Southland Women’s Basketball 2018-19 Preseason All-Conference Teams Released

first_imgNicholls and Lamar each secured two preseason spots while Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word, Houston Baptist, Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each earned one distinction. Amanda Johnson* Houston Baptist G Sr. Georgetown, Texas All 26 men’s and women’s head basketball coaches will be in attendance for Q&As at the Southland Basketball Social Media Day and interactive social media activities on the Southland’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. The event is open to all media members. Imani Robinson, a junior at Incarnate Word, averaged 12.7 points per game and 4.8 rebounds last year. First Team School Pos. Class Hometown Senior guards Chastadie Barrs and Moe Kinard, who will comprise the Cardinals’ starting backcourt, are part of the five-guard preseason first team. Barrs has won the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award an unprecedented three times. The second team is headlined by senior guards Chanell Hayes of Stephen F. Austin, Amanda Johnson of Houston Baptist and Kamry Orr of Central Arkansas.  A pair of juniors round out the second team in guard Tykeria Williams of Nicholls and Emma Young of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Chanell Hayes Stephen F. Austin G Sr. Texarkana, Texas Chastadie Barrs* Lamar G Sr. DeSoto, Texas Moe Kinard* Lamar G Sr. New Iberia, La. Kamry Orr* Central Arkansas G Sr. Little Rock, Ark. Imani Robinson* Incarnate Word G Jr. Round Rock, Texas Barrios had a career year in which she helped claim the Colonels’ first Southland Conference Tournament championship and first trip to the NCAA Tournament. She finished the season third in the conference for points per game (17.3) and rebounds (9.1) and second in steals per game (2.9), blocked shots (1.5) and three-point field goal percentage (.400). She is joined on the preseason teams with six other automatic selections who were all-conference picks last season.center_img Cassidy Barrios* Nicholls G Sr. Raceland, La. *  Automatic Selection, 2017-18 All-Conference Team Member Tykeria Williams Nicholls G Jr. Montgomery, Ala. Southland broadcasters Carley McCord and Lincoln Rose will also host the coaches for a show produced for ESPN3. The show will debut Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. CT, and be archived for later viewing. Breanna Wright* Abilene Christian G Jr. Jarrell, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Cassidy Barrios, the 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, leads the 2018-19 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Teams, the league announced Tuesday. The news comes ahead of the 2018 Basketball Social Media Day scheduled for tomorrow in Houston at the Toyota Center starting at 9 a.m. CT. Emma Young Texas A&M-Corpus Christi G/F Jr. Nicholsville, Ky. Second Team School Pos. Class Hometown ACU’s Breanna Wright played the most minutes in the conference last year and the 58th most in Division I, avergaing 36.37 minutes per game. 2018-19 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Teams The preseason teams were chosen by a poll of the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. Voters were not allowed to select their institution’s players.last_img read more

PNG 9s remain undefeated

first_imgPNG gave Fiji their first taste of defeat, 18-12 a short time ago.In the other results, Cook Islands drew with Samoa 16-16 and Tonga defeated Solomon Islands.The PNG-Fiji encounter was a close call with PNG leading into the half time break by 4 points.PNG were first on the score board, with a try to inspirational captain Israel Eliab.But the Fijians equalised through Etuate Qionmacawa for a score of 6-6.Fiji have themselves to blame, as their defence could not stop PNG forward Kato Otio from scoring, giving PNG a handy lead 10-0 into the water break.In the second 9 minutes of play, Adex Wera showed his pace, racing 70 metres to score.The 14-6 lead for PNG was cut to two points when Fiji number 13, Wame Turaganivalu scored but the kick was unsuccessful.The home crowd went silent, but it took few seconds only as more action happened. Finally Salias  Gahuna scored from the restart to give PNG an eventual 18-12 win.last_img read more

World Cup emblem launched

first_imgThis key visual asset of the Women’s U20 FIFA World Cup to be held on PNG soil was unveiled as a key milestone on the road to the November Women’s U20 FIFA World Cup, and one that the host country is extremely proud to share with the world.The emblem blends unique attributes of the FIFA World Cup and of Papua New Guinea as host nation. The creative inspiration for the emblem was drawn from both PNG’s geographical regions and its heritage.Speaking at the event, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill said, “Hosting the World Cup is a dream come true for sports in PNG.”“We’ve tried to capture that picture of the event in the Official Emblem. The World Cup will change our country and will present a new, modern PNG to the whole world,” O’Neill said.“I’m sure that staging an event of this magnitude will be something that will linger in the hearts of the people of PNG, and in the hearts of fans right around the world.”The Official Emblem, which will now become the visual heart of the 2016 Women’s U20 FIFA World Cup Papua New Guinea will soon be supported by further event brand assets including the Official Slogan “To Inspire, To Excel”, and also the official Mascot, which is due to be presented soon.last_img read more

Azhar hopes confidence can confound predictions

first_imgPakistan had to wait a week following victory over England at The Oval to have their rise to the No. 1 Test ranking confirmed and they will get only a couple of days to enjoy the accolade before walking out at the Ageas Bowl, on the ring-road-and-retail-park outskirts of Southampton, with the slightly less awe-inspiring billing of ninth-best ODI side in the world.That’s life in the tightly scheduled world of international cricket, as Frank Sinatra didn’t quite sing: “Riding high in August, shot down in August.” Azhar Ali, Pakistan’s ODI captain, played his part in the Test side’s success, spanking the six that effectively took them to No. 1 (once the elements had nixed India’s chances of a 3-0 win in the Caribbean) and he is hopeful that some of the positivity engendered by the first leg of the tour will bleed through into the rest.Misbah-ul-Haq has been rightly hailed for his leadership in Tests but even he had his struggles with Pakistan’s 50-over cricket and since handing over to Azhar after the last World Cup results in ODIs have continued to be indifferent. They managed to hold off West Indies as Bangladesh surged through to make the Champions Trophy cut-off last year but now sit outside the top eight, with qualification for the World Cup at stake.Nevertheless, Azhar was able to enjoy the south-coast sunshine and bask briefly in a little reflected success before turning his attention to the challenge ahead in the five-match series against England.”Confidence is very high and belief is there, obviously coming in from the Test series, we had a very good couple of months here. We take that confidence into the one-day internationals as well,” Azhar said.”It is a massive boost and a proud moment for Pakistan cricket and the whole nation is very happy about it, as players the team is really happy about it. It’s definitely a good thing for us, our one-day ranking is not great right now but we will take the opportunity the way the team is performing, hopefully we can convert it into ODIs as well.”He could also point to the low expectations people had of Pakistan’s chances of Test success in England – where they had not played in six years – when the team turned up to make the Ageas Bowl their base for a preparatory camp two months ago. “No one rated us very highly [when we arrived] – a few people said we would be competitive but there were doubts if we could win the Test matches here. The boys really believed in the Test matches so here also, we believe we can do it.”Pakistan were handed a 3-1 defeat by Eoin Morgan’s side in the more familiar environs of the UAE last winter but this series will take on greater significance, with the next two ICC 50-over trophies to be contested in England. Azhar described it as “a good opportunity for us to keep in touch with the conditions” and was also hopeful of ending a personal run of 12 innings and more than a year without passing 50 in ODIs.”When you play international cricket, pressure is always there,” he said. “I’ve had a few starts in recent months but I didn’t convert into big scores so I will focus on that. As a batsman I need to score some big runs.”Morgan would doubtless concur about the twin demands of captaincy and scoring heavily. He has not played for a month, after chipping a bone in his finger while playing for Middlesex, but proclaimed that a lack of matches “doesn’t bother me at all”. His last half-century in either limited-overs format came in the UAE last November but he did find some form with an unbeaten 47 when England last played at the Ageas Bowl – an eight-wicket T20 win against Sri Lanka – and it is a ground where he averages 65.85, with two hundreds, in ODIs.Morgan’s style of captaincy has largely been free of prescriptions, preferring to grant his side the freedom to play in the way that suits them best, and he is also wary of predictions. England’s No. 5 ranking in part reflects how far they had slipped by the time of the World Cup (when they did even worse than Pakistan), as well as their inconsistency despite a year of record-breaking performances, and Morgan was grateful that the ECB’s professed commitment to the one-day game extended to providing him with a full-strength side at the end of long summer.Ben Stokes is set to return after suffering a calf tear in the second Test against Pakistan, initially only as a batsman, while Mark Wood should make his first international appearance since the UAE tour, having recovered from ankle surgery. Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes have all been included after playing in the majority of England’s fixtures across this season.”Yes, delighted,” Morgan said of selection. “I think it’s hugely important playing against Pakistan who are flying high at the minute, in Test cricket, but that rubs off on any side doing well. Also when teams tour places they don’t come to that often they get better as they go along, so that’s another challenge … With the way we’ve been performing we’d like to think we are progressing nicely but we have a tough series ahead and a tough winter.”Azhar praises ‘sacrifices’ to reach No. 1Azhar Ali hailed the spirit of the Test side, which has seen them rise to No. 1 in the world despite not being able to play games in Pakistan. As well as meaning the players have to spend time away from home while playing in the UAE, the loss of international cricket has made it harder for fans to follow the team.”It’s a big achievement, for the nation and for the players,” he said. “People in Pakistan they don’t see their stars playing in front of them, there’s a lack of interest sometimes. The kids really want to see the players they look up to but they don’t see it in front of them, they just watch the TV. For the players also, they have been away all the time, they can’t spend much time with their families, also.”There are a lot of sacrifices the players have done but hats off to the guys, they have been working so hard, so committed. When we go inside the ground we really want to do something very good for our country because we know people are looking up to us for some happiness and we want to provide that.”last_img read more

Aaron Ñiguez, very close to committing to the CD Lugo

first_imgThe band player who was looking for the CD Lugo would already be a reality. As Álvaro Lorenzo reported in Sports COPE Lugo, the chosen one would be the ilicitano end Aarón Ñiguez, actually no equipment after finishing abruptly his adventure in the Johor Darul Takzim of the Malaysian Super League. The former teams like Almeria, Elche, Tenerife or Real Oviedo would be a few days on trial training with the team before joining as a full member to the discipline of Curro Torres. Aaron’s arrival in Lugo would come after a bad player experience in Malaysia, where he arrived after leaving Real Oviedo. In the Johor Darul it started being indisputable but after a short period of time He was relegated by his coach to train with the subsidiary of the Malaysian team. Due to the lack of minutes and the null treatment, Ñiguez decided to terminate the contract forgiving even the second year of the card that he had to fulfill.With the arrival of Aaron Ñiguez the Lugo would complete his payroll of band players and, after the arrival of Kravets, he would focus on signing a midfielder to complete the template. It is not ruled out that this arrival could produce some exit since with Ñiguez the Lucense wings would be overpopulated with Iriome, Gerard Valentín, Rahmani, and Tete Morente. The latter could be one of the outputs in this winter market as it accumulates two games outside the calls of Curro Torres.last_img read more

Vinicius congratulates Ronaldinho and joins the health applause

first_imgVinicius and Ronaldinho have a great relationship born from the admiration of the first to the second, who since childhood grew up imitating their ‘tricks’. Over time, having mutual friends made them meet and since then they have kept in touch. Footballer and former player have met numerous times in different celebrations and meetings in their country. He has been affectionate with Ronaldinho, He is spending his 40th anniversary in a Paraguayan prison and with many legal problems surrounding him. “The biggest and the best I’ve ever seen. Thanks for the magic on the field and for everything you have done for our football. Happy birthday, peace, health and LONG LIFE to the witch doctor! “, the madridista begins. “I never get tired of watching your videos on YouTube. Thank you for your love always. God bless you, IDOL! I’m your fan!”, It ends in a text accompanied by a photo of both. Vinicius (19 years old), who continues to train daily during quarantine with his physio Thiago Lobo Accompanying him at home, he has taken time this Saturday to congratulate one of his idols, Ronaldinho. Also to show your support to health personnel, more important than ever for its decisive role in the fight against coronavirus all over the world. 25 Vinicius, in addition, has taken advantage of his social networks to be one more in the sanitary applause. In a story From Instagram, with an image of him applauding the Bernabéu and 30 emojis of applause, he has sent a message of praise. “Clapping and clapping for health professionals who give their all to save lives. We can also help them in a simple way: staying at home. # Quédateencasa #stayathome”, The Rio de Janeiro fans have become aware of it.last_img read more

Zidane hunts talent

first_imgDAILY AS Fede ValverdeThe signing of Fede Valverde by Real Madrid, when he was a player project in Peñarol (17 years old), for only 5 million euros, it is not necessary to point it out to Zidane. But in his chest there will be the medal of having dared with him, making him a starter at Real Madrid with only 21 years old and in a midfield with Kroos, Modric, and Casemiro. Valverde has been a player who has always filled Zidane’s eye. So when the coach returned to Chamartín last year nine months after his fright, he had no doubts. “You are not on trial. I like the player you are “, he said in a private conversation. That instilled confidence in a Bird that has mutated into an octopus, ubiquitous in the field and a balance insurance for the team. At just 21 years old, he has been screwed into the Bernabéu average. Another Zidane hit. HazardHazard signed this summer for Real Madrid. The white club paid 100 million to Chelsea although the Belgian could arrive at the Bernabéu much earlier, and cheaper thanks to the smell of Zizou. Since 2009, when he returned to the club to initially serve as Florentino Pérez’s advisor, the person from Marseille has not stopped sending continuous messages to the club advising the hiring of the Belgian. “I would take Hazard to Madrid with my eyes closed,” he declared in 2009. But it would not be until 2010 when he officially recommended Florentino to take over the talented attacker. At the time, the player was 19 years old and dazzled at Lille. The council did not have the expected result by Zizou and Hazard, after being chosen twice the best player in France, ended up at Chelsea (2012).Seven years and a multitude of winks later (“After Cristiano and Messi, Eden is the one I like the most. It is spectacular to see him play,” said Zidane in 2015), the Belgian, in the prime of his career, landed at the Bernabéu. Injuries have embittered his first season in white, but nobody at the club (and Zidane least) doubts that he will turn the Bernabéu upside down.VaraneVarane was undoubtedly one of the great discoveries of the ‘scout’ Zidane. He was the one who put Madrid on the track of a very young central defender from Lens (he was 18 years old) and proposed to Florentino his signing. At that time, the French acted as adviser to the president in the club. “He has the mettle of Blanc, it is not easy to find,” said Zidane days before Madrid made the signing official for only 10 million euros. The recommendation turned out to be a complete success. In nine years at Real Madrid, Varane has gone from project to non-negotiable (not without passing uncertain stages with his future): He has become a pillar in the defense, along with Sergio Ramos, and one of the most respected voices in the dressing room. Zidane smells the talent. He has a nose to detect it and put Madrid on the track. His last recommendation was Eduardo Camavinga, a crack project that with only 17 years old is marveling at the French league. Rennes midfielder, with whom he has a contract until 2021, has already debuted with the French national team and his name is already circulating at the Bernabéu. But before he already warned about Mbappé, Varane or Hazard … In addition, he dared to bet on Fede Valverde (21 years old), whom he hugged and gave him the keys to Madrid’s midfield. Zidane was not only uncovered as one of the best coaches in the history of Madrid but also as an excellent scout. And it doesn’t usually fail …MbappéMbappé is now 21 years old and is the wish of Florentino Pérez. All signs are directed at him, although the coronavirus crisis leaves the final assault to sign the PSG crack for next year. The operation will make him scratch Madrid’s pocket, although Zidane already warned that this boy who was a militant in the Monaco quarry had something special. The coach has spent more than seven years cooking the arrival of the Frenchman at the Bernabéu.In 2012, Zizou He recommended Madrid to tie him up. Son of a soccer coach and a handball player, that young man of only 13 years old was visiting Valdebebas. There are even images of him posing with Cristiano Ronaldo as one more fan. But in the end there was no agreement and Kylian joined the lower categories of Monaco. “I did not join Real Madrid because I wanted to continue in my country, I did not want to leave so early. I chose Monaco and I think I made a good choice”, the player confessed last October. It took five years for Zidane, already as Real Madrid’s head coach, to reinforce the club again to undertake the hiring of Mbappé. It was in 2017, when the French pearl, then only 18 years old, became a success in Europe with her performances in Monaco and in the Champions League. The Chamartín club opened negotiations with the player and his family, but the non-departure of Bale, for whom Mourinho sighed, made Mbappé look out of place and preferred to leave PSG for 180 million. In three seasons his figure has acquired star dimensions, he has fattened his record (two leagues, a Cup, a Super Cup and a League Cup) and has settled in the selection, with which he has won a World Cup. The challenge of taking a bigger leap appears on its horizon and Madrid appears there … DAILY AS (DAILY AS)last_img read more

The secret of the ‘Salzburg method’

first_imgDuring the past season alone, the Red Bull Salzburg sold footballers for 115 million euros. Counting the previous three, the amount rises to more than € 200M. Sadio Mané, Dayot Upamecano, Erling Haaland … Several of the big names in the market and that interest Real Madrid were propelled in Europe thanks to the clinical eye of this Austrian club, owned by the multinational energy drinks company and the feeling of this Champions League being over. Liverpool and Naples almost succumbed to the miracle of the city of Mozart. The system works so much that in this market plagued by the losses generated by the Covid-19, the Salzburg has a well-supplied bunker. “We are not interested in selling, we have no need, we will continue to see if there are interesting soccer players to acquire”Freund advances, assuring that he is not afraid that his successful model will be copied. The ‘Salzburg method’ is not stopped even by the coronavirus. But where is the secret? What gives them wings, as the popular ad from their parent company says? “We allow them to show themselves to the world before taking a new step in their careers”, explains the club’s sports director, Christoph Freund, to AS. A 42-year-old former soccer player who has become the Monchi of northern Europe. Behind him, a work of scouting intelligent. “It is not very big, there are eight, but we handle a lot of data, it is crucial for us before signing a young player.” They have a complete portfolio. “Our department focuses on players from 16 to 19 years old, we control between eighty and ninety potentially interesting soccer players and we see which profile suits us best”. They are not afraid to open little explored spaces. The Japanese market, more exotic than effective, does pay off with the signing of the Japanese Masaya Okugawa and Takumi Minamino. France is another area where he fishes, helped by the contacts of an illustrious French football player like he is Gèrard Houllier. Soccer with African roots is key. In the first template there are soccer players from Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Zambia. All in a team with just 24.1 years on average. Salzburg has gone from being an unattractive city in terms of soccer to becoming the ideal showcase. A model praised by KloppBut whoever thinks that Red Bull Salzburg only exists to earn money by buying and selling players is wrong. Under the clever baton of American Jesse Marsch, They have made the leap to the Champions thinking of giving war and they sign what they think they need for a fast and incisive style. More likely to sign hard-rock footballers than violinists, the ‘Salzburg method’ works and in its actual application, on the pitch, it has earned admiration among others from Jurgen Klopp. “I couldn’t have more respect for Salzburg”, he confessed when this campaign was measured with the red bull team. After winning the last six Austrian Bundesligas, a full-blown football dictatorship, they call Europe. “People may think ‘bah, they are just a good team in Austria’, but they are not,” Kloppo insisted. You have backed it up with facts. Last January he bought Minamino leaving € 8.5M in the coffers of the Salzburg.Although it may seem like it, because up to eight footballers have made the transfer between two clubs that are ‘cousins’, There is no guideline for Red Bull Salzburg to sell its figures to Red Bull Leipzig of the mighty Bundesliga German. “No, there is Haaland, they loved him and he went to Dortmund,” argues Freund. “It is not realistic to think that we can still compete in the Champions League, but it is nice to see ourselves there.” Modest words that his own team has questioned. In Anfield they remember how Salzburg managed to tie a game that lost 3-0 (in the end it fell 4-3) and from San Paolo the Austrian team left 1-1.center_img REUTERS Christoph Freund, the sports director of Red Bull Salzburg and one of the best talent discoverers in Europe.last_img read more