FRISCO, 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.
Johannesburg, Apr 26 (PTI) Former CSA supremo Ali Bacher has backed a decision by the countrys sports minister, Fikile Mbalula, to ban Cricket South Africa and national federations for rugby, athletics and netball from hosting international events until they transformed to include 60 percent Black South Africans in their teams. Bacher, who spearheaded the return of the Proteas to the international cricketing fraternity after decades of isolation due to apartheid, said sports federations had long been warned that government would intervene if transformation did not take place. National squad for these sports have fielded few Black players despite the majority population being Black. Black is defined by the South African government as including people of African, Indian, Coloured and Chinese descent who were denied opportunities in the apartheid era. Mbalulas action is largely seen as punitive for sports bodies failing to include more Black players in sides despite repeated government pleas for transformation since the advent of the first democracy led by Nelson Mandela in 1994. On Monday, the minister said the federations controlling these four sports genres in the country had not met the required rate of transformation in their sports, banning them from bidding for or hosting major events until his decision comes under review next year. Cricket South Africa said it would be seeking clarity from Mbalula to determine where they have failed in their quest to transform. CSA has put in place plans which has seen some Black players of note emerge in the Protea ranks. CSA communications manager Altaaf Kazi said they needed to review the contents of the report in order to understand where transformation targets set by the Ministry of Sport were not met before they could comment further. The ban though will have no immediate impact on international tournaments in South Africa, as CSA will not play host to any major tournaments during the current Future Tours Programme (FTP) ending in June 2019. CSA has not indicated intention of bidding for major events. PTI FH AH AHadvertisement