Breanna Wright Named Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year

first_img Megan Valdez-Crader Houston Baptist Jr. 3.84 Business Anna McLeod Abilene Christian Jr. 4.0 Communications Disorders Loan-Anh Johnson Nicholls So. 3.71 Health Sciences – Pre Professional FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Breanna Wright is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Wednesday in addition to its academic all-conference teams. All Southland Student-Athlete of the Year awards are presented by GEICO.Wright closed out her senior campaign earning a first team all-conference nod and the Southland Player of the Year honor after pushing the Wildcats to a 24-5 overall record and a 16-4 conference mark. The senior led the league and ranked 18th nationally in made three-pointers, knocking down 85 throughout the season. Wright paced the ACU offense with 18.1 points and 5.1 assists per game to lead the Southland in each category. Her exploits on the court were only matched by her achievements in the classroom as she claimed a flawless 4.0 grade-point average as a special education major.Joining Wright on the Southland Academic All-Conference squads are fellow Wildcats Dominique Golightly and Anna McLeod. Abilene Christian’s three selections lead the league, followed by Stephen F. Austin’s pair of honorees in Stephanie Visscher and Aiyana Johnson. Houston Baptist, McNeese, Nicholls, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi round out the rosters with one selection apiece.Wright and Golightly stand as the only repeat honorees, claiming spots as automatic selections after earning first team all-conference honors. Sam Houston State’s Amber Leggett and SFA’s Visscher also secured automatic first-team bids.Student-Athlete of the Year is voted on by the Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member universities. Southland Student-Athlete of the Year nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.CoSIDA Academic All-District/All-American selections and First Team All-Conference athletes who meet all-academic nomination criteria are automatically named First Team All-Academic.2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year: Breanna Wright, Abilene Christian2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic First Team Dominique Golightly1, 2 Abilene Christian Sr. 3.25 Elementary Education 2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic Second Team Stephanie Visscher1 Stephen F. Austin So. 4.0 Communication Studies Damilola Balogun McNeese Sr. 3.52 Management Aiyana Johnson Stephen F. Austin So. 3.23 General Business ^ – 2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year1 – All-Conference First Team selection2 – Two-time all-academic selection3 – Three-time all-academic selection Name School Cl. GPA Major Breanna Wright^, 1, 3 Abilene Christian Sr. 4.0 Special Education Amber Leggett1 Sam Houston State Jr. 3.55 Computer Software Engineering Technology Emma Coleman-O’Bryan Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. 3.18 Health Science Name School Cl. GPA Majorlast_img read more

Fiji thrash USA in Townsville

first_imgThe USA didn’t help their cause when they kicked it out on the full from the restart, and this time it was Akuila Uate who found the line, off a long pass from broken play in the centre of the field. Jarryd Hayne earned his first try assist of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup with a perfect inside ball to Kane Evans who crashed over to score. The front-rower injured himself in the process, and was taken from the field holding his arm aloft. The USA struck back when Kristian Freed decided to run on fifth tackle, finding second-rower Matt Shipway. The big back-rower put on a good left-foot step to turn the Fiji defenders inside-out as he dived over to score.  It wasn’t enough to deter Fiji, as they rolled up the field consistently and only had two tries denied by desperate USA defence. Hayne showed the clinical skills he brought to the side, with a long kick finding US fullback Corey Mekelim in goal, before being tackled by Vunivalu. Off the repeat set Naiquama took his own double, scooting through broken play.  Vunivalu added a try of his own to the tally, with a sharp scoot off a quick Naiquama play-the-ball bringing him into open space. A perfect fend on Makelim sealed the four-pointer as the winger streaked away. It took Fiji five minutes to post points in the second half, but it was Hayne who crossed the white line with a long-range effort to score under the posts and push his side’s score past 40 at the half-tome break. Despite taking good field position on multiple occasions, simple errors cost the USA try-scoring opportunities. On the other end of the spectrum Fiji made no mistake, with Viliame Kikau taking the opportunity as soon as Fiji got in range, carrying three defenders over the line to score. Vunivalu was the man to bring up the half-century, using strength and footwork to beat multiple defenders on the USA’s left side and send the Fijian crowd in  the corner of the stadium into raptures, and was followed on the next set by half-back Henry Raiwlui. USA showed they had some talent on their team, when Makelim took his opportunity to go down the short side after a close-range, quick play-the-ball and was rewarded when he found Junior Vaivai unmarked who dived over to score. Fiji 58 (Taane Milne, Kevin Naiquama, Akuila Uate, Kane Evans, Suliasu Vunivalu, Jarryd Hayne, Viliame Kikau, Henry Raiwalui tries; Apisai Koroisau six goals) def. USAs 12 (Matt Shipway, Junior Vaivai tries; Bureta Faraimo 2 goals) at 1300 Smiles Stadium. Half-time: 36-6. Crowd: 5,103. Fiji’s backline had a happy night, with Kevin Naiquama, Suliasi Vunivalu and Taane Milne all scoring doubles. It was the expected result and even the bravest of efforts from the USA couldn’t stop the talent on show in the Fiji side. The only major injury was to Fiji’s Kane Evans, who left the field with a suspected broken wrist. Fiji started their night in the best possible fashion, with good metres down the field offsetting a poor kick, which bounced out off the USA. They made good use of the attacking position, spreading the ball wide to winger Vunivalu, who popped a perfect offload inside to centre Milne who managed to plant the ball down in the corner. The Hawks used their first attacking opportunity to secure field position, kicking the ball out over the 30 metre line. It wasn’t enough to stop Fiji Bati, as they once again found space on the USA’s left side, but this time Milne kicked inside for Naiquama to clean up and score.  They extended their lead with some simple football, as a quick play-the-ball opened space up on the USA’s left side of the field once again. Milne took a simple short ball and his strong line choice and hard running was enough to make it a double and extend Fiji’s lead to 16 after a successful conversion. last_img read more

Global Cebu forces draw on Meralco

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Daryl Roberts made a rousing debut in the Philippines Football League as Global Cebu FC salvaged a 2-2 draw against FC Meralco Manila last Saturday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.Activated by coach Marjo Allado in lieu of Guinean striker Sekou Sylla last week, Roberts, a former Trinidad and Tobago international, bagged a brace to cancel out goals from Phil and James Younghusband as both clubs picked up a point each.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Perlas spikers rally past BaliPure to keep semifinal hopes burning The result lifted the Sparks back to top spot with 24 points, just ahead of Kaya FC Makati, which can regain the lead with a victory against Ilocos United on Sunday at University of Makati.The Cebu side, with six wins, four draws and two losses, increased its tally to 22 points from 12 matches for third spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Taking the attention away from rumored interest from the Davao Aguilas, James Younghusband put the Sparks on top by following up Joaco Canas’ strike that came off the post.Roberts equalized five minutes later with a brilliant individual effort, before Patrick Deyto stopped Phil Younghusband’s free kick to ensure that both sides remained tied and entered the break on level terms. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READcenter_img McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The Sparks regained the advantage with Younghusband scoring from the penalty spot in the 54th minute, but Roberts tied the match again six minutes later.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTubelast_img read more

Partners Pledge to Make JFK Referral Hospital

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) As the process leading to post-Ebola reconstruction virtually begins, the international community and partners have begun to figure out how to assist Liberia’s recovery plans.Several partners have pledged to assist in fixing Liberia’s fragile health system, according to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday.She disclosed that some partners, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have committed to work with the management of the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center and the Ministry of Health to make sure that it is upgraded to a primary referral hospital.She made the disclosure when she took a guided tour of the facility Monday morning to see the progress of the on-going reconstruction exercise at the center.JFK, until the construction of the Jackson F. Doe (JFD), memorial referral hospital in Tappita, Nimba County, was Liberia’s only referral hospital since its construction in the 1960s.Though the health, economic and social fabrics of the country were shattered by the EVD, partners new pledging assistance are primarily interested in the health sector, according to the president. “One of the things we have been working on with our partners is to make sure that after Ebola we will upgrade all our hospitals and health centers. JFK is a primary and historical one for us,” she said.The Liberian government and partners are making major investments in the hospital and will not allow the hospital to be destroyed, said the President.President Sirleaf again called on squatters residing at the back of the JFK Medical Center fence to vacate the area as their continuous presence is adversely impacting the facility.She said they must relocate as they have blocked the drainage that empties into the Atlantic Ocean, causing the hospital to get flooded during the raining season. “Many persons have built in the swampland against the walls of the hospital. When the raining season comes the hospital gets flooded,” she said.She, however, said the Liberian government will work with the residents to begin plans for their relocation.President Sirleaf urged Liberians to keep up the prevention measures against the Ebola virus more aggressively to eliminate the virus from the country.Regarding the re-emergence of the virus through an infected female from the Caldwell community, President Sirleaf said Liberians will have to accept that it is the nature of the disease. After three weeks of the last infected person being released from the Chinese-run ETU, a new case was reported last Friday of a woman from Caldwell outside Monrovia, who tested positive.President Sirleaf thanked God that it is only one person that is being traced by the Incident Management System. “So far, we’re very pleased with their response and the ability to contain the virus.” “I’m very impressed with the improvements made at this hospital, with the staff and their dedication.   Many of them that were so good during the period we were fighting the Ebola – are doing a tremendous job,” she said. JFK’s chief administrator, Dr. Wvannie Scott-McDonald in remarks, said she was delighted by the visit of President Sirleaf and informed her that Liberians are welcome to seek medical attention at the hospital.She noted that the President’s visit has also assured the Liberian people that the healthcare of the country has returned to normal and the J.F.K. referral/teaching hospital is open and functional and patients should feel free to visit there for treatment.last_img read more

Several Persons, Vehicles Stranded in Southeast

first_imgThe roads to Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County and the southeast, are an economic hazard for half of the year, every year in Liberia, due to the rains.The Daily Observer has gathered that due to the bad road network in the southeast of the country, several persons traveling that way, as well as their vehicles, are stranded. The passengers and their vehicles, the report said, got stranded about a week ago, and they are reportedly running out of food and water.The report was corroborated by dispatchers at Monrovia/Grand Gedeh Parking Station, who confirmed that hundreds of businessmen, women, aid agency vehicles and commuters are stranded due to the deplorable road conditions. They added that the passengers and the vehicles were stuck in the muddy areas of the road.As a result, some of the stranded vehicles have reportedly developed mechanical faults on the highway near the security post at Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County. Meanwhile, there are also reports that goods, which some of the stranded persons were carrying to Zwedru, have begun to rot as a result of being confined for so long.During the weekend, some of the stranded passengers, contacted via mobile phone, told the Daily Observer that they have been stranded for two weeks.They further noted that to send their messages to Monrovia and other areas, they have to travel about four to five miles and climb high hills to get network signal to call relatives and friends. Businessman George B. Bleeton, 48, said he was disappointed because “If we remain stranded with these perishable goods for another week, we will incur loses thus hindering our businesses.” Mr. Bleeton added that the stranded passengers are running out of basic necessities such as food and safe drinking water. “We only want the government to fix the very bad parts of the road for now and wait for the dry season to do real work on this highway,” one of the passengers pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Deputy Commissioner honoured at old school

first_imgDeputy Commissioner (Administration) Paul Williams, DSM, was an honoured guest speaker at the Annandale Secondary School 37th Speech Day and Graduation Exercise held on Friday in the School’s Auditorium.Deputy Commissioner Paul Williams received a plaque from a student of the Annandale Secondary SchoolWilliams, a former student, in his speech related his success story, highlighting his academic and career accomplishments.The Deputy Commissioner in his address pleaded with the students to be careful of the decisions they make at this important point in their lives. “You have arrived at the juncture where you have to make critical and serious decisions for your future, either continue schooling at a tertiary level, seek employment, both work and study, or be a stay-home mom or dad, or habitual guest of the State.There is something good for you out there, but don’t start before you are ready,” he advised.In presenting the Best Graduating Student trophy to Danielle Williams and another trophy on behalf of himself, he urged the top student to maintain her focus and continue studying.In closing, he advised the graduands to live a God-fearing life, showing respect to a Superior Being who has dominance and superintendence over the Universe.last_img read more

Crime Chief sent on administrative leave

first_img…as GPF corruption probe deepensFollowing damning allegations of corruption by several whistleblowers within the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Deputy Commissioner of Police and Crime Chief Lyndon Alves has been sent on administrative leave.Crime Chief Lyndon AlvesThis was confirmed by the acting Top Cop, Nigel Hoppie, on Tuesday.“Mr Alves has been sent on leave to facilitate an investigation,” Hoppie, who is leading the force in the absence of Police Commissioner Leslie James – who is out of the jurisdiction, told Guyana Times.According to reports, Alves was suspended from duties on Monday to facilitate the probe into allegations of corruption levelled against him.Over the past weeks, ranks in Berbice blew the whistle on alleged corruption by the Crime Chief and claimed that he was shielding a few junior rogue ranks who have been linked to criminals.On Tuesday, Hoppie attended the National Security Council (NSC) meeting, where a detailed report was expected to be presented for the matter to be discussed. The NSC meeting is headed by President David Granger and comprises security officials from the various law enforcement agencies.However, the acting Police Commissioner would not divulge any other information about the issue.Moreover, further efforts to get an update following the meeting were futile. In fact, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, when contacted on Tuesday evening, told this newspaper that he was busy with some “family issues” before cutting the call. Several attempts to get him later that night were in vain, while calls to the Government’s spokesperson, Joseph Harmon, also went unanswered.Nevertheless, when contacted earlier on Tuesday, Alves indicated that he does not want to comment on the matter.Recently, allegations have stemmed against a Lance Corporal detective in Berbice of being linked to the criminal network in the region.This was revealed after the rank’s cell phone number was discovered in the phone of now dead criminal Kelvin ‘Kelly’ Shivgobin, who was shot and killed recently in the back lands of Black Bush Polder during a shootout with the police.It was alleged that the rank was being protected by Alves, who had previously headed the Berbice division.Last week, the GPF disclosed that a probe was launched by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).In August last year, President David Granger, during his search for a new Top Cop, said that he was looking for “unbribable” cops.HandpicksOn August 29, 2018, President Granger had handpicked five top-ranking officials from the GPF for the top Police post, but former acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine had been excluded.They were Assistant Commissioner of Police Lyndon Alves, Maxine Graham, Leslie James, Nigel Hoppie and Paul Williams.Independent probeOver the weekend, the Region Six Chairman, David Armogan, had called for an independent probe into the allegations, which he said are causing discomfort among residents and the business community in Berbice.Furthermore, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday called out President David Granger for his silence on the matter despite being briefed on it. Saying it is perplexed by the Head of State’s reaction, the Opposition called for a wider probe into the matter.“The PPP wishes to stress that the reports by whistleblowers, published by the local media corps, provide enough justification for a wider probe to be ordered, particularly since what is at stake is public confidence in the leadership of the Force and a test of the commitment to address the issue of corruption,” the Party noted in its missive on Monday.last_img read more

Law Day open house at Fort St. John Courthouse April 26

first_imgThe event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with free hot dogs being served at 10 to welcome people as they arrive for the day’s events.A mock trial will be taking place at the courthouse of the Three Little Pigs, and there will be a number of community displays for guests to see during their time exploring Law Day.There will also be opportunities for Sheriff, cell, and vehicle tours throughout the day.- Advertisement –last_img

Luis Enrique tasked with finding Spain’s sweetspot between past and future

first_imgBarca’s form had dipped but they would still win the domestic double a month later, one year after he had led them to a brilliant treble in his first season, matching the achievement of Pep Guardiola in 2009.A year later Luis Enrique would be gone, after winning six of nine major trophies up for grabs, and yet he left the Camp Nou respected more than he was loved.Now he brings his meticulous, single-minded, dynamic, prickly, all-or-nothing style to the Spain dugout, ready to undergo his first test at Wembley against England on Saturday.When the fixture was announced in May, as part of the inaugural UEFA Nations League, few would have expected it to be the visitors confronting questions about style, youth and an underperforming goalkeeper, following a humiliating World Cup exit.The new coach’s press appearances so far suggest he will carry that same edge felt by the journalist two years ago into international management, and it remains to be seen whether it proves a source of unification or alienation amongst his players.“Luis Enrique lays down the law”, read the front-page headline in sports daily Marca on Wednesday, with a new set of rules listed, including a ban on mobile phones, earlier bedtimes, fines for lateness, fewer days off and a streamlined training-ground buffet.– Deep-rooted doubts –But David de Gea allowing Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot to skip off his hands was not the cause of Spain failing to break down Russia before losing to the hosts on penalties at the World Cup, and neither was a penchant for texting or fried food.More deep-rooted are the doubts about Spain’s possession game, so revolutionary during the golden years of 2008, 2010 and 2012, but now seen by some as a millstone around their necks.High-pressing, quick transitions and counter-attack have become the buzzwords of club football and there is a sense Spain have been left clinging, out of sentiment or even pride, to a style many opponents have worked out.Even before Julen Lopetegui was lured away by Real Madrid on the eve of the World Cup, throwing their tournament into chaos, Spain’s preparations had ended with a plodding 1-0 win over Tunisia and a 1-1 draw with Switzerland.Luis Enrique knows better than anyone the pitfalls of tweaking an identity both entrenched and once adored.“We have to evolve that idea, perfect it, make it even better, so we can surprise opponents and they don’t know how we will play,” he said upon taking over at Barcelona.At Barca, Luis Suarez became a motif for the high press and occasional straight ball over the top. But even when they were winning, many at Barca were still not convinced by his style, and when they were losing, it was a big stick used to beat him with.After starting at Sporting Gijon, he played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. His strengths as a player, and perhaps even now as a coach, lay in his energy, dynamism and versatility, more than subtlety or craft.Spain should be more open to tweaking on the back of failure at three consecutive major tournaments. Only Sergio Busquets and Sergio Ramos remain from the team that triumphed in 2012, with Gerard Pique, David Silva and Andres Iniesta all retiring after the World Cup, and Jordi Alba surprisingly jettisoned from this opening squad.Luis Enrique’s task is to find the sweetspot between the old Spain and the new. He will not worry who he upsets along the way.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New Spain coach Luis Enrique speaking at a press conference last week at the Spanish Football Federation headquarters near Madrid © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Sep 7 – “This is my style and I don’t care if you don’t like it,” he said. It was April 2016 and Luis Enrique was asked if he felt sorry for berating a journalist, who had been critical of Barcelona’s fitness levels.“I have nothing to apologise for,” he shrugged. “I didn’t show anyone a lack of respect.”last_img read more

‘It’s crazy’: Serena shocked by making 10th Wimbledon final

first_img0Shares0000Serena Williams celebrates after beating Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 12 – Serena Williams said “it’s crazy” that she has managed to reach a 10th Wimbledon final, 10 months after life-saving surgery which followed her pregnancy.The 36-year-old American eased past Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 and will face another German, Angelique Kerber in Saturday’s final, her 30th Grand Slam championship match. “It’s crazy. I don’t even know how to feel because I literally didn’t think I’d do this well in my fourth tournament back,” said Williams.Victory on Saturday will give her an eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam crown, taking her level with Margaret Court’s all-time mark.It’s a staggering achievement for Williams, who defeated Kerber in the 2016 final before sitting out the 2017 tournament to prepare for parenthood.Her daughter Olympia was born in September but Williams then underwent emergency surgery to prevent life-threatening blood clots.She was bed-ridden for six weeks and only returned to the tour in March.“This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and almost didn’t make it to be honest,” said Williams after her semi-final victory on Thursday.“I couldn’t even walk to my mailbox, so it’s definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final. I’m just enjoying every moment.”Seeded 25 this year and with a world ranking of 181, Williams insists she will be the underdog against Kerber on Saturday despite boasting a 6-2 career lead over the 30-year-old left-hander.“I don’t have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free. That’s what I’m doing,” said Williams.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more