Allardyce – Stop moaning AVB

first_img Matthew Taylor misses out after suffering a knock in the Capital One Cup victory against Burnley while Mladen Petric is also out for a couple of weeks after aggravating an injury in an Under 21 run-out. Ricardo Vaz Te misses out, too, after dislocating a shoulder against Swansea on Sunday. Allardyce, however, is confident his side – when the squad is fully-fit – will start to surge up the Premier League table and believes they have a good chance of beating Tottenham and going all the way in the Capital One Cup. “On the night you have to have your team spot on,” Allardyce added. “You have to have your team get a bit of luck and you have to make sure you get through. “Andre will have his problems because he is still playing Europa League football on top of Premier League football on top of Capital One Cup next round. “There is no doubt we will make some changes in our team that we play against them and I’m sure that they will. “They have obviously invested in a huge squad now, spending £100million. So I suppose the pressure is more on them than us because they are supposed to be able to cope with it more than we are.” “Chelsea will go away and play the same way at Schalke and play on the break. Manchester United will go away and play the same way. “They all know that they play that way themselves so they can’t really criticise the team that comes to them and sits behind the ball because they do the same in the bigger games, especially in the Champions League. “So when you hear a manager moaning about that, he should really watch what he is saying because when it comes around and he does it he wants to get some praise for what he does, particularly if he ends up with a result or winning. “We all have to tactically set out how to nullify the opposition.” Allardyce faces an Aston Villa side on Saturday perfectly suited to a counter-attacking style and he is mindful of the fact that West Ham have lost three league matches so far this season at Upton Park. Allardyce said: “We are one of those teams who are struggling with points on the board. All that matters at the end is winning matches. Last season at home was a fantastic ride for us. This season it has been bitterly disappointing. “The players are bound to feel extra pressure and feel more anxious but they have to remind themselves of the good performances they’ve given and continue in that vein from a confidence point of view. “We have been severely punished for not taking chances.” Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas criticised the White Hart Lane fans last weekend for not being patient enough as his side tried to break down a Hull side with a massed defence looking to break on the counter. But Allardyce, whose West Ham side were drawn against Spurs in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals, said: “They (Tottenham) do the same when they play in Europe. Press Association Sam Allardyce has told the Premier League’s top managers to stop moaning when teams go to their grounds and shut up shop.last_img read more

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Ginola calls for stability

first_img Press Association Andre Villas-Boas succeeded Harry Redknapp in July 2012, only to be unseated 17 months later. Former Spurs midfielder Sherwood took the reins on an 18-month deal in December 2013, but he lasted just five months before being sacked. “To be successful in the game you need stability and it doesn’t look very stable,” said Ginola, at an event to launch Heineken’s Ultimate Player enterprise. “I’m not saying it was the wrong decision on Tim Sherwood, I’m saying you can’t be successful if you change managers every two or three years. “You need stability first of all, the same staff working together with a bunch of players, year in year out, for at least two or three years, to make sure they will create this momentum a club needs to get success in the end, that’s it.” Ginola spent three years at Tottenham between 1997 and 2000 as well as winning 17 caps for France in a 17-year professional career. Hopeful Spurs will hand their next boss time to bring trophies to White Hart Lane, Ginola added: “Tottenham did well with Harry Redknapp, then he went. They employed AVB, ok great, you have to take this. “They spent 100 million last summer, sold Gareth Bale and in the end finish in roughly the same position. “There was expectation, and fans were delighted to see the club spending money and pushing resources. “It’s a disappointment that Erik Lamela didn’t play and Roberto Soldado didn’t perform. “Now they need the right person for at least the next three to five years, that’s the most important thing, because success needs stability. “So that’s why I was a bit concerned when they got rid of Tim Sherwood, because he’s a young manager, brand new, who had never done things before. “But he’s been working at the club for some time in the academy and knows the club well. “He’s got a good view; he had Les Ferdinand on one side and Steffen Freund on the other, so we’re talking about a former Spurs player there. “And I think at the end of the season, with Man United, with Giggs, Scholes, Phil Neville and all those guys, it looks right, it sounds right. “But those guys need time, not for them to learn, but they need time to work with the players. “Louis Van Gaal is at Man United, good, he’s going to spend money on players, good, but he’s expected to bring back results for the club, so it’s a big task in front of him. “And I think it’s going to be a big task for the next Spurs manager, it’s as simple as that.” The 47-year-old is working through his FIFA coaching qualifications, but took time to hail a bumper Saturday of Champions League and Heineken Cup finals. Heineken have produced the ‘ultimate player’ by selecting body parts from Europe’s top rugby and football stars, including Lionel Messi’s eyes and Jonny Wilkinson’s left leg. Spurs have been tipped to appoint Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino as Tim Sherwood’s successor for months. But whoever gets the job, former Tottenham and France winger Ginola believes Spurs cannot achieve ambitions like regular Champions League football without handing their next boss an extended run at the helm. Tottenham must hand their next manager three to five years in order to stabilise the White Hart Lane club, according to David Ginola.last_img read more

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Youthful Panthers outlast experienced Hornets in GRFU Sevens

first_imgTHE Panthers were in no playful mood yesterday when they won the finals of the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) Sevens tournament at the national park.The youthfulness of the Panther’s side was too much for the experienced Pepsi Hornets unit as they won 29-26 in a closely knit affair which went down to the wire.The Panthers played with pace with captain Rondel McArthur leading the line as the side went unbeaten throughout the tournament.Speaking to the media, the skipper said, “The better team won today. We don’t get much training in but when we do train, we train as a compact unit and I think that is what we exhibited out here today (yesterday).”Part of the Action during the GRFU Sevens (Samuel Maughn Photo)Speaking on his personal performance, McAurthur explained some of what went on during the match.“The Guys (pepsi) were playing the ball a bit lose and they were playing shaky around the line, so I intercepted the ball and went up the middle and I think it did well for us; it brought the game home for us because as you saw, Hornets came back for two big tries.”“I still think there are some niggles in the team. Coming off the 15s, is a bit rough transitioning to the 7s and we have to get our fitness up, but I think it was a good start today (yesterday),” he continued.The GRFU will close off the 2017 season next weekend when they host the Trophy Stall Sevens tournament at the national park.last_img read more

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Impact of Green Bay quarterback’s retirement felt all across state

first_imgLance Armstrong planned on being the biggest athlete in Wisconsin state news Tuesday.But the surprising news of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre’s retirement after 17 years in the National Football League easily overshadowed Armstrong, who was in Madison to push for a statewide smoking ban.Both Armstrong and Gov. Jim Doyle took time out of a big rally at Monona Terrace Tuesday to honor the future NFL Hall of Famer.?If people said to me, ‘Who are the athletes you respect the most,’ I would tell you that I respect Andre Agassi and Brett Favre the most,? Armstrong said. ?They were guys that played through pain, played through misery, played through all these other sacrifices and consequences of their sport.?Armstrong, who won seven straight Tour de France titles and has always supported the Dallas Cowboys, said he respects Favre and Agassi for their endurance in their sports.?I understand what those guys play through, so I respect them on that level,? he said.Armstrong added he respects Favre for being an ?Ironman? as the only quarterback to start for the Packers since 1992, and for he and his wife Deanna coming out and publicly sharing their battle against Deanna’s breast cancer.?People can be very private and say, ?I don’t want to talk about this, I want to keep it a secret and I want to fight this with my friends and family and my close community,?? Armstrong said. ?But they were public, and that’s the thing we always look for in the fight against cancer is people who want to be public cancer survivors.?Armstrong, who said he does not know the Favres well but has met Brett on a few occasions, called the couple ?heroes.?Doyle interrupted pushing one of his top priorities in the smoking ban Tuesday to honor one of the state’s biggest icons.?Obviously there is probably no professional athlete in America who is more associated with one state than Brett Favre is with the state of Wisconsin,? Doyle said. ?We in the state have had the great privilege of watching for the last 16 years the greatest quarterback in the world.?The governor said despite all the attention and fanfare Favre receives, the state still cannot appreciate the work he put in every year.Despite being a native of Mississippi, Doyle said Favre epitomizes the values Wisconsin residents share.?[Favre exemplified] showing up every day, working at it as hard as you possibly can, giving it everything you have, excelling, being spectacularly successful, but occasionally goofing it up a little and never pointing the finger at anyone else, always taking responsibility,? Doyle said.He added he hopes the Favre family will continue to have a presence and contribute to the state’s charitable organizations they have supported the last 16 years.?It’s a lot easier to govern this state when the Packers are winning than when they are losing,? Doyle said, thanking Favre for everything he gave to the Packers.A slew of other state officials from across the state reacted to the news of Favre’s retirement Tuesday.?Brett gave us a Super Bowl victory, three MVP awards, and 16 years of unforgettable moments that Packer fans will never get tired of talking about,? U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., said in a statement. ?We?re all incredibly thankful for Brett?s Hall of Fame career and his contributions both on and off the field. He is without a doubt the greatest quarterback ever to play the game.?Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt said he wishes Favre well in retirement.?As any Packer fan will tell you, it was Brett Favre who put the ?title? back in Titletown, U.S.A.,? Schmitt said in a statement. ?For nearly two decades, Brett has embodied the outstanding character, enthusiasm, ability and hard work of Wisconsin citizens, and I am honored to have worked side-by-side with him and his family on community and charitable efforts.?But as Favre-o-mania dominated state news coverage Tuesday, Armstrong, trying to garner media attention pushing a big political issue, had just one wish.?I wish he would have waited until tomorrow,? Armstrong said.last_img read more

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With Hughes in foul trouble, backup steps up

first_imgCHAMPAIGN, Ill. — If it had been the first time sophomore Jordan Taylor had been called upon to fill the shoes of a starter, there may have been some trepidation on the part of Wisconsin’s senior leaders.Some, but not a lot.But after already having countless clutch moments in his young career, Taylor’s performance Sunday was fairly typical — a lot of production and not many mistakes.“Jordan is playing some very good basketball this year,” said senior Jason Bohannon. “He’s willing to take the load if he has to.”So when senior and team leading-scorer Trevon Hughes was whistled for his fourth foul with over 10 minutes remaining in the second half, a move that preceded second-leading scorer Jon Leuer taking a seat with his fourth foul, Taylor felt no added pressure to steer the ship.The final results were an indication of such, as Taylor scored 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting to lead No. 15 Wisconsin to a 72-57 victory over struggling Illinois in front of 16,858 fans at Assembly Hall.“He’s a player,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said of his point guard in waiting. “Some games are better than effort, but his effort and approach to the game never changes.“The fact that he is such a great human being the way he handles his teammates and people, he’s the real deal.”Nobody would disagree with Ryan after the performance Taylor turned in for Wisconsin (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten). Going along with his 20 points, Taylor hit 3-of-6 shots from 3-point range, grabbed a career-high eight rebounds while notching three assists, one steal and zero turnovers.More importantly, he held Illinois leading scorer Demetri McCamey in check, as the junior guard finished with only 11 points and two made field goals.“We know what we have with our guards and they always pick each other up,” Leuer (20 points) said of Taylor’s play. “If one guy has an off night, another will step up.“We just have a great group of guys that are willing to pick each other up.”Taylor did that on multiple occasions and all at opportune times against the Illini.After Illinois’ Bill Cole hit a 3-pointer to cut the UW lead to 27-25 with 1:04 left in the first half, Taylor immediately hit a triple, pushing the lead back to two possessions.The bigger play came in the final four minutes as Taylor corralled a blocked Keaton Nankivil shot and made the quick put back with only one second remaining on the shot clock, giving Wisconsin a 10-point lead and silencing a boisterous student section.“You saw today on the floor, there were a couple times when the shot clock was winding down and he made huge plays at the basket,” Bohannon said. “When you have a point guard that makes smart plays like that, it’s very beneficial.”Taylor has proved his moxie before in clutch situations, hitting a buzzer-beating three to send the game to overtime last year at Iowa and scoring 19 points off the bench against Gonzaga in Maui.Couple that with his plus 2.72 career assist-to-turnover ratio and it made Taylor a natural fit to move him into the starting lineup when Leuer went down with a wrist injury.Averaging 11.4 points to go along with 58 assists and 19 turnovers in his last 14 starts, there’s no reason to make a switch with the Badgers clicking on all cylinders.“Jordan Taylor, what are you going to say?” Ryan said rhetorically when asked about the 6-foot-1 point guard from Bloomington, Minn. “His heart is twice as big as he is. He knew he had to reach down for a little extra with Pop being in foul trouble.”last_img read more

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Clare clash will be ‘good barometer’ of Tipp progress

first_imgThe Premier County face Clare at Cusack Park in Ennis on Sunday.Tipp secured their place in the last eight of the competition by finishing fourth in Division 1A.Michael believes that a number of factors mean that the clash with the Banner will be a step-up from previous games. Tipp FM’s live coverage of the match gets underway at 3.35 on Sunday and will be brought to you in association with Jamie Lawlor Crash Repairs.last_img

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CAF Elections Tear NFF, CAF Committee Members Apart

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeDespite Nigeria not fielding a candidate for the office of the President of Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the elections scheduled to hold on March 16 in     Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, gladiators in the country’s football administration are up in arms against one another.Last Week’s endorsement of Madagascar’s FA President, Ahmad Ahmad, by NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, is at the centre of the furore tearing apart the hitherto bond existing among the football stakeholders here.Yesterday, all Nigerians in CAF’s committees including Dr Amos Adamu, Brig-General Dominic Oneya (rtd), Alh. Sani Lulu, Alh. Aminu Maigari, Mr Amanze Uchegbulam, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba, Mr Paul Bassey, Mr Chris Green and the only female in their midst, Aisha Falode, issued a statement insisting that Pinnick’s decision to dump incumbent Issa Hayatou who is seeking eighth term as CAF president for Ahmad was purely a personal matter.They insisted that no Nigerian in CAF or the supervising Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports was consulted before the NFF chief decided to announce the country’s support for the candidate from the Southern African football sub-region (COSAFA).“Mr Pinnick as an individual has a right to declare support for whoever he pleases but when such support is made in the name of Nigeria then there is need for extreme caution given the political colouration of CAF elections of which we are well grounded and versed in.“CAF Elections are not about individuals. Countries support their candidates, finance such elections, set up various committees led by ministers, diplomats and football people to lobby and canvass across the continent in  high level diplomatic sojourns armed with manifesto publications and letters of introduction etc.  Regrettably, we cannot claim to have done any of the above, yet the election is less than a month away,” observed the statement released yesterday by these eminent Nigerians in various CAF committees.They insisted that while Hayatou remains a friend of the country having previously supported most of the football fiestas hosted by the country as well as helping Nigerians into various CAF positions, Ahmad has not been here to canvass support.“The CAF President, Issa Hayatou, who is a FIFA Senior Vice President, overtime has been a pillar of support and true friend of Nigerian football. His service to the round leather game cannot be disputed given the giant strides that football in the continent has taken especially in the areas of sponsorship and partnership, and the spread of the game to all nooks and corners of the continent.“The hosting of the FIFA Under-17 Competition in 2009, the election of Nigerians into the CAF and FIFA Executive Committees, (Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo and Dr. Amos Adamu) as well as   the resolution of sensitive issues involving our country at FIFA level in 2010 are some of the benefits accruing to us from his (Hayatou) reign.“We, Nigerian members of CAF hereby declare our unalloyed support for President Hayatou and his leadership of CAF, one that has brought great development to the game in Africa, including the hosting of the FIFA World Cup on Africa soil for the first time,” stressed the nine CAF committee members.But in a swift move, Chairman of Chairmen of the current NFF board, Ibrahim Gusau, countered those insisting Pinnick acted without the support of his board. He revealed that Pinnick was given the go-ahead to act in whatever possible way to advance the interest of Nigeria in the CAF elections. “In a nutshell, we all agreed unanimously at the board meeting of NFF to support NFF President, Amaju Pinnick to contest for a CAF Executive seat in the forthcoming CAF elections in Addis Ababa.“We also gave him a mandate to use his discretion to vote for any presidential candidate that has genuine vision that will benefit Nigeria.  We believe Amaju as the President of NFF is not going to CAF as an individual but he is going there to represent the interest of Nigeria and we believe as a leader he understand the politics in CAF. “We have unanimously endorsed him to contest for the CAF Executive seat and also vote for any candidate of his choice whom he believes will benefit Nigeria,” Gusau insisted last night.The Chairman of Chairmen accused those Nigerians in CAF committees drumming support for Hayatou as selfish people. “Some of those criticizing Amaju (Pinnick) for supporting another candidate apart from Issa Hayatou are selfish because some of them have been in that system for decades and they believe that without Hayatou they cannot retain their seats.“They don’t have the interest of Nigeria and besides, what has the country benefited from them since they have been there? So it is wrong for anybody to start criticizing Amaju for not supporting Hayatou,” Gusau fired back.He insisted that it was the same Hayatou that stood vehemently that Africa was not going to support Infantino Presidency during the FIFA election.  “Infantino is the same President that appointed the first African as Secretary General of FIFA.So I believe Amaju being Nigeria’s representative knows what is best for Nigeria and we have given him the mandate to contest a seat in CAF Executive and also vote for any presidential candidate that will benefit Nigeria.“As NFF President, he is not going to the CAF position as an individual but as the country’s mouthpiece in the continental body,” he noted.Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has called for an emergency meeting with the executive board members of the NFF in Abuja tomorrow.SA Media to the minister, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, said in a statement yesterday that the meeting would hold in the Minister’s conference room, National Stadium, Abuja at 11am.The statement emphasised that attendance of all board members to the emergency meeting was mandatory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Passion wins national championship behind fastest Chic in the league

first_imgCIARE CHICNot many teams ever reach the place where they are considered the best at what they do.  And even fewer are believed to be the best ever.  Yet that’s what the Pittsburgh Passion achieved on July 26, and they got the hardware to prove it.The Pittsburgh Passion defeated the Houston Energy, 41-7, to win their second national championship at District Three Stadium in Rock Hill, S.C.For decades sports have played an intricate role in the Pittsburgh community.  Sports is a vital piece of the dynamic-the family unit is centered around and great defense is always in the forefront.It was the Pittsburgh Passion defense that set the championship tone by forcing five turnovers, including three first-half interceptions, and the special teams recovered two onside kicks.Team Captain cornerback Michelle Brevard-Peters intercepted a pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown to begin the Passion scoring explosion.“Houston Energy is a great running team and our pre-game goals was to stop the run and force them to pass,” said Brevard-Peters, Owner of Genuine Pub Bar, on Sandy Creek Rd, near Monroeville.  “I was surprise when the quarterback challenged me.  I back pedaled and read her eyes and I was able to get a great jump on the football.”last_img read more

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Arkansas State’s Huren Grabs November Bowler of the Month

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Arkansas State’s Julia Huren is the Southland Bowling League’s November Bowler of the Month, the league announced Thursday.Huren capped an impressive stretch throughout the month of November, helping the Red Wolves to a pair of top-three team finishes. The senior knocked down 207 strikes throughout the month and ranked third in the league for traditional frame average (21.31). Huren and the Red Wolves have completed their fall season and will return to the lanes for the Columbia 300 Saints Invite in Chesterfield, Mo. (Jan. 24-26).The award marks the first of her career for Huren.November 2019 Bowler of the Month: Julia Huren, Arkansas State – Sr. – Westland, Mich.Huren earned all-tournament honors at the Track Kat Klash Tournament after knocking down 1,064 pins for an impressive 212.80 average. She also earned all-tournament honors at the UMES Hawk classic by taking down 1,089 pins for a 217.80 average. She earned a top-10 finish at the SFA Ladyjack classic when she took down 1,043 pins for a 208.60 average. Huren finished in the top-five in two of the Red Wolves tournaments and top-10 in all three of Arkansas State’s November events.Honorable Mention: Allie Leiendecker, Louisiana Tech; Lynne Fishler, Sam Houston State; Isabelle Lee, Tulane; Alexis Roof, Valparaiso.Southland Bowlers of the Month are voted upon by the league’s sports information directors. Voting for one’s own bowler is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Twenty #SouthlandStrong Memories From The Past Decade

first_imgNo. 16The 2017 New Orleans baseball team swept intrastate rival LSU in two regular-season games. In the first meeting in New Orleans, the Privateers won 11-8. The following month when they met in Baton Rouge, UNO came out on top once again in a 7-4 decision. LSU won the 2017 SEC Championship and finished No. 2 nationally that season. No. 18The 2018 UIW Football squad made history under first-year head coach Eric Morris. The Cardinals earned 2018 Southland co-champion honors after being picked last in the preseason poll. UIW also earned its first FCS postseason berth in school history. With the impressive turnaround from a 1-10 season in 2017, Morris was named Southland Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the national Eddie Robinson Award. Seven student-athletes received all-conference honors and QB Jon Copeland was named the Southland Freshman of the Year. No. 20  On Feb. 26, 2010, the NCAA announced that Frisco, Texas, would become the new site for the Division I Football Championship Game for the next three seasons.  The Southland Conference, the City of Frisco and Hunt Sports Group hosted its first FCS title game on Jan. 7, 2011, with Vice President Joe Biden in attendance. The Southland Conference staff and partners are now preparing to host our 10th consecutive championship on Jan. 11, 2020, at Toyota Stadium, with more to come in the future. No. 13Nicholls football opened its 2018 season with a 26-23 overtime win at Kansas for the Southland Conference’s first win over a Power 5 FBS program. The Colonel defense held KU to just 56 yards rushing yards and got the winning score on a 4-yard touchdown run by QB Chase Fourcade. No. 17The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s men’s tennis team won its sixth-straight Conference title in 2013, setting a record for most consecutive crowns. The Islanders then went on to win two more for eight in a row. Coach Steve Moore was named Southland Coach of the Year during each year of that stretch and earned 2013 ITA Texas Coach of the Year honors from his peers, an award that includes every Division I coach in Texas. No. 14The Lamar women’s soccer team set a grand total of 26 school records and Southland marks during the 2019 season, capping it off with an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Conference Player of the Year Lucy Ashworth broke the school record for most points in a game with 10, while Ashworth and teammate Esther Okoronkwo broke the record for most goals in a game (4). The pair also set records in the Southland Conference tournament, including Okoronkwo’s 13 points in the tourney. No. 12McNeese’s Erika Piancastelli became the first softball player in Southland Conference history to earn the league’s Player of the Year honor four straight years. One of the most prolific softball players in Southland history, she became only the third to do so in any Southland sport, joining women’s basketball player Eun Jun Lee (1983-86) and Lamar men’s golfer Chris Stroud (2001-04). Piancastelli broke five Southland career records during her senior season: home runs, hits, RBIs, runs scored and total bases. She also earned her fourth consecutive Hitter of the Year award in 2018. — #SouthlandStrong — No. 15Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist, UIW & New Orleans each officially joined the Southland Conference on July 2, 2013. HBU was the first membership announcement made on Nov. 11, 2011. The Conference revealed the other three in August 2012. Abilene Christian was making its return to the league as ACU was a charter member of the Southland Conference from 1963-73. As 2020 approaches, we thought we would share some of our favorite #SouthlandStrong moments and accomplishments over the past decade throughout the Southland Conference. We feature championships, win streaks, upsets and more in the 2010s! There’s so much to highlight! What have we missed? What is your favorite?center_img No. 11For the first time in Southland history, three teams (Central Arkansas, Nicholls & Southeastern Louisiana) played in the second round of the 2019 FCS Postseason. Southland co-champion UCA was awarded the No. 8 overall seed and received a bye to host Illinois State. Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana hosted and won first-round games against North Dakota (24-6) and Villanova (45-44), respectively, to advance to the second round.No. 10On Feb. 27, 2019, Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs’ set the NCAA career steals record with her 625th steal in a win over Houston Baptist. She broke the previous NCAA mark that had been intact for nearly 25 years. The Cardinal guard earned her record seventh Southland Player of the Week honor following her performance and was named the Student-Athlete of the Year. She closed out her career with 643 steals. No. 9After setting 11 Southland and 10 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision passing records, Stephen F. Austin student-athlete Jeremy Moses is named the recipient of The Sports Network’s Walter Payton Award, given annually to the best player in the FCS.  Moses becomes the first Southland student-athlete to win the Payton Award. No. 19Sam Houston golfer Will Holcomb advanced to the semifinals of 2019 US Amateur at Pinehurst. He was awarded the Silver Medal by the USGA. It was the second year in a row that he qualified for the U.S. Amateur. Earlier in the Spring, Holcomb was named Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year and was a first-team All-Conference selection during his junior season after leading the Bearkats to a Southland men’s golf championship and a trip to the 2019 NCAA Regionals. No. 8Sam Houston advanced to two FCS National Championships in 2011 and 2012. In front of one of the largest crowds in Bowers Stadium history, the Sam Houston football team beat Montana in the semifinals of the playoffs to advance to their first national championship in school history. Timothy Flanders rushed for 287 yards as the Kats knocked off the Grizzlies 31-28.No. 7The 2018-19 Abilene Christian men’s and women’s basketball teams earned berths to the NCAA Championships in just their second season of Division I eligibility. Men’s Tournament MVP Jaren Lewis scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in the title win for the second-seeded Wildcats. The ACU women then followed suit by holding off a furious rally from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a 69-68 thriller to earn its NCAA bid. No. 1Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball defeated #1 Duke, snapping the Blue Devils’ 150-game non-conference home win streak, on Nov. 26, 2019. It is not the first time the Lumberjacks have been the underdog and come out victorious as they defeated No. 3 seed West Virginia in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and No. 5 VCU in the 2014 Tournament. No. 2Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe earned the Walter Payton Award in back-to-back seasons (2016 and 2017). He became just the second two-time recipient of national award, joining Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards in 2008 and 2009. Briscoe threw for 9,605 yards and 102 touchdowns in his two Payton Award seasons. No. 6When Stephen F. Austin defeated Southland Bowling League affiliate member Vanderbilt in the 2019 NCAA Bowling Championship, it was the league’s third national championship since it began sponsoring the sport in 2015. Vanderbilt earned the national crown in 2018 and SFA also won the title in 2016 and was national runner-up in 2015.No. 5Houston Baptist won the 2015 Southland Baseball Championship with an NCAA record four-straight complete game performances. Senior Curtis Jones pitched nine scoreless innings for the Huskies in the title game to shutout Sam Houston State, 6-0, and claim their first Southland baseball championship and advance to their first NCAA Tournament. No. 4More baseball success as Sam Houston State became the first Southland team to advance to an NCAA Super Regional in 2017. The Bearkats fought off elimination twice before defeating Texas Tech in Game 7 of the Lubbock Regional to advance to the Super Regionals.No. 3Four Track & Field National Champions have been crowned from the Southland Conference in this decade. Most recently was Northwestern State’s Jasmyn Steels claiming the 2019 Indoor Long Jump title. Southeastern Louisiana’s Alex Young earned her award in 2016 in the Weight Throw. SFA’s Demi Payne (2015 Pole Vault) and NSU’s Trecey Rew (2011 Discus) took home their titles following NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.last_img read more

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