No. 2 Wildcats Championship Game Bound After Taming No. 3 Lions

first_imgACU shot just 30.4 percent in the second half and went 6:13 without a point, yet was able to hold on thanks to Jaylen Franklin’s four free throws in the final 42 seconds. Franklin had just one field goal but was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line, finishing with 12 points. The Wildcats didn’t feel at ease about matters until a last-second heave from Southeastern Louisiana’s Von Julien fell short, giving them the chance to play for the tournament crown six years after rejoining the Southland Conference. Southeastern Louisiana (17-16) struggled without the services of All-Conference first teamer Moses Greenwood, who picked up two early fouls. Without their biggest interior threat, the Lions fell behind 37-27 at the half as they committed 12 of their 17 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes of play. Despite blowing a 13-point lead, No. 2-seed ACU survived the challenge of No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana in a 69-66 thriller that places the Wildcats (26-6) into Saturday’s tournament championship game against No. 4 New Orleans at 8:30 p.m. CT. The winner will get the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.MBB: Playing in their first Southland tournament, the @ACU_MBB Wildcats are GOING TO THE ‘SHIP! Run to the big backstage bracket, men! #GoWildcats #ChampWeek @ACUedu @ACUSports— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 16, 2019 Using the trap to harass the Wildcats, the Lions trimmed the lead down and closed within 49-44 on a dunk from Kajon Brown with 7:58 left. Brown added more offensive spark when his 3-pointer at the 5:49 mark pushed the deficit to 53-51 before Tyron Brewer’s dunk off an alley-oop from Veal gave Southeastern its first lead at 56-55 with 3:17 left. ACU led by as much as 13 in the first half but then went into an extended offensive funk that saw them score only seven points in a span of 12:03 seconds in the first and second half. The Wildcats opened the second half 1-for-7 from the field and eventually opened the door for Southeastern to get back into the contest. To be on the verge of playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time is a moment long coming for ACU, which had to sit out four years after returning to the conference.The lead is 37-27 after a @JayFrank0 steal and dish to @jarenlewis for the bucket. #GoWildcats— ACU Mens Basketball (@ACU_MBB) March 16, 2019 “With Moses picking up those two fouls, it was tough,” said Southeastern guard Marlain Veal, the team’s All-Southland first teamer who scored 20 points and added six assists in his final game as a Lion.center_img Greenwood (10 points, five rebounds) gave the Lions their final lead at 59-57 after a layup with 2:07 left. However, ACU’s Payten Ricks responded with a 3-pointer that gave the Wildcats the lead for good with 1:59 remaining. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Arriving at the Merrell Center was worth the wait for Abilene Christian, who finally played its first Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament game on Friday night in Katy. Thanks to clutch defense and a couple of huge baskets down the stretch, the Wildcats will spend one more day in town with a chance to head to the NCAA Division I Men’s Tournament at stake. “We knew how important it is to make them turn the ball over,” said Wildcats forward Jaren Lewis, who had 17 points, 11 boards and two assists. “They’ve been pretty good at what they run since I’ve been at ACU, so we knew that was a point of emphasis. We knew we had to get after them defensively and be aggressive.” “We got off to a great start, but in the second half we couldn’t see the ball go through,” said ACU coach Joe Golding. “But we continued to guard and continued to rebound. Rebounding was the most important factor and we ended up tied on the glass (31-31).” “That was a huge, huge shot,” said Lions’ coach Jay Ladner. “That might have been the difference in the game.” “We came from a program that didn’t have a lot of success, but these kids stuck with me,” said Golding. “At the end of the day, we’re 40 minutes away from the NCAA Tournament. Six years ago, that was a pipe dream.”last_img read more

Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 Sweden gets benefit of video review, beats South Korea 1-0 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Japan’s head coach Akira Nishino, left, and Japan’s Makoto Hasebe, right, attend the official press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)SARANSK, Russia — Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country’s World Cup squad some unsettling moments.Coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday’s quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team’s Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “The psychological impact is something I’m slightly worried about at this point,” Nishino said through an interpreter before Monday afternoon’s training session. “As staff members, we are consulting with them and I’d like them to be settled down as soon as possible.”Osaka is Japan’s second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people — including a 9-year-old girl — and injured hundreds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMidfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto, speaking before his team’s Monday afternoon practice in Saransk, said that on behalf of the team, he “would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who’ve been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible.”Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area “might have been negatively impacted” emotionally. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We conducted a check yesterday and today, and he is actually listed up as part of our team, so I’d like you to be reassured,” Nishino said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that,” he said.Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area.Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck.“The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning,” Nishino said. “So I assume there was some negative impact.”On the pitch, Japan welcomed Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki back to training after he missed the past four days to rest a nagging calf injury.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

‘Transformation of Facilities at Freeport Tops Economic Development’

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has said that mass transformation of facilities at the Freeport of Monrovia is paramount to the economic development of Liberia.The Vice President pointed out that the Government has been following up on the projects, which he said are “very encouraging” and lauded the good working relations between APM Terminals and the National Port Authority (NPA.)Ambassador Boakai made these remarks recently when the incoming managing director of APM Terminals, Mr. George G. Adjei, paid him a courtesy call at his Capitol Building Offices in Monrovia.VP Boakai underscored the importance of the Port of Monrovia and emphasized that the mass transformation of its facilities will result into economic prosperity for the nation.For his part, Mr. Adjei, who has served his company in several capacities before coming to Liberia, thanked Amb. Boakai for the warm reception and disclosed that phase two of the projects is the pavement of the Monrovia terminal yard and the construction of a new head office.According to Mr. Adjei, the projects, costing US$34.5 million are expected to start in March of this year and will be completed in 23 months.He further disclosed that his company also has interest in the development of the port of Greenville, but was awaiting official invitation from the Government of Liberia to submit a proposal, which he said is in fulfillment of a new strategy of developing multiports to handle general cargo, mineral and petroleum products as well as oil handling and storage.The APM Terminals new MD, further noted that his company was aware that government is under pressure to deliver on social programs and that his company will continue to partner with the GOL to achieve those objectives as well as live up to the commitment as enshrined in the agreement between APM Terminals and NPA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Caricom bureaucracy not structure hinders integration – Granger

first_imgPresident David Granger wants an end to the bureaucracy and red tape that hinders the progress of true, holistic integration of Caribbean States. Speaking to members of the Guyanese media corps at the 39th Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) in Jamaica, the Head of State explained that Guyana, with an abundance of natural resources, is more than half the size of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) states and the potential of these resources is being ignored.“Guyana can provide much to the Region as a whole in terms of food security, in terms of agriculture, in terms of the environment, in terms of tourism and in terms of marketing. I believe that the Caribbean has underexploited its resources… the CSME needs to adopt a fresh approach to production, particularly agricultural production, distribution and marketing and if we take that approach some of the problems we complain about will be solved,” the President is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.This year, the Region is celebrating the 45th anniversary of signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas; however, President Granger, who holds responsibility for agriculture, agricultural diversification and food security in Caricom’s Quasi-Cabinet, said he is disturbed at the fact that the Caribbean is still not producing more of the food that it consumes on a daily basis, but this, he said, is not as a result of any flaw in Caricom’s structure.“I am very hopeful for this conference, I think there have been some predictions of gloom but I believe that if we make the right decisions, the entire Region can move ahead much more quickly. There is nothing wrong with the institutions that we have established, what we need to do is to ensure that there is better implementation of the decisions… There is no fault in the rules; there is a fault in the implementation,” he said.Speaking of Guyana’s bilateral ties with sister-Caricom States, the President said that he looks forward to building on the existing relationship between Guyana and Barbados under the leadership of the Region’s newest leader, Prime Minister Mia Mottley. Similarly, ties with Trinidad and Tobago will also be strengthened, particularly as it relates to the development of the oil and gas sector. “This is the vision that I have for the Caribbean Community that all parts of the Caribbean must see this new resource [Guyana’s oil] as a part of the Community and they should be willing to share their expertise with us and be willing to invest in it… I would like to affirm that the doors of investment, the doors of infrastructure, the doors of Information Technology and of innovation will be open to our colleagues in the Caribbean,” he said.The 39th Meeting of the Heads of Government commenced on July 4 in Montego Bay, Jamaica under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, who takes over from Haiti’s President, Jovenel Moïse.last_img read more

Local defenceman defending the blue line at U16 B.C. Cup

first_imgHer selection to the North Zone hockey team resulted from a strong performance at the team’s selection camp, which was held back on January 5 and 6 in Williams Lake.Bell hit the ice with 26 forwards and 18 fellow defencemen looking to earn her spot on the North Region team’s blue line and succeeded for the second straight year.Bell won a bronze medal last year following her play with the Cariboo-Northeast region at the 2012 B.C. Winter Games.- Advertisement -She and her fellow north zone team will be putting competing against five fellow provincial teams during the competition, which will be held in Duncan, B.C. from April 4-7.last_img read more

16th Annual Northern Classic taking over the NPCC tomorrow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Over 90 bodybuilders are getting ready to take the stage at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Saturday for the 16th Annual Northern Classic bodybuilding and fitness competition.The event will see contestants competing for a chance to head to Vancouver for the BC Amateur Bodybuilding Association provincial championships in three weeks’ time. Northern Classic organiser Jeni Briscoe says that this year’s Northern Classic has fewer contestants than last year’s record number of 120 participants, though that’s largely due to the BCABA having more shows for contestants to qualify for provincials. “It’s kind of nicer to have smaller shows,” said Briscoe. “They can go really long. Some of them, were getting up to two or three hundred people. Ninety’s a nice number, we’ll be done by 10 instead of midnight.” Fort St. John native and IFBB Pro Debbie Clarke at a bodybuilding competition. Supplied photo. Fort St. John native and IFBB Pro Debbie Clarke at a bodybuilding competition. Supplied photo. Fort St. John native and IFBB Pro Debbie Clarke at a bodybuilding competition. Supplied photo. Fort St. John native and IFBB Pro Debbie Clarke at a bodybuilding competition. Supplied photo. – Advertisement -This year, Briscoe says that the show will have a more local feel, with Fort St. John native and IFBB Pro and fitness pro Debbie Clarke as this year’s guest poser at the main show, which takes place at 6:00 p.m. Saturday. Clarke has been competing in bodybuilding for 10 years, and currently trains at Today’s Techniques.Briscoe says that tickets are still available for both shows as of Friday afternoon. Tickets are $32.50 for the morning show, and $57.50 for the evening main event, and are available at Today’s Techniques.last_img read more

Disaster for West Ham as star striker is ruled OUT for four months

first_img1 West Ham’s Andy Carroll is set for another spell on the sidelines Andy Carroll’s nightmare spell at West Ham has taken a turn for the worse after it was revealed he would miss the next four months with ankle ligament damage.The Hammers had already revealed their £15million club-record signing would miss the rest of their pre-season tour to New Zealand as a precautionary measure.However, Jack Sullivan – son of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan – revealed on Twitter the problem was a lot more serious.He wrote: “Very bad news regarding AC. Torn ligaments in his ankle… Operation tomorrow with top surgeon in USA… Will be playing in 4 months.”Carroll later confirmed the news on the social media website, writing: “Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season!!”The Hammers signed the Liverpool striker last summer despite the fact he was still carrying a heel problem, which meant he did not appear until January. Carroll then only mustered 15 Premier Leauge games last season, scoring just two goals.Manager Sam Allardyce was forced to persevere last season without his star striker, though, he has acted quickly this summer to make sure history does not repeat itself by signing Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia.last_img read more

Video: Mario Balotelli inhales helium balloon then sings Liverpool songs

first_imgEver the entertainer, Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli’s latest escapade involves singing ‘Liverpool’ with a high pitch helium voice.Fresh from having a liver bird shaved into his barnet, ahead of the Merseyside derby, the Italian striker has been filmed inhaling helium from a balloon, then singing the name of his new team.We’re not too sure about his singing voice, helium or not, but Kopites will be praying he hits the right notes on the pitch when the Redmen face Everton at Anfield.As far as Liverpool fans are concerned, though, Balotelli can sing what he wants, as long as – unlike the balloon – he’s not a let down!last_img read more

Wage demands put Adebayor move in jeopardy

first_imgTottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has forced Roma to reconsider a move for his services after blowing them away with his wage demands, according to reports in Italy.Adebayor looks set to leave White Hart Lane in January, with the club eager to get the £100,000-a-week striker off their wage books.Clubs in the Middle East have expressed an interest but Adebayor is believed to favour a move to the Champions League.However, according to Tuttosport, Roma will not be one of those clubs offering him Champions League football after the Serie A side was blown away by the striker’s wage demands.Adebayor has reportedly asked for an increase in his wages should he move to the Italian capital, due to the fact that he was earning £170,000-a-week while playing for Manchester City.Roma are said to be unable to meet such demands and as such have now pulled out of a deal for the 30-year-old. 1 Tottenham Hotspur star Emmanuel Adebayor last_img read more

Spain beat Iran to close in on World Cup last 16

first_imgCosta, who scored twice in a 3-3 opening draw with Portugal in Sochi, courted controversy early in the Group B encounter when he stepped on the toes of Iran ‘keeper Ali Beiranvand as he waited to kick the ball out.His gesture went unpunished, and the Atletico Madrid striker required another stroke of luck on 54 minutes when his shot came off Ramin Rezaeian to beat Beiranvand after he had been sent through by Andres Iniesta.The entire Iranian bench poured onto the pitch when Saeid Ezatolahi fired an equaliser for the Lions of Persia just before the hour.But the thousands of Iranian supporters that filled the stadiuum with the sound of vuvuzelas throughout were left disappointed when it was ruled out for offside.Spain coach Fernando Hierro welcomed Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal back into the starting line-up following his recovery from a hamstring injury suffered in the Champions League final win over Liverpool.With Lucas Vazquez replacing Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, it gave La Roja a distinctively Real Madrid feel.By the end of a pulsating opening half in which Iran’s defence thwarted the few real chances La Roja were able to create, Hierro’s men left the pitch looking rather red-faced.Costa got so frustrated with Iran’s defensive tactics that he approached Beiranvand and provocatively stepped on his toes, leaving the ‘keeper in visible pain.It went unpunished by Uruguayan referee Cunha, who had awarded France a historic first VAR-assisted penalty that saw Antoine Griezmann score Les Bleus’ opener in a 2-1 win over Australia.Spain resumed in more positive fashion after the break, Beiranvand forced to produce heroics twice in the space of four minutes.But Iran refused to buckle, Carlos Queiroz’s men coming close in the final minutes when midfielder Mehdi Taremi headed just over.Shortly after the restart an Isco corner was flicked on by Costa to Gerard Pique but his effort was cleared off the line.Sergio Busquets’ drive from 20 yards was then parried by Beiranvand, who palmed the rebound away before Lucas Vazquez could pounce.Some great vision from Iniesta, and a slice of luck, however broke Iranian hearts when Costa spun and latched on to the ball before seeing his shot rebound off Ramin Rezaeian and into the net.Spain, however, were still flattering to deceive.On a rare counter goalkeeper David De Gea was left irate when Taremi rose to head a metre wide.Moments later, the stadium erupted when Ezatolahi fired through a packed Spain area to beat De Gea but the assistant referee’s flag was up.In the final quarter hour Iran battled for a late equaliser, but after Vahid Amiri showed class to nutmeg Pique deep on the left and fire over an inviting cross, Taremi’s thundering header flew just over the bar as a relieved De Gea looked on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000It was Diego Costa who finally provided the breakthrough for Spain with a turn and finish nine minutes after the break. Photo/AFPKAZAN, Russia, June 20 – A lucky Diego Costa goal handed World Cup hopefuls Spain their first win of the World Cup although dogged Iran came close to causing a major upset on Wednesday.The victory in Kazan puts the 2010 winners on course for the last 16.last_img read more