7. Sam Houston State 145 11. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 40 3. Central Arkansas 164 2. McNeese (6) 224 5. Stephen F. Austin 158 6. Northwestern State 156 4. Southeastern Louisiana 163 Coaches and SIDs Poll (first place votes) 8. Abilene Christian 119 FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls has been selected as the Southland Conference favorites for the 2019 season following a vote from conference head coaches and sports information directors. The preseason poll was announced Wednesday afternoon by the league.The Colonels captured 18 total first-place votes and 238 points to finish atop the poll. The preseason poll is voted on by head coaches and SIDs from each Southland softball school. Voting for one’s own team is not permitted.Nicholls head coach Angel Santiago and his team will look to repeat last season’s accomplishments after finishing with a 40-15 overall record and capturing the 2018 regular-season championship. Nicholls enters the season after placing eight returners onto the preseason all-conference squads, six of who found spots on the first team. The Colonels are on pace to complete a successful year as they also return three Southland Conference individual postseason award winners from 2018 including Pitcher of the Year Megan Landry, Newcomer of the Year Kali Clement and Freshman of the Year Jewel Lara.McNeese comes in second with 224 points and six first-place votes. The Cowgirls concluded their 2018 campaign with a Southland Conference Tournament championship and trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament before falling in the second round to No. 18 Baylor. McNeese, led by head coach James Landreneau, has won three consecutive conference tournament titles dating back to the 2016 season. The Cowgirls head into their 2019 slate with two preseason first team all-conference selections and one second team honoree.Taking the third-place spot is Central Arkansas with 164 points. The Bears closed out their 2018 campaign with a 16-11 record in Southland play and an appearance in the conference tournament. UCA also hosted the opening round of the NISC Regional Tournament where they advanced to the second round of tournament play. Kaylyn Shepherd and Morgan Felts will look to lead Central Arkansas after being named preseason all-conference selections.Southeastern Louisiana was voted fourth by a slim one-point margin earning 163 points. The Lady Lions concluded the 2018 season second in the conference for runs scored (295) and first in the league with 175 stolen bases. Madison Watson and Ali McCoy mark SLU’s pair of preseason all-conference selections. The duo helped boost their squad to 18-9 conference record last season that progressed into a deep run to the Southland Conference Tournament semifinals.Stephen F. Austin (158), Northwestern State (156), Sam Houston State (145) and Abilene Christian (119) were chosen to occupy the fifth through eighth-place positions.Lamar received 80 points for ninth place, while Incarnate Word finished in 10th with 61 points. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was voted to the 11th-place position with 40 points. Rounding out the preseason poll was Houston Baptist with 36 points.The 2019 season will begin Thursday, Feb. 7 with Southeastern Louisiana playing host to San Jose State in a 5 p.m. CT start. McNeese will also play that same day with a 6 p.m. first pitch against Samford in Lake Charles, La. Nine of the remaining 10 league teams will open their seasons the following day, Saturday, Feb. 8.2019’s Southland Conference Tournament is set for Natchitoches, La., at Lady Demon Diamond on the Northwestern State campus. Tournament play will take place May 7-10 with an eight-team field. 9. Lamar 80 10. UIW 61 1. Nicholls (18) 238 12. Houston Baptist 36
150 UIW (1) 2019 Southland Conference Football Preseason Poll Abilene Christian (1) The 2019 season opens Thursday, Aug. 29, with a pair of 6 p.m. kickoffs between Central Arkansas and Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky., and Northwestern State and UT Martin in Martin, Tenn. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Southeastern Louisiana hosts Jacksonville State and Lamar hosts Bethel (Tenn.). The remaining teams in the league begin their 2019 campaigns on Saturday, Aug. 31. Central Arkansas FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls is the preseason favorite for the 2019 Southland Conference football season, the league announced Thursday. The defending co-champions received the most possible first-place votes (20) and 200 total points to garner the top spot. 154 21 200 Stephen F. Austin Sam Houston State Central Arkansas was voted second with 154 total points. Defending co-champion UIW follows closely in third place, earning one first-place votes and 150 points. Sam Houston State collected 146 points to rank fourth in the preseason poll. Team (First-place votes) Total The Southland Conference preseason poll is voted on by each head coach and football sports information director. Each voter ranks their predicted order of regular season finish, not including their own team. First-place votes are worth 10 points, second-place votes are worth nine and so on to one point for 10th place. Nicholls (20) McNeese Houston Baptist Southeastern Louisiana 63 146 112 Lamar (123) is slated as the fifth-place team, followed by McNeese (114) and Abilene Christian (112), who picked up the final first-place nod. Rounding out the poll is Southeastern Louisiana (71), Stephen F. Austin (63), Northwestern State (56) and Houston Baptist (21). Lamar 71 114 Nicholls enters 2019 with a league-high 11 total preseason all-conference picks. Led by senior quarterback Chase Fourcade and senior defensive lineman Sully Laiche, the Colonels grabbed eight of the 28 first-team slots. Fourcade, the 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year, enters his final season with the 10th-most career total offense yards in league history (8,990), and Laiche begins his senior campaign as the active FCS leader in career sacks (25.5). 56 Northwestern State 123
On the Portuguese’s choice of players on Sunday, Mourinho backed his men regardless of the result, telling MOTD: ”I tried to play with Davinson [Sanchez] and Japhet Tanganga, which are the two fastest players.”Dier is because he is a midfield player, he has the possibility to come out with the ball and play as an extra midfield player.”I thought they did very well apart from the goals, which are collective responsibility, not individual responsibility.”Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hope that Harry Kane will soon return to training TOTTENHAM BOSS Jose Mourinho has blamed his side’s defeat to Wolves on ‘mentality mistakes’.The Special One made the comments during his post-match press conference following the 3-2 loss at home to Wolves.3 Jose Mourinho watches on with concern during the 3-2 home defeat to WolvesCredit: ReutersSpurs led twice during the game to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side but fell short in North London thanks to a Raul Jimenez winner.Mourinho told Match of the Day: ”I think it’s unfair. The players didn’t deserve the defeat.”We were punished by, I would say, mentality mistakes. You have to be ruthless against teams like Wolves that play fantastically well on the counter-attack.”The result means Wolves move above Spurs in the table and boost their own hopes of a Champions League spot.They are now sixth, three points behind Chelsea in fourth, while Tottenham sit in seventh.Mourinho went on to add: ”We deserve much more than these results but this is what it is. The front three combined well, they did what they can.”They did the plan that we worked on in the week. We had lots of arrivals in dangerous positions, but it is quite frustrating to see they don’t have that feeling.”3 Dele Alli reacting after heading the ball wide and missing chance to give Spurs a 3-1 leadCredit: ReutersDespite the blow, both teams still have a good chance of qualifying for Europe’s premier competition and that would be made easier if rivals Manchester City have their continental ban upheld.Wolves, who are now level on points with Manchester United on 28, can also book their place in the Europa League.Tottenham are back in action on Wednesday as they welcome Norwich in the fifth round of the FA Cup.They then take a trip to Burnley in the return of the Premier League next weekend.Mourinho’s men are in a striker crisis with Harry Kane,, who should be finally making a return in the next six weeks’ time, out with a hamstring injurySon Heung-Min is also out following arm surgery, leaving their attack vulnerable.The South Korean star has also been forced to self-quarantine and isolate himself for two weeks after visiting his home country for the surgery.Most popular 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 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 & kids3
MANCHESTER UNITED’S trip to Tottenham is set to be the first Premier League game back with all ten matches on TV that weekend.And the Red Devils trip to Spurs’ new ground will feature at least three huge stars with Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Harry Kane all set to be fit.4Top-flight football in England is pencilled in to restart on Friday June 12 following the coronavirus lockdown.However, that could be pushed back to Friday June 19 to allay players’ fears about rushing back too soon.And that night’s game will be shown live on TV along with ALL nine other matches that weekend – on Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsThe suggestion is that there will be one live match apiece on Friday and Monday evenings.And the final eight matches will be split equally across Saturday and Sunday, with kick-off times staggered so EVERY match can be watched live on the television.While the schedule is yet to be chosen, it is expected Man Utd’s trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will get the nod, deemed the biggest game of the weekend.4Kane was out with what looked to be a season ending hamstring injury before lockdown.But the delay to the campaign has allowed him to recover.The Spurs striker, 26, went under the knife back in January after being injured in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.But Jose Mourinho confirmed the England ace was fit again at the end of April.4 Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford could both be back for the clash between Man Utd and Spurs4 Paul Pogba has recovered from an ankle injury and was pictured training in a park on TuesdayCredit: Eamonn and James ClarkeFor United, Pogba had missed most of the season with an ankle injury.But he was pictured training in a park on Tuesday alongside Anthony Martial, Victor Lindelof and Andreas Pereira.The wantaway midfielder had his move away from the club “arranged” before coronavirus struck – but could now continue his career at Old Trafford.And he looks set for a return to action in North London.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 InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN 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 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himRashford is still recovering from a back injury he suffered in an FA Cup replay with Wolves in January.But he is expected to be available by the middle of June which could see him ready to face the North Londoners.However, the striker’s return to the starting XI may be gradual given it will be around six months after his last outing.Harry Kane has Tottenham shirts hanging on walls of his house from win over Man Utd and first Champions League hat-trick
The Saints are coming What a time to be alive for Dragons fans. Saturday’s 42-10 win over the Panthers sent shockwaves through the competition and forced rugby league scribes to update their record books. The 32-point win eclipsed their previous biggest wins over Penrith (42-14 in 2001 and 38-10 in 2009), while Gareth Widdop’s 22-point haul equalled the club record for most points in a game, tying Amos Roberts’s effort from 2000 and Jamie Soward’s day out against Canberra in 2007.Hat-trick heroeThere was another reason to celebrate for fans of the Red V when Joel Thompson crossed for his first hat-trick at NRL level. It took 152 games for the Ken Stephen medallist to notch a treble in first grade, while Rabbitohs winger Bryson Goodwin had to wait until his 154th with a three-try haul against the Tigers on Friday night. Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell made his move to the three-quarter line look easy with a hat-trick in game 25, while David Fusitu’a’s first-half treble took his tally to seven tries from his last two games against Newcastle. Streaks stay alive while hoodoos finally snappedThe Storm made it 15 Round 1 wins in a row (they lost their season opener in 2004 but had a Round 1 bye) with a gutsy 12-6 victory over the Bulldogs that snapped a six-game losing streak against the blue and whites. The Raiders lost their ninth game on the trot in Townsville, while the Warriors won their first Round 1 match since 2009. The Eels have a disastrous record against the Sea Eagles but Sunday’s win was their sixth in a row against Manly, a new club record.Life of BrianBrian Kelly will remember his NRL debut for many reasons – namely because he grabbed the opening try of the game – but we also learnt that he became the first ‘Brian’ to play in the NRL since Brian Carney played for the Knights in 2006. What’s more, the Brian brothers (they’re not actually related) both scored in Round 1 at home against the Eels.Golden start to the seasonNorth Queensland’s dramatic golden point win over Canberra was the fifth time a Round 1 game had gone to extra time. The Storm and Dragons were the first teams to do it in 2009, while the Dragons and Tigers both kicked winning field goals in 2012. Melbourne did it again in 2014 with a Cameron Smith one-pointer enough to sink the Sea Eagles 23-22. The Cowboys’ win was the second-straight regular-season golden point game to finish 20-16 after the Bulldogs downed Manly by the same scoreline in Round 23 last year. They play the Broncos this Friday night, and having finished all square after 80 minutes in three of their previous four meetings, you’d be foolish to rule out another golden point thriller. Race to 2000 continuesHow special would it have been for legends Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston to reach 2000 points in Round 1? Alas, they both fell just short, but the pair should get there this week. The Storm skipper needs three more points to become the first forward to score 2000 points, while he and Thurston will become the first Queenslanders to reach the milestone if JT scores a point against Brisbane. Both play on Friday night, but thanks to New Zealand’s time zone, Smith will be favoured to sneak past his Maroons and Kangaroos teammate. Unwanted record for unlucky KnightsNewcastle’s heartbreaking loss in Auckland stretched their winless run to 19 games. Another defeat on Saturday against the Titans would make it 20 on the trot and will see them join Newtown in equal fifth place for most consecutive losses.
The Lions levelled the series with victory in Wellington last Saturday after the All Blacks had won the first test.Phillips, who played in five Lions tests across two tours in 2009 and 2013, is confident that Warren Gatland’s side can do the business in the deciding test at Eden Park which “isn’t an intimidating ground”, and become the first Lions team to win a series in New Zealand since 1971.France were the last winners at Eden Park 23 years ago and the All Blacks have won their last 38 matches at their Auckland fortress.But Phillips wrote in The Sun: “Steamrolling the All Blacks, at Eden Park, where they haven’t lost since 1994, and on Kieran Read’s 100th cap, would be some way of winning this series.”And I reckon this lot can do it. New Zealand will be hurting, which is a dangerous thing to have to face.”And even though Eden Park isn’t an intimidating ground at all, there are certain places that get into your head – good and bad.”Phillips said the odds still stacked heavily in the All Blacks’ favour are wide of the mark because “the Lions are favourites” in this decider, after the Welshman, who announced his retirement from rugby in April aged 34, admitted they got lucky in the second test following Sonny Bill Williams’ red card.”They did their best to try to lose it at the Cake Tin by giving away some stupid penalties,” he added.”But fair play, they scored two great tries and got out of jail. Now it will be absolutely epic in Auckland. The physicality and emotional energy should be huge. Photo by: Getty Images (Mike Phillips playing for the Lions in Australia four years ago).
The Clive Churchill Medallist has signed a one-year extension to his Storm contract, meaning he will return for one more time around the sun in 2018.Melbourne announced the news on their official website on Tuesday night.”We are delighted that Billy has made the decision to pull on the purple jersey again in 2018,” Storm chief executive Dave Donaghy said.”He has been a champion of this club and NRL for over a decade so it is fantastic for the game as a whole that Billy will be back on the field next year.”Billy has overcome a great deal of adversity in recent years. The fact he has not only return but is back to his best this season is a true testament to his professionalism, dedication and incredible resilience.”Our young players will now have another season to play alongside and learn from one of our club’s all-time greats, which will be invaluable for the future of Melbourne Storm.” Photo: MARK METCALFE/GETTY IMAGES Caption: Billy Slater has committed to another year with the Storm.
Cheshire Police confirmed they received a report of an assault at an address in Widnes on Saturday afternoon local time.”A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent,” a police statement said.”He was questioned by detectives and released on conditional bail and enquiries into the assault remain ongoing.”Warrington confirmed Gelling was the subject of a club investigation into his “conduct away from the club” and would not be available for selection until the investigation is complete.The club said the Kukis international, who joined from Widnes on a two-year contract in September, was “fully supportive of the investigation”.Gelling, who has featured in both of Wolves’ Super League matches so far this season, scored a try in the Cook Islands 38-16 victory over the USA in November, which sealed qualification for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Last Saturday, 20 February, Madang residents celebrated the upcoming NRL season with a successful community fun day at Laiwaden Oval, whilst Buka and Kokopo residents have their turn this Saturday, 27 February. Hundreds of Madang residents enjoyed a special guest performance by music sensation Nathan Nakikus and participated in fun footy games, where some participants received great prizes.Madang rugby league fans also enjoyed watching a series of NRL highlights from past seasons on Digicel big-screens showcasing memorable tries, the biggest tackles and major hit-ups.This Saturday 27 February, Buka residents can join the NRL in the Park fun at Bel Isi Park and Kokopo residents at the Kokopo Primary School oval. Both towns are set for a big day of entertainment with live band performances by local band Model Zero in Buka and entertainment in Kokopo by local group Mind Trip. Both events are lined up with heaps of entertainment for the community and great prizes on offer to be won.CEO Digicel PNG, Maurice McCarthy, said the NRL in the Park community fun day program has been an enormous success with hundreds of residents throughout seven cities now primed and ready for the rugby league season.“These events were about kicking off rugby league 2016 in a fun way that brought back memories, built excitement and engaged the communities.“We are delighted that the communities embraced the events so well and look forward to bringing them all the exciting rugby league matches of 2016.”
PLAYERGOALS Hazardone Varane3 Iscoone The statistic, which accounts for the wide distribution of goals in Madrid, with 16 actors in garlic, is the highest of those present in Saudi Arabia. In Valencia, his victim this Wednesday, 12 players have seen the door, the same as in Atlético de Madrid; in Barcelona, 14. 22 Carvajalone Baletwo If with Benzema sometimes he does not give, without him the thing gets even more complicated. And to great evils, great remedies. The Zidane boys responded in Jeddah with scoring opportunism to the absence of Karim, author until the semifinal of 32% of the team’s goals. The same happened in Getafe, when ‘9’ did not get what is customary in him and Varane (double) and Modric covered him. Benzema16 Jovicone Better than Valencia, Atlético and BarcelonaThe greatest weight of this coral offensive contribution, in which the jump from the first to the second scorer, from Benzema (16) to Rodrygo (6), is enormous, it has the step in front of the center of the field. In that Zidane had placed special emphasis, that in summer he reviewed the 2018-19 data and understood that he could expect more in this section of Modric, Kroos, Casemiro or Valverde. Among the four have 13 targets (5 + 4 + 2 + 2), more than 26% of the group. The percentage speaks of the most successful season ever of the Croatian or that the German goes to a goal to match his best record and celebrate the same conquest. Fede Valverdetwo Viniciustwo Kroos4 Modric5 Rodrygo6 Casemirotwo DEL GOLES DEL MADRID 2019-20 Bouquets5 Jamesone Lucas Vázquezone The last to join the goal in Madrid has been Isco, who made his first goal of the season against Valencia, also the first since March 31, 2019. Before that, Kroos had made his way to King Abdullah, again bringing out his glove, and then settled the Modric affair, which he recalled the need to clone the outside of that right foot. In total there are 16 Madrid players who have marked this course.