Abilene Christian Picked First in Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

first_img 8. New Orleans 113 3. Sam Houston State (1) 234 12. Houston Baptist 73 FRISCO, Texas – Defending tournament champion Abilene Christian has been selected as the favorite to top the 2019-20 Southland Conference’s 2019-20 women’s basketball standings, the league announced Thursday. Four other schools also received first-place votes.ACU topped the polls with 14 first-place votes and 273 total points in just its second year of postseason eligibility. The Wildcats are coming off of a Southland Tournament Championship where they won three games as a No. 4 seed in order to gain an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament last season. Senior preseason all-conference selections Dominique Golightly, Breanna Wright and Lexie Ducat are three-of-four starters returning for the Wildcats this season and will look to continue the program’s success after closing out the 2018-19 season with a 23-10 overall record and a 13-5 conference mark. The Wildcats led the Southland in several categories last season, including shooting percentage (45.8), three-pointers made (265) and defensive rebounds per game (31.8).Stephen F. Austin came in next in the polls with 255 points and nine first-place votes after finishing last season with a 16-2 mark in Southland play. The Ladyjacks return three starters in Stephanie Visscher, Alyssa Mayfield and Marissa Banfield. Led by head coach Mark Kellogg, SFA is primed to challenge for the league title as the Ladyjacks have consistently presented a well-balanced game plan. Last season, they ranked among the conference’s top-four teams in scoring (70.4) while leading the league in defense, limiting opponents to 56.9 points per game. The Ladyjacks will look to continue their efficiency at home after going 17-0 inside William R. Johnson Coliseum throughout their 2018-19 campaign.Sam Houston State is voted third, receiving 234 points and one first-place vote. After an impressive turnaround season, reigning Southland Coach of the Year Ravon Justice and her SHSU squad will look to build upon their 11-7 conference record from last season. Led by preseason first-teamer Jaylonn Walker and second-team selections Amber Leggett and Jenniffer Oramas, the Bearkats return a total of four starters and will implement a very experienced rotation that is not afraid to attack the basket. Last year, the Kats ranked 12th nationally for free throws attempted (718) and ninth nationally for free throws made (510). Justice’s squad certainly does not slack on defense either as the team finished last season ranked fourth in the nation for turnovers forced (22.72).Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rounds out the poll’s top four, earning 229 points and a first-place vote. The Islanders capped a remarkable postseason run in the Southland Tournament after qualifying as the No. 6 seed. Head coach Royce Chadwick led his team to a trio of wins in the tournament over the No. 7, No. 3 and No. 2 seeds before falling to Abilene Christian in a 69-68 championship thriller. The Islanders led the preseason all-conference rosters with four selections in first teamers Alexes Bryant and Dalesia Booth and second-team picks Dae Dae Evans and Emma Young.Lamar occupies the fifth-place spot with 195 points and a first-place vote of its own, followed by Central Arkansas (172), Nicholls (154), New Orleans (113) and McNeese (111).Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State, Houston Baptist and UIW round out the 2019-20 preseason poll.The Southland women’s basketball season gets underway Tuesday, Nov. 5, with nine schools in action throughout the league.The preseason poll is voted upon by the head coach and sports information director from each Southland school. Each individual ranks the other 12 teams in their predicted order of regular season finish. Ranking one’s own school is not permitted.2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll 10. Southeastern Louisiana 86 9. McNeese 111 5. Lamar (1) 195 7. Nicholls 154 4. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1) 229 1. Abilene Christian (14) 273 6. Central Arkansas 172 11. Northwestern State 78 2. Stephen F. Austin (9) 255 School (First-place votes) Total 13. UIW 55last_img read more

San Antonio Spurs extend perfect home record

first_imgSAN ANTONIO (AP): San Antonio improved to 26-0 on home court this season by beating Orlando 107-92 on Monday night, led by a season-high 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs edged within four games of Golden State Warriors in the fight over the top seed in the NBA Western Conference. They also stayed four games ahead of Oklahoma City, who beat Washington, thanks to a triple double from Russell Westbrook. Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season as the Thunder won 114-98. Westbrook had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, and got the best of his match-up with Washington point guard John Wall. Kevin Durant scored 28 points for the Thunder, who have won 11 of 12. Among other key results, Cleveland were forced to overtime at Indiana, but notched a fifth straight win, 111-106. Atlanta defeated Dallas 112-97 to move into a virtual tie with Miami for top spot in the Southeast Division. San Antonio’s Aldridge shot nine for 13 from the field to pace the Spurs. Australian Patty Mills matched a season-high with 22 points, going three for four on three-pointers. San Antonio found their defensive footing late in the third quarter to separate from Orlando. The Spurs outscored the Magic 24-8 to overcome a 70-69 deficit with 1 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving scored 25 points as the Cavaliers won in overtime at Indiana. LeBron James had 24 points – but only seven after half-time – with 12 rebounds, and the Cavaliers extended their lead in the Central Division to nine games and won in Indiana for the first time in six years.last_img read more

Cornwall pegs back hosts but WI face tough final day

first_imgDAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall made key strikes to limit Sri Lanka A after West Indies A’s batting collapsed, but the hosts held the edge heading into today’s final day of the third and final four-day Test here. Sri Lanka ended day three of the contest at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday on 211 for five in their second innings – already 286 runs ahead. Asela Gunaratne top-scored with 69, Sandun Weerakkody struck 48, while Roshen Silva was unbeaten on 29 at the close. Cornwall, the mainstay of the visitors’ attack during the series, claimed four for 62 to take his tally of wickets for the three-match series to 20. Earlier, West Indies A surrendered their last six wickets for 60 runs to be dismissed for 243 in their first innings and concede a lead of 75 runs. Resuming on 183 for four, they lost their captain Shamarh Brooks for 54 after he had added just 11 runs to his overnight 43, while Cornwall chimed in with 25. Seamer Kasun Madushanka (3-45) and left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan (3-54) both claimed three wickets apiece, while pacer Lahiru Gamage ended with two for 50. West Indies A were set back early when Brooks perished in the day’s fifth over with the score on 199, after facing 100 deliveries and striking seven fours. His demise triggered a slide from which the visitors never recovered as the last five wickets went down for the addition of just 32 runs. The only batsman to show resistance was Cornwall, who punched two fours and a six in a busy 30-ball knock. Batting a second time, Sri Lanka were handed a robust start by Weerakkody and Kusal Perera, who put on a brisk 67 off 62 deliveries. Weerakkody faced just 36 balls and struck seven fours, while Perera hit a single four in 31 balls at the crease before he departed to a catch at the wicket off Cornwall. In the bowler’s next over, with five runs added, Weerakkody followed via the leg before wicket, but top-scorer Gunaratne then led a recovery by anchoring two half-century partnerships. The 30-year-old right-hander put on 58 for the third wicket with captain Lahiru Thirimanne, who made 27 off 76 deliveries before adding a further 51 for the fifth wicket with Silva. Gunaratne faced 126 deliveries and struck ten boundaries before falling about 40 minutes before the close to a catch at the wicket off seamer Keon Joseph. ROBUST STARTlast_img read more

Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern: agent

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, the top-scorer in the Bundesliga last season, reportedly wants to leave to seek a ‘new challenge’. © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, May 30 – Bayern Munich’s star striker Robert Lewandowski wants to leave the Bundesliga club this summer to seek “a new challenge”, his agent told Sport Bild on Wednesday.“Robert feels that he needs a change and a new challenge in his career,” Pini Zahavi told the weekly. “The managers of Bayern know about it.”Lewandowski, 29, whose Bayern contract runs until 2021, has been linked with Real Madrid while Qatari-backed Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United are also understood to be interested.“I want to focus on preparing for the World Cup, I’m not thinking about club matters, I have a manager for that,” Lewandowski told reporters in the mountain resort of Arlamow, where the Polish team is preparing for the World Cup.He was the Bundesliga’s top scorer in the just-completed season with 29 goals, the third time he has won the trophy after success in 2015/16, also with Bayern, and 2013/14 while at ex-club Borussia Dortmund.In late February, the Poland international parted ways with his previous agent of 10 years, Cezary Kucharski, and signed up with Zahavi, one of the most powerful agents in world football.Zahavi said that “Robert’s motivations are not money or a specific club, because almost all top clubs would like to sign up the world’s best striker.”He said he hoped Bayern president Uli Hoeness and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge would understand the player’s position.“Everyone in the Bayern club leadership has their own great career to look back on. They should understand his situation,” he told Sport Bild.However, Bayern’s bosses have made it clear that Lewandowski will play for them next season.Rummenigge told Kicker magazine earlier this month that Bayern fans “do not have to worry about Robert Lewandowski and the relationship with Bayern… We have a very good one.”“We know what we have in him and I’m very happy that we still have such a long-term contract,” added Rummenigge.“There’s no need to worry, he’ll play here in Munich again next year.”Magazine Kicker also pointed out that Bayern’s senior bosses have repeatedly informed Lewandowski that there is no possibility of leaving before his contract expires.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Northridge mom is weeds’ worst enemy

first_imgFor Mother’s Day, her kids bought her a professional leaf blower. For her birthday, they gave her a weed trimmer. And this Christmas, Chris Williams hopes to get heavy-duty pruners, clippers, rakes and shovels. That’s because, after 15 years of whacking weeds alongside sidewalks and shoveling litter from city streets and gutters, her old tools are pretty beat up. “My family has me dialed in,” the 47-year-old Northridge real estate agent said Wednesday, laughing as she cruised Lassen Street. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But she wasn’t looking for new listings or homes for sale. She was looking for weeds to whack. She’s had her eye on a stretch of public sidewalk between Corbin and Tunney avenues. And by 3 p.m., the weeds were gone, along with the trash Chris found lying around. Today, the Los Angeles City Council will honor her with a certificate of recognition from her local councilman, Greig Smith, for outstanding community service. While most of us only complain about eyesores on public streets, she’s actually been doing something about it. “Every day, on the way to drop my kids off at school, I’d see all these weeds in the sidewalks, and trash in the gutter, year after year,” she said. “I was spending way too much energy thinking about why someone wasn’t doing something about it. I finally thought, `Why not me?”‘ She told her kids she had a great idea for a family outing the next Saturday morning: They were going to pull weeds and pick up trash on public sidewalks. The kids were, well, less than enamored. “They thought I was crazy,” Chris said. “They told me I couldn’t make them do that, no other moms made their kids do that. They were embarrassed, afraid their friends would see them.” She didn’t care. A little hard work never cost her a friendship. Someone had to pick up after the slobs using public streets as trash cans. “That first time we went out with a few shovels and trash bags, walking along Tampa Avenue for a few hours. I had a little flatbed trailer attached to my car and took all the trash bags home to my trash cans. “I soon realized I needed to get more done in a shorter period of time, so we got better tools.” Before long, word got around Northridge about the woman taking her family for Saturday morning outings to whack weeds and pick up trash on their streets. Passing motorists would honk their horns and give Chris the thumbs-up sign, asking from their air-conditioned cars if she needed some water out there in the hot sun. Diplomatically, Chris would let them know she could bring her own water if she was thirsty. What she really needed was more help. “You know how Tom Sawyer made whitewashing that picket fence almost look like fun? Well, it’s the same with helping Chris whack weeds and pick up trash,” says her friend, Trish Lyons. The two women swear you don’t know what thrilling is until you’ve walked down the Tampa Avenue off-ramp from the Ronald Reagan Freeway at 6 a.m., picking up trash as cars whiz past. They met a few years back when Chris sold Trish’s house. They struck up a friendship, but didn’t go shopping or out to lunch when they got together. Instead, they donned work clothes and cleaned up the streets of Northridge. The kids are grown now and don’t join her much anymore. If Trish is busy, she’ll go alone. It’s not that people don’t want clean streets, Chris says. It’s just not a big priority. “I think most people would warm up to it, but somebody has to do the planning and organize it for them,” she says. That’s why she’s put together community trash cleanup days during the year. “If everyone would give one hour a month, our streets would sparkle,” Chris said as she tossed her weed trimmer in the trunk of her car. She had a new listing in a neighborhood a few blocks away – and she wanted to check out the sidewalks for weeds. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GOLF NEWS: GRAHAM CUMMINGS AND MARK CAITHNESS IN GOOD FORM AT DUNFANAGHY

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:Again this week there was great sunshine with tropical weather all week in Dunfanaghy. The Jazz ‘n’ Blues festival was on in Dunfanaghy over the weekend with large crowds around the town.Well done to Donald and Sian and all the organisers for a great festival. The golf club had big turnouts on each of the days over the weekend and the scoring was very good in the 4BBB (any combination) competitions on Saturday and Sunday.Well done to everyone. Our chef was extremely busy all weekend with plenty of people coming out of the town for food.Word is spreading about the great food on offer in the clubhouse.The club is doing a great special for the All-Ireland final this Sunday coming. You can have a Steak dinner and a pint of your choice for €15.What better way to spend the final by soaking up the atmosphere in the clubhouse with great food.Keep it in mind if you are not travelling to Croke Park. We wish Colm, Christy and Martin the best of luck.You have done us proud so far and hopefully you are able to finish the job off. Up Donegal!!!!!Results: Sat 13th Sept 4BBB1st Graham Cummings & Mark Caithness 44pts2nd Conan McLarnon & Stephen Devine 43pts BOT3rd Brian Gilfedder & Jim Johnston 43pts Sunday 14th 4BBB1st Brian Dolan & Cornelius McMullen 46pts2nd Thomas Alcorn & Billy Griffin 43pts BOT3rd Bill McCallion & Dominic Bogues 43ptsCompetitions this coming week:The competitions are as follows:• Wednesday 17th September Open Singles Stableford• Saturday 20th September 4BBB Stableford any combination• Sunday 21st September monthly MedalThe past Captains is not on this coming weekend and hopefully everyone has been informed of this by post. It will now take place on the 4th of October.It is getting close to the biggest weekend of the year in the club and everything is in place for a great weekend.The time slots are already filling up for the Ryder cup Weekend, so don’t miss you opportunity to be part of a great weekend of festivities at the club.There are still time slots available for the morning and afternoon of Saturday and also the three ball scramble on the Sunday.We are advertising these competitions in neighbouring golf clubs this week so make sure you get your name down quickly.A full detail of the activities at the club will be posted on our website over the coming week.New Year’s Eve At The ClubhouseWe are pleased to announce that the very enjoyable New Year’s Eve Party held at the Clubhouse last year is again being organised.The Band, which by all accounts, “made the party” have again been booked. Food, although yet to be arranged, will be along the same lines as last year.The cost will again be €30 per person and numbers will be strictly limited to sixty people on a “first come” basis.No tickets will be issued, and bookings can only be confirmed on receipt of full payment.Mary will be in charge of all bookings and as this will sell out very quickly I would advise those interested to contact her immediately and pay by card over the phone.As this is not priced as a fund raising exercise there will be no refund for those having booked but unable to attend.If however, you are unable to attend please contact Mary and you will be put in touch with someone on the waiting list willing to buy your ticket.Juvenile notes;Two brothers battled it out in the weekly Juvenile competition last Saturday.Carlos O Reilly holed a great putt on the last hole to take victory from his brother Edward by one shot.In the Cadet section it took a play-off to decide the winner with Andy Ward just getting the better of Cormac Hall.Shot of the day went to Andy Ward for a great pitch to the 16th hole.GOLF NEWS: GRAHAM CUMMINGS AND MARK CAITHNESS IN GOOD FORM AT DUNFANAGHY was last modified: September 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfNoticesSportlast_img read more

McCONALOGUE URGES TEACHERS TO EMBRACE JUNIOR CERT REFORMS

first_imgFianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD is calling on teachers unions to give serious consideration to the latest proposals on Junior Cert Reform.The changes put forward by Minister O’Sullivan mark a significant shift in policy from the proposals adopted by her predecessor, and have the potential to see a much improved Junior Cert programme implemented. The Donegal TD said last night: “The Minister’s decision to concede on the independent assessment issue and to maintain a State exam as part of the assessment process is a welcome development, and lays the groundwork for a tangible agreement between the Department and the teachers unions to be reached. “I understand that the relationship between the unions and the Department has been damaged by the manner in which former Minister Ruairi Quinn conducted the negotiations process.“His dictatorial approach to the issues and his reluctance to take the concerns of teachers and parents on board caused much ill-will. However, Minister O’Sullivan’s belated recognition of the need for change has brought about proposals which can allay the majority of those concerns.“Fianna Fáil has consistently advocated the importance of maintaining independent state certified assessment of the Junior Certificate and we believe the Minister’s u-turn on the issue can now pave the way for an agreement. I would urge the unions and teachers to give serious consideration to these proposals, and how they can ultimately lead to the improvement of our education system.“Both sides in this long-running negotiation process should return to the talks table to try and reach an agreeable position. The current proposals can go a long way to putting our second level system on a solid footing which will benefit future generations to come.”  McCONALOGUE URGES TEACHERS TO EMBRACE JUNIOR CERT REFORMS was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Charlie McConalogueeducationJunior Certreformlast_img read more

Warriors 122, Nuggets 105: How Warriors flipped the switch

first_imgOAKLAND — Things appeared dark with both the Warriors’ mood and uncertainty. So after spending the past two days offering honest self reflection and direct criticism toward each other, the Warriors have seen the light.During a regular season filled with inconsistent performances, mood swings and lineup combinations, the Warriors have finally flipped the switch. The result: the Warriors coasted to a 122-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday at Oracle Arena.“It would’ve shocked me if …last_img read more

Bochy’s last game at Coors Field like so many others: Disappointing and forgettable

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.DENVER — Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s farewell tour around the country has taken him to stadiums and cities he’ll miss dearly when he retires after the season.It also brought him to Coors Field, a ballpark he’d rather avoid.Bochy spent Sunday morning reminiscing about all of the dark chapters his teams have authored in Denver over his 25-year career. In the Giants’ final game in Colorado this season, they wrote their …last_img read more