Abilene Christian Sweeps Volleyball Awards

first_imgThe senior middle blocker started this week with a single-match career-high 17 kills and was credited with the match-winning block versus Houston Baptist as the Wildcats rallied from a 14-12 deficit in the fifth set to win 16-14. Walker hit .440 on 25 attempts (14 kills) and had the match-winning kill at New Orleans. Against Nicholls, she collected 14 points with four blocks and 12 kills. The Round Rock, Texas, product joined Kendall Bosse in registering the set-winning point in the third game to give ACU two sets to one lead over the Colonels. FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Lauren Walker and Lillian Drever are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Defensive Player of the Week: Lillian Drever, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Libero – Copperas Cove TexasDrever averaged 5.38 digs per set this past week as the Wildcats’ starting libero. The senior dug out 31 attacks in the five-set homecourt win over Houston Baptist. She then went on to record a team-high 24 digs at New Orleans and 15 at Nicholls. Drever also assisted on nine kills and tied a season high with two service aces versus the Colonels.  Offensive Player of the Week: Lauren Walker, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Middle Blocker – Round Rock, Texas Walker was the Wildcats’ leading point scorer this week, adding 10 blocks to her team-high 43 kills and two service aces. Honorable Mention: Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston State; Haley Tippett, Central Arkansascenter_img The Wildcats (9-10, 6-1 SLC) are coming off a 3-0 week, defeating Houston Baptist at home before posting road wins at New Orleans and Nicholls. The perfect run helps Abilene Christian remain in a three-way tie with Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State for second place in the league standings. The trio trails Stephen F. Austin, who has played to a perfect 7-0 conference mark. ACU returns to the floor Tuesday versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, followed by a Thursday tilt with Northwestern State and a Saturday match against Southeastern Louisiana. All three contests are in Abilene. Honorable Mention: Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston State; Channing Burleson, Northwestern State 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 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Warriors suffer double blow

first_imgFront rower Afoa suffered a suffered a dislocated elbow and Harris a knee injury in the team’s loss to Cronulla last round.Afoa is expected to be sidelined for six weeks while the recovery for second-rower Harris is four-to-six weeks, depending on how he comes through surgery.There are several changes for the side this round with Simon Mannering moving from loose forward to the second row to replace Harris while Adam Blair makes a timely return from a one-match suspension to reclaim the No 13 jersey.Afoa’s out of the side for the first time this season and his spot on the bench going to Ligi Sao who comes up from the reserve team and will play just his fifth NRL match.There are three changes in the starting backline with first-choice wingers David Fusitu’a and new Kiwis international Ken Maumalo both back while Peta Hiku moves from the right wing into the centres.Gerard Beale, who was on the left wing against Cronulla, is on the bench.Issac Luke, Hiku and James Gavet are all nearing personal milestones.Luke will move within four games of his 250th career appearance, Hiku within four of his 100th and Gavet will be just two short of his 50th.Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is seven games away from his 50th outing for the Warriors and Mannering nine from his 300th.The Warriors sit fifth on the NRL ladder on 22 points with a 10-5 record.The Panthers are on the same points but sit fourth on points differential and a win would take the Warriors back into the top four.last_img read more

Victorian Fury netballers fly in for Tri-Series

first_imgAn initiative of Netball PNG and Water-Aid PNG, the invitational event will see three competition rounds held in celebration of International Women’s Day on Tuesday March 8.Netball Victoria is delighted with the opportunity to send Australian Netball League premiers Victorian Fury to Papua New Guinea, following the successful visit of Netball Victoria staff and Melbourne Vixen Liz Watson in December 2015.Netball Victoria CEO Michelle Plane said that the tournament was a great chance for Victorian Fury to prepare for the 2016 Australian Netball League season and, more importantly, support a critical project that works to empower and champion the rights of women and girls.“Netball is a great platform for bringing people together, sharing their commonalities and embracing and learning about their differences. Netball helps grow strong communities and whether in Australia or PNG, it is these communities that can then work on supporting and addressing the key issues that affect the health, wellbeing and opportunities of their community members,” said Ms Plane.“We are both proud and humbled to be able to support the work of our partner Water-Aid and new friends Netball PNG, and congratulate their initiative, endeavor and commitment. We look forward to being a part of this event and the future developments it will help bring forward.”Victorian Fury Head Coach Cathy Fellows is looking forward to the Women’s Day Netball Tri-Series and believes it will be a good opportunity for the team to gain experience at an international level.“For the majority of our athletes this will be their first exposure to international netball and the varying playing styles of other countries,” said Ms Fellows.“To play international teams in their home environment is not something that can be replicated in training so it will be an invaluable learning experience and an important step in their pathway as elite athletes. We are really excited about the challenges these games will bring and the opportunity for our athletes and support staff to develop as both individuals and as a team.”2016 Victorian Fury Team to travel to PNGCatherine Fellows (Head Coach), Donna Monteath (Team Manager),Robyn Dawson (Assistant Coach)Julia Allan (Team Physiotherapist),Michaela Vaughan, Elle Bennetts, Ella Priestley, Tayla Honey,Danielle Phillips, Demi Woodlock, Matilda Hipper, Rahni Samason, Jaqueline Newton, Brooke AllanUmpire Tim Marshall.last_img read more

Trainers employ ‘shock’ routines for Pacman make-or-break bout

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP PromotionsKUALA LUMPUR—Manny Pacquiao opted to skip gym work and instead went for a jog under overcast skies on Tuesday afternoon here.Five days before what he described as an “important fight” of his career, Pacquiao decided to follow what his body says and take it slow.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Fortune said Pacquiao thrice did “power gliding,” an uphill jog on a terrain in General Santos City that he described as “brutal and horrible that conquering it means a lot (psychologically).”Closed-door trainingMeanwhile, Matthysse went straight to the gym put up right on the massive driveway of the Le Meridien Hotel after the traditional welcome by media and supporters.The Argentine’s public relations director Ramiro Gonzalez refused to let anyone inside his noonday training amid buzz that the reigning World Boxing Association welterweight champion is “seven pounds overweight.”Pacquiao, according to head trainer Buboy Fernandez, is at 145 pounds “eating regularly,” but he would like him to be at 146 on Thursday’s weigh in, and 150 lb on fight day.Matthysse is said to normally climb the ring at 160 lb with his vaunted punching power intact.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 LATEST STORIES “I am more than ready and excited to show the Malaysian fight fans the fruits of hard training and preparation,” said Pacquiao as his July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse got hyped by local television, newspapers and billboards across this city.The Filipino global superstar, preparing for the battle that could either extend his glorious career or end it altogether, said he had a “great training camp.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Conditioning coach Justin Fortune said he “shocked his body into working,” after a year-long respite following his unanimous decision loss to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane.“Oh, we changed things around, changed training routines, stuff that shocked his system,” said Fortune, who once fought Lennox Lewis as a heavyweight contender. “He (Pacquiao) had more plyometrics, more circuit training, like shocking his body into working again.” Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Three-in-oneFor Fernandez, Matthysse is a combination of three other fighters whom his best friend had fought before.He compared the Argentine titlist to Mexican slugger Hector Velazquez, all-out brawler Brandon Rios and Pacquiao archnemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.While there were no problems with Velazquez and Rios who both suffered punishments from Pacquiao’s fists, Fernandez is convinced that Matthysse will try to pull off a Marquez.“I see what they are trying to do, to work on the timing of his counterpunch like Marquez,” said Fernandez. “But we already worked on it, we’ll let him (Matthysse) come to us and then we attack.”Fernandez said Matthysse won’t be able to stand waiting for the counterattack.“We devised a plan for him to make a move,” he said.Before stunned spectators in 2012, Marquez dealt Pacquiao his worst defeat when the Mexican knocked him out cold via a perfectly-timed right to the face in the sixth round of their fourth and last fight.Fernandez said he would prefer Matthysse play that game because “we are preparing something for him. He will be met by a storm.” View comments Can’t waltz with Father Time Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Key Club International hosts cancer awarness walk

first_imgThe Key Club of the Georgetown International Academy on Saturday held a youth walk to bring awareness to children affected by cancer. Held under the theme, “Children walking for children” and “Help us fight cancer now”, a sizable turnout of patrons assembled at the National Park amid the cool morning breeze and walked to Parade Ground, where the event culminated.Local club President Gabriel De Harry Strand told Guyana Times that the exercise was aimed at sensitising the public to Guyanese children that are affected by various types of cancer, in addition to raising money to fight the disease.After the walk concluded, Strand expressed gratitude to all who participated. He revealed that so far, his group has raised over $11 million for the cause.“It’s surreal to me that its completed, it went by so fast… so far right now, we’ve raised $11.2 million and we’re hoping it only goes up from there,” the club President pointed out.He added that many children in the interior locations are suffering from the disease and he stressed the need for the public to provide more assistance. Reflecting on his inspiration for joining the cause, Strand explained that over the past two years, he lost two grandparents to the disease. He added that his own mother has successfully battled the disease.“I’ve seen what cancer does to people and how it deteriorates people down to nothing and to think of a kid having to go through that, it’s truly heartbreaking,” the young man noted.On this premise, Strand reasoned that people should speak more about the disease. “Speak about it gets movement towards it, let people know because it’s a big problem today,” the club President stressed.Meanwhile, Guyanese footballer Verlon Mills agreed that more needs to be done to highlight the issue, especially for early detection.“We need to detect it early; sometimes youngsters feel pain and parents don’t take it seriously [but] the awareness is not just for parents, but for everybody in society,” the local striker noted.Recognising the importance of supporting the initiative, Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence also pointed out that family support is critical to combat the disease.“Many times we see the victims… but they need their family support [and] many times those victims’ families are also shattered by the information they receive,” Lawrence opined, imploring those present to support the organisation’s cause.The Key Club is encouraging members of the public to join and spread the word of cancer with special emphasis on the fact the many children are affected, especially those in the hinterland locations. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Harvick takes Busch race as driver instead of owner

first_imgHarvick, who ran away with the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series title, started the season with his 27th Busch victory. This time, he was driving for Richard Childress, who also fields his Nextel Cup Chevrolets. “Any time you can win any race at Daytona it’s big,” said Harvick, who will start 34th in today’s Daytona 500. Saturday’s race was overrun with Buschwhackers – Nextel Cup regulars moonlighting in the junior series – and Harvick controlled the last half of the 120-lap event. Starting 31st in the 43-car field, Harvick crossed the finish line about three lengths ahead of runner-up Dave Blaney, who gave Toyota a solid finish in its first Busch event. “I said if we ever get all the way to the front, we’re going to be in really good shape,” said Harvick, who led the final 42 laps. “Because the whole last run, once I got to the front, I never had to let off the floor.” It was an auspicious start for Harvick, who won nine races last year to earn his second Busch Series title. He beat runner-up Carl Edwards by 824 points. Even with only a partial Busch schedule planned this season, Harvick’s win was no surprise – he finished in the top eight, including a trio of runner-up finishes, in his nine previous Busch starts on the 2.5-mile Daytona oval. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Harvick has been to Daytona’s Victory Lane before – just not as a driver. “I went there the last two years as a car-owner,” Harvick said Saturday after driving to his first win at Daytona International Speedway. “This is more fun.” center_img Still, Harvick’s not considering adding more Busch races. “Absolutely not,” he said. “We’re here to win races, and it’s something to where we just want to go out and hopefully keep going where we left off last year. “It’s just a lot of fun to drive when the car is like that.” Blaney, who will drive one of four new Toyotas in the 500, was involved in a multicar crash on the fourth lap but came away without much damage. “We just kind of hung around, hung around,” he said. “And right at the very end I snuck into second.” Blaney never challenged Harvick. “Kevin was handling a little bit better than I was, and I couldn’t get to his back bumper,” he said. Cup drivers finished in the top 12 spots and had 15 of the top 20, with Edwards third, followed by Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon and Matt Kenseth, all entered in today’s race. The top Busch regular was Scott Wimmer. Former Chino Hills resident David Gilliland, who starts on the pole for today’s 500, finished 20th Saturday in his best Busch finish since winning at Kentucky in June 2006. Stewart, the 500 favorite after winning last Saturday’s Budweiser Shootout and a 150-mile qualifying race Thursday, saw his string of three straight wins in this race end. “I got three top 10s in a row, so I’ll find the bright side to it,” Stewart said. 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

Illinois true bellwether in upcoming primaries?

first_imgThe AP ranked each state on how closely it matched national levels on 21 demographic factors, including race, age, income, education, industrial mix, immigration and the share of people living in urban and rural areas. The rankings were then combined to determine the state that best mirrors the country as a whole. Illinois was followed by Oregon, Michigan, Washington and Delaware. West Virginia was the least typical state – poorer, whiter, more rural – followed by Mississippi, New Hampshire, Vermont and Kentucky. Iowa ranked 41st, meaning only nine states and the District of Columbia look less like the country as a whole. South Carolina, which also has an early primary, ranked 24th. America is becoming more diverse, with minorities topping 100 million for the first time in 2006, according to Census Bureau figures being released today. About one in three Americans was a minority last year, a slight increase. WASHINGTON – White, rural and homogeneous. New Hampshire and Iowa play big roles in choosing presidential candidates, but don’t look much like the rest of the country. A better bellwether might be Illinois. It’s the most average state, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Census Bureau. Illinois is the fifth-largest state, with a big city in Chicago, rolling countryside in the south and a lot of sprawling suburbs. And it has Peoria, which, it turns out, really is a barometer of America’s preferences. Many companies continue to use the city in central Illinois as a test market, taking literally the adage about how things play there. “Illinois has always been a mirror of America,” said state Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Republican. “With all due respect to South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, they are not reflective of the overall American population.” In 2006, the nation was 67.6 percent white, non-Hispanic; 15 percent Hispanic; 13.4 percent black; 5 percent Asian; 1.5 percent American Indian or native Alaskan; and 0.3 percent Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. The percentages add up to more than 100 in part because some people identify with more than one race and Hispanics can be of any race. Illinois’ racial composition matches the nation’s better than any other state. Education levels are similar, as is the mix of industry and the percentage of immigrants. Incomes in Illinois are a little higher and the state is more urban than the rest of the nation. But the age of the population is very close to the country’s mix of minors, seniors and those 18 to 64. The Illinois Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would move the state’s presidential primary from March to Feb. 5, and Gov. Rod Blagojevich has promised to sign it. Once he does, Illinois will join a growing number of states trying to increase their clout by scheduling earlier primaries. An argument sometimes cited for the moves: increasing the diversity of voters early in the primary season. “States that are quite vanilla ought not to be making the decisions for us,” said Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, a Democrat. Iowa and New Hampshire have played prominent roles in choosing presidential candidates for years, with Iowa holding caucuses in January and New Hampshire holding the first primary. Both states are more than 90 percent white, making them among the least diverse in the country. Nevertheless, officials in both states have defended their status and pledged to maintain it. New Hampshire voters are well-informed and steeped in democracy, comfortable asking tough questions of town officials and presidential candidates alike, said Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “Ask anyone who has been to the New Hampshire primary and they will tell you about the intensity of the questions,” Buckley said. “You are going to have to answer tough questions about Katrina, about drug use in inner cities. You are going to have to answer questions about the war in Iraq and about the slaughter in Darfur. … “We are not in awe of anyone.” Where they rank The Associated Press ranked each state and the District of Columbia on how closely it matched national averages on a combination of 21 demographic factors, including race, age, income, education, industrial mix, immigration and the share of people living in urban and rural areas. How each state fared, with Illinois ranked first as the state that best mirrors the country, and West Virginia ranked 51st as the most atypical: State, Rank Ala. 44 Alaska 35 Ariz. 15 Ark. 45 Calif. 32 Colo. 25 Conn. 23 Del. 5 D.C. 43 Fla. 19 Ga. 6 Hawaii 25 Idaho 30 Ill. 1 Ind. 18 Iowa 41 Kan. 6 Ky. 47 La. 37 Maine 38 Md. 36 Mass. 34 Mich. 3 Minn. 22 Miss. 50 Mo. 9 Mont. 41 Neb. 16 Nev. 33 N.H. 49 N.J. 19 N.M. 28 N.Y. 16 N.C. 8 N.D. 46 Ohio 10 Okla. 21 Ore. 2 Pa. 11 R.I. 11 S.C. 24 S.D. 40 Tenn. 31 Texas 13 Utah 14 Vt. 47 Va. 27 Wash. 4 W.Va. 51 Wis. 29 Wyo. 39 Source: AP analysis based on Census Bureau data.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

CREATIVITY OF DONEGAL CHILDREN CELEBRATED IN NEW EXHIBITION

first_imgAlmost one thousand pieces of children’s creative art, poetry and stories go on display from this Thursday June 9th in the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny as part of the “Crafty Kids Guide to Donegal and its Wild Atlantic Way” project.The book written by local school children through their stories and artwork tells their story of Donegal and the magical playground they live in every day.The visitors guide is perfect for the whole family whether visiting Donegal for the first time or locals having an adventure in their own Wild Atlantic Way. The guide includes an introduction to native birds, animals and sea life, Poems and stories in English and Irish language, life and experiences of schoolchildren on the islands off the coast of Donegal and a journey through the key tourist attractions in Donegal including Sliabh League, Mount Errigal and Fanad Lighthouse.The official launch of the book and exhibition takes place in The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny on June 9th at 12 midday and everyone is welcome.The exhibition continues then until Saturday June 11th.Evelyn Mc Glynn editor of the guide said: “We are delighted to host an exhibition of all the excellent work the children submitted due to space restrictions we could not include everything in the book but ALL work will be on display June 9th to 11th in the exhibition.”Supported by Failte Ireland the children’s guide, challenges the local and visitor to experience Donegal as the locals know it. The official launch of the guide and exhibition will take place in The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny (behind an Grianan Theatre) on June 9th at 12 midday and everyone is welcome. Exhibition dates June 9th /10th & 11th 2016.The book is available to buy in Crafty Kids stores in Letterkenny Retail Park or Letterkenny Shopping Centre or online at craftykids.ie or in various locations throughout Donegal. Check out their facebook Crafty Kids Guide To Donegal and its Wild Atlantic Way or call for further information on (074) 911 3455. CREATIVITY OF DONEGAL CHILDREN CELEBRATED IN NEW EXHIBITION was last modified: June 7th, 2016 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)last_img read more

POLISH WOMAN SETS OUT HER STALL FOR IRISH FANS!

first_imgA Polish woman living in Donegal is setting up a stall at a country market to advise Irish fans what to do and what to expect at Euro 2012.Agatha Szavek came up with the idea because she wanted to give something back after receiving a warm welcome since she arrived here in 2004.Agatha, 36, will set up at the stand at the Letterkenny Community Centre this weekend. “We realise there are a lot of people travelling there but there is only a small knowledge of what it is like there.“This is payback for the lovely hospitality we got from the Donegal community.“Hopefully they will get good weather, good fun and the nightlife over there is great. Hopefully Ireland will make it to the semi-finals,” she said.Mum-of-two Agatha has contacted the Polish Embassy and they have given her lots of advice leaflets for fans. The Polish shop where she works in Letterkenny ‘Your Delicatessen’ have also helped her with the stall.She has also compiled a small translation leaflet of phrases which Agatha thinks the Irish fans will use at the soccer finals.She is also cooking many of Poland’s favorite dishes for fans to try this weekend ahead of their trips including Beetroot soup!“Irish people are very like Polish people in that they like their potatoes but we have some different foods.“I am hoping they try the new foods and eat them when they get to Poland,” she said. The only problem Agata now has is who to support is Poland or her adopted country.“My daughter Natalie (16) was born in Poland and will be cheering for Poland but my son Marcel (3) was born in Ireland and will be cheering on Robbie Keane. I’m stuck in the middle,” she laughed.POLISH WOMAN SETS OUT HER STALL FOR IRISH FANS! was last modified: May 29th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Football Takes Full Advantage of Educational and Cultural Opportunities in China

first_imgThe Drake University football team’s 12-day trip to the People’s Republic of China from May 23-June 4 provided the student-athletes with a rewarding academic and athletic experience. The student-athletes were introduced to the complex interplay of culture, history, economics, and politics that is shaping China’s role as a global actor in business and international organizations prior and during the travel seminar. The Bulldogs once again made history on the field as they became the first NCAA Division I program to play in China with Drake coming away with a 77-0 victory over a Chinese All-Star team.Print Friendly Versionlast_img