No. 4 Central Arkansas – 10-9-0 (7-4-0 SLC) – First Game: vs. No. 5 Houston Baptist, 5 p.m.The 2016 regular season champions return to Corpus Christi as the fourth-seeded team, carrying with them the second-best defense in the conference. The Bears allowed just nine goals in 11 Southland games with a 0.81 goals against average. UCA struggled to create the same offensive firepower that helped win the league last year with an unbeaten season (10-0-1), but the team brings two returning all-conference selections to this season’s tournament in senior defender Stacia Carroll and senior midfielder Alex Moore. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the tournament will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network, available at southland.org/live and the league’s apps, available for phones, tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. The championship round will be an exclusive presentation of ESPN3, available via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app. No. 2 Stephen F. Austin – 11-7-0 (8-3-0 SLC) – First Game: vs. No. 7 Sam Houston State, 11 a.m.The Ladyjacks finished 2017 strong, earning the No. 2 seed while closing the regular season on a 5-1 run. SFA won five-straight regular season titles from 2011-15 and has three tournament titles to its name. The Stephen F. Austin offensive unit ranks third in the league in points (61) and fourth in goals (61) while topping the conference defensively, allowing just eight total goals in 11 Southland contests while posting a second-best six shutouts. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 6-8-3 (3-6-2 SLC) – First Game: vs. No. 1 Lamar, 8 p.m.The Islanders needed at least a point in their regular season finale to secure the final seed on their home turf and did just that, grinding out a goalless draw with Houston Baptist last Friday. They finished the season with perhaps the toughest stretch of the year, hosting the top two teams McNeese and Lamar back-to-back before traveling to HBU for their finale. After missing out on the tournament in Corpus Christi last season, they will face the top-seeded Cardinals in the first round. No. 6 Abilene Christian – 8-10-0 (6-5-0 SLC) – First Game: vs. No. 3 McNeese, 2 p.m.In ACU’s first season of full Division I eligibility, the 2017 soccer tournament is the program’s first opportunity to earn an automatic NCAA postseason bid. The Wildcats were a formidable side in 2016, finishing in third place with an 8-2-1 league record but were not yet eligible for postseason play. The team earned a pair of First Team All-Conference selections, including the Freshman of the Year in midfielder Christina Arteaga and two-time selection Dylan Owens, a junior forward. Arteaga paced the Wildcat offense, ranking fourth in points (13) and third in goals (six) in league play. No. 3 McNeese – 12-5-1 (8-3-0 SLC) – First Game: vs. No. 6 Abilene Christian, 2 p.m.The Cowgirls possessed one of the stingiest defenses in the conference through 2017, registering seven shutouts in 11 Southland games. McNeese went five consecutive games from Oct. 1-20 without allowing a goal, but lost momentum at the end of the regular season, dropping its final two road matches while allowing seven goals. The Cowgirls come to Corpus Christi with multiple conference award winners, headlined by Player and Forward of the Year Savannah LaRicci. The senior forward led conference play in shots (44), goals (10) and points (25). McNeese also brings the Defender of the Year in senior Gabi D’Alesandro, Goalkeeper of the Year Emma Roccaforte and a pair of additional all-conference picks in senior defender Nikki Schaaf and junior midfielder Nola Prickett. No. 5 Houston Baptist – 7-6-3 (6-3-2 SLC) – First Game: vs. No. 4 Central Arkansas, 5 p.m.The Huskies look to defend their 2016 tournament title and are no strangers to winning in the postseason as a lower seed. As a four-seed last season, HBU knocked off No. 1 Central Arkansas 2-0 in the semifinals and defeated No. 2 SFA in the championship game 1-0. The team brings a well-rounded attack, with two all-conference picks ranking in the top 10 in shots, goals and points; senior midfielder Elleee Hall and junior forward Autumn Wildung each netted five goals in 11 Southland contests. Lamar enters as the top seed after claiming the regular season crown while Houston Baptist, the No. 5 seed, looks to defend its tournament title from 2016. The Huskies won last year’s tournament as a four-seed, knocking off the top two teams, Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin, en route to their second Southland tournament championship. No. 1 Lamar – 15-3-1 (10-1-0 SLC) – First Game: vs. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 8 p.m.Lamar secured a solo regular season championship and the top seed with a 4-1 drubbing of McNeese in the team’s regular season finale. It is the first Southland title in program history. The Cardinals enter the tournament with six all-conference picks and the league’s top offensive unit, ranking first in points (78), goals (26) and assists (26). The Cardinals are currently on a nine-game win streak, last dropping a decision on Sept. 22 to defending Southland champion Central Arkansas – their lone conference loss. 2017 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament HomepageCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The 2017 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament gets underway tomorrow at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Jack Dugan Stadium. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season will meet in the single-elimination tournament beginning Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT. No. 7 Sam Houston State – 7-8-2 (4-5-2 SLC) – First Game: vs. No. 2 Stephen F. Austin, 11 a.m.Sam Houston State finished the regular season in grueling fashion, playing two consecutive double overtime games to close out 2017. The Bearkats dropped their final contest 2-1 to archrival SFA last Friday but have an immediate rematch, facing the Ladyjacks in the opening game of the conference tournament. Sam Houston garnered a pair of all-conference selections – sophomore forward Carlota Suarez Crespo and senior midfielder Beryl Smith. Crespo registered 10 points throughout the Southland season.
Honorable Mention: Ra’Quanne Dickens, UIW; Darrel Colbert, Jr., Lamar; Breylin Smith, Central Arkansas. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Shelton Eppler, McNeese’s BJ Blunt and Southeastern Louisiana’s Ivy Wall are the Southland Conference Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Special Teams Player of the Week: Ivy Wall, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Punter – Amite, La.Wall averaged 50.3 yards per punt Saturday against Central Arkansas. He was called upon six times in the outing, blasting four of them for over 50 yards and downing three inside the 10-yard line. Eppler broke single-game records for yards and touchdowns to open Northwestern State’s conference slate with a 49-48 win over Lamar and earn offensive honors. The Demons return to action Sept. 29 they travel to Southeastern. Honorable Mention: Jeremiah Chambers, Abilene Christian; Sully Laiche, Nicholls; Juan Jackson, Central Arkansas. Offensive Player of the Week: Shelton Eppler, Northwestern State – Jr. – Quarterback – Navasota, TexasThe junior quarterback from Navasota cemented himself in Northwestern State history, smashing the single-game record for passing yards (474 yards, a new mark by 93 yards), touchdowns (six) and total offense (469 yards, topping Bobby Hebert’s 465 in 1981). Eppler also tied the Demon mark for points responsible for with 36 in the highest-scoring Southland game in school history. He managed a Demon offense that remained turnover-free through three games. With the game tied at 35 early in the fourth quarter, Eppler produced back-to-back touchdowns on a 70-yard pass to Jazz Ferguson and an eight-play, 68-yard march on the following series to take the 14 point advantage. Honorable Mention: O’Shea Jackson, Northwestern State; Alex Kjellsten, McNeese. Defensive Player of the Week: BJ Blunt, McNeese – Sr. – Linebacker – New Orleans, La.Blunt made his presence known immediately Saturday when he forced a fumble on the opening kickoff that led to a Cowboy touchdown on the very next play just 10 seconds into the game. He added three sacks and four tackles for loss in helping McNeese remain unbeaten through games. The senior linebacker led the Cowboys with nine total tackles, six of those solos, and tacked on a fumble recovery that led to a McNeese field goal. Blunt exploded the “Defense with Attitude” for the Cowboys in a 20-10 victory over No. 12 Nicholls to win the defensive award. McNeese takes on BYU on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT. Wall’s Lions fell 33-25 in their conference opener against No. 17/18 Central Arkansas. Southeastern will continue its search for its first win of the season Saturday in Beaumont, taking on Lamar at 6 p.m. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
FRISCO, Texas – Vanderbilt’s Kristin Quah is the Southland Conference’s Bowler of the Month for November, the league announced Thursday. All Southland monthly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Quah capped a November outing where she appeared in a pair of tournaments while helping the Commodores to a first-place team finish at the UMES Hawk Classic Nov. 16-18. The senior ranks first in individual scoring average among the Southland Bowling League averaging 21.932 over 367 frames played.November 2018 Bowler of the Month: Kristin Quah, Vanderbilt – Sr. – SingaporeThe Singapore native competed at the UMES Hawk Classic where she placed fifth overall with a 215.20 average to be named the tournament’s most valuable player. Quah also placed third individually at the Whitewater Warhawk Open recording a traditional average of 226.40. She currently leads the Southland Bowling League in 17 individual categories including all scoring categories.Honorable Mention: Paige Beeney, Stephen F. Austin; Kaitlyn Eder, Louisiana Tech; Emma Dockery, Youngstown State.Southland Bowlers of the Month are voted upon by the league’s sports information directors. Voting for one’s own bowler is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Cassidy Barrios is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Sunday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Barrios concluded her final regular-season week in compelling fashion, helping the Colonels to an 89-67 win over Northwestern State on Wednesday and a 72-55 victory Saturday over Southeastern Louisiana. The Raceland, La., native tacked on a pair of double-doubles for the week bringing her season total to 19. She also set a Nicholls single-season scoring record after a 25-point outing against SLU.The Colonels finished the regular-season with a 20-10 overall record and a 14-4 mark in conference play.Basketball Player of the Week – Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls – Sr. – Guard – Raceland, La.Senior Cassidy Barrios closed out the regular season with a pair of 25-point double-doubles while shooting an impressive 66.7 percent from the field as the Colonels extended their winning streak to seven games. She needed just 24 attempts to score 50 points, as 14 shots came from behind the 3-point line for a 57-percent clip.Along with averaging 25.0 points and 10.5 rebounds, Barrios also chipped in with 4.5 assists per game while adding four steals and two blocks.Her final game in Stopher Gym turned out to be a historic day as she led Nicholls to its first 20-win season in school history, its most Southland wins (14), and she also set the program single-season scoring record with 620 points. The senior also eclipsed 1,000 career rebounds. Her 19 double-doubles leads the Southland and ranks 11th in the NCAA.Honorable Mention: Moe Kinard, Lamar; RaVon Nero, Northwestern State; Breanna Wright, Abilene Christian
JAN VERTONGHEN is eager to discuss a new contract at Tottenham after Jose Mourinho’s appointment, according to reports.The Belgian’s future was in doubt under Mauricio Pochettino but the 32-year-old is reportedly looking to get a deal done now the managerial change has been made.2 Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld could soon sign new Spurs deals under Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd The Special One is also said to be a big fan of Toby Alderweireld and is keen for him to sign on the dotted line as well.Vertonghen’s current deal expires next summer and he will be free to talk to foreign clubs in January unless a new contract is signed.Roma and Bayer Leverkusen have been keeping tabs on the Spurs man but Vertonghen wants to stay put, according to Sky Sports News.However, formal discussions are yet to take place between chairman Daniel Levy and Vertonghen’s representatives.The former Ajax man missed Mourinho’s first game in charge – the 3-2 victory at West Ham – with injury but was back on the bench for Tuesday night’s Champions League win over Olympiakos.Vertonghen’s international teammate Alderweireld is also out of contract in the summer but Mourinho will put pressure on the board to sign him back up, according to Football London.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 himThe 30-year-old’s attitude towards Tottenham seems to have changed since Mourinho’s arrival after continued links to Manchester United last summer left him feeling unsettled.Asked by a Belgian journalist on Tuesday about playing under Mourninho, Alderweireld said: “I am happy that I’m playing.”I’m proud to work with a manager that has won it all.”I am grateful that I can become a better player under him.”I want to repay him for the faith he has shown in me.”2Violent scenes as Wolves fans are attacked by hooligans in Porto
After a weekend to reflect on their 24-22 qualifying final loss to the Roosters last Friday the Broncos were put through an arduous one-hour field session designed to rectify the frailties that have been exposed early in recent games.Both Darius Boyd and Tevita Pangai Jnr failed to train with the main squad but are a chance to line up against Penrith with Kodi Nikorima spending the majority of the session in the fullback position.Once the shrieks of laughter had died down from a couple of warm-up drills that resembled volleyball and tunnel ball, an animated Bennett went to work on repairing a defence that has twice in the past three weeks leaked more points early in games than they have been able to chase down.In Round 25 the Eels stunned Brisbane to lead 24-0 after just 20 minutes and again against the Roosters the Broncos were slow out of the blocks, falling behind by 14 points one quarter of the way through the contest.It’s a worrying trend at the wrong time of the year and back-rower Matt Gillett knows they must find a remedy to their flagging energy levels in the coming days.”Wayne was pretty hard on us this morning and I think that was a good thing to get us back into gear for what’s head with Penrith,” Gillett said.”It was pretty intense and pretty physical as well, getting bodies in front. We had a lot of energy this morning and we’ll work through that the whole week.”You play the way you train so if we’re going to train like that all week and come out on Friday night we know we’ve done that job here, it’s just a matter of doing it at Suncorp for 80 minutes and getting that result.” Rather than an angry NRL coach winger Jordan Kahu said Bennett most resembled a disappointed parent after the loss to the Roosters, describing his disappointment in his players as “up there” with anything Kahu has witnessed the past three years.”You know when you get told off when you’re younger and your parents always say, ‘I’m not angry, but I’m disappointed’ and it hurts a bit more? It was that kind of moment,” Kahu said of Bennett’s post-game demeanour.”Obviously we didn’t defend our best on the weekend and it starts here at training so that’s probably why we did a bit today.”It’s finals time so he’s probably wanting to get the best out of us. We didn’t perform on the weekend when it counted so he’s obviously just trying to get the best out of us.”It was more of an energy kind of thing. We didn’t play finals footy how we should have. We went down to Sydney to play a Sydney Roosters team that had been playing really well and we just didn’t get up for the occasion.”Although the Panthers didn’t score a point against Manly until the 34th minute last weekend and have made a habit of finishing over the top of teams this season, Gillett knows the importance of meeting their high-octane attack and risk another insurmountable lead.”Energy is a word that does come to mind when you do play Penrith and they do that through their big boys through the middle and exciting backs as well,” Gillett said.”They’re a very high energy side and the first 20 when we played the Roosters is something like what they’re going to bring as well.”We weren’t up to the mark that first 20, we were pretty slow to start the game. We were lucky enough to come back and get in front for a bit but it comes back down to that start. We gave 14 points away which is pretty hard to do in such a big game.”We’ve got to control that first 20 against Penrith.”It’s easier to talk about but going out there and doing it is another thing.”Energy is a big thing and for us against sides that have shown a lot more energy it was hard to come back from.”Individually you can try and turn things and show that bit of line speed and try and hit someone or run a bit harder but it comes down to showing that energy together.”If you’re doing that it’s a pretty easy thing to change but you can’t be doing it individually. You’ve got to go as one and hopefully the boys find something that shows that bit of energy and everyone jumps on board.” Photo by: Scott Davis: NRL Photos. Caption: Wayne Bennett is training the Broncos hard ahead of Friday’s clash with Penrith
The Kangaroos and Kiwis face the prospect of reaching the final with 23 men following tournament-ending injuries to Jake Trbojevic (pec) and Gerard Beale (ankle) respectively.It is unlikely they will make requests to draft in a replacement player given there are already members in their squad capable of filling in the vacant position.The Lions also copped a blow with star forward Sam Burgess facing at least two weeks out with a knee ligament injury picked up in their 18-4 loss to Australia on Friday.The tier one nations aren’t the only teams forced into changes for their next pool match, with Fiji losing towering prop Kane Evans to a broken wrist in their rout of USA on Saturday.Trbojevic, Beale and Evans look like missing all the pre-season for clubs Manly, Warriors and Parramatta respectively. On Sunday, Italy’s hopes of progressing through to the knockout stages were dashed when veteran Terry Campese was ruled out before kick-off with a calf problem.Halves partner Jack Johns was then sent to hospital with a suspected broken arm during the match, stripping coach Cameron Ciraldo of his first choice halves.The Azzuri now have to put an unlikely cricket score on USA before upsetting Fiji to be any chance of making the quarter-finals.Ciraldo has to turnaround a side that were pummelled 36-12 by Ireland on Sunday.”Jack’s got an arm problem, he’s at hospital now having it checked out. Hopefully he will be right,” Ciraldo said after the Irish loss.”We tried to prepare without Campo as well and we were ready for that situation.”There’s no excuses, we weren’t good enough today.”The injuries soured a string of notable performances by minnow nations across the opening round of group matches, with Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Tonga all cracking 50 points.The Kumuls spanked Wales 50-6, the Bati scorched USA 58-12, while Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita helped Tonga smash Scotland 50-4.Tournament favourites Australia were rusty in an unconvincing 14-point win over England, while New Zealand showed some life in a 38-8 trouncing of a strong Samoa outfit.In arguably the closest Test of the weekend, Lebanon edged France 29-18 in Canberra to register their maiden World Cup win.
This scoring drought has forced Mere to seek alternatives in more delayed position players such as Ibán Salvador. The midfielder occupied the tip of Mere’s team in the last league day (0-0, against Las Palmas). Before him, Javi Gómez already occupied the tip of the blue attack in the defeat in Lugo (2-0) of the fifth day.The present winter market opens as an opportunity for the entity of the Camino del Molino to reinforce its front taking advantage of some market offer and immediate performance. In this way, the policy of the previous transfer window will be followed. The jarring note in this great first half of the Azulona season is the lead. Not for lack of delivery of the strikers of Mere, who said a few months ago that he is satisfied with the work of Jeisson, Oriol Riera and Héctor, but because of the shortage of goals that suffer from the three points.With the equator of the competition already past, The only striker who has seen the door in LaLiga SmartBank has been Jeisson. The Peruvian is the battering ram who has played the most minutes (899 ’) but that has not been reflected in his scoring figure (two goals). Oriol Riera is the immediate pursuer in disputed minutes (821 ’), but the Catalan still He has not released his scoring account with those of Fernando Torres. The last member of this trio is Héctor Hernández. The athletic squad debuted on day 14 after overcoming the injury with which he arrived at the team in the south of Madrid. Thus, He has only played 148 ’of competition. Hector’s only goal with Fuenla was in the third round of the Copa del Rey in the confrontation against the Peña Deportiva.
WHEN I HEARD ABOUT #Brangelina pic.twitter.com/sfe1E8MCDj? Jara Gardi (@JaraGardi) September 22, 2016But in addition to the number of all those opinions expressed on the network, not only via Twitter, it also highlights the tone or confidence they contain. And it is that many people have reacted to the news as if it were the rupture of a friend or acquaintance. Is anyone else still upset over the #Brangelina split? ðŸ ’” Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Image: Dreamstime. The recent divorce petition of actress Angelina Jolie to her husband and also actor Brad Pitt has caused reactions of all kinds around the world, especially in social networks. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, 480,000 tweets with the #brangelina tag were published and 1,400 per minute were published, according to data collected by verne. ? Sierra Dallas (@SierraDallas) September 22, 2016To understand this phenomenon, the concept coined by Horton and Wohl in 1956 is useful: “parasocial interaction”. These sociologists explained with this idea the imaginary experience that the public lives by creating a unidirectional relationship with the characters they know through the media. That is, the illusory relationship that people project on those who ‘know’ through the media is intimacy, like the one they have with people in their closest circle.In the words of Wohl and Horton, the public “knows” that person, in some way, in the same way that they know the friends they choose: through direct observation and interpretation of their appearance, their gestures and voice , their conversation and behavior in different situations “I see them suffering a lot from the divorce of #Brangelina that anyone would say they are friends.? Abdallah Eli Sotter (@AbdallahEli) September 22, 2016In this way, if people have the ‘illusion’ that, in this case, the relationship between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is close because they are ‘friends’, their break can be interpreted by each of them as something bad that affects directly individually. This together with the easy generalized access to the Internet and social networks has as a final consequence endless publications, comments and reactions on our ‘known’ Brangelina.Tbh I was more upset about the #Brangelina breakup than about my own parents divorce? Miranda Cottone (@CottoneGirl) September 22, 2016 1,400 tweets were published per minute with the #brangelina tag
Aside from this club initiative, There is another idea that has emerged from the members of the Royal with which it is also intended to put a small grain of sand in this fight against COVID-19. A group of Real Sociedad subscribers have contacted the current club with a letter to express their intention to tell them that they renounce the return of the part of the annual subscription corresponding to the games that are going to be played behind closed doors in the rest of the season and those who will not be able to enjoy in your locality for obvious reasons. The idea arises from the subscriber Peio Godoy, affected because his wife was infected by working as a nurse. Xabier Almandoz, from the ‘Gure Reala’ collective, took Godoy’s glove and, along with a group of partners, sent the request to the Royal, without receiving a response that, in any case, will come sooner or later.The idea is that this part of the subscription that the Real can return for the games behind closed doors (or if they are not played because in the end the rest of the League is suspended) is not returned and This money is destined to health entities for the purchase of material that can help hospital centers or nursing homes to work more safely and efficiently to care for sick patients.. The group of partners who have joined this initiative is quite high, with the conviction that when something more concrete is known about what is going to be done with the rest of the championship, there will be more who will join the cause. La Real is still not clear what to do in case they have to play behind closed doors, although it is clear that it will compensate its members who cannot enjoy these games, either with a reduction in the next subscription, or with more direct compensation. There will be partners who do not want to take advantage of this possibility and ask that their money be used to fight the coronavirus. The coronavirus health alert is bringing out the best in people. Solidarity gestures are distributed throughout the country and in all areas. The world of sports is no stranger to the exceptional situation experienced by this worldwide pandemic. Neither does the world of soccer, where we find different initiatives to collaborate and help eradicate the virus as soon as possible. In that sense, in the Royal Society they have shown to have a very real solidarity, with two different actions but with a common denominator: With them we can fight against COVID-19 and win the most important game of our lives.First there is the initiative that comes from Real Sociedad itself, which has had the brilliant idea of contacting all its subscribers to inquire about their health in the midst of this health alert. Several managers of the Donostia club are calling all members since last Monday to inquire about their health, ask them if they or someone in their family have had the bad luck of getting coronavirus, chat for a few minutes with them to help them in this complicated situation of confinement in their homes and send them encouragement to better cope with the isolation of these days because of the state of alarm that causes very complex situations also from the point of view of labor consequences.The goal is for realistic members to have a message of encouragement from their club, the one that generates that unbridled passion for them, and that they feel that they are not alone in this exceptional moment that the whole world is going through. From the Real they will be increasing the calls throughout the next days with the intention of reaching all their partners, because will try to call all subscribers, regardless of age, from the youngest to the oldest, having special delicacy and attention with the older subscribers, because of that they are within the irrigation population within this coronavirus crisis.