Bracket Set For 2018 Women’s Soccer Tournament

first_imgTOURNAMENT CENTRAL | BRACKET | WATCH LIVEFRISCO, Texas – With the conclusion of the final day of regular-season matches on Friday, eight schools clinched their spots in the bracket for next week’s 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament, hosted by Lamar University at the LU Soccer Complex in Beaumont, Texas.Central Arkansas, who clinched the regular-season title Sunday, enters as the top seed and will kick off day one’s action against No. 8-seed Northwestern State at 11 a.m. The Bears extended their program-record win streak to nine matches with a 5-0 win over the Lady Demons on Friday.The second match of day one will feature No. 4-seed McNeese and No. 5-seed Abilene Christian. Just 75 seconds from ending in a tie when the teams faced off on Oct. 12, Havana Johnson netted the golden goal for the Cowgirls.After leapfrogging defending-champion Lamar for second place with a win Friday, No. 2-seed Houston Baptist faces off with seventh-seeded Stephen F. Austin at 5 p.m.. The Huskies defeated the Ladyjacks 3-0 back on Sept. 21.In the night cap on day one, No. 3-seed and host institution Lamar begins its title defense against No. 6-seed Southeastern Louisiana at 8 p.m. The Cardinals and Lady Lions battled to a 0-0 draw on Oct. 5. WSOC: Bracket is set. Teams start rolling towards Beaumont Monday, practice Tuesday, tournament time Wednesday. ???? https://t.co/aqVRkWIlqI #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/2bl3fj5XuQ— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 27, 2018 After an off day Thursday, two semifinals will be played at 4 and 7 p.m. Friday, and the championship match kicks off at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the tournament will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network, via southland.org/live and the league’s apps, available for phones, tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. The championship round will be an exclusive presentation of ESPN+, which can be viewed on espnplus.com and ESPN apps.last_img read more

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Team Southland Set for 3X3U National Championship

first_imgEach team roster will be comprised of four eligible seniors from the same Division I conference. Teams will be organized into eight pools of four and each team will be guaranteed three pool play games, earning $1,000 for every victory on Friday and Saturday. The top two teams in each pool will move on to Sunday’s knockout stage, where the stakes skyrocket. Only the teams competing in the tournament final will earn additional prize money, with the champions winning $100,000. An NABC All-Region 23 First Team Choice as well as an All-Southland Conference Second Team selection, Bogues ended his Lumberjack career earlier this month as one of the most prolific scorers in program history. Bogues became the first Lumberjack in twenty years to lead the Southland Conference in scoring, averaging a league-best 17.9 points per game. The Killeen, Texas, product scored at least 10 points in 31 consecutive outings dating back to the 2017-18 season which stands as the longest stretch of double-digit scoring outings in SFA’s NCAA-era history. His selection to the NABC All-District 23 First Team makes him only the second SFA player to ever earn multiple All-District awards from the NABC.  Thank you @3X3UHoops for the opportunity to represent my family, @SFA_MBB and @SouthlandSports. Invitation Accepted??? pic.twitter.com/sTn7PVocSo— TheRealYB_ (@Yhannon_Bogues) March 26, 2019DeLaney is the fourth Bearkat all-time to win Southland Conference Player of the Year honors and the first since Gilberto Clavell did so in 2011. He was the team’s leading scorer for the year with 13.4 points per game, also averaging 5.5 rebounds per contest. Delaney also was one of the most accurate shooters in the league, hitting 48.1 percent of his shots from the field and 43.6 percent form 3-point range, canning 72 triples on the year and also hitting 72-for-88 (81.8 percent) from the foul line. All games of the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be carried live on Twitter or ESPN2. Pool play will begin at 2 p.m. CT on April 5, with 24 games streamed live exclusively on Twitter. Pool play will continue on April 6 at 8:30 a.m. CT with 24 more games streamed live exclusively on Twitter. Round of 16 and quarterfinal games will be streamed live exclusively on Twitter at 9:30 a.m. CT on April 7, with semifinal, consolation and championship games televised live on ESPN2 later that day at 2 p.m. CT. Returning to call all the action throughout the tournament will be the voice of FIBA 3×3 basketball, Kyle Montgomery, with Robbie Hummel of ESPN and Tate Frazier and Mark Titus of The Ringer’s One Shining Podcast providing color commentary and sideline coverage. Blessed an Highly Favored!Im ready to rock out and hold it down for the Southland Conference @3X3UHoops , Invitation Accepted ??? pic.twitter.com/EoalKaq9pK— Cameron DeLaney ? † (@LookAtNumber2) March 27, 2019Lewis won the Southland Tournament Most Outstanding Player, plus Southland Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year. He is coming off an all-conference second team selection, finishing top-10 in the league in steals (53), steals per game (1.6), field goal percentage (.462), free throw percentage (.740) and rebounds (203). He was also 13th in scoring at 13.7 points per game and is just the fourth in ACU program history to record at least 1,500 career points and 800 career rebounds. He is ACU’s all-time Division I leader in both points (1,580) and rebounds (825).The tournament is comprised of all-star teams of seniors, who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, representing all 32 Division I conferences. The teams will compete for a $150,000 prize pool, with the champions taking home $100,000, double the prize money from a year ago. Additionally, the winners will earn the right to compete in the 2019 USA Basketball 3×3 Open National Championship later this spring. “The attention from the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship last year has really elevated the anticipation for this year’s event at Mall of America,” said Drew Russell, executive vice president at Intersport, the Chicago-based agency which operates the event. “We are incredibly excited about the field of players that will be competing in the event and believe the talent that will be on display will create an unforgettable atmosphere for everyone involved. Additionally, we’re confident these players are going to enjoy a one of a kind experience that will help position them for the next steps in their basketball careers.” Bragging rights for the winners won’t end in Minnesota; the 2019 champion will earn the right to represent the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship at the USA Basketball 3×3 Open National Championship later this spring. There, athletes will have the opportunity to be selected to represent the United States in the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup, held June 18-23 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Participating athletes will also be considered for the USA Basketball 3×3 athlete pool, which may lead to future opportunities in other FIBA 3×3 competitions. Of note, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will feature 3×3 basketball as a medal sport for the first time. BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The four-man team representing the Southland Conference is set for the 2019 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship basketball tournament, April 5-7 at Mall of America. The setting for the second annual Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be unlike anything the 128 players have seen when they take to the half-court inside Mall of America, the most popular tourist destination in Minnesota with more than 40 million visitors each year. The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be staged in the Rotunda at the Mall, which hosted the first WCW Monday Nitro in September 1995, and will be just the second live sporting event to be broadcast in the Mall’s history. Admission to the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship is free and fans are encouraged to be part of the atmosphere during regular Mall of America operating hours (10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. CT on April 5-6, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT on April 7). The Southland squad features Southeastern Louisiana’s Moses Greenwood, Stephen F. Austin’s Shannon Bogues, Sam Houston State’s Cameron DeLaney, and Abilene Christian’s Jaren Lewis.Greenwood led Southeastern in scoring (17.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg) while being named first team All-Southland Conference. The senior led the conference in field goals made (223), was third in scoring and fifth in rebounding. The Velma Jackson grad finished his SLU career second all-time in program history in games played (131) and field goals made (598), third in blocked shots (104), fourth in scoring (1,513) and fifth in rebounding (765).last_img read more

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2019 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament Begins Wednesday

first_imgFirst game: vs. No. 2 Central Arkansas, 12 p.m. First game: vs. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 4 p.m. Home of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’s Sugar Land Skeeters, Constellation Field is hosting the Southland tournament for the sixth time in seven years. No. 7 Northwestern State – Record: 30-23, 15-15 SLCThe defending Southland Conference tournament champions enter their fifth tournament in the last six years looking to repeat their 2018 performance at Constellation Field. The matchup of Northwestern State and Central Arkansas is the only matchup of teams that didn’t play in the regular season, so the Demons and Bears will get their first look at one another in the noon game on Wednesday. Northwestern State had three named to the Southland’s all-conference teams in second-team pitcher Nathan Jones and third-teamers Caleb Ricca and Tyler Smith, who also garnered all-defensive honors. The winner of the Southland Conference Tournament earns the league’s automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The bracket will be announced Monday, May 27 on ESPNU at 11 a.m. CT.  First game: vs. No. 4 Incarnate Word, 7 p.m. First game: vs. No. 7 Northwestern State, 12 p.m. The 2019 NCAA Men’s College World Series (CWS) will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., from June 15-25/26. First game: vs. No. 1 Sam Houston State, 4 p.m. The double-elimination tournament will broadcast exclusively on ESPN+, available through ESPN.com and the ESPN app. First game: vs. No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana, 9 a.m. No. 5 McNeese – Record: 31-24, 16-14 SLCThe Cowboys closed out the season 9-2 in conference play, including a sweep of No. 6 seed Stephen F. Austin, to earn a spot in their eighth-consecutive Southland Conference tournament. McNeese is seeking its first tournament title since 2003. The Pokes finished as the league leader in stolen bases with 85, led by 18 from Reid Bourque. McNeese earned four all-conference picks in first-team designated hitter Clayton Rasbeary, second-team second-baseman Nate Fisbeck and third-teamers Carson Maxwell and Jake Dickerson. Maxwell also appeared on the all-defensive squad. First game: vs. No. 5 McNeese, 7 p.m. No. 6 Stephen F. Austin – Record: 24-31, 16-14 SLCThe only tournament team with a losing record, the Lumberjacks opened the year 7-0 in Southland Conference play and ended the year with a series win over 2018 Southland Conference tournament runner-up New Orleans to slide in to the No. 6 spot. Alex Palmer, a junior transfer from Cisco College, stepped in as Stephen F. Austin’s ace in 2019 and set a program record for single-season strikeouts (99) en route to Newcomer of the Year honors. “The Mane Event” allowed the fewest hits per nine innings (6.15) and held Southland hitters to a .191 batting average. The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship consists of a 64-team field – 31 automatic qualifiers and 33 at-large selections. Sixteen teams will be seeded and each of the seeded teams will be placed at one of the regional sites. Regionals for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship are scheduled for May 31-June 3 on 16 campus sites. At each campus site, a four-team, double-elimination tournament will be conducted and the 16 winning teams advance to the Super Regionals, held June 7-9 or June 8-10 on eight campus sites. At each site, two teams play in a best-of-three tournament format. The winners from each site advance to the NCAA Men’s College World Series. No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana – Record: 30-25, 19-11 SLCSouthland Conference Pitcher of the Year Corey Gaconi leads the Lions into their 12th-straight Southland Conference tournament appearance after a dazzling line in conference play, in which he went 6-0 with a league-low 1.82 ERA and 63 strikeouts. Southeastern Louisiana ended the year on a high note with a road series win at Incarnate Word. The Lions also picked up road series wins over tournament qualifiers Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Stephen F. Austin. SLU garnered three all-conference nods as Gaconi was joined by third-teamers Kyle Schimpf and Jared Biddy. The Lions also placed two on the all-defensive squad in shortstop Cody Grosse and left-fielder Nick Ray. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Record: 30-24, 14-16 SLCThe Islanders are making their first appearance at the Southland Conference tournament since 2015, when their Cinderella run was cut short one game shy of the championship contest. A&M-Corpus Christi once again looks to best Sam Houston in a matchup of aces after the Islanders hassled Hayden Wesneski for six runs on eight hits on May 4. The Islanders feature two first-team all-conference players in third baseman Enrique Sanchez Jr. and infielder Itchy Burts, and pitcher Dustin Lacaze was named to the all-defensive team. SUGAR LAND, Texas – The top eight teams in the league descend on Constellation Field for the 2019 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament, beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m. CT. Top seed Sam Houston State enters as the regular season title holder for the seventh time in the last nine seasons. No. 2 Central Arkansas – Record: 29-25, 19-11 SLCThe Bears made a late run for the No. 2 seed, winning five of their last six league games to catch Southeastern Louisiana in the standings. Central Arkansas was awarded the No. 2 seed by virtue of taking two of three from the Lions in the opening weekend of conference play March 8-9. Skipper Allen Gum went in to the final weekend of play having secured his 500th career win with a sweep of Abilene Christian, and added two more to his tally with a series win at Lamar. The Bears accounted for three all-conference spots in second-team pitchers Cody Davenport and Noah Cameron, and Tyler Smith, a third-team all-league selection and a member of the all-defensive team. No. 4 Incarnate Word – Record: 35-20, 18-12 SLCLed by this year’s Southland Conference Clay Gould Coach of the Year, Patrick Hallmark, the Cardinals manufactured a five-game turnaround from 2018 to qualify for their first-ever Southland Conference tournament. UIW led all Southland institutions with a .311 team batting average, and the Cardinals’ pitching staff owned the third-best ERA (4.20), led by all-conference reliever Bernie Martinez (2.12). UIW collected a league-high eight all-conference selections, headlined by Freshman of the Year Taylor Smith, who also appeared on the conference’s all-defensive team. First game: vs. No. 6 Stephen F. Austin, 9 a.m. No. 1 Sam Houston State – Record: 31-23, 20-10 SLCThe Bearkats secured their seventh regular season title in nine years and are seeking a third Southland tournament title in the last four seasons this week. Sam Houston State took two out of three over the defending tournament champion Northwestern State in the final weekend of the regular season. Freshman Colton Cowser, the 2019 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year, capped the weekend with a walkoff single in the season finale to clinch the regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed. Cowser was one of seven all-conference picks and one of four first-teamers, joining first baseman Hunter Hearn, second baseman Riley McKnight and ace Hayden Wesneski.last_img read more

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Kristen Zaleski Named Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Softball Coach

first_imgStory Courtesy of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi AthleticsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Director of Athletics Jon Palumbo announced the hiring of Kristen Zaleski as the new head softball coach for the Islanders. Zaleski led Temple College in Temple, Texas, for nine seasons and compiled a 413-127 overall record. She led Temple to the NJCAA Division I national title in 2018.”We are thrilled to welcome Kristen Zaleski as our next head softball coach,” Palumbo said. “She is a proven winner as a head coach and has demonstrated the ability to connect with and develop her student-athletes on and off the field. I look forward to working with her to elevate our softball program.”While at Temple College, Zaleski’s teams won five conference titles, going 237-47, and advanced to the national championship tournament four times. She was named the Co-Coach of the Year for Region V North in 2018 and 2019. Her 2018 coaching staff at Temple was named the NFCA NJCAA Coaching Staff of the Year.”I am humbled to be chosen as the next head coach for the Islanders,” Zaleski said. “I am excited at the opportunity to rebuild this program and change the culture at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. My experience at Temple College has been amazing and I am very grateful to have been a part of such a wonderful place and softball program for nine years, but I am also looking forward to this next chapter in my life.”Zaleski played five professional seasons after college in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) with the Texas Thunder and the Rockford Thunder. She earned NPF Most Valuable Player accolades in 2005. She was named to the United States National Training Team in 2006 and was nearly selected for the final 2008 Olympic Team.In 2016, Zaleski was an assistant coach for the Dallas Charge of the NPF and has gained coaching experience with the Austin Storm organization. She has worked camps in Texas, Illinois, California, Michigan, Wisconsin and New York. She spent one season as the Texas State graduate assistant in 2005-06.Zaleski graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University in 2004 with a degree in Criminal Justice with a focus in Law Enforcement. While playing for the Bobcats, she earned NFCA All-America, CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-Southland honors. Zaleski won back-to-back Southland Player of the Year and Hitter of the Year honors during the 2003 and 04 seasons. She still holds a pair of Southland career records with 291 total hits and 128 stolen bases. Her seven stolen bases in 2002 and 10 hits in 2001 still stand as Southland Tournament records. Zaleski is one of only two players in Southland history to earn two NFCA All-America Selections.last_img read more

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Willian is wanted by Arsenal and Spurs – should Chelsea keep him or get rid?

first_imgWILLIAN is entering the final two months of his Chelsea contract – with the question now should he remain a Blue?The experienced Brazilian is wanted by a host of European clubs, including London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.3 Willian’s Chelsea future is up in the air with his contract expiring in JuneCredit: Rex FeaturesBut to avoid losing Willian for nothing, Chelsea must extend the 31-year-old’s contract.Chelsea have made attempts to, but refuse to accept Willain’s demand of a three-year deal – leaving his Stamford Bridge future up in the air.SunSport’s Andrew Dillon and Tom Sheen make their cases for the floppy-haired Brazilian to stay or go. And you can have your say, below:TOM SHEEN – GOWILLIAN became a firm Chelsea fans’ favourite long before he ever got close to kicking a ball in Blue.You all know the story by now, the Brazilian was so close to signing with bitter rivals Tottenham, he even did his medical before being whisked off in a taxi to West London.Seven years, 329 appearances and five major trophies later, you would expect a player with that kind of CV to be a bona fide club legend.But alas, there has not been a player in the Roman Abramovich era who divides opinion quite like the winger.For those of us in the firmly anti-Willian camp – and remember there is no middle ground in this particular debate – it primarily comes down to one thing: goals.Well not just goals, but scoring goals, creating goals for others and doing things that might generally lead to goals in football matches.It’s something that Willian, who has never hit double figures in the Premier League, has struggled with mightily during his time at Stamford Bridge.He’s scored just 59 times and added only 52 assists, a contribution once every three games.That’s not even close to enough, and please take a breath if you’re thinking ‘one in three isn’t that bad’. We’re talking about the starting right winger for Chelsea.3 Willian has never hit double figures in the Premier LeagueCredit: ReutersNot a relegation-threatened club who set up to nick a goal on the break (except for that one season), but Chelsea who – behind Man City – have been the most dominant team in English football in the last seven years (well, except for that one season).To watch a Chelsea game over the past seven years is to have seen the Brazilian miss gilt-edged chances, overhit crosses, slow down the play and struggle to make the right decisions on a counter-attack.The pro-Willian brigade have their default position and hold on to it with the white-knuckled grip of the most zealous believers: his workrate.Yes, Willian works hard. Yes, his managers haven’t always asked him to play in ultra-attacking teams. Yes, he has had to cover because Eden Hazard wasn’t the most motivated when tracking back.But I’m afraid if £32million is being spent on a floppy-haired Brazilian winger, the last thing you should expect – and laud – is the ability to track back like a prime Steve Stone.We want flair. We want excitement. We want to see a f***ing corner beat the first f***ing man. Most of all we just wanted more goals.There have been moments, obviously, important and impressive performances – and plenty of silverware.And yes, Willian’s name will be heard long and loud in the years to come at Stamford Bridge.But just like with Bobby Zamora and Will Grigg, Willian’s name will be chanted because of the absolute brilliance of his song rather than the quality of his football.ANDREW DILLON – STAYTHE traditional image of the Brazilian star footballer is one who swaggers around a pitch drenched in sunshine but dry as a bone through not breaking sweat.The romanticised Samba soccer which captivates audiences worldwide and makes Brazil and its players so revered.Willian is not that. The industrious winger is also energetic, committed and direct when needs be.Chelsea fans are divided over his usefulness but the manager is not. Frank Lampard has made it plain he wants his veteran winger to be given a new contract.Lampard played with Willian and now has the vastly-experienced winner playing for him. He has seen the player from both sides of the fence: as a team-mate and now one of his employees.Working for one of your friends is a big challenge. The fact Willian has done it and still continues to impress Lampard should point Chelsea fans in one direction about his value to the club.Eight goals last season during the impotent Sarri campaign. Thirteen the years before. Twelve in 2017.Sixty four games aged 30 for club and country made up his exhausting campaign. Now in his twilight, the classic ‘impact’ sub if need be.There have been times when Willian has carried Chelsea’s flyweight strikeforce. His eye for goal at free kicks critical in keeping the team in matches or snatching vital points.When Barcelona employed their usual sneaky method to try to lure him to the Nou Camp, Willian turned around and publicly declared he wanted to stay at Chelsea.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 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 CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’It’s the sort of statement a player’s agent dreads because it is cutting off what could be a pathway to vast amounts of cash. It is selling yourself short.As the old saying goes ‘loyalty is what they screw you with’. Yet undeterred Willian followed that up by announcing he would willingly play on for Chelsea during these unprecedented times by playing on past his contract expiry date if circumstances require it this summer.Why do you think Chelsea bent over backwards to let him fly back to Brazil and join his family during corona lockdown?The much-adored Diego Costa would have gone and not come back. Oh hang on a minute, he did.3 Frank Lampard has made it plain he wants his veteran winger to be given a new contractCredit: AP:Associated PressWillian’s wife appears to let slip Chelsea transfer exit after being filmed saying ‘our days are numbered’last_img read more

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Cook Islands Sevens team prepares for Oceania meet

first_imgThe Cook Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) this week released the 22-member squad. In a statement, CIRU says the national 7s head coach Chris Roden will be visiting Rarotonga from August 4 to 7 to observe the local talent at the Cook Islands Games 7s tournament to be played on August 6 and 7 at the BCI Stadium.Roden has also visited overseas Cook Islands 7s players in Auckland and Melbourne.“Apart from playing in the local league and rugby union competitions, some of the local players have also been attending extra gym and cross-fit sessions to improve their strength and conditioning,” the statement says.The Oceania 7s tournament will be held on November 14 and 15 in Auckland, New Zealand. Meanwhile, The Bond Store Rarotonga Club 15s competition will resume after the Constitution Celebrations.The second round of the competition will start middle of next month. Defending champions Takuvaine Reds lead after an unbeaten run in the opening round of the competition.Players Teina Savage, Eddie Marama, Tautua Solomona, Bernard Faireka, Peter Natua, Timo Tangirere, Johnny Marsters, Moti Saamu, Mana Havi, Saulosi Nagi, Logo Leuta, Vatu Sika, James Tofilau, Jerry Labaibure, Elaisa Ravula, Andrew Purua, B J Heather, Teu Paerau, Hugh Henry, Mata Andrew Matapakia, Thomas Potoru, Jason Potoru.last_img read more

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Bismark and Bladez lead POM Hockey

first_imgAfter pulling off a convincing 8-1 win over Bismark Green in the men’s division last weekend, the Bladez are in a clear lead on the ladder with 18 points, after leveling with Uniteds on 15 points each in Round 6.Meanwhile, the third-placed Sunam Golds have crushed the second placed Uniteds 2-0 to currently sit on the second spot with 15 points.Fourth-placed Bismark Gold have dropped to fifth spot after a points less Bye as Wanderers men climbed to fifth place after thrashing Seagulls men 5-0.In the women’s division, the top 5 teams maintain their positions with Bismarks still clinging to the top spot of the ladder with 19 points. They are followed by Sunam women with 17 points and Wanderers on third place with 15 points, while MVP Whites are on fourth (10) and Golden Eagles fifth (9).Round 7 laddersMen’sBladez Men (18), Sunam Gold (15), United Men (15), Wanderers Men (10), Bismark Gold  (9), Sunam Black (8), Bismark Green (7), Seagulls Men (3), Global Men (0)Women’sBismark (19), Sunam (17), Wanderers (15), Seagulls (13), MVP Whites (10), Golden Eagles (9), Blade (8), United (7), Global (3), MVP Blues (0)last_img read more

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IOC staunchly defends Russian presence in Rio

first_imgThe IOC opted not to ban all Russian athletes from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after revelations of a wide state-backed doping program across many sports.Instead it chose a set of criteria for athletes to meet, including a clean doping past and sufficient testing at international events that so far has allowed more than 250 out of the original 387 Russian athletes to be cleared for Rio.Many anti-doping agencies, athletes and even senior IOC member Dick Pound sharply criticized the decision, saying the IOC lacked the leadership and courage to ban Russia, hosts of the 2014 Sochi winter Games, outright.Some have even called for Bach’s resignation.”The negative opinions are the ones most likely to be quoted,” Bach told reporters. “In these difficult decisions we will never have 100 percent majority.””In such a debate which touches on fundamental principles… if you had 100 percent it would not be a good debate.”Bach said the decision taken this month to allow some Russians to compete was a difficult one but had to be made under severe time constraints due to the start of the Games on Aug. 5.More measures will follow after the Olympics, once the report, commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, is completed by law professor Richard McLaren.”Now we expect finalizing the report and then we will take all the necessary measures,” Bach, a lawyer by profession, said.Bach defended the IOC’s decision, saying despite the criticism, his organization was not emerging from this scandal with a black eye.”No,” he snapped, when asked whether the doping affair had damaged the IOC’s reputation. “And this is for very obvious reasons.”He said the IOC was neither responsible for the timing of the McLaren report, nor was it for WADA’s failure to act on the information regarding Russian doping it had received years ago.Bach also defended the IOC’s ban of whistleblower Yulia Stepanova from the Games.The middle-distance runner got the ball rolling with revelations on German state television ARD and has since fled Russian for North America for fear of her life.Stepanova, who had herself been banned in the past for doping, was refused a spot, despite being proposed to compete as a neutral athlete by the ruling body of international athletics the IAAF, along with any Russian athlete with past doping sanctions.”With the case of Stepanova we had to take a very difficult decision like with the participation of any Russian athlete,” Bach said.”We have to take all into consideration and also respect the Olympic Charter. It was not easy.”last_img read more

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The Jovic Super Cup

first_imgBenzema and Bale’s injuries They leave the way expedited to Luka Jovic. The Spanish Super Cup becomes the great opportunity and at the same time the final trial for the Bosnian Serb striker. For appointments like these and borderline situations such as the current one, it is why Real Madrid paid 60 million euros Eintracht Frankfurt last summer to take over the services of the scorer revelation of the Old Continent (27 goals). Jovic, who turned two weeks ago 22 years, will remain in Jeddah as a great offensive beacon of Real Madrid, since his only competition at the tip of the attack is represented by Rodrygo, which can act (as it did sometimes in the Saints) as false nine, James and Mariano, which, thanks to the injuries of Bale and Benzema, entered the list for Saudi Arabia, but has long crossed out Zidane’s mind: he has been left out of the call in 24 of 25 games. The responsibility in the new Spanish Super Cup, without Benzema, will be for Jovic. Without Benzema, top white gunner (16 goals between the League and the Champions League), Jovic is the main alternative of Zidane as center forward, although the Balkan is about to find finesse. He has only scored a goal in 432 minutes (over 15 games) and has slowed everything imaginable. From his own lack of connection with his costumes (he is having a hard time getting Spanish), going through the poles (with which he has met twice, against Valladolid and Athletic) and to the VAR, which has annulled him two goals for millimeter gambling against Osasuna and Leganés. And to top it off, the Serbian team has not been a consolation for the tip. The conflict with his coach seems irreparable in the short term even though he met on vacation with the sports director of his Federation. “Jovic’s problem is Jovic”said the coach, Tombakovic, this week.last_img read more

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“My dream is to train Barça …”

first_imgWhat Xavi could not avoid is admitting the obvious: “Everyone knows that training Barça is my dream … but I am currently Al Sadd’s coach and I’m focused on that.”. The next few hours will be decisive, since Abidal and Grau (if Bartomeu also does not appear) will meet with Xavi to tear off the definitive yes to take Barça’s reins from now on. After directing what could be his last game with Al Sadd (victory over Al Rayyan), Xavi Hernández appeared before the media in Doha and cleared balls out hours before meeting again with Eric Abidal and Óscar Grau to negotiate their immediate incorporation to Barcelona. The former Barca captain and legend did not bring much light on his future. “There is no offer from Barça (…). I met with Abidal because he is my friend (…). I cannot talk about what happens in Barça out of respect for the club and Valverde”.last_img read more

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