Pitcher of the Week: Hayden Wesneski, Sam Houston State – So. – Right Handed – Cypress, TexasJust a night after a heartbreaking loss in the season opener versus Kent State, Wesneski gave the Kats just what they needed to even things up on Saturday. The sophomore allowed just four hits and one unearned run in a complete-game win over the Golden Flashes. He recorded 15 outs on the ground and did not allow a runner to reach third base until late in the ninth inning. Wesneski finished with a career-high eight strikeouts and did not walk or hit a batter. He needed just 97 pitches to finish off KSU in a game that lasted exactly two hours of game time. His lone run allowed happened with two outs in the ninth due to an error on a potential game-ending double-play ball. Honorable Mention: John Shull, UIW; Drew Hanson, Abilene Christian; Ridge Heisler, Northwestern State. Honorable Mention: Caleb Kyle, Abilene Christian; Andrew Fregia, Sam Houston State; Brennan Breaud, Southeastern Louisiana. Lamar (1-2) next heads to Texas for a lone matchup Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. CT on the Longhorn Network before hosting Hofstra for a four-game series from Friday to Sunday. Sam Houston State (2-1) hosts Houston tonight at 6:30 p.m. and welcomes Cincinnati for a three-game series from Friday to Sunday. Hitter of the Week: Cole Secrest, Lamar – Fr. – Outfielder – The Woodlands, TexasSecrest went 7-for-11 this weekend with eight RBIs. He hit five singles and two homers, drew a hit-by-pitch, and didn’t strikeout a single time. He was also perfect in eight fielding attempts in center field. His three-run homer against Texas Southern came with two outs and a 1-2 count when Lamar was down 3-0 to tie the game at three runs apiece. 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Week Two Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Cole Seacrest is the Southland Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week while Sam Houston State’s Hayden Wesneski is the Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Samantha Gainor opened the decisive game with an awkward 1-2-7-8-10 split. With the risk of falling in an early hole, the freshman delivered, closing the frame with an expertly-placed ball. Quah struck in the second frame while McKendree spared to give the Commodores an early advantage, and a precarious Brooklyn strike from Emily Rigney kept Vandy in the driver’s seat. Helped along by four consecutive strikes and a 2-4-7-10 split pickup from Rigney in the eighth, the Commodores slammed the door in the 10th after McKendree failed to strike on their first ball. A 220-191 win sealed the 4-3 victory and Vanderbilt’s second national championship. Kristin Quah Lynne Fishler It is Vanderbilt’s second national title in program history, the last one coming in 2007. Morning Session 203 No. 2 McKendree vs. No. 4 VanderbiltThe best-of-seven baker series to decide the national championship did not disappoint. In game one, the teams got off to slow starts, with McKendree and Vanderbilt both leaving the third frames open. As Bulanova struck the fifth frame, the Bearcats left it open, setting up a strong Commodore second half and a 224-204 win. Vanderbilt went into game two with a 1-0 lead. W 224-204 215 Maria Bulanova Tournament Homepage | Live Stream Replays | Press ConferencesST. LOUIS, Mo. – The clash of perennial powerhouses in Saturday’s 2018 National Collegiate Bowling Championship final did not disappoint, as McKendree and Vanderbilt needed all seven games to decide the title. W 220-191 Traditional Scores 133 It was a slugfest down the stretch as Vandy took a 392-289 lead after five frames, with the Bearkats taking it back 574-559 after seven. While the Commodores held the lead for the rest of the traditional match, it was only a five-pin contest as the final two bowlers stepped up. 202 Samantha Gainor Both teams combined for six opens in the first two frames while the Commodores did not put a strike on the board until the end of the second. Sam Houston started to find its footing first, holding a narrow 126-119 lead with two frames gone, building it to 226-196 after three. VANDERBILT – Baker Best-of-Seven: W 4-3 (WLLWLWW) No. 4 Vanderbilt vs. No. 5 Sam Houston StateIn the morning rematch of Southland foes for a spot in the title game, Vanderbilt shook off an ugly start to sweep the Bearkats 2-0. W 208-205 202 184 165 161 Game five swung heavily in favor of McKendree. After another open frame from Bulanova in fifth, the Bearcats went off for four straight strikes. Too big of a hole for the Commodores, McKendree took a comfortable 255-203 for a 3-2 match lead. Emily Rigney 190 225 Staring down a 3-2 match deficit and facing elimination after a 52-point loss in game five, Vanderbilt recovered and edged the Bearcats by three points to force a decisive game seven. On the heels of four straight strikes between the second and fifth frames, the Commodores built a lead that they would not relinquish, outlasting the defending national champions for a 4-3 victory. Katie Stark Syasya Ismail 154 158 Team Baker Scores L 174-233 Game three saw the sides exchange blows down to the final frame, but Bulanova left a 4-8-10 split on her first 10th-frame roll. Faced with no choice but to go for the conversion, her aggression did not pay off and she managed only one, leaving the game open for a 193-182 Bearcat win and a 2-1 deficit. Madysen Keller 165 Maria Bulanova Amber MacLeod Jordan Newham Vanderbilt opened game four with a spare then three straight strikes and were up 19 after five but were working off just a spare while McKendree had a strike on the board in the fifth. The Bearcats struck in the sixth while Vandy again only spared. It would appear the game swung in McKendree’s favor when both sides left nasty splits in the seventh frame but only the Bearcats converted. However, Vanderbilt responded with five straight strikes to close the game for a 233-204 win to knot the series 2-2. 179 L 203-255 185 Facing elimination, it seemed early on in game six that Vanderbilt would succumb to a problem which plagued the in their earlier series losses – inability to match McKendree’s strike runs. After opening with four straight spares, this time Bulanova responded in the fifth with a strike while the Bearcats spared. Vanderbilt struck the seventh and eighth frames while McKendree spared both. Katie Stark spared the ninth while the Bearcats struck again – Vandy would go into the 10th up one but again working off a spare while McKendree had an X on the board. With back-to-back Bulanova strikes and the Bearcats leaving four on the floor after the first throw, the Commodores forced game seven with a narrow 208-205 win (series tied 3-3). 179 Team Baker Scores Lineup Team Baker Scores 164 Traditional Scores Championship VANDERBILT – Traditional: W 871-862 | Baker: W 1,032-853 SAM HOUSTON STATE – Traditional: L 862-871 | Baker: L 853-1,032 Emily Rigney The Commodores came out on top, in emphatic fashion. 225 Maria Bulanova held her composure for Vanderbilt, striking on her opening throw while Stephanie Zavala came in below the pocket for an ugly 4-7-8-10 split. This shut the door for the Commodores, who came out on top 871-826 for a 1-0 lead. 178 After both sides opened with nine-spares and two strikes, Vanderbilt’s Katie Stark lost her footing on the approach, slipping on the foul line and recovering with only nine on her next shot. The Commodores would still manage to hold a narrow lead after an open fifth frame from McKendree. However, the Bearcats rattled off three strikes from six to eight, and Vanderbilt could not respond in kind. The defending champs tied the series 1-1 with a 233-174 victory. L 193-182 Katie Stark W 233-203 Vanderbilt kept its foot on the gas in the baker total pinfall segment, winning four straight to build an insurmountable 216 pin lead heading into the final game and ultimately winning 1,032-853 for the sweep and a spot in the championship match. 154 Stephanie Zavala Kristin Quah
CHENEY, Wash. – After a strong performance in the first half by the Nicholls State University football team, No. 3-seed Eastern Washington changed the momentum of the game with a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown, and the Colonels went on to be defeated, 42-21, in the second round of the FCS playoffs Saturday evening at Roos Field.With the loss, Nicholls finished the year at 9-4, with the nine wins being the second-most in school history. Eastern Washington improved to 10-2 and will host next weekend’s quarterfinals game.The Colonels held a 14-3 lead after rushing touchdowns by Chase Fourcade and Dontrell Taylor through the first 17 minutes of the game. Nicholls was set up for a field goal right before the break, but the attempt was blocked by Dylan Bedletter, and Kedrick Johnson scooped it up for a 55-yard return for a touchdown. The score started 39 straight points for the Eagles before Fourcade rushed for a 34-yard touchdown to make the final.Nicholls looking good on the red turf!!The Colonels lead 14-3 in the 2nd after Taylor’s TD. #FCSPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/60CCcUEOKd— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 1, 2018 Fourcade threw for 146 yards on 17 of 30 and matched his career high of 89 yards rushing. A 16-yard completion to Damion Jeanpiere, Jr. in the second quarter put Fourcade No. 1 on the Colonels’ all-time passing list, surpassing Doug Hudson’s mark of 7,670 yards set in 1986. Fourcade’s two rushing TDs gave him 13 for the season, tying Broderick Cole’s single-season record (2005).Nicholls churned out 235 yards rushing, led by Taylor’s fifth 100-yard game of the season as he totaled 112 on 20 carries. But Taylor had one of the Colonels’ two turnovers in the second half, along with a pick-six by Fourcade.Eastern Washington was fueled by Sam McPherson, who rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Most of the damage came in the second half, including a 34-yard touchdown run that gave EWU a 35-14 lead in the fourth quarter. He was only the second 100-yard rusher against the Colonels this season, leading to 237 yards rushing for the Eagles.Khristian Mims led the Colonel defense with a career-high 11 tackles and had an interception on the game’s opening drive. The turnover made way for a 1-yard sneak by Fourcade for the first touchdown of the day.The Eagles drove down inside the 5 on their next drive, but the Colonels stuffed a third-down rush and limited them to a field goal.Early in the second, Taylor went untouched from three yards out for a 14-3 advantage. The drive was kept alive on a 14-yard pass from Fourcade to Arron McKenney on third-and-10.Both teams had chances to score in the second, but Lorran Fonseca missed short on a 50-yard field goal for the Colonels. The Eagles had another successful drive deep into Nicholls territory before Hezekiah White forced a fumble on a Tamarick Pierce rush, and Corey Abraham came away with the ball at the 12-yard line.Nicholls marched down the field looking to go up 17-3 with the field goal attempt with seconds on the clock, but the block and return put the score at 14-10.In the third, Eric Barriere gave EWU its first lead of the night on a 34-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Boston. After the Colonels punted for the second-straight drive, the Eagles added a field goal for a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth.Nicholls had its first turnover of the night early in the final period as Taylor lost the ball at the Colonel 30 after hauling in a reception. EWU ran a half-back pass by McPherson for a big gain and he then ran in for a 4-yard touchdown, making the score 28-14 after a successful two-point try.The Colonels continued to struggle on offense with another 3-and-out, and McPherson scored again, this time from 34 yards out. Fourcade then threw an interception in the red zone and it was returned 95 yards by Ketner Kupp for EWU’s final touchdown of the night.Despite the loss, the Colonels set several milestones this season. Nicholls won its second Southland Conference title and claimed its second playoff victory in team history. In addition to Fourcade’s records, Taylor, a junior, set a new program mark with his ninth career 100-yard game. Final. Colonels come up short at Eastern Washington. Thanks to our seniors for an amazing season. #GeauxColonels #oNeway pic.twitter.com/xmrZYU4vAZ— No. 13/14 Nicholls ?? (@Nicholls_FB) December 2, 2018 POSTGAME QUOTESHead Coach Tim Rebowe Opening Statement:”It’s a tough loss. I feel for those guys and the group of seniors that had a fantastic year. It didn’t end how we wanted it to end but I’m very proud of them and their effort.”On Blocked Field Goal: “It was big, it was a big momentum swing. If you don’t make the kick, it’s still 14-3 and you get the ball back to start the second half, but when it’s blocked and returned it’s 14-10 and we couldn’t get the momentum back to start the second half. They made a good play and it bounced the right way and it happens sometimes.”In the Second Half: “They got momentum in the second half, we couldn’t get any rhythm and we got into the fourth quarter and turned the ball over a few times which was uncharacteristic. I thought we played well in the first quarter and were playing fast and making plays, we just didn’t make enough plays the rest of the way.”On the Seniors: “I’m proud of all the seniors and where they came from and how many games they’ve won over the year. You always want to say as a player that you left this place better than you found it and those guys definitely did that. Those guys left it all on the field and with great leadership. We didn’t lose tonight, we just came up a little bit short. We have a special group, there was a bond in the locker room that they built. They came from nothing and taught each other how to win and how to build a program. I can’t say enough or thank them enough for what they did for Nicholls.” Chase Fourcade:”We didn’t execute in the second half and we didn’t do what we were doing after a great first half. Our defense made some good plays and we got points off of turnovers, but we couldn’t find our rhythm in the second half. That was a great defense we faced and I thought we had times where we could’ve made better plays and we came up short.”Thoughts at Halftime: “At halftime, we were up 14-10 against the No. 3 team in the nation knowing we were getting the ball back and we were all into it and knew what was at stake with 30 minutes to play. I knew they’d come out ready to fight but we couldn’t find the rhythm after the first three and out. Hats off to them, it’s just tough right now.” Hezekiah White:On Transforming the Program: “It’s bittersweet, I wanted to win today. The whole senior class, coming from where we came from before Coach Rebowe, we’ve come a long way. Coach Rebowe used to tell us to buy in and I thought we transformed this whole program.”On His Career: “From where we came from, this is a blessing. We didn’t see light at the end of the tunnel back then and we didn’t know what was next for our program without a head coach. To see how far we’ve come, to the second round of the playoffs, it’s amazing.”In the Second Half: “It came down to execution, they had momentum, but there were a few times we could’ve got off the field on third down to stop it. They made plays, and that’s to be expected because they have a good football team.”
FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Jeremiah Curry and Branson Ellis are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.Curry closed out a strong weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., with a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash and a fourth-place performance in the 400m event at the Tyson Invitational. The Jacksonville, Ark., native crossed the line with a 21.03 in the 200m race and a 47.47 in the 400m event.Ellis closed out an impressive weekend at the USA Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., with a Southland record-setting performance in the pole vault. The sophomore captures his third weekly honor of the season after taking second place with a 19-00.25 vault, a mark that ranks third nationally.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Jeremiah Curry, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Jacksonville, Ark.Curry performed well for the ‘Jacks over the weekend at the Tyson Invitational, grabbing gold-medal honors in the 200m dash with a personal-best 21.03 clip. He also registered a PR in the 400m race with a time of 47.46 in order to take fourth place distinctions. Curry now ranks second in the Southland in the 200m race and third in the conference for the 400m event.Honorable Mention: Ryan Linton, Abilene Christian; Jordan Atkins, Central Arkansas; Kobe Nevills, McNeese; Timor Barrett, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Tyler, TexasEllis set a Southland Conference record and concluded a second-place finish in the pole vault event at the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships over the weekend, clearing the bar with a 19-0.25. The mark came on his sixth jump of the afternoon and finished second at the prestigious event. He currently ranks tied for third nationally. Ellis’ conference record-breaking performance bests fellow Lumberjack Adam Keul’s mark of 18-07.50, set in in the 2001 season.Honorable Mention: Jacob Mechler, Abilene Christian; Tylen Guidry, Lamar; Aaron Worrell, New Orleans; Quindarrius Thompson, Northwestern State; Zach Johnson, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
THE eyes of Europe are on Monte Carlo as the 2019/20 Champions League group stage draw gets underway.Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs and defending champions Liverpool are all set to learn their fate as 32 teams go into the hat in the south of France.1 Liverpool go into Pot 1 as they defend their titleCredit: PA:Press AssociationHow can I live stream for free?THE group stage draw for the 2019/2020 group stages takes place TODAY, August 29.As ever, it’s set to be a lavish ceremony in Monte Carlo as stars of past and present jet in for the formalities.BT Sport 2 is the place to head for TV coverage, which begins at 4.30pm.Whilst BT customers can also watch wherever they are by downloading the BT Sport app on their mobile, tablet or PC.There are two ways to watch the draw from the south of France for free.Head to the Uefa website, where a free live stream will be provided by the federation.It will begin at 4.55pm, five minutes before the ceremony starts at 5pm.Or go to BT Sport’s Youtube, where coverage has already begun of the ceremony.This is Uefa, so expect the actual draw sometime after 5.15pm BST. 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage will be joined by the six winners of the play-off ties.The teams will then be split into four seeding pots.Pot 1 consists of the holders, Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League. 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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA 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 clubChampions League potsPot 1Liverpool (ENG, holders)Chelsea (ENG, UEFA Europa League winners)Barcelona (ESP)Manchester City (ENG)Juventus (ITA)Bayern Munich (GER)Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Zenit (RUS)Pot 2Real Madrid (ESP)Atletico Madrid (ESP)Borussia Dortmund (GER)Napoli (ITA)Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)Benfica (POR)Ajax (NED)Pot 3Lyon (FRA)Bayer Leverkusen (GER)Salzburg (AUT)Valencia (ESP)Inter Milan (ITA)Club Brugge (BEL)Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)Olympiakos (GRE)Pot 4Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS)Genk (BEL)Galatasaray (TUR)RB Leipzig (GER)Atalanta (ITA)Lille (FRA)Red Star Belgrade (SRB)Slavia Prague (CZE)Draw rules
The Panthers captain walked away from the 54-12 win with an impressive four try-assists and a set of sore ribs after this hit in the first half.With Darius Boyd waiting in the wings and Greg Inglis not playing this match, Moylan’s performance created some headaches for coach Mal Meninga.
Hunters ended four weeks of pre-season training and will be off for two weeks festive holiday.They will return to camp in Port Moresby in the first week of January to continue their pre-season training leading up to the start of the 2016 Queensland Intrust Cup season.Before they left, the players spent Saturday morning helping to feed hundreds of street kids in Port Moresby at the Street kids Christmas Feast event as part of their community initiative.They also had the opportunity to meet their young fans, take pictures with them and sign autographs on rugby league balls and Hunters merchandise.Assistant coach Nigel Hukula wished all the supporters and fans throughout the country a safe festive season on behalf of the Hunters Club management and players.“Remember that we all have a purpose so always be safe as tomorrow is another day but enjoy today and be blessed,” said Hukula.Hukula also thanked all the fans for the support throughout the year as they look forward to a new season.
Coach Margaret Aka says it was frustrating that they couldn’t get the win against Fiji because they led the game twice and really should have been able to hold them out.“Our defence has been a bit of a problem the last two games so that is something we worked on ahead of the game with New Caledonia.“New Caledonia brings plenty in attack, so limiting that will be vital,” Aka said.New Caledonia coach Matthieu Delcroix says defense is also their main focus against a fast and efficient Papua New Guinea attacking unit.“Their forward players are fast and the entire team transitions very well. We will need to watch out for their long ball,” said Delcroix.Delcroix added that PNG is an aggressive team with good technical players.“We have worked on our combination play, so we will see if that works against PNG,” Delcroix said.New Zealand plays Fiji in the first semifinal match today.
It will be a replay of the 2015 season grand final when the two rivals clash in game four of the Champions League at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae on Saturday.Both teams remain unbeaten in the Champions League after three rounds.Dwellers have beefed up confidence after thrashing Rapatona FC 5-0 in Port Moresby in game three last weekend.Hekari won’t have the home ground advantage but boasts the strength of players from the national team. Hekari dominates the 25 member national team with 12 players.These include Ismael Pole, Felix Komolong, Koriak Upaiga, David Muta, Wira Wama, Papalau Awele and Tommy Semmy.Dwellers will be banking on Ronald Warisan, Valentine Nelson, Japhet Tiampo, Michael Foster, Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba who have also scored a place in the national team.In Port Moresby, PKA Rapatona FC will take on Welgris Morobe United FC at Bisini Soccer Grounds.This match will be telecast live on EMTV. Both games kick off at 2pm.After six weeks of competition, the top team in this champion’s league will be the minor premier and scores a place in the TNSL 2015-2016 season grand final and also qualifies for the OFC Champions League.The third and fourth placing will not be played but the teams will be awarded the prize money as per the national league point’s ladder.
Marcelo spoke after the elimination of Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of Copa del Rey against Real Sociedad in the Santiago Bernabeu.Elimination: “We tried and we reacted late, but we had to react like this. The first part was difficult. We had the ball and in the second we gave everything. It is a shame.” Goals conceded: “All matches are different. We don’t want to fit in, but that’s impossible. Fitting four goals at home and going back is difficult.”Absent players: “We have a wide squad with different players in each position. We have two competitions ahead.”