Tournament Central | Live Video and Replays | Bracket | PhotosNATCHITOCHES, La. – Day one of the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament is in the books as No. 5 seed Southeastern Louisiana and No. 6 seed Northwestern State advance to the third round of play with two wins each, following a pair of opening-round victories at Lady Demon Diamond in Natchitoches, La. SLU will now face No. 1 Sam Houston State Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. CT, while Northwestern State and No. 2 Nicholls will meet for an 11:30 a.m. showdown. Following opening-round losses, No. 4 Stephen F. Austin and No. 3 McNeese fall into the elimination bracket.Game One | No. 5 Southeastern Louisiana – 7 vs. No. 8 Central Arkansas – 6 (Box Score)Seven innings were not enough to decide a winner in the opening game between No. 5 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 8 Central Arkansas. SLU ultimately outlasted the Bears and advanced to the second round with a 7-6 victory. Jaquelyn Ramon sparked the Lady Lion offense from the very beginning, hitting a single before stealing second base. After advancing to third, Ramon was driven home on a sacrifice fly from Mima Doucet that placed SLU ahead 1-0. Game Three | No. 5 Southeastern Louisiana – 2 vs. No. 4 Stephen F. Austin – 0 (Box Score)A pitcher’s duel was on display in game three between No. 4 Stephen F. Austin and No. 5 Southeastern Louisiana. SFA’s Kassidy Wilbur and right-handed SLU pitcher Karlee Kraft battled in the circle for eight innings before Madison Watson crushed a two-run homer over center field to push the Lady Lions to a 2-0 win. The teams held each other scoreless over the fourth and fifth innings but Northwestern State provided one final run for assurance in the bottom of the sixth after a single from Kaitlyn St. Clair was driven to the Lamar shortstop. Kayla Roquemore crossed the plate for NSU’s final run after entering the game to pinch run for Alexis Perry.In a last-ditch effort with two outs, Lamar entered Taylor Davis to pinch hit for Kimberly Mattox but were unable to capitalize. Northwestern State’s E.C. Delafield earned her 10th win of the season and moved to a 10-3 record after allowing just two hits in the game.With the win, Northwestern State advanced to the second round to face No. 3 McNeese in game three of the tournament. The Lady Demons escaped the single-elimination portion of play and will compete in double-elimination matches for the remainder of their tournament. The two squads played to a stalemate over the next three innings until Central Arkansas’ Tyla Vernon gave the Bears their first run after a single from Reagan Sperling. Rebecca Skains then concluded a four-run explosion for Southeastern Louisiana with a two-run home run shot over center field that put the Lady Lions up 5-2.Central Arkansas found a rhythm on offense and fought its way back, tying the score at 5-5 with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. SLU regained its footing in the bottom of the sixth with a run from Lindsey Rizzo but the lead was short lived as UCA’s Oakley Sisemore scored on a single to center field from Sperling later in the inning.The Lady Lions finally retired the Bears in the seventh inning but were subsequently sat down in order, forcing an eighth inning of play. Central Arkansas placed a runner on second but was unable to capitalize on the play.With the count at 2-2, Southeastern Louisiana’s Madisen Blackford found her way on base with a single up the middle. On the very next play, Blackford advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Bobbi Smith. With one runner on, Ramon stepped up to the plate looking to provide the late-game heroics for the Lady Lions. Set for the bunt, Ramon connected and dashed down the first-base line, beating the throw and allowing Blackford to score the game-winning run.Game Two | No. 6 Northwestern State – 4 vs. No. 7 Lamar – 0 (Box Score)No. 6 Northwestern State advanced to the second round, escaping single-elimination play with a 4-0 win over No. 7 Lamar. After opening the game with two scoreless innings, the Lady Demons vaulted to a 3-0 lead after Cayla Jones sent a shot over the right center field fence. Facing a full count with runners on first and second, Jones connected on the seventh pitch for the three-RBI homer. Wilbur struck out eight Southeastern Louisiana batters on the way to a 1.56 ERA in the game for the Ladyjacks. Margarita Corona led the SFA offense with a pair of hits, including a double down the right-field line in the first inning.Kraft was aided by an impeccable defense that forced the Ladyjacks into 16 flyouts and 10 groundouts in the game. The Lady Lions finished the contest with seven hits and three stolen bases in the victory as Kraft improved to a 5-1 record.Stephen F. Austin will play again Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. CT against loser of game six between Nicholls and Northwestern State.Southeastern Louisiana will now face top-seeded Sam Houston State in game five, beginning Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. The winner will advance to the semifinal contest.Game Four | No. 3 McNeese – 3 vs. No. 6 Northwestern State – 4 (Box Score)No. 6 Northwestern State stunned No. 3 McNeese 4-3 in a seven-inning affair Tuesday evening to conclude day one of the Southland Tournament. The Lady Demons and the Cowgirls combined for 15 hits in the contest. Heading into the day, McNeese had not lost in a Southland Tournament game since a 2015 loss to Southeastern Louisiana.McNeese jumped out to an early 2-1 lead, scoring a run in each of the first two innings. NSU leveled the score at 2-2 in the third inning after Elise Vincent cracked a triple down the left field line. Vincent was brought home on the very next play as Cayla Jones sent an RBI single toward the McNeese shortstop. The Cowgirls took the lead once again in the bottom of the fifth after Kaylee Lopez doubled to left field, allowing Justyce McClain to cross home plate. Northwestern State responded in the very next inning by loading the bases with three of their first four batters. With the bases loaded, Riley Cantrell knocked a single into the right field gap for NSU to bring the game even at 3-3. Maggie Black then stepped up to the plate and sent a single of her own into right field to bring Kaitlyn St. Clair in and put the Lady Demons up for the final time of the night at 4-3.Northwestern State sealed the victory over the Cowgirls with three-straight outs in the bottom of the seventh. The Lady Demons remain unbeaten in tournament play and will now take on No. 2 Nicholls Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m.The loss drops McNeese into game seven where it will take on the loser between Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana.
Central Arkansas advances to face No. 6 Stephen F. Austin at 4 p.m. CT Thursday, while Northwestern State slots into the 9 a.m. game Thursday against No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana. Jay Anderson put the Bears on the board first, reaching on a leadoff single and scoring from first on a double off Tyler Smith’s bat. Smith tested his luck on a single two batters later, but a Lenni Kunert missile to the plate beat Smith by a healthy margin to keep the score at 1-0. Box Score | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – No. 2 Central Arkansas put No. 7 Northwestern State, the defending Southland Conference Tournament champions, on the difficult path for its title defense with a 2-0 win over the Demons on Wednesday afternoon at Constellation Field. Northwestern State ace Nathan Jones, who had struck out four of five batters from the last batter of the first to the first batter of the third, was nearly pegged for a second run on a Josh Ragan double that would’ve been a round-tripper if it landed a few inches higher. A trio of walks issued allowed Ragan to touch home plate and double the Bears’ lead.BSB: @UCABearBaseball on the board first in our second game. 30th RBI of the year for Smith, scoring Anderson. 1-0 Bears over @NSUDemonsBSB, B1st.?? https://t.co/ZNpKLqrhM1???? @espn apps #ProveIt #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/5PiC4XD2fk— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 22, 2019 Davenport needed just 18 pitches to manufacture six-straight outs before allowing a double to Kunert, just Davenport’s fifth hit allowed on the afternoon. He responded by punching out pinch-hitter Peyton Davis for his eighth strikeout of the game. Central Arkansas starter Cody Davenport kept NSU off the board for all nine frames, allowing just six hits and one walk. The senior from Fayetteville, Ark., struck out 11 Demons and became the Bears’ career leader in strikeouts at 270. Jones settled back in and retired seven of the next nine batters he faced, including three-straight strikeouts, before passing the ball off to Nathan Hodo, who limited UCA to two hits over the final three innings with three strikeouts. However, the Demons couldn’t find an answer for the Bears’ hurler.
Wed, March 11: Men’s First Round Men’s Games 1 and 2 — 5 / 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+) Fri, March 13: Women’s Second Round Women’s Games 3 and 4 — 11 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. (ESPN+) Men’s Championship Game Men’s Game 7 – 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Women’s first-round games will be played Thursday, March 12, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Women’s second-round games are Friday, March 13, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Semifinal games are scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The women’s championship game is Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m. CT and will be televised on CBS Sports Network. All other Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament games will be available on ESPN+. Thurs, March 12: Women’s First Round Women’s Games 1 and 2 — 11 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. (ESPN+) Men’s Second Round Men’s Games 3 and 4 — 5 / 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+) 2020 Southland Conference Tournament Schedule(All times Central) Men’s Semifinals Men’s Games 5 and 6 — 5 / 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+) The winners of the conference men’s and women’s tournaments will earn the Southland Conference’s automatic bid into the 2020 NCAA tournaments. The NCAA Men’s Final Four is April 4 and 6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, while the NCAA Women’s Final Four will be April 3 and 5 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Sat, March 14: Women’s Semifinals Women’s Games 5 and 6 — 1 / 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+) Reserved tickets for each session are $25 each, while general admission tickets are $20. Tickets for all men’s and women’s tournament games are available now at all Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster.com.“We are excited about bringing the Southland Tournament back to Katy for the 13th-straight year and expect another outstanding event at the Merrell Center,” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “We are proud of the partnership we have with the City of Katy and other partners to provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans with an outstanding Division I postseason experience.”Discounted tickets are available for groups of 20 or more. Group tickets to any session are $15 for general admission only. Fans interested in purchasing group tickets should call 972-422-9500, ext. 113. The men’s tournament tips off Wednesday, March 11, with first-round games at 5 and 7:30 p.m. CT. Men’s second-round games are slated for Thursday, March 12, at 5 and 7:30 p.m., and the semifinal games will be played Friday, March 13, at 5 and 7:30 p.m. The men’s championship game is set for Saturday, March 14, at 8:30 p.m. and ESPN2 will carry the live broadcast. All other Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament games will be featured on ESPN+. Sun, March 15: Women’s Championship Game Women’s Game 7 — 1 p.m. (CBSSN) FRISCO, Texas – Just in time for Cyber Monday, tickets are on sale now for the 2020 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held March 11-15 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, and tickets are available via Ticketmaster.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO is out to haunt Tottenham once again when they host Bayern Munich tonight.The rejuvenated Brazilian is showing the same form that earned him that big money move from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018.3 Philippe Coutinho is back and ready to haunt Spurs againCredit: ReutersWhether it was the price-tag or the pressure of playing for Barcelona, Coutinho failed to live up to expectations and eventually left for Bayern after 18 months.A move to the Bundesliga champions has provided him with a fresh start and he appears to be revelling in his new-found freedom.The 27-year-old has scored twice and assisted two in three league starts and he’ll be desperate to light up the biggest stage of all in the Champions League.Coutinho will feel he has a point to prove but to Spurs fans across the country, they are fully aware of the damage he can inflict on the field.He has played 13 times against Spurs throughout his career, winning seven and losing just twice.One of those came in the Champions League for Inter Milan in 2010 when he was introduced in the final 26 minutes of a 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane.The other came in October 2017 when Spurs ran out 4-1 winners over Jurgen Klopp’s side.He has found the net three times including for Barca in 2018 as the Catalan giants came out on top at Wembley in a 4-2 victory.If Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had his way, then Coutinho would be lining up in the colours of Tottenham tonight.The Argentine attempted to sign him in the summer on a loan deal in the summer after hearing of his availability.Coutinho’s record vs SpursGames: 13Wins: 7Losses: 2Goals: 3Assists: 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itBut Coutinho turned them down before eventually completing his switch to Germany.A defeat for Spurs will leave them in a tough spot following their disappointing draw to Olympiacos in their last outing.Bayern top the group after their opening 3-0 win over Red Star.3 The Brazilian is rejuvenating his career at Bayern MunichCredit: Reuters3 Coutinho scored against Spurs for Barcelona almost a year agoCredit: Times Newspapers LtdTottenham vs Bayern Munich – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Champions League match
SOUTHAMPTON are set to win the race for Kyle Walker-Peters.Crystal Palace have also been battling to take the Tottenham right-back this month.2 Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to move to Southampton instead of Crystal PalaceBut Saints feel they have moved into pole position to land the 22-year-old on loan.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamWalker-Peters has played only five times for Spurs this season after a promising start to his Spurs career, where he was briefly seen as a legitimate potential replacement for Kyle Walker, who headed to Manchester City in 2017.But Mauricio Pochettino brought in Serge Aurier from PSG in 2017 as well and the emergence of Japhet Tanganga, 20, has hastened Walker-Peter’s exit.Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has spoken publicly about his desire for reinforcements in the full-back areas.Versatile KWP can also play at left-back, making him an even more useful signing.While the current injury to Cedric Soares, who is set to leave at the end of the season, means a new right-back has become a priority.Centre-back Kevin Danso had to be drafted into that position in Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup tie with Spurs, who did not include Walker-Peters in the squad.2 Japhet Tanganga has impressed Jose Mourinho this season at right back for SpursCredit: Rex Features Spurs are expected to let Christian Eriksen go to Inter Milan this week, with an announcement on the Dane’s move expected as early as this week.Jose Mourinho is certainly putting Daniel Levy’s transfer market nous to good use with player sales, before he gets the chance to get more players on board.Tottenham are looking at Dutch forward Steven Bergwijn from PSV, while AC Milan forward Krzysztof Piatek is also an option as a replacement for injured Harry Kane. José Mourinho implies Spurs will execute the option to buy loanee Giovani Lo Celso after convincing performance versus Southampton 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 clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids
Mooar has been at the Super Rugby champions for three years and helped the Crusaders to a second straight Super Rugby title in 2018 alongside head coach Scott Robertson.He was previously head coach of the Southland Stags as well as backs coach with South African sides Eastern Province Kings and Southern Kings in the Super 15.The 44-year-old Mooar will join Scarlets in 2019, with Pivac taking over from Gatland as Wales coach at the end of next year’s World Cup in Japan.”The opportunity to take on the role of head coach at the Scarlets is simply too good to pass up and is both an exciting challenge for myself, and a fantastic opportunity for my family to experience life on the other side of the world,” said Mooar.”The Scarlets is a rugby brand that’s known the world over, it is a winning club with an extremely proud history, passionate fans, and is aspirational in its goals.”It is humbling to be offered the opportunity to take the reins after the great work Wayne Pivac has led, as he moves on to the Wales job.”Pivac has been in charge at Scarlets since 2014 and helped the region win the Pro12 title in May 2017.Scarlets general manager Jon Daniels said: “Brad’s rugby philosophy, leadership style and personality are everything we were looking for in a head coach.”Brad has a great understanding of what is required for success and how to build a winning culture.”Throughout the process we have been hugely impressed with Brad’s appreciation of Scarlets’ place in the community, his passion for developing players and the research he had done on our heritage.”
by Quintina NaimeThe Relay headed out to the old Rabaul town and into Simpson harbour this morning and is now in the Duke of York Islands before a run through Kokopo town this afternoon.The baton arrived in the province yesterday to a massive welcome from the community.It flew into Tokua airport along with the victorious SP Hunters who got the opportunity to get a photo with the baton, and was met at the airport by Governor Eraman ToBaining Jr and former governor-general Sir Paulius Matane.The baton visited the famous Bitapaka War Cemetery where it was carried in by the caretaker through a guard of honour formed by the local community.Local children then ran a relay with the Baton around the cemetery garden walls.A Tolai youth then took the Baton over his head and took part in the Tolai whip dance initiation with village elders, including Sir Paulias cracking the cane whips across his torso.The Relay then drove out to the border of the Pomio District to be escorted across the 30 year old temporary bridge over the Warangoi River.The Pomio community led by new MP Elias Kapabore and two Pomio Tumbuans walked the bridge before handing the Baton back to the Tolai community, accompanied by yet more whip dances.The relay then ended the day at Kalabond Stadium for the Agmark Gurias, visiting team the Snax Tigers and the local crowd to see the Baton.The Relay will spend five days in the province visiting communities, schools and villages.
Hunters defeated Mackay Cutters 34-20 this evening at the BB Print Stadium, Mackay.Hunters scored two tries in the first half through Watson Boas and four tries in the second half through Wartovo Puara Jnr, Ishamel Baikawa, Adex Wera and Boas.Cutters wasted no time scoring four minutes into the game through Johnny Faletagoa’I to put the home team in front 4-0.Twenty minutes into the game, Stargroth Amean made a break through running 20 metres, setting up Watson Boas to score for Hunters. A conversion by skipper Noel Zeming took the score up 6-4.Cutters got back into the lead, scoring their second try 12 minutes to half time. A successful conversion from Liam Taylor took their score up 10-6.Terrible defence by Hunters gave the chance for an easy try for Cutters through Howard Brown 10 minutes to half time. A successful conversion increased the lead for the home team, 16-6. With just 35 minutes into the first half, Maki scored for Hunters, taking the score up 16-12 at half time after a successful conversion by Zeming.Hunters were on fire in the second half, scoring four more tries.Puara showed good skill and speed to break through Cutters’ defence five minutes into the second half to level the score 16-16 after a successful conversion.Ten minutes later, Baikawa scores for the Hunters, slipping through Cutters’ defence to touch down right under the goal post, putting Hunters back in the lead 22-16 after a successful conversion.Boas scored his second 60 minutes into the game with a runaway try, followed by a successful conversion to put the Hunters in a 12-point lead, 28-16.Cutters scored again through Brenden Treston taking their score up 28-20.Hunters’ final try came from Wera two minutes to full time and a successful conversion extended the lead 34-20 at full time.
With the last round remaining in the competition, teams are eager to win as many games as possible to top the scoreboard to qualify in the finals.For this weekend’s final game for round 2, the defending champions and the current top team in PMBL KSS Flames will confront the strong Superior Coffee Saints, who proved tough last weekend against the West Jokers.The second match will be between Chariots and team running second on the ladder, MoniPlus Tamaraws, while West Jokers will go up against the MTSL Exodus.It will be an exciting Sunday with the first match set to start at 2pm.
Cavani doesn’t play in the PSG, and if he were here, could he fit well?I do not talk about players who are not on our squad. Levante is dangerous, he competed well and we will have to take the game where we believe we can hurt him.Atletico has won three consecutive games …We need the support of the people, the stadium full, there is an interesting preview for all fans, and we will seek to continue along the lines that we have been working on in recent games.What is failure for you?I already explained it once. It is what he believes one can achieve and does not achieve.What balance does what the team has done so far?It is difficult to take a general balance, but in this beginning I think there are new people, with the illusion of learning, who need time to grow and hope that the results, which are those that strengthen ideas, will accompany us so that in this transition we have commented The team grows.What can the team get?We think of the game by game, which is what we have done since we arrived.Is there enough goal in the squad with everything coming from now on?Let’s hope so. Are you worried about the transfer market?We are concerned with what always happens in January, the possibility that players can leave and can arrive. We talk to the club about the situation we have. When they happen, if they happen, we will find out.Is Lemar a dispensable player or not?The facts speak for themselves. With Lemar we have behaved in consequence of what we believe, it is true that he could not develop all the football he owns. It has characteristics that do not have players on the team, now when you return from your injury I hope you have an important moment. Now, if you can stay or not, we know that the representatives work brilliantly and the clubs go with the needs of the clubs. But as a footballer, every time he was available he has played more than he has not played. His characteristics have always excited me, he has not been able to respond accordingly to the expectations, but the expectations are. Diego Pablo Simeone appeared in the press room to analyze the news of the Atlético de Madrid in the previous game of LaLiga Santander that this Saturday will measure the rojiblanco team against the I raised at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium (6:30 pm).A new signing period opens. What worries you: possible departures or arrivals?I worry about what happens to Levante. From the game we play, the club knows what we have been talking about and will work as a result of what is best for the club and the team.