Bearkats’ Baxter Nabs Weekly Honor After Career Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Lydia Baxter is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Baxter claimed the honor after leading her Bearkats to a pair of road wins consisting of a 93-80 performance over McNeese on Wednesday and a 72-63 outing over Abilene Christian on Saturday. The Austin, Texas, native averaged 17.5 points on the week while shooting 70.6-percent from the floor.Basketball Player of the Week – Lydia Baxter, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Forward – Austin, TexasThe senior forward averaged a double-double for the week as the Kats strung together their first three-game road winning streak in league play since the 2013-14 season.Baxter became the eighth player in Bearkat history to reach 600 career rebounds following her performance at McNeese that included a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds. She was efficient in the win over the Cowgirls, hitting nine of her 10 attempts from the floor in addition to nine of 10 from the free throw line. She followed up by hauling in another 10 boards, eight points, and a career-high six steals against the Wildcats as the Kats snapped an eight-game losing streak to ACU on Saturday.Baxter currently is tied for fifth in the Southland with 2.2 steals per game. The senior has marked four contests this season with at least four steals. She also ranks third in in the conference for rebounding (8.5 rpg) and fourth in FG percentage (.507).Honorable Mention: Chanell Hayes, Stephen F. Austin; Shania Woods, New Orleans; Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls; Moe Kinard, Lamar.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

CCPA probing Berbice teen’s detention

first_imgThe Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) says it is currently investigating an incident which saw a Berbice teen being detained by Police for four days last week after an allegation was levelled against her.Concerns were raised by several stakeholders after reports surfaced in the media that a 16-year-old girl, who hailed from Corentyne, Berbice, was locked up in a police station way beyond the 72-hour detention period after being accused of simple larceny.CCPA Director Ann GreeneCCPA Director Ann Greene confirmed on Wednesday that the report on the matter was being prepared as the Agency’s probe continued into the unfortunate incident.Greene, who appeared tight-lipped, said that she would need to receive and review the report before she could disclose any information on the issue.Meanwhile, B Division (Berbice) Commander Lyndon Alves told Guyana Times that a file on the incident has been prepared and will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.The teen’s mother, Radikha Udho, related that her daughter was asked to assist an elderly woman from their village. After the teen left, the woman claimed that she could not find her US green card and several other items.Udho recalled that it was while she was at the market that she received a call stating that she needed to visit the Number 51 Police Station after the elderly woman had made a report about the missing items and was accusing her daughter of theft.Udho was requested to take her daughter to the Number 51 Police Station the following Friday, to make a statement, but the teen was subsequently locked up for four days.Further complications arose as the teen was initially placed on $100,000 bail. A senior rank of B Division had stated that the bail that had been set was too excessive and given the circumstances, the officer could have used his discretion. After much deliberation about the excessive amount, the station bail was reduced to $50,000.The officer also mentioned that the matter could have been dealt with differently; he added that if it was necessary that the teenager had to be locked up, it could have been done without her being held for such a long period.last_img read more

AFC turn down Zambia invite due to SportPesa exit

first_img“As things stand right now, I don’t think we will be able to honor that match because with the sponsors exiting, we need to prioritize our expenses. It will be impossible for us to honor that match so more or less, we have turned down that invite,” Mule said.The betting firm announced on Tuesday it was withdrawing all its sports sponsorship in Kenya, the news throwing a devastating jab on AFC and Gor Mahia, Kenya’s two biggest football clubs.Also affected by the exit was the Football Kenya Federation, Kenyan Premier League, Kenya Rugby Union, National Super League side Nakuru All Stars, Boxing Association of Kenya, boxer Fatuma Zarika and Kenya Harlequins RFC.AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano with Team manager Gilbert Selebwa after their Kenyan Premier League match against Nakumatt on November 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMule has decried the exit of the company which was sponsoring them to the tune of close to Sh45mn annually and the figure had been set to rise by a certain percentage this year.“It is not only a blow to us as AFC but the entire sporting fraternity. That is killing sports. It would be advisable if the government could re-look that taxation law and sit down with the stakeholders for an agreement,” Mule further noted.The exit of the sponsors will now further force Ingwe to change most of their pre-season plans including a planned high altitude camp ahead of their CAF Confederations Cup campaign.Mule has meanwhile affirmed that the club has already begun measures to cushion themselves from a possible cash crunch and they have been talking to potential suitors to replace the betting company as the club’s shirt sponsors.He has also assured that the club will honor their Confederations Cup matches beginning with the preliminary round clash away to Madagascar side FOSA Juniors FC.AFC Leopards celebrate with Andrew Tololwa after the midfielder scored the lone goal in their 1-0 win over Nakumatt FC on November 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We will honor the match and we are in the process of writing a budget and forwarding it to the Ministry of Sports through Football Kenya Federation to see whether we can get some help. We are also talking to a few potential sponsors and probably by the end of the month, we will have something concrete,” Mule said.“We will not fail to get a way. If not from sponsors, we will fundraise here and there to get the money. We are also asking our fans to turn out in large numbers when we are playing because they are our number one sponsors,” averred the AFC boss.Meanwhile, the club has continued to beef up the squad ahead of the new campaign and their newest acquisition is Ghanaian left back Isaac Oduro, formerly of giants Hearts of Oak. The defender who had been touted to sign for Zanaco in Zambia penned a two year contract on Tuesday evening.The club has also acquired the services of midfielder Simon Mburu from KCB and is looking to add two more midfielders and a striker.“The team is shaping up very well and from what we have done in this transfer window, I am confident that we will have a very strong squad to challenge for titles,” Mule said of the team which last won the Kenyan Premier League title in 1998.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards team posing for a team photo before the match. Head Coach Robert Matano opted to start with Gabriel Andika in goal in favour of regular Ian Otieno. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 3- GOtv Shield champions AFC Leopards have turned down an invite from Zambian Premier League side Napsa Stars for a pre-season friendly match since they will be unable to raise close to Sh1mn in air fare after the exit of their sole sponsors SportPesa.Ingwe chairman Dan Mule has told Capital Sport they had been invited by the Zambian side for a friendly match between January 15-20 and they were asked to foot their travel expenses while the Lusaka based club had committed to cater for their meals and accommodation.last_img read more

Miheso, Makwatta included for Stars India trip

first_img0Shares0000Clifton Miheso.PHOTO/courtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, May 30- Zambian based duo of John Mark Makwatta and Clifton Miheso have been included in the final travelling party as Harambee Stars departed on Wednesday morning for India where they will take part in the Hero Intercontinental four-nations tournament.The two who turn out for Zambian league side Buildcon are part of five new faces who have joined in the squad after Gor Mahia players pulled out of the team due to club commitments. Other players who have been included in the trip include Tusker FC’s third choice keeper Bryne Omondi, Thika United skipper Dennis Odhiambo and Vihiga United stopper Bernard Ochieng.Ulinzi Stars forward Mark Makwatta (left) with the Harambee Stars team in Kampala. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.A squad of 15 players left the country on Wednesday morning with six more set to join up with the rest on Thursday.Kenya will start their campaign against New Zealand on Saturday, before facing hosts India on Monday and conclude the round robin games against Chinese Taipei on Friday.The top two teams will face off in the final, slated for June 10 at the Mumbai Football Arena in India.Squad to IndiaGoalkeepersTimothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), Byrne Omondi (Tusker)DefendersJockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Musa Mohammed (Un-attached), Michael Kibwage (AFC Leopards), Bernard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Dennis Odhiambo (Thika United), Johnstone Omurwa (Mathare United), Bolton Omwenga (Kariobangi Sharks), Erick Ouma (KF Tirana)MidfieldersKenneth Muguna (KF Tirana), Vincent Wasambo (Kariobangi Sharks), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Chrispin Oduor (Mathare United), Clifton Miheso (Buildcon FC), Duncan   Otieno (AFC Leopards)AttackersOvella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Timothy Otieno (Tusker FC), John Makwatta (Buildcon FC), Pistone Mutamba (Wazito FC).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Slow starts still worry Arsenal boss Emery after Wolves draw

first_imgBut the Gunners conceded the first goal for a fourth successive Premier League game and Arsenal manager Emery admitted this was something his side needed to work on.“When you are playing over 90 minutes, the two teams start the game with more intensity,” said the Spaniard.“Little by little over 90 minutes you need to impose your game, your job and your individual quality or physical strength.“In the first half, they (Wolves) were also very good and it was not easy to play against them in the individual duels. Maybe it’s one thing we can improve, but that comes naturally in our work.”Arsenal fell behind to a goal from Ivan Cavaleiro in the 13th-minute that owed much to a mistake by the Gunners’ Granit Xhaka.The Switzerland international has drawn praise for his improved performances this season but Emery said Xhaka, along with the rest of the team, had more to give.– ‘More consistency’ –“He has a big commitment to us and also character,” said the Arsenal manager. “His performance and his quality is good for us.“We need everybody — also for me and for the team — to have more consistency but it’s something that comes with working in our way.“I think the most important thing is to improve little by little with lots of work. I think we are doing it and Xhaka is doing it also.”The Gunners were without Danny Welbeck after the England international broke his ankle in Thursday’s scoreless Europa League draw with Sporting Lisbon.Emery was unable to specify how long the forward would be out but acknowledged the injury was serious.“Danny Welbeck’s injury is a big injury,” he said. “He had an operation on Friday and we spoke with him yesterday (Saturday) and today (Sunday).”“It’s a big injury but the outcome… the doctor can answer that better than me,” he added.Arsenal were exposed by Wolves during the first half before improving after the interval.Both sides had chances to win the game — Wolves substitute Morgan Gibbs-White struck the underside of the bar in added time — and Arsenal had cause to be grateful for a fine display from Bernd Leno, with Emery admitting his side’s attack-minded approach places extra responsibility on the goalkeeper.“We knew that today we needed the goalkeeper with his performance, because when we are taking risks in our attacking moments, it give our opponents the chance to counter-attack,” he said. “Today I thought his performance was good for us.”Leno, meanwhile, dismissed the significance of extending the unbeaten run and was more concerned at dropping two points at home.“I think that is just a statistic. We wanted to win, we just drew and it is a disappointment,” said the keeper after a result that left the Gunners fifth in the table, eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City.Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted by the way his side ended a run of three defeats.“Coming to the Emirates and playing the way we have played, we should be proud,” he said.“Even when Arsenal got the draw, the best chances are ours. They asked the referee for more time. If we had more time, maybe we would have been better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan pictured scoring their late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves on Sunday© AFP Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 11 – Unai Emery admitted Arsenal must improve their first-half performances after his side once again fell before recovering to draw 1-1 at hom e to Wolves in the Premier League.Sunday’s result at the Emirates Stadium — secured by Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s 86th-minute equaliser — extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions.last_img read more

Gor hit Chemelil, bounce back to winning ways

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge congratulates Boniface Omondi after his goal against Chemelil Sugar in a Kenyan premier League fixture at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on January 2, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMACHAKOS, Kenya, Jan 2 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia bounced back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Chemelil Sugar at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday evening.With news that former Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech had officially joined the club on a two-year deal, the team had a timely pre-match boost as they needed victory at all costs after the weekend 1-0 loss at the hands of Kariobangi Sharks. And they delievered the three points with precision, Nicholas Kipkurui and Boniface Omondi scoring in the second half as K’Ogalo moved to six points with one match at hand.With victory the only needed antidote to an otherwise dull start to the campaign, Gor knew they had to come in for maximum points to put their rocking boat back on calm waters.The record Kenyan champions started with pace and power, looking for the early goal that would boost their confidence and get them going.They knocked the door in the 14th minute when goalscorer to be Omondi picked out Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge with a precise cross, but the striker saw his effort turned behind for a corner by the Chemelil shot stopper.Chemelil Sugar striker Charles Okiya is sandwiched between Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava (left) and midfielder Ernest Wendo (right) during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on January 2, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOn the half hour mark, K’Ogalo had another chance when Lawrence Juma cited some shooting space from distance, but it could only land on the side-netting.A minute later, they should have surely gone ahead, but skipper Harun Shakava could not head Francis Kahata’s freekick on target as the set piece found him isolated inside the box.Gor kept the tempo and had a chance against after 36 minutes, this time Kahata being on the receiving end of an Omondi pass, but Chemelil keeper who was clearly earning his pay in the late evening kick off parried the effort away for a corner.Back from the breather, Gor resumed duties meaning business.New signing Kipkurui stabbed home his third goal of the campaign, making the most of poor defense by Chemelil poking the ball home just two minutes after the restart.Ten minutes later, K’Ogalo were two up when Omondi volleyed home from inside the box an arrowed cross from Juma.Gor coach Hassan Oktay made changes, pulling out both goal scorers, Kipkurui coming off for Ephraim Guikan while Omondi paved way for Samuel Onyango.Gor continued their dominance, but had done just but enough to keep the three points secured in their bags.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Would signing this man mean the end of RVP’s Man United career?

first_imgManchester United continue to be feverishly linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven star Memphis Depay, with the latest reports claiming a deal is in place for the Dutchman to move to Old Trafford this summer.Depay appeared on the Red Devils’ radar during the summer, with a handful of impressive performances for the Netherlands during the 2014 World Cup, and following Louis van Gaal’s decision to take the vacant manager’s spot in Manchester, those links have strengthened.The 21-year-old has done little to quell the rumours, recently favouriting a tweet regarding a potential move to United, while PSV CEO Toon Gerbrands reportedly admitted the club have made ‘strong progress’ in their pursuit of the wideman.Some have questioned why Van Gaal would yet again focus on bringing in attacking talent, given how shaky his backline have looked this season, but should Depay arrive in the summer, how would that change United’s line-up? It’s reasonable to suggest the inclusion of the young Dutchman would see the formation change to something akin to a more conventional 4-3-3 line-up, with Depay on one side and Angel Di Maria on the other while, as Wayne Rooney’s recent form suggests, he’ll be the focal point of attack, but in doing this, there is one glaring omission: Robin van Persie.It’s fair to suggest Van Persie is past his prime, owing largely to injury, with the striker enduring torrid fitness issues stretching back to the start of the 2013/14 campaign.Such a period of inactivity and inconsistency is bound to have some sort of effect on what he can do and offer United, but would the arrival of Depay mean the end of his Man United career?It might just.Man United fans, would Memphis Depay be an improvement on your current attacking options? Comment below… Manchester United’s Robin van Persie 2 2last_img read more


first_imgA Judge has recommended that two Chinese men involved in one of Ireland’s biggest-ever cannabis growhouse operations leave Ireland.The two men, Gou Quing Zhou (38) and Zhen Hua Zhong (28) were caught by Gardai who raided a massive disused furniture warehouse in Malin in October 2012.Garda search teams uncovered €1.6M worth of cannabis at various stage of growth including 18kgms of vaccum-packed cannabis. The two accused appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday (TUES) after pleading guilty to the offences.The court heard how Garda were tipped off about the operation after a member of the public noticed a large amount of heat coming from the 10,000 sq ft building.When Gardai raided the premises, they found the premises had ben divided into various rooms and an elaborate cannabis-growing operation.As well as heating lamps, there was equipment used to hydrate the plants as well as a packing operation.A fridge, two laptop computers as well as various food was also found in the warehouse.When arrested the two accused admitted their parts in the operation.Garda Jason Conroy said the ESB supply had been bypassed and there was a very strong smell of cannabis in the building.Garda Conroy said both men were very honest and co-operative and he thought they were ‘mules’ in the operation.Barristers for both men said their clients were paid very little money for their work and their culpability was at the lower end of the scale.Judge John O’Hagan said he appreciated both men were ‘victims’ in one sense but he said they knew well what they were doing.He said people had their own opinion on cannabis but the reality was that young people acted in a way outside discos that they would not normally do having consumed the drug and alcohol.“It’s a nasty business and it brings about nasty things,” said Judge O’Hagan.He added thatHe sentenced Zhong to 26 months in prison but backdated the sentence until when he was first put in custody on October 10th, 2012.Judge O’Hagan said the second accused, Mr Zhou, had a larger involvement as he had been caught pruning and cutting the plants.He sentenced him to 30 months in prison but also backdated the sentence to October 10th, 2012.He also advised both men to leave Ireland.JUDGE RECOMMENDS TWO MEN INVOLVED IN HUGE CANNABIS OPERATION LEAVE COUNTRY was last modified: December 16th, 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:cannabiscourtdonegalguiltyJUdge John O’HaganMalinlast_img read more

Everton target Michael Keane could complete transfer at weekend, talkSPORT told

first_imgEverton target Michael Keane could complete a transfer away from Burnley as early as this weekend, according to the player’s agent Jamie Moralee.The former Manchester United defender has impressed for Sean Dyche’s side after their return to the Premier League and has attracted many admiring glances.READ MORE: ‘I’d be astounded if Michael Keane joined Everton ahead of bigger Premier League sides’, says Stuart PearceRonald Koeman’s team have looked to be front runners to sign the centre-half and his agent confirmed playing time was a key consideration when the player was weighing up his options.“Obviously there’s a lot of speculation, a lot of interest, in Michael and rightly so,” Moralee told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“We are hoping that we can get a deal concluded to a new destination maybe by the weekend and the key to it all, for Michael, is he wants to continue to learn and develop.“Finding a home where they have got aspirations and ambitions to move on as a football club, where he plays, is key in his development.“We feel that we have found the right fit and hopefully things can progress over the weekend and he can be unveiled very shortly.”Once Keane’s move is complete the defender will likely be targeting a place in the England squad for the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia.And Moralee believes if the defender continues to grow, as he has done, then he can become Europe’s best centre-back.“There’s no point him now getting that move and then sitting on the bench and sitting in the stands,” added Moralee.“He needs to continue and I think if he continues in the same vain, in the next two years as he has done, he will be England and Europe’s number one centre-half.”last_img read more


first_imgFAMILIES are set to fight back against a crime wave sweeping Letterkenny.After a series of thefts and burglaries residents of the town are hoping a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the various communities of the Co Donegal town will help stop more crimes.It’s being led by Noel Sweeney, boss of the Swilly Drive group. He has organised a meeting on Monday evening in the hope that a coordinated series of groups will help to turn the tide on the criminals at a time when Garda resources are at an all-time low.Co Donegal crime prevention officer Garda Sgt Paul Wallace will address the meeting and give advice on how to set up the neighbourhood watch schemes.“We are meeting at the Silver Tassie on Monday night,” Noel Sweeney told Donegal Daily.“We want people from all parts of Letterkenny and the surrounding townlands like Woodlands, Ballymaleel, Loughagannon etc. “It’s an information meeting at this stage, but I do believe something needs to be done and I believe residents can help.”He added: “As a wise old man once said..’don’t say you weren’t told’.”The meeting starts at 8pm.  FAMILIES FIGHT BACK AGAINST CRIME WAVE GRIPPING TOWN was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 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