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No. 6 Islanders’ High-Tide Offense Washes Over No. 3 Nicholls

By on May 31, 2020

first_imgChadwick’s team achieved its biggest goal – stopping three-time All-Southland guard Cassidy Barrios. The heart and soul of Nicholls’ (20-11) team, Barrios was held to 1-for-9 shooting in the first half as the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament MVP finished with only 11 points on 2-for-17 field goal attempts, despite adding seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.“We just weren’t hitting shots like we usually do,” said Barrios, who streak of scoring at least 20 points was snapped at four games. Her scoring output matched season-low, which came against Texas Southern on November 24.Much of the credit in stopping Barrios came from All-Defensive selection Alexes Bryant, whose size and speed helped to disrupt Nicholls’ all-time leading scorer, who was held without a three-pointer for only the third time this season.The Islanders shot just 32 percent from the field, but their aggressive nature on the glass made up for their struggles. Making the most of a whopping 24 offensive rebounds, A&M-CC scored 25 points off second chances while also turning 16 Colonels turnovers into 23 points.“We didn’t lose (Friday),” said Nicholls coach DoBee Plaisance. “There were a lot of lessons, and I’m in a place with these kids that, no matter what, we’re always, always going to be in that number. It was a tough one (Friday) and there’s certainly some things we could have done better, but I feel like we played hard.”The Islanders never trailed after Bryant – who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds – scored off an Emma Young pass to give them a 4-2 lead with 6:53 left in the first quarter. A&M-Corpus Christi took a 33-26 lead into intermission and were able to stretch the lead to as much as 16 points early in the third quarter before the Colonels worked back into striking distance at 49-40 with 3:12 left in the quarter.WBB: Young feeds Booth, and this @islanderswbb team is rolling. 58-43 advantage now over @nicholls_WBB. 7:48 remains in regulation. Winner gets @SFA_WBB Saturday.?? https://t.co/5nVFM9IfxF ???? @espn apps #GeauxColonels #ShakasUp #SouthlandStrong ?? #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/tEn4qlk8O9— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 15, 2019 Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Almost two months had passed since Texas A&M-Corpus Christi endured an 85-55 loss at Nicholls. On Friday, the Islanders showed the defending Southland Conference women’s basketball tournament champions that they were a different team than the one that day in Thibodaux, La.The sixth-seed Islanders kept their tournament championship dreams alive and dashed the hopes of a repeat for the No. 3-seed Colonels with a 69-56 victory at the Merrell Center on Friday afternoon. The win places A&M-Corpus Christi (16-15) into Saturday’s semifinal matchup against No. 2-seed Stephen F. Austin at 3:30 p.m. CT.“I thought our defense was once again March-ish,” said Islanders coach Royce Chadwick. “I thought we did the things that we had to do to play team schemes. Nicholls had a bad shooting night and we coupled that with our good defense. I thought it played into our hands.”WBB: After losing to Nicholls by 30 in the regular season, @IslandersWBB pulled off an impressive upset today. They’re into the tournament semifinals. Time to grab the team magnet and run to the big backstage bracket! #ShakasUp #SouthlandStrong ?? #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/bZaeO5ED3d— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 15, 2019 Corpus Christi sealed the win with a 12-3 stretch that helped give them a 60-43 cushion with 7:22 left. At that point, Barrios had just one field goal as the Colonels struggled to find an offensive pulse without her.Trailing 61-43 with 5:35 left, the defending champs made one last push with a 9-0 run that closed the margin to nine with just under three minutes to play. The Colonels appeared on the verge of cutting the gap further before Young’s block of Airi Hamilton’s layup attempt triggered a fast break that led to Bryant’s layup on the other end with 2:12 remaining that proved to be the knockout blow.last_img read more

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Southland Football TV Selections Announced for Week Five

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first_imgHouston Baptist, the reigning STATS FCS Team of the Week following a 53-52 road win at South Dakota, will wrap its non-conference slate for a 6 p.m. contest with Texas Southern. That game can be seen on ESPN3. ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. *Southland Conference Game**All Times Central Saturday, September 28* Sam Houston State at McNeese, 6 p.m., ESPN+* Stephen F. Austin at Lamar, 6 p.m., ESPN+* Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State, 6 p.m., Cox Sports Television/ESPN+Texas Southern at Houston Baptist, 6 p.m., ESPN3Nicholls at Texas State, 6 p.m., ESPN+ FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its television partners have revealed game selections and broadcast times for football games to be played on Saturday, Sept. 28. While choices for the first four weeks of the regular season were completed during the summer, the remaining weeks will see picks made 12 days prior to kickoff.ESPN+ will feature Sam Houston State on the road at McNeese in a conference tilt. It will be the second Southland contest for both teams. The Bearkats open their season this Saturday, Sept. 21, as host to UIW, while McNeese is at Abilene Christian.The game is one of four games showcasing Southland teams on ESPN+ on Sept. 28. Lamar will host Stephen F. Austin in another conference match-up, while Nicholls will close out its non-conference schedule at Texas State for a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN+.Cox Sports Television is set to provide regional coverage of Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State. The Lions have won seven straight in the series. ESPN+ will simulcast the production outside CST’s territory.center_img Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com. About ESPN+last_img read more

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SHARP CALIFORNIA-BREDS SPICED PERFECTION & QUEEN BEE TO YOU HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $200,000 LA CANADA STAKES AS FILLIES & MARES GO 1 1/16 MILES

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first_imgDer Lu–Drayden Van Dyke–120Zusha–Tiago Pereira–120Queen Bee to You–Ruben Fuentes–122Message–Mike Smith–120Kaydetre–Brice Blanc–120Horologist–Joe Bravo–122Spiced Perfection–Joel Rosario–122Starr of Quality–Geovanni Franco–120First post time for a nine-race card Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. SHARP CALIFORNIA-BREDS SPICED PERFECTION & QUEEN BEE TO YOU HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $200,000 LA CANADA STAKES AS FILLIES & MARES GO 1 1/16 MILES ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2020)–A pair of recent graded stakes winners that were bred in California, trainer Peter Miller’s Spiced Perfection and Andrew Lerner’s Queen Bee to You, head a field of eight older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 La Canada Stakes, to be contested at a mile and one sixteenth over the Santa Anita main track.By far the most accomplished runner in the race with earnings of $1.2 million, Spiced Perfection comes off a 2 ¼ length win going a one turn mile at Aqueduct in the Grade III Go For Wand Handicap on Dec. 7.Queen Bee to You ran the best race of her career in winning the Grade III Bayakoa Stakes by 3 ½ lengths over a track listed as “good” at Los Alamitos on Dec. 8 in what was her first graded stakes victory.SPICED PERFECTIONOwner:  Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable & Peter DeutschTrainer:  Peter MillerA two-time Grade I winner, this 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Smiling Tiger, out of Perfect Feat, by Pleasantly Perfect, led gate to wire, winning the Grade III Go For Wand by 2 ¼ lengths on Dec. 7 and will likely stalk the early pace in the La Canada when ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario.  A stakes winner at four different tracks dating back to her 2-year-old year, Spiced Perfection will be trying a mile and one sixteenth for only the second time in her career as she finished a close second versus statebreds in the Melair Stakes 12 races back here on June 3, 2018.  She is 20-9-5-2 overall with earnings of $1,214,405.QUEEN BEE TO YOUOwner:  Christopher St. Hilaire & Adam ValiTrainer:  Andrew LernerA stirring 4 ½ length winner going seven furlongs versus statebreds in the Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 17, this 6-year-California-bred mare by Old Topper, out of Silk Queen by Touch Gold stretched out to 1 1/16 miles over a wet track listed as “good” at Los Alamitos Dec. 8 and rallied for an emphatic 3 ½ length win under Ruben Fuentes, who rides back on Saturday.  Conditioned by a young trainer on the ascendency here in Southern California, Queen Bee to You is a “now” horse that should be extremely tough in her 33rd career start.  With earnings of $538,770, she has an overall mark of 32-7-11-5.THE GRADE III LA CANADA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTlast_img read more

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Holder calls for improvements

By on January 20, 2020

first_img LAST YEAR’S MATCH Last year, the Caribbean side suffered a 3-0 whitewash away to the Sri Lankans, and Holder said they were expecting a strong challenge from them again, along with a tough showing from Zimbabwe. “It’s going to be tough. Obviously, they are two good teams. Sri Lanka play good cricket, and, obviously, are of a higher rank than us, and Zimbabwe have a point to prove,” the all-rounder explained. “They are playing in their backyard as well, so they will be [familiar] with their conditions. It’s a situation where we have to assess as early as possible and go out and play some good aggressive cricket.” West Indies endured a long difficult tour of the United Arab Emirates recently, where they were trounced in the Twenty20, one-day and Test series by Pakistan. Their only success came in the final Test in Sharjah when they produced an admirable performance to win by five wickets. Holder said the camp in Potchefstroom had been a great chance for the unit to re-assess. “We had a good week in Potchefstroom. I thought the guys had a few days off to catch themselves and recuperate after the long series in Dubai,” he said. “It’s just a situation where we got what we wanted out of the training camp and moving into the [Tri-Nations Series]. I think we are much better prepared.” HARARE, Zimbabwe, (CMC): Captain Jason Holder hopes the key areas addressed during the recent one-week camp in South Africa will see West Indies turn the page on their dodgy One-Day International form in the Tri-Nations Series here, which bowled off yesterday. West Indies were swept 3-0 by Pakistan last month and have now lost 12 of their last 16 games in the last four bilateral series. They were good enough to reach the final of the Tri-Nations Series against Australia and South Africa in the Caribbean earlier this year, but lost to the Aussies. “I think it is a situation where we need to come together as a team. We’ve struggled in the last few one-day series in terms of batting the 50 overs and that is one area we have addressed,” Holder said ahead of his side’s first game tomorrow. “In terms of the bowling, we need to be a lot better in the first power play, and then we have to close in the last 10 overs. Those are the significant areas we have paid some attention to. “I think once we do that and we string some big partnerships [together]. In the past, I think we have found ourselves getting a lot of starts but not carrying on – we leave less for the middle and lower order to do.” West Indies open their campaign against Sri Lanka before taking on the hosts on Saturday in their second outing.last_img read more

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Why were 6 Govt Ministers at the CCJ?

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,It is with great dismay that I observed the presence of no less than six Ministers of Guyana’s Government in attendance as ‘observers’ during proceedings at the Caribbean Court of Justice.None of these Ministers is directly involved in any of the cases being heard.Christopher Ram has already raised a valid question of taxpayers funding this cheerleading exercise.What concerns me most is the early corruption of two new Members of Parliament (MP) and Ministers, namely, Ministers Tabitha Sarabo-Halley (Public Service) and Hemraj Rajkumar (Business).These two Ministers have only been appointed two weeks ago, it is not unreasonable for the taxpaying citizens to expect service given the hefty remuneration and benefits packages that accompany the job. However, the two Ministers find themselves in the viewing gallery of the CCJ and not performing the functions of their offices.Instead of immediate focus on the job, these two Ministers have been handed titles and asked to perform political acts instead of honest labour to deliver service to the people of Guyana.Editor, this pattern of corruption where political favours are asked of appointees and agencies is very much a feature of the Granger Administration with attending consequences. Familiarity breeds contempt. It has in the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), where the use of the agency for political witch hunting led to employees becoming corrupt by the thought of favours owed for partisan actions taken. It does not take much extrapolation to reach the conclusion that two new Ministers now feel special consideration is now owed for overt support given in person at the Caribbean Court of Justice.The irony of being asked to perform a political act does them great harm and that point is sadly lost on them or perhaps refusal was not an option.Regards,Roodi Balgobinlast_img read more

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Samukai Lauds Egypt for Multiple Scholarships, to Liberians

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgDefense Minister Brownie J. Samukai Jr. has thanked the Egyptian Government and people for the invaluable support to the Liberian Defense sector over the years and making available several scholarships to the sector at a time when capacity enhancement remains critical to the branding of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as a “Force for Good”. Minister Samukai, according to a Defense Ministry release, described the relations between the Egyptian Defense sector and Liberia’s as one that transcends bilateral relations. He welcomed the two-man Egyptian delegation to his office stressing that the defense sector of both countries strive for the common security interests of the African continent through friendly exchanges.Samukai added: “The AFL and the entire defense sector are very pleased with the offers that Egypt has made and will take full advantage of them to benefit our soldiers and other personnel.”Minister Samukai made the remarks last Friday when Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs and Special Egyptian Envoy, Ambassador Mohamed Edrees, leading the two-man delegation, paid a courtesy call on the Minister at his Barclay Training Center office in Monrovia. Ambassador Edrees was accompanied by Egyptian Ambassador to Liberia Alaa Khaira Issa.Minister Samukai and the special Egyptian Envoy held discussions on capacity building, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) transition, and regional and continental security concerns. They also dialogued on charting a partnership course in the field of medicine between both militaries and utilizing technical skills and capacities that Egypt has placed at the disposal of the AFL during UNMIL’s transition.Ambassador Edrees lauded Minister Samukai and the High Command of the AFL for demonstrating the high level of leadership since the AFL was reconstructed as part of Liberia’s peace process that ended the 14 long years of civil crisis. He said he was optimistic that his discussions with Minister Samukai would further strengthen the continuing cooperation in the military and security field, which is an important aspect of Egypt and Liberia’s bilateral relations. “The visit is coming in the context of assessing our support and our solidarity with our brothers and sisters here in Liberia as demonstrated by our keeping the Egyptian embassy continually open dating from 1957,” said Ambassador Edrees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LEC to Connect 100k Businesses, Homes in 2 Years

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first_imgFirst from right, LEC’s communications manager Mr. Bedell, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Penaan, special adviser, revenue protection and Mr. Zimbe The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) says about 100,000 businesses and homes will be connected over the next two years in Monrovia and its environs.Noel J. Walsh, head of LEC’s Special Taskforce, speaking at a news conference in over the weekend in Monrovia, admitted that the corporation has been slow in responding to power distribution in some communities.“We have several projects that are currently ongoing and will see communities connected. These projects will focus on those that have been bypassed over the years. Donors are helping to fund many of the projects,” Walsh said.According to him, about 4,500 customers have already made payments, and are yet to be connected due to limited meters in the country. “We are also focusing on customers who have faulty meters, which have increased to 3,000 plus customers.”Mr. Walsh, however, called for stakeholders’ support, including community dwellers, and media practitioners in fighting power theft as the corporation continues to lose over 50 percent of power generated to illegal customers and criminals.“Many of our customers keep complaining because of lack of connection after they made payments. “We have procured enough meters, including single face and double face and will begin connecting them,” Mr. Walsh said.“We will connect at least 6,000 customers in Caldwell before the end of December, which will cover most of the consumers/customers. We want to clear all of our customers who are facing meters problem and will begin to focus on new connections,” Mr. Walsh stated.He said the corporation is poised to increase revenue collection, which will help to connect more customers and also make power affordable for the people.Mr. Walsh indicated that no entity will function properly in the wake of huge losses, especially over 50 percent of the power generated being consumed illegally.“Additionally, we have begun revamping the corporation’s system to ensure that it’s digitalized. We want to ensure that customers stop paying money to individuals for power,” he said.Commenting on the progress made by the corporation’s taskforce, Mr. Walsh said over 750 illegal customers have been disconnected over the past weeks while 400 customers also were connected.Meanwhile, the Bushrod Island Magisterial Court has charged a 22-year old man, identified as Layee Keita for illegally tampering with LEC’s power lines.Keita was arrested on Sunday, September 30 in the Clara Town community by officers of the Liberia National Police through the help of community residents.“We consider this arrest as a major boost in the fight against power theft. The arrest of Keita will reinforce our campaign against power theft, which is negatively impacting the corporation’s revenue,” Winston Bedell, LEC Communications Manager said.Mr. Bedell indicated that the LEC will use the law in dealing with individuals found impersonating as employees of the corporation or engaging into power theft.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Crash cuts short weekend races at Northern Lights Raceway

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It was a nerve-wracking weekend at Northern Lights Raceway as the drag strip saw its first major incident in several years’ time.Acting Race Director James Rutherford says that the incident happened on Sunday during the first elimination round in the Pro bracket. Rutherford said that the driver, who declined to be named, was on the starting block and floored the accelerator when the Christmas tree lights turned green. “That car has always been a bit of a wheel-spinner,” Rutherford said. He explained that the force of the wheelie snapped the car’s wheelie bars, which caused the car to rapidly pitch upward. According to Rutherford, when the driver let off on the gas pedal, the car’s front end quickly came out of the wheelie and impacted back onto the track.The car’s front axle snapped with the force of the impact, causing the driver to lose all steering. One of the wheels ended up folding under the car’s front end, causing it to veer into the concrete barricades next to the track. Rutherford explained that the force of the crash moved two of the barricades, severing the electrical cables of the racetrack’s timing equipment.- Advertisement -Rutherford said that though video of the impact shows the severity of the accident, the driver was unharmed. “Those cars have got phenomenal safety built into them. It was just one of those fairly unfortunate incidents where the wheelie bars failed and caused the car to shift its weight onto one tire. He’s done lots of wheel stands with that car for the past twenty years. He’s been racing that car for a long time and its always done pretty big wheelies.” The rest of the day’s races were subsequently cancelled due to the damage to the track’s wiring, though technicians were able to get the wiring repaired late Sunday evening, meaning that things at the drag strip are effectively now back to normal.As for what could have caused the crash, Rutherford stated that in speaking with the driver, it appears as though he was not lined up properly in the “groove,” which is the stickiest part of the track. “As it left the line, it moved to the left, driving one tire out of the groove, and that caused the car to shift its weight,” he said. Rutherford explained that this was the first crash at the drag strip in roughly three years’ time, when a racer from Chetwynd lost control while braking after a run down the track.Despite the accident, Rutherford explained that one full day of racing was able to take place this past weekend. Madison Morton was the winner of the Perfect Light Award for the day. Morton was also the winner of the Jr. Dragster class races, behind runner-up Noah MacDonald. Dave King was the winner of the Pure Street class, with Jason Gertz as the runner-up. Willy Suisdahl took home top spot in the Bike/Sled class, ahead of Bruce Romack. In the No Box class, it was Kelsey Dufresne getting the quickest time down the 1/4 mile, finishing in front of Andy Tofteland. Dufresne also won the Box class, followed by runner-up Dustin Vipond. Rutherford added that the Raceway also hosted a pair of first-round loser Jackpot races. Mikayla Fedderly took the top spot in the All-Age group, while Sophia Closeky was the Junior Jackpot winner.Advertisement Northern Lights Raceway will be hosting arguably its biggest races of the year the weekend of August 19th and 20th, when the Division Six IHRA Team Finals will take place. Rutherford said that this past Sunday’s cancelled races have been rescheduled to take place on the 2nd weekend in September.last_img read more

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Equestrians to get arena off Barrel Springs Trail

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgEquestrians have been working with the city since 2002 to come up with a place to hold events. Horse riders used to go to the old Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at Division and AvenueI for events, but that arena was lost when the fairgrounds shifted to a site at AvenueH and the Antelope Valley Freeway. Local equestrian group representatives estimate there are 45,000 horses – and mules and donkeys – in the Antelope Valley. The announcement was made at an event noting the upcoming California Trail Days on May19 and20, a statewide recognition of the importance of trails and their upkeep. The annual recognition is intended to encourage volunteers to work together with park officials, land managers and other trail users on trail access, advocacy, education, fundraising, and maintenance and repair. “Palmdale has recognized how important trails are to making the city a livable community,” Macdonald said. The arena is being built on part of 17acres earmarked for the future Tejon Park. PALMDALE – City officials and horse riders on Thursday announced plans for an equestrian arena at the western end of the Barrel Springs Trail, giving riding groups a place to hold events. A 45,000-square-foot arena will be built at the trail on Barrel Springs Road, east of Sierra Highway. The arena will be used for horse shows, club competitions, fundraisers, clinics and other events for local groups, supporters say. The project, financed with the help of a $160,000 Los Angeles County grant, is expected to be under construction by late June and take about a month to complete. The city will work with an equestrian advisory group on the project. That group will include representatives from the Antelope Valley Trails, Recreation and Environmental Committee of the Antelope Valley Conservancy, the Backcountry Horsemen and Equestrian Trails Inc. “We will come up with something wonderful for the equestrian community,” said Elaine Macdonald, leader of AVTREC. 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

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