No. 4 Wildcats’ Long-Range Game Halts No. 8 Central Arkansas

first_imgBox Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Having escaped Central Arkansas with a 67-65 win on March 2, Abilene Christian was aware how tough the Sugar Bears would be heading into Friday’s second round of the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. It was that knowledge that helped the fourth-seed Wildcats shake out of a first quarter funk and deliver an impressive performance at Merrell Center.ACU drilled a Southland Conference women’s tournament record 16 3-pointers while using a 22-4 run in the first half to break open a tight contest on their way to an 82-54 win over UCA, earning the Wildcats a 1:00 p.m. date against top-seed Lamar.WBB: Here’s the record-breaker for @ACUWBB. Mraz’s three-pointer was ACU’s 15th of the game, setting a new tournament standard. They’d add one more for good measure.#SouthlandStrong ??#ChampWeek #GoWildcats— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 15, 2019 “We talked all week about we’re going to go in and establish a new 3-point shooting record in the conference tournament,” said ACU coach Julie Goodenough. “That’s why we ran sets late in the game because we knew we were close to that.”The Wildcats (21-9) also broke the Southland Conference Tournament record with 35 3-point attempts as seven different players connected from long range. Second Team All-Conference guard Breanna Wright knocked down four treys for Abilene Christian before spending the fourth quarter on the bench. Wright finished with 14 points, leaving her a point shy of crossing the 1,000-point mark in her career.While ACU’s record-setting long range barrage was the highlight, the Wildcats defense played exceptionally well, holding No. 8-seed UCA (12-18) to just 33.9 percent shooting from the field. The Sugar Bears were a combined 7-for-30 in the second and third quarters when they were outscored by a total of 41-16.“I think this was probably the most locked in on defense we’ve been all year,” said ACU forward Lexie Ducat, who had 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. “We executed it really well. Everyone in the background was talking. Our defense was a huge team effort.”“We lost focus,” said UCA’s second team All-Southland guard Kamry Orr, who finished her final game with 13 points. “We didn’t stick to the game plan.”Up 15-11 with 2:44 to go in the first quarter, the Sugar Bears’ season began come to apart. UCA missed seven straight shots during a scoreless stretch of 7:49 before Orr’s jumper closed the margin to 19-17. However, their momentum took a huge blow 12 seconds later when Orr was tagged with her third foul.“No secret to the run that we made,” said Goodenough of Orr’s foul trouble. “We really took advantage of that. She’s the heart and soul of that team. I told her at the end of the game, ‘you’re my favorite player in the league.’”WBB: @ACUwbb sets a #SouthlandStrong tournament record with 16 3-pointers, advances to semifinals. Grab that ACU magnet and run to the big backstage bracket!#ChampWeek #GoWildcats— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 15, 2019 With Orr on the bench, the struggling UCA offense went a stretch of over three minutes without a basket as part of a brutal quarter that saw them shoot just 3-for-13 from the field. The offense began showing signs of life near the end of the half, but any chance at carrying good fortune in the locker room were dashed when Wright buried a trey just as the halftime horn sounded, giving ACU a 38-21 halftime lead.UCA mounted a brief uprising early in the third quarter before the Wildcats put the game away by hitting five of six shots during an 11-0 run that Ducat capped off with a layup, giving ACU a 54-29 lead with 3:05 to go in the quarter.While the Sugar Bears found offensive life in the fourth quarter as coach Sandra Rushing cleared the bench, the effort fell far short to impact the outcome. ACU led by as much as 31 points early in the fourth as they pushed toward their record-setting performance.“We knew that Abilene could shoot the 3,” said Rushing. “I feel like we probably didn’t have any gas in our tank. We just couldn’t get anything going.”last_img read more


first_imgREDDAM’S HOMEBRED CARNIVOROUS RALLIES TO TAKE $51,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER CEDILLO; TRAINED BY O’NEILL, HE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:02.24ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2019)–Reddam Racing’s homebred Carnivorous shifted out for racing room in mid-stretch and was a handy half length winner of Friday’s $51,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Doug O’Neill, Carnivorous, by Reddam’s leading California-based stallion Square Eddie, got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:02.24.Boxed in behind rivals while a close third turning for home, Carnivorous, the 7-5 favorite in a field of seven 3-year-olds, was handled patiently by Cedillo and won with deceptive ease. One of two horses entered for an optional claiming tag of $80,000, was haltered by trainer Steve Knapp. (Cedillo collected his second win on the day, both in combination with O’Neill, and padded his lead in the rider standings to 14, three better than apprentice Jorge Velez).Most recently fifth in a one mile turf classified allowance here on Sept. 27, Carnivorous, who is out of the Momentum mare Charred Rare, paid $4.80, $2.80 and $2.20.“If you’re going to lose one, it’s always nice to win,” said O’Neill, who registered his second win of the day and increased his lead in the trainer’s standings by notching his 17th win of the meet–nine more than current runner-up Phil D’Amato. “These Square Eddie’s keep winning and it’s a big credit to Ocean Breeze Farm, where he stands.  He’s getting better and better mares and he’s just an unbelievable stallion for California…Can’t wait to see his new babies in the spring!”With today’s win, Carnivorous is now 13-5-1-2 overall and with the winner’s share of $39,780 (which included a California-bred owner’s premium of $9,180), his earnings stand at $250,409.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Tiger Dad, who made the lead while three-deep at the top of the lane, held second by a neck over One Flew South and paid $2.80 and $2.40 while off as the 2-1 second choice.Ridden by Evin Roman, One Flew South held third money by a length over City Rage and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.78, 44.47 and 56.15.First post time for an eight-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES     JOEL ROSARIO, NADAL, WINNER: “He broke sharp and he handled the pressure from the outside.  I was never worried about it.  My horse was moving very well and I was confident because I could feel I had a lot of horse under me.  He was very impressive.  He ran very fast today and he runs like he’ll like two turns, but you never know until they do it.” TRAINER QUOTES     BOB BAFFERT, NADAL, WINNER: “Today, I told Joel, don’t get cute, just go.  We can rate him some other day.  They took it to him, but if we’re gonna get beat, get beat.  I trained him light for this, so this is my serious work…I thought he was gonna get beat.  He got to gut it out today, so he’s got a good foundation now.  This should set him up pretty good and I think we’ll go to the Rebel (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park March 14).”     RICHARD BALTAS, GINOBILI, SECOND:  “At the quarter pole, I thought I might get him.  We’ve got a nice colt, I just don’t think he wants to go very far.  He ran great and I’m very proud of him.”      GEORGE BOLTON CO-OWNER, NADAL, WINNER: “I actually found out about Nadal through Kerri Radcliffe who bought the colt for us at the Fasig Tipton March sale a year ago. I think she bought a great horse for us and we hope Nadal is as proud of us as we are extremely proud of him today.“It is a huge step up and when you go to the Paddock and you’re one to nine, you are thinking of all the downside in the world. There were some nice looking horses in the Paddock, the six (Ginobili) looked fast and was fast. He really had to go the whole way and never got a breather. Going further (in distance) should be fun for Nadal.     “This horse looks like it could be a special horse. You just want him to be happy and hold together. He will be on the road now. He’ll be on different surfaces and he’s going to go a different distance yet again, so he will go maybe go to the Rebel (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park March 14). I’m proud we got that chance. I’m extremely happy about everything that has happened here.”NOTES: The winning owners are George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman, and Mark Mathiesen.last_img read more

Jose marriage of convenience with Spurs will end in divorce, just like at Utd

first_imgJose Mourinho gives first interview as head coach at Tottenham 2 Jose initially justified the decision to make him United boss before it all went wrongCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd when forced to pick between him and the players, we the fans got behind a squad we felt could do a lot better under someone else.I expect an immediate impact this month from Mourinho but once the results start to become overshadowed by tantrums and a defensive style of play, then it’s likely that we’ll see the end of Mourinho’s career in England.It’s last chance saloon. WHAT an interesting and incredibly risky choice, not just for Jose Mourinho but for Daniel Levy too.It feels like another marriage of convenience, but it will only end in a messy divorce.2 Jose fell out with most of the United squad, but what impact will he have on Spurs’ training ground?Credit: Getty – ContributorMourinho needs to rebuild his reputation to a certain extent, and Levy probably needs to get a trophy to put in the new stadium museum.Jose is used to spending money and getting what he wants, which is what happened at United for the first couple of transfer windows.But here’s the problem, because Levy, as we know, has a habit of being slightly more cautious, so the January window and of course next summer will tell us a lot about how far Mourinho will go with his new club.My personal view is that once again, it’ll end badly for Mourinho and the Spurs supporters.They might well win a cup but who knows what condition the playing squad and culture at the training ground be left in when he eventually waves goodbye.Although not a universally popular choice when he replaced Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford, Jose quickly justified the decision to give him the United job by winning the Europa League and League Cup.Away ends briefly bounced as he got us ‘playing the way that United should’, before the football turned increasingly dull and relationships with players very publically soured.The siege mentality that first surfaced in his final dark days at Chelsea returned.last_img read more

Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs target Dejan Kulusevski admits he’s a Chelsea fan

first_imgDEJAN KULUSEVSKI has dealt the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham a blow after revealing he’s a fan of Chelsea.The 19-year-old playmaker – who has been heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League – is believed to be available for around £40million.2 Swedish international Dejan Kulusevski has impressed on loan at Parma this seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe Swedish international has starred on loan at Parma from fellow Serie A side Atalanta this season.In 13 Italian top-flight games, Kulusevski has chipped in with three goals and five assists.And along with being targeted by the Gunners, Red Devils and Spurs, Tuttosport claim that he is also being chased by Juventus and Inter Milan.But in what could be a blow for potential suitors, the midfielder has revealed that he follows the Blues.Speaking to Swedish news outlet Fotbollskanalen, Kulusevski declared that he’s a fan of his local side Hammarby, but Chelsea are his team outside of his home country.Chelsea haven’t been linked with a move for the teenager, but could look to bring him to Stamford Bridge when their transfer ban is lifted. View this post on Instagram Drömmål i Serie A i går – elva snabba med Fotbollskanalen i dag 👑 A post shared by fotbollskanalen (@fotbollskanalen) on Nov 25, 2019 at 11:00am PST £1 FREE BET Try your luck with a free bet on any sport with LadbrokesLATEST CHELSEA NEWSLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge2Despite interest in him, the player has conceded he is happy at Parma and isn’t thinking about a move away in the New Year.He said: “I’m fine at Parma, I’m happy to be here, I’ve found the perfect club.”The market? I’m playing well, so it’s normal to write about other clubs, but I don’t think about (a January move) because I have an annual deal with Parma.”Premier League managers give their thoughts on Emery sackinglast_img read more

Man Utd and Spurs locked in talks for Leicester flop Islam Slimani

first_imgMORE MAN UTD STORIESLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingPicturedTRAINING DAYFernandes back in his Mini while Pogba arrives for training in yellow FerrariMARCSMANWatch Rashford floor Man Utd team-mates with ‘naughty’ bit of skill in trainingPicturedHOMER WINEngland and Dortmund star Sancho shows off new Simpsons and Sonic tattoosGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansAfter failing to settle into his groove in England, Slimani was loaned to Newcastle and Fenerbahce before joining Monaco last year.The Algerian has scored seven times in just 13 Ligue 1 games as he finds his feet again – but he managed just one goal in 19 games at Newcastle and Fenerbahce combined in 2018.Slimani has scored 29 times in 68 international games for his country.AS Monaco’s Islam Slimani talks about his aims and his future in football MANCHESTER UNITED and Tottenham are locked in talks with Islam Slimani as both clubs look to sign the Leicester flop.The Algerian forward, 31, is currently on loan at Monaco from the Foxes after just eight goals in 39 Premier League games for the club.1 Man Utd and Spurs are both chasing Slimani, say reports in FranceCredit: GettyNow French outlet RMC are claiming desperate United and Spurs are looking to bolster their threadbare ranks this month with Slimani.However, it’s not yet known if the two sides are aiming to take over the loan deal or sign him on a permanent basis.Both Man Utd and Tottenham have been forced into the transfer market this month due to injuries.Spurs are set to be without Harry Kane for the rest of the season after having surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his hamstring.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs vs Man City scores this coming weekend and win £100Meanwhile, United have lost Marcus Rashford with a stress fracture in his lower back.As well as being provisionally ruled out for the rest of the domestic season, both strikers could also miss England’s Euro 2020 campaign this summer.Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho are set to do battle this window for Slimani – hoping he can recapture his red-hot form from his Sporting Lisbon days.Slimani scored 48 times in just 82 games in the Portuguese top flight, earning his move to Leicester in 2016.last_img read more

Savea to start for Canes

first_imgSavea, along with Jordie Barrett, Ngani Laumape and Vaea Fifita will start for the Hurricanes in the final midweek fixture of the tour.Loose forward Brad Shields will captain the Hurricanes.Savea has been named on the left wing where he has started 12 of the Hurricanes 14 matches in 2017, while Barrett will wear the No.15 jersey for the 12th time in his first season of Investec Super Rugby.Laumape will take his place at second five where he has scored 14 tries and combine centre Vince Aso, who has also scored 14 tries – a single season Hurricanes record.The defending Investec Super Rugby champion’s starting team also includes four Maori All Blacks in right wing Nehe Milner-Skudder, first five Otere Black, halfback Te Toirora-Tahuriorangi and prop Ben May.Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said he was pleased to have some of his All Blacks contingent back for the match.”We are under no illusions as to the challenge The British & Irish Lions will present and we want to put our best foot forward for what promises to be a memorable occasion.”It’s a fantastic event for our club, but also for the city of Wellington and the region, so hopefully the match will live up to its billing. We are looking forward to kick off.”The match against The British & Irish Lions will be the first time the Hurricanes have played an international opponent.It will also be the third time Boyd and his assistant John Plumtree have coached against The British & Irish Lions after teaming up to guide the Wellington Lions in 2005 and the Sharks in 2009.last_img read more

Isaiah Papali’i to lead NZ Warriors in pre-season NRL Nines campaign

first_imgThe 21-year-old has been named skipper for the side which also included fellow first-grade regulars Blake Green, Ken Maumalo, Agnatius Paasi and Leeson Ah Mau.Papali’i made his debut for the club as an 18-year-old in 2018, clocking up 48 NRL games since, while also being capped by Toa Samoa and the Kiwis. The squad also features a host of exciting talent including under-20 players Paul Turner, Rocco Berry, Edward Kosi and hooker Temple Kalepo. Other familiar names selected for the pre-season tournament are Chanel Harris-Tavita, Adam Keighran, Sam Lisone and Leivaha Pulu.The Warriors campaign begins against Newcastle on Friday night.Meanwhile, North Queensland have unveiled Jason Taumalolo as skipper, but have resisted the temptation to unleash prized recruit Valentine Holmes.Star back-rower Taumalolo will lead a squad that will feature five players making their debut for the NRL club – Kiwi international Esan Marsters, Connelly Lemuelu, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Michael Bell and Reece Robson.But fans will have to wait to see Holmes in Cowboys colours for the first time after the former Cronulla flyer’s name was missing from their Nines list.North Queensland will still have plenty of firepower with Marsters, Kyle Feldt, Josh McGuire, Coen Hess, Jake Clifford, Jake Granville and Scott Drinkwater included in a strong squad.Gold Coast have also confirmed their Nines squad, including the likes of Jai Arrow, Ash Taylor, AJ Brimson, Tyrone Peachey, Bryce Cartwright and Anthony Don.New Titans coach Justin Holbrook said the Nines was a chance for players to push for selection for next month’s NRL season opener.”There’s always an element of interest in the Nines. Who(ever) does well definitely stakes a good claim for round one,” he said.”They’ll always be young players at every club that really stand out, make the coaches go ‘well jeez he’s really in contention’.”If he was already in contention he could force his way into the side.”The Warriors were drawn in a pool with the Knights, Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers.Warriors NRL Nines squad: Leeson Ah Mau, Rocco Berry, Jackson Frei, Blake Green, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Temple Kalepo, Adam Keighran, Edward Kosi, Sam Lisone, Ken Maumalo, Taane Milne, Agnatius Paasi, Isaiah Papali’i (captain), Hayze Perham, Leivaha Pulu, Selesitino Ravutaumada, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, Paul Turnerlast_img read more

Tkatchenko on fact finding mission to Tonga

first_imgThe main aim of the trip is to assesses the Pacific Kingdom’s sporting infrastructure and come up with an estimate monetary figure that Papua New Guinea Government will give to Tonga in its preparation to host the 2019 Pacific Games. Tkatchenko told Loop PNG today, that engineers and architectures from the Department of Works and PNG Sports Foundation CEO  Peter Tsiamalili Jnr will be accompanying him for the four-day trip.“We will come back with a decision because it is a fact finding trip.“This shows that PNG is in tune, and will support our smaller Pacific Island countries.Tkatchenko in an earlier interview labelled a Tonga local media report of PNG to give K102 million ($US 35 million) to Tonga as “misleading and totally not true.”last_img

Four NSL teams confirmed for national titles

first_imgThey’re Rapatona FC and undefeated Hekari United from the Southern Conference and premiers Lae City Dwellers and newcomer Welgris Morobe United from Northern Conference.These are the top two teams out of six clubs from each conference who have qualified for the championship or NSL semifinals following this weekend’s round 10 games.Hekari continued its winning streak defeating PS Huawei FC 6-2.Koriak Upaiga maintained top form scoring three goals for Hekari while Emmanuel Simon scored two goals and Tommy Semmy scored one goal. Huawei’s goals came from Iamo Maneka and Francis Tulem.In other results, Gigira Laitepo United lost to Rapatona 2-1 and Erema FC beat FC Port Moresby 2-1 in the southern conference.The northern conference saw Welgris Morobe thrash Goroka FC 3-0, Besta PNG United drew with Admiralty Palaiau nil all and despite the loss to Madang FC 2-1, Dwellers qualify for the semis after leading the score board.The championship will commence next weekend followed by the grand final to determine the winner of the season.This is where the top two teams from each of the two conferences will play in Home and Away format to find the League Champions and the top four placings for the finals.last_img read more