May 2020

No. 7 UCA Moves On Behind 67-57 Win Over No. 6 Lamar

first_imgESPN3 Replay | HighlightsKATY, TX – With its season starting to slip away, Central Arkansas coach Russ Pennell called a timeout to regroup his team. Facing a nine-point deficit and a Lamar University team building momentum, Pennell used the respite to help the Bears regain focus, a task his squad accomplished well enough to extend their stay in the Southland Conference men’s basketball tournament.Behind a defense that held the Cardinals to one field goal in the final nine minutes, Central Arkansas pushed past Lamar 67-57 on Wednesday night, earning the seventh-seeded Bears (17-15) a Thursday night date against third-seed Stephen F. Austin.“You could see they weren’t ready to go home yet,” said Pennell of his team during the time out after the Bears well behind 48-39 with 13:24 remaining. “Last year when we were here, I thought we were just glad to be here. I felt (Tuesday) after practice there was a different feel about this team because these guys, especially Mathieu (Kamba) and Jordan (Howard), fully intended to win this first game.”Critical to the first round win was a defensive effort that collapsed upon the sixth-seeded Cardinals (19-13), who went nearly eight minutes without a point after Zjori Bosha’s three-pointer gave them their final lead of the night at 55-52 with 9:02 left. Time and again, the Bears were able to neutralize Lamar’s potent interior combo of SLC first-teamer Colton Weisbrod and Josh Nzaekor.Nzaekor scored a team-high 23 points yet failed to record a field goal in the final 13:45. Weisbrod, who was held scoreless in a first half that saw him play only nine minutes due to foul trouble, finished with only five points while attempting just three field goals.“It was a complete team effort. We played together and sunk in on the bigs,” said Howard, the Southland Player of the Year who finished with a game-high 26 points. “We just played desperate and when we play that way, we get a lot of stops.”Trailing 33-31 at halftime, the Cardinals erupted for a 17-6 run that was highlighted by a vicious dunk from Nzeakor and a driving layup from Weisbrod that gave Lamar a 48-39 edge with 13:22 left. Un-phased, the Bears used a spurt of their own, hitting the Cards with an 11-2 run that Howard capped with a layup that tied the score at 50-50 with 10:03 left.Bears freshman center Hayden Koval delivered the decisive sequence as the seven-footer hit a three-pointer from the top of the key that tied the score at 55 before Matthew Mondesir’s basket gave Central Arkansas the lead for good with 6:13 left. Koval then added a tip back with 5:12 remaining that began to give the Bears needed breathing space.“He’s another weapon in our arsenal,” Kamba (10 points, six rebounds) said of Koval, who finished with seven points and seven rebounds.From there, Central Arkansas leaned on Howard, who made all six of his free throw attempts in the final 41 seconds to seal the deal.“We didn’t make our stops the way we should have,” said Lamar coach Tic Price, whose team will await the prospects of a postseason tournament bid. “We lost to a better team. Central Arkansas played better than us.”last_img read more

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Kansas City Selects UCA’s Smith

first_imgCONWAY, Ark. — Former University of Central Arkansas cornerback Tremon Smith was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Saturday.Smith, an All-American corner from Anniston, Ala., is UCA’s third NFL draftee in the past four seasons. Smith was a first-team STATS FCS All-American as a senior and a three-time All-Southland Conference selection. He finished his senior season at UCA with 41 tackles (27 solo), 16 passes defended, five interceptions and 2.5 tackles for loss for a Bears’ team that made its second consecutive FCS Playoff appearance and won 10 games for the second straight season.For his career, Smith had 146 tackles (113 solos), 53 passes defended, 15 interceptions (177 return yards, 11.8 avg.), 9 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 48 career games for the Bears. The 15 career interceptions is fifth on the UCA career list. As a punt returner, Smith returned 39 career punts for 295 yards, an average of 7.6 yards per return with one touchdown and a long of 65. His punt return for a touchdown, a 47-yarder, came against Arkansas State in UCA’s 28-23 win in 2016.  Smith raised his draft stock recently when he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at UCA’s Pro Day, which would have tied the best time among cornerbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine. Smith played quarterback and defensive back at Saks High School in Anniston and was the Alabama 3A Player of the Year as a senior as a quarterback, setting the career touchdown record at his school. He was also a first-team All-Region selection on defense in 2013 and 2014. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS DRAFTEES:Second Round (No. 46 overall) – Breeland Speaks – DE/Edge – Ole MissThird Round (No. 75 overall) – Derrick Nnadi – DT – Florida StateThird Round (No. 100 overall) – Dorian O’Daniel – LB – ClemsonFourth Round (No. 124 overall) Armani Watts – S – Texas A&MSixth Round (No. 196 overall) – Tremon Smith – CB – Central ArkansasSixth Round (No. 198 overall) – Kahlil McKenzie – OG – Tennesseelast_img read more

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first_imgOLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has responded to Roy Keane’s claim that Manchester United should sign Tottenham ace Harry Kane.Ireland legend Keane said on Sunday, after United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, that the Red Devils could solve their issues in attack by bringing in the Spurs striker.2 Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar SolskjaerCredit: AP:Associated PressUnited looked to be on their way to handing Jurgen Klopp’s side their first Premier League defeat of the season before Adam Lallana netted a late equaliser.And Solskjaer’s side have scored just eight goals in their last 11 games, seeing them slip into the bottom seven in the Premier League.Gary Neville and Graeme Souness had a robust debate in the Sky Sports studio on Sunday about who Solskjaer could bring in to help the Red Devils in attack.And former United captain Keane saw the solution as simple as bringing in the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner.2 Roy Keane urged United to buy Harry KaneCredit: ReutersHe said: “Go and get Kane from Spurs. Easy, just go and get him.”He’d score 20 goals a season for you with his eyes closed.”And when Solskjaer was asked about the possibility of making a move for Kane he said: “Roy’s quite straightforward, isn’t he?”For us, it’s working hard. Getting Anthony Martial back is going to be a massive boost for us and I’m sure when Anthony comes back that’ll help Marcus Rashford as well.”With the forwards we’ve got, with the pace and the skills, I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.”I have to say I like someone who can finish half a chance and he does that. He’s one of the best, but he’s a Tottenham player.”There aren’t many Robert Lewandowskis and Harry Kanes. They’re like Alan Shearer, Ruud Van Nistelrooy – fantastic goalscorers.”MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubKeane’s suggestion on Sunday caught the attention of the other members of the Sky Sports studio, which also included former United boss Jose Mourinho.And the former United captain quipped ‘what are you all staring at?’The Red Devils are back in action tonight in their Europa League group stage clash against Partizan Belgrade.last_img read more

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Tottenham stars visited Pochettino at home to say goodbye to sacked boss

first_imgTOTTENHAM stars visited Mauricio Pochettino at his home to say farewell to their axed boss.Poch was sacked so suddenly on Tuesday night that he did not get the chance to say goodbye to his players, some of whom were on international duty.3 Pochettino didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to his players at the training groundCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd3All the Argentine was able to do was leave a handwritten note for them at the training ground, as revealed by SunSport.With Jose Mourinho announced as new manager at 7am the next day, Poch could not even return to speak with them.But England captain Harry Kane and Eric Dier were among those who went to his Hertfordshire home.Kane said: “It was a shock for everyone, so I wanted to go to see him.“We had a chat for a couple of hours and it was nice to do that before the new manager came in.”Midfielder Dier added: “It was quite emotional and it was really important for everyone to be able to do that.”It is understood Spurs’ stars did not know about Pochettino’s sacking until moments before it was publicly announced at 7.30pm on Tuesday.Club officials banned players from speaking about it after Saturday’s 3-2 win at West Ham — Mourinho’s first match.Pochettino is understood to be taking a break in Barcelona after getting a £12.5million pay-off.Kane netted against the Hammers as they claimed a first away victory for ELEVEN MONTHS.3LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearDier was also back in his favoured position in central midfield and they led 3-0 before West Ham scored twice late on.Talisman Kane said: “It’s massive. We could have seen the game out better but a win is a win.“It’s been a strange week and whenever a new manager comes in, you want to impress.” Mauricio Pochettino says Amazon documentary was a ‘club decision’last_img read more

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Jennings the key to Eels backline reshuffle

first_imgAll other playmakers are fit, but the Eels’ successfully-rejigged backline actually came about largely due to the return from injury of veteran centre Michael Jennings.Explaining the line-up changes after a 24-10 win over the Dragons on Sunday, Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said a lack of quality ball in a poor loss to the Cowboys last week denied Gutherson a chance to show what he is capable of in the centre position.Nevertheless, the players available for Sunday’s game made moving fullback Bevan French to the wing the best option.The return of Jennings meant playing Gutherson at centre was no longer the best option; the absences of outside backs Josh Hoffman and Kirisome Auva’a meant a wing spot needed filling and French was the best man for that job, according to Arthur.Crucially, specialist left-side centre Jennings was shifted to the right to help out half Mitch Moses on his inside as well as makeshift winger French on his outside.The move also allowed centre to return to the left where he formed such a potent combination with Semi Radradra in 2015.”We’ve used 10 backs this year and only two of those have played every game,” Arthur said.”Eight of those players have been out for extended periods and at the moment blokes have got to jump in and play a position [that is] probably not their preferred position but they’ve got to do what’s best for the team.”This was epitomised by French, who took the news of his shift to wing in his stride and threw himself into training to ensure he was ready for the task defensively.”He had the choice to sulk about it and he didn’t and that’s the sort of kid he is. He worked really hard all week at training with Jenko on that right edge,” Arthur said.”I thought they did a great job in defence and Bevan nailed a couple of big moments for us. They put him under pressure and maybe he was the difference in the game for us. He was really good.”He put his body on the line. He’s not real heavy or strong at the moment but his decision-making was good and having Michael Jennings inside him with his talk and experience probably helped Bevan with some confidence.” ‌Despite the strong outing from all the backs, Arthur said there was no guarantee Sunday’s structure would remain once Auva’a and Hoffman are available in the near future.”Bevan’s best position moving forward is fullback but he’s still only young, still learning his trade and at the end of the day we need to put the best possible team out there every week to try and win a footy game. Gutho’s just a footballer and I don’t know where his best position is to tell you the truth, you just need to have him on the field somewhere.”The improved right edge defence came down to the efforts of both Jennings and Moses, Arthur added.”[Moses] was great. There was [one defensive mistake when] he went from marker but that was a technique thing. He’s worked really hard during the week, he’s carrying a bit of an injury which has prevented him from doing a bit of contact work but he really went about his business this week and did a lot of extras.”I think Michael Jennings is probably the key for us too, just put him on that right edge. It gives the boys a bit of confidence. Jenko’s one of the best defensive centres in the game.”Right-edge defence is an area where the team had struggled even before Moses arrived, Arthur said.”We needed to do a bit of work there but Jenko’s one of the best defensive centres in the game so why not have him there.”The result leaves the Eels in equal eighth place on the Telstra Premiership ladder (ninth on for-and-against) with a chance to make a charge with two byes in the next four rounds plus winnable games coming up against the Bulldogs, Tigers and an Origin-depleted Melbourne in Round 18.”[The win] was important for us. Real important,” Arthur said.”We probably deserve to be where we sit. We’ve played some good football and we’ve played some football we’re not really happy with. We’re a middle of the road team at the moment and I think we probably sit in the middle of the road.”last_img read more

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Tonga, PNG included in new Sevens Challenger Series

first_imgThe men’s and women’s series kick-off in February with the aim of developing the next generation of rugby players and growing the popularity and participation of sevens around the world.World Rugby chair Sir Bill Beaumont said: “We are thrilled to launch the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in a pivotal year for rugby sevens ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games”.”Rugby sevens continues to attract new fans around the globe with its fast-paced, athletic and highly skilled format. The new Sevens Challenger Series will help to develop the next generation of players and bring international sevens events to new nations, further growing the popularity of our Olympic sport around the world.”The men’s series will feature 13 core teams from the six World Rugby regions, who will compete over two rounds alongside three invitational teams. The inaugural legs will be played in Viña del Mar in Chile and Montevideo in Uruguay.Chile, Uruguay and Brazil will represent South America in the competition, which also features Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Tonga, Uganda and Zimbabwe.The teams, who will be joined by three invitational sides from the Americas: Colombia, Mexico and Paraguay, earned their place by finishing as the top ranked teams in their respective regional sevens competitions.The top eight ranked core teams after two legs will then compete in a final playoff tournament, played alongside the Hong Kong Sevens in April, for a spot in the World Rugby Sevens Series, replacing the bottom placed team in the current campaign.A separate announcement for the women’s Challenger Series will soon be made.World Rugby Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan said this was just the beginning.”(The Sevens Challenger Series) will evolve to feature more rounds across the globe as it grows and develops in future years,” he said.”The competition will allow unions outside of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series to compete on a more regular basis with a clear pathway to the highest level.”Launching next year will provide an excellent platform for nations to develop and improve their competitiveness ahead of Tokyo 2020 and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in South Africa.last_img read more

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Vipers bow out of Digicel Cup 2015 season

first_imgThey were defeated by visitors Mt Hagen Eagles 7-6 at Murray Barracks oval on Sunday in a close encounter.Each team scored a try and a penalty kick but Eagles brushed off the heat and dusty surface coming out winners thanks to a field goal.Both teams scored in the first half with Vipers first to put the ball over the line through Ben Wemin.  An unsuccessful conversion by Scott Francis left the score 4-0 three minutes into the game.The pressure was on as Eagles fought hard to catch up but after two missed opportunities, the visitors managed to score through left winger Elijah Peter.Eagles’ unsuccessful conversions left the score 4-4 at half time.In the second half, a field goal through half back Willie Guambo put Eagles in the lead 5-4 ten minutes into the second half.Ten minutes later the home side took the lead after a penalty kick 6-5 but Eagles maintained attack, gaining two more points from a penalty kick 7-6 to claim victory.In other matches, Hela Wigmen defeated Agmark Gurias 16-6 in Mendi, TNA Lions beat Goroka Lahanis 18-17 at Kundiawa, Gulf Isapea was defeated by Waghi Tumbe 37-4 in Minj and Snax Tigers beat Mendi Muruks 28-4 in Lae.Eagles have now secured a spot in the final eight and will play in the final playoffs while Vipers and Gulf Isapea have bowed out of the season.last_img read more

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Solomons to bid for 2023 Pacific Games

first_imgAsking for a special adjournment in parliament, he said a delegation would be travelling to Vanuatu to make the bid.In recent months, the government revealed it was interested in bidding and promised to back the bid with funding.Mr Sogavare says members of parliament will be part of this delegation.The leader of the opposition Independent Group, Dr Derek Sikua, wished the government success in the bid.He said the Pacific Games had eluded Solomon Islands for far too long, and said the last games, the Mini Games the country held in 1982, was too long ago.last_img read more

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first_imgMoreover, there is a possibility that Müller can share the Olympic event with his wife. This is Lisa Müller, with whom the Bayern squad has been married since 2009 and who is also part of the world of sport in her role as dressage rider. Alongside his horse Stand by me, Müller is signing a great season and has many options to travel to Tokyo with the German team. “Right now my wife is looking at other championships, so far she has not stopped to think about the Games,” said Thomas, who does not usually miss the equestrian appointments of his Lisa. Thomas Müller could wear the Mannschaft clothing again. A year after being banned by Joachim Löw along with Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, the Bayern striker returns to sound for the German team. Of course, the veteran player of 30 years still does not count for Löw, who does not intend to include him in his list of summoned for the European Championship in summer, but does Stefan Kuntz, coach of the German U21, who would look forward if Müller Your team will be part of the Tokyo Olympics. According to the German newspaper Kicker, Kuntz is considering the possibility of having the 2014 world champion as it would bring seniority and experience to the highest level. The statutes also allow it, where it is reflected that each coach can summon a total of three players who were born before January 1, 1997. Müller himself, who has returned to ownership in Bayern under the orders of Hansi Flick, He said in statements collected by the sports website Sport1: “The truth is that, if one stops to think, it would be cool.”last_img read more

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Vinicius and Brahim, off the Madrid list for Valladolid

first_imgZidane already hinted at a press conference that this could happen. In the case of Vinicius, asked about his good performance in recent weeks, he said: “He is 19 years old and you have to be calm with him. He has to be ambitious. You have to be calm, We have 25 players and when not some are not on the lists it is because there are many important players. All these players could have more minutes. “The coach already made it clear that falling out of a call is not a symbol of anything other than the strong competition that exists in the squad, although It is true that Zidane does not seem to feel special predilection for the game of Vinicius. Zidane provided a call for 19 names for Real Madrid’s visit to Valladolid this Sunday at 9:00 p.m.. They travel 18 of the first team plus Altube, goalkeeper of Castilla and who usually serves as third goalkeeper of the first team. the news is in the men that Zizou has left out of the call: Vinicius, Brahim and Mariano. The first two recently played in the Salamanca cupbearer match against the Unionists and the second in fact signed a brilliant match from the bench, scoring one goal and provoking another. Nevertheless, Zidane chose to leave them in Madrid for the visit to Pucela, in which the white team can stand out as the leader of Primera after the defeat of Barcelona in Valencia.center_img And in the case of Brahim and Mariano (who also stayed off the list) it was more explicit: “Everyone knows their situation, then the player has to choose and do. I am not here to say what they have to do. If I do, I speak directly with the player. They are here and I will count on them … when I can. ” Mariano was more expected, but the good game of Brahim in Salamanca invited to think that he could enjoy some minutes in Valladolid. But Zidane remains firm with his plan. In addition to the three of them, the sanctioned Carvajal and the injured Bale, Hazard and Asensio are left out.Full callGoalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Altube.Defenses: Militao, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo and Mendy.Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, James and Isco.Forwards: Benzema, Lucas Vázquez, Jovic and Rodrygo.last_img read more

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