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Cowgirls Beat Baylor to Open Regional

first_imgBaylor got within one run by scoring five runs on two outs in the bottom of the sixth. The Bears got two runs off a two-run home run by Hannah Thompson, then two more runs came across the plate on a double by Dawson with the final run scored on a single by Scroggins. After a second pitching change by McNeese, Caroline Settle got a huge pop out to get Shelby Friudenberg out for the third out to leave the tying run stranded on third “This was an intense game with a lot of offense,” said McNeese head coach James Landreneau. “I thought Flores was pitching really well early in the game and we were able to put up some run support and then Baylor started to score some runs in bunches. We knew they have that ability to score like that, I’m just proud of the girls for staying within ourselves through all the momentum changes.” The Cowgirls got one run back in the top of the seventh with two outs to lead 11-9. Piancastelli reached on an error and McClain scored.    Baylor ended the game with 11 hits and had three players with two or more hits. Hannah Thompson led Baylor with four RBI including a two run home run in the sixth inning. McClain led McNeese’s hitting attack that consisted of 13 hits on the day with a 4-for-4 plate appearance with one RBI, one walk and three runs scored. Four other Cowgirls (Piancastelli, Wright, Strother, Chaumont) all had two hits apiece. Piancastelli had two doubles and both Strother and Chaumont had one apiece. McNeese added another run in the second inning for a 6-0 lead when McClain led the inning off with a single to left, her second hit of the game. McClain stole second and then third before scoring on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Morgan Catron. The Cowgirls tacked on two more runs in the third to extend the lead to 8-0 after back-to-back singles by Strother and Chaumont. Strother gave McNeese a 7-0 lead when she scored off Chaumont’s double then McClain’s two out single up the middle moved Chaumont to third before she scored on an error. Baylor, serving as the home team started the bottom of the seventh off with a single before Settle got the first out on a fly ball to right center. Another single up the middle put runners on first and second before Settle got the second out of the inning on another fly out to right center. A single to right field by by Taylor Ellis scored Goose McGlaun to bring Baylor to within one run (11-10. The game ended with the tying run on third and McNeese got Ellis out in a run down between first and second. Baylor cut the Cowgirl lead in half by scoring four runs on three hits and one Cowgirl error in the inning. Flores gave up her first hit of the game in the fourth inning when Nicky Dawson singled through the right side. Flores would go on to give up two more hits and four runs in the inning to cut the Cowgirl lead to 8-4.center_img After a single by Alexandria Saldivar, Brenique Wright singled through the right side that scored Piancastelli then Saldivar scored on a throwing error for a 3-0 lead. Back to back doubles by Tayler Strother and Carleigh Chaumont scored two more runs for a 5-0 Cowgirl lead. Regan Green fell to 11-5 on the year with the loss after giving up five runs on six hits in 2/3 innings. COLLEGE STATION, Texas — McNeese softball opened up Regional Tournament play with a thrilling 11-10 win over 18th ranked Baylor Friday to advance to Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. game against the winner of Friday’s second game winner between host Texas A&M and Prairie View. McNeese (41-19) jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the top of the first off six hits and one Baylor error. McNeese opened the game with a leadoff bunt by Justyce McClain before she rounded the bases to score on an Erika Piancastelli doubled all the way to the left centerfield wall. Sacrifice flies by Saldivar and Aubree Turbeville scored two more runs to cross the plate in the top of the sixth to extend the Cowgirl lead to 10-4. The Cowgirls move on to the winner’s bracket!@McNeeseSoftball defeats Baylor, 11-10! #NCAAsoftball pic.twitter.com/zCY8jzOZ2d— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 18, 2018 Flores improved to 19-9 on the season with the win while Settle picked up her first career save. Flores gave up eight runs on six hits with two walks in 5 2/3 innings while Settle gave up one run on three hits in 1 1/3 innings. The @McNeeseSoftball bats are ??????????!McNeese 7 | Baylor 0 pic.twitter.com/QoA9MJeBvl— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 18, 2018last_img read more

Bears and Bearkats Set to Face Off in Championship Match

first_imgThe championship match is set for 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. No. 4 Sam Houston State 4, No. 1 Abilene Christian 3 (Box Score)For the first time in program history, the Bearkats will play for a Southland Conference Tennis Tournament championship after a thrilling victory at No. 4 singles sent them through to the title match. After Lusine Chobanyan and ACU’s Jordan Henry exchanged 6-2 scores in the first two frames, Chobanyan turned the tables back with another 6-2 set win to clinch the match. SHSU won three-consecutive straight-set singles matches after dropping the doubles point to go ahead 3-1 before the Wildcats’ Sarah Adams and Autumn Bellow forced the decisive point at No. 4. No. 3 Central Arkansas 4, No. 2 Northwestern State 0 (Box Score)The Bears earned the doubles point after coming out on top at No. 1 and No. 3 singles behind dominant performances by top-line partners Chunxi Xin and Marlin Van Heerden, as well as Fuka Nonoyama and Yada Vasupongchai at the third line. Xin and Nonoyama took that momentum into their singles contests, giving UCA a 3-0 advantage with straight-set wins at the top two lines. Vasupongchai clinched the match-winning point as she downed NSU’s Patrycja Polanska 6-4, 6-2.center_img CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – A first-time champion will be crowned in Saturday’s Southland Conference women’s tennis championship match as No. 3 Central Arkansas and No. 4 Sam Houston State used upset wins over the league’s top two teams to clinch a spot in the title contest.last_img read more

Six Student-Athletes, SFA HC Kyle Keller Honored on NABC All-District 22 Squad

first_imgHarris averaged a team-high 17.7 points per game on 48.5 percent shooting along with 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. The league-leader in three-point percentage in conference games (.451), he finished in double-digits in 17 of the team’s 20 league games. Fellow first-team All-Southland picks Kai Mitchell and Zach Nutall of Sam Houston State appeared on the all-district second team, and Houston Baptist’s Ian DuBose rounded out the honorees on the second team as well. In his fourth year at the helm, Keller led the ‘Jacks to a Southland Conference regular-season championship and was named Southland Coach of the Year. SFA posted the most regular-season wins since the 2013-14 season, including an upset of No. 1 Duke that snapped the Blue Devils’ 150-game non-conference home winning streak. The ‘Jacks led all Division I schools in steals (10.5) and turnovers forced (21.61) per game. The league-leader in scoring in conference games, DuBose averaged 20 points per game while ranking fifth in assists (4.2), seventh in rebounds (7.6) and field-goal percentage (46.4), and ninth in free-throw percentage (80.0). He joins Harris and Mitchell as the only repeat All-Southland selections in 2019-20. Kennedy averaged a double-double with the conference’s second-highest scoring rate (18.6) and a league-best 10.9 rebounds per game. The Southland leader in field-goal percentage (.679) racked up 17 double-doubles, which ranks third in the conference’s single-season history.center_img KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Six Southland Conference men’s basketball standouts were named to the 2019-20 NABC Division I All-District 22 teams, as voted on by member coaches of the NABC and announced by the association Monday. Stephen F. Austin head coach Kyle Keller is the District 22 Coach of the Year.Southland Conference Player of the Year Kevon Harris and Defensive Player of the Year Sha’Markus Kennedy landed on the first team and were joined by Abilene Christian’s Payten Ricks, a first-team all-conference and all-defense selection. Mitchell and Nutall gave the Bearkats’ a dominant 1-2 punch on the offensive side of the ball as both ranked in the top five in field-goal percentage in conference games. Against Southland foes, the duo combined for more than 30 points a contest. Ricks set career-high averages for points (14.3) and steals (2.3) per game and broke program records for single-season three-pointers (83) and steals (70) in his final year in an ACU uniform. He started all 31 games for the Wildcats, averaging nearly 31 minutes per contest.last_img read more

BREEDERS’ CUP ANNOUNCES POST TIMES FOR 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgBREEDERS’ CUP ANNOUNCES POST TIMES FOR 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSARCADIA, Calif. (September 24, 2019) – The Breeders’ Cup today announced post times for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, which will be held on Nov. 1-2  at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.The official race order and wagering menu for both days of the Championships will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 23.The 36th Breeders’ Cup begins on Friday, Nov. 1 with Future Stars Friday, featuring all five Breeders’ Cup World Championships races for 2-year-olds, which comprises half of the 10-race program. There will be four undercard races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race, with first race post time at 10:45 a.m. PT.Friday’s first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #5, which will have a post time of 1:12 p.m. PT. The $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile will be the ninth race on the card, with a post time of 4:03 p.m. PT. Post time for the 10th and final race will be 4:43 p.m. PT.There will be 12 races on the Saturday, Nov. 2 program, featuring nine Breeders’ Cup World Championships races.  The day begins with three undercard races with a first race post time of 10:07 a.m. PT. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #4, which will have a post time of 11:55 a.m. PT.Post time for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Race #12, will be 5:44 p.m. PT.2019 Breeders’ Cup World ChampionshipsPOST-TIMESAll Times PacificFriday, November 1Race 1     10:45 AMRace 2     11:20 AMRace 3     11:55 PMRace 4     12:32 PMRace 5       1:12 PMRace 6       1:52 PMRace 7       2:32 PMRace 8       3:12 PMRace 9       4:03 PM TVG Breeders’ Cup JuvenileRace 10     4:43 PMSaturday, November 2Race 1     10:07 AMRace 2     10:42 AMRace 3     11:17 AMRace 4     11:55 AMRace 5     12:33 PMRace 6       1:10 PMRace 7       1:54 PMRace 8       2:36 PMRace 9       3:20 PMRace 10     4:00 PMRace 11     4:40 PMRace 12     5:44 PM Breeders’ Cup ClassicALL POST-TIMES ARE PACIFIC TIMEBOLD are Breeders’ Cup World Championships raceslast_img read more

New Spurs boss Jose Mourinho considering move for Juventus flop Adrien Rabiot

first_imgMourinho claimed at his first press conference that he’s happy with his new squad and doesn’t want to make many changes.However, he’s already been linked with moves for Nemanja Matic, who he signed for both Chelsea and Man Utd, as well as Benfica’s Ruben Dias and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes.It’s also reckoned Mourinho is eyeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a third time, with the pair already working together at United and Inter Milan.Jose Mourinho can scoop £2MILLION bonus if he leads Tottenham into Premier League’s top four JOSE MOURINHO is reportedly considering a move for Juventus flop Adrien Rabiot.Calciomercato claims the midfielder’s time in Turin is coming to an end, just six months after joining on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.1 New Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is considering a move for Juventus flop Adrien RabiotCredit: AFPRabiot, 24, has only started four games under Maurizio Sarri this season.And it’s said that new Spurs boss Mourinho is looking at the possibility of bringing him to the Premier League in January.Tottenham were hoping to land Rabiot when he entered the final stages of his PSG deal last season.But the France international could not resist the terms presented by Juventus, who already boasted five world-class central midfielders and made competition even fiercer by also landing Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal.However, he has been unable to adapt to Sarri’s possession-orientated system as quickly as the Welshman.And it’s reckoned Rabiot is still some way off full fitness after being exiled by PSG for the second half of their 2018/19 campaign.His situation is said to have put Spurs on red alert following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.And Mourinho will soon let the club know if he wants to sanction a move for the five-time Ligue 1 winner.Juve have been linked with Spurs contract rebel Christian Eriksen, and could demand the Dane in exchange.However, the report adds that Tottenham’s interest in Rabiot does not rest on letting Eriksen move in the opposite direction.Indeed, it’s believed Mourinho would like to keep the playmaker in North London and will try to convince him to sign a new contract before he can hold talks with foreign clubs in January.Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen will also hold talks over fresh deals, despite rejecting offers earlier this year.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD 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 clublast_img read more

Alli insists Spurs must not ‘get violins out’ then Jose moans about injuries

first_imgDELE ALLI is adamant this is no time for Tottenham to ‘get their violins out’.After five matches without a win, including an FA Cup exit, with five first-teamers injured, two facing FA charges and a 1-0 deficit going into the away leg with RB Leipzig in the Champions League tonight, Dele told his team not to sulk.3 Dele Alli has urged Spurs to show their steel against RB LeipzigCredit: ReutersThen Jose Mourinho came into the room and started tuning up his Stradivarius.Tottenham’s manager has plenty of reasons to believe the world is against him — not that Mourinho has ever needed much excuse to get into a siege mentality.But when asked to back up Dele’s words about no violins, the mean fiddler of Tottenham Hotspur  Stadium played us a sad tune — and accentuated his side’s weaknesses at both ends of the pitch.Mourinho replied: “It’s based on work ethic, professional ethics, pride and, of course, talent — because  talent is important.“We don’t have what I love to call ‘the box sharks’, the players who smell blood in the box and put the ball in the net.“So even when we’re dominant it is difficult to score lots of goals.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes“Defensively we feel the pressure and every time we make a mistake it looks like we’re punished.“The boys are not silly. They understand. We don’t hide our  fragilities and problems.“We have to be together to have a fantastic individual performance to make our collective responsibilities very solid. I believe in the boys and I think we can make it.”With £27million new-boy Steven Bergwijn now out for the season — joining Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies on the injury list — Mourinho said he had never previously suffered such ill fortune.The Portuguese also moaned that Davies’ absence left him without a specialist left-back, although he loaned out England left-back Danny Rose to Newcastle.The Spurs boss was then asked whether Lucas Moura could produce another Champions League miracle like the hat-trick he scored against Ajax to rescue a two-goal deficit in last season’s semi-final triumph under Mauricio Pochettino.Yet Mourinho suggested Moura’s heroics would not have been possible if he had not been able to feed off Fernando Llorente, the big Spanish striker who Spurs failed to replace either last summer or in January.3 Jose Mourinho still feels Spurs are going to suffer without a striker leading the lineCredit: PA:Press AssociationAsked whether Moura could do it again, Mourinho asked: “Without  Llorente? So if we want the long balls in the box, we can’t do it that way. We have to try another way.“If we are waiting for the last 15-20 minutes to put the ball in the box and try for second balls, that’s not the way to do it. We don’t hide. Our attacking players are the ones we know. We don’t have others. I do believe Lucas can have an impact.”If that sounded like Mourinho was damning Poch’s finest hour with faint praise, then, yes, that’s our Jose.Spurs’ season could be over this week if they cannot overturn the deficit against Leipzig and are beaten by a resurgent Manchester United on Sunday, a result which would leave Champions League qualification looking virtually impossible.Tonight is the sort of night when a special manager pulls out a special result, with the odds stacked against him and the gods failing to smile.Is Mourinho special any more?3There has been precious little  evidence so far in his 4½ months at Spurs — although those injuries,  especially to Kane, mean the jury will remain out until next season.Publically, he rarely exudes positivity — he asked how Leipzig would feel without five of their best players.He admitted “momentum is negative” and while his team were good lads, you do not always get what you deserve.Mourinho claimed he will win silverware with Spurs — but you do not get the impression he thinks it will be this season, with the European Cup the only pot still available.So it was down to Dele to provide some fighting talk.The England midfielder admitted he was wrong to throw down his boots in anger after being substituted during the first-leg defeat.And he was denied the chance to answer a question about his FA charge for a social media post  making fun of the coronavirus.But he said: “It’s not a time to get the violins out. We have to step up and deal with these situations. We have to show our character.“We’re not going to hide. No  one can look at where we are and be happy.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN 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’“To be where we are now is not something that’s good for us and not something we’re used to.“When things start to become  negative and results aren’t going your way, it can be difficult.“But there’s no point going out there if we don’t believe we’re going to turn this around.”RB Leipzig vs Tottenham FREE – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Champions League clashlast_img read more

Broken jaw gives Aloiai timely perspective

first_imgAloiai was among several Tigers players to visit Liverpool Hospital’s Paediatric Unit on Monday to hand out Christmas gifts donated by club members to kids spending the holiday period in hospital and Aloiai told NRL.com that his own recent hospital stint meant he’d been particularly looking forward to doing something nice for the kids.”With the time I spent in hospital recently I was really looking forward to doing this visit,” Aloiai said.”I had some empathy for the kids we were about to visit and couldn’t help thinking about the toy drive we were about to do. I was really excited since then to do this toy drive. “I couldn’t help but think about all the kids that are going to spend their Christmas in hospital.”The devout 21-year-old said football was just as much about giving back to the community as what players do on the field.”A lot of the kids are going through a tough time at the moment so for us to come and cheer them up a little bit I think makes a world of difference for them and we’re blessed to be able to do it,” he said.”Footy’s not just about what we do on the field, not what we do at training; it’s about being able to use that to go and bless people.”I know the boys love doing it and we love it even more once we see the reaction of the kids and the parents and the whole thing.”Aloiai suffered the broken jaw just three weeks into the club’s return to training at a beach session but politely declined to dob in which teammate it was who clobbered him, causing several fractures to his jaw.”Three weeks into pre-season we were doing a contact session on the beach and I just copped a bit of a shot in the jaw and got a few breaks. I had surgery that weeks and had a few weeks off but back training now,” he said.”I can’t remember, I don’t want to do dropping any names, we’ll keep that on the hush!” he laughed. “Accidents happen, that’s footy.”Aloiai is already back in full training minus the contact sessions.”At the moment I’m back to everything except for contact, it’s been really quick actually. After the Christmas break I should be practically be into everything,” he said.The former Eels NYC player – who in 2016 became the first Wests Tigers player to play every year in his debut season – said he’d be treating his breakthrough year as a building block while the club would feed on the pain of missing the finals by one game as it looked to go even better in 2017.”Last year was a really good year [personally] and I’m really happy with how it went. That’s pretty much the building block and foundation moving into this year. It’s onward and upward this year,” he said.”Being one game out of the finals really hurt. Even though we’re moving forward we’re holding onto that pain and we’re not going to allow ourselves to feel that again and we’re gunning hard for the top eight this year.”last_img read more

Why Mal Meninga and Darren Lockyer should be next Immortals

first_imgLook at their longevity in the game and what they achieved. They were true greats worthy of being named in the company of the eight Immortals.Mal went on a record-breaking four Kangaroo tours and was dominant at that level. He was one of the original Maroons in Origin and was front and centre of their success for 15 years.Then you consider what he did for the Canberra Raiders in establishing that club as a powerhouse of the late 1980s right through to the mid-1990s.What he achieved at Souths in Brisbane – where he also won two premierships – is often forgotten, but it shouldn’t be.He achieved everything in the game at the highest level and I love the way he did it. Mal was a great captain for all those teams, a true leader, and he had a presence. He was a player and a man who has always earned respect. In that regard, he was second to none.As a footballer, Mal was a giant, quick and strong. He was big enough to bowl people over and he had good hands. He was unselfish. That is why a lot of wingers scored tries outside him. Mal had the whole skill set. He was very smart with everything he did.I really can’t believe he hasn’t been made an Immortal already. I recently learned Mal played 519 games for his club and representative sides, and he was out of action for 18 months with two broken arms. That’s two or three careers worth of games for most people.Locky dominated at fullback and five-eighth for the Broncos, Queensland and Australia. I can’t begin to describe how hard that is to do, and he did it with ease. It would be comparable to Wally Lewis playing fullback and being a superstar there as well. I would have liked to have seen that one.When I played with Locky at every level he was in the fullback position but it was like having a second five-eighth. I scored a lot of tries off Kevin Walters passes, and in my short time with Locky I scored a lot off him as well.He was a wonderful runner across the ground. I knew straight away the kid was special and I knew if I could get in support of him, something would happen.Locky was a great passer and kicker of the ball, and he had vision. He could read the play ahead of the rest. As a fullback he was the master at catching a high ball. We’d call him “Roo Boy” because he could get right up there.After the players of my era left, he guided the Broncos to more success and held the club together. His 355 games and four premierships for Brisbane speak for themselves.He wasn’t a big talker, but like Mal, he was respected by all those around him and captained every team he played in with class whether that be the Broncos, Maroons or Kangaroos.When he captained those there teams to the trifecta of NRL, State of Origin and Four Nations titles in 2006 he really made a statement.What he did as captain of Queensland was unbelievable. I can remember prior to 2006 there was an Origin match where some FOGS (Former Origin Greats) were blowing up at him because he wasn’t in a game, which was unusual for him. Then he led the team on that remarkable winning streak and helped Queensland turn it all around. That was the hallmark of a champion.   To be made an Immortal you have to be a special player, a player who can be defined as a great in any era.That is why I am certain that Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston will be installed as Immortals in the future. Their time will come.The missing two Immortals right now are Mal and Locky. I really hope the judges of this elite honour add those two greats to the list and we’ll have a perfect 10.last_img read more

Vanuatu cruise past hockey new chums Tonga

first_imgDespite a spirited display by Tonga, who have not participated in Pacific Games hockey before, Vanuatu ran out comfortable 21-1 winners in the men’s match.Vanuatu captain Hiro Namu gave credit to his opponents despite the one-sided nature of the contest.“The Tongans played tough, but I was pleased with our performance – the boys played well,” Namu said.“The Tongans were not a challenge because this is their first time to play hockey in the Pacific Games. They were not strong but it was good experience and I praise their good sportsmanship.“We are now looking forward to the match against Fiji (at 18:30) as they won this morning with a huge margin, defeating Solomon Islands 22-1.”Before that match at BSP Arena, Papua New Guinea take on Solomon Islands at 17:00.last_img read more

Garamuts set for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier

first_imgFive countries will be competing at the event including Ireland, Nepal, Uganda and USA.Garamuts have been undergoing intense training after returning from the ICC EAP U19 Tournament in New Zealand earlier this year.The boys have been undergoing rigorous weekly strength and conditioning, skills, fitness and match test sessions.Garamuts coach John Ovia said from the outset it is evident that the team is fully geared up to attend the tournament.“I can see that the level of positivity and determination in the team is translated to the physical sessions the boys are having and I’m confident they will bring back great results.“We will go out and perform to the best of our abilities and skills come October,” Ovia said. The full team, match schedule and officials for the tournament will be released later .Garamuts have previously qualified for seven (7) ICC U19 Cricket World Cups in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.last_img read more