Ioan Lloyd named in Wales squad for U18 International Series

first_img The 2017 edition of the U18 International Series saw Wales record impressive wins against England and South Africa Schools. Forwards: Robert Brookson (c) (Coleg Gwent/Dragons), Ioan Davies (Coleg y Cymoedd/Cardiff Blues), Morgan French (Bromsgrove/Worcester), Archie Griffin (Marlborough College/Exiles), Cameron Lewis (Coleg Sir Gar/Ospreys), Jac Morgan (Coleg Sir Gar/Scarlets), Garyn Phillips (Coleg y Cymoedd/Cardiff Blues), Llew Phillips-Taylor (Coleg Sir Gar/Scarlets), Jac Price (Coleg Sir Gar/Scarlets), Ewan Rosser (Coleg Gwent/Dragons), Carwyn Tuipulotu (Sedbergh School/Exiles), Ben Warren (Coleg y Cymoedd/Cardiff Blues), Olly White (Llandovery College/RGC), Callum Williams (Maes y Gwendraeth/Scarlets), Teddy Williams (Ysgol Glantaf/Cardiff Blues), Luke Yendle (Newport High/Dragons).Backs: Dan Babos (Dragons Academy/Dragons), Ellis Bevan (Bryanston/Exiles), Sam Costelow (Oakham School/Exiles), Harri Doel (Coleg Sir Gar/Scarlets), Osian Knott (Coleg Sir Gar/Scarlets), Ioan Lloyd (Clifton College/Bristol/Exiles), Evan Lloyd (Coleg Gwent/Dragons), Aneurin Owen (Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw/Dragons), Louis Rees-Zammit (Hartpury College/Exiles), Morgan Richards (Newport High/Dragons), Joe Roberts (Coleg Sir Gar/Scarlets).Wales’ U18 International Series fixtures (all times BST):SA Schools v Wales, Friday 10th August, Boland Landbou, 15:00Wales v England, Tuesday 14th August, Bishops, 13:15France v Wales, Saturday 18th August, SACS, 11:15 The 17 year-old – who plays for the Bristol Academy U18s and impressed in the Premiership Rugby Sevens last weekend – is included in the 27-man squad for the three-game tour.Wales face South Africa Schools on Friday, August 10th (3pm KO), before facing England on Tuesday, August 14th (1.15pm KO). Chris Horsman’s side round off their series versus France on Saturday, August 18th (11.15am KO).last_img read more

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Bath Rugby

first_imgCharles Piutau and Luke Morahan return to line-upAlapati Leiua and Chris Vui back in squad after Rugby World CupPremiership debut for Nathan Hughes in a Bears jerseyIoan Lloyd could become youngest player to represent the club in Premiershiplast_img

McAllister confident City will bounce back

first_imgThe Robins slipped to a 4-1 loss away to West Brom on Wednesday night, which saw the Baggies return to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table.But for City it was only their third defeat of the campaign. They went on a ten-game unbeaten run after an opening day defeat to Leeds United, and then won 2-1 at home v Charlton to kick off a mini unbeaten streak after defeat to Luton Town.And it’s that kind of character which Assistant Head Coach McAllister wants to see again.“I think it’s important we put the West Brom result behind us,” he said. [It was a] difficult game away from home against the top team in the division, in my opinion, so we reviewed it, went through what we should have done better.”The coaches, the players discussed it on Thursday and we move forward, put it to bed and move forward. We are in great form at the minute, it’s how we react.“We reacted really well against Leeds after we lost, we went 10 unbeaten. Our second loss of the season was against Luton, we reacted really well against them.”last_img read more

High school basketball: Airline sweeps Northwood in season openers

first_imgAirline swept Northwood in boys and girls high school basketball season openers Monday night at Airline.The Vikings won 66-50, and the Lady Vikings won 62-33.KJ Bilbo led the Vikings with 14 points. Louis Greenard added 12 and Trace Parker 10.The Vikings got off to a good start, leading 19-11 after one quarter and 35-23 at the half.Traciona Russell paced the Lady Vikings with 12 points and Makayla Bendaw added nine.Airline led 18-14 after the first quarter and cruised to the victory.In season openers Tuesday night, Benton hosts Haughton in boys and girls games. Bossier hosts Captain Shreve in a girls game only.Airline’s boys and girls teams return to action Thursday with home games against Benton.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Sel shoots a scorcher

first_imgThe scores as you can imagine were not that flash, with Bob Philp and Mihail both scoring 32 points but Bob got the nod with a better back nine.  When the skipper wins it’s always a bell ring and today was no exception.  The next best score went to Peter Terry with 27 pointsThere were no ‘2’s.Wednesday, Oct. 8, Green Valley – StablefordIt was raining cats and dogs when we arrived at Green Valley but it stopped after about 30 minutes and we got off to a little later start than scheduled.It must be stated that we as golfers must accept responsibility for looking after the golf course and it was wrong for any golfer to let the caddy drive onto the fairways, which were very wet and watery and seeing some of the tire marks left on them was not acceptable at all.There were some good scores and some ordinary ones but we had a stand out winner today by 9 points.  Auke managed to grab 4th place with a score of 36 points, third went to Wayne Cotterell with 37, second to Paul Greenaway with 38, but taking the top spot was Sel Wegner with a fantastic 47 points, a great score indeed.There was only one ‘2’ recorded, by Paul Sharples.Friday, Oct. 10, Burapha – StablefordWe changed our venue to Burapha today and when we got there and saw 100 Korean holidaying golfers going out to play we thought we were in for a long day.  However, thanks to Rosco’s caddy and her sister we got away 30 minutes early on the C and D loops and had a great day out.There was no rain but the course was still a little wet in parts but not uncomfortable to walk the fairways.Taking top spot was Barry Copestake with a fine 38 points while coming in second was Owen Walkley with his best round for a long time.  There were no ‘2’s today.Note:  The Billabong is situated just off Siam Country Club Road looking straight down Lake Mabprachan.  Give Bob a call on 082 204 3411 if you are looking for a game. PSC Golf from The Billabong Golf BarMonday, Oct. 6, The Emerald – StablefordWe played The Emerald today, with threatening skies but no rain when we started and the carts were allowed on the fairways so no preferred lies.  It was a fast round for the three groups that played but the front runners were teeing off on the 18th when group 2 was teeing off on the 13th – that’s five full holes behind!  The idea is you keep up with group in front not keep in front of the group behind.   It also goes to show if you keep up with the field you don’t get wet; the first group were in, showered and had their first beer when the clouds opened up as the rest just got very wet and came in after 16 holes.We were joined by Mihail and John from the Qatar Golf Club and they managed to have a great day out, with Mihail’s ball stopping one blade of grass short on the 15th for a hole in one.last_img read more

Calnan gains Young Rally Driver of the Year nomination

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Eric began rallying in 2013, and has contested the Southern 4 series from 2014 onwards. He intends to tackle either the Triton Showers National Rally Championship or the Irish Tarmac series in 2017.Eric is a self-employed mechanical engineer in Novartis, in Ringaskiddy, Cork. His principal sponsor is CBtoolhire.com, with further assistance from Colin Byrne of Midleton, Donal O’Brien Cars, TM Valeting and Shane Fitzgerald Evo Signs, of Cork.The winner of the Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver of the Year Award receives €50,000 worth of support to contest stage rallies nationally & internationally in 2017 along with the support of Billy Coleman co-ordinator, Tom Walsh, while the two runners-up will receive free entries into a number of MI permitted events in 2017, along with co-ordinator support.Eric joins with the four other bi-monthly winners selected from January-February, through to July-August, along with the highest placed eligible drivers from both the Junior Championship in the Triton Showers National series and the Junior category in the Valvoline National Forestry Championship, and a wildcard selection, as the award finalists. Eric Calnan has been nominated for this year’s Motorsport Ireland Billy Coleman Young Rally Driver Award for his performances in September and October.center_img The 25 year-old from Carrigaline, Co Cork, drove his Peugeot 106 to victory in the Junior sections of both the Cork 20 International and last weekend’s Fastnet Rally, finishing in a tremendous eleventh place overall in the Skibbereen event. Earlier in the year, he took third position in the Junior section of the International Rally of the Lakes, and was runner-up in the Southern 4 Championship for the second year in succession.last_img read more

Mayo drawn away to Clare in football qualifiers

first_imgIn the football qualifiers, Mayo have been drawn away to Clare and Meath will have home advantage against Donegal. All four games will be played next weekend and confirmation of home venues, times and all dates for the fixtures will be confirmed following a meeting of the C.C.C.C this afternoon. All-Ireland Hurling Round 2 QualifierDublin v TipperaryWaterford v KilkennyAll-Ireland Football Round 3A QualifierClare v MayoMeath v Donegalprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The draws took place this morning for the next round of qualifiers in the football and hurling championships, with All Ireland hurling champions Tipperary facing Dublin and Kilkenny travel to Waterford in a repeat of last year’s epic All Ireland semi final pairing.last_img read more

Pochettino blames BREXIT for Spurs not signing a single player during window

first_img“And then with Brexit it is worse because the cost is 30 per cent more, and then keep the best players.”For me [that] is to be brave. Of course maybe in the mind of everyone they will say ‘Oh Tottenham didn’t sign’ — but to sign for the sake of signing?”Spurs face Newcastle in the 12.30pm kick off on Saturday and will play their second game of the season at Wembley against Fulham.They then face more games on the road against Manchester United and Watford, before welcoming Liverpool to their new home on September 15.Tottenham open new £850m stadium for ‘orientation day’ to fans to check out the view from their new seatPochettino added: “What the club is doing is showing it is so brave.”Building a new training ground, finishing this summer the lodge was a massive investment.”You need to respect all the opinions but of course we are a club that our decision was not to sign, (even though) it is the fashion to sign or because we are the only club in Europe that has not signed players.”That maybe looks bad because of the perception and because of the history of football.”But that is our decision – to keep the best players and to keep the squad. It’s a brave decision.”MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final game MAURICIO POCHETTINO has blamed BREXIT for Tottenham’s lack of summer signings.Spurs became the first Premier League club to NOT sign a player before the summer deadline since the transfer window came in 15 years ago.3 Mauricio Pochettino was speaking to the media ahead of Tottenham’s first game of the new season against Newcastle on SaturdayCredit: Getty – Contributor But Pochettino, 46, admitted he is happy with the current squad ahead of their move into their new stadium next month.And he pointed to Britain’s decision to leave the single market as one of the reasons why there is less value out there and less temptation to buy new players.Poch said: “Building a stadium that is nearly £1billion.”That is true, don’t believe in £400million, that is the truth.TRANSFER NEWSExclusiveCURSE FEARStrictly curse sees plans for stars and celebs to isolate together scrappedSAM SO SUMPTUOUSVictoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio wows as she poses in racy lingerieExclusiveWAYNE’S AWAYWayne Bridge is selling his mansion — after John Terry moved in nearbyExclusiveRISKY BUSINESSRyan Thomas stops van on dual carriageway to treat himself to a Mr WhippyExclusiveBED GRIME STORYStormzy in talks to write series of children’s books about diversityTUNED INWhat the stars of Chris Moyles’ R1 show are doing now – from marriages to big jobsLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordExclusive’IT’S BEEN TOUGH’Alan Carr reveals lockdown pressures tempted his husband to drink againBUMPING ALONG NICELYKate Ferdinand shows off her growing baby bump during holiday with Rio3 Harry Kane, right, has been back in training after clinching the World Cup Golden Boot and the birth of his baby daughterCredit: Getty – Contributor3 Dele Alli will be hoping to improve this yearCredit: Getty – ContributorSign up for Dream Team 2018/19 nowDream Team is back and better than ever ahead of the new Premier League seasonCompletely free to play£400k jackpot up for grabs across the seasonREGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM 2018/19 HERElast_img read more

Southland Men’s Teams Battle for Tournament Position Saturday

first_imgWentz, Hittle Named Capital One Academic All-District 7: Abilene Christian junior Parker Wentz and UIW junior Kyle Hittle were named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Wentz is a two-time honoree and a 2013-14 All-Southland Conference Academic First Team selection. The junior biology major with a 3.82 GPA also has made ACU’s Dean’s List on five occasions. Hittle boasts a 3.63 GPA in business administration and is in his third year with the UIW program. Northwestern State’s West Leads League in Assists: Northwestern State junior Jalan West is tops in the conference with his 7.4 assists per game average, which ranks fifth in the country. He has totaled 178 assists in 24 games, including a league-high 14-assist outing against Missouri Valley Nov. 29. West has recorded double-double four times this season with double-digit assists. Against Missouri Valley, he also scored 11 points, and he also achieved double-doubles against Louisiana-Lafayette (19 points, 10 assists), Lamar (17 points, 11 assists) and Central Arkansas (10 points, 11 assists). Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston Ranked in Mid-Major Poll: After having its 19 game winning streak snapped, Stephen F. Austin dropped two spots to No. 6 in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. The Lumberjacks are also receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Lumberjacks have a 21-4 record on the year with wins at Memphis and at home against Long Beach State, North Texas and Texas State. SFA three loses were an overtime loss against Northern Iowa (No. 11 AP Poll/No. 11 Coaches’ Poll), a road loss to Xavier, a road loss to Baylor (No. 20 AP/No. 20 Coaches’) and a road loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Sam Houston State, which is 21-5 on the season and has won seven in a row, moved up one spot to No. 15. The Bearkats’ five losses came on the road to UNLV, Texas A&M and LSU, at a neutral site against Wofford and at home to SFA. Two other Southland schools received votes in the Mid-Major Poll with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UIW. Southland in Non-Conference Games: Southland Conference teams have combined to go 71-77 in non-conference play this season, which includes a 50-11 mark at home compared to 15-64 on the road. Southland teams were 6-2 on neutral sites. Sam Houston State was a league-best 7-0 at home in non-conference matchups while Lamar (5-0), UIW (4-0), Houston Baptist (4-0), New Orleans (3-0) and Southeastern Louisiana (2-0) were also unbeaten at home. The league was 38-0 against non-Division I opponents. Among the league’s non-conference wins are wins against teams from the American Athletic, Big 10, Conference USA and SEC. The Demon Attack: After averaging only 72.8 points per game in its first five games, Northwestern State has regained its offensive explosiveness by averaging 88.1 points per game in its last 16 contests. The Demons have now jumped up to No. 2 in the country with 84.2 points per game, just behind BYU’s 84.8 points per game. Northwestern State has finished second in the NCAA in scoring each of the last two seasons. Two at Twenty: The Southland Conference has two teams reach the 20-win plateau this season with still three weeks left in the regular season. Stephen F. Austin is currently 21-4 while Sam Houston State is 21-5. Sam Houston has reached 20 wins eight times, but never in as few as 25 games. For SFA, it is the seventh time in eight season the Lumberjacks has won 20 games. The most wins in a season for both teams are 32 for SFA (2013-14) and 25 for Sam Houston (2009-10). Bearkats Top Rebounding Team in the League: Sam Houston State is not only the best rebounding team in the conference, but the Bearkats rank highly in the country in numerous rebounding categories. Sam Houston ranks third in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (27.92) and in total rebounds per game (41.00), eighth in total rebounds (1,066), 10th in rebounding margin (8.3) and 24th in offensive rebounds per game (13.08). A&M-Corpus Christi’s Jordan Closing in on School Records: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior guard John Jordan became the school’s all-time scoring leader after scoring 18 points in the Islanders game against Houston Baptist (Feb. 9). Jordan passed Chris Daniels (2003-07) for the career scoring mark, and now has 1,423 points in his Islanders tenure. He also holds the school record for assists (181), free throws, minutes played and steals (164). UIW’s Livingston Leads Conference in Scoring: UIW senior guard Denzel Livingston leads the conference with 23.4 points per game. Though his stats do not show up in the NCAA rankings while the team is in the transition process to Division I, Livingston’s 23.4 points per game is tied for the most in the nation along with Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey’s 23.4 points per game. He has the top scoring performance in the conference this season with his 37 against Northwestern State (Jan. 10). Livingston is one of three conference players to average more than 20 points per game in league play. Livingston, who averages 24.5 points against conference opponents, is joined by Northwestern State’s Zeek Woodley (22.3) and Jalan West (20.5). All Good Things Must End: The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team had reeled off 32 consecutive Southland Conference basketball games, which was the longest conference winning streak in the country, but it came to a halt Saturday (Feb. 14) against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Islanders upset the Lumberjacks 71-63 to hand SFA its first conference loss 728 days when it last lost on Feb. 16, 2013, to Southeastern Louisiana, 54-50. The 32-game conference winning streak is the longest streak in conference history. The second-longest streak belongs to Louisiana-Monroe with 20 straight wins in the 1970s. Along with the conference winning streak, the Lumberjacks also had their 19-game winning streak snapped in the loss to the Islanders. It was the second-longest streak in league history, behind the 2013-14 SFA team that won 29 in a row. Louisiana-Monroe (1990-91) and Texas-Arlington (2011-12) each won 16 straight while a league member. Freshman Booze Lights Up Board: Lamar freshman Kevin Booze had a career-high 35 points in the Cardinals’ 80-61 win over Abilene Christian (Feb. 10) was the most points scored by a Lamar player since Mike James set the school record with 52 points in the 2011-12 season. Booze went 9-for-13 from behind the arc, which is the second-most 3-pointers made in a single game this season, behind BYU’s Chase Fischer (10). Booze had his career high in points before halftime. McNeese State’s Guidry is League’s Rebounding Leader: McNeese State senior Desharick Guidry paces the Southland Conference in rebounding, pulling down 11.6 rebounds per game, which ranks fourth in the NCAA. Guidry pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds in McNeese State’s 80-70 win against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 6 and matched that total again on Jan. 20 in a win against Abilene Christian. In 13 conference games, Guidry averages 11.4 boards. His 16 rebounds are the most in the conference this season against a Division I opponent. Guidry also leads the conference and is eighth in the NCAA with his 279 total rebounds this season. Lamar’s Booze Named Player of the Week: Booze posted a career-high 35 points in the Cardinals’ 80-61 win over Abilene Christian. The freshman from Irving, Texas (MacArthur H.S.), scored the most points by a Lamar player since Mike James set the school record with 52 points in the 2011-12 season. Booze went 9-for-13 from behind the arc, which was the second-most 3-pointers made in a single NCAA game this season, behind BYU’s Chase Fischer (10). Booze, who had his career high in points before halftime, also had four assists, three rebounds and a steal against the Wildcats. Katy Remains the Destination for Eighth Consecutive Year: The 2015 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. This will be the eighth consecutive year for the tournament to be held in Katy. This year’s tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 12 with first-round action beginning at 5 p.m. The second round will follow on Thursday, March 13. All four games in the first two rounds will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network. The semifinals, which will be shown on ESPN3, will take place on Friday, March 14 and the championship will be played Saturday, March 15 with an 8:30 p.m. tipoff and be televised on ESPN2. The 2015 tournament will be the 16th in league history to be played at a neutral site. The tournament was played in Shreveport, La., from 1995-2001 and was held in Houston before moving to Katy in 2008. McNeese’s Hardy Stealing Records: After collecting two steals in McNeese State’s game against Nicholls (Feb. 7), senior guard Kevin Hardy became the school’s all-time steal leader. He continues to add to his total and has 217 as a Cowboy. Har also ranks third at McNeese in assists (400) and joined the 1,000-point club in the game against the Colonels. Hardy now has 1,058 points for his career. Underwood’s Hot Start: Stephen F. Austin head coach started out his coaching career with a 44-6 record through his first 50 games. The 88.0 winning percentage is tied for the fifth-best all-time among Division I coaches. Underwood and Murray State’s Steve Prohm (44-6) have the best active starting records through 50 games as a Division I head coach. Underwood is currently 29-1 in conference games and 31-1 against league foes with two wins coming in last year’s tournament. Underwood is also tied with James A. “Buck” Freeman (St. John’s, 1930) and Brad Stevens (Butler, 2009) for the fifth-fastest coach to record 50 wins as a head coach, having done so in their first 56 games (50-6). Writing the Records Books at UIW:                Denzel Livingston became the first player in school history to score 1,000 points as a member of NCAA Division I. He moved into third place on the school’s career scoring charts (1,602). He also became the school’s all-time leader in that free throws made and set school record for most made in an individual season with 186. He is ranked second in the nation in scoring (23.2) and eighth in steals (2.68). Three League Players Named to Lou Henson Watch List: The Southland men’s basketball players have been named to the Louis Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List. The Henson Award is presented annually to the Division I “Mid-Major” Player of the Year. The initial list of 50 will be dwindled down with the finalists being announced in March. The three representatives from the Southland include: Experience Wins in Huntsville: Sam Houston State’s starting lineup consists of four seniors and one junior, who have combined to start 380 games in their Bearkat careers. Junior Paul Baxter has made 86 consecutive starts, followed by seniors Michael Holyfield (65), Kaheem Ransom (61), Jabari Peters (61) and DeMarcus Gatlin (19) to total 288 straight starts among the quintet. Chemistry is evident among the veteran starting five as the Bearkats are 21-5 overall and have won 16 of their last 17 games and are in first place in the league standings at 12-1. –          Denzel Livingston, Sr., UIW – 23.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.7 spg-          Jalan West, Jr., Northwestern State – 18.3 ppg, 7.4 apg, 2.3 spg-          Zeek Woodley, So.,  Northwestern State – 22.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg McConathy Reachs 600: Northwestern State men’s head coach Mike McConathy picked up his 600th career collegiate coaching victory as the Demons topped Lamar, 96-84 (Jan. 17). It was his 248th win in 16 years at Northwestern State after 352 victories in 16 seasons at Bossier Parish Community College. He is among an elite group of 36 active college coaches who have at least 600 career wins. The list includes iconic figures such as Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Rick Barnes, Rollie Massimino, Roy Williams and Rick Pitino. ESPN3 to Carry Southland Basketball for Third Season: ESPN3 enters its third year as the home of the Southland’s primary television package. Coverage includes eight conference doubleheaders, with women’s and men’s games carried back-to-back. There are seven pre-determined broadcasts, plus a wild card selection on the season’s final weekend. The conference slate continues this weekend Southeastern Louisiana hosts Abilene Christian Saturday at 7 p.m. Guidry Leads Southland in Double-Doubles: McNeese State’s Desharick Guidry leads the Southland with 18 double-doubles on the season in just 23 games. Guidry, who put together nine consecutive double-doubles from Nov. 18-Dec. 22, leads the nation with two other players with 18 double-doubles. Guidry has also notched a double-double in six of his last seven conference games. Men’s Basketball Weekly Release (PDF)Bearkats, Lumberjacks Eyeing League’s Top-Two Seeds: With three weeks remaining in the conference season, teams are battling for tournament position. For the third consecutive year, the tournament format will give double-byes to the semifinals to the top two teams while No. 3 and No. 4 will receive a bye to the second round and No. 5-8 will open play on the first day. Currently, Sam Houston State (12-1) is a half-game ahead of Stephen F. Austin (11-1) for the top seed while the Lumberjacks are two-and-a-half games ahead of Northwestern State (9-4) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (9-4) for the No. 2 position. Sam Houston, Northwestern and A&M-Corpus Christi each have five league games left while SFA has six games to go. Southeastern Louisiana (5-7), Nicholls (4-8), McNeese State (4-9) and New Orleans (3-9) are still fighting to improve its tournament position as those eight teams will make up this year’s field. Saturday’s slate will be vital in postseason position as two games will tip at 4 p.m. to begin the action with Sam Houston State at Central Arkansas and A&M-Corpus Christi at UIW. McNeese will visit Lamar and Nicholls will travel to SFA for 6 p.m. starts while Northwestern starts 15 minutes later at New Orleans. This week’s ESPN3 showcase will be the nightcap for the weekend when Southeastern hosts Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. We are #SouthlandStrong: The motto encompasses a positive mindset and confident outlook for everything that happens in the Southland. It is about competitiveness and success in the conference, in the NCAA, in professional sports and many other great achievements by member institutions and student-athletes. But it is more than just excelling in competition; it is also about being successful in the classroom and in the workforce. Southland Strong is also about great works by the league’s athletic departments reaching out and giving back to the local communities and student-athletes providing leadership through their endless efforts with local charity and youth groups. The conference encourages its member institutions and student-athletes to join the social media conversation by using the #SouthlandStrong hash tag to tell why someone or something is Southland Strong.last_img read more