Sam Houston State Repeats as Southland Baseball Preseason Favorite

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Two-time defending Southland Conference regular-season champion Sam Houston State was selected as the preseason favorite for the third-straight year as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The Bearkats earned 17 first-place votes to top the preseason poll, the league announced Thursday. Pl. School (First-place votes) Total 6. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 146 McNeese was named the No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional, hosted by eventual College World Series champion Vanderbilt. The Cowboys dropped a pair of one-run decisions to No. 2 seed Indiana State and No. 4 seed Ohio State, bringing an end to their 35-26 season. Central Arkansas and McNeese led the way with five preseason all-league selections each, including three returning members of the 2019 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team in Nate Fisbeck and Jake Dickerson of the Cowboys and the Bears’ Beau Orlando. McNeese topped UCA 4-2 in the title game to secure the Pokes’ first Southland tournament title and NCAA Regional appearance since 2003. 5. Northwestern State 193 13. Houston Baptist 49 The 2020 season begins Friday, Feb. 14, with 15 games, starting when Houston Baptist visits No. 3 Texas Tech at 1 p.m. 1. Sam Houston State (17) 276 12. Lamar 87 4. Southeastern Louisiana (3) 243 Northwestern State is picked to finish fifth with 193 points while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rounds out the top six with 146 points. UIW (144), Nicholls (108), New Orleans (101), Abilene Christian (98), Stephen F. Austin (92), Lamar (87) and Houston Baptist (49) were voted No. 7-13. 8. Nicholls 108center_img Sam Houston State posted a 20-10 mark in league play last season to claim their sixth regular-season crown in the last eight years. A third-straight title in 2020 would mark the sixth time in the league’s history that a team has won three-straight championships and make the Bearkats the first program to achieve the feat twice. 2. Central Arkansas (5) 247 3. McNeese (1) 244 Just four points separates the No. 2-4 teams in the preseason poll as Central Arkansas picked up five first-place votes and 247 total points, followed by reigning tournament champion McNeese with a single first-place nod and 244 points. Southeastern Louisiana came in just one point behind the Cowboys and earned three first-place votes. Both the Bears and the Lions are coming off 19-11 Southland records, while McNeese finished 16-14 in league play in 2019. 2020 Southland Conference Baseball Preseason Poll 10. Abilene Christian 98 Southland preseason polls are voted on by each program’s head coach and sports information director. Individuals rank the conference’s other 12 teams in predicted order of regular season finish, with first-place votes worth 12 points, second-place votes worth 11 points and so on to one point for 12th place. 9. New Orleans 101 11. Stephen F. Austin 92 The team garnered three preseason all-conference honorees, led by reigning Southland Conference Hitter of the Year Colton Cowser. The sophomore outfielder posted the Southland’s top batting average in conference play (.388) in his rookie season and tied for the league lead in extra-base hits in both overall and conference-only games. Senior catcher Gavin Johnson joined Cowser on the top squad, and junior outfielder Jack Rogers landed on the second team. 7. UIW 144last_img read more

X-ray, ultrasound depts not functioning at Skeldon Hospital

first_imgThe X-ray and ultrasound machines at the Skeldon Hospital have been grounded for the past two months, and several air conditioning units are not operable at that medical facility.This is according to Director of Regional Health Services, Jevaughn Stephens, in response to questions posed by councillors at the Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meeting last week.Stephens said an electrical problem has affected the smooth functioning of the Skeldon Hospital. According to him, the Skeldon Hospital, in the past, received power from the Skeldon Sugar Estate to power its heavy-duty equipment, but since the closure of the estate, this is no longer possible.“We had to take off some of the services, because the building used to get power from GuySuCo (Guyana Sugar Corporation) and we are no longer getting power from GuySuCo. We did an assessment and decided to put it on GPL (Guyana Power and Light) grid; that is what is taking the time,” Stephens said.“If we connect the equipment to the grid presently, we will be running a serious risk. Every day, we keep calling GPL,” he explained.The hospital has since been transferring its emergency patients to the New Amsterdam Hospital, situated 50 miles away.Region 6 Chairman David Armogan, in response, said the situation needs to be tackled with more urgency. He said a generator could be rented in the interim to power the heavy-duty equipment.Armogan said he has been receiving numerous reports from persons who had gone to the Skeldon Hospital and could not be treated because the X-ray machine was not working. Many other patients had to be sent to other facilities because doctors could not get an ultrasound.Armogan noted that the situation must be addressed with a great degree of urgency. He has promised the Regional Administration’s intervention to see whether the GPL would give priority to that hospital’s application to be hooked up to its grid.last_img read more

Cubans remanded for shoplifting

first_imgThree Cubans were on Monday taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after they were accused of stealing a number of items from two stores along Robb Street, Georgetown between January 22 and 23, 2019.Daniar Pelaez, Jose Gorerva and Junior Infante all appeared before Senior Magistrate, Leron Daly where they denied that between January 22 and 23, at Inshan Variety Store, Robb Street, Georgetown, they broke and entered and stole three cellular phones valued $45,000, three speakers valued $45,000, one hair cutting machine valued $6000, a quantity of clothing valued $20,000 and $30, 000, total value $146,000; property of Inshan Variety Store.It is also alleged that on the same day at Robb Street, Georgetown they also stole from the “Stretch ma Dollar”, which is located next to Inshan’s Variety Store, 10 tablets valued $150,000, five cellular phones valued $55,000 and $75,000; a total value of $280, 000.According to the prosecution’s case, Police acting on information went to Robb Street where they saw two of accused. When asked what they were doing there, they could not give a proper explanation.The store owners were immediately contacted. When they arrived Inshan opened his store only to discover the third accused hiding in his store with the items in a bag.Further, when the proprietor of the “Stretch ma Dollar” opened his store, he too noticed that items were missing.In court on Monday, Police Prosecutor Christopher Morris objected to bail on the grounds that the Cubans were flight risks and had no ties to Guyana. They were remanded to prison and the case will continue February 15, 2019.last_img read more

Wednesday hits new temperature record

first_imgAs a result, it is safe to assume authorities in this area would like to roll back the clock 43 years to July 9, 1972 — the day the airport weather station recorded it greatest one day July rainfall of 60.2 millimeters, or 2.37 inches. At 30.5 C, Fort St. John set another record high yesterday breaking the previous July 8 mark of 29.9 C set in 2010.It was the first daily record posted this month, at the airport weather station, but the fourth one in less than two weeks, and it was also one of at least 15 recorded across the province.The hot spot in the province and across the country was Ashcroft — west of Kamloops — but, even though it recorded a high of 40.3 C, it did set a one-day record.- Advertisement -Back in this area, farmers, ranchers, and especially wildfire fighters face growing problems as a result of the hot, dry, windy weather.At the top of that list now is the wildfire at Big Beaver Creek, between Prophet River and Fort Nelson, burning at 8,000 hectares and the largest in the region.The fire, discovered Sunday is one of five of note in the Prince George Centre, and burns aggressively on both sides of the highway with limited visibility.Advertisement Like the majority of fires across the province this summer, this one was started by lightning, but there’s also growing concern about the number caused by human carelessness.Finance Minister Mike De Jong is ultimately responsible for covering the publicly-funded wildfire fighting bill, which has already soared past this year’s $60 million budget.“I was driving down the highway and I saw someone throw a cigarette out of their car,” he said.“Give your head a shake. I don’t know what is wrong with people.”Advertisementlast_img read more

PRRD has Groundwater Baseline Project completed; Hudson’s Hope to have own meeting tonight

first_imgShe says water is really important in the area. They have made arrangements for someone to come to them and do the presentation of the area.The same material will be covered at the meeting in Hudson’s Hope. Johansson says she believes the information will be tailored to each communities needs, something she says will be good for her community.She also said it isn’t that they did their own study, it was more of a geographical issue of getting to the other meetings. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District had a Groundwater Baseline Project completed recently and they will be presenting the findings are 3 meetings across the district. The study was over 2 years. It was a partnership with the Real Estate Foundation who supplied funding. They studied the whole regional districts water.The first meeting was in Chetwynd last night. The next meeting is tomorrow night in Dawson Creek Sudeten Hall, 1901 Alaska Hwy at 7:00 pm.The last meeting will take place in Charlie Lake on Thursday night. That meeting will be held at 12717 Charlie Lake Hall Ave, also at 7:00 pm.- Advertisement -The presentation will include a snap shot of the regional groundwater resources, aquifers and a regional description of water quality.Hudson’s Hope will be having their own meeting, not included in the PRRD meetings list. Mayor Gwen Johansson said today the meeting will be tonight at 7:00 pm at the Hudson’s Hope Community Hall.Johansson said the difference is that 3 meetings are being held by the PRRD, but they will be holding their own meeting. If the people of Hundson’s Hope were going to get to know what the results were, they would have to travel.Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool line-up WITHOUT Sturridge – How the Redmen can look against Basel

first_imgArguably the biggest talking point of Liverpool’s draw with Everton at the weekend was not Phil Jagielka’s stunning injury-time equaliser, but the true importance of Daniel Sturridge to the Redmen’s attack.The striker has not featured since the 3-0 victory over Tottenham at the end of August, during which time Liverpool have lost twice and drawn once in the Premier League, scoring just two goals.While he just missed out on making the squad for the Merseyside derby, Sturridge looked likely to play some part in Liverpool’s Champions League clash away to Basel on Wednesday – live on talkSPORT from 7pm – but unfortunately for the Redmen, neither he nor defender Mamadou Sakho have traveled to Switzerland.The striker was reportedly called to attend an extra training session over the weekend, with boss Brendan Rodgers wanting to reassess whether his star man is ready to make his long-awaited comeback.However, with the England man judged not to be ready for a return to full action, Rodgers once again faces a conundrum to get his side firing on all cylinders again.With Mario Balotelli commanding a starting spot and Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana starting to his their own strides, how will Rodgers line-up his Liverpool side for yet another key fixture?Below is how Liverpool could possible line-up: 1 Liverpool have missed Daniel Sturridge 1 Despite Liverpool’s questionable defending at times this season, there will be little disruption of the Reds’ backline, with Rodgers somewhat limited in his options.Mamadou Sakho appears to have fallen out of favour, so we believe Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren will resume their partnership against Basel, with Kolo Toure likely to start from the bench.While Rodgers may be tempted to revert back to his diamond formation in order to accommodate his attacking options, we think he may stick with the central partnership that has formed between Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.Naturally, players’ positions and roles alter with the ebb and flow of a match, but for the purposes of putting it on paper, we think it may look something like this. Although Liverpool failed to take maximum points against Everton, Gerrard and Henderson played well together, and it would be counter-productive to disrupt that.Ahead of them is another point of contention. Raheem Sterling is close to being undroppable, so we expect him to start, with Adam Lallana alongside him. Although Philippe Coutinho offered more creativity when introduced at the weekend, Lallana is starting to string together a handful of matches, something that is important for a player who missed a fair chunk of the start to the season.With Sturridge left back on Merseyside for such a key fixture, the onus will be on Balotelli to lead the line once again. The Italian needs support though, so we think it will therefore come in the form of outcast Fabio Borini, who has played with his compatriot already this season.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Basel? Comment below…Basel v Liverpool is LIVE on talkSPORT on Wednesday, 1 October from 7pm. Click here for coverage.last_img read more

Arsenal defy subdued Wenger send off to hammer West Ham

first_img0Shares0000Wenger waves to the crowd as he takes his seat for one of his final home games in charge of Arsenal. © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 22 – Arsene Wenger decided to bring his 22-year reign as manager to a close to unite the club’s frustrated fanbase, the Frenchman revealed after a 4-1 victory over West Ham was played out in a surprisingly subdued atmosphere at the Emirates on Sunday.Wenger, 68, had come under growing pressure to go by supporters prior to making his decision public on Friday. Arsenal have won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups under Wenger, but haven’t won the league for 14 years.The Gunners are on course for their worst-ever finish of Wenger’s reign in the Premier League as they languish in sixth, six points behind Chelsea, despite goals from Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey and two late strikes from Alexandre Lacazette ensuring a comfortable victory over West Ham.“The fans did not give me the image of unity I want all over the world and that was hurtful because I think the club is respected,” said Wenger.“Overall, the image we gave is not what it is and not what I like.”In his programme notes Wenger reiterated his plea for the fans to get behind the team for the rest of the season with Arsenal still in with a chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League via the Europa League.But there were only sporadic chants of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” from the home support, whilst, continuing a trend in recent home games, empty seats could be seen around the Emirates.“I’m not resentful,” added Wenger. “I just feel if my personality is in the way of what I think our club needs, for me that is more important than me.”– Atletico await –Wenger can still sign off leaving the club in the Champions League by winning the Europa League, where Arsenal host Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final on Thursday.He named a strong side against West Ham with only Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil missing from the expected XI to face Atletico in midweek.However, amidst a surprisingly low-key atmosphere in the circumstances, the visitors’ greater need for the points shone through with a bright start.Marko Arnautovic was denied from a narrow angle by David Ospina before Cheikhou Kouyate’s looping header came back off the top of the crossbar.However, Arsenal appeared a different side after the break to the one that laboured in the first half and Monreal put them ahead on 51 minutes by guiding Granit Xhaka’s corner into the bottom corner to punish some awful West Ham marking.West Ham manager David Moyes reacted by sending on Manuel Lanzini and Javier Hernandez from the bench and was rewarded almost instantly as the former’s cute through ball was smashed home by Arnautovic.Joe Hart did his chances of making England’s World Cup squad no harm with stunning saves from Xhaka and Danny Welbeck.However, he was caught flat-footed when Declan Rice ducked out the way of Aaron Ramsey’s cross eight minutes from time and the ball floated into the far corner.“Up until 82 minutes we were looking well worthy of a point,” said Moyes.“The young player makes a really poor mistake on the second goal. I hope he learns from it because he’s got big potential, but I think it really flattened the team.”And Arsenal piled on more mistery for the Hammers as Lacazette twice fired home from close range in the final five minutes.Defeat leaves West Ham still seven points above the relegation zone, but their chances of survival were boosted as Stoke failed to beat Burnley in a 1-1 draw to remain four points off safety.Badou Ndiaye had given the hosts the lead in the Potteries, but Ashley Barnes’s leveller just after the hour mark means Paul Lambert’s men need to win at least two of their remaining three fixtures to have any chance of beating the drop.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Neighbors rally to help family made homeless by blaze

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Romano children – Janet, 14; Adrianna, 12; Kevin, 8; Rosie, 7; and Jessica, 6 – live in the apartment with their parents, Bombilia Sanchez and Joaquin Romano. When the fire broke out, the children’s mother was at the store and their father, a mechanic, was at work, Romero said. Romero was outside her downstairs apartment visiting when she saw Janet and Kevin come in from playing. “I stepped aside so they could get by, but as soon as they got upstairs, the little boy turned around and asked for help,” she said. “By the time I got up the stairs, the whole bunk bed was on fire. We made sure to get all the kids out. “Thank God, I was there for them when they needed me. I don’t usually go outside, but something inside of me was kind of worried.” The sisters want to help. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We should be helping the people up there,” Lucero Romero said. “They lost everything. I want to find out where they can get help; even telling people they need help will do something.” The staff at nearby McGrath Elementary School, where three of the Romano children attend, were able to help Sanchez find assistance. “She came in this morning for suggestions and we gave her agencies to call and places to go,” said Angelica Harris, the school’s office manager. “School is still in inter-session, but we’ve e-mailed all the teachers so they know about it. We’ll probably do something when school gets back on Tuesday.” The Romanos’ apartment was destroyed, and three other units were damaged by water and smoke and declared uninhabitable. Anyone wishing to help can contact Concilla Torrez or Javier Sanchez at (661) 284-6839. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 center_img NEWHALL – Rosario Romero sat at a folding table on the patio of her apartment complex Friday morning trying to find help. Never mind that she is being forced to move after a fire in the apartment above hers left her and her family with significant water and smoke damage. She knows the building management will find another apartment for them in the same complex. She and her sister, Lucero, along with other neighbors from the Valle del Oro building were hoping to find assistance for the Romano family, whose home went up in flames Thursday night, leaving eight family members homeless. Fire officials said Thursday night they suspect the blaze might have been started by an unattended candle, although the investigation is continuing. It was reported that electricity to the apartment had been disconnected. last_img read more

Dispute ends in fatal stabbing

first_img“They had packed it with a sheet, but blood kept coming out,” she said. The other man was also taken away in an ambulance, with his arm in a sling, onlookers said. was initially unclear (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – A fight between two housemates Sunday led to one man stabbing the other to death, possibly in self-defense, police said. The two men are not being immediately identified, police said, but they are in their 40s and lived in a home at 1385 El Sereno Ave. The Pasadena Police Department was called to the house at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, where they found two injured men. Both were taken to the hospital, where one was dead within minutes, police said. Initially, police said one man stabbed the other in self- defense during a fight. But later in the evening, Lt. George Wiley said detectives were trying to figure out the circumstances that led to the homicide. No one had been arrested for any crime by Sunday night, but Wiley said detectives were still investigating the incident. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAbout a dozen people lived in the two-story Northwest Pasadena home, police said, although the circumstances of their residence . Wiley said it may be a flop house for various boarders, or, in recent months, some type of board-and-care facility. Police said other residents were home during the fight, and they had initially separated the men before the two resumed their scuffle. Many neighbors on the street were unfamiliar with specifics about the residents in the house. They said they didn’t notice anything unusual Sunday until the police and paramedics arrived. Neighbors said the home is usually quiet, though it is a place where many men come and go. Margie Lopez of Eagle Rock, who works at a group home across the street, said the house was a group home for mentally disabled adults. Three or four residents stay at the home, she said, which is staffed by caregivers. Lopez said the paramedics who were called to the scene waited for the police to arrive before entering the home. The man who later died was removed on a gurney. She said he was still alive, but his throat had been slashed. last_img read more

Victor Lindelof at Manchester United’s training ground to finalise £30.75m move

first_img1 Victor Lindelof in action for Sweden Victor Lindelof was pictured arriving at Manchester United’s Aon Training Complex on Wednesday morning as Jose Mourinho closed in on his first signing of the summer.Swedish website Aftonbladet published images of the 22-year-old defender being driven into United’s training base where he is expected to finalise his switch from Benfica.United announced last weekend that they had agreed a fee, which is understood to be 35million euros (£30.75million), with the Portuguese club to sign Lindelof and all that remains is for the centre-back to undergo a medical and agree personal terms.He has been on international duty with Sweden and was an unused substitute for Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Scandinavian rivals Norway.Lindelof has been a long-time target for United as they look to bolster their defensive options ahead of next season’s return to the Champions League.He could be one of three or four high-profile acquisitions at Old Trafford this summer, with the club also understood to be keen on Alvaro Morata.The Real Madrid forward’s agent said earlier this week that had United had lodged a “very important offer” with the Spanish giants to try to bring him to the north west of England.last_img read more