Abilene Christian – No meetNext Meet: Texas Tech Indoor, Lubbock, Texas – Jan. 26-27 Stephen F. Austin – Texas Tech Indoor, Lubbock, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas – Jan. 26-27 Central Arkansas – Samford Multi, Birmingham, Ala. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Pittsburg State Invitational, Pittsburg, Kan. – Jan. 27 Southeastern Louisiana – No meetNext Meet: McNeese Indoor II, Lake Charles, La. – Jan. 26 Sam Houston State – No meetNext Meet: Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas/Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Jan. 26-27 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Texas Tech Indoor, Lubbock, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Jan. 26-27 McNeese – Samford Multi, Birmingham, Ala. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: McNeese Indoor II, Lake Charles, La. – Jan. 26 Nicholls – Samford Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, La. – Feb. 2 Northwestern State – No meetNext Meet: Pittsburg State Invitational, Pittsburg, Kan. – Jan. 27 Lamar – No meetNext Meet: Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Jan. 26-27 New Orleans – Samford Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: KMS Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. – Jan. 28 Houston Baptist – No meetNext Meet: Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Jan. 26-27 UIW – New Mexico Invitational, Albuquerque, N.M. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas – Jan. 26-27
Noon- 1 p.m. Lunch (Includes presentation of Southland’s Louis Bonnette Award and other formal elements) The day will open with comments from Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett, followed by 25-minute interviews with each school’s trio of head coach and two student-athletes. The list of student-athletes will be finalized and announced in early July. Student-athletes will also take part in social media segments, which fans can follow live on the Southland Conference Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. 3:45-4:10Main Stage: Houston Baptist Head Coach Vic ShealyMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Houston Baptist Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Bearkats’ Coach and Student-athletes The ESPN3 broadcast is available via watchespn.com and the ESPN app. Archived video of each team’s press conference and select quotes from each attendee will be made available after the conclusion of the event. WATCH ESPN3 COVERAGE: MORNING SESSION | AFTERNOON SESSIONFRISCO, Texas – Southland Conference Football Media Day is set for July 19, 2018, at the Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria. The event will air live on ESPN3, with the morning broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. CT and afternoon show starting at 1:15 p.m.Media are invited to attend and will have opportunities to conduct one-on-one interviews with coaches, student-athletes and school and conference officials. Participating media can register here, and reserve rooms at a special rate via this link until June 26. 1:45-2:10Main Stage: Stephen F. Austin Interim Head Coach Jeff ByrdMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Stephen F. Austin Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Lions’ Coach and Student-athletes 9 a.m.-9:25 a.m.Main Stage: Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett 2018 Football Media Day Lineup | Thursday, July 19 (All times Central) 10:30-10:55Main Stage: Central Arkansas Head Coach Nathan BrownMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Central Arkansas Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Cardinals’ Coach and Student-athletes11-11:25Main Stage: Northwestern State Head Coach Brad LairdMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Northwestern State Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Bears’ Coach and Student-athletes 2:45-3:10Main Stage: Lamar Head Coach Mike SchultzMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Lamar Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Cowboys’ Coach and Student-athletes 4:15-4:40Social Media Suite; Local TV: Huskies’ Coach and Student-athletes 10-10:25Main Stage: UIW Head Coach Eric MorrisMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: UIW Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Colonels’ Coach and Student-athletes 9:30-9:55Main Stage: Nicholls Head Coach Tim ReboweMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Nicholls Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett 2:15-2:40Main Stage: McNeese Head Coach Lance GuidryMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: McNeese Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Lumberjacks’ Coach and Student-athletes 1:15-1:40Main Stage: Southeastern Louisiana Head Coach Frank ScelfoMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Southeastern Louisiana Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Wildcats’ Coach and Student-athletes(Demons’ Coach and Student-athletes finish interviews, if necessary) 11:30-11:55Main Stage: Abilene Christian Head Coach Adam DorrelMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Abilene Christian Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Demons’ Coach and Student-athletes 8:00-9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast – Coaches, athletic directors, SIDs, conference staff, student-athletes, media 3:15-3:40Main Stage: Sam Houston State Head Coach K.C. KeelerMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Sam Houston State Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Cardinals’ Coach and Student-athletes
PEP GUARDIOLA claims Manchester City played well in their 2-0 defeat at Spurs – despite not appearing from the away changing room for 45 MINUTES after the final whistle.A debut goal from Steven Bergwijn set Tottenham on their way to victory, with Son Heung-Min bagging a second at their new stadium.1 Pep Guardiola stayed in the dressing for 45 mins after losing 2-0 to Spurs but insists his team did wellCredit: Getty ImagesMan City missed a penalty in the first half and were reduced to ten men in the second when Oleksandr Zinchenko picked up another yellow for tactical fouling.Despite dominating possession and having far more shots, City never really looked like getting the better of Jose Mourinho’s men.However, Guardiola claims his team played well during the defeat.That’s despite the Spaniard locking his players in the away changing room for 45 minutes after the final whistle before emerging to face the press.According to the Manchester Evening News, Guardiola could even face a Premier League fine due to his tardiness.But the tactician refused to criticise his players publicly, telling BBC Match of the Day: “I have no regrets about the performance.“We lost a football match. Of course we had a lot of chances. At the end of the day you have to take it.“In the second half we started well and created chances to score and didn’t do that.”Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidSpeaking to Sky Sports, Guardiola added: “We played well but lost the game. It happened again. They had two shots and scored two goals.“We have to accept and analyse it. It is not easy. We did really well, honestly.“With this performance, how should I be critical? This performance would be an incredible mistake to say how bad they are. We created chances and conceded few.”
Burgess will accrue 427 points meaning he will miss four matches and have 27 carry-over points.
The Lions scored all their points with the boot when they out-muscled the Crusaders 12-3 on Saturday, the impressive display following two lacklustre tour outings in which the visitors combined for just two tries.Seymour, however, is confident that a contest against an expansive Highlanders side combined with the gradual improvement of the touring party will enable the Lions to finally start putting more points on the board ahead of the All Blacks tests.”We would be lying if we said we weren’t a little bit disappointed that we hadn’t crossed the whitewash a few more times,” the 28-year-old Glasgow Warriors wing told reporters in Dunedin.”It is only so long you want to go creating those opportunities and not finishing them off, you can only be pleased for so long about creating them. It is no good having them and not converting,” he added.”But it’s a lot easier to go finishing off those final passes, than it is to go from creating nothing.”Seymour starts in the back three with Jack Nowell and Jared Payne against the 2015 Super Rugby champions after coach Warren Gatland opted for an entirely new starting lineup, and the Scot is looking forward to facing All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo.”That’s the theme for this trip, there is a lot of talent in the back three over here and certainly Naholo fits right into that,” he added.”He is a fantastic player and a very tricky opponent but one we are looking forward to.”These are the challenges both as a team and individually that we knew we were going to face and it’s an exciting opportunity for myself and us as a backline to try to go out and hopefully get the better of them.”Following the Highlanders match, the Lions have two more tour games prior to the first of three tests against the All Blacks in Auckland on June 24. Photo by: DAVID ROGERS/GETTY IMAGES (Tommy Seymour in action against the New Zealand Barbarians in the first match of the British and Irish Lions tour)
With speculation growing louder that this will be Laurie Daley’s final series as coach of New South Wales, the question was put to him as to whose shoulders the responsibility for the loss should fall on.As Daley moved to defend the 17-man playing group that he had shepherded through this Holden State of Origin Series by accepting the entirety of the blame himself, Cordner spoke up for the first time in the post-match press conference to stand in front of the bullet.Magnanimous in defeat with a speech during the on-field presentation that oozed class that an entire state should get behind, Cordner refused to allow Daley to be held responsible for a fourth series defeat in five years in charge.”I’ll step in there. I reckon it’s the players,” said Cordner, who is generally much more comfortable running tough lines against monster back-rowers than he is in front of a microphone.”All we have to worry about is turning up and training. We’ve got a game-plan and a structure to stick to and Laurie and the coaching staff have been nothing but great every time I’ve been wearing a Blue jersey, especially this series.”We had the same team all the way through the series and we prepared really well every game, especially this game because our training this time we didn’t have to learn anything new because we had the same players.”It falls back on myself being the captain and the playing group as well.”We played really well Game One and most of Game Two; it was really disappointing how that ended. We come up here tonight and we didn’t start the game off how we planned.”That doesn’t come back on the coaches, that’s the players. I’ll put my hand up there.”If Daley does step aside, when the dust settles the next coach in line need look no further than Cordner for the embodiment of the players they will need to break a Queensland stranglehold that has been loosened only once in the past 12 years.It’s an extraordinary period of dominance in a rivalry that had never seen a team dominate for more than three years in a row for the first 25 years, and given the confidence the young Maroons will take from this year that dominance shows no signs of abating.Queensland has developed this superiority on a selection policy not of picking the best individuals but the best teammates.They want to know that when a game is in the balance and they are struggling to gain the ascendancy the 16 other players in the squad will fight just as hard as they will to turn the tide.You can never question the effort of any player that graces the Origin arena but if it is not done as a collective it can be very easily misdirected and energy soon degenerates into panic.Players such as Jake Trbojevic, Josh Jackson, Wade Graham and Jack Bird will be willing allies to Cordner for the next five years at least and can develop a dependability that will stand up in the harsh glare of Origin’s spotlight.The challenge for the New South Wales coach in 2018 will be finding the formula for the right players to put around them.
The Flying Fijians won their third straight Pacific Nations Cup title in July and secured the Oceania One berth for the 2019 World Cup, putting them in Pool D alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and a qualifier.The ninth-ranked Fijians also chalked up major victories on home soil against Six Nations duo Italy and Scotland but McKee is wanting to see that form replicated on the road.”We set ourselves a good high benchmark across those tests earlier in the year but the important thing now is to step up to another level in November,” he said.”Our medium-term to long-term ambition is our Rugby World Cup campaign and to be successful in 2019 we have to improve on each assembly we have and make the most of all the time we have together.”Fiji open their tour against 14th-ranked Italy in Catania before taking on Ireland in Dublin and closing out their tour against Canada in Montpellier.”For us I think it’s very good for us to start against Italy,” said McKee.”We know they’ll be a big challenge to play them in Italy – they’ll be a tough opposition for us there and they’ll be hurting a little bit, coming off our close win in Suva earlier in the year.”I think for our players they can approach the November tour with some confidence, knowing that we’ve been successful against Italy earlier in the year, that we can really take them on in that first game and I’s hope that with our pre-tour camp and our preparation for the Italian game, with a successful performance there we can carry some momentum towards Ireland.”We want to test ourselves against the best and in the past 12 months Ireland have beaten both the top two teams in New Zealand and England, so Ireland are going to be a true measure of how our progress is going.” Photo: Supplied Flying Fijians rugby coach John McKee
Nor did Lemar exercise, who also continues to recover from the injury he has suffered this week. French has “An injury to the hamstring musculature of the right thigh” and is ruled out to be measured in the Levant. For his part, Trippier did work in the gym. Atlético will return to work tomorrow Thursday with a view to preparing the first league clash of the year. Atlético has trained this afternoon in Majadahonda in the first training of 2020. The rojiblanco team continues to prepare this weekend’s match against Levante (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.) and Simeone still cannot count on one of its important players. Koke continues to recover from the injury which prevented him from being in the last league match against Betis. And it seems complicated that he could be against Levante, so his contest would already be in the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona. Koke suffers a “elongation in the hamstring musculature of the right thigh”.
Pacheta starts the new year with clear ideas. The coach of Elche CF has assured, in his first public appearance after the holidays, that he continues to ask 2020 for “permanence”, but has warned that “If the team achieves it soon, everyone will be happy and we will quickly change the objective“to start looking, then, to promotion promotion positions to First Division.The technical franjiverde has referred to the winter market, which is already open. The first message he has confirmed is that he doesn’t want to have too many movements in his locker room: “I would not like anyone to leave. I neither want nor desire many signings; only the two positions that are being talked about (central and front) and if there is any more demarcation to cover, for that we have the youth and the subsidiary. “ Pacheta has insisted on three occasions during his speech that he does not want any component of the workforce to come out, with special mention for Tekio, which is intended by Cartagena, leader of Group IV of the Second Division. His stance is firm: “In the second round can happen a thousand stories conditioned by personal or work situations. I don’t want more outings because the team is working well and I want it to stay that way. “The coach of Elche has begun his press conference taking the floor to thank “the samples of love” received after learning of the recent death of his mother. “I want to thank everyone, especially on behalf of my father“, he pointed out. For the staff he has also had words of praise because after being absent in three work sessions he has had”exemplary behavior“.Elche will premiere the year in official competition this Saturday, starting at 8:00 p.m., in front of SD Huesca. The ilicitanos are eighth, with 31 points, just one in the playoff and four of their next opponent. In the first leg, the Oscenses passed over the franjiverdes (2-0), but Pacheta warns that this time “think they are going to run“to the Aragonese team.”In El Alcoraz we did not play a good game, although it is also true that we are now at a different time than the first round“, has said.Claudio Medina is the only casualty confirmed by injury while Nino will be recovered from his injury in the right sole and can play. Footballers who have dragged discomfort as Josan, Iván Sánchez and Juan Cruz They are in perfect condition and everything indicates that they will be in the first game of the year 2020. The doubt in this month of January will be whether the new owner, Christian Bragarnik, will bet on players in his portfolio or leave freedom for Nico Rodríguez’s sports management to move freely in the market. Pacheta has always opted for “the national product”, although this time he has acknowledged that “all I want is good footballers and good people”. “We are in an increasingly globalized world and all I want are good players; if they speak Spanish, better for adaptation,” he said.
The Badajoz Sports Club, this Thursday seeks to achieve the pass to the eighth of the Copa del Rey, a feat that he already achieved 18 years ago after eliminating Recreativo. One of the great architects of the good moment that the Badajoz is going through is its technician, Mehdi Nafti The Franco-Tunisian, who arrived at the club in October 2018, is, together with President Joaquín Parra, the leader of a project aimed at the club pacense arrive as soon as possible to the Professional Football League. Those who know Nafti highlight his personality and his total empathy with the players, as he made clear on November 4 with explosive statements in defense of his squad: “They can kill me that I don’t care, but whoever touches a hair of my players tore my head.” There are those who do not hesitate to call him the ‘Mourinho of Second B’. Badajoz is not only one step away from the knockout stages of the Cup final, but is also in fourth position of the Group IV of Second Division B, just three points from Cartagena, who leads the classification and who defeated last week 2-1. Nafti bases his approach on the defensive strength (second least thrashed of his group) and on carrying the weight of the matches. Although the most commonly used tactical scheme is 4-4-2, it also sometimes uses 4-5-1. The good work of Nafti at the head of Badajoz It has already attracted the attention of superior teams. In fact, he was one of the candidates Lugo had to replace Eloy Jiménez.