19 Sep

Lamar meets Nicholls St. in Southland quarters

first_img Associated Press 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.com TEAM LEADERS: T.J. Atwood is averaging 16.8 points and seven rebounds to lead the way for the Cardinals. Avery Sullivan is also a key contributor, producing 12.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. The Colonels have been led by Warith Alatishe, who is averaging 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds.ACCURATE ATWOOD: Atwood has connected on 37.3 percent of the 51 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 7 over his last three games. He’s also made 76.2 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Lamar is 0-12 when scoring fewer than 66 points and 17-3 when scoring at least 66.PERFECT WHEN: Nicholls State is a perfect 15-0 when it scores at least 75 points. The Colonels are 6-10 when scoring any fewer than that.DID YOU KNOW: The Nicholls State defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 25.6 percent of all possessions, which is the fifth-highest rate in the country. The Lamar offense has turned the ball over on 20.3 percent of its possessions (ranked 271st among Division I teams).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 6 seed Lamar (17-15, 11-10) vs. No. 3 seed Nicholls State (21-10, 15-5)Southland Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Lamar is set to match up against Nicholls State in the quarterfinals of the Southland tourney. In the regular season, Nicholls State won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last went at it on Feb. 12, when Lamar made only two 3-pointers on 11 attempts while the Colonels went 8 for 22 behind the arc on the way to a four-point victory.center_img Lamar meets Nicholls St. in Southland quarters March 12, 2020last_img read more

17 Sep

Badger backs break through in blowout

first_imgMegan McCormick/The Badger HeraldAfter the Arizona State game, running backs coach John Settle admitted that James White needed to get more carries.In the Badgers 70-3 trouncing of Austin Peay, the freshman tailback showed everyone why.White ran the ball 11 times for 145 yards and four touchdowns (including the first of his career) and displayed the speed and elusiveness the UW coaching staff raved about all offseason. His 66-yard touchdown run on a play off left-tackle in the first quarter highlighted a special day for entire Badger offense.“As soon as I got the ball, it was just Bradie, our fullback, and the corner out there,” White said. “As soon as he cut him, it was just me and the open field and I had to run away with it.“I felt somebody coming, I got a little slow toward the end. He dove at my feet and I felt him miss and I was like, ‘thank goodness’.”Head coach Bret Bielema said he had a feeling that third down play call was a good one.“We thought that first third and short he was going to get around the edge and when we called it, I said, ‘watch him go’ and that’s exactly what happened,” Bielema said. “Because he’s not out there every down, he comes in with those fresh legs and it really benefits everybody.” White’s three additional touchdowns all came on runs over 10 yards, including a 19-yarder where White escaped several attempted tackles until finally diving over the goal line for another impressive score.But the Badgers weren’t at all surprised by White’s spectacular performance due to the way the Fort Lauderdale native works in practice. Senior captain Culmer St. Jean revealed after the game that White isn’t your average freshman.“I say it everyday in practice that boy is good. You can’t coach that – he’s a naturally talented kid,” St. Jean said. “He just comes in and works. You get the same kid everyday and it’s hard to get that type of consistency from a freshman. We joke around because he’s like a fifth year senior out there.”Now, White wasn’t the only Badger back not named Clay to turn heads Saturday.Running back Bradie Ewing scored his first touchdown since 2008 on a run straight up the middle to open the scoring.It had been a while since the junior produced points, and Ewing, who has been lining up at fullback for UW, acknowledged his excitement when he pounded his way into the endzone.“It was awesome just to help the team score some points,” Ewing said. “The fullback doesn’t exactly get all the glory but as long as we’re winning I’m happy.”According to Bielema, Ewing wasn’t the only one happy to see a fullback cross the goal line.“When Bradie got in the endzone the whole sideline was smiling,” he said. “He’s well respected by everybody.”Garner plays both sidesWith the depth UW currently has at wide receiver, freshman Manasseh Garner has a hard time seeing the field despite the strong impression he made during fall camp.But with Chris Borland sidelined with a shoulder injury, Garner who played both sides of the ball in high school, has stepped in as a defensive end during passing situations to help get pressure on the quarterback.“He’s got great instincts pass rush wise,” Bielema said. “He played rush end all of two days – Tuesday and Wednesday – kind of shined it up on Thursday and we went with it today.”Two positions may be a lot to handle for a freshman, but Garner just wants to contribute any way he can during his first season.“Coach offered me an opportunity to get on the field and I’ve been wanting to get on the field and help the team out any way possible,” Garner said. “This was just an opportunity I took advantage of.”last_img read more

17 Sep

Where are you watching the Pinstripe Bowl? Share photos of your gameday experience

first_img Related Stories Syracuse students excited for another chance to see Orange play in New York for Pinstripe Bowl’It was a defining moment’: Former players reflect on 2010 Pinstripe Bowl victory Share your gameday experience watching the Pinstripe Bowl between Syracuse and longtime rival West Virginia on Saturday, then look for them in a user submission photo gallery after the game!Submit photos of yourself, friends and family before and during the game with the atmosphere of where you’re watching — whether that be in Yankee Stadium, at a bar or restaurant or in a gathering at home. They will be included on dailyorange.com postgame in a series of photos submitted by fans.Send photos to photo@dailyorange.com, or tweet them @dailyorange or @DOphotography. Comments Published on December 29, 2012 at 12:58 amcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

17 Sep

West Genesee running back Howard stays local; Syracuse earns JUCO linebacker pledge

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ There was never any doubt where Naesean Howard wanted to play in college. A Camillus, N.Y., native, Howard grew up watching Syracuse and rooting for the Orange.Even in a period of turmoil, with coaching changes and a move to a new conference, Howard never wavered.“He wanted to play for Syracuse,” said Joe Corley, Howard’s head coach at West Genesee High School.Howard committed to play for SU on March 9. A three-star recruit and the No. 68 running back in his class, according to Scout.com, Howard chose the Orange over an offer from Buffalo. He became the first member of SU’s Class of 2014.Howard rushed for 1,486 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior for West Genesee while carrying the ball more than 21 times per game. At 5 feet, 11 inches and 190 pounds, the workhorse back has the ability to break big runs, like a 74-yarder he broke against Clarence High School. But he also has the ability to grind out tough yards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s listed as 5-11, 185. He plays a little bit bigger than that and I think he can play physical, he can run physical and he can do it between the tackles,” Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Dohn said.But runs like the one against Clarence are what separate him. His explosiveness, Corley said, is his greatest asset. He returned one kick as a junior for the Wildcats and brought it back 75 yards for a touchdown.“He hits the hole so hard and so explosive,” Corley said. “When he accelerates, he accelerates very smooth.”It is possible, though, that Howard may not even play running back at Syracuse. He was a stalwart cornerback for West Genesee and opponents rarely ran or threw his way, Corley said.SU head coach Scott Shafer recruited Howard even when Doug Marrone was at the helm, which made the coaching change a non-factor. It also means a move to safety could be in the works.“I think that’s a direction he wants to go and I think that’s a direction they might be leaning towards as well,” Corley said.However, he comes to SU with a bit of a question mark attached. Howard was arrested on charges of first-degree robbery in 2010. Authorities said he and one other person held up a man outside of a Walmart with a pellet gun.But he’s moved on from the incident, and his coach said it’s tough to find a better kid.“I can say this with confidence that he has, for me, as a kid, has been pretty darn close to perfect. I’ve never had a problem with him discipline-wise, he’s never disrespectful, he’s always an absolute gentleman, he’s polite, and as a kid with his peers, you couldn’t ask for a better teammate.“He’s just that kid that everyone wants to be around.”SU picks up 2013 JUCO linebackerMalcolm Howard, a junior college linebacker from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, committed to Syracuse on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Howard will join the Orange at the beginning of next season as a member of SU’s Class of 2013.He ranked ninth with the Bulldogs in tackles last season, but has run a 4.6-second 40-yard dash.Howard is an unranked outside linebacker, according to Scout.com, but he could move inside when he arrives at Syracuse.“He’s a good player,” Dohn, of Scout.com, said. “He’s not a kid who’s going to jump off because of crazy athleticism, but his straight-ahead speed is good, he needs to work a little bit on sideline-to-sideline stuff.”Long adds to 2014 quarterback frayTerrel Hunt, John Kinder, Charley Loeb, Mitch Kimble and Austin Wilson will be embroiled in what figures to be an extensive quarterback competition this summer. If Loeb wins the competition this season, A.J. Long could become heavily involved in the summer of 2014, as the Orange will be looking for a new starting quarterback.Long, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback from Lebanon, Tenn., chose Syracuse over Arizona, Temple, UCLA, Ohio and multiple Football Championship Subdivision schools.Though unranked by Scout.com and Rivals.com, Long threw for 2,476 yards, 37 touchdowns and just one interception as a junior for Friendship Christian School. He also ran for 669 yards and 12 touchdowns, leading the Commanders to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Class 2A championship.“It’s more about potential and his ceiling,” Dohn said. “He still needs to develop his arm and develop his accuracy. … It’s more about the projection of where he can be.” Comments Published on March 26, 2013 at 12:40 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

30 Aug

Longines extends commercial tie-in with Hong Kong Jockey Club

first_imgFollowing the conclusion of the ‘International Races’ festival (11 December) at the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), event title sponsor and HKJC commercial partner Longines has confirmed that it will extend its commercial tie-in with the Asian racing operator.Updating corporate stakeholders this weekend, HKJC governance detailed that Swiss watchmaker Longines had extended its title sponsorship of its ‘International Races’ festival, and would continue to act as official sponsor of all HKJC races.HKJC governance would label this year’s festival as a ‘record breaker’, with a crowd turnout of +100,000 visitors at Sha Tin for the + $10 million racing event.“This was one of the most astonishing days of international racing we have seen in Hong Kong,” said Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer.Engelbrecht-Bresges thanked Longines commitment to the festival, further stating that its sponsorship was becoming a ‘heritage’ partnership for HKJC.“Over the last five years, with the tremendous support of Longines, Hong Kong International Races week has achieved new heights. With this track record of success, we are delighted that Longines will continue as a sponsor of the Longines International Jockeys’ Engelbrecht-Bresges added.“The Hong Kong Jockey Club and Longines have a proud heritage and share many of the same values, striving for excellence in all that we do and being committed to delivering world class performance”. HKJC appoints Philip Chen as new Chairman June 23, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Submit HKJC closes OCBBs amid rising public health concerns July 13, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

16 Aug

Blue Jays extending Rogers Centre protective netting for 2020 season

first_imgThe Blue Jays added that the plans for the netting will be shared at a further time after the they properly develop and fit the netting for the Rogers Centre, all while making sure the fans still have a good experience. Related News We will extend the protective netting at Rogers Centre for the start of the 2020 season. While the exact configuration is TBD, the netting will extend farther down the baselines. pic.twitter.com/92IJmithp1— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 6, 2019“Fan safety is paramount to the Blue Jays and we believe that fans should feel protected and secure during our games,” Andrew Miller, the team’s executive vice president of business operations, said in a statement. “Extending the protective netting at Rogers Centre and Dunedin Stadium is a clear next step for our organization and one that reflects our team’s values. As fans and followers of the game, it is vitally important for us to preserve and enhance the live baseball experience, while also ensuring everyone who visits our ballparks can do so safely.”  The Blue Jays are the latest team to announce plans to extend protective netting in their ballpark.The team said it will extend the netting before next season not only at Rogers Centre, but at Dunedin Stadium— its spring training facility on Florida — as well. Rangers fan hospitalized after being struck in head by foul ball The news comes two days after a Rangers fan was struck in the forehead by a foul ball at Globe Life Park. With assistance she was able to leave the stands to head to the hospital for further evaluation.There has been a call for all 30 parks to extend their netting, especially after a young girl was seriously injured at Minute Maid Park in May. The White Sox recently installed extended netting, and the Nationals, Dodgers, Pirates, Orioles and Royals all said they would do so in the near future.last_img read more

14 Aug

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: the tax question

first_img Loading …  Loading …  Loading … by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County was recently featured in a front page article of both the Sunday Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle about the amount of federal money taken by residents (see story here).So we decided to ask you a series of questions on taxation.  Loading … If you had a choice what taxes would you lower? Sales tax Property tax Income tax A combination of the three, if not all three I need to know the consequences of a tax cut first. I don’t think we provide enough tax funding for several public programs. View Resultscenter_img Who is to blame for out of control public spending? (You can vote up to three) Politicians worried about securing votes than doing what’s right People/corporations with entitlements Wars and foreign aid that the U.S. has no business being in. Poor monetary policy All of the above. None of the above. It is just the price for sustaining a democracy such as the U.S. View Results Do you believe local Sumner County governments spend too much? Yes No View Results Do you think your taxation is fair? Yes No View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (10) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 382 weeks ago The US is not a democracy, by the way. There is a difference between a democracy and a republic. Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Girlie · 382 weeks ago Can somone show me how the local govments are spendin too much money? Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Jim Miller · 382 weeks ago Girlie that is very simple to answer we have way to many CHIEFS and not enough INDIANS. Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Proud Mom · 382 weeks ago The third question needs to have an option for “undecided” or “not sure.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 382 weeks ago I saw the street sweeper out sweeping on a Sunday. Do we pay overtime for street sweeping? Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Taxed To Death · 382 weeks ago Girlie….VERY good question!! Our local government says we have no money, yet there is very little to show for our insanely high taxes. WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING? Report Reply 1 reply · active 382 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Larry · 382 weeks ago Its public record, go down there and asked to see where it is going Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 382 weeks ago Transparency was one issue I had with the last 1/2% sales tax increase. Not only was it not discussed in enough detail, but who can argue with “provide ambulance service to the county”, or “funds for futures unlimited”. No one in their right mind would say NO to those things. However, those are very basic, generic descriptions that tell us absolutely NOTHING about what the money is being used for. @Larry…..they’re politicians. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a politician give a straight up answer to “where is my money going”. You get answers like “our nice roads”, “to help pay for ambulance service to the county”. They give you answers like that while giving you a reach-a-round to check your pockets for spare change. Report Reply 1 reply · active 382 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Larry · 382 weeks ago your right, I stand corrected. What was I thinking. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down clp · 382 weeks ago This morning right after reading your column on taxation, I opened my email to find this message sent by a friend. It was marked “Funny”. Not sure that is a good name for it. WHEN NASA FIRST STARTED SENDING UP ASTRONAUTS, THEY QUICKLY DISCOVERED THAT BALL-POINT PENS WOULD NOT WORK IN ZERO GRAVITY. TO COMBAT THIS PROBLEM, NASA SCIENTISTS SPENT A DECADE AND $12 BILLION DEVELOPING A PEN THAT WRITES IN ZERO GRAVITY, UPSIDE DOWN, ON ALMOST ANY SURFACE INCLUDING GLASS AND AT TEMPERATURES RANGING FROM BELOW FREEZING TO OVER 300 C. THE RUSSIANS USED A PENCIL. Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

14 Aug

Now that Luis Severino needs Tommy John, here are the Yankees’ best in-house replacements

first_imgThe sky is falling! The World Series hopes are kaput! Why do bad things always happen to the freakin’ Yankees?!Well, now that that’s out of the way, let’s assess the situation.MORE: Six storylines to watch as spring training games continueAs it stands, the Yankees have Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ and two more slots to fill in the rotation given the injury to James Paxton, as well. There’s a pretty good shot that lefty Jordan Montgomery fills out one of those spots, which means we have a good old-fashioned fifth starter battle coming from Tampa. Also, a reminder: Domingo German is currently serving a suspension for domestic abuse, so New York won’t be able to use him until later in the season.The Yankees are “lucky” to have developed some MLB-potential arms over the past few seasons, because they’re likely going to have to lean on the farm system to fill those spots. But here’s the issue: No matter the potential, asking a prospect to fill the spot of a potential No. 2 guy is like asking a New York pizza cook to guest chef at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. It could work out, but there’ll still probably be a noticeable drop-off in quality when you take that first bite.With that said, there’s no shortage of in-house options for New York to fill that spot for Severino. Here are a few.Deivi GarciaGarcia was a hot name in 2019 and with good reason. The 20-year-old righty has made his way to the top of the Yankees’ prospect rankings, and he’s the No. 92 overall prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline. The question, like a few others on this list, is durability: Not only is Garcia (presumably) not yet ready for a major league workload over a full season, but his diminutive stature has some scouts questioning whether he’ll be able to endure as a big league starter. But if there’s ever a time to figure it out, it seems like it’s now.Michael KingKing was acquired from the Marlins in 2018 after the trade for Former Yankee Great Garrett Cooper, and dealt with an inury-plagued 2019 season. He pitched just two innings in 2019 at the big league level, but his progress through the minors has been both surprising and welcome for the Bombers.With a 1.085 WHIP through 377 minor league innings, King has polished control and sits mid-90s with his fastball. He’ll be a player on this team in 2020, as long as he keeps developing. Maybe that time could come sooner than later if he has a solid spring.Clarke SchmidtWith a 2.37 ERA for the Double-A Thunder last season, the 2017 first-round pick’s MLB arrival could also come sooner rather than later. Consider this, too: Schmidt jumped Garcia in MLB Pipeline’s rankings for 2020, at No. 88. Garcia sits at No. 92 overall.Schmidt, 24, pitched just 19 innings at Double-A last season, so he’ll likely need a little more seasoning in the minors either to refine or “prove it” — unless he has a massive spring. It’s all on the table right now for New York, which is going to need the pitching for now and the future. Schmidt won’t just be a patch guy if he keeps improving. He could be a rotation answer in 2021 and beyond.Jonathan LoaisigaLoaisiga has something that a few others on this list don’t: MLB experience.The Yankees likely don’t want to start the clocks on Garcia or Schmidt unless absolutely necessary, and given the experience that Loaisiga already has at the major league level, he’s a likely candidate for the spot.The issue — if you can call it that — is that Loaisiga’s live arm seems to fit better in the bullpen than it does as a starter at this point. In 2019, his reliever ERA sat at 3.20 while his ERA as a starter skyrocketed to 6.75 over four starts.The Yankees are still favorites in the division, so it could be an experiment worth conducting over the first month of the season to see whether Loaisiga can stick in the rotation. If not, there are other guys who could vie for that fifth spot come May, and they’re all on this list. It might be a new season, but the injury bug has followed the Yankees into 2020.On Tuesday, Yankees GM Brian Cashman revealed that starter Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery, this news less than a week after he was shut down after experiencing soreness in his forearm. Jordan MontgomeryThe big lefty was on a surprising ascent before Tommy John surgery derailed that ascent. “Gumby” pitched to a 3.88 ERA in 29 starts in 2017 and a 3.62 ERA in six starts in 2018 before being diagnosed with a torn UCL.With injuries to both Paxton and Severino, Montgomery seems to be a lock for the rotation out of spring training for one of the last two spots, unless something goes very, very wrong. With the departure of CC Sabathia, they’ll also likely appreciate having that second lefty in the rotation while Paxton is out, too.Luis CessaCessa is an interesting case. The 27-year-old can hit the high 90s on the gun, but his massive inconsistencies even as a spot starter pushed him strictly to the bullpen in 2019. It seems like the window for Cessa to be a starter is closed, but desperate times, and all that.last_img read more

31 May

Southland Announces 2019 Preseason All-Conference Football Teams

first_img OL Toby Sanderson Central Arkansas Jr. Edmond, Okla. OL P.J. Burkhalter Nicholls R-Jr. Franklinton, La. The 2019 preseason poll will be revealed next Thursday, July 18, to kick off Southland Football Media Day at the Hilton Houston Post Oak.First Team All-Conference Offense OL Brandon Floores* UIW Sr. La Vernia, Texas WR Jerreth Sterns Houston Baptist So. Midlothian, Texas The Lions boast a talented crop of return specialists with returning all-conference selections Juwan Petit-Frere and Devonte Williams named to the top squad and punt returner Austin Mitchell appearing on the second team. Defending co-champion UIW and Abilene Christian placed five on the teams, while Northwestern State garnered four preseason all-conference selections. Houston Baptist, Lamar, McNeese and Stephen F. Austin earned three spots each. KR Juwan Petit-Frere* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Orlando, Fla. LB Allen Pittman* Nicholls Sr. St. Rose, La. Pos. Name School Class Hometown P Winston Jones* Nicholls Sr. Thibodaux, La. P David Balcomb UIW Sr. Gordon, Australia Pos. Name School Class Hometown First Team All-Conference Defense WR Nathan Stewart* Sam Houston State Sr. Dallas, Texas WR Dai’Jean Dixon* Nicholls Jr. New Orleans, La. OL Chris Zirkle Northwestern State Sr. League City, Texas OL Jair Joseph Nicholls Jr. Napoleonville, La. LB Royce See Sam Houston State Sr. Shepherd, Texas KR Myles Ward Northwestern State So. Harvey, La. DL Daniel Crosley* Lamar Sr. DeRidder, La. DB Bolu Onifade* Abilene Christian Sr. Oklahoma City, Okla. WR Juwan Petit-Frere* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Orlando, Fla. LB Jeremiah Chambers* Abilene Christian Sr. Austin, Texas DL Erick Fowler* Sam Houston State Sr. Austin, Texas Led by senior quarterback Chase Fourcade and senior defensive lineman Sully Laiche, the Colonels accounted for eight of the 28 first-team slots. Fourcade, the 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year, enters his final season with the 10th-most career total offense yards in league history (8,990), and Laiche begins his senior campaign as the active FCS leader in career sacks (25.5). DL Chris Livings* McNeese Sr. Lake Charles, La. PR Devonte Williams* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Columbia, Md. The Bears’ secondary placed three on the all-league teams with Juan Jackson earning first-team honors after leading the team with 91 tackles in 2018. UCA’s second-leading tackler, junior Jackie Harvell (69), joins classmate Robert Rochell on the second team. OL Kade Parmelly Abilene Christian Jr. Abilene, Texas TE/HB Bransen Schwebel* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Amite, La. With 1,000 receiving yards in 2019, Sam Houston State wide receiver Nathan Stewart would become just the third player in FCS history to tally 1,000 yards all four years, joining Elon’s Terrell Hudgins and Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp. DL Sully Laiche* Nicholls Sr. Grammercy, La. QB Jon Copeland* UIW So. Argyle, Texas DB Zyon McCollum* Sam Houston State Jr. Galveston, Texas OL Terence Hickman II* UIW Sr. Converse, Texas Second Team All-Conference Offense WR Tamrick Pace Stephen F. Austin Sr. Brownsboro, Texas Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason all-conference teams and may advance to higher team slots if they are vacated by non-returning players. Open positions are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. DB Darren Evans* Nicholls Jr. Baton Rouge, La. RB Dontrell Taylor* Nicholls Sr. White Castle, La. PK Elvin Martinez Lamar Jr. Huntsville, Texas TE/HB Woody Brandom Sam Houston State R-Sr. Corona, Calif. RB Billy McCrary* Abilene Christian Sr. Austin, Texas RB Myles Wanza Lamar Jr. Houston, Texas Second Team All-Conference Defense Central Arkansas earned the second-most selections with seven, followed by six each for Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana. PK Storm Ruiz Stephen F. Austin Sr. League City, Texas RB Carlos Blackman* Central Arkansas Sr. Gosnell, Ark. QB Chase Fourcade* Nicholls Sr. Metairie, La. Pos. Name School Class Hometown DB Juan Jackson* Central Arkansas Sr. Gardendale, Ala. DB Alize Ward* Stephen F. Austin Sr. San Diego, Calif. OL Uzoma Okere UIW Jr. Grand Prairie, Texas OL Hunter Watts* Central Arkansas Sr. San Antonio, Texas LB Evan Veron* Nicholls Sr. LaPlace, La. DL O’Shea Jackson Northwestern State Sr. Arlington, Texas DB Khristian Mims* Nicholls Sr. Baton Rouge, La. OL Grant Burguillos* McNeese Sr. Mandeville, La. DL Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia FRISCO, Texas – The 2019 Southland Conference Football Preseason All-Conference Teams were announced on Thursday, with defending co-champion Nicholls leading the league with 11 total selections. DL Andre Walker Houston Baptist Sr. Slidell, La. LB Caleb Johnson Houston Baptist Jr. San Diego, Calif. Pos. Name School Class Hometown DB Robert Rochell Central Arkansas Jr. Shreveport, La. DB Hayden Bourgeois* Northwestern State Jr. Church Point, La. WR Josh Fink Abilene Christian Sr. Coppell, Texas LB Hunter Brown Sam Houston State R-Sr. Weston, Fla. DB Jackie Harvell Central Arkansas Jr. Gurdon, Ark. DL Chris Terrell* Central Arkansas Sr. Pensacola, Fla. DB Colby Burton* McNeese Sr. League City, Texas PR Austin Mitchell Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Plaquemine, La. * Automatic selection; returning all-conference playerlast_img read more

18 Jan

Wicked good: LeBron undaunted by Boston, Celtics’ mystique

first_img“Just the history, you look up in the rafters and you see all the greats that has either played there or the previous arena they played in,” he said. “It’s a sports town. You look at the Patriots. You look at the Bruins. You look at the Red Sox. You add them, look at all that history. It’s just a sports town. If you’re not green, they don’t mess with you.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland’s star has bounced the Celtics from the playoffs four times in the past seven years, and James carries a six-game postseason winning streak at Boston into this year’s Eastern Conference finals, which open Sunday at TD Garden.As a member of both the Miami Heat and Cavaliers, James — whose success against Boston did a 180-degree turn with a mesmerizing Game 6 performance in 2012 — has made the Celtics green(er) with envy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut while the 33-year-old has the utmost respect for the NBA’s most decorated franchise, James’ admiration hasn’t stopped him from standing in the way of Boston stuffing more Larry O’Brien trophies into its crowded case.And if he beats the Celtics again and advances to his eighth straight NBA Finals, James would join a club currently exclusive to Boston players with legendary status. Only Bill Russell (10), Sam Jones (9), Tommy Heinsohn (9) and Frank Ramsey (8) have played in more consecutive Finals than James, who said he hasn’t reflected on the possibility of admission to their group.“I do know that this is my eighth straight conference finals and I have an opportunity to play for a championship if I’m able to be successful in this conference finals, so I don’t take that for granted,” James said Friday. “You dream about being able to play in big games in the NBA. Even when I got to the NBA that was one of my only goals — to be as great as I can be, to play in big games in the NBA and be remembered — and I think I’ve done that in my career.“Just trying to add onto it while I can.”Early in his career, James saw the Celtics as a postseason exit ramp.The “Big 3” Boston team featuring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen ousted him and the Cavs in 2008 and 2010, the latter series ending with James famously storming off the floor and pulling off his jersey to foreshadow his free-agent departure later that summer for South Beach.ADVERTISEMENT He avenged that loss the following year in the conference semifinals, and then in 2012, James had one of his most magnificent postseason exhibitions of his career in Boston. With the Heat down 3-2 in the series, James scored 45 points on 19 of 26 shooting and added 15 rebounds as Miami forced a Game 7 and went on to win consecutive titles.Since then, he’s 8-1 against the Celtics with a four-game sweep in 2015 and a five-game dusting last year in the conference finals.James has scored 979 points in 34 playoff games against the Celtics, the most by one player against a single team. And in his past six games on Boston’s parquet, he’s averaging 34.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists.James has eight playoff wins in Boston, more than all but four current Celtics.One of them, Jaylen Brown, knows what’s coming.“Physically, he is more superior than any guy that is on the floor,” Brown said. “He’s 260-plus pounds. Can run like a gazelle. Athletic. He’s physical. He’s just unstoppable. We gotta be mentally locked in and have a mindset to try and do the best we can. LeBron is top 3, top 5 of all-time. He’s going to do what he does. We just gotta take away the other guys and have a great mindset of mentally being locked in every possession.”Boston’s notorious crowd is known for rattling opposing players. In the first round, Celtics fans taunted Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe with chants of “Who Is Bledsoe?” after he unwisely made a comment about Celtics playoff phenom Terry Rozier.James and his teammates know they’ll have their ears rung as well.“One of the rowdy environments,” Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver said. “Boston is fun. They have a great crowd. They’re ready to get behind their team. There’s been moments where I’ve been on a team where there’s a decent lead and then they make one shot and the place just erupts. You’re like, ‘Man, they’re going to come back.’ You just feel it. It’s a great place to play, especially in the playoffs.”Boston’s roar only seems to strengthen James, who appreciates the passion and pride in the Celtics. 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Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadal’s magical clay court streak ended by Thiem in Madrid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: Lebron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half during a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — There haven’t been any championship banners hoisted into Boston’s hallowed rafters since 2008.LeBron James won’t let go of the rope.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more