No. 1 Abilene Christian 4, No. 4 Nicholls 0 (Box Score)ACU cruised to the doubles point as the duos of Jackson Fine and Cole Lawson at No. 2 and Niko Moceanu and Riley Tran at No. 3 came out on top for the Wildcats. Fine and Lawson jumped out to a 5-0 advantage and, after dropping game six, put Moceanu and Tran in position to secure the doubles point with a 6-3 win. The brothers Sheehy, Josh and Jon, swept their Colonel counterparts in straight sets, and Freshman of the Year Dimitris Azoides secured the win while only surrendering two games in a 6-0, 6-2 victory. No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4, No. 3 Incarnate Word 2 (Box Score)UIW got off on the right foot in doubles with Paco Bendana and Caleb Dyer bouncing back from down 4-3 on No. 2 doubles and winning three-straight games to top William Mottet and Thomas Rodrigues Lopes 6-4. With the first and third-line doubles knotted up at 5-5, the Islanders would edge the top-flight match 7-5 and rode an electric atmosphere to a 7-5 tiebreak victory to win 7-6 at No. 3 doubles. A&M-Corpus Christi and UIW traded a pair of singles wins to make it 3-2, and Kyohei Yamanaka earned the match-winning point, topping Dyer 7-5 and 6-4. In the regular season, Abilene Christian edged the Islanders 5-2 in Abilene. The Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Championship is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday morning at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Saturday’s Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament championship match will pit a perennial title match participant against a rookie as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi makes its seventh-straight championship match appearance, against Abilene Christian. The Wildcats secured a spot in their first-ever title match on Friday.
Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Picking the NFL Most Valuable Player usually comes down to picking between a few good quarterbacks on a few good teams.This season is no exception.For FiveThiryEight’s Benjamin Morris, making an MVP pick (which for the first time in forever isn’t Peyton Manning) comes down to breaking a toss-up between three quarterbacks: the Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer, the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Cincinnati Bengals’ Andy Dalton. As it does for most people, Palmer’s 12-2 record as a starter for the Cardinals over the last two years compared to the 5-5 mark without him goes a long way in swaying Morris’ opinion.With Palmer, the Cardinals offense has scored 0.75 points above expectation per drive. Without him, this plummets to -0.11. This 0.86-point swing — per drive — is huge and can explain most of the Cardinals’ good fortune this year.Thus, on epistemic grounds alone, Palmer seems more likely than Dalton to be the best quarterback.…So let’s say it’s between Palmer and Brady.Unfortunately for New England, Brady doesn’t miss enough games to have his With or Without You (WOWY) stats measured very well.Between the three MVP candidates’ teams, Arizona’s offense has taken the biggest leap forward this season from last.It’s hurt Brady’s case that he’s hardly missed time to compare the Patriots’ offense without him in command. Plus, New England’s upswing on offense only returned the squad to past seasons’ production. Therefore, it’s hard to determine if it’s Brady, the scheme or other players that have made the Pats successful over the last several seasons. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As for Dalton and the Bengals, well, the catalyst to their ascent this year is even more mysterious.Cardinals fans would probably agree with Morris. Watching Palmer perform with the Cardinals, it’s pretty clear he’s incredibly important to their success.And isn’t that the definition of Most Valuable Player?