Nicholls, Southeastern La., Stephen F. Austin Battle for First

first_img• Colonels’ Cruisin’: Behind senior guard Tevon Saddler’s seventh-straight double figure scoring performance, Nicholls improved to 6-1 in conference play to give the team its best start since the 1997-98 season. The Colonels are currently tied for first in the Southland with Southeastern Louisiana. The two teams take on each other Saturday in Thibodeaux, La.• Can’t Tame the Lions: Southeastern Louisiana matched its best ever start in Southland play through seven games with victories at home over Houston Baptist and Northwestern State. The Lions are the only Southland team undefeated on the road in conference games and face two road contests this week: at Sam Houston State on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT and at Nicholls on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.• Road Win: Stephen F. Austin recorded its 60th road win since the start of the 2011-12 season with a 76-66 defeat at Abilene Christian. Among Division I teams, only Wichita State owns more true road wins in that span. The Lumberjacks will compete at Central Arkansas on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before returning home to host rival Sam Houston State on Saturday at 6 p.m.• UCA Career Leader: Central Arkansas senior guard Jordan Howard, currently the leading scorer in the Southland, became the Bears’ career scoring leader following a 28-point performance against Abilene Christian on Saturday. His 2,158 career points breaks a 26-year-old program record. He currently is fifth in the nation for scoring (24.5).• Wiiiiiilllllson: McNeese junior guard Quatarrius Wilson picked up 17 rebounds in Saturday’s 86-81 win over Houston Baptist. Wilson is the only Southland player averaging more than 10 rebounds per game in conference action (11.0). He ranks 17th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (3.47) and 22nd in total rebounds per game (9.8).Schedule:Wednesday, Jan. 24New Orleans at Northwestern State*- 6:30 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Sam Houston State* – 6:30 p.m.Abilene Christian at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Central Arkansas* – 7 p.m.UIW at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.Nicholls at Lamar* – 7 p.m. One week ago, the five teams atop the Southland Conference standings had just one conference loss with none of them facing each other. Currently, the number of one-loss teams is down to three: Nicholls (12-8, 6-1 SLC), Southeastern Louisiana (12-8, 6-1 SLC) and Stephen F. Austin (16-3, 5-1 SLC). Additional Storylines: FRISCO, Texas – Twelve teams take the court tonight to begin week five of Southland Conference action. The logjam at the top could ease further this weekend with a handful of key matchups, headlined by the Colonels and Lions squaring off Saturday in Thibodeaux, La., at 6:30 p.m. CT, but each team must first get through Wednesday road contests first. Nicholls competes against a Lamar Cardinals squad riding a two-game win streak who most recently snapped Sam Houston State’s (11-9, 5-2 SLC) five-game win streak on Saturday. The Colonels ranks third in NCAA for total steals (205), fourth for steals per games (10.3) and fifth for turnovers forced per game (18.50). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Southeastern, who ranks second in conference play for scoring defense (65.3), will look to slow down a Bearkat offense averaging 79.1 points per game. Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3. Like Sam Houston, New Orleans (9-10, 6-2 SLC) also suffered a second conference loss last week. The Privateers fell at home 81-57 to UCA last Wednesday. They play at Northwestern State tonight at 6:30 p.m. and at UIW on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Lumberjacks visit Central Arkansas (10-11, 4-4 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. before hosting rival Sam Houston on Saturday at 6 p.m. SFA allows just 65.0 points per game in Southland games to top the league in scoring defense and also holds the best turnover margin at +4.3. In the nation, the ‘Jacks are 17th out of 351 teams in scoring margin (13.5) and still rank in the top five for turnovers forced (1st; 21.89), total steals (2nd; 214), steals per game (2nd; 11.3) and turnover margin (4th; 6.4). Abilene Christian (13-8, 5-3 SLC), Lamar and McNeese (7-10, 4-3 SLC) round out the top-eight in the Southland standings with the Bears, in the ninth spot, currently on the outside looking in for the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament in Katy. Saturday, Jan. 27New Orleans at UIW* – 2 p.m.Central Arkansas at Northwestern State* – 3 p.m.McNeese at Lamar* – 4:30 p.m.Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin* – 6 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls* – 6:30 p.m.Houston Baptist at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7:30 p.m.* – Conference Gamelast_img read more

Aussie great wants world ban for Gayle

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Legendary former Australia Test captain Ian Chappell says he would support an international ban on West Indies batting star Chris Gayle for his controversial on-air flirtations with a female television reporter. Gayle has already been fined $10,000 (US$7,000) for the incident which took place during a Big Bash game in Hobart last Monday, but Chappell believes the punishment should go even further. “I wouldn’t have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the clubs, ‘He’s never to be contracted again in this country’,” Chappell said. “And I also wouldn’t have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the ICC, ‘What we’re doing should be worldwide’.” The 36-year-old Gayle found himself embroiled in a full-scale controversy after appearing to flirt with Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin after a stroke-filled innings of 41 for Melbourne Renegades against Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive. He told a visibly uncomfortable McLaughlin: “I just wanted to have an interview with you as well, that’s why I batted so well. “Your eyes are beautiful, hopefully we can win this game, and then we can have a drink after as well. Don’t blush, baby.” Gayle has since apologised for the comments amidst widespread criticism. Chappell said a strong message needed to be sent to Gayle that the behaviour was unacceptable. Chappell, 72, played 75 Tests for Australia between 1964 and 1980.last_img read more

Respiratory care students adamant on “giving back”

first_imgThe Texas State University students who are in Guyana on a Study Abroad Programme in Respiratory Care, took the opportunity to share with the media their experience over the past two days.More specifically, the team of five respiratory care students, five mass communications students, and two respiratory therapists were attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GHPC) practicing what they have learnt in respiratory care classes. The team has been working in the Accident and Emergency Unit, the Emergency Intensive Care Unit and the Asthma and Spirometry unit of the GPHC.Each student expressed their appreciation for being afforded the opportunity to interface with patients and staff of the GPHC, making reference to their reception into the work environment.The team of respiratory care students along with one of the respiratory therapists from Texas State UniversityPix saved as respiratory teamHeading the team in Guyana, Professor Sharon Armstead, Respiratory Therapist and Clinical Education Professor at the Texas State University said, with this team’s visit to Guyana, they hope to spark enough interest to have the Government move towards implementing such a programme in the country.“We feel we can add to this health care system as respiratory therapists, our goal is for Guyana to see the value of the respiratory profession and in the not too distant future, develop a respiratory care course at UG (University of Guyana),” Professor Armstead explained.The Texas State University at which Professor Armstead lectures, offers a four-year degree programme in respiratory care. Students undertaking this course will learn general practice, with two years to focus on specialising in Pulmonary Care. After that, 1000 clinical hours are dedicated to the career path of respiratory care.One student, Shane Rodgers said that he developed an interest for the programme after working at a fire department and was exposed to training in respiratory care while another, Jaclyn Brewer said she is living with Asthma and “knows what it is like to not be able to breathe.”All the students on the team hope to make a significant impact, not only in giving back to Guyana but in saving lives when they return home. The team is expected to travel to Linden on January 8, where they will conduct asthma screening and the MacKenzie High School and they will also be attached to the Linden Hospital Complex for a period.Meanwhile, as their work in Guyana is expected to contribute in many forms to the local respiratory care offered, Professor Armstead has indicated that spirometry tools will continually be donated to Guyana through the Bridges Global Medical Mission.The Professor is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying, “You can’t diagnose asthma and COPD unless you have the tools… we were able to purchase two of the diagnostic tools, the spirometers and we plan to donate that to Guyana… those are the kind of tools (that are needed) and we plan to donate more”.The mass communications students continue to be a part of the documenting and detailing story of the first respiratory care study abroad programme in Guyana.last_img read more

Sol Guyana launches Ferrari promotion

first_imgFive model Ferraris are up for grabs as Sol Guyana Incorporated launched its seasonal promotion in commemoration of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary on Monday.To be part of the promotion, motorists are required to purchase $3,000 or more in Shell V-Power or FuelSave after which they will receive a coupon.They must collect four coupons to be eligible for one of five different Ferrari model cars. A new model car will be released every Monday.Sol Fuel Marketing Manager Aisha Lockhart explained during the launchingSol Fuel Marketing Manager Aisha Lockhartceremony that those who were up for the challenge could even collect all five cars.“Motorists in Guyana can join Shell in the celebration of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary by fuelling up with either Shell V-Power or Shell FuelSave and having the opportunity to collect one or all of these iconic model cars,” said Lockhart.She noted that each car was from a different era since the establishment of the Ferrari brand.“They’re launched from different years, starting from 1968, so they’re all Ferrari cars from different decades. This promotion is expected to be an exciting and doubly rewarding time for Shell customers,” she further stated.The promotion runs from October 22 to December 2, and all are encouraged to participate with the possibility of winning all five of the model cars.The Sol Group of Companies is a licensee of Shell and uses the trademark to operate. V-Power Fuel is a flagship performance fuel that has benefited from over 100 years of scientific experience.last_img read more

A problem heard ’round the Galaxy

first_imgBeckham limped off in the 69th minute when he ran into advertising hoardings behind the goal, according to reports. He will undergo further tests today to determine the extent of the injury. He stayed on the pitch for a while seemingly in a bid to run the injury off but, with no apparent improvement, he was substituted. Beckham, who was back in Real Madrid’s starting line-up after being suspended for last weekend’s game at Atletico Madrid, had earlier hit the Getafe crossbar with a 25-yard kick in the first half. Beckham made major news in January, when he signed a five-year, $250 million deal with the Galaxy. The deal marked a coup for Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the Galaxy and three other Major League Soccer teams as well as Home Depot Center in Carson. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img MADRID, Spain – Could David Beckham’s debut with the Galaxy be in jeopardy? Beckham, who is expected to join the MLS club this summer, injured his knee while playing for Real Madrid during the second half of a Spanish league game. last_img read more

Jesus faces long Man City lay-off with ligament injury

first_imgSerious ligament injuries can see players miss three months with less serious ones requiring three to six weeks to heal.Jesus, who went off in tears early in the first half of the 0-0 draw with Palace that brought City’s Premier League record 18-match winning streak to an end, remained upbeat.“Today (Monday) I went through an image exam on my left knee that diagnosed a small medial collateral ligament injury,” he wrote on his Instagram account.“Thank God it is not very bad and I won’t have to go through any surgery. Promise to be back as soon as possible!”The injury to Jesus and a less serious one to Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne prompted Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to criticise the crammed match schedule over the festive period.“If you tell me that technically, physically it’s good for the players: no, it’s a disaster,” said Guardiola, who had the luxury of winter breaks in both Germany and Spain when he coached Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively.City play their fourth match in 11 days later Tuesday at home to Watford.However, the Spaniard, whose side hold a 12-point lead over Manchester United ahead of the Watford clash, conceded that despite his criticism it wouldn’t make any difference to the scheduling.“It’s a tradition. I have to adapt,” said the 46-year-old.“Sometimes you have three days’ recovery, sometimes four, sometimes two, everybody is the same.“Last season we had less recovery than this season, maybe next season we will have a little more.“It is what it is. This kind of thing I can give my opinion, but do you believe I am going to (get the authorities to) change something? No way.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus heads the ball during their match against Leicester City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on November 18, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could be facing up to three months on the sidelines after the club revealed he had suffered a knee ligament injury in Sunday’s draw with Crystal Palace.The 20-year-old Brazilian — who sat out two months of last season with a metatarsal injury — will undergo a scan to ascertain the severity of the ligament damage.last_img read more


first_imgURRIS GAA NOTESU14 DIVISION 1 FINAL: Hard luck to our U14 boys who were beaten in the final on Sunday in Convoy. Final score St Eunans 9-17 Urris 4-03. Great achievement on reaching a division 1 final and great effort showen all season by this bunch of lads. Thanks to all who supported the team on Sunday.U21: no luck for our U21 team beaten by Newtown on Sunday in Muff. SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: With Donegal’s exit from the All Ireland it will be back to league or championship football this weekend. Please check our Facebook page for updates.BIG BREAKFAST: CLG Iorras wish to Thank all who came and supported our Big Breakfast on Saturday. A massive Thanks to all who helped out on the day to make this annual event the success it was. All who donated home baking and other items. Thanks one and all our work and effort much appreciated.NIGHT AT THE RACES: Come along on Saturday night to the Rusty Nail for our Night at the Races, first race at 10pm. Come along and place a bet. Horses on sale from all players and committee members for €10.CLUB MEETING: There is a club meeting on Wednesday night at 8.30pm. MATCH “N” WIN: August 6th: No jackpot winner—numbers drawn: 6, 8, 9 & 14.€15 winners:Richard Bryne, Kilkenny.Noreen Doherty (R), Urrismana.Marie Mc Daid, Mindoran.Eileen Doherty, Upper Annaugh.Rose Kelly, Dunaff.Jackpot next week €1,620.Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.LAST MAN STANDING:-we are running the Last Man standing competition from this weekend. Anyone wishing to enter please contact Donal Kelly on 0876461707. Entry is €10.BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm.GAA NEWS: URRIS UNDER 14s BEATEN BY EUNANS IN DIVISION 1 FINAL was last modified: August 10th, 2015 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:URRIS GAA noteslast_img read more


first_imgGardai found a man sipping a can of beer after the car in which he was a passenger crashed after a high-speed chase.Letterkenny court.The car crashed into a telegraph pole after it has reached speeds in excess of 140kph outside Letterkenny. Garda Sean McDaid told Letterkenny District Court he went to investigate reports of two men who were stealing diesel from cars at Ballymacool Woods.When they went to investigate they came across Tommy Connors driving past them.They followed him and when they activated their sirens and flashing lights he increased his speed in excess of 140kmh on narrow roads.The car was going that fast that sparks were coming from it when it hit bumps on the road, the court heard.“He took a number of corners blind and if anything was coming the other way there would have ben a head-on collision,” said Garda McDaid.The Gardai eventually lost the Volkswagen Passat car they were pursuing but then noticed a telegraph pole in the middle of a road and the car crashed into a ditch.“We ran up to the crashed car and the driver’s door was open. Danny Connors was in the passenger seat sipping a can of beer with both airbags deployed. We searched the area but couldn’t find Tommy Connors.Tommy Connors, 31, of Canal Road, Letterkenny, denied being the driver of the car on March 2nd, last year.He gave evidence that he had never driven in his life and that he was on disability benefit as he suffered from depression.However Judge Paul Kelly said he was satisfied from the Garda evidence that Connors was driving the car.Connors was charged with driving without insurance, dangerous driving, having no insurance and being involve din a hit and run at Kirkstown, Letterkenny.Garda Inspector David Kelly revealed the accused had 23 previous convictions including one for the unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation report on Tommy Connors and adjourned the case until September 15th.PASSENGER FOUND SIPPING CAN OF BEER AFTER HIGH-SPEED GARDA CHASE was last modified: June 17th, 2014 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:beerdonegalGardaiJudge Paul KellyLETETRKENNY DISTRICT COURTTommy Connorslast_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell says that he often finds himself about to telephone his late mother Julia.Daniel and late mum Julia.The singer says he is still getting used to the fact that she has passed on.But the star says that he is gradually beginning to live with his mother’s passing and finds comfort in visiting her grave. “I sometimes find myself thinking that I should ring her, even though I know she’s dead.“I used to ring her every day.“It’s a strange kind of thing, really, but I suppose that’s normal in the early days after you lose a loved one.And Daniel adds “When I’m at home, I’m very near the graveyard, so I can pop in. It’s lovely to be able to go to the grave. “Sometimes if I’m driving down to the golf course I’ll shout out as I pass the cemetery ‘Well Mam!” And I’ll pop into her on the way back.“She left a great impression behind her, with all of us.” DANIEL – I OFTEN GO TO PHONE MY LATE MOTHER was last modified: September 15th, 2014 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalJULIA O’DONNELLphonelast_img read more

USA relegate timid Cricket Cranes

first_imgComments Team USA beat Uganda by 13 runs to relegate the Cricket Cranes. Alvin Bagaya.By Alvin BagayaCRICKET. That the Cricket Cranes were under pressure going into the fifth game of the round robin at the ICC World Cricket League on Monday was understandable. But how they tamely fell to a USA side that appeared devoid of ideas in their innings will haunt the team forever.You are simply not good enough when you can’t chase a sub 150. And the Cricket Cranes were just that. Abysmal wouldn’t be too harsh a description of a side that has been relegated largely for their own shortcomings.Captain Karashani won the toss and elected to field.USA began cautiously but the attacking Steven Taylor 8(8) was caught by Karashani off the bowling of Nsubuga and danger man Ibrahim Khaleel 7(32) took his time to get off the mark but went early stumped by reserve player and wicket keeper Naeem Bardai who came into the side after Lawrence Ssematimba’s groin injury worsened in the Malaysia game.It was left to Sagar Patel 33(85) to martial the innings to a respectable score. He put on 20 for the third wicket with Alex Amsterdam 12(23) before the latter was caught at mid-wicket by Karashani off the bowling of Mohammad Irfan after the pressure had began to build.With Uganda’s field placing proving impeccable and suffocating USA strike rotation, it all looked like a good day at Entebbe Cricket Oval.Karashani then trapped Camilus Alexander LBW and Naeem’s first game of the tournament was only getting better; stumping USA mainstay Sagar Patel and catching Mrunal Patel off Irfan. USA’s middle order collapsed under the intense pressure with tight lines and sharp fielding from the Cranes.Karashani literally took the game in his hands, catching Thimil Patel 11(33) off his own bowling but number 10 batsman Elmore Hutchinson dug in to give USA some home with a patient half century, scoring three 4s and three sixes to take his side to 145 with a 41-run 10th wicket stand with Noshtush Kenjige.Uganda lost their openers in the pre-lunch session but returned with a strong approach when Naeem Bardai 32(57) was forced to drop anchor in the run chase. He proved himself a useful addition steadily rebuilding with Roger Mukasa 14(18) with 30 for the third wicket.The introduction of Nosthush Kenjige sent Uganda into a state of panic when he picked two wickets in on the prowl (Bardai and Mukasa) before Taylor returned to pick Ukani Shehzad 15(39).With the wickets, Uganda middle order glue and from then on the threads came off the seam as the innings fell apart with Taylor picking three more wickets and Jasdeep Singh bowling last man Davis Karashani, who hard grafted with Henry Ssenyondo 4(42).Captain Davis Karashani is adamant they played well in many ways but lost the game in the last two hours due to too many soft dismissals.“We lost wickets and simply never recovered. Too many soft dismissals in the end really. I thought the hunger in the batsmen has not been shown,” Karashani said.The 13-run victory over the hosts helped USA hold their place in Division III and but there will only be regrets for Cricket Cranes who have to face the lower ranks of Division IV.USA’s Elmore Hutchinson said the highlight for them was when he hit those two sixes at the end of the game.“It changed everything for us, I got a message from the outside to at least hold out to 150, we knew that once we got some early wickets, we had a chance. I am just glad it worked out in the end,” he said.Cricket Cranes coach Steve Tikolo was left crestfallen.“I thought at the end of the innings chasing 145 was achievable but too many soft dismissals from the batters, very disappointing in the end,” he said.But his USA counterpart Pubudu Dassanayake credited his players with the hard work that reaped the fruits.“It is all about working hard with the boys, making them believe they belong in the higher divisions. We have a lot of work to do but I am disappointed that we could not go through to Division II,” Dassanayake said.editorial@pmldaily.comlast_img read more