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first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State forward Kai Mitchell is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. In a 22-point victory over A&M-Corpus Christi, Mitchell poured in 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting in just 26 minutes and grabbed nine boards. He also blocked a pair of Islanders’ shots. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. The Haverstraw, N.Y., native averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in a pair of Bearkat wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist, extending the team’s win streak to six games. Mitchell and the Bearkats aim to stay perfect in league play (5-0) with a road contest against Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before returning home to host Lamar at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State – Jr. – Forward – Haverstraw, N.Y. He extended his double-digit scoring streak to five games and added a trio of blocks and assist against the Huskies. This marks the first player of the week honor for a Sam Houston State student-athlete in 2018-19. Honorable Mention: Jalone Friday, Abilene Christian; Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin; Hayden Koval, Central Arkansas Mitchell scored the first six points of the game and reached double digits in the first 10 minutes on his way to posting a game-high 18 points in a road triumph over Houston Baptist on Saturday.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK – Tiki Barber sat with three executives at the front of Studio 3A inside NBC’s home base. His blue New York Giants jersey had been traded for a sharp blue suit on this first day of the rest of his post-NFL life. NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol and NBC News president Steve Capus were on hand for the official announcement that one of the greatest players in Giants history will be joining the family. Barber will serve as a correspondent for the “Today” show and as an analyst for “Football Night in America,” the studio show that precedes the network’s Sunday night game telecasts. “Coach Coughlin was nothing but great for me as a player, but the grind took its toll on me,” Barber said. “It mentally forced me to start thinking about what I wanted to do next.” He spoke about not being given any practice days off from Coughlin despite being so beat up so often that he could hardly move. “He’d get mad at me for going half-speed,” Barber said. “I told him, `Coach, I can’t do it. I’m going to be out here. I’m never going to miss a practice, but I can’t give what you want all the time.’ He understood. “I think he has to start listening to the players a little bit more and come out their way. We’re in full pads for 17 weeks, and with the amount of injuries that we had, it just takes a toll.” So the preparations started for the next chapter, which the Giants’ all-time leading rusher and receiver also hopes will include Olympics coverage, but Barber is interested in more than just sports. There were talks with various networks, but Barber said, “My dream has always been to be on the `Today’ show.” So here he is, armed with a three-year deal and ready to work with his friend, co-host Matt Lauer. “He’s so smart and drives himself so hard that I think he’s a perfect fit for our show,” Lauer said. “I want him going out and doing stories in the political season and giving us a different perspective on a candidate. I think it’s important to get him out on parenting stories, education stories, health stories. He’s 31 years old. Fitness. What’s it like to stay healthy? What it’s like to change careers?” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I think he’s going to light up the screen,” Capus said. Barber lit up the field with 1,662 yards on the ground in his 10th season and made his third consecutive Pro Bowl.But he said the grind under head coach Tom Coughlin these last three years helped drive him out of the game at 31. last_img
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