Monk confirms Williams talks

first_img ” We are in negotiations with his (Williams’) representatives and trying to put a deal across so that Ash will be here for the future of the club,” Monk told the South Wales Evening Post. ” I know Ash wants that, I want that, the club wants that, and that’s what we are working towards as we speak.” As for Ivory Coast forward Bony, Monk added: ” I spoke to him at the end of the season and he knows how I feel, he knows how the club feels, he knows what I expect from him. “I just want him to concentrate on the World Cup, have a good World Cup and he will be coming back as a Swansea City player.” Press Association Swansea manager Garry Monk has confirmed the club are in talks with captain Ashley Williams about a new contract. center_img Wales international defender Williams has been a reported target for Swansea’s Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal and QPR. But Monk says he is hopeful that both Williams and World Cup-bound striker Wilfried Bony will remain with the Swans. last_img read more

Fly JetBlue, Wear a Mask

first_imgNEW YORK — JetBlue Airways is saying that they will require all passengers to wear facemasks before and during their flight beginning next month.JetBlue instituted the new rule amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the policy goes into effect May 4, making JetBlue the first major U.S. airline to enforce such a rule.The announcement comes as the airline required all crewmembers to wear one while working.“Wearing a face covering isn’t about protecting yourself it’s about protecting those around you,” Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and CEO said in a press release. “This is the new flying etiquette. Onboard, cabin air is well circulated and cleaned through filters every few minutes but this is a shared space where we have to be considerate of others. We are also asking our customers to follow these CDC guidelines in the airport as well.”Passengers must wear face-coverings during check-in, boarding, during the flight and deplaning, JetBlue said. Small children who are not able to keep the face-covering on are exempt from the rule, according to the airline.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli continues to rule the cricketing world – latest ICC rankings are proof

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli is synonymous with two things in moder-day cricket- breaking records frequently and accumulating huge number of runs with amazing consistency. The Indian cricket team skipper is one of the best in the business when it comes to the art of batting and this has been recognised in the latest rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC). In the rankings for Test batsmen, Kohli continues to dominate among the batsmen, sitting pretty on top with a whopping 934 points, establishing a clear 19-point lead against New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson. Kohli and Williamson are the only two players who have breached the 900-point mark in the rankings.Kohli had a magnificent Test match in Perth against Australia. He smashed 123, which was his sixth century in Tests in Australia, putting him level with Sachin Tendulkar. His century was his seventh against Australia but it proved to be in vain as India lost the second Test by 146 runs as Australia leveled the four-match series 1-1. Kohli’s form in the last couple of seasons, across all formats, has been sensational. Ever since he was appointed captain, Kohli’s batting has reached brilliant peaks.Read More | Cricket needs Virat Kohli’s passion and aggression: Allan BorderThe year 2018 has been phenomenal for Kohli when it comes to Tests. In 12 games, he has smashed 1240 runs at an average of 56 with five centuries. His tally of runs for the current year is his best-ever, going past 1215 runs which he scored in 2016 at an average of 75. Out of his five centuries this year, Kohli has hit tons in South Africa, two in England and one recently in Australia. One of his centuries came in the Rajkot Test against West Indies.Read More | Sourav Ganguly reveals angry message to Virat Kohli after Perth lossKohli is the first Asian player to score centuries in South Africa, England and Australia in the calendar year and he is the first Asian skipper to lead the side to Test victories in all the three countries in the same year. Cheteshwar Pujara, who blasted a century and a fifty in Adelaide, remains in the fourth spot while Steve Smith, who has been handed a one-year-ban for the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, remains in third spot.Williamson recently became the first New Zealand player to go past 900 points in the ICC rankings when he hit a century in the crucial Abu Dhabi Test to help New Zealand achieve victory in a ‘home’ series against Pakistan for the first time in 49 years.The four-match series between India and Australia is currently tied 1-1 and the third Test will be played on Boxing Day in Melbourne. Kohli will be aiming to become the first Indian skipper to achieve a Test series win in Australia. last_img read more

Guyana beat rivals Suriname, French Guiana to capture Cup of the Guianas tennis

first_imgHISTORY was made over the past weekend as a strong Guyana Junior tennis team was able to finally turn the tables on rivals Suriname and French Guiana in their annual meet.It was a decisive win for the Guyanese tennis team who played with passion and a high degree of discipline, as they overcame all odds and were finally able to win the Inter- Country competition for the first time in over 10 years of competition.Now rebranded as the Cup of the Guianas (formerly Inter-Guiana Games), the tournament attracted top junior players from Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, who competed in the Under- 12, Under 14 and Under -18 categories.A total of 56 matches were played over three days that included singles and doubles matches, at the GBTI Recreational Centre and the Harry Panday court. It was an event which was thoroughly entertaining as it was competitive.Guyana was dominant this year as they copped an unprecedented five (5) gold medals and one (1) silver in the six categories, with Suriname coming in second (5 silver and 1 bronze) while French Guiana took third (1 gold and 5 bronze). In the final tally Guyana placed first with 29 matches, Suriname 16 matches and 9 matches to French Guiana.Outstanding performances at the tournament came from Jeremiah Kalekyezi and Vadeanand Resaul winning all 6 matches in the Under 14 category. Afruica Gentle and Kalyca Fraser also secured all wins in the Girls 18.The outstanding players for French Guiana were Sael Geer and Julien Gaillot in the under 18 boys, who won gold for their country. For Suriname, the Under 14 boys, Yannick Issa and Shane Hermelijin secured the most win for their country.The Guyana team which benefited immensely from being able to train at the GBTI Tennis Courts over the last two months, was a well-oiled unit and was finally able to turn the tables in 2017.Special credit also has to go to coaches Shelly Ramdyhan and Leyland Leacock, and all the other tennis coaches who assisted in their preparation.The Guyana Tennis Association, sponsors, parents and friends of tennis were also instrumental in making the achievement possible through their hard work and dedication.Home court advantage brought additional excitement to the Guyanese team as vocal supporters were able to `egg on’ the players to higher levels and win some very competitive matches.Sponsors for the event included, Demerara Distillers Limited, Desinco, Star Party Rental, Massay, De Sinco, Guyana Olympic Association, National Sports Commission, Assuria, Banks DIH, Mae’s School, GBTI, RKV Persaud Land Surveying Services, Sheltez Tennis Club, Harry Panday, Rorima Tennis Club, Non-Pariel Tennis Club and Le Ressouvenir Tennis Club.The next Cup of the Guianas tournament will be held in Suriname in 2018.last_img

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSpeedway loses partnerships after ‘Bubba rope’ postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale. The online ad was posted days after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.The racetrack owner’s post on Facebook Marketplace sparked a backlash on social media and condemnation from the North Carolina governor’s office. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a concrete company and a driver series have ended their partnerships with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County.F1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONEHamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism comments Harvick held off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin for his 52nd career Cup victory. He had 12 top-five finishes in his other 38 starts at Pocono.He held off on the celebratory burnout — Harvick needs the same car for Sunday’s race. The race was scheduled as the second Saturday, but rain washed out the Truck Series race. .”NASCAR-TRIPLEHEADERNASCAR set for Truck, Xfinity, Cup tripleheader SundayLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing at Pocono Raceway from three national series on Sunday. Associated Press Phil Mickelson, who celebrated his 50th birthday last week, began the day with a one-stroke lead, but struggled to a 71, finishing tied for seventh in a group six shots back. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTexas Rangers: Several positive testsUNDATED (AP) — The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week.The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins. pandemic.Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes at the track a week ago. WOMEN’S SOCCER-THORNS COURAGEWilliams’ stoppage time goal lifts Courage over Thorns 2-1HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Lynn Williams scored in stoppage time and the North Carolina Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 2-1 in the opening game of the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup tournament. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had opened preseason training camps when the league shut down on March 12.Players from both teams collectively took a knee during the national anthem and wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in pre-game warmups to protest racial inequity Players for both teams took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-YANKEES-NATIONALS OPENERAP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening dayNEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in a tasty opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park. Todd matches Johnson’s 61 to take the lead; Mickelson drops to 7thCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson each shot career-low 61s at the Travelers Championship on Saturday, leaving Todd with a two-stroke lead over the 2016 U.S. Open champion. The 34-year-old Georgian, playing a couple holes behind Johnson, had a chance at the tournament’s second 60 of the week but missed a 10-foot putt to the left on the 18th hole. He finished with a 54-hole score of 192 after shooting 66-65 the first two rounds. Johnson, who is looking for his 21st win on tour, also has improved each day, opening with a 69-64. Both golfers shot bogey-free rounds, with Todd making five birdies on the front nine and Johnson five on the back. Kevin Streelman fired a 63 after two straight rounds of 66 and was just three shots back. Mackenzie Hughes, who led after a 60 on Thursday, shot his second straight 68 for sole possession of fourth place. Update on the latest sports As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere.NASCAR-POCONOLate scratch: Harvick knocks off Pocono from winless listLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kevin Harvick snapped an 0-for-38 drought at Pocono Raceway, taking the checkered flag Saturday at one of two tracks where victory had eluded him.Harvick won the first of two NASCAR Cup races in front of no fans this weekend at Pocono and will start 20th on Sunday with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers.The 44-year-old California driver has won at every active track except Kentucky Speedway (nine tries) and the 2014 series champion has three wins overall for Stewart-Haas Racing this season. NEW YORK (AP) — A barn at Belmont Park has been placed under a precautionary quarantine because of a suspected case of equine herpesvirus Type 1.New York Racing Association officials say a 4-year-old colt trained by Chris Englehart exhibited fever and neurological symptoms associated with EHV-1 on Saturday and is being treated by a private veterinarian. The colt named Freudnme last raced at Finger Lakes in upstate New York in June 2019.EHV-1 can cause upper respiratory infection in young horses. If a number of horses are housed together, they can become sick and then recover uneventfully. However, equine herpesvirus-1 can also cause a severe neurological disease that affects a horse’s brain and spinal cord, and may result in paralysis and death.NYRA says all 37 horses stabled in Barn 37 will be monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness. They won’t be allowed to enter races or train among the general horse population. The length of the quarantine will depend on the results of tests.Belmont’s current meet ends July 12. It is racing without spectators because of the coronavirus center_img In the second game, Rose Lavelle and Ashley Hatch each scored to give the Washington Spirit a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars. Morgan Gautrat scored for the Red Stars. NHL-DRAFT LOTTERYPlay-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at LafreniereUNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five. PARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized what he called “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was dismayed by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.”Ecclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.OLYMPIC PROTESTS-CARLOS LETTER MLB-TOLES ARRESTEDDodgers’ Andrew Toles jailed in Florida on trespass chargeKEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday, charged with trespassing.The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, Florida, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. The Miami Herald reported he was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move.Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday. June 28, 2020 NFL-OBIT-KRUEGERFormer NFL, college coach Krueger dies at 90; Bucs’ 1st GMPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL and college coach Phil Krueger has died. Krueger helped build a dominant defense as an assistant for 1967 national champion Southern California and later became part of the first coaching staff in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history. Krueger coached offense, defense and special teams during more than three decades in the NFL and college. He was the head coach at Fresno State and Utah State and an assistant at Illinois. Krueger was an assistant coach with the expansion Buccaneers in 1976 and later became their general manager.His family says Krueger died Monday at his home in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He was 90. The Yankees and Nationals are set meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month, a person familiar with the game told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there hasn’t been an official announcement.The New York Post first reported the matchup.MLB will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out — there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.Cole started the previous game played at Nationals Park. He pitched the Houston Astros past the Nationals 7-1 last October for a 3-2 edge in the World Series. Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract with the Yankees as a free agent. Rendon got a $245 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.PGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP Toles rose from the low minors to the majors in just months and became a postseason star for the Dodgers in 2016. He was the starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and early in 2017. In May of that year, he tore a knee ligament and spent most of 2018 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team said Toles never reported to spring training camp in 2019 because of a personal matter. He did not play that year.Toles struggled with anxiety issues even before the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract. He was Tampa Bay’s minor league player of the year in 2013 but was released in 2015. He was working the early-morning shift in the frozen-food section of a grocery store before the Dodgers recruited him. HORSE RACING-BELMONT-BARN QUARANTINEBelmont Park barn under precautionary quarantine Carlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest ruleDENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests. Those rules remain in place today, though in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them. Referring to the actions of Carlos and Smith, the letter says “It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movement to honor their bravery rather than denounce their actions.”Carlos joined the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s athlete advisory council in sending the open letter to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees on Saturday. The letter said the AAC had discussed the issue with the IOC’s athlete commission. Rain washed out the Truck Series race on Saturday in what was already a packed schedule. Pocono is the site of a Cup Series twin bill, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Truck Series was scheduled for Saturday and the second-tier Xfinity Series was scheduled for Sunday. The rainout forced the Truck Series to run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup race.NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. It will be the fifth time three NASCAR National Series races will be run on the same day but those were at different tracks. Sunday’s Cup race comes with a twist. The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE ADlast_img read more

European Leagues tired of breakaway threats from big clubs

first_imgZURICH (Reuters) – The umbrella organisation representing Europe’s domestic leagues is tired of breakaway threats, it said on Tuesday in response to a proposal to create a two-division world soccer league.The Financial Times and New York Times have reported that discussions led by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez have taken place over the possibility of setting up the league featuring the world’s richest clubs split into two divisions.The FT has reported that CVC Capital Partners and Gianni Infantino, president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA, are among those approached by Perez about a new league. FIFA has said that it always talks to stakeholders about finding the best solutions for the game and that it recently met with Real Madrid and other clubs to discuss the revamped Club World Cup. Real Madrid and CVC have not commented on the reports.“We are getting very tired of all the threats coming from a few rich clubs in football,” said European Leagues chairman Lars-Christer Olsson in a statement which did not mention Real Madrid by name. “Threats that they are going to break away from the football ecosystem as we know it and create their own private environment.”Olsson pointed out that 2019 had been “a year full of discussions around the future of professional club competitions.”Earlier this year, UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) put forward a plan to turn the Champions League into a semi-closed competition from 2024 onwards. It was eventually dropped amid strong opposition. In 2016, there were multiple media reports that some big clubs had been discussing a breakaway Super League. Shortly afterwards, the format of the Champions League was changed to give more places to clubs from the biggest five leagues.Olsson said that the current pyramid system, which gives the smallest of teams a chance to climb their way up through the divisions, should remain intact. “The dream is alive, for clubs and players, girls and boys, that one day they may reach a professional level and they can even make it all the way to the top,” he said.“Professional club football is not a private business for a few where only the size of the pockets determines who is welcome.”“The solution is not a closed league at the top of the pyramid in Europe and certainly not a closed shop on top of the world where only a few of the richest clubs are invited.”last_img read more

GRFU pre-season preparation scrums off on January 18

first_imgRUGGERS in Guyana will be getting ready for what is anticipated to be a hectic 2020 when they get into pre-season mode from this Saturday with the traditional North versus South 15s match scheduled for the Athletics Field at the National Park; bully off time is 15:00hrs.Pre-season action will continue the following Saturday at the same venue and time with a 10s match featuring the President and Vice President teams.From Sunday, January 26, training for the respective Under-19, Women and Senior teams will commence ahead of the annual matches against French Guiana which would be hosted by the French. The dates are to be confirmed.Additionally, Guyana will commence its 2023 World XV International qualifier matches with a home game against old rivals Trinidad and Tobago in late March or early April in the Southern Zone.This would be followed by an away game in late April or early May; the Northern Zone is slated to commence in March. Winner of the Southern Zone will play the winner of the Northern Zone for the right to advance further. The USA, Canada and Mexico continue to be the juggernauts of North American Rugby.Meanwhile, international home games listed for Guyana may see GRFU having to forfeit same due to the lack of international size Rugby pitches, an official of the Union disclosed. Works would have commenced by the National Sports Commission to upgrade the Rugby Field at the National Park to international standards but the inclement weather and lack of materials would have stalled that project which does not have a definitive completion date as yet.The GRFU, despite sterling efforts over the past two years which saw a substantial amount of debts being cleared, remains currently in the red due to unfulfilled promises of assistance and commitments by both the Ministry of Social Cohesion and the NSC.Elections are slated for the end of this month and a new Executive is expected to be installed to guide the Union forward over the next two years. Current president, Peter Green, has indicated that he will not be seeking re-election to the post but will remain available to the Union to guide and assist due to his vast knowledge of World Rugby gained over the years.last_img read more

Mark Hughes sacked as Stoke manager after Cup exit

first_img“The fact we’ve gone out, even if it’s a little bit raw at the moment, might help us,” he said.“Has it changed anything (his future) markedly from this afternoon? Is it any different from the situation after the Newcastle game? I don’t think it is. It just highlights we need to do better.“But in the long term, certainly until the end of the season, it might be a blessing for us.”But Stoke’s hierarchy have decided they must act to avoid the club plunging into the Championship.Hughes looked to be on borrowed time when he rested all his established players for a 5-0 defeat at Chelsea in a bid to keep them fresh for a match against Newcastle.However, Stoke lost to Newcastle, despite Hughes restoring the key players to his starting line-up, in a damaging result that triggered an avalanche of criticism for the former Manchester United striker.Hughes, who was appointed as the replacement for Tony Pulis in 2013, leaves with Stoke in the bottom three on goal difference after winning only one of their last seven league games. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Mark Hughes was sacked as Stoke manager just hours after his struggling side’s shock FA Cup third round defeat at minnows Coventry on Saturday.Hughes was already on the brink of being dismissed prior to the 2-1 loss at fourth-tier Coventry following a miserable run that left the team languishing in the Premier League relegation zone.The limp nature of Stoke’s FA Cup exit proved the final straw as Hughes was axed three hours after the final whistle at the Ricoh Arena.“Stoke City can confirm that the contract of manager Mark Hughes has been terminated with immediate effect,” a statement on the club’s Twitter account read.“We would like to thank Mark for all he has achieved for the club over the last four and a half years, notably in guiding us to three successive ninth places finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him every success for the future.“The club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time.”Hughes’ 200th game in charge of Stoke proved to be his last after Jack Grimmer’s second half strike gave Coventry the biggest upset of the third round so far.Charlie Adam had equalised with a 54th-minute penalty after Jordan Willis opened the scoring for Coventry.Speaking immediately after the match, former Manchester City manager Hughes was hopeful he would be given more time to lift Stoke out of the relegation zone. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

ACU Becomes First No. 8 Seed to Advance to Southland Championship

first_imgSet TwoFor the second-straight set, it was the hands of Mueller that ended it as the freshman provided the kill to win the set 27-25 for ACU. The Wildcats lost a 15-14 lead midway through the set, playing catch up the rest of the way until McNeil sent a kill to regain the lead at 26-25. ACU added another four blocks to its name with setter Kendall Bosse garnering one block solo and two block assists. Wooten put up another impressive set for the Huskies, two kills shy of claiming a double-double in the set alone, downing eight and digging 10. HBU’s Madison O’Brien also posted 10 digs while Bailey Banks claimed six kills for a Huskies’ offense that hit .204.VB: #8 seed @ACU_Volleyball rallies back to win 2nd set 27-25 over @HBU_Volleyball. Now 2-0 Wildcats, one set win away from spot in final.— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 After becoming the first eight-seed in conference history to defeat a No. 1 seed, the Wildcats are heading to the Southland championship in Corpus Christi, Texas, following a four-set win over No. 4 Houston Baptist (26-24, 27-15, 19-25, 25-23) on Saturday in the first semifinal of the day. This is the Wildcats’ first conference tournament championship in their first season eligible for Southland postseason since transitioning to Division I. Set FourIt seemed as if the match was going to five sets as HBU took at 20-17 lead into the last stretch of the match, but ACU rallied three straight points to make it 20-20 and force a Huskies’ timeout. It was tied at 23-23 when Mueller delivered her 10th kill of the match before a handling error on O’Brien finished the set for the Wildcats. ACU had hit just .042 for the set but were able to post four blocks for the set to end the match with 13 team blocks. The Huskies had a .020 attack percentage with Banks leading the way with four to her name.VB: @ACU_Volleyball punches its ticket to the championship final. The #8 seed tops HBU 3-1. #GoWildcats #SouthlandStrong— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 ACU’s junior outside hitter Jacey Smith and freshman outside hitter Katelyn Mueller each claimed a double-double in the Wildcats second Southland tournament win. Smith hit .271 with 20 kills to go alongside her 10 digs. Mueller had 15 digs with 10 kills as sophomore libero Amanda Chapa led the Wildcat defense with 31 digs. Senior setter Kendall Bosse marshalled an ACU attack that hit .170 for the match, assisting on 43 kills. The Wildcats will battle for the championship against the winner of No. 2 Central Arkansas and No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN3. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – No. 8 Abilene Christian continues its Southland Conference historic run in tournament play. Set ThreeTied at 19-19, HBU rallied off six consecutive points to take the 25-19 and extend the match. The Huskies had its best hitting of the day with a .256 clip behind Gillard’s four kills on five attacks and Banks’ four kills on 10 attacks, but it was their defense that proved to be the difference maker as the team produced six blocks and kept ACU to a match-low .106 hitting percentage. Banks also added seven digs in the set. Smith had six kills on 15 attacks for the Wildcats.VB: @HBU_Volleyball still alive. Kill by Banks ends 3rd set, 25-19 HBU over @ACU_Volleyball. Now 2-1 ACU. Watch— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 Set OneDown 24-23 in the first set, ACU’s Katelyn Mueller delivered the final three points for the Wildcats to go up 1-0 in the match, putting away back-to-back kills – her first two of the match – before going up on a block solo to end it. The set was close early with the teams tying eight times in the first 19 points before the Wildcats started pulling away, leading as most as 17-12 when HBU called its second timeout. The ACU defense combined for four blocks early on with Lorin McNeil and Corinne Grandcolas pairing for three of those. The Wildcats hit .293 for the set with Jacey Smith leading the way with five kills and Lauren Walker and McNeil each notching four kills on six total attacks. Wooten led all players with seven digs and had the most kills for the Huskies with four.VB: 26-24 @ACU_Volleyball tops @HBU_Volleyball in opening set of semifinal. Mueller block ends it. Watch via— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 For the second time this tournament, HBU’s senior outside hitters Jessica Wooten and Bailey Banks led the team with double-doubles as Wooten had a team-leading 30 digs to go along with her 15 kills while Banks notched a team-best 16 kills on top of her 22 digs. The pair each had one block solo and three block assists as the Huskies ended the match with 14 blocks. Junior setter Madison O’Brien recorded 52 assist on the Huskies’ 61 kills.last_img read more

Chiefs stay in F4 hunt

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t count the Arellano Chiefs out just yet.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody View comments How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Chiefs shot 50 percent from the field as five other players posted double digit outputs, including Zach Nicholls and Lervin Flores, who chipped in 13 points and 12 points, respectively.“We expected this performance from Kent (Salado) because he’s really matured,” said Codiñera, whose team took an early double-digit lead and never looked back. “We had a good start and the support group also responded.”The win gave the Chiefs a lifeline in the race for the two remaining Final Four spots. As it stands, Jose Rizal holds pole position with a 9-7 record with Letran (8-7) and San Sebastian (7-7) also in the running.While Codiñera knows their fate is no longer in their hands, the Arellano coach is hopeful the other teams slip.“We just have to win our remaining games and hope for the best,” he said. “If we end up with nine (wins), we might finish third especially with the win over the other rule. I think we have a good chance with the quotient system.”ADVERTISEMENT Later, Mapua notched its second straight win at the expense of Perpetual Help, 76-71.Andoy Estrella picked up 22 points including nine in the final period while Christian Buñag added 16 points as the Cardinals improved to 3-12. The Blazers dropped to last place with a 3-13 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Import invasion: Top-notch reinforcements add spice to Grand Prix tournament MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Kent Salado stood at the forefront of Arellano’s charge as the Chiefs continued their late assault at a Final Four berth with a 95-65 whipping of also-ran St. Benilde last Thursday in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Salado scattered 16 points and dished out 11 assists as the Chiefs rolled to their sixth win in 15 games, pulling level with Emilio Aguinaldo College at sixth spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt was the biggest win of the season yet for the Chiefs who, for most of the season, have been a shadow of the team that reached the Final Four the past three years.“It’s a very important (win) and I can’t exaggerate it because actually all our remaining games are important,” said Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera. “If we were able to do this in the first round, I think we would have a better chance. But nonetheless, this win gives us hope.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more