FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Kyran Jackson is the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Abilene Christian’s Jeremiah Chambers is the Defensive Player of the Week, while Lamar’s Caleb Abron is the Special Teams Player of the Week. The league made the announcement Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Jackson is the first Bearkat in history to have both 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a single game and is the first Southland player to do so since McNeese’s Toddrick Pendland accomplished the feat in the Cowboys’ road upset of Appalachian State in 2009. Jackson is one of just two players in the FCS to achieve the 100/100 feat this season, joined by Robert Morris’ Terrence Stephens Jr. who also did so this past weeked against Duquesne. The Wildcats’ win was their first over a Top-25 team since a 37-35 win over then-No. 25 Stephen F. Austin in 2014. Defensive Players of the Week: Jeremiah Chambers, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Linebacker – Austin, TexasChambers posted his fourth double-digit tackle total of the season as he finished with 14 tackles (8 solo) in the Wildcats’ win over 11th-ranked Nicholls. The Fort Worth product’s 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Bearkats the lead for good. He also had a 56-yard catch in the fourth quarter, marking the longest play from scrimmage for the Kats this year. Honorable Mention: Darrel Colbert, Lamar; Darren Johnson, Southeastern Louisiana Honorable Mention: Matt Cummins, Central Arkansas; Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin; Devonte Williams, Southeastern Louisiana 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 junior linebacker’s efforts helped hold the Colonels’ offense — ranked third in the league entering the game — to 388 yards, 12 points and just one touchdown. Offensive Player of the Week: Kyran Jackson, Sam Houston State – So. – Running Back – Fort Worth, TexasJackson became the first Southland Conference player since 2009 to rush for more than 100 yards and have at least 100 yards receiving in the same game. The sophomore ran 23 times for 152 yards and a score, while also hauling in four passes for 116 yards, totaling 268 all-purpose yards. The Bearkats (4-2, 3-1 SLC) posted a 42-28 at Northwestern State on Oct. 13 to remain in the thick of the Southland championship race. Sam Houston stays on the road this weekend with a Saturday afternoon date at Lamar. The Wildcats (3-4, 2-3 SLC) pulled off the 44-34 upset victory over No. 11 Nicholls. ACU will travel to Southeastern Louisiana for a Saturday matchup. Meanwhile, Lamar (2-4, 1-3 SLC) handed Incarnate Word its first conference loss, 27-21, by way of a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown to claim the home win. Honorable Mention: Derick Roberson, Sam Houston; Chris Terrell, Central Arkansas Special Teams Player of the Week: Caleb Abrom, Lamar – Jr. – Defensive Back – DeSoto, TexasWith the game knotted at 21 with 12 seconds remaining, Incarnate Word lined up for the game-winning field goal. After calling three consecutive timeouts, Lamar blocked the kick which was scooped up by Abrom and returned 66 yards for the game-deciding touchdown. The 27-21 decisions was the Cardinals first Southland victory of the season and handed UIW its first conference loss of the year. The return helped end LU’s four-game skid. Chambers keyed a defense that pitched a second-half shutout and came up with two fourth-down stops late in the final quarter that kept the Colonels from cutting into ACU’s lead.
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OnlineUndoBryant joins Yao Ming in becoming an ambassador for basketball’s biggest competitionAs a global ambassador, Bryant will help promote the World Cup and take part in activities on the Road to China 2019 as well as at the first-ever 32-team edition of FIBA’s flagship competition.“Growing up in Italy and spending many years visiting China, I have always appreciated the global impact that basketball has had on the positive development of young people,” Bryant said. “I’m honored FIBA has invited me to serve as an ambassador for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. I hope my participation inspires and motivates the best players from the 32 participating teams to represent their respective country on the world’s biggest stage. I look forward to seeing who will lift the trophy next year.”Also Read: Kobe Bryant boosts business portfolio with body care line for athletesFIBA President Horacio Muratore welcomed the latest FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 global ambassador.“We’re thrilled and honored to have a basketball and sporting legend of Kobe Bryant’s caliber join us in building up to next year’s World Cup,” he said. “This speaks to the impressive stature of our flagship competition. With a record number of participating teams and as the culmination of the ongoing Qualifiers, the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China will be a truly unique event and the sporting fixture of 2019.“Kobe has proudly represented the USA on the world’s biggest stages, where he’s achieved the highest successes. As such, it’s only fitting to have him take on this role ahead of our biggest-ever competition.”Announcing Bryant as a global ambassador is the latest in an impressive list of exciting activities taking place ahead of the World Cup. Previous ones have included: unveiling Yao Ming as the first ambassador; revealing the competition’s logo and mascot; the start of the World Cup Qualifiers to determine the 31 teams joining hosts China; and marking 1 year to the start of China 2019 with the presentation of Tissot countdown clocks in all eight host cities.Before the competition tips off on August 31, more activities and milestones will take place, including the launch of the Trophy Tour and the competition’s draw on March 16, in Shenzhen.Also Read: Norwegian Airline announced as presenting partner of NBA London Game 2019 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Previous articleQatar Airways in talks for Premier League sponsorship: ReportNext articleWomen’s World Boxing Championship live on Star Sports Select, Select HD Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Formula 1 TAGSFIBA 2019 World CupFIBA Basketball World Cup 2019KOBE BRYANTNBA SHARE Cricket Former NBA and USA national team superstar Kobe Bryant has been appointed as global ambassador for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. Over the course of a stellar 20-year career, Bryant won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and two Olympic gold medals with the USA. He is widely considered to be one of the best players in basketball history and among the world’s greatest athletes.His popularity in China is second to none and this is reflected by the fact that he ranks as the most followed NBA player on Chinese social media, where he has some 6.84 million followers. 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