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first_img Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting The Tasks DoneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney PrincessesThe Best Cars Of All Time8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Seko Fofana may well have said that he has ‘chosen Lens’ as his next club, but Udinese won’t let him go for under €20m. The 25-year-old Ivorian midfielder announced in L’Equipe newspaper this week that he had already picked the next step in his career. “I received many offers, but my choice was immediate. I asked myself what I really wanted and that was a return to France. “I watched a few Lens games and want to bring my experience to this club. I can only thank Udinese, as I had four great years there and we were able to secure Serie A safety. “I hope the two clubs can reach an agreement soon. My choice has been made and I choose Lens.”Advertisement Loading… center_img However, that is by no means to be taken for granted, because Lens have just been promoted to Ligue 1 and don’t have the biggest transfer budget. read also:PSG set to face old foes Marseille early in French season Udinese are holding out for €20m and the Corriere dello Sport insist there will be no discounts. Fofana is under contract until June 2022, so they are not forced to make a sale, while there is plenty of interest from bigger clubs too. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

first_imgArgonauts Volleyball Team Victorious over Francis Marion 3-0 Sept. 14, 2007 Box Score  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In the second match for UWF on Friday, no fatigue showed, as they outplayed a feisty opponent, to record another 3-0 win. This time, Francis Marion (4-12) was the victim. This was the 10th win this season in straight sets for the Argos, who are now 11-2. Louann Rusch (So. / Homestead, Fla.), starting in place of the injured Chelsea Wilhoite (Fr. / Jacksonville, Fla.), came through with a strong defensive performance with 12 digs. The Argos were also missing back up defensive specialist Maddie Staub (Fr. / Spanish Fort, Ala.), but the team keeps on clicking due to the quality of their bench players.”We really earned this win,” claimed Head Coach Melissa Wolter, “they (Francis Marion) played a real good match, and they were digging everything we hit.” Wolter continued to explain, “We had to be patient, and make sure we used all our weapons, and we did a good job stopping them at the net.” To counter the feisty defense of their opponent, the Argos needed 10 blocks in the contest.Starting Outside hitter Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) with 12 kills, and Right Side hitter Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) with 11 kills led the offensive attack for West Florida, as they kept a lead throughout all games, with Francis Marion only making a late run in game three to make it a close finish. The Argos won 30-25, 30-21, and 30-27. Defensive Specialists Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.) led all Argos in the match with 15 digs, and Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) had 30 assists and 12 digs.West Florida recorded 10 blocks, while Francis Marion only had five. Gualberto and Rapach were each in on four blocks, as the Argos controlled the net. Kara Gonzalez (Fr. / St. Augustine, Fla.) came off the bench to tally four kills in seven attempts, and also contributed three blocks. Jessica Lombardi was the bright spot offensively for Francis Marion, as she recorded 10 kills in the losing effort. Francis Marion did out-dig the Argos 71-67.The Argos are now 2-0 in the UAH Country Inn & Suites Invitational Tournament, and play against North Carolina Pembroke (9-6) and Arkansas Tech (10-5) in matches tomorrow (Saturday) to conclude the tournament play. Arkansas Tech defeated Armstrong Atlantic and lost to West Georgia in today’s action, while UNC-Pembroke defeated Valdosta State and was playing a late match vs. Alabama Huntsville. The Argos will take on UNC Pembroke at 9 AM, and finish with Arkansas Tech at 1 PM Saturday. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

first_img Mills, the former England defender who is one of the 10 commission members, said he was surprised by FA board member Heather Rabbatts criticising the lack of an ethnic minority representative. Her letter to the FA prompted Dyke to admit he had made a mistake with the timing of his first eight appointments, with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and England manager Roy Hodgson only announced on Sunday. “It’s about how we do that long term and there are many different solutions, different debates and many hurdles to overcome. “People have questioned the validity of certain people being on the commission. But there is a broad mix of football knowledge and there are already four meetings planned before Christmas.” Dyke’s commission will aim to come up with recommendations to improve the England team. Apart from Dyke, Mills, Ferdinand and Hodgson, the other members are former England manager Glenn Hoddle, ex-Crewe manager Dario Gradi, Football League chairman Greg Clarke, FA vice-chairman Roger Burden, plus LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson and new PFA chairman Ritchie Humphreys. Press Association Danny Mills has defended Football Association chairman Greg Dyke after he was the target for criticism about the make-up of his England commission. Mills told Sky Sports News Radio: “The Commission is still in its infancy and I’m surprised by Heather’s statements. She is on the FA board and I’m sure she will have been party to discussions that have gone on. “She must have known that Clarke Carlisle and Rio Ferdinand had been approached. Surely that does show diversity.” Mills also insisted there was no issue about the commission all being men. He added: “People will argue that there was no woman named but do we have – at the moment – enough women with enough experience at this level because we are talking about the England senior team?” Mills said critics should support the aims of the commission rather than attacking it. “It’s almost as though people are already willing it to fail which is sad,” he said. “Everyone seems to have their own agenda in all of this. “People have to remember this is a voluntary commission that has been set up to try and improve the England national team. last_img read more

first_imgThe 38-year-old Federer had initially planned to be sidelined for at least four months but has barely missed any elite tennis since his surgery because the tour has been suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.TENNIS-KVITOVATwo-time Wimbledon champ added to exhibition lineupUNDATED (AP) — Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) will play at a tennis exhibition event next month in Berlin and Tommy Haas will come out of retirement to join in.Organizers added the two-time Wimbledon champion to play against a women’s lineup of Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic. Haas hasn’t played since 2017 and is tournament director of the Indian Wells event. He was added to a men’s tournament alongside Dominic 8, Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and Jannik Sinner.One more player is still to be announced for each of the men’s and women’s events.Organizers plan to play on grass from July 13-15 and then on hard courts from July 17-19. No fans are expected to be able to attend amid the coronavirus pandemic.TENNIS-US OPENStacey Allaster US Open’s 1st female tournament director UNDATED (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s former marketing agent are continuing their legal push to examine whether the former Duke All-American accepted improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils. In a court filing Tuesday in the North Carolina case, Prime Sports-Ford attorneys continued to argue that last summer’s No. 1 overall NBA draft pick didn’t meet the definition of a student-athlete because he was “ineligible/permanently ineligible” to play college sports.The argument about Williamson’s eligibility is center of the legal fight over Williamson’s endorsement potential.Williamson’s lawsuit stated that Prime Sports violated the state’s sports agent law, both by failing to include disclaimers about the loss of eligibility when signing a contract and the fact neither Prime Sports nor Ford were registered with the state.US SWIMMING-LAWSUITWomen sue USA Swimming over sexual abuse by coaches UNDATED (AP) — Six women have filed civil lawsuits against USA Swimming, its local associations in California and three now-banned coaches claiming the national governing body failed to protect them from abuse by those coaches. Debra Grodensky, Suzette Moran and Tracy Palmero, along with three other women who remain anonymous, filed three lawsuits this month. Among individuals named in the suits are former U.S. Olympic and national team coach Mitch Ivey, former U.S. national team director Everett Uchiyama and former coach Andrew King.The suits allege that USA Swimming was aware of the predatory behavior but refused to address it, creating a culture of abuse that exposed dozens of underage swimmers to sexual abuse and harassment.The lawsuits are believed to be the first major filings under a new California law that allows sexual abuse victims to confront in court their abusers and the organizations that protected predators. Assembly Bill 218, which went into effect on Jan. 1, created a three-year window to file past claims that had expired under the statute of limitations.NFL-MOSLEYJets’ Mosley ‘cleared for everything’ after core injury Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-AMATEUR DRAFTTigers draft Arizona State slugger Torkelson with No. 1 pickNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s amateur draft began with the first of a pandemic-shortened five rounds. Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson was taken with the No. 1 overall pick by the Detroit Tigers. The Baltimore Orioles selected Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad at No. 2. Minnesota right-hander Max Meyer was third and went to Miami. Texas A&M lefty Asa Lacy was No. 4 to Kansas City. Vanderbilt shortstop Austin Martin went to Toronto to round out the first five picks. NASCAR bans Confederate flag from its races and propertiesUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from all events and properties. NASCAR says the Confederate flag runs contrary to their commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, competitors and the industry.NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties on Wednesday, formally distancing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism that had been a familiar sight at stock car events for more than 70 years.The move comes amid social unrest around the globe following the death in police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. Protests have roiled the nation for days and Confederate monuments are being taken down across the South — the traditional fan base for NASCAR.Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s lone black driver, called this week for the banishment of the Confederate flag and said there was “no place” for them in the sport. At long last, NASCAR obliged. All-Star outfielder Claudell Washington dies at age 65UNDATED (AP) — Two-time All-Star outfielder Claudell Washington has died at age 65. Washington had been battling prostate cancer. He played with seven teams in a major league career that started as a 19-year-old in Oakland with the Athletics. He finished with 1,884 hits, 164 home runs and 312 stolen bases. Washington made the All-Star Game in 1975 with the A’s and in 1984 with the Atlanta Braves during his 17-year career. Tick tock. The time ran out on the losing streak.Truex won the Martinsville grandfather clock on the paperclip-shaped track at just 0.526 miles. He won for the first time with new crew chief Jason Small.Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, who has two wins this season, and Joey Logano made it a 2-3-4 finish for Team Penske.US SOCCER-ANTHEMUS Soccer repeals rule that banned kneeling during anthem UNDATED (AP) — U.S. Soccer’s board of directors has voted to repeal a 2017 policy that required national team players to stand during the national anthem, a rule adopted after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in support of Colin Kaepernick. The board made the decision during a conference call. Rapinoe took a knee during the anthem at a pair of national team matches in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who silently took a knee during the national anthem before NFL games to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice.The U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, which includes current national team players Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger, as well as former players like Landon Donovan, called on U.S. Soccer to also apologize for the policy to foster a “positive relationship to exist going forward.”The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association also called for an apology from U.S. Soccer and a plan to substantively address racial inequality.ZION WILLIAMSON-LEGAL WOES CONTINUEWilliamson attorney: allegations of ineligibility ‘baseless’ Former chairman Brian France tired in 2015 to ban the flying of Confederate flags at race tracks, a proposal too broad to enforce and one that angered NASCAR’s core Southern-based fan base.NASCAR-MARTINSVILLE-TRUEXTruex ends 2020 winless skid with victory at MartinsvilleMARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. cruised down the stretch and won his first NASCAR Cup race of the season on Wednesday night in the first race under the lights at Martinsville Speedway.Truex, the 2017 Cup champion, has been one of NASCAR’s biggest winners over the last three years, but failed to find victory lane for Joe Gibbs Racing over the first 10 races of this season. Update on the latest in sports: In other MLB news:— The Chicago Cubs selected hometown shortstop Ed Howard in the first round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft. The 18-year-old Howard was a prep star at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side. He also started for the 2014 Jackie Robinson West Little League team that advanced to the finals of the Little League World Series. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Howard went No. 16 overall, becoming the first Illinois high school position player to go in the first round since Jayson Werth in 1997.— Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there is a “100%” chance of big league ball this year. Major League Baseball will make another proposal to start the pandemic-delayed season in empty ballparks, but Manfred vowed to unilaterally order opening day if an agreement is not reached. The players’ association made its second proposal Tuesday, asking for an 89-game regular season and 100% of prorated salaries. MLB’s plan a day earlier was for a 76-game season, would guarantee 50% of prorated salaries and hinge 25% in additional money on the postseason’s completion.— The Coca-Cola Co. has ended its sponsorship of Major League Baseball after three seasons but will continue to support 16 MLB teams at the local level. PepsiCo Inc. sponsored MLB from 1997-2016.NASCAR-CONFEDERATE FLAG BANNED June 11, 2020 BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Groups that advocate for civil rights and women’s rights have joined notable athletes in asking the NCAA to move the first and second rounds of the 2021 men’s basketball tournament out of Idaho after the state passed a law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports.A letter sent and signed by a list of professional athletes including Megan Rapinoe, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins and Sue Bird calls for the NCAA to move the games set to be held next March at Boise State University.The Idaho law applies to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. A girls’ or women’s team will not be open to transgender students who identify as female.NFL-PANTHERS-RICHARDSON STATUECHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been removed from the spot where it stood outside the team’s stadium for nearly 25 years. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer is set to resume its season with a tournament starting July 8 in Florida.The league suspended play on March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak after its teams had played just two games.The league’s 26 teams will be divided into six groups for the opening round of the tournament played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World. Sixteen teams will advance to the knockout round, with the winner earning a spot in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League.Following the tournament, teams will resume the season in their home markets.GOLF-RYDER CUP Qualifying extended for Ryder CupUNDATED (AP) — Brooks Koepka feels so strongly against a Ryder Cup without fans that he could see a scenario where some players protested by not playing. Would he be one of them? Koepka says that’s possible. Rory McIlroy is convinced it won’t come to that. McIlroy says he’s fairly certain the Sept. 25-27 matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin will have fans. The PGA of America is proceeding with an adjusted qualifying system for the U.S. team. Because golf was shut down for three months, the qualifying will be extended by one week. Steve Stricker now gets six captain’s picks for his U.S. Ryder Cup team.Those three months wiped out three majors from the qualifying period. It all depends on whether the Ryder Cup is played as scheduled. A decision is expected by the end of the month.Players lost nine events that offered qualifying points.The change also means Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are now outside the automatic qualifiers although qualifying is just over 60% completed. GOLF-COLONIALGolf passes initial test with no positive results from virusFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Very little about the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial resembles the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12, the last professional golf played before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf and most everything else.Players return to a new set of rules, starting with mandatory tests for the coronavirus when they first arrive and having their temperatures taken before they can get to the parking lot.But Wednesday’s activity was not a good start. Players and caddies exchanged clubs (players are supposed to handle the clubs themselves). Caddies were not wiping down the flagsticks or bunker rakes after use. Social distancing felt more like a guideline. NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley says he is cleared for all physical activity after missing most of last season with a groin and core muscle injury. Mosley says during a video conference call that he is confident he will be good to go when training camp begin. Mosley was one of the Jets’ biggest offseason additions last year when he signed a five-year, $85 million deal. He had a strong debut with New York in the regular-season opener but injured his groin late in the game. Mosley ended up missing all but two games with the injury.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Green Bay’s Christian Kirksey believes his history with his new defensive coordinator will help the veteran linebacker make a smooth transition as he switches teams for the first time. Kirksey signed with the Packers in March after spending his first six NFL seasons in Cleveland. Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was the Browns’ head coach in 2014-15. Kirksey is counting on his comfort level with Pettine to help as the 27-year-old enters a critical stage of his career. Injuries have caused Kirksey to play a total of nine games over the last two seasons.IOC-ATHLETE PROTESTIOC could allow stronger protests by athletes at Olympics A team statement says it was concerned about possible attempts to take it down. The team didn’t say where the statue would be relocated.Richardson announced in 2017 that he was putting the team up for sale after a Sports Illustrated report, citing unidentified sources, said he made sexually suggestive comments to women and directed a racial slur at an African American team scout.Aerial video showed a huge crane lifting the statue from its pedestal to a flatbed tractor-trailer.MLS TOURNAMENTMLS to resume with tournament Players and caddies were among the essential personnel who were tested for the virus when they arrived, and Commissioner Jay Monahan said no one has tested positive.TENNIS-FEDERERFederer won’t return this yearLONDON (AP) — Roger Federer will miss whatever remains of the coronavirus-impacted 2020 tennis season because of a setback in his recovery from surgery on his right knee.The 20-time major champion had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in February. Federer posted a statement on Twitter to say he needed an “additional quick arthroscopic procedure” and will take his time to return to 100% fitness. GENEVA (AP) — During a global wave of demonstrations against racism, the IOC says it’s opening talks that could let athletes make stronger protests at the Olympic Games.Only five months ago the Olympic body strengthened its ban on political statements by specifying that gestures such as taking a knee or raising a fist on a medal podium remain prohibited.The Olympic body’s public stance eased slightly Wednesday when its president Thomas Bach said the in-house athlete committee would “explore different ways” how opinions could be expressed. Bach says he opposes what he calls “potentially divisive demonstrations.”NCAA TOURNAMENT-IDAHORights groups, athletes ask NCAA to move tourney from Idaho NEW YORK (AP) — Stacey Allaster is taking over as the U.S. Open’s tournament director. Allaster is the first woman to hold that job at the American Grand Slam tennis tournament. She is a former CEO of the WTA women’s tour and has worked at the U.S. Tennis Association since 2016. Allaster pushed for changes at the Open such as the serve clock and warmup clock and lobbied for coaching to be allowed during matches. The USTA announced this week it had eliminated 110 positions from its national staff and is expected to decide as soon as next week whether to hold the U.S. Open.OBIT-GLICKMANPortland Trail Blazers founder Harry Glickman dead at 96PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Harry Glickman, the founder of the Portland Trail Blazers and general manager of the franchise’s only NBA title-winning team in 1977, has died. He was 96. The team announced Glickman’s death; no cause was given. Portland was granted an expansion franchise in 1970. Glickman was part of the original ownership team that paid the league’s $3.7 million expansion fee. Glickman held several positions with the franchise, including general manager, before he retired in 1994.OBIT-WASHINGTONlast_img read more

first_imgThe school announced guidelines Tuesday spelling out that the number of people allowed at Brooks Stadium includes teams, coaching staffs, game day staff, game day operations, working media, band, spirit teams and volunteers, along with spectators.The Chanticleers play in the Football Bowl Subdivision and open their home season against Campbell on Sept. 18.___Leaders of six state legislatures in the Big Ten footprint have sent a letter to Commissioner Kevin Warren asking the conference to reconsider its decision to cancel the fall football season.The letter is written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. “Recent actions taken by other conferences around the country to start football and other fall sports have placed the Big Ten, its members and students at a disadvantage,” the letter said. “These athletes are losing a vital part of student life and are becoming less marketable to future employers with each passing week. Additionally, our local universities stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars that support vital student scholarships.“This is even more frustrating when we think of how our Big Ten athletic programs are leading the way by providing outstanding health and safety protocols. All of that unprecedented planning and teamwork was an unmitigated success, and yet somehow the conference has decided to cast it aside anyway.”The Big Ten, and Warren in particular, have received strong pushback since the conference announced that university presidents voted to push back football and other fall sports until the second semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields started a petition seeking a reversal, parents of players held a protest outside Big Ten headquarters and eight Nebraska players filed a lawsuit.___More AP sports: and The Latest: Coastal Carolina gets OK to host reduced crowds Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Coastal Carolina of the Sun Belt Conference has gotten approval from the state of South Carolina to have up to 5,000 people at its home football games this fall.center_img September 8, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

first_imgMark Mentors, Civil Defence, Kano Pillars, Rivers Hoopers and Gombe Bulls will represent Nigeria at the 2017 FIBA Africa Zone 3 Club Championship elimination series starting on Saturday.Executive board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) took this decision on Tuesday following series of extensive deliberations with FIBA Africa and relevant basketball stakeholders in Nigeria. Speaking on behalf of the federation, the NBBF President, Musa Kida, said the board decided to accommodate more clubs in the overall interest of the game in the country as part of their policies when they came on board.“In the light of prevailing circumstances, based on consultations and advice from FIBA Zone 3, it became expedient to give Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls another chance to participate in the Zone 3 Club Championship in Lagos 11th – 18th November.”The NBBF said it also added Rivers Hoopers of Port Harcourt for heeding to the directives given by the board to stay away from the unsanctioned competition.“We could not do this and leave out Rivers Hoopers who also heeded the Board’s directive and did not go to play in the non-recognized Final 8 competition in Kano.”The federation said the move was made in the best interest of players who are innocent of infractions committed by their clubs in participating in the national playoff that was not sanctioned by the Kida led NBBF board.The board warned that the latest decision should not be seen as a weakness and a license for clubs to go against the directives of constituted authority in future.According to the federation, the decision was not taken to be politically correct, but in the overall interest of the players who are our clients.The competition will hold between 11th to 18th of November, 2017 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgBlack Starlets coach Paa Kwesi Fabin has announced his final 21-man squad for the 2013 African U-17 Championship in Morocco.The Ghana coach finalized his squad on Tuesday after the team’s last training match which they won 6-2 against Serie B side, Novara in Italy.Ghana’s U-17 men’s team will depart for their base in Marrakesh on Wednesday from Italy for this month’s finals which starts on April 13 to 27, 2013.The Black Starlets, two-time World and African champions have drawn Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Congo in Group B for the continental championship.The semi finalists will represent Africa at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates next October.Ghana’s squad: Goalkeepers: Ali Mohammed, Lawrence Ati and Emmanuel AnningDefenders: Isaac Twum, Patrick Kojo Asmah, William Dankyi, Nicholas Opoku, Yakubu Mohammed, Hamza Hamidu and Kingsley FobihMidfielders: Gideon Waja, Appiah MacCarthy, Caleb Gomina, Paul Asare De-Vries, Yaw Yeboah, David Atanga, Thomas Agyapong, Zakaria Mumuni and Emmanuel Oti EssigbaStrikers: Emmanuel Boateng and Benjamin Tettehlast_img read more

first_imgThe Lumberjacks are picked to finish first in the conference, according to the preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Last season, New Orleans spoiled SFA’s run for a fifth straight regular season Southland championship and fourth-straight tournament title. FRISCO, Texas – The 54th season of Southland Conference men’s basketball tips off Friday when Central Arkansas takes on No. 24 Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Fox Sports Southwest, and Lamar contests at Tulsa. Both games are scheduled for a noon start. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks – Preseason Ranking: 1; 2016-17 Record/Place: 18-15 (12-6 SLC), T-2ndHead coach Kyle Keller returns four starters to his lineup in preseason all-conference automatic selection junior forward T.J. Holyfield, senior forward Leon Gilmore III and senior guards Ivan Canete and Ty Charles. Holyfield averaged 11.7 points per game along with 7.2 rebounds per game a season ago to earn all-conference honors. The Lumberjacks own the nation’s second best home-court winning percentage over the last five years (.959, 71-3 record).Season opener – Saturday at Longwood – 2 p.m. – Farmville, Va.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at Southeastern Louisiana – 7 p.m. – Hammond, La.Lamar Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 2; 2016-17 Record/Place: 19-15 (10-8 SLC), T-5thSenior forward Colton Weisbrod highlights a Lamar squad that returns its most veteran lineup since its 2012 NCAA Tournament run. Weisbrod, a 2016-17 All-Conference First Team selection and automatic pick to this season’s preseason all-conference team, ranked seventh in the league for scoring (15.1 ppg) and third in rebounding (8.1 rpg) last season. The Cardinals are seeking their first back-to-back trip to the Southland postseason since the 2006-07 and 07-08 seasons.Season opener – Friday at Tulsa – Noon – Tulsa, Okla.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Houston Baptist – 7 p.m. – Beaumont, TexasSoutheastern Louisiana Lions – Preseason Ranking: 3; 2016-17 Record/Place: 16-16, (9-9 SLC), 7thSoutheastern Louisiana brings back four of its top five scorers from last season, including a Southland preseason all-conference selection in junior guard Marlain Veal. The Lions also return three players from injury, most noticeably senior forward Jordan Capps who was averaging 22 points and 8.4 rebounds before being sidelined after the second game of the season.Season opener – Friday vs. Centenary – 7:30 p.m. – Hammond, La.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Stephen F. Austin – 7 p.m. – Hammond, La.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders – Preseason Ranking: 4; 2016-17 Record/Place: 24-11 (12-6 SLC), T-2ndTexas A&M-Corpus Christi looks to build upon a 2016-17 season that saw the team become the first Southland team to reach the final of a postseason tournament, falling two points shy to St. Peter’s in the 2017 Postseason Tournament title game. The Islanders will have to replace forward Rashawn Thomas, who led the league in points (22.5 ppg) and rebounds (9.0) his senior season. Senior guard Joseph Kilgore of Houston returns to the lineup, averaging 10.9 points last season and most recently dropping 35 points in Corpus Christi’s preseason exhibition against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Nov. 2.Season opener – Friday vs. Our Lady of the Lake – 7:30 p.m. – Corpus Christi, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 at Central Arkansas – 7 p.m. – Conway, Ark.Sam Houston State Bearkats – Preseason Ranking: 5; 2016-17 Record/Place: 21-13 (10-8 SLC), T-5thSam Houston State returns two of its top three scorers from last season in preseason all-conference guard John Dewey III and senior forward Christopher Galbreath, Jr., while looking to replace three players – Aurimas Majauskas, Dakarai Henderson and Paul Baxter – who graduated this past May, each scoring more than 1,000 points in their careers. Head Coach Jason Hooten, who is 13 wins shy of the 150 career mark, saw his team lead the Southland in field goal percentage defense a season ago. This was the second time in the last three seasons the Kats have led in that category.Season opener – Saturday vs. UT Tyler – 6:30 p.m. – Huntsville, TexasConference opener – Dec. 30 at Abilene Christian – 7:30 p.m. – Abilene, TexasNew Orleans Privateers – Preseason Ranking: 6; 2016-17 Record/Place: 20-12 (13-5 SLC), 1stNew Orleans, coming off its first trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament in 21 seasons, is backed by preseason all-conference selection senior forward Travin Thibodeaux and senior forward Makur Puou after the graduation of 2016-17 Southland Player of the Year Erik Thomas. The defending regular and tournament champions led the league last season in field goal percentage (.473), three-point field goal percentage (.316) and assists (15.7 per game). Reigning Southland Coach of the Year Mark Slessinger signed a seven-year contract extension in the offseason as the Privateers search for their fourth-straight trip to the Southland Tournament.Season opener – Friday at St. John’s (Fox College Sports) – 6 p.m. – Queens, N.Y.Conference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Abilene Christian – 7 p.m. – New Orleans, La.Abilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Ranking: 7; 2016-17 Record/Place: 13-16 (7-11 SLC), T-8thIn its first season of NCAA Division I postseason eligibility, Abilene Christian will look to its three “Js” – juniors Jaylen Franklin and Jaren Lewis and sophomore Jalone Friday – to lead the team to its first Southland Tournament. Franklin and Friday were selected to the preseason all-conference teams as the Wildcats are the only team in the league with two selections to the preseason honors.Season opener – Friday vs. Randall – 7:30 p.m. – Abilene, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 at New Orleans – 7 p.m. – New Orleans, La.Northwestern State Demons – Preseason Ranking: 8 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 13-16 (7-11 SLC), T-8thNorthwestern State returns three of its top five scorers from last season in junior center Ishmael Lane and senior guards Devonte Hall and Iziahiah Sweeney. The Demons also bring back the school’s career leader in assists and three-pointers in Jalan West, who has missed the past two seasons due to knee injuries. In Northwestern State’s exhibition game against Grambling, West netted 20 points as all 11 players scored for Head Coach Mike McConathy’s squad.Season opener – Friday at Texas – 7 p.m. (Longhorn Network) – Austin, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 at Nicholls – 7 p.m. – Thibodeaux, La.Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Ranking: 9; 2016-17 Record/Place: 17-14 (12-6 SLC), T-2ndHouston Baptist advanced to the Postseason Tournament for the second-straight year this past season. The Huskies have improved in each season as a member of the Southland, posting a better record than the previous year since 2013-14. They lost five seniors from a season ago, including All-Southland Second Team selections Colter Lasher and Reveal Chukwujeku, but return senior center Josh Ibarra and junior point guard Braxton Bonds. The tandem combined to start 60 games last season. Ibarra, who was named to the preseason all-conference team, has a chance to finish his career as the program’s all-time leader in shooting percentage (currently at .614; the record is .616).Season opener – Friday at Providence – 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Network) – Providence, R.I.Conference opener – Dec. 28 at Lamar – 7 p.m. – Beaumont, TexasNicholls Colonels – Preseason Ranking: 10; 2016-17 Record/Place: 14-17 (7-11 SLC), T-8thSecond-year head coach Richie Riley welcomes six newcomers from Division I programs, including Legend Robertin who Riley first recruited to Clemson when Robertin was the No. 2 ranked junior college prospect. Riley also adds three freshmen to a roster that features just three returnees: senior guards Jahvaughn Powell (11.9 ppg), Lafayette Rutledge (10.9 ppg) and Stevie Repichowski (7.4 ppg).Season opener – Friday at UTRGV – 7 p.m. – Edinburg, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Northwestern State – 7 p.m. – Thibodeaux, La.Central Arkansas Bears – Preseason Ranking: 11; 2016-17 Record/Place: 8-24 (7-11 SLC), T-8thGuard Jordan Howard returns to Central Arkansas for his senior season, looking to lead the Bears to their first consecutive trip to the Southland Conference Tournament in program history. The preseason first team selection and school career leader in three-pointers made enters the campaign after a season that saw him average 19.5 points per game. The Bears also return senior guard and forward Mathieu Kamba, who averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in his junior season.Season opener – Friday at Baylor (Fox Sports Southwest) – Noon – Waco, TexasConference opener – Dec. 28 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 7 p.m. – Conway, Ark.UIW Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 12 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 12-17 (7-11 SLC), T-8thUIW enters its first season eligible for Southland and NCAA Division I postseason play. The Cardinals lost four letterwinners but return Newcomer of the Year, Jalin Hart, and 2016-17 All-Southland honorable mention selections, junior forward Simi Socks and Shawn Johnson. Head Coach Ken Burmeister faces the program’s most difficult non-conference schedule with trips to national runner-up Gonzaga on Nov. 29 and Florida on Dec. 22 on the team’s slate.Season opener – Friday vs. Southeastern – 7 p.m. – San AntonioConference opener – Dec. 28 at McNeese – 6:30 p.m. – Lake Charles, La.McNeese Cowboys – Preseason Ranking: 13 – 2016-17 Record/Place: 7-22 (4-14 SLC), 13thThis season will mark the final campaign at Burton Coliseum for McNeese. The Cowboys return four of their top five scorers from last season, including leading scorer Kaleb Ledoux, who was the first freshman since Joe Dumars to lead the team in scoring after netting 11.9 points per game. McNeese returns leading rebounder Stephen Ugochukwu who averaged 8.0 rebounds a game last season.Season opener – Friday at Houston (ESPN3) – 7 p.m. – HoustonConference opener – Dec. 28 vs. UIW – 6:30 p.m. – Lake Charles, La.Each game is listed in Central Time The Southland Conference Basketball Tournament returns to the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, on March 7-10, 2018. This is the 11th consecutive tournament at the venue. Eleven teams begin their campaign Friday while preseason favorite Stephen F. Austin takes on Longwood at 2 p.m. Saturday. Sam Houston State is the last team to get its season started with a 6:30 p.m. tipoff Saturday against UT Tyler.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Tolentino added 24 points.BanKo-Perlas showed no signs of slowing down, beating Adamson-Akari, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16, to stretch its win run to three, three days after taking the bronze in the Vinh Long Cup in Vietnam.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sletba Open Championships rolls off 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE– Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo forced a deciding set and Kat Tolentino took it from there, leading the Lady Eagles  to a 25-21, 17-25, 19-25, 25-14, 15-7 victory over the PetroGazz Angels for their second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan Saturday.Coming off a long break, Ateneo rallied from eight points down to clinch the opening frame before losing the next two sets.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But the Lady Eagles refocused, clobbering the Angels in the fourth behind Maddie Madayag and rookie Vanessa Gandler before Tolentino stepped up to anchor the team’s four straight hits in the fifth that gave them a 6-2 upperhand.Another Tolentino hit kept the Lady Eagles on top in the changeover, 8-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMadayag wound up with 13 attack points for 16 hits while scoring 13 kills blocks.“I guess we fought really hard. We trusted each other and followed coach (Oliver Almadro),” said Madayag. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

first_imgToday, I want to tell you a story. It is not my story. It is Saah Millimono’s story. Maybe it is actually not his story; it is the novel’s protagonist Tarnue’s story. And not just Tarnue’s, it is also Kou’s story. I know that if I go on, and on, this will end up as a story of Tarnue’s family, Kou’s family and by the time we are done, it will be the story of lives in Monrovia, Liberia and beyond to other countries that have been through civil war. As some commentators would want us to believe, this means not just neighbouring Sierra Leone, but much of Africa. Is this is a book about Africa? What never seems to be mentioned is that this has happened, civil war happens and will happen anywhere in the world. That war is human. And love is human too.Let the back cover copy of Saah Millimono’s Kwani Manuscript Project second place winner, Boy, Interrupted not deceive you, when it talks about the trauma and pity of war. In fact, I advise you to ignore Olufemi Terry’s focus on violence, exploitation and displacement in his blurb for the novel. How could Terry not see the love? This is really a love story (read in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s tone). I want to mistrust Hawa Jande Golakai when she says that Millimono captures Liberia’s people, politics and cityscape during its civil war, even though I am not Liberian, and she is. This is a bigger story about love and its triumph. For me, it is a story about one boy, one girl who trust love enough, and despite the interruption of their lives by war are determined to keep trusting love. Maybe all the Liberian people are romantics like Tarnue and Kou? I don’t know. I only know these two lovebirds from Millimono’s novel. Helon Habila is the only one of the three writers whose endorsements appear on the back cover of the Kenya-based Kwani Trust published book that comes close to seeing what I see. He describes the book as “a searing, heartbreaking love story set in the civil war years in Liberia.”While both love and war stand out in this 150-page novel, only love is a result of deliberate actions and a show of passion by the two main characters, Tarnue and Kou. War is an interruption. Out of their control. This book screams one thing: that love can triumph against all odds. That war can indeed interrupt love, but love can triumph. War is a loser. Can someone say, Amen? It therefore beats my understanding why the focus by the blurb-writers is on the war, on violence, on exploitation, displacement, everything else but the love. When Ben Okri talks about the tyranny of dark subjects, I think he is unknowingly pointing the fingers at the readers (including himself), even if he directs the missiles at the writers.But, I promised to tell you a story. Tarnue sleeps in class. He has been sent to live with his uncle by his parents because he is a walkabout. Do you remember Bastard of NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names? This is the Tarnue of New Georgia Estate. His uncle’s wife does not joke. She overworks and starves the boy. One day, he eats a piece of the bread he sells for his uncle’s wife. And she beats him until he literally becomes a walking wound attracting the teacher’s attention. And Kou. Kou, a daughter of a big man in government. Pause.Do you remember your childhood days? Did you have a best friend when you were a child? The days of playing mummy and daddy. The days of imagining and creating your fantasy futures? Please, say yes. I did. Childhood romance. They call it friendship, but despite the innocence of childhood, this was a form of romance. This is what happens to Kou and Tarnue. And this love actually saves Tarnue a lot of pain. He is introduced to Kou’s family. They are rich. Really rich. Beautiful things are happening to Tarnue and Kou that may make you jealous, dear reader. Very beautiful romance is happening.Then Taylor escapes from a United States jail. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is mentioned in the narrative around these parts. The president of Liberia at the time, Doe is mentioned several times. Our Tarnue and Kou are suffering. But dear reader, do not be so distracted by the gory war that you miss what is human. The rape of women, the looting, the ugly betrayals. The murders. Kou loses both her parents. In these hard times is when you see the purity of the love between Kou and Tarnue. I won’t lie. When Kou disappears, I get heartbroken. Tarnue ends up a child soldier.I literally screamed in excitement on reading: “In 1991 I was passing by a booth, selling toothpaste, when suddenly I heard a voice I recognized coming out of the booth dense with opium smoke. There, sitting between two men and big with child, was Kou.” At page 138. Am I not hearing a Hallelujah from y’all? More trials and tribulations follow. Serious things. Tarnue and Kou, by legal definitions are children. But my friend, love is love. Let me cut the story short. You need to find this book and read it.If you remember the hawker and the rich girl in Chibundu Onuzo’s The Spider King’s Daughter, you are onto something. There is some part of the hawker in Tarnue. You remember Ugwu of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun? You will recognize a similarity between Ugwu, my good man and Tarnue. Oh yes, Ishmael Beah’s haunting memoir, A Long Way Gone, will come to mind. And the innocence of childhood educational dreams and ambitions in Camara Laye’s The African Child, will come to mind too. Millimono has written an excellent book about growing up and about love against all odds.Knowing that some privileged critics nowadays have put all African writers on notice: that stories of suffering set in Africa are not welcome, that only happy stories pass their privilege pornography test, I am anxious to see how many of that tribe will rate this story. I will not be surprised when the triumph of love is missed by card-holding members of the African privilege pornography club of critics in their reviews of the book. I mean, some missed the rib-breaking humour and mischief of Darling, Chipo, Stina, GodKnows, Sbho and Bastard of Bulawayo’s We Need New Names because their eyes could not look beyond the darkness of HIV, misrule, poverty and other ills. Sometimes we fail to see the triumph against all odds because we want to see the odds triumph.Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire teaches Law and Human Rights at various Ugandan universities. He also runs the Writivism program of the Centre for African Cultural Excellence, that promotes and connects African Literature to reality.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more