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first_imgBEAUMONT, TEXAS – It will be a Louisiana battle in Beaumont, Texas, on Sunday when the No. 3-seeded Northwestern State Lady Demons battle the top-seeded No. 1 McNeese Cowgirls at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center. The two will meet in the tournament final Sunday at 2 p.m. CT. No 1 McNeese 4, No. 4 Sam Houston State 2 (Box Score)In a grueling match, McNeese was able to dig up just enough on the singles side to send the Cowgirls to the tournament championship for the first time since 2004. In doubles play, the Cowgirls were able to breeze past Sam Houston, winning at lines three and one in 30 minutes. Charoline Erlandsson and Phonexay Chitdara earned the 6-2 win at the bottom line for the Cowgirls with Sarah Jurakova and Hannah Brett winning at the top flight to give McNeese the 1-0 lead into singles. The singles matches was a different story as the Bearkats put the pressure on the top-seeded team quick. Sam Houston won five of the first six singles sets, but McNeese pushed back, sending four matches to three sets. The Cowgirls went up 3-0 as Marija Mastilovic won at line four 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, and line five with Charoline Erlandsson earning a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 match. Sam Houston brought the match within a point as Sahaja Yamalapalli won 7-5, 7-6 at the No. 2 line, and Mila Milanovic was able to hold Chitdara off from coming back down 5-1 in the third set, taking the match 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. The Bearkats’ Khee Yen Wee, pushing through a cramp that forced a medical timeout late in the third set, fell 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 3 line against Brett. The Cowgirls squeezed out a 4-2 win over No. 4 Sam Houston State while the Lady Demons battled to the very last set to score a 4-3 victory over the two-time defending champion, No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. No. 3 Northwestern State 4, No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3 (Box Score)Northwestern State is returning to the Southland Conference championship after a one-year absence, making its fifth appearance in six years. It was all down to Southland Player of the Year Polina Mutel at the No. 1 line against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Hortense Boscher in the third set with the team match tied at 3-3. Mutel had taken the first set 6-3 but fell 4-6 in the second. They were the only ones who needed all three set. Mutel never let Boscher get within a point in the third, taking the set 6-3. The Lady Demons garnered the doubles point after winning at lines two and three. Corpus Christi collected three-straight singles points with Caroline Bulatovic, Luna Dormet and Louise Trigona tallying wins at lines six, three and four, respectively. Polina Ivanova defeated Jelena Dzinic at the No. 2 flight 6-4, 7-6 to bring the match within one before Judit Castillo put away her match at No. 5 in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.last_img read more

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference’s parity in the 2019-20 season is on display as seven institutions are represented among the 10 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference selections, the league announced Wednesday. * Automatic Selection, 2018-19 All-Conference Team Member Second Team School Pos. Class Hometown Central Arkansas and McNeese each earned two spots on the preseason all-conference second team. The Bears placed center Hayden Koval and point guard Deandre Jones on the squad, and the Cowboys were represented by seniors Roydell Brown and Sha’Markus Kennedy. Lamar guard/forward T.J. Atwood rounded out the second team. Hayden Koval Central Arkansas C Jr. Prosper, Texas Robinson averaged 12.7 points per game during his junior campaign and was one of the top shooters from beyond the arc, ranking sixth in the conference with a .367 mark in league contests. After the Privateers’ leading scorer Ezekiel Charles went down with an injury, Robinson’s per-game scoring jumped to 13.5 over the final 10 games of the regular season. Kai Mitchell* Sam Houston State F/C Sr. Haverstraw, N.Y. First Team School Pos. Class Hometown Ian DuBose* Houston Baptist G Jr. Durham, N.C. Sha’Markus Kennedy McNeese F Sr. Tuscaloosa, Ala. T.J. Atwood Lamar G/F Sr. Beaumont, Texascenter_img Bryson Robinson New Orleans G Sr. Mesquite, Texas The preseason teams were chosen by a poll of the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. Voters were not allowed to select their institution’s players.2019-20 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Teams Deandre Jones Central Arkansas PG Jr. Boise, Idaho Payten Ricks Abilene Christian G Sr. Wichita, Kan. Roydell Brown McNeese G Sr. Lafayette, La. Stephen F. Austin’s Kevon Harris, Houston Baptist’s Ian DuBose and Sam Houston State’s Kai Mitchell are the only three returning all-conference players from 2018-19, earning automatic preseason first-team recognition. Harris, a senior guard/forward, was named to the All-Southland Second Team last season after leading the conference in scoring in league games (20.2 PPG). Joining Harris on last season’s second team was then-sophomore guard Ian DuBose, who averaged 16.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in Southland action. The league’s Newcomer of the Year in 2019, Mitchell ranked fourth in field-goal percentage (.566) and sixth in rebounds per game (7.1) to go with 13.4 points per game against Southland opponents. Kevon Harris* Stephen F. Austin G/F Sr. Ellenwood, Ga. Abilene Christian’s Payten Ricks and New Orleans’ Bryson Robinson were voted on to the first team. An All-Southland Conference Tournament honoree, Ricks averaged 15 points per game on .500 shooting across two games in Katy, helping the Wildcats to their first Southland Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance.last_img read more

first_imgPOTENTIAL $3 MILLION MANDATORY PAYOUT SET FOR SATURDAY’S SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AS SANTA ANITA STAGES BLOCKBUSTER  11-RACE CARD THAT WILL INCLUDE $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY  SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME SET FOR 12 NOON, GRADE I, $600,000 BIG ‘CAP ALSO ON TAP  ARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2019)–With a CHRB-approved mandatory payout on the table and the likelihood of a $3 million pool looming, there is a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot into Saturday at Santa Anita of $815,939.The popular wager, which allows players to cover 10 times as many horses per race than the original two dollar minimum Pick Six, generated $158,614 in “new” money wagered today, helping to create a total Rainbow Six pool of $938,243.  The huge pool helped to provide a hefty pay-off of $9,413.60 on nine consolation tickets with six winners each.With an 11-race card on tap, Saturday’s Rainbow Six will be comprised of races six through 11, a sequence that will include the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby (race eight) and the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap (race 10).Special early first post time on Saturday is at 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m.Approximate post time for race six is at 2:40 p.m. PT. For additional information, please visit  santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

first_imgForbes is the most capped player in world sevens series history, playing in 89 World Series tournaments and a record 512 games.The 34-year-old won 26 tournaments and six World Series titles with the All Blacks Sevens.He also captained New Zealand to gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and to the World Cup title in 2013.Forbes was named International Sevens Player of the Year in 2008 and has been the recipient of the Richard Crawshaw Memorial Trophy for Sevens Player of the Year at the New Zealand Rugby Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2014, the most wins by any player.Forbes said it was time to move on to other challenges.”The last 11 years with the All Blacks Sevens has been an awesome ride that I’ve loved every minute of.”I’ve built life-long friendships with players, coaches and management and got to experience the high of success on the international stage. I want to thank all those who have helped and supported me on the way, from club level right through to the national side.”Sevens means you’re on the road a lot. While I got to travel and represent my country, sacrifices were made at home. I want to thank my wife and kids and family and friends for their enormous support, and I am looking forward to being around a lot more.”Today starts my new life after footy. I’m looking forward to finishing my Master’s degree, which examines what makes successful coaching from an athlete’s perspective, and my goal is to one day coach a national side.”New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said Forbes’ retirement was the end of an era.”DJ has been an integral part of an incredibly successful All Blacks Sevens outfit that defined the way the game is played. His natural leadership saw him take on the captaincy of the team during a period of triumph and his knowledge of sevens and calm wisdom will be sorely missed.”His success in sevens is without peer. He’s been a consistent and dominant force on the world stage for so long, achieving nearly every title and accolade sevens has going during his playing career.”DJ is one of the great guys of rugby. Dominant on the field and respected off it. He’s has been a great ambassador both nationally and internationally for sevens and has given a huge amount of his time help grow its profile. We are sad to see him go but wish him and his family all the best for the next stage in his career.”All Blacks Sevens Head Coach Clark Laidlaw said Forbes was an inspiration to the team.”DJ’s contribution to sevens has been as big as any. His consistency of performance over a long-playing career is unheralded. What impresses me is DJ’s ability to always play at his very best and lead by example, regardless of the circumstances. We wish him the best of luck for the future.”Photo: PHOTOSPORT DJ Forbes.last_img read more

first_imgInglis was stripped of the Australian captaincy on Tuesday after he was charged the previous day with drink-driving and speeding offences.Meninga said Inglis was “bitterly disappointed in himself more so than anything else”.”He stuffed up. He has made a poor error of judgement and he has paid the price for it,” he said.”I want to see Greg have a strong off-season and start the season well for the Rabbitohs. He will lead Queensland again next year.”Meninga added he would then wait and see when the national team plays next whether Inglis would become captain.”He was really disappointed in himself but in the true character of him he has taken it on the chin,” he said.”The ultimate lesson in all this is you don’t get behind the wheel of a car under the influence of alcohol.”Meninga flies out of Brisbane on Thursday with the Prime Minister’s XIII squad to prepare for Saturday’s clash with Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.last_img read more

first_imgANZ batted first and were soon in trouble for 3/38 after eight overs. Sakavai Gebai (27), Norman Vanua (26) and Greg Baeau (24) then steadied the innings, to steeer ANZ out of trouble.But Paradise Foods Pistons’ captain Mahuru Dai (5/24) turned the match again, with a five wicket haul which was the first for the Gabba Champions ShieldANZ were all bowled out for 155 inside 36 overs. Dai picked up the first five-wicket haul of the Gabba Shield. At their turn of bat, the Pistons lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for  134 runs in 31 overs.ANZ’s Greg Baeau (4/30) and Simon Wedega (2/30) were the chief destroyers with the ball for their team. At Amini Park, BSP Heart managed a win over the Digicel Dragons in a low scoring game. The Dragons were bowled out for a very disappointing 80 with William Aiga (25) and Chris Amini (20) the only Dragons batsmen to make any real contribution.Loa Noa (3/13) and John Boge Reva (2/13 were the best of the BSP bowlers.Assad Vala guided BSP to victory with an unbeaten 43 runs.In the women’s division, Remington Rhinos got their first win of the tournament after defeating the Swire Shipping Sharks by six wickets in a T20 affair at Colts Ground #2.last_img read more

first_imgThe statement came as worry mounted that the mosquito-borne virus, which has spread across much of Latin America and which can lead to severe birth defects in babies, might spread further when the Olympics begin in August.”The Committee concluded that there is a very low risk of further international spread of Zika virus as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as Brazil will be hosting the Games during the Brazilian winter,” the WHO said.The global health agency explained that the intensity of the transmission of viruses like dengue and Zika “will be minimal”.Brazilian authorities are “intensifying vector-control measures in and around the venues for the Games which should further reduce the risk of transmission,” the WHO said.The committee however said Brazil should make sure it boosts its control measures in cities where the Games will be held.In Brazil, some 1.5 million people have been infected with the virus, and nearly 1,300 babies have been born with microcephaly – abnormally small heads and brains – since the outbreak of Zika began there last year.The virus, which usually causes only mild, flu-like symptoms, can also trigger adult-onset neurological problems such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which can cause paralysis and death.In an added complication, there is limited, but growing evidence that Zika can be transmitted sexually.There is no vaccine for Zika.A number of high-profile athletes have expressed concerns over the virus, with Boomers star Andrew Bogut saying it was expected the Internatonal and Australian Olympic committees would say everything is fine in Rio.”The (International) Olympic Committee and the AOC are obviously saying everything is fine,” Bogut said.”No shit. They want you to go. I take it with a grain of salt what they’re putting out.”Just being bitten by a mosquito and then come down with something is a pretty scary prospect.”I’ve had my yellow fever shot already, which is a battle in itself. And then you’ve got malaria and you’ve got Zika. So being able to get that from an insect is pretty scary stuff.”Australia’s world number one golfer Jason Day also has reservations about travelling to Rio, while Olympic gold medal-winning long jumper Greg Rutherford has frozen his sperm as a precaution.AFP/ABClast_img read more

first_img“Barcelona is a special place, because winning the League is not enough. It tastes really bad for Ernesto Valverde. He does not deserve this. Hopefully the situation can be resolved soon, as a member of this club. This is all“, Guardiola sentenced to the completion of Aston Villa-City (1-6).Ernesto Valverde is at the expense of the board of directors ruling on his future, after it has been known that the club is looking for a substitute, by failing two options that have rejected the offer, such as the current Al-Sadd coach Qatari, Xavi Hernández, and Dutch coach Ronald Koeman. The Manchester City coach, Josep Guardiola, he pronounced this Sunday afternoon about the situation he is living Ernesto Valverde in Barça, where it seems that it is more outside than inside the club, noting thatand tastes bad for his counterpart and “he doesn’t deserve that”.last_img read more

first_imgNone of the four goes through a good time, Thomas is the capital at the start of the ball and when breaking lines, but In recent games he has failed to exploit that facet. Saul seems lost between the defense, the band and the middle, and his contribution with the ball is scarce. Simeone counts the days to retrieve Koke, a fixed in his scheme and that, even without going through the best stage of his career, is capital for the team. He brings personality, never hides and is an exit played for his teammates, offering himself in each attack.Summoned without dischargeThe ‘6’ is the player who best understands his coach, who best works tactically on his scheme, finishing game after game as the player with the most distance runs and is also the in charge of leading the team from within the field as athletic captain Simeone summoned him in the list of 20 players for the match against Leganés despite not being recovered from his injury simply so that his captain was part of the expedition before being discarded in the morning.Koke is more than a player for Simeone, with the goodbye of so many heavyweights in summer it has remained as the cholista reference (eight years together) and the Cholo Pray for having him back for the game against Real Madrid next Saturday. Someone trained to raise their voice if it is necessary to alert or call attention to a partner, but also to give a message of encouragement and tranquility mainly to the youngest if things don’t go out. Koke, a football player who is not when it is most important in the team. Atlético goes through one of its most delicate moments since the arrival of Simeone on the bench, out of the Championships, eliminated from Copa del Rey by Cultural Leonesa, of Second Division B and all this after lose the final of the Spanish Super Cup on penalties against Real Madrid. Three defeats and a draw in two weeks that have complicated the season a lot. The four meetings have coincided with an alarming scoring drought (only somewhat) and a football crisis in the development from the midfield. But in addition, the mental blockage that the rojiblanco team has experienced has required leaders to throw the team behind their backs and assume responsibilities in bad times and have not had them beyond an Oblak that with the bracelet on their arm every day Take on more gallons. All of this has had Koke’s injury among the common factors, team captain, cholismo veteran and midfielder with more assists of the decade in LaLiga. Without Koke, Simeone has been changing its center of the field in search of greater creativity and inspiration from the second line. Herrera has been the alternative that has enjoyed more opportunities, with Thomas and Saul fixed in the team, although in the case of ‘8’ alternating their position in the middle with the left side. But the Mexican, who has been a starter in all meetings except Leganés, has failed to settle on the team or have progression in his game. Llorente has also been growing in participation, although its function is more destructive than imaginative.center_img Vallecano was injured at the end of the game against Osasuna (2-0) on a day where he went to play directly from the hospital after celebrating his paternity. Missed meetings against Betis (1-2) and Levante (2-1) for an elongation in the hamstrings of his right thigh until he forced his return in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona. He could only hold 27 minutes on the pitch, although it served to make the goal that opened the scoring. Before the Blaugranas, he relapsed from his muscular problems and has been on leave for 18 days. last_img read more

first_imgIn the middle of the race to sign a striker, but with the team’s sport crisis on the table, Josep Maria Bartomeu granted an interview to Mundo Deportivo on the occasion of the gala that organized this media last Monday. The first that He wanted to send a message of confidence to Setién: “He is a coach we like. Both his philosophy of play and his way of thinking. We know that it is not always easy when a coach arrives. There have been few matches and few trainings but soon we will see positive changes. “Then, Bartomeu stopped to talk about several proper names. First, Messi and his renewal: “He has a contract until 2021. Our goal is to retire at Barça and therefore it will have to be renewed. He has a lot of football to teach us and enjoy it. Therefore, he will not finish in 2021 his exercise as a footballer and will have to be renewed of course so that he ends up at Barça whenever he wants. “And then, of Neymar and his possible arrival in summer:” It is the recurring question that makes us all the world since last year but I already said it. Until we have meetings and plan the following season, this topic will not be discussed. Now we are very aware of what we can do this January, some departures that are seen and some arrival. But for next season it has not been spoken and if it has been spoken, I cannot reveal it. We are always open to everything. “ On Suarez he did clear balls outside: “(his renovation) is not on the table. We have not talked to him or his agent. If the opportunity arises, we will talk about it. But we are currently worried about his recovery. It was a shame that you miss this important part of the season. “He also dropped that there will be an extraordinary Assembly to launch the Espai Barça: “We do not know yet (if it will be in March the Assembly), but there will come a time when we must gather the compromising partners to consult them in order to start the works of the Camp Nou. But the Estadi Johan Cruyff is finished, the Mini is already demolished and this does not stop. Now it is necessary to ask the members if they agree with this financing to continue with the Camp Nou, which is the most important of this project, renovate the stadium that is already a few years old. “last_img read more