NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team drew a number-14 seed in the east region of the 2018 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament and will play third-seeded and No. 14-ranked Texas Tech at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, March 15 at 6:27 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on truTV with Spero Dedes, Steve Smith and Len Elmore serving as the broadcast team. Tickets for SFA’s opening round game of the NCAA Tournament can be purchased by visiting the NCAA Ticket Exchange site. A link to that site is available below. NCAA Ticket Exchange
CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL | FINAL LEADERBOARD | PHOTO GALLERYMcKINNEY, Texas – For the third time in five years, Sam Houston State is the Southland Conference Men’s Golf Champion. The Bearkats relied on their play on the par threes and par fours to earn their first Southland title since 2015. They averaged 3.25 on the par threes and 4.33 on the fours. They sunk the most pars for the field, carding 160 for the tournament, and the second-most birdies at 37 for the tournament. They also tacked on two eagles. The Bearkats claimed the 2018 title at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (Dye Course) in McKinney, Texas, on Wednesday in a close late battle with McNeese. The Cowboys came within two strokes of catching Sam Houston on the last day backed by Sutton Farmer’s three-over day, but they fell just short of winning its third consecutive championship. Sam Houston’s Jake McCrory scored one-under for the par threes on the tournament to lead the individual field. Rivas averaged 4.03 on the par fours, and Elliot finished the par fives at seven-under. It was a windy and rainy day for the final round of the tournament. After shooting an even-par in the second round, Sam Houston carded 22-over in the championship round. It was enough to hold back a Cowboys’ squad who ended just five strokes back. Central Arkansas’ Lewis George had the most consistent tournament, and it paid off with the junior from Cheshire, England, winning the individual medalist and an automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship. He scored an even par this week, beating out McNeese’s Blake Elliot by one stroke. Sam Houston will find out its 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship destination during the selection show next Wednesday, May 2 at 5 p.m. CT on the Golf Channel. Levi Valdez and Austen Christiansen were the top scorers for Sam Houston. Valdez placed third with McNeese’s Ian Berrigan at six-over. Christiansen tied for fifth with Stephen F. Austin’s Angelo Valdez and Central Arkansas’ Rodrigo Rivas at seven-over par. Rivas was the only one to card below-par today.
FRISCO, Texas — The Southland Conference hosts dozens of meetings throughout the year, including annual coaches’ meetings focused on each of its 17 sports, as well as athletic directors and presidents coming together to discuss the 13-member conference as it pertains to athletic competition. This week, the league is hosting a gathering of a different sort by welcoming 60 individuals to Frisco from its campuses for a first-ever Southland Academic Symposium.Participants work in a variety of roles on campus, including compliance, athletic academic services, faculty athletic representatives, registrars, provosts, and senior women’s administrators (SWAs).It begins with a Southland compliance administrators meeting Wednesday followed by a group dinner. The group reconvenes bright and early Thursday for a jam-packed series of meetings.Eric Brey and DeAnna Wiley from the NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs team will lead an “APR Bootcamp” – a day-long discussion on Academic Progress Rate (APR) and revenue distribution garnered by academic achievement. Distribution models are determined individually by each of the 32 NCAA Division I conferences, including the Southland.”The Southland’s inaugural Academic Symposium will focus on the NCAA’s Academic Distribution Plan, with the first distribution coming in June 2020,” says Southland Associate Commissioner for Compliance Services Thomas Samuel. “We believe this is a timely topic to discuss with our membership and expect this will be a worthwhile program for everyone attending.”The agenda also includes risk assessment, an exercise in data analytics and an action planning session that is followed by a Q&A.The meeting’s concept stems from the “Southland Standard” Strategic Plan that was enacted last year. The plan was developed by the Advisory Council and approved by the Board of Directors. It defines and clarifies the league’s vision, mission and core values.The Southland membership includes 13 schools in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, boasting more than 4,200 student-athletes. Headquartered in Frisco, the league was founded in Dallas in 1963.
7SOME Premier League stars just can’t seem to obey the government guidelines to stay indoors and observe social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.From a kickabout at a public park to hosting a wild sex party, the rule-breaking has been wide-ranging, to say the least.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates7But which players – and even managers – are guilty of breaching the Covid-19 lockdown rules?Check out some of the biggest offenders, below…GOALKEEPER – David OspinaThe former Arsenal goalkeeper – now at Napoli – was spotted at a supermarket in Italy, despite the nation’s advice to stay indoors at all costs.RIGHT-BACK – Serge AurierThe Tottenham full-back shared a video of himself training with team-mate Moussa Sissoko, before swiftly deleting it, having already been given a slap on the wrists for pulling a similar stunt earlier this month.CENTRE-BACK – Kyle WalkerThe Man City star ignored the coronavirus lockdown by hosting a three-hour sex party with a friend and two call girls in his flat. Walker later apologised for his indiscretions.7 Aurier recently shared a video of himself and Sissoko breaking lockdown rules7 Walker hosted a sex party with a pal and two escortsCENTRE-BACK – David LuizThe Arsenal defender was spotted enjoying a kickabout with pal Granit Xhaka in Southgate, London – with a dog-walker saying: “They were having a great time, not a care in the world.”LEFT-BACK – Ryan SessegnonThe Spurs defender was spotted training at a London park with team-mate Sissoko.CENTRE-MID – Moussa SissokoAnother Spurs name on the list, Sissoko has been caught twice now – once with Aurier and another time with Sessegnon. Three strikes and you’re out, Moussa!CENTRE-MID – Granit XhakaThe former Gunners captain – who told fans to “f*** off” earlier this season – was seen playing football in a public area alongside Luiz recently.7 Jack Grealish ignored government advice by attending a party and then crashing his car7 Nicolas Pepe kicked a ball around with others outside, and was exposed by a WhatsApp postCENTRE-MID – Jack GrealishThe England hopeful crashed his car not long after a 4am party – and that came just hours after urging fans stay indoors during lockdown.RIGHT-WING – Nicolas PepeThe Arsenal winger, wearing a grey tracksuit and black trainers, casually joined in a game on an astroturf pitch in Colindale’s Graham Park on April 15 – and was slammed by Arsenal.LEFT-WING – Oumar NiasseThe Everton star was stopped while driving his £100,000 Mercedes-Benz without a seatbelt and with a pal and two girls inside. Unmarked police sent him packing with a warning.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealMOST 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 clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT 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 himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STRIKER – Alexandre LacazetteThe Arsenal forward had his Audi washed by a car valeted on his driveway on Monday, with a passer-by saying: “I was shocked to see them so close.”SUBS – Mason Mount & Declan RiceThe Chelsea midfielder apologised to boss Frank Lampard after being spotted having a kickabout in public with West Ham ace Rice.MANAGER – Jose MourinhoThe Spurs boss was slammed after appearing to lead a training session in a North London park.7 Alexandre Lacazette got close to a valeter who he asked to clean his car despite the lockdownSimon Jordan calls Mesut Özil an ‘easy target’ amid Arsenal wage cut row
Back-rower Joel Thompson has joined the club from the St George Illawarra Dragons but the team otherwise looks largely similar to the 2017 iteration.NRL.com expert Jamie Soward says:”For Trent Barrett, he’s seen the blueprint that works for Manly which is having Cherry-Evans play that six role where he can run around and play on the ball and get the ball when he wants it and having the guy alongside him who can control and kick. Croker is going to be important towards that.”He’ll be the starting six. Jackson Hastings I don’t think has quite worked out where his best position is, whether it’s fullback, halves or hooker but he’ll definitely keep the pressure on.”They got the best out of Sironen and Winterstein last year, it will come down to whether they can get the best out of them again.”NRL.com’s predicted Round 1 team:1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Jorge Taufua, 3 Dylan Walker, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Aku Uate, 6 Lachie Croker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Marty Taupau, 9 Api Koroisau, 10 Darcy Lussick, 11 Curtis Sironen, 12 Joel Thompson, 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Lloyd Perrett, 16 Addin Fonua-Blake, 17 Frank Winterstein. Reserves: 18 Jackson Hastings, 19 Shaun Lane, 20 Matthew Wright, 21 Jack Gosiewski.
In the men’s Shield semi-final, POM Diwai held on to beat Wyld Dogs 12-10.POM Diwai will meet the Cowboys in the Shield grand final. Cowboys beat Wanderers (2) 19-7 in the second semi-final.For the bowl grand final, the Crusaders will go up against newcomers from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Haka’tautai.Crusaders beat Valley Hunters 26-12 while Haka’tautai were too strong for Spartans, winning 24-7 in the semi-finals.
After Papua New Guinea’s 24-10 loss to Fiji last year when Meninga was at the helm, the Canberra Raiders legend told Ottio he had the raw ability to make the top level.The 22-year-old signed with the Raiders for two years in February and is the leading try-scorer in NSW Cup playing wing for Canberra affiliate Mounties.He will represent his country for the second time against Fiji at Parramatta on Saturday, and expects to line up against fellow Raider Sisa Waqa in the centres.The former volleyball international has used the encouraging words from Meninga, one of the greatest centres of all time, as a spur to realise him dreams.”Big Mal talked to me after that game about my football and what I can work on, he gave me some good tips,” Ottio said.”He told me to just keep working hard, play good footy and one day I can make it to NRL.”Someone like that to talk to me about how I can do things better, it’s something that motivates you to work hard and that you can become someone.”I’m just patient and hoping for an opportunity.”Fellow Raider Kurt Baptiste will make his Kumuls debut on Saturday. His Papua New Guinean heritage comes from his father, Bevan, who was born on the island of Samarai and moved to Brisbane aged 14.Baptiste has already enjoyed a taste of the country’s mad passion for rugby league, having played for Canberra’s former Queensland Cup affiliate Souths Logan against PNG Hunters in Port Moresby.”It was definitely an eye-opener for me,” Baptiste said.”It was good to see how the Papua New Guineans live and how mad for footy they are up there.”I remember coming into the hotel and there was all these kids on the side of the road chasing the bus.”They knew the footy team was here and were excited to see the players in the country.”It’s always something in the back of my mind I’ve wanted to do and I’m excited I get a chance to this weekend.”They’re just a mad footy nation, it’s their No.1 sport up there and the huge amount of support you get on social media is amazing.”If the official team list is to be believed, Baptiste will emulate his role at the Raiders as bench hooker for Papua New Guinea.He believes the Pacific Tests should remain on the calendar, despite some clubs being hesitant to release their players.”I definitely think they should stay on the agenda, there’s a lot of people out there supporting these nations and they want to see the best players,” he said.
However, he is likely to be fit and available for the trip to Athletic Bilbao on August 28. INJURY NEWS: Javier Mascherano has a hamstring strain in his right leg and will be out for a week #FCBlive— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 17, 2016 Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has been ruled out of his side’s La Liga opener against Real Betis due to a hamstring strain.The Argentina international suffered the injury during Barca’s Supercopa de Espana success against Sevilla on Wednesday.Mascherano came off to leave his team, who had used all three substitutes, to finish with 10 men.Arda Turan’s brace and a Lionel Messi goal saw Barca cruise to a 3-0 victory at Camp Nou, completing a 5-0 aggregate win.The club confirmed Mascherano would miss a week, ensuring he will miss Saturday’s clash with Betis.
Germán Valera, 17, write his name. From Murcia, like that group that is sounding so loud and so loud, Long live Sweden; as Miguel Ángel Hernández, author of Pain of others (Anagrama), one of the novels of 2018, a boy who will be heard a lot to talk about. It is done. It is one of the pearls of the quarry and reason for the rupture of relations on the part of Villarreal with Atlético. He was the captain of Spain in the last U-17 World Cup. Powerful, very fast and with a powerful shot. Lefty, you can play for both bands although where you feel more comfortable is on the right to cut in and look for the shot. This season is his first in the subsidiary. And today his first call with Cholo. Because Germán Valera is the great novelty of Simeone’s list for tomorrow’s game (18:30, Wanda Metropolitano) before Levante. A list with 18 names which is also Sergio Camello and Vitolo returns to. Not so neither Savic nor Koke, both training at the same pace as the others in recent days but to which the Cholo is saved for the Arab Super Cup. Saponjic, habitual in the last lists although still without debut, is not. The Cholo summonedAdam, Oblak; Giménez, Arias, Lodi, Felipe, Hermoso, Trippier; Thomas, Saul, Llorente, Herrera, Vitolo; João Félix, Morata, Correa, Camel and Valera They are the chosen Simeone for this match. The coach, who will be eight years old at the head of the Atlético bench in three days, has already debuted 30 youth players, Camel among them, in the last game of last seasonprecisely before the Levante. Eye Valera. A name for the future that begins in this 2020.
Goals1-0, 30 ‘: Lucas Tousart As expected, the tables changed in the second half. Juventus was forced to advance lines, and Rudi García, showing off his defensive label, delayed the team about 20 meters to tie the result. It was no longer the Lyon of the first half that reached all duels and attacked the backlash with great sufficiency.The match began to be in the boots of Paulo Dybala. The Argentine had been missing in the first half, but with a much more dominating Juventus, began to appear between the lines and punish Lyon. A side center ended up in his boots, but the shot went off touching the post. Virtually every occasion of Sarri’s started from him.In the final minutes, lJuventus squeezed more than normal, but Lyon contained all the rush of the Italians. Cristiano Ronaldo requested a penalty from Denayer, but the Belgian collided shoulder to shoulder with the former Madrid. Gil Manzano annulled a goal from Dybala almost at the end for offside and Lyon ended up surprising Juve. ChangesRamsey (61 ‘, Pjanić), Martin Terrier (65 ‘, Karl Toko Ekambi), Higuain (69 ‘, Square), Tete (77 ‘, Dubois), Federico Bernardeschi (77 ‘, Rabiot), Joachim Andersen (80 ‘, Cornet) CardsReferee: Jesús Gil ManzanoVAR Referee: Juan Martínez MunueraMarcelo (27 ‘, Yellow) Cornet (60 ‘, Yellow The Lyon of the great European nights has returned. The set of Rudi García surprised Juventus with a lonely goal from Lucas Tousart, and faces the return with advantage in a tie that started as one of the most unequal of all the round of 16.The clear favoritism of Juventus was evident in the absence of an hour of the game with the eleven of Lyon. Rudi García decided to bet on a defense of three centrals to stop Dybala and Cristiano, with the novelty of Guimaraes, who debuted in the Champions League forming the double local pivot with Tousart. For its part, Sarri lined a 4-3-3, with the inclusion of Rabiot in the center of the field and with Square on the right side to defend the area of influence of Aouar in the left sector of Lyon.It mattered little that Juventus came as a Series A leader and that Lyon was in low hours. The Champions does not understand performance in local competitions, and that was demonstrated again in today’s game. Although Sarri’s dominated the first ten minutes, enclosing a fairly passive Lyon, as the minutes passed, the French team broke loose and began to believe that it could defeat a superior rival. Cristiano warned with a poisoned center-chut in the first minutes, but it was a mirage.The good work of Lyon, with a system of three centrals that plugged the sides of Juventus on the ball, found its fruits in the 31st minute. Aouar, a player who the fan asks for a step forward in the big appointments, made a play mark of the house on the left and attended Tousart. The midfielder of Lyon, so criticized in recent months, marks for the second consecutive year in the second round, after having already scored Barcelona last season.The nerves began to settle in Juventus, unable to draw a single danger attack, beyond two Cristiano Ronaldo centers. In fact, Olympique de Lyon found a highway on the right side. Dubois, right lane, always received brand free, and Alex Sandro, very pressured at the start of the ball, did not receive a single help from Rabiot. There, both the side of Lyon and Toko-Ekambi, signed two clear occasions before the break, but the former Villarreal could not score when shooting high two shots could well have carried more danger on the goal defended by Szczęsny.