Eriksen hails Tottenham fitness

first_imgChristian Eriksen believes Tottenham’s new fitness levels are responsible for their dramatic late shows in the Barclays Premier League. “We’re getting there and I can see progress in the home games as well. “We had to fight in the second half at Swansea, we came back and we showed our character.” Eriksen has now scored 12 league goals in the calendar year and that is more than any other midfielder in the country when you remove penalties from the equation. And he s aid Spurs will be used to the congested festive fixture list after already playing eight games in the Europa League to reach the last 32 of the competition. “It is the same number of games without the travel,” he said. ” It’s an exciting programme for us now as it’s so close (in the Premier League table) if you get a win you’re up there and if you lose you’re down there. “At the moment we’re in between and we need to be more consistent, but we showed we are on the right way.” “You see the last few games and we’re still 100 per cent ready to go at the end of the game,” Eriksen said. “Before we wouldn’t have been fit enough to go the whole game. “There were periods when they had the ball and we had to play different but we had the confidence and the power to keep going for 90 minutes. “I think everybody would rather win a little bit earlier but it does give us an extra feeling.” Spurs have often struggled at home this season – losing half of their eight league games – but it has been a different story away from north London where they have won four of their eight matches and lost only twice. But Spurs have collected four points from their last two home games, beating Everton and drawing with Crystal Palace, and Eriksen believes those results will provide the launchpad for greater satisfaction at White Hart Lane over the busy holiday programme. “You should feel more relaxed at home but at the moment we are getting our points away,” Eriksen said. “Luckily we played all right at home in the last two games and picked up some points. Eriksen came up with an 89th-minute winner in Spurs’ 2-1 victory at Swansea on Sunday to maintain their recent fine away form and take Mauricio Pochettino’s side up to seventh in the table. The Danish midfielder scored an even later winner at Hull last month in another 2-1 win and Spurs also scored twice in the final six minutes to overturn a 1-0 deficit at Aston Villa at the start of November. Press Associationlast_img read more

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West Nile Virus reported in Palm Beach County

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health is reporting that at least one person in Palm Beach County has acquired the West Nile Virus.No other information regarding the person was given other than that the virus was acquired locally.The mosquito-born virus has not been reported in the area since 2018, however, there have been several cases of the virus reported in Miami as recent as June.Authorities believe the uptick in cases is due to the increased rain fall which is creating more areas of standing water.The health department is advising people to dump standing water where it has collected and discarding old tires, cans, broken flower pots, that may collect water.They also suggest wearing items that cover your skin and or mosquito repellent when outdoors.For children under the age of two-months, mosquito netting is suggested.last_img read more

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CSU looks to extend streak vs Presbyterian

first_img February 28, 2020 CSU looks to extend streak vs Presbyterian Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCharleston Southern (13-16, 7-10) vs. Presbyterian (9-21, 6-11)Ross E. Templeton P.E. Center, Clinton, South Carolina; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Charleston Southern looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Presbyterian. Charleston Southern has won by an average of 9 points in its last five wins over the Blue Hose. Presbyterian’s last win in the series came on Jan. 24, 2018, a 57-49 win.center_img TEAM LEADERSHIP: Presbyterian’s Cory Hightower has averaged 13.1 points and six rebounds while Chris Martin has put up 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds. For the Buccaneers, Phlandrous Fleming Jr. has averaged 17.8 points and 8.7 rebounds while Ty Jones has put up 10 points and 4.2 rebounds.KEY FACILITATOR: Fleming has accounted for 45 percent of all Charleston Southern field goals over the last five games. The junior guard has 35 field goals and 17 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Presbyterian is 0-14 this year when it scores 64 points or fewer and 9-7 when it scores at least 65.COLD SPELL: Charleston Southern has lost its last four road games, scoring 66 points, while allowing 73.3 per game.BALL SECURITY: Charleston Southern’s offense has turned the ball over 12.9 times per game this season, but is averaging 9.6 turnovers over its last five games. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Eight medals for Guyana at CARIFTA Games

first_imgCaesar, Bright, Hooper and McKoy strike goldWHAT could go down as one of the best showing by the ‘Land of Many Waters’ at the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) Games is Guyana finishing the three-day event in Curacao with a total of eight medals – four gold, one silver and three bronze.The highlight came through Linden’s Compton Caesar, who clocked 10.46 seconds, to clip Barbados’ Jaquone Hoyte (10.47) and Jamaica’s Jelani Walker (10.61 seconds) to hand Guyana an impressive start to the competition.It was the first time in the history of the CARIFTA Games, which started in 1972, that a Guyanese has won the male 100m; an event that’s usually dominated by the Jamaicans.Overseas-based Natricia Hooper also copped gold, winning the Girls’ U-18 triple jump with a leap of 13.08 metres. It was redemption for Hooper who was disqualified in the 400m for a false start; a race she was heavily favoured to win.Claudrice McKoy took a bronze medal in the Girls’ Under-18 1500m (4:50.88), but, the diminutive athlete returned to win the U-18 3000m with a time of ten minutes 39.03 seconds (10:39.03).Anfernee Headecker had a spirited run against a strong field in the Boys’ U-20 1500m, but the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) track club athlete managed to finish second with a time of three minutes 58.22 seconds (3:58.22)Chantoba Bright, competing in the long jump, leaped a distance of 5.91 metres to win the event she finished in second last year.Bright, however, had to settle for bronze in the Girls’ U-18 triple jump, covering a distance of 12.35m. She finished behind Jamaicans Lamara Distin (12.40m) and Latavia Brown (12.74m).On the final day, Samuel Lynch (1:56.52) and Headecker (1:59.68) finished fifth and seventh respectively in the Boys’ U-20 800m in a race won by Barbados’ Jonathan Jones (1:51.51), with Jamaican Agerian Jackson second (1:52.07) and Lidji Mbaye (1:52.59) third.Matthew McKenzie’s time of 18 minutes 52.28 seconds (18:52.28) was just good enough for sixth place in the Boys’ U-20 5000m, which was won by Dominic Dyer (15:55.02) of the Cayman Islands. Kalique St Jean from Antigua was third, clocking 16:02.77.Chantoba Bright, Onassha Rogers, Claudrice McKoy and Kenisha Phillips competed in the Girls’ U-18 4x400m but their time of three minutes 52.24 seconds (3:52.24) was only good enough for sixth place.The race was won by Jamaica (3:38.73), the Bahamas (3:41.24) were second and Trinidad and Tobago (3:43.05) third.Compton Caesar, Anfernee Headecker, Matthew McKenzie and Samuel Lynch ran in the Boys’ 4x400m U-20 but, were eventually disqualified for lane violation.Trinidad and Tobago took gold in the event, with their time of 3:09.32, edging the Christopher Taylor-anchored Jamaica team (3:10.34). The Bahamas finished third (3:18.03)GUYANA MEDAL BREAKDOWNCompton Caesar – gold (100m), bronze (200M)Chantoba Bright – gold (long jump), bronze (triple jump)Claudrice McKoy – gold (300m), bronze (1500m)Natricia Hooper – gold (triple jump)Anfernee Headecker – silver (1500m)last_img read more

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USC fails to produce NFL field generals

first_imgEuno Lee is a senior majoring in English literature. He is also the Managing Editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Euno What Time it is,” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Euno at eunol@usc.edu. I was having my coffee this morning when I saw a really rude Facebook status update. A friend of mine, a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, was relieved that wide receiver Desean Jackson was talking to Chip Kelly and looking to stay with the Eagles. “Especially,” he wrote, “after hearing that we’re gonna sign Mark ‘Butt Fumble’ Sanchez. Isn’t it bad enough that we already have one crappy Trojan QB on our team?” He was, of course, referring to former USC quarterback and current Philadelphia Eagles backup Matt Barkley.It was rude, but my friend had a point. The Trojans have not been known for producing the most enthralling quarterbacks in the professional ranks. Matt Leinart, a former Heisman Trophy winner, is currently not on any professional roster. Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley has been less-than-thrilling in his three appearances for the Eagles, somehow managing to amass four interceptions with zero touchdowns.And then there was the “Sanchise.” The former New York Jets quarterback left USC early against the wishes of former head coach Pete Carroll. He impressed the Jets enough to the point that they traded three players and their first and second-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft to take him as the fifth selection overall. Sanchez’s tenure with the Jets thereafter was mired in inconsistencies. When he wasn’t getting caught eating hot dogs on the sideline during the game, Sanchez was being made the scapegoat for a constantly underperforming Jets offense.Aside from Carson Palmer (two appearances) and Matt Cassel (one), no Trojan quarterback has made the Pro Bowl. No USC quarterback has ever played in the Super Bowl, either. Yet the Trojans continue to recruit some of the top talent in the nation at the position. Leinart was the No. 1 quarterback in the nation coming out of high school. Current Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler was a four-star recruit, and redshirt freshman Max Browne was the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in his class.So why do Trojan quarterbacks falter in the pros? The Trojans have every single tool at their disposal to have quarterbacks succeed at the professional level. On top of the world-class talent surrounding them, the team runs a pro-style offense and has one of the largest fan bases in college football. If anything was to prepare a college player for the pros, it’s the near-pro experience of being a quarterback at USC.USC operates like a microcosm for the professional quarterback experience. But when high school players make the transition from their local and state-level games to the college level, the first aspect of the game that changes is speed. Decision-making is distilled to a five-second blur of jerseys and defenders. The high school game is far more forgiving, and quarterbacks who are able to adjust to adversity without bumps in the road are rare. In theory, creating an environment that allows players to play in a comfortable system eases the transition from high school to college.This approach is counter-intuitive to a quarterback’s development in one key area: the ability to adjust to adversity. The change in speed between the college game and the professional game is dramatic. The change in pressure is astronomic. Quarterbacks go from representing a single school to entire cities and, in some cases, national fan bases (for example, the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys).The USC school of quarterback development fails to account for this single crucial factor of a signal caller’s development. Another school that employs a pro-style offense with a massive fan base is the University of Alabama, and the Crimson Tide have yet to produce a noteworthy quarterback from their system. So it’s not necessarily the school specifically, but the system of offense that sets up its quarterbacks for unreasonable expectations at the professional level.Sanchez struggled to adjust to the NFL for myriad reasons, including the fact that the New York media routinely lambasted him for underperforming. But Sanchez only started at USC for one season and dove headlong into the draft process, setting himself up for the unreal pressure of playing for a professional team without a true idea of what that entailed.Sanchez’s career at USC was not without controversy. He spent a night in jail on a sexual assault charge that was eventually dropped. The pressure of playing at USC had taken its toll before he had taken his first snap as the starter for the Trojans. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the former Mission Viejo High School star is done in the NFL. Sanchez has had time to learn the speed of the game at the professional level. It’s not entirely unfeasible that he comes back to have a solid pro career.But the adjustment from the college to the pros is perhaps the most trying transition in an athlete’s life. Sanchez’s rise from USC star to a starting spot for the notoriously unforgiving market in New York City was as meteoric as it was eerily seamless. There was no room for adversity along the way, no festering in a little-known or mid-level program, no chip on his shoulder and no time to pick up the psychological challenges that came with the professional-level learning curve.How Matt Barkley and Mark Sanchez progress in the overall NFL landscape remains to be seen. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has the type of up-tempo offensive system that can make or break a quarterback’s career. But the Trojans who enjoyed the convenience of having superior skill players for the majority of their college careers will have to learn how to adjust to the speed of the professional game — quickly.last_img read more

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Abbey Miller steadies Syracuse in goal during 6-1 win against Lindenwood

first_imgSyracuse had just scored four minutes into its game, and after blown coverage following the ensuing faceoff, Lindenwood had a partial breakaway. Goalie Abbey Miller stayed calm and pushed a wrist shot headed for the top of the net on her blocker side away from the net. The Orange maintained a lead it would not give up.Three times Lindenwood (8-21-4, 5-10-4 College Hockey America) had the chance to change the direction of the game. Each time Miller was there to make sure Syracuse (17-13-3, 13-4-2) kept its lead in an eventual 6-1 win at the War Memorial Arena in downtown Syracuse. The win Miller’s first since SU beat the University of North Dakota, 5-2, on Nov. 28.“I haven’t had that many opportunities to get in there this year, so I have to make the most of every chance I get to play,” Miller said. “I thought I made some good saves to keep the team in it early. They got a little momentum back, and me making the saves, gave it back to the team.”Miller stopped another breakaway after Melissa Piacentini turned over the puck in the offensive zone less than four minutes into the second period. The save led to a goal by Nicole Ferrara less than a minute later to make the score 3-0. And, when her team began to get sloppy, she was there again to stop a point blank chance on the power play to keep Syracuse comfortably in the lead.Syracuse dominated possession and outshot Lindenwood, 39-21. Lindenwood ripped many of its 21 shots from near the blue line or the face-off dot, allowing for easy saves by Miller. Even after scoring six goals head coach Paul Flanagan felt his team laid up. He said play deteriorated after Syracuse took a 2-0 lead and called the game “ugly at times.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiller’s blocker save on the breakaway in the first period was an early turning point that helped SU stay above the game’s poor play, Flanagan said.“Coaches always say ‘it’s how you respond after you score,’” Flanagan said. “ We didn’t respond very well and she bailed us out. If, they come back and score, they get some energy, some momentum. It was a huge save.”Defensemen Nicole Renault said the team didn’t play well for all 60 minutes, leading to dangerous chances for Lindenwood.A late-game goal by Shara Jasper on a rebound with 3:50 left in the third period broke up Miller’s shutout. It would have been Miller’s first career shutout, but Flanagan said SU’s sloppy play likely cost the goalie.Miller said even though she didn’t get the shutout, she had let in fewer goals than she usually did and that coming out with a win was more important.“That [effort] was huge,” Renault said. “Even though she didn’t have that many shots, there were Grade A opportunities. There were odd man rushes where she made the [important] save. She kept her head in the game and that’s what we need back there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 19, 2016 at 7:40 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edulast_img read more

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Odds for NASCAR race at Atlanta: Expert picks & favorites to win Sunday’s Cup Series race

first_imgMORE: Full starting lineup for NASCAR race at AtlantaCombine those numbers with the fact that Harvick is the NASCAR Cup Series points leader in 2020 with a series-best five top-five finishes and eight top-10s, including one win, and it’s easy to see why sportsbooks consider the No. 4 Stewart-Haas racing team the favorite for Sunday’s race at Atlanta.Below are the Vegas odds to win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta, plus our top three picks of drivers who could end up taking the checkered flag.NASCAR race odds to win at AtlantaWhile Harvick tends to run well at Atlanta, so does Chase Elliott, who will start Sunday’s race from the pole based on the results of a random draw for starting positions.Courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook, below are the complete odds to win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta, starting with Harvick and Elliott.DriverOdds to win Atlanta raceKevin Harvick+430Chase Elliott+600Kyle Busch+700Alex Bowman+850Joey Logano+900Brad Keselowski+1000Martin Truex Jr.+1000Denny Hamlin+1200Kurt Busch+1800Ryan Blaney+1800Jimmie Johnson+2000Clint Bowyer+2800Erik Jones+2800William Byron+3200Matt DiBenedetto+4200Aric Almirola+5000Matt Kenseth+5000Tyler Reddick+5000Ricky Stenhouse Jr.+7000Austin Dillon+7500Ryan Newman+7500Christopher Bell+14000Cole Custer+14000John Hunter Nemechek+14000Chris Buescher+18000BJ McLeod+20000Brennan Poole+20000Bubba Wallace+20000Corey LaJoie+20000Daniel Suarez+20000Garrett Smithley+20000Gray Gaulding+20000JJ Yeley+20000Joey Gase+20000Michael McDowell+20000Ty Dillon+20000Ryan Preece+20000Timmy Hill+20000Kyle Busch comes in with the third best odds to win Sunday’s race in part because his Joe Gibbs Racing team is finding the speed it was missing through the first few races of the season. However, based on career driver ratings, he isn’t even the best Atlanta racer in his own family.Below are the top 10 career driver ratings at Atlanta among those in Sunday’s field:Kevin Harvick, 100.5Jimmie Johnson, 100.5Matt Kenseth, 97.5Kurt Busch, 96.9Brad Keselowski, 96.6Martin Truex Jr., 95.2Denny Hamlin, 94.2Kyle Busch, 92.7Chase Elliott, 89.2Joey Logano, 83.2As noted, Elliott will roll off first Sunday, which is generally helpful at Atlanta. Fourteen of the 113 Cup Series races at Atlanta saw the pole winner take the checkered flag.For whatever reason, the most proficient starting position in the field at Atlanta is fifth, which has produced more wins (16) than any other starting position. Clint Bowyer has that starting spot for Sunday’s race.Below is the breakdown of wins from varying starting positions in the history of Cup racing at Atlanta.Starting positionWinning %Wins1st12.5 percent14Front row23.21 percent26Top 555.36 percent62Top 1077.68 percent87Outside Top 207.14 percent8The top 10 starters for Sunday’s race at Atlanta are as follows: 1. Chase Elliott, 2. Aric Almirola, 3. Joey Logano, 4. Kyle Busch, 5. Clint Bowyer, 6. Brad Keselowski, 7. Ryan Blaney, 8. Alex Bowman, 9. Kevin Harvick, 10. Denny HamlinMORE: Updated NASCAR schedule for 2020NASCAR at Atlanta expert picks1. Jimmie JohnsonCareer stats at Atlanta:Five wins, 14 top fives, 16 top 10sAverage finish of 11.571 (fourth-best)Average running position of 10.467 (second-best)Driver rating of 100.5 (tied with Harvick for best)362 fastest laps run (second-best)5,131 laps in top 15 (74.7 percent) (second-most)743 quality passes (third-most)The driver who has gone 104 Cup Series races without a victory has five career wins at Atlanta, the most of any driver in Sunday’s field. More importantly, Hendrick Motorsports has shown adequate speed this season, and Johnson himself has four top-10 finishes.Given HMS’ speed and Johnson’s positive vibes at this particular track, his ranking 11th in the odds to win Sunday’s race is a solid value.2. Kurt BuschCareer stats at Atlanta:Three wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10sAverage finish of 12.850 (fifth-best)Average running position of 12.802 (eighth-best)Driver rating of 96.9 (fourth-best)299 fastest laps run (fourth-best)4,444 laps in top 15 (67.9 percent) (fifth-most)764 quality passes (second-most)Busch loves this track, and given his numbers, we can’t blame him. The No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing team has been fast this season, as evidenced by its six top-10 finishes in nine races. Busch will start Sunday’s race 12th, plenty high enough for him to contend for his first win of the season. 3. Kevin HarvickCareer stats at Atlanta:Two wins, eight top fives, 14 top 10sAverage finish of 13.476 (seventh-best)Average running position of 11.809 (fifth-best)Driver rating of 100.5 (tied with Johnson for best)555 fastest laps run (series-best)4,643 laps in top 15 (67.6 percent) (third-most)658 quality passes (fifth-most)We have to go chalk with this last pick, because Harvick and his team are simply too good at Atlanta to leave off the list. (For what it’s worth, Brad Keselowski is another great pick at Atlanta, but we’re betting against the continuation of his hot streak.)Harvick’s 14 career top-10 finishes at Atlanta include 11 in the last 13 races. He also has led an unmatched 960 laps in the last six Atlanta races alone, including 181 in his 2018 win and 292 of the 325 laps in his 2017 ninth-place run. The odds for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta are influenced heavily by what Kevin Harvick has done at the 1.5-mile oval in Hampton, Ga., throughout his career, especially recently. Our picks for Sunday’s race are impacted by the same trends.Nobody in Sunday’s field has led more career laps at Atlanta in the Cup Series than Harvick (1,197 in 29 starts), and the winner of this race in 2018 is tied with Jimmie Johnson for the best career driver rating (100.5) at the track.last_img read more

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More details released in semi-bicycle accident near Sheffield

first_imgSHEFFIELD — Authorities have released a few more details about Monday morning’s semi versus bicycle accident south of Sheffield. The Iowa State Patrol says a semi operated by 62-year-old Dennis Gjerde of McCallsburg was driving northbound on US Highway 65 at about 3:40 AM and struck a bicyclist who was also traveling northbound. The bicyclist, which is identified as a 26-year-old from Sheffield, but a name is not being released, was transported with life-threatening injuries to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City. The highway was shut down for about three hours. The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.last_img read more

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2020 Hercules Tires Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament Begins Thursday

first_imgKATY, Texas – Postseason play gets underway Thursday at Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas for the 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. Opening-round games begin at 11 a.m. CT with No. 5 New Orleans taking on No. 8 Southeastern Louisiana. Game two will follow with a 1:30 p.m. tipoff between No. 6 Nicholls and No. 7 UIW.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enters the tournament as the field’s No. 1 seed after posting a 17-3 conference record and capturing a Southland regular-season title, the first in program history. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Islanders and No. 2 Stephen F. Austin were each awarded a double-bye and a path to Saturday’s semifinal rounds. Reigning tournament champion and No.3-seed Abilene Christian will join No. 4 Sam Houston State with a single-bye and a ticket to Friday’s quarterfinal games.The field of eight teams are all vying for a tournament title and the Southland’s automatic qualifying bid to the 2020 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.No. 1 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (23-7, 17-3 SLC)The top-seeded Islanders enter the tournament riding a wave of momentum after closing out the regular season on a seven-game win streak. A&M-Corpus Christi is led by a trio of all-conference selections in Alexes Bryant, Dalesia Booth and Dae Dae Evans. Bryant and Booth also found spots on the all-defensive team, where Bryant was crowned the Defensive Player of the Year. Southland Coach of the Year Royce Chadwick will look to continue his well-balanced squad’s strong play as the team shoots 43.3 percent from the field and leads the conference in blocked shots (143).No. 2 Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks (23-6, 16-4 SLC)Stephen F. Austin checks in as the No. 2 seed after closing out the regular season with a 14-1 record at home. The ‘Jacks have put together a stingy defense behind all-conference picks Stephanie Visscher and Aiyana Johnson, who have combined for 426 rebounds. Visscher leads the SFA roster with 58 steals, while Johnson has contributed 152 defensive boards. Their up-tempo defense ranks ninth in the nation for scoring defense, limiting opponents to 54 points per game.No. 3 Abilene Christian Wildcats (24-5, 16-4 SLC)No. 3-seed Abilene Christian presents a fast-paced attack that wears opponents out with 10 three-pointers per game. Reigning Southland Player of the Year Breanna Wright averages a conference-best 18.1 points and 5.1 assists per game for an ACU offense that ranks third in the nation for field-goal percentage (48.7). All-conference first team selection Dominique Golightly is converting 2.3 triples per contest and leads the Southland with a 43.7-percent mark from beyond the arc.No. 4 Sam Houston State Bearkats (19-10, 14-6 SLC)The No. 4-seeded Bearkats are set for an 11 a.m. showdown on Friday after landing a pair of honorees on the all-conference squads. First-teamer Amber Leggett and second-team selection Jaylonn Walker pace a Sam Houston State high-pressure defense that ranks fourth nationally in turnovers forced per game (22.6). In just her second year at the helm, head coach Ravon Justice’s squad causes 11.8 turnovers per game. The Bearkats stand first in the league for free throws attempted (674) and second in the conference for made free throws (470).No. 5 New Orleans Privateers (17-12, 13-7 SLC)New Orleans holds the No. 5 seed and will play an opening-round game Thursday morning at 11 a.m. The Privateers landed a pair of third team all-conference picks in Rehema Franklin and Asia Woods. Franklin averages 14.1 points per game and has recorded 19 contests in double-scoring figures. Woods has registered 11.5 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Privateers, who have proven to get better as the game progresses. UNO averages 13.9 first-quarter points and 18.3 points in the fourth quarter throughout the season.No. 6 Nicholls Colonels (13-16, 10-10 SLC)Take a cue from the regular-season champs is No. 6 Nicholls, which is also on a seven-game wins streak after starting their conference slate with an 0-5 record. Head coach DoBee Plaisance has guided her team to a 10-10 Southland record on a 40.9-percent field-goal average. Nicholls has five players scoring in double figures, led by Chrystal Ezechukwu’s 14.2 points per game. Tykeria Williams serves as the filter on offense with 4.2 assists per game, a mark that ranks second in the league.No. 7 UIW Cardinals (14-15, 10-10 SLC)The Cardinals are making their first conference-tournament appearance behind first-year head coach Jeff Dow, who turned the program into a 10-win team for the first time in their Division I history. Imani Robinson claimed a first-team spot on the all-conference roster after leading her squad with 14.3 points per game. The Cardinals picked up wins over three of the tournament’s top-four seeds throughout regular-season play.No. 8 Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions (12-17, 9-11 SLC)The Lady Lions round out the field as the No. 8 seed, making their first appearance in the tournament since the 2011-12 season. SLU is led by third-team all-conference honoree Celica Sterling, who has scored in double figures for 20 of the Lady Lions’ 29 games this season. Taking care of the ball has been a focal point for head coach Ayla Guzzardo and her Southeastern Louisiana squad, which ranks first in the conference for fewest turnovers per game (15.5).last_img read more

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NRL Premiership trophy arrives on PNG soil

first_imgThe Provan-Summons trophy arrived this afternoon in Port Moresby accompanied by three officials of the 2015 NRL premiers  team, the North Queensland Cowboys.Former Cowboys, State Of Origin Queensland and Australian representative Brent Tate proudly showed off  the trophy at the airport after walking out of the arrival launching.The public at the airport including passengers, security guards and airport staff rushed over to get a glimpse and feel of the trophy.Tate along with Cowboys general manager- commercial Steve Mitchell and senior sales and development manager Jeffrey Reibel will be in the country for three days with the trophy.There will be public appearances and school visits during their stay in Moresby.The trophy will be showcased at three main locations in the city on Saturday, namely the  Water Front, Vision City and Waigani Central  Stop and Shop.last_img read more

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