SFA WIns Sunshine State Winter Classic

first_imgAfter sitting tied at 1-1 with tournament co-host Sacred Heart, SFA rattled off two game wins, including a 255-181 game three, en route to taking three of the final four games of the first-round match. Against fellow Southland Bowling League member Vanderbilt, the Ladyjacks rolled four-straight 200-pin games with scores of 208, 238, 224 and 234. Owning a pinfall total of 13,442 for the three days of play, SFA completed its perfect record by defeating two of the nation’s top three teams in bracket play Sunday. The Ladyjacks backed up a 4-2 opening round win over 20th-ranked Sacred Heart with a dominant 4-0 victory over fellow Southland Bowling League member Vanderbilt. Story by SFA Sports InformationORLANDO, Fla. – Down 3-0 in the championship match, the Stephen F. Austin bowling team dug deep and came from behind for an improbable 4-3 Baker match victory over third-ranked and top-seeded Nebraska to capture the inaugural Sunshine State Winter Classic title Sunday afternoon inside Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando. The Ladyjacks completed their first ever undefeated tournament in program history as SFA went an unblemished 13-0 to claim its second tournament crown in 2019 and fifth all-time. Finding themselves in a 3-0 deficit in the title match against the Huskers, SFA bounced back with a hard-fought 187-174 game four victory before catching fire in the fifth game and rolling to a 240-192 win. The Ladyjacks tied things up at 3-3 with another strong game, taking game six 210-151. In the decisive game seven with the Sunshine State Winter Classic on the line, SFA showed no fear in claiming a 195-160 triumph. Starting each bracket play match Sunday with the lineup of freshman Carlene Beyer, junior Megan Eaglehouse, sophomore Sarah Gill and seniors Dakotah Hazlewood and Paige Beeney, the Ladyjacks picked up their second tournament MVP honor of the season. Serving as the linchpin in the final day’s Baker matches, Beeney was tabbed Sunshine State Winter Classic MVP and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. She finished third among 93 total bowlers with a 212 game average in the five traditional team matches Saturday, knocking down 1,060 total pins and rolling a team-best 256 to will SFA to a 1,090-1,082 victory over ninth-ranked Tulane. “Every tournament we compete in it’s with the goal in mind of working toward the postseason,” added coach Lemke. “Today, we took a step in the right direction of achieving that goal and getting back to the NCAA Championship.” “We dug ourselves into a hole but there is a reason we play best 4-of-7 matches,” head coach Amber Lemke told the team in between the third and fourth games of the championship match. “I preached about having to make quality shots in order for us to get back into it.”last_img read more

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Abilene Christian’s Sheehy, Bellow Sweep Tennis Player of the Week Awards

first_imgSheehy led the first-place Wildcats (13-3) to victories over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Harding on Sunday, extending the team’s winning streak to a season-best eight matches. ACU is in the Sunshine State to face Florida A&M and No. 41 Florida State tonight before taking on No. 37 Arkansas at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday. Honorable Mention: Putri Insani, Southeastern Louisiana; Ela Iwaniuk, Northwestern State; Kei Kato, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Yada Vasupongchai, Central Arkansas; Bianca Vitale, Lamar; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State. FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy and Autumn Bellow are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. 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. With his two top-line wins, Sheehy pushed his personal winning streak to seven matches. The nation’s 100th-ranked player according to the ITA has a .786 winning percentage (11-3) this spring and has won nine of his last 10 contests. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Josh Sheehy, Abilene Christian – Senior – Arlington, TexasSheehy lost just three games in his first three sets of singles play last week, defeating UAPB’s Kameron Myers 6-1, 6-0 and taking the first set 6-2 against Harding’s Alejandro Sendra, who gave Sheehy a run for his money in the second frame, but eventually fell 7-5. Honorable Mention: Axel Vila Antuna, Lamar. Bellow was flawless during the Wildcats’ 2-0 home weekend vs. Lone Star State foes Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin, as ACU improved to a perfect 3-0 in conference play and 7-7 overall. The Wildcats look to remain undefeated in Southland action at home against Incarnate Word at 1 p.m. Saturday. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Autumn Bellow, Abilene Christian – Senior – Amarillo, TexasBellow improved to 10-8 as a doubles player this spring and 6-4 over her last 10 singles decisions as she posted two of the Wildcats’ four points in a 4-3 triumph over Sam Houston State. She rolled that momentum into a 7-0 team victory over Stephen F. Austin in which she won both her singles and doubles matches again.last_img read more

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SHSU’s Mitchell Picks Up Third Southland Men’s Basketball Weekly Honor

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State forward Kai Mitchell is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.  He averaged 22.5 points per game on 76.2 percent shooting and grabbed six rebounds a contest in the Bearkats’ two wins last week. Mitchell shot 5-of-6 from the field with 15 points in a 79-70 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday and dropped a career-high 30 points in an 82-67 triumph over Central Arkansas on Saturday. The wins snapped a three-game skid for SHSU and secured a seventh-straight season with double-digit wins in conference play, the longest active-streak in the league and tied for the longest all-time with Stephen F. Austin (2011-18) and the Bearkats’ teams from 2004-11. Mitchell, who celebrated a birthday in Saturday’s victory over Central Arkansas, dropped a career-high 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a pair of shots against the Bears. Having never made more than one three-pointer in a game in his Bearkat career, he nailed three of his four attempts from long range. The senior forward dished out three assists versus Central Arkansas and averaged 2.5 per game on the week. This marks Mitchell’s third Player of the Week award this season. Week 16 Southland Conference Release (PDF)center_img Honorable Mention: Chudier Bile, Northwestern State; Hayden Koval, Central Arkansas; Avery Sullivan, Lamar. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State – Senior – Forward – Haverstraw, N.Y.After a quiet first half against Southeastern Louisiana, Mitchell accounted for three of the Bearkats’ first four field goals and eight of the team’s first 11 points in the second half. He also sank a pair of free-throws in the final minute to oust the Lions, who had cut SHSU’s lead from 14 points to just three with two minutes to go. SHSU concludes the home portion of its schedule against in-state foes Lamar and Houston Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, respectively.last_img read more

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Spurs star Son’s agent eyes transfer to Italy and says he has ‘talked to Napoli’

first_imgTOTTENHAM favourite Son Heung-min could move to Italy, according to his agent.The representative of the Korean star, 27, has spoken to Napoli previously, and he indicated the player would like to play in Serie A at some point in his career.2 Son Heung-min could be ready for a switch to an Italian club, says his agentCredit: PA:Empics SportLosing Son would be a hammer blow to Spurs, who could lose up to SIX stars at the end of this season.Speaking to Italian station Radio Marte, Son’s agent Thies Bliemeister revealed the player’s love for Italy which could see him move to Serie A when his Tottenham contract ends – or sooner.Son was a revelation last season after returning from the Asia Cup, scoring 21 goals for club and country – having wanted to quit four years ago.Recruited from German side Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 for £22million, the Korean is now one of Tottenham’s most important players.He has bagged 70 goals in just over four seasons at the club.Website Goal reported Bliemeister’s conversation with Radio Marte.He said: “I’ve never brought a player to Napoli, but I’d like to because [Diego] Maradona, my favourite player, played for them.”I’ve talked to Napoli in the past, with executives who are no longer at the club.”I’ll take advantage of this double-header with Salzburg to talk to them.”As for Son at Napoli, why not? You can never say never in football.”Son likes Italy, the food and Italian people. It’s not easy to take him from Tottenham because he costs a lot but, one day, who knows?”2Of course, many will see the agent’s words as a cynical ploy to get a bumper new deal out of Tottenham, with the club in dire straits this term and manager Mauricio Pochettino under huge pressure.Spurs are set to lose Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela – all out of contract – in the summer.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneDanny Rose and Serge Aurier are also thought to want to leave the club.But midfielder Moussa Sissoko has just signed a new long-term deal.Latest Tottenham newsKETTY CATTiger King’s Joe Exotic ‘injected workers with tranquilisers meant for big cats’tearful victoryEamonn Holmes shares pride in wife Ruth Langsford after £33k charity TV winSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantine’IT’S AMAZING’My eggs have helped 3 women become mums — I’d love to meet the kids one day’HIPPY AT HEART’Breakfast radio host Lisa Snowdon reveals what gets HER up in the morningSon signed a five-year deal at Spurs in July 2018.He is believed to earn around £110,000-a-week.This Saturday’s Premier league sees Brighton take on Tottenham and West Ham v Crystal Palacelast_img read more

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Real offered Mourinho £12m NOT to join Spurs and wait for Zidane to be axed

first_imgREAL MADRID were ready to offer Jose Mourinho £12million NOT to take another  job  —  and  just  wait for   Zinedine  Zidane   to   leave.The Spanish giants did not want their former boss to link up with another top European club.2 Jose Mourinho was being lined up for a return to Real MadridBut the Portuguese had his heart set on Tottenham.And Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who had been harbouring doubts about Mauricio Pochettino since the build-up to June’s Champions League final, rewarded his patience.Real were not the only club whose approaches to Mourinho were in vain.Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Lyon all wanted him, while Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande were willing to pay him £40m a year AFTER tax.But once Mourinho knew the Tottenham job was in play, he was happy to stall on other options.2Most 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 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 himJosé Mourinho speaks about Moussa Sissoko’s performance against Bournemouth & trying to sing along with Spurs fansSpurs’ poor start to the season saw the club accelerate efforts to identify a successor to Poch.And it seems a key meeting took place in London on October 21, when Mourinho cancelled appointments at short notice in order to talk to super-agent Pini Zahavi.The Special One left the meeting convinced he was the leading candidate to take over at Spurs and so was prepared to reject whatever offer Real might dangle in front of him.last_img read more

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Bellamy to address cracks in Storm defence

first_imgThe Storm have now conceded more than 20 points three times this season – all in the past four rounds – after allowing teams to score that many points just twice in 2016.It could be the wake-up call the side needs before they enter a difficult Origin period without several of their stars.Bellamy made sure his side learned from their mistakes after the full-time siren as they move ahead for the rest of the season.”Obviously straight after the game, he (Bellamy) was disappointed and he let be known he was disappointed with our defensive effort,” Storm forward Dale Finucane said.”It wasn’t an angry blast, you could hear more of the disappointment as he spoke that it’s uncharacteristic of us. We pride ourselves on our defence and that’s what he was most disappointed with. Saying that, it (an angry blast) could be coming today.”‌With the club imposing a two-week suspension on prop forward Jesse Bromwich, it’s been a week of off-field distractions for the side but you won’t hear Melbourne using that as justification for their error-riddled performances.”The fact we’ve concede those points is disappointing but I’m not 100 per cent sure what to put it down to,” Finucane said. “We’ve had a couple of player movements but that’s no excuse. We always say our mantra is next man up.”Jesse is a massive part of our team and not having him leaves a big gap but we’ve been without Jesse a few times earlier this year with his thumb injury and back. “You can’t put it down solely to one player, it was a team effort and it wasn’t good enough.”The Storm travel to Perth in preparation for a South Sydney Rabbitohs outfit hot off a crushing 28-8 victory over the Wests Tigers on Friday night. While there are a number of players motivated to use this week’s match as another opportunity to stake their Origin claims, potential NSW Blues bolter Finucane is unimpressed with his own form of late.”I’d love to play Origin – it’s something I aspire to but I don’t think I’ve been playing my best recently,” Finucane said.A strong bounce-back win for Melbourne would boost Finucane’s chances of earning an Origin debut as well as ensure the club capitalises on their full complement of players before serving ongoing representative duties.Tohu Harris’s return has come at a vital time for the Storm. “To be able to play all the game on the weekend was really good for him (Harris),” Finucane said. “He looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. We’re grateful to have him back in the team.”There’s a number of guys there we could be without and you want to do as well as you can before your team is a bit disjointed.” Photo: NRL (Melbourne captain Cameron Smith reacts after the Titans’ stunning win over the Storm Grant Trouville).last_img read more

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Tonga to learn from Pacific Games travel failures

first_imgPACNEWS Last week the government had to front up the travel bill for 59 remaining athletes whose federations failed to pay their air fares to Papua New Guinea to compete in this year’s Pacific Games.The Minister of Youth, Employment and Sports, Fe’ao Vakata, says the Tonga Amateur Sports Association and other federations were disorganised and it’s the last time the government will front up travel money due to their lack of preparation.Vakata says the Ministry will work on setting up a separate institute of sports for Tonga alongside criteria for selected federation members.”They all come running to Uncle Government thinking they are ‘something’. But we want to host this very important occassion. They need us. They need government to jump in and help out with the federations.”last_img read more

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Gates open for Hunters and Seagulls game

first_imgPeople have been lining up as early as 11am wanting to get in early and get a good seat. The gates opened at 11:44am.Thousands more are standing in line, braving the heat and eager to get in.Police and Korry Security Services along with volunteers are out in full force to ensure there is no trouble carrying out thorough checks at the gates.The game will kick off at 2:30pm.last_img

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Luka Modric returns to ownership

first_imgThe sacrificed, in principle, will be Marcelo and Valverde. On the left side, the rotations have been habitual throughout the season and Mendy is usually the one chosen in the demanding games away from the Bernabéu. In the middle, Zizou Also opt for rotations to keep everyone plugged in. In front of the City the sacrificed was Kroos, against Barcelona Modric and this time everything indicates that it will be Valverde who has rest. Madrid will begin to defend the leadership that recovered in the Classic this Sunday against Betis in the Villamarín (21:00 hours, Movistar LaLiga). Zidane prepare some variations with respect to the eleven players who won the Barcelona, but having no game during the week (the return against the Manchester City it is day 17) it will not alter the alignment too much. The main novelties will arrive on the left side and midfield, where they will enter Mendy and Modric after being substitutes in the Classic (the Croatian played the final minutes and the side saw the whole match from the bench).last_img read more

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The Premier values ​​open football to avoid crowded home gatherings

first_imgThe Premier could return in June, if the coronavirus epidemic allows it, and the authorities are already thinking about the possible scenarios that may occur at that time when, everything indicates, that the competition could resume without a public in the stadiums. That will provoke massive audiences through television and, in that sense, Oliver Dowden, Secretary of Culture, has conveyed to the Premier his concern about the distancing measures that will continue in progress for a long time. Sky Sports and BT Sport are the payment platforms issued by the English league. If there is no public in the stadiums, the monitoring on television will increase even more and Dowden wants to avoid risky situations. Plan massive gatherings of friends at home, since not everyone has access to these payment channels, which would be a breeding ground for new infections. In this sense, Dowden has explained that he has presented the Premier with a proposal. It is none other than offering some or all of the matches in the open competition to avoid these crowds. It is not easy. “I have raised this challenge to the Premier in the conversations we have had, if the competition returns behind closed doors and the general public cannot access it, we have several creative options on the table, and that is one of them to consider, and this has been recognized by the Premier “, wields Dowden.But the main obstacle would be to reach some kind of agreement with Sky Sports and BT Sport, the pay channels that the league offers and that pay a huge amount of money to the clubs every season. The idea has also been extended to Scotland, where it has also been warned that closed-door matches create the danger of gathering supporters off the field, which would be fertile ground for the spread of the coronavirus.last_img read more

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