Southland Indoor Volleyball Season Kicks Off Friday

first_imgFRISCO, 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.last_img read more

Stage set for 2015 Oceania Rugby Cup

first_imgSolomon Islands, Tahiti, newcomers American Samoa and hosts PNG are the four nations that will go to battle.PNG Pukpuk’s captain, Tisa Kautu said the boys are eager to get onto the field and play in front of their home crowd.Tahiti’s skipper, Ralph Teriitaohia said the team is all pumped and with the few who play in France, they will be hard to stop.Solomon Islands Hunters captain, Fredson Soakai said the team has trained hard and has every confidence that they will perform and give the other teams a good challenge.And the captain of team American Samoa Talavalu, Bogdaw Tuiletufuga said his boys are ready to play.At 1pm American Samoa and Solomon Islands play the first match.PNG take on Tahiti at 3:30pm.last_img read more

The new management of Umtiti and Lenglet

first_imgSetién said, before the Naples match, that Piqué’s companion in the defense center would decide “at three in the morning”. It is not the first time that the Cantabrian wanted to publicly announce that the roles of Lenglet and Umtiti have changed and there is no headline and substitute as in the Valverde stage. Can’t hide that the prominence of Umtiti has grown since the arrival of Setién. The Cantabrian, lover of the style of the former Olympique de Lyon player, made a statement of intent in his debut against Granada. Umtiti was headline ahead of Lenglet. He simply likes Umtiti more. However, while Umtiti’s performance was poor in Valencia, Lenglet’s was more satisfactory in the matches he entered. That matched the situation. Setién decided to match the status of both, although the Bernabéu party could set a trend. Especially, if it is Umtiti that accompanies Piqué and leave the exsevillista on the bench. That would mean, first, that the left knee of the world champion is able to withstand two elite matches in four days, something that a year ago was a chimera. Second, what Setien relies more on Umtiti for important matches.For now, Lenglet has played 530 minutes with Quique Setién and Umtiti, 482. But there is a trend. Lenlget has played many home games and Copa del Rey. Umtiti has started in Mestalla, Benito Villamarín and San Paolo, demanding matches away from home where you don’t have to wrinkle. Maybe in that difference in character between the two (Umtiti is a warmer blood player and Lenglet, more cerebral) there may be the key of the election for the parties, much more than the one commented on the exit of the ball.last_img read more

STGC team effort – Bell

first_imgSince the first round of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup ended, St George’s College (STGC) has been in unstoppable form, playing some scintillating football, dominating games with flair and panache and virtually scoring at will.Although the North Street-based school has shown a tendency to give up goals, their open style of football is not too much of a worry for coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell, who is confident that as long as they stay true to their passing game and continue working as a team, they will be hard to beat.STGC will face St Jago – a team they have already beaten twice this season, in today’s ISSA-FLOW Super Cup semi-final at Sabina Park at 6 p.m.”Not really (concern about defence). I know this team, and once they settle down, we will do well,” Bell said.In the last Super Cup game against Glenmuir, which ended 3-2, the Georgians conceded an early goal in each half, and although Bell admitted it’s something they have to look at, he has full confidence in his players’ abilities.”When we play our passing game, we play well. They (Glenmuir) caught us very early, but I can live with that. It was like two seconds in the game when they scored, same thing in the second-half. It never happen to us before but it is something we have to talk about and it could have hurt us more than it did,” he reflected.Alex Marshall and Shevon Stewart have been the outstanding players for Bell’s team this season, but the charismatic coach insists it will take a team effort if they are to get by St Jago today.last_img read more

Rodman dominates Criterium field

first_img Rodman, who was given an incentive of $10,000 if he could lap the entire field in 15 laps, did just that, but one competitor was able to regain his lap before the 15th was completed. However, he still received the $10,000 incentive, and he admitted that the money was a great motivation. “Money will motivate anybody but there are some very good riders locally and I wanted to show my talent and how strong I am against the other riders. I’ve got talent and I executed, which shows I am on top form right now. Not to say that the rest of guys are not good competition, but I’m just putting my best out there,” he reasoned. He added that. “When I lapped the field, that was a next ten grand covered and then I went for the other five grand, I didn’t get it but it (the race) was good.” Rodman, who also won the category one event, will now turn his attention to overseas, as he will travel to the USA next week to compete. “The Criterium gave me some more fitness because I am leaving in another week to go to New York to do some races over there and this just shows me where I am at to race against the guys in the US. So it was a good challenge and it showed me that I am ready. My goal is always to win, so that is what I am hoping to go there to do,” he said. Other winners on the day included, Daniel Palmer who won category two, Jerome Forest, won category three, Daniel White won category four and Raghni Stephenson category four. The Allcomers title went to Omar Dwyer, Brandon Reid took the junior title, Tatdre Watt the juvenile category, while the women’s event went to Denise Caine. Cleveland Sharpe captured the Master’s trophy and Donald Hall the Super Masters trophy. GREAT MOTIVATION Defending champion and Jamaica’s number one ranked cyclist, Marloe Rodman, decimated the field by at least a lap to capture the feature 25 lap race at the Kingston Criterium event in Downtown Kingston, yesterday. The former Caribbean champion has been winning local races with relative ease, especially over the last two years, but he does not think the local competition is lacking, just that he is training and competing harder. “I would never say it is getting easy to win locally. It is never easy, as the other guys train very hard as well, it’s just that I have to push a bit harder. But it’s not easy,” he insisted.last_img read more

Gordon near triple-double helps Magic hold off Suns

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Phoenix has lost 11 straight and 26 of 28. Josh Jackson led the Suns with 18 points, Alex Len had 15, and Tyler Ulis and former Magic guard Elfrid Payton added 14 apiece.Phoenix led early in the fourth quarter and trailed just 96-92 with 3:30 to go.“I liked the way we played the whole game,” Triano said. “I liked our energy and our juice. I don’t think we played real smart, but I liked our energy and the style with which we played. I thought for the most part, we were pretty good.”The Magic had periods of indifferent play, but were good in the fourth quarter when their ball movement decided the game.Orlando had 29 assists on 37 field goals in the game and needed all of them. Ten of those came in the fourth quarter when Orlando shot 52.6 percent, including six of nine on 3-pointers. The Magic were five of 21 from behind the line in the first three periods.ADVERTISEMENT “As a group, we want to play with the pass and everybody is reminded of that multiples times throughout the day,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “In the stretches where we looked really good, it was mostly done with the pass.Orlando trailed by eight at halftime, but took advantage of six Phoenix turnovers in the third period to regain control. Gordon’s two free throws finished an 11-0 run that helped Orlando to a 71-62 lead with just under three minutes left.Phoenix scored five points in the final three seconds of the period and four more to start the fourth and the Suns were back in front 78-77 with 11 minutes to play.Rodney Purvis started the Magic fourth quarter rally with a 3-pointer.TIP INSSuns: The team’s top two scorers, Devin Booker (sprained hand) and T.J. Warren (knee inflammation), missed the game. … Phoenix was 2 of 15 from 3-point range in the first half.Magic: SF Jonathon Simmons missed his third straight game with a wrist injury and will be out at least another week. … Rookie Jonathan Isaac missed another game with a foot injury. Isaac, the team’s No. 1 pick last summer, has played in only 25 games. … The Magic’s next six games are against opponents with sub-.500 records.UP NEXTSuns: Host Boston on Monday night.Magic: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday night. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismcenter_img Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 11 rebounds.“That was a pretty good all-around game,” Gordon said. “If I draw attention from the defense, I pass and once the defensive attention leaves, I can score again so it’s a balance that I’m still working on as a young player.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAugustin, who has been in the league 10 years, didn’t know he needed only one rebound to get the first triple-double of his career.“I didn’t realize it until I left the game,” he said. “But the only thing that matters is to me is just winning.” View comments Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon , left, makes a move to the basket in front of Phoenix Suns’ Dragan Bender during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — There hasn’t been a lot for the Orlando Magic to cheer about this season, so a victory over the Phoenix Suns and a couple of near triple-doubles by Aaron Gordon and D.J. Augustin were nearly cause for celebration.Gordon had 29 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in what could have been the first triple-double of his career in Orlando’s 105-99 victory Saturday night. Augustin was even closer, getting 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help the Magic end a three-game losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Federer loses match and No. 1 ranking at Miami Open MOST READlast_img read more

PBA: Alaska douses Phoenix to take first seed

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Baclao’s defensive assignment was Phoenix import Eugene Phelps who, before the game, averaged 40 points a game.With Baclao hounding him, Phelps’ offensive production dropped to 27 points. He grabbed 24 boards but also turned the ball over eight times.Mike Harris had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Aces while Chris Banchero orchestrated the offense with 19 points and nine assists with Simons Enciso putting up 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from deep.Baclao, for all of his defensive efforts, had 15 points seven rebounds, and two blocks.Abueva had 18 points and nine rebounds in his first game against his former team.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award China decimates Philippines in Asian Games women’s volleyball Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Alaska clamped down on Phoenix in the final frame to take a 108-97 victory and in the process the top spot in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES The Aces streaked to their third straight win and left behind the Fuel Masters at 2-1 in the first meeting between the two teams since they made a deal that sent polarizing forward Calvin Abueva to Phoenix.After exchanging baskets throughout much of the match, the Aces eventually found their leeway midway through the fourth quarter when Jake Pascual capped off an 8-0 run for Alaska’s 95-85 lead with 6:11 on the clock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I was really glad that some guys like Jake Pascual was great, Noy [Baclao] was fantastic and he had a job that no one wants which is to defend the import,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton.“Noy had the saddest and most thankless job.” View commentslast_img read more

Senator Jallah Supports Liberia’s Food Security Agenda

first_imgPresident Pro-Tempore of the Senate Armah Z. Jallah has pledged his commitment to Liberia’s food security initiatives which are undertaken to ensure that Liberians have enough food to eat.Senator Jallah made the commitment recently when he led a team of friends and family members to harvest rice on his farm in Gbarpolu County. The Senator and his colleagues in the legislature are on their annual agriculture break from October to the second Monday in January 2016. The break starts in August every year but this year President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf requested the lawmakers to defer their break in order to pass pending bills.Senator Jallah said he was delighted that many of his Senate colleagues are also farmers, including Senator Sando Johnson of Bong County, Senator Frederick D. Cherue of River Gee County, Senator Oscar Cooper of Margibi and many others.The rice produced on his farm is distributed to residents of nearby communities, the senator disclosed. More than one hundred and fifty people are currently working on his farm and they also help during the harvesting period, he said. Food production is paramount, said Senator Jallah and hoped that others, particularly law makers, would prioritize farming activities in their various counties.He also urged other Liberians to engage in regular farming to support the country in its drive to feed itself.“We need to cultivate what we eat and eat what we grow. This is the best way to engage in high production,” he said. Liberia remains a highly food insecure country, with its hunger rating stated as ‘serious’, according to the 2012 Global Hunger Index.While the country is blessed with a favorable agriculture climate, extensive biodiversity, and vast natural resources, decades of war and low economic and social investments have ravaged Liberia’s productive assets, according to the Index.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tanvir backing Malik to lead Warriors well in Hero CPL 2018

first_imgHero CPL 2018By Clifton RossGuyana Amazon Warriors seamer Sohail Tanvir said his countryman and new Captain Shoaib Malik will be a strong leader for the team who are geared towards bringing the title back home this.Malik was named skipper of the team a few weeks back and with the Guyana Warriors bowling off their camp on Friday; Guyana Times Sport caught up with the Pakistani during the team’s training session on Saturday at Providence.“He’s a very experienced guy he’s been playing international cricket for the past 20 years and he’s captained the sides whether it was international or franchise cricket. I played under him in PSL (Pakistan Super League) and I started my international career under him. He has the cricketing knowledge that skipper’s need”, Said Tanvir.Tanvir further pointed out that while Malik is new to the Guyana Amazon Warriors family; he has been around ever since the inception of the tournament and has been one of the leading run-getters to date.As such, his credentials as a captain and a player add invaluable experience to the team. “Yes he’s new to Guyana but he has been involved in CPL since it started. Everyone knows him and even our local players know him”, he added.Looking at not only Malik but his entire team’s stats, the 33 year-old said that the Warriors have a nicely balanced squad, adding that he was happy to know the young players who performed well in the Canada T20 and Windies B team were among his future teammates.“I’ve seen a few youngsters, Hetmyer (Shimron) was involved last year, I was inspired I was asking who was in our team from those boys and we’ve got three of them and I do hope that they grab their opportunities”, he said.With the record of 5-3 against Barbados Pride last year, Tanvir who has the fastest fifty in CPL history said his new teammates as well as Head Coach Johan Botha will certainly add a major boost to the franchise this season. “I played with Johan Botha at PSL he was our assistant coach and he was tremendous and we hope he can continue. We have been playing good cricket throughout the entire CPL since it started and we are hopeful this time that we can bring the trophy to Guyana”. Tanvir ended.Meanwhile, the Warriors engaged some hard work in the nets this past Saturday and will continue their preparatory camp up until August 7 ahead of their first game at Providence versus the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.last_img read more

Student, teacher inspire two new scholarships

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The John J. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a career in law enforcement in honor of O’Brien’s commitment to the community and service. Miyaki was a College of the Canyons student and member of the hockey team when he was fatally injured in a collision with a wrong-way driver who investigators said was drunk. Miyaki was 18. Friends, including his hockey teammates, remembered him as being outgoing, with an enthusiastic approach, generous, and with a sense of humor. The Jerrod Miyaki Memorial Scholarship, which was established by his hockey coach and teammates, will be awarded annually to a Canyons student who is a member of the team. Contributions for both scholarships can be sent to the College of the Canyons Foundation, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355. Checks should be made payable to the foundation/J.J. O’Brien Scholarship or to the foundation/Jerrod Miyaki Scholarship. For information, call (661) 362-3435. VALENCIA – Two scholarships have been established by College of the Canyons, in memory of John J. O’Brien, one of the college’s first instructors, and student and hockey team member Jerrod Miyaki, who was killed in a traffic collision. O’Brien, who died Jan. 19, taught administration of justice classes and traffic school as a part-time instructor for more than 30 years. He retired from the California Highway Patrol as a lieutenant in 1980 after 28 years. He was active in the community and was involved in the 1987 campaign to form the city of Santa Clarita. He was married for 54 years to Pauline “Mimi” O’Brien, who died him in 2005; the O’Briens raised their family in Saugus, where their children attended Hart High School and College of the Canyons. “J.J. taught traffic school here for many years,” said Sue Bozman, a dean at the college. “Through his great teaching skills, he was personally responsible for improved driving awareness and attitudes in thousands of drivers. He lived in, supported and cared for this community and COC for more than 40 years.” last_img read more