Missunited’s prolific run has come to an end since being tried in Pattern company but she cannot be ruled out. Noras Fancy bids for a hat-trick in the I.T.B.A Fillies Scheme EBF Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase after two wins at Thurles. The latter of those successes came in Grade Two company and as a result she has to give weight all round, including to Carrig Millie, herself a winner at Thurles last time. Rather appropriately Charles Byrnes has two chances in the Limerick Races Congratulate World Hurdle Winner Solwhit Hurdle, named in honour of this week’s Cheltenham hero. Synchronicity made a decent fist of things on his hurdling debut at Navan, but he was behind stablemate Courage, and the Invincible Spirit gelding could be the one. Dul Ar An Ol may be a little long in the tooth to be making his chasing debut in the Charleville Cheese Beginners Chase, but John McConnell has opted to give the 12-year-old, in consistent form over timber, a try in this sphere. The Willie Mullins-trained grey was still firmly in contention when crashing out in a Listed race at Sandown, having travelled to Britain on the back of a maiden success at Fairyhouse in November. Only lightly-raced but well-regarded, that run at Fairyhouse was her first in two-and-a-half years and connections have clearly been very patient with her. Twigline bids to atone for a heavy fall at the last flight on her previous outing when she lines up for the Kerry Group EBF Mares Novice Hurdle at Limerick. Press Association
Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi has inked a new long-term contract with Premier League side Leicester City, the official website of the Foxes informed on Sunday evening.The defensive midfielder is now contracted to the former Premier League champs until the end of the 2023-24 season, having put pen to paper on a six-year contract.The 21-year-old Ndidi has been at the King Power Stadium outfit for 19 months following his transfer from Racing Genk in Belgium and has made 63 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals (five assists). Upon signing the new deal, Ndidi said : ”I’m very happy to sign this contract with Leicester City. I have enjoyed every moment of my time with the football club, so I’m thrilled to be here for six more years.”Together with my team-mates and our wonderful supporters, I hope we can look forward to many more fantastic moments.”Ndidi has gone the distance for Leicester City in their first two games of the new season, against Manchester United and Wolves.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Facebook Twitter Google+ HARTFORD, Conn. — From the early going, it was apparent Iasia Hemingway would be the person keeping Syracuse afloat in the first half.After five consecutive SU misses to start the game and a quick four-point deficit to Big East bottom-feeder Seton Hall, the junior with more big game experience than anyone stepped into a leading role. After Kayla Alexander missed a layup, Hemingway ripped down a rebound and wiggled her way to the foul line.She made a free throw — putting Syracuse on the board after a 2:28 drought to start the game — but that was just the start of her performance.Hemingway scored nine of the Orange’s first 15 points, single-handedly carrying Syracuse out of a poor start offensively. Her 17 points led Syracuse (22-8, 9-7 Big East) to what became a 74-44 blowout victory over the Pirates (8-22, 1-15) in the opening round of the Big East tournament Friday at the XL Center.In front of a crowd of 7,923, the guard carried the scoring load in the first half as Seton Hall’s (8-22, 1-15 Big East) defense clamped down on Alexander on the low block. Her 12 first-half points helped the rest of her team find its legs as SU went into the halftime locker room with a 33-24 lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse advances to the second round, where it will face 8th-seeded Georgetown (21-9, 9-7) at noon Saturday.‘Throwing the ball inside for us is big and Iasia played a tremendous game,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘And she’s been stepping up big for us since the first day she started playing for us.’Much of Hemingway’s first-half success came from a place where she has thrived all season — the high post. After scoring Syracuse’s first point, Hemingway got the ball on SU’s next possession at the left side of the free-throw line.A pump fake and drive to the hoop later, Hemingway found herself at the free-throw line again, sinking two shots to close Syracuse’s gap to one.She made the same move again to give SU its first lead of the game. Her two free throws that time made the score 7-6.‘Erica (Morrow) tells me a lot, ‘Iasia, you’re strong at going to the basket, that’s your bread and butter, so attack,” Hemingway said. ‘I just listened to my leader and I kept attacking the rim.’Seton Hall head coach Anne Donovan said the team’s defensive game plan focused on trapping Alexander, to keep the All-Big East first-team selection in check. But clamping down on Alexander only opened things up more for Hemingway.When Hemingway gets the ball at the high post, one of her first looks is almost always on the low post to the center. But if Alexander is hounded by defenders, it more than likely gives Hemingway some room to make a move.With the score deadlocked at 11-11, she did just that. Two defenders were in the paint, draped around Alexander. So when Hemingway got the ball at the top of the key, she drove into the paint, making a short jumper to give SU another lead.‘Iasia made solid decisions,’ Hillsman said. ‘I told her to make solid, quick decisions in the high post. Seton Hall is such a very good basketball team off the ball on defense and I knew that if she made quick decisions it would give them less time to react and we (could) just go down in the post.’After scoring those nine early points to help Syracuse out of its slumber, she scored just one basket in the rest of the half. But what a special basket it was.Syracuse was up 25-20 later in the first half, and threatening to build a comfortable lead against the Pirates for the first time. After a scramble for a loose ball, the ball ended up in Carmen Tyson-Thomas’ hands in the left corner. Syracuse quickly swung the ball around the arc into Hemingway’s hands on the right wing, and she was open for 3.Hemingway was 0-for-2 on the season from long range. She turned it into 1-for-3. And her first 3 of the season gave Syracuse its largest lead of the game, helping the Orange pull away from there.Said Hemingway: ‘I was just feeling good.’email@example.com Published on March 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: firstname.lastname@example.org | @mark_cooperjr Comments
Over the better part of the last decade, the national perception among college football fans and media has been that the SEC is the dominant conference. Year in and year out, SEC teams are held on a higher pedestal than teams from other conferences, a sentiment that is reflected in the national rankings.This season though, things appear to be changing. The Pac-12 is making its case for being the best conference top-to-bottom in the country, and the case is a strong one. Oregon and Stanford are both unbeaten and pose a legitimate threat at ending the SEC’s current seven-year run of national championships, while UCLA is 4-0 and currently sitting just outside the top 10 at No. 11 and 13 in media and coaches’ polls, respectively.The Pac-12’s strong performance in nonconference games this season (29-5 combined record) has bolstered its national perception, and the general consensus is that the Pac-12 is stronger as a whole than it has been in years.Considering the current state of USC, this is rather surprising.During the heyday of the Pete Carroll era, the then-Pac-10 was often referred to as “USC and the Nine Dwarves,” in reference to the Trojans’ seven-year run as conference champions from 2002 to 2008. When the SEC began its current streak of consecutive national championships in 2006, many Pac-10/12 followers believed that if the conference were to usurp the SEC, then other Pac-10/12 teams would have to join the Trojans among the nation’s elite.So it is a bit ironic that as the current Pac-12 is finally challenging the SEC for conference domination, USC is nowhere near being part of the discussion. Once shunned by the national media, the rest of the conference is stepping into the spotlight in a big way.Consider that, from 2004 to 2009, ESPN’s popular College Gameday show, which travels to the “game of the week” each Saturday during the season, featured a Pac-10 school only 13 times. Of those 13 games, 11 of them involved USC. From 2010 to present, Gameday has showcased nine games featuring Pac-10/12 schools, and the Trojans have only participated in three of them, including last season’s game against Notre Dame, one in which the Irish, who were undefeated and ranked No. 1, were admittedly the main draw.NCAA sanctions levied upon the Trojans in 2010, of course, are largely to blame for USC’s struggles and lack of national attention in recent years. But consider me among those surprised that the Pac-12 has had as much success as it has this season without the luxury of leaning on USC as a national power.Every major conference has traditional titans that it promotes as flagship programs. The SEC has Alabama, the Big Ten has Ohio State and Michigan and the Big 12 has Texas and Oklahoma. The Pac-12’s only real traditional powerhouse is USC, and one would assume that in the conference’s most successful season in recent memory, USC would be leading the charge. That the Pac-12 has thrived without much help from the Trojans speaks to the ability of other teams in the conference to build successful, sustainable programs, as well as commissioner Larry Scott’s effective national rebranding strategy.The Pac-12 Network, now in its second year of existence, ensures that every Pac-12 football and men’s basketball game is televised nationally (unless you are a DirecTV subscriber). This has allowed conference teams to reach a wider range of fans and, as a result, a wider range of national sportswriters and rankings voters.The old school of thought that games on the West Coast are played too late in the evening for East Coast voters to watch is slowly eroding. After then-No. 15 Washington lost to No. 5 Stanford on Saturday in a tightly-contested game that didn’t kickoff until 10:30 E.T., voters showed the Huskies respect by only dropping them one spot in both the AP Poll and coaches poll, indicating that they actually watched the game rather than simply checking the final result Sunday morning.Of course, the season is still young. Being able to claim the national championship does not necessarily make the SEC the de facto best conference in the nation, but to many college football followers, a non-SEC school needs to hoist the crystal football in order to change the national perception. This will be a tough task for any Pac-12 team, considering the conference’s depth and nine-game conference schedule (most BCS conferences play only eight conference games).But the opportunity is there for the Pac-12 to unseat the SEC from its throne this season, which is a good thing. The fact that it is occurring with no help from the Trojans is the only downside. “Inside the 20s” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this story, email Nick at email@example.com or visit dailytrojan.com.Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSelbe
A delegation from the United Nations Security Council says it has accomplished the objectives of its mission during a three day visit to Haiti.The mission included a first-hand look into how best the global body could contribute to the country’s lasting stability and development.“I am glad to report that the objectives of the visit were met,” Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz, Bolivia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, who led the Council delegation, told a press conference on Saturday.With this visit, we have reaffirmed the Security Council’s commitment towards the government and the people of Haiti and towards its institutional strengthening in order to contribute to its stability and development,” he added.Bolivia holds the Council’s presidency for the month of June.In resolution 2350 of April 13, the 15-member Council extended the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for a final six months, deciding to replace it with a smaller follow-up peacekeeping mission that would help the Government of Haiti strengthen rule-of-law institutions, further develop and support the Haitian National Police and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting and analysis, the UN said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis There is a new deputy in town. Adding to the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office.Earlier this week, Christina Bednasrski took an oath of office, filling a much-needed position at the jail. She graduated from the police academy last month, accomplishing a goal that she’s had all her life. Bednarski started her career in 2012, serving as an army reservist.“I always wanted to serve my country and do the right thing, and felt like it was time for me to step up a little,” said Deputy Bednarski.She then felt the need to serve her community, working as a corrections officer for the jail, and now a Deputy.“I do it on the national level with the army and then to be able to be at home making sure that my family my friends and the community in general is safe is a great feeling,” said Deputy Bednarski.With this new position Bednarski is looking forward to being more involved in the community and juvenile system, helping victims of crime, and helping rid the negative stigma of law enforcement.“I just want to be a part of helping the community grow and making it safer,” said Deputy Bednarski. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Summer Camp Registration at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Currently OpenNext Remembering Tom Scanlan
What times does Spurs vs. Nuggets start?Game 7 of Spurs and Nuggets tips off at 10 p.m. ET. The series returns to the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Spurs are 1-4 in Denver this season with their lone win coming in Game 2 of the playoff series.Spurs vs. Nuggets TV channel, live streamThe game will be broadcast nationally on TNT and follows Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal between Philadelphia and Toronto. It can also be stream live online with fuboTV, which offers a free 7-day trial.Spurs vs. Nuggets betting oddsDenver opened as a 5.5-point favorite over the San Antonio according to OddsShark. The last four games have all been decided by double digits. The total is 210. The Nuggets are listed as a (-245) favorite, meaning a $245 bet placed on them to win would win a bettor a profit of $100. Both teams are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games.Spurs vs. Nuggets series schedule, resultsDateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 13Game 1 at Denver Spurs lead 1-0April 16Game 2 at DenverSeries tied 1-1April 18Game 3 at San AntonioSpurs lead 2-1April 20Game 4 at San AntonioSeries tied 2-2April 23Game 5 at DenverNuggets lead 3-2April 25Game 6 at San AntonioSeries tied 3-3April 27Game 7 at Denver10 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV) The first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs has been brief and rather uncompetitive. Six of the eight series were decided in five games or less. Even for the Spurs and Nuggets — the only series to go the distance — the last four games have been decided by 14.75 points. Alas, a Game 7 is finally upon us.MORE: Watch Spurs vs. Warriors live with fuboTV (7-day free trial) Denver and San Antonio will play in the first “survive and advance” game of this year’s playoffs following the Spurs’ 120-103 win over the Nuggets on Thursday. Despite a game-high 43 points from Denver’s Nikola Jokic, a combined 51 points from San Antonio veterans LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan were enough to stave off the playoff-inexperienced Nuggets.Game 7 returns to Denver where the Nuggets owned the league’s best home record during the regular season of 34-7. Denver has not advanced to the second round since it did so in 2009 when the Nuggets eventually lost to the Los Angeles Lakes in the Western Conference finals.While nearly no Nuggets player had any playoff experience prior to this season, this is San Antonio’s 22nd consecutive season reaching the playoffs. Greg Popovich moved to second all time with 283 postseason games coached during Game 6.
— Crawford says the “wrong side of the street” between Top Rank and PBC doesn’t exist.— Teofimo Lopez Jr. looks to become a world champion, vowing that family drama is in the past. — Michael Conlan feels he was robbed of a victory over Vladimir Nikitin during the 2016 Olympics. Will he finally earn sweet revenge? Kavaliauskas seemed to knock Crawford down in the third round with a left hook, but it was ruled a slip. The champ appeared to be irked by the sequence and grew meaner as the bout went on.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe arguable pound-for-pound best peppered Kavaliauskas with stinging shots before putting the Lithuanian fighter down with a thud in the seventh round. Two rounds later, “Bud” caught Kavaliauskas with a flurry of punches that dropped him again. He smothered the game challenger and dropped him for a third time. The referee didn’t need to see any more; he stopped the fight right there.Although the fight was much tougher than expected, Crawford ultimately handled his mandatory challenger like a champion should — by squashing him.Here’s how Crawford vs. Kavaliauskas unfolded:Terence Crawford vs. Egidijus Kavaliauskas resultsMain event: Terence Crawford def. Egidijus Kavaliauskas to retain WBO welterweight titleRound 9: Crawford catches Kavaliauskas with several hooks and “Mean Machine” is down. The challenger is frustrated but gets up off the canvas. Crawford smothers him and drops him again. The ref waves it off and this one is over. Crawford retains his WBO strap.Round 8: Crawford goes head-hunting with a right hook that misses, but a left hook lands with impact. And now a flurry of hooks from the champ with Kavaliauskas up against the ropes. The champ’s ferocity is on full display. “Bud” is willing to take a shot to land a flurry as he gains steam. (10-9, Crawford; 79-72, Crawford)Round 7: There’s that switch-hitting wizardry. Crawford plants a left to the body and a right upstairs. Kavaliauskas lands a few shots of his own and all upstairs, crisp punches. A right-left combo lands for Crawford and now the champ opens up with a left uppercut. Kavaliauskas nails Crawford right back, but the champ answers back by dropping the challenger with a thud! “Bud” is swarming Kavaliauskas now and hitting him with one stinging shot after another. The champ’s mean streak definitely came out that round … whew. (10-8, Crawford; 69-63 Crawford)11:30 p.m.: Hell of a fight through six. Have it five rounds to one for Crawford, but one could argue that Kavaliauskas took more than one thus far. It has been close.Round 6: A left-right combo snaps Kavaliauskas’ head back as the champ tries to bully the challenger a bit. Crawford is now showing Kavaliauskas his right hand in a circle before popping the jab. (10-9, Crawford; 59-55, Crawford).Round 5: Crawford doubles up on the jab to start, but Kavaliauskas clips him with a left hook. “Mean Machine” has power and “Bud” is feeling it. The champ is now catching Kavaliauskas with a nice right hand. And another. A left hook-right hook combo lands for Crawford and he adds a left hook. Crawford is gaining momentum and finding a rhythm. A left hook-right hook combo upstairs lands for Crawford. A straight left-right combo lands for Crawford, but Kavaliauskas answers back with a flurry to end the round. Still, Crawford takes the round. (10-9, Crawford; 49-46, Crawford)Round 4: Crawford coming out more aggressive to start this round, peppering the challenger with shots, but Kavaliauskas brushes the champ back with a right hook. He has definitely put “Bud” on notice of his power early on. Crawford warned by ref for holding onto the back of Kavaliauskas’ neck while punching. After the warning, Crawford goes back to work, throwing and landing stinging shots. Kavaliauskas fires back to end the round. Solid fight thus far. (10-9, Crawford; 39-37, Crawford)Round 3: “Mean Machine” catches Crawford and the champ is down! The ref calls it a slip, though. It really looked like the game challenger caught “Bud” with a nice shot and should have been given the knockdown. Kavaliauskas is more than game. He stood toe-to-toe with the champ and gave him the business that round. Replays show a glancing left hook caught Crawford. That should have been ruled a knockdown. (10-9, Kavaliauskas; 29-28 Crawford)Round 2: Not much action during the first half of this round, with both fighters unsuccessfully trying to set traps for the each other. Both fighters trade fire, with the champ getting the better of the exchange in the center of the ring. You could see Crawford doing some real-time data analysis in the ring, trying to figure out “Mean Machine.” (10-9, Crawford; 20-18 Crawford)Round 1: Terence Crawford’s switch-hitting is already on display as the champ tries out “Mean Machine.” Kavaliauskas goes to the body and catches the champ by surprise upstairs, but Crawford quickly gets back outside and peppers the challenger with some stinging jabs seconds later. A nice start to this main event. (10-9, Crawford)11:08 p.m.: The ring introductions have been made, the referee has given both fighters instructions and this main event is about to start!11:03 p.m.: And here comes the champ, Terence Crawford, looking all business and ready to handle his mandatory challenger like a champion should.11:01 p.m.: “Mean Machine” has entered the ring, looking ready.11 p.m.: The Garden is on absolute fire, with the crowd still rocking from Teofimo Lopez Jr.’s TKO to become champ and Tracy Morgan hilariously telling Lomachenko that he “better watch out” for the new world champion and fellow Brooklyn native. Loma and Lopez did flick it up after the bout.#PhotoOfTheFight: The Takeover is here. Now is this what y’all want??#CrawfordMachine | ESPN | @GEICO pic.twitter.com/42d6v74cBz— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 15, 201910:38 p.m.: “Like the great KG (Kevin Garnett) said, ‘Anything is possible. Anything is possiiiibbbbllllee!” Lopez says in glory. He acknowledges that a unification with Lomachenko will be next in 2020 and that’s the firepower that Loma is going to have to deal with in the New Year. The 22-year-old from Brooklyn is easily one of the most electric fighters in boxing today. My goodness!Co-main event: Teofimo Lopez Jr. destroys Richard Commey with second-round TKO, becomes new IBF lightweight champRound 2: Both fighters connect, but Commey takes the worst of the exchange. And now Commey’s down! He’s badly hurt and stumbling all around the ring. The ref registers the count and Lopez swarms Commey, unloading vicious right hooks. This one is over! The ref stops it! Teofimo Lopez Jr. has realized his boyhood dream of becoming a world champion. Scintillating finish for Lopez!Teofimo Lopez wins by technical KO over Richard Comey in the 2nd round. #pbc #espn #lopezvscomey pic.twitter.com/cpcVqBzV8O— Bay SportsOne (@BaySportsOne) December 15, 2019A show stealing performance by @TeofimoLopez 🎟He wins his first title by 2nd round TKO. #CommeyLopez pic.twitter.com/KexkCnKfGs— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) December 15, 2019The new champ hits his ceremonial backflip in the ring while rocking the jersey of 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of LSU.#ANDTHENEW!!!!!!@TeofimoLopez erupts and stops Richard Commey inside of two rounds, and is your new IBF Lightweight world champion. pic.twitter.com/MJa6sNXViK— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 15, 2019Round 1: Hard round to score with the champ feeling out the ferocious challenger and keeping him at bay with the jab, but Lopez still letting loose on some combinations. Slight edge to Commey in the opening frame. (10-9, Commey)10:30 p.m.: An interesting first round thus far. Commey is asserting the left jab but Lopez did get loose with a few combinations.10:25 p.m.: Richard Commey could very well be the champion that fans take for granted the most. The IBF lightweight champ representing Ghana is in the ring. This co-main event is about to start.10:20 p.m.: Biggie Smalls’ voice declaring “Where Brooklyn at?” mixed with Frank Sinatra and turning into Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind” hits the sound system and here comes Teofimo Lopez Jr., trying to fight his dream of becoming a world champion into existence tonight.10:15 p.m.: Still awaiting the ring walks for Lopez and Commey. This could very well be the show-stealing fight of the night. Meanwhile, “Bud” is gearing up backstage.Work time. 😤#CrawfordMachine | ESPN | @terencecrawford pic.twitter.com/x5TJRWmPjD— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 15, 201910 p.m.: Richard Commey puts his IBF lightweight title on the line against Teofimo Lopez Jr. next, with unified world lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in attendance to get a closer look. Who will have his hand raised at the end of this one?#CommeyLopez … N➡️E➡️X➡️T on ESPN pic.twitter.com/iKB1LNKhN8— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 15, 2019Michael Conlan earns redemption against Vladimir Nikitin with unanimous decision9:53 p.m.: Conlan gets his sweet revenge, defeating Nikitin by unanimous decision (98-92, 99-91 and 100-90). He definitely exorcised some demons that were more than three years in the making. It will be interesting to see Conlan’s first move of 2020 in the featherweight division as he turns the page in his career.🇮🇪Redemption is his!@mickconlan11 settles his 3-year-old score once and for all, besting Vladimir Nikitin via Unanimous Decision at @TheGarden.#CrawfordMachine | ESPN pic.twitter.com/hNYSlekWco— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 15, 2019“It was a lot of pressure going into that fight, but it’s nice to get it done. I just needed to get that one back,” Conlan said in the ring following his win. “Who do I want (next)? I want a Christmas dinner with ham and all the trimmings I want to enjoy this. I needed to right this wrong. Full credit to Nikitin, who fought his heart out. There’s no bad blood. There was never was. Now we can put this chapter of my career behind me.”9:50 p.m.: Conlan throws his hands up following the final bell. I’ve got him taking seven rounds for the clear decision. Let’s see how judges call it.9:42 p.m.: Conlan trading leather with Nikitin and getting the better of the exchanges in the eighth round. It’s something Conlan might feel like he has to do, considering he was outright robbed of a victory against Nikitin back in 2016. Conlan keeps this up and he’ll secure that redemption.9:38 p.m.: Conlan landed some thudding shots at the end of the seventh round while slipping any damage at the hands of Nikitin. Conlan is up, but he needs to be careful to not leave himself vulnerable during phone-booth exchanges.9:35 p.m.: While Conlan and Nikitin are heating up here, Teofimo Lopez Jr. is nice and loose backstage, vibing out to 50 Cent. Will he be striking a pose as a new world champion after facing Richard Commey tonight? Stay tuned.Well, he’s going into his title shot loose…@TeofimoLopez up 🔜#CrawfordMachine | ESPN pic.twitter.com/1IP6fDQ3BE— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 15, 20199:30 p.m.: Got Conlan up three rounds to two entering the sixth. There was a sequence in the fifth where Conlan measured Nikitin up for three straight uppercuts, only for the Russian fighter to pop his head up and land a crunching right hook. This bout is getting more interesting by the round.9:25 p.m.: Conlan is peppering Nikitin with the sharper shots, but the rugged Russian continues to move forward and dig into the Irish boxer.9:20 p.m.: WBO welterweight champion and arguable pound-for-pound best Terence Crawford is in the building. Back-to-back fights at MSG for Crawford, who dominated Amir Khan in April and will look to shut down the “Mean Machine” at the “Mecca of Boxing” tonight.NOW ARRIVING: proudly representing Omaha, NebraskaThe. Champ. Is. Here. @terencecrawford is locked in and ready. Prep the popcorn.#CrawfordMachine | ESPN | @Allegiant pic.twitter.com/vtHS0X3qKK— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 15, 20199:15 p.m.: Look who was walking alongside Egidijus Kavaliauskas in the Garden just a few minutes ago — none other than Vasiliy Lomachenko, the unified world lightweight champion.NOW ARRIVING: from 🇱🇹 (with a guest)Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas hopes to make history in his shot in the Welterweight spotlight … #CrawfordMachine | ESPN | @Allegiant pic.twitter.com/k5S9H3X79m— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 15, 2019Meanwhile, Conlan had himself a strong first round as he asserted the jab and walked Nikitin down during several sequences.9:05 p.m.: Vladimir Nikitin just entered the ring and here comes Michael Conlan, who has plenty of support from the crowd here at the Garden. He’s coming out to James Brown’s “The Payback.” Very fitting, indeed.9:00 p.m.: LSU’s Joe Burrow was just announced as the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner, which means this tripleheader is about to launch, beginning with Michael Conlan vs. Vladimir Nikitin. If you aren’t familiar with their story, Conlan lost twice to Nikitin. The Russian defeated Conlan in 2013 in a-nip-and-tuck affair. Conlan clearly pummeled Nikitin during their rematch at the 2016 Olympics, only to be robbed of the victory by judges. Here, he aims for sweet redemption. Will he get it? We’re about to find out! Buckle up and keep it locked here for all the live results, updates and highlights.8:52 p.m.: The Bronx’s own Josue Vargas gets his hand raised by unanimous decision (98-92 across the board) to the crowd’s delight.8:45 p.m.: A look at the custom chess set that awaits Terence Crawford inside his locker room at MSG. Pretty cool.You know you’ve arrived as a main attraction at @TheGarden when they set up the locker room with a custom chess set. #CrawfordMachine | ESPN | @terencecrawford pic.twitter.com/9CAMKQkd8F— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 15, 20198:30 p.m.: Josue Vargas vs. Noel Murphy in the sixth round in junior welterweight action here at Madison Square Garden. This will be the final fight before tonight’s tripleheader, beginning with Michael Conlan seeking to exact revenge on Vladimir Nikitin.Crawford vs. Kavaliauskas fight card resultsMatchupClassBeltTerence Crawford def. Egidijus Kavaliauskas via ninth-round TKOWelterweightWBOTeofimo Lopez Jr. def. Richard Commey via second-round TKOLightweightIBFMichael Conlan def. Vladimir Nikitin by unanimous decision (98-92, 99-91 and 100-90)Featherweight Crawford vs. Kavaliauskas latest news — Terence Crawford is still patiently waiting to face an elite welterweight. Will 2020 be the year? NEW YORK — Egidijus Kavaliauskas was the “Mean Machine,” as advertised. Too bad for him, Terence Crawford was just meaner.The WBO welterweight champion retained his title by dropping Kavaliauskas three times en route to a ninth-round TKO at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Edgar Berlanga def. Cesar Nunez via first-round KOSuper middleweight Josue Vargas def. Noel Murphy by unanimous decision (98-92, 98-92, 98-92)Jr. welterweight
Computer models show that the worst is yet to come in terms of deaths from COVID-19.And Florida is several weeks away from the apex of the illness according to Healthdata.org. The charts below show projected hospital resource use based on COVID-19 deaths. The model assumes continued social distancing until the end of May 2020.The University of Washington study predicts the number of COVID-19 cases won’t peak until May in Florida According to the study, the state could run out of hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators on May Third.Also, deaths could exceed 100 per day, and after the virus runs its course, deaths could exceed 10-thousand in Florida.
FRISCO, Texas – All 13 Southland Conference volleyball programs are in action for opening weekend with matches, marking the beginning of the Southland’s 38th season in conference history.Action begins at 10 a.m. Friday morning with a trio of games showcasing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin. The Islanders will take on UT Arlington in Houston, Texas, while the Sugar Bears are slated to open play at the Georgetown Classic against Rider University in Washington D.C. In Friday morning’s final 10 a.m. match, the Ladyjacks are set for a bout against UTSA at the SMU Doubletree Invitational in Dallas, Texas.SFA is picked to grab its third consecutive regular-season conference title following the announcement of the league’s 2019 preseason poll.The 2019 Southland Conference Tournament will be hosted in Conway, Ark. by Central Arkansas, Nov. 22-24. This season will mark the fourth time since the 2012 season for the Sugar Bears to play host for the conference tournament. UCA’s last tournament title came in the 2012 season on its home court.Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks – Preseason Ranking: 1 | 2018 Record/Place: 32-3 (16-0 SLC), 1stThe Ladyjacks will look to retain their crown after an outstanding 2018 campaign that culminated in a 32-3 overall record, a flawless 16-0 run through their conference schedule and a Southland Tournament title. Debbie Humphreys earned her second consecutive Katrinka Jo Crawford Southland Coach of the Year award her team returns a pair of all-conference selections, middle blocker Danae Daron and libero Ann Hollas. SFA led the league last season with 320 total blocks and 2.67 blocks per match. The Ladyjacks’ defense flustered opponents from all over the court last season, limiting teams to a .144 hitting percentage. Stephen F. Austin will open up play Friday in Dallas, Texas at the SMU Doubletree Invitational against UTSA and Bradley. The opening weekend will conclude for the Ladyjacks with a 2 p.m. showdown against SMU Saturday afternoon.Central Arkansas Sugar Bears – Preseason Ranking: 2 | 2018 Record/Place: 26-7 (14-2), 2ndThe Sugar Bears enter the 2019 season as the No. 2 team in the conference preseason poll, led by second-team preseason all-conference selection Elizabeth Armstrong. Central Arkansas will have the opportunity to capture a tournament title on its home court as host to the Southland Tournament for the first time since the 2016 postseason. Head coach Jen Jones Chatman and her squad led the conference last season in a trio of categories, including hitting percentage (.244), kills (1,621) and assists (1,519). The Sugar Bears are set to open up their 2019 schedule with a 10 a.m. tilt against Rider University Friday at the Georgetown Classic in Washington D.C. UCA will follow up with a 4 p.m. showdown against Central Connecticut State Friday, then close out opening-weekend play Saturday against Sacred Heart and Georgetown at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.Sam Houston State Bearkats – Preseason Ranking: 3 | 2018 Record/Place: 22-8 (13-3), 3rdSam Houston State’s season starts at home with the SHSU Invitational, where the Bearkats will take on Prairie View A&M Friday at 6:30 p.m. SHSU’s three-game weekend will continue Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. against Louisiana Tech, followed by a match against Oral Roberts at 6:30 p.m. The Bearkats closed out their 2018 season as the No. 3 seed at the Southland Tournament, where they advanced to the second round of play. Coach Brenda Gray returns to the court with one preseason all-conference selection in second teamer Breanne Chausse. Among the returning players on the Sam Houston State roster, Chausse led the way last season with 266 kills and 66 blocks. The Bearkats’ unit also combined for a league-best 1,909 digs, en route to a 13-3 conference record for the 2018 campaign.Houston Baptist Huskies – Preseason Ranking: 4 | 2018 Record/Place: 16-16 (8-8), T-5thHouston Baptist rounded out preseason voting as the No. 4 team, while tying with SFA for a league-best three preseason all-conference selections. Houston Baptist will be led into the season by preseason all-conference selections Mikayla Vivens, Kelly Colwell and Megan Patillo. Vivens accounted for 33 of the Huskies’ league-leading 202 aces in the 2018 campaign, averaging 1.03 per match. The Huskies will open their 2019 slate at home as they host the 2019 Barcelona Sports Invitational inside Sharp Gym. On opening day, HBU will take on Bethune-Cookman Friday at 12:30 p.m., followed by a tilt against Radford at 6:30 p.m. The Huskies’ lone Saturday contest will come against UT Rio Grande Valley at 2:30 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders – Preseason Ranking: 5 | 2018 Record/Place: 9-21 (8-8 SLC), T-5thTexas A&M-Corpus Christi cruises into its 2019 season as the No. 5 ranked team, receiving three first-place votes in the Southland’s preseason poll. The Islanders landed a pair of players on the preseason all-conference rosters with senior Madison Green gaining an automatic bid onto the first team and sophomore Julia Carter claiming a position on the second team. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s season opens up with a 10 a.m. showdown against UT Arlington, followed by a 7 p.m. contest against Houston at the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup in Houston, Texas. The Islanders will cap their opening weekend of play against Arizona State Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi averaged 12.3 kills per set for a collective 1,365 kills last season.Abilene Christian Wildcats – Preseason Ranking: 6 | 2018 Record/Place: 13-16 (10-6), 4thAbilene Christian is ready for action this weekend at the Omaha Challenge in Omaha, Neb. The Wildcats will take on host school Omaha Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. before squaring off against Albany at 4:30 p.m. ACU will close out the weekend against Idaho State Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Heading into the 2019 season, the Wildcats will lean on preseason all-conference selection Katelyn Mueller, who is entering her junior season as an outside hitter. Mueller played and started in all 29 of ACU’s games last season, racking up 300 kills and 323 digs.Northwestern State Lady Demons – Preseason Ranking: 7 | 2018 Record/Place: 12-15 (8-8), T-5thNorthwestern State enters the season No. 7, according to Southland preseason rankings. The Lady Demons will begin their 2019 slate at the Arkansas Invitational with a pair of games on Friday against Arkansas (12 p.m.) and Montana State (6 p.m.), followed by a match against Little Rock Saturday at 1 p.m. Hannah Brister leads NSU into the season with a preseason first-team all-conference nod. Brister and her Lady Demons squad finished the 2018 season ranked third in the Southland for hitting percentage (.200). Led by head coach Sean Kiracofe, Northwestern State has qualified for the conference tournament in each of the past three seasons.McNeese Cowgirls – Preseason Ranking: 8 | 2018 Record/Place: 10-22 (8-8), T-5thMcNeese will travel to Moon Township, Pa. for the RMU Sheraton Invitational, hosted by Robert Morris, for opening weekend action. The Cowgirls will begin with a 2 p.m. showdown against Elon on Friday, followed by a pair of games on Saturday against Manhattan and Robert Morris at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. Keegan Nelms headlines the McNeese roster heading into the season opener after earning automatic preseason first-team all-conference accolades. Caitlin Sharrock, Allison Lippert and Katelyn Elliott are also returning for the Cowgirls as starters from the 2018 season. Sharrock (9) and Nelms (8) led McNeese in double-double performances throughout last season.UIW Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 9 | 2018 Record/Place: 10-17 (7-9), 9thUIW, led by second-year head coach Samantha Dabbs, begins its season at the I-10 Challenge in Lafayette, La. The Cardinals will open up against host Louisiana Friday at 1:30 p.m., followed by a bout later that afternoon against Tulane at 4 p.m. UIW’s final game of the weekend will come against UTEP Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Bethany Clapp secured a preseason first-team all-conference selection as she enters her sophomore campaign for the Cardinals. UIW has four starters returning from last season, including Clapp and Julia Monday at the outside hitter positions, Pilar Gonzaba as a setter and middle blocker Carissa McGarity.New Orleans Privateers – Preseason Ranking: 10 | 2018 Record/Place: 12-19 (6-10), 10thNew Orleans will host a tournament this weekend as North Dakota, Louisiana-Monroe and Arkansas – Pine Bluff head to The Crescent City for the UNO Invitational. The Privateers will open up their schedule against North Dakota Friday morning at 11 a.m., followed by a match against ULM later that evening at 7 p.m. Opening weekend festivities will conclude for New Orleans against UAPB, with a 2 p.m. serve Saturday afternoon. Ehize Omoghibo, the 2018 Southland Newcomer of the Year, is back for the Privateers and is one of six returners on roster.Lamar Cardinals – Preseason Ranking: 11 | 2018 Record/Place: 7-20 (4-12), 11thLamar’s season begins in Atlanta, Ga., where the Cardinals will compete in a trio of games at the Georgia State University Invitational. Led by second-year head coach Michelle Kuester, LU will play a single game against Fordham, Friday at 4 p.m. The next day, the Cards will take on host team Georgia State at 12 p.m., followed by a match against Western Carolina at 4 p.m.Nicholls Colonels – Preseason Ranking: 12 | 2018 Record/Place: 3-26 (1-15), T-12thThe Colonels’ season will open this weekend at the Mercer Bears Classic in Macon, Ga., where they are slated for a double-header against Mercer and Campbell on Friday at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively. Opening weekend action will conclude for Nicholls with an 11 a.m. match against Georgia Southern Saturday. Head coach Kallie Noble will be leading her Colonels squad through an 11-game non-conference schedule in her first season at the helm.Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions – Preseason Ranking: 13 | 2018 Record/Place: 2-27 (1-15), T-12thSoutheastern Louisiana will close out the opening weekend of play for the Southland with three games at the Jax State Invitational in Jacksonville, Ala. First up for the Lady Lions is a double-header on Friday against Troy and East Tennessee State at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively. SLU is being led by first-year head coach Jeremy White, who took over the Lady Lions program at the conclusion of the 2018 season.