Team Southland Unveiled for 3X3U National Championship

first_imgThe Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will begin on Friday with 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. CT and will continue on Saturday with another 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CT. The event will conclude on Sunday with the quarterfinals broadcast live on Twitter from 12:35-2 p.m. CT, and the semifinals, third-place game and championship game broadcast live on ESPN2 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. CT.Our #3X3U play-by-play announcer @the_realkylem breaks it down and gets you ready for a fast, highlight-filled, style of play.Make history with us at the first-ever 3X3 National Championship, March 30-April 1 in San Antonio, TX. Get your tickets ??— 3X3U National Championship (@3X3UHoops) March 23, 2018 Tickets for the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship are on sale now and start at just $15 with multi-day and group packages available. Every game of the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship matters as money will be on the line at all times throughout the competition. Participants will compete for a $100,000 prize pool that will be distributed as follows: Each pool play win will earn the team $1,000. A quarterfinal win will earn the team $1,000. A semifinal win will earn the team $1,000. The team that wins the third-place game will earn $1,000. The team that wins the championship will earn $50,000. For more information on the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, including buying tickets, event updates, details and rules, please follow us on Twitter, @3X3UHoops, or visit Team Southland features Joseph Kilgore from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Shawn Johnson from UIW, Travin Thibodeaux from New Orleans, and Jordan Capps from Southeastern Louisiana.center_img Each team roster will be comprised of four eligible seniors from the same Division I college basketball conference. Teams will be organized into eight pools of four and each team will be guaranteed three pool play games. The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship Player Selection Committee consists of college basketball experts from a wide range of media outlets including ESPN, CBS Sports, The Athletic, USA Today, NBC Sports, The Ringer, and more. The Committee worked feverishly throughout the season to determine the nation’s top senior college basketball players who have been selected to compete. The complete rosters for each conference will be revealed through a series of studio shows streamed live on Twitter once a day from Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 29. “We are so excited to host these 128 players at this one-of-a-kind event,” said Drew Russell, Intersport’s Vice President of Sports Properties. “For fans, this will be an opportunity to see the nation’s top seniors compete in the rapidly growing and fast-paced nature of 3-on-3 basketball. For players, it will be one last opportunity to showcase their skills on a national stage and give them the chance to earn a significant sum of money. It will also expose them to the 3-on-3 format which may lead to new opportunities as they take the next step in their professional careers.” SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Four student-athletes have been selected to represent the Southland Conference in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship. This ground-breaking new event will pit 32 four-man teams consisting of players from every Division I college basketball conference against each other in a three day, 3-on-3 tournament. These teams, comprised of seniors who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, will compete for a $100,000 prize pool viewable live on Twitter and ESPN2 from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at St. Mary’s University’s Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio.last_img read more


first_imgFAVORED LAURA’S LIGHT LEADS THROUGHT TO TAKE $75,000 BLUE NORTHER STAKES BY 3 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER CEDILLO; TRAINED BY MILLER, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:35.18 ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2019)–Gary Barber’s Laura’s Light broke running and never looked back in Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita, winning by 3 ¼ lengths under Abel Cedillo.  Trained by Peter Miller, the 2-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Constitution got a mile on turf in 1:35.18.“Pete told me to play the break,” said Cedillo, who registered his third win of the afternoon.  “It looked like there was other speed in there and if they went, he said to let them go and if they didn’t, to go ahead and put her on the lead.  So, my plan was to break and go!”A first-out maiden special weight winner sprinting on Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 2, Laura’s Light was sold privately and was then second at 24-1 in the one mile turf Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 30.Off as the 5-2 favorite today in a field of nine 2-year-old fillies, she paid $7.00, $4.00 and $2.80.Out of the Muqtarib mare Light of a Star, Laura’s Light now has two wins from three starts and with the winner’s share of $49,320, she increased her earnings to $87,320.Irish-bred Croughavouke rallied from next to last mid-way on the far turn to be second by a half length over Blue Sky Baby and paid $4.60 and $3.40 while off at 9-1 with Umberto Rispoli up.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Blue Sky Baby, who sat second throughout, held third by a head over Parkour and paid $9.20 at odds of 21-1.Fractions on the race were 23.73, 47.54, 1:11.72 and 1:23.32.last_img read more

Ndombele hasn’t delivered for Spurs… but Mourinho risks alienating £65m talent

first_imgTANGUY NDOMBELE arrived at Tottenham to much fanfare in the summer, with Daniel Levy marking the end of Spurs’ 517-day transfer drought by obliterating the club’s transfer record on the £65million Frenchman.The 23-year-old had earned glittering reviews for his remarkable performances in Ligue 1 with Lyon – showing poise and grace on the ball, coupled with an incredible ability to drive his team forward.4 Jose Mourinho has publicly criticised Tanguy NdombeleCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdThe excitement of finally securing a big-name, highly-coveted star, as well as the belief that Ndombele could replace the generational talent that was Mousa Dembele in the Spurs engine room – sent fans into delirium.So why hasn’t it worked it out?After Ndombele’s latest appearance against Burnley, boss Jose Mourinho scathingly said that his side “Didn’t have a midfield.”He then offered a brutal assessment of the six-cap French international, saying: “I’m not going to run away and I have to say he  has had enough time to come to a different level.But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us, especially when you see how Lucas, Lo Celso and those players are playing.Jose Mourinho on Tanguy Ndombele”I know the Premier League is difficult, and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league.”But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us, especially when you see how Lucas, Lo Celso and those players are playing. I was expecting more in the first half from him.”Clearly Mourinho is unhappy with Ndombele’s output, with Spurs’ No28 looking bereft of fitness and belief of late.But it had actually started quite well.4 The £65million signing has struggled for form of lateCredit: AFP or licensorsAs Dembele had done seven years previously, Ndombele actually marked his debut in N17 with a goal, fizzing a low shot past Tom Heaton as Tottenham provided a rousing comeback to beat Aston Villa on the opening day.In the early days of the season under Mauricio Pochettino, his new big-money signing showed glimpses of the outrageous talent that saw him linked with Europe’s elite clubs before joining Spurs.But even under the Argentine, there were bad signs of things to come.For an hour against Bayern Munich, Ndombele was irrepressible.He was everywhere, creating chances, hustling the Bayern midfielders – and looking every inch a £65million player.But then he got tired.Spurs subsequently lost control of the game, Ndombele was substituted and his team fell apart – going down 7-2 in one of the most embarrassing nights in the club’s history.Fitness has gone on to be a huge issue, with the midfielder completing 90 minutes only once since August 17.To be clear, the blame cannot be levelled entirely at Mourinho for Ndombele’s under-performance, but throwing his star under the bus so publicly feels like the wrong way to approach the issue.The 57-year-old has a long history of digging out his players, with Joe Cole in his firing line during his first Chelsea stint – while he even suggested that Ricardo Carvalho needed “an IQ test”.But Ndombele is from a new generation of player that doesn’t respond to the bully-boy tactics quite as well – just look at the way things fell apart for Mourinho at Manchester United.Having consistently dug out the likes of Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the atmosphere around the club had turned toxic.According to the Telegraph, Mourinho told Fred that his “days at this club are numbered,” after substituting the Brazilian during a Champions League home defeat to Valencia.The midfielder has proven his former boss wrong, however, going on to become a key cog in a Man United team currently residing above Spurs in the Premier League table.Talent-wise, surely Ndombele is worth nurturing and persisting with, despite the obvious frustration.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on Spurs4 Ndombele was hooked at half time against the ClaretsCredit: Alamy Live NewsLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongAfter all, Spurs aren’t a club that can just go and spend another £65million on a replacement.Tottenham were sold on a Mourinho that had “changed” and learned from his previous mistakes – so why does he appear to be acting in exactly the same way?Fred succeeded at Old Trafford by outlasting Mourinho… perhaps Ndombele may have to do the same if he is to fulfil his potential in North London…4 The Frenchman has struggled for fitness at SpursCredit: Reuters Harry Kane spotted in Tottenham training for first time since hamstring injury in huge England Euro 2020 boostlast_img read more

Foran says Warriors aren’t done yet

first_imgWith four wins from 11 in 2017, the Warriors are well on track for a sixth straight year without NRL finals football – despite recruiting Kiwis playmaker Foran and coach Stephen Kearney in the off-season.But with State of Origin season nigh, the Warriors have a golden opportunity to pick up the slack against an understrength Brisbane Broncos on Saturday.Playmaker Anthony Milford, skipper Darius Boyd and bullish second-rower Matt Gillett will all miss their side’s trans-Tasman trip on Queensland duty, as will Corey Oates, Josh McGuire and veteran Sam Thaiday.The Warriors, meanwhile, have lost just the single player in Jacob Lillyman.The Origin period has often been a golden one for the Auckland-based side, who are able to pit a full-strength squad against heavily weakened opponents.They have won 70 per cent of Origin-period matches between 2012 and 2016, according to Fox Sports, compared to just 21 per cent of matches afterwards.And while Foran insisted the Broncos’ second-string players would provide their own challenges – particularly Benji Marshall – he backed his teammates to quickly bounce back from their demoralising post-Trans Tasman Test defeats.A second-half capitulation to the Panthers two weeks ago was followed by an equally soft performance against the Dragons in Hamilton, going down 30-14.”We’re all fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead, generally when teams are understrength they perform even better,” Foran said.”More than ever, we’re on top of the ball – we know we need to take our game to another level to get ourselves out of where we are.”Kearney has remained calm in the face of howling fan discontent thus far, keeping the faith with a number of underperforming troops.He has named a mostly unchanged side for the clash in south Auckland, bar Simon Mannering’s return from a hamstring complaint.The industrious former captain has been sorely missed by the side, and Foran labelled the long-serving lock as irreplaceable.But he warned against expecting Mannering to be the Warriors’ saviour.”You miss a number of his attributes, his work ethic is phenomenal, the way he tidies up around the ruck, the on-field leadership,” Foran said.”We’re over the moon to get him back, (but) hopefully all 17 players can put in a really strong performance.”STATS THAT MATTER:- The Warriors have won 11 of their last 15 NRL games at Mount Smart Stadium, but only six of 28 at other New Zealand venues.- Since 2012, the Warriors have won 70 per cent of NRL matches played during the State of Origin period. Brisbane have won just 50 per cent.- Brisbane’s 36-0 thrashing of Wests Tigers last week made them just the fourth Broncos side in history to score 24 points or more in six straight games.last_img read more

Tuivasa-Sheck staying at Warriors for another four years

first_imgTuivasa-Sheck, who joined the club from the Roosters in 2016, will remain at Mount Smart Stadium until the end of the 2022 season.Warriors chief executive Cameron George said the 24-year-old “embodies all the qualities we want to see in our players”.”As one of the game’s most exceptional athletes, Roger understandably attracted lots of interest, so we couldn’t be more delighted to have him onboard for another four years,” he said.”This is hugely significant for both Roger and the Warriors, not only critical for our future but also for Roger in paving the way for him to truly establish himself as a leader for the club on and off the field. He’s the type of person we can build our club around.”Tuivasa-Sheck is entering his third season since joining the Warriors. His first campaign in 2016 was limited to seven appearances after a season-ending knee injury before he returned to feature in all but one game in 2017.”I’m excited knowing my future will be with the Vodafone Warriors for another four years after this season,” said Tuivasa-Sheck.”I’m also glad to be able to sort it out now before the season starts.”We’ve had some challenging times but all of us are working really hard to turn things around this season and in the years ahead.”Wanting to be part of that with everyone at the club was a huge factor in my decision to stay with the Warriors.”Tuivasa-Sheck was named the club’s 2017 NRL Player of the Year and also the New Zealand Rugby League’s Player of the Year following the Rugby League World Cup.”Roger’s a wonderful player and also a wonderful person,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.”He sets an example in all he does as a player on the field and in all aspects of training as well as looking after himself off the field.”He’s a tremendous asset for the Vodafone Warriors and has a huge appetite to improve each and every day.”Tuivasa-Sheck warmed up for his seventh NRL campaign with a quality performance in the Vodafone Warriors’ 20-14 trial win over the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday.With 11 tries and 30 appearances for the Vodafone Warriors, he has a career tally of 39 tries in 114 first-grade games.last_img read more

Tahiti Wins 15km men’s Marathon V1 Va’a race

first_imgSing won gold while 19 year old Tuitouna Puyo from New Caledonia won silver. Joseph Nimorat Amo from Cook Islands won bronze.Host team PNG came sixth.The V6 men’s 25km and women’s 20km marathon will take place tomorrow at Ela beach.So far all the Va’a competition has been completedlast_img

Usain Bolt beats Justin Gatlin for gold in 100 at worlds

first_imgBolt was trailing for almost the entire race in the biggest showdown in the sport in years. But with gritted teeth, the two-time Olympic champion clawed back into contention and made his giant stride count to win in 9.79 seconds — .01 seconds faster than the American veteran.”A lot of people counted me out,” Bolt said. “So for me to come and win, this is a big deal.”Rising to the occasion as he always does, Bolt put a shockingly bad semifinal heat behind him to recover with a good start in the final. Two lanes to his right, Gatlin was as good as perfect for most of the race, but for seven years now, there is no denying the greatest sprinter in history.This victory, Bolt’s tightest in a major championship after being accustomed to world-record times and winning gold medals by huge margins, was extra special.”It’s No. 1 when it comes to competition,” Bolt said.Pulling even just before of the finish line, Bolt glanced toward Gatlin in Lane 7 and threw his weight forward in a dip of desperation. His yellow-colored Jamaica jersey crossed marginally ahead the red-clad Gatlin for his third world title in the 100.Bolt kept on powering along in celebration, and when he returned, Gatlin gave him a warm hug. At 33, Gatlin had been unbeaten for two years as Bolt struggled with injury. But on the biggest of occasions, timing was with Bolt again.”Got nipped at the line by great Usain,” Gatlin said.In a dead heat for third, Trayvon Bromell of the United States and Andre De Grasse of Canada shared bronze in 9.911 seconds.Soon, the reggae was blaring through the public address system at the Bird’s Nest and Bolt was performing his signature Lightning Bolt move.”I came to add to my legendary status,” the Jamaican said.It could have been so different had Bolt failed to recover from a stumble at the start in the semifinals. Later saying he hit his foot too hard and almost fell, Bolt had as many as seven racers to catch before winning the heat.The final was even tougher — even with one of Bolt’s best starts in years. And this time, it was Gatlin who tripped in the race.”On the last five meters, I kind of stumbled a bit,” said Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the 100.Gatlin was aching for another gold medal, reaching his peak form at 33 after serving a four-year doping suspension midway through his career. He lost the tightest finish since the 2003 world championships in Paris.After becoming a mother last year, there also was plenty of doubt in the heptathlon about Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.Three years after the 2012 London Games, Ennis-Hill remains the standout she once was. With three solid performances in the long jump, the javelin and the concluding 800, Ennis-Hill won her second world title, six years after her first.Runner-up Brianne Theisen-Eaton needed to make up about six seconds in the 800 to win and went out fast to pressure Ennis-Hill with an early burst of speed. But Ennis-Hill kept her within striking distance and swept past the Canadian in the finishing straight.Ennis-Hill won with 6,669 points, 115 points ahead of Theisen-Eaton. Laura Ikauniece-Admidina of Latvia took bronze with 6,516 points.In the men’s hammer throw, Pawel Fajdeck of Poland retained his world championship title by winning with a best mark of 80.88 meters, beating three-time Asian Games champion Dlishod Nazarov of Tajikistan and another Pole, Wojciech Nowicki.The host nation again fell short of a gold medal when Miguel Angel Lopez of Spain held off a strong challenge from Wang Zhen to win the 20-kilometer walk.last_img read more

FIFA approve hosting of U/20 Women’s World Cup

first_imgSports Minister Justin Tkatchenko met with all FIFA officials and the newly elected President Gianni Infantino this week at the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.Oceania Football Confederation President David Chung, who is also the Papua New Guinea Football Association President, was also present at the meet.The purpose of the meet was to give them the confidence that PNG will produce the best U20 Womens World Cup in November.Tkatchenko thanked everyone involved in getting it to this successful stage.He stated via his Facebook page that now the dedicated hard work continues for the successful staging of this world event.He thanked FIFA’s support to officially host this World Cup and stated that it is going to be an exciting year for football in PNG.Pictures courtesy of Justin Tkatchenko Facebook page.last_img read more

Llenazo, Tifo and 3,300 English

first_imgSomething more than 3,300 fans of the Liverpool will be in Madrid in the match against Atlético. The match also aroused great expectation among the social mass of the club English. The tie is very interesting for Liverpool fans, who keep a very good memory of the Wanda Metropolitan, since in this scenario Liverpool was proclaimed champion of Europe.Liverpool fans have a great memory of the rojiblanco stadium and this is what Liverpool’s leaders made known to Atlético. The fans ended up delighted with the experience in the rojiblanco stadium and that ended up encourage many of them to be They will move to the capital of Spain. There will be a great typhoon in the stadium, as is typical of the great matches. You don’t have to motivate rojiblancos fans a lot, but from the club understand which is a match of a lot of significance and they want the live hobby from the beginning the shock. There is a beautiful rivalry with Liverpool and there is no special problem with the English fans, who will be protected before, during and after the game. There will be important police presence at the match. The shock begins to live already.last_img read more

Camacho players beat Austria and have fun

first_imgCamacho, before the start of the game. Raul’s perfect matchIt was Raul’s big night for his four goals, his two goal passes. In total, he took part in seven of the nine goals of the match. In his twenty-first international match, with 21 years he already added nine goals in his private account. In Mestalla he had sealed his first target with the National Team, in December 1996 against Yugoslavia. Cañizares, Hierro, Marcelino, Urzaiz, Guardiola and Valerón above. Fran, Etxeberría, Salgado, Raúl and Sergi, Down. The eleven who beat Austria poses before the start of the clash. Matches the third biggest winThe 9-0 to Austria already became part of the most bulky results of the National Team winners until then. It was still far from 13-0 to Bulgaria, in Chamartín, on 21-5-1933 with six goals from Chacho and also 12-1 to Malta from 21-12-1983, with four goals from Santillana and Rincon, but they matched the two 9-0 previously achieved. Guardiola and Raúl celebrate Spain’s first goal against Austria. “Ay, ay, ay, ay / Sing and don’t cry / Because singing they rejoice / Cielito bonito, the hearts”. The irruption of MendietaGaizka Mendieta quickly became one of Jose Antonio Camacho’s favorite players. In total, he played 40 games with the absolute selection between 1999 and 2002, in which he scored 8 goals. Everything went well for Spain that Valencian night. Five minutes later he had scored Raul and at rest the score had already taken five. But it wasn’t just the goals. The most was the game. Tickets for the Etxeberría and Sergi bands; Pep and Valerón’s inside game, which seemed like they had been playing together for a lifetime. Fran took out his violin and nobody could understand how at 29 he only had nine matches as an international. It was the spring of 99, Spain came to that qualifying match for the 2000 Euro Cup that would have to be held in Belgium and the Netherlands, fourth with three points in a group of five teams. Ahead, it is not a lapsus, Cyprus (9 points), Austria (6) and Israel (4). Behind only San Marino. Victory seemed more than necessary. The slab of defeat in Cyprus in the first group match and that cost Javier Clemente’s dismissal was heavy. Almost as much as the still remembered World Cup in France 98.Fourth meeting of the Camacho era. First officer at home. He arrived undefeated. Two victories, Russia (1-0) friendly, and Israel (1-2), official and a draw, Italy (2-2), friendly. The team was in full transition after Clemente’s term. Alkorta, Luis Enrique and Kiko were missing due to injury. Mendieta controls the ball surrounded by Austrian players. By Nine times ‘olé’. And they could be more. Nine so many. And they could be more. A stadium, Mestalla, surrendered to the evidence by singing ‘el cielito bonito’, which was not a song from the land, not even from the country, but which was the first that came to mind the Valencian fans while contemplating one of the best matches of the National Team in its 100 years of history. Pep’s returnThe new coach recovered Pep Guardiola in that match, with whom he had not counted in the previous games and bet on an eleven clearly offensive and full of gamers. The stake was an ode to have the ball, occupy the opposite field, play the attack … Guardiola, Valerón and Fran together in the center of the field. Raul, liaison, with freedom. Up one of the most fit men in the Championship at that time, Urzaiz. An area auctioneer for a team with almost all football records. That, before an Austrian team led by the legendary Prohaska, stunned in his defense of five and overflowed by all sides, was a soccer and game match. The selection was a whirlwind from the first minute. Raul’s first goal was a foretaste of everything that would come next. Two walls. Three touches, Guardiola-Urzaiz-Raúl. Inside. And the second a genius of Fran with Raúl’s new thrust. And so on up to nine goals. The first part was a work of art. Video to put children in schools. Speed, control, game by the bands, interior passes, breaking unchecks … Guardiola marked the passage of the game. Valerón was running the ball. Fran drew indecipherable feints. Urzaiz was pulling the repertoire of the classic battering ram … and Raúl signed what was going to be his best night with the red one on his back. Munitis and Mendieta debuts. Camacho still had time in the second part to make Munitis and Mendieta debut, whom the local fans asked hard to open as an international just the day he turned 25. Hierro also caused a yellow card to serve the penalty in the next match against San Marino (0-6). What would not be the degree of fervor to which the public had arrived that after singing the l cute little sky ’, once the game was over, surrounded the team bus chanting one by one the name of all the players. The first had been against Portugal on 11-3-1934, five goals from Lángara, in qualifying match for the World Cup that year and the second against Albania on 19-12-1990 with Butragueño as top scorer, four goals.Two months after Mestalla’s game, in Villareal, very close, (5-6-99), that selection of Camacho with minimal touches, such as the entries of Luis Enrique, Morientes, Guerrero and Aranzábal, repeated the score against Albania, with Luis Enrique, three goals, of top scorer.After those two almost consecutive 9-0, the National Team has only improved that record once. Against Tahiti (10-0) in the Brazilian Confederations Cup in Brazil, in 2013. Fernando Torres added four goals. “I would have liked to score more goals.” Raúl demonstrates his voracity in front of the first microphone that approaches him after the game. However, his main partner during the meeting, Pep Guardiola, flees the protagonists. “The glory must be for the strikers, the most important thing in football is the goal.”That was not the first night in which the two proved to have a special connection within a pitch. In the same scenario of Mestalla, a few years earlier, on December 14, 96, the two had offered another master class in a match against Yugoslavia (2-0) with Clemente on the bench.last_img read more