Month: May 2020

first_imgThe Lumberjacks are picked to finish first in the conference, according to the preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Last season, New Orleans spoiled SFA’s run for a fifth straight regular season Southland championship and fourth-straight tournament title. FRISCO, Texas – The 54th season of Southland Conference men’s basketball tips off Friday when Central Arkansas takes on No. 24 Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Fox Sports Southwest, and Lamar contests at Tulsa. Both games are scheduled for a noon start. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks – Preseason Ranking: 1; 2016-17 Record/Place: 18-15 (12-6 SLC), T-2ndHead coach Kyle Keller returns four starters to his lineup in preseason all-conference automatic selection junior forward T.J. Holyfield, senior forward Leon Gilmore III and senior guards Ivan Canete and Ty Charles. Holyfield averaged 11.7 points per game along with 7.2 rebounds per game a season ago to earn all-conference honors. The Lumberjacks own the nation’s second best home-court winning percentage over the last five years (.959, 71-3 record).Season opener – Saturday at Longwood – 2 p.m. – Farmville, Va.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at Southeastern Louisiana – 7 p.m. – Hammond, La.Lamar Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 2; 2016-17 Record/Place: 19-15 (10-8 SLC), T-5thSenior forward Colton Weisbrod highlights a Lamar squad that returns its most veteran lineup since its 2012 NCAA Tournament run. Weisbrod, a 2016-17 All-Conference First Team selection and automatic pick to this season’s preseason all-conference team, ranked seventh in the league for scoring (15.1 ppg) and third in rebounding (8.1 rpg) last season. The Cardinals are seeking their first back-to-back trip to the Southland postseason since the 2006-07 and 07-08 seasons.Season opener – Friday at Tulsa – Noon – Tulsa, Okla.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Houston Baptist – 7 p.m. – Beaumont, TexasSoutheastern Louisiana Lions – Preseason Ranking: 3; 2016-17 Record/Place: 16-16, (9-9 SLC), 7thSoutheastern Louisiana brings back four of its top five scorers from last season, including a Southland preseason all-conference selection in junior guard Marlain Veal. The Lions also return three players from injury, most noticeably senior forward Jordan Capps who was averaging 22 points and 8.4 rebounds before being sidelined after the second game of the season.Season opener – Friday vs. Centenary – 7:30 p.m. – Hammond, La.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Stephen F. Austin – 7 p.m. – Hammond, La.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders – Preseason Ranking: 4; 2016-17 Record/Place: 24-11 (12-6 SLC), T-2ndTexas A&M-Corpus Christi looks to build upon a 2016-17 season that saw the team become the first Southland team to reach the final of a postseason tournament, falling two points shy to St. Peter’s in the 2017 Postseason Tournament title game. The Islanders will have to replace forward Rashawn Thomas, who led the league in points (22.5 ppg) and rebounds (9.0) his senior season. Senior guard Joseph Kilgore of Houston returns to the lineup, averaging 10.9 points last season and most recently dropping 35 points in Corpus Christi’s preseason exhibition against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Nov. 2.Season opener – Friday vs. Our Lady of the Lake – 7:30 p.m. – Corpus Christi, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 at Central Arkansas – 7 p.m. – Conway, Ark.Sam Houston State Bearkats – Preseason Ranking: 5; 2016-17 Record/Place: 21-13 (10-8 SLC), T-5thSam Houston State returns two of its top three scorers from last season in preseason all-conference guard John Dewey III and senior forward Christopher Galbreath, Jr., while looking to replace three players – Aurimas Majauskas, Dakarai Henderson and Paul Baxter – who graduated this past May, each scoring more than 1,000 points in their careers. Head Coach Jason Hooten, who is 13 wins shy of the 150 career mark, saw his team lead the Southland in field goal percentage defense a season ago. This was the second time in the last three seasons the Kats have led in that category.Season opener – Saturday vs. UT Tyler – 6:30 p.m. – Huntsville, TexasConference opener – Dec. 30 at Abilene Christian – 7:30 p.m. – Abilene, TexasNew Orleans Privateers – Preseason Ranking: 6; 2016-17 Record/Place: 20-12 (13-5 SLC), 1stNew Orleans, coming off its first trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament in 21 seasons, is backed by preseason all-conference selection senior forward Travin Thibodeaux and senior forward Makur Puou after the graduation of 2016-17 Southland Player of the Year Erik Thomas. The defending regular and tournament champions led the league last season in field goal percentage (.473), three-point field goal percentage (.316) and assists (15.7 per game). Reigning Southland Coach of the Year Mark Slessinger signed a seven-year contract extension in the offseason as the Privateers search for their fourth-straight trip to the Southland Tournament.Season opener – Friday at St. John’s (Fox College Sports) – 6 p.m. – Queens, N.Y.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Abilene Christian – 7 p.m. – New Orleans, La.Abilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Ranking: 7; 2016-17 Record/Place: 13-16 (7-11 SLC), T-8thIn its first season of NCAA Division I postseason eligibility, Abilene Christian will look to its three “Js” – juniors Jaylen Franklin and Jaren Lewis and sophomore Jalone Friday – to lead the team to its first Southland Tournament. Franklin and Friday were selected to the preseason all-conference teams as the Wildcats are the only team in the league with two selections to the preseason honors.Season opener – Friday vs. Randall – 7:30 p.m. – Abilene, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 at New Orleans – 7 p.m. – New Orleans, La.Northwestern State Demons – Preseason Ranking: 8 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 13-16 (7-11 SLC), T-8thNorthwestern State returns three of its top five scorers from last season in junior center Ishmael Lane and senior guards Devonte Hall and Iziahiah Sweeney. The Demons also bring back the school’s career leader in assists and three-pointers in Jalan West, who has missed the past two seasons due to knee injuries. In Northwestern State’s exhibition game against Grambling, West netted 20 points as all 11 players scored for Head Coach Mike McConathy’s squad.Season opener – Friday at Texas – 7 p.m. (Longhorn Network) – Austin, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 at Nicholls – 7 p.m. – Thibodeaux, La.Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Ranking: 9; 2016-17 Record/Place: 17-14 (12-6 SLC), T-2ndHouston Baptist advanced to the Postseason Tournament for the second-straight year this past season. The Huskies have improved in each season as a member of the Southland, posting a better record than the previous year since 2013-14. They lost five seniors from a season ago, including All-Southland Second Team selections Colter Lasher and Reveal Chukwujeku, but return senior center Josh Ibarra and junior point guard Braxton Bonds. The tandem combined to start 60 games last season. Ibarra, who was named to the preseason all-conference team, has a chance to finish his career as the program’s all-time leader in shooting percentage (currently at .614; the record is .616).Season opener – Friday at Providence – 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Network) – Providence, R.I.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at Lamar – 7 p.m. – Beaumont, TexasNicholls Colonels – Preseason Ranking: 10; 2016-17 Record/Place: 14-17 (7-11 SLC), T-8thSecond-year head coach Richie Riley welcomes six newcomers from Division I programs, including Legend Robertin who Riley first recruited to Clemson when Robertin was the No. 2 ranked junior college prospect. Riley also adds three freshmen to a roster that features just three returnees: senior guards Jahvaughn Powell (11.9 ppg), Lafayette Rutledge (10.9 ppg) and Stevie Repichowski (7.4 ppg).Season opener – Friday at UTRGV – 7 p.m. – Edinburg, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Northwestern State – 7 p.m. – Thibodeaux, La.Central Arkansas Bears – Preseason Ranking: 11; 2016-17 Record/Place: 8-24 (7-11 SLC), T-8thGuard Jordan Howard returns to Central Arkansas for his senior season, looking to lead the Bears to their first consecutive trip to the Southland Conference Tournament in program history. The preseason first team selection and school career leader in three-pointers made enters the campaign after a season that saw him average 19.5 points per game. The Bears also return senior guard and forward Mathieu Kamba, who averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in his junior season.Season opener – Friday at Baylor (Fox Sports Southwest) – Noon – Waco, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 7 p.m. – Conway, Ark.UIW Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 12 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 12-17 (7-11 SLC), T-8thUIW enters its first season eligible for Southland and NCAA Division I postseason play. The Cardinals lost four letterwinners but return Newcomer of the Year, Jalin Hart, and 2016-17 All-Southland honorable mention selections, junior forward Simi Socks and Shawn Johnson. Head Coach Ken Burmeister faces the program’s most difficult non-conference schedule with trips to national runner-up Gonzaga on Nov. 29 and Florida on Dec. 22 on the team’s slate.Season opener – Friday vs. Southeastern – 7 p.m. – San AntonioConference opener – Dec. 28 at McNeese – 6:30 p.m. – Lake Charles, La.McNeese Cowboys – Preseason Ranking: 13 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 7-22 (4-14 SLC), 13thThis season will mark the final campaign at Burton Coliseum for McNeese. The Cowboys return four of their top five scorers from last season, including leading scorer Kaleb Ledoux, who was the first freshman since Joe Dumars to lead the team in scoring after netting 11.9 points per game. McNeese returns leading rebounder Stephen Ugochukwu who averaged 8.0 rebounds a game last season.Season opener – Friday at Houston (ESPN3) – 7 p.m. – HoustonConference opener – Dec. 28 vs. UIW – 6:30 p.m. – Lake Charles, La.Each game is listed in Central Time The Southland Conference Basketball Tournament returns to the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, on March 7-10, 2018. This is the 11th consecutive tournament at the venue. Eleven teams begin their campaign Friday while preseason favorite Stephen F. Austin takes on Longwood at 2 p.m. Saturday. Sam Houston State is the last team to get its season started with a 6:30 p.m. tipoff Saturday against UT Tyler.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto by: NRL Photos.Sharks back-rower Luke Lewis has signed a one-year deal to play on in 2018. Currently in his fifth season at the Cronulla club and his 17th overall in the NRL, Lewis will play his 299th top grade match when the Sharks play the Titans in round 19.Lewis has been in outstanding form for the Sharks in 2017, playing 14 of 16 matches while scoring four tries, two of those spectacular long-range efforts in his team’s last two games.Pleased to have his future sorted for another season, Lewis was not only looking forward to the remainder of this year and to the Sharks continuing to mount a strong title defence, but also to what lay ahead in 2018.”It’s good to know I’ll get to wear the blue, black and white jersey for another 12 months. I’m very excited about the next two years,” Lewis said.”The body feels good, I’m enjoying my footy at the moment, which is the most important thing and I enjoy the boys we’ve got here. The nucleus of the group is here again next year as well, which made my decision very easy,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgIn what is a joint partnership, the majority stakeholder in the NRL franchise will be the Carlaw Heritage Trust, which is an arm of the Auckland Rugby League.An Auckland business with a long-standing history of supporting rugby league, Autex Industries, has partnered with the Trust in the purchase.Trust and Auckland Rugby League chairperson Cameron McGregor said they are clear in their immediate primary focus.”We’re here for the long term and we want to bring stability to the club.”I’m sure with Autex and ourselves we will provide that. It’s all about the future and providing the platform to enable the club to go into the future with confidence.”The sale of the club comes at a time when, after several years of poor results, the team is performing well.For the first time in their history, the Warriors won their first five games of the season and after eight rounds they are third on the NRL ladder with six wins and just two losses to their name.McGregor provided assurance for fans and followers who may be worried that new ownership would mean a raft of changes just when the team appeared in strong shape.”We have no desire to come in and make any immediate changes.”We’re here to support Cameron [George] and his team and what they are doing now,” he said.”We’re looking for stability in the club and we want to bring some financial strength to the club as well.”McGregor also said they want kids in Auckland and around the country to grow up wanting to play for the Warriors and knowing that is possible.”We see this as an opportunity long term to re-establish the pathways in our games, so our under-sixes playing out there now have a vision to be able to play to right through to the professional level and the NRL.”Club chief executive Cameron George was happy to have any potential distraction the sale brought behind them and believed they could move forward with confidence.George said his initial discussions with the Carlaw Park Heritage Trust, who had a 67 percent stake, and partners Autex Industries had been positive.”To have support from the new owners is really great.”I’ve had a good discussion with these gentleman and they’ve certainly demonstrated that to this point and I’m sure that will go forward.”There’s been a couple of months where there’s been some question marks about different things and different people and different comments and statements, but I’m really excited about what we can all do together.”last_img read more

first_imgThe tournament goes from having two to four participants and this year will be the first time that is disputed in the format of ‘Final Four’. The classified teams, as approved by the RFEF at its Extraordinary Assembly last April 29, are the two finalists of the Copa del Rey and the champion and runner-up of LaLiga Santander. Real Madrid Y Valencia CF are measured this Wednesday in what will be the first semifinal of the Spain Supercup. A tournament that premieres format (two semifinals and final) and place (it will be played in King Abdullah Sports City of Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia).A new competition system that brought a lot of tail but that is one of the great sports projects that Luis Rubiales has taken since his arrival to the presidency of the Federation. The president, faced with criticism for taking the Super Cup to Saudi Arabia, defended last November: “The Super Cup was doomed to death, in the month of August it could not be disputed. The money is not to build a chalet, it goes for women’s football, it goes to the more modest. Of course money is important. Who can you deny that? Money is very important, but the money goes to the clubs of Second B and Third. “ Atlético de Madrid, which will face Barça in the second semifinal of the championship, won its place to enter the Super Cup as runner-up of the national league championship in the 2018/2019 season and Valencia and Barça also got it by being the two finalists of the Copa del Rey.But why will Real Madrid play the Spanish Super Cup? White team He was third in LaLiga Santander last season and semifinalist of the Copa del Rey, tournament in which he was eliminated by FC Barcelona. So, Real Madrid accedes to the supercup as the best classified in the League that has not played the final of the Copa del Rey to be third in the league last season. The Federation assures that this is the criterion in case of coincidence, as it has been this year, since Barça has been champion of the league and runner-up of the Cup.That same regulation also reflects that the champion of the League intersects with the runner-up of the Cup and the champion of the Cup with the runner-up of the League, but when Barcelona coincided in two positions, a raffle was held that matched Real Madrid with Valencia and the Blaugrana team with Atlético. These four teams have been exempt from the first two qualifiers of the Copa del Rey.last_img read more

first_imgEsteban Burgos, who started in 1-2 in Cáceres passporting the round pass in the Cup, commented that they were clear about what they were going to find before a team of lower category: “We knew it was going to be a tough match, typical of Copa.” The goal of Delgado, former Barakaldo in his own door, was definitive: “I have been hugging him because I am also a defense and what happened to him can happen to me”, said the Argentine central, who wore a protective mask. The Cup is an opportunity to add minutes for the less usual and Burgos took advantage of the stake against Cacereño with quality brushstrokes: “Passing the tie is important to have minutes, especially for those who have less.”For its part, the canterano Miguel Martí, which with number 27 held one of the midfielder positions, He was pragmatic: “We left happy, the important thing in football are the results”, noted the CD player Vitoria. The gunsmith team rests tomorrow.last_img read more

first_imgAthletic-Valencia (11:00 hours)Athletic wants to get up after a negative streak in which he is immersed. Those of Villacampa add two draws and one defeat in the last three games and, at home, seek to recover the good feelings. Facing a much needed Valencia. Irene Ferreras have been nine days without winning with only three draws tied and have the descent only two points away. The casualties will once again be protagonists in the Valencianistas.Espanyol-Madrid CFF (11:00 hours)Espanyol, who will have two new faces after the recent signings, wants to continue dreaming of salvation and for this they only need to win a Madrid CFF also in need. Ferron’s have not won so far this year and adding the three points would be an important injection of morals. Madrid CFF, meanwhile, will try to repeat victory like the one he won last week against Athletic. The new faces of this winter market have given another air to the Madrid team. Seville-Sporting Huelva (11:00 hours)Another duel at the bottom of the table. The people of Huelva are only two points away from the descent while the Sevilla are three. The winner will take off a little from the bottom of the table and move a direct opponent away. Those of Antonio Toledo, which comes from two defeats in a row, will already have several of the winter reinforcements available. Sevilla, meanwhile, achieved a meritorious draw last week against Atletico, which has lifted the morale of those of Toro that, despite this, chain four days without winning.Granadilla-DeportivoDeportivo wants to continue maintaining his pulse in the fight for the high part and for this he visits the complicated field of La Palmera. The Tenerife, which have been greatly reinforced in the winter market, also premiere technical, Francis Diaz. The Tenerife, five of the descent, can not get confused to maintain the margin and also want to continue their good moment after two games without losing. The Depor, which comes from beating Betis, is eight from second place but with one less game and they continue to prove that they are the great revelation of the team.last_img read more

first_imgThe words of the Sabadell coach at the conclusion of the meeting with the Eibar, stating that “I have already taken disciplinary action with Sisto, ”they opened the door to speculate on such drastic punishment as the Nordic was removed from the squad. Oscar felt the attack of the attacker felt like a stab and did not hide it in the post-match wheel. “Nor does he have to show it to everyone, except him. Two months ago we all know where he was, ”he said in reference to the ostracism that Sisto lived before the Catalan coach took the reins of the team. However, both have forgotten what happened and this Tuesday, in the first minutes of the session open to the press, they could be seen speaking cordially. After the heat of the moment, calm has come to the relationship between Pione Sisto Y Oscar Garcia. The incident last Sunday, with the end angrily regretting the decision to be replaced and with the coach abroncing him for his attitude once the player sat on the bench, has had no sporting consequences. The Danish exercised on Tuesday with total normality in the return of the team to training.last_img read more

first_imgSonia Mochón / AS Infografía ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Sonia Mochón / AS Infographic Rafael Nadal added Saturday on Acapulco the 85th diploma of his profession. He has received on all surfaces, open air and indoors, on fourth continents and 18 nations.He’s the fourth participant who has the most behind Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl, forward of Djokovic. This graphic summarizes the profitable trajectory of the Balearic since profitable for the first time in Sopot (Poland), in 2004, and for 17 years in a row acquiring no less than one trophy.last_img read more

first_img“A proportion of them will test positive for coronavirus and now we will have people infected in Liverpool because of that.. The government needs to control it and stop treating the public like children. They will be the ones who will have to deal with them, “he closed angrily after the necessary measures were not taken to guarantee citizen security.In addition to John Ashton’s opinion, Social media clamored in the comments for a Liverpool Echo post, in which athletic fans were seen walking towards Anfield: “it’s a joke” or “it’s hard to believe” are some of the most repeated phrases. It is also emphasized that in Spain the regulation of matches behind closed doors (now suspended) was present and, despite everything, they were allowed to travel. Merseyside has dawned with ten cases of coronavirus, six of them in Liverpool, and in England they already point to the Atlético de Madrid fans as possible responsible for it. 3,000 rojiblancos supporters traveled to England to accompany his team towards the quarterfinals and the duel was played with public and total normality.However, the Government of Spain had recommended that they not travel or, at least, take the necessary precautions. Now, John Ashton, former Liverpool public health officer, has charged, speaking to the BBC, to the red and white fans of the outbreak: “In Madrid they play behind closed doors and they have 3,000 followers staying in Liverpool and drinking in bars“.last_img read more

first_imgThe postponement of the Euro Cup from this summer to the summer of 2021 has meant that the door is opened to the end of the current national leagues in Europe affected by the coronavirus, including the Second Division. Despite the fact that everything is in the embryonic phase and pending the evolution of the health crisis, what seems certain is thate, if the current format is maintained, the silver competition in Spanish football would extend beyond June 30, the end date of contracts.In this scenario, CD Lugo would have a serious problem of troops to face or, rather, a serious administrative problem. The albivermello team is one of the teams that has the most players on loan on its roster (seven starters and three more on the bench), with what the Lugo they would have to renegotiate the transfers of these footballers with the clubs that own their rights to be able to count on them in their ranks in the final stretch of the campaign and with the team surely playing for permanence. But in addition, Lugo has a series of players who end their contractual relationship with Lugo on June 30 and for whom, for the moment, there has been no news about its renewal. José Carlos, Josete, Campabadal, Leuko and Carrillo end their contract in principle on the indicated date, and their renewal would become a priority if the league competition goes beyond that limit.Since this problem will not be exclusive to CD Lugo, but rather a global situation, It is expected that from the Professional Football League some measure will be articulated to solve the problem. What is clear is that the players must be clear about their employment relationship, since it would be difficult for them to suffer an injury with their contract already finished and without coverage or the option of a new card.last_img read more