LAKE CHARLES – McNeese Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill has announced the hiring of former Florida State assistant coach Giorgia Pozzan as the new head coach of the Southland Conference champion McNeese Cowgirls.Pozzan spent the past four seasons at FSU, helping guide the Seminoles to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths including a spot in the 2018 NCAA Elite 8.”It’s very exciting to have someone with the knowledge and skills like Giorgia to lead our program and to continue and build on the the success it has produced over the past several years,” said Hemphill. “I am beyond excited for the opportunity to join McNeese State University as the women’s head tennis coach,” said Pozzan. “I have been following the progress made by this team the past few years, which was coronated this past season with its first-ever conference championship.” The Cowgirls earned its first Southland Conference regular season and tournament championship and qualified for their first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2018 behind a 10-1 league record and 16-6 overall mark.After the season, then-head coach Helena Besovic was offered and accepted the head coaching job at the University of Houston.”My goal for this program and our players is to continue to build on that success in order to make McNeese tennis the main contender in conference play,” said Pozzan. “McNeese has a very rich history of identifying the top up-and-coming college coach talent,” said Florida State head coach Jennifer Hyde. “They’ve struck gold once again with Giorgia Pozzan. She has competed and coached at the highest levels of college tennis and was instrumental in Florida State’s climb to the NCAA Elite 8. “She dedicated four years of her time and talents to our women’s tennis program and to our student athletes; she operated hands-on in a highly functional and high-level culture of excellence; and these experiences have equipped her for this next challenge in her coaching career.”McNeese is very fortunate to have someone of Giorgia’s experience and character lead this next phase of Cowgirl tennis.”In 2012-13, Pozzan was a volunteer assistant coach at Houston. She helped lead the Cougars to a 21-6 record including trips to the NCAA Tournament and the Conference USA Championships.After Houston, she spent a year as a teaching assistant at UH in the sociology department. During the summer she plays tennis in Italy in Serie B.As a player at Houston, Pozzan led the Cougars both seasons in dual singles play. She finished her career with a record of 50-17, ranking third all-time in Houston school history with a 74.6 winning percentage. Pozzan also tallied a 48-21 overall doubles record in two seasons with the Cougars. She was named to the All C-USA Second Team in 2012 and to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012. Before playing at Houston, Pozzan spent her first two years at Sam Houston State.Pozzan graduated with a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Houston.
The Ladyjacks (9-2) extended their winning streak to five matches, defeating ULM, Tennessee State, St. John’s, Stetson, Grambling in Nacogdoches. They conclude non-conference matches with a home tilt Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT against Rice before competing at the North Texas Challenge this weekend in Denton. SFA will see Wichita State, the host Mean Green and Mississippi State. Offensive Player of the Week: Haley Tippett, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Outside Hitter – Roanoke, TexasTippett earned MVP honors at the Central Arkansas Invitational after leading the Sugar Bears to a 3-0 record. The Roanoke, Texas, native turned a pair of double-doubles, her fourth and fifth of the season, and missed out on a third by just one dig. She hit at least .298 in every match. After opening the week with 24 kills and 19 digs against Little Rock, the senior outside hitter added 14 kills and nine digs in a sweep of South Dakota. Closing out the weekend against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Tippett recorded 11 kills and 10 digs. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas senior Haley Tippett and Stephen F. Austin’s Danae Daron are the Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Peyton Redmon, Stephen F. Austin; Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston State; Sam Dumity, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Defensive Player of the Week: Danae Daron, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Middle Blocker – Crosby, TexasDaron was nothing short of dominant at the front of the net for the Ladyjacks in a five-match week at home. The Crosby, Texas, product tied her career-best in block assists on two occasions this week, racking up seven against ULM and Tennessee State. Daron never failed to total fewer than four blocks in each match she played in, leading SFA in blocks per set with a 1.12 mark in 2018.Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Grice, New Orleans; Channing Burleson, Northwestern State; Lillian Drever, Abilene Christian. The Sugar Bears (8-2) played a perfect week at home, defeating each of their opponents (Little Rock, South Dakota and Arkansas-Pine Bluff) in straight sets to win the Central Arkansas Invitational. They wrap up non-conference action at the A-State Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark., this weekend, facing the host Red Wolves, Jackson State and Southern Illinois. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
10.02.04.06.01 Two-Way Ties. In the case of a two-way tie in the final standings, position in the tournament bracket shall be determined as follows: (a) If two teams tie for a position, and one (1) team holds a won-loss game advantage in the series against the other regardless of number of games or home/away, that team receives the higher seed.(b) If the two (2) tied teams split their games during the regular season, or if they did not play one another, then the tied teams’ won-loss record against all other teams each played an equal number of times shall be compared. If one team has an advantage in this comparison, it is awarded the higher seed.(c) If the teams are still tied, a comparison against the highest-positioned team(s) that played both tied teams an equal number of times shall be utilized.(d) If the teams are still tied, a drawing shall be held by the commissioner.10.02.04.05.02 Ties Between Three (3) or More Teams. In the case of a tie between three (3) or more teams in the final standings, position in the tournament bracket shall be determined as follows: (If at any time during this tie-breaking procedure, the number of tied teams is reduced to two, the two-way tiebreaker shall apply).(a) If three or more teams tie for a position, and all tied teams have played one another and equal number of times, the team that holds a won-loss advantage in the games played against the other tied teams shall receive the higher seed.(b) If the tied teams won-loss record was equal during the regular season, or if they did not all play one another and equal number of games, then the tied teams’ won-loss record against all other teams each played an equal number of times shall be compared. If one team has an advantage in this comparison, it is awarded the higher seed.(c) If the teams are still tied, a comparison against the highest-positioned team(s) that played both tied teams an equal number of times shall be utilized.(d) If the teams are still tied, a drawing shall be held by the commissioner. 10.02.04.06 Tournament Seeding. Seeding, 1 through 8, shall be based upon regular-season winning percentage in Conference competition. A standard head-to-head tiebreaker shall be used. Ties shall be broken based upon the following tie-breaker system. When comparing tied teams against positions higher or lower in the standings that are also tied, these higher or lower tied positions shall be considered a single position for the purpose of comparison. [5/19]
NATCHITOCHES, La. – The 2019 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set to begin Friday, May 3 in Natchitoches, La. Northwestern State’s Walter P. Ledet Track Complex will be the host site for the championship event from May 3-5.Sam Houston State looks to defend its men’s and women’s outdoor titles from the 2018 season. The Bearkat men topped the field at last year’s championship, racking up 130 points to beat runner-up Abilene Christian by a 13-point margin. SHSU’s women compiled 167 points in the 2018 championship, defeating Stephen F. Austin by a 50-point margin.Heading into the weekend, Abilene Christian leads the men’s side of the conference and ranks sixth in the South Central Region. Kai Schmidt’s discus toss (198-9 feet) at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays places him ninth in the nation for the event. Northwestern State’s Micah Larkins has dominated the 100-meter dash this season and ranks tied for seventh nationally, following his 10.10 finish at the LSU Alumni Gold (April 20). Sam Houston State’s Jo’vaughn Martin captured the Southland’s best time in the 200m dash with a 20.51 at the Victor Lopez Classic (March 21). SFA’s Branson Ellis claimed the NCAA’s seventh-best pole vault mark with a leap of 18-4.75 feet at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster.Stephen F. Austin’s leads the Southland women in the latest South Central Regional rankings with a No. 6 designation, where they have remained throughout the entire season. Abilene Christian sits just behind the Ladyjacks in the regional rankings, occupying the No. 7 position. Women’s field events should be especially competitive at the Southland Championship this weekend as several of the NCAA’s top jumpers reside in the Southland. Northwestern State’s Jasmyn Steels ranks 4th nationally in the long jump with her 21-4.75-foot leap at the Texas Relays (March 27). Incarnate Word’s Sarea Alexander ranks 12th in the nation with her 44-0.5-foot triple jump mark at the UIW Invitational (April 12). SFA’s Madison Pecot claimed the 10th best pole vault mark with a 14-2.4 at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster last week.Competition at the 2019 Southland Championship begins Friday at 7:30 a.m. CT with the women’s 10,000m finals, followed immediately by the men’s 10,000m. Friday’s field events will begin with the men’s hammer throw at 10 a.m. before and concludes with the women’s javelin at 4:30 p.m.Saturday opens up with the men’s multis events, beginning at 9 a.m. with the 110m hurdles. Women’s multis competition is slated for a 10 a.m. start time, beginning with the long jump. Day two field events will be bookended by the shot put. Women’s shot put will commence at 3 p.m., while the men’s portion will begin at 5 p.m.Women’s 1,500m trials will kick off Saturday’s 16 running events with a 2 p.m. start time. The men’s 1,500m preliminaries will immediately follow at 2:15 p.m. Saturday will conclude with the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, beginning at 6:50 p.m.Sunday’s competition will be comprised solely of finals events, beginning with the women’s discus and men’s high jump at 10 a.m. Men’s pole vault is slated for 11 a.m., while men’s discus and women’s high jump are scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start time. The women’s 4x100m relay will kick off Sunday’s 20 running events at 12 p.m. The 2019 Southland Championship will close with the men’s 4x400m relay, beginning at 3:35 p.m.Athletes who achieve qualifying marks, or have done so this season, will qualify for the Preliminary Round of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships which will take place May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Fla. for the East Region and Sacramento, Calif. for the West Region. The 2019 NCAA National Championships are set to be hosted at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, June 5-8.Live video streaming of the 2019 Southland Championships will be available through the Southland Conference Digital Network. Broadcasts can be found via southlanddigitalnetwork.com and on Southland Conference apps.For a full schedule of events, live results, photos and additional information, visit the 2019 Outdoor Championships Homepage.Admission PricesAdult: (All Session Pass) – $20(Single Day Pass) – $10 Child (6-17 yrs.):(All Session Pass) – $10(Single Day Pass) – $5 – Children under 5 admitted free- All students of Southland Conference institutions admitted free with ID.
NATCHITOCHES, La. – Looming rain threatened to disrupt opening-day events at the 2019 Southland Conference Championships at Walter P. Ledet Track Complex in Natchitoches, La. Fortunately, every competition scheduled for day one was completed and eight champions were crowned to kick off the conference meet. Five women’s champions were crowned, while three men’s competitors claimed gold medals.Opening the day was the women’s 10,000-meter run, where Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Valentina Campos topped the field with a time of 37:41.16. Her performance bested the second-place finisher, McNeese’s Gladys Jerotich, by 16 seconds. Taryn Surratt of Stephen F. Austin crossed the line at 38:05.91 for third-place honors, earning six points for the Ladyjacks.The men’s portion of the 10,000m was won by Central Arkansas’ Markus Schweikert, who claimed 10 points for the Bears with a 31:43.10 clip. The UCA runner narrowly topped Lamar’s Jamie Crowe, who took second-place honors with a 31:46.65 finish. New Orleans’ Aaron Albert concluded the event less than a second behind Crowe with a 31:47.60 time that earned him a bronze medal.Stephen F. Austin provided a clean sweep of the women’s pole vault field as Nastassja Campbell led the Ladyjacks first place finish, following a vault of 4.12m. In an interesting scenario, second-place finisher Madison Pecot and bronze-medalist Kaylee Bizzell also cleared the 4.12m height. However, Campbell cleared the mark on her first attempt, securing herself the gold medal. Pecot and Bizzell’s finishes were compared based on their attempts back at the 3.92m height, where Pecot cleared the bar on her first attempt. Bizzell vaulted the bar at 3.92m on her second attempt to lock up an all-SFA podium. In addition to their medals, the Ladyjack trio’s successful jumps at 4.12m set a new stadium record.Incarnate Word’s Sarea Alexander entered the day as the favorite in the long jump, ranking second in the nation and did not disappoint. Alexander was pushed by Northwestern State’s Jasmyn Steels who stands as the NCAA’s No. 4-ranked long jumper. Steels concluded the event with a leap of 6.41m but was defeated by Alexander who registered a 6.51m mark for her third career Southland Conference championship in the long jump event. Alexander’s championship cemented her as the most decorated competitor in UIW women’s program history. The first-place finish also made her the second woman in Southland Conference history to win three outdoor long jump titles.Northwestern State secured 24 points in the men’s long jump event after four Demons finished among the top-10 competitors. Jacorious Jeter took first-place honors for NSU with a 7.56m mark. Fellow Northwestern State jumper Markeit Steverson finished in second place with a 7.54m leap, while Isaiah Pittman of Stephen F. Austin finished in the bronze-medal position with a 7.31m mark.Joshua Hernandez locked up a gold medal performance for Sam Houston State in the hammer throw with a 60.23m heave on his final attempt of the day. The Bearkats also claimed the second-place finisher with Aaron Akens who tossed a 59.75m on his second attempt. New Orleans’ Vojislav Gvero finished in third place following a 57.71m throw.Day two of the 2019 Southland Conference Championships begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. CT with the men’s multi events. The women’s multis will pick up shortly after at 10 a.m., while women’s shot put kicks off field events at 10 a.m. Running events are slated to begin at 2 p.m. with the women’s 1,500m preliminaries. For a complete schedule of events, visit the 2019 Outdoor Championships Homepage.Live video streaming of the 2019 Southland Championships will be available through the Southland Conference Digital Network. Broadcasts can be found via southlanddigitalnetwork.com and on Southland Conference apps.
IRISH-BRED LADY PRANCEALOT UP TO WIN GRADE I, $300,000 AMERICAN OAKS BY A HALF LENGTH AS BRAVO & BALTAS TEAM FOR 1 ¼ MILE ON TURF IN 2:01.70 ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2019)–Irish-bred Lady Prancealot notched her second consecutive graded stakes victory as she outran California-bred Mucho Unusual by a half length in a thrilling finish to Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks at Santa Anita. Trained by Richard Baltas and ridden by Joe Bravo, Lady Prancelot split horses a furlong out and finished with a rush to get the mile and one quarter over a “good” turf in 2:01.70.Taken in hand by Bravo early, Lady Prancealot was full of run at the rail while a close sixth as the field went under the wire in the first run by the Grandstand. With longshot So Much Happy carving out legitimate fractions for the conditions, Bravo had a ton of horse under him as the field straightened up for the stretch run, at which point he was able to split horses and out-run a gallant Mucho Unusual, who had a similar trip under Joel Rosario.A three quarter length winner of the Grade III, 1 1/16 mile turf Valley View Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 18, Lady Prancealot was off as the 8-5 favorite in a field of eight sophomore fillies and paid $5.20, $3.00 and $2.40.Owned by Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone and Jerry McClanahan, Lady Prancealot picked up $180,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $547,841. With her first Grade I victory in hand and her third graded stakes victory, Lady Prancealot is now 17-5-4-3 overall.Mucho Unusual, one of two California-breds in the field, was off at 3-1 and paid $4.00 and $3.20.Pretty Point, who was off at 24-1 with Mike Smith, paid $5.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.45, 48.67, 1:13.80 and 1:37.96.
NEIL SWARBRICK backed referee Michael Oliver over the Manchester City penalty storm — and claimed Rodri took a dive.City boss Pep Guardiola was livid Oliver did not give a spot-kick when his £62million midfielder was wrestled to the ground by Tottenham’s Erik Lamela during their 2-2 draw at the Etihad on Saturday.3 The decision was one of many that upset City on SaturdayCredit: ReutersBut Swarbrick, head of VAR at the Premier League’s Stockley Park base, revealed Oliver thought the City man tried to buy a penalty.He said: “It was a coming-together of two players and it was looked at.“The arm was around the top of the body, fractionally.“If you look at that in slow motion, multiple times, it’s exaggerated.“We look at it in real time. That’s how we referee games, that’s how we look at incidents with VAR.“The arm was round the top of the body, yet Rodri fell forward. He didn’t fall backwards, as if he was pulled, he fell forward.“He’s felt some contact. Can he win the header? No he can’t. It was ‘I’ve gone down looking for a penalty’.“That’s how the referee read the incident.3 Guardiola was by far the less happy of the two managersCredit: Reuters“What Michael said to the VAR was exactly that. The VAR looked at the incident and it was ‘check complete’. It was left alone for the referee to make the decision.”Speaking to Radio Five Live Swarbrick, who retired in 2013 after eight seasons as a top flight referee, dismissed moans from City fans about the incident.He said: “It’s been pretty consistent over the last couple of seasons, we’ve operated with contact in penalty areas between attackers and defenders.“We look at numerous things as match officials and referees on situations like that.3“It was a subjective call, not a factual one. We have set a high bar for interventions.“The one thing we least wanted to happen with VAR was the referee losing power.“We want them to go out and referee. That’s why we’ve set a high threshold.“So far, in 20 games, we have had five reviews. That’s one in every four games, less than any other competition, because we want referees to just go out there and carry on refereeing.“There is an insurance policy should there be a clear error made by the on-field referees. Then we will step in.”DON’T PLAY DUMB WITH MESwarbrick’s backing for Oliver is unlikely to go down well at City.And he was equally dismissive of Kevin De Bruyne’s claim that Guardiola’s players are in the dark over the new handball laws.He said: “We went to all 20 Premier League clubs from mid-July, going through the amendments to the laws, specifically on handballs.“We know the first team squad players were sat in the rooms and listened.”But Swarbrick did concede VAR would be refined and “evolved” and that it might take until the middle of the next decade for the technology to be universally accepted.Latest Football NewsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleHe added: “We’re in the infancy of this.“When you look at rugby union and cricket, it’s taken them six or seven years to get into a comfortable place where everyone’s reasonably happy with how they’re operating with it.“I’m sure it will be the same with football.”Pep Guardiola speaks about controversial VAR decision against Tottenham in the Premier League
Markel Bergara received in Anoeta the deserved tribute for all his services provided to the Real society. Recently retired when he belonged to Getafe with only 33 years because of injuries, Elgoibar midfielder leaves an indelible mark on the txuri-urdin club, not only because of its football level, but above all because of its human quality, being the example of how every quarryman should have come out and trained in Zubieta. Mikel Aranburu, Xabi Prieto, Dani Estrada, Carlos Martinez, Mikel Labaka, Jon Ansotegi, Imanol Agirretxe and the current players of the first realistic squad, Asier Illarramendi Y David Zurutuza they made him a corridor and then posed with the midfielder of Elgoibar. That good could be an initial eleven of the Real of the last ascent to First. What memories! It was a very nice detail by the club, because it served to remember the transcendental role it has had Markel in the most recent history of the Real. Too punished for the injuries, which at specific moments slowed his career, that has not prevented me overcome the 200 official matches with the Real, and have a career of more than 300 official meetings in the elite. You can never forget that it was European champion U19 with the selection forming the center field holder with Xavi Hernandez, which amounted to First with the Real and who came to play the Champions League like txuri-urdin. Your “Real Gora!” with which he ended his speech on the lawn in his tribute still resonates in Anoeta. Markel he received his deserved gold badge and with him returned sweet memories of silver to the stands of the Reale Arena. Bergara jumped to the Reale Arena pitch in the middle of a loud ovation, with images of his best moments in the Real in the videomarker, accompanied by the realistic president, Jokin Aperribay, and with his daughter’s hand. In the central circle he received the gold and diamonds badge, and then some of his classmates made him hallway during his stay at the Royal, the players of his generation, with whom he took the San Sebastian club from hell, taking him from the Second Division to qualify for the Champions League. Why Markel belonged to that Real, which suffered some of the toughest and blackest years of its recent history, and the one that returned Primera to the San Sebastian club. He received the gold badge and had memories of silver. Shine had already shone years ago that Real.
The Barca crash in the second half reminded that of the last 20 minutes in the Super Cup against Atlético and calls into question the status of the players and the work plan of the technicians.The physical fall of Barça in the Bernabéu was capital. Only from that crash can you understand the last half hour of the champion, who fell to weight and did not have a single response to the outburst of passion and heart of Madrid. With a view to what is left of the season, It was worrying to see key players like Semedo, Jordi Alba, Vidal, Busquets or Messi, missing in the second part and surpassed on a physical level for the intensity of Madrid. Semedo played a second spooky part, Alba suffered with Valverde, Vidal began to be a machine to lose balls, Busquets could not multiply as in the first half and to Messi lacked a lot of spark. So much that, in the most significant play of the game, Marcelo won the decisive duel in a symbolic image.The scenario of the second part, which reminded of the last 20 minutes in Arabia against Atlético de Madrid in the semifinal of the Super Cup, feeds the legend installed long ago in the Barça locker room. A team that does not train much and that is not to hold games with a lot of rhythm. That it is prepared more in terms of self-management than of direction from the bench. And that has its consequences. It was to put Madrid’s heart into it, put it one more point of intensity, and drop Barça. The pace of the team is also pasty. Veterans over 30, Piqué Alba, Busquets or Messi, determine the rhythm of a team that sometimes leaves horrific images when De Jong arrives at the opposite area seconds before the rest and has to stand up and start again at the pace that veterans ask for. There are many doubts that Barça can physically reach the decisive part of the season. At the moment, he is already below in LaLiga and the toughest Champions League matches await him. It is a tremendously lacking equipment and that it numbs the one who wants to put it on, like De Jong or Braithwaite himself, that after leaving revolutionized and staying hand in hand with Courtois in his first minute in the field, he did nothing more.Shorter than football in other seasons, fitness is the other major concern of Barça with a view to the last leg of the League. Injured Suárez and Dembélé, just out of an injury Jordi Alba, physically lazy Busquets and Messi, the worst news for Setién is that he has only 14 players of the first team and he must know how to handle them so as not to run out of options in any competition ahead of time. But in the club there is concern that if homework was not done in their day, putting workloads now makes no sense. Barça will have to face the end of the season with the physical base that has been worked during the course. And it doesn’t seem like trusting.
Specifically, the Seville entity will pay “3,708,000 euros plus default interest and procedural costs” after the highest jurisdictional body of sport has considered that Lenglet’s march to Barcelona, in the summer of 2018, It was a transfer despite the Catalan club paying its termination clause.So, AS Nancy is entitled to collect 12 percent of the capital gain generated by the central in Seville, according to the contract that Sevilla signed with the Lorena club in the January 2017 market, thus confirming the failure of FIFA last September.Clement Lenglet, who is currently 24 years old and has become a regular at the calls of France, world champion, He was signed by Sevilla to Nancy for five million euros and, eighteen months later, he left for Barcelona in exchange for 35 million. The Court of Sports Arbitration (TAS) has confirmed the FIFA ruling requiring the Seville to pay French AS Nancy 3.7 million euros as a percentage of the capital gain generated by the transfer to Barcelona of Clement Lenglet, The Gallic Club has announced this Wednesday.