 26, he was second, beaten a neck, by 2017 Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile winner Battle of Midway two starts back in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 25.  As second guessing anything Baffert does these days carries the aura of a “fool’s errand,” Dabster, on class alone, could go favored in the San Marcos with regular rider Joe Talamo up.CHICAGO STYLEOwner:  Glen Hill FarmTrainer:  Tom ProctorConsistent and hard knocking, this 6-year-old Glen Hill homebred gelding by Kitten’s Joy is a great fit in the San Marcos and he should get a lively pace to run at.  A neck winner of the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup two starts back Nov. 23, he shortened up three eighths of a mile when a close fourth here in the 1 1/8 miles turf San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 5.  With Drayden Van Dyke back in the irons, Chicago Style will be looking for his seventh win from 13 career starts.BEACH VIEWOwner:  Levy RacingTrainer:  Leonard PowellAlthough he’s proven he can be attentive to the pace, this 6-year-old Maryland-bred horse by Giant’s Causeway has run from off the pace in his last two starts, most recently finishing an even fourth on dirt in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on Dec. 26.  Third, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Chicago Style in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar two starts back, Beach View will hope to get the right trip on Saturday.UNAPOLOGETICOwner:  Tom Acker, Allen Racing, LLC, Michael Bloom & Jon LindoTrainer:  Bill SpawrRidden for the first time upstart Geovanni Franco, this 6-year-old Temple City gelding ran what appeared to be the best race of his 27-race career in rallying to win a 1 3/8 miles turf allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 22.  Claimed for $40,000 by Spawr 16 starts back on Nov. 20, 2016, Unapologetic is 14-3-1-2 over the Santa Anita turf and will likely employ similar come from behind tactics in the San Marcos.  Although well beaten in his only two graded stakes appearances, the Grade III Cougar II Handicap on July 25 and the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap three starts back on Aug. 18, he’s had plenty of time since his last start and if the San Marcos pace is hot, he could be a serious danger in the late stages.THE GRADE II SAN MARCOS STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 11                                         Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more

first_imgSPURS boss Mauricio Pochettino suffered Carabao Cup humiliation at League Two Colchester after Lucas Moura’s horror penalty.Tottenham stars Christian Eriksen and Moura, whose effort hit the bar, missed in the shootout.1 Mauricio Pochettino saw Spurs suffer a shock defeat in the Carabao CupCredit: ReutersAnd U’s midfielder Tom Lapslie sealed a shock third-round triumph from 12 yards.Lapslie’s spot-kick sparked a pitch invasion as Colchester, who also beat Crystal Palace on pens in the previous round, enjoyed another glory night.And gutted Pochettino admitted he was “disappointed” not to get the job done in 90 minutes – but hailed the fired-up U’s.He said: “Colchester made a fantastic game, it was difficult.”We are so disappointed we could not score in 90 minutes.”They beat Palace on penalties too, that can happen. That’s the beauty of the competition, always something can happen.”We wanted to go further but we are out.”Delighted Colchester boss John McGreal admitted he was confident after watching his side come through a similar situation against Palace.THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN 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’NEXT 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itHe added: “We are absolutely delighted, that was tough work. We had the crowd on board and the penalties are a lottery as we all know.”I was really confident when Tom Lapslie stepped up, we had been there before in the last round.“We got the run around a bit, we had to defend well but the more we got on the ball the more threat we became.”Colchester fans storm onto pitch as they beat Spurs 4-3 on penalties in shock winlast_img read more

first_imgOfahengaue will travel with Brisbane to New Zealand to take on the Warriors on Saturday and he will have a point to prove after a forgettable performance this time last year. It was a cold Auckland afternoon when the Broncos travelled to Mt Smart Stadium to take on the New Zealand Warriors in Round 13 of the 2016 season. The match took place just days after Origin I, and a depleted Brisbane were forced to travel across the ditch without Corey Oates, Matt Gillett and injured hooker Andrew McCullough. Starting for only the third time in his short NRL career, Ofahengaue was in charge of getting the Broncos off to a good start, with coach Wayne Bennett trusting the young prop to do what was right and lay a strong platform for Brisbane’s halves to run off. But that didn’t happen; instead Ofahengaue was taken off after 26 minutes of play as the Broncos trailed 18-0. He did not make it back onto the field, finishing the match with horrible statistics that included zero runs for zero metres and four missed tackles. Subsequently, Ofahengaue was dropped the following week and it took its toll, with his form struggling as a result.The young forward only played four games for the rest of the year, in and out of the side while gathering limited minutes off Brisbane’s bench. But 2017 has been much kinder to Ofahengaue who is now a regular face in the Broncos’ side after making some changes to the way he works on and off the field. A new routine has seen Ofahengaue freshen up mentally and his fitness has improved, with his 48 minutes of game time in Brisbane’s 36-0 drubbing of the Wests Tigers in Round 11 the most he has played in his NRL career. Ofahengaue also ran for 156m and made 34 tackles in that match, with both of these personal bests as he continues to develop himself into a workhorse front-rower. The 21-year-old spoke to about his transformation, saying a change in attitude has revolutionised his playing style. “I’m excited to see my family in New Zealand and then when the game comes hopefully I put in a good performance,” Ofahengaue said.”I’ve changed my whole routine around since 12 months ago. “This year I’m trying not to take my spot for granted and I’m trying to get my confidence up around the ruck a bit more. It’s something I worked on in Queensland Cup so I just hope I can stay in the team now.” Ofahengaue will be an integral part of the team this week, with six players absent on Queensland Maroons duty. Captain Darius Boyd, Corey Oates, Anthony Milford, Matt Gillett, Sam Thaiday and Josh McGuire are all omissions because of Origin, with McCullough also out after suffering a bad concussion in Round 11. But Ofahengaue is confident his side will cope despite missing over 1,200 games of NRL experience, trusting New Zealand internationals Adam Blair and Alex Glenn to lead the way against the Warriors. “I was just hoping to get picked this week. We are looking at missing at least six boys out, maybe more if ‘Macca’ isn’t right. I just hope we do a good job there,” he said. “Nothing will change for me. Even though we have some boys leaving we still have a lot of leaders in the group. “Alex Glenn and Adam Blair are really good for us and will lead the way.”last_img read more

first_imgIn his first stint as Penrith coach Ivan Cleary met with Kikau to discuss a possible move to Penrith and along with general manager Phil Gould, convinced the then 19-year-old that Sydney’s west was where his future would lie.But by the time Kikau arrived, Cleary had been given his marching orders by Gould in a move that caught many off guard – including the up-and-coming talent.With Cleary now back at the Panthers, the trio are now set to work together for the first time since the handshake agreement was made four years ago.”It was a nice moment seeing Ivan at pre-season because he was a main reason I’d moved to Penrith originally,” Kikau told”The environment is a bit different from what we had last year. It’s a bit more relaxed. He hasn’t changed much, just some of the tactics in attack and defence. A change in set calls and that sort of thing.”He told me how good of a year I’d had and the only thing he wanted me to do was get better.”Kikau finished 2018 in the RLPA team of the year and established himself as one of the more damaging back-rowers in the game with 105 tackle breaks and 1356.9 post contact metres.Despite admitting he had just walked away from a stint in the infamous “fat club” over the off-season, he’s back to his playing weight already following the Christmas break and has overcome an elbow injury that should have kept him sidelined during last year’s Telstra Premiership finals series.”If I’m fit I wouldn’t question that I can do what I did last year,” Kikau said.”But it’s a big challenge to back it up with my performances from last year. My defence was a weakness, I’m working on that.”The preparation before Christmas was patchy with guys still on break or having surgeries but this week it’s been good to see a bit more of a flow in our plays.”last_img read more

first_imgWhile Tristan Allen of catering firm Eurest was working in the kitchen, he yelled out, “We’ve just hit 100,000 meals,” and cheers of delight followed.The staff at the village serve an average of 3,000 people at every meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.Allen said he was proud of the milestone for everyone involved.“Fantastic achievement for the team and for PNG I think,” Allen said.“It’s really great, a big effort to get everything here and organised. We’re only midway through (the Games) as well so there’s plenty more to come.”He said there had been a long list of challenges that he and his team have had to overcome.“For us, it’s largely a national crew which is a very proud thing for us,” Allen said.“We’ve managed to get in 18 apprentices that we’ve just trained beforehand for six months. We’ve brought them in, so this is their first big gig of cooking, so (they’re) still green and learning.“It’s a real lasting legacy for PNG. Afterwards they’re qualified chefs that can have this under their hat.”With so many people to feed at every meal, Allen said the staff still hasn’t sent anyone home hungry.“We actually had projections for 4,000 (people per meal), so 3,500 to 3,000 per service has helped in a way.”Although he said running the meal services was extremely tiring, things had now settled down.“The first week was the hardest. Now everyone is in the rhythm. I think the energy and the buzz of all the crowd has certainly helped the staff along.”The saving grace: “I get a few hours of sleep in between services now,” Allen added. By James Cowling, Games News Servicelast_img read more

first_imgNot because they cheered him a little louder before the game. Rather, it was the fans’ reaction to Jazz forward Gordon Hayward that got under his skin.“I heard the cheering before the game. I didn’t like that at all. I think that was a sign of disrespect to me from the fans,” Crowder told reporters, referencing the reception Hayward received during lineup introductions. “That sparked a little fire in me.”Crowder properly channeled his anger, tying his season high with 21 points to help the Celtics top the Jazz 115-104 for their fourth win in five games.“I just felt disrespected,” said Crowder, who hit a season-high five 3-pointers.After the game, Crowder took to Twitter and continued to vent.last_img

first_imgJuni CalafatThe architect of this policy of signing young talent is Juni Calafat, who arrived at the club in 2014 and is currently head of the club’s international football. He has been responsible for the signings of young Brazilians, but also others such as Fede Valverde or Brahim. Its function goes beyond capturing the best young talent in Brazil. The intention of Madrid, given the current market situation, is to sign the most promising young people, both Spanish and foreign, before they have prohibitive prices. The ‘Brazilian family’ of Real Madrid grows. Reinier, in principle, arrives for Castilla, but with the idea that in the medium term he will become a member of the first team. Exactly as it happened in the past with Vinicius and Rodrygo. With him there will be six Brazilians that Zidane will have at his command. He will join Marcelo, Casemiro, Militao, Vinicius and Rodrygo. Of the five, only the first two exceed 22 years (31 and 27, respectively). The other three average 20 years.Marcelo and Casemiro are having special importance in adapting their compatriots. The first is the second captain of the squad, has raised 21 white titles and has unbearably accepted his new role in the squad, in which he alternates titles and substitutions with Mendy (the French played the Super Cup but the Brazilian recovered his place in the eleven against Sevilla in the League). Casemiro, on the other hand, is not one of the most veteran of the squad by age (27), although it has been won by performance and commitment to be one of the heavyweights of the squad (he has won 13 trophies with Madrid). The midfielder has been involved so that the adaptation of young Brazilians to their new club is as fast as possible.last_img read more