Seeding Scenarios Ahead of Southland Women’s Basketball Regular-Season Finales

first_imgWomen’s Seeding ScenariosFRISCO, Texas – Heading into the final weekend of regular-season play, the remaining seeding scenarios for the 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament have been laid out in the above link.A detailed description for the eight programs that have already secured a spot in the tournament can be found in the document. Saturday’s six matchups will help finalize the field’s order before tournament action gets underway next week.The tournament, which features the top eight teams from the regular season in each bracket, begins Thursday, March 12, in Katy, Texas, at the Leonard E. Merrell Center. This year’s tourney will mark the 13th consecutive year the Southland Tournament is in Katy.Although the eight-team field has been solidified, the top-four spots are still up in the air and cannot be named until Saturday’s results have been determined. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi currently sits in the driver’s seat with a 16-3 record and can clinch the outright regular-season title with a win at home over Houston Baptist.Joining the Islanders in Katy will be Abilene Christian, UIW, New Orleans, Nicholls, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin. The eight-team field was finalized Wednesday evening with the Colonels and the Lady Lions claiming the final two spots.The No. 3 and 4 seeds will receive an opening-round bye, while the top-two seeds will be granted a double bye into the semifinals. With eight teams vying for a tournament title, only one will guide its way through the single-elimination tournament and secure the Southland’s automatic qualifier to the 2020 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.Saturday’s Southland Conference Women’s Basketball ScheduleNorthwestern State at Central Arkansas – 1 p.m. CTHouston Baptist at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 1 p.m.McNeese at Lamar – 2 p.m. (ESPN3)Abilene Christian at UIW – 2 p.m.Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin – 2 p.m. (ESPN3)Southeastern Louisiana at New Orleans – 4 p.m.last_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED GALILEAN OVERWHELMS COMPETITION TO TAKE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY BY 4 ½ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT

first_imgHEAVILY FAVORED GALILEAN OVERWHELMS COMPETITION TO TAKE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY BY 4 ½ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY HOLLENDORFER, UNCLE MO COLT GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:43.43DERBY IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2019)–In what figures to be his final start versus state-bred completion for the foreseeable future, heavily favored Galilean made short work of four rivals as he waltzed to a 4 ½ length win in Monday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the imposing son of Uncle Mo got 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.43.Also won by 2014 Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, the Cal Cup Derby is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.A reserved third, about a length and a half off of early pacesetter Loud Mouth around the Club House turn, Galilean, who fetched $600,000 at the Barretts April 2-year-old in Training sale, took undisputed command while three-wide a quarter mile from home and won like a colt with the Kentucky Derby on his mind.A nine length winner of the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 16, Galilean, who is out of the El Prado mare Fresia, was off at 1-9 and paid $2.10 across the board.Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Denise Barker and William Sandbrook, Galilean picked up $110,000 for the win, boosting his earnings to $261,000 from and overall mark of 4-3-1-0.Longshot Feeling Strong rallied from last to run a big second, finishing 10 lengths in front of Whooping Jay.  Off at 27-1, Feeling Strong, with Tiago Pereira up, paid $6.20 and $3.20.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Whooping Jay was off at 26-1 and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.95, 47.85, 1:11.60 and 1:36.71.last_img read more

Spurs ace Serge Aurier admits he wanted to leave the club last summer

first_imgSERGE AURIER admits he wanted to quit Spurs over the summer.The right-back, 26, claims he tried leaving following the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool after making just eight Premier League appearances last season.3 Serge Aurier admits he wanted to leave Spurs last summerCredit: ReutersBut Mauricio Pochettino instead offloaded Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid, forcing Aurier to stay.The Ivory Coast international has featured three times already in the league, and also played the full 90 minutes of the 7-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.It appears Aurier is happy to stay at Spurs for now.But there is a long list of other Tottenham players reportedly on the brink of ditching Pochettino’s flagging project.Christian Eriksen is set to depart on a free transfer at the end of the season, with Real Madrid his likely destination.3Key defender Toby Alderweireld is out of contract next summer and has been strongly linked to Manchester United.England international Eric Dier has been transfer listed and could be out of the door by Christmas.Left-back Danny Rose is also up for grabs after coming close to joining Watford in the last transfer window.And Aurier claims that although he’s focused on his current tasks, he is still open to leaving in the future.Aurier said: “I was looking for an exit, so I couldn’t play. When you’re trying to move, you can’t play because an injury or whatever else can scupper everything.3“I wanted to leave so it was normal for me to not be on the pitch.“Beyond that, it’s the manager’s decision. He’s the one who decides what’s best for the group.“Like I’ve said, the season is long so we’ll try and be better going forward and for what comes next.“That desire to leave, I think it’s a bit normal. I’m an important player of the national team. I’m not 20 anymore and I need to play, to be happy.“There are situations that mean you need to make a decision. I’m a big boy and a dad, so there are choices that are good for me and my family.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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own club“But I’m not the only one who decides. Today, the window is closed so I’m focusing on my club and we’ll see what happens later.“I’m not disappointed to have stayed because that will allow me to surpass myself, to have a very good season and we’ll see.“The boss has the last word and here the boss is the manager.”Watch the new Spurs stadium transform into an NFL field as the first kick is taken under the lights between the Oakland Raiders and the Chicago Bearslast_img read more

Fainu facing international eligibility decision

first_imgBorn in Sydney, Fainu’s rapid rise through the NRL ranks has landed him at the forefront of discussions for both Tonga and the Kiwis.Another spanner was thrown into the works when the 20-year-old met with NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler and declared an interest in playing State of Origin for the Blues.Fainu spent time with the Tongan squad ahead of the Pacific Test in June last season after representing the Junior Kiwis in 2017 on account of his mother’s heritage.He was selected for a Junior Kiwis’ squad in 2018 but did not play.The international tug of war is likely to come to a head before New Zealand host Tonga in Auckland on June 22.”I’m available for either Tonga or New Zealand but I’m unsure what I’m doing, even NSW if they want me,” Fainu told NRL.com.”It’s something I need to think about and make a decision soon. No one has approached me from either country, I haven’t got a call or anything like that but I’ll talk to my family and we’ll see.”My dad is Tongan and both my parents are supportive of my decision.”Making the case more intriguing for the Guildford junior is the influence of Tongan international Addin Fonua-Blake and Kiwi prop Martin Taupau on him at the Sea Eagles.Fainu admitted Fonua-Blake had been in his ear about committing to the Tongan side but that the Junior Kiwis experience had left him torn on his next decision.”Addin just said to me to follow my heart and do what’s best for me, he said only I can decide where I want to play,” Fainu said.”Junior Kiwis was great and I learnt a lot about my mother’s heritage and representing that side of my family.”Fainu has earned high praise since bursting onto the scene as a teenager at the Sea Eagles under former coach Trent Barrett last season.The Guildford product has scored three tries in seven appearances in 2019 and continues to put pressure on regular No.9 Api Koroisau at the Sea Eagles.His service at dummy half is even more impressive given he spent his junior days as a playmaker alongside rookie Cade Cust.”I had a couple of bad games in the 20s in a row and got benched, our coach thought he would use me at hooker and I haven’t looked back,” Fainu said.”I was nervous playing under Des this season. He comes across as very intimidating to everyone but he’s the opposite to us as players and a very good coach. Api there too he’s helped me transition at hooker a lot.” Photo NRL. Caption: Manly hooker Manase Fainulast_img read more

Pepes make it two from two at Nations Cup

first_imgThe Pepes led 32-20 at half time and kept the tempo up, extending the lead to 46-26 at the end of the third quarter.The Pepes cruised home, scoring 14 more goals in the last quarter to win the match comfortably.In their first match, the Pepes beat hosts Singapore 44-­43 last Sunday in a thriller.The Pepes will play 19th placed Botswana later this afternoon at 5pm (7pm PNG time).PHOTO CREDIT: Netball Singaporelast_img

Simeone: “Oblak saved the Atleti”

first_imgDiego Pablo Simeone He went through a press conference after the victory of Atlético de Madrid against Levante on the 19th day of LaLiga. The coach valued the final stop of Oblak and insisted on the ten chances of the rojiblancos. João Félix’s lack of gasoline: “We should ask him. We see him integrated, with great enthusiasm. He is a different player than what we have and every time the ball passes through him we have a sense of danger. We need to find him much more and that he finds the spaces to have better solutions for the team. Today he had one in the first, two in the second and three with the one he had in the middle distance. The road he is following is the one we expected. “Lack of success: “We have to be more blunt. Football is blunt and if you don’t have it you are close to losing.”Oblak awards: “I’m not the one who decides who wins one prize or another. Nor would it be fair to talk about the other goalkeepers who have other teams but for us Oblak is the best goalkeeper in the world.”Morata’s offside: “He is doing a tremendous job of support, back play, second line arrival, assisting his teammates and working very well defensively. He has scored in the last League match and that is what we ask him to always work for the team and in the last three games scored two goals. “ Victory: “Complete match until the end we could solve it before with the goal situations we have generated, ten. In those situations that we could not be concrete. In the last minutes the great stop of Oblak was the title of Oblak saved the Atleti. The reality is that we would have closed the game if we had converted any of the goal situations we had. I say the headline because we forgot about the ten goal times that were not goals and luckily that Oblak saved us. He is the headline. “Oblak stop: “For our part, he is considered the best in the world. He is one of our captains and today he performed at the most important moment of the game. He had a good previous stop with his left hand in the 70’s but the last one is from a player who makes you to win games. Today he gave us the chance to take a game that we had to solve before. “last_img read more

Critical hours for Ernesto Valverde: Barcelona meditates if he is fired immediately

first_imgThe club meets to discuss the future of the Extremaduran coachBartomeu has spoken with the technician in a meeting with unknowns Ernesto Valverde could be living his last hours as coach of Barcelona. After the elimination in the Spanish Supercup against Atlético de Madrid, the Blaugrana club has probed the end of the ‘Txingurri’ stage and is currently debating in the Board of Directors if it dismisses the coach. Photo: Reuters center_img After a weekend in which the sports director, Eric Abidal, and the entity’s CEO, Óscar Grau, met with Xavi Hernández in Qatar to ask about his availability to take up Valverde’s position (with a negative response by part of the former player, who trains Al Sadd and would prefer to wait at the end of the season), Josep Maria Bartomeu met Monday with the coach in a meeting that little is known. Between strong rumors, both left the Sports City of Barcelona without making statements. The coach left for his home and the president of Barça went to Camp Nou, where he has met his Board of Directors to address a possible dismissal that is not ruled out, much less, in the culé environment. In fact, Catalunya Ràdio He assured that, in the meeting between Bartomeu and Valverde, the president would have informed the coach that the club would be ready to begin the procedures for his dismissal with his representative.Although, along with Xavi’s, other names such as those of Ronald Koeman, Mauricio Pochettino or Francisco Javier García Pimienta have joined the Blaugrana club, since Can Barça there is still no substitute for taking over the Blaugrana ship if Valverde is finally fired. It would be another of the pending tasks for a directive that could give a rudder and execute a measure that had not been done in Barcelona for more than 15 years: changing technicians mid-season.last_img read more

Lazio is a machine, Immobile too

first_imgThe Lazio of Simone Inzaghi lives a wonderful moment: the 5-1 endorsed at Sampdoria is the eleventh victory followed, improving the historical record of the club and increasing the illusion of the fans, who he dreams more and more about competing with Juventus (which they already knocked down twice in this course, in Serie A and Supercopa) and Inter for the scudetto. Luis Alberto, key man of the team, and Ciro Immobile were protagonists in the perfect afternoon of the capitals, who started with two more Spaniards: Jony in the left lane and Patric in defense. There was no reaction from the ‘doriani’, and at the beginning of the resumption the rain of goals continued: Bastos, in a play full of rebounds, signed 4-0, while with another maximum penalty (for another hand, this time very doubtful, from Colley) Immobile completed his hat-trick and continues to add incredible numbers. The Opta noted that Messi alone, in the last three seasons, scored more than one goal in a game more times than the Italian (21 against 18): the tip has 26 goals in 25 games of this courseor, 23 of which in Series A, threatening each day plus the Higuain record (36). Before those of Ranieri, who are fighting for salvation, there was practically no match. Caicedo opened the can after just seven minutes and then began the nth Immobile show, which finished the job between 17 ‘and 20’. The Neapolitan, first made a penalty (awarded by a hand of Murru), and then took a long pass from Acerbi to penetrate the rival area, haggle the goal Audero and push the ball between sticks.center_img In the last half hour, there was room for the blucerchiati’s honor goal (Linetty’s work), which however ended with ten for the direct red that Chabot saw, which knocked Adekanye down while she was heading towards the rival goal. Lazio avoided rage: on Tuesday he will play the pass to the semifinals of the Italian Cup in Naples and on Sunday he will play the derby with Rome. A decisive week for his season, which Inzaghi and his players approach with great enthusiasm. They are unstoppable.last_img read more

The SER publishes evidence that I3 Ventures is behind the ‘anti-player’ accounts

first_imgAs reported by SER Catalunya on the Què T`hi jugues program on Monday, Barça hired the company I3 Ventures, which created accounts on social networks to improve Bartomeu and the board’s reputation and, at the same time, erode the image of players like Piqué and Messi and other people related to the Barça environment such as Víctor Font, Pep Guardiola or Xavi. Hours after the SER broke the news, both Barça and 13 Ventures denied the information. In addition, the Catalan club, through a statement, denied that I3 Ventures, the club’s supplier, had links to these accounts. But The spar de la SER published the document that demonstrates that I3 Ventures is behind those unofficial Barça accounts dedicated to enhancing the image of Bartomeu and damaging that of players, former players or former presidents. The six Facebook accounts, which according to the Qué T’hi Jugues program, manage I3 Ventures are the following. More than a club (66,000 followers), Respect and Sport (56,000), Alter Sports (27,000), Sport Leaks (21,000), Justice and Dialogue in Sport (8,500) and Jaume, a horror film (5,000). Well, the SER has had access to a 36-page dossier, signed by Nicestream, owned by the head of I3 Ventures, which was sent to Barça periodically. In it you can see information and data that refer to these Facebook channels and their impacts on social networks are broken down with data that only the administrator of those pages can have Another of the tests offered by the SER is that “Respeto y Deporte”, one of the Facebook accounts listed, is associated with a website owned by I3 Ventures. On that website you can see messages that appear the same on the Facebook page. This dossier, according to The spar, It is recognized by the club itself.last_img

Máximo Hernández dies

first_imgMáximo Hernández Sánchez, former soccer player and former coach of Rayo Vallecano and Numancia in the First Division, died this Sunday in Madrid at the age of 74, due to complications from a disease he had suffered for a long time.Máximo Hernández began his professional career as a footballer for Rayo, where he was from 1965 to 1968, until he left for Celta de Vigo. In 1970 he started a two-season stage at Sporting de Gijón before returning to Vallecas to hang up his boots in 1974. As coach he directed numerous teams, although in the highest category he only did so with Rayo Vallecano (1997) and Numancia (2004-2005). He finished his career at Albacete, in Segunda, in 2009.At Rayo Vallecano he also worked as a technical secretary and as sports director. In 2014 he received a tribute from the Veterans Association of the Madrid club.last_img read more