Samantha Anderson1 Sr. RS Central Arkansas Tyler, Texas First Team After its Cinderella run as the No. 8 seed last year participating in its first ever Southland postseason tournament, Abilene Christian heads into the season with three preseason second team members. Senior setter Kendall Bosse and senior outside hitter Jacey Smith, both 2017 All-Tournament selections, were both picked to the second team, along with senior middle blocker Lauren Walker. Lauren Walker Sr. MB Abilene Christian Round Rock, Texas Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar University, New Orleans and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each garnered a single selection. The Islanders’ junior right side/setter Madison Green was the top vote-getter outside of the eight automatic selections. 1 – 2017 All-Conference Selection Tomar Thomas Sr. OH Lamar University Houston, Texas Autumn Lockley Sr. OH Incarnate Word Leander, Texas Elizabeth Armstrong1 Jr. S Central Arkansas League City, Texas Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown Haley Coleman1 Sr. OH Stephen F. Austin Rockwall, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin paces the way with four spots on the 2018 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Teams, the league announced Thursday. Danae Daron1 Jr. MB Stephen F. Austin Crosby, Texas Returning players from the 2017 All-Conference First and Second teams are automatically named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference teams. Vacant positions are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own players is not permitted. Each member of the preseason teams is an upperclassmen with just four juniors receiving the accolade. Seventeen of the 18 selections are Texas natives. Jacey Smith Sr. OH Abilene Christian Wimberley, Texas Defending tournament champion Central Arkansas captured two spots on the top team, as does Northwestern State and Sam Houston State. The Sugar Bears return the league’s 2017 Player of the Year, senior right side hitter Samantha Anderson, along with 2017 Tournament MVP junior setter Elizabeth Armstrong. The Lady Demons earned automatic selections in senior outside hitter Reagan Rogers and last season’s conference Libero of the Year Channing Burleson. Senior middle blocker Taylor Cunningham snagged an automatic selection to the first team while senior setter Jaclyn Ward was also voted to the first team to represent the Bearkats. Madison Green Jr. RS/S Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Dripping Springs, Texas Second Team Reagan Rogers1 Sr. OH Northwestern State Blanco, Texas Jaclyn Ward Sr. S Sam Houston State Spring, Texas Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown The Ladyjacks head into the new campaign returning three all-conference members from a season ago in senior outside hitter Haley Coleman, junior middle blocker Danae Daron and senior middle blocker Makenzee Hanna. Junior setter Ann Hollas was voted onto the second team. Last season SFA won its first Southland regular-season championship since 2014, posting a 14-2 mark in conference play. Channing Burleson1 Sr. L Northwestern State Midland, Texas Kendall Bosse Sr. S Abilene Christian Round Rock, Texas Kaitlyn Grice Sr. MB New Orleans Valrico, Fla. Kayla Davenport Sr. MB Houston Baptist Columbus, Texas Ann Hollas Jr. S Stephen F. Austin Longview, Texas Makenzee Hanna1 Sr. MB Stephen F. Austin DeSoto, Texas Taylor Cunningham1 Sr. MB Sam Houston State Huntsville, Texas
FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Darrel Colbert, Jr., Nicholls’ Ahmani Martin and Central Arkansas’ Matt Cummins are the Southland Conference Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Colbert paced the Lamar offense to a 21-17 victory on the road against McNeese Saturday rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown. Martin played a key role in a dominant shutout win for the Colonels’ causing a pair of fumbles. Cummins accounted for over half of Central Arkansas’ offensive output with three made field goals.Offensive Player of the Week: Darrel Colbert, Jr., Lamar– Sr. – Quarterback – Houston, TexasColbert guided the Cardinals to their third win over a nationally ranked team this season with their come-from-behind victory on the road against McNeese. The senior’s performance aided Lamar to their second victory over the Cowboys since the 2010 season. The win over McNeese helped secure the Cardinal’s first berth in the 2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship where they will take on University of Northern Iowa at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Their victory also marks the first time since the program’s return in the 2010 season where LU has defeated three ranked programs in the same year. Colbert piloted the offense to 21 points on nine completions and 148 yards passing. The senior constructed a victory for the Cardinals that stands as Lamar’s sixth consecutive win, the program’s longest winning streak since the 1972 season.Honorable Mention: Julien Gums, Nicholls; Dee Bowens, Sam Houston StateDefensive Player of the Week: Ahmani Martin, Nicholls – Sr. – Defensive Back – Reserve, La.Martin set the tone right away in the Colonels’ 44-0 home victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Thursdayevening, forcing two fumbles on the Lions’ opening two drives. On the second play of the night, Martin delivered a highlight hit to pop the ball loose. The fumble was subsequently recovered by Nicholls and returned inside the SLU 15 yard line. The Colonels punched it in for a touchdown on the next play. Martin forced another fumble on the next SLU possession, ending the Lion’s drive at the 50-yard line. Along with his two forced fumbles, Martin had four solo tackles and two pass breakups. The shutout was the first for the Colonels in league play since 2007 and was the only shutout in conference play by any Southland team this season. Nicholls closed out the regular-season earning the automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division I Championship where they will host San Diego Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m.Honorable Mention: Davon Jernigan, Lamar; Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston StateSpecial Teams Player of the Week: Matt Cummins, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Kicker – Conway, Ark.Cummins was excellent for the Bears Saturday pushing UCA to a 16-7 win over Abilene Christian on the road. The senior kicker notched three field goals from 20, 37 and 42 yards out while also tucking away an extra-point attempt in his final game for Central Arkansas.Honorable Mention: Myles Ward, Northwestern State; Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. AustinSouthland 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 25 percent of ballots.
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The 2019 Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament begins Friday at 10 a.m. CT. at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The championship is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. No. 3 Incarnate Word (11-7, 3-2 SLC)The Cardinals follow up their regular-season title in 2018 with a second-straight tournament appearance since they were eligible for postseason play after completing their transition to Division I. Freshman Oliver Valentinsson impressed in his first year at UIW, earning first-team all-conference recognition at No. 4 singles with an unblemished 3-0 mark in Southland contests. The Cardinals were also represented on the all-league teams by duo Paco Bendana and Caleb Dyer, who snagged second team honors at No. 2 doubles. No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (17-8, 4-1 SLC)Making their ninth-straight appearance in the Southland Conference tournament, the host Islanders are chasing a seventh-consecutive championship match berth and a fourth title in that span. A&M-Corpus Christi matched ACU with a pair of all-conference flights on both the first and second teams. A first-team selection at No. 2 singles, Francois Kellerman and brother Okkie also earned second team honors at No. 1 doubles. Francois Kellerman ended the year with a 4-1 singles record and a 3-2 doubles mark in conference play. In the regular season, the Islanders edged UIW 4-3 to spark a four-match win streak to conclude the regular season. No. 1 Abilene Christian (21-4, 5-0 SLC) The Wildcats make their second appearance in the conference tournament in as many years of postseason eligibility, coming off a clean sweep of both their regular-season contests and the league’s individual awards. Ranked No. 112 in the latest ITA Division I singles poll, senior Josh Sheehy ended the regular season on a seven-match singles win streak to finish 18-4 and a perfect 5-0 in league play. Akinori Wada took home Newcomer of the Year honors, while Dimitris Azoides was crowned Freshman of the Year. Rounding out the honorees is Coach of the Year Hutton Jones, whose ACU squad took five individual matches over nationally-ranked opponents and garnered six overall all-conference selections. In the regular season, the Wildcats swept Nicholls 7-0. Four teams fight for the tournament championship with Abilene Christian heading into the tournament as the No. 1 seed following its first 5-0 finish in Southland Conference play. The Wildcats will face No. 4 Nicholls in the first round. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, facing No. 3-seeded Incarnate Word. No. 4 Nicholls (6-15, 1-4 SLC)After the Colonels had a six-year streak of appearing in the Southland Conference Tennis Tournament snapped last season, they return to the event in 2019 under head coach Greg Harkins. In the regular-season finale against Lamar, sophomores Nestor Giribet Lopez and Eduardo Marino battled back from first-set losses to clinch the final two points necessary for a 4-3 victory. The win leapfrogged the Colonels into the tournament.
FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Grant O’Callaghan and Northwestern State’s Marco Arevalo are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.O’Callaghan kicked off the indoor track & field season with a bang, earning a pair of first-place finishes for the Lions at the LSU Purple Tigers Invitational in Baton Rouge, La., last weekend. The SLU junior took top honors in the one-mile race with a 4:20.55 clip as the Lions occupied the top four spots. He then concluded the weekend in the 3,000-meter event with a time of 8:46.42.Arevalo also took home first-place distinctions at the LSU Purple Tiger meet with a 50-7.5-foot (15.43 meter) heave in the shot put event. His toss marks the longest of any Southland shot put participant so far in the 2020 indoor season and was enough to beat out the competition by over four feet.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Grant O’Callaghan, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Flowery Branch, Ga.O’Callaghan competed in his first race in over a year after redshirting the 2019 outdoor track & field and cross country seasons. Without missing a beat, the junior took part in the mile and 3,000-meter events and blew the competition away with a pair of first-place finishes. O’Callaghan topped the one-mile race with a 4:20.55, pacing a quartet of Lions’ runners that occupied the top-four finishing spots. He concluded his weekend with an 8:46.42 performance in the 3,000-meter race, beating the field by a four-second differential.Honorable Mention: Harrison Coleman, New OrleansMen’s Field Athlete of the Week – Marco Arevalo, Northwestern State – So. – Falfurrias, TexasArevalo collected his first career victory at the LSU Purple Tiger meet, recording the longest throw by a Southland shot put competitor in the 2020 indoor season. Each of his final four throws would have won the event, which he won by more than four feet, with a toss of 50-7.5 (15.43 meters).Honorable Mention: Aaron Worrell, New OrleansSouthland 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.
BRAZILIAN-BRED JOLIE OLIMPICA IMPRESSIVE IN HER U.S. DEBUT AS SHE TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 LAS CIENEGAS STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH; TRAINED BY MANDELLA, SHE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:01.00ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2020)–Bet to favoritism in her U.S. debut, Brazilian-bred Jolie Olimpica was equal to the challenge, as she tracked the early leader and went on to an impressive 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Richard Mandella, the 4-year-old daughter of Drosselmeyer got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:01 flat–a new track record for Santa Anita’s recently adopted turf sprint distance.“I just listened to what Mr. Mandella told me this morning,” said Smith, who made the lead just inside the sixteenth pole. “He said ‘She trains like she’s really quick, maybe a little too quick, so be still leaving there. If she puts you (up on the pace) fine, if not give her a chance to settle and she should finish.’“I was happy to be on a Drosselmeyer. I was blessed enough to win the Belmont (2010) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (2011) on him and this is his first offspring I’ve gotten a chance to ride…The best part of the race was running underneath the wire to be honest with you. She galloped out well within herself and she wasn’t winded at all. She should get a mile for sure any day.”Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Jolie Olimpica had been idle since winning a Group I stakes on June 9 in Brazil and was off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of five older fillies and mares, returning $4.40, $4.00 and $2.20.“We didn’t necessarily expect her to break that fast, because if you watch her replays in South America, she didn’t always just leave there super quick…Mike did a great job with her. She was a little upset in the paddock. Mike got her calmed down in the post parade, had her in the right frame of mind to break well. Give all the credit to Mike on that.”Now unbeaten in four career starts dating back to Feb. 23, 2019, Jolie Olimpica, who is out of the Trempolino mare Jolie Celina, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $111,520.Kentan Road, who showed the way to the sixteenth pole, finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of Storm the Hill for second money with Jorge Velez up and paid $5.40 and $3.00 while off at 5-1.Storm the Hill, a Grade III winner who was shortening up out of five consecutive turf routes, never threatened for the top two placings and finished third by 1 ½ lengths over An Eddie Surprise. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Storm the Hill was the second choice at 3-2 and paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.00, 44.22 and 55.32.
MAURICIO POCHETTINO is not about to quit Tottenham — but has had clear-the-air talks with chairman Daniel Levy.The manager and his No 2 Jesus Perez had dinner with Levy on Thursday after an uncertain close season.2 Mauricio Pochettino had clear-the-air talks with chairman Daniel LevyCredit: EPAPoch said: “Last week we had a meeting here and then we planned to have this dinner with Jesus, Daniel and another board member. We played two-v-two. Who won? Tottenham.“It was a very good exercise to have better communication and make clear things. Always the ntention was to help the club. There were no personal intentions.“It was good to listen from Daniel that we are on the same page, that is the most important thing.”The Spurs boss claims he has rejected job offers during his five-year reign.Asked how many, Poch said: “Plenty in five years and Daniel knows.“From where? Everywhere. But Daniel knows very well how our commitment with the club is. It’s massive.”Pochettino, linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid, rubbished reports he will quit after tomorrow’s North London derby.He said: “That stupidity can only happen through rumours on social media that create a big, big problem that doesn’t exist.Tottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clash Most Read in 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 CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one“We will watch some national team games and then the following Monday prepare for the new week.”Poch also took aim at Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who tipped a win for former club Arsenal tomorrow.Asked which Gunners ace he would like to play against, Poch said: “Paul Merson, so I could kick him. But I would kick him with love!”2 Poch and his No 2 Jesus Perez had dinner with Levy on Thursday after an uncertain close seasonCredit: AFP or licensors
ARSENAL fans online have gleefully taken an opportunity to mock Spurs ahead of the imminent departure of playmaker Christian Eriksen.Gunners supporters took to Reddit in their droves to point out that the Dane was ending his time in North London without a single trophy to show for it.3 Christian Eriksen gestures to fans at Inter Milan’s training groundCredit: Alamy Live News3 Kim Kallstrom netted THAT penalty in the FA Cup semi-finalCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The SunAnd they took equal pleasure in rubbing their rivals’ noses in it even further by pointing out that even Swedish flop Kim Kallstrom managed more medals in his disastrous Arsenal stint than Eriksen had at White Hart Lane.The 37-year-old was signed on loan by Arsene Wenger in January 2014 to little fanfare from the Gunners’ faithful.And it turned out that the Spartak Moscow star had arrived with a back injury, severely limiting his minutes in an Arsenal shirt.Within his four appearances, however, was a moment that made him a cult-hero at the Emirates – when he slotted home a penalty against Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final shootout.Arsenal went on to win the final, with Kallstrom picking up a medal.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the GunnersOne Twitter user joyously tweeted: “Kim Kallstrom came to Arsenal with a back injury. Show up for one game, scored a penalty and left Arsenal having won more trophies than Tottenham’s Eriksen.”Eriksen was at Tottenham for 6 years that included their incredible glory years. he won a grand total of 0 trophies.”The tweet was then posted on Reddit for Gunners fans to lap up in delight.One replied: “Never forget, Tactics Timmy said Eriksen will find it hard to win trophies elsewhere.”And another pointed out: “As once said by a great man: “They won f*** all.””That penalty was a banger, to be fair,” another quipped.3 Kallstrom spent a lot of time on the sidelines at the EmiratesCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdLATEST ARSENAL NEWSLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansWhile somebody laughed: “Hey don’t forget about that Audi cup.”Arsenal have not finished above Tottenham since 2016, and currently sit four points and four places behind the Lilywhites in the Premier League.The pair meet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 25. Mikel Arteta reckons Arsenal fans finally love club again… and hopes to repay them with FA Cup glory
Both teams managed to score five tries and their kickers converted four apiece.Nippy Wartovo ‘Warts’ Puara top scored for the Hunters, nabbing two tries in the match played at Redcliffe in the northern beachside suburb of Brisbane.Other try scorers for the Kokopo-based team were Stargroth Amean, Israel Eliab, Oti Bland Tony and allrounder Noel Zeming converted four attempts.The result, a draw, leaves Hunters in second spot on the ladder, trailing the Townsville Blackhawks by three points, while the Dolphins are far from a protected species on the field, sitting in 10th position on the 14-team ladder.PNG HuntersTries: Wartovo Puara 2, Stargroth Amean, Israel Eliab, Oti Bland TonyGoals: Noel Zeming 4Redcliffe DolphinsTries: Jon Green 2, Josh Beehag, Josh Rudolph, Anthony CherringtonGoals: Luke Capewell 4File photo: Hunters nippy ace Wartovo Puara who starred today.
The tri nation’s series will be held at the Sir John Guise Stadium on May 24, 27 and 30 and will coincide with the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) Nation’s Cup.In this tri-series, Papua New Guinea will be hosting USA and Japan’s U-20 Women’s football teams.The tri-nation series is part of preparations in the lead up to hosting the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in November.The PNG U-20 Women’s team who are currently based at the National Sports Institute in Goroka will be using the series to prepare for the World Cup.The PNG U-20 Women’s coach, Lisa Cole said unlike Japan and USA, they have had two years of preparation while the PNG team has just had a couple of months training.Cole said they have done evaluations and a lot of fitness based testing from a physical perspective and are excited to be preparing for the matches at the end of May.“Our upcoming training will look at how we play, what our pressures going to look like, what our systems will look like so I’m looking forward to the training with the girls,” she said.“Playing against teams like Japan and USA will help us prepare because right now it’s hard to know what we don’t know,” Cole said.The original squad had 28 players and this has been trimmed down to 22. Cole said evaluations are still on going so they would not be naming the final squad until around October.PNG will play Japan on Tuesday May 24 with Japan taking on USA on the 27th. PNG will then play against USA on May 30.
The club still recovers from the shock it suffered a couple of nights ago when criminals stormed the offices. They did not take much loot but about 40 entries that had to be deactivated. Also some money from the club shop.What Ibiza has not had to improvise is the installation of the VAR cameras, which will not come into operation in the Copa del Rey until the next tie. The artificial turf of the stadium is apparently in very good condition. It has endured the rain of the last days and the forecast of precipitation has fallen from 80 to 20 percent in the last hours. The storm seems to remit in Ibiza. A news that will thank Barça. Anyone who appeared for Can Misses this Tuesday morning of dogs in Ibiza was aware that It is not another day for UD Ibiza. Barça’s visit has turned Amadeo Salvo’s club upside down, which gives the final touches to the stadium before Wednesday’s game at 7:00 p.m. The 7,000 tickets put up for sale They sold out in hours. 2,400 spectators will sit in portable stands that have arrived by boat from Barcelona and Valencia and that about thirty operators paid for Ibiza have been commissioned to install in recent days. This Tuesday morning they were almost ready.