2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament Tips Off Wednesday

first_imgNo. 1 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 2 Nicholls earned a two-round bye and will start their campaigns Friday in the semifinals. No. 4 Sam Houston State will await the winner between the Privateers and the Islanders while No. 3 Stephen F. Austin will face the victor of the Cardinals and Bears. Thursday’s matchups are set for 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively. The tournament opens up with No. 5 seed New Orleans taking on No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a rematch of last year’s championship. No. 6 Lamar and No. 7 Central Arkansas will hit the court at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to conclude the first round of competition. No. 6 Lamar – 19-12 (11-7 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 7 Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m.Lamar is the No. 6 seed in the Southland tournament for the second consecutive season after posting a 19-12 overall record and an 11-7 league mark. The Big Red finished the season winning six of their last eight games but fell in its regular season finale against McNeese, 69-60. This is the Cardinals’ 17th trip to the Southland postseason, searching for their seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They are led by senior Colton Weisbrod, who was named to the All-Conference First Team for the second straight year. He ranked second in the league for rebounds (8.1) and 10th in the league in scoring (15.0). No. 2 Nicholls – 21-10 (15-3 SLC) – First Game: Friday vs. Winner Game 4, 7:30 p.m.Nicholls returns to the Southland Conference Basketball Tournament with a co-championship to its name. In his second season at the helm, Southland Coach of the Year Richie Riley leads the Colonels back to postseason action after earning their first title since 1998. He welcomed 10 newcomers to his team this season with senior guard Roddy Peters leading them all, averaging 19.7 points per game in league play. Peters, the Southland Newcomer of the Year and an all-conference first team honoree, paces a Nicholls offense that averaged 78.4 points per game against league opponents. The Colonel defense ranks first in field goal percentage defense with Stephen F. Austin (.417) in league games. No. 1 Southeastern Louisiana – 21-10 (15-3 SLC) – First Game: Friday vs. Winner Game 3, 5 p.m. After a thrilling home victory over Nicholls to close out the regular season, Southeastern Louisiana earned the No. 1 seed and a share of the 2017-18 regular season title. The Lions will look to Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-Southland selection Marlain Veal to send Southeastern back to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. Their lone appearance in the Big Dance came in 2005. In conference games, SLU led the league in scoring defense (65.7) and was third in field goal percentage defense (.420). The Lions head into Friday’s semifinal with a league-best winning streak of eight games. No. 7 Central Arkansas –16-15 (10-8 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 6 Lamar, 7:30 p.m.Southland Conference Player of the Year Jordan Howard brings Central Arkansas to its first consecutive trip to Katy and third overall since becoming eligible for the tournament in 2010-11. Howard led all Southland scorers in league action (26.4) and overall games (25.8), which ranks him third in the nation. Freshman center Hayden Koval earned a selection to the Southland All-Defensive Team after leading the league in blocked shots (3.1 per game), ranking sixth across all of Division I. The Bears are looking for their first win in the Southland postseason. KATY, Texas – The 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament tips off Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. No. 4 Sam Houston State – 18-13 (12-6 SLC) – First Game: Thursday vs. Winner Game 1, 5 p.m.The Bearkats head into their 16th consecutive Southland Tournament, earning a first-round bye with a 12-6 league record. Led by first team All-Conference selection Chris Galbreath, Jr., Sam Houston State was top of the conference in rebounding margin (+2.7) with Galbreath ranking seventh individually in the league (7.3). Junior guard Josh Delaney ranked first in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.478) in Southland contests. Sam Houston will look to shake off a two-game losing streak after falling to No. 7 Central Arkansas and No. 3 Stephen F. Austin to close the season. The first two rounds and semifinal contests will stream on ESPN3, available on WatchESPN.com and ESPN apps. The championship will air live Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. The radio broadcast of the title game will be on SportsRadio 610 KILT in Houston and Sirius-XM ESPN Xtra channel 81 nationwide. No. 3 Stephen F. Austin – 25-6 (14-4 SLC) – First Game: Thursday vs. Winner Game 2, 7:30 p.m.Entering the tournament at the No. 3 seed for the second consecutive season, Stephen F. Austin has its eyes set on returning to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years. The Lumberjacks claimed a conference-best three all-conference selections in junior guard Shannon Bogues, sophomore guard and forward Kevon Harris and junior forward TJ Holyfield. SFA led the league in field goal percentage offense (.488) in conference games and held league opponents to a league-best .417 clip with Nicholls. The Lumberjacks rank first in the nation for steals per game (10.1) and turnovers forced (20.39). No. 5 New Orleans – 14-15 (11-7 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 8 Central Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 5 p.m.The defending tournament champions walk into the Merrell Center as the No. 5 seed, gaining the seeding advantage in the two-way tiebreaker with No. 6 Lamar. The Privateers match up with familiar foe No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who UNO defeated in the 2017 championship 68-65 in overtime. Senior forward Makur Puou averaged 8.7 points and 5.5 rebounds and pulled down 10 rebounds in the two of the final three games of the regular season. Wednesday will be New Orleans first game since last Wednesday after having an open date Saturday. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 11-17 (8-10 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 5 New OrleansThe Islanders snuck into the tournament at the No. 8 seed, owning the three-way tiebreaker over McNeese and Abilene Christian. Led by senior guard Joseph Kilgore, who was a Second Team All-Conference pick, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will look to make another deep run in the Southland tournament. The Islanders won three of their last four games, most recently coming off a 92-87 win over Houston Baptist in which Kilgore downed a career-high 36 points.last_img read more

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Stephen F. Austin Clinches Southland Tournament Title

first_img Hannah Brister OH Jr. Northwestern State Name Pos. Cl. School Corin Evans (MVP) OH Sr. Stephen F. Austin Breanne Chausse OH/RS So. Sam Houston State Ann Hollas S Sr. Stephen F. Austin CONWAY, Ark. – Top-seeded Stephen F. Austin concluded a perfect run through conference opponents this season with a 3-1 victory over Sam Houston State Sunday afternoon’s Southland Conference Tournament championship inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. Senior outside hitter Corin Evans notched her 14th double-double of the year and her first of the conference tournament to boost the Ladyjacks over the Bearkats in the championship match.Set OneThe Bearkats stormed out with a powerful performance, handing SFA its first opening-set loss of the tournament with a 25-20 result. Behind sophomore Breanne Chausse’s five kills, the Kats tabbed a .366 team-hitting percentage on 22 assists and one service ace. The Ladyjacks were clicking as well, logging a .303 hitting mark and a pair of blocks on the defensive side of the ball. Sam Houston State’s offense proved too strong, however, as the Bearkats closed out the set with a 5-1 scoring run.Set TwoSFA revved up its play in the second set, connecting 13 kills on 31 attempts to go along with a trio of blocks over the Sam Houston State offense. Corin Evans, Ann Hollas and Xariah Williams each added three terminations in the set to power the Ladyjacks’ offense to a .323 attack mark. Junior Bailey Mulder stamped the set for Stephen F. Austin with a service ace that capped a three-point scoring run and gave the Ladyjacks 25-17 win to even the match.Set ThreeDefense was cinched up one more notch by the Ladyjacks in the third set as the team combined for 21 digs and three blocks to limit the Kats’ offense to a .130 attack percentage. Chausse was once again a huge factor for the Bearkats, leading the squad with six kills, five digs and a block assist to up her hitting percentage to .550 for the match. SFA proved too powerful, however, as Evans and Taya Mitchell combined for a block to close out the set 25-20 in favor of the ‘Jacks. There were a total of 10 ties and five lead changes throughout the third set.Set FourStephen F. Austin saved its best offensive performance for last, ringing up a staggering .419 kill percentage after tucking away 14 kills on 31 attempts. Sam Houston State mounted an offensive effort at the net but fell on the wrong side of 10 attack errors. Hollas sealed the match for SFA with her ninth kill of the afternoon to grab the 25-17 win for the set and secure the 3-1 win.In addition to clinching the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament championship Sunday, SFA secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which is set to begin Thursday, Dec. 5. First and second round competition at the NCAA Tournament will be held at 16 non-predetermined campus sites. At each campus site, four teams will compete in single-elimination first round competition. The two advancing teams then compete against each other in single-elimination second round competition at the same campus site. The winning team from each of the 16 second rounds advances to the regional round.The Ladyjacks will learn the location of their regional site during the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball selection show Sunday, Dec. 1. The time and network for the selection show have yet to be announced.2019 Southland Conference Volleyball All-Tournament Team Madison Green OPP/S Sr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Danae Daron MB Sr. Stephen F. Austin Addison Miller DS/L Sr. Sam Houston Statelast_img read more

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Brothers grab close win

first_imgConsecutive sets of six gave Vanagi first points through Maru Volu who was hard to stop charging metres out from the line.Brothers responded straight from the kick-off in similar fashion to equalise.The score was left at 4-4 going into halftime.Brothers hit the lead only minutes into the second half in what was a try created out of nothing.The ball was spread out wide and given to fullback Pepena  Kwapena  who saw a gap and stepped in to scoot away  and score.Vanagi were not to be outdone and responded with a try to equalise.Both teams could not add the extras leaving the score at 8-8 with only minutes left on the clock.The game looked certain to go into extra time but with one last play, passed out wide to Vele who crashed over the line to score.Brothers have now advanced to the next stage of the finals tomorrow while Vanagi have bowed out of the tournament.The other seven teams from the Pennant division  that have progressed through to tomorrow are Simla Waroi Brothers, Vaadavada Goilords, Ril Roadsiders, Wanigela Kavela, Rovanama  (2), Koita Cowboys, Southern Pride and Lebulebu Crusaders.last_img read more

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Bolt claims Rio 2016 will be last Olympic appearance

first_imgBolt, the six-time Olympic champion who has dominated the 100 metres and 200m events since bursting onto the scene at Beijing 2008, has previously suggested his fitness may carry him through to the Games in the Japanese capital in four years’ time. The 29-year-old, winner of three gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and at London 2012, is targeting a “triple-triple” at this summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in the Chinese capital, Bolt, who reasserted his monopoly of the men’s sprint races with 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay gold, had suggested he might end his career after Rio 2016. He had previously claimed he would bring an end to his impressive period on the track following the next edition of the World Athletics Championships in London in 2017. “It’ll definitely be my last Olympics,” Bolt told Sport-Informations-Dienst (SID). “It’s going to be hard to go four more years for me, to keep the motivation that I want, especially if I accomplish what I want to in Rio. “It’s going to be hard to keep the motivation to go on for four more years, so it’ll definitely be my last one.” The Jamaican says his main aim is to earn another three titles in Rio, where he goes into the 100m, 200m and 4x100m events as defending champion and favourite to reign supreme once again. “My biggest dream at the Olympics is to win three gold medals again,” said Bolt. “That’s my focus, that’s what I want. “And that’s what I’m aiming for because that’s my goal and that’s my dream. “I’ve said the only big thing, big time I want to run is the 200 metres. “I’d love to try to go sub-19. “That’s the only thing I would really, really want because that’s one of my goals. “I’ve always talked about and always wanted it so for me, that’s something I look forward to.” Athletics events at Rio 2016 will be held from August 12 to 20 at the Olympic Stadium.(Usain Bolt – the world’s fastest man. Picture: CNN)last_img read more

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Ronaldo goes on his way

first_imgRonaldo Nazario will preside over tonight’s game on the second visit of Madrid to the Jose Zorrilla since the carioca took over the majority package of the Blanquivioleta club shares. And he will do it with the peace of mind of knowing that, whatever happens, his team will remain out of the descent. He will also have his head on the projects he would like to accelerate. Delegate all responsibility for transfers to its sports director, Miguel Angel Gomez (with which he forms a sports commission with Sergio Gonzalez), the Brazilian expects the works to build a new sports city (in Jalón pinewood), start as soon as possible: as soon as the town hall grant the club the plot. At the moment, as AS revealed last week, there are already operators in the area making measurements and tastings, so the waiting period seems not to last too long.Another of the fronts in which the club is still engaged (with its CEO, Matt Fenaert, in front) is the purchase of the stadium. This week The North of Castile confirmed the information offered by AS on October 24: the City Council has valued the stadium, with land included, at 21 million euros, an amount that far exceeds what was expected by the board, since the club expected to make a total rehabilitation of the same for a value close to 40 million euros. Now, the Pucelana entity will present its own appraisal and must decide whether to take over the stadium or renegotiate a new lease agreement with the City Council. Reinforcement. However, beyond these real estate projects, the pucelano partner is concerned about the progress of the team and the lack of reinforcements from a club that remains the second with the lowest budget in the League. The blanquivioleta fan highly values ​​the projection of the Real Valladolid brand around the world with Ronaldo as the main ambassador and his intention to improve the stadium and facilities, but it is hard for him to understand that there is no money to sign players. More seeing how they spend other clubs immersed in the fight for not descending, in the case of Spanish, which has already spent 40 million on three signings in this winter market.The Brazilian has not fooled anyone. His idea (that of his advisors too) is that the Blanquivioleta club must survive with whatever it generates, completely discarding a capital increase that would increase the spending limit imposed by the League. After all, they say from the club, if the team descends it is sanitized to be able to continue competing in Second.last_img read more

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Federer – Djokovic: schedule, TV and how to watch the Australian Open online

first_imgTv: How to watch Federer-Djokovic at the Australian Open?The match between Federer and Djokovic will be adopted via Eurosport. The unique streaming platform of the sports activities world, DAZN, consists of the risk of watching Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD amongst its contents, after the settlement reached with Discovery final summer time. It may also be adopted in Eurosport via Movistar +.Web: How to observe the Federer-Djokovic online stay?In AS it’s also possible to observe the Federer-Djokovic stay. With us you should have the greatest minute by minute, the most spectacular pictures of the assembly and the statements of the protagonists, in addition to the chronicle as quickly as we conclude. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will search for first place in the males’s remaining of the Australian Open 2020 after beating Tennys Sandgren and Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals respectively. The primary semifinal of the Australian Grand Slam will deliver us a stupendous combat between two tennis legends, which between 36 Grand Slam titles and 13 of the final 16 Australian Open titles (7 by Djokovic and 6 by Federer). Will probably be the 50th time that Djokovic and Federer they’re measured in the ATP circuit, with a optimistic steadiness for the Serbian in the earlier 49 clashes with 26 wins for the 23 wins of Federer.Schedule: What time is the Federer-Djokovic of the Australian Open?Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will play on Thursday the first semifinal of the particular person males’s group of the Australian Open. The assembly between the Swiss and the Serbian will probably be performed in the first spherical of the evening session at the Rod Laver Area, about 09:30 in the morning in Spain. The winner of this match will obtain a spot in the remaining of the first Grand Slam of the season, the place he’ll combat for the title in opposition to the winner of the different semifinal between Alexander Zverev and the winner of the quarterfinal match between Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem.last_img read more

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Barcelona wanders in the search for a striker

first_imgBarça seems determined to take the step he did not dare in January. Play it with a striker no matter how much he runs the risk of repeating the Boateng episode. Circumstances, however, rush the club, which also let Carles Pérez go without any logic. Endless names related yesterday with Barça. As soon as the discharge time of Ousmane Dembélé, which has to officially reach five months, is formalized, Barça will launch a forward-patch signing that can, in part, occupy the tremendous gap left by Suarez (participated in 41% of the goals that the team has done this season until it was injured) and I trembled. The case of the Frenchman is symbolic because he has played just nine games with the poor record of a goal. The vanguard Lucas Pérez’s published, the Alavés striker who was already close to wearing Barça’s shirt in 2016. At that time he was in Deportivo, but then Luis Enrique and Robert decided on Paco Alcácer, now at Villarreal. The signing of Lucas Pérez would be surprising, but even more agitated Angel’s name. Road of 33 years, the striker is substitute in Getafe. No one in the Coliseum considers his departure but Barcelona kept a discreet silence yesterday. Probably, and as in each name of those presented to it, it wanders. The bet is a risk for the sports commission.In addition to Lucas Pérez and Ángel, the names of Rodrigo (the first objective in the winter market) and of Willian Jose Also from Kevin Gameiro and from the bético Loren. In the background, any forward is Barca’s goal at this time, knowing that clubs no longer want to move their templates and that they have no market beyond LaLiga.What most regrets Barca is not having a quarry. Carles Pérez has gone to Rome; Barça has transferred Abel Ruiz to Braga in the Trincao operation; and, finally, Marquis has been transferred to Juventus. And, as if that were not enough, the Japanese Hiroki Abe has suffered a serious injury identical to that of Dembélé: rupture in the tendon of the biceps femoris of the right thigh.last_img read more

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The ‘pillería’ de Redes served the Guaraní little

first_imgRodney Networksfront of Guarani, reinforces the barrier of your equipment at ground level before a launch of lack of Corinthians, in a match corresponding to the second round of the Copa Libertadores. Despite the ‘pillería’ of the Paraguayan end, the victory corresponded to the Brazilian team (2-1). The meeting was played in São Paulo.last_img

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Achraf and his return to Madrid in June: “What I want is to play”

first_imgOpen for return: “We have deserved to score the third goal. They take advantage of it at the minimum. The tie is open.”Golden Triumph: “We have prepared the game quite well and it worked out well. Haaland has helped us a lot and we hope it stays that way.” Haaland and his signing for Dortmund: “He’s been smart. He’s still young and he knows he has to play. He’ll have time to go to a big one.”Clear occasion: “I was able to score the third. I have to fine tune more, even if I am not a forward.”In June, end of assignment: “That’s what people say and the contract I have signed. Everything can happen in June, but we’ll see what the summer holds.”Ideas for the summer: “In my head is that I want to play and I want to continue growing. Here in Germany they are giving me the opportunity.”Come back to be a substitute?: “We’ll have to see it too.”last_img read more

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The Lokomotive Leipzig sells tickets for an invisible match to survive the coronavirus

first_img“On May 8 the Lokomotive Leipzig will receive an invisible rival and we sell symbolic and virtual tickets for that day,” explains the club in its promotional information. His stadium has had a maximum influx of 4,598 spectators this year in a match against Energie Cottbus. The average of his earnings per day is about 30,000 euros. Now he sells virtual tickets for one euro and he is close to his goal, which is to get the best assistance ever for his stadium, even if it is virtual. The campaign started on March 19 and to date has already raised 113,000 euros, when its goal is 120,000. That is the best entrance that the stadium hosted in its entire history, it was in 1987 in the Recopa match against Bordeaux. “The money will be used to keep the club running, we have 300 youth players, you have to pay the staff and take care of the facilities,” explain the managers of the Lokomotive Leipzig on the BBC, how far this curious initiative has gone. What they still have not pledged is what that “invisible party” will consist of, although they anticipate things. “There will be a live broadcast from the stadium, the lights will go on and our internet radio commentators will narrate the game, we cannot say anything more,” spokesmen for the Lokomotive Leipzig told the BBC. The coronavirus crisis also plagues football. If powerful clubs are forced to take drastic measures to maintain their condition and survive the crisis, what will not have to do the most modest. In this sense, the history of the Lokomotive Leipzig is striking these days in Germany. A very modest fourth division who lived his great moment in 1987, when he reached the final of the Recopa, falling to Ajax for a Van Basten goal. Now he survives as best he can and the coronavirus has cut off his only chance of income. Soccer is stopped, but minds continue to think. Thus, the managers of the yellow and blue club of Saxony have designed an initiative that is already a complete success. They announced the broadcast of an “invisible” game streaming from their field, the Bruno-Plache-Stadion.last_img read more

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