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Veal Leads No. 1 Lions to the Southland Conference Tournament Championship

first_imgBox Score | Photo Gallery | ESPN3 ReplayKATY, Texas – Keith Charleston scored five of his 15 points during a 13-2 run late in the second half that gave No. 1 Southeastern Louisiana an 89-79 win over No. 4 Sam Houston State Friday evening at the Merrell Center, moving the Lions into Saturday night’s championship game.Southeastern Louisiana (22-10) will play the winner of Friday’s late game between second seeded Nicholls and third seed Stephen F. Austin at 8 p.m. CT on Saturday on ESPN2.“I just let it come to me,” said Charleston, whose three-pointer with 1:33 remaining gave the Lions a 79-71 lead. “Marlain (Veal) is a good player, drew two people to him, he found me and I knocked it down.”MBB Semifinal: Charleston now in double figures for @SLU_Hoops, hitting the long-range shot. Lions lead 75-69 over @bearkatsmbb. 4:16 left on ESPN3. #LionUp #EatEmUpKats #SouthlandStrong— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) March 10, 2018 Saturday night presents an opportunity for the Lions, who could reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since then-coach (and current Texas A&M coach) Billy Kennedy led Southeastern to the Southland Tournament title in 2005.“Whoever the opponent is tomorrow night, we’re going to have our hands full. It’s a quick turnaround, but we’re excited about playing for the championship.” Veal helped seal the deal for Southeastern by connecting on all four of his free throws in the final 47 seconds, finishing the night with a game-high 29 points that was highlighted by his perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line, becoming only the fourth player in Southland Conference Tournament history  — and first since 2004 — to achieve perfection from the stripe with at least 12 attempts.Six of his free throws came at the 7:00 mark of the second half when a pair of technical fouls against Sam Houston State (19-14) following a foul that originally sent him to the line turned what was a 63-62 lead for the Bearkats into a 68-63 lead the Lions would not relinquish.“At that point in time, even though we had a one-point lead, we were having a hard time stopping them,” said Sam Houston State coach Jason Hooten. “Did the tide change? I think the tide had already been changing.”The Bearkats were unable to duplicate the shooting touch they had in Thursday’s win over New Orleans, shooting just 44. 8 percent from the field. Josh Delaney, who hit six three-pointers on Thursday, was only 2-for-8 from beyond the arc, finishing with 13 points. All-conference first teamer Chris Galbreath finished with 11 points yet was 4-for-11 from the field and fell into foul trouble that limited him to only 24 minutes.Still, Sam Houston overcame a 26-10 first half deficit behind a bench that delivered 34 points. Jamal Williams had 13 points and five rebounds while Cameron Delaney went 3-for-4 from three-point range and finished with 11 points. Abrian Edwards added eight points and four boards in 18 minutes.The Bearkats took a 42-41 lead on a dunk from Galbreath with 16:22 remaining and held a 52-48 advantage at the 12:44 mark. The teams traded the lead before Veal’s half-dozen free throws allowed the Lions to begin pulling away. Sam Houston State closed to 70-69 on Cameron Delaney’s trey with 5:14 left yet it would be as close as the Bearkats could get.“I’m proud of our guys,” said Southeastern Louisiana coach Jay Ladner. “I thought we showed some composure because we got into some early foul trouble with some of our key players.”MBB Semifinal: Veal scores 29 points en route to #SouthlandStrong Player of the Game honors on ESPN3. His @sluathletics Lions are one win from @MarchMadness. #LionUp #SouthlandStrong— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) March 10, 2018last_img read more

Sam Houston State’s Gettwart Garners Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgThe senior from Dreiech, Hessen, Germany, went unbeaten in singles and doubles to lead Sam Houston State to two victories and a 7-3 record in Southland play. The two singles win up Gettwart’s career total to 57 victories, ranking eighth all time at SHSU. In Saturday’s contest against New Orleans, Gettwart and teammate Khee Yen Wee won 6-3 at the No. 2 doubles slot before Gettwart won a three-setter against the Privateers’ Trang Dao at the top flight, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The doubles pair earned a 6-1 win in Sunday’s match against Southeastern Louisiana, and Gettwart upped her singles record to 13-4 on the year with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat over Madina Vorotnikova. This is the Bearkats’ second weekly award of the season after Lusine Chobanyan received the honor in week two on Jan. 30. Gettwart earned four wins between singles and doubles play in Sam Houston State’s (12-5, 7-3 SLC) two home games this past weekend, defeating New Orleans (10-10, 4-7 SLC) and Southeastern Louisiana (6-14, 2-9 SLC) 6-1 each. The victories clinched the Bearkats their second consecutive trip to the Southland Conference Tournament under the helm of second-year head coach Robert Hubbard. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Fabienne Gettwart, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Dreiech, Hessen, Germany FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Fabienne Gettwart is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by Honorable Mention: QiLi Ma, Central Arkansas; Jelena Dzinic, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jasmin Buchta, Lamar. 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.last_img read more

Vanderbilt’s Maria Bulanova Named Southland Bowler of the Month for February

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Vanderbilt’s Maria Bulanova is the Southland Conference’s Bowler of the Month for February, the league announced Thursday. All Southland monthly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Bulanova led the Commodores’ to one of its best months in program history as an anchor and recorded her third career MVP performance at the Prairie View Invitational, where No. 2 Vanderbilt took second. The junior ranks first in individual scoring average among the Southland Bowling League averaging 21.42 over 387 frames played.February 2019 Bowler of the Month: Maria Bulanova, Vanderbilt – Junior – Moscow, RussiaThe Moscow, Russia, native was the individual champion at the Prairie View Invitational with the highest average (227.67) among the 78 participating bowlers in a field that included 10 ranked teams. Bulanova followed it up with a second-place finish at Sunshine State and helped Vandy to a win at the Ladyjack Classic with a seventh-place performance.Honorable Mention: Carlene Beyer, Stephen F. Austin; Tiera Gulum, Tulane.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.last_img read more

Stephen F. Austin Billed Top Contender Heading into 2019 Volleyball Season

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin was voted the Southland Conference’s 2019 preseason favorite for volleyball by conference coaches and sports information directors, the league announced Monday.After a memorable 2018 season that saw the Ladyjacks produce a 32-3 overall record and a 14-0 mark in Southland play, SFA will look to build upon their recent success. In their 2018 campaign, the Ladyjacks established program records for overall wins (32), consecutive wins (29) and winning percentage (.914). Danae Daron, the 2018 Southland Tournament Most Valuable Player, joins reigning Southland Setter of the Year Ann Hollas as preseason first-team all-conference selections. Maddie Miller joins her Ladyjack teammates as a preseason second-team all-conference selection. Stephen F. Austin secured at the top of the poll with 19 first-place votes and 283 total points.Central Arkansas is next with 238 points and a pair of first-place votes. The Sugar Bears occupy second place in preseason voting after finishing the 2018 season with 26-7 overall record and a 14-2 mark in conference play, falling in the conference tournament title match. Following the conference tournament, UCA was invited to compete in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). Elizabeth Armstrong will look to lead the Sugar Bears into the 2019 season as a second-team preseason all-conference selection. Central Arkansas led the league last season with 13.4 kills per set and .244 hitting percentage.Sam Houston State is third in the preseason poll with 227 points, while Houston Baptist follows closely behind in the fourth-place position with 213 points. The Bearkats and the Huskies each received one first-place vote. SHSU landed one selection on the preseason all-conference team in Breanne Chausse, who was voted a second-team selection. Last season, Sam Houston State relied on its defense, leading the conference with 17.68 digs per set as a team.The Huskies round out the top four spots after securing a trio of preseason all-conference honorees, tying them for most in the league. Makayla Vivens, an automatic first-team selection, is joined on the preseason roster by teammates Kelly Colwell and Megan Patillo, who both earned second-team distinctions. Vivens ranked second in the conference averaging 4.11 points per set last season, while the Houston Baptist squad combined for a league-best 202 aces.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi resides in the fifth-place position with 206 points and three first-place votes, followed by Abilene Christian with 194 points. Northwestern State (182) is expected to finish in seventh overall, while McNeese (135) occupies the eighth-place spot.UIW (95), New Orleans (88), Lamar (82), Nicholls (47) and Southeastern Louisiana (38) are predicted to finish in the ninth through 13th-place positions, respectively.The preseason poll is voted on by head coaches and SIDs from each Southland volleyball school. Voting for one’s own team is not permitted. 213 Stephen F. Austin (19) 283 Nicholls 182 Houston Baptist (1) 95 Sam Houston State (1) UIW Pl.  Team (First-place votes) Total 206 238 Southeastern Louisiana Lamarcenter_img Northwestern State Abilene Christian 47 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3) 194 New Orleans 88 82 McNeese 135 227 Central Arkansas (2) 38last_img read more


first_imgWITH A POTENTIAL $5 MILLION MANDATORY JACKPOT PAYOUT LOOMING AT SANTA ANITA ON SUNDAY, $1,194,985 IS CARRIED OVER INTO SATURDAY FIRST POST TIME FOR NINE-RACE CARD ON SATURDAY IS AT 1 P.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (June 14, 2019)–For the 30th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six remained elusive today, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Saturday of $1,194,985.With a CHRB-approved mandatory payout set, it’s expected Sunday’s total Jackpot pool could easily reach $5 million.Friday’s Rainbow Six generated $147,155 in “new” money, helping to create a total Rainbow Six pool of $1,308,449.Although there was so Single Ticket Jackpot winner today, there were 53 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $1,476.30.Approximate post time for Saturday’s fourth race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is at 2:31 p.m. PT.Saturday’s nine-race program will be highlighted by the $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes, which has been slotted as race eight. Harris Farms’ homebred Desert Law, trained by Carla Gaines and to be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite among a field of seven California-bred or sired horses going six furlongs.First post time is at 1 p.m. and admission gates open at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Mourinho rules out Lo Celso starting vs Wolves and says he’s ‘few steps’ behind

first_imgTOTTENHAM manager Jose Mourinho has revealed Giovani Lo Celso is not yet at a level where he can expect to start matches.The Argentine midfielder joined Spurs on-loan in the summer with an option to buy, but has failed to hit the ground running.1 Giovani Lo Celso was hauled off after 65 minutes against Bayern Munich on WednesdayCredit: Rex FeaturesAnd Mourinho has been brutally honest in his assessment of Lo Celso, conceding that at present he has better options to choose from.He said: “Our squad is not a big squad in numbers, and he will start for sure because it’s impossible to play all the time with the same players.”It looks obvious the way Dele is playing, Sonny. In this moment they are one step ahead.”I couldn’t hide from you that we have a few players one step ahead because of performance. So you want to be objective and asks if he starts Sunday, no he doesn’t.”After being sidelined for a month with a hip injury, it was expected Lo Celso would start to forge a way into the starting line-up when he returned in mid-October.But that has not happened, something the Spurs boss says can be the case for some players who come to the Premier League.However, Mourinho admitted he does not know when the 23-year-old’s form will improve.”I don’t know,” he added. Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says everyone has the same chances in the first knockout round of the Champions League “Impossible for me to say that. Some players accelerate the process, some players arrive immediately and fit in, others they take a long time. It’s difficult to say.”Spurs travel to Wolves on Sunday at 2pm as they look to be the first team to beat the West Midlands side in the league since mid-September.The Lilywhites currently sit seventh in the table, one point behind Wanderers and six behind Chelsea in fourth.last_img read more

Gary Neville says Kane has ‘deliberately’ opened door to leave Tottenham

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville believes Harry Kane has left the door open to leave Tottenham after the striker refused to rule out a move away.The England captain spoke of his ambitions last week where he revealed that he wouldn’t stay with the North London club for the sake of it.2 Gary Neville has claimed that Harry Kane perfectly fits Manchester United’s transfer policyKane, 26, said: “It’s one of those things, I couldn’t say yes, I couldn’t say no. I love Spurs, I’ll always love Spurs.”But it’s one of those things – I’ve always said if I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, then I’m not someone to just stay there for the sake of it.”I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve, I want to get better, I want to become one of the top, top players.”It all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team. So it’s not a definite I’m going to stay there forever – but it’s not a no either.”This led the ex-Leyton Orient loanee to be linked with a £200million switch to United, though it is understood the club have no intention of parting ways with the forward.SPURRED ONIn a SunSport poll, a staggering 69 per cent of supporters do not believe Kane is worth that extraordinary sum.But despite the whopping value, Neville believes that Kane perfectly fits United’s transfer policy.Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “I think it fits Manchester United’s historical transfer, going back to say, Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, trying to sign Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, the best or most famous English or British [or Irish] player in the Premier League.“It does fit with that with what Manchester United did last summer with Harry Maguire, one of the best players available on the market.2 Kane has revealed how he wouldn’t stay at Spurs just for the sake of itCredit: PA:Press AssociationMOST 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 InstagramPicturedAN 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’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“He’s a clever lad, Harry Kane, he’s not somebody I think would get caught out if he didn’t want to say something, so the little opening of the door that he left in that Instagram piece had something in it.“I don’t think Harry Kane will have been that impressed with his club a couple of weeks ago with what they did. He’s a good lad, a solid lad, I don’t think he’d have taken that particularly well and he was probably just poking them back.“In my mind, I think he’ll have been warning them to say just be careful, because I’m watching you and that’s not something we do.”Gary Lineker admits Harry Kane is right to think about his future at Tottenhamlast_img read more

Storm spoilt for choice at five-eighth

first_imgThe 30-year-old Green was a key figure in the Storm’s minor premiership win last season, but after a short stay in Melbourne opted to join bitter rivals the Sea Eagles on a lucrative two-year deal. While he will be a big loss for the grand finalists, the Storm are not short of talent when it comes to their playmaking stocks.  Speaking to media in the Victorian capital, Storm coach Craig Bellamy outlined the men most likely to wear the No.6 in 2017 – starting with last season’s breakout star Cameron Munster, who played a key role at fullback for the Storm in Billy Slater’s absence.  “We think that’d be a good position for Cameron. He’s shown a lot in the pre-season playing there,” Bellamy said.”Having said, we’ve got young Brodie Croft who played one game last year. We think he did a good job there and he’s been training well in the pre-season. “We’ve got a young kid from the Cowboys, Jahrome Hughes, who’s had some back problems, but we think he can fit in there as well. “We’ve had Curtis Scott doing a little bit of five-eighth as well. “We’ve got Ryley Jacks down from the Sunshine Coast – one of our feeder clubs – and he’s had a little bit of experience in the NRL. “They’re obviously pretty big boots to fill. Blake Green did a tremendous job here for two years but hopefully out of that group, we’ll find someone to fill that position.”With so many men to choose from, Storm assistant coach Adam O’Brien detailed each individual’s strengths in a chat with One of the men tipped to be in contention for the Round 1 clash against the Bulldogs is Croft, who shone when given a chance to make his NRL debut with regular halfback Cooper Cronk away on State of Origin duty. The 19-year-old kicked for a whopping 347 metres against the Dragons in his lone NRL appearance, chipping in with 31 tackles (no misses) and also setting up Melbourne’s first try of the night. He started the year in the Storm’s Holden Cup system but finished 2016 playing for the Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup where he gained valuable experience against bigger bodies. “He’s worked really hard at the back end of last year and into this pre-season on his defence,” O’Brien said of Croft. “He adds a fair bit of variety to our attack. He’s a bit like Cooper Cronk in that he’s well organised, he’s got a really good footy brain and a great kicking game as well. He’s certainly doing himself no harm to fill that spot.”Croft’s main rival appears to be Munster, who hasn’t put a foot wrong since taking over from the injured Billy Slater midway through the 2015 season. Predominately a fullback, the 22-year-old spent time in the halves in the NYC and the Queensland Cup and would provide a spark if given a chance to wear the No.6 jersey next year. “Cameron Munster is another option we’ve tossed up to take that number six spot,” O’Brien continued. “The best part about what he did last year was his running game. I think he had the most tackle breaks for our team so that’s something we’re mindful of. “We want to get Cameron plenty of ball and we don’t want to put too much structure into his game. We want him to have that ability to run the footy when he feels like he needs to.”He’s quite versatile and he’s just your natural footy player. We’re just trying to find ways to maximise his attacking ability and getting his hands on the ball.”O’Brien also spoke highly of Ryley Jacks, who was named player of the year for the Storm’s feeder club Sunshine Coast in 2016 after scoring 19 tries for the Falcons. “We’ve got a young guy in Ryley Jacks who we brought down from our feeder club on the Sunshine Coast and he’s really impressed us at training,” O’Brien said. “He has a really good kicking game and he’s quite a big guy so he can handle himself defensively.”Curtis Scott is another guy who’s really impressed us in the pre-season. He’s similar to Munster in that he can play in the outside backs as well as in the halves.”While it’s causing plenty of noise in the outside world, O’Brien doused speculation about the future of the five-eighth role this far out from the start of the season. “It’s still a work in progress,” he said. “We haven’t gone into too many specific details on style of play. The first block of pre-season up until Christmas is about getting the ball in hand, but it’s also about getting some conditioning in. “We haven’t trained as a definitive 13 yet so we haven’t pigeon-holed ourselves into set positions yet. “While ‘Greeny’ has left a huge hole to fill, we feel we have some depth there and there’s plenty of healthy competition for that spot.”last_img read more

Semi Radradra responds to Eels coach Brad Arthur

first_imgRadradra bagged the first four-try haul of his 70-game NRL career on Sunday night in the Eels’ 34-16 flogging of St George Illawarra in Wollongong – marking the fifth hat-trick of his career.He scored his first three tries on the left wing, completing relatively simple moves down the Parramatta edge and receiving the final ball from either Michael Jennings or Corey Norman.However, his fourth and final try came on the right edge, courtesy of a slick inside ball from full-back Bevan French – surprising the Dragons defence.But Radradra said the tactic had been one he and Arthur had developed over the pre-season.”He let us do whatever we want to do,” Radradra said of Arthur. “He never tells me to just stay on the wing. Sometimes if it stays quiet I come find the ball.”It’s pretty difficult to defend as well. The confusion is tough.”Radradra was quiet in the Eels’ opening-round win over Manly last weekend, but was far more involved against the Dragons on Sunday night.The 75th-minute move with French was not the only time Radradra drifted to his right, as he also set up on the opposite edge from a number of scrums and shifted in-field in the middle of sets.Arthur said it was a tactic he would continue to employ.”Semi has a licence to go and get his hands on the football,” Arthur said.”He’s one of our strikes. We’re not going to pigeon-hole him into one side of the field.”It’s very hard to plan defensively against him when he’s doing things like that.”Radradra future still clouded Radradra’s future at the Eels is still unclear.He has a domestic violence court case hanging over his head, with the next hearing due for May 2.He has also signed to join French rugby club Toulon next season, however he could be forced out of the NRL well before that if he is found guilty on two counts of assault against his former partner.But Arthur said Radradra was in a clear headspace at the moment.”He’s got a bit of clarity at the moment,” Arthur said. “He likes being around his team-mates. His team-mates have been fantastic for him.”We like to see a happy (Radradra).”last_img read more

Cultural groups gear for opening ceremony

first_imgCultural groups who came from Bougainville, Morobe, East Sepik, Jiwaka, Mendi, Daru, Gulf and East New Britain are residing at the PNG Education Institute.Morobe has brought in the highest number of cultural groups with 93 performers.Out of the 93 performers, 30 dancers come from Malai in the Tewai Siasi District, 30 from Yalu and a 33 member conch shell band from Buingim in Nawai District. Morobe provincial minister for sports and culture Amos Wallace said they’re proud to be part of the opening ceremony.He said they’re excited to showcase their tradition as part of the cultural exhibition for the benefit of the visitors from the 23 countries.East Sepik has brought in 24 people of two separate cultural groups from Chambri and Korogu in the Wosera Gawi District who will be performing traditional dances.A 21 member group from Wisai in South Buin, Bougainville will perform with bamboo flutes.Close to 300 cultural performers from all across PNG are part of the Games opening ceremony on July 4.last_img read more