No. 4 Nicholls Stuns No. 1 Lamar to Advance to First Ever Title Game

first_imgConference Player of the Year Cassidy Barrios was the engine for Nicholls in the opening half, going 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 14 points. While plagued by early missed shots in the paint and 12 turnovers, Nicholls held its own on the boards with a 21-17 overall rebounding advantage. Another run by the Colonels capped by another Barrios three with 1:59 to go in the third gave the Colonels the largest lead for either team at 57-44. Kinard would pull the Cardinals closer with a three-pointer of her own to end the quarter but LU would still enter the final period of play down by 10. To start the second half, nine straight points from the Colonels gave them their first lead since early in the first quarter at 39-38. The run was pushed to 18-0 and a 47-38 Nicholls lead before Kiandra Bowers finally put up a layup and one for LU. Barrios answered with a trey with 5:00 on the clock to push the lead back to 50-41 Cardinals before the media timeout. LU’s offense started to click as the first quarter wound down. Both Kinard and senior Baileigh O’Dell knocked down a pair of threes and were 3-4 from the field to lead the floor with eight points each. The Colonels were unable to sustain their opening run and went the final 5:40 of the quarter without a field goal, entering the first intermission down 21-11. Behind strong rebounding and a pair of threes, Nicholls jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before Lamar began to find its stride. The Cardinals knotted the game at 8-8 behind five points from junior Moe Kinard at the first media timeout. The Cardinals were led by all-conference first team guard Kinard with 13 points while O’Dell also notched double figures with 10 points. Nicholls will face the winner of today’s second semifinal between No. 2 Stephen F. Austin and No. 3 Central Arkansas tomorrow at noon on CBS Sports Network for the tournament championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Led by a masterful scoring performance from conference Player of the Year Cassidy Barrios (27 points), the fourth-seed Colonels took LU out of its element and became just the fourth Southland team to hold Lamar under 70 points this season. Kinard led LU with 21 points while O’Dell added 18. Bowers racked up 14 points and 18 rebounds for her 12th double double of the season. “We knew it had to be all about us,” Plaisance said. “It’s the high character, it’s the grit and tremendous leadership we have. I always tell my team that the opponents can’t scout what’s in your head and your heart.” On the return possession, Barrios came up with a massive block on O’Dell’s three-point attempt, which teammate Marina Lilly gathered to force a foul from Lamar. After a missed three-pointer from Freshman of the Year Jadyn Pimentel, Tykeria Williams was fouled on her way to the basket on the other end and canned both free throws, making it a four-point game (72-68) with 19.8 on the clock. “Everything was set up for us to succeed,” Harmony said. “We just unraveled, lost our composure and couldn’t make it happen down the stretch.”center_img Senior Tia Charles and sophomore Tykeria Williams each registered 17 points to lead a well-rounded Colonel attack which averaged just 65.3 points per game in the regular season. Lamar would open up a scoring spurt to close the first half but the Colonels remained in striking distance, finishing the second quarter with the score 38-30 in favor of LU. The Cardinals flirted with single-digit deficits as the final quarter wore on and pulled within six on a jumper from Kinard with 3:21 to go. With 1:46 on the clock, O’Dell drained her third three-pointer of the night to bring the top seed within three points at 68-65. With a minute to play, O’Dell came through with another trey to knot the game at 68 and end another 8-0 Colonels run. Barrios wasted no time on the other end, putting up an off-balance layup to push Nicholls back ahead 70-68. “We knew the third quarter had to be our best quarter,” said Charles. “Our third quarters had been our worst quarters all season, so we had to make a change.” The Cardinals, who were outright Southland Conference regular season champions for the first time in program history, made their 13th straight appearance in the conference tournament, but have not won the title since 2010. Colonels’ senior Tia Charles was fouled on the Nicholls-end inbound play and made 1-of-2 from the line to make the score 73-68 with 8.3 on the clock. Williams was then put back on the line, also going 1-for-2 to make it 74-68 for good. Kinard’s final three-point shot fell short and the Colonels punched their ticket to the championship game for the first time in program history. The fourth-seeded Colonels started a run of their own in the second period, sparking an 8-0 clip before Southland Coach of the Year Robin Harmony called a timeout with her side leading just 25-22 with 6:11 to play. “Don’t panic,” was Plaisance’s mantra. “We’ve been in every possible situation this year,” said Plaisance. “Never having the lead, never losing the lead, everything. We’ve seen it all, so there was no pressure.” They did just that, as the Colonels held Lamar to just nine points in the third period while putting up 27. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – “We are all that we need,” Nicholls head coach DoBee Plaisance said to her team in an early timeout with No. 4 Nicholls trailing No. 1 Lamar in today’s Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinal. She couldn’t have been more right, as the Colonels survived everything the Southland champions threw at them to earn a 74-68 victory and a spot in their first ever Southland Tournament title game. We’re just taking it one game at a time,” Barrios said. “We’ve already made history and we’re ready to make more history tomorrow.”last_img read more

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Rodrigues Wins Men’s Tennis Weekly Award

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Thomas Rodrigues is the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. This is Rodrigues’ second weekly award of the season, claiming the first honor on Feb. 20. Honorable Mention: None. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Thomas Rodrigues, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – So. – Romorantin, France Rodrigues started Wednesday’s contest against the Cardinals with a 6-3 win at the No. 2 doubles with partner William Mottet, defeating LU’s Sebastian Santibanez and Arthur Serfaim. The sophomore from Romorantin, France, then took down Lamar’s Arthur Serafim at the No. 3 flight, 6-2, 6-1. The Islanders (19-8, 5-0 SLC) defeated Lamar (8-13, 2-3 SLC) 5-2 this week to claim the No. 2 seed in the Southland Conference Tennis Tournament in Beaumont, Texas. They will face No. 3 Abilene Christian (14-10, 3-2 SLC) on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT. 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

SLU’s Lee & SFA’s Bain Receive Southland McCarty Citizenship Awards

first_imgBain took the lead on various community service projects, including a reading program with elementary schools, establishing a basketball playground for the less fortunate and assisting with free basketball clinics. The day after the Duke win, Bain and his teammates served the homeless at an area Nacogdoches food kitchen around the Thanksgiving holiday. He serves as an excellent role model for kids in the Nacogdoches community and back home in the Bahamas. Nate Bain, Stephen F. Austin Men’s BasketballBain literally gained international renown when he hit the game-winning layup in Stephen F. Austin’s victory over nationally-ranked Duke, snapping the Blue Devils 150-game home court win streak. The Freeport, Grand Bahama, native was then able to turn that recognition into raising more than $150,000 to help his hometown area after it suffered major destruction from Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana soccer student-athlete Caroline Lee and Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball student-athlete Nate Bain are the recipients of the 2020 Steve McCarty Citizenship Awards, Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett announced Tuesday. Caroline Lee, Southeastern Louisiana SoccerLee was a four-year defender on the Lady Lions soccer team, earning Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognition each season. Additionally, she has been the Southland Conference national SAAC representative for the past three years. In that role, she has represented her fellow student-athletes in Southland Advisory Council meetings and has earned national recognition on various NCAA Committees.  The honor is named for the former Stephen F. Austin athletic director, who served at the school for 21 years, including 15 as athletic director. McCarty, an Alto, Texas, native, retired from SFA in 2005 and is a two-time graduate of the university. He is a member of the SFA Board of Regents and the SFA Alumni Association’s “Football Coaches Hall of Honor.” McCarty was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2006.  — Southland Strong — Lee, who originally hails from Tyron, North Carolina, graduated with honors this month from Southeastern Louisiana. She will continue her work and plans to pursue her master’s degree and hopes to become a physician’s assistant.center_img The McCarty award recognizes a male and female student-athlete who exhibit outstanding qualities in citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service. Both recent graduates of their respective institutions, the pair will be honored during the league’s virtual Awards Show tonight at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live. The win over Duke was just one in the Lumberjacks’ 28 of the shortened season, including a record 19 conference victories that had them positioned as the top seed in the 2020 Southland Conference Tournament. Despite suffering an injury, he still made 27 starts and led the team with a free-throw percentage of .800. Her Southland SAAC duties have led her to a vice chair position on the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and she was recently selected to serve as a student liaison on the newly formed NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports and the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Committee. Last month she participated on the panel of the NCAA’s Social Series, along with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline, regarding the importance of mental health. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Lee has been working directly on the healthcare frontlines as a respiratory therapist for North Oaks Health System in Hammond. Bain graduated with his degree in kinesiology and would like to work with youth in his future. Up next, he plans to play basketball in Lithuania. Over the past few summers, Lee participated in missionary work and lived in an all-girls orphanage in Honduras. She started a service club working with local ESL elementary school students and also found time to coach a U6 girls soccer team in Hammond to give back to the game that gave her so much.last_img read more

LONG FUSED CLEOPATRA’S STRIKE HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN GABRIEL STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF; FIRST POST TIME AT 11:30 A.M.

first_imgLONG FUSED CLEOPATRA’S STRIKE HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN GABRIEL STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF; FIRST POST TIME AT 11:30 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 1, 2020)–Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Cleopatra’s Strike, a 7-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred gelding, heads a field of seven older horses going a mile and one eighth on turf in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita.Most recently a close fourth in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup going 1 ½ miles on Dec. 1 at Del Mar, this chestnut son of Smart Strike took the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship here at Santa Anita two starts back on Sept. 28.D’Amato will also send out Overdue, who although ninth in the Hollywood Turf Cup, had posted solid Beyer Speed figures in a pair of turf allowance victories leading into his most recent start.Claimed 13 starts back for $20,000, the Richard Baltas-conditioned North County Guy sped to a one length, gate to wire victory in a mile and three eighths turf allowance on Nov. 24 at Del Mar, earning a career-top 92 Beyer in the process.CLEOPATRA’S STRIKEOwner:  Slam Dunk Racing and Michael NentwigTrainer: Phil D’AmatoLightly raced in 2019, this Smart Strike gelding had one win and two seconds from four starts, good for earnings of $185,400.  Ridden by Manuel Franco when beaten one length by eastern invader Oscar Dominguez in the Hollywood Turf Cup, he’ll be reunited with Abel Cedillo, who orchestrated his John Henry win at a mile and one eighth two starts back.  Second, beaten a nose in last year’s San Gabriel, “Cleopatra” looks like the horse to beat on Saturday.OVERDUEOwner:  H & E Ranch, Inc.Trainer:  Phil D’AmatoOff at 7-1 in the Hollywood Turf Cup Dec. 1, Overdue stalked the early pace but tired badly late to finish ninth under Mike Smith, who will be riding him for the fourth consecutive time.  A half length turf allowance winner three starts back at Del Mar going 1 1/16 miles, he was up to win a second condition allowance at 1 1/8 miles on turf here on Oct. 5.  With an overall mark of 8-3-2-1, this 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Overanalyze will be making his second stakes start on Saturday.THE GRADE II SAN GABRIEL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 10 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTDesert Stone–Geovanni Franco–120Chosen Vessel–Tyler Baze–120Cleopatra’s Strike–Abel Cedillo–124Overdue–Mike Smith–120North County Guy–Mario Gutierrez–120Majestic Eagle–Rafael Bejarano–122Acker–Joel Rosario–120Special early first post time for a 10-race program on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m.  Admission gates will open at 9:30 a.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

UNUSUAL HEAT TURF CLASSIC QUOTES-SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESABEL CEDILLO, WOUND TIGHT, WINNER: “This horse is very strong on the lead. There was no pace, so he was tough on the lead. He never got tired. We came back in front of the grandstand and he still wanted to run.”TRAINER QUOTESGERARDO MORALES, ASSISTANT TO BOB HESS JR., WOUND TIGHT, WINNER: “The race set up perfect. The horse likes to run on the front end. I was a little concerned about going a mile and an eighth, that it was too far for him, but he definitely got the job done. I’m really happy with him. When I saw the fractions I said, ‘We have a big chance,’ and when they turned for home I knew it was all over.”MATT NELSON OWNER/BREEDER, WOUND TIGHT, WINNER: “I thought it was going to be a little bit closer than that. It’s a long process and a win makes it all worthwhile.“Bob (Hess, Jr.) must have given Abel some great advice because he rode him excellent.“It is beautiful here at Santa Anita, I grew up a few streets north from the track and this has been a fantastic place to watch races.“Bob controls all the shots so well let him make the call on where we go next.”NOTES: Hess was in Florida. Morales, 58, has been with Hess 35 years. Matt Nelson is the winning owner/breeder.last_img read more

Alli thanks fans for support after ‘horrible experience’ of being robbed

first_imgDele, 24, was in a downstairs room with long-time partner Ruby Mae, his adopted brother Harry, Harry’s girlfriend and another male friend when the masked bandits burst in at 12.30am this morning.They punched the Spurs midfielder in the mouth and assaulted another man after demanding the frightened group hand over valuables.One suspect then ran upstairs and ransacked several of the star’s bedrooms.Alli was in a downstairs room with long-time partner Ruby Mae, his adopted brother Harry, Harry’s girlfriend and another male friend when the masked bandits burst in at 12.30am this morning.Most read in football THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD 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 CelticNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old Trafford They punched the Spurs midfielder in the mouth and assaulted another man after demanding the frightened group hand over valuables.One suspect then ran upstairs and ransacked several of the star’s bedrooms.Alli and his injured friend did not require hospital treatment.7 Dele Alli has been isolating with girlfriend Ruby Mae during lockdownCredit: Splash News7 The £2m home Alli was in with his girlfriend and pals at the time of the raid7 After attacking Dele, the raiders took two expensive watches from the star and jewellery belonging to model girlfriend Ruby, also 24Credit: Ruby Mae Instagram7 Dele, 24, was in a downstairs room with his adopted brother, Harry, when robbers burst inCredit: Instagram @Dele TOTTENHAM midfielder Dele Alli has thanked fans for support after the “horrible experience” of being robbed at his London home.Alli was attacked by knife-wielding robbers who burst in as the Spurs player played pool with his girlfriend and brother.7 Dele Alli has thanked fans for support after the ‘horrible experience’ of being robbed at his London homeCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd7 Spurs midfielder Alli, 24, was punched in the mouth until he gave over valuables including expensive watchesCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd7 One of the star’s pricey watches, which were targeted in the raidCops were hunting for the thugs who escaped with watches and jewellery worth thousands of pounds from the star’s £2million home.And Alli, 24, has broken his silence after the ordeal online.He tweeted: “Thank you for all the messages. Horrible experience but we’re all okay now.”Appreciate the support.”Thank you for all the messages. Horrible experience but we’re all okay now. Appreciate the support.— Dele (@dele_official) May 13, 2020last_img read more

Springboks coach Allister Coetzee to be sacked after attack on SA rugby

first_imgDuring his two-year tenure, Coetzee won just 11 of his 25 Tests in charge, with defeats to Italy, Wales and Ireland.Despite boasting the worst win ratio of any ‘Boks coach for 20 years, he refutes any responsibility and shifts the blame onto the SARU.South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper reports Coetzee sent a scathing letter to the governing body, accusing it of ill-practice.Coetzee met with CEO Jurie Roux on January 18 about what he thought was an upcoming performance review, but was told his time as Springboks coach was up.”Instead, the meeting was used as a platform to inform me of SARU’s decision to inter alia, terminate my contract of employment with immediate effect,” Coetzee writes in his letter.”You further informed me that a further aspect of decision is that my services will be terminated regardless of the outcome of the anticipated performance review, as contemplated by my employment contract.”Coetzee also alleges his sacking is to make way for SARU’s new director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, to take the helm.He believes a potential demotion, should he stay on board, would constitute unfair labour practice and infringe his right to equality.”And should I wish to remain in SARU’S employment, I will be reduced to a ceremonial coach, and further that, Johan Erasmus [“Rassie”] has already been employed to replace me and is already performing the duties of a Springbok coach.”Should I be reduced to the position of ceremonial coach I would have the fact in the indignity of reporting to Rassie.”Coetzee likens his perceived treatment by SA rugby to that of former outspoken and controversial coach Peter de Villiers.”I will not allow elements in SARU to wilfully destroy me and render me unemployable as was done to Peter De Villiers.”I was the most successful Super Rugby coach at the time of my appointment and was requested to return to Springbok rugby from Japan because my country needed me.”My treatment since my return as suggests that elements in SARU embarked on a deliberate attempt to undermine me from the word go and to create the public impression of incompetence on my part whilst wilfully obstructing my efforts to be successful.”last_img read more

Dwellers crush Rapatona in first away game

first_imgIn the other away game played in Lae at  the  Ignatius Kilage stadium Hekari defeated  hosts Welgris United FC 2-nil in a one sided affair.Dwellers in a dazzling opening minute took complete command of the match until the final whistle.It was the Dwellers top players Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba that shook the entire match with their power plays and  strategies to take full command of the proceedings.Dwellers opened up with the first goal from Raymond Gunemba just  after the kick off from the half way line.More ball control and outstanding quick passes and running saw the dwellers keep more possession in the first 45 minutes.Just before the halftime, Dwellers sent in Robin Dabinyaba with a quick through ball to make it a 2-0 lead.In the second half the Lae City Dwellers increases their lead further with more goals despite the Rapatonas strong comeback.Once more Dabinyaba and Gunemba scored one goal each after the second half 20 minutes play time for Dwellers to extend the lead to 4-0.Rapatona fought back to score but couldn’t make it through the strong Dwellers defense.Fifteen minutes before the final siren, Dwellers finished off the day with Obert Bika scoring from a cross which found him right in front of the goal mouth which he fired home with his right foot to put the issue beyond doubt to take a  5-0 lead.last_img read more

Federer: Kyrgios no chance of winning Australian Open

first_imgFederer, who has claimed four Australian Open titles himself, believes Kyrgios isn’t experienced enough to go the full length.”To win, he drops, in my humble opinion,” Federer told Fairfax Media. ”To do anything, yes, first week no problem, but to go all the way it’s a long way, and he’s never been into a semis before, so first he has to prove to the world and himself that he can make the semis.”So for me to start talking about him winning the tournament, Lleyton [Hewitt] never did it, and he was two times world No.1 at the end of the year.”So I know [Kyrgios] has got a big game, but he has to beat four, five amazing players. Can he do that right now? I’m not sure.”He can beat them, but not back to back to back to back to back, maybe. But I’m happy if he proves me wrong.”Kyrgios is in the same half of the draw as world number one Andy Murray, former Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka and the 17th ranked Roger Federer.”I think he’s going to be tough to beat here. I think this court plays very well for him,” Federer said of Kyrgios.”It’s not a great start to the year for him in some ways because of his knee, he was a bit on and off, and best-of-five again, different story.”Two weeks, it’s a long one, and he knows that.”So I think it’s gonna be a tough one, but I hope he can play a good year, virtually injury free this year. For me that would be exciting to see how would he do then?”last_img read more

Tottenham asks about Gareth Bale, according to El Chiringuito

first_imgIt is unknown if this possible interest it would be for the current winter market or for the summer, but do not forget that it is not the first time that Bale interests the club of London. In addition, it should be noted that Mourinho, current Tottenham coach, also wanted to sign Welsh when he trained the Manchester UnitedThis meeting takes place within the scope of the relaxed relationship that exists between the two president and tSome other managers of the white club have also been present. As commented Juan Sanz in The beach bar, there has been a meeting in Madrid between Daniel Levy, president of Tottenham Y Florentino Pérez in which the name of Gareth Bale.Daniel Levy has taken advantage of the meeting to ask Florentino Pérez about Gareth Bale, being interested in the situation of the Welsh player that lately does not seem to count too much to Zidane (remember that in front of Seville was not summoned despite being in perfect physical condition).last_img read more