As part of an overall deal with the NBA, AT&T has signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with the NBA 2K League.The deal, in which financial details haven’t been specified, will include activations across all of NBA’s properties – including its esports league.Dan Rossomondo, Senior Vice President, Media and Business Development of NBA discussed the overall deal: “We are thrilled to collaborate with one of the world’s leading communications and technology companies, with a slate of activities tipping off during NBA All-Star. AT&T will help create unique experiences for the diverse fan bases represented across all of our leagues.”NBA 2K League is partnered with SCUF Gaming, HyperX, Intel, Alienware, State Farm, New Era, and Nike’s Jordan brand; it also signed a multi-year broadcast deal with Twitch last April. Following a team expansion, 21 NBA teams are set to compete in the league from May.Fiona Carter, Chief Brand Officer at AT&T added: “We look forward to working with one of the most iconic leagues in the world, deepening our connection with basketball fans who represent increasingly young, diverse, tech-centric and socially engaged audiences that are important to our company. Connecting with these audiences through a great brand like the NBA allows us to grow customer relationships and create more memorable experiences at a game, at home, or on the go.”AT&T joined the Pennsylvania Esports Coalition (PA ESC) in December last year, but that wasn’t its first instance of being involved in esports. In June of the same year, it became ESL’s North American official telecommunications and mobile gaming partner.Esports Insider says: Seeing a major company such as AT&T get involved with all of NBA’s properties is a promising sign all round – it proves that esports is seen as a valuable avenue to go down in terms of advertisement and activations. The 2K League now has a very solid roster of partners ahead of its second season.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he’s not happy with some of his players. EFE “Neither am I happy with myself because I usually get better results than I am getting at the moment,” Mourinho declared. 22/08/2015 Upd. at 15:44 Chelsea, who signed Spanish international Pedro on Thursday, will play against West Brom on Sunday at The Hawthorns. “I am not happy with Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic. I’m not happy with any of them; neither am I happy with myself,” Mourinho said, in quotes ran by the BBC. It has been a disappointing start to the season for the Premier League champions. They are 16th in the table and have not won a game yet. They lost to Arsenal in the Community Shield (1-0), drew with Swansea in the first game of the league (2-2) and suffered a painful defeat against Manchester City (3-0) last weekend. CEST
If the Selkirk College Saints 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) home opener is any indication, it’s going to be a thrilling rollercoaster ride to finish.However, the Saints were able to regain their senses, scoring six consecutive goals en route to a 6-3 victory over the Simon Fraser University Clan.After the ceremonial season opening puck drop Friday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre, the Saints spotted the visiting Simon Fraser University Clan a 3-0 first period lead that started just over a minute in when Daniell Lange scored top shelf on Selkirk College starter Brett Huber. Two more goals in 30 seconds late in a period that saw the shots skewed 15-5 in favour of the Clan, put the home side in a deep hole.“I think it was opening game jitters and I’m glad we got those out of the way after the first,” said Saints first-year forward Derek McPhail. “We got stuck playing their game in the first 20 minutes and in the dressing room we talked about working as a group from the d-zone forward. That’s what we did and it worked.”The trademark of Saints’ hockey is tenacious work ethic and two minutes into the middle frame, it paid off when Derek Georgopoulous stole the puck and got it to McPhail who scored his first BCIHL goal to get Selkirk College on the board. Midway through the period, second-year Saints defenceman Seth Schmidt converted on the powerplay to cut the SFU lead to 3-2. It was at that point that the home crowd became a factor. “It’s hard for the crowd to stay in it when you go down 3-0 that early, but the fans did a great job of helping us out and we brought them back into it through the way we came out in the second period,” said Saints’ captain Dallas Calvin.With just over four minutes left in the second period, hard work by Calvin in the SFU zone resulted in a turnover and a nice pass to McPhail who scored his second goal of the game to tie the score at threes. With time running out in the second period, Calvin again used his reach to poke a puck away from a Clan defenceman that went to Parker Sharp who beat SFU starter Lyndon Stanwood.The second period featured plenty of back-and-forth action, but Huber stood tall in a period that saw the Saints outshoot their visitors by the slim margin of 12-11.Second-year Saints defenceman Gordon Campbell added insurance seven minutes into the third period when his shot from the point beat Stanwood to make the score 5-3. With 41 seconds left in the game, Calvin scored into the empty SFU net to halt any hope for the Clan.The victory was a solid team effort, but the Saints’ top line of McPhail, Calvin and Georgopoulos showed chemistry that elevated the entertainment value for the substantial crowd that came to support the student athletes.“He’s a phenomenal player,” McPhail said of Calvin. “If you are open, he’s going to find you and if there is an open lane to the net for him then that’s usually a scoring chance for us.”Though still early in the season, Calvin is optimistic the team has made up for the loss of Ryan Edwards who was a major part of the team’s offence for three years before graduating last spring.“Derek is a super skilled guy and you just have to get him the puck,” said Calvin, a Trail native who is a student in the Business Administration Program. “When you work that hard and you are that talented… good things will come.”The Saints return to action this Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre when they host the Eastern Washington University Eagles starting at 7 p.m. in the first game of a weekend home-and-home.
With 2018 now in the books, it’s time to see what’s happening on the lakes with another installment of the Reel Adventures Fishing Report.Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures said 2018 was definitely a fun year, meeting many new families and friends and it just reassures the reason we’re in the business. Putting smiles on faces………Looking back on the 2018 season I have a lot of great memories. From the fantastic Kokanee fishery in the spring, to the amazing Salmon/halibut fishing in the summer, and the great flyfishing season on the Columbia, and to the great fall/winter fishery we had out on Kootenay Lake, it all combined for another great season.Thank you to all of our new guests and our returning guests for making 2018 a wonderful year. Looking forward to what 2019 has to offer.And now, the latest fishing report:Kootenay Lake:December was another good month on the lake. It started out with a bang and slowed down a bit near the end of the month.Our early trips saw between 10 -15 fish coming to the boat with the average sizes being: Rainbows between 2 – 4 pounds and Bull Trout from 2 – 8 pounds.One memorable trip was with a boat full of elementary students. The kids were introduced to some great fishing, with each kid hooking into a couple fish each. Some of these fish being either the child’s first fish, or their biggest fish. Making it very rewarding for all of us. Its always fun sharing our passion with the new anglers, and hopefully getting them a jumpstart into their own fishing adventures.And as the water cooled down in the last couple weeks, we’re managing to hook into 5 – 10 fish on the good days.December weather made it pretty easy to be out there. The mild days were very comfortable fishing for our groups, and so far January is continuing with the mild temps, so we look forward to spending a lot of time out there.Columbia River: Some mild days made for some fun fishing on the river as well. We managed to get out a few times from shore and were rewarded each time with some great fish.All Rainbows at this time of year for us, and they ranged from 2 – 4 pounds.Lots of fun on the spinning rods.January and February usually provide us with some pretty decent fish from the river. Looking forward to more fun times from the shore.Stay tuned……….What are they biting on ???Lately, the lake has produced Rainbows on the surface on my favourite buck tail flies and also on some smaller spoons.The usual grey ghost (215) or bleeding gill(210) has been pretty good as of late.And the same old spoons have been producing. My favourite Gibbs/Delta croc spoons have been consistent. The brass/firestripe or the silver/firewing have been the best producers as of late.And for the Bull Trout, we’ve been pulling the usual STS flasher or Lemon Lime guide series flasher with either the green spatter back or the green pistachio hoochie. Or trolling our 4″ Lyman plugs has been catching a few Bulls as well. Favourite depths for the Bulls have been between 80 – 150ft.Another thing to note is the water temperature. The current water temp is around 41 degrees, so that means its time to put on the brakes. Slowing down your trolling speed should help produce more fish.And on the River, its been the usual mix of float fishing with bait, or bottom bouncing with bait which has produced the most fish. The fish are holding in the tailouts or back eddies. So, look for the slower water this time of year.Stay tuned for more winter reports.Tight lines………………Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson BC 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.com
High Jump ~1:00 p.m. 7:45 p.m. Trial 6:50 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 60M Dash 3:20 p.m. One-Mile Run 1,000M 12:10 p.m. Women Triple Jump FIELD EVENTS Final 60M Hurdles 8:50 a.m. 20-lb Weight 6:30 p.m. 12:20 p.m. Final High Jump Women Women 400M Final ~2:15 p.m. 800M HEPTATHLON / PENTATHLON 60M Hurdles 1:00 p.m. Women Women Final Final Final Men Men Trial Long Jump Final Shot Put 12:30 p.m. Final Awards Ceremony Final 4:05 p.m. 60M 1:00 p.m. High Jump Trial Long Jump Men Women Women Long Jump Trial Men Final 6:30 p.m. Pole Vault Distance Medley Relay Men 1:45 p.m. Men Men 3:35 p.m. ~1:05 p.m. Women Final Women Final Final Men 3,000M 3:05 p.m. Men Final Men ~9:50 a.m. Trial 11:00 a.m. 200M Men 400M 4:00 p.m. 800M Trial 11:45 a.m. 8:40 p.m. Women Final 3:00 p.m. ~9:30 a.m. One-Mile Run 7:15 p.m. Men Opening Ceremony Final Women 6:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Pole Vault 8:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Women Women Final 5:30 p.m. 800M 5:00 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. Triple Jump 9:20 p.m. Distance Medley Relay 60M Dash Trial One-Mile Run Women Trial FIELD EVENTS HEPTATHLON Men Women 800M 1:00 p.m. 5,000M Men Men 60M Hurdles Long Jump Women ~9:35 a.m. High Jump RUNNING EVENTS Men 2:55 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 Final Women 2:00 p.m. 60M Hurdles Final 9:00 p.m. Men 4:35 p.m. 35-lb Weight Final Final Final Women The 2014 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships will be held Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 26-27 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Here is the complete schedule of events: ~10:55 a.m. 60M Dash 800M Men Men 3:00 p.m. Shot Put ~12:00 p.m. Final 60M Hurdles Women Final 2:00 p.m. 60M Men Final Men Women Men Trial 200M Women RUNNING EVENTS 2:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. One-Mile Run Final Final 3:40 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Women Shot Put Men Final Men Men 200M Women Men 200M 8:30 a.m. 5,000M 400M Men 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 Pole Vault Trial Final ~12:00 p.m. 5:05 p.m. Shot Put 8:30 a.m. Trial Men Final 400M 3,000M Women Final Trial 1,600M Relay Women Men 60M Hurdles 1,600M Relay Women Women 2:45 p.m. Final
Lafayette LIST OF SOUTHLAND TV AFFILIATE PLANS KLAX 31.2 (Me-TV) Altitude 2 WOAI 4.2 (Live Well) Root Sports Southwest Regional Corpus Christi Regional Central Arkansas leads the all-time series 5-3, including a 49-31 win last season in Conway. Louisiana Little Rock-Pine Bluff Florida KTXD 47.1 (Me-TV) Nationally, the Bears and Bearkats can be seen on Fox College Sports Central, Sunday at 5 p.m., Central. A pair of regional networks will carry the game on a delayed basis, as well. The new Root Sports Southwest has it scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Central, across its five-state platform. In the Gulf Coast area and beyond, Cox Sports Television will feature the broadcast Monday at 7 p.m., Central. 6:30 p.m., CT, Sunday Baton Rouge KPXJ 21.1 (CW) KPXJ 21.1 (CW) Fayetteville-Fort Smith TAPE-DELAYED COVERAGE Alexandria The Bearkats are looking to claim at least a share of the conference championship with a win against Bears and move to 7-1 in conference and 8-5 overall. The Bears will try to finish their first season under head coach Steve Campbell with a win and keep their postseason hopes alive. UCA is currently 5-2 in conference and 6-5 overall. KIDZ 15.2 (MyNetwork) Waco-Temple-Bryan Online Tulsa Amarillo Randy McIlvoy, sports director at KPRC-TV in Houston, will handle play-by-play duties and will be joined in the booth by color analyst Shea Walker, a former Texas A&M receiver and veteran broadcaster. The sideline reporter will be Brooke Bentley, a sports anchor for KUBE-TV, the Southland affiliate in Houston. KUIL 12.5 (MyNetwork) All Southland TV games will be streamed live and for free on the Southland Digital Network, available via Southland.org/watch and the Southland’s official mobile and tablet app for Apple and Android devices. Coverage is also accessible via ESPN3 at WatchESPN.com and on the WatchESPN application for smart phones, tablets, Xbox, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Roku and other devices. WBTR 41 FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State meet Saturday at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas, on the Southland Conference Television Network Game of the Week. It is the final matchup of the syndicated network’s 10-game football schedule. Coverage begins at 3 p.m., CT, and will be carried by over 20 affiliates across the region, plus national and online outlets. Tyler-Longview 7 p.m., CT, Monday KVHP 29.2 (CW) Central Arkansas can clinch their fifth consecutive winning season with a win against the Bearkats. The Bears are led by senior quarterback Ryan Howard, who has thrown for 2,045 yards and 19 touchdowns on 173 of 257 passing. Senior wide receiver Dezmin Lewis is Howard’s prime target, hauling in 56 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Bears rank fifth in the nation in tackles for loss thanks in large part to junior defensive end Jonathan Woodard, a Buck Buchanan Award Watch List candidate. Woodward leads the conference with 18.5 tackles for a loss, including 10.0 sacks, which rank 12th and 15th in the nation, respectively. KMYL 22.2 (MyNetwork) Austin Sam Houston State has won 12 consecutive conference games at home and leads the league in rushing offense with 261.4 yards per game. The Bearkats are led by senior running back Keshawn Hill and sophomore quarterback Jared Johnson. Hill averages 68.8 yards per game rushing while dual-threat quarterback Johnson averages 62.4 yards on the ground and 186.6 yards per game in the air. Defensively, the Bearkats are led by freshman defensive end P.J. Hall, a Jerry Rice Award Watch List candidate. Hall ranks second in the Southland with 18 tackles for loss. He also has six sacks, two blocked kicks, one interception, five pass breakups and one forced fumble. Cox Sports Television Lubbock Southland TV Network Affiliate List San Antonio Cox Channel 3/703 Cox Channel 77/2077 Abilene-Sweetwater 5 p.m., CT, Sunday COVERAGE WILL VARY BY MARKET. SOME WILL AIR GAME LIVE, OTHERS ON DELAY. Oklahoma Texas KCPN 19.2 (MyNetwork) NOTE: KICKOFF MOVED TO 12:30 PM CT DUE TO IMPENDING SEVERE WEATHER. LIVE COVERAGE Cox Channel 3/703 Viewers can visit Southland.org/television for a complete affiliate clearance list, plus a cable and dish channel number guide. For live coverage, the list of Texas markets includes Abilene-Sweetwater on KIDZ (15.2), Amarillo on KCPN (19.2), Austin on KBVO (14.1), Beaumont-Port Arthur on KUIL (12.5), Corpus Christi on KDF (47), Dallas-Fort Worth on KTXD (47.1), El Paso on KVIA (7.2), Houston on KUBE (57.1), Lubbock on KMYL (22.2), San Angelo on KIDY (6.2), San Antonio on WOAI (4.2), Tyler-Longview on KCEB (54.1), and Waco-Temple-Bryan on KCEN (6.2). The list of Louisiana markets includes Alexandria on KLAX (31.2), Baton Rouge on WBTR (41), Lafayette on KLFY (10.2), Lake Charles on KVHP (29.2), New Orleans on WUPL (54.1) and Shreveport on KPXJ (21.1). In Arkansas, fans can find the game in Fayetteville-Fort Smith on the Cox Channel (77/2077), Little Rock on KARZ (42.1) and Texarkana on KPXJ (21.1). Outlets outside the Southland footprint include Altitude 2 in Colorado and surrounding states, plus the Cox Channel (3/703) in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. WJXT (4.2) is the Southland affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. Nationwide, the game is available live on the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view package. Lake Charles New Orleans Southland.org/watch, Southland Conference App KLFY 10.2 (Live Well) ESPN GamePlan PPV KIDY 6.2 (MyNetwork) Fox College Sports Central Jacksonville WUPL 54.1 (MyNetwork) Southland Digital Network Beaumont-Port Arthur KBVO 14.1 (MyNetwork) Houston Arkansas Shreveport KCEN 6.2 (Cozi TV) National Texarkana KARZ 42.1 (MyNetwork) WJXT 4.2 (This TV) KDF 47 KUBE 57.1 El Paso ESPN3 WatchESPN.com, WatchESPN App LIVE COVERAGE ALSO AVAILABLE VIA SOUTHLAND.ORG/WATCH, ESPN3, ESPN GAMEPLAN AND ALTITUDE 2. National San Angelo The Southland TV Network is set to complete its seventh season. The first nine games of 2014 were pre-determined, while this week was marked for a wildcard choice, and ultimately the Bears-Bearkats showdown was selected. The network earned its seventh Telly Awards honor this summer, receiving a bronze statuette for live production of last season’s Sam Houston State vs. Southeastern Louisiana matchup. In addition, SLCTV has earned a pair of College Sports Media Award distinctions for live event production. Regional Dallas-Fort Worth KARK (LITTLE ROCK) WILL AIR GAME LIVE. KUBE (HOUSTON) WILL AIR GAME ON DELAY AT 3 PM CT. KVIA 7.2 (CW) KCEB 54.1 Oklahoma City
Troy 65, Nicholls 64Coastal Carolina 72, Central Arkansas 55 – Return to Top – The Chanticleers (9-3) dominated the second half, shooting 50 percent from the field and holding the Bears (0-10) to just 30 percent. UCA was just 9 of 30 after shooting 45.8 percent in the first half, good for a 27-26 halftime lead. “I don’t think it was selfish, I just think it was immaturity. Kind of like ‘I’m going to try to get us back in this thing.’ And it doesn’t work that way.’ “But that’s the first time we’ve been up 10. It’s little things, like learning to handle a 10-point lead in the first half. This is unlike anything I’ve gone through before, and in many ways its exciting. And it can also be discouraging at times. But the big thing is, they learn something every time we play.’ – Return to Top – “I think we took some poor shots and really didn’t execute the offense,’ said UCA head coach Russ Pennell. “That was the thing that discouraged me the most. Every time out, we just kept talking about letting the offense dictate where the shots were going to be taken. Then I think when we kind of started losing the lead, every guy individually tried his own thing. Howard went scoreless in the second half but still led the Bears with 15 points. Junior center Jake Zuilhof added 12 points for the Bears. Coastal Carolina had three players in double figures, led by Warren Gillis with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Badou Diagne added 17 points. The Colonels head into an eight-day Christmas and New Years holiday break before returning to action against Spring Hill on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Stopher Gym. Nicholls opened the second half on a 9-2 run, forcing a timeout from Troy Head Coach Phil Cunningham. Out of the timeout the Trojans proceeded to score 13 straight points to pull within one at the twelve-minute mark. With 8:50 remaining in the game, Ja’Dante’ Frye sank a free throw to give the Colonels a four point lead. Troy answered with an 8-0 run to take a 51-47 lead of its own. Nicholls regained the control and went up 56-53 after a T.J. Carpenter layup, but with three-minutes remaining, Musa Abdul-Aleem made a layup to cut the lead to one. The teams traded leads back and forth before Carpenter sank two clutch free throws that put the Colonels ahead 64-63. With nine seconds remaining in the game, Abdul-Aleem drove to the basket and missed two consecutive layups before getting his own rebound and sinking his third attempt as time expired. The second half was a different story as the Chanticleers used scoring runs of 10-0 and 12-0 to put the Bears away. Coastal Carolina’s lead reached double figures at the 8:45 mark. UCA was 1 of 10 from three-point range in the second half, following a 1-for-11 second half performance from beyond the arc in Wednesday’s game at New Mexico. The Bears got 15 points from freshman guard Jordan Howard in the opening 20 minutes and led by as much as 10 points with 4:30 left in the first half. Coastal Carolina scored 11 of the final 13 points of the half to pull within one at the break. The Bears had 8-0 and 10-0 scoring runs in the first half, while the Chanticleers had scoring droughts of 3:45 and 4:25. The Colonels (2-7) fell behind 9-0 early in the ballgame, but answered with a 12-0 run to take the lead and steal the momentum from the Trojans (5-4). The two teams traded buckets before Nicholls went on a 10-2 run over the final three minutes of the half. Amin Torres’ nailed three shots from beyond the arc over that span, punctuated by a three-pointer as the clock expired, giving the Colonels a 32-25, halftime lead. Torres led Nicholls offensively with 16 points off the bench. Sam McBeath paced the squad with six rebounds and Frye finished with a team-high three assists. Liam Thomas led the team with three blocks to go along with eight points. Troy 65, Nicholls 64THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team controlled the game for most of the day Sunday, but a last-second buzzer-beating layup allowed Troy University to steal a 65-64 victory in Stopher Gym. Coastal Carolina 72, Central Arkansas 55CONWAY, Ark. – In a game of scoring runs, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers put together the biggest ones at the most opportune times Sunday afternoon to record a 72-55 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Bears in non-conference action at the Farris Center. UCA takes a holiday break before hosting Morehead State on Monday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Farris Center. Abdul-Aleem finished with a double-double to lead the Trojans, scoring 22 points and adding 10 rebounds. Chris Bilbo finished with a team-leading four assists. “We are just so young and have so much to learn,’ said Pennell. “When we went on that run and we’re up 25-15, the team came over and we were celebrating like we won a national championship. And I told them, the emotion of this little run will wear off, and sure enough by half they’re back in it. Nicholls shot 40.7 percent from the floor and 28 percent from three-point range, while surrounding nearly identical statistics of 40.7 percent from the floor and 29.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Colonels downfall may have come at the charity strike as the team connected on just 50 percent (9-18) from the line. Nicholls won the battle of the boards 41-37, but was unable to grab a rebound on the final possession to secure the victory.