Providence Resources, the Irish based oil & gas exploration company, has appointed Dr Angus McCoss as senior independent director with immediate effect. Dr McCoss joined the Providence board as a non-executive director in June 2017.Pat Plunkett, chairman of Providence Resources said: “We are delighted that Angus is taking on the role of senior independent director and are confident that he will bring the same wealth of experience to this position as he has provided to the board since joining in 2017.”Dr Angus McCoss is the exploration director and a main board director of Tullow Oil and is a non-executive director of Ikon Science.cDr McCoss joined Tullow in 2006 following 21 years of wide-ranging exploration experience, working primarily with Shell in Africa, Europe, China, South America and the Middle East.He held a number of senior positions at Shell, including regional vice president of Exploration for the Americas and general manager of Exploration in Nigeria.Dr McCoss holds a PhD in Structural Geology and is a member of the advisory board of the industry-backed Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah.
The No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is riding high after a thrilling weekend sweep of No. 2 University of Minnesota, Duluth and clinching the WCHA title outright. After tying the first game in a 1-1 shootout Saturday, the Badgers came out hungry on Sunday as they torched the Bulldogs for eight goals in an 8-0 shutout.With the impressive performance on Senior Day Sunday, the Badgers secured their second straight conference title and the program’s sixth all-time since the program’s beginning in 1999. Though they earned the regular season title, head coach Mark Johnson knows the season is not over yet, he said at a Monday night news conference.“Even though we clinched the championship, in the bigger picture, there’s still a lot of things at stake,” Johnson said. “Depending on the outcome of the two games this weekend, they can certainly have ramifications of things down the road.”Women’s hockey: Roque takes home Rookie of the Week honors at right timeThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team just keeps collecting regular season accolades as freshman forward Abby Roque earned Rookie Read…Junior forward Baylee Wellhausen led the Badgers’ 8-point effort, had her first college career hat trick and her 14th goal on the season. Johnson had only good things to say about Wellhausen.“I’ve known her a long time, and when she comes into the rink, she always seems to be happy and upbeat,” Johnson said. “I’m really happy for her, she works hard, she’s a great kid, does well in the classroom, and it’s really enjoyable to see her get rewarding.”The regular season WCHA crown, however, should mean more to the Badgers than the impressive sweep this weekend. Every season Wisconsin has finished atop the historic conference they have reached the NCAA championship game, outside of last year in which they lost to rival Minnesota University in the Frozen Four.With a eight-goal beatdown of the second best team in the country, this senior-dominated squad looks poised to win the program’s first championship since 2010 and their fifth overall. The road to that title, however, will run through the Gophers as it always does.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin hosts No. 2 Minnesota Duluth in battle for top spotThis weekend showcases a matchup between the two best teams in the nation as the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Read…Johnson and the Badgers will have another chance to test out their future championship goals against that No. 4 Minnesota squad this weekend. The teams met earlier this year in Madison and the Badgers split the series. This time the Badgers look to keep it rolling into the playoffs with a series sweep in Minneapolis.It will mark the sixth time this season the Badgers face a top-10 team. Wisconsin is 7-2-1 against top 10 teams this year.“I think we’ve played, by far, the hardest schedule of any team in Division 1 hockey,” Johnson said.Minnesota has been in the top five in the rankings all season long, and will by no means be an easy series win. The season’s second Border Battle series will take place in Minneapolis on Saturday and Sunday, both games at 3 p.m. CT.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I thought we kind of weathered the storm, to be honest,” Doc Rivers said. “When J.J. went down, I think we got down by 11. We made a nice charge, came back and even took the lead for a little bit.“I thought the beginning of the fourth quarter killed us, that little stretch where they got their cushion.”DeAndre Jordan had a game-high 15 rebounds, but he scored just two points, missing his only four shots and shooting 2 of 8 from the free-throw line.“It was a slow-paced game in a lot of ways with two fast teams,” Doc Rivers said. “It was strange. A lot of fouls were called tonight and there were a lot of touch fouls early, so I thought that kind of set the tone.“Without CP and without J.J., we had no ball movement and I think DJ is one of those guys it affects the most.”Small forward Paul George led the Pacers with 31 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. He came in averaging 27.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists. This after playing just six games this past season after severely breaking his right leg in August 2014 playing in a Team USA Blue-White game.Before tip-off, Pacers coach Frank Vogel admitted he could not have imagined the 6-foot-9 George starting the season this strongly after everything he went through.“Not really,” Vogel said, “certainly not when he was going through the rehab process. But as he worked this summer and seeing how hard he worked and how much he had developed, getting stronger and more confident in the leg each month, I did feel like this style of play (small-ball) would help put him in position to have his best year of his career.“But I don’t think anybody expected this.”After the game, George talked about his journey.“I really put in a lot of work this summer and preparation to be ready night in and night out,” he said. “I knew there was going to be a moment where the game is not going my way and I am going to struggle. That is going to happen.“But for the most part, I have become a student of the game and I really put a lot of time into my craft.”The Pacers played strong defense in this one, limiting the Clippers to 38 percent shooting — 22.2 percent (6 of 27) from 3-point range. But again, that was sans Paul and Redick.The Clippers’ Josh Smith contributed nine points, five rebounds and four assists off the bench.Rodney Stuckey had 18 points off the bench for Indiana and Ian Mahinmi scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Chris Paul was already out for the Clippers on Wednesday with inflamed rib cartilage. When J.J. Redick went down with a right ankle sprain just 17 seconds into the game against the visiting Indiana Pacers, it appeared the Clippers had absolutely no shot at victory.The Clippers hung in as long as they could and trailed by just five points with 2:59 to play after being down by 16 with 8:28 left. But L.A. could not execute down the stretch and was defeated by the Pacers 103-91 before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.The Clippers (10-9) had won three in a row and four of five. The Pacers (12-5) have won six consecutive games.Paul and Redick average a combined 31.2 points, so their absence made things more difficult for leading scorer Blake Griffin. Griffin scored 19 points, but he shot just 6 of 18. He had six assists, but pulled down only four rebounds. Griffin didn’t have a rebound until there were just five minutes left to play. “It hurts,” Griffn said of playing without Paul and Redick. “But we have guys that are capable of stepping up and playing well, and they did. We just have to be better. I have to be better.”Lance Stephenson had 19 points off the bench on 8-of-11 shooting, Jamal Crawford scored 16 points but shot 5 of 16. He took Redick’s spot. Austin Rivers, who started for Paul at point guard, scored nine points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field. He had only one assist in nearly 35 minutes.He was not happy.“It was a very winnable game for us, but they still won,” he said. “We did not execute at all and we did not play good defense.”It was going to be hard enough to compete with a hot team without Paul. When Redick went down, the mission for victory seemed impossible. But coach Doc Rivers thought his team handled Redick’s departure well at first. The Clippers were down 16-5 early, but led 50-47 at halftime.
FRISCO, 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.