Month: May 2020

SFA, HBU Lead Preseason All-Conference Volleyball Squads

first_img Katelyn Mueller Jr. OH Abilene Christian Sugar Land, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Defending conference champion Stephen F. Austin and Houston Baptist placed three student-athletes apiece on the 2019 Southland Preseason All-Conference volleyball team, the league announced Thursday.The Ladyjacks earned a pair of automatic first-team selections, including 2018 Tournament Most Valuable Player Danae Daron and reigning Setter of the Year Ann Hollas. Junior Maddie Miller was named a second-team honoree as a defensive specialist. Daron led the league last year with a .347 hitting percentage, while Hollas averaged 6.34 assists per match. SFA is looking for another successful season after concluding 2018 with a 32-3 overall record and a flawless 16-0 run through their conference play en route to a regular-season title. The Ladyjacks then completed a four-match sweep at the Southland Conference Tournament in order to claim the title and secure an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Their season concluded with a loss to No. 5 Texas at the Austin regional of the NCAA Tournament.HBU’s trio of selections features junior outside hitter Mikayla Vivens, who claimed an automatic qualifier spot on the first team. Vivens is joined on the preseason squad by Kelly Colwell and Megan Patillo, who were voted to the second team. Houston Baptist concluded its 2018 campaign with a 16-16 overall record and an 8-8 mark in Southland play, cementing the No. 5 seed at the conference tournament.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi adds a pair of preseason honorees in first-team member Madison Green and second teamer Julia Carter. The duo will look to help the Islanders challenge after finishing the 2018 season with an 8-8 Southland record. Green racked up 12 double-double performances and a league-best triple-doubles. She also ranked second in the conference with 35 aces. Carter makes her way onto the preseason squad after leading the Islanders with 3.05 points and 2.71 kills per set last season.Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, UIW, McNeese, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State each captured one selection, rounding out the 2019 preseason squads. UIW’s Bethany Clapp, McNeese’s Keegan Nelms and Northwestern State’s Hannah Brister earned automatic selections after concluding the 2018 season as all-conference honorees. Abilene Christian’s Katelyn Mueller, Central Arkansas’ Elizabeth Armstrong and Sam Houston State’s Breanne Chausse were voted onto the second-team roster.Of the 14 spots on the preseason all-conference teams, 11 are comprised by Texas natives. The remaining three positions are occupied by Louisiana, Oklahoma and New York products.Returning players from the 2018 All-Conference first and second teams are automatically named to the 2019 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. Bethany Clapp1 So. OH UIW Corpus Christi, Texas Elizabeth Armstrong Sr. S Central Arkansas League City, Texas Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown Keegan Nelms1 Sr. OH McNeese Santa Fe, Texas First Team                                                                                                                                                                                                           Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown Megan Patillo Jr. MB Houston Baptist Bixby, Okla. Madison Green1 Sr. RS/S Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Dripping Springs, Texas Second Team                                                                                                                                                                                                     center_img Kelly Colwell So. OH Houston Baptist Friendswood, Texas Danae Daron1 Sr. MB Stephen F. Austin Crosby, Texas Mikayla Vivens1 Jr. OH Houston Baptist San Antonio, Texas Hannah Brister1 Jr. OH Northwestern State Paincourtville, La. Maddie Miller Jr. DS Stephen F. Austin Lorena, Texas Breanne Chausse So. OH/RS Sam Houston State Coppell, Texas Ann Hollas1 Sr. S Stephen F. Austin Longview, Texas Julia Carter So. MB/OH Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Buffalo, N.Y. 1 – 2018 All-Conference Selectionlast_img read more

Rowe, Ramirez Crowned Indoor Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Year

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Jordan Rowe and Stephen F. Austin’s Kelsey Ramirez are the 2020 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Year, the league announced Thursday. Southland yearly awards are presented by GEICO.Rowe tied a bow on an impressive indoor season with a stellar outing at the 2020 Southland Indoor Track & Field Championships, where he scored 22 points by himself to become the men’s Most Valuable Performer. The senior was also named the Men’s Indoor Athlete of the Year and Outstanding Running Events Performer after a pair of gold medals in the mile (4:12.52) and 3,000m races (8:26.46). Rowe also pushed the Lamar distance medley relay team to a second-place finish. In addition to top marks on the track, he also maintains a 3.88 grade-point average as a kinesiology major.Ramirez rounded out her junior indoor season with two gold medals in the mile and 3,000-meter events at the 2020 Southland Indoor Championships. Her first-place performance in the mile marked a personal record, when she crossed the finish line with a 4:48.75 clip. Earlier in the season, the junior posted a school record in the 3,000-meter race capturing a 9:32.05 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Ramirez also maintains a 3.84 GPA as a kinesiology major.Student-Athlete of the Year is voted on by the Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member universities. Southland Student-Athlete of the Year nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.last_img read more

Jamie Redknapp jumps to dad Harry’s defence as Roy Keane slams Spurs as weak

first_imgAnd Keane admitted that Spurs ‘have had some brilliant players’ after his fellow pundit took exception to his earlier comment.He added: “He’s (Mourinho) mentioned that he wants them to entertain and not change the DNA of Spurs. But he will do.”He’ll have to otherwise they’ll just continue what they’ve been doing for the last 10 or 15 years, being a really good cup team.”Mourinho will want more than that.”Keane also laid into West Ham for their performance this afternoon and slammed the Hammers as ‘a disgrace’.He said: “The biggest factor today I think were West Ham.”They were rubbish, absolute rubbish, an absolute disgrace.”It was an easy day for Tottenham, I know they made hard work of it in the last 15 or 20 minutes, typical Tottenham.”A lot of good players like to play when they’re 3-0 down, it’s a bit late then.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD 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 club”So it was an easy day for Tottenham but good to see Jose back in there again.”I think he’s a good fit for them. But today was easy, it couldn’t have been easier.”Harry Kane, Heung Min Son and Lucas Moura all found the net for Mourinho’s side as they recorded their first away win in the Premier League since January. JAMIE REDKNAPP was forced to jump to his dad Harry’s defence after Roy Keane slated Tottenham.Spurs got off to a winning start under Jose Mourinho today as they beat West Ham 3-2 in his first game in charge.1 Harry Redknapp managed Spurs for four yearsCredit: PA:Empics SportBut Ireland legend Keane believes the Portuguese will have to change the DNA of the club he has just joined.And the former Manchester United captain said on Sky Sports: “They’ve had a weakness to them for about 20 years.”And immediately Redknapp stuck up for his father who managed the club from 2008 to 2012.He said: “I saw Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, Tottenham were a good side under my dad.””They were rubbish, absolute disgrace. It was an easy day for Tottenham.”Roy Keane says West Ham’s performance was the biggest factor in Tottenham winning their first game under Jose Mourinho.Match report and highlights:— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 23, 2019last_img read more

Ole waited all year to hit back at Jose & made sure he got him where it hurts

first_imgOLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER waited six months to do it.But when he finally stuck the knife into Jose Mourinho he made sure that he got right to the heart of the Special One.3 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finally stuck the knife into Jose MourinhoCredit: GettyFor he made clear that he sees his Old Trafford predecessor as a whinger.Solskjaer had kept a dignified silence over the Tottenham manager’s claim back in September that Manchester United had become “worse than last season.”He also claimed it was “sad” to see the decline of the club that sacked him in December 2018 and brought in Solskjaer.But the Norwegian lived up to his playing days nickname of the Baby-Faced Assassin as he first held back on winding up relations with Mourinho before Sunday’s crucial confrontation between their clubs – which looks likely to be called off amid the coronavirus outbreak.He first declared when asked about his predecessor’s comments: “I’d rather not speak about other teams and other manager’s teams.”3 The Red Devils are now 11 games unbeaten after the 5-0 win over LASK last nightCredit: EPAThen he went for it – effectively calling out Mourinho for complaining over the loss to injury of star front men Harry Kane and Son.Solskjaer, meanwhile, has been without No 1 front man Marcus Rashford since mid-January.The 19–goal top scorer is recovering from back surgery and may not play again this season.Anthony Martial was also missing from Thursday’s 5-0 Europa League drubbing of LASK while Paul Pogba has been out since just after the start of the campaign with major ankle problems.Asked about the loss of the trio he agreed that life for him had become more difficult without Pogba and Rashford, saying: “Yeah, but I don’t talk about those two, do I?“I want to focus on the ones who are fit and the ones I have got.“There’s a chance for new players to challenge for a place in the team. It’s part and parcel of this game that you do have injuries.“We’ve managed well without some of our top players this season.”3And he left little to the imagination when he made clear that since he initially took over as temporary manager before being give a three-year deal 12 months ago that he had been cleaning up the mess left by Mourinho.He has signed Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and brought in Odion Ighalo on loan although he has suggested he wants the Nigerian to be signed permanently from Shanghai Shenuha in the summer.More players, including Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and James Maddison, are on the radar and he declared of the work done so far: “I felt a lot needed to be changed.“We’ve signed four players [five including Ighalo] and lost quite a few and promoted from within, lots of youngsters.“I don’t know how dramatic those changes have been. I don’t think it feels dramatic for the squad and the ones that were here. We needed certain pieces in the puzzle and they’ve worked.”MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsUnited are now unbeaten in 11 games and will be fighting for fourth place.He said: “I believe that we’re going places. I believe that we’re on the track that Man United need to be on.“There are different cultures at different clubs and different ways of doing things and believe in the way we do things at Man United now.“I don’t necessarily believe in everything we’ve done before but at the moment I believe in what we’re doing.“I think I’m the right man but I’m not going to sit here and talk about that. The proof is in the pudding at the end of the day.”LATEST MAN UTD NEWSLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingLong before the coronavirus pandemic Mourinho is alleged to have called Paul Pogba a virus in the dressing room.Since then United’s £89m record buy has been seeking a move with a return to Juventus or a switch to Real Madrid his favoured options.Bruno Fernandes looked to be his £68m replacement when he arrived in January but Solskjaer anticipates that the pair could make sweet music together.He maintained: “We want the best players on the pitch together.“It sounds exciting and I’m looking forward to it.”José Mourinho jokes Man United should be awarded 2017-18 title after finishing second to FFP breach Man Citylast_img read more

Top three rankings tussle in Dublin

first_imgFrance will fall below Japan for the first time in rankings history if they lose to Italy in Marseilles on Friday.Those are just two of the possible permutations in the World Rugby Rankings this weekend as the Six Nations and the Americas Rugby Championship continue.Round three of the Six Nations kicks off on Friday with France’s encounter with Italy in Marseilles, followed by Saturday’s double bill featuring Ireland versus Wales and Scotland against England.In the penultimate round of the Americas Rugby Championship, defending champions and 2018 leaders USA will be looking to keep their 100 per cent record intact with victory against Brazil in São Jose dos Campos on Saturday. The same day Chile take on Uruguay in Santiago and Argentina XV play Canada in Jujuy, although the latter does not count towards the rankings.last_img read more

Sam Burgess charged with intimidation after domestic dispute

first_imgBurgess is alleged to have been involved in an incident with the father of his estranged wife at Glenquarry, east of Bowral.According to a NSW Police statement: “About 4pm on Saturday 19 October 2019, police were called to an address at Glenquarry, in relation to a domestic dispute. “Police from The Hume Police District attended and an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order was applied for on behalf of a 63-year-old man. Following further inquiries, on Wednesday 30 October 2019, a 30-year-old man was charged with the offence of Intimidation (DV related). “It’s alleged the man intimidated the older man during the incident.”Burgess is due to appear at Moss Vale Local Court on December 18.last_img read more

Zidane’s poker for 2020

first_imgSpain SupercupCurves begin soon for Zidane and his Real Madrid, because after measuring with Getafe this Saturday at the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum (4:00 pm, Movistar LaLiga) he will travel to Saudi Arabia to play the new Spanish Super Cup conceived by Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF. Wednesday, January 8 (8:00 p.m., Movistar Champions League) Valencia is waiting for him in Jeddah, who was unable to beat Mestalla on December 15; in fact, Benzema started a draw on the last play. If he exceeds the semifinal, he will wait in the final on Sunday 12 (7:00 p.m.) to the winner of Barcelona-Atlético that will take place on Thursday 9.Nor has Madrid been able to win either of them this year, although the luck is that it has not lost either: it ended both duels with a goalless draw and on December 18 he left excellent sensations in his visit to Camp Nou. Zidane also knows what it is to win a Super Cup at Barcelona: he did it in the summer of 2017, winning both in Barcelona (1-3) and in Madrid (2-0).Copa del ReyIt is the only tournament that resists Zidane, it is not among the nine he has raised as a Real Madrid coach (three Champions, two Club World Cups, two European Super Cups, a League and a Spanish Super Cup). And it is, in fact, the tournament that has caused the most dislikes to the Frenchman, the one that precipitated his march after raising the Champions League in Kiev, at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. The white elimination in the quarterfinals against Leganés, who assaulted the Bernabéu (1-2), frustrated Zizou in such a way that he began to stiffen the decision. 2020 has started for everyone at Real Madrid, also for Zidane, that sees in the new year the opportunity to complete a poker of titles that returns to the white team the prestige lost after the disastrous 2018-19 season. A huge challenge, although the white coach already knows how to do it: in 2017 he raised up to five trophies (League, Champions, European Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and Club World Cup). “For me it is a failure, I am very disappointed. It’s a very hard stick, I take responsibility, ”he said after the defeat; “There are moments that make you think and do not forget,” he recalled at the press conference of his farewell. A year earlier, Celta had also deprived him of raising the Cup winning at the Bernabéu (1-2); Balaids 2-2 was not enough. Madrid will meet its rival in the fight for this new Copa del Rey (a single game except the semifinals) on Tuesday, January 14 and will be measured with him the following week.LeagueAlthough he has raised up to five Champions League with Madrid (three as first coach, another as Ancelotti’s second and another as a player, La Novena), Zidane always reiterates that he has occasion that the tournament that fills him as a coach is LaLiga . “It’s the happiest day of my football life, when the season starts you only think about LaLiga’s day to day. I have no words, I would even like to dance. Inside I am very, very happy. LaLiga is the most complicated competition, it is demonstrated day by day, ”he said, exultant, after taking the 2016-17 title at La Rosaleda, on the last day.Madrid is now second in the table, two points behind Barcelona after 18 games; he even has the options to finish the first round as a winter champion, although he must win in Getafe and expect a defeat of Barcelona in Cornellà-El Prat against Espanyol (Saturday 4 at 9:00 p.m.). A situation very different from the last two leagues, in which Madrid reached at this point virtually eliminated from the fight for the title: Last year I was ten points behind Barça; and in 2017-18, the last of Zidane’s first stage, at 13. That carelessness in the regularity tournament was another reason that led him to leave at the end of the course.Champions LeagueAs paradoxical as it may seem, it is the least priority tournament for Madrid at the moment, as it has taken four of the last six editions. Also for Zidane, who nevertheless does not know what it is to lose a tie in the Champions League: he has won 12 consecutive, between crosses and finals. But in the club it is the most coveted tournament, by history (13 titles, more than anyone) and by the preference of President Florentino Pérez, who usually refers to the Champions League as the tournament that places you in the world of football. After an injured group stage, Madrid is waiting for the City in the round of 16: on February 26 at 9:00 p.m., the first leg at the Bernabéu; and on March 17, also at 9:00 p.m., the return at the Etihad Stadiumd in Manchester.last_img read more

Barça starts 2020 with the ‘Vidal case’ open

first_imgIt is the first fire of 2020 that will have to extinguish Valverde, a specialist in the field since he signed his contract at the Camp Nou offices in June 2017. Unlike the directive, which does not see a possible exit from the player, Txingurri wants Vidal to follow. Regardless of the player’s complaint, Aleñá’s departure and Arthur’s doubtful physical condition make the Chilean an important element that also has a goal, a value that is highly valued in the center of the field. Busquets, De Jong and the latter Rakitic They don’t have it as one of their best qualities. The holidays are over. It is working time in any sector and also in the Barça. After giving rest to their players to pass the New Year’s Eve hangover, Valverde was reunited this Thursday with his squad and recovered the last three players that remained to join. Messi and Luis Suarez they did it after having followed the work plan indicated by the physical trainers and with the intention of playing in Cornellà on Saturday before the Spanish. The Uruguayan, in fact, did not force the fifth yellow in the last game of the year against the Alaves, which allows us to suspect that it will be in the derby. The Txingurri also already had Arturo Vidal at his command, protagonist at Christmas time for the filtering of the complaint that the Chilean has presented against Barça for defaults and that would have been dismissed according to SER Catalunya. Vidal, which has been seen these days in Chile in some charity match; in the pachangas of his social club, Rodelindo Román; and especially, taking care of horses on their farm, has assured that he would speak upon his arrival in Spain. But he already warned that, if that money is owed, it would be fair for Barça to pay it. The former player of Juventus and Bayern claims 2.4 million euros for bonus prizes. Barça believes the demand is completely unjustified, but the schism has already been created. What Valverde does want is for the situation to be resolved as soon as possible. Extend the Vidal case in a few weeks in which Barça cannot afford a single mistake in LaLiga, and the first title of the year is played in the Spanish Supercup of ArabiaIt would be a bad plan. That is why it is not disposable that Vidal appears before the press after the match against Espanyol to settle the matter. That, if the solution is to stay. Otherwise, the issue could be confined because the player has a year and a half left and Barça would ask for money for the transfer. For Vidal, the following may be his last major contract. That is why he is not too uncomfortable with the rare situation that has been created. Nor to the board, who would be happy to break free from a very high record. But in the middle of everything is Valverde, to whom the fans are asking for the triplet while he loses players or simply has others that were sold as stars and spent the day in the infirmary. 22last_img read more

When was the only Madrid-Athletic Super Cup and who won it?

first_imgFor Real Madrid this is the fifteenth Super Cup what dispute and for Atlético is the seventh, but before this exotic edition they had only seen their faces once. It was in 2014, that is, that Simeone was already on the red and white bench; while Ancelotti was the white coach. The trophy went to the Atleti showcases, then current League champion who took a small rematch of the Champions final lost just three months before with its neighbors in Lisbon. Atlético 1- Real Madrid 0Athletic: Moya; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira; Koke, Gabi, Tiago, Raúl García (Saúl 89 ’); Griezmann (Raúl Jiménez 57 ’) and Mandzukic (Onion 85’).Real Madrid: Boxes; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao (Marcelo 70 ’); Modric, Xabi Alonso, Kroos (Cristiano 46 ’); Bale, Benzema and James (Isco 65 ’).Goal: 1-0 (2 ‘): Mandzukic.Referee: Fernández Borbalán. He expelled Simeone (26 ’) and Modric (91’). He admonished the locals Tiago, Koke, Raúl Gª and Griezmann and the visitors Ramos, Alonso, Isco and Cristiano.Stadium: Vicente Calderón. 54,000 spectators The first leg at the Bernabéu finished 1-1, with goals from the brand new summer signing, James, and of Raúl García, almost at the end of a corner. All open for the return three days later. In the Calderón, the decisive goal marked him right after Mandzukic assisted by Griezmann, the pair that premiered in that Super Cup with the mission that Villa and Diego Costa should not be missed. That lap was also marked by the expulsion of Simeone for protesting in the first half. Before leaving and the more claims he gave a colleja to the fourth referee. He lost eight suspension matches as a sum of several penalties. If the punishment had not prescribed, he would not have been able to sit on the bench in Jeddah or in the semifinals or the final.center_img It’s been more than five years and both templates have changed a lot. Especially that of Atlético. Of the players of that Super Cup, only Saul can repeat in Jeddah, because Koke is injured and Oblak and Giménez did not have minutes, because the holders in their positions were Moyá and Miranda. In Madrid there are many more and a few will form again in the eleven of Zidane: Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kroos and James continue, more Bale and Benzema, who stayed in Madrid low, and Nacho, yes in Arabia but in 2014 he did not even sit on the bench.Real Madrid 1 – Atlético 1Real Madrid: Boxes; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric (Di María 78 ’), Xabi Alonso, Kroos; Bale, Benzema and Cristiano (James 46 ’).Athletic: Moya; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira (Ansaldi 63 ’); Gabi, Mario Suarez; Koke, Saúl (Griezmann 57 ’), Raúl García; and Mandzukic (Raúl Jiménez 78 ’).Goals: 1-0 (81 ’): James. 1-1 (88 ’): Raúl García.Referee: Estrada Fernández. He warned the locals Alonso and Ramos and visitors Koke, Siqueira, Mario Suárez, Mandzukic and Raúl García.Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu. 78,000 spectatorslast_img read more

The Rayo-Albacete will resume next Wednesday 19 at 20:00

first_imgIt should be remembered that Rayo-Albacete was 0-0 and the La Mancha had one player less, due to the expulsion of Eddy Silvestre. For the resumption, both technicians will be able to align onces different from those of that day, although with a nuance: they must be players who were registered at that time (signings are excluded).Appeal dismissed the appeal of LightningThe Appeals Committee dismissed the appeal last week presented by the Ray against the sanctions that, in its day, imposed Competition and that will finally have to comply: € 18,000 fine and the partial closure of the stadium from Vallecas, more specifically from the fund where the events occurred, during two games (Huesca and Elche). The Rayo-Albacete will take place ten days before the meeting that will face them again in the second round: on Saturday 29, 20:30, at Carlos Belmonte. That February 19 was also set on Mirandés-Zaragoza (21:00) that had to be postponed due to heavy rains. Then, the bad conditions of the Anduva pitch forced Sagués Oscoz to make this decision. LaLiga made official the Rayo-Albacete schedule suspended on Wednesday on December 15 for the banners and songs delivered by the franjirroja fans against Zozulia. Finally, The match will be held next Wednesday, February 19, at 8:00 p.m.. Of course, the second part will resume behind closed doors, just like announced Competition.last_img read more