first_imgVanderbilt is the No. 2 seed and defending Southland Bowling champion after winning the 2017 title out of the losers bracket, advancing to the team’s 12th NCAA tournament, falling in the semifinal match. The Commodores are in search of their third Southland tournament title in four years in 2018. They will take on No. 7 Louisiana Tech in the opening round Friday at 8:30 a.m. Stephen F. Austin comes in at No. 4 with an opening round matchup against No. 5 Tulane, a team that made waves in last year’s tournament by winning three straight through the loser’s bracket before falling to the Ladyjacks in the consolation field’s semifinal. The Ladyjacks faced a similar road, advancing to the semifinal after downing the Green Wave but falling to Vanderbilt. SFA is playing for a chance at its fourth-straight NCAA bid. In those four appearances, the team has a national title and national runner-up appearance to its name. For the first time in NCAA bowling history, automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament will be given to the winning team from qualified conferences’ championships, including the Southland Bowling League. Last season marked the third consecutive year that the Southland made up half of the then-eight-team NCAA field. Competition begins at 8:30 a.m. CT on Friday and Saturday with the championship match set for 9 a.m. on Sunday. For a complete schedule of matches, see the full 2018 tournament bracket. No. 3 seed Sam Houston State enters in search of redemption after bowing out in the third round of last season’s tournament. The Bearkats own one of the Southland’s three national titles, last winning in 2014 over perennial power Nebraska, and went to their sixth NCAA tournament in eight years in 2017. Sam Houston faces No. 6 Valparaiso on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Tournament HomepageDALLAS, Texas – The 2018 Southland Bowling League Championship gets underway Friday as all eight teams head to USA Bowl in Dallas for the three-day event. Featured matches of this year’s tournament will be live streamed by InsideBowling. Selections for the 2018 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship will be announced on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 via web stream on NCAA.com. The 2018 championship will take place at Tropicana Lanes in Clayton, Mo., from April 12-14. The NCAA Women’s Bowling Committee will select a field of 10 teams – six automatic qualifying teams and four at-large teams. Teams will be ranked, based on available selection criteria, with the top six being placed in the championship bracket. The remaining four teams will play in opening round matches to determine the final two teams that will compete in the championship. Arkansas State enters as the top seed after a runner-up finish in last season’s championship in Jonesboro, Ark. The Red Wolves are seeking their 11th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. They will face No. 8 Monmouth in the first round on Friday at 8:30 a.m.last_img read more

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first_imgWith the strides made by local table tennis over the last five years under the Godfrey Lothian administration, national team coach Stephen Grant believes that new Japanese coach, Takashima Satoshi can lift the sport to the next level in Jamaica. The arrival of Satoshi comes on the heels of the departure of international table tennis instructor, Christian Lillieroos and Grant says the game, players and coaches have all seen improvement in recent years and he expects the Japanese to help them make that next step up the ladder. “The game has developed (locally). Table tennis has turned the corner, where we were four years ago to where we are now it’s night and day, so we want to continue on the same trend, ” Grant said. “Jamaica was in Division Five of the world rating for many years, and we have been to the World Championships twice. Division Five in 2013 and we won that division and got gold. Two years later, we went back in Division Four and won bronze, so now we are in Division Three, so I am definitely for it because Japan is a new superpower in table tennis. They are rated (number) two in the world, so this can boost our playing abilities from the junior level up,” he said. ENLIGHTENING PERIOD Despite holding all three coaching levels certificates, Grant said his time under Lillieroos was very enlightening and he and fellow local coaches are looking forward to working with and learning from Satoshi. “We just sent off Mr Christian Lillieroos, who was here for six months. So the techniques and the abilities of the coaches have advanced a great deal under his experience. I was with him for the last week and it was a great refresher for me. With Mr Christian’s experience and application I have learnt a lot, and this new coach will only enhance what we have started and as national coach I am definitely for it in every shape or form,” he continued. He also added that corporate support is vital to the sports’ continued progress. “What we need more is corporate support, everything takes finance and we only get $161,000 a month, so all you see we are doing it’s with all that we get from SDF.”last_img read more

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first_imgSome nine years after its television licence was suspended, the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) has approved the application for a licence from Community Broadcasting Network Inc.In a statement on Saturday, GBNA said its Board made the decision to grant the television licence to the company, headed by Vidya Narayan-Lewis, following consultations with the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU).It was explained that Narayan-Lewis had applied for a licence in 1998 and was granted verbal approval to operate in 1999. However, her operations existed for only seven years after she was asked to cease transmission in 2007.According to the GNBA, since then she has been persistent in her efforts to resume television transmission, but to no avail.“Legal action was taken against the previous administration in November of 2014 following the issuance of licences in 2011 by then President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo. The frequency she utilised for the seven years (Channel 27-Cable 78), was allocated to the Chinese (CCTV) during the 2011 allocations,” the broadcasting body stated.During the legal proceedings, the High Court, after examining the case, had ordered and declared that the applicant is entitled to be issued a broadcasting licence under section 18 (1) of the 2011 Broadcasting Act.On this note, the current Board of the GNBA had examined Narayan-Lewis’ application and have determined that it satisfies all the necessary requirements to obtain a television licence.The NFMU, GNBA asserted, has also expressed no objection to a frequency being assigned to the Community Broadcasting Network Inc.According to the State broadcasting agency, the Community Broadcasting Network Inc is currently in the process of obtaining its television licence.last_img read more

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first_imgThings continue to get worse for the Lone Star in continental competitions after they were defeated 2-0 by Mauritania in the first leg of the African Nations Championship qualifiers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Liberia.Yali Dellahi got the opener for the Mauritanians in the 35th minute after a careless mistake by the Lone Star defense that provided Dellahi a free opportunity to send the Les Mourabitones in front after he rolled the ball in the lower left corner of his opponents’ goalpost.Later, in the 61st minute Boubacar Bagili became the man of the moment after he swung in a spectacular free kick from outside the 18-yard box to clinch crucial victory for the visitors.Lone Star started on a good note dominating ball possession and made the first attempt of the match after LISCR striker Christopher Jackson had a clear opportunity to give Lone Star the lead, but did not utilize the opportunity.Watanga FC forward Kelvin Potis tried to record his name in history by getting a goal on his debut. He made several attempts to get a curtain raiser, but unfortunately, the forward only had the first half to play.The golden opportunity for the home side to get a consolation came in the 81st minute after they got a penalty after striker Mustapha Lomell of Nimba United was brought down in the penalty area, but outstanding forward David Tweh saw himself frustrated after the penalty was saved by goalkeeper Brahim Souleymane.Barrack Young Controller’s forward David Tweh take the Lone Stars’ penalty that was saved by goalkeeper Brahim SouleymanCoach James Debbah increased his attacking force after he introduced FC Fassel forward Terrance Tisdell and striker Lomell, but the forward’s usual attacks from both flanks could not give his side the result as he did against Sierra Leone in the recent international friendly, when he provided an assist to striker Jackson to score the winner in that match.It was the expectation of Liberians to see their national team emerging victorious after an annoying 3-0 result in their previous continental match in Harare, Zimbabwe. Things continue to get worse for the “unprepared” Lone Star.Their chance of advancing to the second round in Zone West A is now narrow, and will need to defeat the Mauritanians 3-0 or more to secure a slot in the second round of the competition.The ATS result put the Les Mourabitones in a better position ahead of the return leg this Friday at the Stade Olympique stadium in Mauritania.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgLISCR FC Coach Tapha Manneh (L) receives a certificate of appreciation from CAF coach instructor and former chairman of GFF normalization committee, Alhaji SillahCoach Tapha Manneh of LISCR FC has been certificated by The Gambia Football Coaches Association (GFCA) for winning the Liberia Football Association First Division League.Coach Manneh completed his double trophy triumph that recorded him as the first foreign coach to win double titles in a single league season, and maintain an unbeaten record in the championship (22 games) after winning the 1st division championship and the FA Cup.Manneh, 52, won his second title, the FA Cup, with LISCR on August 13 after defeating ELWA United 3-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, four days after LISCR were crowned first division champions after collecting 42 points from 10 wins, 12 draws.The GFCA recognized the 52-year-old coach’s achievements in the Liberian league and presented him a certificate of appreciation on Wednesday at an elaborate ceremony held at the Friendship Hostel in Bakau, Gambia.According to Gambian sports journalist Lamin Del Fadera of Afri radio (107.6 FM) in Banjul, the president of the Gambia Football Coaches Association, Pa Suwareh Faye, said the association is proud of coach Manneh’s achievements with LISCR FC in the Liberian league, adding that he was not surprised because of Manneh’s past performances in the Gambian league.During his coaching career in The Gambia, Manneh won eight major trophies, including four FA Cups, three Super Cups and the national league-all as a coach of Gamtel FC.“Tapha is the first Gambian Coach to win double titles in his debut season that’s why we want to encourage him for a Job well done with a certificate of appreciation,” GFCA president said.After receiving his certificate, Coach Manneh, according to Afri Radio, said he was surprised to receive the “great gesture” from the coaches association. He thanked the association and encouraged them to also try and recognize coaches who won the first and second division league titles in The Gambia.He also thanked the management, players and supporters of LISCR FC for their continuous support.“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected,thank you very much Gambia Football Coaches Association for the motivation,” coach Manneh posted on his official Facebook page.The double title winner, who is currently in The Gambia on vacation, is expected to return to Liberia later in October to begin preparation for the next league season.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img“That’s been a while in coming and it’s nice to have them in our pockets. “But we’re not going to have any problem focusing on Irvine. They got us at their place and the guys don’t want that to happen again.” Senior post Mark Kelley dominated the lane for the Anteaters in the first meeting, going for 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. The game will be televised by KVMD (Ch. 23 or 31, depending on your cable or satellite outlet). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Coach Larry Reynolds’ Long Beach club (20-7 overall and 10-2 in the Big West) clinched its first conference title in 11 years Monday night with its 82-76 win in Stockton over the University of Pacific Tigers. The 49ers, who close their regular season at UC Riverside Saturday evening, will be top-seeded when the conference tournament – the winner of which secures a spot in the 65-team NCAA Tournament field – gets under way in the Anaheim Convention Center next Wednesday night. LONG BEACH – The Long Beach State men’s basketball team closes the home portion of its schedule tonight against one of the two Big West Conference clubs to beat the 49ers this season. The UC Irvine Anteaters, who prevailed, 88-84, when the teams played in the Bren Center on Jan. 25, take on the 49ers at 7 o’clock in the Walter Pyramid. center_img Long Beach has a bye into the March 9 semifinals. The 49ers can wrap up the conference portion of their home schedule unbeaten for the first time in 30 years by knocking off the Anteaters (6-7, 13-16), who are playing their regular-season finale. Long Beach’s senior players, Sterling Byrd, Louis Darby, Mark Dawson, Travon Free, Dominic Freeman, Kevin Houston, Kejuan Johnson, Aaron Nixon and Dominique Ricks, will be honored tonight during a brief halftime ceremony. During the Jan. 25 game, UCI hit its first eight shots and broke out to a 41-16 advantage with seven minutes to go in the first half but the 49ers got to within a point with 30 seconds remaining. “Getting 20 wins and winning the conference were a couple of our goals,” Reynolds said. last_img read more

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first_imgThis community-led event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for kidney disease, as well as the importance of organ donation.The kidney walk is a provincial initiative, which has raised over $1,000,000 since it began in 2008, and works in conjunction with the Kidney Foundation of Canada, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.“We have a lot to be proud of and it’s in large part thanks to our wonderful volunteers and supporters over the years who have contributed significantly to the foundation,” The Kidney Foundation of Canada said.- Advertisement -The kidney walk will take place at Centennial Park on Sunday August 17, with registration starting at 9:00 a.m. and the walk commencing at 10:00 a.m.If you would like to register as a walker, volunteer or as a donor, email fortstjohnkidneywalk.caIf you have any questions, contact 1 800 567 8112 ext. 228, or email fortstjonhwalk@kidney.bc.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgSteve McCollum’s film ‘Escape from Letterkenny’ will premiere at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on the 9th of September at 8pm.Narty Films made this punk video film with a budget of zilch. Despite the lack of any funding, the production value is fantastic! Narty Films sums it up concisely; “In every small town, there are gangs. This is the story of one such gang: The SHAMS. There’s also a metal-head and a pile of supernatural sh*te too. And a pure class car. And a few dolls. Can’t be forgettin’ the Dolls”.A Donegal take on ‘The Fast and The Furious’ with a hint of underground grit, a bit of sci-fi, and a comedic overtone? Sounds good to us!The film will feature some classic American muscle cars, so if you’re a car enthusiast this could be the flick for you!At the premiere, Irish Bandit and his car Smokey & The Bandit Trans Am will make an appearance. He’ll also bring along his other muscle car, Knight Rider. You can buy tickets to the premiere from An Grianán Theatre.‘Escape from Letterkenny’ to hit the silver screen in September was last modified: August 13th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:escape from letterkennyletterkennysteven mc cullumlast_img read more

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first_imgA secret crack squad of Mayo supporters have planted their county’s flag on top of Donegal’s highest mountain.The trio of Mayo supporters scaled the 2,464 ft up Mt Errigal yesterday to plant the flag in advance of Sunday’s All-Ireland showdown at Croke Park. The squad came readily equipped with a flag and even a large flag pole to fly the flag from in a blatant act of sabotage!The cheeky supporters even videoed the mission and put it on You Tube and called it ‘Erecting the Mayo flag on Mt Errigal (Donegal) just to be ignorant’.The mission may have been an act of reprisal after TD Joe McHugh planted a Donegal flag on Croagh Patrick last week!When they successfully completed the mission the trio congratulated eachother and one man can be heard saying “well done McCann.” Laugh now lads because there’ll only be one flag flying after Sunday afternoon.C’mon Donegal.(SIMPLY CLCK ON THE VIDEO TO PLAY) COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – MAYO SUPPORTERS INVADE MT ERRIGAL AND PLANT FLAG was last modified: September 18th, 2012 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:flagMayo supportersMt Errigallast_img read more

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first_img They’re back for the first NL championship series rematch in 13 years, which begins with Game 1 tonight at soon-to-be-demolished Busch Stadium (a new stadium, set to open in 2006, is rising next door). “It’s a classic from a baseball standpoint,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “Maybe you don’t get as much passion from the fans during Cardinals-Astros as you do for Cardinals-Cubs. But we’re building a pretty good passion base for our fans and for each other because we play so much.” Indeed, there are many similarities between the teams. Both have deep starting rotations. Both have dominating closers. Both have versatile offenses that can go long or manufacture runs when the situation calls for it. And both are making a habit of playing in October. St. Louis has six playoff appearances over the past decade, reaching the NLCS four times and the World Series a year ago with a seven-game victory over the Astros — a memorable series that was overshadowed by Boston’s comeback win against the Yankees in the ALCS. The Cardinals stayed alive when Jim Edmonds hit a game-winning homer in the 12th inning of Game 6. St. Louis closed out the series by beating Roger Clemens in Game 7. Houston is making its sixth playoff appearance in nine years and looking to reach the World Series for the first time in franchise history. The Astros made a breakthrough last year by escaping the opening round, beating perennial nemesis Atlanta. They knocked off the Braves again this year, advancing with an 18-inning win Sunday –the longest game in postseason history. Now, even after meeting 16 times during the regular season and preparing for Astros-Cardinals II, both sides say it’s impossible to drum up the sort of hatred that signifies a truly passionate rivalry. For one, Houston still feels like a junior member instead of an equal partner. The Cardinals followed up last year’s NL pennant — the 16th in franchise history — by going 11-5 against the Astros this season on the way to 100 wins and a runaway victory in the Central Division. Houston finished 11 games back, but managed to pull out the wild card after falling 15 games under .500 early in the year. “It’s not really going to be a rivalry until we start beating the Cardinals a couple of times,” Astros manager Phil Garner said. “When they go home mad, then it will be a rivalry. Right now, it’s kind of one-sided.” But he acknowledges the parallels between the teams, right down to the makeovers both underwent since their first meeting in the NLCS, changes brought on by frail health and monetary decisions. Albert Pujols had another huge year (.330, 41 HRs, 117 RBIs), but he’s the only one in the St. Louis lineup to reach triple figures driving in runs. He had a lot more help last year, but injuries to Scott Rolen, Larry Walker and Reggie Sanders forced the Cardinals to be more creative with their offensive production. “We do the little things,” said first-year Cardinal Mark Grudzielanek, who wasn’t around for last season’s power display. “I’ve never seen so many squeezes in my life.” The pitching staff also picked up the slack. The Cardinals got a huge season from Game 1 starter Chris Carpenter (21-5), backed him up with offseason acquisition Mark Mulder (16-8) and rounded off the rotation with Jeff Suppan (16-10) and Matt Morris (14-10). Jason Isringhausen had 39 saves. The 2004 Astros also featured a prolific offense, built around Carlos Beltran, Jeff Kent and the remaining “Killer B’s” — Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. But Beltran and Kent were lost in free agency, Berkman had to come back from offseason knee injury and Bagwell is only a shell of the once-fearsome slugger, limited to pinch-hitting after shoulder surgery. Morgan Ensberg was the only Houston hitter to reach 100 RBIs. Like the Cardinals, Houston’s pitching helped fill the void. Andy Pettitte (17-9, 2.39 ERA) will go in Game 1, followed by Roy Oswalt (20-12, 2.94) and the 43-year-old Clemens (13-8, 1.87). That trio held down three of the top seven spots on the NL’s ERA list, and Brad Lidge (42 saves) is one of the game’s best finishers. “On the field, it’s a classic,” La Russa said. “We play the game the same way.” OK, so Astros-Cardinals doesn’t qualify as a rivalry in the classic sense — there’s just not enough trash-talking. Maybe, though, these teams are coming up with their own definition. “It may not be intense in the stands, but it’s intense on the field,” Berkman said. “It’s not a rivalry of hatred. It’s a rivalry of mutual respect. We enjoy competing against these guys.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They run a classy organization over there,” said Lance Berkman of the Houston Astros. “We have a lot of respect for them.” Hmm, maybe we’ll fare better at stirring things up in the opposing clubhouse. ST. LOUIS — — They are members of the same division. They’re perennial playoff teams. And they’re meeting for the second year in a row with a trip to the World Series at stake. All right! Let’s have some fightin’ words between these obviously bitter rivals. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They’re a good bunch of guys,” said David Eckstein of the St. Louis Cardinals. “It’s hard to dislike them.” Thud. Clearly, this isn’t Middle America’s version of Yankees-Red Sox. In fact, it’s not even close to being the best rivalry in the NL Central –that distinction belongs to the Cardinals-Cubs. “That’s at a different level because of the fans,” Eckstein conceded. “I don’t know that you’ll find a Cardinals fan who says he hates the Astros more than the Cubs.” But, when it comes to performance on the field, the Cardinals and Astros have risen to the top of the senior circuit. last_img read more

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