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Southland Bowling League Lands Four Squads in NCAA Tournament

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – For the fourth time since 2015, four member schools will represent the Southland Bowling League at the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship. The championship matches will be played April 11-13 at RollHouse Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio. The Mid-American Conference and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission are the hosts.Vanderbilt will headline the field as the tournament’s No. 1 seed and will await the winner of Sacred Heart and Caldwell. The Commodores lead the nation with 94 wins this season and will look to repeat after claiming the 2018 national title.Arkansas State earned an at-large bid into the championship following a loss to Stephen F. Austin at the 2019 Southland Bowling Tournament. The Red Wolves are making their 12th consecutive berth at the NCAA tournament and will take on Medaille College in an opening-round matchup on April 9 at RollHouse Wickliffe.Sam Houston State makes its way back onto the national stage after capturing its first-ever Southland Bowling League title last weekend at USA Bowl in Dallas. The Bearkats were led by the league’s Newcomer of the Year, Bea Hernandez, as SHSU swept the field for a 4-0 record. SHSU is an automatic qualifier into the tournament.Stephen F. Austin rounds out the participants from the Southland Bowling League at the NCAA championship event. The Ladyjacks are another at-large bid in the tournament and will take on the Prairie View A&M in the opening round in Houston at Emerald Bowl on April 5. Should SFA defeat Prairie View A&M, the Ladyjacks will move on to face Sam Houston State.The championship bracket will be a double-elimination format, with each round consisting of a best-of-three match that includes the use of three-team game formats – baker total pin fall, five-person team match and a best-of-seven baker match play. The champion will be determined using a best-of-seven baker match play. The championship final will air at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, April 13 on ESPNU.last_img read more

Silva shines as City power to record 15th successive win

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s David Silva (R) celebrates after scoring their third goal during thetheir match against Swansea City in Swansea, south Wales on December 13, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 14 – Manchester City powered to a Premier League record 15th successive victory as David Silva’s double inspired a 4-0 demolition of rock-bottom Swansea on Wednesday.Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero also found the net as the runaway leaders broke the previous Premier League record winning streak set by Arsenal between February and August 2002. Pep Guardiola’s side brushed aside a poor Swansea side to further tighten their grip on the title race with two goals in each half at the Liberty Stadium.City remain 11 points clear of second placed Manchester United and once again looked every inch the champions-elect.It was Spanish playmaker David Silva who was at the heart of City’s historic success with two superb finishes.The game began at a terrific pace and the first chance fell to Aguero on five minutes as he weaved his way through two challenges and fired into the side-netting.A minute later some neat footwork gave Raheem Sterling a sight of goal and Swansea defender Mike van der Hoorn had to make an important interception.But it took a save at each end in a matter of moments to keep the scoresheet blank.First it was home goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski who reacted quickly to get down low and push away a drive from Fernandinho from the edge of the penalty area.Then Ederson in the Manchester City goal had to get down well to keep out an effort from Jordan Ayew, who had cut in from the left.De Bruyne blasted a difficult effort high and wide before Aguero headed over from a left-wing cross by David Silva.Then a free-kick by De Bruyne bounced around the penalty area and struck a frustrated Nicolas Otamendi on its way for a corner before Aguero looped a header onto the roof of the net from a De Bruyne cross.And Otamendi blasted well off target after Fabianski had failed to gather cleanly from a left-wing cross.– City superiority –Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (L) has a shot on goal during their match against Swansea City in Swansea, south Wales on December 13, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICKCity’s superiority was increasing, however, and a combination of poor defending and a fine finish gave them a 27th-minute lead.Bernardo Silva crossed from the right and David Silva crept between Van der Hoorn and Kyle Naughton to finish superbly from close range with the outside of his left foot.It was 2-0 on 34 minutes when Naughton fouled Sterling to the right of the Swansea penalty area and De Bruyne’s hopeful free-kick evaded a host of players and found its way under the body of an unsighted Fabianski.Less than a minute into the second half, David Silva almost made it 3-0 with a lofted shot that drifted just wide following a neat exchange of passes with Aguero.But David Silva made no mistake on 53 minutes as he added his side’s third goal, exchanging passes superbly and ghosting between two home defenders before lifting a shot over the advancing Fabianski.Eliaquim Mangala should have added a fourth goal moments later but, after meeting David Silva’s cross, he failed to make a clean contact and scuffed his effort wide.The visitors then compiled a superb passing move that ended with Aguero firing narrowly wide.Guardiola had a rare scare when a shot from the edge of the area by Roque Mesa took a big deflection that wrong-footed Ederson, but the keeper readjusted well to make a smart save.With five minutes remaining Aguero wrapped up the scoring as he drifted easily past two Swansea defenders and found the bottom corner.Even when Swansea threatened a consolation goal late on, Otamendi was on hand to block an effort from Leroy Fer before hooking the loose ball off the line.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more