Breen Lying 5th in Drivers’ World Championship – Target Achieved in Sweden

first_imgThe cars set off early Friday morning to tackle an opening loop of three stages: Röjden, Hof-Finnskog and Svullyra. Ninth after SS2, Craig gained another place on the next stage. In the afternoon, the itinerary included a second run on these three stages, before the leg concluded with a run on the Torsby stage. He remained eighth until the end of the day, despite a few incidents, such as breaking a front damper when he hit a rock (SS4) and a spin (SS6). Saturday’s leg will once again feature seven timed stages, covering a total of 125km. Tens of thousands of spectators gathered at Colin’s Crest, the iconic jump on the Vårgasen stage. Craig and Scott were determined to have an error-free day and started the leg well as they moved up into seventh position on SS7. Gradually improving their pace, the crew’s consistency paid off over the course of the afternoon. Drama  on the final stage of the day when the rally leader Thierry Neuville  took a wheel off meant they ended the day in the top five of the overall standings!The final leg of Rally Sweden resembled something of a sprint finish, with three stages covering less than 60km. Following two runs on Likenäs, the event concluded with Torsby 2, also serving as the Power Stage. After dragging themselves into the top 5 on day two, Craig and Scott ‘s aim was to hold onto their position. They set about the job in hand by adopting a balanced approach, between going for speed and avoiding taking risks. At the end of the Power Stage, Craig could take some satisfaction from meeting the target set for him by the team before the start. Thanks to two fifth-place finishes in Monte-Carlo and here in Sweden, the Irishman stays in the same position in the Drivers’ World Championship.CRAIG BREEN “I’m pleased to have made it to the finish and to score my first points for a factory team! It was a pretty cool weekend, even though we weren’t always completely happy with our performance level. We have to move on. The Citroën C3 WRC has so much potential and I can’t wait to be driving it again!”Back home at the National Forestry Championships. Josh Moffett won the Carrick Forestry Championship Round with Stephen Thornton co-driving just ahead of Sam Moffett who missed out on victory by 0.6 of a second! Keith Cronin was 3rd in his début in his new R5 Ford Fiesta. Shane Kenneally won the juniors in a Honda Civic, David Crossen was top 2 wheel drive in his Ford Escort and Jason Murphy finished as top J1000print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 -WRC Monte Carlo (FRA) – WRC 18/01/2017 to 22/01/2017 – PHOTO : @Worldcenter_img At The Thursday morning shakedown of Rally Sweden the Citroën C3 WRCs produced an assured performance, with Craig Breen and Kris Meeke setting the second and fourth fastest times through the 7.23km test.  The road was covered with a good layer of ice, but the lack of snow left no room whatsoever for mistakes! Since the tyres used during the shakedown are now included in the overall allocation for the rally, the Citroën crews chose to stick to the three mandatory runs.last_img read more

Galway Minors Qualify for Connacht Semi-Final

first_imgGalway’s Minor Footballers will face Roscommon on Wednesday the 28th of June following their comfortable win over Mayo in the Connacht Quarter Final played last Sunday in McHale Park in Castlebar. Here is the commentary of the game with Ollie Turner and Kevin Dwyer, presented by John Mulligan Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Galway Minor Camogie Team Book Place In All-Ireland Final

first_imgAfter the game, Darren spoke to Galway manager Lorraine LarkinAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Darren Kelly Reports Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The Galway Minor Camogie Team booked their place in the All-Ireland Final in Two Weeks with a 4-9 to 1-10 win over Tipperary on Saturday. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Draw announced for 2018 Irish Amateur Open

first_imgThe draw for rounds one and two of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open which takes place at Royal County Down from 17-20 May 2018 has been announced.Galway will be represented by Athenry’s Allan Hill and Davit Kitt, Eddie McCormack of Galway Bay Golf Club and Ronan Mullarney of Galway Golf Club in this year’s competition.The draw is available here: online version will be updated with reserves as withdrawals occur over the coming days. Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas) winner of the Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship 2017 at Royal County Down on Sunday 14th May 2017.Photo: Golffile / Thos Caffrey.All photo usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (© Golffile | Thos Caffrey) print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Gowran Park Racing Preview

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy makes his return to action after 10-months out today. Last year’s R-S-A Chase winner will go off the favourite in the Grade 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park. It’s the 8-year old’s first outing since last year’s Cheltenham Festival. The first race is off at 12.45pm, with the feature race, the Thyestes Chase off at 3pm. Looking forward to the action and the return of the PAt Kelly trained Presenting Percy is George McDonagh…last_img read more

Wullum, Cooper spark Leafs to 6-1 victory over Rockets

first_imgLogan Wullum and Ryan Cooper each had three points to lead the Nelson Leafs to a convincing 6-1 victory over the Rockets in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in Golden.Nelson exploded for four goals in the third period to break open a close 2-1 game.Cooper led the offence with a pair of goals with singles going to Nicholas Wihak, Sawyer Hunt, Brendan Makay and Ryan Keilty.Jake Gudjonson replied for Golden. Leaf netminder Sam Burford was tested only a few times in goal as Nelson outshot the Rockets 51-28, including a 21-8 count in the third period.The win was the fifth straight for the Leaf, which increased its lead in the Murdoch Division to seven points over idle Beaver Valley Nitehawks.In other Murdoch action, Castlegar blasted Spokane Braves 7-2 at home while Grand Forks continued to slide, losing its fourth consecutive game at home Friday.Liam Plunkett had five points to lead Creston Valley Thunder Cats to a convincing 8-1 victory over the struggling Border Bruins.Nelson, winners of three straight victories over Golden, returns to action Saturday in Sparwood when the Leafs face the Fernie Ghostriders.The game is being played in Sparwood as the Fernie Memorial Arena remains closed for an investigation after an ammonia leak claimed the life of three people last month.Next home game for Nelson is Saturday, November 25 against Castlegar Rebels.last_img read more

Man Utd have still NOT made Alderweireld bid as Spurs pull back from Martial deal

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED have still NOT lodged a bid for Toby Alderweireld – with just a day to go before the transfer window closes.United have been chasing the Tottenham star for the past six months as Jose Mourinho looks to bring in a top class defender this summer.2 Tottenham have yet to receive any bid from Manchester United for Toby AlderweireldCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd despite Alderweireld making it clear to Spurs that he has no intention signing a new deal, the North London club have yet to receive any formal bid for his services.With the transfer window closing at 5pm tomorrow, that leaves United cutting it fine if they want to strike any kind of deal with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.And it throws into doubt whether Mourinho will try to mount a last-ditch bid up to £60million, of if he has turned his attentions elsewhere having given up hope of getting his man.England star Harry Maguire is one option, and with Leicester set to sign TWO centre-backs in the next 24 hours he has emerged as a serious candidate to make the switch to Old Trafford.2 There now seems little chance Spurs will try to sign Anthony MartialCredit: Getty – ContributorMan Utd target Toby Alderweireld signs up – as Tottenham star pens autograph for fan tattooThere had been claims United were ready to offer unsettled forward Anthony Martial as part of a package to get the Alderweireld deal over the line.But SunSport understands there is little appetite for that from Spurs, whose initial interest in the Frenchman now appears to have cooled.Instead Mauricio Pochettino appears to be pushing ahead with his bid to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, despite the Championship club insisting they are not prepared to sell.That would leave Martial facing the prospect of missing out on the chance to join another Premier League club, despite wanting to remain in England if he left United.Most read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashThe 22-year-old has endured a difficult relationship with boss Mourinho over the past year and looks a long way out of the first team picture.United hinted during their tour of America that they would be open to the prospect of selling Martial this summer, but only to a side abroad.And that is becoming increasingly like the only option available to the forward, with the deadline on all other countries now shutting until the end of the month.Sign up for Dream Team 2018/19 nowDream Team is back and better than ever ahead of the new Premier League seasonCompletely free to play£400k jackpot up for grabs across the seasonREGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM 2018/19 HERElast_img read more

Nicholls, McNeese State to Play Tuesday in Southland Action

first_imgWeek 12 News & Notes (PDF) Early Eye on Thursday: There are six games slated for Thursday, highlighted by Stephen F. Austin at Oral Roberts. SFA is alone atop the Southland standings at 5-0, while ORU sit just one game beack at 4-1. The Lumberjacks and Golden Eagles will play at approximately 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3. The other televised game pits second-place Sam Houston State at UIW at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Houston. Other games include Northwestern State at Central Arkansas, Lamar at Abilene Christian, New Orleans at Houston Baptist and Southeastern Louisiana at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Colonels, Cowboys on CSN Houston: Comcast SportsNet Houston will carry the Nicholls at McNeese State game on Tuesday. Brett Dolan and John Lucas will have the call beginning at 8 p.m., CT. CSN Houston’s five-game Southland package this year got underway in December with a Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin doubleheader at the Lumberjack E-Tech Classic. Sam Houston State defeated Towson, while SFA defeated Colonial Athletic Association tournament champion James Madison. Remaining games include Sam Houston State at UIW on Thursday plus Oral Roberts at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Feb. 15. Sam Houston’s Ransom Named Player of the Week: Sam Houston State junior guard Kaheem Ransom was named the Southland Conference Player of the Week after leading the Bearkats to a 2-0 week, averaging 21.5 points in wins over Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans. The junior from Wichita, Kan. scored 22 points and added three rebounds and four assists in an 85-78 win last Thursday against the Lions and went for 21 points, four rebounds and two steals in a 77-70 victory on Saturday at New Orleans. Ransom connected on 12 of 21 shots from the floor, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range. He was perfect on all 14 free throw tries in the two games. The Bearkats, winners of their last four games, are tied for second in the Southland standings, a half game out of first place with a 5-1 league record.center_img FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls will visit McNeese State on Tuesday in a battle of teams currently tied for fifth in the league standings, though only one and a half games behind first-place Stephen F. Austin. The game will begin at 8 p.m., CT, and be televised on Comcast SportsNet Houston. Tickets On Sale for Katy: All-session tickets for the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 12-16 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, are now on sale. Reserved all-tournament booklets are available for $75, while general admission all-tournament booklets are available for $60 at all Ticketmaster Outlets, and all Southland Conference member institutions. Tickets for each session of the tournament go on sale March 10.last_img read more

Central Arkansas Football Preview

first_imgOFFENSE• UCA’s offense returns all but three starters from last year’s 7-5 team. The top returnees are wide receivers Dezmin Lewis and Damien Watts, linemen Cole Caruthers and Kyle Stoffer, quarterbacks Ryan Howard and Taylor Reed and running back Willie Matthews.• Lewis is a first-team preseason All-Southland Conference selection after recording 50 receptions for 721 yards and seven touchdowns. Lewis is on the College Football Performance Awards watch list for wide receivers.• UCA had 17 different players catch a pass last season, with six catching more than 30. Of those, 11 of the top 12 pass catchers return this season. The only one missing from the top 12 is tight end Chase Dixon. Fourteen of the overall 17 are back, missing only two others who are no longer with the program. UCA receivers caught 361 passes for 3,979 yards, an average of 331.6 yards per game.• UCA has a stable of experienced running backs, led by senior Willie Matthews, who gained a team-high 564 yards (4.4 per carry) and scored five rushing touchdowns a year ago. He was also UCA’s second-leading receiver with 45 catches for 265 yards. junior Blake Veasley and sophomores Kelton Warren and Jeff Anderson. SPECIAL TEAMS• UCA’s special teams unit returns intact except for the punter. All-Southland senior Eddie Camara and junior Jace Denker split time in the placekicker role last season, with Camara making 8 of 14 field goals and 35 of 37 extra-point attempts and Denker going 3 for 5 asnd 14 for 14. Camara made two field goals of 40+ yards. The pair split the kickoff duties as well, with Denker kicking 40 times and Camara 34.• Camara is second in career PATs at UCA with 137 (record is 138), tied for second in career PAT percentage (96.4) and fifth in total points scored (242). He is also third in career field goals (35) and third in career FG percentage  (72.9).  • Jatavious Wilson was second in the league in kickoff returns last season with a 30.6-yard average, with a pair of touchdowns, including a 93-yarder. Wilson, a preseason All-Southland selection, also caught 41 passes for 409 yards and two more touchdowns as a backup receiver and rushed 11 times for 80 yards. DEFENSE• The Bears lost their No. 1 tackler on defense in linebacker Justin Heard, but return their No. 2 tackler in cornerback Dillion Winfrey (56 tackles) and No. 3 tackler in defensive end Jonathan Woodard (49 tackles/10.5 TFL/7 SK). Returning safety Marvin Mitchell was UCA’s interceptions leader with three.• Junior Jonathan Woodard continues UCA’s streak of talented defensive ends as he was a first-team All-Southland selection last year after being named the Freshman of the Year in 2012. Woodard has been named to the College Football Performance Awards defensive ends watch list.  • UCA was No. 1 in the Southland Conference last season in red-zone defense, allowing a opponents’ score 65.8 percent of the time, well ahead of second place Southeastern Louisiana (71.4 percent). The Bears allowed 20 red-zone touchdowns and just five field goals in 12 games. They also forced three fumbles, intercepted two passes and stopped the opponent on fourth down six times inside the 20-yard line.• UCA was second in the Southland Conference in rushing defense in 2013, allowing just 150.4 yards and less than one touchdown per game on the ground.center_img 2014 Southland Conference Football Media Guide (PDF)2014 Central Arkansas Football Media Guide (PDF)Central ArkansasSTORYLINES• Coach Steve Campbell begins his tenure at UCA with an opening game at FBS Texas Tech on Aug. 30 in Lubbock. The Red Raiders, under first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury, finished 8-5 overall last season and beat No. 16 Arizona State 37-23 in the Holiday Bowl.• The Bears are picked fourth in both the coaches’ and sports information directors’ preseason Southland Conference polls. UCA finished tied for third last season after being picked second in both polls.• The Bears had nine season-ending injuries a year ago, including All-Southland quarterback Wynrick Smothers and All-Southland tight end Chase Dixon. On the plus side, after the rash of injuries, UCA returns 19 players with starting experience and 54 lettermen.  • The Bears are set for an FCS non-conference matchup with national implications when they take on Montana State in Bozeman on Sept. 13 in the first meeting between the FSC powers.last_img read more

Two of the League’s Top Teams Set for Showdown in Nacogdoches

first_imgUnderwood’s Hot Start: Stephen F. Austin head coach has started out his coaching career with a 44-6 record through his first 50 games. The 88.0 winning percentage is tied for the fifth-best all-time among Division I coaches. Underwood and Murray State’s Steve Prohm (44-6) have the best active starting records through 50 games as a Division I head coach. Underwood is currently 25-0 in conference games and 27-0 against league foes with two wins coming in last year’s tournament. The Demon Attack: After averaging only 72.8 points per game in its first five games, Northwestern State has regained its offensive explosiveness by averaging 88.7 points per game in its last 10 contests. The Demons have now jumped up to No. 2 in the country with 83.2 points per game, just behind BYU’s 86.0 points per game. Northwestern State has finished second in the NCAA in scoring each of the last two seasons. UIW’s Livingston Leads Conference in Scoring: Thanks in large part to a career-high 37 points against Northwestern State, UIW senior guard Denzel Livingston leads the conference with 22.8 points per game. Though his stats do not show up in the NCAA rankings while the team is in the transition process to Division I, Livingston’s 22.8 points per game ranks second in the nation just behind Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey’s 24.0 points per game. Through six conference games, Livingston is averaging 24.8 points per contest. He has the top two scoring performances in the conference this season with his 37 against the Demons (Jan. 10) and 34 points against Grand Canyon (Dec. 17). Northwestern State sophomore Zeek Woodly is listed third in the NCAA with his 21.9 points per game due to his 56.8 field-goal percentage, which ranks 24th in the country.         Denzel Livingston, Sr., UIW – 22.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.4 spg         Jalan West, Jr., Northwestern State – 17.6 ppg, 7.5 apg, 2.2 spg ESPN3 to Carry Southland Basketball for Third Season: ESPN3 enters its third year as the home of the Southland’s primary television package. Coverage includes eight conference doubleheaders, with women’s and men’s games carried back-to-back. There are seven pre-determined broadcasts, plus a wild card selection on the season’s final weekend. The conference slate on ESPN3 begins in Huntsville, Texas when Sam Houston State hosts Houston Baptist on Jan. 31. Islanders’ Charity Stripe: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi leads the league and is ninth in the nation in free-throw attempts with 525. John Jordan leads the Southland individually with his 175 free throws attempted and is third in the nation in the category. Southland Men’s Basketball Weekly Release (PDF)Islanders Seeking Upset: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has won its last four games to improve to 11-8 overall and 6-1 in league play. The Islanders travel to Stephen F. Austin this week to take on the Lumberjacks (17-3, 7-0) in hopes to snap SFA’s 16-game winning streak. SFA is currently 7-1 at home with its lone loss coming against No. 18 Northern Iowa in overtime. The Lumberjacks last lost a conference game at home on Feb. 15, 2012, when then-conference foe Texas-Arlington defeated SFA 51-47. Since then, SFA has won its last 22 home conference games. A&M-Corpus Christi is 4-0 this season in conference road games and will look to close out January with a 7-1 record. Game time is set for 6 p.m. In other league action, Sam Houston State hosts Houston Baptist at 4:30 p.m. in a game that will be feature on ESPN3, UIW travels to Nicholls (3:30 p.m.), Lamar welcomes Abilene Christian (6 p.m.), New Orleans visits McNeese State (6 p.m.) while Northwestern State goes to Southeastern Louisiana (7 p.m.). Thirteen Teams Represent Southland BasketballFor the fourth time in as many season, the Southland Conference will have a different look in basketball. The league reached an all-time high 14 members last season with the additions of Houston Baptist University, University of New Orleans, Abilene Christian and University of the Incarnate Word. However, after only two years in the league, Oral Roberts returned to the Summit League. The 2014-15 season will feature thirteen schools with ACU, Central Arkansas, HBU, UIW, Lamar, McNeese State, UNO, Nicholls, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. ACU and UIW are still transitioning from NCAA Division II and will not be eligible to win the conference championship during their transition periods, which should be completed in time for the 2017-18 season. Katy Remains the Destination for Eighth Consecutive Year: The 2015 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. This will be the eighth consecutive year for the tournament to be held in Katy. This year’s tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 12 with first-round action beginning at 5 p.m. The second round will follow on Thursday, March 13. All four games in the first two rounds will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network. The semifinals, which will be shown on ESPN3, will take place on Friday, March 14 and the championship will be played Saturday, March 15 with an 8:30 p.m. tipoff and be televised on ESPN2. The 2015 tournament will be the 16th in league history to be played at a neutral site. The tournament was played in Shreveport, La., from 1995-2001 and was held in Houston before moving to Katy in 2008. Streaking Lumberjacks: Stephen F. Austin has once again put together an impressive win streak. The Lumberjacks, who strung together 29 consecutive wins last season, have now won their last 16 contests. SFA currently has the third-longest active winning streak in the country. Kentucky and Virginia have both started out the 2014-15 season at 19-0. Bearkats Top Rebounding Team in the League: Sam Houston State is not only the best rebounding team in the conference, but the Bearkats rank highly in the country in numerous rebounding categories. Sam Houston ranks third in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (28.45), fourth in total rebounds per game (42.20), seventh in rebounding margin (8.9), ninth in total rebounds (844) and 21st in offensive rebounds per game (13.75). New Season, New Team: Lamar has moved to 10-10 on the year and 4-4 in league play. Under the new leadership of Tic Price, the Cardinals now have three more wins than they did the previous two seasons combined and has more than doubled its win total from last year. The four conference wins through six games ties the total from the previous two years combined. Northwestern State’s West Leads League in Assists: Northwestern State junior Jalan West is tops in the conference with his 7.5 assists per game average, which ranks second in the country. He has totaled 143 assists in 19 games, including a league-high 14-assist outing against Missouri Valley Nov. 29. West has recorded double-double three times this season with double-digit assists. Against Missouri Valley, he also scored 11 points and he had 19 points and 10 assists in an 89-85 win against Louisiana-Lafayette Dec. 20 and 17 points and 11 assists against Lamar Jan. 17. Undefeated Months: After finishing December with a 7-0 record, which included wins against Memphis, Long Beach State, North Texas and Texas State, Stephen F. Austin is now 13-0 in the month of December under head coach Brad Underwood. The Lumberjacks are also unbeaten in the months of January (15-0) and February (7-0) behind Underwood’s leadership.center_img Stephen F. Austin Ranked Fourth in Mid-Major Poll/Receiving Votes in AP Poll: After winning its last 16 games, Stephen F. Austin remained at No. 4 in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. The Lumberjacks are also receiving votes in the AP Poll. The Lumberjacks have a 17-3 record on the year with wins at Memphis and at home against Long Beach State, North Texas and Texas State. SFA three loses were an overtime loss against Northern Iowa (No. 18 AP Poll/No. 18 Coaches’ Poll), a road loss to Xavier and a road loss to Baylor (No. 20 AP/No. 19 Coaches’). Sam Houston State, which is 15-5 on the season, has fallen one spot to No. 17 after having its nine-game winning streak snapped last week by SFA.         Zeek Woodley, So.,  Northwestern State – 21.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg McNeese State’s Guidry is League’s Rebounding Leader: McNeese State senior Desharick Guidry paces the Southland Conference in rebounding, pulling down 11.7 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the NCAA. Kendall Gray from Delaware State leads the country with 12.8 rebounds per game. Guidry pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds in McNeese State’s 80-70 win against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 6 and matched that total again on Jan. 20 in a win against Abilene Christian. In seven conference games, Guidry averages 11.3 boards. His 16 rebounds his the most in the conference this season against a Division I opponent. Guidry also leads the conference and is eighth in the NCAA with his 210 total rebounds this season. Guidry Leads Southland in Double-Doubles: McNeese State’s Desharick Guidry leads the Southland with 13 double-doubles on the season in just 18 games. Guidry, who put together nine consecutive double-doubles from Nov. 18-Dec. 22, ranks fifth in the country in the category. Evansville’s Egidijus Mockevicius leads the NCAA with 15. Taking Care of Business: The Stephen F. Austin basketball team has won 29 consecutive Southland Conference basketball games, which is the longest conference winning streak in the country. Wichita State has the second-most with 25 straight Missouri Valley wins. SFA last lost a league game Feb. 16, 2013, in a 54-50 decision at Southeastern Louisiana. Southland in Non-Conference Games: Southland Conference teams have combined to go 70-77 in non-conference play this season, which includes a 49-11 mark at home compared to 15-64 on the road. Southland teams were 6-2 on neutral sites. Sam Houston State was a league-best 6-0 at home in non-conference matchups while Lamar (5-0), UIW (4-0), Houston Baptist (4-0), New Orleans (3-0) and Southeastern Louisiana (2-0) were also unbeaten at home. The league was 38-0 against non-Division I opponents. Among the league’s non-conference wins are wins against teams from the American Athletic, Big 10, Conference USA and SEC. Husky Freshman Dominates: Houston Baptist freshman center Josh Ibarra ranks fifth among Division I freshmen with 2.44 blocked shots per game and tied for 10th with 7.0 rebounds per game. Ibarra averages 5.5 points per game for the Huskies but leads the team in rebounding and has half of the team’s 78 blocks on the year. Stephen F. Austin is Preseason Favorite: Defending Southland Conference regular-season and tournament champion Stephen F. Austin has been named the preseason favorite following a vote of the league’s coaches and sports information directors who are eligible to win the conference this season. The Lumberjacks are coming off a school-record 32-3 record, including a perfect 18-0 mark in conference play. Stephen F. Austin, which advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament, returns three starters including reigning conference player of the year Jacob Parker. The Lumberjacks earned the No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament and defeated No. 5 VCU before falling to No. 4 UCLA. SFA received 11 first-place votes from the coaches for 143 total points while picking up 10 first-place nods from the SIDs and 144 total points. We are #SouthlandStrong: The motto encompasses a positive mindset and confident outlook for everything that happens in the Southland. It is about competitiveness and success in the conference, in the NCAA, in professional sports and many other great achievements by member institutions and student-athletes. But it is more than just excelling in competition; it is also about being successful in the classroom and in the workforce. Southland Strong is also about great works by the league’s athletic departments reaching out and giving back to the local communities and student-athletes providing leadership through their endless efforts with local charity and youth groups. The conference encourages its member institutions and student-athletes to join the social media conversation by using the #SouthlandStrong hash tag to tell why someone or something is Southland Strong. Three League Players Named to Lou Henson Watch List: The Southland men’s basketball players have been named to the Louis Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List. The Henson Award is presented annually to the Division I “Mid-Major” Player of the Year. The initial list of 50 will be dwindled down with the finalists being announced in March. The three representatives from the Southland include: A&M-Corpus Christi’s Jordan Closing in on School Records: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior guard John Jordan is quickly approaching the school’s scoring record. After scoring 18 points in the road win against Southeastern Louisiana (Jan. 26), Jordan upped his career total to 1,346 points. Currently, Jordan sits in second behind A&M-Corpus Christi great Chris Daniel (1,407) on the scoring list. Jordan is also second in Islander history with his 149 assists. A&M-Corpus Christi’s Jordan Named Player of the Week: Jordan led the Islanders to a pair of conference victories, averaging 17.5 points, 8.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds in the process. The senior from Houston, Texas (Hightower H.S.), scored 22 points and matched the school record with 11 assists in A&M-Corpus Christi’s 88-76 win against Northwestern State. Jordan is the first player in school history to have 20+ points and 10+ assists in a single contest. He followed that performance up with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists in the Islanders’ 71-67 overtime win at New Orleans. In overtime against the Privateers, Jordan knocked down the game-tying and go-ahead jump shots to lift the Islanders to a 5-1 mark in league play. McConathy Reachs 600: Northwestern State men’s head coach Mike McConathy picked up his 600th career collegiate coaching victory as the Demons topped Lamar, 96-84 (Jan. 17). It was his 248th win in 16 years at Northwestern State after 352 victories in 16 seasons at Bossier Parish Community College. He is among an elite group of 36 active college coaches who have at least 600 career wins. The list includes iconic figures such as Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Rick Barnes, Rollie Massimino, Roy Williams and Rick Pitino.last_img read more