Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Nicholls and its high-octane offense struggled early and was unable to recover from a combination of poor shooting and a locked-in Stephen F. Austin defense that dashed the Colonels’ dreams of reaching the NCAA Tournament.Shannon Bogues came off the bench to deliver 27 points as the No. 3 Lumberjacks advanced to Saturday’s tournament championship game with a 78-66 win over No. 4 Nicholls at the Merrell Center on Friday night. SFA (25-6) will play top-seeded Southeastern Louisiana (22-10) at 8:8 p.m. CT on Saturday for the right to receive an automatic invite to the NCAA Tournament.“Once you get into the zone, it’s hard to get out of it,” said Bogues, who crossed the 500-point barrier this season.“You can’t coach some of the things Shannon does,” added SFA coach Kyle Keller.Bogues added a pair of dunks to highlight a night that also saw him add two rebounds and an assist in a contest where the Lumberjacks managed only three treys in 15 attempts and shot 36 percent from the field in the first half.SFA lost its only regular season meeting against Southeastern Louisiana in a 73-62 setback in the conference opener on December 28. A win by the Lumberjacks tomorrow would put them in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time since 2009.The Lumberjacks held the Colonels (21-10) to 28.8 percent shooting on the evening, holding them to 7-for-22 (31.8 percent) from beyond the arc despite Nicholls’ Lafayette Rutledge’s Southland Tournament record 18 attempts.“They’ve got a heck of a team,” said Nicholls’ Richie Riley, the conference Coach of the Year. “They’ve got a heck of a way to make you not play well.”Nicholls was unable to establish an offensive groove as the loss of talented guard Tevon Saddler came back to haunt the Colonels. Saddler, who was ninth in the conference in scoring (15.2 points per game) and 12th in rebounding (6.5 boards per game), dislocated his knee in the second-to-last game of the regular season.“They defended us better than most teams do,” said Rutledge, who finished with 24 points. “They caused us to take some tough shots and they didn’t fall.Nicholls, which trailed 37-27 at the half, shot only 19.4 percent in the opening 20 minutes and spent much of the early portion after intermission flirting with the Southland Tournament record for lowest field goal percentage. Thing looked dim for the Colonels when Bogues’ dunk appeared to give the Lumberjacks a seemingly safe 51-36 lead with 13:52 remaining.Finally, the Colonels began to find the touch that had them averaging 83 points per game during the regular season as a Kevin Johnson jumper proceeded a three-pointer from Rutledge that trimmed the Nicholls deficit to 55-45 with 9:32 to go. Undaunted, the Lumberjacks replied with a run of their own to extend their lead to 59-45 yet a 10-0 run from Nicholls – capped by a triple from Johnson – cut the gap to 59-54 with 6:41 remaining.The Colonels’ run was snapped by a final SFA run that was keyed by a dunk from T.J. Holyfield, giving the Lumberjacks a comfortable 69-56 lead with 3:02 left on the clock.“There’s a reason why Nicholls won the league in the regular season,” said Keller. “They have great will and fought from beginning to end. We knew that.”
Honorable Mention: Blake Elliott, McNeese; William Holcomb, Sam Houston State; Hugo Hellman, LamarSouthland monthly 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 – Incarnate Word’s John Hill is the Southland Conference March Men’s Golfer of the Month, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Month are presented by MidSouth Bank.Through six rounds of play last month, Hill posted a 68.5 stroke average for the Cardinals in a pair of events. He finished tied atop the individual leaderboard at both the Bash at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C. March 11-12 and The Big Texan Invitational, which took place March 25-26 in Kerrville, Texas. Hill finished three rounds with a score of 68 or lower.March Golfer of the Month: John Hill – Jr. – McQueeney, Texas Hill led the Cardinals to a fourth-place team finish at the Bash at the Beach. The junior pushed his squad at the tournament to an 853 overall score to finish 11 strokes under par for a new UIW program record. His performance earned him first place overall with a 208 over three rounds. The McQueeney, Texas, product then followed up with another first-place individual finish at The Big Texan. Hill’s 54-hole individual score of 203, based on rounds of 70-68-65, broke the UIW school record for a three-round, 54-hole tournament. His 65 in the third round set him seven under par and tied the school record for the lowest score by an individual during one round.
Offensive Player of the Week: Blaire Laiche, Nicholls – Sr. – Forward – Gonzales, La.Laiche posted the program’s first hat trick since the beginning of the 2016 season to fuel a 5-0 win over UAPB. Her first came on an unassisted goal in the 27th minute, and she netted her second and third scores within eight minutes of each other in the 63rd and 70th minutes. Following a recent move to an attacking role for the Colonels, Laiche’s four goals and eight points both pace the conference. 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. The Colonels (2-0-1) remained undefeated with a 5-0 drubbing of Arkansas-Pine Bluff this past sunday and look to stay out of the loss column on the road against Prairie View A&M at 1 p.m. Sunday. Honorable Mention: Cailey Croson, UIW; Allyson Halliday, Stephen F. Austin. Honorable Mention: Peyton Graves, Stephen F. Austin; Avery Royer, Southeastern Louisiana. Goalkeeper of the Week: Kelly Hines, McNeese – Fr. – Cypress, TexasIn just her second career start, Hines made eight saves against SEC foe LSU, allowing just one shot to get by her on a penalty kick. She carried that momentum into Sunday’s start against Prairie View A&M, in which she kept the Panthers off the board in the first half with a save. Hines ranks second in the conference in save percentage (.818) and third in goals against average (.800). Defensive Player of the Week: Keely Morrow, McNeese – Jr. – Nevada, TexasMorrow was a dominating force in holding LSU to just one goal on a penalty kick on Friday and helped shutout Prairie View A&M on Sunday. She played the full 90 minutes in both matches. The Panthers were limited to just eight shots, and Morrow played a part in keeping them to just two on frame. 2019 Southland Soccer Week Three Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Blaire Laiche, along with McNeese’s Keely Morrow and Kelly Hines, are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Keeley Ayala, UIW; Katelyn Termini, Stephen F. Austin; Ellie Williams, Southeastern Louisiana. McNeese dropped a tight 1-0 road contest to LSU last Friday but improved to 2-1 on the year with a 3-0 decision over Prairie View A&M on Sunday. The Cowgirls look to ride that momentum into a two-match roadtrip against Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Friday and at Arkansas at 1 p.m. Sunday. Laiche earned Offensive Player of the Week while the Cowgirls’ Morrow and Hines picked up Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week honors, respectively.
JOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, CISTRON, WINNER: “It’s all about timing and confidence. I know this is a good horse and he broke sharp, but when that mare outside of me went so fast, I thought I didn’t want to empty the tank too early. I gambled a little bit and it worked out great.” TRAINER QUOTES JUAN LEYVA, ASSISTANT TO JOHN SADLER, CISTRON, WINNER: “He’s been away since last summer and we needed a spot to run him in. He’s run well on the grass before and with this race being 5 ½ (furlongs) instead of five, we thought it would be okay. It’s great to have him back and get him going again.”NOTES: The winning owner is Hronis Racing, LLC.
“I don’t think it is the big three any more,” Parish said. “I actually think it is the big six or the big seven because they have changed the international eligibility rules for players and I think the gap between the third and fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh nations isn’t that great now.”While Scotland secured a draw with New Zealand during last year’s Four Nations and Italy shocked England in a warm-up match before the 2013 World Cup, no tier two country has beaten one of the big three in a Test or major tournament for more than 35 years.However, Parish said the new eligibility rules would enable the likes of Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Papua New Guinea to field their strongest possible teams for the first time during this year’s World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and PNG.”Everyone wants to see the best players playing and that is what is going to happen in this World Cup, which is fantastic,” Parish said.”We can get players that we have always wanted to pick so I think you will find that Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, PNG and even Scotland are going to be very competitive against Australia, New Zealand and England.”One of those players is Brisbane five-eighth Anthony Milford, who is set to play for Samoa for the first time since the 2013 World Cup in the May 6 Test against England at Campbelltown Stadium.Previously Milford had been unable to play for Samoa and remain available for State of Origin selection with Queensland but under the new international eligibility rules players can nominate a tier one and tier two country they wish to represent provided they qualify for both.Therefore, if Milford or forwards Josh McGuire and Josh Papalii are not chosen by Australia for next month’s trans-Tasman Test or the end of season World Cup they can play for Samoa.”One or two really good players can make a great difference to your team,” Parish said.”You look at someone like Anthony Milford, who was a standout in the 2013 World Cup. Before that he had only played like nine NRL games for Canberra.”He has kicked on since then but the unfortunate thing about that is that Anthony hasn’t been able to play a Test for Samoa and nor has he played an Origin game or a Test for Australia.”He wants to play for Samoa and everyone wants to see him play for Samoa but up until now it hasn’t been able to happen.”None of us want to stand in their way of guys playing Origin, or for Australia or New Zealand, if they can do it but if they can’t and they have got the heritage they should be able to play for other nations. That is going to happen now and it is really exciting.”Get your World Cup tickets nowThe change to the international eligibility rules also create a greater depth of talent for the Pacific nations and Parish said there would be genuine competition for places in the Samoa squad, which will be led by senior players Frank Pritchard, Sia Soliola and Antonio Winterstein.”People talk about the international game not being as competitive as some other sports, well I can assure everyone now that this World Cup will be competitive,” Parish said.”While Australia, England and New Zealand have been the standouts in rugby league for a long, long time I have got no doubt that one of the other nations can beat one of those teams in this World Cup, which will be exciting for everyone.”Samoa is drawn to play New Zealand at Mt Smart Stadium on October 28 before meeting Tonga in Hamilton on November 4 and Scotland in Cairns on November 11.”They are all big games so we are going to need all of our players,” Parish said.”Guys like Frank Pritchard, SIa Soliola and Antonio Winterstein are not only good players but they certainly drive the standards of what you want to achieve on and off the field and I am really looking forward to working with those guys.”This Test in May is a massive part of our program for the year and what we want to do for the World Cup. “There has been a lot of planning for the World Cup around training venues and hotels and getting programs all set so it is all pretty exciting and it will come around quick.”This article first appeared on rlwc2017.com
Fittler was announced as Laurie Daley’s successor in Sydney on Friday morning with a two-year deal, beating former South Sydney premiership-winning coach Michael Maguire to the position.The Blues have lost 11 of the past 12 Origin series.The former Panthers and Roosters international has become adept in preparing teams in a short period of time given his accomplishments with City Origin and most recently with Lebanon in the World Cup.The NSWRL has opted against retaining a full-time coach and have decided to appoint Fittler on a part-time basis.Fittler has already been in contact with Andrew Johns and Phil Gould about involving them in some capacity during his time as NSW coach. Daley guided the Blues to one series victory in five years in charge before the NSWRL decided against extending his contract in the aftermath of their 2-1 series loss this year.The Blues spoke to Maguire, John Cartwright, Dave Furner and others before deciding on Fittler.NSWRL Chairman of the Board Dr George Peponis OAM said the Board had taken the appropriate amount of time to fully consider the issue.”A number of highly qualified candidates expressed an interest in the position,” Peponis said.”I have no doubt that any one of them could have done a great job if the Board had decided to appoint them. Ultimately, the Board was unanimous in the view that Brad Fittler should be appointed to the position.”Brad’s qualifications for the role are impeccable and his standing within the game is pre-eminent. His recent efforts in the Rugby League World Cup with Lebanon serve as a reminder of his talents as a coach and they provide a window into the exciting future which he will bring the New South Wales State of Origin team.”NWSRL CEO David Trodden said he couldn’t be happier for Fittler with the appointment.”In the last few years, [Fittler] has made a massive impression on everyone in the NSWRL with the work he has done with our KARI City Origin team and our pathways teams,” Trodden said.”He has achieved outstanding success with these teams and in reality, he has spent those years preparing for the role which he has now been appointed to. NSWRL is in for a great ride and sustained success in the next few years beckons.”Holden State of Origin Game 1 in Melbourne is on-sale and tickets are available at nrl.com/tickets.Tickets will be available for Games 2 and 3 on Thursday 7th December at nrl.com/tickets(Game 2 – ANZ Stadium, Sunday June 25th , Game 3 – Suncorp Stadium, Wednesday July 11th)
The crowd is building up as fans turn up to watch the match.This is Nauru’s first time to play PNG again after three Pacific Games.PNG Valivas will be banking on key players Betty Angula, Nesta Sape and captain Marca Muri who have been outstanding in the previous two matches.Nauru has Shania Ika, Kerina Adam and Jeiziannie Deraudag to power them on.Results for other matches today, Fiji defeated American Samoa 81-73, New Caledonia beat Solomon Islands 73-50 and Tahiti defeated Guam 67-54.
In addition, this elimination causes Nadal’s world number one to be in danger. For his part, Thiem, who had never come so far in Melbourne Park, will look for the final against German Alexander Zverev, who left Stan Wawrinka (1-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-2) in the lurch ).Thiem and Nadal had met thirteen times, and if the Austrian had won four of those duels, Nadal had imposed himself in the five in which they had measured themselves in the framework of a Grand Slam tournament, including the last two Roland finals GarrosIn the first two sets, Nadal had managed to break Thiem’s service, but the Austrian managed to recover it and win the tie-breaker. In fact, Thiem won the three sets that would give him the victory in the tie-breaker.Nadal lost his usual peace of mind in a moment of the game. After a long point, he exceeded the set time to take out and received a warning, when the score was 3-2 and 30-30 in the second set. “It’s amazing that after such a point, I set the timer so fast. You don’t like good tennis,” Nadal then threw the referee.The explosion of joy of Nadal when winning the third sleeve was significant at the same time of his will and his relief. In the fourth round, it was Thiem who first broke the service of his rival, to place himself with a 5-4 advantage and the serve in his possession to conclude the match. But Nadal recovered the serve, which reached 5-5 and then a third tie-breaker in the game, which again fell on Thiem’s side. Dominic Thiem has taken the duel of the quarterfinals of the Australian Open against Rafa Nadal, a battle of more than four hours in which the Austrian has taken the game for four disputed sets (6-7, 6-7, 6 -4, 6-7) and thanks to which he will be cited in the semifinals of the tournament against Alexander Zverev. Photo: EFE The Austrian wins 6-7, 6-7, 6-4 and 6-7 against the SpanishNadal would lose number one if Djokovic wins the title
Loren will be one of the protagonists of Betis-Barça on Sunday because of the rumors that place him in the orbit of the Blaugrana team to reinforce his lead. And is that the Betic youth squad does not hide being aware of the supposed interest of Barcelona in seizing its services.“I get the interest that has come to me. Logically, it is a great joy. I know you can sign for Dembélé’s injury, but those issues that take them are my agent. They are the best team in the world, they have the best of world and the future will say anything, ”said a Loren who denied that Setién had called him to know his predisposition. The player, of course, has his head on Sunday’s game as he says in the same interview. But the eight goals that place him as a pichichi of Rubi’s team have him in the window and Barcelona does not take his eyes off him.
Berrettini revealed that, though weight just isn’t one in all his targets, he has managed to lose kilos with the coaching he’s doing. “I care about my weight, but it surely’s not my precedence. I don’t have to play video games, so I don’t have to comply with a strict food regimen. Nevertheless it’s extremely popular right here and I’m working exhausting, so I’m sweating quite a bit. I weighed myself earlier than and after coaching the different day and had misplaced 4 kilos “The Italian stated he’s prepared for the return to competitors. “My knee harm in 2016 allowed me to work for seven months on my physique, so I felt a lot better after I returned. Nonetheless this case is tougher. My thoughts ought to make the most of this time to be higher but additionally to return as quickly as potential. I’m prepared, however the circuit just isn’t. “Berrettini additionally confessed the significance of his associate, additionally tennis participant Ajla Tomljanovic, when it comes to sustaining his form and when coaching. “Ajla and I work collectively and it is extremely hopeful that she is right here. She pushes me to do extra issues. Earlier than, I skilled with my brother and that helped me quite a bitso I’m very completely happy after I prepare with somebody. “ Matteo Berrettini wants to repeat the successes of final season though he continues to refine a few of the aspects that have to be improved whereas he quarantines at his Florida residence.In an interview to the ATP, the Italian tennis participant revealed that he wants to enhance his bodily form to have the option to attain the remaining stretch of the season with vitality, one thing that he accused in the Nitto ATP Finals 2019. “We are all bored with enjoying at the finish of the yr, however they’d extra vitality. Physically they had been higher than me. When the match ended, I informed my group that I needed to enhance on this side subsequent yr. I needed to arrive in higher situation if I certified once more. I’m nonetheless involved with my bodily coach, who’s now in Italy with the household, and in addition with my coach “