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Abilene Christian Voted to Top Spot in 2019 Soccer Preseason Poll

first_imgCentral Arkansas claimed the top spot in the 2018 tournament after closing the regular season on a nine-match win streak in which the Bears outscored opponents 28-3. UCA landed five on the preseason all-conference teams, led by first-team selections Hadley Dickenson and Connie Awuku-Darkoh. The Wildcats earned 11 first-place votes and 227 total points to garner the top spot, followed closely by defending regular-season champion Central Arkansas with 10 first-place votes and 225 total points. Lamar accounted for the other three top votes and came in at third with 206 points. 142 Houston Baptist Northwestern State 206 55 In just its second full year of eligibility in the conference, Abilene Christian entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed after a 7-3-1 mark in league play and upset No. 4 McNeese and top-seeded Central Arkansas on the way to the title game. 94 2019 Preseason Poll 146 Central Arkansas (10) Sam Houston State 86 Abilene Christian placed a league-high eight student-athletes on the preseason all-conference teams, including five on the top squad. The Wildcats return all but three players who took the field in the 2018 Southland Soccer Tournament championship match, where they defeated No. 7 Stephen F. Austin 3-1 to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Stephen F. Austin The 2019 season gets underway Thursday, Aug. 22, with four matches including Houston at Sam Houston State (6:30 p.m.), Prairie View A&M at Houston Baptist (7 p.m.), Northwestern State at North Texas (7 p.m.) and Oklahoma State at Lamar (7:30 p.m.). Central Arkansas is set to host the 2019 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament Nov. 6-10 at the Bill Stephens Track & Soccer Complex in Conway, Ark. 22 227 163 Lamar’s title-defense campaign didn’t go as planned in 2018, wrapping up the regular season as the No. 3 seed with a 7-2-2 mark in conference matches. The Cardinals played host to the conference tournament but fell to No. 7 Stephen F. Austin 2-1 in the semifinals. 225 Southeastern Louisiana 133 School (First-place votes) Total UIW Texas A&M-Corpus Christi FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian is favored to claim the Southland Conference regular-season title in 2019, the league announced Thursday with the preseason predicted order of finsh. McNeese was voted to the fourth-place spot with 163 points while Houston Baptist rounds out the top five with 146. Stephen F. Austin ranked right behind in sixth place with 142 points, followed by Southeastern Louisiana (133), Northwestern State (94) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (86). Sam Houston State (85), UIW (55) and Nicholls (22) round out the preseason poll. Abilene Christian (11) McNeese Lamar (3) The Southland Conference preseason poll is voted on by each head coach and soccer sports information director. Each voter ranks their predicted order of regular-season finish, not including their own team. First-place votes are worth 11 points, second-place votes are worth 10, and so on to one point for 11th place. Nicholls 85last_img read more

Arsenal clip Chelsea 1-0 to retain Community Shield

first_img MISSED CHANCE Eden Hazard had Chelsea’s best chance for an equaliser when Cesc Fàbregas found him in the area around the hour mark, but he blasted his shot well high under pressure from Laurent Koscielny. Goalkeeper Petr Cech, making his full debut for Arsenal against his former team after transferring from Chelsea during the off season, then made his only difficult save in the 68th when he punched away Oscar’s free kick at the near post. Radamel Falcao made his Chelsea debut when he came on as a substitute for Loïc Rémy in the second half but was kept largely quiet. Both teams fielded near full-strength teams. The only changes from Arsenal’s side that won the FA Cup final last season was Cech in goal and Oxlade-Chamberlain starting instead of Alexis Sanchez, who was given an extended break after winning the Copa America with Chile. Diego Costa was the only notable absence for Chelsea as he was rested with a hamstring problem. Santi Cazorla could have added a second for Arsenal in the 86th but hit a weak shot straight at the onrushing Thibaut Courtois and Aaron Ramsey lobbed the rebound just wide. Courtois then denied Kieran Gibbs when he was clear on goal in injury time. “I believe that when we got out of our defence we looked dangerous to score,” Wenger said “But I think maybe, in our half, we were a bit cautious.” LONDON (AP): Arsene Wenger finally earned his first win over José Mourinho yesterday as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield. Oxlade-Chamberlain received the ball on the right edge of the area in the 24th minute and cut inside César Azpilicueta before hitting a left-footed shot inside the top far corner to decide the traditional curtain-raiser between last season’s Premier League and FA Cup winners at Wembley Stadium. Wenger had not beaten Mourinho in 13 previous meetings – a rivalry stoked by plenty of verbal barbs between the two and which shows no sign of dying down. Wenger didn’t shake hands with the Chelsea manager after the game, and Mourinho said Arsenal had left “their philosophy in the dressing room” by playing defensively in the second half. “The best team lost. And the defensive team won,” said Mourinho – who is usually the one being accused by others of deploying overly defensive tactics. Wenger acknowledged that his players may have been affected by their recent struggles against Chelsea but that his own winless streak against Mourinho “didn’t play on my mind at all. “But as long as I get it served every time in press conferences it can have an impact on the team,” he said. “It was important for them to get that hurdle out of the way.” And the Arsenal manager may be tempted to see this win as another sign that his team is finally ready to challenge for the Premier League title again when the season starts next week. However, Arsenal beat Manchester City 3-0 in last year’s Community Shield only to falter early in the league before finishing third – and defender Per Mertesacker was careful not to read too much into the victory. “It’s still preseason,” Mertesacker said. “But it keeps our confidence high. I think we deserved it.” Mourinho responded to the defeat by throwing his losers’ medal into the crowd before leaving the pitch.last_img read more

Hoops-mad Philippines finally catches case of World Cup fever

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West “There is a hype now,” said Francis Castilla from sport marketing firm MMC Sportz . “Everybody wants to jump in on the (Azkals’) achievement.“It’s the bandwagon. The problem will be how to sustain it.”Other similarly less football-minded nations have seen their love for the game grow via increased television coverage, which marketers say stimulates attendance at stadiums.It was key in bringing cricket-mad India into the football fold, yet air time is still scarce for the game in the Philippines. Basketball and boxing dominate.The next steps for Philippine football will be strongly influenced by the nation’s youth — and there are more and more enthralled by the beautiful game.Kevin Raymond Sales, 15, has been in love with football for years and has been trying to stay up to watch late-night World Cup matches.He’s hooked on the dramatic personal stories of players who rose from poverty or teams from tiny nations taking out powerhouses 10 times their size.“It’s something inspirational and it’s inspired me personally to carry on with football, to play the sport with all my heart,” he said. That is beginning to change as football’s narrow, but passionate, Filipino following grows fuelled by the success of the national team whose new coach is former England great Terry Butcher — a World Cup semi-finalist with the Three Lions in 1990.“Definitely, we do have… World Cup fever,” television sportscaster Bob Guerrero told AFP outside a Manila bar where he was watching France knock Argentina out of the global tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’This photo taken on June 30, 2018 shows fans reacting as they watch the 2018 Russia World Cup match between France and Argentina at a bar in Manila. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE /“We’re hoping that it’s going to be a snowball effect and football will really start to grow here in the Philippines,” said Guerrero, who works for top TV network ABS-CBN who are airing World Cup matches live.Grow it may, but at the moment there are only an estimated 1.5 million football-playing Filipinos compared to figures claiming that some 40 million regularly flock to the basketball courts that populate every barangay (borough) across the archipelago. Williams knows Wimbledon’s top-10 seeds stat needs asterisk Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:07‘Slug it out’ in court, Guevarra dares De Lima02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal View comments “When I arrived, the football community was very small,” said Azkals captain Phil Younghusband, who made his debut in 2009.This photo taken on June 27, 2018 shows students and school football club officials viewing a World Cup memorabilia exhibit displayed at a school library in Manila. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE / “You can probably count in the hundreds the people who were aware of football and playing football.”The former youth player with English Premier League club Chelsea is one of a wave of photogenic foreign-based players of part-Filipino parentage recruited by the Azkals.In a few short years they have vaulted the team to qualification for the Asian Cup for the first time, and in May they hit their highest ever FIFA ranking of 111th in the world.That success comes on the heels of the launching last year of the country’s first pro-league, the Philippines Football League, which added to the momentum.Experts say the Azkals’ steady rise, which has given fans hope of international success, has been key to the game’s growth spurt of popularity in recent years.“We’re small (people). Let’s face it we can’t be world champions in basketball,” said Edwin Gastanes, general secretary of the Philippines Football Federation.“Our physique, our skill, moves and agility are really very good for football. That’s why we have a chance there,” he added.Global goalPhilippine Azkals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Azkals have never qualified for the World Cup, but Butcher last month made that his goal for the side after they make their Asian Cup debut in the UAE in January. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names This photo taken on June 30, 2018 shows bar staff displaying their faces painted with the flags of France (R) and Argentina (L) as fans watch the 2018 Russia World Cup match between France and Argentina at a bar in Manila. Shirts are selling briskly, crowds pack sports bars to watch matches and football is front-page news. Whisper it quietly, but basketball-crazy Philippines has finally been afflicted by World Cup fever. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE / Shirts are selling briskly, crowds pack sports bars to watch matches and football is front-page news. Whisper it quietly, but basketball-crazy Philippines has finally been afflicted by World Cup fever.For decades, the nation of more than 100 million was on a very short list of global locations that had failed to fall for the beautiful game.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins It’s a love affair that goes back to the 1900s when basketball was introduced to the archipelago by the Americans. Rather than reject the pastime of their colonial masters, Filipinos made it their own.Elegance and stray dogsIt became part of the curriculum in schools and since then Philippine squads have played respectably on an international level. Basketball’s governing body FIBA has them ranked 30th out of 159 nations, just behind China.But, until recently Philippine love and prowess in hoops were missing from their football team, a gap evident even in the nicknames of the respective squads.The Philippines basketball team are dubbed the “Gilas”, the local word for elegance, while the football team is called the “Azkals” which is a slang term for stray dogs.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jerwin Ancajas keeps IBF title after split draw

first_imgAncajas vs Santiago. Photo from Top Rank TwitterFilipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas settled for a split draw against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico Saturday (Manila time) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.Ancajas retained his IBF super flyweight belt in his sixth title defense since winning the crown following a unanimous decision victory over McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES ‘I’m a slumdog,’ Mike Tyson says on India trip Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ancajas used his jab and an effective straight but Santiago kept coming.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img View comments MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil One judge had it 116-112 for Ancajas while the other scored it 118-111 for Santiago and the third saw it dead even at 114.The 26-year-old Ancajas was the much taller fighter but Santiago proved to be a tough nut to crack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSantiago was feisty and unfazed as he willingly exchanged with Ancajas, who picked it up in the latter part of the bout.Santiago’s best round came in the fourth where he landed a couple of power shots that had Ancajas backing up. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Man charged for stabbing ex-lover

first_imgA man who stabbed his ex-lover to her breast, along with her male companion, at Hururu Mission, Upper Berbice River, made his first court appearance on Wednesday at the Linden Magistrate’s Courts.Gilbert ThomasForty-eight-year-old Gilbert Thomas was remanded to prison after he was slapped with two malicious wounding charges committed on Dally Gobin and Leaymond Smith.It was reported that on the day in question, the victims were imbibing alcohol at Gobin’s house when the suspect showed up without an invitation.This resulted in a heated argument among them. The argument, however, turned into a scuffle and it was at this time that the suspect whipped out a knife and dealt one blow to Gobin.He then turned his attention to Smith and stabbed him once before escaping the scene.The couple was taken to the Kwakwani Hospital where they were treated and referred to the Linden Hospital Complex. There, they were admitted but subsequently discharged.Thomas was arrested while hiding out at a camp in Hururu Backlands and was subsequently charged.last_img read more

Trackers drop 2 of 3 on home ice

first_imgThe NEBC and Yukon Tracker-Flyers got into three close battles on home ice this weekend, but only came out with two points. On Friday night, the Tier 1 Midgets dropped a 4-3 decision to the Grande Prairie Storm.  Tyler Akeroyd led the way offensively with a goal and an assist, while David Readman stopped 34 of his 38 shots against. On Saturday night in Dawson Creek, the Trackers beat Peace River 5-3, on the strength of 3 powerplay goals.  Tyler Akeroyd again scored a goal and an assist, while Tyler Norris chipped in two helpers, and David Readman posted the win in goal. – Advertisement -On Sunday afternoon, NEBC entertained Peace River back at the North Peace Arena, but dropped a one-goal decision.  Peace River scored the game-winning goal halfway through the third period, with David Readman stopping 28 of 31 shots for NEBC in his third start of the weekend.last_img read more

Former Manchester United man set for Juventus exit this summer?

first_img Carlos Tevez in action for Juventus Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has refused to confirm if Carlos Tevez will definitely stay at the Italian giants next season.Tevez, who has a contract until the summer of 2016, has been strongly linked with a move back to Boca Juniors and the President of the South American club has even said that he could leave a year early.The former Manchester United and Manchester City star has been outstanding for the Serie A leaders this season and has played a major role in Juventus going seven points clear at the top of the table.But with Boca Juniors desperate to bring Tevez back to the club, the talented forward could decide to end his memorable spell in Europe this summer and rejoin the club where he started his career.Allegri said: “Will he see out his contract? I don’t know. I live for today, this week, for this season in which we have to try to achieve the goals we’ve set ourselves.“At the end of the season we’ll see, but I think Tevez is a great professional, and above all Tevez is a great man, so we’ll see what happens in the end.“He’s training well, he’s having an extraordinary season, and I think that the last few days of rest and individual work can only have been good for him.“We’ll need him, so we have to get him ready for the second half of the season.” 1last_img read more

Joash hopes to skipper Stars to CECAFA title

first_imgHis leadership on and off the pitch has seen him earn the trust of head coach Francis Kimanzi who bestowed the responsibility of donning the armband on him.“I really feel happy to have been given this chance to captain the team. This is my first time ever playing in CECAFA and I am happy that so far we have started well winning the first game,” Onyango told Capital Sport.He added; “My wish would be to see the team defend the title. We prepared very well for this tournament and we are working hard in every game to win. We have a young group and everyone wants to show their worth. We want to emulate the women’s team which won in Tanzania and also take the Cup home.”Harambee Stars captain Joash Onyango during the opening match of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match against Tanzania at the Lugogo Arena in Kampala on December 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluStars started their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Tanzania and will face Sudan in the second match on Tuesday afternoon. Victory in the game will assure Starlets of a place in the semi-finals, with the last game against Zanzibar set to determine whether or not they top the pool.“We don’t know much about them (Sudan) but we will take the match as it comes. We have to remain disciplined tactically and ensure we execute the plan that the coach has for us,” Onyango noted.Meanwhile, Onyango says the fact that they have many new faces in the team is a motivation in itself as it will ensure the team performs well with each player eager to show they should be in the senior team.“Everyone here is working hard to break into the senior team for next year’s AFCON qualifiers. The coach always insists that he will give players positions on merit and that is why everyone is working hard here,” further noted the captain.0Shares0000(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Kenya team that started against Tanzania during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Arena on December 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10 – Joash Onyango says he is determined to ensure Harambee Stars successfully defends its CECAFA Senior Challenge title, and notes he is motivated after being handed the armband to lead the team at the tournament in Kampala, Uganda.Onyango has been on a steady rise since earning his debut for the national team in September 2018 during Kenya’s shock 1-0 win over Ghana in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Nairobi.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL cyclist Philip Deignan came third in a world class field in a powerful display at the gruelling Tour of California.On Monday, Janier Acevedo of Colombia, racing for Jamis-Hagens Berman won Stage 2 in Palm Springs.BMC Racing’s Tejay van Garderen was 12 seconds off Acevedo’s pace with Deignan, racing for United Healthcare, in third, just 27 seconds behind the leader. It was 30+C during the race with a 2km climb described as the hardest on any tour but the 29-year-old Letterkenny man put in a superb effort, leading until 2km from the line.The field includes 2010 Tour de France champion Andy Schleck, 10 other riders who have won stages in the Tour de France, seven world champions and 11 current national champions.This marks the first time in its eight-year history the race is being run from south to north. It will conclude in Santa Rosa Sunday.“Taking the Amgen Tour of California from south to north is something we always knew we wanted to do,” said Kristin Bachochin, the race’s executive director.“We think this will bring a whole new element to the competition for the elite cyclists who participate, not to mention some striking California scenery four our worldwide audience. “California provides a variety of beautiful yet challenging terrain, helping us achieve our goal of creating a challenging route year after year while showcasing the very best this state has to offer.” CYCLING: DEIGNAN POWERS TO THIRD IN GRUELLING CALIFORNIA HEAT was last modified: May 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CYCLING: DEIGNAN POWERS TO THIRD IN GRUELLING CALIFORNIA HEATlast_img read more


first_imgKnockalla, Fanad by Yvonne McFadden for donegaldaily.comDONEGAL is getting its most glorious Easter SUN-DAY in years.Temperatures are again heading towards 17C or 18C in some inland parts of Donegal today.It will be a bit cooler on the coasts. Get out and enjoy it while you can! The east of the country will be getting rain later today – but the great weather will continue here.And Monday may be a bit more cloudy, it looks like Donegal will escape the wet weather for another day or two.Our picture is from Knockalla, Fanad – from Yvonne McFadden.  IT’S ANOTHER SCORCHER ON A GLORIOUS EASTER SUN-DAY was last modified: April 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weathereaster sunday 2014sunnysunshinelast_img read more