The third quarter saw four touchdowns, with South Dakota countering each one by the Colonels with one of their own. Tahj Smith continued his outstanding play of recent, scoring on a 24-yard rush before Streveler hit Brandt Van Roekel for a 47-yard touchdown. Irvin found the end zone on a 2-yard rush to bring the deficit back to three points; however, Streveler answered right back with a 75-yard strike to Trystn Ducker. A costly pass interference on the Colonel defense gave USD a first down on a third-and-long, and Streveler went on to throw for a 10-yard touchdown pass to Van Roekel. The score turned out to be the game-winner as Nicholls suffered its first home loss of the year. Fourcade’s top target was freshman Dai’Jean Dixon, who had 80 yards receiving on a career-high five receptions. Jarrell Rogers added 62 yards on five catches. While the offenses shined for most of the second half, it was the defenses that led to points in the first two quarters. Two early interceptions by Chase Fourcade allowed the Coyotes to jump out to a 14-0 lead. Nicholls was held scoreless until Austin Dickerson came up with a big play for the defense with just over a minute until the break, returning an interception 43 yards for a touchdown. The Coyotes closed out the half with a 39-yard field goal for a 17-7 lead. #FCS Play of the Week nominee: @Nicholls_FB Austin Dickerson returns interception 43 yards for TD. #PickSix #GeauxColonels pic.twitter.com/TN81PQwqPW— Chris Mycoskie (@mycoskie) November 26, 2017 Both teams had little trouble moving the ball, combining for over 900 yards of total offense. The Coyotes did most of their damage behind the play of Streveler, who threw for 378 and four touchdowns. Nicholls used a balanced attack, finishing with exactly 232 yards passing and rushing. The Colonels (8-4) never led in the contest against South Dakota (8-4), but finally tied the game up at 31 when Lorran Fonseca made a field goal midway in the fourth quarter. The Coyotes then answered a Nicholls’ scoring drive for the fourth time on the night, using a touchdown pass by Walter Payton Award finalist Chris Streveler to regain the lead with less than six minutes to go. “I’m just very proud of the effort by our guys. I thought it was a fantastic finish and we laid it on the line,” said Nicholls head football coach Tim Rebowe. “Our guys fought; they kept scrapping and kept punching the whole way through. Hats off to them (South Dakota), they are an outstanding team. We all know how good they were on offense. We gave up some big plays to them, and right after we came back and tied it up, we gave up a big play down the field. We can’t do those things against a good team.” Fourcade finished 21 of 35 for 232 yards but had three interceptions for the second-straight game. He also ran for 77 yards, with Irvin finishing with 88 and Smith had 65 yards and two scores on 13 carries. In the fourth, a career-long 54 run by Fourcade before the end of the period set up a 1-yard score by Smith. On the next possession, Sully Laiche had the hit of the night, sacking Streveler on third down to force a punt. Fonseca would tie it up with his 19th field goal of the season, this one from 43-yard out.No quit in Nicholls! Chase Fourcade dashes for a HUGE run to set up a Colonels score?? #FCSPlayoffs on ESPN3: https://t.co/mH2cX0viHq pic.twitter.com/V1LT7gQEMA— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) November 25, 2017 Nicholls ends the year with eight wins, its most since the 1996 playoff team. The Colonels drop to 1-4 in their five playoff appearances and end the year with a 5-1 mark at home.Congratulations on a great season!#FCSPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/ByeHUj9O5c— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) November 26, 2017 THIBODAUX, La. – Playing in its first-ever home playoff game, the Nicholls State University football team fed off of its electric crowd to take South Dakota down to the wire, but a fumble at the goal line in the final seconds ended the game as the Colonels were defeated, 38-31, Saturday night at Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium. Nicholls got the ball back and moved deep into Coyote territory for a chance to even the game, but Phillip Powell forced a fumble on a Kyran Irvin carry at the goal line with 27 seconds remaining to seal the win for South Dakota in its first-ever playoff appearance. Courtesy of Nicholls Athletics
FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State senior Stephanie Zavala is the Southland Bowler of the Month for January, the league announced Wednesday. Southland monthly awards are presented by UniversalCoin.com. The Bearkats competed at the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas, to kick off February and next head to Houston for the Stephen F. Austin Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic from Feb. 16-18. January 2018 Bowler of the Month – Stephanie Zavala, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Downey, Calif.Zavala posted a 218 average for the month of January, helping the Bearkats to a pair of top finishes, including a third-place finish at the 27-team Kutztown Invitational. At Kutztown she was named to the All-Tournament First Team with a 226.4 average, placing fifth individually out of 171 competitors. She registered a 200-plus total pinfall in four of her five games with a high game of 255. She also had a top-20 finish at Arkansas State’s Mid-Winter Invitational, placing 18th overall out of 113. For January, she led the Southland Bowling League with a 22.01 overall average per frame. Honorable Mention: Haley Richard, Arkansas State; Kristin Quah, Vanderbilt; Michelle Ng, Tulane. 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.
Goalkeeper of the Week: Sandra Nygard, Lamar – So. – Sola, NorwayFor the second time in the last three matches, Nygard didn’t allow a shot to get by her, making three stops in the Cardinals’ 6-0 win over Nicholls. She has 11 saves and a 0.33 goals-against-average in the team’s last three contests. The Cardinals (4-5, 1-0 SLC) began conference play with a bang, defeating Nicholls 6-0 at home on Saturday night, and look to carry that momentum into a two-match roadtrip against Northwestern State at 7 p.m. CT Friday and versus Central Arkansas at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Cowgirls (5-2, 1-0 SLC) topped Southeastern Louisiana 1-0 in both schools’ conference opener on Sunday evening. McNeese will trade off with the Cardinals, taking on Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Friday before facing Northwestern State at 1 p.m. Sunday. She wasted no time, finding the back of the net in the seventh minute and following with another less than 10 minutes later. After assisting on Esther Okoronkwo’s 22nd-minute score, Ashworth secured the first hat trick of her career in the 30th minute and tacked on her final goal 189 seconds later. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Lucy Ashworth and Sandra Nygard, along with McNeese’s Rachel Palet are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. 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: Keeley Ayala, UIW; Kalynn Bickford, Sam Houston State; Natalie Jones, Abilene Christian. Offensive Player of the Week: Lucy Ashworth, Lamar – Jr. – Forward – Wigan, EnglandOn the field for just 43 minutes of the Cardinals’ 6-0 victory over Nicholls, Ashworth certainly took advantage of her time on the pitch, scoring or assisting on all six goals. The Southland Conference leader in goals (nine) scored each of her school-record four goals in the first 33 minutes of the match. Honorable Mention: Eve Clarkson, UIW; Nicole Henry, Northwestern State; Sophia Manibo, Lamar. Defensive Player of the Week: Rachel Palet, McNeese – Sr. – Defender – Plano, TexasPalet was an instrumental part of Sunday’s shutout of in-state foe Southeastern Louisiana in which the Lions were limited to just two shots in each half and only one shot on goal the entire match. In just her third game back from an injury, she was credited with the assist on Delana Friesen’s game-winning goal in the 52nd minute. Honorable Mention: None. After finding the back of the net twice in two matches to earn her first weekly recognition on Sept. 17, Ashworth doubled that mark in just one game to repeat as the Offensive Player of the Week. Nygard, her Lamar teammate is crowned the Goalkeeper of the Week, and Palet picks up her first Defensive Player of the Week honor.
FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference Basketball Tip-Off shows, previewing the 2019-20 men’s and women’s basketball seasons, premiere Monday, Nov. 4, on ESPN3. The Women’s Tip-Off Show will begin at 5:30 p.m. CT, followed by the Men’s Tip-Off Show at 7 p.m.Each show features interviews from the head coaches and select student-athletes from all 13 Southland institutions. Host Madi Morris will also provide a rundown of the coaches’ preseason picks and highlights of players to watch.The Abilene Christian men’s and women’s programs enter the season after earning the first berths in school history to the 2019 NCAA Division I Tournament. Lamar women and Sam Houston State men are defending their regular-season titles from a year ago.ACU, along with seven other men’s and eight women’s programs open their 2019-2020 basketball seasons on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The season culminates at the 2020 Southland Conference Tournament, which will be held March 11-15 in Katy, Texas. The men’s title game will be held Saturday, March 14 at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2, while the women will battle for their crown on Sunday, March 15. Tip-off is 1 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
JOCKEY QUOTESJOEL ROSARIO, GIFT BOX, WINNER: “He ran really well. He kind of broke a little slow, but then got it going a little bit. I got to the first turn and he was in front, and he was able to keep on going from that position and take it all the way.”TYLER BAZE, KING ABNER, SECOND: “He ran great. He’s been training great and he ran like that. That’s a monster we had to run against. I’m very proud of my horse. The race pretty much played out how I thought it would. I thought I was the speed of the race and he had to send pretty hard to get up inside me. Once everybody else left us alone, I made it a two horse race.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, GIFT BOX, WINNER: “He trained with a lot of enthusiasm for this race. If you look at his last couple of works, 11 and four is like the old days of 10 and one, and he’s been galloping out well in his works, so we thought we had him pretty ready.“He was fighting the track at the Stephen Foster (June 15, 2019 at Churchill Downs). He was going against horses that trained there. He has run against quality horses wherever he has run, so today we said let him run a little more free and we had a good result.“We’ve been ducking around the weather, but everybody’s in the same boat. We had some days maybe we couldn’t do quite as much as we wanted, so you’re a little nervous off a layoff, but he didn’t disappoint us.”Asked if he expected to be in front: “I was kind of hoping so from the two post. I didn’t want to suck back out of there. We talked about lying first or second. He’s always going to be in the first flight so it went really well and he looked so good at the end. That’s what really made me feel good. I felt really good with him coming around the far turn, he looked relaxed, sharp and he was running really well coming down the lane.”“I hope we can go for a Santa Anita Handicap (March 7) double. We have a lot of choices with these handicap horses. We’ll see how he comes out of the race and maybe run him back east or maybe take Higher Power back there. We’re blessed to have two or three horses in this division, so we’re going to kind of mix and match . . . we’re going to be judicious.”PHIL D’AMATO, KING ABNER, SECOND: “My horse tried his heart out; he ran a big race. John (Sadler) just has his horse in excellent form.”KOSTA HRONIS, GIFT BOX, WINNER: “We are going to let (Gift Box) decide where he wants to go. John has done such a fantastic job in managing him, so we will let them decide and go to the next race whenever it is.“He’s running this year (at 7) – we’re looking at the big picture and the Breeders’ Cup. We’ll let John manage him all year and space things out. He’s seven, so he needs some spacing. We’ll take real good care of him, and obviously he can run really good off a layoff, so there’s no rush to keep him busy. We’ll just let him be the pro that he is.“This year he’s 20 pounds heavier and looks a little bigger and stronger. He’s been working out really well. I felt pretty confident coming in, because just like last year he came in off a big layoff, and it doesn’t seem to bother him. If he’s sharp and ready, we’ll try to keep him that way.”NOTES: The winning owner is Hronis Racing ,LLC
MAURICIO POCHETTINO’S son Sebastiano has quit Spurs’ Sports Science team – but his younger brother Maurizio is staying as a star winger for the Under-23s.Sebastiano survived Tuesday night’s cull when Tottenham axed boss Pochettino senior and backroom staff, before successor Jose Mourinho brought in his own team.3 Maurizio is the only Pochettino still at Tottenham, having signed his first pro deal in the summerCredit: Instagram @maurizio.83 Sebastiano Pochettino had been with the Spurs Sports Science team since June 2016Credit: Getty – ContributorBut Sebastiano, 24, has now departed, three years after joining Spurs.After achieving a First Class degree in Applied Sports Science from Southampton Solent University, he was named Tottenham’s Sports Science Assistant.He then headed the department from June 2017 until his exit.It means highly-rated Maurizio 18, is the only Pochettino still at Spurs.FIRST PRO DEALAnd while his dad’s fortunes waned, Maurizio’s have blossomed.He earned his first professional contract over the summer and is already shining for the club’s U-23s.Apart from Poch senior, Spurs also ousted coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jiminez.And the door was barely shut behind them before ex-Chelsea and Manchester United chief Mourinho confirmed their replacements.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneIn came assistant manager Joao Sacramento, who held the same position at Ligue 1 side Lille.Fitness coach Carlos Lalin arrived after following Mourinho around at United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.New scout Ricardo Formosinho was with fellow Portuguese Mourinho at Porto and the Bernabeu.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 CelticAnd Nuno Santos became Tottenham’s goalkeeping coach, having held that job with Lille.Multi-lingual Italian Giovanni Cerra joined the analysis team.Meanwhile, Pochettino senior is already on the radar of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, having returned to his home in Spain.3Jose Mourinho pays tribute to Mauricio Pochettino in first press conference as new Tottenham coach
JOSE MOURINHO reportedly wants to sign Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias – and has enlisted the help of Jorge Mendes to do so.Both players have excelled for their respective clubs and for Portugal over the last year so are high on plenty of wishlists.2 Jose Mourinho wants to bring Portuguese pair Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias to TottenhamAccording to 90min.com, Mourinho is after the pair but knows he is not the only one – so has called upon superagent Mendes to monitor their situations and keep him in the loop.It is thought the new Spurs boss knows it might not be possible to sign both in January due to the nature of the transfer market so realises he may have to be ready to pounce next summer instead.Fernandes, 25, has been tearing it up as the Sporting captain and playmaker by racking up a staggering 41 goals and 24 assists since then beginning of last season – but admitted he has “dreams” to fulfil in his career suggesting he wants to move.Spurs were keen to strike a deal in the summer but in the end Christian Eriksen stayed put and Giovanni Lo Celso arrived on loan.Fernandes’ international team-mate Dias, 22, has played a key role in Benfica’s fine start to the season.He has played every minute of in the Primeira Liga – his side are top of the league having lost just once and conceded four goals in 11 matches.Dias has also proved a threat in the opposition’s box with two goals in his last three league games and has been trusted with the armband twice in the Champions League. A new creative midfielder and centre-back are a priority for Tottenham due to the contract situations of a number of key players.Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld’s deals all expire at the end of the season, meaning they could pre-arrange free transfers away from White Hart Lane from January.But the news of interest in Fernandes and Dias from North London will come as a blow to Jose’s former side Manchester United, among others.The Old Trafford club have been linked with both stars in recent months as they look to splash the cash next year to get back among the top four.Dias would reportedly cost £80million – just £5m less than the world-record fee United paid for Harry Maguire – if Benfica can secure a new deal for him with a hefty buy-out clause.2Latest transfer newsLive 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 EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaFernandes, meanwhile, may be available for around £57m as Sporting look to pay off their current debts in one fell swoop before the end of February.Mourinho takes charge of his first home game as Tottenham manager tonight as his side host Olympiakos in the Champions League.Victory for Spurs would guarantee their place in the knockout stages of the competition for the third year in a row.Mourinho on Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming to Tottenham
Dele Alli slams ‘arrogant’ Spurs as Marcus Rashford ruins Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United return JOSE MOURINHO will fight the temptation to shake up his Tottenham line-up when selecting a side to face Burnley on Saturday.The midweek defeat to Manchester United exposed a number of weaknesses still present in this Spurs side despite the arrival of the new boss – from their attitude to flimsy midfield.2 How we see the home team lining up on SaturdayBut a number of key injuries may limit how far Mourinho goes to reinvigorate his XI.Ben Davies (ankle) won’t come in at left-back, most likely leaving Jan Vertonghen to fill in while Mourinho struggles to trust Danny Rose.Hugo Lloris (elbow) and Michel Vorm (calf) are also absent to give Paulo Gazzaniga a chance to recover from his error on Wednesday.And Lucas Moura should keep his place on the wing with Erik Lamela still unavailable due to a hamstring problem.One plus point for Mourinho is the fitness of Harry Winks, the midfielder set to shake off an ankle knock that ended his Wednesday night early.Partnering the England man alongside Moussa Sissoko could be unpopular after the Frenchman’s struggles at Old Trafford, opening the way for Tanguy Ndombele.Giovani Lo Celso and Eric Dier are also competing for a spot and the anchor man may earn a recall if Mourinho does fancy a change-up.2 A potential formation switch could allow Dier and Eriksen a chance to impresslatest in footballGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossIf the coach wants to get more out of the in-form Dele Alli, dropping the all-action midfielder into the engine room as part of a diamond could pay off with Christian Eriksen a candidate for the No10 role.Burnley head to North London off the back of two straight defeats but have reason for optimism given Spurs’ inconsistencies.The loss to Manchester United featured their eighth goal conceded in four games under Mourinho while they sit only two points clear of the Lancashire side.
Star playmaker Barrett withdrew from the side just before kick-off due to headaches, as the visitors managed a convincing bonus-point victory at Loftus Versfeld.First-half tries from fullback Jordie Barrett, centre Ngani Laumape, South African-born wing Wes Goosen and lock Mark Abbott gave the Hurricanes a 24-13 halftime lead.Hooker Leni Apisai crossed for their only try of the second half.The Bulls, who announced New Zealander John Mitchell as their new coach and executive of rugby on Friday, looked more competitive than in recent weeks, and scored tries through wing Duncan Matthews and loose-forward Nick de Jager.The Hurricanes are second in the New Zealand Conference behind the table topping Crusaders with 10 wins from 12 this season, while the Bulls suffered a ninth defeat of their dismal 2017 campaign.Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said the source of Barrett’s headaches was still unclear, but he had been withdrawn from the match by the medical team as a precaution.Barrett left the field at halftime during last weekend’s win over the Cheetahs in Wellington, passed a concussion test and had shown no symptoms until the team landed in Johannesburg.Although the team doctor was unsure whether his headaches were due to travel, altitude or humidity, it was decided the day before the match to withdraw him from the Bulls match the day before kick off as a precaution.Barrett had exercised earlier in the week without any issues, Boyd said.A physical second half against the Bulls became something of an arm wrestle as the travel factor began to kick in for the Hurricanes.Ardie Savea departed after a head clash with Black and blindside Vaea Fifita was noticeably effected by cramp as the match wore on.Lock Mark Abbott also appeared to suffer concussion symptoms in this morning’s win over the Bulls, putting him, Barrett and Savea in doubt for their next match against the Western Force in Perth.
The Dragons caused an upset last weekend at Lamana to beat minor Premiers Lamana 2, four frames to three in a thrilling grand final.The five singles was a see-saw affair. In the first frame, Dragons Roger Ng beat Lamana stalwart Arua Simoi 2-1. The second frame saw Port Moresby Open winner Ralph Kaina beat Philip Magic 2-1 to level the scores at one all.In the third frame Alexis Tam defeated Noel Ramos 2-1 and in the fourth frame, Joey Chan with the home tables advantage puffed out Kiwi Danny Earles 54-24 and 51-18 for a 2-0 win to even the score at 2 all.PNGs chief referee Jonathan Cavanagh had some anxious moments before edging out youngster Miria David 2-1 in close encounters.Lamana levelled the score in the sixth frame when Simoi and Kaina doubled to beat the Dragons pair of Tam and Francis Tsereira.However the dragons had the last puff when Ng and Magic put away Ramos and Yiannis Nicolaou to clinch their first premiership.PNG player of the year Marcus Ng made the highest break of 37 during the season while Nicolaou and Roger Ng took out the best players award.In B Grade grand final, minor premiers Phoenix Kasens outplayed PMMI Bomana Bullets four frames to two while the C Grade title went to Starland Laguna Dragons after beating KR Motors CCT Originals four frames to two.Tournament director Joey Chan thanked Pacific MMI for their continued support over the past eight years of the premier snooker competition in PNG.He also extended his thanks to other sponsors including Lamana Hotel, Starland Freezers, Port Moresby Lift Services, PBVS and KR Motors.