This Week’s Schedule ACU closes out its season at home against SFA tonight at 7 p.m. CT then travels to UIW on Saturday for a 1 p.m. matchup. Nicholls hosts Northwestern State (7-20, 2-14 SLC) tonight at 6 p.m. and faces Southeastern Louisiana on the road Saturday at 2 p.m. to close its regular season. McNeese finishes its season at home against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (17-10, 10-6 SLC) tonight at 6:30 p.m. and welcomes Lamar on Saturday at 1 p.m. Southeastern also finishes at home, hosting New Orleans at 7 p.m. tonight and Nicholls on Saturday at 2 p.m. National Leaders: Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs continues to rank first in steals (177) and steals per game (6.56) in Division I, while also ranking second in triple doubles, tallying four this season. She needs just 15 to break the Division I single season steals record (191) set by Natalie White of Florida A&M in 1995. FRISCO, Texas – With two gamedays remaining, the preseason favorite Lamar Cardinals have at least a share of the regular season championship locked up. With a convincing 75-58 win on the road at second-place Stephen F. Austin last week, LU will win the title outright with a win in its lone remaining game against McNeese on Saturday. Wednesday, Feb. 28Northwestern State at Nicholls* – 6 p.m.Central Arkansas at Sam Houston State* – 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at McNeese* – 6:30 p.m.UIW at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.New Orleans at Southeastern La.* – 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Abilene Christian* – 7 p.m. Additional Storylines * Southland Conference game RPI: Heading into the final week of the regular season, Lamar leads all Southland programs at No. 92 in the RPI – the only league team in the top 100. Central Arkansas sits at 116th while Stephen F. Austin is ranked 123rd. Saturday, March 3Abilene Christian at UIW* – 1 p.m.Lamar at McNeese* – 1 p.m.Nicholls at Southeastern La.* – 2 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Houston Baptist* – 2 p.m.Northwestern State at Central Arkansas* – 3 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State* – 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3) On the other end of the table, a battle is shaping up for the final tournament seeds. Abilene Christian and Nicholls are currently tied for sixth with 9-7 league records while McNeese and Southeastern Louisiana are tied for eighth at 7-9. Houston Baptist sits at ninth (5-11) but is still within striking distance of an eight-seed. Lamar sits in first in the league standings with a 21-6 record (16-1 SLC) and one game remaining while the Ladyjacks (22-5, 14-2 SLC) are second with two games remaining. If SFA wins at Abilene Christian (15-11, 9-7 SLC) tonight and at Sam Houston State (4-21, 1-15 SLC) on Saturday coupled with a Cardinals’ loss, the Ladyjacks will also earn a share of the regular season title. In order to move into a tie with the Cowgirls and Lady Lions, the Huskies must close out the regular season with two wins at home against UIW tonight at 7 p.m. and the Islanders on Saturday at 2 p.m. coupled with back-to-back losses by McNeese and Southeastern. Four-Time Player of the Week: Nicholls junior guard Cassidy Barrios earned her fourth Southland Player of the Week award of the season on Monday, a conference-best. She has racked up 13 overall double doubles this season, including nine against conference opponents – both league highs. Cardinal Champs: With at least a share of the regular season championship, Lamar has three total team championships to its name, previously winning in 2014 and 2010.
FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Morgan Catron, Abilene Christian’s Hannah Null and Nicholls’ Megan Landry are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. 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 at least 25 percent of ballots. Softball Co-Pitchers of the Week – Hannah Null, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Highland Village, Texas; Megan Landry, Nicholls – Jr. – Pierre Part, La. Null tossed two complete games and held her opponents to a .180 batting average on a 2-0 week inside the circle. She opened the weekend against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi striking out five en route to a 8-0 shutout over the Islanders. The senior from Highland Village, Texas, followed that up by surrendering just three hits in the series finale and fanning another five. She ended the week with an ERA of 0.50. Catron continued her dominance at the plate, going 6-of-12 on a 2-2 week for the Cowgirls. The senior from Mineola hit safely in all four games, including a .556 performance over the weekend against the Lady Demons. She led the Cowgirls to the series win in Saturday’s finale, going 3-of-4 from the plate and notching a double. For the week, Catron slugged .583, recorded three doubles and snagged a pair of bases. Null and Landry share the pitcher award, each earning two wins on the weekend. Null went 2-0 in a three-game series this weekend against the Islanders to lead the Wildcats (12-17, 6-6 SLC) to the series win. They host Baylor on Tuesday at 6 p.m., and then will travel to Thibodaux to face Nicholls (23-10, 9-3 SLC) this weekend beginning Friday at 4 p.m. Landry tallied her two wins against Central Arkansas (17-15, 8-4 SLC). This is her third award of the season and second in three weeks. Softball Hitter of the Week – Morgan Catron, McNeese – 1B/DP – Sr. – Mineola, Texas Catron becomes the first player to win back-to-back weekly awards this season. She helped lead the Cowgirls (24-12, 7-5 SLC) to a series win over league leaders Northwestern State (21-11, 9-3 SLC). McNeese hosts nationally ranked LSU on Tuesday in a game that will broadcast on Cox Sports before welcoming Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this weekend (9-25-1, 1-11 SLC). First pitch for tomorrow’s game is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. CT. Landry earned wins in both of her starts against Central Arkansas, allowing just one run while striking out eight in 12.2 innings of work. She started the weekend with a complete game four-hitter in the Colonels’ 2-1 victory. In the finale, she pitched 5.2 innings and fanned five batters toward a 5-0 win. She finished the week with a 0.55 ERA and .178 opponents’ batting average. Honorable Mention: Alexsandra Flores, McNeese; Makayla Sikes, Stephen F. Austin; Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State. Honorable Mention: Delaney Guzman, UIW; Amber Landry, Stephen F. Austin; Shannon Klaus, Lamar.
A native of Beaumont, Simmons earned music degrees from Memphis State, Houston and McNeese State before returning to Beaumont in 1970, joining the Lamar faculty as an instructor and director of the marching band. He rose through the ranks, later being named chair of the Department of Music and Theatre and dean of the College of Fine Arts, and assumed the school’s presidency on September 1, 1999.Throughout his educational career, Simmons has attracted acclaim as a performer on clarinet, saxophone and piano. He continues to maintain a performance schedule. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference revealed its Hall of Honor Class of 2018 featuring a former university president, a longtime volleyball official and administrator, and a former standout student-athlete, league Commissioner Tom Burnett announced Thursday. The honorees will bring the total number of inductees to 50 dating back to the Southland’s first Hall of Honor class in 1999. Southland Hall of Honor “The Southland Conference membership is honored to induct these three exceptionally worthy individuals, each with remarkable records of sustained success,” said Burnett. “Dr. Jimmy Simmons provided more than 40 years of service to Lamar and is regarded as one of the most impactful presidents in school history. He served Lamar athletics tremendously throughout his tenure, and was a strong presidential voice in Southland matters.” Rhonda Rube-Baird, Northwestern State softballRhonda Rube-Baird, a Baton Rouge native, was the first All-American in Northwestern State softball history. The catcher was a two-time Southland Conference Softball Player of the Year and earned All-Conference honors in each of her four years in Natchitoches (1989-92). The Class of 2018 features the induction of former Lamar University president Dr. Jimmy Simmons, legendary league coordinator of volleyball officials Linda Fletcher, and former Northwestern State softball student-athlete Rhonda Rube-Baird. The inductees, selected by the Conference’s Awards Committee, are slated for induction May 22 at the annual Southland Honors Dinner and Ceremony at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco. Fletcher will be honored posthumously. His tenure was marked with numerous capital campaigns, reaching over $130 million raised by the time he retired, including development efforts to provide funding for scholarship programs, academic offerings, and construction projects. During Simmons’ years in office, several programs were added at Lamar including five new bachelor’s degrees, three new master’s degrees, and three doctoral degrees and the first Ph.D. program at the university. Dr. James “Jimmy” Simmons, President, LamarDr. Jimmy Simmons was president of Lamar for 14 years — from 1999 until 2014 – and he worked at the university for more than four decades. He also served as the chairman of the Southland Conference Board of Directors from 2001-2004. Fletcher began officiating in 1967 as a State Volleyball referee for the University Interscholastic League (Texas high schools). She went on to help found the Southwest Volleyball Officials’ Association, later renamed the Texas Association of Sports Officials. The longtime Austin, Texas, resident was a charter member of the Austin High School Volleyball Chapter of the organization. Former Southland Conference volleyball referee and Fletcher’s longtime friend Gloria Cox will accept the award at the Honors Dinner. Linda Fletcher, Former Southland Conference Coordinator of Volleyball OfficialsVolleyball pioneer Linda Fletcher was the conference’s coordinator of officials for nearly 30 years. Fletcher began as the league’s coordinator of officials in 1989, serving in the role until she passed away unexpectedly in October 2017. Fletcher served in a similar capacity for the Southwest Conference. A 2000 inductee in the Professional Association of Volleyball Officials Hall of Fame, Fletcher was an advocate for teaching and coaching, mentoring hundreds of referees during her half century in the sport. “Rhonda Rube-Baird was a dominant performer in Southland softball from 1989-92, as evidenced by her All-American honors and placement on the Southland Softball All-Time Team,” Burnett said. “Ultimately, she was a true student-athlete, receiving Southland All-Academic recognition in addition to her on-field accomplishments.” Fletcher held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas. Athletics at Lamar blossomed under Simmons’ direction, as the Cardinals’ varsity football program was brought back to competition after a 25-year absence. Additionally, Lamar also brought back varsity softball and added women’s soccer during his tenure. “Linda Fletcher started with the Southland when volleyball was brand new to the league,” Burnett added. “And she went on to spend 29 years performing wonderful work as an administrator and ambassador for the game that she loved deeply. It’s impossible to overstate her passion and how beloved she was within the volleyball community.” In conjunction with the Southland’s 50th anniversary in 2013, Baird was named to the conference’s Softball All-Time Team. She finished her career with a .327 career batting average, departing with the Southland record for career doubles with 45 (10th best all-time in the NCAA at the time). Defensively, she cut down 32 percent (48-148) of runners who attempted to steal on her and picked off 13 baserunners from behind the plate. Other highlights include her team’s first Southland championship in 1991, a season in which she hit .341 and boasted a .992 fielding percentage. As a senior, Baird earned Southland All-Academic honors. She went on to secure two bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern State. She is a registered nurse in Baton Rouge.
SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SOCCER TV SCHEDULEALL TIMES CENTRAL Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. Thursday, August 30Central Arkansas at Mississippi State, 7 pm, SEC Network+Sunday, September 2Stephen F. Austin at Texas, 5 pm, Longhorn NetworkTuesday, September 4LSU at Lamar, 7 pm, Cox Sports Television/ESPN+Sunday, September 9Houston Baptist at Texas, 5 pm, Longhorn NetworkFriday, September 28McNeese at Stephen F. Austin, 7 pm, ESPN+ Friday, October 5Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin, 7 pm, ESPN+Friday, October 19Incarnate Word at Stephen F. Austin, 7 pm, ESPN3Sunday, October 21Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin, 1 pm, ESPN3Wednesday, October 31Southland Tournament Opening Round Game 1, 11 am, Southland Digital NetworkSouthland Tournament Opening Round Game 2, 2 pm, Southland Digital NetworkSouthland Tournament Opening Round Game 3, 5 pm, Southland Digital NetworkSouthland Tournament Opening Round Game 4, 8 pm, Southland Digital NetworkFriday, November 2Southland Tournament Semifinal 1, 4 pm, Southland Digital NetworkSouthland Tournament Semifinal 2, 7 pm, Southland Digital NetworkSunday, November 4Southland Tournament Championship, 1 pm, ESPN+About ESPN+ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. The Cox Sports Television schedule begins a week later with the Cowgirls hosting Arkansas on August 26. It also includes LSU at Lamar on September 4. Both CST broadcasts will be available on ESPN+ outside Cox’s territory.SEC Network+, available to authenticated users via WatchESPN.com and ESPN apps, will carry Central Arkansas at Mississippi State on August 30. Longhorn Network will have coverage of a pair of Texas home games against Southland schools, Stephen F. Austin September 2 and Houston Baptist September 9.The remainder of regular season broadcasts will be produced by Stephen F. Austin, with three matches on ESPN+ and a pair on ESPN3. This will mark the fourth season of SFA’s in-house soccer productions for ESPN platforms.During tournament play, the first two rounds will be carried on the Southland Digital Network. The league’s productions can be viewed on Southland.org/live and the Southland Conference apps, available on iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. The championship will be exclusive to ESPN+. Sunday, August 19McNeese at TCU, 1 pm, FOX Sports Southwest+Thursday, August 23Stephen F. Austin at TCU, 7 pm, FOX Sports SouthwestSunday, August 26Central Arkansas at Missouri State, 1 pm, ESPN+Arkansas at McNeese, 4 pm, Cox Sports Television/ESPN+ FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference’s 2018 soccer broadcast plans include matches regionally televised on Cox Sports Television, FOX Sports Southwest+ and Longhorn Network, in addition to streams on SEC Network+, ESPN+ and ESPN3. The schedule begins Sunday with McNeese at TCU on FSSW+. ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com. Sunday, September 30Lamar at Stephen F. Austin, 1 pm, ESPN+
BREEDERS’ CUP SAFETY AND SECURITY BRIEFING TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 AT SANTA ANITA PARKBreeders’ Cup Limited will conduct a security and safety briefing on the Equine procedures and protocols for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championship on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Santa Anita Park for credentialed media.WHAT: Breeders’ Cup World Championships Safety and Security BriefingWHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 11:00 a.m.WHERE: Baldwin Terrace Conference RoomThird Floor, West GrandstandSanta Anita Park285 West Huntington DriveArcadia, CaliforniaWHO: Craig Fravel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Breeders’ CupDora Delgado, Executive Vice President, Racing & Nominations, Breeders’CupDr. Debbie Lamparter, Veterinary Team Leader, Breeders’ CupDr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer, The Stronach GroupDr. Rick Arthur, Equine Medical Director, California Horse Racing BoardTim Grande, Chief Veterinarian, California Horse Racing BoardDr. William Farmer, Breeders’ Cup Out-of-Competition Veterinarian andAdvisorMichael “Mick” Peterson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory & Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of KentuckyMichael Prosser, Regional Head of Racing, East, Newmarket RacecoursePROGRAM TOPICS: Stressing the overall importance of the welfare and safety of the participants in this year’s World Championships, Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita Park will lead a panel discussion on the following topics:-Expanded testing protocols-Strengthened onsite requirements-Increased medication restrictions-Ongoing racing surface maintenance and testing-Injury management and emergency response protocols***Directions to Santa Anita: Exit I-210 at Baldwin Avenue and go south. After approximately 7/10 of a mile, turn left just before the Westfield Mall, which is Gate 8 at Santa Anita Park. Bear left along the hedges (do not go straight into the main parking lot.) Pull up to the security gate and ask to be directed to Baldwin Terrace Conference Room.
SHANE LONG reacted with horror as team-mate James Ward-Prowse suffered a nasty injury against Spurs on Wednesday evening.The Euro 2020 hopeful required oxygen after being caught on the knee by Ryan Sessegnon in Saints’ 3-2 defeat.3 James Ward-Prowse suffered a nasty injury to his leg against SpursCredit: EPA3 Ward-Prowse required oxygen before being stretchered off the fieldCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdTeam-mates rushed towards Ward-Prowse as he collapsed in agony on the pitch.The midfielder, who was filling in at right-back in North London, clung onto Danny Ings due to the pain.And Long was heard by TV mics exclaiming: “F**k me, you can see his f*****g bone.”Medics quickly came to Ward-Prowse’s aid and provided him with oxygen on the sideline.The ace was then stretchered off the field with the scores tied at 1-1.It is understood the injury is no worse than a deep gash and Southampton are hopeful it will only keep the midfielder out for a few weeks.Ward-Prowse’s set-back comes after high praise from manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.He said last month: “I think [being physical] is the biggest change in his game since I’m here.“He was always a good player and had a fantastic right foot but never nobody saw him defending or winning balls like he does at the moment.“This is maybe something he had to learn and he had to show me, he did it.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 returnPicturedAN 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’“After a few weeks when I was here I could see this transformation.“In the modern game every player has to have everything.“This is necessary, you cannot have any weakness and Prowsey is on the way to getting a full package.”3 Southampton fear the Euro 2020 hopeful has suffered ligament damageCredit: ReutersArsenal complete loan for Cedric Soares with option of free transfer for Southampton ace in summer
In addition, he represented Queensland under 17s and 19s, with new team-mate Greg Eastwood and was a member of the winning Ipswich Jets side that won the Queensland Cup in 2015, alongside current Bulldogs player Josh Cleeland. Born in Papua New Guinea and raised in Atherton, Queensland, the 30-year old arrives at Belmore with a wealth of experience in the game.The newest member of the Bulldogs playing roster has played nine Tests for Papua New Guinea, including the 2008 World Cup and 2010 Four Nations tournament. “Rod’s a no-nonsense forward with a strong carry and a good offload. He comes to the club looking for an NRL opportunity and will provide plenty of depth and experience to our squad,” said Bulldogs – Head of Recruitment, Warren McDonnell.PROFILEName: Rod GriffenBorn: January 5, 1987, Papua New GuineaJunior Club: Atherton RoostersPosition: Prop/Second RowHeight: 187cmWeight: 100kgRep Honours: 9 tests PNG, 2008 World Cup, 2010 Four NationsPrevious Clubs: Wests Tigers, Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Northern Pride, Tweed Heads Seagulls, Ipswich Jets.
The late goal at extra time was scored by Robertlynn Kig who also scored PNG’s first goal.PNG was the first to score when Kig floated home a free kick into the top corner of the goal and found the net four minutes into the game.New Caledonia struggled to escape PNG’s defensive half but couldn’t get past the strong backline as they attempted to score on several occasions.Our girls pushed through the first half to hold a 1-0 lead over New Caledonia at halftime.New Caledonia almost equalised off a corner four minutes into the second half but the header was saved by PNG goalkeeper Faith Kasiray.New Caledonia took the chance after being awarded a penalty 84 minutes into the game to equalise the score 1-1 slotted into the net by Jackie Pahoa.The pressure was on as both teams needed to score to win. At fulltime, the score was locked at 1-1, which forced the game into extra time.PNG took out victory after Robertlynn Kig blasted home the free kick off the crossbar and PNG took the lead 2-1 at three minutes into extra time.PNG will take on New Zealand in the grand final this Saturday following the Kiwi’s win over Fiji 11-0 in the first match today.The winner will have direct qualification to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup at Jordan from 30 September to 21 October.
In three seasons, in fact, Atlético did not lose any match of all who played in January: last, with three draws and three wins in six games, 2013-14, with five wins and three draws in eight, and 2011-12, his first, his arrival, with three wins and a draw in four . Its only mole has been the Copa del Rey, with eliminations in January against Girona last season (two draws), Sevilla in 2017-18 and Barcelona in 2013-14. Since 2011, Atleti has started the years in two ways. Sometimes the Cup (as in 2017-18 and 2016-17) and other times in LaLiga, all remaining. In the Cup he always won and by a win, 0-4 at Lleida and 0-2 at Las Palmas. In the League, he tied last season, 2012-13 and 2011-12 against Sevilla, Mallorca and Málaga. The rest, only victories.Twice the Levante … and in both victory Al Levante, the rival with which Atlético will start this 2020, has already been found twice more Simeone since 2011 and both happened the same: Atlético won. Both were in the Metropolitan. In 2014-15 the rojiblancos won by 3-1 on January 3 and, in 2015-16, they did it by 1-0 a 2. Last season Levante was not the first opponent of the year but almost. He was the second in the league: 1-0 rojiblanca victory. New Year and a sure thing in Atlético with Cholo: you don’t lose. Or, at least, with the Argentine coach on the bench the team has never lost. Five wins and three draws is your balance. Zero defeats January, with Cholo, Atlético always starts it on the right foot: the Argentine accumulates 62.5% of victories in the first game of the year since it was released in the club, precisely in January 2012, none of the players of that first eleven are already. HOh, we have to go back eleven, to 2008-09, to find a defeat in the red and white New Year. 3-1 in Mestalla, against Valencia. It was still Javier Aguirre the coach. It is a decade. Since the Argentine coach took the reins of the team he has played 60 games this month, with only 15% losses (The percentage of victories in the whole month is 53%).
De Jong acknowledged that they miss Luis Suarez: “It is obvious that he is one of the best in the world and we miss him. You have to work to do what he did among all, but he is one of the best in the world. “He also made self-criticism:” I don’t know, I hope you can see the best De Jong soon. In the last matches it could have been better. I think I’ve played something worse than before but the coaches and teammates are helping me a lot. “And finally, an optimistic message:” Of course you can win the Champions League. We have a great staff, we are working and we are confident that we can win it. “ Frenkie de Jong went through the Sports World gala this Monday and spoke for the RAC-1 microphones. The Dutchman revealed that the methods with Setién have changed. For now, without results. But with another philosophy: “Obviously, we are disappointed by the latest markers, but we are doing good workouts and the fruits will soon be seen. Fans don’t have to worry. We know that we can improve a lot. We are watching many videos to see what can be improved, so you don’t have to worry much. Each coach has his methods, but the philosophy at Barça is always the same. But it is true that some things have changed and are different because everyone has their vision of things, but it is normal. “