Bearkats Shock Longhorns in Austin Regional Opener

first_imgStory by Cody Stark/SHSU Sports InformationAUSTIN, Texas — The Bearkats did it again in Bearkat fashion.Junior Tiffany Thompson hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and senior Lindsey McLeod tossed six shutout innings as Sam Houston State stunned No. 9 Texas 2-1 in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament’s Austin Regional Friday at Red and Susan McCombs Stadium.“We are just excited for the way we fought and for the way we continued to stick with what we have done all year, which is attack the strike zone and play defense and hang around and have a chance to win the game at the end,” head coach Garrett Valis said. “Obviously that is the way it turned out. Texas did not go down without a fight. That’s a really good team on the other side, and it will continue to be a challenging weekend for us.” The Bearkats have done it! @BearkatsSB stuns (9) Texas!#NCAASoftball pic.twitter.com/goSs2yjgdL— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 17, 2019 It is the Bearkats’ second regional victory in school history. Sam Houston State knocked off Louisiana-Lafayette 2-1 in an elimination game in the College Station Regional in 2007, the program’s only other NCAA Tournament appearance since moving up to Division I in 1988.Sam Houston State (35-21) advances to the winners’ bracket to face Houston, which beat Texas A&M 3-1 Friday, Saturday at 1 p.m., weather permitting.The Bearkats fell behind the Longhorns (41-15) in the fourth inning. With one out, sophomore Mary Iakopo launched her team-leading 10th home run of the season over the wall in left field.As they have done numerous times during their run to the postseason, Sam Houston State rallied from behind.Thompson’s blast came after junior Megan McDonald reached on an error in the top of the sixth with one out. Texas pulled starting pitcher Brooke Bolinger, who had only allowed three baserunners, for Shea O’Leary.Thompson greeted the All-Big 12 second-team pitcher with a towering shot off the camera platform to the right of the scoreboard in center field, her seventh home run of the season, to give Sam Houston State a 2-1 lead.“I was down in the count, and I just really wanted to move the runner,” Thompson said. “I just saw a good pitch and put a really good swing on it. It felt really good, but we have been hitting some really good balls and they hadn’t quite made it out, so I wasn’t quite sure but it felt really good when it left.” Crushed it??#NCAASoftball | @BearkatsSB pic.twitter.com/LGf30PXN5b— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 17, 2019 McLeod allowed two runners to reach in the bottom of the sixth but kept Texas off the scoreboard with a shutdown inning. She pitched a perfect seventh to improve to 22-8 on the season.O’Leary took the loss to fall to 13-2.last_img read more

D-day for Arnett in return-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final against MoBay United

first_imgChampions vow to overturn deficit against confident MoBay UnitedHome advantage will mean everything to defending champions Arnett Gardens when they host Montego Bay United, the team they dethroned to take last season’s title, in the Red Stripe Premier League second leg semi-final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex for a place in the final. Game time is 6 p.m.The defending champions looked anything but that when they faced Montego Bay United away in the first leg, as they were undone not only by one of their former players, Owayne ‘Turtle’ Gordon, but their own sloppiness in defending and their failure to find the back of the net. Today they will have to overturn a 1-2 scoreline.”We let them off the hook, but despite that, our errors helped them win the game. That is behind us, though, and we are ready for today’s game,” said Arnett Gardens head coach Jerome Waite.”We will be firing on all cylinders. We will be going for it. We are at home and will be using that to our advantage,” added the man who returned the club to the winners’ enclosure last season.While Waite is very confident of a win, Montego Bay United are perhaps just as confident that they can hold on to their advantage.”The first leg was good for us, but that is history now. Going to Arnett is going to be difficult, but we have the right frame of mind and know that we have a strong team.”We are going there with a plan. We had a good week in training and we are all on one path,” said assistant coach Dillon Thelwell, as head coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, a man who had a stint at Arnett Gardens, was so focused, he passed on the interviews.WILLIAMSSITTINGOUTUnlike the past two seasons when Dino Williams was the man who came to life for Montego Bay United at this stage of the competition, the skilful player will be sitting out due to an injury.Gordon, their most consistent player all season, will lead their charge and will get support from Ronaldo Rodney, speed merchant Allan Ottey, midfield workhorse Keneil Kirlew, and the veteran Dwayne Ambusley.”We still have a strong unit. Only Cordel Simpson has a little niggle and we will assess him later today to see if he can go, but aside from that everybody is ready. But Dino is not a consideration as we will not risk him,” Thelwell explained.Waite said Arnett Gardens are at full strength now, with everyone in training. That could see goalkeeper Peter Harrison, the man many blamed for last week’s loss – after he spilt a regulation catch that caused the second MoBay United goal – sitting out to make way for the fit-again Damion Hyatt.”He contributed to it (the loss) but you cannot bash him. It was no one player’s fault. It was a team performance,” Waite said about Harrison, as he attempted to shield him from blame.Hyatt, Waite said, was training, but he refused to say which of the goalkeepers would start.Goalscoring has also been a recent problem for Arnett Gardens, as their leading scorer, Kemal Malcolm, has not looked like the same player who was on fire heading into the new year. That, though, is not a major worry for Waite.”The aim of the game is to score goals and never focus on one player to get that done. We have to get other players involved and sharing in this responsibility. Our squad is strong enough where goals can come from anywhere and we are at full strength,” he said.Full strength for Arnett Gardens means that they will also have the option of choosing from captain Oneil Thompson, Dicoy Williams, Jabeur Johnson, and Ranique Anderson to make up their backline.Vishinul Harris has been the best midfielder in local football all season and should be creating opportunities for Malcolm, Strickland, and company.Today’s Game:6 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United at Anthony Spaulding Sports ComplexTomorrow’s game:8:40 p.m. Portmore United vs Humble Lion at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complexlast_img read more

Lakers lose Kobe, then game

first_imgWhat followed was a punchless 110-90 loss at Bradley Center in which the Lakers trailed from start to finish. The Bucks shot 59.5 percent with big men Charlie Villanueva (26 points) and Andrew Bogut (22 points) each making 10 of 12 shots. The Lakers lost their fourth consecutive game, dropping to 0-3 on this trip and must win Friday at Philadelphia to avoid becoming the first Jackson-coached team to suffer two five-game losing streaks in the same season. Bryant was suspended from the Lakers’ Jan. 30 loss to New York for the play involving Ginobili and watched Wednesday’s game from the team hotel. Jackson said Bryant was trying to draw a foul on the play by flailing his arm. Bryant, who was not available for comment, lost more than $161,000 in pay from the suspension. Those fears were confirmed Wednesday when the NBA followed the precedent it set in suspending Bryant for one game at the end of January after he struck San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili in the head on a nearly identical late-game play. The league suspended Bryant for Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, leaving the Lakers with only nine available players – six of them guards – after forward Ronny Turiaf was unable to play due to back spasms. MILWAUKEE – As soon as he saw Kobe Bryant’s arm meet Marko Jaric’s head late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s loss to Minnesota, Lakers coach Phil Jackson had a feeling Bryant would be getting another call from the league office. “In this league, everybody’s got a pretty face,” Jackson said, “and they’re trying to keep it that way.” center_img For the second time this season, Stu Jackson, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, had to explain the decision to suspend Bryant. Jackson was specifically asked about the perception that the league was singling out Bryant. “My response to that,” Stu Jackson said in a teleconference, “would be that I’ve not seen this type of contact exhibited by a player whereby the player takes a shot, follows through and then drives an arm backward into a defender’s body making contact above the shoulders. I have not.” Stu Jackson said he was “very surprised” to see a second, nearly identical, incident involving Bryant. He added that he considered suspending Bryant for multiple games and put Bryant on notice that a third offense would be dealt with more harshly. The play in question happened with 58.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of a double-overtime loss to Minnesota. Bryant pulled up for a jump shot, and Jaric got a hand on the ball to block the shot. Bryant then swung his right arm and connected with Jaric in the face. He was called for a loose ball foul; Jaric stayed in the game and went on to make a key block of Kwame Brown with 8.4 seconds left in regulation. “I think I’m going to have to put about 50 clips (together) of Kobe shooting his shot with his arms going out like that,” Phil Jackson said. “It’s not an unnatural basketball motion for him.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fun and games as Kenya’s Twiterrati enjoy #KOT5Aside

first_img0Shares0000Part of the action from the first ever edition of the #KOT5Aside tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day. PHOTO/Kevin LexxyNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 4- Even Harambee Stars skipper and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama could not desist the allure of spending a few hours off his four-week holiday watching some of Kenya’s Twitter faithful battle it out in a mini-tournament christened #KOT5Aside.The tournament which culminated at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day saw over 16 teams battle it out for pride with Thika’s Twitter legion carrying home the bragging rights after beating Milimani 3-2 in a tense final. Wanyama, a ‘Twitter bigwig’ himself with 347,000 followers was seemingly elated with the ‘talent’ on show in the final as he giggled the evening away watching proceedings from the sides.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama joins other fans in enjoying action from the first ever edition of the #KOT5Aside tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day. PHOTO/Kevin LexxyApart from the competition on the 3G seven-a-side turf, it was an afternoon of fun, banter and a bit of networking as the country’s ‘keyboard warriors’ dropped their phones and tabs for a while in exchange of boots, shorts and balls.It started off as just any other hang-out idea, but the response it gathered not only attracted a huge number of teams and fans but the eye of corporate as well, eager to bite a pie off what trended on social media space for almost three days“KOT5Aside was basically a tournament for all Kenyans on twitter to come together and have fun through playing football. I am happy it was a success. Many thanks to all the teams and fans who took part in the 5 hour tournament,” tournament organizer Alex Muange told Capital Sport.Part of the action at the first ever edition of the #KOT5Aside tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day. PHOTO/Kevin LexxyThe tournament was initially scheduled for the Arena One 3G turf in Nairobi’s Valley Arcade Estate, but a huge turnout meant that the 8-10pm schedule spilled over and thus could not culminate to the final.“Initially, it was just a one off thing. We happened to be playing with some friends at the launch of Road to Brazil tournament but it was disrupted by rain so we decided why don’t we just come back and play for fun. I didn’t know the response would be this huge when I shared a tweet asking if guys would show up. I expected five to six teams but we ended up registering 16 teams,” Muange further explained.The spill-over went into Madaraka Day where the rest of the games were played with Thika winning. Zacharia Muracia, Kennedy Njore and Fredrick Muiruri scored for the side that arrived for the tournament in style with their ‘Kenya Mpya’ ‘team-bus’.“The tournament was well organized despite the short notice. Turnout was huge. We hope the tournament continues and hopefully becomes a national event. We are glad we won despite coming in as underdogs,” Thika skipper Erick Ng’ang’a said after his side’s conquest.Daycare FC’s Rama Oluoch (white) in action at the first ever edition of the #KOT5Aside tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day. PHOTO/Kevin LexxyEnroute to the final, Thika dismissed fan-favorites Daycare FC 2-0.“The tournament turnout was great. The support, the organization was great. Daycare FC has everything except oxygen in our lungs. For a start I would say it was a success and I’m looking forward to the next one. Hopefully the team will have trained together a couple of times before then,” Rama Oluoch, Daycare’s captain said after his team was run rugged by Thika.The girls were also not left behind with some of Twitter’s active girlies swiping off their make-up to drench in sweat and have some fun.The girls hurdle together for a group photo during the first ever edition of the #KOT5Aside tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on Madaraka Day. PHOTO/Kevin Lexxy“It was a fun-filled tournament and more so with the number of people who showed up after the first tournament ended abruptly. It was also great to see the likes of Wanyama gracing the event to show support and also seeing the girls play was great,” Ednah Onyancha commented.Muange has meanwhile said there are plans to make the tournament ore competitive and more-so a regular event and with corporate scrambling to have a sip of the online craze, he believes it will only get better.Among the corporates that chipped in towards the event included Red Bull, Tuborg as well as betting firms Betika who kitted DayCare and BetIn who kitted Chuom FC.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgRyan Dolan (left), brother Sacha (right) and his wife Donna with UK Lotto cheque for €88,000IRELAND’S Eurovision contestant Ryan Dolan didn’t get the voting numbers to bring the title back home.But brother Sacha was singing all the way to the bank when he discovered his numbers came up in the Lotto draw.It was disappointment for Strabane singer Ryan Dolan when Ireland came last in the Eurovision Song Contest. However, it was a trip to Sweden that brother Sacha will never forget for a much happier reason – as he discovered he had won on the UK Lotto!Sacha was in Sweden with other members of the Dolan family to cheer on Ryan, who was representing Ireland in the global song contest, when the winning numbers 4, 5, 6, 20, 30, 35 and the bonus 34 were drawn on Wednesday 15 May 2013.Sacha soon discovered he had matched five numbers and the bonus ball to scoop a cool €88,804 and a further £10 when he matched three numbers with an additional ticket.Ryan Dolan (right), brother Sacha (left) at the shop where Scaha bought his winning ticket The winning tickets were actually purchased when Sacha, aged 40, was testing out a new cash payback system that he had just installed in the Costcutter store that he owns in Strabane, County Tyrone.To check that his new card payment system worked, Sacha bought £10 of Lucky Dips for the Wednesday night draw.The following morning, Sacha gave the tickets to his wife Donna before heading off to Eurovision in Sweden and the rest, as Sacha explains, is history.“I thought nothing of it as I gave Donna my tickets and asked her to check them when she got a chance,” said Sacha.“We were too excited about Ryan performing in Eurovision to even think twice about the possibility of winning. “We were enjoying a family meal at an Italian restaurant in Malmo on the Friday evening when Donna called me and told me that we’d won.“I didn’t believe it and asked her to take a photo of the ticket and send it to me. I checked the photo against the Lotto numbers online, then checked it again and again and again.“When it finally sunk in that I really had won, well then we ordered up some champagne and had a bit of a party.“At a tenner for a vodka and coke, and £100 for a bottle of champagne, it’s just as well that I won the lottery,” he joked. Donna, Sacha, and Ryan with the UK Lotto cheque for €88,000 in the shop where he bought the winning ticketSacha claims that the only thing he’s ever won in his life to date was a bottle of wine that he was ‘too young to drink’ and has promised ‘not to go mad’ with his winnings.“I’ll maybe take a couple of holidays but I won’t be going too mad,” he said. “I think I’ll be fairly sensible with the money.”Brother Ryan Dolan, who despite the disappointment of Eurovision has enjoyed a lot of success around Europe with his single ‘Only Love Survives’, was definitely cheered up by Sacha’s good news.“We’re all delighted for Sacha and Donna and it was definitely a nice consolation prize,” said Ryan.“Things have turned out so well, there’s no reason to get down. Performing in Eurovision was all about getting my name out there and it’s done the trick,” he said.SWEDE DREAMS AS EUROVISION SINGER’S BROTHER SCOOPS €88,000 IN UK LOTTO WIN was last modified: June 4th, 2013 by gregShare 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:000 IN UK LOTTO WINCAMELOTDONNA DOLANDUFFY RAFFERTY COMMUNICATIONSEurovision Song ContestRyan DolanSACHA DOLANSWEDE DREAMS AS EUROVISION SINGER’S BROTHER SCOOPS €88UK LOTTOlast_img read more

VIDEO: Lionel Messi shows off his skills in INCREDIBLE slow motion footage

first_imgIt is safe to sy that Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers to have ever lived, and dependent upon who you ask, the greatest ever.And if you don’t agree with that viewpoint, you can watch the above video to truly understand his genius.In a Barcelona training session at St. George’s Park, Messi took it upon himself to make fools of his teammates with a series of insane skills.Showing off his technical genius and world class footballing brain, the video has been captured in slow motion to only increase the enjoyment on show.You can watch the incredible clip above, courtesy of Barcelona’s official YouTube channel…last_img


first_imgTHERE was a stand-off in Co Donegal this evening as Customs officers investigated an English-registered car.Two Revenue officials in an unmarked vehicle detained the red Audi at Dooballagh on the N13 between Ballybofey and Letterkenny.Gardai were called to the scene as conversations continued with the owner of the car. It’s the latest incident in the past fortnight as Customs officers crack down on people in the county driving cars from the North and Britain which haven’t been registered here in the Republic.More and  more multi-agency checkpoints have been established in Inishowen, Fanad and east Donegal in recent weeks.We understand Customs are acting on tip-offs from the general public as well as intelligence from undercover operations where night-time surveillance of motorist’s homes has been taking place.At the scene of this evening’s incident, an eye-witness told donegaldaily.com: “The driver of the Audi was sitting in the car and two Customs officers were standing in front of it, with their car in front of that.” It’s not clear whether or not the driver is local or from the North/Britain – or from Co Donegal and living in the UK.If a car is being driven illegally, motorists can have their vehicle seized and can face a fine if found guilty of avoiding VRT in court.However several European challenged to the Irish Government’s implementation of VRT has led to several cases being dismissed.© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySTAND-OFF AS CUSTOMS CRACK DOWN ON UK-REGISTERED CARS was last modified: March 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:STAND-OFF AS CUSTOMS CRACK DOWN ON UK-REGISTERED CARSlast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty and Marie Therese Gallagher have today proposed that Donegal County Council hold off on the handover of Water Services to Irish Water. The handover is due to take place in January but there is concern among Council members over the implications of the handover.Councillor Doherty proposed that Donegal County Council delay the handover until the Council is given an in-depth report of the details and implications of the handover. Speaking today he said “I have huge concernsnover this handover and the timing of it. I believe that a lot of questions need to be answered before we can give control of our water services to Irish Water.His motion was seconded by his party Colleague Cllr Gallagher.She said “The establishment of Uisce Eireann has one sole purpose, and that is to charge citizens for a basic resource, and to ensure families and individuals will have another bill come through their door in the near future.“The water infrastructure in the county is priceless and belongs to the people of Donegal, after the first of January this priceless asset will be handed over to Bord Gais which will most probably be sold off in the near future. “I welcome Cllr Dohertys amendment to this motion, and hope that the executive of Donegal County Council adhere to the policy adopted today. To charge citizens for a basic service to ensure survival is simply wrong.”Irish Water is the new body created by the State to takeover the provision and retention of water services in the State.There has been opposition to the body since its inception with concerns raised over the security of jobs and the quality of service which will be received once the handover takes place.   DONEGAL SINN FEIN CALL FOR HOLD-OFF ON HANDOVER OF WATER SERVICES was last modified: December 9th, 2013 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:Irish WaterSinn Feinlast_img read more

Aliens Are Not Bodybuilders

first_imgSeth Shostak of the SETI Institute is willing to bet “dollars to Devil Dogs that any extraterrestrials we detect won’t be muscular guys with deep voices and corrugated foreheads, or even big-eyed, hairless grays.”  It all has to do with the way evolution works.    In the weekly SETI column for Space.com, Shostak opined on what aliens will look like.  He quickly dismissed the Hollywood alien look as too anthropomorphic.  But then, he appealed to convergent evolution to suggest that optimal shape for a smart alien is the humanoid look: “it’s possible that a hominid shape is the best body plan for sentient beings on any world, and no doubt Tinseltown would be pleased to learn that its rubber-suit aliens are good approximations to the real thing.”  He did not explain how scientists can have a real thing without observations.     The point of his essay, though, was not whether aliens would look like bodybuilders on the beach, but what evolution would produce by the time we made contact with them.  We are on the verge ourselves of creating machine intelligence.  “So here’s the point: Since any aliens we detect are ahead of us, they’ve already done this; they’ve made the transition from biological to engineered intelligence, and left behind the quaint paradigm of spongy brains sloshing in salt water.”  Engineered intelligence: did they use intelligent design?Seth Shostak lives in a fantasy world of aliens and intelligent signals he has never seen.  He is a prophet of a kind of waiting-for-Godot type of religion, where his savior is bound to show up any minute.  To make this religion look scientific, he employs scientists and engineers to build scientific-looking divination tools that make the disciples think they are getting closer to the promised salvation.  Maybe he should just replace his spongy brain with a Mac and move evolution forward.    Shostak started by quoting Genesis 1:27, “God created man in His own image,” to make a point that Hollywood is making aliens in man’s image.  At least this shows he is aware of the Owner’s Manual.  Maybe he should study it.  He might learn how to use the antivirus tools, extract his spongy mass from the botnet, reboot successfully, and get rid of his blue screen of death.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cape Town outlaws cellphone driving

first_img4 July 2012According to a new Cape Town bylaw, which went into effect on Monday, motorists caught talking or texting on their mobile phones will be fined R500 and have their phones confiscated for a day.City of Cape Town safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith hopes these measures will “help people get the message” and improve road safety.He said the new regulations formed part of a provincial road safety campaign to halve road deaths by 2014.Szemerei said it was crucial to monitor the success of the regulations to determine whether they should be extended to the whole country.“If it does result in fewer accidents on the roads, then we would advocate this legislation being rolled out to all provinces.”She said global studies indicated that texting while driving caused more accidents than talking, as motorists’ eyes were taken off the road. Hands-free kits did not solve the problem of texting.The stricter laws on cellphone use while driving in Cape Town will probably bring down car insurance premiums, an insurer said on Tuesday.“This ruling is likely to result in fewer claims being paid due to a decrease in the number of accidents,” IntegriSure CEO Helen Szemerei said.“Fewer claims mean a larger pool of premium funds, and should therefore result in a subsequent relief in motor insurance premiums.”IntegriSure warned motorists that insurance companies might not pay out claims if it could be reliably proven that they had driven negligently or recklessly.Sapalast_img read more