Remaining Seeding Scenarios Entering Final Weekend of Basketball Regular Seasons

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Attached are the remaining seeding scenarios for the 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Conference Tournament. The document outlines the possibilities for both men’s and women’s competition heading into the final slate of conference games Saturday.The tournament, which features the top eight teams from the regular season in each bracket, commences Wednesday (March 7) in Katy, Texas, at the Leonard E. Merrell Center. This year’s tourney will mark the 11th consecutive year the Southland tournament is in Katy.For the women’s conference tournament, the eight competing schools are known with seeding to be finalized based on the results of Saturday’s six games featuring 12 of 13 conference schools. The women’s teams that will be battling for the Southland Conference tournament championship and the accompanying automatic berth in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament: Lamar (No. 1 seed); Stephen F. Austin (No. 2 seed); Central Arkansas (No. 3 seed); New Orleans; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Nicholls; Abilene Christian; and McNeese.On the men’s side, seven schools have secured spots in Katy: Nicholls; Southeastern Louisiana; Stephen F. Austin; Sam Houston State; Lamar; New Orleans; Central Arkansas (No. 7 seed). Three teams – Abilene Christian, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and McNeese — are still eligible to clinch a spot. With six games on tap Saturday, seven seeds are yet to be determined. Current standings leader Nicholls has clinched at least a share of the regular-season crown, while Central Arkansas is only men’s team to have locked in a specific seed. Men’s Scenarios (PDF)Women’s Scenarios (PDF)last_img read more

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Canberra upset Roosters in NRL thriller

first_imgThe Roosters could have gone a game clear on top of the ladder with a win at GIO Stadium.Instead, their poor record in the nation’s capital continued, where they haven’t won since 2010.The Roosters are locked in a three-way battle at the top of the table for the minor premiership with Melbourne and South Sydney.The Storm are ahead because of their superior points difference.Trent Robinson’s team had a chance to score in the final minute as they charged in attack, but a knock-on turned the ball over to see the Raiders home and reverse their 2018 fortunes in close games.Unlike most games featuring the Raiders this season, defence reigned supreme as Ricky Stuart’s team held the Roosters scoreless in the first half.The Raiders led 12-0 at the break thanks to an early try for winger Jordan Rapana before halfback Sam Williams slotted three penalty goals in windy conditions.But the Roosters were never going to wilt as captain Boyd Cordner found a gap in a sleepy Raiders defence just a few minutes into the second half.Roosters lock Victor Radley levelled the scores with a diving try in the 60th minute, but the Raiders weren’t done as Williams put his team back in front with another penalty goal.That’s where the score would stay as the Raiders secured their ninth win of the season and maintained their position in 10th on the ladder.The Raiders had to deal with Luke Bateman and Brad Abbey going off for head injury assessments, forcing five-eighth Blake Austin to move to fullback.last_img read more

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Nadal gets up next to Carreño to add the decisive point of doubles and put Spain in the semifinals

first_imgThe Spanish couple turned to the super tie-break to end the BelgianEarlier, Goffin surprised Nadal to tie Baptist’s 1-0The Australia of Kyrgios and De Miñaur will be the last stone towards the final Photo: Reuters Precisely in the appointment of ‘teachers’ of 2017, the Belgian had his only victory against the Balearic in his five clashes, but on that occasion there was some physical decline in the Spanish, which did not happen in his duel in Sydney where Nadal never He felt comfortable.The winner of 19 ‘Grand Slams’ did not find the real way to dominate Goffin. Too erratic and without rhythm with his service, he ran into a great version of his rival, very sharp in all his punches, especially with a parallel setback that did a lot of damage.Nadal soon realized that he was not expecting a simple game. He raised with quality a 0-40 in the third game, but could not do so in a similar situation in the fifth and eleven of the world took an advantage, ephemeral because the Spaniard, who had already threatened the rest too, replied instantly.There came his best moments in the game, but he was not able to finish a clear 0-40 with 4-3 on the scoreboard and his weakness in the service ended up costing him expensive with another break that Goffin did confirm and make him lose his First set from London.The picture was complicated as soon as the second set began. The Belgian number one broke again and took an advantage that would no longer be released thanks to its solidity in the exchanges and the continuous failures of the twelve-time Roland Garros won, whose face denoted that he was not having a good time.However, true to his character, he grabbed the track and ended up finding his chance in the eighth game, despite Goffin’s resistance. This endured the improvement of the manacorí and reached the ‘sudden death’, where it returned to be more solid to give life to its own.Baptist did not fail in the firstRocourt’s left the initial triumph of Roberto Bautista 6-1, 6-4 against Kimmer Coppejans. The Spaniard, who remains firm in this tournament where he is taking his matches forward with enough solvency, did not give his opponent too many options, although he suffered much more in the second quarter, where he had to lift a ‘break’ of disadvantage to seal the victory by the fast track.The simplest was the first where Baptist was very strong with the service, with which he only awarded four points, only one playing with first. Coppejans did not find the formula in the rest and neither firmly replied to the service, especially when he had to play with seconds.Thus, after the initial 1-1, the Spanish tennis player took five straight games to quickly finish the first set, which had nothing to do with the second. The Castellón wasted two breaking balls in the first game and his opponent did not waste his first chances to the rest to break and get 3-0.Bautista did not get nervous and managed to balance quickly before entering the decisive line where he returned to pull experience, especially in the long eighth game where Coppejans had two ‘break’ balls. He did not take advantage of them and the ten of the world ‘stole’ the line-up, followed to sentence later.center_img Spain will play this Saturday against Australia the semifinals of the ATP Cup after defeating Rafa Nadal and Pablo Carrño with a lot of work and suffering, in the quarterfinals to a Belgium that fought the ticket until the ‘super tie-break’ of the decisive match of doubles.He had more work than expected the Spanish team to get rid of the Belgians, who were close to surprise thanks, especially to the great game of his number one, David Goffin, who was able to beat in two sets (6-4 , 7-6) to Rafa Nadal and take the fight to a spectacular final match where the Balearic and Pablo Carreño were on the wire.The Manacorí and the Spaniard had to deal for more than two hours with Joran Vliegen and Sander Gille, a blended couple who did not make the pass expensive. The Belgians were powerful in the service and from there they kept their options, strengthened when they took the ‘tie-break’ that decided the first part (9/7).Encouraged by this mood advantage on the scoreboard, the rival duo stood firm on the track, giving no options to serve and threatening the rest. The Spaniards had to save two ‘break’ balls in the eighth game and finally found their chance to avoid another awkward ‘sudden death’.The video went into action to confirm that Vliegen had invaded the opposite field to execute a simple volley to give the first break of the entire encounter to Nadal and Carreño, who then knew how to have the temper to hold his serve, raising a break option. In the ‘super tie-break’, both maintained their strength and knocked down the rival resistance (10/7) to meet this Saturday, starting at 8.30 Spanish time, with host Australia led by Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Miñaur.Goffin gave the surprise to NadalBefore this match, Belgium had shown that it was not a stone guest thanks to David Goffin. Rocourt’s deployed his best level to end the great streak of victories that Rafa Nadal dragged from his defeat against Alexander Zverev in the first game of the ATP Finals.last_img read more

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LNP Officers Sit Forensic Training in Nimba County

first_imgOfficers of the Liberia National Police assigned in Nimba County have recently sat a three-day intensive forensic training in Sanniquellie, Nimba County as a means of adequately preparing them carry on forensic investigation.According to Chief of Team of Tetra Tech DPK, Dr. Alfred Fofie, the training was intended to build or enhance the capacities of LNP officers to adequately respond to community security concern through improve investigative skills, and forming synergies to addressing community security concern and other related crimes as it relates to issues that could threaten the fragile peace we now enjoy at both local and national level.  The workshop held under the topic, “Enhancing Law Enforcers’ Responsiveness to Community Security Concern through Improved Investigation Skills.”The workshop was implemented by Tetra Tech DPK and funded by the U.S. Department of State (INL). The Chief Facilitator of training William Thompson told the Observer that the training covered topics such as Crime Scene Management, Crime Scene Investigation, Collection and Packaging of Evidence at Crime Scene, Lifting of Print and Preservation of Evidence at the Crime Scene.Tetra Tech DPK Mitigating Land Dispute Program is covering two counties (Lofa and Nimba) in its parlor phase in Liberia since 2012.Tetra Tech DPK had conducted several training for law enforcement officers including Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration officers, as well as Liberia National Police.At the same time, a group expert from the United States of America, who visited Ganta had praised the activities of Tetra Tech in both Nimba and Lofa counties.“I am very pleased with the progress that Tetra Tech DPK has made, implementing the Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia (MLDL) project. MLDL has made great headways in the two and half years it has operated, and has built sustainable gains that contribute to stability, security, and the rule of law in Lofa and Nimba Counties,” said Mr. Harton Drew, head of visiting team.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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‘Gentleman’ Misused in Liberian Society

first_imgWhen the word “gentleman” is used, authorities on etiquette and character think from the perspective of a reputable man of integrity and good conduct among his peers.However, Mrs. Edwina D. Vakun-Lincoln, Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Business Link Incorporated says instead of using the word to reflect a person deserving of that description, the word gentleman is often misused in the Liberian society.Serving as the keynote speaker for the induction program of the “Esteemed Gentlemen” organization last weekend, Mrs. Vakun-Lincoln said the term gentleman does not fit many men, because of their distasteful behavior in public places and in the home.“The word is associated with esteemed values and principles that should be possessed by a man deserving to be called a gentleman,” she maintained.Mrs. Vakun-Lincoln, who began by asking members of the Esteemed Gentlemen Organization to allow their wives to stand and be recognized, told the male organization that many Liberian men instead of taking their wives to dinner, would rather take their concubines.She observed that most men claiming to be gentlemen are found in bars and night clubs, using resources needed by their families on alcohol, causing them to grumble and inflict pain on their wives and children.She stressed that an occasion like adinner is meant for a married couple, but many men who want to be called gentlemen do not care to take into account its rationale, but abuse it with unwholesome and irresponsible behavior.Aptly describing several categories of men, the young, eloquent Liberian lady said there is the man who is still a child and has yet to grow up into his responsibilities.  Another type of man, she explained, uses force and a false sense of masculinity to hide his insecurities while abusing others. But, declared Madam Vakun-Lincoln, the real man takes on his obligations with pride.As a lady with a family and experience in home matters, Mrs. Vakun-Lincoln said she has interacted with many well-dressed men in public gatherings in Liberia, but their behavior and attitudes cannot prove them to be gentlemen.For a man to be called a gentleman, he should be known by his actions, accountability and attitudes towards life, said Madam Vakun-Lincoln.A gentleman is known by his actions and not only his words.  Contrary to this principle, a lot of men called gentlemen in Liberia make overcomplicated explanations, broken promises and hollow apologies, she indicated.She further noted that a gentleman accounts for his actions since every action he takes affects people and his environment, stressing, “A gentleman does not take an undue advantage of his power or the weakness of those around him, never offends others physically or mentally, and never inflicts pain on any one.”The Esteemed Gentlemen organization is non-political and is meant to show humanity to its members and the needy. It comprises members who are all believed to be in the working class and married.Speaking following his induction, its chairman, A. Trokon Tarr said on behalf of the members that they remain committed to serving humanity and setting the legacy for others to emulate.“We live in communities, and as such, we see problems and needs.  We cannot simply choose to fold our hands and ignore them; for such a stance would only make matters worse until no one or any government agency is strong enough to stop them,” Mr. Tarr said.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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LIBTELCO Hosts First Cyber Security Confab

first_imgThe Liberian government has become cognizant of the threat of cyber crime that is affecting countries and companies globally.Against this back ground the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation, (LIBTELCO), yesterday convened the nation’s first annual ‘National Cyber Security Forum’ at a resort in Monrovia to deliberate on the establishment of a national cyber-security strategy against external invaders.The forum is focused on creating awareness for cyber security and its implications for the government, business, and society. The event was graced by some of the sub-region’s leading cyber security experts from business, government, and academia.“We are proud to be hosting this event and appreciate the important role that cyber security plays to ensure our economy operates securely,” said Dr. Darren Wilkins, Managing Director of LIBTELCO. “We look forward to working with our colleagues toward the development of a national cyber security strategy in the near future.”“The future of every entity in Liberia that uses computers and the internet hinges on its approach to cyber security.“By bringing thoughtful people of like minds together from across disciplines, we can transform our country from a start-up nation to a cyber-nation, cognizant of cyber security and cyber threats,” Dr. Wilkins explained.View of participants at the conferenceSeveral institutions from various sectors of Liberia are participating in the event. The program also brings together cyber security experts from the Ivory Coast, Liberia, United States, and China.Making a presentation at the conference, an Ivoirian Business Development Manager, Koffi Adjoumani, said the issue of cyber security should not be overlooked by any government or entity.On the topic, “Cyber Security Awareness,” Mr. Adjoumani noted that it is hard to time that Africans began to prepare themselves against the threat of hackers, who are causing a substantial amount of damage across the globe. “This is a threat that is invading the globe and we have to prepare ourselves for it. There is no better way to go about that than to convene such a gathering where we can put our ideas together,” he said.Some of the major contributors to the event include Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and several other institutions from both the public and private sectors.LIBTELCO Head of Cyber Security, Al-hassan Sheriff noted that the conference would not have come at no better time as the nation is about to go to a very important election.He indicated that the need for a vibrant cyber security program in the country cannot be overemphasized. “We need a very strong strategy that will help protect our country. The sooner we do this, the better it is for us,” Mr. Sheriff said.“It is my hope that this event will address and increase our awareness on cyber-security and bring us together for a closer collaboration on this very important subject.“The advent and use of the internet and its accompanying technologies has made it imperative for all of us to understand the basic understanding of the cyber threat, cybercrime, and cyber security,” he said.“The internet is a communication tool that now affects almost every aspect of our lives, from education to entertainment to banking, health, sports among others.“What the entire internet has brought to us for comfort has altered our daily routine. The internet is also the world marketplace, where trillions in financial deals occur yearly. Moreover, as technology advances, especially Wi-Fi technology, the internet has become widely accessible by smaller and smaller mobile users,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Libtelco Managing Director, Darren Wilkinslast_img read more

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Scholarship available for young innovators

first_imgGrade 12 students from School District 60 can now apply for a scholarship for young innovators. The Young Innovator Scholarship Fund will award $225,000 to students across B.C. High school students compete in ‘MashUP’ competitions throughout the province. The competition requires participants to develop a new technology by blending two or more existing technologies. The initiative encourages students to continue education in post-secondary science, technology and business programs.- Advertisement -The scholarship fund is a partnership between the Northern Development Initiative Trust and the BC Innovation Council. The BCIC has contributed $150,000 and Northern Development has contributed $75,000 in support of this program. For more information about the program, students and high school administrators can visit www.bcic.ca\students. The Northern Development Initiative Trust is an independent regional economic development corporation which is focused on stimulating economic growth and job creation in central and northern British Columbia.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Juve must rediscover cutting edge -Allegri

first_img0Shares0000(From L) Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain, Rodrigo Bentancur and Giorgio Chiellini celebrate a goal during their UEFA Champion’s League Group D match against Olympiacos, at the Juventus stadium in Turin, on September 27, 2017TURIN, Italy, Oct 19 – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri warned that the Italian champions need to rediscover their cutting edge if they want to push for Champions League glory after two runners-up spots in three years.Allegri complained that the 2015 and 2017 finalists lacked sharpness as they laboured to a 2-1 Group D win over Sporting Lisbon at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night. “Juventus at the moment aren’t brilliant,” Allegri said in the press conference after the match.“We’re paying heavily for the athletic quality of certain players with injuries, and others who came back from international duty in bad shape.”A bizarre Alex Sandro own goal in the 12th minute left veteran skipper Gianluigi Buffon reeling, but Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic’s curling freekick after 29 minutes pulled the hosts back from the edge before Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic headed in the winner six minutes from time.“The lads reacted well after the setback, they did good things,” continued Allegri. “But we nearly conceded a goal in the 93rd minute, and that means that we didn’t manage well.“At the moment we have to focus on results, suffering a little more than usual. This victory is going to give us a little more serenity.“It also shows that in football when you’re not winning you lose a bit of certainty. This evening, technically it wasn’t a good performance. Our recent results weighed heavy on us.”Italian title-winners in the last six seasons, Juventus lost to Lazio on Saturday — their first home defeat in more than two years — after being held to a draw by Atalanta the previous week. They are currently sitting in fourth place on the Serie A table.But the three Champions League points on Wednesday put Juventus, who fell 3-0 to Barcelona before seeing off Olympiakos 2-0, second in Group D behind the Spaniards with six points from three games. Sporting are third on three points.“So it was an important victory,” said Allegri. “(Gonzalo) Higuain had a great performance, with character and quality, I’m happy with him. Now we have to start again in Udine to resume the championship race,” he said, referring to Sunday’s Serie A match against Udinese.– ‘Full steam ahead’ –Juventus’ next European trip is to Lisbon on October 31 before hosting Barcelona on November 22 with a final group game against Olympiakos in Greece on December 5.Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini said Wednesday’s win would give the former two-time European champions new impetus.“We’re like a diesel engine that takes a while to build-up steam,” he said.“We’ve got a great mechanic working on it, trying to find the right balance.”But Sporting Lisbon coach Jorge Jesus believes his side are still in the mix.“We showed the Bianconeri on their home ground that they are not the favourites,” said Jesus, who led Benfica to victory over Juventus in a 2014 Europa League semi-final in Turin.“We outplayed Juve at times. We showed great qualities. From a defensive point of view we were very efficient.“We could have won but Mandzukic played well on goal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Acakoro storm Chapa Dimba semis in Meru

first_imgThis is after Acakoro beat favourites Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza 3-2 while in the other quarter-final, Barcelona Ladies were 2-1 winners over St Marys’ Ndovea from Eastern.Bishop Njenga Girls from Western did not turn up for the games due to prior commitments, giving Kitale Queens from Rift Valley a walk over to the semis.“We’ve had a good victory today. The matches were tough but the girls were tactical and focused. Our opponents had more physique and well-built but we played a more tactical in our game.  We never underestimated our opponent and that has always been our secret to success. We look forward for another victory tomorrow in the semis,” said Pauline Awuor, Coach Acakoro Ladies.-Boys contest-Ali Nasri of Supersolico (L) battles for the ball with Lugari Blue Saints WycliffAbungana in the knockout matches in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom national finalsat the Kinoru stadium, Meru. Lugari Blue Saints qualified for the quarter finals bywinning 3-0.In the boys’ quarterfinals, Al Ahly from Rift won 3-1 against Berlin FC from North Eastern as South B United from Nairobi beat Shimanzi Youth from Coast 1-0.Lugari Blue Saints from Western also booked a space in the semis after scoring 3-0 against Super Solico from Eastern.Nyanza Champions Manyatta United were 4-1 winners over Euronuts from Central to book their slot in the semis as well.South B United will face Al-Ahly as Lugari Blue Saints prepare to face Manyatta United in the semis set for Saturday.“Our win today is as a result of hard work and team spirit. The game was tough but we made it. Our focus is to win the finals and be the champions,” said Oscar Kengwa, striker – Al-Ahly FC.The winners of the quarterfinals pocketed Sh250,000 cash reward each and will now proceed to the semifinals set for Friday and Saturday.The girls will play their semifinals on Friday (tomorrow) while the boys will play on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dache Rehema (L) of Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza battles for the ball with MitchelleAkoth (R) of Acakoro ladies from Nairobi during the knockout matches in the ChapaDimba na Safaricom national finals at the Kinoru stadium, Meru. Acakoro qualifiedfor the quarter finals by winning 3-2.MERU, Kenya, June 20 – Nairobi Region representatives in the girls competition Acakoro Ladies will face Changamwe Ladies from Mombasa in the semi-finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom on Friday at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru.The other semi will see Barcelona Ladies from Central face Kitale Queens from Rift Valley.last_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN BECOMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AT NEWSTALK

first_imgA Co Donegal man has become the editor-in-chief at popular radio station Newstalk.Garrett HarteGarrett Harte from Raphoe takes up the new role with immediate effect.He is the son of former TD Paddy Harte and his wife Rosaleen and comes from a highly-repected background.His brothers include Senator Jimmy Harte, LYIT lecturer Paddy Harte, cameraman Emmett Harte and one of his sisters is journalist Mary Harte. As Editor in Chief, Mr Harte will be responsible for the development of the Newstalk brand and content across all platforms. The creation of this new role is in response to the continued and ongoing growth of the station which now attracts over 400,000 listeners every day.Mr Harte, who has worked in Newstalk for over 13 years, was previously the Editor of the station.Commenting on the announcement, Gervaise Slowey, CEO of Communicorp Group, said: “The Newstalk brand is continuing to grow and in order to build the brand further we have created a new role of Editor in Chief. This is a vital appointment which will allow the brand to develop across all platforms and I am delighted that Garrett has accepted this senior leadership role within the Group.“Garrett’s experience and knowledge of both the station and the industry will be vital as the station continues to evolve in response to listeners’ changing demands and preferences,” Ms Slowey added. According to the latest JNLR figures (30th April 2015), Newstalk now reaches a record 404,000 listeners daily and 711,000 listeners weekly. The station has increased its market share to 6.6%, from 5.6% last year and has seen increased listenership across the country with strong growth in Leinster, Connacht and Ulster and continued growth in Dublin.DONEGAL MAN BECOMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AT NEWSTALK was last modified: May 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGarrett HarteNewstalkRaphoelast_img read more

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