Kevon Harris scored 12 points, but it was 11 rebounds that helped establish a tone on the boards for the Lumberjacks.“We just wanted to come out and play with a chip on our shoulder,” said Harris, who was challenged by Keller at the start of the week to do more than provide offense.SFA, which trailed by four early, seized control of the game midway in the first half behind a defensive effort that held conference Player of the Year Jordan Howard to only 10 points. Howard, who scored 43 against the Lumberjacks on January 24, managed just three baskets on 10 attempts. With Howard unable to ignite the Central Arkansas offense, SFA pulled away and took a 46-34 lead at intermission.“He just didn’t get any clean good looks tonight,” said Central Arkansas coach Russ Pennell. “Their defense is geared to guard guys awful well because they’re almost positionless on the perimeter and they can put multiple guys on him.”The Bears found themselves down 60-38 with 14:47 remaining before putting together a spurt that saw them trim the deficit to 69-57 at the 8:44 mark following a three-pointer from Jared Chatman. The momentum proved to be short-lived as SFA replied with a 9-0 run capped off by a dunk from Harris that put the game away.For the Lumberjacks, Friday gives them an opportunity to face a Nicholls team they defeated 81-64 on Jan. 3. Much has changed for both teams since that evening, making the rematch more intriguing.“We’ve defined some more roles since then,” said Keller. “They’ve got a very mature team. We played really well … one of our most complete games when we played them the first time. It didn’t matter who we played that night after us losing to Southeastern Louisiana.”MBB 2nd Round: “That was textbook perfect!”Holyfield for three, extending @SFA_MBB lead. Now 26-13 over @UCAMBB. 10:40 left in 1st half.Watch ESPN3. #AxeEm #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/FgMLl5y0E9— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) March 9, 2018 Box Score | Photo Gallery | ESPN3 Replay | HighlightsKATY, Texas – Stephen F. Austin delivered a masterful session of interior grit and hustle, a formula that moved the Lumberjacks one step closer to a possible fifth Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament championship.Dominating the glass from the outset, No. 3 SFA overwhelmed seventh seed Central Arkansas 86-64 at the Merrell Center on Thursday night and will face No. 2 Nicholls Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT for a spot in Saturday night’s championship game. The Lumberjacks improved their record to 26-6 on the season, the fifth time in the past six years the program has exceeded 25 victories.“We dominated the glass,” said SFA coach Kyle Keller, who saw his team finish the night with a whopping 45-24 edge in rebounding, including a 20-7 advantage on the offensive side. “It was a hard-fought win. I thought our kids played really well. I never felt threatened that we weren’t in control of the game, which is good because we got to play a lot of players.”“For the most part, they gang rebounded,” said Bears (17-16) forward Ethan Lee. “I don’t think it was a lack of effort from us wanting to rebound.”The Lumberjacks had nine players who saw at least 14 minutes on the court while all but two players managed to score at least two points. Guard Ivan Canete led SFA with 17 points, while T.J. Holyfield had 16 and Ty Charles added 10.MBB: ESPN crew tabbed @SFA_MBB’s Ivan Canete as #SouthlandStrong Player of the Game. He finished with 17 points in the Lumberjacks’ win over UCA Thursday night. #AxeEm #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/iIsrgOWwRy— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) March 9, 2018
FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference begins its 56th season of men’s tennis and 37th edition of women’s tennis this week with seven schools in action. Coming off its first conference tournament championship in program history, the McNeese women’s tennis squad begins its title defense against TCU at 10 a.m. CT Saturday in Fort Worth. Senior Giovanna Fioretti, whose top-line win punched the Cowgirls’ ticket to the 2018 NCAA Tournament, joins Charoline Erlandsson and Marija Mastilovic as returners from the conference-champion lineup.The three-time defending Southland Conference Men’s Tennis tournament champion, Lamar opens against New Mexico and Texas Tech at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, respectively, in Lubbock. Incarnate Word, the reigning regular-season champion on the men’s side, is set to face Rice and Prairie View A&M on Sunday in Houston.New Orleans’ men’s tennis group began the season with three matches at the Florida State Invitational this past weekend, sweeping Florida A&M 6-0 but dropping 4-0 contests to No. 20 Florida State and Louisiana.Abilene Christian’s women take on a pair of metroplex foes Tuesday in North Texas and TCU before heading north to participate in this weekend’s Indiana Invitational. On the men’s side, the Wildcats look to bounce back from a season-opening loss to No. 13 Oklahoma with a pair of matches against Azusa Pacific and Pepperdine in Malibu at 3 p.m. CT Friday and 7:30 p.m. CT Saturday, respectively. Fresh off a 6-1 win over UTRGV in its season opener on Monday, the Sam Houston State women look to continue their winning ways against Prairie View A&M at 10 a.m. CT Saturday.The women from Central Arkansas travel to Auburn, Ala., to open the 2019 campaign on Friday against Alabama A&M and Mercer at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. The Sugar Bears close out weekend play against No. 25 Auburn at 9 a.m. Saturday.After participating in the SMU Metroplex Mania Invitational this past weekend, the Northwestern State women’s tennis team begins the regular season against Tulane at 1 p.m. Saturday in New Orleans.The Lamar women’s tennis squad will start the year with a pair of matches against Gulf Coast foes Rice and Houston at noon Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, respectively.For the complete Southland Conference men’s tennis schedule, please, visit here. The Conference women’s tennis schedule can be found here.Southland Conference men’s tennis began in 1964, while women’s tennis competition started in 1983.
Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: UIW Student-Athletes Jon Copeland, Javon Wright 2:15-2:40 Main Stage: McNeese Head Coach Sterlin Gilbert 10:30-10:55 Main Stage: Central Arkansas Head Coach Nathan Brown 1:15-1:40 Main Stage: Southeastern Louisiana Head Coach Frank Scelfo Social Media Suite; Local TV: UIW’s Coach and Student-Athletes Football Media Day LineupThursday, July 18 (All times Central) 11-11:25 Main Stage: Northwestern State Head Coach Brad Laird Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Southeastern Louisiana Student-Athletes Chason Virgil, Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund Social Media Suite; Local TV: Stephen F. Austin’s Coach and Student-Athletes 11:30-11:55 Main Stage: Abilene Christian Head Coach Adam Dorrel Social Media Suite; Local TV: Northwestern State’s Coach and Student-Athletes Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Houston Baptist Student-Athletes Bailey Zappe, Andre Walker Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Central Arkansas Student-Athletes Breylin Smith, Juan Jackson Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: McNeese Student-Athletes Cody Orgeron, Chris Livings Social Media Suite; Local TV: Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett In addition to the press conferences, coaches and student-athletes will participate in the Southland Social Media Suite where they will produce content that can be seen across the league’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Lamar Student-Athletes Jordan Hoy, Isaiah Spencer Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Northwestern State Student-Athletes Chris Zirkle, Nick Forde Social Media Suite; Local TV: Central Arkansas’ Coach and Student-Athletes Social Media Suite; Local TV: Abilene Christian’s Coach and Student-Athletes (Northwestern State’s Coach and Student-Athletes finish interviews, if necessary) Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Abilene Christian Student-Athletes Luke Anthony, Jeremiah Chambers FRISCO, Texas – The 2019 season will unofficially kick off Thursday with the Southland Conference Football Media Day at the Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria. Press conferences and student-athlete interviews will air live on ESPN3, with the morning broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. CT and afternoon show starting at 1:15 p.m. Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Nicholls Student-Athletes Chase Fourcade, Allen Pittman 9:30-9:55 Main Stage: Nicholls Head Coach Tim Rebowe The day will open with comments from Commissioner Tom Burnett, followed by 25-minute interviews with each school’s head coach and two student-athletes. 1:45-2:10 Main Stage: Stephen F. Austin Head Coach Colby Carthel The show will be hosted by Southland announcers Randy McIlvoy and Carley McCord. 3:45-4:10 Main Stage: Houston Baptist Head Coach Vic Shealy 9 a.m.-9:25 a.m. Main Stage: Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett 10-10:25 Main Stage: UIW Head Coach Eric Morris Social Media Suite; Local TV: Nicholls Coach and Student-Athletes Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Sam Houston State Student-Athletes Tyler Edwards, Hunter Brown Social Media Suite; Local TV: McNeese’s Coach and Student-Athletes 2:45-3:10 Main Stage: Lamar Head Coach Mike Schultz 3:15-3:40 Main Stage: Sam Houston State Head Coach K.C. Keeler Main Stage – ESPN3 Set: Stephen F. Austin Student-Athletes Jake Blumrick, Alize Ward Social Media Suite; Local TV: Lamar’s Coach and Student-Athletes Social Media Suite; Local TV: Southeastern Louisiana’s Coach and Student-Athletes Coverage of each Southland team’s press conference is available via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app. Archived video of each team’s press conference and select quotes from each attendee will be made available after the conclusion of Media Day. Social Media Suite; Local TV: Sam Houston State’s Coach and Student-Athletes 4:15-4:40 Social Media Suite; Local TV: Houston Baptist’s Coach and Student-Athletes
Southland Conference Soccer Weekly Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Avery Cortez, UIW’s Cloe Morales and Stephen F. Austin’s Madeline Talbot are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Sunday. Goalkeeper of the Week: Madeline Talbot, Stephen F. Austin – R-So. – Goalkeeper – Shreveport, La.Improving her record in league matches to 3-1-0, Talbot made six saves to keep the Bearkats off the board until the second half so her squad could lay claim to the final Southland Conference Tournament berth. All six of her saves came in the first half as she faced 12 shots in the opening period. Morales found the back of the net for the first time this season and the second occasion in her career in a 3-2 loss to Abilene Christian on Friday. UIW (8-10, 7-4 SLC) secured the No. 4 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament and will face No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the quarterfinal round at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Conway, Ark. A week after recording the most saves by a Division I goalkeeper this fall (18), Talbot carried that momentum into the series finale against rival Sam Houston State on Friday, stopping six shots in a 2-1 win. With the victory, the Ladyjacks (8-10, 5-6 SLC) clinched the final spot in the conference tournament and will take on top-seed Lamar at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Cortez bookended the Offensive Player of the Week awards this season after earning the first honor back on Aug. 26. She scored and assisted on the Huskies’ other two goals as HBU (3-15, 2-9 SLC) closed the season with a 3-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday. Offensive Player of the Week: Avery Cortez, Houston Baptist – Jr. – Forward/Midfielder – Houston, TexasCortez scored HBU’s first goal of the year and the last as her unassisted score put a bow on a 3-1 win over A&M-Corpus Christi in the 87th minute. She also tallied a pair of assists on goals in the seventh and 65th minutes. Cortez finished with four shots and a pair of attempts on frame. Honorable Mention: None. Defensive Player of the Week: Cloe Morales, UIW – So. – Defender – Calallen, TexasMorales became the seventh different Cardinal to record a goal this season, netting her first of the year in the 56th minute against Abilene Christian. After UIW allowed two early goals, she led a Cardinal defense that limited the Wildcats’ opportunities to help the comeback effort. Honorable Mention: None. Honorable Mention: Sophia Fondren, Stephen F. Austin; Norma Trejo, Northwestern St.; Caylen Wright, Abilene Christian.
Only the Knights (305) scored fewer points than the Dragons (341) in 2016, with the Red V making it back-to-back seasons as the second-lowest scoring team in the competition following their 435-point haul in 2015.One man who has no problems finding the line is Dufty, who finished his NYC career as the leading try-scorer in the competition’s history with 55 from 65 appearances in the famous red and white jersey.With 23 tries and 22 try assists last season, as well as 11 tries and 18 assists in 2015, Dufty could be the attacking spark the Dragons need to fight their way back into the Telstra Premiership top eight.The Junior Blues fullback – who also earned a spot on the bench in the NYC Team of the Year – forewent several opportunities to play in the Intrust Super Premiership last season to focus on his Holden Cup duties, but said he’d be willing to spend some time in reserve grade to gain some experience against more-seasoned opposition in 2017.While Dufty would love to don the No.1 jersey from the get-go next year, the youngster knows Dugan will get first crack if he chooses to remain at fullback rather than entertain a move to the centres. “The goal is to play NRL next year. I might not start the year there, but hopefully as the year goes on I’ll get a few games,” Dufty told NRL.com.”I had a talk to Mary (Dragons coach Paul McGregor) about it last year whether he wanted me to play NSW Cup or 20s, and he told me it wouldn’t have really changed what happened next year going forward.”I played 90 per cent of the year in the NYC and I felt I owed it to my teammates to try to get them to that grand final.”Mary talks to me all the time. He gives me lots of feedback. I’m pretty confident that he is going to give me a shot next year.”I’m hoping next year is going to be a big year for me. It really depends on what Mary and Josh Dugan want to do, because he’s really the one person in front of me. He’s a world-class player so it’s really up to Mary and what he wants.”The Penshurst RSL junior is listed at just 80kg – 22kg lighter than Dugan – but doesn’t think his weight would hold him back from making his NRL debut.Where Dugan uses his size to get his side on the front foot, Dufty uses his incredible speed and sleight of hand to trouble opposition defences.”I’m not the biggest guy running around but I find it fun just running around people,” he said.”Mary’s not too fussed about my weight because I just use speed and my skills, but the dietician wants me to put on a few more kilos just to be safe.”Should Dufty bulk up in the off-season, the 20-year-old’s utility value would soar.”Growing up I played in the halves so I wouldn’t mind if Mary gave me a shot wherever and I’d take it with both hands,” he said. “It would mean the world because growing up as a kid – especially in the St George area – you want to make that debut just to make family and friends proud.”
Just days away from captaining the Storm in the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, Smith (33 points) won the prestigious Dally M Medal by a remarkable eight points – following his first win in 2006.His opponent in Sunday’s grand final, North Queensland Cowboys halfback Michael Morgan (25 points), finished runner-up, while St George Illawarra’s Gareth Widdop (24) was third. Sydney Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks captain Paul Gallen finished equal fourth, on 22 points.Smith was also awarded Captain of the Year honours as well as Hooker of the Year, while his Melbourne teammate Billy Slater won the Fullback of the Year award. Storm coach Craig Bellamy also won Coach of the Year.At a glittering event at The Star Event Centre, the Rookie of the Year award was taken out by Canberra winger Nick Cotric. His fellow Raiders winger Jordan Rapana was crowned Winger of the Year.The prestigious Provan Summons People’s Choice award was won by Parramatta Eels player Clinton Gutherson, while the Dally M Female Player of the Year was Simaima Taufa.Smith’s honour was the first under a revised voting process and structure of the Dally M Awards, including a new voting panel of former players.A number of new awards were handed out, including Interchange Player of the Year (Penrith’s Reagan Campbell-Gillard), Tackle of the Year (Parramatta’s Nathan Brown) and Try of the Year (North Queensland’s Kyle Feldt).The full list of winners is:Captain of the Year: Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)Peter Moore Award for Rookie of the Year: Nick Cotric (Canberra Raiders)Holden Cup Player of the Year: Jake Clifford (North Queensland Cowboys)Top Points Scorer: Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)Top Try Scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu (Melbourne Storm)Tackle of the Year: Nathan Brown (Parramatta Eels)Try of the Year: Kyle Feldt (North Queensland Cowboys)Coach of the Year: Craig Bellamy (Melbourne Storm)Peter Frilingos Headline Moment: Mitchell Pearce (Sydney Roosters)Provan Summons People’s Choice Medal: Clinton Gutherson (Parramatta Eels)Female Player of the Year: Simaima Taufa (Jillaroos)Fullback of the Year: Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)Winger of the Year: Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders)Centre of the Year: Dylan Walker (Manly Sea Eagles)Five-eighth of the Year: Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons)Halfback of the Year: Michael Morgan (North Queensland Cowboys)Lock of the Year: Paul Gallen (Cronulla Sharks)Second-rower of the Year: Matt Gillett (Brisbane Broncos)Prop of the Year: Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers)Hooker of the Year: Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)Interchange Player of the Year: Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers)Dally M Player of the Year: Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
The hosts fielded a mixture of regular internationals and young players but the inexperienced line-up was no match for the power of the Barbarians, who ran in nine tries in an entertaining game full of running rugby.Winger Chris Ashton, who has 39 caps for England, grabbed a hat-trick of tries for the Barbarians inside 25 minutes as they crossed the line five times in the first half.Former All Black Victor Vito also scored two tries.Danny Cipriani made his return to the England side for the first time since 2015 for the second half but he couldn’t inspire an England fightback, leaving coach Eddie Jones with much to ponder before the first Test in South Africa on June 9.John Afoa also started for the Barbarians, while fellow former All Blacks Luke McAlister and Malakai Fekitoa came off the bench and they were coached by former Blues mentor Pat Lam.
Only 190 000 tickets have been sold so far with swimming and shooting individual passes all sold out.Venue packages for Sir John Guise indoor, Taurama Aquatic Centre, POM Racquet, Shooting and Caritas have also sold out.Good news for those who want to watch the Opening Ceremony, tickets are still on sale but only about 1000 tickets for the outer stand are available while all main grandstand tickets are sold out.A total of 650 000 tickets have gone on sale for the 28 sports to be played at 14 venues for the 16 days competition.
Port Moresby Billiards and Snooker Association (POMBSA) President, John Chan said the nomination and registration fee is K150 per player.He said nominations will close on March 21 at 5pm.”We expect 56 players to participate including women and players from other centres like Kavieng, Alotau and Lae,”Chan went on to say the tournament will be held over the Easter weekend.”Briefing and draws will be done on the 24th of March at 5pm at the Lamana Q Club.”This will be followed by the POMBSA AGM and some matches will start straight after the meeting,” said Chan.Chan said the finals will be played on Sunday March 27.”We are awaiting a response from a potential sponsor for the tournament and hopefully will make an announcement next week,” said Chan.All four venues – Lamana Q Club, Laguna Hotel, Aviat Club and Dragons Den will be used to host the event.
“The Club publicly expresses its gratitude to Ernesto Valverde for the professionalism, the commitment, dedication and always positive and close treatment He has always shown all the estates that make up the Barca family, and wishes him luck and success in the future.Ernesto Valverde has led the first team of FC Barcelona in a total of 163 official matches, with a balance of 108 wins (66.25%), 35 draws (21.47%) and 20 losses (12.26%). During this time, he has raised four titles: two leagues, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup. After a long wait, the Football Club Barcelona made official the goodbye of Ernesto Valverde as a Barca coach, while they announced Quique Setién as their substitute. In a statement published on the web explains the terms of the termination of the contract that united both parties, which highlights the “two disappointments” experienced last season, the defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League and the one suffered against Valencia in the final cup. The rest of the statement reads as follows: His stage started the summer of 2017, when he took the reins of the first team after four seasons at the helm of Athletic Club. After lose the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid In his premiere as coach Culé, he was able to drive to Barça until the League and Cup double – won against Sevilla in the Wanda Metropolitano – while in the Champions League the team fell in the quarterfinals against AS Roma.163 games as coach culéDuring its second year, FC Barcelona won the Spanish Super Cup played in Tangier against Sevilla and also the league title, achieved mathematically against Levante in the Camp Nou. The final leg of the course had two disappointments: the elimination against Liverpool in the semifinals of the Champions League and the defeat in the Cup final played in Seville against Valencia.In this 2019/20 season, Barça has closed the first round as leader of the League competition – tied to points with Real Madrid – and qualified for the round of 16 in the Champions League, while last week the team fell in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup against Atlético de Madrid “.