Four Southland Teams Commence Indoor Track & Field Season This Weekend

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field season gets an early start with four teams set to compete over this weekend. The rest of the Southland gets underway after the New Year with indoor meets beginning throughout January. Field events get underway tomorrow at noon CT along with men’s heptathlon. Women’s pentathlon events begin at 12:20 p.m. All track events begin at 12:30 p.m. and run until 8:35 p.m. The heptathlon events will finish Saturday, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Live results are available for the Dunamis Indoor Classic here. Abilene Christian, Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin head to Dallas for the Dunamis Sports Group Indoor Classic tomorrow and Saturday. The event returns to DFW for the second consecutive year after being held at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco last season. Central Arkansas heads to Jonesboro for the Arkansas State Kickoff Classic on Sunday. Last season, the Bears and Sugar Bears registered 15 personal records, including two school records, tied one school record and more than a dozen program top-10 performances at A-State’s event.last_img read more

Abilene Christian Sweeps Weekly Tennis Awards

first_imgMoceanu enjoyed a perfect weekend on the courts, going 3-0 as the Wildcats picked up a pair of wins in the opening weekend of Southland Conference play over Nicholls (7-0) and New Orleans (5-2). He improved to 10-4 in singles play and 5-1 in doubles action on the year. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Autumn Bellow, Abilene Christian – Senior – Amarillo, TexasBellow lost just one set across all four singles and doubles matches, sweeping Nicholls’ Marina Vigil and dropping the middle set to New Orleans’ Salma Abdelrahim before storming back to take the final set 6-1. Bellow moves to 4-1 in her last five singles matches. Winners of 11 of their last 12 matches, Abilene Christian (16-4, 2-0 SLC) looks to remain undefeated in league play, playing host to Lamar and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, with both matches set to begin at 11:44 a.m CT. Honorable Mention: Axel Vila Antuna, Lamar; Okkie Kellerman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Playing alongside Jonathan Sheehy for just the third time this spring, Moceanu helped the Wildcats to a doubles victory at the No. 3 position. Moceanu joins Jonathan and Josh Sheehy and Dimitris Azoides as Abilene Christian men’s tennis student-athletes to pick up weekly honors. The group has combined for seven of the season’s 11 awards. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Bellow’s 4-0 week on the courts helped the Wildcats stay perfect in conference play as they topped Nicholls 6-1 and New Orleans 5-2. In league matches, Bellow is 4-2 in solo play and 5-1 alongside partner Ileana Mocciola.center_img Abilene Christian (10-8, 6-0 SLC) aims to extend its Southland Conference win streak to seven matches against Lamar at 11 a.m. Friday in Abilene before hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 1 p.m. Sunday. FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Niko Moceanu and Autumn Bellow are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. In doubles play, Bellow and Mocciola defeated their Nicholls and New Orleans counterparts 6-2 in both contests, extending the duo’s win streak to five matches. This marks Bellow’s second Player of the Week award of the spring. Honorable Mention: Ela Iwaniuk, Northwestern State; Camille Townsend, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Biance Vitale, Lamar. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Niko Moceanu, Abilene Christian – Junior – The Woodlands, TexasAfter Moceanu and Nicholls’ Dylan Loru traded 7-6 scores in the first two sets of their matchup, Moceanu triumphed 10-7 in the final frame to pick up his sixth win in the last seven matches. The junior from The Woodlands, Texas, also went to three sets against UNO’s Samuel Armand, dropping set one 6-7 but taking the final two 6-3 to come out on top.last_img read more

New Orleans Tabbed to Win Southland in Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – New Orleans was voted to the top spot of the 2019 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball preseason poll, announced by the league Thursday. Last year’s regular-season champion Sam Houston State is tabbed to finish second while reigning tournament champion Abilene Christian is picked third in the poll. Coming off its first Southland championship since 2009-10, Sam Houston State is chosen to finish second. The 2019 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, senior forward/center Kai Mitchell will have plenty of points up for grabs with the departure of brothers Cameron and Josh Delaney. 7. McNeese 158 Battle of the Border rivals Lamar and McNeese occupy the sixth and seventh spots in the poll, respectively, and are separated by just five points. The Cowboys’ Roydell Brown and Sha’Markus Kennedy, along with Lamar’s T.J. Atwood, made up the rest of the preseason all-conference second team. The Privateers lost in the opening round of the Tournament and aim to extend their string of postseason appearances to four-straight seasons in 2019-20. UNO is led by First-Team Preseason All-Southland selection Bryson Robinson and reigning Southland Freshman of the Year Gerrale Gates. 6. Lamar (1) 163 Stephen F. Austin, who received one first-place vote, is selected to finish fourth after missing the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in 15 years. With four first-place votes and a pair of second team preseason all-conference picks, Central Arkansas is predicted to come in fifth. 8. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 147 While the Privateers received half of the first-place votes, there were five total squads who were considered to be the top team on at least one ballot. The Bearkats garnered the second-most with seven, followed by four for Central Arkansas. Stephen F. Austin and Lamar each earned one. 9. Houston Baptist 129 Abilene Christian is slated to finish third after setting single-season program records for regular-season wins (25) and conference wins (14) en route to its first Southland Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. The Wildcats lost five of their six leading scorers with First-Team Preseason All-Southland honoree Payten Ricks entering as the top returning scorer. 2019-20 Southland Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll 1. New Orleans (13) 270 13. UIW 36 UNO went 19-14 with a 12-6 mark in league play last year and earned the No. 4 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament, where they knocked off top-seeded Sam Houston State before falling to the Wildcats in the title game. School (First-place votes) Total 2. Sam Houston State (7) 251 3. Abilene Christian 220 4. Stephen F. Austin (1) 214 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi checks in at eighth in the poll with 147 points, followed by Houston Baptist (129), Southeastern Louisiana (113) and Nicholls (101). Northwestern State and UIW round out the field. 5. Central Arkansas (4) 180 10. Southeastern La. 113 11. Nicholls 101 The preseason poll is voted on by the head coach and sports information director from each Southland school. Each individual ranks the other 12 teams in their predicted order of regular season finish. Ranking one’s own school is not permitted. 12. Northwestern State 46last_img read more

Son & Kane brilliant as Spurs back to  best to bounce back from Utd defeat

first_imgIT was a dream afternoon for Spurs as they bounced back from Wednesday’s loss at Old Trafford in the most perfect possible way.They looked rampant on the counter-attack, with Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and particularly Harry Kane absolutely terrorising the Burnley back line.5 Son scored a goal of the season contender to put his side 3-0 upCredit: PA:Press AssociationAfter blitzing into a comfortable early lead, the Clarets found it impossible to find a way back into the match, or even to keep the score down.The match will likely to be most remembered for an absolutely sensational solo goal from Son Heung-min, as the South Korean ran the length of the pitch to put Tottenham 3-0 up in the first half.SunSport runs the rule over Spurs’ performers on a great afternoon in N17.PAULO GAZZANIGA – 6Quiet afternoon for the Argentine international. Rarely involved but was fine when needed.SERGE AURIER – 6Plenty of darting runs in behind Burnley’s bewildered and frankly overworked backline. Troubled defensively by Dwight McNeil, who was able to deliver a number of dangerous crosses. A performance littered with silly fouls. Went off injured late on.5 Aurier provided some dangerous runs going forwardCredit: Getty – ContributorDAVINSON SANCHEZ – 7Crucial goal-line block after Brady had hit the bar. Not always brilliant with his distribution, but ultimately solid.TOBY ALDERWEIRELD – 7Imperious and composed, the Belgian combined excellent distribution with stunning cross field passes. Seems to be playing with more vigour and verve.5 Alderweireld was imperious at the back for SpursCredit: ReutersJAN VERTONGHEN – 7Good distribution and solid in the challenge. Given a much easier afternoon by Brady than he was by Daniel James.ERIC DIER – 7Quietly effective in shutting down Burnley attacks. It’s hard to imagine that Son would have managed to get through like he did for his wonder-goal had Dier been in the Burnley ranks. Booked for a foul on Jeff Hendrick.5 Dier was quietly effective in shutting down Burnley attackersCredit: PA:Press AssociationMOUSSA SISSOKO – 8Cruelly denied by the post after a charge into the box. Wasn’t to be denied in the second half though. Another lung-busting run into the penalty area rewarded as Kane picked him out from the left. Showed great composure top slot calmly past Pope.LUCAS MOURA – 7Gratefully poked home a sitter in the first ten minutes. Pressed doggedly when out of possession. Quieter than the other attackers but a useful display. Replaced by Sessegnon.DELE ALLI – 7Determined header put Lucas’ goal on a plate for him. Plenty of nice touches and his presence clearly frightened those in claret and blue.SON HEUNG-MIN – 9Terrorised Lowton. Brilliant dribble and shot in the build up to the second goal. Scored an all-time classic goal to put Spurs 3-0 up in the first half with an incredible solo run through the heart of the Burnley team.5 Son scored one of the all-time great goals to put Spurs 3-0 upCredit: Getty Images – GettyHARRY KANE – 9Sensational strike from range to smack Spurs into an early lead. Caused Burnley absolute havoc when dropping deep and when hugging the last defender. Shook off an ankle scare to immediately score a brilliant fourth goal for Spurs, rifling the ball into the roof of the net from ten yards. Lovely subtle little through ball to set up Sissoko. STAR MANSUBSTITUTES -Ryan Sessegnon (for Lucas Moura, 75th minute) – Didn’t have time to make a major impact, a few tidy passes. 6LATEST 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 summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearOliver Skipp (for Serge Aurier, 80th minute) – Tidy cameo from the teenage midfielder. 6Troy Parrott (for Dele Alli, 85th minute) – Exciting day for the 17-year-old, to make his league debut. The first of many, you’d assume. 6Not used: Whiteman, Rose, Eriksen, Lo Celso Jose Mourinho reveals he gave up the chance to go to Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr fight to lead Spurs out against Burnleylast_img read more

Jonas takes woeful penalty while wearing full Spurs kit at Tottenham Stadium

first_imgPep Guardiola’s squad are six above them in second, but still a whopping 22 points behind leaders Liverpool.The rivalry between Spurs and City has been one of the themes of European football over the last decade.But it is Guardiola who has come out in top in half of their 22 previous meetings.And he will have to ensure he comes out on top today if City are to think about making top four.The City boss admitted yesterday that he WILL be ”a failure” if he does not with the Champions League with his team: ”Last year was an extraordinary one for us but people say ‘You didn’t win the Championsd League’.”That is why I will be judged if we don’t win it in my final period here– I will be a failure, I know.”Most recent in footballGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi saga The Hollywood star can be seen completely missing the goal, almost taking out the poor camera man!One fan, Kathleen, joked: “This is the only time I’ve found Joe Jonas unattractive.”Let’s just hope it isn’t a foreshadowing of what’s to come for the hosts as they push for Champions League qualification.The two sides meet for the 23rd time on Match day number 25.Jose Mourinho’s men sit six places below Champions League places; and sixth in the table.This is the only time I’ve found Joe Jonas unattractive— Kathleen (@kathleenhayn) February 2, 2020 TOTTENHAM and Manchester City fans were kept entertained ahead of their Premier League clash, after American singer-songwriter Joe Jonas proved just why he gets paid the big bucks… OFF the football pitch.This woeful attempt at a penalty while sporting the full Spurs kit, is amusing many on Twitter.This is literally the most Joe Jonas thing Joe Jonas has ever done. 😂😂😂— ZOE (@StrawberryZoe) February 2, 2020center_img Tottenham have claimed just one point from a possible 18 this season against teams above them in the table, prior to the weekend’s games.Defeat for them would ensure they become the sixth club to lose 400 top flight home matches.On the flip side, City have scored in each of their last 23 Premier League games…the third longest such run in the competition’s history.Tottenham vs Man City – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Premier League clashlast_img read more

Ma’a Nonu and Dan Carter deadly as race to French playoffs heats up

first_imgPhoto: Getty Images (Ma’a Nonu scoring for Toulon who are in the thick of the race for the French Top 14 playoffs). Ma’a Nonu was at his vintage best as he helped Toulon to a thrilling and important win in the French Top 14.The former All Blacks midfielder scored the last of Toulon’s three tries with a brilliant solo 30m effort in their 33-23 win on Monday (NZ time).Tries haven’t been easy to come by for Nonu since he moved to France following the 2015 World Cup triumph.But he showed his mix of power and pace with this effort, side-stepping against the run of play and slicing through the Toulouse defenders to make his way to the line.​The win sees Toulon in fourth place as the playoffs edge closer.Meanwhile Dan Carter and his fellow Kiwis turned it on to keep Racing 92’s hope of making the playoffs alive.Defending champions Racing moved to fifth on the table with a pulsating 34-32 win against Pau on Monday (NZ time).Pau collected a bonus point to be sixth on the table on points-differential with Racing.The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.Carter kicked two penalties and converted all four tries for Racing.Joe Rokocoko scored the opening try for Racing in just the fifth minute and former Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna marked his return to action with a try.Pau came back from 34-13 to score three tries in the last 10 minutes in a desperate bid to catch their Paris opponents.Colin Slade was again missing from the Pau lineup with Tom Taylor playing at No 10 and kicking one penalty.Racing 92 coach Laurent Labit praised Tameifuna who has battled weight issues this season after suffering a  stomach ulcer.Labit revealed Tameifuna had returned overweight in the offseason. He had been rested since March 11 to try to get him into better shape and the coach felt Tameifuna had delivered a strong performance against Pau with his scrum work, tackling and clean outs.last_img read more

PNG community in Cairns, Australia joins Games Relay

first_imgThe Oil Search Games Relay made a special visit to Cairns on the weekend where the community hosted an informal picnic on the Esplanade of Cairns City.Team PNG athletes who are training in Cairns also attended the event.PNG Consul Rava Chapman thanked the team for remembering the large community living and working in North Queensland and wished Team PNG every success in the upcoming games.Athletes from squash and lawn bowls took a break from their training to join in the festivities, take photos with the Baton and to meet their PNG wantoks based in Cairns.last_img read more

Kassman misses out on gold medal fight

first_imgHe lost to world ranked number one Safwan Khalil of Australia 8-5 in the semi-final. The Australian won the first round by two points 2-0 and the second round also by two points 4-2. Kassman, who is also the Australian champion, has settled for bronze instead. It was a close fight with Khalil leading all the way in a close margin. Kassman and Johan Hardel of New Caledonia will take out bronze in this category.last_img

Matches at risk for the storm Gloria

first_imgThe first big storm of the year, named Gloria, keeps the entire country on alert. Although its effects are beginning to be noticed, the worst is yet to come. The State Meteorological Agency (AEMT) has activated the orange (significant risk) and red (extreme risk) notices for Sunday and Monday by rains and high winds, Specially in the eastern third, on the Mediterranean coast and the Balearic Islands. You will notice the intense cold in much of the peninsula and the snow level will go down in this area from 300-500 meters of altitude.Civil Protection warns that wind gusts in these areas could exceed 120 kilometers per hour,while the General Directorate of Traffic recommends that citizens advance travel to this Saturday. The stormy Gloria could also compromise and hinder the return trips of the displaced teams. These are some of the matches by LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank held in some of the areas with notices from the AEMT. LaLiga Santander: Mallorca-Valencia (12:00 hours)The most threatened party in theory is that of LaLiga Santander, which is held tomorrow in Palma de Mallorca from 12:00 noon. Mallorca receives tomorrow, from 12:00 hours, to Valencia. The island of Mallorca has activated the red warning by strong winds, rains and even waves of six meters, so the return trip of the Valencian team could also be compromised.LaLiga SmartBank: Elche-Alcorcón (12:00 hours)The morning’s crash schedule can mitigate the threat. The risk announced is by wind, with yellow level alert. According to the predictions, the rainfall will arrive as the game progresses, with a rain forecast of one hundred percent from 1:00 p.m.LaLiga Santander: Villarreal-Espanyol (4pm)The risk level is at the yellow level, with rain warning, with a probability of precipitation of 80 percent and strong wind at the time of the game.LaLiga Santander: Barcelona-Granada (9:00 p.m.)The storm will also be noticed tomorrow in Catalonia. Barcelona receives Granada, starting at 9:00 p.m. The probability of rains is 55 percent and the warning due to high winds is yellow.last_img read more

Revolutionary Alba

first_img18 Alba spent half an hour playing and ordering. The side asked Riqui, Rakitic and Vidal when it came out that the line of four that formed together Semedo played much higher. Setién ended up stopping Barça in attack with a clear 3-1-4-2 in which De Jong was an anchor player; Semedo and Alba opened the field and Vidal Y Arthur They moved the ball. In the 94th minute, and after fending him several times with going deep, Griezmann was serious and Alba put a fine ball as if it were Messi. Rarely half an hour gave for more. Alba showed that, on the same lawn, players can also act as coaches. The first thing he did when he left by Carles Pérez was to caress Ansu Fati and calm him down. The Guinean had been fouled and the game was stopped, so Alba, aware that there was still half an hour and that the blur could be corrected, moved his hands asking for tranquility and took the opportunity to give two clear guidelines that could come from the bench or Be simple self-management. The first slogan went to Lenglet. Barça had not taken a long pass throughout the game nor had it been deep. Alba stretched the band and finally worried Ibiza. Not only that. He also claimed Ansu and Griezmann deep uncheck. In one of them came the Griezmann 1-2. Noted other times by his defensive oversights on black nights like Liverpool, this time it was Jordi Alba who took Barça out of trouble and saved him from a ridiculous one of unknown dimensions. It’s hard to do more things well in half an hour in a field. The side of L’Hospitalet The game changed, a circumstance that has more merit if it is done from a band, where the outcome in football does not happen. Copa del Rey* Data updated as of January 23, 2020last_img read more