No. 7 Abilene Christian Wildcats (15-13, 9-9 SLC)The defending regular season champion team qualified for the Southland tournament in its first season as a postseason-eligible Division I team. Though the Wildcats did not recreate their title-winning ways from 2017, they still possess one of the league’s best scorers in second-team all-conference guard Breanna Wright. The sophomore ranks seventh in conference contests with 15.1 points per game and third with 4.6 assists per game. She is also tied for first with an average of 38.4 minutes played per game. The Wildcats face off against the No. 6 Privateers, a team which they have not met since their conference opener on Dec. 28 and defeated 80-70. No. 3 Central Arkansas and No. 4 Nicholls earned byes to the second round while No. 1 Lamar and No. 2 Stephen F. Austin secured double byes to the semifinals. The tournament gets underway Thursday at 11 a.m. CT with the opening game between No. 8 McNeese and No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, followed by No. 7 Abilene Christian vs. No. 6 New Orleans. No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (18-11, 11-7 SLC)The Islanders enter the tournament as the No. 5 seed again and aim to recreate their impressive run from 2017. Last year Corpus Christi opened with a win against No. 8 Northwestern State before upending No. 4 New Orleans in the second round to land in the semifinals. The team is led by second team all-conference guard Brittany Mbamalu, who ranks fourth in league play in made three-pointers (42) while averaging 2.3 per game. A familiar matchup awaits the Islanders in the first round as they face No. 8 McNeese, a team which defeated them 70-74 less than a week ago on Feb. 28. No. 2 Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (24-5, 16-2 SLC)SFA secured the No. 2 seed and has sights set on a second consecutive tournament championship game appearance. The well-rounded Ladyjacks ranked second in scoring offense (70.2 points per game) and third in scoring defense (58.1 points per game) in conference games. The team is led by two-time all-conference and all-defensive selection pick Stevi Parker. The senior forward posted 11 double-doubles this season, has scored in double-figures in 20 games, and has notched double-digit rebounding efforts in 12 games. On the defensive end, Parker was second in the Southland Conference in defensive rebounds with 210, registered 11 multi-steal games and and took a team-high 30 charges. SFA holds a double bye and awaits the winner of No. 3 Central Arkansas and either No. 7 Abilene Christian or No. 6 New Orleans. No. 1 Lamar Cardinals (22-6, 17-1 SLC)The preseason-favored Cardinals lived up to the preseason hype, bulldozing their way to an outright conference title as they enter the tournament on a 14-game win streak. Lamar’s lone conference loss came on the road at Central Arkansas back on Jan. 6. LU is in search of its second conference tournament title in program history and its first since 2010. The team earned four selections to the 2018 all-conference teams, led by three-time Defensive Player of the Year Chastadie Barrs. The junior guard leads the conference and country in steals (186) and needs just six to break the single season Division I record. As a team, the Cardinals rank first in league play with 75.9 points per game and a +20.4 scoring margin, With a double-bye in Katy this week, the Cardinals will face the second-round winner between No. 4 Nicholls and either No. 8 McNeese or No. 6 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. No. 3 Central Arkansas Sugar Bears (21-8, 14-4 SLC)The No. 3 Sugar Bears aim to make it three straight tournament titles this year. While the team faltered midseason, losing three of five at one point through a late January stretch, it remained by far the stingiest defense in the conference and among the best in Division I (50.1 points allowed per game overall). The Sugar Bears earned three all-conference selections, with Taylor Baudoin and Kierra Jordan earning second team distinction while Kamry Orr was named to the third team. Sophomore Taylor Sells also earned a spot on the all-defensive list. UCA has a first-round bye and will face the winner of No. 7 Abilene Christian and No. 6 New Orleans on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Tournament HomepageKATY, Texas – The 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. Lamar secured the outright regular season championship and top seed with a 17-1 league record. It is the Cardinals’ third title in history and first since 2014. No. 4 Nicholls Colonels (16-13, 11-7 SLC)Nicholls, home of the 2017-18 Southland Conference Player of the Year Cassidy Barrios, enters as the No. 4 seed. The junior was a true all-around player for the Colonels in the regular season as she ranked in the top 10 against league opponents in scoring, rebounding, assists, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, steals and blocks. She averaged 18.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists. She earned Southland Player of the Week a conference-best five times this season and recorded 15 overall double-doubles. Her well-rounded resume also landed her a spot on the All-Defensive Team. The Colonels enter the tournament on a four-game win streak, with their last loss coming to No. 3 Central Arkansas on Feb. 17. They face the winner between No. 8 McNeese and No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday at 11 a.m. No. 6 New Orleans Privateers (15-14, 11-7 SLC)The Privateers enter the tournament with the Southland’s most prolific scorer in three-time all-conference pick Randi Brown. The senior guard ranks first in league play with 22.2 points per game and is 10th in the nation with 22.1 per game overall. UNO won four of its last five games to end the regular season and will face No. 7 Abilene Christian in its first game of the tournament Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ACU came out on top in their lone meeting this season, winning 80-70 in their conference opener on Dec. 28. No. 8 McNeese Cowgirls (12-17, 8-10 SLC)McNeese earned its second straight tournament berth under second year head coach Kacie Cryer. Last season, the team earned the No. 6 seed and a first-round victory over Nicholls before bowing out to SFA in the next round. The Cowgirls dropped five of their last six heading into this week after a difficult final regular season stretch. Caitlyn Davis, an honorable mention on this year’s all-conference team, leads McNeese in scoring (12.4 points per game), three-point field goal percent (31.1), assists (5.8) and steals (1.8). She ranks second in league play for assists/turnover ratio, eighth in steals (34) and 10th in scoring (13.6 points per game). The Cowgirls face off against No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the opening game of tournament, Thursday at 11 a.m. The first two rounds and semifinal contests will stream on ESPN3, available on WatchESPN.com and ESPN apps. The championship will air live Sunday at noon on CBS Sports Network. The 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship bracket will be announced Monday, March 12 on ESPN at 6 p.m. First- and second-round competition will be held on 16 non-predetermined campus sites.
Box Score | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana became the first squad to score on No. 2 Central Arkansas in the Southland Conference Tournament, topping the Bears 9-3 on Thursday evening. Senior center-fielder Bryce Steckler, who began the day with two home runs to his name in 2019, now has five after a two-homer performance in the win.BSB: @LionUpBaseball senior Bryce Steckler had two home runs on the season.He ADDED THREE TODAY. One vs. SFA, two more against UCA.Heading to the 7th, SLU leads the Bears 8-2.?? https://t.co/rJNATsbm1t ???? @espn apps #LionUp #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/VJVzTEPLHj— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2019 Back-to-back two-out base knocks loaded the bases for the Bears in the home-half of the sixth, but Tassin fanned Ragan for the final out to bring UCA’s number of men left on base to nine. SLU’s bullpen didn’t allow a hit the rest of the way Southeastern Louisiana exploded for six runs to regain the lead in the top of the sixth on RBI singles from Nathan Pilutti and Nick Ray, a run-scoring double off the bat of Conner Manola and Steckler’s second long ball of the game.BSB: Single by Ray plates Schimpf and Pilutti. @LionUpBaseball increases lead to 5-2 over @UCABearBaseball. Top 6th in Sugar Land. ?? https://t.co/rJNATsbm1t ???? @espn apps #LionUp #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/qdX50eTaMW— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2019 In the following half inning, Steckler left Constellation Field for the second time of the day with a solo shot to left that evened the score at 2-all. The round-tripper marked the first earned run allowed by UCA in the tournament. The Lions pounced on a Central Arkansas error in the opening frame as Cody Grosse reached on a dropped fly ball by left-fielder Cole Fiori and scored two batters later by way of a Kyle Schimpf single. The Lions pushed the lead to seven in the final inning after Steckler drew a hit-by-pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a Preston Faulkner sac fly. However, the Bears avenged the mistake by taking advantage of SLU’s own mishap – a wild pitch with runners on second and third allowing Beau Orlando to cross home plate. After Trey Shaffer pegged Fiori, Tanner Wiley scored on a near double-play ball to take a 2-1 lead. Southeastern Louisiana and Central Arkansas will face off once again on Saturday with the winner advancing to Saturday’s championship game. If McNeese wins Thursday’s nightcap, the game will be at 1 p.m. CT. If Incarnate Word defeats McNeese, the game will start at 9 a.m.
HUGO LLORIS was given a dose of morphine after suffering a horror elbow injury just 149 seconds into Tottenham’s game against Brighton.The French goalkeeper was left screaming in pain after his left arm buckled under his weight as he tumbled to the floor.8 The left arm of Hugo Lloris buckles horribly out of shape under his bodyCredit: AFP or licensors8 Lloris falls onto his left arm after spilling an early cross to gift Brighton the lead8 The elbow buckles horribly under the body of Lloris to leave the Spurs star screaming in agonyLloris, 32, had spilled the ball on his own line dealing with a high cross, gifting Brighton the lead through Neal Maupay in the third minute at the Amex Stadium.While the Seagulls ran off in celebration, the World Cup winning goalkeeper was left writhing in pain at the back of his own net.Worried team-mates called the Spurs medics onto the pitch where they found the team captain unable to move.Specialist first administered some laughing gas to the stricken star in an effort to dull the pain.And as played was held up for six minutes, they then placed an oxygen mask on the player in order to attempt to control his breathing.Lloris was finally lifted carefully onto a stretcher where he was carried away to the dressing rooms where morphine was administered, and he was then rushed by ambulance to a local hospital.More from footballTHROUGH 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 Celtic8 Lloris had spilled a high cross from under his crossbar, leading to him tumbling to the floorCredit: BT Sport8 The Spurs star was left screaming in agony as medics rushed to his aidCredit: ReutersIt was a nightmare start to the match for Spurs – their first game since their 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Just when manager Mauricio Pochettino was hoping for an instant response, the error put his side on the back foot immediately.But those frustrations were put to one side when it quickly became apparent just how serious an injury Lloris had suffered.8 The medics attempted to stabilise the joint as Tottenham star Lloris writhed in painCredit: BT Sport8 Lloris bites on the mouthpiece of the gas he was given on the pitchCredit: Reuters8 Lloris was eventually carried away on a stretcher having been given gas and oxygen in an attempt to dull the painCredit: PA:Press AssociationArgentinian goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga was forced to come straight onto the pitch as his replacement as Spurs were forced into an instant reshuffle.The likelihood is that Lloris will not be forced to spend a long period on the sidelines, leaving the North London club short on options between the posts.It means youngster Alfie Wightman is now likely to be elevated to become the back-up keeper at least until the January transfer window.Lloris 🙏🏼— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) October 5, 2019
MAURICIO POCHETTINO says there is no point tearing into his Tottenham flops – because telling them they are “s**t* won’t solve anything.Pochettino has watched his side lurch into crisis after a dismal start to the campaign which has effectively ruled them out of winning two trophies within two months.2 Mauricio Pochettino says there is no point reading the riot act to his flop Tottenham playersCredit: Rex FeaturesSpurs are miles adrift in the Premier League, been dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Colchester and humiliated 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munich.Saturday’s inept display in their 3-0 thrashing at Brighton leaves the club down in ninth in the table amid suggestions scores of Tottenham players do not want to be there.But Pochettino said: “The team has lost confidence. We have to work to win that trust again.”We talk to the players. We tell them that we have lost by mistakes, but we must try to forget them.”The best way to help the player is not telling him that he has done s***.”You can’t hide. You have to share the responsibility.”Speaking at a conference in Qatar where he is spending two days during the international break, Pochettino added: “We at Tottenham work as a team.”After two big defeats like the ones we have suffered, we have to think about the future.2Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer”You have to recover the emotional level. When you are on the top, you feel you must respond to dignity.”Football is born in the heart. Our responsibility is to be guardians of this, make sure you don’t forget.”You have to help the players to motivate themselves. But how can you motivate yourself after the Champions League? I say: ‘Are we professionals? Or not?'” Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not run away ‘like a kid’ despite bad losses against Bayern Munich and Brighton
CHELSEA are in negotiations with Philippe Coutinho over a summer transfer, according to reports.The Brazilian, 27, is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona for the season.2 Chelsea are leading the race to try and land Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summerBut according to Sport, the Bavarians are unwilling to exercise their £105million option to buy him at the end of his spell.And now it is thought Chelsea made a march on their rivals to land Coutinho by contacting the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian, with whom they have a strong relationship.The Blues are up against a number of other sides in the hunt, though, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal among the interested parties.Barcelona signed Coutinho from Liverpool in January 2018 for £145million.But just 18 months later – and with 21 goals in 76 appearances – he was shipped out to Bayern on loan.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues newsNow with the German giants unlikely to make the move permanent, there is a scramble for his signature.Coutinho could be available for between £52m and £70m and is thought to have his heart set on a return to England.Manchester United have been long-term admirers of the playmaker.And even though he was a star at Liverpool, the acrimonious departure from Anfield means Coutinho is thought to have no qualms about joining bitter-rivals United.Tottenham lost Christian Eriksen in January when he joined Inter so the chance to sign another creative player this summer certainly makes sense.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaReports suggested Barcelona could use Coutinho as a makeweight in a deal that would see Tanguy Ndombele head to LaLiga.Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal have also been linked, while Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester emerged as shock contenders, too.The Northern Irishman signed Coutinho at Liverpool in 2013 and worked with him until his sacking in October 2015, going agoninisngly close to winning the Premier League title in 2014.2How Chelsea could line up with Coutinho and Dembele joining Ziyech if Lampard lands summer
Beach volleyball is a new sport in Papua New Guinea but seats for this event at the Pacific Games are almost full at the venue.PNG and Northern Marianas men play on Court 1 and the ladies from New Caledonia and Fiji play at court two
This comes off a bye and a win over the SNS Port Moresby Vipers on Sunday at the National Football Stadium. The Tigers are on 4 points.Also tied on 4 competition points are the second placed Bintangor Goroka Lahanis and the Agmark Rabaul Gurias who sit third on the ladder.Points for and against has put them behind the Tigers.The only two teams who are yet to register any competition points are the SNS Port Moresby Vipers and the TNA LionsThe ladder after round 2 is:Snax Lae Tigers (4), Bintangor Goroka Lahanis (4), Agmark Rabaul Gurias (4), Wamp Nga Hagen Eagles (3), PRK Gulf Isapea (3), Kemele Hela Wigmen (2), EPG Mioks (2), PRK Mendi Muruks (1), Waghi Tumbe (1), SNS Port Moresby Vipers (0), TNA Lions (0).
NRL education and wellbeing manager Nigel Vagana told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat the onus is on commentators and broadcast networks to educate themselves.”It should be a given for any person that your name is said properly, whether you’re in the NRL or not. It’s a sign of respect,” the former player said.”From an NRL perspective we have the capacity to put pressure on these media outlets to at least acknowledge the damage they’re doing to some of these individuals and communities when [names] aren’t said correctly.”If that isn’t taken seriously or it doesn’t improve, then we’ve got to look at more drastic measures to make sure it does.”New Zealand’s Pacific Islands Media Association said it complained to Australia’s Fox Sports about alleged mispronunciations after its broadcast of the Pacific Rugby League Internationals earlier this month.Fox Sports has declined to comment.’It’s definitely insulting’Mr Vagana said he believed broadcasters were getting better at getting names right, but he understood why Polynesian and Melanesian communities can be aggrieved if they hear mistakes.”I think it’s definitely insulting when somebody doesn’t say your name correctly, regardless of what your background is,” he said.”Whether it’s malicious or racist, that’s the opinion that some people have. For me personally, I don’t think it’s that’s way.”I think it’s probably more ignorance, if anything, and lack of exposure to opportunities to be able to be educated on correct pronunciations.”He said the NRL includes phonetic pronunciation of players’ names in media guides and he invites commentators to approach him if they are unsure.”There are a couple of commentators in the past few years that have contacted me directly when they’re umm-ing and aah-ing about a certain Polynesian name,” he said.”We talk it through and then they go off on their merry way.”Mr Vagana said believed a simple solution is for NRL clubs to include audio pronunciations on player profiles on their websites, where it would be “accessible to anyone and everyone”.
Quique Setién spoke after the game against Ibiza at a press conference. These were his opinions. -I give credit to Ibiza. Is not easy. They have done very well and it has cost us. We have not had that clairvoyance. They have seen a goal in favor and that complicates things. We know that you don’t succeed at the beginning. They have tilted, they have not closed.-What role do you have for Ansu?-It is a player with great conditions and we will see how it evolves in our way of understanding things. It will have more or less prominence depending on what we are seeing.-It seemed that there was a lack of deep clearance. How do you rate it?-We have decided to put Junior Central and put him a little where Jordi Alba. We thought that Ibiza was going to retreat, but it cost us because its sides jumped. But then it has been different because the rival team has grown more tired.Is the first hour good?-Do not. I did not like it, but I understand the difficulties that one finds in matches like this. An aggressive team that has closed us well and that has not been easy. I would have loved that we would have been more precise and that it would have been better for us but this match will be good for us. Because when you do things wrong, you have improved them.Have you asked for more depth to the strikers?-Yes. But in the first part it has been complicated. The depth should have been more lateral.Doesn’t he worry that he didn’t shoot until the 70th minute?-I say so. Ibiza has played a great game. They have worked hard. I have seen some of their matches and I have not seen them play with this intensity. But I always warn my players that this will be so. We must give them merit. We have not been as inspired and clairvoyant as I would have liked. -Why did you raise that starting match?-This is a strong team that has made a great game at the defensive level and has had the success of scoring 1-0. That has given him confidence. We have been inaccurate. There have been losses, we have given them life and it has not been easy. I give an important merit to the rival. But when you have the ball wear the opponent and we have had the success of scoring. I am happy. We have not been clear but it has not been an easy match.-What positive aspects of your team do you stay with?-The other day, in the first game, we had more control of everything. Today we made inaccuracies, we had losses, and that we want to avoid. But there are players who have rushed a bit against a team that has locked himself well. That gives us distrust.– Have you seen outside at any time?-Lose and draw is always an option. More when it’s just one match. If we had to play in our field. They are trap parties. It is an important option. We have not had peace of mind.– What do you attribute that it has only been thrown three times at the door?
Being in a home game and thinking that it would be comfortable I chose to line up players with more tables. It has helped me to save time.Not being satisfied what you mean?In the second we did some things well and controlled the game, but there are many things to improve and it is better to do it since the victory. I am not satisfied only with the result. We have rushed, we have lost the ball very fast and when there are losses there are problems.What do you prefer for the draw?I have no preference. I buy it at home, but whatever comes we will face it with the same seriousness and energy.How have you seen De Jong?Frenkie is a very receptive player. It puts a lot of interest in understanding things. We send you to interior areas and it does very good things and others will understand you better. He has made an extraordinary match just like Arthur.Would a Classic now be too soon?If it touches we will face it with guarantees, we will surely give the level.How important is the strategy game?We do not spend much time preparing strategies in the field, but on the board. Clément’s movement has been extraordinary and as they are so good we are right. We do not rehearse in the field.How will you use Dembélé?It has a specialist conditions. We will try to get the most out of it. You can give us a lot where you play. He feels more comfortable outside and will give us a lot. We expect the performance to be continuous. Quique Setién appeared before the media in the press room after the overwhelming defeat of Barcelona by 5 to 0 against Leganés in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. Why did you return to the 4-3-3 drawing?We wanted to set five players of them. They also incorporate their sides and we could defend better. We have done very well in the first 20-25 minutes. It is true that they could harm us, but we have done many things well but I am not entirely satisfied. We found the goal, but we lost control of the game and gave them a lot of life. It was when we had to control the game.Do you find it difficult to know that you will not sign a forward?I will be calm. There is a risk of injury and it cannot be controlled. I am used to working with what I have. It could not be, the market has not given anything and we will also recover Dembélé, who is going to leave.Will the defense of three return?It may be seen again. You have to analyze the matches. The drawings will change many times, even during the match. I almost changed it to half a game today.Why such a starting lineup?