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first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy and Central Arkansas’ Chunxi Xin are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Sheehy recorded the match-clinching point Friday with an upset of No. 50 Carles Sarrio to help the Wildcats (11-3) take down SMU 4-3 on the road for their fifth-straight team victory.Abilene Christian takes the weekend off before two road matches against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Harding on March 9 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT, respectively.After missing the opening month of the season due to injuries, Xin made her collegiate debut Saturday, earning the Bears’ only point in a 4-1 loss at No. 34 Missouri. The next day, she won her singles and doubles matches in a 6-1 win over Missouri State, also in Columbia, Mo.Central Arkansas opens conference play at home against Lamar at noon Friday and faces Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at noon Sunday in Waco.Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Josh Sheehy, Abilene Christian – Senior – Arlington, TexasSheehy claimed his fifth-consecutive singles win and ninth of the spring season after upsetting No. 50 Carles Sarrio 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Alongside brother Jonathan, Sheehy’s top-line doubles match was left unfinished with the score tied at 5-5. The weekly honor is the second for Josh and the fourth for the team as Jonathan has also taken home two weekly awards.Honorable Mention: Carlos Pedrosa Cuevas, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiWomen’s Tennis Player of the Week – Chunxi Xin, Central Arkansas – Freshman – Baoding, ChinaIn the first spring collegiate match of her career, Xin rebounded after losing set two 3-6 to edge Missouri’s Lisa Fukutoku 7-6 in the final frame. The next morning, Xin picked up her second-straight win in a 6-3, 6-2 sweep of Missouri State’s Anna Alons before joining forces with teammate Marli Van Heerden to win 6-4 in doubles play. Honorable Mention: Jasmin Buchta, Lamar; Carolina Bulatovic, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jelena Dordan, Incarnate Word; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston 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 at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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first_imgThe 37-member FIFA Council, which makes strategic decisions for soccer’s governing body, will on Tuesday decide whether to increase the tournament from the current 32 teams to either 40 or 48, starting in 2026.Infantino, elected last February to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter, pledged during his campaign to enlarge the tournament – a promise designed especially to appeal to the bulk of FIFA’s 211 member associations that rarely or never qualify for World Cups.Infantino now says he has “overwhelming support” for his plans.The Council’s nine European representatives seem least likely to support the change.A spokesman for the European governing body UEFA offered little enthusiasm, saying it was “currently gathering feedback from its national associations – which are the ones directly impacted by any change”.The association representing Europe’s most powerful clubs, already struggling to nurse players through long domestic seasons, last month wrote to Infantino to say that “politics and commerce should not be the exclusive priority in football”.But even if the Europeans oppose the expansion, Infantino’s comment suggests they will be in a minority.Critics argue against expansion plansCritics say it would be wrong to change a 32-team format that, in 2014 in Brazil, produced a tournament of exhilarating football, unpredictable results and few meaningless or hopelessly one-sided matches.German football boss Reinhard Grindel said on Thursday that FIFA should stick to its “tried and tested formula”, and that all of the possible alternatives had “considerable weaknesses”.Infantino has said his preferred option is for a 48-team tournament that would start with 16 groups of three teams, where the top two would qualify for a knock-out round of 32.”For this alternative, the draw would probably have to be abolished to avoid tactical behaviour in final group matches,” said Grindel.”But having extra-time and penalties in the group stage is itself problematic, adding organisational difficulties to an already higher number of matches.”Infantino has also proposed a preliminary round of 16 knockout ties, with the winners joining 16 seeded teams in a 32-team group phase.”This would lengthen the tournament by one week for half of the participating teams, and considerably increase the burden on the players,” Grindel warned.There are also two proposals for a 40-team World Cup – the first featuring eight groups of five teams in the first round; and the second with 10 teams of four, where the group winners and six best runners-up would progress.Grindel said the first choice would lead to “a large number of matches where teams would be just playing for pride”, and the latter could leave some second-placed teams waiting for up to four days to find out whether they had qualified.”Past World Cups have always been tournaments that have enthused players, spectators and sponsors alike,” he said. “So why change it?”Reuterslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Kingdom of León, with capacity for 13,346 spectators, will record a great entry and will most likely be filled. The first 2,200 were sold on Thursday. Today in a similar or greater number. The lines were endless. The Kingdom of León returned to dawn this morning with a tingle of people in its surroundings. Long lines with one objective: an entry for the Leonesa-Atlético Cultural of the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey (Thursday 23, 21:00). The club started selling only for members two days ago. As of Monday, non-subscribers can acquire them. Prices, between 30 and 30 euros for subscribers and between 30 and 50 for those who do not.See Atlético, who hasn’t played in León since 2003, when also in the Copa del Rey he won 0-1 thanks to a goal from Torres (“when he was a child”, which titled an article this morning one of the newspapers in the city, the León’s Diary), is one of its great claims. Cultural itself, another, second in Group II of Second B with 41 points, one of the Logroñés, which has been advancing in the Copa del Rey with goals (3-0 to Las Rozas), heroic and goals in the last minute (against Huesca, 2-1, in the previous round). last_img read more

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first_imgJamaica and West Indies batsman Nkrumah Bonner will be aiming to make an impact in the four-day West Indies Professional League this season with his new team, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes. Bonner, who was not re-signed as one of Jamaica’s 15 contracted players, was drafted by the Leewards during this season’s annual player draft. “I want to make an impact with the Leewards, and hopefully take my career to another level,” said Bonner, one of two mandatory overseas players picked by the Leewards. “For the past two years, I have not been performing well in four-dayers, and this I want to change. “I am now in good shape both physically and mentally, and plan to go there and do my best, which I hope will be enough to see the team challenge for the title.” The 26-year-old, who represented West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals four years ago, but has failed to kick on, has had a checkered regional career. In 40 first-class matches, he averages 21.19, and has made one century and seven fifties. He, however, boasts a slightly better one-day record, averaging 34.17 in 34 appearances, and has scored three hundreds and five half-centuries. “I have been performing fairly well in one-day cricket. It is just for me to transfer that energy and aggression to the four-dayers,” he said. “Once I do that and demonstrate more concentration and discipline, I know I will do well.” Meanwhile, Bonner, who was initially drafted by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and was later swapped with the Leewards’ final pick, Narsingh Deonarine, said he holds no ill feelings to the Jamaica selectors. “I was not surprised at being dropped by Jamaica,” he said. “It was a job, and like any 9-5, if you do not perform your services can be terminated. “I am, however, lucky enough to be contracted by another team. I can focus on my game, and don’t have to fight as a pay-for-play player .” Bonner will be based in St Kitts and Nevis.last_img read more

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first_imgOn Christmas Day, two basketball dreams take on different paths for two Warriors—whose roads nearly converged far away from home.Paul Zamar had seen his dream get knocked down, just as he thought life could not get any better. In 2016, he was playing D-League MVP levels for Cafe France. He married longtime girlfriend Jane Arcangel. The only thing missing was a ringing phone that, on the other end, would be a PBA team needing a backup playmaker.ADVERTISEMENT The call never came.Worse, Cafe France opted to go on a different direction and Zamar eventually wound up in Thailand. Though not perceptible if measured in kilometers, the only thing farther from home was his PBA dreams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkStill, suiting up for Mono Vampire for the Asean Basketball League gives Zamar a shot at chasing his PBA dream.“I’m thankful to the ABL because they give us players a chance,” he said. “The PBA is still crowded for us guards. As players, we want to improve, continue playing, and still be visible to the public. The chance is being given here for us and we’re just taking this opportunity.” Niño Canaleta, like Zamar a product of University of the East’s basketball program, nearly ended up a teammate of his schoolmate in Thailand.Having turned 35 and his contract with Blackwater already maxing out its shelf life, Canaleta wanted one more shot at leaving the game on his own terms.“He had a ready offer to play in Thailand,” said agent Danny Espiritu. “But he waited for a chance to still play in the PBA. He was confident he could still get one.”Meralco gave Canaleta that chance. And on Day One, he repaid that confidence.Canaleta went 5-of-8 from threes as Meralco held off Blackwater, 101-95, to win its season opener for the first time in three years. He finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and two assists in the win.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “We had a good preparation,” Canaleta said in Filipino. “I adjusted well with this new team and I didn’t have much difficulty because they were very supportive.”But the challenge for the wiry forward is to keep producing at the same rate, to make sure he doesn’t fade out of the Bolts’ rotation and stay in contract conversations.Zamar, meanwhile, continues to play his heart out for his PBA shot. He is currently averaging 15.57 points, 3.43 rebounds, and 3.43 assists in seven games in the 2018 ABL season.But the hardest test is outside the court.“Home is where the heart is,” he said. “My family, my wife is in the Philippines. It’s hard here abroad where I’m always alone. Sometimes, you’ll wake up and you’re all by your lonesome. It’s really difficult. That’s why if there’s a chance for me to make it to the PBA, I will really grab it.”Two Christmases, two dreams. One Warrior pushing to extend his, the other pining for his to come true.If there’s a lesson somewhere in there, Zamar’s father Boycie, a former national coach and current assistant with San Miguel Beer in the PBA, knows what it is.“Life is unfair, and that’s always the case,” the older Zamar said. “You have a choice to do good things or bad things. Either way, people will say something at you, so it’s better that you just do good.”center_img PBA rookies make time for Christmas despite busy schedule Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City University of the East advanced to the UAAP Season 80 softball semifinals in style, shutting out National University with a 7-0 romp Saturday at Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.The Lady Warriors swept the season series with the Lady Bulldogs and in turn, got the third seed after the two squads finished the eliminations with identical 7-5 records.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Dragons cool off fiery Alab UE now braces for its semifinals date against second-ranked University of Santo Tomas, which sent also-ran University of the Philippines out of the tournament with a 6-2 win last Thursday.Meanwhile, No. 4 NU takes on defending champion Adamson, which wrapped up its eliminations assignment with a 10-0 thumping of La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBoth the Lady Falcons and the Tigresses will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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first_img(L-R) House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, Senate Pro Temp Armah Z. Jallah and President of the Senate, Joseph N. BoakaiAlthough it has a huge to-do list, the Legislature – the House of Representatives and the Senate – has less than a week of working time left until its end.The 53rd Legislature, which started in January 2012, will end on January 8, 2018. The House’s upcoming recess this election year is the final break for lawmakers who will not be reelected. The legislative break is in the House’s rules and regulations, with reliance on Article 38 of the Constitution, which states: “Each House shall adopt its own rules of procedure, enforce order… All rules adopted by the Legislature shall conform to the requirements of due process of law laid down in this Constitution.”This week, which is the final business week for the August bodies, both Houses are under pressure to offload several legislation, known as landmark bills, including the Lands Right Act (LRA), Bill of Referendum and the Presidential Transition. The other bills include the Whistleblower and Witness Protection, the New Elections Law, the Amendment and Restatement of the Public Management Act (to manage and control public resources), and the Domestic Violence Act among others. Additionally, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf may come under increased pressure to win major legislative victories before the Legislature’s farewell break, which will formally be on Thursday, August 31.Speculation in the corridors of the Legislature says both Houses are considering a possible extension for at least three weeks as a result of a request from President Sirleaf. It has not been established whether it would be formal.Article 32(b) of the Constitution states “The President shall, on his own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least one-fourth of the total membership of each House, and by proclamation, extend a regular session of the Legislature beyond the date for adjournment or call a special extraordinary session of that body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concern. When the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature, the proclamation shall be issued not later than forty-eight hours after receipt of the certificate by the President.”The Daily Observer has reliably learned that both Houses also face an increasing number of legislative distractions because of the elections campaign, especially in the House of Representatives, where most committee chairs and co-chairs are busy with district projects and campaign activities for their hopeful re-election. There is a big divide among members of some committees over certain provisions in several acts, resulting in the lack of the required signatures to recommend to plenary for passage.Meanwhile, with House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay being vice standard bearer on the ticket of the ruling Unity Party (UP) and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, President of the Senate and UP standard bearer, there are signs that there would either be extra sessions besides the regular Tuesday and Thursday sessions, or an official extension.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) has called on all countries to introduce innovative prevention approaches to reduce the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).This message was resounded in a press statement recently issued by the organisation.“The board also called on all countries to introduce innovative prevention approaches and improve the quality of prevention services to ensure greater impact in reducing new HIV infections; and further called on the Priority Areas Coordinating Committee to develop a new Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS for the period 2019 to 2023,” the release stated.It continued to say that while tens of thousands of cases of HIV infections have been prevented, a need still exists to significantly reduce new infections which requires countries to promote age-appropriate sexual education and skills and extend sexual reproductive health services to all youth and key populations.It added, “The Executive Board noted the legal judgments in Caribbean courts affirming human rights arising from litigation and called on countries not to wait on litigation but to make amendments to laws to recognise the rights of key populations and the rights of all to access sexual and reproductive health services”.Last year, Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings said Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) has recorded the highest number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases for 2017.In fact, 705 cases were recorded in 2015, 855 in 2016, and a whopping 961 cases were confirmed in 2017.Region Four has since earned the title of the region that is most populated with HIV affected persons due to the fact that it is evidently the most populated region in the country.Trailing Region Four was Region Three, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, with 130 cases of HIV in 2017.For the same year, Region Eight, (Potaro-Siparuni), was documented as the region with the least number of cases, since a mere three persons were diagnosed with the virus there.Cummings noted that there are many gaps in AIDS responses, which deserve some attention.Statistics provided by PANCAP, which were collected in six strategic priority areas revealed that the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean declined by only 18 per cent from 2010 to 2017, from 19,000 to 15,000.Majority of the new HIV infections, which represented 68 per cent of the total population was accounted for by Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), Sex Workers (SWs) and their clients, transgender persons, and persons who use drugs PANCAP disclosed.New infections among children also fell from about 2300 in 2010 to 1100. Although significant progress has been made in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, available data for the period 2015 to 2017 showed that HIV-infected pregnant women receiving Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to reduce HIV transmission declined from 92 per cent in 2014 to 79 per cent in 2015 and 75 per cent in 2016 and 2017 respectively, illustrating a significant decrease that requires investigation.last_img read more

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first_img− 1 nabbed Moments after committing a robbery on the R Ramlogan General Store, Enmore, East Coast Demerara, on Monday one man was apprehended while five others are on the run. The robbery reportedly occurred at about 17:00h by a group of men who were all armed with handgunsThe car used by the men to commit the robberyReports are after committing the robbery the armed men boarded a pink Toyota Raum bearing registration PNN 334 and left the scene.However, as the vehicle drove off, the Police gave chase but came under fire. In retaliation, the Police discharge several rounds at vehicle, one of which shattered the back windscreen.The shootout reportedly started at Enmore and ended in Bare Root Village, ECD, which led to the arrest of one of the bandits. The others reportedly abandoned the car and ran into the bushy area in the backdam.An unlicensed firearm was reportedly found in the possession of the man apprehended. He was taken into custody and is being grilled about the names of his accomplices. The car was impounded at the Cove and John Police Station.Acting Crime Chief, Hugh Jessemy when contacted told Guyana Times that the men had committed a robbery in the area and with quick response by the Police one was arrested. While he did not have much information about the robbery, he noted that a team of investigators were up to late Monday evening at the store taking statements from the victims.Attempts to contact the Ramlogams proved futile.Meanwhile Guyana Times understands that this is not the first time the store has been robbed by armed men. One resident disclosed that only a few months ago gunmen stormed the establishment and carted off an undisclosed sum of money and other items. Police in C Division have launched a manhunt for the escaped bandits.last_img read more

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first_imgBad weather on Wednesday and Thursday curtailed the Guyana U-19 team’s 3-day warm-up match at the Everest Cricket Club Ground, as the defending champs prepare for their title defence in the 2018 Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional U-19 Championships.Guyana hold both titles in the Regional U-19 tournament, having won the 50-over and longer version last year. Following the tournament, five Guyanese were picked for the West Indies U-19 team and represented the maroon colours at the Youth World Cup earlier this year.With hopes of getting themselves further fine-tuned, given that the players are encamped four days a week for most of the calendar year, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) organised a 3-day prep game for the champs which bowled off on Tuesday.Inclement weather obstructed a few outdoor events this week, even the West Indies and Bangladesh opener on Sunday at Providence, and Everest was no different as players were gifted with mixed weather on Tuesday. It was a low-scoring first innings as the U-19 team were knocked over for 52 runs before the GCB Academy players managed to knock off the low score but were unable to play through due to rain.Thursday’s final day was no different as overnight showers reduced the venue to swamp, resulting in two days’ play being aborted due to rain. With the tournament set to bowl off in St Vincent from July 30, the Bhaskar Yadram-led Guyana will be bent on retaining their CWI Regional Under-19 titles.Meanwhile, the squad which features some top-calibre players including the likes of Kevin Sinclair, Alex Algoo, Sachin Singh, Joshua Persaud, and Ashmead Nedd will wing out in a few days. The team are being coached by multiple-time regional championship winner Julian Moore.The team are as follows: National Under-19: Bhaskar Yadram – Captain; Kevin Sinclair; Alex Algoo; Sachin Singh; Adrian Anthony; Christopher Hinds; Junior Sinclair; Kevlon Anderson; Javed Karim; Yeudister Persaud; Kelvin Umroa; Joshua Persaud; Ashmead Nedd and Qumar Torrington. TheManager is Andy Ramnarine.The six stand-by players are: Joel Fortune, Sadik Khan, Sherland Anthony, Kurt Lovell, Karan Arjpaul and Silvan Williams.last_img read more

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