Drew, Vincent Named Southland Softball Athletes of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Emily Seidel, Abilene Christian; Kylee Studioso, Central Arkansas; Haley Baros, Sam Houston State; Laci Belovsky, Houston Baptist. Softball Weekly Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – McNeese State freshman second baseman Hailey Drew was named Southland Conference Softball Hitter of the Week while junior teammate Emily Vincent was selected as pitcher of the week, the league office announced Tuesday.  Hitter of the Week – Hailey Drew, McNeese StateDrew helped McNeese State capture the Houston Hilton Invitational with her explosive offense. The freshman from Fallbrook, Calif. (Fallbrook H.S.), hit a home run in three of the four games she played and had at least one RBI in each game. Drew batted an impressive .462 (6-for 13) with a slugging percentage of 1.308 and on-base percentage of .500. Drew had three home runs, two doubles, nine RBI and three runs scored on the week. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player. To receive honorable mention, a student-athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Honorable Mention: Peyton Webb, Sam Houston State; Melissa Herman, Houston Baptist; Sarah Bigej, Central Arkansas. Pitcher of the Week – Emily Vincent, McNeese StateFor the second consecutive week, Vincent earned the league’s weekly pitching honor after going 2-0 with wins over Houston and Northern Iowa. The junior right-hander from Sulphur, La. (Sulphur H.S.), struck out eight hitters and only allowed two runs on six hits in her two complete-game outings. Opponents hit only .133 against her and she posted a 1.00 ERA for the week. Vincent is now 4-0 on the year.last_img read more

NQ Cowboys thrash Leeds Rhinos in Club challenge

first_imgThe teams were deadlocked at 4-all after 40 minutes as Leeds threw an adventurous brand of football at the NRL champions but the Cowboys got pumped up for the season ahead by showing the type of patience that only comes with a premiership victory.The Cowboys scored 34 unanswered points in the second half which erupted nine minutes from full-time when Leeds prop Mitch Garbutt was sent off for punching James Tamou, Tamou himself sin-binned for a slap to the face of Keith Galloway that sparked the hostilities.The final scoreline was somewhat of an unfair reflection of what was a gripping contest for the first 40 minutes, the Leeds crowd taken out of the equation when North Queensland scored from the opening set of the second half.”It was tit for tat there going set for set and we made a few errors that put us under the pump but they’re a quality side, Leeds,” said Johnathan Thurston, was awarded the Graham Murray Medal as man of the match.”They’ve been at the top of the table for a number of years and we knew they were going to come at us hard which they did and we ended up controlling the ball in the second half and got some points.”It’s a good reward for last year and couldn’t be prouder of the boys. They’ve worked extremely hard the last couple of years and they deserve everything they get.”I see the sacrifices they make week in and week out and how hard they train so they deserve everything they get.”We’re a special bunch of guys now and we’ve achieved something special and we’re the world club champions now so they should be proud.”After the Roosters and Broncos had dished out floggings in the first two matches of the World Club Series, Leeds ensured the World Club Challenge will continue into the future with a spirited display that gave the boisterous home crowd plenty to cheer about.With a strong wind at their backs they kept the Cowboys to 4-all at half-time but a mistake from Ash Handley in trying to take a Johnathan Thurston bomb at the end of the first set handed the NRL champions an easy four-pointer to Kane Linnett and from that point they were never headed.Winger Kyle Feldt – who discarded Jordan Lilley with a brutal let-hand fend moments earlier – brushed aside England Test winger Ryan Hall to score in the 48th minute and Lachlan Coote grabbed his side’s fourth when he juggled a Thurston grubber kick that ricocheted off the legs of a Leeds defender close to the line.Having had the final hand in three of the first four tries Thurston claimed one for himself when he spun out of a tackle and dived over in the 65th minute, Justin O’Neill sliced through four minutes later and grabbed a second four minutes from full-time to close out a 34-point victory.With a vastly different looking team to that which swept all before them in the Super League in 2015 Leeds chanced their hand from the opening set of the game, former Manly forward Adam Cuthbertson with an audacious offload in the very first tackle as they looked to unsettle the Cowboys defence.Having created history by naming the same 17 that won the grand final – the first team in the history of the World Club Challenge to do so – the Cowboys were greeted not only by a willing Leeds team but driving rain and a stiff wind in the first 40 minutes.On the back of their first penalty of the game Thurston laid on the opening try of the game for Michael Morgan, an aggressive decoy run by Ethan Lowe creating space on the outside for Morgan to slice through and score wide out in the 22nd minute.Cuthbertson’s insistence on never dying with the football in his grasp eventually paid dividends in the 32nd minute when he crashed into two Cowboys defenders close to the line and then popped a pass back to Leeds captain Rob Burrow who dived over to level the scores but that would be the only cause for celebration for the home side.James Tamou (127m) and Ben Hannant (152m) were outstanding up front for the Cowboys, Coote was faultless in difficult conditions and Thurston picked up where he left off in 2015 with a classy display that sparked the majority of North Queensland’s points.North Queensland Cowboys 38 (Justin O’Neill 2, Michael Morgan, Kane Linnett, Kyle Feldt, Lachlan Coote, Johnathan Thurston tries; Johnathan Thurston 5 goals) def. Leeds Rhinos 4(Rob Burrow try) at Headingley Stadium. Penalties: 12-5 Leeds. Half-time: 4-all. Graham Murray Medal: Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys). Sent off: Mitchell Garbutt (Leeds Rhinos). Sin bin: James Tamou (Cowboys).last_img read more

Fr. Martin Summer cup returns with 32 teams

first_imgLATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Rey Guevarra cruises to record-tying 5th PBA Slam Dunk title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Other schools in Group A are Treston, AMA University, and Manila University.UAAP Season 81 runner-up University of the Philippines is the top school for Group A with Far Eastern University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, College of St. Benilde, San Sebastian College also in the fold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDiliman College and La Consolacion College are also in Group B.Games will be played at San Beda and at SGS Gym in Quezon City. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs MANILA, Philippines—A total of 32 teams are set to see action in the 25th season of the Fr. Martin’s Cup Summer League that will start on April 6 at the campus of defending champion San Beda.The Red Lions, also the reigning NCAA champions, headline Group A that includes Arellano University, University of Perpetual Help, and UAAP’s De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far The high school division, meanwhile, has 14 schools with Group A comprising of Letran, FEU, University of Santo Tomas, San Beda-Manila, Diliman College, St. Patrick’s High School, and AMA.Adamson University, San Beda-Rizal, Arellano, Lyceum, Treston, San Sebastian, and La Consolacion are in Group B.The women’s division will have five teams competing for the title with defending champion National University, the owner of five UAAP titles, staking its claim to the throne against UST, FEU, La Salle, and University of the East.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Bishop Belleh Reminds Liberians of God’s Prophecy

first_imgBishop M. Wolo Belleh of the Bethel World Outreach Ministries International (BWOMI) 1st Diocese of Liberia and Guinea has emphasized that God has strategically established the people of Liberia and therefore, they must continue to do the work of the Lord.He spoke last Sunday at the Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service at BWOMI in Congo Town where he emphasized that God has strategically established Liberians and that they must continue to hold on together in peace and unity.According to him, Liberia is blessed and sometimes the people in the country don’t see it that way except for those who reside out of the country who come and see how the country is being blessed.“We are God’s Israel in Africa when He repeatedly said this in His prophecy, but we usually over look to the contrary as a people and nation,” the prelate told the congregation.Bishop Belleh said Liberians need to stop complaining and shun the acts that have the propensity to undermine the good work of the Lord as well as stop fighting each other as a congregation.He stressed the need for church leaders to be people of example in both churches and ministries and not the type to undermine each other, but to rise up with strength and unity to definitely move the people and the nation higher.”According to him, there is a need to maximize what God has given to us as a nation and people.He revealed that he has been assigned a task to launch the BWOMI in Guinea Bissau, which he believes God will bring into reality. Referring to the debate on Christianizing Liberia, Bishop Belleh said it was a high wisdom, but urged the citizens to believe wherever God will lead the nation as a people.“The thing we want is that Liberia be a Christianized nation either by constitution or preaching the gospel, if the church rises up in reaching out to the lost. We need to pray and see how God will lead us,” he maintained.Earlier, Rev. Dr. Jonathan C. Taylor, who delivered the keynote address, stressed the need for the country to strive in preparing its citizens for the future.He said leaders must understand that they were called before birth by God who prepared them for a special mission.The thanksgiving celebration was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Senator George Manneh Weah of Montserrado County, among others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Disabled But Able: From Begging to Business

first_imgThe 30-year-old physically challenged runs a small scale business in a stationed wheelbarrow on Gurley Street in Monrovia. He sells body lotion, lavender and other cosmetic products.“Street selling is a difficult thing to do, especially for people like me. People insult me and take my goods away…many days. “Look at me, I can’t fight them…even though I sometimes feel like, but I don’t have the foot or strengthen to fight.“I only leave them with God when people rob me and forcibly take away my market,” Vanney lamented.Having come to Monrovia in 2000, Vanney said he was optimistic earning a better wage when one of his aunts afforded him the opportunity. “It was my aunty, Oldma Kula, who helped me come to Monrovia. My hope was very high. But, when we came in 2000 from Voinjama, I turned out becoming a beggar in the street,” he said.However, Vanney said he started up doing business after saving up to L$3,000 from alms he received at various street corners.According to Vanney, he dreams of one day growing from selling in a wheelbarrow to selling in a shop. However, he said, examining his current condition and financial status, it will take him almost forever before reaching that level.He said he is seeking a loan or financial aid from any financial institution as well as all humanitarian institutions and individuals to help achieve his business goals, which profit has over the years only facilitated rental fees and meeting limited life enhancement. Vanney hopes Liberians from all works of life will provide him the needed financial support to ensure he transcends from his present business status to, maybe, a shop or storeowner.“I feel very proud earning my own money rather than begging on the streets and I wish others out there like me could do likewise,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Evaluating high-priced rugs is a lot like evaluating prison security

first_imgDear Editor,A former Commissioner of Police doing immigration. A former investment banker on an ambassadorship in India. These men are working out of their areas of training and expertise.Running a Government is about recruiting skilled and competent people. Bureaucracies must be managed to deliver goods and services efficiently. All sound political and management principles we had learnt and inherited from the British colonial masters have been thrown out the window. And, we as a nation became bungling and backward.I am in New Delhi purchasing rugs. The salesman threw out one and said price is 00; another 00; and yet another 00. The cheapest looked prettier and more aesthetic to my eyes. I have no idea how to evaluate rugs. The salesman said to look under the rug for stitches per square inch, the more stiches the more expensive.Minister Ramjattan is touring Camp Street Prison and Lusignan’s improvised holding facility. Knowing nothing about prison control and safety – like me knowing nothing about rugs – Ramjattan simply did not know what the hell he was looking at. A disaster was waiting to happen, but he could not see it. He could have asked his subordinates simple questions and he would have gotten answers to help him realise the folly of housing dangerous criminals in a cow pasture without armed guards watching over them 24 hours a day.Some managers ask a lot of questions; they are “a quick study” and they make good managerial decisions. Some folks are too lazy. They will screw up every time.The very definition of Guyanese politics works against competency. You were a good organiser, loyal to the party – but have no formal or technical education or training – and you will get a ministerial job. This nation called Guyana will pay a huge price for this crazy politics.By the way, the real price for the 00 price-tagged rug was 00. Like me a tourist waiting to be scammed, Ramjattan, a Cabinet Minister waiting to be exposed as a square peg neatly fitted in a round hole.Sincerely,Mike Persaudlast_img read more

GPS monitoring for Kenya sevens team

first_imgThis emerged on Wednesday during the naming of the squad for the next two legs of the HSBC World Sevens Series in Wellington, New Zealand and Las Vegas as the competition reaches its mid way mark with Kenya lying sixth on the log.“We will start using the GPS systems as early as next week. The units are already in the country and we will start with ten units to monitor ten core players including the seven on the pitch.“The system helps in monitoring the heart and work rate of the player. We will be able to make decisions in an informed way such as during substitutions. We will know whether the player is tired or is not training since we can monitor a player every day,” Philip Jalango, the national team’s elite performance official at KRU explained.Team captain, Andrew Amonde, hailed the introduction of the satellite system saying it would help in evaluating the players’ output.“They will enhance the performance of our players and help the management in building better players. We are looking forward to see the positive things they will bring to our team and we welcome them,” the skipper added.Amonde will lead out the team to New Zealand and Las Vegas that sees Michael Wanjala, who missed out on the Port Elizabeth party back to the team with former skipper, Sydney Ashioya among the non travelling reserves.“Ashioya got injured in the last tour but he has recovered fully and getting back to fitness. Wanjala was unavailable from the last tour due to exams and Fabian Olando is back as well.“The most important thing to understand is that the changes are positional and we are looking at the combinations to work through. Non-travelling reserves are crucial because it’s a crucial time and there is a short turn around between New Zealand and Las Vegas and Hong Kong and Japan,” Felix Ochieng, the assistant coach and analyst who named the squad outlined.“For the upcoming tour, we are looking at players who can play in more than one position and understand those positions to come up with the desired results,” the tactician added.With Kenya seeking to bounce back after their early momentum in Adelaide and Dubai was halted at Port Elizabeth, the team pledged to find their way back to the top.“We are sixth in the log and every team has seen what we are capable of and they want to beat us. It is for us to protect what we have and build up on that.“The midway of the season is usually the hardest part because teams are looking to move at the table and teams at the top are looking to maintain. The points you get here will give you the cement ahead of the last three tournaments. “We want to go better than last, we have already made two semi finals and our aim is first to get out of the group and perform well from the semis,” Ochieng underscored.“What happened in South Africa was a big lesson to the players that took a lot away from us. We can’t live by looking at the mistakes that happened, we have to on and we have worked on what we want to do as a team and to correct our mistakes.“I ask our fans to be behind us and the biggest inspiration is to go out and win. As players, we have set our minds to go out there and do the best to our level,” Amonde added.The team management announced they had put contingency plans in place to reduce effects of jet lag for the team that departs for New Zealand on Friday for the leg that opens a day later where Kenya have been pooled alongside France, Argentina and Tonga.“We must always been on our guard and we must always be on top of our game. In Australia and Dubai we did well but the World Series is ruthless and competitive and in Port Elizabeth we had our wake up call.“If you sink in your laurels, you will sink and the captain is a man of action and we expect better results in Wellington and Las Vegas,” KRU chair, Mwangi Muthee urged.WELLINGTON/LAS VEGAS SQUADSquad to Wellington and Las VegasAndrew Amonde (KCB RFC, Captain), Oscar Ouma (Menengai Oil Nakuru), Davis Chenge (Western Bulls), Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz RFC), Philip Wamae (KCB), Horace Otieno (Mwamba RFC), Fabian Olando (KCB RFC), Michael Wanjala (Strathmore Leos), Biko Adema (Total Nondies), William Ambaka (Lunch Bar Quins), Collins Injera, Dennis Ombachi (Mwamba RFC).Non Travelling Reserves: Sidney Ashioya, Patrice Agunda (Lunch Bar Quins), Billy Lamech Odhiambo (Strathmore Leos)Management: Mike Friday (Head Coach), Felix Ochieng (Assistant Coach & Analyst), Chris Brown (Strength and Conditioning Coach), George Odhiambo (Physiotherapist), Steve Sewe (Team Manager)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 23- For the first time, the national rugby sevens team will have Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) facilities monitoring its performance.Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has partnered with service provider Gammin to roll out the system that will allow coaches to make calls on players by using data availed by their performances in matches and training.last_img read more

On-song Costa keeps Chelsea cruising

first_imgCosta put the hosts on course for victory in the 11th minute and Eden Hazard added a second in the 25th minute, shortly before Claudio Yacob was dismissed for an ugly, two-footed lunge on Costa.The one-sided win extended Jose Mourinho’s side’s lead at the head of the table to seven points, 48 hours before second-place Southampton travel to Aston Villa.And the manner of victory only reinforced the growing consensus that the title is destined to end up at Stamford Bridge next May.Costa and Cesc Fabregas had both been left out of the Spain squad for the recent international break to allow them to recover from niggling injuries.Speaking before the game, Mourinho claimed Costa was now free of his hamstring and groin problems and ready to play a full role in the crowded schedule leading up to the turn of the year.And the striker appeared ominously sharp right from the opening moments of the game as Chelsea simply swept West Brom aside.It had taken a controversial late penalty from Hazard to deny Albion a deserved victory in last season’s corresponding fixture, but 12 months on, there was never any doubt Chelsea would secure the three points.The home side would have been ahead within five minutes but for the sharp reactions of West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, who stuck out a leg to repel John Terry’s close-range effort.Foster would continue to play a major role in the visitors’ efforts to keep Chelsea at bay.– Matic squanders chance –But the England man had no chance with the 11th-minute opening goal, which demonstrated why Chelsea have been so formidable in attack this season.Oscar collected the ball wide on the left and, seeing Costa free in space near the penalty spot, picked out his team-mate with a superb cross that the striker collected on his chest before volleying home.It seemed only a matter of time before a second goal came along, despite the best efforts of Foster, who produced a full-length save to block Oscar’s powerful shot.Chelsea’s passing and movement were outstanding, with Fabregas, Willian, Oscar and Hazard combining to repeatedly expose the West Brom back-line.The last thing Alan Irvine’s side needed, then, was to gift the home team the opportunity to double their lead from a 25th-minute corner.But when Stephane Sessegnon failed to track Hazard’s run towards the near post, the Belgium winger was able to collect Fabregas’s corner unchallenged and drill the ball beneath Foster via a slight deflection.Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Yacob conjured an even more spectacular act of self-destruction that forced his side to play for 61 minutes with 10 men.West Brom were facing humiliation, but they were spared by Chelsea’s failure to go for the kill after the break.Nemanja Matic volleyed over when he should have scored after being picked out by yet another fine Oscar pass and Foster again saved well from Hazard.But Mourinho’s side were also guilty of over-elaborating in the final third of the pitch and failed to translate their territorial dominance into more goals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, November 21- Diego Costa struck his 11th goal in 10 Premier League games as leaders Chelsea cruised to a comfortable 2-0 home win over 10-man West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.last_img read more

Prisoner on run in Nashville style

first_imgGay, who has a history of theft involving trucks and other heavy equipment, escaped during a bathroom break in Hardeeville, S.C., as he was being taken from Texas to face felony theft charges in Alabama. The van was taking a route allowing it to pick up prisoners in other states. He stole a pickup truck in South Carolina and made his way more than 300 miles northwest to Manchester, Tenn., where he stole a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer filled with $300,000 worth of merchandise, police said. On Tuesday, Gay got to within 50 yards of his mother’s house, about 25 miles northwest of Nashville, but abandoned the Wal-Mart truck and fled into some woods, authorities said. “What he done was wrong, but he knows his mama don’t have long,” his mother, Anna Shull, told The Tennessean this week. Efforts to contact Gay’s family were unsuccessful Friday. Authorities don’t think Gay got to see his mother. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It has all the makings of a country song: an escaped prisoner, his terminally ill mother, a Wal-Mart truck, NASCAR and a Nashville singer’s tour bus. Since Christopher Daniel Gay, 32, escaped from a prisoner transport van Sunday in South Carolina, police say, he has evaded a five-state manhunt by stealing a pickup, a big rig and the bus that belongs to singer Crystal Gayle. No one has been reported injured, and the search for him continued Friday. Initially, police say, his motive for fleeing was simple. “I take it he was just trying to see his mom,” said Michael Douglas, the police chief in Pleasant View, Tenn., near the home where Gay’s mother is dying of cancer. Since then, authorities believe he stole the bus belonging to Gayle – the younger sister of Loretta Lynn, known for her long hair and hits such as “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” A man believed to be Gay arrived Thursday night at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., telling the track’s manager he was there with NASCAR racer Tony Stewart and asking him for help getting a new generator for the tour bus he was driving, officials said. The Speedfest 2007 event is being held there this week, but there are no plans for Stewart to appear. “His story just started having a lot of inconsistencies, so we asked him for some identification,” said speedway President Bill Martino in a phone interview Friday. The man, who Martino said was clean-cut and dressed nicely, refused and fled. Track officials, suspicious of the man’s story, provided authorities with the license plate number of the tour bus. Gayle didn’t know the bus was missing from the Nashville garage where it was parked until speedway officials called Thursday night, police said. Her husband and manager, Bill Gatzimos, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Friday, but he told WSMV-TV, “There’s got to be a country song in having your bus stolen and taken for a joyride by a fugitive.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Russia given ‘suspended’ ban from Euro 2016

first_img0Shares0000A Russian fan wearing a balaclava rushes towards an England supporter as violence kicked off at full-time.PHOTO/courtesy.PARIS, France, June 14 – UEFA on Tuesday told Russia it would be kicked out of the European Championship if its fans cause one more incident of stadium trouble during the tournament.Europe’s governing body declared Russia responsible for the stadium disturbances, racist chanting and fireworks thrown during the Russia-England game in Marseille on Saturday. It ordered the “suspended disqualification” of the team and fined the Russian Football Union Sh17.1 m ($170,000).“This disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament,” said the UEFA disciplinary commission decision.“Such suspension will be lifted if incidents of a similar nature (crowd disturbances) happen inside the stadium at any of the remaining matches of the Russian team during the tournament,” it added.UEFA stressed that its order only applied to trouble inside stadiums where the governing body is responsible for security.Russia are playing Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday, sparking fears its fans will come into contact with English fans whose team is playing Wales in nearby Lens on Thursday.After the 1-1 draw in Marseille, Russian fans crossed security barriers inside the Stade Velodrome and attacked England fans. Dozens of English supporters, including women and children, had to flee across security barriers to escape.UEFA had already warned Russia and England that it could disqualify them if there was more trouble. But only Russia was charged over the conduct of its fans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more