• #SouthlandStrong Defense: Three teams rank in the top 10 for steals per game: Stephen F. Austin, Nicholls and Lamar. The Lumberjacks are first in the nation (10.6), the Colonels are third (9.8) and Lamar is eighth (8.8). SFA also leads all Division I teams in turnovers forced (20.55) while Nicholls is fourth (17.62) and LU is sixth (16.97). • Individual Standouts: Heading into the final week of regular season play, Central Arkansas senior guard Jordan Howard still paces himself in the top three nationally for points per game (25.7). He’s also second in total points (745). Freshman teammate Hayden Koval ranks sixth in the nation in blocked shots per game (3.18). • Cardinals Claim Spot: Lamar clinched a spot in the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament in Katy, Texas, this past week when the Cardinals defeated Houston Baptist and Stephen F. Austin. Nicholls, Southeastern Louisiana, SFA, Sam Houston State and New Orleans had already captured a berth prior to last week.• Race for the Final Two Spots: Four teams are still battling for the final two spots in the conference tournament. Central Arkansas leads the pack with a .500 record while Abilene Christian and McNeese trail by one game. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is two games back of the Bears.• Saturday Showdown: Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana meet in Hammond this week with the 2017-18 regular season championship in sight. The Colonels take on Northwestern State on Wednesday while the Lions will look to take care of business with New Orleans before Saturday’s contest. In Nicholls-SLU’s first meeting of the year, the Lions claimed a 67-63 win. The game will broadcast on Eleven Sports.• Battle of the Piney Woods – Hardwood Edition: Sam Houston State will look to be the only Southland team to tally a perfect record at home in league action this season when the Bearkats host rival Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. The Lumberjacks and the Bearkats are the only teams with one loss at home this season in all competition. Saturday’s game is set for 7 p.m.Schedule:Wednesday, Feb. 28Nicholls at Northwestern State* – 6:30 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at New Orleans* (Twitch/SLCDN) – 7 p.m.McNeese at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m.Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.Houston Baptist at UIW* – 7 p.m.Sam Houston State at Central Arkansas* – 7 p.m. Sam Houston State (18-11, 12-4 SLC) and its rival, SFA, are set for a crucial regular-season finale Saturday when the Bearkats host the Lumberjacks at 7 p.m. The two teams are currently tied for third place. Both squads have to get through tough Wednesday matchups against teams still trying to earn berths in Katy. The Bearkats travel to Central Arkansas (14-15, 8-8 SLC), to take a Bears team that controls its own destiny to return to the Southland tournament, while the ‘Jacks host Abilene Christian (15-14, 7-9 SLC), who is currently tied for the eighth and final spot with McNeese (10-16, 7-9 SLC). Both games tonight are scheduled for 7 p.m. tipoffs. Additional Storylines: Led by second-year head coach Richie Riley, the Colonels (20-9, 14-2 SLC) have a chance to claim their first title since 1998. A win tonight against Northwestern State (1-15, 4-23 SLC) can give Nicholls at least a share of the championship. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT. Following Wednesday’s game, the Colonels will head to Hammond to take on second-place Southeastern Louisiana (13-3, 19-10 SLC) at 5 p.m. The Lions won the first meeting between the two 67-63 on Jan. 27. FRISCO, Texas – As early as tonight, Nicholls can lift its first Southland regular season championship in 20 years. Before SLU gets its chance to knock off the leaders, the Lions battle New Orleans (14-14, 11-6 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. The Privateers, who return home after losing twice on the road, remain in the hunt for a top-four seed that would give them a bye in the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament in Katy, Texas. They are currently tied for fifth with Lamar (19-11, 11-6 SLC), who clinched a spot in the conference’s postseason following back-to-back wins on the road last week at Houston Baptist (6-23, 2-14 SLC) and Stephen F. Austin (23-6, 12-4 SLC). Two spots in the Southland Tournament remain up for grabs with four teams vying for postseason glory. UCA, ACU, McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each still have a chance to make the tournament. The Cowboys and Islanders contest each other tonight at 7 p.m. in Corpus Christi. Saturday, March 3Lamar at McNeese* – 3 p.m.Abilene Christian at UIW* – 3 p.m.Nicholls at Southeastern Louisiana* (ELEVEN) – 5 p.m.Northwestern State at Central Arkansas* – 5 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.* – Conference Game
TOTTENHAM are afraid Harry Kane will join a growing list of senior stars in a summer exodus, according to reports.The England hitman has scored 171 goals for Spurs – including a penalty in the 7-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich – but is yet to win a major trophy.3 Harry Kane scored against Bayern but Spurs were routed by five goalsCredit: Rex FeaturesAnd with Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen all wanting out, The Times claims Kane could strike another blow as he hunts honours.Former Spurs star Dimitar Berbatov has provided some insight into the ace’s state of mind and admits he may have to leave for the sake of his career.He told Betfair: “I was watching Harry Kane against Bayern Munich and even though it was a bad result, throughout the game his movement, control of the ball, passing, play with his team-mates and finishing was excellent.”For me he is the complete striker, I know that he can walk into any team and play.”He is big enough and knows what he needs to do to win trophies in his career and he’s probably asking questions himself, it’s up to him.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one”I would love to see him win something with Spurs because he is Spurs. In the case of Kane and every other Spurs player, I think that every fan wants to see them win something in the end because they have good players and the manager is so good.”But if that isn’t happening you start asking questions and you will probably disappoint many people if you decide to leave but you have to follow your own path because time flies.”There will always be lots of rumours about him because he is a top player and I would like to see Kane continue here in England, the same goes for [Mauricio] Pochettino but I know when Real Madrid come calling, you are going to ask yourself a million questions.”SunSport can reveal that Eriksen was the man behind Tottenham team-mate’s Vertonghen’s mystery black eye – but it was nothing to do with rumours of a bust-up between the pair.3THROUGH 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 itSpurs midfielder Eriksen took to social media yesterday to rubbish the internet lies claiming Vertonghen bedded his girlfriend.But the Danish midfielder did leave his pal with a shiner after an “accidental” training ground collision.That incident is said to be completely “unconnected to the the traumatic rumours swirling online”.3 Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld are keen to move onCredit: ReutersChristian Eriksen blasts rumours Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen slept with his girlfriend and sparked dressing-room bust-up with Harry Kane
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI found no room for England captain Harry Kane when picking his top five strikers in world football.The prolific Pole chose Manchester City hitman Sergio Aguero as the Premier League’s sole representative in his list of traditional forwards.5 Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowksi has picked his top-five traditional forwardsCredit: AP:Associated Press5 Liverpool target Timo Werner was recognised following his form for RB LeipzigCredit: AP:Associated Press5 Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe has had a meteoric rise to the top of world footballCredit: ReutersThe 31-year-old also opted for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid veteran Karim Benzema, Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and RB Leipzig rival Timo Werner.Lewandowski is set to be back in action for Bayern Munich this weekend as the Bundesliga becomes the first major European league to resume following the coronavirus crisis.The Polish international is widely regarded as one of the best No.9’s around, having notched 39 goals in just 33 appearances in all competitions before the season was interrupted.And when asked by reporters, as cited by Goal, who are the best out-and-out strikers, Lewandowksi responded: “A difficult question.”If we talk about (the number) nine, I would say: Karim Benzema, Timo Werner, Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Kylian Mbappe.”The Premier League is renowned for its unconventional forwards, with Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marcus Rashford all spending time out-wide as well as through the middle.If we talk about (the number) nine, I would say: Karim Benzema, Timo Werner, Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Kylian MbappeRobert LewandowksiBut World Cup Golden Boot winner Kane has cause to feel aggrieved, following his incredible goalscoring record leading the line for Tottenham.Yet Lewandowski did single out another Bundesliga No.9, Erling Haaland, for praise after the Norwegian netted 12 goals in 11 games since moving to Germany in January from Red Bull Salzburg.His form has led to interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United but Bayern star Lewandowski advised his fellow striker against moving away.He added: “(Haaland) has huge potential, but still has time. I don’t want to put any pressure on him with my statements.”If he works hard, he can become a better player and eventually reach the top level.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 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 Celtic”Therefore it might be good for him if he would stay in the Bundesliga longer before taking the next step.”Bayern hope to preserve or extend their four-point lead at the top of the table with a win on the road at Union Berlin on Sunday.While Haaland is set to star for Lewandowksi’s former club Borussia Dortmund as they clash against rivals Schalke.5 Harry Kane was overlooked in Lewandowski’s top five forwardsCredit: PA:Press Association5 Manchester City ace Sergio Aguero was the only Premier League star to make the cutCredit: Getty Images – GettyHarry Kane has Tottenham shirts hanging on walls of his house from win over Man Utd and first Champions League hat-trick
The tournament’s organising committee will look at a proposal made by the Aviva Premiership which would remove the two weekends when fixtures are not played.This year’s competition runs from February 4 until March 18 but no games are scheduled for the weekends of February 18-19 and March 3-4.A potential start time for the new format has yet to be discussed and any change would align with the beginning of the new global season in 2020.Other proposals understood to have been put forward include rest periods for players and a reduction in the amount of summer tours.Should the proposals be approved, it would represent the biggest change to Europe’s leading national competition since Italy were admitted as a sixth team in 2000.
Three years on he’s hoping to lead New South Wales to glory again.Since that series, Hayne spent the better part of two years out of the game, heading stateside to earn an unlikely NFL debut with the San Francisco 49ers before a stint trying to make it to the Olympics with the Fiji Rugby Sevens team.Few, if any, rugby league players have commanded as many headlines without even playing the sport as Hayne did in 2015-16; his eventual return to the Titans was immediately followed by a write-your-own-script match-winning field goal against Wests Tigers at his old stomping ground in Campbelltown.Some up-and-down form either side of a five-week ankle injury at first fullback and now centre haven’t exactly provided a compelling Origin audition given the Blues’ depth at centre, but it is Hayne’s sublime ability to turn a game at the highest level – demonstrated in almost every one of his 20 Origins and 11 Tests for Australia – that swayed coach Laurie Daley as much as anything.Hayne said while Origin hadn’t been on his radar when he returned (“I’ve never really worried about Origin, you worry about playing good footy and the rest looks after itself,” was his typically laid-back view) he had no hesitation in agreeing the big stage seemed to bring the best out of him.”Ever since I was a kid I’ve pictured myself playing in front of thousands of people. You really embrace it and enjoy it,” he said.”It’s so much fun, getting that enjoyment out and playing with the guys as well, those experiences – you can’t put a limit on it because it’s such a surreal feeling.”Looking back at 2014 he had no doubt it was the pinnacle of his league career.”Even looking back at it gives me goosebumps, just realising what we went through to get there,” he said.”We went to hell and back in that Game One. Game Two was just as tough. All the heartache we had previous years. There were two series there that were neck and neck and they got over us in the final minutes so to finally get that win was unbelievable.”Hayne said he couldn’t recall a game before or since where he was so spent he couldn’t even stand up at times.”I remember just wanting to lie down on the ground, my body was gone,” he said. “I’ll never forget [Blues trainer] Ronnie Palmer picking me up [saying] keep moving your legs, keep moving your legs. “That whole set I just sat at the back because I was just gone. We all were. After that Beau Scott had to go to hospital because he was physically ill. That’s what we had to put our bodies through just to get that win and we’ll have to do that again [next Wednesday] night.”The famous image of Hayne running the ball into the crowd on the full-time siren and embracing a hoard of Blatchy’s Blues is one of the most memorable images from that series.”It was a surreal moment and the Blatchy’s Blues, they’re amazing the way they support us, they’ve been through the heartache with us,” Hayne said.”The fans that ride every emotion with you. Jumping in the crowd was special and I’ll remember that forever.”That drought-breaking 2014 series saw the Blues take the first game up at Suncorp before sealing the deal in Game Two in Sydney. The plan is to repeat that feat in 2017, according to Hayne.”It’s about winning the first two games more than anything. Get them up there in Brissy then bring it home down here like we did in ’14,” he said.
The Drua are second on points differential after winning two of their first three matches and host reigning champions Perth Spirit in Suva tomorrow afternoon.Fiji-born Tuqiri says World Rugby deserve praise for getting behind the Drua team.”You’ve only just seen the tip of the iceberg – they’ve played three games, they’ve won two and the ones that they have won have been pretty convincing,” he said.”It’s entertaining rugby, it’s not your stock-standard like we get in Australia.”I don’t want to bag the game but the guys are throwing the ball around and it’s really good to watch so there’s a lot of talent over here that can be called upon to play both rugby codes”.Tuqiri, who played 67 tests for the Wallabies and retired from professional sport in 2014, after winning the NRL Premiership with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, said the Drua team also have plenty to offer Australian rugby.”Not to say Australia play mundane rugby but I think we can be robotic at times and not play what’s in front of us,” he said.”I certainly think the Aussie players can learn a bit of that going forward – we’ve seen a lot of long-range tries from the Drua team, a few kicks in there and really just backing their ability.”Australia don’t lack ability but I think they might lack conviction to play what’s in front of them so yeah they might offer them something”.The former Fiji and Australian rugby league international will lace up his boots on Saturday – his 38th birthday – in the curtain raiser to the Fijian Drua vs Spirit match at ANZ Stadium.Tuqiri will join the likes of Radike Samo and Morgan Turinui in the Classic Wallabies team in a sevens exhibition match against a Fiji Legends side, captained by Waisale Serevi. Photo: Fiji Rugby Union
Red-hot fullback Tuivasa-Sheck is pointing to last month’s embarrassing 36-12 loss to the Gold Coast Titans as the wake-up he and his team needed.The seventh-placed Kiwi club have since outplayed St George Illawarra and Newcastle to all-but book a finals berth.At the forefront has been Tuivasa-Sheck, returning the football in devastating fashion.Every defender beaten and metre chewed up is based on a more narrowed approach, he says, with the 25-year-old now realising he had spent too much energy on what he thought a captain should be doing.The result at Robina was a turning point.There had been other big losses this season but they were to competition heavyweights Souths, Melbourne and the Sydney Roosters.This time coach Stephen Kearney labelled his players “soft” and asked them to look closely at themselves, his skipper included.”That Gold Coast game was awesome because it gave us a bit of a lesson. You can’t go over there with that type of attitude,” Tuivasa-Sheck said.”When we were called ‘soft’ by coach, a lot of us took it real personal.”Lately that’s what’s happening, everyone’s taking their performance real personal and the preparation’s been a lot better going into games. We’re a lot more focused.”The result is a club on a high three weeks out from the playoffs.It’s a far cry from what they’ve become used to in recent, under-performing seasons.”Times like this when it was getting to the end and we knew we weren’t making the top eight, a few of us would shy away from coming to training and putting in that work,” Tuivasa-Sheck said.”That’s what I’m enjoying, just coming into work and there’s some good vibes around the club.I’m happy for the players who have been here for so long. The staff members also, who are now cheering and just enjoying their time.”There was more good news on Tuesday, with Leivaha Pulu cleared of any serious damage from a foot injury suffered against the Knights.Pulu is likely to be fit to face the Bulldogs while fellow-second rower Tohu Harris (knee) could be a back a week later against Penrith.
Hunters coach, Michael Marum said the six players – Brandy Peter, John Stanley, Kingston Paul, Mark Piti, Wersa Tenza and Wesley Vali – were released after failing to pass fitness tests.“We had a gruelling week of training this week and unfortunately, the six players did not meet the required level of fitness and have been released.“They will go back to their Digicel Cup teams and work that little bit harder to force their way back into the Hunters,” said Marum.Marum will take 40 players to Goroka tomorrow (Saturday) for the final week of pre- season training.“Training won’t get any easier when we get to Goroka. We will be camping at the National Sports Institute and it will be more intense in the mountains,” said Marum.He said the younger players in the squad were pushing for spots in the final 30 man team that will be named in the new year.The training ends next Friday December 23.He said the squad will go for a break with their families and return to camp in Port Moresby on January 2, 2017.The final 30 man team to participate in the 2017 Intrust Super Cup will be named shortly after.(File picture)
Personal relationship with Valverde: “The relationship with the coach is very good. During the year we have been talking sometime. Really beyond whether we like the coach or not, I think the situation is not pleasant for anyone: coach, team or fans. “Xavi and Koeman, possible Barça technicians: “There are cases of everything. The case of Guardiola that was in Barça B, then he takes the first team … The one who knows best is Xavi, he will have analyzed all the variants he can have and we will see what happens. Koeman He has a lot of experience as a coach and Xavi starts now, but many times that experience has nothing to do with it. The two have been at Barça and know the club. They are both trained, then everyone chooses whether it is time, or not. ” .Your future as a technician: “I don’t have a coach card yet and I want to take it out, but I still have some races left behind the ball. My idea is to play next year, I’m still looking forward to it and this year I’ve enjoyed everything a lot. “Farewell Selection: “It would be nice to play a final farewell match. By calendar and for everything I suppose it is not easy. I don’t know if it has been done with other players. My stage with Spain ended but it would be a matter of speaking it and seeing if it is possible or not.” Andres Iniesta went through the microphones of The transistor in Zero Wave and analyzed the Barça news: the tension that exists in these moments with the situation of Ernesto Valverde and the refusal of Xavi to replace the Txingurri on the culé bench.Valverde situation: “What comes to my mind a little, if all this is so, is that the ways or how everything is being done is a bit ugly. I think that respect for the coach you have must always exist. In the end they are the forms that can hurt the most. The situation of the master is very weakened. “Relationship with Bartomeu and the Barça board: “I haven’t seen each other nor talked to them. We don’t really talk much, but the relationship is good with the president like when I was here.”
On what TV do they broadcast Barcelona – Getafe in other countries?Argentina: ESPN 2Bolivia: ESPN 2Chile: ESPN 2Colombia: ESPN 2 AndeanCosta Rica: Sky sportsDominican Republic: Sky sportsEcuador: Andean ESPN 2The Savior: Sky sportsGuatemala: Sky SportsHonduras: Sky SportsMexico: Sky sportsNicaragua: Sky SportsPanama: Sky SportsParaguay: ESPN 2Peru: ESPN 2U.S: Fanatiz, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS ÑUruguay: ESPN 2Venezuela: Andean ESPN 2Internet: how to follow Barça vs Getafe live online?If you want to follow live online Barcelona-Getafe of the 24th day of LaLiga Santander you can do it through AS. With us you can follow the game live through an updated story to the minute. When finished, you can see the summary with all the goals, the chronicle of the match and the spades of each player for Biwenger. Follow the match between Barcelona and Getafe live and direct.Check the alignment of Barcelona against Getafe today.Schedule: what time is Barcelona – Getafe de LaLiga played today?What time is Barcelona vs Getafe in Spain?Barça – Getafe of the 24th day of LaLiga Santander takes place today Saturday February 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the Camp Nou. The set of Quique Setién the faces will be seen before the great revelation of LaLiga Santander. The azulones occupy the third position of the classification and come to defeat Valencia forcefully in the last day.What time does Barcelona – Getafe start in other countries?In Argentina: at 12:00In Bolivia: at 11:00In Brazil: at 12:00In Chile: at 12:00In Colombia: at 10:00 a.m.In Costa Rica: at 09:00In Cuba: at 11:00In Ecuador: at 10:00 a.m.In The Savior: at 09:00In U.S (Washington D.C.): at 09:00In Guatemala: at 09:00In Honduras: at 09:00In Mexico: at 09:00In Nicaragua: at 09:00In Panama: at 10:00 a.m.In Paraguay: at 12:00In Peru: at 10:00 a.m.In Puerto Rico: at 11:00In Dominican Republic: at 11:00In Uruguay: at 12:00In Venezuela: at 11:00Television: in which TV channel does Barça vs Getafe broadcast?In which TV channel can FC Barcelona – Getafe be seen in Spain?Barcelona – Getafe can be seen on TV through Movistar LaLiga, payment channel that can be contracted through Movistar, Orange and Jazztel. In addition, it is also broadcast on MitelePlus and LaLiga TV (bar).