Havret leads by one at Trophee Hassan II

first_imgRABAT, Morocco – Gregory Havret took the outright lead at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco as he moved to 6 under par after the second round on Friday. The Frenchman made four birdies and an eagle at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam for his second straight 3-under 70, opening a one-shot lead over Lucas Bjerregaard and Trevor Fisher Jr. Denmark’s Bjerregaard carded a 2-under 71 and South Africa’s Fisher Jr. a 3-under 70. Havret was part of a four-way tie for the lead overnight but pushed clear and could have had more of an advantage heading to the weekend if he hadn’t bogeyed his last two holes. His last victory on the European Tour was nine years ago. Bjerregaard, who also had a share of the first-round lead, had four birdies and two bogeys. Fisher Jr. put himself in contention with six birdies, although he also made double bogey on No. 16, his seventh hole. Paul Dunne, Gregory Bourdy, and James Morrison, another of the overnight leaders, are all another shot back in a tie for fourth at 4 under.last_img read more

Griffin (65) leads through 54 at Houston Open

first_imgHUMBLE, Texas – Lanto Griffin recovered from a rain-delayed double-bogey finish to his second round earlier Saturday to post a 7-under-65 – the day’s best score – and secure a single-stroke lead through 54 holes of the Houston Open. Mark Hubbard is alone in second place at 10-under par after shooting a 69. The 36-hole leader, Peter Malnati, is one of three players two shots back. Malnati shot a 73, including bogeys on two of his first three holes and two of his last three. Both Griffin and Hubbard are seeking their first PGA Tour titles as are Beau Hossler and Brandon Wu. Hossler fashioned a 68 and Wu a 69 to join Malnati at 9-under. Six players are tied at -8, including first-round co-leaders Austin Cook and Talor Gooch. Houston Open: Full-field scores | Full coverage The winner will receive $1.135 million. Griffin’s earnings over 32 previous Tour starts – two back in 2011, 26 more in 2018, when he missed 13 cuts, and four this season – total $837,333. He has never led a Tour event through three rounds. However, he has played consistently well this fall and is the only player with four top-20 finishes. Griffin, who shot 66 on Thursday before stalling to a second-round 74, said of the double-bogey finish on Saturday: “It was just cold and windy this morning and (the hole) played tough. I was frustrated and kind of (angry), but I turned it into a positive. It freed me up pretty good. “My game the best it’s ever been for sure. I’m playing really smart and my short game has improved a ton. That’s always been my Achilles heel.” Griffin recalled a conversation he had with Greg Norman recently at a pro-am dinner “that really stuck in the back of my mind. He made the comment that he doesn’t look at the guys that are winning and missing three cuts. He looks at the guys that are finishing 10th, 15th, 20th consistently. It’s been a goal of mine this year. You don’t have to be a hero necessarily to have a good, solid week.” The highest-ranked player in the field when the tournament began, Henrik Stenson at 37th, failed to make the even-par cut. Only two of the top 11 players on the leaderboard, Malnati and Cook, have even one Tour title.last_img read more

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Summer Operations Canceled

first_imgPajarito Mountain Ski Area remains closed due to ongoing COVID-19 capacity restrictions. Courtesy/PMSAPAJARITO News:Pajarito will not be conducting operations this summer due to ongoing COVID-19 capacity restrictions and concerns about being able to cover costs due to these restrictions. This includes the resorts’ chairlift operations for hiking and downhill mountain biking, as well as the Pajarito Mountain Cafe and retail store. “We are disappointed to not be able to offer mountain biking and our usual activities,” Pajarito General Manager Tom Long said. “However, even while our facilities are closed, we welcome the community to enjoy hiking, biking, running and sightseeing on the mountain.” The resort plans to open for winter activities Friday, Nov. 27. “We are actively planning for ski season, while making contingency adjustments in our operations for COVID-19,” Long said. “We are working through the customer and employee experience from the ticket office to the lift to evaluate touch points and adjust accordingly.” About Pajarito Mountain Ski AreaLocated in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and 30 minutes northwest of Santa Fe, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area offers 41 trails, 6 lifts and two terrain parks, all located on 751 acres on the eastern edge of the Jemez Mountains. Known for its spectacular views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the ski area was founded and developed in the late 1950s by the Los Alamos Ski Club. The fall line and bump runs are heralded as some of the best in the state, and the mountain offers a ski school, restaurant, and ski rental facility. During the summer season, Pajarito Mountain is home to an extensive mountain biking trail system with lift served access and hosts several New Mexico Brewers Festivals throughout the summer. Pajarito is the closest resort to the Albuquerque metro area. For more information, visit www.Pajarito.ski.last_img read more

Messer named a champion brand for 2012

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Wembley winners set for Gate return

first_imgNow aged 74, the man who led the club’s recovery from near bankruptcy to a promotion and two Wembley finals during six years as team boss in the 1980s, is flying from his home in Tenerife to reunite with members of his cup-winning 1985/86 squad.That season City reached Wembley for the first time, beating Bolton Wanderers 3-0 in front of a 54,000 crowd to lift the Freight Rover Trophy.Tonight sees the official launch of a book about that memorable occasion and the build-up to it. Ten or more of the 13-man squad on duty against Bolton are expected to join Terry in the Sports Bar at Ashton Gate for an event open to supporters.Those former players include former Manchester United manager David Moyes, England international Keith Curle, now manager of Northampton Town, and both Wembley goalscorers, Glyn Riley, who netted twice, and Howard Pritchard.Richard Latham’s new book ‘Wembley Wonders’ will be on sale at £20, with an opportunity to have copies signed. Supporters can gain admission free of charge from 8pm.last_img read more

Vanderbilt football practices open to fans this weekend

first_imgVanderbilt football will open its preseason camp this weekend to fans, who can attend practice on Saturday and Sunday.Vanderbilt's Darrius Sims (6) waits to run a drill during practice Thursday.Vanderbilt’s Darrius Sims (6) waits to run a drill during practice Thursday.Both practices will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the John Rich Practice Facility, located behind McGugin Athletics Center. Gates will open each day at 3 p.m. Free parking will be available in the Medical Center lots 73-75 across Natchez Trace from the practice field and track & field complex.Public access at the practice field will be restricted to the hillside next to Natchez Trace and the sidewalks adjoining McGugin Center. Photo and video use will not be allowed.“This team is working extremely hard, and doing a tremendous job working to improve every day,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. “I’m opening the practices this weekend so Commodore fans can see the effort and commitment of this team for themselves.”Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks.Vanderbilt gives peek of new helmets, uniformsVanderbilt made a mistake, was smart to apologizelast_img read more

Tony Sanabria signs for Gustavo Poyet’s Betis

first_img In the deal with Betis, Roma have reserved themselves 50% of any future sale and have also inserted a buy-back clause. 15/07/2016 at 22:41 At the start of the summer, Russian club Rubin Kazan had made a considerable offer for the player, but he declined this option when Barça showed interest. Toni Juanmarti The team from the city of Seville will pay 7.5 million euros to Roma for the Paraguayan, who will sign for five seasons. The Tony Sanabria soap opera came to an end this Friday when Betis officially announced his signing.  Such offers did not take long to arrive, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham were close to agreeing a deal with Roma, until Poyet’s call to the player. However, it was subsequently decided that Sanabria would not be pursued by Barça, and the Catalan club told the player to accept any good offers that came his way. Barcelona’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez told him he was on a list of possible targets to strengthen the club’s forward line. He becomes the club’s seventh summer signing, with coach Gustavo Poyet cnvincing the striker to join his project, when Tottenham Hotspur appeared to be the likeliest destination for the 20-year-old. CESTlast_img read more

Tottenham stars Dele Alli and Eric Dier to appear on hit TV show Gogglebox

first_imgBEST buddies Dele Alli and Eric Dier are set to appear on smash-hit TV show Gogglebox.The Tottenham duo are strong friends on and off the field.4 Dele Alli and Eric Dier are set to appear on Gogglebox this weekCredit: Channel 4And they are set to take their bromance to the next level by featuring in a Gogglebox celebrity special on Friday.The episode is part of Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer campaign.An image shows the duo having a whale of a time as they give their take on TV’s latest shows.Alli told Channel 4: “Eric and I were really pleased to be asked to join the Gogglebox families.4 The duo will feature as part of Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer campaignCredit: Getty Images“We wanted to lend our support and help raise awareness for the great work of Stand Up To Cancer.”Dier added: “The work carried out by the Stand Up To Cancer campaign is amazing, and Dele and I are really pleased to be able to play our part.“We love Gogglebox so it’s going to be quite surreal to see us on the show.”The other celebs confirmed for the programme so far are Stoke striker Peter Crouch and wife Abbey Clancy, as well as actor Danny Dyer and his daughter Dani, the winner of this year’s Celebrity Love Island.PSV vs Tottenham: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for UEFA Champions League clash4 Dier admits he and best mate Alli are delighted to be helping the causeCredit: Getty Images4 Stoke star Peter Crouch and wife Abbey Clancy are also set to appear on GoggleboxCredit: Getty -Most Read In SportFeatureNAKED TRUTHThe most embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions in sport, including Venus WilliamsBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFOND FAREWELLShane Lowry shares moving snap as he says goodbye to daughter Iris at airportLEADING BY EXAMPLEBrian O’Driscoll feels ‘too guilty’ not to wear face mask when shoppingVideoMAC IN ATTACKMcGregor shows off football skills as UFC star proves he’s no one-trick ponylast_img read more

Southland Conference Softball Tournament Starts Thursday

first_imgAlanna DiVittorio Named Southland Player and Hitter of the YearDiVittorio, a first-team all-conference selection, is the first Cowgirl to earn both player and hitter of the year honor since Heather Moreaux took both awards in 2000. DiVittorio, a native of Harahan, La., led the league in Southland play in runs scored (32), stolen bases (29), on-base percentage (.590), walks (24) was second in batting average (.459), sixth in hits (34) and 12th in slugging percentage (.595). She is the second Cowgirl to be named player of the year and third to be named hitter of the year. DiVittorio became the 12th player in Southland history to be named player and hitter of the year in the same season. No. 5 Houston Baptist (21-26, 14-13 Southland)Houston Baptist makes its first appearance in the conference tournament in the Huskies’ second year in the league. The Huskies’ offense is led by first-team all-conference senior shortstop Kirsten Schwirtlich and sister, second-team member sophomore outfielder Lauren Schwirtlich. Entering the tournament, K. Schwirtlich leads the conference with a .411 batting average, while sophomore third baseman Shay Orsak leads the conference with 22 doubles and is tied for the national lead with 0.49 doubles per game. Freshman Emily Mueller leads the pitchers with a 3.00 ERA, with nine complete games, one shutout, 45 strikeouts, and 49 walks. HBU had four members on the all-conference teams with Orsak earning third-team honors. Mike Smith Repeats as Coach of the Year Smith received coach of the year honors for the second consecutive year after leading the Cowgirls to their fourth Southland regular-season championship and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Smith, who is in his third year at the helm of McNeese, becomes the first coach to win back-to-back awards since former Southland member Texas State Ricci Woodard (2001, 2002). McNeese posted a 20-6 mark in conference play, marking the first time the Cowgirls reached 20 wins in league play since 2010. McNeese’s 38-15 overall record marks the sixth consecutive season the Cowgirls have reached the 30-win mark. The Cowgirls swept Lamar in the final conference series of the season to claim their second-consecutive regular-season championship and fourth overall. McNeese is the first school to win back-to-back titles since former Southland member Texas State (2008-2010). The Cowgirls will be seeking to win their first conference tournament championship since 2010. McNeese State recorded a 38-15 overall record and a 20-6 record against conference foes. The Cowgirls posted their sixth consecutive 30-win season and are making a conference-leading 25th overall tournament. The Cowgirls will play the winner of the Game One matchup between No. 4 Stephen F. Austin and No. 5 Houston Baptist, Thursday at 4 p.m. In the second game of the tournament, No. 3 Sam Houston will face No. 6 UCA, Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The Bearkats are making their 12th overall and third straight appearance in the conference tournament. The Bearkats have won two tournament titles with their last coming in 2007. Sam Houston finished the season with an overall record of 26-25 and a conference record of 15-11. UCA returns to the tournament for the third straight year after finishing the regular season with a 24-32 overall record and 13-13 in league play. The two teams did not meet during the regular season. The 2014 Southland Conference Softball Tournament plays a six-team double elimination format with a possibility of 11 games. The 11th game would be played in the event an undefeated team lost in the title game forcing a second game, upholding the double elimination format.  Northwestern State, the defending conference tournament champion, finished second to earn the No. 2 seed with a 27-20 overall record and a 15-10 league mark. The Lady Demons will make their 16th appearance at the tournament and are looking to claim their fifth league title. Northwestern will look to become the first team to repeat as tournament champions since Texas State (2011, 2012). Northwestern will play the winner of Game Two between No. 3 Sam Houston State and No. 6 Central Arkansas, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The tournament opens Thursday at 11 a.m. with game one between No. 4 seed SFA and No. 5 seed HBU. SFA is making its seventh appearance at the conference tournament and first since 2010. The Ladyjacks posted a 24-25 overall record and a 14-11 record in the Southland. SFA won six out of its last seven games to close out the regular season. HBU is making its first trip to the conference tournament after winning their conference series finale against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Huskies finished the regular season with a 21-26 overall record and a 14-13 record in conference play. During the regular season, the Huskies took two of three from the Ladyjacks in Houston, Texas, March 29-30. No. 4 Stephen F. Austin (24-25, 14-11 Southland)Stephen F. Austin closed the regular season 5-1 in league play to finish in fourth place and make conference tournament for the first time since 2010. Senior pitcher Carlie Thomas has been one of the top hurlers in the conference with a 16-13 record overall and six complete game shutouts. She threw four shutouts in conference play to rank among the leaders in the league. First baseman Shalie Day is among the top run producers in the Southland, driving in 22 RBI in league games. The Ladyjacks have a balanced offense with three different players driving in 30 or more RBI on the year. The Ladyjacks placed three members on the all-conference teams with Day and Thomas earning first-and-second team honors, respectively. Fifteen Players Return as All-Conference SelectionsFifteen players made a return appearance to the all-conference teams led by DiVittorio and junior teammate Ashley Modzelewski, who are both making their third consecutive appearance. Thirteen additional players are making their second all-conference appearance led by McNeese sophomores Allred and Emily Vincent, Northwestern State seniors Brianna Rodriguez, Tara McKenney and Kaylee Guidry and juniors Brittany Virgoe and Cassandra Barefield, Houston Baptist sophomore Kirsten Schwirtlich and senior Lauren Schwirtlich, Central Arkansas sophomore Sarah Bigej, Southeastern Louisiana sophomore Katie Lacour, Sam Houston State sophomore Tiffany Castillo and Nicholls sophomore Danielle Phillips. NCAA Softball Selection Show on ESPNUThe winner of the 2014 tournament receives an automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show airs Sunday, May 11 at 9 p.m. CDT on ESPNU. No. 2 Northwestern State (27-20, 15-10 Southland)Northwestern State secured the No. 2 for the second-consecutive year and will make its 16th overall conference tournament.  The Lady Demons are the reigning tournament champions and have won four league series in a row, including a sweep of Southeastern Louisiana in the regular-season finale. The Lady Demons hold a tournament winnings percentage of .635 (40-23), which is the best percentage among current league members. Northwestern had seven all-conference selections, including first-team member Brittany Virgoe at third base. Senior outfielder Tara McKenney and freshman outfielder Kellye Kincannon lead the Lady Demons from the plate with .371 and .369 batting averages, respectively. McKenney has dished out a team-high 59 hits, and Kincannon has picked up 38 RBI off 41 hits, including 12 homers, to make an early mark in her young career. From the circle, senior Kaylee Guidry (10-3) boasts a 2.94 ERA after allowing 38 runs, 35 of them earned, in 83.1 innings.center_img Taylor Terrio Garners Top Freshman AwardTaylor Terrio was tabbed as the league’s top freshman as she also earned first-team all-conference honors. Terrio becomes the first Colonel to win freshman of the year honors. In conference play, the freshman from Paulina, La., led the league with a .463 batting average and was tied for first in hits with 37. She ranked fourth in on-base percentage (.494), eighth in total bases (48) and 11th in slugging percentage (.600). On the season, she was tied for first in hits with 65 and finished fifth with a .389 batting average. 2014 Southland Conference Softball Tournament Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – McNeese State earned the top seed in the 2014 Southland Conference Softball Tournament that will get underway Thursday, May 8, at North Oak Park on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, La. No. 3 Sam Houston State (26-25, 15-11 Southland)Sam Houston State returns to the Southland tournament for the third consecutive year and for the 12th time overall. The Bearkats have a 30-18 overall record in the conference tournament and have made it all the way to the championship game the past two seasons. Sam Houston has won two tournament titles (1988, 2007), and have appeared in the title game five times. The Castillo sisters, Cecilia and Tiffany, from Port Lavaca Calhoun, give the Bearkats a one-two punch. Cecilia, the Bearkats senior right fielder, sports a .346 batting average while younger sister. Tiffany, a sophomore catcher, hits .294. The pair rank first and third in hitting for Sam Houston. Sam Houston placed four players on the all-conference teams, including three third-team members. Tiffany garnered second-team honors while junior shortstop Tayler Gray and pitcher Shelby Lancaster earned third-team honors. The Southland Digital Network is available at Southland.org/watch, as well as the official SLC mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. ESPN3 programming can be found on WatchESPN.com, plus the WatchESPN app for iPhone, iPad, Android and XBOX Live systems. TOURNAMENT TEAM NOTESNo. 1 McNeese State (38-15, 20-6 Southland)McNeese will be making its 10th consecutive tournament appearance and its league-best 25th tournament berth.  The Cowgirls also enter the tournament as back-to-back regular season champions and the tournament’s No. 1 seed.  Last season the Cowgirls were eliminated from the tournament after losing two straight games. The Cowgirls have a 3-2 record in the title game with their most recent title coming in 2010. McNeese State had a conference-best seven players selected to the all-conference teams, including three first-team members. Southland Player and Hitter of the Year Alanna DiVittorio earned first-team in the outfield while sophomore Jamie Allred was tabbed Southland Pitcher of the Year. Junior catcher Ashley Modzelewski is a three-time all-conference honoree. DiVittorio leads the team with a .397 batting average, a .570 slugging percent, 45 walks and 44 stolen bases.  She also has 60 hits and 23 RBI. In the circle, Allred has a league-high 25 wins and enters the tournament with a 25-7 overall record with a 1.50 ERA along with 195 strikeouts.  Allred is 8-2 in her last 10 games and six of her last eight wins have been shutouts. Kylee Studioso Named Newcomer of the YearKylee Studioso, a first-team all-conference selection, played a major role in ensuring that Central Arkansas would make the conference tournament for the third consecutive year. Studioso joins Holli Hill, who won newcomer of the year in 2010, as the second player in UCA history to ever win the award. The junior from Edmond, Wash., led the Southland in league play with 131 strikeouts in 94.2 innings. She posted an 11-4 record in 17 games while registering four shutouts and holding conference opponents to a .207 batting average. On the season, she led the league in strikeouts (212), appearances (38) and finished second in wins with 16. Southland Tournament Streamed Live with Championship Game on ESPN3The 2014 Southland Softball Tournament, with the exception of the championship game, will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network, including Southland.org/watch and the league’s mobile/tablet apps, available at: Southland.org/apps. The championship game of the tournament will be carried exclusively on ESPN3, Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m.  Chris Mycoskie, assistant commissioner of television and electronic media for the Southland Conference, will handle play-by play for all games, while three-time Southland softball coach of the year Yvette Girouard  will be the color analyst and former Lady Lion Kati Morse, will join him for the championship as the dugout reporter. Jamie Allred Named Southland Pitcher of the YearAllred became the first McNeese State player to be tabbed conference pitcher of the year since Angela Harrison in 1994.  The sophomore ace from Hallsville, Texas, was named conference pitcher of the week five times during the regular season.  In conference play, Allred led the league in shutouts with seven and was second in strikeouts with 121, including 37 batters looking. She pitched 112.1 innings in conference while holding opponents to a league-leading .170 batting average. Allred made 17 starts and picked up 15 wins while registering a 1.00 earned run average. On the season, Allred was 25-7 with three of her wins coming against nationally ranked teams (No. 7 Alabama, No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 21 Alabama-Birmingham). She led the conference with a 1.50 ERA, 204.2 innings pitched and was second in strikeouts (195). No. 6 Central Arkansas (24-32, 13-13 Southland)Central Arkansas will be making their third conference tournament appearance. Offensively, the Bears are led by third baseman Sam Forrest and catcher Jessie Taylor. Forrest hit .348 with 18 doubles and eight homeruns while driving in 42 runs, and Taylor led Central Arkansas with 10 homeruns and a UCA single-season record 49 RBI. In the circle, Southland Newcomer of the Year Kylee Studioso finished the regular season with a 16-11 record and 3.25 ERA. The junior held opponents to a .248 average while striking out 212 batters in 161.2 innings, a number which led the Southland Conference. Central Arkansas placed four Bears on the all-conference team including sophomore Sarah Bigej who garnered first-team honors and Forrest who notched a spot on the second-team at third base. Tickets on Sale NowAdult all-tournament tickets are available for $20 and $15 for youth. Tickets will also be available for each day of the tournament. A single-day pass is $10 and $8 for youth. To purchase tickets, contact the Southeastern Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at 985-549-5466 or visit the university’s athletic tickets website at www.LionSports.net. last_img read more

Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin Cap Regular Season on ESPN3

first_imgIn the men’s game, Sam Houston State enters the contest with a 24-6 overall mark and a 15-2 conference record while Stephen F. Austin is 26-4 overall and 16-1 in league play. The Bearkats will be looking to claim of share of the regular-season while the Lumberjacks will hope to win the crown outright. This will be the second meeting between the two schools with the Lumberjacks earning a 79-68 win in Huntsville, Texas, Jan. 24. FRISCO, Texas – Saturday’s Sam Houston State vs. Stephen F. Austin basketball games will be featured live on ESPN3 from William R. Johnson Coliseum in Nacogdoches, Texas. The women’s game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. CST, followed by the men’s matchup at 6:30 p.m. CST. Stephen F. Austin enters the game riding a 10-game winning streak with its last loss coming against Sam Houston. SFA is undefeated on its home court during conference play and has only one home loss during non-conference. The team leads all Southland schools with a 43.6 shooting percentage from field goal range, 5.2 blocks per contest and 15.5 assists per game throughout league play. Senior center Porsha Roberts is leading the team with 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game throughout league action. Roberts ranks second in the NCAA in field goal percentage shooting 63.3 percent from the floor. Tierany Henderson is also making an impact for the Ladyjacks with 11.3 points and 6.5 boards per conference contest. Sam Houston is the league’s top defensive team, surrendering only 58.2 points per game while its offense puts up an impressive 74.7 points per game. The Bearkats’ +16.5 point scoring margin is tops in the league. The Bearkats, who are in search of their first Southland regular-season title since 2010, are led by an experience group of seniors, who have led the Bearkats to 78 victories during their time in Huntsville. DeMarcus Gatlin, Michael Holyfield, Marquel McKinney, Jabari Peters and Kaheem Ransom have combined to score 3,324 points for the Bearkats in the past four seasons. This season, Gatlin leads the Bearkats with 11.0 points per game followed by Ransom (10.2) and Peters (9.5). Holyfield averages 8.4 points per contest while McKinney is scoring 2.0 points per game. In the first meeting with SFA, Gatlin led the Sam Houston offensive attack with 15 points. Sam Houston State has lost its last seven games and is looking to break the trend with hopes of edging into the top eight for a spot in the conference tournament. The Bearkats feature junior guard Shernise Robertson who is the Southland’s leading scorer with 21.9 per contest throughout the season. The Cypress, Texas, native is shooting 84.6 percent from the free-throw line with 170 made shots on 201 attempts. Sophomore guard Taylor Dorsey is another key player for Sam Houston with 12.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. In the women’s contest, Stephen F. Austin enters the final game of the regular season 22-6 overall and 15-2 in conference play while Sam Houston State is 6-21 overall and 5-12 in league action. The Ladyjacks sit at the top of the standings as Sam Houston is fighting for a spot in the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament in Katy, Texas, March 12-15. The two teams battled on Jan. 24 with the Bearkats taking a one-point victory, 65-64, in Huntsville, Texas. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually.  It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  SFA is looking to claim its third consecutive outright regular-season title with a win over Sam Houston. The Lumberjacks currently hold the second-best scoring defense in the conference, giving up only 64.2 points per game, while their offense is third in the league with 79.5 points per game. The Lumberjacks are led by junior Thomas Walkup, who ranks seventh in the league in scoring (15.4), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8), 10th in rebounding (6.3) and 11th in assists (3.5). Also leading the charge for SFA senior Jacob Parker, the reigning conference player of the year. Parker averages 14.7 points per game and leads the conference with a 47.7 shooting percentage from behind the arc. In the win against Sam Houston earlier in the year, SFA had four players in double figures with Walkup leading the way with 17 points followed by Ty Charles (16), Clude Geddrard (15) and Parker (13). Lincoln Rose will handle play-by-play duties. He will be joined courtside by color analyst Van Chancellor, a 2007 inductee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Chris Mycoskie is set to host the MidSouth Bank Halftime Report during both games. The network is currently available to more than 99 million homes at no additional cost to fans that receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks. This is the last of eight regular season Southland Conference doubleheaders on ESPN3. Coverage of the league’s tournaments begins next week, with men’s and women’s first and second round games on the Southland Digital Network, available via Southland.org/watch and the Southland Conference app. ESPN3 takes over for the men’s and women’s semifinals. The men’s championship will be available on ESPN2 Saturday, followed by the women’s championship on CBS Sports Network Sunday.last_img read more