2019 Southland Conference Softball Tournament Begins Tuesday Morning

first_imgNo. 6 Northwestern State Lady DemonsHost school Northwestern State is slated for a showdown in game two against Lamar, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Lady Demons went 28-25 overall this year with a 15-12 record against conference foes. Fresh off a Southland Pitcher of the Week award, Mikayla Brown will look to dictate the pace of the game from the circle. Brown is responsible for four of Northwestern State’s eight shutout wins this season. The Lady Demons have outscored opponents by a 29-run margin due in large part to Cayla Jones and Hayley Barbazon who have combined for 74 of NSU’s 211 runs. Jones leads the squad with a .333 batting average and a .558 slugging percentage. No. 7 Lamar CardinalsThe Cardinals have a tough task in front of them as they will square off against host school Northwestern State. However, Lamar looks up to the task behind junior Jade Lewis who leads the Cards with 13 RBI, a .349 batting average and 10 doubles this season. Shannon Klaus, another threat for the Lamar offense, ranks eighth in the conference with 25 stolen bases on the year and a team-best 26 runs. No. 5 Southeastern Louisiana Lady LionsSoutheastern Louisiana will kick off the tournament with an 11 a.m. meeting against Central Arkansas Tuesday morning. SLU finished the regular season with a 17-10 Southland record. Although the Lady Lions’ path to the title will not be easy, head coach Rick Fremin and his squad are certainly capable of returning home with hardware. Ella Manzer, a two-time 2019 Southland Hitter of the Week, leads the Lady Lions with a .376 batting average. Rebecca Skains has racked up 19 doubles on the year to go along with 59 hits and a team-best 46 RBI. Stolen bases are where Southeastern Louisiana is especially dangerous as the squad ranks first in the NCAA averaging 4.06 per game. Jaquelyn Ramon has stacked 58 of the Lions’ 215 stolen bases on her own. No. 2 Nicholls ColonelsNicholls closed out their regular-season slate by winning four of their last five games for a 21-6 record in conference play. The Colonels have been menacing at the plate this season, swatting 10 triples and combining for 96 extra-base hits. Kali Clement leads Nicholls at the plate with six home runs and a .375 batting average. Megan Landry has done her share in the circle, ranking 13th in the nation and first in the conference with nine shutout victories. Landry holds a 25-10 record with 24 complete game victories and a 1.70 ERA. Of their 32 wins, Nicholls has shut out opponents in 12 contests. The Colonels’ tournament begins Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. where they will face the winner of game four. NATCHITOCHES, La. – The 2019 Southland Conference Softball Tournament opens Tuesday, May 7 at Lady Demon Diamond in Natchitoches, La., on the Northwestern State campus. First-round matchups will feature the tournament’s bottom four teams playing in a single-elimination game. Following the two opening-round matchups, the tournament will then shift to a double-elimination bracket. The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds await the winners of round one Tuesday evening. Seeds No. 1 and No. 2 have a double-round bye and await the winners of games three and game four. Entering the field with the No. 1 seed is Sam Houston State who locked up a regular-season title after winning two games against Stephen F. Austin in their final three-game series of the season over the weekend. Earning the tournament’s No. 2 seed is Nicholls who won two of their final three games against Southeastern Louisiana to close out their regular season schedule. McNeese has snatched the last three Southland Conference Tournament titles and enters the week as the tournament’s No. 3 seed, while Stephen F. Austin rounds out the tournament’s top four teams.Games 1-11 are slated to be streamed live on the Southland Digital Network, which is available via southlanddigitalnetwork.com and on Southland Conference apps. Tony Taglavore, Charlie Cavell, Jason Pugh and Patrick Netherton will share play-by-play duties.Coverage transitions to the ESPN family of networks for the championship round. Game 12 is scheduled to receive national television coverage on ESPNU, in addition to streaming availability on ESPN.com/watch and ESPN apps. Four-time Louisiana sportscaster of the year Lyn Rollins and two-time NFCA All-American Tori Vidales will call the action for the title stage. Coverage for Game 13 (if necessary) will shift to ESPN3, online-only through ESPN.com/watch and ESPN apps.No. 1 Sam Houston State Bearkats The Bearkats clinched the outright regular-season title after securing a 22-5 Southland Conference record with 2-of-3 wins against Stephen F. Austin in the final weekend of regular season play. Sam Houston State led the Southland with 34 home runs, while limiting conference opponents to a .176 batting average. Lindsey McLeod has been a force inside the circle with a conference-best 1.65 ERA. The Bearkats’ regular-season title comes in head coach Garrett Valis’ first year at the helm for Sam Houston State. The No. 1-seeded Kats await the winner of game three and will take the field Wednesday with at 11 a.m. CT. No. 8 Central Arkansas BearsCentral Arkansas rounds out the tournament field as the No. 8 seed. Kelly Crutchmer leads the Bears and ranks seventh in the country averaging .76 stolen bases per game after racking up 39 stolen bases. Libby Morris leads UCA with 99 total bases, 44 RBI and 10 home runs. No. 4 Stephen F. Austin LadyjacksStephen F. Austin kicks off their tournament Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. taking on the winner of Southeastern Louisiana and Central Arkansas. The Ladyjacks will look to contend as the tournament’s No. 4 seed after registering an 18-9 conference record. SFA’s defense has been impressive thus far with a .973 team-fielding percentage that ranks 27th nationally and first in the Southland. Freshman Kassidy Wilbur has been automatic inside the circle, ringing up a league-best 240 strikeouts, a feat that ranks 10th in the nation. Margarita Corona has played and started in all 53 games for the Ladyjacks and leads the conference with a .673 slugging percentage. No. 3 McNeese CowgirlsMcNeese will look to continue their Southland postseason success, having claimed the last three consecutive Southland Tournament titles. The Cowgirls finished the regular season with a 19-8 conference record, earning the tournament’s No. 3 seed in the process. Senior Justyce McClain leads McNeese and ranks sixth in the nation for hits (75) and stands first in the Southland with a .405 batting average. The Cowgirls will play the late game Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of Northwestern State and Lamar.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, PARADISE WOODS, WINNER: “Sometimes the first ones are the best ones, I’d like to take some credit but honestly it was John Sherriff and his crew, man they did a lot of work on this mare and they finally got her to a point where she will listen to you a little bit, I left the gate and had a great post, I stayed as still as I could and just kind of let her get that big beautiful stride of hers going, once she did that she had the race under control.“I wanted to engage her against Just a Smidge but, when you engage horses they are taught to fight. They will get after each other so the pace would have been quicker, I might be losing a little bit of ground but, I got her to do it relaxed. If I can get them to relax, I’d rather do that. Once I came into the far turn and engaged her, you saw what she did, she took off and she might have done that earlier. Sometimes this works sometimes it doesn’t.“Working her in the morning helped and just being around her, she used to run against Unique Bella quite a bit and honestly they are very very similar, it’s too bad they haven’t raced against each other because they would knock each other in the head so I basically rode her like I did Unique Bella.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SHIRREFFS, TRAINER OF PARADISE WOODS WINNER: “When we first got her, she was very anxious. When she gets mad, she stays mad for a long time, so we spent a long time focused on ways to keep her from getting anxious. The first thing was to get her to relax in her gallops and hopefully, we’ve taught her a better way to relax. She has tremendous ability and we need repeatable performances and we need her to develop a style. As you saw today, she was sitting there relaxed, she was just off that filly (Just a Smidge) but she wasn’t pulling. That’s the kind of talent she has.“This is very gratifying because (co-owner) Marty Wygod really wanted to campaign her this year and there was a lot of criticism about not breeding her.”NOTES: The winning owners are. Steven Sarkowsky, Martin J. Wygod, and Pam Wygod.last_img read more

Valencia willing to sell Kondogbia for just £26m in transfer boost for Spurs

first_imgAnd it’s believed Spurs’s boss Mourinho sent chief scout Steve Hitchens to monitor Kondogbia after the new year.The 27-year-old has made 24 appearances this season, scoring two goals.But he has been trusted to play as a deep-lying midfielder, in front of the backline, as well as in a pair with Daniel Parejo.Tottenham midfielder Dele Ali shows off incredible house & home cinema while on lockdown VALENCIA are reportedly willing to sell Tottenham target Geoffrey Kondogbia for just £26million.Spurs have been linked with the 27-year-old midfielder as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his options in the middle of the park.1 Valencia are reportedly willing to sell Tottenham target Geoffrey Kondogbia for just £26mCredit: GettyMourinho is also drawing up possible replacements for club record signing Tanguy Ndombele – who is wanted by Real Madrid and Barcelona despite his difficult first season.It is understood Spurs are willing bid up to £35m for Kondogbia, half of his £70m release clause.But the Evening Standard report that he could actually be available for as little as £26m.The price could be driven down if Valencia fail to qualify for the Champions League. They currently sit seventh in the table as the season remains suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.Valencia are said to be open to offers for any of their players, and were even willing to sell star striker Rodrigo to LaLiga champions Barcelona in the winter window, though a deal could not be agreed.Kondogbia signed for Valencia in 2018 for £22m, but is out of contract in 2022 and the Spanish giants want to cash in on the midfielder for the highest fee possible.The former Sevilla and Monaco player is rated as one of the top box-to-box players in LaLiga. Tottenham transfer newsGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothGossipJOSE’S SP-ARKSpurs ‘in secret transfer talks’ with Napoli over £45m-rated Arkadiusz MilikGossipALL O-VERVertonghen may QUIT Spurs for free next month as club refuse two-year dealGossipNO KANE DOSpurs reject Kane approach by Barca forcing them into £100m Martinez moveGossipDOUBLE BUBBLESpurs eye double Serie A transfer swoop for Alex Sandro and CastagneBROTHERS IN ARMSSpurs target Booth brothers – Taylor from Bayern, Zach at Real Salt LakeGossipSERGE SPLURGESpurs join Utd and Chelsea in race for Lazio’s £80m-rated Milinkovic-SavicGossipFREE, TWO, ONE…GOMan Utd behind Spurs in free transfer race for PSG right-back MeunierGossipYES SERChelsea and Tottenham set to be beaten by West Ham to £15m Serhou Guirassy transferlast_img read more

Fiji to bid for World Sevens leg

first_imgPhoto: PHOTOSPORT Fiji on the medal podium during the 2016 Olympic Games Mr Bainimarama made the announcement at a gala dinner marking the one-year anniversary of Fiji’s historic win at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio.He said Fiji has been known as one of the finest exponents of running sevens rugby for decades and had become a dominant force on the international stage.However, he bemoaned the fact the country didn’t currently have a major international Sevens event placing them properly on the world stage.”We do not have a major Sevens event that befits our position as Olympic Men’s Rugby 7s Champions,” Mr Bainimarama said.Once the next bidding process commences, the Fiji Rugby Union and the government will submit a bid.The Prime Minister, who is also the President of the FRU, said the country would look to put its best foot forward to host such an event.”The opportunity to host a leg may be as early as 2020, it may be later, but we want Fiji to be ready when that time comes,” Mr Bainimarama said.The chairman of the FRU, Commander Francis Kean, said his board was making great strides on many fronts in becoming more professional citing a recently approved strategic plan which identified hosting of a leg of the Sevens Series as a key priority.”The benefits of hosting a leg are truly significant,” Mr Kean said.”From the financial benefits to our economy flowing from the tourism and spending, to the massive global exposure of such an event, hosting a leg of the World Sevens Series positions our country favourably alongside the current other 10 cities.”Plus, it gives our Sevens team a chance to play in front of a home crowd, in front of their families and friends.”Mr Kean said the FRU will be investing a lot of time, energy and resources over the next six months towards submitting a compelling bid.Currently the HSBC World Sevens Series is played in 10 cities; Dubai, Cape Town, Sydney, Hamilton, Singapore, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Paris and London.The cities selected by World Rugby to host a major event would need to satisfy a wide range of criteria including venue, accommodation and potential attendance.Mr Kean said the FRU was announcing its intention to bid when the opportunity arises once current hosting agreements expire in 2019.last_img read more

Overconfidence costs Fijian Drua

first_imgThe Drua remain in third place after the 24-17 defeat to Queensland Country in Lautoka at the weekend, their second loss in three games.Senirusi Seruvakula said the crowd turned up in numbers and they had a lot of opportunities to win but made too many simple mistakes.”It was a very disappointing result that we [did] not expect it,” he said.”The boys just played overconfident – there were a lot of indisciplined errors and 50/50 passes and that showed in the result.”At the same time Queensland Country were prepared on the gameday.””The game was ours – there was a lot of opportunities, there were a lot of opportunities – and the Country cannot keep up with the pace that we were playing,” reflected Seruvakula.”But just the last pass and there were a lot of 50/50 passes and forward passes when the score was not given.”The Drua can still seal a semifinal berth, in their inaugural season, with victory over the Sydney Rays, who defied their lowly eighth placing to stun the Perth Spirit 44-31 on the road at the weekend. in Suva on Saturday.Senirusi Seruvakula said there will be no chance of the home team taking their opponents lightly.”We’ll be doing a lot of team meetings and also one on one meetings and then this week we will be doing a lot of clarity, so they understand what’s expected of them in all zones on the field,” he said.”Also we’re going to test a lot of new players, who are going to be playing in the run-on (team) because we are losing six players who are going to the Northern Tour this week for the Flying Fijians.”As a coach I have to have faith in my players and I have full confidence that these guys, given the opportunity, that they will rise up to the occasion.” Photo: QRU Media/Australian Rugby Former Fiji rugby league international Eto Nabuli scored a try against the Drua on his return home.last_img read more

Injury forces early termination of Manu Vatuvei’s contract with Salford

first_imgAfter playing the side’s final eight matches of 2017, Vatuvei has taken no part in the current Super League season after severely damaging his Achilles tendon in a freak training accident in February.His contract was set to expire at the end of this season, but the 32-year-old will part ways with the Red Devils immediately.”Unfortunately, the injury Manu sustained in pre-season meant that he would be out for the full season,” said Salford director Ian Blease.”We had hoped that Manu would have played a significant part in our 2018 campaign however we now feel that it is best for both parties for Manu to return home.”Everyone at the club would like to wish Manu the best of luck for the future.”Despite the premature exit, the Tonga international would have had a deal struck to ensure full pay-out as per the terms of his original contract.It’s unclear where the man known as “The Beast” goes from here, but a return to his beloved Warriors, for who he scored 152 tries through 226 appearances, would seem unlikely.last_img read more

PNG registers 2nd win in women’s basketball

first_imgThey defeated Nauru tonight 88-46 at the BSP Arena.PNG was too strong for Nauru who for the first time are taking part again in the Games after three previous Games when they did not compete.PNG showed class taking the lead throughout the game. In the first quarter, PNG took the lead 27-10 and maintained their position on the court to lead at half time, 43-19.In the third quarter, Nauru fought hard but were too weak in defence, allowing PNG’s strong attackers Betty Angula and Nesta Sape to break through sndx score more baskets for the home team, taking the score to 62-32.Nauru kept their heads high and never gave up hope as theu fought their way through the final quarter.PNG went sailing with basket after basket and creating a 40 points gap and coming out winners 88-46.last_img read more

NSL top four in to the finals stage

first_imgThe top four teams that are to play in the National Champions League are PKA Rapatona, MRDC Hekari United, Welgris Morobe United and Lae City Dwellers.According to the draw for this weekend, the first game tomorrow will be played between PKA Rapatona FC and MRDC Hekari United FC which is a Southern Conference home game.PKA Rapatona is also gearing up to put a strong challenge between the all-time favourites Hekari United FC and we can expect things to heat on and off the field.In another home game at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae it will be a brotherhood clash between the Welgris Morobe United and the reigning champions Lae City Dwellers.However, Dwellers will go into the match has favorites with all expectations on their captain Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba to score goals for them.While for the Welgris Morobe United their charges need to be a bit more patients in their attack and let the ball do the talking then they will reap the rewards.According to the championship draws:Game 1 (20/02/2016) – PKA Rapatona vs MRDC Hekari United – Bisini- Welgris Morobe United vs Lae City Dwellers – SIKGame 2 (24/02/2016) – MRDC Hekari United vs PKA Rapatona – Bisini- Lae City Dwellers vs Welgris Morobe United – SIKGame 3 (27/02/2016) – PKA Rapatona vs Lae City Dwellers – Bisini- MRDC Hekari United vs Welgris Morobe United – Bisinilast_img read more

Official: Papu is already a Racing player until the end of the season

first_imgPapu is left-handed, he has a lot of quality, he is an idol in his country and he can play both on the right wing, playing a changed foot, or as a midfielder. During the talks between both clubs, the sports director Maño, Lalo Arantegui, has insisted to his racing counterpart, Chuti Molina, that Zaragoza prefers to play inside. Another thing is the accommodation that Christopher finds him since in the two positions in which The new signing is where Yoda and Cejudo usually play, the two top scorers and Racing assistants. In fact, it seemed much more urgent to hire a born center forward than another midfielder. In any case, Papu’s class is indisputable and Chuti Molina was taken by his qualities since he saw him mark a hat-trick al Albacete in May 2018. Giorgi Papunashvili, 24, has a difficult mission for the next five months: trying to help Racing avoid the downgrade. Real Zaragoza and the Cantabrian club simultaneously announced the assignment, advanced by AS on January 2, from Georgian midfielder until the end of the season. In the end, it has been the player who has chosen since he had on the table the offers of Racing and Extremadura.The operation has been very close to shipwrecked since, after having an agreement with the player, Racing refused to accept an economic penalty clause in case Papu does not play almost everything until the end of LaLiga Smartbank, 15 games. We must bear in mind that only 20 days remain but from which we must discount the duel against Zaragoza to be played at El Sardinero, since Chuti Molina has not only accepted the penalty for matches but has also signed the fear clause so Cristóbal Parralo will not be able to count on his new player in the March 1 game.last_img read more

ATP President: “It is very possible that there will be no tennis this year”

first_imgFor this, the ATP takes days evaluating totally different prospects and making an attempt to resolve a puzzle that every day that passes increasingly more items come out. “Now we’re speaking about season calendar, we’ve got created about 50 totally different variations and we’ve got needed to shuffle them day by day. We also needs to keep in mind that some issues are already set in stone: for instance, the O2 Area is accessible for the ATP Finals solely throughout that week (from November 15 to 22), “Gaudenzi defined, including, lastly, how might stay the calendar: “We’re engaged on the potential for four-week clay tour after the US Open. The very best case state of affairs would be to tour North America over the summer season, then clay, then Asia, after which the ATP Finals. With seven Masters 1000s and three Grand Slams, there wouldn’t be a lot room for complaints. If the US Open is canceled, the complexity of the scenario would develop exponentially, as a result of we must always contemplate enjoying in November and December as effectively, however proper now we’re specializing in a restart after Wimbledon. “As if there have been few issues on the desk, it ought to be famous that the continuity of the US Open is significantly jeopardized if the sphere hospital that is put in in its services is lengthened, which is very seemingly contemplating the unfold of the virus by america, the nation of world hardest hit by the pandemic. Many questions on some adjustments to which the Gamers Council, chaired by Novak Djokovic, It has given its approval to protect an important occasions of the 12 months, as acknowledged by a Gaudenzi who is on the mercy of the evolution of COVID-19 … “If the US Open is canceled we must always contemplate enjoying in December as effectively” Andrea Gaudenzi, President of the ATPcenter_img It was an open secret, however no one is hiding anymore: tennis is about to say goodbye in 2020. ATP, by its president Andrea Gaudenzi, He has admitted in conversations with Italian media that this season might not resume because of the coronavirus. In the intervening time, each the boys’s and girls’s circuits (WTA) are formally stopped till July 13, however it appears that the scenario will lengthen a lot additional.After all, even Gaudenzi himself doesn’t know the way lengthy and already contemplates that there will be no extra competitors this 12 months: “Nobody is aware of after we can resume tennis, so there is no level in speaking about August or September. Every little thing is hypothetical, so there is no use hitting your head in opposition to the wall for one thing that may not occur, as a result of it is very possible that tennis will not resume till subsequent 12 months. “Nonetheless, he acknowledged that the important thing month to elucidate the vacation spot of the season will be September: “If the sport didn’t resume in early September, I very a lot doubt it will be later.”Regardless of being at a useless finish, Gaudenzi’s intention is that, if he can resume exercise on the tracks, the Grand Slams take precedence and that no less than seven 1,000 Masters can be performed: “Our working precept is very easy: we’ve got to attempt to play as many tournaments as we will within the weeks that we will have at our disposal to protect rating and money prize, and above all to supply leisure. for our viewers. I symbolize the ATP, however the Slams are the Slams. We’ve the ATP Finals in November, however my want is that the gamers in London have had the chance to indicate that they’re the perfect in three Slams occasions and 7 Grasp 1000 occasions, and that we will crown the perfect participant on the earth as we normally do. “last_img read more