Road Teams Dominate Tuesday Action; UCA, SFA Tied for First

first_imgAdditional storylines:• Tie at the Top: Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin find themselves back at the top of the Southland standings with 11-2 conference records after finishing the non-conference slate with the best records. The Sugar Bears have Houston Baptist, McNeese and Nicholls remaining on their schedule while the Lady Jacks will hit Sam Houston State, Abilene Christian and Lamar.• Road Warriors: Tuesday was the first time this season that the away team has won each of the league matches.• Breaking Perfection: Northwestern State handed Sam Houston State its first loss of the season in conference action with a 3-1 win last Thursday. Junior middle blocker Madeline Drake put up a career-best 16 kills while junior outside hitter Reagan Rogers added 21 kills. Since then, the Bearkats have dropped contests to Central Arkansas and Abilene Christian.• Clinched: Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State each clinched spots to the 2017 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas on Nov. 17-19. Houston Baptist, Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi can each claim one of the eight spots in the tournament with one more conference win.Results and Schedule:Tuesday, Oct. 31Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3, Stephen F. Austin 0*Abilene Christian 3, Sam Houston State 0*Central Arkansas 3, Northwestern State 2*UIW 3, Lamar 0*Thursday, Nov. 2Central Arkansas at Houston Baptist* – 6 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Abilene Christian* – 6 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls* – 6:30 p.m.Lamar at Sam Houston State* – 7 p.m.New Orleans at McNeese* – 7 p.m. The Ladyjacks (23-6, 11-2 SLC) were in sole possession of first place going into Tuesday’s home match with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11-13, 8-5 SLC) but were swept to give up just their second league loss of the season. The win for the Islanders was the first time they have won back-to-back matches since Sept. 28-30, and the first time this season they have claimed consecutive victories in straight-set fashion. Corpus Christi had most recently defeated Houston Baptist (17-8, 8-4 SLC) 3-0 last Thursday. This time last week, the Bearkats (13-13, 9-3 SLC) were the lone undefeated team left in conference. Since then, Sam Houston has lost three consecutive matches: the Lady Demons, UCA and Abilene Christian (10-14, 6-6 SLC). The Wildcats pulled off the road sweep last night with three players reaching double figures in kills.   UIW (6-14, 5-8 SLC) swept at Lamar (4-19, 2-11 SLC) to round out Tuesday action. The win puts UIW one match behind ACU for the last spot in the 2017 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas, from Nov. 17-19. Tuesday’s Southland Conference volleyball action provided more than enough spooks for a Halloween night. Saturday, Nov. 4Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State* – 11 a.m.Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese* – 11:30 a.m.New Orleans at Nicholls* – NoonLamar at Abilene Christian* – 1 p.m.UIW at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 1 p.m.Northwestern State at Houston Baptist* – 1 p.m.center_img The Sugar Bears (22-3, 11-2 SLC) had to come from behind down 2-1 against Northwestern State (13-15, 8-5 SLC) on Tuesday to squeeze into a tie for first place with SFA. UCA rides a five-match win streak heading into Thursday’s contest at HBU. SFA, UCA and SHSU have already claimed their spots in the Southland postseason with HBU, Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi needing just one win to punch their ticket. Two of the top-three teams in league standings entering the night – Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State – each got a scare with only the Sugar Bears walking away with a victory. * – Conference Matchlast_img read more

HBU Women’s Golf Ties for First at HBU Husky Invitational

first_imgCYPRESS, Texas – HBU women’s golf tied for first at their own HBU Husky Invitational Tuesday afternoon at Blackhorse Golf Club. The Huskies shot 307 in the second round, bringing their total to 48-over par 912.Freshman Sara Zrnikova fired 77 in her third round and remained in second with a total of 5-over par 221. Junior Lexi Brooks climbed up three spots to finish sixth, after carding 73 and bringing her total to 10-over par 226, while Junior Katy Cummings tied for 12th with a 79 in the third round and a total of 16-over par 232. Just one stroke behind her was sophomore Alisa Chong, who carded 78 in the final round and finished 17th.Caylee Senn totaled 16-over par 232 to tie for 12th, after posting 79 in the third round, while Alexis Kollmansberger shot 81 bringing her total to 35-over par 251 to finish 46th.Based on the fifth player’s score, Lamar took the number one spot over HBU in the team standings. Sam Houston State finished third with 57-over par 921, followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 75-over par 939 and Incarnate Word with 78-over par 942.Sam Houston State’s Hannah Alberto led the individual standings with 3-under par 213, five strokes ahead of Zrnikova, nine strokes ahead of Houston’s Tatiana Pineda and Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Reanna De La Cruz and 10 strokes ahead of Lamar’s Elodie Chapelet.last_img read more

No. 3 Sam Houston State Wrangles No. 6 McNeese to Move On

first_img2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament HomepageBox Score | Photo Gallery Angela McGownd was the maestro on defense for the Cowgirls providing 27 of McNeese’s 73 digs for the match. Keegen Nelms led the McNeese squad with 15 kills. The Bearkats provided 17 blocks on the afternoon, marking the most by a Sam Houston State team since the 2009 season where they recorded 20.5 against University of Texas San Antonio. Taylor Cunningham came up with 10 blocks on her own to tie her single-game career-high. Cunningham is now the fourth Bearkat in program history to provide 10 or more blocks on multiple occasions. Set OneMcNeese hammered home 17 kills from six players in their 25-23 opening-set win over Sam Houston State. Keegan Nelms led the Cowgirls with four kills on 13 swings as McNeese hit a .233 hitting average. McGownd and Alexandra Aguilera combined for 13 of the Cowgirls 18 digs. Set ThreeThe Bearkats made quick work of the Cowgirls in the third set with a 25-14 victory that was highlighted by a .341 SHSU hitting percentage. Sam Houston State commanded respect at the net with seven blocks that limited McNeese to a .106 hitting average. Cunningham and Lewis once again headlined SHSU’s offense combining for nine of the Bearkats’ 15 kills. NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana – No. 3 Sam Houston State proved too powerful for McNeese as they outlasted the No. 6 Cowgirls 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 26-24) in Friday’s quarterfinal matchup of the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. Sam Houston State moves on to the semifinal round where they will face the winner of No. 2 Central Arkansas and No. 7 Northwestern State. Opening serve is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on the Southland Digital Network. Set TwoAshley Lewis and Taylor Cunningham charged the Bearkat offense as the tandem combined for eight of Sam Houston State’s 15 kills. McNeese’s McGownd attempted to divert the SHSU’s offense with nine of the Cowgirl’s 17 digs in the set. Despite McNeese’s defensive efforts, Sam Houston State improved upon their opening set to capture a .289 hitting percentage and a 25-20 win. Set FourAmanda Gooch proved to be the deciding factor for Sam Houston State recording five kills in the final set to lift the Bearkats to a 26-24 victory. Offense was level between SHSU and McNeese in the final set as each team recorded 14 kills. However, the Bearkats’ defense held strong with a trio of blocks that helped overcome the Cowgirl attack.last_img read more

Derek Plucienski Named New Cowboys’ Golf Head Coach

first_img“I am extremely honored to be joining the McNeese State University family as the next head men’s golf coach,” said Plucienski. “I would like to thank our Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill and the entire hiring committee; Tanner Stines, Bridget Martin, and Quitman Moon for believing in me and my vision for our men’s golf program. “I look forward to meeting all of our players, supporters, and entrenching myself and our program in the surrounding community. The facilities in the Lake Charles area are outstanding and afford us the ability to practice and compete for championships. “With Derek, the Cowboy golf program will continue to contend for conference championships and increase the McNeese brand nationally.” Plucienski played professionally from 2013-14 setting the Country Club of Jackson course record with a round of 63. Plucienski also had success prior to college winning the 2007 Gulf States PGA Junior Tour Championship and the 2006 Louisiana Premier Golf Championship. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Southern Miss in 2011. Plucienski also has a master’s in sport management from Southern Miss in 2013. Plucienski fills the spot that was open after former head coach Austin Burk left in December to join the private sector while Cowgirls’ head coach Mike Fluty assumed the role as the Cowboys’ interim head coach during the spring season. The McNeese men’s golf program has achieved great success both on and off the course and that is something I will continue and build on. Geaux Pokes!” “Furthermore, I’d like to give a heartfelt thank you to Coach Theo Sliman at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for providing me with the opportunity to be his assistant coach and paving the path to the head coach position at McNeese.center_img Plucienski spent the 2018-19 season at ULL where he helped coach and develop Micah Goulas who was this year’s Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Newcomer of the Year. Courtesey of McNeese AthleticsLAKE CHARLES, La. – Derek Plucienski, a Louisiana native and recent assistant men’s golf coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, has been named the new head coach for the McNeese Cowboys, Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill announced on Wednesday. “This is an incredible opportunity. Additionally, I need to thank Coach (Mike) Fluty and Coach (Billy) Gabbert for doing an outstanding job this past spring season. Moving forward, I will continue to depend on Coach Gabbert as the volunteer assistant coach. As a former standout player and a McNeese alum, he is an asset to our program. “We’re excited to have Derek as our men’s golf coach,” said Hemphill. “He impressed everyone on the committee with his knowledge, energy and enthusiasm to lead our program. A native of Slidell, La., Plucienski played four seasons at Southern Miss being named the team captain from 2011-12. He earned All-Conference USA Second Team honors in 2011 after posting the fourth lowest stroke average in school history at 73.1. He was named a David Toms Award Finalist and also competed in the NCAA Colorado Regional that same season. Prior to joining the ULL staff, Plucienski served as the Tournament and Operations Manager for the Gulf States Section PGA from 2016-17 directing over 25 Section events annually. Before then, he spent a year with the APT Professional Golf Tour as a Tournament Operations Director overseeing 26 events during the season.last_img read more

Lineker trolled for premature ‘Spurs are back’ tweet in Bayern hammering

first_imgFORMER Tottenham star Gary Lineker was left red-faced after his premature “Spurs are back” tweet during their thrashing by Bayern Munich.The Match of the Day host posted on social media after Heung-Min Son had put Mauricio Pochettino’s side into a 12th minute lead.3 Tottenham were put to the sword by Bayern Munich – and Gary Lineker was left red-facedCredit: EPA3 Gary Lineker was trolled after his premature tweet when Son had fired Spurs aheadCredit: PA:Press AssociationSpurs are back. Son scores with his 3rd attempt. Cracking start to this game.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 1, 2019 He wrote: “Spurs are back. Son scores with his third attempt. Cracking start to this game.”But just three minutes later Joshua Kimmich had levelled things up – and of course the German champs went on to humiliate their Premier League opponents 7-2.Unsurprisingly, fans commented on Lineker’s post with hilarity.Reece Collett wrote” “Yeah, this tweet aged well”, while Roger Kendrick added: “Where did they go?””Not for long”, “oops” and “bottling” were just some of the other responses from rival supporters.BELLERIN POKES FUNEven Arsenal star Hector Bellerin joined in the mocking of their great rivals.The full-back, now back after long-term injury, tweeted his former team-mate Serge Gnabry after he scored FOUR times in the Champions League thrashing.He simply wrote “joke man” followed by four laughing emojis.The defeat has heaped pressure on Pochettino after a tricky start to the season.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 Celtic Mauricio Pochettino speaks after Spurs are thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munichcenter_img 3And SunSport’s chief football writer Dave Kidd believes this kind of thrashing could put paid to his dream jobs at Manchester United and Real Madrid.There were four goals from an Arsenal reject, Gnabry. The club’s biggest-ever home defeat in a major competition. The worst home thrashing suffered by any English club in the European Cup.And this just a week after the humiliation of a Carabao Cup exit to League Two Colchester United.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one- @SergeGnabry joke man 😂😂😂😂— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) October 1, 2019last_img read more

Giroud and Mount sensational as Chelsea sweep past awful Tottenham

first_imgCHELSEA took a huge step towards Champions League qualification with a sensational win over rivals Tottenham.The Blues were excellent as goals by Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso gave them all three points at Stamford Bridge.4 Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount were sensational as Chelsea beat SpursCredit: GettyAn Antonio Rudiger own goal late on made it a nervy finish, but Frank Lampard’s side held on to go four points clear in the top four race.There were a number of standout performances for Chelsea, and SunSport gives you the lowdown after the 2-1 win.Willy Caballero – 7Made two fantastic saves in the first-half, getting down well early to Lucas Moura’s fierce shot.He also did well to tip over Sanchez’s looping header. Dealt with corners and anything near him.Distribution was solid as well. Kepa is going to have a real tough fight on his hands to get back in the side.Cesar Azpilicueta – 7Another steady performance from the captain. Kept it simple and defended well throughout.He’s always a seven or eight of ten man and is such a key member of that Blues defence.Made a few brilliant blocks to keep Spurs at bay. He was class.Antonio Rudiger – 6Was very unlucky for the own goal at the end after a decent display.Didn’t have much to do because of Spurs lack of a striker, but was strong.He’s another top performer and rarely has a bad game. Kept Moura out.4 Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Chelsea.Credit: EPAAndreas Christensen – 6Despite having to wear a mask following a broken nose, he was very good.Read the play and swept up the loose balls. Didn’t have much to do apart from that.Chelsea will need him to keep this form up to continue their Champions League charge.Reece James – 7The Blues academy product is going to be a part of this team for another decade.He’s young, athletic and was up and down the right-hand side all day.Not only did he play well going forward, but was a lot better in defence.Marcos Alonso – 8One of the best players on the pitch. Excellent going forward and at the back.Scored a brilliant goal with a smashing finish to win the game for Chelsea in the second-half.Could have had a hat-trick after hitting the bar with a free-kick and narrowly missing with a volley.4 Marcos Alonso put Chelsea 2-0 up just after half-time with a fine strike from 20 yardsCredit: Rex FeaturesMateo Kovacic – 7The Croatian was very tidy in midfield. He picked up the ball and kept it moving.Worked very hard and is having a solid few weeks after a great performance against Manchester United on Monday.There was a lot of question marks over him, but he’s proving the doubters wrong game-by-game.Jorginho – 6Keeps the midfield ticking over and moving from front to back.He was clever as well. Making niggling, little fouls, which frustrated Spurs.A class act and a key part of this Chelsea team and their pursuit of Europe.Ross Barkley – 7Deserved the plaudits after a brilliant performance after being recalled to the starting eleven.He almost scored with an incredible swirling effort late-on and worked and pressed.Gareth Southgate will be delighted and he’s sure to be in the England squad on that form.4 Antonio Rudiger netted an own goal late on, but Spurs couldn’t nick a drawCredit: ReutersMason Mount – 9Absolutely sensational, his high press was behind everything Chelsea did well going forward.He ran himself into the ground, never giving the Spurs defenders a moments rest.Was also classy with the ball, passed well and was the man of the match. Excellent.Olivier Giroud – 8Started only his third Premier League game of the season and justified his selection.Scored with a powerful effort in the first-half, and kept the Spurs defence busy all game.Had a couple of other chances but ran his heart out.MOST READ IN CHELSEALive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outPicturedBUL OVEREx-Chelsea man Bulka wrecks £200k Lamborghini in horror crash in Poland lockdownSUBSWILLIAN – 6ABRAHAM 6last_img read more

Daly Cherry-Evans handed the Sea Eagles captaincy

first_imgTrbojevic led the Sea Eagles eight times in 2016 and it’s been rumoured that coach Trent Barrett seriously considered sharing the captaincy between the two.Locked up until the end of 2021, still just 27 and the only remaining member of the 2011 grand final side (unless Steve Matai or Brett Stewart decide to go round again), DCE appears to be a natural fit for the role previously held by the retired Jamie Lyon.“Daly has been a standout during our pre-season. He is a natural leader and was an obvious choice for us as our next captain,’’ Barrett said.“Jake is our vice-captain and being only 22-years-old, the experience he will gain in this role alongside Daly gives us a long two long-term leaders who can take this club to where it needs to be.”As far back as August, Barrett alluded to Jamie Buhrer being part of a co-captaincy, but his move to Newcastle quashed that.DCE has already played 146 games for the Sea Eagles, with Trbojevic pulling on the maroon and white 47 times since debuting in 2013.“I really was quite surprised when Trent told me,’’ Cherry-Evans said.“There was such a large group of players to choose from and I’m really quite chuffed that it’s me that’s going to lead this side into really good days I believe.“I love this club and I certainly am proud to lead out such a strong group of men and an outstanding football team this year.”Between poolside schooners and topping up his tan, The Lurker has rallied together the greatest minds in footy in the player above to forecast how the 2017 NRL season will go.last_img read more

Julian Savea gets a spell

first_imgLions coach Chris Gibbes has made six changes to the starting team which beat Taranaki 42-26 on Saturday, for Thursday night’s clash with Bay of Plenty in Rotorua. Wellington have three games in a short space of time, so managing resources is critical.Beyond the changes to the starting side, there’s four more in the reserves, including the selection of Filipo. The Petone outside back was sentenced to nine months’ supervision for assaulting four people, including two women, in November last year and ordered to attend alcohol counselling and a course on living without violence.”We’ve had a solid start to the season with back-to-back wins now we enter a tough stretch of matches that will test the depth of our squad,” Gibbes said in a statement.”We expect Bay of Plenty to be very tough in Rotorua and I know the guys who have come in are excited about the challenge.”Savea has been given the week off, with Malo Tuitama taking his spot on the right wing. A hamstring injury to Trent Renata means Marist St Pats club player Andrew Wells will play fullback.Those are the backline changes, with prop To’omaga-Allen and blindside flanker Fifita coming into the forward pack after being on All Blacks duty. Other changes include a rest for flanker Du’Plessis Kirifi and lock James Blackwell.Wellington lead provincial rugby’s championship standings, following their bonsu-point wins over Manawatu and Taranaki. Bay of Plenty are second on the ladder.Wellington team to play Bay of Plenty: Andrew Wells, Malo Tuitama, Wes Goosen, Regan Verney, Ben Lam, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, Brad Shields (c), Galu Taufale, Vaea Fifita, Sam Lousi, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Jeff To’omaga-Allen, Asafo Aumua, Tolu Fahamokioa. Reserves: Sitiveni Paongo, Vince Sakaria, Alex Fidow, Will Mangos, James Tuia, Carlos Price, Losi Filipo. Photo by: PAUL KANE/GETTY IMAGEs Caption: Prop Jeff To’omaga-Allen is back with Wellington after a week in the All Blacks’ camp.last_img read more

Hekari overwhelm Dwellers 5-0

first_imgScoring 2 goals in the first half was not enough for Hekari FC, as they came back with a venom to inflict a treble of goals  in the second half with Tommy Semmy scoring a hat-trick and Koriak Upaiga scoring his double and Tutizama Tanito scored one goal to overwhelm the visitors.The second half grew tense with lots of physical contact with man to man marking when Lae City Dwellers FC couldn’t find their way through the Hekari’s defense.Despite numerous crosses and chips from the Dwellers to send their front liners Nigel Dabinyaba and Raymond Gunemba through, Hekari backliners will not let them pass as they cleared all balls in their way.Then Hekari’s import player Tutzama Tanito opened the second half score with another point on the board for Hekari  to extend the lead 3-0.Sixteen minutes later veteran Tommy Semmy pulled off another goal outside the Dwellers 18 yards, pocketing the footy at the left hand corner of the top post to lead 4-0.Semmy than ended the day with a hat-trick 10 minutes before fulltime with a cross from Upaiga which got Semmy stretching his right foot forward to tip the ball with the edge of his boot to slightly roll behind the net.Dwellers fought harder but only to go down scoreless to the strong outstanding Hekari FC performance.Hekari defended their minor premier title and look forward for a rematch with Dwellers next Saturday for the NSL grand final.last_img read more

Team Milne Bay names train on soccer squad

first_imgThe squad comprises of 20 male and 18 females who will be currently train on before playing their final elimination matches to trim the team.Selection of the players was made by the provincial games committee during the provincial games held in April.A game committee Daisy Gewa Halaba said, it was very difficult to select players as everyone is talented.“To select out the best is not an easy job, people can criticize but those involved in selecting always have a hard time. Through careful observation following the Soccer code, PNG Games have always tried to make it up to the top 10 as selections were done on merit,” she stated.The committee also aimed at fairly selecting players from each district that participated in soccer which now currently makes up the train on squad for both male and female.Train On Squad TM Soccer Men and Women;MEN1.Andy Oibi,2.Authur Laibobo,3.Bernard Brian,4.Brian Miratobi, 5.Charles Newouri,6.Clifton Sewao,7.Darol Banaba,8.E.T Benny,9.Elvis Saia,10.Goyotumwana M’Kwesipu,11.Kelemesi Seko,12.Ladaga Kiyoya,13.Michael Miratobi,14.Niata Hacca,15.Nixon Beba,16.Raymond Parairoa,17.Rex Togedi,18.Ricky Tom ,19.Ronald Samson-,20.Steven Steven –WOMENFelicity Joel. -Alotau,2. Chanela Miringtoro – Alotau,3. Helen Mark -Alotau,4. Aileen Rarata -Alotau,5. Jacklyn Manumanua -Alotau,6. Melisa Joel -Alotau,7.Marjorie Tupolam -Alotau,8. Sahquine Gabisini – Alotau,9. Rahab Hacca. – Kiriwina,10.Anna Inesimo – Kiriwina,11.Miriam Keneth – Goodenough,12. Rahab Wibiewa- Goodenough,13. Jacinta Padi – Goodenough,14. Martina Ligasai – Goodenough,15. Rachael Elijah – Misima,17. Kewe. Authur – Misima,18. Florence Akisa Samano – Misima, 19.Winsome. Jonathan – Alotau, 20.Miriam Eric – Alotaulast_img read more