Lauren Brooks, Jensen Howell Claim Weekly Southland Softball Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Lauren Brooks and Northwestern State’s Jensen Howell are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.Brooks pushed the Bears (16-9, 3-0 SLC) to a 3-1 week and a perfect start to league play after racking up a team-best seven RBI to go along with a double and a home run. The senior catcher went 4-for-5 from the plate in order to secure a .800 batting average against the Cardinals and her first Hitter of the Week honor this season.Howell capped a bright start for the Lady Demons (15-7, 3-0 SLC), dealing 19 innings of work and a trio of complete-game victories last week. The junior righty gave up just six hits, while sitting down 22 batters over the three-game stretch. She limited opponents to a .085 batting average and allowed only two runs for a 0.74 earned-run average. The award marks the first of the season for Howell.Softball Hitter of the Week – Lauren Brooks, Central Arkansas – C – Sr. – Placentia, Calif.Brooks had an impressive weekend to open up Southland play for the Bears, going 4-for-5 at the plate and tabbing seven RBI against UIW. Two of her four hits went for extra bases as the senior recorded a double and home run for an .800 batting average and a 1.600 slugging percentage.Honorable Mention: Cori McCrary, McNeese; Samantha Dares, Nicholls; Marisa Arriaga, Stephen F. Austin; Sammi Thomas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Jensen Howell, Northwestern State – RHP – Jr. – Pollock, La.Howell was dominant in the first week of league play, posting three complete-game wins with one shutout and two total runs allowed. She gave up just six hits all week, claiming a pair of wins against Sam Houston State. Howell struck out a career-high 10 batters at Grambling and followed up with 12 more throughout the series against the Bearkats.Honorable Mention: Alexsandra Flores, McNeese; Jordan Moon, Nicholls; MC Comeaux, Southeastern Louisiana; Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin.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 at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Shelter dogs take centre stage

first_imgSAO PAULO (AP):Four trained shelter dogs that once roamed the streets of Sao Paulo found themselves centre stage at the Brazil Open tournament.In an exhibition with players, Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain and Gastao Elias of Portugal, the canines Frida, Costela, Mel, and Isabelle engaged onlookers on Thursday night by picking up balls that went out of bounds. Not long ago, the same dogs had run abandoned in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city.The shelter dogs, wearing orange ribbons and trained for months, spent almost a half-hour tracking down balls often intentionally missed by the 122nd- and 140th-ranked players. Baena and Elias played for real yesterday in the ATP tournament’s quarter-finals.At the command of their trainer, Andrea Beckert, the dogs retrieved the balls with their teeth and ran off the court to their trainer. The unusual initiative was made to promote the adoption of abandoned street animals.Beckert said that the biggest difficulty was to make the animals more confident and playful.”These are dogs that were mistreated. We have to make them adapt, feel the environment, the court, the noise of the balls, and the noise of the people. Some are doing well; others are still a little scared,” she told journalists.The basic commands that the dogs learnt were “pick the ball”, “let it go”, “stay” and “come”.The organiser of the ball-dog initiative, Marli Scaramella, said that all four still live in shelters.”The idea is to show people that a well-fed and well-treated animal can be very happy. We have more than 1,000 dogs in our care,” she said.last_img read more

India EXIM Bank, Govt sign US$18M procurement agreement

first_img– North West to get new ferryGovernment, through the Finance Ministry, officially secured a US$18 million agreement to finance a new ferry to ply the Georgetown-Region One (Barima-Waini) route.Finance Minister Winston Jordan and India Export-Import (EXIM) Bank resident representative Sailesh Prasad sign the 20-year agreementFinance Minister Winston Jordan said the signing essentially marked a US$10 million loan would be granted by the Government of India together with the US$8 million grant grant for the acquisition of an oceangoing vessel for the Georgetown-Region One route. The money will be provided to the Government of Guyana in two parts – the concessional loan of some US$10 million and a US$8 million grant.Minister Jordan said that the new vessel would bring much-needed relief to residents in the area. “These resources will be used to facilitate the construction of the passenger and cargo vessels to provide river transportation to residents plying the route.”According to the Minister, the other two vessels are very aged and in dire need of repair. He said over the years residents have been complaining about the negative impact of the service on their lives and livelihood. “The construction of this new cargo ferry is expected to provide improved services to these residents who commute regularly between Regions One and Four. This mode of transportation is also expected to provide a number of social and economic benefits to the two regions and the country as a whole,” he continued, noting that passengers and goods would now be moved at affordable prices in a safe, secure and reliable environment. “This new ferry vessel will increase efficiency in operation, by allowing passenger and freight to be conveyed more swiftly with fewer delays as a reduction in traffic time. It will allow for greater market access, where the economy of scale will improve through production, distribution and consumption, contributing to the economic growth of Guyana,” the Minister said.He noted that the signing of the agreement was also another kind gesture in support of Guyana’s socio-economic development. He recalled signing earlier this year an agreement with the India EXIM Bank for the construction of the bypass road between Ogle on the East Coast of Demerara and Great Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara. Construction on the road is slated to commence in 2017. He said there were also a number of other areas of bilateral assistance being pursued with the Indian Government, including the establishment of a centre for excellence in technology, which would offer Information Communication Technology (ICT) training to members of the Public Sector.Guyana’s Government will have a period of some 20 years to repay the loan. Meanwhile, Government is yet to procure the vessel. Also speaking, just before the signing ceremony, was Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, who said the Transport and Harbours Department (TH&D) has been a very faithful servant to the people of Guyana over the years. He spoke too of the “aging vessels”, particularly the two that currently ply the Georgetown-Supenaam route. He said there were still a lot of Guyanese in these regions who depend on the services of the T&HD, to carry out their daily activities.He reported on the MV Kimbia, which is currently down and awaiting repairs, while the MV Barima is expected to be up and running soon. The only vessel that is in operation, he reported, is the MV Lady Northcote. (Alexis Rodney)last_img read more

Armed robbery in Peace River has police looking for suspect

first_imgPEACE RIVER, A.B. – Police in Peace River are on the lookout for a suspect after an armed robbery in that community over the weekend.On June 24th at approximately 11:50 PM, Peace Regional RCMP were called to the Best Western hotel in Peace River. According to police, the suspect entered the hotel’s lobby and confronted two workers with a knife. No one was injured in the incident, and the suspect was unable to obtain anything during the robbery attempt before leaving. The RCMP say that the subject left on foot, and may have fled the area in a vehicle that was parked in the westbound lane of Highway 2 just west of the train overpass. If anyone saw a vehicle in this area, they are asked to contact the Peace Regional RCMP.The suspect is described as a tall male of unknown descent. He was wearing a black waist-length jacket, light-wash blue jeans, a green hoodie with the hood drawn up, grey mask, and white running shoes.- Advertisement -Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact Peace Regional RCMP at 780-624-6677. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).last_img read more

Exclusive – Forget the holding role! Arsenal legend claims Wilshere must play in his right position

first_imgArsenal legend Liam Brady insists Jack Wilshere MUST be played in his correct position if he’s to show his full potential.England boss Roy Hodgson has employed the Gunners star as a defensive midfielder in recent fixtures, but the former Highbury favourite believes the 22-year-old should be pushed further forward.“I don’t like Jack playing in the holding role,” Brady told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “He’s a a much more valuable player when he’s up around the box. I don’t like him as a number ten, he’s a midfield player you want to encourage to get forward where he can beat players with his dribbling.”And Brady, who made more than 300 appearances for the north London giants, insists people must give Wilshere time to develop into the player it has been pedicted he will become.“He’s been so unlucky with injuries and people are so quick to criticise him,” the Irishman added.“He’s only young, so let’s give him a chance to grow and develop the best way he can.”last_img read more

U.S. needs at least a tie to advance in World Cup

first_img“We weathered the storm both in the North Korea game and the Sweden game,” said captain Kristine Lilly, playing in an unprecedented fifth World Cup. “But I think it’s a reminder. We have to be ready.” A tie will be enough to advance the United States, which is unbeaten in 49 games. However, a victory in the final Group B game might ensure a slightly easier opponent in the quarterfinal. The group winner will face England and the second-place team gets defending champion Germany. Those teams became the first to reach the quarterfinals on Monday. Germany ousted Japan, 2-0, in Hangzhou. Birgit Prinz scored her 13th career goal in the World Cup, eclipsing the record of 12 by American Michelle Akers. England hammered Argentina, 6-1, in Chengdu, with two goals by Kelly Smith, advancing England to its first quarterfinal appearance in 12 years. Boxing From news services The United States needs only a tie against Nigeria to reach the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup in Shanghai, China. That result sounded modest a few weeks ago. But today it could prove difficult for the No. 1-ranked Americans, who have wobbled slightly in their first two games. The American rallied to tie a swarming North Korea, 2-2, and withstood four corners in the first four minutes to overcome Sweden 2-0. Seeking its third World Cup title, the U.S. team needs to start more quickly this morning. And they know it. Juan Manuel Marquez’s WBC super featherweight title bout with Rocky Juarez has been rescheduled for Nov. 3 in Las Vegas. Their Saturday bout was called off when Marquez (47-3-1, 35 KOs) developed a staph infection in his right hand. Hockey Petteri Wirtanen scored his second goal of the game with 1:36 left in overtime and added an assist, leading the Ducks to a 3-2 win in an exhibition game at Vancouver. The Ducks rested most of their big-name players and the fourth line of Wirtanen, George Parros and Brad May picked up the slack, combining for all three goals and seven points. ETC.: Versatile center Mike Fisher agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $21 million with the Ottawa Senators. … Canucks defenseman Sami Salo, 33, is out indefinitely due to a hairline fracture in his left wrist. College basketball George Washington coach Karl Hobbs agreed to a contract extension through 2012. Hired in 2001, Hobbs is 114-65 at GW. ETC.: Alabama point guard Ron Steele’s comeback from offseason surgery on both knees will wait another year. Steele said he will take a medical redshirt for what would have been his senior season, but that doctors assured him he would be able to play again. Horse racing Champion thoroughbred John Henry is recovering well after battling dehydration last week, officials at the Kentucky Horse Park said. The 32-year-old gelding, who won Horse of the Year honors in 1981 and 1984, was treated with intravenous fluids last week when kidney problems prevented him from staying hydrated said Cathy Roby, barn manager at the Park’s Hall of Champions. Jurisprudence Knicks coach Isiah Thomas denied calling former female team executive Anucha Browne Sanders vulgar names, according to a videotaped deposition played for a New York jury in his sexual harassment trial. “I never cursed at Miss Sanders,” Thomas said. “Now have I ever used curse words around her, yes, but at her? No.” ETC.: Charges were dismissed against former racing figures accused of falsely reporting the weight of prominent jockeys in 2004 in Ballston Spa, N.Y. The case against Mario Sclafani and former star jockey Braulio Baeza was based on faulty evidence, Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry Scarano ruled. … Golfing great Greg Norman and his ex-wife settled their divorce in Stuart, Fla. after 25 years of marriage. … Former Oklahoma State basketball star Byron Houston was sentenced to four years in prison for violating probation on an indecent exposure conviction. Softball Lisa Fernandez is making a comeback for a chance at another gold medal. Fernandez, the gold-medal winning pitcher who also led the Americans in hitting at the Athens Games, was one of 18 players selected to the U.S. national team. Fernandez had taken a three-year break to give birth and take care of her first child. Pro basketball NBA referee Joey Crawford was reinstated by Commissioner David Stern five months after he was suspended indefinitely for improper on-court conduct involving Spurs star Tim Duncan. Duncan contended Crawford challenged him to a fight during a game against the Mavericks on April 15. Crawford ejected Duncan while he was laughing on the bench. Crawford enters his 32nd season as an NBA referee. ETC.: Restricted free-agent guard Charlie Bell signed a $18.5 million, five-year offer sheet with the Miami Heat, and now will wait to see if the Milwaukee Bucks choose to match that deal. … The Lakers have signed free-agent forward Elton Brown, a 6-foot-9 forward from Virginia who spent the last two years in Europe and the NBA’s Developmental League. Volleyball Reid Priddy, Gabe Gardner and Scott Touzinsky each had seven kills as the United States dominated the net in sweeping Barbados, 25-13, 25-13, 25-4, at the NORCECA men’s volleyball championship at the Honda Center. The United States (2-0), rated fifth in the FIVB world rankings, tied Puerto Rico for first place in Group A. Both teams will meet for the group title tonight. Motorsports Michael Waltrip hired Dr. Eric Warren as technical director, the first of many moves he hopes will strengthen his three-car team. Warren, who has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University, spent the last five years as technical director at Evernham Motorsports. Wrestling Farid Mansurov of Azerbaijan won gold in the 146-pound division at the World Wrestling Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Justin Lester of the United States earned a bronze medal. Football Michael Huyghue will serve as the commissioner of the new United Football League – a proposed professional outdoor league comprised of players who don’t make NFL rosters in August 2008. Track and field French 800-meter runner Florent Lacasse has been suspended two years after testing positive for testosterone. 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

For openers, errors cost Venus in upset

first_img The 10th-seeded Williams sprayed 65 unforced errors, including 41 in the third set as she struggled to control her ground strokes in her first tour-level event since September. “It happens to the best of us,” Williams said. “I had so many unforced errors, I struggled to keep the ball in. I just couldn’t get it right – she benefited from my largesse. MELBOURNE, Australia – Wimbledon champion Venus Williams crashed in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday, losing 2-6, 6-0, 9-7 to Tszvetana Pironkova. It was only the third time in 34 Grand Slam tournaments that the five-time major winner has lost in the first round. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “If I had just one-third less errors, this match is a different story.” Bulgaria’s Pironkova, ranked 94th, was broken when she served for the match in the 12th game of the third set. She saved two break points in her next service game and clinched it on her first match point on consecutive backhand errors from Williams. Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Australian wild card entry Casey Dellacqua, ranked No. 180. Davenport, seeking her fourth Grand Slam singles title and first since winning here in 2000, set up three match points with an ace and clinched it in 57 minutes with an overhead winner. “I feel like I’m ready for the challenges,” said the 29-year-old Davenport. “I feel like I have the ability to play well and hopefully repeat what happened last year, and go better.” center_img Davenport won 19 of her last 21 service points against 20-year-old Dellacqua, then told the center court crowd: “It’s great to be back.” Davenport next faces Croatia’s Karolina Sprem, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine. No. 9 Elena Dementieva was the first seeded player ousted from the season’s first major. The 24-year-old Russian, a semifinalist at the last U.S. Open, lost 7-5, 6-2 to Germany’s Julia Schruff. No. 24 Tatiana Golovin and No. 26 Ai Sugiyama followed her out. Former Wimbledon semifinalist Jelena Dokic, who won a wild card tournament to gain entry to her first Australian Open since 2001, crumbled after thinking she’d won her first-round match in straight sets. Dokic celebrated a forehand on match point in the 12th game of the second set, but it was called long. Virginie Razzano rallied to win it 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1. Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova, seeded 17th, overcame Japan’s Saori Obata 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, No. 4 Maria Sharapova had no problems with Sandra Kloesel 6-2, 6-1 and No. 6 Nadia Petrova defeated Australia’s Sophie Ferguson 6-2, 6-1. On the men’s side, eight-seeded Gaston Gaudio had a shorter-than-expected opener. The 2004 French Open champion was leading 6-2, 5-0 when Romania’s Razvan Sabau retired from their first-round match with an injured arm. No. 13 Robby Ginepri only needed 1 hour, 19 minutes for a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Austria’s Jurgen Melzer. “Winning in three is a much better start – it’s easier on the body,” said Ginepri. 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

McHugh urges Government to begin work again on Greencastle Harbour

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh has said he is making a strong case to Government to begin work again on Greencastle harbour.A multi-million euro breakwater project at the Inishowen harbour was axed by Fianna Fail in 2010 as the economic crisis unfolded.Minister McHugh met representatives of various organisations in Greencastle including the Foyle Fishermen’s Co-Operative. Afterwards the Fine Gael TD for Donegal said: “There is a clear argument, which I support, for work to re-commence on the breakwater project and further, the development of Greencastle harbour from a whole range of commercial viewpoints,” said Minister McHugh.“Fishing, marine tourism and commercial possibilities are there for Greencastle to harness in the years ahead and I wanted to get a first hand briefing on local views in the area.“The Government has put up an additional €2.6bn in capital funding and for me we have to reverse the decision Fianna Fail decision.“This Government did release funding to maintain the work that had already been carried out to ensure it was preserved. “However it is clear to everyone that it needs to move forward again.”There is a strong case for funding, the Minister said, especially with the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.“After the UK leaves the EU, Greencastle will become even more important for Donegal, for the Republic and the European Union,” said Minister McHugh.“I want to assure the community that I am doing everything I can to deliver on the further development of Greencastle and I am making a case to my Government colleagues that this should be done.”Fine Gael Councillor Bernard McGuinness, who attended today’s meeting, supported a recent council motion calling for the development of the habour. “I am hoping that Minister Michael Creed will come to Donegal and come to Greencastle and that the money will be allocated as soon as possible,” said Cllr McGuinness.The Minister also said today that he had asked Minister Creed to meet Arranmore Island fishermen to discuss their concerns.“I have been in touch with Minister Creed today and I’m hopeful that he will meet a delegation from the island in the coming weeks where the Arranmore fishermen can air their views on the current state of the industry and how it is affecting their day to day lives,” said McHugh.McHugh urges Government to begin work again on Greencastle Harbour was last modified: February 7th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deputy joe mchughdonegalGreencastle Harbourlast_img read more

EXTRA TIME WIN SEES DONEGAL HURLERS THROUGH TO LORY MEAGHER CUP FINAL

first_imgSouth Down 1-12 Donegal 1-15 (aet)Donegal finished strongly to qualify for the Lory Meagher Cup final with an extra-time win over South Down at Pairc Esler.Niall Campbell was the Tir Chonaill hero, posting a 0-11 tally as the men from the north-west booked a trip to Croke Park for the third successive year. What this game lacked in quality was compensated for in terms of excitement and drama, as both sides battled for supremacy.Campbell steered over a couple of early frees to inject confidence into Donegal veins, but Down recovered from a slow start to get some momentum going.After Emmet Trainor opened their account, Liam Morgan brought them level with a ’65.And two superb efforts from far out on the right wing from John O’Kane made it 0-4 to 0-2 after 16 minutes. Then came a Tir Chonaill flourish which saw them hit 1-4 on the spin to open up a five points lead.The accurate Campbell knocked over three more frees, and Stephen Boyle added a neat effort from play.And in the 23rd minute, a Campbell free was floated in from 90 metres, and Enda McDermott deflected the sliothair into the net.South Down, trailing by 1-6 to 0-4, responded with a goal of their own two minutes later, Kieran Courtney smashing an angled shot to the roof of the net.And in the closing stages of the half, points were exchanged rapidly, with Donegal’s Campbell and South Down’s Morgan both hitting the target to send the teams in at the break deadlocked on 1-8 each. Campbell continued to hit the target from placed balls, easing the men from the north-west into a two points lead, but the home side regrouped, and scores from Eoin McGuinness and Liam Morgan saw them ease a head once again.Defences were very much on top for long stages of a scrappy second half, but Donegal managed to cut through the South Down rearguard for Mickey McCann to send Campbell through for his tenth point of the contest, and the sides were level again with 10 minutes to play.Donegal did have a chance to win it in stoppage time, but Lee Henderson’s ’65 dropped short, and at 1-11 each, the teams headed into extra-time.Henderson and McDermott were on target to give Donegal a 1-13 to 1-11 lead midway through extra-time And they pushed on, with Campbell bringing his tally to 11 points, Donegal running out three points winners.South Down: D Kearns, C Teague, J McGrath, P Byrne, A McGuinness, K Courtney (1-0), E Donnelly, L Morgan 0-6 (4f, 1 ’65), P McAleenan (0-1), J O’Kane (0-3), E Trainor (0-1), E McGuinness (0-1), M Magee, M Cunningham, A Brown.Subs: P Sheehan for McAleenan, N Burns for Magee, L Deegan for Brown, J Brown for Burns, McAleenan for J BrownDonegal: P O’Brien, S O’Connor, C Breathnach, A McDermott, J Donnelly, C Dowds, J Boyle, E Organ, S Boyle (0-1), N Campbell (0-11, 9f), P Sheridan, E McDermott (1-1), M McCann, C Mathewson, P Hannigan.Subs: L Henderson (0-1) for Organ, R McDermott (0-1) for Mathewson, M McGhee for McCann.Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny).EXTRA TIME WIN SEES DONEGAL HURLERS THROUGH TO LORY MEAGHER CUP FINAL was last modified: May 21st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegallory meagher cup semi-finallast_img read more

AVC looking to pull off an upset

first_img Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Chaffey has won seven in a row and nine of its past 10 games against AVC. AVC will look to overcome a statistical mismatch on both sides of the ball. Chaffey ranks second in the nine-team conference in total offense, averaging 443 yards, and boasts the conference’s top-ranked defense, which averages 243.1 yards allowed. The Marauders rank last in both categories, averaging 211.4 yards of total offense and 388.2 yards allowed. Chaffey is led by running Bernard Payton, who leads the conference in rushing yards per game (143.3). Panthers quarterback Casey Hansen is third in the conference in passing yards per game (227.1). Standout defensive lineman John Ikahihifo (Highland High), a Div. I prospect, will conclude his AVC career. LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley College football team will have to stage an upset of major proportions if it has any hope of ending the second-longest losing streak in school history and avoiding its first winless season in more than 50 years. The Marauders play host to Chaffey College of Rancho Cucamonga in the regular-season finale for both teams today at 1 p.m. AVC (0-9, 0-7 in Foothill Conference) has lost 15 consecutive games, dating to last season. Chaffey (6-3, 6-1) is ranked ninth in the state and figures to be looking to roll up some big numbers to qualify for the state’s bowl championship series, which includes the top eight teams. last_img read more