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No. 2 UCA Claims Spot in Southland Championship With Five-Set Win

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first_imgSet OneAfter taking the lead at 6-5 off a kill from Haley Tippett, UCA never looked back, taking set one 25-19. The Sugar Bears saw Samantha Anderson fire seven kills off 14 total attacks, committing just one error. Tippett finished the set with four kills and six digs while Savanah Allen and Megan Nash each produced six assists while Allen picked up two kills. Emily Doss led all players with eight digs for UCA. The Islanders hit just .024 for the set with Madeleine Doud, Chloe Simon and Madison Fitzsimmons each earning a pair of kills. UCA enters tomorrow’s final looking for its first tournament title since 2013 when the Sugar Bears won it in five sets in Corpus Christi. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – No. 2 Central Arkansas booked its ticket to Sunday’s Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament championship with a 3-2 (25-19, 25-20, 24-26, 20-25, 15-9) win Saturday over No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sugar Bears were up 2-0, but the Islanders fought back to send the match to a full five. It was UCA’s junior middle blocker Savanah Allen who proved to be the difference maker in the last set, knocking down four kills and ending it all with a block solo on the Islanders’ senior middle blocker Madeleine Doud. Set FourTied at 19 apiece, Corpus Christi ended the set on a 6-1 run to win 25-20 and send the match to a fifth set. In that stretch, the Islanders forced five UCA attack errors, including a block assist from Madison Green and Doud to give Corpus Christi set point at 25-20. On the ensuing play, Doud claimed her team-leading fourth kill of the set for an Islanders’ attack that hit a .303 clip. Nicholson had two kills to go along with her 11 assists.VB: Doud’s kill send us to 5th set. 25-20 @IslandersVB in 4th. Watch Islanders vs. @UCAVball in semifinal NOW at https://t.co/7ZPBTsX4xw. pic.twitter.com/FglHAoVKc0— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 The Sugar Bears will challenge No. 8 Abilene Christian on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN3 for the tournament championship. ACU became the first No. 8 seed to earn a spot at the tournament final after a 3-1 win over No. 4 Houston Baptist earlier today. Set TwoDown 24-18, Corpus Christi fought off two set points to extend the set, but an illegal libero substitution from the Islanders ended the set and gave UCA the 25-18 win and 2-0 advantage heading into the third. The Sugar Bears did not let the Islanders lead once in the set two, killing a six-point streak from the home side at 21-17 with a tip from the right hand of Tippett. She led UCA with four kills on 10 attacks with Abbie Harry tallying three. The Sugar Bears had just nine kills for the set. The Islanders’ Kristyn Nicholson had 11 assists on the Islanders’ 12 kills with Simon and Brittany Gilpin combining for nine of those.VB: @UCAVball’s Tippett has 8 kills, helping team gain 2-0 advantage over @IslandersVB in semifinal. 25-20 count in 2nd set of semifinal. pic.twitter.com/ROIfWxvJ7A— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 UCA’s junior outside hitter Haley Tippett led the Sugar Bears with a team-best 16 kills and 21 digs. Allen and junior right side Samantha Anderson provided 12 kills each while sophomore outside hitter Abbie Harry recorded 11. Allen also had 16 assists for the double-double. Sophomore setter Elizabeth Armstrong earned a double-double of her own with 15 assists and 10 digs. The Sugar Bear defense ended the match with 12 blocks. Set ThreeIt took a run late in the set for Corpus Christi to extend the match to another set as a service ace from Nicholson put the set away 26-24. The Islanders took a 24-23 advantage for their first lead since being up 17-16. Gilpin tallied two key kills in the Islanders’ final four points, including one to make it 25-24 after Anderson had delivered a block solo for the Sugar Bears to make it 24-24. Fitzsimmons and Gilpin each made three kills for an Islanders’ squad that hit just .081, their best of the match at that point. The two teams combined for nine blocks with UCA taking the 5-4 advantage on the stat line.VB: Doud’s kill send us to 5th set. 25-20 @IslandersVB in 4th. Watch Islanders vs. @UCAVball in semifinal NOW at https://t.co/7ZPBTsX4xw. pic.twitter.com/FglHAoVKc0— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 The Islanders’ freshman outside hitter Chloe Simon tallied a team-best 13 kills. Senior outside hitter Brittany Gilpin and senior setter Kristyn Nicholson each earned double-doubles with Gilpin downing 12 kills and scooping 10 UCA attacks while Nicholson dished out 44 assists to go with her 10 digs. Set FiveA block solo from Allen ended the fifth set 15-9 for UCA to claim the fifth set and a spot in tomorrow’s championship. The score was tied four times in the first 10 points given when the Sugar Bears broke out on a 10-4 run to end the set after the teams were tied at five apiece. The Sugar Bears hit their best line of the day with a .286 clip with Allen delivering four kills on seven attacks while UCA kept the Islanders to a .038 hitting percentage. VB: Sugar Bears into the championship final! @UCAVball wins a thriller, 3-2 over @IslandersVB. It’ll be UCA vs. @ACU_Volleyball Sunday. pic.twitter.com/u3D15fXGfb— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017last_img read more

Spurs star Eriksen’s representatives ‘speak to Bayern’ days after 7-2 drubbing

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first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN’S representatives made contact with Bayern Munich after Tottenham’s 7-2 defeat.The Denmark international is out of contract in May and has rejected the chance to pen a new deal with Spurs.1 Christian Eriksen has been playing for Spurs since 2013Credit: Getty Images – GettyAccording to Sport1, Bayern have made their move for the wantaway Spurs star.And the source claims that Eriksen would be interested in completing a move to the Bundesliga giants.It is understood the talks started after the German club put seven goals past Tottenham in the Champions League.But Bayern Munich are not the only club that is ready to snap up the Danish star when his contract expires.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneReal Madrid are reportedly hoping to poach the 27-year-old for a bargain £30million in January.His representatives allegedly flew to Spain to hold talks with the La Liga giants earlier this month.But he is set to reject the North London club’s attempt to sell him in January – and instead leave for free next summer.MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH 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 returnExclusiveRIYAD 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 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 strutAtletico Madrid are also among the teams monitoring his situation with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.He has already snubbed a £200,000-a-week offer from Spurs.But the club are willing to break the bank to tempt Eriksen to finish his career at the club with a five-year £60million deal.Watch the new Spurs stadium transform into an NFL field as the first kick is taken under the lights between the Oakland Raiders and the Chicago Bearslast_img read more

Spurs star Dier ‘cries’ after he finds out he’s dropped a rating in FIFA 20

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first_imgERIC DIER was far from impressed with EA Sports after his FIFA 20 rating dropped to 79.The Tottenham ace and his team-mate Davinson Sanchez revealed each other’s new rating for the hugely popular game that was released on September 24.4 Eric Dier was far from impressed with his FIFA 20 ratingCredit: Twitter @SpursOfficialDier, 25, has struggled to cement his place in Mauricio Pochettino’s side after struggling with a hip injury.He started 18 league matches last season and the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele appears to have made his task of earning a regular run of games even more unlikely.And it could be a reason why his rating has dropped from 80.It appears even the player himself was braced for the disappointment.Before the ratings were even revealed, Dier said: “I know mine is going to be disrespectful.”After guessing his score wouldn’t change from last year, Dier looked more than disappointed as Davinson revealed the number 79.One fan even joked that he was about to cry after appearing to wipe his eye.He said: “FIFA made Eric cry.”Another supporter added: “Dier’s fuming.”A third chimed: “@ericdier should have been higher!!!”Dier even vented his frustration after Sanchez was given just 74 for his pace.4Dier and Sanchez’s full FIFA 20 ratingsSanchezOverall: 83Pace: 74Shooting: 45Passing: 56Dribbles: 67Defending: 83Physical: 81DierOverall: 79Pace: 54Shooting: 63Passing: 71Dribbles: 65Defending: 80Physical: 84 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itHe said: “A message to EA Sports, I think they can do a lot better with Davinson’s score.”This is not real (pointing to his pace).”That’s not true, not true. It’s wrong, just wrong.”The Colombian added: “See, FIFA is always against me!”4 The midfielder has been struggling with injury this seasonCredit: Twitter @SpursOfficial4 Both players were left baffled at Sanchez’s pace on the gameCredit: Twitter @SpursOfficialFIFA 20 – Ratings trailerlast_img read more

Poch admits he would ‘love’ PL return after Spurs sacking amid Man U links

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first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO admits he would “love” to get another job managing in the Premier League again.The Argentine, 47, was axed as Tottenham boss in November – just five months after taking the club to the Champions League final.2 Mauricio Pochettino would love to return to management in the Premier LeagueCredit: Getty Images – GettyJose Mourinho came in as his replacement the following morning, while Pochettino remains out of a managerial post.He has done some media work – including in Qatar – and appeared as a guest at a LaLiga TV event in London.But the former Espanyol boss is still looking to get back in the dugout sooner rather than later.He continues to be linked with taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United and would seemingly prefer to stay in England rather than move abroad again.Reports over the weekend suggested Poch still has his eyes on the Old Trafford gig and that he has told friends he wants to resume his career in the summer.However, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain may all be looking for a new boss come the summer and would surely be in touch with Pochettino to try and lure him to the continent.But Poch told the In The Pink podcast: “To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League.”It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens.”It’s a moment of recovery, to think about yourself a little bit, and to be ready because in football always something can happen and you need to be ready.Mauricio Pochettino spotted with Ed Woodward advisor Neil Ashton at Griffin Park for Brentford vs LeedsLatest Premier League newsExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHEAT IS OFFHeaton will miss Aston Villa’s 10-game relegation dogfight with knee injuryPASSED THE TESTHuge boost to Project Restart with ZERO positive results in new Covid tests”I’m ready and waiting for a new challenge. I have the belief and confidence that the next challenge will be fantastic.”And after six years in England – firstly with Southampton before switching to Spurs in 2014 – Poch has understandably become attached to life in the Premier League.He added: “If we move to Europe, we are going to miss England.”2Ex-Tottenham boss Pochettino scores incredible hole-in-one playing foot golf while in Qatar for Fifa Club World Cuplast_img read more

Willian’s Chelsea contract talks ‘dead in the water’ as Arsenal and Spurs circle

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first_imgWILLIAN is set to depart Chelsea this summer with contract talks between the Brazilian and the Blues reportedly dead in the water.The Brazilian has been tipped to make a high-profile switch across London to join either Arsenal or Tottenham when his deal expires at the end of June.2 Willian is set to leave Chelsea on a free transfer this summerCredit: PA:Press AssociationThe 31-year-old has admitted he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge but negotiations have reached an impasse with the winger demanding a third season added to the club’s two-year offer.Willian is also thought to be seeking a pay rise which Chelsea are unable to match due to their previous policy concerning extensions to players over 30.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues newsAs a result, Football London report that talks between the two are now dead in the water.It’s claimed Willian has no issue ditching Chelsea for a London rival if there is no sudden breakthrough in the next few months.He has made no secret of his desire to remain in the capital, where he has lived with his family for the last seven years.Arsenal were said to be leading the way at the end of April but Tottenham have been given an edge by Willian’s close relationship with former manager Jose Mourinho.Despite admitting that he is still on good terms with his ex Chelsea boss, the player’s entourage have denied reports that contact with Spurs has been made.Meanwhile, Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has become an increasingly influential figure at Arsenal over the past year.2Most 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 InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD 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 CelticThe 48-year-old pulled the strings on deals to bring David Luiz and loanee Cedric Soares to the Emirates.But if Willian is seen to be dragging his heels, that will not impress Gunners boss Mikel Arteta who has warned that he is not interested in players who hesitate over joining his club.The Brazil international has confirmed that should the season be extended beyond his contract he will stay and see out the campaign because of his “loyalty” to Chelsea.Chelsea forward Willian agrees to Tottenham transfer with reps having already discussed move with José Mourinho, says Richard Keyslast_img read more

Our Sandra beats two Aussies to gold

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first_imgAustralia’s Elliot Kiana took out the bronze and her team mate Malone Philippa won the silver medal.In the snatch event Ako came in third,  taking the bronze medal.Australia’s Melona took the gold and her team mate Elliott bagged the silver medal.In the overall category PNG came in second place,  taking the silver.Australia’s Malone snatched the gold while bronze was awarded to Elliot.last_img

Women’s 7s team downs Tonga in thriller

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first_imgPNG grabbed first points through Joanne Lagona who was put through a gap and ran in to score.With an unsuccessful conversion by Kymlie Rapilla, PNG took the lead 5-0 and held on until the half time whistle.Tonga hit back almost immediately at the start of the second half of play and took a 7-5 lead after a successful kick. With less than a minute of play left, PNG knew the way to go was out wide to Lynette Kwarvla who took the ball and ran 50 metres to score right on the full time hooter and win the game.last_img

Crowds line up to enter stadium

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first_imgIt is a big turn out here and the crowd is quickly building up as the clock ticks down for iicj off at 5:45pm.The match will be televised live on TV Wan Sports HD.Both teams are currently warming up for the match. The match kicks off after the official opening of the stadium.last_img

Fiji’s Veremalua stands out in tournament

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first_imgHe achieved some huge stats across the three-day tournament in Nevada, USA. The Fijian sensation scored a crucial try in the Cup semi-final against USA to secure his side a place in the final. While he did not get on the score sheet against Australia, he did make some crucial breaks and tackles to help the Pacific islanders come back from 15-0 down to win a thrilling final and notch up their second tournament win of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.   Veremalua’s attacking potential was seen in full flow at the USA leg of the series, with 21 carries and nine offloads, contributing to some stunning rugby in front of the packed out stands at the Sam Boyd Stadium. Overall in the series, Veremalua only just snuck into the top seven performers, with his team mate Savenaca Rawaca still leading the way with 102 carries, 18 more than second placed USA star Zack Test. South Africa’s Seabelo Senatla was in fine fettle also in Las Vegas, scoring 11 tries, putting him in third overall.Caption: Fiji’s Jasa Veremalua aiming for the tryline during a match against Australia.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic blurs Roger Federer and goes to the Australian Open final

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first_img01/30/2020 – 12:07 | 12:23 – 01/30/20 ‘Nole’ continues to make it clear that in Melbourne it is where he is most comfortable and on Sunday he will look for the winner of this Friday’s duel between Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem his eighth title, which would also entail snatching Rafa Nadal’s number one.That of Belgrade, which has never lost a final at the Rod Laver Arena and that to maintain its streak would add its eighteenth ‘big’, knew how to recover the brilliant start of a Federer who had planted in the penultimate round after several epic comebacks and with Doubts about your fitness.This did not seem to be an obstacle when he started very ‘plugged in’ to get 4-1 on the scoreboard, the only time he gave the feeling of dominating Djokovic. He calmed down, settled his tennis and was able to equalize the disadvantage by snatching the Swiss with his serve with 5-4 down, and also making it blank.The one in Basel managed to save the tie-breaker, but the current champion imposed his moment and despite the efforts of the veteran ex-number one in the world, he did not have real trouble again because he did not grant a loophole with his serve and offered a precise game and without mistakes. A break with 5-4 he gave the second set and one more in the third was insurmountable for Federer. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has won Roger Federer in three sets (6-7, 4-6, 3-6) and has made the pass to the Australian Open final, where he will try to revalidate the title won in 2019 and recover the world throne of the ATP. The Belgrade, from less to more, awaits rival in Sunday’s commitment: the winner of the duel between Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem. The Serbian tennis player beat the Swiss 6-7, 4-6 and 3-6 Photo: Reuterslast_img read more