Top-Seeded SFA Axes No. 5 HBU to Move Ahead to Championship Match

first_imgNATCHITOCHES, La. – No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin controlled the tempo early and strolled to a straight-set victory over No. 5 seed Houston Baptist in Saturday afternoon’s Southland Conference Tournament semifinal match at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. Set TwoAlthough Stephen F. Austin never trailed, game two was evenly matched as both teams recorded four blocks and 15 kills throughout the set. Coleman and Hanna partnered for eight of SFA’s kills. After the opening set where HBU committed 10 errors, the Huskies turned their play around for a .250 team attack percentage. The highlight of the set came from SFA’s Peyton Redmond who channeled her inner soccer player and sent the ball over the net with her foot late in the set catching Houston Baptist’s defense off guard and sending the Ladyjacks ahead 22-20. The play was followed by a timeout from HBU, but the damage had been done as Stephen F. Austin rounded out the game with a block from Williams to capture a 25-22 win.Goal…errr…kill…uhhh…what sport are we playing again?#NCAAVB #SCtop10 (via @SFA_Volleyball)pic.twitter.com/2cY8kcVfj3— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) November 17, 2018 Set OneStephen F. Austin took control early scoring the opening three points on a block and pair of kills from Haley Coleman and Danae Daron. The Ladyjacks then proceeded create distance from the Huskies jumping to a 14-7 lead following a kill Anyia Williams. Houston Baptist chipped away at the SFA advantage and brought their deficit to 16-14 with a kill from Madison O’Brien. Stephen F. Austin then called a timeout that rejuvenated the squad and allowed the Ladyjacks to register four of the next five points to take a 20-15 advantage. Once again, the Huskies mounted another comeback that brought them within one point of SFA at 22-21. The late surge was not enough as SFA secured the 25-22 win on an attack error by HBU. 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament HomepageBox Score | Photos Houston Baptist’s Mikayla Vivens completed her 24th double-double performance of the season, a mark that leads the Southland Conference, after recording 13 digs and a match-high 14 kills. Hannah Lewis attempted to slow down the SFA attack with 17 of the Huskies 55 digs: however, HBU simply could not keep up with the Stephen F. Austin offense who dealt out seven aces.center_img The Ladyjacks will look seize the Southland Tournament Championship facing off against the winner of No. 2 seed Central Arkansas and No. 3 seed Sam Houston State. The championship match is slated for Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN+, available via ESPNPlus.com and the ESPN app. SFA’s offense made quick work of the Huskies as Makenzee Hanna led the Ladyjack charge with 12 kills on 20 swings for a scorching .550 attack percentage. Ann Hollas followed up her opening-round with 22 assists and 11 digs for her 16th double-double of the season. Sabrina Monaco joined Hollas with 11 digs of her own. McKenzie Brewer tied a season-high performance with a career-high five aces. Set ThreeThe Ladyjacks once again took control from the start racing out to a 14-5 lead over the Huskies following back-to-back aces from Brewer. Although SFA seemed to be in the position close out the set, HBU found a groove and registered a 7-2 run that brought the score to 16-12 in favor of SFA. Ann Hollas scored on back-to-back plays to reclaim the momentum and pace the Ladyjacks to a 25-18 victory.last_img read more

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Kolasinac puts horror summer behind him but Bernd Leno will be disappointed

first_imgHENRIKH MKHITARYAN (on for Lacazette, 66 mins) – 7 Worried Tottenham as soon as he set foot on the pitch. Involved in everything down the wing. Emery will be very pleased.Tottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clash ARSENAL came back in resounding fashion to nick a 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham today.It was the 199th North London derby and it was easily one of the better ones.3 Sead Kolasinac was inches away from getting on the scoresheet in Arsenal’s draw with TottenhamCredit: DAVID KLEINThe frantic affair saw Arsenal start well but look shaken once Christian Eriksen scored against the run of play after just ten minutes.Unai Emery will be pleased on the whole and here’s how William Pugh thought the Gunners fared this afternoon.BERND LENO – 4Jekyll and Hyde afternoon. Should have saved Lamela’s shot which led to the opener or at least pushed it wider. Made amends shortly after with a fantastic fingertip save from Son’s 18th-minute effort. Sloppy handling AGAIN before the half was out and lucky not to be responsible for a second goal for the visitors.AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES – 5Looked a little out of his depth. First goal seemed to affect him.SOKRATIS – 6Looked solid all afternoon. Booked late in the second-half when the game got frantic.DAVID LUIZ – 6Typical David Luiz performance. A couple of heart in mouth moments and a couple where you sit back and applaud. Won’t be the last time he is involved in such a high scoring and entertaining affair this season.SEAD KOLASINAC – 7Fantastic going forward. Exploited Tottenham’s weakened right-side all afternoon.3 Sokratis failed to cover himself in glory for Christian Eriksen’s openerCredit: DAVID KLEINMATTEO GUENDOUZI – 7Delightful pass to assist Aubameyang’s second-half equaliser. Battled terrifically and showed up Xhaka with his performance.GRANIT XHAKA – 4Looked busy early. Rash lunge on Son gave away the penalty just before half-time. Unnecessary and nearly killed the game.LUCAS TORREIRA – 5Tenacious off the ball in the first-half. Justified recall after Liverpool omission – just. Nowhere near enough impact for an Arsenal central midfielder when they’re playing Spurs at home and supposedly pushing for the top four. Subbed off in the second-half.NICOLAS PEPE – 6Involved throughout the first-half and clearly one of Arsenal’s better players. Will improve as he gets used to Premier League and should pay back huge investment as the season wears on.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG – 7Anything dangerous Arsenal did went through the forward. Fantastic finish for the equaliser. Perhaps made to look better by Spurs having no recognised right-back.ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE – 7Disappointing first-half. Several sloppy passes which killed dangerous looking Gunners attacks until he smashed home the opener. Saved himself with that and then came out a different man in the second half. Unlucky to be taken off.SUBSDANI CEBALLOS (on for Torreira, 63 mins) – 7Started pulling strings as soon as he came on. Will almost certainly start ahead of Torreira when playing less threatening teams.3LATEST ARSENAL NEWS Live 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 plansPAIN IN THE ASSEArsenal lose out on starlet Aouchiche as he takes Saint-Etienne medicalLEW BEAUTYTeenage winger George Lewis, 19, signs Arsenal contract after successful triallast_img read more

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Tottenham keen on Brazilian Emerson who is co-owned by Barcelona and Real Betis

first_imgTOTTENHAM are reportedly plotting a swoop for Brazilian international Emerson – who is owned by Barcelona and Real Betis.Right-back is a position Jose Mourinho seems key to strengthen after being linked with several players in recent weeks.2 Tottenham are interested in Emerson, a Brazilian star co-owned by Barcelona and Real BetisBarca’s Nelson Semedo is another name believed to be on his wishlist.Now Mundo Deportivo claims the 21-year-old Emerson is the man Mourinho wants.The South American initially joined the Nou Camp club in January 2019 from Atletico Mineiro in a deal worth around £11million.Both Barcelona and Real Betis agreed to pay half that figure each for the star.Each side co-own Emerson but he has played for Betis since, with Bara having an option to sign him permanently for £5m next year.So, in theory, the one-capped Brazil ace will move to the La Liga powerhouses at the end of next season.However, it has now emerged Spurs are ready to test the water and see whether they can convince Barca to cash-in.Although Mourinho could face a difficult task convincing Emerson to turn his back on his dreams in favour of a switch to England.2LATEST 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 BridgeThe player recently said: “I started my career at just 16 then three years later I am at Betis, but I am owned by Barcelona and in the Brazilian national squad.“My career has only just begun but my aims are to win the Champions League and the World Cup.“My adaptation to Spain has been excellent, not only on the football pitch but also with the food, the people and the language, a lot of it reminds me of Brazil.“My dream is to succeed as a Barcelona player, to make history and start by winning titles.”Tottenham ask sacked Pochettino to take pay cut on severance package due to coronavirus shutdownlast_img read more

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Dele Alli taunts Arsenal as he claims Tottenham see Chelsea as bigger rivals

first_imgDELE ALLI has taunted Arsenal by claiming Tottenham see Chelsea as bigger rivals thanks to their Premier League clashes in recent seasons.The Spurs star, 24, has revealed his team-mates all see the Blues as bigger rivals than the Gunners – but knows it’s different for fans.3 Dele Alli sees Chelsea as bigger rivals to Spurs than ArsenalCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd3 Chelsea and Spurs played out a heated clash in 2016, with 12 yellow cards shownAlli reckons the hot-tempered clashes with Chelsea down the years, including 2016’s Battle of Stamford Bridge – thought of as one of the most shameful games in Premier League history – means Tottenham see them as their biggest rivals now.That fateful May day, Chelsea ended Spurs’ title ambitions as Alli and Co threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 and hand Leicester their first-ever Premier League crown.Tottenham had a record NINE players booked, with 12 seeing yellow in total – with Moussa Dembele gouging the eye of Diego Costa, Erik Lamela stamping on Cesc Fabregas and Guus Hiddink being floored in a mass brawl on the touchline, to name but a few incidents.And it’s matches like that that have made Chelsea the biggest rivals of Spurs, according to Alli.The England midfielder told Copa90: “I think if you ask the fans they will give you a different answer.”But as players – the way things have been going with the league and the games – the rivalry with Chelsea is bigger than the one with Arsenal, because of what they have done to us in recent years.”For fans it’s different, because the North London derby is massive, but as players I think it’s Chelsea.”The Blues have won the last four matches in all competitions against Tottenham – most recently in a 2-1 victory at the end of February.3MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY 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 yearBut Spurs had won the three matches prior to that as the two London giants tussle for supremacy.All the while, those two clubs have been battling with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for Premier League glory, while Arsenal have simply been trying to get back into the top six.The Gunners currently sit ninth in the Premier League, a staggering 42 points adrift of the league-leading Reds.Tottenham midfielder Dele Ali shows off incredible house & home cinema while on lockdownlast_img read more

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Bradford Bulls: Rugby league’s rock and roll club must be restored

first_imgWhen the sport switched to a summer season in 1996, the old Bradford Northern reinvented themselves.As the rebranded Bulls they came kicking and charging into the new era and anything seemed possible.Odsal Stadium, an inhospitable giant hole in the ground in the winter months, became rugby league’s summer hot-spot.Crowds doubled and tripled as the fabulously successful Bulls blasted their way to silverware success to a back drop of memorable matchday entertainment.There was live music, fire-eaters, light shows and fireworks. It was rugby league rock and roll, on and off the field.Bradford Bulls go into liquidationMultiple Challenge Cups, Championships and World Club titles were won and Odsal’s capacity was frequently tested by a booming, bouncing fanbase.The club was colourful, noisy and wonderfully good fun.But those good times weren’t to last.The 2006 World Club Challenge was their last major success.Suddenly the Grand Finals at Old Trafford, the showdowns against the best of the Australian clubs and a powerful presence at rugby league’s top table ended.A temporary slip in playing standards, part of the cycle of sport, was magnified by colossal mismanagement. It was the start of the plunge down the Super League table, into a string of administrations, relegation to the Championship and now liquidation.The first of the crises became public knowledge in 2012 when Peter Hood, the then chairman, revealed a £1m black hole and the club went into administration in June of that year.Coach Mick Potter was made redundant but carried on unpaid until the end of the campaign.Fans rallied around to raise the £1m, but saw every penny disappear in a desperate but futile attempt to steady the ship.Instead, a new consortium fronted by local businessman Omar Khan took over the club in August 2012, the first in a series of ownerships by different groups that have come and gone as the club continued to slip towards its current state.With six points deducted for another financial calamity in 2014, the club was relegated.A year later, defeat by Wakefield in the Million Pound game prevented an immediate return to Super League. And more financial woes followed.Now the club is at the lowest it has been in the modern era. With the old club liquidated, there is even a chance that the name of the Bradford Bulls may cease to exist.That’s unlikely to happen, though. More probable is that a new club will be formed, maybe even rebranded, and launched again in the Championship this year with a 12-point deduction.The Rugby Football League reports plenty of interest in breathing life back into the currently defunct club, but that would be on the buyer’s terms. No debts need be honoured.That will leave a bad taste in the mouth of those owed money by this most recent business collapse. And many will be disappointed that a succession of owners have not been held to account for their mishandling of the club.The RFL’s role in being part of the process of approving some of those owners must also be questioned. To get it wrong once is forgivable, but three or four owners have come and gone after satisfying the scrutiny of the RFL and all have failed the Bulls’ fans.For the sake of the reputation of the governing body, the next owners must deliver something other than failure. This time it will be the RFL alone who decide who the new custodians of the club will be, so they will be accountable for their authenticity.Nor does it feel entirely comfortable that a new club should be placed straight back into the Championship. Even with a 12-point deduction they still have a chance of immediate promotion in the game’s new Super 8s set-up.There are several clubs in League One, who, having lived by the financial rules, possibly wouldn’t mind being elevated into the higher league, even at this late stage of the pre-season.Putting Bradford right back where the last club failed has a scent of flippancy around it; a disregard for those who have lost heavily investing in the previous failed venture.But all that said, rugby league does need a buoyant Bulls to come bouncing back.The game as a whole has gone a little grey over the last few years for all sorts or reasons – a sense of lowered playing standards, international failure, big stars exiting for the brighter lights of the NRL.If someone could take Bradford back to those Friday nights of glitz and glamour and gladiatorial rugby league, it would reinject some of the sense of excitement that we had in the first 10 years of Super League.Some of the biggest and most memorable games watched by the largest crowds in the summer seasons have involved Bradford Bulls.The sport is getting something very new this year with the coming of the Toronto Wolfpack. But a little bit of the exciting old being restored would be very welcome too.last_img read more

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Sir Michael Jones elected to NZR Board

first_imgJones, 53, was voted on to the NZR Board of Directors after being nominated by the Tasman Rugby Football Union.The 55-Test cap former All Black headed off Dame Annette King in replacing outgoing member Glenn Wahlstrom on the 12-person Board.NZR Chair Brent Impey said Jones would add considerable mana, knowledge and expertise to the table.”Sir Michael has already made an immense contribution to New Zealand rugby both as a player at every level, and as a leader in the community.”His ability to bring people together, to understand different perspectives and different cultures, and to lead through his own actions will be a valuable addition.”Jones received a New Zealand Medal for service to the Pacific Island community in 1997 and was knighted last year for his work in driving economic and social development for Pasifika people in New Zealand, and in the Pacific region.He is the Chair of the Village Community and Youth Trust, which opened in 2003 to keep young Pacific and Maori people out of gang activity. And in 2010, set up the Village Sports Academy to mentor Pacific students to stay in school.Jones, who holds the Samoan matai chief titles of Savae and Laauli, and played 74 matches for the All Blacks between 1987 and 1998, including 55 Test matches, said he was humbled by the new role.”I have been fortunate throughout my life to be involved in rugby which has given me a lot. I am very humbled and privileged to have been elected on to the NZR Board, and I am looking forward to giving back to the game in this capacity,” Jones said.last_img read more

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Good exposure for rural players

first_imgThe tournament will be staged at the Taurama Aquatic Centre (TAC) in Port Moresby, with Epari Souths of Pangia and Yasaro of Kutubu returning to defend their titles.Over 40 teams have shown interest however, due to limited time and availability of facilities, only 32 teams will be taking part.The tournament aims to expose basketball talents from the rural areas at the national level while utilising international standard basketball facilities such as the TAC.NSBL plans to revive basketball, which is still alive in the rural areas in PNG.Organisers confirmed that the registration fee is K1000 for each club (K500 male and K500 female).All teams must fill out an expression of interest (EoI) form which can be collected by emailing nationalsouthsbasketball@gmail.com.The tournament will be officially launched in March 24 at the Taurama Aquatic Centre.The general public will be charged a gate fee of K2-K5 per person.last_img read more

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Face for Toronto and cross for Phoenix on the day tribute to Luther King

first_imgPhoto: Reuters In Atlanta, the Raptors let out a wide advantage and had to wait at the last minute to resolve their victory over the Hawks with prominence for Marc Gasol (14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists) and Serge Ibaka (8 points, 7 rebounds and 1 Stole).In fact, the Canadian team dominated for 14 in the absence of just over two minutes (100-114), but Trae Young, who left another sensational performance with 42 points and 15 assists, led the unexpected load of the hosts in the last plays .With the local star at full capacity, Atlanta reached two when there were 34 seconds left (113-115), but the Raptors prevented the comeback from finishing thanks to five points followed by Fred VanVleet. The base (20) and Norman Powell (27) were the best visitors at the State Farm Arena.A similar script was lived in Phoenix, where the Suns lost 16 in the last quarter (87-103) and ended up having a triple on the horn to take the victory against the Spurs.Ricky Rubio (15 points, 9 assists) led this comeback attempt along with DeAndre Ayton (25 and 12 rebounds) and Devin Booker (37), who could not score the last pitch that would have triggered the euphoria at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Derrick White (25) and Brin Forbes (24) were the best in Texans.In addition, the Hernangómez brothers again enjoyed little prominence with their teams. Thus Willy added 8 points and 2 rebounds in 12 minutes in another overwhelming defeat of the Hornets, while Juancho captured 1 rebound in 6 minutes in Minnesota, where the Nuggets signed a worked victory. The Spanish representation in the NBA has lived a night of contrasts with the victories of Toronto Raptors against Atlanta Hawks (117-122) and Denver Nuggets against Minnesota Timberwolves (100-107) and the defeats of Phoenis Suns against San Antonio Spurs ( 118-120) and Charlotte Hornets against Orlando Magic (83-106) on the day honoring Martin Luther King.center_img Ibaka and Gasol pull the car in Toronto’s win over AtlantaRicky brushes the ‘double-double’ but the Suns fall against San AntonioAnother discreet night for the Hernangómez with Denver and Charlottelast_img read more

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Thailand summons Zape, son of Frank de la Jungla

first_imgJust a few days ago we talked with the director of the ADA Academy, Josele González. The director of the international project of AD Alcorcón. A project that seeks to internationalize the image of the club and that football talent from around the world falls to the potter’s club. In just two and a half years the ADA Academy has traveled more than 75 countries with football events and player training projects. Two teams of the ADA Academy have been generated, the senior who plays in the second regional and serves as the second subsidiary of Alcorcón and the youth. And, in addition, it also begins to bear fruit football. Kim, a Korean who already plays in Alcorcón B and trains with the first team and Rintaro, half Chilean half American and that is in the same situation as Kim. These two names now have to join the one of Zape. This Thai goalkeeper has been summoned with the U19 national team of Thailand this weekend. Zape, 16 years old and with dual citizenship, is part of the ADA Academy youth. It is coincidental that Zape is one of Fran de la Cuesta’s children, or better known as Frank from the jungle. This television presenter showed his joy at the call of his son in his social networks. “That your 16-year-old son debuts tomorrow as a goalkeeper with the U19 national team is an invaluable joy. Especially because these last six years have been very hard and he has never given up, nor sought excuses. “And it is that Fran’s ex-wife and Zape’s mother, Yuyee Alissa is serving a sentence in Thailand for 5 mg cocaine trafficking. She was sentenced to 15 years and has been serving 5 and a half years. The presenter has always defended and fought the innocence and release of his ex-wife.last_img read more

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Taberner eliminates Verdasco and goes round with Cuevas, Mager and Balazs

first_imgCarlos Taberner, that eradicated Fernando Verdasco, the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, the Italian Gianluca Mager and the Hungarian Attila Balazs debuted this Monday with triumphs in the primary draw of the Cordoba Open, in Argentina, and certified for the knockout levels of the ATP 250.Balazs beat Lorenzo Sonego within the first sport of the primary draw 2-6 and 6 (3) – (7) 7. Within the subsequent occasion, the Hungarian will face the Chilean Cristian Garín, third seeded. caves, sixth seeded, beat one other favourite, the native Federico Delbonis, by 7-6 and 6-2. Within the second round, it is going to be measured with Mager, who on Monday beat Argentina’s Juan Pablo Ficovich 2-6, 6-3 and 2-6. The day on Monday closed with a duel of tennis gamers Spanish: Verdasco and Taberner. The 22-year-old was imposed by 4-6, 6-1 and 6-4 and his rival of eighths will go away the crossing that can star on Tuesday the native Federico Coria and the Slovak Andrej Martin.In eighth, the Argentine Juan Londero, defending champion, will debut in opposition to the Italian Marco Cecchinato. The primary collection head, Diego Schwartzman, quantity 14 of the world, will play in opposition to his compatriot Leonardo Mayer or the Spanish Jaume Munarlast_img read more

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