Tournament Central | BracketCONWAY, Ark. – The 2019 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament opens Friday inside Farris Gym in Conway, Ark., on the campus of No. 5 seed Central Arkansas. Play opens up with an 11 a.m. CT start between No. 2-seed Sam Houston State and No. 7-seed Southeastern Louisiana.The tournament will be a single-elimination format, beginning with Friday’s quarterfinal matches and ending with the championship match at 3:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon.Match 1 – No. 2 Sam Houston State vs. No. 7 Southeastern LouisianaThe Bearkats take on the Lady Lions Friday at 11 a.m. in what will be the third meeting of the year between the squads. Sam Houston State holds a 2-0 record over Southeastern Louisiana throughout the 2019 season, but the Lady Lions will be looking to make a statement in their first conference-tournament appearance since 2015.Sam Houston State is led by a trio of all-conference selections, including Libero of the Year Addison Miller. The Bearkats have proven offensive prowess as they lead the Southland with a 13.36 kills-per-set average and rank 11th in the nation for total attacks (4,333). Ashley Lewis has produced a team-best 422 kills while Breanne Chausse stands second on the Bearkat roster with 334 over 28 matches. Miller has also been key on defense for SHSU, registering a team-best 575 digs on the season.Jodi Edo will look to provide the pop on offense for Southeastern Louisiana as the senior is coming off a first team all-conference nod. The Lady Lions are averaging 12.63 kills per set on the shoulders of Edo and Caroline Gold who have combined for 625 kills this season. SLU’s net presence has been apparent throughout conference play as the team ranks third in the Southland for total blocks (129) and fourth for blocks per game (2.05).Match 2 – No. 3 Northwestern State vs. No. 6 Houston BaptistThe Lady Demons will take on the Huskies in Friday’s second quarterfinal matchup, slated for a 1:30 p.m. opening serve. The season series stands at 1-1 as both teams took 3-1 wins at home with Houston Baptist coming out on top in the latest meeting (Nov. 9).Northwestern State earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament after securing an 11-5 conference record behind Southland Player of the Year Hannah Brister. Brister paced the Lady Demon offense with a scorching 478 kills to lead the league and rank 11th nationally in the category. Senior outside hitter Alexis Warren joined Brister on the all-conference roster. The pair, along with libero Megan Lohmiller, have been the pillars of a well-rounded Lady Demon program, earning six offensive and four defensive Southland weekly honors this season.Mikayla Vivens gained an all-conference selection on Wednesday and will look to lead the Huskies who finished the regular season with a 9-4 mark in conference play. HBU currently stands at the top of the Southland, and seventh nationally, with 2,014 digs this season. Morgan Dewyer has registered a league-best 51 aces and 1,011 assists and will look to set the tempo for the HBU offense.Match 3 – No. 1 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 8 New OrleansTop-seeded Stephen F. Austin will take on New Orleans in Friday’s third quarterfinal matchup, beginning at 4 p.m. The Ladyjacks continue to aim for perfection ahead of the meeting as they cruised to a flawless 16-0 conference mark. Led by 2019 Katrinka Jo Crawford Coach of the Year Debbie Humphreys and Newcomer of the Year Taya Mitchell, Stephen F. Austin earned a league-best five all-conference selections and hold a nation-leading win percentage of .966. The SFA squad leads the Southland in blocks per set (2.88), total blocks (287.5), digs per set (17.74), hitting percentage (.257) and opponent hitting percentage (.139).The Privateers are making their first appearance at the conference tournament since the 2015 season. Ehize Omoghibo and Lucie Pokorna were named all-conference honorees ahead of Friday’s matchup and will look to test the Ladyjacks’ defense. Pokorna has dealt 990 assists on the year, while Omoghibo leads the UNO squad with 339 kills.Match 4 – No. 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. No. 5 Central ArkansasWrapping up the opening round is No. 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi against host and No. 5-seed Central Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will serve as the rubber match between the teams as Central Arkansas took the last meeting 3-1 at home in the regular-season finale (Nov. 16).The Islanders will be led by newly-crowned Southland Setter of the Year Madison Green and Freshman of the Year Carissa Barnes. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earned a trio of all-conference selections after finishing with an 11-5 conference mark. Green enters the matchup ranked third in the nation with six triple-doubles and will pace a potent Islanders’ offense that leads the conference with 174 aces.The Sugar Bears are riding a high after finishing regular-season play with a seven-match win streak for a 10-6 conference record. UCA also claimed three spots on the all-conference roster after finishing its regular-season slate with a league-best 12.32 assists per set, 1,491 team assists and 1,598 team kills.The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network, available at southland.org/live and the league’s app, available for phones, tablets, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Greg Miller will handle play-by-play responsibilities for the opening two rounds.The championship match will be an exclusive presentation of ESPN+, available via ESPNPlus.com and the ESPN app. David Saltzman will handle play-by-play duties and Shelby Coppedge will provide color commentary.
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JOSE MOURINHO faces a duel with Italian legend Paulo Maldini for Strasbourg centre-back Mohamed Simakan.Tottenham, Everton, Maldini’s club AC Milan and Germans RB Leipzig have reportedly watched the French starlet.3 Mohamed Simakan celebrated his birthday on Sunday and is also the centre of attention for his amazing breakthrough seasonCredit: AFP – Getty3 Defender Mohamed Simakan only made his Strasbourg debut last July but is now a regular and a reported target for clubs across EuropeCredit: AFP – GettySimakan’s agent Badou Sambague said: “There are many clubs interested – French, Italian, German, English and Spanish teams.“But Mohamed is not in a hurry and knows he must take one step at a time in an intelligent way.”MALDINI COULD TIP ITSimakan, who turned 20 today, has made dramatic progress since making his Strasbourg debut in July last year, a 3–1 Europa League win at home to Maccabi Haifa.Now a first-team regular, the Marseille-born starlet has played 25 games for a side who were tenth in Ligue 1 when French football was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic before being ended early.The speculation so far is that the influence of Italian defensive legend Maldini makes Milan favourites to sign Simakan.3The Serie A giants are managed by ex-Chelsea chief Antonio Conte but Maldini is their technical director.The former left-back and sweeper is one of the Azzurri’s greatest ever players, winning 126 caps from 1988-2002.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 InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThe one-club man is also Milan’s record-appearance maker by some way, playing 902 games over 25 years.Simakan might feel few people are better placed to help him improve than Maldini.In contrast, ex-Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid chief Mourinho can offer a dazzling managerial CV, including eight European domestic league titles, plus Champions League glory with both Porto and Inter MIlan.
“It’s a gift, they have taken advantage of it and from there they have played quieter”, Mendilibar pointed out that he remembered that the second goal also came from another mistake for wanting to anticipate and be late. The gunsmith explained that at the break they had commented that “we had to stay the same because Lucas was going to enter”, but he regretted that they were not failures provoked and he stressed that they were “gross mistakes”.“I think that from here that what we have done in the previous games is useless because now we are going to the next game with doubts,” he said.“I have not seen the goal of how fast it has been and I am annoyed because if we are not a concentrated team we can have a hard time,” He reviewed Zaldívar’s, and admitted that after the second goal they began to carbure, have a ball and spend more time in the opposite area. The armored coach said they sinned with confidence and were not “focused enough to start the second half.”
Competition change: “Of course we want to play the Champions League. It’s the Ajax scenario. But European football is European football and it’s a great opportunity to show us again to Europe and the rest of the world. If you’re hungry, you can do a great campaign. Ajax showed it in 2017 when they reached the final of the Europa League. “Onana’s loss to Getafe: “For me he is the best in the world and, of course, we will miss him. But Bruno Varela is also good, as we see him every day during training. We have faith in him, he was Benfica’s goalkeeper and has qualities to help us against Getafe. “Triplet: “It is our goal. Ajax always strives to reach as high as possible. And after the elimination in the Champions League, we are now going for the League, Cup and Europa League. It would be great to give that to the fans. It is not easy, but we are striving step by step “.Margin of personal improvement: “Of course I can do better, but that applies to everyone. Last season was excellent for the whole team and for me. Consequently, people can have even higher expectations of me. With 9 goals and 14 assists, I don’t have such bad statistics, but I don’t give that much value. I want to be important to my teammates and sometimes that is possible without goals or assists. “Ziyech to Chelsea: “I know from my own experience that the Premier League is a difficult competition. But I hope and I hope it succeeds because it is a player with quality. In Chelsea I think it can fit well, because it is a team that is going to attack. Ziyech It stands out like this. I hope we can give it a good farewell with three titles. “ Dusan Tadic, rival of Getafe in the round of 16 of the Europa League, it has been one of the big names that has sounded to reinforce the Barcelona in the last winter market due to the injury of Luis Suárez. Finally, the technical secretariat decided not to undertake any operation, although Dembélé’s injury again disrupted the plans and caused the signing of Martin Braithwaite. Although there was no purchase in January, that does not imply that there were no contacts with different players and clubs. In fact, Ajax striker has confirmed that there was interest in an interview to From Telegraaf.Signing for Barcelona: “I was not surprised that they wanted to sign me for six months because I believe in myself and I have had an excellent season. But I have said hundreds of times that Ajax is my club and that there was no reason to leave, because I have everything I want here and contract until 2026 “. Favoritism before Getafe: “It’s difficult because we are talking about the current third in Spain. But according to what we showed in the Champions League last year and this season we are slightly favorites. Although we have a different team than last season, we miss De Ligt and De Jong It is not an 80-20% proportion of favoritism, but rather 55-45%. “Bordalás football: “Getafe has a very specific way of playing. They make it difficult for the teams. We have to keep calm and try to play our own game. From our strength and without letting Getafe impose theirs. We have the referee to determine the limit, but we will also have to look for it. “
The manager, commenting on the probable return to work of the players in May, spoke of the controversies of these weeks, recalling Cristiano Ronaldo’s training in Madeira: “The Lazio players stayed at home, I saw, instead, that in Portugal they showed some wonderful images of Cristiano Ronaldo training on a soccer field. Others trained quietly abroad, we could not. “Yes, the biancoceleste did not personally criticize the Portuguese, although he underlined the difference in treatment:”I think he did well, professional athletes should stay active, but those who stayed in Italy did not have that advantage“ Lazio, from the beginning of the coronavirus emergency, It has always been one of the teams that has pushed the most to resume competitions. Those of Simone Inzaghi are fighting for the Scudetto as it has not been for years and President Claudio Lotito wanted to return to training as early as March, which is why he received much criticism. “Lazio deserves more respect“denounced its director of communication, Arturo Diaconale, in ‘Radiosei’ today,” there is constant damage against us. “
Morata’s last sports image is her goal at Anfield, almost limping, and holding, on his knees before the fans, asking for forgiveness and hitting the shield. A gesture of redemption, one more for the striker, who did not have an easy arrival at Atlético and who, in these fifteen months, he has girdled himself to win the love of the people and be considered one more. He has done it with effort, without reservation, in the field and also with messages outside it. The most rojiblanco Morata.ALVAROMORATA ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Morata, with his wife Alice and their children in the Wanda Metropolitano.ALVAROMORATA “I was always from Atleti. I went to Calderón with my father and dreamed of playing there. Unfortunately, I played with other jerseys and not with Atleti’s “, he told tennis player Fabio Fognini this weekend, a comment that has generated all kinds of opinions. It is not the only gesture in red and white of the battering ram. For example, he congratulated Father’s Day precisely with a photo in the line of the above: as a child with his father in the Calderón. Morata’s arrival at Atlético aroused a certain suspicion of his Real Madrid past. Thus, he had to hear in the Wanda Metropolitano references to that stage and the chant “Less Morata and more Borja Garcés”. Therefore, since the presentation he was in charge of making this athletic feeling clear. “I am here because I want to be here. I had had opportunities and I gave my word. Fate wanted me at Atleti “, valued. In an interview with EFE, he recalled that “Atlético is the best thing that could happen” in his career and on several occasions he has repeated that he feels “at home” and “highly identified”. And it is usual to see her little Atleti dresses.In addition, the striker has always tried to defend his team in the bad way. For example, after the last defeat at the Bernabéu, Morata published: “Proud to be an Indian! Today as always and more than ever: Forza Atleti!”. Another wink to get away from that white past. And the fans value it, but above all that the skin is left in the field. As it happened in Anfield: a moment of euphoria and of total union.
Liam Robinson, son of ex-soccer player and commentator Michael Robinson, who died on Tuesday, recalled the figure of his father on the microphones of The Stringer of the SER Chain. He assured that his father “has been feeling Spanish”, that “he is tremendously proud of him”. In addition, he recognized that “it is scary” the love shown by people to his father and that “he carried his disease as he wanted.”Define what you are seeing: “It’s scary. Now I understand that my father always said that he felt Spanish. I understand why Spain is so great. He has been feeling Spanish. Everything is a tremendous pride. On a day-to-day basis, you don’t appreciate these things so much. I am tremendously proud of him. I stay with all the positive. His illness took her as he wanted. He said that he was not going to kill him while he was alive. He was a man who lived a very romantic life and told it in his own way. “ Did you notice the affection for your father before ?: “My father was my best friend. Always when we did the program we had a beer. He was a person who when I worked with him I didn’t notice, but when he came from London he did notice the affection, because he wasn’t used to it. I would have never imagined it. “Was he aware of the ugly thing he painted? “He never told me and he was never going to tell me. The whole year he was fucking great, everyone looked good on him and he looked good. In March he had a blackout and we discovered that he had twenty tumors. The only option was the radiotherapy and his hair fell out. He no longer looked good. A week ago we were all at home eating normal dinner. Then his body parts failed and to this day. He has not suffered. He has only suffered because he knew that he was leaving little by little From being very good to being so fast … he caught us … “.Current situation: “There are a lot of people who have not been able to say goodbye to theirs, but we feel lucky because we have all been able to be together. We have been lucky under the circumstances.”His last match was in Liverpool: “It was one of the most unexpected results for my father. He heard the hymn for the last time in the Champions League.”