first_imgThe Islanders (12-13, 9-5 SLC) and Cowgirls (18-11, 9-5 SLC) each will play for seeding in the tournament this week, currently in a three-way tie for fourth place with Houston Baptist. Corpus Christi looks for revenge on two opponents who gave the Islanders five-set losses earlier this season; they host Sam Houston State (14-13, 10-4 SLC) on Thursday at  6:30 p.m. CT and Abilene Christian (11-15, 7-7 SLC) on Saturday at noon. McNeese competes at Central Arkansas (23-3, 12-2 SLC) on Thursday at 6 p.m. before closing the regular season at Northwestern State (13-16, 8-6 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. D’Alessandro picked up 11 blocks on the week en route to clinching McNeese’s spot to the Southland Conference Tournament. The senior from Port Charlotte, Fla., tallied six block assists in Thursday’s 3-0 win over New Orleans. She turned around and added five more blocks (one solo, four assists) in a 3-0 Senior Day win against Southeastern Louisiana. She ended the week with 1.83 blocks per set. D’Alessandro ranks ninth in conference action in blocks per set with 1.10. Honorable Mention: Lexus Cain, Stephen F. Austin; Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas; Channing Burleson, Northwestern State Gilpin led Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to a pair of sweeps and helped her team clinch a spot to the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament. In six sets, the senior from Houston led her side with 28 kills, averaging 4.67 kills per set. She hit .296 for the week and added a team-best 28 digs, two assists and a service ace to her name. Gilpin is sixth in the league in kills per set in conference matches with 3.46. 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. Honorable Mention: Shanna Spree, McNeese; Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas; Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austincenter_img Gilpin and D’Alessandro each led their team to straight-set victories throughout the week to claim spots in the 2017 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament set for Nov. 17-19 and hosted by the Islanders. Gilpin garnered offensive honors following back-to-back double-digit kills performances. D’Alessandro got hands on 11 attacks at the net in two matches to win the defensive accolade. Defensive Player of the Week: Jenny D’Alessandro, McNeese – Sr. – Middle Blocker – Midland, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Brittany Gilpin and McNeese’s Jenny D’Alessandro are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Offensive Player of the Week: Brittany Gilpin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Sr. – Outside Hitter – Houstonlast_img read more

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first_imgFor games on the final three weekends of the season, the Southland will reveal its television selections 12 days prior to tipoff. This allows for the best matchups to be selected each week for various broadcast partners. Other TV choices were revealed during the preseason. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference ESPN3 Game of the Week package will visit the campus of Central Arkansas on Feb. 17, as the UCA women and men host Nicholls. The doubleheader will be available on WatchESPN.com and ESPN apps. This is the first wild card selection of the season.The Nicholls men currently reside in first place in the Southland standings with an 8-2 mark after winning at New Orleans Saturday. The Bears are in a three-way tie for sixth place, and would claim one of the final spots in the conference tournament if the season ended today.UCA’s women are trying to position themselves for a top seed in their quest to win a third consecutive Southland tournament title. The Sugar Bears are in a tie for third place following last weekend’s loss at Southeastern Louisiana. The Nicholls women’s squad is presently in eighth place.ESPN3 will also have coverage of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Lamar doubleheader Feb. 17 via school productions. The Southland Digital Network will carry that day’s Abilene Christian at Southeastern Louisiana women’s and men’s games, powered by the Southeastern Channel. Saturday, Feb. 17 (Women’s/Men’s Basketball Start Times)Nicholls at Central Arkansas, 1/3:30 p.m. CT, ESPN3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Lamar, 2/4:30 p.m. CT, ESPN3Abilene Christian at Southeastern Louisiana, 2/5 p.m., Southland Digital NetworkOther games will be streamed through instutional platforms. Check southland.org/scoreboard for links.last_img read more

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first_img2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 16 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Senior forward Taylor Baudoin of Central Arkansas earned her third Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Taylor Baudoin, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Forward – Columbus, Miss.Baudoin averaged 29.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in pair of wins, getting a career-high 30 points at McNeese before nearly equaling it three days later in a win over Nicholls. She shot 56.9 percent from the field and averaged five offensive rebounds per game – just one per game fewer than the Sugar Bears’ opponents. The Columbus, Miss., native equaled Nicholls’ second-half scoring total with 18, going 8-for-11 while helping to hold the Colonels to 6-of-22. She played all 40 minutes without a turnover against Nicholls and committed just two in 38 minutes at McNeese. In scoring all 12 Sugar Bear points in first quarter at McNeese, she eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career along with a career single-game high of 30. Honorable Mention: Shania Woods, New Orleans; Charliee Dugas, Southeastern Louisiana; Chanell Hayes, Stephen F. Austin. Baudoin previously won the weekly honor on Dec. 11 and Dec. 27.center_img The Sugar Bears (18-7, 11-3 SLC) are on a three-game win streak and sit at third place in the conference standings. They have a pair of top-tier matchups on hand for this week, hosting Stephen F. Austin (21-4, 13-1 SLC) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT in a rematch of last year’s Southland tournament championship. They travel to their fellow defending regular season co-champion Abilene Christian (15-9, 9-5 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. 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 at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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first_imgVanderbilt is the No. 2 seed and defending Southland Bowling champion after winning the 2017 title out of the losers bracket, advancing to the team’s 12th NCAA tournament, falling in the semifinal match. The Commodores are in search of their third Southland tournament title in four years in 2018. They will take on No. 7 Louisiana Tech in the opening round Friday at 8:30 a.m. Stephen F. Austin comes in at No. 4 with an opening round matchup against No. 5 Tulane, a team that made waves in last year’s tournament by winning three straight through the loser’s bracket before falling to the Ladyjacks in the consolation field’s semifinal. The Ladyjacks faced a similar road, advancing to the semifinal after downing the Green Wave but falling to Vanderbilt. SFA is playing for a chance at its fourth-straight NCAA bid. In those four appearances, the team has a national title and national runner-up appearance to its name. For the first time in NCAA bowling history, automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament will be given to the winning team from qualified conferences’ championships, including the Southland Bowling League. Last season marked the third consecutive year that the Southland made up half of the then-eight-team NCAA field. Competition begins at 8:30 a.m. CT on Friday and Saturday with the championship match set for 9 a.m. on Sunday. For a complete schedule of matches, see the full 2018 tournament bracket. No. 3 seed Sam Houston State enters in search of redemption after bowing out in the third round of last season’s tournament. The Bearkats own one of the Southland’s three national titles, last winning in 2014 over perennial power Nebraska, and went to their sixth NCAA tournament in eight years in 2017. Sam Houston faces No. 6 Valparaiso on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Tournament HomepageDALLAS, Texas – The 2018 Southland Bowling League Championship gets underway Friday as all eight teams head to USA Bowl in Dallas for the three-day event. Featured matches of this year’s tournament will be live streamed by InsideBowling. Selections for the 2018 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship will be announced on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 via web stream on NCAA.com. The 2018 championship will take place at Tropicana Lanes in Clayton, Mo., from April 12-14. The NCAA Women’s Bowling Committee will select a field of 10 teams – six automatic qualifying teams and four at-large teams. Teams will be ranked, based on available selection criteria, with the top six being placed in the championship bracket. The remaining four teams will play in opening round matches to determine the final two teams that will compete in the championship. Arkansas State enters as the top seed after a runner-up finish in last season’s championship in Jonesboro, Ark. The Red Wolves are seeking their 11th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. They will face No. 8 Monmouth in the first round on Friday at 8:30 a.m.last_img read more

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first_imgThird Team Kaitlyn Eder, Louisiana Tech Samantha Gainor, Vanderbilt Hope Gramly, McKendreeJulia Huren, Arkansas State Adel Wahner, Vanderbilt Win-Loss Percentage: Vanderbilt, 74.00% (94-33) Baker Double %: Sam Houston State, 48.10% Strike %: Vanderbilt, 48.10% Traditional Frame Average: Nebraska, 20.27Baker Frame Average: Vanderbilt, 20.24 Single-Pin Spare Conversion %: Vanderbilt, 92.70% Spare %: Vanderbilt, 73.50% Baker Frame Average: Maria Bulanova, Vanderbilt, 21.30 Traditional Frame Average: Megan Straub, Nebraska, 21.24Strike %: Megan Straub, Nebraska, 55.00%Baker Double %: Megan Straub, Nebraska, 60.90%Single-Pin Conversion %: Alexis Neur, Delaware State, 96.40%Overall Spare Conversion %: Cayla Hicks, Maryland Eastern Shore, 76.80% Honorable Mention Paige Beeney, Stephen F. Austin Taylor Davis, Arkansas State Katey Furze, Central MissouriLeah Glazer, Arkansas State Tiera Gulum, Tulane Cayla Hicks, Maryland Eastern ShoreEmily Notebaret, Roberts WesleyanAllison Morris, NebraskaAna Sofia Olaya, North Carolina A&TDenishya Waller, Arkansas State INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES TEAM CATEGORIES Coach of the Year Division I: John Williamson, VanderbiltDivision II/III: Shannon O’Keefe McKendree WICKLIFFE, Ohio – Vanderbilt’s Maria Bulanova was named the Division I Player of the Year, while Sam Houston State’s Bea Hernandez earned Rookie of the Year honors, the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) announced Wednesday. The Southland Bowling League was represented well on the All-America Teams as 12 student-athletes landed among the NTCA squads.Along with her Player of the Year honor, Bulanova was named a First Team All-America selection after leading the Vanderbilt squad to a No. 1 overall seed heading into the 2019 NCAA Bowling Championship. The junior was also named the 2019 Southland Bowler of the Year after dealing a league-best 754 strikes.Bulanova is joined on the first team by Stephen F. Austin’s Dakotah Hazlewood, who stands fourth in the nation for overall and traditional average. Hazlewood also ranks sixth nationally for strikes and Baker Average and helped push her Ladyjack squad to an opening round win over Texas A&M Prairie View at Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas (April 5).In addition to being named the NTCA Rookie of the Year, Sam Houston State’s Hernandez was also tabbed a Second Team All-America honoree. She led her Bearkat squad to its first-ever Southland Bowling League title after a perfect 4-0 sweep through the Southland Bowling Tournament. The SHSU freshman ranks 10th in the nation with a 91.40 Player Composite Performance Index (PCPI) rating.The NTCA third team includes Kaitlyn Eder (Louisiana Tech), Julia Huren (Arkansas State), Samantha Gainor (Vanderbilt) and Adel Wahner (Vanderbilt).Paige Beeney (Stephen F. Austin), Taylor Davis (Arkansas State), Leah Glazer (Arkansas State), Tiera Gulum (Tulane) and Denishya Waller (Arkansas State) all earned Honorable Mention accolades.The opening round of the 2019 NCAA Bowling Championship begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 11 at RollHouse Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio. The Southland Bowling League has four contenders vying for the national title. No. 1 Vanderbilt is slated to face Sacred Heart in match one.Arkansas State will take on Nebraska in match two at 9 a.m. Rounding out the Southland Bowling League competitors will be Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin who will face off in match three.Arkansas State and Stephen F. Austin earned a spot on the lanes in Wickliffe after opening round victories. The Red Wolves swept Medaille College on April 9 in Traditional and Baker Total Pinfall matches. 2018-19 NTCA All-AmericansFirst Team Maria Bulanova, Vanderbilt Breanna Clemmer, McKendreeDakotah Hazlewood, Stephen F. Austin Raquel Orozco, NebraskaMeghan Straub, Nebraska Second TeamTaylor Bailey, McKendreeOlivia Farwell, DuquesneBea Hernandez, Sam Houston State Emma Kuhn, Wisconsin WhitewaterLauren Pate, McKendree Rookie of the YearDivision I: Bea Hernandez, Sam Houston StateDivision II/III: Hope Gramly, McKendree Player of the Year Division I:  Maria Bulanova, VanderbiltDivision II/III:  Breanna Clemmer, McKendreelast_img read more

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first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, MARLEY’S FREEDOM, WINNER: “”Bob (Baffert) told me to be sure to warm her up real good and to get her running away from there.  She did and we had a good tactical spot.  I was just sitting on her, but I had to get after Selcourt a little early because it looked like she was running pretty easy on the lead.”JOE TALAMO, SELCOURT, SECOND: “She flew out of there, she broke like a shot today and we got to set our own fractions. She was very relaxed and hat’s off to the winner. Man, Marley’s Freedom has been able to string some really nice races together. I was really proud of my mare today though. Even when Marley’s Freedom came to her, she was fighting. I thought we were going to steal it there for a second at the top of the lane.”OWNER QUOTESBARBARA PERRY, MARLEY’S FREEDOM, WINNER: “She (Marley’s Freedom) is amazing… she just is a gift from God, she’s so sweet and so much fun to be around and she just lays it down every time she runs.”RON PERRY MARLEY’S FREEDOM, WINNER: “We call what Marley does, she doesn’t stalk she hunts. She was hunting Selcort (Second) all the way down the backside, Drayden (Van Dyke) had an intent to sit on her and not let her get away and that’s what he did, he ran a perfect race, she ran a perfect race.”RON – “My t-shirt is indeed a tradition (black tee under his open dress shirt with an image of Bob Marley on it) any time she runs. Two years ago I traded a gentleman in a bar in Oakland for a dress shirt.”BARBARA – “Rick physically runs while she races, and I cheer.”RON – “Yes. I drift down to about the eighth pole and I help her make her run down the lane. The thanks need to go to Bob, and Jimmy, and Pasquale and the entire team. They do an amazing job and they brought her to a different level. She’s a great horse and in their hands she’s almost perfect.” BARBARA – “It all starts with them team from the very beginning and the farm even. Everybody has worked together and Bob has just been absolutely amazing with (her). She is just a completely different horse with him. She’s so special and so sweet. She loves her job but she’s such a love in the barn as well.”NOTES: The winning owner is Cicero Farms LLC.Cicero Farms’ Marley’s Freedom and jockey Drayden Van Dyke win the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes, Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

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first_imgSpecial OnesHarry Kane: Mourinho has always built his team around the leader of the line and Kane’s work-rate, intelligence and goal sense make him the ideal Jose player.Spurs need him to stay, desperately, too.Perhaps that means the captain’s armband, full-time.Dele Alli: England star has struggled for much of the past year but Mourinho has long coveted the chance to work with him and will back himself to get Dele firing again.Might play a bit further forward.Heung-min Son: Energy, determination, speed goals and attitude make the Korean exactly what Mourinho looks for in his wide players.He will be devastated for Pochettino but apply himself totally for the new manager.Moussa Sissoko: Not always exactly popular with the Spurs fans although that has been turned round over the past 12 months.Gives Mourinho physicality and legs, critical to the way he wants to play.Eric Dier: Forgotten man of the Spurs squad after a year wrecked by illness and injury.But Mourinho wanted to sign him at United and that means he starts in a good place.Ability to speak Portuguese may be another factor.5 Harry Kane could flourish under Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – ContributorToby Alderweireld: Two years ago Mourinho wanted to do a swap deal with Spurs which would have seen him getting the Belgian and Anthony Martial going the other way.He likes experience, especially at the back. Maybe that long-dangled contract could be signed after all.Jan Vertonghen: Another in his last year and who looked like he might be eased out by Poch.But has know-how and game-craft in abundance and very much the sort of defender you would expect Mourinho to like.Danny Rose: England left-back has made it clear he is no fan of Daniel Levy and wanted to join Mourinho at United two years ago.Spurs fans may need to bite their tongues if new boss shows his faith in Rose.Davinson Sanchez: You need at least three centre-backs and Mourinho will like the look of the Colombian’s combative frame.Might ask him to be more physical and aggressive, though.Erik Lamela: A source of frustration for many Spurs fans but his willingness to do the dirty work on and off the ball will appeal to Mourinho’s approach to the game.He has to stay fit, mind.Tanguy Ndombele: The club record signing has only shown flashes of what Pochettino hoped he would bring to the table.Likely to be involved further forward but you would expect him to be given licence to play.5 Dele Alli could shed his overrated tag under the Special OneCredit: Getty Images – GettyNot So Special OnesHugo Lloris: Injured skipper is out until the new year and his return date remains uncertain.In the mean-time, he may lose the armband to Kane and see Paulo Gazzaniga stake his claim.After seven years, the French captain may be expendable.Serge Aurier: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out Spurs’ right back woes are the first thing that need fixing.Dumping the Ivorian would be a move that would be met with instant approval by the doubtful fans.Lucas Moura: Brazilian does not seem to have recovered from blow of being omitted from Champions League Final.A new manager equals a fresh start but Moura is not a natural tracker-back.Juan Foyth: Poch protege has not played enough this season.Mourinho may look for more physical central defenders and a genuine right back in January.If so, not clear where Foyth gets a game although he may start for now.Victor Wanyama: Something of a surprise to see he is still at the club. He won’t be for long.Oliver Skipp: Faces a similar problem to Winks but starts in a worse position.Mourinho values experience and the youngster does not have too much.Unless he shows something impressive in training, he may be loaned out.5 It may be a long way back at Spurs for Hugo Lloris after he recovers from his arm injuryCredit: Rex FeaturesJury outHarry Winks: Reinstalled as critical to England but might wonder where he fits into the Mourinho model, especially if the Portuguese opts for two defensive-minded central midfielders.Christian Eriksen: Fans feel the Dane has been taking them for a ride and Mourinho may decide that ostracising him until he can be punted out in January is the smart call to make.If he signs that new deal, everything changes.Paulo Gazzaniga: Will get first chance to claim the goalkeeping spot in Lloris’ absence but Argentine has to show he is the real deal and not just a temporary solution.Giovani Lo Celso: Spurs fans still do not know whether the on-loan Argentine is the real thing or an over-sold pretender.Mourinho will make his decision pretty swiftly.Ryan Sessegnon: Another who has barely played and is certain to get some tough love.Then again, that did not harm Joe Cole, although it was less successful with Luke Shaw.We shall see.Ben Davies: Much will depend on Mourinho’s take on Sessegnon.The Portuguese tends to prioritise the here and now over the future and that could be good for the Welshman, even if he knows he is a back-up.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himKyle Walker-Peters: Poch seemed to have given up on the youngster but he is a natural right-back.If Mourinho wants to show he means what he says about the kids, KWP may be a beneficiary.If not, it’s over for him at the club.5 Spurs need a right-back more than any other position and Serge Aurier could be the first out the doorCredit: AFP or licensorsMauro Icardi’s model wife Wanda looks amazing as she takes part in some seriously sexy shoots JOSE Mourinho made all the right noises in his first in-house interview as Spurs boss.But that does not mean there are no nervous players waiting to find out what he really thinks of them.5 Jose Mourinho has admitted to mistakes in the past but says Spurs have got a humble managerCredit: Getty – ContributorSo who could be the Special One’s special ones?And who might soon find they have no future under the Portuguese?SunSport runs through the squad and offers some ideas:last_img read more

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first_img3Tottenham fan’s extraordinary eyewitness account of Eric Dier row in stands says ‘he lost plot, he was like Incredible Hulk’ TOTTENHAM’S Champions League second leg clash at RB Leipzig tomorrow WILL go ahead in front of fans despite the growing coronavirus fears.Jose Mourinho’s men were steeling themselves to play a game behind closed doors as they attempt to wrest back the 1-0 first leg deficit to the German outfit.3 Timo Werner was the match winner for RB Leipzig in their game against TottenhamCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut while PSG’s game with Dortmund has joined Wednesday’s match between Valencia and Atalanta in being played fan-free, Spurs fans heading to Germany have been told they are not wasting their trip.Leipzig were in emergency talks with the city authorities this morning after German health minister Jens Spahn suggested events attracting crowds of more than 1,000 should be postponed.But following the meeting, Leipzig Mayor Burkhard Jung gave the green light for tomorrow’s match.City council spokesman Matthias Hasberg confirmed: “The game will take place with spectators.”Hasberg added that the fact the Britain is not, so far, designated as a high-risk area was a significant factor in the decision.He added: “The government recommendations for action still differentiate between events that take place indoors and outdoors.“The guidelines have not yet been adapted for outdoor events and the decision was made on this basis.”Liverpool’s game with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is also expected to take place as scheduled, although Wolves may play behind closed doors in their Europa League tie with Olympiacos.3MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutUefa is ready to agree that the planned games next week between Juventus and Lyon and Barcelona and Napoli will see fans shut out, with the German government to decide on Chelsea’s visit to Bayern Munich.At this stage, Manchester City’s game with Real Madrid at the Etihad is expected to have fans allowed.It comes as the FA, Prem League and EFL, along with broadcasting companies, are due for talks with government officials which are expected to see games played behind closed doors in the coming weeks.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokeslast_img read more

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first_imgThe 24-year-old Cowboys powerhouse has told NRL.com that he has the support and encouragement of star halfback Johnathan Thurston to increase his offloads this season and create more second phase play for the side’s attacking stars.”Most people when they watch me play always see the destructive side, and think that all I can do is break tackles or run over someone,” Taumalolo told NRL.com.”Trying to find a pass would be nice and trying to play a bit of second phase also, so it would be great if I could develop that part of my game.”Johnno has always been harping on me trying to get my arm free because we have got a lot of great support players.”I’m trying to find that extra pass because I attract a lot of defenders, and that will help guys like JT and Morgo (Michael Morgan) do their thing.”Statistics from 2017 reveal that Taumalolo got away 1.3 offloads per game with a season tally of 28. That is well behind the leading forwards in the game.Sea Eagles forward Martin Taupau led the field in the offload department with 71 at an average of 3.4 each match. Andrew Fifita, with 53 offloads at an average of 2.4 per game, and Paul Gallen (39 at 2.2 per match) are also well ahead of the Cowboys powerhouse in the same area.Cowboys assistant coach Josh Hannay said it “might seem odd” that a player who busts the line and is so hard to put on the ground does not offload more, but added that if Taumalolo wanted to develop in that way there would be no stopping him.”If you can break tackles and stand in tackles then you have the tools to offload. Jase certainly has that ability, so it is more about offloading the football becoming a focus for him,” Hannay told NRL.com”Jase is a guy who can do anything he wants on the football field if he puts his mind to it, so if he sees an area in his game he might be deficient in and wants to work hard at changing it, then he has certainly got the tools to do it.”The offload might be the last string to his bow that he develops.”The great forwards in the game get better in their late 20s and early 30s so what we are seeing from him now is just scratching the surface.”It is a scary prospect for other teams, but a great one for us.”Most people … think that all I can do is break tackles or run over someone.Jason TaumaloloTaumalolo said he was feeling fresher in body and mind after his break following the World Cup campaign, but said he was not content with what he had already achieved in the game.He said he’d learned from coach Paul Green, Thurston and co-captain Matt Scott that he needed to continue to take his game to another level as the years tick by.”I take every year as a learning curve and I figure out what I need to do better and what I need to hang onto,” Taumalolo said.”Greeny has been a great part of that and so have guys like JT and Matt Scott.”They are always talking to me about what I can do with my game and how I can play better and a bit smarter.”I can’t play the way I play [now] for the rest of my career. For myself, it is all about learning and trying to adapt to how my body works and feels every year.”last_img read more

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first_imgCoach Michael Marum revealed this afternoon that Martin had asked to withdraw from the team.“It is unfortunate for us but Rhyse has requested that he could not join the Kumuls this week and we respect that. He has some personal issues to attend to and have allowed him to do that,” Marum said.Marum said Edward Goma will replace Martin. Goma will be the 11th SP Hunters player in the PNG LNG Kumul Team.He said all 11 players were passed fit after their gruelling 22-18 win over Redcliffe Dolphins this afternoon.The 11 players and coach Michael Marum and team manager Arnold Krewanty will leave Port Moresby for Cairns early tomorrow (Monday) morning.They will meet up with the rest of the PNG LNG Kumuls and coaching staff in Penrith, west of Sydney, tomorrow (Monday) afternoon.Marum will name the captain and vice captain when everybody is in camp. The PNG LNG Kumuls will take on Fiji Batis at the Pirtek stadium in Paramatta, Sydney, on Saturday.last_img read more

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