For games in October and November, the Southland reveals a majority of its television selections 12 days prior to kickoff. This allows for the best matchups to be selected each week for various broadcast partners. Choices for Nov 4 were announced last Monday. Saturday, Nov. 11Lamar at Houston Baptist, 2 p.m. CT, FCS PacificNicholls at Stephen F. Austin, 3 p.m. CT, ESPN3Sam Houston State at Abilene Christian, 6 p.m. CT, ESPN3Northwestern State at McNeese, 6 p.m. CT, Cox Sports TV/ESPN3Central Arkansas at UIW, 6 p.m. CT, UIW-TV FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its television partners have revealed game selections and broadcast times for football games to be played Saturday, Nov. 11.The Southland-ESPN3 Game of the Week features the nation’s 5th ranked Sam Houston State Bearkats at Abilene Christian. The Wildcats own a 12-10-1 edge in the all-time series, but SHSU has won four straight.Cox Sports Television will feature Louisiana rivals Northwestern State and McNeese. The Cowboys have won 12 consecutive games against the Demons, including a 48-27 triumph last season as quarterback James Tabary threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns. The game will be simulcast on ESPN3 outside CST’s territory.ESPN3 will also feature Nicholls at Stephen F. Austin.UIW-TV is set to carry a matchup between 4th ranked Central Arkansas and UIW. The broadcast will be streamed via the Cardinals’ Stretch Internet portal.
FOOTBALL:April 21 – Stephen F. Austin Spring Game, 6 pm CT BASEBALL:April 20 – Central Arkansas at Sam Houston State, 6:30 pm CTApril 21 – Central Arkansas at Sam Houston State, 3 pm CTMay 4 – Southeastern Louisiana at Sam Houston State, 6:30 pm CTMay 5 – Southeastern Louisiana at Sam Houston State, 3 pm CT ESPN+ is the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer and International group in partnership with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. This includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, college sports, international rugby, cricket, the full library of ESPN Films (including 30 for 30) and more. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. FRISCO, Texas – Three Southland Conference events are scheduled to run on ESPN+ this week, marking the debut of conference programming on the new streaming service. Central Arkansas visits Sam Houston State in baseball Friday night and Saturday afternoon, followed by the Stephen F. Austin spring football game Saturday evening. SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE ON ESPN+ In early May, two baseball games between Southeastern Louisiana and Sam Houston State will be available on ESPN+. Additional broadcasts for this academic year will be announced at a later date. Launched on April 12, ESPN+ is an integrated part of a completely redesigned ESPN App. Already the leading sports app, the new ESPN App is the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans and is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation. With a richer, increasingly more personalized experience, the new ESPN App curates all of ESPN’s incredible content into an experience unique to each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is available through ESPN.com.
Story by Cody Stark/SHSU Sports InformationAUSTIN, Texas — The Bearkats did it again in Bearkat fashion.Junior Tiffany Thompson hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and senior Lindsey McLeod tossed six shutout innings as Sam Houston State stunned No. 9 Texas 2-1 in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament’s Austin Regional Friday at Red and Susan McCombs Stadium.“We are just excited for the way we fought and for the way we continued to stick with what we have done all year, which is attack the strike zone and play defense and hang around and have a chance to win the game at the end,” head coach Garrett Valis said. “Obviously that is the way it turned out. Texas did not go down without a fight. That’s a really good team on the other side, and it will continue to be a challenging weekend for us.” The Bearkats have done it! @BearkatsSB stuns (9) Texas!#NCAASoftball pic.twitter.com/goSs2yjgdL— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 17, 2019 It is the Bearkats’ second regional victory in school history. Sam Houston State knocked off Louisiana-Lafayette 2-1 in an elimination game in the College Station Regional in 2007, the program’s only other NCAA Tournament appearance since moving up to Division I in 1988.Sam Houston State (35-21) advances to the winners’ bracket to face Houston, which beat Texas A&M 3-1 Friday, Saturday at 1 p.m., weather permitting.The Bearkats fell behind the Longhorns (41-15) in the fourth inning. With one out, sophomore Mary Iakopo launched her team-leading 10th home run of the season over the wall in left field.As they have done numerous times during their run to the postseason, Sam Houston State rallied from behind.Thompson’s blast came after junior Megan McDonald reached on an error in the top of the sixth with one out. Texas pulled starting pitcher Brooke Bolinger, who had only allowed three baserunners, for Shea O’Leary.Thompson greeted the All-Big 12 second-team pitcher with a towering shot off the camera platform to the right of the scoreboard in center field, her seventh home run of the season, to give Sam Houston State a 2-1 lead.“I was down in the count, and I just really wanted to move the runner,” Thompson said. “I just saw a good pitch and put a really good swing on it. It felt really good, but we have been hitting some really good balls and they hadn’t quite made it out, so I wasn’t quite sure but it felt really good when it left.” Crushed it??#NCAASoftball | @BearkatsSB pic.twitter.com/LGf30PXN5b— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 17, 2019 McLeod allowed two runners to reach in the bottom of the sixth but kept Texas off the scoreboard with a shutdown inning. She pitched a perfect seventh to improve to 22-8 on the season.O’Leary took the loss to fall to 13-2.
FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Daniel Saina and New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Saina and his McNeese teammates will take the weekend off before heading to Houston, Texas, for the Rice Invitational Friday, Sept. 13.Kleshchukova and the New Orleans squad are also idle this week, but will return to the course Saturday, Sept. 14 for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival in New Orleans.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Daniel Saina, McNeese – Jr. – Eldoret, Kenya Saina led a dominant Cowboys’ performance at home over the weekend against LSU, Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana College in the McNeese Season Opener. The junior took first-place overall honors, leading a trio of Cowboys runners in the top-five finishers.Honorable Mention: Kevin Kipkosgei, Abilene Christian; Anthony Cordero, Southeastern Louisiana; Isaac Vargas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Arina Kleshchukova, New Orleans – Jr. – Bishkek, KyrgyzstanKleshchukova won the New Orleans XC Opener, besting the second-place finisher by an impressive 28 seconds. The junior’s performance marked a new personal best in the 4k event, her first career individual victory and the first individual victory by a New Orleans women’s runner since Oct. 29, 2005. Kleshchukova paced the Privateers to a third-place finish behind Tulane and Nicholls with 56 points.Honorable Mention: Briahna Gerlach, Abilene Christian; Holly Roberts, McNeese, Valentina Campos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
SANTA ANITA’S INDEFATIGABLE JOHN SHEAR TO CELEBRATE 98TH BIRTHDAY ON THURSDAY; PADDOCK CAPTAIN STILL MAN’S HIS POST EACH RACING DAYARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2019)–Arguably the youngest “old” man on earth, Santa Anita’s beloved Paddock Captain John Shear will celebrate his 98th birthday on Thursday in predictable fashion, by punching his time clock and settling in for yet another day of managing human and equine traffic in Santa Anita’s picturesque Paddock Gardens.Employed at The Great Race Place for nearly six decades, Shear, who was born in London and originally aspired to be a jockey, immigrated to Vancouver, B.C. following World War II and then came to Southern California in 1954.“I was exercising horses for a guy in Vancouver and he asked me if I’d like to go with him to Santa Anita that fall,” said Shear. “I said ‘sure,’ and as soon as I stepped off that van in the Stable Area here, I said ‘Lord, this is where I want to be.’ The place was so incredibly beautiful and I’ve never gotten tired of it.”A diminutive four feet, 11 inches, Shear weighs 104 pounds and attributes lifestyle, attitude and exercise as the primary reasons for his incredibly vigorous life.“I still do 30 pushups every morning. I do deep breathing exercises and I’ve got a stationary bike for my legs. I do a lot of walking here at work and at home…I walk my dog every day and I love what I do.”When asked what he thinks of a world in which seemingly everyone is continuously glued to an electronic device of one kind or another, he responded:“The world changes. My wife is on the computer all day, and I can’t say anything about it!”Shear, who sustained life threatening injuries resulting from an act of heroism eight years ago in which he threw himself between a 5-year-old girl and an on-rushing loose horse, has no thoughts of retiring from the job he loves.“I can’t imagine retirement,” he said. “Every day is a blessing and I love everything about this job…The people, the horses, jockeys, the trainers and everyone I work with. I hope it never ends.”And wouldn’t that be something.
VENERABLE GIFT BOX & RISING STAR MIDCOURT HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN ANTONIO STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILESRACE IS ONE OF SIX GRADED STAKES TO BE RUN ON OPENING DAY, FIRST POST IS AT 11:00 A.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2019)–Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, idle since June 15, and C R K Stable’s recent Grade III winner Midcourt, head a field of seven 3-year-olds and up in Thursday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. A winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap three starts back on April 6, this 6-year-old full horse has blossomed in the care of trainer John Sadler, winning two out of his four starts, including his Southern California debut, the December, 2018 San Antonio.Other solid contenders include trainer Peter Miller’s Gray Magician, who although well beaten in the Kentucky Derby, returns to Southern California after being first or second in his last four starts, trainer Jonathan Wong’s Mugaritz, who’s unbeaten in five Northern California starts this year and Phil D’Amato’s California-bred King Abner, who exits an impressive second condition allowance win at Del Mar Nov. 16.GIFT BOXOwner: Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer: John SadlerHeadquartered with trainer Chad Brown through his first 13 starts in New York, Gift Box was purchased by Hronis Racing in the summer of 2018 and he’s been a terrific addition to the handicap division here. The defending champ in the San Antonio, Gift Box, who took the Santa Anita Handicap in his second start for Sadler, was second, beaten three quarters of a length as the 3-5 favorite by eventual Breeder’s Cup Classic winner Vino Rosso in the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on May 27. A well beaten fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade II Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs June 15, Gift Box has trained well for his return and is believed to be prepping for a productive 7-year-old campaign in 2020.MIDCOURTOwner: C R K Stable, LLCTrainer: John ShirreffsA $450,000 Keeneland September Yearling who was often his own worst enemy, Midcourt has come to hand under Shirreffs’ patient tutelage and comes off the best race of his career, a smashing 5 ¾ length score, accomplished in gate to wire fashion, in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 23. Gelded following a second place finish in his first start for Shirreffs, a one mile maiden special weight five starts back on Feb. 24, Midcourt, a 4-year-old gelding by Midnight Lute, has now rattled off four consecutive wins and could go favored in what will be his eighth career start.THE GRADE II SAN ANTONIO STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 11 Approximate post time 1 p.m. PTGray Magician–Javier Castellano–119Gift Box–Joel Rosario – 123King Abner–Tyler Baze–121Draft Pick–Joe Talamo–121Mugaritz–Ricardo Gonzalez–123Midcourt–Victor Espinoza–123Fight On–Abel Cedillo–121Special early first post time on Saturday, opening day of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, is at 11 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
United Attends Pace And Responds With Half Length Win In Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos; Mandella & Prat Team For 1 ¼ Miles On Turf In 1:59.04ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2020)–Attentive to the pace today, Richard Mandella’s United was put into a drive midway around the far turn and he responded with a hard-fought three quarter length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat, United, who cut back in distance off of a pair of second place finishes at a mile and one half on grass, got a mile and one quarter on turf in 1:59.04.“I think I made a mistake last time,” said Prat in reference to a second place finish as the even money favorite in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Dec. 1. “I was trying to keep him covered up and it didn’t end up the way I wanted and I found myself too far back. Today, we broke off and we were in the race (early). He just (kept running) to the wire.”Second, beaten a head by eventual Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar two starts back in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf here Nov. 2, United was off as the 4-5 favorite in a field of six older horses and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10.“You could see there wasn’t a lot of pace in the race,” said Mandella. “He’s got a big lumbering stride and you don’t want to get in the way of it. We just let him cruise along and that worked out well.”Owned by LNJ Foxwoods, United, a 5-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway out of the Pulling Punches mare Indy Punch, collected his first stakes win and improved his overall ledger to 12-4-3-1. With the winner’s check of $120,000, he went over the $1 million mark to $1,013,549.Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Cleopatra’s Strike put in a good run from off the pace to finish second by a neck in front of a fast finishing Oscar Dominguez. Off at 3-1, “Cleopatra” paid $3.20 and $2.20.Last around the far turn and extremely wide turning for home, Irish-bred Oscar Dominguez flew late to be third with Joel Rosario and paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.31, 46.92, 1:10.99 and 1:35.06.
Photo by: Getty Images (Peter O’Mahony is the leading contender to captain the Lions in the first test). His leadership skills have been endorsed by assistant coach Andy Farrell.O’Mahony looked to have sealed his place in the starting back row to face New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland after captaining the Lions to an impressive victory over the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua last Saturday.And he now seems set to lead the side with Lions tour captain Sam Warburton struggling to displace Sean O’Brien at openside flanker.Alun Wyn Jones, who led the Lions to victory in the decisive third test in Australia four years ago, was expected to be the likely replacement if Warburton failed to regain his place but the lock is now also unlikely to start because of the exceptional form of George Kruis and Maro Itoje.That means O’Mahony is the clear favourite to be captain, and he received significant support when Farrell said he would be “more than comfortable” if the 27-year-old Cork man was given the job.”To be honest, it would be the easiest team to captain because there are so many leaders out there,” Farrell said on Monday. “What the guys who have captained the side have realised is they don’t have to be vocal all the time, because there’s always people that’s helping them out. I think the balance has been great so far.”Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, is thought to have been impressed by O’Mahony’s “Munster mongrel” spirit during the tour, and it may be enough to earn the flanker the nod – despite the fact that he has captained Ireland only three times, and never against top-level opposition.”I think it’s not something that you can quantify what Munster bring to a game,” Gatland said when he appointed O’Mahony to lead the Lions against the Maori. “It’s a special pride, sometimes the performances they can produce, it has done consistently over the years. Being able to dig deep and bring performances from places where individuals and collectively people often can’t do. That’s what Peter will bring to the team.”There remains an outside chance that Warburton – who has struggled with knee and ankle injuries in recent months – may yet regain his place, possibly even in O’Mahony’s position at six, given O’Brien’s outstanding form against the Maori.Owen Farrell, who will start at fly-half after shaking off his quad injury, could also come under consideration for the captaincy but with no experience of the role on the test stage, Gatland may decide the Saracens fly-half already has enough responsibility in running the game without being burdened with leadership duties.Meanwhile, Farrell senior claimed the Lions were ready to “take ourselves to a place individually we’ve not been to before” in a rallying call similar to his famous “Hurt Arena” speech to the players ahead of the third test against Australia in Sydney four years ago.”It’s going to be a hell of a game,” he said. “I know we’ll turn up and we’re a good side brimming for a big challenge. Mentally and physically we’ll be ready. It’ll be interesting to see how the two teams marry together, the chemistry of that, who adapts well on the run.”That’s what the All Blacks have been very good at over the last -period of time. We’ve got to be aware of that.”Physically I don’t think we’ve disappointed so far. Will we need to up our game? Certainly we will do. I think we’re going to have to take ourselves to a place that individually we’ve not been to before. But the boys realise that and are excited by that challenge.”I think the game has cranked up [since 2013]. The All Blacks have certainly got better over the last four years and are reigning supreme at this moment in time. We’ve got to get close to that.”Asked if he felt the Lions would have enough defensive firepower to put this All Blacks side under more pressure than they had experienced before, Farrell added: “Hopefully, but there’s no doubt that they’ll be saying the same thing and again it’s who balances that out well in the heat of the battle, isn’t it? Who deals with the pressure best, who deals with the situation and makes the best decisions on the run.”We feel that we’ve got a game and the players to play in all sorts of ways. We have to be careful this week of not over-coaching.”We’ve got to be careful of making sure that the plan is crystal clear for them, so they can be on point come Saturday. Already it’s been great that we’ve had a few days to get some basic stuff in them through the week and we’ve got to get that right.”Come Thursday, Friday it will be over to the players and we’ve got to make sure that their heads are crystal clear on how they’re going to go about this game.”
Atlético de Madrid wants to sign Edinson Cavani and the Uruguayan striker wants to wear rojiblanco and get under the command of Cholo Simeone. But there has been a setback: Beckham Inter Miami has interfered in the arrival of the charrúa to the Wanda Metropolitano. AS has confirmed the news that Josep Pedrerol advanced in ‘El Chiringuito’ last night that the club owned by the former English player has made an offer to Cavani to play MLS. “His number one goal is Atlético, that has not changed, and he will wait for an agreement between Atlético and PSG, but the offer made by Inter Miami is very important and we must understand that this is a profession that, among other things, moves by the law of supply and market demand “, sources close to Cavani say to this newspaper.Remember that Beckham has excellent relations with PSG and Al Khelaifi and that could influence the decision of the Parisian club. And is that the former Real Madrid player, among other teams, played for the PSG in the 2012-13 season. In the following campaign it was when Cavani arrived at the Parisian team from Naples. These sources close to the Uruguayan player consulted by this newspaper understand, in relation to the “dizzy” Beckham Inter Miami offer, that “Edinson has at least three years left to compete at the highest level in Europe. We still have high hopes that he can go to Spain, but PSG and Atlético have the last word. Hopefully if it isn’t now, it can be in summer “.No newsThe brother and representative of Cavani continues in Madrid, where yesterday Monday he negotiated with Atlético de Madrid the conditions of the Uruguayan striker’s contract with the club rojiblanco. The idea of the entity chaired by Enrique Cerezo, who yesterday affirmed that “there is no news”, is that it comes in this winter market, as Simeone has claimed, but there is no agreement between the Parisian club and Madrid, “although the PSG is starting to give way”, confirm AS from the surroundings of Cavani. In this sense, L’Equipe has published that Atlético de Madrid would have again raised its offer for the Uruguayan striker, with a proposal of 15 million euros, but the PSG would have rejected it.What they have denied from the surroundings of Cavani is thatHe hasn’t said goodbye to his classmates in the locker room, as they have told in some French media. Still in Paris waiting for events.
Another attitude on InstagramThrough his Instagram, One of Neymar’s favorite channels, the Brazilian offered a message quite different from that shown at the end of the match.Neymar shared a montage in which he imitates the celebration of Erling Haaland in the first leg and wrote: “Paris is our city, not yours”, feeding the pique more with the 19-year-old forward. In his stories he also shared all the congratulations from his friends and teammates. Neymar Jr played for the first time in a Champions League round of 16 return since joining Paris Saint-Germain and did not disappoint. The Brazilian, whose last meeting at this point was in 2017 and to eliminate his current club (6-1 in Barcelona), scored the first goal that tied the tie against Borussia Dortmund with an excellent header. The 10 became one of the men of the party and left the green excited until already, outside the field, he finally collapsed as captured by the cameras of RMC Sport. The Brazilian felt the pressure to take his team to the next round in a year where the demand is highest for Parisians, whose main objective is the Champions League.